The digital world is full of cloud storage and other related services. It’s definitely not a new idea — Dropbox has been on the task for years, and it wasn’t even the first — but ever since Apple decided to go iCloud, other corporations and entrepreneurs saw an opportunity to grab the market. There’s really nothing wrong with Dropbox, though. It’s been a solid service since its inception in 2008 and it’s been constantly improving, trying to develop the best user experience possible.
Then, in all the glory of this cloud giant, a new threat surfaced. Its name is SugarSync, the simple, yet efficient alternative to Dropbox. Interestingly enough, it too was launched in 2008, but it didn’t take off like Dropbox. Now, the developers have begun a new version — 2.0 — of the service and released it in the form of a public beta. The company says it “merges power and simplicity” becoming “the simplest cloud to use”. Can this bring a new wave of competition to such a longstanding foe as Dropbox? (more…)
These days, it’s essential for visual artists of all disciplines to have an online presence so that their work can be found, followed and talked about in the industry. And there are indeed plenty of web apps one can use to create portfolio sites, with something for everyone and various feature sets. But what if you’re looking for something clean, elegant and easy to use, that lets your work do the talking?
The enthusiastic team behind Salon.io believe they have the answer – their still-in-the-works app allows you to create stunning showcases of your art with minimal effort, while retaining the flexibility to be customized as much as you need. But how does it fare against the competition? Let’s give it a try and find out! (more…)
It’s easy to think there’s always something new in the world of technology. With CES and Macworld, Twitter and Techmeme, there’s a million new things that, all in all, are the same old thing in the latest wrapping. Essentially.
Actually, gadgets themselves, by themselves, aren’t that important anymore. Just like a TV with no good shows or movies isn’t very useful, a smartphone, tablet, or computer isn’t very useful at all without great apps. That’s what makes web apps exciting: they’re apps that can run on almost anything with a browser. Even your HP Touchpad will still have new web apps it can use for years to come, since it has a browser.
So it’s easier for many of us to get more excited about software than hardware. This is AppStorm, after all! I’ve submitted my email to dozens of pre-launch app sites so I’ll get to know when they’re ready to try out, and I’ve done that for years before I was writing about new apps for a job. Sometimes, it’s just fun to create a new account and try out the latest web apps out there, and it’s even more fun when one happens to fit perfectly into your life and workflow in ways you never imagined. But, of course, usually we create new app accounts, only to forget them weeks (or minutes) later.
So how about you? Do you signup to hear about the latest app releases and try out apps the first, or do you wait until something’s mainstream before you tried it? Were you one of the first people you knew who had a Google Wave account, or did you wait to get Facebook until even your Grandmother signed up? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!