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5 top trends for your kitchen in 2018

(BPT) - It’s your home’s focal point. The site of some of your best moments and the base of operations for entertaining — it’s your kitchen, and no room in your home is more valuable. A magnificent kitchen defines a home, and bringing your kitchen to this level means capitalizing on today’s top trends.

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Wednesday 02/07/2018
Shop Till You...Top Up Your Bank Balance
Updated: February 08, 2018 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—There’s an old saying: “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” If what you love to do is shop, here’s good news for you: You can make good money by “never working” and shopping instead.

Tuesday 02/06/2018
Fresh beginnings: Clean your bathroom faster with these tech tools
Updated: February 14, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - If you’re like most Americans, you prefer to have an immaculate bathroom — you just don’t like cleaning it.

Friday 02/02/2018
Hidden fees add up to unpleasant cellphone bill surprises
Updated: February 10, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Has this ever happened to you?

Wednesday 01/31/2018
4 tips to prepare for extended power outages
Updated: February 08, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - In the year 2018, it’s very easy to take your home's power for granted. You flick the light switch and the lights come on. Same with the television and the microwave. It's easy. And should a storm knock the power out, you expect that it will be up again in a matter of minutes or hours.

2018 remodeling trends that boost your home's value
Updated: February 08, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - A strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs will approach $340 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5 percent from estimated 2017 spending, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

Tuesday 01/30/2018
Why online eye apps may do more harm than good
Updated: February 07, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Online vision apps can be a great resource for health-related information, but if you rely on them to preserve your eye health and detect potential problems, you could be doing more harm than good, the American Optometric Association warns.

Wednesday 01/24/2018
Unique home improvements perfect for DIY
Updated: February 01, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Here’s a quick question for you: What’s your favorite DIY project you’ve ever completed? Chances are the answer pops right into your mind, and even if you’ve completed hundreds of DIY projects over the years, you probably have some that truly stand out.

Wednesday 01/10/2018
New year, new you. Be your best, most productive self in 2018
Updated: January 18, 2018 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - It's a new year, the time people traditionally take a look at what's working in their lives and what could be kicked up a notch. If you could use more productivity and efficiency in your life, you're not alone. Sometimes, it's all anyone can do to make it through the day unscathed, let alone slay every item on their to-do list.

Smart home update 2018: New products that organize your life through voice
Updated: January 18, 2018 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - The artificial intelligence that’s already taking the world by storm is ramping up even more in 2018, enabling a number of innovative new smart home tools that can make your life easier, more comfortable or just more fun.

Tuesday 01/09/2018
4 tips to organize your photos like a pro
Updated: January 17, 2018 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Are you one of those dedicated people who snap great photos at every meaningful moment of your life? And do most of those shots end up in virtual memory, filed away in a sea of unsorted images?

Saturday 01/06/2018
How to Protect Your Expensive New Smartphone
Updated: January 06, 2018 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) The latest smartphones have some cool new features, but they come with hefty price tags, and such devices are not necessarily built-to-last. The new iPhone X, for example, recently hit the market at a $1,000 starting price and experts say it’s extremely fragile.

Tuesday 01/02/2018
How to Have the Smartest Home on the Block
Updated: January 02, 2018 - 4:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - With all the talk about smart technology and connected homes, you may be wondering why you should take notice. After all, it is not that difficult or inconvenient to turn your lights on and off.

Hearing aids making use of futuristic technology
Updated: January 03, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - The primary goal of hearing aids has always been to improve speech understanding. While this hasn’t changed, manufacturers are now building Bluetooth technology in to the most advanced hearing aid microchips. This lets consumers connect to virtually any wireless electronic device.

Is A Debt-Free Life Possible?
Updated: January 02, 2018 - 4:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Leslie Balfaqih couldn't believe how much money she and her husband wasted every month. "Our financial life was a mess," Leslie says from her home in Florida.

Five Reasons To Pursue A Cybersecurity Career In 2018
Updated: January 03, 2018 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—Cybersecurity, as an industry, is one of the highest-paying, fastest-growing and most in demand in the U.S., yet there are not enough skilled professionals in the pipeline to fill open positions, leading to a sizable skills gap. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) finds that the demand for information security analysts who can prevent data breaches is expected to be very high over the next decade. From 2016−2026, BLS projects employment to grow 28 percent, with 28,400 additional jobs added by 20261.

Friday 12/22/2017
Take Preventive Steps to Avoid Frozen Pipes
Updated: December 22, 2017 - 4:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Winter is officially upon us and that means many homeowners will be paying a hefty price for not protecting their property against frozen pipes.

Thursday 12/21/2017
Seeking a smartphone? Here are 10 things to look for
Updated: December 28, 2017 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - There are many choices when shopping for a smartphone these days, and the differences can be very subtle. Here are some of the key things you’ll want to look at to make sure you find the one that works best for your needs.

