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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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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
6 Places to Create Amazing Meme-Worthy GIF Animations

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6 Places to Create Amazing Meme-Worthy GIF Animations

For some reason, animated GIFs have become all the rage. At first, I couldn’t understand what was so appealing about these silent video wannabes. Later on, I gave in a little and admitted that while they’re not very useful, animated GIFs are sure fun to make with a webcam. Only lately, after receiving some really nice animated GIFs of my cats made by a friend, did I realize that animated GIFs don’t have to be silly. They can actually be extremely cool.

02-10-2012
6 Places to Create Amazing Meme-Worthy GIF Animations
What Are Dual SIM Phones, And Do You Need One?

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What Are Dual SIM Phones, And Do You Need One?

Ever heard of dual SIM phones? My guess is you probably have. I can also guess you know what dual SIM phones are; after all, it’s not very hard to understand that a dual SIM phone has two SIMs. If you’re anything like me, though, this is about as far as you got. Have you ever seen a phone with two SIM cards? What are they even good for? Could they be useful for you? And if so, when, and why?

01-10-2012
What Are Dual SIM Phones, And Do You Need One?
Spot Airplanes In The Sky With These Websites & Google Earth Mashups

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Spot Airplanes In The Sky With These Websites & Google Earth Mashups

When you think about it, there’s nothing more exciting the airplanes and flight. The fact that humans can enter a huge metal device which then commences to fly through the air and cross the Earth is mind blowing, despite the fact that we’ve all got used to it and take it pretty much for granted. To remind you how truly amazing it is, and give you a bird’s eye view of this immense industry, there’s nothing better than flight trackers.

27-09-2012
Spot Airplanes In The Sky With These Websites & Google Earth Mashups
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)

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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]

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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