Meet Iris – The Android Alternative To Siri

Meet Iris – The Android Alternative To Siri

Communication with an artificial intelligence through voice commands has been the holy grail of sci-fi nuts since the “Library Computer Access and Retrieval System” was first sighted on Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was only with the launch of Google Voice Actions, about a year ago, that voice commands became a reality. Despite being […]

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Celebrate Halloween With Android Apps, Themes And Games

Celebrate Halloween With Android Apps, Themes And Games

Halloween is a great holiday for all to enjoy and what’s a better way to celebrate than to trick out your Android phone in full orange attire. For this article I have found a number of apps, themes, and games that transform your phone into a Halloween-themed device.

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A Complete Guide to Facebook Timeline

A Complete Guide to Facebook Timeline

Unless you were away for the past couple of weeks, you must have heard about Facebook launching its latest enhancement to the standard profile view, the Timeline. In short, Timeline, if you allow it, will be the new default view of your profile, allowing other users easy access to your past activity on Facebook. Once […]

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Android Widget Series: Agenda Widgets To Keep Your Life On Track [Part 3]

Android Widget Series: Agenda Widgets To Keep Your Life On Track [Part 3]

In my previous article of the Android Widget Series, I gave a few examples of clock widgets that help keep you on time. In this weeks article, I will give examples of a few different “agenda” widgets. These widgets either place calendars, to do lists, or a variety of other organisational tools on your home […]

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What You Need To Know About Facebook New Friend Lists Feature

What You Need To Know About Facebook New Friend Lists Feature

Facebook officially launched its improved Friend Lists feature today, making it easier than ever to view and share relevant content with the appropriate individuals. In this article I will highlight the main uses of Facebook’s newest feature.

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Android Widgets Series: Great List Of Clock Widgets To Help You Tell The Time [Part 2]

Android Widgets Series: Great List Of Clock Widgets To Help You Tell The Time [Part 2]

In my article last week, I provided examples of a number of Android widgets that help users monitor and toggle their settings (including WiFi, battery, brightness, data, gps, etc.). In this weeks installment of Android widgets, I will highlight a number of useful clock widgets that assist you in telling the time. Depending on which […]

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Great List of Android Widgets For Tweaking And Monitoring Your Device Settings [Part 1]

Great List of Android Widgets For Tweaking And Monitoring Your Device Settings [Part 1]

With the growth of apps, the various smartphone platforms are all becoming similar. What makes Google’s Android stands out from the rest is the ability to add “widgets” on the home screen and offer the user a unique experience. For those of you who are not sure what widget is, they are essentially interactive icons […]

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More Google Chrome Omnibox Tips and Tricks

More Google Chrome Omnibox Tips and Tricks

Shortly after Google Chrome launched, we came out with a guide outlining a few of its features and some useful tips and tricks. Now almost 3 years later, Chrome has grabbed a sizeable portion of the browser market share and has become the default browser for many users. During its growth, Chrome has matured greatly […]

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5 Android Video Players To Watch That Obscure Video

5 Android Video Players To Watch That Obscure Video

Android’s default video player is an efficient, but spartan app. It is simple to use, but it only plays a limited number of formats. Hence, most users will want to download a third-party app that fills in the gaps and plays those videos that the stock video app cannot handle. Additionally, third-party apps will also […]

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How to Export Facebook Events to Google Calendar

How to Export Facebook Events to Google Calendar

Facebook has become a really useful platform to organise parties and other events. Most, if not all, of your friends, family and acquaintances are on this social media platform, so organising an event simply involves filling in the relevant information and inviting people. Although Facebook is a great platform for creating parties and sending out […]

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How to Migrate Images from Facebook To Google Plus

How to Migrate Images from Facebook To Google Plus

Google+ (or Google Plus) is the hot new thing in social networking. Everyone and their little sister have been clamouring for invites to set up their account in this new playground. Unfortunately, users are having to start from scratch without any of their connections, posts or other media cultivated from other social media sites. For […]

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How To Make Ringtones From Your MP3 Files On Android Using Ringdroid

How To Make Ringtones From Your MP3 Files On Android Using Ringdroid

Smartphones have brought a lot of useful functionality to mobile devices and one of the less touted ones is the ability to have ringtones made directly from your MP3 music files. Unlike older generation phones which often had a preset limit of tunes, newer smartphones allow for a limitless number of audio files to act […]

