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Senior Plant Turns Grandparents Into Computer Savvy Tech Wizzes

The folks at the Senior Planet Exploration Center, a technology-themed institute for older adults, are in the business of teaching people who are 60 years old or older how to become tech savvy. Through a free membership, studends at Senior Plant can learn how to use their iPad, computer, internet or just find out how to search for something on Google.

Since opening January 2013, they have taught upwards of 20,000 seniors in almost 15,000 classes. The only requirement for admission is that the student be at least 60 years old.

Senior Planet’s whole goal is to connect Seniors to the technology revolution, which has naturally progressed much faster than those in the senior category could keep up.

Tom Kamber, the founder of Senior Planet and executive director for Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), says the center is the first of its kind. The classes run in 5 or 10 weeks and are completely free. It is said that over half of Americans using the internet are aged 65 and older, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center report.

“Anything that seniors need technology for, they can come here and learn,” Kamber says. “We’re in the middle of an aging revolution. But we’re also in the middle of a technology revolution, and seniors have not yet connected to that.”

Do you think the Senior Plant idea is something that should expand across the globe and how would it benefit you at your current age?

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The Apple iPad 2, What Is It Really and Who Buys Them?

Now that the iPad 2 has gone on sale and people are literally in amazement at the super-thin size and built in cameras, have you decided exactly what it is?

The first iPad literally redefined the power of Apple and how they can introduce a new device that isn’t exactly a replacement or upgrade of any other electronic gadget on the market but yet make people want and “need” it. Just like the MP3 player, Apple pretty much filled a void that people did not know existed with the introduction of the iPod. The new iPad 2 is a thinner, faster and better iPad that can take photos and video. We know exactly what the iPad 2 replaces, the first iPad. So what is the iPad and iPad 2?
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Is it a tablet computer, a netbook replacement, an e-reader? It is in a nutshell a hodgepodge of all of these things but more along the lines of something that makes a statement to others. Toting around an iPad or new iPad 2 says something about a person. Does it say they have the money to spend on a device that they really did not need or something that has filled a very small void in their life such as what the iPod did about a decade ago? I can’’ place my finger on it but I will bet you that owners of iPads and the new iPad 2 have owned other Apple devices before and they are not exactly poverty stricken people.

Apple and Steve Jobs are probably sitting back and wondering what all this fuss about an economic downturn is all about. Apple has been literally banking in the past few years surviving what economic experts have said to be the worst economic conditions since the great depression. The Apple iPad and new iPad 2 are just another one of those “insanely successful devices”, which is how Cnet put it in the latest iPad 2 review video below.

Who from 1984 would have dreamed that some type of one-inch thick tablet device have a dual core processor or better yet, a touch screen used as the interface? More more more is the motto of today when America consumes three times as much oil than it produces and a country that is literally infatuated with portable electronic gadgets. I have come to the conclusion that the iPad and iPad 2 can be for virtually anyone. Yes, even those Android fan boys who hate Apple or even the poverty stricken person (that still has food on the table of course) who may end up spending their last dime on something that is cool as the iPad just so they can keep up with the Jones. Yes, the Apple iPad and iPad 2 is just that powerful and has that type of effect on people. I mean really, look at it. Isn’t it just full of awesome?

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Skype Brings Video Calling to iPhone w/ Disturbing Video Demonstration

Skype has decided to release its newest iPhone app that allows for video calling over Wi-Fi and 3G cellular service. This is a surprising release as many experts expected Skype to wait until CES 2011 to roll-out the video chat functionality for iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad). Best of all about Skype is that it is free. As long as you are able to connect to Wi-Fi or 3G service you can utilize the front-facing camera and/or the rear camera to video-Skype anyone. Even on the iPad users are able to view Skype video calls.

Skype did not spoil all of the fun by the recent release as they have said ‘there is plenty more’ for announcements during CES 2011 in Las Vegas next week. Check out the full press release from Skype for all of the fine details of Skype’s video calling and rather ‘disturbing’ video demonstration below.

Skype Brings Video Calling to iPhones

Share the Moments that Matter Most over 3G and WiFi

30 DECEMBER, 2010 – Luxembourg – Skype today announced the new version of its iPhone application that brings video calling to millions of mobile users around the globe over both 3G and WiFi networks. Available to download from the Apple App Store today, the new Skype for iPhone App allows iPhone , iPad and iPod touch owners to make and/or receive free* Skype video calls for the first time. Users can now see their family, friends and colleagues around the world while talking to them. With approximately 25 million concurrent users logged into Skype at any given time**, the new Skype for iPhone makes it easier than ever to share moments wherever you are.

