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Cool Websites and Tools [January 15th]

Posted: 15 Jan 2011 07:31 PM PST

Check out some of the latest MakeUseOf discoveries. All listed websites are FREE or come with a decent free account option. You can make use of them without spending a dime. If you want to have similar cool websites round-ups delivered to your email daily email subscribe here.

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Media Pass – Many websites have free and premium content on them. The premium content is provided to the site's subscribers who pay a particular fee. If you want to generate additional revenue by charging for your websites content, MediaPass can help. MediaPass is an online service that lets site owners earn money by providing subscribers with premium content. Read more: MediaPass: Easily Charge For Website Content


Video History For YouTube – YouTube videos are embedded on countless websites. Often when you watch a YouTube video on a website, you do not bookmark the page, and cannot find the video for later viewing. A solution to this problem is presented by Video History for YouTube, a browser extension for Google Chrome. The extension records URLs of videos you watch, even the embedded ones. Read more: Video History For YouTube: Archives Your Youtube Video History (Chrome)



QRcore – QR codes are matrix codes that smartphones can decode by camera scanning. These codes can store any type of text and can be an effective way to code up a lot of text and publish it on products while saving space. To make such qr codes you should pay a visit to QRcore.
QRcore is a free web tool that helps its users generate QR codes with ease. Read more: QRcore: Easily Make QR Codes Online



Re-Print.Me – Printers are not perfect machines. Sometimes they misprint and ruin a completely good page. Mostly you then throw away that page but one side of the page is still blank and usable. Re-Print Me lets you use that blank side to print weekly and monthly calendars. Re-Print Me is a simple website dedicated to helping you waste as little pages as possible. Read more: Re-Print.Me: Print Weekly And Monthly Calendars



Widget Block – An increasing number of websites have third party widgets on their pages. While these widgets might facilitate social networking and visitors sharing the site, they also slow down page loading times. To get rid of these widgets on the sites you browse, check out Widget Block, a free web tool and it comes as a browser extension for Google Chrome. After installing the extension you will instantly notice that the most popular third party widgets on most websites get blocked. Read more: Widget Block: Block Third Party Widgets On Sites You Visit (Chrome)


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TooManyTabs Turns Your Firefox Into A Task Management Powerhouse

Posted: 15 Jan 2011 05:31 PM PST

firefox task managerFirefox tabs have long been my number one task management tools. I have plenty of them open at the same time and some of them keep hanging for days before I have time to get to those. Therefore I have tried plenty of ways to make the most of my tabs: I have compiled some of the best ways in my post 7 Ways To Become More Productive With Firefox Tabs.

Recently I came across another great addon I’ve been playing with and I found it really awesome. TooManyTabs lets you store and organize as many tabs as you like by adding extra rows in the Firefox browser. Essentially the tool adds an extra toolbar to Firefox (which does eat up some space but it is too useful not to try) that can be broken into several rows of open tabs.

It works similar to the bookmark toolbar but for a few essential differences:

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  • All tabs look as if they are open;
  • Clicking any tab loads the page in the browser and removes it from the addon toolbar (unless you “pin” it);
  • The addon has a few additional features that let you prioritize and visualize your tasks:

Besides, the addon saves your browser’s space and memory as idle tabs are put aside.

Task Management Options:

The reason the addon appealed to me so much is not really the ability to add multiple rows of open (but not active) tabs. The reason is in the interesting task management options the tool adds to the browser.

Sort Your Tasks Into “Folders

You can name your rows using recognizable tasks (TO DO, TO WRITE, TO READ) or by the name of the project or whatever seems to make sense to you. In the options (“Interface” tab) you can also set how many rows you can see in the browser at one time. You can also set the default row to send the tabs to (for others rows you will need to use the right-click context menu):

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Visualize Tasks By Colors

You can use available colors to mark urgent tasks or those that need some ‘action” (unlike just reading), etc. Coloring is done via the right-click menu:

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Stick Tabs

In case you really want to make sure your tab is there until you manually remove it, use the right-click menu to “pin” it in the toolbar:

firefox task manager

More Fun Options To Play With:

  • If you tend to have a lot of tabs open, speed up your browser by sending most of them to the toolbar: this way they will still be in front of your eyes but won’t slow down your browser (instead of allowing idle tabs to waste your PC’s memory, you can now put your tabs on the extra rows, remove them from the memory, and restore them in your browser when you need them again).
  • View tab history and restore recently closed tabs;
  • Backup your TooManyTabs toolbar to the external file (to restore it on another computer).

