Yaara Lancet

Joined June 2011

Yaara (@ylancet) is a freelance writer, tech blogger and chocolate lover, who's also a biologist and a full-time geek. Find her also at lnct.org.

Feel free to contact at yaara@makeuseof.com

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5 Easy Ways To Download & Convert Online Videos

6th December, 2011

Streaming video websites are such a big part of our lives, it’s hard to remember a time when they didn’t exist. These websites revolutionized our computer video experience – no longer do we have to download every single video we want to watch – it’s all right there! But the opposite is also true. Sometimes sending a link or embedding a video is not enough.


The Top 6 Websites You Should Visit If You Love To Drink

5th December, 2011

We all love to drink every now and then. And those who don’t knows someone who does. The holiday season is a great excuse for upgrading your overused cocktail recipes or for learning more about the wines and beers you should be having with dinner. You’re going to find something to your taste in these awesome 6 websites for alcohol lovers.


Finding Flights Becomes Much Easier With Google Flight Search Results On Google.com [News]

5th December, 2011

Google is getting deeper and deeper into the flight-search business, and is now offering immediate flight search results on Google.com. The service currently supports only US domestic flights, and only selected routes within those, but more routes should be added in time, hopefully worldwide ones as well.


Which Browser Would You Install On Your Parents’ Computer? [MakeUseOf Poll]

4th December, 2011

The browser scene keeps changing on us, and while Firefox 4 might not have been for everyone, Firefox 8 is a whole different story. Chrome and Safari are getting much more stable, and IE is not such a bad option anymore, either. So when you update your parents’ computer this year, what browser will you choose to install?


Spotify Launches Dedicated Spotify Apps, Opens To Third-Party Developers [News]

4th December, 2011

Music service Spotify has announced recently that they are opening their servers to developers, who will be able to create apps that integrate with Spotify’s desktop app. In short, third-party developers can now expand on Spotify’s native functionalities by using Spotify’s API.


Google Launches New Google Bar For All Services – Try It Before Everyone Else [News]

2nd December, 2011

Google is like a mean lean upgrading machine. A day never passes without us hearing about some kind of update from Google. This time it’s the Google bar. The Google bar is that black, think toolbar you can see on top of every Google page you’re on.


You Can Now Try Out Windows Phone 7.5 Mango On Any Smartphone [News]

2nd December, 2011

No matter how you look at it, Windows Phone 7 is getting harder and harder to ignore. Many Android and iOS lovers would rather turn a blind eye to the emerging mobile OS from Microsoft; after all, isn’t it Microsoft’s turn to be the underdog in at least one game? But despite ourselves, we may find that we’re at least somewhat interested in this tiled, vertical OS that’s popping up everywhere.


5+ Best Websites To Find Fantastic Holiday Recipes

2nd December, 2011

The holiday season is the best time to catch up on your culinary aspirations, whether you’ll be cooking, eating, gift-giving or all of them combined. Now that Thanksgiving is over, you can set your mind on the next step of the holiday season. Cooking and eating the same things every year can get rather boring. True, holidays are all about traditions, but this doesn’t mean you can’t innovate!


Daily Mail Online Joins The Android Party, Launches Native App [News]

1st December, 2011

The Daily Mail’s online version, Mail Online, hits the Android Market with a Daily Mail Online app. The Daily Mail is one of Britain’s biggest news websites, and is highly popular all around the world. Mail Online offers news coverage and articles on a wide array of topics, all of which can now become accessible anywhere from your Android device.


Navigate Indoors With The New Version Of Google Maps For Android 2.1+ [News]

1st December, 2011

Google Maps for mobile is 6 years old (happy birthday!). To celebrate the occasion, Google launched Google Maps 6.0 for Android. The updated version of the app includes the much-anticipated indoor maps (a feature which has been available on Bing Maps for several months now), along with some other small goodies that are aimed at a better user experience.


The Top 7 Websites To Find Unique Or Unknown Free Audiobooks

29th November, 2011

A while ago we published a comprehensive list of the 10 best websites for free audiobooks. The world hasn’t changed, and many of us are still way too busy to sit down and read. We therefore look for refuge in audiobooks, which can make reading possible even for the busiest person. But most big websites provide similar selections. Should we be limited to mainstream just because we choose to read using audiobooks?


Get Free Shipping On Everything In Apple’s US Store Until December 22nd [News]

28th November, 2011

In tune with the general holiday spirit, Apple is again offering free shipping on everything during the upcoming month. The offer is valid for all items, but only on Apple’s US store. So if you live in the US, or know someone who does, everything you order from now up until December 22nd will ship for free.


Enjoy The Weather Every Day With These 4 Beautiful Weather Apps [iOS]

28th November, 2011

Weather is one of those things that defy technology. No matter how hi-tech we get, we can’t control the weather. Weather apps for iOS are abundant, and there are numerous ways to stay updated on the go with your iPhone. But when the iPad joined the game, weather forecasts became more than that – they became beautiful.


Will Google+ Take Over Facebook? [MakeUseOf Poll]

27th November, 2011

Google+ is not longer new, but compared to Facebook, it’s still the new kid on the block. While the joining rate amazed everyone when Google+ first launched, it still doesn’t seem to hurt Facebook in any meaningful way. So where does the future of social networking lie? Google+, or Facebook?


Google Revamps iOS Search App, Focuses On iPad Users [News]

26th November, 2011

Google must be realizing that in the tablet world, there’s only one ruler. This is probably why they’ve just released a significant upgrade for their iOS app, which is entirely focused on the iPad. While the app undoubtedly works on other iOS devices, Google has made visible efforts to make the user experience on the iPad at least on par with other browsers, if not better.