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home : life : tech talk April 15, 2014

Facing brain surgery? Know all your options
(BPT) - Fear is a normal reaction when you’ve just been told your headaches and blurry vision are symptoms of a brain tumor which is serious enough that you will need treatment. Whether you’re facing the prospect of brain cancer or another neurological problem, it’s important to f... Read More


Is bracket-busting technology the key to victory?
(BPT) - Each year technology has a greater impact on our lives and that may be most visible in the world of sports. Long-time sports fans have witnessed the advent of new protective equipment, slow motion playbacks and officials using instant replay to determine the correct call in major sporting e... Read More


Modern technology rescues backyard pool-time fun
(BPT) - Technology  has made the world a very different place than it was just one, five or 10 years ago. Film cameras, handwritten letters and portable CD players, all have been replaced by newer, more efficient inventions.These advancements have improved so many facets of our lives, it reall... Read More


Technology playing a bigger role in what families eat each month
(BPT) - Restaurants play a key role in most family’s weekly – and sometimes daily – routine. When families take advantage of a restaurant – either by dining out, taking food to go or ordering delivery – what can they expect on the menu? Increasingly, it’s healthi... Read More


How your car's computers can improve your gas mileage
(BPT) - Your right foot holds the key to better gas mileage. How aggressively you apply the gas or brakes affects how frequently you have to stop for fuel. And driving style is even more important with today’s cars as the spread between a vehicle’s best and worst mileage may be 10 mpg o... Read More


Transforming the world: A new program fosters the next generation of leaders
(BPT) - What will be the world’s next big innovation? Whether it’s a cure for a disease that has plagued the world for generations or a new tool that makes life easier, one thing is for sure: science and technology will play a role in its creation.To encourage high school students and p... Read More


Cyber warfare and information dominance: maintaining superiority in the Information Age
(BPT) - In a highly networked world, information is everywhere – easier to access and increasingly exploitable.Today’s technological advancements make information both a formidable weapon and a constant threat – to the point that it has evolved into a type of warfare all its own. ... Read More


To-do list 2.0: How high-tech is making household chores easier than ever
(BPT) - Each week, the average person spends between 10 and 20 hours doing yard work and other tasks around the home, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While necessary, these routine tasks don’t exactly fit neatly into today’s busy, on-the-go lifestyles, which is why technolo... Read More


Olympic hopefuls go for gold with virtual school
(BPT) - Thirteen year-old Vincent Zhou is the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Junior Men’s National Champion. He dreams of one day representing the United States in the Olympics. Zhou, of Southern California, is a ninth-grader at Capistrano Connections Academy, where, despite his rigorous training s... Read More


New laws emerge as technology impacts cars and driving
(BPT) - Have you ever felt that new technologies, from smartphones to Internet apps, are moving so fast that it’s hard to keep up?You’re not alone. Many Americans feel overwhelmed by new technology. One-third of adults in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and China said they ... Read More


Entertaining tips and tricks: Do game day right this spring
(BPT) - Spring is one of the best times of the year for many reasons. The light at the end of winter’s tunnel, it conjures images of beaches, picnics, barbecues and more. For sports fans, it’s also one of the busiest times of the year. Professional baseball is just getting started, the ... Read More


Knowing when to repair or replace three of your home's major systems - the furnace, air conditioner and water heater
(BPT) - If your furnace, air conditioner or water heater is not working properly, you probably notice it long before you actually inspect the appliance itself. You know because those winter mornings are a little too cold, those July days are a little too hot or your morning showers are chillier tha... Read More


Benefits of cochlear implants in older adults go beyond restored hearing
(BPT) - As a private pilot and frequent commercial passenger, John Walkup’s hearing worsened over a number of years. But during one memorable airline flight, he suddenly lost most of his hearing, leading to enormous life changes.The impact of his hearing loss went beyond simply not being able... Read More


Staying smart with new smartphones in 2014 [Infographic]
(BPT) - A new Electronics Buyer Survey from FatWallet (by TNS Global) reveals that three out of four American adults plan to buy electronics in 2014. Nearly half are likely buy a new smartphone, choosing Android over iPhone. Whether tempted by March sales, smart trade-in offers from Walmart, Best B... Read More


