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September 30, 2016

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4 Techy Tips For The Ultimate Fall Camping Experience

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
Drones Give Kids A New View On Science
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—On October 5th, 4-H and flying drones will excite more than 100,000 kids about science in the nation’s largest youth-led engineering challenge.

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How to Help Your Kids Protect their Mobile Devices
Updated: September 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Modern technology presents today’s parents with new challenges. One big issue: getting kids and teens to take better care of pricey tech gear. Let’s be honest, parents also can get careless sometimes with mobile devices.

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Thursday 09/15/2016
Out of This World: Challenge Open to 3D Print in Space
Updated: September 15, 2016 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - One of the greatest challenges to long-term space travel is the inherent difficulty in delivering supplies to the astronauts. However, the advent of 3D printing technology allows astronauts to create many useful items, such as emergency tools, onsite while serving on the International Space Station (ISS).

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Military Training Happens Virtually in Florida
Updated: September 15, 2016 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Florida is no stranger to the entertainment industry. After all, it's home to the most visited theme parks on Earth. What people may not know is that the Sunshine State's entertainment expertise is also used to train our nation's military.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Managing depression with the help of your iPhone: Advancements that are making waves
Updated: September 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Tuesday 09/13/2016
Financial tips: 5 ways to digitize your life and save even more
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Technology evolves and improves seemingly every time you blink. From apps to virtual reality and voice assistants to robots, technology affords us the ability to make life easier so we can enjoy what matters most to us. And when it comes to managing finances, digitizing your life can actually have a bonus effect on your wallet.

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Connection Is Essential
Updated: September 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—There is no doubt that internet access and digital literacy skills are fundamental to success in today’s world. These are essential tools that help kids connect to homework and educational resources, assist parents in their search for better jobs, and allow everyone to be more connected to what’s going on in the world. And, although according to the Census Bureau, three in four American households subscribe to the internet, the rest, including lower-income families, do not—but that’s being remedied.

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Monday 09/12/2016
Seek to Know More: How Your Smartphone Can Save You Money
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - It seems as if there is nothing a smartphone can't do these days. It can get you where you want to go (most of the time), you can make reservations at your favorite restaurant, and now you can use it to detect whether your home is leaking energy or water.

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Protecting Your Kid's Identity Is Your Responsibility
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - If only we could keep our kids in a bubble, insulated from the atrocities the world would inflict on them. Along with the normal worries any parent has for his or her child, you can add child identity theft to the list as well.

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Thursday 09/08/2016
Advances in Medical Technology Save and Improve Lives
Updated: September 08, 2016 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Half a century ago, a pacemaker was the size of a hockey puck. Today, it's smaller than a AAA battery. New pioneering technologies are on the horizon thanks to the continued commitment for improved medical care.

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Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Family Emergency Plan Today.
Updated: September 09, 2016 - 2:31 am

Ensure that everyone in your household downloads the free FEMA app.

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Wednesday 09/07/2016
Turn to Telemedicine for Hassle-Free Health Care
Posted: September 07, 2016

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Telemedicine -- the ability to access a physician or other health care provider remotely -- is becoming an integral part of health care, and an attractive option for many patients looking not only for medical expertise, but for convenience and cost savings as well.

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Cutting the Corporate Cord: How the Desk Phone Is Meeting Its Demise
Posted: September 07, 2016

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - It was bound to happen sooner or later: the desk phone, once an icon in any office, is now officially on its deathbed.

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How New Technologies are Giving Small Businesses a Boost
Updated: September 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Small businesses employ half of the private sector in the US and create two out of three new jobs, according to the Small Business Administration. While the 28 million small businesses nationwide serve as an important economic engine of this country, keeping one surviving and thriving can be particularly challenging.

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Tuesday 08/30/2016
Protect Your Kid's Identity
Updated: August 30, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Much has been made about protecting your digital footprint lately. (Thank you, Apple and the FBI, for bringing this issue center stage). And, according to tech experts who follow such trends, it would seem that many people are starting to pay attention -- especially when it comes to protecting their children's privacy using encrypted communications.

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Wednesday 08/24/2016
Florida Remains Launch Pad to Space Thanks to Private Firms
Updated: August 24, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Since the first U.S. moon landing in 1969, we have been fascinated with the mystery of space. Fast forward to 2016, when we're celebrating the 5th-year anniversary since NASA launched JUNO and the August 19 ULA Delta IV launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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Off-Road Riding Becomes More Connected
Updated: August 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Good news for powersports enthusiasts: Infotainment features from the auto industry are now being customized for off-road! The new enhanced riding experience connects drivers not only to their vehicle, but to their passengers, other drivers, and friends and family back home.

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Tuesday 08/23/2016
Three DIY ways to improve your home WiFi
Updated: August 31, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You don’t need an expert to tell you: America is hooked on the internet. Just try to think of the last day you didn’t use the web in some way.

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Monday 08/22/2016
How technology is simplifying relief of chronic pain
Updated: August 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Doctors hate seeing patients suffering from chronic pain, and not just because their instinct is immediately to want to help their patients to feel better. One of the primary challenges doctors confront is that even though chronic pain is common, it can be extremely difficult to diagnose and treat. The condition can be debilitating for patients and frustrating for the doctors trying to help them.

