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  • Vitamin and supplement aisle continues to grow

    Vitamin and supplement aisle continues to grow

    Monday, August 22 2016 2:27 PM EDT2016-08-22 18:27:21 GMT
    We all want to stay healthy but it is hard to always eat the perfect diet or get just enough exercise. It is why so many people take vitamins and supplements to fill the gap. "There are 30,000 different kinds on the market and more than half of all American adults take at least one.  It can be dizzying," said Dr. Peter Dorton with Novant Health. Along with the multi-vitamins and minerals in stores, there are combinations of "natural" remedies to help you sl...More >>
    We all want to stay healthy but it is hard to always eat the perfect diet or get just enough exercise. It is why so many people take vitamins and supplements to fill the gap. "There are 30,000 different kinds on the market and more than half of all American adults take at least one.  It can be dizzying," said Dr. Peter Dorton with Novant Health. Along with the multi-vitamins and minerals in stores, there are combinations of "natural" remedies to help you sl...More >>
  • Google helps you track how you're being tracked

    Google helps you track how you're being tracked

    Thursday, July 28 2016 12:55 PM EDT2016-07-28 16:55:02 GMT
    If you haven't thought it yourself, you likely know someone who has.  There's an impression that Google just "knows" things.  One thing the company says it knows for sure is that you are concerned about your privacy.  They want to show their customers they are responsive to that.  WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says Google has created an easy way for you to see the data that's being collected about you.  Below she out...More >>
    If you haven't thought it yourself, you likely know someone who has.  There's an impression that Google just "knows" things.  One thing the company says it knows for sure is that you are concerned about your privacy.  They want to show their customers they are responsive to that.  WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says Google has created an easy way for you to see the data that's being collected about you.  Below she out...More >>
  • Cancer research with dogs could one day help humans

    Cancer research with dogs could one day help humans

    Monday, July 25 2016 10:16 AM EDT2016-07-25 14:16:21 GMT
    (WBTV)(WBTV)

    Half of all families in the United States have a dog. Of all of those dogs, 4 million will develop cancer as they age. 

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    Half of all families in the United States have a dog. Of all of those dogs, 4 million will develop cancer as they age. 

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  • Before you play Pokemon Go or any smart phone games, a warning

    Before you play Pokemon Go or any smart phone games, a warning

    Thursday, July 21 2016 12:50 PM EDT2016-07-21 16:50:19 GMT
    If you play the hot smart phone crazy Pokemon Go, or any other smart phone app game, there are a few things you have to think about. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton offered a checklist for you before you agree to play any game on your phone.  Her advice follows: Safety tips: 1.  Check the games settings and make sure it's not accessing "all" of your personal information. 2.  Use a unique email address 3.  Tie in app purchases to a pre paid gift card...More >>
    If you play the hot smart phone crazy Pokemon Go, or any other smart phone app game, there are a few things you have to think about. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton offered a checklist for you before you agree to play any game on your phone.  Her advice follows: Safety tips: 1.  Check the games settings and make sure it's not accessing "all" of your personal information. 2.  Use a unique email address 3.  Tie in app purchases to a pre paid gift card...More >>
  • Is a "Tiny Home" right for you?

    Is a "Tiny Home" right for you?

    Tuesday, July 19 2016 9:19 AM EDT2016-07-19 13:19:24 GMT

    It isn’t the biggest on the block, it doesn’t have a crazy paint scheme or a funny-looking mailbox.

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    It isn’t the biggest on the block, it doesn’t have a crazy paint scheme or a funny-looking mailbox.

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  • A warning if you have "smart" devices controlling your home

    A warning if you have "smart" devices controlling your home

    Friday, July 8 2016 8:17 AM EDT2016-07-08 12:17:33 GMT
    If you have "smart" devices in your home, such as thermostats or light controls, you know if the internet goes down you're in trouble.  Without that connection to cyberspace those devices may not work. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton has some advice if you want to keep that smart home operating smoothly.  That advice is below: When the internet goes down, consider it as catastrophic as a  power outage if all of your devices are "smart" or Internet...More >>
    If you have "smart" devices in your home, such as thermostats or light controls, you know if the internet goes down you're in trouble.  Without that connection to cyberspace those devices may not work. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton has some advice if you want to keep that smart home operating smoothly.  That advice is below: When the internet goes down, consider it as catastrophic as a  power outage if all of your devices are "smart" or Internet...More >>
  • Inside Look: High-tech sonar images help find drowning victims

    Inside Look: High-tech sonar images help find drowning victims

    Friday, July 8 2016 5:42 PM EDT2016-07-08 21:42:25 GMT
    (Brian Stephenson | WBTV)(Brian Stephenson | WBTV)

    The men and women of Charlotte Fire Station 38 took us onto Lake Wylie to show us the high-tech sonar equipment they use to find those who are missing.

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    The men and women of Charlotte Fire Station 38 took us onto Lake Wylie to show us the high-tech sonar equipment they use to find those who are missing.

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  • Watch for hidden trade-offs for online convenience

    Watch for hidden trade-offs for online convenience

    Friday, July 1 2016 8:03 AM EDT2016-07-01 12:03:16 GMT
    Windows 10 users who enjoy some of it's conveniences have something to consider. WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton wants you to think about a couple of things before you use one of it's features. "WiFi Sense" is meant to help you get online quickly by automatically connecting to WiFi networks.  Payton says the service was also sharing your WiFi password with Outlook and Skype.  Payton explains the information is encrypted, which is...More >>
    Windows 10 users who enjoy some of it's conveniences have something to consider. WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton wants you to think about a couple of things before you use one of it's features. "WiFi Sense" is meant to help you get online quickly by automatically connecting to WiFi networks.  Payton says the service was also sharing your WiFi password with Outlook and Skype.  Payton explains the information is encrypted, which is...More >>
  • Summer Deals for WBTV viewers

    Summer Deals for WBTV viewers

    Tuesday, June 28 2016 5:06 PM EDT2016-06-28 21:06:06 GMT

    Please read the details of each deal closely as there are different, and very specific, rules for redeeming each one.

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    Please read the details of each deal closely as there are different, and very specific, rules for redeeming each one.

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  • Spotting fake tech support scams

    Spotting fake tech support scams

    Thursday, June 23 2016 1:25 PM EDT2016-06-23 17:25:18 GMT

    When cyber criminals find a scam that works, they don't want to retire it.  That's why the fake technical support scams pop up time and again. That's when they call or email pretending to be your device manufacturers "tech support" and claim your device needs a repair.  It is their sneaky way into getting you to let them into your computer so they can mine for personal information. We asked WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton to tell ...

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    When cyber criminals find a scam that works, they don't want to retire it.  That's why the fake technical support scams pop up time and again. That's when they call or email pretending to be your device manufacturers "tech support" and claim your device needs a repair.  It is their sneaky way into getting you to let them into your computer so they can mine for personal information. We asked WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton to tell ...

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  • 'Locky' computer virus hitting local computers

    'Locky' computer virus hitting local computers

    Friday, June 17 2016 8:04 PM EDT2016-06-18 00:04:40 GMT

    A new form of malware is making the rounds.  It is striking computers in and around Charlotte. It is called "Locky" and this strain scrambles, encrypts and re-names all of your important files.  You'll know you have it if suddenly your file names end in ".locky". The cybercriminals will tell you that THE ONLY WAY to get your files back is to purchase the decryption key via the dark web and pay roughly $200-$500 in bitcoin which is a digital, untraceable...

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    A new form of malware is making the rounds.  It is striking computers in and around Charlotte. It is called "Locky" and this strain scrambles, encrypts and re-names all of your important files.  You'll know you have it if suddenly your file names end in ".locky". The cybercriminals will tell you that THE ONLY WAY to get your files back is to purchase the decryption key via the dark web and pay roughly $200-$500 in bitcoin which is a digital, untraceable...

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  • Are you due cash back on your vehicle tax?

    Are you due cash back on your vehicle tax?

    Tuesday, June 14 2016 12:38 PM EDT2016-06-14 16:38:59 GMT
    North Carolina drivers could be missing out in tax refunds simply because they don't realize how the system works. A couple of years ago the state implemented a system in which you update your registration and pay your vehicle tax at the same time. There are 650,000 vehicles registered in Mecklenburg County.  Every day people are trading in their old cars for new ones, or totaling cars that have to be replaced. "When you get your tax bill look on the back.  It detail...More >>
    North Carolina drivers could be missing out in tax refunds simply because they don't realize how the system works. A couple of years ago the state implemented a system in which you update your registration and pay your vehicle tax at the same time. There are 650,000 vehicles registered in Mecklenburg County.  Every day people are trading in their old cars for new ones, or totaling cars that have to be replaced. "When you get your tax bill look on the back.  It detail...More >>
  • Family asks for yearbook misprint to be fixed

    Family asks for yearbook misprint to be fixed

    Tuesday, June 7 2016 6:00 PM EDT2016-06-07 22:00:45 GMT
    The yearbook is the prized possession of most high school seniors. The photos inside tell the story of the year before they went off to jobs or college. The scribbled signatures and special messages from their classmates are cherished well into their adult years. When Eryn Rauch looks at her yearbook, she sees a mistake. The senior at Forestview High School in Gastonia didn't even notice the misspelling at first. She was caught up in the excitement of sharing the book with her frien...More >>
    The yearbook is the prized possession of most high school seniors. The photos inside tell the story of the year before they went off to jobs or college. The scribbled signatures and special messages from their classmates are cherished well into their adult years. When Eryn Rauch looks at her yearbook, she sees a mistake. The senior at Forestview High School in Gastonia didn't even notice the misspelling at first. She was caught up in the excitement of sharing the book with her frien...More >>
  • Hackers targeting Microsoft Office

    Hackers targeting Microsoft Office

    Thursday, June 2 2016 8:33 AM EDT2016-06-02 12:33:02 GMT
    It may seem like Microsoft computers and devices are more often the target of hackers than Apple products, because new alerts seem to be about Microsoft. Apple products can get viruses, but there's something about Microsoft that WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says is attractive to cyber criminals. "In a new research report, a "White Hat", or good-guy researcher, took a look at the most popular Microsoft malware and viruses and noticed that many of them target Microso...More >>
    It may seem like Microsoft computers and devices are more often the target of hackers than Apple products, because new alerts seem to be about Microsoft. Apple products can get viruses, but there's something about Microsoft that WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says is attractive to cyber criminals. "In a new research report, a "White Hat", or good-guy researcher, took a look at the most popular Microsoft malware and viruses and noticed that many of them target Microso...More >>
  • More people becoming target of cyber hackers and ransomware

    More people becoming target of cyber hackers and ransomware

    Thursday, June 2 2016 11:45 AM EDT2016-06-02 15:45:26 GMT

    Running a community dental practice in Monroe, NC, Dr. Rob Johnson never thought he'd be on the radar of cyber hackers. Until his office was hit by ransomware. "This is something I have heard about and read about but I wondered how it could happen to me," Johnson said. He thinks it hit the office computers after someone opened an email that looked like a legitimate job application.  It was not and clicking on the link in the email likely installed the malware that al...

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    Running a community dental practice in Monroe, NC, Dr. Rob Johnson never thought he'd be on the radar of cyber hackers. Until his office was hit by ransomware. "This is something I have heard about and read about but I wondered how it could happen to me," Johnson said. He thinks it hit the office computers after someone opened an email that looked like a legitimate job application.  It was not and clicking on the link in the email likely installed the malware that al...

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  • Good-guy hackers find a way around sophisticated security methods

    Good-guy hackers find a way around sophisticated security methods

    Friday, May 27 2016 10:42 AM EDT2016-05-27 14:42:44 GMT
    Passwords are a recurring theme in the Protecting Your Cyberturf segment.  We talk about how many all of us have, how secure they are or are not.  We have also talked about other forms of protecting your private information that may in time be the most widely used and secure ways to authenticate who you are. Now we are getting word that even those most secure ways might be vulnerable, too. Many people love the idea of supplying a fingerprint or some type of a physical iden...More >>
    Passwords are a recurring theme in the Protecting Your Cyberturf segment.  We talk about how many all of us have, how secure they are or are not.  We have also talked about other forms of protecting your private information that may in time be the most widely used and secure ways to authenticate who you are. Now we are getting word that even those most secure ways might be vulnerable, too. Many people love the idea of supplying a fingerprint or some type of a physical iden...More >>
  • Dry Cleaning Test: Do you get what you pay for?

    Dry Cleaning Test: Do you get what you pay for?

    Monday, May 23 2016 2:58 PM EDT2016-05-23 18:58:58 GMT

    You could hardly see the ink on the shirt that cost $3 to be cleaned, but it appeared there was no attempt to remove the ink on the shirt that cost $6 to be cleaned.

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    You could hardly see the ink on the shirt that cost $3 to be cleaned, but it appeared there was no attempt to remove the ink on the shirt that cost $6 to be cleaned.

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  • What would you trade for guaranteed internet access?

    What would you trade for guaranteed internet access?

    Friday, May 20 2016 9:48 AM EDT2016-05-20 13:48:47 GMT
    What would you give up to ensure you had access to high speed internet? That's the question a new study commissioned by wireless carrier AT & T poses.  It gets to the heart of FOMO, or "fear of missing out". The researchers polled people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  AT&T admits the findings are not nationally representative but the company asked 2,000 Americans what they would sacrifice to stay online. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payto...More >>
    What would you give up to ensure you had access to high speed internet? That's the question a new study commissioned by wireless carrier AT & T poses.  It gets to the heart of FOMO, or "fear of missing out". The researchers polled people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  AT&T admits the findings are not nationally representative but the company asked 2,000 Americans what they would sacrifice to stay online. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payto...More >>
  • Product testing: Angry Mama

    Product testing: Angry Mama

    Saturday, May 14 2016 4:23 AM EDT2016-05-14 08:23:15 GMT
    Saturday, May 14 2016 7:45 AM EDT2016-05-14 11:45:07 GMT
    Is it enough of a pain to clean out your microwave that you just avoid doing it?  Caked-on food can be tough to get rid of. Angry Mama claims she can help.  She looks pretty angry, and promises with just water and vinegar to help loosen crusty leftovers on the inside and make them easy to wipe out. We got Angry Mama for $10 on Amazon.com but we've seen her at local Family Dollar stores, too.  We put her to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning. Copyright 2016 WBTV.&...More >>
    Is it enough of a pain to clean out your microwave that you just avoid doing it?  Caked-on food can be tough to get rid of. Angry Mama claims she can help.  She looks pretty angry, and promises with just water and vinegar to help loosen crusty leftovers on the inside and make them easy to wipe out. We got Angry Mama for $10 on Amazon.com but we've seen her at local Family Dollar stores, too.  We put her to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning. Copyright 2016 WBTV.&...More >>
  • 5 things every college student should do this summer

    5 things every college student should do this summer

    Saturday, May 14 2016 4:17 AM EDT2016-05-14 08:17:45 GMT
    Saturday, May 14 2016 6:20 AM EDT2016-05-14 10:20:09 GMT
    For many young people, summer is a time to play and relax.  For young professionals, or soon to be, Michelle Horton says it is UP TIME!  Time to get ahead.  Horton is a professor with the Wake Forest University School of Business and the founder and CEO of YOUniversity Drive, LLC. Horton visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share 5 things Every College Student Should Do This Summer: 1.     Get an Internship, Volunteer, Learn a New Skill. Further...More >>
    For many young people, summer is a time to play and relax.  For young professionals, or soon to be, Michelle Horton says it is UP TIME!  Time to get ahead.  Horton is a professor with the Wake Forest University School of Business and the founder and CEO of YOUniversity Drive, LLC. Horton visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share 5 things Every College Student Should Do This Summer: 1.     Get an Internship, Volunteer, Learn a New Skill. Further...More >>
  • 29% of Android phones not getting security updates

    29% of Android phones not getting security updates

    Friday, May 13 2016 9:48 AM EDT2016-05-13 13:48:07 GMT
    Friday, May 13 2016 4:27 PM EDT2016-05-13 20:27:00 GMT
    Each year Google performs an annual security report on the Droid operating system for smart phones.  Its most recent review found roughly 29% of phone users are not receiving important security upgrades.  It is because only phones running the most up to date version of software automatically get those security patches.  In some cases many manufacturers are not sending out timely updates and some users do not have their phones set up to automatically receive the patches...More >>
    Each year Google performs an annual security report on the Droid operating system for smart phones.  Its most recent review found roughly 29% of phone users are not receiving important security upgrades.  It is because only phones running the most up to date version of software automatically get those security patches.  In some cases many manufacturers are not sending out timely updates and some users do not have their phones set up to automatically receive the patches...More >>
  • The $0.20 solution to make your home safer

    The $0.20 solution to make your home safer

    Thursday, May 5 2016 8:18 AM EDT2016-05-05 12:18:13 GMT
    Tuesday, May 10 2016 7:47 AM EDT2016-05-10 11:47:30 GMT
    (Brian Stephenson | WBTV)(Brian Stephenson | WBTV)

    A contractor made two identical framed doors for us. We enlisted the help of identical twins. There was only one difference between side A and side B.

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    A contractor made two identical framed doors for us. We enlisted the help of identical twins. There was only one difference between side A and side B.

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  • Product test: Make-at-home meal delivery services

    Product test: Make-at-home meal delivery services

    Monday, April 25 2016 11:12 AM EDT2016-04-25 15:12:44 GMT
    Tuesday, April 26 2016 7:35 AM EDT2016-04-26 11:35:34 GMT

    Each of us wants to save time, money and energy.  Companies that offer make-at-home meal delivery services promise all of those things.  But do they really come through? We put Blue Apron, Home Chef and Hello Fresh to the test.  Chef Ashley McGee helped by opening up one of the demonstration kitchens at Johnson and Wales University and cooking with us.  Each company sent us a box to try and promised what we got was exactly what anyone with a subscription would h...

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    Each of us wants to save time, money and energy.  Companies that offer make-at-home meal delivery services promise all of those things.  But do they really come through? We put Blue Apron, Home Chef and Hello Fresh to the test.  Chef Ashley McGee helped by opening up one of the demonstration kitchens at Johnson and Wales University and cooking with us.  Each company sent us a box to try and promised what we got was exactly what anyone with a subscription would h...

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  • Is your fitness tracker making you less interested in walking?

    Is your fitness tracker making you less interested in walking?

    Sunday, April 24 2016 6:42 PM EDT2016-04-24 22:42:41 GMT
    Monday, April 25 2016 7:09 AM EDT2016-04-25 11:09:05 GMT
    (WBTV)(WBTV)

    They are great motivators to get your 10,000 daily steps in and try to eat and sleep better. 

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    They are great motivators to get your 10,000 daily steps in and try to eat and sleep better. 

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  • Choosing the right sod for your yard

    Choosing the right sod for your yard

    Saturday, April 23 2016 4:11 AM EDT2016-04-23 08:11:19 GMT
    Saturday, April 23 2016 7:09 AM EDT2016-04-23 11:09:24 GMT

    Homeowners often wonder if they are making the right decisions in their yards.  Charles Harris, owner of Sandhill Turf in Candor, NC and the co-founder of Buy Sod, Inc., shared some advice with WBTV News Saturday Morning viewers about choosing the right type of sod and properly caring for it. His advice follows: How to pick the right sod Choosing the right sod doesn’t have to be confusing. All you need to know is how you want your grass to function. For those high-w...

