Android Section Editor for MakeUseOf; Web developer; nerd. Apart from writing at MakeUseOf, you can also find him at Playboard, PCWorld, and at his own cubbyhole at tweets.
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It is easy to forget to drink enough, especially in winter time, and especially if you’re not very physically active. But it is important to take in enough water, both for weight loss and just for your general well-being, energy level, and more. Today, I would like to share two simple, fun and free apps that you can use to monitor your water intake and be reminded to drink more often.
Does the name Joel Spolsky mean anything to you? If so, you’re going to want to read this post, because it showcases Spolsky’s latest and greatest project. And if not, you should know this is the man behind Stack Overflow, WebPutty, Joel on Software and several other notable projects. His latest project is called Trello, and it’s a project management system.
Ruby is an expressive, very high-level, scripting language. It is used on the Web mainly as part of the Ruby on Rails web development framework, but also standalone. If you’re curious about what Ruby (not Ruby on Rails) feels like, you don’t necessarily need to pick up a book or go watch a screencast (although those are good ways to learn, too).
Lookout Mobile Security is one of the top antivirus and device tracking solutions for Android. It has a proud spot on our Best Android Apps page, and we’ve given it some coverage as part of our MakeUseOf directory. However, today I’d like to take you deeper than ever before, and really show you the different parts of the app and how it takes care of your device security.
BBC GoodFood is an add-on for Chrome, that goes along with the BBC GoodFood website. It is not, however, a clone of the website. The add-on features its own unique UI, stunning hi-resolution photographs of food (a-la Food Porn Daily) and live, instant recipe search from a collection of over 160 recipes.
Today I’d like to tell you about an Android application I have been using every day since March 16, 2011. That’s over 300 days of use, day in, day out. It’s a free application called Libra, and it’s used for entering your weight every morning and then getting a picture of where you are going. Libra is so good, that it is one of the applications hand-picked for our Best Android Apps page.
Here at MakeUseOf, we specialize in writing about other people’s applications. Well, today I’d like to break that tradition by announcing an application of our own making – the Best Apps – MakeUseOf for Android! As you may know, we have a section of the site called The Best Of, with comprehensive lists of the […]
Sometimes it feels like the entrenched music industry (embodied by the big labels) is doing everything it can to keep us feeling like pirates for wanting to download music. But no matter how much they try to keep the old model (“artist to label, label to consumer”) alive, it is actually dying. Things are changing, and artists have amazing tools for reaching listeners directly these days.
Do you have a USB stick? How about a Dropbox account, or a shared folder of some sort? If so, I want you to pause for a moment and take a peek inside. We are compiling another list of The Best Of, this time featuring exclusively portable software.
Gentle Alarm is everything I could wish for in an alarm clock. Its paid version (linked) costs around $3, and yet has over 50,000 downloads with a 4.5-star average out of 7,475 reviews. In fact, it is so good, we put it on our Best Android Apps page. So what’s so great about this alarm clock? Let me explain and you might be convinced at least to try its free version.
Sometimes words aren’t the right thing; sometimes all you need is a picture to look at. Whether it is to understand what life is like somewhere in the world, to convey a feeling that words cannot express, or just to soak in some cuteness from the universe, photo blogs can usually do the trick. Here is a selection of nine awesome blogs and photo sites that offer amazing photos, each in its own way.
You’re sitting somewhere fiddling with your phone, when suddenly someone gets all excited. “Hey, is that the new [insert model here]? Can I see it?!” If this is a stranger, they’re obviously crazy. But if this is someone you know (family or friends), it would be strange not to hand over the phone. Then again, they might stumble onto something they’re really not supposed to see.
Does Adobe have an intentionally discriminatory international pricing policy? It certainly seems so because if you are outside of the US, you will often have to pay much more for the same exact bits and bytes a US customer gets. Their inventive regional pricing and bizarre practices leaves users with little choices. Read on and leave a comment.
I work in a tiny apartment, and use two 24” monitors. I needed a workstation that fits into a tiny niche, but can still accommodate me for many hours every day and let me work productively. This called for a custom solution, and I rose to the challenge, designing my one-of-a-kind workstation. While it’s fun to show and tell, I think I’ve learned some valuable lessons along the way.
There are two types of Android users. Those who use their devices as their providers meant them to, and those who see their devices as flexible hardware platforms to be customized with abandon. I count myself among the latter group. A few weeks ago I decided to try out MIUI, a free, alternative ROM, and so far I have been blown away by how slick and beautiful it is.