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7 Skill-Building Photography Exercises That Really Work

Despite how easy it looks, photography is hard, with three learning curves to conquer: the technical aspects of the camera, the theory of light and shadows, and the actual composition of a photo (sometimes called “seeing the shot”). That last part is the hardest thing for beginners to grasp. Composition has an artsy component that can’t be easily taught. It must be discovered by the photographer themselves. Fortunately, there are photography exercises that can help “devel

1 Apr 2020 11:30 pm
The 7 Best Free Fan-Made Super Mario Games to Play

It’s amazing how far gamers will go to show their love of a particular game. They’ll stay on top of gaming news, create playthrough videos for YouTube, and record entertaining gaming podcasts. However, there’s one set of gamers who are more committed to their hobby than any of these. And that’s the people who make fan games. Lots of franchises have passionate followings, but fans of Super Mario are a breed apart. They also seem particularly adept at coding. This means tha

1 Apr 2020 10:30 pm
You Can Now Watch Live TV for Free on Plex

Plex is giving away its Live TV feature for free for up to three months. Live TV is normally only available to Plex Pass subscribers, but for a limited time only, anyone with a free Plex account (plus a couple of other necessities) can watch Live TV without paying a penny. How to Watch Live TV for Free on Plex Given the coronavirus pandemic that is forcing people to work from home, lots of companies are doing what they can to help. And Plex is no exception, offering three months of Live TV for f

1 Apr 2020 4:00 am
Maxoak Bluetti 1500Wh Backup Solar Generator Review: Be Ready for Anything

Our verdict of the Maxoak Bluetti EB150:An affordable all-round great performing backup battery that stores an epic amount of energy. Combine with a solar panel or two (cable included) for complete electrical resiliency.1010I thought I’d never see the day that supermarket shelves are empty, but as recent events have demonstrated, our modern societies are more fragile than we’d like to believe. It’s more important than ever that you’re prepared for emergencies: whether tha

31 Mar 2020 6:00 pm
5 Linux Operating Systems That Offer Bleeding Edge Updates

The words “bleeding edge” suggest considerable risk. But a system that’s always improving and updating has its benefits. You might see gains in speed and security, for example. If you like that sort of thing (and are willing to take a bit of a risk), here are five of the most bleeding edge Linux distros for you to try. 1. Debian Sid The choice might be surprising, considering Debian’s reputation of being the opposite of bleeding edge Linux. And for good reason. Debian Sta

30 Mar 2020 9:30 pm
Where to Find the Netflix Download Folder on Windows 10

Netflix allows you to download movies and shows to watch offline with the Netflix app for Windows 10. But where is the Netflix download folder? Finding the location of your Netflix downloads is necessary to solve this puzzle. However, remember that Netflix doesn’t give you the option to change the download location. Also, the company doesn’t allow you to browse to the place where your downloads are saved. If your drive is filling up fast, you can manually move the downloads to anothe

30 Mar 2020 8:30 pm
The 10 Best Dark Comedies to Watch on Netflix

The world can be a dark place, full of violence, disease, and death. However, movies can be a wonderful escape from that. Dark comedies are especially good at this, since they make light of those subjects and find the hilarious in the bleak. Netflix is full of dark comedy films. And to help you decide what to watch, we’ve rounded up the best dark comedies on Netflix. These movies are full to the brim with gallows humor, sure to make you smile despite the serious themes. 1. The Lobster The

30 Mar 2020 7:30 pm
How to Remotely Access USB Storage With TeamViewer

Moving data from one computer to another is easy when you have USB storage, and even easier when you can access said storage remotely. TeamViewer is a simple solution that lets you grab files from external USB drives no matter where you are, whether you’re across the office or on the other side of the country. Let’s explore TeamViewer, what it can do, and how to use TeamViewer’s USB remote features to access an external drive from anywhere. What Is TeamViewer? TeamViewer is a h

