Wikibrains- A tool for brainstorming and mind mapping

Wikibrains

Craving to do something different but finding yourself out of ideas. Are you? When you start thinking of making a niche in the world, it suddenly seems that everything has been attempted. More than often we run out of ideas. To be different, we need to think out of the box, so goes the saying. But what if one cannot locate the box? Now that’s a googly.

Wikibrains is a very visual app, which answers to the immense and endless possibilities in creative sectors. It is a platform that enhances creative thinking in a very dynamic way by smart brain-storming.

New ideas can never be far, when friends are close. This at-a-glance interface gives an ability for people to share their thoughts and connect online to get a vibrant range of fresh new perspectives not bound by preconceived notions and limitations.

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Brainstorming is a classic tool that has helped transform ideas into forums, blogs and more. The capacity of brainstorming is not limited but has exponential potential. Wikibrains is a tool that creates an online space beyond the social walls of institutions and organizations which have always hindered its full usage, thus delivering instant and relevant information to a specific search. Users can search for what they are looking for, and in return get much more, in the form of other related brainstorms creating more variations with a widening horizon of new ideas.

Co-Founded by Jishai Evers, Gilad Manor and Elisha Evers, Wikibrains is a growing database structure of semantically linked knowledge and information to help smart crowd save their time spent on their research projects.

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So for all the creatives out there – Happy brainstorming!

UseTheFood – Lets you share and discover recipes by ingredients

UseTheFood

A sprinkle of mustard seeds, add some cumin and cloves and lo! Behold, most of the homemade dishes are ready to be served. But isn’t that what everyone does? The privilege to know what to do differently with the same spices and conjure, the most marvelous of dishes is a feat in itself. For this you do not need a giant recipe list rather an internet connection would suffice, because UseTheFood is here to assist you do something different.

You were preparing some whipped cream mousse for a kitty party in the evening, but you realize to your dismay that you added salt for sugar in your whisked eggs. Do not panic, UseTheFood provides you with ways that can work magic on your spoiled mousse batter and you can end up making a velvet pancake with molten chocolate.

UseTheFood is a free to use online tool, without signup cliches yet an available option if you choose to, which reduces food wastage incredibly, at the same time allowing you to share your ‘batter-spices-and-essence’. The online app has a very systematic search option which creates scrumptious dishes from regular ingredients, by looking it up, in a zap.

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The free app has not only delicious visuals but also a rather intriguing blog, which emphasizes on the usage of food or what’s left of it, very true to the what the site has been christened.

UseTheFood is open to public and works its charms for our fellow foodies, who can share their awesome-touch online and get the chance to invite their friends. More recipes can be found at CookDen, another startup by fellow foodies, for foodies very much like you and me.

Lets slurp some coffee with great relish – #BonAppetite

StickyMoose – Plan and manage your events efficiently

StickyMoose

When was the last time you organized a party, a get-together or a reunion? I’m sure you must have experienced the mess after you posted the event on Facebook and tried broadcasting the message over WhatsApp and BBM. Oh, I can imagine it pretty well, your notifications flooding, and your phone continuously pinging.

Here’s an end to your nightmare with a super cool tool called StickyMoose; which not only helps you organize your event invitees, but also helps you get votes and suggestions for the extra details regarding your event.

With StickyMoose, you can plan your event in a very systematic way with just 3 easy-to-follow steps:

  • After signing in, just create your event (a party, reunion, a social event, family get-together) and spice it up with some description.
  • In the next step, you get an extra option of adding multiple questions related to the event, with an ability to set the deadline, ensuring that you won’t be receiving any silly queries from people who always tend to be a Late Kate.
  • Lastly, you get two auto-generated links, one for your personal use – to manage the event details, and the other – to share with all your friends.

Worried about last-minute changes, StickyMoose takes care of that too; it keeps all your guests updated by notifying them every time you make a change to the event.

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Moreover, being the host, you can also moderate the entire conversation between members, and even delete the questions or any suggestions by invitees.

Founded by Wim Imans, Karel Vanheule and Bob Smolders, StickyMoose is currently in its private beta, with plans of going live in coming three months. Till then, start thinking about your next event –  You’ve a great tool coming soon!

