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.
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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.
Here at MakeUseOf, we’ve covered plenty of to-do systems in the past. But if you’re like me, to-do systems can sometimes become too much work to maintain and end up costing you in productivity. I tend to procrastinate using my to-do lists because they can become cumbersome over time. I need to do a bunch of actions to add a single item. What if there was a system that eliminated all of that overhead and actually saved you time without skimping on the core features? Well, that system exists: Todo.txt.
Earthbound is one of those games that didn’t meet a lot of fanfare upon release, but slowly built up a fan base over time until today when it has become a cult classic. It’s known for being a whacky and unconventional RPG with a storyline that eschews swords and sorcery in favor of yoyos, bats, and psychic powers. The music for the game is just as outlandish, and the remixes are something to admire.
SimCity is an excellent game, but EA made a few massive blunders that resulted in a poor launch, disgruntled customers, and a sour taste in everyone’s mouths. Even so, no one can deny the city-building phenomenon: it’s fun, it’s engaging, and it’s highly addictive. And while there are a few SimCity alternatives for the PC, there are even more alternatives on Android and many of them are free. Which ones are fun? Which ones are worth your time? Keep reading to find out.
Millions of workers pursue career changes every year. It’s not a foreign concept by any means. What’s scary about making a career change, then, is the fear that you may end up replacing your old, crummy job with a new job that’s equally, or more, crummy. What’s even scarier is that only you know what the best job for you will be. That’s a lot of pressure to handle on your own.
I’ve written before about my love for reading, but I also have a side of me that loves bargains and hates spending unnecessary coin. What’s a man to do when he wants to buy and consume as many books as he can while preserving the health of his wallet? Use the Internet, of course! (Legally.)
After so many years, one would think that the mobile market is now saturated with every app imaginable to man – but that’s not the case. There are plenty of niches that still need to be filled and even current markets with several leading apps can still fall behind in quality. All that to say: there’s always room for new Android apps, and with a little bit of know-how, you could be the next developer to create a smash hit.
Is there anything else that’s as useful, prevalent, and frustrating as an email inbox? It’s been around forever and we keep using it, and as long as we keep using it, people like me will keep writing about it. You probably think it’d be easier to tame a lion than tame your inbox, but there are tools that will make you think twice. There are built-in features for some email services that will do most of the heavy organizational work for you.
Want to increase your typing speed? I’m sure we all do. Not only can we save ourselves a lot of time over years of typing, having a high typing speed can be impressive to see. And while most typing improvement regimens are sluggishly boring, I’ve found a Chrome extension that makes the progression feel easier and more natural. It’s called Type Fu.
Google is commendable for being so willing to experiment with new potential products. Where would we be if they never fooled around with, say, Gmail or AdSense? Yet it seems like for every product that succeeds, a handful of others get the axe. Most recently, Google killed Reader. What happens if they come after Feedburner next? Do you have a backup plan?
In the world of games, Valve Corporation has recently grown into one of the largest and most consistent game publishers (with the skyrocketing success of their Steam distribution network) and game developers (with the international success of series like Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress, etc.) in the world. In terms of game development, Valve’s Gabe Newell has always approached his titles by pursuing quality over quantity, and it really shows, especially in their latest work-in-progress, Dota 2.
WinZip Malware Protector is available for $29.95 USD on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8. That may seem like a steep price to pay for an anti-malware solution – particularly when there are a bunch of free alternatives floating around – but we’ve got a great deal for you: we’re giving away 10 copies of WinZip Malware Protector worth a total of $300 for FREE!
I’ve tried so many desktop music players that I’m starting to lose my mind. So far I’ve tried Clementine, Spider, GOM Audio, AIMP3, and a few more. How does Nightingale fare against its fierce competition? Before answering that, you should know that Nightingale is a fork of Songbird Classic. You’ll find a lot of similarities between the two, but also a number of differences – the main one being that Songbird has officially been declared dead. Whether you were looking for a Songbird alternative or a Songbird replacement, Nightingale might have what you need.
It seems like there are new buzzwords popping up and dying off with each day that passes us by, and “the Internet of Things” just happens to be one of the more recent ideas that has people excited. The term itself is somewhat vague, though, and there’s a lot of misconception floating around regarding the exact nature of this Internet of Things. What is it exactly and why should you care?
Virtual private networks (VPNs) aren’t much of a mainstream service. The only ones who know about VPNs are those who are sufficiently tech-literate, and even among these folks, only few actually use VPNs. The name may sound overly technical and daunting, especially if all you do is check emails and post to Facebook, but they’re surprisingly easy to use and not much of a hassle to set up. Join me as I explain the nature of VPNs, how you can benefit from them, and where to find the fastest ones for free.