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E-Wallet App Protects Family Debit Card Number

(NewsUSA) - Many families have a single debit or credit card shared among several individuals, including teens and college students who may lose track of purchases, buy from unsecured websites, or access money without clearing the amount with parents.

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Thursday 07/19/2018
6 ways nonprofit public broadcasting strengthens local communities
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - In a time when consumers have more information and entertainment options than ever before, one resource continues to deliver high-quality, well-researched news and engaging entertainment programming that bridges the divide between national events and local activities.

Wednesday 07/18/2018
Big Ideas For Businesses Of All Sizes
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(NAPSI)—If you own or run a business, you're not alone. There are some 30 million businesses in the U.S., ranging from small storefronts to large enterprise entities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While businesses of all sizes play a critical role in the economy, each workplace faces its own unique challenges, especially as it relates to growth and scalability.

Get Smart About 'Smart' Home Cooling This Summer
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(NAPSI)—As temperatures rise, homeowners can beat the heat by combining “smart” home climate control technologies with the latest air-conditioning systems to heighten energy efficiency and take customized comfort to new levels.

Tuesday 07/17/2018
Unleash Girls' Strength At Girl Scouts
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(NAPSI)—Today’s youth are more vocal than ever about the change they want to see in the world, and Girl Scouts are the most equipped with the skills needed to make a real impact. Girl Scouts will now be even more prepared to address society’s most pressing needs, both today and in their future careers, with Girl Scouts of the USA’s (GSUSA’s) release of 30 new badges in exciting fields such as cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science, and space exploration. The organization’s new and existing programming will unleash your girl’s strength and confidence in a supportive all-girl environment.

Monday 07/16/2018
How Free Technology Can Improve Teamwork
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(NAPSI)—If you own or work for a small to midsize business, you’re far from alone. Such companies represent 95 percent of all firms and 63 percent of total employment.

Thursday 07/12/2018
Stop Summer Brain Drain With These Great Tips
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(NAPSI)—If any of the estimated 51 million schoolkids in America is one you care about, here’s something that is important for you to know: While your children are enjoying a vacation from school, they may be forgetting some of what they learned, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent the “summer brain drain.”

Wednesday 07/11/2018
Crowdfunding Opp Opens Door to Invest in Music Innovation
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:04 am

(NewsUSA) - DigiTrax Entertainment, Inc., a pioneer in the music technology industry, is offering forward-looking investors a chance to get involved in the future of music.

Friday 07/06/2018
A New Perspective on Robots and How They Will Shape Humanity
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:11 am

(NewsUSA) - Throughout the years, technology has improved drastically - creating machines and devices that were unimaginable 50 years ago. And perhaps the most advanced and interesting of society's technological advancements is robots - but it is also the most misunderstood.

Wednesday 06/27/2018
Music Innovation Company Scores Spot in Global Competition
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:04 am

(NewsUSA) - DigiTrax Entertainment, a music technology company pioneering the use of artificial intelligence for the music industry, has taken semi-finalist honors in the Association of Chinese Professionals of Atlanta and US China Innovation Alliance's InnoSTARS competition in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tuesday 06/26/2018
Not enough hours in the day? Try these handy shortcuts for time-consuming errands
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - Between work, kids, pets and more, everyday life can feel like … a lot. Add summer schedules to the mix, and things can get downright chaotic.

Step Up Your Kids' STEM Skills
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:11 am

(NAPSI)—A sound STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education can be a good way for many students today to plan and prepare for great careers tomorrow.

Five Things You Didn't Know About Your Groceries—But You Could
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:11 am

New SmartLabel® Digital Tool Puts Detailed Information At The Fingertips of Shoppers

Friday 06/22/2018
Small businesses and the benefits of conscious capitalism
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - What drives someone to take the risk and start their own business?

Thursday 06/21/2018
Technical Schools Create Pathway To In-Demand Careers
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to higher education, one size does not fit all. Every student is wired differently. For some, a four-year college degree may be ideal, but for others, a technical training program may be the best option.

Wednesday 06/20/2018
5 tips for a bathroom worthy of any man cave
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - Every guy wants his own man cave, right? But an amazing bathroom is rarely part of that equation. Instead, too many men see a bathroom for its functionality when it could be about luxury, too. Why can't you have both?