Video calling significantly enhances the user experience of Skype for iPhone, which is one of the top five free iPhone apps in 2010 according to Apple. Now, users can make and receive free Skype-to-Skype calls, call mobiles and landlines around the world at very low rates, and now share more moments together with video on Skype for iPhone.

“With video calling representing approximately 40% of all Skype-to-Skype minutes for the first six months of 2010, our users have been eager to get Skype video calling on their mobile phones,” said Neil Stevens, general manager of Skype’s consumer business. “By bringing video to mainstream users at their home or work via their desktops, on the go with their mobiles, or into their living room via their TV, Skype has made it possible for millions of people to share video moments wherever they are.”

A video call evolves communication beyond transactional experiences to a shared experience where people can share any occasion with others wherever they are. Whether this is a military father watching the birth of his child while deployed abroad, loved ones communicating via sign language or work colleagues collaborating around the globe – the opportunities are endless.

Users can place Skype video calls with their iPhone over both a 3G data connection* or WiFi. The new Skype for iPhone app is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 4th generation with i0S 4.0 or above. Video receiving capabilities are available on the iPod touch 3rd generation and iPad. Calls can be made between devices using the new Skype for iPhone app and desktops including Skype for Windows 4.2 and above, Skype for Mac 2.8 and above, Skype for Linux and ASUS Videophone.

The Skype for iPhone application is available for free download from the App Store or at www.skype.com/go/iphone

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Techie Speculations for 2011 and CES 2011 Preview

apple-ipadWhat will the year 2011 bring in terms of tech and technological advances in our lives? No one really knows with a 100% certainty and that in itself is a 100% certain thing! In order to clearly see into the future of the year 2011 we have to look back into the year 2010 and wait for the upcoming CES 2011 (Consumer Electronics Show of 2011).

In the year 2010 we saw Apple release their first tablet in the form of the Apple iPad and they even released a new iPhone 4 with a revolutionary ‘retna display’. Microsoft put themselves back into the mobile device game with Windows Phone 7 while Android managed to steal some of the thunder away from the Apple iPhone. Blu-ray disc sales volume has gone up while Netflix streaming members has also. Social media is chugging along with over 500 million Facebook members and no competition in sight. 3D HDTVs are attempting to be a big hit among those with the monetary means. The new Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf aim to change the way we consume massive amounts of gasoline each year. Each of these stated technologies, at one point and time, had its fair share of doubters but they all seemed to prevail.

Now on with 2011 and we have 2nd generation products speculated to be introduced in the coming months such as the Apple iPad 2. 2011 is not such a mystery after all because we already know that these tech items are going to be naturally upgraded in some fashion. If 2010 taught us anything about the advancements of technology it is we cannot put anything in stone based off of some rumor although many of the techie rumors of 2010 proved to be very accurate. So now let today’s rumors shape tomorrows dreams. Start saving your money now because from what I hear (another rumor), 2011 will bring us some of the most advanced and revolutionary tech devices and software we have ever seen.

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Check out Cnet’s CES 2011 preview video below.

Stay tuned for our update during the CES 2011 (Consumer Electronics Show of 2011) which is set to kick off January 6, 2011. This should give us a clear indication as to what specific tech devices we will see throughout year 2011. Happy New Year!!!

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Apple iPad over-’Exposed’ In New Amazon Kindle Ad?

Have you seen the interesting commercial where a woman at the poolside is reading her Kindle in direct sunlight while the guy next to her is attempting to do the same with an iPad but is not successful at doing so? If not, then check out the video below.

The video below is Amazon’s new commercial for its Kindle e-reader that is going after the Apple iPad in many ways than one. For starters, Amazon touts the Kindle’s screen as being readable in direct sunlight which can be a make-it or break-it kind of deal for those looking for a new e-book reader. Not only does Amazon’s Kindle ‘shine’ in readability outdoors, but the advertisement takes another stab by having a bikini-clad actress in the ad saying, “It’s a Kindle. $139,” and then smiles and says, “I actually paid more for these sunglasses.” These are all bonuses in my book. Also, who wants to look at the dorky guy that needs to shave holding his hand over the iPad so he can read it in the sunlight?

