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

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

Walmart using AI to watch the store

By Anne D’Innocenzio
Posted on May 28, 2019

Inside one of Walmart’s busiest Neighborhood Market grocery stores, in Levittown, N.Y., high-resolution cameras suspended from the ceiling point to a table of bananas. They can tell how ripe the bananas are from their color. When a banana starts to bruise, the cameras send an alert to a worker. Normally, that task would have relied on the subjective assessment of a human, who likely... READ MORE