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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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Don’t Clutter Your Computer: TweetDeck For Chrome Is A Complete In-Browser Social Client

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Don’t Clutter Your Computer: TweetDeck For Chrome Is A Complete In-Browser Social Client

If you use Twitter in any capacity, there’s a 75% chance you’re using a client. After all, Twitter’s web interface is not the most convenient, and if you’re keeping track of more than one account, a client becomes a even more crucial. Out of all the clients, Twitter’s own TweetDeck seems to be the most popular, and with its scheduling abilities, multiple columns and the ability to track different accounts, it really is a great solution.

25-09-2012
Don’t Clutter Your Computer: TweetDeck For Chrome Is A Complete In-Browser Social Client
10 Things eBay Won’t Let You Sell (You Weirdo)

Web Culture

10 Things eBay Won’t Let You Sell (You Weirdo)

If you’ve never ever sold or bought anything from eBay, please raise your hand (or leave a comment). In the 17 years eBay has been around, almost everyone has had some dealings with it, if only small and insignificant. I mean, come on, if you’ve never actually bought or sold anything, you must have at least looked for something on eBay, right? Well, did you know that you actually can’t find everything on eBay?

18-09-2012
10 Things eBay Won’t Let You Sell (You Weirdo)
Did You Know Twitter Deletes Your Old Tweets? Here’s How to Back Them Up

Internet

Did You Know Twitter Deletes Your Old Tweets? Here’s How to Back Them Up

The importance of backup can never be overstated. No matter what it is, if it’s important to you, back it up. You never know when something might fail, and you’ll find yourself wishing you’ve taken the time to back up your stuff. Your Twitter presence is no different. In the several years Twitter’s been around, many of us have collected thousands of tweets, followers, DMs and lists. While not all of these can be backed up, why not save what you can?

17-09-2012
Did You Know Twitter Deletes Your Old Tweets? Here’s How to Back Them Up
Get An Alternative Facebook Interface Customized To Your Interests With LeFeed

Internet

Get An Alternative Facebook Interface Customized To Your Interests With LeFeed

Some brave souls have managed to close their Facebook account, or somehow managed to never open one in the first place. As for the rest of us, most of us use Facebook on a regular basis, either to catch up with old friends, stay in touch with faraway family, or to stay updated on favorite brands and groups. But no matter what it is you actually do on Facebook, you’re pretty much stuck with the same old interface.

14-09-2012
Get An Alternative Facebook Interface Customized To Your Interests With LeFeed
Clear Out Your Inbox: Quickly Unsubscribe From Multiple Newsletters With These Tools

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Clear Out Your Inbox: Quickly Unsubscribe From Multiple Newsletters With These Tools

Unsubscribing from newsletters is about more than just spam. Most of the newsletters that fill our inbox are not selling medicine or offering prize money – they’re genuine newsletters from trusted companies we ourselves subscribed to at some point in the past. It might have been absentmindedly, when creating an account on a website, or willingly, for something we really wanted to stay up to date about.

11-09-2012
Clear Out Your Inbox: Quickly Unsubscribe From Multiple Newsletters With These Tools
6 Basic Tech Skills Anyone Should Have (Even If You’re Not a Geek)

Web Culture

6 Basic Tech Skills Anyone Should Have (Even If You’re Not a Geek)

If you consider yourself a geek, and have good control over your computer and other devices, this post might not be for you. If, however, you’re still finding your way in the computer world, or know someone who is, these basic skills are absolute must-haves. While computers and phones will work for you even without these skills, having them will ensure your privacy, your security, and will make your day-to-day experience as smooth as it can be.

10-09-2012
6 Basic Tech Skills Anyone Should Have (Even If You’re Not a Geek)
AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard Review and Giveaway

Today, I will be reviewing the AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad/iPhone, which is Amazon’s own take on the Bluetooth keyboard niche. This keyboard currently sells for $45 on Amazon, and we bought this unit ourselves in order to provide an impartial review. It gets even better, of course: we are giving this unit away to one lucky reader. Read on to find out exactly how this keyboard fared and how you can win it!

10-09-2012
AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard Review and Giveaway
Keep Your Kids Safe With These Excellent Email Apps For Kids

iPhone and iPad Internet

Keep Your Kids Safe With These Excellent Email Apps For Kids

Any kid who knows how to use a computer can easily get and use an email account. If those email accounts are unsupervised, it can be rather disquieting for the parents, who have no idea who their kids are corresponding with. Yes, you can prevent your kids from having email altogether, or let them have a Gmail account while keeping an eye on what’s going on, but there’s also a different solution – specialized email apps for kids.

