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September 16, 2014

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Five ways to save big money on your cellphone bill

(BPT) - Cellphone plans these days can top $100 or even $200 a month, once you include the cost of data. That’s a lot of cash just to stay connected.

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Thursday 09/04/2014
Broadband: Key For Student Success
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:48 am

(NAPSI)—As people who care about education have learned, there’s a good reason teachers are increasingly replacing textbooks with technology and seeking out training to keep up with technology trends.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Start your day smart [Infographic]
Posted: September 03, 2014

(BPT) - Smart technology has a big impact on your day-to-day life. How big? The following infographic can show you just how smart technology can improve efficiency in your home, offering you options and saving you money.

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Friday 08/29/2014
Protecting your kid's data starts with you
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 3:39 am

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Home Delivery Made Simpler
Updated: September 02, 2014 - 3:41 am

(NAPSI)—Good news for today’s busy families: An increasing number of companies now offer products and services that make shopping more affordable and convenient, using new technologies and home delivery systems to redefine the way people get groceries, rent movies and even shave. These services offer you the peace of mind that you’ll have what you need, before you need it, without having to run another errand or even make a phone call.

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Top trends in smart home technology for 2015 and beyond
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 3:40 am

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Exciting STEM careers and opportunities aplenty in the Navy
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 3:40 am

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Fact or fiction? What you need to know about today's TVs
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 3:40 am

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Students Need Internet At Home
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—As schools increasingly turn to the Internet and new technologies, more and more, students are asked to perform online research, grades and assignments are posted on websites, and communication between teachers and parents and students is done through e-mail. Because of this, it’s increasingly important for families to have access to the Internet at home.

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Friday 08/15/2014
Maximize Your Teleconferences With Better Tools
Updated: August 16, 2014 - 3:37 am

(NewsUSA) - As the number of workers who telecommute or work remotely increases, conference calls are even more essential for effective communication. Having access to the latest technology will help ensure that all participants in the call are engaged in the presentation and understand the message, making meetings more productive and efficient.

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Easy Steps to Protect Kids’ Costly Gadgets
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:42 am

(StatePoint) The sensitive electronic devices your family now owns no longer sit safely in the den. Your laptops, phones and tablets are in kids’ backpacks, the schoolyard and even the treehouse. And these devices are certainly worse for wear.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
What to Know about Automating Your Home
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:45 am

(StatePoint) The “connected home” is one of the biggest areas of technical innovation today, with smart appliances, learning thermostats, app-driven lights, and intelligent door locks taking center stage in home improvement stores and magazines. In fact, by 2017, an estimated 36 million homes throughout North America and Europe will be smart. 

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Tuesday 08/12/2014
Modern parents look to mobile devices for hassle-free meals
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - Between managing careers, navigating the rigors of parenthood, handling the daily to-do list, and finding time to stay in touch with friends, it’s no wonder modern moms and dads are always on the lookout for simple solutions to make life a little less hectic. Luckily, the age of mobile technology brings ultra-convenient apps and Bluetooth-connected devices for everything from shopping to banking and, of course, cooking.

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Must-have supplies for a successful year at college
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - Packing up the bedroom and leaving for college comes with the promise of a semester of learning, meeting new friends and future peers, and good college fun.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Have you gone mobile with your money? Survey says most Americans have
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Smartphones have become an essential part of everyday life; from texting and email to social media, Americans rely heavily on their mobile devices. If your mobile phone was taken away, how long could you survive without it?

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Friday 08/01/2014
Tech-Savvy Tips to Get Kids Organized for Back-to-School
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:50 am

(StatePoint) When it’s time for the kids to head back to school, they’ll often find themselves buried in binders, folders and enough loose-leaf paper to transcribe “War and Peace.” Your son or daughter might be able to keep these supplies neat and tidy for a couple of days, maybe even a week or two, but eventually, organization is going to fall by the wayside.

