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Coming Your Way: Delivery Bots

Autonomous delivery robots have made the leap from future tech to reality. In some settings, they are already out and about, navigating sidewalks, interacting with humans, and (in at least one case) catching fire. Early adopter companies say that delivery bots will turn personal delivery from a pricey luxury to a free (or nearly free) everyday convenience. Just think, there’s …

Can Amazon Disrupt Pharmacy as We Know It?

Amazon sells everything from dishrags to diamonds, and they do substantial business in OTC medicines. Will the ever-growing online retailer be able to fold pharmaceuticals into their robot-run warehouses? Amazon’s $1 billion purchase of online pharmacy PillPack in June scared investors, with shares of CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreen’s falling. Here’s what you need to know: PBMs Control the Market …

Sound Apps for Peacefulness and Productivity

What can babies, tinnitus sufferers, and insomniacs all benefit from? The soothing power of nature sounds and ambient noise. Research has shown that listening to natural sounds, such as birdsong, a burbling brook, or wind in the trees, generates a calming effect on brain connectivity and nervous system activity. These changes result in reduced mental stress and improved ability to …

Facing Up to Phone Addiction

It’s no secret that smartphones have become a near-constant companion to the majority of American adults. One consumer habits study showed that we use our phones pretty much everywhere – including in church, while driving, in the shower, and even during personal interactions. This can’t be good for safety or conversation. Phone Detoxing The new trend of “phone detoxing” aims …

How Patients Can Make the Most of Telemedicine

Telemedicine provides a dose of around-the-clock healthcare convenience for people who are too far away, too busy, or too sick to travel to see a doctor in person. The concept of using telecommunications technology (such as phone and video) to conduct medical consultations was originally developed as a way to connect practitioners with patients who lived in remote, rural areas. …

Find a Time-Management App You’ll Love

One of the biggest downsides of today’s ubiquitous technology is the ability for our phones, computers, watches, and other smart devices to highjack our most precious commodity – time. Time-management apps are designed to take the powerful draw of personal technology and use it for good by monitoring, tracking, and managing how we spend our hours. Which time-management app you …

The Latest in Giftable Tech

It’s that time of year again, when thoughts turn to sharing with friends and family in the form of festive toasts, big meals, and – new technology. Here’s the lowdown on some of the latest giftable tech gadgets. Give a Gift of Practicality Wireless charging is becoming quite common, but not everyone can splurge on the convenience of cordless. Fortunately, …

Dealing With Your Outdated Electronics

Were you one of the millions of people anxiously awaiting the new iPhone XS or other state-of-the-art device? When you got your hands on that coveted gadget, did you toss your “old” device into a box at the back of your closet containing all of the other tech you’ve loved before? If you did, you aren’t alone, but there are …

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Welcome to My Home, Facebook

What happens when a strictly internet company decides to create a physical product to boost its revenue and customer reach? We will get to find out in mid-November, when Facebook’s new Portal and Portal+ smart speaker-camera combos ship out. Facebook Portal Capabilities Much like Amazon’s Echo Show, the Portal devices will allow you to use the built-in camera, speakers, and …

Subscription Boxes Reach for the Niches

Specialty subscription boxes got their start as a marketing movement and have gained momentum. The trend has been building as more and more people discover the fun of sending themselves gifts on the regular. The most popular subscription boxes focus on beauty products, food, and fashion. But not all of the options out there are quite so commonplace. Here are …