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By Nick Brazzi | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bid Adieu to U2? How to Remove Music from Your iTunes Library

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At the recent iOS 8/iPhone 6 launch event, Apple surprised iTunes users with a gift: The new U2 album “Songs of Innocence” is available for free to all iTunes users.

To make things even easier, this new album automatically shows up in your iTunes account as something you’ve already purchased—though you haven’t. So now any iTunes user can listen to or download the album as if they had purchased it in the iTunes store.

For me, this is great. I love U2! New U2 record for free? Yes, please.

But not everybody shares my opinion. It turns out lot of people don’t want the record. A music collection is a very personal thing and some folks don’t want music that they didn’t hand-select to show up in their music library.

So how do you remove the U2 album — or anything else — from your library?

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How to Quit Your Job Successfully

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People quit their jobs for lots of different reasons—and it’s often perceived as a difficult or negative event.

But what if I told you it could be a very positive and productive part of your career?

By Jess Stratton | Monday, September 15, 2014

Migrating Your Documents to Google Apps

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This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to show you how you can migrate over to Google Apps—specifically, how you can start using the cloud-storage app Google Drive and work with your documents within it.

By Mike Figliuolo | Monday, September 15, 2014

Not ‘Just’ an Employee: Treat Your Team as Individuals

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People want to be treated like people, not like cogs in a big machine. It’s incumbent upon you as a leader to see them as individuals. It’s for that reason that I hate the use of the word “just” in front of anyone’s title.

“He’s just an analyst.”

“She’s just a cafeteria worker.”

“I’m just an administrative assistant.”

No one is just anything. The phrase is demeaning and pejorative. We’re allpeople—we simply happen to have different responsibilities.

“Just connotes that someone is worth less than someone else, as if that just” someone has a defect. One of the most powerful leadership skills I’ve seen and used is valuing everyone’s contributions equally.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Management Tips: The Successful Contrarian

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As a professional, being a contrarian can be difficult. On the one hand, you see opportunities for change and improvement more readily than others. On the other hand, your inclination to shake things up may irritate people.

There are a few things we know about how to survive at work as an outside-the-box thinker. In this week’s tip, I’m going to ask you to start thinking not just about your great ideas—but how to make others actually listen when you share them.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, September 08, 2014

How to Blur Photo Details to Protect Your Privacy

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It’s easy to post pictures on social networks, but sometimes we’re looking at them from such small screens that it’s easy to miss tiny details that can compromise your privacy—or worse, someone else’s.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how to easily blur or cover up a small portion of a photo before posting it on a social network.

By David Rivers | Sunday, September 07, 2014

Keep Up with Technology — and Keep Your Career Afloat

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I’ll be the first to admit I’m no spring chicken. Over the past 20 years, I’ve personally witnessed major changes in the workplace and the way we do business, thanks to the evolution of technology.

They call it “progress” and for the most part, these changes have been for the better. But new graduates, who were born into a high-tech world and do almost everything with technology, have a distinct advantage over existing workers who feel like they’re being left behind while struggling to keep up with all the changes.

Yes, getting lazy about learning new technology is a great way to kiss your career goodbye. But staying relevant doesn’t have to be scary—or even difficult.

By Garrick Chow | Thursday, September 04, 2014

Has Celebrity Photo Hack Got You Paranoid? Get Secure

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As you may have heard, earlier this week several celebrities had photos of a personal nature stolen from their computers or mobile devices, which were then shared and distributed online.

The celebrity photo hack story is still unfolding, and while it’s not completely clear how their devices and cloud-based accounts were accessed in each case, we thought this would be a good time to review some basic steps you should be following to make sure your personal files—and your internet privacy—are secure.

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