Telehealth Apps Make Dental Care More Affordable and Convenient

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What do many people fear more than a dentist? A dentist’s bill. That’s particularly true for many older Americans. According to a National Health Interview Survey, in 2017 less than a third of adults 65 and older had dental insurance. This means that, for many people, early symptoms of impending oral-health issues may be ignored.

Here’s one solution: Snap a few photos of your mouth and get a dental diagnosis with a bill that won’t be so hard to swallow.

Read the rest of this report here at AARP.com.

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11 Steps To Easily Set Up Your New iPhone

If you have bought a new iPhone, follow these steps for the best way get it up and running quickly and smoothly. And then, take time to tweak some of the iOS settings for a more enjoyable iOS 13 experience.

Read the rest of this how-to here at Techlicious.com.

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Lessons Learned From Wearing a Fitness Tracker

Fitness trackers

I write the review of the Oura fitness ring at the top of this AARP fitness tracker roundup, which you can read here.

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‘The Current War’ Helps CTA Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Hall of Fame

Perhaps the most consequential period in technology history, the first format war that determined how the world would be powered, is lovingly portrayed in the new film, The Current War. The film depicts the business, technological and personality battles that pitted the direct current (DC) scheme promoted by Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) versus alternating current (AC) supported by industrialist George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), assisted by Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult).

Read the rest of this “review” here at TWICE.com.

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Home Virtual Reality’s Problem: It’s the Headset, Stupid

A few weeks ago, I piloted an F18 Hornet fighter jet off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. John C. Stennis. I gently cruised above the coast of the Dubai, dipping down as low as 5,000 feet to buzz the palm tree-shaped artificial island groups jutting out into the Arabia Gulf. Except I wasn’t in an actual F18 Hornet cockpit or in the Arabian Sea. I was ensconced in a replica of an F18 Hornet cockpit at the Light VR Cinema, PlayLab and Studio on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, wearing a professional Vrgineer XTAL VR mixed reality headset.

The F18 flight experience was compelling, both exhilarating and calming at the same time. I’ve been in the actual real-life cockpit of both a blimp and a helicopter in flight, and this virtual flying experience felt close to those physical realities, vividly illustrating the power of Virtual Reality (VR).

Rear the rest of the blog here at Digital Tech Consulting.com

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Best True Wireless Earbuds for Everyone on Your Gift List

Now that Apple and it’s AirPods have not only proved the true wireless earbud concept but have made them really cool, everyone wants a pair. True wireless earbuds or wireless headphones are among the top wished-for gifts this year, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the folks who put on CES.

It seems that every headphone maker extant has introduced their own true wireless bud version. So, which true wireless buds model is the best for each of the folks on your holiday gift list? Here are our best personality-to-bud matches.

Read the rest of this review roundup here at Techlicious.

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How You’re Treated When You Shop Online Depends on Your Secret Score

Are you paranoid, frustrated, angry, or scared about how much “the net” knows about you and your online activities? Those fears may be justified. It seems there is a “deep state” cluster of companies you’ve likely never heard of that collect, compile, and analyze your online commerce activities and interactions – what you’ve bought from where and who and on which device, who and how you’ve corresponded with or complained to about purchases or services, etc.

Perhaps more frightening, many of these companies not only collect and AI analyze these often intimate interactions, but they sell this data to clients. You’re assigned a “score,” something like a credit rating or an Uber rating that impacts how commerce companies treat you online, or even whether you can get a job. Unlike a credit score, however, there’s no one to protest to if you don’t like your online activity score – assuming you could even access it.

Read the rest of this report here at Techlicious.

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The North Face’s High-Tech FutureLight Fabric Set to Revolutionize Outwear

Clothing isn’t normally considered high-tech, but The North Face applied advanced technologies to create and weave a new type of fabric that is set to change the way we exercise outside. Called FutureLight, this revolutionary fabric does the seemingly impossible — it breathes, letting out moisture, while also being fully waterproof and windproof.

Read the rest of this report here at Techlicious.https://www.techlicious.com/blog/north-face-futurelight-breathable-waterproof-windproof-fabric/

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The Best Sleep Tracker

Sleep trackers come in four basic varieties: apps that use sonic feedback via your smartphone’s microphone to track your sleep-related vitals; wearable sensors for your wrist, finger or forehead; under-mattress sensor pads; and, smart beds with built-in sleep tracking technology. Over the last couple of months, I’ve been experimenting with these various sleep-tracking solutions, and five criteria emerged as the best way to choose the best sleep tracker.

Read the rest of this review roundup here at Techlicious.

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How To Overcome Consumer Smart Home Compatibility/Security Concerns

Just how private are voice-activated smart speakers? Just how secure is footage captured by Wi-Fi cameras? Just how compatible – and smart – are smart homeproducts? 

These are just a few questions retailers trying to sell fancy new smart home products face from consumers on the sales floor.

Read the rest of this report here at TWICE.com

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