Technology

Fitness technology no longer sits on your laptop, tablet or phone.  Now it’s even…something you wear, thanks to wearable fitness technology gadgets. On a recent morning, Malvina Abbott, 78, a public defender in San Diego, was in her apartment catching up on emails, and the time got away from her. That’s when her Galaxy smart
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What does it take to get decent internet service?   It took $10,000 for Aaron Epstein, a 90-year-old man in North Hollywood, California.  He was so frustrated with his slow AT&T internet service that he spent $10,000 on newspaper ads telling the company’s CEO to do a better job.     Money talked.  AT&T sent out workers right
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Some 15 years ago this month, Jack Dorsey and three others birthed a new information channel. Here’s Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet: And the world has never been the same since. (BTW, that Tweet recently sold at auction.  Guess for how much? *Answer below.) Twitter has become such an integral part of our lives
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For many people, taking part in clinical trials or research studies can be a way to help advance science or cures, get free medical tests, and make some cash on the side. The race to find an effective COVID-19 treatment and vaccine increased the number of research studies.  However, a recent report from the FTC,
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As cable prices have skyrocketed you may have decided it’s time to “cut the cord.”  Before you cancel your cable service read this Consumer Reports  article  to help you decide if cord cutting is right for you. Once you make the decision, you’ll still have to for pay for high speed Internet to get streaming
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I finally got my Coronavirus vaccination. The card indicating that has a place of honor on the fridge, plus several pix in my phone.  And a Xerox copy in my files. And in my wallet. Considering how much trouble I went through to get it, it’s worth making sure it’s not going astray. I spent
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We’re all dependent on Zoom these pandemic days–for our social lives, family visits, clubs, business meetings, community meetings and just about everything else. One reason Zoom took over the video chat app field so fast is that it’s so easy—one click and you’re in.  But that ease of use comes (or did until recently) with
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We all worry about online security these days because so much of our lives are conducted on the internet.  The war between hackers and security experts is ongoing, with no one side declaring victory yet.  Luckily, we consumers have some smart security wonks on our side and they came up with a simple, almost foolproof,
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 Data Privacy Day, marked annually on January 28, is the cyber world’s call to arms about protecting the privacy of personal information online (learn more here).  Here’s some information from the Federal Trade Commission on a popular solution to data privacy.  You probably know by now that using your mobile device on the public Wi-Fi
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Getting organized has become trendy during these stuck-at-home pandemic days.  People are busy going through closets and drawers to toss the junk.   But how about your phone and computer? Chances are those have collected lots of junk as well. Here’s how to make 2021 the year you put your electronic house in order.  Clean
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The GIF (or Graphics Interchange Format) is an image file made of several related pictures (the branch image below is made of 23 pictures) layered in an endless loop.  However you pronounce it (like the peanut butter or with a hard ‘g” – the debate still rages!) they can be a magical addition to an
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What would you do if you were told you couldn’t use cash? A year ago, Senior Planet member Lawrence Lucido (aka “Cousin Larry”) was told that he must pay someone without cash – and thus started his journey learning about Person-to-Person (P2P) payments. “I had never heard of Person-to-Person payments, but early last spring my
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Life during quarantine made virtual socializing more important than ever, and few resources are as valuable as Facebook…until recently. If you hate the new Facebook you’re not alone. It’s been optimized for phones and tablets – great for some of us – but on a computer it’s very confusing. There so much more white space, which
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A recent study indicates that Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted the U.S. in ways beyond health and wellness. According to a Financial Literacy and Interpersonal Payment Behavior Survey published by P2P service Zelle®, distancing and life during lockdowns and quarantines have revealed some commonalities – and some disparities – across four different generations. The online survey
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I went shopping for a few items this week.  I couldn’t read the fine print of product ingredients and directions because I left my electron microscope at home.  To the rest of the world, perhaps, the print is readable but to my 65 year old eyes, I needed a magnifying glass to supplement my readers.
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WiFi hotspots sound like the perfect solution to accessing the Internet in public, especially if you have limited data or poor mobile service. Many mobile carriers offer hotspots, or maybe you use public WiFi at the airport, a favorite coffee shop, or even your dentist. Some carriers will also automatically connect you to public hotspots,
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