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How Selfies and Self-Produced Videos are Changing the Way We Communicate

(StatePoint) The way we communicate and relate to one another is rapidly evolving, and new platforms and applications are constantly feeding that change. At the center of it all is the ability for individuals to create their own video, photo and written content that allows them to express opinions and thoughts in real-time.

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Tuesday 05/24/2016
Classroom technology unites students nationwide, ushers in new learning experience
Updated: May 26, 2016 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - When Cyndi Roberts steps into her classroom in Columbus, Ohio, her 19 students finish their conversations and get ready to start the day’s lesson. Like a scene from a high-tech science fiction film, she’s followed by voice-activated motion-detection cameras as she greets 14 people in the seats in front of her and five students who are gathered almost 500 miles away.

The Big Showdown Over Fingerprinting Uber and Lyft Drivers
Updated: May 25, 2016 - 4:37 am

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Monday 05/23/2016
Home Safety Month: New Ways to Protect Your Family
Updated: May 23, 2016 - 4:41 am

(StatePoint) While you may think of smart home technology as a convenience -- something to save you a few steps of walking between the couch and the nearest light switch, smart home offerings also include important preventative measures that can help you protect not only your valuables, but your home itself and everyone in it.

Friday 05/20/2016
Wise up to the benefits of a smart home
Updated: May 26, 2016 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Smart homes make life easier and more convenient. Who wouldn't love being able to control lighting, entertainment and temperature from their couch — or from anywhere for that matter? Whether you're at work or on vacation, smart devices alert you to what's going on at home and help you stay connected and protected.

10 Questions to Ask About the Medicines You Take
Updated: May 24, 2016 - 4:42 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - For a Rolling Stones fan, what could top meeting the band in person? New Yorker Alex Emanuel met Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood inside the Recording Gallery within the Rolling Stones retrospective exhibit, Exhibitionism, at London's Saatchi Gallery.

Encryption - Why It Matters to You
Updated: May 25, 2016 - 4:37 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - For a Rolling Stones fan, what could top meeting the band in person? New Yorker Alex Emanuel met Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood inside the Recording Gallery within the Rolling Stones retrospective exhibit, Exhibitionism, at London's Saatchi Gallery.

Thursday 05/19/2016
Tech-buying tips: How to give grads the No. 1 item on their gift wish list
Updated: May 26, 2016 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Cash, new wheels, dream travel, gift cards — what will you be giving the graduates in your life this year? Chances are good, what they really want is a laptop; 51 percent of high school grads and 43 percent of college graduates said a new laptop was the gift they most desired in 2015, according to a survey by technology protection provider Asurion.

5 ways to give back and support a good cause using social media
Updated: May 26, 2016 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Today, it's easier than ever to stay up-to-date on current events, maintain a close connection with family and friends and to share your views with the world — all thanks to the power of social media.  The convenience that platforms like Facebook and Twitter provide is now making it easier to get involved in important causes. From donating money to raising awareness, there are numerous ways to give back using your favorite social media sites. If you're interested in helping a charity, but aren't sure how to get started, get inspired with these five online giving ideas. 

Get to Know Sarcoidosis: A Complex, Misunderstood Disease
Updated: May 25, 2016 - 4:37 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - As we head into summer, it's important to find accessories that show off your style, while brightening up your wardrobe. Since summer brings an explosion of bold colors and vibrant patterns, this season's trends are no different.

Tuesday 05/17/2016
Safe Driving Pays: How One Teen Won $5,000 For A Digital Short Against Distracted Driving
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 4:36 am

(NAPSI)—Americans are mobile-first, but when driving, your number one priority should be safety. While our phones are a source for information and entertainment, there is no reason for anyone to manually text while driving.

Monday 05/16/2016
The Prenatal Vitamin Your Mom Wishes She Had
Updated: May 25, 2016 - 4:37 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Much ado has been made about encryption lately. And on some level, you probably understand it. Sort of.

Friday 05/13/2016
Five Things To Know When Leasing Wireless Devices
Updated: May 14, 2016 - 4:35 am

(NAPSI)—America’s wireless industry is constantly evolving but one thing doesn’t change: fierce competition for every single mobile customer means you have new options.

