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January 29, 2015

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Being called a 'tech geek' is now a compliment

(BPT) - Are you the family member or friend who is always called when someone's computer breaks or starts acting up? Do you have a person on speed dial whenever you need a website created or program updated? The old stereotype of a computer geek who’s always wearing a pocket protector and glasses with taped-together frames is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

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Tuesday 01/27/2015
Smartphones a Key Part of Millennials’ Commutes
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) American public transit ridership is the highest it’s been in 57 years, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and millennials are riding the most -- in fact, nearly half of this generation say they have ridden public transit in the past six months.

Ready, set, file: Helpful tips for choosing DIY tax preparation tools
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Tax season is officially here. Last year, 40 percent of Americans chose to file their own taxes – but not all do-it-yourself tax preparation tools are created equal. For those consumers who like to sit in the driver’s seat when filing, here are five tips for what to look for when choosing at-home tax preparation products.

Friday 01/16/2015
Keeping Kids Connected During Long Winter Days
Updated: January 17, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for parents looking for a positive way to keep their kids entertained when there is no school. There is an affordable way to keep kids connected to the Internet.

Tuesday 01/13/2015
Helping Seniors Stay Connected In Winter
Updated: January 14, 2015 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—While winter, with its cold temperatures and extreme weather, can be an isolating time for many, it can be particularly tough on seniors. When driving conditions deteriorate and roads are slippery, many seniors don’t feel safe enough to venture out of their homes. Others just don’t like the cold and often forgo regular activities and visits with family and friends that involve going outdoors.

Friday 01/09/2015
Bridging The Tech Divide
Updated: January 10, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—According to a recent Nielsen report, if you’re like most Americans, you spend 11 hours a day with electronic media. For teenagers and young adults, the numbers are likely even higher. Data from Pew Research indicate that mobile Internet access is even more common among American teens than adults.

Tuesday 01/06/2015
5 tips for achieving better tech-life balance
Updated: January 13, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Is your device your vice? Americans think they are able to easily balance their technology use with their regular activities, but when the numbers are crunched, perception doesn’t match up with reality.

Monday 01/05/2015
IT Innovation Is Creating Career Opportunities
Updated: January 07, 2015 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Technology is a driving force in today’s economy, powering innovation and creating jobs. The rapid adoption of cloud computing, mobility, social media and other innovations has accelerated the importance of technology in the workplace—and the need for information technology (IT) technicians.

Your Options In Information Technology
Updated: January 07, 2015 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is contemplating a first or new career, here’s something to think about: Information technology (IT) is deeply embedded in virtually every industry.

Watching the big game: How television innovations have enhanced the viewing experience [Infographic]
Posted: January 05, 2015

(BPT) - Television has undergone significant innovations since its first public demonstration at the 1939 World’s Fair. From color technology to high-definition, enhancements continue to transform TV’s role as an entertainment and information source for families around the world. But since 1959 when television began making a presence in the majority of North American households, two things have proved true – bigger screens and clearer pictures are better. With the big game quickly approaching, football fanatics and party hosts alike are adopting this idea and gearing up for watch parties with an upgraded television to enhance their viewing experience this year. This graphic shows the evolution of television. Visit hhgregg.com for more information on the most advanced TV technology that can be yours today.

Monday 12/29/2014
Creating Your Own Video Just Got Easier
Updated: December 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—A company known for its award-winning digital multimedia solutions is making it easier to put a high-tech spin on keeping in touch with friends and family.

Tuesday 12/23/2014
Leaders Of Change
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Best practices and student learning are at the center of an upcoming learning opportunity for educators.

Empowering Parents To Manage Their Kids' Wireless Use
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Today’s tech-savvy generation quickly adapts and enjoys using mobile devices such as cell phones, smartphones and tablets to communicate, learn and play, anytime and anywhere.

