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Wednesday 04/01/2020
How to get complaints resolved without using customer service
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Have you ever received an unfair bill and dreaded the typical fight with customer service to get it resolved? It might be a surprise charge from your cellphone provider, a bill from the cable company that just keeps increasing, or confusing contracts from your internet provider that renew inexplicably.

Get Stronger Every Day With At-Home Workouts
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—These days, people are navigating unprecedented times that have them rethinking how they live and work. While big shifts to normal, daily habits can be unsettling, this also provides an opportunity to start new routines and make positive changes. 

Many are spending more time at home, so adding structure is more important than ever—especially when it comes to staying active. Studies have shown that exercise can help boost your mood, productivity and immunity. 

According to Tom Holland, exercise physiologist, Bowflex fitness adviser and host of iHeartRadio’s Fitness Disrupted podcast, it takes most people a minimum of two months to form a new habit. He recommends making the most of your time at home to establish healthy routines. 

To help you get started, Holland offers these simple tips to add at-home fitness into your daily routine: 

Connect with a Coach: When motivation wanes, there are plenty of subscription services and online resources. For example, there’s the Bowflex JRNY app (, which features a personal fitness coach who gives spoken instruction and encouragement as you push through your custom workouts—available on the Bowflex Max Total ( and Bowflex BXT216 treadmill (

Start small: You don’t have to commit to an hour or more; aim for several micro workouts of 5, 10 and 15 minutes throughout the day; those add up and count as much as one long workout.

Put it on the Calendar: Keep exercise at the top of your to-do list by scheduling a daily walk or run or streaming a yoga class. 

Multi-task: Connect to streaming content and sweat through your favorite daytime show, or catch up on the news.

Home Gym Essentials: Holland recommends including one piece of cardio and one piece of strength equipment in your home gym.

If space is limited, two good cardio-strength options are the Bowflex Max Total ( and Bowflex 840 kettlebell (

Creating healthy habits now can carry you through the current times, and help set you on a path to finish up the year feeling healthy and stronger than ever. 


Tuesday 03/31/2020
Three Ways AI and Smart Tech Can Help Us Work More Efficiently at Home
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Common Dilemmas of Working from Home and How AI Can Help

Tips for launching a career in agriculture
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re in high school or college, here's some big news — there are many more opportunities in the agriculture industry today than you may even be aware of. And the demand for skilled, educated professionals throughout the industry far exceeds the number of qualified candidates.

Thursday 03/19/2020
Is Your Technology Doing Enough to Improve Your Life?
Posted: March 19, 2020

(StatePoint) Whether you’re at home relaxing or an adventure, you can use your technology to optimize the experience. Here are five ways to harness your gadgets, apps and more to improve your life:

Friday 03/06/2020
5 ways to boost your business in your neighborhood
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The beauty of running a local business is you’ve got boots on the ground, ready to capture attention and build your brand in and around your community.

Thursday 03/05/2020
How small businesses can boost sales
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - With over 30 million small businesses in the U.S., it's tough to stand out from the crowd. Successful small businesses turn first-time customers into repeat business, building momentum and growing sales.

Wednesday 03/04/2020
Best cost-effective tech products that simplify your life
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - One of the best things about technology today is that there’s a huge variety of items to choose from that can add convenience and fun to your life, for a surprising range of prices.

Tuesday 03/03/2020
Get your heart racing with an online drone game
Posted: March 03, 2020

(BPT) - Drones are everywhere today. And thanks to their first-person view cameras — which allow operators and spectators alike to see the world through the drone's point of view — drone racing has become an incredibly popular sport that thrills lovers of speed and intensity. Players and spectators can follow the electrifying aerobatics of drones as they twist and turn, whizzing through three-dimensional courses at speeds up to 120 mph.

Wednesday 02/26/2020
Top options for customizing a bathroom
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As you probably remember, choosing your home was strongly influenced by the layout and appearance of its bathrooms. But no matter how long you’ve lived in your home, there are bound to be improvements you’d love to make. And almost everyone needs options for optimizing bathroom space.

Thursday 02/20/2020
2020 Is A Year for Savings - 8 in 10 People Plan to Save More
Updated: March 28, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Most Americans don't have $400 saved to cover for an unexpected emergency, but a recent poll from Chase found that consumers may be ready to change that this year. 80 percent plan to save more and 51 percent say emergency savings is their goal.

