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Yaara Lancet

/ Joined 12 June, 2011

Yaara (@ylancet) is a freelance writer, tech blogger and chocolate lover, who's also a biologist and a full-time geek.

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Add Scheduling, Tracking & Reminders to Gmail With This Fantastic Add-on

Internet

Add Scheduling, Tracking & Reminders to Gmail With This Fantastic Add-on

Let’s face it, Gmail is pretty much perfect. It’s not a coincidence that it’s now one of the most popular email providers, at least for those who prefer a Web interface. There are, however, several crucial features that are still missing from Gmail. First and foremost, email scheduling. How many times have you decided to wait with an important email until later, only to forget all about it when the right time came?

13-08-2012
Add Scheduling, Tracking & Reminders to Gmail With This Fantastic Add-on
5 Great Sources For Free-To-Use Audio Clips & Sound Effects

Internet

5 Great Sources For Free-To-Use Audio Clips & Sound Effects

When I was 14 years old, I bought a CD full of sound effects. I paid good money for it, too. The CD included around 20-30 sound effects of everything from a baby crying to ocean waves, and I would pop it in my CD player and listen to the sound effects. That’s about all I could do with them, except for recording them onto a tape, maybe. So why did I buy it? Because sound effects are awesome, and you never know when you might need them.

10-08-2012
5 Great Sources For Free-To-Use Audio Clips & Sound Effects
Homescreen.me Lets You Share Your iOS Homescreen With The World

iPhone and iPad

Homescreen.me Lets You Share Your iOS Homescreen With The World

Here’s a secret – I love web apps. While many of my colleagues seem to hate them, web apps, in my opinion, open up a world of extremely cool tools we would not have access to otherwise. The ease with which one can develop a web app brought many unique, weird, useful and less useful services into our lives, and I never tire of exploring them and discovering things I could never have imagined. Take Homescreen.me for example.

07-08-2012
Homescreen.me Lets You Share Your iOS Homescreen With The World
Quick Guide: How To Enjoy eBooks Without A Tablet Or An eReader

Internet

Quick Guide: How To Enjoy eBooks Without A Tablet Or An eReader

eBooks are a phenomenon that can no longer be ignored. Whether you’re one of the early adopters, or still sticking religiously to paper books, you must have noticed how easy it’s become to get your hands on an eBook. When you can start reading a mere 5 minutes after deciding on a book, the lure of eBooks is bigger than ever.

06-08-2012
Quick Guide: How To Enjoy eBooks Without A Tablet Or An eReader
Is the iPhone Home Button Not Working? Here’s How To Fix It

iPhone and iPad

Is the iPhone Home Button Not Working? Here’s How To Fix It

Before I start, let me answer your most burning question – yes, these fixes work with all iOS devices, not just the iPhone. I tried them on the iPad, and they should work well on the iPod Touch as well. With that out of the way, let us get into the matter at hand – the unresponsive home button. If you own an iOS device which you use frequently, you’ve probably encountered this problem.

30-07-2012
Is the iPhone Home Button Not Working? Here’s How To Fix It
Livescribe Echo Smartpen Review And Giveaway

Product Reviews

Livescribe Echo Smartpen Review And Giveaway

If you’ve ever been in school, you know the agony of having to take notes. Whether you were using the good old pen and paper, a laptop, or even a tablet, taking notes during class can be quite an annoyance. To the rescue comes Livescribe, with its Smartpen line. It can record everything you write via an infrared camera, record anything you hear using a built-in microphone, and then combine the two into a pencast. Or so they promise. Here at MakeUseOf, we don’t believe everything we hear, and decided to see for ourselves. That’s why we bought the Livescribe 4GB Echo Smartpen, and gave it a serious spin.

30-07-2012
Livescribe Echo Smartpen Review And Giveaway
3 Firefox Add-Ons That Provide The Chrome Features You Love & Miss

Browsers

3 Firefox Add-Ons That Provide The Chrome Features You Love & Miss

As you’ve probably experienced yourself, when you get used to a browser, no matter the annoyances, there are certain features that really grow on you. Features you feel you cannot do without, and are keeping you from switching to a different browser. For me, after a year of using only Chrome, there were several such features that I sorely missed when I finally went back to Firefox. Luckily, there are some awesome add-ons.

