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Fending Off Online Fraud

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Savings | TechnologyEric Schneidewind, AARP Board Member There is no question about it: Online scams are growing in number and complexity. I’ve seen them in my email account. I’ve read about them in AARP publications. And I’ve heard about them through the work of fraud fighters in my state, Michigan. Some of them are truly disturbing. One in particular struck close to home, though it didn’t happen to me, fortunately. You hear about people being emailed and told that a loved one …

Put Your Smart Phone Away For Once

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | Travel | Comments

Technology | TravelHere’s some good news for the tech-challenged! No matter how many travel apps you have on your smartphone, they can’t replace the kind of serendipity you’ll find when you follow your gut. I’m not saying that a good app doesn’t come in handy, especially for navigating through those last-minute travel disruptions that seem so commonplace these days. For example, I always download the app of the airline I’m traveling with so I can easily rebook cancelled or delayed flights. HotelTonight …

Bye-Bye Windows XP: What You Need to Know

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyPlanned obsolescence. You expect it with your cellphone and your TV. You’re used to it with your car. But your computer operating system — the software that determines what you see on the screen and how you make the hardware work —  has nearly always allowed you to upgrade and stay connected and productive. Now, if you’re among the hundreds of millions of computer users running Windows XP, it’s the end of the road. After April 8, Microsoft is cutting …

George Takei: In Orbit at SXSW

Posted on 03/12/2014 by | AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyGeorge Takei understands the evolution of his popularity. As Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek TV series, he made fans of his own generation and they “raised their kids right” to form the next generation of Trekkies. Now, having made himself something of a social media rock star, Takei reaches all demographics. Speaking to a capacity crowd at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, on March 11, Takei admitted that he took up social media to raise …

Happy 25th Birthday to the Web

Posted on 03/3/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyThe plan for what became the “World Wide Web” was laid out in a memo by Tim Berners-Lee on March 12, 1989, to his boss at CERN, a European research laboratory. He wanted to solve a very basic organizational problem: As scientists came and went at the lab, their institutional knowledge was in danger of disappearing. His solution: use “hypertext” to easily toggle back and forth between files housed on computers in different locations. If you click on the blue, …