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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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How To (Try To) Turn Your Android Tablet Into The Best Cat Toy, Ever

Android Gaming

How To (Try To) Turn Your Android Tablet Into The Best Cat Toy, Ever

Over a year ago, I turned my iPad into an overpriced cat toy. You called me crazy, but the fact remains that I had no trouble finding apps that were intended just for that. The cats turned out to be extremely gentle with the iPad, and the whole thing was much more fun than I expected. So why leave Android owners out of the loop? Since I don’t expect you to pay for such an app, I dug around the Google Play Store to find some free apps that will turn your Nexus 7 or other Android tablet into a respectable cat toy.

23-07-2013
How To (Try To) Turn Your Android Tablet Into The Best Cat Toy, Ever
Kobo Aura HD eReader Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Kobo Aura HD eReader Review and Giveaway

Despite Amazon’s dominance of the eReader market, some competitors manage to keep their heads above water, and one of these strugglers is Kobo. With an impressive line of five different eReaders, its own bookstore, and its own desktop eBook manager/reader, you’d think Kobo would be a good Amazon alternative. But is it really? We took the Kobo Aura HD eReader for a thorough test drive, and the results are in front of you. As usual, one of you will also win this $200 eReader for free! Continue reading to find out how.

23-07-2013
Kobo Aura HD eReader Review and Giveaway
How To Create Your Own Virtual Tour On Google Earth With A KML File

Internet Windows

How To Create Your Own Virtual Tour On Google Earth With A KML File

Recording your own virtual tours in Google Earth is a great way to remember your trips, and re-experience them (to a degree) at any time. Recording a Google Earth KML file might sound complicated, but as soon as you get the steps pat, you’ll be wanting to record more and more. It takes a little more skill, but can help you share stunning trips and tours around the earth with anyone.

22-07-2013
How To Create Your Own Virtual Tour On Google Earth With A KML File
2 Android Tools To Turn Your Boring Phone Videos Into Awesome Clips

Android

2 Android Tools To Turn Your Boring Phone Videos Into Awesome Clips

Video is an interesting thing. Unlike photos, which have come a long way from gathering dust in albums, videos — especially longer ones — are still hard to share. They’re sometimes too large to send, and even when they happen to be short and sweet, they’re not always very inspiring or interesting. That’s where automatic video editors come in, taking a long and boring video, or several short ones, and creating a fun-to-watch clip complete with a nice soundtrack, and some effects.

19-07-2013
2 Android Tools To Turn Your Boring Phone Videos Into Awesome Clips
Remembering the 1980s – Hold On, Was It Really Like That?

Web Culture Internet

Remembering the 1980s – Hold On, Was It Really Like That?

Ah, the 1980s. Whether you were born in the 80s, grew up in the 80s, or never set foot in that infamous decade, hearing the term “1980s” probably makes you think of something. Is it DOS? 8-bit video games? 80s music? Is it horrible clothing and hairdos? 80s TV shows? No matter what pops into your mind first, we all have a very distinct feeling of what the 80s were like, whether we actually spent time in them or not.

16-07-2013
Remembering the 1980s – Hold On, Was It Really Like That?
4+ Powerful Ways To Use Wolfram Alpha For Educating Your Kids

Internet

4+ Powerful Ways To Use Wolfram Alpha For Educating Your Kids

Is Wolfram Alpha really a niche website? With its Pro version launching last year and abilities which range from Facebook research to English learning, Wolfram Alpha is one of the best ways to get your questions answered quickly. When it comes to answering questions, Wolfram Alpha is a wonderful educational tool that can help parents and educators alike teach kids something new every day.

15-07-2013
4+ Powerful Ways To Use Wolfram Alpha For Educating Your Kids
Discover New Music & Support The Artists Who Make It With Earbits Radio

Android Internet

Discover New Music & Support The Artists Who Make It With Earbits Radio

What do you do when you feel like new music? If you like popular music, the radio is still a great place to turn to. Services like Twitter #music, Band of the Day or Exfm are also great ways to find new music on the go. If, however, you’re craving some fresh tunes from artists you’ve never heard of before, and also want to support them without breaking your pocket, you need to check out Earbits, and especially Earbits for Android (iPhone coming soon).

09-07-2013
Discover New Music & Support The Artists Who Make It With Earbits Radio
Tired Of Boring IM Apps? Invi Is A Beautiful & Feature-Packed App You Need To Try [Android 2.3+]

Android

Tired Of Boring IM Apps? Invi Is A Beautiful & Feature-Packed App You Need To Try [Android 2.3+]

Text messaging is by no means new, but it’s been gaining popularity over the past few years, slowly replacing regular phone calls for many users. SMS messages have been popular for years, but free texting apps that use your data plan are a great substitute. However, most only let you text with friends who also use the app. Invi is a beautiful messaging app for Android (iOS and Windows Phone versions planned) that changes all that.

