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Customize the web and make it your own. Today’s Cool Websites and Apps offers five tools we’ve never covered that make the web more pleasant.
Tired of Google constantly changing your new tab page? Do you find their take on tabs useless, ugly, or boring? You’re not alone.
Pull up a chair – we need to talk. No one online cares about how smart you are, and talking about it makes you sound like a prick.
Going without a mobile Internet plan seems almost impossible. But there are a class of tools that use the humble SMS to make the web available to people who can’t afford a data plan.
Make nature sounds a part of your day. Here are 5 free resources for sounds that will help calm you down so you can get things done – or just relax.
The Internet can be a nasty place, but it doesn’t have to be. Little corners remain, where you can just go and relax.
The quest to discover new music never ends. Grooveshark has closed down, but others continue to make it easier, or just better, to find and enjoy new music.
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Secure Boot can prevent some Linux distros from booting. On upcoming Windows 10 devices, manufacturers may remove the option to turn off Secure Boot. This will affect Linux Mint and several other popular distros.
Whether you’re new to OS X or a longtime user, there’s probably something in System Preferences you haven’t found yet. Here are nine things you might have missed.
If you want to see where the web is going, you need to try out Slack. It’s replacing email for internal communications, and third-party tools make it even better.
Free’s always good, right? If you’re willing to spend some time online, you can find all sorts of things for free. Here are 5 sites to check first.
Landlines cost too much; you should ditch yours. Here’s how to do that, save hundreds every year, and still get unlimited long distance calling from a familiar device: your current home phone.
From cleaning out decade-old “Likes” to sharing your email address securely, today we aim to make using social media just a little more customizable.
When you add everything up, do you really save money by cutting the cord? We do the math involved with cancelling cable in favor of Internet services.
Today Cool Websites and Apps goes over five tools that make email even better – take advantage of them.
Pennies, to use tech parlance, are a seriously annoying bug – one that cash needs to fix if it wants to remain competitive.
Sometimes a little bit of a distraction is what you need to get the job done. Helium is a floating browser that lets you watch web videos while you do something else.
Seriously: all of these apps are stupid, and you shouldn’t bother to read about them. But you will.
If you see a truck driver asleep at the wheel in Nevada, don't panic: it…
If you’ve always dreamed of creating a game, these tools are a great place to get started. Apply yourself and you just might end up making something great.
Mediums have different strengths and weaknesses, and adapting a text from one to another sometimes calls for substantial changes. No one understood this better than legendary science fiction author Douglas Adams.
What will you teach yourself? If you want to learn something, you can. Take advantage of that with these five cool resources.