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Angela Randall

/ Joined 18 March, 2010

Ange is an Internet Studies & Journalism graduate who loves working online, writing and social media.

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Give Your Facebook Page A Makeover [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

Give Your Facebook Page A Makeover [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Is this you? You made a Facebook page for your association, made it look alright, set up a few things, got a few fans and then left the page lying around dormant. Sound familiar? Probably. It’s just so easy to get distracted with the rest of life. Things like Facebook pages can easily get left to go quite dusty.

09-07-2013
Give Your Facebook Page A Makeover [Weekly Facebook Tips]
How to Child-Proof Your Android Phone

Android

How to Child-Proof Your Android Phone

If you’ve got kids and an Android phone or tablet, you know too well that sometimes they are going to want to have a play or learn with some toddler apps. On occasion, you might also want to hand over the Android device to your child as a distraction. In order to ensure your data and wallet are protected from what your child might do while it’s in their hands, you need to set things up correctly from the start. Here’s what you can do to child-proof your phone.

05-07-2013
How to Child-Proof Your Android Phone
Synchronise Your Mac Apps with Dropbox

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Synchronise Your Mac Apps with Dropbox

Why would you want to sync your app data? Well, perhaps in order to keep backups in the cloud. Or maybe you would do this in order to sync with another computer somewhere. You’ll be pleased to know there are ways to do this, and they are generally quite easy, depending on how in-depth you want to go and even if your favourite apps don’t offer in-app sync, there are usually still ways to do it.

04-07-2013
Synchronise Your Mac Apps with Dropbox
Four Cool New Tools From Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

Four Cool New Tools From Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

With giant apps like Facebook, you sometimes find that little changes creep in without you noticing. Some are good, some are bad, but all of them make the landscape ever so slightly different. Also, they can be extremely useful. Facebook’s latest crop of improvements are actually pretty big news.

02-07-2013
Four Cool New Tools From Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Enough Already: 4 Android Apps To Curb Your Smartphone Addiction

Android

Enough Already: 4 Android Apps To Curb Your Smartphone Addiction

These smartphones are fantastic for productivity, really. You can check your email, research things online, read your RSS feeds, take photos, upload them to Facebook, read what your friends have to say on Facebook, chat to friends using a variety of IMs… wait. Somewhere in that list my productivity got thrown out of the window. That’s why I’ve decided to investigate a few apps that claim to help you regain your life by blocking your smartphone activity.

28-06-2013
Enough Already: 4 Android Apps To Curb Your Smartphone Addiction
Need New Tabs On Your Facebook Page? [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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Need New Tabs On Your Facebook Page? [Weekly Facebook Tips]

If you run a Facebook Page, you probably want to make it the perfect portfolio for your business or association. Facebook presences are important these days, because if your audience is there already you’ll want to make the most of it. To make the most of your Facebook page, it’s a great idea to add some tabs.

25-06-2013
Need New Tabs On Your Facebook Page? [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Make Your Own Free Family Tree Online Using Geni

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Make Your Own Free Family Tree Online Using Geni

For those of you who have considered doing your family tree using an online service, you may have noticed that there’s a lot of variance between what is available from each service – and for what price. I did a lot of research into the various offerings and finally decided I would use Geni for many reasons.

22-06-2013
Make Your Own Free Family Tree Online Using Geni
The Quickest, Easiest Way To Record Skype Calls For Mac And Windows

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The Quickest, Easiest Way To Record Skype Calls For Mac And Windows

These days, almost everyone has a Skype account. It has quickly become the default communication method for long-distance calls and video chats as it is free and easy to use. Once you’re in the habit of using Skype regularly, though, you start finding other neat things you can do with it. Like, for instance, recording calls. There are so many great reasons you may have for recording calls on Skype, so whatever it is you need to record; here’s how you do it.

