Technology

Suzie Mitchell is a mom and boomer who writes about technology for her generation. She loves discovering apps and websites that make life easier. She hopes young app and website developers hear boomers and produce apps they can actually use. Follow her at @SUZIEMITCHELL on Twitter or www.clearwritingsolutions.com.

The Best Apps of 2012 (50+ Edition)

My life has become app centered.  In fact, I probably spend more time on my smartphone testing apps than most 20-somethings. I ask my friends, I ask the Internet, I ask my Twitter followers … and I download, tap and swipe away. All in the service of this blog. I must admit, I download a lot of toads before I find a prince.  So I offer these suggestions for my favorite apps of 2012 after extensive personal research. What apps …

Use ‘Slice’ to Keep Track of Online Shopping

I love discount online shopping.  In fact, some days I worry I’m addicted to it. I’m a member of the popular deep discount  “members only” clothing and home goods websites Gilt Groupe, Rue La La, Haute Look and One Kings Lane.  I say “members only” with a smile, because anyone who signs up becomes a member. Every day, and twice a day during the holiday shopping season, these sites send me emails highlighting items that are discounted 50 percent or more. …

An App for the Long Distance Bedtime Story

Many of my friends’ grandchildren live far away from them.  They lament over coffee about how much they miss the little tykes and wish they could be more involved in their lives.   They use Skype and Facetime to talk on the phone with them, but they often bemoan the fact they can’t read books to the little ones more often. If you and your kids or grandkids own an Apple device, the force of your voice can be with them. …

Too Many Deals and Coupons? GeoQpon To The Rescue

Who doesn’t like a great deal?  And now, it seems every store around has an app promising to put “deals of the day” at your fingertips.  So what’s a person to do?  Deal management is becoming a full time job. Enter the GeoQpon app.  It’s an up-to-the-minute aggregator of daily deals offered by ZIP code.  Users are only asked to enter their ZIP codes, no other personal sign up information, which triggers a display of hundreds of deals.  Deals can …

One App for All Your Political News

Political junkies and regular voters from both parties can cross the great aisle of division, and unite around an iPad app that dishes up politics evenly. Just download the free Washington Post Politics App and leap into the campaign season with gusto. The app, launched earlier this year, offers terrific photos, graphics, and animation of everything political.  It features news and analysis, interactive maps with state-by-state polls, historical election results, campaign ads and candidate issues at-a-glance. It also contains, my …

App Texts You When It’s Time To Take Your Pills

My husband and I are in a love triangle, and it’s making our relationship healthier.  The dude (that’s what we call it) is a little intrusive, but that’s what makes him so important in our lives. He is fondly referred to as Mr. MedCoach, in our house, and he sends us instant messages on our smartphones when it’s time to take our meds. Full disclosure: “he” really isn’t a “he”, but rather a terrific new app we’ve embraced called MedCoach. …