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Joel Lee

Editor in Chief / Joined 8 December, 2011

Joel Lee has a B.S. in Computer Science and over eight years of professional experience in writing and editing. He is the Editor in Chief of three media sites: MakeUseOf, WhatNerd, and Modern Ratio.

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5 Excellent Lock Screen Widgets for Android

Android

5 Excellent Lock Screen Widgets for Android

One of the perks of having an Android device is that you can natively add widgets to your home screen. Some widgets are highly specific and only useful situationally, but then there are those amazing widgets that everyone should consider using. But did you know that widgets can be used on your lock screen, too? Lock screen widgets were introduced in Android Jelly Bean 4.2, and some great ones are waiting for you inside.

15-07-2013
5 Excellent Lock Screen Widgets for Android
How to Stay Organized With the World’s Simplest To-Do System That Works – Todo.txt

Android Internet

How to Stay Organized With the World’s Simplest To-Do System That Works – Todo.txt

Here at MakeUseOf, we’ve covered plenty of to-do systems in the past. But if you’re like me, to-do systems can sometimes become too much work to maintain and end up costing you in productivity. I tend to procrastinate using my to-do lists because they can become cumbersome over time. I need to do a bunch of actions to add a single item. What if there was a system that eliminated all of that overhead and actually saved you time without skimping on the core features? Well, that system exists: Todo.txt.

12-07-2013
How to Stay Organized With the World’s Simplest To-Do System That Works – Todo.txt
Best of OCRemix: Chill Out to These 5 Earthbound Remixes

Gaming

Best of OCRemix: Chill Out to These 5 Earthbound Remixes

Earthbound is one of those games that didn’t meet a lot of fanfare upon release, but slowly built up a fan base over time until today when it has become a cult classic. It’s known for being a whacky and unconventional RPG with a storyline that eschews swords and sorcery in favor of yoyos, bats, and psychic powers. The music for the game is just as outlandish, and the remixes are something to admire.

12-07-2013
Best of OCRemix: Chill Out to These 5 Earthbound Remixes
SimCity for Android: What Are Your Options?

Android Gaming

SimCity for Android: What Are Your Options?

SimCity is an excellent game, but EA made a few massive blunders that resulted in a poor launch, disgruntled customers, and a sour taste in everyone’s mouths. Even so, no one can deny the city-building phenomenon: it’s fun, it’s engaging, and it’s highly addictive. And while there are a few SimCity alternatives for the PC, there are even more alternatives on Android and many of them are free. Which ones are fun? Which ones are worth your time? Keep reading to find out.

10-07-2013
SimCity for Android: What Are Your Options?
Stuck In A Job You Hate? Escape From The Cubicles & Figure Out The Best Job For Yourself

Self Improvement Internet

Stuck In A Job You Hate? Escape From The Cubicles & Figure Out The Best Job For Yourself

Millions of workers pursue career changes every year. It’s not a foreign concept by any means. What’s scary about making a career change, then, is the fear that you may end up replacing your old, crummy job with a new job that’s equally, or more, crummy. What’s even scarier is that only you know what the best job for you will be. That’s a lot of pressure to handle on your own.

09-07-2013
Stuck In A Job You Hate? Escape From The Cubicles & Figure Out The Best Job For Yourself
So, You Want To Develop Android Apps? Here’s How To Learn

Android

So, You Want To Develop Android Apps? Here’s How To Learn

After so many years, one would think that the mobile market is now saturated with every app imaginable to man – but that’s not the case. There are plenty of niches that still need to be filled and even current markets with several leading apps can still fall behind in quality. All that to say: there’s always room for new Android apps, and with a little bit of know-how, you could be the next developer to create a smash hit.

05-07-2013
So, You Want To Develop Android Apps? Here’s How To Learn
6 Ways To Reclaim Your Email Inbox

Internet

6 Ways To Reclaim Your Email Inbox

Is there anything else that’s as useful, prevalent, and frustrating as an email inbox? It’s been around forever and we keep using it, and as long as we keep using it, people like me will keep writing about it. You probably think it’d be easier to tame a lion than tame your inbox, but there are tools that will make you think twice. There are built-in features for some email services that will do most of the heavy organizational work for you.

