The COVID-19 Vaccine PassPort Conversation

Vaccination proof for travel outside the USA is not a new requirement. However, since there are people who object to vaccination requirements, I am curious enough to ask “what is the down-side?” On the other hand, what are your thoughts on having travelers arrive in the USA who have no “proof” of negative response to the COVID-19 infection with them? I wonder whether that works for us in the USA healthwise.
For your information, some businesses are already accepting the New York – Excelsior Pass, which is “digital” proof of vaccination and “virus-tested” passport. In fact, Madison Square Garden used it recently to allow admission. Is it disconcerting to you when businesses use this option as a way of assuring their clients/customers that some attempt at protecting them from COVID-19 infection has been made?

At this writing, New York is, to my knowledge, the first US State to have a “digital” version of vaccination proof, which can be accessed on a mobile device. The Excelsior Pass is valid for 180 days after the final dose of the vaccine. When it expires, a new Pass can be activated. The COVID-19 PCR Test pass is valid until midnight on the third day after a test. After it expires – it can still be seen on your device in a dimmed format.

I am pleased to report, that I was able to download the free Excelsior App to my iPhone. After scanning the QR (Quick Response) code that is assigned once a vaccine or test is given, I was able to retrieve my information onto my mobile phone. As a result, I have “digital” proof of my vaccine history and a recent COVID-19 PCR Test. I do not have to print out a copy of my credentials. All I have to do is provide a photo ID.

If you want to, you can also use Excelsior Pass at the website, and print a paper pass without using the mobile app. Read more about it at this link: NY State Excelsior Pass

Library Service In Pandemic Times

The Pandemic has changed how we use certain facilities and their services; for many of us these changes can be challenging. For example, to acquire books from New York Public Libraries, they have a “Grab & Go…” service. You can learn more about these services at the link below:
How to Grab & Go at The New York Public Library | The New York Public Library (nypl.org)

Technology can help us manage difficult situations when we have to acquire information. I am pleased to share with you a digital APP that can help you acquire books from the library using your computer. You do not have to be in New York to access library services using “grab & go”. Take a look at this free APP when you get a chance.

Hoopla – is a Free Digital Media Service (DMS) offered by your local public library. You can borrow ebooks, music, audio books, movies and more. You can download to your computer, phones or tablets. I assure you, it is worth your time to investigate.
hoopla | streaming audiobooks, music, video & ebooks (hoopladigital.com)

Find the Hoopla App for your Smartphone at the links below:
Android:hoopla Digital – Apps on Google Play
iPhone:‎hoopla Digital on the App Store (apple.com)

SimplyE is a Free New York Public Library APP, which has e-books and audiobooks.
Android: Get Started with SimplyE for Android | The New York Public Library (nypl.org)
iPhone: ‎SimplyE on the App Store (apple.com)

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Apps for Breast Cancer

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I am always looking for technology that helps us to lead our lives a bit more stress less in ways that we may not have thought of, especially during this challenging time of Covid19. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Keeping that in mind, I was fortunate enough to learn about these Breast Cancer Apps, many of which are Free. I am eager to share them with you.

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Phone Charger Recommendations

Recently, I have been challenged with the phone chargers I use.  They are either not working, or they need charging before I can charge my phone! Yikes! So I looked for some suggestions about which chargers are the best.  I found this article on Lifewire.com, a website I use for tech product information.  I thought I would share it with you as well.  Click on the link below.  Enjoy your summer!

https://www.lifewire.com/best-wireless-phone-chargers-4138571

 

Budgetwise Smart Phone – Pixel 3A

Those of you who are looking for a new phone will want to read Brian X. Chen’s article about Google’s Pixel 3A, which apparently is the latest and greatest ‘reasonably priced’ smartphone.  Yes!  According to Brian X. Chen, Tech Fix, New York Times article, this is a phone worth looking at. Cost $400.00 – half the price of Google’s other phones. It is being introduced for those of us not wanting to pay $1,000 – $2,000 for a phone.  Here are some of the features Chen is impressed with.

♦ Camera features from the Pixel phone are also available in the Pixel 3A.  For example, Night Sight – where photos taken in low light look normal without the use of a flash.

♦ Pixel 3A shoots images with portrait mode – This puts the main subject in sharp focus while blurring the background.

♦ Includes a headphone jack.

There are trade-offs:  missing support for wireless charging, lack of waterproofing.  Slightly slower, less accurate colors.

Brian Chen’s article is much more thorough.  You can read the full review by clicking the link below.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/technology/personaltech/pixel-3a.html

 

 

Transitioning Tech4Boomers

Greetings to all of my Tech4Boomers followers.  For the past nine years, I have worked toward bringing you technology information that provides you with a better understanding of the equipment, information, and your continuing participation let’s me know that we have had at least some success with technology challenges we face and require skills to use.

This month  tech4boomers will transition the type of information that is posted on the blog.  More and more, the onslaught of information overload forces us to consider using technology to help us with our personal challenges.  In the future, I’ll look for ways to use technology that can give us the opportunity to explore ways, such as, to relieve stress, play games, get fit, and be mindful of the time we are spending on our gadgets.  Often, the recommendations will lead you to a link of apps that may help with various issues. I am continuing to work so that it will be useful for you.

 

Click the Link Below for the Best Anxiety Apps of 2018

https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/top-iphone-android-apps