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Give this Giving Tuesday

The newest addition to the roster of holiday events has no calories and doesn’t require fighting crowds in stores…and makes your community a better place. #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), comes on November 27 this year. It is a counterweight to the commercialization and consumerism that engulfs us after Thanksgiving.  This global…

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Take the “Moral Machine” test

Should a self-driving car headed for an unavoidable accident swerve to hit – or save – a dog, a baby, or a older person? The rise of Artificial Intelligence in equipment is bringing unintended consequences and moral dilemmas, especially as self-driving cars become more accepted. How can a self-driving car make the life and death…

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Is this the most Ageist Ad of all time?

Adweek called this a “Comically Savage” election PSA series; but there’s nothing comic about it.  This ad series tries to scare Millennials into voting by portraying older people, who vote in much higher numbers, as greedy, selfish monsters.  Read about the series and watch the ads here. At a time when our society is more…

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Get your tech on – for free!

Savvy seniors are becoming more and more digitally connected.  A recent Pew Institute internet study  reports that 46 percent of people over 65 own a smartphone. Another Pew study finds that boomers are now far more likely to own a smartphone than they were in 2011 (67% now versus 25% then); about half  (52%) of Boomers…

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What’s up with WhatsApp

One of the most popular apps on smartphones is WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messaging app, which is becoming a more comprehensive, multi-purpose platform.  Here is a quick update on what’s up with WhatsApp: Users can group voice and video up to four people Most recently it announced that it now allows group voice and video…

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