Mail’ette – Helps designers to showcase their mockups, track approvals and save time

Mailette

When it comes to creative decisions of the websites, majority of business owners tend to leave it on professional designers. While a professional designer knows perfectly what is attainable and what is not, no one can understand your business requirements better than you. Thus, the final product must combine both the hands in order give your ideas perfect shape.

If you possess creative skills, then all you need is to sharpen your skills in order to become a successful graphic designer. First of all you need to familiarize with designing software’s like Photoshop, Illustrator or others you find comfortable. Before you finally kick start your journey, and set up your own business, you’ll need to create demo business cards, mock logos and few other assets. Setting up your portfolio, and mock designs will enable you to approach potential clients more smoothly. For this purpose, you may try out the several designing forums that hosts thousands of content daily, but the best possible place to develop your skills is none other than Mail’ette.

Mail’ette is a simple web application, for the upcoming freelance designers or web developing agencies to send their mock designs via email, get feedback, and share it with the clients, ultimately getting approval for their work very fast. It is vital to decide the number of templates that you’ll need, what is the most important thing to be included in every page of the website, where should be the navigation and much more. Initially, designers used to sum up the entire task in a piece of paper before execution. With Mail’ette, you can simply attach your entire idea via email, with the link to your mock webpage and receive email confirmation once your designs are approved by clients. Its that simple!

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This will surely help designers fine-tune their skills and boost up their income. So, if you are an amateur designer, hunting for an opportunity to pitch your creative skills, start with the basic plan of Mail’ette free account today, and get hired immediately!

Mailrox – Quickly build bulletproof HTML emails

Mailrox

If you have ever coded rich HTML emails by hand, you will know how painful it is and after putting in all your efforts, you still don’t know how it will end up on being displayed in different email clients. Sean Hinton, a London based web-developer, faced with this issue too and he ended up building a tool called Mailrox to make life easier for coding HTML email templates.

Mailrox is sort-of-WYSIWYG tool which lets you create an email template in three easy steps. Upload the image/design, define your layout and add the content. Adding the content requires knowledge and coding in HTML and CSS hence I used the term ‘sort-of-WYSIWYG’. The templates are compatible with ten different email clients including Lotus notes, Outlook, Gmail and others. The templates are reusable and a simple interface of Mailrox ensures huge time saving with no multiple rounds of testing. The finished templates can be also exported in a package for Campaign Monitor, Mailchimp, or just a simple zip.

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Some of the best features I found interesting compiles of a compatibility report which specifies whether your design can display well on all the clients, an ability to specify the prefix URL for downloading a zip file, an ability to add custom styles in text, prior testing by sending test mail and a snapshot preview in browser. Very well thought out features. The chopping tool in the layout definition step involves a learning curve but that is a onetime effort.

Mailrox is in free private beta mode right now, with an open invitation to access the platform first hand. Apart from other to-do things, templates with responsive designs feature is also on the list. One feature I’d like to see is an option to upload a PSD along with current JPG or GIF formats.

Mailrox Email Template

So, if you’re one of those who spend hours coding HTML email templates, now you can quickly build bulletproof HTML emails with MailRox.

Catmoji – A fun and interactive place for cat-lovers

Catmoji

Not all of us are fond of animals but if I go on talking about those little, furry, unbelievably adorable creatures most of you would want to owe a kitten (yeah, I do have a hundred reasons for getting one). Be it their purring, their toying around in your house or neighborhood one just cannot seem to ignore them and if you happen to be a cat lover, then Catmoji is exactly what you’ve been missing out.

Cat-lovers through Catmoji can now share and discover cat pictures, and videos by expressing themselves with the help of emoji’s. Disrupting from Start-Up Chile, Catmoji has its mission of making internet a better, interactive and happier place for cats and their owners all around the world.

Sign up for your own catmunity (cat community) where you can post and share exclusive pictures of cats with other cat lovers. A different and improved version of avatar, most popularly called catavatar can also be created, which will then act as your identity on Catmoji. The cat addiction does not end here, you can earn unique badges too. These are no ordinary badges and unlocking them will take your interest to a whole new level.

