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Weird Wide Web: the week in online oddities

The internet’s best offerings in social media, tech and science news.

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WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at some of the internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.

Step away from the phone

So the Christmas and New Year’s madness is finally over and – even if you had a wonderful time – you’re probably feeling bloated, broke, and a little bit ashamed of yourself (with one of the more common reasons, obviously, being drunk texting).

Once you can bear to look at your phone again without cringing, maybe you should think about sorting out the problem once and for all. Apps like Don’t Dial and Textalyzer allow you to block any outgoing texts and/or calls to a list of ‘forbidden’ contacts when you’re busy burning the midnight oil, so you might just save yourself from embarrassment the next time. Fingers crossed.

Don’t do it, people…  just don’t.

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Talking of bettering yourself/offloading personal responsibilities onto technology, why not ensure you adhere to your New Year’s resolutions with the help of an app (or six)?

The Huffington Post has collated some of the best self-improvement apps around, so whether it’s writing that novel, finally getting secure online, or just drinking less you can get a helping hand. And Techcrunch has also put together a list of gadgets to help with your new health and fitness buzz.

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Jurassic Park

Here’s a taster of the new – and first – Jurassic Park game.

About time.

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If you want to tweet an article but can’t quickly figure out a sentence top squeeze into the 140-character limit, Paul Ford’s Save Publishing bookmarklet will save your precious time.


The company behind Linux-based Ubuntu OS, Canonical, has unveiled a new mobile OS device – a system which it describes as a mobile “with the heart of a PC”.

SiliconRepublic reports that the new mobile OS is being targeted further afield than the smartphone market – and is also being touted at enterprise IT departments as replacements for laptops. Interesting.

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