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The Galveston County Daily News: Tech Talk & Innovation

December 3, 2016

Tech Talk & Innovation

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Got Tech Neck? Here's Some Advice.

(NewsUSA) - It's called "tech neck." But to really understand the stress you're putting on your neck every time you look down at some wireless device -; think texting, for example -; just imagine four 15-pound bowling balls sitting atop your head.

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Friday 12/02/2016
Soft Skills A Necessity To Narrow The STEM Skills Gap
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—The United States has been battling a STEM skills gap over the past decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, where technology has advanced faster than the knowledge and skill level of companies and employees. To help fill this gap, employees must stay up-to-date on the latest technologies and skills.

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Thursday 12/01/2016
Give the Gift of Connectivity, Without the Stress
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Once again, tech is topping lots of wish lists. We've all been there. You unwrap your wanted new tech, but before you can use your exciting new gift, there's usually some assembly or setup required. The setup is a major source of frustration for nearly a third of consumers recently surveyed by http://www.asurion.com">Asurion, the global leader in technology support and protection services, who say that putting together new technology has ruined their holiday.

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Tuesday 11/29/2016
4 Tips for Better Sleep
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It’s no secret sleep is critical to one’s overall health and well-being. We’ve all heard getting six to eight hours of sleep is recommended, but busy work schedules and ongoing personal commitments make it difficult to make sleep a priority. So how can you ensure you’re getting quality shuteye? Next time you’re ready to crawl into bed, apply these four tips to help get better sleep.

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Monday 11/28/2016
5 home-building secrets you should know
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Thousands of Americans who are in the process of building their own home, or simply looking into it, are faced with hundreds of different questions. Granite or quartz countertops? Neutral or bold colors? Tile or hardwood flooring? And those questions are just the tip of the iceberg.

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Wednesday 11/23/2016
6 tech features that can make the holidays more manageable
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Holiday shopping, paying bills and making deposits, sending digital greetings and invitations, looking up recipes, gathering holiday decorating ideas — let’s face it, you’re going to be super busy this holiday season and much of that extra activity is going to take place online.

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5 tips to protect your devices from cybercrime
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Your smartphone, your tablet, your computer – they are some of your most important and most used possessions. They are the daily tools you use for research, to connect with others and make purchases. You take them everywhere and fill them with your important, personal information.

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Monday 11/21/2016
Modern desktops: Re-imagining the workhorses of personal computing
Updated: November 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - With the rise of mobile devices, you might wonder what the future holds for desktop computers. While the total number of mobile users surpassed desktop users around 2014, the number of people still using desktops might surprise you. The desktop is alive and well, and a new crop of task-specific desktops are rewriting the look and utility of the original personal computing device.

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Thursday 11/17/2016
Five Ways to Help You Enjoy the Holiday Season
Updated: November 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Does the phrase "relaxing holiday season" seem far out of reach? If it does, you’re not alone. There’s plenty to do during the holidays: there are gifts to buy, parties to host, work to finish and travel plans to make. With a hectic schedule, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. This year, pace yourself and take a step back. After all, this is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, so don’t forget that you deserve a gift too.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
Go Green and Save Green with a High-Efficiency Water Heater
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - As energy costs rise, the "green" movement and conservation efforts have become popular topics. Energy-saving recommendations appear daily in the media, and consumers are being offered subsidies or state and federal tax credits to encourage the purchase of more efficient appliances. However, many homeowners fail to consider their water heater when it comes to going "green."

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What to Know about Extending the Life of Your New Smartphone
Updated: November 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) The latest model smartphones are a big financial investment, whether you opt for the Apple iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. But there’s good news for those with butter fingers. Water-resistance is the new industry standard, reveals a new study.

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Tuesday 11/15/2016
Find savings through recycling this holiday season
Updated: November 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Out with the old and in with the new is a common theme during the holidays. Couple that with the breakneck pace of technology these days and the old in your home is probably a lot more digital than it has been in the past. Now you’ve got to make some room because your wish list is loaded with tech devices, that next update is right around the corner, and you may just have to buy yourself a Christmas present or two.

