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When my mother gifted me a copy of Haruki Murakami’s IQ84 a few weeks ago, I felt weird holding reading material in my hands. I suddenly realized that most of the reading I did through 2012 was on screens, and consisted mainly of blog posts and articles online. While I’m not happy that my balance of reading literature and non-fiction is totally out of whack, I now understand that reading online is undeniably a big part of my life.

That said, it’s great to have tools to keep track of what you read on the web — I subscribe to RSS feeds aplenty using Google Reader, save stuff for later with Pocket, and have set up a recipe with IFTTT to push links from my favorited tweets to Pocket as well. But wouldn’t it be nice to have a community of fellow fans of longform content, to share new things to read with? Enter Readingly.

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If you use Facebook, chances are you’ve written about what’s going on in your life, RSVP’ed for events, liked your favorite groups, posted photos, and more. You might have your education, employment, relationships, religion, and favorite quirky quotes listed for all the world to see. If you’ve tagged photos with location and people, you’ll have quite a clear record online of the people you spend time with and the places you’ve been. Or, you might just have a history full of spamming your friends for help growing carrots on your flourishing fake farm.

Either way, there’s a ton you can find out about yourself from your Facebook profile, data that’s sitting there ready to be mined. It used to take going to each of your friends’ profiles to find out this info, but with Facebook’s new Graph Search, it’s just a click away. We’ve just gotten access to it, so here’s a quick look at the newest iteration of the world’s most popular social network, and how it might affect the way you use it. (more…)

Lists may not seem like the most exciting basis for a website, but everyone has the need to create some form of list from time to time. List creation and management need not be a solitary affair – there are countless scenarios in which two or more people might want to make use of the same list.

From shopping lists and to-dos to project management and itineraries, Organisr is an online tool that replaces those all-too-easily-lost scraps of paper that probably litter your desk. (more…)

The internet continues to amaze me all the time, and that is one of the reasons why I love it so much. What really gets me passionate about consistently using the web is the ability to do things in a virtual world that before wasn’t possible. Take for example the topic of collaboration. In years past, you wouldn’t dream of being able to have a company or business where the people who work at it are all in different states or countries.

A perfect example of this is Web.Appstorm, where although I have been writing for them for almost a year now, I have never met my editor or the other writers face to face. Yet, we are able to work together and produce quality content for all of you to read.

So where am I going with this? Well, the internet has given us the opportunity to have no boundaries when it comes to getting work done together. One web app to help with this, called Dispatch, has given us the ability to collaborate on documents and other things regardless of whether we work in the same building or miles a part, and all we need is an internet connection.

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It’s always exciting when web apps we’ve tried get a redesign that makes them far better than they used to be. MYCO Suite is a CRM and collaboration app that we’d looked at in the past. We liked it, but felt that its interface held it back. Since then, though, the app has gone through a major overhaul and it’s time to take another look.

Let’s see how MYCO Suite has improved in the last year, and how it can work for your business. (more…)

You don’t get a great deal free these days, so the prospect of 50GB of online storage is an opportunity to be jumped at. There are many cloud storage services to choose from – Dropbox, Skydrive, Box and more – but free storage tends to limited to around 5GB.

Megaupload closed just over a year ago after intervention from the US Department of Justice, but the company’s founder, Kim Dotcom, is not a man to give up without a fight. One year later to the day, Mega was launched with possibly the most generous free package you’ll find. Generous enough, that we had to take a look.

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eBook reading apps have become very popular since the introduction of the tablet, and have transformed our devices into a personal library wherever you go. It started with the Kindle device, but since then, there’s hardly a mobile device that doesn’t come with an eBook reading app. For me, I have never seen the appeal of eBooks, and I prefer to have a physical book in my hands. However, there is a division of eBooks which have recently taken my interest — eTextbooks.

Being a student, textbooks are something which I need to carry at all times and use everyday for support in lectures and revision sessions. Carrying around tons of heavy books isn’t what I want to do. With access to the internet everywhere, eTextbooks allow me to quickly get on the web and view my specific books quick and easy.

In this article I’m going to look at the best three textbooks apps available on the web: Chegg, CourseSmart and NOOK Study. Read on to find out the possibilities with these three apps.

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Productivity web apps are everywhere these days, promising to make it easier to collaborate on to-dos, notes, and more from your browser for just a low monthly fee. That makes sense for businesses when you’re using the app to make money, but if you’re looking for something for your own personal use, paying $9-$20/month isn’t an attractive option at all. It’s enough to send you screaming to your nearest App Store for a native app, even if you’d actually prefer to use a web app.

But what if you could have all of Basecamp’s features – arguably one of the best productivity web apps – for $25? No monthly payments, just a one-time purchase like buying an app from the App Store?

That’s what the new Basecamp Personal offers. 1 Basecamp project with up to 5 extra collaborators and 1Gb storage, for a one-time payment of $25. Sounds like that might be the perfect option for a personal productivity web app. (more…)

There is no dearth of apps that apps that let you share, comment and collaborate on images on the web. There has been quite a trend towards apps aimed at creative freelancers and agencies with the aim of streamlining and centralizing the artwork review phase of a design project. We have already looked at Invision, Cage and a few others.

A new contender in this league is Notism. Let’s take a look at what it brings to the table and if there are any unique offerings that will pull you away from whatever you’re currently using for design review and collaboration. (more…)

It is difficult to imagine a world in which bookmarks did not exist. Without them we would have to resort to memorizing the URLs of countless websites or individual pages and type them out in full every time we wanted to visit the site in question.

Being able to save quick links to frequently visited sites is a great time saver, and it’s something that we take for granted. It would be easy to dismiss the humble bookmark, but they’re something we use on a daily basis. Listango has been designed to make them even more useful by offering a number of helpful additional features.

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