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home : greenwood living : tech talk September 30, 2014


Take these steps to keep your kid's information secure on school computers
(BPT) - A lot has changed since you were in school. Your children don’t listen to the same types of music you enjoyed, and they certainly dress differently despite your protests.They learn differently as well.Today’s classrooms are no longer focused on chalkboards and lectures. Digital ... (click to continue...)


Cellphones, batteries, computers: Simple ways to recycle electronics and reduce e-waste
(BPT) - Reduce, reuse, recycle – it’s a mantra we’ve known for decades. While Americans understand the benefits of recycling bottles, cans and paper, they aren’t as savvy when it comes to recycling electronics. Between cellphones, tablets, computers and other consumer electr... (click to continue...)


Preparing for cyber warfare
(BPT) - Recently, emboldened Russian hackers breached the systems of power plants across the United States and Western Europe. In June, Chinese hackers attempted to gain access to several U.S. power plant operation control systems. And in May, the Department of Homeland Security announced hackers h... (click to continue...)


Basement flooded? This device could have prevented damage by shutting off water at the source
(BPT) - If you think water damage isn’t a real threat for millions of Americans, consider this: water damage caused $9.1 billion in annual homeowner property losses over a three-year period, according to a 2011 ACE Insurance Underwriters study. Despite that, many people don’t worry abou... (click to continue...)


3 tips to keep technology safe and accessible while traveling
(BPT) - Are you dreaming of a vacation? Whether you’re planning a family trip, a romantic getaway for two, or a solo adventure, technology will likely be by your side. But using technology while away often requires some advance prep to reduce potential disruptions to your personal services, i... (click to continue...)


Addressing a new era in security: how to protect your business from the inside out
(BPT) - During the first 43 days of 2014, the Identity Theft Resource Center said 91 data breaches were reported by companies across the country, and the full list doesn’t just show household names of big brand retailers – many of these companies were small businesses, family medical pr... (click to continue...)


Must-have technology is making bathrooms healthier, safer, more enjoyable
(BPT) - Think home technology begins with your wireless, programmable thermostat and ends with the high-definition, 3-D, web-enabled flat-screen TV with surround sound? Think again – whole home technology means using leading-edge devices to improve life in every room of the house, including t... (click to continue...)


Protecting your kid's data starts with you
(BPT) - To succeed in today’s classrooms, students must be more than book smart - they must be digital learners as well. Modern technology such as e-books, online tutorial programs, educational social media options and apps are providing access to personalized learning opportunities which wer... (click to continue...)


Librarians: unsung heroes of the digital age
(BPT) - There has been a substantial increase in students taking online college courses, changing significantly how modern learners access information, and librarians have adjusted to keep pace with an ever increasing demand for knowledge in the digital age.Recent data on college attendance show th... (click to continue...)


Modern parents look to mobile devices for hassle-free meals
(BPT) - Between managing careers, navigating the rigors of parenthood, handling the daily to-do list, and finding time to stay in touch with friends, it’s no wonder modern moms and dads are always on the lookout for simple solutions to make life a little less hectic. Luckily, the age of mobil... (click to continue...)


Fact or fiction? What you need to know about today's TVs
(BPT) - By this time every year, TV manufacturers have released their new lineups - complete with the newfangled technologies and new looks. After months of seeing prototypes and concepts, now is the time when TV lovers can get their hands on these models and show them off in their living rooms.The... (click to continue...)


Keep your family organized with these helpful tips
(BPT) - These days, more is expected of working families than ever before. Families with two working parents are now the norm, and in addition to full-time jobs, parents still have errands to run, youth activities to attend and a house to maintain. So how do you do it all? How do you keep your fami... (click to continue...)


Must-have supplies for a successful year at college
(BPT) - Packing up the bedroom and leaving for college comes with the promise of a semester of learning, meeting new friends and future peers, and good college fun.In addition to the clothes and household goods that will be packed into the car, there are some other items every college-bound student... (click to continue...)


Top trends in smart home technology for 2015 and beyond
(BPT) - Home is where the heart is, and now thanks to home automation, it’s also where technology thrives. More people want smart home features that let them control their spaces while increasing energy efficiency and cutting waste. In fact, the smart home market is forecasted to hit $12.8 bi... (click to continue...)


Small businesses using tablets do more, faster and better
Small businesses spend an average of $192,000 a year on technology, according to Spiceworks’ State of SMB IT survey. While that figure is a drop in the bucket for most large corporations, for smaller businesses it represents a huge investment. Small-business owners continue to seek ways to ge... (click to continue...)


