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App of the Week: Stop Waiting On Hold, Have ‘Em Call You

Posted on 05/18/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyDo you hate waiting on hold for a customer service rep to answer the phone?   How about that phone tree navigation system that nearly every company uses?  Don’t you just want to scream “representative” to the recorded voice that isn’t listening? Oh yeah, there’s an app for that too. It’s called fastcustomer.com. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire and Chrome.  As long as you have an internet connection and a phone, you are in business. …

App Of The Week: Paper Piles Be Gone

Posted on 05/10/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyDo you read articles on the Internet and want to clip them so you can review them in more depth later? Are you researching a new topic on the web and want to save that information without printing it? Do you like to have your files accessible to you when you’re on the move? Then you’re ready for the app called Evernote. Evernote allows you to save your ideas and to save things you read on the web, photos, pdfs …

App of the Week: When’s The Intermission In This Movie?

Posted on 05/3/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyIf you like to watch movies on your home television or in the theater—Flixster is a must have app for your mobile device. It’s the only guide you need for recently released movies in theaters and those on DVD.  It even has a direct line to Netflix for those using that service.   I don’t use Netflix; I have cable “on demand” so I can use the DVD feature too. Until I discovered Flixster, I would read the movie reviews in …

App of the week: Exercise and diet with one cool app

Posted on 04/19/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyExperimenting with a new app reminds me of high school in the early 70s. The banter is the same. “You gotta try it,” a peer says. “Really, what does it do?”  I ask. “I’m not sure, “he says, “but it’s really cool and everyone is using it.” So I try it—I download the Lose It! app to see what the buzz is all about.  And after a few hours, I agree it’s pretty cool—however, now I must admit… I’m addicted. …

Smartphones Everywhere! Except…

Posted on 03/1/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyIt’s official. Data from 2011 shows the United States joining a few other countries in majority adoption of smartphones over so-called “feature phones.” What about AARP members? According to new data out this morning from Pew Research, 16% more of American adults 45-54 and 9% more of adults 55-64 now own a smartphone, compared to 18% of the 18-24 year olds. Except… only 2% more of those over 65 have a smartphone. Have you made the switch? If not, what’s holding …

Apps Every Boomer Should Know: A Roundup

Posted on 02/17/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyThe following is a guest post from Suzie Mitchell.  Boomers are lovin their smartphones.  Take a look around a local coffee shop at mid-day and you’ll see throngs of Boomers reading and punching away on them. Check out all of the tables and sometimes you see two or three Boomers together, all on their individual smartphones—doing what we chastise our kids for doing—not talking to each other. “I love my smartphone, my 60 year-old sister-in-law says.  “I use it while …