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Getting to the Point | The Exkalibur Newsletter | June 16, 2017

This week we’re Getting to the Point with some valuable insights from the business world along with fascinating stories from the worlds of psychology, science, health and politics.

This week’s Featured Article, Apply these 7 Criteria to Decide If You’ve Got a Great Idea … or a Dud, offers some practical guidelines to help you “separate the wheat from the chaff” when it comes to considering all of the opportunities that come your way. In our Business Brief, you’ll get an update on Moore’s Law, see how Silicon Valley is trying to save California’s water supply and how Apple is trying to help U.S. Manufacturing.

In the Do This segment, I’ve combined my experience as a radio talk show host with my lifetime media observations to offer you a way to evaluate media bias for yourself. Our Around the Web segment will help you tell the difference between talent and genius, how the need to be popular is affecting our culture, the impact of the opioid epidemic on legitimate pain management and how soon you might be wearing your own jet suit. I’ll also offer more tips on how to use your iOS devices (iPhones and iPads) in Under the Apple Tree.

Over the weekend, relax and watch a captivating Movie, with another riveting performance by Robert DeNiro and learn in the Wide World of Sports what the Golden State Warriors did to rise from the ashes of last year’s stunning defeat. You’ll get a laugh in our Humor segment as you contemplate your next massage, but in our What I’m Watching segment, you’ll need to keep it together as you watch Alex Honnold ascend El Capitan without ropes. You also don’t want to miss the latest novel from Scott Turow in What We’re Reading – Fiction.

Happy Father’s Day, Dads. It’s great being one, isn’t it?

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Hi. I’m Your Mobile Phone. I’m lost and I can’t find my owner.

We’ve become very dependent on our mobile phones, haven’t we? Losing it is super frustrating … and can be super expensive.

I ‘ve been through this exact scenario recently, so I wanted to share with you what I’ve learned. Follow these steps to make sure you’re prepared for something that will inevitably happen to you or someone in your family.

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Like it or not, most of us are tethered to our phones like a puppy on a leash. If you don’t think you are, no problem. Leave it home today and see if you can do it again tomorrow.

We have it with us at all times and get pretty flustered when we don’t have it with us.

This is a long email as there are several choices you can make both BEFORE as well as AFTER your phone has been lost. I would suggest you at least consider the BEFORE options now so you don’t have to deal with the much greater challenges AFTER your phone is missing.

What if you can’t find your phone?

But, what happens if you can’t find it. Maybe you left it …

  • In the back of a taxi
  • On an airplane
  • Maybe in the hotel room which is now an airline flight away
  • Gee, did I leave it on the table at the restaurant?
  • I really have no idea where I left it
  • By now, maybe it’s been stolen?

Follow These Steps to Protect Your Phone

Keep reading to learn the steps necessary to protect your lost phone …

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Productivity: The most comfortable ways to use your iPad … and more

I’ve been traveling more than ever lately, and wanted to share with you several products that really make a difference in how I use my iPad, in different environments, to consume the wide range of materials I read and watch. Keep reading for some other ideas, too.

Productivity Tips: Twelve South HoverBar

Twelve South HoverBar | © 2013 Twelve South LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The HoverBar from Twelve South is a simple device that attaches to a computer stand, e.g., to the base of an iMac … or to a different workstation … or to a tabletop, kitchen counter, bookshelf or another surface. It uses a padded clamp that is adjustable up to 1″ wide, and can be purchased for any iPad model.

My wife makes fun of mine, suggesting that it looks like a table in a senior citizen center, but it’s a very convenient, hands-free way to suspend your iPad for easy reading on a table that you can bring up to your favorite chair or sofa.

It works great for me and I wouldn’t be without it … honey!

But, when I’m traveling and not at home …

Another Twelve South product that I always carry but has been displaced with the HoverBar at home, is still an irreplaceable travel companion. (more…)

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Productivity: Do you still want a Keyboard for your iPad?

Most of my clients and colleagues are hauling around an iPad just as I am … and when we’re meeting together, iPads at the ready, someone always asks, “Have you ever used a keyboard with your iPad?”

Belkin Keypad for iPad March 2013

Belkin Keypad for iPad | © 2013 Belkin International,Inc

If you’re one of the 100 million+ users of the iPad, you’ve probably struggled with typing on its sleek glass face and wondered the same thing.

I just returned from the Social Media Marketing World event in San Diego. When I attend conferences, meetings or other events like that where it’s inconvenient to carry around my briefcase all day … that’s when I think of this option yet one more time.

There is one advantage to typing on your iPad

Without the keyboard, I’m usually typing on the glass surface (unless I’m taking handwritten notes on my iPad, an option we’ll discuss another time).

If I’m in the right mood, I find some real value in the more demanding process that typing on the iPad requires … because it slows you down and makes each idea a little crisper … each word a little more thoughtful … so sometimes, it’s worth the time … but … (more…)

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Productivity Tip | 8 Easy Steps to a Great Looking Desktop

For several years, I have visited the Smashing Magazine website every month to download their latest wallpaper images. I download the calendar versions if only to freshen up the look of my desktops.

Smashing Magazine Apr2013 Calendar Image

The library is free and features designs from artists across the world. There are some terrific artists and graphic designers featured each month, with a wide variety of designs and motifs ranging from the earth’s beauty to whimsical and wise quotations and ideas.

You can download versions with a calendar or without a calendar, but I find that the calendars come in handy. Click on the Read this complete article button to get a simple set of instructions about how to do this in just a few minutes each month. (more…)

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