(BPT) - As the seasons change, turn over a new leaf and give your home an energy makeover. You can improve your home’s comfort while helping the environment by making your home more energy efficient, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, a variety of compatible technologies are available to help manage your home’s comfort systems more efficiently and economically. Here are some tips to get you started.
(BPT) - Whether you are a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, at some point you’ll likely find yourself searching for a new job. And as you start your job search, it’s important to understand the impact your use of social media may have on your career.
(BPT) - Seventy-nine percent of smartphone users have their phones on or near them all but two hours of the day when they’re awake, according to a recent IDC Research report. For many, smartphone use is now a way of life, making it even more important to think carefully before you choose your next one. Today’s market is competitive, and new phones, such as the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10, are emerging.
(NAPSI)—For most of us, reading the news on the go is a daily habit. The new Yahoo! App for iPhone and Android brings you the best of the Web right to your phone. With its virtually endless stream of personalized and summarized news stories, the app lets you quickly get the information that matters most to you.
(BPT) - Today, the majority of adults have a mobile phone, and we’re using it for far more things than simply making phone calls. According to a 2012 report from The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, of the 85 percent of American adults who own a cellphone, 85 percent use their cellphones to take photos.
(BPT) - It’s no secret that today’s hearing aids are light years ahead of the hearing aids made just a decade ago. In fact, in size, shape, and technological advances, the changes in hearing aids have been nothing short of amazing. For example, new micro-processor technology has allowed hearing aids to be so tiny, they can sit on a fingertip; and at the same time, provide a remarkably natural-sounding hearing experience. So, people who need a little hearing help can get it “invisibly” and comfortably.
(NAPSI)--America's farmers feed the world: According to the Department of Agriculture (USDA), each U.S. farmer grows enough for 155 people. Now, thanks to technology and their own hard work, they should be able to continue to do so, despite what Mother Nature has been throwing at them lately.
(NAPSI)—There is a major change taking place in the way consumers get their information—and it’s going on in rural America.
(BPT) - Many Americans love social media, but it scares them, too. While they are reconnecting with old high school classmates, viewing photos of a colleague’s new baby and chatting with a friend about a new job, social media users are also worrying about having their identity stolen from a social media site.
(BPT) - Are you using the Internet as if it’s still the year 2000? If you answered yes, you’ve got some catching up to do. Technology has come a long way in the last 13 years; new shortcuts, alternative products and simple tools available today can help you accomplish tasks faster – saving you time and increasing your efficiency online.
(NAPSI)—For most of us, the daily routine of getting the weather is a moment of anticipation, it’s the memory of a great place we’ve traveled to or it’s even a topic of conversation with a total stranger. Weather is so much more than a forecast of reading numbers and charts.
(BPT) - A lot of things change when you become a parent. The shows you watch, the restaurants you go to and the concept of sleep as you once knew it all evolve when your family structure transforms from a “me” to a ”we.” And increasingly, personal gadgets like smartphones are following the same trend.
(NAPSI)—It’s a common occurrence these days—one of your friends recently had an online account hacked but doesn’t have a clue how it happened. We’ve all heard tech advice from a tech-savvy sister or the IT guy at work, but what’s the truth? When it comes to online security, it’s sometimes difficult to discern between perception and reality.
(BPT) - At 4 years old, your child is probably adorable. But your 4-year-old PC – not so much. More than 300 million computers around the world are more than 4 years old, including one-third of American PCs, according to research by Intel. Sixty-five percent of those are bulky desktops that are so far behind in terms of technology, they might as well be wooden abacuses.
(NAPSI)—There is good news for game players who are on the lookout for a way to enjoy the latest games when they are away from their laptop or desktop computer.
(NAPSI)—Whether you’re providing information to students, businesspeople or organization members, how you present may be almost as important as what you say. These hints may help:
(BPT) - News headlines, commercials and chatter between colleagues – recently there has been a lot of hype around “the cloud,” but the term can be complex and confusing. What exactly is the cloud, and furthermore, what does it mean for you and the way you use technology? Although the concept feels relatively new, it’s simpler than you may think.