05-07-2013
Tired Of Boring IM Apps? Invi Is A Beautiful & Feature-Packed App You Need To Try [Android 2.3+]
Tired Of Learning? Turn Reading Into Fun With These 3 Useful Chrome Extensions

Internet Browsers

Tired Of Learning? Turn Reading Into Fun With These 3 Useful Chrome Extensions

The Web is full of interesting texts for us to read and learn from, and fortunately, also offers great ways to put this text into context, clarify it, and experience it better. Today I’m going to show you three Chrome extensions that will turn reading and learning into a much more fun experience, giving the text context you can actually understand, and providing more information for you to make use of.

01-07-2013
Tired Of Learning? Turn Reading Into Fun With These 3 Useful Chrome Extensions
Discover The World Through Food With Cookening: The Airbnb Of Meals

Internet

Discover The World Through Food With Cookening: The Airbnb Of Meals

Introducing the Airbnb of food! Cookening doesn’t actually have anything to do with Airbnb, but being an Airbnb veteran guest myself, I couldn’t help but notice the resemblance between the two services. The only difference is that with Cookening, you don’t get a place to stay, you get a home-cooked meal from a local. Or, if you’re the local, you get to cook and host tourists in your house.

28-06-2013
Discover The World Through Food With Cookening: The Airbnb Of Meals
6 Reasons To Buy Your Girlfriend An iPad

iPhone and iPad

6 Reasons To Buy Your Girlfriend An iPad

A little over 3 years ago, my boyfriend (together with my family) bought me an iPad. It was – and still is (I use it to this day) – a first generation iPad, and the first iOS device I ever owned. It was also the first time I laid my hands on a tablet outside of an Apple store. Was it a good gift? If you’re thinking of doing the same thing you might be wondering if it’s really a good idea. I’m going to tell you why I think it’s a great idea.

25-06-2013
6 Reasons To Buy Your Girlfriend An iPad
6 Gorgeous, High-End Smartphone Accessories Your Phone Secretly Dreams Of

Android iPhone and iPad

6 Gorgeous, High-End Smartphone Accessories Your Phone Secretly Dreams Of

So you own a smartphone, what’s next? For most of us, the answer is “nothing”. Smartphones are expensive as it is, and together with the case and screen protector we usually end up getting (we need to protect our investment after all), that’s about it for smartphone accessories. That doesn’t mean that awesome accessories don’t exist, and here you’ll find the coolest, most gorgeous accessories you can get for your smartphone – so get your wishlist ready, we all have at least one birthday coming up this year!

24-06-2013
6 Gorgeous, High-End Smartphone Accessories Your Phone Secretly Dreams Of
Build A Beautiful Website Without Any Coding Skills Or Design Know-How With Breezi

Internet

Build A Beautiful Website Without Any Coding Skills Or Design Know-How With Breezi

Not being a coder, I’m always on the lookout for easy ways to build beautiful websites that require no coding skills , and just over a year ago I discovered Breezi . A new service at the time, Breezi caught my attention for both its ease of use and abundance of features, and proved itself a reliable and stable solution for building websites.

21-06-2013
Build A Beautiful Website Without Any Coding Skills Or Design Know-How With Breezi
Ad-Aware Pro: Convenient, Efficient Security Suite for Your Every Need [Giveaway]

Windows

Ad-Aware Pro: Convenient, Efficient Security Suite for Your Every Need [Giveaway]

The latest version of Lavasoft Ad-Aware, Ad-Aware Pro 10.5, has been a popular part of our Rewards program all through last year, and was also featured in several giveaways in which you had a chance to win a free copy of the security suite. Didn’t get lucky last time? We’re now offering you another chance to get a 1-year license for Ad-Aware Pro for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. All in all, we’re giving away 10 copies of Ad-Aware Pro worth $360 for FREE!

17-06-2013
Ad-Aware Pro: Convenient, Efficient Security Suite for Your Every Need [Giveaway]
Samsung Galaxy Camera Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Samsung Galaxy Camera Review and Giveaway

If you love your smartphone’s camera, and want to take things up a notch, the Galaxy Camera is perfect for you. Running Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), the Galaxy Camera is the exact opposite of what we’re used to seeing today. Instead of a smartphone camera, it’s a camera smartphone (without the actual phone capabilities). How does this work? Does it really have anything to offer that your plain old smartphone doesn’t? We took the Samsung Galaxy camera for a test drive to find all that out. And as usual, one of you will get extremely lucky and win this $430 camera for free!

11-06-2013
Samsung Galaxy Camera Review and Giveaway
Travel Postcards Are Dead: 4 Ways To Share Your Travel Stories With Friends & Family

Internet

Travel Postcards Are Dead: 4 Ways To Share Your Travel Stories With Friends & Family

Sure, we all have Facebook and Instagram to share some photos and the occasional update, but don’t you wish your family and friends could really take part in your travels, while sitting comfortable on their own chairs? Below you’ll find several awesome services fit for all kinds of travel and travellers, that will help you share your past, present and future trips with style.

