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,[2] a smartphone usually allows the user to install and run more advanced applications. (Source: Wikipedia)

The real seniors will be responsible for themselves

What do we mean by senior? Well, it depends on where you stand and what you are reading. Seen through the Google Glassy lens of young adults, it’s everyone aged 50+, that is, the AARP market demographic, who might be considered a senior. Or perhaps it is age 65, when Medicare eligibility and public transit discounts appear. Age 65 is also the statistical baseline for longevity projections – 20 more years of life expectancy, with one in four projected to live past 90. Now mull over a new Pew global survey about attitudes on aging -- the US stood out as "one of very few countries where a large plurality of the public believes individuals are primarily responsible for their own well-being in old age." Consider that point and read on. >>> Read more . . .

Device upgrades -- the invasion of the body snatchers

Unable to leave well enough alone – it’s UPGRADE time! Rant on. Perhaps you were one of those who just encountered Samsung/Verizon's pushed Android 4.3 – charmingly tagged 'Jelly Bean' --last week? You stared at the message 'Accept Upgrade Now' and murmured to yourself, how bad can it be? Ah, stupid. Multiple problems. Should have read the forums – something your average consumer does not do. If you did, it would not be reassuring, believe me. Verizon – the only direct and very well-paid participant in this fiasco -- reacted with their usual aplomb: Maybe the customer will shut up if we just send them another phone.  >>> Read more . . .

Smartphones get more sophisticated, but their owners do not

Not limited to seniors -- users often wind up just using the phones as expensive cameras that can make calls.

01/16/2014

What secrets your phone is sharing about you

That is not a question -- the answer is: far too many the minute you enable WiFi outside your home.

01/14/2014

Ten CES technologies that could be useful to older adults

Last year, CES in Pajamas, this year CES from the kitchen.  Everyone who is anyone in the tech world wants to be at CES…well, almost everyone. Remember a 2012 health tech article called CES in Pajamas? Check out TelecareAware's analysis of write-ups in The CES of Health or MDDI's note about Aging in Place. And this year, the Forbes article, I, Robot Journalist: Beaming into CES 2014 was a great use of the Beam (from Suitable Technologies) telepresence device, "a motorized stand that looks like an iPad glued to a Segway." The Forbes writer 'wanders' around the International CES show and sort-of elbows her robotic way around to view various booths. The CEO of Suitable Technologies wants to see 10,000 Beams at CES 2015.  Let’s try to imagine that scene -- I bet CES introduces a Beam registration limit to minimize violence on the show floor. (Seriously, Yyou read it here first.) >>> Read more . . .

GREATCALL LINK SUPPORTS FAMILY CAREGIVERS IN ENABLING INDEPENDENCE

01/07/2014

LAS VEGAS, BOOTH 25521, SOUTH HALL 2, LVCC (January 7, 2014) – GreatCall Inc., the leader in providing solutions that enable independence for aging consumers and their family caregivers, today announced the launch of GreatCall Link.  The smartphone app seamlessly connects GreatCall’s health and safety products with family caregivers, extending their ability to provide needed support. >>> Read more . . .

OOMA® GIVES FAMILIES PEACE OF MIND WITH NEW SAFETY PHONE

01/07/2014

CES, LAS VEGAS – Jan. 7, 2014Ooma®, Inc., the leader in smart home and business communication systems, introduces the Ooma Safety Phone, a new wearable phone that allows users to call for help during home emergency situations. This two-way communication device connects to the Ooma Telo and features two programmable speed-dial buttons that can be used to instantly call 911 emergency services and family members.  >>> Read more . . .

Making ease of use the default for new product design

Do designers of new products seriously consider ease of use?  As the December buying frenzy fizzles, we are often reminded that 70% of the US economy is driven by consumer spending. We are not reminded too often about the Longevity Economy -- that 90+ million people are 50+, have most of the money, own most of the homes and cars, and thus buy the most of everything, including technology. And even the growth of social media shifts older - the fastest growing segment of Facebook users are aged 65+, Facebook has apparently saturated and/or bored teenager segments who have moved on, at least for now, to other stuff. So as some of you head off to CES exhibit halls this coming week, please consider the product user interface of what you see. Look at the TV, 'white hot' wearables, fitness devices, car tech, the ironically-titled not-so-smart phones, tablets, the health apps that apparently will eclipse the TVs.  Count the demos you see of products you could characterize as simple, elegant, easy-to-use designs for all ages, including those who need to put on their reading glasses to read the manual or the 70% of adults who suffer eye strain peering at their devices.   >>> Read more . . .

EasyTechGuides launches visual iPhone and iPad guides for seniors

12/24/2013

Intuitive manuals for new technologies were seemingly fictional until the launch of a new startup venture EasyTechGuides this past week. The company’s founder, Richard Donegan, aims to empower seniors with technology by creating visually intuitive guides for emerging devices and softwares. >>> Read more . . .

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