TECH BYTE: Tech to Help You Work from Home More Efficiently

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PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (WDEF) — Working from home is becoming more common, thanks to technology.

This makes communication especially important.

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A popular app that helps coworkers and employers stay in touch is Slack.

This handy app lets you form groups to send messages to each other.

Slack includes other features like video calls, and sharing work documents.

It’s also compatible with both Apple and Android devices.

Another great app for communication is Zoom.

It makes it easy for businesses to hold meetings, webinars, and conferences via video chat.

The cool thing about Zoom is only one person needs to download it.

So, how do the others get on? The person with the app sends out a group link, and they’re ready to go!

While working from home can be convenient, it can also be distracting.

That’s where Serene comes in. The purpose of the app is to keep you motivated and productive.

Just log in and set it to block distracting apps and websites.

That way you can stay focused and get your work done.

Serene is currently available for Apple’s MacOS, but a Microsoft Window’s version is in the works, as well.

And don’t forget, if you have an iPhone or iPad, there’s always FaceTime!

As for these apps and plenty of others, you can find them all in your phone’s app store.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now at 6 and Prime News at 7. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at ecassulo@wdef.com if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’