20-06-2013
The Quickest, Easiest Way To Record Skype Calls For Mac And Windows
Double The Social Power: How To Integrate Pinterest And Facebook

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Double The Social Power: How To Integrate Pinterest And Facebook

Most curators of visual content have a Pinterest account and either a Facebook account, page or group. Today we’ll focus on connecting Facebook Pages and Pinterest accounts; however many of these ideas could be used to connect regular Facebook accounts and Facebook groups too. In the end, the aim is to you know your audience, have a plan and make your work as simple as possible.

18-06-2013
Double The Social Power: How To Integrate Pinterest And Facebook
Save Yourself The Lines And Buy Great Digital Gifts With These Services

Internet

Save Yourself The Lines And Buy Great Digital Gifts With These Services

If a friend’s big event has crept up on you, you may have just found yourself in the market for buying a last-minute digital gift, which you know will arrive in time for their celebrations. But what present will you get? And how? These days, buying virtual gifts for your friends and family is actually more common than you might think.

14-06-2013
Save Yourself The Lines And Buy Great Digital Gifts With These Services
Gramps Lets You Print Free Customised Family Tree Charts [Cross-Platform]

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Gramps Lets You Print Free Customised Family Tree Charts [Cross-Platform]

At some point in your life, you’ve probably considered looking into your family tree and making sense of it all. If you’re the technical guru of the family, you’ve possibly also considered how you might digitise all the information your family has collected in order to make a neat-looking family tree to pass around to all the relatives. Gramps is free, open-source family tree making software which makes this part of the process is easy and completely free. Today we’ll focus on building the best family tree printouts for you.

13-06-2013
Gramps Lets You Print Free Customised Family Tree Charts [Cross-Platform]
Force Facebook To Show Thumbnail Images For Links & More Image Tweaks [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

Force Facebook To Show Thumbnail Images For Links & More Image Tweaks [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Here’s a little problem that almost all of us have experienced at least once. You go to Facebook with an awesome link you want to share, paste it in and realise there’s no image thumbnail showing up. You can’t seem to make Facebook understand that the page does have images on it and you’d really like to show a thumbnail. Or can you?

11-06-2013
Force Facebook To Show Thumbnail Images For Links & More Image Tweaks [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Discover Jaw-Dropping Views & Experience Nature With These Google Earth Sites

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Discover Jaw-Dropping Views & Experience Nature With These Google Earth Sites

Have you got a great reason to do some armchair tourism? Maybe you’re researching your next holiday destination, or looking to educate your kids, or you’re unable to travel for real and looking to see the world anyway. Maybe you’re just too comfy on your couch and prefer to do your sight-seeing this way for now. We know, we do it too. So, you want to find the most beautiful places on earth and take a look?

07-03-2013
Discover Jaw-Dropping Views & Experience Nature With These Google Earth Sites
Two Great Interactive Stories For Kids (And More) [Android/iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Two Great Interactive Stories For Kids (And More) [Android/iOS]

If you’ve got kids and a penchant for technology, you’ve probably thought about getting a few interactive books for your kids to read. These days there are quite a few good choices available, so it’s worth taking a closer look at a couple more of the best books occasionally to help you find things you like.

01-03-2013
Two Great Interactive Stories For Kids (And More) [Android/iOS]
Use Hushed To Create Disposable Phone Numbers In 40 Countries [Android/iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Use Hushed To Create Disposable Phone Numbers In 40 Countries [Android/iOS]

There are many situations in life where you need someone to be able to contact you reliably, but do not want them to permanently have your phone number. Consider these situations: dating or selling goods online. Both of these circumstances are great examples of why a throw-away phone number might be a good idea.

28-02-2013
Use Hushed To Create Disposable Phone Numbers In 40 Countries [Android/iOS]
Facebook Search Used as an Interpersonal Weapon: What to Watch For [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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Facebook Search Used as an Interpersonal Weapon: What to Watch For [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook has always been an easy way to accidentally expose yourself to unwanted privacy breaches, however with the new Facebook Graph Search it’s even easier to get stung. You might think you’ve locked down your account very well, only to find that things that you’d forgotten all about are now embarrassing you. It doesn’t even matter if you have enemies or not – all it takes is for someone to come up with the right search term.

