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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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Email Faster & Better With Canned Responses

Internet

Email Faster & Better With Canned Responses

Don’t have time to cook lunch? No problem, grab a can. Need some camping chow that won’t go bad? Easy, get some canned food. Tired of typing the same email replies? Try canned emails! Think I’m kidding? Think again. Canned responses, or canned replies, are a feature that too many users have never even tried, but once you’ve tried them, there’s no turning back.

08-01-2013
Email Faster & Better With Canned Responses
Make New Firefox Tabs More Useful With These Add-Ons

Browsers

Make New Firefox Tabs More Useful With These Add-Ons

We all like to customize our things – it’s nice when they feel really ours. This is true for many aspects in life, and naturally, doesn’t skip computers, phones and software. If it’s possible to customize things even a little bit, someone’s going to do it. It doesn’t matter if the default is great – the default is what everyone has. So out go the defaults and in come hundreds of different customizations.

07-01-2013
Make New Firefox Tabs More Useful With These Add-Ons
Tech Through 90-Year-Old Eyes: Are We Really Better Off? [Feature]

Web Culture

Tech Through 90-Year-Old Eyes: Are We Really Better Off? [Feature]

Young people tend to look at the older generation as second class citizens when it comes to technology. This is apparent from jokes we see online every day, and it stems, among other things, from the real need to help our parents and grandparents cope with the huge technological advances of the last ten years or so. But what is it like for them? Are they really making use of everything technology has to offer, or are they merely standing at the sidelines of this revolution? I spoke to two tech-savvy 80-something ladies to seek the truth.

04-01-2013
Tech Through 90-Year-Old Eyes: Are We Really Better Off? [Feature]
Make Sure You’re Secure With Facebook’s New Privacy Settings: A Complete Guide

Internet

Make Sure You’re Secure With Facebook’s New Privacy Settings: A Complete Guide

Facebook also means two other things: frequent changes and privacy concerns. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Facebook, is that they’re not really concerned about what we like or our privacy. Nor should they be. When it comes to privacy, it’s our responsibility as Facebook users to make sure we keep ourselves secure and safe while using Facebook.

01-01-2013
Make Sure You’re Secure With Facebook’s New Privacy Settings: A Complete Guide
Don’t Install An Image Editor: Try These Cloud-Based Photo Editors Instead

Internet

Don’t Install An Image Editor: Try These Cloud-Based Photo Editors Instead

If you want to get really good results, you need to download some kind of graphics software or other editing app, and put it through its paces. But now, you can do most of your photo editing online, and achieve some pretty impressive results. Yes, there are some things you’ll still need Photoshop and friends for, you can’t escape that, but today I’m going to show you several online editing tools that will blow you away. The future is truly here!

21-12-2012
Don’t Install An Image Editor: Try These Cloud-Based Photo Editors Instead
What Are In-App Purchases & How Can I Disable Them? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Android iPhone and iPad

What Are In-App Purchases & How Can I Disable Them? [MakeUseOf Explains]

“I can’t believe it!” my cousin said to me the other day, “someone’s just bought a $10 in-app purchase on my mother’s phone, and she doesn’t even know what I’m talking about!”. Sounds familiar? How about your 2-year-old niece knowledgably tapping away on Talking Tom and buying herself a brand new action for $1.99? In-app purchases are fast becoming a very popular model, and the more common they become, the bigger the problem they impose.

17-12-2012
What Are In-App Purchases & How Can I Disable Them? [MakeUseOf Explains]
How Scammers Target Your PayPal Account & How To Never Fall For It

Internet

How Scammers Target Your PayPal Account & How To Never Fall For It

PayPal is one of the most important accounts you have online. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a huge PayPal fan, but when it comes to your money, you don’t want to play around. While getting your Facebook account hijacked is a huge annoyance, it’s nothing like getting your money stolen out of your PayPal account. And the scammers know this too. That’s why PayPal is one of the most targeted accounts for phishing and scams – there’s real money to be had.

