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Erez Zukerman

/ Joined 23 April, 2011

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From Pirate Darling To Dropbox Alternative: BitTorrent Sync Lets You Keep Your Files Synchronized Across Machines

Internet

From Pirate Darling To Dropbox Alternative: BitTorrent Sync Lets You Keep Your Files Synchronized Across Machines

Cloud-based file sync services are easy to use and work well, but your privacy may or may not be your first priority. Not to mention the fact that these services always come with a storage quota, which you can work to maximize maximize, but a quota is a quota. If you’re longing for an alternative, you should check out BitTorrent Sync.

07-05-2013
From Pirate Darling To Dropbox Alternative: BitTorrent Sync Lets You Keep Your Files Synchronized Across Machines
Chameleon Launcher For Android Phones Offers Context-Based Home Screens And Big, Beautiful Widgets

Android

Chameleon Launcher For Android Phones Offers Context-Based Home Screens And Big, Beautiful Widgets

Most Android launchers are relatively similar: Nova, Apex, and friends usually offer what you’d expect: One or more homescreens with some third-party widgets, an app drawer, and app folders. And then there’s Chameleon: A bold rethinking of the launcher — not quite on the order of Facebook Home, but definitely distinguishable from most other launchers. Being different doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better, but it does merit a close look, especially given its slick aesthetics.

02-05-2013
Chameleon Launcher For Android Phones Offers Context-Based Home Screens And Big, Beautiful Widgets
Keep A Beautiful, Orderly, and Private Journal Of Your Thoughts and Days With Diaro For Android

Android Self Improvement

Keep A Beautiful, Orderly, and Private Journal Of Your Thoughts and Days With Diaro For Android

Keeping a personal journal can often help us make sense of the difficult times in our lives, or better remember the good times. If you’re carrying around a smartphone, you already have a powerful and compact device at your disposal, just waiting for your thoughts. And there’s an app for that: Diaro. This polished app/website personal journal combo is not perfect, but has a lot going for it.

30-04-2013
Keep A Beautiful, Orderly, and Private Journal Of Your Thoughts and Days With Diaro For Android
Wallbase For Android: One Of The Best Ways To Find Beautiful Wallpapers On The Go

Android

Wallbase For Android: One Of The Best Ways To Find Beautiful Wallpapers On The Go

Wallpapers are fun, and they’re also one of the best ways to customize and personalize your tech. Today I’m here with an app we haven’t looked at yet: Wallbase, the mobile companion for the venerable wallpaper website (which we did cover previously). While the app is mobile and well-suited for phone use, the wallpapers are not phone-specific: It draws its selection from the endless well of desktop wallpapers on Wallbase, and the picking and cropping are up to you.

25-04-2013
Wallbase For Android: One Of The Best Ways To Find Beautiful Wallpapers On The Go
Enjoy Breathtaking Panoramic Views With SphereShare.net [Android]

Android

Enjoy Breathtaking Panoramic Views With SphereShare.net [Android]

When the Google Nexus 4 first came out, one of the nicest new features it introduced was Photo Spheres. These are immersive 360-degree panoramas you can take with the phone’s camera app, no extra gear needed. In the hands of a skilled photographer they create views that are the next best thing to actually being there. If you’re looking for a service that’s all about Photo Spheres, without any of that pesky “friending”, “circling” and commenting that go on in a social network, look no further than SphereShare.net.

23-04-2013
Enjoy Breathtaking Panoramic Views With SphereShare.net [Android]
SimilarSites For Firefox Helps You Find More Of What You Like

Browsers Internet

SimilarSites For Firefox Helps You Find More Of What You Like

What’s a safe way to find new websites you’re going to like? Based on websites you already like, of course. That’s what SimilarSites for Firefox does, and apparently it does it well enough to be featured on our list of Best Firefox Addons. But I’m here to take a closer look and see just how it performs in real life. To test it out, I am going to try it out on a number of websites I like and see if it comes up with interesting results.

19-04-2013
SimilarSites For Firefox Helps You Find More Of What You Like
Create The Homescreen Of Your Dreams With The Super-Customizable UCCW Widget [Android]

Android

Create The Homescreen Of Your Dreams With The Super-Customizable UCCW Widget [Android]

One of Android’s greatest strength is how customizable it is. Even without rooting your device or installing a custom ROM, you can do some incredible things to shape your phone to be just the way you want it. Installing a third-party launcher like Nova goes a long way, but you can do so much more: UCCW, or Ultimate Custom Widget, is a widget that lets you place custom clocks, battery meters, weather meters, and just about anything else right on your homescreen. Customization is often a painful process, but UCCW makes it incredibly simple.

