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Basement flooded? This device could have prevented damage by shutting off water at the source
(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 ...
Have you gone mobile with your money? Survey says most Americans have
(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?The answer may surprise you: nearly half (47 percent) of U.S. consume ...
Make it easy: Tips for staying productive this summer
(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. Th ...
Simple tips to keep busy families organized
(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 a ...
Parents: How to pick the right cost-effective technology device for your child's learning
(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 Lear ...
Computer screens, smartphones and TVs - blue light from electronic devices raising concerns for eye health
(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.We use our eyes much differently than any generation b ...
Librarians: unsung heroes of the digital age
(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.Recent data on college attendance show tha ...
How 'big data' is changing your movie-viewing experience
(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.“Simply put, big data ...
High-tech gift ideas for grads that won't break the bank
(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 ca ...
You could be losing money - if you don't recycle that old smartphone [Infographic]
(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 year ...
Preparing for cyber warfare
(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 ha ...
Better than a siren: How new technology is keeping people safe from tornadoes
(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 ri ...
Thinking about crypto mining? Get started today!
(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.Bitcoin mining has been around since 2009. It involves the ...
3 tips to keep technology safe and accessible while traveling
(BPT) - Are you dreaming of a vacation? Whether you’re planning a family trip, a romantic getaway for two, or a solo adventure, technology will likely be by your side. But using technology while away often requires some advance prep to reduce potential disruptions to your personal services, in ...
Cellphones, batteries, computers: Simple ways to recycle electronics and reduce e-waste
(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 electro ...
Keep your family organized with these helpful tips
(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 famil ...
Addressing a new era in security: how to protect your business from the inside out
(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 pra ...
Man's best digital friend? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Move over, Fido. Man has a new best friend. Americans have redefined their relationships with television, seeing their TV less as an entertainment device and more as a companion, according to a new national consumer study. Findings show that 60 percent of American consumers leave the TV on w ...
5 things parents should be aware of when it comes to kids and digital devices
(BPT) - From the moment your kids get up in the morning and turn on cartoons, to the second they finish playing on their iPad before bed, their eyes are looking at digital devices almost nonstop. The blue-light high-energy wavelength emitted from these devices’ screens can damage e ...
Modern parents look to mobile devices for hassle-free meals
(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 ...
Is your technology working for you?
(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 again ...
Must-have technology is making bathrooms healthier, safer, more enjoyable
(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 th ...
Take these steps to keep your kid's information secure on school computers
(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.They learn differently as well.Today’s classrooms are no longer focused on chalkboards and lectures. Digital d ...
Game on: Kid tested, parent approved?
(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, reasoni ...
Learning on the go: How digital learning can help you understand any topic instantly
(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 dri ...
Must-have supplies for a successful year at college
(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.In addition to the clothes and household goods that will be packed into the car, there are some other items every college-bound student ...
Small businesses using tablets do more, faster and better
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 ...
Stopping the drain: Innovative technology helps conserve water throughout the house
(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 ...
Digital 'spring cleaning' tips help prevent cyber crime
(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 we ...
Nomophobia: When a modern smartphone affliction leads to addiction
(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 an ...
Facing brain surgery? Know all your options
(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 fa ...
Digital mirrors, no lines, instant ordering: New retail technologies will change the way you shop
(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 ...
Protect kids from dangers lurking online
(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.But what many ma ...
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