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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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YouTube Reveals Most Watched Videos For 2011 On YouTube Rewind [News]

Internet

YouTube Reveals Most Watched Videos For 2011 On YouTube Rewind [News]

2011 is drawing to a close, and many sites such as Twitter and Facebook are introducing their top stories of the year. In the spirit, YouTube has released YouTube Rewind, a recap in YouTube videos of everything that happened in 2011. This year, YouTube has reached one trillion views (that’s 1,000,000,000,000 playbacks), and they are now announcing the most watched videos of the year.

23-12-2011
YouTube Reveals Most Watched Videos For 2011 On YouTube Rewind [News]
What Is Carrier IQ And How Do I Know If I Have It?

Internet

What Is Carrier IQ And How Do I Know If I Have It?

Carrier IQ has sprung into our lives several weeks ago, with a video by security researcher Trevor Eckhart who found some hidden apps running on his HTC device. Since then, speculations and panic have risen to the point in which many users believe their every action, including text messages, email and web content is being recorded and transmitted to carriers.

20-12-2011
What Is Carrier IQ And How Do I Know If I Have It?
My 3 Worst Computer Nightmares. What Are Yours?

Windows

My 3 Worst Computer Nightmares. What Are Yours?

Let’s face it. Even for the geekiest computer lovers among us, computers can sometimes turn into a nightmare. Don’t get me wrong, I love computers – they play a huge part in my everyday life and I cannot do without them. But we all have our own personal computer nightmares. These are mine. What are yours?

19-12-2011
My 3 Worst Computer Nightmares. What Are Yours?
Microsoft Announces First Step In Office For iPad – OneNote [News]

iPhone and iPad

Microsoft Announces First Step In Office For iPad – OneNote [News]

If you’re eagerly anticipating Microsoft Office for iPad, you’d be happy to hear that the process has officially started. Microsoft has released OneNote for iPad, the first in what we can hope will be a long line of Office applications for the iPad. OneNote, which is a part of some versions of Microsoft Office, is a note taking application which combines the use of text, lists, images, videos, audio clips and free drawing.

16-12-2011
Microsoft Announces First Step In Office For iPad – OneNote [News]
Can’t Choose A Gift? Here Is How To Find The Perfect Holiday Gift For Anyone

Internet

Can’t Choose A Gift? Here Is How To Find The Perfect Holiday Gift For Anyone

There is no lack of holiday (and other occasions) gift guides, and there are plenty of places to find ideas or buy gifts online, but even when you finally make that decision, how do you know if it’s the right one? Wouldn’t it be awesome if your friends could choose their own gifts, without it losing its festive “gifty” feeling?

15-12-2011
Can’t Choose A Gift? Here Is How To Find The Perfect Holiday Gift For Anyone
YouTube Launches YouTube For Schools, Features Safe & Educational Content Only [News]

Internet

YouTube Launches YouTube For Schools, Features Safe & Educational Content Only [News]

Do you remember your excitement as a student when the teacher rolled in that huge TV on a cart and announced that you were going to watch a movie? Those were usually the best and most memorable classes. Google figured this out, and so have launched a special YouTube network, just for schools and universities.

15-12-2011
YouTube Launches YouTube For Schools, Features Safe & Educational Content Only [News]
Facebook Releases Top Trends, Memes & Pages List For 2011 [News]

Internet

Facebook Releases Top Trends, Memes & Pages List For 2011 [News]

The end of the year is the list lover’s favorite time. The year is ending, and many networks and websites are publishing their top (something) lists for 2011. We just finished reading Twitter’s top stories list, and now Facebook has released their 2011 Memology – the very top trends and memes on Facebook during 2011.

14-12-2011
Facebook Releases Top Trends, Memes & Pages List For 2011 [News]
Twitter Launches Major Redesign On All Platforms And Clients [News]

Internet

Twitter Launches Major Redesign On All Platforms And Clients [News]

Twitter has announced the beginning of another major redesign project, which will encompass the Twitter website, all of Twitter’s mobile apps and the desktop client, TweetDeck. The update brings four new tabs: Home, Connect, Discover and Me.

