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Learn a New Language Your Way

The best language-learning tool in the world is like the best diet in the world. There are lots of good ones, but the best one is the one that works best for you. Before you choose one, think for a moment about how you like to learn and what you want to do. Do you like a study buddy or …

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Business Card Scanners

I’m just going to say it straight out: I don’t like business card scanners in the slightest. To me they’re much more work than they’re worth. I get piles of cards at the same time after a presentation, and it’s a waste of my time to scan each one and check the transcription and then put my cursor in those …

Equifax probably owes you money — here’s how to get it

If you’ve been hanging around with Your Nerdy Best Friend for a while, you know how completely freaked out I was about the Equifax data breach almost two years ago. Equifax revealed the breach in the fall of 2017, but several months earlier, the company knew of vulnerabilities and hacker activity and more. More than 147 million U.S. residents were …

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, …

Why Meme: Three reasons to use memes in your business

Grumpy Cat is dead. Long live the meme. Here are three ways using memes can help your business communications and marketing. Memes are familiar How many times have you seen this photo with different captions? As soon as you see it, you can hear the guy’s voice in your head. It is instantly familiar to you. Memes bring humor without …

Protect your family members from online fraud

My dad has a Ph.D. in zoology. He worked as a computer programmer for decades. He can identify a bird species from a flicker of a tail feather while we’re driving 70mph down a highway. He’s brilliant. And yet… he almost fell for an online scam. One day we were chatting, and he said, “Well, I have to go. I …

Why You Shouldn’t Use Public Wi-Fi

Let’s start with the opening sentences from a column in USA Today: “I don’t really need to worry about online privacy,” I used to think. “I’ve got nothing to hide. And who would want to know what I’m up to, anyway?” So begins the tale of a technology journalist who wrote an article on a plane then was approached by …