There’s Got to be a Better Way: Smart Phone Tips

Help a Nerd Out! I heard the other day about a magnifying glass that is built into iPhones that I never knew about! What else am I missing??? [And share some Android tips, too!] Howie J: For increased battery life: – Turn off auto-brightness – turn off location settings until you need it – make sure to periodically open the active …

There’s got to be a better way: To Do List

A nerd needs HELP! Answer this question from Shannon at the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association: My boss and I are looking for the best app or way to share an ongoing To Do List. Something we can both see, share and update. It would need to be accessible on our computers (Mac and PC) and our cell phones. We’d appreciate …

There’s got to be a better way! Email

Help a Nerd Out!  Cliff L. asks, “I’m finally going to switch my email from AOL to another cloud-based email service. Which one? Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook.com… something else?” Patrick A. Gmail. All other responses are invalid. Seriously – the number of benefits you get with gmail, google calendar and google contacts are amazing. When most people switch phones, computers, etc. they …

There’s got to be a better way! Convert a document to a PDF from your phone

Help a nerd out! This week’s question from the community: “What is the best app for scanning documents to turn them into PDFs from your phone?” My very favorite scanning app is Microsoft’s Office Lens, and two of you agreed with me… plus a few others added even more favorites. Great job! Dorea A: I use TurboScan and like it a lot. Ron …

Content Aggregators: Flipboard

In 2012, Flipboard made my list of the top three most influential tools in my toolbox because it’s a resource I use every single day. Flipboard can import all your RSS feeds plus give you access to amazing, customized content – all in a clever, attractive magazine format. Flipboard made Beth’s Top Efficiency Tools list!

Jing: Screen captures for free

Have you ever done a screen capture by pressing Print Screen, pasting it somewhere, editing it and sending it off? One of my favorite new (free!) tools is Jing, a little application from TechSmith, which makes the screen capture process insanely easy. Jing sits on your screen at all times in the form of a little yellow sun. You can …