Archive for Ian Hughes

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: DuckDuckGo
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: DuckDuckGo

    By 10 December 2012

    We all know that the big online companies keep information about us. Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Yahoo, Google – they all use every keystroke we enter into their servers to track us and tailor their content to make it easier for advertisers to send us...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Bomb Sight
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Bomb Sight

    By 7 December 2012

    London is a bustling, eclectic city, with a history that stretches back thousands of years. Over the centuries, many things have made their mark on this great city, none more so than the Blitz. Between 1940 and 1941 the Luftwaffe dropped thousands of...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Brand-I
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Brand-I

    By 6 December 2012

    Regular readers will know that we love a bargain, and we’re also big, big fans of online shopping, because that’s where the bargains are mostly to be found. But, as with so much in the online world, shopping can be fraught with peril for the unwary,...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: You Are Listening To
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: You Are Listening To

    By 5 December 2012

    I asked the boss if we could call this Bookmark of the Day today, simply because it’s probably not a site you’re going to need straight away. You’re probably going to take one look, and listen, and think, "Nah, not for me.” But over the next few...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: RI Advent Calendar
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: RI Advent Calendar

    By 4 December 2012

    There is something a little ironic about an Advent calendar based on science but, putting that to one side, the offering from the Royal Institution is an absolute beaut. But then when most Advent calendars are only really about seasonal shapes fashioned...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Elliptigo
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Elliptigo

    By 3 December 2012

    When the human race invented the wheel, we pretty much nailed it. There's not really been much in the way of redevelopment since. But all the things we’ve attached wheels to have been evolving at an alarming rate over the past couple of hundred years...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Onething
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Onething

    By 30 November 2012

    How many times has it happened? You’re sitting there, gazing listlessly at the TV screen. You might have a bowl of snacks handy. Maybe even a refreshing beverage is nestled in your hand. Then, the familiar opening bars of your favourite song cut through...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The Useless Web
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The Useless Web

    By 29 November 2012

    What is the actual point of Thursday anyway? Monday has a use: it’s there for us all to universally despise, as our weekends come crashing to an undignified end. Tuesday’s there for us to start thinking about probably getting some meaningful work...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Google Fight
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Google Fight

    By 28 November 2012

    Yesterday we reported that if you really want to get some serious traffic online you need to include Kate Middleton, Tulisa Contostavlos or Cheryl Cole in your headline (see above – gotta be worth a shot, right?). But of those three, who’s the daddy...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Cocosa
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Cocosa

    By 27 November 2012

    Style costs nothing, or so we’ve been told. But we reckon it’s probably a bit easier to come by if you’re prepared to shell out a few quid. But anything that means you can get the same style and save a few pennies has  got to be a good thing too,...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: GoldenTwits
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: GoldenTwits

    By 26 November 2012

    It’s awards week here at Pocket-lint, so forgive us if we get a little bit excited. But ours are not the only gongs up for grabs, and at goldentwits.com, you’ll find one of our favourites. Twitter is everywhere. It’s become everything from a legitimate...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Worldometers
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Worldometers

    By 23 November 2012

    So yesterday, we talked about how the internet had made the world smaller. It’s a figure of speech, okay? We know it’s not actually getting smaller, as worldometers.info illustrates in quite staggeringly simple ways. This is the dashboard of the world,...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: TunnelBear
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: TunnelBear

    By 22 November 2012

    There are many things that the internet can lay claim to. One is undoubtedly making this world much smaller, with the free flow of information and the breaking down of geographical and cultural barriers. Another is Justin Bieber, so it’s not all roses,...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: HushHush
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: HushHush

    By 21 November 2012

    The idea of the secret sale is no longer really such a secret at all. There are numerous sites you can sign up with to get access to the sales that other people just don’t get to see. Of course, there’s usually nothing stopping ordinary people from...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The People’s Operator
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The People’s Operator

    By 20 November 2012

    So, in case you missed it yesterday, our news team was present at the launch of a new era. Or so the team behind thepeoplesoperator.com would have us all believe. And on first inspection, it’s hard to see anything else. It’s a new mobile virtual network...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: On Trees
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: On Trees

    By 19 November 2012

    If you’re somebody who doesn’t really have to worry about budgeting or managing your finances, then ontrees.com will be of no interest to you at all. For the other 99.9 per cent of people, we reckon you should take a very special interest in this...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Your Grind
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Your Grind

    By 16 November 2012

    You might think we’d save a site all about coffee for a Monday morning, when we’re all likely to need a little booster to get ready for the week. We could do that. Or we could tell you about it now and give you a couple of days to take a look at yourgrind.com...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Windows 95 Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Windows 95 Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks

    By 15 November 2012

    Dip your toe in the seemingly bottomless pool of web-based whimsy that is Tumblr, and you never know what you might find. Political activism, amateur philosophy, cutting-edge art and design – you name it, you can find it. We dip our toes, every now...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Greatest Share on Earth
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Greatest Share on Earth

    By 14 November 2012

    The season for giving might well be just a round the corner, but today is all about sharing. This year, 14 November is the day for the Greatest Share on Earth - a campaign to get the masses switched on to the benefits of sharing. We've featured sites...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: MegaShopBot
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: MegaShopBot

    By 13 November 2012

    After the frivolity of yesterday's one-trick pony (albeit a quite useful one) it's time to get back to something a bit more serious. Shopping. That'll do nicely, particularly as we hurtle headlong into the frenzy of the festive period and the annual orgy...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Price of a Stamp
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Price of a Stamp

    By 12 November 2012

    Too much information. That’s the trouble these days, isn’t it? We’re expected to absorb and retain more information now than ever before. So it’s not all that surprising that some bits fall by the wayside, no matter how simple they should be to...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Shortlist
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Shortlist

    By 9 November 2012

    Five years ago, if you’d stood in front of your bank manager and said: "I’m going to start a magazine. Can you lend me some money please?” they would have asked some fairly searching questions before they agreed. In 2007, print circulations were...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Lovely Jojos
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Lovely Jojos

    By 8 November 2012

    If you followed yesterday’s recommendation, you might well have a load of gorgeous wrapping fabrics headed your way. Now you’ll need some gorgeous things to wrap, right? Well one place to find a few contemporary and quirky objects of desire is lovelyjojos.com....

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Wrag Wrap
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Wrag Wrap

    By 7 November 2012

    As Christmas approaches thoughts turn towards some of those traditional decision we face. Where will I spend Christmas morning? What shall I buy Aunty Gladys this year? What shall I wear to the office party? Will I snog Brenda in accounts (again)? There’s...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Huffington Post US Elections
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Huffington Post US Elections

    By 6 November 2012

    To the outside world, the US Elections seem, for most of the time, like an unfathomable melodrama that puts many long-running soaps to shame. The entire process appears complicated, what with the collegiate system rendering only a handful of states any...