10-12-2011
Twitter Launches Major Redesign On All Platforms And Clients [News]
5 Easy Ways To Download & Convert Online Videos

Internet

5 Easy Ways To Download & Convert Online Videos

Streaming video websites are such a big part of our lives, it’s hard to remember a time when they didn’t exist. These websites revolutionized our computer video experience – no longer do we have to download every single video we want to watch – it’s all right there! But the opposite is also true. Sometimes sending a link or embedding a video is not enough.

06-12-2011
5 Easy Ways To Download & Convert Online Videos
Spotify Launches Dedicated Spotify Apps, Opens To Third-Party Developers [News]

Internet

Spotify Launches Dedicated Spotify Apps, Opens To Third-Party Developers [News]

Music service Spotify has announced recently that they are opening their servers to developers, who will be able to create apps that integrate with Spotify’s desktop app. In short, third-party developers can now expand on Spotify’s native functionalities by using Spotify’s API.

04-12-2011
Spotify Launches Dedicated Spotify Apps, Opens To Third-Party Developers [News]
You Can Now Try Out Windows Phone 7.5 Mango On Any Smartphone [News]

You Can Now Try Out Windows Phone 7.5 Mango On Any Smartphone [News]

No matter how you look at it, Windows Phone 7 is getting harder and harder to ignore. Many Android and iOS lovers would rather turn a blind eye to the emerging mobile OS from Microsoft; after all, isn’t it Microsoft’s turn to be the underdog in at least one game? But despite ourselves, we may find that we’re at least somewhat interested in this tiled, vertical OS that’s popping up everywhere.

02-12-2011
You Can Now Try Out Windows Phone 7.5 Mango On Any Smartphone [News]
Daily Mail Online Joins The Android Party, Launches Native App [News]

Android

Daily Mail Online Joins The Android Party, Launches Native App [News]

The Daily Mail’s online version, Mail Online, hits the Android Market with a Daily Mail Online app. The Daily Mail is one of Britain’s biggest news websites, and is highly popular all around the world. Mail Online offers news coverage and articles on a wide array of topics, all of which can now become accessible anywhere from your Android device.

01-12-2011
Daily Mail Online Joins The Android Party, Launches Native App [News]
Navigate Indoors With The New Version Of Google Maps For Android 2.1+ [News]

Android

Navigate Indoors With The New Version Of Google Maps For Android 2.1+ [News]

Google Maps for mobile is 6 years old (happy birthday!). To celebrate the occasion, Google launched Google Maps 6.0 for Android. The updated version of the app includes the much-anticipated indoor maps (a feature which has been available on Bing Maps for several months now), along with some other small goodies that are aimed at a better user experience.

01-12-2011
Navigate Indoors With The New Version Of Google Maps For Android 2.1+ [News]
The Top 7 Websites To Find Unique Or Unknown Free Audiobooks

Internet

The Top 7 Websites To Find Unique Or Unknown Free Audiobooks

A while ago we published a comprehensive list of the 10 best websites for free audiobooks. The world hasn’t changed, and many of us are still way too busy to sit down and read. We therefore look for refuge in audiobooks, which can make reading possible even for the busiest person. But most big websites provide similar selections. Should we be limited to mainstream just because we choose to read using audiobooks?

29-11-2011
The Top 7 Websites To Find Unique Or Unknown Free Audiobooks
Can’t Decide Which Smartphone to Choose? Here Is One Good Way to Do It

Android iPhone and iPad

Can’t Decide Which Smartphone to Choose? Here Is One Good Way to Do It

Choosing a phone used to be easy. Well, easier. No matter what your maker of choice was, the differences weren’t all that big, and Nokia held the winning hand anyway. But those were the good old days. All of that has changed in recent years, and the market is now literally swamped with choices. The first one being, do I want a smartphone or not?

22-11-2011
Can’t Decide Which Smartphone to Choose? Here Is One Good Way to Do It
Nokia’s New Mix Radio Service Will Personalize Music Experience On Lumia Devices [News]

Internet

Nokia’s New Mix Radio Service Will Personalize Music Experience On Lumia Devices [News]

Following the first sales of its new flagship device, the Lumia 800, Nokia has released an update for its Nokia Music software. The most exciting part of it is the launch of a Pandora-like service by the name of Mix Radio. Thanks to a partnership with The Echo Nest, Nokia can now offer personalized radio stations, curated to the specific tastes of their users.

