Helping 50+ Americans Master Personal Technology

At the bustling convention center in downtown Boston, a lot of people seem eager to learn as much as they can about personal technology. In one area of the cavernous hall, a speaker tells a rapt audience about the various apps that can be used for entertainment, from listening to music and watching TV shows to buying movie tickets and making dinner reservations. In another part of the pavilion, a teacher instructs the crowd seated at long tables about the basics …

Why Is Facebook Messing With How We Text?

If you’re on Facebook, you probably text with friends who are also logged in, as you go about scanning the news and pictures in your feed. On a desktop computer or iPad, nothing much about messaging will change for you in the coming weeks. But on mobile, Facebook has a plan you should know about. Messaging is being removed from the main Facebook Mobile app on Apple iPhone and Android phones, and will be handled by a standalone application called …

7 Things You Might Not Know About the Web on Its 25th Birthday

The plan for what became the “World Wide Web” was laid out in a memo by Tim Berners-Lee on March 12, 1989, to his boss at CERN, a European research laboratory. He wanted to solve a very basic organizational problem: As scientists came and went at the lab, their institutional knowledge was in danger of disappearing. His solution: use “hypertext” to easily toggle back and forth between files housed on computers in different locations. If you click on the blue, …

Community Digs Deep for Superfast Broadband

Frustration with sluggish, expensive or unavailable broadband has prompted a growing number of communities to find other options. Some 89 cities and towns in the U.S. have launched their own fiber-to-the-home networks, which many experts say is the fastest and most reliable way to access the Internet. The result: Places such as Chattanooga, Tenn., Bristol, Va., and Lafayette, La., now offer Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second,  or about 100 times faster than today’s average broadband speeds. …

5 Highlights of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

Two million square feet of display space. Two giant halls (and some satellite venues) with 3,200 exhibitors hawking their high-tech wares. This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is overwhelming, even for regulars. (CES runs Jan. 7-10) But a group of 50 explorers organized by the AARP Nevada office set out Jan. 7 with a very focused approach to the show. They were looking for gadgets, apps and products of particular interest to people over 50. Three of the …

5 Best AARP Research Infographics of 2013

The end of the year & beginning of a new year is the time when everyone makes their “lists,” so here’s mine. 2013 was the year of the infographics for AARP Research. Infographics allow us to succinctly communicate important facts as well as tell an overall data story in a visual manner. We learned, like many others, that visual images get more attention than text as the brain can process the visual faster. Of the 48 infographics AARP Research has …