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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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SteelSeries Scope Glasses Review and Giveaway

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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
8+ Handmade Techy Gifts For The Upcoming Holidays

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8+ Handmade Techy Gifts For The Upcoming Holidays

It’s that time of year again, when everyone is scrambling to look for the perfect gift for family, friends, colleagues, and anyone else of importance. When it comes to gift-giving, it’s not just the price that counts, but the thought behind it, the originality of it, and the plain coolness factor, and this is where handmade gifts come into play. And for such gifts, there’s no place like Etsy.

04-12-2012
8+ Handmade Techy Gifts For The Upcoming Holidays
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

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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
The Holidays Are Almost Here! Let Us Help You Buy The Perfect Gift

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The Holidays Are Almost Here! Let Us Help You Buy The Perfect Gift

It’s almost the end of November, and in many parts of the world the holidays are fast approaching. Although Christmas is not celebrated in my country, I know all about the agony of choosing gifts. You have to go through it every birthday, anniversary, holiday or house-warming party, and that doesn’t even begin to cover it. Don’t get me wrong, I love giving gifts, who doesn’t? It’s choosing gifts that I really don’t like.

23-11-2012
The Holidays Are Almost Here! Let Us Help You Buy The Perfect Gift
Reveal Where Short Links Really Go To With These URL Expanders

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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
Silver Bird Brings Twitter To Your Finger Tips [Chrome]

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Silver Bird Brings Twitter To Your Finger Tips [Chrome]

A while ago, I checked out TweetDeck for Chrome as an in-browser solution for Twitter. TweetDeck for Chrome is exactly like the regular TweetDeck only you don’t have to leave your browser to use it. As great as it is, it’s still a full-fledged client, even when it’s sitting in a browser tab. In order to really keep up with Twitter, I was looking for something lighter, easier to use, and that will always be just one click away. And then I found Silver Bird.

19-11-2012
Silver Bird Brings Twitter To Your Finger Tips [Chrome]
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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
Tired Of Searching For Discount Codes? This Super-Simple Bookmarklet Finds Them For You

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Tired Of Searching For Discount Codes? This Super-Simple Bookmarklet Finds Them For You

Why does this promo code business have to be so complicated? Well, it doesn’t have to anymore, with a new service called Promofly. Promofly pretty much eliminates the headache of searching and finding promo codes, and best of all – it’s completely free. The service is still in invite-only beta, but read on to find out how you can get in and start using it right now!

23-10-2012
Tired Of Searching For Discount Codes? This Super-Simple Bookmarklet Finds Them For You
Top 6 YouTube Channels For Learning How To Draw Comics

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Top 6 YouTube Channels For Learning How To Draw Comics

YouTube is full of such tutorials for anything from a smiley face to complex characters, but many of them are hard to follow or just plain bad. How can you know which channels to focus on if you want to learn to draw, or hone your drawing skills? That’s what MakeUseOf here for! Below you’ll find a list of the top YouTube channels, arranged by drawing level from simple to more advanced, that will help you learn how to draw.

22-10-2012
Top 6 YouTube Channels For Learning How To Draw Comics
Which Services Offer Two-Factor Authentication?

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Which Services Offer Two-Factor Authentication?

Not long ago, Tina told you all about two-factor authentication, how it works, and why you should use it. In a nutshell, two-factor authentication (2FA), or two-step verification as it’s sometimes called, is an additional layer of security added on top of the standard user and password. When you log into a website that offers two-factor authentication, you need to enter an additional password or PIN in order to fully log on.

19-10-2012
Which Services Offer Two-Factor Authentication?
SlashCV – Create a Simple, Professional-Looking PDF & Online Resume

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SlashCV – Create a Simple, Professional-Looking PDF & Online Resume

“I don’t hate looking for a job, I just hate writing up my CV”. Who was the wise person who said that? Well, me, right now. But I’m positive I’m not the only one to feel this way. For many, the most annoying and frustrating part in looking for a job is creating a simple yet attractive CV, which is also easy to distribute. If you’re in the right profession, or if you’re generally up to it, you can give LinkedIn a spin, but for most of us, it’s down to one piece of paper or file – our résumé.

16-10-2012
SlashCV – Create a Simple, Professional-Looking PDF & Online Resume
7 Free Apps to Batch Edit, Resize, & Rename Images

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7 Free Apps to Batch Edit, Resize, & Rename Images

Some of the most common edits your images will have to go through are simple things such as resize, rename, format conversion, basic color fixes, etc. While you can’t be expected to sit through an album of 300 photos, manually resizing and renaming each one, many of the common image viewers don’t let you do these things by batch. Don’t waste your time, though, just download one of the free tools below, and start batch-editing!

15-10-2012
7 Free Apps to Batch Edit, Resize, & Rename Images
Don’t Let Browser Crashes Waste Your Time: Here’s How To Back Up Forms & Email Enquiries

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Don’t Let Browser Crashes Waste Your Time: Here’s How To Back Up Forms & Email Enquiries

While browsers keep getting better and better, there’s one thing none of them have managed to abolish entirely – crashes. Every browser (well, OK, at least the big names) crashes every once in a while, and that’s without getting into more general computer crashes, loss of power (happens even on a Mac!), etc. No matter what computer you use and which browser you prefer, crashes can happen. And when they do, be sure they’ll happen in the wrong time.

12-10-2012
Don’t Let Browser Crashes Waste Your Time: Here’s How To Back Up Forms & Email Enquiries
Get Addicted All Over Again With Good Old Snood, This Time for iPad

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Get Addicted All Over Again With Good Old Snood, This Time for iPad

Not only does Snood exist, it’s alive and kicking, with new Windows versions, Mac versions, and even an iOS version. Of course I couldn’t help but try it on my iPad, and discovered that while many things have changed, Snood 2012 is no less addictive that in the old days. And now it can go everywhere with me! I’m officially doomed.

08-10-2012
Get Addicted All Over Again With Good Old Snood, This Time for iPad