‘Tech neck’ a hazard of the electronic age

By Beacon
Posted on October 27, 2015

When Mom nagged you to “sit up straight,” she likely had no idea how important that advice would become, thanks to our reliance on smartphones and tablets.One study suggests that the average person spends two to four hours every day on electronic devices. That’s thousands of hours every year spent in a position that puts several extra pounds... READ MORE

Beware: Not all online shopping is alike

By Andrea N. Browne
Posted on October 20, 2015

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
Posted on October 06, 2015

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
Posted on September 05, 2015

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
Posted on August 21, 2015

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
Posted on August 07, 2015

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
Posted on July 24, 2015

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

Smart mirrors help boost clothing sales

By Anne D’Innocenzio
Posted on July 03, 2015

Imagine a fitting room with a “smart’’ mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will fit without you having to undress.A handful of primarily upscale retailers, including Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, are testing... READ MORE

Man controls robotic arm with his thoughts

By Alicia Chang
Posted on June 26, 2015

A man paralyzed by gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer, and play “rock, paper, scissors’’ by controlling a robotic arm with his thoughts, researchers reported.Two years ago, doctors in California implanted a pair of tiny chips into the brain of Erik Sorto that decoded his thoughts to move the free-standing robotic arm. The 34-year-old has been... READ MORE

Auto safety technology is cool, but costly

By Dee-Ann Durbin
Posted on June 08, 2015

Drivers want more collision-prevention technology in their cars, but there is a limit to how much they will pay.Blind spot detection, night vision and collision avoidance systems — which automatically apply the brakes if the driver doesn’t react in time — are the top three technologies drivers want on their next cars, according to a study released recently by the... READ MORE