Look Like a Star for the Holidays

Here’s a ratio that prevails at far too many holiday parties: 99 percent vanity, 1 percent fun. Well, what did I expect? ’Tis the season for obsessing about extra pounds, flab, wrinkles, brown spots, dingy teeth and thinning hair — not only mine but those of the people I hold dear (or simply happen to be near). My voyeuristic proclivities, fanned by 30-plus years as a beauty editor, turn every kiss and hug into a chance to surreptitiously look and …

Goodbye, Desktop. Hello, Apps

If you’re not reading this on your smartphone or tablet, you will be soon. We’re in the midst of a revolution in digital media, and a new report offers two striking findings: Most of us are using desktop computers less and mobile platforms more. And those who spend most of their “digital media time” using apps outnumber those who don’t. The report, by the Internet analytics company comScore, breaks down the use of mobile media and apps by age. No …

16-Year-Old Takes Awesome Selfie With Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett

It comes as no surprise these days when teenagers are unfamiliar with names like Paul McCartney or Warren Buffett. But on July 13, 16-year-old Tom White knew just what to do when he spotted two of the world’s most famous people: he snapped a selfie with both of them. Moments later, his friend, who goes by @LukeKoesters, posted the photo to his Twitter account. White also posted the selfie to his Twitter and Instragram accounts. Best picture of the night with …

On Social Media, Do You Share With Your Kids or Snoop on Them?

Some parents have battled over technology use with their children since grammar school. First came the debate on what age to allow their own cellphones. Then we moved on to laptops in the bedroom, limiting computer time, blocking certain websites. Then texting during meals and conversations. Now we move on to social media, the alternate universe where young adults typically spend more than three hours daily on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, among other apps. >> Sign up for the AARP …

Grandma Betty: Why ‘Cute’ Can’t Capture It

Let me first say I love what’s going on with Grandma Betty, the Indiana octogenarian turned Instagram star. When Betty was diagnosed with terminal cancer, her great-grandson Zach opened an account (@grandmabetty33) to chronicle her journey. More than 309,000 followers later, what started as a project for friends and family has turned into a worldwide sensation. I just love that the bond between a great-grandmother and her teenage great-grandson, more than 60 years her junior, has inspired an outpouring of …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun. 1. Captured Burmese pythons will slither home in a straight line for many miles. (Learn more at Discovery) 2. A photographer has a way of making sick kids’ dreams come to life. (Learn more at Huffington Post) >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter 3. Some bad fats may not be so bad for us after all. (Learn more at AARP) 4. California, Berkeley claims it has hired the first university Wikipedian-in-residence.  (Learn more at Library …