We all know that the iPad can do all types of stuff that the Kindle can’t but that is at a price of $499 vs. the Kindle’s $139 price. The point in this ad just takes a different direction for picking a fight with the new Apple iPad.

What do you think about it? Is it a very clever ad or are they (Amazon) barking up the wrong tree and bound to get pooped on by the Apple iPad?

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Get a Free Apple iPad, iPhone 4, $5000 Gift Card Through Facebook… Not Really!

Have you seen those offers on Facebook that offers a free Apple iPad and you tried to sign up for the offer after becoming a FAN (LIKE) the offer? I bet you are still waiting on the free iPad to arrive in the mail aren’t you? Or maybe you are like some other people that I know and you got fed-up with the numerous surveys that you had to complete before filling out your info to ‘claim’ your free iPad.

Well, you may have already guessed it by now but all of those offers are scams! Graham Cluley has an interesting video demonstrating what exactly is happening with these scams found on Facebook which I have posted below for your enjoyment and education on these scams. It is not only the free iPad offer but other ones such as a free iPhone 4 or even a chance to win $5000. They are all scams and an easy way for scammers to get your personal information or send you annoying promotions through email as spam or through regular snail mail.

The not-so funny thing about this is some researchers believe hackers will use these enticing scams to spread malware eventually. Facebook staff really cannot keep up with the number of scams that are currently circulating over the social network that now has over 500 million users. It is completely up to you to use caution with these scams. If it is too good to be true, then it usually is especially on Facebook. Even if a friend supposedly sent you the link/offer, it is possible that they too LIKED the offer and it has sent out an invite to all of their friends.

Have you ever found a legitimate online survey and actually received the prize that you claimed online? If so, please tell me so I can get in on the deal too!

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Learn How To Play SNES Games On Your Apple iPad

play-snes-on-apple-ipadRecently Lifehacker.com posted 4 easy steps on how to plan SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) on your iPad. I have to say that it actually works. I did not believe it at first but I am sitting here playing Super Mario World, Mortal Kombat II and F Zero.

You may remember some of the games I just mentioned above but could you image playing them on your iPad at full speed and in full-screen? This is probably the most fun I have had in a long time (I don’t get out much).

Below is a video simplifying the whole process of getting SNES games to play on your iPad. A quick note about this process is you will have to jailbreak your iPad. If you are at all familiar with jailbreaking, then you already know the risks involved. Jailbreaking your iPad involves a process of using a re-developed operating system for your iPad that was not originally intended for it by Apple.

To get this up and running you will need an iPad, iPad Sync Cable, a computer (preferably a Mac or Windows PC) and a Wiimote from the Wii console.

Source: Lifehacker

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How To Install Flash On Your Apple iPad

This is not a joke, you can actually install and run Flash on your Apple iPad provided that it is jailbroken and you have a little extra time on your hands.

It still remains to be a debacle on the reasons Steve Jobs claims Flash is on the way out and HTML5 is the new standard. Sure he may be right but in the meantime what do we do when we want to view a flash website or flash video content? The guys at Engadget, one of my favorite gadget blogs, posted several steps you can take to get flash working on your iPad.

The only big catch to running Flash on your iPad is it must be jailbroken meaning you are using a open-sourced “hacked” version of the iPad operating system that allows developers (others) to perform functions that Apple did not intend to be used for their device. It is rather self-explanatory for jailbreaking your iPad. You simply download Spirit and follow the instructions. After your iPad is jailbroken, then you can follow the steps for getting Flash on that bad boy.

Below are the steps provided by Engadget for installing flash on your Apple iPad:

  1. Download Frash.deb and keep it nearby. [Update: We've been advised against hosting this ourselves, but it's not hard to find out there.]
  2. Decide how you’re going to get files onto your iPad. For Mac users, it’s dead simple — just install Netatalk, which will automatically pop up your iPad in the Finder’s Sharing list. Windows users can try out this guide at iClarified to get OpenSSH installed and running and use WinSCP — it’s just as easy. Either way, the login is “root” and the password is “alpine.” Remember, you can seriously screw things up while you’re in there, so be careful!
  3. Once you’ve got access to the iPad’s filesystem, navigate to /var/root/Media.
  4. Once there, open Media and create a folder called “Cydia.”
  5. Open the new Cydia folder and create another new folder called “AutoInstall”
  6. Upload Frash to your new folder.
  7. Restart your iPad a couple times.
  8. You’re set! Now just navigate to a page in Safari with non-video Flash content and hit the F logo to play it. Again, no video for now, but games and other simple content works. We did have a few crashes here and there, but it’s early code, and things are bound to get better.

