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Kannon Yamada

Senior Writer / Joined 10 December, 2012

Kannon is a Tech Journalist (BA) with a background in international affairs (MA) with an emphasis on economic development and international trade. His passions are in China-sourced gadgets, information technologies (like RSS), and productivity tips and tricks.

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Reader Is Dead: What Technology Could Google Kill Next & How Can You Protect Yourself?

Internet

Reader Is Dead: What Technology Could Google Kill Next & How Can You Protect Yourself?

First they came for Buzz and no one cared. Then they came for Notebook. Now they’ve come for Reader. What technology will Google take away from you next? This article explains several Google technologies that might be next on the chopping block and what you can do to avoid getting Scroogled. While Justin covered the replacements for Google Reader, this article gives a roundup of alternatives to popular Google software that could possibly change for the worse in the near future.

26-03-2013
Reader Is Dead: What Technology Could Google Kill Next & How Can You Protect Yourself?
Want A Handbrake Killer? SUPER Converts All Videos For Free [Windows]

Windows

Want A Handbrake Killer? SUPER Converts All Videos For Free [Windows]

SUPER for Windows performs video conversion (encoding), file joining, and video recording on a huge number of file types. To date, no free (or paid) video software in its class matches the versatility and broad file-type compatibility of SUPER. The short end is that it will convert, merge and record, almost any video or audio file type around.

23-03-2013
Want A Handbrake Killer? SUPER Converts All Videos For Free [Windows]
Spring Cleaning 2013: Clean Out Your Junk This Spring AND Make Money

Internet

Spring Cleaning 2013: Clean Out Your Junk This Spring AND Make Money

Do you live in a veritable bat-cave surrounded by a squalor of potential riches? Do you often trip over disused electronics and the hollowed husks of PCs? Consider preventing your foot injuries by selling your carpet mines through websites like eBay and Craigslist. It’s surprisingly easy: Getting started takes only five steps, although in fairness, it can take several hours selling a large number of goods.

19-03-2013
Spring Cleaning 2013: Clean Out Your Junk This Spring AND Make Money
The Seven Deadly Android Permissions: How to Avoid the Sin of Slothful Preparedness

Android

The Seven Deadly Android Permissions: How to Avoid the Sin of Slothful Preparedness

Everyone with an Android device should know that your private information isn’t treated as private. For example, making an app purchase may expose personal contact information, including one’s name, physical address and email address, to developers. This article explains how seven potentially deadly app permissions might hurt you and how best to avoid such calamitous installations.

16-03-2013
The Seven Deadly Android Permissions: How to Avoid the Sin of Slothful Preparedness
Sick Of Your GPS App’s Data Connection Flaking Out? Try 3 Updated Offline Maps [Android]

Android

Sick Of Your GPS App’s Data Connection Flaking Out? Try 3 Updated Offline Maps [Android]

Not long ago, Chris covered three of the best offline GPS apps available on Android. Since then, many other GPS apps released or received major updates. Do these newcomers compare favorably with those reviewed by Chris? To answer this question, I evaluate the apps based on four criteria – first, how effective is the app at helping users navigate offline? Second, what are its top features? Third, how data efficient is the app? Fourth, is the paid version worth purchasing?

12-03-2013
Sick Of Your GPS App’s Data Connection Flaking Out? Try 3 Updated Offline Maps [Android]
Zombie Android Phone Devouring All Your Data? Shoot It In the Head With 11 Free Tips & Tricks

Android

Zombie Android Phone Devouring All Your Data? Shoot It In the Head With 11 Free Tips & Tricks

For anyone with a limited data cellular plan, data consumption can become incredibly expensive, very quickly. Overage fees generally cost hundreds of dollars a month – and your phone secretly uses data without your knowledge, without proper configuration. Matt provided a great starting point for paring down data consumption. This article expands on the ideas laid down by Matt.

09-03-2013
Zombie Android Phone Devouring All Your Data? Shoot It In the Head With 11 Free Tips & Tricks
Augmented Reality Apps: Useful, Or Just Hype? MakeUseOf Tests

Android

Augmented Reality Apps: Useful, Or Just Hype? MakeUseOf Tests

In 2011, analysts predicted the rise of Augmented Reality mobile apps. The nascent technology would revolutionize the way we interact with our mobile devices. Flash forward two years and dozens of AR apps populate all mobiles stores, but does that mean the technology finally evolved into software worth using? This article examines four such apps. Like most AR apps, these examples have relatively steep system requirements.

