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(1) IDPhoto4You – is an instant passport photo booth that allows you to upload your own picture and transform it into a standard passport photo online. This handy tool uses face detection to accurately crop your face and create perfect passport photos. Read more: IDPhoto4You: Instant Passport Photo Booth Online

(2) AlbumArt – Have you ever copied or downloaded a CD or DVD and then wanted the cover for the jewel case? Albumart is a search engine for album art, CD covers and DVD covers. Read more: Albumart: Download CD Music & DVD Movie Cover Art

(3) Bulkr – Flickr is arguably the best photo hosting service today, but managing a massive number of photos can still be a hassle. Fortunately, you can download Flickr pictures in bulk with Bulkr. This convenient desktop app allows you to download up to 200 photos at a time from photostreams, favorites, explored photos, and Flickr search. Read more: Bulkr: Download Flickr Pictures In Bulk

(4) StrikeStar – They say that a lightning never strikes the same place twice. Nonetheless, some places get struck more often that others. Now, with the help of lightning activity map StrikeStar you can check the areas in US most frequently hit by lightnings in the last 60 minutes. This data is collected from participating users all over the country who report on lightnings in their area with a help of special lightning detector software. Read more: StrikeStar: Realtime US Lightning Activity Map

(5) Flaphone – is a free web app that allows you to make calls from your web browser. This flash-based tool also features instant messaging, video calls, and a CallMe widget that can be embedded on websites so that other people can easily contact you.


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  1. AllYourPrices
    December 16, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Thanks for the tip on Flaphone! I was just looking the other day for *exactly* this type of thing, but couldn't find it! I will be investigating this for possible use on our website.

  2. John
    December 14, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Like the new look

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