We’ve just closed our giveaway, and for once, everyone that entered won! Congrats! :)

Need a great way to record your screen and share the videos with others? The new web app Screenbird just might be what you’ve been needing.

Screenbird lets you record anything you see on your screen — your whole screen or just part of it — right from your browser, on Windows, OS X, or Linux. You can then share your videos online through Screenbird or your YouTube account. Screenboard even lets you capture audio, pause and redo parts of your recording, and more. It’s a great solution for recording your screen and sharing it with the world, and should be a handy tool for, say, creating training courses or presentations, or just showing off your Minecraft world.

Screenbird is free to get started, but if you want to record longer videos, keep your videos indefinitely, or collaborate with others on your videos, you’ll need a pro account starting at $9/month. Except… we’ve got 10 one-year pro accounts for free to giveaway to our readers! Just leave a comment below, letting us know how you plan to put your Screenbird account to use to enter our giveaway. Then, you can share the giveaway on your favorite social network, and add an extra comment here with a link to your post about our giveaway for an extra entry.

Hurry and get your entries in; we’ll be closing our giveaway on April 3rd, 2013!

Envato staff or those who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm are ineligible to enter.

There’s the Windows Store in Windows 8 and Windows Phone, the App Store in OS X and iOS, and Google Play on Android. Everyone knows where to install apps these days, and it usually doesn’t entail browsing the internet to find an installer. You check the app store on your platform, find what you want, and install. Easy.

On the web, it’s not quite so easy … unless you use the Chrome Web Store. The app store of sorts built into Google’s browser, the Chrome Web Store gives you an easy place to find web apps that’ll work on any computer from your browser. Of course, they’ll only be “installable” in Chrome, but usually they’re real web apps that you could use in any browser, so it gives you a great place to find web apps no matter what browser you prefer to use.

Do you use the Chrome Web Store to find new web apps? Or do you just rely on reviews and recommendations from our site and others for new web apps to try out? We’d love to hear your thoughts about the Chrome Web Store in the comments below!

When I get to take time off from being a tech enthusiast and writer there is generally one thing I want to do — be in the woods and mountains. While my wife and daughter do not share this enthusiasm, my son at least does, and we head out for single and multi-day hikes.

One service I find indispensable these days is the web resource AllTrails, an app that could be described as the Facebook of hiking, and more. Let’s take a look and see if this is what you need to get you in the great outdoors more. (more…)

One of the things I have the hardest time with is that my immediate family is so spread out. My wife and I live in Washington State, my parents and grandparents live in Hawaii and my sister lives in California. It is so hard to get to see each other on a consistent basis, and we are hardly ever all together in the same place. This makes staying in touch so much more important, but with busy lives sometimes, we always can’t stay in touch as much as we would like to.

Kincast is one of those apps that can hopefully bridge that gap of communication just a little bit more. As much as I try to talk to my parents at least once a week so that they can see our son, they still wish they could stay in touch more. The same goes for my sister and I, and so I decided to try out Kincast to see how it could help us out.

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If you run or are part of a business that entertains clients by appointment only, such as a clinic, salon or consultancy, you know how difficult it is to keep staff and visitors on track — you not only have to schedule appointments, but also avoid clashes, remind clients to show up and stay sane enough to make your sessions worthwhile. A secretary could surely make light work of this, but what’s a professional to do if he/she can’t afford to pay another employee’s full salary?

For starters, you might want to try Ubooq, a new service that lets your clients see when you’re available, book appointments and receive reminders via text message — all from your website or standalone booking page. Meanwhile, you’ll get notified of new bookings and stay on top of things, allowing you to deliver the best possible service your customers have ever experienced. Sounds too good to be true? Let’s see if Ubooq is really up to the task.

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Blogging. It’s taken over the web and with its rise in popularity, several blogging platforms have emerged that have taken this incredibly popular media by storm. You might have heard of WordPress (it’s hard not to). Over 62 million websites across the globe use the software and this is probably down to its incredibly user-friendly interface, its ease of setting-up and its general communal adoption.

However, there are times when WordPress can be a little too bloated and it’s often been noted that it’s almost shifted its focus towards being a framework as opposed to a tool to encourage and enable blogging. In short, WordPress can sometimes feel too big for small sites.

If only there was a new, simpler tool, ready to change the face of blogging. Enter Anchor. It’s beautifully-designed, a pleasure to use and the theming system is so simple, you can mock up a theme from HTML/CSS in less than an hour. I did.

Let’s take a closer look.

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When you think of the classics of videogaming – those games which have survived every format and console that time has thrown at them – what springs to mind? Tetris. Metroid. Mario. And then there’s Bomberman. This brilliantly addictive strategic bomb-’em-up has been around since the days of coin-op arcades, and has been released in dozens of iterations. Sadly, however, Konami (owner of the franchise) has somewhat let Bomberman slide into obscurity.

In response, some Bomberman fans have developed their own free, online version, and they have called it Bombermine. But rather than make a simple clone, the folks behind Bombermine have gone the extra mile, and created a MMO built in HTML5. There are already thousands of happy fans getting stuck in to this relatively new browser-based game, but does it capture the fun of Bomberman’s arcade glory days?

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It’s pretty clear that we’re moving to become a hyper-connected society. It’s no longer just activities like email and online gaming that are enhanced, or obstructed, by your connection. Instead, we’re increasing our reliance on apps and services for video, banking and even reading a book.

But what happens when the web breaks? When you have that power outage or, worse, when the server farm thousands of miles away does? Outages are a big obstruction to becoming a completely online society and it’s something we’re going to take a look at today. (more…)

Looking for a better way to schedule appointments online? Acuity Scheduling, our sponsor this week, is a great tool for that. It’s a online appointment scheduling software to help you grow your business and eliminate no-shows.

Acuity lets your business accept appointments online 24/7. You can create custom intake forms for clients to complete in advance of appointments and have clients pay by credit card online, saving time and letting you focus on your business. It also works great for managing global businesses, with automatic time zone conversion and support for many currencies.

It’ll help you do the work you do best, without having to worry about getting your appointments scheduled or paid for.

Go Get It!

Ready to get started taking the hassle out of appointments? You can get started with Acuity Scheduling for free with one schedule, then get more features, schedules, and more starting at $10/month.

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot just like this one.

By now you likely know that Google has made its popular Reader app an upcoming victim in the company’s infamous Spring Cleaning massacre of services. The news spread around the internet like wildfire and generated quite a bit of bad publicity and hard feelings against the search giant.

It also generated a ton of new traffic that suddenly began swamping alternative apps such as Feedly, which had to add ten-times the bandwidth and additional servers to keep up with its new-found popularity.

Another service, The Old Reader, has also been under heavy pressure since the Google announcement. In fact, as of this writing, there is a wait time of almost one week to import your OPML file into the service. In fact, when I first signed up, I received the following message on my screen:

I finally got a in, though, so let’s take a look at it together and see what The Old Reader brings to the RSS reader market. (more…)

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