Catmoji Profile

Looking at the privacy section, cat lovers have the complete liberty to delete their cat pictures and videos thereby adding to the security aspect of their personal data. Though Catmoji is in its private beta stage, users can still request for an invitation or hang close around the already registered users, who can invite upto three people (lucky ones ha!).

Founded by Matthew Phiong and Loo Wan Koe, Catmoji has surely earned the respect and interest of cat lovers as it lets them discover and explore cats all around the world. (=^ω^=) Meoww!

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Blogmate – Helps you to highlight, annotate and organize your web content

Blogmate

Although today we are accessible to tools like Instapaper and Readability, where we can easily pin up all the interesting articles from various blogs and websites, all at once place; I still find it pretty more cumbersome when I really need to do some editing with particular articles.

Try remembering those days right back, when we were limited to pen and paper. Do you remember that phase of your school days, when you used those fluorescent color markers to highlight important passages in your textbook? It was fun and helpful, both at the same time.

Wouldn’t it be better if we could add such real time activities to a reading website? Well that’s what Blogmate is all about; an online tool which not only saves all your web pages and online articles (as archives), but also helps you highlight and make annotations to all important passages in order to take notes, just the way you do it on a paperback notebook.

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Here’s the answer right from the developers of Blogmate – “We know that reading actively, e.g. highlighting or annotating while reading, can help improve your understanding and retention of the text. During active reading, your brain is deliberately creating rather than passively consuming.”

Just to make sure you get the best of both worlds, Austin Fonacier, Danny Banks and Ben Johnson, from California; have been working at night, after their regular day office-shift to build this online platform.

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Even though, we’ve covered some of the best reading tools earlier – Old Reader, Backstitch, SyndiFeed; with it’s appealing features, Blogmate seems to bring in some serious competition in the game.

Now you can grab any content from the web and create your own personal archive of information and have a better reading experience.

Download the Chrome Extension of Blogmate here.

Recommendsy – Helps you spread the word of mouth via recommendations

Recommendsy

For a small business owner or a freelancer, it is very crucial to adopt an array of online marketing strategies, to popularize their brands or services across the global market. The primary factor is to drive traffic to your business website, and spreading the news of your organization, to arrest the gaze of potential customers. Nowadays, by using recommendations and reviews of your products and services, you can effectively drive more and more traffic to your web page. This may appear to be a hectic and time consuming task, but once you are done with it, you need to worry no more about fetching visitors for your web page.

Over the past few years, the social networking sites have played immense role in online marketing and popularizing brands or services. Looking at Facebook and Twitter itself, there are more than 800 million already existing users engaging themselves in liking a post, tweeting, sharing, posting, and much more throughout the day. If you are thinking how to make the opportunity of sharing testimonials or reviews about your services on these social sites, here we have probably the best solution: RECOMMENDSY.

Recommendsy is a free widget that provides your potential customers a platform to gather more information about your organization, products and online services and recommend them over Facebook and Twitter (pretty similar to the mobile app Mouthee). Likewise, if the existing customers are satisfied with your services, they can recommend it to their socially connected friends with a single-click. Signing up in Recommendsy is just a matter of few minutes. Thereafter you receive a code, which then can be pasted to your website to start the magic – Spreading the word like a wildfire!

RECOMMENDSY, the recommendation marketing tool

You can even set up a list of frequently asked questions along with answers and recommendations pertaining to your web page or products as default. There also exists a customization tool which helps you decide the position of the widget and select your favorite color shade to comply perfectly with the existing color patterns of your web page. Thus, you can use it yourself without any assistance from your developer. Isn’t that great?

Get your products recommended today by utilizing this free, fast and powerful tool!

Lectrio – A classroom community for students and teachers to stay connected

Lectrio

Are you one of those students or teachers who struggle with assignments, submissions, up to date time table, lectures and increasing courses? Most probably yes, because these days it is becoming difficult to cope up with the pressure of achieving target, completion of work tasks, keeping records, attending lectures on time and many more. So here comes Lectrio an innovative E-learning environment to our rescue.

