Seniors Are Learning Helpful Tech Skills—Like Online Grocery Shopping—via Getsetup

Getsetup connects seniors with instructors to help them navigate online resources.
Getsetup connects seniors with instructors to help them navigate online resources.
Courtesy of Getsetup

As a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, some senior citizens are finding themselves getting a crash course in things like online grocery shopping, online health care enrollment, social media, and other tech chores they may not have anticipated encountering. Now, a new startup can assist.

Getsetup is offering over 40 online courses that take members through a variety of topics, from joining a Zoom meeting to online bill payment to pharmacy delivery. The courses are taught by fellow seniors and many are free. Other courses, like learning how to use LinkedIn, have a nominal $10 fee.

Getsetup is currently offering a Mother’s Day special for $59 that includes an initial consult, five premium classes, and three months of access. Skills taught include learning to identify suspicious emails, navigating Google Calendar, and using Facebook, among others. A Getsetup guide will telephone users to help them through the process. Group and one-on-one classes are available.

According to a Getsetup press release, the company is aiming to impart skills that have become essential amid the quarantine climate as well as foster a sense of community for seniors who may otherwise be spending much of their time alone.

For more information, you can visit the site or call 1-888-704-3814.

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

Funko
Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

Funko Pop!/Amazon

Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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The New Apple Watch SE Is Now Available on Amazon

Apple/Amazon
Apple/Amazon

Apple products are notorious for their high price tags. From AirPods to iPads to MacBooks, it can be difficult to find the perfect piece of tech on sale when you are ready to buy. Luckily, for those who have had their eye on a new Apple Watch, the Apple Watch SE is designed with all the features users want but at a lower starting price of $279— and they're available on Amazon right now.

The SE exists as a more affordable option when compared to Apple's new Series 6 line of watches. This less expensive version has many of the same functions of its pricier brethren, except for certain features like the blood oxygen sensor and electrical heart sensor. To make up for the truncated bells and whistles, the SE comes in at least $120 cheaper than the Series 6, which starts at $400 and goes up to $800. The SE comes with technical improvements on previous models as well, such as the fall detection, a faster processor, a larger screen, water resistance, and more.

Now available in 40mm ($279) and 44mm ($309), both SE models offer a variety of colors to choose from, such as sliver, space gray, and pink. If you want cellular connection, you’ll have to pay a bit more for the 40mm ($329) and the 44mm ($359).

For more, head to Amazon to see the full list of offerings from Apple.

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