smartphones

40,000 Health Apps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted on 06/19/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyChristine Porter is hooked on the My Fitness Pal app. In October, after deciding to lose 50 pounds, Porter started typing in everything she eats, drinks and any exercise she gets. “This is like my main page here,” says Porter, who lost 42 pounds in nine months. “It’s telling me I have about 1,200 calories remaining for the day. When I want to record something I just click the ‘add to diary’ button. I’m on it all day either through my …

Could a Smartphone Save Your Life?

Posted on 06/17/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyBy Elizabeth Stawicki, Minnesota Public Radio, Kaiser Health News It’s one of those unhappy holiday surprises — a visiting family member gets sick. That happened to Dr. Farzad Mostashari last Thanksgiving. “My dad comes downstairs and he has acute pain in his eye where he had cataract surgery. And I said, ‘What’s the matter, what’s the story?’” recalled Mostashari, who lives in Bethesda, Md. “And he said, ‘Well, I think they put the wrong lens in my eye, I’d gone …

Are Ageist Smartphone Commercials a Dumb Move?

Posted on 05/20/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyIf you watch TV, by now you’ve probably seen the pool-party commercial for the new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. The spot shows hip college-age revelers befuddling their iPhone-using elders with all of the phone’s flashy technology — such as the AirView feature that allows users to answer the phone by sweeping their fingers over the screen without actually touching it, a camera mode that allows them to take rapid-fire pictures of moving objects and an app that transforms the phone …

Newt Gingrich Asks: Just What Is That Thing in Your Pocket?

Posted on 05/13/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyNewt Gingrich is turning his attention from outer space to your mobile phone. In a video uploaded to YouTube by the team at Gingrich Productions (no joke) just last week, the former House speaker and presidential candidate announces a contest of sorts to name that phone/camera/web-surfing thingy you carry around and to celebrate its vast potential to change the world. Smartphone? He doesn’t mention the word. Up until recently, he’s been partial to “handheld personal computer.” Or maybe he’s smart …

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 …

AARP and Senior TechRALLY a Perfect Match

Posted on 10/12/2012 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

TechnologyHappy FRIDAY!  Jenn here from the AARP Illinois Communications Team. This week I’m going to tell you about one of the most fun events I’ve ever been a part of in my 6 years at AARP — The Senior TechRALLY™ Senior TechRALLY™ is a full-day workshop on how to use smartphones and tablets, but anyone who attends can tell you that it’s SO MUCH MORE than that! TechRALLY starts off with the absolute basics,  but by the end of the …