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Image compressor for Mac OS X 10.8+

January 2, 2016
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Image compressor for Mac OS X 10.8+

Sometimes images take up too much file space and are not easily exploitable in written documents, presentations, websites, or on other smart handheld devices.  A solution for the Mac OS X user is ImageOptim.  This easy to use file compressor reduces file size automatically, without having to do more than drag and drop the file to…

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Periscope & Katch–live broadcasting and storage

January 2, 2016
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Periscope & Katch–live broadcasting and storage

Live video broadcasting tools bring a new perspective to what is news and how to present it.  Periscope is a recent entry to the app market and was quickly bought out by Twitter this past year.  Over the end of year holidays, co-founder Kayvon Beykpour demonstrated the app live on the Stephen Colbert Late Show.…

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Collaborating with data on the web

November 6, 2015
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Collaborating with data on the web

Plotly’s online offer provides analytical and graphic tools for sharing across the Internet. The free version includes one private grid/plot that only the subscriber can view and share privately with other logged-on Plotly users. A public grid/plot can be viewed by anyone and is visible to search engines.  A secret grid/plot can be viewed only…

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Task-organization with batching email

November 6, 2015
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Task-organization with batching email

The relentless dinging of arriving email might be distracting our focus on the current project.  Google Gmail has added a filter called BatchedInbox that is designed to harness the timing of email arrivals into the inbox.  The filter can be customized for specific senders and specific times when content should be made available in the…

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Social media efficiency is possible

October 5, 2015
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Social media efficiency is possible

Social media management is a mainstream marketing activity that requires specific knowledge in order to maximize the power of its ability to reach consumers.  Determining the best and worst times to post on the various social media platforms depends upon the time and number of users online and in sharing mode.  Several free tools exist…

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Excel tips for analytics

October 5, 2015
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Excel tips for analytics

Mastering data transformation in Excel using the Paste Special function is a useful trick worth reviewing.  In this brief video clip, the author demonstrates the use of Paste Special to: change values, move rows to columns using transpose, change a column of numbers to percentages, and change a column of numbers to currency values. Author…

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Volunteerism as a business model

September 1, 2015
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Volunteerism as a business model

SponsorChange.org is a new take on volunteerism, in which the volunteer works for student loan alleviation. Students volunteer to do the work at social impact organizations and philanthropists reward their services by funding student loan payments for completed projects. The kinds of projects offered create meaningful work experiences that might be useful for course credit. …

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Keeping abreast of teaching techniques

September 1, 2015
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Keeping abreast of teaching techniques

The Teaching Professor Tips App brings daily teaching tips and ideas to your smartphone.  The free app from Magna Publications, the higher education publisher that provides a platform for educators to share ideas and advice, pushes tidbits of gleaned materials covering strategies for assignments, student engagement, classroom management, instructional vitality, and others.  Users can share…

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Pinning for geeks

May 1, 2015
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Pinning for geeks

Keeping up with the plethora of new mobile apps, websites, hardware projects and tech creations is the business of Product Hunt. This curating site lets members submit, vote, comment and browse products that the online community submits daily.  Currently, the appeal is to the tech community including those seeking the next best thing investment prospect.…

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Uberification—the sharing business model of On-Demand Mobile Services

May 1, 2015
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Uberification—the sharing business model of On-Demand Mobile Services

Technically, this is Steve Schlafman’s blog.  He is a NYC-based Venture Capitalist with several interesting posts on trends.  This post from April 2014 illustrates many ODMS (On-demand mobile services) apps that continue to surface regularly in the iStore and the Google Play store.  The apps are based upon a model in which search for service…

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