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Traditionally, the perceived role of the written-word journalist is to depict an event, a place, or a scene, in eloquent prose. In most respects, this traditional perception still holds true, even in today’s multimedia-rich publishing climate.

There has, however, been one seismic change in the industry, which has completely altered how stories are written: data. Big data. Data so huge that it has only entered the mainstream in tandem with the recent advent of powerful home computers. Now, stories are told as much in numbers, averages and probabilities as they are in expressive paragraphs. But, bizarrely, the internet has yet to catch up; ever tried to include graphs or infographics in your blog? If you have, you’ll be well aware of the stilted nature of the task, and the unappealing bitmap-based finished product. In other words, it isn’t pretty.

That’s why I’m excited about the concept behind Silk, a new hosted CMS which has information, graphs and infographics at its heart. But is it the platform to start a data-driven trend in citizen web publishing?


Collaborating with one another online is pretty much a prerequisite these days for small businesses, large enterprises and the humble college assignment group. Ease of use, secure file storage and the ability to work remotely in our underwear being big advantages.

Most people’s first port of call would be Google Drive. Everyone is familiar with the company, it’s free and has years of great development behind it. Yet every few weeks a new kid shows up on the block promising better security, easier usage and a more successful business as a result.

Soonr stands right in the face of the likes of Dropbox (and even alludes to the company in their promo video) and says “I’m so much better than you”. But are they just another entrant to the screaming competition that has been going on since cloud computing became layman’s speak a few years back? What can they offer me in return for both my hard earned cash, and my abandonment of my beloved Google Drive?


In our digital life, there’s a lot of information we need to keep track of, from login credentials to licensing information to important dates. It’s all stuff that you need to know, but can’t always stay on top of. You could write it down in your online notes or office apps, but if your accounts get hacked, your passwords and other private data will be right there for the hacker to see. You could try to remember everything, and keep up with the info you receive in email by archiving messages into special folders, but you’ll likely end up forgetting or losing something.

For individuals, there’s many password managers that can help out with this, from the free LastPass to paid options like 1Password. Between those apps, random bits of info you can find in your email account, and your own brain, you’ll likely be fine keeping up with the important info in your own life.

But what about passwords and info that your whole team or business needs access to? That’s where Safestacks comes in. It’s a web app designed for storing all your usernames, passwords, licenses and other important information in one central repository. By managing all this important information with one app, you’ll be able to easy save time, money and effort by staying on top of things. Let’s take a look. (more…)

We used to expect less from our computers. Files were meant to be static, storage was expensive, and sharing meant burning a CD or printing out a document. Software was bought in a box, browsers were slow, and we still watched TV on a TV. No one expected more than that; you could only expect so much from computers.

Adding larger hard drivers, faster processors, and clearer flat screens changed our computers, but it didn’t change the way we think about computing. That change came from the cloud. Let’s look at some of the ways web apps and cloud computing have changed the ways we think about data and computing.


As a lover of web apps, I frequently rave about the advances they’re making and the benefits they offer over other forms of applications. I constantly look for new ways to “live in the cloud” or at least achieve redundancy by using web apps. Web apps are certainly advancing quickly, but are they beginning to outpace internet provider’s capabilities?

As we shift further and further into the realm of cloud-based computing, what predicament might we find ourselves in with regards to our ISPs and their increasingly popular data caps?


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 Backup Machine. The developer describes Backup Machine as the world’s easiest web-based website backup service. There’s nothing to install and it’s completely automatic. With Backup Machine, your website and MySQL databases are backed up every day, without fail.

Read on for more information and screenshots!


Like most companies, Google regularly communicates with their business customers via email newsletters, updates on their official blogs, and printed materials. For a change, they’ve decided to publish a short book about data, called Think Quarterly, to a small number of their UK partners and advertisers.

To learn more about the latest experiment by Google and how it can be of use to us – the consumers – do read on.


Time and time again we’ve said computing is increasingly moving towards a cloud-oriented platform. Web apps continue to evolving into alternatives to their desktop counterparts, and in some cases they’re more powerful. However, the concern for the security and privacy of your data will always remain. It’s one aspect of desktop data storage that’s certainly more attractive.

With all the benefits cloud storage has to offer, it’s hard to argue that it shouldn’t be used, especially when used in combination with desktop storage. On the flip side, the web has proven to be a highly insecure space for the storage of sensitive data, even with all the security advancements that’ve been made over the years.

When you take into consideration the privacy concerns apps like Facebook has presented users with, I often wonder if I should ever trust storing any of my data anywhere in the cloud except on my own controlled server. Even knowing those issues exist, I continue to maintain full backups of all my data in the cloud, even in multiple locations. This, of course, is in an effort not to lose any of my data, under any circumstance — ever.

Though I do store my data in the cloud, I’ve never fully trusted those who maintain the storage facilities it resides in. I don’t know that I ever will; though I don’t have anything to hide so it’s not much of a concern for me either. Do you trust storing your data in the cloud? Do you trust those who manage your data?

Do you think cloud technologies will ever reach a point where we can trust our data in the hands of others?

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Dropbox, the app we all (at least many of us) know and love, has a plethora of advanced uses to make life so much easier in managing data between multiple computers and online. We’ve posted several roundups of tips and tricks for Dropbox and now we present our ultimate toolkit and guide.

We’ve pulled all our tips and tricks together and added quite a few more. Additionally, share your Dropbox tips and tricks and we’ll update the list to share the fun with everyone.


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