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Erez Zukerman

/ Joined 23 April, 2011

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Wacom Intuos5 touch Small Pen Tablet Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Wacom Intuos5 touch Small Pen Tablet Review and Giveaway

Pen tablets are an awesome invention. I don’t mean those tiny pads you use to sign electronic documents at the bank (although those are nice too). I mean the serious, professional models that artists use to create mind-blowing paintings and conjure Photoshop magic. We will be giving away a brand-new Wacom Intuos5 touch Small tablet to a lucky winner, so if you’d like to have a chance at winning it, just join the giveaway after the review.

31-05-2012
Wacom Intuos5 touch Small Pen Tablet Review and Giveaway
Which One Does More: Jailbroken iOS vs. Custom ROM Android

Android iPhone and iPad

Which One Does More: Jailbroken iOS vs. Custom ROM Android

Sometimes it feels like the “Android vs. iPhone” war is taking on epic, religious proportions. Each side has its loyal fanatics absolute in their knowledge that their platform of choice is the best one. Let’s ask a difficult question: Which does more – a jailbroken iPhone, or an Android device running a recent, custom build of Ice Cream Sandwich?

24-05-2012
Which One Does More: Jailbroken iOS vs. Custom ROM Android
9 Beautiful Water-Themed Wallpapers To Cool You Off On a Hot Spring Day

Internet

9 Beautiful Water-Themed Wallpapers To Cool You Off On a Hot Spring Day

Spring has sprung, and for some of us, it feels more like summer. As I sat sweating in front of my computer, I decided it might be time for some cool inspiration – and I mean “cool” in the literal sense of the word. So I went searching through Flickr for Creative Commons licensed images that show water in creative and interesting ways, and might remind me (and you) of what it feels like to be nice and chilly.

22-05-2012
9 Beautiful Water-Themed Wallpapers To Cool You Off On a Hot Spring Day
4 Free Android Apps For Coffee Lovers

Android

4 Free Android Apps For Coffee Lovers

Humans have been drinking coffee since at least the fifteenth century, and the beverage is only gaining in popularity. Unlike coffee, smartphones haven’t been around since the fifteenth century – but now that we have them, we’ve found interesting ways to use them to aid our collective coffee habit. We tracked down four free Android apps that can teach you to make better coffee, help you roast, and more.

17-05-2012
4 Free Android Apps For Coffee Lovers
Free Font Friday: Two Shiny Fonts, A European Font, And A Font For Lovers Of Spotify

Internet

Free Font Friday: Two Shiny Fonts, A European Font, And A Font For Lovers Of Spotify

Welcome to the May edition of Free Font Friday! For this month’s edition, I’ve scoured the well-regarded Behance network showcasing works of art from all over the world, and unearthed five beautiful free fonts, each with its own story, and one with a video showing how beautiful it can be in the hands of a skilled designer.

11-05-2012
Free Font Friday: Two Shiny Fonts, A European Font, And A Font For Lovers Of Spotify
Stay Up-to-Date With News About Your Smartphone Using Free Drippler [Android]

Android

Stay Up-to-Date With News About Your Smartphone Using Free Drippler [Android]

Android is exploding. The smartphone operating system is growing more popular by the day, and countless new devices are constantly being released, not to mention numerous apps and upgrades, as you can see if you read our Android category. So, how can you keep track of news that is relevant to your own device, or Android news from all over the place? Enter Drippler.

10-05-2012
Stay Up-to-Date With News About Your Smartphone Using Free Drippler [Android]
How To Tell If Someone Is a Good Web Developer For Your Project

Internet

How To Tell If Someone Is a Good Web Developer For Your Project

Picking someone to build a website for you is not an easy task. Even if you are not building the next Gmail, you should be doing things right the first time. But picking a good Web developer is not a simple task, especially if you don’t know much about creating websites yourself. If you can’t really tell PHP apart from CSS, how should you know if the person in front of you really knows their business?