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    Homeowners often wonder if they are making the right decisions in their yards.  Charles Harris, owner of Sandhill Turf in Candor, NC and the co-founder of Buy Sod, Inc., shared some advice with WBTV News Saturday Morning viewers about choosing the right type of sod and properly caring for it. His advice follows: How to pick the right sod Choosing the right sod doesn’t have to be confusing. All you need to know is how you want your grass to function. For those high-w...

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  • Scammers threaten jail time if you don't pay a fine

    Scammers threaten jail time if you don't pay a fine

    Friday, April 22 2016 1:06 PM EDT2016-04-22 17:06:46 GMT
    Friday, April 22 2016 4:00 PM EDT2016-04-22 20:00:26 GMT
    Simply by placing a phone call or dropping an email, scam artists are having good luck conning people out of hundreds of dollars if not more. This scam making the rounds sounds pretty intimidating if you're on the receiving end.  It is happening often enough that the US Federal Court System has issued an official warning about it. The scammers claim to be from the court, or from the US Marshall's Office, and they claim you owe a fine because you didn't show up for your assigne...More >>
    Simply by placing a phone call or dropping an email, scam artists are having good luck conning people out of hundreds of dollars if not more. This scam making the rounds sounds pretty intimidating if you're on the receiving end.  It is happening often enough that the US Federal Court System has issued an official warning about it. The scammers claim to be from the court, or from the US Marshall's Office, and they claim you owe a fine because you didn't show up for your assigne...More >>
  • Women in sports changing the conversation

    Women in sports changing the conversation

    Monday, April 11 2016 11:31 AM EDT2016-04-11 15:31:51 GMT
    Monday, April 11 2016 11:21 PM EDT2016-04-12 03:21:15 GMT

    Two local women are accomplishing firsts in the world of sports coverage.  In doing so they are helping to change the conversation about women  "having it all" to families finding balance together. Stephanie Ready and Wendy Venturini come from different backgrounds and cover different sports but they have something in common.  "Basketball has been around me my whole life and it is my first true love," Ready told us. "My passion has always bee...

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    Two local women are accomplishing firsts in the world of sports coverage.  In doing so they are helping to change the conversation about women  "having it all" to families finding balance together. Stephanie Ready and Wendy Venturini come from different backgrounds and cover different sports but they have something in common.  "Basketball has been around me my whole life and it is my first true love," Ready told us. "My passion has always bee...

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  • Recipes: Cast Iron Cooking

    Recipes: Cast Iron Cooking

    Saturday, April 9 2016 4:15 AM EDT2016-04-09 08:15:39 GMT
    Saturday, April 9 2016 7:35 AM EDT2016-04-09 11:35:04 GMT
    Cast Iron Cooking Robert Adler, Ernie's Smokehouse BBQ Cast Iron Skillet Brined Chicken Brine 1. 2 cups low sodium chicken broth 2. 6 cups water 3. 1 cup apple cider 4. ¼ cup coarse Kosher salt 5. ¼ cup favorite honey 6. 2 tbsp. onion powder on yellow onion quartered 7. 2 tbsp. sugar 8. 1 tsp. pepper 9. 4 cloves crushed garlic 10. 6-8 sprigs fresh rosemary Brine Preparation 1. Combine water, sugar, salt and pepper, boil and let cool to room temperature o...More >>
    Cast Iron Cooking Robert Adler, Ernie's Smokehouse BBQ Cast Iron Skillet Brined Chicken Brine 1. 2 cups low sodium chicken broth 2. 6 cups water 3. 1 cup apple cider 4. ¼ cup coarse Kosher salt 5. ¼ cup favorite honey 6. 2 tbsp. onion powder on yellow onion quartered 7. 2 tbsp. sugar 8. 1 tsp. pepper 9. 4 cloves crushed garlic 10. 6-8 sprigs fresh rosemary Brine Preparation 1. Combine water, sugar, salt and pepper, boil and let cool to room temperature o...More >>
  • 10 life hacks every parent should know

    10 life hacks every parent should know

    Saturday, April 9 2016 4:11 AM EDT2016-04-09 08:11:29 GMT
    Saturday, April 9 2016 7:20 AM EDT2016-04-09 11:20:08 GMT

    Making life a little easier is always top priority for parents.  Holly Schultz, founder of BabyGizmo.com, stopped by WBTV News Saturday Morning to share 10 life hacks every parent should know. Her tips follow: 10 QUICK MOM HACKS THAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW Cupcake Liner for Dripless Popsicles Place a cupcake liner under the Popsicle and through the Popsicle stick to catch all the drips. Keepin' the Bugs Out Simply place a cupcake liner upside down over a glass or cup and...

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    Making life a little easier is always top priority for parents.  Holly Schultz, founder of BabyGizmo.com, stopped by WBTV News Saturday Morning to share 10 life hacks every parent should know. Her tips follow: 10 QUICK MOM HACKS THAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW Cupcake Liner for Dripless Popsicles Place a cupcake liner under the Popsicle and through the Popsicle stick to catch all the drips. Keepin' the Bugs Out Simply place a cupcake liner upside down over a glass or cup and...

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  • Another security breach serves as a warning

    Another security breach serves as a warning

    Friday, April 8 2016 12:41 PM EDT2016-04-08 16:41:17 GMT
    Friday, April 8 2016 5:00 PM EDT2016-04-08 21:00:21 GMT
    Any security breach of private information should be an opportunity for all of us to make sure we're properly protecting our privacy. That's the warning from WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton. She reminds us of this in the wake of "The Panama Papers".  11.5 million documents were leaked anonymously from a prominent Panama-based law firm that helped create shell companies for the world's rich and famous.  200 countries are mentioned...More >>
    Any security breach of private information should be an opportunity for all of us to make sure we're properly protecting our privacy. That's the warning from WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton. She reminds us of this in the wake of "The Panama Papers".  11.5 million documents were leaked anonymously from a prominent Panama-based law firm that helped create shell companies for the world's rich and famous.  200 countries are mentioned...More >>
  • Hot zip codes in Charlotte for buyers and sellers

    Hot zip codes in Charlotte for buyers and sellers

    Monday, April 4 2016 12:47 PM EDT2016-04-04 16:47:43 GMT
    Monday, April 4 2016 8:41 PM EDT2016-04-05 00:41:58 GMT
    (WBTV)(WBTV)

    One of the hottest zip codes for new home buyers might not be one you'd expect.

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    One of the hottest zip codes for new home buyers might not be one you'd expect.

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  • Are you the right fit for a franchise?

    Are you the right fit for a franchise?

    Sunday, March 27 2016 3:28 AM EDT2016-03-27 07:28:28 GMT
    Sunday, March 27 2016 6:20 AM EDT2016-03-27 10:20:01 GMT
    Being your own boss sounds like a pretty sweet gig but how do you do it?  One way is to own and operate a franchise of a national or regional business.  How do you know if franchising is the right fit for you? Harry Sparks, owner of a local Window Genie franchise, and Lauren Cantor with The Entrepreneur’s Source, visited WBTV News Sunday Morning to talk about the free North Carolina Franchise Expo Live. Cantor shared the Franchise Quiz from The Entrepreneur’s ...More >>
    Being your own boss sounds like a pretty sweet gig but how do you do it?  One way is to own and operate a franchise of a national or regional business.  How do you know if franchising is the right fit for you? Harry Sparks, owner of a local Window Genie franchise, and Lauren Cantor with The Entrepreneur’s Source, visited WBTV News Sunday Morning to talk about the free North Carolina Franchise Expo Live. Cantor shared the Franchise Quiz from The Entrepreneur’s ...More >>
  • Using cell signal jammers

    Using cell signal jammers

    Thursday, March 24 2016 11:38 AM EDT2016-03-24 15:38:11 GMT
    Friday, March 25 2016 4:00 PM EDT2016-03-25 20:00:20 GMT
    It may be a lesson your parents taught you.  Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. In this case we're talking about using a cell phone jammer.  Jammers prevent phones from working in a certain local area.  The devices are readily available to the average person online  Still, using one could get you into deep trouble. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says while some organizations and institutions can use jammers,...More >>
    It may be a lesson your parents taught you.  Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. In this case we're talking about using a cell phone jammer.  Jammers prevent phones from working in a certain local area.  The devices are readily available to the average person online  Still, using one could get you into deep trouble. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says while some organizations and institutions can use jammers,...More >>
  • Amazon explores pay by "selfie" system

    Amazon explores pay by "selfie" system

    Friday, March 18 2016 12:14 PM EDT2016-03-18 16:14:29 GMT
    Friday, March 18 2016 4:14 PM EDT2016-03-18 20:14:05 GMT
    We told you recently that credit card giant MasterCard is testing a new way to authenticate payments using a selfie. This week Amazon announced it is attempting to do something similar. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says Amazon has filed a patent for payment via facial contortion, also known as a selfie.  The company filed for the patent in October. Organizations testing this way to pay say it is a safer form of verification than a password.&nbs...More >>
    We told you recently that credit card giant MasterCard is testing a new way to authenticate payments using a selfie. This week Amazon announced it is attempting to do something similar. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says Amazon has filed a patent for payment via facial contortion, also known as a selfie.  The company filed for the patent in October. Organizations testing this way to pay say it is a safer form of verification than a password.&nbs...More >>
  • Ransomware hitting mac users

    Ransomware hitting mac users

    Friday, March 11 2016 10:36 AM EST2016-03-11 15:36:22 GMT
    Friday, March 11 2016 4:30 PM EST2016-03-11 21:30:08 GMT
    If you think being a Mac owner will spare you the hassle of getting viruses on your laptop or desktop, think again. More viruses have spread to Macs in recent years and now the infection of the moment, ransomware, is hitting Mac users too. That's when a cyber-criminal finds his or her way into your computer, accesses your files, and then holds them "hostage" until you pay (usually in Bitcoin) to get them back. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice, Inc., says...More >>
    If you think being a Mac owner will spare you the hassle of getting viruses on your laptop or desktop, think again. More viruses have spread to Macs in recent years and now the infection of the moment, ransomware, is hitting Mac users too. That's when a cyber-criminal finds his or her way into your computer, accesses your files, and then holds them "hostage" until you pay (usually in Bitcoin) to get them back. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice, Inc., says...More >>
  • An emergency plan for your pet

    An emergency plan for your pet

    Thursday, March 10 2016 12:03 PM EST2016-03-10 17:03:55 GMT
    Thursday, March 10 2016 4:30 PM EST2016-03-10 21:30:09 GMT
    One of the biggest fears for a pet owner would be a fire in their home while the dog, cat, bird, rabbit, guinea pig or other animals were the only ones in the house.  It happened to Judith Hodgins.  A fire alarm tied to her security system started to sound while she was away.  "It is a gut-wrenching feeling and the adrenaline kicks in.  I was probably going over the speed limit to get home because it was terrifying," Hodgins told us. Before calling Jud...More >>
    One of the biggest fears for a pet owner would be a fire in their home while the dog, cat, bird, rabbit, guinea pig or other animals were the only ones in the house.  It happened to Judith Hodgins.  A fire alarm tied to her security system started to sound while she was away.  "It is a gut-wrenching feeling and the adrenaline kicks in.  I was probably going over the speed limit to get home because it was terrifying," Hodgins told us. Before calling Jud...More >>
  • Protecting your privacy in your own home

    Protecting your privacy in your own home

    Thursday, March 3 2016 12:38 PM EST2016-03-03 17:38:52 GMT
    Friday, March 4 2016 4:15 PM EST2016-03-04 21:15:01 GMT
    You've heard the phrase "the internet of things", right? It is when everyday objects like your refrigerator or your kids toys can connect to the internet.  So many things are connected now, it raises a new privacy concern. We asked WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice, Inc.,  how easy it would be for a hacker to peep into your home using these devices. "Using any tool, like Shodan for example, people can spy on you via your internet of things....More >>
    You've heard the phrase "the internet of things", right? It is when everyday objects like your refrigerator or your kids toys can connect to the internet.  So many things are connected now, it raises a new privacy concern. We asked WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice, Inc.,  how easy it would be for a hacker to peep into your home using these devices. "Using any tool, like Shodan for example, people can spy on you via your internet of things....More >>
  • Recipe: Chicken and Dumplings

    Recipe: Chicken and Dumplings

    Saturday, February 27 2016 8:39 AM EST2016-02-27 13:39:53 GMT
    Saturday, February 27 2016 8:39 AM EST2016-02-27 13:39:52 GMT
    Chicken and Dumplings Shonali Thomas, SplenDishes Ingredients: 1 whole chicken (cut up) 2 tablespoons SplenDishes Bourbon Bacon Salt 4 tablespoons flour ¼ vegetable oil 4 carrots, roughly chopped 3 celery stalks, chopped 1 onion, chopped 3 potatoes, cubed 2 cups dry white wine Fresh parsley for garnish Dumplings: 2 cups Bisquick mix 2/3 cup milk 2 tablespoons butter, melted Combine ingredients in a bowl right before spooning over chicken. Directions: Season c...More >>
    Chicken and Dumplings Shonali Thomas, SplenDishes Ingredients: 1 whole chicken (cut up) 2 tablespoons SplenDishes Bourbon Bacon Salt 4 tablespoons flour ¼ vegetable oil 4 carrots, roughly chopped 3 celery stalks, chopped 1 onion, chopped 3 potatoes, cubed 2 cups dry white wine Fresh parsley for garnish Dumplings: 2 cups Bisquick mix 2/3 cup milk 2 tablespoons butter, melted Combine ingredients in a bowl right before spooning over chicken. Directions: Season c...More >>
  • Recipes: Short ribs and pan seared scallops

    Recipes: Short ribs and pan seared scallops

    Saturday, February 27 2016 8:31 AM EST2016-02-27 13:31:28 GMT
    Saturday, February 27 2016 8:31 AM EST2016-02-27 13:31:28 GMT
    Jim Seidel of Carolina Fish Market and Melissa Latin again, a home cook and founder of Charlotte Fashion Plate visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share two delicious recipes. To give Jim's short ribs a try, click here. To try Melissa's pan seared scallops, click here. Copyright 2016 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
    Jim Seidel of Carolina Fish Market and Melissa Latin again, a home cook and founder of Charlotte Fashion Plate visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share two delicious recipes. To give Jim's short ribs a try, click here. To try Melissa's pan seared scallops, click here. Copyright 2016 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
  • Hackers point out weakness in GPS system

    Hackers point out weakness in GPS system

    Friday, February 26 2016 8:51 AM EST2016-02-26 13:51:36 GMT
    Friday, February 26 2016 4:00 PM EST2016-02-26 21:00:20 GMT
    When is the last time you broke out a map or an atlas?  We are all so reliant on GPS because it spares us the trouble of planning a route and it seems to rarely fail us. Unfortunately, like all things tech, it can be hacked.  "Good guy" ethical hackers found this recently when they showed how they could simulate a car's journey without the car ever moving.  In the demo, they typed into the GPS where they wanted to go and without actually moving or starting on...More >>
    When is the last time you broke out a map or an atlas?  We are all so reliant on GPS because it spares us the trouble of planning a route and it seems to rarely fail us. Unfortunately, like all things tech, it can be hacked.  "Good guy" ethical hackers found this recently when they showed how they could simulate a car's journey without the car ever moving.  In the demo, they typed into the GPS where they wanted to go and without actually moving or starting on...More >>
  • When phone finding software just doesn't work right

    When phone finding software just doesn't work right

    Thursday, February 18 2016 7:56 AM EST2016-02-18 12:56:43 GMT
    Friday, February 19 2016 4:00 PM EST2016-02-19 21:00:19 GMT
    12 times in the past year, someone has knocked on the door of a couple's home in Atlanta, thinking their lost or stolen smart phones were inside. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice, Inc.,  found these cases of phone finding software glitches and thought it was a good opportunity to remind you that GPS isn't always the be-all, end-all. Payton says the search function in both Apple's "Find my phone" and Android's "Device Manager" were off in thi...More >>
    12 times in the past year, someone has knocked on the door of a couple's home in Atlanta, thinking their lost or stolen smart phones were inside. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice, Inc.,  found these cases of phone finding software glitches and thought it was a good opportunity to remind you that GPS isn't always the be-all, end-all. Payton says the search function in both Apple's "Find my phone" and Android's "Device Manager" were off in thi...More >>
  • Chocolate in the cereal aisle

    Chocolate in the cereal aisle

    Tuesday, February 9 2016 8:41 AM EST2016-02-09 13:41:07 GMT
    Monday, February 15 2016 12:17 PM EST2016-02-15 17:17:28 GMT
    The box covers tout vitamins and minerals and whole grains but is it possible for it to be healthy?  More >>

    The box covers tout vitamins and minerals and whole grains but is it possible for it to be healthy? 

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  • For security reasons, upgrade to Internet Explorer 11

    For security reasons, upgrade to Internet Explorer 11

    Tuesday, February 9 2016 12:18 PM EST2016-02-09 17:18:43 GMT
    Friday, February 12 2016 4:00 PM EST2016-02-12 21:00:19 GMT
    If you click into Internet Explorer on your PC to hop onto the internet, it's time to upgrade. We told you a while back that Microsoft would be "retiring" the Windows XP system but it is also ending its support of some versions of Internet Explorer.  WBTV Cyber Expert and CEO of Fortalice, Inc. Theresa Payton says Microsoft stopped supporting IE 8 and 9 and in many cases 10.  That means there will be no new security patches and that impacts how safe it is to use f...More >>
    If you click into Internet Explorer on your PC to hop onto the internet, it's time to upgrade. We told you a while back that Microsoft would be "retiring" the Windows XP system but it is also ending its support of some versions of Internet Explorer.  WBTV Cyber Expert and CEO of Fortalice, Inc. Theresa Payton says Microsoft stopped supporting IE 8 and 9 and in many cases 10.  That means there will be no new security patches and that impacts how safe it is to use f...More >>
  • DNA test connects young woman with father she never knew

    DNA test connects young woman with father she never knew

    Tuesday, February 9 2016 8:09 AM EST2016-02-09 13:09:15 GMT
    Tuesday, February 9 2016 4:00 PM EST2016-02-09 21:00:19 GMT
    Jamie Nader has no doubt there's a guiding force behind the developments over the last four months of her life. "There's no denying God was in this.  Just the timing of it.  I am completely convinced God was whispering to me," Nader told WBTV. Her search for her father has been life-long.  At times she has felt close to an answer.  At other times she was frustrated to be so far away from learning the truth. Until recently. In September of 2015 she took...More >>
    Jamie Nader has no doubt there's a guiding force behind the developments over the last four months of her life. "There's no denying God was in this.  Just the timing of it.  I am completely convinced God was whispering to me," Nader told WBTV. Her search for her father has been life-long.  At times she has felt close to an answer.  At other times she was frustrated to be so far away from learning the truth. Until recently. In September of 2015 she took...More >>
  • Super Bowl commercial hits and misses

    Super Bowl commercial hits and misses

    Friday, February 5 2016 1:22 PM EST2016-02-05 18:22:32 GMT
    Friday, February 5 2016 4:00 PM EST2016-02-05 21:00:22 GMT
    Super Bowl viewing will be a little different for people living in the Charlotte area this year. Occasionally the game itself can be secondary to the crop of Super Bowl commercials advertisers trot out.  This year, with the Carolina Panthers in the big game, more eyes will be trained on the action on the field. Still the breaks between are a chance for advertisers to try to catch your attention. "We don't get treated by advertisers on a daily basis the way we get treated i... More >>

    Super Bowl viewing will be a little different for people living in the Charlotte area this year. Occasionally the game itself can be secondary to the crop of Super Bowl commercials advertisers trot out.  This year, with the Carolina Panthers in the big game, more eyes will be trained on the action on the field. Still the breaks between are a chance for advertisers to try to catch your attention. "We don't get treated by advertisers on a daily basis the way we get treated i...

