Apple Watch may help ID heart problem

By: Lauran Neergaard
Posted on: August 01, 2019

A study suggests the Apple Watch can detect a worrisome irregular heartbeat at least sometimes — but experts say more work is needed to tell if using wearable technology to screen for heart problems really helps. More than 419,000 Apple Watch users signed up for the unusual study, making it the largest ever to explore screening seemingly healthy people for atrial fibrillation, a... READ MORE

Identify fake news; don’t send it to others

By: Jim Miller
Posted on: July 30, 2019

Q. I recently read that older adults are the number one purveyor of fake news on the Internet. Is this true, or is it fake news, too? If it’s true, how can we go about spotting fake news? A. Yes, it’s true. According to a recent study published in the journal Science Advances, people 65 and older are almost four times more likely to share fake news on social media than younger... READ MORE

More new cars can monitor their drivers

By: Tom Krisher
Posted on: July 11, 2019

Would you pay more for a car or SUV that warns you if you’re falling asleep or not paying attention behind the wheel? Auto companies are figuring that, because your life could depend on it, you will. As safety features such as automatic emergency braking and lane-centering make their way from luxury vehicles down to lower-cost rides for the masses, distracted driver alert systems are... READ MORE

Find a laptop that fits you and your needs

By: Kaitlin Pitsker
Posted on: July 05, 2019

For all the convenience and computing power that smartphones and tablets offer, sometimes a full-fledged computer is still the best tool for completing tasks at home or even on the go. Today’s laptops typically have faster processing speeds, more storage capacity and longer battery life than their recent predecessors. Many have also taken cues from tablets to become more versatile,... READ MORE

Share your passwords with your spouse

By: Janet Bodnar
Posted on: July 01, 2019

About a year ago, my friend Susie’s husband of 46 years died unexpectedly. John, a dedicated techie, left Susie with wonderful memories, an estate to settle, and a technology nightmare: an Apple computer, four iPads, four iPhones, a stack of hard drives — and no passwords. That left her unable to get access to critical information (think tax records) and accounts in his name that... READ MORE

Technology changes family doctor role

By: Tom Murphy
Posted on: June 05, 2019

Lisa Love hasn’t seen her doctor of 25 years since she discovered telemedicine, which lets her communicate remotely with a physician through her computer or phone. Love tried such virtual visits last summer for help with a skin irritation and returned for another minor problem. Now she doesn’t feel a pressing need to seek care the old-fashioned way, especially since she also gets... READ MORE