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Stopping the drain: Innovative technology helps conserve water throughout the house

(BPT) - Four hundred gallons – that’s how much water the average American home uses in a day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Is it any wonder? You turn on the tap to get a drink and run the water until it feels cool, or let the shower pour until the water is hot enough. The toilet or irrigation system runs a bit too long, and your dishwasher dates to the Clinton administration.

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Wednesday 04/16/2014
Turn your home into a smart home with these simple technology upgrades
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Homes are more technically advanced than ever before, providing homeowners with sophisticated sound systems, high-tech security capabilities and interactive entertainment systems. The good news is that you don’t have to be a techie to turn your home into a smart home.

Tuesday 04/15/2014
New tech devices make the perfect gift for your grad
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Years of hard work have all led to this moment; your loved one is graduating. This is a special time in his or her life. It marks an end to past successes and the doorway to new challenges and opportunities. As you celebrate this wonderful event, you may be wondering how to find the perfect gift for your grad. If you want something that showcases the importance of your loved one’s accomplishment but also sets him or her up for the future, then new technology is a great choice.

Monday 04/14/2014
Thinking of Buying a New Cell Phone? Four Things to Know Before You Do
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Buying a cell phone, despite all the options for models and stylish cases, is no easy task. Endless questions crop up about calling plans, data plans, voicemail and insurance. Getting a new phone may be a task that happens more often than you like -- as one in three smartphones are damaged within the first year of purchase.

Sunday 04/13/2014
Modern technology rescues backyard pool-time fun
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Technology  has made the world a very different place than it was just one, five or 10 years ago. Film cameras, handwritten letters and portable CD players, all have been replaced by newer, more efficient inventions.

Thursday 04/10/2014
To-do list 2.0: How high-tech is making household chores easier than ever
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Each week, the average person spends between 10 and 20 hours doing yard work and other tasks around the home, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While necessary, these routine tasks don’t exactly fit neatly into today’s busy, on-the-go lifestyles, which is why technology is stepping in.

Now You Can Join A Google Hangout With A Phone Number
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)--With many businesses moving into the cloud to streamline and simplify their workday, the idea of an “office” is quickly becoming a state of mind. Meetings are happening remotely, and technology is relied on to connect people and replace traditional conference rooms.

Software That Takes A Social Media Approach To Solving IT Problems
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for business and employees who are dependent on desktops, laptops, mobile devices and tablets to get their work done. There’s a new computer application, or app, designed to enable employees to ask for help, get answers to questions, and share information through real-time online messaging, social posts and more.

Tuesday 04/08/2014
Science and technology giving outdoor power tools a Millennial twist
Updated: April 16, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - The modern world runs on batteries. Portable smartphones, tablets, computers, e-readers and more have revolutionized how everyone communicates. The same is becoming true for household chores. Today’s line-up of innovative devices make maintaining a home’s outdoor spaces easy, fast and fun while adding a dash of Millennial cool.

Sunday 03/30/2014
Facing brain surgery? Know all your options
Updated: April 07, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Fear is a normal reaction when you’ve just been told your headaches and blurry vision are symptoms of a brain tumor which is serious enough that you will need treatment. Whether you’re facing the prospect of brain cancer or another neurological problem, it’s important to face your concern by becoming informed about your condition and all treatment options.

Thursday 03/27/2014
Providing More Effective Therapy
Updated: March 28, 2014 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—At Shriners Hospitals for Children, using the latest technological advances to enhance patient care takes many forms. Here are a few examples:

Monday 03/24/2014
Is your technology working for you?
Updated: April 01, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - For every new computer, gadget or service there are several different stages of ownership. Unfortunately, the first and happiest phase - the honeymoon - doesn’t last forever. Eventually, devices can slow, services get outdated, and in the end, the ailing technology begins to work against you.

Learning on the go: How digital learning can help you understand any topic instantly
Updated: April 01, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - When you think about technology and learning, images of eager students likely come to mind. But in the digital age, technology is far reaching and not exclusive to America’s youth. One of the most active groups of digital learners is actually adults – a movement that is being driven by the desire for self-improvement and to gain knowledge about a variety of topics of personal interest.