Thursday 02/13/2020
If You’re Feeling Down, You’re Not Alone. It’s That Time of Year
Updated: February 15, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NAPS)—You may have heard the terms—winter blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern. No matter what you call it, with approximately 17.3 million adults in the U.S. experiencing seasonal depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, feeling gloomy this time of year isn’t uncommon—but it can be overcome.

The Problem

Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern (formerly called SAD) can affect anyone of any age. Whether you’re a student returning to class, a busy working professional who’s always playing catchup, or even newly retired with found time on your hands, the excitement of the holidays is long over and wintry dark days are here. While January and February are the typical peak months for the disorder, symptoms can persist through April, according to Mental Health America.

Doctor’s Advice

When that feeling of sadness persists for several weeks, it’s time to take action, according to Dr. Desreen Dudley, a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Behavioral Health Provider of Therapeutic Services for Teladoc Health. But, she points out, often the toughest thing for many is how to discern whether what they feel is temporary or something more serious.

“If someone has a few days of feeling low, that’s normal and typically nothing to worry about. It’s when the feeling lingers for weeks and people lose interest in daily activities and suffer persistent negative thoughts, that lend a stronger basis for Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Affective Pattern diagnosis,” she says.

What To Watch For

Other symptoms she warns about are:

•Change in appetite

•Change in sleep pattern

•Decreased energy

•Decreased concentration

•Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

•An inability to think, concentrate, or finish tasks at work or school

•Thinking about suicide, self-harm, or death

Dr. Dudley contends individuals already struggling with depressive disorders are susceptible to SAD patterns. For older Americans, a Vitamin D deficiency can exacerbate low moods. On the other end of the spectrum, she has worked with newly independent college students who find SAD a heavy burden and say their new responsibilities of classes, exams and jobs can compound their depression. For some, not rising as early for classes as they did in high school means sleeping in more and further limiting their exposure to sunlight.

What To Do

In addition to considering therapy, such as virtual care, which is available on your terms and from any location you choose, Dr. Dudley recommends:

•Avoiding or cutting back on alcohol and other addictive substances

•Eating healthfully—more lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and eliminating sugar

•Daily exercise at least 30 minute a day (walking counts)

•Yoga or meditation

•Learning about and trying light therapy

•Regularly surrounding yourself with those you enjoy being around.

When To Seek Help

According to a recent global study conducted by Ipsos MORI for Teladoc Health, individuals often recognize when they’re struggling, but even so, over a third of the respondents who have had one mental health episode admitted to not seeking professional help. The reason? For many, it’s often the difficulty in finding mental health care.

“Thankfully, virtual care is becoming increasingly available as a source of convenient mental health care,” Dr. Dudley says. “It eliminates the traditional obstacles of in-person visits and has opened up access for anyone with a busy schedule, individuals who may have difficulty getting out of the house and students who may fear the stigma of walking into the campus mental health clinic.”

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Wednesday 02/12/2020
Smartphone upgrades don't have to cost a fortune
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - With the latest flagship smartphones like the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S10 carrying price tags near $1,000, upgrading to a premium phone may seem out of reach to someone on a limited budget.

Tuesday 02/11/2020
Hottest kitchen trends from KBIS 2020
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Today’s home chefs want — and expect — more from their kitchens than ever before. To optimize their culinary and entertaining skills, they seek exciting new ways to push the boundaries of what they can do at home. These forward-thinking cooks also aim to prepare meals efficiently, using the best high-tech advances available. In fact, a new study conducted by The Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence reveals that kitchen designers have seen increased demand for dual-fuel appliances in the past year and that convection and induction cooking are on the rise.

Monday 02/10/2020
Ease into cord cutting with 4 easy steps
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Ditching cable for what are known as “streaming” services like Netflix, Hulu, Philo and more is all the rage these days. Despite what one may think, it’s easy to make the move from traditional cable or satellite TV to a robust, highly affordable and customized TV-watching experience. Cutting cable not only gives you access to the TV shows and movies you already love, but will open up a new world of entertainment you can watch when you want and where you want on TVs or almost any device you own like cell phones, tablets, and more.

Thursday 02/06/2020
20,000 ways you can catch up on your award-season viewing [Video]
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

Wednesday 02/05/2020
Spotify explores why women love true crime as it releases new True Crime podcasts
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - True crime storytelling has become wildly popular across the globe, and 2019 saw some of the most thrilling stories yet. While there are different ways to get your true crime fix, podcasts are tailor-made in a way you can’t find anywhere else. Spotify is giving podcast fans new, engaging ways to listen and discover audio content through a truly personalized experience so they can binge their favorite crime stories.

