Category Archives: Seniors

Twitteleh

In our ongoing quest to find meaningful uses for Twitter, this morning we ran across a mythic but elder-friendly variation called Twitteleh. With the original program, you’re supposed to answer the question, “What are you doing now?”, but Twitteleh simplifies … Continue reading

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I Dreamed a screen

Hewlett-Packard is releasing two models of the DreamScreen, which permits access via remote control to a limited number of websites–streaming radio, social networking, weather–plus access to a few utilities including a photo viewer, a calendar, and a video player. Sounds … Continue reading

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uCan uCord

We’ve previously written about automatic cameras for dogs, but the idea has now been appropriated by people, presumably to continue the every-little-moment-has-a-meaning-all-its-own mentality encouraged by Twitter. However, this wearable audio/video recorder does have consequential applications for people with severe dexterity, … Continue reading

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Digesting readers

While the arguments about the speech output feature in the Kindle 2 continue to fly, the Hearst Corporation has announced development of an a e-reader designed to emulate newspapers and magazines. The as-yet unnamed device will have a display sized … Continue reading

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‘Word to your ‘puter

Passwords, by their nature, present a dilemma: the more secure they are, the more difficult they can be for the owner to remember. Add a plethora of different passwords for all your computer needs, and things get trickier; add a … Continue reading

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Smart is as smart does

Tim Woods, an expert on smart homes, stated in a NYTimes article this morning that the “killer app” for bringing market viability to intelligent appliances will be energy management. We respectfully beg to differ; our take is that it will … Continue reading

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