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15 Cool Websites you should know

Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed?  Are you looking for the next best websites? There’s more ways  than one to cook a turkey, and the same goes for getting useful or interesting information. So, if you want to be more productive next time you go online, feel free to check out these cool websites ; they will actually make you smarter!

1. Digital Photography School

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Welcome to Digital Photography School – a website with simple tips to help digital camera owners get the most out of their cameras.

My name is Darren Rowse and I’m the guy behind Digital Photography School. I’m a digital photography enthusiast and while it’s not how I make my living (although I do pick up a few paying jobs) – I’m the guy in my friendship group and family that always seems to photograph the special occasions. I’m still learning and improving my photography but like to share what I’ve learned so far.

I previously owned and operated a digital camera review site – and over the two years of that site I had a lot of emails from readers asking for tips on how to use their cameras and came to the conclusion that while there are many millions of digital cameras being bought each year around the world that a very large proportion of those that buy them could be using them to achieve better results.

At my previous site I’d written a number of ‘tips’ articles over the past couple of years but it has largely been a site focused upon cameras. As a result I wanted to start a site dedicated purely with ‘how to’ tips.

And Digital Photography School was born.

2. Duolingo

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Duolingo is the free science-based language education platform selected by Apple as iPhone App of the Year 2013, by Google as Best of the Best for Android in 2013 and 2014, and by TechCrunch as Best Education Startup.

It was created by crowdsourcing pioneer Luis von Ahn, PhD, and Severin Hacker, PhD.

With over 100 million users, Duolingo has organically become the most popular way to learn languages online in only 2 years.

In a recent independent study, professors from the City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of South Carolina found that when using Duolingo for 34 hours, students learn the equivalent of one university semester of language instruction.


  • Location: Duolingo is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA

  • Team size: 47

  • Platforms: Duolingo.com, Android, iOS & Windows Phone

  • Investors: Union Square Ventures, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Ashton Kutcher, Tim Ferriss, & Google Capital

3. Factsie

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Keep clicking through this site to find unusual historical and scientific facts, along with links to sources.

4. Freerice

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Expand your vocabulary while feeding the hungry. It’s the best way to feel good about yourself and learn words you can use for the rest of your life.

Freerice is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme.

Freerice has two goals:

  • Provide education to everyone for free.
  • Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on this site.

Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your education can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself.

Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide.

5. Gibbon

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This is the ultimate playlist for learning. Users collect articles and videos to help you learn things from iOS programming to effective storytelling.

We created Gibbon to make it easy for everyone to create and follow simple paths of resources to learn anything. Inspired by its rich educational history, Gibbon is handcrafted in Leiden, the Netherlands.

6. Instructables

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Through fun videos and simple instructions, you can learn how to make anything from a tennis ball launcher to a backyard fort. You can also submit your own creations and share what you make with the rest of the world.

http://www.instructables.com/

7. Investopedia

Learn everything you need to know about the world of investing, markets, and personal finance.

8. Khan Academy

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Not only will you learn a wide variety of subjects through immensely helpful videos, but you’ll get a chance to practice them and keep track of your learning statistics, too.

A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

We are Khan Academy, a non-profit that provides free online materials and resources to support personalized education for learners of all ages.

Khan Academy serves to inspire, instruct and guide our users’ learning. Our platform contains practice exercises, instructional videos, dashboard analytics and teacher tools which empower learners in and outside of the classroom to study at their own pace. Our learning experience adapts to each individual, helps them to see their progress and goals, creates personalized recommendations about what to learn next and motivates them to master the skills they seek.

We reach all corners of the globe. While 70% of our students are from the United States, the rest hail from countries like India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and beyond. Our resources are being translated into more than 36 languages, and we have full Spanish, French and Brazilian Portuguese versions of our site, too.

To date, we have delivered over 580 million lessons and learners have completed over 3.8 billion exercise problems (which is around 4 million per day!). In addition we have over one million registered teachers around the world who use Khan Academy in their classrooms to help to inspire, motivate and guide students through their learning paths.

Khan Academy covers subjects from basic Math to Physics, Biology, Economics, Art History, Computer Science, Health and Medicine and more. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences and MIT to offer specialized content.

We were founded by Salman Khan in 2008, and now have a team of around 80 full-time staff

9. Lifehacker

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On this highly useful site, you’ll find an assortment of tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done.
Lifehacker is great tips and tricks source.

10. Lumosity

Train your brain with these fun, scientifically-designed games. You can build your own Personalized Training Program to improve your memory and attention and track your progress.

11. Quora

Get your questions answered by other smart people, or read through the questions other people have asked. You can learn anything from productivity hacks to the best foods of all time.

12. Recipe Puppy

Enter in all the ingredients you can find in your kitchen, and this wonderful search engine will give you a list of all the recipes you can make with what you have.

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Recipe Puppy is an ingredient based recipe search engine built by Kris Brower. Recipe Puppy is a tool for finding recipes. Is your fridge nearly empty? You can use Recipe Puppy to find recipes that don’t require a trip to the store. It can find recipes that fit your dietary requirements or combine two seemingly unrelated ingredients. Recipe Puppy makes it easy to find the recipes you actually want.

13. Spreeder

spreeder

This free, online speed-reading software will improve your reading speed and comprehension. Just paste the text you’d like to read, and it’ll take care of the rest.

14. StackOverflow

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It’s a question and answer site for programmers. Other great sources to learn code are Learn X in Y Minutes, Codecademy, and W3Schools.

Developers trust Stack Overflow to help solve coding problems and use Stack Overflow Careers to find job opportunities. We’re committed to making the internet a better place, and our products aim to enrich the lives of developers as they grow and mature in their careers.

Founded in 2008, Stack Overflow sees 40 million visitors each month and is the flagship site of the Stack Exchange network, home to 150+ Q&A sites dedicated to niche topics.

15. TED-Ed

This is a new initiative launched by TED with the idea of “lessons worth sharing.” It is meant to spark the curiosity of learners around the world by creating a library of award-winning, animated lessons created by expert educators, screenwriters, and animators.

TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Everything we do supports learning — from producing a growing library of original animated videos , to providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, to helping curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, to celebrating innovative leadership within TED-Ed’s global network of over 250,000 teachers. TED-Ed has grown from an idea worth spreading into an award-winning education platform that serves millions of teachers and students around the world every week.

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