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Tina Sieber

Chief Operating Officer / Joined 18 December, 2007

Tina has been writing about consumer technology for over a decade. She holds a Doctorate in Natural Sciences, a Diplom from Germany, and an MSc from Sweden. Her analytical background has helped her excel as a technology journalist at MakeUseOf, where she's now managing keyword research and operations.

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A Quick Tour of the Leap Motion Touchless Input Device

Technology Explained

A Quick Tour of the Leap Motion Touchless Input Device

The Leap Motion Controller is a novel user interface device for Windows and Mac. It lets you control your computer through finger gestures painted into the air above the small device. In this article I will take you through the initial setup, introduce you to the Leap Motion’s app store, and generally explore how intuitive and useful this gadget really is.

27-07-2013
A Quick Tour of the Leap Motion Touchless Input Device
How To Copy Data From A Laptop

Windows Linux

How To Copy Data From A Laptop

Laptops have a particularly short lifetime. While it is possible to upgrade laptop hardware, one day the time will come when that is just not possible or worth it any more. This is when you will want to copy your data from your old laptop to a new device. How you can do this essentially depends on how much data there is to back up and whether or not the old laptop is still booting.

23-07-2013
How To Copy Data From A Laptop
Share Your Screen With Anyone Using Screenleap For Gmail Or Chrome

Browsers

Share Your Screen With Anyone Using Screenleap For Gmail Or Chrome

Have you ever wanted to demonstrate something you do on your computer and wished you could easily share your screen? The Screenleap Chrome browser extension lets you launch a screenshare for part or all of your desktop from within Gmail. Your friend only needs the viewer URL to instantly view your screen from any browser on any device.

17-07-2013
Share Your Screen With Anyone Using Screenleap For Gmail Or Chrome
Can You Escape Internet Surveillance Programs Like PRISM?

Internet

Can You Escape Internet Surveillance Programs Like PRISM?

Ever since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on PRISM, the NSA’s no longer secret surveillance program, we know one thing with certainty: nothing that happens online can be considered private. Can you really escape the intelligence services’ data hoarders by avoiding specific services? As similar programs in France, the UK, and Germany are revealed, this seems highly unlikely.

16-07-2013
Can You Escape Internet Surveillance Programs Like PRISM?
Great Time Saving Tips For Managing Email in Windows 8

Windows

Great Time Saving Tips For Managing Email in Windows 8

Depending on the volume of messages you need to process, managing emails can be a tedious task. With the Windows 8 Mail app, Microsoft introduced an application that makes this task very convenient. The interface is visually pleasing, simplistic, intuitive, and yet the app is surprisingly comprehensive. For those of you using Windows 8 and looking for an application to manage multiple email accounts, give the native Mail app a try and consider the following tips&tricks to save time wile managing your emails.

09-07-2013
Great Time Saving Tips For Managing Email in Windows 8
5 Reasons Working With Computers Is Bad For You & How to Stay Healthy

Self Improvement

5 Reasons Working With Computers Is Bad For You & How to Stay Healthy

Working on the computer may sound like the most relaxed job in the world, but it’s quite the contrary. It’s very tough on your body, which is not used to this modern type of work. The issues range from sitting for long hours, using they mouse and keyboard extensively, while staring at a bright screen and working in isolation at a stressful job. In other words, working on the computer is as unhealthy a job as you can imagine. Let me show you what the culprits are and how you can avoid and fix them.

03-07-2013
5 Reasons Working With Computers Is Bad For You & How to Stay Healthy
Get Things Done! 5 Ideas To Make The Best Productive Use Of Your Desktop

Windows Linux

Get Things Done! 5 Ideas To Make The Best Productive Use Of Your Desktop

People love their desktops! Whether you’re on a Mac, Windows or Linux computer, the desktop is an open space that isn’t pre-defined by a rigid structure. Unlike the interfaces of mobile devices or Windows 8’s Modern interface, it gives room to randomness, creativity, and individuality. This of course results in messy desktops more often than not. We have previously demonstrated how to clean up your desktop and switch wallpapers. Here I present a selection of wallpapers to go with a lean and productive desktop.

