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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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10 Best Websites To Find Awesome Camping Recipes & Outdoor Cooking Tips

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10 Best Websites To Find Awesome Camping Recipes & Outdoor Cooking Tips

Summer is almost upon the northern hemisphere, and official camping season is just around the corner. An important and integral part of any camping trip, be it car camping, backpacking or just a day camp in the woods, is camping food. It never ceases to amaze me how simple ingredients cooked on a fire can become so delicious just by the change of settings.

15-05-2012
10 Best Websites To Find Awesome Camping Recipes & Outdoor Cooking Tips
Bring Some Life Into Your Browser With These 5 Brilliant Start-Page Extensions [Chrome]

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Bring Some Life Into Your Browser With These 5 Brilliant Start-Page Extensions [Chrome]

Chrome’s default start page has nothing to be ashamed of. With its neat appearance and quick access to apps, most visited pages and recently closed tabs, it’s fast becoming a great option for a default start page, which doesn’t require any additional installation. However, Chrome’s start page is not perfect for everyone, and other great options do exist out there in the form of browser extensions.

14-05-2012
Bring Some Life Into Your Browser With These 5 Brilliant Start-Page Extensions [Chrome]
Use Pinstamatic To Pin Text, Music, Websites & Locations To Pinterest

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Use Pinstamatic To Pin Text, Music, Websites & Locations To Pinterest

Lately, I’ve been exploring Pinterest for all its possible applications. After telling you about 5 useful Pinterest tools, I still wasn’t sure what to do on Pinterest. After the first wave of ideas was done, I couldn’t find things I truly wanted to pin no matter how hard I tried. It was around this time that I heard about Pinstamatic. Despite the somewhat unfortunate name, Pinstamatic offers a solution for anyone who is looking for something more out of Pinterest.

11-05-2012
Use Pinstamatic To Pin Text, Music, Websites & Locations To Pinterest
How To Add A Snooze Function To Gmail Without Using Third-Party Apps

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How To Add A Snooze Function To Gmail Without Using Third-Party Apps

An overflowing inbox is a problem, and one almost everyone has to face daily. We’re all trying to avoid leaving a huge stack of unread e-mails in our inbox, but let’s face it, we can’t deal with everything the minute it comes in. The confusion a full inbox creates is sometimes so big, it becomes a reason to delay answering all by itself. There are many solutions and add-ons to create e-mail reminders and have e-mails return at specific times.

08-05-2012
How To Add A Snooze Function To Gmail Without Using Third-Party Apps
11 Unique Uses For The iPad That You’ve Probably Never Thought Of Before

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11 Unique Uses For The iPad That You’ve Probably Never Thought Of Before

The iPad is awesome. It’s great for games, it’s excellent for productivity, it can be used for sketching, taking notes, reading books and articles or as entertainment for children. All of these are pretty straightforward uses most of us have thought of and even utilized. But what else can the iPad do?

07-05-2012
11 Unique Uses For The iPad That You’ve Probably Never Thought Of Before
6 Beautiful Apps That Look Great Even Without a Retina Display [iPad]

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6 Beautiful Apps That Look Great Even Without a Retina Display [iPad]

We’ve all heard of the fantastic new iPad and its amazing new Retina display. While many might not be overly impressed with this new iteration, I have yet to hear one bad word said about the new display, and many apps are adjusting accordingly. There’s no lack of apps that look great on a Retina display, and no wonder, the Retina display is pretty awesome.

04-05-2012
6 Beautiful Apps That Look Great Even Without a Retina Display [iPad]
Say Anything To Anyone With Say Anything – An Unusual App For iOS

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Say Anything To Anyone With Say Anything – An Unusual App For iOS

Do you remember sitting in school next to your friend and writing to each other on pieces of paper? I sure do. It was fun, yet time consuming, but I never imagined a different way to communicate when silence was required. So when I first discovered Say Anything, I finally had to believe in Apple’s “there’s an app for that” slogan.

30-04-2012
Say Anything To Anyone With Say Anything – An Unusual App For iOS
iPad Games Galore: Kick Up The 80’s & 90’s With These 5 Retro Games

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iPad Games Galore: Kick Up The 80’s & 90’s With These 5 Retro Games

Everyone loves retro. Whether you actually grew up in the 80’s or laid eyes on Pac-Man for the first time on a Windows PC, we can’t help but love these games. Recently, I discovered there is a whole drove of retro game available for the iPad, and not only that, they tend to be quite expensive. It’s hard to find a full version of a true retro game for less than $4.99, and many of them can go up to $9.99.

27-04-2012
iPad Games Galore: Kick Up The 80’s & 90’s With These 5 Retro Games
11 Awesome, Funny & Informative Tumblr Blogs You Should Be Following

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11 Awesome, Funny & Informative Tumblr Blogs You Should Be Following

Tumblr has been around for quite a while, but only recently did I decide to open one of my own. When that happened, I suddenly became more aware, and found that there are fascinating, hilarious and beautiful things hidden in the web in the form of Tumblrs. What I love about Tumblrs is how lean on text they can be. This way, I can follow multiple blogs, learn new things and get my dose of laughs.

24-04-2012
11 Awesome, Funny & Informative Tumblr Blogs You Should Be Following
Save for a Rainy Day: The Top 6 Instagram Alternatives You Really Should Try [Android & iOS]

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Save for a Rainy Day: The Top 6 Instagram Alternatives You Really Should Try [Android & iOS]

Instagram has been in the news non-stop these past two weeks. It started with the launch of its much anticipated Android app, and continued with the subsequent acquisition by Facebook. Both moves created heated reactions from Instagram users, which were not always positive. I only recently got to try Instagram, and although it’s a fun little app, I wasn’t blown away.

