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Amazing electronics: Noteworthy innovations from 2020 International CES

(BPT) - CES — the Consumer Electronics Show — is the annual trade show that showcases the best in tech innovations from around the world. These technologies push the boundaries of what is possible, from automotive to robotics to computers and more.

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Thursday 01/16/2020
Criminals target the connected home: Simple steps to stay safe
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - From smart coffee makers and vacuums to controlling your home with the touch of a button, connectivity reigns king in 2020. Smart devices in homes are on the rise, which means there has never been more digital connectivity for Americans. It also means there has never been more opportunity for savvy criminals looking to hack your devices.

Wednesday 01/15/2020
How to Troubleshoot Your Technology Issues
Posted: January 15, 2020

(StatePoint) If you’re like most people, you’ve spent more time than you’re willing to admit troubleshooting a technology issue with any one of the many devices in your connected home. Did you know that the average person owns at least 10 connected devices from Macs and PCs, smartphones, tablets and printers, to voice assistants, video doorbells and even home automation systems? 

Monday 01/13/2020
Innovation Insider Steve Greenberg Reveals Latest and Greatest Tech [Video]
Posted: January 13, 2020

5 ways to bolster your business for success in 2020
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

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Friday 01/10/2020
How living with AI can improve your daily life
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - These days, AI — artificial intelligence — has become a household name, mostly because so many household gadgets and appliances use it.

Thursday 01/09/2020
The Public Health Threat No One Talks About: Loneliness
Updated: January 14, 2020 - 2:45 am

(NAPSI)—There is a public health threat looming across the United States that’s not visible to most but affects nearly half of all Americans daily: loneliness. Social isolation is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is twice as harmful as obesity. Worst of all, loneliness is a contributing factor in senior suicides, which are rising in the U.S. While it is not something people like to think about, now more than ever, Americans must remove the stigma around mental health and spread awareness to better combat loneliness.

Tuesday 01/07/2020
Shaping our future with AI
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting everyone's lives more and more. The latest technology increasingly helps daily tasks and routines become simpler, leaving consumers with more time to spend on other priorities.

Monday 01/06/2020
How small businesses crushed 2019 holiday sales
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Mastering online sales reaps big rewards for small businesses.

Friday 12/27/2019
8 gift ideas for energetic entrepreneurs
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Entrepreneurship is becoming an increasingly common career as passionate and creative people start successful businesses on their own. But entrepreneurial endeavors aren’t easy. The lifestyle requires long hours, hard work and dedication.

Sunday 12/22/2019
9 subscription services that make the perfect gift
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Subscription boxes are gifts that keep on giving. Not only will your loved one be ecstatic to receive the first box, but they’ll also be reminded of your thoughtfulness every time a new one shows up on their doorstep.

Saturday 12/21/2019
Better baking: 5 things to know about your oven
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Measuring, mixing, blending and kneading — there is so much that goes into the art of baking. You start with the right materials and techniques, but you also need to be familiar with how your oven works to get the best results.

Thursday 12/19/2019
Club for the Future enables students to send space mail
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Did you know that students can send postcards to space and have the cards returned right back to their mailbox for only the cost of a stamp?

Wednesday 12/18/2019
Need gaming gift ideas? Here's a gift that wows today and for months to come
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - When you think back to your childhood, there are probably only a few times you remember receiving a gift that really blew you away. It was likely something you always wanted but didn't think you would ever get, and when you opened that present, your excitement was off the charts.

The gig economy is on the rise – is it for you?
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Freelancer, passion projects, side hustles are all synonymous with the gig economy — which has grown substantially over the past decade. The economic downturn of 2008 led many employers to recruit gig/temporary workers to control costs. The explosion of rideshare services and other contract employment has increased the awareness of gig as a steady work stream.

Tuesday 12/17/2019
A Record 186 Million Consumers Plan to Buy Tech Gifts This Holiday Season [Video]
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

Monday 12/16/2019
The Best Innovations, Inventions and More As We Approach the New Decade
Posted: December 16, 2019

How to maximize AI usage at home
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - As the prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI) in the home grows, so too does the amount of helpful features available to make daily tasks much easier. While the abundance of smart home technology (powered by AI) can seem overwhelming, the more you know, the better these functions can impact your life positively. Through a true understanding of these innovative breakthroughs, you can easily expand the usage of AI in your home and take advantage of its benefits.

