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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Get Rid Of Facebook Annoyances With These 4 Great Firefox Add-Ons

30th July, 2013

Many users fumble around with Facebook’s ever-changing interface and many reject what Facebook has become: ad-ridden and spammy. Is there any hope on the horizon? If you’re on Firefox, there are a few add-ons you can use to change the Facebook experience. Whether you want a drastic change or a slight tweak is up to you, depending on which add-ons you select to use. If you’re fed up with Facebook or you want to tweak some annoying features, give these add-ons a try.

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To The Manner Born: Essential Technology Etiquette Tips For Our Digital Age

29th July, 2013

Technology etiquette could easily fall under the topic of “common sense” yet there are many who remain ignorant — and that’s not a judgment against those who don’t know any better. For a long while, I never knew the acceptable rules of etiquette for handling phones, shooting emails, and general Internet behavior. I was being rude without even knowing it, and there’s a chance you could be doing the same.

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Puush: Take Screenshots and Share Them Instantly

26th July, 2013

Image hosting and image sharing sites are all the rage these days, especially with the widespread explosion in popularity of Internet image macros and memes. Images are pleasing to the eye and people are more likely to view an image than read a block of text – which is why infographics are great. The problem? Storage limits and inconvenient uploads. What if there was a tool that lets you take screenshots, upload them to storage, and share a link – all with one click? That tool exists and it’s called Puush.

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Protect Your Mobile Data and Network Usage With SurfEasy VPN [Giveaway]

26th July, 2013

In the Google Play Store, you’ll find a whole lot of VPN clients for Android devices, but few of them are as up-to-date and robust as SurfEasy. SurfEasy offers a 3-tier account structure: Free, Mobile VPN, and Total VPN (more on that later). The Total VPN plan is available for USD $49.99 for a 1-year subscription covering 5 devices, but we’ve got an offer for you: we’re giving away 10 1-year subscriptions for SurfEasy’s Total VPN plan worth a total of $500 for FREE!

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Sort, Shuffle, And Organize Your Plain Text Lists With These 3 Web Tools

26th July, 2013

I use plain text lists for pretty much everything. For example, I keep track of potential character names for my fiction writing in a TXT file. I run local tournaments and use plain text lists to manage and organize registered teams. And, of course, I use plain text for to-do lists too. Plain text can become messy, but thankfully there are some tools I’ve found online that will lend you a helping hand.

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6 Gorgeous, Minimalistic Android Games You’ll Keep Coming Back To

24th July, 2013

There is no better design for smartphones and mobile devices than minimalism. The medium’s very nature requires limitations on screen space and power usage, so you really get the most bang-for-your-buck with modern designs – especially for mobile gaming. If you want cutting-edge graphics, look to the console wars. But for Android games? I look to minimalism. Everything is reduced to its most core components, and when that’s applied to both gameplay and interface, you end up with games that are easy to play and pleasant on the eyes.

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Create A Private Company Social Network With Bitrix24 [HTC One Giveaway]

24th July, 2013

As technology continues to advance at such a rapid pace, the methods of business management and communication advance alongside it. The traditional office environment doesn’t work well when most, or all, employees are at home. So what do you use then? The answer is Bitrix24. We’re giving away 10 Startup accounts, which will you to add up to 12 users to your account and costs $1200/year — but the lucky winners will get to use Bitrix24 for free! We’re also giving away a 64 GB HTC One so you’ll be able to use Bitrix24′s Android app on the go.

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4 Excellent Real-Time Strategy Games You Can Play On The Cheap

23rd July, 2013

The real-time strategy genre is one of the staples in gaming today. Other genres, like first person shooters and role playing games, are saturated with hundreds of different titles, but real-time strategy doesn’t hold the same kind of prevalence. You have the big names like Starcraft and Age of Empires, but many RTS titles never gain much traction – especially the free ones. I think RTS games are great but I don’t derive enough entertainment from them to justify spending money. That’s why I play free RTS games instead. Keep in mind that free games don’t have the same kind of manpower behind their development, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad.

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5 Ways You Can Make Money with Your Webcam and Stay Fully Clothed

22nd July, 2013

So you have a webcam that you bought a while ago for recording YouTube cat videos but that never really took off and now you don’t know what to do. Making money with a webcam can be difficult – unless you take the one route that everyone already knows about, if you catch my drift – and it will require some real effort out of you but it’s definitely possible.

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Voice Recording On Android Doesn’t Get Easier Than Tape-a-Talk

19th July, 2013

We used to talk into our phones so that we could chat with whoever was on the other side of the line. Nowadays, we talk into our phones for a whole bunch of reasons. For example, voice assistants like Siri and the numerous Siri alternatives for Android have become ubiquitous. It just makes sense that voice and phone work together well, so why not use your Android as a voice recorder, too? Tape-a-Talk Voice Recorder is a quick and easy way to record your voice – or whatever other sounds are in the vicinity.

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3 Unmissable Twitter Add-Ons For Firefox

19th July, 2013

Recently, I began to use Twitter again, something that I’ve tried a few times before but never quite stuck through. Most of my past experiences with Twitter were through Twitter desktop clients, and those were great, but if my browser is open 24/7 anyway, why not combine the two into one? It’s more convenient and reduces computer resource usage. Plus, some Twitter-related add-ons provide services other than reading and writing tweets, and those are really useful to have.

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Get Smarter With Android: 5 Apps For Improving Memory, Math Skills, And More

17th July, 2013

“You won’t always have a calculator on you!” That’s what my math teachers told me all through high school. Little did they know we’d all be carrying around miniature computers in our pockets within the next decade. Now we’re hearing that smartphones are making people dumber because we never have to think for ourselves anymore, which might be true but it doesn’t have to be that way. When used in the right way with the right apps, your Android phone can actually help improve your mental strength and flexibility.

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Jango Radio: Pandora Has A Rival For The Internet Radio Crown

16th July, 2013

At its core, Internet radio isn’t different from traditional radio – you tune into a station, you listen to the songs that they serve you, and there is no step three. But even though the core might be the same, Internet radio allows a degree of interaction that makes it an evolutionary step above traditional radio. Jango Radio takes advantage of that possibility.

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Screenshots and Video Capture Made Easy With Ashampoo Snap 6 [Giveaway]

16th July, 2013

What do you do when you want to share a picture of your computer screen with someone you know? The simplest way would be to hit the Print Screen button, paste the resulting image into an image editor, crop and resize to your desired dimensions, save it, upload it, then share the link. Well, maybe the process is not as simple as it should be. Ashampoo Snap 6 steps in to fix that.

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5 Excellent Lock Screen Widgets for Android

15th July, 2013

One of the perks of having an Android device is that you can natively add widgets to your home screen. Some widgets are highly specific and only useful situationally, but then there are those amazing widgets that everyone should consider using. But did you know that widgets can be used on your lock screen, too? Lock screen widgets were introduced in Android Jelly Bean 4.2, and some great ones are waiting for you inside.