Thursday, March 26, 2015
PowerPoint presentations, when done right, can be an engaging way to provide an audience with information. When done poorly, however, they can quickly put the audience to sleep. Like anything, there’s a fine line between a good PowerPoint and a bad one, and when you see the bored or engaged faces of the audience, you’ll know exactly on which side you’ve landed.
So what you can do to make your PowerPoint presentations informative and exciting? Follow the tips outlined on the infographic below, and you’ll be well on your way!
Not making PowerPoints, but forced to sit through them for work? Maybe you should share these tips (anonymously, of course) with your boss to make you day a little more interesting!
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Wouldn’t it be great if you could directly target a group of people who are already interested in what you have to say? That’s exactly the intention behind Grouvi, the latest mobile venture for iOS and Android by Aibek Esengulov (MakeUseOf founder).
Grouvi brings people with common interests together using a simple mobile app, and we think the potential is massive.
Connecting PeopleGrouvi is a mobile app, and that mobile accessibility is key to its effectiveness as a platform for discussion, discovery and support. The app brings users together under groups — except unlike Yahoo or Facebook groups, these channels have massive instant reach thanks to the immediacy of a mobile platform and push notifications.
That makes Grouvi a bit of a jack of all trades. If you’re simply looking for somewhere to hang out and chat about the latest iPhone games, you’re in luck. Then again if you have a more specific question you want to ask, you can simply find the relevant group and ask away.
There’s no hard limit on discussions with Grouvi. If the group doesn’t exist, you can choose to create it. If you only have a passing interest in certain groups, you can mute notifications and check in on your own terms. The platform’s primary aim is to assemble a collective of individuals who, just like you, value the instant reach of a topic-based discussion platform.
The closest thing I can compare Grouvi with is WhatsApp Messenger, except unlike WhatsApp messenger, Grouvi isn’t designed to put you in touch with people you already know, but those who share your passions and interests.
Find & Create GroupsGrouvi keeps things simple — if you’ve ever used a messenger app before, everything will seem familiar.
The Groups tab is where you will find the channels you currently belong to, with a toggle for keeping track of those you have created yourself. Create a new group using the plus “+” icon in the top-left corner. Groups can be private but not hidden, with private groups requiring admin approval of requests to join.
Hit the search icon in the top-right corner to be taken to the Featured Groups page. Here you can peruse the currently-trending groups, or use the search field to narrow down your selection. Tap a group to see a preview of it, or hit Join Group at the bottom of the screen to add it to your list. By default, any new groups you join will send you notifications — but you can change this from the groups list.
In order to mute a group, find the group you would like to mute within your list and swipe right-to-left. Three options appear: Mute, Media and Information. The first mutes notifications, the second displays all media shared within the group (much like iOS Messages own “Details” screen) and the final icon provides a group overview.
Saves & FavouritesGroups allow you to send and receive text, photo or video messages. It’s possible to save any of these for later by simply long-pressing the message and selecting Save(which looks like a bookmark icon). You can also “like” messages by long-pressing and tapping the heart icon, which is used to highlight interesting portions of the conversation.
The ability to save messages allows you to continue chatting in a group without having to open another app or browser in order to save a link, image or message. These items all appear on the Saves tab, which sorts all of your saves by channel for easy categorisation.
Finally, the Profile tab is all about you. You can change your display picture, view your message count, reputation (determined by the number of items you have posted which people have liked and saved) and any groups you belong to. This is your public profile, accessible by anyone who taps your avatar or name in a channel.
You can change other settings like incoming notification sounds and vibration alerts under the settings panel in the top-right corner, if you really want to. Source: www.makeuseof.com
Apple‘s record-breaking $18 billion profit in the last quarter made us stand up and take notice. It seems crazy for one company to take in that much profit in such a short time frame, but alas, Apple did it.
How did Apple manage to make such an absurd amount of profit in only 3 months? Is it the Apple fanboys, or something else? Which products lead to the company making most of that money? The infographic below features a fascinating breakdown of just how Apple pulled it off.
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Monday, March 23, 2015
There are a few cars in movies that are truly iconic, but few have reached the same level of renown as the Batmobile. Batman‘s vehicle has seen its share of changes over the years, with different generations of the superhero making some huge shifts to the look of the car, but one thing has remained constant: its level of coolness.
Of course, more has changed than just the look of the car. The cost, design, and features of each one has also changed tremendously. How can you keep track of all these changes? Just check out the images below, and brush up on your Batmobile history!
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Sometimes, getting work finished feels impossible. You want to get more done, but you just need a little help. Where are you to turn? Check out this quick and handy guide that shows you some of the coolest productivity apps available on Android. Save it, so whenever you feel like your workflow needs a change, you can pull it out in a pinch!
Want more on productivity? Check out our whole Self Improvement section which will provide you with all kinds of tools and skills you can use to work smarter. While you’re at it, don’t forget the Android section that covers everything from the hottest devices to the newest apps!
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