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How many Americans really have high-speed internet access?

The FCC says 14 million people don't have broadband internet access. Microsoft says its research shows that it is actually closer to 163 million.

THETECHHELPER GUIDES

What’s the best device for seniors stuck in isolation?

Technology is key to keeping in touch with parents and others in isolation, but what should you buy? Here's a guide to what's best, and some simple tips for setting it up most effectively.

How to teach your parents to use tech

Teaching a parent how to use tech can be frustrating for both of you. We spoke to some senior tech teachers to get tips for helping elderly relatives get up to speed quickly and painlessly (for both of you).

Set up Alexa for a senior: What you need to do

It’s simple to set up an Alexa device for a relative remotely. Here's what you need to do.

Apple’s iPhone SE – the perfect phone for seniors

Apple has released its latest iPhone, the SE - and it's perfect for those on a tight budget or looking for a first iPhone.

Coronavirus: How to clean your phone properly

Studies have shown your phone’s touchscreen is a magnet for bacteria - so with the global spread of Covid-19, keeping it clean is more important than ever.

How to set up an iPad for seniors

The iPad is the gold standard for devices for the elderly. From setting the right text size to populating their contacts, here's what to do to set it up..

The best way to buy a cheap iPhone

iPhones are not cheap - but we've got a guide to getting a bargain buy buying refurbished and older handsets that will stop do everything you need.

Using Alexa: The ultimate senior’s guide

Our guide even comes with a list of commands you can print out and put next to your speaker.

Coronavirus: How to clean your keyboard and mouse properly

With Coronavirus spreading globally, keeping your gadgets clean is important - particularly your phone screen, keyboard and mouse. Here's what you need to know.

How to turn Amazon’s Echo Show into a smart picture frame

It's simple to set up Amazon's Echo Show as a digital picture frame - and family members can even upload snaps.

THE BEST BEGINNER'S ONLINE COURSES

Using a touchscreen: Learn My Way

This simple to follow guide walks users through tablet and phone basics.

Using your computer: Learn My Way

A great introductory course for seniors that touches on computers, phones and tablets

Getting to know the iPad: GCF

GCF's video guide is a really useful starting point for seniors

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online courses for seniors

Learn My Way

A great first stop, with lots of simple, easy to follow guides

GCF LearnFree

Particularly useful for video content which some seniors may find easier to follow

Digital Literacy: Microsoft

Microsoft has a huge range of very simple, easy to use courses aimed at beginners and seniors alike.

Digital Unite

Over 400 really simple to follow courses and guides are online here.

THE LATEST

iOS 14: All about Apple’s new iPhone software

Apple has unveiled the newest software for its iPhone and iPad, called iOS and iPadOS 14. Coming in September, it's got a new home screen and loads of other new features.

Coronavirus shows how ageism is harming the health of older adults

Paul Nash, Associate Professor of Gerontology at University of Southern California and Phillip W. Schnarrs, Associate Professor of Population Health, University of Texas at Austin, say ageism causing massive misconceptions about senior health.

How many Americans really have high-speed internet access?

The FCC says 14 million people don't have broadband internet access. Microsoft says its research shows that it is actually closer to 163 million.

Almost half the world is living through this pandemic without the internet

CNN highlights the digital divide that has torn the world apart during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to make the most of Alexa during lockdown

From home deliveries to free calls, helping with cooking, keeping the kids entertained and more, Which Computing has some tips on how to harness Alexa to improve your wellbeing at home.

Zoom security: Here’s what you need to know

Thomas Reisinger at De Montfort University has researched video conferencing privacy and security for years. Here's what he thinks you need to know.

What is a tracing app? How Apple and Google’s coronavirus system works

David Starobinski a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at Boston University and Johannes Becker, a Doctoral student in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Boston University, explain how the controversial new system will work.

How to stop dangerous coronavirus conspiracy theories spreading

The pandemic has been accompanied by nonsense, disinformation, half-truths and conspiracy theories that have spread virally through social networks, explain Stephan Lewandowsky at the University of Bristol and John Cook at George Mason University.

How to listen to your loved ones while social distancing

Annmarie Caño of Wayne State University reveals how to keep listening to your loved ones despite the stress of social isolation.

Connecting With Loved Ones In Nursing Homes

NPR looks at the lengths people are having to go to when their relatives are in a nursing home

The robots letting seniors speak to their loved ones

In Belgium, over 60 robots called 'Zorabpots' are being used to help people chat with their relatives

Google blocks 18 MILLION coronavirus scam emails every day

The shocking scale of Coronavirus email scams is revealed by Google's latest figures.

The tech for seniors that can help while isolating

Daniel Miller, a Professor of Anthropology at UCL, explains how tech tools can help seniors during isolation.

