Adobe announces new cloud-connected stylus and ruler that turns your tablet into a blank sheet of paper.
It probably comes as no big surprise, but a new study by comScore notes that tablet buyers are most concerned about the device’s price and app selection.
Facebook Ranked Low in Customer Satisfaction Among Social Media Sites
Zuckerberg’s Freshman-Year Roommate to Compete in London Olympics
Samsung Accuses LG Employees of Stealing Its OLED Technology
A New Report Says Siri Stinks
LinkedIn, Twitter Break Ties
Mac Users Given Pricier Options on Orbitz
Sharp Brings Out An Even Bigger Set, At 90 Inches
Study: Tweeps Tweet More than 400 Million Times a Day
One out of Four Smartphones Owners Also Use a Tablet
Milkmaid Texts You When Milk Spoils
Amazon.com Inc.'s tablet computer is catching on in a big way, by
grabbing more than 50% of the market by the fourth month that it was on
sale, according to new data from comScore Inc. That represented a near
doubling of the Fire's Android market share since December, when it was
In the first quarter of 2012, Samsung has become the world’s largest cellphone brand.
Samsung remained in second place behind Apple In the smartphone segment, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Will Apple's iPad 3 be released at a special event March 7th? A recent invitation from Apple teasing the special event sure seems to point at that.
Lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on a law that requires that all new passenger vehicles have backup cameras by 2014. Kidsandcars.org claims that two children are killed and 50 injured per week.
If you wanted to print all the status updates for one year of Facebook it would take 11.5 billion sheets of paper.
Researchers say there are a few key ways to tell if someone is lying in an online profile.
Apple says Siri's learning five new languages, including Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
A hacker unleashed a Swat team on an unsuspecting Call of Duty player after hacking into his account.
Sprint is reportedly losing money on the iPhone.
Kodak has announced it will stop making digital cameras and photo frames.
One daughter complained about her chores on Facebook. One father pumped her laptop full of bullets.
Sales of video games, their consoles and their accessories is decreasing significantly, despite the holiday shopping season.
A brief history of video games and their sound effects.
About 466,000 jobs have been created in the U.S. thanks to the surge in apps.
CalSTRS is asking Facebook to add women to its all-male board.
Researcher says online dating algorithm is not reliable.
Amazon may be planning to open an actual store in Seattle.
Want to sell, trade in or abandon Siri? Think again...
Those new to the smartphone market seem to prefer Android-operated phones, while those already in the market prefer Apple.
Women don't appreciate the use of the color pink on gadgets or cancer-related materials, according to a new report.
Banish that gross hotel remote from your hand with a new hotel TV remote app for iPhone and Android.
Sprint will be offering some major discounts to customers it believes may be in danger of leaving the carrier.
Siri is reportedly having some trouble deciphering the Scottish dialect.
Send a kiss from afar with the Kissenger robot.
Teens move to Twitter to escape the watchful eye of older relatives.
The Office is the new setting for the popular first-person shooter game Counter Strike.
The often annoying habits of tech support agents have been highlighted in a new online video.
Apple fanboys and girls want the company to address its harsh working conditions in China.
An analyst believes Apple will sell at least 48 million iPads this year.
The Supreme Court recently declared police departments must obtain a warrant before they utilize GPS tracking technology.
Before the 2011 holiday season, only 10 percent of people owned a tablet or ereader. By mid-January, nearly 19 percent did.
Windows operating system is predicted to claim the number-two spot behind Android by 2015, experts say.
Found In Town makes it easier for people to turn in found gadgets. It also makes it easier for those who lost gadgets to find them.
Electric car the Chevy Volt has been cleared of accusations that it's more susceptible to catching fire in a side impact.
Google is working on a maze-like game that will feature Google Maps.
Checking your cell phone or smartphone compulsively creates stress, according to a new study.
As Americans cut back on expenses over the past few years, the average age of cars on the road has skyrocketed to 10.8 years.
Google and Wikipedia are just two websites protesting against PIPA and SOPA legislation that's being considered by Congress.
An iPhone user got the embarrassment of a lifetime when his iPhone consistently rang during a NY symphony.
The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library lent out a record 295,000 ebooks in December through its Amazon Prime membership.
Internet scams that target younger, uneducated Americans are more likely to work than those aimed at the old, a new study says.
A woman accurately diagnosed a man's heart condition after being told his symptoms by her Words with Friends opponent.
Some of Eldergadget.com's photos from CES 2012. Behind the scenes, new products, and more.
ASUS offers a tablet that lets you insert your phone into it, allowing you to have all your information in one device, but offering two form factors.
University of Notre Dame scientists have created paint that can convert the sun’s rays into usable electricity.
Senior citizens engage in a flash mob at Target to 'Last Christmas.'
Facebook occupies four of top 10 spaces on list of top searched-for terms in 2011.
A new study shows men don't want to ask for assistance when they receive a new gadget.
The British chose the Kindle as the tech gift they thought loved ones would most likely want this Christmas.
Verizon customers have been dealing with outages of 3G and 4G data networks and have been having issues even with calls according to Verizon support forums and Verizon twitter feeds for the past few days
A new NPD study shows that more than a quarter of all photos and videos are now taken with smartphones, up from 17 percent last year.
Microsoft Corporate Communications VP Frank Shaw posted a blog announcing that 2012 will be the last year for Microsoft at CES. The giant will not have a booth at the biggest tech show of the year.
Families are taking advantage of Skype, Facetime and other apps for video chat to get together virtually for the holidays.
Number-one on Amazon's list of 2011 best-sellers is Steve Jobs' biography.
All cell phone use may be illegal soon if the NTSB has its way.
Facebook to offer live chats with suicide prevention specialists.
Amazon has released its first software update for the new Kindle Fire tablet.
The 2011 iTunes Rewind is out. Topping the charts this year are photography and gaming apps.
The Pope opted for the Sony tablet when it came time to light the world's biggest Christmas tree.
A new report shows a nationwide 4G wireless broadband network and GPS devices may not mix.
Apple once again created a t-shirt to welcome its newest store, Grand Central Station, to the family.
After dipping their toes in the water with a Kindle Fire, an analyst believes consumers will want an iPad.
Apple's increased market share now means that one out of every 10 smartphone users owns an iPhone.
A filmmaker has shot a full-length movie completely on his Nokia N8 smartphone.
RIM believes about $485-million-worth of BlackBerry PlayBooks will remain unsold at the end of this year.
GoodShop.com lets shoppers donate to charity simply by making their purchases online.
An iPhone on a plane bound for Sydney started smoking profusely after landing.
Apple has done away with all shipping costs through Dec. 22.
Google Maps 6.0 debuts an interior feature that lets users navigate through airports, malls and stores.
Amazon's Kindle apparently blew away last year's Black Friday sales figures.
As many might have guessed, iPhone users were the most likely of the three major smartphone owners to say they wouldn't trade their devices in for another model if it broke.
The FBI has provided some tips to prevent credit card fraud and other online scams this Cyber Monday.
Apple's soon-to-open Grand Central Station store is set to be the busiest outpost of them all.
Thanks to social networking, humans are only separated by 4.74 degrees now, instead of the previous six.
Installing censors in malls has become one way to track the buying and browsing habits of shoppers this Black Friday.
Experts consider tablets to be PCs, putting Apple in the running to be the biggest PC maker in 2012.
In some attempts to make cooking for Thanksgiving more convenient, these 10 kitchen gadget manufacturers have instead made it hilarious.
A new survey shows RIM's BlackBerry is losing ground in the business world to Apple's iPhone.
Nintendo has created two real-life versions of the karts used by Mario and Luigi in Mario Kart.
Try not to get hacked by avoiding these 25 passwords, which are the easiest for hackers to crack.
Movie studios are moving toward all-digital and away from the classic 35mm, according to one company.
This year's most sought-after holiday gifts include the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, according to one survey.
Sprint has become the first mobile carrier to offer wireless emergency alerts via texts to its users.
Kids as young as 13 become as tech-savvy as adults when it comes to social media, according to a study.
Those with disabilities or poor motor skills can now take advantage of all the iPad's and iPhone's functions, thanks to AssistiveTouch.
Apple is recalling its first-generation iPod nano due to a risk of its battery overheating.
Do you still use a flip phone? If you do, you're probably older than 40, according to a new study.
Oregon election officials are accommodating disabled voters with iPads.
Ever wondered what a de-animated Angry Bird would look like? One Indian digital artist has the answer.
Slow deliverymen and service providers cost Americans billions of dollars and tons of time every year.
Tablets, ereaders and smartphones aren't the only devices that can access ebooks offline. Now your computer can too with the Kindle Cloud.
The boys at Google have something new up their sleeves. The website can now do barrel rolls on command.
Inspired by the Berkeley scientist who said ereaders increase in weight when thousands of ebooks are installed, one man figured out the weight of the Internet.
Twitter knows it connects strangers throughout the world, but now it wants to hear about it on its new website.
After being downloaded more than 500 million times, Angry Birds has become the most downloaded game in history.
Cyberbullying and online money scams are the two main reasons hackers try to break into 600,000 Facebook accounts daily.
Antenna users claim they can see a clearer picture and receive many of the same channels they did with subscription-based services.
Some owners aren't buying Apple's estimations of the iPhone 4S's battery life.
Ebooks aren't apparently weightless, according to one Berkeley scientist.
Samsung is hoping to beat Nokia to the punch when it comes to releasing a smartphone with a flexible screen.
With TextID, emergency responders can access a patient's info. in 10 seconds.
Samsung is still the leader in the smartphone industry, according to its recently released quarterly earnings.
With one iPad 2 in the front and one in the back, a JPL employee created the illusion that he had blown a hole in himself this Halloween.
Nintendo believes this will be the first year in company history that it will post a loss.
Some BlackBerry users are so unhappy with the recent service interruption that they're filing class-action lawsuits against RIM.
If you have a hard time remembering your Facebook password you might want to take advantage of the social networking site's new Trusted Friends feature.
Those who wanted to get a more personal glimpse of Steve Jobs the innovator, friend and family man can do so now by accessing Apple's tribute online.
For the first time ever, sales for smartphones have actually declined.
More than half a million apps have been submitted to the Android Market, according to a marketing research firm.
Apple's widely popular iPod turned 10 this past weekend.
If you're hoping to upgrade to a new tablet, or perhaps a Kindle Touch or Fire, Amazon is offering a trade-in program for your old e-readers.
Apple's iPhone 4S has sold more than four million units on its opening weekend.
Seniors, is it getting harder and harder to clean up after your dog? For only $400,000, you could have your very own robotic pooper scooper!
Seniors living in a retirement care home in Minnesota can participate in "living lab" trials and programs that aim to create wireless health devices.
All U.S. Apple Stores went dark today for an hour and a half so their employees could watch a tribute to Steve Jobs.
A new website now lets you choose your hospital carefully after reviewing its safety rates.
RIM is giving its BlackBerry users a $100 credit toward the purchase of apps following its three-day service interruption.
TV time has apparently been invaded by our ever-present smartphones and tablets.
A very private memorial was held for the late Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs on Sunday at Stanford University.
