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Friday 07/18/2014
How 'big data' is changing your movie-viewing experience
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 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 - 3:34 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 - 3:32 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 - 3:32 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 - 3:32 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 - 3:32 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 - 3:32 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 - 3:32 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 - 3:32 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 - 3:33 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 - 3:38 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 13, 2014 - 3:45 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 13, 2014 - 3:45 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 - 3:40 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 - 3:37 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 - 3:37 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
6 security questions to ask to help your child thrive in today's digital classroom
Updated: June 10, 2014 - 3:39 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 - 3:35 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: July 03, 2014 - 3:32 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 - 3:34 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 - 3:40 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: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 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: May 13, 2014 - 3:42 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 01, 2014 - 3:33 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 - 3:31 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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Cellphones, batteries, computers: Simple ways to recycle electronics and reduce e-waste
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Reduce, reuse, recycle – it’s a mantra we’ve known for decades. While Americans understand the benefits of recycling bottles, cans and paper, they aren’t as savvy when it comes to recycling electronics. Between cellphones, tablets, computers and other consumer electronic devices, the average U.S. house has 24 electronic devices – making for a lot of e-waste when that technology becomes dated.

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Monday 04/28/2014
Digital mirrors, no lines, instant ordering: New retail technologies will change the way you shop
Updated: May 06, 2014 - 3:52 am

(BPT) - Imagine the ideal shopping experience: what you need is always in stock, the price is right and there is never a wait at checkout. New technology is quickly making this a reality and taking the shopping experience even one step further. From digital mirrors that allow you to virtually try on outfits to technology that lets you hand-gesture through a virtual brochure, new retail technologies are about to change the way you shop forever. 

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Computer screens, smartphones and TVs - blue light from electronic devices raising concerns for eye health
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Your morning probably starts off in a routine. You might watch the weather report on your flatscreen TV before jumping into the shower, answer an email on your tablet shortly after getting dressed, or text a friend while eating breakfast.

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Friday 04/25/2014
Better than a siren: How new technology is keeping people safe from tornados
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - A peculiar corkscrew sensation goes up one’s spine when a tornado siren goes off in the dead of night. It means a tornado is on the ground. You know it’s coming. You can hear it and you can feel it. You just can’t see it and don’t know where it is until it might be right on top of you, literally.

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Wednesday 04/23/2014
Simple tips to keep busy families organized
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - These days parents are expected to be everywhere at once. If you’re a parent, you know how stressful it can be to try and make the soccer game, the dance recital, prepare dinner for your family and work an eight-hour day. Just keeping track of your family’s schedules feels like another full time job.

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Friday 04/18/2014
Protect kids from dangers lurking online
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Every day, millions of Americans turn to the Internet for news and entertainment and to shop. Over the years, Americans have come to trust the Internet so much, that they regularly share information about their daily lives through social media sites and with online retailers.

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Stopping the drain: Innovative technology helps conserve water throughout the house
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Four hundred gallons – that’s how much water the average American home uses in a day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Is it any wonder? You turn on the tap to get a drink and run the water until it feels cool, or let the shower pour until the water is hot enough. The toilet or irrigation system runs a bit too long, and your dishwasher dates to the Clinton administration.

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Thursday 04/17/2014
Parents: How to pick the right cost-effective technology device for your child's learning
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - When it comes to education, Americans may hotly debate testing, grading and teacher accountability, but one topic that finds wide-spread support among educators, parents, legislators and students is the value of technology in the classroom. With a majority of teachers reporting in a PBS Learning Media survey that they use technology to reinforce and expand on lessons and motivate students to learn, it is only a matter of time before your child will use technology in the classroom.

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Wednesday 04/16/2014
Turn your home into a smart home with these simple technology upgrades
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Homes are more technically advanced than ever before, providing homeowners with sophisticated sound systems, high-tech security capabilities and interactive entertainment systems. The good news is that you don’t have to be a techie to turn your home into a smart home.

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Tuesday 04/15/2014
New tech devices make the perfect gift for your grad
Updated: April 23, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Years of hard work have all led to this moment; your loved one is graduating. This is a special time in his or her life. It marks an end to past successes and the doorway to new challenges and opportunities. As you celebrate this wonderful event, you may be wondering how to find the perfect gift for your grad. If you want something that showcases the importance of your loved one’s accomplishment but also sets him or her up for the future, then new technology is a great choice.