Thursday 12/12/2019
Home Theater Tips for the Big Game and Awards Season
Posted: December 12, 2019

(StatePoint) From the Big Game to awards shows, you’ll want to ensure that you are prepared to host all the greatest television events of the season.

Wednesday 12/11/2019
5 Essentials for the "Perfect" Workstation
Posted: December 11, 2019

(NewsUSA) -In the business of making well-designed ergonomic tools for the workspace for more than 35 years, Humanscale and its team of certified ergonomists know that the ideal workstation is about more than just a beautiful chair or desk. There are a number of key factors to consider to ensure that a workstation is functional and adaptable, as well as comfortable and healthy for the user. The leader in sustainable ergonomic tools for work has prepared a checklist to create a better workstation, fit for the home or corporate office. 

5 Essentials for the "Perfect" Workstation
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 2:40 am

(NewsUSA) -In the business of making well-designed ergonomic tools for the workspace for more than 35 years, Humanscale and its team of certified ergonomists know that the ideal workstation is about more than just a beautiful chair or desk. There are a number of key factors to consider to ensure that a workstation is functional and adaptable, as well as comfortable and healthy for the user. The leader in sustainable ergonomic tools for work has prepared a checklist to create a better workstation, fit for the home or corporate office. 

Secrets to success from winners of Amazon’s Small Business Spotlight Awards
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Starting a small business requires a lot of hard work and commitment, with no guarantee of success. Thanks to the internet and the rise of e-commerce, small businesses today can capitalize on opportunities using tech tools that didn’t exist a couple of decades ago. This has opened up possibilities for businesses of all sizes, whether they’re home-based solo ventures or have employees and a storefront.

Tuesday 12/10/2019
Keep mom, dad and the grands home safe with the latest technology
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Technological advancements are helping aging adults stay safe, comfortable and connected as they age in place. And, families can feel more confident about mom, dad and the grands living independently, especially around the holidays.

Tech gifts for absolutely everyone on your list
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - One of the best things about technology today is that there’s a huge variety of items to choose from that can suit anybody on your list, for a surprising range of prices.

Monday 12/09/2019
The must-have gaming gift this holiday season
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Don’t know what to get the gamer in your life? No idea what the hottest games are, or what gaming products are trending? Don’t despair — there is one gift that any gamer will love, whether they’re a novice or a veteran gaming aficionado.

Q&A: How girls can build careers in the video game industry
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Careers in the video game industry are highly desirable, and for good reason. Working for a video game company can be rewarding, and equally important, turns a favorite pastime into an exciting career. However, for tween and teen girl gamers, the prospect of one day working in the video game industry may seem daunting. While 46% of the U.S. gamer population is female, women account for only 22% of video game developers.

Friday 12/06/2019
Eco-friendly gifts for a merrier (and greener) holiday season
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for giving. And with this eco-friendly gift guide, giving greener is easier. Whether you’re shopping for the gardener, techie, alternative energy aficionado or the do-it-yourselfer, this is your go-to resource for gifts that please people and the planet.

Fuel Your Adventures with Great Coffee on The Road
Updated: December 27, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News -Whether you are in a hotel room, at your desk, in an RV, or by a campfire, it can be difficult to get a good cup of coffee away from home. With the holiday travel season in full swing, travelers are wondering how best to enjoy their morning java while on the go.

Fuel Your Adventures with Great Coffee on The Road
Posted: December 06, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News -Whether you are in a hotel room, at your desk, in an RV, or by a campfire, it can be difficult to get a good cup of coffee away from home. With the holiday travel season in full swing, travelers are wondering how best to enjoy their morning java while on the go.

Fuel Your Adventures with Great Coffee on The Road
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 2:40 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News -Whether you are in a hotel room, at your desk, in an RV, or by a campfire, it can be difficult to get a good cup of coffee away from home. With the holiday travel season in full swing, travelers are wondering how best to enjoy their morning java while on the go.

Better by design: Senior tech benefits from user input
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - The technology market for older users is booming. With the world’s 65-plus population poised to hit one billion by 2030, manufacturers are scrambling to find new ways to put digital products into the hands of this lucrative market.

