The problem with the world of software is that there are so many different programs capable of producing so many different types of files that you are almost certain to encounter problems with file compatibility from time to time. You’ll receive a document that you just can’t open with your apps, and you’ll find yourself hunting online to find the tool you need to view it.
You’ve probably also found that your mobile phone records audio in a format that no one would ordinarily choose to use, but who wants to have program installed on their computer for the sole purpose of saving files in more useful formats? The solution to your problem could be found in the form of Zamzar.
Ever seen a device advertised as coming with extra “cloud” storage? Depending on what device you buy, you’ll get 5-50Gb of free storage in iCloud, Skydrive, Box.net, Dropbox, Google Drive, or any number of other online storage services. Gmail amazed us all when it offered 1Gb inboxes when it first came out, but today, it seems that everyone is offering tens of gigs of storage for free, and ever-larger amounts for basic paid accounts.
And yet, when the Microsoft Surface Pro came out, everyone was dumbfounded to find it had so little local storage space free. It was advertised as coming with 10Gb of free online storage, so shouldn’t that help?
As anyone who’s use online storage enough knows, free online storage won’t help anything. (more…)
There’s a special feeling to exploring strange alien worlds, especially when you get to do so in a turtle-like space craft with multiple rockets that propel you in several divergent directions. More than that, though, it’s fun to goof around in what amounts to your very own digital sandbox.
Crashed Lander plays like a cross between arcade classic Lunar Lander, Commodore 64 favorite Space Taxi, and the bizarre Flash game QWOP. It’s challenging in just the right way, where patience can overcome any lack in finesse. And you can check it out right now, if you have Unity Webplayer installed.
Customer support can be an incredibly tricky thing to get right. You need to be quick enough to respond to your customers – or potential customers – while being efficient enough that providing support doesn’t bankrupt your business. Just keeping up with all the emails, and keeping everyone’s issues straight, is enough to make it difficult.
However, users don’t just send you feedback by email anymore. Your feedback is bound to be coming in from email, Twitter, Facebook, and that is the confusing part. Messages are coming in from a variety of sources and you need to check each one individually — an arduous task for the majority of us.
Reamaze is an app which aims to re-invent tech support and help you on your way. This is a new customer support platform which collects everything which has been sent to your site – no matter how it’s been sent. It processes this data and shows it to you in one easy-to-understand format. Let’s take a look.
Every computer user has their own preferences when it comes to web browsers. Some might be in the favor of Firefox while others consider Google Chrome to be the best among them. If you ask me, Google Chrome is my favorite browser not just because it’s from Google, but because its simple, lightweight and easy to use with a gigantic library of web apps and extensions to improve the browsing experience.
However, all the extensions that are available in Chrome Web Store are definitely not be worth downloading. So, rather than wasting time looking for the perfect extensions for your browser, we have gathered a list of some of the best extensions available in Chrome App Store ranging from productivity to news to photography and more.
Let’s take a look.
Twitter continues to be the rising star in social networking, as businesses have latched onto it for its marketing power as an open network. Open, that is, as in public, not as in easy to develop for. 3rd party developers have continued to have trouble with Twitter, which has added user limits and other restrictions to their apps, making it rather obvious that Twitter wants its own apps to be the only full Twitter apps out there. There’s still plenty of apps that work with Twitter, but they’re mostly only for quick sharing to Twitter, and the development of full 3rd party Twitter apps has dropped dramatically.
What has increased are the 3rd party alternatives to Twitter, and the development of apps for them. Most notable has been App.net, the paid social network that’s strikingly similar to Twitter, only with a 256 character limit on posts and no ads. I joined during its initial funding stage last year, wrote about it here, and have continued to use it since daily at @maguay. It works great, though is still very similar to Twitter and continues to be interesting because of the people that are using it more than anything. It’s a friendly, helpful, techie community, though that’s because of the people on it, not the underlying tech.
I was wondering if any of the rest of you are using App.net. Have you tried it, and if so, what are your thoughts on the network?
Infographics: the original viral graphics, widely abused, but still loved. Infographics can be a great way of showing off data – or making yourself look extra smart without as much data – but they still take a fair bit of work to put together.
Today, I will introduce you to a new service called Infogr.am that lets you create charts and infographics in few simple steps. All you have to do is select your desired template, input the information you want to display and you are done. It’s that simple.
A big part of development, coding, or web design is repeating yourself. No one likes to admit it, but a lot of the work we do is repetitive. A great way to reduce the number of times you have to write something is to save it to use again later using code snippets. Snippets are little bits of code that you have written before that you think you might find useful again later, they could be a specific way to show images on a site, the SQL to create a handful of tables in one stroke, or an entire class for the backend of an ASP.NET web application. Whichever it is you need a place to keep the snippets so that you can get to them when you need them.
This is where the cloud based snippet storage comes into its own. You can access it from anywhere that you have an internet connection, which is everywhere these days. It saves you messing around with memory sticks with your code in text files on, or sending yourself snippets by email (we’ve all done it!) and allows you to find what you want when you want it. I’ve compiled a list of 17 super slick snippet storage sites below in no particular order, check it out, you might find the perfect one for you.
Want a web app that’s flexible enough to work with the needs your business’ data needs? Then you might want to try out TeamDesk, our sponsor this week. TeamDesk is web-based database software that enables teams to easily design web-based database applications or use predefined solutions to gather, share and manage business information.
If your business has been using spreadsheets to manage data, and need something a bit more robust that everyone can access and work on together, then TeamDesk is a great solution. It’s a versatile database app that lets you use its premade apps or put together your own online app to work with your data. It’s almost like building a custom Access app for your business, except this time, it’s online and everyone can use it together.
TeamDesk has a number of premade apps that you can check out to get ideas on how to put it to use for your business. For anything from real estate records to accounting, phone number location lookup to issue tracking, the ways you can put TeamDesk to work for your business are limitless. You can build anything you want with TeamDesk’s database software without any programming.
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Email is easily one of the most important web apps to most of our work and lives. You need your email to be fast, reliable, and work with all of your native email apps and on the web. If you’re signing up for a personal email account, odds are you’d sign up for Gmail, and if not, would use Outlook.com, iCloud Mail, or Yahoo! mail. For business, email, though, it’s a bit trickier of a question.
Google Apps used to be the simplest option for email on your own domain, but it went from allowing 50 users free per account to just 10, and then recently removed the option for free Apps on your domain without a workaround. Otherwise, it’ll now cost you $5/user/month, and now doesn’t include ActiveSync push. Outlook.com lets you use it with your own domain, but it’s not nearly as powerful for business use, and Microsoft’s more professional Office 365 with Exchange support costs $4/user/month.
Then there’s Atmail Cloud. Atmail has been around as a webmail app for self-hosted email since 1998, and has an interface and feature set that could rival most of the popular consumer-facing email apps. You can run it on your own server, or buy an Atmail appliance, but here we’re going to look at their new hosted service, Atmail Cloud, that gives you online email, calendar, and contacts with Exchange ActiveSync for just $2/user/month. (more…)