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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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OneFeed Lets You Manage Social Networks, Cloud Drives & News Feeds Under One Roof

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OneFeed Lets You Manage Social Networks, Cloud Drives & News Feeds Under One Roof

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, news, favorite websites, Dropbox, Google Drive, Gmail…. are you out of breath yet? This is just a fraction of the services an average user deals with on a daily basis. How do we do it? The hard way. OneFeed attempts to bring all of these together under one roof.

12-09-2013
OneFeed Lets You Manage Social Networks, Cloud Drives & News Feeds Under One Roof
Inside Kickstarter #2: What Does It Feel Like To Make $500,000 In 2 Weeks?

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Inside Kickstarter #2: What Does It Feel Like To Make $500,000 In 2 Weeks?

10 days into its launch, Pressy has now made over 10 times its initial goal. The project passed its $40,000 target the day it was launched, making it one of the shining stars of the week on Kickstarter. How did it happen? Why did it happen? How does it feel to be inside?

11-09-2013
Inside Kickstarter #2: What Does It Feel Like To Make $500,000 In 2 Weeks?
Kobo Arc (2012) Review & Giveaway

Product Reviews

Kobo Arc (2012) Review & Giveaway

Kobo, currently Amazon’s strongest eReading competitor, has a whole line of eReaders available, including the Kobo Arc (2012) — a 7-inch Android tablet. Kobo’s lead e-ink reader, the Aura HD, is definitely impressive, but is not a strong enough competition for the Kindle Paperwhite. How does the Kobo Arc fare? Is it a valid competitor for the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7?

10-09-2013
Kobo Arc (2012) Review & Giveaway
Inside Kickstarter #1: An Exclusive Look At Pressy — How A Project Is Born

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Inside Kickstarter #1: An Exclusive Look At Pressy — How A Project Is Born

What does it take to launch a Kickstarter project? Can anyone do it? We’ve hunted down a promising Kickstarter project to try and find some answers. This is not a Kickstarter project you’ve heard about. It only went live a few hours ago. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been talking to the developers of this project, trying to glean what it’s like before the limelights are on them.

28-08-2013
Inside Kickstarter #1: An Exclusive Look At Pressy — How A Project Is Born
Spruce Up Your College Dorm Room With These 8 Geeky Gadgets

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Spruce Up Your College Dorm Room With These 8 Geeky Gadgets

Ready for yet another boring school year? Okay, school doesn’t have to be boring, what with new friends, old friends, being away from home and learning loads of new things. But after the novelty wears off, and winter sets in, you may find that things are not as interesting as they were just a few months ago. Not this year! This year, your college dorm room will provide all the entertainment you need, and might even lure in your friends, if they’re geeky enough.

27-08-2013
Spruce Up Your College Dorm Room With These 8 Geeky Gadgets
Stylus Showdown: Back To School Review and Giveaway

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Stylus Showdown: Back To School Review and Giveaway

It’s Back-To-School month, and all through the month you’ve had chances to win great back-to-school items such as the ASUS VivoBook X202E touchscreen laptop, the Timbuk2 Power Q laptop backpack and a custom-made budget gaming PC. Today we’re taking a different direction, and testing an item that’s among the hardest to choose. A stylus.

27-08-2013
Stylus Showdown: Back To School Review and Giveaway
Improve Your Online Shopping Experience With These Amazon Extensions For Chrome

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Improve Your Online Shopping Experience With These Amazon Extensions For Chrome

Do you shop on Amazon? Even if you don’t shop there regularly, you must have purchased at least an item or two in the past year. What is it about Amazon that makes shopping so easy? Is it good prices? A good shopping experience? Free shipping? Amazon Prime perks? All of the above?

22-08-2013
Improve Your Online Shopping Experience With These Amazon Extensions For Chrome
Stop Searching For Coupons! Promofly Will Find Them For You

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Stop Searching For Coupons! Promofly Will Find Them For You

There are many websites in which you can find good deals. Some are better, some are worse, but the process of using them is pretty much the same. You realize you want a code, you Google it or head over to the website of your choice, look for it, try it, and pray that it works. But now that Promofly is finally open to everyone, all this has changed. If you love shopping online, this is a great way to save money easily.

22-08-2013
Stop Searching For Coupons! Promofly Will Find Them For You
How To Get The Best Moto X Features On Your Android Device Today

Android

How To Get The Best Moto X Features On Your Android Device Today

The Moto X boasts several features you won’t find on other Android devices at the moment. The first of these is the Active Notifications feature, which lights up the screen with the latest notification. Another useful feature is a quick launch gesture for the camera. Some features, such as the customization and the automatic driving Motorola Assist are next to impossible to mimic. But others are very easy to get, and I’ll show you exactly how to do that.

16-08-2013
How To Get The Best Moto X Features On Your Android Device Today
How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself on Social Media

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How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself on Social Media

Social media has the tendency to make us forget how public it is, so we end up sharing things we really shouldn’t have. in this post I’m going to help you avoid those unnecessary embarrassments that might happen even if your posts were seen by only the right eyes. Those things you want to take back, but once they’re out there, it’s already too late.

