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, …

My 3 Favorite Focus Tips

One of my most popular new sessions is called “Productivity Brain Break: A Facilitated White Space.” In the session, I share the easiest, fastest, best ways to be more productive and efficient, according to an analysis from a company called Filtered Technologies. They analyzed 100 productivity tips that were listed in all kinds of blogs to rank them by type, …

Apps that Save Me Money

I feel like I’ve been hitting it out of the park with apps that help me save money lately. It’s like I have people coming up to me and saying, “Shut up and take my money!” These apps do more than save money, but I’ve focused on that feature for this post. HEY! Because I saved so much money recently, …

The Webby Awards 2019… too much awesome

Every year when The Webby Awards are announced, I promise myself that I’ll just spend a few minutes finding the highlights to share with you. The awards highlight everything from great newsletters to fun games. I search through the hundreds of winners and nominees to find great stuff for productivity, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and more things we talk about …

Tools to Fight the Robocallers

Although it seems like we’re losing the battle against robocallers, you don’t have to sit idly by while they take over your phone lines. Use these tools to block, identify and control unwanted calls. They can help you by… Comparing incoming calls with a database of known spammers and suspicious callers. Using technology to determine if the incoming call is …

Up your video game with these fun tools

As you guys know, I’m creating a new half-day course and guide to teach people how to make cool videos. Here are three of the new resources I’m writing about in the guide this week. Create Fake Texting Stories Since texting is so much a part of our lives, making an eye-catching video of a texting conversation is a great …

How I almost got hacked and how I avoided it

If you don’t want to read this post, here’s the spoiler: OMG stop reusing your passwords!! Ok, now I can start. This morning I was logging into Skype because I had a podcast interview, and Microsoft asked me to verify my identity. This is not unusual because I hadn’t used this computer or Skype in a while. But when I …

Showcase Your Images with Easy Mosaics

This week I had too much fun playing with mosaic tools. These are the programs that will take hundreds of your photos and morph them into one giant photo. Mosaics are great for… Family photo montages Showcasing a related group of images, such as images from one location or a timeline of shots over the years Engaging viewers with an …

Weather Apps for Every Personality

You have plenty of options when it comes to weather apps, so it may be hard to choose. Here are my recommendations based on your personality. Add yours to the list in the comments! For the Instant-Gratification Junkies: Dark Sky Dark Sky describes itself as a “hyperlocal” weather app, specializing in micro-forecasts for the two-foot square that surrounds you and …