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February 24 2017

15:00

13 Must-Watch Documentaries for Every Wannabe Photographer

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Whether you’re an expert DSLR holder or a beginner photographer, you’ve probably experienced a “photographer’s block” before. Like with any other creative professions, being a photographer means putting all your passion and creativity into it. One effective way to get inspired to create your own masterpiece is to learn from someone else’s story. Where to Find Inspiration? Luckily, almost every successful photographer documents their journey and, in many cases, the footage is now available online. Among those documentaries, you can find anything from first-person war investigations to street fashion photography. I’ve picked some of the finest examples of documentary films...

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14:00

Amazon Prime vs. Netflix and Spotify Combined

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I don’t quite know how it happened, but I stream all of my media now. Contrast that with just a few years ago, when I was still downloading music, managing DVDs, and making only the occasional visit to Pandora/Songza to find new artists that I might like. Today, if it isn’t on Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Prime, or YouTube, I won’t be watching and I won’t be listening. I actually prefer it that way, so welcome to the new era where streaming is king. The one problem with streaming everything is that the monthly costs can add up, which is...

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13:30

Spotify Launches New Podcasts All About Music

Spotify is ramping up its interest in producing original content. This time with a trio of podcasts delving deep into different aspects of the music industry. If you have ever wanted to know the story behind the music you listen to on Spotify, these three podcasts are aimed directly at you. There are now a multitude of streaming services to choose from, especially when it comes to music. If Netflix has shown us anything, it’s that original content can be the key to differentiating yourself from your competitors. Apple apparently got the memo, and is currently producing original TV shows...

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13:00

These 7 Features Make Windows Maps a Google Maps Alternative

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When you think about using a maps app, your mind almost certainly pictures the ubiquitous Google offering. It’s testament to both the quality and dominance of the company’s product. For the most part, Google has had it easy. Apple’s grand debut into the maps sector was less than impressive, and Microsoft has barely marketed its own competitor. But is it time to give the Windows app another chance? When was the last time you fired up Microsoft’s Maps app? Give it a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Here are seven of the coolest things you can do with...

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12:30

Google Home Review and Giveaway

Google Home is a personal assistant smart speaker, and it comes from a company that literally knows everything (about you). Like the Amazon Echo, the $130 Google device answers questions, turns on smart home devices, plays music, listens to your problems, and informs the FBI of your plans to become the next Walter White (we’re kidding on the last one… we think). The main Google Home speaker is a bit cheaper than the Echo, which tips the scales at $180. However, Amazon also offers the Tap for the same $130, and the far cheaper Dot at $50. Google doesn’t offer any cheaper models...

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12:00

Use Automated Health Tracking to Lose Weight and Live a Healthier Life

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The essence of the Quantified Self movement is to get knowledge about your mind and body using data. You can do this by manually checking and recording everything you do. Track your vitals, your food, your workouts, your productivity, and your moods. But the manual approach is tiring. What if you just want to get started, without making too much of an effort? Thanks to smartphones with sensors, apps, and wearables, you can start putting numbers on significant parts of your life without manual tracking. Numbers and Estimates Are Better Than Nothing When you use consumer technology and apps to track your...

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10:30

How to Compare Cost of Living Between Two Cities

If you’re thinking of moving somewhere, you cannot ignore differences in cost of living. A salary of $50,000 per year could mean luxury in a rural town but on the verge of poverty in a grand city with a housing shortage. Cost of living tells you how far each of your dollars will take you. But cost of living comparisons can be tough. You can try looking up statistics online, but they can be hard to find — and the ones you do find are usually out-of-date (at best) or wildly inaccurate (at worst). Plus, these days cost of living...

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09:30

The Best Way to Burn CDs and DVDs on Windows 10 Is With BurnAware

Ten years ago, you’d rarely find a computer without an optical drive in it. Nowadays, that’s changed. Because we have cloud storage for file sharing, music streaming services for our tunes, and video streaming like Netflix, CDs and DVDs are less important. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll never need optical media. Whether you burn home videos for friends, make your own CDs for the car, or just use discs for safekeeping, a good CD/DVD burner software is a must. Nero is a household name for this, but it’s bloated and a pain to use. Of the great alternatives to Nero we’ve shared,...

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08:30

An Effortless Way to Set Reminders With Trello

When you forget your goals, you fail. Trello is an incredibly easy tool for your own goal management system. They can be simple project goals or big picture intentions like your life. In an earlier article, I had used Trello to create a vision board for an entire bucket list of life dreams. You too can use Trello cards with the right kind of visual cues for a vision board. And then use this Trello feature to remind yourself about the recurring steps you need to achieve them. Remember Your Goals Using Reminders A simple periodic reminder is always a powerful motivator....

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07:30

How to Track Data Usage for Individual Android Apps

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There’s a lot that you can do to stop your Android phone from eating up all your data, but one of the easiest places to start is to understand how each app you have installed uses data. Luckily, that information is very easy to find. (If you’re an iOS user, you can also find out how to track data usage of individual apps on iPhones and iPads.) Go to Settings > Data Usage to find out how much data each of your apps are using. Scroll down and you will be able to see data usage at a glance. The list is automatically...

