11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun …  1. Gummi Bears used to have frowns rather than smiles. (Learn more at AARP) 2. The Abominable Snowman, also called the Yeti, may be a hybrid bear that roams the Himalayas. (Learn more at The Telegraph) 3. If 10 percent of vehicles on the road were self-driving, there would be 1,000 fewer traffic deaths each year. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Dogs outfitted with high-tech collars may someday take the place of grannycams. (Learn more at AARP) 5. There’s …

Online at 50-Plus: Good News and Bad

You think you’re tech-savvy but you’re still doing risky things online? You’re not alone. So concludes the first-ever survey by software security firm McAfee that offers insights into the online habits of computer users aged 50-75. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter Key findings after interviews (done online, of course) with 1,258 folks past the half-century mark: *Nearly nine in 10 consider themselves to be equally or more tech-savvy compared to others their age. “Despite this proclaimed comfort level …

WebTV: The Internet Revolution That Wasn’t

  Back in the mid-1990s, when PCs cost thousands of dollars and required a fair amount of technological savvy to set up and operate, WebTV seemed like the next big thing: an easier, cheaper ($300) way to get online and experience the still-newfangled wonders of the World Wide Web. “After spending a couple of weeks using WebTV,” BusinessWeek technology columnist Stephen H. Wildstrom gushed in 1996, “I think we may now have the product that could turn the World Wide Web …

Should Everyone Be Able to Read This Story?

If you’re reading this, you probably have little reason to think about the one in five Americans who, unlike you, have no easy access to the Internet. An ambitious new initiative, called “Everyone On,” aims to close the “digital divide,” but some experts are already complaining that the nonprofit organization driving the campaign, Connect2Compete, has left older people in its rearview mirror. Nobody would say that young people who can’t afford computers or don’t have tech-savvy parents shouldn’t be given every …