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10 Useful Web Services. by Taamas111 (m): 2:36pm on January 8
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
As you’re probably aware there are lots
of web-based services nowadays, and you
may even have tried using some in the
past. While each service undoubtedly can
be useful in certain situations, there are
some that are far more useful in a much
wider range of circumstances than
others. In fact, a good place to start
would be with this list of the top 10
most useful web services:

10. Online Video Converter
www.videoconverter.com/

Videos nowadays come in many different
formats, and at some point, or other you
may have difficulty playing one of them
on a device or platform. The easiest way
to fix that would be to convert it to a
compatible format – which is what
Online Video Converter will let you do.
All you need to do is click and add the
file that you want to convert to upload it
to Online Video Converter. It will allow
you to upload any videos that are up to
100MB large and convert them to MP4 –
which is the most widely-supported
format.

If you want a more comprehensive
converter you can use the desktop
version that will let you convert to and
from any format you require and has a
wide range of other features.

9. IFTTT
ifttt.com/

Ever want to put your phone on silent
automatically at a particular time? Sync
your iOS photos with Google Drive? Get
notifications if it is going to be cold or
rainy tomorrow? With IFTTT you’ll have
access to tons of handy triggers that
automate online services including
Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Instagram,
Google Drive, and more.

The handy triggers created in IFTTT are
called applets, and you can opt to build
your own and share them – or use
applets that others have already built.

8. Google Translate
translate.google.com/

As its name suggests, Google Translate
will provide you with an immediate
translation of any text that you paste into
it. It supports a wide range of languages
and will even automatically detect the
language of the text that is pasted.

While the translation won’t be perfect, it
is normally good enough to give you an
idea of what the passage you’ve pasted is
about. One of its more helpful features is
the fact that you can paste a website URL
if you need it fully translated.

7. Can I Stream It
www.canistream.it/

Platforms such as Netflix, Hulu and
Amazon offer up a wide range of content
– but as you may have noticed not all TV
shows and movies are on all platforms.
If you want to find out which service you
need to stream a show or movie, Can I
Stream It will give you an answer.
The way it works is easy: All you need to
do is enter the name of the TV show or
movie you want to watch, and Can I
Stream It will let you know all the places
it can be streamed, bought, downloaded,

or even rented online. As more and more
streaming services start to provide
exclusive content, this web service is
likely to continue to become more and
more useful.

6. What Font Is
www.whatfontis.com/

Have you ever spent ages browsing
through fonts to figure out which font is
being used on an image or website? All
you need to do next time round is head
over to What Font Is and upload the
image or paste the URL and it will let you
know.

If the font isn’t one that is publicly
available, What Font Is will suggest the
closest match that is.

5. LastPass
www.lastpass.com/

Remembering all the different really
secure passwords that you use can be
difficult – and creating a file listing them
is far from secure. By using LastPass you
can encrypt and save your passwords
and any other important data – and
access them via the website or its mobile
apps.

Although the basic service is free, if you
want access to the official mobile apps
and additional multifactor authentication
options, you’ll need to pay a yearly
subscription.

4. ManualsLib
www.manualslib.com/

Like many people you probably don’t
keep the manuals of all the products that
you buy – which can be annoying if you
ever actually need them. Rather than
trying to find them on the
manufacturer’s website, ManualsLib will
let you quickly search through a massive
collection of PDF manuals for all types of
products.

In short, you’ll be able to find the
manuals that you need much more
quickly and easily, and can then opt to
read them online or download them to
any device that you prefer.

3. Print Friendly
www.printfriendly.com/

Essentially Print Friendly will take any
webpage and style it to be more
appropriate for printing. It will remove
any ads, navigation, and other
unnecessary elements automatically,
saving you both paper and ink in the
process.

2. Mailinator
www.mailinator.com/

If you want to sign-up for an online
service but would rather not have your
email spammed with the countless offers
and promotions that eventually follow –
Mailinator is your answer. It will give
you a temporary email address that will
automatically be destroyed after a few
hours.

In short you could use the temporary
email to sign-up and use online services
without ever disclosing your real email.
It will let you check and authenticate
your account, so that it will be fully
active.

1. Ookla Speedtest
www.speedtest.net/

Are you sure that you’re getting the
internet speed that you’re paying for?
With Speedtest you can check and find
out exactly how fast your connection
actually is.

Not only is this useful to let you make
sure your connection speed is what it
should be, but it is also a useful tool for
any activity that requires a stable
connection. For example, if you’re going
to be placing an important video call or
conference, checking your internet speed
in advance can be very helpful.

See how each of these web services can
be useful? The best part about them is
that because they’re entirely web-based
they’re literally just a click away, and
you can try them out for yourself at any
time.

Source: www.toptenz.net/10-useful-web-services.php

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