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Ways your smartphone can alleviate stress this holiday season

(BPT) - The holidays are full of joy and festivities, but the season can also bring hassle and stress. Fortunately, it’s simple to ease holiday headaches and streamline to-do’s when you use your smartphone in a smart way.

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Thursday 12/05/2019
Amazon’s Best of Prime Highlights the Year’s Top Trends
Posted: December 05, 2019

(BPT) - What were the biggest trends of 2019? With more than one hundred million Prime members around the world, there is no better indicator than Amazon’s Best of Prime.* The results are particularly telling because over the past year, Prime welcomed more members worldwide than ever before.

4 home upgrades that are good for the environment
Posted: December 05, 2019

(BPT) - Consumers today are more mindful about the environmental impact of everything they do, from driving and traveling to energy usage in their homes. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps homeowners can take to save energy and help the environment.

Tips to prepare your home for winter weather
Posted: December 05, 2019

(BPT) - No matter where you live, there are bound to be weather challenges this winter. Your home may suffer damage, minor or major, from the onslaught of colder weather, along with wind, heavy rain, ice storms or even major snow systems. This can affect not only the integrity and value of your home, but may lead to costly repairs down the road. That's why it's smart to prep now, to prevent bigger problems in the future. It's also a good idea to make sure that your home is prepped for spending more time indoors.

Here are basic tasks to prepare for wintry weather, and to ensure your family stays healthy and safe inside.

1. Perform a safety check

Are your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in good working order? Make monthly testing of these safety features a regular part of your seasonal household chores. For battery-operated units keep up-to-date with battery changes as per manufacturer instructions. Also be aware and take action if you hear any low battery alarms. Also, do you have a home fire extinguisher in your kitchen?

2. Ensure clean indoor air

Make sure your home’s heating and air conditioning units are in good condition, and schedule regular tune-ups to avoid unpleasant surprises. Change your furnace filter frequently, so your air quality stays clean indoors, where you’re likely to spend more time as temps get cooler. Also, consider setting up a schedule with a professional to have your ductwork cleaned on a regular basis.

3. Keep the outside out

Check weatherstripping around exterior doors, replacing where necessary, then seal and caulk exterior wood, since wood trim can rot around windows and outside doors. Walk around the outside of your home with spray foam gap sealer and caulk to plug gaps, cracks and holes in siding and around windows. Find and seal air leaks where you may be losing valuable heat and letting in the cold. Many energy companies offer an energy audit to discover where you may be losing both heat and money — and advise you on ways to improve your insulation. Making sure your gutters are cleaned out and in good condition helps protect your home's exterior from exposure to moisture due to rain, ice or snow melt.

4. Install back-up power

Power outages occur for many reasons, usually outside your control. In major storms, outages can last for days or even weeks when a large area is affected. To protect your home and family, an automatic standby generator gives you peace of mind — even when you’re not at home.

Look for a unit that comes in a durable aluminum enclosure with options that can withstand up to 181 mph winds and can be installed as close as 18 inches from your home (important for areas with tight lot lines and strict building codes), such as select models of KOHLER standby home generators. They will automatically start and restore your power in seconds, whether you’re home or away.

Units can be monitored remotely from your smartphone or laptop. The unit is permanently installed near your home, and provides high-quality power that can run your sump pump, furnace or air conditioner, and major appliances — plus delicate electronics. KOHLER generators feature commercial-grade engines built to withstand extreme workloads over many years, and they come with a five-year warranty. This is not a do-it-yourself job; you will need to work with a professionally licensed and insured generator installer.

5. Trim your trees

Now is a great time to get your trees trimmed, while it’s easier to access branches without all the extra foliage. Trimming dead branches helps prevent problems that can occur due to wind or ice storms, when a falling branch could endanger a power line, car or home. Like all professional contractors, work with tree service companies that have proper credentials and insurance.

6. Check your roof

Whether you inspect your roof yourself or hire a professional, it's a good idea to take care of repairs before winter wind, hail, snow and ice do their worst. Look for blistering, curling, buckling — or missing — shingles. Moss or lichen growing can indicate decay underneath. Any visible sagging of your roof, rust or cracks around flashing or vent pipes should also be repaired promptly to avoid later problems like leaks.

Don't let the calamities of winter take you and your family by surprise. Doing prep work and maintenance on your home now, with a focus on safety, will ensure that you're ready for anything that may come your way — even if it's just hunkering down in your home for the season.

