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Simple tech tools to help reduce holiday stress
(BPT) - The chaos of the holiday season can leave even the most organized person feeling a little hassled. You have to balance your schedule that’s filling up with holiday activities, your to-do lists of gift shopping and getting ready for guests, and your budget that’s struggling with ... Click for the rest of the article

Reuse to the rescue: Learn how advanced technology can help combat water scarcity [Infographic]
(BPT) - The demand for water is growing exponentially. According to the United Nations, the world’s population is estimated to grow from 7 billion in 2011 to more than 9.5 billion by 2050. With the increasing demand for food and manufactured goods, there will be even greater pressure on fresh... Click for the rest of the article

Learn about this home improvement that can save you money
(BPT) - For many homeowners the biggest utility bill is electricity. Heating and cooling the home makes up nearly half of electricity costs, but the next biggest source is the water heater. Water heaters can account for up to 25 percent of total household energy use. Taking steps to improve the ene... Click for the rest of the article

Being called a 'tech geek' is now a compliment
(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 gla... Click for the rest of the article

Five tips to protect yourself from cybercrime this shopping season
(BPT) - Experts anticipate the number of cyber threats will increase this holiday season, as shoppers head online and in-store in record numbers to purchase gifts. Consumers should be on alert following this year’s high-profile cyber data breaches at national retailers, yet many are not takin... Click for the rest of the article

Hearing better thanks to smarter technology
(BPT) - Technology has made dramatic improvements in the lives of people of all ages, and the improvements made in hearing technology may be some of the most advanced to occur in the last several years.Just a decade ago, hearing aids were basic amplifiers. Now they’re completely connected wit... Click for the rest of the article

Inside the crystal ball: mobile predictions for 2015
(BPT) - Mobile has certainly come a long way to help connect people with loved ones, improve productivity and simplify daily tasks – with simple swipes or taps, they can instantly locate the best restaurants in town or get directions from point A to point B among other game-changing benefits.... Click for the rest of the article

5 simple strategies to shop smarter online this holiday season
(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for holiday shopping, and the top trend for 2014 is to skip the crowds and long lines and purchase holiday gifts online instead. In fact, the average shopper will do 44 percent of their holiday shopping online, according to the National Retail Federation, spending just... Click for the rest of the article

Gift ideas to warm people's hearts and feed their passions
(BPT) - When it comes to finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, don’t be left out in the cold this holiday season. Ideas abound for warming the hearts and feeding the passions of anyone from friends and relatives to party hosts. Here are some ideas to make everyone think you&rsq... Click for the rest of the article

Helpful tips when shopping for tech gifts for the holidays
(BPT) - Today’s holiday wish lists certainly have a lot more digital items than they used to. Whether it’s for school, work or personal use, everyone wants the latest technology. If you’ve started your shopping search already, you know the market is full of different types of devi... Click for the rest of the article

Worried about Ebola? You should be more concerned about these deadly diseases
(BPT) - Ebola has been one of the top headlines in the nation in the second half of 2014, resulting in much discussion among government leaders, community leaders and health-care officials as they determine how to test for and treat the disease on U.S. soil.What many of these headlines are missing ... Click for the rest of the article

7 signs it's time to ask IT for a new computer
(BPT) - If your boss hands you a new assignment and tells you to take your time, and you think "What’s the catch?", congratulations - you are officially part of the 21st century workforce. Today’s work environment is go-go-go all the time, and phrases like “take a break” or ... Click for the rest of the article

Spring vacation on a budget? Here's how you do it
(BPT) - Spring break is coming and after all the frost, wind and chill of the winter, you’ve earned some time to relax. So why not treat yourself to a little vacation? If you don’t have a lot of extra money to spend and you’re worried about your finances holding you back, there ar... Click for the rest of the article

Discover the top technology trends for holiday 2014 and beyond
(BPT) - It’s shaping up to be a high-tech holiday this year, with more money being spent than ever before on consumer electronics gifts like tablets and phones, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. People are anxious to learn about new technologies and are shopping for the perfe... Click for the rest of the article

Use the cloud to become 'data smart'
(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.You know this information can provide valuable insights, whether you’re in marketing, sales, human resources, product development or fina... Click for the rest of the article

See how cloud technology is contributing to the music boom [Infographic]
(BPT) - According to Nielsen industry data, on-demand streaming grew 54 percent in 2014 with over 164 billion songs streamed through audio and video platforms, thanks in large part to cloud computing powered by Intel Xeon processor-based platforms. Intel technology helps allow consumers t... Click for the rest of the article

8 questions to ask when hiring a family portrait photographer
(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.Nothing captures these moments better than family photos. If you’re looking for a photogr... Click for the rest of the article

