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Consumers across the country use purchasing power to help the environment

(BPT) - Recent studies have shown that a record number of Americans understand that climate change is real and their increasing concern for the future of our planet is driving major corporations across the country to go green by setting and fulfilling lofty sustainability goals.

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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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Thursday 04/18/2019
4 smart home improvements that pay off
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - These days, home upgrades are increasingly focused on one key feature: connectivity. In 2019, buyers want smart homes they can easily control from anywhere. From smart HVAC and sprinkler systems to connected garage door openers, it’s all about creating convenience and comfort.

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Friday 03/29/2019
How To Use Online Reviews To Invest In The Best Technology For Your Office
Updated: April 04, 2019 - 2:50 am

by Mark DiGiammarino

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Thursday 03/28/2019
Spring cleaning: How to make money on the things you no longer want
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - American households are sitting on goldmines. Experts estimate there’s almost a trillion dollars worth of unused items in our homes. Rather than letting those things gather dust, people are digging into their closets, garages and basements to make money back on unused items.

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Wednesday 03/27/2019
Is Your Data Safe? New Trends to Watch Out For
Posted: March 27, 2019

(StatePoint) Keeping data secure is becoming more challenging, as the methods employed by cybercriminals grow more sophisticated every year.

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Tuesday 03/26/2019
Early seasons of popular dating shows now available online [Video]
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

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Friday 03/22/2019
Hobbies That May Make You Money
Updated: March 27, 2019 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—In the gig economy, many people take hobbies such as playing video games, travel or food and turn them into very lucrative side hustles.

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Thursday 03/21/2019
Report: Young car enthusiasts spend $7.2 billion a year customizing vehicles
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - For many car owners, their vehicle is an extension of their personality — and as such they customize it to reflect their individuality and uniqueness.

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Wednesday 03/20/2019
5 Reasons Why Americans Privately Share Their Photos
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

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Fix a Leak Week Reminds Us to Evaluate our Home Plumbing
Posted: March 20, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Plumbing leaks are rampant and such a problem that the Enironmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a Fix a Leak Week campaign in March to educate the public and save water. FloLogic, a smart leak control technology company, is participating in the effort with practical tips and smart home solutions for every homeowner.

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Friday 03/15/2019
Gini's "Blockchain with A Soul" Is Saving Capitalism
Posted: March 15, 2019

(NewsUSA) - "Violent revolutions are inevitable when economic and political conditions become intolerable to the masses," says Ferris Eanfar, CEO of the Gini Foundation. With the rapid rise in wealth inequality and the escalation of economic and social conflicts in recent years, it appears Mr. Eanfar's predictions are coming true.

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Tuesday 03/12/2019
How to Stop Family and Friends From Stealing Your Mobile Cables
Posted: March 12, 2019

(StatePoint) There’s a serious issue threatening to fray the ties that bind American households. Mobile cable theft -- not by masked bandits who come in the night, but by sons, daughters, spouses and roommates.

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Friday 03/08/2019
Stream more than 12,000 movies and TV shows freely with new service [Video]
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

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Monday 03/04/2019
5 tips to avoid email scams this tax season
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Email phishing scams and attempts to steal your information are on the rise as the April 15 tax filing deadline nears, so how can you avoid falling victim to one of these schemes? Phishing attempts have become much more sophisticated in recent years, so it’s even more important to be vigilant in order to protect your personal financial information. In the month of February, Microsoft security experts saw an average of 300,000 phishing encounter attempts across its browser platforms — every single day. These attempted scams will only increase as tax day approaches.

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Wednesday 02/20/2019
Old phone, new service? Upgrade your wireless with a SIM card swap
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Americans are holding onto their smartphones for longer than ever. Pricier smartphones have led consumers to wait an average of nearly three years before upgrading their device. Fortunately, smartphones today are so good, and so powerful, that they simply don’t need to be replaced nearly as often as in the past.

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Tuesday 02/19/2019
3 tips to make your bathroom more inviting and functional
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - We tend to think of the bathroom strictly as a utilitarian space, and therefore not worthy of the same energy and expense put into designing spaces like the living room or kitchen. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom, however. It’s the room where we start and set intentions for our day. In the evening, the bathroom is where we go to unwind — some people prefer soaking in a bubble bath while others take a hot shower to relax after a long day.

