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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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Hundreds: A Game Like You’ve Never Played Before [iOS]

iPhone and iPad Gaming

Hundreds: A Game Like You’ve Never Played Before [iOS]

I’m not a gamer. The last gaming console I owned was the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or SNES), which gave me hours of pleasure with Yoshi’s Island, and that’s after years of work on mastering Super Mario 3 on the classic NES. These consoles marked the end of my gaming days, at least the serious ones. But my interest in gaming got piqued again when I got my iPad 3 years ago.

18-03-2013
Hundreds: A Game Like You’ve Never Played Before [iOS]
Better Ways to Wake Up: Unique Alarm Clock Apps for Android

Android

Better Ways to Wake Up: Unique Alarm Clock Apps for Android

Wake up! Isn’t it great when someone shakes you up in the morning and makes absolutely sure you’re up? If you’re a serial snoozer like me, you know all about stretching your alarm from five more minutes to two more hours, only to realize you weren’t really up and thinking straight when all of it happened. Yes, waking up can be a tiresome process, but with smartphones, it can become easier, and even more fun.

15-03-2013
Better Ways to Wake Up: Unique Alarm Clock Apps for Android
Schedule, Enhance & Analyze Your Pins With This Must-Have Pinterest Tool

Internet

Schedule, Enhance & Analyze Your Pins With This Must-Have Pinterest Tool

Pinterest, the visual social network, was all the rage last year. In the span of just several months, almost everyone I know joined the network, and the pinning craze was at its height. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not implying that the Pinterest craze is over, but as with every big social network, it slowly sank stabilized as a place we go to for eye-candy, food photos, beautiful ideas, and other such things.

11-03-2013
Schedule, Enhance & Analyze Your Pins With This Must-Have Pinterest Tool
6 Free Ways to Schedule Tweets

Internet

6 Free Ways to Schedule Tweets

Using Twitter is really about the here and now. You find an interesting article, a cool picture, an awesome video, or maybe you just want to share something you’ve just realized or thought of. Either way, the way Twitter works, you’re supposed to open a client, write your tweet, send it, and repeat this sequence every time you want to share again. So yes, tweets can only have up to 140 characters, but the process can still get pretty time-consuming.

08-03-2013
6 Free Ways to Schedule Tweets
Need Multiple Sizes & Crops Of Your Images? Get Them In Seconds With SizzlePig

Internet

Need Multiple Sizes & Crops Of Your Images? Get Them In Seconds With SizzlePig

Several months ago, I told you about 7 free ways to batch edit your photos. While researching this post, I found many useful tools that can save you time when resizing, renaming, and editing multiple photos. Most of these tools were installed programs, and while they each come with many useful features, using them was confusing at times. Another problem with many of these tools is that you can’t use them to crop images.

05-03-2013
Need Multiple Sizes & Crops Of Your Images? Get Them In Seconds With SizzlePig
Some Things Should Remain Private: What Not To Share On Facebook

Internet

Some Things Should Remain Private: What Not To Share On Facebook

Ah, Facebook. The grandfather of all social networks, where we all share all sorts of weird things without a second thought. Despite its horrible reputation when it comes to privacy, Facebook still manages to lull us into a comfortable and safe feeling, in which many of us forget ourselves, the world, and the fact that absolutely anyone can see what we post on Facebook. What is it about Facebook that makes it so easy to forget?

04-03-2013
Some Things Should Remain Private: What Not To Share On Facebook
Get Rid Of Facebook’s New Graph Search With This One Simple Trick

Internet

Get Rid Of Facebook’s New Graph Search With This One Simple Trick

The good news is that there’s a simple way to disable Graph Search. If you’ve tried it out and your mind is set on hating it, you don’t have to keep staring at that blue bar that keeps telling you to “Search for people, places and things”. So yes, you can get your “old Facebook” (or the newest old Facebook, to be accurate) back, at least until Facebook decides you can’t anymore. What do you have to do?

01-03-2013
Get Rid Of Facebook’s New Graph Search With This One Simple Trick
Everything You Need to Prepare for a Long Car Journey or Road Trip

Internet

Everything You Need to Prepare for a Long Car Journey or Road Trip

I love road trips. Just saying or writing this word sends shivers of excitement down my spine. If you think I’m crazy, it’s probably because you grew up in a country where road trips are taken for granted, and the number of places you can drive to and go to are endless. To me, road trips are fun and exciting, no matter why I have to take them, but regardless of how you feel about road trips, it’s always good to prepare before you embark on one.