Wednesday 01/29/2020
Financial insight: Red flags and smart steps to avoid scams
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You work hard for your money. Unfortunately, crooks work hard as well, attempting various tactics to take your money. If you fall for a scam, little can be done to help you get your money back. In order to keep your financial and personal information safe, it’s necessary to look for red flags and be proactive about security.

Monday 01/27/2020
Hands-On Learners Thrive in Transportation Technology
Updated: March 12, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - The arrival of the new year means new decisions for students planning their futures and seeking a career path that not only suits their strengths, but also brings them satisfaction and security.

Friday 01/24/2020
5 tips for hosting a top-notch big game party
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It’s the height of football season, and you’re looking forward to hosting the big game this year. No matter which team you're cheering for, it’s all about prepping your home for the big event. But there’s no need to stress. Here are a few simple tips to make sure your party is the talk of the town.

Tuesday 01/21/2020
How to save $1,000 in 2020: Cutting the cord for the New Year
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Just like many decide to cut ties with unhealthy habits for their New Year’s resolutions, cutting the cord is also becoming increasingly popular. “Cord-cutting” refers to the act of canceling cable TV subscriptions, and opting instead for streaming options like Netflix, HBO Go, or YouTube TV — and it can mean significant cost savings.

Monday 01/20/2020
Amazing electronics: Noteworthy innovations from 2020 International CES
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - CES — the Consumer Electronics Show — is the annual trade show that showcases the best in tech innovations from around the world. These technologies push the boundaries of what is possible, from automotive to robotics to computers and more.

Thursday 01/16/2020
Criminals target the connected home: Simple steps to stay safe
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - From smart coffee makers and vacuums to controlling your home with the touch of a button, connectivity reigns king in 2020. Smart devices in homes are on the rise, which means there has never been more digital connectivity for Americans. It also means there has never been more opportunity for savvy criminals looking to hack your devices.

Wednesday 01/15/2020
How to Troubleshoot Your Technology Issues
Posted: January 15, 2020

(StatePoint) If you’re like most people, you’ve spent more time than you’re willing to admit troubleshooting a technology issue with any one of the many devices in your connected home. Did you know that the average person owns at least 10 connected devices from Macs and PCs, smartphones, tablets and printers, to voice assistants, video doorbells and even home automation systems? 

Monday 01/13/2020
Innovation Insider Steve Greenberg Reveals Latest and Greatest Tech [Video]
Posted: January 13, 2020

5 ways to bolster your business for success in 2020
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Sponsored by Office Depot

Friday 01/10/2020
How living with AI can improve your daily life
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - These days, AI — artificial intelligence — has become a household name, mostly because so many household gadgets and appliances use it.

Thursday 01/09/2020
The Public Health Threat No One Talks About: Loneliness
Posted: January 09, 2020

(NAPSI)—There is a public health threat looming across the United States that’s not visible to most but affects nearly half of all Americans daily: loneliness. Social isolation is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is twice as harmful as obesity. Worst of all, loneliness is a contributing factor in senior suicides, which are rising in the U.S. While it is not something people like to think about, now more than ever, Americans must remove the stigma around mental health and spread awareness to better combat loneliness.

Wednesday 01/08/2020
SPSAT/NMSQT Score Release Provides Students And Educators With Tools And Learning Opportunities
Posted: January 08, 2020

(NAPSI)—Every autumn, more than 4 million sophomores and juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT. When students get their test results in December, they get much more than a score—they get an invitation to productive practice and a connection to distinct benefits and opportunities to support their journey to college.

Tuesday 01/07/2020
Shaping our future with AI
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting everyone's lives more and more. The latest technology increasingly helps daily tasks and routines become simpler, leaving consumers with more time to spend on other priorities.

Monday 01/06/2020
How small businesses crushed 2019 holiday sales
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Mastering online sales reaps big rewards for small businesses.

Friday 12/27/2019
8 gift ideas for energetic entrepreneurs
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Entrepreneurship is becoming an increasingly common career as passionate and creative people start successful businesses on their own. But entrepreneurial endeavors aren’t easy. The lifestyle requires long hours, hard work and dedication.

Sunday 12/22/2019
9 subscription services that make the perfect gift
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Subscription boxes are gifts that keep on giving. Not only will your loved one be ecstatic to receive the first box, but they’ll also be reminded of your thoughtfulness every time a new one shows up on their doorstep.

Saturday 12/21/2019
Better baking: 5 things to know about your oven
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Measuring, mixing, blending and kneading — there is so much that goes into the art of baking. You start with the right materials and techniques, but you also need to be familiar with how your oven works to get the best results.

