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3 alarming places where germs are hiding in your kitchen

(BPT) - Your kitchen may look clean, but here’s the dirt on what’s really happening. Although a quick daily clean might keep some of the bacteria at bay, it’s important to remember that germs are lurking in the dark corners often overlooked! Since the kitchen tends to be where family and friends congregate, not only is it alarming to discover that things may not be as clean as you thought they were, bacteria can come in contact with the food you eat. That raises your risk of getting sick.

Pet Central

pets

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

Fitness

Fitness

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

Crosswords

Crosswords

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

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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Wednesday 10/10/2018
Simplicity and savings trigger flip phone comeback
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(BPT) - The good old-fashioned flip phone is enjoying a quiet resurgence, with sales having increased by 5 percent in 2017. While they’re not exactly poised to overtake the popularity of the iPhone, these venerable devices retain a timeless appeal for those who prefer the simple convenience of using a cellphone primarily for making and receiving calls, and with older users who find smartphones unnecessarily complex for their needs.

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Tuesday 10/09/2018
Fun and accessible STEM resources for kids
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - Inspiring kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) now could help prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that occupations related to STEM are projected to grow 13 percent by 2022 — faster than projections for all other occupations over the same time.

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Get Back To Loving Your Digital Life After A Hack
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(NAPSI)—Learning you’ve been hacked can be a bummer. Luckily, Allstate believes your online information is just as important as your home or car. To help you learn more about managing your digital footprint, visit www.HiddenWorldOfData.com, which is a hub of educational resources. You can learn more about where your data goes and how to better manage your data privacy and prevent any negative missteps. So whether you’ve been hacked or just want to take the right steps to prevent it from happening, Allstate has your back.

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Wednesday 10/03/2018
Make a fashion statement ... with hearing aids?
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - When thinking about fashionable accessories, images of jewelry, scarves, ties or glasses may come to mind. You might even think of the growing number of wearable technology options like earbuds or smartwatches, offering useful and sleek accessories. In any case, hearing aids are often the last thing people think of when it comes to fashion.

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Open for business but also open for hackers?
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - Protection against cyber attacks is crucial for any small business. A surprising report says that the average small business website is attacked by bots 44 times a day; however, many small businesses can’t picture themselves as a target. It’s easy to think that only large companies are subject to cyber threats, and therefore, overlook developing cybersecurity systems and tools due to cost and lack of resources. Thus, this is the exact reason why hackers will target small businesses — they are expecting to find weaknesses. It is essential for small businesses to protect their data, develop backup measures, and build recovery plans to counteract cyber threats in order to reduce the risk of losing everything they've worked so hard to build.

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Avoid chilling accidents with these tips to winterize your home
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - Winter will be here before you know it. The season has a way of sneaking up on you and before you realize you’re not ready, the first chilling breezes have already arrived.

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Tuesday 10/02/2018
Simple steps to stay healthy during cold and flu season
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(BPT) - With cold and flu season just around the corner you might think there isn't much you can do to prepare for the inevitable aches and achoos. A few small changes in your routine and at home can go a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy all season long.

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Monday 10/01/2018
Technology Breakthroughs Drive Clean Energy Success
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:09 am

(NewsUSA) - Ongoing concerns about reducing carbon emissions and identifying clean energy sources continue to drive demand for clean energy products and support the development of technology that produces them.

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Thursday 09/27/2018
Integrate accessories for added luxury
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - Accessories bring a sense of purpose into a space and, with thoughtful selection, can transform a room into an elevated experience. When used creatively and in unexpected ways, they add the perfect finishing touch to a space and can transform the overall aesthetic and design. From hardware to purposefully placed décor, integrate accessories artfully and functionally to achieve beauty and balance for an even more luxurious space.

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Tuesday 09/25/2018
Using data to deliver better customer experience
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(BPT) - Today, food delivery competition has expanded from traditional restaurants to include local grocery stores and data-driven giants like Amazon. To stand out, companies need a competitive differentiator. Domino’s, founded in 1960, cut through the increased competition’s crust and remains one of the largest pizza companies in the world because it recognizes this.

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Wednesday 09/19/2018
The Top-10 Most Reviewed Software Categories
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(NAPSI)—Getting the right software for your company doesn’t have to be hard if you heed the recent research.

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Tuesday 09/18/2018
5 Tips to Bring Your Home’s Wi-Fi ‘Dead Zones’ to life
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 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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Friday 09/14/2018
It's anniversary time for this fun-loving digital dragon
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(BPT) - What entertained you in the 90’s? Was it the last episode of Seinfeld? The first episode of Friends or big, exciting adventure films like Titanic, Saving Private Ryan or Armageddon? Maybe you remember something else, and no, we don't mean heading out to the mall in your flannel, your overalls, and your jelly shoes.

