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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 …

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. …

Harnessing the Power of Home Health Tests

The first home health test was the now-iconic, stick-based pregnancy test, which first hit drugstore shelves in 1976. Despite several changes over the years (such as substitution of +/- results with smiley faces), the simple DIY assessment has remained popular. Since then, we’ve seen the rise of more sophisticated at-home tests, including genetic sampling that maps your DNA and can …

Dealing With Your Outdated Electronics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 …

Protecting Personal Wellness During Business Travel

These days, if you travel for work, you may find yourself in a region wracked by forest-fire-related “smokestorm” or suffering a wild heat wave – even in December. As a business traveler, however, you must persevere wherever you are. Luckily, there are easy and effective ways to make the trip less stressful on your body and your mind. Bring Your …

Breaking Free of the Fear of Flying

Aviophobia – fear of flying – is one of the most common forms of anxiety. According to a study in the Journal of Travel Research, 1 in 6 adult Americans are afraid to fly. Potentially combining a fear of heights, a perceived loss of control, and maybe even claustrophobia, fear of flying can be tough to overcome and stressful to …

Get a Real Lift with Blackbird

Odds are you’ve heard of Uber and Lyft, the rideshare app giants. Transportation app companies are constantly popping up, including Lime (for bikes) and Bird (for electric scooters). Perhaps the toniest rideshare option of all is Blackbird – for planes. In select cities, with just a few swipes and taps, you can now use your smartphone to arrange a flight …