Bakari Chavanu

Joined October 2009

Bakari is a freelance writer and photographer. He‘s a long-time Mac user, jazz music fan, and family man. Bakari‘s Business Blog; Twitterme: @bakarichavanu; Google+

Feel free to contact at bchavanu@makeuseof.com

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5 Useful Apps for Learning Spanish with iTunes

2nd August, 2010

Hola, amigos y vecinos. As with any language, if you want to learn to speak Spanish, it can be very challenging. But there are several useful resources that can help you get started, or are useful if you”˜re taking a Spanish course or need a refresher. These resources are a mix of websites and Apple […]

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How To Boost The Colors In Your Photos Using iPhoto ’09 [Mac]

30th July, 2010

Although Apple’s iPhoto is not a high class professional image editor, it is still a powerful tool for editing and enhancing photos. It can transform a dull, bland and low contrast image and make it pop and sing with just a few added effects and exposure adjustments. In fact, after going through this tutorial, you […]

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How To Launch Your Favorite iTunes Playlist With A Keyboard Shortcut [Mac]

28th July, 2010

One of the most hackable applications on a Mac computer is probably iTunes. This program is no longer just a music jukebox, it’s a multimedia player that includes not only song and movie files, but Apple mobile apps, PDFs, audio books and e-books, and several powerful file management features such as smart folders. If all […]

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6 Quick Fixes To Common Cell Phone Camera Problems

26th July, 2010

Back in May, MakeUseOf published 10 Tips to Take Better Digital Pictures With Your Phone’s Camera. In this article, I will address some particular common cell phone problems that users run into when taking photos with a cell phone camera; and we all know, there are plenty. The problems addressed in these article will apply […]

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Turbocharge & Customize Your Mac Finder Windows [Mac]

23rd July, 2010

If you are relatively new to the Mac and you rely on the default setup of the Mac Finder, you are probably taking longer to find items on your hard drive than you actually need to. The Finder, like other applications, can be customized and turbocharged so that you can access and open items faster. […]

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How To Create 5 Smart iTunes Playlists For iPad, iPhone & iPod

21st July, 2010

If you’re a music junkie, your iTunes collection probably contains several thousand songs, taking up over 30 gigabytes of memory on your computer. However, when it comes to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, you may not able to sync your entire iTunes library to your mobile device(s). But you can create what are called […]

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The Basics Of Photo Cropping That You Should Understand

19th July, 2010

Often times when we shoot photos, we get so caught up in what we’re shooting (as we should be) that we often don’t think about how we’re composing the shots we take. Or sometimes when taking candid shots, there’s little time to think about composition because we’re trying to capture the moment. But thanks to […]

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Take Better Pictures on iPhone With Free Camera Plus

14th July, 2010

Although the new iPhone 4 sports a significant 5 megapixel upgrade to its camera application, many of us are still happily using our iPhone 3G or 3GS camera. Some are still using the iPhone 2G! With each upgrade of the iPhone, the camera improves, but if you want better functionality to take better pictures on […]

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Three Useful Free Photography Apps For The iPad

12th July, 2010

The iPad doesn’t have a camera, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a useful device for shutterbugs. The growing number of photography related apps for the iPad takes full advantage of the high resolution image display of the iPad screen. The touch technology of the device lends itself to interactive applications in which you can […]

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A Beginner’s Guide To Digital Photography

9th July, 2010

You may think that picking up a digital camera, turning it on, and taking the photo is all that you need to know about digital photography. Think again.

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Zinio – Read Your Favorite Magazines On Your iPad (or PC)

9th July, 2010

When I walk into my local book stores I sometimes cringe when I see the number of magazines on shelves un-read and un-purchased, but yet so well designed and full of great information. I’ve asked store clerks more than a few times what happens to the magazines that they don’t sell. Each has said the […]

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5 iTunes Tips For Your iPad [Mac]

30th June, 2010

Like its mobile cousins, the iPhone and iPod touch, the iPad includes an iPod app, or more popularly referred to as iTunes. Its features are similar to the iTunes app on the other devices, but with its larger screen real estate, the iPad makes iTunes a great digital jukebox for playing music and displaying album […]

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4 Great Tips To Organize Apps on the iPhone iOS 4

28th June, 2010

While there are a handful of very useful features in Apple’s latest iPhone operating system update, iOS 4, the most handy feature available in the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and of course iPhone 4 is the new folder structure for organizing apps. With all the free and low cost apps in the Apps Store, it’s quite […]

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The Basics Of Syncing Your iPad with iTunes

25th June, 2010

If you are the owner of a new Apple iPad and don’t have much prior experience with the iPhone or iPod touch or similar Apple menu mobile devices, you might find syncing your iPad to iTunes a little bit daunting. When you first connect the device to your computer, Apple guides you through the setup, […]

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Browse Stunning Photos on Your iPad with Eyewitness App

23rd June, 2010

I’ve written several times how the iPad is a nearly perfect device for viewing photos. The larger size display just begs for photographs “”professional and non-professioinal. In this regard, the UK Guardian newspaper and the Canon camera company have teamed up to produce an iPad version of their popular Guardian Eyewitness online collection of photos. […]