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Website: Quirky.com

Website: Quirky.com

Quirky.com doesn’t just let you buy things–it lets you build them, too; the social product development site lets users submit product ideas, vote on them and earn cash for their help.

Twitterverse v0.9

Twitterverse v0.9

Twitterers @BrianSolis and @Jess3 wrangle a nebular glob of Twitter-related apps into a galactic map with Twitterverse V0.9; they’re grouped by purpose into spiral arms.

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Gadget Teardowns

Gadget Teardowns

iFixit’s Gadget Teardown is tantamount to gadget porn, not that we’re complaining; it allows users to contribute their own disassembly photos of everything from G1s to Nintendo DSis.

Indy 500 Race Tracker

Indy 500 Race Tracker

The 2009 Indy 500 Race Tracker is an infographic-lover’s way to watch races; it shows all 200 laps from start to finish, with cars shown in relation to their time behind/in front of the leader.

Video: Google Holodeck

Video: Google Holodeck

Seen at Google I/O, the Google Holodeck shows Street View at high speed; it gives viewers the illusion of motion, which is fun as long as the safety protocols don’t go offline.

Free: Spymaster

Free: Spymaster

It’s in private beta, but we’re chomping at the bit to try Spymaster: it’s a Twitter-based social game where you’ll purchase weapons on the black market and assassinate for hire.

The Cryptic Canvas

The Cryptic Canvas

Like a cinematic version of Where’s Waldo, The Cryptic Canvas challenges you to ID 50 movies from the past two decades using clues; it’s in celebration of Empire Online’s 20th birthday.

Website: Map the Fallen

Website: Map the Fallen

It’s Memorial Day in the US, so in honor of 5,700+ fallen servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, please visit Map the Fallen; it shows both their homes and places of passing.

DIY: Tweet-A-Watt

DIY: Tweet-A-Watt

Finally, a twitter tool with real “utility”: Adafruit Industries’ Tweet-a-Watt tweets your power usage using a Kill-A-Watt monitor and a wireless transmitter; build your own or buy a kit.

Site: Starring the Computer

Site: Starring the Computer

We’ve already blown a good half hour at Starring the Computer, with many more to come: the website’s goal is to catalog and identify every appearance of a computer in movies.

App: Email N’ Walk

App: Email N’ Walk
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Texting while walking can be almost as dangerous as driving, but Phase2 Media’s Email N’ Walk uses your iPhone’s camera to project what’s in front while you message away.

Star Wars Soundboards

Star Wars Soundboards

A million voices cried out and were played in a loop: Star Wars Soundboard has dozens of squealing Jawas, growling Wookiees and whiny Lukes to mix at your mercy. Thanks, Thorir!

Website: TeeMagnet.com

Website: TeeMagnet.com

Tired of missing those one-day-only t-shirt sales? TeeMagnet.com is a godsend: it compiles tee-a-day sites and displays their current offerings along with the time remaining.

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YooouuuTuuube.com

YooouuuTuuube.com

Yooouuutuuube may cause brain damage: it’ll take any YouTube video and play it in a 36×36 column with each video slightly out of sync; check out Numa Numa or Alice. Thanks, everyone!

Aerial NYC Tour

Aerial NYC Tour

Taken high above Manhattan locations such as Times Square and Central Park, this panoramic Aerial NYC Tour is both breathtaking and relaxing thanks to chill music by Solid Beats.

Website: Stweet.com

Website: Stweet.com

It has some stability issues, but we like how Stweet.com mashes up Twitter and Google Maps; it uses street views to lend even more of a voyeuristic quality to live tweets.

Website: Living Sasquatch

Website: Living Sasquatch

Living Sasquatch finally makes proper use of augmented reality by giving it the ability to grunt, out of control body hair and a nice dose of comedy–but no beer. Thanks, Beth!

Google News Timeline

Google News Timeline

Fresh from the Googleplex, Google News Timeline provides a calendar-style view of news; its best feature is the ability to add custom queries from other sources and blogs.

Website: Terminate Yourself

Website: Terminate Yourself

Terminate Yourself gives everyone the chance to turn themselves into a cyborg killing machine; we also found it to be surprisingly useful in explaining a lot about certain celebrities.

Mobile Gmail/Calendar

Mobile Gmail/Calendar

Double trouble from the folks at the Googleplex: Mobile Gmail and Mobile Web Calendar have been significantly revamped thanks to HTML5 functionality and UI tweaks.

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Video: Flutter

Video: Flutter

Produced by Slate Magazine, Flutter is such an effective parody of Twitter we wouldn’t be surprised if it got venture capital; it introduces “nano-blogging,” which uses only 26 characters.

Web Trend Map 4

Web Trend Map 4

Take 333 of the most important websites and the 111 most influential people and you have Web Trend Map 4; it’s mapped in the style of the Tokyo Metro and is limited to 1,000 pieces.

Website: Namechk.com

Website: Namechk.com

We’ve long since given up keeping track of all the various social sites out there, but we love what Namechk.com does: it checks 76 sites to see if your username is already taken.

ShirtsMyWay.com

ShirtsMyWay.com

ShirtsMyWay is a startup that lets guys customize their own dress shirts; you’ll be able to choose fabrics, buttons and more, with a staggering 7 trillion possible combinations in all.

Mars on Google Earth

Mars on Google Earth

Google Earth 5.0 also comes with enhancements for the other (red) planet: Mars will get nearly-live imagery from the Odyssey and Reconnaisance Orbiter as well as 3D viewing.

Google Voice

Google Voice

Phone consolidator GrandCentral is back, this time as Google Voice; it’s still not available to the public, but has been retooled to be an email inbox for voicemail messages.

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