Angela Alcorn

Joined March 2010

Ange is an Internet Studies & Journalism graduate who spends way too much time messing with social networks (see smange).

Staff Liaison, News & Chrome Editor, Ebooks Editor

Feel free to contact at angela@makeuseof.com

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Try MindMup Mind-Mapping Via Google Drive

11th July, 2013

If you’ve ever tried to create a mind-map for your brainstorming sessions, you’ll know that using the right tool is essential. There are many sites with mind-mapping tools to choose from, and choosing between them can be a huge hassle as they’re all quite good in their own way. Today though, we’ll take a good look at MindMup and show you why this should be the first one you try.

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Give Your Facebook Page A Makeover [Weekly Facebook Tips]

9th July, 2013

Is this you? You made a Facebook page for your association, made it look alright, set up a few things, got a few fans and then left the page lying around dormant. Sound familiar? Probably. It’s just so easy to get distracted with the rest of life. Things like Facebook pages can easily get left to go quite dusty.

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How to Child-Proof Your Android Phone

5th July, 2013

If you’ve got kids and an Android phone or tablet, you know too well that sometimes they are going to want to have a play or learn with some toddler apps. On occasion, you might also want to hand over the Android device to your child as a distraction. In order to ensure your data and wallet are protected from what your child might do while it’s in their hands, you need to set things up correctly from the start. Here’s what you can do to child-proof your phone.

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Synchronise Your Mac Apps with Dropbox

4th July, 2013

Why would you want to sync your app data? Well, perhaps in order to keep backups in the cloud. Or maybe you would do this in order to sync with another computer somewhere. You’ll be pleased to know there are ways to do this, and they are generally quite easy, depending on how in-depth you want to go and even if your favourite apps don’t offer in-app sync, there are usually still ways to do it.

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Four Cool New Tools From Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

2nd July, 2013

With giant apps like Facebook, you sometimes find that little changes creep in without you noticing. Some are good, some are bad, but all of them make the landscape ever so slightly different. Also, they can be extremely useful. Facebook’s latest crop of improvements are actually pretty big news.

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Enough Already: 4 Android Apps To Curb Your Smartphone Addiction

28th June, 2013

These smartphones are fantastic for productivity, really. You can check your email, research things online, read your RSS feeds, take photos, upload them to Facebook, read what your friends have to say on Facebook, chat to friends using a variety of IMs… wait. Somewhere in that list my productivity got thrown out of the window. That’s why I’ve decided to investigate a few apps that claim to help you regain your life by blocking your smartphone activity.

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7 Distraction-Free Text Editors For Android Compared: Which Is Best?

27th June, 2013

Do you find yourself wanting to create basic text documents while you’re out and about? You probably carry your phone with you wherever you go, but it’s likely you leave the laptop at home on occasion. But this is no obstacle, since there are more than a few great text editors and note-taking apps you can use on your Android phone. What we’re looking for today is the perfect minimalist full-screen text editor for Android.

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Need New Tabs On Your Facebook Page? [Weekly Facebook Tips]

25th June, 2013

If you run a Facebook Page, you probably want to make it the perfect portfolio for your business or association. Facebook presences are important these days, because if your audience is there already you’ll want to make the most of it. To make the most of your Facebook page, it’s a great idea to add some tabs.

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Make Your Own Free Family Tree Online Using Geni

22nd June, 2013

For those of you who have considered doing your family tree using an online service, you may have noticed that there’s a lot of variance between what is available from each service – and for what price. I did a lot of research into the various offerings and finally decided I would use Geni for many reasons.

The Quickest, Easiest Way To Record Skype Calls For Mac And Windows

20th June, 2013

These days, almost everyone has a Skype account. It has quickly become the default communication method for long-distance calls and video chats as it is free and easy to use. Once you’re in the habit of using Skype regularly, though, you start finding other neat things you can do with it. Like, for instance, recording calls. There are so many great reasons you may have for recording calls on Skype, so whatever it is you need to record; here’s how you do it.

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Double The Social Power: How To Integrate Pinterest And Facebook

18th June, 2013

Most curators of visual content have a Pinterest account and either a Facebook account, page or group. Today we’ll focus on connecting Facebook Pages and Pinterest accounts; however many of these ideas could be used to connect regular Facebook accounts and Facebook groups too. In the end, the aim is to you know your audience, have a plan and make your work as simple as possible.

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Save Yourself The Lines And Buy Great Digital Gifts With These Services

14th June, 2013

If a friend’s big event has crept up on you, you may have just found yourself in the market for buying a last-minute digital gift, which you know will arrive in time for their celebrations. But what present will you get? And how? These days, buying virtual gifts for your friends and family is actually more common than you might think.

Gramps Lets You Print Free Customised Family Tree Charts [Cross-Platform]

13th June, 2013

At some point in your life, you’ve probably considered looking into your family tree and making sense of it all. If you’re the technical guru of the family, you’ve possibly also considered how you might digitise all the information your family has collected in order to make a neat-looking family tree to pass around to all the relatives. Gramps is free, open-source family tree making software which makes this part of the process is easy and completely free. Today we’ll focus on building the best family tree printouts for you.

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Force Facebook To Show Thumbnail Images For Links & More Image Tweaks [Weekly Facebook Tips]

11th June, 2013

Here’s a little problem that almost all of us have experienced at least once. You go to Facebook with an awesome link you want to share, paste it in and realise there’s no image thumbnail showing up. You can’t seem to make Facebook understand that the page does have images on it and you’d really like to show a thumbnail. Or can you?

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Discover Jaw-Dropping Views & Experience Nature With These Google Earth Sites

7th March, 2013

Have you got a great reason to do some armchair tourism? Maybe you’re researching your next holiday destination, or looking to educate your kids, or you’re unable to travel for real and looking to see the world anyway. Maybe you’re just too comfy on your couch and prefer to do your sight-seeing this way for now. We know, we do it too. So, you want to find the most beautiful places on earth and take a look?