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How will you remember the most important moments of your life? [Infographic]
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Learn from HIV: The importance of finding and sharing HIV information and HIV-related resources online
(BPT) - For many of us, the search for information and advice starts online. Finding content has never been easier, from sports trivia to family recipes, and 41 percent of all internet users search for and share posts from others. But the benefits of social sharing extend beyond receiving “li... More >>

Tapping into the world of wireless: 4 truths for the cell phone obsessed [Infographic]
(BPT) - Americans love their smartphones, and for good reason: they can do just about everything. They’re our lifeline. However, all that texting, posting and streaming requires lots of data. Straight Talk Wireless wanted to find out what mattered most to Americans when it came to their phone... More >>

Are we turning a blind eye to blue light?
(BPT) - It’s everywhere — inside as well as outside your home. As digital device usage increases, you’re exposed to more and more of it without realizing how it may affect your vision in the future. We’re talking about blue light.In its natural form, your body uses blue ligh... More >>

5 ways the 21st century photo album makes it easier to share special family moments
(BPT) - A picture has always been worth more than a thousand words; images capture feelings and retell cherished memories. Modern technology has increased the value of an image, by making it easier than ever to preserve and share special moments.While your grandparents may have relied solely on tan... More >>

5 things to leave behind in the New Year
(BPT) - “Should auld acquaintance be forgot…” (insert music emoji)It’s that time of year again, when you cast off those bad habits and recreate the new, better you. If you’re ready to recreate yourself and save a little money in 2016, here are five things you’re... More >>

5 tips that will help your small business make the most of 2016
(BPT) - Is there any time of year more important for a small business than right now? The business you do in these months will go a long way toward not only determining your day-to-day success, but the very outlook for the rest of 2016. So how do you make sure your small business is up to the task ... More >>

Five hacks to travel smart with your smartphone
(BPT) - Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple or with your entire extended family, there’s one thing you likely won’t forget to bring on your trip: your smartphone or tablet. Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now smartphone owners, according to the Pew Research Center, and a... More >>

5 tips to help protect and maximize your new smartphone
(BPT) - Are you celebrating the new year by gifting a smartphone to yourself or loved ones? A whopping 65 percent of all Americans, roughly 160 million people, were planning to buy tech gifts this holiday season, according to the Consumer Technology Association's 22nd Annual CE Holid... More >>

Out-of-office etiquette: The right way to set up automated email responses
(BPT) - It’s that time of year — the season for Out of Office automated email responses! Whether you’ll be taking a long vacation or will just be away from the office for a day or two, you should know people really do care about your OOO settings. In fact, 77 percent of Americans ... More >>

Off-beat, inspiring and controversial: The 10 most-talked about science stories of 2015
(BPT) - The new Star Wars movie, Adele’s new album or the latest tech gadget  — what headlines grabbed your interest in 2015? For many, the most riveting stories didn’t come out of pop culture, they came from the world of science.The hottest science headlines of 2015 encompas... More >>

What united and captivated Americans in 2015?
(BPT) - America is made up of a patchwork of different opinions, voices and people who have come from every corner of the planet. From such diversity, politicians, historians and ordinary people often ask and debate the question: What unites the country?While it’s unlikely such a big question... More >>

Discover the power of a smartphone with these 5 tips
(BPT) - As with all technology, mobile phones have come a long way in a short amount of time. Gone are the days of big, bulky phones. Today, phones are sleek and slender and, in most cases, smart, allowing users to surf the Internet, watch movies and keep in touch with friends and family. The ... More >>

Test-driving one of the most effective treatments for chronic pain
(BPT) - Nearly 100 million Americans currently live with chronic pain — more than the number of people affected by diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. While that number may be difficult to grasp, for those suffering the issue i... More >>

Cyber Santa? Tips for choosing the best PC gift
(BPT) - The number of shopping days until Christmas is dwindling, and the clock is ticking as you try to carve out time to shop for the perfect PC gift.Between complicated specs, endless reviews and technical mumbo-jumbo, finding the right PC that meets all your requirements can be daunting.  ... More >>

5 tips to make the holidays magical, not stressful
(BPT) - It’s the most wonderful time of the year; if only you had a moment to enjoy it. While there are plenty of reasons to cherish the holidays, there are also an overwhelming number of things to do, people to see, gifts to buy, appointments to make and trips to take. All that combined can ... More >>

What you can do to protect yourself from card fraud in 2016
(BPT) - You may have already received your new credit or debit card equipped with a microchip. If you haven’t received your new chip card, you most likely will by the time your card expires. The EMV chip technology is intended to help reduce debit and credit card fraud, and thanks to a collab... More >>