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  • Product testing: Breakfast sandwich maker

    Product testing: Breakfast sandwich maker

    Saturday, January 30 2016 4:06 AM EST2016-01-30 09:06:56 GMT
    Saturday, January 30 2016 7:45 AM EST2016-01-30 12:45:03 GMT
    If you love a breakfast sandwich but you don't want to spend the money at your favorite drive-through breakfast spot every morning, product testing this week is for you. The appliance experts at Hamilton Beach say you can cook "delicious breakfast sandwiches in the comfort of your own home." Kristen and Lyndsay put it to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  We picked it up at KMart for $25. Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
    If you love a breakfast sandwich but you don't want to spend the money at your favorite drive-through breakfast spot every morning, product testing this week is for you. The appliance experts at Hamilton Beach say you can cook "delicious breakfast sandwiches in the comfort of your own home." Kristen and Lyndsay put it to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  We picked it up at KMart for $25. Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
  • Big game party ideas from Reid's

    Big game party ideas from Reid's

    Saturday, January 30 2016 4:14 AM EST2016-01-30 09:14:45 GMT
    Saturday, January 30 2016 7:35 AM EST2016-01-30 12:35:08 GMT
    Myers Park has always been able to boast one of the area's finest food stores.  Now Reid's Fine Foods has expanded to include it's newest location on the grounds of South Park Mall. Lewis Donald from Reid's visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about the new store and restaurant and he also shared some of his favorite game-day snack ideas. Copyright 2016 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
    Myers Park has always been able to boast one of the area's finest food stores.  Now Reid's Fine Foods has expanded to include it's newest location on the grounds of South Park Mall. Lewis Donald from Reid's visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about the new store and restaurant and he also shared some of his favorite game-day snack ideas. Copyright 2016 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
  • Amp up your burgers

    Amp up your burgers

    Saturday, January 30 2016 4:11 AM EST2016-01-30 09:11:31 GMT
    Saturday, January 30 2016 7:20 AM EST2016-01-30 12:20:08 GMT
    Serving burgers at your party for the big game?  The burger experts at Beef O'Brady's restaurant have some ideas for you. We started with fried jalapeno peppers and built from there. Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.   More >>
    Serving burgers at your party for the big game?  The burger experts at Beef O'Brady's restaurant have some ideas for you. We started with fried jalapeno peppers and built from there. Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.   More >>
  • Registration underway for 24 Hours of Booty

    Registration underway for 24 Hours of Booty

    Saturday, January 30 2016 3:55 AM EST2016-01-30 08:55:56 GMT
    Saturday, January 30 2016 6:20 AM EST2016-01-30 11:20:07 GMT
    Registration has begun for the 2016 24 Hours of Booty ride to fight cancer. The annual cycling event is in its 15th year and will take place July 29th and 30th this year. In 15 years, the organization has raised $15 million to support organizations dedicated to navigating a cancer diagnosis and surviving. For more information about this year's ride, click here.   Copyright 2016 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
    Registration has begun for the 2016 24 Hours of Booty ride to fight cancer. The annual cycling event is in its 15th year and will take place July 29th and 30th this year. In 15 years, the organization has raised $15 million to support organizations dedicated to navigating a cancer diagnosis and surviving. For more information about this year's ride, click here.   Copyright 2016 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved. More >>
  • Reality TV star gives back to Charlotte community

    Reality TV star gives back to Charlotte community

    Saturday, January 23 2016 8:23 AM EST2016-01-23 13:23:38 GMT
    Saturday, January 23 2016 8:23 AM EST2016-01-23 13:23:38 GMT
    Dutchess Lattimore is giving back to the community from which she came. The reality TV star from Black Ink Crew on VH-1 recently opened her own tattoo parlor in Charlotte.  It is called Pretty-N-Ink and it isn't your average every day tattoo studio. Dutchess visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about how she's using her fame and her business to give back to people in her community, particularly women and children, through her partnership with the Salvation Army and other o...More >>
    Dutchess Lattimore is giving back to the community from which she came. The reality TV star from Black Ink Crew on VH-1 recently opened her own tattoo parlor in Charlotte.  It is called Pretty-N-Ink and it isn't your average every day tattoo studio. Dutchess visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about how she's using her fame and her business to give back to people in her community, particularly women and children, through her partnership with the Salvation Army and other o...More >>
  • New rules for drone users

    New rules for drone users

    Monday, January 18 2016 9:23 AM EST2016-01-18 14:23:25 GMT
    Monday, January 18 2016 4:16 PM EST2016-01-18 21:16:03 GMT
    The holiday season brought to all of us something new to think about in the sky overhead. The Federal Aviation Administration predicted one million new drones would be sold to, mainly, recreational users. John Martin is one of them.  He got a small one, to use for practice, so he's ready when he's able to buy a larger one he can use to take video for his fishing lure business. "It's a lot of fun.  While you're trying to figure it out, you crash a lot," Martin sai...More >>
    The holiday season brought to all of us something new to think about in the sky overhead. The Federal Aviation Administration predicted one million new drones would be sold to, mainly, recreational users. John Martin is one of them.  He got a small one, to use for practice, so he's ready when he's able to buy a larger one he can use to take video for his fishing lure business. "It's a lot of fun.  While you're trying to figure it out, you crash a lot," Martin sai...More >>
  • Stopping unexpected in-app purchases

    Stopping unexpected in-app purchases

    Friday, January 15 2016 11:07 AM EST2016-01-15 16:07:00 GMT
    Friday, January 15 2016 3:29 PM EST2016-01-15 20:29:00 GMT
    Perhaps by now you have broken in some of the new devices you received as gifts over the holidays.  Or, perhaps, you've been unable to pry those new smart phones, tablets, and gaming systems from your children's hands. A lesson learned the hard way is proof you need to have control over how those devices are used. A dad in England realized a little too late that his child had racked up a $5,000 bill with the Apple app store by unknowingly making in-game purchases on his dad's iP...More >>
    Perhaps by now you have broken in some of the new devices you received as gifts over the holidays.  Or, perhaps, you've been unable to pry those new smart phones, tablets, and gaming systems from your children's hands. A lesson learned the hard way is proof you need to have control over how those devices are used. A dad in England realized a little too late that his child had racked up a $5,000 bill with the Apple app store by unknowingly making in-game purchases on his dad's iP...More >>
  • Potential data breach of voter information

    Potential data breach of voter information

    Thursday, January 7 2016 7:46 AM EST2016-01-07 12:46:19 GMT
    Friday, January 8 2016 3:30 PM EST2016-01-08 20:30:07 GMT
    Thank goodness for good-guy hackers. An ethical hacker, who looks for data that needs to be protected as a hobby,  is now working with law enforcement to assist them in investigating a data breach he exposed. It involved voter data dating back as far as 2000.  The information included voter names, phone numbers, home addresses, dates of birth, political parties, whether they voted in the primary or general elections going back to 2000, gender and other personal details. WB...More >>
    Thank goodness for good-guy hackers. An ethical hacker, who looks for data that needs to be protected as a hobby,  is now working with law enforcement to assist them in investigating a data breach he exposed. It involved voter data dating back as far as 2000.  The information included voter names, phone numbers, home addresses, dates of birth, political parties, whether they voted in the primary or general elections going back to 2000, gender and other personal details. WB...More >>
  • Study shows teens may be too trusting of online information

    Study shows teens may be too trusting of online information

    Wednesday, December 9 2015 11:04 AM EST2015-12-09 16:04:39 GMT
    Friday, December 11 2015 3:45 PM EST2015-12-11 20:45:12 GMT
    It is easy to be trusting of what we see or read online.  However, as adults, we typically know to look at those things with a critical eye.A new study by Ofcom, the U.K.'s communication regulations commission, shows teens are far too trusting with that information.The study, which you can read by clicking here, found roughly one in five children aged 12 to 15 believe that information found in search engines like Yahoo! Google or Bing must be true. It also indicates many teen...More >>
    It is easy to be trusting of what we see or read online.  However, as adults, we typically know to look at those things with a critical eye.A new study by Ofcom, the U.K.'s communication regulations commission, shows teens are far too trusting with that information.The study, which you can read by clicking here, found roughly one in five children aged 12 to 15 believe that information found in search engines like Yahoo! Google or Bing must be true. It also indicates many teen...More >>
  • Is Siri spilling your secrets?

    Is Siri spilling your secrets?

    Thursday, December 3 2015 8:39 AM EST2015-12-03 13:39:11 GMT
    Friday, December 4 2015 3:45 PM EST2015-12-04 20:45:09 GMT
    We've all become quite good at locking our smart phones, with pass codes or fingerprints, in order to protect prying eyes from peeping our private information.WBTV Cyber Expert, and founder of Fortalice, Theresa Payton says she's found a weak link in the security chain.Her name is Siri.Payton says you can press the home button of a locked phone and still get Siri to tell you things about the owner of that phone.She suggests that you try holding the home button and telling Siri the foll...More >>
    We've all become quite good at locking our smart phones, with pass codes or fingerprints, in order to protect prying eyes from peeping our private information.WBTV Cyber Expert, and founder of Fortalice, Theresa Payton says she's found a weak link in the security chain.Her name is Siri.Payton says you can press the home button of a locked phone and still get Siri to tell you things about the owner of that phone.She suggests that you try holding the home button and telling Siri the foll...More >>
  • Major hotel chain experiences security breach

    Major hotel chain experiences security breach

    Wednesday, November 25 2015 11:00 AM EST2015-11-25 16:00:40 GMT
    Friday, November 27 2015 3:47 PM EST2015-11-27 20:47:08 GMT
    If you have stayed in a hotel that is in the Starwood chain in the last year, you may have fallen victim to a data breach.The chain, which includes Sheraton and Westin among others, was infiltrated by hackers at 54 of it's locations in the US and Canada.  The malware has since been removed, according to company officials.  The targeted point of sale operations in the hotel gift shops, restaurants, and other retail locations but not the reservation systems.You can view the ful...More >>
    If you have stayed in a hotel that is in the Starwood chain in the last year, you may have fallen victim to a data breach.The chain, which includes Sheraton and Westin among others, was infiltrated by hackers at 54 of it's locations in the US and Canada.  The malware has since been removed, according to company officials.  The targeted point of sale operations in the hotel gift shops, restaurants, and other retail locations but not the reservation systems.You can view the ful...More >>
  • The best days to shop for holiday deals

    The best days to shop for holiday deals

    Wednesday, November 18 2015 12:06 PM EST2015-11-18 17:06:14 GMT
    Tuesday, November 24 2015 5:15 PM EST2015-11-24 22:15:08 GMT
    It's hard to find a person who isn't looking for a deal around the holidays.  There are so many presents to buy that it's easier to get more when you're paying less overall.You will come across plenty of deals over the coming weeks leading up to the holiday, but how do you know you're getting the very best price on the presents you buy?Kyle James runs the website RatherBeShopping.com.  He says people who count on Black Friday or Cyber Monday for the best prices might be missi...More >>
    It's hard to find a person who isn't looking for a deal around the holidays.  There are so many presents to buy that it's easier to get more when you're paying less overall.You will come across plenty of deals over the coming weeks leading up to the holiday, but how do you know you're getting the very best price on the presents you buy?Kyle James runs the website RatherBeShopping.com.  He says people who count on Black Friday or Cyber Monday for the best prices might be missi...More >>
  • Restaurant holds first-time breakfast for a great cause

    Restaurant holds first-time breakfast for a great cause

    Saturday, November 21 2015 8:57 AM EST2015-11-21 13:57:40 GMT
    Saturday, November 21 2015 8:57 AM EST2015-11-21 13:57:40 GMT
    The Fig Tree Restaurant is hosting its first pancake breakfast for charity on Saturday December 5th, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.For a minimum donation of $10/person or a new children’s winter coat, diners will get pancakes, eggs, sausage, OJ and coffee.  Proceeds go to Assistance League of Charlotte’s Operation School Bell program Operation School Bell provides clothing for children in need.Kids are welcome and encouraged! and Santa Claus will be there.The Fig Tree Re...More >>
    The Fig Tree Restaurant is hosting its first pancake breakfast for charity on Saturday December 5th, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.For a minimum donation of $10/person or a new children’s winter coat, diners will get pancakes, eggs, sausage, OJ and coffee.  Proceeds go to Assistance League of Charlotte’s Operation School Bell program Operation School Bell provides clothing for children in need.Kids are welcome and encouraged! and Santa Claus will be there.The Fig Tree Re...More >>
  • Product testing: 1 Second Slicer

    Product testing: 1 Second Slicer

    Saturday, November 21 2015 4:11 AM EST2015-11-21 09:11:21 GMT
    Saturday, November 21 2015 7:45 AM EST2015-11-21 12:45:08 GMT
    This week we are testing a product YOU asked us to give a whirl.The 1 Second Slicer promises to be a safe and easy way to chop, mince, club, slice and dice.  We picked it up at the As Seen on TV store for $19.99.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    This week we are testing a product YOU asked us to give a whirl.The 1 Second Slicer promises to be a safe and easy way to chop, mince, club, slice and dice.  We picked it up at the As Seen on TV store for $19.99.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Taking care of your skin through the winter months

    Taking care of your skin through the winter months

    Saturday, November 21 2015 4:25 AM EST2015-11-21 09:25:45 GMT
    Saturday, November 21 2015 7:20 AM EST2015-11-21 12:20:07 GMT
    Dry, cold winter weather can do a number on your skin.  So, Dr. Stephen Finical with Charlotte Plastic Surgery visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about products that may help.  He also showed us what a VISIA complexion analysis can show you about your skin.Below is the list of products Dr. Finical discussed during his appearance:1. NECTIFIRM Reduces the appearance of rough, crepey skin and helps the skin on the neck and décolletage appear more firm and lifted $...More >>
    Dry, cold winter weather can do a number on your skin.  So, Dr. Stephen Finical with Charlotte Plastic Surgery visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about products that may help.  He also showed us what a VISIA complexion analysis can show you about your skin.Below is the list of products Dr. Finical discussed during his appearance:1. NECTIFIRM Reduces the appearance of rough, crepey skin and helps the skin on the neck and décolletage appear more firm and lifted $...More >>
  • Nettie's workout: M100's

    Nettie's workout: M100's

    Saturday, November 21 2015 4:18 AM EST2015-11-21 09:18:52 GMT
    Saturday, November 21 2015 7:11 AM EST2015-11-21 12:11:07 GMT
    Nettie Reeves is back on WBTV News Saturday Morning and this morning she shared this workout that any of us can do, even if we don't have a lot of spare time:Don’t have a lot of time to workout? Then THIS one is for you! It’s called M100’s and can be done in a nick of time, anytime during the day.You’ll get:1. A high caloric burn2. A metabolic boost3. A con?dence builderM100’s is a series of 3 exercises done in 3 1/2 sets equaling 100 times.10 Burpess, 10 ...More >>
    Nettie Reeves is back on WBTV News Saturday Morning and this morning she shared this workout that any of us can do, even if we don't have a lot of spare time:Don’t have a lot of time to workout? Then THIS one is for you! It’s called M100’s and can be done in a nick of time, anytime during the day.You’ll get:1. A high caloric burn2. A metabolic boost3. A con?dence builderM100’s is a series of 3 exercises done in 3 1/2 sets equaling 100 times.10 Burpess, 10 ...More >>
  • Recipe: Pumpkin Pie, Ginger Mascarpone Crème

    Recipe: Pumpkin Pie, Ginger Mascarpone Crème

    Saturday, November 21 2015 4:15 AM EST2015-11-21 09:15:00 GMT
    Saturday, November 21 2015 6:51 AM EST2015-11-21 11:51:03 GMT
    Pumpkin Pie, Ginger Mascarpone CrèmeChef Heidi Kabath, The Ritz-Carlton, CharlotteSweet Dough9 ounces (2 sticks + 1 Tablespoon) Butter, unsalted1/8 teaspoon Salt1 ½ cups Powdered sugar½ cup Almond flour1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract2 each Whole eggs3 ½ cups Cake flour, sifted* In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and salt.* Add the vanilla and continue to mix.* Add the powdered sugar and mix until incorporated and smooth, scraping the...More >>
    Pumpkin Pie, Ginger Mascarpone CrèmeChef Heidi Kabath, The Ritz-Carlton, CharlotteSweet Dough9 ounces (2 sticks + 1 Tablespoon) Butter, unsalted1/8 teaspoon Salt1 ½ cups Powdered sugar½ cup Almond flour1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract2 each Whole eggs3 ½ cups Cake flour, sifted* In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and salt.* Add the vanilla and continue to mix.* Add the powdered sugar and mix until incorporated and smooth, scraping the...More >>
  • How "dark apps" hinder law enforcement

    How "dark apps" hinder law enforcement

    Friday, November 20 2015 11:09 AM EST2015-11-20 16:09:18 GMT
    Friday, November 20 2015 3:45 PM EST2015-11-20 20:45:09 GMT
    There are certain apps, if you know where to find them, that can help keep your cyber conversations private.WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says so-called "dark apps" are meant to be used by "good guys" but often fall into the hands of cybercriminals.There are indications terror groups, like ISIS, are using these apps to communicate and plan attacks away from the eyes of law enforcement, even if they have search warrants. Payton says the apps offer encryption ...More >>
    There are certain apps, if you know where to find them, that can help keep your cyber conversations private.WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says so-called "dark apps" are meant to be used by "good guys" but often fall into the hands of cybercriminals.There are indications terror groups, like ISIS, are using these apps to communicate and plan attacks away from the eyes of law enforcement, even if they have search warrants. Payton says the apps offer encryption ...More >>
  • Expert shares tricks to lower cable, phone bills

    Expert shares tricks to lower cable, phone bills

    Sunday, November 15 2015 7:49 PM EST2015-11-16 00:49:36 GMT
    Monday, November 16 2015 8:25 AM EST2015-11-16 13:25:22 GMT
    It turns out, if you have a few new tricks up your sleeve you might have a better shot at getting as much as 40 percent off of your bill.More >>
    It turns out, if you have a few new tricks up your sleeve you might have a better shot at getting as much as 40 percent off of your bill.More >>
  • Top 3 digital holiday scams

    Top 3 digital holiday scams

    Friday, November 13 2015 7:13 AM EST2015-11-13 12:13:03 GMT
    Saturday, November 14 2015 11:47 AM EST2015-11-14 16:47:35 GMT
    There is an unfortunate side-effect of the holiday season.  Halloween had barely passed before the holiday online scammers started doing their dirty work.More >>
    There is an unfortunate side-effect of the holiday season.  Halloween had barely passed before the holiday online scammers started doing their dirty work.More >>
  • Coach LaMonte: Wound vs. Wound