30 Mar 2020 6:30 pm
Stay Fit at Home With These 5 Free Workout Apps & Exercise Tips

You don’t need to go to the gym or jog around the park to maintain your fitness. These stay-at-home workouts keep you healthy while being indoors, without any fancy equipment. When you are forced to not move out, you don’t need to stop moving around. In fact, health officials say that staying fit and healthy will ensure your immune system can better fight any virus. It’s in your best interest to regularly exercise even at home. Trainers, celebrities, and tech geeks are making a

28 Mar 2020 10:00 am
Which iPad Should You Buy? Find the Best iPad for You

When the iPad first launched in 2010, there was only one model available. Now, there are five different iPad models to choose from, each with their own benefits and drawbacks to consider. What makes the iPad Pro different to the iPad Air? Which is the most affordable iPad? Which iPad should you buy? Let’s take a look at the lineup and help you find the best iPad for you. Best iPad Overall: iPad Air iPad Air iPad Air Buy Now On Amazon $361.55 The iPad Air is the Apple tablet with the broade

27 Mar 2020 9:30 pm
The 7 Best eCard Makers for Your Own Personalized Greeting Cards

In the current era, where most of our correspondence is digital, it makes sense that cards have also made the jump online. Now, whether you’re sending a card to someone across the world or you just remembered someone’s birthday is today, you can send a card to anyone at any time. Here are the best ecard maker websites for that special occasion. 1. Adobe Spark Adobe Spark is an in-depth online media creator. You can use Spark for a lot more than just greeting cards; it’s also pe

27 Mar 2020 8:30 pm
Anchor Makes It Easier to Record Podcasts With Friends

There has never been a better time to start a podcast. With many countries in lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19, recording a podcast is a more productive use of your time than watching Netflix 24/7. And Anchor wants to help you get started podcasting. Everyone either already has a podcast, or has ambitions to start one. However, talking into a microphone by yourself isn’t as much fun as chatting with friends. Which is where Anchor’s Record With Friends 2.0 comes in, making remot

27 Mar 2020 3:00 am
How to Win at Facebook: 50+ Tips and Tricks You Should Know

Have you been using Facebook wrong this whole time? With these tips and tricks, you can unlock the full power of Facebook and make it work wonders for you. Facebook has made all kinds of headlines for its controversial practices, yet people all over the world still use it. It’s hard to get by without Facebook when everyone you know uses it, so we don’t blame you if you haven’t jumped ship yet. If you’ve decided that you’re still going to use Facebook, make sure you&

27 Mar 2020 2:30 am
The 8 Best Online Shopping Sites for Cheap Electronics

If you’re prepared to shop around, you can almost always save money on whatever you want to purchase.It’s no different with electronics. If you want to find cheap electronics and tech, you should check out these eight websites and online electronic stores. 1. TechBargains Sometimes, it’s hard to know whether you’re truly getting a good deal on something. There are just too many sites to check; you’ll never know if you missed a lower price. If you’re looking fo

25 Mar 2020 9:30 pm
Clean Up Bad iPhone Photos With These 4 Decluttering Apps

If you’re snap-happy, organizing your iPhone’s camera roll can become tedious. Two tasks are especially so: comparing similar photos to select the best of the bunch, and weeding out bad photos. Why not let a smart app make these chores quick and easy for you? Pick an iPhone photo decluttering app from the list below. Before We Begin… You should note a few important points before proceeding: Keep in mind that deleted photos end up in the Recently Deleted folder of the Photos app

25 Mar 2020 8:30 pm
Nextdoors Help Map Helps You Help Neighbors

Nextdoor has launched two new features which could prove invaluable during the COVID-19 crisis we’re currently living through. Help Map lets you volunteer to help your neighbors in need, while Nextdoor Groups allows you to create groups with like-minded individuals. For the uninitiated, Nextdoor is a social network focused on local connections. It lets you connect with your neighbors, giving you a hub to share information, organize events, and recommend tradespeople. And it’s proving

25 Mar 2020 3:00 am
The Raspberry Pi Hub: 45+ Tips, Tricks, Tutorials, and Guides

We have all the tips, tricks, tutorials, and guides you’ll need to become a full-fledged master of the Raspberry Pi. Newbies and veterans, welcome! The Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer, a fancy term for any tiny-yet-fully-operational computer that’s built on a single circuit board. It can do everything that a normal computer can—such as run software, connect to the internet, control USB devices, and more—although the computing power and speed of a Raspberry Pi fall

