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Track your Time with ManicTime

ManicTime is time tracking software that runs in the background on your computer. If you’re like me, you spend most of your day at your computer. ManicTime gives me lots of useful information about what I have spent my time on. Having this data, helps me stay productive.

ManicTime tracks things like:

  • When your computer was in use and when it was idle
  • What applications you were using at any given time
  • What documents you were working on at any given time
  • Your Day Start and Day End times

It’s great for individuals, even better for teams. For more information about visit http://www.manictime.com/

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Waze

Waze

Have you heard about Waze?

Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app.

 

It is available for iWaze OS and Android. It’s one of the best navigation apps for routing around heavy traffic, especially in larger cities.

“Imagine millions of drivers out on the roads, working together towards a common goal: to outsmart traffic and get everyone the best route to work and back, every day.” Waze

Waze also has a “Send ETA” option to let your friends and family know when you will be arriving at a specific destination.

It is very easy to report heavy traffic or accidents so that other Waze users are aware.

Download it from the App Store or Google Play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Control Center on your iPhone

To access Control Center on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, just swipe up from the bottom of the screen. This gives you quick access to all kinds of useful features.

From Control Center you can:

Control Centre

  • Turn Airplane mode on or off
  • Turn WiFi on or off
  • Turn Bluetooth on or off
  • Turn Do Not Disturb on or off
  • Turn Portrait Orientation Lock on or off
  • Adjust the screen brightness

Control Center also gives you quick access to audio controls. You can adjust the volume, pause/play the current song, or skip to the next or previous song.

Control Center gives you quick access to several useful apps such as the flashlight, timer, calculator, and camera.

 

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Cut, Copy, & Paste With Ease

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Copying text from one application to another is something most of us do multiple times per day.  One of my favourite time saving tricks is to use keyboard shortcuts to cut, copy, and paste text rather than right-clicking.

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To use these keyboard shortcuts simply highlight the text you want to copy or cut and press Ctrl+C (copy) or Ctrl+X (cut)

You can then paste the text using Ctrl+V

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Pod Pointer – Use this virtual “pocket” to save web articles

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Often when I am browsing the web I come across an article that I don’t have time to read right away, but would like to read later.  To save these articles I use a tool called Pocket.

Pocket is a browser add-in that works in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Once installed, you just click the Pocket button to save the article.

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For more information on Pocket go to http://getpocket.com

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Pod Pointer – Use LastPass to Keep Track of Your Passwords

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Do you find it hard to keep track of all of the various passwords you need while browsing the Internet?  For most of us, this is a long and constantly growing list.  Some people solve this problem by using the same password everywhere, but that is highly insecure.

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LastPass is a password manager that can be used with all of the major web browsers.  Once installed, it will start asking you if you would like it to remember your password every time you log into a website.  The next time you visit that site, LastPass will automatically fill in your username and password for you.  If you are creating an account on a new site, LastPass can generate a secure password for you and will remember it the next time you visit that site.

Check it out at http://www.lastpass.com

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Pod Pointer – Enable Tabs in Gmail

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Gmail recently released a feature that helps you keep your inbox organized.  You can now enable tabs in your inbox that will classify your messages into categories such as Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums.

To enable these tabs, click on the gear icon near the top right corner of your Gmail window and select “configure inbox”.   The will allow you to enable some or all of the new tabs.

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Once these tabs are enabled, any new emails will automatically be categorized.  If an email ends up in the wrong tab, just drag it to the correct one!

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Pod Pointer – Organize Your Web Browser’s Bookmarks Bar

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Every web browser has a toolbar you can enable that gives you quick access to your most frequently used bookmarks.  What this toolbar is called depends on your browser:

Internet Explorer: Favorites bar

Google Chrome: Bookmarks bar

Mozilla Firefox: Bookmarks Toolbar

This toolbar normally shows up right under the address bar.  Instead of placing bookmarks directly on the toolbar, you can add folders to the bar and then add your bookmarks to the folders.  This gives you nice drop-down menus for quick, organized access to your most frequently visited sites.

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