    Coach LaMonte: Wound vs. Wound

    Saturday, November 14 2015 8:54 AM EST2015-11-14 13:54:52 GMT
    Saturday, November 14 2015 8:54 AM EST2015-11-14 13:54:52 GMT
    These are the five stages of the wound and the wound which come to rob, steal, distract, exhaust and destroy our lives and personal growthThe Coil... (What they do to avoid confronting the pain...)W: WorkO: ObjectsU: Unexpected EventsN: Needy and AttentiveD: Distracted DoersThe Injury...(The pain brought on by self or the result of others...)W: WordsO: Opinions from OthersU: Unexpected EventsN: Neglect from OthersD: Destructive ThinkingThe healing... Time to Walk...W: Willing to find h...More >>
    These are the five stages of the wound and the wound which come to rob, steal, distract, exhaust and destroy our lives and personal growthThe Coil... (What they do to avoid confronting the pain...)W: WorkO: ObjectsU: Unexpected EventsN: Needy and AttentiveD: Distracted DoersThe Injury...(The pain brought on by self or the result of others...)W: WordsO: Opinions from OthersU: Unexpected EventsN: Neglect from OthersD: Destructive ThinkingThe healing... Time to Walk...W: Willing to find h...More >>
  • Ranking companies on how well they protect your privacy

    Ranking companies on how well they protect your privacy

    Wednesday, November 4 2015 8:09 AM EST2015-11-04 13:09:30 GMT
    Friday, November 6 2015 3:30 PM EST2015-11-06 20:30:09 GMT
    It turns out some companies protect your privacy better than others, but no company is a true standout.That is one result of a new study called Ranking Digital Rights which looked at the privacy policies and user agreements of many big tech companies and graded them based on how well they protect you.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton says the world’s top tech companies mostly rate a "D" or worse in protecting your privacy and freedom of e...More >>
    It turns out some companies protect your privacy better than others, but no company is a true standout.That is one result of a new study called Ranking Digital Rights which looked at the privacy policies and user agreements of many big tech companies and graded them based on how well they protect you.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton says the world’s top tech companies mostly rate a "D" or worse in protecting your privacy and freedom of e...More >>
  • Product testing: Cherry Chomper

    Product testing: Cherry Chomper

    Friday, October 30 2015 1:05 PM EDT2015-10-30 17:05:02 GMT
    Saturday, October 31 2015 7:46 AM EDT2015-10-31 11:46:05 GMT
    Pitting cherries is a messy and tedious task.  The Cherry Chomper promises an easy, safe and mess free alternative.Kristen and Lyndsay gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  However, because cherries aren't really in season right now, they tried it on olives (which the product video also says is an acceptable use).We picked it up on Amazon.com for less than $10.Watch the video to see how it worked.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    Pitting cherries is a messy and tedious task.  The Cherry Chomper promises an easy, safe and mess free alternative.Kristen and Lyndsay gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  However, because cherries aren't really in season right now, they tried it on olives (which the product video also says is an acceptable use).We picked it up on Amazon.com for less than $10.Watch the video to see how it worked.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • DIY: Spooky Halloween cupcakes

    DIY: Spooky Halloween cupcakes

    Saturday, October 31 2015 4:06 AM EDT2015-10-31 08:06:59 GMT
    Saturday, October 31 2015 7:45 AM EDT2015-10-31 11:45:09 GMT
    If you're looking for a way to get the whole family involved in a Halloween afternoon project, the staff at Polka Dot Bake Shop in Charlotte have some ideas.They visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to show us some great ideas for decorating cupcakes with a spooky theme.  Watch the video for some expert tips made easy.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    If you're looking for a way to get the whole family involved in a Halloween afternoon project, the staff at Polka Dot Bake Shop in Charlotte have some ideas.They visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to show us some great ideas for decorating cupcakes with a spooky theme.  Watch the video for some expert tips made easy.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Coach LaMonte: The Power of Giving

    Coach LaMonte: The Power of Giving

    Saturday, October 31 2015 3:57 AM EDT2015-10-31 07:57:37 GMT
    Saturday, October 31 2015 7:10 AM EDT2015-10-31 11:10:09 GMT
    As we head into the holiday season, Coach LaMonte is talking about the power of giving.He was back on WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk us through the word GIVE which he says shakes out like this:G Generosity is the key to life rewarding...I Invest in those who can not invest in you or themselves...V Value your time and energy by giving your time and energy. Evaluate excuses to why you hinder giving. Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    As we head into the holiday season, Coach LaMonte is talking about the power of giving.He was back on WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk us through the word GIVE which he says shakes out like this:G Generosity is the key to life rewarding...I Invest in those who can not invest in you or themselves...V Value your time and energy by giving your time and energy. Evaluate excuses to why you hinder giving. Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon fast approaching

    Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon fast approaching

    Friday, October 30 2015 1:09 PM EDT2015-10-30 17:09:23 GMT
    Saturday, October 31 2015 6:20 AM EDT2015-10-31 10:20:07 GMT
    Long-distance runners are getting prepped for the Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon which will be held in Charlotte this year on November 14th.Tim Rhodes, race director and owner of Run For Your Life, visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about what runners and spectators can expect this year.For more information on this year's race, click here.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    Long-distance runners are getting prepped for the Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon which will be held in Charlotte this year on November 14th.Tim Rhodes, race director and owner of Run For Your Life, visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about what runners and spectators can expect this year.For more information on this year's race, click here.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Software changes mean it is time to double-check your Facebook privacy settings

    Software changes mean it is time to double-check your Facebook privacy settings

    Thursday, October 29 2015 9:13 AM EDT2015-10-29 13:13:01 GMT
    Friday, October 30 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-10-30 19:30:08 GMT
    Your past may be coming back to haunt you.Facebook has changed how people can search all of your posts, even the really old ones.  However, you can turn back the clock.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton, says Facebook tweaked the software it uses to power searches.  Now roughly 2 trillion older posts will be added to the Facebook search profile.  Facebook says it is an effort to give you the most recent, relevant public posts along with...More >>
    Your past may be coming back to haunt you.Facebook has changed how people can search all of your posts, even the really old ones.  However, you can turn back the clock.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton, says Facebook tweaked the software it uses to power searches.  Now roughly 2 trillion older posts will be added to the Facebook search profile.  Facebook says it is an effort to give you the most recent, relevant public posts along with...More >>
  • Retiring after 40 years, Charleston Mayor reflects on life in public office

    Retiring after 40 years, Charleston Mayor reflects on life in public office

    Monday, October 26 2015 12:11 PM EDT2015-10-26 16:11:50 GMT
    Monday, October 26 2015 5:30 PM EDT2015-10-26 21:30:05 GMT
    Riley's last day in office is January 11, 2016.  That will wrap up ten terms as mayor, 40 years holding the same elected position.More >>
    Riley's last day in office is January 11, 2016.  That will wrap up ten terms as mayor, 40 years holding the same elected position.More >>
  • Hidden apps your teen might be using

    Hidden apps your teen might be using

    Thursday, October 22 2015 7:48 AM EDT2015-10-22 11:48:14 GMT
    Friday, October 23 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-10-23 19:30:08 GMT
    They may look like your average smart phone app, but there's a huge market for "secret" apps or "decoy" apps that can hide someone's activity on their cell phones.This is an issue for parents who do their best to try to keep tabs on their teens smart phone use.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice, LLC Theresa Payton, says there are many legitimate reasons why a person may want to hide messages on their cell phones.  They might be protecting sensitive, person...More >>
    They may look like your average smart phone app, but there's a huge market for "secret" apps or "decoy" apps that can hide someone's activity on their cell phones.This is an issue for parents who do their best to try to keep tabs on their teens smart phone use.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice, LLC Theresa Payton, says there are many legitimate reasons why a person may want to hide messages on their cell phones.  They might be protecting sensitive, person...More >>
  • Must-have security features in iOS9

    Must-have security features in iOS9

    Wednesday, October 14 2015 1:07 PM EDT2015-10-14 17:07:53 GMT
    Friday, October 16 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-10-16 19:30:07 GMT
    iPhone and iPad users have had some time now to decide whether to upgrade to the new operating system iOS9. Some bugs have been worked out and WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice, Theresa Payton says she's very excited about the privacy and security options.Almost all of these features can be found on your device under the "settings" function.  Payton shares her thoughts and advice below:New Security Features1. LOCK IT UP! Set a longer (and stronger) six-di...More >>
    iPhone and iPad users have had some time now to decide whether to upgrade to the new operating system iOS9. Some bugs have been worked out and WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice, Theresa Payton says she's very excited about the privacy and security options.Almost all of these features can be found on your device under the "settings" function.  Payton shares her thoughts and advice below:New Security Features1. LOCK IT UP! Set a longer (and stronger) six-di...More >>
  • When is the right time for your children to log on to social media?

    When is the right time for your children to log on to social media?

    Wednesday, October 7 2015 11:59 AM EDT2015-10-07 15:59:07 GMT
    Friday, October 9 2015 3:33 PM EDT2015-10-09 19:33:06 GMT
    The father of a young girl has sued a major social media company for failing to enforce its age restriction policy after claiming his daughter was exposed to sexual predators when she signed up for an account at age 11.Granted, she seemingly violated the site's age policy.  However, our Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Theresa Payton, says parents can use this as a teachable moment.While most of the big social media sites do have age restrictions, anyone with a little tech savvy...More >>
    The father of a young girl has sued a major social media company for failing to enforce its age restriction policy after claiming his daughter was exposed to sexual predators when she signed up for an account at age 11.Granted, she seemingly violated the site's age policy.  However, our Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Theresa Payton, says parents can use this as a teachable moment.While most of the big social media sites do have age restrictions, anyone with a little tech savvy...More >>
  • Are your smart accessories too smart for you?

    Are your smart accessories too smart for you?

    Thursday, October 1 2015 12:11 PM EDT2015-10-01 16:11:02 GMT
    Friday, October 2 2015 3:31 PM EDT2015-10-02 19:31:00 GMT
    So much of what we own is "smart".Smart phones, smart watches, in some cases even smart clothing all intended to make our lives easier and more convenient.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton has a quick reminder before you put on that smart accessory."Researchers have shown that a smartwatch's motion sensors can be used to detect what keys you're pressing which can help others guess the words you're typing," Payton explained.She says it...More >>
    So much of what we own is "smart".Smart phones, smart watches, in some cases even smart clothing all intended to make our lives easier and more convenient.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton has a quick reminder before you put on that smart accessory."Researchers have shown that a smartwatch's motion sensors can be used to detect what keys you're pressing which can help others guess the words you're typing," Payton explained.She says it...More >>
  • Three steps toward making the most of your mortgage

    Three steps toward making the most of your mortgage

    Thursday, October 1 2015 8:37 AM EDT2015-10-01 12:37:02 GMT
    Thursday, October 1 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-10-01 19:30:08 GMT
    For many people the most intimidating part of buying a home, particularly for first-time home buyers, is finding the mortgage that is right for you.Charlotte, in recent years, has had more first-time home buyers than many other cities.  42% of buyers in 2013 were first-time home buyers.  Compare that with the national average which is 38% of buyers being first-timers.Because of those numbers, we turned to a local realtor for advice on venturing out of the rental market into o...More >>
    For many people the most intimidating part of buying a home, particularly for first-time home buyers, is finding the mortgage that is right for you.Charlotte, in recent years, has had more first-time home buyers than many other cities.  42% of buyers in 2013 were first-time home buyers.  Compare that with the national average which is 38% of buyers being first-timers.Because of those numbers, we turned to a local realtor for advice on venturing out of the rental market into o...More >>
  • Ready or not, Windows 10 is waiting for you

    Ready or not, Windows 10 is waiting for you

    Friday, September 25 2015 1:23 PM EDT2015-09-25 17:23:12 GMT
    Friday, September 25 2015 3:47 PM EDT2015-09-25 19:47:04 GMT
    You may not be ready to download Windows 10 to your PC but Microsoft has it ready for you when you are.  So ready, in fact, that it's already sitting there in the background of your system waiting.Microsoft says it helps up-gradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files those who have chosen to receive updates through Windows Update will need if they decide to upgrade.That certainly is convenient.However, our cyber expert is warning you might want to uninstall ...More >>
    You may not be ready to download Windows 10 to your PC but Microsoft has it ready for you when you are.  So ready, in fact, that it's already sitting there in the background of your system waiting.Microsoft says it helps up-gradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files those who have chosen to receive updates through Windows Update will need if they decide to upgrade.That certainly is convenient.However, our cyber expert is warning you might want to uninstall ...More >>
  • Companies identifying you using facial recognition technology

    Companies identifying you using facial recognition technology

    Friday, September 18 2015 11:23 AM EDT2015-09-18 15:23:43 GMT
    Wednesday, September 23 2015 5:26 PM EDT2015-09-23 21:26:14 GMT
    MasterCard is working on a new security measure for credit card purchases. Customers will be able to take a selfie at the register to verify identity. Is this a crazy idea or will it help protect your identity?More >>
    MasterCard is working on a new security measure for credit card purchases. Customers will be able to take a selfie at the register to verify identity. Is this a crazy idea or will it help protect your identity?More >>
  • First responders holding recruitment drive for women

    First responders holding recruitment drive for women

    Sunday, September 20 2015 2:42 AM EDT2015-09-20 06:42:42 GMT
    Sunday, September 20 2015 6:34 AM EDT2015-09-20 10:34:07 GMT
    In an effort to get more women into emergency services, area first responders will be holding a "Female First Responders Open House".The event is on Saturday, October 3rd, at the Police and Fire Training Academy on Shopton Road in Charlotte.The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department's Recruiting Division will be hosting the event but other organizations such as the Charlotte Fire Department, Medic, NC Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marine Corps will also be in attendance.For mo...More >>
    In an effort to get more women into emergency services, area first responders will be holding a "Female First Responders Open House".The event is on Saturday, October 3rd, at the Police and Fire Training Academy on Shopton Road in Charlotte.The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department's Recruiting Division will be hosting the event but other organizations such as the Charlotte Fire Department, Medic, NC Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marine Corps will also be in attendance.For mo...More >>
  • Walk to raise funds for disorder with no cure

    Walk to raise funds for disorder with no cure

    Sunday, September 20 2015 2:49 AM EDT2015-09-20 06:49:09 GMT
    Sunday, September 20 2015 6:22 AM EDT2015-09-20 10:22:04 GMT
    Hydrocephalus is defined as an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the cavities in the brain called ventricles.There's only one way to treat it.  That is with brain surgery.  It can't be prevented or cured and can happen to anyone.On September 26th, rain or shine in Charlotte, the 3rd Annual Charlotte Hydrocephalus Association Walk will raise money for research, family support, education and advocacy. If you'd like more information about this year's walk, cli...More >>
    Hydrocephalus is defined as an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the cavities in the brain called ventricles.There's only one way to treat it.  That is with brain surgery.  It can't be prevented or cured and can happen to anyone.On September 26th, rain or shine in Charlotte, the 3rd Annual Charlotte Hydrocephalus Association Walk will raise money for research, family support, education and advocacy. If you'd like more information about this year's walk, cli...More >>
  • High-tech tailgating

    High-tech tailgating

    Saturday, September 19 2015 4:10 AM EDT2015-09-19 08:10:09 GMT
    Saturday, September 19 2015 10:23 AM EDT2015-09-19 14:23:05 GMT
    (Kristen Miranda | WBTV)(Kristen Miranda | WBTV)
    The Carolina Panthers play their first home game of the season this weekend.  More >>
    The Carolina Panthers play their first home game of the season this weekend.  More >>
  • Product testing: Wilton candy spoon mold

    Product testing: Wilton candy spoon mold

    Saturday, September 19 2015 4:01 AM EDT2015-09-19 08:01:38 GMT
    Saturday, September 19 2015 7:45 AM EDT2015-09-19 11:45:08 GMT
    Stirring a little chocolate into your favorite hot drink may have just gotten easier...if the Candy Spoon Mold from Wilton works.Kristen and Lyndsay put it to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  No more piping melted chocolate into the mold.  Now you can just crumble the chocolate discs into the mold and microwave.We picked it up at Michael's for $7.99.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    Stirring a little chocolate into your favorite hot drink may have just gotten easier...if the Candy Spoon Mold from Wilton works.Kristen and Lyndsay put it to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  No more piping melted chocolate into the mold.  Now you can just crumble the chocolate discs into the mold and microwave.We picked it up at Michael's for $7.99.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Coach LaMonte: The 3 Enemies of Self

    Coach LaMonte: The 3 Enemies of Self

    Saturday, September 19 2015 3:58 AM EDT2015-09-19 07:58:10 GMT
    Saturday, September 19 2015 7:10 AM EDT2015-09-19 11:10:04 GMT
    The 3 Enemies of SelfSelf DeceptionThe convincing to oneself that you are in a great place when you are in a stuck placeSelf DenialThe act of denying yourself of new and exciting opportunities because of past rejections, setbacks, and lack luster efforts. Self DoubtTo never grant oneself the opportunity to experience and new and exciting life based on a deep implanted seed called "It won't work so don't try"To destroy the 3 enemies...A: Acknowledge that you are in this n...More >>
    The 3 Enemies of SelfSelf DeceptionThe convincing to oneself that you are in a great place when you are in a stuck placeSelf DenialThe act of denying yourself of new and exciting opportunities because of past rejections, setbacks, and lack luster efforts. Self DoubtTo never grant oneself the opportunity to experience and new and exciting life based on a deep implanted seed called "It won't work so don't try"To destroy the 3 enemies...A: Acknowledge that you are in this n...More >>
  • Cardio and weight training on the same day?

    Cardio and weight training on the same day?

    Saturday, September 19 2015 4:05 AM EDT2015-09-19 08:05:36 GMT
    Saturday, September 19 2015 6:50 AM EDT2015-09-19 10:50:07 GMT
    It is a long-debated issue.  If you work out, should you do cardio and weight training on the same day?Some recent studies show you absolutely can do it without any negative effects.Kristen Wilkins, fitness trainer and creator of Bodynvfit4life, stopped by WBTV News Saturday Morning to explain.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    It is a long-debated issue.  If you work out, should you do cardio and weight training on the same day?Some recent studies show you absolutely can do it without any negative effects.Kristen Wilkins, fitness trainer and creator of Bodynvfit4life, stopped by WBTV News Saturday Morning to explain.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Is your teen "sexting"?

    Is your teen "sexting"?

