We’re going to be kicking off a new series next week, called “Ask the Editor”. This will run a few times each month, and give you a chance to submit questions to be answered by our editorial team (and a few expert writers, if we need some assistance!)
Whether you have a question related to web apps, browsers, or Web.AppStorm in general, I’d really love to hear it! I’ll do my best to answer a series of diverse questions that will be interesting for everyone.
Without further ado, here’s a quick form to submit your question for next week’s post. Hopefully you’ll be seeing my response up on AppStorm soon. Thanks for contributing!
I love Gmail, as do many others. The other day I found myself asking the question, “Would I pay for this app? And if so, how much would I be willing to pay?” I’ve recently been going through the many internet apps I pay for, asking myself whether the the cost warrants the value I get out of the app. Several app subscriptions have since been canceled.
Going through the many apps I pay for monthly (and some yearly) got me wondering which apps are absolutely vital to my day-to-day tasks. Gmail (well, Google Apps & Gmail) is one of them. For the most part though, we’ve all grown accustomed to free email services and many other web apps on a freemium basis. But should we always continue to expect that?
I’m curious as to how many of you would be willing to pay a monthly, or perhaps yearly, fee for Gmail. Or would you simply switch to another email provider? If you would pay, how much would you be willing to fork over?
Personally, I would pay in a heartbeat. I’ve yet to find an email app I prefer more than Gmail and it has definitely rooted itself quite deeply into my daily workflow and online life. As for how much, that’s hard to say.
Many video chat apps, randomizing ones in particular, have come and gone in the past year. Among the bunch, Rounds came out with flying colors. The differentiating factor lies in the shared experiences people can create together on Video Chat Rounds. Using the different games and activities available on the platform, users are able to interact and share together, not just video chat.
Even after all the hype and hoopla over Chatroulette has vanished, there’s still a sizable audience for random video chats with strangers. After the break we’ll take a sneak peek at Rounds’ newest launch and the ground rules to make the most out of it.
The AppStorm network has an amazing team of editors and writers that are always lurking in the shadows of the AppStorm sites and are often missing a human element in the minds of our readers, mostly thanks to the disconnect the internet can create.
We enjoy creating that human connection with the people behind the scenes and today you’ll meet and learn a little more about Justin Stravarious, Web.AppStorm’s lead writer. Justin came on board in early March of 2010 and has since become one of our most published writers.
I hope you enjoy getting to know yet another core team member of the AppStorm network; feel free to leave a few questions for him in the comments!
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.
Time and time again we’ve said computing is increasingly moving towards a cloud-oriented platform. Web apps continue to evolving into alternatives to their desktop counterparts, and in some cases they’re more powerful. However, the concern for the security and privacy of your data will always remain. It’s one aspect of desktop data storage that’s certainly more attractive.
With all the benefits cloud storage has to offer, it’s hard to argue that it shouldn’t be used, especially when used in combination with desktop storage. On the flip side, the web has proven to be a highly insecure space for the storage of sensitive data, even with all the security advancements that’ve been made over the years.
When you take into consideration the privacy concerns apps like Facebook has presented users with, I often wonder if I should ever trust storing any of my data anywhere in the cloud except on my own controlled server. Even knowing those issues exist, I continue to maintain full backups of all my data in the cloud, even in multiple locations. This, of course, is in an effort not to lose any of my data, under any circumstance — ever.
Though I do store my data in the cloud, I’ve never fully trusted those who maintain the storage facilities it resides in. I don’t know that I ever will; though I don’t have anything to hide so it’s not much of a concern for me either. Do you trust storing your data in the cloud? Do you trust those who manage your data?
Do you think cloud technologies will ever reach a point where we can trust our data in the hands of others?
After announcing the site a couple of months ago with our huge roundup of 100+ Absolutely Essential Android Apps & Tips, I’m incredibly excited to let you know that we’re officially launching Android.AppStorm today!
Get ready for fantastic daily updates covering the latest Android apps, news, how-tos, and roundups of the latest and greatest Android software. It’s a wonderful, open platform, and many web app developers are getting on board to provide versions of their software for Android.
We have some absolutely fantastic posts lined up over the coming week, and we’d hate for you to miss out… There are a few different ways to subscribe to Android.AppStorm – hopefully one of the following options will work for you!
- Subscribe to our RSS feed
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We’d love to hear any of your thoughts, comments, or post suggestions for the new site, so please feel free to drop us a comment below. We’re really excited about the future of Android.AppStorm – I hope you enjoy everything we have lined up for you. Thanks for reading!
Over the last few years apps have overtaken our phones and now the web — at least in a more organized way (e.g. the Chrome Web Store). While this movement has been fantastic and allowed us to do more than ever, it’s also made it easy to overload ourselves with an unmanageable number of apps.
Mobile devices and desktops aside, I am still overwhelmed at times with the number of web apps I use, have access to and test each and every day. The web front didn’t use to be this way for me and was quite manageable. Perhaps I’m in this situation now because I work with so many more web apps for this site, or perhaps the growth and advancement of the web has opened up many more web app possibilities.
What are your thoughts? Are you overloaded with web apps on a regular basis or do you just ignore the growing multitudes? If you ignore them, how do you stay on the edge of new and exciting apps?
Personally, I am consistently overloaded with not just web apps but mobile and even desktop apps. However, I generally thrive off the constant stream of fresh, new apps to try, which always push the envelope of what’s possible to greater lengths. At times though, I certainly need a break and to stabilize my ever changing app line-up. How about you?