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I was under the impression that I was a pretty enthusiastic user of Facebook, but it seems that I am minor small beans compared to some people, who have been labelled “Facebook Power Users” (sounds like a superhero team, fighting the bad guys by “poking” them). Are you one of these Power Users who seemingly make up 20-30% of Facebook?
These days, in order to ensure security for your online accounts, it is normally recommended that you have a very long password, consisting of lower case characters, upper case characters, and special characters including numbers. But how on earth are you supposed to remember all of these passwords without accidently mistyping some of them when […]
One of the best things about an iPhone 4S is the Siri speech recognition app, but as I have increasingly noticed, it doesn’t seem to like me and my Scottish accent (cue lots of moments where I want to search on Google for big boobies and it phones my wife at work instead). Nevertheless, Siri is starting to grow on me, and on Bakari too, who previously showed us some cool location-aware Siri tips.
Ask any website owner or SEO specialist what the most important aspect of owning a website is, and they will probably tell you that it is to get on to the first page of search results – and stay there. In fact, since search engines rank all pages based on relevance and popularity, many people, […]
Photo enhancement apps for the smartphone are extremely popular at the moment with Instagram being the biggest and most popular. However, another app is creating some excitement among Android users and that is Cymera, which claims to be the “best camera app for portraits”. Cymera is an Android app which, at the time of writing, […]
Soon after getting my long-awaited iPhone a couple of months back, I immediately started using Instagram, on the advice of a friend. It’s a great app to use but I wouldn’t say I am addicted. But there are people out there totally addicted to Instagram, people who see an empty McDonalds wrapper in the street and decide it’s art, and begin clicking away with their phone to get the perfect shot.
The fact that Apple is rolling in mountains of cash is hardly a newsflash. Just weeks away from bankruptcy15 years ago, it is now the most valuable company in the world with revenues that could sustain small nations or help to wipe out the US national debt. But you may be shocked to learn the extent to which Apple is rolling in the Benjamins. Even I did a double-take.
With all the hoopla surrounding Google Drive, and everyone going nuts over Dropbox, I think one other service is being sorely neglected – Evernote. Our Evernote coverage has been rather sketchy of late, and I think that’s a shame because in my opinion, Evernote is one of the best services out there on the Internet. It deserves to be appreciated more.
If you are someone who travels a lot for business or for pleasure, then you will know how difficult it is to hire a rental car. Quite often, finding a good deal can be time-consuming and frustrating, as you visit one rental website after another. Then when you have agreed to a price, you are […]
I saw an article the other day that described Pinterest as “a woman’s social network” with 60% of the site’s visitors being of the female persuasion. Why is that? Why do men find it unattractive to share photos on Pinterest while women go completely nuts over the site? Pinterest has seen a stunning rise in the social networking space, sitting in a very comfortable third place behind Facebook and Twitter.
This is one of those apps that I have been searching for, for a very long time. DualBrowser is a fantastic app for the iPad which allows you to split the screen in two, enabling you to browse two different websites at the same time. At $3.99, it is worth every cent. There are many […]
Anyone who frequently reads blogs will know that infographics are hugely popular with readers. Here at MakeUseOf, we publish them all the time, on the main site and in Geeky Fun. But have you ever wanted to easily make and customize your own infographic? Well, if so, the infographic site Visual.ly gives you a chance […]
Among the legendary lengthy staff email conversations that we have here at MakeUseOf, the one that became really long and really heated was on the subject of the Google glasses. The staff quickly split up into two camps – the pro’s and the anti’s – and battle commenced. I personally think the glasses are going to kick ass and when they come out for sale, I am probably going to quickly give in to temptation and buy myself a pair.
The person who is designated to plan the meetups and events definitely has the hardest job. They have to send out the invitations, co-ordinate everyone’s replies, and make sure everyone turns up on time. Inevitably there will be someone who is late, or who has forgotten the meeting altogether. An iOS app called Together! aims […]
The comments section on YouTube has a terrible reputation for bad language, trolling, and general nastiness. So much so that the famous XKCD comic made a comic about it, which was then adopted into an actual feature by the YouTube team. However, the comments section may be useful in one regard. If you are looking […]