Thursday 12/18/2014
Research Shows Web-Based Tutoring Means Better Math Scores
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Ideally, all students would have access to one-on-one tutoring when they need it. In most cases, this ideal is neither feasible nor affordable, but advanced technology can give students a one-on-one experience through software- and Web-based learning tools.

Research study uncovers small business predictions for 2015
Updated: December 25, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Small business owners can easily get caught up in the December rush. But once the holiday sparkle fades, business owners and entrepreneurs will need to refocus and make decisions likely to impact their business in 2015.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
Hearing better thanks to smarter technology
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Technology has made dramatic improvements in the lives of people of all ages, and the improvements made in hearing technology may be some of the most advanced to occur in the last several years.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
Bargain-Hunting Hints
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—By following a few simple tips, you can save time and money at holiday time and on other year-round gift-giving occasions when you buy things for yourself and your family:

Inside the crystal ball: mobile predictions for 2015
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Mobile has certainly come a long way to help connect people with loved ones, improve productivity and simplify daily tasks – with simple swipes or taps, they can instantly locate the best restaurants in town or get directions from point A to point B among other game-changing benefits. But it doesn’t just end there. In 2015, significant developments in the mobile space will empower people to do even more with their devices.

Discover the top technology trends for holiday 2014 and beyond
Updated: December 23, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - It’s shaping up to be a high-tech holiday this year, with more money being spent than ever before on consumer electronics gifts like tablets and phones, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. People are anxious to learn about new technologies and are shopping for the perfect presents to put under the tree. Are you one of them?

Saturday 12/13/2014
Learn about this home improvement that can save you money
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - For many homeowners the biggest utility bill is electricity. Heating and cooling the home makes up nearly half of electricity costs, but the next biggest source is the water heater. Water heaters can account for up to 25 percent of total household energy use. Taking steps to improve the energy efficiency of a home with better insulation and more efficient furnaces and air conditioners can reduce energy costs significantly, as can making sure water heaters are operating properly.

Thursday 12/11/2014
New Study Reveals the Season's Least Breakable Tablets
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Tablets are again one of this year’s hottest gifts as people of all ages and lifestyles use them for just about everything. Unfortunately, the way we use these fragile devices often puts them at risk for breaking, and certain models are more susceptible to going kaput.

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Increased Activity Can Help Prevent Falls
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—The National Council on Aging reports that falls are the leading cause of injuries for those 65 years of age and over. In fact, every 14 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury—but you can protect yourself.

Friday 12/05/2014
Stylish, Smart—And Healthful—Holiday Gifting
Updated: December 06, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Once limited to the superathletic or fantastically techy, fitness tracking is going mainstream—and just in time for the holidays. Now available in a rainbow of colors, variety of styles, and multiple different shapes and sizes, there is a fitness band for almost everyone on your list. And with companies like Pivotal Corporation continuing to innovate and reduce costs (the Pivotal Tracker 1 band and mobile app cost only $12!), there is also a tracker available for almost every budget.

Four Proven Ways To Attract Today's Tech-Savvy Consumers
Updated: December 06, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Perhaps the top trend affecting businesses today is the accelerated adoption of digital technology by consumers. In fact, two-thirds of Americans own smartphones, spending 60 hours per week consuming content on them.

Thursday 12/04/2014
Enthusiast Magazines
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re fascinated by food, ferrets or football, chances are, there’s a digital magazine to tell you all about it.

New Pets For Today's Kids Are Digital
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—It started with the Boomers. A science experiment in schools to teach students responsibility, (or a simple scare tactic), known as The Pet Egg. Many actually enjoyed caring for their eggs, and the Pet Rock was also born. For thousands of years in fact, kids of all ages have loved to nurture and play parent with baby dolls and the like.

Wednesday 12/03/2014
Tips for improving your tech-life balance [Infographic]
Posted: December 03, 2014

(BPT) - When it comes to Americans’ tech-life balance, perception is quite different from reality. According to a new survey by Crucial.com, three in four Americans believe that they maintain a healthy tech-life balance but one in four Americans admit to becoming stressed when they go longer than 30 minutes without checking their email or phone due to a fear of missing out. You can learn more about how men, women and Millennials balance their love of tech in the infographic below.

