There are just too many invoicing apps out there on the web. In fact, invoicing is one area where web apps beat the jeepers out of native apps. However, there is a catch; there are too many fancy features and they charge a bit too much of a price tag month after month, even if you’re not using it. Then there are concerns like security of users and their financial information (largely irrelevant, but some people still aren’t sure).

One possible solution for users worried about price, security and simplicity is to go for a self-hosted solution. Read on to find how to set up and use Siwapp on your server to meet your invoicing needs.

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Writing is an interesting career that carries with it a sense of instant gratification. Not all writers and their bosses, editors, are tech savvy, and there’s hardly any reason for them to be. The web 2.0 era has spawned numerous apps that sweeten the task of researching, writing and editing content.

After the break, we’ve put together a list of apps that can bring a new wave of productivity into your life if you’re a  riter, blogger or editor.

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The holiday season showed a fantastic increase in online shopping and quite a few friends and family mentioned they did a large amount of their gift shopping through sites such as Amazon and Ebay. While we already know online shopping is increasing in popularity over hitting the brick and mortar shops, there’s a relatively new development that may just add a fun, new perspective to shopping — social.

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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 Jaconda. The developer describes Jaconda as an app for Project Team Chat. It allows you to create chat-rooms for projects and integrate them with your favorite tools. Teammates can chat from their browser or fill-in their Google Talk and add team chat to the Instant Messenger they love. Jaconda integrates with services like Github, Google Code, Pivotal Tracker and others. This helps to be on top of things and to see in real time what’s going on.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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Online games are dime a dozen and more new ones keep popping up every day. Many of them have tastefully designed artwork and eye popping graphics with a great storyline, but how can an online game that doesn’t have any of the above mentioned trifecta still be a phenomenal success? Minecraft is a game about using blocks to build anything you can imagine.

Read on to find what makes hundreds of thousands of people go gaga over this game with an arcade style design.

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The world of webapps is filled with apps designed to help you manage projects, collaborate with your team, and keep your business running smoothly. Each app seems to have only part of the functionality you’d need to keep your team connected though, so before you know it you’ll end up using a dozen apps. The worst part is, the cost of all these services together can be prohibitive.

That’s where WordPress’ P2 collaboration solution comes in. It’s a free theme for WordPress that lets your team stay in touch with Twitter or Yammer style short messages and makes a great solution for discussions or just letting everyone know what you’re working on. It was designed by the Automattic team to help them stay in touch better while developing WordPress and their other tools.

While at the core it’s still the famous WordPress blogging engine, you’ll usually never see the WordPress dashboard. You can even get it running on a WordPress.com hosted blog in seconds without messing with databases or .htaccess files. Let’s take a look at what P2 has to offer and how your team can use it to stay in touch on the cheap.

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There aren’t many of us who would pass on a good adventure, whether real or virtual. The adrenalin rush and the sense of achievement that follows an adventure is pure and awesome. Our way of life and responsibilities make adventures in real life a rare occurrence. Now that games have better story lines for an adventure, spending couple of hours a day building an army and a civilization can be cheap and priceless at the same time.

After the break, you’ll find 10 great, fun adventure games that are free to play solo or in teams.

Top 10 Gaming Series: This is the fourth in a series of roundups covering the top 10 games in several different categories.

  1. The 10 Best Free Online Racing Games
  2. The 10 Best Free Online RPG Games
  3. The 10 Best Free Online Arcade Games
  4. The 10 Best Free Online Adventure Games (viewing)

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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 Eventzilla. The developer describes Eventzilla as an easy to use online event registration and ticketing software for anyone hosting a conference, seminar, fundraising or a training event. More than 1000 event organizers around the world use to manage event registrations and payments. Eventzilla is free for event organizers. (Attendees pay a small convenience fee for paid events)

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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We’ve collected the top five reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in December. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, or Web 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’ve had a wonderful holiday period!

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2010 has been a great year for webapps, with dozens of new, exciting apps that let us move even more of our computer experience to the cloud. Google’s Web Store’s launch last month has accelerated this trend, and many new webapps with unique, often iPad style interfaces are now available for Chrome.

However, many of the apps in the Web Store are simply links to great apps that are available to any modern browser. If you install these apps in Chrome, you’ll essentially just get a large bookmark icon to the webapp that you could have accessed by simply entering the app’s URL in your address bar. That’s not to say these apps aren’t exciting; in fact, many of them are some of the best webapps available today. With that in mind, we’ve looked through the Web Store for the best apps that aren’t unique to Chrome. Here’s the best we’ve found, and please let us know your favorites or any we’ve missed in the comments below!

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