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Justin Stravarius

I am an Internet Junkie who loves technology and computers more than anything. In whatever little time I can squeeze between my movie and TV show marathons, I write. You can follow me at @stravarius for nerdy outbursts and rants.

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I don’t know about you, but I haven’t used Microsoft Office on my desktop in the past year and half. That’s an interesting nugget of information considering the fact that I write for a living and write about 25,000 words a month. So where does all of this writing happen? On a moleskin notebook? No, Google Docs.

Office is Microsoft’s cash cow, a vertical that has seen no real competition for decades. Thanks to Google, your documents have been liberated from the desktop prison and made available anywhere there’s an internet connection. Did I forget to mention the fact that you can edit a document with multiple people from across the globe in real time? Well, I just did.

The slow but steady exodus of its userbase has made Microsoft rethink its strategy and resulted in the launch of Docs.com. After the break let we’ll take a look at how Microsoft Office in the cloud can enhance your productivity.

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Thanks to Groupon acquisition rumors, the blogosphere in the past week is less polluted with news about Facebook and Twitter. Google was quite busy last week and rolled out updates to a lot of its products, Xmarks found a buyer, OnLive introduced PlayPass and Groupon unveiled new features.

Read on for some of this week’s best web app news and updates.

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Just like animated movies, video games in the past few years have transformed from something that kids like to a passionate pastime of people of all age groups. Doctors suggest taking up video games to blow off steam and even the military uses gaming to train recruits.

Started as a gadget that was attached to TV, video games are now available on all major platforms, both static and mobile. The graphics, release cycle and the number of titles are exponentially on the rise. Read on after the break to find the best online destinations to know about the hot happenings of the video games industry.

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Aviary is an Internet brand well known for its efforts to push the limits of web apps to make them look and function like a desktop app. They have web apps in almost all the verticals Adobe’s Creative Suite of apps operate. While all their apps require Adode Flash player be installed, their recently launched image editor was developed completely using HTML5—meaning no more pesky plugins.

On top of being open, Aviary helps you embed the image editor in your digital domain. If your website deals in images you now have a great online image editor at your disposal. Now, isn’t that awesome?

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Scrapbooks are an age old tradition of compiling images, notes, letters and other personally important material for a nostalgic journey years later. Maintaining a scrapbook needs patience, which a lot of us lack. Cutting images and paper clippings, making doodles with watercolor, selecting cool stickers to go with—it’s simply not everyone’s cup of tea.

Scrapblog is a scrapbooking web app that allows you to design and create your own scrapbook using a simple online interface with custom backgrounds and other design elements Scrapblog lets you create a wonderful scrapbooks to preserve treasured memories.

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Subscriptions and recurring payments are a low-cost way for you to accept credit card and bank account payments for website subscriptions, newsletter fees, club dues or recurring donations, and thanks to studious payment gateway providers and web 2.0 companies, it’s never been so easy to get such a system fully integrated with your website in just a few easy steps.

Recurring billing apps come in two flavors; simple, ready to go web apps and complex self-hosted apps. We’ve gathered 15 fantastic web apps to tackle your subscription billing needs.

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This week has been very profitable for Oracle at the expense of SAP and tarnished their image by getting them branded pirates, the guys at 4chan found a new chew toy, the Facebook killer is off the ground and you might be sued for using the word “Face” in future.

Read on after the break for some of this weeks best web app news and updates.

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We know that MySpace is a great place for people who love music and for bands who want to make it big. A few days ago MySpace announced a tie up with Facebook for a new feature named Mashup with Facebook. The primary goal of this feature is to help MySpace users easily create a personalized stream of entertainment content based on their interests and taste.

Your interests are ascertained by the likes you’ve shared on your Facebook stream from clicking Like buttons across the web. Read on to find how you can get personalized entertainment content recommendations from MySpace, courtesy of Facebook.

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Ascertaining what aspects of your web page appeals to your visitors and which do not can be a very tricky business. Now that there are so many competitors available in even the smallest niches online, converting traffic into business is key to success. You just can’t wing it by going with your gut alone.

Website optimization is more of an art than science. You will need tools, techniques and some patience to tweak & re-tweak things untill everything is just about right. Today we’ll take a look at how Visual Website Optimizer can help you optimize your website using A/B and multivariate tests.

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This week has been pretty busy for both bigger and smaller companies in the online universe. Google trying the hardest among the lot, working towards making internet a better place as always (all the while collecting & mining data). Bit.ly pulled one more rabbit out of their hat, Mozilla showcased its financial might and Meebo jumped on the check-in bandwagon.

At the end of a week, a few times per month, we’ll bring you some of the best web app news and updates. App developers, this is a great time to familiarize yourselves with our contact form to submit your news or tips.

Read on after the break for some of this weeks best web app news and updates.

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