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3 Cash-Back Apps to Make Your Wallet Happy

The words cash back activate my inner skeptic. This especially applies in the world of mobile-phone apps. I can’t give up precious storage space on my Android to apps that could act as malware and not a money-saver. Let’s concentrate on the positives first. A worthy cash-back app should live up to its name. It should … give cash back. Its user should also not need an advanced degree in quantum physics to operate it. That’s golden. Check out these notable cash-back apps. They're worth a little home-screen territory on your phone while they help you to stockpile a little green while you shop for necessities

3 cash-back apps to check out

1. Checkout 51

Free | iOS | Android How it works: Match your grocery receipts with current offers available on the app. Certain offers specify what brand you must buy. Others are non-specific, or go for general purchases, such as bananas or milk, no matter what store you shop for them. What you receive: A check, once your account reaches $20. Does it pay? On the app’s site, The Vancouver Sun is cited as calling Checkout 51 “new-age couponing.” This app makes it a snap to gain back a little spending money on your purchases.

2. Receipt Hog

Free | iOS | Android How it works: Enter photos of grocery receipts to win coins and slot-machine spins. It’s a game, with possible payouts. What you receive: Pay Pal payment, or gift cards. Grocery and drug-store receipts can translate to coins you can use to cash out or trade for gift cards. Big-box and department store receipts earn a user slot-machine spins? for bigger savings. Does it pay? Receipt Hog accepts super-center and membership warehouse receipts, with no stipulation that you purchase food at the time. Receipt Hog keeps your personal data, but you can opt out of them having anything specific. It’s a simple way to build up your Pay Pal balance.

3. Snap by Groupon

Free | iOS | Android How it works: In Spring 2016, this app changed from cash back for product-specific purchases, to retailer-specific promotions. It features more big-ticket items, such as clothing and housewares, than groceries. What you receive: A check, once your account surpasses $20. Does it pay? Groupon’s known for discounts on goods, services, and restaurants. Snap by Groupon won’t fund your country club dues, but you could gain a little spending money.

Tips to avoid dangerous or fake apps

Not all apps on the Play Store or iTunes have undergone rigorous legitimacy tests. Actually, few have. Here’s how to stay safe.

1.      Read reviews

User reviews come by the star system, 1 through 5. The average rating means little. Dig in and read. Why are the 1s so unhappy? Chatter of data usage or text messaging ballooning as a result of this app should get your attention.

2.      Dig into the developer

It’s listed under the app name. Scroll to the bottom of the app page. Locate a link to the developer’s website, and hover over it. Does it lead to a legit website? Also, be on the lookout for a blue diamond icon on Play Store apps. That indicates a Google Top Developer. That’s a good thing. The Google Play editorial staff designates such status based on a developer’s cumulative work creating high-quality and innovative apps.

3.      Install a scam detector

Some apps are designed to steer users away from malicious apps. Some of those apps, however, are themselves malicious. The best scam detectors turn out to be phone savers. The worst among them do nothing but cause the problems you’ve hoped to avoid. On the Play Store, Scam Detector is legit. (There’s a version for iOS too).


Reasons Wi-Fi Isn’t Working on Your Device

No wires, no problem – unless the Wi-Fi connection says no-go. Wi-Fi connects web-enabled devices to an Internet network by radio waves. It’s effective technology, but also subject to pitfalls, including, but not limited to: HARDWARE ISSUES | Faulty settings on your router or device damage could prevent connection to a network. INTERFERENCE | Baby monitors, cordless phones, and microwaves close to a router can interfere with a signal. SIGNAL RANGE LIMITS | Rooms far from the router might not have a strong signal in a large home. Much depends on the router’s strength and physical obstructions, such as walls. Human error can also cause Wi-Fi problems. That switch on the side of a laptop from wired to wireless Internet can get switched by accident. Users could attempt a login to the wrong network. There’s no shortage of ways people can make mistakes attempting to get online.

My connection is sporadic – why?

The Internet connection stops working, but why? Wi-Fi keeps disconnected status, sometimes, or turns off for no clear reason. Those intervals might be as long as a couple of months, or as brief as a couple of minutes. It could happen any time of day, on any device. If this happens, try this: UNPLUG | Disconnect your router for one minute. Plug it back in. This resets the router and resolves some connection issues. MOVE IT | Wireless devices or microwaves can disrupt service. Move the router away from items that could interfere. These include cordless phones and microwaves. Car alarms, Bluetooth devices, and wireless video adapters could also cause interference. Be sure to:
  • Place router nearest the true center of the house
  • Keep router shelf free of clutter
  • Choose a location away from brick walls or thick beams
STAY COOL | Heat can also hinder your wireless connection. Be sure your router has plenty of ventilation space. If you connect with a USB wireless adapter, give it a touch test. If it’s hot, adjust your workspace to keep it free from confinement, such as blankets or clothing.