Top technology gifts for a special holiday season
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Tech gifts are hot this holiday season, and with all the latest gadgets and upgraded electronic devices, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many wish lists include the best in smart devices.

Tuesday 12/02/2014
7 signs it's time to ask IT for a new computer
Posted: December 02, 2014

(BPT) - If your boss hands you a new assignment and tells you to take your time, and you think "What’s the catch?", congratulations - you are officially part of the 21st century workforce. Today’s work environment is go-go-go all the time, and phrases like “take a break” or “slow down” seem to have been left behind.

Monday 12/01/2014
Four Tips To A Stress-Free And Organized Holiday Season
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—The holiday season is quickly approaching, and though it may be called the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be the most stressful. But with some advance planning and simple organization, you can be ready to enjoy a flawless, stress-free holiday season.

Wednesday 11/26/2014
Artful technology: How televisions have become a staple in modern home design
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Not long ago, TVs were big, boxy and unattractive. No wonder they were always relegated to the corner of a room, positioned discreetly or masked within large, wooden, entertainment centers to make them fit in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Tuesday 11/25/2014
Holiday tech tips
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Have you ever found yourself wondering if it was appropriate to check your work email during a holiday party? Do you feel guilty about entertaining your kids with technology during the busy holiday season?

Thursday 11/20/2014
Classic Holiday Tradition Gets Modern Update With Help From Beloved Furry Friends, The Care Bears
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—It’s a familiar scene in homes around the globe this time of year: The anticipation of the season is building and family traditions are coming alive. Children are on their best behavior waiting for Santa to arrive, mantels are decorated with monogrammed stockings, Christmas trees are filled with meaningful ornaments and decorations, parents are wrapping and hiding gifts, and lights are twinkling both inside and out. For many, these family preparations and traditions also include unveiling an Advent Calendar, a special calendar used to count down to Christmas with 25 doors or windows that house special little surprises when opened each day leading to Christmas.

Five tips to protect yourself from cybercrime this shopping season
Updated: November 27, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Experts anticipate the number of cyber threats will increase this holiday season, especially during the popular Cyber Monday shopping holiday, as shoppers head online and in-store in record numbers to purchase gifts. Consumers should be on alert following this year’s high-profile cyber data breaches at national retailers, yet many are not taking sufficient precautions to protect their personal information.

Monday 11/17/2014
Helpful tips when shopping for tech gifts for the holidays
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Today’s holiday wish lists certainly have a lot more digital items than they used to. Whether it’s for school, work or personal use, everyone wants the latest technology. If you’ve started your shopping search already, you know the market is full of different types of devices. So how do you know which technology is the right option for the loved one on your list? It can be confusing, but don’t worry; the information below can help you make a wise choice and ensure your gift is the star of the holiday season.

Simple tech tools to help reduce holiday stress
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - The chaos of the holiday season can leave even the most organized person feeling a little hassled. You have to balance your schedule that’s filling up with holiday activities, your to-do lists of gift shopping and getting ready for guests, and your budget that’s struggling with added seasonal expenses. It all makes these last few weeks of the calendar year feel a bit overwhelming.

Thursday 11/13/2014
Five Ways Your Smartphone Can Help You Get Through the Holidays
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Millions of Americans find themselves focused on planning the perfect party, juggling a packed social schedule and shopping for the best holiday deals.

Simple steps can keep you and your family healthy
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Pay attention to the news headlines and you may be wondering if you and your loved ones are safe from unseen perils like germs, bacteria and viruses – even in your home. There are things you can do to protect your health but it’s also good to know where germs linger. Some of their hangouts may surprise you.

