cell phones, smartphones
A mobile phone (also called mobile, cellular telephone, or cell phone) is an electronic device used to make mobile telephone calls across a wide geographic area. Mobile phones are different from cordless telephones, which only offer telephone service within a limited range of a fixed land line, for example within a home or an office.
A smartphone is a mobile phone that offers more advanced computing ability and connectivity than a contemporary feature phone. Smartphones and feature phones may be thought of as handheld computers integrated with a mobile telephone, but while most feature phones are able to run applications based on platforms such as Java ME, a smartphone usually allows the user to install and run more advanced applications. (Source: Wikipedia)
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 16:50
First attempts at identifying location of caller often are inaccurate.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 11/27/2013 - 18:01
This is actually very cool low-cost smartphone plan that switches (on its own) between cellular and WiFi.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 16:04
AMSTERDAM and SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AVG Technologies N.V. (NYSE: AVG), the provider of Internet and mobile security, privacy and optimization to 155 million active users, today announced that Doro AB (DORO.SS) will pre-load its new easy-to-use smartphone with AVG AntiVirus PRO v3.3 for Android(TM) to offer Doro users increased peace of mind. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sun, 11/10/2013 - 11:50
An inquiry about an iPad opens the door – to a maze of twisty passages, all alike. We like to bring our iPad when we visit my 90-year-old mother-in-law. We walk her out of her memory care unit to a quiet living room and my husband shows his mother beautiful images of kittens and cats. As we passed the 40-something concierge at the front desk, she asked us about whether she should get an iPad. This woman does not own a smart phone and has no Internet service in her house -- and apparently no friends to guide her in this process. If you were asked this question and had just a bit more information about her situation, what would you say? >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 11:56
Zilta - the mobile technology for seniors startup - announced today that its Simple Home Screen for Seniors application for Android smartphones and tablet computers has been installed in 170 countries. With active customers across all continents, Zilta’s innovative new mobile application has proved that there is global need for simpler mobile interfaces for older people. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 10:23
Includes mobile platforms used as a medical device -- like an app that use a smartphone to detect abnormal heart rhythms.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sun, 09/22/2013 - 10:59
Isn’t it cool that all of our technology knows us and our location? It’s a widening and wonderful tech world isn’t it? We are blessed with video and the web on our smart phones; social connections all around are endorsing and Linking us In. Best of all we can speak and ask our device stupid questions -- and get specific and even charming location-based answers. Siri, tell me,what is Pi to 500 places? That was easy, but how many miles (kilometers, inches) is it to Miami? How long will it take if I’m walking from where I am standing in Washington, DC? Unlike Trivial Pursuit -- where knowing the answer matters -- with our fabulous devices all you need is the question. And because your phone is on, your starting point is wherever you are RIGHT NOW. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Tue, 09/10/2013 - 10:13
Rounding up the recent technology launches – tech for older adults. Catching up, here are few recent announcements from in-market companies. A brief digression: I get a bit upset when I read about companies in the news that are described as offering "SOLUTIONS" about products that are not ready, products for which they could be taking pre-orders, but basically there is nothing to buy. This is especially unfortunate in the category of PERS, where consumers expect a solution can address a fear of falling and being left alone. It is especially NOT okay for products that target the senior housing industry, where the residents may be very frail, where the companies are very cautious, and the industry is not known for leading with tech of any type, let alone one that is so new that it cannot be purchased. So here are four new offerings – it is my belief/hope that all are available -- preventing a few others from being on the list. Content is from the vendors’ press information: >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 16:57
Two phones in the news today attempt to boost smartphone ownership among seniors. Pew’s most recent smartphone utilization among the 65+ market in the US is still below 20%. There are two new entrants which -- on the surface -- seem unlikely to help. One of them is sold only in Japan and the other crashed during a test published in today's Wall Street Journal. For the former, the New York Times noted that the Fujitsu Raku-Raku ("easy easy") cell phone sold 20 million handsets in Japan over the past decade, with 10 million of them still in use. In partnership with telecom provider Orange, the company will introduce the Fujitsu Stylistic S01 smartphone into France – its first attempt to export outside of Japan -- and so far not available in the US market. This Raku-Raku smartphone handset has features that US manufacturers should adopt – firmer press required to select a dialing digit, brightening the screen for use in sunlight, a button to text GPS coordinates to get help, and (imagine that!) training on how to use the phones. Meanwhile, Doro has sold 4 million of its feature phone senior handsets and will soon offer more smartphones. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 21:39
GreatCall, Inc., a provider of wireless products and services for aging consumers and their families, has announced the launch of the Jitterbug Touch 2, the latest version of GreatCall's original simplified smartphone.
With its custom interface and Android operating system, the Jitterbug Touch 2 is an ideal entry-level smartphone for people looking to transition from a basic feature phone, the Company noted in a release. >>> Read more . . .