Hackers have accessed the log-in information for up to 93,000 Playstation accounts, causing Sony to notify users.
Phishers have created a fake version of the Netflix app for Android in order to steal subscribers' log-in information.
Sony's flat-panel Bravia HDTVs may smoke or catch fire due to a faulty component of the unit's backlight. So far, 11 cases have been reported in Japan.
It's amazing what a little (or a lot) backlogged data can do. We're in Day 3 of RIM's BlackBerry service interruptions, which has now extended to North America.
WalMart hopes to leverage Facebook to connect itself even more to its localized fan bases and their neighborhood stores.
The cheapest tablet has officially been created. The Indian government is subsidizing a $45 tablet and offering it to its citizens for $35.
While Friendly for iPad is okay, most of us would rather have the real thing. Now we will, thanks to an agreement that Facebook and Apple have finally struck.
Microchips may be a thing of the past now that a Seattle tech start-up has created QR stickers that can track your pets.
Steven Colbert and Jon Stewart weigh in on the loss of Steve Jobs, offering tasteful humor and touching thoughts on the man who changed Apple and affected all of us.
The launch of a new Samsung smartphone running Android's new Ice Cream Sandwich, code name for it's version 2.4 of the operating system, has been delayed "out of respect for Steve Jobs' passing".
Steve Jobs, CEO and co-creator of Apple Computer and former CEO of Pixar has died. Jobs is credited with the iPod, iPad and iPhone, among dozens of other innovations built on simplicity and elegance. We are going to miss him.
Apple announced the iPhone 4S today, instead of the expected iPhone 5. It offers a ton of new features in the same form factor, including dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and more.
What was once only available to few will now be seen my millions after a new partnership allows for the Dead Sea Scrolls to be published online.
Notice the celebratory Google Doodle today? It's because Google turned 13!
A Pew survey shows that many Americans still prefer TV for their source of news. Newspapers, radio, word of mouth, news websites and social media outlets were also popular choices, however.
RIM is hoping the price cuts some of its retailers are instigating will help sales figures for the so-far dismal BlackBerry PlayBook.
Those who pull in an average household income of at least $150,000 are more likely to use a BlackBerry, according to a new study.
Many consider Steve Jobs to be a innovative genius. TNW might just be one of them. This website recently counted down the top 20 quotes from the former CEO's 35-year career.
A new study says security is a concern of iPhone and Android users, though most don't take any action to prevent an attack on their devices.
Kindle owners envious of their Nook- or Sony Reader-carrying friends can rest easy now knowing that their e-readers, too, can rent library e-books.
Got an extra $57,000 laying around? Why not spend it on a cell phone? But wait, there's more...the phone is not equipped to handle, email, photos or navigation! Deal of a lifetime, right?
What do you get when you cross a webcam with two seniors who aren't exactly confident in their abilities to set it up? One popular YouTube video.
Talk about a cheery disposition...the emoticon turns 29 today :-)
Want a fast smartphone that's cool and cheap? The Pantech Breakout, which will run off of Android's operating system at 4G speeds, will debut for $100 on Thursday.
In need of a smile? Head to Two of Us where you can upload a photo of you smiling and receive one from a stranger in return.
A British politician believe that the citizens of his country would be much better off if tech companies created devices that would encourage seniors to utilize the Internet and Internet-enabled gadgets.
A successful British magazine publisher believes it would behoove tech manufacturers to design tablets and apps with the senior population in mind.
A new Nielsen study shows that people who spend time online engaging in activities like social networking are also more likely to engage in other online activities like shopping.
Your level of activity can say a lot about you. Researchers now believe it can also let them know how likely you are to fall or whether you're experiencing the early on-set of an illness by analyzing the data recorded by the Kinect.
Cell phones and small batteries are just a few of the tech dangers that lurk around our ever-connected lives. See if your gadgets pose a risk to you or your family.
Sprint may be getting the iPhone 5 along with AT&T and Verizon. Sprint is the only major carrier with unlimited data, which may be a big advantage in getting people to switch.
There are now quite a few videos and photos online of people using the Apple MacBook Air as a knife, slicing up apples, shrimp, bread and more.
Google bought Zagat to offer more comprehensive searches. Founders Tim and Nina Zagat will stay on as advisors, and Google will gain their comprehensive information on restaurants.
The Motorola Droid Bionic is finally available on Verizon. It's the new flagship phone for Verizon. The Bionic is the first Verizon 4G/LTE Android Smartphone to offer a dual-core processor. It has qHD video, Gingerbread (Android 2.3) installed, 1 GB of RAM, HDMI and more.
The United States Government just inked a $344 million Department of Energy-backed deal with SolarCity to put up to 160,ooo installations on privately-run military housing complexes at 124 military bases.
Apple may have a recurring problem on its hands. Yet another one of its engineers has left a top-secret iPhone prototype at a bar!
Google's Android smartphones are gaining in popularity yet again. This time they're experiencing a 15 percent jump in popularity, giving Android a 42 percent market share.
A woman in South Carolina thought she had the deal of a lifetime: a new iPad for $180. What she actually got was a painted piece of wood.
Calling home just got a little easier for active duty military personnel. Google is allowing those serving overseas to call home for free using Gmail.
So far, Facebook's bounty program has paid out $40,000 to skilled hackers who were able to point out threats and bugs and its system.
Poor reception and dropped calls are two major reasons Americans are turning to text messaging more and more, according to a new study.
TVs, tablets, smartphones and any other devices that utilize OLED displays may never be the same now that researchers are their way to creating OLED displays that are completely flexible.
A gang of cyber criminals has pulled off one of the biggest bank heists ever. It stole $13 million by using information on pre-paid debit cards at ATMs across six countries.
Hurricane Irene may be unpredictable, but there are a few resources that can help you be a little more prepared as the storm travels through the U.S.
Phishing and mistaken identity scams are apparently taking seniors for all they're worth. That's why the Senior Brigade is doing its best to warn seniors about such fraudulent online activity.
Google has just released its ad data analysis, which says Facebook hit its one trillionth visitor in June.
Sony has invented a pair of glasses that would superimpose subtitles onto a movie screen for the wearer, while leaving the picture text-free for everyone else.
More than one-third of tablet owners who were polled in a Staples survey said they had used these devices in the bathroom.
If you really want to know where you stand with Facebook friends you might want to check out the new Friend-Watch app.
Miramax and Facebook have teamed up to offer the film company's movies through this social networking site.
RIM's BlackBerry Messenger was the only mobile phone communication platform left standing after all the carriers failed following today's 5.9 earthquake in Virginia.
HP's venture into the tablet world has gotten off to a rocky start. Its HP TouchPad tablet has been discontinued and is now selling for $99.
Best Buy has a tempting offer: sign a two-year contract by the end of today, get the iPhone 3GS for free. But is this really a good deal, with Apple's big iPhone announcement only a week away?
Google Street View is invading the Amazon. Not only will users be able to see the photos on Google Earth, but the company hopes it will bring to light the problems the area and its residents face.
Apple and Android users have many choices when it comes to listening to music on their smartphones. Now BlackBerry users will be able to do the same.
Punch in your ATM PIN, lose your life savings? While it may not be that dramatic, UCSD researchers warn that thieves can crack your PIN using thermal cameras.
An electric car nicknamed Boozer can drive for more than 1,000 miles on a single charge, thereby sufficiently obliterating the previous record set by the Japanese of 623 miles on one charge.
Now here are a few monkeys after our own hearts. Orangutans at the Milwaukee County Zoo are treated to iPad session three to four times a week to stave off boredom. The animals have even come to look forward to the sessions.
A survey from the Pew Institute found that many people use their cell phones to avoid interacting with others. The good news is this wasn't the majority of respondents.
Google is planning a huge purchase: Motorola. While the Internet giant may be sweating the amount of money it's spending, the rest of the industry is sweating just what Google plans to do with Motorola.
London police are using digital photos, digital projections and Twitter to publicly identify, then shame rioters.
Size, speakers, warranty, girth. There are many factors to consider when buying an HDTV.
Smartphone reception doesn't hold up in rural areas, according to a new study, which says rural residents may be better off buying feature phones if they want clear calls.
The IBM PC is often credited as ushering in the PC age. Today, we celebrate the revolution it's kicked off 30 years later.
A patch that is thinner than a hair follicle can sit atop the skin for up to two weeks monitoring a patient's vital signs.
It was often thought that Facebook users would want to get to know the friends of their friends. However, a new study shows they're less interested in this group of people and more interested in those who visit the same places as themselves.
Facebook is getting serious about protecting its users' data. So serious, in fact, that it is offering large sums of cash to any hackers who find and report vulnerabilities in its system.
Part of Amazon's Kindle ebookstore is due to its significant price cuts, but a lawsuit alleges Apple and book publishers are strong arming Amazon in an effort to make the company banish these discounts.
It may be a good time to stock up on early Christmas presents. Walmart just announced it will offer the Nintendo 3DS, plus 20 classic games, for $170.
A study that featured 85-year-old participants has revealed that mobile sensors, when worn consistently, can detect significant changes in a senior's health or mood.
Just in case you needed another reminder of how fast time is moving, the World Wide Web has celebrated its 20th birthday. Yes, it was 20 years ago on Aug. 6 that the first website was created. The only problem? No one had web browsers at the time!
Apple is taking its accessibility features a step further allegedly by making its new iPhone 5 and iOS 5 hearing aid compatible.
If you've got an Android device, you should know that it's 2.5 times more vulnerable to malware than it was six months ago, according to a new study. With numbers like this, you definitely need to make sure your device is protected.
Starbucks is happy to offer customers free Wifi, but it knows there are many out there who will take advantage of its generous offer for hours on end. That's why some New York City locations have decided to block their outlets in the hops of limiting how much time a customer spends at a table.
Mailboxes, mirrors and picture stands are at the center of a new design campaign by a French designer who thinks seniors would appreciate gadgets that looked a little more obvious.
Do you live on the West Coast? Then chances are your Internet's pretty vivacious. If you're hunkered down in the rural Midwest, however, then your Internet speed probably leaves much to be desired, according to a new study.
The Skype app has made its premiere on the iPad. The second generation's front- and rear-facing cameras make this a great platform for the popular video conferencing application.
Five new models and an updated OS are what RIM is banking on to turn its BlackBerry sales around.
A new Facebook feature provides yet another way for seniors to find out they're going to be grandparents - whether it's for the first time or the 21st time.
Apple's vast popularity with the iPhone has led the mobile giant to secure about 66 percent of all cell phone profits worldwide.
If you're one of the few people who consumer nearly 12 times as much data as the average AT&T user, prepare to be throttled.
Kyocera's new Mi-Look is a senior-friendly cell phone that relies on a basic design, easy-to-see buttons and minimal features to attract Japan's ever-growing senior population.
Google may be activating 500,000 Android devices a day, but TechCrunch says about 30 percent to 40 percent of them are being returned.
The Nintendo 3DS has come under fire after selling little more than 700,000 units in April, May and June. Nintendo's hoping a 30 percent price cut will bolster the system's popularity.