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Monday 04/14/2014
Thinking of Buying a New Cell Phone? Four Things to Know Before You Do
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Buying a cell phone, despite all the options for models and stylish cases, is no easy task. Endless questions crop up about calling plans, data plans, voicemail and insurance. Getting a new phone may be a task that happens more often than you like -- as one in three smartphones are damaged within the first year of purchase.

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Sunday 04/13/2014
Modern technology rescues backyard pool-time fun
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Technology  has made the world a very different place than it was just one, five or 10 years ago. Film cameras, handwritten letters and portable CD players, all have been replaced by newer, more efficient inventions.

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Friday 04/11/2014
To-do list 2.0: How high-tech is making household chores easier than ever
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Each week, the average person spends between 10 and 20 hours doing yard work and other tasks around the home, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While necessary, these routine tasks don’t exactly fit neatly into today’s busy, on-the-go lifestyles, which is why technology is stepping in.

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Thursday 04/10/2014
Now You Can Join A Google Hangout With A Phone Number
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)--With many businesses moving into the cloud to streamline and simplify their workday, the idea of an “office” is quickly becoming a state of mind. Meetings are happening remotely, and technology is relied on to connect people and replace traditional conference rooms.

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Software That Takes A Social Media Approach To Solving IT Problems
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for business and employees who are dependent on desktops, laptops, mobile devices and tablets to get their work done. There’s a new computer application, or app, designed to enable employees to ask for help, get answers to questions, and share information through real-time online messaging, social posts and more.

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Wednesday 04/09/2014
Science and technology giving outdoor power tools a Millennial twist
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - The modern world runs on batteries. Portable smartphones, tablets, computers, e-readers and more have revolutionized how everyone communicates. The same is becoming true for household chores. Today’s line-up of innovative devices make maintaining a home’s outdoor spaces easy, fast and fun while adding a dash of Millennial cool.

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Monday 03/31/2014
Facing brain surgery? Know all your options
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Fear is a normal reaction when you’ve just been told your headaches and blurry vision are symptoms of a brain tumor which is serious enough that you will need treatment. Whether you’re facing the prospect of brain cancer or another neurological problem, it’s important to face your concern by becoming informed about your condition and all treatment options.

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Thursday 03/27/2014
Providing More Effective Therapy
Updated: March 28, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—At Shriners Hospitals for Children, using the latest technological advances to enhance patient care takes many forms. Here are a few examples:

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Tuesday 03/25/2014
Learning on the go: How digital learning can help you understand any topic instantly
Updated: June 24, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - When you think about technology and learning, images of eager students likely come to mind. But in the digital age, technology is far reaching and not exclusive to America’s youth. One of the most active groups of digital learners is actually adults – a movement that is being driven by the desire for self-improvement and to gain knowledge about a variety of topics of personal interest.

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Is your technology working for you?
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - For every new computer, gadget or service there are several different stages of ownership. Unfortunately, the first and happiest phase - the honeymoon - doesn’t last forever. Eventually, devices can slow, services get outdated, and in the end, the ailing technology begins to work against you.

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Friday 03/21/2014
Is bracket-busting technology the key to victory?
Updated: May 16, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - Each year technology has a greater impact on our lives and that may be most visible in the world of sports. Long-time sports fans have witnessed the advent of new protective equipment, slow motion playbacks and officials using instant replay to determine the correct call in major sporting events all across the country.

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Thursday 03/20/2014
Enlightening Educators
Updated: March 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—There’s an intriguing new way to learn about better teaching and leading in schools worldwide. That’s because a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching and leading has released its latest annual report, titled “The Promise of Leadership: Sustaining Learning, Transforming Teaching.”

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Wednesday 03/19/2014
Entertaining tips and tricks: Do game day right this spring
Updated: May 16, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - Spring is one of the best times of the year for many reasons. The light at the end of winter’s tunnel, it conjures images of beaches, picnics, barbecues and more. For sports fans, it’s also one of the busiest times of the year. Professional baseball is just getting started, the playoff races for professional basketball and hockey are in full swing and, of course, the men’s college basketball tournament has people following brackets and games rather than working.

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