17 June 2017

5 Inspiring Ways to Set a Productive Morning Routine


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According to most successful people, a productive morning routine is an essential ingredient in the recipe for success. How do you go about setting one such routine for yourself? With a little help from technology. These apps and sites will tell you how to go about making a ritual that gets you to kick-start the day in the best way possible. 1. Morning Routine (iOS): Set Routines From Successful People How would you like to have the same morning routine that Michelle Obama has? Or maybe be as productive in the morning as productivity guru Tim Ferris? Try the new...

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The $400 Smart Home Starter Kit for the Budget-Conscious Beginner


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Smart homes have been around for a while. But the technology used to cost thousands of dollars, making it completely out of reach for anyone on a budget. Unfortunately, that old perception keeps many people from embracing smart home products when, in reality, the smart home market is almost unrecognizable from several years ago. As the market has diversified and competition has increased, there are more choices than ever when it comes to smart gadgets and gizmos. And, even better, while technology has advanced, prices have fallen far, far below their previous amounts. Seriously, for a grand total of $400, beginners...

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10 Discounted Online Courses, Gadgets, Apps, and Services


Today, we’re going to look at some of our favorite sales over at MakeUseOf Deals. There are discounted courses that’ll help you improve your photography, programming, and SEO skills. There’s also discounted Star Wars games, cool gadgets, and even VPN subscriptions that’ll keep your internet browsing experience secure. Online Education The Coding Powerhouse eBook Bundle This is a giant bundle of eBooks that’ll teach you to write the greatest code of your life. There’s a total of nine books spanning a wide-range of important programming languages and topics. Here are the books you’ll get: Learning Angular 2 Java Deep Learning...

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How Windows Has Become More User-Friendly, 5 Examples


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Windows gets a lot of undeserved hate. Critics love to describe Windows as a confusing mess while painting macOS as a perfect, easy to use experience. While Windows 10 does have some issues, if you look back, it’s clear that Microsoft has made Windows so much more user-friendly than it once was. Let’s look at some modern aspects of Windows that show how far it’s come in communicating to its users. These make the operating system (OS) easier to use, even for those who don’t understand computer basics. 1. Warmer Language in Dialogue Boxes Chances are, every time you use...

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16 June 2017

7 Free Windows Apps for Exploring Your Creative Side


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Creativity comes in all forms from pictures to words to music. If you are just starting to explore your creative side and want to experiment with a free Windows app, then we have the ones for you. For artists, photographers, music makers, and more, you can let your imagination run wild with these terrific tools. 1. Fresh Paint For beginners or experienced artists, Fresh Paint from Microsoft is an excellent tool for sketching, drawing, and painting. You start by choosing to sketch with pencil, draw with a pen, or paint with oil. Then, import an image, snap one with your...

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Quickly Access Apps and Shortcuts With Custom Gestures for Android


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Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn off your phone’s screen just by swiping down from the top of your display? Or access your recent apps by swiping in from the right? These shortcuts would allow you to use your Android smartphone or tablet in a whole new way. You can decide what gestures trigger what result, giving you full control over your device. Here are a few apps that will let you setup these kinds of gestures. 1. All In One Gestures One of the many custom gestures you can create with All In One Gestures is taking a screenshot without touching a...

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Why Social Media and Depression Are Not Directly Linked


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For several years now, we’ve been bombarded with articles pointing the finger at social media — at least in part — for the increase in reported depression among young people. As just one example, the Telegraph reported that “children who spend more than three hours each school day on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are more than twice as likely to suffer poor mental health.” In contrast, a more comprehensive 2017 study published in the Adolescent Research Review suggests these studies may have been jumping the gun. This was a systematic analysis of 11 studies, containing a total of...

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Microsoft Office Is Now Available on the Windows Store


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You can now download Microsoft Office directly from the Windows Store for the first time. Unfortunately, the Office apps are only available to Windows 10 S users at the moment. So anyone using your bog-standard, run-of-the-mill Windows 10 will have to wait a little longer. Microsoft recently unveiled the Surface Laptop, a premium device designed to compete with MacBooks. However, the Surface Laptop will be powered by Windows 10 S, a streamlined version of Windows 10 designed to compete with Chrome OS. Which is a tough ask. Windows 10 S looks like a neat little operating system, but it’s limited...

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Icon Fonts Are Awesome for Your Site: Here’s Why


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You’ve heard of icons, and you’ve almost certainly heard of fonts, but what is an Icon Font? Today I’ll show you what icon fonts are, and how you can use them to liven up your website. Let’s get started. What Are Icon Fonts? Icon fonts are exactly the same as “regular” fonts — they define the look and feel of a piece of text. The big difference here is that icon fonts don’t contain letters and numbers, but symbols and icons. You may be confused by this, as what good is a font if you can’t write letters to your...

