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Cool web services and sites we really like.

Cool Web Apps & Sites November 30, 2007 posted by

Electric Pig – new tech review portal snorts into life

Electric Pig is a brand spanking – Caution Wet Paint – new consumer tech review portal. Think of it as a search engine for gadget info and reviews. The site contains user reviews, hand picked expert reviews (rather than just trawling the web) and a pretty neat Auto Compare button which gives you a super fast comparison between similar products. There’s lots of Web 2.0 candy, the team comes from the very famous T3 magazine and the search function is impressively fast.  What’s ElectricPig? It’s the…


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Bookmark This! November 26, 2007 posted by

Mixx – yet another web link service joins the pack…hmm….

Mixx. A new kind of Digg, and supposedly better. I have to say that I think most community link sites have a built-in problem because they scale badly. Not because of performance, but simply because of the angry herd they seem to attract once they reach huge membership levels. The prime example is Digg, which is, to my mind, has become a pretty poor resource recently. My preferred services (in no particular order): StumbleUpon. Superb idea, done elegantly. No superfluous nonsense, just great web…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites November 23, 2007 posted by

SciVee – peer reviewed science gets a web 2.0 video makeover

SciVee is a multimedia based science web journal, which is trying to deliver more value for researchers than simply submitting a dry paper to a peer reviewed publication. Simply put, it’s a place where science geeks can hang out and shoot the breeze (in a serious and earnest manner of course). OK, so it’s a little bit of a marginal application, unless you’re directly involved in science, research and the like, but it’s still a very interesting example of how net technology is likely…


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Bookmark This! November 23, 2007 posted by

Satisfaction – web 2.0 community help site slides quietly out of private beta

On the face of it, Satisfaction is just another Web 2.0 community web site, this time focusing on consumer help. Dig a little deeper though, and you’ll find some very important differences. First off, the design makes it very easy to find answers fast. You want help with your digital camera, simply enter in the search terms and the dynamic Ajax search will start giving you results immediately. No waiting around for a page refresh of results. It’s slick and…


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Bookmark This! November 14, 2007 posted by

alaTest – mega product review portal does nice work

alaTest is an international product comparison portal which offers up a great mix of product reviews from experts and users, as well as price alternatives and a user comments panel. We first stumbled across this service a while back, but didn’t blog it because the content wasn’t there, but my how it’s come on. It now features over a million product reviews culled from more than 700 international sources, which makes it an excellent resource for shoppers in a hurry….


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Bookmark This! November 12, 2007 posted by

Get It Next! – eBay search done properly

Get It Next! A very cool and very free eBay search interface that makes searching on eBay actually pleasant. Yes shocking isn’t it? Lots of neat features like saved searches, category, bargain and Buy it Now searches and the results are Web 2.0 clear, clean and a snap to use.  You know there’s a problem, don’t you, when a default interface is so bad that people develop alternatives as  business idea? Definitely worth using if you’re an eBay’er, but it is beta –…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites November 8, 2007 posted by

Zilok – rent anything

Zilok. You’ve got stuff, right? Stuff that you don’t use all the time? So why not rent it out to other people who need stuff, but don’t want to buy or store it? Sound reasonable. Well that’s what the folks at Zilok are hoping. In reality I suspect that most people would rather buy or sell stuff on eBay than go through all the hassle and expense of renting. But then again what do I know?  The interface certainly works. There’s a nice…


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Bookmark This! November 6, 2007 posted by

FaveBot – stop searching, start discovering

FaveBot is a persistent search engine. Enter in your search terms, select which media you wish to search (e.g. blogs, images, news etc) and it will return a constantly updating list of references to your phrase or word. It’s cool for a couple of reasons. First, it works. I’ve used it and it really does pick up some interesting results. For example I entered in the words ‘William Blake’, and blow me down if it didn’t find my mate’s upcoming production of William Blake’s…


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Bookmark This! November 6, 2007 posted by

Lingoz – building the world’s largest online dictionary

Lingoz. The world’s most ambitious community created online dictionary. 4,486,795 definitions and counting. And all being added one word at a time. Think Wikipedia meets Batman meets Web 2.0. Or something.  LingoZ is an online community dedicated to the building of the world’s largest dictionary, and providing a community resource for language questions. LingoZ is a service by Babylon.com, the world’s leading provider of translation software. We bring to you Babylon’s dictionaries with millions of definitions and translations as starting…


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Bookmark This! November 5, 2007 posted by

Splashup – online photo editing is like an onion, donkey

Splashup. Is this the first online image editing service with layers? Quite possibly. Which makes it a rather ambitious alternative to mainstream software programs like Photoshop. It’s a little slow in use, fast broadband is essential, and the feature set is nowhere as complete as the majors, but hey, levels?  Splashup, formerly Fauxto, is a powerful editing tool and photo manager. With all the features professionals use and novices want, it’s easy to use, works in real-time and allows you to…


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Bookmark This! November 1, 2007 posted by

Pipeline Deals – excellent sales force web application done with style

Pipeline Deals. On the face of it, just another salesforce automation tool (aka CRM). Check out the demo though, and you rapidly discover that this is one nice piece of Web 2.0 work. What that translates into is a totally customisable and very easy to use system which really does nail the sales process on the head. Big time. The data flows throughout the site like butter (edit fields inline in one section and the data appears where it’s needed…


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Bookmark This! November 1, 2007 posted by

TipaTipa – get paid for helping others find a good deal

TipaTipa is a cool new discount finder community service with a twist. Instead of just supplying product reviews as with places like Ciao, DooYoo or Epinions, in this model the community works for each other for cash. You know where there’s a good bargain TV to be found? Tell someone who’s looking and they will probably give you a small payment as a thank you. It combines the wisdom of the crowds with the mercenary-ness of the urban jungle to…


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Bookmark This! October 31, 2007 posted by

Yourstreet – your online community notice board

Yourstreet comes with a deliciously elegant interface and a small but perfectly formed set of features focussed around 3rd party news, chat and a nice Google map mashup, all designed to encourage your local community to connect up online. Of course sites like this need a goodly amount of user interest before they become genuinely useful, but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t serve as a great local community notice board once enough people start using it in earnest. And it’s obvious…


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Awesome October 30, 2007 posted by

Musicshake – more music fun than a tub full of honey with sugar sprinkles

MusicShake is being marketed as ‘the easiest way to make music in the world’  and they’ve got a point. What they should also say is that it’s as addictive as…well the most addictive thing on your list of addictive things. There’s lots of music making sites and programs out there, and on the face of it this one is no different. You create tunes by arranging blocks of instrument and vocal samples on a timeline. So far so normal. What…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites October 22, 2007 posted by

Boo.com is back – as a Web Too company? Oh how we laugh….

Boo.com is back!! Yes it’s back, honestly, and we nearly fell of our chair laughing to see the new incarnation all shiny bright as a full on, Web 2.0, glitzy social networking, travel service. Priceless stuff, this. You couldn’t pay for a better show. Wow! Next week, The Spot returns as a Wiki. Hahahaha!  In launching boo.com we’ve tried to create an experience taking what was once a tedious process involving multiple sites and deliver it under a single offering….


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