Pages take forever to load – why?

Wi-Fi so slow you can’t access a web page?. What can slow down an Internet connection? Lots, including: ACTIVITY | Streaming, gaming, video conferencing on one network can lead to slow page loads. Solution: Turn off bandwidth-thirsty movie and music apps if you’re not using them. HALF-DUPLEX COMPLEX | Wi-Fi can send or receive data at any given moment in a half-duplex system. Ethernet Internet carries a full duplex system, which can send and receive at once. IT’S NOT YOU – IT’S YOUR DEVICE | Older versions of devices – such as iPhones or iPads – don’t have the capacity and processing speed of newer models.

I can’t connect in some rooms of the house – why?

Wi-Fi signal weakness can occur. Are you asking, “Why did my wireless Internet stop working?” Or, do you just want more speed? Try these: REPEAT THAT | Wi-Fi extenders, also called repeaters, expand your network’s reach. They amplify your wireless signal farther than the router can on its own. POWER DOWN | Routers often have more than one power setting. Try a lower one. UPGRADE | Have a 2.4GHz router? Try a newer 5HGz frequency model. 2.4GHz can suffer from more congestion that the newer model. One drawback: the 5HGz upgrade isn’t as adept at penetrating walls with a signal.


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Amazing Apps for Autism You Absolutely Need to Try

Kids love their devices. Basic web-enabled devices – laptops, smartphones, and tablets – open a universe of learning for children. Kids with autism spectrum disorder can have a high degree of digital readiness, and find device learning second nature. Autism refers to a set of complex disorders in brain development. A government survey in November 2015 revealed one in 45 American kids aged 3 to 17 have an ASD diagnosis. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey estimated 1 in 68 has autism. Children on the Autism spectrum often struggle in:

  • SOCIAL INTERACTION | How do two or more people relate? It’s observed one-on-one, in small groups, or large groups. It’s where institutions, rules and systems take root.
  • REPETITIVE BEHAVIORS | How do they manifest in development? Repetitive behaviors can include hand-flapping, head-banging and rocking.
  • VERBAL AND NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION | How do we relate with and without words? We send and receive information through verbal and non-verbal cues. It could be face-to-face, through body language, written word, visuals, and more.
We’ve found these apps helpful for children diagnosed with autism. They can also aid their parents, teachers and therapists. Learn more about these as well as what the creators and developers had to say when we reached out to them!

For children

Autism / DTT Colors | Dr. Brown’s Apps | iTunes ($7.99)
This site offers a set of apps designed to build student skill sets. Categories include Animals, Anti-Bullying, Colors, Letters, Numbers, People, Shapes, Time, and Words. The Discreet Trial Training apps incorporate findings from Dr. Brown’s years of experience in psychological therapy. When reached for comment, they had this to say:

At Dr. Brown's Apps, we have built our app design on over 40 years of Dr. Brown’s psychological therapist experience in a clinical setting.

Digital Problem Solver | The Social Express | iTunes ($1.99) | Google Play
Users identify feelings from a set of emotions. Then, they move into a coping strategy as the next step in self-regulation. Download your own photos to customize animated, interactive lessons that focus on social relationships. Users learn to read verbal and non-verbal cues, and take part in conversations. We asked them to comment further on their apps and they commented:

We use high quality animation and engaging characters and stories, to effectively deliver the essential elements of social and emotional learning to a population that have difficulties with understanding social cues, or have trouble with managing their emotions.

Learn with Rufus: Emotions | Rufus Robot | iTunes ($4.99) | Google Play ($5)
Kids learn how facial expressions reveal what people feel, with guidance from Rufus Robot. “The inclusion of reward sets and breaks in our apps will keep the child’s interest while he or she learns,” said Dr. Holly Gastgeb, Rufus Robot President and CEO. Dr. Holly Gastgeb also shared:

Research has repeatedly shown that children respond to mobile devices at a young age. Our goal is to capture some of that enthusiasm and direct it in a fun, yet educational, manner. Emotions includes a brief fingerpainting activity that will keep the child’s interest while he or she learns.

