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Screen time tied to health issues

<strong>Screen time tied to health issues</strong>
Metro ServiceTime glued to digital devices has profound effects on physical and mental health, and many experts are advising people to cut back on the time they spend on their devices. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Do you feel panicked if you leave home without mobile phone in hand? Do you find it difficult to sit in the house without browsing the internet on your devices? Are your children spending much of their classroom hours on tablets? Screen time has taken over most people’s daily lives, but at what cost? A 2014 report from Nielsen found that adults log a total of 11 hours of screen time per day. Delaney Ruston, (more…)
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How to utilize social media to help your community

<strong> How to utilize social media to help your community</strong>
Metro ServiceThe following are just a handful of ways to utilize social media to help your community. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Social media changed the world. Despite their relative infancy, platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are now ingrained in the everyday lives of billions of people across the globe. Though it has its critics, social media also has the potential to affect positive change. Grassroots fundraising efforts such as the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” in which participants dumped ice cold water over their heads to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS, might have seemed silly at the time, but that’s just one example of how social media (more…)
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How to embrace –digital– organizational tools

<strong>How to embrace  –digital– organizational tools</strong>
Metro ServiceThe same devices that keep people in touch can help them stay more organized. ■ Metro Service / Contributed When internet usage switched from mere fad to fully functional, few people may have imagined just how profound — and mobile — it would become. While electronic use was largely stationary as recently as a few years ago, it’s now second nature for users to send and receive information on the go. Smartphone use has increased dramatically in recent years, and these pocket-sized devices can be reliable hubs of information. The same devices that keep people in touch can help them stay more organized. Here’s how to use mobile devices to (more…)
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Online banking safety tips

<strong>Online banking safety tips</strong>
Metro ServiceWhile online or mobile banking makes it easy for consumers to manage their money, it’s also potentially much riskier than in-person banking at the bank. ■ Metro Service / Contributed In the digital era, many errands that once required leaving the house can be conducted from the comforts of home. Groceries can be ordered online and delivered to consumers’ doorsteps, while bills can be paid online, saving men and women from having to drive to their nearby post office. Online banking has revolutionized the way people manage their money. Investors can buy or sell stocks with the click of a mouse, and money can be moved across accounts just as (more…)
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5 tips to bring your home’s Wi-Fi ‘dead zones’ to life

<strong>5 tips to bring your home’s Wi-Fi ‘dead zones’ to life</strong>
StatePoint MediaThe reality is that there are certain locations in many homes where Internet-connected devices and smartphones are unable to receive a steady Wi-Fi. ■ StatePoint Media / Contributed Whether it’s to stream a movie from the bedroom or lock the front door using smart home technology, you’ve likely come to expect Wi-Fi to reach every corner of your house. The reality is that there are certain locations in many homes where Internet-connected devices and smartphones are unable to receive a steady Wi-Fi signal (or any signal at all) from the router. These sad places are called “dead zones.” “Dead zones typically include bathrooms, second and third story bedrooms, attics, basements, (more…)
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How to choose tech toys to help your child develop crucial skills

<strong>How to choose tech toys to help your child develop crucial skills</strong>
StatePoint MediaBy choosing the right toys for your children, you can help them build confidence, creativity, critical thinking and other skills that will serve them throughout their lives. ■ StatePoint Media / Contributed Children today are growing up surrounded by technology from infancy. But even in a digital world, research has found that it’s crucial for kids to draw on classic play patterns that they have enjoyed for decades – such as coddling a doll, kicking or throwing a ball and learning to follow the rules of a board game. The world may have changed in today’s digital age, but playing in classic ways is essential for children to reach healthy (more…)
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How to utilize social media to help your community

<strong>How to utilize social media to help your community</strong>
Metro ServiceSocial media makes it possible for ordinary citizens to help their communities in significant ways. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Social media changed the world. Despite their relative infancy, platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are now ingrained in the everyday lives of billions of people across the globe. Though it has its critics, social media also has the potential to effect positive change. Grassroots fundraising efforts such as the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” in which participants dumped ice cold water over their heads to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS, might have seemed silly at the time, but that’s just one example of how social media was (more…)
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Millennials want to say ‘I Do’ to high-tech wedding registries

<strong>Millennials want to say ‘I Do’ to high-tech wedding registries</strong>
StatePoint MediaAs technology has evolved, so too has the registry. ■ StatePoint Media / Contributed Once upon a time, wedding registries were created so newlyweds would have all the basic essentials to establish their first home. But as technology has evolved, so too has the registry. Gone are the days where registries only include dishware and candlesticks. Couples can now incorporate modern must-haves, like connected light bulbs, voice assistants and smart showers. Leading faucet manufacturer, Moen, commissioned a survey conducted online by Harris Poll in March 2018, which investigated what smart products would top the list when it comes to millennial (ages 18-34 at time of survey) wedding registries and how (more…)
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How to Recognize and Avoid College Scholarship Scams

<strong>How to Recognize and Avoid College Scholarship Scams</strong>
StatePoint MediaWith rising tuition, today’s students are particularly vulnerable to financial aid and scholarship scams. ■ StatePoint Media / Contributed Average college costs have doubled in the last two decades, and this financial pressure along with new technologies makes today’s students particularly vulnerable to financial aid and scholarship scams. “Scammers know to take advantage of those who are stressed,” says Robert C. Ballard, president and CEO of Scholarship America, the nation’s largest nonprofit scholarship and education support organization. “Fortunately, there are some ways you can avoid getting duped.” To help you spot scams, Scholarship America offers the following insights. Fees and other red flags Scholarship programs charging a fee to apply (more…)
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Holiday gift ideas for avid gamers

<strong>Holiday gift ideas for avid gamers</strong>
Metro ServiceToday’s multiplayer online games feature participants from all walks of life who connect via their gaming consoles, computers, tablets, and smartphones. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Video games have a strong and enduring fanbase. Since their inception in the early 1970s, video games have been a popular component of personal recreation and culture. The Entertainment Software Association annual report says 65 percent of homes in the United States own a gaming device, while 48 percent own “a dedicated game console.” The report also indicates consumers spent $25.5 billion on gaming in 2015, with $16.5 billion on gaming content alone. Although video games originated as arcade entertainment and one- or two-player (more…)