We’ve collected the top five reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in January. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, or Android apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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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.

Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting appsplit. The developer describes appsplit as a company specializing in the business of apps. It provides a marketplace where individuals and businesses can buy and sell exclusive and non-exclusive rights to apps, the Split Program gives the responsibility of managing and marketing applications on behalf of the owner to appsplit in return for a percentage of the profit. Those with a great app idea can have it custom built.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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You know how Rock stars and bands make so much money? By way of concerts. And how do blogging networks and technology companies earn a huge chunk of their profits on the side? Conferences. Events, if done right, can be a very profitable cash cow to its organizers. Oh yeah, and they help bring like minded people together.

Immediately after choosing a venue, the next logical step is to handle event registrations and payments. Today we’ll take a look at Eventzilla, which promises to help you get more attendees for your events.

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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.

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Have you ever wanted to access all of your files from anywhere, without having to store all of your data online? Online storage tools like Dropbox are incredibly useful, but you likely can’t fit all of your files in your Dropbox. Then, what if you want to stream your music to your work computer without downloading it all? The cloud is great, but sometimes it seems like it’s more trouble than it’s worth when you’re waiting for files to upload and sync.

Today we’re going to look at a way you can run your own cloud from your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. Setting up web servers and file sharing systems can be hideously difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing, but there’s an exciting free app that makes it all as simple as a couple clicks. Let’s see how you can run your own personal cloud with Tonido.

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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!

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If you’re like the vast majority of web developers, you’ve used Google Analytics to stay on top of your site’s traffic info and never gave it a second thought. Google Analytics is free, pain-free to setup, and gives you more detailed data about your traffic than you could know what to do with. What more could you ask?

Actually, there’s a lot more you could ask for. For starters, Google Analytics may be free, but all of your data is on Google’s servers. Some may prefer to keep their traffic data private, while others would just like more control over the data and reporting. Then, Google Analytics can be slow at times, and doesn’t display up-to-the-minute stats. Additionally, the charts are Flash-powered, so if you’re using an iOS device or have simply banished flash from your browser, you’ll only have the raw data.

Mint is a refreshing alternative that wins at every point Google Analytics comes short. It’s a self-hosted webapp so you can own and manage all of your own site’s data. It’s lightweight and expendable so you can make it work just like you want, uses native web charts so you won’t have to use flash, and shows visits as soon as they happen. Let’s see how to setup Mint on your site and take a tour of the features so you can see if it’s finally time for you to switch to a fresher analytics solution.

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Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting 280daily. This is how the developer describes 280daily. Can’t remember what you did last week? 280daily is the easiest way to create a searchable archive of your life. A free micro-journal that’s secure, private, encrypted and safe.

Being bound to the limit of 280 characters challenges you to be pithy and only highlight what really mattered from your day. 6 uses: Journal, Travelling, Business, Sport, Target Progress and Backwards To-Do List.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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Now that remote teams are common practice in getting ahold of the best talent available across the globe, collaboration apps are finding increased traction. Real-time collaboration is a main stay with most of the apps and with a combination of communication tools, it’s now possible to make the entire team feel like they’re working under the same roof.

We’ve compiled a list for those looking for web apps that help remote teams interact and collaborate on projects and documents. Read on to find the right one that fits your needs.

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