Joel Lee

Joined December 2011

Joel Lee is a passionate freelance writer living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In his free time, he likes to read and write fiction, play video games, and talk theology.

Feel free to contact at joellee@makeuseof.com

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Shuttle Player: The Robust and Feature-Complete Music Experience [Android]

5th June, 2013

Finding that one perfect music player can be tough. Finding one that’s free? Nearly impossible. Rocket Player has been my near-perfect choice for the past few months, but I recently found a successor: Shuttle Player. I would never have found this gem if it weren’t for MakeUseOf reader Jarrod Bush, so shoutouts to him. And wow, what a find. This may just be the most polished free music player available on Android.

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4 Apps to Manage Brightness and Save Your Eyes on Android

4th June, 2013

Eye strain is a huge issue for those of us who spend a lot of time looking at screens. Improper screen brightness settings can cause your eyes to fatigue faster, and overly bright screens at night can make it difficult to fall asleep. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an app that reduced, or even eliminated, this impact? What about apps that kept your eyeballs from being blinded by overly bright screens when you’re in the dark?

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The Free & Powerful Video Player You’ve Never Heard About – GOM Media Player

3rd June, 2013

Not too long ago, I found myself impressed by the sleek functionality of GOM Audio for Windows. It turns out that GOM has its own free video player as well – GOM Media Player – and I knew I just had to check it out. I wanted to see if GOM could match the big players like VLC in performance and quality. GOM Media Player originates from South Korea and is the number one media player in that country. Join me as I explore this powerful piece of software to see what it can do.

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Burning Studio 12: Your One-Stop Shop For Burning And Ripping Discs [Giveaway]

3rd June, 2013

When it comes to burning and ripping CDs and DVDs, there are a lot of free tools for creating and mounting discs. A lot of them are even pretty good and get the job done, but they can be hard to learn, have confusing interfaces, and sometimes botch up an otherwise normal operation. Ashampoo Burning Studio 12 is a professional solution that focuses on a shallow learning curve and ease of use. We’re giving away 10 copies of Burning Studio 12 worth a total of $500 for FREE! Keep reading to see how you can take advantage of this sweet, sweet offer.

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How To Email Like A Pro

31st May, 2013

There are a lot of factors that play into email efficiency – not just writing the emails, but setting up the inbox, managing emails, knowing when to check emails, and more. Boosting email efficiency means boosting productivity, and that ultimately means getting everything done in less time. That’s exactly what we want.

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Need A Lightweight Music Player Without Sacrificing Features? Clementine! [Cross-Platform]

31st May, 2013

Sometimes you don’t really know what you want until you’re holding it in your hands. There are not-so-resource-intensive music players out there that are bland and there are monster RAM hogs that provide tons of eye candy and aesthetic pleasure. What if you want something in the middle of the road? Oh, hello Clementine! I recently stumbled across this music player and let me tell you: it offers the best of both worlds and there’s no other music player like it.

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Hack YouTube – Kill the Annoyances, Improve Your Viewing

29th May, 2013

YouTube is a revolutionary service, but that doesn’t mean that it’s without its flaws. There are many features on the site that are designed for convenience, other features that are meant to satiate legal requirements, and then there are features that are plain missing. Here are some ways to easily spruce up your YouTube experience.

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Is It Wise To Buy Blog Or Forum Comments From Freelancers?

28th May, 2013

Last year, I wrote about identifying fake reviews. In the overall discussion about purchasing site activity (whether it be comments, posts, reviews, or whatever else you offer), it’s safe to assume that buying comments is pretty much the same thing as buying user reviews. There’s a lot of overlap between the two and they pretty much achieve the same purposes. But there are also a few subtle differences.

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Can I Control a Phone with My Computer? [Android]

27th May, 2013

Can you control your smartphone using only your computer? The answer is a resounding YES. The real question is: how much of your smartphone can you control? As I sat down to write this article, I had no clue what the answer to that question was, and to my surprise, the answer is quite a lot. From texts and call logs to full blown mouse-and-keyboard input, we can actually do much more than you might expect.

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Tagy Widget – A New & Unique Way To Organize Your Home Screen [Android]

24th May, 2013

Fads come and go. That’s been a universal truth for centuries, perhaps even millennia. We have an innate tendency towards trends, popularity, and flavors of the month, and all of that has been made clearer with the advent of the Internet. Web trends come on the scene and die out faster than you can blink, but some stick around for a while. For example, tag clouds.

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The Top 5 Firefox Plugins To Supercharge Gmail

24th May, 2013

Gmail has been around for almost a decade now and millions of users around the world still use it today. Yet, despite being backed by Google, Gmail is still a service that’s rather skimpy on the features. Fortunately, if you still want to use Gmail in your browser, there are a number of great plugins that will transform your Gmail experience right away. If you use a third-party client like Thunderbird or Postbox, you may want to reconsider.

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The Tried and True Free Launcher For Android – ADW Launcher

22nd May, 2013

A confession: I’ve avoided ADW Launcher for the past two years and I don’t know why. Maybe it was the not-so-catchy name of the app. Maybe I just had a bad day once and decided to shun ADW forever. Nonetheless, I regret avoiding this launcher for so long because it’s absolutely fantastic and deserves a try no matter who you are. But sometimes, the mainstream solutions are mainstream for a reason.

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Internet Forums Reimagined: The Future Of Online Discussions

21st May, 2013

The latest iteration of online communication may indeed be social media, but it seems that the most popular avenue is still the old-fashioned forum. It remains today as an excellent way to structure a community on the web. While social media can be somewhat amorphous at times, forums provide order and a sense of home.

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Touch Up Your Photos With A Single Click Using Photo Commander 11 [Giveaway]

21st May, 2013

Sometimes you just want to fix up a picture without all of the baggage and learning curves that come with powerhouse image editors like Photoshop and GIMP. Obviously, a program as primitive as Paint won’t do, and even middle-of-the-road programs like Paint.NET sometimes won’t cut it. Thankfully, Ashampoo’s Photo Commander 11 steps in to fill the gap. We’re giving away 10 copies of Photo Commander 11 worth a total of $500 for free!

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Looking For New Music? Here Are 5 Of The Best Chrono Trigger OCRemixes

20th May, 2013

OCRemix is one of many sites where you can legally get free music. The catch is that the songs on OCRemix are remixes of popular video game soundtracks. You won’t find Pink Floyd or Taylor Swift here; however, you might be surprised to find that there are still tons of professional quality tracks for you to enjoy – even if you don’t like video games! And they don’t necessarily sound like video game music. This list covers remixes for Chrono Trigger.