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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 September 2007, 09:53 GMT 10:53 UK
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By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Photosynch website

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Not so long ago Microsoft announced its new imaging technology Photosynth. It is an application which will turn your photographs into a 3D experience. It is not even in beta yet but the preview gives you a pretty good idea about its potential.

The software will analyse photographs and look for similarities, thus understanding how the contents of the pictures relate to each other, ie next to it, in front of it etc. The point is to create a new way of looking at photos, in context rather than one by one.

In the opening page, click on Technology Preview and you will be prompted with a little Activex download.

Once up and running, try out the buttons at the top left-hand corner. One will place red beams into the 3D environment, telling you where each photo was taken from. Another will toggle between 3D and 2D.

I loved the 3D fly, as it really puts the picture in perspective.

You cannot yet try out the software with your own photographs, but click through the collections because they are really worth exploring.

You need to have a pretty powerful PC and a good connection if you really want to enjoy Photosynth.


The Daily Green

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There are lots of websites out there talking about the environment and showing us ways to become more green. The Daily Green joined the bunch only recently and it is still in beta. It is a community website for everyone who wants to become more green-aware.

Click through the sections on the top. The Food section contains green recipes, which means all the ingredients needs to be organic and preferably local. You can also submit your own recipes but for that you need to register. But do not worry, you do not have to fill out a sea of information about yourself just to submit a recipe.

I found the Weather section really interesting. There you will find lots of photographs of freaky weather from all around the world courtesy of the site's members.

The Tips section is also quite cool, with a few ideas for becoming more environmentally friendly.


Girl Solo In Arabia website

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This is a personal blog by Carolyn McIntyre. It is really nicely written and well worth a look, especially if you are interested in Arab culture or are planning to travel to the region.

The opening page is a world map illustrating Carolyn's route through the Arab countries from North Africa to the Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula and then Asia.

You can start exploring by clicking on one of the dots on the map and jumping to the city you want to read about. Often the entries are complemented by photographs not only of famous landmarks but of more specific things to reflect the culture of a country, like a wedding or traditional dressing gown.

Carolyn started her journey in 2006. Her mission is to do the same journey that famous Islamic scholar Ibn Battuta did over 680 years ago. The journals are easy to read and full of information.

It is very easy to find your way around the site, which is always good. One criticism though: I do not like the way the links on the left-hand side go on and on, even though there is nothing left in the main section.


Readymech website

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If you like origami - the art of paper folding - this is a site you might enjoy.

Readymech is one of several projects run by a group of designers from Denver. All you do is click on one of the very colourful robots there in PDF format, print it out and fold on dotted lines. You can either use glue or double-sided tape to stick the sides together.

Of course the art of origami is usually more complicated than that and does not come with the dotted lines for you to use for folding.



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