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1. Search for a phrase If you’re searching for an exact phrase, e.g. a quote from a movie or book, surround your search with quotation marks. Instead of the boy jumped, you would type “the boy jumped”.

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5.Try an advanced search If you want even more control over your search, try Google’s Advanced Search page. This menu offers features to narrow your search down by location, numbers, file types, etc.

6. Convert, calculate and more Google can also handle calculations, currency conversions, time-zone conversions, definitions and a plethora of other great things you may have never thought of.

7. Learn from the source Check out Google’s Basic search help and Tips and Tricks to find great tricks and shortcuts you can use while in Google.

8. Use another search engine If Google isn’t returning the results you want, try another engine such as Bing, Yahoo, and Give these new tricks a try the next time you log onto your PC or phone to see what new information you can find on the Internet.

<p>Bloomberg TV has announced that it will discontinue service to all NCTC affiliates nationwide beginning December 13, 2013. This includes Duo County Telecom.&nbsp;</p>
<p>"We apologize in advance to our Digital Tier customers who have been watching Bloomberg TV," said Daryl Hammond, Duo County Telecom VP/CFO. "NCTC has made every effort to maintain service agreements with the programmer, but so far, they have been unwilling to change their position."</p>
<p>"We encourage our subscribers to tune into other business programming on FOX Business News (199) and MSNBC (192)," Hammond said. "If anything should change, we will inform our customers right away. However, for now, Bloomberg TV will not be broadcast on Duo County Telecom after December 13th."</p>

<p>Duo County Telecom has added 3 channels — including FOX Sports 1 — to its line-up for all Standard Tier customers. "With the growing popularity of this recently launched sports network we wanted to make it available to as many of our subscribers as possible," said Eric West, Duo County Telecom Director of Marketing.</p>
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<p>FOX Sports 1 (186) will have nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming annually. Over the past several years, FOX Sports has acquired or renewed rights agreements with entities like the FIFA World Cup, MLB, NASCAR, NFL, UFC and collegiate conferences like the Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Conference USA, Pac-12, the USGA and soccer leagues around the world to develop a full, robust programming schedule.</p>
<p>Also included in the new Standard Tier line-up is MSNBC (192) and ID (314). Catch great news and other programming on MSNBC, and intriguing Hollywood crimes, murder and forensic investigations on ID. Investigation Discovery gives you insight into true stories that piece together puzzles of human nature.</p>
<p>These three additions now expand the Standard Tier line-up to 67 channels available for your viewing.</p>

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To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 364 area code will be added to the area served by 270. This is known as an area code overlay. 


An overlay is the addition of another area code (364) to the same geographic region as an existing area code (270). An overlay does not require customers to change their existing area code.

Caller ID spoofing is the practice of causing the telephone network to display a number on the recipient's Caller IDdisplay that is not that of the actual originating station. The term is commonly used to describe situations in which the motivation is considered malicious by the speaker or writer. Just as e-mail spoofing can make it appear that a message came from any e-mail address the sender chooses, Caller ID spoofing can make a call appear to have come from any phone number the caller wishes. Because of the high trust people tend to have in the Caller ID system, spoofing can call the system's value into question.

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