Beacon Links & Apps – February 2019

By: PJ Feinstein
Posted on: February 08, 2019

Links Guidance for travelers Unsure how TSA PreCheck works? Upgraded Points, a website for travelers that explains the real value of points and miles, offers a helpful primer on the program. Run by the Transportation Safety Administration, TSA PreCheck is a program that expedites the security checkpoint process for low-risk travelers. Learn about the program’s benefits, cost and... READ MORE

Weigh risks and benefits of a smart home

By: Anick Jesdanun
Posted on: February 06, 2019

You might have heard of lights that turn off with an app or voice command. Or window shades that magically rise every morning. Technology companies are pushing the “smart home” hard, selling appliances and gadgets that offer Internet-connected conveniences you didn’t know you needed. A smart home can encompass features as simple as remote-controlled lamps or as sophisticated as... READ MORE

Best online security services

By: Kiplinger
Posted on: January 10, 2019

Security failure, password breaches, phishing attacks and phone scams — if you follow the news, these can seem like the unavoidable pitfalls of life today. But there are plenty of tools out there that can protect you from digital crime. Here are some of the most trustworthy services that won’t empty out your wallet: VPN service When using public Wi-Fi, virtual private network (VPN) ... READ MORE

Tech aims to make disabilities disappear

By: Danica Kirka
Posted on: January 08, 2019

Hadeel Ayoub slips a black glove onto her hand before beginning the swish of sign language that is meaningless to the untrained observer. Then she pushes a button on her wrist, and a small speaker relays the message her hand drew in the air: “Let’s Dance!” “My dream is to give a voice to those who can’t speak,” said the 36-year-old inventor who is developing her BrightSign ... READ MORE

Foldable phones: A tablet in your pocket

By: Michael Liedtke
Posted on: January 03, 2019

For the past few years, the smartphone industry has been searching for a breakthrough to revive a market mired in an innovation lull and a sales slump. A potential catalyst is on the horizon in the form of flexible screens that can be folded in half without breaking. Samsung and several rivals are preparing to roll out such screens to make devices more versatile for work and pleasure.... READ MORE

Best money-saving software, websites

By: Pat Mertz Esswein
Posted on: December 10, 2018

If you’re looking for ways to cut costs on everyday spending, you can do so from the comfort of your home. Several online sites and software programs allow you to save big on everything from preparing your next tax return, to household items, to prescription drugs. Here are a few of our top picks. Free tax software Only about 13 percent of taxpayers are expected to itemize on their... READ MORE