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Are Tech Devices' Extended Warranties Worth the Cost?

Most electronics that need repair are covered under the manufacturer's agreement

    

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7 Tech Gadgets to Help You Get Through the Pandemic

Kill germs and speed up your online access even after the coronavirus crisis is over

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Phone Calls Work Better Than Texts or Emails, Study Says

Research suggests conversations create stronger connection than typed words

    

 New York's mass transit agency wants Apple to come up with a better way for iPhone users to unlock their phones without taking off their masks, as it seeks to guard against the spread of COVID-19 in buses and subways.

A Quick Way to Unlock iPhone While Wearing Face Mask

Smartphone software has a tough time recognizing you when the bottom of your face is covered

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Could Your Fitness Tracker Detect COVID-19 Early?

Science and health experts are searching for early warning signs of the coronavirus to stop its spread

Accessibility Tools That Can Make Your Life Easier

You can experiment with many of these features already on your smartphone

Pets

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Does Your Dog Need a Fitbit? New Wearables Monitor Health

Devices reveal details about pup's activity, too

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Find Lost Items — or Nearby Cats — With Help From Tech

Trackers can keep tabs on furry items in hiding

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Skip a Trip to the Vet During the Coronavirus Outbreak

FDA eases rules on treating animals via telehealth

Video Calling

Apple's FaceTime

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Grandparents Learn New Tech

Understanding how to video chat can strengthen relationships with grandchildren during pandemic

Facebook Messenger

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Get the Hang of Using Zoom

Instructions for joining and hosting meetings, muting, chatting, screen sharing and more

Skype

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5 Ways to Video Chat

The pros and cons of Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger Rooms, Google Meet, Skype and Zoom

Telehealth Care More on Telemedicine

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Telemedicine is Here to Stay

The pros and cons of online health for those over 50

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The Doctor Will See You Now

How to schedule your first virtual visit

    

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Three Easy Steps To Connect

Some simple tech and you’re there

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A Tale of Two Visits

What to expect when you are sick or well

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Getting Appointments Covered

Insurance payments may depend on where you live

Connect With Us

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‘My Online Privacy For Seniors’

AARP’s book offers steps to protect safety and privacy on your cellphones, computers, smart devices

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‘The Perfect Scam’

AARP’s podcast series takes you into the minds of con artists, shows you how to protect yourself

   

Social Media & Privacy

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How to Use Free Public Wi-Fi, Keep Personal Data Secure

Don't let a hacker spy on your cellphone text messages, laptop browsing and typing of passwords

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Hackers Use Facebook to Share Malicious Links

Facebook Messenger posts tied to coronavirus news likely come from compromised accounts

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How to Spot Fake Political Ads and Posts on Social Media

Be wary of misinformation — and disinformation — as we head toward the Nov. 3 elections

    

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Tech Firms Take Down Ill-Informed Posts on Coronavirus

World Health Organization cites 'infodemic' of dubious posts spreading misinformation

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Why Your Kids Get Upset When You Share on Facebook

You've created a permanent record online for grandchildren that's out of their control

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How to Bulk Delete or Archive Old Facebook Posts

Here's how to use the new feature, available for app users and coming soon to web browsers

Work @ Home

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Do You Need 'Computer' Glasses for Tired Eyes?

What to do (or not) about digital eyestrain, especially as you put in more hours on small screens at home

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5 Features to Look for If You Need a New Computer

You don't have to be a student to take advantage of sales on laptops, desktops or tablets

    

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You Can Improve Your Work-at-Home Computer Setup

A small laptop screen, cramped keyboard and trackpad may not work well for 8 hours

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5 Steps to Set Boundaries When Working from Home

How to separate the professional and personal when your home becomes your office

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Ergonomics More Important Than Ever While at Home

Backaches, eyestrain and wrist pain are a danger when your habits with tech are too casual

   

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Diversions

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Why You'll Love Hi-Res Sound

Some streaming services will help you remember the hi-fi quality of stereo records

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How to Get More TV — for Free

Inexpensive antennas let you receive scores of your favorite over-the-air broadcast stations

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Improve Your TV Experience

Great home theater accessories don't guarantee clarity of picture, sound

    

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Learn New Languages Via App

Or boost your ability to understand and be understood with a translation device

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Best Podcasts for Book Lovers

Listen and learn about hot new releases, quirky nonfiction picks or beloved classic novels


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