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As most of you may have heard, Haiti was recently devastated by one of the largest earthquakes in its history. This isn’t particularly web app news but what generally follows disasters such as this, is help from around the world. As we all know, help requires money which generally leads to donations.

Thanks to today’s web app technology, donations have become so incredibly simple and easy that not donating is virtually inexcusable. There’s no need for mailing a check or visiting an office to make a donation. From a simple text message to a short online checkout, donating is literally at our fingertips — no matter where you are.

In recognition of the recent Haiti disaster, we’ve rounded up ten sites for quick and painless donating. These have been made possible by the power of web applications, no matter how simple (contact forms, payment gateways, etc).


Cloud computing has started proceeding beyond the hype stage and into the beginning of mainstream adoption. Gartner had included cloud computing in their list of Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2009. They also reported that worldwide cloud services revenue is on pace to surpass $56.3 billion in 2009. As we have just begun 2010, a survey of CIOs and CTOs of various leading companies conducted by Logicalis deduced that cloud computing will dominate focus in 2010. ChromeOS from Google, is a nice model which illustrates the daily use of cloud computing. It is trying to shift the appliance domain to cloud computing and indicates a charm in the field expressed by Google.

In this roundup, we will review some online Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) which are great examples of cloud programming. These solutions can [nearly] replace your desktop IDEs and code editors.


Google Reader is now getting shut down, and a lot has happened in the world of RSS readers since this article was first published in 2010. Check out our brand-new article on the best apps to replace Google Reader, which has a ton of apps you should try out as well as tips for moving your feeds, favorites, and more to new services.

Using a web-based RSS reader allows you to keep up with your online reading, even as you move from computer to computer. Some even offer mobile versions so that you can keep up to date on your phone. There are a variety of different RSS readers available, with different features that you may find useful.

Here are the top ten web-based RSS readers collected from around the web.


There are a few task management web apps that have caught my attention in the past months. Some are in alpha, some in beta and some already available. Their approaches vary greatly as well.

But, in my opinion, they are all going to make a splash in 2010.


As Tumblr becomes increasingly popular, more Tumblr users will be looking for ways to make their blog unique. As with WordPress, there is a huge selection of free themes, except the really outstanding ones generally come at a price. Premium WordPress themes took off a few years ago and still offer a huge market. Premium Tumblr themes are currently quite limited, which means there is a lot of untapped potential in this niche.

Awhile ago we took a quick look at twelve top Tumblr themes and today we’ll take a quick look at eight premium, top notch themes for those of you looking for something a little more unique and custom. If you’re a Tumblr theme developer, there’s a special message at the end just for you. 😉


There are plenty of holidays to celebrate this month and plenty of web apps to help you get in the holiday spirit. From fun to helpful, these applications can keep you amused and organized through the holiday season.


As any experienced blogger will most likely know, WordPress is a killer blogging platform. What many people aren’t aware of, except those more familiar with WordPress, is that the platform is capable of so much more than just blogging. In fact, most people refer to it as more of a content management system (CMS) than just something built solely for blogging.

There are some amazing WordPress themes available at places like ThemeForest and around the web, but most are blog-centric. WordPress is capable of so much more. Like what you ask?

Check out these 15 Awesome WordPress themes with unusual uses to find out.


WordPress offers an easy way to change the design on your blog without having to get elbow-deep in code. It’s just a matter of finding the right theme for your blog and uploading it. These fifteen themes will give you a good place to start.


I’ve heard it said before that every time your hands leave the keyboard to use the mouse, somewhere a baby kitten dies. Okay, that’s a silly joke and an exaggeration. But spend any time with an expert in various fields in which a computer is a major part of the day and you’ll see the element of truth here.

Whether a designer or developer, someone working in the movie or music industry, or an intern for a larger corporation, experts learn to do their jobs more efficiently. You’ll find that he/she knows the shortcuts of their preferred application like the back of their hand.

Gmail is no different in this respect.


We’ve had a lot of coverage on self-promotion of late. Web 2.0 seems focused on just this — whether it’s displaying your work with an app like Carbonmade, publishing your bio on Magntize, or broadcasting your witticisms on Twitter, the modern web seems wholly geared to let others know who you are.

And with so many ways to promote your work and your business, it can be hard to focus your efforts. Let us help by rounding up the top applications for displaying what it is that you do — your work.

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