Whether you want to beat the credit crunch, learn a new skill or just watch TV online, we've rounded up 59 must-have sites that will cover all your needs.
Sites that offer local content
Sites that help you access your world are big, and they're especially helpful when you can surf them on mobile devices like the iPhone.
OpenTable is simply the biggest and best-connected site for making dining reservations online. It has wisely added a mobile app so that you can easily select and make reservations while you're away from home.
My foodie friends say this is the place to go to dig up great restaurants, recipes, cooking and dining stories and blogs, and good discussions about food and drink.
The simplicity of Google News' design makes it the fastest and easiest way I've seen to organise and read news on a mobile phone.
Compared with other mapping sites, I find Google Maps to be simpler, more versatile, and easier to use on mobile devices. When you're moving around, on foot or on wheels, such attributes become very important.
Music and literature
Life's a lot better with good music, film and books. Sites like Pandora and Metacritic will keep you on a steady diet of both.
One the first independent-music websites, and arguably still the best. Not too much about Justin Timberlake here, but plenty on new indie releases. Be sure to check out the PitchforkTV beta for fresh documentaries on music legends.
At this site you can read fresh criticism about new (mainstream) films, DVDs, music, TV, and games. The content selection is broad, and the reviews are well written and fair.
This site is a social network formed around something that people want to talk about: music. I've discovered several new bands as a result of lurking on Last.fm. It really became a contender, when it began allowing users to stream full songs (not just low-quality samples) at its site.
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