Obama? Romney? What Your Phone Reveals About How You’re Likely to Vote

Does a smartphone make an older American voter more like the young, tech-savvy types who were critical to Barack Obama’s success in 2008? Not so much, suggests a new poll by Velti, a mobile marketing and advertising technology firm. Sure, all those college students permanently wired to their iPhones or Androids went overwhelmingly for Obama in the last election. And political analysts think easy access to the Internet had something to do with it: Smartphones made it easy for even …

App of the Week: EmergencyLink

Doesn’t it seem like the older we get, the more people’s safety we worry about? When we were young, most of us thought we were invincible.  We didn’t think about staying out of harm’s way. We did crazy stuff like drive too fast, hitchhike, and other risky and reckless activities. But then, we got married and settled down  a bit.  We started to worry about our spouses.  If they were late home from an appointment, we got nervous. If they …

App of the Week: Words with Friends

I admit, I was hesitant about trying.  I get a little scared with competition.  But everyone I know is talking about it, so I pushed the button.  I downloaded the Words with Friends game app. Words with Friends is best described as a SCRABBLE â„¢type game that is played on your Android or iPhone, iPad or Facebook.  You can play the game at your leisure with people from all over the world. But I’m not good at word games.  Even …

App of the Week: DVR Your Reading List

My husband and I usually watch TV together for about an hour each night.   Or, should I say, I watch – and he reads articles on his iPad. A few nights ago, he complained that he couldn’t find a news story he saw earlier in the day, but didn’t have time to read. Cursing, frustrated, he searched through his emails unable to find the sender’s email who sent him the article attached. “This really makes me mad,” he uttered.  “I …

App of the Week: Bring Back The Bygone Concerts

Summer is starting, and that means lots of outdoor concerts.  But if you’re like me, you have seen most of your favorite bands perform, and the thought of trekking in the heat and humidity to an amphitheater that seems to be at least a mile from your car is not so appealing anymore.  Been there-done that. But the music, the famous live concerts dating back to the 50s at the Fillmore, the Newport Jazz festival, Tanglewood, the Shrine Auditorium and …

App of the Week: Stop Waiting On Hold, Have ‘Em Call You

Do you hate waiting on hold for a customer service rep to answer the phone?   How about that phone tree navigation system that nearly every company uses?  Don’t you just want to scream “representative” to the recorded voice that isn’t listening? Oh yeah, there’s an app for that too. It’s called fastcustomer.com. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire and Chrome.  As long as you have an internet connection and a phone, you are in business. …