New models of the Ford Focus will not contain CD players. They will instead contain Wi-fi enabled dongles that can access a driver's online music library.
The VooMote can turn your iPhone into a remote that controls numerous devices in various rooms of your house.
Technology is so vital to our well being that most aren't willing to part with it for more than a few hours, according to a British study.
An owner has been reunited with her Wii after she was able to prove it was hers by showing police the family of Mii avatars they had created on the unit.
The consumer electronics industry should balloon to $190 billion this year, thanks to the mass appeal and cool factor surrounding smartphones and tablets.
The risk of infection and injury could decrease dramatically now that scientists have created an artificial heart that can be charged wirelessly.
You may very well USE Facebook, but do you actually LIKE it? A new survey says probably not.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is apparently so secure that the federal government is willing to store its sensitive data on it, according to RIM, which says it has been issued Federal Information Processing Standard certification.
Collision avoidance systems like Volvo's City Safety feature have been proven effective at cutting down the number of accidents and injuries that result from low-speed crashes.
One of the reasons it's so difficult to read on smartphones - aside from small screen size - is that many websites aren't optimized for this mobile device. The Float app by Scribd changes all that.
Sears is working damage control after accidentally offering the iPad 2 for $69 on Saturday. Eager customers placed orders, and an ever more eager customer service staff canceled and refunded those orders.
Apple's operating system is preferred over Android's and BlackBerry's, according to a new study.
Apple mobile device owners should connect to iTunes to ensure they have the latest version of iOS, which fixes a security hole.
Is it really safe or smart to take an expensive ereader or tablet computer to the beach? Sure, it may be easier to carry in your beach bag than a bulky novel, but a fair amount of effort is still required if you want to make this a successful beach trip.
If you're a fan of Google Voice, chances are you'll be happy to hear that a new service can turn your iPad into a phone-friendly device, thanks to a $10-per-month service.
The $9.99 is no longer available for new subscribers. And starting Sept. 1, current subscribers will have to pay $16 for unlimited streaming and one DVD at a time rentals.
If you're up for a little scrutiny regarding your eating, sleeping and exercising regimens, then a new health bracelet can show you how to improve your lifestyle choices and lower your risk of certain diseases.
Why spend the brain power to remember a useless fact when you can always recall that fact later via the Internet? Apparently that's the mentality many of us hold, as a new study shows we don't spend the brain power to memorize information we can easily look up online.
Smartphones are starting to pose a threat to computers if the results of the latest Pew Internet Project are to be believed. The survey notes that 25 percent of Americans claim they do most of their web surfing on their smartphones, as opposed to on their computers.
Researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia have created a sensor device that can predict how likely an elderly person is to fall during their daily activities.
It's no secret that Apple mobile device owners love their apps. In fact, research suggests that the App Store will experience a 61 percent increase in downloads in 2011.
What's great about ebooks is that they usually cost less than hardcovers or paperbacks. What's even greater about ebooks is that you can obtain many of the classics for free through a few nifty sites and ebookstores.
The act of talking may be distracting enough to drivers, according to a new study that says driver distraction still exists whether you're talking hands-free or not.
MIT analyzed cell phone data to redraw the state lines based on who talks to each other the most. Little hint: Wisconsin would be split into two.
Android and Apple have seen an increase in popularity recently. This is all thanks to BlackBerry, which is slipping in the marketplace.
A new partnership between Skype and Facebook will soon let users to video chat with their friends.
As smartphone data usage has increased, carriers' willingness to provide this data at an unlimited rate has decreased. Verizon is the latest carrier to pull its unlimited mobile data plan.
The latest Nielsen research shows that more and more people are gravitating toward sophisticated smartphones and away from the more basic feature phones.
Do you own an iPhone? If you do, chances are you've spend a decent amount of time downloading and playing game apps, according to a new study.
The latest Nielsen research shows that more and more people are gravitating toward sophisticated smartphones and away from the more basic feature phones.
The latest Nielsen research shows that more and more people are gravitating toward sophisticated smartphones and away from the more basic feature phones.
If you're worried about protecting your Android phone, worry no more. McAfee has created an antivirus software specifically for this OS system.
Calfskin trim? 18-carat gold finishing case? Sounds like the newest smartphone to us...or maybe a luxury phone that was just created by TAG Heuer.
The iPad has become so popular that there are now more than 100,000 iPad-specific apps available in the App Store.
About half a million Android devices are activated everyday, according to a Google exec. That's up from 300,000 in December.
Americans are apparently so addicted to their smartphones, tablets, desktops and laptops that they feel they have a right to access their electronic information on their honeymoons, at sporting events and even in church, according to a new study.
If money is no object and you want the finest in Android smartphones, check out the Tag Heuer LINK smartphone. It's super tough and comes in a variety of finishes and coverings to match your Tag Heuer LINK watch, down to the band.
Apparently the same seniors who use online coupons also use social media - at least that's according to a survey conducted by an online coupon website.
Ereaders appear to be the gadgets of choice for most Americans, as their demand has outpaced tablets so far this year.
More adults in the U.S. own eReaders than tablets like the iPad 2, according to the Pew Research Center. The number of eReader owners has doubled in the past 6 months since November.
Apple is expecting a huge demand for their new MacBook Air to be released in July, just on the heels of the release of Mac OS X 10.7, codenamed Lion.
The FCC is turning up the heat on a phone company practice known as "cramming", the sudden appearance of mystery fees on phone bills.
Verizon is the changing from an unlimited data plan for $30 a month to a tiered plan, offering only 2GB of data for that price. 37 percent of mobile users in the U.S. have smartphones, so data use is climbing rapidly.
Sure, you appreciate the lightbulb, personal computers and DVR players...but have you ever really stopped to think about how much these devices have changed the way we interact with each other and with technology? You can start by taking Popular Mechanics' quiz on the gadgets that have changed the world...
Microsoft is not going to want to hear this: a secret shopper for PC Mag says many retailers aren't touting its phone - and a few even admitted that they don't even keep it in stock.
Verizon and AT&T may not be the only ones offering the iPhone in the near future. Rumors abound that Sprint and T-Mobile will soon sell the device as well. The only problem is that these carriers are set to get iPhone 4, while Verizon and AT&T should receive iPhone 5 in the upcoming months.
Ever look at a corner of a room, a nook or a bedroom and feel like you can still see a 20-year-old scene playing out? Now you can by employing some of the tricks of Dear Photograph.
The Android operating system now occupies so many phones that it's not easy to tell which devices are and are not compatible with every app in the Android Market. That's why Google has decided to provide this information upfront, rather than make users test out the app's compatibility once it's already downloaded.
It seems that Wifi has become somewhat of a necessity in our lives. A new study shows that nearly smartphone users rely heavily on Wifi whenever they're away from their homes or offices.
Seniors looking to save a little money should head to Wal-Mart for their next smartphone purchase. That's because the discount giant is offering a $50 price cut on the iPhone 4 until July 1.
Nintendo has (kind of) joined the tablet revolution. Its latest version of the Wii, the Wii U, features a touchscreen, tablet-like controller.
Blackberrys have been losing a lot of steam over the past few months, as evidenced by a new study that puts this smartphone behind Androids and iPhones in terms of popularity.
Apple's big news at its WorldWide Developer's Conference in San Francisco was the introduction of iCloud, a cloud computing system that would eliminate the cumbersome syncing process that currently accompanies iTunes.
Distracted drivers may soon have a semi-solution to their problem: German scientists have invented a touchscreen steering wheel that can perform up to 20 commands while the driver keeps his eyes on the road.
Seniors, beware: A Scottish grandmother landed herself three years of probation after pirating more than 31,000 songs worth more than $88,500.
The Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building and...the Apple Store? Yes, apparently the glass cube Apple Store is New York's most photographed landmark.
With more reports surfacing that cell phones may cause cancer, the Environmental Working Group released a list of ways we can cut down on our exposure to radiation.
According to a new study, app developers are having a much harder time making money off of Google's Android Marketplace than they are Apple's App Store. There are a few theories surrounding this notion.
Facebook profiles can reveal a lot about individuals. They can reveal so much information, in fact, that jury selection consultants have begun reviewing the Facebook profiles of potential juries in order to weed out unfavorable selections.
We've heard of GPS devices being used to locate individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia, but one school district is using them to keep tabs on children with multiple unexcused absences. Grandchildren, beware!
Can you believe it's Apple's 10th anniversary? Neither can we. Fortunately, many in the blog world can, which is why rumors are swirling all over the place about what Apple may have in store to mark this momentous occasion.
E-books are starting to run away with the literary market. Amazon just announced that it's now selling 105 e-books for every 100 printed books. Seniors, go get your Kindles!
The people have spoken, and apparently they like their Netflix! The movie-streaming giant is so popular that it now accounts for 22 percent of all Internet traffic.
MSNBC published a story today that followed a formula close to ElderGadget's heart. It took the iPad's stand-out features and created an easy to read, easy to understand guide to who should buy an iPad and the differences between that device and the iPhone and iPod.
Amazon has proven that consumers will put up with ads and sponsorships if it means a price break on a luxury product they may not otherwise be able to afford, like the Kindle.
About 1,000 BlackBerry tablets have been recalled by RIM due to a software problem that won't allow the device to run properly.
Netflix is finally coming to the Android phone. While it's not available on all models yet, Netflix is confident its app will reach most smartphones that run off Android OS in the near future.
Our addiction to smartphones may be growing if you believe a new study that found nearly one-third of smartphone owners use an app before they're even out of bed in the morning.
An emergency notification system was introduced today in New York that will one day issue warnings via text message to citizens residing in high-risk regions after a public safety emergency has occurred.
After being introduced to the iPad 2 by her grandsons, Prince William and Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth supposedly asked her staff to get her one ASAP.
Google is reconfiguring the Android Market in the hopes of making it more user-friendly and easier to navigate. By providing lists and recommendations of apps, Google believes it will be more convenient for the consumer to find compatible apps.
The Paper Phone is a flexible, thin display that can sit on any surface.
Despite its many popular models, Android has not been able to match Apple's iPhone sales. Both the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 are outselling their competitor.
The new social networking site GrubWithUs lets you make new friends as you dine in major cities around the U.S.
Scientists now know how to transform sound into electricity, which means it could potential recharge small devices like cell phones in the near future.
Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have asked Google to block tethering apps from the Android Market for their subscribers to ensure that subscribers pay their fees for internet access by other devices.
Apple's newest iPhone is now available in white. The color is easy to see and easy to find if you set it down.
The Nook's starting to look a little more like a tablet and a little less like an e-reader, thanks to a new update. With its low price tag it may be the perfect device for seniors who are looking for an e-reader with a bit more functionality.
Kindle owners will shortly be able to access a feature that Nook and Sony Reader users have enjoyed for some time: they will be able to check out e-books from their local libraries.
Here's yet another reason why seniors should embrace technology: those who are active on Facebook, Skype and the Internet have more active brains than seniors who aren't.
If you're a fan of home movies, chances are you've at least considered the Flip camcorder. Well, consider no more. As of yesterday Cisco has announced it will pull the plug on the Flip, but why? PCWorld has some theories.
