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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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Sanity Gives You Complete Control Over Your Phone Calls [Android]

Android

Sanity Gives You Complete Control Over Your Phone Calls [Android]

Imagine having complete control over your phone calls – you decide whose calls actually ring, who gets announced to you first, which calls to record and whether to automatically answer the call. Well, this isn’t a fantasy if you have a Droid. All you need to do is install Sanity. Sanity is a clever little Android application which can control just about anything you can think of to do.

11-01-2013
Sanity Gives You Complete Control Over Your Phone Calls [Android]
Use Wolfram Alpha To Dig Up Cool Statistics About Your Facebook Account [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

Use Wolfram Alpha To Dig Up Cool Statistics About Your Facebook Account [Weekly Facebook Tips]

If you’ve heard of Wolfram Alpha before, you’ll know that it’s a wealth of knowledge that’s occasionally compared to the likes of the Star Trek computer. There are all sorts of weird and wonderful uses for Wolfram Alpha, including powerful search terms, other searching tips, widgets, a variety of cool uses and other truly powerful uses. However, even if you know all about these Wolfram Alpha tools, you may still not yet know about their Facebook analytics tool.

10-01-2013
Use Wolfram Alpha To Dig Up Cool Statistics About Your Facebook Account [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Create Beautiful Widgets To Customize Your Droid [Android 2.2+]

Android

Create Beautiful Widgets To Customize Your Droid [Android 2.2+]

If there’s one thing almost every smartphone owner likes to do, it is customising their phone to make it just right. This includes themes, wallpaper, and choosing which apps and widgets to display on the homescreen. All of these are important as it will make you feel comfortable with your phone and ultimately allow your phone to show you the right information as soon as possible. Anything less and you’re stuck rifling through menus.

08-01-2013
Create Beautiful Widgets To Customize Your Droid [Android 2.2+]
Automatically Sync SD Card Directories To DropBox With DropSpace [Android]

Android

Automatically Sync SD Card Directories To DropBox With DropSpace [Android]

If you’re anything like me, the new year is a time for refreshing and changing things. Something I like to do for my phone is to check if there’s now a better way of doing things, so I don’t get stuck using old clunky tools when something better has cropped up. As a result, I’ve just removed a huge amount of apps and replaced them with things that work much better. One big aspect of this overhaul is the backup system, which can be quite streamlined thanks to some great apps.

04-01-2013
Automatically Sync SD Card Directories To DropBox With DropSpace [Android]
Read Text Messages Automatically With SMS Popup [Android]

Android

Read Text Messages Automatically With SMS Popup [Android]

There are a number of great reasons why you might want to read the contents of an SMS automatically. If you use the regular message notifications, all you see when a text message arrives, is an icon in the message bar, whereas tools like SMS Popup can let you view the contents of the message straight away, without even touching your phone. Useful, right? Quite.

03-01-2013
Read Text Messages Automatically With SMS Popup [Android]
8 Great Chrome Extensions For Facebook You Could Get To Like [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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8 Great Chrome Extensions For Facebook You Could Get To Like [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Today’s extensions will cover notification pop-ups, photo zoom tools, hiding updates you don’t want to see, easy ways to clip and post to Facebook, and a neat way to clean up your Facebook so you only see elements you care about. Once you’re done setting up these extensions, Facebook will be forever changed for you.

01-01-2013
8 Great Chrome Extensions For Facebook You Could Get To Like [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Trouble Reaching Your Goals? Form A Habit Streak [Android]

Android Self Improvement

Trouble Reaching Your Goals? Form A Habit Streak [Android]

Picking up new habits can be a difficult task, which is why numerous popular methods exist to help you manage it. If you regularly find yourself realising that your plan to take a daily morning run is actually more like a once-a-month guilt-ridden excursion, then it’s clear you need to try a new method. Perhaps the Jerry Springer chain method will be able to help you along your way.

20-12-2012
Trouble Reaching Your Goals? Form A Habit Streak [Android]
IFTTT Automation For Your Facebook Page [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

IFTTT Automation For Your Facebook Page [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook Page administrators realise that it takes time and effort to create a vibrant, useful page for fans to enjoy. While some administrators are paid for their efforts, many more are merely volunteering their time for a cause they believe in – their band, a local club or a cause. For these page admins especially, it’s incredibly useful to be able to automate as many of their tasks as possible. Now, when it comes to automating social media tasks, the best place to turn is IFTTT.

