Could a Smartphone Save Your Life?

By 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?

If 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?

Newt 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?

There’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

Happy 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 TechRALLYâ„¢ Senior TechRALLYâ„¢ 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 …

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 …