It is possible to create a bathroom worthy of every modern gent and the tips below will show you how to make your bathroom into a space you will love to use.

* A fresh coat of paint. Switch out that drab white or brown with a soothing blue or another color that catches your attention. And don’t be afraid to hang some art or photographs on the wall. Having something to look at besides the mirror will make you want to spend more time in the bathroom.

* Finally, a throne. Comfort and luxury should be staples in every facet of your bathroom, including your toilet. Luckily, the right upgrades can turn any toilet into a throne, especially with TOTO’s WASHLET S550e with EWATER+. This highly advanced personal cleansing system leads to a new level of luxury and hygiene. A unique, self-cleaning wand offers comfortable warm water to cleanse. You can adjust the temperature and pressure as you see fit for total control. Once the washing cycle is complete, gentle warm air follows to dry. No need for toilet paper, which saves money and benefits the planet.

In addition, TOTO’s WASHLET features high-tech innovations such as an auto-open/close seat and lid, electrolyzed water to keep your toilet bowl fresh and clean, an ergonomically-contoured heated seat for maximum comfort and in-bowl catalytic deodorizer, taking your luxury bathroom experience to the next level.

* Warm up the floors. Your toilet seat needn’t be the only thing in your bathroom that’s heated. In fact, installing heated floors in your bathroom can provide a much-appreciated dose of comfort once cooler temperatures kick in. Many homeowners have shied away from this project in the past because of cost concerns, but additional options on the market have increased affordability.

* Reinvent the shower experience. Guys generally prefer showers to taking a bath, but preferring the former doesn’t mean you have to give up the comfort of the latter. TOTO’s versatile G Series Rain Shower will transform your shower into a luxury experience and — most importantly — get you clean and feeling refreshed. The G Series Rain Shower offers touch button multimode water technologies, allowing you to choose the kind of shower you desire. From the restorative Comfort Wave to the fully enveloping Warm Spa, you control the spray mode for a completely customizable shower experience. It's the perfect choice whether you’re just beginning or ending your day.

* A fan of the fan. If you’ve ever dealt with moisture issues in your bathroom, taking on this cleaning project even once should be all the motivation you need to install the proper bathroom fan. The market is flooded with options and finding the right one for your bathroom can take a little bit of research. Understand how often you'll need to run your fan and how large your bathroom is and you’ll be on your way to a drier bathroom with more relaxing moments and fewer cleaning necessities in the future.

Start recreating your bathroom today

Your man cave deserves a great bathroom, and this vital room in your house doesn't need to be a functional afterthought. Complete the scene and build the bathroom of your dreams easily with the tips above. It's a surefire way to complete your cave in no time.

Tuesday 06/12/2018
5 important tips to recruit and retain millennials
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - As millennials continue to expand their share of the workforce in this country, they’re using their influence to change the workplace to their advantage.

'Democratized Data' Helps Marketing
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(NAPSI)—Today's global marketplace needs reliable, accessible data. Unfortunately, this invaluable data is often unreachable for businesses lacking the resources, sourcing know-how or budget. Equally as problematic, today's data industry is complicated, fragmented, inefficient and often ineffective, wasting millions in time and money. This is why DataBlockChain.io is "democratizing" big data, leveling the field by giving small and medium-sized businesses access to critical data they need in one convenient platform. It's providing the reliable data needed to operate a business efficiently.

Monday 06/11/2018
New AI Platform Protects Musicians' Work
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:04 am

(NewsUSA) - Any music artist - regardless of his or her level of fame - will tell you that chief among their many concerns about the business is guarding against copyright infringement and protecting the work.

Saturday 06/09/2018
Don’t Let Your Personal Data End up on the Dark Web
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(StatePoint) Consumers today give out personal information all the time -- from shopping online to signing up for special promotional offers to filling out job applications.

Friday 06/08/2018
Ready to switch wireless carriers? Answer these 6 important questions first
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - Changing your wireless carrier is an important (and potentially expensive) decision. Before you make the switch, answer these simple questions to make sure you make the move that’s right for you.