Amazon Kindle is doing something interesting. It's offering the Kindle for $25 less if you allow them to display special offers and ads on the device. Those ads may be less annoying than you might think and you'll have some say in the types of ads you see.
Believe it or not, 3D gaming may soon be coming to the iPad and iPhone. In fact, French researchers have already figured out a way to create 3D apps on these devices.
Cisco is closing its Flip Camera division, restructuring the company's consumer line to focus on its router and switching services.
Google Maps has found a way to become even more useful. It has integrated electric vehicle charging station data into its search. This data lets electric car drivers locate the nearest charging station, a major convenience.
If you believe the scientists at Georgia Institute of Technology, we are only five years away from being able to recharge small electronics with our own heartbeats.
Seniors who own Kindles are in luck - they can still access all of the New York Times' online content for free, despite the new paywall.
Seniors who haven't had much luck with the pinching and zooming features that accompany many touchscreens may appreciate the new Samsung Galaxy S II.
Don't live close enough to read your grandchildren a bedtime story? Now you don't have to with the Nursery Rhymes with StoryTime app. This app lets you and your grandchildren connect over classic, yet interactive versions of Mother Goose stories.
Seniors who read the New York Times online will soon have to pay for this feature if they click on more than 20 stories a month. The newspaper has decided to require online subscriptions as it moves more decisively from the print to digital medium.
Seniors aren't the only ones who'd like to be able to see their on-screen content a little better. A new study says consumers in general are trending toward smartphones with larger screens.
In a stellar example of what today's technologies can do when paired with a little creativity, two college students have turned the Kinect into a device that can help the blind navigate any indoor facility.
Samsung's newest tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, is trying to unseat Apple by beating it in a few key areas. Namely, the Tab has a larger screen but a lighter weight and a thinner design. But will this be enough to sway seniors?
The Jitterbug now offers an app for seniors who may need a little help from time to time. The app lets seniors connect to a trained operator whenever they feel their health or safety may be jeopardize - regardless of whether they think they're experiencing a full-blown emergency.
Amazon's new app store - called the Android Appstore - has released an initial 3,800 apps for Android smartphone users. Apple is none too happy with the choice of name, however.
Last week, a study showed that the Android OS was 52% faster at loading web pages than Apple's iOS. This week, another study says Apple's iOS loads 17 seconds faster than Android. So which is right?
The Earthquake Lite App is linked to Google Maps and the USGS to keep both loved ones and victims of an earthquake informed even if they're not near a computer.
Facebook's latest update is throwing the Comment button to the wind. Users will still be able to comment, however they'll have the added ability to edit their comments before posting.
After rigorous tests, it appears that Android smartphones are significantly faster at loading web pages than iPhones.
With a 4.3-inch screen, two cameras and a built-in kickstand, we think the HTC Thunderbolt is the ideal LTE smartphone to utilize Verizon's 4G network.
Google's updated iPhone app, called Google Search, makes searching easier for everyone, particularly if you want to utilize advanced search features like Google Shopping or Google Goggles.
The iPad 2 has taken the first-edition iPad's accessibility features and built upon them, making them even more senior friendly for those who need help in the sight or hearing departments.
Nearly 70 percent of consumers who bought the iPad 2 this weekend hadn't owned the first iPad, according to a study by a global investment firm. The firm also extracted some other interesting facts about the first iPad 2 purchasers.
Thanks to smartphones and tablets, more Americans are reading their news online than from a newspaper, according to a new study. What's more, nearly 39 percent of study participants said that if newspapers were to become obsolete tomorrow it would have no affect on them.
Apple's iPad 2 is on sale today. Seniors will love the big, bright screen and new Smart Covers that also serve as a stand for watching movies, video chatting via Facetime, etc. It's faster, thinner and lighter than the original iPad.
BuddyGuard VIP can keep tabs on seniors when they're in particularly vulnerable situations, providing peace of mind to both seniors and their families.
Despite some stiff competition, Microsoft's Xbox Kinect has become the fastest-selling electronic device of all time.
Seniors in at least one retirement community have a growing fondness for technology. That's because, among traditional forms of entertainment, they also have access to iPads.
A new money reader app can identify the value of U.S. currency for the blind. The app utilizes the iPhone's camera. This could hypothetically allow developers to create apps that identify any item placed in the camera's line of vision.
Facebook users will soon be able to "rent" and watch Warner Bros. movies through a third-party application on this social networking site.
Google Instant Previews lets seniors instantly see how easy or difficult it would be to navigate particular websites before you click on them with your smartphone.
Texting while driving isn't the only danger motorists face when they travel with smartphones. The web also presents the temptation to take your eyes off the road in favor of email, Facebook or driving directions.
Choosing a system is usually a better way to go than just piecing together devices by Android, Blackberry and Apple. Though some devices may have one or two things that serve you well, ultimately choosing a platform ensures that your devices work easily together.
Book publisher HarperCollins isn't comfortable with the notion that a library can only purchase one copy of an ebook, yet rent it out to as many people as it wants, as many times as it wants. So, it's tightened its e-book policy.
The effects of the iPad 2 announcement are already being felt. The first casualty may be Samsung. One of the company's executives recently told a Korean news agency that some of the Galaxy Tab's features are "inadequate" compared to the iPad 2.
RIM's popular messaging service, BBM, may soon wind up in the Android and Apple app stores as Blackberry mulls whether to expand its prized service to other smartphone users.
Verizon and AT&T are set to go head-to-head again over an Apple product. This time, it's the iPad 2. Both carriers will offer the tablet, but their payment plans boast key differences.
Apple has enhanced its iPad with the creation of iPad 2, a faster, thinner, lighter iteration of the tablet computer that ignited a massive trend (not to mention war) within the consumer electronics market.
Facebook has purchased Beluga, a group chat platform that lets users also share their photos and locations with members of their "pod."
Lenovo has created the world's first eye-controlled laptop. This technology is very much like Apple's touchscreen technology, except it works with mere glances.
The average Facebook users has about 150 friends, according to reports. Now a start-up company is making it possible for you to video chat with up to eight of those friends through the social networking site.
Backing up your webmail is more important than ever, especially since nearly 150,000 Gmail users had just their inboxes wiped out.
Digital distractions are apparently also distracting Americans from their manners. One study shows that adults have poor etiquette when it comes to utilizing mobile devices.
One man utilized technology in his favor when he received a traffic ticket that he thought was unfounded.
AT&T isn't the only one experiencing dropped calls and weak signals with Apple's iPhone 4. Verizon's model has also been plagued with these problems.
Google's new Recipe View makes cooking a lot easier by allowing users to quickly and easily Google dishes or ingredients. It also lets you determine which recipe to choose based on calorie count and cooking time.
Apple has made it official: more details on the iPad 2 will be released on March 2.
New research conducted by the National Institute of Health shows cell phones do affect brain activity. The only problem is the study did not determine whether this activity would have any adverse affects on our brains.
Angry Birds is traditionally played on a smartphone or tablet, but one tech blogger took the action out of the game and into real life when he baked his son a functional Angry Birds cake.
Free two-day shipping isn't the only perk Amazon Prime members can now enjoy. Subscribers have been given the added perk of instantly streaming 5,000 movies and TVs to their smartphones, tablets or laptops.
What can I say about this? When I heard about the Galapagos for the first time at the CES show, I didn't believe it was true. Flawless transference of an image or video from a cellphone to a television or from and tablet to a cell phone seemed truly miraculous. And Sharp did it.
Though Blackberry's Playbook has yet to be released, its initial app offerings are garnering some attention. And, wouldn't you know it? One of the first apps to be developed centers around retirement.
While Facebook chatting has been available for a while, until recently that "chatting" could only take place through instant messaging. The Facebook Messenger app, however, lets users voice chat with their friends.
While many of its physical bookstores may be closing, the ereader associated with Borders Books will not be affected, according to its maker, Kobo Inc.
Eyeglasses can be difficult to work with if you also require reading glasses. Fortunately, one company has developed an electronic pair that can switch the reading function on and off with one tap.
Smartphones have come under attack lately as back-alley app stores have popped up across the different operating systems. Here are six of the biggest offenders to look out for.
Eyeglasses can be difficult to work with if you also require reading glasses. Fortunately, one company has developed an electronic pair that can switch the reading function on and off with one tap.
Thanks to today's technologies, there are more ways than ever to express your love this Valentine's Day. So read through ElderGadget's list of the top five ways to say "I love you" and take your pick!
AT&T's newest feature, any mobile to mobile calling, would allow subscribers to talk with mobile users on any carrier for free without using up their minutes.
With the 65+ population expected to balloon in the coming decades, many companies are turning their attention to what's being dubbed the "gray technology revolution."
All the tablets, smartphones, laptops and Internet TVs on the market may keep us more connected to our family and friends, but they're also keeping us more connected to cybercriminals, according to McAfee.
Amazon has announced that it will add real page numbers to its ebooks both on the Kindle 3G and its corresponding Kindle apps.
Before you banish that old smartphone to a dusty drawer, know this: it could be worth hundreds, according to a new infographic produced by TheNextWeb.com.
The Super Bowl has gone digital, with the introduction of the official Super Bowl XLV Game Program app. Fans can get up to speed on all the latest stats and highlights to ensure that they're well-informed about the game before kick-off has even occurred.
If you love the iPad, iPod and iPhone, and have a hard time relating to people who don't, then the Cupidtino online dating site may be for you. It's where Apple aficionados (commonly referred to as "fan boys" and "fan girls") can link up with each other over long conversations about apps.
Late January and early February are traditionally great times to buy televisions, as old models must be moved out to make room for the new ones. This year, however, consumers are in for dramatically slashed prices due to consistently low sales over the past two years.
Facebook recently teamed with a mobile app platform to develop an app for feature phone users.
Books have officially gone electronic, with Amazon announcing that it now sells 115 Kindle ebooks per every 100 paperback books.
Seniors who have a hard time getting around can now tour 17 world-class art museums virtually, thanks to Google Art Project.
An Italian company is creating a ski vest with a built-in airbag that should significantly reduce a skier's injuries when falling. We surmise that this same technology could be used to reduce falls within the senior community as well.
Even though social media sites may tether you to a computer, smartphone or other Internet-enabled device, a new study says that using these sites can actually make you more sociable.
The new lending feature that's appearing on many ereaders like the Kindle and Nook may be getting utilized a whole lot more now that EBookFling has entered the arena. This website lets ereader customers list and lend their titles to other site users.
The New York Times' Gadgetwise blog highlights what can often be the dark underbelly of senior-friendly devices...the dreaded instruction manual.
Park Assist's line of high-resolution cameras is now being used to help forgetful shoppers track down their cars by typing their license plate number into one of the mall kiosks. Critics warn, however, that this could create unintended consequences for some shoppers.
The San Ramon Fire Department is seeking out the assistance of everyday citizens when it comes to live-saving CPR. The department recently relaunched its smartphone app, which alerts voluntary citizens of cardiac emergencies happening near them.