13-08-2013
How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself on Social Media
Timbuk2 Power Q Laptop Backpack Review & Giveaway

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Timbuk2 Power Q Laptop Backpack Review & Giveaway

The new school year is beginning soon, and if your old laptop bag is falling to pieces, it might be a good time to start thinking of a new one. Back when I was an undergraduate student (not that long ago), almost no one brought a laptop to school. Today, not only do you bring your laptop, you bring your tablet and smartphone as well. These things have to fit somewhere, and a good laptop bag to protect your gear and ease the load is essential.

13-08-2013
Timbuk2 Power Q Laptop Backpack Review & Giveaway
Need A New Game? Candy Crush Is Boring Compared To This One [Android]

Android

Need A New Game? Candy Crush Is Boring Compared To This One [Android]

At first glance, I Need A Hero did not seem like the right kind of game at all. The name sounds cheesy, the graphics and music did not impress me, and the background story was grossly unoriginal. The only thing going for this game was its match-3 element, which, when done right, has a definite addictive quality. Hours and hours of play later, I can tell you one thing: I was wrong.

12-08-2013
Need A New Game? Candy Crush Is Boring Compared To This One [Android]
Stop. Breathe. Relax. 7 iOS Apps To Relieve Stress

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Stop. Breathe. Relax. 7 iOS Apps To Relieve Stress

What a stressful day! We all have them from time to time, and while the best possible way to relax (at least in my book) is to leave everything and take a walk outside, this is sometimes not possible. Did you ever think of turning to your smartphone in order to relax? There are some great ways to do this, and some of these methods even go together with a good book for ultimate relaxation. So stop, breathe, and relax.

12-08-2013
Stop. Breathe. Relax. 7 iOS Apps To Relieve Stress
6 Non-Crappy Ways to Find Lyrics for Your Favorite Songs

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6 Non-Crappy Ways to Find Lyrics for Your Favorite Songs

When it comes to music, I’m a lyrics maniac. When the Internet came along, I was looking for lyrics for any new song I encountered, wanting to make sure I really knew what this song was about. Unfortunately, many of these websites are strewn with endless ads, with the actual lyrics, getting buried between confusing banners and dubious links. Is there a way out? Of course! We’ve come up with several clean and simple lyrics resources you can use anywhere, without having to worry about sketchy ads or NSFW popups.

06-08-2013
6 Non-Crappy Ways to Find Lyrics for Your Favorite Songs
Kids Won’t Put Instagram Down? 5 Fun Ways To Use Instagram For Education

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Kids Won’t Put Instagram Down? 5 Fun Ways To Use Instagram For Education

Smartphones and social networks can be a huge distraction factor for kids in school, and especially at home when they should be doing their schoolwork. Today’s kids are all on Instagram, uploading and editing photos, liking other photos, commenting, etc. Like it or not, the way kids use Instagram cannot be ignored, and what’s the best way to beat a problem? Join it, of course! Inside you’ll find several smart ways to utilize Instagram for educational purposes that are fun for all concerned, and are bound to grasp kids’ attention much more than traditional homework.

05-08-2013
Kids Won’t Put Instagram Down? 5 Fun Ways To Use Instagram For Education
The Final Showdown: Google+ vs. Facebook, Which One Is REALLY The Best?

The Final Showdown: Google+ vs. Facebook, Which One Is REALLY The Best?

Which is better, Facebook or Google+? Even here at MakeUseOf, we can’t quite agree. When it comes to social networks, especially big ones like Facebook and Google+, we all have our opinions. Some think Facebook is better due to its larger user base. Others think Google+ is better because of its slicker interface. But when push comes to shove, which one is actually the better social network? Which has the better interface? Better messaging options? Profile customizations? News feed? When it comes right down to it, which social network really wins?

02-08-2013
The Final Showdown: Google+ vs. Facebook, Which One Is REALLY The Best?
Pebble Smartwatch Review & Giveaway

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Pebble Smartwatch Review & Giveaway

Smartwatches are the new hottest trend in today’s tech world, and the Pebble e-ink watch helped start the fire. The most successful Kickstarter project to date, the Pebble raised over $10 million during its 1-month campaign which ended in May 2012. It had almost 70,000 backers, and more than that in non-Kickstarter pre-orders, and still you don’t see many people in the street wearing the watch. Why?

31-07-2013
Pebble Smartwatch Review & Giveaway
Want To Stand Out On Instagram? Edit Your Photos With The Amazing Handy Photo

Android

Want To Stand Out On Instagram? Edit Your Photos With The Amazing Handy Photo

There’s one thing to be said for Instagram: it got us all into a photo-editing craze. Not that editing photos is anything new, but with Instagram in the picture, everyone wants to be editing photos on their smartphones, and if possible, not using those same old Instagram filters everyone else does. I’m not saying there aren’t any good apps out there. My go-to photo editor, Snapseed, is both free and extremely good, and Aviary is another great option. But is that all there is? I was inclined to think so, when I came across Handy Photo (Google Play/iTunes).

29-07-2013
Want To Stand Out On Instagram? Edit Your Photos With The Amazing Handy Photo