21-11-2011
Nokia’s New Mix Radio Service Will Personalize Music Experience On Lumia Devices [News]
Spotify Updates iOS App, Lets You Control Facebook Sharing [News]

iPhone and iPad

Spotify Updates iOS App, Lets You Control Facebook Sharing [News]

Following their interesting Windows Phone 7 launch, Spotify has released an update for its much-loved iOS app. Spotify’s app, while only available in a limited number of countries, is one of the most popular ways to listen to music on iOS devices, and if you were getting worried about the Facebook spam it creates, you’re going to love this update.

20-11-2011
Spotify Updates iOS App, Lets You Control Facebook Sharing [News]
Read PDFs On The Go: 6 Free PDF Readers for iPad

iPhone and iPad

Read PDFs On The Go: 6 Free PDF Readers for iPad

PDFs are quite common in everyday life. Be it books, papers, manuals and what not, you probably find yourself reading PDFs at least once every day. There is a built-in way to read PDFs on the iPad, but it’s not a very good one. But there are lots of free PDF readers in the app store, so how can you know what’s good?

17-11-2011
Read PDFs On The Go: 6 Free PDF Readers for iPad
4 Reasons I Don’t Like Twitter And Why I Joined Anyway [Opinion]

Internet

4 Reasons I Don’t Like Twitter And Why I Joined Anyway [Opinion]

Lately I’ve been hearing it more and more – you’re a nobody in the online world if you don’t use Twitter. Surprisingly, I’ve been part of the online world for quite a few years now, and did not actually have a private Twitter account up until a few days ago. It wasn’t laziness or lack of knowledge, I just don’t like Twitter.

15-11-2011
4 Reasons I Don’t Like Twitter And Why I Joined Anyway [Opinion]
Apple is Offering Free Replacement For 1st Generation iPod Nano [News]

iPhone and iPad

Apple is Offering Free Replacement For 1st Generation iPod Nano [News]

As rare as it is for Apple to publicly admit a malfunction, this one is too big to overlook. According to Apple, the batteries of some first generation iPod nanos may overheat and become a safety risk. While this is a rare occurrence, Apple has decided not to take risks this time. If you own a first gen iPod nano, check out Apple’s replacement program.

15-11-2011
Apple is Offering Free Replacement For 1st Generation iPod Nano [News]
Google Is Giving You Ten Chances To Win Your Very Own Galaxy Nexus, Starting Today! [News]

Android

Google Is Giving You Ten Chances To Win Your Very Own Galaxy Nexus, Starting Today! [News]

Google is giving away 10 Galaxy Nexus devices with Ice Cream Sandwich over the next 10 days, starting today. The contest will involve daily Twitter challenges, and the ones who tweet the right answers may win the coveted Galaxy Nexus.

12-11-2011
Google Is Giving You Ten Chances To Win Your Very Own Galaxy Nexus, Starting Today! [News]
Tango – A Budding Skype Alternative For Android, iOS & Windows

Windows

Tango – A Budding Skype Alternative For Android, iOS & Windows

The world of Voice over IP is expanding fast, and we’re getting more and more options for calling our friends without paying cellphone providers. The strongest, and most known contender in this area is obviously Skype, and they’ve been rather good at it. However, Tango offers a pretty good alternative, especially since the latest updates to Skype have not been to everyone’s liking.

08-11-2011
Tango – A Budding Skype Alternative For Android, iOS & Windows
Amazon Launches Flow For iPhone, Augmented Reality App For Product And Barcode Scanning [News]

iPhone and iPad

Amazon Launches Flow For iPhone, Augmented Reality App For Product And Barcode Scanning [News]

Amazon has launched a new augmented reality app for the iPhone called Flow. With Flow, you can use your camera to scan either a whole product or a product’s barcode, and get an overlay of Amazon details on top of it. The app recognizes products such as CDs, DVDs, games, books, and tens of millions of other packaged products, such as “a box of cereal” (Amazon’s own example).

06-11-2011
Amazon Launches Flow For iPhone, Augmented Reality App For Product And Barcode Scanning [News]