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Das Referenz: Wikipedia – Encyclopedias have always showcased culture and style. Das Referenz strives to build on this heritage. With an eye for detail, Das Referenz puts Wikipedia’s vast amount of knowledge into a sleek package of clear layouts, world-class typography, and playful interactions. Quench your thirst for important facts and for trivia, too. Wikipedia research has never been more efficient.

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Divide Your Rent Fairly – When you’re sharing an apartment with roommates, it can be a challenge to decide who takes which bedroom, and at what price. Sit down with your roommates and use the calculator below to find the fair division. It will prevent a lot of arguments later.

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RipeTrack – helps you to find when your favorite fruits and vegetables are at their peak of ripeness. Just type in the item you want to know about in the searchbar above. You can even search by month of the year to find out what’s ripe right now. Isn’t it disappointing to bite into a flavorless watery tomato, a sour berry, a bitter green?

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HoverReader – Read an article simply by hovering over a link. Get an instant preview and read an entire article without leaving the page you are on. All you have to do is hover over any link. You don’t have to put up with the clutter of images and ads on newspaper articles. Works on Reddit, Google News, Yahoo News, Digg, Facebook, and much more.

AtHome Camera – Turn your smartphone into a portable IP camera. Instantly turn your used smartphone (iPhone or Android phone) into a full-featured video surveillance system with AtHome Video Streamer. Easily connect and watch your home anywhere anytime. With the AtHome Camera app, you can access your security camera from your mobile phone.

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  1. Charlie
    November 10, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    This did NOT Help me

  2. Jaz
    May 11, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    The At Home Camera... Using your Smart Phone... Yeah I can see that working as loads of people love leaving the house without their smartphone

    • Robert
      May 12, 2014 at 10:52 am

      I think the idea of the app is NOT to use your primary smartphone, but instead if you have an older model around that you USED to use (as in your outdated iPhone 3GS or something) to use that, instead.

      I may very well be incorrect about this, but at least that's how I interpreted it... :-)

  3. alexi
    May 11, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    In the past, when I clicked on the links in cool websites category, it took me to another page in makeuseof which showed that you had already written about that website but unfortunately it's not like that anymore. thats a shame :(

    • Robert
      May 12, 2014 at 10:48 am

      This is because Mark now features "cool websites and tools" that are fairly new to the game, as well as the fact that some of the ones he features now don't necessarily warrant a full (or even partial) article entirely dedicated to covering it.

      Still, I agree; it was nice when there were links to articles that covered the website/tool being discussed in this feature. However, on the bright side, look at it this way: At least now we get MORE new websites and tools, as opposed to before, where this feature was just a repeat coverage of ones that had previously been written up about.

      I don't know about you, but I actually prefer the new style to that of the old (even though the old style was a fantastic one).

      I mean, after all—to keep up with the other tech sites—MakeUseOf has got to look forward, right?

    • Mark O'Neill
      May 12, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Alexi - before, we were linking to the MakeUseOf Directory, but we stopped doing the directory a couple of years back.

      I agree with Robert, rather than rehash what we have already done, we are giving you the readers fresh websites and tools. Something new to look forward to.

  4. Christopher W
    May 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I have a simple formula for dividing up my rent. Add up rent, electricity and phone Internet. Then divide by one.

    Hardly ever have to get the calculator out. :D

  5. Srivatsan V
    May 11, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Is there something like Das Referenz for Android? I see the App Store link on the page and no Play Store/Android Market link, so I'm assuming they have no version for Android.

  6. dragonmouth
    May 11, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Das Referenz is too busy. I want information, not glitz and eye candy. As Sgt. Friday used to say "The facts, ma'am, just the facts."

  7. Saikat B
    May 11, 2014 at 9:27 am

    das Referenz: Wikipedia is a typographic delight. It's high time Wikipedia stop going by community consensus and does something about its design.

    • Mark O'Neill
      May 11, 2014 at 9:41 am

      I know! I am in love with this app. I love Wikipedia but their design is terrible and very off-putting. They can take a few lessons from Das Referenz.

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