25 Mar 2020 2:30 am
The 5 Best Powerline Adapters for Your Home Network

Powerline adapters are truly wonderful. Wi-Fi frees us to walk around with our devices, but sometimes you need the stability of a wired connection. That’s tricky if your router is at the opposite end of your house. Instead of running a 100-ft Ethernet cable from one end to the other, consider using powerline adapters. Powerline adapters plug into regular electrical outlets and use electrical wiring to transmit network traffic. Sounds magical, right? But what are the best powerline adapters

25 Mar 2020 1:30 am
11 Adult Animated Shows to Watch on Netflix

While adult cartoons, or animated shows for adults, used to be limited to a few specialized networks and channels, the genre has grown massively. Thanks in part to Netflix’s original adult cartoons and popular anime series. The upshot being that there’s now no shortage of content to choose from. But how do you know which adult animated shows are worth watching? We’re here to help, with the best adult cartoons on Netflix… The Appeal of Animated TV Shows for Adults While an

25 Mar 2020 12:30 am
Does Windows 10 Freeze Your Computer? Try This!

Windows 10 should run smoothly for most people, but there are times when Windows 10 can freeze or lock up your system. Sitting there while your computer hangs is frustrating and you shouldn’t have to deal with it. Whether your computer is freezing after installing Windows 10 or one of its updates, or if it’s just suddenly starting locking up, we’re going to provide various steps to stop Windows 10 freezes. 1. Free Up Storage Space Your computer can slow down if your drive is ne

23 Mar 2020 8:30 pm
How Does Private Internet Access Protect Your Online Activity?

Is Private Internet Access as good as its reputation? We put this VPN to the test to find out if you should use it.Read the full article: How Does Private Internet Access Protect Your Online Activity?

23 Mar 2020 8:00 pm
The 7 Best Apps and Sites to Check Air Quality Anywhere

The air you breathe every day is more toxic than ever as pollution levels continue to rise across the globe. Whether you’re going out for a run or leaving for work, it’s wise to keep tabs on your neighborhood’s air quality so you can take precautions if needed. Here are the best air quality apps and services that will help you, whether you’re on your computer or phone. How Is Air Quality Measured? Several factors determine an area’s air quality. Together, those elem

23 Mar 2020 7:30 pm
How to Partition Your External Time Machine Hard Drive

Now that almost every Mac ships with a speedy solid-state drive, many of us have learned to live with smaller storage capacities in our computers. At the same time, external hard drives are cheaper than ever. That means it’s easy to get yourself an external drive big enough to partition for both Time Machine backups and external storage. If you plan to use a drive for both of these purposes, there are a couple of points you need to know first. We’ve explained everything below, includ

23 Mar 2020 6:30 pm
The 5 Best Free Apps to Check Disk Space Storage on Mac

If your Mac is running low on disk space or you’ve seen that scary “startup disk is full” message, you know it can be frustrating to free up storage. To deal with this problem, many people resort to external drives and juggle their files continuously between the disks. While you can manually track available storage space, we’ll show you how to check disk space on a Mac using some disk analyzer apps. They offer unique visual experiences and let you take actionable steps to

20 Mar 2020 10:30 pm
HMD Global Unveils Future-proof 5G Nokia Smartphones

During these uncertain times, it’s important to look toward the future. Despite the world-wide disruption, HMD Global—the company behind the recent Nokia revival—has unveiled a series of 5G capable Android smartphones that are designed to operate on 5G network bands across the world. Here’s what we’ve got to look forward to. Nokia 8.3 5G The Nokia 8.3 5G is the flagship device of the recent announcement. According to HMD Global, the smartphone is designed to be futu

20 Mar 2020 10:00 pm
How to Fix iMessage Not Delivered on Your iPhone

Why is iMessage not delivering? There are few problems as annoying as when an iMessage doesn’t say Delivered. Often, it fails to show the Not Delivered message either. This can affect multiple contacts or one specific person. It’s more infuriating when the message says Delivered but the recipient didn’t actually receive it. Here are a few tricks to try when your iMessage is not being delivered properly. What Does “Delivered” Mean on iMessage? We need to first differ