02-07-2013
Get Things Done! 5 Ideas To Make The Best Productive Use Of Your Desktop
10 Free Live Albums Featuring Radiohead, Folk, Rock & Jazz [Sound Sunday]

Web Culture

10 Free Live Albums Featuring Radiohead, Folk, Rock & Jazz [Sound Sunday]

Just in time for this week’s edition of Sound Sunday, Radiohead have released a live recording of their 1995 show at New York City’s Tramps via Noise Trade. All album tips will be donated to Amnesty International. Radiohead’s epic recording is accompanied by folk, rock, and some fascinating live jazz and improv albums. While all EPs and albums can be downloaded for free, we ask you to please donate a few dollars for music you enjoy! You are also welcome to submit material for an upcoming edition.

30-06-2013
10 Free Live Albums Featuring Radiohead, Folk, Rock & Jazz [Sound Sunday]
How To Set Up & Troubleshoot The Mail App In Windows 8

Windows

How To Set Up & Troubleshoot The Mail App In Windows 8

Windows 8 features a pretty slick Mail app. If you thought it only supported Microsoft accounts, such as Hotmail, Windows Live, or Outlook, you were wrong. The Windows 8 Mail app lets you add any email account that supports IMAP. As it always is in life, the theory is beautiful, but in practice we run into all sorts of petty issues. That was me when I tried to set up the Windows 8 Mail app. This article will help you set up the Mail app and troubleshoot common pitfalls in case you get stuck.

27-06-2013
How To Set Up & Troubleshoot The Mail App In Windows 8
How To Wall Mount Your Wireless Router, Or Any Other Gadget

DIY

How To Wall Mount Your Wireless Router, Or Any Other Gadget

Mounting gadgets to the wall has some key benefits; you get them out of the way, you free up space, and it looks better, too. There is an added benefit for wall mounting your wireless router; the right position, for example high up on your wall, can dramatically improve WiFi reception. Keep in mind that the average 1/2-wave dipole antenna radiates RF energy in a doughnut shape.

26-06-2013
How To Wall Mount Your Wireless Router, Or Any Other Gadget
3 Amazing Places That Google Earth Satellite View Helped Me Discover

Web Culture Windows

3 Amazing Places That Google Earth Satellite View Helped Me Discover

For the moment, Berlin is my adopted home. This is the Berlin, Germany’s old and new capital, a city of many controversies, world renowned for its eventful history, diverse art scene, and vibrant nightlife. I have spent many hours walking through the city, getting more familiar with it one step at a time. I wondered whether Google Earth could help me discover cool places I had not seen before. Join me as I explore my city in aerial and street views before heading out into the real world.

25-06-2013
3 Amazing Places That Google Earth Satellite View Helped Me Discover
Spending Too Much Time On The Computer? 5 Ways To Bring Nature To Your Desktop

Web Culture Internet

Spending Too Much Time On The Computer? 5 Ways To Bring Nature To Your Desktop

If you are tied to your desk or lack the natural draw to be outside, give nature a chance to brighten your day. She can help you relax as you experience her wonderfulness through the eyes and ears of others. Nature will stun you with her beauty! And who knows, you might be tempted to go outside and meet her in person after all.

19-06-2013
Spending Too Much Time On The Computer? 5 Ways To Bring Nature To Your Desktop
Not Just for Instagram: 10 Handy Uses For Your Smartphone Camera [Android]

Android

Not Just for Instagram: 10 Handy Uses For Your Smartphone Camera [Android]

Within only a few years, the smartphone has penetrated our lives and replaced other gadgets in a way that was never seen before. Likewise, smartphone cameras have become seriously useful. As the smartphone is slowly turning into an all-purpose tool, the camera adopts a large set of functions, which can be extremely handy in everyday life. Ready to find out the potential hidden within your smartphone camera?

18-06-2013
Not Just for Instagram: 10 Handy Uses For Your Smartphone Camera [Android]
I Bet You Didn’t Know Your Webcam Could Do This! 5 Tips To Help You Use Its Full Potential

Windows Internet

I Bet You Didn’t Know Your Webcam Could Do This! 5 Tips To Help You Use Its Full Potential

Are you the kind of person that covers their webcam with a sticker, so nobody can spy on them? Almost every device now is equipped with at least one camera. They make virtual meetings a little more personal. You can visually interact with the other person, read facial expressions, and thus better understand how they feel. This subtle information adds a lot of depth to conversations. But webcams can do a lot more than enhance virtual conversations. Few of us use their full potential for fun, convenience, and safety.