How new technology can help chronic disease management
(BPT) - Affecting more than 1.6 million Americans, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) — known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) — are painful, chronic conditions that attack the gastrointestinal tract which is responsible for digestion of food, absorption ... More >>

Must-have home tech makes holiday entertaining brighter
(BPT) - Good times with loved ones are an important part of the holidays, so it’s understandable if you want everyone to put down their smartphones and turn off the TV while you’re sharing a holiday meal. But you can “tech the halls” to help get the most from your holiday en... More >>

Intrusive robo-dialing: Good news, the end is near
(BPT) - The scene is all too familiar: you’re in the middle of dinner and suddenly a telemarketer’s call or dead air on the end of the line rudely interrupts your meal. Thanks to the FCC, this approach is gradually becoming a thing of the past. On June 18, 2015, the FCC adopted a propos... More >>

Dashing through the store (on a budget): Tips for navigating holiday deals
(BPT) - The holiday season is a time to celebrate family by giving and receiving gifts, but it can quickly get expensive. Black Friday deals offer great opportunities to save on gifts for everyone on your list without sacrificing quality. Navigate the hectic post-Thanksgiving shopping scene like a ... More >>

Your holiday shopping guide: 4 ways to cut through the clutter this holiday season
(BPT) - It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for you and your family, it’s also the busiest. The holidays bring trips to book, parties to plan, meals to cook, homes to clean and of course, work and school schedules to manage. On top of that, you have to tackle perhaps the most ... More >>

5 ways to reconnect with your loved ones this holiday season
(BPT) - For many people, reconnecting with loved ones is the highlight of the holiday season. This is especially true if it’s the only time of the year they see distant friends or family. Enjoying time with loved ones near and far poses unique challenges but the rewards are certainly worth it... More >>

Going up? The lengths we travel on elevators and escalators [Infographic]
(BPT) - Think you don't travel very far? Well, you won't believe how much Americans travel on elevators and escalators each year! The National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII) compares how far we travel on these systems when compared to planes, trains and automobiles.... More >>

The 4-step plan to make your day more efficient
(BPT) - Remember free time? You used to have so much of it. But these days, work and family obligations have you running around constantly and you don’t know what to do first. You don’t even have time to do everything you have to do, let alone what you want to do.So how do you take back... More >>

5 ways to increase your productivity and turn 'due' to 'done'
(BPT) - Take a look at your to-do list and ask yourself how many things on the list can be finished when you get around to them. Now how many things on that list need to be done as soon as possible or should have been finished yesterday? Chances are the second list is longer.These days you’re... More >>

Big data roles are in big demand
(BPT) - OK, quick pop quiz — what career has been crowned “the sexiest job of the 21st Century?” Actor? Model? Professional athlete? Fashion designer? All are likely answers and all are wrong. Would you believe the answer is data scientist?You may have never heard of a data scient... More >>

Lighten your load: Knowing your laundry personality can make the chore a cinch
(BPT) - Chic, trendy, sporty, bohemian, sophisticated, fun, classic — you probably have a clear vision of your fashion and style personality. But do you know your laundry personality? How you wash the clothes you wear is every bit as personal and unique to you as the clothes themselves. And k... More >>

Smartphone etiquette: Are Americans minding their mobile Ps and Qs? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Have you noticed people “phubbing” (phone snubbing) lately? Or texting during a meal? What about using emojis instead of good, old-fashioned words? Overall, do you think Americans are minding their mobile Ps and Qs? There’s no denying the love we all have for our phones, b... More >>

5 life hacks for a better cell signal
(BPT) - From calls to texting to browsing the Web, today’s smartphones and tablets have the potential to keep us in constant communication while on the go. But for mobile users who suffer through dropped calls, slow downloads or delayed voicemails, that potential isn’t always realized.I... More >>

Carotid artery ultrasound screening: is it beneficial?
(BPT) - New research, appearing in The American Journal of Cardiology, shows non-invasive ultrasound evaluation of the carotid arteries in the neck is helpful in identifying patients at high risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack, even if they have few traditional risk factors and no symptoms.T... More >>

How dangerous is your smartphone?
(BPT) - It’s true: selfies killed more people than shark attacks in 2015. While death by selfie may be considered a rare occurrence and at the extreme end of the dangers they pose, the health risks associated with smartphones are no joke. In fact, they are ever increasing. Here’s a look... More >>

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