Every week we scour the Internet for fascinating sites and entertaining videos for your entertainment. This week's finds include the most moving commercial you'll see this year, a dazzling iPhone movie of Earth, a virtual feline bestie and more.
TAKE A BRAKE
Just how important is it to have that safety upgrade for your new ride? Well, according to Volvo, it’s a matter of life and death. A distracted driver approaches an intersection just as a little girl steps off a kerb. A collision seems inevitable, but tragedy is thankfully averted when the car’s auto-braking system kicks in. So is it going to make a $1,000 dent in your bank account or someone’s future?
Forget fancy photographic equipment. Everything you need to create an awe-inspiring video is already in your pocket. Just add imagination. This cinematic protest by Apple against President Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord features a collection of beautiful nature footage all shot on an iPhone.
BY HOOK OR BY COOK
You open the fridge to start preparing dinner but your mind draws a blank. Enter Supercook, a recipe search engine that cranks out recipes from popular cooking sites based on what you already have. Type in what ingredients you have to work with or check them off in the category view, and voila, it scours its database of over 600,000 recipes. The site whips up over 80 different recipes based on three simple ingredients like butter, eggs and milk. If only it did the cooking for you too.
ACE OF BASE
Say goodbye to tiresome research for your next vacay. Find all the information you need on this site, from accommodation and flight prices to visa and embassy information. We also love the inclusion of the often-neglected details like electricity socket and plug types at your destination. They even compare key data like crime rates and Internet speeds with your home country.
GET YOUR PAW-SOME ON
Always wanted a cat but your mum’s allergic? Now you can have your own virtual cat — or at least something that sounds like one. Purrli lets you customise your own realistic cat purr (Sleepy? Happy? Close? Distant?). The Internet’s virtual kitty will even meow when you least expect it. Don’t be quick to dismiss this purr generator as nothing more than a gimmick. Users have attested to how this therapeutic tool has helped them, from enhancing work productivity to being purr-fect for days when they’re feline like a cat on a hot tin roof.