The Night My Smartphone Was Stolen

by Marlene Fanta Shyer I was waiting for the light to change on a corner of Times Square when I felt a jostle. My tote, which I always hold as close as a papoose, was open, but everything inside is always sealed behind zippers. My new smartphone, though, with its red battery protector/charger, was a beacon in its sleeve, just pleading to be snatched. Sure enough, I spun around and there were two teenagers, a boy and a girl, standing there, trying …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Planet Earth has a cousin – Kepler-186f – about 500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus.  (Learn more at The Atlantic) 2. A disorder that causes you to act out your dreams is the best predictor of brain disease, says a new study. (Learn more at AARP) 3. A majority of American adults in all age groups now owns a smartphone. (Learn more at Time) 4. Colorado boomers are the best educated; Maryland’s boomers …

Your Gut: There’s No Travel App for That!

Here’s some good news for the tech-challenged! No matter how many travel apps you have on your smartphone, they can’t replace the kind of serendipity you’ll find when you follow your gut. I’m not saying that a good app doesn’t come in handy, especially for navigating through those last-minute travel disruptions that seem so commonplace these days. For example, I always download the app of the airline I’m traveling with so I can easily rebook cancelled or delayed flights. HotelTonight …

How Smart Phone Apps Help Doctors Track Your Health

By Daniela Hernandez, Kaiser Health News Staff Writer, produced in collaboration with Wired Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, knows when his patients’ hearts are racing or their blood pressure is on the rise, even if they’re sitting at home. With high-risk patients hooked up to “personal data trackers” – a portable electrocardiogram built into a smartphone case, for instance – he and his researchers can track the ups and downs of patients’ conditions as they …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1.  Antler makeovers are saving the lives of reindeer in Finland. (Learn more at NBC News) 2. Eating yogurt and avoiding fatty or sugary snacks could cut a diabetes risk nearly in half. (Learn more at AARP) 3. When man and his canine best friend hear emotion in a voice, they respond in similar ways. (Learn more at Daily Mail) 4. Joe Newman is vying to become the oldest U.S. congressman by more than a …

6 Mobile Apps to Help You Get Organized

Getting more organized and living healthier are classic New Year’s resolutions.  If you’re like me, you need all the help you can get. Here are six mobile apps that can help. While they aren’t marketed specifically to the 50+ audience, I’ve found reasons they can make our lives easier. I use them all regularly. They are free and available on iPhone or Android. To stay organized Manilla–– is a free service that lets you manage and organize your bills and …