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Monday 02/18/2019
How to Save Money on Mobile Devices
Posted: February 18, 2019

(StatePoint) With the skyrocketing cost of brand-new mobile devices, it’s no wonder so many consumers wait until their smartphone or tablet is on its last leg, putting up with cracked screens, battery issues and more for months at a time before considering a replacement.

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Thursday 02/14/2019
5 Ways to Upgrade Your Home with New Tech
Posted: February 14, 2019

(StatePoint) New technology has the power to make your home safer, more comfortable and better suited to your family’s needs.

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Tuesday 02/12/2019
Fraudsters camouflage themselves as military members online: Be prepared to spot this romance scam
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - The online dating trend continues to heat up as research shows that almost 20 percent of brides say they met their spouse on the internet. Unfortunately, not everyone joining these online dating sites has the intention of finding true love. The increase in online romance — particularly around the holidays — has caught the attention of scammers who aim to play on people's hopes and desires for love.

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Thursday 01/31/2019
You can't 'mess up' with this Valentine’s Day gift for your bearded beloved
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Maybe it’s the follicular pheromones, or the fuzzy feel, but one thing is certain — women love men with beards. In fact, research has revealed the majority of U.S. women prefer a man with facial hair over a clean-shaven face. Something women don’t love, however, is the mess a neatly groomed beard can leave behind. Not to worry ladies, just in time for Valentine’s Day, there’s a new beard trimmer on the market designed for bearded men, and the women who love them.

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Prevent CO Poisoning
Updated: February 05, 2019 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—Each year, more than 400 people die from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and more than 20,000 visit the emergency room. CO poisoning can be prevented with a few precautions:

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Wednesday 01/30/2019
4 Ways Female Founders Turbocharge Their Businesses
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Women are starting businesses at a record pace — motivated to pursue passions, financial independence and the flexibility that eludes most traditional jobs.

In the U.S. alone, women entrepreneurs generate $1.1 million in revenue on average across retail, professional and personal service businesses that have operated for 11 years. This stat comes from Visa’s new ‘State of Female Entrepreneurship’ report, which informed their recently announced program, She’s Next, Empowered by Visa, a global initiative to support and champion women in their efforts to grow their small businesses.

That’s powerful stuff, highlighting the important role women entrepreneurs play in the prosperity and economic development of local communities. The typical entrepreneur is 42 years old and earns nearly $110,000 in household income a year, making a profound difference in building and supporting families in the community.

Clearly, female founders are coming into their own. In fact, the Visa study found that 79 percent of American women entrepreneurs feel more empowered now than they did five years ago.

Still, key challenges exist: 73 percent say funding does not come easily, and nearly 2/3 use their own funds to get started. Assembling a good team, finding the right tools and dealing with competitors are among the biggest challenges keeping women entrepreneurs up at night.

For any entrepreneur, it can feel like there’s never enough time or resources to grow a business. To help other entrepreneurs and based on insights from the ’State of Female Entrepreneurship’ report, Visa polled four areas women entrepreneurs focus on to turbocharge success:

Find mentors: More than two-thirds said they wanted advice from fellow entrepreneurs. Relatable role models and mentors are invaluable when you’re making the leap to starting or building your own business.

Find your feet: Strategy development is critical for women starting up their own company. Assembling a good team was a challenge encountered by 37 percent of women founders. Other challenges include: finding the tools to grow and manage their business (36 percent), competition (36 percent) and growing as quickly as they need to (33 percent). Have a plan and pursue your vision.

Gather capital to invest in your business: Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business. Respondents cited profits and revenue growth as the top two priorities for improvement. Thirty-two percent of women would direct additional funding toward newer technology.

Put in overtime: When building a business, time is precious. Given the investment and high stakes that come with the territory, it comes as little surprise that a majority of women entrepreneurs (56 percent) are putting in more work hours than before they started their business.

If you’ve joined the ranks of female entrepreneurs, find support and resources by signing up for the Female Founder Collective, and visit She’s Next, Empowered by Visa where you can download and print a toolkit with tips and advice to help build and sustain your company.