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Wednesday 09/12/2018
3 questions to ask when looking for your new HVAC unit
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - If you subscribe to the belief that your home is your castle, then you naturally expect to be comfortable in that castle, right? Whether it’s the middle of winter or the dog days of summer, your home’s HVAC system plays a vital role in supporting this comfort, so if you’re in the market for a new system, here are three questions you should ask before purchasing your new system.

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Tuesday 09/11/2018
How This Startup Will Kill The Banner Ad
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:09 am

(NewsUSA) - It has been 25 years since the first banner ad hit the internet. Yet, while the web has changed nearly every other aspect of our society, the way companies advertise online is still stuck in the stone age.

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Monday 09/10/2018
5 back-to-school savings tips for parents
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - Back-to-school season is in full swing and parents are busy completing their shopping lists. Between new books, school supplies and the latest gadgets, sticking to a back-to-school budget is no small feat. Financial columnist, broadcaster and author Peter Dunn, known nationally as “Pete the Planner,” has some great, deal-savvy shopping tips to help you find the best values and save money during this back-to-school shopping season.

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Friday 09/07/2018
6 ways public broadcasting serves local communities
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - Nonprofit broadcasting outlets keep families connected to their community, informed on the news of the day and entertained regardless of age, gender or demographic background.

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Thursday 09/06/2018
A Beloved Dog, A Stolen Car And...A Happy Ending
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(NAPSI)—It started out as a normal day for Mary Harrison—until she briefly left her car running outside of her home with her shih tzu Molly in the backseat and went inside for just a second.

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Ohio Debuts New Way To Play The Lottery
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(NAPSI)—As an Ohioan, the road to riches can be in the palm of your hand.

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Wednesday 09/05/2018
3 Tips (Including Virtual Reality) For Avoiding Home Improvement Blunders
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:11 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - Want proof of how carefully you need to weigh the alternatives before making upgrades to your home?

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Tuesday 09/04/2018
Tips for staying connected on Grandparents Day
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(BPT) - Being a grandparent is a joyful experience, but one of the hurdles can be staying connected with family, especially as a first-time grandparent. With an affordable smartphone and reliable wireless network, grandparents can easily capture and share the special moments that matter, no matter the distance.

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Tuesday 08/28/2018
Why kids have a shortage of free time and what parents can do about it
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(BPT) - A typical school night can get pretty hectic. Once the kids get home, there’s a scramble to get to after-school activities, then dinner and finally, homework.

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Monday 08/20/2018
Hearing better on and off the stage
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

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6 tips for throwing the best party of the year
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(BPT) - There's always one magical gathering every year that has everyone talking long after it's over. It's about getting people together, enjoying good food, music, and cocktails, and creating memories that will linger long after the last guest goes home.

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Friday 08/17/2018
3 trends that can stimulate small business growth
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(BPT) - Small businesses are far more influential than most people may realize.

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Thursday 08/16/2018
Knowledge is power: Tips to help children better understand our connected world
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(BPT) - Technology has rapidly changed the way we live over the past 30 years. Where people once turned strictly to their televisions to watch their favorite shows or play video games, people can now access their favorite entertainment, anytime and anywhere — thanks to smart devices and a WiFi connection.

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Wednesday 08/15/2018
New technology promotes healthy aging in place
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - As millions of baby boomers reach their golden years, they’re changing the world yet again, this time by driving a booming market in senior-friendly aging-in-place technologies. From simple wearable devices to high-tech monitoring systems, the list of gadgets designed to help aging boomers stay independent is extensive and growing.

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Friday 08/10/2018
New Solution Helps Parents Manage Kids' Device Use at Home
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:11 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Nearly three quarters of parents wish they had a way to turn off their children's Wi-Fi access, according to results of a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research for Comcast.

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Thursday 08/09/2018
The ABCs of Finance Apps
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:11 am

(NewsUSA) - As back-to-school time sets in, personal finance becomes more complicated for many families. Some have students away from home for the first time, others have expenses for tuition, and of course the many purchases associated with the start of school: backpacks, lunch bags, clothes, books, dorm room furnishings, not to mention the tech gear - phones, tablets, laptops, and don't forget extra chargers.

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Wednesday 08/08/2018
How Accurate is Your Weather Forecast?
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 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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Tuesday 08/07/2018
Safety App Empowers Students, Offers Peace of Mind for Parents
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:09 am

(NewsUSA) - Sending the kids to college means letting go, but it doesn't mean disconnecting, especially when it comes to safety.

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Tuesday 07/31/2018
5 ways to beat the heat this summer
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(BPT) - Everyone has had that moment when fun in the sun turns into a struggle to stay cool. And when that happens, all you want to do is get out of the heat as fast as possible.

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Monday 07/30/2018
5 simple tips to stay connected during back-to-school season
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - Back-to-school season is an exciting time for both students and parents, but it can be a stressful time as well. For students, it can be intimidating taking on new classes and settings, all while juggling extracurricular activities. Meanwhile, parents face added financial and emotional stress that comes with a new school year, from purchasing school supplies and new clothing to learning to let go. Through it all, one constant between students and parents is the desire to stay connected.

