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Teen Scores Selfie With Warren Buffett, Paul McCartney

Posted on 07/14/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentIt comes as no surprise these days when teenagers are unfamiliar with names like Paul McCartney or Warren Buffett. But on July 13, 16-year-old Tom White knew just what to do when he spotted two of the world’s most famous people: he snapped a selfie with both of them. Moments later, his friend, who goes by @LukeKoesters, posted the photo to his Twitter account. White also posted the selfie to his Twitter and Instragram accounts. Best picture of the night with …

Do You Use Social Media to Snoop on Your Kids?

Posted on 06/17/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilySome parents have battled over technology use with their children since grammar school. First came the debate on what age to allow their own cellphones. Then we moved on to laptops in the bedroom, limiting computer time, blocking certain websites. Then texting during meals and conversations. Now we move on to social media, the alternate universe where young adults typically spend more than three hours daily on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, among other apps. >> Sign up for the AARP …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 06/4/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. An art project regrew Vincent van Gogh’s ear. (Learn more at The Verge) 2. Learning a second language can help make you smarter. (Learn more at AARP) 3. New 3-D printed foods look good, taste good and melt in your mouth. (Learn more at Engadget) >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter  4. Latabe the elephant took the world’s very first “elfie,” a.k.a. an elephant selfie. (Learn more at Huffington Post) 5. Elmers are, …

ID Theft in the Afterlife

Posted on 05/9/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsTo protect against identity theft, you should never share too much about yourself on social media. But once you die, those accounts can pose new problems – beyond the heartbreaking reminders that come with “friend” requests made from the deceased, often through automated programs or a hacker’s ingenuity. Each year, the identities of some 2.5 million deceased Americans are used to fraudulently open credit card accounts, apply for loans, or get cellphone or other services. Each day roughly 2,200 dead people …

Helping 50+ Americans Master Personal Technology

Posted on 05/8/2014 by |General News | Comments

TechnologyAt 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 …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 04/9/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. The venerable teenager Archie Andrews of comic book fame will die a heroic death. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Exercise helps aging brains grow bigger. (Learn more at The Atlantic) 3. Former Taco Bell interns claim the $1 billion idea now marketed as the Doritos Locos Taco was theirs nearly 20 years ago, and they have pictures to prove it.  (Learn more at Huffington Post)   Good ideas can come from anyone. Taco Bell …