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New App Takes the Task Out of Boat Maintenance

(NewsUSA) - Looking to spend more time out on your boat than stuck at the dock? Well, a new web app, which you can access from any mobile device and makes maintaining your boat a (summer's) breeze, may help you do just that.

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Friday 05/15/2015
Home security in the palm of your hand
Updated: May 22, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Did you know that more than 40 percent of U.S. homes have dropped their home landline phone service and gone completely wireless? This amazing statistic from the federal government’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) says a great deal about today’s modern world, one where people have more control over their homes than ever - in large part because of smart homes and smart phones.  This smart technology also allows consumers to save money on services that they frequently use and have to pay for monthly. By switching to either digital phone service or going wireless only, customers are cutting their home landline phone bills in half or eliminating them entirely. The savings desire goes well beyond the home phone service and extends to other services including electricity and water services where customers are purchasing devices that lower their consumption. One area where many consumers are not aware that they can save a substantial amount is on their security and fire alarm monitoring costs.

Monday 05/11/2015
What has the restaurant industry talking tech?
Updated: May 18, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - The restaurant industry is constantly evolving; new taste sensations are created, new restaurants open, and established businesses franchise. And while these shifts highlight the industry’s progress, they tell only part of the story. Like the rest of business world, the restaurant industry is also evolving in the face of new technology that allows restaurateurs and employees to do their jobs more efficiently and improve the customer experience.

Computers and car parts: Finding what you need has never been easier
Updated: May 18, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Not that long ago a typewriter was the best tool for recording data and libraries kept track of books with index cards packed into wooden drawers. Obviously computers have improved productivity by letting people manipulate data faster. But have you ever considered all the physical, hold-in-your-hands things that would not exist today without computers? Engineering and manufacturing would certainly be slower and harder, but there would simply have to be fewer things if people were still using index cards to keep track of them.

Wednesday 04/29/2015
Lost-No-More App
Updated: April 30, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Tired of looking like a lost tourist, searching your phone for directions? Use Skyscanner’s Hotels app for Apple Watch to help you find your way back to your hotel every time you’re out.

Tuesday 04/28/2015
Five ways to make your home office efficient and productive
Updated: May 05, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Working from home is a growing trend, with 3.3 million people telecommuting at least half the time, according to the 2012 American Community Survey conducted by Global Workplace Analytics. The cost savings for not having to commute, being able to work in the comfort of your own home and having fewer distractions are all benefits to setting up a home office.

Thursday 04/23/2015
How to Find a Smartphone that Will Last
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Americans have spent more than $23.5 billion on smartphone repairs and replacements over the last seven years, and those numbers are on the rise.

Monday 04/20/2015
Families Nationwide Pushing for Affordable Broadband
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) There’s no doubt about it, affordable broadband is no longer a frill; it is essential for most Americans. Unfortunately, there are many parts of the country where it is particularly challenging for carriers to offer high-quality services while keeping costs affordable for the average family.

Home trends: High tech kitchens in high demand
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - The digital craze has affected virtually every aspect of life, but perhaps nowhere is it more useful than in the home. From keeping your property secure to saving water and energy, digital upgrades can give your house a modern edge that adds convenience, cuts costs and improves resale value.

Friday 04/17/2015
Hands-on learning better prepares students for cyber security careers
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 4:44 am

(BPT) - Cyberattacks like the hacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment and Target have put serious cybercrime on the radar of the American public and government alike, so it’s no surprise that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the cyber security industry will grow 37 percent by 2022.

Wednesday 04/15/2015
Corporate privacy becoming a top business concern in 2015
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - As many as 43 percent of companies experienced a data breach in the past year – a 10 percent increase from last year, according to an annual study conducted by the Ponemon Institute. As companies scramble to keep their names out of the headlines by bolstering up security practices and protocols, it’s important to take a deeper look into the little things you can do to better manage privacy and security within your own company.

Monday 04/13/2015
Millennials: Should We All Be Following Their Lead?
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—For college sophomore Rutha Nuguse, giving back has always been core to who she is. “Aside from my work experience, including my volunteer experience on my résumé or profile allows me to proudly show the contribution I’ve made to my community and share more about my character,” said Nuguse. “It’s a core part of who I am as a person and professional in my off-line life, so why wouldn’t I include it in my online profiles?”

Monday 04/06/2015
Hate Waiting? Businesses Target Improved Customer Experience
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Often the most frustrating aspect consumers experience with businesses isn't directly related to the service or product itself, but instead the long wait time to receive it.

Breaking Down the Walls -- Improve Your Connection Outside the Office
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - In the modern business age, many companies are doing away with physical office space altogether. In fact, experts say that enabling employees to work from home is doing a 180-degree turn from the perk it once was, to a business necessity.

Plug into these spring tips for a smarter home
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - The days are finally becoming longer and the weather is getting warmer, which means it’s time for spring cleaning, upgrading and refreshing your home. Consider these tips to get your home ready for a fun, smart and cost-efficient year ahead.

