Around.co demo

Around.co: A Different Kind of Video Conference

Every once in a while I find a new tool that makes my toes tingle. That’s what happened when I saw Around.co, a videoconferencing tool that looks and behaves differently from our old favorite, Zoom. What I love about Around.co: Instead of Brady Bunch squares, participants are in circles, floating over your other windows. Around includes face tracking to keep …

PhotoRoom App Sample

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 …

Facebook Rooms

LIVE NOW: Try this out until 2pm Central Friday, 5/29! I gathered my Nerdy BFFs Crystal Washington and Yoram Solomon to review Facebook Messenger Rooms, Facebook’s newest foray into videoconferencing. Pros: Easy to set up Can be internal to a group or public to everyone Anyone can set up inside a group (not just admins) Great for discussions and networking …

Artificial Intelligence Test: My experiment with AI scheduling

Artificial intelligence technology is EXPLODING! I read articles every day about how computers can “think” more and more. They can analyze your photos, interpret your conversations, learn from your habits, predict your needs and much more. It’s creepy, yes. But it’s helpful. And, like it or not, it’s coming. Fast. This week I put an AI provider through a number …

Crystal Knows: Communicate better with personality insights

Update to my Update… Seconds ago, I finally heard back from Crystal. We’re not being sold or going out of business. We’ve been heads down trying to improve the product. Right now, the free plan is now geared towards improving internal communication (people you know and work with) and helping people learn the DISC framework. The paid offering (Expert) is …

The Eyes Have It: Vision Tools

I remember getting my first pair of glasses. Going to the eye doctor was a big deal. Picking out the frames was a big deal. Waiting for the glasses took forever and was a big deal. Every step took time, money and expertise. It’s hard for me to believe that this sacred ritual could disappear because of technology. Here are …

Playing with Makeup Genius from L’Oreal

This week I tested a bunch of apps from major brands, which meant a return to Makeup Genius. I downloaded this app from L’Oreal when it first came out. The idea is pretty cool. The app scans your face, then it applies virtual makeup through the viewfinder with augmented reality. Oh my gosh was it horrible. The makeup didn’t really …