Wearable technology has been around since the 1970s, although the devices were primitive. In 1984, Microsoft produced a watch called the UC-2000, which was programmable through a keypad using the BASIC language. Jump to 2002, and Microsoft created Smart Personal Object Technology (SMART), which redrew the technology playing field by integrating its smart software into everyday products.
Is wearable technology going to be around for a while?
When I was growing up my parents always wanted me to carry a dime in my pocket. If there was an emergency, I was to find a pay phone and call them. Today, dimes in the pocket are out and technology is in. Many parents initially agree to get cell phones for their children so that if there is an emergency, the child can easily call for help.
About 90 percent of seniors plan to continue living in their own homes for the next five to 10 years, according to an AARP survey. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define “aging in place” as being able to live in one’s home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level. If you or a loved one are in retirement now or planning for the future, the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants recommends addressing these questions to make independent living a more workable reality.
“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude” – Congressman Jeff Miller
This quote from Congressman Miller gets at the heart of why showing our respect and gratitude to veterans is so important. America was built on the concept of freedom and that spirit continues to inspire all of us, and is one of the few things that brings us together. Veterans Day and the days surrounding it present a good opportunity to think about what it means to be an American, and to thank the millions of men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country.
Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is once again noting an uptick in reports of the "Tech Support" scam. Generally, this scheme is perpetrated over the phone: homeowners or business owners receive calls from 'technicians' saying there's a problem with their computer. But these supposed experts are only interested in collecting credit card information or gaining remote access to users’ computers. A newer wrinkle to this scheme involves pop-up messages telling people their computer has been infected by a virus and they need to call the number on their screen for assistance.
With the arrival of fall in Minnesota, thousands of hunters will be heading out into the forests, fields, and swamps, hunting the often-evasive deer and waterfowl. These hunters will see many signs posted warning them “No Trespassing.” You may wonder whether all landowners, or state and regional parks, have the right to exclude hunters, ATV riders and hikers.
If you're looking to pick up a fun Halloween costume or spooky decorations this year, you’re not alone. The National Retail Federation expects consumers will spend nearly $7 billion on Halloween costumes, decorations and treats this near. It’s a fun holiday, one many people love, and retailers pull out all the stops to cater to that crowd. If you're in the market for a costume this year, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota advises you to keep an eye on the 'boo'-tom line.