BVNN Stories

With the BusinessVoice News Network (BVNN), your callers on hold will hear news and lifestyle stories mixed in with your existing On Hold Marketing. We upload three new BVNN stories each weekday. And with the no-touch system we provide, your staff doesn't have to do a thing.

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If you’re in the market for a used car, it’ll soon be a great time to buy. Analysts say millions of cars that were leased after the Great Recession are coming onto dealer lots and that will raise inventories and lower prices. And because most autos today have longer life spans, the used car market should favor buyers for years to come. Source Link 

 

Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are prompting more people to cut out the cable bill. New figures show subscribers to Internet video are three times as likely to cancel their cable TV service. And more young adults are never becoming cable subscribers, opting instead to get their video fix exclusively online. Source Link 

 

Your smartphone could become a high-tech tool in the medicine cabinet. The $25 Kinsa Smart Thermometer plugs into your Android or iPhone to take a temperature in just 10 seconds. A data sharing feature lets parents create groups to track illnesses among children’s classmates or others. Source Link

 

You can dial-up a clearer mind when you set the thermostat at home. A study found that you think best when the room is at an air temperature that makes you feel the most comfortable. Researchers believe that working in a comfortable temperature slows the use of energy required to do mental tasks. Source Link 

 

Young adults with private student loans may want to keep a close eye on the physical and financial health of their co-signers. Officials say lenders will often require the entire loan to be paid immediately if a co-signer dies or declares bankruptcy. The so-called auto-defaults can occur even if the borrower has been keeping up with payments.  Source Link  

 

Baby Boomers and older are all-in when it comes to the smartphone. A majority of Americans over age 55 now own smartphones, according to a new survey. It’s the last age group to ditch the feature phone in favor of the smartphone, which is now the choice of 85 percent of people who are shopping to replace their cellphone. Source Link

 

Teens who don’t get enough sleep are at-risk for more than just poor grades. A study found that teenagers who skimp on sleep are more likely to report feeling hopeless, and to smoke, drink alcohol and use marijuana. The typical teen in the study slept only six hours a night. Source Link 

 

If you like your Netflix fix, the price for the streaming video service is going up. The company says it will soon raise the price by one or two dollars a month for new subscribers. Current Netflix subscribers who pay $7.99 a month won’t see the price increase until sometime next year. Source Link 

 

Religious music can bring real peace of mind to older Christians. In a new study, researchers said listening to religious music, especially gospel music, decreased anxiety about death and increased a sense of control. The findings were the same regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic status. Source Link  

 

Could Man’s Best Friend also be the best addition to a family with an autistic child? A study found that children with autism may find the unconditional love of the family dog a real help. The advantages of having a dog include companionship, stress relief and giving children with autism opportunities to learn responsibility and helping to interact with others. Source Link

 

Alternative medicine means different things to different people in America, often depending on where they live. A new government report says people on the West Coast are faithful followers of yoga and meditation, while Midwesterners turn to chiropractors for their aches and pains. And one in five people uses herbal supplements for medicinal purposes. Source Link

 

Some say it’s the biggest legal battle over the future of television viewing since the dawn of the VCR. The U.S. Supreme Court has heard arguments over whether the Aereo online service should continue. Aereo uses tiny antennas to bring over-air TV channels to subscribers. TV stations say it’s an illegal use of their signal and could spell the end of free broadcasting. Source Link

 

When it comes to wearable tech, some day it may be, “so long Google Glass” and “hello Google Contact Lens.” The company has patented a design for a contact lens that includes a microcamera. Unlike the Google Glass web device that runs by way of voice commands,  the Google contact lens system would take its commands through a series of eye blinks. Source Link 

 

Just like there’s no free lunch, you may not save with those free samples from the doctor’s office. A study found that patients who took free samples of brand-name drugs went on to pay more than twice as much for their prescriptions, compared to people who didn’t get free samples and used generic drugs instead. Source Link  

 

A little crunch in your food may make a difference in how that meal looks on your waist. A study found that foods with a crunchy texture were thought to be higher in calories and people ate less. When eating soft foods, people were less concerned about the calorie count and ate more. Source Link

 

If Apple has its way, the next version of the iPhone will cost you more. Reports say the company wants to raise the price by $100, meaning at least a $299 out-of-pocket cost for iPhones purchased with a 2-year service contract. Apple is making the price hike request as part of negotiations with U.S. carriers who will offer the new phone when it debuts this fall. Source Link

 

Keeping your sweetie in sweets might just be the recipe for a happy marriage. A study found that lower blood glucose levels predicted more aggression toward spouses. Researchers say when glucose levels are low, people have more difficulty controlling their attention, regulating their emotions, and overriding their aggressive impulses. Source Link

 

If you have an Easter lily in the house, be sure to keep your cat away from it. The FDA warns that lillies are a poison threat to your feline friends. By just eating a couple of leaves from the plant or licking a few pollen grains off their fur, cats can suffer acute kidney failure within a very short period of time. Source Link