08-05-2012
How To Tell If Someone Is a Good Web Developer For Your Project
Give Your Smartphone Photos a dSLR Look With Free AfterFocus App [Android & iOS]

iPhone and iPad Android

Give Your Smartphone Photos a dSLR Look With Free AfterFocus App [Android & iOS]

When you look at a photo taken with a smartphone, one thing makes it easy to tell apart from a photo taken with a serious camera – depth of field. Photos taken with a dSLR often have somewhat blurry backgrounds, and the object of the photo is sharply focused, popping into view. AfterFocus is an app for Android and iPhone that promises to deliver the same look to your smartphone photos.

04-05-2012
Give Your Smartphone Photos a dSLR Look With Free AfterFocus App [Android & iOS]
How To Enable Windows 7 Aero Effects Inside VirtualBox

Windows

How To Enable Windows 7 Aero Effects Inside VirtualBox

Up until recently, VirtualBox had a pretty major limitation: There was no way to use Windows Aero effects when running Windows Vista or Windows 7 inside VirtualBox. If you are testing software, this makes a big difference: You are not getting the Aero experience most Windows users would get, and your screenshots look wrong. Fortunately, with the advent of VirtualBox 4.1, this can be fixed.

27-04-2012
How To Enable Windows 7 Aero Effects Inside VirtualBox
Learn A Better Keyboard Layout & Take It Everywhere With You Using Portable Keyboard Layout

Windows

Learn A Better Keyboard Layout & Take It Everywhere With You Using Portable Keyboard Layout

As some of you guys may know, I have been using an alternative keyboard layout for years. It is called Colemak, and it is brilliant. But using such a layout puts me in an awkward position when I need to work on someone else’s computer. I can type on a conventional QWERTY keyboard, but not nearly as fast. Also, having to constantly switch back and forth between your layout and QWERTY could really slow you down. The solution?

24-04-2012
Learn A Better Keyboard Layout & Take It Everywhere With You Using Portable Keyboard Layout
Pocket – A Handy, Free Personal Information Safe With A Desktop Counterpart [Android]

Android

Pocket – A Handy, Free Personal Information Safe With A Desktop Counterpart [Android]

Pocket, is a free information “wallet” for Android, and one of the most recent entries in our Best of Android page. Pocket can be used for managing passwords, but also other information. It has built-in Dropbox sync, and a lovely cross-platform desktop client. And it’s entirely free, too.

20-04-2012
Pocket – A Handy, Free Personal Information Safe With A Desktop Counterpart [Android]
Spinto – A Website Creator Both Newbies & Developers Can Like

Internet

Spinto – A Website Creator Both Newbies & Developers Can Like

Ah, the joy of creating a new website! Seriously, one of the greatest things about the web is how easy it is to start something new. There are numerous tools letting users easily create their own websites, such as Sidengo and Wix (which, incidentally, no longer requires Flash). Many of these tools are aimed at new users creating their first websites. Spinto is a new service that tries a different angle.

19-04-2012
Spinto – A Website Creator Both Newbies & Developers Can Like
Take Your Fonts Out On a Date To See If They Match With Type Connection

Internet

Take Your Fonts Out On a Date To See If They Match With Type Connection

Whether or not you take an active interest in typography, I’m sure you’ve seen something like this before. A document whose writer (or, worse still, its designer) tried to be overly creative, and did some horrible font matching. I don’t just mean “used Comic Sans MS” (the perennial “awful font” everybody loves to hate), but even if the writer or designer used “sane” fonts, they don’t always go together.

12-04-2012
Take Your Fonts Out On a Date To See If They Match With Type Connection
How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]

Android

How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]

One of the biggest problems Android has is that vendors are obsessed with the concept of somehow “adding value” to their devices. Instead of just shipping Android as it was meant to be used, Samsung, HTC, and the other phone makers insist on stuffing their devices full of “unique” applications that make the Android experience infinitely more confusing and irritating.

