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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3+ Ways To Enhance Your Amazon Shopping Experience

17th October, 2011

We all like shopping. Even those who claim they don’t. Amazon has brought the joy of shopping even to those who used to hate walking between stores or just having to leave the house to buy a new camera. But the more we get used to not leaving our chair, the more spoiled we get. How many of us know there are great Amazon deals out there but keep forgetting to check or just lose the daily e-mails in a swamped inbox? Here are some Amazon enhancers that will turn an excellent shopping experience into a perfect one.


Will Camera Phones Replace Compact Digital Cameras? [MakeUseOf Poll]

16th October, 2011

Cameras in phones keep getting better and better. It’s pretty easy to find a phone with an 8 megapixel camera and a flash, and they’re not even that expensive. So do camera phones mean the end for the compact digital camera? Do you still spend money on regular cameras, or are you content with those that come in your phone?


What Will Be The Codenames Of The Next Android Versions?

14th October, 2011

One of the things I’ve always liked about Android were the version code names. I think they’re brilliant, and had I owned something like Android I would do the exact same thing for names. What could be better than desserts? But several questions arise – why are there no A and B names? What could they have been? And what are the next version names going to be?


StumbleUpon Offers Export Options For Blogs & Groups [News]

12th October, 2011

As of October 24th, StumbleUpon groups will also cease to exist. StumbleUpon is now offering export options for their blog and groups. If you own a blog with StumbleUpon and wish to continue writing it using HTML, you can use the export tool to export everything, including images and embedded videos, to WordPress.


Facebook For iPad Is Finally Here Along With Some Other New Features [News]

12th October, 2011

Facebook have finally released an update for their Facebook app and it is now officially iPad compatible. Facebook app for iOS has been around for ages, but strangely enough, it was never adjusted for the iPad. For iPad users, the latest update means big, high-resolution pictures and full utilization (finally) of the iPad’s bigger screen.


The Smartphone Syndrome: Are We Becoming Too Addicted To Our Phones For Our Own Good? [Opinion]

11th October, 2011

Let me start by saying that this is not a rant against smartphones, or a call for everyone to go back to Nokia 6070s. I think smartphones are basically awesome and I have nothing against the basic idea of replacing our phones with mini-computers. My problem starts when the lines between fun and work, between alone and together, between communication and confusion – become blurred.


Tired Of Your Keyboard? Use Mouse Gestures With These 4 Tools

10th October, 2011

The world is divided into two: keyboard lovers and mouse lovers. If you’re a mouse lover and always wished you could do everything with it (on your computer, anyway), it might be time to try some gestures tools. Take your pick from the list below and enjoy a new way to move your body even less while using the computer.


Hide Your Facebook Messages From Facebook Itself With uProtect.it

7th October, 2011

Many people tend to forget that no matter what their privacy settings are, everything they do on Facebook is visible to Facebook. Even if you choose your status updates to be seen just by a few people, Facebook can still use it for their own agenda. uProtect.it is a tool that helps you solve just this problem, and adds an extra security layer to all of your Facebook communications.


Adobe Announces New Creative Apps For Tablets & A New Sharing Platform [News]

6th October, 2011

Adobe has announced the upcoming release of six new apps designed for tablets, along with a new cloud sharing platform. The new apps go by the name of Adobe Touch Apps, and are aimed at creative tablet users who don’t have the need for an expensive creative suite. The new apps will sell for $9.99 each on the Android Market, and there isn’t a price tag yet nor even a proper announcement for the iOS versions.


Microsoft Releases A Hotmail Android App & Some More Hotmail Upgrades [News]

6th October, 2011

Microsoft has announced that we should all “give Hotmail another look“. This does not mean that Hotmail’s whole interface is changed forever, but there are certainly some new additions that are mainly aimed at e-mail organization and war against “greymail”. The most exciting part of this announcement is the release of an official Hotmail Android […]


7 Reasons Facebook Should Not Be Blocked At Work

4th October, 2011

Many workplaces nowadays find it prudent to prevent their employees from surfing certain websites. Leading that pack of blocked websites is Facebook. Facebook is a true phenomena in our social lives today, and many employers feel that leaving Facebook open for free surfing will cause a major waste of time and loss of productivity. But is it true? Is blocking Facebook really that smart?


A New Humble Bundle Is Available For As Much As You Want To Pay [News]

3rd October, 2011

Humble Indie Bundle is back! Only two months after the previous installment, you can now download Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle from the Humble Bundle website. The bundle is a bit different this time, and includes only one game – Frozen Synapse – and a bonus game: TRAUMA. Both games work on Windows, Mac and Linux and are DRM free.


How To Chat On Google Talk (Without Leaving Your Browser) No Matter What Website You’re On

3rd October, 2011

There’s one thing about Gtalk that really bothers me. I can only see it when I’m in the Gmail tab, and I easily miss new messages because the only notification I get is when the title of the tab blinks. True, I could go for a desktop client, but many times I have to use other computers, and I can’t always install whatever I want. What then? I set out to find in-browser solutions that will solve this Gtalk problem once and for all.


New Amazon Tablet Now Available Along With Three New Kindles [News]

1st October, 2011

Amazon has finally launched their much awaited tablet – Kindle Fire. The new lean mean machine is basically a 7-inch Android tablet for only $199, on which you can do anything you would be able to do on a regular wi-fi tablet. In short, Fire is not just for books, it’s for movies, apps, music, and more.


Tweak & Customize The Color In Windows 7′s Aero Glass With These 5 Tools

30th September, 2011

One of my favorite features in Windows 7 is Aero Glass. There’s something really appealing about the whole Aero look, and I love changing the look and feel of my system by changing Aero colors. But Windows 7 only offers 14 pre-set Aero colors, and if I need a change I have to go to my display options and do it manually. So Aero colors are a lovely thing, but let’s admit it, they’re a bit limited.