Archives for Tech

How to make working at home work

(BPT) – Working at home is a growing popular trend. The 2010 U.S. Census reports 9.5 percent of the population spends at least one day a week working at home – an increase of more than 2 percent since 1997. Technology is making it easier for employees and self-employed workers to set up a home office and conduct business. When deciding to set up an office at home, one challenge many workers face is determining what computer to use – or purchase. Apple and Windows-based PCs are the two staples, and everyone has a preference on which system they prefer.
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Winning tips for capturing memorable back-to-school photos

(BPT) – As children across the country gear up with their new backpack, school supplies, clothes and haircuts, parents are reaching for their cameras, ready to capture another milestone: the annual back-to-school photo. This year, capture that memorable shot like a professional with a few expert tips and tricks. Lights, camera, action! Here’s how to get the best back-to-school photos of your child. Preparation: Change the batteries in your camera or charge your phone the night before school starts so it’s ready to go in the morning. Lights: Make sure you have proper lighting – using natural light like the
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Certifications: the new key to employment

(BPT) – A professional certification may not always be a job requirement, but it is often a deciding factor between qualified candidates. In fact, technology is one of the most in-demand career fields, but recent graduates and professionals are both struggling to find new jobs or get promoted because they don’t have a certification – a third-party validation of their skills. One of the most sought-after career credentials in the tech industry is the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching. Tech professionals with this certification take home salaries that are, on average, 16.7 percent higher than their uncertified
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Hands-on advice for getting the best from your touchscreen mobile device

(BPT) – Few inventions have evolved as amazingly fast from science fiction to science fact as touchscreen technology. From its very basic beginnings in the mid-1960s to the first consumer applications on ATM machines in the ’80s, touchscreen technology has reached virtually everywhere – including our pocket-sized mobile devices. As astounding as the touch-enabled smartphone or mobile device is, you still need to handle and use it wisely in order to ensure its optimal functionality. Here is some hands-on advice to help ensure you get the best out of your mobile device. Taking care of your touchscreen You may be
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What to look for in your next smartphone

(BPT) – Seventy-nine percent of smartphone users have their phones on or near them all but two hours of the day when they’re awake, according to a recent IDC Research report. For many, smartphone use is now a way of life, making it even more important to think carefully before you choose your next one. Today’s market is competitive, and new phones, such as the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10, are emerging. Most phone purchases come with a two-year contract. That means consumers need to think carefully before they buy, make sure they’re taking advantage of technology that will help
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Turn over a new leaf this season with a home energy makeover

(BPT) – As the seasons change, turn over a new leaf and give your home an energy makeover. You can improve your home’s comfort while helping the environment by making your home more energy efficient, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, a variety of compatible technologies are available to help manage your home’s comfort systems more efficiently and economically. Here are some tips to get you started. Schedule an overall home energy audit: How does your energy use at home measure up? Annual analysis of home energy efficiency can save you money in the long run and
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Try something new and refresh your technology habits

(BPT) – Are you using the Internet as if it’s still the year 2000? If you answered yes, you’ve got some catching up to do. Technology has come a long way in the last 13 years; new shortcuts, alternative products and simple tools available today can help you accomplish tasks faster – saving you time and increasing your efficiency online. Many people don’t realize this, but old tech habits can actually create more work for you. There is no better time than the present to refresh your technology habits and try something new. Forty-five percent of people say they feel
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Three ways to bring added entertainment to your outdoor experiences

(BPT) – There’s a reason it’s called the “great” outdoors. Nothing can quite compare with the beauty and majesty of wild places. When summer rolls around, the urge to explore grows for many people, inspiring millions of travelers to camp, hike and tour the country’s natural wonders. Modern outdoor enthusiasts have discovered that technology makes it even more fun to spend time in off-the-beaten-track locations. The days of canvas tents and campsite boredom are long gone, thanks to tech innovations that are changing the face of outdoor experiences. For example, have you ever wanted to watch a little TV while
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Decluttering advice for those drowning in digital chaos

(BPT) – Smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops, e-readers and music players – most of us have more than one digital device in our lives. Juggling so many devices and trying to sync data among them can leave you feeling like you’re drowning in digital chaos. If you’re looking to declutter your digital life, getting a handle on your music is a good place to start. For most people, it’s not uncommon to have hundreds or thousands of music files. While that variety is enjoyable, those high numbers have some underlying consequences: first, the sheer cost of paying for those songs and
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After the rubber hits the road: What becomes of expired truck tires?

(BPT) – If current oil prices, motorist demand and refinery production trends continue, gas prices should drop to between $ 3.20 and $ 3.40 per gallon by mid-summer, according to AAA. This is good news for everyone, as the height of travel season quickly approaches. With the majority of travel being done using cars, there will be lots of rubber hitting the road. What becomes of old vehicle tires, especially large tires like those from a tractor trailer? About one quarter of scrap tires end up in landfills each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Fortunately, a market now
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