2018 Holiday Giveaway!

Tell me about your favorite 2018 tech for a chance to win my favorite 2018 tech! Contest ends Tuesday, Dec. 11. Loading…

What I do want for Christmas

You’ll find plenty of lists of the best tech gifts to buy this year for the holidays. Here are just a handful of things that I would add to your giving/receiving lists. (And here’s a list of things I WOULDN’T buy). Full disclosure: These choices are definitely influenced by my move to our new house. I need stuff! HEY! Let’s …

Artificial Intelligence breakthroughs to be happy about

I’ll admit that I get pretty uneasy about the capabilities of artificial intelligence sometimes, but in the area of healthcare, I’m all in. Researchers are using artificial intelligence to help diagnose and treat some of our society’s most dangerous and debilitating diseases, and the technology might just save someone you love. Here are a few recent highlights: Diagnosing the Spread …

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 …

Temporary Email Addresses to Manage Spam

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A page you visit teases you with an offer for a wonderful tip sheet, white paper or other resource, all for free if you just enter your email address. But your email address is one of the most valuable facts about you, and every time you give it out, you risk exposures …

How to Get Noticed in Email

In our house-buying/house-selling processes, there’s lots to keep up with. D.J. and I have missed a couple of important tasks that the agents had to remind us about. This is part of a series of tools via @BethBuysAHouse . We’ve acted on the first requests most of the time and didn’t need to be reminded of anything more than once. …

Using Canva for Brochures

Continuing on the theme of #BethBuysAHouse, here’s a quick and easy way to create a brochure that looks like it was professionally designed. My favorite graphic design tool, Canva, has thousands of templates you can use with a click. Their magazine templates are wonderful for creating rich brochures. I wrote and designed our “house story” within a couple of hours …

Using Magisto and Animoto for Quick Videos

Two of my favorite video tools are Magisto and Animoto, and I use them all the time to stitch together images and video clips to create share-worthy short videos. Both are available on both smartphones and the web, and both have pretty good versions starting at $60 a year. This is part of the series called #BethBuysAHouse. The posts all …

How To: Video Postcards with PicPlayPost

PicPlayPost is one of my favorite tools to make a quick video to share news, the energy of an event, testimonials… all kinds of stuff. In this series of posts I call #BethBuysAHouse, I created this video as if I was a real estate professional telling potential buyers about the houses I thought they’d be interested in. All I did …