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Friday 08/19/2016
5 ideas for celebrating grandparents and forging deeper bonds with family
Updated: August 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - There's no arguing grandparents have special relationships with their grandchildren. Whether they are a couple hours' drive away or a flight across the country, distance doesn't dissolve this bond.

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Thursday 08/18/2016
5 money tips every teen should know
Updated: August 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For most teens, high school is an exciting time for those sweet, first tastes of independence: first dates, first cars, first paychecks.

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Wednesday 08/17/2016
Don't Lose Your Phone While On Vacation—Have A Plan
Updated: August 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—There are few things more exciting than taking a vacation. Throughout the year, tens of millions of Americans will hop on planes or jump in cars to leave the stress and pressure of everyday life behind.

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Friday 08/12/2016
Online Platform Promotes Partnerships Between Businesses and Investors
Updated: August 13, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Historically, specialty businesses had limited ability to expand beyond their immediate geographic region. However, current technology allows such businesses to promote themselves to a larger audience. Touch Up Teak is one example of how successful online investment partnerships can grow a business.

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4 ways smartphones are the real superheroes of our era
Posted: August 12, 2016

(BPT) - If time travelers were to have shown up in 1995 with tales of a future in which record stores, movie theaters, encyclopedias and a talking robot all fit in your pocket, people would probably have thought they were out of their minds. Fast forward two decades. Now the days of brick-sized mobile phones, obtrusive antennas and the ability to only text are distant memories — and the subject of laughable memes that millennials share as a representation of “ancient history.” The future no one could have imagined, thanks to the smartphone, is here and it's awesome. So awesome, we literally can't live without this life-changing, “life-saving” device.

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Thursday 08/11/2016
Trends in consumer mobility report [Infographic]
Posted: August 11, 2016

(BPT) - It’s clear that mobile devices impact how Americans navigate everyday life. Many even admit that in an average day, they interact with their smartphone more than anyone. Mobile is also changing the way Americans manage their finances, as more are turning to mobile banking and digital payments than ever before. Learn more about current trends among mobile users in the infographic below.

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Tuesday 08/09/2016
Top 5 secrets from professionals on home renovation
Updated: August 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When asked what kind of upgrades homeowners would like to make in their home, most have a similar wish list that includes features like marble or granite counter tops, an open concept kitchen, a remodeled bathroom and a deck.

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Not All Encryption Is Created Equal
Updated: August 09, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Despite constant news cycles of rampant data security breaches occurring everywhere from Fortune 500 companies to brand name retailers, and now, more alarmingly, to healthcare organizations, it seems that most people still have a laissez-faire attitude about encryption and protecting their personal information.

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Monday 08/08/2016
Top tech students will need to succeed this school year
Updated: August 12, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Today’s high school and college students rely on technology for a lot more than entertainment and socializing; their devices are vital for their academic success. With the right tech in hand, young adults are primed to work and study more efficiently.

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Friday 08/05/2016
5 ways tech can help you score home entertaining gold
Updated: August 13, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Many Americans are avid sports fans, and technology has made it easier than ever for them to enjoy their favorite sporting events in the comfort of their own home. From annual events like January’s Big Game and month-long college basketball tournaments, to international competitions that draw athletes and audiences from around the world, Americans love to gather together to celebrate their favorite sporting events.

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Modern family portraits: How tech is driving design in today's living rooms
Updated: August 13, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The evolution of American families and their changing lifestyles is a popular topic these days. As family dynamics and lifestyles morph, they drive a change in home design. Aside from the enduring presence of a TV and seating, today’s living room looks and functions very differently from living rooms of just a few decades ago.

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Thursday 08/04/2016
Smart(er) Small Business: Using Technology To Improve Efficiency And Save Money
Updated: August 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—All businesspersons—whether their workspace is on the kitchen table or in a glass and steel high-rise—are likely looking for ways to improve efficiencies and save money. Discovering, developing and applying new ways to get the most out of time, energy and resources (all of which are needed) is the goal of any enterprise.

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Wednesday 08/03/2016
Curbing Bad Behavior: App Seeks to Harness Overbilling by Contractors
Updated: August 03, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - That contractors routinely overbill governments at the expense of taxpayers may come as no surprise. That these overbillings likely total hundreds of billions of dollars should shock and infuriate us all.

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Thursday 07/28/2016
Protect Yourself From Cyber Attacks With Encryption
Updated: July 28, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Much has been made about encryption and why it's important to keeping your information safe. Yet, even after massive data breaches at major corporations (that you most likely frequent or have a connection to), it still remains one of those items that never quite seems to make it off your to-do list.

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Want to Fly a Jet or Perform Surgery? Florida's Virtual Classrooms Make It Possi
Updated: July 28, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Florida has always been known for its white-sand beaches and palm trees. Now, however, the Sunshine State is being recognized as the next high-tech corridor for modeling, simulation and training (MS&T).

