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Funny: Google Blackmail

Funny: Google Blackmail

CollegeHumor’s Google Android Blackmail would be pretty ham-fisted if it weren’t so perfectly-timed; it was released the same day Google decided to extend personalized search to all.

Gboard Gmail Keypad

Gboard Gmail Keypad
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Designed for folks who live, breathe, and sleep Gmail, the Gboard is similar to a USB numeric keypad but features 19 commonly used shortcuts including stars, trash, ESC, and archive.

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Bing Maps x Photosynth

Bing Maps x Photosynth

Microsoft introduces Photosynth to Bing Maps with its own version of street level view; we actually prefer it over Google, as it boasts higher quality images and feels much more 3D.

Astrotour

Astrotour

AstroTour is like an orrery on overdrive: it not only simulates the movement of planets in the solar system but does Copernicus proud with its explanation of retrograde motion.

Website: Glyde

Website: Glyde

It’s not the first site to let you buy and sell used dvds, books, and games, but Glyde is a trade-up from eBay with a clean interface, pre-stamped packaging, and no-hassle returns.

Solar System Scale Model

Solar System Scale Model

A staggering 50 million pixels wide, the Solar System Scale Model gives us a sense of just how itty bity we are; scroll to the right to find planets or use anchors (e.g., add #earth or #mars).

Video: Google Chrome OS

Video: Google Chrome OS

Due out in a year, Google’s Chrome OS is a browser as an OS that targets netbooks with fast boot times, with all web apps and data served and stored in a cloud. “For dummies” intro here.

Website: Scroll Clock

Website: Scroll Clock

A symphony of sliders and a study in operating system UIs, Toki Woki’s Scroll Clock was made using the MooTools JS framework; check out the multi-OS gallery here. Thanks, Scott!

Google Maps: Flu Shots

Google Maps: Flu Shots

We like the free airport Wi-Fi, but Google Maps gets put to more practical (and healthy) uses: the Flu Shot Finder helps you track down seasonal and H1N1 flu shots in your neighborhood.

Facebook: Spore Islands

Facebook: Spore Islands

Spore comes to Facebook with Spore Islands; you’ll get to build and evolve a creature as usual, but it plays more like Game of Life with an entertaining (but hands-off) observation mode.

Website: IMFDB.org

Website: IMFDB.org

Started in 2007, IMFDB.org (aka the Internet Movie Firearms Database) is now fully loaded with an arsenal of guns used in nearly every movie, TV show, video game and anime.

My Parents Were Awesome

My Parents Were Awesome

My Parents Were Awesome honors a generation blessed with social movements, short shorts, and really, really great hair; yes, mom and dad, you were indeed a pair of very cool cats.

Site: Cell Size And Scale

Site: Cell Size And Scale

David and Goliath, meet University of Utah’s Cell Size and Scale: it’s a great visual tool for understanding just how small “small” is, with everything from a grain of salt to a carbon atom.

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Google Music

Google Music

DJ in the Googleplex: Google Music integrates jams into its search results, letting you play and buy full tracks from sources that include iLike, Lala, Imeem, Rhapsody and Pandora.

Website: Gross Out

Website: Gross Out

Filled with eyeballs, slime, and other weapons of gore, Gross Out will turn the insides out of you and your not-so-loved ones; it also serves as a Halloween makeup planner. Thanks, everyone!

xkcd: Farewell, Geocities

xkcd: Farewell, Geocities

xkcd bids a fond, blinking farewell to web hosting service GeoCities by redesigning their entire site today; so long, and thanks for all the animated gifs, comic sans and broken links!

Netflix On PS3

Netflix On PS3

The Playstation 3 finally gets to share the silver screen with the Xbox 360: Netflix arrives on the PS3 in November and will be activated via a special Blu-ray disc that uses BD-Live.

Civilization Network

Civilization Network

Hello, social network, goodbye, social life: details are scarce, but Civilization Network is Sid Meier’s next great world building game and will be played on Facebook; it’ll launch in 2010.

Create Your Own Comic

Create Your Own Comic

Your inner caped crusader won’t want to miss Marvel’s Create Your Own Comic: make and print up to a 22-page comic book with dozens of characters, backgrounds and layouts.

The Helmet Project

The Helmet Project

The Helmet Project deserves its own Hall of Fame for its scope: a work in progress, its goal is to catalog images of all college and pro-football helmets from 1960 to present day.

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The Art of Manliness

The Art of Manliness
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From the eponymous blog, The Art of Manliness is a witty but serious guidebook for men in the 21st century; it covers everything from handshakes and buying flowers to treating snakebites.

Book: Badass

Book: Badass
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Badass is written by Ben Thompson, who has been blogging one badass every week since 2004 on his website; the 352 page book features the 40 baddest badasses ever. Thanks, FF!

Can’t You See I’m Busy

Can’t You See I’m Busy

Play games at work without getting caught with Can’t You See I’m Busy; games such as Arkanoid and Lunar Lander will have you Excel-erating spaceships and editing the hell out of Word.

Google Wave x Pulp Fiction

Google Wave x Pulp Fiction

NSFW: Still can’t wrap your noggin’ around Google Wave? This Pulp Fiction mashup by Joe Sabia should “bang” some sense into your head; it’s basically chat with 72 point font and pictures.

Site: Book of Odds

Site: Book of Odds

What are you chances of being struck by lighting, or, say, two nuclear blasts? Book of Odds is a site devoted to charting your personal odds for both the morbid and the marvelous.

Facebook Quote Buddha

Facebook Quote Buddha

Proof that one should seek enlightenment by sitting under a tree, not by surfing social networks: Facebook Quota Buddha is what happens when you preach Sex and the City.

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