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We may not be getting smarter every day, but our gadgets sure are. No longer just the domain of computers and cell phones, now more and more devices are Internet-connected, from fridges to lightbulbs. But where does convenience end and frivolity begin? How it works Many devices now come with software (or its cousin, firmware) and a wireless network connector allowing the device to access either a...
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Turn on your TV and the options are seemingly endless. Basic cable subscribers typically get 30 to 40 channels. For those willing to pay more, the choices increase significantly. News junkies have 27 options. Nine premium channels offer recent movies and original programming. If you’re into sports…well, let’s just say the possibilities are virtually endless. Even with all that, the phrase “there’...
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How much television do you watch? According to a recent Neilsen study, the average American household with a typical cable package receives 189 channels but watches fewer than 18. That’s less than 10% of the available channels—meaning a whopping 90% are going mostly or entirely unwatched. And it’s not just the nuisance of sifting through dozens of unwanted channels that has television consumers...
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W hether it’s raining or not, there’s probably still a cloud in your future. Ever wondered what everyone’s talking about when they talk about storing things “in the cloud”? It’s probably both easier and more useful than you expected. What is cloud storage? The term “cloud storage” is sort of a fancy way of saying that something is not stored on a piece of hardware in your possession. Instead, it...
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Retirement is a time of great possibility. Many retirees report plans to travel, spend time with family, and pick up new hobbies. Now, more older adults are deciding to use at least some of their newfound free time back in a classroom—but not just any classroom. In the last few years, the popularity of online learning has grown significantly. A recent Pew study showed that 73% of adults consider...
These days video chats or video calls are pretty much as simple as tapping a button.
The holidays are almost here and, in the age of the Internet, seeing family and friends face-to-face no longer requires expensive plane tickets or a hefty long-distance bill. Now, you can watch your grandkids open their presents on Christmas morning, even if they’re spread out in different places. Thanks to smartphones and computers and their built-in cameras, video chats or video calls are...
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E arlier this year, my husband and I received an exciting Facebook message from our friends in Aachen, Germany. It read, “We are getting married! We hope you can join us for the celebration in July.” These friends were kind enough to travel to the U.S. for our wedding only two years earlier, so we sprang into action to see how we could make the trip with only a few months’ notice. Luckily, most...
Home solar panels
We’ve all heard that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But what if there were such a thing as free electricity? That’s the idea behind solar energy and the increasing popularity of home solar panels. So what’s the catch, and is it really free? The basics According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), “enough sunlight hits the earth’s surface in one and a half hours to power the entire...
Fresh food delivered through online grocery shopping.
It can be hard to find enough time to go grocery shopping. Busy schedules and important tasks often take precedence over clipping coupons and planning meals. Inclement weather and physical impairments make traveling to the store and carrying heavy bags a challenge. Online grocery shopping and meal subscription services eliminate these inconveniences and concerns. They allow you to purchase...