It’s easy for just about anyone to produce and upload a video, so knowing how to make the content stand out is all the more important. Whether you’re interested in starting a vlog, making tutorial or demonstration videos, or doing your own hands-on product reviews, we’ve put together a few best (and easy to achieve) practices to help get you pointed in the right direction – using digital cameras and smartphones that you probably already own. With a little planning and effort, you’ll be well on your way to becoming the next YouTube sensation (although, we make no promises).First off, start with a script. You may think it’s easier to skip this step, but taking the time to write up a script — or at least jot down your ideas — can save you time later on. We’re not talking about a formatted screenplay here, but rather just a text document that contains everything you’re going to say in your video. Working from a script will help … [Read more...] about Fake it till you make it! How to shoot and edit amateur vlogs that look pro
When you buy a 3D printer, it comes with a sample roll of filament to use. But what do you use when this runs out? Find out in our guide to the different types of 3D printer filament available now for fused deposition modelling (FDM) 3D printers. We'll look at the pros and cons of each material as well as which types will work with your 3D printer. Type Pros Cons Cost per kg ABS Tough; Common; Non-toxic High melting point; Unpleasant fumes $20 to $50 PLA Easy to print with; Biodegradable Prints degrade over time; Rough texture $20 to $50 PVA Water soluble; Fairly easy to print Expensive; Risk of toxic fumes >$100 Nylon Tough; Inexpensive High temperature … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Materials: The Pros and Cons of Each Type
The MacBook Pro’s new Touch Bar isn’t just novel; it can also help you do your job. The narrow touch screen strip – located just above the keyboard on the new MacBook Pro – provides quick access to tools and shortcuts in a variety of apps. Even better, it changes dynamically depending on what app you’re using at the time.That opens up tons of new ways to use the most popular productivity apps on the Mac platform. Here are 11 of our favorites.Videoconferencing is a bit easier with Touch Bar controls for Skype. When you open up the video calling app on the new MacBook Pro, the Touch Bar provides a bunch of useful shortcuts. That includes the ability to quickly mute yourself and share your desktop. And when you’re done with the call, you can tap the Hang Up button in the Touch Bar. It’s certainly easier than moving your mouse to click a small button on the screen.Workers who write in Microsoft Word will face fewer distractions with the new Word … [Read more...] about Best Touch Bar Business Apps for Your New MacBook Pro
LAS VEGAS – You won't even feel Asus's new business laptop in your work bag. That's because the Asus Pro B9440 is the lightest 14-inch laptop yet. And it doesn't skimp on business-class features, either, including strong security options and a durable magnesium design. The $999 laptop launches in May 2017.The Pro B9440 weighs just 2.3 lbs. For context, a traditional 14-inch work laptop like the ThinkPad T460 weighs around 4 lbs., about twice as much. And even Lenovo's incredibly portable new ThinkPad X1 Carbon outweighs the Pro B9440 at 2.5 lbs. That alone will make the Pro B9440 an enticing option for commuters and traveling professionals. I picked the system up during a hands-on demo at CES 2017 and was impressed that a full-size work notebook could be so light without feeling insubstantial.It's certainly not flimsy. In fact, it offers tough durability credentials including a stiff magnesium chassis that's MIL-STD 810G certified, which means it can withstand dings, drops, … [Read more...] about Asus’s Pro B9440 is the Lightest 14-inch Business Notebook in the World
If you're in the process of shopping for a hybrid laptop for your small business, you should know that Microsoft just announced the release of a new Surface Pro. The previous model, the Surface Pro 4 , was well liked by our reviewer as well as by small business owners and creative professionals. Here are some of the latest version's new features.The new Surface Pro is essentially a tablet that features a handy kickstand for use with an optional, magnetic, detachable Signature Type Cover keyboard. The keyboard is covered in gray Alcantara fabric and costs $129. The company says it's been treated to withstand spills, but we're still skeptical about its long-term durability.Both the keyboard and the new-and-improved Surface Pen (price TBA) will come in your choice of platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue or black. If you choose to purchase the pen (not included), you'll be happy to know it magnetically attaches to the side of the Surface Pro for easy storage. The previous generation was … [Read more...] about Could the Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) Work for Your Business?
