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SPR 2019

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S p r i n g 2 0 1 9 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 13 ISTOCKPHOTO 1998 2018 S tress can put a wrinkle in your pro- ductivity and your health. Try these science-backed cures to keep yourself feeling calm. Take a lunchtime stroll in a park. Spending time in green spaces can lower the stress response. If you can't take time off to go hik- ing, try a brief walk in a local park. Read during your flight. A University of Sussex study found that six minutes of read- ing can reduce stress levels by 68 percent. Sign up for after-work yoga. University of Utah researchers found that yoga practitio- ners had a higher pain tolerance because they had a more regulated response to stress. Practice mindfulness. Participating in a mindfulness meditation program may lead to a moderate reduction of stress. Indulge your sweet tooth. Nibbling on a piece of dark chocolate not only might re- duce stress but could improve your memory and your mood, say researchers at Southern California's Loma Linda University. Sit up straight. ere's a reason you shouldn't slouch. Researchers at New Zea- land's University of Auckland found that sitting upright keeps stress at bay. Write down happy thoughts. Forget journaling about your fears. A study published in the British Journal of Health Psychology found that those who wrote daily about posi- tive experiences reported lower stress and anxiety. Let classical music soothe you. Nervous about about an upcom- ing event? Patients who listened to classical music before a medical procedure were less stressed than those who didn't. Upfront > Stress- Busting Tips O h what a difference 20 years can make, particularly in technology. In 1998, few of us could have imagined we'd be watching videos on a tablet-size screen that fits in a purse or tracking our steps and heart rate with a watch. Here's a sampling of some of the hot tech products from yester- year compared with some of the most in-demand gadgets of today. DW Hot List DESKTOP Apple transformed the computer industry with its translucent blue iMac. For $1,299, you got a 233 MHz processor, up to 128 megabytes (MB) of memory, and a 4 gigabyte (GB) hard drive. In 2018, that same $1,299 would get you an iMac that is more than 10 times faster. The 2018 version also has up to 16 GB of memory (16,384 MB) and a 1 terabyte hard drive, the equivalent of 1,024 GB. LAPTOP For $3,199, you could buy Dell's 7-pound Inspiron 3200 D266XT, which featured up to 144 MB of memory and a 3.9 GB hard drive. Fo r $199—less than one-tenth of that amount—you can buy Dell's Inspiron 11 3000, which is five pounds lighter. With 4 GB (4,096 MB) of memory and a 32 GB hard drive, you come away with nearly 30 times more memory and 10 times more hard drive spac e. OPERATING SYSTEM Among the most touted features in the $109 Windows 98 were the inte- gration of the web browser Internet Explorer into the operating system and enhanced support for devices us- ing Universal Serial Bus (USB). The $139 Windows 10, the most recent version of the operating system, boasts the ability to turn the computer screen into a touchscreen, facial recognition capabilities, and built-in firewall technology. MONITOR For $1,800, the 15-inch NEC Multi- Sync LCD 1510 monitor was con- sidered top-of-the-line, boasting 1024x768 resolution with 160-degree wide angle viewing. For $699, the 27-inch NEC MultiSync EA271 U monitor boasts 3840x2160 resolution. It also has a wider (178-degree angle) view- ing area. REMOVABLE STORAGE For $150, the Iomega Zip drive let you store up to 100 MB of data. For $24.99, the SanDisk Ultra SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Memory Card lets you store up to 128 GB—or 131,072 MB—of data. SMART WATCH The $285 Seiko Ruputer was con- sidered a breakthrough product. Its wristwatch-size computer had a 3.6 Mhz processor, 128 kilobytes (128 KB) of memory, and up to 4 MB of storage. The $399 Apple Watch Series 4 has a GPS system, electrical heart sensor, exercise monitor, and watch-to-watch communica- tion capabilities. Versus Hot Tech Products

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