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Former UMD Student Creates Awesome In-Flight Companion App ‘Flyover Country’

If you're anything like me, you've found yourself on a flight or two looking out of a plane window at the vast scenic expanse below, wondering where you are or what you're looking at. Thanks to the inventive mind of a former University of Minnesota Duluth student, getting answers to those curiosities just got a lot easier.

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Hong Kong Man Creates $50,000 Robot Rumored To Be Designed After Scarlett Johansson [VIDEO]

I don't know if I would be flattered or completely creeped out if I was Scarlett Johansson.  This guy spent a year and a half designing this life like robot.  He hasn't said he had Scarlett in mind, but other people are claiming it.  By looking at it, I think it's pretty obvious.  Watch the video for yourself and see if you think it's cool or if it's just disturbing.

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My Friend’s Newfangled Light Bulb Blinks Leaving Us Baffled [VIDEO]

I was visiting a friend the other day and as we walked up the stairs I commented on the odd shape of her light bulb.  She said that she had just put it in and as she turned it on, it flashed on and off in a very deliberate way.  We wondered why and she tried it again and again.  Each time, it flashed twice.  Have you seen this?

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AT&T To Acquire Bellsouth For $67 Billion
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Is AT&T Cell Service Down in the Duluth Area? Major Outages Reported in Twin Ports

Many people have been asking questions like "what's wrong with my phone?" or "did I forget to pay my bill?" The good news is that it isn't just your phone. The bad news is that yes, it is an issue around the region.

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Microsoft Unveils New Devices Powered By Windows 10
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Here’s Why I’m Not Upgrading to Windows 10 For Free [VIDEO]

For months I've seen the free upgrade to Windows 10 box pop up on my computer.  I'm running Windows 7 on my laptop that I've had for a few years, and skipping ahead to Windows 10 sounds kind of enticing.  They say it's free, so what could be wrong with that?   Well for some people it may make sense, for others like me it doesn't.

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Google To Buy Smart Thermostat Maker Nest For 3.2 Billion
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Changing Batteries, Checking Levels, and Safety Drills Should Be Priority For Spring Cleaning

Now that we are starting spring I urge you to start looking at your smoke alarms and other safety items around your house. Carbon Monoxide detectors and Fire Extinguisher. Also, re-connect with your family on safety measures.

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Flooding in Carlton County Causes 9-1-1 Phone Issues

Flooding from our recent Spring snrain (snow+rain) storm has caused phone issues in Carlton County.  They have determined the issue is a break in a fiber optic line.  Repairable?  Yes, however, at this time the area that needs to be repaired is underwater and that's compounding the problem.  Crews are working on the situation.

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Computer Virus Closes Cloquet Schools Thursday March 17

Most if not all area schools were closed on Wednesday, March 16 due to a powerful Spring winter storm that was to hit the region.  On Thursday, March 17, the Cloquet School District will be closed for a different kind of hit, a computer virus.

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We Now Live in A World Where A Necktie From JCPenney Costs More Than A Tablet

Yesterday I went shopping for some dress shirts and ties at JCPenney.  Afterwards, my mom and I went to Best Buy in the Burning Tree Plaza to shop for a new Amazon Fire tablet.  Then it hit me.  The Amazon Fire tablet cost less than my necktie

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Mobile Deivices Users In Tokyo
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Digital Pranksters Crashing Mobile and Desktop Web Browsers

Digital pranksters have struck again. This time with a flaw that impacts Safari and Chrome browsers on most devices (phone, tablet, laptop/desktop). NBC News is reporting the "prank" tricks people into clicking or tapping on links that will crash your browser by overloading them with some code.

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"Historic" Blizzard Sweeps Through Texas Panhandle
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Wisconsin Releases Winter Survival List, How To Prepare And Prevail

Winters here in the Northland can be brutal. We started this season kind of mild but now we are in full winter cold. If you are traveling (hopefully to take a vacation) you may want to include a winter survival kit.

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Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival Tour & Jason Aldean's Burn It Down 2015
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Jason Aldean Changes His Tune About Music Streaming, Back on Spotify

Earlier this year, Jason Aldean joined forces with other huge names in the music industry in supporting an up-and-coming music service called Tidal after pulling his latest album from other streaming giant Spotify at the end of 2014. The decision was part of a movement among major artists from many genres of music to fight for what they argue to be fair pay for music streaming.

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