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¿Es malo usar los ‘gadgets’ para distraer a los niños?

Posted on 12/11/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolEs pleno diciembre, se acerca la Navidad, la hora de comprar regalos… Ahora imagínate que estás en una reunion familiar con padres, tíos, abuelos y otros parientes y dices con emoción que vas a regalarle una tableta a tu niño de 4 años. ¿Cómo crees que reaccionarían? Grupo 1: Los tradicionalistas se rasgarían las vestiduras y amenazarían con no pasar Navidad juntos porque les parece el colmo que gasten plata en un dispositivo que el niño no sabrá manejar y, …

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 …

40,000 Health Apps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted on 06/19/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyChristine Porter is hooked on the My Fitness Pal app. In October, after deciding to lose 50 pounds, Porter started typing in everything she eats, drinks and any exercise she gets. “This is like my main page here,” says Porter, who lost 42 pounds in nine months. “It’s telling me I have about 1,200 calories remaining for the day. When I want to record something I just click the ‘add to diary’ button. I’m on it all day either through my …

Senate Aging Committee to Showcase Virtual Talking Dog

Posted on 05/22/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyAs you’ve probably noticed, congressional events increasingly seem to feature movie stars such as Harrison Ford and other celebrities as a way of gaining public attention for an issue. But at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging’s Healthy Aging Forum, scheduled for May 23 on Capitol Hill, there will be an even more unusual guest: GeriJoy, the talking virtual dog developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. GeriJoy is specifically designed to give older people with dementia …

Are Ageist Smartphone Commercials a Dumb Move?

Posted on 05/20/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyIf you watch TV, by now you’ve probably seen the pool-party commercial for the new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. The spot shows hip college-age revelers befuddling their iPhone-using elders with all of the phone’s flashy technology — such as the AirView feature that allows users to answer the phone by sweeping their fingers over the screen without actually touching it, a camera mode that allows them to take rapid-fire pictures of moving objects and an app that transforms the phone …

Newt Gingrich Asks: Just What Is That Thing in Your Pocket?

Posted on 05/13/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyNewt Gingrich is turning his attention from outer space to your mobile phone. In a video uploaded to YouTube by the team at Gingrich Productions (no joke) just last week, the former House speaker and presidential candidate announces a contest of sorts to name that phone/camera/web-surfing thingy you carry around and to celebrate its vast potential to change the world. Smartphone? He doesn’t mention the word. Up until recently, he’s been partial to “handheld personal computer.” Or maybe he’s smart …