Swapping Your Cell Phone and Google Voice Numbers

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When I first started my business, I used my phone number as both my personal and my business phone. This was fine at first, but when I started getting phone calls and text messages outside of business hours, especially at 3 AM, I realized I created a monster.

It’s really hard for me to see a text or call from someone and not respond. You probably know the feeling. But what do you do when you’re trying to keep boundaries between your personal life and business? It’s great customer service to take phone calls after hours when people are struggling with their tech, but I can’t be ON all the time.

Beyond this though, I’ve been struggling to keep up with phone calls and text messages for quite a while. Now that I have an assistant, I have been trying to think of a way to give her control of my phone, while still having access to it myself. I have 2-step verification codes going there and countless friends and family have that number. I didn’t want to abandon it.

My solution: Google Voice.

With Google Voice, you can make and receive calls from any number of devices. The phone will ring on every device you set it up on! This means my assistant can take calls and respond to texts if I’m not available. I can also set up an autoresponder for text messages. How great is that?

I’ve had a Google Voice number that I’ve had memorized for years and I haven’t done anything with it. But I decided to change that about a week ago. I would swap my Google Voice number that no one knows but me to AT&T. Then I would transfer my AT&T line to Google Voice.

Not very many people have a Google Voice number they would want to keep, which means you don’t have to do steps, 1 and 6. Just ask your carrier to add a line and you’re good to go!

Here are the steps I took to make the swap:

  1. I transferred my Google Voice number I wanted to keep to a secondary Gmail account so when I ported (transferred) my AT&T number to the account, I didn’t lose the one I wanted. When you port a line out, it’s cancelled. When you port a line in, you’re replacing what’s there.

  2. I ported my phone number from AT&T to Google Voice for $20. Instructions here. Once the port was complete (it took 10 minutes), I was able to make phone calls from my 13-year-old AT&T number on Google Voice on my iPhone using the Hangouts app.

  3. My phone line got canceled on AT&T so I called them to add a new phone line. I told them I wanted to add a line to my account and port my Google Voice number to AT&T.

  4. Once on the phone, the AT&T rep had me go here to unlock my Google Voice number for $3 (this is the one I wanted to keep that I’ve had for years and haven’t done anything with.)

  5. After I unlocked my Google Voice number, he asked me for the account number and password. The account number is your Google Voice number and the password is the password to access your voicemail. You can reset this from Settings at voice.google.com.

  6. A couple minutes later, my number was ported to my new AT&T line! Instead of waiting for them to send me a SIM card to put in my phone, I went to an AT&T store and they set me up with the new SIM with my new number.

  7. After all this, deregister your phone from iMessage. If you don’t, you’re going to have all kinds of people trying to text you and it’s not going to go through.

At the time of writing this post, it’s been a few days since I switched over and I’m still working through the kinks and figuring out the best workflow for my assistant and me. I will say that it’s way better already. I plan on eventually setting up an autoresponder to my texts message to help funnel all tech questions or schedule inquiries into email so that my assistant can see them all there.

Stick Your Business in the Cloud

Did you see the article I wrote for Michael Hyatt & Company’s online magazine last week? Having your files stored in the cloud is one of the most powerful tools in your business when it’s done right. If not, you’ll find yourself and your team spending unreasonable amounts of time tracking things down. Learn how to stick your business in the cloud so you and your team can stay organized and as efficient as possible. You can read the full article here.

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How to Use Mojave's New Features to Your Advantage

If you missed last week’s Facebook Live, no worries! It was recorded. I shared with you my favorite features and how to use them to your advantage. I am loving Mojave! Anyone else? Watch the replay here.

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Another One Bites the Dust: Google+

No big surprise here, but it was announced last week that Google Plus has bit the dust. After a security bread earlier this year, it makes sense. Not to mention I don’t really know anyone who uses it. It will officially close in August 2019. If you want to know more about this, you can read more here.

iOS 12 Now Let’s You Use Waze or Google Maps in CarPlay

This is pretty exciting for you CarPlay users. When you update your iPhone to iOS12 it will now let you use Waze or Google Maps on CarPlay. Prior to this update, you could only use Apple Maps, which we know isn’t as good at steering around traffic as Waze and Google Maps.  

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The Best All-in-One Printer

If you’ve been trying to find a great all-in-one printer for your home that does it all, this one looks pretty outstanding. Wirecutter did a full review on the printer here and says after tons of hours of research, it’s voted the best one. You can purchase the HP OfficeJet 8720 All-in-One Printer from Amazon here.

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Vivino App for Wine Lovers

This is a pretty cool app for all your wine lovers. It lets you scan wine labels and you can see the rating, reviews, taste summary, average price, and more. This is great to pull out when you’re trying to figure which wine to buy or if you have a big selection at home, it’s a great way to figure out which bottle to drink next. Download here.

The Five Coolest Features of macOS Mojave

The Five Coolest Features of macOS Mojave

1. Dark Mode

This is by far the most talked about feature. And I gotta admit that it looks pretty awesome on your computer. I personally think it’s especially great to use at night to lower the amount of blue light we’re receiving. You can scroll down below to learn about an app every Mojave user needs so you can use Dark Mode at night. To enable Dark Mode go to System Preferences > General > Appearance.

