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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.
Facebook recently announced it had smashed through the 1 billion users barrier. That’s 1 billion people around the world who are actively using Facebook each month. Of course it would be foolish to believe every single one of those users was an individual, legitimate, and human….but it’s an impressive achievement nonetheless. There is just one question that needs to be asked.
Video gaming is now a mainstream hobby, with people of all ages taking part. As the industry has matured, so has the audience, and so have the commercials that are created to try and sell systems and titles to us. Over the years there have been amazing video game commercials that have stood out above all others. Often because they’re brilliantly conceived and masterfully delivered, but sometimes because they’re so weird to be eye-catching and memorable.
Having established a long time ago how great the Web is as a learning tool – packed full of information that is now all available right at your fingertips – it’s time to remind ourselves that there is a dark side to this dissemination of facts and figures. Because, as it turns out, not all facts and figures are created equal.
You may have noticed that there is a huge appetite for Apple news, views, and rumors on the Web. No other company comes close to having as many headlines written about it or as many articles penned about it and its products as Apple does. While not everyone is a fan of Tim Cook and his merry band of Cupertino geniuses, even those who don’t own a single Apple product cannot help themselves getting drawn in.
Gaming can be an expensive hobby, whatever your system of choice may be. The games are cheaper on PC, but keeping your rig up to speed in order to play the latest titles can burn through cash quickly. With consoles you have to buy the system, and then pay $60 a pop for each new game. If only there was a way of playing games for free.
The Web is a great tool for learning and for gathering knowledge, as we have previously discovered. However, alongside all of the legitimate information sits the lashings of misinformation, of unsubstantiated rumors, of satirical news stories, and of downright lies. This isn’t a problem exclusive to the Web. And it existed long before the Internet was ever even conceived of.
Facebook pages come in all manner of different shapes and sizes. Many are pretty lame, gaining very few likes and with hardly anyone talking about them. Obviously the subject of the page is the most important aspect – if it already has a sizable community then it will likely be doing well – but there are ways anyone can improve the popularity of their Facebook page, regardless of who or what their page is about.
If you’re reading this then you likely already know that MakeUseOf is awesome. With a great selection of writers who singularly and collectively work towards providing the readership with information and tools they can literally make use of, we believe we’re a website worthy of your time and attention. But even the best things can be made better. One way MakeUseOf could be better is playing host to occasional posting from guest authors.
It may surprise you to learn that MakeUseOf is not the only source for technology news, views, and tips out there on the InterWebs. It’s clearly the best available – but then I could be slightly biased – with an unrivaled mix designed to appeal to all. But some of the other resources that exist […]
Nintendo took the wraps off its next console, the Wii U, all the way back at E3 2011. But it wasn’t until September 2012 that it decided to reveal the full and official launch details. The Wii U will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 18, in Europe on Nov. 30, and in Japan on Dec. 8. It will cost between $300 and $350 depending on which of the two editions you choose. There will be 22 Wii U games available at launch, with an additional 11 promised before the end of the year.
MakeUseOf has an awesome array of writers, all of whom have different interests, specialties, and styles, but who all come together to deliver the best content for the readers of this very site. Readers who have different opinions on all things tech. Hence the existence of this column, which seeks to find out what your views are on a particular topic.