Monday 05/09/2016
Encryption Technology for Your Privacy
Updated: May 25, 2016 - 4:37 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - As spring blooms and temperatures warm up, it's time to open up the windows and go outside. This means getting into your garage and dusting off the cobwebs from your lawnmower, wiping down your outdoor table and chairs, and getting your car primed to take you where you want to go this summer season.

High-Speed Internet Access Benefits National Economy
Updated: May 09, 2016 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) Having higher speed internet access can do more than simply improve your family’s enjoyment of entertainment and games. Today, experts say that better broadband connectivity is helping people gain access to additional medical care through telemedicine, enabling children to access multimedia educational resources, improving small businesses’ ability to interact with customers and suppliers, and even helping improve the broader economy nationwide.

Thursday 05/05/2016
Mom Knows Best: Even When Buying a Mother's Day Gift
Updated: May 25, 2016 - 4:37 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - How many times have you been prescribed medication by your healthcare provider, only to arrive home to find that you're unsure about possible side effects? Or the correct dose? Or the risk of taking the new medication together with other medicines you already use? Have you ever felt too embarrassed -- or too rushed -- to clarify medication information or instructions with your provider?

Wednesday 05/04/2016
Help Find the Best Cancer Treatments for Kids
Updated: May 25, 2016 - 4:37 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Being pregnant can be an exciting time in your life. It's a whirlwind of things to do and appointments to keep. Quite often, though, expectant mothers are so worried about taking care of their unborn baby that they neglect to take care of themselves.

5 innovations in homebuilding everyone is talking about
Updated: May 12, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - In the last 10 years, televisions have become flatter, video rental stores have nearly disappeared and phones have become devices that are more like a computer than a phone.

Thursday 04/28/2016
Certified coders in high demand following ICD-10 implementation
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Nine years ago, Peter Esswein, a resident of Sandy Springs, Georgia, enrolled in a health information technology degree program at DeVry University to capitalize on the growing prominence of electronic medical records.

Monday 04/25/2016
Congress Should Make It Easier for Taxpayers Who Still File by Mail
Updated: May 20, 2016 - 4:40 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Encryption and controversy seem to go hand in hand lately in the technology community. Case in point: When The FBI sought to compel Apple to assist in unlocking a cell phone in the case of the San Bernardino shooter last December. Ultimately the FBI was denied its request by a California district court.

People are discovering a new way to boost their portfolio
Updated: May 03, 2016 - 4:40 am

(BPT) - As a volatile market sends ripples through the global economy, many investors are worried about how events overseas will impact their portfolio. In addition, concerns about political instability in much of the world have contributed to a heightened sense of worry and stress among investors. However, while the risks in traditional markets are real, 2016 is full of opportunities for the investor who is willing to think a little differently.

The right way to wash your workout gear
Updated: May 03, 2016 - 4:40 am

(BPT) - If you’re finding more stains on your clothes because the weather is warming up, you’re not alone. You may find yourself doing more loads of laundry during the summer, when outdoor activities like hiking and sports are likely to cause extra stains.

Wednesday 04/20/2016
4-H Youth In Action Award Recognizes Teen Who Inspires Others To Engage In STEM. Thad Hughes Wins Outstanding STEM Pillar Award Sponsored By HughesNet.
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 4:36 am

(NAPSI)—As adults search for ways to inspire American youth to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), they might want to borrow a page from the book of 18-year-old Illinois 4-H member Thaddeus (Thad) Hughes, who has introduced thousands of young people to science through hands-on programs he contributed to or created to spark their interest.

Thursday 04/14/2016
Top tips for recycling tossed-aside tech
Updated: April 22, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Do you know what to do with that old computer monitor sitting in storage? What should you do with a retired PC or tablet? If the items cluttering your home were newsprint, plastic bottles or aluminum cans, you would know exactly what to do with them — recycle! But if you’re unsure how to recycle technology, you’re not alone.

Simple solution to maximize your car's performance
Updated: April 22, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Are you the type of driver who pushes the accelerator a little harder on the curves of a back-country road? Are you a person who smiles as they approach a new terrain or road condition you’ve never conquered before? If so, you’re a performance seeker. A person who is constantly pushing themselves to prove that they are driver enough.