18-12-2012
IFTTT Automation For Your Facebook Page [Weekly Facebook Tips]
5.5 Great Firefox Extensions to Make Facebook Awesome [Weekly Facebook Tips]

5.5 Great Firefox Extensions to Make Facebook Awesome [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook users are continually finding themselves frustrated by settings that cannot be changed within Facebook, or simply finding that Facebook is too integrated (or not integrated enough) into the rest of their lives. The good news is that some of this can be controlled with a few decent browser extensions for Firefox. If you love tweaking your browser so that your favourite websites behave just so, then you’ll love this post.

11-12-2012
5.5 Great Firefox Extensions to Make Facebook Awesome [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Vox Is The Sleek, Light-Weight Music Player You’ve Been Waiting For [Mac]

Mac

Vox Is The Sleek, Light-Weight Music Player You’ve Been Waiting For [Mac]

Are you frustrated at how huge and bloated most music-playing software is? The iTunes players of the world are really quite hefty, which is quite unnecessary if all you want to do is play a few tunes. Well, if you’re looking for something small, yet sophisticated for your Mac, you should definitely check out Vox. It’s lightweight, good-looking and has just the right amount of features for a regular music-lover to enjoy. Plus, it’s free.

06-12-2012
Vox Is The Sleek, Light-Weight Music Player You’ve Been Waiting For [Mac]
A Festive Guide To Facebook Gifts [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

A Festive Guide To Facebook Gifts [Weekly Facebook Tips]

So, the holiday season is well and truly upon us and you’re probably wondering what sorts of presents to get the various people in your life and how to get them delivered in time. While answering the question of “what” to get them is a little difficult, we can certainly help you with the “how” of getting it there. You may or may not already know that Facebook has opened a gift section to their site.

04-12-2012
A Festive Guide To Facebook Gifts [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Use gTasks To Synchronize Your Tasks With Google [Android]

Android

Use gTasks To Synchronize Your Tasks With Google [Android]

These days, there are a million and one great ways to manage a to-do list online and via mobile apps. That said, there’s often still a few people who are not yet using one of the better ones, so it’s worth letting you all know which they are just in case! If you’re a big user of Google services like Gmail and Google docs, then you might have tried using Google Tasks.

30-11-2012
Use gTasks To Synchronize Your Tasks With Google [Android]
8 Great Evernote Widgets & Add-ons [Android]

Android

8 Great Evernote Widgets & Add-ons [Android]

Have you been collecting awesome notes and information in Evernote for a while, but not really experimented with the many Android apps and widgets you can use yet? Well, if this sounds like you then you’ll love today’s line-up of apps. We know there’s a good number of Evernote fans and Android fans lurking on MakeUseOf, so we thought we’d make a list of apps and widgets.

29-11-2012
8 Great Evernote Widgets & Add-ons [Android]
What Are The Best Facebook Music Apps? [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

What Are The Best Facebook Music Apps? [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Music lovers of Facebook, now is the time to have your mind blown. I’d guess that many of you have tried one or two music-related applications on Facebook and maybe decided on your favourite one and left it at that. I’d also guess that you don’t really know just how many great music applications are out there and that you have no idea how much you could enjoy yourself by checking them out.

27-11-2012
What Are The Best Facebook Music Apps? [Weekly Facebook Tips]
A Few Things You Might Not Know About Timeline [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

A Few Things You Might Not Know About Timeline [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook is becoming such a huge, complicated website that it’s really easy for knowledge about certain things you can do with the site to pass you by completely. Only recently, I realised that photos on your timeline can be repositioned. Until then, I’d thought you were just stuck with the automatic positioning. It seems that these tools can be sitting right under your nose and yet you won’t necessarily notice it.

20-11-2012
A Few Things You Might Not Know About Timeline [Weekly Facebook Tips]
The Rise And Fall And Rise Of Apple: A Brief History

Mac

The Rise And Fall And Rise Of Apple: A Brief History

The success of Apple indeed lies with their attitude of “Thinking Differently”. While the company may not have always been heralded as a success, their strength over the years has come from great vision and not always doing the same things as the competition. They have been bold and occasionally put a few noses out of joint, but that’s the price paid for thinking outside the box. Though many of us are fans of the Apple products, not all fans are well versed in the history of the company.

