Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews is a senior writer for MakeUseOf and the owner and editor of ProductivityBytes.com. To read more posts from Kayla, you can follow her on Twitter @KaylaEMatthews.

7 Apps to keep your life running ‘normally’ during quarantine

ARTICLE – Staying home is a necessary step to fight COVID-19, but all that alone time can be taxing. If you find yourself sitting around on your phone waiting for things to go back to normal, you’re not the only one. Thankfully, that phone you can’t look away from can help you get by in …

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How to prep your gadgets for daylight savings time

ARTICLE – Daylight Savings Time (DST) is just around the corner, so are your gadgets ready for it? When the time changes in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, March 8, it may throw you off your schedule a bit. But it doesn’t have to. If you’re anything like the average American, you …

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6 ergonomic gadget cases you won’t know how you lived without

ARTICLE – Ergonomics is related to designing things, so they fit the people who use them, helping individuals get things done more efficiently. Many ergonomic products center on increasing user comfort. These ergonomic gadget cases are ideal if you want to keep enjoying a tech-heavy lifestyle while protecting your gadgets and avoiding bodily strain. 1. …

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6 noise-reducing gadgets to help you work or sleep

ARTICLE  – Have you ever been lying in bed unable to fall asleep due to loud traffic or obnoxious neighbors? It turns out that enduring stressful noises like these negatively impacts our well-being. Similarly, sounds in the workplace can disrupt us and influence our productivity, which is where noise-reducing and noise-canceling gadgets come in to save …

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6 office gadgets you can rent when work calls you away from home

ARTICLE – Whether you travel a lot or only need to do so occasionally, having the office gadgets you need can make a tremendous difference in your productivity. Unfortunately, the equipment can be too bulky to carry in your luggage, and it may not be feasible to travel with due to fragility. Here are six …

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6 Gadgets that will take your workspace into the future

ARTICLE – Modern technology is creeping into so many areas of our lives that it makes sense we’d start to see it on the professional level. The enterprise world has always run on certain kinds of technology, but we’re talking strictly about innovative gadgets — many you might see in the IoT or smart market. …

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6 solar-powered gadgets that are too convenient to ignore

ARTICLE – Electricity is something we often take for granted because using it is as easy as finding the nearest electrical outlet. But that approach isn’t always possible. In that case, these six gadgets let you tap into solar power from anywhere. 1. Damaanda Solar Book Light This streamlined, solar-powered book light ensures you can …

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Why did Apple’s AirPower fail?

ARTICLE – In 2017, Apple made a rather astonishing and equally exciting announcement during the iPhoneX/8 launch event. It would be bringing an innovative Qi-enabled wireless charger to market called AirPower. Wireless chargers were nothing new at the time — they’re certainly rampant now — but the AirPower stood out because it could simultaneously charge …

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5 ways 5G technology will change our gadget usage

ARTICLE – Gadget lovers everywhere frequently notice the news coverage about the upcoming 5G network and think about the possibilities. You may have heard about the broad promises associated with it, such as rapid speeds and virtually no latency. But, how could those advantages affect how we use our technology? 1. Plenty of Opportunities to …

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7 Gamification apps for every situation

ARTICLE – Gamification apps allow you to combine routine life situations with role-playing games (RPGs) that will keep you engaged while you work to accomplish your goals. If you struggle with self-discipline and motivation, then gamification apps are for you. These apps give you the opportunity to earn points, badges and other incentives by challenging …

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6 Awesome travel apps to use for your Spring Break trip

ARTICLE – The information age has opened new avenues when it comes to travel. You can choose to stay in someone’s home in a foreign country to fully immerse yourself in the culture, or book an inclusive resort vacation, with a few keystrokes from your smartphone or laptop. There are so many travel apps out …

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The most popular kinds of drones we’ll see in 2019

ARTICLE – Consumers arguably became most familiar with drones by getting introduced to the ones that took photos from the sky. Those kinds are still popular, and many drone enthusiasts own them. But, like any other segment, the drone industry evolves to meet needs. Here are five kinds of drones most likely to gain prominence …

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The coolest advancements that happened in 3D printing in 2018

ARTICLE – As an innovation, 3D printing continues to amaze and impress technology enthusiasts with the extent of its possibilities. Here are five accomplishments that highlight how quickly 3D printing has improved and evolved. 1. We Can Make Lithium-Ion Batteries in Almost Any Shape Lithium-ion batteries power many electronic gadgets, ranging from mobile phones to …

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