25-02-2013
Everything You Need to Prepare for a Long Car Journey or Road Trip
6 Ways To Watch YouTube Without Going To YouTube

Internet

6 Ways To Watch YouTube Without Going To YouTube

Do you sometimes get tired of YouTube? No, I don’t mean of YouTube’s content – it’s so diverse you can always find something new and exciting to watch – I’m talking about YouTube’s interface, with its suggestions, comments, and clutter. For me, YouTube’s interface is sometimes a reason all by itself to not watch videos at all – it’s just too messy. Check out this list of alternative interfaces and ways to watch YouTube.

22-02-2013
6 Ways To Watch YouTube Without Going To YouTube
How To Create An Easily Recognizable Google+ URL With Your Own Username

Internet

How To Create An Easily Recognizable Google+ URL With Your Own Username

One thing that’s still sorely missing from Google+ are vanity URLs. Vanity URLs are personalized URLs that usually include a username, company name or group name in the URL itself. Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter already support vanity URLs. While you won’t be able to get one at Google Plus as of now, you can get it on one of the many different services that offer Google+ vanity URLs on their own domains.

19-02-2013
How To Create An Easily Recognizable Google+ URL With Your Own Username
InstantFox – Everything You Ever Wanted To Search For At Your Fingertips [Firefox]

Browsers

InstantFox – Everything You Ever Wanted To Search For At Your Fingertips [Firefox]

If Google is the best thing since bread came sliced, the ability to search Google from your browsers’ address bar is probably the best thing since the Internet. In most browsers, you can use and set up various shortcuts and codes to make searching faster and easier, but to this day I have not seen a better way to do it than InstantFox.

18-02-2013
InstantFox – Everything You Ever Wanted To Search For At Your Fingertips [Firefox]
Twitonomy: Your One-Stop-Shop for Twitter Analytics, Backup, and Useful Information

Internet

Twitonomy: Your One-Stop-Shop for Twitter Analytics, Backup, and Useful Information

As MakeUseOf’s Twitter manager, and a somewhat active user on Twitter myself, I’m always on the lookout for good Twitter tools. These include great clients, insightful analytics tools, interesting Web apps, and cool Twitter mashups. But so far, my Twitter finds were pretty segmented. It’s either a client, a tracking tool, a backup tool, or something else. That is, until I found Twitonomy.

15-02-2013
Twitonomy: Your One-Stop-Shop for Twitter Analytics, Backup, and Useful Information
Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen Review and Giveaway [Twitter Exclusive]

Product Reviews

Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen Review and Giveaway [Twitter Exclusive]

A few months ago, I took a close look at Livescribe’s Echo Smartpen, and was very impressed. Having liked the Echo Smartpen so much, I couldn’t imagine how it could get any better, so when Livescribe released the Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen I had to check it out. On paper, the Sky Smartpen should be everything the Echo was, but with the added bonus of wireless syncing. What could go wrong?

14-02-2013
Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen Review and Giveaway [Twitter Exclusive]
9 Beautiful and Useful Instagram Tools to Get More Out of the Service

Internet

9 Beautiful and Useful Instagram Tools to Get More Out of the Service

After telling you how you can browse Instagram on the Web and on your desktop, after teaching you how to backup your Instagram photo collection, and being pretty sure you all know how to use the regular Instagram app, it’s time to show you some cool mashups, tools and hacks that will make Instagram even better, for you and for everyone you share with.

12-02-2013
9 Beautiful and Useful Instagram Tools to Get More Out of the Service
Polaroids In The Wind: Have You Backed Up Your Instagram Account?

Internet

Polaroids In The Wind: Have You Backed Up Your Instagram Account?

Ah, Instagram. There isn’t much that hasn’t been said about the photo-sharing phenomena. When I think about it, it still surprises me how a simple app like Instagram achieved such am superior status, but even the greatest social-media hater can’t deny its power and allure. Being a tech blog, we haven’t exactly ignored Instagram either. We’ve already told you about sites that enhance your Instagram experience – except for backup.

11-02-2013
Polaroids In The Wind: Have You Backed Up Your Instagram Account?
Don’t Unsubscribe! Keep Track of Newsletters, Receipts & More With the Beautiful Azigo

Internet

Don’t Unsubscribe! Keep Track of Newsletters, Receipts & More With the Beautiful Azigo

Here’s a task for you. Go to your inbox right now, and count how many newsletters and promotional emails you’ve received in the past week. How many did you get? 10? 50? 150? How many brands do you get these emails from? 5? 10? Maybe 20? While such emails are sometimes nothing more than spam you can ignore, you sometimes receive them because you actually care about these brands and what they have to say.

