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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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]

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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]
PhoneClean 2 Promises To Free Up Space on Your iOS Device, But Does It Work?

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PhoneClean 2 Promises To Free Up Space on Your iOS Device, But Does It Work?

I have been looking for something that could clean up my iPad for me and, according to iMobie, PhoneClean is the program to do that. The free program that claims to free space on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch by deleting files that should be useless to you, such as temporary files, cached and offline files, cookies, script files, and media files that failed to sync properly. On paper, this should be quite useful, especially if you own a 8GB or 16GB iDevice. But does it really work?

10-05-2013
PhoneClean 2 Promises To Free Up Space on Your iOS Device, But Does It Work?
Kindle Paperwhite Review & Giveaway

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Kindle Paperwhite Review & Giveaway

The Kindle Paperwhite is Amazon’s current flagship reader, and one that we’ve been wanting to review and give away for quite some time. If you already own a Kindle or a different eReader, you may be wondering if it’s worth your while to upgrade to the new Kindle Paperwhite. This is what we’re here to find out for you. And as always, one lucky reader will get the chance to win a shiny new Kindle Paperwhite worth $119!

09-05-2013
Kindle Paperwhite Review & Giveaway
This Tweet Will Self Destruct – How To Send Out Tweets That Don’t Last Forever

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This Tweet Will Self Destruct – How To Send Out Tweets That Don’t Last Forever

Back when our favorite TV heroes received notes that self destructed, we didn’t dream of the self-destructing possibilities the World Wide Web would open for us. Today, you can have such things as self-destructing online messages, self-destructing photos and videos, temporary webpages, and even disposable email addresses. So in that spirit, why not have self-destructing tweets? Twitter’s inherent timeliness is exactly what makes efemr a good idea.

07-05-2013
This Tweet Will Self Destruct – How To Send Out Tweets That Don’t Last Forever
Are These Circles Moving? 6 Places to Find Amazing Optical Illusions Online

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Are These Circles Moving? 6 Places to Find Amazing Optical Illusions Online

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve adored optical illusions. Believe it or not, but 1993 found me browsing my parents’ hefty Escher art book, looking for more and more drawings I couldn’t quite figure out. This fascination continued through the famous Autostereogram era, when I learned to see those cool 3D images in seconds, becoming a source of jealousy to all my cross-eyed friends.

06-05-2013
Are These Circles Moving? 6 Places to Find Amazing Optical Illusions Online
MakeUseOf Tests: What’s The Best Voice Recognition Keyboard For Android?

Android

MakeUseOf Tests: What’s The Best Voice Recognition Keyboard For Android?

Voice recognition has become increasingly popular, and more options are becoming available over time. One can hope that with this increased popularity comes increased accuracy as well. Can you really dictate whole sentences to your Android device, without wasting more time than it’s worth correcting mistakes? To find out, I took two major voice-enabled keyboards, and one lesser known one, and put them all to the test. Which one offers the best accuracy? Read on to find out!

03-05-2013
MakeUseOf Tests: What’s The Best Voice Recognition Keyboard For Android?
Not Just Recipes: 4 iPad Apps That Teach You To Cook [iOS]

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Not Just Recipes: 4 iPad Apps That Teach You To Cook [iOS]

Owning an iPad has changed the way I cook and bake in my kitchen. I can now load everything on my iPad, place it in the closest spot where it still wouldn’t get dirty, and cook to my heart’s content. While some cooking apps are nothing but recipe managers or collections of general recipes that are never quite clear enough, good results will come from cooking apps that actually teach you how to cook.

30-04-2013
Not Just Recipes: 4 iPad Apps That Teach You To Cook [iOS]
Sifteo Cubes Intelligent Play System Review & Giveaway

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Sifteo Cubes Intelligent Play System Review & Giveaway

As you may have already figured from my Zoku Duo Quick Pop Maker review in the midst of Gaming Month, I’m not really much of a gamer. Not since 1995, anyway. But the show must go on, and even a gaming-ignorant like me likes playing some games. I was all set on writing an in-depth review on Temple Run 2, when I found something even cooler. The Sifteo Cubes. One lucky reader will win this $130 set of Sifteo Cubes, and will never be bored again! Read on to find out how you can win and to enter the giveaway.

