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Sun. 6.25 4p ET: Free Alexa Skill Programming Webinar

If you, or anyone you know, needs step-by-step guidance on how to ship your first Alexa Skill, then join me for a free webinar this Sunday, June 25th at 1pm Pacific Time, 4pm Eastern.

Here’s what we will be doing: “5 STEPS TO CREATING, PUBLISHING, AND PROFITING FROM ALEXA SKILLS (AMAZON ECHO APPS), AND HOW TO DO IT IN ONE EVENING”

Source: AlexaDev Tuesday: Free Alexa Skill Programming Webinar – Love My Echo

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QuickNote: Optimize Your Chrome Browsing Experience With These 13 Extensions

I’ve encountered many best-of-Chrome-extensions lists. This one from MakeUseOf rises above the rest.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Google’s list of search results told you which links you’ve clicked on before? And not only that but also when you last clicked on them? → Google When

Source: Optimize Your Chrome Browsing Experience With These 13 Extensions

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Judge in Bill Cosby Case Declares a Mistrial – The New York Times

Ugh!

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QuickNote: What Makes Paper Fountain Pen Friendly?

The other way manufacturers create fountain pen friendly paper is through a specific finish. In Clairefontaine’s case, vellum finished paper (what’s used in their notebooks) adds significant resistance to feathering and bleedthrough and for a more extreme example, Tomoe River paper has a silky smooth finish that resists ink, causing it to dry on the surface rather than leeching down.

Source: What Makes Paper Fountain Pen Friendly?

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QuickNote: 10 Reasons Why You Need a Journal for Your Creative Projects

Having a dedicated journal lends itself perspective over time, revealing what you were thinking and planning at a specific time, including at present. There are a plethora of benefits to gain and you can make it your own. It will help you organize your thoughts, gain clarity, and pave the way to accomplish your focused goals.

Source: Fstoppers.com

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Do vs. Done Lists: Jot Down Your Small Wins to Amplify Success

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When we reflect on progress, we practically metabolize it. Jot down completed tasks, and view them as “wins,” or progress towards your final goal(s), and you can externalize and recognize them. ” Writing, like speaking, requires translating thoughts into words, which externalizes those thoughts and allows us to see them for what they are so we can move forward. Clarity affords possibility.

Source: Do vs. Done Lists: Jot Down Your Small Wins to Amplify Success | Evernote Blog

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T-Mobile’s DIGITS number sharing service rolls out on May 31st

Business and personal number, ringing the same line for calls and SMS, among other handy configurations. Ahhh, competition can be sweet!

T-Mobile announced a bets test for its DIGITS service last year, and at long last the beta is over. DIGITS will roll out to all subscribers on May 31st, an… by Ryan Whitwam in Carriers, News, T-Mobile, Videos

Source: T-Mobile’s DIGITS number sharing service rolls out on May 31st

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Are Outlines a Waste of Time for Nonfiction Writers?

Whether nonFiction or fiction writer, the debate rages: just jump in and write from the seat of one’s pants (“pantsers”), or first spend time corralling thoughts into an outline. Me? Sometimes I begin with an outline; other times, I honor the flow within and write til my pinkies get sore. 😜  Are Outlines a Waste of Time for Nonfiction Writers?

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8 Reasons Chromebook Pixel [+ Chromebooks In General] Shines

While I can’t speak to the Pixel, I can assure you that the Dell 13/7310 Chromebook won my heart with its 13hr+ battery life. The Chromebook, as a platform, muscled in on Apple’s former “just works” motif.Ironic: I jumped onto the Apple ship, never looking back, when Windows Vista kidnapped my laptop. Since the Dell eased through the door last year, my MacBook Air sits lonely, courtesy of its “just irks” persona. Apple, heads up: when ya lose sight of quality control, ya lose customers.

KnowYourMobile reviews the Pixel-angle of the tech gem that is Chromebook.

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The Best “Why Journal” Weekday Suggestions

I’ve witnessed a slew of articles targeting the practice of journal writing. This one stands unrivaled in presenting motivating food for thought, beautifully embracing each day of the week. Quick and über satisfying read.

→  7 Ways to Create a Journaling Practice That Creates Positive Energy