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Monday 01/28/2019
4 Tips to Find Total Confidence through Music
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - The power of music extends beyond just a good beat to listen to. It can be a source of inspiration for new ideas or serve as an instant confidence booster at times when you need a little push. Whatever the reason may be for pressing play, music can inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and try something new.

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Thursday 01/24/2019
5 tips for upping your game watching party
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - You’re looking forward to the big game, and you’ve invited all your friends for what should be an exciting day. But now the big questions persist: Do you have enough food? Is my menu going to make everyone happy? What more do you need for a successful game day party? Here are a few simple tips to up your game and make it a day to remember ... win or lose.

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Wednesday 01/23/2019
5 Self-Care Tips for Parents in the New Year
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - As we begin a new year, it’s important to reflect on our successes and examine the areas we’d like to nurture more in the year ahead. One area that often gets deprioritized by busy parents, but is essential to our wellbeing, is self-care. Setting aside time to reenergize your own needs will not only impact your physical, emotional and mental health, but will also allow you to feel more present and patient toward others. Take some time to develop your self-care routine with these tips in the new year:

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Friday 01/11/2019
New year, new smart home innovations for your interconnected life
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Smart home products made major strides in 2018. More people than ever now use connected devices in their homes, and smart home hubs are constantly adding new integrations and capabilities. Research from Statista predicts that by the end of 2018, more than 45 million smart home devices will be installed in U.S. homes, fueling an exciting new phase for the smart home industry, offering consumers new and improved smart technologies and giving rise to a totally interconnected, easy-to-control environment termed the “smart home.”

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Wednesday 01/09/2019
Tech tools that can help you cut your healthcare costs
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - If you find it challenging to understand the convoluted and sometimes conflicting information regarding your healthcare, you’re not alone.

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Tuesday 01/08/2019
How AI is making our lives easier
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - From the earliest stone tools to today’s super computers, technology has always promised to make our lives easier. Even as it adds complexity to our world, it offers new, simpler ways of accomplishing our daily activities. Now, advances in artificial intelligence (AI) look to take things one step further by using machine learning to drive innovation.

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Thursday 01/03/2019
Simple bathroom installations with big impact for 2019
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Craving a more beautiful bathroom? Resolve to make this the year that you finally create the bathroom of your dreams.

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Airport Of The Future Is Now
Updated: January 05, 2019 - 2:46 am

(NAPSI)—A new record for air travel was set in 2018, with almost 1 billion people taking to the nation’s skies.

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Wednesday 01/02/2019
5 Ways Technology Can Help You Achieve New Year’s Resolutions
Posted: January 02, 2019

(StatePoint) You may have a long list of New Year’s resolutions. Luckily, these days, your efforts can be simplified with the use of technology. Check out these high-tech ways to achieve your 2019 goals:

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Monday 12/31/2018
Goodbye spring cleaning, hello winter refresh!
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Every year, homeowners anxiously await spring to refresh and reset their homes. But what if we capitalized on all the time spent indoors during winter to take control of home improvements ahead of time instead? With a little thoughtful planning, you'll not only be able to give your space a simple face lift but also enjoy spring when it comes around and be outside, soaking up the weather!

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Friday 12/28/2018
5 tips to entertain like a boss this winter
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Entertaining indoors during the chilly winter months can be a fantastic way to brighten up those long, dark evenings. Inviting a few friends over — or a lot — doesn't have to be a difficult challenge, even for first-time hosts. Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, co-founders of A Beautiful Mess, offer these tips for easy and stress-less entertaining.

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Thursday 12/27/2018
How To Make Meetings More Efficient
Updated: January 04, 2019 - 2:42 am

(NAPSI)—In 2019, company leaders and their employees have an opportunity to transform how they work in order to achieve stronger results and more creative and compelling outcomes. CIOs, IT decision makers and employees all have a role to help S.W.I.T.C.H. workplace environments and leverage IT investments for the benefit of the company and the bottom line.

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Friday 12/21/2018
Motor Oil Change Advice
Updated: December 28, 2018 - 2:46 am

(NAPSI)—According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, about one in 10 U.S. households owns a boat. If yours is among them, you should know how to keep your vessel shipshape.

