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(NAPSI)—There’s now an easy-to-use mobile app that can make it easier for consumers to find nearby businesses and help build communities. Practically everything in your community can be in the palm of your hand. Find a restaurant for dinner, locate a roof repair company and check your child’s after-school activity calendar, all in one app. When the app is linked to a newspaper, it can bridge the gap between print and digital.

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Friday 01/29/2016
Hot New Technologies that Can Streamline and Improve Your Life
Posted: January 29, 2016

(StatePoint) New technologies can transform ordinary objects and experiences into extraordinary ones. From everyday household objects to musical instruments to entertainment systems, there are many hot new technologies that are making daily items easier or better to use, and ultimately improving the lives of consumers.

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Wednesday 01/27/2016
Learn from HIV: The importance of finding and sharing HIV information and HIV-related resources online
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - For many of us, the search for information and advice starts online. Finding content has never been easier, from sports trivia to family recipes, and 41 percent of all internet users search for and share posts from others. But the benefits of social sharing extend beyond receiving “likes” on adorable pictures of your pet.

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Friday 01/22/2016
Growing More From Less: Meeting the 21st Century's Water Challenge
Updated: January 23, 2016 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Water, at least in the forms we need for human health, economic growth, industrial manufacturing and farming, is scarce and growing scarcer. Water is one of the greatest limiting factors in the world’s ability to feed a growing population and among the most critical inputs in growing a successful crop. For farmers, it may also be the most variable and unpredictable.

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Friday 01/15/2016
Move Faster And Reduce Costs For Your Business By Upgrading SQL Server 2005
Updated: January 16, 2016 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Thanks to new technology, it’s an exciting time for businesses, and small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) may realize the impact of the advances at an even greater scale. That’s because many are finding that increased access to new technology can provide access to services that were never within reach before. They are also finding that using old or outdated technology can hinder a company’s ability to do business in several ways.

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Monday 01/11/2016
Are we turning a blind eye to blue light?
Updated: January 18, 2016 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - It’s everywhere — inside as well as outside your home. As digital device usage increases, you’re exposed to more and more of it without realizing how it may affect your vision in the future. We’re talking about blue light.

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Monday 12/28/2015
Buying Smart Home Technology? Ask Three Questions First
Updated: December 29, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—This year, many families will become owners of smart home technology for the first time. Connected to the Internet and controlled by smartphone apps, smart home devices promise to enhance everyday life with convenience, energy savings and even security. However, taking the wrong approach when buying them can lead to an expensive case of buyer’s remorse.

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Wednesday 12/23/2015
Deter Smartphone Thefts And Protect Your Data
Updated: December 24, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—As Americans increasingly prefer mobile-first lifestyles, our mobile devices hold personal data that must be protected. That’s why the wireless industry is proactively working to help you protect your smartphones and your information.

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7 ways technology can help you enjoy the holiday season
Updated: December 24, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - It’s the holiday season, and this may be the only opportunity you have this year to gather with distant family and friends you may not otherwise see. And once you’re with them, the memories you’ll create should keep you smiling throughout all of 2016.

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Tuesday 12/22/2015
Get Government Documents
Updated: December 23, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Students, researchers, community leaders and anyone who needs to find information published by the U.S. government can get help from a great online resource. You can access library catalog records on a wide range of topics including defense, citizenship, U.S. laws, health, science and more from the Government Publishing Office’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP).

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5 ways the 21st century photo album makes it easier to share special family moments
Updated: December 29, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - A picture has always been worth more than a thousand words; images capture feelings and retell cherished memories. Modern technology has increased the value of an image, by making it easier than ever to preserve and share special moments.

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Monday 12/21/2015
5 things to leave behind in the New Year
Updated: December 28, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - “Should auld acquaintance be forgot…” (insert music emoji)

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Friday 12/18/2015
Out-of-office etiquette: The right way to set up automated email responses
Updated: December 25, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year — the season for Out of Office automated email responses! Whether you’ll be taking a long vacation or will just be away from the office for a day or two, you should know people really do care about your OOO settings. In fact, 77 percent of Americans say they enjoy seeing others’ creative OOO emails, and that setting their own automated response makes it really feel as if vacation has started.

