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We’d like to say a special Thank You! to our sponsors from June. 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!

Webmon

If your site’s offline, you’ll lose new customers and frustrate existing ones. But you won’t know about it, until someone takes the time to mention it on social networks or you happen to discover it yourself. By then, the downtime — or perhaps just slowdowns — have already cost you business. That’s why you need Webmon — it’s the service that can monitor every service on your site or web app, so you can make sure everything’s always running smoothly.

Safestacks

Keeping track of your clients’ usernames, passwords and other important information is a real pain. How can you ensure all of it’s safe and encrypted while still giving you, your team, and your clients access to the information they need? That’s what Safestacks is designed for.

Simply put, Safestacks allows you to securely store, manage and share passwords and other important info with your team and clients. Usernames, passwords, expiration dates, domain names, software licenses and just about anything else. You can even set email alerts when important dates are approaching (great for domain name expirations and contract renewals).

Timely

Timely is a beautifully designed time tracking app that’s intuative and simple. You’ll be able to track the time you spend working with no fuss from your browser or its iPhone app. Whether you’re working on your own projects, or collaborating on projects across your whole company, Timely makes keeping track of the time spent on everything simple.

FusionCharts

While creating the right dashboard is a detailed process, it can be a lot simpler if you pick the right charting components. That is where FusionCharts comes in. It is the charting partner for LinkedIn and ClickTale, and calls itself JavaScript charting for the grown-ups.

FusionCharts’ charts render seamlessly on all devices (PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, and Android devices) and browsers (including IE 6, 7 and 8). It takes just 15 minutes to create a chart and just a couple of hours to set up advanced reporting features like clickable legends, drill-down, export to PNG/JPEG/PDF, tooltips, visual data editing and more. The suite comes with 90+ chart types and 950+ maps, extensive documentation and plug-and-play dashboard demos. They also have a jQuery charting plugin.

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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Google Reader died sometime in the wee hours today, with not so much as a Google Doodle to remember it. Google’s leaving Reader’s data in Takeout export for 2 more weeks, but after that, Google Reader will be little more than a memory. It’s high time to move on, if you haven’t already.

We’ve rounded up the 5 best apps to help you move away from Google Reader, all of which are great options. But that’s not all. There’s tons of other RSS readers, including the brand-new Aol. Reader that our writer Justin loved, and many others that we’ve reviewed and that you’ve let us know in the comments that you love. Today, there’s an RSS reader app for everyone, whether you want to install an app on your own server (like Fever, which is what I switched to), would rather see your feeds as a magazine, or want something that is the perfect copy of Google Reader.

That’s why we’d love to know what RSS app you’ve switched to. Select your choice in the poll, then let us know why you chose that app in the comments below.

Ever wanted a better way to show off your app or service? So many startups these days have beautifully animated intros for their apps and tutorials about how they work, but making your own seems way too difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. 87 seconds, our sponsor this week, has a brand-new web app that lets you collaborate with their team to make the perfect animated video for your business.

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!

The 87 seconds team of 10 designers and a network of script writers and narrators have already helped over 40 companies make impressive animated videos for their apps and services. They’re ready to take on your project, no matter what language or accent you need. Be sure to check out their video portfolio to see the great videos they’ve already made. With their new online collaboration tool, they’re just what your startup needs to get the perfect animated video that’ll make people want to try out your app.

Get an Animated Video for your App Today!

Whether you want a simple video to introduce your app to the world, or want to make a whole series of animated tutorials to help your users get the most out of your app, 87 seconds is ready to take on your project. You can order exactly what you need in your video, starting at 1790 €.

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We're used to paying for lots of things — coffee, computers, cars — but for some reason, many people seem to have an aversion to paying for software. Even if we'll pay for programs for computers and apps for smartphones, paying for a web app seldom crosses most people's minds.

Maybe it's the ecosystem's fault, though. After all, most web apps are free. We've been spoiled with the likes of Google Docs and Gmail, Office Web Apps and WordPress, and even the freemium apps like Evernote and Dropbox that many use without paying a dime. There's so much good stuff out there for free, why pay?

But then, there's a lot of great stuff to pay for, too. If you're a designer or developer, you've likely considered paying for a CMS or hosted site service like Squarespace, and if you're a digital packrat you might already pay for Evernote or Dropbox storage. There's great apps like Pinboard and many of the new feed readers like Feedbin and Feed Wrangler that are paid-only, but they're of course the minority among web apps.

That's why we're wondering if you've ever paid anything for any web apps. If you've ever paid to use a web app, subscribed to the premium version of a web app, or bought a self-hosted web app, it counts, and you can check yes. If you've never paid for any app, or only have bought content online and have never paid for a web-only app, then check no. Then, feel free to share more on your thoughts about paying for web apps in the comments below. We'll look forward to seeing your feedback!

Whether you’re starting a new company, are working on your own personal side projects, or trying to manage a team at your existing firms, there’s a ton of web apps out there to help you out. From online code management tools to dashboards to see how your team’s doing and services that’ll take much of the work out of building new apps, it seems there’s a web service for everything these days. The only problem is, they can all add up to be fairly expensive over time.

You don’t see many discounts or bundles on web apps, but this week, the folks at Hacker Monthly — a magazine version of the popular tech forum Hacker News — have put together quite the nice bundle of web apps for anyone who’s developing web apps: the Hacker Bundle. It’s got Geckoboard to make a status dashboard for your team, BugHurd to track your app’s bugs, Beanstalk to privately host your code in Git or Mercurial, Twilio to add voice calls and SMS to your app, Mandrill to add email to your app, Visual Web Optimizer to make sure your app is running great, and more!