04-07-2013
6 Ways To Reclaim Your Email Inbox
Type Fu: Ramp Up Your Words-Per-Minute With This Chrome Extension

Browsers

Type Fu: Ramp Up Your Words-Per-Minute With This Chrome Extension

Want to increase your typing speed? I’m sure we all do. Not only can we save ourselves a lot of time over years of typing, having a high typing speed can be impressive to see. And while most typing improvement regimens are sluggishly boring, I’ve found a Chrome extension that makes the progression feel easier and more natural. It’s called Type Fu.

03-07-2013
Type Fu: Ramp Up Your Words-Per-Minute With This Chrome Extension
They Killed Reader And iGoogle – What To Do If FeedBurner Is Next

Internet

They Killed Reader And iGoogle – What To Do If FeedBurner Is Next

Google is commendable for being so willing to experiment with new potential products. Where would we be if they never fooled around with, say, Gmail or AdSense? Yet it seems like for every product that succeeds, a handful of others get the axe. Most recently, Google killed Reader. What happens if they come after Feedburner next? Do you have a backup plan?

02-07-2013
They Killed Reader And iGoogle – What To Do If FeedBurner Is Next
What Is Dota 2 & Why Should You Care?

Gaming

What Is Dota 2 & Why Should You Care?

In the world of games, Valve Corporation has recently grown into one of the largest and most consistent game publishers (with the skyrocketing success of their Steam distribution network) and game developers (with the international success of series like Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress, etc.) in the world. In terms of game development, Valve’s Gabe Newell has always approached his titles by pursuing quality over quantity, and it really shows, especially in their latest work-in-progress, Dota 2.

01-07-2013
What Is Dota 2 & Why Should You Care?
Nightingale: A Faster, Cleaner Cross-Platform Fork of Songbird Music Player

Windows Linux

Nightingale: A Faster, Cleaner Cross-Platform Fork of Songbird Music Player

I’ve tried so many desktop music players that I’m starting to lose my mind. So far I’ve tried Clementine, Spider, GOM Audio, AIMP3, and a few more. How does Nightingale fare against its fierce competition? Before answering that, you should know that Nightingale is a fork of Songbird Classic. You’ll find a lot of similarities between the two, but also a number of differences – the main one being that Songbird has officially been declared dead. Whether you were looking for a Songbird alternative or a Songbird replacement, Nightingale might have what you need.

28-06-2013
Nightingale: A Faster, Cleaner Cross-Platform Fork of Songbird Music Player
7 Legal Ways To Watch Movies Online For Free

Internet

7 Legal Ways To Watch Movies Online For Free

With the advent of the Internet, media delivery has become so easy and so convenient for us. It started with music but quickly moved to include TV shows and feature-length films, and in the wake of Napster illegal piracy has skyrocketed. But what can you do if you want to watch movies online while staying within the confines of the law?

24-06-2013
7 Legal Ways To Watch Movies Online For Free
3 Android RPG Games That Rock

Android Gaming

3 Android RPG Games That Rock

Mobile gaming is known for puzzle games and casual games, but what about the other genres? Games like Angry Birds and World of Goo took the world by storm when they first came out and they pretty much set the stage for mobile games, but a new genre has been burgeoning: RPGs. They’ve been popular for the past few decades and it’s about time that good Android RPGs had their share of the limelight.

21-06-2013
3 Android RPG Games That Rock
5 Sites To Learn How To Write A Book And Get It Published

Internet

5 Sites To Learn How To Write A Book And Get It Published

There are millions of people all around the world who want to be professional writers, yet only a tiny fraction of them ever make enough money to write full-time. It’s a market that is saturated in terms of supply, so you need to be excellent or revolutionary to even be noticed. Fortunately, there are many resources out there that will get your feet wet. Here are five of my favorites.

17-06-2013
5 Sites To Learn How To Write A Book And Get It Published
RaidCall: Free & Hosted Voice Chat and Gaming Community Wrapped Into One Package

Windows Gaming

RaidCall: Free & Hosted Voice Chat and Gaming Community Wrapped Into One Package

Voice communication allows gaming to transcend to the next level. It’s one thing to play a multiplayer game with your friends – it’s something else when you can talk with your friends while playing. However, voice chat software can be a pain in the butt, hard to set up, and resource intensive. RaidCall may be the solution. Whether you’re a gamer with an extensive history with voice communication software, or you’re someone who has never used voice chat before, you should really check out RaidCall.

