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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 …

Douglas Engelbart: The Man Behind Your Mouse (And a Lot More)

Posted on 07/3/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf it weren’t for Douglas Engelbart, the computer on your desk might still be little more than a glorified typewriter, and you might still be struggling to remember arcane DOS commands so you could type them into a luminous green C:\ prompt on a black screen. And the multimedia marvels of the Web might not have ever existed. As computer historian Howard Rheingold once wrote, “We wouldn’t be sitting in front of personal computers today if it wasn’t for him.” Back …

Could That Be a $671,400 Relic in Your Garage?

Posted on 05/29/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyIf you were one of the 200 or so people who bought an Apple-1 computer back in 1976 or 1977 and still have it on a shelf in the back of your garage, guess what? You’re in the chips. And we don’t mean microprocessor chips, either. The technology news website ZDNet reports that a surviving Apple-1, the computer giant’s first product, fetched a breathtaking $671,400 at a German auction. Other Apple-1s have fetched six-figure prices in the past, but this …

The Best Apps of 2012 (50+ Edition)

Posted on 12/26/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyMy life has become app centered.  In fact, I probably spend more time on my smartphone testing apps than most 20-somethings. I ask my friends, I ask the Internet, I ask my Twitter followers … and I download, tap and swipe away. All in the service of this blog. I must admit, I download a lot of toads before I find a prince.  So I offer these suggestions for my favorite apps of 2012 after extensive personal research. What apps …

Easy Peazy Apps for Online Story Telling

Posted on 08/1/2012 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

TechnologyI feel silly introducing myself every week…but there are three of us here on the Illinois Communications Team and you never know which of us you’ll get so…this post brought to you by Jenn!    If you’re like me  – you marvel at how fast technology is moving, you revel in all the time you save when you find the perfect app,  and sometimes you feel absolutely panicked  by the sheer number of digital tools out there. I’m one of those “try any …