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What you need to know about the end of three-year cellphone contracts

Here’s what you need to know about the end of three-year cellphone contracts for Canada’s wireless industry:<p><b>Is there a rule banning three-year contracts in Canada?</b><p>Three-year contracts are not illegal, but thanks to the national wireless code the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications …

More seniors re-inventing themselves to ‘un-retire'

Retirement. Days of sleeping late, playing bridge, golfing, sailing, traveling, enjoying grandkids and other long-delayed pleasurable pursuits.<p>Ahh, …

Kansas City

Boomers' Love/Loathe Relationship With Millennials

, Contributor<p>Here’s a conundrum for boomers: Why are you so testy about the Millennials you work with because they exhibit the same behaviors you instilled in your Millennial kids as a parent?<p>That’s the vexing question Lauren Stiller Rikleen answers in her intriguing new book with the plaintive …

With LogmeOnce, You’ll Never Forget Your Passwords Again

Heartbleed, that super destructive bug that revealed nearly everyone’s encryptions, passwords, user names and data to hackers has a new kryptonite. Say goodbye to the days of incessantly changing your passwords or, heck, trying to remember what they are in the first place. Say hello to a new …

Security

Baby boomers embrace technology as much as younger users

By Fred O'Connor, IDG News Service<p>Baby boomers adopt tablets, wearable devices and other technologies just as energetically as younger users, according to participants at the Booming Tech forum, which focused on technology use of that generation.<p>Those born between 1946 and 1964, “are not a …

Baby Boomers

Workers Want To Update Their Technological Skills

If marketers and advertisers of technology products are really serious about capturing the Baby Boomer’s wallet, they need to stop thinking we all …

Advertising

iMessage: The ultimate guide

How do you use iMessage to send text, pictures, videos, sound, location, and more—right from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac?<p>iMessage is Apple's built-in …

Apple News

How to Protect Your Privacy on Your Mobile Devices

These days, smartphones are a one-stop payment, personal health, work, gaming, productivity, texting, tweeting, Facebook-checking machine. We use …

Mobile

Crafty cooking with the Wonderbag (pictures)

Cooking

The Beginner's Guide to Securely Using Public Wi-Fi

Wireless internet access is available now more than ever, with everyone from your favorite coffee shop to the restaurant down the street offering free access. While connecting to networks on the go can be convenient, public wireless networks are rarely as secure as your network at home.<p>Translation: …

Wi-Fi

News Report From 1981 About The Internet.

Peering into the future and with high hopes of what the Internet will unfold, this KRON-TV news report in 1981 gives a peek into the attempts of the …

Internet

Jane Pauley's 5 Essential Reinvention Tips

, Contributor<p>Back in the 1970’s, Jane Pauley and Tom Brokaw brought us the news of the day as co-anchors of <i>The Today Show</i>. But last night, the long-time friends, now ages 63 and 73 respectively, reunited at the 92nd Street Y in New York City as Brokaw interviewed Pauley about her new book, <i>Your Life</i> …

Millennial, Boomer shoppers more alike than you might think - Ecommerce

Millennials (age 18-32) and Boomers (age 49-67) may be generations apart but when it comes to shopping using new technology and media they are not as …

Welcome To Age 50: Top Work And Purpose Tips

, Contributor<p><i>As the last of the boomers begin to hit the half-century mark in January, we offer 50 tips for turning 50. Watch for our series each day this week, covering money, relationships, health, work and caregiving.</i><p>Here are 10 career and volunteering tips for anyone turning 50 in 2014 (and …

The Beginner's Guide to Your New iPad

Everything You Didn't Know You Could Do with Google's Voice Commands

Voice search is one of those features that seems silly, but is awesome once you start using it. Not convinced? Here are a few ways to turn voice …

Google

Top 10 Worthwhile Uses for Tablets

Tablets seem to be all the rage right now, but some of us are still trying to figure out why we'd even want one. Well wonder no more: here are ten …

Productivity

Boomers take offense at the charge of being tech-incompetent

Alexandra Petri apparently thinks it’s funny that baby boomers suffer from “technological incompetence” and have to rely on their millennial children to explain how these gadgets work [“Longing for a land line, a VCR and a Tab,” op-ed, Dec.7]. If she wants to see something really funny — but, in …

Millennials' mobile tech savvy leaves boomers behind

Gap in technology use even exists between Gen Z and Gen Y, survey indicates<p>Canadian adults aged 33 and under are twice as likely to own a smartphone …

Mobile

Everything You Need to Know About Gmail's Latest Update

Gmail had a little work done lately, and it's looking good.<p>The latest version of the web's favorite email client comes with a host of new features, ready to help you reach Inbox Zero. But with new updates rolling out every month or so, it's hard to keep track of the latest tools. Just when you …

Gmail

Pinterest announces new trip planning tool called Place Pins

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pinterest on Wednesday announced a product called Place Pins, a new tool that helps people to plan trips and highlight local spots of interest.<p>"We thought, how do we turn pins -- little pieces of information -- into action?" Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann said at a press event at …

Pinterest

How do we use our iPads? Apple counts the ways

How do surgeons, choreographers, mountain climbers, and little kids tap into Apple's tablet? Apple wants us to know.<p>A new promo page dubbed "Life in iPad" highlights iPad users from around the world to show us that the tablet is good for a lot more than just playing games and checking e-mail. The …

Apple News

Google Play warms up to tablet-friendly apps

Google Play is now a little more tablet friendly.<p>The Android maker on Thursday announced that the Google Play store now includes a category called "Designed for tablets." Tablet users will see the category as their default view in top lists but can still switch the view to all apps and games.<p>Google …

Google

Amazon lets users give Prime memberships as gifts

Amazon will now let customers buy a one-year subscription to its Prime program as a gift, the company announced Friday, just before the shopping frenzy of Thanksgiving week.<p>The Prime membership costs $79 a year and includes free two-day shipping for more than 15 million items, according to Amazon. …

Amazon

Older workers’ knowledge is walking out the door

<i>We explore 10 key challenges for business leaders in 2014, with expert commentary on the issues.</i><p>When Rob Pypers says he’s retired, his friends just laugh. That’s because after working 30 years for Agrium Inc., a Calgary-based retailer and producer of agricultural products and fertilizers, and …

Randi Zuckerberg: The Best Thing About Social Media Is Also the Worst

Life can pass you by while you're busy "socializing" on your smartphone.<p>It's a message we're all familiar with by now, but the most recent proponent of tech-life balance may surprise you: Randi Zuckerberg, a long-time Facebook executive and the older sister of company founder and CEO Mark …

Social Media

Modernist Cuisine’s First iPad App May Be Better Than The Book

The contemporary culinary tome, Modernist Cuisine At Home, has become the brand’s first iPad app. But it’s been designed, not to be a book, but a personal sous chef.<p>Editor's Note<p>12/27/13<p>Happy (almost) New Year! We're saying good-bye to 2013 by revisiting some of our favorite stories of the year. …

Food