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5 must-have gadgets for heading back to school

(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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Tuesday 08/15/2017
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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Stop Losing Your Keys With This Great Find
Updated: August 05, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Twice a week, one in four Americans loses keys, and more than half say misplaced items cause us to be late. Fortunately, you can now change all that with a new technology from Pixie that uses augmented reality to lead you to the exact spot where your lost items are—saving you time and perhaps your sanity.

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Thursday 08/03/2017
How savvy Wi-Fi use saves data and dollars
Updated: August 11, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Access to cellular data has become the lifeblood of communications in the 21st century. We stay connected to keep up with news, weather and sports, listen to music, check email, watch movies and videos or grab new apps that let us do even more. With today’s technology, a few clicks on your smartphone screen can bring the whole world into the palm of your hand.

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Expert Tips For Parents To Help Their Children Declutter Their Digital Brand
Updated: August 04, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Today, what people see about us online is as much of who we are as what people see in person. The prevalence of social media and our need to record nearly every aspect of our lives place an importance on maintaining a positive and professional online identity and brand. Oftentimes, how we appear online can impact our real lives, including getting a job, earning an education or building relationships.

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Tuesday 08/01/2017
3 reasons to go cashless
Updated: August 09, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The dollar, the euro, the pound, the yen… the currency people use around the world has many different names, but it all shares something in common. Paper forms of currency are out and digital payments are in. The security and convenience of card based electronic payments and digital payments are driving a global shift away from cash. As consumers and merchants around the world become more and more digitally connected this shift will continue to accelerate.

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Monday 07/31/2017
U.S. Working Adults Want To Change Careers. Take These Steps To Make Your Change A Success
Updated: August 01, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you know is thinking about changing careers, you're far from alone. In fact, according to recently released findings from a University of Phoenix survey, 58 percent of U.S. working adults are interested in a new career. Among those interested in changing careers, 81 percent still identify barriers that keep them from doing so.

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Friday 07/28/2017
How Teachers And Parents Can Work Together To Combat Summer Slide
Updated: July 29, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Summer vacations can be a wonderful time to relax and enjoy warm weather, summer camps and family vacations. However, these lengthy gaps spent away from the educational environment could negatively impact a student's academic progress. Researchers who study education call this phenomenon "summer slide "—the tendency for students to lose some of the academic gains they made during the previous school year once summer arrives, when they are no longer in a structured academic environment.

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Thursday 07/20/2017
5 steps to a smart home
Updated: July 28, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - When it comes to technology, smarter is better. There are smart watches, smart televisions and just about everyone has a smartphone.

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Monday 07/17/2017
New Device Helps Protect Patients from Stroke During Heart Valve Replacement
Updated: August 01, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - As people age, stroke is one of their greatest fears. In fact, many Americans believe that surviving a stroke with a disability could be worse than dying. With stroke being one of the biggest risks of undergoing heart valve replacement, doctors are enthusiastic about new technology that may help.

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Wednesday 07/12/2017
CME Group, 4-H Steer Youth Toward Agricultural Industry for Fifth Straight Year
Updated: July 12, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - CME Group has once again partnered with National 4-H Council to sponsor the interactive and educational Commodity Carnival, which will visit 120 state and county fairs in the Midwest during the summer and fall of 2017. The Commodity Carnival and companion app, Risk Ranch, give players a fun and engaging way to learn about agriculture by bringing a steer to market.

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Tuesday 07/11/2017
So Your Company Went Mobile ... Now What?
Updated: July 11, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Most companies know the need to go mobile to make their workforce more productive and efficient, but many don't know what is needed outside of buying some tablets and software.

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Monday 07/10/2017
5 ways to maximize your conference room and increase meeting creativity
Updated: July 11, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The average person spends about 35-50 percent of their time at work in conference rooms. Long, inefficient meetings can be creativity, productivity and workplace morale killers. But meetings don’t have to feel like a drag. To cultivate positive workplace culture, it’s crucial to prepare ahead of time and ensure your conference room is equipped with essentials to keep people in a problem-solving and creative state of mind.

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Wednesday 07/05/2017
5 ways to streamline your efforts to make most of summer
Posted: July 05, 2017

(BPT) - In an effort to maximize recreational time and get the most out of longer summer days, the world’s packing, shipping and business services experts at FedEx Office offer tips to help you work more efficiently.

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Thursday 06/29/2017
Put The Fourth Of July Party In The Palm Of Your Hand
Updated: June 30, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—To make your next BBQ bash, pool party or summer celebration a smash in time for Fourth of July—just phone it in. That is, use your smartphone to not only take great pictures of all the fun but also to project movies, play music and more.