Amazon has ventured out of the bookstore and into the world of interactivity lately as more and more developers look to cash in on the Kindle's platform. So far, gaming and fitness "applications" have been the largest trends, with many more industries sure to follow suit.
Tax filing has officially entered the 21st century. This year, a pair of apps allow you to file your returns online and even track the progress of your refund check!
While there may be cut-throat competition among manufacturers and social media sites, one thing seems certain: many famous tech faces agree that Apple's iPad is the bee's knees. Don't believe us? Watch the video and see for yourselves.
Apple recently released its list of the top free and fee-based apps available to iPad and iPhone users. These lists had a few obvious choices, like various Google apps, Facebook and Angry Birds. A few surprisingly and lesser known apps also made the cut, however.
Starbucks has launched a mobile payment system that allows iPhone and Blackberry users to pay for their coffee through an app, which is linked to their Starbucks Cards.
MegaReader's new "Head's Up Display" function lets e-readers keep their eyes on what's ahead of them even as they finish their next chapter.
One of the biggest weaknesses of smartphones, televisions and tablets is their glass screen, which is easy to damage. Gorilla Glass is aiming to change this with a lightweight, durable glass that should stand up to many bumps and bruises.
You may not realize it, but your smartphone could be holding important passwords and account information that could cause long-term consequences for you if they end up in the wrong hands. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to minimize your risk of identity theft.
Comedian Ronnie Corbett pokes fun at the world's obsession with smartphones and technology as only the British can. In this skit, Corbett returns to a store because his blackberry isn't working, but what ensues may not be what you think.
If filing your tax returns are as simple as 1-2-3, then TurboTax has the app for you. It's called SnapTax, and it's specifically for iPhone and Android users who have straightforward returns to file.
Here is Eldergadget.com's top five gadgets of the week, including some of the coolest technologies we found at CES 2011.
Nowadays it's seems like we can get the Internet on any device. But what about TVs? There are many TV and Internet companies that are trying to combine forces to bring the world wide web to the tube, but is it a good idea? Here's what we think, judging from what we've seen at CES.
Microsoft has created a thorough survey to address the needs of computer uses who may need a little more assistance to fully utilize their computers and laptops.
Nowadays it's seems like we can get the Internet on any device. But what about TVs? There are many TV and Internet companies that are trying to combine forces to bring the world wide web to the tube, but is it a good idea? Here's what we think, judging from what we've seen at CES.
Toshiba caught our eye on Day 2 of CES. And it's no wonder. Any company that's sporting glasses-free 3D TVs and laptops, along with voice recognition TVs deserves our attention.
Toshiba caught our eye on Day 2 of CES. And it's no wonder. Any company that's sporting glasses-free 3D TVs and laptops, along with voice recognition TVs deserves our attention.
Is it true that girls don't play video games? Can you REALLY put a keyboard in a dishwasher without damaging it? These are just a few of the "tech myths" that exist today. Well, CNET sought to break down a few of the more prolific and long-lasting myths in its search for tech truth.
Tablets are expected to be the gadget of choice at CES 2011, which begins Jan. 6 in Las Vegas. We'll be keeping our eyes on Motorola, Asus and Acer - just to name a few expected tablet competitors.
Seniors are the fastest-growing age group on the social networks. Elder Locator has released a guide to make social networking understandable and easier.
Space heaters are a great and economical way to stay warm during the cold months. They also cause many fires every year. Check out our tips on how to use them safely so you can keep warm and safe this winter.
Best Buy recently announced that it's doing away with restocking fees. This is welcomed news, since a 15 percent restocking fee on major electronic purchases can really hit a senior's wallet.
See something suspicious, but don't know who to tell? The new PatriotApp lets you report crimes, possible terrorist activity and even environmental wrong doings to the appropriate governing agencies.
Mac users will soon be able to take advantage of many of the same apps that iPod, iPhone and iPad users currently enjoy, as Apple has announced the App Store for Macs and PCs will launch Jan. 6.
Traveling in a foreign country where you don't speak the language can be a frustrating experience for anyone. Luckily, there's a new app that's trying to reduce this frustration by instantly translating photos of written words into English.
Seniors are becoming a larger presence online, according to a recent study that noted how the older demographic is increasingly active in blogging and social networking.
Many experts believe that the Kinect will appeal to more seniors than previous gaming systems, due to its lack of a physical controller and emphasis on fitness.
Broaching the subject of technlogy can be difficult for both seniors and their adult children. Seniors may be eager to learn about new technologies, but may be too embarrassed to ask their children to teach them. Adult children may also want to get their parents up to speed on these technologies, but may not want to force them on seniors. That's why Google's attempted to find a solution.
Lillian Lowe proves you're never too old to try a new technology. The 103-year-old great-grandmother is an avid Facebook user.
Ever wish you had some recourse when a bad driver cuts you off? Now you do with the new DriveMeCrazy app for iPhone. While the app won't likely earn the offender a ticket, the makers do think it could place some social pressure on the driver to clean up his act, or risk being publicly declared an inconsiderate driver.
Google's new ebookstore lets readers access more books across more platforms, giving it a leg up on the competition.
What's not to love about social media? You don't have to wait until the next family gathering to see pictures of your granddaughter's latest road trip, and you'll know right away whether you're grandson made the football team. But is there a point at which you're too plugged in? Some seem to think so.
While there are plenty of legitimate news outlets on the Internet, many people can also find popular news stories or topics through Google or their own social networks. That's because certain keywords trend on these sites, bringing them to the attention of users. Here are some of the most popular items from Google, Facebook and Twitter.
A great holiday gift doesn't have to be high-tech - it can also be heartfelt. One such gift is the illuminated etchings created by Light Affection, a company that can turn any photo into a brilliant piece of artwork.
The touchscreen keypad may be the only thing holding some seniors back from purchasing an iPhone. If that's the case, one company has come up with a solution: a physical, flip-out keypad.
LCD TVs may have many desirable features, but the economic downturn has caused this niche to take a hit in recent years. Despite manufacturers' best efforts to maintain their price points by loading the TVs with extra goodies, demand has still dropped.
Online retailers are trying to lure you away from the competition right from your living room! That's because they know last-minute shopping can be a lot more convenient when done from home - except when shipping prices and arrival times get in the way. That's why companies like Amazon and Wal-Mart.com are tackling these issues head-on this holiday season.
Despite its seemingly massive popularity, Twitter is only used by about 8 percent of adults, according to a recent study. Seniors have a particularly long way to go with the micro-blogging platform, as only 4 percent of internet-savvy seniors use Twitter.
When the Kansas City Star Tribune set out to see what older individuals thought of today's eReaders, they were likely pleasantly surprised. Many seniors raved about the device's many convenient features that could make reading a whole lot easier for them.
Cold weather doesn't have to bully you into staying indoors. Whether you simply want to sit on your patio or need to drive to the grocery store, MSNBC's list of 10 gadgets that combat cold can save you from a lot of stress this holiday season.
A group of sixth graders sets out to show that not all of today's solutions need to be high-tech. With limited resources, these students set out to make the lives of today's seniors just a little bit easier.
Thanks to its built-in features and extensive App Store, iPhone users can now do more than ever before with a smartphone. Though the possibilities seem endless, one blogger set out to determine just how many gadgets the iPhone could replace. His conclusion? The iPhone can replace 23 gadgets!
Though the jury's still out on how dangerous cell phone radiation is, the FCC does keep a close eye on these devices' radiation levels. In addition to the FCC, CNET has also posted a list of the 20 phones with the highest radiation levels, which will continually be updated to reflect the products in the market.
Blackberry Apps World may be a long way from sophistication, but it doesn't mean there aren't practical app choices for the senior Blackberry owner. If you're having trouble getting started, the New York Times has done a little of the legwork for you by counting down its top 10 Blackberry apps.
The iPhone's App Store is so extensive that we sometimes forget that other operating systems, such as Android and Blackberry, offer a variety of choices too. The New York Times also recognized this recently, as it listed 10 of the best Android apps. We think there are a lot of great choices for seniors in this list.
According to the Nielsen company, current smartphone owners are eyeing the iPhone as their next operating system, while non-smartphone cell phone users prefer Android. Seniors, however, are still partial to the iPhone.
Eldergadget.com's list of the top five gadgets of the week. This week we include an Onkyo speaker system, a Pentax K-r, Garmin EcoRoute HD, the Jolibook and a set of Bose earbuds.
Taking the concept of attaching soaped-up scrubbers to your feet to the next level, a Japanese designer has created vacuum shoes. Only one question though, what happens if your pants get caught in your shoes?
Feeling generous this holiday season but don't know which charities to contribute to (or trust)? That's where Jumo comes in. It's a new social networking website created by one of Facebook's co-founders that aims to connect charitable people to charitable endeavors.
It's that time of year when parents and grandparents alike will line 'round the block to get the children in their lives the most sought-after toys. In the spirit of this, MSNBC counted down some of the hottest, most riot-enducing toys of the past 80 years.
Many travelers are up in arms by the new body scanners that have been implemented by TSA at many airports. First, there's the radiation. Then, there's the fact that the scanners pick up more than just the potential weapons passengers may be carrying.
If your customer service or overall experience with a business is less than stellar you no longer have to take it lying down anymore. Gripe offers you a social networking platform upon which you can broadcast your complaint and possibly embarass the business into hearing your side of things. They may even remedy the situation.
We've all had our TV programs interrupted by an alert from the Emergency Broadcast System, but when was the last time that alert ever applied to us? Since they're broadcast regionally, chances are we're not in the affected areas. And what if we're not watching TV, but may reside within the danger zone? That's why a new alert system is being tested out to alert those only within the affected geographic area via cell phone of the potential hazard.
Cyber crime is all over the Internet, but it's even more prevalent during the holidays. So take a small crash course in online safety now to avoid some pocket-emptying scams down the road.
Welcome to the second part of ElderGadget's recent discussion with Microsoft official Dan Hubbell--Technology Evangelist for the company's Accessibility Business Unit. Dan discussed Microsoft's extensive accessibility initiative to spread information about features, options, and settings in Windows 7 and other software that can improve the computing experience for seniors and anyone else with particular needs, requirements, or limitations. In part II, he also discusses the importance of extending the accessibility paradigm to the world of mobile devices.
The new Google Voice app will let seniors communicate much easier, thanks to its friendly options. Google Voice will let you make calls and send texts or emails from its program.
The introduction of the 4G network means faster download times, and the ability to watch high-definition live programming straight from your smartphone. While it's around now, its capabilities are limited. Fortunately, the major carriers are all working to expand their 4G coverage.
These five classics range from nostalgic to funny, quirky and even educational. While you may not have time to fit all five into your turkey day, a few could round out a lovely Thanksgiving Day.
The Beatles have finally come to iTunes! Nearly 35 years after the feud between the Beatles' Apple and Steve Jobs' Apple began, the two have reached an agreement that gives iTunes users access to all of the group's wonderful songs.
A robot being developed by the University of Connecticut is undergoing training to care for the elderly. If successful, the robot will be able to fetch and remind seniors to take their meds, and will know when to alert outside help, should the need arise.
Credit and debit cards could soon be a thing of the past if Google's new smartphone is successful. That's because the newest technology would allow patrons to pay retailers with just a tap of their phone.
