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The internet is a big and complicated place; it’s called “The Web” for good reason. It’s a giant ball of twisting and turning strings, a mass of connections between isolated blocks of information. This is its nature, its natural inclination — the formation of connections. The technology it’s built upon facilitates this, and through its relatively simple means, allows for an impressively wide array of websites to be created.

One of the newest practices popping up in web app development is known as “the hashbang”. It’s this little fellow: #!. You can find it in the URLs of some of the hottest social networks around. Why is it here? What does it do? Should we embrace it, or fear it? Is it here to stay?

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It isn’t like there are no viable alternatives to Microsoft Office. There are quiet few competent productivity suites – both proprietary and open source ones. Microsoft uses a lot of arguments to scare users planning to migrate to their competitors. One among them is one is interoperability, ie. the ability to open documents created with Microsoft Office and retain the same properties and formatting.

Google, relentlessly working towards making a dent in the Microsoft Office empire, has announced the launch of the Cloud Connect Plugin. If you are someone interested in making the smart choice of moving your documents to the cloud, read on to find how to do it smoothly.

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Do you know what a web app is? Do you know what’s used to make it? Covering web apps on Web.AppStorm isn’t quite as straight forward as you might think. There are many different technologies that are used to create web apps of many different types. Flash, JavaScript, HTML5, PHP, Java, Silverlight, web services vs dedicated applications… what qualifies as a web app and what doesn’t?

I occasionally receive comments stating that certain web apps aren’t actually web apps, when indeed they are. So, I would like to take a moment to clear things up and give you our take on what a web app really is.

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The holiday season showed a fantastic increase in online shopping and quite a few friends and family mentioned they did a large amount of their gift shopping through sites such as Amazon and Ebay. While we already know online shopping is increasing in popularity over hitting the brick and mortar shops, there’s a relatively new development that may just add a fun, new perspective to shopping — social.

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Google always seems to be releasing new apps or app updates but in the last few days they’ve released quite a few goodies, and pretty big ones at that. The long awaited Chrome Web Store is finally here, more details on Chrome OS and Google’s testing laptops were released and google released Cloud Print connecting printers to the cloud.

That’s not all Google has released in the last few days but these are pretty big ones. Read on for more details on these Google goodies.

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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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The short answer, of course not. The industry is, however, fighting a needlessly difficult battle in which users pay the price—literally and figuratively. So the real question is, are we, the users, fighting a losing battle? Personally I think the short answer to that is, yes.

Around every corner is another hurdle for those of us who want to enjoy our video media via internet rather than the traditional cable, satellite or physical media source. What are we to do?

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Black Friday is over and Cyber Monday is now drawing to an end—sort of. In typical fashion, retailers will do everything they can to get you to open up your purse or wallet and hand over every last cent. Cyber Monday, however, has really caught on becoming more of an extension to Black Friday than a gimmick.

Although the Cyber Monday isn’t quite over yet (in my time-zone), retailers are already reporting record online sales. Were you a cyber-shopper this Monday?

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Probably. Don’t take this the wrong way—I don’t want to discourage any aspiring app developers—but the launch of an app will have a heavy impact on its future success… or complete and utter failure. This doesn’t just mean an app’s functionality, but also its design, marketing, branding, etc. Don’t launch until you and your app are ready.

I’ve just come across Browserling, a new web app for cross-browser testing, a promising idea for an app but, in this case, a poorly executed launch that may lead to its early demise. Here’s why.

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Web searches help a ton in our quest to find information about things we looking for or want to know. Searches play a critical role in decision making and more so when it comes to personal use. Whenever possible, we are more inclined to take our friends’ advice than trusting a random person suggesting something in a blog.

But what if the link you are looking at has already been liked by your friend who found it to be helpful? Taking help from Facebook, Bing has introduced couple of social features to its search results to help you make the right choice. Follow me after the fold to find out more about the social features of Bing.

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