Wednesday 11/12/2014
Reuse to the rescue: Learn how advanced technology can help combat water scarcity [Infographic]
Posted: November 12, 2014

(BPT) - The demand for water is growing exponentially. According to the United Nations, the world’s population is estimated to grow from 7 billion in 2011 to more than 9.5 billion by 2050. With the increasing demand for food and manufactured goods, there will be even greater pressure on freshwater resources. Although the search for alternate water resources is of paramount importance, the reality is that wastewater reuse is a significant alternative to address this challenge. Learn more about the issues effecting water scarcity and how advanced water treatment technology can provide a reusable solution, helping make the most of every drop.

Monday 11/10/2014
5 simple strategies to shop smarter online this holiday season
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for holiday shopping, and the top trend for 2014 is to skip the crowds and long lines and purchase holiday gifts online instead. In fact, the average shopper will do 44 percent of their holiday shopping online, according to the National Retail Federation, spending just over $800 total on holiday goodies.

Thursday 11/06/2014
Red-Hot Black Friday Tips
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Savvy shoppers know the holiday shopping season begins in earnest on the day after Thanksgiving. According to a recent consumer survey, more than 85 percent of shoppers typically plan to hit the stores on Black Friday.

Wednesday 11/05/2014
Gift ideas to warm people's hearts and feed their passions
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - When it comes to finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, don’t be left out in the cold this holiday season. Ideas abound for warming the hearts and feeding the passions of anyone from friends and relatives to party hosts. Here are some ideas to make everyone think you’ve been reading their minds.  

Tuesday 11/04/2014
Breaking the glass ceiling: Navy offers women exciting career opportunities
Updated: November 11, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - For teenage girls debating what they want to do with their lives after high school, the adjectives challenging, exciting, rewarding and empowering may not always be used as part of the discussion. But maybe they should be, because there are many opportunities available for high school graduates that encompass these traits, and women are encouraged to seek them out.

Wednesday 10/29/2014
Worried about Ebola? You should be more concerned about these deadly diseases
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Ebola has been one of the top headlines in the nation in the second half of 2014, resulting in much discussion among government leaders, community leaders and health-care officials as they determine how to test for and treat the disease on U.S. soil.

Tuesday 10/28/2014
Can sharing data make the world a better place?
Updated: November 04, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Cures for disease, increased food production and higher graduation rates are most likely not the first outcomes you associate with big data. Worrisome incidents of data being stolen from major retailers and other businesses that have recently made the news may be more familiar. Those stories bring an important point to light and it’s vital that consumers and companies take protecting private data very seriously. But that same personal data - whether it’s about your health, finances or shopping history - can help organizations create incredible innovations that have the ability to improve the lives of every person on the planet. So why does data collection seem so scary?

Monday 10/27/2014
Deadly diseases you should be more concerned about than Ebola
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Ebola has been one of the top headlines in the nation in the second half of 2014, resulting in much discussion among government leaders, community leaders and health-care officials as they determine how to test for and treat the disease on U.S. soil.

Wednesday 10/22/2014
How To Help Your Customers Find You
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re like many small businesses owners, professionals and entrepreneurs, you know it pays to advertise. But how do you do that effectively?

Tuesday 10/21/2014
5 tips for making your vote count on Election Day
Updated: October 28, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - With the significant impact elections have on our country, would it be surprising to hear that only 38 percent of eligible Americans voted in the 2010 election? What happened to the other 62 percent of voters?

Friday 10/17/2014
Diligence Is Key For Student Safety In Cyberspace
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re like many people, you’ve asked yourself: “Who would want to hack me? There are a lot more lucrative targets out there for cyberthieves, right?”

Thursday 10/16/2014
Technology Key For SMBs Facing New World Of Work
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—For small- and midsize-business (SMB) owners, time is a precious commodity. They need to get more done with less time and fewer resources than bigger companies. The good news is, SMBs have access to affordable yet powerful technology that can make a big difference in their ability to get things done from anywhere.

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