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(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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Saturday 04/01/2017
The data dilemma: How to choose a monthly plan
Updated: April 09, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - How much data do you really need on your monthly cellular plan? Buy too much and you’re simply wasting money. Buy too little and you could end up socked with overage fees, or find your data speeds slowed significantly.

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Tuesday 03/28/2017
News Site Rantt Takes The Time to Get It Right
Updated: March 28, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - In the age of nonstop news and often limited fact-checking, a new digital news publication, Rantt, is moving in the other direction, focusing on slowing the story down, and getting the facts right, even if it means not being the first to publish a seemingly hot story.

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Monday 03/27/2017
The Importance of Protecting Patents
Updated: March 27, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - America's economic engine is fueled by innovation. The ideas and inventions that emerge from researchers' labs or the garages of budding entrepreneurs have spawned powerhouse companies, even new industries.

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Why Experts Say High-Speed Internet Access Matters to Families and Businesses Nationwide
Updated: March 27, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) In the same way the telephone brought new opportunities for business development and economic prosperity to America’s heartland decades ago, experts say that today, expanding broadband to every part of the country will have positive impacts on all communities nationwide. In short: no matter where you live it’s important that all Americans -- including those in more remote areas -- have broadband access, too.

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Wednesday 03/22/2017
Secrets smart investors use year-round to save on their taxes
Updated: March 30, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Come tax time, many people work to locate tax breaks. While this is always a smart financial move, a little-known way to help build your net worth is to keep taxes top of mind throughout the entire year.

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Thursday 03/16/2017
Telecom and Cloud Service Options Expand in Africa
Updated: March 17, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Affordable mobile telecommunications in Africa are expanding through a joint venture between two Virginia-based companies.

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Monday 03/13/2017
4 tips to help protect your identity this tax season
Updated: March 21, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Tax season is a busy time for everyone. From accountants and small business owners to families and individuals, especially as more people choose to file their taxes themselves. Unfortunately, it’s also a busy time of year for cybercriminals who use the flurry of activity to swindle sensitive personal information from unsuspecting victims.

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
14-year-old scientist aims to solve the energy crisis
Updated: March 16, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The family trip. For most kids it’s a chance to relax, visit a new destination, collect souvenirs, and create stories and memories to share with their friends throughout the year.

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Car Sharing Made Easier For Every Chicagoan
Updated: March 09, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you need a ride in Chicago, you may be glad to learn there's a new way to get around the city. Whether it's a night out at Entente or Smyth, a trip to Lake Geneva for the weekend or a game at Wrigley Field to cheer on the World Series champs, a new on-demand car sharing service can have you covered.

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Easy Car Sharing For Every D.C. Resident
Updated: March 09, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—There's a new car sharing option in Washington, D.C. that makes it easier to travel if you don't have a car or if the car you have just isn't the one you need. Whether it's meeting friends for brunch at Le Diplomate, a relaxing weekend out of the city or using it when the Metro is down, Maven, the new car sharing service from General Motors, ensures you are set to travel.

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Friday 03/03/2017
Facts To Help You Fight Identity Fraud
Updated: March 04, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—The 2017 Identity Fraud Study by Javelin Strategy & Research revealed that the number of identity fraud victims increased by 16 percent in the last year, a record high. The study found that despite the efforts of the industry, fraudsters successfully netted 2 million more victims in 2016, with the amount fraudsters took rising by nearly $1 billion, to $16 billion.

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Thursday 03/02/2017
The Top State for Robotics Innovation? Florida Will Surprise You
Updated: March 02, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Lifelike animatronics, next-generation "surgeons" and mechanical warfighters -- words that might create visions of a Sci-Fi blockbuster. However, these innovations in high-tech robotics are real and you need look no further than Florida to find them. The history between the state and robotics is a long one. Since the birth of IBM PC in Boca Raton in 1981, the "Second Machine Age" has been thriving in the Sunshine State.

