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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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. […]

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Hunter Suite – A Free Media Suite For Book, DVD & Games Collectors [Mac]

21st June, 2010

There are several websites for cataloging your media collections, but if you want a similar application beyond the net, developer Joel Ares”˜s free media suite might well be the perfect solution for you. Titled the Hunter Suite, this collection of four free Mac apps (donations gladly accepted) include one each for books, DVD’s, and games […]

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Apply Over 100 Single-Click Effects On Your Images using ImageTricks [Mac]

18th June, 2010

As awesome and powerful as Photoshop and Photoshop Elements are, these programs can be both expensive and overwhelming for many users. However, there are several free image editors or design alternatives that can be downloaded for free, such as Delight’s Image Tricks. Unlike Photoshop, Image Tricks contains all of its tools in a single interface. […]

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Dropbox – The Best Finder App For The iPad

16th June, 2010

As innovative as Apple is, it’s rather odd that its mobile devices don’t include a Finder – a place to save files that are accessible by all other applications. The way it’s currently set up you must save files created on the iPad in their related application. So, for example, if you create a word […]

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5 Simple Free Scrapbooking Sites for Beginners

14th June, 2010

In the last five years or so, the art of digital scrapbooking has exploded, in part because of imagining software like Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop, and the plethora of digital resources, workshops, magazines, web sites, and graphic design techniques that can help anyone put together some eye pleasing visual memories and artifacts. Scrapbooking is an […]

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The 4 New Useful Features Of The New Safari 5 Browser

10th June, 2010

A few hours after Steve Jobs’s opening keynote for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced in a press release the 5.0 update of Safari, its web browser. While the new feature updates are not ground breaking, they are pretty good enhancements for browsing the net.  Let’s take a look at them.

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The 2 Free iPad Guide Books That Start From Basics

7th June, 2010

Most people who have owned and used an iPhone or iPod touch probably have little or no trouble figuring out how to use the iPad, as it is a much similar device. But if you’re new to the device, there are two free iPad guide books available for download that you can read right on […]

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How To Use Mint To Manage Your Budget & Spendings Online

2nd June, 2010

When I recently discovered that my local bank had finally been added to Mint, I immediately signed back up. MakeUseOf did an overview of Mint back in 2007 when it was in its beta release. Since then, it has grown and added more features so it’s time for an update post. Mint is a free, […]

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Barnes & Noble eReader – Superior to iBook and Kindle In Almost Every Way [iPad]

31st May, 2010

I have written a couple of reviews about e-reading applications for Apple’s mobile devices simply because I think e-reading will eventually become the main way, if not the only way, future generations will access and read books, magazines, PDFs and other traditional print material. The challenge though for e-publishers is to make e-reading programs and […]

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How Do I Clear Previous Google Searches?

29th May, 2010

Recently we published an article about viewing recent searches on Google and why you should care. This is a follow-up piece about to how to clear Google search history and other web history on your computer. Saved personalized searches provide a convenient way to go back and retrieve previous search results on our computer so […]