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3 ways to prepare children for jobs of the future

(BPT) - Today's technology evolves so rapidly, it's impossible to predict what new inventions are coming. How can parents and educators today prepare children for technology and jobs that may not even exist yet? A recent education study by Harris Poll reveals that hands-on, collaborative learning experiences increase children’s confidence and ability to learn new things. The study showed that children worldwide who are confident learning STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) feel more confident about their ability to learn overall. And that confidence translates into a willingness to try new things — an essential trait in education and business, where changes occur at a rapid pace.

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Thursday 10/17/2019
Celebrating 50 years of influential projects
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - What were the greatest projects from the last 50 years? The World Wide Web? The moon landing? As 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Project Management Institute, PMI is celebrating by showcasing the 50 most influential projects of the past 50 years in science, technology, social, cultural movements and more.

Monday 10/14/2019
Simple Steps To Declutter Your Phone
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:51 am

(NAPSI)—Have you ever scrolled endlessly through your photos on your phone to find that special one you took weeks ago? Or, perhaps you have that one important e-mail that takes forever to find in your inbox?

Sunday 10/13/2019
Understand data usage to get the best deal
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - When it comes to how we use our cellphones, it's especially important to understand data usage. Knowing what consumes your data, and how you use it, will help you recognize whether you’re getting the best deal on your wireless plan.

Thursday 10/10/2019
As business payment fraud skyrockets, are you protected?
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Whether your business is small, medium or large, as an owner you're probably all too familiar with the threats of payment fraud. A proactive approach can make a big difference in reducing your chances of experiencing this common type of fraud, saving you significant time, money and stress.

Wednesday 10/09/2019
New Technology Accesses Small But Mighty Microorganisms
Posted: October 09, 2019

(NewsUSA) - More medicines may be developed faster in the near future, thanks to new technology that harnesses the tiny particles that make drug development possible.

Tuesday 10/08/2019
Want a showstopper master bathroom? 5 criteria to achieve exceptional design
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - When it’s time to renovate your master bathroom, why not set your sights on something bigger and better? Rather than letting the latest fads drive your choices, create a room that holds its breathtaking beauty for years, and never fails to transform your mood each time you cross the threshold. That’s the epitome of showstopping design.

Wednesday 10/02/2019
Why now is the best time to go solar
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - October is National Energy Awareness Month, and you can celebrate by exploring opportunities to create a more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly home. With renewable energy solutions gaining momentum with homeowners, the latest energy technologies are more efficient, affordable and let you take control of your energy needs. Until recently, many homeowners perceived solar power for a single home as too expensive, difficult to install or unsightly. As technology has evolved since the advent of the green energy industry, attitudes have too.

Top cybersecurity threats for small businesses and tips to stay protected
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - As cyberattacks become more sophisticated than ever, small business owners need to take action or face some potentially devastating consequences. Contrary to popular belief, an estimated 43% of all data breaches involve small businesses, not large corporations. Even more alarming, another study found that 60% of small businesses who fell victim to cyberattacks closed their doors within six months. From these two statistics alone, it’s clear the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Monday 09/30/2019
5 Things Everyone Should Know About Consumer DNA Tests
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Millions of people have taken consumer DNA tests and received their results online. In fact, in May of this year, Ancestry® announced it surpassed 15 million members in its global DNA network.

Friday 09/27/2019
4 key resources small businesses need to succeed
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 am

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Thursday 09/26/2019
Gunnar Peterson Offers Tips to Get Your Hearing in Shape
Posted: September 26, 2019

(NewsUSA) - When it comes to getting your body in top shape, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes have turned to celebrity fitness trainer Gunnar Peterson for three decades.

Why your small business needs PCs built for business
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Whether your business is growing or needs a computer upgrade, you may feel overwhelmed by the choices in today’s marketplace. Because many small businesses are budget-conscious, you might think you’re saving money by opting for the least expensive PCs on the market, designed for the general consumer, and/or by waiting to upgrade as long as possible.

Wednesday 09/25/2019
New Research Shows Big Opportunities for Small Businesses
Posted: September 25, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Today's technology has changed the shopping experience. While many of us still enjoy trying on clothes at our favorite department store, we also relish the ability to buy specific and unique items through an e-commerce app, or research product details via our smartphone.

Tuesday 09/24/2019
Seven Ways To Make The Right Software Match For Your Business
Updated: September 26, 2019 - 2:44 am

By Claire Alexander, GM at Capterra

5 ways to keep your phone charged longer
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Everyone hates that feeling — you need to do something important on your phone, like using GPS or making a call, and you see the battery inching down toward 0%. And you forgot your charger, or didn’t want to stuff the bulky thing in your bag as you dashed out of the house.

Saturday 09/14/2019
How and Why to Keep Up With the Latest Tech Trends
Posted: September 14, 2019

(StatePoint) Whatever industry you work in and no matter what your role is, it’s possible you have wondered how emerging technologies will affect your job in the years to come or whether you’ll even have to switch careers entirely at some point.

Thursday 09/12/2019
Simplify your kitchen with smart home gadgets
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - As the heart of the home, the kitchen is often the busiest room of the house — a perfect space to install the latest smart home gadgets. With “smart” sidekicks, you can solve kitchen challenges and simplify the overall cooking process.

Wednesday 09/11/2019
Exciting Changes Coming To The Advanced Placement Program
Updated: September 14, 2019 - 2:43 am

(NAPSI)—The Advanced Placement (AP) Program gives students a chance to experience college-level classes in high school and opens the door to earning college credit before they ever set foot on campus. Students get to dig deeper into subjects they love, while building the skills and confidence they need to succeed in college. There are more statewide and system-wide AP credit policies than ever; over 99 percent of colleges have an AP credit policy in place.

Tuesday 09/10/2019
See Today's Hottest Stars Before They Were Famous [Video]
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 am

Monday 09/02/2019
Why your clothes dryer is an energy hog and what you can do about it
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - There’s nothing quite as comforting as pulling on your favorite hoodie when it's fresh from the dryer. As much as you love luxuriating in that warmth and softness, you may not be aware just how much energy this beloved appliance burns through in a year. When it comes to energy savings in the laundry room, the dryer has long been an obstacle, and here's why.

Monday 08/26/2019
Technician Education Can Fuel Financial Success
Updated: October 04, 2019 - 2:38 am

(NewsUSA) - It doesn't take a college degree to understand that a four-year education may not be the end-all and be-all it once was, according to a new survey of U.S. high school students. With rising costs for higher education, and the way it equates to a career, more high school students say costs will be a "deciding factor in which college they attend or whether they end up going at all," according to the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit College Savings Foundation.

Thursday 08/22/2019
Smart Factories With A Human Feel
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

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

Tuesday 08/20/2019
Cybercriminals are targeting the education sector: How to protect your family
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 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: October 23, 2019 - 2:33 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: October 23, 2019 - 2:33 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: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 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: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 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: September 19, 2019 - 2:38 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: September 04, 2019 - 2:45 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: October 23, 2019 - 2:33 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: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 am

Sunday 07/28/2019
From silence into sound, cochlear implants change one couple's world
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:33 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
Updated: September 14, 2019 - 2:39 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.

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: October 23, 2019 - 2:33 am

Monday 07/22/2019
Before You Swipe Right: 4 Ways To Stay Safe When Online Dating
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:38 am

(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: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 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: September 19, 2019 - 2:38 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: October 23, 2019 - 2:33 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: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 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.

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