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In our digital life, there’s a lot of information we need to keep track of, from login credentials to licensing information to important dates. It’s all stuff that you need to know, but can’t always stay on top of. You could write it down in your online notes or office apps, but if your accounts get hacked, your passwords and other private data will be right there for the hacker to see. You could try to remember everything, and keep up with the info you receive in email by archiving messages into special folders, but you’ll likely end up forgetting or losing something.

For individuals, there’s many password managers that can help out with this, from the free LastPass to paid options like 1Password. Between those apps, random bits of info you can find in your email account, and your own brain, you’ll likely be fine keeping up with the important info in your own life.

But what about passwords and info that your whole team or business needs access to? That’s where Safestacks comes in. It’s a web app designed for storing all your usernames, passwords, licenses and other important information in one central repository. By managing all this important information with one app, you’ll be able to easy save time, money and effort by staying on top of things. Let’s take a look. (more…)

Document management has always been tricky, especially when you want to centrally store documents with all of their updates and revisions, and give people an easy way to collaborate on them. Wikis seem like the perfect solution, but they’re usually complicated, requiring at best HTML formatting and at worst a special markup language that you’ll have to get used to.

On the other end of the spectrum, Markdown formatting has been steadily increasing in popularity as a simple markup language to make rich formatted documents and HTML without having to use anything other than plain text and simple characters. It’s used in everything from new CMS apps to simple writing tools on the web and in native apps.

Bring the two together to create a web app that allows insanely simple editing, what have you got? Scribble, of course.

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The downfall of many new business and products is that the creators loved their idea too much. A quick search for failed tech products will reveal thousands of cool gadgets and gizmos that while awesome, clever and unique, never made enough sales to break even. The inventors loved their pride and joy so much that they assumed the rest of the world would care. But products can be like first-time parents showing off a snotty, crying bundle of burden.

Google has developed Google Consumer Surveys to help anyone decide whether or not to go ahead with an idea. By simply asking their target market “Hey, what do you think of this?”, business and individuals can act on information instead of blind ambition.

The name, however, makes Google Surveys seem like a half baked web app already replicated a hundred times over around the web. Maybe it’s something cooked up on an off-day at the Googleplex in California?

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In today’s world of multiple devices and cloud computing, keeping all your gadgets in constant sync is just about the most important must. During the past couple of years, we have seen a whole range of services spring up to help you to keep your documents and contacts synced across all your devices. It started with Dropbox and other sync services, and now the larger technology companies such as Apple and Microsoft have caught onto the trend.

With platform developers making sync systems, your choice of sync service depends, naturally, on what devices you have. I am a Mac and iOS user, so I naturally use iCloud, as it integrates with iOS so well and works fairly effortlessly (most of the time, anyway). However, there aren’t many cloud services that have addressed the problem of multiple devices. iCloud will only work on iOS devices (you can run some aspects of iCloud off other devices, however the experience will be severly diminished), and even Google’s web services work best on Android devices (just check Android’s Gmail integration).

This was the idea behind Fruux which we’re going to take a look at now in this review. Think of it as Dropbox for your contacts, calendars and tasks, but one that works on a much wider range of devices. Let’s take a look now.

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ERP systems, which stands for enterprise-resource planning, are pretty much the heart and soul of every single modern company. They manage virtually every aspect of a business, from the sales and purchasing to the accounting and project management departments. Without them, a company is virtually unable to run smoothly without a massive, unnecessary manual exchange of information. Every single department needs to communicate with one another (for example, the production department of a company would need to know what the projected sales figures are for a particular time period in order to ease planning), and ERP systems make this possible with one unified solution.

The only thing is, ERP systems can be complex and expensive, and would be far beyond the budget of most smaller companies. ERPNext is an interesting ERP web app that takes much of the complexity out of ERP, and is more affordable to boot. Let’s take a look at it and see what ERPNext could mean for businesses looking for a better ERP solution today.

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Droplr is one of the original simple file sharing apps, popularized by its simple Mac menubar app that lets you drag files to its icon and instantly share them with the world. Its clean design and simple sharing features have made it popular with many users, and I personally first started using it when I wanted to share files from Windows easily and discovered WinDroplr, which was added as Droplr’s official Windows app.

One thing that easily sets Droplr apart from other file sharing tools is that their team has kept refining the service. Today, it’s one of the best ways to share files from your browser, and with new pro accounts, it’s got more features at a better value than most of its competitors. If you’re looking for a better way to share files online, Droplr is definitely one of the first apps you should consider.

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Most of our business decisions, it seems, are made in our inboxes. We research the best tools for our job, contact customers, discuss plans with coworkers, and more, all via email. Many of us use old emails for references, too, and I find myself searching through Sparrow for old emails with important information all the time. Often the emails I’m looking for contains info that would be important to my whole team, such as information about our upcoming plans or perhaps credentials for an app we use.

GrexIt is a solution that lets you unlock the emails in your account and share them with your whole team. Everyone on your team can send the important emails that the whole company needs to know about to the GrexIt repository, where they can easily be ready by anyone on the team, anytime. It’s an interesting solution for making email more social for businesses.

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I’m always on the lookout for nice notes apps. I use Evernote, Notepad, Writeroom, Ghost Writer, and more, and will use a different notes app depending on what I want to do with the notes. The great thing about notes apps is that you can use them for so many purposes: jotting a note down, writing a longform piece, saving a phone number or tip for later, and even making list of things I need to do. That’s why it’s nice to have a lot of different notes apps, so you can use different ones for different purposes.

I came across Fetchnotes recently, which looked like a really simple, easy-to-use app for taking notes online. Let’s see if it lived up to my expectations, and if it’d fit in my workflow to replace any of the other notes apps I already use.

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Most of you that read Web.AppStorm read it because you love all of the cool apps that are being used on the internet. The internet is full of great information and great things to read. I am always looking for the next best thing on the web or reading great articles from other tech blogs that are out there.

Sometimes as we are searching the net, we can get overwhelmed with the information and saving it for later reading. There are some great services out there that help you save articles for later, but a new web app called Save & Search takes a little different approach. It takes all the things that you search for today and makes them searchable and easy to find when you need the articles later. Let me show you what I am talking about.

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Ever made a goal, and then quit even trying on it after a few days? Most of us have done exactly that. Whether we’re trying to give up a bad habit or pick up a new one, to do something more or stop doing something so often, it’s incredibly hard to change our ways. For all of us. We need a bit more encouragement to actually stick with it.

Say you want to go running every day. You could chain yourself down to your treadmill, but that wouldn’t help you very much. How about creating a mental chain to remind yourself of the number of days you’ve kept your commitment, which will make you not want to break that chain of commitment? That’s what Chains.cc is for. It’s a simple yet nicely designed web app to help you stay motivated by seeing how long you’ve kept at your commitments.

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