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Connected Cars: Safety and Fun Are Driving Innovation

Posted on 04/28/2014 by |AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyNews last week that a North Carolina woman died in a head-on car crash while posting selfies and Facebook updates brings home the hope for “connected cars.” More cars connected to the Internet, the argument goes, would help, not distract, drivers. With hands-free, eyes-on-the-road communication and entertainment as the norm, we might hear fewer such horror stories. Related: Top Ten Technologies for Mature Drivers We’re definitely moving toward connected cars. The market for hardware, software and apps that connect cars …

Google Ads: Do You Want In or Out?

Posted on 10/18/2013 by |AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyIf you use Facebook, you have seen how your friends’ photos and “Likes” can connect to ads on the popular social network. The “sponsored stories” concept is also moving to Google. The web search engine company recently announced it is changing its Terms of Service to include an option to participate in “shared endorsements.” Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter According to Google, shared endorsements are an opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions with friends who are …

Is ‘The Internship’ an Equal Opportunity Offender?

Posted on 06/11/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

EntertainmentIt’s meant to be one of The Internship’s signature comedy bits.  Failed watch salesman and Google summer intern Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn) is trying to come up with a brand new app — if his team, which includes his buddy Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) can create the coolest one, they’ll be a step closer to their dream of winning a full time job with the tech giant. The rest of the team, by the way, and nearly everyone else in …

A Grave Matter: What Happens to Your Social Media When You Die?

Posted on 05/6/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingJust when you thought you had all the important documents you need to know your loved one’s wishes — power of attorney, will, health care directive, perhaps Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) — here’s another to consider: a social media will. This digital estate planning document states what you want to have happen to your social media — Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, email account — when you die. Just as you need an executor of your estate, you’d have to appoint a …

When Google Met von Furstenberg

Posted on 09/30/2012 by |Caregiving experts & bloggers | Comments

Beauty & Fashion | TechnologyWhen iconic fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, 65, met Google’s Sergey Brin at a conference and learned of the Glass by Google eyewear his company designed, it was collaboration at first sight. Von Furstenberg didn’t question if a promotional partnership between a fashion brand and Internet company would work. So she inked a deal that allowed her Spring/Summer 2013 creative process to be taped via the glasses and edited into a short film called DVF Through Glass. The glasses, which …

These Are The Droids We’re Looking For

Posted on 03/4/2011 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologySome co-workers and I gathered in a conference room at AARP Headquarters to watch Steve Jobs unveil the new version of Apple’s iPad 2. While the conversation naturally circled around all the new features, and how some of us were going to buy on the first day, our chatter came to the topic of competition pushing back.  As if on cue, Nielsen announced the next day that the market share of Google’s popular Android operating system for smart phones had …