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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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Thou Shalt Consume: The Story of Consumer Electronics [Feature]

Thou Shalt Consume: The Story of Consumer Electronics [Feature]

Every year, exhibitions around the world present new high tech devices; expensive toys that come with many promises. They aim to make our lives easier, more fun, super connected, and of course they are status symbols. Moreover, they are an electronic manifestation of the ideals that drive our society: bigger, better, faster, more. What is the purpose of driving the technological advancement? Does it help us create something that will last? Where are we going so fast? We don’t know. Or do we?

16-04-2013
Thou Shalt Consume: The Story of Consumer Electronics [Feature]
Abused, Bullied & Harassed On Facebook: 6 Ways To Get Back Your Dignity [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

Abused, Bullied & Harassed On Facebook: 6 Ways To Get Back Your Dignity [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook isn’t a safe haven. A recent study by GMI revealed that one in ten Facebook users have experienced some form of abuse. Among 18 – 24 year olds, one in four were affected. Offenders use their victims’ walls or private messages to post insults, threats, or other abusive messages. In the real world it can be tough to avoid bullies or even prove what they have done. In Facebook, however, you have effective tools to deal with people who deliberately abuse you.

10-04-2013
Abused, Bullied & Harassed On Facebook: 6 Ways To Get Back Your Dignity [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Disposing Of An Old Laptop – What To Recycle, What To Keep

Web Culture

Disposing Of An Old Laptop – What To Recycle, What To Keep

Laptops are a treasure trove of parts that can live more than one life. Whether they continue a life as spare part or become the subject of a DIY tech project, you can get a lot of extra value out of your old hardware. And at the very least you can give a broken laptop to a recycling facility that will recover valuable materials like gold, copper, aluminum, and many more. Curious to see which parts you can easily extract yourself and re-use in one way or the other?

03-04-2013
Disposing Of An Old Laptop – What To Recycle, What To Keep
This Is What Facebook Does with Your Data & How To Opt Out [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

This Is What Facebook Does with Your Data & How To Opt Out [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook is a publicly traded company. As such, its success isn’t just measured in traffic or users, but first and foremost in revenue. In other words, Facebook is pressured to make more money. But where does this money come from? The social network is a free service and all its unique content is generated by its users. This does not leave the site with a whole lot of options to earn money.

02-04-2013
This Is What Facebook Does with Your Data & How To Opt Out [Weekly Facebook Tips]
9 Ways To Become More Popular On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

9 Ways To Become More Popular On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook is different things to different people. It’s used to stay in touch, play games, share news and stories, or promote brands. What unites almost everyone who regularly uses Facebook is the desire to be popular and Liked. The problem is that Facebook guards updates and doesn’t automatically show everything to everyone. The algorithm that determines how many people get to see a post is called EdgeRank and it pretty much is a black box.

26-03-2013
9 Ways To Become More Popular On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Samsung Galaxy Note II Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Samsung Galaxy Note II Review and Giveaway

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is an Android Jelly Bean driven hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet. Its key features are a 5.5-inch large HD Super AMOLED display and an integrated active stylus, called S Pen. Assisted by multi-window view and many other smart feature, multitasking becomes the Samsung Galaxy Note II’s middle name. For this review, we purchased the model GT-N7105, which is equipped with Qualcomm 4G, also known as LTE. While the review unit came with Telekom (T-Mobile) branding, we will be giving away a brand new unit without branding.

25-03-2013
Samsung Galaxy Note II Review and Giveaway
You Are What You Like on Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

You Are What You Like on Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Did you ever wonder what your Facebook Likes reveal about you? A team of researchers from the UK figured it out for you. To demonstrate their results, they offer a free one click personality test based purely on your Facebook Likes. The results potentially reveal whether you’re neurotic, conservative, male or female, use drugs, or smoke. I tried it and boy does this seem accurate. I Like!

20-03-2013
You Are What You Like on Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]
9 Ways in Which Facebook Holds You By The Balls [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

9 Ways in Which Facebook Holds You By The Balls [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Have you ever entertained the thought of quitting Facebook? And how quickly did you dismiss this idea? Most of us don’t realize it right away, but we’re pretty seriously invested in Facebook. Once we have been hooked in, it is almost impossible to let go. Even if you are not that active, you are probably using a bunch of passive Facebook services. Are you even aware of how deep you have slipped into the comfy confines of social networking?

13-03-2013
9 Ways in Which Facebook Holds You By The Balls [Weekly Facebook Tips]
7 Email Efficiency Tips To Get More Email Done, Faster

Internet

7 Email Efficiency Tips To Get More Email Done, Faster

Life revolves around communication and literally nothing gets accomplished without it. Email is a communication tool meant to make your life easier. Instead of having to type up a letter or try to catch someone on the phone or in person, you can quickly type a few lines and be over it. But email can also be a significant time sink. This typically happens when it is used in the wrong way.

12-03-2013
7 Email Efficiency Tips To Get More Email Done, Faster
Clean Up Your Facebook News Feed With Social Fixer Filtering [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Internet

Clean Up Your Facebook News Feed With Social Fixer Filtering [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook has become a one size fits all social networking platform. The typical News Feed is filled with randomly mixed updates from friends, family, colleagues, and various pages. While you may want to see all of those posts, at least sometimes, you might not want to see all of them at the same time. Unfortunately, Facebook doesn’t really offer easy solutions to prune or categorize the News Feed.

