When going through all the effort to get in front of a crowd, you need to ensure that you communicate effectively. In the past decade, the majority of us have most likely had to sit through a bullet point infested presentation that completely failed to keep us engaged. Or worse, awake.

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Is there anything worse than scrolling through your music library and cringing every time you pass by an album with no artwork? Have you ever spent hours searching through Google Images to find blurred, low quality pictures of your favorite imported CD’s?

If yes, then 5byfive is a service that will make your day.

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Over the first couple of weeks here at Web.AppStorm, we’ve focused quite a bit on (micro)blogging and the tools available. Another very popular way to share your thoughts and talents is with video. The rise of high speed internet connections has spurred the creation of many video sharing services. More and more people have the tools to create video and, correspondingly, the ways to share those videos has exploded.

So you’ve shot some film, edited the work in your favorite video editing software … now you need to get it online and in front of the eyes of your audience. Whether you want to build your band’s fan base with viral marketing or share videos of your kids with their grandparents, any of the tools we’ve listed here will get the job done.

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Everybody loves free. This is especially true for something of value and the icons we’ve listed below have just that. If you’re a designer or developer, you can’t go wrong with adding some spice to your design or application using any of these icons.

Click the images to visit the source. And please remember to read the specific licenses for each set and use accordingly. Enjoy!

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Thanks to everyone who entered in for the Ember Pro memberships and LittleSnapper licenses. It was cool to see where you all get your inspiration from — music, magazines, other people and nature were some of the credited sources.

Congratulations to those who were selected as winners!

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For current freelancers and web workers, there is certainly no shortage of options when it comes to project management tools. Choosing the tool to use can be a daunting task.

When you get down to comparing one application to another, one factor to consider is availability. If you can use a the same tool on your desktop, the web and your mobile device, then that application is a step ahead of the rest of the pack. Ubiquity is a goal that many applications are aiming for in present times.

Subernova is one such application. Available on the web, on the iPhone, and on the desktop as an Adobe AIR based client, Subernova can be used wherever you go. And with its smart looks, it’s a project management tool with flair.

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The popularity of Twitter has resulted in an influx of spinoffs. These services all have slightly different functions, but each is built on the Twitter platform. They are intended to extend the how we use Twitter — and the sites we’ve listed here today do that really well.

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Last week we looked at some of the better self-publishing tools available today. Today we’re going to take a closer look at how to use one of those tools — blogging is made easy with Posterous.

Because it was designed to primarily be used via email, Posterous is a simple tool to start using. Anyone who can send an email can share thoughts, pictures and music with friends or the general internet public and will be completely at ease with this application. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

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Not everyone is a runner. I sure wasn’t for a good portion of my life. I love physical activity, but always preferred sports to the more boring option of simply running by myself.

But then I tried the iPod and Nike+ combo.

Now, I’m not one to blindly credit technology for improving our lives. So when I say that the Nike+ system changed my mind about running, I don’t say it lightly. But the rich visual summaries of your progress, the focus on improving as a runner and the ability to challenge and compete with others cannot be downplayed — they made me want to run more.

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