Posts Tagged ‘Jess Stratton’

Understanding UltraViolet digital movies: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, February 17th, 2014

Understanding Ultraviolet Digital Movies

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When you buy certain Blu-ray titles, you’re also entitled to an UltraViolet digital copy of your movies. It sounds convenient, but in reality the experience of downloading the digital copy of your new movie can be frustrating. Don’t worry—this week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how to get what’s yours with as little hassle as possible.

First, there’s a series of accounts you’ll need to create when you sign on with UltraViolet to access your digital media. I’ll step you through what each of these accounts are, and how you need to connect them so the UltraViolet site knows when you’ve added a new digital movie to your library.

Secure yourself when using cloud apps: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, February 10th, 2014
Enabling 2-step authentication to Google web apps

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Here on Monday Productivity Pointers, I love to talk about cloud apps. I love using apps that you can access from anywhere—your computer, laptop, phone, or tablet. This week, we’ll discuss an important topic around cloud apps: how to secure yourself when using them. In my first video, I’ll show you how to enable two-step authentication, a more secure way of logging in, also referred to as “two-factor authentication.”

More and more cloud apps are offering two-step authentication. When you enable it, step one is to log in to the app with your user name and password as usual. You’ll then receive a text message on your phone from the cloud app itself, containing a second password. Step two is to go back into the app and enter that second password for access.

Getting to Inbox Zero with Mailbox: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Getting to Inbox Zero with Mailbox.app

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“Inbox Zero” is a common term for the practice of clearing out your email inbox daily, to stay on top of your correspondence. Most email apps come with a filing system to help you reach Inbox Zero—so you can move your incoming messages to other folders, keeping your inbox uncluttered.

However, when we move a message out of our inbox to keep it out of sight, it often works a bit too well; it’s also out of mind and we forget to go back to it.

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to show you my favorite app ever. This is not hyperbole; if I were only allowed to use one app for the rest of my life, it would be this one. The app is called Mailbox, and it replaces the existing mail app on your iPhone, and supports Gmail, iCloud, and Yahoo! mail accounts. Mailbox allows you to file your mail just like you’d expect—but adds one incredible feature: a snooze button.

Get the best deals online: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, January 20th, 2014

Find the best deals online with FatFinger.com

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Did you know that every day, hundreds of eBay auctions close without receiving any bids? It’s not that no one was interested; it’s because no one saw them—and a common reason is that the auctions never showed up in searches is because the listing contained a typo in the item’s title.

This week’s Monday Productivity Pointers looks at a site called FatFingers.com, which will automatically search eBay for common misspellings of the item or items you’re looking for. FatFingers.com helps you find items you want with low or even no bids.

Working in the cloud with Jolidrive: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, January 13th, 2014

Working in the cloud with Jolidrive

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There’s a wide variety of free, cloud-based online storage services to choose from these days, each with its own unique benefits. Rather than choosing just one, lots of people opt to use several—but it’s easy to forget exactly which cloud service you’ve used to store a particular file.

This week’s Monday Productivity Pointers focus on a solution for that problem: a free service called Jolidrive. You can use Jolidrive’s website to access all your cloud-based data whether it’s in Google Drive, Dropbox, SkyDrive, Flickr, Instagram, or SlideShare.

Adding Social Media Activity to your Website: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, December 16th, 2013

Add social activity to your website

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Your website is the first place potential customers will visit to find out more about you, so it’s important to keep your site active, current, and consistently updated—establishing your professional persona in the best possible light.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how to publish a Twitter feed to your website; using a WordPress blog as my example. I’ll also show you how to embed a Google calendar into your site so it’s clear to potential clients that you’re an active professional.

Getting faster home Wi-Fi: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, December 9th, 2013

Speed up your home wi-fi

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In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, we’ll focus on speeding up your home wireless network. In the first video, I’ll tell you how to identify your home wireless network’s weakest (and slowest) link.

You’ll learn how Internet data speed is measured. Then we’ll examine the components you need to connect to the Internet via wireless, such as a cable or FIOS modem, wireless adapter, router, and your wireless configuration—and how they all need to work together to give you faster home wi-fi connections.