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We’ve just closed our giveaway; congrats to our winners —Riyadh, allthingschris, and Shia-leigh!

Are you a web designer trying to find a way to speed up your work? Quality UI kits are a great tool that can help you make the sites your clients need without having to hand-design every pixel. And one of the best places to get great UI kits is PixelKit, a new subscription services filled with great web UI kits and design resources from the ThemeFuse team.

With a PixelKit subscription, you’ll get access to the thousands of graphics already in the service, as well as all of the new graphics that are added monthly. Each of the GUI kits are based on the 960 grid, so they’re easy to implement in HTML, and all of the graphic resources are vector so they’ll scale easily in all of your projects. Best of all, the GUI kits are designed for both traditional and mobile sites. You’ll have everything you need in one spot to finish your projects quickly with a beautiful design, with resources like the beautiful Metro Vibes UI kit to make a flat UI site, Tasty Bites food icon set, the File Manager mobile UI kit that’s easy to turn into a beautifully designed iPhone app, the Gentle Edges minimalist icon set that’ll look great in any design projects, and so much more.

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All of that would normally cost $39/year, but we’ve got 3 one-year subscriptions for our readers! Here’s what you’ve got to do to enter our giveaway and get a chance to win:

  • Comment on this post and let us know how and where you will use these kits.
  • Let people on Twitter know by Tweeting: Win a free @PixelKitcom membership account from @webappstorm (RT to Enter).
  • Finally, get on Facebook and hit the “Like” button on the PixelKit Facebook page.

Hurry and get your entry in; we’re closing our giveaway on Tuesday, September 3rd!

Envato staff or those who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm are ineligible to enter.

Ever get frustrated finding emails from your team, or have trouble tracking down that receipt your colleague should have already filed for your business expenses? You don’t need a new app, you just need a new way to make your email more powerful. That’s exactly what SquadMail offers.

SquadMail can best be described as “Dropbox for email”, since it lets you share synchronized Gmail labels (or any IMAP email folder) with others. Instead of constantly CCing your entire team on every email, you can simply assign a shared label to it and it’ll show up in just the right place in your collaborators’ inboxes. If your team changes, you can simply add a new person to a label and they’ll have access to all the old emails.

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Additionally, each label gets its own email address so that you can send emails straight to a group of people, or set up special inboxes in your email client for receiving newsletters, social network notifications or to sign up for web apps. Last but not least, SquadMail lets you synchronize Gmail labels  and email folders with your Dropbox account. The service automatically extracts all the attachments from a certain label and puts them in the same folder on your Dropbox. Since the labels have their own email address this also makes it possible to email files straight to a folder on your Dropbox.

You don’t need to download or install anything to use SquadMail and it works with every email client, be it Gmail, Outlook, Apple Mail or Thunderbird. SquadMail also doesn’t store any emails, and the entire synchronization is done with a secure SSL encryption.

Start Using SquadMail Today!

There’s no reason to use CC with your team anymore. Instead, signup for a free SquadMail account today and see how much simpler life can be with shared email folders! You can sync up to 3 email folders or labels for free, and then purchase additional synced folders for $2/month and share them with as many collaborators as you want. You couldn’t ask for a simpler or cheaper way to get your team working together right in the place you’re already working the most: your inbox.

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A year ago this week, the App.net team set out to reinvent social networking by building a paid platform for others to build their own social networks. By and large, though, App.net has seemed to be little more than a Twitter clone — a very good one, nonetheless — that offers longer messages, file storage, and no ads.

That’s far from the full vision for the service, though. App.net includes a built-in social networking app, Alpha, and a private messaging app, Omega, but the goal is for developers to use it to build more social enabled apps. That dream has begun to come true, with apps like Patter turning App.net into a private group chat tool ala Campfire, and Filebase and Orbit letting you use App.net as a CloudApp alternate.

But one of the more unique just might be Vidcast, an app that lets you hangout and watch videos or listen to music together with your friends, powered by App.net. It’s currently crowdfunding its next version, so we took the time to talk with the Vidcast team about their app. Here’s a look behind the scenes at how App.net still has a chance at powering the most innovative new social networking apps.

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We cover web apps day in, day out. There’s so many great tools on the internet today, it’s hard to imagine living without them. And yet, plenty of people that think web apps are a passing fad, something that filled a gap for native apps that were missing from some platforms but not that essential.

