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(BPT) - While it is hard for some to imagine a day without social media, smartphones and Wi-Fi, these were not available a mere 20 years ago. Technology has revolutionized the way we order food, purchase clothes and read books.

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Wednesday 10/18/2017
Don't Be Left In The Dark: The Light Bulb Revolution Is Here
Updated: October 19, 2017 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—American consumers are about to experience a game-changer in terms of lighting their homes, energy efficiency experts at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency predict.

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Tuesday 10/17/2017
Don't get hacked! Time to get serious about password safety
Updated: October 19, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - We all know hiding your house key under the doormat is a terrible idea, but we do it anyway because it’s a convenient backup. When it comes to safeguarding passwords, especially in a family setting, people often choose convenience over safety.

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Medical Device Protects Doctors, Nurses from Pathogens in Patient Fluids
Updated: October 17, 2017 - 3:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Every time a patient has surgery or any other procedures at a hospital, the hospital faces the challenge of disposing of all the blood, urine, and other fluids that result. These fluids can contain pathogens such as HIV or hepatitis, so they may be dangerous.

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Monday 10/16/2017
How to Get More out of Your Smartphone
Updated: October 16, 2017 - 3:39 am

(StatePoint) You could have the swankiest smartphone with all the latest features, but without some strategizing, it could feel like you’re carrying around a very expensive brick.

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Thursday 10/12/2017
University Of Phoenix Survey Suggests The Majority Of Parents May Be Unaware Of The Effects Of Cyberbullying On Their Children
Updated: October 13, 2017 - 3:37 am

(NAPSI)—October is National Cyberbullying Prevention Awareness Month, a national campaign to educate and raise awareness of cyberbullying prevention. With the prevalence of social media sites and mobile apps that connect people, children today are becoming increasingly more susceptible to cyberbullying. Yet recent findings suggest many parents may be unaware of just how often their children are victims and the impact of online bullying.

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Tuesday 10/10/2017
Solving A Major Problem in "Additive" Manufacturing
Updated: October 10, 2017 - 3:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - A new approach to making everything from jet engines to toys, called 3D printing, is creating a revolution in manufacturing -- and a small company called Sigma Labs, Inc (NASDAQ:SGLB) has an enabling technology that can make it happen.

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Improve Your Cell Reception In 10 Simple Steps
Updated: October 11, 2017 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—If your home is like most, you no longer have a landline. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 51 percent of U.S. homes rely on cell phones alone for a telephone connection. So a reliable cellular signal is more crucial than ever.

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Monday 10/09/2017
Easy winter weatherproofing: Keep the chill out as temperatures drop
Updated: October 17, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Households heating with natural gas, which is almost half of U.S. homes, are expected to spend an average of $635 on heating this winter — 22 percent more than last winter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration — but some easy seasonal maintenance tips can make a big difference.

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Thursday 10/05/2017
Easy ways to make your data, and your dollars, go further
Updated: October 13, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Wireless providers would love for you to believe that a modern lifestyle requires an endless, unlimited stream of data; and by the way, they’d love to sell it to you! On its face, there’s probably nothing wrong with this assumption. Just think about how much of your day is spent on data-dependent activities, like streaming video or music, searching the internet or using GPS on your smartphone. They all require data, in some form, to deliver what you need.

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How To Keep The People And Things You Care For Safe At Home
Updated: October 07, 2017 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—From kids and pets, to your home or business, there is a lot you want to protect. There are many things you need to consider when wanting to keep your loved ones safe and your valuables secure. To help, here are some top tips:

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Six Tips To Help You Manage Kids' Screen Time
Updated: October 07, 2017 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—If any of the nearly 51 million schoolchildren in America today is someone you care about, you may find this information on kids and the internet quite intriguing.

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Feeling Ill? The Computer Will See You Now
Updated: October 07, 2017 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you don’t feel well, where will you turn? If you’re like many Americans, it will be to your computer.

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Wednesday 10/04/2017
Tips for safely recycling household batteries
Updated: October 06, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Do you have a pile of used household batteries hidden in your junk drawer or a coffee can in the garage? You know you should be environmentally responsible and recycle them, but you aren’t sure where to start, so the pile grows larger.

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It's time: Signs your heating system needs a tune-up
Updated: October 12, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Temperatures are falling, pumpkin spice everything has reappeared and stores have already put out holiday displays — all signs that winter is either on the way, or already here, depending on where you live. If you haven’t already had your heating system tuned up, now is the time.

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How To Protect Your Data
Updated: October 05, 2017 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—Chances are your data, whether personal or at work, has been compromised. Even before half the adults in America had their information stolen from a major credit-reporting agency, there were about 178 million personal records exposed in 2015 and it’s estimated that number rose to more than 200 million in 2016.

