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Amazon Fire TV: A New Option for Streaming Video

Posted on 04/14/2014 by | AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyThere’s a new box in town — for streaming content to your television. It’s called Amazon Fire TV, and it costs $99. For years, Amazon Prime members (those who pay the company for unlimited shipping) have had access to Amazon’s massive database of movies and TV shows from their “smart” TVs or Blu-ray players. Some programming is free, some can be rented or bought. Now it’s a little easier to connect with that content through the company’s new Fire TV …

Do Online Quizzes Have a Hidden Agenda?

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

TechnologyWhat city should you live in? Which Love Boat character are you? What superpower should you have? Fun quizzes are all the rage online these days. Buzzfeed (which says I should live in Portland, Ore.) is leading the charge, but even the scholarly Pew Research Center (“How Millennial Are You?”) and the New York Times (“How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk”) have a hand in the fad. The exercises are addictive, shareable, entertaining. So what’s not to like? Here’s …

August is the Sunday of the Months

Posted on 08/27/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeIf you are confused by this blog’s title, it is a phrase I heard recently from my niece. We were talking about vacation and she said, “Yep, August is the Sunday of the months as it is the time to relax.” What do I do to relax? I like to go to movies just like 58% of the 50+ (see our fact sheet below) and Woody Allen’s new movie Blue Jasmine is a must see Movie for Grownups. I love Broadway …

5 Movie Actors Who Were Late Bloomers

Posted on 04/10/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyBesedka Johnson proved that it’s never too late to become a movie actor. She began at age 85, and won praise for last year’s Starlet, her first and only film. The Detroit native, who passed away on April 4 at age 87 in Glendale, Calif., moved to Los Angeles as a teenager to pursue a modeling career and then became a successful dressmaker. She took an acting class in her 30s, but never seriously considered striving for a Hollywood career. …

Lilly Pulitzer: 5 Facts About the Woman Who Led a Fashion Rebellion

Posted on 04/8/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyFashion entrepreneur Lilly Pulitzer, who died on April 7 at age 81in Miami, proved that simplicity can be stylish. In the early 1960s, she popularized the tropical print shift, a colorful version of a rudimentary design — the sleeveless sheath — that was the first dress every American girl who took home economics in high school was taught to make. What distinguished Pulitzer’s shifts was the startlingly bright hues and playful patterns of the fabric, which Pulitzer had custom-produced for …

Harrison Ford: High-Flying Political Activist

Posted on 03/22/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSometimes it’s pretty tough to get the attention of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. But politicians, fortunately, are as starstruck as the rest of us. That’s why celebrities ranging from Angelina Jolie and Bono to George Clooney, who testified to Congress a year ago about the dire situation in war-torn Sudan, regularly descend on Washington to raise awareness for their pet causes. (Check out this AARP slideshow of the top 20 celebrity activists of all time.) The latest superstar spokesperson to …