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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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Google Updates Google+ Name Policy: You Can Now Use Nicknames & Names In Other Languages [News]

Internet

Google Updates Google+ Name Policy: You Can Now Use Nicknames & Names In Other Languages [News]

Good news for Google+ users who have been forced to abandon their nicknames. Google has announced an update to its pseudonym policy, which will roll out over the next few days. The major change you will notice is the ability to add a nickname or a maiden name, and have it appear alongside your real name (e.g., John “Spider” Smith).

27-01-2012
Google Updates Google+ Name Policy: You Can Now Use Nicknames & Names In Other Languages [News]
Create Your Own Unique & Personal Timeline Covers For Facebook With CoverCanvas

Internet

Create Your Own Unique & Personal Timeline Covers For Facebook With CoverCanvas

A lot of bad things have been said about Facebook over the years, many of them justified. But there is one thing about Facebook that even the most zealous critic can’t ignore – it makes people more creative. What do I mean by that? Well, can you imagine yourself designing something like your Timeline page just right before Facebook came along?

24-01-2012
Create Your Own Unique & Personal Timeline Covers For Facebook With CoverCanvas
Facebook Scam Offers A Free Amazon Gift Card, Don’t Fall For It! [News]

Internet

Facebook Scam Offers A Free Amazon Gift Card, Don’t Fall For It! [News]

Yet another Facebook scam has been revealed this weekend, and this one is a really tempting one. According to this scam, Amazon is offering a $500 gift card if you only click a few links and share them on Facebook. Please don’t. These links are false and you will not get an Amazon gift card if you share it.

24-01-2012
Facebook Scam Offers A Free Amazon Gift Card, Don’t Fall For It! [News]
How To Easily Enable & Customize The New Google Tool Bar

Internet Browsers

How To Easily Enable & Customize The New Google Tool Bar

Several weeks ago, Google launched a brand new Google bar in all its services. This new bar replaces the famous (or infamous?) black bar on top of all Google products, and includes a slick dropdown menu, a new Profile menu and a generally cleaner look. Surprisingly, not everyone can enjoy the new bar yet and Google also “forgot” to make the bar customizable.

20-01-2012
How To Easily Enable & Customize The New Google Tool Bar
Facebook’s New Service Lets You Listen To Music With Friends [News]

Internet

Facebook’s New Service Lets You Listen To Music With Friends [News]

Music is becoming more and more social, right? Well, the folks at Facebook obviously think so. Facebook has just announced a new service which allows users to listen to music with your friends and do so in perfect synchronization. For now, the service only works with Spotify and Rdio, but more services should be added soon. So how does it work?

18-01-2012
Facebook’s New Service Lets You Listen To Music With Friends [News]
How To Find A Nearby Library Which Lends Kindle Books & Other eBooks

Internet

How To Find A Nearby Library Which Lends Kindle Books & Other eBooks

As our society becomes more paperless, more people are looking for ways to replace their paper habits. Buying eBooks online is not a bad choice, but not everyone is into buying their books. Many of us enjoy our local public library, which lets us lend books for a limited time, and then return them. This is the cheaper, environmentally-friendlier and generally calmer choice, which doesn’t involve a lot of shopping.

17-01-2012
How To Find A Nearby Library Which Lends Kindle Books & Other eBooks
Amazon’s New “Send To Kindle” App Lets You Easily Send Files From PC To Kindle [News]

Internet

Amazon’s New “Send To Kindle” App Lets You Easily Send Files From PC To Kindle [News]

Amazon has just released a new piece of software, aimed at making your PC-Kindle interaction even easier. The new app is called Send to Kindle, and can be downloaded onto any Windows machine from here (Mac support is coming soon). Send to Kindle adds new ways for you to send any personal document from your PC to your Kindle device or Kindle app.

17-01-2012
Amazon’s New “Send To Kindle” App Lets You Easily Send Files From PC To Kindle [News]
Why Google+ Will Not Overtake Facebook, Not In 2 Years, Not Ever [Opinion]

Internet

Why Google+ Will Not Overtake Facebook, Not In 2 Years, Not Ever [Opinion]

Before I begin let me just state that I am not against innovation, and I really do like Google+, usually even more than Facebook. But just because we like something better, doesn’t mean it’s going to win. Here is why, in my opinion, Facebook will stick around for a long long time to come.

16-01-2012
Why Google+ Will Not Overtake Facebook, Not In 2 Years, Not Ever [Opinion]
5 Excellent Ways To Customize Windows You Simply Have To Try

Windows

5 Excellent Ways To Customize Windows You Simply Have To Try

I love Windows. It’s somewhat hard for me to say this, having grown up with a Mac and having hated every single Windows version up till Win2k, but Microsoft are really getting better at this, and I would not give up my Windows 7 for anything. This doesn’t mean that Windows is perfect. Sometimes there are things you want to do that simply don’t come built into Windows.

13-01-2012
5 Excellent Ways To Customize Windows You Simply Have To Try
Dolphin Browser Updates With New Look, Improved Performance & Increased Battery Life [News]

Android iPhone and iPad

Dolphin Browser Updates With New Look, Improved Performance & Increased Battery Life [News]

Dolphin, a major contestant in the mobile browsing scene, has just released an update to both its iOS version (for iPhone and iPad) and its Android version. Dolphin HD 3.0 for iOS received a Speed Dial and Webzine revamp, improving the looks of both and adding some new features. In Dolphin HD 7.3 for Android, the updates are more technical, and involve Dolphin Connect, the browser’s synchronization tool,

11-01-2012
Dolphin Browser Updates With New Look, Improved Performance & Increased Battery Life [News]
4 More Awesome Skype Apps You Should Install [Windows]

Windows

4 More Awesome Skype Apps You Should Install [Windows]

Skype is a useful and popular chat and VoIP application, which can become even more useful after installing some Skype apps.There are lots more things you can do with Skype apps, such as launching multiple accounts, adding spell checks, translating chats and initiating calls with one click.