Thursday 12/05/2019
Ways your smartphone can alleviate stress this holiday season
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - The holidays are full of joy and festivities, but the season can also bring hassle and stress. Fortunately, it’s simple to ease holiday headaches and streamline to-do’s when you use your smartphone in a smart way.

Amazon’s Best of Prime Highlights the Year’s Top Trends
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - What were the biggest trends of 2019? With more than one hundred million Prime members around the world, there is no better indicator than Amazon’s Best of Prime.* The results are particularly telling because over the past year, Prime welcomed more members worldwide than ever before.

4 home upgrades that are good for the environment
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Consumers today are more mindful about the environmental impact of everything they do, from driving and traveling to energy usage in their homes. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps homeowners can take to save energy and help the environment.

Tips to prepare your home for winter weather
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - No matter where you live, there are bound to be weather challenges this winter. Your home may suffer damage, minor or major, from the onslaught of colder weather, along with wind, heavy rain, ice storms or even major snow systems. This can affect not only the integrity and value of your home, but may lead to costly repairs down the road. That's why it's smart to prep now, to prevent bigger problems in the future. It's also a good idea to make sure that your home is prepped for spending more time indoors.

Here are basic tasks to prepare for wintry weather, and to ensure your family stays healthy and safe inside.

1. Perform a safety check

Are your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in good working order? Make monthly testing of these safety features a regular part of your seasonal household chores. For battery-operated units keep up-to-date with battery changes as per manufacturer instructions. Also be aware and take action if you hear any low battery alarms. Also, do you have a home fire extinguisher in your kitchen?

2. Ensure clean indoor air

Make sure your home’s heating and air conditioning units are in good condition, and schedule regular tune-ups to avoid unpleasant surprises. Change your furnace filter frequently, so your air quality stays clean indoors, where you’re likely to spend more time as temps get cooler. Also, consider setting up a schedule with a professional to have your ductwork cleaned on a regular basis.

3. Keep the outside out

Check weatherstripping around exterior doors, replacing where necessary, then seal and caulk exterior wood, since wood trim can rot around windows and outside doors. Walk around the outside of your home with spray foam gap sealer and caulk to plug gaps, cracks and holes in siding and around windows. Find and seal air leaks where you may be losing valuable heat and letting in the cold. Many energy companies offer an energy audit to discover where you may be losing both heat and money — and advise you on ways to improve your insulation. Making sure your gutters are cleaned out and in good condition helps protect your home's exterior from exposure to moisture due to rain, ice or snow melt.

4. Install back-up power

Power outages occur for many reasons, usually outside your control. In major storms, outages can last for days or even weeks when a large area is affected. To protect your home and family, an automatic standby generator gives you peace of mind — even when you’re not at home.

Look for a unit that comes in a durable aluminum enclosure with options that can withstand up to 181 mph winds and can be installed as close as 18 inches from your home (important for areas with tight lot lines and strict building codes), such as select models of KOHLER standby home generators. They will automatically start and restore your power in seconds, whether you’re home or away.

Units can be monitored remotely from your smartphone or laptop. The unit is permanently installed near your home, and provides high-quality power that can run your sump pump, furnace or air conditioner, and major appliances — plus delicate electronics. KOHLER generators feature commercial-grade engines built to withstand extreme workloads over many years, and they come with a five-year warranty. This is not a do-it-yourself job; you will need to work with a professionally licensed and insured generator installer.

5. Trim your trees

Now is a great time to get your trees trimmed, while it’s easier to access branches without all the extra foliage. Trimming dead branches helps prevent problems that can occur due to wind or ice storms, when a falling branch could endanger a power line, car or home. Like all professional contractors, work with tree service companies that have proper credentials and insurance.

6. Check your roof

Whether you inspect your roof yourself or hire a professional, it's a good idea to take care of repairs before winter wind, hail, snow and ice do their worst. Look for blistering, curling, buckling — or missing — shingles. Moss or lichen growing can indicate decay underneath. Any visible sagging of your roof, rust or cracks around flashing or vent pipes should also be repaired promptly to avoid later problems like leaks.

