Technology

Games for the 50+: Strengthening Friendships

Posted on 04/15/2013 by | Home & Family blogger | Comments

Home & FamilyIn my last blog post, I described a very large study of 32,000 users of the free online multiplayer game, Wizard101. The study found that not only were the Wizard101 subscribers over 50 playing more every week compared to younger users, but that they also reported social benefits from playing the game, including the ability to make new friends and stay connected to old friends. The virtual world aspect of Wizard101 and similar games provide participants with an opportunity to …

Computer Geeks Make Money. Literally. What You Need to Know

Posted on 04/11/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsNobody knows exactly who they are. But a group of computer geeks have created a virtual currency called “Bitcoins” that’s got everybody from the FBI to international bankers to the news media talking. Bitcoins are money that flows on the Internet — money that’s not backed by gold or governments. But it does buy things — like cars, pizza and guns. Starting from zero about four years ago, the Bitcoin economy was said to be worth about $2 billion earlier …

AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center Just Went Mobile

Posted on 04/9/2013 by | Home & Family blogger | Comments

Caregiving | TechnologyCaring for yourself, your parents or a loved one just a whole lot easier. We’ve put our Caregiving Resource Center from our website into our AARP iPad app so you can have all the housing options, legal and respite care information you need at your fingertips. Join the discussion: Caregivers — Challenges and Advice How do you get it? Easy! Grab your iPad and click here>> App Store for AARP. Download (psst, it’s FREE!). The first square you see in the …

Games for the 50+: Benefits Include Socialization, Activity

Posted on 04/8/2013 by | Home & Family blogger | Comments

Home & FamilyAt a conference last year, several of us at AARP had the chance to hear about the ways in which the 50-plus and those not quite 50 find benefits in playing online multiplayer games.  There are several parts of that last statement that tend to elicit pushback from others — first, many believe online multiplayer video games are played by teens or young millennial men.  Second, the idea of a multiplayer video game may elicit images of violent games which …

The New Facebook Phone: Like? Comment? Share?

Posted on 04/5/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyThe new Facebook phone is coming. It’s called “HTC First” and you can get it next week. But you don’t have to have this $99 phone if all you really want is the new Facebook phone experience. A new software suite, called Facebook Home, also available next week, can turn your Android phone (only certain models for now, but all Androids and even tablets soon) into a Facebook phone. So — should you get one? Like — The Facebook Phone …

Digifit: An Integrated Exercise App

Posted on 04/4/2013 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyI’m hooked on health and fitness digital devices. I’ve become a fitness gadget slave in my quest to burn the most calories possible during daily exercise and now, with the Digifit App, all my stats are in one place. I’m in love. Digifit has rocked my workout world. The free app works on the Android and iPhone and does all the basics like track your workouts, record times and analyze results. But the real wonders come when you pay $7.99 …