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The iPhone 3GS may be the coolest new cell phone on the market.

But the App Store, via Apple's iTunes, isn't the only place where you can find and download great software applications to make your life a bit easier -- or a little more fun.

The Web is full of them.So, this week, I'm offering up some online-based tools and time-wasters just in case you get bored over the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.1.

Tone Matrix (lab.andre- Addictive and fun, this application is a synthesizer that plays melodies users create by highlighting squares on an interactive grid.

You highlight the squares by clicking on them one by one with your mouse.Different patterns of highlighted squares create different melodies, which radiate out like pebbles dropped in a lake.The only downside to this app is that you can't save or share your creations with others.

Personally, I'd love to see this on the iPhone.2.

Ekahau HeatMapper ( heatmapper/overview.html): Here's something a little more useful.

This application allows you to map the strength of your Wi-Fi network in your home or small office.Why would anyone need to do that?Well, for example, I live in an old home near Downtown that has all kinds of nooks and crannies where the signal from my wireless router just seems to cut out.

It's a real pain when, for example, I'm downloading a song with my iPhone while walking through the house.

With this app, I've been able to figure which areas of the house I should stay away from if I want to stay connected.Sure, I could've accomplished the same through trial and error.

But who has that kind of time?Ekahau HeatMapper is available as a free download.

Install it and you'll be prompted to build a map of your wireless network, either across a blank grid or over a floor plan of your home or office.Then it's time to walk.

Using a Web-connected PC, you'll have to cover the house, clicking frequently on the grid or floor plan, to get the lay of the wireless land.

Once you're done, you'll have a color-coded map of where the Wi-Fi connection is hot, cold and everything in between.I'm not going to lie.

Configuring this application will take some time.

But once you're done, you'll love it.3.

JamGlue ( Not everyone is lucky enough to have a Mac computer installed with Apple's very awesome GarageBand music editing software.That's why there are Web applications like JamGlue.Here, you can sign up for a free account and mix your own music.

And unlike other sites, it lets you upload songs from your own collection.

That's right.

You're not stuck with layering instruments in an effort to re-create that Michael Jackson song for your rock-tinged tribute album.Even better, you also can share the music you make.

E-mail it.

Embed it on a Web site.

Or share it with others in JamGlue's community.4.

Picnik ( What JamGlue does for music, Picnik does for photos.

Crop them.

Resize them.

Rotate them.

De-red-eye them.And simple is the key word for this application.

You can pull pictures from your computer into Picnik.

Or you can do it from several social networking sites, such as Facebook, MySpace and Flickr.Once you've opened photos in Picnik, altering them is usually as simple as a couple of clicks with a mouse.

There are even "autofix" functions for certain categories, including photo exposure.All of this is free, and you don't even have to sign up for an account.
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