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Skype Alert!

Experiencing trouble with your Skype? Looking at the bulletin boards (which we did this morning because we were trying to connect with someone in Shanghai and Google+ doesn’t work there) a lot of people are having one or all of these problems: It looks like your friends are online when they are actually offline; You […]

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Twitter Steps Up Its Game: Can We Do the Same?

Last week, Twitter announced that users can now use alternative text with images, a device to help the visually impaired make full use of social media. Now, tweets can associate images with text for screen readers, which read aloud text on web pages. Prior to this announcement, images on Twitter were irrelevant for people who are visually impaired. (If you’re interested in […]

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App of the Week | Trello

If you’ve been following our App of the Week recommendations, you are probably heralded around the office as a master of online communication. You’ve conquered late emails with Boomerang, you’ve got your blackbelt in messaging with Slack, and you can fearlessly lead 25 people in a video conference with Zoom. Now it’s time to brush up on your […]

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Does Grammarly Live Up to the Hype?

The DHI recently received an email from a Press Relations Representative for the proofreading app Grammarly, the self-proclaimed “world’s most accurate grammar checker.” You might have seen ads for this service and wondered what it’s all about, and truthfully, we were wondering too. It claims to check your writing for over 250 rules of grammar […]

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App of the Week | Hemingway App

This week we’d like to introduce you an app designed in the spirit of one of America’s greatest literary treasures. Ernest Hemingway was known for the severity of his prose, unmarked by qualifiers and complex phrases.  Hemingway App, a text editor you can use on the web and or by downloading it, takes this philosophy and uses it to help […]

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App of the Week | Slack

This week we have a second profile for you:  Slack, a simple yet robust messaging app for teams to stay in contact and stay productive. We’ve used Slack internally at the Digital Humanities Initiative to quickly get feedback from our coworkers and share files online. It’s an incredibly quick set up and can be accessed […]

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App of the Week | Google Keep

Sticky notes serve a very particular purpose: they’re designed to be small, sticky, and colorful. They have to be portable, and useful for the here and now — for example, an immediate and sudden realization which necessitates some form of documentation. They must stay exactly where they’re put for long periods of time while we’re off conducting […]

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App of the Week | Zotero

As we begin this spring, and a fresh semester full of new projects, we thought it appropriate to give you a leg up on your upcoming schoolwork with some amazing software (before you get your hands dirty in research papers and finals). While you begin think about what some of your end-of-the-semester work will look like, or if […]

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App of the Week | Zoom Video Conferencing

This week we are profiling a really powerful video conferencing package called Zoom, recommended to us by our good friend Jim O’Connor at Distributed Education. A desktop app not unlike Skype, it’s free to use in conferences of up to 25 people and for 40 minutes, with unlimited one-to-one calls (for unlimited calling, you need to […]

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App of the Week | Google Chrome Extensions

In the office this week I was looking around for a productive web tool to share for App of the Week, something elegant and smooth-running, when I came across this: it’s an extension for Google Chrome (which if you don’t have already, I’ll take this opportunity to recommend) called Abstract Browsing. It transforms all the content […]

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