TripIt Pro Pays for Itself

BONUS: Five Ways to Save Money on Flights I’ve used the travel organizing app TripIt for years. The app automatically organizes all my reservation confirmation emails into an accessible itinerary that I can flip through on my phone. The free version is great, but paying $50 a year gets you so much more. The best advanced feature will actually help …

Clubhouse: What it is and how to avoid my mistakes

Warning: Longer post than I anticipated. Here are the sections: Clubhouse Fast Facts What I Love/Hate Tips from Smart People Getting Started Creating a Room Don’t Make My Mistakes By now you may have heard the buzz around the newest social media phenomenon: Clubhouse. It’s totally different than all the other social media platforms you’ve seen. The Clubhouse app calls …

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Best Apps of 2020

Both Google Play and Apple App Store released their best apps lists this week, and it’s not a shock that big props went to several apps that focus on self care. Also not a shock… both companies chose Zoom. Google’s Pick: Loóna: Bedtime Calm & Relax Google Play named a sleep guidance app the Best App of 2020. Loóna (Google …

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PhotoRoom App Review

I just love apps that do things instantly… and the new PhotoRoom app does just that. I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent trying to remove backgrounds from photos. Yes, I love remove.bg (photos) and unscreen.com (videos), for removing backgrounds online. But they require me to be in a browser, and sometimes I just want an app. PhotoRoom instantly …

Jumbo Privacy App

The Cutest Security Tool Ever

Most of the security tools I use are pretty serious-looking beasts: red and black logos, all-caps fonts and intimidating names. So when I saw the adorable elephant mascot for the privacy app called Jumbo, it took me a while to take it seriously. Jumbo Is the Privacy App You Need Now You have heard those warnings about all the things …

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Apps for Spring Discoveries: PlantSnap and Merlin Bird ID

Nerds like me don’t get out much (really not kidding about this one), but when I do enjoy the great outdoors, I take my tech with me. Here are some super-techy tools for outdoor activities. PlantSnap: AI Plant Identification App plantsnap.com Our home in Tennessee has about 2 acres, and when we first moved in, we had no idea what …

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Two Alternatives to PowerPoint

For—I don’t know, 200 years?—the standard for presentations has been Microsoft’s PowerPoint. Ever since we dropped the overhead projector/transparency model, we’ve emphasized key points of our educational sessions with hard-to-read, badly designed bullet-point slides. Although PowerPoint is still the most popular program, it has become the software we love to hate. That’s why we’re always looking for alternatives. Prezi: Storytelling …

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Education Tools We Can All Use to Engage Online

I interviewed my sister, a middle school teacher, and her principal to discover great tech tools that schools are using to engage their students — ones that translate to the rest of us. First, watch the video here. And then come back here for the details. Pear Deck for Google Slides Activity Tool for Google Slidespeardeck.comFree basic version with individual …

Beth Z’s Newest Handout

I’ve completely revamped the handout that I share with attendees. This resource has almost 200 apps and is organized to help you take small tech steps throughout the year.

4 Apps to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Did you promise to stop smoking? Exercise more? Break your smartphone addiction? Choose one of these tools by your personality type. The Bling SeekerHabitica: Gamified Habit-Forming Tool If you’re motivated by gold stars and “winning,” Habitica may be for you. The system is set up like a video game where you conquer little monsters to meet daily goals and establish …

Why You Should Stop Sharing Your Cell Number

These days your cell number is almost like your email address. Vendors ask for it all the time so they can connect it to your account for logins, messages and ID. Since many of us don’t have a landline anymore, it makes sense for us to share this on business cards and accounts. Velma and I have one thing to …