5 Tech Products Under $50 Everyone Should Own

With countless shiny tech toys available to tempt your credit card, how do you separate what you need from what you want? That $1,500 4K television may seem like the perfect addition to your entertainment center, but it may not fit your budget—especially when you’re likely to find a $500 model that will meet your television needs. But high-tech doesn’t have to mean high-price. There are plenty of budget-friendly gadgets that you’ll get more use out of than a top of the line television: like our five must-have tech toys under $50.

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Is your business phone holding you back? Future Proof with Hosted PBX

Smart phones have become a deeply rooted part of our culture. Regardless of your daily routine, chances are you will find scores of people talking, texting, tweeting, surfing, working or playing on a mobile device. Phones have become our lifelines to the outside world. Many of us stand in line for hours awaiting the newest yearly upgrade, if only to show our friends how tragically hip we are. Then, once every app imaginable has been downloaded on our new device, we begin to argue brand supremacy as if we are debating politics or college basketball. The ironic part of it all, however, is that while many of us will flaunt the superiority of an iPhone over an Android, many businesses continue to run their organizations on antiquated phone technology dating back to the Reagan administration.

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Device Radiation Report Will Likely Promote More Scams

A recent study by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) has, after years of study, linked cell phone use to brain cancer.  Whether you agree or feel the study is flawed, phones and tablets emit a certain amount of radiation regardless, and other studies show that at least half of that can be absorbed into your head and body. As a result, you are likely to see more “new” products coming online that will claim to help you reduce the amount of radiation that makes it to your brain.  Some have been labeled as scams by the FTC, and others are still under review.  Here’s a look at two devices that have been vetted.

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One in Two Children Hide Risky Online Behavior from Parents

Kapersky Lab recently published a study, “Growing Up Online: What Kids Conceal,” the first part of its global study into the behaviors of children online and constant connectivity impacts the way they communicate and leverage technology every day.  In fact, 51% of American children admit to being online almost constantly, a number that boggles the minds of many parents. In this new world where the Internet and connected devices play such a big role, parents are faced with a difficult question: How do you ensure children are raised in a secure and safe environment without intruding on their privacy? According to the survey (conducted by Kaspersky Lab and the iconKids & Youth agency), almost half of children (44%) worldwide hide potentially dangerous online activity from their parents, and that number rises to 57% in the U.S.

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Should you care if Gartner says a vendor is cool? Who made the list for 2016?

Gartner is well-known for its Magic Quadrants that detail the leaders and players in a given market. However, in recent years the firm has also started a new series called “Cool Vendors.” According to Gartner, “Cool Vendors in 2013 are exploiting the Nexus of Forces of cloud computing, social, mobile, and information to challenge long-held assumptions and significant investments in traditional IT. These cool vendors are transforming the way businesses operate and consumers engage with technology.”

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New solar cells transform heat into usable energy

Solar cells add another function to an already long-list of beneficial uses – they can transform heat into usable energy, a new study revealed. We are always on the lookout for more sources of renewable energy: a recently developed solar panel that converts raindrops into electricity, for example. Now, researchers from MIT have come up with a device that will convert heat into energy. How Does It Work?

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Using Social Media in 2016 to attract the more qualified candidates

Your project manager has just given you his letter of resignation.  You need someone with some experience, but also someone who can be molded to fit your company culture and operating procedures.  This most likely means someone in the 25-35 years old range.  What is the best way to attract this ideal candidate?  Ads on monster.com or jobsearch.com?  You’ll likely want to shift your focus to using social media.  Social recruitment isn’t going to replace job postings on job search sites, but promoting jobs to your most engaged audience makes sense, and they are trolling social media.

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Beware of fake Olympic ticket scams

Kaspersky Lab experts found the first spam emails mentioning the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in early 2015, a year before the event is set to take place. The majority of spam emails are in English, but some are also in Portuguese because of the location of this year’s Olympic Games. According to Kaspersky Lab research, international fraudster gangs are also behind the creation of fake ticketing services for the Olympic Games.

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