Wikipedia, both flavored and plain. Some entries on Wikipedia can be a bit overwhelming with extensive descriptions and obscure facts and figures. For a leaner page of helpful information, give simple.wikipedia.org a whirl. You can also replace the letters “en” in a link to a standard Wikipedia page with the word “simple” to produce a similar result.
Sweat the small stuff. Gabriel Bristol, CEO and president of Intelicare Direct, has a lesson for all of us in the business world. He says paying attention to the minutiae, the details, is incredibly valuable. “If you can be trusted with the details, you can be trusted with the big picture,” Bristol says.
Rediscover “lost and found.” The power of electronic location tracking has now given us the Tile tag (thetileapp.com), a small device to affix to anything from your keys to your laptop to your umbrella, to track the things that wander off. A companion app for your phone helps track down a wayward item within 100 feet and will even play a little tune when you get close enough. You can also send out alerts for truly lost items so that others using the system can be alerted when passing by the object you’ve misplaced.
Watch what you write in your work emails; they can be used against you. Email is a great way to communicate, but what you write can be fair game in court—even years down the road, writes labor and employment attorney Eric B. Meyer. In a recent gender discrimination case, the judge ruled that subpoenaing decade-old emails was permissible.
You’ll soon be able to control your entire house with Siri voice commands. Apple has developed HomeKit, a connected home platform that will eventually let you control home appliances through your Apple device, reports Lisa Eadicicco for Business Insider. The first devices to be compatible with HomeKit went on sale in June, and commands that Siri will respond to have been uploaded to Apple HomeKit’s support page.
“Sweatworking” is the newest way to connect with professional contacts. The concept involves networking while exercising and stems from a desire for a more creative mindset and a more active lifestyle, reports Susan Johnston for Fast Company. Getting out of the office helps you brainstorm and ease tension. Try activities that allow multitasking, like jogging or walking. Remember that the purpose of the activity is to network.