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The Galveston County Daily News: Tech Talk & Innovation

January 24, 2017

Tech Talk & Innovation

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Mini-Documentary Series Brings Economics To Life

(NewsUSA) - Economics comes to life for students in a new, compelling, three-part mini-documentary series by Discovery Digital Networks' Seeker, and partnered with CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace.

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Monday 01/23/2017
For Data Privacy, Set Your Sights On Visual Hackers
Updated: January 24, 2017 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—You’ve probably felt it when checking your e-mail or working in a public space: the leering eyes of strangers on your device screen.

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Friday 01/20/2017
The next big IT career: Data analytics turns big data into career opportunities
Updated: January 24, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Career opportunities in technology continue to expand exponentially: the computer and information technology field is expected to grow 12 percent, adding nearly half a million new jobs by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. What’s more, the median wage for people in the field is nearly $50,000 higher than the median for all occupations.

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Food, Fuel, and Finance ... The 3Fs of Economics
Updated: January 20, 2017 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Nearly half of U.S. high school students say they do not know how to establish good credit and more than one-fourth believe they will be unprepared to manage their finances upon graduation. This is according to recent research that reveals a lack of financial literacy among American youth.

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Thursday 01/19/2017
6 easy, affordable smart home features that could help you sell your house faster
Updated: January 24, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Fresh paint on the walls, professional staging and an asking price that ends in 999 — when you’re selling your home, you’ll do whatever you can to help it stand out and sell faster. Because the National Association of Realtors is predicting modest growth for the 2017 real estate market, as a seller you want every edge you can get. And on the heels of the popular Consumer Electronics Show in January, perhaps that edge is a smarter home.

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Thursday 01/12/2017
Americans have less tolerance for power outages in a digital world
Updated: January 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - A flash of lighting, a loud clap of thunder and BOOM! Suddenly everything goes dark and you know the power in your home is officially out.

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Thursday 01/05/2017
The 8 hottest new devices for 2017
Updated: January 13, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When it comes to the latest technology, you can never have too many options. And for tech lovers, there is nothing like the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which takes place Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas.

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Wednesday 01/04/2017
5 facts about radiation you never knew
Updated: January 12, 2017 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Radiation — it’s not something most people think about very often, and when they do, their thoughts usually turn to radiation's effects as they are portrayed in the movies. These being namely that exposure to radiation will either turn them into a hideous monster or a superhero.

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Tuesday 01/03/2017
How to Protect Your Data in a Connected World
Updated: January 03, 2017 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - The phrase 'six degrees of separation,' suggests that only a minuscule measurement is what divides one person from another. Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) has decreased those degrees dramatically, connecting us not only to each other, but to everything from our fitness trackers to our coffee makers.

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Friday 12/30/2016
Four real-life ways technology is transforming the present and the future
Updated: January 07, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Smartphones keep people constantly connected, smart cars can drive and park themselves, and smart buildings are designed to use less energy as they keep everyone occupying them comfy and productive. Of course you think you know how technology is revolutionizing everyday life. But do you really understand that tech now touches everything?

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Job opportunities await in tomorrow's expanded urban areas
Updated: January 07, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Predicting the future can be a Herculean task in its own right, but when it comes to forecasting the growth of urban areas across the globe, research points strongly toward some new truths. One, urban areas will continue to grow. Two, with continued development of “smart’ technologies for homes, businesses and entire cities, there is expected to be a significant impact on the employment landscape.

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Thursday 12/29/2016
The latest advancements in college education are happening digitally
Updated: January 06, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The face of education in the United States is changing. Many of today’s universities are embracing digital technology to deliver instruction in ways not available to previous generations. We have seen the digital instruction methods evolve from the use of learning aides such as computers, digital projectors and DVD players to online learning, which allows students the flexibility to tackle their coursework at a time and pace that works best for them.

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Three ways to help businesses attract and retain top talent
Updated: January 06, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Many companies recognize that attracting and retaining top employee talent can result in a significant cost savings because employee turnover can result in productivity loss and involve additional expenses associated with hiring and training new employees. An employee parting ways may leave with a strong knowledge base of company projects, clients and procedures, and depending on the job level, it can take several months before a new hire becomes fully productive.

