Upgrade Your Zoom Backgrounds

By now you may have discovered the cool little Zoom feature that lets you add a virtual background. When you click on your video icon in Zoom, the option pops up to choose a video or image for your background. You don’t even have to have a real green screen… Zoom will superimpose the background even over your messy office, …

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Apps for Spring Discoveries: PlantSnap and Merlin Bird ID

Nerds like me don’t get out much (really not kidding about this one), but when I do enjoy the great outdoors, I take my tech with me. Here are some super-techy tools for outdoor activities. PlantSnap: AI Plant Identification App plantsnap.com Our home in Tennessee has about 2 acres, and when we first moved in, we had no idea what …

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Recipe Collection Apps: Your View

A random email from a community member sparked a fascinating conversation on Facebook about where to store recipes. Here’s the quick reference guide to all the ideas: Original Note: “I have long used (years) an app called Pepperplate to store my recipes. Pepperplate has been a free app that was supported by advertising. This month, they have decided to reinvent …

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Apps for Your Holiday Greetings

As always, we want to thank our nerdy community for a great year and wish you a happy holiday season… so why not do it with a video? Or several? Here are some great ways to make holiday videos in a snap for social media or marketing. I have paid versions of all of these tools because they’re worth it. …

8 Things I Learned from 8 Weeks on TikTok

As I write this, TikTok is #1 on the Apple App Store and #6 on Google Play. The wildly popular social media platform features very short video clips with lipsyncing, original music, musings, comedy, dancing and much more. You can watch for hours or jump in and make your own videos. Watch my quick overview of TikTok here. I don’t …

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 …

Up your video game with these fun tools

As you guys know, I’m creating a new half-day course and guide to teach people how to make cool videos. Here are three of the new resources I’m writing about in the guide this week. Create Fake Texting Stories Since texting is so much a part of our lives, making an eye-catching video of a texting conversation is a great …

Can You Guess the Top 100 Passwords?

I always sigh when I see SpashData’s yearly Top Worst Passwords, but I sleep better knowing none of YOU use any of these! But I can bet you know some of them. 🙂 Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the top 100 (from 2017’s list). Tip: 10 minutes is a looong time. When you have guessed all you …

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 …