Below are two videos demonstrating the process of installing flash on your iPad.

Source: Engadget

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AT&T Changes iPad & iPhone Data Plan Pricing adds iPhone Tethering

apple-ipad-att-no-unlimited-dataAT&T announced that they will be making changes to its data plan pricing structure. This move should force rivals to follow suit with comparable plans.

This announcement comes just before WWDC (Apple Worldwide Developers Conference) where we expect Steve Jobs to announce the release dates for iPhone OS 4.0 along with the new iPhone hardware.

AT&T’s latest move is due to the stressed network but also to keep subscribers happy by offering “better” pricing and new perks such as tethering for the iPhone.

The major changes from AT&T include the following:

  • An entry data plan for $15 a month capped at 200 MB of data. AT&T says 65 percent of its users could get by with the $15 a month plan and cut their costs in half. Should you exceed your 200 MB cap then you get another 200 MB for $15.
  • A plan for $25 a month for 2 GB of data. This “DataPro” plan allows for an extra 1 GB of data for $10 should you go over the cap. AT&T said that 98 percent of its customers use less than 2 GB of data a month. That cap is hard to top.
  • Tethering will arrive on the iPhone and any other smartphone for $20 a month on top of a DataPro plan. Generally speaking, this set-up means a 2 GB plan with tethering for $45 a month total. Tethering for iPhones will be available when Apple releases iPhone OS 4 this summer.
  • iPad customers will see their $29.99 unlimited plan replaced with the $25 a month DataPro plan. You still prepay without a contract.

If you notice, this means no more unlimited iPad plans. This may make some users sway away from AT&T but in their defense you will have critics explain that 2gigs of data is a lot but not for those who watch Netflix movies on their iPad. The good news for current iPad and iPhone users with AT&T is that they will be grandfathered in and still allowed to keep the unlimited data plan, for now.

It has been estimated that only 2% of AT&T users use more than 2 gigabytes of data per month. For those who wish to keep abusing the network like they normally do, they can keep the all-you-can-eat plan for now.

The 98% of users who use less than 2 gigabytes a month, of those, 65% may be in a safe zone to choose the lesser of the plans at $15 a month for 200MB of data. Before everyone gets all upset with AT&T they need to evaluate how this will affect them. For most, they will actually save money in this deal. For some, they won’t understand why you have to pay an additional $20 a month for tethering when it does not include any extra data usage. I don’t blame you for thinking that way.

What do you think? Is this a good move? Will you be leaving AT&T? Will you save money each month with this new setup?

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2 Million iPads Sold in 59 Days – Is Apple the new Standard?

Do you remember the days before the Apple iPad came out or hit the stores? Do you remember everyone criticizing the device saying it was going to be a failure and all of the negative publicity? Well, look at Apple now; they have sold 2 million iPads in just two months time. Not only have they sold 2 million of them, but sales have slightly outpaced Mac computers recently.

The iPad is neither a full-fledged computer nor is it anything like a Netbook. It falls somewhere in between a smart phone and a laptop or tablet computer. Apple has control of “a lot” on the iPad but consumers seem to think it is one of the best things since the iPhone by the looks of its sales.

Estimated Installed base for Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod vs. Music & App Investment (click for full size)

Estimated Installed base for Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod vs. Music & App Investment (click for full size)

The lack of flash, no apps outside of the iTunes app store, multitasking on the way and no camera, the list of things that the iPad does not have is rather long but no one really seems to care. If the sales of iPads keep going at the current rate, then it could mean 10 million of these things will be in the hands of consumers before any other competitor gets their version of a tablet to compete out on the market.

Basically, Apple has created a new item that was never “needed” and made people want it. Does this sound familiar? It should! Remember the iPod when it first came out? Just image the iPod on a much shorter timeline.

Will the iPad keep at the current sales pace or will we see a backfire when another company releases a competitor?

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