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Do You Need Microsoft’s Office Apps on Your iPad?

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyOffice for iPad is here, including Word and Excel and PowerPoint, the applications so many of us have grown up with at work. Is this the set of applications that will change how you use your iPad? Cost. You can download the applications separately, and they’re free. Sort of. They’ll let you open and read documents and spreadsheets and presentations. But you can’t edit or create documents unless you fork over $99 a year for a subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 — or pay as …

Your Cellphone Has More Germs Than Your Toilet

Posted on 01/24/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s certainly extreme, but a recent news story points up how germy a cellphone can be. Reports say a man who stole a cellphone from an Ebola virus quarantine ward in a Ugandan hospital ended up apparently catching the virus from germs on the phone. Obviously, most of us aren’t in close proximity to an Ebola outbreak — or likely to be pinching a phone from a dangerously ill person — but germ expert Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a microbiologist at …

Transform Your Smartphone Photos into Holiday Albums

Posted on 11/19/2013 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyPhotos unite family and friends, so if you want to be the hit of a holiday party, just copy my friend Pauline. She recently sat down at brunch and whipped out a stunning book she had made from photos on her iPhone.  She said she compiled it with a really easy-to-use mobile app. The beauty and coolness of the photo album got more raves than photos of her grandkids. “What a great gift,” my sister-in-law Sue said, reaching for her phone …

Meet the iPad Air … and Its Competition

Posted on 10/22/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyEverybody knew that Apple would announce its new, lighter, slimmer, faster iPads on Oct. 22. Only the change in name came as a surprise. Welcome the iPad Air. Whether the faster processor, faster graphics, better cameras and sound, improved software, and slimmer-than-ever appearance mean you need this thing is, of course, up to you. Apple makes the case that 475,000 apps give the iPad an unbeatable advantage. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter And, if the 1-pound, 7.5-mm …

Could Your iPad Disrupt Your Heart Device?

Posted on 05/13/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you like to lie on the couch — or in bed — with your iPad propped on your chest, you could be putting yourself at risk if you also have an implanted heart device. That’s what a super-smart 14-year-old discovered in a preliminary study of 26 patients age 50 or older with heart devices, such as an implanted cardioverter defibrillator for protecting against arrhythmia. High school freshman Gianna Chien of Stockton, Calif., did the research with some assistance from …

Fun Apps for 50+ Users — Memory Games, Easy Video Editing & More

Posted on 04/29/2013 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyI decided to dedicate one week to trying some new applications purely designed to amuse me. No time management apps, no healthcare apps, no organization apps, no how to count calorie apps —just enjoyable apps. After a bit of playing around, here’s my list of four fun apps for the 50+ crowd: Candycrush Why it’s cool: It’s a new simple game that actually exercises your mind, but keeps your adrenaline flowing so you don’t realize it’s training your memory. How it works: …