2. Stacks

There’s nothing worse than a super cluttered desktop. It’s like having a cluttered and messy desk, it sets the tone for your mental space. Stacks now groups items on your desktop by kind and stacks them so you can effortlessly free up clutter. Make sure that you control-click on your desktop and select “Use Stacks” to enable them.

3. Dynamic Desktop

Just like dark mode, I love that Apple is helping us reduce blue light. And not to mention it just looks awesome as your desktop changes from day to night. Currently, there are only two dynamic desktops available, but I’m hoping we’ll see more down the road.

4. New Screenshot & Screen Recording Options

The new screenshot and recording options are pretty amazing. It's now easier than ever to take a screenshot or even record your screen. I know this is really going to come in handy when I need to share something with a client or send a quick “how-to” video to someone. To use the new screenshot features, click Command + Shift + 5.

5. Continuity Camera

This is by far one of the coolest features of Mojave. Continuity Camera allows you to quickly snap a photo with your phone or scan a document and then send it in an email or a attach it to a note on your computer. I think this is kind of a game changer feature and I’m really looking forward to using this. To use, Command-Click in Mail, Notes, Pages, etc. and select Take Photo or Scan Document. Make sure your computer and iPhone are on the same wifi and have Bluetooth enabled.

Add Conference Call Link Directly in Spark Calendar

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This is a cool new feature for Spark. If you’re like me and use Zoom or another video conference app with clients, you can now send them a conference link directly from your calendar in spark. I think this is going to be helpful for making scheduling super quick.

Google Maps Makes Picking Restaurants as a Group Easy

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I’m so excited about this feature. If you’ve ever tried to decide on a restaurant with a group of people, you know just how frustrating and hard it can be. Google Maps just released a new feature in their appso that you can do group polls to make deciding on a restaurant easier. You can read more about it here.

Did You Miss My Facebook Live on How Mojave Screwed Up My Computer?

Did you miss my Facebook Live last week on how Mojave totally screwed up my computer? If so, you can catch the replay here. I talked about what went wrong when I tried updating to Mojave and the steps I took before and after to safeguard my digital space.

I’ve also started my YouTube channel and will be posting all of my episodes of The Digital Sanity Show each week. Make sure to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss a thing!

Takl App
Home Services On Demand

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My sister-in-law just told me about this app and I think it’s pretty brilliant. If you need a handyman on demand or other home services like housecleaning or yard work, you can use this app to get someone to help you the same day. I’m sure this is going to be a big help for those odd jobs you aren’t sure who to call for. Download the app here. You can use my code B20C609 to get a $10 account credit!

NightOwl
for mojave

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If you’ve updated to Mojave and wish you could toggle between Light and Dark Mode or set it to get dark at sunset, you’re in luck. This is something that has been a little bit annoying until now. Luckily, NightOwl is a tiny little app that solves this exact problem. You can download it here for free and easily switch between modes, schedule when you’d like it to get dark or light or have it in sync with the sunrise and sunset.


No Facebook Live This Week

I'm currently at the beach with my family this week soaking up some sun. I'll be back on Facebook Live next Wednesday Night at 8 pm Central, so mark your calendars!

Out on Vacation This Week
This week I'm at the beach with my family so I am out of the office and will not be responding to emails, calls, or texts until next week. If you're wanting to schedule a session with me, I recommend doing that ASAP because my schedule is filling up quick! You can schedule that
right here.


5 Things You Must to Do Before Upgrading to macOS Mojave

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5 Things You Must to Do Before Upgrading to macOS Mojave

Are you considering upgrading to the new operating system Apple just released? Before upgrading to Mojave, there are a few things you must do.

Every time you upgrade your operating system your computer will either get better or worse. If your computer is already having issues it may solve them, or really screw it up. I want to make sure you’re ready for the possibility of something going wrong, as slim of a chance as that may be. Here are a few quick things to do to make sure you upgrade safely.

I am so excited about Mojave! There are so many cool features that will make you want to update. To see a full list go here.

here are five things you must do before you upgrade so that you ensure you keep your most precious memories and documents safe.

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1. Clean Up Your Mac

This is an important step you so make sure your Mac is running smoothly and operating at its best before you upgrade. Sure, upgrading will help your Mac run great, but it’s best to get rid of duplicate and unused files, optimize your storage, and clean out anything that’s unnecessary before you go through with the upgrade to Mojave.

My favorite tool to use for cleaning up your computer is CleanMyMac X. You can download it and run it. It’s $39.95 for a year subscription or $89.95 for life (which is what I recommend doing).

2. Back Up Your Computer

You can do this a few different ways:

Option #1: Carbon Copy Cloner

The best way to do this is to create a clone of your computer using an application like Carbon Copy Cloner from bombich.com. If something goes wrong in your upgrade, you can restart ANY Mac with your backup drive plugged in and all your files show up exactly the way they were at the time of your last backup. This gives me total confidence that anything can happen to my computer and my files are safe. You don’t have to buy it unless you’re planning on using this day to day. The trial will get you a functional backup right away with no strings attached.

