Data breaches threaten patient records

By Lindsey Tanner
Posted on June 01, 2015

Your private medical information is under threat. That’s according to a study that found almost 30 million health records nationwide were involved in criminal theft, malicious hacking or other data breaches over four years. The incidents seem to be increasing.Compromised information included patients’ names, home addresses, ages, illnesses, test results or Social Security... READ MORE

Financial apps to help you trim spending

By Alex Veiga
Posted on May 22, 2015

Joshua Levinson was about to splurge on some exercise equipment, but a personal finance app on his smartphone gave him a friendly reminder: He’d just recently dropped $150 for Valentine’s Day.“When I looked at that, I was like ‘OK, this has been an expensive week,’” said the 22-year-old college student.That notification, flashed by the Mint Personal... READ MORE

Robots become investment opportunity

By Anne Kates Smith
Posted on April 25, 2015

Robots are an increasingly important and widespread segment of the workforce. The auto industry remains the largest market for robots. But they can also be found neutralizing land mines for the military, fulfilling orders in warehouses, and assisting in surgical procedures in hospitals.The International Federation of Robotics estimates that 1.3 to 1.6 million industrial robots are in use.... READ MORE

Fluctuating online prices stump shoppers

By Anne D’Innocezio
Posted on April 20, 2015

Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for shoppers to “buy low.”A growing number of retailers are using software that changes online prices based on demand, competition, inventory and other factors. The main goal is to undercut rivals when necessary, and raise... READ MORE

Fairfax volunteers offer free tech advice

By Rebekah Sewell
Posted on April 03, 2015

Fairfax county resident and avid music fan Bill Behnke, 69, was having some iPod issues. His son-in-law had set him up with the popular “Internet radio” station Pandora, which can be listened to on multiple digital devices, including computers, smartphones and tablets. But he couldn’t get it to play in his car.Unlike traditional radio, Pandora allows users to select the... READ MORE

PCs, laptops aim to compete with tablets

By Brandon Bailey
Posted on March 25, 2015

A year ago, pundits were declaring the personal computer dead. Smartphones and tablets were cannibalizing sales, and the once-revolutionary PC seemed unnecessary — and boring.Sure, a smartphone is great for checking emails, snapping photos and playing games. Tablets are perfect for watching videos and shopping online. But don’t count the PC out just yet. Manufacturers are... READ MORE

How to manage your health records online

By Eleanor Laise
Posted on March 06, 2015

Doctors and hospitals traditionally have been the gatekeepers of patients’ medical records. That’s changing as a growing number of digital tools place these records at consumers’ fingertips.Patients can now view their medical records, download them to a computer or mobile device, and organize key information such as allergies and drug side effects. They also can use these... READ MORE

Digital fitness monitors promote health

By Harvard Health Letter
Posted on March 02, 2015

The latest trend in high-tech health puts control in the palm of your hand. It’s called digital fitness monitoring, and it comes in the form of tiny gadgets that you wear or place in your pocket.“If you’re already motivated to exercise or eat differently, the monitor is a great tool to track your progress and help you understand where you need to make changes,” said... READ MORE

Free map apps help drivers and walkers

By Anick Jesdanun
Posted on February 21, 2015

Many people use smartphone apps to map their drive to dinner or find a less-congested route to work. But did you know that you can use them for public transit, too? You can even access some maps when your Internet connection is down, such as in the subway, or if it’s spotty. Here’s a look at what leading free map apps can do for you, whatever mode of transportation you... READ MORE

New apps aim to help users lose weight

By Daniel Pendick
Posted on February 06, 2015

Smartphones and tablets combine an extraordinary amount of portable computing power with Internet connections via cell phone signal and WiFi. Many health entrepreneurs are trying to harness that power to help people get healthier. According to one estimate, the number of health apps for phones may already top 40,000.Now the tough question: Do they actually work? A study published last fall... READ MORE