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This Week in Boomer History: Peace Corps … Concorde … Greatest!

Posted on 02/23/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNoteworthy events from our shared experience Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) becomes heavyweight champion of the world on Feb. 25, 1964, when Sonny Liston doesn’t answer the bell for the seventh round. “Incredibly, the loud-mouthed, bragging, insulting youngster had been telling the truth all along,” writes Robert Lipsyte in the New York Times. Steve Jobs is born Feb. 24, 1955. In 1976 he starts Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne, who sells his shares for $800 the same year. …

More Help On The Way for Long-Term Unemployed

Posted on 01/31/2014 by | Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsMore than 300 companies, including  Apple, Walmart, Boeing and eBay, have pledged to help the long-term unemployed find jobs under a new initiative announced by President Barack Obama  today. CEOs of these companies have agreed to review their recruiting practices to make sure they aren’t unfairly screening out those who have been out of work for many months. The commitment comes from more than 80 of the nation’s largest businesses and hundreds of others, including Bank of America, KPMG LLP and …

Your Cellphone Has More Germs Than Your Toilet

Posted on 01/24/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s certainly extreme, but a recent news story points up how germy a cellphone can be. Reports say a man who stole a cellphone from an Ebola virus quarantine ward in a Ugandan hospital ended up apparently catching the virus from germs on the phone. Obviously, most of us aren’t in close proximity to an Ebola outbreak — or likely to be pinching a phone from a dangerously ill person — but germ expert Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a microbiologist at …

This Week in Boomer History: January 20 — 26

Posted on 01/19/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNoteworthy facts from our shared experience: 1. Jan. 20, 1981 — 444 days after Iranian students overran the U.S. embassy in Tehran, 52 American hostages are released. Ted Koppel’s Nightline, born as The Iran Crisis — America Held Hostage: Day XXX, seeks fresh material. 2. Back to the future! The first gull-wing DeLorean sports car rolls off the assembly line on Jan. 21, 1981. 3. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members this week in 1986, including Chuck …

Meet the iPad Air … and Its Competition

Posted on 10/22/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyEverybody knew that Apple would announce its new, lighter, slimmer, faster iPads on Oct. 22. Only the change in name came as a surprise. Welcome the iPad Air. Whether the faster processor, faster graphics, better cameras and sound, improved software, and slimmer-than-ever appearance mean you need this thing is, of course, up to you. Apple makes the case that 475,000 apps give the iPad an unbeatable advantage. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter And, if the 1-pound, 7.5-mm …

Siri, Who Is Siri?

Posted on 10/4/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Technology“When I first discovered that was my voice, to be honest it was a little creepy.” That’s Susan C. Bennett, identified today by CNN as the voice of Siri, Apple’s talking virtual assistant. At least she was the voice of Siri in the United States before two different voices began to replace her as part of Apple’s new operating system. Apple won’t confirm the news, but CNN enlisted a vocal forensics expert, who is “100 percent” certain that Bennett is …