At Maximum PC, computer hardware is our bread and butter. We review it, preview it, and just generally love to talk about it. Unfortunately, hardware becomes less important with each passing day, as more and more software moves onto the internet. We're not looking forward to the day that our PC's become Chrome OS-style thin client, but we have to admit, some web apps are pretty awesome.
So to help you prepare for a future in the cloud, we've put together a list of 30 of our favorite web apps and services. We've tried to keep them on the lesser-known side, but a few of the classic have snuck their way in. Check out our list, and then hit the comments and share your favorites.
ScreenToaster is a web app designed to make life a whole lot easier for every family’s “computer expert.” And since you’re reading Maximum PC, we’re assuming that’s you. Rather than torture yourself trying to explain to a clueless relative how to perform a simple computer task, use ScreenToaster to capture a video of yourself doing it and automatically upload it to the web. You can also record an audio track for your tutorial. Best of all, you don’t have to install any software, and the whole
If you like to eat out, you’ve probably heard of OpenTable. Nearly ubiquitous in metropolitan areas with lots of restaurants, OpenTable is a webapp that allows you to quickly and easily make reservations online. Just punch in your favorite restaurant (not all restaurants use OpenTable for reservations, but lots do), and a time, and OpenTable will tell if you if there’s a table available. If there isn’t, it can suggest nearby times, or other similar restaurants with open seats.
Have you ever found yourself wanting to read an online article or blog post, but without the time to actually read it? Readitlater is made for people in your predicament—it’s like TiVo for your blogroll, allowing you to queue up articles to read later, from your Readitlater account page. Saving an article to read later is easy: you just add a bookmarklet to you bookmarks bar, and click it whenever you find something worth saving.
Did you know that one bushel is equal to 101.9716 hectoliters? How about that one sthene is equal to 0.3637 kiloponds? ConvertCenter is a webapp that does know both of those, as well as pretty much everything else when it comes to unit conversion. Just hit up convertcenter.com, select the kind of conversion you want to perform (volume, length, etc), select your units and enter your value. With hundreds of units to choose from, even the strangest conversion can be done in a flash.
We may be a print magazine, but we all know the future is digital. Issuu is a webapp that offers a clean and simple interface to view and subscribe to your favorite digital publications. Just open your library and peruse your bookmarks on Issuu's bookshelf-like viewer. You can manage it all in folders, like 'inspiration' or 'technology,' view your subscriptions via RSS, and share your own publications. Our favorite part is the sleek graphical interface that's sure to integrate with your favorite multi-touch device in the future.
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