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Monday 02/17/2020
Turning gaming into a career: How girls are taking the reins
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Careers in the video game industry are highly desirable, and for good reason. Working for a video game company can be rewarding, and equally important, turns a favorite pastime into an exciting career. However, for tween and teen girl gamers, the prospect of one day working in the video game industry may seem daunting. While 46% of the U.S. gamer population is female, women account for only 22% of video game developers.

Thursday 02/13/2020
If You’re Feeling Down, You’re Not Alone. It’s That Time of Year
Updated: February 15, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPS)—You may have heard the terms—winter blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern. No matter what you call it, with approximately 17.3 million adults in the U.S. experiencing seasonal depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, feeling gloomy this time of year isn’t uncommon—but it can be overcome.

The Problem

Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern (formerly called SAD) can affect anyone of any age. Whether you’re a student returning to class, a busy working professional who’s always playing catchup, or even newly retired with found time on your hands, the excitement of the holidays is long over and wintry dark days are here. While January and February are the typical peak months for the disorder, symptoms can persist through April, according to Mental Health America.

Doctor’s Advice

When that feeling of sadness persists for several weeks, it’s time to take action, according to Dr. Desreen Dudley, a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Behavioral Health Provider of Therapeutic Services for Teladoc Health. But, she points out, often the toughest thing for many is how to discern whether what they feel is temporary or something more serious.

“If someone has a few days of feeling low, that’s normal and typically nothing to worry about. It’s when the feeling lingers for weeks and people lose interest in daily activities and suffer persistent negative thoughts, that lend a stronger basis for Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Affective Pattern diagnosis,” she says.

What To Watch For

Other symptoms she warns about are:

•Change in appetite

•Change in sleep pattern

•Decreased energy

•Decreased concentration

•Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

•An inability to think, concentrate, or finish tasks at work or school

•Thinking about suicide, self-harm, or death

Dr. Dudley contends individuals already struggling with depressive disorders are susceptible to SAD patterns. For older Americans, a Vitamin D deficiency can exacerbate low moods. On the other end of the spectrum, she has worked with newly independent college students who find SAD a heavy burden and say their new responsibilities of classes, exams and jobs can compound their depression. For some, not rising as early for classes as they did in high school means sleeping in more and further limiting their exposure to sunlight.

What To Do

In addition to considering therapy, such as virtual care, which is available on your terms and from any location you choose, Dr. Dudley recommends:

•Avoiding or cutting back on alcohol and other addictive substances

•Eating healthfully—more lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and eliminating sugar

•Daily exercise at least 30 minute a day (walking counts)

•Yoga or meditation

•Learning about and trying light therapy

•Regularly surrounding yourself with those you enjoy being around.

When To Seek Help

According to a recent global study conducted by Ipsos MORI for Teladoc Health, individuals often recognize when they’re struggling, but even so, over a third of the respondents who have had one mental health episode admitted to not seeking professional help. The reason? For many, it’s often the difficulty in finding mental health care.

“Thankfully, virtual care is becoming increasingly available as a source of convenient mental health care,” Dr. Dudley says. “It eliminates the traditional obstacles of in-person visits and has opened up access for anyone with a busy schedule, individuals who may have difficulty getting out of the house and students who may fear the stigma of walking into the campus mental health clinic.”

Learn More 

For further information, visit www.Teladoc.com/therapy.

Wednesday 02/12/2020
Smartphone upgrades don't have to cost a fortune
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - With the latest flagship smartphones like the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S10 carrying price tags near $1,000, upgrading to a premium phone may seem out of reach to someone on a limited budget.

Tuesday 02/11/2020
Hottest kitchen trends from KBIS 2020
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Today’s home chefs want — and expect — more from their kitchens than ever before. To optimize their culinary and entertaining skills, they seek exciting new ways to push the boundaries of what they can do at home. These forward-thinking cooks also aim to prepare meals efficiently, using the best high-tech advances available. In fact, a new study conducted by The Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence reveals that kitchen designers have seen increased demand for dual-fuel appliances in the past year and that convection and induction cooking are on the rise.

