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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 …

The New Facebook Phone: Like? Comment? Share?

Posted on 04/5/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyThe new Facebook phone is coming. It’s called “HTC First” and you can get it next week. But you don’t have to have this $99 phone if all you really want is the new Facebook phone experience. A new software suite, called Facebook Home, also available next week, can turn your Android phone (only certain models for now, but all Androids and even tablets soon) into a Facebook phone. So — should you get one? Like — The Facebook Phone …

Family-Friendly Apps at CES 2013

Posted on 01/11/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingI’m fired up about some of the family-friendly apps I discovered at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)! My goal was to find tech products that are user-friendly, help us enjoy and manage our lives, enhance our families and connect us. Here are two I’ve fallen in love with: Magisto: If you’re like me, you have a string of videos in your phone, computer, tablet or other device. You love capturing these moments, but once taken they just sit there. Here’s …

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 …

There’s an App for That! Health and Fitness Edition

Posted on 11/1/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Personal HealthHey everybody, Jenn here from the Illinois Communications team. So, you know that saying “live by the sword, die by the sword”? Yep, that was me today … one second I was hot on the trail of an invisible pack of riders in spin class and the next second I was on the floor self-diagnosing an aggravated sciatic nerve via the WebMD app. (I verified that later by tweeting a doctor of course.)  There’s an app for everything these days! …

Catch Up On the Olympics With a Few Apps

Posted on 08/2/2012 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyHey, Olympics fans. Not around a TV? NBC isn’t broadcasting live? Have I found an app for you: the Reuters Olympics app. I’ve tried all of the apps made for the Olympics. This one outshines the others—by far.  It is full of the best live photos and magic moments captured by the Reuters photographers. I prefer using this on my iPad rather than on my smartphone because it is a bit easier to navigate and the picture resolution  is so …