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February 27 2017

16:30

Google Assistant Is Coming to More Smartphones

Google is beginning to roll Google Assistant out to more smartphones. Unfortunately, the majority of Android handsets are not included in this initial rollout. However, seeing as Google Assistant was previously only available on the Google Pixel, this is still a vast improvement. Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana, and Amazon has Alexa. Judging by the popularity of these three entities, personal assistants powered by artificial intelligence are clearly all the rage. However, Google has been rather slow to capitalize on this trend. Google Now is, well, OK, Google, but it lacks that human element which makes the aforementioned stand...

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16:00

7 Easy Ways to Manage Your Podcast Collection

The popularity of podcasts seems to grow every day, and it’s no wonder really. There is a seemingly endless number of topics podcasts cover, whether it’s sports, entertainment, technology, or true crime. One of the frustrating things about podcasts, however, is that not all of them are available on the same platform. For example, you may like listening to podcasts on SoundCloud, but all of the shows you like may not be available on that platform. The key to fixing this problem is collecting your favorite podcasts in one place. This comes in handy if the podcasts you like listening...

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15:30

How to Make a Website: For Beginners

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Have you always wanted to make a website? Maybe you’ve read some of our HTML (understanding HTML) and CSS tutorials, but don’t know how to use those languages on a bigger project. Today I’ll be guiding you through the process of making a complete website from scratch. Don’t worry if this seems like a difficult task, I’ll guide you through it every step of the way. You will produce this website using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with a touch of jQuery (guide to jQuery). You won’t be doing anything really bleeding edge, so this code should work fairly well in...

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15:00

10 Mistakes You Must Avoid If You Want to Take Amazing Photos

As a newbie, photography can be overwhelming. It took me 18 months before I even began to feel comfortable with my shots, let alone feel confident that they were anything but utter rubbish. There’s a lot that goes into a good photo, and even skilled photographers can forget from time to time. Here are the most common and ruinous mistakes that will prevent you from taking photos that you can feel proud about. It doesn’t matter whether you’re hoping to build a photography career or just doing this as a hobby. You need to excise these mistakes as soon as...

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14:00

Google’s Most Interesting: Apps, Projects, and Services You Must Know About

Google has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a web 1.0 search engine. Not only has Google dominated the internet search market and its name become a verb, but Google also has a vast array of other products, services, and projects worth using. Unfortunately, they’re pretty bad at communicating what those works are. Following the creation of Alphabet in 2015, Google separated from some of their more outlandish projects and have turned their focus towards more consumer projects, many of which are exciting and starting to bear fruit — the kinds of projects that you may want to start...

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13:30

Everything You Need to Know About the New Nokia 3310

Nokia has launched a brand new version of the legendary 3310. This is the Nokia 3310 brought up to date for 2017, but with a heavy dose of nostalgia thrown in for good measure. To help you decide whether to buy one, here’s everything you need to know about the new Nokia 3310… In the middle of February we reported that the legendary Nokia 3310 was making a comeback. This was based on a rumor, albeit one from a trustworthy source. The rumor turned out to be true, and Nokia unveiled the new 3310 ahead of the Mobile World Congress...

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13:00

7 Superior Windows 10 Mail Features You Probably Didn’t Know About

There are lots of desktop email clients to choose from. We’ve taken an in-depth look at them elsewhere on the site. But for Windows 10 users, there is one app that’s often overlooked: the built-in Mail app. Does it deserve to be mentioned in the same conversation as more established software like Mailbird and eM Client? The answer is a resounding Yes! Here are seven amazing things you can do with the Mail app. If you think I’ve overlooked something, make sure you let me know in the comments. 1. Pin Inboxes to the Start Menu Like all good email...

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10:30

How to Disable Tab Preview in Microsoft Edge

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Last year, we outlined reasons for why you shouldn’t use Edge just yet. Things have changed since then and there are a surprising number of benefits to using Edge now — and no, I’m not being paid by Microsoft to say that. Trust me, Edge surprised me as much as anyone. Not long ago I took a challenge to use nothing but Edge for a month, and I have to say that the experience was more pleasant than I expected. Other than a few quirks, Edge does live up to the other major browsers. Plus, on my old laptop, it...

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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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