Twitter is a social network a lot of us use on a daily basis. I could easily Facebook, because Twitter is the network for me. However, its recent activity has not gone unnoticed and the San Francisco-based company has recieved a lot of controversial attention over its practice with developers.
In this article, we’re going to explore some of the recent attention Twitter has been getting and looking at what it means for us, the users and consumers of third-party apps. (more…)
In the middle of last month, Google and Samsung announced the Chromebook “for everyone”, a $249 device running Google’s Chrome OS. The Chromebook is nothing new, and it’s a project that I’ve always been fond of in concept.
The new Chromebook has already launched online and in retail stores, and is quite possibly set to see some success as the holiday season nears. Let’s take a look at the state of the Chromebook as we reach the end of the year. (more…)
Google’s one of the best companies about adding features to their apps over time. The changes aren’t always welcome, of course, especially when they change things we like about their apps. Sometimes, though, it’s fun to be reminded of the best advantage of web apps: they can get new features without you ever having to install an update. When the new features improve your life, that’s very nice.
Today, Google added a new compose pane to Gmail that lets you compose emails in a floating pane much like the Gmail chat window. They also tweaked the research pane in Google Docs, a newer feature that makes it easy to research while you’re, say, writing an essay. Let’s take a look. (more…)
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Most web apps are aimed at text-centric productivity: word processing, email, notes, project management, chat, and such. Then, there’s a special category of web apps that go far beyond what you’d expect from a web app, making your browser turn into apps that could rival Adobe’s Creative Suite. It seems the bar would be far to high for new advanced photo editing apps, but just this week, we looked at Photo Raster, an exciting new full-featured photo editing web app that’s currently in beta.
There’s tons of options for editing photos online, from apps like Adobe’s Photoshop Express which lets you do some basic edits, to more advanced apps like Sumo Paint that’d let you create new images online. Apparently, it’s tough to make a business out of advanced multimedia web apps, though, because the front-runner in advanced web apps, Aviary, recently shut down its pro web apps, focusing instead on light editing that others can embed inside their own apps.
I personally could never get into using Aviary’s apps, or other very advanced multimedia web apps, as much as I liked them. The main problem is that it takes extra time and steps to upload pictures, then edit them and export them back to your computer, only to upload them again to WordPress to use in an article. I do basic cropping on images in Facebook and other apps all the time, but that’s the extent of photo editing I do online. For everything else, I use Preview or Photoshop CS6 on my Mac.
How about you? Were you frustrated when Aviary’s pro apps were shuttered, and do you still use advanced multimedia web apps?
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware of Twitter’s new restrictions on third-party developers. If so, you’re probably also aware of other actions Twitter has been taking which put the users on the losing end, such as shutting down the “find my friends” API for Instagram and Tumblr. Consequently, technologically-inclined users have been increasingly vocal about their disapproval of the microblogging company.
As a general result of this, App.net (ADN) was formed. Led by Dalton Caldwell, ADN offers something Twitter isn’t: to let the user be the customer, not the product. This is based on a simple principle: users and developers pay ADN to use the service, and ADN does its best to serve their interests, not those of advertisers. I believed in the cause and contributed $50 to the Kickstarter-esque project early on.
App.net’s funding was successful. It’s taken weeks of using it before I’ve really started to follow my Timeline, all thanks to Netbot’s defibrillate shock that revitalized ADN. However, I’m started to have second thoughts as to whether the service is a good idea after all.
And just in time, another option came along: Tent.io.
Last week, we were proud to be sponsored by Bitrix24, a great intranet that brings CRM, social networking, document management, and more together in a great web app. It’ll help you plan your companyIt’s a great way to keep everything from your business together in one app, one that looks nice enough you’ll enjoy using it.
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