June officially marks the start of summer, and for that, we need some hot web resources. Check out our team’s curated list of Internet resources we discovered and obsessed over this month.
When we were young, we couldn’t wait to go to summer camp. Now we’re almost as excited about BaseCamp, a project management, and team communication software.
The app gives you an online “base camp” for events or other ideas. You can easily upload files that you want to share or keep track of tasks that need to be done. Basecamp puts everything you need in one organized place, which makes it a more effective way to work together than over email.
What else do you need at summer camp? A Walkie Talkie, exactly. Luckily, Voxer essentially turns your smartphone into the old school push-to-talk device.
It combines the best of voice, text, photo, and video with walkie-talkie messaging, all on one free, secure messaging app. With just the push of a button, you can talk and connect instantly, get important information in real-time, and see who has read or heard your message with timestamps and geotags. Another plus lies in the fact that it doesn’t use up minutes from your voice plans, but uses only a small amount of your data.
LanguageTool is an open source online grammar solution and a proofreading program. The software helps users find and fix grammatical and stylistic issues.
Languages included are English, Spanish, French, German, Polish, and Russian, and it also considers the variations of those languages. The online program offers a personal dictionary that keeps a record of words that are not found in a conventional dictionary but might be part of your native language. Compared with similar free programs, LanguageTool identifies errors that the competition cannot detect.
WaitButWhy is a unique blog and ideal for your lunch break. Once a week, Tim Urban publishes one very long and super random article that will help you kill a lot of time. The website contains cartoons, infographics, lists, and conversational writing that simply creates informative, fascinating, and fun to read blog posts.
In case you’re planning on traveling to foreign countries this summer, we’d suggest reading his post on “Everything You Don’t Know About Tipping.”
HearNames will help you to avoid awkward situations where you don’t know how to pronounce someone’s name correctly. You simply type the name into the search box on the website, and once the name you were looking for is found, you can hit the play button to hear a flash format audio demonstration of how the name should sound.
People with uncommon names don’t expect perfect pronunciation the first time they meet someone, but they’re probably impressed when they encounter it. Our team at 101domain consists of people from all over the world. We tried it ourselves and the results hit the spot.