27-07-2012
3 Firefox Add-Ons That Provide The Chrome Features You Love & Miss
View Great Art For Free On These 6 Inspiring Websites

Internet

View Great Art For Free On These 6 Inspiring Websites

The Internet’s boom brought many great things with it, including access to places we might otherwise never visit. This accessibility goes hand in hand with the fact we don’t leave our chairs as much as we used to; and why should we? It’s all available right there, on our computers. In other words, as computer geeks, many of us don’t get out much. For example, when was the last time you visited your local museum?

24-07-2012
View Great Art For Free On These 6 Inspiring Websites
Griffin, TouchTec, AmazonBasics Styluses Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Griffin, TouchTec, AmazonBasics Styluses Review and Giveaway

Today, I will be reviewing 3 kinds of styluses from three different companies. I will be checking how each stylus performs in different touch-screen tasks, how comfortable each stylus is to hold and use, and at the end will give you my own conclusion as to which of these three is the best, and which one would be the best buy for which task. In addition, we’ll be giving away 5 sets of all three styluses to five lucky readers (each winner will receive all 3 styluses)! Let’s see how they fared on my 1st generation iPad.

16-07-2012
Griffin, TouchTec, AmazonBasics Styluses Review and Giveaway
Facebook Tip: How To Disable Close Friends Notifications Or Remove Friends From The Close Friends List

Internet

Facebook Tip: How To Disable Close Friends Notifications Or Remove Friends From The Close Friends List

Facebook makes it very easy to add friends to the list from the top of the news feed, but it’s not as easy removing them. After you’ve figured it out it’s not complicated at all, but finding it among all of Facebook’s different features can take some time.

13-07-2012
Facebook Tip: How To Disable Close Friends Notifications Or Remove Friends From The Close Friends List
The Young Strike It Big: 5+ Amazing Discoveries Made By Kids & Teenagers

Web Culture

The Young Strike It Big: 5+ Amazing Discoveries Made By Kids & Teenagers

You don’t have to be a grown up to be amazing. As kids, we all know we’re capable of much more than some adults expect, but when we become adults ourselves, we sometime forget that truly innovative thinking sometime comes from people half our age. That said, in today’s technology-filled world, we’re almost getting used to whiz kids developing apps, building startups and making enormous exits.

03-07-2012
The Young Strike It Big: 5+ Amazing Discoveries Made By Kids & Teenagers
Create A Kid-Friendly Homescreen That Will Keep Your Phone Safe & Your Kids Entertained [Android]

Android

Create A Kid-Friendly Homescreen That Will Keep Your Phone Safe & Your Kids Entertained [Android]

Although I don’t yet have kids of my own, I was recently introduced to the world of children through my niece. As any good tech blogger would, I tested numerous Android games on her, and came up with a list of five awesome games she really enjoyed playing. Mobile games are great for kids, but can be somewhat nerve racking for the phone owners, who never know what the child might end up doing with the phone besides playing games.

02-07-2012
Create A Kid-Friendly Homescreen That Will Keep Your Phone Safe & Your Kids Entertained [Android]
Get Awesome Twitter Features On Facebook With This Neat Trick

Internet

Get Awesome Twitter Features On Facebook With This Neat Trick

In the world of social networks, there are two really big players: Facebook and Twitter. These are not the only players, not by a long shot, but with almost 150 million users on Twitter, and an estimated 900 million on Facebook, these are two giants that cannot be ignored. In the spirit of not ignoring each other, Twitter and Facebook have recently tightened their mutual integration.

25-06-2012
Get Awesome Twitter Features On Facebook With This Neat Trick
End Of Bad Gifts: Use SendAsGift To Make Sure Your Friends & Family Love Your Gifts

Internet

End Of Bad Gifts: Use SendAsGift To Make Sure Your Friends & Family Love Your Gifts

Most gifts can be bought online, without even leaving your chair, which makes the buying process easy enough. But what about the other side of things? Wouldn’t it be great if your friends could choose their gift in the first place? This is what SendAsGift.com is here for.

22-06-2012
End Of Bad Gifts: Use SendAsGift To Make Sure Your Friends & Family Love Your Gifts
10 Useful Browser Add-ons That Will Transform Your Tumblr Experience

Internet Browsers

10 Useful Browser Add-ons That Will Transform Your Tumblr Experience

Tumblr is a huge blogging platform where you can create and maintain a blog (or several blogs) with minimal hassle and work. While the photo blog concept existed before Tumblr, it’s Tumblr that made them so common and popular, and it’s now the go-to solution for most people who are looking to open one. Of course, you can use Tumblr for all your blogging needs, post text, quotes, audio clips, videos, and anything else you wish.

