TripIt Pro Pays for Itself

BONUS: Five Ways to Save Money on Flights I’ve used the travel organizing app TripIt for years. The app automatically organizes all my reservation confirmation emails into an accessible itinerary that I can flip through on my phone. The free version is great, but paying $50 a year gets you so much more. The best advanced feature will actually help …

Using PowerPoint Rehearse with Coach

If you’ve ever been uncomfortable while giving presentations, you’re going to love a hidden feature in PowerPoint: Rehearse with Coach. Go to the Slide Show menu in an updated version of PowerPoint, and you’ll find a button called Rehearse with Coach. When you click it, an extra box appears over your PowerPoint slides. As you present, it listens to your …

PerfectRecall: Perfect for Zoom Meetings

I’m so excited that I stumbled upon this note taking shortcut this week. Perfect Recall “attends” your Zoom meetings to provide real-time transcription, note taking and even the ability to create excerpts by just highlighting the transcript. Even cooler? The tool is on sale (for just a few more hours!) from one of my favorite discount technology vendors: AppSumo. You’ll …

Five Ways to Stop Saying, “Hold on… Let Me Share My Screen”

Being able to show your presentation slides without sharing your screen has become the new baseline cool of online meetings, and a handful of hardware and software tools will help you avoid “big slide, little head” syndrome and connect more with your audiences. Not Quite There: Zoom Advanced Slide Share (Free) When you start sharing your screen in Zoom, click …

You’ve Been Rick-Rolled!

I have Rick-Rolled you, but I have a really good reason. Last week I wrote about the remastered version of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” was creepy. and that the song was mediocre And then the notes started coming in. From one of your UK based followers….just to let you know Rick is a national treasure here (still …

Tech tools to get stuff done

It’s National Procrastination Week, but it’s not about laziness. National Procrastination Week was created to give yourself a break from putting stress on yourself to get it all done. This week put aside some of the MUST DOs and try out some of those fun things you’ve been putting off. That being said, we still carry a lot of stress …

The Biggest Beth Z Giveaway Ever!

Have I told you lately that I love you? My nerdy community is the best. I’m giving away 45 prizes and services worth more than $2021 to thank you for your awesomeness. You read that right… 45 people will win something awesome! Three Awesome Nerdy Surprises from Amazon ($20×3=$60) A Super-Deluxe Nerdy Surprise from Amazon ($103) Five Copies of The …

Three Cool Gadgets

This week we finally installed the circuitry to enable my smart water faucet, so I thought it was a great time to walk around the house and share some of my favorite gadgets. Here are three techy gadgets that I love. One: Pix Backpack When I wear this backpack out and about, people follow me around because it’s animated! The …

Four Ways to Improve an Image

We snap thousands of images a year on our phones, but few of them go anywhere. And the ones that do could use some upgrades to make them more interesting. Here are five tech tools to change your boring image. One: Take out the background You take an Instagram-worthy family portrait in front of a pile of dirty dishes. Time …

Clean Out Your Inbox Week

The last business week in January is Clean Out Your Inbox Week. Here are some special email tools to help: Spike I use the Spike email app daily. The reason I love it is because I don’t know about you but when I am on my phone, it’s hard for me to look at long emails and respond because of …

A Virtual Trip to the Library

As a kid I spent hours and hours exploring the stacks of libraries, getting lost in the shelves and dragging my fingers along the spines. That’s why Open Library’s explore feature delights me so. They’ve arranged scanned-in books on virtual shelves that you can browse and lose yourself in. Check out my 98-second overview, then spend your afternoon in the …