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Surf the Web Like a Pro

There is an infinite cache of brilliant essays, news articles, scientific reports, and books available on the Internet, but you cannot access much of it without giving the website owners something of value in return, unless you master a few simple "surfing techniques".

This installment of "An Internet Enabled Life" will tell you how to quickly hack through the annoying jungle of subscription nags and popup-n-pop-downs and advertisements to get at the actual content you care about.


 

 

Internet Feeds: How to Set Them Up & Use Them

This page contains some detailed instructions for how to set up Internet feeds so they stream useful articles and other content to the home page of your browser — so you don't have to go searching for them.

This continues the article "Surf the Web Like a Pro", in which you can read more — including what exactly "Feeds" are and why you might want them, and is part of the series "An Internet Enabled Life".


 

 

My Favorite Browser Extensions

I find having the right "Browser Extensions" installed on my browser makes a huge different to how easily I can surf the web, and avoid popups and paywalls, and find what I want to read easily and quickly.

Here is the list of my personal "Favorite Browser Extensions".


 

 

video calls seniors

Virtual Connections to the "Tech-Challenged"

How do you have rich and engaging interactions with your parent who you can't visit in person? Especially if they cannot, or will not, adopt mainstream consumer technologies.

That's the challenge we are exploring in this article.


 

 

Setting Up Alexa Calling

How to Set Up Alexa Calling for a Loved One

Are you looking for a way to setup video chats with your loved one who lives independently or in a facility? This article tells you how to do that, using the Echo Show, without requiring your loved one to do any of the "setting up".


 

 

Magic Carpet Apps for That

As I mentioned in the introduction to "My Internet Enabled Life, you can see the world while sitting at your PC in your own house or apartment. Here is a list of websites that offer an amazing assortment of places to visit, theater performances to watch, TV series, and movies.   


 

 

The Email

For as long as I can remember, my late mom, who passed away at 96, used to call the PC that sat on their desk “The Email.” This segment of "My Internet enabled Life" talks about "The Email".


 

 

The Internet

This segment of "My Internet Enabled Life" talks about the evolution of the Internet and about how it works.


 

 

How to Find "Whatsername" After All These Years?

Peter Paul and Mary had a hit single decades ago called “Whats-her-name.” The chorus goes: “I wonder whatever happened to whatshername.” Your PC might help you find not only whatshername, but also whatshisname too. Here is how to do it.


 

 

An Internet Enabled Life

Having used technology all my working life, and now being retired, I notice that many of my peers are missing out on some of the benefits that come with appropriate use of the latest technology.

In this first of a series of articles, I start by just describing my Internet-enabled life. In other parts of the series, we offer essays describing a myriad of ways the Internet can enrich your day. I want to get you “hooked” to the Internet.


 

 

K4Community Plus

 

K4Connect

K4Connect has created a technology platform (called the K4Community) designed to be a "smart OS for senior living". It includes a variety of smarthome devices and the use of Alexa as a Voice Interface, all connected to an enterprise system that helps a senior living facility "manage" its...


 

 

Kubi Telepresence Robot

 

Kubi Telepresence Robot

Kubi is a stand for a tablet (such as an iPad) that lets a remote user control the tilt and direction in which the tablet is facing. This makes video calls to a less sophisticated friend or family member better — in that you can adjust the position of the iPad so the person you are talking to...


 

 

Ohmni Robot

 

Ohmni Robot

The Ohmni Robot is a virtual telepresence robot. One of its applications is to enable grownup children, living far from their parents, to be able to "beam in" to their parent's house and have a virtual visit.


 

 

Lumin

 

Lumin

Lumin is a freestanding simplified touch screen with an app designed to help keep in touch with family, friends or caregivers through video, text, voice and photo sharing.


 

 

Livindi

 

Livindi

Livindi is a "keeping an eye on them" type of system that includes a large tablet (the LivindiPad) for video calls and photo viewing, as well as an (optional) suite of sensors to help monitor a person's activities and an emergency button. It includes an "App" that lets a caregiver monitor...


 

Aging Parent Answers Doorbell Without Looking

My Mom jumps up to answer the doorbell every time it rings. I worry about two things.

  • I worry she opens the door to strangers without knowing who they are.
  • I worry she does not always hear the doorbell and might miss out on someone she actually wants to talk to.

TV Too Loud Due To Hearing Loss

My Dad’s hearing is getting bad and it upsets my Mom when he blasts the TV. He has a hearing aid and will NOT wear a headset.

Vision Problems: TV Action When Not Talking

Since my Mom’s vision is failing, she has a hard time understanding what is happening in a TV show when the actors are not speaking, In some shows there are long dramatic pauses or just action noises.

Safety, Dark Streets: Some Solutions

Explorer Bob describes a trip to Berkeley to see a show that is over late in the evening, and in a poorly lit area.

Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality: Starting a Discussion

The San Francisco explorer group is asked a question on behalf of a Tech-enhanced Life follower in Boston who is knowledgeable about virtual worlds.

Password Manager Apps: SF Explorer Report

Explorer Joanne reports to the group on the results of her recent research into password management software.

Robot Pets @ SRC

Explorer John inquires about what is new in the field of artificial intelligence. Robot Pets come up.

Fill in Your Health Data: App Tips

Explorer Lynn reminds the group that the valuable health information stored in the emergency or health app on a smartphone can save precious time when accessed by first responders during a medical event.

Conquer Boredom with Apps

This virtual Longevity Explorers' circle meeting includes members from sixteen states and features discussions inspired by common experiences living under the Covid 'stay at home' orders. Linda leads off with her favorite: Spider solitaire - a card game site at www.spider-solitaire-game.com....

Gadgets That Help During Covid: Virtual Circle

This virtual Longevity Explorers' circle meeting includes members from sixteen states and features discussions inspired by common experiences living under the Covid 'stay at home' orders. The topic: gadgets that help during COVID.

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Featured Research

 

Medical Alert Systems: Help

Medical Alert Systems GuideWe kept getting asked "which medical alert system is best?"; and "how do I choose the right medical alert system for me?". This independent, objective, hands-on research tries to answer those questions. If you are looking for a medical alert system, either for yourself or for an older adult such as a parent, this piece of research is for you.

Choose the Right Medical Alert System for YOU

 

Useful Apps Club

Useful Apps ClubUnlock the potential of your smartphone or tablet to improve your life. The Useful Apps Club is for older adults and Boomers who have a smartphone or tablet (or are thinking of getting one) and need help to turn it into a useful tool. We are focused on finding Apps that can change your life, and teaching you how to use them. 

View: The Useful Apps Club

 

Reduce Fall Risk

Avoid FallsRead the "best of the web" on: Avoiding Falling. Our team of clinicians and citizen analysts has scoured the web for the best available answers to a set of questions designed to help you make falling less likely, and make the consequences if you do fall less bad.

View: Avoid the Perils of Falling

 

Avoid Social Isolation & Loneliness

isolation and lonelinessOur community is exploring ways to avoid becoming isolated and lonely as we grow older. See what we are discovering — including one group of older adult's "recipe" for overcoming loneliness.

View: Isolation & Loneliness Hub

 

Medication Management Tools

medication management toolsPoor medication management is one of the key reasons people are forced to stop living independently. There are a wide range of tools that can help you manage your medications — and avoid, or at least postpone, that fate. We have researched which products work best for different types of people, ranging from simple inexpensive pill boxes and reminders to complex "automated" pill dispensers.

View: Medication Management Hub