16-11-2012
The Rise And Fall And Rise Of Apple: A Brief History
Amazing Ways To Experience Railway Journeys Online

Internet

Amazing Ways To Experience Railway Journeys Online

There are so many great reasons why you might want to take in a railway journey from the comfort of your own home. Whatever the reason for wanting to view railway journeys online, the trick is being able to find the best ones. So, in order to make your life a little easier, we’ve compiled this list of great virtual railway journeys you can take right now. Happy travels!

15-11-2012
Amazing Ways To Experience Railway Journeys Online
How To Use Facebook Places Location Tagging Safely [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

How To Use Facebook Places Location Tagging Safely [Weekly Facebook Tips]

If you’re on Facebook a bit, you’ve probably noticed people adding a location to their posts and photos, tagging their friends in locations and generally making it clear that they’re out and about having a great time. Maybe you have had a go at this yourself or perhaps you’ve never managed to get around to it. What is clear about Facebook location tagging though, is that it’s easy and it’s good fun. Here’s how you can get started with Facebook Places.

13-11-2012
How To Use Facebook Places Location Tagging Safely [Weekly Facebook Tips]
7 Reasons To Get A Raspberry Pi

DIY

7 Reasons To Get A Raspberry Pi

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Raspberry Pi by now. If not, you’re in for a treat. It’s a tiny little computer that’s dirt cheap and incredibly customisable. Here at MakeUseOf, along with most geeky places online, we’ve fallen in love with the Raspberry Pi. Many of us have one or more and have come up with some fantastic ways to use them for play or for work.

08-11-2012
7 Reasons To Get A Raspberry Pi
How To Spot a Fake Facebook Account & Stay Safe [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

How To Spot a Fake Facebook Account & Stay Safe [Weekly Facebook Tips]

According to a fairly recent estimate by Facebook, there are around 83 million fake accounts on the social network. Sure, a few of these are duplicate accounts or businesses using personal accounts instead of pages, but that still leaves a huge amount of outright fake accounts. And these accounts are out there trying to weasel in as your friend, probably so they can spam you or perform some elaborate phishing scams down the track.

06-11-2012
How To Spot a Fake Facebook Account & Stay Safe [Weekly Facebook Tips]
How To Look Good On a Webcam

Internet

How To Look Good On a Webcam

Here’s a little something many of us dread – webcam meetings. It’s one thing to chat with friends and family using Skype or Google Hangouts, but it’s another thing completely to try to look good and maintain a professional image for a webcam meeting. The same sense of dread can apply to anyone who has to record video for a presentation or for a show they’re hosting.

02-11-2012
How To Look Good On a Webcam
Give Clothes Twice The Life: Buy Or Sell Fashion Items At Twice

Internet

Give Clothes Twice The Life: Buy Or Sell Fashion Items At Twice

Are you feeling the pinch of the recession, yet not willing to sacrifice your style too much? Well, there’s a brand new site waiting to inspire you with the best quality second-hand clothes around. Twice is the hottest new thing in clothing sales and well worth checking out! The prices will astound you, but the quality will be no less than top-notch. And if you’re looking to sell your clothes, Twice is also the place to go.

01-11-2012
Give Clothes Twice The Life: Buy Or Sell Fashion Items At Twice
How To Ensure You’re Not Outed On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

How To Ensure You’re Not Outed On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

You may have heard recently that two gay college students were outed on Facebook because of a public group they were added to. Now, many people are crying out for Facebook to change their ways, but in the meantime there’s plenty you can do to protect yourself and your friends from a similar fate. Do you want all your acquaintances knowing about your political preferences? Who should know where you stand on some of the bigger moral debates?

30-10-2012
How To Ensure You’re Not Outed On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]
StumbleUpon For Firefox – It’s Still Awesome

Internet Browsers

StumbleUpon For Firefox – It’s Still Awesome

Where do you get your fix of fun, interesting sites to look at? These days, it’s probably Reddit, Twitter or Facebook. But do you remember the time when the best site to find new interesting content was StumbleUpon? You might be pleased to know that it never really went away. People have continued to Stumble cool content all this time, so with a few tweaks it’s now actually better than ever.

26-10-2012
StumbleUpon For Firefox – It’s Still Awesome