And yet, most of us all rely on web apps even if we don’t think about it. If your site is powered by a CMS like WordPress, you’re relying on a web app. If you use any email service for regular communications, or sync files, or make calls online, you’re relying on web apps. Even if you’re not actively looking for new web apps for your workflow, and don’t rely on tools like IFTTT or online collaboration apps, you’re likely still reliant on web apps. So the question is, could you live without web apps?

For this time, let’s leave Facebook and Twitter out of the equation. Don’t think of social networks, or web apps you use just to pass the time. Instead, think about whether you could actually get your daily work done without any web apps. And yes: Evernote’s native apps, or Dropbox syncing your files, still counts as web apps.

There’s absolutely no way I could live without web apps — after all, AppStorm’s a virtual team and we all work on the web, and my own personal ventures are all on the web. I’d be in quite a mess if every web app I use disappeared tomorrow.

How about you?

Web apps tend to separate everything, with one app for chat and one for invoices, one for projects and another for documents. But that sure can get confusing. So why not pull everything together in a full-featured intranet like the brilliant Bitrix24, our sponsor this week.

We loved Bitrix24 when we reviewed it recently, and it’s added a ton of new features since then. You can now add polls in your team discussions to get quick feedback on everyone’s thoughts. You can keep up with the your team anywhere, with native apps for your iPhone and Android, as well as your Mac and PC. You can even virtually meet your team in your browser with voice and video calls right in Birtix24, keep track of everyone in the CRM even on the go, and make invoices straight from the time you’ve tracked in the app. It’s everything, together.

That’s in addition to all of the features we already loved, including a Facebook-style network for your team, planning and scheduling tools, document sharing and collaboration, and more. Bitrix24 has everything you need to keep your team collaborating and productive, no matter what you’re working on. You won’t have to go find more apps to get everything your team needs — it’s all right here.

Get Your Team on Bitrix24 This Week!

So why wait? Go try out Bitrix24 and see if it’s what your team has been needing! It’s 100% free for up to 12 users, and $99/month for unlimited users after that. Or, if your team has more specialized needs, you can license and run it on your own server. It’s the intranet that can work for everyone.

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We talked earlier this week about our waning trust in Google. They've killed so many products — Wave, Reader, free Apps for Domains — that it's becoming harder to trust them to keep stuff running. It's one thing to keep using their products we're already used to, but trusting something new from Google? That takes a bit of a leap of faith.

We don't expect to see Docs or Gmail to disappear anytime soon, and if Google Search disappears you'll know the end is nigh. But what about their less popular products? Could Google+ get killed, despite how hard Google's tried with it? How about Feedburner, or Blogger? Or will they finally pull the plug on Orkut? AppleInsider even speculated that Android might get left behind in lieu of Chrome, a move that'd be shocking to say the least. But these days, anything's believable it seems.

We can't predict the future, but it's sure fun trying. So let us know what Google product you think will get killed next. My money's on Feedburner, as much as I'd hate to see it go. Yours?

Google’s an interesting company. They have one cash cow — their namesake search engine and its ads — that, for the most part, fuels all the rest of their projects. But that hasn’t stopped them from taking on ambitious projects; if anything, it drives their creativity into places few else would date to invest.

So, they set out to do projects that make their April Fools’ jokes seem plausible. They drive cars around practically every part of the inhabited planet to take 360° photos of storefronts and trees and traffic. They build a new browser, then try to take on the giant in Redmond by turning said browser into a laptop OS, and a Mac Mini replacement, and a smart TV killer. They buy out a smartphone OS, and take on Apple directly by giving it away for free (mostly, anyhow). They design self-driving cars (but so far aren’t giving them away). And, now they’re apparently trying to disrupt the mobile OS market they already own with smart glasses. If Apple salutes the crazy ones, they’d certainly have to salute Google.

But now we’re stoping to wonder: is Google crazy, or crazy like a fox — and a rather devious fox at that?

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You've just taken the perfect shot from your iPhone, one you know could sell. So, why wait? With the recently-launched 123RF On-The-Go app, you can snap photos and sell them directly from your phone.

123RF.com is one of the leading microstock photography sites online, with more than 21 million high-quality creative works for sale. And now, it's easier than ever for you to list your own photos for sale on their stock marketplace. Just snap a photo, tag it so people can discover it easily, then list it on 123RF.com directly from your iPhone. It doesn’t get any simpler than that to start selling your pictures.

