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The Six Biggest Websites On The Internet Compared [Infographic]

Posted: 13 Jun 2011 06:01 AM PDT

Have you ever been curious what the six biggest websites on the Internet are, how many visitors they get, as well as the breakdown in demographics for those visitors?  Well now you can satisfy your curiosity with MakeUseOf’s new infographic, designed by Dona Collins who is an infographic artist, blogger, teacher, and a writer of financial articles for

We have had to shrink the infographic to make it fit onto our page so if you are unable to read any part of it, just click on it and you’ll be taken to a copy of the original.

Were you surprised by any of the statistics?

Image Credit : wheresmysocks


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Latest Hilarious Picks [MakeUseOf Geeky Fun]

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 11:06 PM PDT

Check out the top picks from MakeUseOf Geeky Fun during the last couple of days.

  1. A "Serious Chat" (Pic)
  2. It Was All Just A Huge Misunderstanding (Pic)
  3. Facebook & Twitter Re-Enacted in Real Life (Video)
  4. Why Did Dinosaurs Become Extinct? (Pic)
  5. Our Ancestors Had Tails (Pic)
  6. We Heard You Like Screens… (Pic)
  7. DIY iPhone (Pic)
  8. iMagic (Video)

If you would like to keep up with all latest Geeky Fun additions, please subscribe to the Geeky Fun feed here. You can also subscribe and get the latest additions via email.


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Cool Websites and Tools [June 12th]

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 08:31 PM PDT

Check out some of the latest MakeUseOf discoveries. Most of the listed websites are FREE or come with a decent free account option. If you want to have similar cool website round-ups delivered to your daily email, subscribe here.

Add Your Website Here! – Do you secretly admire somebody? Or dislike someone but cannot let them know? If so, then a new service called uMakeMe helps you feel slightly better, a free web service that sends anonymous text messages to phone numbers in the US. You start by selecting a message type: happy, sad, feel butterflies, a better person, frustrated, and wish I was single. Read more: Send Anonymous SMS Text Messages


Postagram – If you stay abreast with the world of iPhone and Android apps, you will know that in recent times an app called Instagram has consistently hogged the limelight. Postagram is a service that intends to further enhance your Instagram experience by helping you quickly print and mail your Instagram photos. Read more: Postagram: Print & Mail Your Instagram Photos As Postcards



Everyday – iYou must have seen the creative videos YouTube users have created by taking daily pictures of themselves. Now you can do the same easily through an iOS app called Everyday, an iOS application sized at 0.8MB and compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad running iOS version 4.0 or later. The app lets you quickly take pictures of yourself every day and then makes a movie out of them. Read more: Everyday: Easily Create Daily Picture Video On Your iPhone



Patternify – Here is a way to generate CSS background patterns within seconds. Patternify CSS Generator lets you create different patterns on the pixel level and then download them as PNG, copy as CSS code, and share them to friends. To make use of Patternify, start by setting the size of the pattern in the drawing box. Read more: Patternify: Online CSS Pattern Generator



Rentmix – Home rentals have gained recognition as an affordable, more spacious, and for some, more luxurious, option than hotels. The only challenge is finding these vacation home rentals. Fortunately we have Rentmix, a vacation rental aggregator that lets you search more than 250K listings in vacation spots around the world. Read more: Rentmix: Vacation Rental Aggregator


These are just half of the websites that we discovered in the last couple of days. If you want us to send you daily round-ups of all cool websites we come across, leave your email here. Or follow us via RSS feed.


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Thank You To MakeUseOf Friends!

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 07:31 PM PDT

It’s time to say thanks to our friends who, once in a while, tip us great articles, help out on projects and in some cases offer their services at discounted prices. Thank you, guys!

    [1] ShrinkTheWeb – Website Screenshot Thumbnail Service

    Ever wanted to add website screenshots to your website? ShrinkTheWeb is one of the best services for that, both in terms of performance and pricing. The free account gets you a whopping 250,000 impressions. See it in action in our daily Cool Websites and Tools series.


    [2] LapDawg “" Hands-free Laptop Stands

    Hands free laptop stand
    The hands free laptop stand holds your laptop or books in any position you want with it’s unique 360 degree rotating joints. Perfect for holding them in bed while lying down. Made from anodized aluminum with a beautiful black matte finish.

