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

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