Wednesday 04/13/2016
Taking A Stand Against Bad Meetings In The Workplace
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 1:23 pm

(NAPSI)—We all know the feeling: You’re running late for a meeting because you can’t find the conference room. When you finally do, you’re stressed out, fumbling around to load your presentation on the screen, and too busy apologizing for wasting everyone’s time to get the agenda back on track.

Private Security And Its Expanding Role In Law Enforcement
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 1:23 pm

(NAPSI)—Having your identity stolen is an eye-opening experience. Even more eye-opening is the response you may get when calling police to report the crime. That’s because it’s become more common today to receive a follow-up visit at your home, not from that police agency, but from a representative of a private security firm specializing in identity theft.

Tuesday 04/12/2016
Will Smart Home Technology Change the Way We Live?
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Can the appliances in your kitchen serve as your personal nutritionist? Not now, but soon, say experts. From your refrigerator to your car to your home thermostat, different appliances and objects are getting smarter and connecting to the Internet and each other -- and this is starting to change the way families across the country are living.

Monday 04/11/2016
Think Your Data is Safe? Think Again
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - No matter who you are or what business you are in, you're vulnerable to a cyber attack. That's the unfortunate reality of the times we live in.

Friday 04/08/2016
Big Changes for Billionaire Apps Mogul and Animation Legend Talking Tom
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

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Get Prepared. Stay Prepared. Make Your Family's Emergency Communication Plan Today
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Developing an emergency communication plan—and practicing it—are critical to making sure the entire family knows what to do, how to reach each other, and where to meet in the event of an emergency.

Thursday 04/07/2016
Amazon Expands Its Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery Program To New Metro Areas
Updated: April 08, 2016 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—Good news for millions of Americans in need of last-minute travel items, spring cleaning supplies, birthday gifts and much more. Prime members in Charlotte, Cincinnati, Fresno, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Stockton, Tucson and Central New Jersey can now enjoy unlimited Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery with Amazon Prime.

Wednesday 03/30/2016
Connecting Listeners To Music In A New Way
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—Good news for music lovers: A new kind of audio cable offers a significantly better listening experience.

Tuesday 03/29/2016
3 ways today's lawn equipment is more like your car
Updated: April 06, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - The cars of today aren’t quite your father’s car. While that’s not a surprise given the rise in new technology for the automotive sector, what some homeowners may find surprising is the level of technology with items in the garage next to the car — like the lawn equipment. Here are three unique ways today’s lawn equipment is featuring automotive-like technology.

5 tips for mastering your first phone interview
Updated: April 06, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - The path to professional success often begins with a phone interview. In fact, 82 percent of HR managers and working professionals say that phone skills are key to both landing and job and maintaining a sustainable career, according to research from TracFone. For those looking to secure their first professional job, rejoin the workforce or climb the professional ladder, the importance of phone etiquette cannot be understated.

Friday 03/18/2016
Smart cellphone security tips for seniors
Updated: March 26, 2016 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - Seniors are one of the five groups most at-risk for identity theft, according to a report from U.S. News & World Report. Because your cellphone or smartphone likely contains personal information about you that may include your name, home address, phone number and financial account information, a lost, stolen or hacked phone can be a treasure trove for criminals.

Tuesday 03/15/2016
Advancements in computer technology: Why you should care
Updated: March 16, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Several years ago, computer chip company Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) saw that consumers’ needs for technology were changing. As people relied more heavily on their computers for work and entertainment purposes, AMD realized its technology needed to respond to the evolving way that people interact with computers in our world. The thought was: why should a computer be powered by two processors – two brains, if you will – a Central Processing Unit (CPU) and a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) when it could instead be powered by one processor – one brain – that does it all? Five years ago, AMD’s idea became a reality with the birth of the Accelerated Processing Unit (APU,) that combined a CPU and a GPU on a single chip.

Friday 03/11/2016
How To Preserve Your Privacy When Making Mobile Payments
Updated: March 12, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Did you know that now you can use a smartphone, tablet or other mobile devices to pay for some purchases? Mobile payments can be convenient—no need to write a check or to pull out your wallet for cash or plastic. No need to type in your payment information to buy something online. But what about your privacy? According to Consumer Federation of America, that’s a good question to ask whenever you consider using new technology. Because you usually carry your phone or other mobile device with you, it’s on most of the time, and it may contain very sensitive personal information, it’s especially important to keep it, and its contents, safe and secure, especially if you want to use it to make mobile payments or conduct other financial business.