10-04-2012
How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]
Use Your Smartphone As An Instrument & Create Beautiful Audioscapes With NodeBeat

iPhone and iPad Android

Use Your Smartphone As An Instrument & Create Beautiful Audioscapes With NodeBeat

Confession: I have always wanted to play a musical instrument. Somehow, it never happened; I could never find the time, or the instrument, or some other excuse would come up. So for me, musicians have remained somewhat magical people, folks who can understand a language I can only hear. Because of this, I am always intrigued by musical “toys” – doodads and gadgets that lets you play with sound in interesting ways.

05-04-2012
Use Your Smartphone As An Instrument & Create Beautiful Audioscapes With NodeBeat
How to Fix Small Annoyances on the Web With Stylish [Firefox & Chrome]

Browsers

How to Fix Small Annoyances on the Web With Stylish [Firefox & Chrome]

Web designers have an almost impossible job. They need to come up with one design that pleases everyone. When talking about a service like Gmail, used by countless millions of people all over the world, you can really drop the “almost” part – it’s just impossible. Even if a redesign is well liked by most people, there will always be users who really don’t like the new look.

03-04-2012
How to Fix Small Annoyances on the Web With Stylish [Firefox & Chrome]
Find Out How Healthy And Fast Your Hard Drive Is With These Two Free Windows Applications

Windows

Find Out How Healthy And Fast Your Hard Drive Is With These Two Free Windows Applications

The platters of a hard disk drive are spin around at 5400 or 7200 PRM (and sometimes even faster) for countless hours. You would do well to check on their health every now and then. Even if your hard drive is perfectly healthy, it may still pose a performance bottleneck on your system. So how can you tell if your hard drive is healthy, and how can you tell how fast it is?

29-03-2012
Find Out How Healthy And Fast Your Hard Drive Is With These Two Free Windows Applications
3 Fun Games You Can Play With A Friend On The Same Device [Android]

Gaming Android

3 Fun Games You Can Play With A Friend On The Same Device [Android]

Multiplayer games are usually played over a network connection, one device per player. Socially, this means that even if you’re playing a multiplayer game with a friend who is in the same room as you are, each of you has their head stuck inside their phone. For all intents and purposes, it looks like you’re doing something separately – not like you’re actually playing together.

27-03-2012
3 Fun Games You Can Play With A Friend On The Same Device [Android]
How To Keep Firefox From Getting Unbearably Slow

Browsers

How To Keep Firefox From Getting Unbearably Slow

I don’t like Firefox. I think it is a monolithic, huge, heavy browser, and its XPI-based architecture feels slow and dated. Firefox is more flexible than other browsers like Chrome but it also gradually slows down and freezes. Let me show you some quick techniques I’ve used to get around this and use Firefox in relative comfort (and responsiveness).

23-03-2012
How To Keep Firefox From Getting Unbearably Slow
Ice Cream Sandwich On Galaxy S II: A Review Of An Awesome New Android ROM, Resurrection Remix

Android

Ice Cream Sandwich On Galaxy S II: A Review Of An Awesome New Android ROM, Resurrection Remix

About two months ago, I shared my thoughts on an Android ROM I really like, MIUI. Judging by the comments, quite a few readers liked that review… so today, I am back with an even more cutting-edge ROM: Resurrection Remix 9.6, based on Android 4.0.3 ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich).

16-03-2012
Ice Cream Sandwich On Galaxy S II: A Review Of An Awesome New Android ROM, Resurrection Remix
Five Irresistable Reasons Why You Should Take Opera 11 For A Serious Spin

Internet

Five Irresistable Reasons Why You Should Take Opera 11 For A Serious Spin

In truth, Opera 11 is an absolutely amazing browser. If you take Opera as a “secondary” browser and only use it now and then, you may just fall in love with it. Here are some of the main reasons why Opera rocks and you should try it out.

15-03-2012
Five Irresistable Reasons Why You Should Take Opera 11 For A Serious Spin