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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 …

Get Google Photos Now

This is not a drill! Google Photos is ending its “free forever, unlimited forever” tier, but you can still take advantage of the service. Upload as much as you want before the June 1 deadline, and you can finally get your image and video library organized with Google’s phenomenal AI search capabilities. Here’s how to get started with Google Photos, …

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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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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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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 …