Monday 02/10/2020
Ease into cord cutting with 4 easy steps
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Ditching cable for what are known as “streaming” services like Netflix, Hulu, Philo and more is all the rage these days. Despite what one may think, it’s easy to make the move from traditional cable or satellite TV to a robust, highly affordable and customized TV-watching experience. Cutting cable not only gives you access to the TV shows and movies you already love, but will open up a new world of entertainment you can watch when you want and where you want on TVs or almost any device you own like cell phones, tablets, and more.

Thursday 02/06/2020
20,000 ways you can catch up on your award-season viewing [Video]
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

Wednesday 02/05/2020
Spotify explores why women love true crime as it releases new True Crime podcasts
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - True crime storytelling has become wildly popular across the globe, and 2019 saw some of the most thrilling stories yet. While there are different ways to get your true crime fix, podcasts are tailor-made in a way you can’t find anywhere else. Spotify is giving podcast fans new, engaging ways to listen and discover audio content through a truly personalized experience so they can binge their favorite crime stories.

Wednesday 01/29/2020
Financial insight: Red flags and smart steps to avoid scams
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - You work hard for your money. Unfortunately, crooks work hard as well, attempting various tactics to take your money. If you fall for a scam, little can be done to help you get your money back. In order to keep your financial and personal information safe, it’s necessary to look for red flags and be proactive about security.

Monday 01/27/2020
How small businesses can boost sales
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - With over 30 million small businesses in the U.S., it's tough to stand out from the crowd. Successful small businesses turn first-time customers into repeat business, building momentum and growing sales.

Hands-On Learners Thrive in Transportation Technology
Posted: January 27, 2020

(NewsUSA) - The arrival of the new year means new decisions for students planning their futures and seeking a career path that not only suits their strengths, but also brings them satisfaction and security.

Friday 01/24/2020
5 tips for hosting a top-notch big game party
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It’s the height of football season, and you’re looking forward to hosting the big game this year. No matter which team you're cheering for, it’s all about prepping your home for the big event. But there’s no need to stress. Here are a few simple tips to make sure your party is the talk of the town.

Tuesday 01/21/2020
How to save $1,000 in 2020: Cutting the cord for the New Year
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Just like many decide to cut ties with unhealthy habits for their New Year’s resolutions, cutting the cord is also becoming increasingly popular. “Cord-cutting” refers to the act of canceling cable TV subscriptions, and opting instead for streaming options like Netflix, HBO Go, or YouTube TV — and it can mean significant cost savings.

Monday 01/20/2020
Amazing electronics: Noteworthy innovations from 2020 International CES
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - CES — the Consumer Electronics Show — is the annual trade show that showcases the best in tech innovations from around the world. These technologies push the boundaries of what is possible, from automotive to robotics to computers and more.

Thursday 01/16/2020
Criminals target the connected home: Simple steps to stay safe
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - From smart coffee makers and vacuums to controlling your home with the touch of a button, connectivity reigns king in 2020. Smart devices in homes are on the rise, which means there has never been more digital connectivity for Americans. It also means there has never been more opportunity for savvy criminals looking to hack your devices.

Wednesday 01/15/2020
How to Troubleshoot Your Technology Issues
Posted: January 15, 2020

(StatePoint) If you’re like most people, you’ve spent more time than you’re willing to admit troubleshooting a technology issue with any one of the many devices in your connected home. Did you know that the average person owns at least 10 connected devices from Macs and PCs, smartphones, tablets and printers, to voice assistants, video doorbells and even home automation systems? 

Monday 01/13/2020
Innovation Insider Steve Greenberg Reveals Latest and Greatest Tech [Video]
Posted: January 13, 2020

5 ways to bolster your business for success in 2020
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

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Friday 01/10/2020
How living with AI can improve your daily life
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - These days, AI — artificial intelligence — has become a household name, mostly because so many household gadgets and appliances use it.

