How to (Really) Erase Data From Old Smartphones

Whether you’re eyeing the new iPhone 6 or another smartphone, to help prevent identity theft, you should remove all data stored on the device you’re trading, selling or recycling. >> 9 Nasty Things to Throw Away Today But it takes more than simply hitting delete or restoring your old phone to its factory settings. To prove it, the folks at antivirus software maker Avast recently bought 20 used Android smartphones on eBay. All purchased phones were supposedly clean of the sellers’ data, …

AARP Debuts RealPad Tablet

AARP debuted its first-ever consumer product today at the Ideas@50+ conference, currently under way in San Diego. Called RealPad, it’s bigger than a smartphone yet smaller than a laptop computer. The tablet was designed with tech-shy people in mind, AARP says, making it easy for them to keep in touch with family and friends — including their grandkids, for whom the art of letter writing is often a lost cause. Helping people navigate the digital age is important to AARP, says CEO Jo …

The Night My Smartphone Was Stolen

by 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 …

6 Mobile Apps to Help You Get Organized

Getting more organized and living healthier are classic New Year’s resolutions.  If you’re like me, you need all the help you can get. Here are six mobile apps that can help. While they aren’t marketed specifically to the 50+ audience, I’ve found reasons they can make our lives easier. I use them all regularly. They are free and available on iPhone or Android. To stay organized Manilla– is a free service that lets you manage and organize your bills and …

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

If 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 …

Fun Apps for 50+ Users – Memory Games, Easy Video Editing & More

I decided to dedicate one week to trying some new applications purely designed to amuse me. No time management apps, no healthcare apps, no organization apps, no how to count calorie apps -just enjoyable apps. After a bit of playing around, here’s my list of four fun apps for the 50+ crowd: Candycrush Why it’s cool: It’s a new simple game that actually exercises your mind, but keeps your adrenaline flowing so you don’t realize it’s training your memory. How it works: …