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Tuesday 07/24/2018
Kids and screens: Not all screen time is created equal
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(BPT) - Screen time. You’ve heard the phrase before, and if you’re a parent, you’ve probably agonized over creating a screen time policy for your family. You understandably want a policy that reflects your family values, and you also want to consider your child’s wants, needs and expectations.

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Non-gamers: What you need to know about the biggest trend sweeping households
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - Today’s gamer is no longer the stereotypical teen loner playing in his parents’ basement. In fact, today’s gamer is probably more like you than you think. She's a co-worker with two kids, the guy next to you at the gym, a fellow volunteer — and most commonly, a spouse, sibling or friend. Gaming has changed a lot over the years and so have the players who play them.

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3 reasons why small and medium-sized businesses should consider digital
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - In today's digital world, there's an app for that — whatever "that" may be. Devices like smartphones and tablets are becoming the dashboards of our lives. Depositing a check? Snap a picture of it and tap the button on your bank's app. Does your son or daughter at college need money? Transfer it electronically. Forgot to pick up milk? Hop online and order it. Fueled by smart technologies, mobile devices and 24/7 connectivity, the way consumers browse, shop and pay is increasingly digital.

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Friday 07/20/2018
E-Wallet App Protects Family Debit Card Number
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:12 am

(NewsUSA) - Many families have a single debit or credit card shared among several individuals, including teens and college students who may lose track of purchases, buy from unsecured websites, or access money without clearing the amount with parents.

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Wednesday 07/18/2018
Big Ideas For Businesses Of All Sizes
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(NAPSI)—If you own or run a business, you're not alone. There are some 30 million businesses in the U.S., ranging from small storefronts to large enterprise entities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While businesses of all sizes play a critical role in the economy, each workplace faces its own unique challenges, especially as it relates to growth and scalability.

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Get Smart About 'Smart' Home Cooling This Summer
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(NAPSI)—As temperatures rise, homeowners can beat the heat by combining “smart” home climate control technologies with the latest air-conditioning systems to heighten energy efficiency and take customized comfort to new levels.

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Tuesday 07/17/2018
Unleash Girls' Strength At Girl Scouts
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(NAPSI)—Today’s youth are more vocal than ever about the change they want to see in the world, and Girl Scouts are the most equipped with the skills needed to make a real impact. Girl Scouts will now be even more prepared to address society’s most pressing needs, both today and in their future careers, with Girl Scouts of the USA’s (GSUSA’s) release of 30 new badges in exciting fields such as cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science, and space exploration. The organization’s new and existing programming will unleash your girl’s strength and confidence in a supportive all-girl environment.

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Monday 07/16/2018
How Free Technology Can Improve Teamwork
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(NAPSI)—If you own or work for a small to midsize business, you’re far from alone. Such companies represent 95 percent of all firms and 63 percent of total employment.

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Thursday 07/12/2018
Stop Summer Brain Drain With These Great Tips
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(NAPSI)—If any of the estimated 51 million schoolkids in America is one you care about, here’s something that is important for you to know: While your children are enjoying a vacation from school, they may be forgetting some of what they learned, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent the “summer brain drain.”

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Wednesday 07/11/2018
Crowdfunding Opp Opens Door to Invest in Music Innovation
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:09 am

(NewsUSA) - DigiTrax Entertainment, Inc., a pioneer in the music technology industry, is offering forward-looking investors a chance to get involved in the future of music.

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Friday 07/06/2018
A New Perspective on Robots and How They Will Shape Humanity
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(NewsUSA) - Throughout the years, technology has improved drastically - creating machines and devices that were unimaginable 50 years ago. And perhaps the most advanced and interesting of society's technological advancements is robots - but it is also the most misunderstood.

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Wednesday 06/27/2018
Music Innovation Company Scores Spot in Global Competition
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:09 am

(NewsUSA) - DigiTrax Entertainment, a music technology company pioneering the use of artificial intelligence for the music industry, has taken semi-finalist honors in the Association of Chinese Professionals of Atlanta and US China Innovation Alliance's InnoSTARS competition in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Tuesday 06/26/2018
Not enough hours in the day? Try these handy shortcuts for time-consuming errands
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(BPT) - Between work, kids, pets and more, everyday life can feel like … a lot. Add summer schedules to the mix, and things can get downright chaotic.

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Step Up Your Kids' STEM Skills
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

(NAPSI)—A sound STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education can be a good way for many students today to plan and prepare for great careers tomorrow.

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Five Things You Didn't Know About Your Groceries—But You Could
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:29 am

New SmartLabel® Digital Tool Puts Detailed Information At The Fingertips of Shoppers

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Friday 06/22/2018
Conscious capitalism: How businesses do well by doing good
Updated: October 16, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - What drives someone to take the risk and start their own business?

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