20 Mar 2020 9:30 pm
MacBook Air Overheating? 6 Tips and Tricks to Cool It Down

You might think your MacBook or MacBook Air is overheating if it sounds like a hairdryer and feels like a grill. Usually, the fans are working hard to stop your Mac from getting too hot. But if they fail, your computer might shut down unexpectedly. There are lots of tricks you can use to stop your MacBook Air from overheating. For our purposes, “overheating” means being very hot to touch, but still operational. That way, you don’t need to wait for your MacBook to turn itself of

20 Mar 2020 8:30 pm
How to Conquer Your Inbox: Tips for Email Productivity and Security

We have all the tips, tricks, and tutorials you’ll need to master your inbox and overcome stress. Keep reading to effortlessly level up your productivity and security with email. We’re well into the 21st century, yet email is still engrained in daily life. No matter how much you might want to, you just can’t escape email. It’s here to stay—and if you feel like email causes you undue stress, then it’s time to do something about it! Fortunately, we have decades

20 Mar 2020 2:30 am
You Can Now Use Scribd Free for 30 Days

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Scribd is opening its virtual doors to everyone. This means that you can use Scribd free for 30 days. And Scribd isn’t even asking for your credit card details, so there’s zero chance of the company taking your money by accident. Self-Isolating Due to COVID-19 The coronavirus pandemic, which causes COVID-19, is making thousands of people sick around the world. In the most extreme cases, people are dying from the illness. And the best advice is to

20 Mar 2020 2:00 am
The 4 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers

Everyone loves music, right? So it’s always nice to have access to it, no matter where you are. Obviously, you can get away with wearing a pair of wireless headphones to get your fix. (What to know when buying wireless in-ear headphones!) But that isn’t really in the spirit of sharing. If you want to be a bit more social, what you need is a portable Bluetooth speaker. There are thousands of portable Bluetooth speakers on the market, so choosing the best one for your needs can prove a

20 Mar 2020 1:30 am
23 Operating Systems That Run on Your Raspberry Pi

Costing just $40, the Raspberry Pi is cheap, versatile, and relatively powerful in a way its competitors are not. While most projects can be achieved with Raspbian, the Debian Linux fork, this Raspberry PI OS isn’t the only option. So many other operating systems can run on a Raspberry Pi. Just make sure you’ve got a monitor, mouse, and keyboard to hand before you boot it up, and a fast microSD card to run your operating system of choice. The Best Raspberry Pi Desktop Operating Syste

20 Mar 2020 12:30 am
The 5 Best Linux Distros for Artists, Musicians, and Editors

Installing a single video editor or drawing package is easy enough, but what if you need an entire operating system geared towards creativity? You might be happy with proprietary systems from Apple or Microsoft. But if you’re on a budget, are passionate about open source software, or just want the widest choice, consider Linux. Countless image editors, manipulation tools, digital audio workstations (DAWs) and more are available for Linux, making it a creative paradise. Let’s look at

18 Mar 2020 8:30 pm
Ext4 vs. Btrfs: Which Linux File System Should You Use?

Quite honestly, not enough people consider which file system to use for their computers. Windows and macOS users have little reason to look, since they really have only one choice for their system—NTFS and HFS+, respectively. Linux, on the other hand, has plenty of different file system options, with the current default being the Fourth Extended Filesystem (ext4). There’s an ongoing push to change the default file system to the B-Tree File System (btrfs). But is btrfs better, and whe

18 Mar 2020 7:30 pm
How to View or Recover Your Microsoft Outlook Password

Microsoft Outlook is one of the most popular email clients around. It regularly ranks among the top email client options, only beaten out by Apple’s integrated mail solution and Gmail. Most people use Outlook at some time, through business, work, school, or otherwise. Given the millions of users, it’s understandable that at some point, someone will forget their Outlook password. In those moments, you want a tool that can recover an Outlook password, leaving your data intact. Thankful

