Whenever an idea hits us, we have a habit of jotting it down somewhere — whether it be on a personal diary, a piece of paper, our cellphones or on some note-taking app. The method of making notes varies from person to person and can be both digitally or traditionally. With the rise and the evolution of smartphones and webapps, most of our note-taking and capturing of ideas have become digital. There are now literally hundreds of note-taking apps out there, each more complicated than the next.

So, to cut your search short for a simple and beautiful note-taking app, we’re going to review an app called Simplenote. Read on for a look at Simplenote.


When you’re too busy working to run a business, it can be hard to personally remember each and every one of those scrap pieces of paper with your upcoming appointments on them. This can often lead to bigger problems like missing appointments, losing deals and in the worst possible case, it could cause a really bad headache. Unless you’ve actually remembered your scheduled trip to the pharmacy to pick up painkillers, it isn’t going away any time soon.

Enter, OpenCal. OpenCal offers a unique way of managing your schedule inside its nifty web app, giving you the ability to painlessly manage all of your important appointments. Find out more inside the article.


A happening year draws to close, giving us enough hints as to what might happen in 2011 and who might become the next “King of the Internet Hill”. Reports from Hitwise put Facebook at the top of the most trafficked websites list, more than half of Internet users pay for content online, details about the Skype meltdown emerged, Google Adwords kicked off a fabulous promotion, Amazon released its bestseller list and Google is testing new Gmail ads.

Read on for some of this week’s best web app news and updates you might’ve missed!


As 2010 comes to a close I’ve been thinking about the year and all the great content we’ve published. We’ve tried new post types, increased our publishing schedule and most importantly, we’ve dug into the best web apps on the planet.

While we’ve covered piles of web app news, I wanted to pull together our best posts from 2010 that are still relevant and useful to you as we step into 2011. Take a look! (There’s a ton of content here, so you might bookmark this post!)


For many 2010 is already over, but for the rest of us it’s not quite over yet. I just wanted to wish you all a very happy New Year and hope that you all have a fun and safe time in your celebrations. I’m very excited for 2011 and where the AppStorm network will be going and I hope you are too. Thanks so much for being part of the fun and we’ll see you in 2011!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to ask you what you’d like to see from Web.AppStorm in 2011. We have many great ideas in the books but what would you like to see? Be sure to keep an eye out for Android.AppStorm and Windows.AppStorm too.

Happy New Year everyone!

Have you read up on net (network) neutrality? Do you understand how it affects you and even our culture as a whole? It seems that most people, while having heard of net neutrality, don’t actually understand it and what it means for them. This is an important subject to have at least a basic understanding of so you know where you stand.

In a nutshell, net neutrality describes a general idea where your internet access is not restricted by internet service providers (or governments). Once you pay for internet access at your desired speed, you’re able to access the internet as you wish (legally of course).

So what is everyone up in arms about? One side believes the internet should not be controlled, while the other side believes that organizations providing internet access should be allowed to run their networks as they wish. In other words, Comcast could block or restrict (possibly at a price) access to services like Hulu or Netflix.

There’s a whole slew of potential issues a “non-neutral” internet would present but those would need a full article to discuss. For an easy to understand overview of net neutrality, check out http://theopeninter.net. A more in-depth article covering what net neutrality is, arguments for both sides, the new laws introduced Dec. 21, 2010 and further details, checkout lifehacker’s Introduction to Net Neutrality.

Personally, I’m for an open and neutral internet and the new rules set by the FCC seem promising for my wired internet connection, but not so much for my mobile connection. What do you think of the FCC’s new rules? (view FCC’s net neutrality rules in PDF)

Like the intro. graphic? Get “Global Communication Concept” at GraphicRiver.net by antyalias.

Google Analytics is one of the most well known website analytics around, not to mention being one of the best. Although Google Analytics is a fantastic app to tackle your site’s analytics needs, there are actually several other options available that many would argue are better choices. We’ve pulled together eight of the best alternatives to Google Analytics and some information about each; price, plugins, mobile apps, real-time tracking and requirements.

Which analytics app do you use and why? Read on to see if there’s anything more fitting for your needs or if you have something you’d recommend.


Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Thoughtboxes . The developer describes Thoughtboxes as a a simple web application that helps you organize everything you do. Whether you want to keep track of tasks, manage projects, or brainstorm a new idea, Thoughtboxes makes the process fun and easy.

Thoughtboxes combines the simplicity and structure of lists with flexibility of mind maps. Use Thoughtboxes for whatever you like, you can’t go wrong.

Read on for more information and screenshots!


Managing the resources of a company is key to increasing revenue and improving profit margins. Keeping an eye on all resources and ensuring they’re optimally utilized is a daunting task. Handling human resources, in particular, is a delicate task and mishandling them might take a hit on organizational culture.

When I Work helps employers manage employee scheduling better. Read on for more a deeper look at the app.


Irrespective of the domain you work, there’s so much information available on the internet that might benefit you — a lot. After a certain point, you might find the bookmarks you’ve created to be rather stale and useless. If you’re like me, there’s a very good chance you might forget why you’ve even bookmarked a page after a few days.

Making comments, taking notes and annotating content has never been easier. There are quiet a few apps doing a stellar job in archiving all your snippets of information in the cloud for anywhere access. One among them is Shelfster. Read on to see how it can help you collect, edit, organize and publish all sorts of information.


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