One of the many innovations announced at WWDC 2017 was Apple's updated line of iPad Pros. The new tablets are available for order now and will ship with iOS 10 and receive the updated iOS 11 this fall.Here's what the new iPad Pro brings to the table for business users.The new iPad Pro come in two sizes: 10.5 inches and 12.9 inches with the former weighing just 1.03 pounds and the latter starting at 1.49 pounds. That's right, the old 9.7-inch iPad Pro is no more.Both iPad Pro sizes come with 64GB onboard and can be upgraded to either 256GB or 512GB. Accordingly, the 10.5 inch iPad Pro starts at $649 (and can be upgraded to $949), while the 12.5inch iPad Pro starts at $799 (and can be upgraded to a $1,099 version).The display on the iPad Pro is brighter and less reflective than past models but features the same pixel density as earlier iPads. The real innovation is the 20 percent larger screen size on the smaller of the two iPad Pros as well as the inclusion of ProMotion, which doubles … [Read more...] about Apple’s iPad Pro (2017): Best Business Features
While you may be tempted to check out a job candidate's social media presence before hiring, doing so might not be worth the risk. Depending on what you see and how you use it when deciding which candidate to hire, you could be subject to a lawsuit from someone who didn't get the job. Aliah Wright, a manager with the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) and author of "A Necessary Evil: Managing Employee Activity on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the Hundreds of Other Social Media Sites" (Society for Human Resource Management 2013), said a lot of HR professionals are leery of learning things about candidates via social media, because of the potential legal risks. "They have to tread carefully when they are using social profiles for background checks," Wright told Business News Daily. The legal risks come from the information you learn that the candidate may later claim was the reason he or she wasn't hired. There are a variety of "protected characteristics," such as age, race, … [Read more...] about The Pros and Cons of Social Media Background Checks
If you aren't landing the job of your dreams, there is a good chance it's your interviewing skills that are holding you back. Job interviews are what trip candidates up the most during the hiring process, according to a new study from Accounttemps. Specifically, 43 percent of chief financial officers said the job interview is where candidates make the most mistakes, up 11 percentage points since 2010. Additionally, 11 percent think the interview follow-up is where applicants slip up the most, while 7 percent believe it's in the initial phone interview/screening stage. "Hiring mistakes are costly to businesses, and employers are increasingly wary of choosing someone who is a poor fit for a job," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps. "The job interview can provide the best insight into whether someone is a good match." [50 Job Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer] Since employers place great stock in the job interview, Messmer said applicants should go to great … [Read more...] about 5 Sticky Job Interview Situations (And How to Handle Them Like a Pro)
Jing, your favorite application that records both still screenshot images and screencast videos, is now available as Jing Pro though TechSmith will continue to offer a free version of Jing as well.Jing Pro is unique in the sense that it lets you record HD quality screencast videos that can be directly uploaded on to YouTube. From a YouTube perspective, HD means any video recorded in 1290 x 720 (16×9 HD) and encoded in H.264 or MPEG-4 format.If those numbers make no sense, watch the following video to understand how a HD quality screencast video would look like when shared on YouTube. HD screencast recorded in Google SketchUp using Camtasia Studio 6.Jing Pro, like the free version, is available for both Mac and Windows through a subscription based license that would cost you around $15 per year.If you are not a heavy user of Jing, i.e. you only capture still screenshots and sometimes short video clips, the free version of Jing should be perfect as it also offers 2 GB of storage … [Read more...] about Jing Pro Records HD-quality Screencast Videos for YouTube
You have lots of files in your Google Drive and it can take some effort to find that elusive file you’ve been looking for. For instance, how do you quickly find the sales presentation that James shared with you last week? Or how do you locate a specific resume among the hundreds of other PDF files in your Google Drive folders? Like Gmail and Twitter, Google Drive supports a plethora of advanced search operators that will help you quickly find the exact file you’ve been looking for. You can use search operators on the Google Drive website and the Drive mobile apps. Chrome users can type drive.google.com in the search bar, press tab and enter the search query.Google Drive, by default, will return files where the search query matches the file’s title, the content or the file’s description. It can also identify objects inside photos so a search for “birthday” may retrieve images of cakes in your Drive. Drive will also perform a OCR and search for text … [Read more...] about How to Search Google Drive Like a Pro!