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Gratitude Apps

To help people during this insane year, this fall I developed a session called Tech Tools for Serious Self Care. I’m not one for touchy-feely apps, so I focused on techniques with solid science behind them. When I researched the reasons to practice gratitude, it was enough to convince me that I needed to take my own advice. This article …

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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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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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Just say no

One of the ways to reduce stress is to stop doing everything. But it’s so hard to say no. I used to have an app called Big Box of NO, but it died. So I made some of my own. These NOs are brought to you by my new artificial intelligence voiceover engine, Speechelo. I paid $47 for the ability …

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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 …

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Tools for the Job Search

These days people are searching for jobs for lots of reasons. Perhaps they are one of the victims of layoffs or furloughs or cutbacks. Or maybe they love the work-from-home life, but their employer is bringing people back to the office. Whatever the reason you might be looking around, we have tech help to make things easier. I’m pretty much …

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WeVideo, the Free Video Editing Software

[GUEST POST FROM INTERN JAMISON BARCELONA] My favorite free video editing software is called WeVideo; as a humble high school student, unwilling to shill out for software, this has quickly become my favorite tool. Pros: It’s a free and powerful software, it’s easy to use, it looks professional, and it comes with free stock images, videos, and soundtracks to use. …

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Two Alternatives to PowerPoint

For—I don’t know, 200 years?—the standard for presentations has been Microsoft’s PowerPoint. Ever since we dropped the overhead projector/transparency model, we’ve emphasized key points of our educational sessions with hard-to-read, badly designed bullet-point slides. Although PowerPoint is still the most popular program, it has become the software we love to hate. That’s why we’re always looking for alternatives. Prezi: Storytelling …