smartphones

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

Posted on 07/12/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsDoes 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 …

Smartphones Everywhere! Except…

Posted on 03/1/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyIt’s official. Data from 2011 shows the United States joining a few other countries in majority adoption of smartphones over so-called “feature phones.” What about AARP members? According to new data out this morning from Pew Research, 16% more of American adults 45-54 and 9% more of adults 55-64 now own a smartphone, compared to 18% of the 18-24 year olds. Except… only 2% more of those over 65 have a smartphone. Have you made the switch? If not, what’s holding …

Texting During Surgery?! The Risks of ‘Distracted Doctoring’

Posted on 12/15/2011 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTo help prevent medical errors and give doctors and nurses speedy access to patient records, doctors’ offices and hospitals are using more portable computers and smartphones. It’s a good idea, with many benefits, but there’s also been an unexpected downside, reports the New York Times: A state of “distracted doctoring,” in which surgeons have made personal calls during an operation, a nurse has used her phone to check airfares during surgery, and half of technicians running heart bypass machines have …

The Takeaway: Debt Talks Cont’d.; Heat Wave

Posted on 07/12/2011 by |The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayStill far apart: Despite a looming deadline and mounting pressure to “get it done,” President Obama yesterday said he was not interested in any temporary “stopgap” solution to the debt ceiling problem.”That is just not an acceptable approach. So we might as well do it now. Pull off the Band-Aid.” Although the president wouldn’t get into specifics, it was clear that Social Security reforms are still on the bargaining table. … What happens if Congress fails to raise the debt …

Add to Your Retirement Stash, or Buy Now…How About an App for That?

Posted on 06/8/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsYou’ve been saving for that new flat screen TV. Wise consumer that you are, comparing prices is a given. Now for a new twist on shopping around: what if you kept your current TV, took the cash you had planned to spend on the flat screen, and put it in your 401(k) instead?

America Wants the News

Posted on 09/13/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

TechnologyHere’s an article worth reading today from USAToday.com on a recent Pew study about how much time consumers are spending on news these days. (The fact that I got this story perusing USA Today’s website just furthers the point of the study!) The article and study say that consumers are consistently increasing their use of technology to get their news, and consequently are spending more time learning about what’s going on in the world. According to the survey, Americans are …