Option #2: Use as Backup Disk

Time Machine: This is the most common way Mac users backup their computers. It’s really easy and automatic. Get an external drive, plug it in and you should be prompted to use it as a backup. If not, just go to System Preferences > Time Machine > Select Backup Disk. If your hard drive is formatted for a PC, they will ask if it’s OK to erase the external drive to be set up for Mac. If there’s nothing you need on that drive, go for it!

Option #3: Manually copy files to an external drive.

You can open up Finder and go to the different folders on your Mac such as Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Movies and drag them onto your external drive. This makes sure your main files are backed up, but it’s not bringing over your saved bookmarks in Firefox, or address book and things like that. If something go wrong, you’ll have a lot more work to do to get back up and running, but at least you will still have your files.

Option #4: Use Backblaze or Another Cloud Backup:

I highly recommend having a backup of your computer on the cloud. I have this in addition to a physical Time Machine backup in case of fire, flood or theft and both my computer and backup drive are unavailable. If something goes wrong though, you still have all your stuff. Keep in mind you can’t download 500 GB of data in a flash like you can with an external drive. I have both Time Machine and Backblaze. My cloud backup is there just in case everything else fails. My favorite tool for cloud backup is Backblaze. This is what I recommend to my clients.

3. Make sure the apps you use are compatible.

If you’re using a special 3rd party apps that are not usually ready for an operating system upgrade, you can go here to find out if the specific app you are concerned about. If it’s not compatible yet, hang tight, and check back every week or so.

4. Know Your Passwords

You will at least be asked what your iCloud password is. This is the same as your Apple ID, App Store password etc. While you’re finding them, I recommend getting set up with an app called 1Password. Check out my post on passwords.

5. Use Disk Utility to scan your hard drive to see if it has any issues.

This isn’t a really thorough test, but it’s easy and fast. Use Spotlight (the magnifying glass in the top right corner of your screen) to search for Disk Utility. Once open click on Macintosh HD > First Aid > Run. I usually do this once a month.

Once you have backed up, made sure your apps are compatible, checked you have at least your iCloud password lined up, and have run disk utility, pull the trigger!

While you’re waiting for the installer to download, learn more about all the cool new things your Mac is going to be able to do!

Computer slow and need some help? Not sure if you should buy a new computer or upgrade your old one? Book a session with me and I can help you upgrade safely! Schedule your session here.

Google Titan Security Key

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I can’t stress enough how important two-factor authentication is for your accounts. And this is pretty cool. Google came out with a USB and Bluetooth key that serves as a physical two-factor authentication and it must be present when trying to log in to accounts. It’ll help protect you from phishing so the people you don’t want in your accounts, can’t get in. You can learn more about it here.

Facebook Is Launching a Dating App

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Facebook has officially launched their new app, Dating, in Columbia with plans to launch in other countries in the future. It makes sense that they would be trying to reach younger generations since it seems most of us are using other social apps like Instagram and Snapchat. Interestingly though, it looks like they’re trying to steer away from the industry norm of ‘swiping’ and create more opportunity for better connections. You can read more about the app here.

Did You Miss My Facebook Live
Last Week On Using the New iOS 12?

You can catch the replay here! I talked all about how to use iOS 12’s new features to be more productive at work and more present at home. I walk you through step-by-step how to use iOS 12 to your advantage!

I’ve also started my YouTube channel and will be posting all of my episodes of The Digital Sanity Show each week. Make sure to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss a thing!

Shortcuts app for ios 12

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Hopefully you’ve gone ahead and downloaded the new iOS 12. One of my favorite features is Siri’s upgrade. And now with Shortcuts you can even make Siri work harder for you by following multiple-step commands. I talked about how I’m using it in last week’s Facebook live.

Upgrade to Mojave Now!

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If you’ve completed my 5 steps to prepare your mac to upgrade to Mojave, it’s time to download and install it! Simply open the App Store, click Updates and it should be at the top! I recommend doing this when you know you won’t need to use your computer for a few hours. When the download has finished, continue by following the prompted instructions.


Join me Wednesday night on Facebook live!

Click this image to be notified when I go live on Wednesday at 8 PM CST. This week it’s all about how to use Mojave! Bring me your questions!


Introducing the New iPhone Xs and iPhone Xr & Apple Watch!

Introducing iPhone Xs and Xs Max!

Apple announced last week the release of their brand new iPhone Xs (pronounced “ten es”) and Xs Max. You can pre-order yours today or purchase them on September 21st. It has two size options--including the largest display on a smartphone ever. It has tons of camera upgrades: Smart HDR, watch in 4K video, better bokeh (background blur), adjustable depth of field, 4 mics for video, and a faster sensor. It also has the ability to handle 2 SIM cards which means you can have two phone numbers hooked up to one phone—perfect for a personal and business phone in one. It has the highest-capacity storage option yet at 512GB which will be perfect for storing all those amazing photos you take and better battery life. And it now comes in gold and is the most water-resistant iPhone yet!