Thursday 01/09/2020
The Public Health Threat No One Talks About: Loneliness
Posted: January 09, 2020

(NAPSI)—There is a public health threat looming across the United States that’s not visible to most but affects nearly half of all Americans daily: loneliness. Social isolation is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is twice as harmful as obesity. Worst of all, loneliness is a contributing factor in senior suicides, which are rising in the U.S. While it is not something people like to think about, now more than ever, Americans must remove the stigma around mental health and spread awareness to better combat loneliness.

Wednesday 01/08/2020
SPSAT/NMSQT Score Release Provides Students And Educators With Tools And Learning Opportunities
Posted: January 08, 2020

(NAPSI)—Every autumn, more than 4 million sophomores and juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT. When students get their test results in December, they get much more than a score—they get an invitation to productive practice and a connection to distinct benefits and opportunities to support their journey to college.

Tuesday 01/07/2020
Shaping our future with AI
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting everyone's lives more and more. The latest technology increasingly helps daily tasks and routines become simpler, leaving consumers with more time to spend on other priorities.

Monday 01/06/2020
How small businesses crushed 2019 holiday sales
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Mastering online sales reaps big rewards for small businesses.

Friday 12/27/2019
8 gift ideas for energetic entrepreneurs
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Entrepreneurship is becoming an increasingly common career as passionate and creative people start successful businesses on their own. But entrepreneurial endeavors aren’t easy. The lifestyle requires long hours, hard work and dedication.

Sunday 12/22/2019
9 subscription services that make the perfect gift
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Subscription boxes are gifts that keep on giving. Not only will your loved one be ecstatic to receive the first box, but they’ll also be reminded of your thoughtfulness every time a new one shows up on their doorstep.

Saturday 12/21/2019
Better baking: 5 things to know about your oven
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Measuring, mixing, blending and kneading — there is so much that goes into the art of baking. You start with the right materials and techniques, but you also need to be familiar with how your oven works to get the best results.

Thursday 12/19/2019
Club for the Future enables students to send space mail
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Did you know that students can send postcards to space and have the cards returned right back to their mailbox for only the cost of a stamp?

Wednesday 12/18/2019
Need gaming gift ideas? Here's a gift that wows today and for months to come
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - When you think back to your childhood, there are probably only a few times you remember receiving a gift that really blew you away. It was likely something you always wanted but didn't think you would ever get, and when you opened that present, your excitement was off the charts.

Help For The Self-Employed
Posted: December 18, 2019

(NAPSI)—Whether you run a part-time business, do freelance work, or own your own business, you’re in good company. About 16 million adults in America work for themselves, and nearly half that number are baby boomers.

The gig economy is on the rise – is it for you?
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Freelancer, passion projects, side hustles are all synonymous with the gig economy — which has grown substantially over the past decade. The economic downturn of 2008 led many employers to recruit gig/temporary workers to control costs. The explosion of rideshare services and other contract employment has increased the awareness of gig as a steady work stream.

Tuesday 12/17/2019
A Record 186 Million Consumers Plan to Buy Tech Gifts This Holiday Season [Video]
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

Monday 12/16/2019
The Best Innovations, Inventions and More As We Approach the New Decade
Posted: December 16, 2019

How to maximize AI usage at home
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As the prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI) in the home grows, so too does the amount of helpful features available to make daily tasks much easier. While the abundance of smart home technology (powered by AI) can seem overwhelming, the more you know, the better these functions can impact your life positively. Through a true understanding of these innovative breakthroughs, you can easily expand the usage of AI in your home and take advantage of its benefits.

Friday 12/13/2019
Giving The Gift Of Love
Posted: December 13, 2019

(NAPSI)—Most people would agree, the best gift during the holidays—and all year round—is the gift of love. For thousands of families, that means welcoming a puppy into their home. For those considering getting a new best friend for themselves or someone else, remember that choosing a puppy is a big decision. It’s also one you should think about carefully—for both your sake and the dog’s.

