Tech

Find WiFi – and Senior Planet – on city streets

Between now and October 24, if you are visiting NYC or outside your neighborhood and need a quick recharge or WiFi – without buying a coffee – just look for one of a series of kiosks scattered around the five boroughs called LinkNYC (info here)…and you might see a message from Senior Planet. LinkNYC kiosks…

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Senior Planet reaches out

It’s mid-afternoon in the computer lab at the Queensbridge Riis Senior Center in Queens, one of the five boroughs of New York City. Ms. Ann, a 69-year-old woman with a beautiful smile, is at one of the computers, completely immersed in her work. It’s hard to believe that just two years ago — during a…

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Tech of the Month: Streaming services

Want to cut the cord? Tired of paying hundreds of dollars a year on cable subscriptions?  Some studies indicate that costs for TV service rose almost twice as fast as inflation, rising more than 50 percent in about ten years to an average of $100.98 in 2017. There are plenty of alternatives to traditional TV,…

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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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Virtual Reality: August’s Tech of the Month

VR, or Virtual Reality, once a staple of military or medical training, or flight simulation, is entering the mainstream. VR is an interactive, computer-generated experience within a simulated environment, communicated via a VR headset. It is most commonly used in entertainment applications such as gaming and 3D cinema, but research in using VR to ease dementia symptoms…

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Are you ready to try esports?

There’s are some new teams in town and they’re shaking things up in the sports world – the esports world.   Esports basically turns video game playing into a competitive, spectator sport, and requires very fast reflexes. (Pros are often washed up by the age of 25; they’re too slow.)  Despite this, teams such as Sweden’s…

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Film at…79

When actress and broadcaster Carmen Gilda decided to re-start her career at the age of 77, after spending 15 years caring full-time for her parents, she signed up for filmmaking classes at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, the nation’s largest community media center (learn more here). Gilda, known professionally as Gilda Miros, initially worried she wouldn’t be…

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Online dating for Senior Men

If you are a single senior male, there is a good chance you are dating online. Today, it’s the best way to meet a woman. Dating online lets you know immediately who’s single and looking. That’s half the battle of dating: finding someone who is looking for the same thing you are. You’ll want to put…

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Some spots still open for free tech classes

NOTE: Classes at Senior Planet Exploration Center on West 25th street in Manhattan are currently full! We do offer classes at many other locations, however. Check the map linked below! Although summer courses have already begun, there are still some spots open at Senior Planet Centers’ summer sessions for free five or ten week classes.…

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