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Cyberattack 411: Protecting your vehicle from hackers
Updated: November 23, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - New vehicles are packed full of the latest and greatest technology. Among their many capabilities, today’s vehicles can automatically apply brakes to avoid collisions, maintain a designated following distance behind the car ahead of it and maneuver the vehicle back into its lane if the driver veers out of it. Some cars can even drive and park themselves!

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Monday 11/14/2016
How to Save Money on Mobile Devices this Holiday Season
Updated: November 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season is a great time to indulge loved ones or yourself with a mobile device upgrade. However, keep in mind that a high-quality device doesn’t necessarily need to be brand new, particularly if you are on a budget.

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Thursday 11/10/2016
The best wearable tech devices to help you look and feel better
Updated: November 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Wednesday 11/09/2016
Smart Security Outsmarts Package Theft
Updated: November 10, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—If you’ve ever expected a package that seemed to never arrive, you may be a victim of package theft-and you’re not alone. Some 11 million U.S. homeowners have been victim to package theft within this past year, according to a new study from August Home. The study, Package Theft Report: Outsmarting Criminals at Your Front Door, examines the rise in package theft and how consumers approach protecting their packages.

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Monday 11/07/2016
Helping Military Families
Updated: November 08, 2016 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re ever the parent, spouse or child of someone in the military, a military member yourself or a veteran, you may be glad to know a guide to important resources and services to make life easier can be in the palm of your hand.

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Friday 11/04/2016
Managing A Mobile Workforce-Best Practices
Updated: November 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—With every passing year, technology continues to expand and transform the way we communicate and operate, especially in the workplace. Today’s workers need all the capabilities of applications to go with them wherever they are and mobile devices enable them to do that.

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Wednesday 11/02/2016
Trailblazing in tech: Hispanic consumers lead mobile-first lifestyle [Infographic]
Posted: November 02, 2016

(BPT) - Hispanic consumers are increasingly reliant on mobile devices to navigate everyday life. In an average day, many even admit to interacting with their smartphone more than anyone else. This digital lifestyle also extends to how they manage their finances, as a vast majority turn to mobile to bank and pay. Learn more about current trends among Hispanic mobile users in the infographic below.

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Tips to Protect Your Fragile Phone, No Matter Where You Are
Updated: November 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Let’s face it; your phone is your lifeline. But it’s also a fragile device that could be ruined with one misstep. Help everyone in the family take better care of their smartphones with the following tips you can rely on at home, around town and even on an outdoor adventure.

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Tuesday 11/01/2016
Tech tools that can help you find a mortgage and home faster
Updated: November 09, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re a first-time or experienced homebuyer, chances are a good portion of your real estate journey will take place online. In fact, four in 10 homebuyers start their house-hunting with an online search, according to the National Association of REALTORS. It’s easy to understand why: Online tools and apps can make the homebuying experience — including finding a mortgage — easier and more enjoyable.

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Resources For Seniors
Updated: November 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the over 64 million adults age 60 and older in the U.S., here’s a resource you need to know about: the Eldercare Locator. Funded by the Administration on Aging, a part of the Administration for Community Living, it’s the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s largest and longest-running national, direct-to-consumer program.

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Friday 10/28/2016
How small businesses can capitalize on the holiday shopping season
Updated: November 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For entrepreneurs and small businesses owners, the holiday season offers an incredible opportunity to boost sales and increase the bottom line. Just like how the early bird gets the worm, starting holiday promotions early will position your business for optimum growth.

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Content Agency Provides the Best Bang for Your Advertising Buck
Updated: October 28, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - These days, there are a several ways to get your company's message out -- if you have the dollars to pay for it. The problem is that small, niche companies need the same exposure (if not more) than the Fortune 500 companies, but are hamstrung by limited resources.

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Businesses, Athletes Are Getting in on Game Apps
Updated: October 28, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - There are few topics that cause as much heated debate and passion as sports -- especially football. And in this digital age, mobile technology only enables such zeal -- which is probably why sports apps are arguably one of the most popular ways to keep up with a beloved team, as well as help diehard football fans decide who will win a matchup on any given Sunday.

