Nothing can put a damper on your vacation like worrying about your email. While Gmail's auto-responder is pretty easy to set, but most people use Outlook at work.
Unless you're presenting a cure for insomnia, you want your PowerPoint slides to engage your audience without distracting them from the presenter (you). Too much text invites people to read rather than listen--if they don't just tune out completely.
This week, Apple rolled out its new iTunes Pass service for storing any iTunes or App Store credit you may accrue through gift cards and e-cards. Say "Begone!" to plastic iTunes gift cards; after you enable iTunes Pass, you can go directly to an iTunes Store and have one of Apple's Specialists load some money directly into your account. Here's an overview of how to set up iTunes Pass on your own iPhone, as well as how to give your friends and family the power to give you some sweet sweet iTunes capital.
For me, summer isn't complete without a road trip--even if it's just over a long weekend. There's something iconic about hitting the open road, just you, a car, and maybe a friend or two. Just ask Jack Kerouac. (Or Britney Spears. But let's forget I just said that and move on.)
Whether you're a student preparing a class assignment or a rising executive trying to impress your CEO, you'll have to go beyond the basics if you want your computer-based slideshows to stand out. While teaching people how to use presentation software over the years, I've identified nine techniques that I think everyone should have in their arsenal--but which even some experienced presenters often seem to miss. Here's how those techniques work in Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011, Apple's Keynote 6.2, and Google Docs.
You can buck the stereotype of PowerPoint presentations as bullet-pointed snoozefest. PowerPoint has a wealth of new graphics, layout, and animation features to liven up your deck. We'll focus on how to add tables, charts, graphics, and images to your slides, but that's just a sample--delve deeper into the menus and you'll find a wealth of additional options.
A lot of us have network attached storage (NAS) devices on which we store all our music, videos, photos, and other personal files. It's a central storage location that's accessible to all computers and compatible media streamers on a network if it's set up correctly, and the theory is that you should be able to see your files without any problems from all of your computers.
So, you need some eye-popping visuals to show off your top sales numbers for that meeting in 40 minutes but data, not design, is your forte. No problem. With Excel 2013--even if you've never used it--you can pump out a sophisticated, professional chart as fast as you can type. Or, if you can copy and paste the data from another source, you can produce a chart or graph in about 10 minutes (or less). Here's how you do it.