19-06-2012
10 Useful Browser Add-ons That Will Transform Your Tumblr Experience
Save Your Favorite Recipes From All Over The Web With These 3 Great Recipe Bookmarking Sites

Internet

Save Your Favorite Recipes From All Over The Web With These 3 Great Recipe Bookmarking Sites

If there’s one thing the Internet made easier, it’s cooking. I have a big collection of cookbooks (yes, real ones) which I rarely use anymore, despite how great they are. The ease with which I can find recipes online is just too tempting. The only problem with this never-ending recipe source is that I can rarely find again the ones I really liked, and even if I bookmark some of them, I can never remember which is which in the resulting mess.

18-06-2012
Save Your Favorite Recipes From All Over The Web With These 3 Great Recipe Bookmarking Sites
Add A Customizable Webcam Widget To Your Desktop With The Simple & Lightweight CamDesk [Windows & Linux]

Linux Windows

Add A Customizable Webcam Widget To Your Desktop With The Simple & Lightweight CamDesk [Windows & Linux]

With CamDesk, you get a constant feed from any of your webcams in a customizable window, and can keep track of what’s going on no matter what you’re doing. It can be used for anything from spying on your cats and keeping an eye on your door, to getting a constant feed of yourself while video chatting or recording a video.

15-06-2012
Add A Customizable Webcam Widget To Your Desktop With The Simple & Lightweight CamDesk [Windows & Linux]
Track & Manage Your Pinterest Account With Pinerly [200 Invites For MUO Readers]

Internet

Track & Manage Your Pinterest Account With Pinerly [200 Invites For MUO Readers]

Statistics are an integral part of any service we use regularly. How many followers did we gain today? How many people liked our album? How many e-mails passed through our inbox? Around every popular service we use, stats services sprout like mushrooms after the rain. And things are no different with the latest in social networking – Pinterest.

08-06-2012
Track & Manage Your Pinterest Account With Pinerly [200 Invites For MUO Readers]
Listen To Your Craving & Visit The Top 6 Websites For Chocolate Lovers

Internet

Listen To Your Craving & Visit The Top 6 Websites For Chocolate Lovers

I love chocolate. I love it so much, I would live on chocolate alone it if were possible. The best present anyone can give me is a box of assorted chocolates, complete with a little index where I can identify which one is which and choose the order in which I will devour them. Luckily, I am not alone in my passion, and there are many around the world who share it.

05-06-2012
Listen To Your Craving & Visit The Top 6 Websites For Chocolate Lovers
Which Windows Version Is The Best Of All Time? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Windows

Which Windows Version Is The Best Of All Time? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Sorry Mac and Linux users, this week’s poll is all about Windows, but even if you don’t currently use the most popular OS in the world, you’re bound to have an opinion in the matter. This week we want to find out which is your favorite Windows version of all times.

03-06-2012
Which Windows Version Is The Best Of All Time? [MakeUseOf Poll]
6 Cool DuckDuckGo Features You Won’t Find on Google

Internet

6 Cool DuckDuckGo Features You Won’t Find on Google

In a world ruled by Google, at least where search is concerned, it’s sometimes hard to imagine a worthy alternative. DuckDuckGo is one website that is trying to offer such an alternative. If you’ve been using it the same as you would use Google, not taking advantage of its cool features, this article is for you.

01-06-2012
6 Cool DuckDuckGo Features You Won’t Find on Google
The Top 7 Multiplayer Games You Can Play With Friends On The Same iPad

Gaming iPhone and iPad

The Top 7 Multiplayer Games You Can Play With Friends On The Same iPad

If there’s one thing we’ve established in these monthly iPad games columns, it is that the iPad is an excellent gaming device. You can literally pass away hours just playing games on the iPad, which is quite handy if you need to keep yourself busy during a long flight or some free hours of boredom. But playing games on the iPad needn’t be a lonely experience. There are plenty of iPad games you can play together with family or friends.

29-05-2012
The Top 7 Multiplayer Games You Can Play With Friends On The Same iPad
Create & Share Websites Instantly With The Slick & Practical CheckThis

Internet

Create & Share Websites Instantly With The Slick & Practical CheckThis

Have you ever wanted to share something with your friends or colleagues that was more than just a sentence, an image, a video or a link? Did you ever want to create and invite people to an event without limiting it to Facebook? Did you ever want to sell something without having to use eBay or Craiglist? Many times the big websites or your personal blog are not suitable for the task. CheckThis was created to fill this hole.

28-05-2012
Create & Share Websites Instantly With The Slick & Practical CheckThis