    Friday, September 18 2015 11:12 AM EDT2015-09-18 15:12:57 GMT
    Friday, September 18 2015 3:49 PM EDT2015-09-18 19:49:01 GMT
    A 2012 study in the Journal of Pediatrics indicates sexting is a new norm among young adults.More >>
    A 2012 study in the Journal of Pediatrics indicates sexting is a new norm among young adults.More >>
  • Law enforcement officers learn 'real life' self-defense tactics

    Law enforcement officers learn 'real life' self-defense tactics

    Friday, September 11 2015 11:17 AM EDT2015-09-11 15:17:52 GMT
    Monday, September 14 2015 10:10 PM EDT2015-09-15 02:10:45 GMT
    Officer training, techniques and tactics are top of mind in communities and police departments across the country.There's a Sheriff in North Carolina making it mandatory for his deputies to have some added self-defense training to give them the extra confidence he says they need to protect themselves and the community on the job.WBTV was there as deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office in Wilmington took a class called OSBD.  That stands for Offensive Strategic Body ...More >>
    Officer training, techniques and tactics are top of mind in communities and police departments across the country.There's a Sheriff in North Carolina making it mandatory for his deputies to have some added self-defense training to give them the extra confidence he says they need to protect themselves and the community on the job.WBTV was there as deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office in Wilmington took a class called OSBD.  That stands for Offensive Strategic Body ...More >>
  • How to keep teens from falling into hacking schemes

    How to keep teens from falling into hacking schemes

    Thursday, September 10 2015 11:45 AM EDT2015-09-10 15:45:56 GMT
    Friday, September 11 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-09-11 19:30:09 GMT
    "This should be a warning to all teens that you never know what could happen online," Payton said.More >>
    "This should be a warning to all teens that you never know what could happen online," Payton said.More >>
  • Maximizing the AC in your car

    Maximizing the AC in your car

    Sunday, September 6 2015 3:19 AM EDT2015-09-06 07:19:32 GMT
    Sunday, September 6 2015 6:20 AM EDT2015-09-06 10:20:04 GMT
    There are still plenty of hot days ahead when sun beats down through the car windows and heats up the inside of your vehicle to sometimes unbearable temperatures.Greg Leftwich of Honest-1 Auto Care stopped by WBTV News Sunday Morning to talk about some of the ways you can make the most of your AC and keep your car at a manageable temperature on the inside.  His advice follows:1.       Park in a shady location - parking in the sun heats up the inside o...More >>
    There are still plenty of hot days ahead when sun beats down through the car windows and heats up the inside of your vehicle to sometimes unbearable temperatures.Greg Leftwich of Honest-1 Auto Care stopped by WBTV News Sunday Morning to talk about some of the ways you can make the most of your AC and keep your car at a manageable temperature on the inside.  His advice follows:1.       Park in a shady location - parking in the sun heats up the inside o...More >>
  • Product testing: Mr. Melt

    Product testing: Mr. Melt

    Saturday, September 5 2015 4:16 AM EDT2015-09-05 08:16:27 GMT
    Saturday, September 5 2015 7:45 AM EDT2015-09-05 11:45:09 GMT
    Mr. Melt is a stainless steel sandwich maker that promises perfectly brown and crispy sandwiches.It claims to be perfect for use on a gas top or electric stove, a camp fire, fire pit, fireplace or barbecue.Kristen and Lyndsay put it to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  They picked it up at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $10.Copyright 2015 WBTV.   All Rights Reserved.More >>
    Mr. Melt is a stainless steel sandwich maker that promises perfectly brown and crispy sandwiches.It claims to be perfect for use on a gas top or electric stove, a camp fire, fire pit, fireplace or barbecue.Kristen and Lyndsay put it to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  They picked it up at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $10.Copyright 2015 WBTV.   All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Festival of India returns to Uptown

    Festival of India returns to Uptown

    Saturday, September 5 2015 4:08 AM EDT2015-09-05 08:08:38 GMT
    Saturday, September 5 2015 7:20 AM EDT2015-09-05 11:20:08 GMT
    For the 21st year, the Festival of India will share Indian culture with as many as 20,000 people in Uptown Charlotte.It is a two-day event that will fill two blocks of Tryon Street and utilize the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.The festival runs from September 12th through the 13th this year.  Organizers visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share a peek at what festival-goers can expect. For more information, click here.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    For the 21st year, the Festival of India will share Indian culture with as many as 20,000 people in Uptown Charlotte.It is a two-day event that will fill two blocks of Tryon Street and utilize the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.The festival runs from September 12th through the 13th this year.  Organizers visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share a peek at what festival-goers can expect. For more information, click here.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Coach LaMonte: Vulture Thinking vs. Eagle Thinking

    Coach LaMonte: Vulture Thinking vs. Eagle Thinking

    Saturday, September 5 2015 4:12 AM EDT2015-09-05 08:12:04 GMT
    Saturday, September 5 2015 7:11 AM EDT2015-09-05 11:11:07 GMT
    This week Coach LaMonte is helping us reach a place where we can concentrate on our thinking.On WBTV News Saturday Morning he explained the difference between Vulture Thinking and Eagle Thinking and which one would be the most positive choice for each individual.For more information about Coach LaMonte, click here.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    This week Coach LaMonte is helping us reach a place where we can concentrate on our thinking.On WBTV News Saturday Morning he explained the difference between Vulture Thinking and Eagle Thinking and which one would be the most positive choice for each individual.For more information about Coach LaMonte, click here.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Figuring out food expiration date rules

    Figuring out food expiration date rules

    Thursday, September 3 2015 5:43 PM EDT2015-09-03 21:43:24 GMT
    Thursday, September 3 2015 5:43 PM EDT2015-09-03 21:43:24 GMT
    Some studies show the average American family loses about $600 each year by tossing food that has gone bad.Knowing just a few food rules, however, might help you save some of that dough.  The difference between expiration dates, sell by dates and best by dates can help you determine which foods will allow you a little wiggle room when it comes to eating something that may, on paper, seem expired."The sell by date is the date by which the store should sell that product based o...More >>
    Some studies show the average American family loses about $600 each year by tossing food that has gone bad.Knowing just a few food rules, however, might help you save some of that dough.  The difference between expiration dates, sell by dates and best by dates can help you determine which foods will allow you a little wiggle room when it comes to eating something that may, on paper, seem expired."The sell by date is the date by which the store should sell that product based o...More >>
  • Why you shouldn't check for Ashley Madison connections

    Why you shouldn't check for Ashley Madison connections

    Wednesday, September 2 2015 8:47 AM EDT2015-09-02 12:47:52 GMT
    Wednesday, September 2 2015 3:00 PM EDT2015-09-02 19:00:17 GMT
    When hackers released the email addresses of millions of people found to be using the Ashley Madison cheating website, we all became curious.   Could anyone we know be found on the list?More >>
    When hackers released the email addresses of millions of people found to be using the Ashley Madison cheating website, we all became curious.   Could anyone we know be found on the list?More >>
  • The driver habit school bus safety experts can't control

    The driver habit school bus safety experts can't control

    Monday, August 24 2015 12:47 PM EDT2015-08-24 16:47:45 GMT
    Monday, August 24 2015 4:00 PM EDT2015-08-24 20:00:19 GMT
    More than 13,000 yellow school buses travel the roads every day in North Carolina.  They're competing for space on area roadways with drivers trying to get through their daily routines.The State says it is doing all it can to protect your children, however, there's one x-factor that no piece of technology or safety plan can control.  That is the behavior of other drivers.It is a real frustration for bus drivers."I really care for these kids just like I would care for my ...More >>
    More than 13,000 yellow school buses travel the roads every day in North Carolina.  They're competing for space on area roadways with drivers trying to get through their daily routines.The State says it is doing all it can to protect your children, however, there's one x-factor that no piece of technology or safety plan can control.  That is the behavior of other drivers.It is a real frustration for bus drivers."I really care for these kids just like I would care for my ...More >>
  • Organizations work together to eliminate child porn online

    Organizations work together to eliminate child porn online

    Wednesday, August 19 2015 8:12 AM EDT2015-08-19 12:12:26 GMT
    Wednesday, August 19 2015 4:33 PM EDT2015-08-19 20:33:05 GMT
    There's new help in ridding the internet of inappropriate pictures of children used by sexual predators.Big online household names like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Yahoo have committed to policing and removing these images of child sexual abuse.  They'll work in tandem with an independent group called the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says the IWF will share any links that portray children in sexual ways ...More >>
    There's new help in ridding the internet of inappropriate pictures of children used by sexual predators.Big online household names like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Yahoo have committed to policing and removing these images of child sexual abuse.  They'll work in tandem with an independent group called the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says the IWF will share any links that portray children in sexual ways ...More >>
  • Easy fix to a Facebook glitch

    Easy fix to a Facebook glitch

    Wednesday, August 12 2015 9:01 AM EDT2015-08-12 13:01:45 GMT
    Wednesday, August 12 2015 5:00 PM EDT2015-08-12 21:00:22 GMT
    You're on it once a day, maybe twice a day, maybe all day.  A bug has been found by a good guy, a decoder, which allowed him to get past Facebook encryption and see Facebook user id’s, cellphones, pictures, and other personal data.Better that he caught the problem and not a bad-guy cyber creep.Here's the good news.  Facebook says it is always improving it's security, and, WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton, says there are easy s...More >>
    You're on it once a day, maybe twice a day, maybe all day.  A bug has been found by a good guy, a decoder, which allowed him to get past Facebook encryption and see Facebook user id’s, cellphones, pictures, and other personal data.Better that he caught the problem and not a bad-guy cyber creep.Here's the good news.  Facebook says it is always improving it's security, and, WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton, says there are easy s...More >>
  • The real job of the US Coast Guard along the Carolina Coast

    The real job of the US Coast Guard along the Carolina Coast

    Monday, August 10 2015 11:01 AM EDT2015-08-10 15:01:35 GMT
    Monday, August 10 2015 5:00 PM EDT2015-08-10 21:00:22 GMT
    We got exclusive access to the daily operations of the unit.  They took us on a routine training drill and let us ride along as they conducted recreational boat inspections.  However, it's what we didn't see that surprised usMore >>
    We got exclusive access to the daily operations of the unit.  They took us on a routine training drill and let us ride along as they conducted recreational boat inspections.  However, it's what we didn't see that surprised usMore >>
  • Product testing: Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" competitors

    Product testing: Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" competitors

    Saturday, August 8 2015 4:16 AM EDT2015-08-08 08:16:25 GMT
    Saturday, August 8 2015 7:44 AM EDT2015-08-08 11:44:09 GMT
    It is an annual tradition now.The people behind Lay's Potato Chips ask chip eaters across the country to come up with new flavors for their chips.  This year the competitors are quite varied.Greektown Gyro, West Coast Truffle Fries, Southern Biscuits and Gravy and New York Reuben are the choices.  Snack lovers get to vote on their favorite via a special website and the winner will go into production.Kristen and Lyndsay gave them a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  ...More >>
    It is an annual tradition now.The people behind Lay's Potato Chips ask chip eaters across the country to come up with new flavors for their chips.  This year the competitors are quite varied.Greektown Gyro, West Coast Truffle Fries, Southern Biscuits and Gravy and New York Reuben are the choices.  Snack lovers get to vote on their favorite via a special website and the winner will go into production.Kristen and Lyndsay gave them a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.  ...More >>
  • The power of questions

    The power of questions

    Saturday, August 8 2015 4:11 AM EDT2015-08-08 08:11:02 GMT
    Saturday, August 8 2015 7:11 AM EDT2015-08-08 11:11:02 GMT
    Do you know the right questions to ask in order to get results in your life?Coach LaMonte visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about the power of questions and share some of the questions he thinks you might want to consider asking yourself.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    Do you know the right questions to ask in order to get results in your life?Coach LaMonte visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about the power of questions and share some of the questions he thinks you might want to consider asking yourself.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Furnishing a new college dorm room

    Furnishing a new college dorm room

    Saturday, August 8 2015 4:19 AM EDT2015-08-08 08:19:19 GMT
    Saturday, August 8 2015 6:50 AM EDT2015-08-08 10:50:09 GMT
    Deciding what necessities will make the cut for your teen's college dorm room isn't easy.  There's so much to fit into a small space.If there is any company out there which specializes in fitting lots of things into little space it is IKEA.The design experts visited WBTV News Saturday Morning with some great ideas for making a dorm room a home.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    Deciding what necessities will make the cut for your teen's college dorm room isn't easy.  There's so much to fit into a small space.If there is any company out there which specializes in fitting lots of things into little space it is IKEA.The design experts visited WBTV News Saturday Morning with some great ideas for making a dorm room a home.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • What's creating the perfect mosquito breeding ground?

    What's creating the perfect mosquito breeding ground?

    Saturday, August 8 2015 4:08 AM EDT2015-08-08 08:08:58 GMT
    Saturday, August 8 2015 6:21 AM EDT2015-08-08 10:21:00 GMT
    It turns out it is temperatures and weather patters, according to experts, that is allowing your yard to be a perfect mosquito breeding ground this summer.We haven't had much water, but it doesn't take much for mosquitos to breed.The experts with Arrow Exterminators visited WBTV News Saturday Morning with some advice on how to ease the problem.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
    It turns out it is temperatures and weather patters, according to experts, that is allowing your yard to be a perfect mosquito breeding ground this summer.We haven't had much water, but it doesn't take much for mosquitos to breed.The experts with Arrow Exterminators visited WBTV News Saturday Morning with some advice on how to ease the problem.Copyright 2015 WBTV.  All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • New eye procedure may eliminate the need for reading glasses

    New eye procedure may eliminate the need for reading glasses

    Wednesday, August 5 2015 2:18 PM EDT2015-08-05 18:18:16 GMT
    Thursday, August 6 2015 4:15 PM EDT2015-08-06 20:15:03 GMT
    A new eye procedure does something Lasik surgery doesn't do."It eliminates the need for reading glasses," Dr. Trey Oursler with Greystone Eye tells WBTV.  The practice claims to be the first in the area to implant the Kamra Corneal Inlay.It is a solution for aging eyes that struggle to see a menu in a dark restaurant or the newspaper print any closer than arms length."It’s a small ring that goes in a corneal pocket that we create with a laser that’s ...More >>
    A new eye procedure does something Lasik surgery doesn't do."It eliminates the need for reading glasses," Dr. Trey Oursler with Greystone Eye tells WBTV.  The practice claims to be the first in the area to implant the Kamra Corneal Inlay.It is a solution for aging eyes that struggle to see a menu in a dark restaurant or the newspaper print any closer than arms length."It’s a small ring that goes in a corneal pocket that we create with a laser that’s ...More >>
  • Don't download a phony Windows 10 upgrade

    Don't download a phony Windows 10 upgrade

    Wednesday, August 5 2015 8:50 AM EDT2015-08-05 12:50:33 GMT
    Wednesday, August 5 2015 3:15 PM EDT2015-08-05 19:15:09 GMT
    You've learned by now that online scammers go where the action is.Right now the hot download for PC users is the new Windows 10 operating system from Microsoft.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton, says she didn't expect it would take long before the scams around Windows 10 began.  She says CISCO recently sent an alert about a scam email making the rounds.  Theresa breaks down what you need to know and her advice follows:Tips:1.  Bewa...More >>
    You've learned by now that online scammers go where the action is.Right now the hot download for PC users is the new Windows 10 operating system from Microsoft.WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton, says she didn't expect it would take long before the scams around Windows 10 began.  She says CISCO recently sent an alert about a scam email making the rounds.  Theresa breaks down what you need to know and her advice follows:Tips:1.  Bewa...More >>
  • 4 easy steps to protecting your online privacy

    4 easy steps to protecting your online privacy

    Wednesday, July 29 2015 11:49 AM EDT2015-07-29 15:49:16 GMT
    Wednesday, July 29 2015 3:46 PM EDT2015-07-29 19:46:01 GMT
    We know the risk of a privacy breach in our lives is possible, but how probable is it? You may think protecting your privacy online requires so many steps and is such a hassle that it isn't worth the effort.  WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton says it is worth the effort and the process does not have to be overwhelming.She offers what she calls the "Fabulous 4".  They are her easy steps to securing your online privacy.  Sh...More >>
    We know the risk of a privacy breach in our lives is possible, but how probable is it? You may think protecting your privacy online requires so many steps and is such a hassle that it isn't worth the effort.  WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton says it is worth the effort and the process does not have to be overwhelming.She offers what she calls the "Fabulous 4".  They are her easy steps to securing your online privacy.  Sh...More >>
  • Making a comeback against all odds

    Making a comeback against all odds

    Sunday, July 26 2015 3:48 AM EDT2015-07-26 07:48:05 GMT
    Sunday, July 26 2015 6:51 AM EDT2015-07-26 10:51:12 GMT
    If anyone knows how to make a comeback, it’s Eddie McClure.  He shared his story, of battling Multiple Sclerosis and battling back to becoming a successful family man and now a motivational speaker, on WBTV News Sunday Morning.McClure talked in detail about his five step plan for a Great Comeback.  The steps follow: Step 1. Acknowledge FailureWe have to admit the failure. You can’t fix the problem if you keep walking by it. I have participants focus one of th...More >>
    If anyone knows how to make a comeback, it’s Eddie McClure.  He shared his story, of battling Multiple Sclerosis and battling back to becoming a successful family man and now a motivational speaker, on WBTV News Sunday Morning.McClure talked in detail about his five step plan for a Great Comeback.  The steps follow: Step 1. Acknowledge FailureWe have to admit the failure. You can’t fix the problem if you keep walking by it. I have participants focus one of th...More >>
  • Saving fuel by driving efficiently

    Saving fuel by driving efficiently

    Sunday, July 26 2015 3:39 AM EDT2015-07-26 07:39:58 GMT
    Sunday, July 26 2015 6:45 AM EDT2015-07-26 10:45:09 GMT
    We do so much driving in the summer months, it’s important to be driving as efficiently as possible so we aren’t using up too much of that pricey fuel.The staff from Honest-1 Auto Care visited WBTV News Sunday Morning to offer some ideas for your car and you driving habits that could help you make the most of that summer road trip.  Their advice follows:Vehicle Tips·         Keep your tires properly inflated and check them...More >>
    We do so much driving in the summer months, it’s important to be driving as efficiently as possible so we aren’t using up too much of that pricey fuel.The staff from Honest-1 Auto Care visited WBTV News Sunday Morning to offer some ideas for your car and you driving habits that could help you make the most of that summer road trip.  Their advice follows:Vehicle Tips·         Keep your tires properly inflated and check them...More >>
  • Recipe: Spiced Fig Cheesecake

    Recipe: Spiced Fig Cheesecake

    Saturday, July 25 2015 8:31 AM EDT2015-07-25 12:31:39 GMT
    Saturday, July 25 2015 9:09 AM EDT2015-07-25 13:09:46 GMT
    Spiced Fig Cheesecake with Roasted Hazelnuts and Port GastriqueThe Fig Tree RestaurantIngredients:1 1/2 lbs soft cream cheese2 1/4 cups sugar2 1/4 cups half & half1 tbsp. cinnamon1 tsp. ground clovesDash of gingerDash of vanilla3 cups chopped, dried ?gs (Sam uses Black Mission Figs) 1 cooked pie crustDirections:Cream the sugar and cream cheese until ?uffy, while scraping the bowl. Slowly add the half & half, continuing to scrape the bowl. Set aside. Sprinkle ?gs over the cooked...More >>
    Spiced Fig Cheesecake with Roasted Hazelnuts and Port GastriqueThe Fig Tree RestaurantIngredients:1 1/2 lbs soft cream cheese2 1/4 cups sugar2 1/4 cups half & half1 tbsp. cinnamon1 tsp. ground clovesDash of gingerDash of vanilla3 cups chopped, dried ?gs (Sam uses Black Mission Figs) 1 cooked pie crustDirections:Cream the sugar and cream cheese until ?uffy, while scraping the bowl. Slowly add the half & half, continuing to scrape the bowl. Set aside. Sprinkle ?gs over the cooked...More >>
  • Father and son ride together in 24 Hours of Booty

    Father and son ride together in 24 Hours of Booty

    Thursday, July 23 2015 12:48 PM EDT2015-07-23 16:48:47 GMT
    Friday, July 24 2015 6:16 AM EDT2015-07-24 10:16:00 GMT
    Cyclists are ready and committed to a 14th year of riding the "Booty Loop" in the Myers Park neighborhood to raise money to fight cancer.24 Hours of Booty begins at 7pm on Friday, July 24th.  The 24 hour cycling fundraiser raises money for local and national cancer charities.This year a regular participant and member of a top fund raising team will ride the loop for the first time with his son.George Rudisill is a member of Team Reeb.  You can spot him on the course...More >>
    Cyclists are ready and committed to a 14th year of riding the "Booty Loop" in the Myers Park neighborhood to raise money to fight cancer.24 Hours of Booty begins at 7pm on Friday, July 24th.  The 24 hour cycling fundraiser raises money for local and national cancer charities.This year a regular participant and member of a top fund raising team will ride the loop for the first time with his son.George Rudisill is a member of Team Reeb.  You can spot him on the course...More >>
  • Improvements to spam filters helping to save the emails you need to read