05-03-2013
Augmented Reality Apps: Useful, Or Just Hype? MakeUseOf Tests
Kick Your Crappy Android Apps To The Curb With 4 Free & Simple Apps

Android

Kick Your Crappy Android Apps To The Curb With 4 Free & Simple Apps

Has the performance and battery life on your mobile dropped off? A gang of dysfunctional and buggy apps probably cause such decline. Getting rid of the errant apps remains the single best performance enhancing tip. Unfortunately, most users lack the slightest idea of which miscreant apps to kill. This article details 4 apps that specialize in finding and murdering crappy apps.

02-03-2013
Kick Your Crappy Android Apps To The Curb With 4 Free & Simple Apps
4 Of The Fastest Tablet-Optimized Browsers You’ve Never Heard Of [Android]

Android

4 Of The Fastest Tablet-Optimized Browsers You’ve Never Heard Of [Android]

Android tablet browsers, generally speaking, are not that great. Most of the big four browsers suffer from poorly sized buttons and sluggish performance. The tablet-optimized alternatives mentioned in this article, which you may not know about, provide improved performance and usability over the so-called “mainstream” browsers, Dolphin, Opera, Chrome and Firefox. In this article I analyze four dedicated tablet browsers.

26-02-2013
4 Of The Fastest Tablet-Optimized Browsers You’ve Never Heard Of [Android]
The Future Is Prepaid: How To Save Hundreds On Your Mobile Phone Bill In 3 Easy Steps

Technology Explained

The Future Is Prepaid: How To Save Hundreds On Your Mobile Phone Bill In 3 Easy Steps

Cutting your mobile phone bill in half takes only three simple steps – first, find a carrier that offers discounted plans, such as an MVNO. Second, get an unlocked phone. Third, and optionally, you can optimize the phone’s functionality to cost less. Some start-up costs apply, but the overall savings will greatly outweigh the expenses.

23-02-2013
The Future Is Prepaid: How To Save Hundreds On Your Mobile Phone Bill In 3 Easy Steps
Hitchhike Your Way Around The Internet With Three Free Apps [Android]

Android

Hitchhike Your Way Around The Internet With Three Free Apps [Android]

Everyone who has heard, seen or read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy remembers the eponymous Guide, a source of vast and questionable knowledge, which bailed out or confused the travelers, time and again. You don’t have to travel to Ursa Minor Beta in order to score an analog, either. If you own an Android device, preferably a tablet, getting your book ready only requires three apps and approximately 2.5 to 7 GB of free space on your device or SD card.

16-02-2013
Hitchhike Your Way Around The Internet With Three Free Apps [Android]
Want The Hottest Phone Not On The Market? 5 Tips To Get The Nexus 4 Before It Sells Out Again

Android Internet

Want The Hottest Phone Not On The Market? 5 Tips To Get The Nexus 4 Before It Sells Out Again

Are you waiting for a Nexus 4? You might wait a great deal longer if you don’t get one immediately after the Play Store restocks in mid-February. Fortunately, we don’t have just one method – this article presents six absolutely rock-solid strategies of becoming one of the first in line when the Nexus 4 arrives.

12-02-2013
Want The Hottest Phone Not On The Market? 5 Tips To Get The Nexus 4 Before It Sells Out Again
5 Free Influenza Fighting Apps for Facebook, Android, and Twitter

Android iPhone and iPad

5 Free Influenza Fighting Apps for Facebook, Android, and Twitter

Influenza, arguably, grew to epidemic proportions in the United States and Europe this year, according to Google Flu Trends. Search traffic for illness symptoms reached the most intense since the dawn of the information age. Fortunately, we now have the ability to defend against infection using resources derived from the Internet – in particular, social media. Facebook, Twitter and Google can tell us who among our friends might have a cold or flu.

09-02-2013
5 Free Influenza Fighting Apps for Facebook, Android, and Twitter
Low-End Android Phone? Try the Ultra-Light Fast & Secure Naked Browser

Android

Low-End Android Phone? Try the Ultra-Light Fast & Secure Naked Browser

Strangely enough, one of the fastest browsers available for Android remains virtually unheard of, despite its stalwart security, swift browsing speed and feature rich interface. In comparison, all of the other major browsers match-up poorly to the completely free Naked Browser. Naked offers a sterling array of features, such as blazing fast speed, tabbed browsing, excellent security, minimal app permissions and a tiny installed size.