4 ways to tackle the holidays with total confidence
Updated: December 29, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is the most wonderful (and busy) time of year. While the season means plenty of quality time spent with loved ones, it can also bring chaos and stress when it comes to buying gifts, coordinating travel and planning family functions.

Wednesday 12/20/2017
4 tips to 'sleigh' the holidays from SIMPLE Mobile
Updated: December 28, 2017 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - Between trips to the mall, cross-country travel and never-ending hosting duties, it can be easy to get caught up in the chaos of the holidays and forget to experience the joys the season bring. From capturing and sharing their favorite memories to booking flights and shopping for gifts, holiday shoppers rely on their smartphones to power through the holidays and need a dependable wireless network to keep them streaming and snapping all season long.

When buying hearing aids: 6 essential things to know
Updated: December 28, 2017 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - Being an informed health care consumer is hard work. There is information everywhere. But how do you sift through it and make sense of it all? And how do you know what is reliable and what isn’t?

Monday 12/18/2017
3 technology tips for last-minute gift giving
Updated: December 26, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - The holidays are a favorite time of year for many. We love decorating our homes, baking cookies, donating to our favorite charities, and listening to those classic songs we only get to enjoy a few short weeks each year. There’s all the holiday parties and celebrations. And of course, a big part of the season includes buying gifts for those we care about.

Friday 12/15/2017
Three Simple Ways To Keep Your Information Safer
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 4:35 am

(NAPSI)—It seems as though data breaches affecting millions of Americans are constantly in the news these days. If this makes you anxious about the safety of your personal information, that’s understandable.

Top Holiday Gifts for Tech Lovers
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 4:35 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, take gift-giving to the next level with the latest must-have tech from Motorola.

Thursday 12/14/2017
Winter storm power outages on the rise - 3 ways to prepare
Updated: December 22, 2017 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Winter storms can wreak havoc on roads, homes and personal lives. However, facing hours of cleaning up fallen tree limbs, shoveling snow or being cooped up inside with antsy kids might be the least of your worries. Experts predict more frequent and severe storms could lead to lengthy power outages that could affect thousands of Americans this winter storm season.

Wednesday 12/13/2017
When to introduce tech to children
Updated: December 21, 2017 - 4:39 am

(BPT) - If you're a parent with a smartphone or tablet, it didn’t take long before your little one first reached for your shiny device. If only their fingers weren't covered in slobber at the time, you may have been more willing to hand it over. The good news is that saliva is easy to wipe off! S’mores? Not so much.

Tuesday 12/12/2017
10 tips for efficient, effective home appliances
Updated: December 13, 2017 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Today’s typical family home is a buzzing hub of activity where meals are cooked, homework is done and family game nights are contested. In the background of it all: the home appliances that keep life moving along. Focusing on a few maintenance tasks can keep appliances efficient and effective.

New survey unwraps holiday photo-taking insights among U.S. families
Updated: December 20, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - A photo with family and friends — ugly sweaters and all — is a holiday tradition. But getting everyone posed in front of the fireplace is just the first step. From selecting the right settings, to taking the photo, to sending it to our loved ones, so much goes into capturing the moment. At Samsung Electronics America, this got us thinking: How are we capturing and sharing moments this holiday season?

4 steps for a foolproof guide to holiday preparation
Updated: December 20, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Although there is plenty of love circulating around the holiday season, the thought of entertaining in the comforts of your home can be a stressful factor that often feels like a massive responsibility. Luckily, culinary and design guru Athena Calderone of the popular lifestyle blog EyeSwoon can provide some advice and tips to transform you into the hostess with the mostest!

Friday 12/08/2017
Humans' intimacy with technology: Are we all becoming cyborgs?
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Do you think you could live without your mobile phone? What about the navigation and backup camera in your car? Could you drive as well without them? Could you get by without your smartwatch reminding you how often to get up from your desk to keep healthy or weather conditions for the day so you know how to dress?

8 tips to prep your home for extreme winter weather
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - As winter approaches, many cities in the U.S. have already started to experience the winter chill with temperatures below freezing and snow fall. But cold weather isn’t exclusively a northern phenomenon as the majority of the country experiences extreme temperatures at some point during the winter months. Remember in January 2014 when all 50 states logged below-freezing temperatures on the same day?

Protect Your Gear, Your Gifts And Your Memories Through The Holidays And Beyond
Updated: December 09, 2017 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—The holidays can be an exciting and frenetic time of year, full of equal parts stress and joy. A little planning and taking a few precautions can help give you peace of mind and save cherished memories.

Thursday 12/07/2017
How Can I Protect Myself From Identity Theft?
Updated: December 08, 2017 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)-While there are many advantages to living in a connected world, the rise in cybercrime poses risks to our personal information. So how can you safeguard this information while enjoying online opportunities to achieve your financial goals?

