Posts by Category: Cool Web Apps & Sites

Cool web services and sites we really like.

Bookmark This! April 28, 2009 posted by

SickCity – realtime disease tracking for your city

Just in time for the mother and father of all panics, we present SickCity, a neat disease tracker which makes use of Twitter to track epidemics across the globe. The code is open source, the graphs look pretty if a little scary, and it’s part of the uber cool DIY City program which promises to democratise the running of our cities. Yay!  SickCity watches Twitter (and soon Facebook) for any mentions of disease in a city. It then collects this information and…


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Bookmark This! April 27, 2009 posted by

XMind 3.0 – cool open source mind mapping for all

XMind 3.0 is a hybrid online/offline mind-mapping tool which offers free and Pro services alongside a full open source code option. The tool works on Mac, PC and Linux and comes with all the usual productivity features you’d expect to find. We’ve recommended Mindmeister in the past, but I’ve got to say that I now find it a little too cumbersome to use, whereas XMind is simple enough to use in a matter of seconds.   There are a couple of…


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Bookmark This! April 24, 2009 posted by

The Pirate Google – search Google for Torrent Files

The Pirate Google lets you search for BitTorrent files using the Google search engine. Like The Pirate Bay it offers up legal (i.e. Linux distributions and other stuff) as well as illegal stuff. Probably someone from the entertainment industry should take Google to court?   Please Note: This site is not affiliated with Google, it simply makes use of Google Custom Search to restrict your searches to Torrent files. You can do this with any regular Google search by appending your query with…


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Bookmark This! April 23, 2009 posted by

We Are Hunted – featuring the most popular online songs of the moment

We Are Hunted is a new online service which trawls the social networks, forums, P2P networks and blogs to find cool new music for you to stream and enjoy. The site compiles a simple chart listing with images and an embedded player to let you listen to the stuff immediately. The rest of the content is fairly conventional, commenting, related artists, artist blurbs etc. Nice implementation, good search and a clean feature set make this something to watch for the future. I…


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but is it art? April 21, 2009 posted by

Pirate Bay Battle One Over – limited edition trial version T

Fresh from their massive victory in a Swedish court where the lads from Pirate Bay trounced the establishment suits over BitTorrent file sharing, they’ve announced a Pirate Bay Battle One Over special edition T-shirt to celebrate. “The only winning move is not to play.” Indeed. €25.00.  The Pirate Bay Battle One Over The verdict is in! Limited Edition Trial Special! The first round in the war called “The trial against The Pirate Bay” is over. But as we all know,…


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Bookmark This! April 16, 2009 posted by

Nanocrowd – crowdsourced movie recomendations

Nanocrowd is a new crowd powered movie finding service which looks very cool indeed. Enter in your favourite film, and the service will give you a choice of similar titles to watch. The key feature of the service lies in the way they link the movies together, they basically trawl the web for user comments, abstract the key words and use them to build a ratings system to lump titles together in similar groups. What makes this a service to watch,…


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Bookmark This! April 15, 2009 posted by

Yoono – socialize your browser

Yoono is a free Firefox add-on which lets you collect all your instant messaging and social network services to the browser in one handy window. You can also add Twitter, Facebook and mySpace as well, which really does mean you’ll stay in touch. You won’t get a stroke of work done, probably get fired and have to sell the kids, but at least you’ll stay in touch with your mates eh? Check it out (at your peril). Oh…and expect advertising….


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Bookmark This! April 15, 2009 posted by

Grooveshark – the incredible morphing music service

What a difference a couple of years make. When we first reported on it back in 2007, Grooveshark was a hybrid P2P and pay per download music service. Now they’ve added a slick looking streaming service which makes use of all that nice music in a Pandora type model. It’s a nice new feature, although we still love the majestic Spotify, and this is a very crowded space right now. Nevertheless they’ve done it well, and deserve top marks for proving that…


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Bookmark This! April 10, 2009 posted by

Me-trics – gather and analyse your own lifestyle stats

Me-trics is a new online service which gives you the tools you need to gather and analyse your own personal set of data. Why? Well you might want to find out if there’s a correlation between the amount of coffee you drink and your mood swings. Or whether your health is affected by lack of exercise. Or any number of personal and useful stats. Sign up is free, and you can either choose from the default stat options of health,…


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Bookmark This! April 9, 2009 posted by

Mogulus – run your own online television station, or stay a couch jockey

Mogulus is an online television/video service which not only provides the standard TV viewing experience, but also lets you create your own broadcast station if you fancy yourself as a bit of a media Moghul. Hmm…maybe that’s where the name came from? Anyhoo, the ‘Mogulus Studio’ part is where you can set up your own broadcast channel, complete with multiple camera mixing, live streaming, automated broadcasts and YouTube import. The result is a pretty cool television studio service all done…


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Bookmark This! April 8, 2009 posted by

Compfight – great new Flickr search engine

Compfight is a brilliant new Flickr search engine which lets you search through the billions of images via tags or text. You can also specify result filters like Creative Commons only or originals only, which makes it a very valuable tool if you’re hunting for a quick image to drop into your creative. Fab resource. Tags: compfight, flickr, search, image+search


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Bookmark This! April 6, 2009 posted by

No Frames – remove 3rd party browser frames from your WordPress blog

Got a WordPress blog? Getting a bit fed up with companies like Facebook and Digg hijacking your posts inside their marketing frames? Well take a look at No Frames, a handy little WordPress plugin which removes these frames so you retain the metrics and SEO juice of your site, not them.  No frames removes the browser frames sometimes imposed on your site. It has become a trend for top sites especially news and content aggregrators to show your site inside…


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Bookmark This! April 6, 2009 posted by

Mobaganda – event planning done simple

Mobaganda is a new event planning service which cuts out all the fluff and provides the bare minimum you need. You set up the event details in seconds (date, time, place), email the event to your friends and they RSVP as necessary. After 60 days the event data is totally wiped. Simple, no mess no fuss. Refreshing (and a huge contrast to evite.com). The only thing is the name. Hard to remember in a hurry.  Mobaganda is a simple way…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites April 2, 2009 posted by

Small Worlds – ignore life, play game

Small Worlds is an online role playing game. It’s kind of a cross between the Sims and Habbo, with bigger more realistic avatars and various locations to hang out in. It’s nice looking, and seems as if it could be addictive but at the end of the day to get the most out of it, you’re going to have to spend money, because shopping is the reason for living. Right? It’s free to join, and seems to be fairly well populated…


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Bizarre April 1, 2009 posted by

Omegle – grab a random chat with someone you don’t know

Omegle is a new and rather strange online chat service which automatically hooks you up with a random stranger when you log in. In one sense this is the ultimate Web 2.0 pop, sharing your time with the world, on the other hand it can be very disconcerting to log on and discover some stranger at the other end asking you where you’re from. Maybe it’s a personality thang? Anyhoo, it’s an interesting experiment, and just a tiny weeny bit creepy. Not…


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