App of the Week – ThinkUp

This week’s App comes to us via Ashley Macey at Brit & Co. It’s a simple, yet, brilliant App to re-enforce Positive Affirmations in a world of Political Chaos.

I hope you like it as much as I do…

“This Trendy App Can Help You Stay Positive This Year”
Ashley Macey of Brit & Co

“It’s no secret that on New Year’s Eve most of us were more interested in saying “F You 2016” than “Welcome 2017.” So instead of dwelling on the negative (which would be waaay too easy), I’ve decided to set myself up to avoid bad attitudes and embrace positive vibes in the coming year. But before I can accomplish this hefty task, I thought it would *probably* be best to equip myself with a few useful tools to help me look on the brighter side in 2017. One of the strategies I’m investigating is positive affirmation.

 


Positive affirmation isn’t new — in fact, the concept has been tied to the historic practice of Buddhist and Sanskrit mantras — but it is new to me. As a psychological practice, positive affirmation was first popularized by French psychologist Emile Coué in the 1920s, and it’s been a hotly debated topic within the scientific community ever since. While some scientists believe positive affirmation is a proven way of creating a new habit, others believe it’s just a bunch of hippie mumbo jumbo.

So, I made myself a little experiment. Using the popular app ThinkUp (free on iOS and Android), I would see how positive affirmation practice would impact my life over a week.

 

The first thing I had to do was dream up my own affirmations. I opted to start with three that I felt would help me stay more positive in the first week of 2017 (and, yes, I am aware that most of them are *super* cheesy). Once I chose my affirmations from ThinkUp’s comprehensive list, the next step was to record myself saying them aloud. Merging my recordings with a soothing musical track, the app then created a specialized playlist just for me. The goal was to listen to the playlist three times a day and say my affirmations out loud in time with the playlist.

 

I won’t lie: It totally felt awkward at first. Shouting my dreams into the world seemed hella crazy — especially when I mistimed my schedule and ended up having to whisper them in line at Starbucks.

 


But by the end of day four, I honestly did start to feel more positive. It’s really important to give yourself up to the process and stop feeling like you’re being a weirdo in public. Because I got to record the affirmations in my own voice, it was the perfect pep talk from myself to really kill in positivity every single day… and I loved it!

Sure, my neighbors might think I’m a little insane now (if they didn’t already). But even after just a week I could feel myself remembering to let go of life’s little annoyances and ground myself in my goal to stay more positive.”

Download ThinkUp

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How to: Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

For this week’s “How to”, I opted to keep things simple and Mac oriented. While working for Apple, one of the most common questions was about keyboard shortcuts. So, here I’ve posted Apple’s most common Keyboard shortcuts for novices and experts alike.

Mac menus and keyboards often use symbols for certain keys, including the modifier keys:
• Command ⌘
• Shift ⇧
• Option ⌥
• Control ⌃
• Caps Lock ⇪
• Fn

If you’re using a keyboard made for Windows PCs, use the Alt key instead of Option, and the Windows logo key instead of Command. Some Mac keyboards and shortcuts use special keys in the top row, which include icons for volume, display brightness, and other functions. Press the icon key to perform that function, or combine it with the Fn key to use it as an F1, F2, F3, or other standard function key.
To learn more shortcuts, check the menus of the app you’re using. Every app can have its own shortcuts, and shortcuts that work in one app may not work in another.

Weekly Roundup – 1/27

 

Ladies,

These are the tech stories that intrigued me this week…


I can’t wait to try the new features:

The New Google Voice via Arstechnica


I wish I could say I’m surprised…

Trump’s God-Awful Phone and Twitter Security Isn’t as Scary as His Cybersecurity Policies via Slate.com

Elon Musk for President!! Who’s with me?
Elon Musk’s Hyperloop contest is happening this weekend — here’s a look at all the competing pods via Business Insider

Don’t you let them push you around!
How to whip annoying Windows Updates into submission via Boy Genius Report

It seems like only yesterday…
Seven years later, we’re still asking the wrong questions about the iPad via The Verge

App of the Week: Power to Fly

Ladies,

This week I’m focusing on an App that also wants to empower women in the field of Tech: Power to Fly. Power to Fly is actually more of a movement but since they offer an App I wanted to shine on light on the incredible work Power to fly has done for women. According to their website:

“PowerToFly was launched by Milena Berry and Katharine Zaleski in 2014 to connect Fortune 500 companies and fast growing startups with women who are looking to work for companies that value gender diversity and inclusion. PowerToFly is building the platform to propel diversity recruiting and hiring. Our optimized search and sourcing tools, targeted job promotions, and high visibility employer branding services reduce the time to hire hard to reach talent pools of underrepresented female engineers at a centralized and lower cost. Through the platform companies gain full access to actively and passively build a pipeline of vetted women in tech and across digital.

 

Companies struggle to build diversity across their organizations and most particularly in technical roles. Countless studies have shown that diverse teams perform better than homogenous ones, but without focused solutions, gender parity throughout the corporate ladder won’t be achieved for 100 years.”

The App allows you to take advantage of their amazing website on a mobile platform. It’s easy to join by signing up with your Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin accounts and then you can access all of the great content and search for a job while on the go.