14-06-2013
RaidCall: Free & Hosted Voice Chat and Gaming Community Wrapped Into One Package
TeamSpeak 3: The Original Cross-Platform Voice Chat For Gaming Teams and Clans

Windows Linux

TeamSpeak 3: The Original Cross-Platform Voice Chat For Gaming Teams and Clans

I’m a big fan of voice communication when it comes to gaming. Wearing a headset while gaming adds a social element that makes the gaming experience that much better. While TeamSpeak may have started off as a solution for competitive gaming teams to discuss strategy and tactics in real-time, it has evolved into something beyond the bare essentials. It is used by casual gamers and fierce e-sports enthusiasts alike. TeamSpeak is a great program for talking with your gamer friends.

12-06-2013
TeamSpeak 3: The Original Cross-Platform Voice Chat For Gaming Teams and Clans
Razer Comms: A New Free Voice Chat For PC Gamers

Windows Gaming

Razer Comms: A New Free Voice Chat For PC Gamers

Voice communication is a fantastic bit of technology that truly complements the fast-paced nature of multiplayer gaming. It frees up your hands from typing out long messages, allowing you to chat in real-time without any sacrifice in game play. Established gaming brand, Razer, has recently come out with a great new voice communication program for free. Even though it is still in beta, Razer Comms puts up a formidable bit of competition even against the alternatives that have been around for many years.

11-06-2013
Razer Comms: A New Free Voice Chat For PC Gamers
Show, Don’t Tell! 3 Best Free Screencasting Tools for Windows

Windows Internet

Show, Don’t Tell! 3 Best Free Screencasting Tools for Windows

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a video must be priceless – and there are times when a video is more convenient and effective than simple words. A screencast, also known as a video screen capture, is a recording of your computer screen outputted in video format. It can include the audio sounds from your computer, or a voiceover using a microphone, or both. It might seem like a difficult task, but screencasting is surprisingly easy thanks to the software available.

07-06-2013
Show, Don’t Tell! 3 Best Free Screencasting Tools for Windows
Shuttle Player: The Robust and Feature-Complete Music Experience [Android]

Android

Shuttle Player: The Robust and Feature-Complete Music Experience [Android]

Finding that one perfect music player can be tough. Finding one that’s free? Nearly impossible. Rocket Player has been my near-perfect choice for the past few months, but I recently found a successor: Shuttle Player. I would never have found this gem if it weren’t for MakeUseOf reader Jarrod Bush, so shoutouts to him. And wow, what a find. This may just be the most polished free music player available on Android.

05-06-2013
Shuttle Player: The Robust and Feature-Complete Music Experience [Android]
The Free & Powerful Video Player You’ve Never Heard About – GOM Media Player

Windows

The Free & Powerful Video Player You’ve Never Heard About – GOM Media Player

Not too long ago, I found myself impressed by the sleek functionality of GOM Audio for Windows. It turns out that GOM has its own free video player as well – GOM Media Player – and I knew I just had to check it out. I wanted to see if GOM could match the big players like VLC in performance and quality. GOM Media Player originates from South Korea and is the number one media player in that country. Join me as I explore this powerful piece of software to see what it can do.

03-06-2013
The Free & Powerful Video Player You’ve Never Heard About – GOM Media Player
Need A Lightweight Music Player Without Sacrificing Features? Clementine! [Cross-Platform]

Windows Linux

Need A Lightweight Music Player Without Sacrificing Features? Clementine! [Cross-Platform]

Sometimes you don’t really know what you want until you’re holding it in your hands. There are not-so-resource-intensive music players out there that are bland and there are monster RAM hogs that provide tons of eye candy and aesthetic pleasure. What if you want something in the middle of the road? Oh, hello Clementine! I recently stumbled across this music player and let me tell you: it offers the best of both worlds and there’s no other music player like it.

31-05-2013
Need A Lightweight Music Player Without Sacrificing Features? Clementine! [Cross-Platform]
Hack YouTube: Kill the Annoyances, Improve Your Viewing

Internet

Hack YouTube: Kill the Annoyances, Improve Your Viewing

YouTube is a revolutionary service, but that doesn’t mean that it’s without its flaws. There are many features on the site that are designed for convenience, other features that are meant to satiate legal requirements, and then there are features that are plain missing. Here are some ways to easily spruce up your YouTube experience.

29-05-2013
Hack YouTube: Kill the Annoyances, Improve Your Viewing