All the Laughs from 2020

As we end this year, let’s focus on some of the giggles we had. Here is a compilation of a year’s worth of Laughs of the Week from NerdWords, our weekly newsletter. This embedded version is a little small, so you can click here to see the bigger version on your screen.

Family Time Technology

Although the holidays are going to look different this year for most of us, we still want to celebrate our families and be together however we can. These tools will help erase the miles between you and your loved ones until we can be together again. White Elephant Gift Exchange If you bring this Baby Yoda Chia Pet to your …

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Best Apps of 2020

Both Google Play and Apple App Store released their best apps lists this week, and it’s not a shock that big props went to several apps that focus on self care. Also not a shock… both companies chose Zoom. Google’s Pick: Loóna: Bedtime Calm & Relax Google Play named a sleep guidance app the Best App of 2020. Loóna (Google …

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Best nerdy devices to snag on Black Friday

I was going to call this post a nerdy gift list, but these items are really gifts you need to give yourself. I mean, come on. Can you imagine the look of disappointment on my nephew’s face if I got him an air purifier for Christmas? Watch for these items or brands like them to show up in Black Friday …

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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 …

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Zoom Security Settings You Need to Check Right Now

Newsflash: Zoom bombing is still a thing. This week I was in a session that was hijacked by horrible people sharing porn, racist language, disgusting images and vile language. Here’s how you can avoid the same issues. Note: some of these settings and options are for different levels of Zoom subscriptions, so you may have more or fewer, depending on …

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Apps for Serious Self Care

We woke up this morning to stressful news that has the potential to wreak havoc on our lives. It doesn’t matter when you are reading this blog post, if it’s 2020, the statement is true. Stress levels are off the charts for all of us, which prompted me to create a new session called Serious Self-Care: Tech Tools to Keep …

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Stop Background Noise with Krisp

Have you ever been on a videoconference living in fear that you’ll get that Amazon delivery and the dog will go nuts when the doorbell rings? The solution is here! Krisp is a PC download and a Chrome plugin that uses artificial intelligence to filter out background noises. I tried it out with everything from pounding on my desk while …

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All about Infographics

Because many of us are no longer in the same room with our colleagues, we’re all seeking new ways to communicate information that doesn’t require the umpteenth PowerPoint this month or a 3-hour Zoom. Lately I’ve been getting a bunch of inquiries about how to make infographics, so I’m releasing the Book Study the Nerdy Best Friends Book Club did …

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Zoom on Zoom Session

Last week I hosted a session on Zoom. The topic? Zoom. I covered the features of Zoom that will help you look, sound and interact better on this ubiquitous videoconferencing platform. Here’s the recording: But wait, there’s more! This week I also discovered a cool tool called Videoticle that lets you convert a YouTube video into an article that you …

Copy/Paste from one device to another

I bought a PC recently because it has features my Mac doesn’t (gasp!). One of the functions I am CONSTANTLY missing on the PC is my Mac’s Handoff feature. It’s where I can copy something on my Mac then immediately paste it into my iPhone or iPad, and vice versa. Turns out I use this functionality all. the. time. It …

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Very Cool Video Editors

The longer the pandemic lasts, the more video I produce — and the more cool video tools I find to share. This week I discovered Descript and Type Studio, two tools that let you edit video and audio by editing the text transcription. So instead of trying to clip out your “umms” and “uhhhs” in a standard video editor, you …