Comcast is offering a new remote control app for Apple devices that makes changing the channel and browsing the programs much easier. Instead of straining to see the small writing on the screen, you can view all your choices straight from your Apple gadget.
The mobile Google Docs app is no longer read-only. Smartphone users can now edit their documents much like they would on a home computer.
Microsoft's Accessibility Business Unit is working hard to promote the accessibility and ease-of-use options available in Windows 7 and other Microsoft tools. To find out about this initiative, ElderGadget recently chatted with Dan Hubbell, Technology Evangelist for Microsoft's Accessibility team, and he had a lot to say about Window 7's senior friendly features, how the company analyzes the needs of various demographic groups as it develops technology, the future of voice recognition technology, and lots more. Check out his comments in part I of a two-part podcast conversation, and check back here soon for part II.
Though these high-tech robots are often sold as "toys," they could be used for in-home monitoring, surveillance and security. The fact that they resemble the much-loved WALL-E doesn't hurt, either.
Movie studios traditionally use roundtable focus groups, test-screenings and audience surveys to gauge how well a movie is being received by a general audience. This may all change soon, however, as a U.K. security firm develops a technology that would enable researchers to monitor the general eye movement patterns of movie-watchers to determine how engaged they are.
In its attempt at world domination, Facebook is creating its own webmail service. The service would act much like Gmail or Hotmail, in that it would be a free email program for all to enjoy. Facebook believes the added perk is in integrating social networking and email activities, reducing the need for multiple accounts across multiple platforms.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 made some of the worst movies into the best with the addition of a few sarcastic robots. Now, the creators are back, and they've tackled some of today's biggest hits, including Avatar, High School Musical and Lord of the Rings.
Patient advocacy is a huge topic, particularly among the senior community. While no one likes being in a hospital, these stays can be more easily managed with apps like the Patient Journal app, which can help you organize your thoughts, concerns and schedule.
If your inbox runneth over, then you may have trouble finding that one correspondence that contains a party's address, or the name of that new over-the-counter medication your doctor thinks you should try. That's why the New York Times created a list of five useful tips that will have you finding that long-ago email in no time.
A microchip embedded in medication could soon inform your doctor about your key vital signs, which could help healthcare providers monitor the way we respond to new drugs.
How much would you pay for a computer that doesn't even have enough memory to hold a single song file? Would you pay around $260,000? Christie's auction house thinks you will - because this computer happens to be an APPLE-1, the first computer ever made by Apple.
There are things the iPhone can do, and then there are things the iPhone can do, such as stun someone. The media is cautiously exploring the claim by an MIT student that he turned his iPhone into a stun gun. While inventive, we're not yet sure it's true. If it is, however, a similarly made device could be extremely beneficial to seniors.
Taking on a new medication regimen can be stressful for seniors if they're forgetful. Calendars and phone apps can provide reminders, but one path of defense may not be enough. That's why the GlowCap has three fail-safe alerts to ensure you take your medication in a timely manner.
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Speed cameras are unnerving enough, but can you imagine if a speed camera could also tell if your insurance was valid or if you were wearing a seatbelt? What if it could also issue you a ticket for tailgating? Well, drivers in Finland are about to find out, as a system has been developed to do just that.
A lost iPhone, it's every Machead's worst nightmare. Even if you're not a Machead, you don't want to misplace a $300 phone, especially if you didn't insure it. That's why we wanted to share CNET's list of four apps that can help you locate your lost iPhone.
Need to make the text on Facebook (or any website) easier to read? Here's a tip on how to easily enlarge text on any web page in any browser.
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A new technology could mean the end of flimsy hotel room keys as we know them. Assa Abloy has created a smartphone application that allows patrons to electronically check into hotels and access their rooms.
Scientists at UCLA and Cal Tech have discovered that humans can voluntarily control their neuron activity. They could even move their mouse cursors with their minds.
Microsoft purchased Canesta, the famous maker of 3D and motion-capture technologies. These technologies have enormous possibilities in the video game, digital camera and automobile realm.
Researchers at the University of Indiana have created a website called Truthy that seeks to dispell campaign lies and smear attacks by analyzing politically charged tweets.
Scary never goes out of style, especially on Halloween. But if you're tired of the latest special effects or same old remakes, think about indulging in a classic or two this Halloween. From Frankenstein to the Pod People, there are plenty of tormented, torturous and terrifying characters to keep you company on Fright Night.
A large number of first aid and medical advice-oriented Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch are now available through the Apps Store, but finding the ones that are most useful requires research and caution.
Self-driving cars could be a huge benefit to seniors, many of whom have to give up their licenses at some point. Driverless cars would enable seniors to get around unassisted, potentially prolonging their autonomy. In another step forward in this technology, an Italian company has created a self-driving van that successfully navigated through two continents.
The new MacBook Air not only looks great, but it's chalked full of senior-friendly features. It's lightweight, contains a large screen, boasts a long battery life and a durable design. Sign us up!
Generations on Line, a non-profit service that offers a suite of specialized software tools dedicated to helping seniors learn how to use and enjoy the Internet, recently celebrated its 10th birthday.
MobileMe stores photos, data and videos, and sync messages, contacts and calendars. This software can also assist in the recovery of your mobile device. It does this across many devices, including Macs, iPhones and iPads, but is it worth the $99-a-year subscription? We'll leave that up to you.
Robotic gripping technology has a few limitations, one of them being the scope of items the gripper is able to pick up. Scientists at the University of Chicago, however, have created a gripper that can grab anything from a penny to a car utilizing bags of grain.
When Starbucks announced its free Wifi, we jumped for joy. Now, it's offering free access to subscription-based services like the Wall Street Journal, Zagat and even HarperCollins books. We'd show our appreciation with a backflip, but fear our enthusiasm is due to a caffeine overdose and not a particularly ambidextrous body.
Want to jump on the 3DTV bandwagon but don't have the patience to wear 3D glasses over your regular glasses? Fortunately, Samsung's developed prescription 3D glasses that can be custom made.
Here is a quick and easy tip on how to make a webpage's text and images larger and easier to read.
A multi-player Ouija board game for the iPad.
The rapid evolution of Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) tracking technology is producing new applications of particular interest to seniors, their families, and caregivers. One of the most active companies in this space is GTX Corp.--the company behind the patented GPS Smart Shoe
Google TV is all the buzz at the moment, but what does this term really mean? Well, its literally a combination of Google and TV. With Google TV you can search the Internet, update your social media accounts, launch your apps, record your favorite shows and download thousands of movies straight from your smartphone.
A wealth of web sites and several new Apps are available to provide fans with easy, new-media access to reams of classic programming from the Golden Age of Radio.
Digital Foci offers a portable and easy way to arrange digital photos into albums, display, and share them. The product accepts most digital media card formats, and images and videos can be imported via multiple format slots, flash drive, or using a computer.
Can Twitter accurately predict how many people have the flu? One man thinks so.
Veterans and Medicare subscribers will now have the option of downloading, storing and printing their medical records and claims history, thanks to a new blue button that appears on MyHealthyVet and MyMedicare.
Are you really interested in the iPad but want to test it out first? Then you're in luck! You can now pick up an iPad at about 5,000 stores nationwide, including the Apple Store, Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart. Even Sam's Club is going to start selling the iPad this holiday season. Now's the perfect time to check out this wonderful device before the holiday crowd whisks it away.
Generations Unite provides an intranet-like platform for caregivers and families to connect on behalf of a dependent senior. Many adult children know how difficult it can be to leave their parents' care in the hands of a stranger, which is why this communications platform was created. By signing up for its free service, both parties can communicate quickly and easily.
MenuPages established a name for itself on the web by providing menus and listing for thousands of restaurants across the country. Not content to be just a website, MenuPages has recently created an nifty iPhone app for your eating needs.
Elder Gadget takes a look at the Aging Technology Alliance--a consortium of technology manufacturers whose products and services are aimed at improving access and life quality for seniors, or have other relevance for seniors.
An engineering team at Germany's Freie University has outdone Google's cars by creating a taxi that can drive completely independently. Dubbed the "Autonomos Taxi," this vehicle uses the iPad to meet passengers at their current locations. Once inside, passengers simply tap their destination into the Appirion iPad app, and they're off.
Of all the numbers you can store on your cell phone, there
Most modern smartphones can take some incredible photographs. Here are some basic tips useful to seniors beyond the obvious one--don't forget to consistently clean your lens.
The iPhone 4 may be newer than the iPhone 3GS, but some aren't convinced that it's improved. One company cited a 68% increase in damage complaints, as compared to the iPhone 3GS, and an 82 percent increase in reported screen damage alone.
If you are a chronic online chatter box that likes to socialize with Google Talk, Facebook Chat, Yahoo IM, or Jabber, chatting on the-go with an iPhone or iPad might seem like a daunting task. However, the updated Meebo app has changed the rules of communication, consolidating all of your chat programs into one clean, straightforward app.
Although the Internet and email have fundamentally revolutionized communications, one dichotomy remains
Ever wondered what your favorite old-time arcade characters would look like in real life? Neither have we, but we have to admit that we were intrigued when someone actually presented us with the option.
Google's not the first company to develop a car that can drive by itself, but it may be the most publicized. If made available to consumers, this car could extend a senior's independence long after he's able to drive himself from place to place.
Ten One Design has created a stylus for the iPhone 4 that comes with a dual-functioning clip. The clip can both hold the stylus in place when it's not in use, and hold the iPhone in place when it is being used.
Many higher-end automobiles now come with built-in TVs or movie players, but Mercedes-Benz and BMW are taking in-car entertainment and navigation a step further by integrating iPad docks into their new models. The docks will reside behind the first-row seats, so passengers can re-charge and use the iPad at their convenience.
ShareCare created an online bridge between Internet-savvy Americans and healthcare providers by offering an interactive Q&A-style website that allows some of the nation's leading doctors, nurses, hospitals and health organizations to answer readers' most important health questions.
Like Facebook, Twitter provides a fun and easy way to keep in touch with everyone from grandkids to Donald Trump! While many seniors have embraced Facebook, Twitter's lingo has stopped many seniors from utilizing its microblogging platform. That's why ElderGadget set out to de-mystify the site's most commonly used terms in the hopes that you'll enjoy yet another way to connect to others. Happy tweeting!
If you've ever kept your computer on your lap, chances are you've noticed that it can get warm pretty quickly. Well, researchers from Switzerland have noticed it can get a bit too warm for comfort, resulting in toasted skin syndrome, a condition that's marked by a brownish-red rash or other skin discoloration. It can also cause burns or even cancer, experts say, so be sure to take precautionary steps when using your laptop.
Remote, a new iPhone/ iPad app, is helping to redefine the term "convenience" for the digital age. The premise is relatively straightforward: control the settings for your iTunes or Apple TV from your iPhone or iPad.
According to a new study, the ease of technology has made Americans significantly more likely to give. This is true across the board, though seniors and Boomers tend to give in greater numbers.
