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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New H.265 Video Format Could Bring 4K To Broadband Connections [Updates]

27th January, 2013

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced its approval of the H.265 video format standard on Friday. The new codec may bring 4K video to broadband and also limit bandwidth usage for HD streaming, offering both higher resolution video and lower data use. H.265 video is designed to divide bandwidth usage in half.

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Picovico: Turn Your Photos Into Amazing Videos

27th January, 2013

Making photo slideshows can be time-consuming and tedious, but with Picovico, all the hard work is done for you. Simply select a preset theme, upload a few photos, and choose your favorite tune for background music. Picovico does what home videomakers have struggled with for years – editing. Now, videos can be done within minutes. You’ll […]

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What Is Fair Use? A Basic Explanation For Aspiring Creatives [MakeUseOf Explains]

24th January, 2013

Half of the videos I find on YouTube always have some note in the description about how it’s totally legal for the creator to use songs from their favorite band as background music. Their reasoning tends to always be in the form of two words: fair use. Unfortunately, this is often because of complete ignorance. Other times its just a total disregard for the law.

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Spraffl iPhone App Tests Out A Totally Anonymous Social Network [Updates]

23rd January, 2013

UK-based social networking experiment Spraffl launched for the iPhone on Wednesday. Unlike its predecessors, the iOS app focuses on the total anonymity of its users with a disregard for features like real name policy, friending, and check-ins. Instead, experiment participants share “hyper-local” information in the form of status updates and comments.

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Strikebase: Plan & Collaborate With This Work Management Web App

23rd January, 2013

With so many conflicting tasks and deadlines in our fast-paced world, it can be very hard for both companies and freelancers to juggle multiple projects. Fortunately, there’s Strikebase – a work management web app designed for establishing your workflow and helping you collaborate with co-workers online. Essentially, the service merges the best parts of project planning and social […]

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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.