So far, nearly 1,000 companies have posted job listings on Power to Fly including Hearst, Buzzfeed and the Washington Post, for positions in technology, marketing, sales and customer service. And the website is growing so quickly, Power to Fly itself, plans to hire another 60 workers over the next six months.

You go, Girls!

Download Powertofly on iOS

(Currently unavailable for Android)

How to add and switch between Instagram accounts on an iPhone

Ladies,

Today’s How To: comes from Roger Fingas of Apple Insider. If, like me, you have multiple Instagram accounts, this will save your life. I struggled with how to do this when I started The Blonde Byte. Of course, I made it harder than it was and the solution was really easy and kinda aggravating, to be honest. While this article reflects use of Instagram on an iPhone, I feel sure it also exists within the Android version too.

Try it for yourself!

By Roger Fingas (of Apple Insider)

Facebook’s Instagram is a convenient way to share photos as well as short videos, but for many reasons it can be smart to have multiple personas on the service. Here’s how to add additional profiles on Apple’s iPhone and switch between them.

 

Within the Instagram app, the first step is to tap on your profile icon, situated in the lower-right corner of the screen. What this looks like will depend on the profile picture you selected during initial setup.

Next, tap on Settings, represented by a gear icon in the upper-right. Scroll down towards the bottom of the menu and you’ll discover the Add Account button.

 

Here you will find options to log into an existing account, either by entering your username and password manually, or logging in via Facebook. If you don’t already have a second account, a sign-in link at the bottom will guide you through Instagram’s normal account creation process.

Once you’ve logged into one or more extra accounts, the username in your profile will show an arrow next to it. Tap on this to enable a drop-down menu for quick account switching. There should even be another “Add Account” button, letting you skip the Settings menu altogether.

Remember that you can only have up to five accounts active at any given time —realistically, though, that’s probably more than enough for anyone.

10 Tips Every Owner of an iPhone 7 Should Know

Ladies,

These Tips make owning an iPhone 7 easy to operate and fun! This is an article I found on CNET and wanted to share!

LOCK SCREEN LIMITS

Your iPhone can show a lot of information on the lock screen, which is convenient for quickly glancing at reminders, messages and more. Should you want to restrict what information can be accessed from your iPhone without your passcode, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and disable whichever items you don’t want showing up on your lock screen.

REST OR PRESS?

With Slide to Unlock a thing of the past, you now press the home button to unlock your iPhone. If you’d rather just rest your finger on the home button, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button and toggle on the switch for Rest Finger to Open.

CHOOSE YOUR CLICK

If you back up a level from the previous tip, you can adjust the strength of the buzzing haptic feedback you receive when you press the home button. Go to Settings > General > Home Button and you can choose your click, from a slight (1) to heavy (3).

HIDDEN CONTROL CENTER PANEL

You know how you can swipe up from the bottom edge of your iPhone to call up the Control Center? It lets you adjust Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings, turn on the flashlight and a bunch of other settings and features. But did you know that you can swipe to the left when viewing the Control Center? That lets you access its second panel of playback controls for music or podcasts.

SEND MESSAGES WITH EFFECT

The Messages app received a substantial overhaul with iOS 10. You can now add stickers and GIFs as well as message effects. There are four bubble effects — Slam, Loud, Gentle and Invisible Ink — and five screen effects — Balloons, Confetti, Lasers, Fireworks and Shooting Star — and they are somewhat hidden. To access them, type your message into the text field as you normally would but instead of tapping the blue up arrow button to send your message, tap-and-hold the up arrow button to send your entered text with one of the nine effects.

PRESERVE CAMERA SETTING

By default, the Camera app opens to the standard Photo mode (as opposed to Video, Square or any of the other camera modes). If you would rather it remember what mode you last used and open to that instead, you can do just that with the iOS 10.2 update. Go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Preserve Settings and toggle on Camera Mode. There are also toggles for preserving photo filters and Live Photos.

LOCK CAMERA (7 PLUS ONLY)

For iPhone 7 Plus owners, you have the luxury of shooting photos and videos with one of two rear-facing cameras. Switching between the two cameras, however, can create some flicker when recording video. To prevent such flickering, you can lock down whichever camera you want to shoot a video. Head to Settings > Photos & Camera > Record Video and toggle on Lock Camera Lens.

ON THE NIGHT SHIFT

Turn the cool, blue colors that may make it harder for you to fall asleep at night into warmer hues in the evening. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift and schedule this setting for a specific block of time or manually enable it until the next day.

BEDTIME ALARM

Flicking up on my iPhone, tapping the Timer button from Control Center, tapping the Alarm button and then tapping to turn on my alarm is a familiar sequence, but that’s no longer the last thing I do at night before going to bed. Apple has added a new Bedtime button to the Clock app. It lets you set a time to wake up and the number of hours of sleep you’d like to get each night.

Weekly Tech Roundup

Here are the stories form the world of tech that stood out to me this week:

This only seemed fitting…
Daily Report: Tech Tips for Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day


From the neighborhood of “Too Little; Too Late…”

Apple Legal Files Entertainment Related Trademarks for new Apple Music TV Programming


Because he’s the coolest…

Obama’s final bill is aimed at bringing tech to DC

This made me hopeful…
From bombs to bytes: How Beirut’s tech scene is thriving


I think Siri has enough on her plate but, what do I know?

Voice Analysis Tech Could Diagnose Disease