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Tuesday 07/29/2014
Nomophobia: When a modern smartphone affliction leads to addiction
Updated: August 05, 2014 - 3:41 am

(BPT) - Everyday technology consumes everyone’s lives as the phone, computer, tablet and other high tech devices have become not just an object, but also a close companion. And for those who are extremely connected to their devices, going without them, even for only a few minutes, can be an anxiety-filled experience.  

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Thursday 07/24/2014
Promoting the Benefits of Wireless Alerts
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—People may be surprised to learn that an emergency alert can be sent to their mobile phones, providing them with the life-saving information they need during an emergency.

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Learn IT Skills Quickly And Easily
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—A great, fun and lucrative career may be at your fingertips...if, that is, your fingers are on a computer keyboard, tablet or mobile device. More than 600,000 IT positions are currently open with employers across the country. These jobs—with good starting pay, benefits and opportunities for advancement—are often easier to get for people with professional certifications such as CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+.

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Making The Most Of Mobility In Your Business
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re like most people in business today, you feel the need to be available 24/7 and “do it all.” This brings a call for more flexibility and the ability to work in a way that best suits our individual style. Mobile technologies are essential to bringing work and home lives together and helping people access files, e-mails and schedules anytime, anywhere, with the touch of a finger.

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Innovations Help Consumers Get Quality Pork
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—When meat is on the menu, there’s a good chance it’s pork. Whether it’s bacon, ham or other favorites, pork accounts for about 40 percent of all global meat consumption.

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Keep your family organized with these helpful tips
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - These days, more is expected of working families than ever before. Families with two working parents are now the norm, and in addition to full-time jobs, parents still have errands to run, youth activities to attend and a house to maintain. So how do you do it all? How do you keep your family organized and running efficiently?

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Preparing for cyber warfare
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 3:45 am

(BPT) - Recently, emboldened Russian hackers breached the systems of power plants across the United States and Western Europe. In June, Chinese hackers attempted to gain access to several U.S. power plant operation control systems. And in May, the Department of Homeland Security announced hackers had actually gained control of a mechanical device at an unnamed U.S. energy facility.

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Monday 07/21/2014
Must-have technology is making bathrooms healthier, safer, more enjoyable
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 3:49 am

(BPT) - Think home technology begins with your wireless, programmable thermostat and ends with the high-definition, 3-D, web-enabled flat-screen TV with surround sound? Think again – whole home technology means using leading-edge devices to improve life in every room of the house, including the bathroom.

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Friday 07/18/2014
How 'big data' is changing your movie-viewing experience
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:54 am

(BPT) - What do personalized movie-kiosk offerings, marketing campaigns and Godzilla all have in common? The obvious answer is “the movie industry,” but another equally important common element ties all three together: they’re all the product of big data.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Breathe New Life Into Your Old PC For Free
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 3:46 am

(NAPSI)—If your PC is slow when you run games, applications and your browser, there’s good news. You can easily breathe new life into your old PC for free, and avoid spending hundreds of dollars on a new one.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
How To Keep Cloud Apps From Raining On Your Profits
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 3:40 am

(NAPSI)—According to a new study by Intermedia and Osterman Research, small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) are losing time and money to cloud apps. These can include e-mail, phones, collaboration and file sharing, CRM, identity and access management, security and so on.

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New App Blocks Annoying Ads Online, Helps Save Battery Power, Bandwidth
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 3:40 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to advertising, consumers have the right to fast-forward through commercials on television, or simply mute the TV until the show comes back on. In print publications, readers can just skip over ads with their eye, staying focused on the next article. For Internet users, it’s a much different playing field and advertisers know it.

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How To Be Popular--As A School
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 3:40 am

(NAPSI)—While most students hope to be popular while at college, for many colleges, the quest for popularity can take an intriguing turn.

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Thursday 07/03/2014
How Small Businesses Can Adapt To The New World Of Work
Updated: July 04, 2014 - 3:43 am

(NAPSI)—Just as social media and mobile technologies are changing how individuals connect with friends and family, they are also changing how consumers and businesses interact. For small businesses to respond faster to change and deliver better customer experiences, they need to work like a network so they can listen, adapt and grow in new ways.