Tips for improving your tech-life balance [Infographic]
(BPT) - When it comes to Americans’ tech-life balance, perception is quite different from reality. According to a new survey by Crucial.com, three in four Americans believe that they maintain a healthy tech-life balance but one in four Americans admit to becoming stressed when they go longer ... Click for the rest of the article

Research study uncovers small business predictions for 2015
(BPT) - Small business owners can easily get caught up in the December rush. But once the holiday sparkle fades, business owners and entrepreneurs will need to refocus and make decisions likely to impact their business in 2015.Before coming to any conclusions, entrepreneurs should be aware of some ... Click for the rest of the article

10 scientific innovations from kids that could change the world as we know it
(BPT) - The ideas that will shape the future aren't just coming from high-tech labs and research centers. Creative young minds are dreaming up innovations for a better tomorrow as part of the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program each year. The science competition invites teams of students from k... Click for the rest of the article

Ready, set, file: Helpful tips for choosing DIY tax preparation tools
(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 whe... Click for the rest of the article

Holiday tech tips
(BPT) - Have you ever found yourself wondering if it was appropriate to check your work email during a holiday party? Do you feel guilty about entertaining your kids with technology during the busy holiday season?In a recent survey commissioned by Microsoft, Americans shared their anxieties and con... Click for the rest of the article

Smart buying decisions: How hearing aids give you a great return on your investment
(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.Research shows that the rewards can be substantial. In fact, identifying and addressing hearing loss has been shown to positively influence... Click for the rest of the article

How ultrapure water equals ultra-smart electronics [Infographic]
(BPT) - Sixty-three percent of Americans plan to give technology gifts this holiday season, according to a Consumer Electronics Association study. And it’s probably a safe bet that 100 percent of the recipients won’t want to get those electronic devices wet. But did you know that water ... Click for the rest of the article

Busted: The truth about top cellphone myths costing you real money
(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... Click for the rest of the article

Americans revere being a 'tech geek' more than ever before [Infographic]
(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 (... Click for the rest of the article

The disappearing act: How to go from being credit invisible to credit visible
(BPT) - Are you credit invisible?You may have never heard this term before, but if you are credit invisible, then you’ve certainly felt its affects.Those who are credit invisible lack a credit score due to non-existent, limited or dated credit histories. More than 30 million Americans have be... Click for the rest of the article

7 mind-blowing ways smart hearing aids can change your life
(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.Even hearing aids are getting a high-tec... Click for the rest of the article

Smarter streaming saves energy and cash [Infographic]
(BPT) - The average American spends about five hours per day watching television, and this year more than two-thirds will do so through streaming. As you weigh which streaming option works best for your budget and needs, the EPA suggests you consider two more important factors: energy efficiency an... Click for the rest of the article

Top technology gifts for a special holiday season
(BPT) - Tech gifts are hot this holiday season, and with all the latest gadgets and upgraded electronic devices, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many wish lists include the best in smart devices.As you get your holiday shopping started, check out these great tech gift ideas that will have you... Click for the rest of the article

Artful technology: How televisions have become a staple in modern home design
(BPT) - Not long ago, TVs were big, boxy and unattractive. No wonder they were always relegated to the corner of a room, positioned discreetly or masked within large, wooden, entertainment centers to make them fit in an aesthetically pleasing way.Those days are long gone. With the advent of newer t... Click for the rest of the article

Can sharing data make the world a better place?
(BPT) - Cures for disease, increased food production and higher graduation rates are most likely not the first outcomes you associate with big data. Worrisome incidents of data being stolen from major retailers and other businesses that have recently made the news may be more familiar. Those storie... Click for the rest of the article

Watching the big game: How television innovations have enhanced the viewing experience [Infographic]
(BPT) - Television has undergone significant innovations since its first public demonstration at the 1939 World’s Fair. From color technology to high-definition, enhancements continue to transform TV’s role as an entertainment and information source for families around the world. But si... Click for the rest of the article

Simple steps can keep you and your family healthy
(BPT) - Pay attention to the news headlines and you may be wondering if you and your loved ones are safe from unseen perils like germs, bacteria and viruses – even in your home. There are things you can do to protect your health but it’s also good to know where germs linger. Some of the... Click for the rest of the article

5 tips for achieving better tech-life balance
(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.One in four Americans report they get stressed out when they’re away from the... Click for the rest of the article

Breaking the glass ceiling: Navy offers women exciting career opportunities
(BPT) - For teenage girls debating what they want to do with their lives after high school, the adjectives challenging, exciting, rewarding and empowering may not always be used as part of the discussion. But maybe they should be, because there are many opportunities available for high school gradu... Click for the rest of the article

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