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Thursday 07/18/2013
College students have options to save money on technology
Posted: July 18, 2013

(BPT) - If you are one of the more than 22 million college students heading to campuses across the nation this fall, you’ll probably be packing all sorts of items, including advanced digital technology. College student spending on technology is up 227 percent over last year on everything from tablets and smartphones to digital TV antennas, software apps and more, according to a research study by marketing firm refuel.

Monday 07/15/2013
Tech skills help new grads land a job
Posted: July 15, 2013

(BPT) - With a graduation cap in one hand and a newly-inked degree in the other, many grads are hitting the online pavement looking for their first post-college job. But how do you set yourself apart from the masses and quickly land your dream job?

Wednesday 07/03/2013
How to Protect Your Mobile Device from Warm Weather Hazards
Posted: July 03, 2013

(StatePoint) These days, we rely on our mobile devices for just about everything. And while we can usually depend on our mobile devices to be there for us through thick and thin, in the warmer months our gadgets are more susceptible to damage, wear and tear.

Sunday 06/30/2013
How to make working at home work
Posted: June 30, 2013

(BPT) - Working at home is a growing popular trend. The 2010 U.S. Census reports 9.5 percent of the population spends at least one day a week working at home – an increase of more than 2 percent since 1997. Technology is making it easier for employees and self-employed workers to set up a home office and conduct business.

Monday 06/24/2013
New Home Technologies Can Save Your Family Time and Money
Posted: June 24, 2013

(StatePoint) New technologies are now enabling homeowners to automate lights, entertainment and security systems, thermostats, door locks and more. And experts say that coordinating these control systems can save you time and money, and increase the value of your home.

New Tips for Disaster Preparedness at Home
Posted: June 24, 2013

(StatePoint) No one likes to think about worst case scenarios, but being prepared for them is crucial to quickly recover in the event they occur.

Friday 06/21/2013
Tech Guru Shares Top Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads
Posted: June 21, 2013

(NewsUSA) - June is the month of dads and grads. We recognize dad for all that he does throughout the year on Father's Day, and celebrate students graduating throughout the country for all they have accomplished in school. Now, it's time to find the perfect gifts to honor both of these important occasions.

Thursday 06/20/2013
Unlock Your Family History In Five Easy Steps
Posted: June 20, 2013

(NAPSI)—Researching your family history can be the journey of a lifetime. Not long ago, learning about your ancestors might have meant hours of sifting through dusty old boxes or reels of microfilm at libraries, churches and even city halls. New technology advances, however, such as searchable websites and mobile apps, have made it easier for anyone to discover, share and preserve his or her family history—without ever leaving the couch.

Monday 06/17/2013
How to Protect Your Family from Cyber Threats
Posted: June 17, 2013

(StatePoint) Technology has swept the heartland of America, providing families new, more efficient ways to use their home computers to manage household finances, maintain personal histories and records and store precious digital photographs.

Thursday 06/13/2013
Conference Calls Made Better
Posted: June 13, 2013

(NAPSI)—You and your colleagues may be more productive on your next conference call with the help of an interactive new service.

Embracing Technology To Promote Development
Posted: June 13, 2013

(NAPSI)—Some say a new smartphone designed by Africans for use in Africa is a smart way to promote social and economic development throughout the continent.

Tips On Making Math Count With Kids
Posted: June 13, 2013

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for parents who are concerned that their children’s math skills may need improvement.

New Help For Busy Moms
Posted: June 13, 2013

(NAPSI)—Even though I spend my days in front of the camera, I am still a busy mom of two, always on the lookout for the same things most moms are—new, smart resources to help my family thrive and simplify our everyday routine.

Wednesday 06/12/2013
Technology makes it easy to work from home and enjoy summer to the max
Posted: June 12, 2013

(BPT) - No one wants to see a cloud on a sunny summer day, but when it comes to how technology can make your life better, a different type of cloud can actually brighten your day. Cloud storage – often referred to as just “the cloud” – makes it easy to work at home or from anywhere, plus it makes it a snap to plan summer activities. Here’s how you can make your experiences less stressful and more meaningful with a few technology tips and tricks. 

