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Got A New iPad For Christmas? Here’s How To Get Started

Electronics are a popular gift choice for many people around the holidays. After all, they are both sleek and attractive, and they keep us connected in our fast-paced society. One of the fastest growing electronics markets over the past couple of years is tablets, with the Apple iPad leading the pack by a wide margin. These thin, fast, and capable gadgets are the perfect go-between for smartphones and full-on computers, and are the perfect accessory for anyone who likes to stay connected on the go.

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5 Ways To Connect With Your Customers Via Social Media

Even though typing into a tiny electronic screen may not feel very warm and personal, it’s a fantastic way to make meaningful connections with your clients, future customers, and fans. While nothing can replace an in-person interaction, social media interactions are quickly becoming the most popular means of communication in the marketing world.

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Shopping For Your First Digital Camera? Here Are A Few Tips!

Whether you are shopping for a better way to take family photos, or you are wanting to take your photography hobby to the next level, there are a few things you should know before making a purchase. It’s a little bit more complicated than saying you want to take pretty pictures and you have X amount of money to spend. A digital camera (or DSLR) is an investment, and making the right choice will bring you years of enjoyment and creative play. So, as you shop around, here are a few questions to ask yourself.

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The Basics of Working With Digital Color

We are now officially living in the digital era, with online and computerized media fast outpacing print applications. In the coming years, some speculate that age-old analog and print utilization will be on its way to extinction, and that tomorrow’s generation will consume all of their media by way of smartphones, tablets, and laptops. So what does that mean for today’s designers? Plenty of changes are afoot for sure, but one of the basics is making sure you understand digital color, how it’s different from print color, and naturally…how to use it to make your designs stand out.

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3 Reasons To Bring Your Mom to DWC

If you or a loved one is struggling to master technology, there are classes at the Digital Workshop Center that can help. Ask your doctor if DWC is right for you.

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10 Great Apps to Boost Your Productivity: Part II

A few weeks ago, we introduced 5 out of 10 of our favorite apps in Part I. And we promised we’d give you 5 more. In case you need a little extra productivity boost, here they are!   6. Stayfocused This is a handy little app for any of us who log onto our computers with the intention of working only to find ourselves scrolling through Facebook or Buzzfeed. Living in the era of incessant distraction makes it difficult to accomplish our tasks, whether that be creating reports, designing a logo for a client, or writing the first chapter of our novel. Well, here comes an application that can eliminate those nagging notifications and streamline your noble efforts. Stayfocused is an application that plugs into your Chrome browser or Android phone and will hide any non-productive content for a set amount of time. Its highly customizable settings allow you to block access to specific websites, search terms, or content such as videos and games for however long you like. It can also use timers to remind you to take healthy work breaks, or remind you when you’ve spent too long reading your RSS feeds. If you find yourself having a hard time staying focused, then Stayfocused is just the thing for you!   7. MindNode For the more out-of-the-box and visual thinkers among you, traditional lists and notes may not be the best representations of your brains. Enter MindNode, a planning and creating app that is based on the idea that thoughts are not linear, but spherical. Begin with one simple word or idea and quickly you’ll notice things branching off in multiple directions. This app will help you map and capture it all. MindNode has a clean and visual approach to brainstorming, putting your thoughts and images into single related streams, and is even smart enough to rearrange itself over time. These “mind maps” are formed and saved as image files which can easily be uploaded to cloud drives and Dropbox, shared on social media, and sent to friends and coworkers. MindNode is $9.99 for iPhone and iPad, and $19.99 for the Mac desktop Pro version. If you’re a writer, artist, or innovator, it’s a small price to pay to literally see your trains of thought! 8. Dragon Sick and tired of fumbling with your keyboard or trying to type on a tiny phone screen? Dragon dictation products are here to save the day! This technology uses advanced methods to translate your natural speaking voice into text, whether that is in email, word documents, or text messages. Dragon apps are available for iOS (Dragon Dictation, Dragon Go!), Blackberry (Dragon For E-mail), and Android (Dragon, Swype, Dragon Mobile Assistant), and all harness the same basic voice-to-text idea. These apps make it a breeze to communicate with your friends and family, write blog posts, and email like a tech wizard…and they’re free! Dragon also makes full-scale software programs for desktop computers (both Mac and PC) starting at $149.99. These integrate with your operating systems to bring you a seamless and keyboard-less online life. When you’ve cut your writing time in half with Dragon, you’ll never go back! 9. Pocket I know it’s tempting to click on that video or article that popped up on your social media or the personality quiz your friend emailed you- but those distractions seriously cut into your productive time. It’s hard to remember something that came up on your Facebook feed an hour ago, which is why most of us give into that instant gratification of reading or watching right away. But there’s a better...

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