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Dave LeClair

Alternative Monetization Manager / Joined 28 June, 2011

Dave LeClair loves games on console, PC, mobile, handheld, and any electronic device that is capable of playing them! He manages the Deals section, writes articles, and does lots of behind the scenes work at MakeUseOf.

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Apple Forced To Replace Frayed MagSafe Power Cords [News]

Internet Mac

Apple Forced To Replace Frayed MagSafe Power Cords [News]

Apple has come up against a class action lawsuit. They don’t believe they are at fault, but they’ve decided to settle anyway. Any old school Mac owners who have the original MagSafe power cords, and have had it fray on them, can now get a free replacement or some money. This is great news if you are stuck with a broken charger. Now you don’t have to spend a penny to get a new one.

12-11-2011
Apple Forced To Replace Frayed MagSafe Power Cords [News]
Use Batch To Easily Share Large Groups Of Photos On Your iPhone

iPhone and iPad

Use Batch To Easily Share Large Groups Of Photos On Your iPhone

Batch allows users to easily create groups of photos with friends via a simple in-app interface and share them quickly and easily. It also allows the ‘Batches’ of photos to be shared on Twitter and Facebook. It’s a great free app that gives that awesome new camera on the iPhone, a completely new purpose.

11-11-2011
Use Batch To Easily Share Large Groups Of Photos On Your iPhone
Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader Now Available In Mozilla Firefox [News]

Browsers Internet

Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader Now Available In Mozilla Firefox [News]

Recently, Amazon launched their Kindle Cloud Reader, which allows Kindle users to read their books in many of their favorite browsers. However, one browser that was missing from the list was Mozilla Firefox. From day one, the HTML 5 based service supported Google Chrome, and the mobile and desktop version of Safari.

10-11-2011
Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader Now Available In Mozilla Firefox [News]
3 Reasons Why Nintendo Took A Financial Downturn [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

3 Reasons Why Nintendo Took A Financial Downturn [MUO Gaming]

It was not long ago that Nintendo was setting the video game world on fire with the two most popular gaming systems on the market. Sony and Microsoft were in an epic battle for second place, because there was no point in even trying to beat the Wii in console sales. Nintendo was literally outselling the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 combined without even breaking a sweat.

08-11-2011
3 Reasons Why Nintendo Took A Financial Downturn [MUO Gaming]
Firefox 8 Is Available Now For Download [News]

Browsers Linux

Firefox 8 Is Available Now For Download [News]

The official release of Firefox version 8 is actually on Tuesday, but as happens with most Firefox releases, you can actually download the final version a bit early. Fear not, this is not some crazy hack method or anything. You are downloading the files directly from Mozilla’s servers, so you can rest assured that it is safe.

07-11-2011
Firefox 8 Is Available Now For Download [News]
YouTube Movie Page Receives New Look [News]

Internet

YouTube Movie Page Receives New Look [News]

Just recently YouTube put out a nice update that made some changes to the end of the video screen and the playlist feature, and now they are at it again, bringing an update to their movie page. Everything looks a lot cleaner now on the new page, and it is certainly easier to navigate. I would say the layout looks somewhat similar to Netflix, which is a good thing.

05-11-2011
YouTube Movie Page Receives New Look [News]
2 Extensions That Improve The Speed & Functionality Of Google Docs [Chrome]

Browsers

2 Extensions That Improve The Speed & Functionality Of Google Docs [Chrome]

Google Docs is without a doubt one of the easiest ways to collaborate with multiple people on a single document. It offers a slew of features that make it easy to collaborate with others. However, there are always ways to improve, and thankfully that is where extensions come in. There are two particularly useful ones that I am going to take a look at today.

04-11-2011
2 Extensions That Improve The Speed & Functionality Of Google Docs [Chrome]
Microsoft Word Bug Linked To Duqu Virus [News]

Windows

Microsoft Word Bug Linked To Duqu Virus [News]

A new virus is making the rounds, and this one has the potential to be very serious. The Duqu virus has source code similar to Stuxnet, which was believed to have played havoc with Iran’s nuclear program. Everyone is looking to unlock the secret behind this serious virus, but for now it looks like it is being linked with a piece of software downloaded from corrupted Microsoft Word documents.

04-11-2011
Microsoft Word Bug Linked To Duqu Virus [News]
Add More SMS Ringtones To Your iPhone For Free With SMS Tones

iPhone and iPad

Add More SMS Ringtones To Your iPhone For Free With SMS Tones

One of the most talked about features of Apple’s new mobile operating system is the ability to add custom SMS and alert tones to your iPhone. Back in the old days the iPhone limited users to only a few SMS tones, which is why everywhere you went all you heard was that annoying tritone sound. Thankfully, with iOS 5, Apple included many more ringtones right off the bat, and you can add more.

02-11-2011
Add More SMS Ringtones To Your iPhone For Free With SMS Tones
WriteRoom Adds Support For Lion & Word Count Tracking [News]

Mac

WriteRoom Adds Support For Lion & Word Count Tracking [News]

Sometimes, when you are trying to write seriously, all the bells and whistles of a word processor can cause more harm than help. When I am in the zone, the last thing I want is all kinds of flashy buttons and crazy little paper clips talking to me and telling me I made a typo. All this does is break my train of thought and completely derail a project. That is where WriteRoom comes in.

02-11-2011
WriteRoom Adds Support For Lion & Word Count Tracking [News]
Google Reader Receives Update – Adds Google+ & New Design [News]

Internet

Google Reader Receives Update – Adds Google+ & New Design [News]

It feels like it has been a long time, but Google finally updated their popular RSS reader with a new look and some minor new features. The first and most obvious change is the overall look of the app. The basic functionality behind it all is the same, but I have to say that the new look is a lot nicer, and it feels a lot cleaner than the old one.

01-11-2011
Google Reader Receives Update – Adds Google+ & New Design [News]
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