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The Cheaper, More Colorful iPhone

The new iPhone Xr is the cheaper, more colorful iPhone option and it sounds pretty amazing. It has 6 vibrant colors, it’s lighter, has liquid retina display which is the most advanced LCD in the industry, and has faster and better Face ID than last year’s iPhone X. It only has one camera instead of two, so you're not going to get the higher quality zoom like the Xs. That said, the quality is still stunning. This looks like a great option if you’re looking to get tons of great features at a lesser cost. Pre-order here.

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Newly Re-designed Apple Watch

The newly re-designed Apple Watch looks pretty slick! Its screen is 30% bigger yet only adding 2MM and it’s thinner. A few of the cool new features are: it’s 2x faster, it’s now able to detect if you fall and will prompt you to call for help (is Apple trying to get Apple Watch on grandparents’ wrists or what?!), next-generation heart technology detects if your heart rate is too low and atrial fibrillation, it has a 50% louder speaker, the Mic is now positioned on opposite side of device for clearer calls, and it has better cell signal by allowing radio waves to pass through both sides of device. Pre-order here.

Last Week’s FB Live: Discussing New Products

If you missed my Facebook Live from last week and you’re interested in learning more about the new iPhones and Apple Watch, you can check it out here. I go over all the specs for each new phone and the new features of the Apple Watch. Plus, you’ll hear my thoughts and honest opinions. And, don’t forget to catch me live this Wednesday on Facebook at my NEW time, 8:00 pm Central Standard Time. You can see more about what I’ll be talking about on Wednesday below. Make sure to LIKE my Facebook page here to be notified when I go live!

 

Meet My New Executive Assistant, Marissa

I’m so excited to introduce to you my newest team member, Marissa Hyatt! Marissa is my brand new Executive Assistant and she’s also my sister-in-law. I’m so thrilled to have her on board helping to keep me in line. She’s primarily helping me stay on top of email, manage my calendar, and help me on the administrative side of things. My hope is that by bringing her on it will really help YOU! She’ll be there to make sure I don’t miss anything, help you with questions, and make sure things are handling as quickly as possible so you can get your issues solved! So, if you’re a client of mine, don’t be surprised if she writes to you on my behalf...trust me, she’s here to help and make everything more smooth and efficient! In her free time, Marissa loves cooking, reading personal development books, and is a little obsessed with all things related to Italy.

iOS 12 Now Available to Download!

You can now download the brand new iOS 12! This update has a ton of great features I can’t wait to tell you about in upcoming newsletters and Facebook Live videos. To download on your phone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Some of the cool new things they updated are: older phones are said to be 40-70% faster than before, you’ll get better and fewer notifications now, and can limit the time you spend on certain apps. This is going to be so helpful for your productivity so you aren’t mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or Facebook when you should be focused on work. The all-new Do Not Disturb option at bedtime so those notifications aren’t waking you up in the middle of the night and you can even put Do Not Disturb on for certain locations or calendar effects so you can be more present and productive and less distracted. I think this is one of the better iOS updates we’ve seen yet! Make sure to join me on Wednesday night on Facebook Live where I’ll be giving you a tutorial on how to maximize iOS 12’s new features to enhance your productivity.

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Join Me on Facebook Live for iOS 12 Tutorial

Learn how to be more productive at work and more present at home with the new iOS 12 features like all-new Screen Time feature, new Do Not Disturb features, and more. I’ll be live on Wednesday night at 8:00 pm Central Standard Time instead of the usual 6 pm. My hope is that it’ll be easier for you to join since it won’t be right in the middle of dinner time! I’d love for you to tune in and ask me your biggest questions on using iOS 12.

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Did You Miss Apple’s Special Event?

If you missed the big Apple Special Event last week and want to watch it, you can see it all here and learn all about the new iPhones and Apple Watch. While we haven’t heard any updates about new Macs, there’s still time left in the year for them to announce those. The rumor mill has definitely had buzz of a few new computers and gadgets like a wireless charge. I’ll keep you up-to-date on any news I hear about these.

Follow-Up with Clients Like a Genius!

Follow-Up Like a Genius!

If you’ve ever struggled to keep up with clients and making sure that you follow-up with them on time and with the right information, then you need to check out my Facebook Live from this past week! I share my new favorite, simple, and free way to track your follow-up emails, customize them so that they are personal to each person, and even schedule when your follow-ups go out. Check out my video here and as always, make sure to tune in each Wednesday at 6pm CST.

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How to Watch Apple’s Special Event on Wednesday

I can’t wait for Apple’s special event this Wednesday, Sept. 12. It’s expected that they will announce the three new iPhone models, a redesign of the Apple Watch, and much more. There’s been quite a few rumors already as to what we’ll see with the new iPhones. You can livestream the event by clicking this going to Apple’s website or following this  link on Wednesday at 12-noon Central Time, 10am Pacific Time. I recommend bookmarking the link now, so you have easy access. You can also download the Apple Events app and livestream on your Apple TV. If you aren’t able to livestream, don’t worry. Next week’s newsletter will feature highlights from the event and what information I think you need to know.

