Connected Cars: Safety and Fun Are Driving Innovation

News last week that a North Carolina woman died in a head-on car crash while posting selfies and Facebook updates brings home the hope for connected cars.?? More cars connected to the Internet, the argument goes, would help, not distract, drivers. With hands-free, eyes-on-the-road communication and entertainment as the norm, we might hear fewer such horror stories. Related: Top Ten Technologies for Mature Drivers Were definitely moving toward connected cars. The market for hardware, software and apps that connect cars …

iPad + Microsoft Office = ?

Office for iPad is here, includingWord and Excel and PowerPoint, the applications so many of us have grown up with at work. Is this the set of applications that will change how you use your iPad? Cost.You can download the applications separately, and theyre free.Sort of. They’ll let youopen and readdocuments and spreadsheets and presentations. But you cant edit or create documents unless you fork over $99 a year for a subscription to Microsofts Office 365 or pay as …

Bye-Bye Windows XP: What You Need to Know

Planned obsolescence. You expect it with your cellphone and your TV. Youre used to it with your car. But your computer operating system the software that determines what you see on the screen and how you make the hardware work has nearly always allowed you to upgrade and stay connected and productive. Now, if youre among the hundreds of millions of computer users running Windows XP, its the end of the road. After April 8, Microsoft is cutting …

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 theyre sitting at home. With high-risk patients hooked up to personal data trackers?? aportable electrocardiogram built into a smartphone case, for instance he and his researchers can track the ups and downs of patients conditions as they …

Meet the iPad Air … and Its Competition

Everybody knew that Apple would announce its new, lighter, slimmer, faster iPads on Oct. 22. Only the change in name came as a surprise. Welcome the iPad Air. Whether the faster processor, faster graphics, better cameras and sound, improved software, and slimmer-than-ever appearance mean you need this thing is, of course, up to you. Apple makes the case that 475,000 apps give the iPad an unbeatable advantage. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter And, if the 1-pound, 7.5-mm …

Adobe Announces Customer Data Breach

Software manufacturer Adobe says that hackers infiltrated its computer system, gaining access to sensitive information on nearly 3 million customers including names, encrypted credit and debit card numbers and details of past orders. At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems,?? Adobe said in a statement. Hackers also illegally took copies of the source code of some of the companys widely used products, which, according to online security …