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Thursday 12/13/2018
How to Keep Your Health in Check This Holiday Season
Updated: February 14, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are known for taking a toll on our bodies . Between the chilly temperatures, onset of flu season and the overabundance of sweet treats at every turn, it's easy for physical health to fall to the wayside.

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Monday 12/03/2018
Ultimate Life Hack for Managing Your Money after the Wedding Day
Updated: February 05, 2019 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - While your love may know no bounds for your spouse, things can get a little more tricky when talking about finances.

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Tuesday 11/13/2018
AI Meets Hip Hop in Innovative Music Partnership
Updated: January 25, 2019 - 2:38 am

(NewsUSA) - DigiTrax Entertainment, a pioneer in the music technology industry, brings its artificial intelligence (AI) expertise to the popular hip-hop segment.

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How to Stretch Your Holiday Budget by Saving on Mobile Devices
Posted: November 13, 2018

(StatePoint) With this year’s holiday spending expected to rise over last year, according to the National Retail Federation estimates, you may be planning to spend more on décor, gift-giving and travel. If your seasonal plans also include upgrading mobile devices for yourself or for loved ones, keep in mind that you can make room in your budget for those other holiday expenditures by not paying the price for a brand-new model.

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Monday 11/12/2018
Digital Cash Can Aid Marital Money Management
Updated: January 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - You may be happy with your honey, but the happiest of couples can argue over money.

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The Ultimate Gift for Golf Gurus
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 2:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Coming up with clever holiday gifts is always a challenge, especially for someone who "has everything." However, ways to get creative include gifts that provide experiences, not just things to accumulate. Think of enjoying a craft beer or wine of the month, flying a drone or model plane, shushing down the slopes on a customized snowboard, or playing a classic arcade game.

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Thursday 11/01/2018
Tips For Having A Smart Move
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:43 am

(NAPSI)—Every year, some 40 million Americans move into a new home. If you’re one of them, consider taking steps to ensure your move is a smart one:

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Monday 10/29/2018
Smart Ways to Protect Your Smartphone
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:43 am

(StatePoint) When you check out the latest smartphones from Apple, Google or Samsung, you’ll notice they have something in common: glass designs. Why? Glass allows for wireless charging, better connection signals, bigger display screens, and truth be told, glass feels great and looks beautiful. But these features come with a price -- durability. Compared to metal or plastic, glass cracks, shatters, scratches and can get slippery.

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Tuesday 09/18/2018
5 Tips to Bring Your Home’s Wi-Fi ‘Dead Zones’ to life
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:43 am

(StatePoint) Whether it’s to stream a movie from the bedroom or lock the front door using smart home technology, you’ve likely come to expect Wi-Fi to reach every corner of your house. The reality is that there are certain locations in many homes where Internet-connected devices and smartphones are unable to receive a steady Wi-Fi signal (or any signal at all) from the router. These sad places are called “dead zones.”

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Wednesday 08/08/2018
How Accurate is Your Weather Forecast?
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:43 am

(StatePoint) The weather is not just an idle topic for chit chat. It matters. Particularly when you have a vested business interest in the outcome, or you simply want to make plans for the next few hours or days.

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Saturday 06/09/2018
Don’t Let Your Personal Data End up on the Dark Web
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:43 am

(StatePoint) Consumers today give out personal information all the time -- from shopping online to signing up for special promotional offers to filling out job applications.

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Thursday 06/07/2018
Tips to Upgrade Your Home Gaming Experience
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:43 am

(StatePoint) Whether going on an epic adventure, hunting for treasure, exploring vast wondrous lands, or playing sports, video gamers are always seeking the latest ways to create the ultimate experience at home.

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Thursday 05/03/2018
May is American Stroke Month: What to Know Now
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:43 am

(StatePoint) For patients experiencing ischemic stroke -- the leading cause of disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- the time it takes to receive treatment is critically important for avoiding irreversible brain damage. While getting evaluated by a specialist used to take up to several hours, new in-ambulance technology being tested by hospitals nationwide is helping patients get evaluated within minutes.

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