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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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Share Your Video Series On Blip And Make Money While You’re At It

Internet

Share Your Video Series On Blip And Make Money While You’re At It

When you hear the term “video sharing website,” what comes to mind? There’s the most obvious choice that 99% of us will think: YouTube. And then there are the half dozen other video sharing websites that sit under the looming shadow that YouTube casts: Dailymotion, Vimeo, Metacafe, etc. But there’s one video site that doesn’t receive the recognition it deserves and it’s called Blip.

14-08-2013
Share Your Video Series On Blip And Make Money While You’re At It
5 Awesome Ways to Use Your Smartphone When Cycling

Android

5 Awesome Ways to Use Your Smartphone When Cycling

Having a smartphone with you as you cycle around town, along a well-beaten path, or even through the woods while you blaze new trails, can prove mighty useful. As you’ll see with the apps below, a smartphone can help you keep in line with local laws, track riding progress and performance, help you keep your bike in good repair, and even help you find new trails to ride. Once you start using these apps, you’ll always want your Android smartphone by your cycle’s side.

13-08-2013
5 Awesome Ways to Use Your Smartphone When Cycling
Trace and Relive Your Hiking Paths With My Tracks on Android

Android

Trace and Relive Your Hiking Paths With My Tracks on Android

Coming straight from Google itself, My Tracks is an app with a singular purpose: to track your path as you travel from point A to point B. As simple as it sounds, this path tracking can prove to be quite beneficial depending on your lifestyle habits. If you commute or travel a lot, it’s fun to see how your path changes from day to day. There are other path tracking apps out there, such as RunKeeper, MapMyRun, and Runtastic, but My Tracks comes from a developer group that has proven itself in terms of quality.

13-08-2013
Trace and Relive Your Hiking Paths With My Tracks on Android
Looking For Feedback For Your Fiction? Check Out These 4 Websites

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Looking For Feedback For Your Fiction? Check Out These 4 Websites

The number one rule when writing fiction is that most of the writing happens in the rewrite. Once you’ve typed out that monstrous first draft, you’re going to want a fresh set of eyes (or several fresh sets of eyes) to look over your work and give you feedback. After all, you can’t fix something if you don’t know what’s wrong with it and this applies whether you’re writing novels or screenplays. One option is to utilize the free critique websites that are out there.

12-08-2013
Looking For Feedback For Your Fiction? Check Out These 4 Websites
3 Tips To Stay Safe From The Dangers Of Cloud Computing

Internet

3 Tips To Stay Safe From The Dangers Of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the big buzz these days and we have more choices available to us now than ever before. How many of us use Dropbox, SkyDrive, or Google Drive on a daily basis? How many big businesses rely on Amazon’s CloudFront for content delivery? Even Google Docs is a marvel with its cloud-based office suite. But despite the usefulness of cloud computing, it does have its drawbacks.

09-08-2013
3 Tips To Stay Safe From The Dangers Of Cloud Computing
Cut, Edit, and Convert Your Videos For Free With Avidemux

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Cut, Edit, and Convert Your Videos For Free With Avidemux

When it comes to video editing, most programs currently available are extremely dense and packed with hundreds of options. And why shouldn’t they be? Video editing is all about control and that requires a lot of features. The downside is the huge inherent learning curve of such complex programs. What if you want to edit videos on a more basic level? I present to you: Avidemux.

07-08-2013
Cut, Edit, and Convert Your Videos For Free With Avidemux
Transform Your Droid: 5 Launchers To Replace The One That Came With Your Phone

Android

Transform Your Droid: 5 Launchers To Replace The One That Came With Your Phone

Android launchers are a great way to spice up your home screen with new graphics and new features. For the uninitiated, you should know that your phone already has its own stock launcher, but stock launchers often lack the powerful features found in independently-developed launchers like the ones in this article. Whether you want a simple aesthetic upgrade OR you want to completely revolutionize the way you approach the home screen, these launchers are a great place to start. Android launchers are varied and the trick is to find the one that you like best.

06-08-2013
Transform Your Droid: 5 Launchers To Replace The One That Came With Your Phone
Taking the Battle to Craigslist Scammers: How to Avoid Scams on Craigslist

Internet

Taking the Battle to Craigslist Scammers: How to Avoid Scams on Craigslist

Launched way back in 1995, Craigslist took the Internet world by storm with its innovative cross of classified ads with the web. But as with all Internet-based transactions, some users prefer to game the system and scam other users for a quick buck. Fortunately, Craigslist has instated a few deterrents in the system over the years, but scammers continue to find clever ways around them. If you’re on Craigslist, you should take heed to protect yourself with these simple tips.

