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Half of U.S. Adults Hacked: Are You Among Them?

Posted on 06/6/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Home & Family | Money & Savings | TechnologyIn the past 12 months your personal information has likely been stolen, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft. About 432 million online accounts belonging to 110 million Americans — roughly half of all adults — were hacked in cyberattacks during the past year, according to new findings by the Ponemon Institute, a data-collection research firm. Meanwhile, Consumer Reports estimates that some 11 million Americans fell victim to email scams in 2013. And in the first four months of this year, at least 260 …

The Night My Smartphone Was Stolen

Posted on 06/3/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Technologyby Marlene Fanta Shyer I was waiting for the light to change on a corner of Times Square when I felt a jostle. My tote, which I always hold as close as a papoose, was open, but everything inside is always sealed behind zippers. My new smartphone, though, with its red battery protector/charger, was a beacon in its sleeve, just pleading to be snatched. Sure enough, I spun around and there were two teenagers, a boy and a girl, standing there, trying …

Google’s New Car Drives Itself Without a Steering Wheel

Posted on 05/28/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Technology[View the story "Google's Car Loses the Steering Wheel and Brake Pedal" on Storify] Story summary: Google has announced that it’s going to make its own self-driving cars from scratch, rather than modify models by other manufacturers. The company is now building 100 of the newest two-seater prototypes. Top speed: 25 mph.   Also of Interest Does Google Owe You a ‘Right to Be Forgotten’? Why You Shouldn’t Drop Your Landline Just Yet Fight fraud and ID theft with the …

Does Google Owe You a ‘Right to Be Forgotten’?

Posted on 05/19/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyYou might have grown up worrying that everything you did wrong would go on your “permanent record.” On May 13, the European Court of Justice ruled that Google, whose search engine is the permanent record of our digital lives, must remove links to information about Europeans at their request, if that information is “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant.” Europeans will have the opportunity we all might like: to clean up our personal Web search results and remove the bits …

Watching These Video ‘Pen Pals’ Will Make Your Day

Posted on 05/9/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyHere’s a sweet, uplifting video that’s guaranteed to brighten your day. It features some Chicago-area seniors and young Brazilian students of English, and the long-distance friendships kindled by learning a language. CNA, a Brazilian language school that emphasizes online learning, matches up its young students with older adults in U.S. senior residences in a program called Speaking Exchange. Watching the video, you can see how eagerly the residents of Windsor Park Retirement Community outside Chicago await their turns to talk. …