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home : life : tech talk June 29, 2016

5 things that will be obsolete thanks to our smartphones
(BPT) - Your smartphone is quite the clutter buster. The number of tools and devices it packs into one processor that slides neatly into your hip pocket is pretty astounding when you think about it. You have a compass, a navigator, a phone book and a camera to equip you for any adventure. In the ... More >>


The right technology services are the key to killer customer service
(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 aban... More >>


Online school: Taking the road less traveled to academic success
(BPT) - K-12 education has evolved. What used to be a linear path to academic success has expanded to a variety of nontraditional options for families and students looking to chart their own course in and after school. Schools that leverage online learning, such as full-time virtual schools, make i... More >>


Video games to big screen reboots, '90s nostalgia rules pop culture this summer
(BPT) - Every decade gets two moments in the sun it seems - when the years actually occur, and when they're fashionably retro. In the twenty-teens, it looks like everything 90s is hot again.The influence of the 90s is showing up virtually everywhere in pop culture in 2016, from reboots of movies an... More >>


Does your door lock protect against this break-in method?
(BPT) - From self-driving cars to Snapchat, digital technology continues to transform almost every aspect of our lives. While these big-ticket smart items make the headlines, many homeowners are more interested in how smart technology can be used to increase their level of home security.Today, adva... More >>


Lawn technology gifts for Mom and Dad
(BPT) - Whether it's for Father's Day, Mother's Day, a birthday or just to show your appreciation, it's always a struggle to come up with gift ideas for your parents. This is especially the case when parents claim they have everything they need and prefer to do things their own way.One of those thi... More >>


Smart jewelry: The fashion-forward way to stay connected
(BPT) - Jewelry has signified the bonds between people since the ancient Egyptians created the wedding band. But the digital revolution is quickly converting jewelry from a symbol of connection to wireless ways to stay connected. Rings, watches, pendants - even cufflinks - have been transformed i... More >>


What is HDR? [Infographic]
(BPT) - HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and it’s one of the biggest advances in TV picture quality in years. HDR is a TV content format that brings you brilliant brights and darker darks, and a wider palette of colors, reproducing images that are true to life. ... More >>


Award-winning interior designer reveals 5 ways to a must-have media room
(BPT) - It's hard to believe that at one time, Americans watched television by huddling around a small box with poor picture quality and sound. Even nicer televisions were tucked in the corner of living rooms where noise from the kitchen, kids running around the house and other distractions constan... More >>


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Trouble hearing? Why you need to do more than just turn up the volume
(BPT) - Approximately 20 percent of Americans live with hearing loss, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America. If you’re among them, you may think all you need to do in order to hear better is to turn up the volume. But many factors make up hearing, including sound quality, clari... More >>


Classroom technology unites students nationwide, ushers in new learning experience
(BPT) - When Cyndi Roberts steps into her classroom in Columbus, Ohio, her 19 students finish their conversations and get ready to start the day's lesson. Like a scene from a high-tech science fiction film, she's followed by voice-activated motion-detection cameras as she greets 14 people in the se... More >>


Save money and safeguard your family with smart devices
(BPT) - Smart homes make life easier and more convenient. Who wouldn't love being able to control lighting, entertainment and temperature from their couch — or from anywhere for that matter? Whether you're at work or on vacation, smart devices alert you to what's going on at home and help you... More >>


5 ways to give back and support a good cause using social media
(BPT) - Today, it's easier than ever to stay up-to-date on current events, maintain a close connection with family and friends and to share your views with the world — all thanks to the power of social media.  The convenience that platforms like Facebook and Twitter provide is now m... More >>


Tech-buying tips: How to give grads the No. 1 item on their gift wish list
(BPT) - Cash, new wheels, dream travel, gift cards - what will you be giving the graduates in your life this year? Chances are good, what they really want is a laptop; 51 percent of high school grads and 43 percent of college graduates said a new laptop was the gift they most desired in 2015, accor... More >>


5 innovations in homebuilding everyone is talking about
(BPT) - In the last 10 years, televisions have become flatter, video rental stores have nearly disappeared and phones have become devices that are more like a computer than a phone.There’s good reason that when most people think about changes in technology, they tend to think about the digita... More >>


Certified coders in high demand following ICD-10 implementation
(BPT) - Nine years ago, Peter Esswein, a resident of Sandy Springs, Georgia, enrolled in a health information technology degree program at DeVry University to capitalize on the growing prominence of electronic medical records."I always wanted to work in the medical industry, and the time was right ... More >>


The right way to wash your workout gear
(BPT) - If you’re finding more stains on your clothes because the weather is warming up, you’re not alone. You may find yourself doing more loads of laundry during the summer, when outdoor activities like hiking and sports are likely to cause extra stains.To help you take on your growin... More >>


People are discovering a new way to boost their portfolio
(BPT) - As a volatile market sends ripples through the global economy, many investors are worried about how events overseas will impact their portfolio. In addition, concerns about political instability in much of the world have contributed to a heightened sense of worry and stress among investors.... More >>


Top tips for recycling tossed-aside tech
(BPT) - Do you know what to do with that old computer monitor sitting in storage? What should you do with a retired PC or tablet? If the items cluttering your home were newsprint, plastic bottles or aluminum cans, you would know exactly what to do with them — recycle! But if you’re unsu... More >>


Simple solution to maximize your car's performance
(BPT) - Are you the type of driver who pushes the accelerator a little harder on the curves of a back-country road? Are you a person who smiles as they approach a new terrain or road condition you’ve never conquered before? If so, you’re a performance seeker. A person who is consta... More >>


3 ways today's lawn equipment is more like your car
(BPT) - The cars of today aren’t quite your father’s car. While that’s not a surprise given the rise in new technology for the automotive sector, what some homeowners may find surprising is the level of technology with items in the garage next to the car — like the lawn equi... More >>


5 tips for mastering your first phone interview
(BPT) - The path to professional success often begins with a phone interview. In fact, 82 percent of HR managers and working professionals say that phone skills are key to both landing a job and maintaining a sustainable career, according to research from TracFone. For those looking to secure their... More >>


Smart cellphone security tips for seniors
(BPT) - Seniors are one of the five groups most at-risk for identity theft, according to a report from U.S. News & World Report. Because your cellphone or smartphone likely contains personal information about you that may include your name, home address, phone number and financial account informati... More >>


Advancements in computer technology: Why you should care
(BPT) - Several years ago, computer chip company Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) saw that consumers' needs for technology were changing. As people relied more heavily on their computers for work and entertainment purposes, AMD realized its technology needed to respond to the evolving way that people i... More >>


The one test that can improve your health today
(BPT) - When you provide just one sample of your DNA, researchers are able to use it to learn more about your health history, assess your chances of contracting certain diseases and even gain a better understanding of the importance family history can play in your health outlook. It sounds futurist... More >>


How will you remember the most important moments of your life? [Infographic]
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