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The Unwiring of America

Posted on 07/12/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyFour or five years ago, some time after I decided to bite the technological bullet and get fiber-optic broadband phone and Internet service at home, I gave up my “analog” — copper wire — telephone line. I almost immediately regretted my decision. During our first extended power outage — and where I live, we typically have several of them a year — we lost phone service. In the pre-digital days we could call others — starting with our electric company …

Who Supports NSA Surveillance and Who Doesn’t

Posted on 06/12/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAmericans of different ages don’t agree about government surveillance of their telephone and online communications, two new polls show. When it comes to the National Security Agency’s collecting and analyzing Americans’ phone records, 56 percent of adults of all ages support the idea. Those 50 to 64 are right in line with their younger counterparts, but those 65 and older are slightly more likely (61 percent) to support the idea. That’s according to a poll from the Pew Research Center …

Why Aren’t Older Adults Buying Smartphones?

Posted on 11/1/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyThere’s an app for that – but usage by older adults is stalled.  Boomers and beyond have the spending power, but they aren’t snapping up tablets and smartphones. Pew’s latest smartphone numbers tell the story – smartphone usage has not grown beyond 11% among the 65+.  And tablet ownership, despite many cute stories, has only grown to 13%. Yet you and I both know that that these phones and tablets provide significant utility, from easy access to discounts and savings …