FINDING GREAT WEBSITES

“StumbleUpon” is one of our favorite websites and it’s also an app for iPhone and Android. It’s a great way to stumble upon fascinating websites, like collections of historic photos and shots of stars and galaxies. It’s been downloaded over 10 million times.  

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SENDING SHORT VIDEO MESSAGES

“Qik” is a new Skype app is for sending short video messages to groups of friends. Skype was an early conduit for free video calls. Until now it was used mainly for long — 40 minutes or so — calls. Qik limits you to 42 second calls that don’t take up more than 5 megabytes of space on the recipient’s phone. It competes directly with WhatsApp and SnapChat.

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HOTEL POWER

HotelPower.com claims to offer the best hotel rates, usually available only to industry insiders. We searched on the Southernmost Hotel in Key West. Microsoft’s Expedia had it for $482. HotelPower had it for $379. Other hotels that were sold out on Expedia were available here.

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ELECTION INFO ON THE WEB

Ballotpedia.com: Find out who’s running for office and what issues are on the ballot. The site includes school board and judicial elections, which takes you to sister sites, such as Jugepedia.org. Bing.com/elections Microsoft’s “Bing” search engine makes election predictions. Voter411.org has personalized ballots and information on candidates and issues. It’s sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

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WHAT IS MY IP?

WhatisMyIP.com instantly tells you your I.P. (Internet Protocol) address. Go to the site and a screen appears telling you where you live and who provides your Internet connection. You sometimes need to know the number to connect to services or equipment. It also tests your Internet speed.

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FOLLOWING CONSTELLATIONS

Heavens-above.com follows satellites and constellations. There are many dozens of satellites in orbit around the Earth and this will tell you which is which, and where. There’s even a satellite for amateur radio operators. Also has information on stars and constellations.

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WHAT CREDIT CARD NUMBERS MEAN

Redshed.co.uk/blog/how-do-credit-card-numbers-work  will decipher the meaning of that long string of numbers on your credit card. The first number, for instance, is the type of institution that issued the card, such as a bank. This is a garden supplies shopping site in England but has interesting information.

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MOVIE NEWS

SlashFilm.com has movie news. We learned about plans for “Indiana Jones 5″ and “Twilight” as a series of short films for Facebook.

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ALL NEWS

VeryQuiet.com is a simple text only site with links to the top news headlines from dozens of sources, including BBC, NBC, ABC, Voice of America, NPR, Yahoo, Google, The Guardian, and more.

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GREATEST MOVIE THEME SONGS

Greatest Movie Theme Songs: Get just about any movie theme song on YouTube. Joy typed “Casablanca theme song” and listened to “As Time Goes By,” while clips from the movie rolled by. Bob searched for “The Mission.”

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