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Your Personal News Periscope

When you read an article on a web page, do you ever wonder if you're getting the whole story?  Has another web site covered the same topic and perhaps given a different angle, or included more information?  

Here's a really easy way to find out, and it's completely free if you use Chrome, Safari or Firefox.

Print Only The Part(s) Of A Web Page That You Wish

With most web sites now carrying loads of ads, pictures, banners, and other assorted content in addition to the actual text of each page, printing out a web page can be difficult.  Printers don't always print multi-item pages correctly, especially if they're quite wide, and printing out those photos and banners wastes ink.  

Some sites, of course, offer a "print this page" option which strips out much of the unnecessary content.  But still, there are often adverts left in the printout.

Free Program Downloads 1000 TED Talks To Your PC [Updated]

If you've never heard of TED, that's a great shame.  It's an organisation that sets up free conferences throughout the world that offers a selection of interesting talks from inspiring speakers.  Topics include everything from science and technology to education, politics, finance, medicine, and just about everything else you could possibly imagine.  When I attended one of the offshoot TEDx events last year, there was even a session on life drawing, complete with naked model!

Download Apps To Your Android Phone From Your PC

If you've got an Android smartphone, you've also got a Google/Gmail account.  After all, you can't easily set up the phone without one.  

Gmail on an Android phone is pretty easy to use.  But did you know that your Gmail/Google account also allows you to view your installed apps, and download new ones, direct from your PC instead of your phone?  And it's really simple to use.

Create Your Own Programs From Thin Air With A Free Development Environment

Software development products for Windows, especially professionally-produced ones, tend to be expensive, complex, large, slow, and difficult to learn.  Thin Basic is, thankfully, none of these. 

The language syntax is not difficult to pick up, although to be fair it's nowhere near as similar to Basic as the product's name would have you believe.  Maybe that's why the IDE, or Integrated Development Environment, is actually called Thin Air rather than Thin Basic.  Or maybe its developers just liked the name.

Really Clever Tool Sends Selected Text To Your Chosen App

The cut and paste facility in Windows is incredibly useful.  But very often, it ends up providing a very inefficient way of working.

For example, you come across a word or phrase in a document, and you want to know more about it.  So you highlight the text, copy it, then open Google or wikipedia, then paste the selected text.  It works, but it's fiddly.  Wouldn't it be handy if you could select the word or phrase and then, with a single click, open Google or wikipedia and paste it straight in?

A Great Online Collection of Audiobooks, Videos, Textbooks, Courses And More

Have you ever thought that the internet lacks, well, a degree of culture?  That there's too much content that is irrelevant, superfluous, wrong, or pointless?  Would you like a portal site that points you to lots more interesting, educational resources?

If so, then check out Open Culture, at www.openculture.com.  It comprises links to lots of free courses, books, audio books, language learning courses, videos, textbooks, and loads more besides.  

Swiss Company Offers Free Online Storage Accounts

Storing your data on the internet (or "in the cloud", as marketing people like to call it) rather than on your own PC has some benefits.  You can access it from just about anywhere, and it's generally held pretty safely.  It also makes it easy to share files, such as pictures and documents, with friends, colleagues and family. Plus, it's a handy way to back up your important data, especially as your backups will always be held off-site rather than with your computer.

Create An Online Gallery With 2 GB Of Free Storage

Here's a really easy way to create an online photo gallery that you can share with friends, family and colleagues.  And if you've ever used an online storage system like DropBox or SkyDrive, the concept will be very familiar.

DropGallery is the name of the service, and it works along the same lines as many online backup sites.  Start by downloading the Windows application from www.dropgallery.com.  It's a 4 MB download, though it also requires .NET 3.5.  Once you've installed it, you'll be asked to choose a username (I chose rschifreen).

Free Browser Add-In Hides Ads And Page Clutter

Have you noticed how modern web pages are becoming more and more cluttered?  Banner headlines, adverts, snippets of other content that the page author wants you to read, and so on?  The first screen shot below, which shows a news story from the BBC web site, is a good example.  The actual story, which is really all you're interested in reading, occupies less than half of the screen.

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