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Cool Websites and Tools – Site Change Notifications, Twitter Emergency Alerts, & Hacker Retreats

Faceless.me – is a Virtual Private Network service which enables you to browse the Internet anonymously and with ease. With the recent revelations of internet spying by the NSA, privacy online has suddenly become a very important topic for everyone and one of the ways you can cover your tracks is by using an encrypted VPN connection.

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VisualPing – not every website has a RSS feed, which can be a bit frustrating if you want to keep up with new content, and there’s no way to sign up for instant updates. VisualPing is the solution to this problem. Simply type in the URL of the website, your email address, the checking frequency, and how much of a change there should be before you are notified.

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Twitter Alerts – if there is an emergency of some kind, it is essential for as many people as possible to hear about it. The dominance of social media and smartphones today means that one of the best ways to broadcast an alert about an emergency is through Twitter. Twitter Alerts is a service where you can type your emergency tweets and have them sent out.

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BIG Launcher Senior Phone – is a fast and simple Android interface for seniors and people with vision problems. Or even you, if you hate millions of icons. BIG Launcher makes the smartphone suitable for seniors, children, and people with eye diseases, motor problems or the legally blind. Visually impaired and technically challenged users can use the simple and easy-to-read interface with ease.

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Hacker Retreat – is a 3-month camp for becoming a better computer programmer. A lot of programmers who are learning how to improve, eventually reach a “plateau”, just like any subject that a person learns. What you then need are like-minded individuals to learn with. Hacker Retreat is setting up in Berlin, and is now inviting applicants.

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