Google Chrome Version

For Google Chrome users there’s a similar extension too that adds the following features:

  1. Get the bird’s eye view of all opened tabs (available by clicking the toolbar icon) with a clear preview of each tab’s content.
  2. Play with instant tab search.
  3. Sort tabs by creation time, domain or title.
  4. Restore recently closed tabs and send idle tabs to “Suspended” folder and save memory and organize them better.

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Looks like a great browser extension! What are your thoughts on it?



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Hot Tech Deals [Jan 15th]

Posted: 15 Jan 2011 12:15 PM PST

If you’re in the market for a new computer, laptop, mobile phone, games and other accessories; don’t waste your time searching online. We’ve taken the liberty of locating the best tech deals and unifying them into a single post for your convenience.

For more fresh hot deals, visit our Hot Tech Deals page, which is constantly updated.

  1. Toshiba 32SL400U 32in LED-Backlit LCD HDTV (720p) $399 Free Shipping via code EMCYTZT264 (Exp 1/16)
  2. Nikon Coolpix P7000 10.1MP 7.1X Digital Camera (720p Video, RAW, OIS) Lowest Posted Price
  3. $75 Off Any Dell D620 Laptop Coupon Code: $75offanyD620 (Exp 1/17)
  4. 25% off Any Dell Desktop $199+ Coupon Code: Desk199&up25 (Exp 1/17)
  5. New! 30% off ANY item priced $249+ Coupon Code: $249&upSale30 (Exp 1/16)
  6. LG E2350V-SN 23in LED-Backlit LCD Monitor (HDMI) $169.99 Free Shipping via code EMCYTZT261 (Exp 1/16)
  7. Polk Audio PSW505 12in 300W Powered Subwoofer $199.99 Free Shipping via code EMCKJJF22 (Exp 1/20)
  8. Dell Inspiron 17R Intel Core i3-370M 2.4GHz 17.3in Laptop (3GB/320GB/Win7) $579.99

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The Best Free Online Games For The Wii Browser

Posted: 15 Jan 2011 11:31 AM PST

free wii internet gamesFind free games for Wii, courtesy of the often overlooked Wii browser. If you’re bored with your current collection of Wii games, but don’t have the cash for a new pay title quite yet, you’ll be happy to know there are quite a few web games only a few clicks away. While obviously these aren’t going to match the likes of Super Mario Galaxy 2 you just might find yourself entertained. Best of all: no jailbreaking is necessary.

Disappointed with the usefulness of Wii’s free browser? That makes sense. Some major sites like Hulu don’t work on it, and there’s no HTML5 integration to speak of. An update is in order, I think. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t find any free Wii internet games.

While the quality of the games out there is certainly inconsistent, it’s still fun to see the creativity people put into such games. Besides, with the Wii browser being a free download, there’s no real reason to not try a few free games out. These games make use of the Wii’s motion control, either by design or by virtue of being mouse-driven. Some can even be controlled with the Wii’s buttons, which can make for great gaming experiences.

You’ll need to connect your Wii to the Internet before you can play any of these games of course, but don’t worry: it’s easy and free, provided you have WiFi at home.


Probably the best-known repository of Wii-compatible games on the Internet, WiiCade is a great place to start in your quest for free Wii internet games. You’ll find hundreds of games, though the quality of course is varied.

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One nice thing about this site though, is that a ratings system makes it easy to sort the wheat and the chaff. If you’re looking for a good game to start with, I highly recommend Bubble Shooter.

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It’s kind of like Frozen Bubble, but with your WiiMote.