30-04-2013
Sifteo Cubes Intelligent Play System Review & Giveaway
The Hidden Facebook App – Finding The Lost App You Didn’t Mean To Hide

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The Hidden Facebook App – Finding The Lost App You Didn’t Mean To Hide

In the short time Facebook has been around, it’s gone through many significant changes. These updates have seen features come and features go, but there’s one feature that’s been around almost forever, and is fortunately still available today: the ability to hide apps and even people from your news feed.

26-04-2013
The Hidden Facebook App – Finding The Lost App You Didn’t Mean To Hide
Bring Out The Fancy Side Of Your Droid With Android Fancy Widgets

Android

Bring Out The Fancy Side Of Your Droid With Android Fancy Widgets

As a newcomer to the real world of Android customization, I started looking for wallpapers, launchers, icon sets, and widgets. Fancy Widgets is one app I kept hearing about in the olden days (which ended yesterday), but could never try for lack of space and screen real-estate.Armed with a new device, I decided to give Fancy Widgets a try and see what I could come up with. Looking for customizable and fancy widgets for our Android device? Keep on reading, and give it a try!

23-04-2013
Bring Out The Fancy Side Of Your Droid With Android Fancy Widgets
Is it Raining? 4 Beautiful & Free Weather Apps For Windows

Windows

Is it Raining? 4 Beautiful & Free Weather Apps For Windows

“Will it rain later today?”, “What’s the temperature outside right now?”, “Will it be warm this weekend?” These are just some of the questions we ask about the weather every day. Getting answers to these questions no longer requires turning on the TV and waiting patiently for the next weather forecast. It’s all right there at your fingertips, leaving you only to decide how you want to consume it. And there’s quite an abundance of choices.

22-04-2013
Is it Raining? 4 Beautiful & Free Weather Apps For Windows
How Many Apps Do You Have Installed On Your Phone? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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How Many Apps Do You Have Installed On Your Phone? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Last week we asked if you would consider shutting off your cell phone for a whole day. I must say, I was surprised at the outcome of this poll. In an era so dominated by technology and Internet, you’d think people would be more attached to their phones. Let’s take a look at how the vote turned out.

21-04-2013
How Many Apps Do You Have Installed On Your Phone? [MakeUseOf Poll]
Why Use 5 Different Websites? TripWhat Includes Everything You Need To Plan Your Next Trip

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Why Use 5 Different Websites? TripWhat Includes Everything You Need To Plan Your Next Trip

TripWhat is a Web and iPhone app made by the same people behind the excellent Sortable, the money-saving Geekaphone, and the effective CPUBoss. After helping us choose everything from smartphones, tablets and cameras, to CPUs and cars, it’s time to find the best things to do, eat, and see in almost every city in North America.

19-04-2013
Why Use 5 Different Websites? TripWhat Includes Everything You Need To Plan Your Next Trip
Google Tries Out The Chrome OS App Launcher On The Web, Here’s How To Get It [Updates]

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Google Tries Out The Chrome OS App Launcher On The Web, Here’s How To Get It [Updates]

Every once in a while, Google shakes up our world and changes the most basic feature of all its services: the Google menu bar. An experimental new menu bar design replaces the current black navigation strip with a dropdown icon menu similar to the Chrome OS app launcher. The feature has been part of Chrome’s dev channel for Windows since February, and now Google Operating System has discovered a way for everyone to try it out on their favorite browser.

17-04-2013
Google Tries Out The Chrome OS App Launcher On The Web, Here’s How To Get It [Updates]
Not Just For Slackers: 5+ Ways Social Networks Can Help You At Work

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Not Just For Slackers: 5+ Ways Social Networks Can Help You At Work

For many of us, social networks are just a passing trend. We spent much of our lives without them, and we don’t see them as necessary in any way. In fact, many of us tend to think of social networks as nothing more than time-wasters and procrastination tools. There’s no denying that social networks have a bad side, but they also have some positive impacts, it all depends on how you use them and what you use them for.

16-04-2013
Not Just For Slackers: 5+ Ways Social Networks Can Help You At Work