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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From keeping track of your health to managing devices in your home, your iPhone will soon have some new tricks. Apple says the next version of the iOS operating system will include home automation to manage connected systems and appliances. And a new Healthkit app could work with a rumored iWatch that would offer fitness tracking features. Source Link

 

There’s more evidence that drinking diet beverages can help you lose weight. A study found that dieters lost 44-percent more weight drinking diet sodas, teas and flavored water as compared dieters who drank plain water. The diet beverage drinkers reported feeling significantly less hungry and had better improvements in cholesterol. Source Link

 

How could last winter’s “polar vortex” pay-off for summer travel this year? Experts say there are bargains to be found now because of slim business during the worst of winter. Hotel prices are down in places like New York City, California, and Hawaii, which are also among the top vacation destinations for summer travelers. Source Link

 

Need a reason to be less cynical? It could help you avoid dementia. Believe it or not, a study found that very cynical people were three times more likely to develop dementia than those with a more trusting personality. Researchers think cynicism may cause chemical or structural changes in the brain that could contribute to dementia..Source Link

 

Like it or not, music has more power to move you when you’re pregnant. A study found that moms-to-be had stronger feelings about hearing pleasant and unpleasant music. Researchers think that higher levels of estrogen may play a part in the stronger impact because the hormone affects the brain's reward system. Source Link

 

A new app makes finding your misplaced iPhone as easy as child's play. “Marco Polo” listens for you to call out to it and then responds out loud, just like the classic kid's hide-and-seek game. You can customize the voice and change the phrase that triggers the response to help locate the phone. Source Link

 

Tipping the scales too much is a problem for pets as well as people, but there are ways to keep dogs and cats from becoming overweight. Experts recommend using a measuring cup to serve food and to consider whether your pet gets enough exercise for that daily portion. And make sure that treats are no more than 10 percent of your pet’s diet. Source Link

 

That midnight raid on the fridge could be the death of us. Scientists think late-night eating and oversleeping can disrupt the body’s natural clock that regulates our metabolism. Disruption of circadian rhythms might play a key role in the development of metabolic diseases, including obesity and diabetes. Source Link

 

First, it was streaming video and free book downloads, and now Amazon’s popular Prime service is getting another media add-on. Reports say Amazon will unveil Prime streaming music that will be included in the $99 a year service. But Amazon Prime music won’t offer every song like other streaming services and will exclude the latest titles. Source Link

 

When it comes to sunscreen protection, those big SPF numbers don’t always add up. Consumer Reports says less than half of sunscreen products they tested this year live up to their label claims. Spending more didn’t ensure better quality, as some private label brands from Target and Walmart got high marks along with expensive name-brand sunscreens. Source Link

 

Reducing your waistline can be good for your heart at any age. A six-decade study found that people who lost weight at any age during adulthood saw long-term benefits in cardiovascular health and a reduced risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. This was true even if they regained the weight later. Source Link


Dads who defy some gender-based roles at home may raise daughters who aim higher in life. A study found that fathers who perform household chores are more likely to bring up daughters who break out of the mold of traditionally female jobs. The research showed that girls grow up with broader career goals when domestic duties are shared by both parents. Source Link

 

Experts have some advice if you’re heading to the pool to cool-off this summer -- swim, but don’t swallow. Even a well-maintained pool can have bacteria lurking in the water that could cause gastrointestinal illnesses. The worst spots are kiddie wading pools with warm, shallow water and kids in poor-fitting swim diapers. Source Link 

 

It sounds like advice that Mom would give you, but a new campaign is stressing a good night’s sleep as one of the pillars of better health. Just like good nutrition and exercise, sleep is a key component, and catching up on the weekends won’t help. A typical adult needs at least seven hours a night, and setting a regular bedtime is the first step to getting more shuteye. Source Link 

 

In a world of cars that can drive themselves, who needs things like a steering wheel or a brake pedal? A new high-tech self-driving car from Google does away with those manual controls. The test vehicles could be on the road this year in California, but Google says it has no plans to market its own self-driving car. Source Link

 

The families of tomorrow may include fewer children but with parents who are better off financially. That’s because birth records show that four times as many women are waiting until their mid-30s to start a family than did a generation ago. The downside is that waiting brings a higher risk of health complications in pregnancy and more infertility issues. Source Link

 

Do you want to know about baggage fees and special seat charges upfront when you look for the best airfare price? Government regulators think you should. They’re proposing new rules to require such fee disclosures in price listings whether you buy a ticket in-person, on the phone or online, in order to avoid surprises after you’ve purchased that airfare. Source Link

 

Is it convenience or just a bit too creepy? A new Facebook feature can identify what TV show you’re watching or music you’re listening to by using the microphone on your smartphone. Facebook says the feature is optional and can help users quickly share their viewing or listening preferences with other friends on the social network. Source Link