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Last month, I was loafing round the house with my phone wondering how cold it was outside. Being the ridiculously technology-glued person I am, I started searching for a weather station that integrates with the Web, tablets, and smartphones. (Obviously, stepping into the sun was out of the question, because I’m a vampire [they’re real]). After a few clicks, I found the Netatmo, a very slick looking solution to checking the weather when you’re not in a walking mood.

The very idea of this may sound ridiculous, I know. However, there is a purpose for everything and I decided to give Netatmo a try. After all, Wired and Time wouldn’t feature it unless there is something more than the basic weather station. Or so I thought. (more…)

When Google announced it would be shutting down its Reader service on July 1 of this year, it left many customers of the popular RSS service feeling stranded. Many of the most popular alternatives, such as Feedly and The Old Reader, have had to beef up server capacity and bandwidth.

Meanwhile, other company’s, such as Digg, are planning their own upstarts to fill the void. In the meantime, customers have some time to experiment with various services and decide on which they wish to land. One of the newest is CommaFeed, which aims to be a complete alternative to Google Reader, but can also do a whole lot more in addition to being a simple web app. (more…)

As all of us who love web apps know, it’s terribly easy to get started using new web apps. Rather than having to download and install an app, you’ll just have to quickly signup (or sometimes, just click a button to try the demo), and you’ll be using the app in seconds. That can be a problem too, though, since you’ll likely end up trying out far more web apps than you end up using over the long-haul.

I personally shift the web apps I use from time to time, and aside from the very most important (WordPress and related apps for AppStorm, Basecamp for collaboration, Gmail for email, contacts, and calendar, and Dropbox), odds are I’m using new web apps all the time. I’ve started using Pocket instead of Instapaper thanks to their new Mac app, and have switched my personal site from WordPress to Kirby CMS. I’ve got hundreds of web accounts in 1Password, but most of them I haven’t used in ages.

That’s why we’re curious what web apps you’ve quit using this year. We’d love to hear about why you’ve switched apps in the comments below!

Google just announced that they’re shutting down Google Reader. We’ve just put together the tips you need to move away from Google Reader, and the apps you should try now for subscribing to RSS feeds. Be sure to check it out!

Google Reader is one of the predominant RSS subscription apps and, for the few phases of RSS use I’ve encountered, I’ve used it. Google’s product is stellar and offers a great selection of features, but there’s always room for improvement. Unfortunately, today on the web, it’s one of the only apps designed just for reading RSS feeds.

Developers have taken Google Reader and used it to power a number of third party apps, one of them being Reeder. Reeder is one of the most popular Google Reader clients, available on iPhone, iPad and Mac. In this article, we’re not going to compare two web apps, but rather take a look at how the experience of Google Reader on the web differs from Reeder’s range of native apps. (more…)

Do you know what a web app is? Do you know what’s used to make it? Covering web apps on Web.AppStorm isn’t quite as straight forward as you might think. There are many different technologies that are used to create web apps of many different types. Flash, JavaScript, HTML5, PHP, Java, Silverlight, web services vs dedicated applications… what qualifies as a web app and what doesn’t?

I occasionally receive comments stating that certain web apps aren’t actually web apps, when indeed they are. So, I would like to take a moment to clear things up and give you our take on what a web app really is.

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Probably. Don’t take this the wrong way—I don’t want to discourage any aspiring app developers—but the launch of an app will have a heavy impact on its future success… or complete and utter failure. This doesn’t just mean an app’s functionality, but also its design, marketing, branding, etc. Don’t launch until you and your app are ready.

I’ve just come across Browserling, a new web app for cross-browser testing, a promising idea for an app but, in this case, a poorly executed launch that may lead to its early demise. Here’s why.

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It seems we’re reviewing a new invoicing web app every month and it’s quite amazing to see just how many options that are available. It seems there are nearly as many invoicing web apps as there are task management apps, and there’s a lot of those!

Just recently we’ve reviewed several very promising invoicing web apps, some that even included giveaways.

In fact, our Blinksale giveaway is coming to a close in about 8 hours. If you haven’t already, check it out and get your entry in.

With as many invoicing web apps as there are, there’s probably just as many desktop apps, and really fantastic ones. Some people and even larger organizations don’t trust cloud computing just yet, and maybe rightfully so. Personally, I couldn’t imagine doing my invoicing anywhere else but in the cloud as I love the benefits it offers far too much.

What about you? Do you prefer handling your invoicing and billing on your desktop system or in the cloud with a web app? I’m interested in hearing why, whichever your preference, so let me know via comment below. Thanks!

With so much happening in the digital world, it can be a full time job just staying up to date on the latest web app happenings. But, that’s why you come to Web.AppStorm… right? With all the fantastic new features app developers are constantly releasing, we’re not really able to report them all and ultimately many of our readers miss out on some really good stuff. So, we’re going to try something new.

At the end of a week, a few times per month, we’ll bring you some of the best web app news and updates. App developers, this is a great time to familiarize yourselves with our contact form to submit your news or tips.

Read on after the break for some of this weeks best web app news and updates.

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