Morgan County Herald: Tech Talk & Innovation

Tech Talk & Innovation

Top Story

Smart Factories With A Human Feel

(NAPSI)—Future smart factories may look like something out of a science-fiction movie but they’ll also contain a familiar element: people.

  • icon Updated: 2:32 am

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




Recent Headlines

Tuesday 08/20/2019
Cybercriminals are targeting the education sector: How to protect your family
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As children return to school across the country there is a topic not found in textbooks or traditional coursework that parents, guardians and educators should prioritize: smart cybersecurity practices.

Monday 08/19/2019
Searching for a deal on a family wireless plan? Here's what you should know
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Sharing your wireless plan with family members is a great way to save. It eliminates the hassle of multiple bills and lets you benefit from bundled savings offered by your provider. But choosing the right one requires some homework: Family plans today come in all shapes and sizes.

Friday 08/16/2019
5 tips to protect your connected devices and electronic identity
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Resourceful thieves and cyber criminals continue to find new ways to hack U.S. consumers’ sensitive personal information. Dumpster diving, stolen or lost wallets and mail fraud should still be concerns, but the digital age of tablets, smartphones, PCs and Wi-Fi networks leaves people even more vulnerable than ever.

Thursday 08/15/2019
5 ways to elevate your home decor through minimalism
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The latest trends in home decor reveal a desire for a feeling of tranquility and calmness, perhaps as a response to today’s overly busy and distracted lifestyles. From Marie Kondo’s decluttering craze to a return to natural materials in home design, everyone is looking for a way to create a peaceful, less hectic inner space. When it comes to home decor, less is definitely more.

5 Classroom Technologies Making Learning Easy and Fun
Posted: August 15, 2019

(StatePoint) New technologies being introduced into the classroom are making learning easy, fun, and engaging, and are transforming education in the following ways:

Tuesday 08/13/2019
The cost of complacency: How auto-pay can drain your dollars
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - When it comes to managing your monthly bills, it doesn’t get much more convenient than auto-pay. Because this option eliminates missed payments and late fees, it’s easy to see why three-quarters of Americans have opted in, with anywhere between one and seven monthly payments, according to recent survey findings.

However, consumers are also discovering that enlisting in auto-pay isn’t without its financial downsides. The following survey findings from TheZebra.com (an insurance comparison site) show how auto-pay can make consumers complacent.

* Nearly a quarter of people (23%) admit to not paying attention to what’s coming out of their bank accounts. If the result is an overdrawn account or a billing error slipping through, that can prove to be a costly mistake.

* One-third (29%) of respondents confess to forgetting to cancel services linked to autopay after they’ve stopped using the services. A couple prime examples of this are a music streaming service subscription or a gym membership.

* Nearly half of consumers indicate that once auto-pay is set up for their car insurance payments, they never get around to re-evaluating their fees. Considering the market value of our cars depreciates every year, this suggests that many consumers are missing an opportunity to get the best coverage at the best price, as car insurance rates can change daily.

* Finally, by not taking time to evaluate costs or cancel unused services, consumers are paying the price. Some 29% of respondents estimate they’re losing $100 annually, but for high-ticket items like a gym membership, the savings could be in the thousands.

Now that you know the high price you may be paying for the convenience of auto-pay, here are some tips to help you stay in control of your finances.

1. Keep track of your statements. Because money is withdrawn from your account each month, it’s easy to lose track of your spending. Otherwise, if a price hike takes effect or if you end up consuming more services than expected, the consequence can be a higher-than-expected bill. If your bank account lacks the funds to cover it, you’ll end up with an overdraft, which can end up costing you more than any late fee! So when auto-pay takes effect, make sure you review the monthly statements. If you see an additional charge or a price hike take effect, follow up immediately.

2. Research rates at least twice a year. While your service provider may offer excellent service at a great rate, it’s always possible there’s a better deal for you somewhere else. Take time to research and compare the going rates for things like internet service and car insurance — you may be pleasantly surprised. To make sure you follow this step, set up six-month reminders on your phone or calendar and commit yourself to following through. If you end up using the service less often than you planned — or not at all — this reminder can give that much-needed nudge to reevaluate.

3. Take time to fully understand your options. As you know, some service agreements, such as gym memberships and mobile phone contracts, can’t be canceled without penalty — at least, not until you’ve reached a specific end date. But don’t make the mistake of thinking this rule applies to all service agreements. For example, did you know you can switch your car insurance anytime without paying a penalty? It’s true! In fact, once you switch, your old insurer will send you a rebate for the balance, even if time remains on your six- or one-month policy. So go ahead and shop around. If you find a car insurance provider that’s more affordable and provides the coverage you need, you can reap the benefits right away. Just remember, if you do decide to switch, don’t cancel the old policy until the new one is officially in place. Otherwise you might get charged a penalty for the gap in coverage.

