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5 ways to treat your family (and yourself) and save money this holiday

(BPT) - The holidays are a cheerful time of year, but the season also comes with increased spending — from purchasing gifts to holiday gatherings and travel. And, while most are shopping for gifts for others, recent research shows that more than half of shoppers are also buying for themselves, adding further to the shopping list.[1] There’s no better time than now to plan for holiday gift shopping in order to scoop up the best deals. 

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Tuesday 11/13/2018
AI Meets Hip Hop in Innovative Music Partnership
Posted: November 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - DigiTrax Entertainment, a pioneer in the music technology industry, brings its artificial intelligence (AI) expertise to the popular hip-hop segment.

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How to Stretch Your Holiday Budget by Saving on Mobile Devices
Posted: November 13, 2018

(StatePoint) With this year’s holiday spending expected to rise over last year, according to the National Retail Federation estimates, you may be planning to spend more on décor, gift-giving and travel. If your seasonal plans also include upgrading mobile devices for yourself or for loved ones, keep in mind that you can make room in your budget for those other holiday expenditures by not paying the price for a brand-new model.

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Monday 11/12/2018
Digital Cash Can Aid Marital Money Management
Posted: November 12, 2018

(NewsUSA) - You may be happy with your honey, but the happiest of couples can argue over money.

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The Ultimate Gift for Golf Gurus
Posted: November 12, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Coming up with clever holiday gifts is always a challenge, especially for someone who "has everything." However, ways to get creative include gifts that provide experiences, not just things to accumulate. Think of enjoying a craft beer or wine of the month, flying a drone or model plane, shushing down the slopes on a customized snowboard, or playing a classic arcade game.

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Thursday 11/08/2018
4 Tech Mistakes Stealing Employee Productivity
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When you’re running a small business, the productivity of your employees can make or break you.

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3 technology challenges for entrepreneurs and how to handle them
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As a small business owner, you face many challenges. From stiff competition for customers to getting your name out there in a crowded marketplace and of course, balancing your budget, there’s always something new that needs your attention.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
The Cord-Cutter's Dilemma
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You’ve made the decision to cut the cord. Now, how can you continue to enjoy all your favorite shows in a cost-effective and convenient manner?

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5 steps to tackling technology and raising your Gen Z child
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

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5 compelling reasons to make prepaid wireless service part of your household budget
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Out with the old and in with the new is the mantra most people live by in the smartphone age. New apps, new styles, new functionality, they all have you running to get an upgrade as quickly as possible.

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Sunday 11/04/2018
The stats are in: Credit card fraud is down 75 percent because of chip technology
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The whole idea behind integrating EMV® chips into credit and debit cards was to make transactions safer and more secure for consumers and merchants. A recent report by Visa shows that it has hit the mark. Visa took a look at the numbers, comparing chip card use by consumers and adoption by merchants from the initial rollout of chip cards in 2015 to now.

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Thursday 11/01/2018
How parents can encourage and support imaginative play
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Play is a child’s work, and it comes naturally to kids. While we often focus on how a child’s intellectual abilities are coming along, the role of imaginative play in childhood development is often overlooked.

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Low-Cost Internet Program Helps Connect Families, Veterans
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:40 am

(NewsUSA) - Most of us can't imagine life without Internet service at home. We use it every day for news and entertainment, as well as to research healthcare options for our families; to connect with friends and family; to search and apply for jobs, scholarships, or schools; or to shop and save time.

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Tips For Having A Smart Move
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—Every year, some 40 million Americans move into a new home. If you’re one of them, consider taking steps to ensure your move is a smart one:

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Monday 10/29/2018
Smart Ways to Protect Your Smartphone
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:54 am

(StatePoint) When you check out the latest smartphones from Apple, Google or Samsung, you’ll notice they have something in common: glass designs. Why? Glass allows for wireless charging, better connection signals, bigger display screens, and truth be told, glass feels great and looks beautiful. But these features come with a price -- durability. Compared to metal or plastic, glass cracks, shatters, scratches and can get slippery.

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Thursday 10/25/2018
Make your tailgating party the hotspot
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Tailgates down! Portable grills are full of mascot-stamped brats ready to be washed down by the contents of ice cold coolers. The scene includes enough family and friends to leave no leftovers behind. Rivalry-fueled rhetoric, bag toss tournaments and face painting mark one of the most anticipated traditions of the year.

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Wednesday 10/17/2018
3D printing is reimagining the way we live today
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When additive manufacturing technology — better known as 3D printing — was first invented more than 30 years ago it was intended to make the product design and manufacturing process more efficient. At that time, 3D printing was used primarily as a way to create prototypes to validate and perfect product design, but the inventor, Chuck Hull, had no idea how it would change the way we live.