Look In My Eyes 1 Restaurant | | iTunes ($2.99)
Creators David and Abbie Cort develop apps for all children. They have an interest in those for kids with special needs. The Look in My Eyes series keys on social skills, such as practicing eye contact. CBS’ 60 Minutes has featured FizzBrain apps. Fizzbrain also shared their thoughts and feelings regarding their featured apps:

FizzBrain is a mom-and-pop studio committed to bringing the latest and very best of educational practices into the world of apps. Between the two of us, Abbie and I have over 50 years' experience teaching in elementary, secondary and special education classrooms, and we draw on all this experience and training as we design our apps. [...] We started FizzBrain in order to develop quality iPad/iPhone applications for all children based on best teaching practices. Our "Touch and Write" series has received numerous commendations and awards.

My School Day & Social Detective | Social Skill Builder | iTunes (My School Day $9.99, Social Detective $24.99)
Social Skill Builder transitioned award-winning CDs for ASD students to apps. Interactive software includes video scenarios that encourage users to interact with peers. The popular Social Detective app engages a student’s sense of adventure and problem-solving. Among the glowing testimonials for these programs is this one from from an ABA Therapist from the Penn State Austism Conference:

I worked with ASD students on social skills and your My School Day CD as well as the Social Detective CD are my go to materials. I have both in CD form and am glad they are now available in apps. Easier to transport. The kids really love them especially the Social Detective App and really learn so much from them.

Other gadgets

Dreampad | Integrated Listening Systems Integrated Listening Systems’ headphone technology had relaxing effects on kids with autism. Headphones present a challenge, though, for those with tactile sensitivity. Enter Dreampad, a pillow with psychoacoustic technology. Dreampad looks and acts as a pillow, but does much more. A music app produces calming music from within. It creates gentle vibrations to trigger the user’s relaxation response. It shows improved sleep habit for those on and off the spectrum. Improved sleep can impact daytime behaviors for children with autism.

iLs developed the Dreampad after observing the powerfully relaxing effect of the iLs headphone technology on children with autism. Tactile sensitivity is very common with autism, and many of the children couldn’t tolerate iLs headphones. We learned quickly that the Dreampad not only reduced anxiety, but improved sleep habits with the vast majority of those on (and off) the spectrum.


For parents, teachers and therapists

Cognoa This evaluation tool tests a child’s development first. It includes an optional video evaluation and detailed results to share with a pediatrician. “Providing parents with a validated path to early answers not only saves money and time in appointments, but (also) allows parents to remain focused at work,” said Brent Vaughan, Cognoa CEO. Brent Vaughan also stated:

Cognoa for Employers is putting the power of early screening in parents' hands while giving employers the opportunity to provide competitive health benefits beyond normal employee expectations. With developmental delay affecting one in six U.S. children and autism affecting one in 68, it is no wonder that developmental milestones and potential delays consistently rank as top concerns for parents.

Social Stories Creator and Library | Touch Autism | iTunes (free) Visual supports, such as stories, give direction instruction on social skills. This app provides that for kids with autism. It includes social stories to teach what to expect in an array of situations. Caregivers can create, print, and share customized social stories and visual schedules. The Social Stories Creator and Library folks had this to say:

Children with special needs often need more direct instruction of social skills. Teaching social skills to any child may be easier and less stressful when visual supports, like social stories are used. The social stories found in this app explain accurate social information and ensures that your child will know what to expect in different situations.

Social Stories

TOBY Playpad | Autism West | iTunes ($25.99)
The TOBY (Therapy Outcomes By You) app contains an extensive curriculum. It includes solo on-screen and partner on-screen tasks, and real-world tasks for early intervention. The app collects data for performance reports on a child’s activity from the comfort of home.

Autism West is committed to supporting families to provide the best opportunities for their child. Our TOBY app is a revolutionary, unique way for parents to become empowered to implement therapy at home. It is best-practice and evidence-based, developed in conjunction with Curtin and Deakin Universities.

The Autism Discovery Tool: Sensory From Within | Spectrum Idea Lab Inc. | iTunes ($4.99)
Sensory issues might be the most misunderstood aspects of life on the spectrum. This play-based app provides an exploration of challenges and strengths in seven sensory experiences. The app environment provides hidden tools that shed insight to real-world sensory-environment strategy.