26-02-2013
Facebook Search Used as an Interpersonal Weapon: What to Watch For [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Endomondo Sports Tracker Helps You Keep Track of Your Fitness Goals [Android]

Android

Endomondo Sports Tracker Helps You Keep Track of Your Fitness Goals [Android]

In many parts of the northern hemisphere, we’re just starting to see the first signs that Spring might be on its way. Even if you’re not lucky enough to be seeing these signs yet, in reality we all know that the bulk of Winter is past us and Summer is not too far away. You know what this means? Time to shape up! Yes, it’s time for the excuses about cold weather to go out of the window and for a regular fitness habit to take their place.

22-02-2013
Endomondo Sports Tracker Helps You Keep Track of Your Fitness Goals [Android]
The End for Windows Live Messenger: What Are the Alternatives?

Windows

The End for Windows Live Messenger: What Are the Alternatives?

If you’ve been a dedicated user of Windows Live Messenger, it’s time to start considering your options for future messaging. Today we’ll talk about how you can migrate to Skype, what alternative chat options are out there and how you can make the whole transition easier for yourself.

21-02-2013
The End for Windows Live Messenger: What Are the Alternatives?
Cool Things To Search For With Graph Search [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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Cool Things To Search For With Graph Search [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook Graph Search recently made a huge splash on the search scene, allowing all Facebook users to mine data that is either public or visible to them via their friends. The result is that regular users now have access to all sorts of information about friends and strangers. Some of that information can be quite interesting or useful, while some of it can be downright scary.

19-02-2013
Cool Things To Search For With Graph Search [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Yummly Lets You Share Recipes Just by Saying “Yum”

Internet

Yummly Lets You Share Recipes Just by Saying “Yum”

Fans of online recipe sites may have heard of Yummly before as it’s been around for a while. But recently it’s had one hell of a spruce-up and added a whole lot of new social features and other updates to the site. Browsing Yummly has never looked better and sharing recipes is now as easy as pressing “Yum”.

15-02-2013
Yummly Lets You Share Recipes Just by Saying “Yum”
7 Ways to Check Your Holiday Destination Before You Book

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7 Ways to Check Your Holiday Destination Before You Book

Traveling the world these days is an amazing experience. Not only is it simple to book flights and accommodation online, but you can research the destination in great detail before you even decide to book your tickets. It’s possible to see in advance what the ski slopes look like, where the best local nightclubs are, see the layout of local shopping centers and know exactly where the nearest usable ATM is.

14-02-2013
7 Ways to Check Your Holiday Destination Before You Book
Ensure Your Facebook Competition Doesn’t Shut Down Your Page [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

Ensure Your Facebook Competition Doesn’t Shut Down Your Page [Weekly Facebook Tips]

If you run any sort of Facebook page – even a small one – you may have considered running a competition. And why not? Competitions are a great way to get people talking and interacting with your page, which is just what you want to keep things on your page active and interesting. You should listen to a few words of caution though before you get started.

12-02-2013
Ensure Your Facebook Competition Doesn’t Shut Down Your Page [Weekly Facebook Tips]
How To Use Serval Mesh To Chat To Other Mobile Phones Without A Phone Network [Android 2.2+]

Android

How To Use Serval Mesh To Chat To Other Mobile Phones Without A Phone Network [Android 2.2+]

For those of us living in first world cities, it’s hard to imagine how we would get on if we couldn’t communicate easily with our mobile phones. Yes, some of us might recall the days of pay phones and landlines, and just how irritating all of that was, but the concept of having no working telecommunications at all seems so unlikely that we forget to plan for it. But that’s exactly what we should be doing – planning ahead for emergencies.

07-02-2013
How To Use Serval Mesh To Chat To Other Mobile Phones Without A Phone Network [Android 2.2+]