If COVID-19 news has you down, this mood-tracking app can help

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Misü runs in the background of your computer, analyzing the impact that different websites have on your emotional state. If you’re feeling down lately, you aren’t alone. Bearing witness to a daily news stream of illness and death can stir up a lot of emotions . So can being isolated at home. But a new mood tracker called Misü wants to help you understand your emotional state and what might be triggering sadness, anxiety, or happiness. Read Full Story

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From soft lighting to the Golden Gate Bridge: Your complete guide to video conference filters

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That Zoom beauty filter was just the beginning. Working from home is the new reality for people with office jobs. And that means that we’re spending a lot more time on video calls. But if you don’t want to put on makeup or your desk isn’t quite as clean as you’d like when talking to your boss, there’s some good news. There are actually a slew of filters that can transform you (or your space), although I’ll let you decide what’s “professional.” At least you’re not in your pajamas. Consider this your comprehensive guide. Read Full Story

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The 5 best ways to supercharge your Wi-Fi network

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Speeding up your wireless internet access could be as easy as moving your router or performing a software update. What a wonderful wireless world we live in–unless, that is, you’re eternally locked in a losing battle with flaky connections, unreliable airwaves, and slow surfing. If you are, the good news is that troubleshooting a shaky signal isn’t all that complicated. Here are the five best ways to ensure that your Wi-Fi network is delivering the speed you need—starting with the ones that don’t cost anything, then moving onto those that require spending some bucks. Read Full Story

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How Your Brand Can Earn Media Coverage on NBC News, USA Today, CNBC, and More

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Posted by amandamilligan As you might imagine, it’s not easy to get your brand name mentioned in top media outlets. But if you put in the work to engage in content marketing + digital PR , the benefits are massive: High-quality backlinks to your site A significant boost in brand awareness An increase in your brand’s authority Improved relationships with writers who loved your content I’ll explain how you can earn this type of coverage and its corresponding benefits for your brand. Step 1: Create newsworthy content You probably have an instinctual sense of what qualifies as news, but some of the key newsworthy elements are timeliness, proximity, and significance. Timeliness is tough. Hard news is usually covered by media outlets automatically anyway. However, there’s a way to create news — and it’s through data journalism. By doing your own research, conducting your own studies, running your own surveys, and …

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How to separate fact from fiction when you read COVID-19 news

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Anecdotes and data often appear side by side in news stories about the pandemic. And data can be interpreted in multiple ways. Here’s what to look for. With COVID-19, a news story that may be 100% accurate can still unintentionally mislead readers about the greatest threats of the pandemic. The unintended outcome results from a lesson taught to every journalism student: Use “real people” to “humanize” the news. Read Full Story

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