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Smart Lights from Lutron

I absolutely love these smart light switches and remotes from Lutron. You can easily install them into your home or just get the remotes for lamps. The beauty of this system is you can easily control the mood in your home with the click of a button. I love being able to easily turn off all the lights simultaneously when watching a movie or going to bed, and easily turning them on when it’s time to wake up. You can even dim the lights for dinner parties or a romantic evening at home. You can purchase them here.

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Uber's New Safety Features

Good news for Uber riders and drivers was just announced this past week. The app is going to start using driver’s phones to detect if there was a crash and to help make sure they’re safe. If they detect a crash, they will send questions to the driver and prompt them to call 911 if necessary. Rider’s also get reassurance when it comes to their privacy and safety. If the app detects that they’ve been stopped for too long it will send a message to them making sure they are safe and will keep their pick-up and drop-off addresses anonymous so that driver’s don’t have access to the actual address.

 

Finally, Bose Speakers and Alexa Have Joined Forces!

While I focus a lot on Sonos systems, I know there are a ton of Bose fans out there. They have a certain sound that people love. Until now, they've been a bit behind in the smart speaker department so I thought I'd share this new one with you. Luckily, Bose has come out with the Bose Home Speaker 500 which has Alexa built right in. It also is Bluetooth enabled and connects with Spotify, Pandora, and Airplay 2. The speaker retails for $400 and will available later this month in stores and online.

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Grammarly

Have you ever written an important email or document and later realized you made typing or grammatical errors, but now it’s too late? Grammarly is a favorite app of a lot of my clients and something I’ve just gotten into lately. It checks your typing for mistakes and helps you correct them before you press send on that email or submit that important document. The app actually will give you a secondary keyboard on your phone so that you can check your writing anytime you type on your phone, whether in an email, text, or even on social media. Download the app here. There are also extensions for Safari and Google Chrome.

How to Organize Company Files

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Organizing Company Files

I’ve had a number of people reach out to me recently about organizing company files. As teams grow, no matter how organized each individual is, if there is no established protocol for how files should be stored, chaos will soon take over. The longer you wait, the harder it is to regain control. Each company is unique in what they’re offering and how they do business, so I’m not going to create a template for you to follow. This is best done with a one on one appointment with me. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when organizing.

  1. The most important of them is to create consistency. If you create courses, stick to the same folder structure for each product. You can add more things or not create a folder if there’s nothing to go in there. Just don’t switch up the fundamentals on a whim.

  2. Change it all at once. This is going to be a sprint. You’re trying to gather all your files into a new system as fast as possible. This isn’t going to be perfect. You’re painting with big broad strokes. Just get it all in one place, shared with the right people, and you can refine later. Trying to make it perfect from the start will bog you down in the weeds and you’ll never finish. Nobody has time for that.

  3. You’re not likely to get it right the first time. We get a big win by getting the infrastructure in place and the files in it. Then we go through each folder and remove duplicates, rename folders, and generally clean things up. Around this time and a little after you’ve been using it, you may realize that a folder you use often is too buried away. No problem—we move it to a new place. But you have to keep rule 1 in mind. Consistency. If you use one folder a lot, Eg. Testimonials for products, take all the testimonials out of the Courses folders, and put them in the new place.

This project is big, so set aside a couple hours for brainstorming the new system with your key people. From there, delegate tasks of who’s going to organize what and schedule a follow up meeting to take things to the next stage of refining. Pivot where you thought something was a good idea, then you ran into a problem. Before you know it, your company files are streamlined in a way you never thought possible.

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Easily Compare Edited Photos With Originals

If you’re using the Photos app on your Mac to edit photos, sometimes it’s nice to see your edits vs the original. First off, open Photos and find a Photo. Edit it and make some dramatic changes in the light. Then press the M key on your keyboard to see the original. There’s a button on the top left if you don’t like keyboard shortcuts. Enjoy!

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Nimble Chargers

I’m thrilled to see this company launch their products. Some of the top people at Mophie left to start a new company that wanted to create electronics products in a more eco friendly and sustainable way. You may not have thought about the amount of electronics products that get tossed, but it’s significant. A massive contributor to trash are these cheap plastic electronic products. Not so with Nimble. They are not much more expensive than the alternatives, they’re using mainly recyclable materials, and they ship with a bag to send old electronics, cables and chargers for free to Homeboy Recycling in LA to help people who face sevier barriers to employment.

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New 34" Curved Thunderbolt 3 Monitor

Expected early this month is the Samsung C34J791 34” Ultrawide curved monitor. This is the first curved monitor to the hit market with Thunderbolt 3. I’ve ordered a few 27” Thunderbolt 3 models, but now the big boy is out. If you like a dual monitor setup, the 34” is the perfect thing, without having two monitors! It will charge the new 15” MacBook Pro’s at full power. This is something most people don’t realize about some of the other Thunderbolt 3 monitors out there. If you’re using a 65 Watt charger for the 15” model, your graphics card is not running at full capacity. Same thing for when you’re on battery power only. If you have a 13”, you’re in the clear. This looks like a very promising model and I’d LOVE to have one. Check it out here.

 

Gmail's Redesign

If you hate gmail.com’s lack of appealing visuals, you might want to check it out again. Slowly they’ve been releasing the redesigned interface across all accounts. At first I wasn’t so sure about it. I got used to the buttons looking a certain way, etc. I like it a lot better than the old version, now.