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8 Apps For Android Lovers In Singapore

8 Apps For Android Lovers In Singapore

Let me preface this article by saying that unless you live in Singapore or plan on travelling to this fair island, what follows may not be particularly relevant to you. Nevertheless, the apps I am going to discuss are innovative concepts that could be implemented in any major city. Read on for 8 of my […]

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7 Gmail Gadgets Make Your Inbox More Useful

7 Gmail Gadgets Make Your Inbox More Useful

Gmail’s offering is one of the best available. Its simplicity coupled with its minimal interface make it a favorite amongst geeks and newbies alike. However, users need not feel constrained by Gmail’s simplistic interface as they can easily enable enhanced features provided by Google through “Google Labs” or from third-party sources through “Gadgets“. In this […]

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Sync And Listen To Your Music With Google Music Beta

Sync And Listen To Your Music With Google Music Beta

A few weeks ago, Google launched its eponymous music streaming and syncing service. Hot on the heels of Amazon’s Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, Google’s offering is minimal, fast and easy to use. In this article I will provide a quick walkthrough and my thoughts on the service.

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How To Add Files to Your Blog With Box.net

How To Add Files to Your Blog With Box.net

Today, most websites feature graphics, videos, images, tables, and all kinds of other data and files. Those on a budget may find it difficult to host files themselves. This is where services like Box.net come in. In this article, I will outline how you can embed a Box.net folder directly in your blog or website […]

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How To Add Share Buttons To Blogger

How To Add Share Buttons To Blogger

Simply writing blog posts are no longer enough. You must ensure that your content is easily shareable across all the major social media networks. To make this easier, Blogger has recently added a “share buttons” option. Adding these buttons to your Blogger blog is fairly straightforward. Navigate to your Blogger dashboard, select Design, follow by […]

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5 Alternative File Sharing Web Apps You Didn’t Know Of

5 Alternative File Sharing Web Apps You Didn’t Know Of

Sharing files over the internet has become very common in recent years. For smaller files (usually under 20MB) it is possible to simply attach it to an email, however larger files require special websites. In this article I have outlined 5 interesting file sharing services which offer something a little bit different.

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6 Alternative PDF Readers For Windows

6 Alternative PDF Readers For Windows

Files stored in PDF (Portable Document Format) provide a versatile method of transferring documents without losing formatting and other effects. The file format was originally created by Adobe, however since in recent years Adobe’s PDF reader has become bloated and difficult to use. In this article I will look at six free alternative PDF viewers.

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How To Set Up A Personalised Television Calendar

How To Set Up A Personalised Television Calendar

In the past, we have covered a number of methods of tracking and downloading television shows automatically and through the use of torrents and RSS feeds. Most of these methods either require downloading and installing cumbersome applications or are not portable and cannot be used on different devices. In fact, with tablets and smartphones becoming […]

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How To Track Page Views on Blogger Using Google Analytics

How To Track Page Views on Blogger Using Google Analytics

Keeping track of all my blogs and their page views is almost a full-time job. Luckily, there is always the Google Analytics that made things much simpler to deal with. Although Blogger has started offering its own analytics, these are not as comprehensive as those from Google Analytics. in this article, I outline how you […]

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6 Different Ways to Bypass The Paywall And Access Articles on NYTimes.com

6 Different Ways to Bypass The Paywall And Access Articles on NYTimes.com

From Monday 28 March 2011, popular print and online news organisation The New York Times has implemented a paywall. What this means is that the average non-paying user will only be able to view 20 articles a month on the NYTimes.com website. However, there are a number of ways of circumventing this limitation, some have […]

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How to Stream Media To Your Android Device With Skifta

How to Stream Media To Your Android Device With Skifta

I have a lot of music, videos, and pictures on my personal computer, but sometimes I am not at my desk and I still want to view my media content. Fortunately, I have an Android phone and with Skifta I can easily stream these files to my phone through a WiFi network.

