Try before you buy from online retailers

By: Joseph Pisani

Amazon is set to launch a service that lets customers order clothes, try them on at home, and pay only for what they keep. It sounds novel, but Amazon is actually late to the party. Several online startups have offered try-before-you-buy options for items including jewelry, clothing, glasses and more.It makes shoppers less nervous about buying online, the companies say, and also gives... READ MORE

How to reuse, recycle or sell old phones

By: Barbara Ortutay

It’s natural to get the phone-upgrade itch when the likes of Apple, Samsung and others keep coming out with newer models. And sometimes your old phone is just kaput.But what do you do with a serviceable but outdated gadget? Rather than relegate an old phone to a desk drawer, consider reusing, recycling or reselling it. Of course, there’s also the option to donate.Here’s a... READ MORE

How to leave your digital assets to heirs

By: Ken Moraif

My mom, who passed away a few years ago, was a very careful and meticulous person who kept a notebook with all of her online account passwords. Mom was also a Morse code operator in the Royal Air Force during WWII, so all of her passwords were in code.I was lucky: She told me about the book and her codes. If she hadn’t, finding and deciphering her notes would have taken a very long... READ MORE

Sleep gadgets promise better night’s rest

By: Anne D’Innocenzio

Pillows that track your snoozing patterns? A bed that adjusts based on how much you twist and turn? Companies are adding more technology into their products, hoping to lure customers craving a better night’s sleep. Some specialized businesses are making gadgets that promise to measure and improve the quality of slumber, while mass-market retailers like Best Buy are offering... READ MORE

If online, beware: fraudsters proliferate

By: Mary Kane

During a recent stay in a San Diego rehabilitation facility to recover from surgery, Eva Velasquez’s mother used social media to keep her spirits up. “She was all over Facebook,” Velasquez said.For some seniors, going online links them to a larger community for support. But there’s a downside as well, according to Velasquez, who is also president of the Identity... READ MORE

New technologies to prove you are you

By: Thomas H. Blanton

The days of PINs and passwords are numbered as more companies embrace futuristic identification software designed to combine practicality with protection.Facial recognitionDelta Air Lines has started testing facial recognition technology at a self-service bag drop in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.Passengers will check in with the airline and check their luggage at a kiosk... READ MORE