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Joel Lee

Editor in Chief / Joined 8 December, 2011

Joel Lee has a BSc in Computer Science and over five years of professional writing experience. He is the Editor in Chief for MakeUseOf.

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Alchemy: A Great Puzzle Game When You Need to Pass the Time [Android]

Gaming

Alchemy: A Great Puzzle Game When You Need to Pass the Time [Android]

Over the past few years, Angry Birds has been the predominant mobile game that everyone has heard about. I mean, they’re even making an Angry Birds feature film. It’s been rather polarizing, too, with people either loving or hating the game – very few people find a middle ground. Other games, like Plants vs. Zombies, have also gained traction with the casual gaming crowd.

19-06-2012
Alchemy: A Great Puzzle Game When You Need to Pass the Time [Android]
Mantano Reader: Effortlessly Read Ebooks On Your Android For Free!

Android

Mantano Reader: Effortlessly Read Ebooks On Your Android For Free!

A few months back, I wrote an article about Aldiko Book Reader, an ebook reading app for Android. I thought it was a great app that could’ve used a few more features. I think I’ve found a replacement app that far outshines the one I used previously. It’s called Mantano Reader. It’s pretty, it’s fast, it’s sleek, and it’s free.

15-06-2012
Mantano Reader: Effortlessly Read Ebooks On Your Android For Free!
Secure Your Online and Desktop Passwords with Sticky Password Pro 6 [Giveaway]

Windows

Secure Your Online and Desktop Passwords with Sticky Password Pro 6 [Giveaway]

There are so many websites and communities out there that require unique credentials for logging in. Sticky Password Pro 6 steps in to solve those problems. The program acts as a master database of all of your usernames and passwords, taking care of the memorization and letting you relax your brain just a bit. This week, we’ll be giving away 25 copies of Sticky Password Pro 6 worth a total of $750 for free!

14-06-2012
Secure Your Online and Desktop Passwords with Sticky Password Pro 6 [Giveaway]
3 Free WordPress Frameworks When Themes Just Aren’t Enough

Wordpress & Web Development

3 Free WordPress Frameworks When Themes Just Aren’t Enough

WordPress is extremely pervasive and all kinds of people know about it and use it. Why? Because it’s easy to set up, easy to use, and easy to customize based on your own personal preferences. Specifically, I’m talking about themes, which are almost one-click installations and can completely change the look of your WordPress site. But what if themes aren’t enough?

12-06-2012
3 Free WordPress Frameworks When Themes Just Aren’t Enough
6 Lesser Known BitTorrent Clients That You May Not Know About [Windows]

Internet

6 Lesser Known BitTorrent Clients That You May Not Know About [Windows]

If you know about BitTorrent, then you’ve likely already heard about the big name programs – uTorrent, Vuze/Azureus, BitComet, BitTornado, etc. They’re so well-known in fact, that they don’t really need any more publicity – word of mouth does them just fine. But here is a list of some great BitTorrent clients that are less popular and unique in their own right.

08-06-2012
6 Lesser Known BitTorrent Clients That You May Not Know About [Windows]
6 of the Best Free Desktop Twitter Clients [Windows & Mac]

Windows Mac

6 of the Best Free Desktop Twitter Clients [Windows & Mac]

These 6 free desktop Twitter clients will allow you to interact with all of Twitter’s goodness without having to pop open a new browser tab. These programs run in the background and continually update with new tweets and messages. And the best part is that you won’t have to pay a cent.

05-06-2012
6 of the Best Free Desktop Twitter Clients [Windows & Mac]
Block Inappropriate Websites With OpenDNS’s FamilyShield Service

Internet

Block Inappropriate Websites With OpenDNS’s FamilyShield Service

I think it’s safe to say that for as long as the Internet has been around, there have always been inappropriate websites – and I’m not just talking about adult entertainment! Think of all the nasty websites out there that are just waiting to make your life miserable – phishing sites, malware and spyware, prank sites, screamer Flash videos, etc. OpenDNS first launched back in 2005 as a free way to filter web content.

22-05-2012
Block Inappropriate Websites With OpenDNS’s FamilyShield Service
Tunngle: The Easy Way To Play Games On a VPN – For Free! [Windows]

Gaming

Tunngle: The Easy Way To Play Games On a VPN – For Free! [Windows]

For a while now, there have been a number of free Internet VPN solutions available or private personal use. I’m rather new to the whole VPN idea, but even I can remember programs like Hamachi, Wippien, Leaf (now discontinued), and Comodo EasyVPN (now called Comodo Unite). As an avid gamer with many gamer friends, I love to play private games on a simulated local area network (LAN).

18-05-2012
Tunngle: The Easy Way To Play Games On a VPN – For Free! [Windows]
5 Awesome Free Launchers You May Not Know About [Android]

Android

5 Awesome Free Launchers You May Not Know About [Android]

I’m an Android user because I love to tinker with my phone and change it up every once in a while. Android lets me do that easily right out of the box because it was designed that way – no rooting or jailbreaking required. One of the easiest ways to switch up my device is to install a new launcher, which is basically the “home screen” that launches programs when you tap on them.

15-05-2012
5 Awesome Free Launchers You May Not Know About [Android]
5 Useful Twitter Hashtags That You Really Need to Know

Internet

5 Useful Twitter Hashtags That You Really Need to Know

If you use Twitter–or plan to begin using it–then you must know that hashtags are a big part of the experience. Hashtags allow you to “tag” your tweets so that they can be categorized for ease of search and collectivity. Here’s another installment related to Twitter hashtags–this time detailing a few hashtags that you might find useful no matter who you are.

11-05-2012
5 Useful Twitter Hashtags That You Really Need to Know
6 Amazing Minecraft Creations That Will Blow Your Mind

Gaming

6 Amazing Minecraft Creations That Will Blow Your Mind

Alright. Maybe “blow your mind” is too extreme of an idiom for something as simple and not-so-mind-blowy as Minecraft. However, some Minecraft creations truly are jaw-droppingly awesome. In fact, there are quite a few Minecraft-related creations that have gone viral due to their appeal. Here are some of the best Minecraft creations to grace the Internet.

08-05-2012
6 Amazing Minecraft Creations That Will Blow Your Mind
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