How to save on a big bill: Car insurance

Looking for a better price on car insurance? TheZebra.com allows you to see how your current policy stacks up to the rest. The Zebra is the only auto insurance comparison site that shows you all your options side by side, and never sells your data. When you shop around with The Zebra, you can rest assured knowing you won’t get any unwanted calls or emails. Visit www.thezebra.com and see how much you could be saving on car insurance.

You don't have to pay big bucks for the best entertainment [Video]
Updated: August 15, 2019 - 2:48 am

Monday 08/12/2019
More Privacy Choices Are Just A Click Away
Updated: August 14, 2019 - 2:58 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re like most people, changing the settings on your computer or smartphone can be a frustrating experience, full of technological jargon, confusing menus and complicated controls.

Friday 08/09/2019
Protecting you from credit and debit card fraud with artificial intelligence
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Imagine a thief gets your credit or debit card and decides to go on a shopping spree. The thief tries to buy a flat-screen TV, a new computer and a diamond ring. You have no idea this is happening, until you get a phone call from your bank or an alert from your mobile banking app. How did they know to flag these specific transactions as fraud instead of other things you have purchased?

Wednesday 07/31/2019
Money flip or flop? How to avoid falling for online scams
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Scammers are always cooking up creative new ways to separate people from their money. The sad reality is that it often works. The latest schemes involve so-called "money flipping," and it's showing up in consumers' newsfeeds on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and even via text messaging.

Monday 07/29/2019
4 ways to make the most out of your smart garage
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

Sunday 07/28/2019
From silence into sound, cochlear implants change one couple's world
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Caroline and Andreas Schwabe are hearing impaired. Well, only Caroline has hearing loss. Andreas can hear just fine. But, as Andreas says, for a couple, hearing is a "we" thing.

Friday 07/26/2019
How to Keep Your Data Safe in Today’s World
Posted: July 26, 2019

(StatePoint) Is your data secure? Whether you’re a typical consumer gearing up with smart home technology or a business owner with dozens of clients, understanding the latest trends in cybercrime can help you protect what matters.

Wednesday 07/24/2019
New App Makes it Easier to Raise Funds for Your School
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Gearing up for back-to-school season is no longer just about new backpacks, teacher assignments and school supply lists. For schools, summer is also a reminder that they have their work cut out for them in trying to secure additional funding to provide students with the best possible education.

New App Makes it Easier to Raise Funds for Your School
Posted: July 24, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Gearing up for back-to-school season is no longer just about new backpacks, teacher assignments and school supply lists. For schools, summer is also a reminder that they have their work cut out for them in trying to secure additional funding to provide students with the best possible education.

Skip The Gym: Exercise At Home For Better Results
Updated: July 27, 2019 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you prefer working out in the comfort of your own home, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey conducted by Bowflex, 52% of people prefer to exercise privately at home over going to the gym, attending a group class or exercising outside.

Tuesday 07/23/2019
3 emerging smart home trends of 2019
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

Monday 07/22/2019
Before You Swipe Right: 4 Ways To Stay Safe When Online Dating
Posted: July 22, 2019

(BPT) - Dating in the digital age is rough. While the swipe right revolution may have delivered a faster, more convenient way to make a date, it has also delivered a faster, more convenient way for individuals to lie about who they are. In fact, as much as 84% of online daters are falsifying some portion of their profile, and as many as 10% of profiles are downright fake, according to Psychology Today. But it isn’t only our hearts and egos at stake; our wallets are at risk too. The FBI reported $324 million was lost in online relationship scams last year. And here is the scariest part: dating apps are doing virtually nothing to stop it.

Thursday 07/18/2019
From Techy Trucks to Vehicles of the Future: How Commercial Transportation Technology is Driving Forward Safer Driverless Vehicles
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Once the stuff of science fiction, driverless cars are already here, with vehicles adding more automated features every year. Cars already use many features self-driving cars need, such as cruise control, multi-view cameras, proximity sensors and brake assist and autonomous vehicle companies are paving the way to make autonomous vehicles (AVs) a reality sooner rather than later.

