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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Viewing Recent Searches On Google & Why Would You Care?

5th March, 2010

Without doubt, Google is the premier search engine for the Internet world. So much so that its name is both a noun and verb. We not only link to Google, but we also “google” stuff. Many of us “google” something several times a day because of its speed and accuracy of search results. But as […]

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How To Use Your Mac’s Preview Application To Edit Photos

3rd March, 2010

Every Mac comes installed with Apple”˜s simple and useful application, Preview. Typically this application is used as the default program for viewing PDF’s, but this application can also be used to preview and edit photos. That’s right, some of the same basic editing and adjustment tools that you find in iPhoto or Photoshop are present […]

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The Best Free Audio Recorder For The iPhone

1st March, 2010

If Apple”˜s default audio recorder, Voice Memo, were in the boxing ring with Blue Microphone’s Blue FiRe [iTunes link] iPhone and iPod app recorder, Apple’s Memo would be TKOed in the first round. Even though you may not need a lot of advance features in an audio recorder for iPhone, when a company like Blue […]

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The Basics of How to Properly Resize Images in Photoshop

26th February, 2010

As the megapixel size of cameras get larger (the standard size seems to be 8 megapixels and larger), it means that the photos from your camera will be larger in pixel and document dimension sizes. These larger sizes do matter when it comes to printing, emailing, or posting images on a website. Any version of […]

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iFlipr: A Free Tool to Make Flash Cards Online

24th February, 2010

In my college days, using flash cards to prepare for foreign language and other related exams were essential to my memorization process. In my day, you bought a pack of 3×5 cards and performed the labor of writing a question on one side of the card and the answer on the other side. Today, this […]

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Get Your IRS Tax Questions Answered at H&R Block For Free

22nd February, 2010

Here in the U.S., the deadline for filing our tax returns is a little less than two months away (April 15th, for those of you don’t know.) And the folks at H&R Block have set up a website and produced a free iPhone app to answer IRS tax questions. It’s similar to our own MakeUseOf […]

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Dragon: Two Free Voice Recognition Software For The iPhone

19th February, 2010

Many advanced computer users have long used voice recognition programs to both voice navigate their computers and for dictating writing. Both Windows and Mac have voice commands programs installed in their software systems, and there are two popular programs on the market, Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking (for Windows), and the Mac version of the voice […]

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Photoshop Tips For Black & White Photography

17th February, 2010

One of the great features of digital photography is the ability to convert color images to black-and-white, or what some photographers call monochrome conversion. There’s little or no need to shoot digital photos in black-and-white when color images can easily be converted to black-and-white in Photoshop or a similar image editor. In this article, I’ll […]

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The Best Free iPhone Flickr App: Darkslide vs. Flickr

12th February, 2010

If you’re a fan of the photo sharing site, Flickr and an iPhone or iPod touch user, you will want to download at least one iPhone Flickr app for browsing Flickr from your device and uploading photos to your account. There are a few paid options for iPhone Flickr apps, such as Mobile Fotos [iTunes […]

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Compare & Contrast The iPhone Versus The iPod Touch

11th February, 2010

Apple’s third-generation iPod Touch and iPhone 3G and 3GS are the leading contenders in the Wi-Fi media players and smartphones market. These popular devices are not only about playing music and games, making phone calls, and running applications, they’re about elegant style, ease of use, and speed. When you compare and contrast the iPhone and […]

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How To Properly Use The Image Playback Feature On Your Digital Camera

5th February, 2010

One of the most exciting features of digital photography is the ability to instantly review shots as they are taken. Just this one feature alone has practically changed the dynamics of how we take photos. Used effectively, the image playback of camera can help us greatly improve our image making. However, if you’re just beginning […]

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3 Easy-To-Create Simple Automator Workflows For Everyday Use

3rd February, 2010

Apple’s Automator is probably one of the most underused but powerful applications that comes installed with the Leopard and Snow Leopard operating systems. It enables you to build custom automator workflows for repetitive tasks you perform on your Mac. Here’s a set of Automator hacks articles we’ve previously published on MakeUseOf. This how-to article focuses […]

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How To Get Started With Macro Photography

2nd February, 2010

Macro photography is one of the great art forms of the image-making genre. Most novice photographers rarely try it because they are accustomed to point-and-shoot photography, which is the complete opposite to approach macro photography. But this art form can be achieved by anyone interested in learning how to handle some essential macro photography techniques. […]

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5 Free Awesome Graphic Design Tutorial Sites You Should Check Out

29th January, 2010

Whether you’re a graphic designer or a wannabe just starting out life with Photoshop or other image editors, you’ll surely need a helping hand. One of the easiest ways to get started with image design is to follow online guides and graphic design tutorials. Due to the vastness of the Internet, there are literally hundreds […]

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BigHugeLabs Lets You Create Awesome Things Using Photos

25th January, 2010

Digital photos are great, but often times we just post them straight to a website page or let them languish on our computers. For several years now,however, Big Huge Labs has provided some awesome and practical photo related projects that can be done in a short amount of time, with very little computer skills needed. […]