07-09-2012
Keep Your Kids Safe With These Excellent Email Apps For Kids
Go Back In Time: The First Ever YouTube Video, Tweet, Image, Website, Email, & More

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Go Back In Time: The First Ever YouTube Video, Tweet, Image, Website, Email, & More

What was the first website to ever be published? What was the first Amazon item ever ordered? What is the first line to ever be tweeted? Curious? So was I. After several hours of extensive research, I came up with some very interesting answers. Buckle your seatbelts, we’re going back in time!

03-09-2012
Go Back In Time: The First Ever YouTube Video, Tweet, Image, Website, Email, & More
Make YouTube Better & Get Rid of Annoyances With These Add-Ons [Firefox]

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Make YouTube Better & Get Rid of Annoyances With These Add-Ons [Firefox]

Watching videos is one of the best pastimes you can find online, and what source for videos is better than YouTube? YouTube is the largest video website online, and when looking for a video, you’re very likely to find it there. But is YouTube perfect? Far from it. Here, you will find a list of solid Firefox add-ons that will get rid of many of these annoyances, and make your overall YouTube experience better.

27-08-2012
Make YouTube Better & Get Rid of Annoyances With These Add-Ons [Firefox]
For A Long, Fun-Filled Pastime, You Can’t Do Better Than Peggle [iOS & Android]

Android iPhone and iPad

For A Long, Fun-Filled Pastime, You Can’t Do Better Than Peggle [iOS & Android]

So what’s this magical game, you wonder? As you might have gathered from the title, I’m talking about Peggle. Some of you may already know it from its older PC/Mac versions, which I had the chance to play around 5 years ago. Having been thoroughly addicted to this game back then, I was skeptical about its ability to make an honorable comeback so many years later, and on a more limited device (i.e., my 1st generation iPad). Boy, was I wrong.

24-08-2012
For A Long, Fun-Filled Pastime, You Can’t Do Better Than Peggle [iOS & Android]
mmMule Helps People Get What They Want & Crave From All Over The World

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mmMule Helps People Get What They Want & Crave From All Over The World

mmMule is a community built around people who want things they can’t get, and people who travel the world and are willing to bring them. Part of mmMule is AngelMule, which is aimed at helping non-profit organizations around the world. Read on to find out how you can get that thing you’ve been craving, or how you can help a fellow person get what they want.

20-08-2012
mmMule Helps People Get What They Want & Crave From All Over The World
Croppola Automatically Crops Your Images To Create The Best Composition

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Croppola Automatically Crops Your Images To Create The Best Composition

Everyone likes taking pictures every now and then. You might be only a holiday photographer, or mainly an Instagram photographer, but when you do take pictures, you want them to look good. Especially if you plan on sharing them or printing them. Professional photographers know all about compositions, and have the patience and equipment to get everything just right. But do you?

17-08-2012
Croppola Automatically Crops Your Images To Create The Best Composition
Add Scheduling, Tracking & Reminders to Gmail With This Fantastic Add-on

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Add Scheduling, Tracking & Reminders to Gmail With This Fantastic Add-on

Let’s face it, Gmail is pretty much perfect. It’s not a coincidence that it’s now one of the most popular email providers, at least for those who prefer a Web interface. There are, however, several crucial features that are still missing from Gmail. First and foremost, email scheduling. How many times have you decided to wait with an important email until later, only to forget all about it when the right time came?

13-08-2012
Add Scheduling, Tracking & Reminders to Gmail With This Fantastic Add-on
5 Great Sources For Free-To-Use Audio Clips & Sound Effects

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5 Great Sources For Free-To-Use Audio Clips & Sound Effects

When I was 14 years old, I bought a CD full of sound effects. I paid good money for it, too. The CD included around 20-30 sound effects of everything from a baby crying to ocean waves, and I would pop it in my CD player and listen to the sound effects. That’s about all I could do with them, except for recording them onto a tape, maybe. So why did I buy it? Because sound effects are awesome, and you never know when you might need them.

10-08-2012
5 Great Sources For Free-To-Use Audio Clips & Sound Effects
Homescreen.me Lets You Share Your iOS Homescreen With The World

iPhone and iPad

Homescreen.me Lets You Share Your iOS Homescreen With The World

Here’s a secret – I love web apps. While many of my colleagues seem to hate them, web apps, in my opinion, open up a world of extremely cool tools we would not have access to otherwise. The ease with which one can develop a web app brought many unique, weird, useful and less useful services into our lives, and I never tire of exploring them and discovering things I could never have imagined. Take Homescreen.me for example.

