Why getting a good night's sleep is good for your brain

Wellness with Cindy

Will a good night’s sleep make you smarter? During waking hours the brain is absorbing new information. In order to add the freshly acquired information to the long-term memory banks in the brain, the body needs to sleep.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014/Cindy Sue| Profile/Number of views (9070)/Comments (-)/
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Easy to remember, hard to crack

Here's another way to create a secure password that might not drive you insane

Incomprehensible passwords with numbers, capital letters, and characters like the asterisk are secure but maddening to remember. They are also time consuming to type on mobile devices. But security specialists are promoting another type of password option that might be a little bit more to your liking – long and readable. They just can’t make sense.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (2218)/Comments (-)/
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Huge security flaw found in Internet Explorer

Newly discovered vulnerability could allow hackers complete access to your PC

Microsoft revealed the existence of a major security vulnerability in in Internet Explorer over the weekend. This is of special concern to users that still haven’t upgraded from Windows XP, as there will be no patch forthcoming.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (2229)/Comments (-)/
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Skype group calling is now free for everyone

Former premium feature is now available at no cost to all Skype users

You can call a group of up to 25 of your closest friends and colleagues for a video chat absolutely free now in Skype.
Monday, April 28, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (2415)/Comments (-)/
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Facebook axes chat and texting functions from mobile app

Mobile users will have to install stand-alone Messenger app to chat with friends

Facebook mobile users are in for a surprise. Messenger is gone! Facebook has removed the popular texting function from the mobile app and replaced it with the stand-alone Facebook Messenger app. Don't despair, the new app is easy to install and use.
Friday, April 25, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (3184)/Comments (-)/
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Facebook annoyances: auto-play video

Don’t like the videos that Facebook automatically plays in your news feed? Here’s how to turn them off.

Facebook recently updated the news feed to include videos that play automatically. If you aren't a fan, or are concerned with videos eating up too much of your data plan, then here is how to turn them off.
Monday, April 21, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (2571)/Comments (-)/
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Google's new one click picture-friendly email

No more hunting for photos, Gmail users now have instant access to their Google+ gallery

Here’s another reason to use Auto Backup for the pictures you take with your cell phone (Android or IOS.) Google has added a new insert button that instantly accesses all of your photos from within the Gmail window.
Thursday, April 17, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (6428)/Comments (-)/
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Top five apps for travelin' light

Top five apps for travelin' light

Being prepared without dragging along the library

I try to be ready for anything on the road, a tendency that was burned in during my scout leader years of "Being Prepared." Smartphones make it easy to bring along maps, itineraries, tour guides and resources – so all the information you need is in your hip pocket.
Here are my favorites, in Part Two of the "Travelin' Light" series.
Thursday, April 17, 2014/Janice Branham| Profile/Number of views (10987)/Comments (-)/

Should you trust online reviews?

Yelp, Trip Advisor, Angie's List, all plagued with fraudulent reviews

Online reviews can be helpful, when they are true. Online review sites have been in the news recently, plagued by revelations that businesses have been manipulating the system, paying for great reviews of themselves and, sometimes, hit pieces on their competition.
Monday, April 14, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (1544)/Comments (-)/
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6.4 trillion calories removed from the marketplace!

And OASIS volunteers are contributing to the fight against obesity

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) and OASIS all have a common goal: to end childhood obesity. OASIS President Marcia Kerz discusses the movement, how manufacturers are making foods healthier with fewer calories, and how OASIS is contributing to the goal through CATCH Healthy Habits.
Monday, April 14, 2014/Marcia Kerz| Profile/Number of views (6773)/Comments (-)/

Fruit loop throwdown

Getting juiced up to eat healthier with a little friendly competition

When did the recommended daily servings of fruit and vegetables ratchet up to 7-9?  A little team rivalry through BJC HealthCare's latest "Help for your health" could be just the motivation to change my ways.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014/Janice Branham| Profile/Number of views (10163)/Comments (-)/
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Too old for Twitter? You bet your magic beans you're not

Social media an important tool for seniors

I had a lovely surprise this weekend at the movie theater when the preview trailer for "Draft Day" played. See for yourself in this 10 second clip with Kevin Costner and Ellen Burstyn . . .
Monday, April 07, 2014/Amy VanDeVelde| Profile/Number of views (9430)/Comments (-)/
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Five questions to help you find your next volunteer role

April is National Volunteer Month, the perfect time to find just the right role to change your life as well as the lives of those you touch. Here’s a quick quiz to find a rewarding role that works for you.
Monday, April 07, 2014/Pat Gilbert| Profile/Number of views (9643)/Comments (-)/
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Quit the sit

Moving is important!

Have you heard the new phrase “quit the sit” or “sitting is the new smoking”? Well, this is big news. The chair is linked to rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases.Here's why you need to keep moving!
Friday, April 04, 2014/Shelby Schroeder| Profile/Number of views (9567)/Comments (-)/
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Microsoft finally responds to the masses, the Start menu is coming back

Update to Windows 8.1 features Windows 7 style Start menu with tiles

An update to Windows 8.1, expected later in 2014, will see the return of the Windows Start button and old-style menu, with the addition of Metro-style tiles.
Friday, April 04, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (1559)/Comments (-)/
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