    Improvements to spam filters helping to save the emails you need to read

    Wednesday, July 22 2015 12:03 PM EDT2015-07-22 16:03:44 GMT
    Wednesday, July 22 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-07-22 19:30:09 GMT
    Whether it is your home or work computer, there's likely a spam blocker installed within your email system.Typically it catches the bad messages and pulls them away from the good.  However, every once in a while an email you need winds up in your spam folder.WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says there is good news.  She says technology is improving and new features may help you block spam better without missing important emails.Payton says all...More >>
    Whether it is your home or work computer, there's likely a spam blocker installed within your email system.Typically it catches the bad messages and pulls them away from the good.  However, every once in a while an email you need winds up in your spam folder.WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says there is good news.  She says technology is improving and new features may help you block spam better without missing important emails.Payton says all...More >>
  • Three moves that could save your life

    Three moves that could save your life

    Wednesday, July 15 2015 11:48 AM EDT2015-07-15 15:48:45 GMT
    Thursday, July 16 2015 11:11 PM EDT2015-07-17 03:11:08 GMT
    "If someone grabs you from the front, from behind, or if they're holding you down on the ground, for females in self-defense those are the three things we want to make sure they can get away from."More >>
    "If someone grabs you from the front, from behind, or if they're holding you down on the ground, for females in self-defense those are the three things we want to make sure they can get away from."More >>
  • How to avoid a "Flash" bug

    How to avoid a "Flash" bug

    Wednesday, July 15 2015 12:40 PM EDT2015-07-15 16:40:00 GMT
    Wednesday, July 15 2015 3:31 PM EDT2015-07-15 19:31:03 GMT
    Theres a bug in some popular software that you might use every day.Adobe Flash promises a fix is coming to a bug that WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton says allows malware to be installed onto your computer. Payton adds the bug was found when a digital surveillance company was hacked.When they looked at how the bad guys hacked them, they found the Adobe flaw, Payton said.Payton warns the vulnerabilities affect almost all computers striking some Windows, M...More >>
    Theres a bug in some popular software that you might use every day.Adobe Flash promises a fix is coming to a bug that WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton says allows malware to be installed onto your computer. Payton adds the bug was found when a digital surveillance company was hacked.When they looked at how the bad guys hacked them, they found the Adobe flaw, Payton said.Payton warns the vulnerabilities affect almost all computers striking some Windows, M...More >>
  • Product testing: S'mores grilling set

    Product testing: S'mores grilling set

    Saturday, July 4 2015 3:51 AM EDT2015-07-04 07:51:10 GMT
    Saturday, July 4 2015 7:45 AM EDT2015-07-04 11:45:09 GMT
    As we move through the rest of summer, odds are youll find yourself wishing you could make some smores. Unfortunately, a roaring fire isnt always waiting for marshmallows to roast.Instead, the Smores Grilling Set promises to give you toasty smores right on your backyard grill.Would it work? Kristen and Chris put it to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
    As we move through the rest of summer, odds are youll find yourself wishing you could make some smores. Unfortunately, a roaring fire isnt always waiting for marshmallows to roast.Instead, the Smores Grilling Set promises to give you toasty smores right on your backyard grill.Would it work? Kristen and Chris put it to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Recipes: grilled fruit desserts

    Recipes: grilled fruit desserts

    Saturday, July 4 2015 4:05 AM EDT2015-07-04 08:05:57 GMT
    Saturday, July 4 2015 7:35 AM EDT2015-07-04 11:35:07 GMT
    Robert Adler of Ernies Smokehouse visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share his recipes for three summertime desserts you can make on the grill.Grilled Blueberry and Peach CobblerFruit prepBoil enough water to cover the peaches when you put them in.Place 6 peaches into the boiling water for 30 seconds then put into an ice bath. The skin will then easily peel, then cut in half and take out the pit. They will be slippery when peeling so do it over the sink or in a bowlGrillingPreheat g...More >>
    Robert Adler of Ernies Smokehouse visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share his recipes for three summertime desserts you can make on the grill.Grilled Blueberry and Peach CobblerFruit prepBoil enough water to cover the peaches when you put them in.Place 6 peaches into the boiling water for 30 seconds then put into an ice bath. The skin will then easily peel, then cut in half and take out the pit. They will be slippery when peeling so do it over the sink or in a bowlGrillingPreheat g...More >>
  • Five things to keep in your car

    Five things to keep in your car

    Saturday, July 4 2015 4:01 AM EDT2015-07-04 08:01:01 GMT
    Saturday, July 4 2015 7:20 AM EDT2015-07-04 11:20:05 GMT
    Whether traveling for the 4th of July holiday, or just a summer vacation, it is important to be prepared for just about anything on the roads. Gregg Leftwich with Honest-1 Auto Care visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about safe road trips and he shared his list of the five things you should keep in your car for a safe and successful vacation. Those things are: Tire puncture sealant:Some people consider this to be unusual, but they do work well on tires that go flat from simple ...More >>
    Whether traveling for the 4th of July holiday, or just a summer vacation, it is important to be prepared for just about anything on the roads. Gregg Leftwich with Honest-1 Auto Care visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about safe road trips and he shared his list of the five things you should keep in your car for a safe and successful vacation. Those things are: Tire puncture sealant:Some people consider this to be unusual, but they do work well on tires that go flat from simple ...More >>
  • Nettie's July 4th workout

    Nettie's July 4th workout

    Saturday, July 4 2015 4:07 AM EDT2015-07-04 08:07:58 GMT
    Saturday, July 4 2015 7:10 AM EDT2015-07-04 11:10:00 GMT
    We may be celebrating the birth of the United States on July 4th but that doesnt mean our workouts take a holiday break.Nettie Reeves got her workout crew up early for an Independence Day workout on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
    We may be celebrating the birth of the United States on July 4th but that doesnt mean our workouts take a holiday break.Nettie Reeves got her workout crew up early for an Independence Day workout on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Top 10 hot dog toppings

    Top 10 hot dog toppings

    Saturday, July 4 2015 3:57 AM EDT2015-07-04 07:57:08 GMT
    Saturday, July 4 2015 6:50 AM EDT2015-07-04 10:50:09 GMT
    On this 4th of July holiday theres a good chance youll eat a hot dog. In fact, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans will consume 150 million hot dogs on Independence Day, enough to stretch from DC to LA more than five times.So what are people most likely to put on top of those dogs?The staff at JJs Red Hots, the Charlotte-based upscale hot dog restaurant, has released its list of the top 10 hot dog toppers. See if your favorites make the list:1. Mustard2. On...More >>
    On this 4th of July holiday theres a good chance youll eat a hot dog. In fact, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans will consume 150 million hot dogs on Independence Day, enough to stretch from DC to LA more than five times.So what are people most likely to put on top of those dogs?The staff at JJs Red Hots, the Charlotte-based upscale hot dog restaurant, has released its list of the top 10 hot dog toppers. See if your favorites make the list:1. Mustard2. On...More >>
  • Can you spot a fake online review?

    Can you spot a fake online review?

    Wednesday, July 1 2015 10:01 AM EDT2015-07-01 14:01:43 GMT
    Wednesday, July 1 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-07-01 19:30:09 GMT
    We count on online reviews to help us make decisions about the products we buy, the services we agree to, and the restaurants where we eat. Would it surprise you to know that some of the reviews you count on could actually be fake?WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton, found a Harvard/Boston University study which indicates as many as a third of the reviews online could be from people paid to give good or bad feedback about a particular company.Payton says it...More >>
    We count on online reviews to help us make decisions about the products we buy, the services we agree to, and the restaurants where we eat. Would it surprise you to know that some of the reviews you count on could actually be fake?WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton, found a Harvard/Boston University study which indicates as many as a third of the reviews online could be from people paid to give good or bad feedback about a particular company.Payton says it...More >>
  • Under The Dome cast promises wild ride

    Under The Dome cast promises wild ride

    Thursday, June 25 2015 6:20 PM EDT2015-06-25 22:20:53 GMT
    Thursday, June 25 2015 11:15 PM EDT2015-06-26 03:15:06 GMT
    Each of the new cast members we spoke with say they were welcomed with open arms by the cast members who have been "under the dome" from the beginning.More >>
    Each of the new cast members we spoke with say they were welcomed with open arms by the cast members who have been "under the dome" from the beginning.More >>
  • Product testing: round egg or pancake rings

    Product testing: round egg or pancake rings

    Saturday, June 20 2015 4:08 AM EDT2015-06-20 08:08:17 GMT
    Saturday, June 20 2015 7:45 AM EDT2015-06-20 11:45:09 GMT
    Looking for a way to make the perfectly sized egg to fit on your biscuit or English muffin?In product testing, Kristen and Lyndsay tried the round egg and pancake rings to see if they work as easily as the manufacturers claim.Copyright WBTV 2015. All Rights Reserved.More >>
    Looking for a way to make the perfectly sized egg to fit on your biscuit or English muffin?In product testing, Kristen and Lyndsay tried the round egg and pancake rings to see if they work as easily as the manufacturers claim.Copyright WBTV 2015. All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Keeping your kids safe during summer travel

    Keeping your kids safe during summer travel

    Saturday, June 20 2015 4:21 AM EDT2015-06-20 08:21:00 GMT
    Saturday, June 20 2015 7:20 AM EDT2015-06-20 11:20:03 GMT
    Summer travel is fun but can also be hectic and a little stressful. Before you load the kids into the car for a road trip, it's important to think about safety first. Hollie Schultz, founder of Baby Gizmo, visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about some important safety tips for parents and she shared a few ideas about products she likes that help keep kids safe. Her advice follows:1)Don't put child's name front and center. When traveling with kids, refrain from putting your child's nam...More >>
    Summer travel is fun but can also be hectic and a little stressful. Before you load the kids into the car for a road trip, it's important to think about safety first. Hollie Schultz, founder of Baby Gizmo, visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about some important safety tips for parents and she shared a few ideas about products she likes that help keep kids safe. Her advice follows:1)Don't put child's name front and center. When traveling with kids, refrain from putting your child's nam...More >>
  • Charlotte ranked a top mosquito city

    Charlotte ranked a top mosquito city

    Saturday, June 20 2015 4:14 AM EDT2015-06-20 08:14:30 GMT
    Saturday, June 20 2015 6:50 AM EDT2015-06-20 10:50:08 GMT
    We are headed into what is known as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. It starts on June 21st. In one study, Charlotte was recently ranked #9 on the list of the worst mosquito cities in the United States.A representative from Mosquito Joe visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about prevention and protecting your yard and home. They are simple things we all can do, like drilling holes in the bottoms of tire swings, garbage and recycling bins, etc., to prevent rain water from accumu...More >>
    We are headed into what is known as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. It starts on June 21st. In one study, Charlotte was recently ranked #9 on the list of the worst mosquito cities in the United States.A representative from Mosquito Joe visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about prevention and protecting your yard and home. They are simple things we all can do, like drilling holes in the bottoms of tire swings, garbage and recycling bins, etc., to prevent rain water from accumu...More >>
  • Fitness: "Use Your Body"

    Fitness: "Use Your Body"

    Saturday, June 20 2015 3:59 AM EDT2015-06-20 07:59:28 GMT
    Saturday, June 20 2015 6:50 AM EDT2015-06-20 10:50:08 GMT
    During her visit to WBTV News Saturday Morning this weekend, fitness coach Nettie Reeves is helping those of us who can't get to a gym or buy expensive workout equipment. Nettie shared some functional exercise that allow for maximum burn without the expensive gym gear.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
    During her visit to WBTV News Saturday Morning this weekend, fitness coach Nettie Reeves is helping those of us who can't get to a gym or buy expensive workout equipment. Nettie shared some functional exercise that allow for maximum burn without the expensive gym gear.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Mommy's Block Party blogger

    Mommy's Block Party blogger

    Saturday, June 20 2015 3:56 AM EDT2015-06-20 07:56:38 GMT
    Saturday, June 20 2015 6:35 AM EDT2015-06-20 10:35:06 GMT
    In her blog, Mommy's Block Party, Ondria Witt talks about being a mom and a wife, and she talks about products she has found that she really likes.She visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about one in particular and how some people will get free samples this weekend.Copyright WBTV 2015. All Rights Reserved.More >>
    In her blog, Mommy's Block Party, Ondria Witt talks about being a mom and a wife, and she talks about products she has found that she really likes.She visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about one in particular and how some people will get free samples this weekend.Copyright WBTV 2015. All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Safe password storage

    Safe password storage

    Wednesday, June 17 2015 9:16 AM EDT2015-06-17 13:16:52 GMT
    Wednesday, June 17 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-06-17 19:30:03 GMT
    Where do you store your passwords?In a notebook? Written on sticky notes scattered all over your computer desk? Many of us choose that route because we aren't so sure about those online password vault services.WBTV Cyber Expert, CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton, says there are some new advances that might make these online vaults a better option for you now. Her advice follows:Before you use one of these free or inexpensive services:Do your homework.Read the privacy policy.Type into ...More >>
    Where do you store your passwords?In a notebook? Written on sticky notes scattered all over your computer desk? Many of us choose that route because we aren't so sure about those online password vault services.WBTV Cyber Expert, CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton, says there are some new advances that might make these online vaults a better option for you now. Her advice follows:Before you use one of these free or inexpensive services:Do your homework.Read the privacy policy.Type into ...More >>
  • Users of popular messaging app taking precautions

    Users of popular messaging app taking precautions

    Wednesday, June 10 2015 3:25 PM EDT2015-06-10 19:25:22 GMT
    Wednesday, June 10 2015 3:25 PM EDT2015-06-10 19:25:22 GMT
    More than 800 million people are actively using a messaging app called "WhatsApp". Recently a potentially hackable feature was discovered.WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, explains what she's learned and shares a couple of steps you can take to protect yourself if you use this app.Her advice follows:Right now, here is what we know1. The WhatsApp account could be hijacked without knowing your device's password2. The hacker does not have to be sophisticated to snoop ...More >>
    More than 800 million people are actively using a messaging app called "WhatsApp". Recently a potentially hackable feature was discovered.WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, explains what she's learned and shares a couple of steps you can take to protect yourself if you use this app.Her advice follows:Right now, here is what we know1. The WhatsApp account could be hijacked without knowing your device's password2. The hacker does not have to be sophisticated to snoop ...More >>
  • Rare white lion moves in to new exhibit at Tiger World

    Rare white lion moves in to new exhibit at Tiger World

    Tuesday, June 9 2015 10:07 AM EDT2015-06-09 14:07:55 GMT
    Tuesday, June 9 2015 4:52 PM EDT2015-06-09 20:52:51 GMT
    Their newest resident is Michael. He is a 3-year-old white lion who came to Rowan County from South Africa.More >>
    Their newest resident is Michael. He is a 3-year-old white lion who came to Rowan County from South Africa.More >>
  • Martial arts camp to prevent bullying

    Martial arts camp to prevent bullying

    Sunday, June 7 2015 4:18 AM EDT2015-06-07 08:18:38 GMT
    Sunday, June 7 2015 8:49 AM EDT2015-06-07 12:49:36 GMT
    Giving children the confidence they need to outwit a bully is the goal of a Charlotte-area summer camp.PRO Martial Arts offers what it calls the ARMOR program, which according to it's website, is an "exclusive bullying and predator prevention program that teaches children how to stay safe in an increasingly dangerous world.".More >>
    Giving children the confidence they need to outwit a bully is the goal of a Charlotte-area summer camp.PRO Martial Arts offers what it calls the ARMOR program, which according to it's website, is an "exclusive bullying and predator prevention program that teaches children how to stay safe in an increasingly dangerous world.".More >>
  • Recipe: Pina Colada Bars

    Recipe: Pina Colada Bars

    Saturday, June 6 2015 8:26 AM EDT2015-06-06 12:26:20 GMT
    Saturday, June 6 2015 9:00 AM EDT2015-06-06 13:00:46 GMT
    Pina Colada BarsGypsy SoupIngredients:6 Tablespoons butter, melted 1 ½ cup graham crackers, crushed 16 ounces cream cheese ½ cup cream of coconut 2 teaspoons rum flavoring1 cup crushed pineapple 1 cup cherries 1 cup whip cream 1 ½ cups coconut flakes, (toasted if you like)Method:1. In a large bowl, mix graham crackers with butter2. Spread into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish3. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with cream of coconut5. Add rum flavoring, mix6. Fold in...More >>
    Pina Colada BarsGypsy SoupIngredients:6 Tablespoons butter, melted 1 ½ cup graham crackers, crushed 16 ounces cream cheese ½ cup cream of coconut 2 teaspoons rum flavoring1 cup crushed pineapple 1 cup cherries 1 cup whip cream 1 ½ cups coconut flakes, (toasted if you like)Method:1. In a large bowl, mix graham crackers with butter2. Spread into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish3. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with cream of coconut5. Add rum flavoring, mix6. Fold in...More >>
  • Recipe: Watermelon sweet tea

    Recipe: Watermelon sweet tea

    Saturday, June 6 2015 8:23 AM EDT2015-06-06 12:23:32 GMT
    Saturday, June 6 2015 9:00 AM EDT2015-06-06 13:00:29 GMT
    Watermelon Sweet TeaIngredients (Makes 1 half gallon)2 Southern Breeze Sweet Tea bags4 cups boiling water3 cups watermelon juice1 cup cold water15 mint leaves2 tbsp lime juiceDiced watermelon for garnishDirectionsPour boiling water into a half-gallon pitcher over tea bags and mint leaves. Steep for 10 mins and discard only the tea bags. Chill in refrigerator. Discard mint leaves after cooling. Make 3 cups of watermelon juice using fresh watermelon fruit. Mix tea, watermelon juice and lime jui...More >>
    Watermelon Sweet TeaIngredients (Makes 1 half gallon)2 Southern Breeze Sweet Tea bags4 cups boiling water3 cups watermelon juice1 cup cold water15 mint leaves2 tbsp lime juiceDiced watermelon for garnishDirectionsPour boiling water into a half-gallon pitcher over tea bags and mint leaves. Steep for 10 mins and discard only the tea bags. Chill in refrigerator. Discard mint leaves after cooling. Make 3 cups of watermelon juice using fresh watermelon fruit. Mix tea, watermelon juice and lime jui...More >>
  • The right age to start using social media

    The right age to start using social media

    Wednesday, June 3 2015 11:31 AM EDT2015-06-03 15:31:19 GMT
    Wednesday, June 3 2015 3:31 PM EDT2015-06-03 19:31:07 GMT
    What is the best age to start using social media?It is a question parents struggle to answer. We turned to WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, for advice.She says the age at which a child starts using sites like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and others really depends. Her advice follows:Determining Age Requirements:1. Your child should at least meet the minimum guidelines of each site. Read the terms of service for each site they use to determine the minimum age. Each ...More >>
    What is the best age to start using social media?It is a question parents struggle to answer. We turned to WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, for advice.She says the age at which a child starts using sites like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and others really depends. Her advice follows:Determining Age Requirements:1. Your child should at least meet the minimum guidelines of each site. Read the terms of service for each site they use to determine the minimum age. Each ...More >>
  • A warning about live streaming apps

