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3 Reasons Why Net Neutrality Matters to Americans of All Ages, Not Just the Youngest

Posted on 08/4/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Media Relations | Politics | TechnologyBy Jessica Winn As the song goes, “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” Net neutrality could be the best thing we didn’t realize we had until it’s gone. Network or net neutrality, also called “open Internet,” is the Internet as we know it. That is, an Internet that allows users to search for gardening techniques, stream reruns of Knight Rider or Skype with a grandchild without having to pay a service toll or an extra premium. The …

George Takei’s Take on Hiroshima, From Devastation to Rebirth

Posted on 08/4/2014 by |Best Life | Comments

TechnologyMany people know George Takei as Mr. Sulu from TV’s popular Star Trek and most recently as a social media guru and host of the AARP-produced YouTube series “Takei’s Take.” But the Los Angeles native also has ties to Japan, where he lost an aunt and a cousin after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, wiping out the port city on Aug. 6, 1945. Eight years old at the time, Takei was incarcerated with his parents and …

George Takei in Boston: Smartphone Physicals and Gene Therapy

Posted on 08/1/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

TechnologySmartphones can do just about anything these days, from shooting movies to following our every move — from connecting to smoke detectors to counting our steps and calories. On a recent visit to AARP’s Health Innovation@50+ start-up business showcase in Boston, tech explorer George Takei found a number of new phone attachments and apps aimed at making formerly complicated health tests cheaper and more readily available, adding up to a “smartphone physical.” These include: An electrocardiogram in a smartphone case …

George Takei Finds Collaboration (and Robots) at the Heart of Boston Tech

Posted on 07/25/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

TechnologyGet ready for AARP tech explorer George Takei to be everywhere at once this summer, or at least it may seem that way. This week, for example, he visited The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart to talk about a new documentary: To Be Takei: A Star’s Trek for Life, Liberty and Love, opening in August after playing the film festival circuit. Not only that, Takei continues to use his social media clout to promote Allegiance, a Broadway-bound musical about the Japanese …

Another AARP Spoofing Scam Surfaces

Posted on 07/25/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & Savings | TechnologyRobocalls continue to falsely claim that AARP is providing “free” medical alert devices (I got one just yesterday, with a displayed caller ID number belonging to a local swim club), and now there’s a new ruse faking the AARP name. This time, live representatives claim to be calling on behalf of “AARP Member Advantages,” asking you to “verify” personal information based on the lie that it’s a requirement of the U.S. government if you want to continue participating in AARP-related services …

George Takei Is Back in Boston: Driving Miss Daisy and Hanging with AGNES

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

TechnologyYoung adults are increasingly living with older members of their families, according to a report just released by the Pew Research Center. To aid family harmony and help the younger generation understand their elders, AGNES — the Age Gain Now Empathy System — might be the perfect extra housemate. AGNES is one of many wonders that George Takei, tech explorer extraordinaire, found on a recent visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., just across the Charles River …