18 Mar 2020 6:30 pm
Make it Through Self Isolation and Remote Working

Stuck at home in self-isolation? Restricted to remote working as a precaution? Whatever your situation, we’ve pulled together a collection of the best tips and tricks to help you maximise production and make the most of your time locked up at home. Really Useful Podcast Season 5 Episode 7 Shownotes We take a look at some ways big tech has been helping Joe Public cope with COVID-19 coronavirus: Use your gaming PC to fight COVID-19 Disney+ releases Frozen 2 early MSI offers warranty extensio

18 Mar 2020 10:00 am
Font-Pairing Strategies and Tools for Perfect Font Combinations

Your choice of fonts sets the tone for how your document, website, or other design looks. Is it fun and friendly, slick and creative, or serious and formal? As a general rule you’ll want to use two or three fonts in your project. But how do you know which to choose, and what font pairs go well together? In this article, we’ll discuss font-pairing strategies and tools that will help you find the perfect font combinations to use in your project. A Typography Primer There are terms we u

17 Mar 2020 10:30 pm
Windows 10 Now Powers 1 Billion Devices

Windows 10 now powers more than 1 billion devices worldwide. This includes PCs, laptops, tablets, Xbox One games consoles, and HoloLens smart glasses. And while it may have taken Microsoft longer to hit the 1 billion milestone than planned, it’s still an achievement. How Windows Phone Failed Microsoft Just before Microsoft launched Windows 10 in July 2015, the company declared that it was hoping to have Windows 10 installed on 1 billion devices “within two to three years after launch

17 Mar 2020 5:00 am
Future-Proof Your Career With This FREE Ebook (Worth $16)

A lifelong career doesn’t exist anymore. In fact, “People entering the workforce today will have an estimated 17 employers and five careers in their lifetimes—and already many existing roles are being automated away, with many more to follow”. These trends mean that more and more people will enter the freelancing world or the gig-work economy. This comes with certain freedoms. But it also brings its own challenges. Given that no profession or industry is immune to these t

14 Mar 2020 4:30 pm
Understanding Intels Laptop CPU Models: What the Numbers and Letters Mean

Modern computer processors (CPUs) are complex pieces of technology, and that shows no sign of changing. The complexity of a CPU brings a challenge to manufacturers, like Intel. Making great hardware is one thing. Making it easy to understand is another. Intel and other hardware manufacturers work hard to simplify CPU specs and performance. You’ll find a series of numbers and letters attached to each CPU product, such as the Intel Core i9-9980HK. All of these numbers and letters mean someth

13 Mar 2020 8:30 pm
Why xVideoServiceThief Is the Ultimate Download Manager for Online Videos

Have you ever stumbled across an online video you’d love to download and add to your collection? Perhaps it’s a video of your favorite recipe, a clip of a particularly daft dog doing something silly, or a how-to guide for a tech issue you’ve been struggling with. Whatever the reason, it’s easy to grab a copy for all eternity if you use one simple tool: xVideoServiceThief. xVideoServiceThief is an open-source video downloader that has been around for many years. With versi

13 Mar 2020 6:30 pm
You Can Now Enable Dark Mode on Google Play

The Google Play Store app now has its own dark mode, and it’s available on all but the oldest Android handsets. This means that you can now enable the dark mode on Google Play, and never again be overwhelmed with that oh-so-bright white background. Older Androids Get Google Play’s Dark Theme Google first launched a dark theme for the Google Play Store in October 2019. However, it was only available on Android 10. Now, as announced in a tweet, Google Play’s dark mode is “n

12 Mar 2020 11:00 pm
10 Game Servers You Can Run on a Raspberry Pi

Gaming on the Raspberry Pi is surprisingly multi-faceted, supporting both native and emulated games. But what if you wanted something more impressive, yet game-related, from the device? Well, how about setting it up as a game server? Just imagine, hosting LAN parties wherever you are, thanks to the pocket-sized Raspberry Pi! All you need to do is ensure you have an Ethernet cable, a suitable power adapter and game server software. Here are 10 games that you can host on your Raspberry Pi game ser

