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Benefits of technology - ease stress, reduce wrinkles

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Studies have proven conclusively that chronic stress could cause premature aging. Elissa Epel, Ph.D., and her colleagues from the University of California, San Francisco’s Psychiatry Department, found that, "While hormonal changes are a normal part of aging, chronic stress could affect hormone levels and alter the body’s delicate hormonal balance."

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Aging is not pretty

Women spend billions of dollars a year on skin care, makeup, "procedures" and designer clothes when the first line of defense should be reducing stress. That's where today's technological advances could help.

Smartphones, laptops, pads and other devices and inventions can help simplify everyday living - that could translate to less stress.

Phones get smarter

Phones have come a long way since the first cell phone was introduced. According to historical reporting, Motorola was the first company to produce a handheld mobile phone. On April 3rd, 1973, Motorola engineer and executive Martin Cooper made the first mobile telephone call from handheld subscriber equipment in front of reporters, placing a call to Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs. Cooper has stated his vision for the handheld device was inspired by Captain James T. Kirk using his Communicator on the television show Star Trek.

Motorola has continued to lead the way in technological advances with its Moto X, which has a plethora of features to make life easier (and less stressful).

Moto X - have it your way

Most people like things "their way," but until now they have had to choose their mobile phone from the options already available. Moto X is more personal because you design it. With Moto Maker by Motorola, customers can literally design their own device. The process starts with the back plate color, which is available in a rainbow of choices in cool, neutral and warm. Customers also choose accent colors, wallpaper and customized "monogram." From Raspberry, Lemon Lime or Turquoise for the "fashionista" to Navy or Olive for the more "restrained," there's a color combination to suit most every taste.

Reduce stress with technology "assistant"

The Moto X works faster than other smartphones because it hears your voice and responds with Google Now. Without touching the phone at all, you can check messages, get directions or do just about anything. Once you turn it on, it’s ready to respond - just talk. Say “Ok Google Now” to get started. It tells you what you need to know, even when you're not touching it, but when you do pick it up, it’s curved to fit your hand. With a flick of the wrist, it becomes a camera and gets the shots you'd otherwise miss.

Even when it seems to be sleeping, Moto X is aware and ready to tell you what you need to know. Instead of a blinking light that doesn't actually tell you anything, information quietly appears on the screen without interrupting. You don't have to wake it up to look at the time or see messages.

Moto X recognizes when you shouldn’t be bothered, like when you're sleeping or in a meeting. It even knows when you're in the car and it automatically connects Bluetooth to Google Play Music and can auto-respond to messages that you’re busy driving.

The "designed by you" Moto X is available to subscribers of AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. Black and white versions are available at Republic Wireless and U.S. Cellular.

"You" time

All these features and advances could help you spend less time worrying about the logistics of your life - and having that worry show on your face - and spend more time enjoying your "you" time.

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