Joshua Lockhart

Joined June 2011

Joshua Lockhart is an okay web video producer and a slightly above mediocre writer of online content. You can fawn over his work here: jlockhart@makeuseof.com

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Umano: Listen To The News As Read By Real People

23rd January, 2013

In the technological world, some of the best news sources are in the form of online print publications, but unfortunately, we can’t read all the time. However, that problem can be solved with Umano – an app that lets you listen to print publications in audio form. Even better, all scripts are read by professional voice actors, and […]

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How To Respond To Content Thieves With a DMCA Takedown Notice

23rd January, 2013

If you have ever had a piece of work stolen and published elsewhere online, you know that it can feel pretty hopeless. Nasty content thieves just don’t seem to care how they acquire anything, and their plagiarism occasionally rewards them with sweet advert revenue. Don’t despair, though, for there is hope, and it comes in the form of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Clipular: Save & Share Searchable Screenshots On The Web

22nd January, 2013

Clipular is a Chrome extension designed for taking and saving screenshots of in-browser images and websites. These screenshots can be saved for archival use and also shared with friends or colleagues. The app is also perfect for researching purposes. Instead of bookmarking articles and cluttering Chrome’s folders (or bookmark bar), you can simply save only […]

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Why Your Eyes Hurt Using a New iPhone, iPad Or iMac

22nd January, 2013

The Apple LED screen is a common source of complaint among consumers. Many new iPhone, iPad, and Mac users have reported that it causes eyestrain and general discomfort, yet if you look around on the Internet, you can’t find much backing for the problem. Apple itself hasn’t offered a solution, and some people think that it’s even some kind of conspiracy.

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Recognizing Danger: 5 Warning Signs Showing Your Mac Has A Problem

17th January, 2013

It’s safe to say that the Apple Macintosh computer is a great piece of hardware with a fantastic operating system, but it’s definitely not impervious to errors. Sometimes it acts funny, and because continuing on with our day is more important than actually getting something fixed, we’ll ignore it. After all, it’s a Mac, right? It’s invincible! The god of all personal computers (yeah, right).

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Strategize Using Simplicity With Tower Defense: Lost Earth [iPhone]

16th January, 2013

I enjoy strategy games for the very same reason that I enjoy sabotaging high profile companies – you set up a few patsies to do your bidding, hike away to a safe distance, and watch all of the action happen without having to lift another finger. Well, in the case of the Com2US’s Tower Defense: Lost Earth for iPhone, you actually have to lift a finger….just one, though. Sometimes two.

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10 Email Tips For Dealing With Angry, Trollish, Or Rude Emails

15th January, 2013

It’s incredibly frustrating to check your email inbox only to find a completely hateful message. Why in the world do people act like this? With that said, you should learn how to defend yourself while on the web. Let me tell you this though: being a jerk isn’t a way to do it. To my credit, I’ve gotten a few hateful emails in my lifetime. In fact, I’ve sent a few as well! (That makes me an expert on this, right?)

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Netflix For iPhone: One Of The Best Apps For Movies & Shows On The Go [iPhone]

10th January, 2013

Having movies and television shows on your iPhone isn’t anything new, but with Netflix, it’s a whole lot easier. Whether you’re with friends, on the road, or having to wait somewhere, the app is perfect for taking a quick tube break. Better yet, with wifi connectivity, you can watch your favorite bits of entertainment with the ease of a mobile while nixing the data rates.

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How To Turn Off Distracting Tech Notifications Almost Anywhere

9th January, 2013

These days, we’re constantly barraged with email updates, system alerts, and annoying texts from hypothetical neighbors named Brad about how he got his pet chinchilla stuck in the dryer vent again. But for some reason, techsters tend to play the victim by saying they have to have their notifications turned on whether it for their Mac, PC, iPhone, or Android mobile. “Oh, but I may miss something…” “Oh, but I need to be available at all times”…yeah right.

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Instapaper Brings Readability And All Your Favorite Sources Into One Place [iOS]

8th January, 2013

Instapaper converts sad, hard-to-look-at walls of text into happy, easy-on-the-eyes formats for those of us who like to read on the bus, during meetings, or in waiting rooms. Also designed for those of us who also don’t have much time to read up on current events, the app allows for cross-platform bookmarking of articles for later. Each article is even saved offline, so you don’t have to worry about extra data charges.

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Talk Your Way Into Anything With Google Translate [iPhone]

3rd January, 2013

I’m a self-confessed monolingual individual, and as someone who appreciates other cultures and people, I’m a bit ashamed to say it. Knowing multiple languages seems to be the thing these days, and I’m trying to keep up. In the meantime, I rely on Google Translate for my iPhone. With features like voice recognition and favorited phrases, the app has taken a gigantic leap from the browser-based version we all know and love.

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Add Any Background To Your Photos: How Green Screen Photography Works

2nd January, 2013

Have you ever wanted to try out green screen photography on your own? It’s really not that hard if you’re shooting for something extremely simple. Fortunately, I’m here to show you just how easy it is! Assuming you have access to something green, some form of lighting, and some already-existing camera know-how, you can try this out for yourself. Hopefully, being able to do it on your own will bring that magic back.

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Get Local Reviews For Local Businesses With Yelp [iPhone]

25th December, 2012

One of the worst issues I have with my friends is when we are driving in the car, our stomachs start rumbling, and we simply don’t know where to eat. There’s often tennis-like banter between us filled with statements like “You pick!” and “No, you pick!” It never ends. Miles will typically pass until we run out of gas, and at that point, we don’t even know which tow-truck to call. These are typically the saddest days of my life.

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How To Choose The Right SD Card For The Job

20th December, 2012

SD cards aren’t all about storage! In fact, there are several other factors to consider, and when purchasing your cards, you should make yourself aware of them. That said, SD cards aren’t all created equal, and it’s important to be educated as to what separates each one from the rest. As a given, all types of data are different. Since I don’t know your device, I can supply you with the proper information to make that decision on your own.

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TuneIn Radio Takes Traditional Broadcast To Mobile [iOS]

19th December, 2012

Speaking of the iPhone and Spotify, it is a little disheartening to think that radio could give way to these newer, sexier modes of listening to (and sharing) music. But even still, radio has fought harder battles before. Televisions came along, and stations survived. Even with satellite radio, the AM and FM frequencies didn’t give up. However, I bring to you a new form of radio that brings it to your iPhone with the convenience of Spotify – TuneIn Radio.