Thursday 06/07/2018
Be prepared for the 2018 storm season
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - For millions of Americans, the devastation of the 2017 storm season is still fresh in their minds. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the cumulative cost of the weather events in the U.S. was $306.2 billion. Whether you were directly affected by one of those storm systems, or saw images of flooded neighborhoods, there’s probably one question that you’re now asking yourself.

Tips to Upgrade Your Home Gaming Experience
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(StatePoint) Whether going on an epic adventure, hunting for treasure, exploring vast wondrous lands, or playing sports, video gamers are always seeking the latest ways to create the ultimate experience at home.

Wednesday 06/06/2018
Artificial Intelligence Platform Music to Producers' Ears
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:06 am

(NewsUSA) - Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, and more markets recognize AI's potential to help businesses achieve greater results in less time. The music industry in particular is embracing how AI can help increase productivity and foster creativity.

Tuesday 06/05/2018
Take control of your social media experience in 3 easy steps
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - Does all this talk about data and sharing on social media have you confused? Is your feed too noisy and you're not seeing posts from the people and brands you care about? Social media should be a fun place for you to have meaningful interactions with friends and family. Here are three simple steps to block the distractions and have more control over your social media experience.

Four Ways To Help People Hear And Work Better
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

By Sarah Toler, Au.D.

Thursday 05/31/2018
Lower temps at a lower price: How to improve the energy-efficiency of your home today
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - When the seasons change, the energy needs in your home change right along with them. And yet, whether you need to heat or cool your home, there’s one thing that never shifts: You want to do so as efficiently as possible.

Wednesday 05/30/2018
5 ways to help Dad out
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - Being a dad today brings with it many joys and challenges. From the kids' soccer games to tidying up the house to cooking healthy foods everyone actually wants to eat, it can be exhausting. Supporting Dad can make a big difference all year long, helping to reduce stress and save time. What can you do for your superhero Dad?

Thursday 05/24/2018
5 ways for families to tackle summer on-the-go
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get ready for the fun-filled months ahead. From barbecues to sporting events and family vacations, summer can be the busiest time of year for families — but, there are some easy tips and tricks you can use to stay on top of a busy routine. Take it from busy mom, entrepreneur, philanthropist and lifestyle blogger Samantha Busch, who manages to juggle it all while traveling around the country with her husband, stock car driver Kyle Busch, and their 3-year-old son, Brexton.

Tuesday 05/22/2018
Thanks, Dad: 5 special things you can do for your father this season
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - He was there when you rode your bike for the first time, got behind the wheel of a car and when you simply couldn’t figure out algebra. Your dad has been there for you through the good and the bad and he’s given you so much that you can’t help but want to give back.

Monday 05/21/2018
New technology will define the future of farming
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - When you think of automated vehicles, you probably think of driverless cars. While that particular movement is certainly in the news, it’s not the only place where driverless technology is gaining momentum. Did you know that driverless technology innovations are occurring every day in agriculture as well? While most of us won’t see this technology since it’s confined to the farm, driverless tractors are poised to change the way our food is grown.

Thursday 05/17/2018
Career Tips from 5 Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Science
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - Did you know that women make up 50 percent of medical school applicants? This might sound promising, but obstacles remain for women in the science field. Recent data show that they are not attaining the highest levels of leadership positions at the same pace as men.

Tuesday 05/15/2018
4 common mistakes keeping you from a good night's sleep
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - Do you wake up in the morning feeling tired, even if you went to bed early? Do you struggle to feel well rested? Is it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep all night? You're not alone.

Tuesday 05/08/2018
Working Moms Stay Connected to Children Through Messenger Kids
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(NewsUSA) - According to research from Working Mother Research Institute and Messenger Kids, 79 percent of working moms find that there is a constant struggle to find the right balance between being at work and being with their kids.

Can Capitalism Be Compassionate?
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:04 am

(NewsUSA) - The global economy can be confusing and terrifying. Financial experts, policy makers, and everyday citizens want to know: How will government policies impact our families and what can we do about it?

Monday 05/07/2018
2018 Grads Send Messages of Thanks to Mom This Mother's Day
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(NewsUSA) - As this year's grads get ready to walk across the stage, they're sending messages of excitement, gratitude and love to one very special person: Mom.