    [3] Walyou “" Cool Gadgets for Geeks

    new cool gadgets
    Walyou is a fun blog covering all sorts of new cool gadgets and other stuff every geek is likely to find entertaining. Everything from world’s largest Gunny Bears to E-hookah gadgets. Make sure to check them out.


    [4] TrueKolor – Affordable Quality Logo and Banner Design

    If you’re looking for a cheap, original and quality logo or banner, check out TrueKolor. We often contact these guys when we need a logo or a banner made, some of the stuff they did for us listed on their portfolio page. Highly recommended.


    [5] Sendible – The easiest way to market your brand online

    We’re strong believers of the service Sendible provides — we use it on a daily basis and it has never failed us! Sendible is an online marketing service to promote, grow and track brands through the use of social media, email and SMS messaging. It has the ability to post to multiple services at once, schedule social network updates and analyse their success. We love it!


Thank you, guys!


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What’s Your Favorite Font For Standard Web Text? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 03:30 PM PDT

Last week we asked you all to tell us how much hard drive space you have. While a few people shocked us with figures of around 40 TB for their household, most people seem to have less than 1 TB.

We collected 761 votes split up as follows: 30% voters have between 1-3 TB hard drive space in their house; 16% have 3-5 TB; 15% have between 500 GB and 1 TB; 15% have more than 5 TB; 14% have 250-500 GB; 6% have 100-250 GB; and 5% have less than 100 GB.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

If you consider all the voters with less than 1 TB storage it comes to around 40% of people.

This week’s poll question is: What’s Your Favourite Font For Standard Web Text?

This is mainly for the web designers out there, because we know you’ll have a favourite font up your sleeve. But I’m sure there are other designers and aficionados of good fonts who have clear preferences as to what they like to see on websites. So, what are they?

The poll has been made so that you can list any and all fonts you love. This means you can also give your preference for Serif versus Sans Serif while you tell us your favourite fonts.

If you are a web designer, feel free to let us know in the comments what your ideal standard font designation is. What’s first on the list? And then what?


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10 Free MP3 Albums: Country & Folk Special [Sound Sunday May 12th]

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 12:30 PM PDT

We’re calling it a Sound Sunday!

This edition focuses on country and folk music, which automatically incorporates alternative, indie, acoustic, guitar, pop, and rock. This is truly a sound edition, with a lot of quiet and melancholic music, heavy on guitars and lyrics.

Apart from the music, what do you think of the new Sound Sunday logo? Please post your feedback in the comments or email me [tina at makeuseof dot com] with album suggestions.

The Dirty Urchins – Just In Time EP

Genre: acoustic, blues, rock, country, folk

From their Facebook Biography: “The Dirty Urchins were conceived one cold night in February 2009, as Freddie Stevenson and David Luther discussed their grim economic futures over a seemingly endless supply of Guinness. Instead of mopping the floor in a Lower East Side restaurant, or getting coffee for some CEO’s secretary, they decided to do exactly what it is they do best: play music. Thus, the Urchins were born shortly thereafter as one of the hottest busking bands to grace the streets, parks, and subways of New York City. When Bennett Miller joined David and Freddie to play on the Union Square L-train platform, though, the three knew that what they had stumbled upon was far more than just a busking band: nay, what they had discovered was nothing less than the key to world domination. Upon emerging from the bowels of the subway that first time, steeped in a piquant marinade of subway grime, Freddie remarked in his usual Scottish eloquence, “My god, we’re like a bunch of dirty urchins!” The name stuck.

The Just In Time EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

The Natives – My Song Is Gonna Set Me Free

Genre: americana, folk, country

My Song Is Gonna Set Me Free is the debut album of Bloomington, Indiana based band The Natives. The five guys just want to be known for writing great music. And the album indeed is a high quality recording with some truly beautiful songs.

My Song Is Gonna Set Me Free is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

The Gentleman Caller – Where I End

Genre: acoustic, folk

Where I End is a raw acoustic album. The use of nothing but vocals and guitar emphasize its melancholy. The music was composed and recorded by Will Fargason, who also appears to be a member of the alternative rock band The Dead Ends.

