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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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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

iPhone and iPad

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

Internet Browsers

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

Internet

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

Product Reviews

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
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
Don’t Waste Time: Create Perfect Profile Pictures & Cover Images For All Networks Under One Roof

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Don’t Waste Time: Create Perfect Profile Pictures & Cover Images For All Networks Under One Roof

A big part of our online and social media presence is visual. It starts with a profile picture, continues with various cover images, and reaches into customizable backgrounds. When you have 3-4 social networks to take care of, on top of accounts on YouTube, Tumblr, Skype or even Gravatar, there’s extra work to be done to make sure everything’s covered. Fortunately, there’s a tool that can help you create and maintain all your profile images, covers and backgrounds in a breeze.

12-07-2013
Don’t Waste Time: Create Perfect Profile Pictures & Cover Images For All Networks Under One Roof
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
5 Awesome Windows 8 Apps That Will Make You Love Modern UI

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5 Awesome Windows 8 Apps That Will Make You Love Modern UI

Whether you’re limited to Modern UI or just contemplating its general usefulness, you need really good apps to help you take advantage of it. The Windows 8 Store has been growing by leaps and bounds, and it’s now possible to find a great selection of Modern apps. From news apps to email apps, there’s almost nothing that isn’t available for the Modern UI. But how do these apps compare to their desktop predecessors? Are they really worth the trouble? Turns out they are.

18-06-2013
5 Awesome Windows 8 Apps That Will Make You Love Modern UI
How To Create A Custom Timeline Cover Photo In Minutes With Timeline Cover Photo Maker

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How To Create A Custom Timeline Cover Photo In Minutes With Timeline Cover Photo Maker

As you can imagine, things change in the Timeline arena. Facebook has changed since, changing the way profiles look along the way, and Timeline photos are now bigger and more prominent than they used to be. In addition, some new tools have popped up that can help you reach that coveted goal: an awesome and original Timeline.

17-06-2013
How To Create A Custom Timeline Cover Photo In Minutes With Timeline Cover Photo Maker
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]