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Dropbox Paper is the team collab tool to end all team collab tools

(BUSINESS NEWS) Don’t you love when awesome things become awesomer? Me too. That’s why I’ve signed myself, my mom, and my whole office up for Dropbox Paper.

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Awesome to awesomer

Don’t you love when awesome things defy the odds and become awesomer? I do too. Which is why I’ve already signed myself, my mom, and my entire office, up for the new Dropbox Paper feature.

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Why I just spammed everyone

The basic awesomeness we’ve become familiar with thus far, is Dropbox, a file hosting service for people to share photos, documents, videos and other files. Anything you add to Dropbox, shows up anywhere Dropbox can be accessed; laptops, phones, iPads, and gadgets in general. So, if you’re a professional forgetter like myself, and forget your laptop with today’s presentation at home, you can still access it from another.

Alternatively, if you don’t have space to save photos on your flash drive or hard drive, simply save them to Dropbox. The most useful part of Dropbox, though, is the ability to share files with anyone or whoever has an email, which is pretty much anyone.

Go team!

Because this sharing function is so useful, the good people of Dropbox has honed in and created an even better sharing experience in the form of a team management tool: Dropbox Paper. Paper’s sole purpose is to keep files in one organized place, like it always has, but by now offering an additional space for sharing team ideas, feedback and tasks.

Why Dropbox paper? 

Starting with the basics, this beefed up sharing experience keeps documents organized in folders that are searchable by various keywords and shareable with anyone you choose. Upon sharing, you can track each user’s activity in the audit log, and see the last time they viewed a particular file, feedback, or task.

If you lose a team member or need to protect company information for another reason, paper makes it extremely easy for you to suspend or delete accounts, transfer account data, and unlink devices.

More in-depth uses include user’s ability to embed files from YouTube, Google, and Dropbox (of course). So let’s just say you’re in the middle of a typical YouTube binge and you stumble across the video depiction of your ideal web design; you can embed and share that video with your team instantly. Let’s also say this video motivates you to create to do lists – you can create a list and allot tasks to team members in the same window. Finally, if you’re so excited the video starts making you blurt out uncontrollable code strings, you can record them in a cool code block that auto formats code strings. YAHTZEE!

Sign up your entire network

Really quickly before you go, you should also know team editing is possible, which means real-time updates as your team edits a document, as well as the option to comment and decorate the comments with fun stickers (which is what sold me).

Lastly, it’s free, so signing up won’t make you feel worse about all the holiday dough you’ve been spending.

Which reminds me, Dropbox Paper is a great FREE holiday gift for your friends who work on teams, or enjoy sharing awesomeness. Sign them and yourself up, here. Let us know how you all like it in the comments below!

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Lauren Flanigan is a Staff Writer at The American Genius, hailing from the windy hills of Cincinnati, with a degree in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati. She has escaped the hills, and currently resides in Atlanta, where you can almost always find her camping at a Starbucks strategizing on how to take over the world.

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Daily Coding Problem keeps you sharp for coding interviews

(CAREER) Coding interviews can be pretty intimidating, no matter your skill level, so stay sharp with daily practice leading up to your big day.

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Whether you’re in the market for a new coding job or just want to stay sharp in the one you have, it’s always important to do a skills check-up on the proficiencies you need for your job. Enter Daily Coding Problem, a mailing list service that sends you one coding problem per day (hence the name) to keep your analytical skills in top form.

One of the founders of the service, Lawrence Wu, stated that the email list service started “as a simple mailing list between me and my friends while we were prepping for coding interviews [because] just doing a couple problems every day was the best way to practice.”

Now the service offers this help for others who are practicing for interviews or for individuals needing to just stay fresh in what they do. The problems are written by individuals who are not just experts, but also who aced their interviews with giants like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.

So how much would a service like this cost you? Free, but with further tiers of features for additional money. Like with all tech startups, the first level offers the basic features such as a single problem every day with some tricks and hints, as well as a public blog with additional support for interviewees. However, if you want the actual answer to the problem, and not just the announcement that you incorrectly answered it, you’ll need to pony up $15 per month.

The $15 level also comes with some neat features such as mock interview opportunities, no ads, and a 30 day money back guarantee. For those who may be on the job market longer, or who just want the practice for their current job, the $250 level offers unlimited mock interviews, as well as personal guidance by the founders of the company themselves.

