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Joel Lee

Editor in Chief / Joined 8 December, 2011

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

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Want More YouTube Views? 5 Key Tips To Follow

Internet

Want More YouTube Views? 5 Key Tips To Follow

Here’s the situation: you’ve been putting out YouTube videos for a while now and you aren’t sure why your viewership hasn’t skyrocketed. It’s not uncommon, and people ask how to increase video views all the time. The fact that you’re reading this article right now says something about you — that you want to take matters into your own hands, and that’s a good sign.

20-09-2013
Want More YouTube Views? 5 Key Tips To Follow
Has Your Android Phone Been Infected with Malware?

Android

Has Your Android Phone Been Infected with Malware?

How does malware get on an Android device? After all, most users only install apps through the Play Store, and Google keeps a tight watch over that to make sure malware doesn’t squeeze through, right? Not entirely. Suspicious apps have been known to make it onto the Play Store. And then there’s the whole issue with using a third-party app distributor, which can also result in malware. Is your Android infected without you knowing? If so, how can you cleanse your device of these impurities? And how can you keep yourself protected in the future? Keep reading to find out.

19-09-2013
Has Your Android Phone Been Infected with Malware?
ShareX: Screenshot Capture, Upload, And Share All Wrapped Into One

Windows

ShareX: Screenshot Capture, Upload, And Share All Wrapped Into One

What if you could take a screenshot at any time, in any shape, in any format, all with no more than a simple click of the mouse or tap of the keyboard? What if you could instantly upload your taken screenshots to an image host, so you can share them immediately with friends? And what if you could also share image files from your computer? If any of that sounds intriguing to you, then I have the perfect program for you: ShareX, recently suggested by one of our readers. I compared ShareX to my other favorite Puush.

16-09-2013
ShareX: Screenshot Capture, Upload, And Share All Wrapped Into One
6 Great Apps To Improve a Writer’s Creativity

Android

6 Great Apps To Improve a Writer’s Creativity

Creativity is fickle. Sometimes you’re on a roll, with new ideas spawning left and right, while other times you’re stuffing your face into a pillow, screaming because your brain has been wrung dry. It may not be possible to be creative on demand, but you can always work towards cultivating said creativity on a daily basis. Nowadays, you can even use mobile apps to help give you a creative boost.

13-09-2013
6 Great Apps To Improve a Writer’s Creativity
3 Excellent Android Board Games You Should Try Today

Android Gaming

3 Excellent Android Board Games You Should Try Today

Thanks to the smartphone, you can now carry your favorite board games around with you no matter where you go. Board games have been a solid source of fun for decades – they’re even experiencing a resurgence lately – and for good reason. They offer a style of gameplay that you won’t find in most video games today. And for those of you who use Android, there are apps that recreate and improve on the classic board games of yesteryear.

11-09-2013
3 Excellent Android Board Games You Should Try Today
Need A Break? Watch These 5 Epic Rap Battles of History [Best of YouTube]

Internet

Need A Break? Watch These 5 Epic Rap Battles of History [Best of YouTube]

What do you get when you take two famous figures from history and pit them against each other in a rap battle to the death? You get Epic Rap Battles of History, an incredibly entertaining series of videos that will surely put a smile on your face and maybe even leave you impressed. If you’ve never listened to ERB before, you’re missing out.

10-09-2013
Need A Break? Watch These 5 Epic Rap Battles of History [Best of YouTube]
5 Lightweight Music Players That Don’t Sacrifice Features

Windows Linux

5 Lightweight Music Players That Don’t Sacrifice Features

For some time, I have been searching for the best free music players out there. Time and time again, I find myself coming back to my tried and trusty Foobar2000, but every once in a while I wonder if there might be anything even better. In terms of sheer power, yes, there are great programs like MediaMonkey and MusicBee, but is there anything both awesome and lightweight? Personally, I’m just bored looking at the same music player day in and day out. Won’t you join me as I explore these high-performance alternatives?

09-09-2013
5 Lightweight Music Players That Don’t Sacrifice Features
Digital Threats To Your Offline Security You Should Know About

Internet

Digital Threats To Your Offline Security You Should Know About

It seems like with every passing year, the Internet flares with more talk about privacy, security, and how to protect oneself from the dangers that creep in from every nook of the web. We’ve covered topics ranging from email security tips to privacy mistakes to avoid and security myths that just aren’t true. Most of these deal with your online security, but did you know that your offline security might be in jeopardy as well?

