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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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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
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook Review & Giveaway

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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook Review & Giveaway

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is a laptop/tablet hybrid with a flexible screen which can be rotated 360 degrees, turning this seemingly regular-looking Ultrabook into a tablet. Don’t be confused by its appearance, though, this 13.3-inch Ultrabook comes with a Core i5 CPU, 4GB or RAM, and a 128GB Solid State Drive, making it much more than your regular Windows 8 tablet PC. We’re giving away one brand new Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga to one of you! Read on to find out how you can win it.

28-03-2013
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook Review & Giveaway
Is Chrome Hogging All Your RAM? Make It Behave With These 2 Extensions

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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]
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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