08-02-2013
Don’t Unsubscribe! Keep Track of Newsletters, Receipts & More With the Beautiful Azigo
Auto-Share Facebook & Instagram Photos With People Without Accounts

Internet

Auto-Share Facebook & Instagram Photos With People Without Accounts

Sharing photos online has become an integral part of our lives, but what about our loved ones who don’t have a Facebook account, or Instagram? While sharing digital photos with the world is easier than ever before, each network is still limited to those who actually take part in it. If you’re not lazy, this is not a real problem: you just post your photos on several social networks, upload them to Dropbox, or email them directly when necessary.

05-02-2013
Auto-Share Facebook & Instagram Photos With People Without Accounts
What Do Your Apps Know About You? Discover Interesting Facts With Clueful [iOS]

iPhone and iPad

What Do Your Apps Know About You? Discover Interesting Facts With Clueful [iOS]

Is your privacy important to you? Do you go out of your way to find out what the Web knows about you? Good for you. Privacy is one of the most important yet most neglected aspects of our online lives, and should be protected at all cost. When thinking of privacy, the first thing that comes to mind is usually Facebook, with its ever changing privacy settings, but have you ever considered what information your mobile apps can collect about you?

04-02-2013
What Do Your Apps Know About You? Discover Interesting Facts With Clueful [iOS]
Are You SURE You Know How to Use Google?

Internet

Are You SURE You Know How to Use Google?

Most of you are probably thinking “you bet!” or “what’s there to KNOW?” right about now. I believe you. The truth is, if you know how to enter a query and hit enter, you know how to use Google. At least in its basic form. And if you search often, you’ve probably also encountered Google’s OneBox results once or twice before. What are these OneBox results? While you may not have heard the name before, OneBox results have been around for years now

01-02-2013
Are You SURE You Know How to Use Google?
Loopseque Lite Turns Creating Music Into A Fun Game Anyone Can Play [iPad]

iPhone and iPad

Loopseque Lite Turns Creating Music Into A Fun Game Anyone Can Play [iPad]

I’m no musician, not even close. The last time I actually played a real instrument was years and years ago, and although I can easily play little tunes on both piano and guitar, it’s a far cry from knowing how to make music. To me, composing is a complete mystery, and making up even a tiny, simple song seems like an impossible task. Turns out there’s an app for that too, and it’s not as impossible as I thought.

29-01-2013
Loopseque Lite Turns Creating Music Into A Fun Game Anyone Can Play [iPad]
Going Vertical – Free Your Browser Window From Clutter With Vertical Toolbar [Firefox]

Browsers

Going Vertical – Free Your Browser Window From Clutter With Vertical Toolbar [Firefox]

I love Firefox. Yes, it’s not perfect, I’ll admit to that in a heartbeat, but for me, it’s almost everything I want from a browser. One thing that does bother me though, is its slight tendency for clutter. Take, for example, the default orange settings button. It’s big, it’s ugly, and it takes way too much space. Luckily, there are simple add-ons that take care of this menace and help me keep my Firefox window cleaner and clutter-free.

22-01-2013
Going Vertical – Free Your Browser Window From Clutter With Vertical Toolbar [Firefox]
Brief: The Simple RSS Feed Reader You Were Always Looking For [Firefox]

Browsers

Brief: The Simple RSS Feed Reader You Were Always Looking For [Firefox]

Recently, after using Google Reader for years without second thought, I started looking around at other readers. It’s not that I’m not loyal or even that I don’t like Google Reader, but using only Google Reader has been like eating only vanilla ice cream for years, and let’s face it, who wants to eat only vanilla ice cream when there’s so much goodness to be had?

21-01-2013
Brief: The Simple RSS Feed Reader You Were Always Looking For [Firefox]
Enhance Google Services with These 5 Add-Ons

Browsers

Enhance Google Services with These 5 Add-Ons

Most of us use at least one Google service each day – usually much more than just one. Search, Gmail, Reader, Calendar, Drive, Play, YouTube…. this is just a partial list of the services we use every day. And for good reason, too. Google’s services are not popular just because they have the name “Google” next to them – they’re actually very good, and constantly provide their competitors with inspiration and ideas.

18-01-2013
Enhance Google Services with These 5 Add-Ons
Automatic Coupon Finders – Do They Really Help You Save Money?

Browsers

Automatic Coupon Finders – Do They Really Help You Save Money?

Like many good things in life, coupons and promo codes are elusive. Saving money is never an easy thing, after all, and when you’re trying to find valid codes for something specific, you usually end up with many useless or expired codes, and lots and lots of open tabs. Think about it, how many times have you wanted to buy something and actually managed to find a discount code that helped you save money?

15-01-2013
Automatic Coupon Finders – Do They Really Help You Save Money?