Monday 06/10/2013
Hands-on advice for getting the best from your touchscreen mobile device
Posted: June 10, 2013

(BPT) - Few inventions have evolved as amazingly fast from science fiction to science fact as touchscreen technology. From its very basic beginnings in the mid-1960s to the first consumer applications on ATM machines in the ’80s, touchscreen technology has reached virtually everywhere – including our pocket-sized mobile devices.

Thursday 06/06/2013
School's Out, But Learning Goes On(line) With The Internet
Posted: June 06, 2013

(NAPSI)—For many schoolchildren, summertime means days of fun in the sun, family road trips and visits from the ice cream truck. But many parents don’t realize that summer can also mean learning loss. Studies have found that nearly all children lose knowledge over the summer. In fact, when children head back to school in the fall, they are one month behind academically. This loss adds up year after year, especially for students from low-income families who may not have access to summertime enrichment opportunities, like camp, tutoring, and regular trips to the library. This can significantly impact a child’s success in school and in life over the long term.

Enjoying Home Entertainment--Without The Techno Clutter
Posted: June 06, 2013

(NAPSI)—The marriage of technology and entertainment has been a match made in heaven. The many things you can see, do and interact with through your home entertainment devices and flat-panel TV couldn’t even have been imagined a few years ago. Cable and satellite programming, gaming consoles, Blu-ray DVD players and other Internet-enabled devices are just some of the ways we all enjoy our magnificent, wide-screen TVs. It’s a beautiful thing.

Monday 06/03/2013
Four simple tips to help you land a great job
Posted: June 03, 2013

(BPT) - Whether you’re just graduating and entering the job market for the first time or you’re changing careers, job searching is never easy. And if you’re among the more than 1.5 million college grads looking for work this year, you will need to work smarter to stand above the crowd and land that dream job or internship. In today’s high-tech society, many potential employers are turning to social media to learn more about you.

Thursday 05/30/2013
Seven Mistakes Grocery Shoppers Make
Posted: May 30, 2013

(NAPSI)—You may save yourself time, money and trouble at the grocery store if you avoid these seven common errors that shoppers make:

New Kind Of Yearbooks For Long-Lasting Memories
Posted: May 30, 2013

NAPS)—Whether you have a student about to graduate from high school or one who has just started preschool, you’ll want a yearbook to commemorate the school year. One way to get a yearbook filled with more of your student’s personal memories is to turn to the Internet.

Tips to Boost Your Smartphone's Battery Life
Posted: May 30, 2013

(StatePoint) Smartphones have become such integral parts of our lives that when we see those low battery warnings our hearts sink right along with the power of our mobile devices.

Tuesday 05/28/2013
After the rubber hits the road: What becomes of expired truck tires?
Posted: May 28, 2013

(BPT) - If current oil prices, motorist demand and refinery production trends continue, gas prices should drop to between $3.20 and $3.40 per gallon by mid-summer, according to AAA. This is good news for everyone, as the height of travel season quickly approaches. With the majority of travel being done using cars, there will be lots of rubber hitting the road.

Thursday 05/23/2013
Old-Fashioned Photo Fun Is New Again
Posted: May 23, 2013

(NAPSI)—Face it: Photo booths have once again become all the rage for teenagers and young adults.

Certifications Help Tech School Students And Seasoned Technicians
Posted: May 23, 2013

(NAPSI)--For many high school graduates, the path to a professional career will take them to technical schools and community colleges, where they can be trained for good-paying jobs in as little as two years.

Tuesday 05/21/2013
Turn over a new leaf this season with a home energy makeover
Posted: May 21, 2013

(BPT) - As the seasons change, turn over a new leaf and give your home an energy makeover. You can improve your home’s comfort while helping the environment by making your home more energy efficient, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, a variety of compatible technologies are available to help manage your home’s comfort systems more efficiently and economically. Here are some tips to get you started.

Tips for managing your career on social media
Posted: May 21, 2013

(BPT) - Whether you are a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, at some point you’ll likely find yourself searching for a new job. And as you start your job search, it’s important to understand the impact your use of social media may have on your career.

