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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What Do You Think About Alternative Keyboard Layouts? [MakeUseOf Poll]

13th November, 2011

A huge majority of computer users use Qwerty as their keyboard layout; it’s the default in almost every keyboard in the world, and everyone is used to it. But there are at least two more layouts out there, and according to the people who use them, they’re actually better. So what do MakeUseOf readers think of them?

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Google Is Giving You Ten Chances To Win Your Very Own Galaxy Nexus, Starting Today! [News]

12th November, 2011

Google is giving away 10 Galaxy Nexus devices with Ice Cream Sandwich over the next 10 days, starting today. The contest will involve daily Twitter challenges, and the ones who tweet the right answers may win the coveted Galaxy Nexus.

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Adobe Stops Development Of Flash Plugin For Mobile [News]

12th November, 2011

In a surprising move (or not so surprising), Adobe is discontinuing its development of Flash plugin for mobile browsers. According to Adobe’s official announcement, they will now focus their efforts on HTML5 instead, as it is “now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively”. They will also continue development of mobile apps based on Adobe AIR and of Flash for desktop.

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Spotify Expands Its Mobile Reach With A New Windows Phone 7 App [News]

11th November, 2011

Spotify and Microsoft have announced the release of Spotify for Windows Phone 7. This highly anticipated app brings Spotify’s music streaming services to Mango OS, and is another breakthrough for Microsoft’s mobile enterprise. According to Spotify, the app is available on a wide variety of WP7 mobiles, which together with their apps for Android and iOS makes them one of the most widespread music apps.

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Listen To Your Own Private Twitter Station With Tweet Speaker [iOS]

10th November, 2011

Do you ever wish you could read your tweets no matter where you are or what you’re doing? Or maybe you’re just so addicted to Twitter that you need to get your hit even while driving or folding your laundry? If one of these is true, you should give Tweet Speaker ($1.99 for a limited time, usually $2.99) a spin. Tweet Speaker for iOS turns your Twitter timeline into your own, personal news podcast.

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Microsoft Is Offering Free Stuff Just For Installing IE9 [News]

10th November, 2011

If you’ve been looking for a good reason to download IE9, Microsoft is trying to give you one. They’ve just launched a new campaign called “Where’s the love?”, and they’re offering to give you free stuff if you download and install IE9. You heard right. Microsoft will give you prizes if you go ahead and just get IE9 already.

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Amazon Beware: The New Nook Tablet Is Out With Some Impressive Specs [News]

9th November, 2011

Barnes & Noble have officially announced the release of their new tablet reader, named simply the Nook tablet. It is designed to offer direct competition to Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and the two devices are in fact quite similar. The Nook tablet will sell for $249, which is $50 more than the Kindle Fire, but will also come equipped with double the storage and double the RAM.

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Check Out One Book Per Month On Amazon’s Kindle Owners’ Lending Library [News]

9th November, 2011

Miss your old neighborhood library? Amazon is trying to help with their newly announced Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. This service allows Kindle users to check out books from the library and later “return” them and get a different book, all without buying any of the books.

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Tango – A Budding Skype Alternative For Android, iOS & Windows

8th November, 2011

The world of Voice over IP is expanding fast, and we’re getting more and more options for calling our friends without paying cellphone providers. The strongest, and most known contender in this area is obviously Skype, and they’ve been rather good at it. However, Tango offers a pretty good alternative, especially since the latest updates to Skype have not been to everyone’s liking.

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7th November, 2011

The world is divided into two sections – Phone lovers and Android enthusiasts. Or so it seems sometimes. But in reality, things are not as black and white as all that. I, for example, own an iPad and an Android device, and actually wish I could own a Nokia. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that some Android owners are looking for ways to turn their device into something more iPhone-ish.

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Get Your Wasted Hard Drive Space Back With CleanMyPC [Giveaway]

7th November, 2011

This week, we’re giving away 25 6-month licenses for CleanMyPC. Read on to see what CleanMyPC is all about, and how you can win your own copy.

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Amazon Launches Flow For iPhone, Augmented Reality App For Product And Barcode Scanning [News]

6th November, 2011

Amazon has launched a new augmented reality app for the iPhone called Flow. With Flow, you can use your camera to scan either a whole product or a product’s barcode, and get an overlay of Amazon details on top of it. The app recognizes products such as CDs, DVDs, games, books, and tens of millions of other packaged products, such as “a box of cereal” (Amazon’s own example).

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How Do You Prefer To Read Your Books? [MakeUseOf Poll]

6th November, 2011

The world of books has gone through a dramatic change over the last few years. It started with cheap paper books that ship for free all over the world, continues with e-ink eReaders such as the Kindle and the Nook, and has no evolved to actual tablets that are meant to be used as readers. So how do you like your books?

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Google Adds New Feature To Google Calendar: Suggested Times [News]

6th November, 2011

Following the new looks they’ve launched to all their products, Google just added a new feature to Google Calendar – Suggested Times. If you use Google Calendar to schedule multi-participant events, this new feature should make your life a lot easier, provided your guests are also using Google Calendar. To use the feature, create a new event and add some guests.

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How To Enable The New Multi-Touch Gestures On The iPad [iOS 4.3+]

4th November, 2011

With iOS 5, Apple decided to publicly introduce the multi-touch gestures. These gestures were included in the betas of iOS 4.3, but never made it to the public release. These are 4-5 fingers gestures that allow you to perform several useful tasks such as reveal the multitasking bar, switch between applications and return to the home screen. There’s one catch, though.