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Kinstant is a great start page for the Kindle's browser

Kinstant is a custom start page that's tailor made for the Kindle's "experimental" Web browser. It's monochrome, has an easy to use layout and crisp text, and you can reach it by simply going to Kinstant.com on your Kindle. Kinstant has four link categories: Read, Share, Buy, and More. Read is filled with links to some of the most prominent information sources across the Web. Share has links...

Swearch.me is a slick four-way search page for your iPhone

Swearch.me is a slick little mobile web app with a simple mission: to provide you with easy access to a handful of popular search options from a single location. With a swipe of your finger to the left or right you can quickly jump between Google, Twitter, Wikipedia, and Flickr. It's even optimized for the iPhone 4 retina display. I did note one quirk I noticed while testing on my iPod...

Sitehoover is a speed dial page with RSS support

I've been searching for a good start page for some time now. While I haven't found anything which is just what I need, I did come across some interesting options, and Sitehoover seems at least worthy of a mention. Like most start pages, it seems to be geared toward novice users. But that doesn't mean it's crappy. Sitehoover lets you set up folders with your sites; once you feed it an address,...

Favoorit is a simple browser start page

Favoorit is a very simple, no-frills, personalized start page that can be a great fit for novice users. It's basically a Google search box along with a configurable list of favorite sites, and it's all overlaid on a bold wallpaper. The user can easily set whatever wallpaper they wish to use and switch at any time. Selection is from a large pre-made list, but you can also upload an image from your...

Fav4: meet your new favorite start page

For a while, iGoogle was the end-all-be-all of homepages for me, and then I flirted with Bing (those daily photos are pretty sweet). I think I've finally found the start page of my dreams, though: Fav4.org. It's just 4 huge, gorgeous buttons for the websites of your choice, set on top of a tasteful grey gradient. Yeah, I know this isn't revolutionary, but I love seeing it pop up every time I open...

Firefox's new tab page adds a bit of RSS

Built-in start pages are all the rage in the latest browsers. Chrome and Safari each show slick-looking selection of your most visited pages when you open a new tab, and now Firefox is getting into the game with its own new tab page for version 3.5 (formerly known as version 3.1). The Firefox About:Tab page isn't as flashy as the other two, but it might be a bit more practical, now that it...

Spickr: another unfortunate name, this time it's a startpage

"Flickr" is a great name for a photo-sharing site. Displays flicker sometimes, right? Maybe you flick through your photo album? Recently, we've reviewed a couple of neat services with "add an r to the end"-style names that didn't quite work as smoothly: DeskLickr and Dumpr. Not exactly the kinds of names you want to tell a friend about. Continuing our ongoing coverage of interesting, useful...

Begin your web sessions at Homepage Startup

Homepage Startup tries to set itself apart from a stampede of web 2.0 start pages by focusing on the fact that the majority of web users regularly visit no more than a handful of websites. The concept is pretty straightforward (if not exactly original): set this site as your homepage and when your browser window opens you have instant access to your favorite search engine and a grid of links to...

Bloglines finally gets a redesign

Bloglines has just packed a bunch of new features into its online news feed searching, subscribing to and reading service, and it all begins with a start page. Bloglines headlines its new feature developments with a personalized start page. This is the page that brings everything together in a quick and easy view with an AJAX interface. There is nothing like starting feed reading off with a view...

My Times start page launches on NYTimes.com

Personalized webpages are all business when it comes to the New York Times personalized My Times page. Like other start pages, Netvibes, iGoogle, PageFlakes, MyYahoo and Windows Live, MyTimes allows users to pull in all of their important everyday RSS news and build a single resource. Widgets like weather, Flickr, stock quotes and crosswords can also be added to pages. Sections can be dragged...

smplr: A start page for search

Start pages and portals have become all the rage these days, with everyone from Netvibes, AOL (our parent company) and Facebook getting in on the action. Word on the street is that search is a pretty hot market as well, and we can understand if Google and Yahoo!'s tried and true approach doesn't quite cut it for those who demand more out of search. Offering an unassuming, slick and simple UI,...

InfoNgen is a start page for financial gurus

Netvibes and Pageflakes might be the best start pages for the everyday user, but what about those that have to keep in tune with the financial world 24/7? That's InfoNgens job. InfoNgen is a start page much like Netvibes, or even iGoogle, but highly targets the financial industry. Sections that are pre set on the start page include: In The News Economics News Commodities News Key Results Deal...

AOL launches 3 new myAOL services

This blog's parent company, AOL, has launched a new myAOL portal. The site includes three new services: myPage: a personalized start page Favorites: an updated feed reader Mgnet (pronounced "magnet"), a customizable news page that selects news for you based on your reading preferences The feed reader feels a lot like a cramped version of Google Reader, but with a nifty new "mix and...

Build your own Newsvine front page

Newsvine has launched a major site redesign. The site which thrives on user-submitted news stories is now more user-customizable. Much like personal start pages Netvibes, Pageflakes, or Google Personalized Home, users can add and remove modules, or move them around the website. You can also use RSS feeds to add any news source you want to your Newsvine start page. One new module on the front...

5 mobile start pages - Mobile Minute

A few years ago trying to browse the web on a PDA or mobile phone was an exercise in futility. Not only was rendering web pages too much work for slow mobile processors, but many mobile devices had anemic screen resolutions of 160 x 160 pixels. These days a mobile phone has far more processing power than my first computer, and many devices have QVGA or even VGA screens. But mobile browsing is...