If you choose the default view, you’ll see which emails have attachments, the calendar, notes and reminders icons are conveniently to the right of the screen. There’s even an undo button right after you send a message. I LOVE that. I’m notorious for sending an email without proofreading and making sure the attachments actually made it into the email. Whoops! They also have an option for “nudges” which will move an email to the top of the list if you haven’t responded to in in three days or so. And lastly, you can send an email in confidential mode. This email can only be opened if the recipient is using 2-factor authentication. After they open the email, it will self destruct after a set amount of time.

The only thing missing for me is a send later button! In the meantime I’ll keep using Spark to compose messages at night I want sent first thing in the morning. Or follow ups 2 weeks after an appointment.

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My Favorite Speedtest App

There are a lot of speed test apps out there. When trying to test internet speed, each website tends to give different results. Lately I’ve had to deal with internet issues with a number of ISPs and was referred to the Speedtest app by Ookla. It’s been great so far and provides some consistency by not having to load ads or anything else in the browser which can affect your speed. It’s free and you can get it from the app store with this link.

Is Your Bank Giving Your Financial Info to Facebook?

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Facebook Asks Banks for Our Detailed Financial Info

According to The Wall Street Journal, “Facebook Inc. wants your financial data.

The social-media giant has asked large U.S. banks to share detailed financial information about their customers, including card transactions and checking-account balances, as part of an effort to offer new services to users.”

Gosh, I don’t even know what to say. They say they won’t sell our data if the banks give it up. They just want it to develop new services. Are you kidding me? Cambridge Analytica, anyone? This looks like it’s still developing, but if you use a big bank, you might want to shoot them a note if you’re not cool with this.

We know they are able to manipulate the masses with their algorithms and other people are using it to manipulate us as well, ie. the last election and Cambridge Analytica. Now they want to know about your finances. Even if you trust Facebook, the data they hold is extremely powerful and is already being used to shape our thoughts and the conversations around topics. 

Honestly I don’t know what to do about this right now besides write about it. Facebook is a decent lead generator for me. It’s scary to think about not getting those leads. I couldn’t care less about the newsfeed and the “connection” Facebook gives.  But they’ve got their hooks into me for business. Some are hooked with the newsfeed, or seeing what their grandkids are up to etc. I just wonder if it’s worth it. I don’t want to support this engine that allows people to manipulate the world. But then the same thing happens in television, music, books. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Cheapest Way to Get the 2018 MacBook Pro

Per usual, AppleInsider.com has the scoop on the cheapest places to get the new MacBook Pro. Here’s the link to their article if you’re ready for an upgrade!

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Powered for iPhone

Been holding out for a better wireless charger for you iPhone X, 8 or 8+? Check out Powered for iPhone by Logitech. So far, this is the most attractive option I’ve seen for wireless charging. I like that it stands up and you can turn it sideways.

 

How to Load Sites Faster With Safari

I found this article the other day showing some sweet stuff you can do with Safari to make it faster and arguably better! The biggest take away for me was right clicking on the URL and clicking Settings for This Site. You can choose to always open articles in Reader mode. This will cut out all the ads and simplify the article to just text, photos, and any videos included in the article. For you news readers out there, I think you’ll be blown away by the difference. The other cool thing is right clicking twice on a Youtube video that’s playing and choosing Enter Picture in Picture. It breaks out the video in its own separate window so you can move it around and do other things instead of leaving the whole Youtube webpage open. Try it out!

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Music for Maximum Productivity

Have you ever found yourself putting on some music to work to and getting distracted by it? You change the playlist over and over and still can’t find something that gets you into a groove? focus@will apparently had the same problem and decided to come up with a solution. They’ve got a bunch of different genres and you can find slow paced music up to fast. Check it out here and maybe you’ll have a new productivity best friend! They boast a 4X productivity boost.

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New MacBook Air (or similar) in September

The rumor mill says we’ll see a new entry level MacBook this September. Who knows if it’s going to be an upgraded MacBook, or if they’re finally going to do something with the Air. If you’re not ready to throw down the cash for a Pro, keep an eye out next month!

The Circle

This book by Dave Eggers is a dystopian novel about social media and the dangers of letting it get too far. I think it’s an important book for those of us steeped in social media and makes you look at services like Facebook in a whole new light.

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Switch Through Open Windows Faster

Did you know you can press Command + ~ to cycle through open windows? If you have a bunch of Word documents open at once, press Command + ~. Press it again and again and you’ll notice it switches Word docs that you already have open. This works for just about every app. If you want to switch apps, use Command + Tab.

How to Avoid Getting Scammed Online

When Pop-Ups Turn You Into an Idiot

Last week I did a Facebook Live talking about how to avoid getting scammed online. Every single client of mine who’s fallen for these things is really bright, they just panicked when a pop-up appeared. Our brains are hard-wired to send resources to our bodies (not our brains) when we panic. This is why these online scams work so well. Sometimes your Google search results will show you the wrong phone number for Apple support and other major brands. I have a number of clients who’ve fallen for this too. Check out my talk here for the key things to look for so you don’t get scammed.