With electronics, it's all about supply and demand. Well, in the LCD TV realm there has apparently been an oversupply of LCD panels mixed with an underwhelming amount of demand, which should slash prices by as much as 12 percent this holiday season.
Just because the iPhone doesn't automatically come with a QWERTY keyboard, that doesn't mean you can't use one with the phone. Case and point: ThinkGeek's TK-421, an iPhone case that doubles as a QWERTY keyboard.
Retrevo's recently released Gadget Census Report outlines some basic personality traits and habits that consumers are likely to share if they own a PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android or iPhone product.
Sanofi-Aventis has created a blood glucose meter and diabetes manager app that can be connected to and used in conjunction with the iPhone and iPod Touch. This eliminates the need for diabetics to carry around a separate testing kit and notepad. Instead, the test results are analyzed and stored in the device for maximum convenience.
Ever wonder what makes some apps five-star worthy while others suffer the indignity of one little star? A programmer set out to answer just that by determining the words most commonly used when describing the best and worst apps in the App Store. The results may help you narrow down your priorities when choosing apps.
Smartphones and their millions of apps are all the rage right now, but much of the senior population isn't using them. Some, according to the Pew Research Center, don't even know whether their phones come equipped with apps.
Many people don't think about the strength of their passwords until someone breaks into their accounts. Take 30 seconds to read a few easy-to-follow tips provided by the NYT's Gadgetwise blog, and rest assured that your passwords - along with the important data they access - are safe.
Will software programs are a great way to take control of your assets and estate. However, as easy and convenient as they are, they cannot take the place of a lawyer, as one New York Times writer discovered. So feel free to draft your will with one of these programs - just don't forget to run it by a lawyer before making it official.
Google says its new search feature, Google Instant, can shave two to five seconds off of our search times. How can it do this? By providing a list of our most likely searched terms as we begin typing. If you're having trouble with this new system, Gadgetwise has a few tips for you.
While the iPad is undeniably aesthetically pleasing, transporting the tablet isn't always easy. The iPad is prone to scratches and falls. No one wants to spend hundreds of dollars on a new gadget only to end up with a broken device. That's where supplemental iPad protection comes in handy.
The original incarnation of the Nike + App was a pretty darn neat idea: you could track your distance and speed during a run by placing a sensor in a Nike shoe and sync the device up with your iPhone or newer iPod models. An updated version has made a few crucial adjustments -- you no longer need the sensor or the shoe to use the app. Appropriately renamed Nike + GPS, the app now uses GPS functionality to track how far you run.
We aren't too far off from a new era in television programming; soon or later, standard color television sets are going to seem like anachronistic fossils and 3D television sets are going to be the norm. The 3-D television revolution is on the horizon and there is no good reason to think that senior's are unenthusiastic about it.
It seems as if the main stream press is slowly but surely starting to pay attention to a slew of new gadgets that can help improve the quality of life for aging adults. Case and point: Wall Street Journal's magazine SmartMoney just wrote an article called "Senior Living, Version 2.0."
MSNBC got into the holiday weekend spirit by releasing a list of 10 products for a relaxing Labor Day weekend. Its fun-spirited approach to the holiday makes MSNBC a website after our own heart.
For many of us, golf isn't just a game but an obsessive lifestyle choice of sorts that gets our competitive juices flowing. A real golf nut will do about anything to improve performance. Thats where the iPhone app, "All About Golf For Seniors" steps in.
Nigerian businessmen and flirty Russians are just a few of the details that should sound off alarm bells in your head when you're communicating with someone you don't know online. Here, Panda Security lists the top seven scams of the decade. As you can see from the list, if someone asks for your bank account number, credit card information or requests that you send them money DO NOT DO IT!
A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that texting is no longer just an activity for teenagers. In fact, adults are embracing texting in record numbers.
No one can say that Apple lacks ambition. Planning to change the way in which we listen to music once again, the company recently just introduced a music social networking platform -- Ping.
Sometimes less is certainly more. As is the case with the new Kindle e-book reader, the Kindle 3. Last week Amazon unveiled it's new Kindle and the latest incarnation of Amazon's popular e-book reader turns out to be a true gem.
According to the Pew Research Center, adults aged 65 and older are utilizing Twitter and Facebook more than ever. Most sign up to keep in touch with friends and family, which may include three or more generations.
Google has created a way for Gmail users to make calls directly from their accounts. Calls to the U.S. are free through the rest of 2010, and the set-up is extremely fast and easy.
Netflix, one of the internet's most reliable video streaming sites, is now available as an iPhone app. Netflix was already available for the iPad but it has been formatted to work with the iPhone. And that's wonderful news for movie and T.V. aficionados.
A new study published by British researchers answers a question you may have thought about once or twice while at the gym: can listening to music during an exercise get you a better workout?
How much technology is too much technology? And what exactly do we miss out on by always being "connected. " The New York Times went ahead and addressed these crucial questions in a recent article, "Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime."
Voice recognition software can take the hassle out of scrolling through a long list of contacts for the one piece of information or phone number you need. That is, if you can get it to understand what you're saying. Many of today's standard voice recognition programs only work fairly well at best. Fortunately, as a New York Times blogger points out, there are a few steps you can take to improve the accuracy of this software.
Most of us take for granted the fact that browsing the internet is usually a visual experience. For a number of seniors whose eyesight is a long way off from perfect 20/20 vision interacting with the internet is a different sort of activity. A recent Gizmodo article entitled, "How Blind People See the Internet" explains the ways in which the visually impaired can utilize the web.
It is common for seniors to run into problems when trying to type on a standard keyboard. A company out of Japan has created a keyboard which aims to solve these pesky typing difficulties by designing a keyboard with extra space between the keys.
Social networking sites are great ways to stay in touch with friends and family. However, they can also divulge tons of information about where you live, when you're home and what valuables you keep in that home. Therefore, you should follow a few safety rules about publishing information online to prevent yourself from becoming a robbery target.
Beloit College's Mindset List gives you a peak into the cultural relevancy that shaped the Class of 2014. Among the fun facts that separate today's generation from those of decades' past? Most of these guys only know Clint Eastwood as a director...Dirty Who?
The FloH Club provides over-the-phone tech support for seniors who may have trouble using their electronics or certain websites. Endorsed by Florence Henderson, who's now a senior herself, the FloH Club can teach seniors how to e-mail, social network, instant message, video conference and even shop online. They also offer support for a variety of gadgets.
The new Blackberry Torch, the smartphone that was supposed to be Blackberry's answer to the iPhone and Android phones, has been struggling to meet expectations. The phone has been available for two plus weeks but it doesn't seem like it is going to join the smartphone A-list anytime soon.
An app that to can potentially revolutionize your shopping habits? Yep, that's impressive. The folks at Shopkick have teamed up with major retailers like Best Buy, Macy's, and American Eagle to track and offer promotions to shoppers with the app Shopkick.
Indulge in a little pre-Halloween fun as we outline the best lists and places to find Friday the 13th-related content.
The Move-It provides a cheap and easy way to maneuver bulky boxes or heavy packages. Made completely of cardboard, this kit comes with handles and wheels to take a load off of any box.
People are more connected today than they have ever been. We have smartphones, tablets, TVs and laptops that can do just about anything for us, but is it too much? Have the conveniences of today's technologies ruined us? PC World thinks they may have, so it outlined witty 21 signs that may indicate you're too spoiled by modern-day gadgets.
One of the iPad's greatest assets, its portability, is also the cause of a lot of its problems. As a mobile item, its users are prone to accidentally dropping or spilling a liquid on the unit. Enter one of the strongest resolutions available: The OtterBox iPad Defender Protective Case.
Movies, TV shows, video clips, books and magazines are some of the media that can be instantly accessed on the iPad, making it a great entertainment vessel for seniors. Caregivers with access to an iPad could easily utilize this device during a senior's leisure time.
There is no right answer to the e-Reader/paper book debate; it is just a matter of what kind of reading experience you want. If you consider yourself to be a more active reader, that enjoys highlighting passages, looking up words, or tweeting sentences, then it seems as if e-Reader might be a better option. However, if you enjoy a passive, leisurely read, then it might makes sense to stick with paper books.
Within the upcoming weeks, expect Apple to announce new, improved models for a number of its notable products, the iPad, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPod Touch.
Japanese researchers may have created an end to finger pricks as we know them. They've created an implantable gel that can light up under the skin, alerting elderly diabetics that their blood sugar is outside the normal range.
Oftentimes the simplest approach is best when teaching seniors how to use a new gadget, but can this mentality be taken too far? A recent New York Times blog post suggested that teaching seniors how to use an iPad is like working with preschoolers.
Talk about a fascinating technological innovation: a group of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco have built a device that would enable your mobile phone to diagnose diseases.
These two electronics companies, which ventured into the field of healthcare technology separately, are joining forces to provide in-home monitoring and communication devices that they believe will be crucial as the population ages.
The recent New York Times article, "Be Sure Exercise Is All You Get at the Gym" puts us on guard about hygiene and personal health at the gym. Stretching on a mat, alternating between an elliptical and a stationary bike, or wiping off sweat with a towel might not be as harmless as you might think.
The iPhone 4 reception/antenna storm seems like a thing of the past because apparently iPhone 4 users are quite happy with their new smartphones. According to a survey conducted by market research firm ChangeWave, 72% of iPhone 4 owners are "very satisfied" with their new device.
Sometimes you have to sacrifice comfort for fashion, but have you ever sacrificed fashion for comfort? Bet you've never had to do it to the extent that these three devices require. Though they may keep you cool, you'll be so self-conscious in these garments that your nervous sweating is sure to negate any chilling effects.
The iPad's virtually limitless functionality makes it the perfect companion for both professional and personal caregivers.
ReSound Alera provides a more convenient, sophisticated hearing aid system because it can stream audio from most in-home devices without any wires or cables.
Today marked the highly anticipated release of the BlackBerry Torch 9800, the newest incarnation of the BlackBerry model that is supposed to compete with the iPhone and Android smartphones. There are two notable upgrades for seniors to note: a touchscreen/keyboard option and an improved processing system.
Assisted living isn't necessarily for everyone. Many seniors don't want to forced out of the comfort of their own home, regardless of the safety benefits and constant care. With the advent of certain technological innovations, staying inside can be an effective option.
A day after we find out that Motorola/Android are preparing their own tablet to complete with the iPad, Microsoft reveals that they are currently working on their own Windows-based tablet. For aging adults who own and prefer Microsoft computers, it is nice to know that this tried and true operating system, with its straightforward interface, will be available as a tablet.
In an effort to compete with iPhone and Android models, the revamped Blackberry -- the BlackBerry 9800 -- will have a touchscreen interface. Though a lot of seniors who found the Blackberry an attractive option because of their premium keyboard need not worry; the 9800 model is expected to feature a slide out keyboard as well.
Talk about modest, yet impressive, improvements. Yesterday, Amazon revealed a new generation of Kindle, which happens to be a bit smaller and lighter than past models, which makes it easy to hold and carry around.
Evernote might be the zenith of productivity apps for your iPhone: it pretty much help you remember anything and everything. Evernote lets you create notes, photographic snap shots, or record voice memos, which can then be accessed from either your iPhone, personal computer, or the web.