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Friday 06/27/2014
Librarians: unsung heroes of the digital age
Updated: July 04, 2014 - 3:43 am

(BPT) - There has been a substantial increase in students taking online college courses, changing significantly how modern learners access information, and librarians have adjusted to keep pace with an ever increasing demand for knowledge in the digital age.

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Thursday 06/26/2014
Online Education Can Mean Year-Round Learning
Updated: June 27, 2014 - 3:43 am

(NAPSI)—While summer can be a great time for family fun, it can also pose a challenge to many students. That’s because students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning. This is commonly known as the “summer slide.”

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Four Keys To Maximize New Learning Opportunities
Updated: June 27, 2014 - 3:43 am

(NAPSI)—Although technology and innovation mean there are more ways to learn than ever, some things about education remain the same.

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Wednesday 06/25/2014
Game on: Kid tested, parent approved?
Updated: July 02, 2014 - 3:44 am

(BPT) - It is no secret that kids love video games - they’re exciting, fun and engrossing. As a parent, you worry about the negative effects of screen time. Nevertheless, many video games are not only fun, but also build and strengthen cognitive development - skills in problem solving, reasoning, math and science. So how can a parent choose?

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Monday 06/23/2014
You could be losing money - if you don't recycle that old smartphone [Infographic]
Posted: June 23, 2014

(BPT) - Although most Americans know that a variety of items around the house, such as clothes and jewelry, can quickly translate into cash, many don’t realize they’re wasting space and leaving money on the table by hoarding their old electronic devices. Younger device owners (18-49 years old) may be the worst offenders, according to a recent survey from ecoATM, the nationwide network of automated electronics recycling kiosks. They are more likely than their older counterparts (those older than 50) to be guilty of stockpiling obsolete smartphones (25 percent versus 9 percent) and tablets (13 percent versus 5 percent). To find a kiosk, visit www.ecoatm.com/find-a-location

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Monday 06/16/2014
New Technologies are Making Busy Parents’ Lives Easier
Updated: June 16, 2014 - 4:19 am

(StatePoint) Being a parent in today’s technological age means having to keep your kids safe in so many new spaces. It also means being able to take advantage of new technologies to make your life a bit easier.

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Thursday 06/12/2014
Messaging Safety Tips
Updated: June 14, 2014 - 4:36 am

(NAPSI)—Mobile messaging applications have been called one of the most exciting and fast-growing spaces in this increasingly digital world. There are a myriad of services to choose from, including BBM (which is now available for iPhone and Android smartphones), WhatsApp, iMessage and more. While it is certainly a fun and easy way to connect, parents and children must be vigilant about using messaging services in a safe and appropriate way. Here are a few key tips to keep in mind for safe messaging:

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Small businesses using tablets do more, faster and better
Updated: June 14, 2014 - 4:36 am

Small businesses spend an average of $192,000 a year on technology, according to Spiceworks’ State of SMB IT survey. While that figure is a drop in the bucket for most large corporations, for smaller businesses it represents a huge investment. Small-business owners continue to seek ways to get the most value for every dollar they spend on technology.

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Tuesday 06/10/2014
Make it easy: Tips for staying productive this summer
Updated: June 17, 2014 - 4:24 am

(BPT) - With the warm weather putting beach and barbecue plans in full swing, it can be tough to stay productive during the summer months. The key to getting it all done lies in finding the right device that makes work portable, so you can enjoy the sun without needing to be glued to your office. The following tips can help you ensure that the technology you have makes it easy to make more happen in less time.

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Thursday 06/05/2014
The Valuable Meaning Of Health Transactions
Updated: June 06, 2014 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—In this digital age, the U.S. health care system has also become digital. Every day, millions of people interact with it. During these interactions, data is collected, processed and stored, creating a seemingly infinite amount of information—yet each single data point has meaning. The collection of data for any given individual offers valuable insight into his or her health behavior patterns. This data can be used to support individuals in their efforts to live healthier lives. For example, when a person participates in a health screening, the resulting transaction can generate a response that reinforces this positive activity. The response can be provided in the form of gift cards, co-pay adjustments, even encouraging text messages.