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Best of all, you'll be able to participate in 123RF On-The-Go's on-going photography contests that reward the winning shots with prizes up to $300 when you submit your pictures to them. This app also allows you to manage your earnings from 123RF.com. It's your perfect stock photography companion!

Start Selling with 123RF On-The-Go Today!

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Don't wait any longer! Submit your best photos for sale on 123RF today, directly from your iPhone with 123RF On-The-Go, or from your desktop via 123RF.com. And if you start selling photos through 123RF.com, we'd love it if you could share links to them in the comments below!

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We’d like to say a special Thank You! to our sponsors from July. If you would like to feature your app on our site with an advertisement, be sure to check out our available slots on BuySellAds or register for a weekly sponsorship for your app.

If you haven’t already checked out our the great apps that sponsored our site last month, be sure to check them out now!

Sifter

With its brand-new Github integration, Sifter is designed to help you track bugs and follow up on them the way you’re already used to working. It gives you a clean dashboard where you can easily see the issues in each of your projects, and filtering tools to find the most important things to work on. You can discuss bugs and find solutions with your whole team, get notified by email when anything’s added — or just get a summary email at the end of the day, and can even add issues via email. It’s got everything you need to track — and fix — all the issues in your app, with brilliant customer support to help you out if you get stuck

Bidsketch

Bidsketch promises to take the pain out of making proposals, saving you time and helping you win more clients and projects in the process. It integrates with the apps you use — Basecamp, Highrise, FreshBooks, Salesforce, Harvest, and more — so you can get your data in and out of Bidsketch with ease. It then lets you save reusable content chunks so you can make personalized proposals for each projects, and still not have to write everything each time. You can then enhance your proposals with custom CSS and HTML themes, and easily add optional extras to your proposals to upsell to your clients.

Evver

Evver is a brand-new way to turn your pictures into a beautiful video slideshow in only a couple minutes. Just signup with your email or Facebook account, select one of the many songs it has ready to include in your video, then drag-and-drop your photos into the editor. Rearrange them to the order you want, then click Done. Seconds later, you’ll have a complete video just like the one below, ready to share with your family and friends.

Grexit

Grexit‘s team realized that email’s still the killer app for business, and set out to make it better by adding shared labels and tools to assign tasks and check their status to Gmail and Google Apps accounts. That way, you can archive emails with labels like “Support”, “HR”, “Accounting”, or your project names, and the emails will be automatically shared with everyone you’ve added to those labels. It makes collaborating with your team as simple as keeping your inbox cleaned up.

87 Seconds

87 Seconds offers you far more than just a design service that’ll make a video. Instead, their app lets you take the director’s seat and guide their creative team to make the best video for your app or service. You’ll be able to add your project details, choose a design style for your video, pick a scenario to use in the demo, and pick exactly how you want the voice over and music to sound. You’ll even be able to specify changes after the video has been finished, so it looks and sounds just like you want. When it’s all done, you’ll have the perfect video about your app to share and hopefully go viral!

And a special thanks to you, our Web.AppStorm readers, for reading and sharing our articles. We hope you continue to find our articles interesting and helpful!

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Last week, few people were surprised to see Google launching their latest Nexus 7 tablet. That was rather expected. What surprised us all was the launch of the $35 Chromecast, a HDMI dongle to steam internet video from apps and the Chrome browser to your TV. The feature set and price were interesting, of course, especially after the failure of last year's Nexus Q and Google TV. But what was more interesting, perhaps, was the Chromecast's branding — with the Chrome browser's name, not Android — especially after it was discovered that the Chromecast is powered by a stripped-down Android.

AppleInsider has published a rather interesting piece speculating that Google will eventually drop the Android brand and focus everything on Chrome. Google already makes the majority of their money from search, and Android — despite its popularity and prevalence in smartphones, tablets, and even refrigerators — has yet to make much at all. The Chrome browser, though, is more directly aligned with Google's web interests since it keeps you on the web, where Google's already monetized their services.

It seems an unlikely stretch of imagination to think that Google would drop Android now, but the lack of a new version this year does seem odd. So what do you think? Will Google focus more on Chrome going forward, or will Android continue to be an equally significant part of Google's interests?

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