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Google+ Adds Free Photo Editing Suite [News]

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Google+ Adds Free Photo Editing Suite [News]

Social networks rely on photos as a means of communication. Where have you been? What have you been doing? Who are you with? Now Google+ users can now look a little better doing whatever with whomever, thanks to a free photo editing suite called Creative Kit. It unexpectedly arrived a few days ago, and brings a range of options available for free.

31-10-2011
Google+ Adds Free Photo Editing Suite [News]
Bundlr – Easily Collect and Share (Cool) Stuff You Find Online on a Single Page

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Bundlr – Easily Collect and Share (Cool) Stuff You Find Online on a Single Page

There are times when you know you want to put together a collection of photos, articles, tweets, videos and snippets of things from around the web. Maybe you’re brainstorming for an article you’re going to write, following some breaking news, planning a holiday, collecting reasons to support your fundraising cause, or maybe you’re just redecorating your house and need to collect inspiration ideas.

27-10-2011
Bundlr – Easily Collect and Share (Cool) Stuff You Find Online on a Single Page
Use Your Google+ Profile For Your Blogger Blogs [News]

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Use Your Google+ Profile For Your Blogger Blogs [News]

Seems like every other week now, Google rolls out new features for enhancing its social networking site, Google+, which it says over 40 million people have joined. This week it announced plans for allowing Google Blogger users to replace their Blogger profile with their Google+ profile, which essentially means tighter integration between both of the popular services and means of communication.

27-10-2011
Use Your Google+ Profile For Your Blogger Blogs [News]
4 Web Apps To See What’s Trending On Facebook (And Other Social Sites)

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4 Web Apps To See What’s Trending On Facebook (And Other Social Sites)

The word ‘viral’ is just the word you would use when it comes to something that’s popular on Facebook. Whether it is a game like FarmVille or the latest I-want-it-for-my-profile-pic silhouette photo of Steve Jobs, things can be left to their own devices once you press the Share or Like button-links. But how do you as a user discover the great content that’s being shared across the millions of pages on Facebook?

24-10-2011
4 Web Apps To See What’s Trending On Facebook (And Other Social Sites)
6 Facebook Stereotypes We All Know & (May) Love

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6 Facebook Stereotypes We All Know & (May) Love

I’ve taken a look at the top Reddit commenters that drive me nuts, and I’ve also told you what you need to stop posting on Facebook. However, what if you smash those two topics together? Well, you get the top stereotypes that exist on Facebook! Now, not all Facebook stereotypes are bad. However, it’s up to you to decide, so let’s look at them all.

11-10-2011
6 Facebook Stereotypes We All Know & (May) Love
The Smartphone Syndrome: Are We Becoming Too Addicted To Our Phones For Our Own Good? [Opinion]

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

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.

11-10-2011
The Smartphone Syndrome: Are We Becoming Too Addicted To Our Phones For Our Own Good? [Opinion]
How To Control Your Privacy With The Facebook Timeline

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How To Control Your Privacy With The Facebook Timeline

While the new Facebook timeline looks fantastic, there are a few privacy concerns worth keeping in mind. For most people, certain things will need adjusting before you can be completely sure that your posts aren’t being exposed to the public unintentionally. We’ll take you through some of the major things you should check.

11-10-2011
How To Control Your Privacy With The Facebook Timeline
Steve Jobs Scams Spread Via Social Networking [News]

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Steve Jobs Scams Spread Via Social Networking [News]

Online mischief-makers focusing on social media love to take advantage of your emotions. They convince you that you can see your Facebook stalkers, disguise themselves as political activists, and even use mourning to generate clicks. It’s no surprise, then, that scammers have been quick to latch on to the death of Steve Jobs.

11-10-2011
Steve Jobs Scams Spread Via Social Networking [News]
5 Fascinating & Inspiring TED Talks That Explore The Edge Of Technology

5 Fascinating & Inspiring TED Talks That Explore The Edge Of Technology

Throughout history, humans have been absorbed by mastering the challenges of their time. Over the past century, developments have been moving forward in an evermore breathtaking speed. We call it modern technology and it has made things possible that only few people dared to dream about as little as 20 or 50 years ago. So where is the edge of technology at today?

04-10-2011
5 Fascinating & Inspiring TED Talks That Explore The Edge Of Technology
How To Enable Facebook’s New “Timeline” Profile Right Now Before Anyone Else Gets It

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How To Enable Facebook’s New “Timeline” Profile Right Now Before Anyone Else Gets It

Yesterday Facebook announced a host of new features in what was described by industry observers as the biggest shakeup in Facebook’s history. Most of these changes are obviously due to the emerging and growing threat from Google Plus, and one of the features that Mark Zuckerberg introduced was the radical redesign of the profile page. It’s called the “timeline”.

23-09-2011
How To Enable Facebook’s New “Timeline” Profile Right Now Before Anyone Else Gets It
How To Use Twitter To Organize A Protest [Opinion]

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How To Use Twitter To Organize A Protest [Opinion]

The placard is old-world. If you want to raise a hue and cry, there’s nothing better than social networking to voice your protests. Causes have found a new venue on Twitter and Facebook. The ‘Arab Spring’ showed the world that civil resistance has got a new weapon in the form of Twitter.

