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How to Keep Your Home Secure and Your Data Private

(StatePoint) The recent explosion of video recording devices keeps people and property more secure. From highways and byways to doorsteps and nurseries, here are a few of the many ways this technology is working for you:

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Thursday 07/11/2019
Tips to Save Money on Tech this Back-to-School Season
Posted: July 11, 2019

(StatePoint) Just a couple of decades ago, when it came to technology, the average student could slide by with just a calculator and perhaps a wristwatch. To make the grade these days, your kids will likely need a full suite of mobile devices.

Tuesday 07/09/2019
Watch free movies at home or on the go [Video]
Posted: July 09, 2019

Making Learning More Fun
Updated: July 13, 2019 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—If any of the nearly 57 million elementary and high school students in America is someone you care about, there could be good news for you.

Wednesday 07/03/2019
Ways to save even more this Prime Day
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Mark your calendars! Prime Day is right around the corner on July 15 and 16, lasting a full 48 hours this year to give Prime members a two-day parade of epic deals. Prime Day offers the chance for you to save on everyday essentials and get deep discounts on big-ticket items you’ve been waiting to purchase! There are several ways to save even more this Prime Day; here are a few tips:

Tuesday 07/02/2019
Top 5 trend-setting vehicles
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, consider purchasing one you can make your own. While just about any vehicle can be transformed with a few simple products, certain makes and models are more accessory-friendly than others.

Monday 07/01/2019
Cyber Criminals Offer Free Movies, Make You Pay Later
Updated: July 03, 2019 - 2:37 am

(NAPSI)—The average American household now has nine Internet-enabled devices to connect to the Internet, watch movies or television shows, or "smarten" the thermostats, doorbells or nanny cams. These products let people save energy, buy groceries, connect with family members and access a seemingly limitless catalog of entertainment.

Friday 06/28/2019
Increasing access to computer science education for students
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:25 am

(BPT) - For today’s students, learning how to code is becoming just as important as learning how to read. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says computer science is the fastest growing profession within the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field. They also project that, by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs.

Thursday 06/27/2019
The Barcode Story: Its Past, Present, And Future
Posted: June 27, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Whether you're buying online or shopping in a store, there are many modern shopping conveniences available today that can be traced back to the debut of a seemingly simple technology - the first barcode scan.

Monday 06/24/2019
The Story of the Barcode: Past, Present, and Future
Updated: June 28, 2019 - 2:59 am

(NewsUSA) - Same-day delivery. Self-checkout. Buy online, pick-up in store. Countless modern shopping conveniences that are currently available can be traced back to the debut of a seemingly simple technology with a powerful impact on global commerce - the barcode.

Get almost anything you want (or need) delivered from Amazon Prime in one day or less
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - We all want to find both essentials and fun products easily — with lots of variety — and get them delivered fast, and for free. This summer, spend more time with friends and family and less time shopping. Prime Free One Day ensures members can find last-minute birthday presents, sunscreen and beach towels for an impromptu getaway, as well as closet organizers and cleaning products — all delivered the very next day.

Wednesday 06/19/2019
Retailers Embrace AI Tech for Improved Customer Experience
Posted: June 19, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Artificial Intelligence is becoming commonplace across major industries and retail is no exception.

Tuesday 06/18/2019
The Rise of Digital Wallets and Mobile Payments
Posted: June 18, 2019

(NewsUSA) - More businesses and countries worldwide are embracing digital payments as a way to make e-commerce more efficient and create a smoother transaction experience for consumers.

Esports Popularity Piques Investor Interest
Posted: June 18, 2019

(NewsUSA) - The Esports and global gaming industry has exploded in recent years as people of all ages turn to video games for entertainment over movies and music. In fact, the annual revenue from the gaming industry was higher than music and movies combined in 2018 and is expected to more than double in the next two years.

5G is here. What does it mean for you?
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - By now, you’ve probably heard about the coming launch of 5G. Rolling into the marketplace for the first time this year, it’s the next (fifth) generation of cellular technology, and promises to significantly enhance the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks.

Fastest Way To Shop For A Home? Snap It!
Updated: June 22, 2019 - 2:53 am

(NAPSI)—House-hunting can be a lot less stressful and complicated than many people realize.

Monday 06/17/2019
Does owning a DVR make sense in the streaming video age?
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - In 1999, the digital video recorder changed television forever by letting viewers pause live TV, ushering us into a new world of on-demand everything. “TiVo(R)” became a household word.

Fomentando empatía a través de la tecnología
Posted: June 17, 2019

(NewsUSA) - San Juan, Puerto Rico - 23 de mayo de 2019 - El huracán Maria fue la tormenta más letal en la historia moderna de Estados Unidos. Casi dos años después personas siguen afectadas, incluyendo a muchos jóvenes puertorriqueños. "La única manera de crear conciencia sobre un problema, y motivar a los demás a ser empáticos sobre el mismo, es cuando lo vivimos o lo observamos directamente," explicó Jan De La Paz, maestro de español en la Escuela Especializada en Matemáticas, Ciencias y Tecnología de San Juan y Profesor Innovador Experto de Microsoft.

Friday 06/14/2019
Prevent your student’s 'summer slide' with … video games?
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - School is out for the summer, and parents everywhere are worried about their kids spending too much time staring at their screens. If you are one of those worried parents, take a moment and determine what your child is actually doing with their screens. It’s one thing if they’re just consuming content, it’s another if they’re actually using their screen to be productive. Screens actually can be tools to enhance learning, spark creativity and teach new skills. The key is to tap into your child’s interests and discover screen-time options that provide a balance between consuming and creating.