23-04-2012
Save for a Rainy Day: The Top 6 Instagram Alternatives You Really Should Try [Android & iOS]
Change Settings on Multiple Social Networks From One Place With Bliss Control

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Change Settings on Multiple Social Networks From One Place With Bliss Control

A while ago I told you about MyPermissions, a simple yet useful website that helps you clean up multiple app permissions in just a few minutes. MyPermissions is so useful, it inspired Notification Control. The same guys behind Notification Control have now come up with another incredible service, Bliss Control, which is an expansion of Notification Control, and true to its name, is total bliss.

20-04-2012
Change Settings on Multiple Social Networks From One Place With Bliss Control
Breezi Lets You Design An Amazing Website Without Writing One Line Of Code

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Breezi Lets You Design An Amazing Website Without Writing One Line Of Code

Breezi won’t let you build a whole website in minutes. This is not because it’s any less good, but because there are way more options to take advantage of. Breezi is a full-fledged HTML5 website editor, which lets you control every little aspect of your website, design it just the way you want it to be, and get beautiful results.

16-04-2012
Breezi Lets You Design An Amazing Website Without Writing One Line Of Code
Make Better Use of Pinterest With These 5 Pinterest Tools

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Make Better Use of Pinterest With These 5 Pinterest Tools

Whether you’ve already fallen for Pinterest or not, no one can deny the new network’s popularity. Instead of sharing your thoughts or actions, you get to share beautiful images. Not only that, those images don’t have to be hand made, only hand picked – all you have to do is find them on the Web, and you’re all set.

10-04-2012
Make Better Use of Pinterest With These 5 Pinterest Tools
How To Build Your Own Website In Minutes Without Any Coding Skills

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How To Build Your Own Website In Minutes Without Any Coding Skills

As the Web grows, and it does so dazzlingly fast, the need for a web presence is becoming more pressing. In many parts of the world, you simply must have a web presence in order to succeed, market yourself and make yourself known. For some people this is easy, they just go and build themselves a beautiful website. But what about the rest of us?

03-04-2012
How To Build Your Own Website In Minutes Without Any Coding Skills
3 Handy Tools Which Are Not Instapaper To Save Interesting Web Pages For Later

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3 Handy Tools Which Are Not Instapaper To Save Interesting Web Pages For Later

The web is full of things we wish we could read. Unfortunately, there isn’t always time to spend in front of the screen, reading away to our heart’s content. This is a well-known phenomena, and big names such as Instapaper and Read It Later do a good job in solving this problem. But these two aren’t the only solutions out there.

02-04-2012
3 Handy Tools Which Are Not Instapaper To Save Interesting Web Pages For Later
How To Restore Accidentally Deleted Bookmarks On Firefox & Chrome [Windows]

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How To Restore Accidentally Deleted Bookmarks On Firefox & Chrome [Windows]

Restoring accidentally deleted bookmarks is rather easy, both in Firefox and Chrome. While in Firefox it has become a built-in feature, in Chrome it still requires some folder digging. In either case, don’t despair. There is a good chance you can get your lost bookmarks back.

30-03-2012
How To Restore Accidentally Deleted Bookmarks On Firefox & Chrome [Windows]
Live Search & Tag Your Bookmarks With Stashmarks [Chrome]

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Live Search & Tag Your Bookmarks With Stashmarks [Chrome]

Like many other things in our world, bookmarks have also gone social. Now, even the act of saving interesting things has become something we share, as can be seen on services such as Pinterest, Delicious and Pinboard. On top of making bookmarks social, these services also index your favorite websites and images and makes them easy to search through.

27-03-2012
Live Search & Tag Your Bookmarks With Stashmarks [Chrome]
5 Free ADDICTIVE Arcade Games for iPad

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5 Free ADDICTIVE Arcade Games for iPad

Welcome to another edition of MakeUseOf’s free iPad games column. This month, it’s all about arcade. Be it shooting, running, slicing or rolling, no one is immune to the addiction of arcade games. If you don’t want to spend the next few hours playing, save this post for later. Otherwise, dive into the world of arcade games, and find your next addiction.

26-03-2012
5 Free ADDICTIVE Arcade Games for iPad
Turn Your iPhone Or Android Device Into A Game Controller For Your Computer [Windows & Mac]

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Turn Your iPhone Or Android Device Into A Game Controller For Your Computer [Windows & Mac]

Do you like playing casual games on your computer? Do you own an iPhone or an Android device? Then how about forgetting about your keyboard and mouse and using your trusty old smartphone as a controller for games? If it sounds to good to be true, you should give Wanderplayer a try.

23-03-2012
Turn Your iPhone Or Android Device Into A Game Controller For Your Computer [Windows & Mac]
Trade Your Old iPad For Money On These 5 Websites

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Trade Your Old iPad For Money On These 5 Websites

Every iPad enthusiast (and everyone in general) has heard of Apple’s new iPad. While some people feel the update is not significant enough, many are still planning to buy it. With its retina display and its 4G capabilities, the new iPad can still make a good upgrade on the iPad 2, and is a significant upgrade on the original iPad. So what if you own an older iPad, but really want to lay your hands on the new model?

20-03-2012
Trade Your Old iPad For Money On These 5 Websites
Oops, You Did It Again! How To Undelete Events From Google Calendar

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Oops, You Did It Again! How To Undelete Events From Google Calendar

Most people do tend to backup important things such as their hard drive content or their phone’s SD card, but there’s one important thing most people don’t worry about: their calendar. Specifically, Google Calendar. If you delete an event on Google Calendar by accident, you have about 30 seconds to change your mind and hit “Undo”. After that, it’s gone forever. So what do you do?

16-03-2012
Oops, You Did It Again! How To Undelete Events From Google Calendar