Tech Tips

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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Advance planning for your online life

Today’s seniors are more digitally connected than ever, with some estimating that as many as 34 % of Americans (65 and above) use social networking sites. From ordering food online to digitally transferring money, these apps have our personal and financial data stored online. It’s vital to take measures to secure personal data to ensure…

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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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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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Healthcare Data Breach: symptoms and cures

Having your records stolen in a healthcare data breach can be can be a prescription for financial disaster. If scam artists break into healthcare networks and grab your medical information, they can impersonate you to get medical services, use your data open credit accounts, break into your bank accounts, obtain drugs illegally, and even blackmail…

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Alexa, what shall we have for dinner?

Who, or what, is Alexa? Alexa is Amazon’s voice service. She comes into your home via one of the Amazon Echo products. She can play music and audiobooks, control other smart devices in your home such as the light switches and thermostat, get information, news, weather, and more… using just your voice! During the month…

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More reasons to get tech savvy

Learning new technologies can be daunting, and at times may seem like more trouble than it’s worth. But as members of the Baby Boomer generation reach retirement age, there are plenty of good reasons to make sure they’re up to date on the latest technology. The good news? It doesn’t have to be difficult. Scott…

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Apps to Help our Planet

Earth Day is April 22nd, but the whole month is dedicated to saving our beautiful planet’s environment. According to the Earth Day Network, that date’s the largest civic observance in the world, with more than one billion people participating in Earth Day activities each year. You can become more eco-savvy simply by using your mobile…

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