Here’s Some Of The Coolest Free Stuff On The Internet

The “Interwebs” are a vast and mysterious place, with very interesting things lurking in the distant nooks and crannies. If you go spelunking for long enough, you might even discover some pretty cool free stuff.

Here is small sample of some of the best free stuff you can find online. This list is completely unscientific, in no specific order, and totally subject to change at any moment.

User-Friendly Homepage: iChrome

Install iChrome to organize your frequently used apps and websites on one pretty page. Customize it and use in Google Chrome as your home page or new tab page. There’s a free version (shown below) and a pro version for $20 per year. The upgrade adds a stunning video to your background.

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Midday Break: iPet Companion

Nothing soothes the soul like playing with puppies and kittens. And now, you can take a free virtual visit to animal shelters (even when you’re stuck at the office!) through iPet Companion. There are live streaming cameras that you can move around to see the animals, and buttons you can click to jiggle cat toys and give treats to the puppies. It’s adorable, and after a couple of free clicks, you won’t be able to resist buying treats for the pups. But, hey, it’s for a good cause.

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iPet Companion.com

Retro Clock: Fliqlo

A 1970s-style flip clock screensaver is a high-tech way to add a bit of retro charm to your space. See them in action here. Cat not included.

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Self-Destructing Email: 10-Minute Email

This is totally neat—kind of like the modern-day version of the self-destructing tape player in “Mission:Impossible.” This temporary email address that lasts for, as the name implies, 10 minutes. Use it when you need to give an email address to get access to a website that you don’t want spamming you later.

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10-Minute Email.com

Online Photo Editing: Pixlr

Use this free app to enhance your photos. It’s not as sophisticated as Photoshop, but it also doesn’t come with the Photoshop price tag.

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Pixlr.com

Random Free Stuff: Craigslist

Check out your local Craigslist, and under the “For Sale” section, there’s a sub-header for “Free.” You never know what people in your town might be giving away. As the saying goes, one man’s trash . . .

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Feed Others: Free Rice

A noble concept, to be sure. The site will present you with a series of questions. For every correct answer, the World Food Programme will donate 10 grains of rice. It adds up.

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Free Rice.com

Organized Desktop: Rainmeter

Use this free app to organize and customize your computer desktop. See more info here.

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Ambient Sounds: A Soft Murmur

Use this on your desktop or download the Android app. (No Apple version yet). Just like the name says, you can get soft, soothing background noises piped in to wherever you are. There’s nothing like falling asleep to the sound of waves lapping up on the shore—when you live in an urban high-rise.

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[h/t: Thrillist]

Disney Emojis Are Here—And Here’s How You Can Get Them

Emojis have changed the way we communicate via text, and now it’s about to get even better. Disney has releasing their own emoji keyboard that includes 400 emojis from both Disney and Pixar movies.

Disney emojis include all your favorite Disney characters: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, as well as Ariel, The Mad Hatter, and Monster’s Inc.‘s Mike Wazowski.

There is a catch, however. If you want these emojis for your text conversations, you’ll have to earn them through a game called Disney Emoji Blitz. Through this game, you’ll unlock more emojis for your keyboard, and the way you text will never be the same! Seems like these fun emojis will definitely be worth the effort.

If you are an Android user, you can download and install the app now — get excited!

 

Now You Can Print Photos From Your Phone Case Instantly Like A Polaroid Camera

Millions of people across the globe take thousands of pictures each year. But so many of them never see the light of day: as a tangible photo.

Tethered to the digital world, so many memories can fade because the art of printing and sharing photos has so drastically changed over the last decade.

Then I stumbled upon Prynt, and here’s why I’m so excited to share this new product with you: Prynt is one of the first of its kind: a phone case that allows you to print photos from your smartphone.

How It Works

According to their video, simply plug your phone into the case, take a picture, and instruct it to print. In a few moments, the case will spit out a 2″x3″ photo of your desire.

Why It’s Neat

The case is less bulky than I imagined, and certainly plays into the nostalgia of using a Polaroid camera. It doesn’t require Bluetooth or Wifi (a great selling point, in my opinion), and uses ZINK Paper.

When in college, I actually had the opportunity to play with ZINK technology from Polaroid. And it’s really neat.

ZINK Paper is a product that uses thermal technology to develop an image. It does not require ink, cartridges, toner or ribbons.

Rather, color molecules are embedded within layers of the paper. When heated, the the colors are activated and that in turn, creates an image. So no smudges, smears, or runny faces. Here’s a sliced versions of what the paper looks like:

I think this is such a neat new product. In fact, I could really see it taking off as a rentable service in the wedding industry.

Specifically, placing a few around the reception and allowing people to plug in their phone, take a picture, and when printed, adhere to a scrapbook with some well wishes for the bride and groom. It’d be like a new, portable version of a photo booth.

What do you think? Would you consider buying one?

[h/t: Hello Giggles]