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

iPhone and iPad

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

Product Reviews

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

Internet

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

Internet

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]

iPhone and iPad

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

Product Reviews

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

Internet

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]

Android iPhone and iPad

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

Internet

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

Internet

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
7 Ways To Make Up Passwords That Are Both Secure & Memorable

Internet

7 Ways To Make Up Passwords That Are Both Secure & Memorable

Having a different password for each service is a must in today’s online world, but there’s a terrible weakness to randomly generated passwords: it’s impossible to remember them all. But how can you possibly remember hundreds of passwords? The human brain is only capable of so much, isn’t it? Let me fill you in on some priceless tips and tricks on creating strong, solid passwords that are impossible to guess, but easy to remember.

12-04-2013
7 Ways To Make Up Passwords That Are Both Secure & Memorable
How To Chat On Facebook From The Comfort Of Your Desktop

Internet

How To Chat On Facebook From The Comfort Of Your Desktop

From the first days of public Internet, it’s been a long and winding road for chat. From Web chats that were nothing but forums, to ICQ and IRC, to MSN Messenger and Google Talk, and finally – the chat most of us use today – Facebook chat. To me, chat’s evolution is a bit sad, really. As old as ICQ and IRC look today, they were both chat protocols and programs I really enjoyed using.

09-04-2013
How To Chat On Facebook From The Comfort Of Your Desktop
The Real End Of Clutter: All-In-One Sidebar Brings Everything You Need To Your Sidebar [Firefox]

Browsers

The Real End Of Clutter: All-In-One Sidebar Brings Everything You Need To Your Sidebar [Firefox]

I’m not easily impressed with add-ons, but All-in-One Sidebar is an excellent addition to anyone’s Firefox browser. Yes, you shouldn’t install too many browser extensions, but AiOS can easily replace several you’re already using, and comes with so many different functions. All-in-One Sidebar is much more than a toolbar, making Firefox’s most overlooked feature – the sidebar – actually useful.

08-04-2013
The Real End Of Clutter: All-In-One Sidebar Brings Everything You Need To Your Sidebar [Firefox]
Cut The Crap, Facebook: Give Me What I Want to Read

Internet

Cut The Crap, Facebook: Give Me What I Want to Read

Every since its launch, we’ve seen Facebook change. And change. Again, and again, and again. While many changes are actually for the best, there’s one thing these updates never fails to add to our news feed: more clutter. There’s also something our ever-growing list of friends never fails to bring to our news feed: even more clutter. Are you ready to change that?

05-04-2013
Cut The Crap, Facebook: Give Me What I Want to Read
Who Needs Instagram? View Nearby Twitter Images With Vizible [iOS]

iPhone and iPad

Who Needs Instagram? View Nearby Twitter Images With Vizible [iOS]

Vizible is a brand new iOS app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. What makes it special for me, is that its made by the same developers as Twizgrid, which to this day remains one of my favorite iOS apps of all times. If you’re curious, I’d recommend reading my previous post about Twizgrid, but in a nutshell, Twizgrid is a visual Twitter client which makes the recent quarrel between Twitter and Instagram seem insignificant.

02-04-2013
Who Needs Instagram? View Nearby Twitter Images With Vizible [iOS]
Present Yourself To The World With Répresent, A Super-Simple Resume Builder

Internet

Present Yourself To The World With Répresent, A Super-Simple Resume Builder

You may have noticed that I have a thing for online résumé creators. In the past, I’ve looked at SlashCV – a simple tool for creating PDF résumés – and Enthuse.me, which is more like an online portfolio of your past work and your online presence. But my quest is far from over. As I’ve already mentioned in the past, writing a résumé is one of my least favorite tasks in the whole world, and that’s why I’m drawn to these résumé tools.

01-04-2013
Present Yourself To The World With Répresent, A Super-Simple Resume Builder
4 Wonderful Educational iPad Apps for Kids

iPhone and iPad

4 Wonderful Educational iPad Apps for Kids

There are wonderful educational apps out there, many of which cost $10, $20, or even more. I’m not here to say they’re not worth it – you’re going to pay much more for a textbook – but it’s also possible to find cheaper apps that nonetheless provide a great learning experience for kids of all ages. For the list below, I tried to stick to apps that cost $5 or less, and all except one offer a free version too.

29-03-2013
4 Wonderful Educational iPad Apps for Kids
Is Chrome Hogging All Your RAM? Make It Behave With These 2 Extensions

Browsers

Is Chrome Hogging All Your RAM? Make It Behave With These 2 Extensions

Chrome or Firefox? This might be the hottest question in today’s tech community, and one you’ll never find a straight answer for. Personally, I think both browsers are great, but have been using Firefox more often because my old computer cannot deal with Chrome’s RAM hogging. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Firefox is a lightweight browser, it’s most definitely not, but for some reason, Chrome was incredibly sluggish on my machine.

26-03-2013
Is Chrome Hogging All Your RAM? Make It Behave With These 2 Extensions
What You Need To Know About Integrating Google Services With Windows 8

Windows

What You Need To Know About Integrating Google Services With Windows 8

As a fairly new Windows 8 user, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the whole Modern (or Metro) concept. While giving up the Start menu was surprisingly easy, I’m still having a hard time getting used to the new Start screen. It’s not that I don’t use it – I use it exactly the same way I used to use my Start menu – it’s that I don’t really make use of the tiles, the apps, and pretty much all the new things this system has introduced.

25-03-2013
What You Need To Know About Integrating Google Services With Windows 8
Losing Control Over Privacy Settings? Priveazy Puts The Wheel Back In Your Hands [Chrome & Web]

Internet

Losing Control Over Privacy Settings? Priveazy Puts The Wheel Back In Your Hands [Chrome & Web]

Online privacy is important to everyone, whether you actively protect it or not. The problem with privacy is not that we don’t care about it, but that we don’t always know how to protect it, or don’t have the time and motivation to go scanning through the settings of every website we use. Whatever the reason, many users don’t take good enough care of their online privacy.

22-03-2013
Losing Control Over Privacy Settings? Priveazy Puts The Wheel Back In Your Hands [Chrome & Web]
2 Ways To Turn Text Into Beautiful Images You Can Share [iOS & Android]

Android iPhone and iPad

2 Ways To Turn Text Into Beautiful Images You Can Share [iOS & Android]

Although I don’t actually own an active Instagram account, I love taking and sharing photos. When I finally get a phone that can run Instagram and other such apps, be sure I’ll be enjoying what this platform has to offer. Whether you like photography or not, there’s something about snapping and sharing beautiful images that’s appealing to almost anyone – a fact that helps make image-sharing apps like Instagram and Pinterest so incredibly popular.

19-03-2013
2 Ways To Turn Text Into Beautiful Images You Can Share [iOS & Android]