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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
Click Webscape-r

Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

MOBILELEAP (http://mlvb.net)

http://mlvb.net

Mobile connections are the new window to the online world, but not every website creator has done what they can to optimise their site for your roaming viewing. That is where Mobile Leap can help.

The site acts as a portal to all other sites on the web, stripping them out and reformatting them so that you can easily view pages on your handheld device.

Go to Settings when you first launch it to set the dimensions of your screen and how you want the information displayed. This enables you to include as much or as little detail as you think your mobile can take.

As well as having the images re-sized to more mobile-friendly dimensions you can also chose to run text only.

This and having all the ads and excess html stripped out will really help with loading times, especially if you are running a sketchy connection.

DOPPLR (www.dopplr.com)

www.dopplr.com

If you are a frequent traveller, you will know the true value of having a good mobile device with a reliable connection to the web.

You will also know how lonely it can get on the road - so why not let dopplr.com try and keep you connected.

This is a really interesting little tool. It allows registered users to form closed and open social networks where they list their various travels.

The website also lets you know when you are going to be in the same neighbourhood as someone else.

Once registered, put in your contacts and trip plans, then start inviting people to join your network in the usual ways.

GOOGLE MAPS (www.google.com/mobile/default/maps.html)

www.google.com/mobile/default/maps.html

Of course you should take a map along if you are going to be out and about. Google maps for your mobile is a free download that is a must have if you do not want to get lost.

Gone are the days of trying to figure out how to fold the map back up. You can now download maps for walking and driving directions.

And you can look for businesses in your local area and even call them direct from the linked telephone number.

Plus, you can see what the traffic conditions are like and plan an alternate route if needed.

WAPEDIA (http://wapedia.mobi)

http://wapedia.mobi

If you are the kind of person who likes pub quizzes but you need a little help with the answers, wapedia.com could be just what you are looking for.

But be careful who sees you playing with your mobile, as it could be considered cheating.

This site from the people at Wikipedia is one of those URLs you did not know you needed. But once you have stored it in your phone, you will wonder how you ever survived without it.

It is like carrying the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica around in your pockets.

DOTMOBI (http://mtld.mobi)

http://mtld.mobi

This site provides mobile services, including a useful application to see how a website you designed yourself will look on a handset.

Click the link on the homepage to view your site on a mobile phone, then just enter the URL and wait for the image to load. But do shop around for prices on similar applications as the market is changing all the time.

You can even interact with the site, log in and see how it will operate. The available interfaces are limited, but it will give you at least a working impression of the end result.

There is also a nice little tool to help you build a website with little or no technical knowledge.



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