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Your E-mail Is Your Business: Here's How To Keep It Private
Updated: June 06, 2014 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—It’s been said that anyone who can watch you will watch you. Governments, service providers, advertisers and cybercriminals all want a piece of the hottest currency around—your data. Most consumers have gotten used to trading their privacy in return for free services like e-mail. But public awareness and concern are shifting. People are starting to question how their data is being used by others and what tools, if any, are available to help them easily manage their online identity and digital privacy.

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Tuesday 06/03/2014
Take these steps to keep your kid's information secure on school computers
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:50 am

(BPT) - A lot has changed since you were in school. Your children don’t listen to the same types of music you enjoyed, and they certainly dress differently despite your protests.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
Four Steps For Technology Success In The Classroom
Updated: May 30, 2014 - 3:43 am

(NAPSI)—The rise of the high-tech classroom has been clearly documented. Districts and schools in the area and around the country are incorporating new technology into the classroom, and technology companies are investing millions in programs providing technology to schools, most in the forms of tablets or laptop devices.

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Tuesday 05/20/2014
Basement flooded? This device could have prevented damage by shutting off water at the source
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:50 am

(BPT) - If you think water damage isn’t a real threat for millions of Americans, consider this: water damage caused $9.1 billion in annual homeowner property losses over a three-year period, according to a 2011 ACE Insurance Underwriters study. Despite that, many people don’t worry about protecting their home against water damage because they believe their home is safe so long as it isn’t located on a flood plain.

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Monday 05/19/2014
High-tech gift ideas for grads that won't break the bank
Updated: May 26, 2014 - 3:44 am

(BPT) - Graduation season is here with high school and college grads eagerly awaiting commencement so they can start the next big chapter of life. This also means a lot of graduation celebrations for friends and family near and far. This year, show your support and go beyond the typical gift of a card and money. Instead, give graduates something they’re guaranteed to use every day: technology.

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Thursday 05/15/2014
Keeping Broadband Affordable For More Americans
Updated: May 16, 2014 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—The nation’s small, independent telecommunications providers are eager to implement service improvements for their customers. These mostly rural and small town Americans may soon get more and better communications services, but the key is keeping costs affordable. That’s because these carriers, which serve areas left behind long ago by other companies because of the substantial economic challenges of serving sparsely populated areas—they cover more than 40 percent of the nation’s landmass and less than 5 percent of telecom subscribers—are now striving to upgrade their communications networks while at the same time keeping rates affordable for their customers.

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Tuesday 05/13/2014
Addressing a new era in security: how to protect your business from the inside out
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:50 am

(BPT) - During the first 43 days of 2014, the Identity Theft Resource Center said 91 data breaches were reported by companies across the country, and the full list doesn’t just show household names of big brand retailers – many of these companies were small businesses, family medical practices or local restaurants that never thought they’d be cybercrime victims. For instance, the most high profile breach of 2013 – Target – was actually set into motion when one of its much smaller regional contractors was hacked.

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Thursday 05/08/2014
Thinking about crypto mining? Get started today!
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 3:51 am

(BPT) - Solving math problems, earning some money and doing it all while you sleep – sounds like a good deal right? Crypto-miners are doing just that, and you can join the club. All you need is a computer, some hardware and electricity.

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Friday 05/02/2014
Digital 'spring cleaning' tips help prevent cyber crime
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 3:47 am

(BPT) - Every day, more than 1 million people become victims of cyber crime, according to the 2013 Norton Cyber Crime Report. The Heartbleed bug, which attacked vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software, put even more people at risk of hackers accessing their personal information shared on many websites. In 2013, the Target Corporation data breach affected 110 million customers. Yet, according to Norton, nearly 50 percent of tablet and smartphone users continue to neglect basic precautions such as passwords, security software or back-up files to secure their mobile devices.

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Thursday 05/01/2014
New Device Lets You Keep An Eye On Your Infant--From Your Smartphone Or Tablet
Updated: May 02, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re a new parent to any of the nearly 4 million babies born in the U.S. this year, a new device may help make your life easier, and your infant safer and happier.

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