Where I End is a free download from Bandcamp.

The Sabre Rattlers – Twixt Me And The Peaceful Rest

Genre: americana, country, folk, gospel, christian

From their Biography: “The Sabre Rattlers is the current project of guitarist Mark Abernathy and features a rotating cast of contributing musicians and friends, including Bukka Allen (the Bodeans), Kim Deschamps (Cowboy Junkies), Glenn Fukunaga (Dixie Chicks, Bob Dylan), Warren Hood (the Waybacks), Teal Collins from the Mothertruckers and Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines playing dobro. The lush instrumentation you hear on these songs is the work of Abernathy and his hugely talented cast; utilizing the accordion, Hammond B3, Harmonium, pedal steel, fiddle and more.'Twixt Me and the Peaceful Rest is a collection of favorite hymns; performed with a widely-cast net of influences and personal experiences.

Twixt Me And The Peaceful Rest is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Jeremy Lee Given – Old Flames

Genre: experimental, indie, folk, pop, country

Jeremy Lee Given from Knoxville, Tennessee, currently living in Boston, Massachusetts, co-produced Old Flames with Will Lakritz. He pleads his fans to contact him if they wish to use his music, share it, or release it in any way. Please treat music fairly.

Old Flames is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Matthew Solberg – selftitled

Genre:acoustic, folk

free album downloadFrom his MySpace Bio: “Matthew Solberg is a singer/songwriter and guitarist. Solberg first started to play the guitar when he was about 14 years old and living in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was raised; however, he quickly gave up on the guitar after only a few lessons. (…) At the age of 17 and heavily into classic rock, Solberg felt inspired to dig out his dad's guitar after listening to "Working Man" by Rush one day. He soon became obsessed with the guitar and used the Internet to teach himself how to play. [Today] he uses a fingerstyle method of guitar-playing in many of his songs. “

Matthew Solberg‘s selftitled album is a free download from his Homepage.

Luke Brawner – Flannelgraph Sessions Sampler

Genre: folk rock

From his NoiseTrade album intro: “After 10 years of fronting TX-based folk-rock band, Poor Rich Folk (, I spent most of 2010 & ’11 writing & recording my first solo project, entitled Flannelgraph Sessions. Flannelgraph Sessions is a series of 12 songs inspired & influenced by the idea that the Bible can only really be understood when studied in the context of real space & time. I’m convinced that we can’t begin to understand the things Jesus did & said without first understanding the world & culture in which He did & said them. His religious background, His geography, His lineage…these things all matter. The goal of this project is to stir your interest in the Old Testament, in Judaism (& Christianity as a part thereof), the land & culture of the Bible, etc. Thanks for giving this sampler a listen. Pre-order the full length album on 180-gram vinyl or as a digital download now! Releasing July 12th, 2011.

The Flannelgraph Sessions Sampler is a free download from NoiseTrade.

The Civil Wars – Live At Eddie’s Attic

Genre: alternative, folk

From their Biography: “In some ways, music doesn’t get much more modest or minimalist than it is in the hands of The Civil Wars, a duo comprised of California-to-Nashville transplant Joy Williams and her Alabaman partner, John Paul White. They travel without a backup band, and on their first full-length album, Barton Hollow, the bare-bones live arrangements that fans hear on the road are fleshed out with just the barest of acoustic accoutrements. Each song is an intimate conversation, and no third wheels or dinner-party chatter are going to interrupt that gorgeous, haunting hush.

Live At Eddie’s Attic is a free download from NoiseTrade.

Cary Brothers – NoiseTrade Sampler

Genre: alternative, indie, folk, rock

From his Facebook Biography: “Cary Brothers is an indie rock singer-songwriter from Los Angeles best known for his song “Blue Eyes” from the Grammy-winning “Garden State” Soundtrack. Brothers recently released his second album “Under Control,” which premiered at #1 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Chart. He has had over 60 songs featured in TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Bones,” and the recent hit teen film “Easy A” in addition to appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The Late Late Show.”

The NoiseTrade Sampler is a free download from NoiseTrade.

