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 …

8 Things I Learned from 8 Weeks on TikTok

As I write this, TikTok is #1 on the Apple App Store and #6 on Google Play. The wildly popular social media platform features very short video clips with lipsyncing, original music, musings, comedy, dancing and much more. You can watch for hours or jump in and make your own videos. Watch my quick overview of TikTok here. I don’t …

Five Ways to Save Money on Flights

On your next flight, you could sit next to someone who is paying hundreds of dollars less than you to go to the same place. These tools even the playing field when it comes to finding the best prices for travel. For fun, I put most of these into a quick video. Hopper: Travel Shopping App to Find the Best …

Get Rid of Junk Mail

You can call it kitchen table spam, birdcage liners or plain old junk mail. But whatever you name the piles of catalogs and mailers that fill up your mailbox, you probably don’t want it in your house. These tools help you dump the junk snail mail and find your kitchen table again. PaperKarma: Junk Mail Eliminator After some ups and …

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Learn a New Language Your Way

The best language-learning tool in the world is like the best diet in the world. There are lots of good ones, but the best one is the one that works best for you. Before you choose one, think for a moment about how you like to learn and what you want to do. Do you like a study buddy or …

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Business Card Scanners

I’m just going to say it straight out: I don’t like business card scanners in the slightest. To me they’re much more work than they’re worth. I get piles of cards at the same time after a presentation, and it’s a waste of my time to scan each one and check the transcription and then put my cursor in those …

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Four Things to Know About FaceApp and Your Privacy

If you’ve been on social media this week, you’ve probably seen a full cycle of a viral app. In a matter of days, the world went from “OMG, FaceApp is COOL!” to “OMG, FaceApp is SCARY!” FaceApp is simple: Upload a headshot (yours or someone else’s), and add a filter to look younger or older, happier or prettier. You can …

Tools for Tracking Loved Ones

Here’s the first excerpt from the new book, The Bigger Book of Apps! Stay tuned for the pre-order extravaganza starting in a week or so. 🙂 My wonderful husband is a crazy Ironman triathlete-turned avid camper, and he’s frequently on all-day bike rides or multi-hour hikes. When I haven’t heard from him in a while, my worry gene kicks in. …

VPNs: Everything you wanted to know but didn’t care enough to ask

I have a confession to make. Although I fuss at you guys to avoid public WiFi, I’m guilty of resorting to it every once in a while when my hotspot is spotty or if I’m just being lazy. It’s just so easy to connect to the free network and start surfing, right? But I feel guilty about it every time, …