20-09-2011
How To Use Twitter To Organize A Protest [Opinion]
The 6 Best Sub-Reddits You Should Be Checking On A Regular Basis

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The 6 Best Sub-Reddits You Should Be Checking On A Regular Basis

I have made it known that, other than MakeUseOf, Reddit is my absolute favorite website on the Internet. I have lost track of the amount of hours I have spent hanging around the darkest corners of the Reddit universe. Reddit is nice and neatly divided into Sub-Reddits, but for the uninitiated user who doesn’t know what Sub-Reddits they should be checking, this can be very intimidating.

14-09-2011
The 6 Best Sub-Reddits You Should Be Checking On A Regular Basis
2 Tools To Turn Your LinkedIn Profile Into A Neat-Looking Resume

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2 Tools To Turn Your LinkedIn Profile Into A Neat-Looking Resume

LinkedIn isn’t only good for networking. Those who maintain detailed LinkedIn profiles can turn them into informative online resumes to jump start their job search. There are a few handy tools that will both allow you quickly import your LinkedIn professional summary, help make it look neat and professional and even let you host your resume for free.

05-09-2011
2 Tools To Turn Your LinkedIn Profile Into A Neat-Looking Resume
Grow Your Photos With Google’s Photovine [iOS]

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Grow Your Photos With Google’s Photovine [iOS]

Photovine is like Flickr in that it allows users to share their photos in a social way. It is designed to make sharing and uploading photos easy and fun. It also makes it easy to find photos that interest you because of the inclusion of Vines. Vines are similar to tags in Flickr. They are groups of pictures that are similar.

29-08-2011
Grow Your Photos With Google’s Photovine [iOS]
How The London Riots Showed The Dark Side Of Social Media [Opinion]

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How The London Riots Showed The Dark Side Of Social Media [Opinion]

As I sit here wondering how things will pan out for London after the riots, I can’t help but turn towards Twitter for relevant information about my local area. The media is repeating the same tired footage and quotes from various politicians, and everyone is using the events to forward their own political goals or views of society. Yet all I want to know is – are my wife and I safe here?

17-08-2011
How The London Riots Showed The Dark Side Of Social Media [Opinion]
Use Reddit Like A Boss With This Combo Package

Use Reddit Like A Boss With This Combo Package

Today, we’re going to take a look at a couple of browser extensions that will enhance your Reddit experience. One of them is an old fogey, so you might of already heard of it by now, but the other is a young buck that came out very recently. After using them both for a while, you’ll be a karma-collecting fiend.

01-08-2011
Use Reddit Like A Boss With This Combo Package
3 Ways to Get Information Out of Google Plus and Into Other Social Networks

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3 Ways to Get Information Out of Google Plus and Into Other Social Networks

Are you drinking the Google Plus kool-aid? Or are you sitting on the fence? Would you be more likely to use it if there were a few more useful tools around for you to use with it? It’s true, Google Plus is pretty good, but it’s lacking decent interaction to other tools we use on a daily basis. That might be exactly what Google wants, but not necessarily what we users are after.

26-07-2011
3 Ways to Get Information Out of Google Plus and Into Other Social Networks
Music Streaming With Spotify: What You Get For Free

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Music Streaming With Spotify: What You Get For Free

The long awaited streaming music service, Spotify landed in the U.S. last week. Unlike other streaming services, however, Spotify offers an ad-supported free option, which makes millions of albums and songs available to you through the Spotify desktop client. Let’s explore what else you get for free and what you don’t.

25-07-2011
Music Streaming With Spotify: What You Get For Free
Take Control Of Your Photo Albums With Easy Photo Uploader For Facebook [Windows]

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Take Control Of Your Photo Albums With Easy Photo Uploader For Facebook [Windows]

Uploading photos directly to Facebook can be a hassle at times, especially if you are uploading large images that Facebook needs to compress and resize before you can edit your album information. If you’re uploading a lot of photos at once, give Easy Photo Uploader for Facebook a try.

22-07-2011
Take Control Of Your Photo Albums With Easy Photo Uploader For Facebook [Windows]
How To Transfer Your Xbox 360 Profile & Other Data To A USB Flash Drive

Gaming

How To Transfer Your Xbox 360 Profile & Other Data To A USB Flash Drive

Did you know that you can use any USB drive that has a capacity between 1GB and 16GB as a memory unit for your Xbox 360? Once formatted and prepared you can transfer profiles, game saves and other files from your hard drive onto your new memory unit. All you’ll need is a flash drive and your console.

18-07-2011
How To Transfer Your Xbox 360 Profile & Other Data To A USB Flash Drive
Optimise Your Article Content for SEO & Social Media as You Write

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Optimise Your Article Content for SEO & Social Media as You Write

Maybe you have your own blog or maybe you write for someone else’s blog. Maybe you’re a journalist. Whatever your line of writing, it’s likely that at least some of it will be on the Internet. If that’s the case, you’re probably quite good at writing about your favourite niches. But do you sometimes long to know what it is people are talking about?

15-07-2011
Optimise Your Article Content for SEO & Social Media as You Write