When setting out to create this app, our team at Spectrum Idea Lab identified that there was a significant lack of understanding about the sensory issues that often accompany autism, amongst families, teachers, and even those on the spectrum! So we created this exploratory, play-based app which immerses users into seven sensory experiences that demonstrate some of the sensory diversity found on the spectrum, including both strengths and challenges.



Everything You Want to Know About Satellite Internet

With any form of Internet connection, questions regarding speed, availability and installation are common. Can the network support gaming and streaming? What about TV? Here’s a list of common questions when it comes to satellite Internet. Perhaps the most reliable option for rural residences, satellite Internet carries speeds faster than dial-up.

Is satellite Internet good?

Yes, especially for customers for whom cable and DSL aren’t options. Peak-time use might not slow satellite speeds the way it could with cable networks. Latency, a gap between what you request and when you get it online, can be higher for satellite Internet. That could affect gaming and streaming.

Do you know how to make satellite Internet faster?

Conduct a speed test online. Online speed tests will reveal what you’re getting. How does it compare to what the plan claims? Bugs and IP conflicts can slow speed on any Internet platform. Start by resetting the modem and router. Refer to your instruction manual for details.

Does DIRECTV have satellite Internet?

No. DIRECTV partners with Internet carriers, including AT&T, CenturyLink, HughesNet and Verizon, to bundle services. Some providers offer home phone service too for Double Play or Triple Play bundles. Subscribers often get prices less than what they’d pay for services on their own.

How reliable is satellite Internet?

Under ideal conditions, a satellite Internet connection remains consistent, buttormy weather and snow can hamper performance. This applies to both the subscriber’s home and the Network Operations Center. Steady rain shouldn’t slow the network, and satellite hardware is sturdy.

Why does satellite Internet have data caps?

Internet providers can limit how much data a subscriber uses by capping data each month. Data caps ensure users on a network have fair access to available broadband. If subscribers on the network engage in data-heavy downloads, it can slow the network for everyone on it. If a customer exceeds a data cap, the carrier could throttle speeds. That means for the rest of the billing cycle, the subscriber’s speed will diminish. Providers might also charge an overage fee, or sell a user more data.

Is satellite Internet faster than cable?

It depends on the chosen speed tier. Cable and satellite Internet perform under optimal conditions. Network traffic can slow a cable connection. It depends on how many users access the signal from a single node. Weather can interrupt a satellite Internet connection.

Can you get satellite Internet anywhere?

Yes. Is there a clear view of the southern sky from a potential subscriber’s home? A satellite Internet provider can deliver there. A home-mounted dish must have this access for communication with the satellite and NOC. Rural addresses too remote for cable and DSL can usually qualify for satellite Internet.

Does satellite Internet work in bad weather?

In a downpour, at home or the NOC, satellite Internet usually shows no ill effects. Hardware and other network issues can factor in. Thunderstorms and snow can impact performance. Changes in speed and connection usually end as the adverse weather passes.

Can satellite Internet be wireless?

Yes. A router will broadcast an Internet connection throughout a home. Some carriers provide a router to buy or lease, or include it in the service price. Enabled devices can connect with the wireless network. Which router works best depends on how much data-burning activity you partake in online.

Does satellite Internet require a phone line?

No. Customers don’t need a landline or dial-up data modem for satellite Internet. The network relies on two-way data communications by satellite. A satellite Internet connection won’t interfere with a landline phone.

Is satellite Internet secure?

Yes. As any system of high-speed data transfer, satellite Internet becomes a target for hackers. A dedicated line to a subscriber gives satellite connections another layer of safety. Networks that service many customers on a single connection might not be able to.


Do Wi-Fi Extenders Work For a Stronger Internet Signal?

Yes. A Wi-Fi extender works like an electronic megaphone for your wireless Internet signal. It extends coverage by picking up the wireless transmission and broadcasting it again. Some extenders work better than others. Some routers come with integrated repeater functionality. If yours doesn’t, a well-placed, high-quality extender can expand your wireless coverage by double. It can reach places such as: ALL THE FLOORS | Up in the loft, or down in the basement. An extender can carry a signal from the ground floor to the attic. GREAT OUTDOORS | No, an extender won’t give you Wi-Fi in the forest. It will, though, connect devices on patios and porches. THE FAR CORNERS | Top bunk in the bunk bed, the home office, the muck room, and more can become Wi-Fi ready. Also called repeaters, extenders come in various types and strengths. Before you invest in extenders, try moving your Wi-Fi router to a central location. Extra cat5 cable – used in Internet, phone and TV networks – can give a user options for where to move the router. The router should live on its own shelf, free of clutter and off the floor. Or, go with a new model, if the old one has some mileage. An upgraded router might also provide a wider range.

