An Update On Alzheimer’s 

I’m so busy placing editorial stories in newspapers, magazines, the Internet, TV and radio, I sometimes forget to check the results. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. 

Such is the case with Kent Karosen, President and CEO of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. I secured a PBS interview for him about his book last November and just remembered to watch it yesterday. Steve Adubato of PBS NY/NJ did the interview on his One-on-One show which discusses compelling, real life stories and features political leaders, CEOs, television personalities, professors, artists and educational innovators. 

I was blown away.  It was a very emotional interview with Kent. He talked about his horrific experiences with 9/11 and how close we are for a cure for Alzheimer’s.

Kent ‘s book, “Why Can’t Grandma Remember My Name?,” teaches youngsters about Alzheimer’s and how it impacts entire families.

Kent is also Senior Managing Director and Partner at Cantor Fitzgerald. He escaped being killed on 9/11 by just minutes. He was walking into the towers just as they were coming down. For the last 15 years he has totally devoted himself to helping others. Kent never fully recovered from this horrifying experience. His charitable work is what he lives for.


Unbiased Fashion Opinions 

Amazon wants to be your best friend, the kind that tells you the truth about yourself. The Internet company has a new feature called “Outfit Compare” for Prime customers. Amazon has hired real fashion stylists, with experience in retail and the fashion industry, that can now judge your clothes based on their fit, how the colors complement you and what’s on trend. 

All you have to do upload your photos to Amazon. Amazon suggests taking pics with the same pose and background, though it will also accept full-body mirror selfies. Once you send in your photos, all you have to do is wait for feedback within a few minutes.

By now, you should be wondering why Amazon would offer a service of this kind. It’s simple. Amazon wants to get more involved in the fashion industry. The company launched its own fashion brands last year and also had a fashion and makeup TV show called Style Code Live. 

This is just than beginning. More announcements later this year. 

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic Just Debuted Their Music Video

For some reason, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic ageed to make a fun music video with pal David Foster. They sang Chicago’s “Hard to Say I’m Sorry.” Fellow tennis stars, Tommy Haas and Grigor Dimitrov, joined in. The whole thing seemed like a big goof except it was pretty good.

Business Insider Featured the video. Click here.


James Woods Troubled Tweets 

The story I just read about actor James Woods, and his legal trouble on Twitter, sounds like an episode of Law and Order. I just couldn’t believe that this case didn’t hit the main press in a big way. 

It’s like a great lesson in how online defamation law works. I always wondered how so many folks on the Internet got away with calling each other nasty names. 

Image: Engadget

Now, I am finally learning that more and more people are taking each other to court. Warning! Be careful about what you say online about others. 

It seems that James Woods previously sued a Twitter user for saying that he was a drug addict. Now he is being sued for calling someone a Nazi. 

You can read more about it in Engadget. I don’t want to take any chances saying the wrong thing. 

Our Future 

Oh, to be young again. Remember those days at the beach with your friends? Not a care in the world. Eliot captured Miami Beach’s Spring Break beneath our windows, a mile away. He used a Nikon Coolpix, P900, 83xx extreme optical telephoto lens. It accomplishes the long-distance trick everytime. Somewhere in this crowd may be the next big deal in science, technology, engineering, and math. I wish I could meet that person now.

Private Conversations On-The-Go

I have written about a lot of new tech products, but this one is just crazy. I like what it does, but  someone has to redesign it. Hushme is a new gadget that keeps your mobile conversations private when you are in public. The trouble is that, to me, it looks like a muzzle.

The founders of the company worked with a product development company called ARTKB to execute their idea. They wanted to invent a gadget that allows people to talk on their cells without anyone in the vicinity hearing them. 

Hushme muffles your voice or plays sounds while you’re talking. Hushme has a companion app that allows you to choose sounds and adjust volume. Hushme features wireless in-ear earbuds with a built-in microphone.

Hushme will be available later this year at $249 and $149 during a crowdfunding campaign in a few months from now.

More about this in Mashable.

You’ll Never Watch Alone  

Thank you Lulu Chang of Digital Trends. I love the first sentence of your story about the new app, “Uptime.” 

“In this day and age, you’re never really alone, even if there’s no one next to you.”

That really sums up the social media experience. Just the other day, a friend of mine asked me why so many people participate on social media platforms. While I answered him, I still think Lulu’s line is a good one.

Lulu was writing about a “new app from Google that wants to make your video watching experience a more social one.” 

Called “Uptime,” the app lets you connect with your friends via YouTube videos. All you do is sign in with your Google account, and then you find your friends so you can watch videos together. 

By the way, it’s very strange that Google developed this app for iPhone first, and not its own Android format. I guess it speaks volumes for iPhone’s popularity.

Read more in Digital Trends


Snapshot View Of Snapchat

Everyday, someone asks me about Snapchat. What is it? Why is it so popular? 

David Pogue, tech editor at Yahoo Finance, did a marvelous job explaining it. I decided to write bullet points, from his lengthy explanation, so you too can know enough about the app to engage in conversations. 

1-Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, recently went public at $24 per share. It’s now  $22.07.

2-The company lost $515 million last year, and $373 million the prior one.

3-Most people who use it are under 25, and 70% of them are female. 

4-Approximately 200 million people use Snapchat every day. They send 20,000 photos a second, and watch eight billion videos a day.

 5-Snapchat is made up of three apps. 

A-10 second self-destructing photos and videos. The app offers overlays on photos.

B-Longer term posts on the user’s time line called “Your Story.” Chats can be conducted by typing, talking, or video calling.

C-A news section is being developed where online publications can post their own content  for you to read: ESPN, Comedy Central, BuzzFeed, People, National Geographic, CNN, and many others.

If you want to know more, watch or read Pogue’s complete explanation. Click here

Dr. Stuart Ungar Says A Happy Chapter Two Life Is Filled With Exploration  

My friend, Dr. Stuart Ungar, an Englishman, gave up his medical practice in London at 60 to explore other life-long passions. I interviewed him because I was curious how he made the transition into new ventures at an age when many people retire and withdraw from the rat race. Dr. Ungar offers his views on leading a rewarding and satisfying life after you give up your main career. 

Why I became a doctor.

Why did I decide to give up my practice.

What it takes to have a happy Chapter Two In Life.