    A warning about live streaming apps

    Wednesday, May 27 2015 7:54 AM EDT2015-05-27 11:54:19 GMT
    Wednesday, May 27 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-05-27 19:30:08 GMT
    Live pictures on the go are easier than ever. Smart phone apps like Periscope and Meerkat allow you to send a live feed from wherever you are to followers all over the world.They're cool, immediate, and it's easy to get addicted.However, WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says there are some things to think about before you fire up your feed.Her information and advice follows:What is live streaming and how does it work for these two apps?Live streaming allows you to video tape from your smart p...More >>
    Live pictures on the go are easier than ever. Smart phone apps like Periscope and Meerkat allow you to send a live feed from wherever you are to followers all over the world.They're cool, immediate, and it's easy to get addicted.However, WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says there are some things to think about before you fire up your feed.Her information and advice follows:What is live streaming and how does it work for these two apps?Live streaming allows you to video tape from your smart p...More >>
  • Recipe: Southern Redneck Caviar

    Recipe: Southern Redneck Caviar

    Sunday, May 24 2015 3:52 AM EDT2015-05-24 07:52:50 GMT
    Sunday, May 24 2015 6:45 AM EDT2015-05-24 10:45:08 GMT
    Southern Redneck CaviarJack Acheson, The Round Bistro 2 (16 ounce) cans black-eyed peas 2 (10 ounce) cans shoe peg corn, drained 2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained 1 (16 ounce) can black olives, sliced 1 green pepper, diced 1 red pepper, diced 1 can (16 ounce) black beans, drained 1 red onion, diced 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped 1 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt...More >>
    Southern Redneck CaviarJack Acheson, The Round Bistro 2 (16 ounce) cans black-eyed peas 2 (10 ounce) cans shoe peg corn, drained 2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained 1 (16 ounce) can black olives, sliced 1 green pepper, diced 1 red pepper, diced 1 can (16 ounce) black beans, drained 1 red onion, diced 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped 1 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt...More >>
  • National Hamburger Day

    National Hamburger Day

    Sunday, May 24 2015 3:58 AM EDT2015-05-24 07:58:44 GMT
    Sunday, May 24 2015 6:35 AM EDT2015-05-24 10:35:03 GMT
    You may not realize it but May 28th is when National Hamburger Day is celebrated.To honor the "holiday", the staff from MOOYAH Burgers, Fries and Shakesin Matthews stopped by WBTV News Sunday Morning to build some burgers and talk about the made to order burger franchise.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
    You may not realize it but May 28th is when National Hamburger Day is celebrated.To honor the "holiday", the staff from MOOYAH Burgers, Fries and Shakesin Matthews stopped by WBTV News Sunday Morning to build some burgers and talk about the made to order burger franchise.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Coolest cars under $18,000

    Coolest cars under $18,000

    Sunday, May 24 2015 3:55 AM EDT2015-05-24 07:55:03 GMT
    Sunday, May 24 2015 6:16 AM EDT2015-05-24 10:16:04 GMT
    If you're in the market for a new vehicle, and you're looking for some serious cool factor without breaking the bank, you'll want to watch this.The experts from Kelly Blue Book shared their picks for the 10 coolest cars of 2015 that don't cost more than $18,000.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
    If you're in the market for a new vehicle, and you're looking for some serious cool factor without breaking the bank, you'll want to watch this.The experts from Kelly Blue Book shared their picks for the 10 coolest cars of 2015 that don't cost more than $18,000.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Product testing: Lil’ Bully

    Product testing: Lil’ Bully

    Saturday, May 23 2015 3:56 AM EDT2015-05-23 07:56:28 GMT
    Saturday, May 23 2015 7:45 AM EDT2015-05-23 11:45:03 GMT
    It claims to dissolve stains in seconds.The Lil' Bully Emergency Stain Eraser could come in handy if it works.We purchased the stain removing pens from Bed, Bath and Beyond for about $7 (for three pens). Then we put them to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
    It claims to dissolve stains in seconds.The Lil' Bully Emergency Stain Eraser could come in handy if it works.We purchased the stain removing pens from Bed, Bath and Beyond for about $7 (for three pens). Then we put them to the test on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Competitive eating champ Joey Chestnut visits WBTV

    Competitive eating champ Joey Chestnut visits WBTV

    Saturday, May 23 2015 4:05 AM EDT2015-05-23 08:05:03 GMT
    Saturday, May 23 2015 7:35 AM EDT2015-05-23 11:35:05 GMT
    He's the world champ in competitive eating and every year people across the country turn on their televisions on the 4th of July just to see how many Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs he'll put down.Joey Chestnut visited WBTV News Saturday Morning ahead of the Charlotte regional qualifier for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. The qualifier is Saturday, May 23rd at 6pm during the Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street festival.Chestnut challenged Kristen and Chris to ...More >>
    He's the world champ in competitive eating and every year people across the country turn on their televisions on the 4th of July just to see how many Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs he'll put down.Joey Chestnut visited WBTV News Saturday Morning ahead of the Charlotte regional qualifier for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. The qualifier is Saturday, May 23rd at 6pm during the Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street festival.Chestnut challenged Kristen and Chris to ...More >>
  • Unique fundraising efforts ahead of "24 Hours of Booty"

    Unique fundraising efforts ahead of "24 Hours of Booty"

    Saturday, May 23 2015 3:54 AM EDT2015-05-23 07:54:09 GMT
    Saturday, May 23 2015 6:35 AM EDT2015-05-23 10:35:03 GMT
    This year, on July 24th and 25th, Charlotte's Myer's Park neighborhood will again fill with cyclists and supporters raising money for Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Cancer Institute and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.In the 13 years of "24 Hours of Booty", more than 13,000 riders have raised more than $13 million.There's still plenty of time to get involved, including signing up during volunteer registration on June 1st. For more information on the fundraiser and how you can help, click her...More >>
    This year, on July 24th and 25th, Charlotte's Myer's Park neighborhood will again fill with cyclists and supporters raising money for Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Cancer Institute and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.In the 13 years of "24 Hours of Booty", more than 13,000 riders have raised more than $13 million.There's still plenty of time to get involved, including signing up during volunteer registration on June 1st. For more information on the fundraiser and how you can help, click her...More >>
  • Airplanes are vulnerable to hackers, report indicates

    Airplanes are vulnerable to hackers, report indicates

    Wednesday, May 13 2015 8:20 AM EDT2015-05-13 12:20:18 GMT
    Wednesday, May 20 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-05-20 19:30:09 GMT
    Could airplanes be vulnerable to hackers?WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, founder of Fortalice Solutions, says it is possible but not likely.Still, she cautions, a new report by the US Government Accountability Office should be seen as a wake-up call.Payton says the report indicates the planes that could be hacked are some of the most popular in the sky. They include the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Airbus A350 and A380 aircraft. Other models and private jets could also be at risk according to...More >>
    Could airplanes be vulnerable to hackers?WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, founder of Fortalice Solutions, says it is possible but not likely.Still, she cautions, a new report by the US Government Accountability Office should be seen as a wake-up call.Payton says the report indicates the planes that could be hacked are some of the most popular in the sky. They include the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Airbus A350 and A380 aircraft. Other models and private jets could also be at risk according to...More >>
  • NC State research team chosen by FAA to study drones above us

    NC State research team chosen by FAA to study drones above us

    Monday, May 18 2015 10:30 PM EDT2015-05-19 02:30:05 GMT
    Tuesday, May 19 2015 11:17 PM EDT2015-05-20 03:17:05 GMT
    They're part of a group of colleges and universities across the country just named the Federal Aviation Administration Center for Excellence by the federal government.More >>
    They're part of a group of colleges and universities across the country just named the Federal Aviation Administration Center for Excellence by the federal government.More >>
  • Unique vacations in the Carolinas

    Unique vacations in the Carolinas

    Thursday, May 14 2015 10:07 AM EDT2015-05-14 14:07:00 GMT
    Friday, May 15 2015 8:59 AM EDT2015-05-15 12:59:49 GMT
    We traveled more than a thousand miles across both North and South Carolina to search out the most unique vacations we could find. Whether you want to get away for one or two nights, with the family or just a couples trip, we have narrowed an impressive list of possibilities down to four favorites.More >>
    We traveled more than a thousand miles across both North and South Carolina to search out the most unique vacations we could find. Whether you want to get away for one or two nights, with the family or just a couples trip, we have narrowed an impressive list of possibilities down to four favorites.More >>
  • "Shirley's Angels" assists those being treated for breast cancer

    "Shirley's Angels" assists those being treated for breast cancer

    Saturday, May 9 2015 4:19 AM EDT2015-05-09 08:19:30 GMT
    Saturday, May 9 2015 6:50 AM EDT2015-05-09 10:50:09 GMT
    The mission of local non-profit, Shirley's Angels, is to care for and comfort those who are going through treatment for breast cancer. The organization provides care packages and other services to uplift the spirits of patients.Shannon Laatsch, who founded the organization in honor of her mom, visited WBTV News Saturday Morning. She talked about the annual 5K Fundraiser for the organization to be held in Huntersville Business Park on May 16th this year.You can find more information by clickin...More >>
    The mission of local non-profit, Shirley's Angels, is to care for and comfort those who are going through treatment for breast cancer. The organization provides care packages and other services to uplift the spirits of patients.Shannon Laatsch, who founded the organization in honor of her mom, visited WBTV News Saturday Morning. She talked about the annual 5K Fundraiser for the organization to be held in Huntersville Business Park on May 16th this year.You can find more information by clickin...More >>
  • Product testing: Titan peeler

    Product testing: Titan peeler

    Saturday, May 2 2015 4:16 AM EDT2015-05-02 08:16:29 GMT
    Saturday, May 2 2015 7:44 AM EDT2015-05-02 11:44:05 GMT
    The Titan promises to peel, slice, grate, shave and garnish. Peel in any direction, up and down or back and forth, and it claims you'll have the same success.Kristen and Lyndsay gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
    The Titan promises to peel, slice, grate, shave and garnish. Peel in any direction, up and down or back and forth, and it claims you'll have the same success.Kristen and Lyndsay gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • A new kind of subscription gets you a personal shopper

    A new kind of subscription gets you a personal shopper

    Thursday, April 30 2015 9:32 AM EDT2015-04-30 13:32:37 GMT
    Friday, May 1 2015 6:00 AM EDT2015-05-01 10:00:19 GMT
    Your life is busy. You're rushing from morning until bedtime. A leisurely shopping trip to browse and try something new probably isn't high on your to-do list.Several online companies are taking advantage of your hectic schedule and doing the work for you. Then they're making deliveries straight to your door. There's a twist here, though.These are subscription services. Not like magazines, these subscriptions land in your mailbox in brown boxes. The names on the outside indicate what might be...More >>
    Your life is busy. You're rushing from morning until bedtime. A leisurely shopping trip to browse and try something new probably isn't high on your to-do list.Several online companies are taking advantage of your hectic schedule and doing the work for you. Then they're making deliveries straight to your door. There's a twist here, though.These are subscription services. Not like magazines, these subscriptions land in your mailbox in brown boxes. The names on the outside indicate what might be...More >>
  • Are privacy policies forever?

    Are privacy policies forever?

    Wednesday, April 22 2015 11:41 AM EDT2015-04-22 15:41:19 GMT
    Wednesday, April 22 2015 5:51 PM EDT2015-04-22 21:51:55 GMT
    You might, however, assume if a company promises your private information is protected, it always will be. WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of cyber security firm Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton tells us that isn't always the case.More >>
    You might, however, assume if a company promises your private information is protected, it always will be. WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of cyber security firm Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton tells us that isn't always the case.
    More >>
  • Ideas for spending your tax refund

    Ideas for spending your tax refund

    Sunday, April 19 2015 3:59 AM EDT2015-04-19 07:59:03 GMT
    Sunday, April 19 2015 6:16 AM EDT2015-04-19 10:16:03 GMT
    So you got a little money back when you filed your tax return? You may feel the urge to spend it all on a great vacation or that thing you've had your eye on at the store.Judson Gee, with JHG Financial Advisors, stopped by WBTV News Sunday Morning to offer some advice. His tips are below but he reminds us that everyone's situation is unique and a tax professional who knows your situation might be your best resource for advice.Ideas on how to use your tax refund from Judson Gee:Spend Some, Inv...More >>
    So you got a little money back when you filed your tax return? You may feel the urge to spend it all on a great vacation or that thing you've had your eye on at the store.Judson Gee, with JHG Financial Advisors, stopped by WBTV News Sunday Morning to offer some advice. His tips are below but he reminds us that everyone's situation is unique and a tax professional who knows your situation might be your best resource for advice.Ideas on how to use your tax refund from Judson Gee:Spend Some, Inv...More >>
  • Hackers target social media accounts of military

    Hackers target social media accounts of military

    Tuesday, April 14 2015 10:43 AM EDT2015-04-14 14:43:08 GMT
    Wednesday, April 15 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-04-15 19:30:10 GMT
    With such a large military population, people living across North Carolina need to be aware of how self-proclaimed terrorists are targeting members of the US military and their families.WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton has a warning for all of us.She says terrorists abroad are encouraging "lone wolf" attacks against the military members and their families using a hacking technique called doxing. The way Theresa describes it, it is when a person or group of people take all of your personal inf...More >>
    With such a large military population, people living across North Carolina need to be aware of how self-proclaimed terrorists are targeting members of the US military and their families.WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton has a warning for all of us.She says terrorists abroad are encouraging "lone wolf" attacks against the military members and their families using a hacking technique called doxing. The way Theresa describes it, it is when a person or group of people take all of your personal inf...More >>
  • Could your car be spying on you?

    Could your car be spying on you?

    Wednesday, April 8 2015 11:59 AM EDT2015-04-08 15:59:14 GMT
    Wednesday, April 8 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-04-08 19:30:03 GMT
    There are all types of technology in our cars these days. It helps us get around, allows us to talk on the phone "hands-free" and controls the music we listen to.Could that technology also be watching you? WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says it is possible for some of your tech to be keeping tabs on you. Which is why she says we need to ask plenty of questions before we buy or rent a car.She uses the example of rental car company Hertz. The company's newest version of it's on-board system w...More >>
    There are all types of technology in our cars these days. It helps us get around, allows us to talk on the phone "hands-free" and controls the music we listen to.Could that technology also be watching you? WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says it is possible for some of your tech to be keeping tabs on you. Which is why she says we need to ask plenty of questions before we buy or rent a car.She uses the example of rental car company Hertz. The company's newest version of it's on-board system w...More >>
  • Body language expert describes warning signs

    Body language expert describes warning signs

    Sunday, April 5 2015 3:59 AM EDT2015-04-05 07:59:09 GMT
    Sunday, April 5 2015 7:20 AM EDT2015-04-05 11:20:35 GMT
    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Bianca Cobb is a body language expert and she visited WBTV news Sunday Morning to talk about the warning signs of non-verbal cues that women and men should be aware of in various interpersonal situations. What follows are her thoughts and advice. Cobb says:Unfortunately, there isn't a single body language sign that lets you know your date is a rapist. Most of the time you can get a sense if your date respects you by their conversations about and their ...More >>
    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Bianca Cobb is a body language expert and she visited WBTV news Sunday Morning to talk about the warning signs of non-verbal cues that women and men should be aware of in various interpersonal situations. What follows are her thoughts and advice. Cobb says:Unfortunately, there isn't a single body language sign that lets you know your date is a rapist. Most of the time you can get a sense if your date respects you by their conversations about and their ...More >>
  • Websites to help you book a getaway

    Websites to help you book a getaway

    Sunday, April 5 2015 3:53 AM EDT2015-04-05 07:53:35 GMT
    Sunday, April 5 2015 6:20 AM EDT2015-04-05 10:20:05 GMT
    Many of us are thinking about a dream spring or summer vacation. Amber Mancino, Lifestyle Expert and blogger for “The Twin Crowd”, shared her favorite travel websites and apps. The information follows.Top Travel Websites/Apps to use when booking Spring/Summer Travel:CheapOair (www.cheapoair.com)CheapOair is one of the top five online travel agencies. Both CheapOair's website and mobile app provides customers who are traveling on a budget with the best prices for flights, hotel reservations, c...More >>
    Many of us are thinking about a dream spring or summer vacation. Amber Mancino, Lifestyle Expert and blogger for “The Twin Crowd”, shared her favorite travel websites and apps. The information follows.Top Travel Websites/Apps to use when booking Spring/Summer Travel:CheapOair (www.cheapoair.com)CheapOair is one of the top five online travel agencies. Both CheapOair's website and mobile app provides customers who are traveling on a budget with the best prices for flights, hotel reservations, c...More >>
  • Product testing: Kitchen Gripper

    Product testing: Kitchen Gripper

    Saturday, April 4 2015 4:14 AM EDT2015-04-04 08:14:20 GMT
    Saturday, April 4 2015 12:37 PM EDT2015-04-04 16:37:52 GMT
    It is an adjustable size jar and bottle opener. It also has a built in pop-top opener.Kristen and Lyndsay gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning. More >>
    It is an adjustable size jar and bottle opener. It also has a built in pop-top opener.Kristen and Lyndsay gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning. More >>
  • Staying fit while traveling

    Staying fit while traveling

    Saturday, April 4 2015 4:11 AM EDT2015-04-04 08:11:01 GMT
    Saturday, April 4 2015 11:57 AM EDT2015-04-04 15:57:55 GMT
    Kristen Wilkins, Fitness Trainer and creator of BODYNVFIT4LIFE, visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about staying fit while traveling. More >>
    Kristen Wilkins, Fitness Trainer and creator of BODYNVFIT4LIFE, visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to talk about staying fit while traveling. More >>
  • Protections and privacy when using a mobile wallet

    Protections and privacy when using a mobile wallet

    Wednesday, March 18 2015 12:11 PM EDT2015-03-18 16:11:08 GMT
    Wednesday, March 25 2015 4:56 PM EDT2015-03-25 20:56:02 GMT
    Theresa reminds us that Apple Pay itself has not been breached. Any fraud so far has been centered around how the banks verify the cards added into Apple Pay.More >>
    Theresa reminds us that Apple Pay itself has not been breached. Any fraud so far has been centered around how the banks verify the cards added into Apple Pay.More >>
  • Product testing: Perfect Slicer

    Product testing: Perfect Slicer

    Saturday, March 21 2015 8:41 AM EDT2015-03-21 12:41:42 GMT
    Saturday, March 21 2015 8:41 AM EDT2015-03-21 12:41:43 GMT
    Slicing a watermelon can be a real pain and making perfectly even slices is near impossible.The Perfect Slicer promises to fix that problem by quickly slicing through fruit, vegetables, even cakes, with one swoop, creating even slices and even coring when necessary.We got the Perfect Slicer at the As Seen on TV store for $17 and gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
    Slicing a watermelon can be a real pain and making perfectly even slices is near impossible.The Perfect Slicer promises to fix that problem by quickly slicing through fruit, vegetables, even cakes, with one swoop, creating even slices and even coring when necessary.We got the Perfect Slicer at the As Seen on TV store for $17 and gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Updating and upgrading your home