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How To Help Your Kids In School
Updated: July 29, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—Whether your child is just entering elementary school or looking at senior year of college, the right equipment can help make things go more smoothly. You may care to contemplate this checklist of important stuff to have to at every level:

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Wednesday 07/27/2016
Leading biopharmaceutical company's smartphone app gives patients the power to help ensure medication serial numbers are authentic
Updated: August 04, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Smartphones can do just about anything these days — from tracking your sleep, to controlling your electricity and streaming television. Now, thanks to an app developed by EMD Serono, Inc., the North America biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, smartphones can also give patients the ability to verify the authenticity of the serial number on all EMD Serono medications by scanning the two dimensional barcode on the package.   

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Tuesday 07/26/2016
5 tips to keep your cellphone running smoothly
Updated: August 03, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - We all love the convenience of modern cellphones. They’re so much more than just phones — they’ve become our cameras, calendars, mailboxes, entertainment consoles and internet browsers.

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The art of innovation: The key to unlocking creative blocks
Updated: August 03, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The Wright Brothers knew they were going to crash, yet tried to fly anyway. Unlike their competitors, the former bicycle mechanics brought extra parts to the sand dunes to make onsite repairs and reduce cycle time. Their creative courage resulted in not just a new product (the aircraft), but also a process for failing quickly, learning fast and outpacing their competition.

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Monday 07/25/2016
Mobile App Games Like Pokémon Go Present Potential Physical And Cyber Security Threats
Updated: July 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Software developer Niantic’s new mobile app Pokémon GO has made history as the most played mobile game in the United States to date, according to TechCrunch. SurveyMonkey found that the app boasts more than 21 million actively daily users, who log nearly 35 minutes a day catching augmented reality monsters by visiting real-world location. Nearly all users want to become Pokémon masters, often overlooking the dangers of “catching ‘em all” during the process.

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Monday 07/18/2016
Join Billions Around the World and Go for Gold During the Olympics
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - "Go for the Gold" will be the mantra echoed around the globe as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, or the 2016 Summer Olympics, as we refer to them here in the U.S, gets underway this summer. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will play host to a record number of countries participating in a record number of sports. More than 10,500 athletes from 207 countries will "go for the gold," looking to make World Records and beat their personal best along the way.

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Tuesday 07/12/2016
Don't Be A "Vidiot": 10 Tips For Better Video Meetings
Updated: July 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Video is excellent for breaking down barriers and connecting people from all around the world. But just as you can make a cultural gaffe in person, you can mess up with a camera. Bad video can be worse than no video.

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Monday 07/11/2016
Innovation: A fundamental factor in family-owned business success
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - It’s no secret that there are countless challenges facing today’s family-owned businesses. In fact, less than one-third of family businesses successfully migrate from first to second generation ownership. Another 50 percent never survive the transition from second to third generation, according to Forbes

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5 Ways International Trade Affects Your Household
Updated: July 11, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) From the price of household goods to the quantity and quality of jobs available, international trade impacts your daily life in more ways than you may realize. Supporters of new trade agreements say they include important and unexpected measures that do everything from preserving the environment to supporting high tech innovation.

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Why Rural Internet Access Matters to Both Urban and Rural Communities
Updated: July 22, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) High speed internet access improves lives, and has a positive impact on the economy, education and healthcare, according to recently released research.

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Friday 07/01/2016
On the Brink: Africa Viewed As Growth Target for Telecom
Updated: July 01, 2016 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - When it comes to telecommunications, experts agree that Africa is the new "it" continent for growth. If you're a little rusty on exactly what telecom means, it translates to big bucks for companies like Belgium-based Artilium PLC, which provide software solutions for data and wireless companies that want to help Africa get better connected.

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Wednesday 06/29/2016
Using technology to empower people with diabetes
Updated: July 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Technology has influenced virtually every aspect of our lives. Arguably one of the biggest areas of change is in health care. From advanced surgical tools to early disease testing, every day new technology emerges in an effort to help people stay healthy and live longer. Wearable technology now puts information directly in the hands of the patient, helping people do everything from tracking steps to counting calories. Now, smartphone apps are getting even smarter, allowing physicians, patients and their loved ones if they choose, in-depth access to important health information in just a few finger taps.

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Protect Your Family With Encryption
Updated: June 29, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - It is one of those items on your perpetual to-do list that never seems to quite get done. You mean to, but encrypting your personal information to keep it safe, seems to fall hopelessly into that chasm between, "I'll do it later," and "Surely, it'll never happen to me."

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Tuesday 06/28/2016
5 things that will be obsolete thanks to our smartphones
Posted: June 28, 2016

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The right technology services are the key to killer customer service
Updated: July 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Think sales numbers trump customer service? Think again. Research shows companies focused on providing a superior experience across the customer journey realized a 20 percent increase in customer satisfaction and 10-15 percent increase in revenue. Furthermore, 45 percent of people will abandon an online transaction if their questions or concerns are not addressed quickly. And perhaps the most shocking of all: It costs six to seven times more to attract a new customer than to retain an existing customer.

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