Thursday 03/20/2014
Is bracket-busting technology the key to victory?
Updated: March 28, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Each year technology has a greater impact on our lives and that may be most visible in the world of sports. Long-time sports fans have witnessed the advent of new protective equipment, slow motion playbacks and officials using instant replay to determine the correct call in major sporting events all across the country.

Enlightening Educators
Updated: March 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—There’s an intriguing new way to learn about better teaching and leading in schools worldwide. That’s because a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching and leading has released its latest annual report, titled “The Promise of Leadership: Sustaining Learning, Transforming Teaching.”

Tuesday 03/18/2014
Entertaining tips and tricks: Do game day right this spring
Updated: March 26, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Spring is one of the best times of the year for many reasons. The light at the end of winter’s tunnel, it conjures images of beaches, picnics, barbecues and more. For sports fans, it’s also one of the busiest times of the year. Professional baseball is just getting started, the playoff races for professional basketball and hockey are in full swing and, of course, the men’s college basketball tournament has people following brackets and games rather than working.

Thursday 03/13/2014
Stay ahead of cybercriminals: use caution and common sense online
Updated: March 21, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Cybercrime is everywhere these days. It happens in the dead of night, in broad daylight, in homes, hotels, restaurants and airports.

Sunday 03/09/2014
Working adults plug into online education
Updated: March 17, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Many working adults begin using technology from the moment their alarm clocks go off. From checking emails on a tablet over morning coffee, to sending out social media posts from a smartphone before they get into the office, technology allows people to be efficient and stay connected anytime, anyplace. This same technology is now playing an important role for individuals seeking alternative learning environments to continue their educations or grow their careers.

Thursday 03/06/2014
The new world of business computers
Updated: March 14, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Choice is great, right? It sure is, except when the options leave your head spinning. Businesses have a lot to consider when purchasing computers these days with touch screen laptops, Chromebooks, Windows 8 vs. Windows 7, and choosing between desktop computers, laptops and even tablets.

Monday 03/03/2014
Selecting a cellphone and plan that fits your lifestyle
Updated: March 11, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Whether taking the plunge and joining the smartphone crowd or simply replacing a tired old cellphone, buying a new device takes careful deliberation. From selecting carriers and avoiding contracts to deciding on a type of phone and a specific model, numerous decisions must be made to find the right phone for your life’s next adventure.

Fun Ways to Improve Your Home Theater Experience
Updated: March 03, 2014 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) We are living in the midst of one of the most exciting eras of television and technology -- from edge-of-your seat action series to big game sports. And with more great films becoming available at home sooner, and gaming becoming increasingly realistic, the need for superior home entertainment systems is growing.

Musicians and DJs Gearing Up for Music Festival Season
Updated: March 07, 2014 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) In anticipation of this season’s music and dance festivals, musicians and DJs are gearing up across the country. And if trends continue this year, festivals such as Electric Daisy and Ultra will be more jam-packed than ever.

Thursday 02/27/2014
Technology Is Key For SMBs
Updated: February 28, 2014 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Regardless of where you work—whether it’s a Fortune 500 company or a five-person office—it’s generally understood that with larger budgets comes a more robust selection of office technology. Large enterprises have long been able to purchase high-end devices with features that small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) simply can’t afford.

Wednesday 02/26/2014
Five tips to make the benefits of working from home work for you
Updated: February 28, 2014 - 4:33 am

If you’ve ever gotten up in the morning and dreaded the idea of going out in the cold or sitting in rush hour traffic, you’ve probably dreamed of working from home. And years ago, that was all it was, a dream.

Monday 02/24/2014
New laws emerge as technology impacts cars and driving
Updated: March 04, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Have you ever felt that new technologies, from smartphones to Internet apps, are moving so fast that it’s hard to keep up?

Tuesday 02/11/2014
What to consider when upgrading your technology
Updated: February 19, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays are over and if you’re left looking at a fruit cake and a room full of white elephant gifts, you’re probably thinking it is time to find the perfect present for yourself.