10-01-2012
4 More Awesome Skype Apps You Should Install [Windows]
Turn Your Phone Into An Awesome Walkie-Talkie With Blip.me [Android & iOS]

Android

Turn Your Phone Into An Awesome Walkie-Talkie With Blip.me [Android & iOS]

There are many wacky, interesting, useful and just plain fun apps you can install on your smartphone. When we come down to it, no app is really absolutely essential, and we all did very well without any of them. But having all this rich abundance of apps at our fingertips truly makes the world a more colorful place. One app which definitely added color to my life is Blip.me.

09-01-2012
Turn Your Phone Into An Awesome Walkie-Talkie With Blip.me [Android & iOS]
Facebook Opens Registration For The 2012 Hacker Cup [News]

Internet

Facebook Opens Registration For The 2012 Hacker Cup [News]

Facebook has opened registration for its second ever Hacker Cup. Facebook’s Hacker Cup is aimed at finding the best hacker in the world, with a first prize of $5,000, not including flight and accommodation at Menlo Park, courtesy of Facebook. The competition will be held in three online rounds, each shorter than the last, and the top competitors from each round will advance to the next level.

09-01-2012
Facebook Opens Registration For The 2012 Hacker Cup [News]
Apple Is Refunding Anyone Who Purchased The Mysterious GameStore App [News]

iPhone and iPad

Apple Is Refunding Anyone Who Purchased The Mysterious GameStore App [News]

A few days ago, a mysterious app appeared in the iOS App Store. Its name was GameStore, it cost $0.99, and it appeared to be an official Apple release. All iOS users know about Game Center, but this was something new which allowed users to download some in-app purchases for racing-themed games.

07-01-2012
Apple Is Refunding Anyone Who Purchased The Mysterious GameStore App [News]
4 Ways To Prevent Computer-Related Eye Strain Without Losing Productivity

Windows Linux

4 Ways To Prevent Computer-Related Eye Strain Without Losing Productivity

Do you spend many hours in front of a computer screen? If you do, you’re probably familiar with the inescapable eye strain that comes with it. Headaches, burning eyes, itchiness and just being tired, are all symptoms of long hours of staring at a screen. I will be the first one to tell you that the ultimate solution is to spend less time at the computer.

02-01-2012
4 Ways To Prevent Computer-Related Eye Strain Without Losing Productivity
Facebook Messenger For Windows Leaks & Then Released Officially [News]

Windows

Facebook Messenger For Windows Leaks & Then Released Officially [News]

Facebook Messenger for Windows, which has apparently been in the oven for some time, has leaked to the web earlier this week. Facebook’s way to deal with this crisis was to officially release the app for download without further delay. Available for Windows 7 only at this time, it is a way for you to stay connected to Facebook chat, updates and news ticker, without having to leave your browser open.

31-12-2011
Facebook Messenger For Windows Leaks & Then Released Officially [News]
5 Cool Retro Games You Should Add To Your iGoogle Page

Gaming Internet

5 Cool Retro Games You Should Add To Your iGoogle Page

iGoogle is a personal, customizable homepage which every Google account owner can make use of. iGoogle lets you add multiple different gadgets, such as Gmail updates, news, weather and games, and access them easily every time you visit your iGoogle page. Finding cool flash games online is not necessarily hard, but having all your favorite games waiting for you in iGoogle is pretty convenient.

30-12-2011
5 Cool Retro Games You Should Add To Your iGoogle Page
You Can Now Get LogMeIn On iOS For Free [News]

iPhone and iPad

You Can Now Get LogMeIn On iOS For Free [News]

Good news for everyone who wants to control their Windows machine or Mac from the iPad – LogMeIn has just released a new version of their iOS app, and it’s completely free! If you’ve been using LogMeIn on your iPad, you will know that LogMeIn Ignition was previously sold for $30. Now you can get many of the features the old version offered, without paying a dime.

27-12-2011
You Can Now Get LogMeIn On iOS For Free [News]
How To Find Out Who Recently Unfriended You On Facebook

Internet

How To Find Out Who Recently Unfriended You On Facebook

Facebook lets you do many, many things. Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t deny the fact that it has opened doors to things we previously couldn’t do. But despite its shady reputation regarding anything to do with privacy, there are still some things you can’t do with Facebook. One of these things, is seeing who deleted you from their friend list.

26-12-2011
How To Find Out Who Recently Unfriended You On Facebook
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?
Google Chrome Can Now Sync Multiple Browsing Profiles [News]

Browsers

Google Chrome Can Now Sync Multiple Browsing Profiles [News]

Do you often use Chrome’s ability to sync all your bookmarks, extensions, apps, etc. across computers? It’s a pretty handy option which lets you use your own configuration of Chrome anywhere you go. But what if more than one person is using the computer? Who gets to sign into Chrome and sync his details across computers? Well, you don’t have to worry about that anymore.

19-12-2011
Google Chrome Can Now Sync Multiple Browsing Profiles [News]
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?