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Tuesday 10/16/2018
5 tips to plan the perfect game day
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You’ve waited all summer for this but now it’s finally here again — the sports season trifecta. That’s right, football season, post-season baseball, the return of hockey and new professional and college basketball seasons on the horizon are all happening at once. It’s a sports-lover’s dream and for you there’s no better way to spend the upcoming weekends than at home watching your favorite team play. But is the environment in which you and your friends enjoy the game up to the level of the event itself? If it isn’t, consider these five tips to up your in-home game-day experience this year:

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Thursday 10/11/2018
3 alarming places where germs are hiding in your kitchen
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Your kitchen may look clean, but here’s the dirt on what’s really happening. Although a quick daily clean might keep some of the bacteria at bay, it’s important to remember that germs are lurking in the dark corners often overlooked! Since the kitchen tends to be where family and friends congregate, not only is it alarming to discover that things may not be as clean as you thought they were, bacteria can come in contact with the food you eat. That raises your risk of getting sick.

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Wednesday 10/10/2018
Simplicity and savings trigger flip phone comeback
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The good old-fashioned flip phone is enjoying a quiet resurgence, with sales having increased by 5 percent in 2017. While they’re not exactly poised to overtake the popularity of the iPhone, these venerable devices retain a timeless appeal for those who prefer the simple convenience of using a cellphone primarily for making and receiving calls, and with older users who find smartphones unnecessarily complex for their needs.

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Tuesday 10/09/2018
Fun and accessible STEM resources for kids
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Inspiring kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) now could help prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that occupations related to STEM are projected to grow 13 percent by 2022 — faster than projections for all other occupations over the same time.

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Get Back To Loving Your Digital Life After A Hack
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—Learning you’ve been hacked can be a bummer. Luckily, Allstate believes your online information is just as important as your home or car. To help you learn more about managing your digital footprint, visit www.HiddenWorldOfData.com, which is a hub of educational resources. You can learn more about where your data goes and how to better manage your data privacy and prevent any negative missteps. So whether you’ve been hacked or just want to take the right steps to prevent it from happening, Allstate has your back.

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Wednesday 10/03/2018
Make a fashion statement ... with hearing aids?
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When thinking about fashionable accessories, images of jewelry, scarves, ties or glasses may come to mind. You might even think of the growing number of wearable technology options like earbuds or smartwatches, offering useful and sleek accessories. In any case, hearing aids are often the last thing people think of when it comes to fashion.

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Open for business but also open for hackers?
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Protection against cyber attacks is crucial for any small business. A surprising report says that the average small business website is attacked by bots 44 times a day; however, many small businesses can’t picture themselves as a target. It’s easy to think that only large companies are subject to cyber threats, and therefore, overlook developing cybersecurity systems and tools due to cost and lack of resources. Thus, this is the exact reason why hackers will target small businesses — they are expecting to find weaknesses. It is essential for small businesses to protect their data, develop backup measures, and build recovery plans to counteract cyber threats in order to reduce the risk of losing everything they've worked so hard to build.

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Avoid chilling accidents with these tips to winterize your home
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Winter will be here before you know it. The season has a way of sneaking up on you and before you realize you’re not ready, the first chilling breezes have already arrived.

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Tuesday 10/02/2018
Simple steps to stay healthy during cold and flu season
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - With cold and flu season just around the corner you might think there isn't much you can do to prepare for the inevitable aches and achoos. A few small changes in your routine and at home can go a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy all season long.

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Monday 10/01/2018
Technology Breakthroughs Drive Clean Energy Success
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Ongoing concerns about reducing carbon emissions and identifying clean energy sources continue to drive demand for clean energy products and support the development of technology that produces them.

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Thursday 09/27/2018
Integrate accessories for added luxury
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Accessories bring a sense of purpose into a space and, with thoughtful selection, can transform a room into an elevated experience. When used creatively and in unexpected ways, they add the perfect finishing touch to a space and can transform the overall aesthetic and design. From hardware to purposefully placed décor, integrate accessories artfully and functionally to achieve beauty and balance for an even more luxurious space.

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Tuesday 09/25/2018
Using data to deliver better customer experience
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Today, food delivery competition has expanded from traditional restaurants to include local grocery stores and data-driven giants like Amazon. To stand out, companies need a competitive differentiator. Domino’s, founded in 1960, cut through the increased competition’s crust and remains one of the largest pizza companies in the world because it recognizes this.

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Wednesday 09/19/2018
The Top-10 Most Reviewed Software Categories
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—Getting the right software for your company doesn’t have to be hard if you heed the recent research.

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Tuesday 09/18/2018
5 Tips to Bring Your Home’s Wi-Fi ‘Dead Zones’ to life
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:54 am

(StatePoint) Whether it’s to stream a movie from the bedroom or lock the front door using smart home technology, you’ve likely come to expect Wi-Fi to reach every corner of your house. The reality is that there are certain locations in many homes where Internet-connected devices and smartphones are unable to receive a steady Wi-Fi signal (or any signal at all) from the router. These sad places are called “dead zones.”

