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Millennials buying more smartphones and wearables in 2015 [Infographic]
(BPT) - A whopping 50 percent of American adults plan to buy new smartphones this year, according to a new electronics shopping study from FatWallet (TNS Global). A new Apple Watch release will influence millennials looking to buy into the wearables market, as the study reports the group will b ...
Inside the crystal ball: mobile predictions for 2015
(BPT) - Mobile has certainly come a long way to help connect people with loved ones, improve productivity and simplify daily tasks – with simple swipes or taps, they can instantly locate the best restaurants in town or get directions from point A to point B among other game-changing benefits. ...
Research study uncovers small business predictions for 2015
(BPT) - Small business owners can easily get caught up in the December rush. But once the holiday sparkle fades, business owners and entrepreneurs will need to refocus and make decisions likely to impact their business in 2015.Before coming to any conclusions, entrepreneurs should be aware of some b ...
Ready, set, file: Helpful tips for choosing DIY tax preparation tools
(BPT) - Tax season is officially here. Last year, 40 percent of Americans chose to file their own taxes – but not all do-it-yourself tax preparation tools are created equal. For those consumers who like to sit in the driver’s seat when filing, here are five tips for what to look for when ...
Hearing better thanks to smarter technology
(BPT) - Technology has made dramatic improvements in the lives of people of all ages, and the improvements made in hearing technology may be some of the most advanced to occur in the last several years.Just a decade ago, hearing aids were basic amplifiers. Now they’re completely connected with ...
How ultrapure water equals ultra-smart electronics [Infographic]
(BPT) - Sixty-three percent of Americans plan to give technology gifts this holiday season, according to a Consumer Electronics Association study. And it’s probably a safe bet that 100 percent of the recipients won’t want to get those electronic devices wet. But did you know that water i ...
See how cloud technology is contributing to the music boom [Infographic]
(BPT) - According to Nielsen industry data, on-demand streaming grew 54 percent in 2014 with over 164 billion songs streamed through audio and video platforms, thanks in large part to cloud computing powered by Intel Xeon processor-based platforms. Intel technology helps allow consumers to ...
Smarter streaming saves energy and cash [Infographic]
(BPT) - The average American spends about five hours per day watching television, and this year more than two-thirds will do so through streaming. As you weigh which streaming option works best for your budget and needs, the EPA suggests you consider two more important factors: energy efficiency and ...
Being called a 'tech geek' is now a compliment
(BPT) - Are you the family member or friend who is always called when someone's computer breaks or starts acting up? Do you have a person on speed dial whenever you need a website created or program updated? The old stereotype of a computer geek who’s always wearing a pocket protector and glas ...
Americans revere being a 'tech geek' more than ever before [Infographic]
(BPT) - Americans’ opinions of “tech geeks” have changed drastically, according to a new report from Crucial.com. The survey, which was commissioned by Crucial.com and conducted by GMI, shows that though Americans associate “tech geeks” as being male, a majority (5 ...
Spring vacation on a budget? Here's how you do it
(BPT) - Spring break is coming and after all the frost, wind and chill of the winter, you’ve earned some time to relax. So why not treat yourself to a little vacation? If you don’t have a lot of extra money to spend and you’re worried about your finances holding you back, there are ...
Green living tips: recycling while cleaning
(BPT) - When you clean your home, do you end up throwing items in the trash? Getting rid of clutter is a natural part of the cleaning process, but did you know that much of what you throw away can likely be recycled? For example, recycling batteries and cellphones has never been easier.Call2Rec ...
7 signs it's time to ask IT for a new computer
(BPT) - If your boss hands you a new assignment and tells you to take your time, and you think "What’s the catch?", congratulations - you are officially part of the 21st century workforce. Today’s work environment is go-go-go all the time, and phrases like “take a break” or & ...