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How To Enable Or Disable OneDrive Files On-Demand In Windows 10


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OneDrive Files On-Demand is a cool feature available in Windows 10 to access your OneDrive account files without downloading them to your PC. The Files On-Demand feature is a very useful feature, especially for users who have tens of GBs of data in their OneDrive cloud accounts but running out of space on their PCs. […]

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Easy to Install, Simple to Use: But Should You Switch to Manjaro 17?


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Manjaro 17 is an excellent update on a robust Linux operating system. Because of its plentiful flavors, Manjaro Linux 17 offers loads of functionality and flexibility. With a smattering of desktop environments including new versions for Manjaro 17, this remains one of the top Linux operating system options. Notably, Manjaro is an excellent pick for those switching from Windows or macOS. Furthermore, Manjaro 17 presents an intuitive foray into Arch Linux. It’s an increasingly user-friendly Arch-based Linux operating system. Check out what’s new in Manjaro Linux 17 and learn if you should switch. What Is Manjaro Linux? Within the Linux...

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These Chrome New Tab Extensions Will Keep You Focused


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The Ctrl + T keyboard shortcut is pretty much an involuntary reflex for me. As soon as I lose even an ounce of concentration, I strike those keys and out comes the New Tab page. And on the worst of days, one stray New Tab could lead to hours of wasted time. Which is why New Tab extensions can prove so helpful for focus. With the right setup, your New Tab page could be a reminder to stay productive instead of a gateway to entertainment and other distractions. Here are some of the best New Tab extensions available. Pro Tip:...

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Xiaomi MiPad 3 Review


Outside of the Western world, Xiaomi is the king of Android. There’s a very good reason for this: they make Apple-quality devices at half the price. The MiPad 3 is their latest offering to the mini tablet market, and follows on from previous successes. The MiPad 3 is available for $230 from GearBest, and it’s worth every penny. Specifications Price: $230 from GearBest.com (Flash sale price, correct at time of writing – may go back up around $300 if you’re not quick) Dimensions: 200.4 x 132.6 x 6.95mm Weight: 328g CPU: MT8176 –  consisting of dual-core ARM Cortex A72 and quad-core A53...

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How to Move Your Windows 10 User Profile


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It can take a long time to set up your computer exactly the way you want it. By the time you’ve finished, it probably won’t look anything like the vanilla version of the operating system (OS) that loads when you turn on a machine for the first time. As such, it can be an annoying process to migrate to a new computer, or even to create duplicate accounts on the same machine. Nobody wants to spend days digging through every option in the Settings app or transferring endless files and photos. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be so time-consuming. It’s...

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How to Auto-Empty the Recycle Bin on a Schedule and Free Up Wasted Space


The Recycle Bin in Windows is a purgatory for deleted files. Whenever you press Delete on a file, it goes to the Recycle Bin to await its fate. You can still recover the file while it’s there, so if you change your mind it’s a few clicks away from restoring. But if you don’t empty the Recycle Bin every once in a while, the files in there could take up several GB of space on your system. For those on smaller SSDs, every bit of space counts. Fortunately, if you often forget to empty the Recycle Bin, Windows 10 can periodically do it...

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Top 8 Things for Bored Teenagers to Do Online


It’s kind of crazy how any of us can actually be bored in this day and age. The internet has never been as content rich as it is now, yet here you are, bored out of your mind and trying to kill time but unable to find something interesting enough to hold your attention. Trust me, I’ve been there. Keep in mind that, as a teenager, you’ll soon be entering the prime years of your life — do not waste them! You’re going to wake up one day and wish that you had made better use of your time, so...

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Use This Site to Compare Google Fonts for Beautiful Documents and Sites


Let’s talk about the stockpile of 800+ free fonts Google has been offering since 2011. Google Fonts is a wonderful resource to use if you work with any type of document in the cloud. And you don’t need to be a design geek, because you can use them right within Google Docs, WordPress, and even Adobe Photoshop! But the hard part is finding a good font to use, and for that we need to compare a bunch of them. That’s where Better Font Finder can save you a lot of time, as it compares and filters fonts by visual similarity. Compare Google Fonts the Easy...

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Netflix’s Black Mirror Goes “High-Tech” [UK]


After becoming a hit in the UK, Channel 4’s Black Mirror started streaming worldwide on Netflix in late 2014. Charlie Brooker’s sci-fi anthology show became a huge international hit, even prompting a new season to be released on Netflix, with a further two currently in development. Charlie Brooker recently announced on Twitter that there would be a Black Mirror collection in “high-tech ‘paper’ format”, more commonly known as a book. In celebration of its impending release, we take a look the best Black Mirror you can buy, as well as more from Charlie Brooker. Black Mirror Volume 1 (Hardcover) Charlie...