18-04-2013
Create The Homescreen Of Your Dreams With The Super-Customizable UCCW Widget [Android]
Write & Preview Markdown In Style With LightPaper [Android]

Android

Write & Preview Markdown In Style With LightPaper [Android]

A text editor should not get in your face. The more you notice it, the worse it is. The best ones are nearly invisible, staying out of the way and letting you become one with your prose. For an application as simple as Notepad, that’s easy. But it becomes a trickier proposition if you’re trying for this level of simplicity while still offering advanced features like Dropbox sync and instant Markdown preview. LightPaper is a $2 text editor for Android that rises to the challenge.

16-04-2013
Write & Preview Markdown In Style With LightPaper [Android]
Location Bar Enhancer Makes Firefox’s Address Bar More Useful And Easier To Understand

Browsers

Location Bar Enhancer Makes Firefox’s Address Bar More Useful And Easier To Understand

When you stop and think about it for a moment, what the address bar does most of the time is… nothing. I mean, it just sits there, displaying the current tab’s URL in the plainest, most utilitarian way possible. Is there some way to make the address bar useful even when you’re not typing stuff into it? Location Bar Enhancer for Firefox is an addon that tries to do just that.

12-04-2013
Location Bar Enhancer Makes Firefox’s Address Bar More Useful And Easier To Understand
Tile Tabs for Firefox: Letting You Use The Full Potential Of Your Wide Screen

Browsers

Tile Tabs for Firefox: Letting You Use The Full Potential Of Your Wide Screen

There’s a reason the new Chromebook Pixel, an expensive high-end machine, uses a 3:4 aspect ratio rather than widescreen 16:9. It’s because the Web is vertical. Webpages scroll up and down, but most of us have widescreen machine these days. As a result, most websites have generously proportioned margins – basically, just wide swaths of blank background, showing nothing. Sometimes that’s nice, but sometimes you might want to use all of those pixels more productively.

09-04-2013
Tile Tabs for Firefox: Letting You Use The Full Potential Of Your Wide Screen
Quantro – The Best Tetris Alternative For Android

Android Gaming

Quantro – The Best Tetris Alternative For Android

I can’t remember the last time I wrote an entire MakeUseOf post about a single game. But here I am, dedicating this whole post to tell you about just one game, because it’s that good: Quantro for Android. You won’t find mention of it on the Quantro page, but it’s a Tetris clone. It’s not just a dumb clone, though – it’s even better than the original. They can’t tell you it’s Tetris, supposedly because of copyright issues, so here I am to lay down the truth.

05-04-2013
Quantro – The Best Tetris Alternative For Android
What I MakeUseOf – Jonathan Smiley, ZURB Partner & Design Lead

Internet

What I MakeUseOf – Jonathan Smiley, ZURB Partner & Design Lead

Tools are awesome – if you read MakeUseOf, you probably agree. But the latest isn’t always the greatest. Rather, the greatest is whatever helps you get the job done, saves time, and just plain works. One good way to find those excellent tools is to see what an actual person uses in their daily life to get stuff done. Read on to see what Jonathan Smiley, a partner and a design lead at ZURB uses to get things done.

04-04-2013
What I MakeUseOf – Jonathan Smiley, ZURB Partner & Design Lead
Adobe Photoshop Express for Android: It’s Free, But Is It Any Good?

Android

Adobe Photoshop Express for Android: It’s Free, But Is It Any Good?

Photoshop is not just a strong brand. In the world of photo manipulation, it’s pretty much the only brand. When your product’s name becomes a verb (“photoshopping” images), that says something. But there’s a reason it’s such a strong brand – on the desktop, it is very, very good. So naturally, when looking to review the free Android version of Photoshop called Photoshop Express, I was expecting to be wowed by something at least as awesome as Snapseed.

03-04-2013
Adobe Photoshop Express for Android: It’s Free, But Is It Any Good?
What I MakeUseOf: Greg Wiens, Creative Director At Corel

Internet

What I MakeUseOf: Greg Wiens, Creative Director At Corel

Tools are awesome – if you read MakeUseOf, you probably agree. But the latest isn’t always the greatest – rather, the greatest is whatever helps you get the job done, saves time, and just plain works. One good way to find those excellent tools is to see what an actual person uses in their daily life to get stuff done. Read on for a detailed review showing how Corel’s Creative Director gets work done.

29-03-2013
What I MakeUseOf: Greg Wiens, Creative Director At Corel
No More Space On Your SD Card? Try Clean Master For Some Quick Relief

Android

No More Space On Your SD Card? Try Clean Master For Some Quick Relief

Even with a capacious 16GB SD card, I sometimes find myself running out of space on my Android phone. That usually happens due to my penchant for backing up – I have lots of Titanium Backup archives taking up space on my device, not to mention two or three ROM images (also known as “nandroid backups”) at any given time. Throw in the occasional 1080p video taken with the device, and things can get awfully crowded in a hurry.