06-09-2013
Digital Threats To Your Offline Security You Should Know About
Spruce Up Your Website With These 12 Beautiful Google Web Fonts

Internet

Spruce Up Your Website With These 12 Beautiful Google Web Fonts

Over the past decade, I’ve started a number of personal blogs that I never really followed through with, but some of my fondest memories rest on theme design and font tweaks. There’s something satisfying when you find that perfect match of fonts for your website and everything falls into place. Thankfully, with Google Web Fonts, that whole process has never been easier.

05-09-2013
Spruce Up Your Website With These 12 Beautiful Google Web Fonts
4 Fantastic Tools to Manage Your Massive MP3 Collection

Windows Entertainment

4 Fantastic Tools to Manage Your Massive MP3 Collection

Music library management can be an entirely frustrating experience, especially if you have years of unorganized music waiting to be sorted and labeled properly. Poor music library management will come back and bite you later when you’re listening to music on-the-go and you can’t navigate your songs without confusion. Fortunately, there are a few great tools made specifically to help you with tagging, naming, and generally organizing your music collection. You will wonder how you managed without them.

02-09-2013
4 Fantastic Tools to Manage Your Massive MP3 Collection
How To Make Videos Your Friends Will Want To Share

Internet

How To Make Videos Your Friends Will Want To Share

What if you created the next viral video? Let’s say you want to create videos that spread like wildfire and are seen by millions. Where do you start? I’m going to list several elements that viral videos tend to share, which could help you to create a video that your friends will want to share. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll tip luck in your favor.

30-08-2013
How To Make Videos Your Friends Will Want To Share
Great Chrome Web Apps and Extensions for Musicians

Browsers

Great Chrome Web Apps and Extensions for Musicians

Musicians rejoice! There are several apps and extensions available for Chrome that will aid you in your life and journey of musicianship. There are apps that will let you practice the piano while sitting at your desk. Some will display guitar tabs for you. Others will help you make instrument purchases with ease. If you’re a musician and you use Chrome, you’ll want to check out these apps.

29-08-2013
Great Chrome Web Apps and Extensions for Musicians
Are You Creative? Make Designs & Sell Them On 3 Merchandising Websites

Internet

Are You Creative? Make Designs & Sell Them On 3 Merchandising Websites

People love to buy merchandise if they can connect with it somehow: if it makes them feel warm and fuzzy inside; if it tickles their funny bone and evokes laughter; if it’s so outlandish or unique that they can’t help but think “Wow!” Merchandising is a great way to express your artistry and make money while doing it. Here are some of the best merchandising sites where you can set up your own storefront for your designs.

28-08-2013
Are You Creative? Make Designs & Sell Them On 3 Merchandising Websites
6 Ways to Free Up Space on Your Windows Computer

Windows

6 Ways to Free Up Space on Your Windows Computer

Clutter can be a big downer on productivity. Over time, files get lost, programs go unused, and suddenly, your once spacious hard drive is packed with useless things and you have to clean it up. But how? It’s not enough to delete things left and right. You need to find the big space hogs, identify which ones are worth deleting, and make sure you aren’t causing harm to your system in the process. Fortunately, there are a few methods you can use to maximize space cleaning on your Windows computer.

26-08-2013
6 Ways to Free Up Space on Your Windows Computer
4 Simple and Easy Tools to Flash Android ROMs Compared

Android

4 Simple and Easy Tools to Flash Android ROMs Compared

Ever wanted to flash a new ROM on your Android device but didn’t have the patience to deal with the whole flashing process? I remember spending hours trying to download, transfer, reboot, flash, reboot, wait, reboot, all just to try out a new ROM. I don’t have the time for that anymore and it’d be nice to be able to flash a ROM straight from an app with an intuitive interface. Fortunately, there are some available on the Play Store: Here is a look at four of the best ones.

26-08-2013
4 Simple and Easy Tools to Flash Android ROMs Compared
5 Ways Tech Can Help You Foster Better Study Habits

Web Culture

5 Ways Tech Can Help You Foster Better Study Habits

It’s been a while since I’ve been in school, but I know a few friends who are still studying their way towards graduation. It amazes me how many tools currently exist out there to aid in the study process – tools that I would’ve loved to make use of back before I earned my degree. Unfortunately, my time for improved study habits is over, but you can still benefit!

21-08-2013
5 Ways Tech Can Help You Foster Better Study Habits
4 of the Best Personal Wikis to Keep You Organized

Internet Linux

4 of the Best Personal Wikis to Keep You Organized

What if there was wiki software designed to help you out on a personal level? You could use it for anything, for example to outline your novel, keep track of home improvement projects, or plan social events. The benefit of a personal wiki is that it has all of the core features you need from a wiki, such as cross-linking pages, without the bells and whistles necessary for collaborative work. Interested? Then keep reading!

15-08-2013
4 of the Best Personal Wikis to Keep You Organized