Bill Sleeper in the KIRO studios (Erynn Rose photo)

The GeekWire radio show and podcast returns from its brief holiday hiatus this weekend with a special in-studio guest, Bill Sleeper, the 96-year-old retired engineer from the Seattle region who helps his fellow seniors empower themselves with technology by introducing them to the world of the iPhone and mobile apps.

Topics discussed during the weekly news segment include a new device for paying restaurant bills, apps for navigating the new 520 tolls, and the study that found an overabundance of Kindle Fire users in Seattle. Also listen for our App of the Week, and a new installment of our Name that Tech Tune challenge.

A big thanks to Josh Kerns of 97.3 KIRO-FM for hosting the show with John this week after a cold got the better of my voice.

Listen to the show above or directly via this MP3 file. 

Here’s a collection of headlines and links related to the topics discussed on the show …

Geek of the Week: Bill Sleeper, 96-year-old tech enthusiast

Welcome to Seattle, where 1 out of 124 people owns a Kindle Fire

Video: Is this how we will pay restaurant tabs in the future?

Seven apps just for navigating the 520 tolls

App of the Week: Elmo Calls

Name That Tech Tune: Our new contest, and the answer and winner to our previous challenge.

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  • Margaret Johnson

    Thank you for the wonderful interview with Mr. Sleeper.  He is an inspiration to all – including us aging “baby boomers”.  Mr. Sleeper should become a regular member of the podcast.  I imagine he could make an enormous impact to so many seniors who have built up a life of “This technology HAS to be HARD!”  and “I can’t POSSIBLY LEARN it!” – hey – if a 3 year old can pick up an iPad and just do it it – so can everyone over 60,70,80,90 and 100.  I enjoy your podcast.  Mr. Sleeper’s was extremely special.  Again – thanks!


    JUST WANT TO GET MY KINDLE FIRE GOING!!!!!  I’m not a pc geek!!!!!  AHHHHHHH

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