(NAPSI)—From President Obama to CEOs and governors, national leaders have been calling for improvements in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education so the next generation will exceed the level of innovation, problem solving and technological advancement required in a globally competitive environment. To that end, having exceptional teachers in the classroom to help students develop their critical thinking skills and inspire them to be excited about learning science is absolutely vital.
(NAPSI)—If there were an Olympics for student math and science achievement, regrettably, there would be no U.S.A. cheers during the medal ceremonies. Two new reports show that American students rank 11th among major nations in 4th-grade math, ninth in 8th-grade math, seventh in 4th-grade science and tenth in 8th-grade science. This is no surprise, as for decades, educators have decried America’s math and science achievement gap, noting it will hurt our nation’s ability to compete in the global economy.
(NAPSI)—As a successful entrepreneur, consultant and marketing expert with an impressive track record for building brands and companies, Peter Philipp Wingsoe knows what he is talking about when he says using mobile apps are the most efficient way for brands to connect with consumers.
(NAPSI)—Smile. You may be on someone’s smartphone camera. After all, about every third picture Americans snap is taken with a phone.
(NAPSI)—Sewing is more than just a quiet craft or pastime. What used to be considered grandma’s hobby has been transformed, putting the sewing industry back on the map and hotter than ever as one of the fastest-growing hobbies among the younger generation.
(BPT) - Few things are more disappointing than turning on your new TV for the first time only to discover the picture doesn’t look as good as it did in the store. Or the audio balance is so far off that you feel like you’re listening from inside a tunnel.
(BPT) - Just 10 years ago, homebuyers would have started the purchasing process with a phone call to mortgage broker or real estate agent, a drive through a desirable neighborhood and a perusal of the classifieds. In 2013, however, buying a house is a high-tech affair, with technology making it easier than ever to find and finance the home of your dreams.
Not unlike a car or home, a computer purchase is an incredibly personal decision. A shopper in the market for a new computer is after a product that will not simply perform basic functions but also support his or her lifestyle by making every day easier. The computer shopper’s decision must factor in price and availability, but also the critical details that will make a new PC or tablet a perfect fit for their way of life, including how powerful and mobile it is and the physical form the device takes.
(NewsUSA) - Who hasn't experienced that moment of panic when your smartphone is about to die just when you need it most? Without our tech gadgets -- and that includes everything from iPods to gaming devices to the latest tablets -- most of us feel absolutely lost.
(StatePoint) Spring travel can offer a much-needed cure for cabin fever. Whether you’re planning to head to the closest national park or sunny beach, or you’re trekking around the globe, there’s no question that technology has made traveling easier than ever before.
(NewsUSA) - It's alarming every time your computer glitches in the middle of working on a crucial project -- alarm that rapidly turns to agitation and panic when you can no longer access important files on the hard drive. Whether the files are business-related or a personal cache of photos, music and blog posts, most everyone has felt the pain -- losing drafts for proposals, contracts, grants or financial data, the list is literally endless.
(NAPSI)—Owning a digital device such as a smartphone or tablet has quickly gone from being a luxury to a necessity.
(StatePoint) Are you reading less than you used to? You’re not alone. Between our smartphones, endless cable channels and all those other forms of modern entertainment, it’s no wonder book-reading is on the decline amongst American adults.
(BPT) - The saying goes: success is when preparation meets opportunity. As technology continues to affect our lives, workers in today’s ever-changing labor market need to be prepared with skills to adapt and succeed in the workplace.
(BPT) - Whether you are a college student, working parent or empty-nester, modern life has never been busier. Luckily, a variety of technology innovations are dramatically affecting the way we live, helping us streamline our routines, reduce stress and maximize each minute of the day. Which new technologies are proving to be indispensable?
(BPT) - When the high school class of 2014 graduates from college in five years, more than 8 million jobs will be available in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). For students today, STEM is their future.
(BPT) - Small businesses that adopt online marketing strategies see significant business benefits, ranging from improved campaign performance to higher return on investment (ROI), according to a recent study conducted by Forrester. However, small businesses are likely still favoring newspaper advertising and direct mail, which are time-intensive and costly.