Thursday 12/19/2019
Club for the Future enables students to send space mail
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Did you know that students can send postcards to space and have the cards returned right back to their mailbox for only the cost of a stamp?

Wednesday 12/18/2019
Need gaming gift ideas? Here's a gift that wows today and for months to come
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When you think back to your childhood, there are probably only a few times you remember receiving a gift that really blew you away. It was likely something you always wanted but didn't think you would ever get, and when you opened that present, your excitement was off the charts.

Help For The Self-Employed
Posted: December 18, 2019

(NAPSI)—Whether you run a part-time business, do freelance work, or own your own business, you’re in good company. About 16 million adults in America work for themselves, and nearly half that number are baby boomers.

The gig economy is on the rise – is it for you?
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Freelancer, passion projects, side hustles are all synonymous with the gig economy — which has grown substantially over the past decade. The economic downturn of 2008 led many employers to recruit gig/temporary workers to control costs. The explosion of rideshare services and other contract employment has increased the awareness of gig as a steady work stream.

Tuesday 12/17/2019
A Record 186 Million Consumers Plan to Buy Tech Gifts This Holiday Season [Video]
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

Monday 12/16/2019
The Best Innovations, Inventions and More As We Approach the New Decade
Posted: December 16, 2019

How to maximize AI usage at home
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As the prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI) in the home grows, so too does the amount of helpful features available to make daily tasks much easier. While the abundance of smart home technology (powered by AI) can seem overwhelming, the more you know, the better these functions can impact your life positively. Through a true understanding of these innovative breakthroughs, you can easily expand the usage of AI in your home and take advantage of its benefits.

Friday 12/13/2019
Giving The Gift Of Love
Posted: December 13, 2019

(NAPSI)—Most people would agree, the best gift during the holidays—and all year round—is the gift of love. For thousands of families, that means welcoming a puppy into their home. For those considering getting a new best friend for themselves or someone else, remember that choosing a puppy is a big decision. It’s also one you should think about carefully—for both your sake and the dog’s.

Thursday 12/12/2019
Home Theater Tips for the Big Game and Awards Season
Posted: December 12, 2019

(StatePoint) From the Big Game to awards shows, you’ll want to ensure that you are prepared to host all the greatest television events of the season.

Wednesday 12/11/2019
5 Essentials for the "Perfect" Workstation
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 2:46 am

(NewsUSA) -In the business of making well-designed ergonomic tools for the workspace for more than 35 years, Humanscale and its team of certified ergonomists know that the ideal workstation is about more than just a beautiful chair or desk. There are a number of key factors to consider to ensure that a workstation is functional and adaptable, as well as comfortable and healthy for the user. The leader in sustainable ergonomic tools for work has prepared a checklist to create a better workstation, fit for the home or corporate office. 

5 Essentials for the "Perfect" Workstation
Updated: February 27, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) -In the business of making well-designed ergonomic tools for the workspace for more than 35 years, Humanscale and its team of certified ergonomists know that the ideal workstation is about more than just a beautiful chair or desk. There are a number of key factors to consider to ensure that a workstation is functional and adaptable, as well as comfortable and healthy for the user. The leader in sustainable ergonomic tools for work has prepared a checklist to create a better workstation, fit for the home or corporate office. 

Secrets to success from winners of Amazon’s Small Business Spotlight Awards
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Starting a small business requires a lot of hard work and commitment, with no guarantee of success. Thanks to the internet and the rise of e-commerce, small businesses today can capitalize on opportunities using tech tools that didn’t exist a couple of decades ago. This has opened up possibilities for businesses of all sizes, whether they’re home-based solo ventures or have employees and a storefront.

Tuesday 12/10/2019
Keep mom, dad and the grands home safe with the latest technology
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Technological advancements are helping aging adults stay safe, comfortable and connected as they age in place. And, families can feel more confident about mom, dad and the grands living independently, especially around the holidays.

Monday 12/09/2019
The must-have gaming gift this holiday season
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Don’t know what to get the gamer in your life? No idea what the hottest games are, or what gaming products are trending? Don’t despair — there is one gift that any gamer will love, whether they’re a novice or a veteran gaming aficionado.

Turning gaming into a career: How girls are taking the reins
Updated: April 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Careers in the video game industry are highly desirable, and for good reason. Working for a video game company can be rewarding, and equally important, turns a favorite pastime into an exciting career. However, for tween and teen girl gamers, the prospect of one day working in the video game industry may seem daunting. While 46% of the U.S. gamer population is female, women account for only 22% of video game developers.

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