Dave LeClair (Twitter) is MakeUseOf's gaming editor. He loves games on console, PC, mobile, handheld, and any electronic device that is capable of playing them! For game review requests, shoot an email to the address below. Check out his podcast on Twitch.
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Personally, I find proofreading articles is much easier if it’s read back to me. Hearing it helps me spot mistakes that my eyes sometimes do not catch while reading it to myself. There are plenty of add-ons to accomplish this task in a browser, but for desktop programs like Microsoft Word, they are a little […]
Whims is a cool application for iPhone that allows you to create status updates that break out of the same old stuff and into the more creative realms. It allows you to create fun statuses with a dose of visual flair that you don’t get by just typing what you are feeling into a text […]
Google Play on Android has just rolled out an update that should make device owners quite happy. The biggest new feature of this update is the addition of Wishlists. With this new feature, users can browse around Google Play and save apps that catch their attention for later. If you are hesitant on purchasing an application, you can save it to Wishlist and come back later when you make a final decision. Without Wishlist, you might forget the name of the app and when you decide you want to buy it, you might not be able to find it again.
Have you ever wanted to take a picture from an iOS device while not near it? Maybe you need to take a group photo where you are in the group, or you want to set your old iPhone up outside to take pictures of birds, but you don’t want to sit right near the phone […]
Are you looking for a way to view your photos on the go without taking a lot of time to sync your device with iTunes? Perhaps you do not have much memory available on your iPhone and filling it up with pictures would put you over the limit. Whatever your reason for wanting to keep […]
The Steam apps on iOS and Android first launched a while ago, but it was not open to everyone with a Steam account. The first iteration of the application required users to jump through some hoops to get into what Valve was referring to as a beta. That’s all changed with this update. Now, any gamer with a Steam account can dive in and use the Steam application on iOS.
Apple’s built-in messaging app is good. It has most of the features that any avid text messenger needs. It looks nice, and even offers a little bit of customization. The best way to sum up Apple’s SMS app is to say it is fully functional. Is fully functional enough for you? Personally, I want more from texting. I don’t want an app that just does the normal things. I want an app that does everything I could ever want and then some.
Things have been relatively quiet in regard to new apps for Spotify lately, but a new one called H1tchr is blowing the doors off the silence and bringing an awesome new feature to the streaming music service. Back in the day, when people used to get their music on tapes and CDs, albums included liner notes, which helped give you a better idea of the back story of the musician and the music contained within the album. H1tchr is bringing the information in those liner notes to the digital age through Spotify.
Sometimes, it seems as if Activision purposely releases a franchise until gamers hate it. Every year they pumped out a new Tony Hawk until everyone was sick of it. They did the same with Guitar Hero. All these years later, they seem to be doing the same with Call of Duty. I was feeling it with Modern Warfare 3. In fact, I played less of it than any Call of Duty game in the history of the franchise.
Facebook has just rolled a new feature that allows users to fill their friends’ Facebook pages with emoticons. Well, maybe not the whole page, as that would be rather annoying, but you can leave a comment filled with all kinds of Facebook emotional goodness. Facebook has had emoticons available in the chat client for some time, and now you can brighten someone’s day (or annoy them to death, depending on their personality type) by leaving lots of emoticon comments too.
Depending on your needs, building a website can be one of the easiest or most difficult things to do. You can throw together a Blogger in five minutes, or you can spend months meticulously coding every aspect of a site. With Jetstrap, you can build a beautiful information page about nearly anything, and you can […]
Students can be difficult to motivate. Often times, they have other things on their minds besides doing all of their school work. Teachers need a fun way to keep their students motivated, and a program like ClassBadges might be just what the doctor ordered. It allows teachers to award students will all kinds of badges that they […]
Web developers are always looking for ways to make the process of development a little more efficient. After all, the process of web development can be time consuming, and anything that can save a little time is welcomed. The .DEV extension is designed as a way to make it easier for web developers to launch local […]
Apple’s AirPort Utility app is one of the many official Apple applications on the App Store, but it is the one that no one seems to notice. We are all familiar with Pages, Podcasts, and iBooks, but AirPort Utility is the app that no one seems to mention. I would be willing to bet that […]
YouTube has always ranked search results by popularity. If a video gets clicked by a ton of users, it will appear higher in search results for others. In many ways, this makes sense. Chances are great that if everyone else clicked on the video, it’s probably what you are looking for. However, what if the video is a piece of junk with a clever title? Tons of people might click on it and exit immediately. That is why Google-owned YouTube is now prioritizing search results by time watched instead of just how many clicks it gets.