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5 tips to help protect and maximize your new smartphone
Updated: December 25, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - Are you longing for a new smartphone this holiday season? Tech gifts top everyone’s holiday wish lists. In fact, a whopping 65 percent of all Americans, roughly 160 million people, are planning to buy tech gifts this holiday season, according to the Consumer Technology Association's 22nd Annual CE Holiday Purchase Patterns Study.

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Wednesday 12/16/2015
Discover the power of a smartphone with these 5 tips
Updated: December 23, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - As with all technology, mobile phones have come a long way in a short amount of time. Gone are the days of big, bulky phones. Today, phones are sleek and slender and, in most cases, smart, allowing users to surf the Internet, watch movies and keep in touch with friends and family. 

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What united and captivated Americans in 2015?
Updated: December 23, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - America is made up of a patchwork of different opinions, voices and people who have come from every corner of the planet. From such diversity, politicians, historians and ordinary people often ask and debate the question: What unites the country?

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Off-beat, inspiring and controversial: The 10 most-talked about science stories of 2015
Updated: December 23, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The new Star Wars movie, Adele’s new album or the latest tech gadget  — what headlines grabbed your interest in 2015? For many, the most riveting stories didn’t come out of pop culture, they came from the world of science.

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Tuesday 12/15/2015
How To Save Time And Money
Updated: December 16, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news you may find hard to swallow—though it’s true. You can now get a free Android phone from some surprising sources—including restaurants and the federal government.

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Monday 12/14/2015
Test-driving one of the most effective treatments for chronic pain
Updated: December 21, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Nearly 100 million Americans currently live with chronic pain — more than the number of people affected by diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. While that number may be difficult to grasp, for those suffering the issue is very real indeed.

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Friday 12/11/2015
Cyber Santa? Tips for choosing the best PC gift
Updated: December 12, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - The number of shopping days until Christmas is dwindling, and the clock is ticking as you try to carve out time to shop for the perfect PC gift.

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Friday 12/04/2015
Purpose And Passion May Prolong Life
Updated: December 05, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—The winter season and the beginning of a new year is often a period of reflection for many. It's an ideal time to take a step back and evaluate your goals, choices, priorities, career and relationships to determine whether you are truly happy with the life you are living. By focusing on what needs improvement and reprioritization, you can ensure 2016 is both meaningful and aligns with your passions and purpose. This is critically important given the numerous studies that have shown the health and well-being benefits of discovering and living with a sense of purpose.

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Create New Traditions Using Technology This Holiday Season
Updated: December 04, 2015 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint)  The winter months come with many gifts to wrap and unwrap, parties to plan, family-style meals to whip up -- the list goes on. Now more than ever, technology can help us get creative with how to make time with family more meaningful, and then help us capture all the fun so the memories last far longer than just a moment. 

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Thursday 12/03/2015
5 tips that will help your small business make the most of 2016
Updated: December 10, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - Is there any time of year more important for a small business than right now? The business you do in these months will go a long way toward not only determining your day-to-day success, but the very outlook for the rest of 2016. So how do you make sure your small business is up to the task and makes the most of the here and now?

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Wednesday 12/02/2015
5 tips to make the holidays magical, not stressful
Updated: December 09, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - It’s the most wonderful time of the year; if only you had a moment to enjoy it. While there are plenty of reasons to cherish the holidays, there are also an overwhelming number of things to do, people to see, gifts to buy, appointments to make and trips to take. All that combined can make your day-to-day stressful, even during this special season.

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Tuesday 12/01/2015
What you can do to protect yourself from card fraud in 2016
Updated: December 08, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - You may have already received your new credit or debit card equipped with a microchip. If you haven’t received your new chip card, you most likely will by the time your card expires. The EMV chip technology is intended to help reduce debit and credit card fraud, and thanks to a collaboration between America’s payment networks and card-issuers, you’ll see many more merchants using EMV-equipped card readers over the coming months.