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February 23 2017

19:30

Your Future Starts Now! Enter a New Tech Career With These Courses

Have you ever thought about jumping into a new career, perhaps one in the tech field? Well, right now, you can get a bunch of course bundles on MakeUseOf Deals for quite cheap. You can get into Machine Learning, Ethical Hacking, Deep Learning and AI, Front End Development, and DevOps. To make getting these courses even better, you can use the code LEARN50 at checkout to get half-off the original price. For example, The Complete Machine Learning Bundle would normally sell for $39, but you can get it for $19.50! Check out all the courses below, and get on the road to a...

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18:30

Facebook Is Now Inserting Ad Breaks Into Videos

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If you regularly watch videos on Facebook then prepare to see more adverts, because Facebook is now actively inserting ad breaks into the middle of videos. This applies to both on-demand videos and Facebook Live videos. In other words, there’s no escaping these ads. Facebook enjoys a huge userbase at this point, with at least 1.8 billion people within its grasp. That gives the social network the potential to make serious money, mainly from advertising. The problem is where to place these ads for maximum potential without annoying billions of people in the process… like on the Messenger homescreen, for...

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July 10 2015

02:30

Is It Time to Say Goodbye to the Disc and Other Physical Media?

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The way we consume media is changing rapidly. It wasn’t long ago that someone wanting to watch a movie had to run out to their favorite local store or movie rental place to grab a disc. If one wanted to listen to their favorite bands new album, a trip to the store to get a CD was required. Even video games on disc seem to be fading, with people buying games on Steam, and the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both offering the ability to buy games digitally. This all begs the question: is the disc going away? The infographic...

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July 09 2015

19:00

How to Play DVDs & Blu-Rays on Windows 10, Even Without a DVD Drive

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With the removal of Windows Media Center from Windows 8, and the pulling of support for the software in Windows 10, it has suddenly become more difficult to play DVD and Blu-ray discs on your computer. So what is the solution? Is there a way around the omission of this feature, or has Microsoft gone mad? Does Anyone Use Physical Media Anymore? Microsoft has based its decision on the changing requirements of desktop and notebook computer users. Simply, fewer devices are sold with built-in DVD drives, and those that are can usually be described as high-end desktop PCs with Blu-ray...

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18:00

Google Just Banned This Privacy Tool: How to Use Disconnect

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Google just banned the privacy app Disconnect from the Play Store, again. Disconnect can shield users against invisible tracking tools, while increasing consumer awareness on surreptitious data-collection methods. It also functions to some extent as an anti-malware tool. The Tor Browser’s developers thought enough of Disconnect to make it their default search engine. It’s as secure and private as anyone can expect. And it explains why they got banned. Google – or any large data companies – commoditize search data by analyzing, repacking, and then selling targeted ads to interested parties. Encryption and other privacy and security tools damage this...

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18:00

Get the Best Mileage from 9 Online Car Rental Sites

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I have never been a driver (no patience for the idiots on the road), but my wife drives, so we have had occasion every now and then to avail ourselves of a car rental service. From personal experience, it can be an overwhelming chore trying to figure out where to rent, which vehicle to rent, and which prices are the best. If Knight Enterprises offers you a black 1982 Pontiac Trams-Am, should you take them up on it? However, there are some online sites aiming to disrupt and shake up the car rental scene. Here are some of them, which will...

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17:00

How to Do More in a Day by Beating the Afternoon Office Slump

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Every office worker is familiar with that annoying post-lunch period. You’ve mentally switched off from work after your meal and you just can’t seem to restart your brain to crack on with the task at hand. Don’t strain yourself, let technology help you beat the afternoon slump. At the office, you can’t rely on tricks to beat the midday slump if you work alone, like taking a power nap. So Harvard Business Review (HBR) has a few good strategies to get your productivity juices flowing again, which can be made a lot easier if you rely on a few apps...

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16:00

The Best Health and Fitness Apps by Runtastic Put to the Test

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A lot of people like to take their smartphones with them to the gym, or they use their phones to bring the gym home. Either way, developers have rushed to provide us with as many fitness-related apps as they can muster. Once you dive in and start weeding through them, you will eventually come across Runtastic. When you do, you will then see that this Austrian company has produced a ton of apps. Are they any good? Definitely. What all do they do? Well, let’s run through them (no pun intended). Running & Fitness Runtastic Running & Fitness is the app...

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15:00

7 Tips for Switching from Mac to Windows

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The great debate between Mac and PC has been raging for decades and shows no signs of cooling any time soon. If you find yourself defecting from one side to the other, there are some things you’ll need to know to ensure the changes don’t get the better of you. Both operating systems have their advocates and their detractors, but the truth is that there are advantages and disadvantages on either side. Use these tips, and you’ll see more of the former and less of the latter. Use Ninite to Get Up and Running It can be difficult to adjust to...

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14:00

How do I unlock a Sprint iPhone 6?

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A Reader Asks: I have an iPhone 6 that’s locked to Sprint which was purchased after February 11th 2015. Will it unlock automatically or is there something I need to do? I bought it from a person who used to live in the United States and I’m from the Philippines. I’ve read that phones released after February 14, 2015 (Sprint) will be eligible for getting carrier (international) unlocked, but as I checked the status of the phone the phone was reported to be blacklisted, stolen or lost. I’ve checked various online sites that can teach me how to unlock my iPhone but it’s...

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