AARP Debuts RealPad Tablet

AARP debuted its first-ever consumer product today at the Ideas@50+ conference, currently under way in San Diego. Called RealPad, it’s bigger than a smartphone yet smaller than a laptop computer. The tablet was designed with tech-shy people in mind, AARP says, making it easy for them to keep in touch with family and friends — including their grandkids, for whom the art of letter writing is often a lost cause. Helping people navigate the digital age is important to AARP, says CEO Jo …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun …   1. Dr. Phil has a $65,000 “fountain of youth” pod – reportedly one of only 16 in the world - in his house. (Learn more at AARP) 2.Passengers and crew members on a flight diverted to Newfoundland on Sept. 11, 2001, have helped send to college more than 130 students from Lewisporte, the tiny Canadian town that took in the flight members. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have …

Zoom. Zoom. Video Games May Help Make Old Brains Act Young Again

Hand over the console, kids. Time to give us grownups a chance at winning that video game. It’s good for our brain health, really. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that a three-dimensional video game can help older people reverse age-related decline in memory and focus. The researchers found that after four weeks of training, some of the participants in their  80s beat untrained 20-year-olds and kept up their skills for six months without practice. Take that, …

The Man Who Gave Us ‘Twister’

If you were a teenager at a party in the mid-1960s, and you yearned to get up close and personal with someone else, slow dancing wasn’t much of an option unless you wanted to look like a square who couldn’t do the Frug. Thank heavens, then, for Twister, the Milton Bradley party game in which participants had to contort themselves into unlikely positions by putting their hands and feet in various colored spots on a big mat, as determined randomly …

Atari: 7 Facts About the Video-Game Pioneer

If you were a teen or young adult in the 1970s and 1980s, the brand-name Atari was synonymous with cutting-edge cool – and not just because of that classic 1978 TV commercial in which a little kid bests Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  From iconic arcade video games such as Pong and Asteroids to a line of early home gaming consoles that gradually evolved into personal computers, Atari – in its various corporate incarnations under different owners – did more than its share …

Cool New Tech Gifts for Grandkids at CES

Calling all grandparents! My first day at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has proven to be pretty overwhelming but also totally exciting! The most fun I had today was checking out some of the cool tech items geared for kids. There are literally hundreds of toys, learning tools, games and other entertainment for kids on exhibition here. As I went through the exhibit hall, here are just a few items I loved in a variety of price …