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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Do Personal Conversations On Twitter Annoy You? Blether To The Rescue!

13th December, 2011

As some of you may know, I am not a huge fan of Twitter. One of the major things that constantly annoy me is people who, whether knowingly or not, engage in lengthy personal conversations on everyone’s timeline. True, when someone writes something you have a really good answer to, it’s only logical to write it right away in a mention. But when does it stop being OK and start being spam?

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Facebook Launches Major Update For Android App, Now Much Easier & Faster To Use [News]

12th December, 2011

Facebook has launched a major update for its Android app which improves on photo viewing, navigation, search and speed. The new update brings the app closer to the experience the iOS version provides – definitely good news for Android users, who have had to deal with an inferior version up till now. The new version brings three major changes.

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The 10 Best Websites To Experience Christmas Around the World

12th December, 2011

Christmas is almost upon us again, and whether you celebrate it or not, it’s a difficult holiday to ignore. The trees, the presents, the cookies and carols, all of these are seemingly never-changing when you stay in the same neighborhood. But being such an international holiday, Christmas is celebrated in dozens of different ways – every country has its own unique take on the same old holiday.

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Once And For All, Angry Birds – Yes Or No? [MakeUseOf Poll]

11th December, 2011

Angry Birds has been with us for a while. In fact, it’s hard to remember a time when it wasn’t around. There’s almost no quarrel about the addictiveness of the game, but what do you think about it? Is it the best thing since Super Mario Bros 3 or is it an annoying and overrated fad?

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Twitter Launches Major Redesign On All Platforms And Clients [News]

10th December, 2011

Twitter has announced the beginning of another major redesign project, which will encompass the Twitter website, all of Twitter’s mobile apps and the desktop client, TweetDeck. The update brings four new tabs: Home, Connect, Discover and Me.

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Get $15 Off Purchases Through Amazon Price Check App Today Only [News]

10th December, 2011

On December 10th only (today), Amazon will give a 5% discount on up to 3 items for anyone who buys products through Amazon’s Price Check app. According to Amazon, the discount is valid “on selected items in electronics, toys, sports, music and DVDs, just by checking a price”. So what do you have to do for this?

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5 Top Holiday Gifts For The Tech-Loving Woman In Your Life

9th December, 2011

Buying holiday gifts can be quite a task. Getting gifts for women is sometimes even harder. Gifts for geeky women? Don’t get me started. Before you jump on me for saying so, let me clarify: I’m a tech-loving woman myself, and being one, people often think that all they can get me are gadgets. Well, gadgets are expensive, and you might not want to spend hundreds of dollars right now.

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Math Students Rejoice! Google Adds Instant Graphing Functionality To Search Results [News]

7th December, 2011

If you’ve ever studied math, be it in high school, college or university, you must have had some dealings with functions. Back when I was in high school, we used to have to manually draw graphs on special graph paper based only on the functions. Boy, do I wish we had Google’s new graphing functionality back then! So what is this graphing functionality all about?

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Get 7 Indie PC Games For Any Price You Wish To Pay [News]

7th December, 2011

Bored with your old PC games? Why not try seven new games for any price you choose? Indie Gala is a bundle of indie games which you can buy for any price you feel like paying, and even decide who the money goes to. The bundle includes five PC games which range from zombie shooters to a hacking simulation game.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.