05-02-2013
Low-End Android Phone? Try the Ultra-Light Fast & Secure Naked Browser
10 Efficient and Minimal Android Apps That You May Not Have Heard About

Android

10 Efficient and Minimal Android Apps That You May Not Have Heard About

Software bloat in the Android software ecosystem causes more problems than any other issue. Poorly written apps, particularly ad-supported apps, constantly draw on your handset’s wireless components, waking the kernel and overall diminishing performance and battery life. Uninstalling bad apps and replacing them with better apps provides the best solution.

02-02-2013
10 Efficient and Minimal Android Apps That You May Not Have Heard About
Wake Up To Your Favorite Song Or Radio Show, Get Better Battery Life & More With Atooma [Android]

Android

Wake Up To Your Favorite Song Or Radio Show, Get Better Battery Life & More With Atooma [Android]

It will grow on you over time and, no, it’s not a tumor. It’s Atooma, an Android automation application currently in open beta. Unlike all other automation apps, Atooma simplifies the automation process, by providing you with configurable symbols rather than complicated scripts. In short, you can get started almost immediately, with very little effort. Atooma possesses the ability to do almost anything with your phone.

29-01-2013
Wake Up To Your Favorite Song Or Radio Show, Get Better Battery Life & More With Atooma [Android]
How To Get Your PC’s Fans Running Cool & Quiet With 3 Simple Cheap & Fast Tips

DIY

How To Get Your PC’s Fans Running Cool & Quiet With 3 Simple Cheap & Fast Tips

Have you ever got tired of cleaning out your PC’s dust bunnies? Or have a rattling fan that just ruins your concentration? Believe it or not, fixing both problems can cost just dollars and the results provide coolness, silence and easier maintenance. Getting started requires only one of the following – machine lubricant, a PC dust filter or pantyhose, although you can use all three if desired.

26-01-2013
How To Get Your PC’s Fans Running Cool & Quiet With 3 Simple Cheap & Fast Tips
A Simple Tip That Will Save Money With FatWallet and SlickDeals

Internet

A Simple Tip That Will Save Money With FatWallet and SlickDeals

After the expensive holidays, and global recession has thinned our wallets, spotting a good deal can really boost your morale. Fortunately, some money-saving websites cater to your needs. Two of the best online communities for finding well-priced products are FatWallet and Slickdeals. This article discusses the differences and similarities between SlickDeals and FatWallet.

19-01-2013
A Simple Tip That Will Save Money With FatWallet and SlickDeals
The Secret To Getting The Best Deals On All The Stuff You Want

Internet

The Secret To Getting The Best Deals On All The Stuff You Want

If you make frequent online purchases using big-name retailers, such as Amazon, BestBuy, and Walmart, then you probably know about the deal finding sites SlickDeals and Fatwallet. A little known secret is that all the deal-hunting websites publish their best finds online through RSS feeds. The amount of deals found in these feeds staggers the mind. This article will explain two methods for extracting great deals from sites that specialize in finding sales.

15-01-2013
The Secret To Getting The Best Deals On All The Stuff You Want
Penniless Because of the Holidays? 8 Money-Stretching Subreddits

Internet

Penniless Because of the Holidays? 8 Money-Stretching Subreddits

A secret corporation doesn’t want you knowing that prices actually go up on average from Black Friday until the end of December. However, immediately following the West’s orgy of gift giving, prices become flaccid. How do we, as consumers, take advantage of this situation? Having personally gone broke after throwing away money on underappreciated gifts, it occurred to me that finding good deals was more important than ever.

12-01-2013
Penniless Because of the Holidays? 8 Money-Stretching Subreddits
No Longer Tied to a Cellular Contract? 10 Reasons You Should Switch To An MVNO

Technology Explained

No Longer Tied to a Cellular Contract? 10 Reasons You Should Switch To An MVNO

Are you out of contract with your cellular provider? Rather than upgrading your phone, and signing a new contract, consider switching to a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO. You can save hundreds, even thousands, each year in cellular costs, without signing a contract. MVNOs offer cheaper rates to consumers by renting spectrum from one of the four major carriers.

08-01-2013
No Longer Tied to a Cellular Contract? 10 Reasons You Should Switch To An MVNO
The Secret To Profitable Printing With Your Inkjet In Three Easy Steps

Web Culture

The Secret To Profitable Printing With Your Inkjet In Three Easy Steps

Ironically, while printer ink costs more than champagne, cost-savvy consumers can actually make money using their inkjet. It just takes three simple steps—none of which lead to jail. In addition to saving consumers’ money, selling or donating rebuilt ink cartridges offers an environmentally friendly alternative to the rubbish bin. Also, aside from being inexpensive and eco-friendly, it can be profitable.

29-12-2012
The Secret To Profitable Printing With Your Inkjet In Three Easy Steps