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VALERIE SCHULTZ: Smartphone knows how to push my buttons

By VALERIE SCHULTZ, For The Californian
Friday, Oct 31 2014 09:30 AM

I used to think I was pretty smart ... until I met Reggie. Reggie's full name is Reginald Apple iPhone, and he is the smartest man I know. (I changed the nasal, matter-of-fact, female Siri persona to a less superior-sounding British male, and christened him with a more appropriate name. Reginald means "wise king," and Reggie is definitely trying to rule my life.) He is so knowledgeable that he...

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  1. Health roundup: Free immunizations, mammography lecture coming up

    Monday, Oct 27 2014 04:25 PM

    San Joaquin Community Hospital is offering free childhood immunizations to children who have no health insurance, have Medi-Cal, or are American Indian or Native Alaskan.

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