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Play "Cut the Rope" For Free In Your Web Browser

One of the most popular paid-for games on Android and iPads is "Cut the rope".  Now, Microsoft has teamed up with the game's developers to demonstrate the power of its forthcoming Internet Explorer 10, and to do so they've ported the game to the web.  You can play it for free at http://www.cuttherope.ie.  

Create And Send Mailshots Online With Mailchimp

Most organizations and businesses need to spread the message of their goods and services. A common method used is email  marketing, which is an extremely cost-effective method for an organization to market product and services and to develop stronger relationships with its target audience. 

All you need is an email program like outlook, email addresses, something to say, and off you go sending out email newsletters. This is how I ran a company newsletter for years. It is free, and it works. 

Dropbox And Google Docs: The Best of Both Worlds

I've written before about Dropbox and its many competitors, which offer you some shared cloud-based storage and allow documents to be synchronized across multiple computers.

But here's something novel, in the name of a freeware Windows program called insync.  Like Dropbox, it syncs your files across all your computers and also keeps them in the cloud.  But unlike Dropbox, you don't have to sign up for another storage service.  Instead, it uses your Google Docs file area.

Another Free Online PDF to Word Converter

You're probably getting slightly tired of hearing about another new utility for converting PDF files to Word format.  I know I am.  But this one is new, free, from the well-respected Wondershare, and accessible online with a web browser.  Most importantly, it actually seems to do a very good job of the conversion, as you can see from the Word file shown below.

The only limitation is that your PDF file can't be larger than 10 MB.

Check out www.free-pdftoword.com for more, and to use the service.  There's no need to sign up or log in.

A Brilliant Internet Radio Stream Player/Recorder/Searcher

There are lots of streaming internet radio stations around the world that you can listen to online for free.  There's also a handful of good player apps for Windows, to make it easy to search for stations that might be of interest.

But here's an absolutely wonderful program that takes your web radio listening to a whole new level.  The program in question is called Streamwriter, and it's available from www.streamwriter.org.

Start The Year With A Free Security Check For Your PC

So here's the problem. You sit down at your PC after a few days away celebrating Christmas and the New Year. Or you're just helping a friend set up their new PC, and you've finally got it online. Or maybe you're sat in an Internet cafe somewhere, using a machine that you've never used before.

The first thing you need to do is a quick security check to make sure that there are no missing critical patches, and that none of the apps installed on the computer have any major unpatched security vulnerabilities.

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Another Free Web-Hosted Personal Finance App

I've written about a couple of web-based personal finance managers recently, so here's a final one to round off the trilogy.

Out Of The Dark (OOTD) is an online service designed to help you manage your money.  Just enter details of what comes in, and what you spend it on, and the site's rich collection of reports and visualisations will help to ensure that you know where all your money is going.

If You Can Type, You Can Make A Movie

If you need to entertain the children this weekend, how about making and publishing your very own movie?  As the slogan for www.xtranormal.com says, if you can type you can make a movie.

Festive Felicitations

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Diwali, Channukah or nothing at all, may I take this opportunity to thank you for your support throughout 2011.  I hope you've found the stories useful.  I'll still be publishing some Hot Find items between now and the new year, so stay tuned to this site.

Thanks to everyone who's contributed an item or an idea.  Your efforts are much appreciated.

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