What to look for in your next smartphone
Posted: May 21, 2013

(BPT) - Seventy-nine percent of smartphone users have their phones on or near them all but two hours of the day when they’re awake, according to a recent IDC Research report. For many, smartphone use is now a way of life, making it even more important to think carefully before you choose your next one. Today’s market is competitive, and new phones, such as the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10, are emerging.

Wednesday 05/15/2013
Get News On The Go: New App For iPhone And Android
Posted: May 15, 2013

(NAPSI)—For most of us, reading the news on the go is a daily habit. The new Yahoo! App for iPhone and Android brings you the best of the Web right to your phone. With its virtually endless stream of personalized and summarized news stories, the app lets you quickly get the information that matters most to you.

Quick tips for getting the most out of your smartphone camera
Posted: May 15, 2013

(BPT) - Today, the majority of adults have a mobile phone, and we’re using it for far more things than simply making phone calls. According to a 2012 report from The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, of the 85 percent of American adults who own a cellphone, 85 percent use their cellphones to take photos.

Monday 05/13/2013
Hearing aid technology takes a giant leap forward
Posted: May 13, 2013

(BPT) - It’s no secret that today’s hearing aids are light years ahead of the hearing aids made just a decade ago. In fact, in size, shape, and technological advances, the changes in hearing aids have been nothing short of amazing. For example, new micro-processor technology has allowed hearing aids to be so tiny, they can sit on a fingertip; and at the same time, provide a remarkably natural-sounding hearing experience. So, people who need a little hearing help can get it “invisibly” and comfortably.

Thursday 05/09/2013
Helping Plants Withstand Drought Stress
Posted: May 09, 2013

(NAPSI)--America's farmers feed the world: According to the Department of Agriculture (USDA), each U.S. farmer grows enough for 155 people. Now, thanks to technology and their own hard work, they should be able to continue to do so, despite what Mother Nature has been throwing at them lately.

Helping Rural Telecom Services To Evolve
Posted: May 09, 2013

(NAPSI)—There is a major change taking place in the way consumers get their information—and it’s going on in rural America.

Wednesday 05/08/2013
Secrets to fear-free social media use
Posted: May 08, 2013

(BPT) - Many Americans love social media, but it scares them, too. While they are reconnecting with old high school classmates, viewing photos of a colleague’s new baby and chatting with a friend about a new job, social media users are also worrying about having their identity stolen from a social media site.

Monday 05/06/2013
Try something new and refresh your technology habits
Posted: May 06, 2013

(BPT) - Are you using the Internet as if it’s still the year 2000? If you answered yes, you’ve got some catching up to do. Technology has come a long way in the last 13 years; new shortcuts, alternative products and simple tools available today can help you accomplish tasks faster – saving you time and increasing your efficiency online.

Thursday 05/02/2013
The Forecast Is Beautiful: New Yahoo! Weather App For Smartphones
Posted: May 02, 2013

(NAPSI)—For most of us, the daily routine of getting the weather is a moment of anticipation, it’s the memory of a great place we’ve traveled to or it’s even a topic of conversation with a total stranger. Weather is so much more than a forecast of reading numbers and charts.

Friday 04/26/2013
Toddlers and tech: reasons to share your smartphone
Posted: April 26, 2013

(BPT) - A lot of things change when you become a parent. The shows you watch, the restaurants you go to and the concept of sleep as you once knew it all evolve when your family structure transforms from a “me” to a ”we.” And increasingly, personal gadgets like smartphones are following the same trend.

Thursday 04/18/2013
Seven Cybersecurity Myths Busted
Posted: April 18, 2013

(NAPSI)—It’s a common occurrence these days—one of your friends recently had an online account hacked but doesn’t have a clue how it happened. We’ve all heard tech advice from a tech-savvy sister or the IT guy at work, but what’s the truth? When it comes to online security, it’s sometimes difficult to discern between perception and reality.