(NAPSI)—An effort is under way to bring the personal lessons of the Vietnam War to life by having those who were there share their experiences.
(NAPSI)—Any time of year can be the right time to take a fresh look at your office and the technology you really need to stay up to date and at the top of your game.
(NAPSI)Build a communityand a businessaround something youre passionate about. With the help of new online tools, people can gather around the things theyre interested in, plus these tools make it easy to create a small business that facilitates collaborative learning and sharing in your area. The online platform called Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.com) is a website anybody can use to create events, from crafting or cooking classes, to Stella & Dot parties, to yoga lessons.
(BPT) - If you find yourself wondering how you ever got along before your smartphone, laptop and GPS, you’re not alone. Technology is so much a part of how we go about our days that we often take it for granted. However, in many cases, houses haven’t caught up to the same technological standards as the gadgets people carry with them 24/7. But that’s all about to change, as new ideas begin to revolutionize the way we view our homes.
(NAPSI)—If you’re like nearly 85 percent of Americans, you’ve bought something online.
(BPT) - When you’re job-hunting you go to great lengths to stand out among the hundreds – even thousands – of applicants for a single open position. But while you’re working to catch an employer’s eye, have you considered the importance of protecting your information from unwanted attention? Or the need to manage the online reputation you do want employers to see?
(BPT) - Historically, the term “digital divide” has referred to the gap in technology levels between developing and first world countries; however, it’s truly the divide between the more affluent and the underprivileged. While the divide has a worldwide reach, it’s important to remember that the gap is growing in America, too. Improving technology in schools – and how it’s used in learning – is an important topic because it offers students a more effective way to achieve, fully preparing them to be skills-ready for a successful future.
(NAPSI)—The carrier contracts of millions of iPhone users will expire in 2013, offering iPhone owners a chance to slash their bills by switching providers. The process, known as unlocking, is giving iPhone 3 and 4 models a new lease on life. iPhone owners who entered into service contracts years ago will find that their choices have expanded dramatically since then. Dozens of mobile operators now offer service for the iPhone on quality voice and data networks at a fraction of the cost.
(BPT) - Owning multiple gadgets is no longer the domain of tech geeks – it’s the new normal for just about everyone. Between multiple computers, phones, tablets, readers and music players, and the files that fill them up, people have a lot on their digital hands. Because that can be both costly and cumbersome, people are on the lookout for new ways to save money and sync up across platforms.
(BPT) - Most Americans know texting and driving is dangerous but it continues to be a problem, especially for young drivers. While 97 percent of teens agree that texting and driving is dangerous, 43 percent still admitted to continuing to do it, according to a recent survey.
(NAPSI)—It happens all the time: You’ve been swimming a lot and then one night when your head hits the pillow you suddenly notice that your ear hurts. You’ve got swimmer’s ear—but what causes it? Surprisingly, swimmer’s ear is not caused by swimming at all. It’s simply associated with swimming. It’s actually caused by bacteria or fungi that invade the ear canal.
(BPT) - When you’re playing a sport, the playing field is a key component of the experience, whether it’s a muddy lot in the neighborhood park or top-quality turf in a pro-style stadium. When you’re watching your favorite sport, the viewing environment is just as much a part of the fun as the field is for game play.
(BPT) - Goals for the new year typically involve getting in shape, saving money, becoming better organized or finally taking that tropical vacation. Whether you’re interested in jet-setting around the globe or simply getting more organized, you should not ignore the role the virtual world plays in your everyday life.
(BPT) - Small businesses seem optimistic about increasing sales and hiring in 2013 and are looking to squeeze more productivity out of limited time, staffing and resources.
(BPT) - In dark corners and spaces where the sun doesn’t shine – or has gone below the horizon for the night – the most useful tool in the world is a light. Having a light source helps keep you safe from tripping, running into objects and causing injuries.
(BPT) - The sky is the limit for cloud computing as it continues to drive job growth – garnering interest from Main Street, Wall Street, corporations and governments. A 2012 Microsoft-commissioned report by the International Data Corporation (IDC) indicated that spending on cloud services will generate nearly 14 million jobs worldwide by 2015.