Monday 02/10/2014
Benefits of cochlear implants in older adults go beyond restored hearing
Updated: February 18, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - As a private pilot and frequent commercial passenger, John Walkup’s hearing worsened over a number of years. But during one memorable airline flight, he suddenly lost most of his hearing, leading to enormous life changes.

Sunday 02/02/2014
Technology playing a bigger role in what families eat each month
Updated: February 10, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Restaurants play a key role in most family’s weekly – and sometimes daily – routine. When families take advantage of a restaurant – either by dining out, taking food to go or ordering delivery – what can they expect on the menu? Increasingly, it’s healthier options with a side of technology.

Cyber warfare and information dominance: maintaining superiority in the Information Age
Updated: February 10, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - In a highly networked world, information is everywhere – easier to access and increasingly exploitable.

Friday 01/31/2014
Boomers embrace technology to facilitate more graceful aging
Updated: February 08, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Generation X and Millennials get credit for being the most tech-savvy generations, but a growing group of baby boomers are demonstrating that the generation gap has nothing to do with digital know-how. Folks 50 and older are embracing technology to help them age more gracefully than ever.

Thursday 01/30/2014
Olympic hopefuls go for gold with virtual school
Updated: February 07, 2014 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Thirteen year-old Vincent Zhou is the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Junior Men’s National Champion. He dreams of one day representing the United States in the Olympics. Zhou, of Southern California, is a ninth-grader at Capistrano Connections Academy, where, despite his rigorous training schedule, he also excels off the ice, earning straight A’s in all subject areas and earning the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence.

Thursday 01/16/2014
Get a jumpstart on digital spring cleaning by tackling an overloaded inbox
Updated: January 24, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If you spring clean your home every year, you might want to consider starting a bit earlier this season. National Clean Out Your Inbox Week runs from Jan. 19 to 26, giving you the perfect excuse to jump start an often forgotten and usually cluttered space – your email.

Sunday 01/12/2014
Get back to basics with your business technology
Updated: January 20, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Technology can do a lot for home offices as well as small and medium-size businesses, but choosing and investing in the appropriate level of technology can sometimes feel overwhelming and time-consuming. Business owners and consumers alike sometimes overspend on technology rather than selecting the right tools to help them improve their productivity while keeping their costs at a minimum.

Thursday 01/09/2014
Knowing when to repair or replace three of your home's major systems - the furnace, air conditioner and water heater
Updated: January 17, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If your furnace, air conditioner or water heater is not working properly, you probably notice it long before you actually inspect the appliance itself. You know because those winter mornings are a little too cold, those July days are a little too hot or your morning showers are chillier than normal. All three are signs that these crucial systems are not running as efficiently as they once did.

Thursday 01/02/2014
Top apps help keep small-business owners efficient and on the go
Updated: January 10, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - With all the buzz surrounding business use of “cloud computing,” you might think the concept of conducting business anywhere – on the road, in the board room, on a soccer field or in the gym – was a new one. But small-business owners (SBOs) have been working on the go for decades. The arrival of mobile apps has just made things a little easier for them.

Thursday 12/26/2013
Top 2014 home improvement trends: smart homes and home automation
Updated: January 03, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - From smartphones to smart cars, technology is transforming virtually every aspect of our busy lives. Technologies not only make life easier while on the go, but new options are quickly simplifying life at home as well. Home automation is proving to be a top home improvement trend, making the Jetsons’ futuristic lifestyle more realistic than ever before.

A Home Delivery Service That Helps You Save
Updated: December 28, 2013 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Today’s families are busier than ever. From work and school to sports, the holidays and other activities, it can seem like there’s never enough time to fit it all in, let alone make another stop by the store. But thankfully, an increasing number of companies are offering new products and services designed to make life easier for their time-crunched customers—using new technologies and home delivery to revolutionize the way people buy groceries, rent movies and even shave. These services offer customers the peace of mind that they’ll have what they need, when they need it and without another errand. But perhaps best of all, many of these time-saving solutions offer another welcome benefit: significant cost savings.