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Wednesday 03/01/2017
Soft Skills, Community Relations Are Necessities To Improve Policing Efforts In 2017
Updated: March 02, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Police officers today face very different challenges than a decade ago. Social media and an increase in overall visibility of officers’ actions place them under increased scrutiny, and may have fueled disconnect between law enforcement and the communities they protect. According to a Gallup survey, only 58 percent of whites and 29 percent of African Americans trust police officers, up slightly from the lowest point it reached in 2015. Recent incidents with minorities and limited community presence may contribute to the lack of trust.

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Monday 02/27/2017
It's 2017: Do you know how old your farmer is?
Updated: March 07, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Smartphone? Check. GPS? Check. Seed, fertilizer and tractor? Check. Welcome to the world of modern agriculture, where high-tech is the rule and savvy millennials are in demand as U.S. agriculture embraces the many challenges of feeding a growing world.

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Friday 02/17/2017
Protecting Seniors Online from Scams, Hacks and Tax Fraud
Updated: February 17, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - The vast majority of seniors today are using the Internet at least once a week to check email, pay bills online and keep in touch via social media. But all that time online puts them at risk for scams and hacks, such as tax fraud.

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Thursday 02/16/2017
Five Reasons You Need Cell Phone Insurance Now
Updated: February 16, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Not long ago we only used cell phones to make calls or send cryptic, short-hand text messages. Now, we rely on our phones for storing our contacts and calendar appointments, watching videos, checking email, managing our connected devices and, of course, keeping up on social media. In fact, phones have become such a crucial part of our lives that many people sleep with them.

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Monday 02/13/2017
Are you reading and posting content worthy of your smartphone data? 5 tips to switch up your online commentary
Updated: February 21, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - From awards shows to politics and sporting events, the beginning of the year is packed with comment-worthy moments. Many of us take these opportunities to share what we think are the smartest, sharpest and snarkiest takes and project online to our friends and beyond.

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
Tackle your DIY projects with these 3 multipurpose tools
Updated: February 16, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - DIY projects are surging in popularity right now and it’s easy to see why. A successful DIY project can fix a problem or make a much-needed improvement to your home, while also providing you with the satisfaction of a job well done. Best of all, it allows you to save money over hiring a professional contractor to do the work.

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Tuesday 02/07/2017
5 things you must know about this groundbreaking treatment for servicemen and women
Updated: February 15, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - When the nation’s servicemen and women serve a tour of duty overseas, many don’t return home the same.

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Monday 02/06/2017
Local Community Newspapers Go Digital
Updated: February 06, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Small, local newspapers have been valued community resources across the United States for approximately 200 years, but many have faced challenges from increasing costs and difficulty keeping up with the latest technology. However, one form of new technology can help these papers survive. A specifically designed platform can help small community papers contribute to their survival by capitalizing on mobile revenue options.

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Today's Students Want To Read The Latest Textbooks
Updated: February 07, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s something parents, teachers, students and taxpayers may be glad to learn: An answer to education costs could be in the palm of your hands...if, that is, you get your hands on the latest thing in schoolbooks—digital textbooks, which can provide more and cost less than traditional ones.

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Friday 02/03/2017
Learn the basics to avoid cell phone surprises
Updated: February 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - It’s easy to be overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a cellphone provider. Everyone claims to offer the best, cheapest and most comprehensive service. It can be especially baffling for seniors who, despite boundless wisdom elsewhere, may be newcomers to this technology.

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Wednesday 02/01/2017
Security in an insecure world
Updated: February 09, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The year 2016 was devastating for some safe deposit box holders. In New York, thieves cut holes in the roofs of three banks and brazenly emptied hundreds of safe deposit boxes, leaving the victims' pillaged boxes on the roof and strewn around the vault.

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Tuesday 01/31/2017
Invest In The Cloud To Advance Your Small Business
Updated: February 01, 2017 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—It used to be that the size of your technology investment was in direct proportion to the size of your business. That is no longer necessarily the case. With so many customizable technology offerings available through the cloud, even the smallest microbusiness can be equipped with enterprise-size technology that can make a difference in today’s crowded business climate.

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