10-06-2013
Travel Postcards Are Dead: 4 Ways To Share Your Travel Stories With Friends & Family
Support Your Favorite Online Artists And Get Exclusive Rewards On Patreon

Internet

Support Your Favorite Online Artists And Get Exclusive Rewards On Patreon

Patreon is a new initiative from musician and video-maker Jack Conte, that tries to solve the age-old problem both artist and fans face every day. For artists, it’s the need to stay afloat while still doing what they love, and for fans, it’s the precious few ways to support your favorite artists, especially if you live outside the US. Patreon caters to both.

07-06-2013
Support Your Favorite Online Artists And Get Exclusive Rewards On Patreon
5 Unique Ways To Browse Twitter On Your iPad [iOS]

5 Unique Ways To Browse Twitter On Your iPad [iOS]

Are you bored of Twitter? Do you find yourself scrolling through another day’s boring feed, wondering why you even bother? What if it’s not the content that’s boring, but the way you’re browsing it? Most people browse Twitter for the actual content shared, not for the witty remarks placed next to them so here are are five unique ways to browse your Twitter feed on your iPad, be it through images, videos, conversations, or even color codes.

03-06-2013
5 Unique Ways To Browse Twitter On Your iPad [iOS]
Nokia Lumia 920 Review & Giveaway

Product Reviews

Nokia Lumia 920 Review & Giveaway

A couple of weeks ago, Nokia introduced two new devices to the world: the Nokia Lumia 925 and the Nokia Lumia 928. The top notch of Windows Phone 8 devices, these two smartphones will only be available in June, but the advent of the next generation of Lumia devices inspired us to finally get our hands on one of Nokia’s flagship smartphones — namely, the Nokia Lumia 920. Today, you have a chance to get your hands on a shiny new unlocked Nokia Lumia 920 device, without paying a dime!

28-05-2013
Nokia Lumia 920 Review & Giveaway
Where Is This Picture Taken? Discover The World With These 2 Addictive & Challenging Travel Games

Gaming

Where Is This Picture Taken? Discover The World With These 2 Addictive & Challenging Travel Games

I love travelling, and if I can get my hands on a good road trip, you won’t hear me asking for anything else. Alas, I live in a tiny country, and I also have a job which does not play well with the Internet-free wilderness or the immense amount of money such a trip would cost, so I usually have no choice but to tame my travel hunger by looking at pictures and reading about far-away places. Another great way to satisfy your itchy feet are travel games.

27-05-2013
Where Is This Picture Taken? Discover The World With These 2 Addictive & Challenging Travel Games
4+ Ways To Secretly Hide Messages In Pictures

Windows Browsers

4+ Ways To Secretly Hide Messages In Pictures

The science (or art) of hiding messages is called steganography , and in the digital age, can be used to hide secret messages in innocent-looking images. Looking at the picture, you have no idea there’s a secret message hiding inside, but with the correct tools or passwords, the secret message can be revealed. As with everything, the digital and Internet age made creating these secret messages easier than ever.

24-05-2013
4+ Ways To Secretly Hide Messages In Pictures
5 People Who Might Google You & What They Might Find

Internet

5 People Who Might Google You & What They Might Find

It was only 15 years ago that the best you could do to find a person online was look for him on ICQ and hope you find his name. If you managed to do that, you were actually nowhere nearer to knowing anything about this person, except for the fact he owns an ICQ account. If you were very brave, you might have requested to add that person to your contacts, just to see what happens.

17-05-2013
5 People Who Might Google You & What They Might Find
5 Free YouTube Downloaders & Converters Compared: Which One Is Right For You?

Internet

5 Free YouTube Downloaders & Converters Compared: Which One Is Right For You?

Two years ago, I told you about 5 easy ways to download and convert online videos. Recently, we also told you about ways to download YouTube videos to your Mac, and some ways you can download all videos from a YouTube playlist. All the tools we recommend are good ones, and we usually give you more than one option, so how do you go about choosing one? Which one is really the best?

14-05-2013
5 Free YouTube Downloaders & Converters Compared: Which One Is Right For You?
Would You Pay To Watch YouTube Videos? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Internet

Would You Pay To Watch YouTube Videos? [MakeUseOf Poll]

One of the biggest things that happened this week was the launch of paid channels on YouTube. While limited in number and availability to start, this is not something that’s going to stay small for long. YouTube is a video platform that’s always been completely free, and although ads are becoming more and more common, asking people to pay for channel subscriptions is quite a leap of faith from Google. Or is it?

12-05-2013
Would You Pay To Watch YouTube Videos? [MakeUseOf Poll]