10 Mar 2020 9:30 pm
Colorblind Windows Users: Try This Trick to Better Distinguish Colors

Windows 10 offers a bundle of accessibility features that make the OS easier to use for people with various kinds of disabilities. One of these is the Windows 10 colorblind mode, which allows you to adjust the on-screen colors for several different types of color blindness. If you have deuteranopia or protanopia (the two types of red-green color blindness) or tritanopia (blue-yellow color blindness), here’s how to enable a colorblind mode in Windows 10 and make colors easier to distinguish

10 Mar 2020 8:30 pm
Learn Full-Stack Development From the Best Coding Instructors in the World

With thousands of new websites and apps launching every day, there has never been a better time to start a career in code. Full-stack developers are some of the best paid programmers, with experienced pros earning up to $113k. The 2020 Learn to Code Full Stack Developer Certification Bundle helps you join this elite group, with 50 hours of training from top instructors including Rob Percival and John Elder. You can get the bundle now for $38.99 at MakeUseOf Deals. Learn to Code To call yourself

10 Mar 2020 11:00 am
Is Startpage Legit? Heres Everything You Need to Know

Is Startpage search engine legitimate? It’s one of the best proxy search engines on the web. However, like any online service, it has both advantages and disadvantages from a privacy and security standpoint. Let’s break down the good and bad about Startpage. Is Startpage Legit? The Good We’ll start our mini Startpage review with some of the search engine’s positive aspects. 1. Startpage Does Not Keep Logs Startpage claims to be the world’s most private search engine

10 Mar 2020 1:30 am
The 4 Most Secure Cloud Storage Services

Secure cloud storage is undeniably convenient and useful. Being able to access files from any device makes collaboration a breeze. Rather than backing everything up to a USB stick, your data seamlessly sync to the cloud. However, traditional mainstream cloud storage providers trade convenience for your privacy. Many of these services are either entirely free or offer free tiers. As we’ve come to learn, though, nothing is really free; we pay with our data. If you want the convenience and be

10 Mar 2020 12:30 am
The 8 Cheapest Phone Plans With Unlimited Everything

Picking an affordable phone plan with unlimited calling, texting, and data can be pretty overwhelming. Each mobile carrier—whether prepaid or postpaid—offers additional perks from Netflix subscriptions to mobile hotspots. While unlimited calls and texts really are unlimited, data is more complicated. Most carriers throttle your data after you pass a certain threshold. Let’s take a look at different unlimited phone plans and how they compare. Prepaid Unlimited Plans for Phones P

5 Mar 2020 9:30 pm
VirtualBoxs Guest Additions: What They Are and How to Install Them

When working in VirtualBox, you may have seen a prompt or noticed a reference to Guest Additions. But what are Guest Additions, and should you use them? Let’s take a look at what VirtualBox’s Guest Additions do, why you should install them, and how to activate them. What Are Guest Additions in VirtualBox? The VirtualBox Guest Additions are extra pieces of software, included with your copy of VirtualBox, that enable better performance and functionality in virtual machines. You install

5 Mar 2020 8:30 pm
Anyone Can Create a Professional Website in Minutes With Page Builder Pro

According to freelance marketplace 99designs, hiring a professional designer to create a website can cost anything from $500 to over $5,000. If you run a small business, your budget might not stretch that far. Page Builder Pro offers an affordable alternative. This online platform allows you to build a stunning website using simple drag-and-drop controls. Right now, you can get lifetime service for just $49.99 at MakeUseOf Deals. Zero Code Unless you happen to be a designer, coding a website fro

5 Mar 2020 11:00 am
How to Install a VPN Client on Ubuntu Linux

Encrypting your internet use on Linux makes sense, but it isn’t necessarily as straightforward as on Windows, macOS, or mobile devices. Not all VPN services offer Linux clients—so what can you do? As the most popular family of Linux distros, we’re going to look at how to install a VPN on Ubuntu. The screenshots use the main Ubuntu version (19.10), although the same steps should work (or be closely approximated) in alternative Ubuntu versions and downstream builds, such as Lubun

5 Mar 2020 2:30 am