Keep your “ahs” for your doctor or dentist

EDMONTON, AB, March 6, 2019/ Troy Media/ – Have you ever found yourself in a meeting, presenting to a client or been on the phone when all of a sudden you’re lost for words or not sure what to say?

We fear silence as being unnatural. Our natural tendency is to avoid dead air or empty space at all costs, so we fill it with crutch words, like “ah”, “um” and “err”. We’ll sometimes repeat words like “Iike-Iike-like”, and “and-and-and’ as we nervously grasp for the next thing to say. Sound familiar?

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Air Deck 2.0 – The ultimate travel playing cards

You don’t always need to be attached to electronic devices, especially when you are travelling; Sometimes you just need to sit back chill and play a little cards. But after a while, they get worn, torn and depending on where you are can sometimes be bulky especially when playing in tight places like an airplane. [Read more…]

Why Leaders and Book Lovers need a Kindle Paperwhite – Podcast

Toastcaster 110: Why Leaders and Book Lovers need a Kindle Paperwhite – Podcast

[10:21] I learned many years ago that to be a great writer, you must also be an avid reader. I’ve continued to take that sage advice and always make sure I have a book, a magazine or something to read in tow. [Read more…]

How to avoid an onstage meltdown – Hollywood Style

Four tips to ensuring your speech or presentation doesn’t end in disaster

Stuff happens. But when it does, especially to a high-profile individual at a major event, you can bet the whole world will know about it seconds after it happens.

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Netflix Sharing to Instagram Stories for iOS Now Available

If you’re like most people you likely find it’s just as much fun to share your favourite must-see Netflix titles with family and friends as it is to watch them. Now if you’re an Instagram Stories fanatic (I’m not there yet), you may be interested to know that via the latest version iPhone Netflix app, released just last week now supports Instagram Story sharing.

According to Netflix, to do so simply…

      • Navigate to any title on the iPhone Netflix app and tap share.
      • Select “Instagram Stories” from a list of apps, and be taken directly to Instagram Stories where they can have some fun with the title’s background art and text sticker.
      • When ready, they’re able to post directly to their stories or send directly to one or more friends’ DMs.
      • Friends and followers can click on the link in the Instagram Story to view the title on the Netflix iPhone app.

    The app had previously supported sharing to other platforms like What’s App, Messenger, Twitter and others.

No more YouTube autoshare to Google+ and Twitter after Jan 31st 2019

 

 

 

If you are a regular poster on YouTube and rely on YouTube’s autosharing feature to tweet out your latest creation to Twitter or share on Google+, starting after tomorrow, January 31, 2019 ( I guess that means Feb. 1st), you’re going to have to post your YouTube activity manually or find a new way to do it. [Read more…]

Netflix Interactive: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch – behind the scenes

Black Mirror is a British Sci-Fi TV series you can catch on Netflix. It’s offered in anthology style (4 seasons) and seems quite reminiscent of one of my all-time faves – The Twilight Zone. The latest offering is a standalone film, created by Charlie Brooker ( series creator)  and directed by David Slade released the last week of December 2018.
What makes it different is that this psychological feature is interactive where you choose which way the character goes and thus affect the ending.

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New Spider Holster Tripod plates keep your camera secure

Spider Holster Tether Plate

Last year we had a look at the SpiderLight Holster for your camera – a two-piece plate and holster system that allows you to carry your camera at arms length and get quick access to it without the need for a strap. However, we often want to use our cameras on a tripod, so Spider Holster has come up with three new Tripod adapter plates that allows you to secure you camera to your tripod but to also move from your holster to your tripod and back quickly and securely.

The three new models are the SpiderPro Tether Plate is an adopter plate that protects your tether cable and camera port by locking the cable to your camera. It helps eliminate the risk of your cable pulling out and damaging your camera. [Read more…]

Review: All-New Waterproof Fitbit Charge 3 Health Tracker

If you want to get a good jump on this year’s New Year’s resolutions or looking for a great health and tracking gift for the holiday season, the all-new Fitbit Charge 3 might sit on the right side of your Naughty or Nice list. The latest reboot of the tried and true offers a number of new features and enhancements, the biggest being that’s it’s now waterproof. You no longer have to worry about frying it when you get caught out in the rain, you can wear it 24/7 except for when charging; then happily take it into the shower or pool and track your laps in water up to 50m deep.

It has virtually all the features from its predecessor, the Fitbit Charge 2 we recently reviewed at Troy Media. [Read more…]

New waterproof Kindle Paperwhite takes quite a splash

Fourth generation model resists liquids, has wireless audiobook support and is cheap. That all adds up to a good Christmas gift

The newest Kindle Paperwhite looks more or less like its three-year-old predecessor. But drop old faithful into the tub and you’d be buying another one. In contrast, the fourth generation model now available has a waterproof body that can soak in up to two metres of fresh water for an hour – simply dry it off and you’re good to go. [Read more…]