Apple’s iPhone SE – the perfect phone for seniors

Apple has released its latest iPhone, the SE - and it's perfect for those on a tight budget or looking for a first iPhone.

The 88 year old who has played Nintendo’s Animal Crossing game for over 4,000 hours

Audrey Buchanan has made a name for herself on YouTube for her love of building towns and islands in the Nintendo game.

People DO become more selfless as they age

Ulrich Mayr, the Lewis Professor and Department Head of Psychology, at the the University of Oregon uses the hit show The Good Place to explain why...

Coronavirus hacks: How to build better relationships remotely

From the power of silence to techniques to help you listen more, the BBC has a great roundup of how to use technology to build relationships.

Why is it so hard to stop COVID-19 misinformation spreading on social media?

Queensland University of Technology experts reveal what's driving the explosion in COVID-19 misinformation on social media.

Video call privacy: Experts warn it’s “far from perfect”

Elizabeth Stoycheff is an Associate Professor of Communication at Wayne State University. Here, she lays out what the risks really are with videoconferencing.

Seven tips to get your sleep cycle back on track during lockdown

Lesley Ingram-Sills of Edinburgh Napier University have some great tips if your sleep has been suffering because of self isolation.

Stuck at home with your partner? How retirees could hold the key to making it work

Anne Fishel, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School explains how seniors have the upper hand when it comes to self isolating

How to use Zoom

Senior Planet has a simple to use guide to making your first Zoom call

Keeping active in isolation

Age UK has a good roundup of some simple exercises and resources to keep you moving

5G signals do NOT cause any adverse health effects

Which Computing explains why false theories are yet another example of the range of misinformation that has surfaced as a result of COVID-19

THE BEST SETUP GUIDES

How to set up an iPad for seniors

The iPad is the gold standard for devices for the elderly. From setting the right text size to populating their contacts, here's what to do to set it up..

Download our Alexa cheat sheet

Download and print our cheat sheet and place it near the speaker to remind users of the most common commands.

Google Assistant cheat sheet for seniors

An incredibly useful cheat sheet for Google Assistant you can print out and leave near the speaker.

How to Get an Amazon Echo Show Up and Running: Lifewire

Amazon's help page for new users to walk them through setup.

How to set up Alexa’s ‘drop in’ video and voice call feature: Pocket Lint

Pocket Lint has a good, easy to understand guide to getting calls up and running on an Alexa device.

Facebook Portal: Official Guide

The official Portal setup complete, complete with video tutorial.

THE BEST ONLINE COURSES

ONLINE TECH SUPPORT

Which Computing Helpdesk

Hundreds of free articles online, with the option to subscribe for personal tech support

Fast internet test: Are you getting the speed you pay for?

Our speed test will tell you exactly how fast your internet connection really is - so you can see if you're getting what you pay for.

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What’s the best device for seniors stuck in isolation?

Technology is key to keeping in touch with parents and others in isolation, but what should you buy? Here's a guide to what's best, and some simple tips for setting it up most effectively.

How to stay connected during social isolation

Jonathan Kanter and Adam Kuczynski of the University of Washington explain how you can stay connected during social isolation.

How to stop dangerous coronavirus conspiracy theories spreading

The pandemic has been accompanied by nonsense, disinformation, half-truths and conspiracy theories that have spread virally through social networks, explain Stephan Lewandowsky at the University of Bristol and John Cook at George Mason University.

Coronavirus: How to clean your keyboard and mouse properly

With Coronavirus spreading globally, keeping your gadgets clean is important - particularly your phone screen, keyboard and mouse. Here's what you need to know.

Coronavirus: How to clean your phone properly

Studies have shown your phone’s touchscreen is a magnet for bacteria - so with the global spread of Covid-19, keeping it clean is more important than ever.

Most Read

What’s the best device for seniors stuck in isolation?

Technology is key to keeping in touch with parents and others in isolation, but what should you buy? Here's a guide to what's best, and some simple tips for setting it up most effectively.

How to stay connected during social isolation

Jonathan Kanter and Adam Kuczynski of the University of Washington explain how you can stay connected during social isolation.

How to stop dangerous coronavirus conspiracy theories spreading

The pandemic has been accompanied by nonsense, disinformation, half-truths and conspiracy theories that have spread virally through social networks, explain Stephan Lewandowsky at the University of Bristol and John Cook at George Mason University.

Coronavirus: How to clean your keyboard and mouse properly

With Coronavirus spreading globally, keeping your gadgets clean is important - particularly your phone screen, keyboard and mouse. Here's what you need to know.

Coronavirus: How to clean your phone properly

Studies have shown your phone’s touchscreen is a magnet for bacteria - so with the global spread of Covid-19, keeping it clean is more important than ever.