Don't let the calamities of winter take you and your family by surprise. Doing prep work and maintenance on your home now, with a focus on safety, will ensure that you're ready for anything that may come your way — even if it's just hunkering down in your home for the season.

Wednesday 12/04/2019
Identity theft from above? How hackers could use drones and other technology in 2020 [Video]
Posted: December 04, 2019

Thursday 11/28/2019
4 myths about PC technology small businesses need to reject
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - The PCs you choose to power your small business can dramatically impact your company's productivity and competitiveness. However, many small businesses fall for common myths about computers, leading to poor purchasing decisions.

Tuesday 11/26/2019
Your 2019 guide to climate-friendly holiday gifting
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Each year, many people count down the days to the holiday season and save their money for festive decorations and gift giving. In fact, the average American will spend over $1,000 on holiday gifts, according to the National Retail Federation.

Tips for Families Gifting Kids Mobile Devices This Holiday Season
Posted: November 26, 2019

(StatePoint) Buying children mobile devices this holiday season? You’re in good company. Fifty-three percent of children own a smartphone by age 11, and 84 percent of teenagers have their own phones, according to Common Sense Media.

Monday 11/25/2019
Preserving old analog photos this holiday season? 4 tips for making that easier
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - When it comes to passing down family memories, there’s nothing like the visual impact of a photograph.

Suffering from streaming subscription fatigue? [Video]
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

Friday 11/22/2019
How cutting-edge technology is transforming cooking
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - When marveling at the ways modern technology has impacted our daily lives, people most frequently cite areas such as communication, transportation, entertainment and health care. But there’s one arena where technology is making huge differences that often gets left out of the discussion — home cooking.

Thursday 11/21/2019
5 tips to optimize your gaming experience
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - You’ve just defeated the final boss in a game you’ve spent hours on. You’re happy and ecstatic that your battle has been won and right before the game saves, your console shuts off. It’s all gone! If you love gaming, chances are there are plenty of things you don’t love when they happen — like freezing, glitches and crashing altogether. In order to have the best gaming experience possible, and to avoid some of the worst problems that can pop up, there are some things you can do — from low-tech to high-tech solutions — to ensure your hardware is up to whatever game you want to throw at it.

Create Your Own Virtual Video Memories
Updated: December 27, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - How would you like to relive and let others experience the most important moments of your life? The dance floor at your wedding, your child's first birthday, your team's victory parade? Now, you cannot only watch these events but feel as if you were actually there, right in the middle of the action. With today's technology, it's possible, and it's never been easier to get started.

Create Your Own Virtual Video Memories
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 2:40 am

(NewsUSA) - How would you like to relive and let others experience the most important moments of your life? The dance floor at your wedding, your child's first birthday, your team's victory parade? Now, you cannot only watch these events but feel as if you were actually there, right in the middle of the action. With today's technology, it's possible, and it's never been easier to get started.

Create Your Own Virtual Video Memories
Posted: November 21, 2019

(NewsUSA) - How would you like to relive and let others experience the most important moments of your life? The dance floor at your wedding, your child's first birthday, your team's victory parade? Now, you cannot only watch these events but feel as if you were actually there, right in the middle of the action. With today's technology, it's possible, and it's never been easier to get started.

Wednesday 11/20/2019
Energy-Based Devices Are The New Face of Beauty
Updated: December 27, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Beauty, like health, goes beyond the visible surface. While many of us manage our wellness via diet, exercise and check-ups, we don't apply the same 360-degree approach to our beauty regimen. It's possibly due to lack of viable options.

Energy-Based Devices Are The New Face of Beauty
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 2:40 am

(NewsUSA) - Beauty, like health, goes beyond the visible surface. While many of us manage our wellness via diet, exercise and check-ups, we don't apply the same 360-degree approach to our beauty regimen. It's possibly due to lack of viable options.

Energy-Based Devices Are The New Face of Beauty
Posted: November 20, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Beauty, like health, goes beyond the visible surface. While many of us manage our wellness via diet, exercise and check-ups, we don't apply the same 360-degree approach to our beauty regimen. It's possibly due to lack of viable options.

Monday 11/18/2019
Behind the scenes: All's fair in love and streaming [Video]
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 2:45 am

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