Wednesday 12/06/2017
Devices to help get the most out of your smart assistant
Posted: December 06, 2017

(BPT) - This holiday season, approximately 12 million Americans plan to purchase voice assistants as gifts, according to research from the Consumer Technology Association. People see the value these products offer, and everyone needs their own personal assistant, right?

8 gifts to enjoy all year long
Updated: December 15, 2017 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - With the holiday season in full swing, many people are heading to a local department store, or their favorite website, to tick off their holiday shopping lists. While some gifts are fun for the instant gratification they provide, it is nice to give goods that can be enjoyed for months, and years, to come.

Monday 12/04/2017
5 simple ways to survive the holiday season
Updated: December 12, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - For most of us, the holidays are the busiest time of year. From finding the best deals to stuffing stockings, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle and forget the spirit of the season. Instead of enjoying valuable time with family and friends, the holidays are often defined by a never-ending to-do list.

Studies Show Handwriting Improves Memory
Updated: December 04, 2017 - 4:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - According to a recent study at Kent State University, the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and others, using pen and paper instead of laptops to take notes boosts memory and increases the ability to retain and understand concepts. Of course, in the past, handwriting was the only option for capturing key information. But if a pencil broke or the pen stopped working, important details could be lost. Then, along came the laptop and tablet, and taking notes seemed so much easier.

Parents Want Fun, Safer Messaging Solutions for Kids
Updated: December 04, 2017 - 4:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Today, parents are increasingly allowing their children to use tablets and smartphones at younger ages. In fact, nine in ten 6-12-year-olds in the US have access to tablets or smartphones, and two out of three use tablets or smartphones on a daily basis. But parents often have questions and concerns about how their kids use them and which apps are appropriate.

Smart Home Savvy: 6 Ways to Add Technology to Your Living Spaces
Updated: December 04, 2017 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) A smart, connected home is what’s in style. In fact, since 2014, research shows smart technology has increased in priority during renovations, especially for first-time home buyers.

Thursday 11/30/2017
Buckle up for the new passenger economy
Updated: December 08, 2017 - 4:33 am

6 tech tips to make the most of your holidays
Updated: December 08, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - When you think of the holidays and what is most important, it invariably comes back to the people. They are the ones you travel hundreds of miles — or just a few steps! — to see. They are the friends and family who help make memories and celebrate the season.

Wednesday 11/29/2017
5 hacks to save time and money during the holidays
Updated: December 07, 2017 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - The holidays are a wonderful time of year to spend with family and friends, and to reconnect with those you may not often see. However, the festive season can also be a busy and expensive time. By January, many are left feeling exhausted physically, emotionally and financially. But don’t let the stress of the season stand in the way of the magic — follow these easy tips and tricks to enjoy a more relaxing and joyful holiday season.

Monday 11/27/2017
3D Printing Makes Safer, Stronger Airline Parts
Updated: November 27, 2017 - 4:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - The aerospace industry is getting a boost in manufacturing its parts, making them safer and stronger, through a revolutionary new approach called 3D printing or "additive" manufacturing - a process which was invented at MIT in the late 1980s.

Are you a serious watcher?
Updated: December 05, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Remember when you had to stand up and turn the dial through a mere three or four stations to watch what were really pretty mediocre shows?

Your House is More Attractive Than You Realize!
Updated: November 27, 2017 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Beyond keeping your refrigerator art in place, you may not think about magnets all that often, but, magnets are the driving force behind many products you use every day.

Friday 11/24/2017
5 tips for entrepreneurs to keep customers engaged
Updated: December 02, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Entrepreneurs, it’s time to stop and give yourself a pat on the back. Small business owners know it’s a life that can be high stress and sometimes even uncertain. But here’s one encouraging fact: Small businesses are doing a lot to keep Americans employed and the economy humming.

Wednesday 11/22/2017
Smart Ways To Enhance The Holiday
Updated: November 23, 2017 - 4:35 am

(NAPSI)—This year, you may be thankful for something extra amidst the holiday chaos: smartphone technology that offers an extra helping hand.

Tuesday 11/21/2017
How to Save on Mobile Devices this Holiday Season
Updated: November 21, 2017 - 4:35 am

(StatePoint) Holiday spending is expected to rise this year over last, according to the National Retail Federation. While you may be budgeting for a more expensive season in some ways, keep in mind that when upgrading mobile devices for yourself or loved ones, you don’t necessarily need to go brand new and pay a premium.

Monday 11/20/2017
Smarten up your holiday wish list with these must-have gadgets
Updated: November 28, 2017 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - With the hectic pace of today's busy lifestyles, is it really all that surprising that people everywhere are craving new smart technologies? After all, life basically demands that you save time and money wherever you can, and smart technologies utilized in your home deliver both. It's easy, right?

5 tips for scoring the best Black Friday electronics
Updated: November 28, 2017 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - If you’re already looking forward to scouting out the best Black Friday deals, you’re clearly far from alone. Each year, many Americans look forward to the thrill of the hunt when it comes to securing the best bargains retailers can offer.