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Amazing Trello hacks for every Trello lover

Trello is a great tool for collaborating on projects and organizing your thoughts, but did you know there are a set of hacks that can make your Trello experience even easier?

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Trello is one of our favorite productivity tools. It organizes thoughts, projects, and collaborations effortlessly onto boards. If you haven’t tried Trello, it is one tool I really recommend to anyone and everyone who happens to ask me what my favorite app is as a freelance writer.

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Create a card by dragging a URL

If you’re a seasoned Trello user, however, you know it’s a great tool, but did you know there are some wonderful tips and tricks that can streamline your Trello use? The first one is probably the one I use most often on my own board: you can drag URLs over to a Trello board and a card is created with the relevant data including a description and image.

This is so much easier than copying and pasting these components individually.

The same process works with Airbnb listings and Slack conversations as well. You can also create a new Trello card from a spreadsheet. Simply copy and paste any spreadsheet list onto a card and Trello will list items as separate cards.

Rearrange your cards with your keyboard

The rest of these tips will deal with helping you manage, organize, and prioritize the cards you have already created. If you need to rearrange your cards, you can drag and drop them in new locations, but you can also add the “^” symbols and a number after a card to move it to a new position.

If you need to move it to a different list, use the “^” symbol then the name of your list (instead of a number); once you get used to using this method it’s a super fast way to rearrange your cards.

Attach files from your Google Drive, Dropbox, or e-mail

You can also attach files from your Google Drive and Dropbox easily: click “attach file” in the sidebar and then select what you need. If the information you need isn’t in the cloud, but rather is in your email, Trello has a hack for this too. Each of your Trello boards has a unique email address which can be found in the sidebar menu. When you email to your board, the subject of the email will become the card title and the body will be the card description; another super easy way to organize your information.

Tag team members on important cards

Another one of my favorite hacks is the ability to tag team members. So many times when you’re collaborating on a project you miss something that you need to address simply because of constant notifications and information overload. To get someone’s attention, simply use Trello’s “@mentions.” This works just like Twitter and Instagram: use the “@” along with the person’s username and you can tag the person you need. Once they’re tagged, they will receive and alert and will know they need to address something on the Trello board.

Enable desktop notifications

A great way to keep up with those alerts is by enabling desktop notifications. On the notifications menu, select “enable desktop notifications” and you’ll receive updates no matter what tab you’re currently using. You can also save time by color coding and customizing Trello card labels. You can select a specific color for items that are “in progress,” “on hold,” and “high priority.” This way you can clearly see what needs to be completed first without reading the card; just look for the colored labels.

One-key shortcuts

Finally, if you need faster hacks, Trello has a set of one-key shortcuts. From your Trello board you can press the “?” key at any time to see a list of these shortcuts, but here’s a couple of my favorites.

You can assign or unassign yourself to any card by pressing the space bar. The “q” key will show you a list of all the card currently assigned to you. The “n” key allows you quickly add a new card and you can archive old cards with the “c” key.

Give the hacks a try

If you haven’t given Trello a try, you definitely need to take a look. It’s one of the easiest productivity tools I’ve found and with these additional hacks, Trello has never been easier to use. Have you tried any of these hacks? If so, which one is your favorite?

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Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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A look into why AI couldn’t save the world from COVID-19

(TECH NEWS) AI is only as powerful and intelligent as the teams building it, but we just don’t have the data yet. So perhaps, we just aren’t there quite yet.

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Even in the best of times, the human race can hardly be defined by our patience in the face of uncertainty. COVID-19 has rocked our feelings of safety and security. Hospitals have struggled to keep up with demand for care, and researchers are working tirelessly to create a vaccine. Early on in the fight against this virus, some looked to artificial intelligence technology to lead the pack in finding a solution to the global health crisis, but science takes time and AI is no different.

Over two months ago, when COVID-19 was still most prevalent in China, researchers were already attempting to use AI to fight the virus’ spread. As Wired reports, researchers in Wuhan, China attempted to screen for COVID-19 by programming an AI to analyze chest CTs of patients with pneumonia.

The AI would then decipher if the patient’s pneumonia stemmed from COVID-19 or something less insidious. This plan failed for the same reason many pursuits do – a lack of time and data to pull it off.

The United Nations and the World Health Organization examined the lung CT tool, but it was deemed unfit for widespread use. The lung CT tool, and all other AI driven projects, are limited by the humans designing and operating them.