Wednesday 12/04/2019
Identity theft from above? How hackers could use drones and other technology in 2020 [Video]
Posted: December 04, 2019

Thursday 11/28/2019
4 myths about PC technology small businesses need to reject
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - The PCs you choose to power your small business can dramatically impact your company's productivity and competitiveness. However, many small businesses fall for common myths about computers, leading to poor purchasing decisions.

Tuesday 11/26/2019
Your 2019 guide to climate-friendly holiday gifting
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - Each year, many people count down the days to the holiday season and save their money for festive decorations and gift giving. In fact, the average American will spend over $1,000 on holiday gifts, according to the National Retail Federation.

Tips for Families Gifting Kids Mobile Devices This Holiday Season
Posted: November 26, 2019

(StatePoint) Buying children mobile devices this holiday season? You’re in good company. Fifty-three percent of children own a smartphone by age 11, and 84 percent of teenagers have their own phones, according to Common Sense Media.

Monday 11/25/2019
Preserving old analog photos this holiday season? 4 tips for making that easier
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - When it comes to passing down family memories, there’s nothing like the visual impact of a photograph.

Suffering from streaming subscription fatigue? [Video]
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

Friday 11/22/2019
How cutting-edge technology is transforming cooking
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - When marveling at the ways modern technology has impacted our daily lives, people most frequently cite areas such as communication, transportation, entertainment and health care. But there’s one arena where technology is making huge differences that often gets left out of the discussion — home cooking.

Thursday 11/21/2019
5 tips to optimize your gaming experience
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - You’ve just defeated the final boss in a game you’ve spent hours on. You’re happy and ecstatic that your battle has been won and right before the game saves, your console shuts off. It’s all gone! If you love gaming, chances are there are plenty of things you don’t love when they happen — like freezing, glitches and crashing altogether. In order to have the best gaming experience possible, and to avoid some of the worst problems that can pop up, there are some things you can do — from low-tech to high-tech solutions — to ensure your hardware is up to whatever game you want to throw at it.

Create Your Own Virtual Video Memories
Posted: November 21, 2019

(NewsUSA) - How would you like to relive and let others experience the most important moments of your life? The dance floor at your wedding, your child's first birthday, your team's victory parade? Now, you cannot only watch these events but feel as if you were actually there, right in the middle of the action. With today's technology, it's possible, and it's never been easier to get started.

Wednesday 11/20/2019
Energy-Based Devices Are The New Face of Beauty
Posted: November 20, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Beauty, like health, goes beyond the visible surface. While many of us manage our wellness via diet, exercise and check-ups, we don't apply the same 360-degree approach to our beauty regimen. It's possibly due to lack of viable options.

Monday 11/18/2019
Behind the scenes: All's fair in love and streaming [Video]
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:53 am

The perfect holiday gift solutions for small business owners
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

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Thursday 11/14/2019
Common tech hurdles when starting a small business
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - Entrepreneurs love a challenge. But when starting a small business, there’s one challenge that can prove especially difficult: technology. Savvy business owners know they need the right technology to compete in today’s market. But the price can be prohibitive, and many business owners just aren’t familiar with all the different infrastructure, systems and software they need to be successful. Thankfully, having deep pockets isn’t the only solution to your tech problems. Here are some of the most common technology challenges small businesses face and how you can overcome them.

4 Ways to Protect Yourself From ID Theft This Holiday Season
Posted: November 14, 2019

(StatePoint) ‘Tis the season for holiday shopping. When making purchases online, be sure to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft -- it’s more common than you may think.

Sunday 11/10/2019
Vast majority of Americans lose sleep to binge-watch TV
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - A new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that 88% of U.S. adults admitted to losing sleep due to staying up late to watch multiple episodes of a TV show or streaming series — and this number jumps to 95% when looking at 18- to 44-year-olds.

Saturday 11/09/2019
Delivering Connectivity to Deserving and Underserved Consumers
Posted: November 09, 2019

(StatePoint) With wireless connectivity, the possibilities are endless. Wireless empowers consumers to learn, connect and find their way, strengthens economies and keeps communities healthy and safe. Unfortunately, when it comes to high-speed internet access, there are millions of people that lack connectivity and accessibility.

Thursday 11/07/2019
5 carbon monoxide safety tips
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - Along with the cold temperatures, snow and ice, winter also brings unpredictable dangers, including the threat of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, CO poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poisonings in the U.S. Referred to as the “silent killer,” CO is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can only be detected with a CO alarm.