Lectrio, the web-application helps to conduct any course online and connect with each student worldwide. Every course is distinguished by its unique set of features making the learning interactive as the students – teachers can get together simply by setting up a discussion. Thus, the Q&A, queries can be easily solved. What makes the Lectrio more convenient to use is that all the lecture materials, presentations can be shared just by linking the content to the web like any other social networking site.

The teachers will find it friendly and easy too as they can keep track of the grades, attendance on each lecture, workshops together with writing special remarks and notes for every student. In each course the past grades are displayed together with the present to stimulate the results making student evaluation easier. With the latest LMS edition it’s handy to create different student groups, manage enrolments, broadcast assignment dates and other laborious tasks.

To add to our relief, this web-academy is maintained by the technical team which liberalizes us from downloading or paying licenses or upgrading software’s as Lectrio is cloud-based and provides back-up for our data every day. It’s easy accessibility through an any device; be it laptop, tablet, iPad and Smartphone makes it further more demanding by schools and colleges.

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Managed by Nikita Karotaev, Alex Lavasov and Hercules Fisherman, this next-generation learning platform brings us an efficient and friendly way to learn faster and better.

Junkio – A marketplace to sell your junk socially

Junkio

Are you one of those people who bought a guitar on whim but never got enough time to play it? And now you being aware of the fact that you don’t need it anymore, the best possible action you can take is – sell it online. E-Commerce is growing by leaps and bounds with new technologies and novel ideas for creating an effective and competitive marketplace. However, the two concerns which still remain notched are getting people to know about a sale and trusting the buyers and sellers. Junkio hopes to address these concerns.

Junkio is a peer-to-peer network for buying and selling new or used items to anyone on the Internet, or privately between friends. You can add friends on the site and also share the listing on your circles hence ensuring an audience for your listing. And you can transact with confidence knowing other Junkio members are verified since you use the same account as that for Amazon i.e the transactions are backed with Amazon’s A-Z Guarantee Protection.

The features like simple forms and navigation, free listing, customized profile and social selling are not new and are also offered by some others like Artery, Shoplocket and Sellbox. What sets this Houston-based marketplace apart is only tangible, physical items can be sold on Junkio, the private sharing, verification of users, no fee in case the item is sold through cash transaction and an item once posted doesn’t need to be re-listed.

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Junkio is still in its Beta stage and looks good as of now. What I would have liked to see is being able to login through Facebook or Google to make signing up easier. I don’t see any shipping details mentioned on the site or for items which makes it look more like something meant only for friends. Also, only time I would want to put something up for sale privately is maybe when I want a few to see it before the others but that is a very subjective issue.

Register now to put some junk in your possession for sale or check if you find anything interesting to buy.

Shopigram – A new trend of retail therapy

Shopigram - Your local stores always open

Online shopping and mushrooming chain retail stores have brought a ever greater variety in goods and pricing for consumers but really hurt our friendly neighborhood local shop owners. Most of us consciously try to shop locally either to help the local businesses or simply for the joy of it but can’t fully commit to it owing to lack of convenience akin to online stores or lack of knowledge about the local stores in the neighborhood. Shopigram comes to your rescue by bringing you best of both the worlds.

Shopigram is an online shop where you can discover and buy from local and independent stores from major European cities. Every seller is selected and you will find not any big or International retailers. Currently you will only find stores from Brussels. London and Paris stores are soon to be launched.

The products categorized into four universes cater to online products as well as products which can be picked up from the stores. As a customer, you can locate these stores on map and find their contact details, opening hours, promotions etc and explore the best products based on store or category. As a retailer, you get online publicity, a marketplace to showcase your best products, a personalized shop page and a way to share your products on the social media. With the Shopigram iPhone app, putting up anything for sale is as easy as click and upload. If you are a premium customer, you get your own iPhone app for the store.

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The transaction fee is 8% for a free plan and the pricing details for premium accounts available only on contact. The features that set it apart from a yellow pages online with a sell option is its own mobile app for a store, Windows sticker(QR Code + Download app), detailed statistics and newsletters for your followers. There are similar stores but they cater to a small audience like marketing farm produce and are quite popular in the US but not so much in the European markets. So Shopigram is a pioneer in its own right.

Shopping from a variety of hand-picked products while helping your friendly neighbor is great form of retail therapy. Try it out!