As of late, Flash has been increasingly filling my thoughts. If you follow Web.AppStorm (you do right?), you’ll know that we’re clearly fans of Flash-less web apps and excited by advancements in apps utilizing HTML5 and CSS3. Although some of our posts would lead you to believe we’re anti-Flash, we’re certainly not — though I personally tend prefer Flash-less apps.

As the year is coming to an end, I’ve been evaluating the content Web.AppStorm covers and why we’ve so severely neglected our Flash brethren. The simple fact of the matter is, HTML5 stole much of the limelight this year and Flash took a few hard knocks thanks to a some big names like Apple and Google.

You’ll notice many new or improved web apps are flaunting HTML5 versions or replacements, dropping Flash like a bad habit. In a way, Flash has become a dirty word to many — or maybe just less marketable. While this may have been the trend during this last year, we’re well aware of the fact that Flash is still a powerhouse and in many situations, the right tool for the job.

With that in mind, I’d like to balance things out and give Flash more love this coming year. As such, I’ve been trudging through the mountains of web apps I use to find some really great Flash-based apps for in-depth reviews on Web.AppStorm.

With that, I’m wondering if you avoid Flash-based apps or embrace them lovingly? Do you have some really great Flash-based apps in mind that you’d love to see reviewed or featured on Web.AppStorm?

And, dare I ask, are you an HTML5 vs Flash OR an HTML5 & Flash (living in harmony) web user? Are they rivals or are they different tools that, used together, can accomplish amazing things?

Recommended Reading: 10 Flash Things You Can’t Do With HTML5

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Arcade games are so much fun. Their charm lies in the simple game play and quirky sound effects. Lots of popular and classic games from the arcade era are now available online, either in their original format or closely designed variants. While popular games like Super Mario are available online for free, they are not completely legal.

After the jump, you’ll find 10 great, fun arcade games that are free to play and available legally.

Top 10 Gaming Series: This is the third in a series of roundups covering the top 10 games in several different categories. Look forward to several more in the weeks to come and submit games you’d love to see listed!

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

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Aol practically invented the internet as we know today. From email and IM to social networking, they’ve done it all decades ago in varying sizes and forms. After a high profile merger that went tragically wrong, Aol is no longer the giant it used to be. People have slowly migrated to more friendly and sophisticated tools from Yahoo, MSN and of late, Google.

With a sudden realization that a reboot is critical to survival, Aol has undergone a rebranding under a new leadership. Several of its products have either embraced a new identity or are in the process of getting one. One such property is Aol mail. After the jump, we’ll take a look at their email reboot, appropriately named Project Phoenix.

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Whether we like it or not, most of us spend a considerable portion of our time online and we discover loads of really cool things that we can often forget about. Of course, we can use the standard bookmark feature in our browsers but when you find too many cool things, things begin looking cluttered and makes it hard to distinguish between them and the rest.

This is where Zootool comes to the rescue. As well as offering a universal place to access your bookmarks, they can be easily organized and discussed with other users. Read on for a look at Zootool.

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Nobody likes paying more than they have to for things, it’s a known fact. When you’re buying online, you’ve always got the added convenience of being able to simply choose a store and order it from there—a blessing not present when you’re trying to rush through actual shops to find the best deal. When you’re not buying online, you’ve got the added disadvantage of buying something only to wander into another store to find it for half that price but even if you are purchasing from an e-store, you can easily make this mistake too if you don’t have the right know-how.

This is where ZingSale comes in to solve just that problem for the virtual world. It allows you to easily and quickly find products you’re interested in purchasing soon, setting up alerts and then being notified every time the product lowers in price.

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Would you like to have secure, guaranteed access to all of your bookmarks anytime? With Del.icio.us closing soon (or not?), Ma.gnolia losing all of its members bookmarks last year, and more of us using multiple browsers and devices, we need a better way to keep track of bookmarks wherever you are.

Pinboard is a newer bookmarking site that’s received a lot of attention lately. Co-operated by one of De.licio.us’ founders, it’s fast, simple, and includes many of the same things fans loved about Del.icio.us. You can import all of your bookmarks, including tags and notes exported from Del.icio.us, then quickly add new bookmarks with the bookmarklet, share your bookmarks with friends or keep them private, and find them easily on your desktop or mobile device.

Let’s look at how you can consolidate all of your bookmarks with Pinboard and keep your favorite websites easily accessible.

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Last week was a great one for data lovers who were waiting for a bird’s eye view of 2010 as it comes to a close. Google and Twitter published the trends they’ve spotted based on user engagement at their sites, Bing tweaked flight travel search, Hunch lent a helping hand to find gifts, Chrome crossed 10,000 extensions and Posterous launched groups.

Read on for some of this week’s best web app news and updates you might’ve missed!

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Are you tired of using a half-dozen different apps to manage your business in the cloud? Everyday it seems like there’s a new app released designed to help deal with a small aspect of your business, such as CRM or internal messaging, but with so many disparate apps it’s easy to forget what you’ve saved where. Plus, it can be expensive paying for so many different apps.

rule.fm aims at bringing some order to the confusion and make it easier to manage your business and, most importantly, get back to work. Its founders set out to bring style and simplicity to online project management and designed it to include all the tools you need to efficiently keep track of every part of your business. rule.fm already offers an impressive number of tools, with more planned to be added before its released from beta.

Today we’ll look at what rule.fm has to offer your business and see if it’s got what it takes to beat Basecamp and the thousands of other project management apps out there.

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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 Kashoo. The developer describes Kashoo.com as an app that transforms how small businesses manage their finances. At its core, Kashoo.com is a powerful yet affordable online accounting solution designed specifically for small business. With no accounting experience, the business owner can quickly and efficiently “do the books” and move on to the business of running the business.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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Are you overwhelmed with all the feeds you’ve subscribed to in your favorite RSS app such as Google Reader? Need a better way to keep up with the news and updates that are most important to you? There’s not enough time in the day to read all the new articles that are published across the net, but it can be hard to sort out the great from the forgettable articles.

Most RSS feed readers work just like an email subscription, and all new posts will automatically show up in your unread list. Today we’re going to look at NewsBlur, a new feed reader webapp that brings an intelligent approach to RSS feeds. It automatically shows the articles you’ll be interest in based on articles you’ve previously liked, and makes it easy to browse the original site or the RSS feed itself.

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