computers

Bye-Bye Windows XP: What You Need to Know

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyPlanned obsolescence. You expect it with your cellphone and your TV. You’re used to it with your car. But your computer operating system — the software that determines what you see on the screen and how you make the hardware work —  has nearly always allowed you to upgrade and stay connected and productive. Now, if you’re among the hundreds of millions of computer users running Windows XP, it’s the end of the road. After April 8, Microsoft is cutting …

Will Passwords Soon Be Obsolete?

Posted on 11/13/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyBy Michael Conroy of The Associated Press WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Some Purdue University researchers are working on technology that could see all those passwords that computer users must punch in replaced with steps such as iris and fingerprint scans. The basement lab of Purdue University’s International Center for Biometrics Research is where such emerging biometric technologies are tested for weaknesses before going mainstream. Iris and fingerprint scans as well as facial and voice recognition are just a few …

How Self-driving Cars Would Save Thousands of Lives

Posted on 10/23/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyBy Jean Lowly of the Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In some ways, computers make ideal drivers: They don’t drink and then climb behind the wheel. They don’t do drugs, get distracted, fall asleep, run red lights or tailgate. And their reaction times are quicker. They do such a good job, in fact, that a new study says self-driving cars and trucks hold the potential to transform driving by eliminating the majority of traffic deaths, significantly reducing congestion and providing tens of billions …

He’s Connecting Older Adults to the Web

Posted on 10/18/2013 by | Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeYou can call Terrell Danley Sr. a techie. At 81, the Washington, D.C., resident is fluent in the language of the Internet: downloading, Google Hangouts, social networks, apps, Web surfing, you name it. And he’s committed to plugging his contemporaries into the online world. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Three days a week, Danley shares his love and knowledge of computers with his class of 12 older adults that is part of pilot program called AARP Foundation Connecting …

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 …

Adobe Announces Customer Data Breach

Posted on 10/4/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologySoftware manufacturer Adobe says that hackers infiltrated its computer system, gaining access to sensitive information on nearly 3 million customers – including names, encrypted credit and debit card numbers and details of past orders. “At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems,” Adobe said in a statement. Hackers also illegally took copies of the source code of some of the company’s widely used products, which, according to online security …