05-08-2013
Taking the Battle to Craigslist Scammers: How to Avoid Scams on Craigslist
5 Tips To Research A Company Before You Sit Down For A Job Interview

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5 Tips To Research A Company Before You Sit Down For A Job Interview

Companies aren’t just looking for another grunt worker to add to their team – they want someone who’s excited, motivated, and eager to contribute to said company’s mission. You aren’t the only one interviewing, so if it comes down to two candidates where one has researched and the other hasn’t, you can be sure they’ll go with the former. Pre-interview company research will be worth your while. Here’s where you can look and what you should be looking for.

02-08-2013
5 Tips To Research A Company Before You Sit Down For A Job Interview
Log Into Life: Top 9 Tips To Fight Computer Fatigue & Protect Your Health

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Log Into Life: Top 9 Tips To Fight Computer Fatigue & Protect Your Health

Did you know that your sedentary lifestyle could be killing you from the inside out? Ryan has already presented a case on potential health risks from sitting too long, and for those of us who work with computers or spend all of our free time on our desktops, those health risks are all too real: obesity, diabetes, cancer, etc. Take charge of your health before it takes a permanent turn for the worst.

01-08-2013
Log Into Life: Top 9 Tips To Fight Computer Fatigue & Protect Your Health
Automate Your Computer Maintenance With Ashampoo WinOptimizer 10 [Giveaway]

Windows

Automate Your Computer Maintenance With Ashampoo WinOptimizer 10 [Giveaway]

Technology has come a long way over the past few decades with the advent of increasingly complex bits of software, hardware, and networking. Despite this progress, technology still hasn’t managed to solve one of the most fundamental forces in life: entropy. No matter how hard you try to fight it, time breaks down all things and the result is clutter – computers are no exception. The best we can do in light of entropy is to repair the chaos ourselves and that’s where WinOptimizer 10 steps in.

31-07-2013
Automate Your Computer Maintenance With Ashampoo WinOptimizer 10 [Giveaway]
How to Record Only Your Important Phone Calls on Android

Android

How to Record Only Your Important Phone Calls on Android

Phone call recordings can come in handy in a number of ways – for example, saving a phone call interview so you can go back and transcribe it at a later time. Phone call recordings can also be used in legal settlements as evidence. You never know when the recording of a phone call will come in handy, so getting into the habit of recording them can prove useful down the line. Keep reading to learn how to record specific phone calls on your Android device.

31-07-2013
How to Record Only Your Important Phone Calls on Android
Get Rid Of Facebook Annoyances With These 4 Great Firefox Add-Ons

Get Rid Of Facebook Annoyances With These 4 Great Firefox Add-Ons

Many users fumble around with Facebook’s ever-changing interface and many reject what Facebook has become: ad-ridden and spammy. Is there any hope on the horizon? If you’re on Firefox, there are a few add-ons you can use to change the Facebook experience. Whether you want a drastic change or a slight tweak is up to you, depending on which add-ons you select to use. If you’re fed up with Facebook or you want to tweak some annoying features, give these add-ons a try.

30-07-2013
Get Rid Of Facebook Annoyances With These 4 Great Firefox Add-Ons
To The Manner Born: Essential Technology Etiquette Tips For Our Digital Age

Internet

To The Manner Born: Essential Technology Etiquette Tips For Our Digital Age

Technology etiquette could easily fall under the topic of “common sense” yet there are many who remain ignorant — and that’s not a judgment against those who don’t know any better. For a long while, I never knew the acceptable rules of etiquette for handling phones, shooting emails, and general Internet behavior. I was being rude without even knowing it, and there’s a chance you could be doing the same.

29-07-2013
To The Manner Born: Essential Technology Etiquette Tips For Our Digital Age
Puush: Take Screenshots and Share Them Instantly

Windows

Puush: Take Screenshots and Share Them Instantly

Image hosting and image sharing sites are all the rage these days, especially with the widespread explosion in popularity of Internet image macros and memes. Images are pleasing to the eye and people are more likely to view an image than read a block of text – which is why infographics are great. The problem? Storage limits and inconvenient uploads. What if there was a tool that lets you take screenshots, upload them to storage, and share a link – all with one click? That tool exists and it’s called Puush.