Thursday 12/12/2019
Home Theater Tips for the Big Game and Awards Season
Posted: December 12, 2019

(StatePoint) From the Big Game to awards shows, you’ll want to ensure that you are prepared to host all the greatest television events of the season.

Wednesday 12/11/2019
5 Essentials for the "Perfect" Workstation
Posted: December 11, 2019

(NewsUSA) -In the business of making well-designed ergonomic tools for the workspace for more than 35 years, Humanscale and its team of certified ergonomists know that the ideal workstation is about more than just a beautiful chair or desk. There are a number of key factors to consider to ensure that a workstation is functional and adaptable, as well as comfortable and healthy for the user. The leader in sustainable ergonomic tools for work has prepared a checklist to create a better workstation, fit for the home or corporate office. 

5 Essentials for the "Perfect" Workstation
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 2:49 am

(NewsUSA) -In the business of making well-designed ergonomic tools for the workspace for more than 35 years, Humanscale and its team of certified ergonomists know that the ideal workstation is about more than just a beautiful chair or desk. There are a number of key factors to consider to ensure that a workstation is functional and adaptable, as well as comfortable and healthy for the user. The leader in sustainable ergonomic tools for work has prepared a checklist to create a better workstation, fit for the home or corporate office. 

Secrets to success from winners of Amazon’s Small Business Spotlight Awards
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Starting a small business requires a lot of hard work and commitment, with no guarantee of success. Thanks to the internet and the rise of e-commerce, small businesses today can capitalize on opportunities using tech tools that didn’t exist a couple of decades ago. This has opened up possibilities for businesses of all sizes, whether they’re home-based solo ventures or have employees and a storefront.

Tuesday 12/10/2019
Keep mom, dad and the grands home safe with the latest technology
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Technological advancements are helping aging adults stay safe, comfortable and connected as they age in place. And, families can feel more confident about mom, dad and the grands living independently, especially around the holidays.

Tech gifts for absolutely everyone on your list
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - One of the best things about technology today is that there’s a huge variety of items to choose from that can suit anybody on your list, for a surprising range of prices.

Monday 12/09/2019
The must-have gaming gift this holiday season
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Don’t know what to get the gamer in your life? No idea what the hottest games are, or what gaming products are trending? Don’t despair — there is one gift that any gamer will love, whether they’re a novice or a veteran gaming aficionado.

Friday 12/06/2019
Eco-friendly gifts for a merrier (and greener) holiday season
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for giving. And with this eco-friendly gift guide, giving greener is easier. Whether you’re shopping for the gardener, techie, alternative energy aficionado or the do-it-yourselfer, this is your go-to resource for gifts that please people and the planet.

Fuel Your Adventures with Great Coffee on The Road
Updated: December 27, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News -Whether you are in a hotel room, at your desk, in an RV, or by a campfire, it can be difficult to get a good cup of coffee away from home. With the holiday travel season in full swing, travelers are wondering how best to enjoy their morning java while on the go.

Fuel Your Adventures with Great Coffee on The Road
Posted: December 06, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News -Whether you are in a hotel room, at your desk, in an RV, or by a campfire, it can be difficult to get a good cup of coffee away from home. With the holiday travel season in full swing, travelers are wondering how best to enjoy their morning java while on the go.

Fuel Your Adventures with Great Coffee on The Road
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 2:49 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News -Whether you are in a hotel room, at your desk, in an RV, or by a campfire, it can be difficult to get a good cup of coffee away from home. With the holiday travel season in full swing, travelers are wondering how best to enjoy their morning java while on the go.

Better by design: Senior tech benefits from user input
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The technology market for older users is booming. With the world’s 65-plus population poised to hit one billion by 2030, manufacturers are scrambling to find new ways to put digital products into the hands of this lucrative market.

Thursday 12/05/2019
Ways your smartphone can alleviate stress this holiday season
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The holidays are full of joy and festivities, but the season can also bring hassle and stress. Fortunately, it’s simple to ease holiday headaches and streamline to-do’s when you use your smartphone in a smart way.