Are Wi-Fi extenders worth it?

That depends on need. If spots your router won’t reach happen to be places you’d like to connect, it’ll be worth the cost. Some extenders can cause a dip in connection speed, though, by as much as half. The ability to stream videos could be impacted, depending on the subscriber’s speed tier. Extenders can be expensive. Here’s a cost-effective alternative.

How to use a previous router as a new extender

PICK YOUR ROUTER | Still have that last router lying around? Anold router will be set for providing network speeds close to your current one. CAN YOU CONVERT IT? | The router’s admin page will tell you if it’s possible. If it isn’t, you’ll need firmware, or permanent software embedded in the router. Firmware options include: HIT RESET | If converting your router into a repeater doesn’t work, reset it.

How Wi-Fi range extender works

A Wi-Fi repeater comes with two antennas. One’s to capture Wi-Fi network signals. The other disburses the signal farther. It’s a snap to install a repeater. Just place it in the location it can still receive radio waves from your router. It should be central to the space to which you want to extend coverage. Extenders can also provide wireless access to sea vessels. They're capable of expanding coverage in places such as campgrounds, warehouses and office complexes.

What Wi-Fi extender do I need?

For top-of-the-line performance, opt for an extender that supports 802.11ah. That’s the latest generation of Wi-Fi technology. It's designed to power devices compliant to the Internet of Things. Your new router should comply with the newest standard, too.

The advantages of 802.11ah:

RANGE | The Wi-Fi Alliance claims 802.11ah covers twice as much ground as previous iterations. It’s capable of transmission of as much as two-thirds of a mile. PROPAGATION | 802.11ah devices operate even in the presence of interference that would sideline older versions. PENETRATION | Beams, walls and other physical obstructions once stopped a wireless signal in its tracks. 802.11ah signals can pass right through most barriers. Users can go with a new extender with the latest technology, or a repurposed router. Either way, Wi-Fi extenders can ensure your home gets the wireless coverage you need.


Wi-Fi in the Sky: Guide to Airplane Wi-Fi

Taking a domestic flight in the U.S.? There’s likely Wi-Fi available on your plane. But getting online? That’s a different story. It’s one thing to keep a connection as you walk to the laundry room watching Teen Wolf. It’s another to do the same in a 75-ton plane at 30,000 feet. Airplanes grab data from towers below and satellites above. At 600 miles per hour, that requires constant handoffs for connection. A rotating antenna mounted to the top of the plane pivots during flight, from takeoff to landing. Internet data travels between the plane and satellites orbiting 22,000 miles above the earth. It takes about a half a second to travel from satellite to airplane. Users experience less latency with airplane networks tied to ground towers instead. These towers have antennas pointed upward. Otherwise, they’re much like ones used to connect cell-phone networks. Satellite networks might download larger files in less time than a land-based connection. Ground-tower connections work only when the plane is in flight, with bottom-mounted antenna. Satellite antennas mount on top, and can connect from the ground, too. Some airlines have satellite capacity on their flights, and ground-to-aircraft connections on others. Check your boarding pass or airline check-in website to determine which flights have Wi-Fi. Several factors could interrupt Internet access during a flight: GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS | Depending on air space, national laws may differ. Some governments block or limit access to the web or specific websites. SWITCHING BETWEEN SATELLITE REGIONS | Internet access could come from many sources. Passengers might experience loss of service as the network switches satellites. WEATHER | Satellite Internet could be subject to a performance drop during adverse weather.

Is Wi-Fi free on Southwest?

Only for A-List Preferred Members. All passengers can access the Southwest Airlines Hotspot portal. A-List customers can click a get connected button or access. Check for current prices for Wi-Fi access.

Is Wi-Fi free on American Airlines?

No. According to American’s website, passengers can buy Internet access before their flight or onboard. American Airlines offers Wi-Fi on nearly all domestic flights. American has International Wi-Fi on Boeing 777-300ER flights for sales purchase only. Check the airline’s Wi-Fi page for pricing.

Is Wi-Fi free on Delta?

