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Mobitest – There are a number of tools that can check the performance of your site on the web, meaning how fast it loads, what the elements are that take time to load and so on. Mobitest is a similar service except that it focuses on mobile devices as the testing platform. Read more: Mobitest: Check Load Time Of The Website For Mobile Devices

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Kindle Textbook Rental – If you are a student in the US then Amazon’s new Kindle Textbook Rental service could help you save money by renting textbooks instead of buying them. Amazon has a huge collection of textbooks in its catalog and it is now allowing students to rent them on Kindle devices and various Kindle apps for computers and mobile devices. The books can be rented from 30 to 360 days. Read more: Kindle Textbook Rental: Rent Textbooks On Kindle & Kindle Apps


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Ambient Mixer – We all have our favourite bands that we listen to. But at times tunes comprised of natural sounds are the only thing that can relax us. If you would like to listen to these sounds, visit a site called Ambient Mixer, a free to use website that offers a wide variety of natural sound environments. Read more: Ambient Mixer: Listen To Ambient & Relaxing Sounds


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Heartcode CanvasLoader Creator – A preloading icon is a helpful tool that notifies app users that something is being loaded. To create such an icon, you need to code it up and incorporate its code into your app. This former task is much easier thanks to a a free to use web tool called Heartcode CanvasLoader Creator. Read more: Heartcode CanvasLoader Creator: Get Customized Preloader For Your Apps


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GPHangouts – If you have not checked yet, Hangouts is probably the coolest feature that Google Plus offers. But with people still getting used to the new social network, there isn’t an easy way to find hangouts to join. GPHangOuts aims to change that by creating a simple directory of all the public Hangouts currently happening on Google Plus. Read more: GPHangOuts: A Directory For Public Google+ Hangouts


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  1. Rafael
    October 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

    It is just me, or never the images from the "Cool Websites and Tools" series appear? Or they are broken, or a generic image from "ShrinkTheWeb" saying that the account was unsubscribed or banned shows up. (Sorry for posting here, is that I see this problem in my Google Reader timeline for ages, and I can see here in the website as well)

    • Tina
      October 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm


      thanks for the heads-up! You are not the only one who has seen this issue and we are aware of it. I can't seem to reproduce it when viewing MakeUseOf in Google Chrome, making me think it was a temporary issue that crops up every now and then.

      What browser are you using and on what device?

  2. Protonix India
    October 1, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Protonix is an young company started by Engineers with passion for Timely and Quality Services. 
    Protonix has, at its leadership, Senior Engineers with about 20 years of experience in

    Software Design, Development, Integration, Validation & Testing
    Management of teams across cultures, countries, and technologies
    Domains like Networking, Consumer Multimedia, and Embedded Systems/Software

  3. Pradosh Bitingsoft
    October 1, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Nice Round up.
    I like the first site

    • Tina
      October 1, 2011 at 10:50 am

      Thanks for the feedback, Pradosh!

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