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Yesterday, cellphones across the county blared out the familiar Emergency Alert System tones, normally heard on your radio or television.  In June, 2012, the National Weather Service, FEMA and the FCC partnered with cellphone carriers to provide Wireless Emergency Alerts, direct to your mobile device.  Now, no matter where you are, you can be notified of an emergency.

The service comes standard on new phones and operting system updates, and has limited customizable features available.

If you're in iPhone user, tap the Settings icon, then the Notifications tab.

Android users, open the Emergency Alerts app and go to the Settings menu.

Alerts issued by the President can not be disabled, but you can decide whether or not to be notified of weather emergencies or Amber alerts.  For iOS users, it is either "on" or "off".  Andoid users can choose whether or not to receive the alerts and whether or not they are accompanied by those jarring alert tones.

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The latest app addiction!  Figure out how to unlock the door and escape the room.  Clues are spread around the room, use them to find a key, solve a combination lock, navigate mazes and solve passwords.  Free on Google Play and iTunes.

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Whether you're an eBay novice, or just don't have time or skills to deal with online auctions, eBay Valet handles everything for you.  Use the app to take pictures of the item you wish to sell, enter a brief description and the eBay Valet pros will take it from there.  They'll value your item, list it, answer questions from buyers, handle payment and send you a postage-paid box for shipping.  The app is free for iPhone only.  The service costs 30% of the total sale price of your item.

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In case you didn't know, Rovio Entertainment released a new Angry Birds game last week.  This one is set in medieval times and features knights, swords, wizards and pirates.  Warning:  It is Angry Birds only in the sense that you recognize the characters...the game play is totally different.  Its essentially, the birds and pigs in a Dungeons & Dragons game.  Gone are the slingshot and trajectory calculations.  In this latest installment, we use the birds and their individual talents, skills and health points to defeat the pigs in face-to-face battle.  It takes some getting used to, but it is fun.

Free for iPhone, Android and Windows phones

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