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Taking an e-mail break

Everyone needs a vacation. But coming back isn’t always fun, especially not when you’re welcomed by an e-mail inbox that is so stuffed it will require days to sort through it. Luckily for us, you are able to take steps to ensure that your e-mail inbox is neat and orderly when you get back. You’ll just need a really good friend at work.

The helper

Jonathan Feldman, a contributing editor at InformationWeek, recommends that prior to taking your trip, you create a deal with a co-worker. While you’re gone, this worker will handle your e-mail messages, reading them, sorting them and placing them in specially labeled folders. Then when your co-worker goes on vacation, you’ll handle that person’s e-mail.

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Digg Reader an effective replacement for Google Reader

Google Reader, the favourite news reader of millions, died earlier this year. But Reader fans should rejoice: There’s a replacement for Google Reader available now. And, reported by writer Jill Duffy, it’s an excellent one.

Digg Reader

Digg, a community news voting site, seemed like an unusual choice to develop its own RSS reader. But the company did just that, debuting Digg Reader shortly before Google Reader disappeared. And like Google Reader before it, the new Digg Reader is a free online RSS reader that renders reading RSS feeds an enjoyably simple task.


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The Duracell Powermat: Taking the hassle out of charging

Most smart phone owners can’t stand charging their devices. And why is that? You have to manage power cords that inevitably get lose or wind up snarled in a jumble in your desk drawer. Maybe it’s time to severe the cord and go wireless: You can with the Duracell Powermat 24-Hour Power System.

The system

Duracell’s Powermat 24-Hour Power System comes with its own Powermat, a portable backup battery and a case that will fit either iPhone or Samsung Galaxy smartphones. This system, which retails for around $100, provides you with all the charging options you need.

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Should your meetings be low-tech?

Tired of your employees checking email in your meetings? Disappointed that your staff waste time logging onto Facebook while you’re going over company strategies? You’re not the only one. Laptops, smartphones and tablets are excellent tools. Even so technology can play havoc with your company meetings.

The Solution

Because of this Jake Knapp, design partner at Google Ventures, writes in a recent post on the Medium Web site that staff should be forbidden from taking technology into meetings. Managers, then, have a much less challenging time attracting the interest of their staff.

No gadgets

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The new science of smartphone protection

How much would you pay to shield your smartphone from accidental drops and bumps? How about $35? That’s the amount you’d need to pay for the latest in smartphone-protection science, based on a recent feature by the New York Times’ Gadgetwise blog.

A new era of protection

The New York Times’ Gadgetwise column just covered the growing science behind protect cases for cell phones. According to the column, the new cases are surprisingly effective, protecting smartphones from the bumps and slams that might otherwise knock them out.


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