Thursday 05/03/2018
Looking ahead: 4 tips for scaling your small business
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - As the U.S. economy continues to move at a healthy pace, many analysts are projecting a 2.5 percent growth for 2018, which would represent the best two-year run since 2005.

May is American Stroke Month: What to Know Now
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:11 am

(StatePoint) For patients experiencing ischemic stroke -- the leading cause of disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- the time it takes to receive treatment is critically important for avoiding irreversible brain damage. While getting evaluated by a specialist used to take up to several hours, new in-ambulance technology being tested by hospitals nationwide is helping patients get evaluated within minutes.

Tuesday 05/01/2018
Simple summer home maintenance tips for comfort and energy savings
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:11 am

(BPT) - Things will soon be heating up all over the country. In fact, the average U.S. household will spend 3 percent more on electricity bills this summer than in 2017, due to rising retail electricity prices and higher usage, according to the U.S. Energy Administration’s estimation.

Parks Can Help Your Quality Of Life Grow Greater
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to improving your health and happiness, research suggests that living near a park may be more important than you think.

Monday 04/30/2018
5 ways to get the most out of this baseball season
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - Spring is many things to many people: the smell of freshly cut grass after a long winter; blue skies; warm days; and the crack of the bat, sending a ball far into the outfield.

Tuesday 04/24/2018
Young 4-H leader makes STEM fun and accessible
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - Cassandra Ivie is the founder and creator of the Incredible Machine, a curriculum and activities kit that teaches chemical, mechanical, software and electrical engineering to students in her community — and she is only 17 years old! Ivie is a 4-H leader from West Jordan, Utah, who brings hands-on STEM learning to youth in communities who may not otherwise have access to these types of projects. And her passion for STEM is contagious. She inspires those around her to become the next generation of STEM leaders our country needs. "It has been a privilege to lead these activities with local students to show them that STEM is accessible to everyone and that it is also a lot of fun. Seeing students' faces light up when they have their ‘aha’ moment, is what it’s all about," she said.

Monday 04/23/2018
Seniors are exploring smartphone settings to add ease, accessibility
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - The digital generation gap is slowly narrowing, with older users appreciating the many benefits of smartphone technology. Innovative technologies make it easier than ever to maintain social contacts, monitor health and preserve independence. According to Pew Research, 85 percent of adults over age 65 own cellphones today, and the number who own smartphones has risen from 18 percent to 42 percent since 2013.

If You're Stuck at Sea, There's An App for That
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(NewsUSA) - No one out enjoying time on a boat wants to think about breaking down and needing a tow, but a little preparation can make a big difference.

Sunday 04/22/2018
Reassessing Office Culture - The Demise of The Desk Phone
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:04 am

(NewsUSA) - People used to just pick up the phone and resolve work issues on the spot. Today, employees have to choose from among many different communication channels - emails, texts, video calls, chat windows, messenger apps and many more, especially for those who work remotely.

Friday 04/20/2018
Virtual Colonoscopy Is Becoming a Reality for More People
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(NewsUSA) - Colorectal cancer deaths are slowly declining, but shocking racial and ethnic disparities remain.

Monday 04/16/2018
3 ways to make your home more eco-friendly with smart home technology
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - More and more Americans are shifting to a greener lifestyle, and if you’re one of them, you're always looking for ways to reduce your impact on the environment. Cutting your energy usage is a big part of that, and the benefits of doing so are twofold: First, of course, is being more environmentally friendly, and second, is the added bonus of lower monthly energy bills.

Saturday 04/14/2018
Why Internet Access in Rural America Affects Everyone
Updated: April 14, 2018 - 4:39 am

(StatePoint) Healthy communities and a strong national economy rely on internet access for all, suggests a new study.

Friday 04/13/2018
5 Tips for Today's Freelance Entrepreneur
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - From millennials who have been grinding away in the workplace for a few years to Gen Xers looking to move out of their cube, many have been intrigued by the possibility of freelancing.

Thursday 04/12/2018
Hearing Loss Need Not Be A Struggle For All Involved
Updated: April 13, 2018 - 4:39 am

by Lisa Klop, Au.D.