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Majority Of U.S. Adults Say The Convenience Of Public Wi-Fi Outweighs The Risk Of Cyberthreats
Updated: October 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—At the end of 2013, SAP Software Solutions reported that there were more mobile devices on Earth than people. That’s a staggering statistic, especially when you take into account the large number of cyberattacks that happen every day. The world is more connected than ever and people are constantly using smartphones and other interconnected devices to find their news, use social media or stay in touch. There are numerous benefits of interconnectedness, but with it also comes cyberthreats people should be aware of.

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Thursday 10/27/2016
5 ways to protect yourself from technology scams
Updated: October 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - “What’s your favorite scary movie?”

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Wednesday 10/26/2016
Top tech students will need to succeed this school year
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 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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Managing depression with the help of your iPhone: Advancements that are making waves
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

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Modern family portraits: How tech is driving design in today's living rooms
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 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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Monday 10/24/2016
Are You #CyberAware? Three Simple Tips For Protecting Your Digital Life And Getting Cyber Secure
Updated: October 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—National Cyber Security Awareness Month—held annually in October—is the ideal time for every family to STOP. THINK. CONNECT™. That's the mantra for this year's annual campaign designed to remind you about cyber security and encourage vigilance when it comes to the way we act and share our lives online. Computer security company Sophos shares these simple tips for getting protected now and staying secure when online holiday shopping "clicks in."

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Six Tips To Help You Master Your Next Meeting
Updated: October 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—A recent study from Office Broker found that the average office worker spends around 16 hours in meetings each week. Over a year, this translates into more than a month at the conference table. While meetings can be a great way to gather and provide team input and updates, chances are, much of your co-workers’ time—and your own—could be used more effectively.

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Friday 10/21/2016
3 simple ways to improve your Facebook security
Updated: October 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Your Facebook profile is a representation of you on the Web. It’s where you connect with friends, learn the latest news and find the best reviews of the restaurants and products you enjoy every day. You use your Facebook profile all the time, so you want to make sure the information you display on Facebook remains as safe and secure as possible.

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Wednesday 10/19/2016
Wireless home phone devices offer savings and mobility
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It seems more and more of us are “cutting the cord” these days, moving away from hard-wired connections to cable TV, internet service and more. The freedom to go wireless offers options that we couldn’t have imagined just five or 10 years ago — you can stream movies on your phone while sitting in the backyard, or do a Google search as you wait in line at the grocery store.

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Thursday 10/13/2016
Stem Cells, Biologics Could Be Answer to Next Generation Therapies
Updated: October 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Biotech stocks tend to have their ups and downs among the investment community. However, the biotech industry is enjoying a shot in the arm with news of biologics flooding the wires.

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Wednesday 10/12/2016
How Will You Remember the Most Important Moments of Your Life?
Updated: October 12, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Although many Americans save their photographs on their phones and/or computers, it isn't the best way to store your cherished memories. It's time to start preserving your memories with high-quality prints that will last for generations.

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Tuesday 10/11/2016
5 tips to score big in your fantasy football league this season
Updated: October 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - More than 57 million people will play fantasy sports this year, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA). With fantasy football season underway, you need to make sure your game face is on and your line-up is set. If you have a team this season, or this is your first year playing, here are some tips for scoring a successful season:

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5 secrets to building the best media room
Updated: October 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - There was a time when only a few could afford a large screen television. The resolution was clunky, the sound poor and the cost high. But over the past decade, technology has advanced so remarkably fast that today a 60-inch television with unbelievably crisp resolution is within many people’s budget.

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Monday 10/10/2016
3 surprising home elements you can automate
Updated: October 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Just a decade or two ago, home automation was still something of a novelty. Some homeowners might have had programmable thermostats in their homes, but many probably hadn’t thought of automating things like window coverings. Moreover, they likely viewed any home automation they did have as a convenience. Today, home automation is becoming an essential efficiency-enhancing element in many homes.

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Wednesday 10/05/2016
Florida Becomes High-Tech Hub for Manufacturers
Updated: October 05, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Florida has long been known as the gateway to space and key location for trade with South America, but the state's advanced manufacturing industry is growing and companies around the globe are taking notice.

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Tuesday 09/27/2016
4 Techy Tips For The Ultimate Fall Camping Experience
Updated: October 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Camping is a getaway, a break from the chaos and a chance to be in nature for that fresh fall air.

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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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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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