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Be a Changemaker – Digitally

Not long ago, doing social good meant taking to the streets…literally. Whether the issue was the environment, politics or social justice, any plan had to include meetings, marches and public demonstrations…in fact the Senior Planet Exploration Center had a panel discussion about it (learn more here). Today, we have new tools that make it possible…

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How secure are your mobile devices?

The good news: Your mobile devices are actually pretty secure, especially compared to computers. The bad news: Your mobile devices are at risk of malware and other security threats—and those risks are on the rise. According to Verizon’s Mobile Threat Index 2018, 64% of organizations reporting have seen an increase in mobile threats over the…

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New horizons in data breaches?

Experian released its sixth annual Data Breach Industry Forecast, which includes its top five data breach predictions for 2019. The report addresses new cyber threats to biometrics and gaming, along with susceptible breach targets that include cloud and wireless networks. Here’s a summary from Experian’s Matt Tatham: The scale of data breaches in 2018 has been…

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Senior Planet goes to CES

Each January, OATS attends CES, the gadget-laden annual trade show of the Consumer Technology Association. We’re searching for innovation, not specifically in the aging space, but in the technology stratosphere at large – to find technologies that incite wonder while adding tangible benefit to our lives as we age.   (OATS Executive Director Tom Kamber…

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Are you ready for Winter Classes?

The coming Winter Quarter is full of ways to get your tech on no matter what your skill level – Senior Planet classes take all comers!  Senior Planet offers a range of free 5- and 10-week digital technology courses that require advance registration, as well as weekly tech-themed events, workshops and lectures. Registration procedures, dates…

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Tech empowers Holocaust survivors

A unique pilot program designed by Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) is helping a special group of trauma survivors gain a sense of community, access resources, and enter the digital age.  “Our Voices” is a special six-month program for Holocaust survivors, supported by a grant from the Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) Center for Advancing…

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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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Need a favor Post-Op?

Whether you need a colonoscopy, an eye operation, a hip or a knee replacement, or back surgery, there’s usually one common denominator: you need a ride home, because the anesthesia has to wear off. And you may also need some at-home help to recover. If you’re married or co-habitating, your partner typically gets the chauffeuring…

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