13-06-2013
I Bet You Didn’t Know Your Webcam Could Do This! 5 Tips To Help You Use Its Full Potential
Trip Up A Nerd With These WiFi Network & Computer Names

Web Culture

Trip Up A Nerd With These WiFi Network & Computer Names

Network and computer names are visible to anyone within the respective environment. Hence they make great subjects for sending messages, confusing other people in the network, or showing off your geekiness. Why use a default SSID or follow a boring name convention, if you could have some fun? Ever since I bought my first laptop in 2003, I named my devices after a life goal or a geographical destination.

12-06-2013
Trip Up A Nerd With These WiFi Network & Computer Names
The Great Transition: 13 Free Electronic Classical & Ambient Albums [Sound Sunday]

Web Culture

The Great Transition: 13 Free Electronic Classical & Ambient Albums [Sound Sunday]

With this edition of Sound Sunday, I present you the transition from last week’s chiptune & video game music to different variations of the electronic genre, including classical and ambient music. It goes without saying that this edition covers a broad range of genres, despite what may seem like a narrow focus.

09-06-2013
The Great Transition: 13 Free Electronic Classical & Ambient Albums [Sound Sunday]
How To Create Amazing Facebook Cover Pictures For Your Timeline

Internet

How To Create Amazing Facebook Cover Pictures For Your Timeline

The Facebook cover photo crowns your Timeline. You can choose a stunning photograph and keep it simple or create an eye-catching composition. No place on Facebook is better suited to show off your creativity and express your personality than this. Don’t despair if you’re not a master of Photoshop. Facebook makes it easy.

06-06-2013
How To Create Amazing Facebook Cover Pictures For Your Timeline
3 Ways To Breathe New Life Into An Old Hard Drive

DIY

3 Ways To Breathe New Life Into An Old Hard Drive

It’s in the human nature to collect stuff and in the digital age we mostly collect data. For a long time, the storage capacities of hard drives seemed to increase too slow to match user demands. We have now reached a turning point. With the aid of generous free Cloud storage and streaming services, it seems like local data storage needs are peaking and will eventually level off.

05-06-2013
3 Ways To Breathe New Life Into An Old Hard Drive
Facebook Won’t Let You Merge Accounts? Here Is How to Do It Anyways! [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

Facebook Won’t Let You Merge Accounts? Here Is How to Do It Anyways! [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Ever so often people ask us how they can merge two or more Facebook accounts . Now don’t get your hopes up! The truth is, it is not possible to merge Facebook accounts. However, there are workarounds. All it takes is a little preparation and patience.

04-06-2013
Facebook Won’t Let You Merge Accounts? Here Is How to Do It Anyways! [Weekly Facebook Tips]
10 Free Chiptune & Video Game Soundtrack Albums [Sound Sunday]

Web Culture

10 Free Chiptune & Video Game Soundtrack Albums [Sound Sunday]

Sound Sunday is often inspired by readers like yourself. The material for this edition was collected over several months, following the request of Luca in January this year. All of the albums demonstrate skill and passion for the chiptune genre. My personal highlight this week is Viking Guitar Productions’ expression of hard rock and metal with 8-bit music. It’s the chiptune flavor I can best identify with.

02-06-2013
10 Free Chiptune & Video Game Soundtrack Albums [Sound Sunday]
3 Cheap & Easy DIY Smartphone Tripod Mounts Made & Tested

Android

3 Cheap & Easy DIY Smartphone Tripod Mounts Made & Tested

Unless you are an avid photographer, you’ll hardly miss the added features of a proper camera. Too bad your tripod isn’t compatible with your smartphone. Or is it? Maybe one day smartphones will come with a thread adapter. Till then, you’re stuck… unless you dare to build one. I searched the net for ideas and went to my local hardware store to get supplies. I came up with three DIY tripod mounts that are very cheap, very easy to build, and quite sturdy.

30-05-2013
3 Cheap & Easy DIY Smartphone Tripod Mounts Made & Tested
3 Ways to Install a Computer in Your Kitchen

DIY

3 Ways to Install a Computer in Your Kitchen

Installing a computer in the kitchen is a brilliant idea. Not only does it deliver cooking tips and recipes right where you need them, you can also maintain your digital and cloud-synced shopping list or use it for entertainment. Imagine you could listen to music or watch your favorite TV show while preparing a meal or doing the dishes. Whether or not have a spare device and whatever your DIY skill level is, I guarantee there is a solution just right for you.

29-05-2013
3 Ways to Install a Computer in Your Kitchen