Getting up to speed on tech

By: Carol Sorgen

Can’t get to your granddaughter’s ballet recital in person? Wonder what happened to your best friend from high school? Want to start your Christmas shopping?It’s all there waiting for you, thanks to the world of technology.“If you can think of it, it will be on your iPad,” said Cathy Milando, 77, a Perry Hall resident. Thanks to technology classes offered at... READ MORE

Voice-activated assistants do your bidding

By: Mae Anderson

Does your home really need a “smart speaker” that can answer questions, call you an Uber, turn off the lights, or play music when you ask? You may be about to find out.Two years ago, Amazon introduced the Amazon Echo, an unassuming, $180 cylinder that sits atop a kitchen counter or bookshelf, acting as a personal assistant that listens to you and does your bidding.Initially, the ... READ MORE

Get serious to protect against identity theft

By: Anya Kamenetz

Having someone else pretend to be you is now something that has probably happened to you or to someone you know. And it’s not as fun as it sounds.According to Bankrate, a financial website, 41 million U.S. adults have now had their identities stolen, and another 49 million know someone who has.Having your credit card used without your permission is the commonest, and in some ways the... READ MORE

Tech lets you play with your pet from afar

By: Terence Chea

Technology isn’t just for humans anymore. It’s also for their furry friends.In Silicon Valley and beyond, a growing number of startups are selling devices to keep pets safe, healthy, entertained and connected when their owners are away.“Pet tech” entrepreneurs and investors see a big opportunity as pet ownership grows and owners show a willingness to spend serious... READ MORE

Cool tech toys for the kid in your life

By: Bree Fowler

Over the years, toys have gotten more high-tech to keep screen-obsessed children engaged. But there’s growing worry among parents and educators that toys are moving too far in that direction.Now, educational toys that have a math and science bent — marketed under the umbrella of STEM — are trying to get back to the basics: less screen time, more hands-on activities.Here... READ MORE

Technology that simplifies money tasks

By: Liz Weston

Think about how difficult it was to clean a house 100 years ago, or make a phone call, or travel across the country.Tasks that were routine then — like, say, beating a rug to clean it — have all but disappeared.Likewise, technology has obliterated or automated a lot of the money tasks that were once mandatory for people who wanted to be responsible with their finances.If you do... READ MORE