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Most of the subscriptions included are for 3-6 months, and all together would cost $1500. In the Hacker Bundle, though, you’ll get them all for just $37 — less than the price of just the Beanstalk plan.

If you’ve considered using any of these web apps in your startup, be sure to check out the full bundle of web apps within the next week or so while the bundle’s still live!

If your site’s offline, you’ll lose new customers and frustrate existing ones. But you won’t know about it, until someone takes the time to mention it on social networks or you happen to discover it yourself. By then, the downtime — or perhaps just slowdowns — have already cost you business. That’s where Webmon, our sponsor this week, comes in.

Webmon is a real-time monitoring service that can monitor everything about your site. It monitors most web protocols, including HTTP, DNS, SMTP, TCP & ICMP based internet facing destinations for Uptime & Availability from the outside looking in. If the online service is down or in a bad state you get notified via email and sms as well as through multi-stage escalations (stage 1 – Sys Admin, stage 2 – Manager, stage 3 Director, and so on). Webmon lets you build custom triggers for thresholds, too.

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You can create dashboards to see how your services compare to each other or to other sites Globally. This also allows you to look at Service Level Objectives. It also goes far into Multi-Step HTTP Transaction Monitoring for things like authentication forms and shopping carts. And if you’re curious, you can even dig into how Webmon works. Whatever you need monitored, Webmon is the tool you need to do it all, in realtime.

Give Webmon a Try!

Ready to start keeping a better eye on all of your site or web app’s vitals in realtime? Then go signup for a free 14 day trial of Webmon and give it a try. You can then keep everything monitored after that starting at just $8.99/month. That’s a small amount to pay to make sure your site’s working the best it can.

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot just like this one.

Beeminder is a goal tracking service that is not quite like anything that has gone before it. It can be used to log a wide variety of things you might do, from the number of times you go to the gym each week, to how dedicated you are to clearing out the clutter from your inbox.

I’ve been a fan of Beeminder since my girlfriend introduced me to the site. I fell in love and started using it to track the number of articles I was writing and various other goals. Seeing a graph indicating my progress is often all the encouragement I need to stay on track and stick with what I’ve set out to do, and I decided to catch up with Beeminder co-founder Daniel Reeves to find out where the idea came from.

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Let’s face it: web apps have a bad name. People are scared of their apps running in a browser, worry when they see the word “cloud” tacked on the front of traditional programs (ala Adobe’s Creative *Cloud*), and cling to legacy apps that are installed on their computers even when there’s better options online.

At the same time, people are using web apps more than ever without realizing it. They’re using native apps for social networks and streaming music services, keeping their files synced with iCloud and Dropbox, keeping in touch with video calls, and more, all over the internet. But making documents in Google Docs? That’s too exotic. The very thought that Photoshop might to the cloud? That’s enough reason to riot!

What is it that has people scared of web apps? In the time you’ve used web apps, what’s made you keep from committing to them and using them full-time?

I’m asking this as a web app fan who uses tons of native apps daily — even though I love web apps, I’ve lost data in them and had them run too slow when my internet connection is flaky to make them worth using. So I’d love to hear what you think keeps people from using web apps. Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

This *would* be our weekly poll, but we’re calling the post a discussion if we don’t have an actual poll and are instead asking for your thoughts, as some of our readers have requested.

You need to keep track of the time you spend working. You know you do, but you don’t simply because it’s too difficult to keep up with. You need a simple way to keep track of the time you and your team spend working, and that’s exactly what Timely, our sponsor this week, is designed to do.

Timely is a beautifully designed time tracking app that’s intuative and simple. You’ll be able to track the time you spend working with no fuss from your browser or its iPhone app. Whether you’re working on your own projects, or collaborating on projects across your whole company, Timely makes keeping track of the time spent on everything simple.

When it comes time to make your reports at the end of the month, Timely’s right there to make things easier. You can use it to make customizable reports on how long everyone on the team worked, either all together or in individual projects. Then, you can take the data to your other apps easily with CSV export. It’s everything you need to keep track of your team’s time and put that data to work.

We gave Timely a 9/10 in our recent review, and we think you’ll like it if you give it a try.

Start Tracking Your Time with Timely!

Ready to start tracking your time? You can signup for a free Timely account to give it a month trial, then you can keep tracking your time starting at $10/month for solo users or $25+/month as a team. With the time you save and track, it just might pay for itself!

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If you listened to the claims of startups and entrenched tech giants alike, you’d be led to believe that it’s terribly hard to find and listen to music today. That’s anything but the truth, of course. If anything, it’s easier to find and listen to the music you want today than it’s ever been.

There’s the older, traditional route of buying music on CDs (and even records, if you’re an audiophile), and that still works perfectly fine today. There’s free over-the-air radio, complemented with internet radio often from the same stations. You can likely find most songs you want to listen to in music videos on YouTube, and can keep the song forever with music downloads, either directly from artists or from stores like iTunes and more (as well as less legitimate sources, which are the real reason music industry leaders keep searching for new business models).

But that’s not enough. Now, we’ve got an insane selection of music subscription services, where for a low fee per month you can listen to every song imaginable, and then some. You won’t own any music, but you’ll have more accessible than you could ever listen to. There’s also brand-new in-between services like the new iTunes Radio that give you auto-generated radio streams of songs in a genre you like, with options to buy the songs if you want to listen to them again.

It’s getting to be a bit too much, and sometimes one could wish for a return to the simplicity of just flipping on the radio. So what’s your favorite way to get music nowadays? Are you still listening to traditional radio, buying songs directly, or subscribing to music services? Or are you using a mix of all 3? We’d love to hear your thoughts on music in 2013 in the comments below.

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