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Friday 11/20/2015
How new technology can help chronic disease management
Updated: November 27, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - Affecting more than 1.6 million Americans, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) — known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) — are painful, chronic conditions that attack the gastrointestinal tract which is responsible for digestion of food, absorption of nutrients and elimination of waste.

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Thursday 11/19/2015
Must-have home tech makes holiday entertaining brighter
Updated: November 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Good times with loved ones are an important part of the holidays, so it’s understandable if you want everyone to put down their smartphones and turn off the TV while you’re sharing a holiday meal. But you can “tech the halls” to help get the most from your holiday entertaining! Did you know that certain home gadgets can actually make the season easier and more enjoyable – and give you more time to spend with those you love?

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Wednesday 11/18/2015
Intrusive robo-dialing: Good news, the end is near
Updated: November 21, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The scene is all too familiar: you’re in the middle of dinner and suddenly a telemarketer’s call or dead air on the end of the line rudely interrupts your meal. Thanks to the FCC, this approach is gradually becoming a thing of the past. On June 18, 2015, the FCC adopted a proposal that will eventually lead to the demise of those unwanted calls. But due to increased regulation, privacy concerns and people just not answering their phones, the market research industry is now taking a new approach to gathering data.

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Tuesday 11/17/2015
How To Pick A Present With A Future
Updated: November 18, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—When the holidays, a birthday, anniversary or other occasion comes your way, you can be seen as someone with a gift for giving-and you don’t have to break the bank to do so.

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Dashing through the store (on a budget): Tips for navigating holiday deals
Updated: November 24, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is a time to celebrate family by giving and receiving gifts, but it can quickly get expensive. Black Friday deals offer great opportunities to save on gifts for everyone on your list without sacrificing quality. Navigate the hectic post-Thanksgiving shopping scene like a champ, and save more money with these five tips and tricks.

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Friday 11/13/2015
Learning To Protect Patients' Privacy
Updated: November 14, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)-There’s something the majority of people fear about going to the doctor—and it has nothing to do with pain. It’s about privacy. A recent University of Phoenix commissioned survey discovered more than 75 percent of U.S. adults express concern that their health care records are vulnerable to hackers.

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Wednesday 11/11/2015
Your holiday shopping guide: 4 ways to cut through the clutter this holiday season
Updated: November 18, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for you and your family, it’s also the busiest. The holidays bring trips to book, parties to plan, meals to cook, homes to clean and of course, work and school schedules to manage. On top of that, you have to tackle perhaps the most daunting task of all — the holiday shopping list.

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5 ways to reconnect with your loved ones this holiday season
Updated: November 18, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - For many people, reconnecting with loved ones is the highlight of the holiday season. This is especially true if it’s the only time of the year they see distant friends or family. Enjoying time with loved ones near and far poses unique challenges but the rewards are certainly worth it. Get inspired by the ideas below and you’ll be ready to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones, no matter where they are.

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Monday 11/09/2015
5 ways to increase your productivity and turn 'due' to 'done'
Updated: November 16, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Take a look at your to-do list and ask yourself how many things on the list can be finished when you get around to them. Now how many things on that list need to be done as soon as possible or should have been finished yesterday? Chances are the second list is longer.

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The 4-step plan to make your day more efficient
Updated: November 16, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Remember free time? You used to have so much of it. But these days, work and family obligations have you running around constantly and you don’t know what to do first. You don’t even have time to do everything you have to do, let alone what you want to do.

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Friday 11/06/2015
Big data roles are in big demand
Updated: November 13, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - OK, quick pop quiz — what career has been crowned “the sexiest job of the 21st Century?” Actor? Model? Professional athlete? Fashion designer? All are likely answers and all are wrong. Would you believe the answer is data scientist?

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Wednesday 11/04/2015
Lighten your load: Knowing your laundry personality can make the chore a cinch
Updated: November 11, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Chic, trendy, sporty, bohemian, sophisticated, fun, classic — you probably have a clear vision of your fashion and style personality. But do you know your laundry personality? How you wash the clothes you wear is every bit as personal and unique to you as the clothes themselves. And knowing your laundry personality could help ease the load and make the chore easy and fail-proof.