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New Book from Steve Jobs' Daughter

One thing many people don’t talk much about is Steve Jobs’ family. In fact, he denied Lisa was his daughter until she took a paternity test. He even denied he named the Lisa computer after her until Bono asked him about it. After a long pause and staring at his plate, he fessed up he did name it after her. Lisa wrote a book that’s coming out September 4th and I’ve got it on pre-order from Audible. I can’t wait to read it! If you want to join the fun, here’s a link to the Audible version and the Kindle Version.

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New App for Digital Library Books

If you’re not already getting digital books from the library, I think you’re missing out! Have you used Overdrive before? They just released a new app called Libby and it’s really nice. Searching for books is faster, the interface is cleaner and I think all around it’s much easier to use. What I love most about getting books from the library is that I always buy the Audible version of a book. The thing is, I like reading it too. When I buy a book from Audible, I search for it in Libby and download the Kindle version. Often, you can download the audio version right in the Kindle app to use Whispersync. It’s awesome! If you want to learn more about Whispersync and other e-readers, check out my video library on Facebook here.

 

Track All Your Packages in One App

My father-in-law, Michael, sent this one over to me. I think it’s his new favorite app :) It’s called Arrive and it will track all of your packages in one app. I don’t know about you, but trying to track down some of my packages is really annoying as the receipts get buried. (Yes, I order almost everything online!) You’ve got Michael’s approval, and likely mine soon :) I’m downloading it now!

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Rescheduling Meetings Just Got Easier

If you’re serious about your calendar, you’re likely using Google Calendar. I’m excited to try out this new feature for easy rescheduling. When you get a calendar invitation, at the bottom there’s a new option to Propose New Time. The meeting organizer will get an alert and can approve or deny the proposed time. Pretty sweet huh? The feature should roll out for everyone the 13th of August, so keep an eye out!

Finally! You Can Delete an iCloud Account

I’d bet the dominating philosophy of most people into organization is getting rid of stuff. Whether that’s deleting something you don’t need on the computer, or donating physical stuff you don’t need. Not being able to delete an extra Apple ID/iCloud/iTunes account that we don’t need has driven me nuts! When you don’t need something, especially an account that allows you to purchase things and those items are attached to that ID, WE DON’T NEED EXTRAS! *Limit one per customer please :) Anyway, here’s the link to delete an Apple ID you don’t need. You’re welcome :)

Feeling Stressed? Try This App

The Easiest, Most Effective Meditation App

Madeline and I have just started using this app called 1 Giant Mind for meditation. So far, this has been the most natural style meditation I’ve tried. With this style, you’re not trying to feel a certain way, empty your mind, or stop thinking about something. You’re just letting whatever happen, happen, keeping it easy and light. This is supposed to help bleed over into the rest of our lives so we don’t get hung up on unexpected events and things we can’t control. I don’t know about you, but I could use some of this!

You start out with a 12 Step Meditation Course (Just 15 minutes a day) and then move on to a 30 day challenge from there. They also how lots of video resources for all your burning meditation roadblocks, like "My mind kept constantly wandering off during my meditation" and "My head keeps falling forward like I'm falling asleep".  Check it out now.

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New MacBook Pros Slow?

Articles have been spreading around the internet of Apple’s 2018 MacBook Pro being slower than the last model. Just to clear this up, it’s the most expensive 15” model with the upgraded i9 processor that’s being throttled from generating too much heat. None of the other models are experiencing this and I’d still give a big thumbs up to buy. There are significant upgrades to speed and features. One thing to note, the model without the Touch Bar hasn’t been upgraded. If you like doing photo and video editing, the newest model is about twice as fast as the non Touch Bar model.

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Photoshop for iPad

Much to the glee of Photographers who love the iPad, the FULL version of Photoshop will soon be available for their devices (No announced date yet). Photoshop for iOS has been around since the early models of the iPhone, but hasn’t had the full feature set until now. With the iPad getting exponentially faster with every new model, we’re seeing software only available on computers making their way to our favorite tablets.

 

Dabbling in Smart Home Devices

One of the things people find out relatively quickly when starting to dabble with smart home devices is that not all of them are compatible with each other. You have Amazon that controls some stuff, Google doing others and Apple with their own system, not to mention all the other guys out there. You know I like simplicity, so I’d recommend sticking with Apple’s HomeKit certified stuff. This makes sure that everything you buy can be controlled with one app. If you’re wanting to see some of the cool stuff out there, check out this site at Apple.com where you can see a list of featured products.  I imagine we’ll see a lot more added to that list shortly as Apple is updating their system to include a lot more devices that previously were not included. If you have any smart devices now, keep an eye out for updates! They may be able to appear in HomeKit shortly!

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MacBook Pro Keyboard Issues

If you’re having issues with your laptop keyboard, Apple has a repair program to take care of that for you. I recommend skipping the Apple Store for the repair and going through Apple’s support site to send the computer directly to them. They’re just going to ship it off to the same place anyway, so save yourself some time by not going to the store. They’ve also addressed the keyboard issue that has come up for a number of people with the release of the 2018 model.

