The Portal, A Guide To New And Cool Stuff

April 14, 2009|By FROM SUN STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

On the Web:

* Nominees for the 13th annual Webby awards will be online at 9 a.m. Tuesday at webbyawards.com. The ceremony, to be held June 8 in New York, may be best known for the five-word acceptance speech limit. Speeches by past winners include Al Gore's ("Please don't recount this vote"), the Beastie Boys' ("Can anyone fix my computer?") and Arianna Huffington's ("President Obama. Sounds good, right?").

* In time for Earth Day on April 22, Yahoo Green recently launched green.yahoo.com/savemoney. An interactive house tool can help consumers think green in and around the house. Yahoo Autos' and Yahoo Shopping's "Green Centers" are two more sites on which to find green information.

* Wannasurf.com offers surfing locations across the world. It mentions more than 100 countries, 200 surf zones and 8,000 surf spots. Users are just a few clicks away from pinpointing their ideal surfing location. Once they decide on a region, the site will bring them to a map, where they can choose a country. Next, users will find a description of the general surfing conditions in that area and a breakdown of surfing spots available. Included in the breakdown are photos, surf quality, type and quality of the spots. Another feature is the surf-spot level, which ranges from all surfers to experienced surfers; it's an important aspect to keep in mind when choosing a location.

* ZAGG has introduced ear buds with a woven, high-grade nylon cord, which isn't supposed to tangle. Called Z.buds, they include an answer/end call button and volume-control dial, and are iPhone-compatible. They sell for $59.99-$79.99 on ZAGG.com.

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