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Do You Need Microsoft’s Office Apps on Your iPad?

Posted on 04/7/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyOffice for iPad is here, including Word and Excel and PowerPoint, the applications so many of us have grown up with at work. Is this the set of applications that will change how you use your iPad? Cost. You can download the applications separately, and they’re free. Sort of. They’ll let you open and read documents and spreadsheets and presentations. But you can’t edit or create documents unless you fork over $99 a year for a subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 — or pay as …

Do Online Quizzes Have a Hidden Agenda?

Posted on 03/31/2014 by |AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

TechnologyWhat city should you live in? Which Love Boat character are you? What superpower should you have? Fun quizzes are all the rage online these days. Buzzfeed (which says I should live in Portland, Ore.) is leading the charge, but even the scholarly Pew Research Center (“How Millennial Are You?”) and the New York Times (“How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk”) have a hand in the fad. The exercises are addictive, shareable, entertaining. So what’s not to like? Here’s …

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 …