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Sometimes, it’s pretty difficult to get a taxi even when you’re in a city where it shouldn’t be. Taxi drivers tend to go to those places where the chances of someone needing a taxi are highest, and the fact is that there’s a good chance that you’re not at one of those spots. So instead […]
The Internet has massively evolved over the last decade, to the benefit of the world’s population. When Google was first founded, it’s search results were, like most other search engines’ results, mediocre at best. Today, however, we really don’t have to worry too much about finding what we want when we use these search engines. […]
Why limit ourselves to something that beeps after a countdown? Instead, your device should behave in a certain way when a timer is active, and those settings should be configurable for each timer. Sound like something you’d want in a timer app? Mutely is an Android app which specializes specifically with timers. The real advantage to using Mutely is that you can configure your device’s behavior for whenever that timer is active.
There are plenty of apps for Android, which make launching applications a snap, through the use of shortcuts, widgets, notification items, and more. But sometimes, the fact that this only works for launching applications can leave much to be desired. You may wish you could have shortcuts which automatically call someone with a single tap, or create a new text message to a specific person.
You probably find yourself giving away your phone number pretty often. Whether it be at bars, dating sites, Craigslist, or any other place where you’re not entirely confident in the person you’re possibly giving your number to. In these cases, you need a way to protect yourself from possible abuse. By giving away your real […]
Face it, there’s a good chance that a decent amount of items are in your house. I’m talking about everything, from your TV, couch, and other furniture and appliances. It may not seem like a necessary thing to do, but it’s actually very helpful if you make a list of all your possessions. Not only […]
Imagine this – you wake up one beautiful morning, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and then sit down at your computer to get started with your work for the day. Before you actually get stuff done, you go over to your favorite browser and type in http://www.makeuseof.com. Within seconds, you’re looking at our website and all of our latest posts. But hold on, how the heck did your computer even know where to find MakeUseOf?
In a perfect world, our smartphones would know exactly when they should be silent, when they need to remind us of things, and when they should conserve battery. By default, however, our phones don’t do this, and there haven’t been any apps which can change the phone’s settings for us. At least, that’s been the case until now. “Smart Settings” is an app for Android which focuses on changing your phone’s behaviors at certain moments.
One of the most helpful tools we can have on our desktops are docks. Whether they help us keep track of open windows, offer us shortcuts to common folders or applications, or even update us on the current weather, they’re extremely extensible and flexible. Among Linux users, the most recommended dock is Docky, and I can’t deny that I love it too.
As a constant Internet user, it’s an absolute pain whenever a website is blocked because of a filter or because the content you want to see is country-specific. For example, there’s plenty of good content on Hulu, but nobody outside of the US is able to watch it. Some YouTube videos are also restricted because […]
When you have a busy day ahead of you and lots of places to go, you’ll want to know the fastest, most efficient way to get to those places. Sure you could let your favorite maps service find the best routes in between your stops, but what if the order of your stops doesn’t matter? […]
I absolutely hate the feeling I get when I have to ignore or decline a call because I’m busy. Not only can some people find it rude in today’s “constantly available” world, but it will more than likely leave them wondering why you didn’t pick up and when they should try again. You could always […]
To be able to talk about something relevant, you may need to find someone close to you. Or maybe you’d like to ask something to someone for information on a local item. This is very hard to do without the right tools, as it’s not only awkward but an often unsuccessful technique to simply ask […]
Under Windows, you can compress your data with the file system itself (which can be recognized by the blue file name), but under Linux, ext4 – the default file system for almost all distributions – is not capable of file compression. Don’t worry though, there’s plenty of other ways you can compress your files under Linux – quickly and easily.
From personal experience, whenever I have a problem with any component in my computer, it’s more often the hard drive than anything else. My CPU has never failed me, nor my RAM, and my motherboard only once – partially. However, if I still had all the hard drives which have caused me some sort of grief or failed completely, it would sum up to a good-sized pile. However, you can prolong the life of your hard drives through careful monitoring and maintenance.