Monday 04/15/2013
A tech refresh: Top reasons to buy a new PC
Posted: April 15, 2013

(BPT) - At 4 years old, your child is probably adorable. But your 4-year-old PC – not so much. More than 300 million computers around the world are more than 4 years old, including one-third of American PCs, according to research by Intel. Sixty-five percent of those are bulky desktops that are so far behind in terms of technology, they might as well be wooden abacuses.

Thursday 04/11/2013
A Smart Approach To Gaming On The Go
Posted: April 11, 2013

(NAPSI)—There is good news for game players who are on the lookout for a way to enjoy the latest games when they are away from their laptop or desktop computer.

Improving Your Presentations
Posted: April 11, 2013

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re providing information to students, businesspeople or organization members, how you present may be almost as important as what you say. These hints may help:

Tech talk: Understanding 'the cloud' and what it can do for you
Posted: April 11, 2013

(BPT) - News headlines, commercials and chatter between colleagues – recently there has been a lot of hype around “the cloud,” but the term can be complex and confusing. What exactly is the cloud, and furthermore, what does it mean for you and the way you use technology? Although the concept feels relatively new, it’s simpler than you may think.

Thursday 04/04/2013
Get Photo App-y
Posted: April 04, 2013

(NAPSI)—Smile. You may be on someone’s smartphone camera. After all, about every third picture Americans snap is taken with a phone.

Today's Sewing Machines Inspire A New Generation
Posted: April 04, 2013

(NAPSI)—Sewing is more than just a quiet craft or pastime. What used to be considered grandma’s hobby has been transformed, putting the sewing industry back on the map and hotter than ever as one of the fastest-growing hobbies among the younger generation.

Program Improves Student Learning In STEM By Supporting Early-Career Science Teachers
Posted: April 04, 2013

(NAPSI)—From President Obama to CEOs and governors, national leaders have been calling for improvements in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education so the next generation will exceed the level of innovation, problem solving and technological advancement required in a globally competitive environment. To that end, having exceptional teachers in the classroom to help students develop their critical thinking skills and inspire them to be excited about learning science is absolutely vital.

Industry Joins Forces To Launch Students Into Exciting Careers Through Rocket Competition
Posted: April 04, 2013

(NAPSI)—If there were an Olympics for student math and science achievement, regrettably, there would be no U.S.A. cheers during the medal ceremonies. Two new reports show that American students rank 11th among major nations in 4th-grade math, ninth in 8th-grade math, seventh in 4th-grade science and tenth in 8th-grade science. This is no surprise, as for decades, educators have decried America’s math and science achievement gap, noting it will hurt our nation’s ability to compete in the global economy.

Marketing Guru Says Dating App Is Fun
Posted: April 04, 2013

(NAPSI)—As a successful entrepreneur, consultant and marketing expert with an impressive track record for building brands and companies, Peter Philipp Wingsoe knows what he is talking about when he says using mobile apps are the most efficient way for brands to connect with consumers.

Thursday 03/28/2013
Tips for setting up your home theater viewing space
Posted: March 28, 2013

(BPT) - Few things are more disappointing than turning on your new TV for the first time only to discover the picture doesn’t look as good as it did in the store. Or the audio balance is so far off that you feel like you’re listening from inside a tunnel.

Tuesday 03/26/2013
Five tech tools that can help you get into a new home faster
Posted: March 26, 2013

(BPT) - Just 10 years ago, homebuyers would have started the purchasing process with a phone call to mortgage broker or real estate agent, a drive through a desirable neighborhood and a perusal of the classifieds. In 2013, however, buying a house is a high-tech affair, with technology making it easier than ever to find and finance the home of your dreams.

Wednesday 03/20/2013
PC shopping? Finding a device for your lifestyle is easy
Posted: March 20, 2013

Not unlike a car or home, a computer purchase is an incredibly personal decision. A shopper in the market for a new computer is after a product that will not simply perform basic functions but also support his or her lifestyle by making every day easier. The computer shopper’s decision must factor in price and availability, but also the critical details that will make a new PC or tablet a perfect fit for their way of life, including how powerful and mobile it is and the physical form the device takes.