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7 Useful Windows Desktop Gadgets

7 Useful Windows Desktop Gadgets

One of the most interesting features of Windows 7 is the ability to add “gadgets” to your desktop. These are small apps that help display information and allow you to interact with your computer without launching other programmes. In this article I will outline how these gadgets can be installed, used and will also highlight […]

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Find Related Apps on Android with Chomp

Find Related Apps on Android with Chomp

It has been said many times over, but it bears repeating: even with the numerous updates, the Android Market is still in shambles. It is difficult to find apps, it is difficult to rate apps and it can even be troublesome to install them and keep them all up-to-date. Fortunately, we overcame this frustration when […]

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Clean Your Computer With Magic Utilities 2011

Clean Your Computer With Magic Utilities 2011

Keeping a Windows installation clean, trimmed and running efficiently can be difficult. There are multiple tools that we have suggested in the past to help with tasks such as deleting unnecessary files, stopping unnecessary programs from starting at launch, and uninstalling unused programs. However, you have to use multiple programs to achieve all these tasks. […]

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9 Useful Twitter Tools To Do More Than Just Tweeting

9 Useful Twitter Tools To Do More Than Just Tweeting

The beauty of Twitter is that it is a simple platform for conveying complex information. You can use it to create mini-blog posts (at 140 characters they really are “mini”), you can share links or have conversations with friends, you can even use it to communicate with the rest of the world through voicemail! Most […]

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Read eBooks On Android Using Aldiko Book Reader

Read eBooks On Android Using Aldiko Book Reader

I generally do all my reading on my Kindle. However, sometimes I am averse to carrying something that does not fit into my pocket. So, I often end up reading a lot of eBooks on my Android device. While it is relatively easy to read text files and PDFs on most Android device, other formats […]

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5 Best μTorrent Apps

5 Best μTorrent Apps

μTorrent has been my BitTorrent client of choice for some time. The ease of using its RSS Feed manager and its small footprint makes downloading torrents a breeze. Recently, μTorrent has created their own App Studio to extend the functionality of the BitTorrent client. These apps function much like browser extensions, in that users can […]

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SMS Popup Notifies You When New Message Arrives [Android]

SMS Popup Notifies You When New Message Arrives [Android]

On Android, when a new message is received, a notification appears in the sliding panel showing the user the number and contents of the new message. While this is a handy way of displaying the message, it does not give you the immediacy of the iPhone’s pop-up notifications. Instead, you have to slide the panel […]

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Create Simple Static Websites With Orbs

Create Simple Static Websites With Orbs

If you want to create a website with a lot of articles, there are many blogging platforms (such as Blogger and WordPress) which will help you do so. However, sometimes you may just wish to create a static web site that displays a set of information. These types of web sites can be for personal […]

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Six Best Chrome Webapps For Your Daily Use

Six Best Chrome Webapps For Your Daily Use

Google recently launched the Chrome Web Store which stocks Chrome “webapps” as well as Chrome themes and extensions. These free and paid webapps allow you to extend the functionality of your Chrome browser by installing small third party programs within your browser. we have outlined the method of installing and uninstalling these webapps as well […]

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Easily Create Blog Posts On The Move With Posterous Android App

Easily Create Blog Posts On The Move With Posterous Android App

Posterous is a simple blogging platform that allows you to create short simple posts with an emphasis on rich media content. It is possible to post from the web interface, however Posterous has made it incredibly easy to create posts from your mobile phones by emailing text and media to your personalised  account. Therefore, it […]

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Android App Review: Google Reader

Android App Review: Google Reader

I have been an avid user of Google’s RSS reader for quite some time. Since I bought my smartphone, I was able to view my RSS feeds on the phone’s browser through Google Reader. Owning an Android phone means that I have become accustomed to using Google branded applications for most of the things I […]

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Sync Your Android Phone to Your Desktop: Android Manager WiFi

Sync Your Android Phone to Your Desktop: Android Manager WiFi

There are numerous ways of syncing your data from your phone to your computer or the cloud, however the easiest is often to automate it through your personal wireless network. This ensures that whenever your phone and computer are on the same network, all the data on your phone is automatically synced to your computer. […]

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Blogging on Windows Live Writer 2011 [Review]

Blogging on Windows Live Writer 2011 [Review]

From the first day that I’ve started blogging, I found that using the web interface for Blogger and WordPress is a cumbersome task. Although, most apps seem to be moving to the web, there are some things, such as blogging, that I still prefer to do on the desktop. I have been a fan of […]

