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Assistive technology works even when it's not physically next to you. Here are ten [basics free] sites and tools to "assist" your efforts.

No one can keep up with endless discoveries in science and medicine, but EurekaAlert does its best every weekday. Springwise, a free subscription-based e-newsletter, does the same for innovative products and services.

If you know the genres, artists, bands, songs and/or albums you like, let Grooveshark create a soundtrack for your busy day, building collections in the cloud for later play.

With a Google account, you can set up a YouTube channel in nothing flat. Got audio or video? Are you the only one on your block who can bathe your cat without angst? Share your content with the world.

And if your content should be co-authored or revised by other knowledgeable folk, set up a wiki with Wikispaces. Not for professionals only any more: SlideShare and LinkedIn offer the opportunity to interact with peers worldwide, and to share your expertise while building knowledge.

Udemy offers you the opportunity to take video courses, many free, and to monetize your own.

And of all the browser plug-ins out there, 2013's gold medal goes to TabScissors, though it only works in Chrome. Take tabbed browsing to the limit and consolidate your windows! Awesome Screenshot is another standout tool and works in multiple browsers.

Needless to say, your computer also deserves a few disk-based tools to make your life run more efficiently, like Dropbox, a weather widget or app, automagical backup. And anyone on multiple devices needs to settle on a bookmarklet like Pocket or Evernote to save content and links for later reading. Note: Voice Dream, reviewed last year, works well with Pocket.

What are your favorite Web tools, mobile apps and/or content portals? Share your picks with a comment below.

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