No. Delta offers 24-hour, monthly and annual Wi-Fi passes, available on domestic and international flights. They’re available before and during flights. Passengers get free access to They can manage their trips, including options to book hotels or rent cars.

Which airline has Wi-Fi?

As of August 2016, eight world airlines offered free inflight Wi-Fi:
  • Air China
  • Emirates
  • Hong Kong Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • Nok Air
  • Norwegian
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
Some airlines offer onboard power sources and USB ports on select planes. For international flights, you might need an adaptor that will fit AC or DC power outlets. In most cases, mobile phone use still isn’t allowed during flight. Most airlines offer purchasable Internet access. Speeds and performance might lag behind earth-bound connections. As technology improves, the gap is sure to narrow.


Crush Your Sleep Time with These 6 Tech Tools

Rewind to those first few weeks after bringing baby home from the hospital. I couldn’t distinguish a.m. from p.m. And I'm just the dad. As if any distinction made a difference. I got two weeks off work to acclimate a baby to our family. It became a blur of interrupted REM sleep and inadequate nutrition. For me, not baby. She did fine; she nursed on demand, slept on demand, cried on demand … Mind you, this happened 18 years ago. A two-channel baby monitor qualified as the techiest apparatus in a young couple’s apartment. The universe needs an element to hush us to sleep and an equal to prevent us from slipping into ill-timed Zs. Here are three tech solutions to help you drift off – and three more to delay your approach to dream land.

Lullaby and good night: 3 tech tools to help you sleep

Why up your sleep game? You’ll gain a healthier appetite, brain and quality of life, for starters.

1. BluBlocker glasses | $25-$75 We shouldn't while away late waking hours on Twitter, or feasting on episodes of Friends, experts say. The National Sleep Foundation says 95% of Americans stare at a screen in the hour before bedtime. Amber-colored glasses shield blue light, which disrupts our sleep patterns. Blue-wavelength light slows melatonin production, which makes falling asleep more difficult.

2. Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light with Colored Sunrise Simulation | $137.99 A stationary unit leads you to sleep with gradual light dimming and gentle sounds. It also introduces natural light 30 minutes before alarm time to ease you into the day. The light lifts you out of sleep with a choice of five calming, natural wake-up sound, or the radio. No smartphone or apps required. The replaceable halogen lamp doubles as a reading light.

3. 2breathe Chest Strap | $179.95 It’s one thing to practice deep breathing (a tremendous stress reliever) while awake. What about when you sleep? The 2breathe sleep monitor aids in breath regulation while you fall asleep. It measures respiration rate and reports to an app. It plays tones through your phone to aid deep breathing. The device, which straps to the user’s chest, even turns itself off when you fall asleep.

Alert! 3 tech tools to keep you awake

Need a lift when it comes to cramming for a test or a shift as hotel night auditor? You can tech up here.

1. Anti Sleep Driver

Google Play | free The same blue light you want to avoid when trying to fall asleep? That’s what’ll keep you alert during a late-night road trip. Add a shining blue light from this app that can also boost your alertness for study sessions or the night shift. Just shine the blue light from the app, and keep on trucking. Drivers: Don’t forget to take a 20-minute break for every two hours on the road.

2. Vigo headset

Vigo | $99 Combat those 3-o’clock-doldrums or drive-time droopy eyes. This Kickstarter company's device detects your weariness. It jolts you back among the awakened. Vigo tracks the user’s blinking patterns and head movements that signal drowsiness. Pick your drifting-off poison. Vigo will wake you with audio/sound alerts, flashing lights, or vibration.

3. Cat videos

Everywhere | Free I tried this one. I drifted off finishing this post as midnight approached. A cat video saved the day – or actually, the night. Cat video fans polled in 2015 claimed that watching these feline antics lifted energy levels. The videos promote oxytocin production, which sharpens feelings of emotion and trust. When humans interact with animals, it nullifies production of cortisol. That's a brain chemical associated with illness. Who has time for that? There’s more cute cats video to watch.


What Consoles and Services Does DSL Internet Work With?

DSL, or digital subscriber line, is a high-speed Internet connection. It's delivered on the same lines as a landline telephone service. A DSL connection stays on, and leaves the phone line open for calls. Much faster than a dial-up modem, DSL doesn’t require customers to arrange for extra wiring to deliver service. DSL carriers supply the modem, either included in the setup price or at an extra charge. DSL carriers often serve areas cable isn’t available. Residential regions often connect by ADSL, which stands for asymmetrical digital subscriber line. ADSL carries faster upload speed than download. That creates conditions favorable for streaming.