Science and technology giving outdoor power tools a Millennial twist
(BPT) - The modern world runs on batteries. Portable smartphones, tablets, computers, e-readers and more have revolutionized how everyone communicates. The same is becoming true for household chores. Today’s line-up of innovative devices make maintaining a home’s outdoor spaces easy, fa... Read More


Boomers embrace technology to facilitate more graceful aging
(BPT) - Generation X and Millennials get credit for being the most tech-savvy generations, but a growing group of baby boomers are demonstrating that the generation gap has nothing to do with digital know-how. Folks 50 and older are embracing technology to help them age more gracefully than ever.Wh... Read More


Working adults plug into online education
(BPT) - Many working adults begin using technology from the moment their alarm clocks go off. From checking emails on a tablet over morning coffee, to sending out social media posts from a smartphone before they get into the office, technology allows people to be efficient and stay connected anytim... Read More


Stay ahead of cybercriminals: use caution and common sense online
(BPT) - Cybercrime is everywhere these days. It happens in the dead of night, in broad daylight, in homes, hotels, restaurants and airports.In fact, due to the explosion of online transactions, social media and mobile technology, it can happen almost anywhere at any time. The good news, however, is... Read More


No more road rage: How smart cities and driverless cars make life better for everyone
(BPT) - Driverless cars, delivery drones and smart buildings: they all seem like things you’d see in a sci-fi movie. But all those futuristic developments could soon roll onto American roadways, and many Americans overwhelmingly support the changes.According to the “Intel Freeway to the... Read More


Learning on the go: How digital learning can help you understand any topic instantly
(BPT) - When you think about technology and learning, images of eager students likely come to mind. But in the digital age, technology is far reaching and not exclusive to America’s youth. One of the most active groups of digital learners is actually adults – a movement that is being dr... Read More


Top 2014 home improvement trends: smart homes and home automation
(BPT) - From smartphones to smart cars, technology is transforming virtually every aspect of our busy lives. Technologies not only make life easier while on the go, but new options are quickly simplifying life at home as well. Home automation is proving to be a top home improvement trend, making th... Read More


Is your technology working for you?
(BPT) - For every new computer, gadget or service there are several different stages of ownership. Unfortunately, the first and happiest phase - the honeymoon - doesn’t last forever. Eventually, devices can slow, services get outdated, and in the end, the ailing technology begins to work agai... Read More


Get back to basics with your business technology
(BPT) - Technology can do a lot for home offices as well as small and medium-size businesses, but choosing and investing in the appropriate level of technology can sometimes feel overwhelming and time-consuming. Business owners and consumers alike sometimes overspend on technology rather than selec... Read More


The new world of business computers
(BPT) - Choice is great, right? It sure is, except when the options leave your head spinning. Businesses have a lot to consider when purchasing computers these days with touch screen laptops, Chromebooks, Windows 8 vs. Windows 7, and choosing between desktop computers, laptops and even tablets.This... Read More


Selecting a cellphone and plan that fits your lifestyle
(BPT) - Whether taking the plunge and joining the smartphone crowd or simply replacing a tired old cellphone, buying a new device takes careful deliberation. From selecting carriers and avoiding contracts to deciding on a type of phone and a specific model, numerous decisions must be made to find t... Read More


What to consider when upgrading your technology
(BPT) - The holidays are over and if you’re left looking at a fruit cake and a room full of white elephant gifts, you’re probably thinking it is time to find the perfect present for yourself.Like many adults, you want to treat yourself to a little technology. You’re not alone. Lap... Read More


Five tips to make the benefits of working from home work for you
(BPT) - If you’ve ever gotten up in the morning and dreaded the idea of going out in the cold or sitting in rush hour traffic, you’ve probably dreamed of working from home. And years ago, that was all it was, a dream.Times have changed, and for many workers, the dream of working from ho... Read More


Top apps help keep small-business owners efficient and on the go
(BPT) - With all the buzz surrounding business use of “cloud computing,” you might think the concept of conducting business anywhere – on the road, in the board room, on a soccer field or in the gym – was a new one. But small-business owners (SBOs) have been working on the g... Read More


Get a jumpstart on digital spring cleaning by tackling an overloaded inbox
(BPT) - If you spring clean your home every year, you might want to consider an often forgotten and usually cluttered space – your email.Your digital world can get just as messy as any other area of the home with all the photos, emails and documents you’re creating and storing. Your inb... Read More



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