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Slack: Team Communication for the 21st Century

Effective communication is a huge part of being on any team. When it comes to communicating in the workplace, there are a lot of options. Of course you’ve got the standard emails, instant messaging, and face-to-face meetings, but sometimes each of these methods fall a little short.

You might find yourself searching through mile long email threads to find one snippet of information. Or maybe that info was sent in a text...or a Google chat...or was it said at the last meeting? In today’s always-plugged-in business world, it’s easy for all the various forms of information to run together, and it’s not like you can hit "ctrl + f" to search your brain archives.

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10 Things Business Owners Need to Know About Amazon Business

In true Amazon fashion, the eCommerce behemoth has launched a replacement of its current service, Amazon Supply, called Amazon Business that promises to be a single stop for all your business purchases. On a mission to expand into the B2B world, Amazon plans to do for businesses what it’s done for regular consumers—make online shopping as quick and simple as possible.

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9 SpecTECHular Mother’s Day Gifts

With Mother’s Day right around the corner (May 10th!), you might find yourself wondering what to get for your mom this year. If you wowed her last year with one of the gifts from our 2014 guide, you definitely need another great gadget to further secure your position as her favorite child. Luckily for you, CQL has your back. Here are nine of our top picks for great tech gifts your mom is sure to love:

Chromecast ($35)

Chromecast is one of those things that everyone should have, so if your mom is still lacking one, it’s time to hook her up. For the very reasonable price of $35, Chromecast gives mom the ability to cast various forms of entertainment straight to her TV from her phone, computer, or tablet. It’s a small thumb drive-shaped wireless dongle that plugs directly into the TV’s HDMI port and connects to the in-home wifi network. Chromecast works with a number of apps including YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, and HBO GO. For everything else, you can cast websites directly from your device, and they’ll be mirrored in real time on your TV screen.

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