We have struggled to collect and synthesize data in relation to COVID-19, and as a result tools, like the lung CT scans, cannot hope to succeed. AI is only as powerful and intelligent as the teams building it, so perhaps, we just aren’t there quite yet. Our tenacity and optimism continue to drive AI forward, but progress can only be sped up so much.

Like all science, AI has its limitations, and we cannot expect it to be a miracle cure for all our problems. It requires data, experimentation, and testing just like any other scientific pursuit. There are many problems to unlock before AI can be a leader in the driving force for positive change, but its shortcomings do not outweigh its potential. AI couldn’t save us from COVID-19, but as researchers continue to learn from this global event, AI may still save us in the future.

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Chrome can now group and color code your open tabs

(TECH NEWS) Do you have too many tabs, and can’t tell what’s what? Google has tab groups that make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

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Are you a tab collector? That’s Google’s name for people who have tabs upon tabs upon tabs open on their Google Chrome browser. And while third party apps are already available to help collectors manage tabs, Google is now stepping in with Tab Groups.

Tab Groups, try it here, allows users to color-code, group and add text or emoji labels to separate clusters of tabs in their browser.

Right-click on any tab and choose Add to New Group. A gray dot will appear to the left of the tab and outline it in the same color. Clicking on the dot lets users update the color, label and name the group. Once grouped together, the tab groups can be moved and reordered. They’re also saved when Chrome is closed and reopened.

Google said after testing Tab Groups for months, they noticed people usually arranged their tabs by topic and that appeared most common when people shopped or were working on a project.
“Others have been grouping their tabs by how urgent they are, “ASAP,” “this week” and “later.” Similarly, tab groups can help keep track of your progress on certain tasks: “haven’t started,” “in progress,” “need to follow up” and “completed.”

Of course, this new feature does nothing to dissuade users from opening too many tabs, despite research that says multitasking may change the structure of your brain and Chrome is notorious for using too much RAM. So now you can’t concentrate, and your computer is running hot and slowing down.

A solution? Use Chrome extensions such as The Great Suspender, which suspends tabs that have been inactive for a specific amount of time. Don’t worry, you can whitelist specific websites so if you always need a tab for Twitter open, it won’t be suspended.

Another tip is to focus on one task at a time using the Pomodoro Technique, breaking tasks and your workday into 25-minute bursts of productivity with five-minute breaks in between. FocusMe uses a timer and website blocker to reduce the risk of getting distracted. You’re on the internet, after all.

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Quarantine bod got you down? AI trainer Artifit lifts you up

(TECH NEWS) If staying home has caused some unfortunate weight gain, Artifit can help you keep your home body fit during and way after quarantine is over.

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Mandatory lockdown’s have changed people’s routine’s in every conceivable way. From the way we work and cook to how we exercise. Home workout routines have been a hot topic in the last couple of months. People are trying to find a way to retain some sense of normalcy and maintain their healthy lifestyles We’ve all heard jokes about the so called “Quarantine 15” online and maybe you’ve even made a disparaging comment or two about your weight since gyms closed.

To be clear, there is nothing wrong with a little weight gain the face of a global pandemic. The world is changing, your life is changing, and times are scary. Be gentle with yourself and those around you.

If you are looking for a way to get regular workouts back into your life and YouTube videos just aren’t cutting it, there is a high-tech solution. Artifit is an AI personal trainer designed to make your solo workouts safer and more effective. The app acts as your personal trainer by creating your workout plans, tracking progress, and providing posture corrections.

The app uses your phone’s camera to track your reps and spot errors in form while providing real time audio feedback. According to the app creators, [Artifit] recognizes 20 major joints movements via mobile camera, and we are constantly working on adding new joints and improving the algorithm.”

Beyond the workouts, Artifit taps into your competitive side by providing you with a score at the end of each work out that you can then share with friends. The app measures and analyze your progress over time and uses this data to create a workout plan that is best suited for you.

There are a ton of reasons you might be looking for a tech-driven approach to your workout routine. Most of us already rely on technology to track out movement in one way or another – think about the Health app on your phone or your Fitbit. Working out from home isn’t for everyone, but some are thriving under a more flexible schedule and want to keep it that way.

If you are not sure when you’re going to feel comfortable going to the gym again or you no longer want to fuss over scheduling appointments with a personal trainer, this could be the app for you. Artifit can help you keep your homebody tendencies intact way after quarantine is over.

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