Posts by Category: Cool Web Apps & Sites

Cool web services and sites we really like.

Cool Web Apps & Sites January 15, 2008 posted by

Collablog – start your own blogging community for free

Collablog. Got some spare web server space lying around? Fancy yourself as a bit of a blog network mogul? Or a mega-blog community owner? Then download either version of this freeware package and give it a go. From the sparcity of the site it looks like early days, but the two packages seem fully equipped with everything you need to set up a new Metafilter or TypePad type service. Free for non-commercial use, but there are no terms for commercial use…


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Awesome January 14, 2008 posted by

CoveritLive – superb service lets you blog live from anywhere with a net connection and browser

CoveritLive. Ever wanted to do a live blog of an event but didn’t know how? Well now you can with this brilliant new service from Canada. Just sign up for a free account and you will instantly have the power to blog about any event anywhere, anytime as long as you have a net connection and a web browser to hand. You’ll need to cart a laptop around with you of course. I did try it out on a Nokia…


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Bookmark This! January 10, 2008 posted by

ClayValet – personal online shopping service delivered by…gasp… real people

ClayValet is a bit of an anomaly in this digital mechanised age. A real human shopping service. You register and post your request, they find a human to search for the product you want. They send you an email with the suggestion, complete with relevant reviews and alternative pricing. It’s got a nice feel to it, especially for gift buying, but we’re wondering where they’ll go with this as it scales? How do they make money for instance? Ah well,…


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Bookmark This! January 3, 2008 posted by

Free Music Zilla – free music downloads from social music sites like Imeem and Last.fm

Free Music Zilla is a neat new free music download tool which lets you grab tracks to your hard disk from social music sites like Pandora, Last.fm, Imeem and MySpace. Suddenly music sharing becomes all trendy wendy again. Download and install the software, then fire it up, surf to the music site of your choice and the program will automagically download the tracks you listen to (max of 10 tracks a day for this free version). The file saves in a Flash…


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Bookmark This! December 31, 2007 posted by

Rondee – free phone conferencing done with much coolness

Rondee is a very cool new telephone conferencing service which offers a super simple interface and instant conference calls between multiple users. There’s a nice slick scheduling feature which automatically emails the attendees with conference timings, as well as a simple user ID system. It’s unfortunately US only at the moment, but still a great example of the genre.    Rondee was started because existing teleconferencing systems either charge high fees or aren’t easy to use # Besides being free, Rondee…


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Bookmark This! December 20, 2007 posted by

Summize – delivering public opinion on products for shoppers

Summize is an interesting new site which trawls the web sucking up reviews, opinions and reports on products which are then delivered as a simple set of icons and gradings. The aim is to remove the chore of hunting for product reviews and give a fast snapshot of public opinion on a product or service. The summaries are based on a simple colour coded chart icon which shows at a glance how users rated a product on sites like Amazon,…


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Bookmark This! December 14, 2007 posted by

Track the Pack – track all your parcels from one place

Track the Pack. Now you can track the progress of your parcel shipments from one single online location. All wrapped up in lovely, swish Web 2.0 juice and minimalism. The site, not your parcel. D’oh!  TrackThePack is way for you to not only keep a handy list of the various tracking numbers you may have, but also is a lovely way for you to actually track all of your packages in one place! Yep, TrackThePack ties in directly with your…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites December 12, 2007 posted by

Qik – stream videos direct from your mobile phone to the web

Qik. Fascinating new service which lets you stream video directly from your mobile phone to the Web. You download a small software applet onto your handset and from then on you’re a one-person, roaming live camcorder, and better still all streams are recorded to your own personal archive on the site. Neat concept and an inevitable result of the improvement in mobile data bandwidth. Currently very much in private beta, and only supports a small set of Nokia phones. Oh and…


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Bizarre December 12, 2007 posted by

Sleep FM – the first social network powered alarm clock

Sleep FM. A new beta service which offers a twist on the old online alarm clock theme. Instead of relying on a basic alarm, you can set the service so that your friends and family can wake you up every morning with a custom voice or music audio track. You leave the computer on over night and the next morning you’re woken up by the sound of your daughter saying ‘Daddy I love you…’ or your best mates screaming obscenities from the speaker. It sounds a…


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Bookmark This! December 7, 2007 posted by

World TV – superb idea brings together video content and user creativity

World TV. Register and you can set up your own television channel, comprised of whatever video clips you want from around the web’s main video sites like YouTube, Metacafe, iFilm, AOL and the like. I have to say I love the idea and the implementation. The concept of pulling in videos onto your own space (you get a simple channel URL as part of the sign up) and wrapping it all in a super friendly skin is great. Sure it’s not revolutionary,…


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Bookmark This! December 4, 2007 posted by

How Do I? – a perfectly formed instructional video search service

How Do I? is a fabulously simple idea done beautifully. Put in a search term for something you want to learn about (e.g. how do I make scrambled eggs?) and the site will do a Google search of all the relevant video sites for instructional material on your request. It’s lovely, and in fact I dig it so much I’ve added it to the bottom of my sidebar over on the right. I can see myself using this in future, when…


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Bookmark This! December 4, 2007 posted by

Anywhere FM – the web browser as your iPod, upload and enjoy anywhere

AnywhereFM is a new music player and upload service which lets you listen to your music anywhere you can log on to the Web. It comes with a neat file upload utility which offers batch folder or playlist uploads, and ticks the box on a bunch of trendy ‘social’ features like Friend Radio and the mandatory community that mark it out as a proper Web 2.0 type thang. Yeah it’s not revolutionary, but it’s got a bit of style going for it….


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Bookmark This! December 3, 2007 posted by

Omgili Product Reviews – suddenly product reviews get people powered

The new Omgili Product Reviews service searches the web for product reviews and user opinions from catalogue pages such as Amazon reviews, bulletin boards, forums and other conversation sources. We covered Omgili fleetingly but favourably back in August last year, so it’s good to see this web forum search engine roll out something so cool. The good points include the excellent ratings graphic (miserable to excellent) which gives a super fast overview of a product’s review position. This really makes it easy to…


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cool tech December 3, 2007 posted by

Google Sites – new Google collaboration tool promises amazing feature set

So there’s a new Google application due next year called Google Sites, which will be an extended amalgam of the Google Pages web site creator and JotSpot, the wiki app that Google bought a while back. This is interesting from a lot of angles, not least of which is the fact that it potentially introduces real Web 2.0 user generated functionality to business applications properly for the first time ever. One thing I will add is that JotSpot was the only…


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