Save up to $1,400 on a New Mac

With all the new Macs coming out and soon to be released, we’re seeing some truly incredible deals online! For some fully loaded models you can get up to $1,400 off and not have to pay tax in most states. There’s all kinds of stuff on sale so check out this link to AppleInsider.com and see if something you’re looking for is on sale!

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Wireless Speakers for Roku TVs

If you have a Roku or Roku TV, you may be interested in a new product on pre-order right now. You can get two of their new wireless speakers (they look like Sonos One) to pair with the Roku and a voice remote for $149. This is actually a pretty sweet deal. One Sonos One costs $199. Instead of having to buy a big system for extra speakers or surround sound, you can just plug these bad boys into the wall, push the pair button and you’re good to go. I love what Roku is doing for the budget TV market. I recently picked up the TCL 4K TV and have been shocked by the price and quality. If I didn’t already have some nice speakers already hooked up, this would definitely be on my radar. It’s not going to be high end like Sonos products, but not everyone is looking for the highest end stuff. Sometimes you’re just looking for great stuff for a great price. Roku seems to be delivering just that.

Finally! New MacBook Pro Updates

MacBook Pro Updates

Finally! The MacBook Pro is a Pro product again. Last week Apple quietly updated their MacBook Pro line to have the most up-to-date processors in them and adding some other good stuff to make it current with the other technology out there. For the past few years Apple has been putting older processors in their newest computers and calling it an upgrade. Sure, they upgraded the processors, but not with the newest tech out there. This is no longer the case and I’m thrilled about it. No redesign or anything, just a quieter keyboard and speed bumps.

The biggest news is for the 13” MacBook Pro. They used to max out at 2 cores for the processors. Now it has 4 by default and has custom upgrades available. What this means to you is a faster computer. Since those processors take more energy, they upgraded the battery so your charge won’t deplete any faster than previous models. Go get you one here!

Sidenote: Looks like we'll also be getting updates for the iPad, iPhone, and Mac mini this year. If you have old gear you’ve been meaning to sell, I recommend getting on that train soon. Facebook Marketplace is a great place to sell stuff. I much prefer the transparency and ease of transactions over Ebay or Craigslist. **Selling stuff you don't need now means you’ll get a better price than when all the newest stuff is released.**

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Apple Photo Books are Going Away

You may have forgotten they were even in the Photos app since they are not really featured in the app anymore (like they were in iPhoto). This bums me out a bit since I really liked Apple’s print quality. I guess this means I’ll have to find you a great alternative in a future newsletter :) Order them while you can!

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Sonos Beam

Sonos is my favorite audio product right now. They make awesome speakers and the best interface for playing music. The most loved feature, by far, is not having the speakers turn off when you get a phone call, or decide to connect to someone else’s phone in the house and have to re-pair the speaker to your phone.

Well, Sonos is launching a new sound bar for the TV called Sonos Beam. So far the pre-release reviews have been great. The presale price of $399 is pretty attractive too.

If you’re looking for a TV speaker upgrade and want a wireless audio solution for the living room, this just might be the product for you. Pre-Order it here.

Set Screen Time & App Limits with iOS 12

As more and more studies come out that show the negative effects of social media and excessive screen time, Apple has come up with a great solution. With the new iOS 12 Beta (coming to the public sometime around September) you can put time limits on your (or your kid's) phone that will shut it off at a certain time.

It also features App Limits—where you can schedule in specific times of the day when certain apps are available. For example—you could set it to only have Facebook be available between 8am and 10am and then from 5pm-8pm. When it's "off" time, the apps will be greyed out and you won't be able to use them. Amazing for people who have a hard time with self-control!

I did a live walkthrough on Facebook the other day, so if you haven't watched it, see it in action there! I also show some of the other awesome features. Click here to watch.

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Gameball

Looking for a new (active) game for you or the kids? Check out the Gameball! It’s a “smart” toy that looks like a total blast! Here’s a quick video showing you all about it. I love the idea of kids wanting to play with an iPhone or iPad and having a fun alternative that gets them active with the device rather than just locked in tapping on the screen. I kind of want one just for me!

 Gemini Photos

I just started using this app to find bad photos and duplicates on my iPhone and I thought you should know about it. This app is for your iPhone or iPad and will scan your photo library for duplicates, similar photos, screenshots, blurry photos and all the stuff that needs to be cleaned up. If you need to clean up your photos on your iOS device, you should check this app out. It’s based on a $2.99 monthly subscription, but you get a free 3 day trial to check it out. I know most of you balk at one more subscription, I know I do, but I think this is seriously worth looking at if you don’t tend to do much organizing on your Mac or you don’t have a Mac and want an easy way to clean up your photos. Check it out here.

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Free Beats HeadPhones Offer

If you’ve got kids heading off to college, there’s a new promo that will get them a new pair of Beats headphones with the purchase of a Mac. You get an education discount on both computer and AppleCare+. Don’t forget AppleCare+! It covers accidental damage too in case it’s dropped or something gets spilled on it for a small deductible. Apple repairs are super expensive and this is a great way to insulate yourself from that potential cost.