As 2010 comes to a close I’ve been thinking about the year and all the great content we’ve published. We’ve tried new post types, increased our publishing schedule and most importantly, we’ve dug into the best web apps on the planet.

While we’ve covered piles of web app news, I wanted to pull together our best posts from 2010 that are still relevant and useful to you as we step into 2011. Take a look! (There’s a ton of content here, so you might bookmark this post!)


For many 2010 is already over, but for the rest of us it’s not quite over yet. I just wanted to wish you all a very happy New Year and hope that you all have a fun and safe time in your celebrations. I’m very excited for 2011 and where the AppStorm network will be going and I hope you are too. Thanks so much for being part of the fun and we’ll see you in 2011!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to ask you what you’d like to see from Web.AppStorm in 2011. We have many great ideas in the books but what would you like to see? Be sure to keep an eye out for Android.AppStorm and Windows.AppStorm too.

Happy New Year everyone!

Have you read up on net (network) neutrality? Do you understand how it affects you and even our culture as a whole? It seems that most people, while having heard of net neutrality, don’t actually understand it and what it means for them. This is an important subject to have at least a basic understanding of so you know where you stand.

In a nutshell, net neutrality describes a general idea where your internet access is not restricted by internet service providers (or governments). Once you pay for internet access at your desired speed, you’re able to access the internet as you wish (legally of course).

So what is everyone up in arms about? One side believes the internet should not be controlled, while the other side believes that organizations providing internet access should be allowed to run their networks as they wish. In other words, Comcast could block or restrict (possibly at a price) access to services like Hulu or Netflix.

There’s a whole slew of potential issues a “non-neutral” internet would present but those would need a full article to discuss. For an easy to understand overview of net neutrality, check out A more in-depth article covering what net neutrality is, arguments for both sides, the new laws introduced Dec. 21, 2010 and further details, checkout lifehacker’s Introduction to Net Neutrality.

Personally, I’m for an open and neutral internet and the new rules set by the FCC seem promising for my wired internet connection, but not so much for my mobile connection. What do you think of the FCC’s new rules? (view FCC’s net neutrality rules in PDF)

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Google Analytics is one of the most well known website analytics around, not to mention being one of the best. Although Google Analytics is a fantastic app to tackle your site’s analytics needs, there are actually several other options available that many would argue are better choices. We’ve pulled together eight of the best alternatives to Google Analytics and some information about each; price, plugins, mobile apps, real-time tracking and requirements.

Which analytics app do you use and why? Read on to see if there’s anything more fitting for your needs or if you have something you’d recommend.


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 Thoughtboxes . The developer describes Thoughtboxes as a a simple web application that helps you organize everything you do. Whether you want to keep track of tasks, manage projects, or brainstorm a new idea, Thoughtboxes makes the process fun and easy.

Thoughtboxes combines the simplicity and structure of lists with flexibility of mind maps. Use Thoughtboxes for whatever you like, you can’t go wrong.

Read on for more information and screenshots!


Managing the resources of a company is key to increasing revenue and improving profit margins. Keeping an eye on all resources and ensuring they’re optimally utilized is a daunting task. Handling human resources, in particular, is a delicate task and mishandling them might take a hit on organizational culture.

When I Work helps employers manage employee scheduling better. Read on for more a deeper look at the app.


Irrespective of the domain you work, there’s so much information available on the internet that might benefit you — a lot. After a certain point, you might find the bookmarks you’ve created to be rather stale and useless. If you’re like me, there’s a very good chance you might forget why you’ve even bookmarked a page after a few days.

Making comments, taking notes and annotating content has never been easier. There are quiet a few apps doing a stellar job in archiving all your snippets of information in the cloud for anywhere access. One among them is Shelfster. Read on to see how it can help you collect, edit, organize and publish all sorts of information.


There’s a wealth of video editing applications available but the majority (and the best) are confined to native desktop apps and generally come with a high price tag. Even when wanting to create the simplest of movies or slideshows, these apps also hog system resources, which isn’t friendly to other processes you want to run.

Stupeflix is a browser-based, simple video editing utility. It’s strapline is “video production made easy”, which it is… to an extent. Stupeflix has two main utilities: Stupeflix Studio (the aforementioned video production utility) and Stupeflix TV (which allows one to create a web TV channel showing Twitter updates and Flickr images). The latter, for me, sounds the most impressive but since Stupeflix Studio has a larger feature set that will be the focus of this review.


Managing money can be as difficult as earning it. Proverbs like “A dollar save is a dollar earned” are awfully nice to read and quote but can be tough to put into practice. Starting to track the money you spend is one of the simplest first steps one can take. Once you see how much is going where, you will automatically scramble to cut down wasteful expenses.

Since our generation is known for its acute ADD, noting down every expense on a notebook or an iPhone app won’t last more than a couple of days. In the aftermath of the personal finance revolution spearheaded by Mint, there are a ton of online apps to help you pinch personal & business pennies and after the jump we’ve a compiled a few for your financial well being.


Although Christmas is either already over for many or nearly there, the holiday season isn’t quite over yet. The New Year is right around the corner and we, at Web.AppStorm, wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Happy Holidays and hope you’ve had a great holiday season so far.

Thanks so much to all our wonderful AppStorm network readers and here’s to all the great things to come in 2011, such as the official launch of Android.AppStorm, Windows.AppStorm, more great reviews, roundups, how-tos, news and so much more.

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic New Years!

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