Daily Coding Problem enters a field with some big players with a firm grasp on the market. Other services, like InterviewCake, LeetCode, and InterviewBit, offer similar opportunities to practice mock interview questions. InterviewCake offers the ability to sort questions by the company who typically asks them for that individual with their sights targeted on a specific company. InterviewBit offers referrals and mentorship opportunities, while LeetCode allows users to submit their own questions to the question pool.

If you’ve really got your eye on the prize of receiving that coveted job opportunity, Daily Coding Problem is a great way to add another tool in your tool box to ace that interview.

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Making Slack actionable makes you productive

(TECHNOLOGY) Slack is an amazing productivity tool, but of course can add more to your plate – this feature puts you back on track.

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You know when you’re using Slack and you’re having a conversation with your teammate about whether or not you should grab lunch or go to Soul Cycle, but before you can answer, your editor Slacks you about deadlines and your design partner messages you proofs and suddenly you snap back to reality and remember that you’ve been working on a blog post for an hour and your concentration is completely shattered? You know, the exact moment when your productivity is officially derailed?

Well, Slack now offers Actions to help make sure that doesn’t happen. Your day may get busy, but at least nothing will slip through the cracks, work-wise.

Integrated with project management tools like Asana, Zendesk, and Jira, Actions allows users to create and comment on tasks, tickets or issues within conversations. That means no clicking through tabs or apps until you can no longer remember why you started clicking in the first place. More importantly, Actions keeps track of the work you need to do and when you need to do it.

So, how do Actions work?

1. Need to create a deadline or set up an appointment? Anything you see in Slack that needs a follow-up can be turned into an action when you click the ••• icon and choose an “action.”

2. When you’ve completed an action, a message appears in your Slack channel and lets your team know you’ve flagged it for follow-up.

3. Whichever app you’ve integrated with will alert Slack at which point you and your team can determine the next steps.

Bottom-line, Actions help keep your workflow moving. While it may not stop the onslaught of Slack messages from breaking your concentration, at least you’ll know what you should to be concentrating on.

If you’re curious to know more about Actions, the company has ample info on their API pages for your perusal.

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Freezetab streamlines how you save tabs in Chrome

(TECH NEWS) Freezetab is the newest chrome extension that allows you to organize saved tabs in a myriad of ways.

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Internet made easier

With the browser becoming more and more of a workspace than merely an application, the built in bookmarks tool may leave you a bit hungry for more.

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Chrome users who need better tools to organize and manage bookmarks may find the power they need in Freezetab.

Bookmark’s cooler, hotter younger brother

Freezetab seeks to answer the questions of “what if I could organize my bookmarks by website” or “I only want to save all but two of these tabs on zen office designs.” It seeks to give you more options beyond the “one or all” choices in chrome. Here is the lowdown:

  • The calendar feature remembers WHEN you saved a tab – so if you can’t remember the title you can just go back to the day.
  • Chrome either lets you save one or all tabs. Freezetab expands those options to include: all, current, everything but current, right of, left of, or pick and choose.
  • If you are sharing a collection of tabs with a workgroup or a partner, it exports as a nice textbox that is easy to share in integrated messaging, IM, or email. Or even social media!
  • Sorting is robust, and there is a solid search feature that searches as you type.
  • That quick save feature saves all the tabs and closes them – and you can adjust that quick save feature to meet your needs.
  • There is a handy little star feature to note important bookmarks (i.e. recipes and excel techniques).
  • Enhances your close tab capability to close everything to the left and specific tabs – this great if you work in chrome and have 75 tabs open that have one letter names.
  • It is easier to sort tabs after you save them – you can search for them and then sort into folders you create rather manually organizing them into folders.
  • As a bonus: for those who don’t want to have to sort bookmarks – unlike Chrome which requires you to pick a folder or risk turning your bookmarks to an unorganized mess, the extension automatically organizes it for you.

Freezetab findings

After spending a few moments with Freezetab, it does fit in nicely with a workflow. Solidly reviewed, the developer did solve an issue with “pinned” tabs in the 1.2 update. – so it doesn’t remove or add them. The features are nice and easy to use, and it doesn’t require more than five minutes of playing around.

One complaint – if you choose to the right or left of the current tab to close, it did close the active tab as well – which was a little funky. But once you get comfortable with the nuances, it’s easy to use.
The interface is function over form, but you won’t have any problem using or customizing this extension. Now Bookmark smart y’all!

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