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Moment of Truth for Comet ISON

Posted on 11/27/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

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Changing With the Times: Visualization Is the Future of Data

Posted on 11/22/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologySlideshare is a popular website where people can post presentations on a myriad of topics. By posting, the authors hope to get readers, followers and new clients. To test popularity, in July of this year, Slideshare launched an infographic section on the site. The verdict is in and very compelling — look at the infographic below! On Slideshare, infographics are liked 23 times more than Word documents. In AARP Research, we have been able to train over half of our …

Transform Your Smartphone Photos into Holiday Albums

Posted on 11/19/2013 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyPhotos unite family and friends, so if you want to be the hit of a holiday party, just copy my friend Pauline. She recently sat down at brunch and whipped out a stunning book she had made from photos on her iPhone.  She said she compiled it with a really easy-to-use mobile app. The beauty and coolness of the photo album got more raves than photos of her grandkids. “What a great gift,” my sister-in-law Sue said, reaching for her phone …

Will Passwords Soon Be Obsolete?

Posted on 11/13/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyBy Michael Conroy of The Associated Press WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Some Purdue University researchers are working on technology that could see all those passwords that computer users must punch in replaced with steps such as iris and fingerprint scans. The basement lab of Purdue University’s International Center for Biometrics Research is where such emerging biometric technologies are tested for weaknesses before going mainstream. Iris and fingerprint scans as well as facial and voice recognition are just a few …

Shopping With Credit-Card Readers Attached to Smartphones

Posted on 11/12/2013 by | Technology | Comments

Money & Savings | TechnologyIf my friend Beth’s recent holiday buying is any indication, shoppers are in for a more-connected experience. Last week, my 82-year-old buddy wanted to buy a platter at her church bazaar. She was met with a “newfangled credit-card” gadget. “The salesgirl told me to slide my credit card through a little square thing attached to her phone,” Beth told me.  “She said it was safe, I did it, I hope it was ok.” That small device called Square is a …

Upgrading to Apple’s iOS 7? You May Want to Wait

Posted on 10/30/2013 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyIf you are using an iPhone 4, 4S or 5, and are thinking about upgrading to Apple’s new operating system iOS 7—be prepared for a learning curve. I hear a lot of talk these days about iOS 7, but a lot of it isn’t very positive—especially when it comes from 60-something users on older phones. For starters, the iPhone 4 and 4S may not have enough memory to handle the upgrade without  removing some apps and photos to open up …