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5 Best Kindle Tips and Tricks

5 Best Kindle Tips and Tricks

I bought an Amazon Kindle some time back and posted an article about some of the basic tips and tricks all Kindle users should know about. Having used the Kindle for a while it is clear that while it’s book reading functions take precedence, its creators decided to imbue it with a number of features […]

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Snippet: How to Print Files Remotely Using Dropbox

Snippet: How to Print Files Remotely Using Dropbox

HP and other manufacturers are gearing up to release a set of new printers that will allow the user to remotely print document. If you are using Dropbox you can have this same functionality now. Amit Agarwal at Digital Inspiration has written a simple VBS script that allows files uploaded to Dropbox to automatically print. […]

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Read SMS Messages On your Computer With TalkMyPhone [Android]

Read SMS Messages On your Computer With TalkMyPhone [Android]

My day is split between sitting in front of the computer and being on the move. While I am at my computer my HTC Magic (running Android 2.2) is comfortably charging in its dock. Unfortunately, this means that every time I receive a text message or other notification I have to remove the phone from […]

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Dropbox Android App Review

Dropbox Android App Review

In my previous Dropbox article, I highlighted that Dropbox had released apps for the Android, iOS and Blackberry platforms. These enabled Dropbox users to access their data while on the move. However, the apps, especially the Android one, was very much in its infancy and there were a lot of basic functions that it lacked. […]

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Tips and Tricks For Your Shiny New Kindle

Tips and Tricks For Your Shiny New Kindle

I am the proud owner of a brand new Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi (a.k.a. Kindle 3). This sleek graphite device is great when I want to read at home or on the move. The size and weight are just perfect and even after holding it for a few hours I can barely feel it resting on […]

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How to Style Up Your Quotes in Blogger

How to Style Up Your Quotes in Blogger

Virtually all blogging platforms, including Blogger, have the “quote text” function. This is useful when you want to highlight sections from other texts or where you need to highlight information from within your own article. Quoted text can be customised to look different from the main body of your article and these differences make it […]

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How To Change the Blogger Favicon

How To Change the Blogger Favicon

Although WordPress is one of the more powerful blogging platforms, I have always been a fan of Google’s Blogger. After creating my personal tech blog, TechComet, on Blogger, I realised that my blog lacked a professional touch as its favicon was set to the default Blogger logo: the white and orange “B”. If you want […]

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How to Control Your Computer With Your Android Phone

How to Control Your Computer With Your Android Phone

In my last article, I covered how to control VLC media player with your Android phone. While that is great for manipulating VLC, it cannot actually control anything else on your computer. Other similar Android apps such as TunesRemote are great for controlling iTunes, but are again limited to that one function. Sometimes you are […]

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How To Take Screenshots on your Android Phone (Rooted Phone Only)

How To Take Screenshots on your Android Phone (Rooted Phone Only)

Unlike the iPhone, there is no easy way for you to take screenshots of your Android phone. The only way is to install the Android SDK and run the ddms from there. However, if you have rooted your phone, this will be a different story. There are several useful apps in the marketplace that allow […]

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AppBrain: Easily Install Android Apps From Your Desktop Browser

AppBrain: Easily Install Android Apps From Your Desktop Browser

AppBrain is a powerful web-interface for installing any app onto your Android phone. Instead of navigating through the default Android Market app, you can browse the apps on the AppBrain website and install/uninstall from the comfort of your desktop. Since installing AppBrain and now Fast Web Installer I have completely stopped using the default Market application. […]

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Backup All Your Mobile Data With m:IQ

Backup All Your Mobile Data With m:IQ

We talk a lot about backing up on Make Tech Easier, but generally this is with respect to computers. Backing up mobile phones is still in its infancy as mobile internet has just recently started to become more ubiquitous. The two leading smartphone operating systems, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, both have some backup functions […]

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How To Play Multiplayer Games Over Garena

How To Play Multiplayer Games Over Garena

Multiplayer games over local area networks (LAN) took off once the “cybercafé” became ubiquitous. The ability to play games with friends opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for the casual and determined gamer. I personally, started playing computer games at cybercafés since 1999. At the time playing at home over the internet was […]

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