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Google Drive Will Now Backup and Sync Your Files


Google is replacing Google Drive for PC and Mac with a new tool that it calls Backup and Sync. This new version of Google Drive will be a much more robust tool, allowing you to backup and sync all of your files and folders. That is if you have enough space left in your Google Drive allowance. It’s essential to back your files up regularly. It doesn’t matter how you do it — whether to the cloud or an external HDD — as long as you actually do it. And often enough to ensure you won’t lose your mind (as...

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Send Free Faxes from Your Android Phone or Tablet


When was the last time you sent a fax? In our increasingly paperless world, you probably don’t work with faxes more than a few times per year, if it all. Thanks to free web services, though, it’s easy to send faxes online — there’s no need to keep a physical fax machine around anymore. However, what if you’re traveling and need to send a fax from your smartphone? Don’t despair — it’s easy to send and keep track of faxes from your Android device. Let’s take a look at the best apps for the job. A Note on Faxing Apps...

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The Best Windows 10 Apps


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Desktop apps are now available in the Windows Store, but it doesn’t mean the oft-maligned Universal apps are dead. In fact, they are better than ever. Their design and usability is unrecognizable from a couple of years ago, Microsoft has largely got the problem of fake and imposter apps under control, and the selection of apps is the most diverse it’s ever been. Yes, some universal apps in the Windows Store are still poor imitations of their desktop cousins. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find some really useful, high-quality apps – you just need to know where to look. Here, we’ve rounded...

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Xfce Explained: A Look at One of Linux’s Speediest Desktops


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So you’re switching to Linux because you’ve heard it’s a great way to revive an old PC, but after checking out various Linux operating systems (also known as distributions or “distros”), you’ve discovered that your hardware is still too slow. Unless, that is, you install something like Xfce. That’s great. There’s just one problem: what does that even mean? Xfce Is a Desktop Environment A desktop environment is what you see on your computer screen. It’s the panels that hold your applications, notifications, and the time. It’s how you open applications and switch between them. Windows and macOS each provide...

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You Can Now Use GIFs on Facebook (Here’s How)


Facebook is finally allowing everyone to use GIFs in comments. The social network has been hesitant to support GIFs in comments, but with the popularity of GIFs showing no sign of abating, the social network has finally decided to cede to the demands of its billions of users. Hoorah! The GIF is 30 years old! And the debate over how it’s pronounced — either with a hard G (as in “great”) or a soft G (as in “gyrate”) — feels like it’s been going on just as long. Facebook is celebrating this milestone in a number of ways, including adding...

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15 June 2017

The OneLogin Hack Was Serious and It Taught Us a Lesson


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We’re big fans of password managers here at MakeUseOf. They make your life easier, speed up a lot of processes, and improve your security. But they also concentrate your sensitive password information in a single place — and that can be dangerous. Case in point: OneLogin, the producer of an enterprise-level single sign-on and password management app, was hacked on May 31st, 2017. And that’s really bad news. Here’s what happened, what you should do, and some lessons we can learn. What Happened at OneLogin? Here’s what OneLogin says: “…a threat actor used one of our AWS keys to gain access to...

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9 Solid Deals On Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts [US]


It’s Thursday. Father’s Day is Sunday! If you don’t get those orders in today, you’re going to miss out on getting your gifts delivered in time! Dremel 3000-2/28 2 Attachments/28 Accessories Rotary Tool ($44.99, 34% Off) Dremel 3000-2/28 2 Attachments/28 Accessories Rotary Tool Dremel 3000-2/28 2 Attachments/28 Accessories Rotary Tool Variable speed from 5,000 to 32,000 RPM Buy Now At Amazon $44.99 This is tied for the all-time low price on this Dremel 3000 with all the attachments and accessories. Typically, it sells for around $68, so there’s no reason to wait around for a better deal on this one....

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The 20 Most Useless Websites on the Internet


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On a normal day, we’re all about helping you make better use of all things technology in your day-to-day life. But today is not one of those days. Every once in a while, we go astray and give you a peek at some of the weirdest things the web has to offer. Big fan of odd physics in gaming? Love debunking weird science claims? We know just the right places for you online. Whether you’re into strange YouTube content or old viral videos, we’ve got your back. If you’re ever bored at work, looking for something funny to send to your colleague, or...

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VR on a Mac? It Could Be More Likely Than You Think!


