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Volunteerism Websites to Start Volunteering

You might not think a mere website could inspire you to volunteer, but take a look at a site like dosomething.org and see if it doesn’t change your mind.  Type in “Grandparents Gone Wired” and it will take you to a screen that might surprise you, claiming “40% of seniors don’t use the Internet.” Look up “volunteerism” and you’re instantly immersed in opportunities to serve—from teaching technology to older adults to playing musical chairs at schools to stop bullying....

The Tech Tutor: Tablets and eReaders Explained

My favorite reading spot happens to be my recliner in the family room.  It’s that type of chair you might see in the movies: brown leather, faded, well lived-in.  I strategically positioned the chair in a certain way so that, in order to see the TV, I really need to crane my neck.   Surrounding my reading chair are my trophies.  You may refer to them as books, but for me they’re trophies.  The books are all over the...

Duck Face, Lolcat – Some Oxford English Dictionary Additions in 2014

It’s official:  the Oxford English Dictionary has legitimized the famous “five-second rule” about eating food that has fallen on the floor. CNN reports that five-second rule is one of the new words that the renowned dictionary publisher added in 2014. Others include man crush, duck face, IDC (for “I don’t care”), digital footprint, respawn, hawt (an informal spelling of hot), Obamacare, shabby chic and many more. My favorite? Al desko—the act of eating lunch at your desk.  It can...

10 Tips for Better Cell Phone Pictures

Life happens quickly and what we used to call those “Kodak moments” happen in the blink of an eye. With today’s cell phones, you no longer have to ask, “Where’s my camera?” Having the camera built into your phone is extremely handy, but it does have its limitations.  Having a better handle on what you can do to ensure a quality photo can eliminate the frustration later. How to get the most from your phone’s camera: 1.    ...

Baby Boomers and Technology

You don’t have to be a Millenial to love technology.  Did you know the average Apple customer is over the age of 55?  We’re the ones with the most disposable income, so it makes sense that we are Apple’s most valuable customers. We may not think of ourselves as being on the cutting edge of technology, but we’ve been doing it for decades.  Most of us tend to use our electronic advancements for practical and useful purposes. The Internet...

Face to Face Chat With Video Phone Calls

By Eric Wing— In my work as a technology trainer and consultant, I often find myself on the front line of trends.  In 2013 the number of requests I had for video-call training increased 50% over 2012, and looking at trainings booked early in 2014, this trend is not slowing down.  Some may wonder:  Why video chat?  But I think the question should be:  What took so long? Many people live far away from family members.  Parents and grandparents...

How to Share Digital Photos

By Eric Wing— A recent weekend journey into the attic of my home brought me face to face with a trip down memory lane.  My son looked on in amazement as I blew the dust off a stack of photo albums located deep in an old family hope chest.  As I flipped through the years of my youth, my son was swelling with questions.  “Why would you put all these pictures in a book, dad?” rang through my ears,...

How to Facebook

By Jesse Longman— Facebook is certainly a phenomenon:  about one out of every seven people in the world now actively use Facebook.  So what’s the big deal?  Why so many active users?  And while we’re on the subject: what exactly is an “active user”? The breeding ground for today’s most popular “social networking site” was the college campus.  Harvard square. Perhaps this, then, is the framework in which to view the inclination of Facebook users.  You’re really looking at...

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