26-07-2013
Puush: Take Screenshots and Share Them Instantly
Protect Your Mobile Data and Network Usage With SurfEasy VPN [Giveaway]

Android

Protect Your Mobile Data and Network Usage With SurfEasy VPN [Giveaway]

In the Google Play Store, you’ll find a whole lot of VPN clients for Android devices, but few of them are as up-to-date and robust as SurfEasy. SurfEasy offers a 3-tier account structure: Free, Mobile VPN, and Total VPN (more on that later). The Total VPN plan is available for USD $49.99 for a 1-year subscription covering 5 devices, but we’ve got an offer for you: we’re giving away 10 1-year subscriptions for SurfEasy’s Total VPN plan worth a total of $500 for FREE!

26-07-2013
Protect Your Mobile Data and Network Usage With SurfEasy VPN [Giveaway]
Sort, Shuffle, And Organize Your Plain Text Lists With These 3 Web Tools

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Sort, Shuffle, And Organize Your Plain Text Lists With These 3 Web Tools

I use plain text lists for pretty much everything. For example, I keep track of potential character names for my fiction writing in a TXT file. I run local tournaments and use plain text lists to manage and organize registered teams. And, of course, I use plain text for to-do lists too. Plain text can become messy, but thankfully there are some tools I’ve found online that will lend you a helping hand.

26-07-2013
Sort, Shuffle, And Organize Your Plain Text Lists With These 3 Web Tools
6 Gorgeous, Minimalistic Android Games You’ll Keep Coming Back To

Android Gaming

6 Gorgeous, Minimalistic Android Games You’ll Keep Coming Back To

There is no better design for smartphones and mobile devices than minimalism. The medium’s very nature requires limitations on screen space and power usage, so you really get the most bang-for-your-buck with modern designs – especially for mobile gaming. If you want cutting-edge graphics, look to the console wars. But for Android games? I look to minimalism. Everything is reduced to its most core components, and when that’s applied to both gameplay and interface, you end up with games that are easy to play and pleasant on the eyes.

24-07-2013
6 Gorgeous, Minimalistic Android Games You’ll Keep Coming Back To
Create A Private Company Social Network With Bitrix24 [HTC One Giveaway]

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Create A Private Company Social Network With Bitrix24 [HTC One Giveaway]

As technology continues to advance at such a rapid pace, the methods of business management and communication advance alongside it. The traditional office environment doesn’t work well when most, or all, employees are at home. So what do you use then? The answer is Bitrix24. We’re giving away 10 Startup accounts, which will you to add up to 12 users to your account and costs $1200/year — but the lucky winners will get to use Bitrix24 for free! We’re also giving away a 64 GB HTC One so you’ll be able to use Bitrix24’s Android app on the go.

24-07-2013
Create A Private Company Social Network With Bitrix24 [HTC One Giveaway]
4 Excellent Real-Time Strategy Games You Can Play On The Cheap

Gaming

4 Excellent Real-Time Strategy Games You Can Play On The Cheap

The real-time strategy genre is one of the staples in gaming today. Other genres, like first person shooters and role playing games, are saturated with hundreds of different titles, but real-time strategy doesn’t hold the same kind of prevalence. You have the big names like Starcraft and Age of Empires, but many RTS titles never gain much traction – especially the free ones. I think RTS games are great but I don’t derive enough entertainment from them to justify spending money. That’s why I play free RTS games instead. Keep in mind that free games don’t have the same kind of manpower behind their development, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad.

23-07-2013
4 Excellent Real-Time Strategy Games You Can Play On The Cheap
5 Ways You Can Make Money with Your Webcam and Stay Fully Clothed

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5 Ways You Can Make Money with Your Webcam and Stay Fully Clothed

So you have a webcam that you bought a while ago for recording YouTube cat videos but that never really took off and now you don’t know what to do. Making money with a webcam can be difficult – unless you take the one route that everyone already knows about, if you catch my drift – and it will require some real effort out of you but it’s definitely possible.

22-07-2013
5 Ways You Can Make Money with Your Webcam and Stay Fully Clothed
Voice Recording On Android Doesn’t Get Easier Than Tape-a-Talk

Android

Voice Recording On Android Doesn’t Get Easier Than Tape-a-Talk

We used to talk into our phones so that we could chat with whoever was on the other side of the line. Nowadays, we talk into our phones for a whole bunch of reasons. For example, voice assistants like Siri and the numerous Siri alternatives for Android have become ubiquitous. It just makes sense that voice and phone work together well, so why not use your Android as a voice recorder, too? Tape-a-Talk Voice Recorder is a quick and easy way to record your voice – or whatever other sounds are in the vicinity.

19-07-2013
Voice Recording On Android Doesn’t Get Easier Than Tape-a-Talk