June 29, 2007, is when the first iPhone was released. Yes! And, we have not been the same since. For one thing, so many mobile phones have been created/released. Many of us wonder, what did we do before the mobile device revolution. 24 hours a day we can be connected to an Internet universe, live vicariously via YouTube, and various Apps. How can we control being ‘wired’ all the time?
When my son was a youngster I occasionally suggested that he take a ‘time out’ to have him calm down, in the event the behavior he was exhibiting was not desirable. This was not something that was looked on by him as a ‘good’ thing. Flash forward, and it seems that it was not all that bad an idea. There’s a conversation going on about appreciating stillness; savoring moments away from the computer, email, and mobile device madness, which can keep many of us “plugged in” 24 hours a day. Not good!
I searched around to find some tools that could help us, in the event we just can’t tear ourselves away from those cute little toys :). Here is what I found: Moment, which is an iOS app that keeps track of how much you’re using your phone. There is also Moment Family, that allows you to monitor the entire family from your phone. Samsung user can use ‘Thrive Mode‘, which gives you the option of creating at VIP list, which disallows being interrupted by calls and texts from those not on the list. Continue reading
Yes, it seems that this time of year comes faster than we are prepared to believe. However, it’s still not too late to catch some very nice buys.
I searched the www for technology that could be useful as you, those of you who have college kids, and other youngsters who might need resources. Below are links which describe where you can find free, low prices, and other useful technology tools – apps, best laptop deals and much more.
Use this link to find apps that will help you with organizing, research and more.
Back to school APPS
- As you and your kids prepare to head back to the classroom this fall, you’ll want to make sure you are ready for the busy days ahead. Between writing papers, studying for tests, and conducting research, you’ll be looking for tools to make student life easier. Source: The Best Laptops and Tablets for Back to School
When I was a child, my mom used to repeat over and over and over again that ‘nothing is free in this world’. Boy was she right! I started out ‘trying’ to understand how to review and explain steps we can use to ‘protect’ our data from the ‘free’ apps we are all using. In an article which appeared in the New York times about Uber and Unroll me, it appears that data was being collected unbeknownst to its users.
If you are, or have ever been, one of the millions of email users or credit systems users, and your password was compromised, then you already know this is a worthwhile cause for concern. That is to say, we can not have too many suggestions for protecting our passwords and personal information when using technology to apply and store them.
As always I am looking for articles on the www or other places, which I think are important enough to focus on at tech4boomers. Here we are again with yet another consideration regarding Passwords. Such is the case with some of these apps (below), which claim to be our newest answers for helping us with the on-going dilemma of password infiltration.
How can you create strong passwords: strong, and “remember-able” the same time? An article by Kit Eaton discusses extensively the following apps:
- Dashlane – Free for iOS and Android. This app can automatically update passwords, and is compatible with many websites. It also checks if the passwords you create are hacker-resistant. It comes with a built-in browser to protect your banking online. There is an upgrade available for $40/year.
- Keeper – Free for iOS and Android. This app has an automatic generator. You can file your passwords and other information in folders. You can also use your Apple Watch and Android Wear, which lets you login uses these devices.
- Some favorites in this category are: 1PASSWORD, LASTPASS and KEEPASSDROID.
You can read the details at Source: After You Strengthen Your Passwords, Here’s How to Store Them – The New York Times
Nowadays there are many resources available to us via the Internet and APPS, which give Black History information. Below are some that I like.
♦ ORIGINS OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH. The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures. Source: Black History Month – Black History – HISTORY.com
For those of you who like to explore information using APPS these links will lead you to some interesting sources.
- Get fresh and razor-sharp insights on black news and perspectives from The Root. Download The Root Android app to get: *Highlights of the hottest news stories from around the web *Our hand-picked selection of commentary by the top African-American writers *Original features tackling race, politics, society, culture and the day’s most-talked about topics.Source: The Root – Android Apps on Google Play
- Description The Then and Now Series offers an informative look into the lives of 100 people in history. The initial product covers 100 people in Black History.Source: Then and Now Series: Black History on the App Store
The APP phenomenon allows us to be connected socially using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, to name a few. More recently, we can also be connected using politically social apps.
The 2016 presidential race will not only be televised, now you can participate in the social conversation via your smartphone. In addition, you can cast your vote on issues like gun control, healthcare and the environment. There are apps that have a transcript of the US Constitution. Did you know the Library of Congress has a Constitution app, which is free? You can also use an app that takes top political stories and makes them available all in one place. Many of these apps are available free of charge.
Take a moment to check out the links below, then review the article for detailed information.
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- Library of Congress APPs: http://www.loc.gov/apps/
- Brigade: iTunes app
- Polito-Mix: Android
- Polito-Mix: iTunes app
I hope this is helpful 🙂
Happy New Year!
How many of us vowed last year that we would not get caught again without Anti-virus protection?! If you haven’t already, now is the time to make it your mission to get that show on the road. Below you will find a link to free anti-virus software suggestions. In addition there are reviews of various anti-virus products you can select for your personal needs. No more excuses. Don’t get caught without this type of protection. Save yourself from this nightmare. Continue reading
♦ It’s a challenge just keeping up with all the new things happening with technology. Therefore, my mission is to bring those technews items that could be useful not only for BabyBoomers, but interesting for those who have a Smartphone, tablet, or curiosity in ‘what’s happening with tech’ :). Continue reading
Every now and then Tech4Boomers likes to take a break from presenting just one aspect of technology. Everywhere we look today we glimpse, and hear of, a new idea: Microsoft Word, new Apps, and various ways to protect ourselves on-line are constantly being created. This makes it very hard to keep up-to-date. This post brings some things, which we think could be useful to know. Continue reading
Ok BabyBoomers, this question is for you🙂 :
What did you do the last time you parked your car, and when you went to pick it up you could not remember where to look for the car? Did the BabyBoomer friends you were having all that fun with recall where you parked the car? Continue reading