Learn about this home improvement that can save you money
(BPT) - For many homeowners the biggest utility bill is electricity. Heating and cooling the home makes up nearly half of electricity costs, but the next biggest source is the water heater. Water heaters can account for up to 25 percent of total household energy use. Taking steps to improve the ener ...
5 tips for achieving better tech-life balance
(BPT) - Is your device your vice? Americans think they are able to easily balance their technology use with their regular activities, but when the numbers are crunched, perception doesn’t match up with reality.One in four Americans report they get stressed out when they’re away from thei ...
Smart buying decisions: How hearing aids give you a great return on your investment
(BPT) - If you’re one of the nearly 40 million Americans who suffer with hearing loss, maybe it’s time to consider investing in your hearing health.Research shows that the rewards can be substantial. In fact, identifying and addressing hearing loss has been shown to positively influence ...
Top technology gifts for a special holiday season
(BPT) - Tech gifts are hot this holiday season, and with all the latest gadgets and upgraded electronic devices, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many wish lists include the best in smart devices.As you get your holiday shopping started, check out these great tech gift ideas that will have your ...
Discover the top technology trends for holiday 2014 and beyond
(BPT) - It’s shaping up to be a high-tech holiday this year, with more money being spent than ever before on consumer electronics gifts like tablets and phones, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. People are anxious to learn about new technologies and are shopping for the perfec ...
8 questions to ask when hiring a family portrait photographer
(BPT) - What are the most important moments of your life? For most, it’s rarely a big promotion or a sports championship season. Instead, it’s quality family time that is most often cherished.Nothing captures these moments better than family photos. If you’re looking for a photogra ...
The disappearing act: How to go from being credit invisible to credit visible
(BPT) - Are you credit invisible?You may have never heard this term before, but if you are credit invisible, then you’ve certainly felt its affects.Those who are credit invisible lack a credit score due to non-existent, limited or dated credit histories. More than 30 million Americans have bee ...
Got digital clutter? 3 easy ways to spring clean your digital life
(BPT) - Smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, GPS device – are you drowning in digital clutter? If so, you’re not alone. Americans spend more than 43 hours per week on a variety of devices, and nearly half (47 percent) have one or more devices they no longer use at all, a survey by Intel ...
7 mind-blowing ways smart hearing aids can change your life
(BPT) - Smart devices are everywhere today. From phones and watches to appliances and even toothbrushes, smart devices are easy and intuitive to use, anticipate your needs and desires, are interactive, and seamlessly connect with your other high-tech devices.Even hearing aids are getting a high-tech ...
Tips for improving your tech-life balance [Infographic]
(BPT) - When it comes to Americans’ tech-life balance, perception is quite different from reality. According to a new survey by Crucial.com, three in four Americans believe that they maintain a healthy tech-life balance but one in four Americans admit to becoming stressed when they go longer t ...
Watching the big game: How television innovations have enhanced the viewing experience [Infographic]
(BPT) - Television has undergone significant innovations since its first public demonstration at the 1939 World’s Fair. From color technology to high-definition, enhancements continue to transform TV’s role as an entertainment and information source for families around the world. But sin ...
Use the cloud to become 'data smart'
(BPT) - No matter your job or the size of your business, you are probably aware of the piles of digital information inside your company. Data is everywhere.You know this information can provide valuable insights, whether you’re in marketing, sales, human resources, product development or finan ...
How to prevent identity theft during tax season
(BPT) - It’s the time of year when Americans gather their financial documents and anxiously await news of a tax refund or debt. While many hope to get money back, Time Magazine recently reported that the IRS paid an estimated $5 billion plus in false tax refunds in 2013, and according to Bloom ...
Busted: The truth about top cellphone myths costing you real money
(BPT) - Most people today have a cellphone that rarely leaves their side. In fact, cellphone usage is at an all-time high, with 91 percent of adults owning one, reports the Pew Research Center. While the technology has drastically improved many aspects of daily life, the cost of devices and service ...
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