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Wednesday 06/28/2017
5 eye health tips that are easy to visualize
Updated: July 06, 2017 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Writer Leigh Hunt once said, “The groundwork of all happiness is good health.” It’s a mantra you heed because nothing is more important than your health. That’s why you watch what you eat, you exercise at least three times a week and you avoid tobacco or excessive alcohol use. You’re working hard to improve your body’s overall health, but there’s one integral part of your body that you have yet to focus your health regimen on — your eyes.

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Mobile Payment App Gives Apple Pay a Run for Its Money
Updated: June 28, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - This fall, like clockwork, Apple, Inc. will launch its iPhone 8, with yet another new operating system. Added to the mix will be the launch of Apple Pay Cash and sending money inside its messenger app, also known as Peer to Peer (P2P).

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Majority Of Registered Voters Overlook Cybersecurity Concerns While On Summer Vacation, According To University Of Phoenix Survey
Updated: June 29, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Smartphones have become a bodily extension for most Americans. U.S. World & News Report found that nearly a quarter of the population of the U.S. has a smartphone—fourth in the world. We take our devices with us everywhere—work, home, even on vacation-but the devices in our pockets may be putting us at risk of cybertheft when we least expect it.

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Tuesday 06/27/2017
5 ways businesses are turning old problems into new opportunities
Updated: July 05, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Today’s business environment is characterized by excitement as much as it is by anxiety. As new technologies are constantly introduced into the workplace and transform how employees work, managers need to adjust in order to retain employees, streamline processes and stay competitive.

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Monday 06/26/2017
5 reasons to leave the laptop behind and use a tablet
Posted: June 26, 2017

(BPT) - Sick of carrying that heavy laptop around? Do you want the functionality of a laptop but the flexibility of a touch screen? Today’s tablets are fully functioning computers that have the firepower to match a laptop and provide the best of both worlds when partnered with a detachable keyboard. Here are five reasons why you should leave your laptop behind and use a tablet.

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De-stress Your Move
Updated: June 27, 2017 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—Although moving is one of the most stressful life events—according to the Employee Relocation Council—it doesn’t have to be. If you’re one of the 40 million people estimated to move this year, these five steps can make moving easier:

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Monday 06/19/2017
New Ways to Save and Enjoy Your Photos
Updated: June 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) People are taking more photos than ever before, of friends, family, vacations and their food. And while they don’t always like to admit it, they are also taking selfies.

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Thursday 06/15/2017
Mobile Banking Offers Greater Ease, Better Deals
Posted: June 15, 2017

(NewsUSA) - It seems that almost anything can be done with a click of a mouse or a downloaded app these days -- including your banking.

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Let Today's Technology Save You From 'Renophobia'
Updated: June 16, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you’ve been thinking, or even just dreaming, about buying a new home but “renophobia—the fear of having to do renovations—is holding you back, you may be glad to hear two things.

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Wednesday 06/14/2017
Forget Politics! Together We Can Save Our Climate!
Updated: June 14, 2017 - 3:35 pm

(NewsUSA) - One day before President Donald Trump announced his decision to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement, Climeworks, an innovative Swiss startup, launched the world's first commercial carbon capture plant in Hinwil, Switzerland.

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Tuesday 06/13/2017
Amazon Introduces A Discounted Monthly Prime Offer For Customers Receiving Government Assistance
Updated: June 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Amazon Prime members save money and time through access to low prices, premium videos and music, as well as convenient delivery options. And now, Amazon has designed a discounted monthly Prime membership option for customers participating in a growing list of government assistance programs.

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Thursday 06/08/2017
Smartphone market responds to senior users
Updated: June 16, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Smartphone technology may seem complicated and flashy, but don’t believe anyone who says it’s only for the young. In fact, 73 percent of those 50 to 59 years old now own a smartphone, according to a 2016 survey from AARP. Going one step further, a recent study of smartphone user habits by the Pew Research Center concludes that 92 percent of those aged 50 and above now use text messaging, 80 percent use their phones to access the internet and 87 percent use them to send and receive email.

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Make No Mistake—Play Is Crucial, Experts Say
Updated: June 09, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—While most kids score an “A” in play, many parents need to understand just how crucial play is for their children’s development.

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Technology Can Give You The Upper Hand On Your Next Home Purchase
Updated: June 09, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Technology has revolutionized the homebuying process in some surprising ways.

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Tuesday 05/30/2017
Take Control of Your Personal Finances with New Express Bill Pay
Updated: May 30, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - We all work hard for our money, which in turn is divided up to pay our bills. That's how it works. But with the added stress of managing daily life, managing bill payment can often be overwhelming and sometimes get overlooked. It can be hard to keep track of what's due and when; never mind those bills that have fallen through the cracks and are late.

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Wednesday 05/24/2017
Access to mental health care may be just a virtual visit away
Updated: June 01, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Mental health disorders impact thousands of people every day, including many of our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Everyone reading this likely knows someone struggling with mental illness and is aware of the toll it can take on individuals, families and communities. Mental health challenges do not discriminate — they affect people from all walks of life regardless of age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic level.