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Tuesday 11/03/2015
Five Tips To Help You Stay Cybersecure
Updated: November 04, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—According to a recent Harris Poll, data breaches of personal and corporate computers increased 23 percent from 2013 to 2014—but fortunately, most people have changed their online behavior to protect themselves.

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Monday 11/02/2015
New Innovations Bringing Faster Internet Speeds to More Communities
Updated: November 02, 2015 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Fast Internet service is not just an indulgence that people want. It’s something communities need in order to stay vibrant in today’s economy -- from students doing research and small businesses selling their products to doctors having the latest information at their fingertips.

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Wednesday 10/28/2015
Smartphone etiquette: Are Americans minding their mobile Ps and Qs? [Infographic]
Posted: October 28, 2015

(BPT) - Have you noticed people “phubbing” (phone snubbing) lately? Or texting during a meal? What about using emojis instead of good, old-fashioned words? Overall, do you think Americans are minding their mobile Ps and Qs? There’s no denying the love we all have for our phones, but with the increase in smartphone use comes a growing focus on mobile manners. Find out if Americans are following the basics of smartphone etiquette.

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Will Your Smartphone Withstand Everyday Wear and Tear?
Updated: October 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(StatePoint) Unless you’re the number one ranked UFC middleweight fighter, you’re likely not going to be able to bend the new iPhone 6s Plus. But you stand a very good chance of dropping your pricey smartphone on a hard surface, dropping it in the toilet or leaving it unattended in the hands of your kids. While it will help to get a case, it’s also a good idea to invest in a product designed to endure a little abuse.

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Tuesday 10/27/2015
Preventing Annoying Telemarketing Calls
Updated: October 28, 2015 - 3:30 am

(NAPSI)—While some recorded messages like flight delays or school closings are welcome, others are not. Robocalls, or unsolicited prerecorded calls and SPAM text messages from businesses or organizations, aren’t only annoying, but illegal under federal law if sent to your mobile device without your consent.

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Friday 10/23/2015
Online Fraud-Fighting Facts
Updated: October 24, 2015 - 3:30 am

(NAPSI)—Shoppers are chipping in to combat identity theft in a new way. They’re paying for the goods and services they buy with a new generation of credit cards that use microchips to keep customer information safer.

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New Ways To Protect Your Children's Eyesight Year-Round
Updated: October 24, 2015 - 3:30 am

(NAPSI)—If your family is like most, a few facts on sunlight and eyesight could be illuminating.

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Thursday 10/22/2015
Remote Possibilities: Where Mobility and Productivity Meet
Updated: October 23, 2015 - 3:30 am

(NewsUSA) - There is a revolution that has been taking place for quite some time in the business world, and it's changing the way workers use the telephone and companies do business.

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5 life hacks for a better cell signal
Updated: October 30, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - From calls to texting to browsing the Web, today’s smartphones and tablets have the potential to keep us in constant communication while on the go. But for mobile users who suffer through dropped calls, slow downloads or delayed voicemails, that potential isn’t always realized.

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Monday 10/19/2015
Carotid artery ultrasound screening: is it beneficial?
Updated: October 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - New research, appearing in The American Journal of Cardiology, shows non-invasive ultrasound evaluation of the carotid arteries in the neck is helpful in identifying patients at high risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack, even if they have few traditional risk factors and no symptoms.

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Friday 10/16/2015
Tuning Up Technology
Updated: October 17, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Just as you get your car checked out and tuned up every year, business experts advise, you should get your firm’s phone and Internet service seen to.

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Thursday 10/15/2015
Video On Demand Vs. the DVD Market
Updated: October 16, 2015 - 3:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Ask any movie studio executive if the DVD gravy train is dead and they will unequivically tell you "absolutely." They will grudgingly admit that DVD popularity is a thing of yesterday.

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Thursday 10/08/2015
It's more dangerous than a shark, but what other risks does your smartphone pose?
Updated: October 15, 2015 - 3:30 am

(BPT) - It’s true: selfies killed more people than shark attacks in 2015.

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