Monday 11/04/2019
How a scholarship opportunity preps students for their future
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs available, but there will only be 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills needed to apply for those jobs. Furthermore, although computer science is the fastest-growing profession within the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree in school — with only a small percentage of those students from underserved backgrounds. To discover the untapped talent among today’s high school and college students, scholarship opportunities are needed to provide the encouragement and the financial means for more students to pursue careers in computer science.

Thursday 10/31/2019
How to harness emerging technology for small-business success
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - Whatever your small or medium-sized business (SMB), chances are you’re dependent on increasingly advanced technology — or wish to use more sophisticated technology. Recent advances have been numerous and head-spinning, sometimes making it hard to keep up. The truth is, harnessing emerging technologies effectively may be exactly what takes your business to the next level, ensuring success in today’s rapidly evolving, competitive business landscape. If you aren't using one of these emerging technologies in your business yet, it's likely that your business would benefit from doing so in the near future.

Wednesday 10/30/2019
Boost your business through global expansion
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is the year’s busiest time for retail and e-commerce sales worldwide. Year-end holiday sales surpass one-fourth of all sales for the year, for the majority of businesses around the world. As these businesses gear up for this year’s peak selling season, they grapple with more challenges — and opportunities — than ever before. According to a new Visa Global Merchant eCommerce Study (GME Study), more than half of the e-commerce executives or business owners surveyed (52%) considered increased competition from other retailers to be their biggest hurdle in achieving their revenue goals during the peak holiday season.

Tuesday 10/29/2019
Which apps help employees most? 3 tips for growing businesses
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - For many businesses in our increasingly technical world, future success will depend on how well they can take advantage of digital tools such as apps.

Who are the most dangerous celebrities to search for online?
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - From TV shows to movies, theater and more, everyone has favorite celebrities. You probably have spent time online searching to find out more about what these celebrities are up to and their most recent projects. While there are endless options to feed your need for celebrity news, the problem is some of these sites are run by cybercriminals waiting to install malware to those who visit in an attempt to steal personal information and passwords.

Monday 10/28/2019
5 do’s and don’ts to keep your identity safe from hackers
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - Resourceful thieves and cybercriminals continue to find new ways to hack U.S. consumers’ sensitive personal information. Dumpster diving, stolen or lost wallets and mail fraud should still be concerns, but the digital age of tablets, smartphones, PCs and Wi-Fi networks leaves people more vulnerable than ever.

Is your small business throwing money away because of outdated PCs?
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - If you’re running a small business, chances are your budget is tight. You may consider buying new PCs a luxury you can’t afford, at least not right now. But if your employees are working on computers that are five years old or older, this could actually be costing you serious money.

Why your small business needs PCs built for business
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - Whether your business is growing or needs a computer upgrade, you may feel overwhelmed by the choices in today’s marketplace. Because many small businesses are budget-conscious, you might think you’re saving money by opting for the least expensive PCs on the market, designed for the general consumer, and/or by waiting to upgrade as long as possible.

How the Latest Cyber Threats May Affect You
Posted: October 28, 2019

(StatePoint) New cyber threat intelligence suggests that while the volume of cyberattacks is trending down slightly, the attacks are becoming more targeted and nefarious. This latest data can help individuals and businesses make sense of current cyber threats and take action.

Wednesday 10/23/2019
AI in agriculture: Helping farmers and creating jobs
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - Artificial intelligence is transforming industries, and agriculture is certainly entering a new era thanks to these advancing technologies. AI has the power to help farmers do their jobs more effectively while also creating job opportunities.

Monday 10/21/2019
3 ways to prepare children for jobs of the future
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - Today's technology evolves so rapidly, it's impossible to predict what new inventions are coming. How can parents and educators today prepare children for technology and jobs that may not even exist yet? A recent education study by Harris Poll reveals that hands-on, collaborative learning experiences increase children’s confidence and ability to learn new things. The study showed that children worldwide who are confident learning STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) feel more confident about their ability to learn overall. And that confidence translates into a willingness to try new things — an essential trait in education and business, where changes occur at a rapid pace.

Thursday 10/17/2019
Celebrating 50 years of influential projects
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - What were the greatest projects from the last 50 years? The World Wide Web? The moon landing? As 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Project Management Institute, PMI is celebrating by showcasing the 50 most influential projects of the past 50 years in science, technology, social, cultural movements and more.

Monday 10/14/2019
Simple Steps To Declutter Your Phone
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:44 am

(NAPSI)—Have you ever scrolled endlessly through your photos on your phone to find that special one you took weeks ago? Or, perhaps you have that one important e-mail that takes forever to find in your inbox?

