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Why You Should Bite The Bullet And Signup For Spotify

Why You Should Bite The Bullet And Signup For Spotify

I find it surprising that no-one has yet stepped up to the plate to post a review of the magic that is Spotify here on MakeTechEasier. This application has truly revolutionized the way that I consume music, and I only see things getting better. For anyone who has been living under a rock, Spotify is […]

Wuala: An Alternative To Dropbox With Security In Mind

Wuala: An Alternative To Dropbox With Security In Mind

Update: Wuala is shutting down and won’t be available after 15 November 2015. We don’t recommend this service anymore. Dropbox is great, but it is not the best. While we love Dropbox for its versatility and cross-platform compatibility, we also hate it for its inability to secure files in the cloud. We have to either […]

How to Get Your Work Done Using Pomodoro Technique

How to Get Your Work Done Using Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro is a technique of time management developed by Francesco. By using Pomodoro, you can manage your time easily on the computer. The basic form of pomodoro technique works like this: You choose a task that is to be accomplished in a certain time Set the Pomodoro timer to 25 minutes. Work on the […]

How to Easily Write and Publish eBooks With Sigil

How to Easily Write and Publish eBooks With Sigil

With the growing popularity of ebook readers like the Kindle and iPad, more and more people are reading on a screen rather than from printed books. And more and more authors are getting into the act. Why not you? Maybe you’re a budding author who wants to self publish. Or maybe you’re a software developer […]

How to Create Tilt Shift Effect in Gimp

How to Create Tilt Shift Effect in Gimp

This isn’t something you’ll often do for work or a real project, but it’s fun and it can look cool. Tilt shifting a photo is something that can be done by expensive fancy camera equipment or, fortunately for us, free software. The idea is that when you take a photo of small scale objects like […]

5 Great Alternatives To Microsoft Outlook

5 Great Alternatives To Microsoft Outlook

In term of email client, Microsoft Outlook is the most popular one around. It is widely used in both home and office because of its deep integration with Microsoft Office suite, Microsoft Windows and of course, Microsoft Exchange. However, being popular doesn’t mean it is the best. There are several alternative email clients that have […]

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.

How to Take A Remote Screenshots on Your Mac

How to Take A Remote Screenshots on Your Mac

There are a lot of reasons why you might want to be able to make a remote screenshot of your Mac. Maybe, you let your children use your computer while you are away at work and you want to know what websites they are surfing. Maybe, you have a small business and you want to […]

8 Of The Coolest Brushes For The Gimp

8 Of The Coolest Brushes For The Gimp

Like almost any piece of software with rudimentary drawing capability, Gimp includes simple brushes like squares, circles, and fuzzy circles. While they get you by for many basic needs, there’s a lot more you can do. Everything from flowers and vines to flames and bubbles can be created by brushes, and today we’re going to […]

A Beginners Guide to Sketchbook Express

A Beginners Guide to Sketchbook Express

Let’s be honest. When we think about free drawing image programs, two things come to mind: the free options that are too basic to be of much use and the professional grade tools that are just too expensive or too complex to be practical for the day to day use (I am looking at you, […]

DexOS – The Tiny Toy OS That Runs Like a Game Console

DexOS – The Tiny Toy OS That Runs Like a Game Console

Most of the time at MTE, we focus on tutorials, reviews, and other practical applications of modern technology. Occasionally, however, some neat new toy pops up that we’ve just got to share. Such is DexOS, and if you’ve got an affinity for custom operating systems or new ways of computing, you might enjoy tinkering with […]

ISO Workshop: Extract, Backup, Convert, and Burn ISO files

ISO Workshop: Extract, Backup, Convert, and Burn ISO files

ISO is a popular format for disc image files. These files act like an actual CD/DVD when mounted through a virtual drive program. People new to the ISO format often have trouble working with the files. This is mostly because the programs meant to handle ISO files are too complicated for the average computer user. […]

How to Colorize Black And White Photos with Gimp

How to Colorize Black And White Photos with Gimp

Ever come across an old family photo that would really look great if it had some color? Or perhaps you found a gorgeous wallpaper online but the monochromatic color scheme just doesn’t fit with the desktop of your dreams. Thanks to modern photo editing programs like the Gimp, this process is a lot easier than […]

Free Studio: One Multi-Purpose Converter To Rule Them All

Free Studio: One Multi-Purpose Converter To Rule Them All

We convert media types from one format to another nearly every day. Whether we are about to transfer a song to our portable media player, upload a video to YouTube, or size down an image by changing its format, we have to go through a format conversion process. Usually for different types of media conversions, […]

How to Format Your Book for the Kindle

How to Format Your Book for the Kindle

Some time ago, MakeTechEasier gave you an extensive 3-part guide to formatting a book using OpenOffice.org. That guide was specifically oriented toward print publications, and while it may be sufficient for PDF ebooks, formatting a book for Amazon’s Kindle e-reader takes a little more attention and care. Generally speaking, a Kindle book is just HTML and […]

Batch Image Processing the Easy Way with Phatch

Batch Image Processing the Easy Way with Phatch

Have a bunch of photos you need to shrink? Or watermark? Or tag? Maybe add some shadows, round some corners, or stick your blog’s address into the corner? We’ve covered batch image processing a little bit before, but for the serious image processor, GIMP might not be enough. For that, we’ve got Phatch – a […]

12 Thunderbird Addons You Shouldn’t Be Without

12 Thunderbird Addons You Shouldn’t Be Without

I have seen many people and companies shy away from Microsoft products recently. Whether they are moving to a Mac or just want to save costs initially. There are a host of freeware products out there to fit your needs. One of the most common applications people look for is a desktop email application. Thunderbird […]

Use Your Webcam With Multiple Programs Simultaneously

Use Your Webcam With Multiple Programs Simultaneously

Do you love to video chat with friends? Do you spend a good amount of time chatting with random strangers at omegle.com, Skype or other free internet chat rooms that support video chatting ? If yes, then ManyCam is a brilliant webcam application which you will love using. ManyCam lets you use your webcam with […]