Thursday 12/19/2013
Brother ScanNCut Machine Brings Crafters Virtually Endless Creative Possibilities
Updated: December 20, 2013 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Crafters and hobbyists are raving about the new ScanNCut machine from Brother International Corporation—the world’s first home and hobby cutting machine with the amazing versatility of a 300 DPI built-in scanner. Watch your scanned images, photos and even hand-drawn sketches come alive as the ScanNCut turns them into unique cutting designs without the need or expense of a computer, software or pricey cartridges.

UberConference Delivers Conference Calls Without PINs
Updated: December 20, 2013 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—If you have regular conference calls at work, you know how frustrating, time consuming and expensive they can be. It’s a simple concept, yet major teleconferencing services still haven’t been able to fix the outdated aspects that make regular teleconferences so difficult. Work is about getting things done, and with the state of conference calling today, that isn’t always easy.

Thursday 12/12/2013
Make It Merry
Updated: December 13, 2013 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, you can have gift-giving well in hand—when you give handmade, personalized gifts.

Friday 11/22/2013
Photos For Free: There's An App For That
Updated: November 23, 2013 - 4:35 am

(NAPSI)—Photos on your phone are fine, but many would agree that getting top-quality prints—at no cost—is even better.

Five Tips For Holiday Shopping
Updated: November 23, 2013 - 4:35 am

(NAPSI)—According to a recent survey conducted by Nielsen, 72 percent of consumers prefer to shop online via their mobile device or computer versus shopping in stores.

Monday 11/18/2013
High Tech Gifts are Great for Kids, But Beware of Spills and Damage
Updated: November 18, 2013 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) Many parents may be considering tablets, laptops or smartphones as holiday gifts. Indeed, more than 85 percent of American kids now have mobile devices, and this number is on the rise.  And they don’t just use them for games, movies and Facebook. They use them for homework, to collaborate on school projects, and some even are integrated into classrooms.

Thursday 11/07/2013
Students Use STEM To Aid Communities
Updated: November 08, 2013 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—A national Web-based program is working to increase student interest in science and technology by giving young people an opportunity to make a difference in their communities.

Thursday 10/31/2013
Fundraising For Schools Goes High Tech
Updated: November 01, 2013 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—Fundraising for your child’s school isn’t just about car washes, candy bars and bake sales anymore.

Put The Cloud To Work For Your Business
Updated: November 01, 2013 - 4:32 am

(NAPSI)—Small business owners across the country are increasingly taking advantage of “cloud computing”—technology that allows them to store files securely and access them remotely. With no hardware to install or maintain, cloud computing is an easy and efficient way to back up and safeguard computers, external hard drives and network attached storage (NAS) devices. However, many small business owners are missing out on the benefits of the cloud, and may also be sacrificing the profits that can come with this upgrade.

Thursday 10/24/2013
Business Success With Updated Technology
Updated: October 25, 2013 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you work in a doctor’s office or a small business startup, it’s likely that you deal with a seemingly endless mountain of paper.

Rethinking Water To Grow More Crop Per Drop
Updated: October 25, 2013 - 4:35 am

(NAPSI)—Water, at least in the forms needed for human health, economic production and farming, is scarce and growing scarcer. Over the next 15 years, nearly 40 percent of the global population will experience severe water use challenges. While the Earth appears to be covered by water, only one-half of 1 percent of the planet’s water is actually available for use as freshwater, according to the United States Department of the Interior.

Choosing the Right Tablet for Kids this Holiday Season
Updated: October 24, 2013 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Everyone is using technology to stay connected these days -- especially kids. And the holidays are a great time to think about getting your kids a device to keep them plugged in and learning at the same time, like their very own tablet computer.

Thursday 10/17/2013
How to Use Your Smartphone to Help You Shop and Save on Black Friday
Updated: October 23, 2013 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) During the holiday season, which kicks off with Black Friday, the stores can be even more stress-inducing than usual -- but only if you don’t plan.

Friday 10/04/2013
What to Look for When Choosing Educational Games and Apps for Kids
Updated: March 13, 2014 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) Choosing educational games and apps for kids can be difficult -- very few are both fun and educational. And if they’re not fun, kids won’t play with them and won’t learn from them.