Game on: Kid tested, parent approved?
(BPT) - It is no secret that kids love video games - they’re exciting, fun and engrossing. As a parent, you worry about the negative effects of screen time. Nevertheless, many video games are not only fun, but also build and strengthen cognitive development - skills in problem solving, reason... (click to continue...)


The popularity boom of digital comics in the U.S. [Infographic]
(BPT) - Since 1765, cartoons have been a part of society in the United States. Through the innovation of technology, their popularity has increased over the years. What were once stationary images have grown into a burgeoning industry with hundreds of millions of fans around the world. Digital comi... (click to continue...)


Nomophobia: When a modern smartphone affliction leads to addiction
(BPT) - Everyday technology consumes everyone’s lives as the phone, computer, tablet and other high tech devices have become not just an object, but also a close companion. And for those who are extremely connected to their devices, going without them, even for only a few minutes, can be an a... (click to continue...)


You could be losing money - if you don't recycle that old smartphone [Infographic]
(BPT) - Although most Americans know that a variety of items around the house, such as clothes and jewelry, can quickly translate into cash, many don’t realize they’re wasting space and leaving money on the table by hoarding their old electronic devices. Younger device owners (18-49 yea... (click to continue...)


Exciting STEM careers and opportunities aplenty in the Navy
(BPT) - There’s a big push for students to excel in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and for good reason. The careers available to students pursuing degrees in these areas present students with plenty of exciting and challenging opportunities. What you might n... (click to continue...)


High-tech gift ideas for grads that won't break the bank
(BPT) - Graduation season is here with high school and college grads eagerly awaiting commencement so they can start the next big chapter of life. This also means a lot of graduation celebrations for friends and family near and far. This year, show your support and go beyond the typical gift of a c... (click to continue...)


Make it easy: Tips for staying productive this summer
(BPT) - With the warm weather putting beach and barbecue plans in full swing, it can be tough to stay productive during the summer months. The key to getting it all done lies in finding the right device that makes work portable, so you can enjoy the sun without needing to be glued to your office. T... (click to continue...)


Man's best digital friend? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Move over, Fido. Man has a new best friend. Americans have redefined their relationships with television, seeing their TV less as an entertainment device and more as a companion, according to a new national consumer study. Findings show that 60 percent of American consumers leave the TV on ... (click to continue...)


Five ways to save big money on your cellphone bill
(BPT) - Cellphone plans these days can top $100 or even $200 a month, once you include the cost of data. That’s a lot of cash just to stay connected.Fortunately, consumers can take a few easy steps to slash their bills - without sacrificing quality.1. Switch to a no-contract provider &nb... (click to continue...)


How 'big data' is changing your movie-viewing experience
(BPT) - What do personalized movie-kiosk offerings, marketing campaigns and Godzilla all have in common? The obvious answer is “the movie industry,” but another equally important common element ties all three together: they’re all the product of big data.“Simply put, big dat... (click to continue...)


Thinking about crypto mining? Get started today!
(BPT) - Solving math problems, earning some money and doing it all while you sleep – sounds like a good deal right? Crypto-miners are doing just that, and you can join the club. All you need is a computer, some hardware and electricity.Bitcoin mining has been around since 2009. It involves th... (click to continue...)


5 things parents should be aware of when it comes to kids and digital devices
  (BPT) - From the moment your kids get up in the morning and turn on cartoons, to the second they finish playing on their iPad before bed, their eyes are looking at digital devices almost nonstop. The blue-light high-energy wavelength emitted from these devices’ screens can damage ... (click to continue...)


Start your day smart [Infographic]
(BPT) - Smart technology has a big impact on your day-to-day life. How big? The following infographic can show you just how smart technology can improve efficiency in your home, offering you options and saving you money. ... (click to continue...)


Have you gone mobile with your money? Survey says most Americans have
(BPT) - Smartphones have become an essential part of everyday life; from texting and email to social media, Americans rely heavily on their mobile devices. If your mobile phone was taken away, how long could you survive without it?The answer may surprise you: nearly half (47 percent) of U.S. consum... (click to continue...)


It's what's inside your tablet that really matters [Infographic]
(BPT) - When shopping for tablets, screen size is important, but it’s what’s inside that really matters, especially in the way you plan to use the tablet. Check out the four things you should carefully consider before deciding on the perfect tablet for you. ... (click to continue...)



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