It seems as if there is a new battle on the horizon in the war between Apple and Android. Up until this point, it seems as if the two entities have duked it out over smartphones but this new front will consist of something entirely new -- tablets.
Internet celebrity Ivy Bean passed away earlier today at the age of 104. Bean carved out a name for herself as supposedly the world's oldest Tweeter.
The Little Black Book iPhone Case is a prime example of new technological needs teaming up with old-fashioned design. With models customized for both the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS respectively, the black book is a great home for your iPhone.
The FlightView app, which is available on Droid, iPhone, Blackberry, and Palm devices, helps organize your travel plans with everything from flight delay updates to rental car information, making you much more in control of your airport experience.
Every so often we run across an invention that had the potential to radically change the way in which we interact with certain products. Such happens to be the case with the Nadia concept camera, a camera which automatically assess the aesthetic quality of your photos.
Edwin happens to be one of the neatest speech-to-speech apps available for Android phones. Here is the gist: you ask the phone a question, it will give you an answer right back.
Most of the chitchat regarding iPhone 4 accessories has revolved around cases. This makes sense, given that strapping a case around the unit solves the pesky reception problems. But let us not forget about the other side of the iPhone -- the screen.
The Kindle is a wonderful reading device, but many people wonder if it's worth its price. The iPad is another great device, but its E-Reader capabilities aren't quite as good as the Kindle's. So which one do you buy? Well, it depends on your needs (and budget).
Judging from recent sales trends and industry predictions, it seems as if the Blackberry era might be ending, as its share of the smartphone has entered a period of decline. This is not much of a surprise to anyone that keeps up to date on smartphones: the ascent of iPhones and Google's Android operating system have rendered Blackberry technology as somewhat antiquated. We can't say this is necessarily a bad thing for seniors.
Consider the HexaPose Stand for the iPad one of the sleekest iPad stands. And one of our favorites as well. Custom designed to specifically work with the iPad, the HexaPose Stand is made out of solid and sturdy aluminum build.
Engineers in India have designed a prototype for the world's cheapest tablet, a touchscreen device that costs around $35.00. Experts have already touted the low-cost tablet as the computer of the future. If this is indeed true, it's nice to know that tomorrow's technology will be so darn simple and eldergadget.
Two iPhone/iPad apps shaping the future of health videos are Video MD and Everwell TV. By covering a wide variety of topics in an ever-so-simple format, they have universal appeal. An impressive selection of videos are ready to view when you are.
Starting today, iPhone 4 users can order their complimentary bumper. For seniors worried about their iPhone 4 reception problems, a solution is near.
If you have an iPhone, do yourself a favor and download the app Alert and Respond. iPhone user Jordan Sturm can attest to that. He was in the middle of testing out the app on the streets of San Francisco when a bike thief snatched his precious iPhone and rode away. Much to the thief's surprise, the app allows for live GPS tracking and was arrested.
Managing your reputation online is a source of concern for internet users. A regrettable photo that you were in or an unfortunate comment someone happened to make about you can come back to haunt you. Surprisingly, seniors are not immune from that this sort of digital gossip.
Seemingly minor design changes can go a long way, as is the case with Google's new image search. The most notable upgrade is an instant scrolling option: instead of viewing a static page of thumbnail images, you can check out images as a continuous scroll
In case you haven't heard the groundbreaking story from the world of publishing, E-book sales are are outpacing hardcovers on Amazon.com. How will this shift play out for senior readers?
Many don't like the idea of strapping a case around the phone; the iPhone is a beautifully designed gadget and to a certain extent a case takes away from the aesthetics. If you are looking for an alternative quick-fix, look no further than Antenn-aids.
When most of us think about New York City, images of the traffic, the pollution, and the crowds come to mind. The legendary hustle and bustle doesn't necessarily scream elder friendliness. Though the city's reputation as a haven just for the young is starting to change, as it is becoming a more accommodating place for aging adults.
Apple's highly anticipated press conference regarding the iPhone 4 and its reception problems earlier today answered a number of our questions regarding this high end smartphone. Getting down to the essentials, Apple head Steve Jobs admitted the iPhone does indeed have antenna problems when you hold it a certain way.
To update everyone on the Apple press conference on iPhone 4, Steve Jobs has announced that Apple will offer a free bumper for anyone who has purchased an iPhone 4. Putting bumpers on the outside of the phone will do away with the pesky antenna/reception problem.
You may or may not know that the 2010 version Microsoft Office, the most trusted name in word processing software, has been available for retail purchase for about a month. The question begs to be asked, are seniors loosing anything when they switch from Office to a free online processor like Google Docs?
Designers out of New Zealand have invented an impressively futuristic device: A robotic exoskeleton capable of moving users in a bipedal fashion. Could this be the groundbreaking innovation that senior wheelchair users have long been waiting for?
We want to notify you of potentially groundbreaking technological breakthrough to come out of Paris, France. The French company, Carmat, claims that it is equipped with technology that can create an artificial heart to replace diseased human hearts.
Meet the Modu Phone, the world's lightest cell phone. It just landed in the UK, and is an intriguing change of pace to the larger, feature-laden smartphones on the market today. Just be careful not to step on it.
Let's face it, there's really no such thing as too much battery life for a phone. So if you're in the market for a new iPhone case, consider the Exolife, a case which not only protects your iPhone, but also claims to double its battery power.
Do you have a great app idea that you'd love to share? Inspired to create an app but don't have the proper computer skills for coding? Well Google has created an easy to use Android software system, called Google App Inventor for Android.
Always objective, always meticulous Consumer Reports has gone ahead and confirmed our worst iPhone 4-related fears: the faulty unpredictable reception is in fact a design problem.
The iRetrophone docks are fully functional throwbacks to the technology of yesteryear. The dock not only charges and syncs your iPhone, but also includes a working USB handset. How handy.
Open Space is a new Android app that actively helps you find parking spots. It's a social interactive activity of sorts. When you leave a spot, you mark down that a spot has just opened up. If you area looking for a spot and see that a recently marked space has opened up, it is yours for the taking.
Many older adults and their loved ones are deeply concerned with falling. They know that falls can result in bruises, hip fractures, and head traumas. A flourishing industry has grown around one-button alert pendants that notify others and enable a quick emergency response.
It's easy to see why some seniors might not care for the feature-heavy smartphones that have flooded the market as of late. Well, Martin Cooper, inventor of the first commercial cell phone, is on your side.
If we are witnessing an arms race between the iPhone and Android (and we are pretty darn sure we are), we predict that seniors will benefit from the competition. It seems as if each side is constantly tinkering their model, which will ultimately improve senior-related factors like usability and auditory acuity.
We don't blame you if you need incentives to accomplish tasks that are on your to-do list. So let's take this opportunity to introduce to you EpicWin, the incentive-laden to-do-list game.
What is there was a small telescope that could be implanted in one eye to help those of us that suffer from a severe loss of vision? Such is the case with the VisionCare telescope.
Ever thought of checking your eyesight using your cellphone? Never have we, until we heard about Ramesh Raskar, an MIT Media Lab professor. He and his students developed a system that uses a cellphone screen, a small plastic device, and software to test vision that allows you to calculate eyeglass prescription on the go.
Just when you thought you might have figured out all of the iPhone's functions, here comes along two new applications that allow you to use the LED flash as a mobile flashlight. The benefits of having a flashlight on the iPhone are pretty indisputable for seniors: aging adults generally need help discerning images in the dark.
Browsing the web for news content and commentary can be somewhat of a frustrating experience for aging adults who aren't yet internet experts. Coming across thousands of blogs, it is sometimes difficult to discern what is considered high-quality content. The trade group Internet Content Syndication Council (ICSC) has proposed a modest solution: an industry wide-discussion on the best way to preserve and feature quality content.
A recent study courtesy of Jakob Nielsen found that it took an individual 6.2% longer to read a book on an iPad and 10.7% longer on a Kindle 2 in comparison with a traditional book. What does this mean for the future of e-readers and how exactly should seniors interpret this data?
While the iPhone 4 has garnered mostly impeccable reviews, noted for its sharp resolution, FaceTime functionality, and intuitive interface, it is hard to ignore the reports from users of subpar inconsistent call quality. How should seniors who are loyal iPhone users respond?
Summer's here, so make the living easy with a few titles that embody the sun, sand, surf and classic Hollywood stars.
Facebook has become the epicenter the online privacy discussion and it seems as if privacy settings and preferences are generally generational. Recent studies by the Pew Center and Hoofnagle have debunked the myth that young Facebook users are less concerned about their privacy than their older counterparts though.
Any loyal ElderGadget reader knows that we are somewhat obsessed with large screens. Whether that be for a digital camera, a T.V. screen, a digital camcorder, or a smartphone, large screens are crucial for aging adults that want to interact with technology. Apparently we aren't the only ones who have taken notice.
The geniuses at MIT have invented a way for consumers to obtain an accurate eyeglass prescriptions with little more than a smartphone and a $2 add-on accessory. Though the NETRA system is still being tested, if successful it could change the way we obtain eye exams and corrective lenses.
A news app in the iTunes app store, Newsy has really caught our attention. It
Since the iPad's launch, Wired, Gourmet Live, Sports Illustrated, and Time have all made their magazines available as iPad applications. For seniors specifically, magazine applications represent the best of what the iPad has to offer as an e-reader: bright colorful images, interesting content, and accessible design. However, despite these noticeable adaptations, iPad-based magazines have yet to embrace social media.
Until 2008 MapQuest.com was the ultimate destination for finding reliable directions online. But then Google decided to flex its navigation muscles with Google Maps and ever since it seems as if MapQuest.com has taken a back seat in this virtual arms race. Yet, with a new user-friendly beta version, MapQuest.com hopes to reclaim the top spot.
In designing its Comfort Zone application, the Alzheimer
For seniors that plan to pack their bags and travel a bit, we want to provide you with some travel tips to manage gadgets while on the go. Hopefully these suggestions will help you have a more efficient, safer, and enjoyable trip.
Books that come with embedded audio and video clips are now available on the Kindle App. There are 14 titles with these capabilities now, with many more in the works. ElderGadget thinks this is another great way to make E-Reader apps more appealing to seniors.
Creating a to-do list is a timeless, effective approach to task management. It's beauty lies in its simplicity. To-do-lists become increasingly useful with age, as seniors are relatively prone to forgetting to carry out tasks. The blog Lifehacker recently published its list of the "Give Best To-Do List Managers." We tested out their recommendations and came up with some of the best online to-do list managers for seniors.
A bill proposed by State Senator Curren Price would allow the DMV to issue digital license plates that would show advertisements when the car is stopped at red lights or stop signs.
While no one has called the iPad the savior of the print industry, one magazine has made a comeback thanks to the handy little advice.
All reliable browsers share the following: easily located back and forward buttons, refresh and reload options, and a search bar to input terms into a search engine. And despite these shared commonalities, not all web browsers are made the same. It is safe to say that each has their own unique emphasizes and strengths. ElderGadget is here to provide an overview of the top three browsers and highlight their unique senior friendly appeals.