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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey once said that they’ll support VR on the Mac “as soon as Apple releases a good computer.” It should come as no surprise then that when Industrial Light and Magic took to the stage at the June 2017 developer’s conference to demonstrate the VR capabilities of new Macs, they did so with the rival’s HTC Vive headset. That’s right: Macs can do VR now (but not with the Oculus Rift). “It boils down to the fact that Apple doesn’t prioritize high-end GPUs. You can buy a $6,000 Mac Pro with the top of the line AMD...

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Xbox One X vs. Xbox One S vs. Xbox One: What Are the Differences?


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At E3 2017, Microsoft launched its latest and greatest video game console. The Xbox One X is the company’s most powerful console to date, and the third console in the Xbox One line. So what makes the Xbox One X better than its predecessors, the Xbox One S and the original Xbox One? What are the differences that matter? Availability and Price The Xbox One X with a 1 TB hard drive will launch on November 7, 2017 in the U.S. It will retail for $499. That’s a clear $100 more than the most expensive Sony console, the PlayStation Pro...

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The Challenges of Installing a Tablet ROM: Why Is It So Hard?


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If you’re a regular MakeUseOf reader, you’re probably no stranger to replacing the original operating system on your computer with another. We’ve covered Linux on Macs, macOS on PCs, and Windows on barebones systems in prior posts. But what about tablets? They’re just like smaller and thinner notebook computers, right? Actually, a number of differences make installing a new operating system on a tablet more complicated. In this article we’ll look at some of these challenges. How Tablets Differ From Notebooks and Other PCs Before we dive into the specifics let’s consider how tablets are different from computers. PC users can add different components to their machines...

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These YouTube Channels Will Make You More Productive


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There’s certainly no shortage of productivity advice out there. But in a world where video is king, YouTube is arguably the best source of tips and tricks to help you squeeze even more out of your days. If you’re someone who prefers video to text or audio, the channels in this list will have you covered. They span everything from showing breakdowns of popular productivity books, to explaining the hidden features of your favorite to-do list apps. If this isn’t enough, however, check out our selection of top practical productivity blogs and the best productivity audiobooks and podcasts. That’ll make sure no stone is...

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This Does What?! 15 Weird Smart Home Gadgets


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When you picture a smart home, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Perhaps smart thermostats and intelligent security systems. Or maybe you’re more interested in whole-house audio. You might even think about stuff for your garden like smart sprinkler systems and automatic lawnmowers. These gadgets are all very different, but they’re all undeniably useful. These days, they’re also all somewhat mainstream. But for every useful and meaningful gadget out there, there are 10 that are utterly inexplicable. Some are so strange, it’s remarkable that anyone ever buys them. Join us on a journey as we take a whirlwind...

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Why You Should Set Your Internet Connection as Metered in Windows 10


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In Windows 10, you can set your Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection as metered. This means that it’ll limit what it uses your internet data for. We’ll suggest what scenarios this might be useful for, what differences it provides, and show you how to enable it. One of the key points about enabling a metered connection is that it’ll stop Windows Update forcing downloads on you. It’ll also mean other background updates, like those in apps or Start Menu tiles, won’t necessarily be automatic. We think a metered connection is one of the default Windows 10 settings you should check immediately. What...

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How to Track Friends in Real-Time Using Google Maps


These days, when meeting friends, you don’t have to worry if they got lost or hurt — a quick call lets you check in on their status. But if that’s not convenient enough for you, Google Maps has a new feature that lets you track a friend’s location. This is extremely useful when you’re expecting someone and they’re late. Just use their shared location to see if they’re held up in traffic. On Google Maps for Android and iOS, you can activate sharing by sliding out the left sidebar and tapping Share Location. Agree to the location policy, then you...

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How to Always Open Online PDFs in the PDF Viewer of Your Choice


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Choosing between a local PDF reader and reading PDFs in your browser all comes down to preference. Luckily, with the most popular browsers, it’s easy to make that choice with a feature available in browser settings. Note: If you’re a new Windows 10 user and have picked Chrome or Firefox as your browser of choice, in addition to following the steps related to your browser, you’ll also have to go through the steps listed below for Edge users. Chrome If you want to open the PDF using a local app, do the following: Go to Settings > Show Advanced Settings...

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This Free App Sets a New Beautiful Wallpaper for You Every Day


When it comes to desktop wallpapers, more is always merrier. That’s never a problem because there are many ways to change a drab desktop with a beautiful wallpaper. But it’s still a chore — unless you use a wallpaper manager that automatically downloads and sets the wallpaper for you. Splashy is a smooth little app for Windows, Mac, and Linux that can do the job for you. It’s not the first of its kind (also try Wallcat and Irvue), but it’s definitely one of the better ones worth trying. Splashy Art Wallpapers Install the 33.7 MB freeware and you will...

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