Another site dedicated completely to Wii games, WiiPlayable is certainly worth bookmarking on your Wii. You’ll find an assortment of games, arranged by category. There’s a lot to discover here, so check it out.

free wii games

There’s a lot to discover here, but for nostalgic reasons you really should check out Duckhunter for Wii.

free wii games

This game is shockingly close to the real thing, although sped up to account for the ability to see where your cursor is. Nothing of course will be as fun as the original light gun, but seeing as it doesn’t work with modern TVs this may be the closest you can find.


If you’re a fan of you should probably check out the Videlectrix Vii Collection. Here you’ll find parodies of Atari-era games done so well you’ll forget they’re parodies and just enjoy yourself.

free wii internet games

Not a lot of games, but they’re all pretty fun. Why Trogdor doesn’t make an appearance I’ll never understand, but it’s nice to have access to a few well-made games with Wii-specific controls.

Got More?

So, commenters, what did I miss? Share any other great sites for free Wii games below, or just let everyone know which games are best.

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Create A Portfolio & Get Your Photos Published With Fotoblur

Posted: 15 Jan 2011 09:31 AM PST

create photography portfolioFlickr may be the most popular option for sharing your photography online, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of other sites vying for your attention, offering an interesting twist on how you can share your photography. Fotoblur is one of those sites. Features of the site include sharing your photography with a friendly community, a personal portfolio page to share with anyone you want to, and the opportunity to have your photography published in a print magazine.

While free accounts are restricted to uploading only one photo per day, you can use this limit to your advantage in one of two ways. First, it transforms Fotoblur into the perfect Project 365 portfolio, and second, it allows you to create a portfolio limited only to the very best of your work. When you’re limited to uploading only one photo a day, you’ll find that you might be very picky with regards to what you post. If one image isn’t enough for you, you can upgrade to a premium account for $29.95 a year.

create photography portfolio

Submitting your art is done via a simple form, in which you choose your file, select a category and add a description. Maximum image dimensions are 1024px x 1024px, the maximum image size is 512kb, and files types are restricted to jpgs.

create a portfolio

When submitting your photo you can also choose a group to submit it to, turn off comments, and select between a black or white border.

create a portfolio

The latest photos are displayed on the front page in a gallery.

create a portfolio

You can also browse photos by categories and those submitted to groups.


When it comes to your personal profile page, your latest images are displayed, alongside any profile information you’ve included – including your location, website and member status. While you cannot upload an icon for your profile page, you can select any of your submitted photos, to be displayed on your profile page and accompanying all of your comments.


Your profile page will also feature the number of members you follow and who follow you, how many favourites (labeled on the site as promotions), comments and profile views you’ve received, and which groups you’ve joined. It will also display a link to the images you have promoted, labeled as your favourites. The interchangeable use of the words promotions and favourites can be a little bit confusing at first.


Each individual image is accompanied by the title, exif data and a shortened URL, as well as links that make it easy to share the image on Facebook and Twitter. You can promote (or favourite) other users images by clicking on the arrow beneath the image.


All comments received will be displayed beneath the image, along with similar images, and the groups the image has been submitted to.


Any images you promote will be displayed on your favourites page.


In addition to your profile page, you also get a portfolio page on Fotoblur. You can choose to limit your portfolio to only specific images from your gallery, or to just include all photos that you have uploaded.


If we could ask for any additional features on Fotoblur it would be for more extensive control over how the portfolio page is displayed such as background, and selecting the thumbnail for each image, as opposed to the automatic centred thumbnail that it currently uses.


Your portfolio can be accessed from a link on your homepage after you have logged in. From there you can also access your groups, public profile, account settings and see the latest photos from your network.


If you’re looking for in-depth critique, Fotoblur is not the place you’re going to get it. While the community is friendly, comments are generally kept short, and reciprocation is the norm.

Fotoblur also gives photographers the opportunity to have their work published in their print magazine. Any images submitted to your profile page on Fotoblur can be submitted to be featured in the magazine. Once the submission period is over, users will then vote on the submitted photographs, taking an active part in determining which photographs are selected by the magazine editors.


There is no limit to the number of images you can submit to the magazine, but the images must be 300dpi jpgs, and the file size cannot be more than 10mb. Fotoblur Magazine is currently open for submissions until January 31st, 2011, and the selection period is from the February 1st to February 14th, 2011.

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Do you have an account on Fotoblur? Let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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