Can DSL stream Netflix?

Will DSL work for Netflix? Most streaming services suggest download speeds of at least 1.5Mbps for standard-definition TV. For HD video, Netflix recommends speeds of at least 5Mbps. DSL can reach the recommended speeds to support HD quality viewing. It’s essential to have an enabled device, modem, router and other hardware operating at optimal levels. DSL Internet supplies adequate speed for other streaming activities, such as: MUSIC | Customers can connect to streaming music services, especially on an ADSL line. A standard player can operate with a 150Kbps connection. HD audio, like HD video, needs more speed – about 300Kbps. PODCASTS | Users can access digital files of their favorite audio series, usually for free. Stream show covering everything from politics to comedy. Unsure of how much speed you’ll need for typical streaming in your home? Consider a short-term trial of streaming services for a test drive. An online speed test can also show how much advertised speed customers get. Before conducting a speed test, disconnect all devices except for the one used for it. Your service provider, infrastructure, remote server performance, and other factors could affect speed. DSL’s consistent connection can make it a favorable form of high-speed Internet for streaming.

Will DSL work for Xbox Live?

DSL can work well for Xbox Live and other gaming consoles. DSL providers deliver a direct Internet connection to a customer. Cable Internet could service several customers on a single line. What’s the difference? A DSL connection often provides more consistent speeds. The signal isn’t shared among more than one customer. Such dependability can be crucial in gaming. It's especially important for games with more than one player. Speeds of at least 2Mbps can support live play. Speeds reaching 3Mbps could provide the broadband strength to remedy potential delay problems. Low latency speeds of 2Mbps serve gaming better than a faster speed with less stability. Latency refers to delays in expected outcome and input into a system. Gamers in homes with more than one device in use will want faster speeds. It works the same way for most other streaming activity.


Answers To Crazy Common Wi-Fi Questions

Questions don’t usually pop up about Wi-Fi – unless it isn’t working. When it does, users have time to think of things they might not otherwise, such as clever ways to rename your router, for instance. Wi-Fi connects wireless devices to a network – without wires, of course. Devices can receive the wireless signal if they’re configured and in range of the router. This global and convenient technology brings with it lots of questions.

Is wireless Internet the same as Wi-Fi?

Yes, Wi-Fi is a short-range wireless connection. It works like a cordless telephone that uses a short-range connection to the landline. A router or modem/router emits wireless signals that enabled devices can receive to connect. Home Internet subscribers can set up a Wi-Fi network. Businesses can too. Coffee shops, retail stores, restaurants and more offer Internet access through a Wi-Fi connection. Wireless Internet can also mean connecting through a cellphone network with data. The Wi-Fi Alliance, established in 1999, sought to unite standards of wireless protocol. The alliance certified devices to a standard of interoperability and quality.

Does wireless Internet cause cancer?

No. Reports in 2015 linked radio frequency waves from Wi-Fi devices to cancer in children. Studies have focused on carcinogenic effects of mobile phones and radio frequency radiation. Carcinogenic agents have the capacity to cause cancer in living tissue. It’s impossible to say RF radiation from any device doesn’t cause cancer. Wi-Fi appears safe, though. Wireless devices beam radiation. It's on the same order as X-rays, infrared radiation, and visible light. Energy from wireless devices and signals falls short of the energy harmful radiation can. These include gamma rays and UV photons.

Does wireless Internet emit radiation?

Yes, low-key radiation. It’s classified as class 2B radiation, as a possible carcinogen. Other substances in this group include coffee, pickled vegetables, and Styrofoam. Wi-Fi radiation falls far short of that emitted from cell phones. Wireless signals can penetrate walls. That’s how a central router can power an entire home. Those concerned with radiation from wireless systems, such as Bluetooth technology, cite cumulative effects. Radiation from several devices, such as routers from surrounding homes, is cause for concern, especially for kids, and especially over extended periods.

Is wireless Internet harmful?

No. It’s easy to find articles that warn of radiation risks associated with Wi-Fi, though. Often, links that tie Wi-Fi to health risk lead to stories that aren’t at all helpful. Radios and TVs also emit radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. Science Direct, a database from the publishing company Elsevier, calls recommended exposure limits “inadequate.” It’s an ongoing debate, but even supports the theory that RF radiation isn’t strong enough to damage DNA.