Tuesday 07/16/2019
How to Keep Your Home Secure and Your Data Private
Posted: July 16, 2019

(StatePoint) The recent explosion of video recording devices keeps people and property more secure. From highways and byways to doorsteps and nurseries, here are a few of the many ways this technology is working for you:

Thursday 07/11/2019
Tips to Save Money on Tech this Back-to-School Season
Posted: July 11, 2019

(StatePoint) Just a couple of decades ago, when it came to technology, the average student could slide by with just a calculator and perhaps a wristwatch. To make the grade these days, your kids will likely need a full suite of mobile devices.

Tuesday 07/09/2019
Watch free movies at home or on the go [Video]
Updated: August 15, 2019 - 2:48 am

Making Learning More Fun
Updated: July 13, 2019 - 2:53 am

(NAPSI)—If any of the nearly 57 million elementary and high school students in America is someone you care about, there could be good news for you.

Wednesday 07/03/2019
Ways to save even more this Prime Day
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Mark your calendars! Prime Day is right around the corner on July 15 and 16, lasting a full 48 hours this year to give Prime members a two-day parade of epic deals. Prime Day offers the chance for you to save on everyday essentials and get deep discounts on big-ticket items you’ve been waiting to purchase! There are several ways to save even more this Prime Day; here are a few tips:

Tuesday 07/02/2019
Top 5 trend-setting vehicles
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, consider purchasing one you can make your own. While just about any vehicle can be transformed with a few simple products, certain makes and models are more accessory-friendly than others.

Monday 07/01/2019
Cyber Criminals Offer Free Movies, Make You Pay Later
Updated: July 03, 2019 - 3:10 am

(NAPSI)—The average American household now has nine Internet-enabled devices to connect to the Internet, watch movies or television shows, or "smarten" the thermostats, doorbells or nanny cams. These products let people save energy, buy groceries, connect with family members and access a seemingly limitless catalog of entertainment.

Thursday 06/27/2019
The Barcode Story: Its Past, Present, And Future
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Whether you're buying online or shopping in a store, there are many modern shopping conveniences available today that can be traced back to the debut of a seemingly simple technology - the first barcode scan.

Monday 06/24/2019
The Story of the Barcode: Past, Present, and Future
Updated: June 28, 2019 - 2:42 am

(NewsUSA) - Same-day delivery. Self-checkout. Buy online, pick-up in store. Countless modern shopping conveniences that are currently available can be traced back to the debut of a seemingly simple technology with a powerful impact on global commerce - the barcode.

Get almost anything you want (or need) delivered from Amazon Prime in one day or less
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - We all want to find both essentials and fun products easily — with lots of variety — and get them delivered fast, and for free. This summer, spend more time with friends and family and less time shopping. Prime Free One Day ensures members can find last-minute birthday presents, sunscreen and beach towels for an impromptu getaway, as well as closet organizers and cleaning products — all delivered the very next day.

Wednesday 06/19/2019
Retailers Embrace AI Tech for Improved Customer Experience
Updated: August 10, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NewsUSA) - Artificial Intelligence is becoming commonplace across major industries and retail is no exception.

Tuesday 06/18/2019
The Rise of Digital Wallets and Mobile Payments
Updated: July 25, 2019 - 2:45 am

(NewsUSA) - More businesses and countries worldwide are embracing digital payments as a way to make e-commerce more efficient and create a smoother transaction experience for consumers.

Esports Popularity Piques Investor Interest
Updated: July 24, 2019 - 2:49 am

(NewsUSA) - The Esports and global gaming industry has exploded in recent years as people of all ages turn to video games for entertainment over movies and music. In fact, the annual revenue from the gaming industry was higher than music and movies combined in 2018 and is expected to more than double in the next two years.

5G is here. What does it mean for you?
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - By now, you’ve probably heard about the coming launch of 5G. Rolling into the marketplace for the first time this year, it’s the next (fifth) generation of cellular technology, and promises to significantly enhance the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks.

Fastest Way To Shop For A Home? Snap It!
Updated: June 22, 2019 - 2:48 am

(NAPSI)—House-hunting can be a lot less stressful and complicated than many people realize.

Monday 06/17/2019
Does owning a DVR make sense in the streaming video age?
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - In 1999, the digital video recorder changed television forever by letting viewers pause live TV, ushering us into a new world of on-demand everything. “TiVo(R)” became a household word.

Fomentando empatía a través de la tecnología
Updated: July 23, 2019 - 2:50 am

(NewsUSA) - San Juan, Puerto Rico - 23 de mayo de 2019 - El huracán Maria fue la tormenta más letal en la historia moderna de Estados Unidos. Casi dos años después personas siguen afectadas, incluyendo a muchos jóvenes puertorriqueños. "La única manera de crear conciencia sobre un problema, y motivar a los demás a ser empáticos sobre el mismo, es cuando lo vivimos o lo observamos directamente," explicó Jan De La Paz, maestro de español en la Escuela Especializada en Matemáticas, Ciencias y Tecnología de San Juan y Profesor Innovador Experto de Microsoft.

