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What Is DRM & Why Does It Exist If It’s So Evil? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

What Is DRM & Why Does It Exist If It’s So Evil? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Digital Rights Management is the latest evolution of copy protection. It’s the biggest cause of user frustration today, but is it justified? Is DRM a necessary evil in this digital age, or is the model it supports no longer valid? Join me, as I explain all about DRM, why it’s needed, and why it just doesn’t work.

28-11-2012
What Is DRM & Why Does It Exist If It’s So Evil? [MakeUseOf Explains]
Stream Free 30 Minute Radio Shows Using BlogTalkRadio

Internet

Stream Free 30 Minute Radio Shows Using BlogTalkRadio

Just as the Internet provides an opportunity for almost everyone to post a blog, a webpage, or a simple Twitter page, the ability to host your own radio show can be accomplished with a simple registration, using an online service like BlogTalkRadio. BlogTalk has become a popular audio podcasting platform for thousands of users who host shows on a wide range of topics.

28-11-2012
Stream Free 30 Minute Radio Shows Using BlogTalkRadio
Clean, Fast & Readable: Lightweight Versions Of Popular News Sites

Internet

Clean, Fast & Readable: Lightweight Versions Of Popular News Sites

Read the news without using up all of your bandwidth. A wide variety of sites offer mobile or text-only versions that work on any computer, but they’re occasionally buried and hard to find on the modern web. There are more than a few reasons to want to know where these sites are, however. Maybe you don’t like clutter? Maybe you’re one of the millions still using dial-up, and want a low-bandwidth way to read news?

28-11-2012
Clean, Fast & Readable: Lightweight Versions Of Popular News Sites
Use Parking Meter Pro To Make Sure You Never Get A Parking Ticket Again [iOS, Free For A Limited Time]

iPhone and iPad

Use Parking Meter Pro To Make Sure You Never Get A Parking Ticket Again [iOS, Free For A Limited Time]

Have you ever parked your car in a metered parking space, only to lose track of time and end up with a parking ticket waiting for you when you arrive back to your car. Suddenly, that dollar you fed into the meter is quite a bit more with the cost of the ticket. No one wants to deal with a parking ticket; it’s just a flat-out waste of money. Sure, you could just remember when you parked and make sure you get out there in time, but if you are busy, it can be really hard to keep track of time.

28-11-2012
Use Parking Meter Pro To Make Sure You Never Get A Parking Ticket Again [iOS, Free For A Limited Time]
Carry Medical Information In The Palm Of Your Hand With WebMD [iOS]

iPhone and iPad

Carry Medical Information In The Palm Of Your Hand With WebMD [iOS]

Talking to a doctor is one of the most unnerving experiences, a patient or a patient’s family has to endure. It is compounded by the lack of knowledge on how to go forward. Thanks to medical reference websites and mobile applications, the chasm between medical jargon and layman’s understanding can be reduced. The free WebMD iOS app should be an essential app you should be carrying 24×7 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

28-11-2012
Carry Medical Information In The Palm Of Your Hand With WebMD [iOS]
The Useless Web – StumbleUpon For The Strange Side Of The Internet

Internet

The Useless Web – StumbleUpon For The Strange Side Of The Internet

There are thought to be around 7.6 billion pages on the Web at the time of writing. Even I, someone who spends most of their life online in some capacity or other, would never be able to visit every single page. Having so many pages on the Web means a little curation goes a long way. Which is part of the reason MakeUseOf itself exists; to find the best sites on the Web so you don’t have to do so. The thing is, a fair proportion of that total aren’t going to be especially useful.

28-11-2012
The Useless Web – StumbleUpon For The Strange Side Of The Internet
How To Silence & Filter Annoying People On Twitter Without Unfollowing

Internet

How To Silence & Filter Annoying People On Twitter Without Unfollowing

When it comes to social networks, Twitter is as noisy as it gets. You’d think the 140-character limitation would make it quiter, but in reality, it’s pretty much the opposite. This makes Twitter a hard bird to crack when it comes to keeping up with updates. You either don’t follow a lot of people, and stay on the sidelines of the community, or follow all the people in your field, and suffer the consequences.

27-11-2012
How To Silence & Filter Annoying People On Twitter Without Unfollowing
What Are The Best Facebook Music Apps? [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

What Are The Best Facebook Music Apps? [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Music lovers of Facebook, now is the time to have your mind blown. I’d guess that many of you have tried one or two music-related applications on Facebook and maybe decided on your favourite one and left it at that. I’d also guess that you don’t really know just how many great music applications are out there and that you have no idea how much you could enjoy yourself by checking them out.

27-11-2012
What Are The Best Facebook Music Apps? [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Unblock Me: The Game That Defines “Unblock” Puzzle Games [Android]

Android Gaming

Unblock Me: The Game That Defines “Unblock” Puzzle Games [Android]

One of the common complaints about Android phones is that their apps are often worse than the apps on the iPhone – particularly when it comes to games. Personally, I haven’t played enough games on either platform to make or rebut such a claim, but I’ve definitely found one game on Android that I love. It’s called Unblock Me. Take one look at this game and you’ll probably see that it’s quite familiar.

27-11-2012
Unblock Me: The Game That Defines “Unblock” Puzzle Games [Android]
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