Thursday 03/10/2016
5 tips for a more colorful March Madness
Updated: March 18, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - In the world of college sports, your school’s official team colors play a powerful role in every aspect of the game. From team jerseys and mascots to lucky game day gear, team colors bring fans together and act as a beacon of pride, spirit and unity.

Wednesday 03/09/2016
Think Your Information Is Safe? Think Again
Updated: March 10, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - If you keep up with the news at all, you know that hacking computer networks of companies -- both large and small -- means big business. Like any other commodity, personal data and information can be priceless.

Tuesday 03/08/2016
The one test that can improve your health today
Updated: March 16, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - When you provide just one sample of your DNA, researchers are able to use it to learn more about your health history, assess your chances of contracting certain diseases and even gain a better understanding of the importance family history can play in your health outlook. It sounds futuristic, but it is all very real. It’s modern genetic testing, otherwise known as genomic sequencing, and it represents one of the most important tests being used today to improve health outcomes.

Wednesday 03/02/2016
Prepare Your Cellphone In Case of Disaster
Updated: March 03, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—When disaster strikes, your phone could be your best friend. With more than 98 percent of Americans owning a mobile phone and more than 70 percent of 9-1-1 calls made on mobile devices, wireless helps save lives.

Tuesday 03/01/2016
5 ways to make the most of this year's college basketball tournament
Updated: March 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again - the madness is setting in. College basketball’s 64-team extravaganza dominates the month of March and is one of the most-watched sports events of the year. Whether you’re a die-hard hoops fan or a casual sports enthusiast, it’s always fun to follow the tournament with your friends and loved ones. Here are five fun suggestions to help you make this year’s event a slam dunk.

Thursday 02/25/2016
Three Stats Players And Coaches Use To Improve
Updated: February 26, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Teams looking to hit a home run when it comes to playing better this season may be interested in a few facts and stats.

Awareness Is The Best Weapon Against Human Trafficking
Updated: February 26, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—At any given moment, there are nearly 21 million victims of human trafficking around the world, and at least 26 percent of those are children, according to the 2015 survey by the Polaris Project. The growing prominence of social media has provided new avenues for criminals to abduct children, often for sex trafficking.

Wednesday 02/17/2016
5 ways to tackle tech trouble today
Updated: February 25, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Your next tech-tastrophy could take many forms. Maybe it’s the quick flash out of your monitor screen, the smoke coming from your printer or that mysterious clunking sound your favorite device keeps making — just because you accidently dropped it one or five times.

Are smart homes the key to unlocking relationship woes?
Updated: February 25, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - The American dream of owning a home comes with a large dose of reality — the often-overwhelming amount of time, energy and money it takes to maintain a property. Light bulbs burn out, furnaces strain and dishwashers leak.

Friday 02/12/2016
Don't Be A Hack: Cybersecurity Expert Provides Tips To Prevent Social Media Hacking
Updated: February 13, 2016 - 4:31 am

(NAPSI)—Each year, 9 million people fall prey to cyberattacks, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Data breaches wreak havoc on one’s personal and financial lives and can cause headaches for years to come. Unfortunately, you or someone you know has already likely been hacked at some point—and if you haven’t, now is a good time to make sure you’re fully protected.

Tuesday 02/02/2016
The Best App To Build Community
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—There’s now an easy-to-use mobile app that can make it easier for consumers to find nearby businesses and help build communities. Practically everything in your community can be in the palm of your hand. Find a restaurant for dinner, locate a roof repair company and check your child’s after-school activity calendar, all in one app. When the app is linked to a newspaper, it can bridge the gap between print and digital.

Friday 01/29/2016
Hot New Technologies that Can Streamline and Improve Your Life
Posted: January 29, 2016

(StatePoint) New technologies can transform ordinary objects and experiences into extraordinary ones. From everyday household objects to musical instruments to entertainment systems, there are many hot new technologies that are making daily items easier or better to use, and ultimately improving the lives of consumers.