Thursday 04/02/2015
Stepping up the fight against identity theft and data hacking
Updated: April 09, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Fueled by the recent epidemic of data breaches, identity theft has become a major concern for millions of Americans. Major companies like Target, Home Depot, eBay, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and dozens of others have experienced data breaches affecting millions of consumers over the past two years.

Tuesday 03/31/2015
5 automotive mobile devices ideal for teenage drivers
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Many parents worry when their teens start to drive. Distracted driving, inexperience and simple carelessness are all reasons for parents to be concerned. The added distraction of a cellphone and all its available functions bring even more reasons to worry.

Does your garage door squeak and groan? Listen to what it's saying
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Your garage door – just like Oz’s Tin Man – needs regular lubrication in order to move freely.

Monday 03/23/2015
5 Things You Don't Know About Superbugs
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - The news is full of headlines about the flu, CRE and the measles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that Clostridium difficile (C.diff) infections have doubled in recent years. If you or a loved one needs to go to the hospital, how do you avoid contracting a deadly infection?

Green living tips: recycling while cleaning
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - When you clean your home, do you end up throwing items in the trash? Getting rid of clutter is a natural part of the cleaning process, but did you know that much of what you throw away can likely be recycled? For example, recycling batteries and cellphones has never been easier.

Thursday 03/19/2015
Get Your Website Noticed
Posted: March 19, 2015

(NAPSI)—To get your company website noticed, you need to consider two things: audience and content.

Tuesday 03/17/2015
Students Learn To Seek A Cure—And Enjoy STEM Learning
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—For parents and teachers tired of answering the question “Why do I have to learn this?” comes an exciting new activity series called “STEM Behind Health.” Developed by top medical experts and researchers, it provides teachers and students with an interactive, hands-on way to explore the math and science concepts behind diseases still in need of a cure.

Monday 03/16/2015
Problems with Phone Service Persist Across the Country
Updated: March 16, 2015 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re on the calling or receiving end, problems with telephone service can be frustrating.

Wednesday 03/11/2015
A Good First Impression
Posted: March 11, 2015

(NAPSI)—When you’re applying for work, first impressions count. To make yours stellar, follow these guidelines:

Got digital clutter? 3 easy ways to spring clean your digital life
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, GPS device – are you drowning in digital clutter? If so, you’re not alone. Americans spend more than 43 hours per week on a variety of devices, and nearly half (47 percent) have one or more devices they no longer use at all, a survey by Intel discovered. Spring is a great time to add “cutting digital clutter” to your list of seasonal tasks.

Monday 03/09/2015
How to prevent identity theft during tax season
Updated: March 16, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - It’s the time of year when Americans gather their financial documents and anxiously await news of a tax refund or debt. While many hope to get money back, Time Magazine recently reported that the IRS paid an estimated $5 billion plus in false tax refunds in 2013, and according to Bloomberg Business that number could potentially grow to $21 billion by 2017.

Friday 02/27/2015
Make Your Escape With An App For The Adventurous
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 4:39 am

(NAPSI)—Tired of frigid temperatures but don’t know where to go? Join Americans fleeing the cold this year and take a quick vacation to a warmer climate.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
8 questions to ask when hiring a family portrait photographer
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 4:41 am

(BPT) - What are the most important moments of your life? For most, it’s rarely a big promotion or a sports championship season. Instead, it’s quality family time that is most often cherished.

Monday 02/23/2015
Smart buying decisions: How hearing aids give you a great return on your investment
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 4:41 am

(BPT) - If you’re one of the nearly 40 million Americans who suffer with hearing loss, maybe it’s time to consider investing in your hearing health.

Friday 02/20/2015
Changes In Technology Can Present Opportunity For Small And Midsize Businesses
Updated: February 21, 2015 - 4:31 am

(NAPSI)—Thanks to new technology, it’s an exciting time for small and midsize businesses. That’s because many are finding that increased access to new technology—such as cloud and mobile solutions—can provide access to services that were never within their reach before, helping them grow and be more productive.

Thursday 02/19/2015
Busted: The truth about top cellphone myths costing you real money
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Most people today have a cellphone that rarely leaves their side. In fact, cellphone usage is at an all-time high, with 91 percent of adults owning one, reports the Pew Research Center. While the technology has drastically improved many aspects of daily life, the cost of devices and service plans – as well as the complex contracts – leaves many people feeling like they’re being hustled.

Wednesday 02/18/2015
The disappearing act: How to go from being credit invisible to credit visible
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Are you credit invisible?

Tuesday 02/17/2015
7 mind-blowing ways smart hearing aids can change your life
Updated: February 24, 2015 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Smart devices are everywhere today. From phones and watches to appliances and even toothbrushes, smart devices are easy and intuitive to use, anticipate your needs and desires, are interactive, and seamlessly connect with your other high-tech devices.

Monday 02/16/2015
What to Do if You’re Having Trouble With Your Phone Service
Updated: February 16, 2015 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) No matter where you live in the country, you may have experienced problems with your telephone service. Whether you’re on the calling or the receiving end, these instances can be quite frustrating -- particularly when the problems are persistent.

