xenmaster's favorite web-services

  • social-media

  • MeWe

    Free Web Android iPhone Website

    I use this as my primary social network. It allows people to form private groups for their friends and family. It is pretty reminiscent of Google Plus for folks that used to use that service and many users are refugees from that service. It has some pretty significant backing as well, including from Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web!


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  • LinkedIn

    Freemium Windows Web Android iPhone Chrome ... Software as a Service (SaaS) Website

    I use this site exclusively for professional networking. Has a lot of spam, but a great way to keep in touch with old colleagues and to make new connections professionally. Use with care and always refuse invites from third-party headhunters!


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  • education

  • HelloChinese

    Freemium Android iPhone iPad Website

    I use Duolingo for most of my language learning, but they aren't as good as HelloChinese for learning Chinese. My only complaint is that while HelloChinese is very good, it will get you only to the basic level of learning the language - there are more specialized solutions that can take you to the advanced level, although I recommend having a tutor for that part of the process.


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  • Duolingo

    Freemium Web Android iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone ... iPad Website

    Useful for learning Spanish, I use Duolingo also for learning Thai and Vietnamese, which is pretty acceptable so far.


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  • Udemy

    Commercial Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    There are so many courses here - I primarily use it to self-teach on Design and Website Engineering. Some courses are better than others (Their Django course is extremely outdated) so proceed with caution.


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  • SitePoint

    Freemium Web Website

    A site specifically about web-design, it includes great articles, eBooks, and tutorial courses.


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  • entertainment

  • Hulu

    Commercial Windows Web Android iPhone Chrome OS ... Windows S Android Tablet iPad Apple Watch Apple TV Playstation VR Daydream Kindle Fire Roku Playstation Fire TV Gear VR Chromecast Xbox Oculus Rift Website

    Hulu is my go-to for old school TV shows I know and love from my youth in the 80s and 90s. Holds awesome movies too. It has pretty good original series too, especially compared to Netflix, which has more flops than gems in the catalog.


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  • Prime Video

    Commercial Windows Web Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad Website

    Another great place to get awesome videos - it has some offerings that Hulu does not have. Also, you get bundled discounts, free shipping, and bonuses at Whole Foods, you cannot beat this deal!


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  • YouTube

    Freemium Web Android iPhone Blackberry Chrome OS ... Android Tablet iPad Apple TV KaiOS Fire TV Nintendo Switch Xbox Website

    Has great original series, although the platform is starting to turn its back on original creators in favor of corporate content. My favorite items here include the wide selection of independent music creators and online series like Freddie Wong's old videos and the WongFu selections.


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  • Kodi

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Raspberry Pi Fire TV Website

    Great entertainment center for free content. I use it specifically for South Park and the Simpsons (during the golden years).


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  • news-services

    Missing items include good tech blogs like Make Tech Easier, and Hacker News. Coming up soon so stay tuned!

  • MakeUseOf

    Free Web Website

    Lots of cool websites, computer tips, and how-tos are featured here!


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  • Reuters

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire Website

    A good departure from clickbait news - Reuters generally tends to give you just the facts compared to hype machines like FOX, CNN, and MSNBC as well as the less reputable blogs like Vox, Vice, Slate, and Buzzfeed, which really only masquerade as legitimate news.


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  • Ars Technica

    Freemium Web Website

    Ars Technica was founded in 1998 when Founder & Editor-in-Chief Ken Fisher announced his plans for starting a publication devoted to technology that would cater to what he called "alpha geeks": technologists and IT professionals. Ken's vision was to build a publication with a simple editorial mission: be "technically savvy, up-to-date, and more fun" than what was currently popular in the space. In the ensuing years, with formidable contributions by a unique editorial staff, Ars Technica became a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, breakdowns of the latest scientific advancements, gadget reviews, software, hardware, and nearly everything else found in between layers of silicon.


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  • online-games

  • Sorcery!

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad Steam Website

    Epic, fantasy adventure in a world of magic told through a classic gamebook experience.


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  • 2048

    Free Web Android iPhone PortableApps.com Website

    Puzzle game written by 19 - year old Italian designer Gabriele Chirulli based on 1024.


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  • Plants vs Zombies

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire Steam Website

    Outlandish tower defense game series where players use weaponized plants to fend off waves of zombies.


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  • Monument Valley

    Commercial Android iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad ... Kindle Fire Website

    Beautifully surreal puzzle adventure through worlds of fantasy architecture and impossible designs.


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  • Bejeweled

    Freemium Mac Web Android iPhone S60 ... Blackberry Windows Phone Kindle Fire Website

    Bejeweled: match sparkling gems three at a time to make them burst in showers of color and points. Match four or more to create flashy power gems that boost your score and your mood with brilliant cascades and combos.

    Soar to gem-matching heights in Classic mode, or speed through matches against the clock in Action. For even more dazzling fun, bump up your brainwaves with multi-faceted Puzzles, or enter the Zen state of Endless play. Every match is high-carat fun!

    Bejeweled is available on Windows and Mac, online ( http://www.popcap.com/games/free/bejeweled2 ), on Nokia phones ( http://store.ovi.com/content/306986 ), on Windows Phone 7 ( http://www.popcap.com/games/windowsphone7/bejeweledlive ), on iPhone ( http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bejeweled-2/id284832142?mt=8 ), on Blackberry ( http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/129575/?lang=en ), Playbook ( http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/60760/?lang=en ) and on Android ( http://www.popcap.com/games/bejeweled2/android ).

    It's also available on various consoles: on PS2, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE and WiiWare


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  • Dynomite!

    Commercial Windows Web Website

    Download & play Dynomite Deluxe. Blast eggs of the same color for prehistoric fun!


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  • messengers

  • Signal

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Ubuntu Touch Website

    I use this almost exclusively in place of my messenger service. It's a fantastic app that everyone should use!


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  • LINE

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Apple Watch Website

    Useful for my people in Taiwan, The Philippines, Japan, Korea, and Thailand.


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  • webservices

  • Domainr

    Free Web Website

    If you want to look up a domain name you are thinking of buying up, you can't beat DomainR! It will autopopulate similar names, possible domain hacks, and show you if they are available or not.


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  • DuckDuckGo

    Free Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad ... Vivaldi Browser Chrome Safari F-Droid Yandex.Browser Opera Firefox Website

    DuckDuckGo is the best search engine I've ever used. I proudly say I've only used Google a handful of times on purpose - DDG has always been good and is getting better and they don't track or bubble your search results!


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  • OpenStreetMap

    Free Web Website

    I use this as often as I can for getting around town. There are also mobile clients for this service, like OSMand.


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  • software management

  • PRISM Break

    Free Web Website

    A good catalog for relatively safe software and a good place to start for people looking for a way to host their own webservices.


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  • PrivacyTools.io

    Free Web Website

    Similar to above, but also includes basic tutorials about VPNs, E-Mail service providers, and gives information about how to configure Firefox to make it safer to use.


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