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Tuesday 12/20/2016
Grow Your Business Through Customer Connections
Updated: December 21, 2016 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Long gone is the time when customer purchase patterns were streamlined and predictable. Today’s shoppers are smarter, and there are multiple forces at work, including social media and paid advertising, which constantly influence customer decisions. Knowing your customers’ likes and dislikes is the only way to ensure your business stays top of mind throughout the buying cycle and beyond.

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Burned Out From Holiday Spending? Make Money And Save By Giving Items A Second Chance
Updated: December 21, 2016 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Has holiday spending left you feeling burned out? This holiday season—and any time of year—you can give (and get) a lot of joy for not a lot of money if you consider a few simple, smart tricks.

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Wednesday 12/14/2016
3 tips for getting the most out of working on a diverse team
Updated: December 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Growing up, we’re constantly taught to play well with others. Did you know that skill might actually help you land a job? Nearly 80 percent of employers seek candidates who work well on a team, according to a National Association of College and Employers report. From automotive engineering to business management, odds are you’ll work alongside diverse individuals throughout your career.

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Tuesday 12/13/2016
5 parent tips for picking the right video games
Updated: December 21, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - With new game consoles, mobile devices and interactive experiences arriving just in time for the holidays, video games are certain to make the “most wanted” list for gamers of all ages. With so many choices, parents can sometimes feel a little overwhelmed trying to decide which games are appropriate for their children to play.

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Monday 12/12/2016
How To Help Relieve Caregiving Stress In 2017
Updated: December 13, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—If you are one of the 34 million informal caregivers in the U.S. today, it may be wise to look beyond such things as a better diet for a New Year’s resolution and consider some new methods to help relieve stress related to caring for a loved one. Caregiving is a very important job but doing it effectively can have a major impact on both you and your loved one’s well-being. So as people make resolutions to help improve their lives, it’s a great time to consider available support to relieve your caregiver stress and ensure you are providing the best care possible.

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Friday 12/09/2016
How technology can save your love life
Updated: December 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It’s a common refrain: technology is killing our relationships. Couples have swapped date night for Netflix binging. They Candy Crush their way through an intimate conversation. They’ve replaced long walks on the beach with an all-out Facebook investigation into their friend’s cute new puppy.

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Thursday 12/08/2016
A digital safe vault to protect your information
Updated: December 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re paying for a meal, signing up to play a game on your smartphone or withdrawing money from your bank, your information is at risk. In 2016 alone, 873 data breaches exposed more than 29.8 million records containing potentially sensitive information, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.

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Wednesday 12/07/2016
Top Tech Picks For Certain People On Your List
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, show that you have the gift for giving with the latest in mobile innovation from Lenovo—the new Moto Z family and Moto Mods.

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Tuesday 12/06/2016
Game on! 5 reasons to be excited about gaming in 2017
Updated: December 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - With a forecasted value of $82 billion for 2017, video games are hotter than ever. With new technologies, classic characters and interactive worlds that become more lifelike every day, there is plenty to be excited about when it comes to video games in the new year. So whether you’re just getting into the hobby or you’re a veteran gamer looking to level up, here are the top five things to look for in video gaming in 2017.

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Shopping for small business solutions? Tech talk translations for SBOs
Updated: December 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As a small business owner, you do it all: the books, marketing, customer service, product, inventory and — oh yes — tech support. In fact, small and microbusiness owners are more likely to shoulder all tech tasks for their firms, according to a study by the National Small Business Association. Yet unless your business is IT, chances are you struggle to speak the language of business technology solutions.

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Monday 12/05/2016
4 ways your smartphone is your ultimate holiday helper this season
Updated: December 13, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The holidays have always been the elf’s time to shine. Decorating, wrapping, toy making—it’s what traditional holiday helpers spend all year prepping for. But in a world of online shopping, on-the-go recipe planning and streaming carols, a smartphone and wireless plan actually does the holidays better.

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How Drones Help Keep The Lights On
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Electricity is something that many take for granted, but without it, we wouldn’t be able to go about our everyday routines. That’s why electric companies work so hard to maintain the power grid. Today, electric companies are exploring a new way to protect the grid from any disruptions to our power.

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Friday 12/02/2016
Got Tech Neck? Here's Some Advice.
Updated: December 02, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(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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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 07, 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 06, 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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