Monday 06/10/2019
A touchscreen that lets you feel what you see? It's real. Watch these first-touch reactions [Video]
Posted: June 10, 2019

Friday 06/07/2019
The perfect films to enjoy at home this summer [Video]
Posted: June 07, 2019

Monday 06/03/2019
New Cancer Test Helps Men Reduce Unnecessary Prostate Biopsies
Updated: June 28, 2019 - 2:59 am

(NewsUSA) - According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The ACS estimates that in 2019 there will be approximately 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer and 31,620 deaths. About 1 man in 9 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer develops mainly in older men and in African-American men. 

Friday 05/31/2019
3 Tech Gift Ideas for your Dad or Grad
Updated: June 28, 2019 - 3:03 am

(NewsUSA) - It's a time-honored tradition -giving gifts to our grads and dads for all of their hard work and dedication. But when picking out that gift, you may want to skip the traditional standbys and think tech! Digital Lifestyle Expert Mario Armstrong partnered with TechGifts.tv (watch video here) and a few top brands for a look at the gadgets and technology trends perfect for gifting on Father's Day and Graduation this year.

Tuesday 05/28/2019
The Smart Home and Our Connected Life
Updated: June 27, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Almost everything today is digitally connected …whether at home or on the go. Connected technology saves you time with everything from smart phones to smart homes!

Tuesday 05/21/2019
Moving made simple: 5 tips and tricks to save time and stress
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Moving is an exciting time as you look forward to settling into your new home sweet home. However, it's also a stressful time as you try to move your belongings from one place to another, as well as set up all the services you need, such as mail, cable and internet.

Wednesday 05/15/2019
3 ways leaders can help employees embrace AI
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Most people may be unaware how much Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become part of their lives. From GPS and predictive text on smartphones to search engines and customer service chatbots, AI is changing the way people live and work. AI involves the process of using algorithms to make sense of large amounts of data beyond human capacity to manage, with the potential to tackle more tasks than ever before imagined.

Tuesday 05/14/2019
6 smart ways to digitally declutter
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - This time of year, as our focus turns to spring cleaning, there's an aspect of tidying up that most of us may be forgetting: our digital clutter. Women’s lifestyle outlet How Does She partnered with Walmart Family Mobile to share some excellent technology tidying tips (say that five times fast!). From Christmas pictures that are still taking up memory on your phone, to hundreds of old texts that are eating up your gigabytes, to needless folders that make your computer desktop messier than a 10-year-old's room, there are plenty of things you can digitally declutter, and once you get started, you'll be amazed at how zen you'll feel.

Friday 05/10/2019
Bathroom upgrades: 3 tips to add technology, tailor-made features
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - We tend to think of the bathroom 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.

See Your Mail Before It Arrives
Updated: May 14, 2019 - 2:41 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re traveling, expecting an important letter, worried about mail theft or just too curious to wait until the mail arrives, this can be your red-letter day, thanks to a free feature from the United States Postal Service.

Wednesday 05/08/2019
Tech Tools That Can Help Your Small Business Grow
Updated: June 21, 2019 - 2:59 am

(NewsUSA) - Since 1963, the president has proclaimed one week out of the year as National Small Business Week, recognizing the contributions of small U.S. businesses to our national economy. This year, the week of May 5 through May 11 will recognize entrepreneurship and innovation.

Monday 04/29/2019
Real estate ready: Smart tips for first-time homebuyers
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Today’s first-time homebuyers face a variety of hurdles when trying to enter the real estate market. While interest rates have declined recently and there are signs that more inventory may be coming onto the market, many buyers continue to feel frustration in finding and financing a home.

Friday 04/26/2019
Digital Frame Brings Families Together
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 2:37 am

(NewsUSA) - Today's social media platforms allow most people to stay constantly connected to family and friends, but the elderly, military, or loved ones in other time zones may not have the access or ability to use social media.

Thursday 04/25/2019
Smart Choices For A Smart Move
Updated: May 02, 2019 - 3:11 am

(NAPSI)—Every year, some 40 million Americans move into a new home. If you’re one of them, two tips can help:

Friday 04/19/2019
Consumers across the country use purchasing power to help the environment
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(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.

Thursday 04/18/2019
4 smart home improvements that pay off
Updated: June 12, 2019 - 2:53 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.

Tuesday 04/16/2019
How one piece of safety equipment has been saving lives for 100 years
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Gary Govanus didn't put much thought into what he was wearing 45 years ago while working in-flight services at night at Chicago O'Hare, but by the end of that day his life would be forever changed because he reached for a hard hat at the start of his shift.

Monday 04/08/2019
Video games that help young women solve problems and express themselves
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Playing video games is not simply entertainment or an escape for middle school girls; it can be a confidence booster. The best games offer intellectual challenges, social interaction and a creative outlet. These games provide opportunities for young women to problem solve, be part of a group, express themselves and find their voice.

Friday 03/29/2019
How To Use Online Reviews To Invest In The Best Technology For Your Office
Updated: April 04, 2019 - 2:43 am

by Mark DiGiammarino

Thursday 03/28/2019
Spring cleaning: How to make money on the things you no longer want
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 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.

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.

Tuesday 03/26/2019
Early seasons of popular dating shows now available online [Video]
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

Friday 03/22/2019
Hobbies That May Make You Money
Updated: March 27, 2019 - 2:41 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.

Thursday 03/21/2019
Report: Young car enthusiasts spend $7.2 billion a year customizing vehicles
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 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.

Wednesday 03/20/2019
5 Reasons Why Americans Privately Share Their Photos
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

Fix a Leak Week Reminds Us to Evaluate our Home Plumbing
Updated: May 14, 2019 - 2:36 am

(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.

Friday 03/15/2019
Gini's "Blockchain with A Soul" Is Saving Capitalism
Updated: May 09, 2019 - 2:57 am

(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.

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.

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.

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.

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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