New offerings in home and on-the-go entertainment: how to 'decode' the many options
With all of the advancements in home entertainment technology, there are now more options than ever to watch movies at home or on the go that fit your budget and lifestyle. When planning a family movie night, road trip or just a cozy night in, here are terms that will help explain some of today's most popular movie-watching options:
It's no secret that technology has changed how we live. From tablets and streaming video, to big data analytics and network security, we live in a digital world that impacts us every minute of every day. However, technology not only improves the way we live and work in the present, but also offers great opportunity for the future.
How to get the most out of your new tablet in the new year
Tablets are clearly today's hot tech device: shipments will reach 184 million units in 2013 alone, estimates Gartner, an information technology research company. If you don't already own a tablet, it's very possible you might receive an iPad, Kindle or Nexus as a holiday gift. Knowing a few tricks to get the most out of your new mobile device will ensure it helps streamline your life both at work and at home.
Benefits of cochlear implants in older adults go beyond restored hearing
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.
Knowing when to repair or replace three of your home's major systems - the furnace, air conditioner and water heater
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 than normal. All three are signs that these crucial systems are not running as efficiently as they once did.
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 schedule, he also excels off the ice, earning straight A's in all subject areas and earning the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence.
Looking back on 2013, billions of Internet searches from around the world reveal it was a year of American songs, superhero movies, social media love, high-end designer brands, controversial sports stars, European getaways and fierce women.
The holiday season is always an exciting time for gamers. This year is particularly interesting with the launch of two new gaming systems - Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, as well as a long list of titles gamers everywhere are feverishly waiting to play, including "Watch Dogs," "Assassin's Creed IV" and "Battlefield 4."
3-D printing: Endless opportunity for finding and creating unique gifts
Finding unique gifts for family and friends can be a daunting task. Instead of spending days scouring boutiques for that one-of-a-kind present, many smart gift-givers are turning to a new technology called 3-D printing. Here's what you should know.
Technology playing a bigger role in what families eat each month
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 healthier options with a side of technology.
The school year is in full swing, and shopping for pens, pencils and notebooks is already a memory. In addition to these traditional supplies, many of today's students have another tool - often underutilized - to help them succeed the in classroom: their smartphones and tablets.
Transforming the world: A new program fosters the next generation of leaders
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.
Mobile apps speed up holiday shopping process - with money savings
More and more people are connecting with work and family while on the go. The availability of different apps for smartphones makes it possible to conduct business, make lists, schedule meetings and contact family members when a change of plans occurs, all while sitting in an office meeting, waiting for an appointment or heading home on the bus.
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 anytime, anyplace. This same technology is now playing an important role for individuals seeking alternative learning environments to continue their educations or grow their careers.
Top apps help keep small-business owners efficient and on the go
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 go for decades. The arrival of mobile apps has just made things a little easier for them.
The shiny paint. The new car smell. Many aspects about buying or leasing a new vehicle can excite your senses. Chances are your new vehicle will feature some new technologies, many of which can make driving safer, easier and more enjoyable. To be safe on the road, it's important to learn how these technologies work in your current vehicle or a new one.
Selecting a cellphone and plan that fits your lifestyle
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 the right phone for your life's next adventure.
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 selecting the right tools to help them improve their productivity while keeping their costs at a minimum.
Boomers embrace technology to facilitate more graceful aging
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.
Cyber warfare and information dominance: maintaining superiority in the Information Age
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. With this in mind, America's Navy has a community charged with mastering the capabilities, tools and techniques required to effectively collect, process, analyze and apply information.
Not that long ago, finding a diesel car or truck - a truck with fewer than 18 wheels, anyway - on an American highway was about as rare as an icy road in July. Not so today. The era of dirty, smelly and noisy diesel vehicles has gone the way of the 8-track tape player, clearing a path for high-profile and increasingly popular diesel sedans, SUVs and pickup trucks.
Five tips to make the benefits of working from home work for you
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.
A practice that was once frowned upon, many schools are now encouraging students to bring their own tablets, smartphones and notebook computers into the classroom to improve student learning opportunities. With the rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs, many parents are wondering how they can ensure their child has the most appropriate technology to help them succeed. The upcoming holiday season is a great opportunity to find the right device for your child.
We sit on our smartphones, toss them into a purse and sometimes, quite accidentally, douse them in the toilet. And that doesn't include what grimy-fingered kids do to smartphones as they play games. Generally, we are not very nice to the technology that has become central to our lifestyles.
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.
Safety tips for your home's largest moving object - the garage door
The garage door's role in the home has changed dramatically over the last 30 years and most people don't realize it. Consider this: garage door openers have been installed in 35 million homes across the United States, making them one of the most widely used appliances. In fact, more than 70 percent of today's homeowners use their attached garage as their main entrance to their home.
New laws emerge as technology impacts cars and driving
As it relates to public policy, lawmakers may be feeling overwhelmed as they try to keep up with researching, writing and passing legislation to regulate new technologies to maintain public safety or prevent the invasion of privacy. Here is news on some enacted and proposed legislation involving technology and driving.
Top 2014 home improvement trends: smart homes and home automation
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. Some experts are predicting 2014 will be the year of the smart home. Home automation is a top home improvement trend, making the Jetsons' futuristic lifestyle more realistic than ever before.
How your car's computers can improve your gas mileage
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 or more. Here are some tips you can use to improve your gas mileage during the miles ahead, using your car's technology.
Miley Cyrus, notorious trials and Obamacare top online searches for 2013
While election politicking dominated the top 10 searches of 2012, this year people were a little starry-eyed when it comes to online searching. Miley Cyrus (No. 1) came into our lives like a wrecking ball and dethroned Kim Kardashian (No. 2) to become Yahoo's most searched person in 2013.