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Twitter continues to go from strength to strength, with more people using it to communicate with the world with every passing month. Sure, there are many people who enthusiastically join Twitter after being cajoled into doing so by their friends, only to then disappear not having tweeted, followed anyone, or been followed themselves. But then there are the countless people on Twitter who add something to the conversation.
Email has been with us for decades now, and most of us have at least one, and probably numerous, email accounts with inboxes in varying states. We access them via computers, tablets, and smartphones, and generally couldn’t do without email as one of the many forms of communication open to us in these enlightened times we live in.
We have covered trolls extensively here on MakeUseOf, with a three-part toolkit designed to help you deal with these online ne’er-do-wells the best starting place. However, trolls don’t limit their presence merely to forums, comments sections, and social networks; a particular breed can be found playing video games online. This breed are known as griefers, and they get their kicks from setting out to intentionally wind other players up.
Not everybody is a fan of Apple. Nor was everybody a fan of Steve Jobs, one of the two Steves who founded the company, and the one who turned it from an also-ran into the cash-gobbling behemoth that it is today. However, even those who dislike Apple and who disliked Jobs felt his passing, and also miss his style of delivery whenever he made a speech. The speeches below are arguably the greatest ever made by Steve Jobs.
Where would we be without email? It’s a means of communication that is simple, fast, and free, and it’s one that most people use on a daily basis. From POP3 to Web mail, from home computers to smartphones, the way we use email has changed considerably over the decades, and yet it remains as popular as it ever was. Email is one of those things that we generally take for granted.
Quora is a simple premise beautifully realized. It’s an online knowledge depository where people can ask or answer questions. And it’s populated by a mix of ordinary, everyday folk like you and me, as well as some famous faces eager to share their wisdom with others. Internet entrepreneurs are no exception. It’s safe to say that Internet entrepreneurs are easy to come by.
Microsoft took its time getting into the tablet market, primarily because it had to work on building an operating system that would offer a positive experience on the touchscreen form factor, which Windows 7 most certainly doesn’t. With Windows 8 just around the corner, so is Surface, the new Microsoft-branded tablet.
When I was a young child I loved watching magic being performed on television. It didn’t matter what kind of tricks they were, or who was doing them, just that something mysterious, unexplainable, and, well, magic, was on display. I loved it then for one simple reason: I believed magic was real, and that magicians had special powers. Then I grew up and realized they didn’t. In fact, I discovered that magic was made up of illusions, of sleight of hands, of misdirection.
The word science essentially means knowledge, and it is this quest for learning and understanding that has driven mankind to the height of its power. The Web offers ample opportunity to disperse that knowledge to greater numbers of people, and YouTube has many great science channels. Listed below are 10 of the best that we feel you should not miss.
Assuming you play online then you’re guaranteed to have met certain types of online gamer. It’s unavoidable. There are a wide range of them out there, but they can all be pared down to just five main types (and their opposites). You can try and ignore them, but they’re there regardless, plying their trade as an annoying n00b, an incessant talker, a quiet quitter, a tiresome cheat, or an unwilling team player.
Earlier this week Microsoft finally revealed how the Microsoft Surface shaped up against the competition, and, crucially, how much one would cost to buy. The results are mixed, with many people expressing surprise and/or disappointment at the relatively high price point. But a Windows 8 tablet with Office pre-installed on it could still be a winner. It’s time to poll you, the MakeUseOf readership, for your views on the product.
While owning the right equipment, and knowing how to use that equipment successfully, can help anyone take good quality photographs, more important is the knowledge of how to take a good shot. Some people are naturally gifted with an eye for the angle, the lighting, and the correct moment to press the shutter button, but the rest of us have to take heed of photography tips and tricks from those in the know.
1 billion people must be doing something on Facebook, otherwise there are a lot of inactive accounts sitting there going to waste. Luckily we have the MakeUseOf readership – an attractive, intelligent bunch if ever I saw one – to poll on this topic. And we did just that for last week’s We Ask You column.
Do you remember the thrill you experienced the first time you heard about Google Street View? The fact that you could zoom in on a map right down to street level and travel around a town or city just about blew my mind when it made its debut in 2007. Now, it’s standard, and I rarely even bother using it. Sorry, Google, but all that effort has been wasted.
It is very important to keep your brain occupied and working hard. Not constantly, of course, as we all need time off from thinking, from calculating, from forming ideas. But exercising it on a regular basis can help keep your mind focused and sharp. Which is especially crucial as we get older and hopefully wiser. There are several ways to achieve this.