Sunday, 11 November 2012

Interesting websites

GAMES-Online gaming has gained immense popularity over the years, and more so with the popularity of social networking sites. These online gaming portals serve as a stress-buster as they allow you to indulge in a quick game that will refresh your mind. You can also play games with multiple players; invite your friends to play along with you or play with other players online. The popular web portal recently forayed into online games on their social media platform MyPage. You can enjoy games from ‘’, an integrated platform for online gaming and social media. Users can invite their friends to play with them and make new friends. Also, feeds from the games are published to the social network on Rediff MyPage. Here, you can play games from leading international game developers like MiniClip,, and Lumosity. The format of PlayGully is such that any developer can easily publish their game on it, so there is a lot to choose from. Popular games include Soccer Balls, Drive 2, and Taxi Driver. Another popular online gaming website is ‘’. It has numerous categories to choose from, like 60 second games, 3D games, action games, etc. You do not have to register to play games. The only catch is that the games are sponsored and so take time to load due to ads.

Rediff Play Gully brings games from leading developers and also acts as an open platform for newer developers to publish their games. It’s also free of ads.

EXERCISE-Exercise is not just about losing weight, but also about staying fit and keeping illness at bay. It’s also a great way to combat stress. However, due to our hectic lifestyles, few of us manage to fi nd time to go to the gym or even for a simple jog. This can be resolved by following simple exercises that you can do at your workplace or at your home. You will find many websites online that provide information about such exercises. First up is ‘’, which is a complete wellness and fitness site. Here, underthe ‘Shape Up & Slim Down’ tab, you will find many fitness videos that are quite easy to follow. Apart from the usual workout videos, what’s interesting is its Walking Centre. Here, you will fi nd expert opinions on how you can lose weight by simply walking, and how you can ward off craving by taking a walk. It also includes tools that aid walking, right from the right shoes to music to pedometers. For those who are not up to the task of walking outdoors, you can benefit from the video that teaches you simple ways to get started walking in your living room. Those interested in yoga can visit ‘’. It has over 250 video classes covering different levels of yoga, pilates, meditation, dance, and martial arts-inspired practices in classes ranging from 5 to 90 minutes in length.

OUR PICK : is a complete wellness and fi tness site. Its Walking Centre is quite inspiring.

PHOTOS-Digital cameras have made life so much simpler. You can take numerous pictures at a go, and you can then easily transfer them to your PC or laptop to share them with the world. You can use these photos to create beautiful artifacts to cherish those wonderful memories. First up is ‘’ by HP, which is amongst the oldest and popular online photo service websites. Apart from ordering prints, you can create a wide range of customizable photo products, such as calendars, mugs, mousepads, t-shirts, and canvas prints. You can even share your online photo albums with your friends by either inviting them, sending them a link, or sharing them on social networking sites. Your photos will remain in your account as long as you remain an active member and place an order once a year. A great alternative is ‘’. Its features are mostly similar to Snapfish, however Zoominn has a wider range of products to choose form. These include flipbooks, t-shirts, tote bags, greeting cards, body suits, frames, etc. It also has a designers’ section that features merchandise created by various artists that you can customize. It also has a tie-up with NGOs, wherein every time you buy their t-shirt, 50 percent of the sales proceeds goes to that NGO. It has also just started a camera store, from where you can buy digital cameras.

Zoomin offers a wide range of products to choose from, and it also has more options in terms quality of paper and effects for photo prints.

KNOWLEDGE-When something goes wrong with a gadget, if you need to remove stains from a t-shirt, or for solutions to several other problems, you will find the answers online. Other than Google and Wikipedia, there are many other dedicated sites that provide you with insights on everyday problems. ‘’ provides credible, unbiased and easy-to-understand explanations on how things work. The website was founded in 1998 and since then has gained immense popularity and won several awards. You can find information on a range of topics on science, technology, adventure, lifestyle, etc. The site also has informative videos. You can even subscribe to their daily newsletter, read their blog, download audio from iTunes or follow them on major social networking sites. On the other hand, ‘’ is more of an online community, where people can share and discuss their problems to find solutions. The website is a mix of articles by a panel of experts and regular readers who are willing to share their knowledge. The website has more than 1.5 million articles and 150,000 high-quality videos covering topics ranging from arts, entertainment, business, careers, technology, food, hobbies, fashion, holidays, music, personal finance, sports, etc. You can also contribute to eHow and earn some money in the process.

OUR PICK : provides credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations for just about everything under the sun.


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