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Wednesday 05/17/2017
What to Do to Stop Unwanted Phone Calls
Updated: May 17, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Whether you use a landline, mobile phone or both, you’ve likely received those pesky robocalls -- phone calls that use a computerized auto-dialer to deliver a pre-recorded message. As a consumer, here is what to know about this common annoyance to your home or personal line.

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Monday 05/15/2017
5 precise points to look for in the perfect PC
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - What drives you in the search for the perfect PC? Is it premium design and the high-end components? Or are you a performance person where nothing but the best specs will do? And what about price? Do you worry that you'll have to sacrifice some of the things you want simply because they are too expensive?

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Wednesday 05/10/2017
Making E-mail Secure Is Just Not That Difficult
Updated: May 11, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—E-mail security is not the problem—it’s how we use e-mail that is the problem. There has been no lack of press and attention regarding the insecurity of e-mail and the consequences of account hacking. Look no further than the latest elections, the Sony Pictures hack, the latest Yahoo compromise, etc. We hear about the problem all the time. What is missing from all the discussion is how to solve the problem.

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Tuesday 05/09/2017
3 steps to becoming a savvier online shopper
Updated: May 17, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Every day, people use data to influence their decision making — from where to go for dinner, to selecting stocks in which they should invest, to where to live. Every Google search we perform, every Yelp review read or written, each item of clothing, houseware or electronic device we put in our virtual cart, is another data point companies can use to personalize our experience with their brands.

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Monday 05/08/2017
5 tips to keep your home secure from hackers
Updated: May 16, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Times have changed. It’s no longer enough to protect your physical home, it’s also vital you stay safe from cybercrimes. It has become increasingly easier for criminals to gain access to financial accounts, email and even hack internet-connected devices in the home.

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Thursday 05/04/2017
Rogue retirement account? Expert advice to reduce rollover stress
Updated: May 12, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - It's happened to almost everyone: you leave a job and have a retirement account that you are no longer actively contributing to. It sits there for months — maybe years — because you're not sure exactly where to move it or what the process is like to roll it over. You know that money could probably be better invested, but moving accounts is intimidating, so it sits.

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Tuesday 05/02/2017
What You Should Know About Custom Hearing Aids
Updated: May 03, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the nearly 40 million Americans the National Institutes of Health estimates could hear better, you may be thinking about hearing aids.

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Thursday 04/27/2017
Four Tech Tools That Can Help Your Small Business Grow
Updated: April 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Fifty-four years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed into effect a proclamation that established a week to celebrate the contributions of small U.S. businesses. Every president since then has continued the tradition.

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Tuesday 04/25/2017
Streaming Content Box Cuts Your Cable and Costs
Posted: April 25, 2017

(NewsUSA) - Cable TV? That was so three years ago.

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Save Time, Trouble And Money With A New Sort Of Phone Service
Updated: April 26, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Answering the call for more flexibility in telephone service is an unusual new kind of company—the world’s first cloud-based phone carrier.

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Tuesday 04/18/2017
Expert Tips To Help Job Seekers Clean Up Their Social Identity
Updated: April 19, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Social media is a popular pastime for work and play for nearly 70 percent of Americans.1 For job seekers, social networking sites can be useful tools to share professional experience, network with peers and employers, and seek job openings, but the content that individuals post on social platforms could be detrimental during the job hunt.

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Monday 04/17/2017
Look Before You Buy: Virtual Reality Comes to Home Improvement
Updated: April 17, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF-You're about to shell out a significant amount of money to upgrade your house, and the choices make your head spin. Traditional asphalt or slate shingles? Summer blue or teardrop blue paint for the walls?

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Sunshine State Shining New Light on the Banking Industry
Updated: April 17, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Florida is becoming the modern-day Wall Street for many international and U.S. banking companies. Today there are 141 commercial banks in Florida with more than $140 billion in assets, and 18 international banking conglomerates who have their U.S. headquarters in the state.

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Friday 04/14/2017
Confused by TV technology? This buyer's guide simplifies the terms
Updated: April 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The technology in our TV sets has changed a lot in the past decade. When it comes time to buy one, it’s easy to lose track of which features matter for a good TV-watching experience.

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Thursday 04/06/2017
Summer Tips to Protect Your Smartphone
Updated: April 06, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Taking good care of your smartphone should be a priority all year long. However, in summer, doing so may seem like more of a challenge, as you find yourself on-the-go and frequently in situations that may compromise your device.

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Tuesday 04/04/2017
Control mobile data costs by connecting to Wi-Fi at home
Updated: April 12, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - American's use of computers has shifted dramatically in the last five years. In the past, desktop computers were the main tools for accessing the Internet and communicating with others. Today, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are taking over.

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