06-03-2013
Clean Up Your Facebook News Feed With Social Fixer Filtering [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Free Your Inbox: Easily & Automatically Prioritize Emails With These Free Tools

Internet

Free Your Inbox: Easily & Automatically Prioritize Emails With These Free Tools

Email has almost completely replaced snail mail communication. Now everyone is trying to get into your inbox. From family and friends to companies and advertisers, they all demand a piece of your attention. If you have not been managing your inbox with filters and other prioritization tools, it must be a mess. And with ever more emails cluttering it up, it’s easy to lose track. Have you ever missed an important email?

05-03-2013
Free Your Inbox: Easily & Automatically Prioritize Emails With These Free Tools
Winamp – A Solid Media Player That Excels in Managing Your Music Collection [Windows]

Windows

Winamp – A Solid Media Player That Excels in Managing Your Music Collection [Windows]

Winamp is a Methuselah among the third party Windows media players. First released in 1997 and originally developed by Nullsoft, it has become a subsidiary of AOL in the meantime. However, it hasn’t lost any of its charm and we have elected it as one of our best audio tools for Windows. Winamp remains a beast of a media player with an extensive, yet fully customizable interface.

27-02-2013
Winamp – A Solid Media Player That Excels in Managing Your Music Collection [Windows]
Does Your Media Player Suck? Try A Unique Alternative: Daum PotPlayer [Windows]

Windows

Does Your Media Player Suck? Try A Unique Alternative: Daum PotPlayer [Windows]

Whenever we have written an article about great media players, people were quick to remind us of PotPlayer. Once we checked it out, we had to agree that it was indeed pretty awesome. So the tool silently made it to our famous list of Best Windows Software and finally the time has come for a proper review. PotPlayer was developed by Daum and is based on the original KMPlayer, which has since been developed by another group. Much like VLC Media Player.

26-02-2013
Does Your Media Player Suck? Try A Unique Alternative: Daum PotPlayer [Windows]
Deal With Facebook Procrastination With These Tools And Tips

Internet

Deal With Facebook Procrastination With These Tools And Tips

This article is here to help us deal with Facebook procrastination. There are tools and techniques you can use to limit your time on Facebook, but the root of the issue is your behavior. I can’t help you with the latter, but I can show you how to get started with the former and form some habits that will get you out of your procrastifacebooking.

20-02-2013
Deal With Facebook Procrastination With These Tools And Tips
Manage Your Hard Disk Partitions Like A Pro With EaseUS Partition Master [Windows]

Windows

Manage Your Hard Disk Partitions Like A Pro With EaseUS Partition Master [Windows]

When you ask a tech crowd about disk partition managers, many people will agree that EaseUS Partition Master is the best tools for the job. Why? Because it offers many great features, yet remains easy to use. It’s also MakeUseOf’s favorite partition manager for Windows. This review focuses on the partition manager only.

19-02-2013
Manage Your Hard Disk Partitions Like A Pro With EaseUS Partition Master [Windows]
7 Fascinating Google Maps and Mashups to See the World With Different Eyes

Internet

7 Fascinating Google Maps and Mashups to See the World With Different Eyes

Google Maps are a treasure trove for discoverers. Not only do they help you navigate and not get lost, you can also discover some pretty weird things in Street View, explore data and information in unique ways with Google Maps mashups, or create your own custom maps. In short, there is never a chance to get bored with Google Maps.

13-02-2013
7 Fascinating Google Maps and Mashups to See the World With Different Eyes
Create Google Maps of Your Own To Share & Collaborate With Friends

Internet

Create Google Maps of Your Own To Share & Collaborate With Friends

Google Maps is the best free tool for all your mapping and navigation needs. It’s comprehensive, intuitive to use, and available across platforms. Since there is no serious competition in sight, you might as well settle with it for now and use some of the awesome features, like custom maps. Google Maps allows you to edit its maps, save them as your own map, make it public or private, and share the link.

12-02-2013
Create Google Maps of Your Own To Share & Collaborate With Friends
Better Than The Default: 5 Fantastic Dropbox Apps [Android]

Android

Better Than The Default: 5 Fantastic Dropbox Apps [Android]

I’m a huge fan of Dropbox. I have been using it extensively for team collaborations, to transfer files between platforms, and for backup purposes. Dropbox’ key to success is its ease of use, which is firmly rooted in its nearly flawless integration across different platforms. The native Dropbox Android app is great for basic access to files and downloading, but it is lacking some features essential for power users.

06-02-2013
Better Than The Default: 5 Fantastic Dropbox Apps [Android]
3 Steps To An Organized & Simplistic Chrome Bookmarks Bar

Browsers

3 Steps To An Organized & Simplistic Chrome Bookmarks Bar

Who doesn’t love bookmarks? The promise to remember an interesting website and visit it later when you will have more time to enjoy it. The endeavor would be easier if you hadn’t bookmarked several hundred cool sites over the past dozen years. Fortunately, someone invented the Bookmarks Bar, that space for all the awesome sites you do visit regularly, like MakeUseOf. Sadly, there will always be more favorite sites than space on the Bookmarks Bar.

05-02-2013
3 Steps To An Organized & Simplistic Chrome Bookmarks Bar