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Tuesday 10/03/2017
Protect your pets by bringing them home again safely
Updated: October 11, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - From the moment you bring your pet home, they are a member of your family and you want to do everything you can to protect them from harm — including bringing them home safely if they get lost. Each year, 6-8 million pets are taken into U.S. animal shelters. Thankfully, with HomeAgain, more than 2 million pets have been safely reunited with their families.

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DIY home security systems: The smart, affordable way to secure your home
Updated: October 11, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - With the holiday season approaching, you may be thinking about giving your family the gift of home security — especially if you know you’ll be traveling over the holidays. Yet high monthly fees and lengthy security company contracts could make you think twice about installing a professionally monitored home security system. In fact, a survey by Strategy Analytics found many Americans are interested in home security, but dislike the high costs associated with major security system providers.

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Friday 09/29/2017
5 reasons to skip the stadium and watch the game at home
Updated: October 07, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - For many, fall is back-to-school season. It’s the time for pumpkin-spiced coffee, decorative gourds, scarves and cardigans. But by far, the most exciting part of fall is when the sports world begins to heat up. As the football season kicks off, baseball playoffs begin and inevitably, one of our friends tells us about the great tickets they have to a game.

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Top tips to reap the fullest experience from fall TV
Updated: October 07, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - With long nights and chilly temperatures, it's always good to find an excuse to stay home. Here's a classic excuse that's gone from lame to legitimate in a short time: I have to catch up on my favorite TV show.

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Thursday 09/28/2017
5 student-friendly apps that beat any college care package
Updated: October 06, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Soon after back-to-school season ends, a new one begins for parents of college-age kids: "send-me-something" season lasts for the whole school year. This year, instead of sending your college kid yet another care package filled with cookies and other stuff they may not use (or will have to share with roommates), why not give them these college-friendly apps?

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Thursday 09/21/2017
Ready for a New Phone? How to Tell if it’s Time to Switch Your Wireless Provider
Updated: September 27, 2017 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) When you’re buying a new phone, it’s only natural to wonder if it’s time to break up with your current wireless provider and move on. Doing so might save you money and offer you more convenience and better service.

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Wednesday 09/20/2017
5 easy ways to turn your house into a smart home
Updated: September 28, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - There was a time when setting up a smart home was a labor-intensive endeavor. You had to know which devices worked together, spend tedious days getting everything to work just right, then master complicated software to control the whole experience.

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Monday 09/18/2017
5 ways to boost engagement and productivity in the office
Updated: September 26, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Step into the office of the future on the first day of work, and the things that you expect in a traditional workplace are not going to happen here.

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Looking To Develop Your Girl's Leadership Skills? Try Girl Scouts
Updated: September 19, 2017 - 3:44 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re ever the parent or grandparent of a girl, recent research from the University of Essex in England may provide some surprising but important information: Girls are more willing to take risks, speak up, and take on leadership roles when in single-gender environments.

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Thursday 09/14/2017
3 easy DIY STEM projects for kids
Updated: September 22, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Looking for hands-on activities to engage your kids? It’s never too early to introduce them to important STEM subjects at home.

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Wednesday 09/13/2017
4 tips to send your kids back to school with total confidence
Updated: September 21, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Back-to-school season is under way! While this is an exciting time for the whole family, it can be a hectic one, too. A recent survey conducted by Total Wireless found that almost two-thirds (63 percent) of moms agree that planning for back to school is more stressful than planning for the holiday season. Changing schedules and months of heavy planning and costs can mean less time spent as a family, adding an extra layer of anxiety for moms.

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5 food trends impacting what, and how, we eat
Updated: September 21, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Today's consumers market view their food choices with a more critical eye than ever before, and this pressure is placing higher expectations on food manufacturers, not only in terms of how consumers’ food is made but what it’s made from, where it’s sourced and how it's delivered.

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New Form of Farming Revolutionizes the Way We Eat
Updated: September 14, 2017 - 3:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - By 2050, the world population will reach almost 10 billion people, at least 66 percent of whom will live in urban areas.

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7 steps to improve cybersecurity
Updated: September 21, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - There was a time you could run a small business with a bank account, a telephone, an internet connection and some sort of physical base. These days, cybersecurity has been added to this list as a necessity nearly every small business owner needs to consider.

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Tuesday 09/12/2017
Cancel Out Noise By Soundproofing Your House
Updated: September 13, 2017 - 4:20 am

(NAPSI)—Your home is meant to be a retreat from the world—quiet and relaxing. However, that peaceful setting can quickly turn to chaos when unwanted noise enters the picture. The good news is that there are several things you can do to prevent unwanted sounds from interrupting your activities, whether you’re resting, working or enjoying some much-needed leisure time.

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Friday 09/08/2017
Tips For Parents Of Teen Drivers
Updated: September 09, 2017 - 3:39 am

(NAPSI)—The National Safety Council reports that half of all teen drivers will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school. Listening to these helpful tips and utilizing available technology can help you keep your teen driver safer.

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Thursday 09/07/2017
New Drone Brings The Perfect Package To The Masses
Updated: September 13, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - While smartphone and tablet sales are cooling down and other technologies, such as PCs, are in a full slump, the drone market is hotter than ever.