Thursday 02/12/2015
The Windows Server 2003 Era Is Ending: What It Means For Small & Midsize Businesses And How To Plan For Migration
Updated: February 13, 2015 - 4:31 am

(NAPSI)—A lot has changed in the past decade since Microsoft launched Windows Server 2003. Capabilities that were previously only available to a large enterprise are now affordable and accessible to businesses of any size—hardware is less expensive, devices are smaller, virtualized operating systems are more efficient, and robust collaboration solutions like Office 365 are available at a fraction of the cost compared to maintaining them on premises. In addition, the way we work has changed—we’re more mobile and more social in the workplace than ever before. However, despite all these advances, many companies large and small are still running on outdated technology.

What's the Future of Big Data Storage?
Updated: February 12, 2015 - 4:31 am

(StatePoint) The world’s information is doubling every two years, according to a recent Digital Universe study. As demand increases, where will all this data be stored reliably and cost effectively? Some experts say the future lies in advanced modern data tape.

Tuesday 02/10/2015
Americans revere being a 'tech geek' more than ever before [Infographic]
Posted: February 10, 2015

(BPT) - Americans’ opinions of “tech geeks” have changed drastically, according to a new report from Crucial.com. The survey, which was commissioned by Crucial.com and conducted by GMI, shows that though Americans associate “tech geeks” as being male, a majority (58 percent) have shifted their opinions of the label from negative to positive. The report also indicates that society values the development of tech skills. One in three survey participants said they prefer students learn tech and IT skills over reading and writing. Men and women alike view geek as the new chic in areas of romantic desirability, financial success and social status.

Tuesday 02/03/2015
Small Businesses Increase Their Productivity Through Modern Technology
Updated: February 04, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—As more small- and medium-size-business owners look for ways to increase productivity, many are focusing their attention on technology as a productivity driver and re-evaluating their technology infrastructure.

Friday 01/30/2015
LED Technology Helping People See The World in a Whole New Light
Updated: January 31, 2015 - 4:31 am

(NewsUSA) - People are not prone to change. We are creatures of habit, and even small sacrifices -- despite potentially handsome rewards -- can be difficult. Businesses are no different.

Get the Most Out of Your Tech Devices
Updated: January 30, 2015 - 4:31 am

(StatePoint) Your tech gadgets are an investment, and with a little bit of effort, you can get even more out of them and make them last longer.

Thursday 01/29/2015
Being called a 'tech geek' is now a compliment
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Are you the family member or friend who is always called when someone's computer breaks or starts acting up? Do you have a person on speed dial whenever you need a website created or program updated? The old stereotype of a computer geek who’s always wearing a pocket protector and glasses with taped-together frames is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Use the cloud to become 'data smart'
Updated: February 05, 2015 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - No matter your job or the size of your business, you are probably aware of the piles of digital information inside your company. Data is everywhere.

Tuesday 01/27/2015
Smartphones a Key Part of Millennials’ Commutes
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) American public transit ridership is the highest it’s been in 57 years, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and millennials are riding the most -- in fact, nearly half of this generation say they have ridden public transit in the past six months.

Ready, set, file: Helpful tips for choosing DIY tax preparation tools
Updated: February 03, 2015 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Tax season is officially here. Last year, 40 percent of Americans chose to file their own taxes – but not all do-it-yourself tax preparation tools are created equal. For those consumers who like to sit in the driver’s seat when filing, here are five tips for what to look for when choosing at-home tax preparation products.

Friday 01/16/2015
Keeping Kids Connected During Long Winter Days
Updated: January 17, 2015 - 4:31 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for parents looking for a positive way to keep their kids entertained when there is no school. There is an affordable way to keep kids connected to the Internet.

Tuesday 01/13/2015
Helping Seniors Stay Connected In Winter
Updated: January 14, 2015 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—While winter, with its cold temperatures and extreme weather, can be an isolating time for many, it can be particularly tough on seniors. When driving conditions deteriorate and roads are slippery, many seniors don’t feel safe enough to venture out of their homes. Others just don’t like the cold and often forgo regular activities and visits with family and friends that involve going outdoors.

Friday 01/09/2015
Bridging The Tech Divide
Updated: January 10, 2015 - 4:31 am

(NAPSI)—According to a recent Nielsen report, if you’re like most Americans, you spend 11 hours a day with electronic media. For teenagers and young adults, the numbers are likely even higher. Data from Pew Research indicate that mobile Internet access is even more common among American teens than adults.

Tuesday 01/06/2015
5 tips for achieving better tech-life balance
Updated: January 13, 2015 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Is your device your vice? Americans think they are able to easily balance their technology use with their regular activities, but when the numbers are crunched, perception doesn’t match up with reality.

Monday 01/05/2015
IT Innovation Is Creating Career Opportunities
Updated: January 07, 2015 - 4:31 am

(NAPSI)—Technology is a driving force in today’s economy, powering innovation and creating jobs. The rapid adoption of cloud computing, mobility, social media and other innovations has accelerated the importance of technology in the workplace—and the need for information technology (IT) technicians.

Your Options In Information Technology
Updated: January 07, 2015 - 4:31 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is contemplating a first or new career, here’s something to think about: Information technology (IT) is deeply embedded in virtually every industry.

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