Beacon Links & Apps – October 2019

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: October 07, 2019

Apps Medicare coverage app Does Medicare cover that? The feds have a new app to help determine what your costs will be. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “has launched a new ‘What’s Covered’ app that lets people with Original Medicare, caregivers and others use their mobile device to check whether Medicare covers a specific medical item or service,” according to... READ MORE

Beacon celebrates 20th year of 50+Expos

By: The Beacon
Posted on: September 10, 2019

For the past 20 years, the Beacon newspaper has been providing free community education events every fall for readers and their families. Known as the 50+Expos, they are held in both suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia for the convenience of residents throughout the metro area. Between the two events, more than 100 informative exhibitors will provide giveaways and helpful... READ MORE

UPS to add pickup spots at many stores

By:  Anne D’Innocenzio
Posted on: September 09, 2019

United Parcel Service Inc. is responding to the growth in online shopping and pressures for speedy delivery by seeking to expand its drone deliveries and adding thousands of new spots where customers can pick up and return packages. The Atlanta-based package delivery giant recently announced it is adding 12,000 new package pickup locations inside CVS pharmacies, and Michaels Co. and... READ MORE

How to outsmart smartphone scammers

By: Sean Pyles
Posted on: September 03, 2019

Your smartphone is your confidante, your hand-held connection to the world — and one of your biggest vulnerabilities. Scammers can take advantage of day-to-day tasks that seem innocuous, such as checking a bank balance or charging a phone at a public USB port, to exploit personal information for their profit. To keep that data safe, start by understanding the threats. Your phone has ... READ MORE

Tech startup aims to bring surveys to life

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: August 29, 2019

Allan Horlick enjoyed a whirlwind career as a television producer that had taken him from managing the NBC television station in Washington, D.C., to launching CNBC and NBC Asia from Hong Kong, and then serving as president of CNBC and NBC Europe, based in London. When he turned 50, he decided to retire from all that, and return to America to golf his days away in Florida. “I did... READ MORE

Tracking app aims to help users feel safe

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: August 08, 2019

It can be difficult for older adults to continue living on their own if their family members are constantly worried about them. Now there’s an app specifically designed to provide peace of mind to independent older adults and their loved ones: Safe365. Safe365 is a free, downloadable application for mobile phones that tracks the location of other people in real time. It also can notify ... READ MORE