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Unfortunately, for the Apple-consuming public, iCloud won’t be hitting us until the fall. That means we’re going to have to wait several months because all the cloud-based syncing magic becomes a reality for us. However, either for those going crazy in anticipation, or those who oddly despise Apple, there’s a range of online services that offer similar functionality.

In today’s article, we’re going to take a look at some of the apps you can grab right now to help build up an iCloud-esque ecosystem for yourself. (more…)

Google, in association with Samsung and Acer, is launching the new Chromebooks today, a set of notebooks that run Google’s cloud-based operating system. If you’ve already seen all the coverage of what exactly the Chromebook is, including on AppStorm, you’ll know that a Chromebook has no local storage, and all applications are in fact web apps, just like the type we review here.

The Chrome Web Store is, as Jarel Remick explains, a marketplace for web applications that puts regular apps into a marketplaces with ratings and reviews. If you’re a new Chromebook user (or, anyone who’s started using the Chrome browser), today’s review might help you in choosing which apps should be your first install and could be the ticket to replacing a traditional computer.

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The traditional method of writing and drawing has always been pen and paper, but as the rate of technology in the workplace develops, we’ve moved to typing on a keyboard and clicking on a mouse. It’s not so much that people prefer the taps of a keyboard (even if it’s a very nice keyboard) or the clicks of a mouse (even if it’s a very nice mouse), but rather because the efficiency of using a computer to write has become superior. However, there’s one device that is building the bridge between the two different worlds.

The Livescribe Smartpen is an interesting device. You make notes with it and then pen will record your process as well as any audio, should you choose it to. This can then be synced with your computer, or shared with a bunch of services and web apps like Evernote, Google Docs and Facebook. It’s not exactly focused on writing, but more on general note-taking making it a great companion to educational and business use.

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Welcome to The Cloud. You’ll hear that just about everywhere these days. One of the biggest software categories to make the move to the Web is document-based productivity tools. The unquestioned leader in that realm is Google Docs, which lets you create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

But to truly qualify as “desktop replacement” software, you’re going to need to be able to do everything that you can with your current editor of choice. Today we’re going to take a look at a common need from a spreadsheet program – chart creation.

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It isn’t like there are no viable alternatives to Microsoft Office. There are quiet few competent productivity suites – both proprietary and open source ones. Microsoft uses a lot of arguments to scare users planning to migrate to their competitors. One among them is one is interoperability, ie. the ability to open documents created with Microsoft Office and retain the same properties and formatting.

Google, relentlessly working towards making a dent in the Microsoft Office empire, has announced the launch of the Cloud Connect Plugin. If you are someone interested in making the smart choice of moving your documents to the cloud, read on to find how to do it smoothly.

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I don’t know about you, but I haven’t used Microsoft Office on my desktop in the past year and half. That’s an interesting nugget of information considering the fact that I write for a living and write about 25,000 words a month. So where does all of this writing happen? On a moleskin notebook? No, Google Docs.

Office is Microsoft’s cash cow, a vertical that has seen no real competition for decades. Thanks to Google, your documents have been liberated from the desktop prison and made available anywhere there’s an internet connection. Did I forget to mention the fact that you can edit a document with multiple people from across the globe in real time? Well, I just did.

The slow but steady exodus of its userbase has made Microsoft rethink its strategy and resulted in the launch of Docs.com. After the break let we’ll take a look at how Microsoft Office in the cloud can enhance your productivity.

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