26-03-2013
No More Space On Your SD Card? Try Clean Master For Some Quick Relief
Write, And Let The World Revise Your Work With Prose.io For GitHub

Internet

Write, And Let The World Revise Your Work With Prose.io For GitHub

Traditionally, writing is a solitary affair. It’s just you and the screen, or a piece of paper. Man versus text in a battle of wills, wits, and emotion, until suddenly – you’re done. Now it’s time to show the world, to put your text out there and watch what happens. But in these digital times, that’s not the only way to go about writing.

21-03-2013
Write, And Let The World Revise Your Work With Prose.io For GitHub
Feedbin: A Google Reader Replacement That May Be Worth $2 Per Month

Internet

Feedbin: A Google Reader Replacement That May Be Worth $2 Per Month

Google Reader is sun-setting and shutting down on July 1st. Like most Google services, it was free – and in a world where many Web services are free, it’s easy to forget that developers need to eat, too. If you’re not the one paying for their lunch, then the money comes from advertisers. And that means you’re the product, not the customer.

19-03-2013
Feedbin: A Google Reader Replacement That May Be Worth $2 Per Month
NFC Task Launcher: Make Your Phone Smart And Location-Aware [Android]

Android

NFC Task Launcher: Make Your Phone Smart And Location-Aware [Android]

For me, a big part of a smartphone being “smart” is about automation – my phone should know when to switch Wi-Fi on and off on its own; it should be smart enough to be silent when I want it to be silent, and to ring at other times. Generally, it should just do what I want it to do without me having to remember to fiddle with settings throughout the day. There are a few ways to accomplish that.

14-03-2013
NFC Task Launcher: Make Your Phone Smart And Location-Aware [Android]
What I MakeUseOf: Interviewing Roee Adler, Chief Product Officer At Soluto

Internet

What I MakeUseOf: Interviewing Roee Adler, Chief Product Officer At Soluto

Tools are awesome – if you read MakeUseOf, you probably agree. But the latest isn’t always the greatest – rather, the greatest is whatever helps you get the job done, saves time, and just plain works. One good way to find those excellent tools is to see what an actual person uses in their daily life to get stuff done. Read on for a frank, detailed, and quite nerdy interview (with a computer museum inside).

12-03-2013
What I MakeUseOf: Interviewing Roee Adler, Chief Product Officer At Soluto
The Windows 8 Task Manager: A Gem Hidden In Plain Sight

Windows

The Windows 8 Task Manager: A Gem Hidden In Plain Sight

While many parts of Windows 8 are debatable (maybe Modern is the future; maybe it’s not), one element of Windows 8 that has undergone a massive overhaul and made it unequivocally more awesome is the humble Task Manager – that modest window that helps you bail out of trouble whenever you hit Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

01-03-2013
The Windows 8 Task Manager: A Gem Hidden In Plain Sight
Too Good To Be True? Paul For Android Promises Video Without Buffering On The Go

Android

Too Good To Be True? Paul For Android Promises Video Without Buffering On The Go

Paul is one of the more ambitious Android apps I’ve come across in recent memory. Its Google Play banner makes a bold promise: “You will be enjoying videos from your favorite websites, with no buffering delays, and no worries about data overages from your mobile provider!” To get you the videos and music you want, Paul learns your preferences and creates your personalized profile.

28-02-2013
Too Good To Be True? Paul For Android Promises Video Without Buffering On The Go
Dribbble: A Treasure Trove of Visual Inspiration & Excellent Designers

Internet

Dribbble: A Treasure Trove of Visual Inspiration & Excellent Designers

The Web circa 2013 is a very visual place. Websites with glorious imagery abound, whether it’s photo blogs like The Big Picture and friends, or sites like Pinterest that lets users create a visual archive of stuff they like. Then there are all the mobile apps we carry around in our pockets, be they Android or iOS. These have to look pretty too, from icons to screen layouts. If you’re interested in the professional side of this aesthetic explosion, you should check out Dribbble.

26-02-2013
Dribbble: A Treasure Trove of Visual Inspiration & Excellent Designers
Goodreads Reviewed: A Must-Use Site For Any Book Lover

Internet

Goodreads Reviewed: A Must-Use Site For Any Book Lover

If you enjoy reading, and like to use the Internet for finding great new reads, you may well have heard of Goodreads before: This is a superb website hosting a vibrant community of book lovers, teeming with book recommendations and reviews. In other words, an ideal place to find new reads.

21-02-2013
Goodreads Reviewed: A Must-Use Site For Any Book Lover
Who Knew An Android Phone Has Screen Space For Floating Sticky Notes?

Android

Who Knew An Android Phone Has Screen Space For Floating Sticky Notes?

You may often come across a small detail you’d like to remember when you’re out of the house. If you have an Android device, you can always save it into Evernote or OneNote for Android; but personally, sometimes I find these apps an overkill, and end up emailing myself a single line instead. With Floating Stickies, a free app for Android, I may no longer have to do this.

19-02-2013
Who Knew An Android Phone Has Screen Space For Floating Sticky Notes?