tablets and eReaders

includes non-PC-based communication devices, such as tablets, e-Readers

Adobe offers Voice app for videos, storytelling

05/08/2014

If you love hearing yourself talk, Adobe wants to put your voice center stage with a new video app.

Adobe Voice is a free app for iPad that produces short videos based on voice recordings, motion graphics and images. It's based on the idea that speaking is key in storytelling or getting a message across.

Voice is designed to be a social media vehicle that can be used by anyone from students to business people. It's billed as being simpler than shooting and editing a video while having more impact than a slide-show presentation. >>> Read more . . .

Tablet Use for seniors boost brains

Tablets and brain fitness.

07/10/2014

Claris Healthcare announces Claris OneTM – an affordable solution to All-in-one device providing independence for older seniors and peace of mind for families

06/17/2014

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(June 17, 2014) – Claris Healthcare today introduced Claris

OneTM, an easy-to-use countertop device that offers family members the ability to connect with their

aging parents and share the responsibility of caregiving. Claris OneTM is an affordable solution for busy

adults wanting to provide the conveniences of online communication to their older parents without

having to worry about unfamiliar technology. >>> Read more . . .

Join the Tablet and Smartphone World

AARP article about seniors, tablets and smartphones.

06/01/2014

What if palettes of ready-to-run technology became the norm?

Software is smarter – maybe piecemeal hardware will be just a memory. What if devices were marketed just like paint color palettes? You know, those strips of colors that go well together, samples you can easily assemble as examples of how the trim will look with the walls and the color of the doors? What if you had the same experience buying a device in the store or online – and the items that went together were presented as selectable – beyond just memory and storage? >>> Read more . . .

Technology for seniors – many surveys, what can we learn?

There is a survey echo in here.  Rant on. In listening to a presentation yesterday, I was struck by the similarity of the content between what older adults want from technology (now), what an older version of responders told the Linkage Technology Survey of 2011, versus Healthy@Home 2008 versus...pick a survey, any survey. Older adults aged 60 and beyond, including the 75+ age range that previous posts have designated as the Real Senior, want to stay in their own home.  Okay.  They are interested in some technologies that would be enablers. Okay. They perceive those technologies that they do not yet have as possibly too costly. Developers are concerned about building technology into new homes for fear of it becoming obsolete.  In conclusion, older adults appear to be unaware of the technologies that could be enablers for remaining longer in their homes -- and they will not remodel specifically to get them. >>> Read more . . .

AARP TEK program hopes to bridge tech gap

AARP TEK's program to help older adults navigate new hardware, software and social media.

05/05/2014

Training offline seniors to be online

The Internet is crawling with tech training programs. But as the latest Pew study spells out, fewer than half of those aged 75+ are online. Ironically for the half that are not online, bank branches are closing – with the biggest decline in Florida. The explanation?  So say the banks: "mobile and online banking has eliminated the need for branches."  The Bank of America example: 9% of all check deposits in the fourth quarter came from mobile devices. And I wonder what percentage of those check deposits were made by people aged 75+?  Oh, I wonder if they know that only 18% of that age group owns a smart phone or tablet? But forward motion is inexorable – we know how badly Social Security wanted out of the paper-check business. We also know how worrisome it can be to manage privacy and security on tablets and smart phones.  Which brings us to the topic of training older adults about smart use of technology – where is the training and what does it cover? >>> Read more . . .

Mobisoft Infotech Forges Official Partnership with SEI-TEK

04/16/2014

Mobisoft Infotech, an award-winning Houston-based mobile software development company, today announces their official partnership with SEI-TEK Inc., a Charlotte, North Carolina company that designs simple, easy and intuitive technology solutions for seniors and technology wary individuals. >>> 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 . . .

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