If you have been a consistent reader of Web.AppStorm, you know that there are some great applications out there for the web. There are many times that I wish a lot of these were actually on the desktop instead. Take for example, Pandora, I love using it, but there is not native desktop app for it. Well, about a year ago, I came across a solution that has been such a great way to enjoy them natively.

In this post, let me show you how to use Fluid, an application that changes a web page into a desktop like app. I don’t know about you, but I am moving more and more toward using the web for a lot of my daily tasks, email, calendar, social networking, etc., and I hate having so many tabs open in my browser. With Fluid, I can change all of that and have these websites launch by itself versus being stuck on the web. Let me show you what I am talking about.
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Cardpool: An Easy Way To Buy and Sell Gift Cards

Christmas has come and gone and you got everything you wanted, right? Like me, some of you may have gotten gift cards instead of actual presents. For most people, they are nice because it gives you the flexibility to get what you want from the store that you got it from. But, what if you got one for a store that you don’t necessarily shop at or have a gift card laying around that you haven’t used in a while and you know that you are not going to use it any time soon?

This is where a website like Cardpool comes in very handy. Whether you are looking to make some nice cash or want to buy discount gift cards, it’s a great resource to tap into to make this happen. Let’s take a look around.

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Screencasts have definitely evolved over the years and have many uses for people. I use them all the time as in my classroom as well as to show others how to use different software. One thing that I have always found is that good screencasting software can be very expensive. And even though I own a Mac and I can record with Quicktime, it just isn’t the same.

So I set out on my quest to find a good screencasting app that wasn’t going to hurt my wallet and at the same time offer some great features. I think I may have found what I have been looking for in Screenr, a web app that records your screen and so much more. Let me show you around.

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With my job and a passion for tech, I have a home computer, work laptop, iPhone, iPad, and am often at a variety of other computers throughout the week. With so much bouncing around, I realized that I needed two things readily accessible on any device that I was on, that being my Internet passwords and bookmarks.

The beauty of the web is that I can access it from just about any computer. In the case of this post I am mainly focusing on bookmarks, usernames, and passwords. I use the web so much each and every day that I need a quick and easy way to access vital information regardless of the computer that I am on. Because of this, I turn to Xmarks for my bookmarks and LastPass for remembering my usernames and passwords. If you have never heard of these two web gems, you are going to want to read further to see how these two web apps can help you easily access what you need, when you need it.

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One of the things that I’ve found out about investing is that it can be very confusing if you don’t know what you are doing. I played the stock market and put money in some other things, but it kept me longing for more. I wanted a way to invest that was simple and helpful, and at the same time earning some money. I didn’t need the “get rich quick” mentality; just an avenue to invest.

A few months ago I stumbled upon Betterment, a web application that lets you invest your money and makes it pretty easy to do so. It is a great service that gives you a wide variety of ways to educate you to make an informed decision about investing. But it doesn’t stop there; it is a site where you can put your money into stocks and bonds through Betterment’s portfolio.

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For those of you that run a small business, you know that keeping track of your finances is very important. You want to make sure that every penny is accounted for that goes out and that comes in.  As someone that does the finances for my wife’s photography business, I am always searching for a way to keep track of receipts.

Over the past couple of years, I have tried to scan them in with a scanner and kept them in an envelope, but have found both methods to be average at best. There is nothing great about them, but something was still missing. I think I found what I was looking for when I started using Lemon, a web app that helps you keep track of receipts.

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