    Updating and upgrading your home

    Sunday, March 15 2015 4:30 AM EDT2015-03-15 08:30:34 GMT
    Sunday, March 15 2015 6:45 AM EDT2015-03-15 10:45:08 GMT
    Spring may be the time of year you consider updating, remodeling, or adding on to your home. Maybe you're in the market for a new home. Regardless, you likely have questions about best practices. Ben Collins is the owner and founder of The Salins Group, a high-end home builder in Charlotte. His company was also the featured builder on several episodes of "Fix It and Finish It" with Antonio Sabato, Jr. which airs on WBTV.Collins visited WBTV News Sunday Morning to share some areas you might wa...More >>
    Spring may be the time of year you consider updating, remodeling, or adding on to your home. Maybe you're in the market for a new home. Regardless, you likely have questions about best practices. Ben Collins is the owner and founder of The Salins Group, a high-end home builder in Charlotte. His company was also the featured builder on several episodes of "Fix It and Finish It" with Antonio Sabato, Jr. which airs on WBTV.Collins visited WBTV News Sunday Morning to share some areas you might wa...More >>
  • It is Spring Cleaning time

    It is Spring Cleaning time

    Sunday, March 15 2015 4:23 AM EDT2015-03-15 08:23:32 GMT
    Sunday, March 15 2015 6:20 AM EDT2015-03-15 10:20:08 GMT
    It is a time of year we love but the work we have to put in with it isn't always welcome.Spring cleaning, it turns out, doesn't have to be a massive hassle.Amber Mancino, style and lifestyle expert and co-founder of the blog The Twin Crowd shared her tips, trends and favorite cleaning products on WBTV News Sunday Morning. Her advice follows:Tip 1: Deep clean your home for spring! Washing windows, wiping down light bulbs and even yours walls will make your home gleam and glisten. The effect wi...More >>
    It is a time of year we love but the work we have to put in with it isn't always welcome.Spring cleaning, it turns out, doesn't have to be a massive hassle.Amber Mancino, style and lifestyle expert and co-founder of the blog The Twin Crowd shared her tips, trends and favorite cleaning products on WBTV News Sunday Morning. Her advice follows:Tip 1: Deep clean your home for spring! Washing windows, wiping down light bulbs and even yours walls will make your home gleam and glisten. The effect wi...More >>
  • Product testing: Rapid Ramen Cooker

    Product testing: Rapid Ramen Cooker

    Saturday, March 14 2015 4:18 AM EDT2015-03-14 08:18:18 GMT
    Saturday, March 14 2015 7:45 AM EDT2015-03-14 11:45:07 GMT
    It doesn't take long to make Ramen Noodles but the Rapid Ramen Cooker promises to do the job even faster.It's a reusable, dishwasher safe, microwave cooker that claims to give you perfect ramen in half the time without using the stove or any pots and pans.It even uses half the water and half the seasoning.We picked it up for $10 at Bed, Bath and Beyond and gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
    It doesn't take long to make Ramen Noodles but the Rapid Ramen Cooker promises to do the job even faster.It's a reusable, dishwasher safe, microwave cooker that claims to give you perfect ramen in half the time without using the stove or any pots and pans.It even uses half the water and half the seasoning.We picked it up for $10 at Bed, Bath and Beyond and gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Three-part method to happiness

    Three-part method to happiness

    Saturday, March 14 2015 4:29 AM EDT2015-03-14 08:29:17 GMT
    Saturday, March 14 2015 6:50 AM EDT2015-03-14 10:50:07 GMT
    We all want to be happy. Author and Personal Development Coach Tiffany Mason says she can help us get there.She visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share her advice for finding happiness. That advice follows:3-part method to happiness1) Accept your pastTony Robbins Quote: “I have plenty of failures but I don't look at them that way, not because I am in denial but because I make myself learn something from it then it becomes a stepping stone.”2) Gain the wisdom*Learn from your past mistakes ...More >>
    We all want to be happy. Author and Personal Development Coach Tiffany Mason says she can help us get there.She visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share her advice for finding happiness. That advice follows:3-part method to happiness1) Accept your pastTony Robbins Quote: “I have plenty of failures but I don't look at them that way, not because I am in denial but because I make myself learn something from it then it becomes a stepping stone.”2) Gain the wisdom*Learn from your past mistakes ...More >>
  • Get your sweet tooth ready to jump into overdrive

    Get your sweet tooth ready to jump into overdrive

    Saturday, March 14 2015 4:24 AM EDT2015-03-14 08:24:04 GMT
    Saturday, March 14 2015 6:20 AM EDT2015-03-14 10:20:09 GMT
    If you have a sweet tooth, we have a great way to indulge it while still feeling really good about yourself.Sunday, March 22nd, at the Omni Charlotte Hotel, it's the 4th annual Sweet Tooth Festival. Charlotte's best bakers, candy makers, and other sugar creators will bring lots of samples for you to try. All of the proceeds benefit the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network and the programs it provides for HIV positive people in our community.For more information on the Sweet Tooth Festival, click ...More >>
    If you have a sweet tooth, we have a great way to indulge it while still feeling really good about yourself.Sunday, March 22nd, at the Omni Charlotte Hotel, it's the 4th annual Sweet Tooth Festival. Charlotte's best bakers, candy makers, and other sugar creators will bring lots of samples for you to try. All of the proceeds benefit the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network and the programs it provides for HIV positive people in our community.For more information on the Sweet Tooth Festival, click ...More >>
  • Avoid tax fraud scams

    Avoid tax fraud scams

    Wednesday, March 11 2015 12:04 PM EDT2015-03-11 16:04:36 GMT
    Wednesday, March 11 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-03-11 19:30:10 GMT
    This is the time of year you rejoice or dread. It depends whether you owe the IRS or you get a refund.The tax deadline is fast approaching and this year tax experts say they're seeing even more cases of taxpayers becoming the target of fraudsters.We asked WBTV's cyber expert of Fortalice Solutions what's behind the spike and she offered a few suggestions and advice. That information follows:What is fueling the tax fraud?(1) all those breaches that you heard about last year? That treasure trov...More >>
    This is the time of year you rejoice or dread. It depends whether you owe the IRS or you get a refund.The tax deadline is fast approaching and this year tax experts say they're seeing even more cases of taxpayers becoming the target of fraudsters.We asked WBTV's cyber expert of Fortalice Solutions what's behind the spike and she offered a few suggestions and advice. That information follows:What is fueling the tax fraud?(1) all those breaches that you heard about last year? That treasure trov...More >>
  • Google is trying to make your life easier

    Google is trying to make your life easier

    Thursday, March 5 2015 9:24 AM EST2015-03-05 14:24:46 GMT
    Thursday, March 5 2015 9:24 AM EST2015-03-05 14:24:47 GMT
    Have you ever realized the power you have beyond a search engine to get a personal assistant like service? That's where "Google hacks" come in. Their sole purpose is to make life easier.We have so many tools available to us, it can be overwhelming. Still you can get help in some simple ways. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, with Fortalice Solutions, shows you how to turn Google search into a life hack to make your life easier.Her suggestions follow:Go to Google and type in...1. Check a fligh...More >>
    Have you ever realized the power you have beyond a search engine to get a personal assistant like service? That's where "Google hacks" come in. Their sole purpose is to make life easier.We have so many tools available to us, it can be overwhelming. Still you can get help in some simple ways. WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, with Fortalice Solutions, shows you how to turn Google search into a life hack to make your life easier.Her suggestions follow:Go to Google and type in...1. Check a fligh...More >>
  • Spring training with Madison Bumgarner

    Spring training with Madison Bumgarner

    Wednesday, February 25 2015 12:00 PM EST2015-02-25 17:00:39 GMT
    Wednesday, February 25 2015 6:15 PM EST2015-02-25 23:15:10 GMT
    There's no chance pro baseball player Madison Bumgarner will ever forget his roots."Where you come from is the most important thing to me. How people view you and what kind of man they think you are," Bumgarner said when we sat down with him in Scottsdale, AZ, just a few days into San Francisco Giants spring training.The World Series champs and their MVP pitcher are hoping for another big season."Even in these first few days of camp he is still intense about practicing and being really involv...More >>
    There's no chance pro baseball player Madison Bumgarner will ever forget his roots."Where you come from is the most important thing to me. How people view you and what kind of man they think you are," Bumgarner said when we sat down with him in Scottsdale, AZ, just a few days into San Francisco Giants spring training.The World Series champs and their MVP pitcher are hoping for another big season."Even in these first few days of camp he is still intense about practicing and being really involv...More >>
  • Protecting your devices if they are stolen

    Protecting your devices if they are stolen

    Wednesday, February 25 2015 12:29 PM EST2015-02-25 17:29:50 GMT
    Wednesday, February 25 2015 5:15 PM EST2015-02-25 22:15:08 GMT
    It has happened to all of us. You are working everywhere you go.The airport. The coffee shop. The beach. Then suddenly, you realize you need to leave your device unattended. Maybe it's to pay for something or visit the bathroom? Maybe it's to check on something in your car. Or perhaps you set it down just for a moment to check in at a hotel or cafe? Regardless, you have that moment where you question - should I leave it here or shouldn't I?Theresa Payton of Fortalice Solutions offers advice t...More >>
    It has happened to all of us. You are working everywhere you go.The airport. The coffee shop. The beach. Then suddenly, you realize you need to leave your device unattended. Maybe it's to pay for something or visit the bathroom? Maybe it's to check on something in your car. Or perhaps you set it down just for a moment to check in at a hotel or cafe? Regardless, you have that moment where you question - should I leave it here or shouldn't I?Theresa Payton of Fortalice Solutions offers advice t...More >>
  • A place where broken memories are made whole again

    A place where broken memories are made whole again

    Saturday, February 14 2015 9:40 AM EST2015-02-14 14:40:55 GMT
    Friday, February 20 2015 7:20 PM EST2015-02-21 00:20:56 GMT
    His trip to a flea market sparked his interest in connecting people with china, silver and crystal patterns prior to starting the business in 1981. Until then he worked for the state in a job that wasn't fulfilling. Opening Replacements, Ltd. made sense to him.More >>
    His trip to a flea market sparked his interest in connecting people with china, silver and crystal patterns prior to starting the business in 1981. Until then he worked for the state in a job that wasn't fulfilling. Opening Replacements, Ltd. made sense to him.More >>
  • The ultimate Valentine's Day

    The ultimate Valentine's Day

    Friday, February 13 2015 1:31 PM EST2015-02-13 18:31:09 GMT
    Friday, February 13 2015 6:55 PM EST2015-02-13 23:55:41 GMT
    We went in search of the Ultimate Valentine's Day. And it started at the Charter Jet Transport hangar at Wilson Air near Charlotte Douglas International Airport.More >>
    We went in search of the Ultimate Valentine's Day. And it started at the Charter Jet Transport hangar at Wilson Air near Charlotte Douglas International Airport.More >>
  • Important fire safety equipment made in Union County

    Important fire safety equipment made in Union County

    Tuesday, February 3 2015 12:03 PM EST2015-02-03 17:03:48 GMT
    Tuesday, February 3 2015 9:19 PM EST2015-02-04 02:19:26 GMT
    The latest generation of packs and respirators are lighter and equipped with more bells and whistles to ensure firefighters have the most breathing time and can be found quickly in the case of an emergency.More >>
    The latest generation of packs and respirators are lighter and equipped with more bells and whistles to ensure firefighters have the most breathing time and can be found quickly in the case of an emergency.More >>
  • Is outlet shopping the bargain you think it is?

    Is outlet shopping the bargain you think it is?

    Thursday, January 29 2015 12:35 PM EST2015-01-29 17:35:14 GMT
    Thursday, January 29 2015 6:16 PM EST2015-01-29 23:16:05 GMT
    For many of us, there's a certain thrill that comes with finding a bargain while out shopping. Outlet stores can provide a shopping junkie with a serious fix.But is outlet shopping the bargain we think it is?Whether shopping for high-end purses or clothes or athletic gear, patience doesn't always pay off when waiting for your favorite jeans or top to end up in the outlet.We went shopping, undercover, to investigate whether what you find at the outlets really does offer you significant savings...More >>
    For many of us, there's a certain thrill that comes with finding a bargain while out shopping. Outlet stores can provide a shopping junkie with a serious fix.But is outlet shopping the bargain we think it is?Whether shopping for high-end purses or clothes or athletic gear, patience doesn't always pay off when waiting for your favorite jeans or top to end up in the outlet.We went shopping, undercover, to investigate whether what you find at the outlets really does offer you significant savings...More >>
  • Did your password make the top 25 list?

    Did your password make the top 25 list?

    Wednesday, January 28 2015 8:17 AM EST2015-01-28 13:17:05 GMT
    Wednesday, January 28 2015 5:15 PM EST2015-01-28 22:15:08 GMT
    The most common passwords used are still pretty common. "Password" and "123456" may be easy to remember but they are likely making it very easy for hackers to get into your account if you're using them.SplashData released it's annual "Worst Passwords List". WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton shared the list with us. She says in the top 25 this year there are sports themed passwords like "baseball" and "football" and passwords like "dragon" related to favorite TV shows like Game of Thrones.Payto...More >>
    The most common passwords used are still pretty common. "Password" and "123456" may be easy to remember but they are likely making it very easy for hackers to get into your account if you're using them.SplashData released it's annual "Worst Passwords List". WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton shared the list with us. She says in the top 25 this year there are sports themed passwords like "baseball" and "football" and passwords like "dragon" related to favorite TV shows like Game of Thrones.Payto...More >>
  • Chip and PIN vs chip and signature

    Chip and PIN vs chip and signature

    Wednesday, January 21 2015 10:56 AM EST2015-01-21 15:56:52 GMT
    Wednesday, January 21 2015 5:15 PM EST2015-01-21 22:15:07 GMT
    Last year could have been called the year of the hack.Customer credit cards compromised at Target, Michaels and several other retailers may have left many shoppers wondering if it is safe to pay with plastic.Our cyber expert says some of the major credit card companies, who originally planned to go with a "chip and PIN" system for all card holders starting this year are now rethinking that plan.Theresa Payton says many US companies have worried that adding a PIN requirement at the point of sa...More >>
    Last year could have been called the year of the hack.Customer credit cards compromised at Target, Michaels and several other retailers may have left many shoppers wondering if it is safe to pay with plastic.Our cyber expert says some of the major credit card companies, who originally planned to go with a "chip and PIN" system for all card holders starting this year are now rethinking that plan.Theresa Payton says many US companies have worried that adding a PIN requirement at the point of sa...More >>
  • Product testing: Easy Eggwich

    Product testing: Easy Eggwich

    Friday, January 16 2015 8:04 AM EST2015-01-16 13:04:30 GMT
    Saturday, January 17 2015 7:45 AM EST2015-01-17 12:45:09 GMT
    If it were easy and saved you a little money, would you be more likely to make your egg sandwiches at home instead of stopping on the way to work at a fast food restaurant?The deciding factor may be if it looks and tastes just like the real thing.That's exactly what the Easy Eggwich promises.Kristen and Lyndsay gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
    If it were easy and saved you a little money, would you be more likely to make your egg sandwiches at home instead of stopping on the way to work at a fast food restaurant?The deciding factor may be if it looks and tastes just like the real thing.That's exactly what the Easy Eggwich promises.Kristen and Lyndsay gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Trends in grooming for men

    Trends in grooming for men

    Friday, January 16 2015 8:17 AM EST2015-01-16 13:17:32 GMT
    Saturday, January 17 2015 6:50 AM EST2015-01-17 11:50:05 GMT
    While metrosexual men still exist, the latest trend in men's grooming is the "Lumbersexual" look.Do you know what that is?If not, you're not alone. We learned about that and many more trends in male grooming when the staff from Shine Salon in Charlotte stopped by the set of WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
    While metrosexual men still exist, the latest trend in men's grooming is the "Lumbersexual" look.Do you know what that is?If not, you're not alone. We learned about that and many more trends in male grooming when the staff from Shine Salon in Charlotte stopped by the set of WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Internet is a hotbed for human traffickers

    Internet is a hotbed for human traffickers

    Tuesday, January 13 2015 12:04 PM EST2015-01-13 17:04:42 GMT
    Wednesday, January 14 2015 5:15 PM EST2015-01-14 22:15:07 GMT
    We have talked about the dark side of the internet and that dark side has become the very place human traffickers are doing their dirty work.The Carolinas, particularly Charlotte, are a hotbed for the human trafficking trade because of our proximity to so many highways. They give traffickers easy access in and out of town to steal their victims away.However, the internet is playing a larger role than ever in giving traffickers access to potential victims.WBTV's cyber expert, Theresa Payton of...More >>
    We have talked about the dark side of the internet and that dark side has become the very place human traffickers are doing their dirty work.The Carolinas, particularly Charlotte, are a hotbed for the human trafficking trade because of our proximity to so many highways. They give traffickers easy access in and out of town to steal their victims away.However, the internet is playing a larger role than ever in giving traffickers access to potential victims.WBTV's cyber expert, Theresa Payton of...More >>
  • Product testing: Mix and Mold Stepping Stones

    Product testing: Mix and Mold Stepping Stones

    Friday, January 9 2015 8:57 AM EST2015-01-09 13:57:26 GMT
    Saturday, January 10 2015 7:45 AM EST2015-01-10 12:45:07 GMT
    A personal touch to your patio or walkway is seemingly easy if you read the directions for the Mix and Mold Stepping Stones from "Made By Me".Kristen and Lyndsay gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
    A personal touch to your patio or walkway is seemingly easy if you read the directions for the Mix and Mold Stepping Stones from "Made By Me".Kristen and Lyndsay gave it a try on WBTV News Saturday Morning.Copyright 2015 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Safety and security important when buying the latest technology

    Safety and security important when buying the latest technology

    Tuesday, January 6 2015 11:31 AM EST2015-01-06 16:31:13 GMT
    Wednesday, January 7 2015 8:32 PM EST2015-01-08 01:32:47 GMT
    From the Consumer Electronics Show this year, we'll see all kinds of the greatest gadgets about to hit the market.However, privacy and safety are important to remember when purchasing these new products.More >>
    From the Consumer Electronics Show this year, we'll see all kinds of the greatest gadgets about to hit the market.However, privacy and safety are important to remember when purchasing these new products.More >>
  • Coach LaMonte: Acres of Diamonds

    Coach LaMonte: Acres of Diamonds

    Saturday, November 15 2014 8:20 AM EST2014-11-15 13:20:08 GMT
    Saturday, November 15 2014 8:20 AM EST2014-11-15 13:20:09 GMT
    Coach LaMonte visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share the "Acres of Diamonds" story and to share his advice on how we can care for our own ACRES.A-Acknowledge Your inner wealthC-Characterize Your Gift ListR-Recognize Your TalentsE-Evaluate Your Current StateStrategize your UP and ForwardCopyright 2014 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
    Coach LaMonte visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share the "Acres of Diamonds" story and to share his advice on how we can care for our own ACRES.A-Acknowledge Your inner wealthC-Characterize Your Gift ListR-Recognize Your TalentsE-Evaluate Your Current StateStrategize your UP and ForwardCopyright 2014 WBTV. All Rights Reserved.More >>
  • Is your web browser giving you away?

    Is your web browser giving you away?

    Wednesday, November 12 2014 11:57 AM EST2014-11-12 16:57:45 GMT
    Wednesday, November 12 2014 7:59 PM EST2014-11-13 00:59:47 GMT
    WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says when you visit a webpage, the browser that you use and the web server behind the webpage transfer information back and forth.More >>
    WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says when you visit a webpage, the browser that you use and the web server behind the webpage transfer information back and forth.More >>
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