As I have mentioned before in other posts, I love how the web has given us the opportunity to be able to work with people with no boundaries. Gone are the days of having to work in the same office with someone to get work done. With a variety of web apps that are out there for businesses, there is no reason why you cannot challenge the physical boundaries of having to work in the same space.
One of the tasks in just about any business is the approval of documents and getting feedback as well. For the longest time, if you were not working in the same space as someone else, you would usually email your document to them to get approval or feedback for it. They would then have to download it, open it, and then read it. After that they could make their comments on the document, but then they would have to email it back to you again. At the time, we thought that this solution was the easiest possible.
But, as the web has evolved, so has this process with the introduction of apps like ApproveForMe. It takes the pain of having to email documents to people to get their approval and feedback. I have been testing it out and it has come in very handy for me.
You cannot go wrong by embracing the cloud for your business or personal use. Web apps save a ton of money on infrastructure and maintenance charges by charging a relatively miniscule, recurring monthly fee. Depending on how tech savvy you are, you can save a ton money by self hosting apps in your own servers. That way, you get to escape the recurring subscription charges.
However, not all SaaS apps charge a flat monthly subscription fee. In certain verticals, these apps take a cut of the revenue generated. Event organization and ticket sales vertical squarely falls into that category. Easily 5% of the proceeds has to be shared with the ticketing platform provider. That definitely isn’t loose change.
Online stores are simply a great way to get your product out there to the masses. They require the bare minimum investment and almost anyone can set one up — as long as you’ve got something that people want to buy, you’re pretty much guaranteed sales. Of course, there are many ways to do this: eBay being one of the most notable, however in this case you are tied down to a particular site — having to follow their rules and regulations. The greatest flexibility comes when you set up a store on your own website.
Tictail believes it can help you set up a simple online store on your own website with the absolute bare minimum of input required from yourself. The site has already received accolades from popular sites such as Wired, TechCrunch and The Economist, so I decided to take it for a test drive to see what AppStorm’s take on things were. Here’s what I found out.
I’m a geek. I love things like web development, design and blogging. I love writing and photography. I adore music. In fact, I love them so much that I take pictures, write and design for a living. In fact, despite the fact that I have my own blog and maintain other websites dedicated to personal interests, like music, I’m starting my own creative services company in the upcoming month.
Because I’m initially going to be the sole proprietor of this company, starting it is easier than you might think both legally and financially. But I do need a website. And even though I love coding and web development, I also hate it (not unlike many professional coders I know). So I’d prefer to leave the fine art of web coding to the professionals. That’s why I’m considering Squarespace 6. Things have changed a lot since we last looked at Squarespace. Let’s find out what’s new.
There’s more ways than ever to share short videos now, from Instagram and Flickr’s videos to Vine. But what about the tons of pictures you’ve taken? You can’t share them all to Instagram, and if you put them on Facebook most people won’t see them all. How about just turn them into a quick video instead with Evver, our sponsor this week?
Evver is a brand-new way that’ll turn your pictures into a beautiful video slideshow in only a couple minutes. Just signup with your email or Facebook account, select one of the many songs it has ready to include in your video, then drag-and-drop your photos into the editor. Rearrange them to the order you want, then click Done. Seconds later, you’ll have a complete video just like the one below, ready to share with your family and friends.
Your photos will be synced to the music and will include Ken Burns-style transitions. With the beautiful music tracks included in Evver, your photos will quickly go from normal shots to unforgettable memories of your event or trip. Instead of a few seconds of video that you’d get with Vine or Instagram Videos, Evver gives you a full song-length video that’s perfect to capture the most of your trip’s pictures.
Best of all, Evver’s 100% free, so you can make all the videos you want and share them with all of your friends. You’ve got to try it out!
Keep Your Memories for-Evver
Here’s your chance to try out Evver and see how simple it really is to turn your pictures into a video you’ll want to share. Just head over to Evver.com, signup for a free account, and see what you can do with some of your best summer photos. We’d love to see the videos you make with Evver in the comments below!
Music may have been around since the dawn of time, when our ancestors were banging sticks together, but it took Napster breaking all of the rules to make music big on the internet. Since then, services have been appearing left and right, all promising to give you the moon…or at least any song you wish to hear. The RIAA may not yet be fully comfortable with all of this, but technology moves forward and the recording industry, despite its best efforts, cannot stop the future from happening.
But, along the way, we’ve lost a lot of the freedom in finding new music, and somehow YouTube — a video site — has become the best place to find music for free. There’s tons of great music focused services today, from Pandora and Google Play All Access to Xbox Music and iTunes, but none are free. Even the old fashioned radio was better than this, if you simply wanted to find new music for free.
That’s exactly why you need to check out Earbits.
Maybe you’ve been thinking recently about starting a blog and just don’t know where to start. Well, have no fear. After encouraging a few friends on Facebook to write a blog, I’ve learned that most people don’t know where to start and what site they should use for the most flexibility.
I’ve spent a good deal of my time in the past few years writing for blogs, whether it be personally or professionally. I’ve had experience with all three of the Big Blogging Platforms, which is my affectionate term for WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger. You can start a blog for free with all three of them. Let’s take a look at the platforms and see what they’re capable of.
RSS seems to be a seriously hot technology again. In recent weeks, there has been an extraordinary deluge of apps being released in response to Google Reader’s shutdown. Some of these are trying to tempt prospective users by offering innovative extra features, but many are happy to provide a clone-like experience. There are, however, some apps which have built on Reader’s foundations, but have added their own refinement, particularly in the direction of minimalist design, Digg and AOL being prime examples.
A new invite beta service named MnmlRdr, which has somewhat stayed under the radar thus far, is a promising new entry in this last category. I’m trying to find out whether it is an undiscovered gem, or whether it should be left in the shade. (more…)
Since Google Reader saw its end last week, many of us have been searching for a new reader application. The nice part about this is that it has given us the chance to find something that could be better than Google Reader. Not only that, but it has made developers create some great Reader applications. Although I have settled on using Feedly myself, I found another interesting app that does things a little different than most of the replacements that are out there. I was able to take Newsle out for a test spin to see how it would work for me and I was very intrigued by it and how it worked.
Newsle takes a somewhat different approach to reading news in that it doesn’t use your RSS feeds to get articles to read. Instead it relies on your friends and other important figures to give you the news. It took me a little getting used to, but I can see how it could possibly meet a need for people. Let’s take a look at it more to see if could possibly work for you.