Graham Colton – Twenty Something EP

Genre: acoustic, folk rock

From the intro to his album Pacific Coast Eyes on Facebook: “Art really does reflect life. The songs are always more than just melodies. It's the music that brings emotional meaning to the lyrics, and sheds some light on the story behind the artist and their intentions. With these lyrics, we see Colton at a crossroads. An all-too familiar scene with an honest sentiment that most all of us can relate to in some way or another. It's a poignant observation by an artist who both literally and figuratively inserts himself directly into the middle of the song. It's a depiction of one of those life- affirming moments.

The Twenty Something EP is a free download from NoiseTrade.

New to Sound Sunday? Past editions of Sound Sunday are available here.

Feel free to get in touch with me [tina at makeuseof dot com] and share free material, suggestions, and feedback or simply add your comments below.

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5 High Quality & Free iPad Games

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 10:30 AM PDT

free ipad gamesWhen you talk about free games on the iPad – let’s face it, they aren’t always the same quality as you might expect from a paid-for game. Admittedly, sometimes they’re actually better though. Today I’ve chosen to focus on high quality free iPad games that are either premium, used to be paid-for, or are simply of fantastic quality – so grab your iPad, call your kids over, and be prepared for a good few hours of fun from this lot.

Hat-tip to Christiano for pointing out one of these superb games – thanks! Your comments and recommendations are always appreciated in the comments and we do listen!


Back To The Future Episode 1 (free until 7/31/2011)

Grab this one while you can, as the developers have chosen to make it free until the end of July and get you into the series. A compelling pure point-a-click adventure game based on the movies, fans will love exploring and following the story. There’s a good hint system for when you’re stuck, but mostly you won’t need it. There’s quite a few hours of gameplay in here and full recorded dialog with fantastic 3D graphics. It’s certainly one of the best adventure games I’ve seen on the iPad yet.

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MetalStorm: Online

A freemium multiplayer flight sim, MetalStorm is certainly a superb high quality production and the controls are perfect. Currently rated 4.5  stars but over 16,000 users, you really can’t argue with the numbers. Even though I’m really not a fan of flight sims, the controls were easy enough to make the game accessible, though I did find my arms tiring after waving my iPad around for 10 minutes. Play online with full game center support, or practice against waves of enemies; the basic gameplay is great and you’ll be hooked to accessing ever more powerful weapons and new aircraft. Now if only someone would port Privateer to the iPad with controls this good, I’d be a terribly happy boy.

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Pucca’s Restaurant

For those of you who don’t know, Pucca is one of those Asian characters (Korean actually) that has found herself plastered on everything from clothing to lunch boxes, and here she is with a sponsored freemium game that’s basically a time-management Chinese restaurant sim. Though the game offers nothing particularly unique above other freemium sims, the production quality is great, it’s far too cute for it’s own good, and if you’re into these kind of games then there’s very little reason you won’t love this. Starting from a lowly 2 cooker shed with 4 tables, keep your customers happy and you can soon advance to make your own elite Happy House or Mandarin Palace. Now get cooking those Moon Cakes, they ain’t gonna cook themselves!

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Popstar Physics – Save Toshi 2

Feeling strangely familiar to BoomBlocks on the Wii, PopPhysics has you hurling balls at blocks of various materials in order to knock them over and into zombies – because the balls don’t hurt the zombies and obviously they need to be killed indirectly. It’s strangely addictive, and even quite insanely difficult after the first 2 introduction levels. The levels are unique and just below the level of frustration for the really hard ones, so there’s certainly enough content to keep you playing for a while.

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Candy Train

From the studio that brought you Plant vs Zombies, Candy Train is a simple puzzle game that sees you guiding a train around a mess of rotatable track pieces, above all making sure the train doesn’t crash. While it’s certainly addictive, there doesn’t seem to be an awful of variation that would keep you interested for long – but even so, a great little free puzzle game for kids and adults alike. Perhaps you won’t love it quite as much as the 37-year-old reviewer on iTunes though – “it really takes me back to a time when i was a young child and so innocent.

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That’s all for this weeks round-up, so let us know what you think of the games in the comments, or feel free to tell us all about another fantastic new free iPad game you’d love to feature – developers or passionate gamers are all welcome. Board game fans should also check out my own iPhone board games review site.


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