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Wednesday 09/06/2017
Summer's End: The Perfect Time to Get Financially Organized
Updated: September 06, 2017 - 3:44 pm

(NewsUSA) - Couldn't find that birth certificate when you needed it? Or maybe it was your tax records for the last seven years that the IRS refused to believe really did get lost in a move?

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Tuesday 09/05/2017
Decoding Play: Why Variety Is Key To Raising Successful Kids
Updated: September 06, 2017 - 3:58 am

(NAPSI)—Have you ever watched a child during playtime switch between building blocks, putting together a puzzle, and talking with their stuffed animals? Through each of these unique types of play, kids are building strong developmental skills that will no doubt come in handy later in life.

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Teacher Study Reveals Homework Surprise
Updated: September 06, 2017 - 3:58 am

(NAPSI)—If your kids are like most, they tell you they have too much homework. A recent University of Phoenix online study1 of more than 1,000 U.S. K−12 teachers, however, suggests that may not really be the case.

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Smartphones And Smarter Students
Updated: September 06, 2017 - 3:58 am

(NAPSI)—This school year, make your days easier and your nights more fun with the latest in smartphone technology.

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Friday 09/01/2017
5 ways to switch up your routine and save
Updated: September 02, 2017 - 7:43 am

(BPT) - Summer is coming to an end, and that means revisiting your bank account before heading into fall. Whether it was vacations, get-togethers or concerts that did you in, summer always seems to come full of activities but doesn’t come cheap. As you head into the next season, it’s a great time to tighten your budget and see where you can potentially save.

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Thursday 08/31/2017
5 ways to keep in touch with grandparents near and far
Updated: September 08, 2017 - 4:21 am

(BPT) - There are laundry lists of reasons why grandparents are the best. They say yes when parents say no, they tell the best stories but make even better listeners, and often they’re the first people we call with news, both good and bad.

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Is your hearing loss a barrier to a happy life?
Updated: September 08, 2017 - 4:21 am

(BPT) - Sheliadawn Fitch would wonder if it really was possible for her to hear again. But she would shove aside those thoughts, overcome by fear and uncertainty, telling herself she was doing okay.

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Monday 08/28/2017
A+ advice for a successful school year
Updated: September 05, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The first days of school are filled with excitement and pangs of anxiety, but it doesn’t take long for high school and college students to fall into a routine. Adjusting to the new reality of school can be difficult, but it's the steps students take now that determine their success throughout the school year.

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Picking A Great Place To Work
Updated: August 29, 2017 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s good news for people wanting great jobs in the tech industry.

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Survey: Majority Of Working Adults See Higher Education As Route To Greater Career Satisfaction
Updated: August 29, 2017 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Americans are thinking more about how to pursue professional development and open doors to more satisfying career options. In fact, according to a recent University of Phoenix® survey, only 38 percent of U.S. working adults are very satisfied with their current professional position, and just 37 percent report that they are very satisfied with their current career path.

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Pregnancy Planning—An App For That
Updated: August 29, 2017 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Every year, more than 4 million women will get pregnant in the United States, and most couples, 84 out of every 100, will get pregnant within the first year of trying. But according to the Department of Health and Human Services, knowing your cycle and the changes in your body can help women know when they are most likely able to conceive to better plan for pregnancy. And yes, there are apps for this.

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Wednesday 08/16/2017
How American Farmers Feed The World
Updated: August 17, 2017 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—According to the Census Bureau, there are 3.2 million farmers operating 2.1 million farms covering 915 million acres. Each U.S. farmer, reports the Farm Journal Foundation, produces enough food to feed 155 people and is the leading producer of more than 50 foods of importance to diets throughout the world.

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Tuesday 08/15/2017
5 must-have gadgets for heading back to school
Updated: August 23, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Summer is almost over and the school bell is about to ring. To make sure you and your family are set up for success, equip your home with the best technology devices on the market. Consider this your gadget guide for the best school year yet.

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Wireless Tips for Boomers
Updated: August 15, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) There are currently more than 93 million Americans in the U.S. over age 55, according to Census data, and the vast majority (74 percent) of them have a smartphone. And that number keeps growing.

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Saturday 08/12/2017
How Smart Home Technology Can Help You Eliminate Stress this School Year
Updated: August 12, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Many parents have worries around the back-to-school season, especially if kids will be alone for a portion of the afternoon or in the morning before catching the bus.

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Monday 08/07/2017
Back-to-School Tips for Upgrading Students’ Devices
Updated: August 07, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Back-to-school season is a popular time to replace tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices. However, while you’re busy paying for books, student fees and other education-related expenses, tech costs don’t have to be a burden.

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Friday 08/04/2017
It's Not Just Personal, It's Business
Updated: August 05, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—According to Pew research, eight out of 10 Americans have smartphones and many of them bring their phones to work and just about everywhere else.

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