12 Apps of Christmas-Day 11 – Feedly

Day 1 – Hemmingway App (Writing app)
Day 2 – PollEverywhere (PowerPoint audience participation add-in)
Day 3 – The Great Suspender (Memory Manager – Chrome add-in)
Day 4 – Grammarly (Writing -Chrome add-in)
Day 5 – Dropbox for Gmail (Chrome add-in)
Day 6-  Canva (online graphics tool)
Day 7-  Google Drive for MS Office (Office add-in)
Day 8-  Power User (add-in for PowerPoint)
Day 9-  PowerPoint Labs (add-in for PowerPoint)
Day 10 –  Lastpass (Password manager)

Do you ever overwhelmed by the volume of information coming at you every day?  You’re not alone, and today’s app can help you get things under control. Feedly is a feed reader that allows you to subscribe to the news sources you want and have them all come to you. (Think Amazon Prime vs going to a zillion different stores for your holiday shopping!)


Feedly saves you time and effort by aggregating the best content into a single place, so you don’t need to go zooming all across the web to find the stuff you’re interested in most.

To me, Feedly is simply the  best way to follow your favorite blogs, news sites, YouTube shows, podcasts, tumblr blogs, magazines, eBay listings, Hulu shows and just about anything you want.

The free plan works great for me, and you can get even more features with the paid Pro plan. I also prefer to read my news in Feedly’s free iPad app, but you can also on your phone or a whole host of other apps as well.

If you’d like all your favorite news in one place, give Feedly a try—you’ll be glad you did!


12 Apps of Christmas-Day 6 – Canva

Day 1 – Hemmingway App (Writing help)
Day 2 – PollEverywhere (PowerPoint audience participation add-in)
Day 3 – The Great Suspender (Memory Manager – Chrome add-in)
Day 4 – Grammarly (Writing  – Chrome add-in)
Day 5 – Dropbox for Gmail (Chrome add-in)

Canva: Professional Graphic Design for Everyone

Do you ever need to create graphics? Virtually everyone does at some point. A blog header, a twitter graphic and visually impactful presentation slide?  Does the thought of designing make you nervous? Don’t have Photoshop nor the skills to operate it? No worries! Canva to the rescue.

Canva is a free, online graphics creation tool that makes it amazing easy to make fantastic looking images. (Plus it’s really fun!)

Just create a free account, choose the type of graphic you want, select a design and customize it to suit your needs. You’ll have amazing graphics in no time — and don’t worry I won’t tell your boss that it didn’t take you days to create! 😎



If you want to learn more about graphic design, you can’t beat the Canva Design School blog !


Keep Up With Your Twitter Lists (and a whole lot more) in Flipboad

You know about Flipboard right? The super visual, great looking way to keep up on all the things you love and discover other new sources of news and learning? (If not, get over there now and check it out! )  Their iPad app is how I usually browser my Flipboard magazines, but you can call get them on the web at flipboard.com

Right about now, you’re probably wondering what Flipboard does and why you should care? Flipboard aggregates news, images, video, social networking updates, and more in a slick, print style design that gives you an experience similar to having your own personalized magazine rack including your favorite blogs, news, Twitter accounts, etc.

In a nutshell, it’s a visual way of flipping through content from a variety of sources.

One of my favorite tricks for using Flipboard is to create a “magazine” out of a Twitter list.

Add your Twitter list to Flipboard, and it will pull out all the great content and links that get shared through the list. Here is what my PowerPoint list from Twitter looks like:

Web version: 


iPad version:


A few other things you might want to plug into and follow via Flipboard include:

Here’s how to add Twitter lists to Flipboard and a few other relevant tutorials.

You can also curate your own content into a custom magazine of your own. Check out what JD Dillon has created and follow his magazine here.

Get started by signing up at https://flipboard.com/ and be sure to give the Flipboard app a test drive.

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