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Websites of all types and sizes require us to create an account and use that login credential to sign into their service everytime. This was all fine and dandy ten years ago when we were using just couple of websites often. But today, a lot of us learn and earn online, resulting in creating a truckload of user accounts.

This is true even for an average Internet user who is accustomed to casual browsing. Sure, you can use a password manager to remember and manage all your accounts, but given the number of devices we use everyday (at home and office) it isn’t the ideal solution. To solve this painful problem, Mozilla has proposed an experimental new way of signing into websites. Is BrowserID the silver bullet we are looking for?

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The Web is an ever-changing place. What’s hip this week is forgotten by the next. The half life of an Internet meme feels like it’s less than five minutes. But we love the Web because of that, don’t we? It’s not just the content of the Web that ebbs and flows, the technologies that underpin it change just as quickly. While the fights for the victor may last longer, and wide-sweeping changes don’t exactly happen overnight, they do eventually happen.

We’re at another turning point in the history of the Web. Like the Browser Wars and the Web Standards Movements before them, mobile devices have taken the world by storm, and completely changed the landscape of the Web. There’s a responsive movement in the web design community to make sure the Web works its best everywhere the Web is available. And yet there’s been a rather large elephant in the room: Flash. Flash isn’t available on iOS. It’s barely available on Android. It’s a divisive influence on the Web.

But it’s Adobe’s Golden Boy, isn’t it? Their cash cow, the key piece of their secret plot for world domination. Well, it might’ve been. But then they announced their latest labs project, an HTML5 animation tool. This is called Edge. And it’s different.

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Apple just recently opened the floodgates to their new iCloud web apps, and in short, they’re easily some of the most impressive web apps online today. There was initially some speculation as to whether Apple was going to continue the tradition of MobileMe’s web apps and let you use iCloud online, or if they were going to only make iCloud work with OS X Lion and iOS 5 apps. The good thing is, there are iCloud web apps for sure, and they’re great. Unfortunately, they’re not quite ready for public consumption.

Dying to see what the new apps are going to look like, assuming nothing changed between now and when they’re fully released? If you’ve got an iCloud developer account, head over to iCloud.com, login, and check them out for yourself. We’ll wait. For everyone else, here’s a quick preview of what you can expect when

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Back at Google I/O earlier this year, Google announced it was bringing in-app purchases to web applications through its somewhat popular Google Checkout product. A few days back, Google finally launched their Google Checkout-powered system, allowing web app developers to open to door to their virtual shelves.

The service gives web app developers a way to let people make micro-purchases inside their apps, much like Apple’s IAP service to allow in-app transactions in iOS apps. This is a great way for developers to monetize apps without having to resort to subscriptions. Surprisingly, though, the service is not limited to just web apps that are hosted on Google’s own Chrome Webstore; any web app can utilise this new source of revenue.

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Hot on the heels of a major design revamp across the board, Google is all set to launch a major new visual refresh for YouTube. YouTube is one of the hottest online destinations in the world, and even after years of it’s acquisition, people are still swarming the site not only to consume content but also to contribute.

Redesigning YouTube is no mean feat. Unlike Gmail and Google calendar which are often used from other applications, YouTube’s website has high user engagement, and any misstep would anger tens of millions of users. So has Google got it all right with the visual reboot of YouTube dubbed Cosmic Panda?

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Last week when Google+ launched, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook was going to make a very exciting announcement this week. They recently held their conference and the announcement was indeed big news! On top of some really nice improvements to Facebook Chat, they announced a partnership with another online giant: Skype.

Keep reading to see a quick overview of the new Facebook features, and what they mean for the future of Facebook, Skype, and Skype’s new owner, Microsoft.

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If you have a blog or write for an online publication, chances are you’ve used WordPress. From the free hosted WordPress.com blogs to customized WordPress.org installs like the ones that power AppStorm and other Envato blogs, WordPress is one web app you see all the time without realizing. In fact, aside from browsers like Chrome and Firefox, it’s one of the few opensource programs that average users love and know about.

WordPress has in many ways democratized web publishing. The newest version, WordPress 3.2, was recently released, and it aims to make it even easier for anyone from novices to pros to publish their thoughts online. From a speedier dashboard to a new UI overhaul to a distraction-free writing mode, there’s something in the new WordPress for everyone.

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Twitter is a much loved social network. But it is one of those very few uber popular crowd favorites that sees hardly any new feature additions. Twitter team isn’t known for pushing updates and new features at the appropriate time. Unlike Facebook where something exciting is introduced every other week, Twitter updates usually show up once in a blue moon.

That’s exactly why I was surprised to a see a whole lot of new features roll in these past few days, one after another. From an in depth search option to photo uploading and a new follow button for websites, there is a feature targeting every user group. Let’s check them out!
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Gmail is one web app that gets better constantly. Despite being the third largest email service provider, Gmail holds the top spot in pampering its users with cool new features at regular intervals. The past few days have witnessed a couple of interesting additions and one in particular – Gmail People Widget – adds a social twist to your inbox.

The people widget showcases content from friends, family and colleagues who are in touch with you constantly, but are buried somewhere in the contact list. Add to it the all new Importance Markers, there is a very good chance your productivity might go up!

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Twitter bought TweetDeck a couple of weeks back for a hefty $50 million (figure is based on reports and has not been confirmed by Twitter or Tweetdeck). This is an interesting development, especially as Twitter is almost completely against third-party clients that replicate the core functionality of what Twitter does in it’s official family of apps.

Both TweetDeck and Twitter have native applications for Macs, with TweetDeck having one for PC too. You can find both apps on your smartphone too, whether it be Android or iOS. However, they both compete for web app love since Twitter has it’s official website, and TweetDeck has it’s Chrome web app. Today, we’re going to compare the two and see whether, from a web app-only perspective, the deal is worth it for the web apps. (more…)

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