14-12-2012
How Scammers Target Your PayPal Account & How To Never Fall For It
How To Create An Original & Unique Facebook Cover Photo Without Using Photoshop

Internet

How To Create An Original & Unique Facebook Cover Photo Without Using Photoshop

A while ago, I told you about the 6 best place to design your own Facebook Timeline cover for free. All these places are still great, and Timeline is still very much with us, so you can definitely check all of them out and design yourself a Timeline. You might, however, want something a bit different for your Timeline, something more original or a bit more hard to make. If you’re curious about these options, there are 3 more apps I want to show you today.

11-12-2012
How To Create An Original & Unique Facebook Cover Photo Without Using Photoshop
Having A Bad Day? Turn Your Life Into A Comic Book With Halftone [iOS]

iPhone and iPad

Having A Bad Day? Turn Your Life Into A Comic Book With Halftone [iOS]

Some days just don’t start right. Do you ever have days when you wake up in the morning and things just feel off? Your work seems meaningless, your life seems boring, you feel too fat/thin/tall/short, you don’t have time to do the things you really like, and things just suck in general. If you’ve never had one of these days, I’m sure we’re all jealous, but when this happens to me, I try to find small things to cheer me up.

10-12-2012
Having A Bad Day? Turn Your Life Into A Comic Book With Halftone [iOS]
SteelSeries Scope Glasses Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

SteelSeries Scope Glasses Review and Giveaway

Eye strain is an everyday problem for anyone who spends hours in front of a computer. Whether you work with a computer, play on it, or both, you must be feeling some strain after hours and hours of staring at a bright screen. Today, I will be reviewing the SteelSeries Scope glasses by Gunnar. These are special glasses made specifically for gamers and others who work with bright screens, and aim at reducing eye strain, improving focus and making everything on your screen look sharper and better. One lucky reader is going to win a brand new pair of SteelSeries Scope glasses! Read on to see what these glasses are all about, and to find out how you can win a pair.

07-12-2012
SteelSeries Scope Glasses Review and Giveaway
Revoke App Permissions In Seconds & Protect Your Privacy With The Awesome Permissions App [iOS]

iPhone and iPad

Revoke App Permissions In Seconds & Protect Your Privacy With The Awesome Permissions App [iOS]

Just as you have to be aware of what you click and what you download, you should also be aware of what apps can access your personal information. A while ago, I told you about a brilliant Web app called MyPermissions, which lets you easily clean up your app permissions on popular services, and today I want to tell you about something even better: the Permissions iOS app.

03-12-2012
Revoke App Permissions In Seconds & Protect Your Privacy With The Awesome Permissions App [iOS]
How To Silence & Filter Annoying People On Twitter Without Unfollowing

Internet

How To Silence & Filter Annoying People On Twitter Without Unfollowing

When it comes to social networks, Twitter is as noisy as it gets. You’d think the 140-character limitation would make it quiter, but in reality, it’s pretty much the opposite. This makes Twitter a hard bird to crack when it comes to keeping up with updates. You either don’t follow a lot of people, and stay on the sidelines of the community, or follow all the people in your field, and suffer the consequences.

27-11-2012
How To Silence & Filter Annoying People On Twitter Without Unfollowing
Top Tips: How To Take Great Photos With Your Smartphone

Android iPhone and iPad

Top Tips: How To Take Great Photos With Your Smartphone

Smartphone and mobile photography are becoming increasingly popular. And no wonder. Every year, mobile and smartphone cameras get better and better, until many people don’t feel the need to carry real cameras around anymore. While phone cameras still can’t replace good SLRs, they’re a very good match for the compact cameras, and since your phone comes everywhere with you anyway, it also becomes your go-to camera.

26-11-2012
Top Tips: How To Take Great Photos With Your Smartphone
Reveal Where Short Links Really Go To With These URL Expanders

Internet

Reveal Where Short Links Really Go To With These URL Expanders

A few years ago, I didn’t even know what a shortened URL was. Today, it’s all you see, everywhere, all the time. The rapid rise of Twitter brought a never-ending need to use as few characters as possible, and this need expanded to pretty much everywhere else. Before you get mad, I have nothing personal against short URLs; they’re less messy, easier to read, and, well, short.

20-11-2012
Reveal Where Short Links Really Go To With These URL Expanders
FxCamera Is An Instagram Alternative On Steroids – Try It! [Android]

Android

FxCamera Is An Instagram Alternative On Steroids – Try It! [Android]

Yes, Instagram is great, Instagram is cool, but why did it become so popular when there are much better apps around? The answer to that probably lies with Instagram’s own community, and not in the app itself, but when it comes to apps, there are many awesome Instagram alternatives that can get you much better results. Today I’m going to tell you about another one. It’s called FxCamera.