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Friday 09/14/2018
It's anniversary time for this fun-loving digital dragon
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - What entertained you in the 90’s? Was it the last episode of Seinfeld? The first episode of Friends or big, exciting adventure films like Titanic, Saving Private Ryan or Armageddon? Maybe you remember something else, and no, we don't mean heading out to the mall in your flannel, your overalls, and your jelly shoes.

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Wednesday 09/12/2018
3 questions to ask when looking for your new HVAC unit
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - If you subscribe to the belief that your home is your castle, then you naturally expect to be comfortable in that castle, right? Whether it’s the middle of winter or the dog days of summer, your home’s HVAC system plays a vital role in supporting this comfort, so if you’re in the market for a new system, here are three questions you should ask before purchasing your new system.

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Tuesday 09/11/2018
How This Startup Will Kill The Banner Ad
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:40 am

(NewsUSA) - It has been 25 years since the first banner ad hit the internet. Yet, while the web has changed nearly every other aspect of our society, the way companies advertise online is still stuck in the stone age.

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Monday 09/10/2018
5 back-to-school savings tips for parents
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Back-to-school season is in full swing and parents are busy completing their shopping lists. Between new books, school supplies and the latest gadgets, sticking to a back-to-school budget is no small feat. Financial columnist, broadcaster and author Peter Dunn, known nationally as “Pete the Planner,” has some great, deal-savvy shopping tips to help you find the best values and save money during this back-to-school shopping season.

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Friday 09/07/2018
6 ways public broadcasting serves local communities
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Nonprofit broadcasting outlets keep families connected to their community, informed on the news of the day and entertained regardless of age, gender or demographic background.

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Thursday 09/06/2018
Ohio Debuts New Way To Play The Lottery
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:54 am

(NAPSI)—As an Ohioan, the road to riches can be in the palm of your hand.

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A Beloved Dog, A Stolen Car And...A Happy Ending
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—It started out as a normal day for Mary Harrison—until she briefly left her car running outside of her home with her shih tzu Molly in the backseat and went inside for just a second.

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Wednesday 09/05/2018
3 Tips (Including Virtual Reality) For Avoiding Home Improvement Blunders
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:42 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - Want proof of how carefully you need to weigh the alternatives before making upgrades to your home?

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Tuesday 09/04/2018
Tips for staying connected on Grandparents Day
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Being a grandparent is a joyful experience, but one of the hurdles can be staying connected with family, especially as a first-time grandparent. With an affordable smartphone and reliable wireless network, grandparents can easily capture and share the special moments that matter, no matter the distance.

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Tuesday 08/28/2018
Why kids have a shortage of free time and what parents can do about it
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - A typical school night can get pretty hectic. Once the kids get home, there’s a scramble to get to after-school activities, then dinner and finally, homework.

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Monday 08/20/2018
6 tips for throwing the best party of the year
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - There's always one magical gathering every year that has everyone talking long after it's over. It's about getting people together, enjoying good food, music, and cocktails, and creating memories that will linger long after the last guest goes home.

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Hearing better on and off the stage
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

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Friday 08/17/2018
3 trends that can stimulate small business growth
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Small businesses are far more influential than most people may realize.

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Thursday 08/16/2018
Knowledge is power: Tips to help children better understand our connected world
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Technology has rapidly changed the way we live over the past 30 years. Where people once turned strictly to their televisions to watch their favorite shows or play video games, people can now access their favorite entertainment, anytime and anywhere — thanks to smart devices and a WiFi connection.

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Wednesday 08/15/2018
New technology promotes healthy aging in place
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As millions of baby boomers reach their golden years, they’re changing the world yet again, this time by driving a booming market in senior-friendly aging-in-place technologies. From simple wearable devices to high-tech monitoring systems, the list of gadgets designed to help aging boomers stay independent is extensive and growing.

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Friday 08/10/2018
New Solution Helps Parents Manage Kids' Device Use at Home
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:41 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Nearly three quarters of parents wish they had a way to turn off their children's Wi-Fi access, according to results of a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research for Comcast.

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Thursday 08/09/2018
The ABCs of Finance Apps
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:42 am

(NewsUSA) - As back-to-school time sets in, personal finance becomes more complicated for many families. Some have students away from home for the first time, others have expenses for tuition, and of course the many purchases associated with the start of school: backpacks, lunch bags, clothes, books, dorm room furnishings, not to mention the tech gear - phones, tablets, laptops, and don't forget extra chargers.

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Wednesday 08/08/2018
How Accurate is Your Weather Forecast?
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:54 am

(StatePoint) The weather is not just an idle topic for chit chat. It matters. Particularly when you have a vested business interest in the outcome, or you simply want to make plans for the next few hours or days.

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Tuesday 08/07/2018
Safety App Empowers Students, Offers Peace of Mind for Parents
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:40 am

(NewsUSA) - Sending the kids to college means letting go, but it doesn't mean disconnecting, especially when it comes to safety.

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