07-08-2012
Homescreen.me Lets You Share Your iOS Homescreen With The World
Quick Guide: How To Enjoy eBooks Without A Tablet Or An eReader

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Quick Guide: How To Enjoy eBooks Without A Tablet Or An eReader

eBooks are a phenomenon that can no longer be ignored. Whether you’re one of the early adopters, or still sticking religiously to paper books, you must have noticed how easy it’s become to get your hands on an eBook. When you can start reading a mere 5 minutes after deciding on a book, the lure of eBooks is bigger than ever.

06-08-2012
Quick Guide: How To Enjoy eBooks Without A Tablet Or An eReader
Livescribe Echo Smartpen Review And Giveaway

Product Reviews

Livescribe Echo Smartpen Review And Giveaway

If you’ve ever been in school, you know the agony of having to take notes. Whether you were using the good old pen and paper, a laptop, or even a tablet, taking notes during class can be quite an annoyance. To the rescue comes Livescribe, with its Smartpen line. It can record everything you write via an infrared camera, record anything you hear using a built-in microphone, and then combine the two into a pencast. Or so they promise. Here at MakeUseOf, we don’t believe everything we hear, and decided to see for ourselves. That’s why we bought the Livescribe 4GB Echo Smartpen, and gave it a serious spin.

30-07-2012
Livescribe Echo Smartpen Review And Giveaway
3 Firefox Add-Ons That Provide The Chrome Features You Love & Miss

Browsers

3 Firefox Add-Ons That Provide The Chrome Features You Love & Miss

As you’ve probably experienced yourself, when you get used to a browser, no matter the annoyances, there are certain features that really grow on you. Features you feel you cannot do without, and are keeping you from switching to a different browser. For me, after a year of using only Chrome, there were several such features that I sorely missed when I finally went back to Firefox. Luckily, there are some awesome add-ons.

27-07-2012
3 Firefox Add-Ons That Provide The Chrome Features You Love & Miss
View Great Art For Free On These 6 Inspiring Websites

Internet

View Great Art For Free On These 6 Inspiring Websites

The Internet’s boom brought many great things with it, including access to places we might otherwise never visit. This accessibility goes hand in hand with the fact we don’t leave our chairs as much as we used to; and why should we? It’s all available right there, on our computers. In other words, as computer geeks, many of us don’t get out much. For example, when was the last time you visited your local museum?

24-07-2012
View Great Art For Free On These 6 Inspiring Websites
Griffin, TouchTec, AmazonBasics Styluses Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Griffin, TouchTec, AmazonBasics Styluses Review and Giveaway

Today, I will be reviewing 3 kinds of styluses from three different companies. I will be checking how each stylus performs in different touch-screen tasks, how comfortable each stylus is to hold and use, and at the end will give you my own conclusion as to which of these three is the best, and which one would be the best buy for which task. In addition, we’ll be giving away 5 sets of all three styluses to five lucky readers (each winner will receive all 3 styluses)! Let’s see how they fared on my 1st generation iPad.

16-07-2012
Griffin, TouchTec, AmazonBasics Styluses Review and Giveaway
Facebook Tip: How To Disable Close Friends Notifications Or Remove Friends From The Close Friends List

Internet

Facebook Tip: How To Disable Close Friends Notifications Or Remove Friends From The Close Friends List

Facebook makes it very easy to add friends to the list from the top of the news feed, but it’s not as easy removing them. After you’ve figured it out it’s not complicated at all, but finding it among all of Facebook’s different features can take some time.

13-07-2012
Facebook Tip: How To Disable Close Friends Notifications Or Remove Friends From The Close Friends List
The Young Strike It Big: 5+ Amazing Discoveries Made By Kids & Teenagers

Web Culture

The Young Strike It Big: 5+ Amazing Discoveries Made By Kids & Teenagers

You don’t have to be a grown up to be amazing. As kids, we all know we’re capable of much more than some adults expect, but when we become adults ourselves, we sometime forget that truly innovative thinking sometime comes from people half our age. That said, in today’s technology-filled world, we’re almost getting used to whiz kids developing apps, building startups and making enormous exits.

03-07-2012
The Young Strike It Big: 5+ Amazing Discoveries Made By Kids & Teenagers