Sunday 10/13/2019
Understand data usage to get the best deal
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - When it comes to how we use our cellphones, it's especially important to understand data usage. Knowing what consumes your data, and how you use it, will help you recognize whether you’re getting the best deal on your wireless plan.

Thursday 10/10/2019
As business payment fraud skyrockets, are you protected?
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - Whether your business is small, medium or large, as an owner you're probably all too familiar with the threats of payment fraud. A proactive approach can make a big difference in reducing your chances of experiencing this common type of fraud, saving you significant time, money and stress.

Wednesday 10/09/2019
New Technology Accesses Small But Mighty Microorganisms
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - More medicines may be developed faster in the near future, thanks to new technology that harnesses the tiny particles that make drug development possible.

Tuesday 10/08/2019
Want a showstopper master bathroom? 5 criteria to achieve exceptional design
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - When it’s time to renovate your master bathroom, why not set your sights on something bigger and better? Rather than letting the latest fads drive your choices, create a room that holds its breathtaking beauty for years, and never fails to transform your mood each time you cross the threshold. That’s the epitome of showstopping design.

Wednesday 10/02/2019
Why now is the best time to go solar
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - October is National Energy Awareness Month, and you can celebrate by exploring opportunities to create a more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly home. With renewable energy solutions gaining momentum with homeowners, the latest energy technologies are more efficient, affordable and let you take control of your energy needs. Until recently, many homeowners perceived solar power for a single home as too expensive, difficult to install or unsightly. As technology has evolved since the advent of the green energy industry, attitudes have too.

Top cybersecurity threats for small businesses and tips to stay protected
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - As cyberattacks become more sophisticated than ever, small business owners need to take action or face some potentially devastating consequences. Contrary to popular belief, an estimated 43% of all data breaches involve small businesses, not large corporations. Even more alarming, another study found that 60% of small businesses who fell victim to cyberattacks closed their doors within six months. From these two statistics alone, it’s clear the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Monday 09/30/2019
5 Things Everyone Should Know About Consumer DNA Tests
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - Millions of people have taken consumer DNA tests and received their results online. In fact, in May of this year, Ancestry® announced it surpassed 15 million members in its global DNA network.

Friday 09/27/2019
4 key resources small businesses need to succeed
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am


Thursday 09/26/2019
Gunnar Peterson Offers Tips to Get Your Hearing in Shape
Updated: November 12, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - When it comes to getting your body in top shape, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes have turned to celebrity fitness trainer Gunnar Peterson for three decades.

Wednesday 09/25/2019
New Research Shows Big Opportunities for Small Businesses
Updated: November 05, 2019 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Today's technology has changed the shopping experience. While many of us still enjoy trying on clothes at our favorite department store, we also relish the ability to buy specific and unique items through an e-commerce app, or research product details via our smartphone.

Tuesday 09/24/2019
Seven Ways To Make The Right Software Match For Your Business
Updated: September 26, 2019 - 2:47 am

By Claire Alexander, GM at Capterra

5 ways to keep your phone charged longer
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - Everyone hates that feeling — you need to do something important on your phone, like using GPS or making a call, and you see the battery inching down toward 0%. And you forgot your charger, or didn’t want to stuff the bulky thing in your bag as you dashed out of the house.

Saturday 09/14/2019
How and Why to Keep Up With the Latest Tech Trends
Posted: September 14, 2019

(StatePoint) Whatever industry you work in and no matter what your role is, it’s possible you have wondered how emerging technologies will affect your job in the years to come or whether you’ll even have to switch careers entirely at some point.

Thursday 09/12/2019
Simplify your kitchen with smart home gadgets
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - As the heart of the home, the kitchen is often the busiest room of the house — a perfect space to install the latest smart home gadgets. With “smart” sidekicks, you can solve kitchen challenges and simplify the overall cooking process.

Wednesday 09/11/2019
Exciting Changes Coming To The Advanced Placement Program
Updated: September 14, 2019 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—The Advanced Placement (AP) Program gives students a chance to experience college-level classes in high school and opens the door to earning college credit before they ever set foot on campus. Students get to dig deeper into subjects they love, while building the skills and confidence they need to succeed in college. There are more statewide and system-wide AP credit policies than ever; over 99 percent of colleges have an AP credit policy in place.

Tuesday 09/10/2019
See Today's Hottest Stars Before They Were Famous [Video]
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 2:53 am