Beware: Not all online shopping is alike

By: Andrea N. Browne

I’m an avid online shopper, but last year I had an online shopping first: I made several purchases through third-party sellers on Amazon.com and Etsy.com. [Third-party sellers are usually small businesses or individuals operating their own mini-websites within a larger online operation.]You can tell whether an item is being offered by a third-party seller on Amazon by checking the... READ MORE

Facebook features you may not know about

By: Barbara Ortutay

Did you know you can add a pronunciation guide to your name on Facebook? Overlay colorful text on the photos you post? How about mark the end of a relationship without your 500 closest friends getting notified?Many of these tips and tricks aren’t well known, even to veterans of the 1.5 billion-strong people-connector and time-waster website.Facebook is constantly updating its service, ... READ MORE

Many options for alleviating chronic pain

By: Gina Roberts-Grey

Lenore Beetar of Woodbridge, Va., 89, wasn’t ready to slow down. The former Rockette high-kicked her way to an extremely active life raising her children, interacting with friends, and rarely resting in the same place for very long.But in December 2014, a tumble down the stairs she described as “a beautiful somersault” resulted in a fracture in her neck. The subsequent... READ MORE

New tech gadgets amuse adults and kids

By: Bree Fowler

Imagine turning a standard can of beer into a frothy draft beer with a head. Or how about using the charge in your fingers to clean your teeth, or taking a walk with a robot dinosaur?At the CE Week gadget show in New York recently, there were several standouts amid the sea of smartphone chargers and 3-D printers. Some are set to hit stores near you in the not-too-distant future. Here is a... READ MORE

Think you’ve been hacked? Do this now

By: Brandon Bailey and Joseph Pisani

The entire U.S. federal workforce may be at risk after yet another intrusion from what security experts believe were hackers based in China. The Department of Homeland Security said that data from the Office of Personnel Management — the human resources department for the federal government — and the Interior Department were infiltrated.Two hacking incidents this summer affect a ... READ MORE

Fitness bands that won’t break the bank

By: Jeff Bertolucci

Whether you want to lose weight or simply stay fit, electronic fitness trackers may be able to help. Fitness bands, often worn around the wrist like bracelets, are designed to keep track of your progress and keep you motivated.Many of them are used to set fitness goals, track the amount of calories burned, and the distance walked or run. They can even monitor your heart rate and sleep... READ MORE