Amazon’s Best of Prime Highlights the Year’s Top Trends
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - What were the biggest trends of 2019? With more than one hundred million Prime members around the world, there is no better indicator than Amazon’s Best of Prime.* The results are particularly telling because over the past year, Prime welcomed more members worldwide than ever before.

4 home upgrades that are good for the environment
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Consumers today are more mindful about the environmental impact of everything they do, from driving and traveling to energy usage in their homes. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps homeowners can take to save energy and help the environment.

Tips to prepare your home for winter weather
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - No matter where you live, there are bound to be weather challenges this winter. Your home may suffer damage, minor or major, from the onslaught of colder weather, along with wind, heavy rain, ice storms or even major snow systems. This can affect not only the integrity and value of your home, but may lead to costly repairs down the road. That's why it's smart to prep now, to prevent bigger problems in the future. It's also a good idea to make sure that your home is prepped for spending more time indoors.

Here are basic tasks to prepare for wintry weather, and to ensure your family stays healthy and safe inside.

1. Perform a safety check

Are your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in good working order? Make monthly testing of these safety features a regular part of your seasonal household chores. For battery-operated units keep up-to-date with battery changes as per manufacturer instructions. Also be aware and take action if you hear any low battery alarms. Also, do you have a home fire extinguisher in your kitchen?

2. Ensure clean indoor air

Make sure your home’s heating and air conditioning units are in good condition, and schedule regular tune-ups to avoid unpleasant surprises. Change your furnace filter frequently, so your air quality stays clean indoors, where you’re likely to spend more time as temps get cooler. Also, consider setting up a schedule with a professional to have your ductwork cleaned on a regular basis.

3. Keep the outside out

Check weatherstripping around exterior doors, replacing where necessary, then seal and caulk exterior wood, since wood trim can rot around windows and outside doors. Walk around the outside of your home with spray foam gap sealer and caulk to plug gaps, cracks and holes in siding and around windows. Find and seal air leaks where you may be losing valuable heat and letting in the cold. Many energy companies offer an energy audit to discover where you may be losing both heat and money — and advise you on ways to improve your insulation. Making sure your gutters are cleaned out and in good condition helps protect your home's exterior from exposure to moisture due to rain, ice or snow melt.

4. Install back-up power

Power outages occur for many reasons, usually outside your control. In major storms, outages can last for days or even weeks when a large area is affected. To protect your home and family, an automatic standby generator gives you peace of mind — even when you’re not at home.

Look for a unit that comes in a durable aluminum enclosure with options that can withstand up to 181 mph winds and can be installed as close as 18 inches from your home (important for areas with tight lot lines and strict building codes), such as select models of KOHLER standby home generators. They will automatically start and restore your power in seconds, whether you’re home or away.

Units can be monitored remotely from your smartphone or laptop. The unit is permanently installed near your home, and provides high-quality power that can run your sump pump, furnace or air conditioner, and major appliances — plus delicate electronics. KOHLER generators feature commercial-grade engines built to withstand extreme workloads over many years, and they come with a five-year warranty. This is not a do-it-yourself job; you will need to work with a professionally licensed and insured generator installer.

5. Trim your trees

Now is a great time to get your trees trimmed, while it’s easier to access branches without all the extra foliage. Trimming dead branches helps prevent problems that can occur due to wind or ice storms, when a falling branch could endanger a power line, car or home. Like all professional contractors, work with tree service companies that have proper credentials and insurance.

6. Check your roof

Whether you inspect your roof yourself or hire a professional, it's a good idea to take care of repairs before winter wind, hail, snow and ice do their worst. Look for blistering, curling, buckling — or missing — shingles. Moss or lichen growing can indicate decay underneath. Any visible sagging of your roof, rust or cracks around flashing or vent pipes should also be repaired promptly to avoid later problems like leaks.

Don't let the calamities of winter take you and your family by surprise. Doing prep work and maintenance on your home now, with a focus on safety, will ensure that you're ready for anything that may come your way — even if it's just hunkering down in your home for the season.

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