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Mike Lee develops AARP's digital presence outside of its web site on mobile phones, tablets and internet-enabled appliances. He is a groupie of the MIT Media Lab and an avid digital photographer.

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Getting Paper Books Into Your Ereader or Tablet

Posted on 01/30/2013 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyAs an avid mobile device user who loves paper books of all kinds, there are a few books I own that I’ve always wished were in electronic form to peruse on my ereader or tablet. I could break out my $49 office supply store flatbed scanner and get busy scanning into a PDF utility like Adobe Acrobat Pro, but that would entail many, many hours of tedious pressing of book spreads onto glass. And then there would be the task …

The World’s Simplest Cellphone Made Just for You

Posted on 01/22/2013 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyHow about a phone so simple the button controls are printed on a sticker that is applied to its face? Or a cellphone made just for you with photos of your family as speed dial buttons? Or an anti-smartphone that only makes and receives calls? A phone with all these innovations and more arrived on my desk last week from Age UK with the help of my colleagues at AARP International. Back in August 2012, tech blogs like Engadget were …

How I Found Apple: The Projectionist’s Computer

Posted on 10/6/2011 by |Technology | Comments

LegacyLike millions, I caught the news about the death of Steve Jobs glancing at Twitter on my iPhone after dinner. I was seeing the fire hose of social media reaction 45 minutes after major news outlets broke the story. Rather than gorge on tweets and obits, I decided I needed to gather some things to make a little shrine (pictured above) to burn off some nervous energy and collect my thoughts. The trip to the grocery store to pick up …

Born With The Boomers: Aging Technology

Posted on 04/26/2011 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyFellow AARP blogger Alejandra asked me if it would be interesting to collect a list of consumer technologies that were also born during the boomer generation years of 1946-1964. I found plenty of useful long lists, but to my delight, I rediscovered Karl Hartig‘s incredible chart from the late 1990s showing key milestones and events in the adoption of consumer electronics. Loading the high resolution version in my web browser, I savored the fascinating details of the chart in a long sitting. In …

Philly Mag Cover Tells Off Baby Boomers

Posted on 03/27/2011 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyOn my way to a conference to speak about our mobile apps, a magazine cover caught my eye at the newsstand in the Philadelphia train station. Well, it was more like a whack in the face seeing a photo of an iPad on the front of the March 2011 issue of Philadelphia Magazine with this message overprinted on the screen: Dear Baby Boomers, JUST DIE ALREADY. (We’ll take Philly from here. Thanks.) xoxo, Generation X As a proud iPad-owning baby …

iPad 2 Smart Cover As Bud Vase

Posted on 03/13/2011 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyMy wife and I decided to order our Apple iPad 2s and accessories online on launch day, but ended up in the second wave of deliveries scheduled for 7 – 10 business days. Oddly, a FedEx package arrived the next day from a distribution center Jonestown, PA with my Smart Cover. The cover, which comes in several colors, is a mini-event of its own with magnets embedded to allow it to roll up securely as typing stand and viewing easel. …