16-11-2012
FxCamera Is An Instagram Alternative On Steroids – Try It! [Android]
More Of The Best: Find More Websites Like Your Favorites!

Internet

More Of The Best: Find More Websites Like Your Favorites!

Everyone has their set of favorite websites. No matter what your hobbies and interests are, I’m sure you can think of at least five websites you love and visit often just off the top of your head. But just like other habits, when we’re set in our ways and our websites, we don’t always remember to look elsewhere. The World Wide Web is not static, though. It’s dynamic and changing fast, with hundreds of new websites added daily.

13-11-2012
More Of The Best: Find More Websites Like Your Favorites!
Which Is The Best eReader Out There? [Twitter Contest Results]

Which Is The Best eReader Out There? [Twitter Contest Results]

If you follow us on Twitter, you might have taken part in our latest “best eReader” contest. Just in case you happened to miss it, over the past three weeks, we asked our followers to send us suggestions for the best eReader available out there today. We gave you free rein to tell us exactly which eReader would be the best for your needs, and surprising consensus emerged pretty quickly. Continue reading to find out what the majority on our followers want to be reading their books on.

09-11-2012
Which Is The Best eReader Out There? [Twitter Contest Results]
4 Ways to Share Photos and Videos Privately With Your Family

Internet

4 Ways to Share Photos and Videos Privately With Your Family

Sharing photos in no longer a big deal. Whether you’re an Internet addict or just own a computer, you shouldn’t have any problem sharing your digital photos and even your old films with the world. It gets slightly more complicated when you don’t want to share them with the world, but only with a limited amount of people.

09-11-2012
4 Ways to Share Photos and Videos Privately With Your Family
Makeover Time! Turn Your Android Into an iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone & Others

Android

Makeover Time! Turn Your Android Into an iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone & Others

Sometimes I feel as though the world is divided. Some people like iOS, some people like Android. Some prefer Windows Phone, and some use Blackberry. For some reason, the mobile OS we choose sort of became what defines us. If you think about it, I’m sure you have some sort of opinion of iOS users that’s pretty different than what you think of Android users. And if you have a favorite OS, you simply can’t understand why anyone would choose otherwise.

06-11-2012
Makeover Time! Turn Your Android Into an iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone & Others
Don’t Let E-mail Bring You Down! Use These 4 Browser Plugins To Boost Your Gmail Productivity

Internet

Don’t Let E-mail Bring You Down! Use These 4 Browser Plugins To Boost Your Gmail Productivity

There are tons of tools out there that can help with Gmail productivity, and we’ve shown you some excellent ones in the past. If you’re still looking for Mr. right-add-on for your Gmail usage, you should be able to find it below, in this all new list of Gmail browser plugins, which will boost your productivity.

05-11-2012
Don’t Let E-mail Bring You Down! Use These 4 Browser Plugins To Boost Your Gmail Productivity
TwitrCovers Helps You Find The Perfect Cover Image For Your Twitter Profile For Free

Internet

TwitrCovers Helps You Find The Perfect Cover Image For Your Twitter Profile For Free

In case you missed it, new features were added to your Twitter profile about a month ago. One of the most prominent new features is the new header image, which is Twitter’s own take on Facebook’s Timeline cover. With the new header image, you can choose any picture over which your avatar, username and bio will appear, creating a new and fresh look for your profile.

30-10-2012
TwitrCovers Helps You Find The Perfect Cover Image For Your Twitter Profile For Free
5 Amazing Google Street View Mashups You Need To Try

Internet

5 Amazing Google Street View Mashups You Need To Try

If you’ve ever used Google Maps (which I assume you have), you will know all about Street View. But did you also know there are many cool, funny and useful Street View mashups that let you do more than just view the street? Personally, I’ve always heard these mashups existed, but never really took the time to check them out. After exploring some really cool Google Earth mashups recently, I decided it was high time to see what could be done with Street View.

26-10-2012
5 Amazing Google Street View Mashups You Need To Try