Tech devices give early health warning

By: Lauran Neergaard

A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease.Geneticist Michael Snyder never had Lyme’s characteristic bulls-eye rash. But a smart watch and other sensors charted changes in Snyder’s heart rate and oxygen levels during a family... READ MORE

New, happier returns for online purchases

By: Anne D’Innocenzio

As online shopping surges, so do the returns — and the hassles for shoppers trying to get rid of items that aren’t right. A few startups dedicated to online returns, as well as changes at some big stores, may make it easier.With the contest for shoppers’ loyalty intense, retailers need to keep them happy — and returns can be a key part of that. Online purchases get... READ MORE

Add latest safety technology to your car

By: Dee-Ann Durbin

Old cars can learn new tricks.For a few hundred dollars, drivers can add new safety technology — like forward collision warning systems or backup cameras — to older cars.Cars are lasting longer than ever, thanks to improving quality. The average U.S. vehicle is now 11.6 years old, according to the consulting firm IHS Markit. But that means millions of car owners are missing out... READ MORE

Free class teaches coding for beginners

By: Sandrzej

Every computer has “genies” that will obey your commands. But you have to know how to give your command to the genie so it will do exactly what you instructed. Giving these instructions so that the computer will understand you is called codingA free mini-course in coding will be given at the Rockville Senior Center on Fridays, June 9, 16 and 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. each day.... READ MORE

Take new car technology out for a spin

By: Dee-Ann Durbin

Car shopping isn’t just about kicking the tires anymore. It’s also about testing the technology.The rapidly evolving in-car infotainment and navigation systems can be bewildering for all but the most tech-savvy car buyers. The average vehicle on U.S. roads is 11 years old; that means many people last went car shopping before iPhones were invented.Car buyers should make sure they ... READ MORE

Simple rules for proper email etiquette

By: Miriam Cross

Q. What are appropriate ways to begin and end work-related emails?A. Save “Hi” for colleagues and work acquaintances. New clients should be greeted with “Hello” or “Dear,” followed by “Mr.” or “Ms.” (or a professional title) and the person’s surname.“The addressee won’t notice the word hello as much as the respect ... READ MORE