Friday 06/14/2019
Prevent your student’s 'summer slide' with … video games?
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - School is out for the summer, and parents everywhere are worried about their kids spending too much time staring at their screens. If you are one of those worried parents, take a moment and determine what your child is actually doing with their screens. It’s one thing if they’re just consuming content, it’s another if they’re actually using their screen to be productive. Screens actually can be tools to enhance learning, spark creativity and teach new skills. The key is to tap into your child’s interests and discover screen-time options that provide a balance between consuming and creating.

Monday 06/10/2019
A touchscreen that lets you feel what you see? It's real. Watch these first-touch reactions [Video]
Updated: August 15, 2019 - 2:48 am

Friday 06/07/2019
The perfect films to enjoy at home this summer [Video]
Updated: August 15, 2019 - 2:48 am

Monday 06/03/2019
New Cancer Test Helps Men Reduce Unnecessary Prostate Biopsies
Updated: June 28, 2019 - 2:43 am

(NewsUSA) - According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The ACS estimates that in 2019 there will be approximately 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer and 31,620 deaths. About 1 man in 9 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer develops mainly in older men and in African-American men. 

Friday 05/31/2019
3 Tech Gift Ideas for your Dad or Grad
Updated: June 28, 2019 - 2:47 am

(NewsUSA) - It's a time-honored tradition -giving gifts to our grads and dads for all of their hard work and dedication. But when picking out that gift, you may want to skip the traditional standbys and think tech! Digital Lifestyle Expert Mario Armstrong partnered with TechGifts.tv (watch video here) and a few top brands for a look at the gadgets and technology trends perfect for gifting on Father's Day and Graduation this year.

Tuesday 05/28/2019
The Smart Home and Our Connected Life
Updated: June 27, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Almost everything today is digitally connected …whether at home or on the go. Connected technology saves you time with everything from smart phones to smart homes!

Tuesday 05/21/2019
Moving made simple: 5 tips and tricks to save time and stress
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Moving is an exciting time as you look forward to settling into your new home sweet home. However, it's also a stressful time as you try to move your belongings from one place to another, as well as set up all the services you need, such as mail, cable and internet.

Wednesday 05/15/2019
3 ways leaders can help employees embrace AI
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Most people may be unaware how much Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become part of their lives. From GPS and predictive text on smartphones to search engines and customer service chatbots, AI is changing the way people live and work. AI involves the process of using algorithms to make sense of large amounts of data beyond human capacity to manage, with the potential to tackle more tasks than ever before imagined.

Tuesday 05/14/2019
6 smart ways to digitally declutter
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - This time of year, as our focus turns to spring cleaning, there's an aspect of tidying up that most of us may be forgetting: our digital clutter. Women’s lifestyle outlet How Does She partnered with Walmart Family Mobile to share some excellent technology tidying tips (say that five times fast!). From Christmas pictures that are still taking up memory on your phone, to hundreds of old texts that are eating up your gigabytes, to needless folders that make your computer desktop messier than a 10-year-old's room, there are plenty of things you can digitally declutter, and once you get started, you'll be amazed at how zen you'll feel.

Friday 05/10/2019
Bathroom upgrades: 3 tips to add technology, tailor-made features
Updated: June 18, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - We tend to think of the bathroom as a utilitarian space, and therefore not worthy of the same energy and expense put into designing spaces like the living room or kitchen. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom, however. It’s the room where we start and set intentions for our day. In the evening, the bathroom is where we go to unwind — some people prefer soaking in a bubble bath while others take a hot shower to relax.

See Your Mail Before It Arrives
Updated: May 14, 2019 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re traveling, expecting an important letter, worried about mail theft or just too curious to wait until the mail arrives, this can be your red-letter day, thanks to a free feature from the United States Postal Service.

Wednesday 05/08/2019
Tech Tools That Can Help Your Small Business Grow
Updated: June 21, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NewsUSA) - Since 1963, the president has proclaimed one week out of the year as National Small Business Week, recognizing the contributions of small U.S. businesses to our national economy. This year, the week of May 5 through May 11 will recognize entrepreneurship and innovation.

Monday 04/29/2019
Real estate ready: Smart tips for first-time homebuyers
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Today’s first-time homebuyers face a variety of hurdles when trying to enter the real estate market. While interest rates have declined recently and there are signs that more inventory may be coming onto the market, many buyers continue to feel frustration in finding and financing a home.

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard