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With the advent of the smartphone, we are increasingly taking more and more pictures all the time. What makes it even worse, or better depending on how you look at it, is that smartphones are starting to get better in picture quality and almost rivaling mid-level digital cameras. Then we have apps like Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, etc., where we can take and host our pictures for free or for a nominal fee. Needless to say,we all have quite a collection of pictures that we have taken over the years in a variety of different places. Some of them are in Instagram, maybe some on Facebook, and others on our computer.

Over the past year, there have been a few services that have come up that are willing to host your photos and gather them from all of these different places and charge you a fee to do that. Now, granted some of these services have been around for years, Flickr and Photo Bucket to name a few, but it has only been recent that developers are seriously targeting this market for the everyday user. For example, the web app that I have been testing out, Trovebox, caters to and targets the everyday user who wants a place to store their photos. Unlike their competitors, they have some features that set them apart, but will it be enough to convince people to make the switch? Let’s take a look.

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We’re all looking for ways to make things easier, and anything that can be done to simplify or speed up things that you do regularly can be a great boost to productivity. Some of our favorite web apps are designed specifically to speed up routine tasks, such as IFTTT and Wappwolf. We’ve looked at Wappwolf in the past, but this time, we’re back with tutorials that that can help you put Wappwolf and Dropbox to work for you.

There’s tons you can do with Wappwolf, but this time, we’re going to look at how you can use it with eBooks and photos. All you need to do is upload files to your Dropbox account, and Wappwolf will do the heavy lifting of archiving files, uploading images to Facebook and much more. Let’s get started.

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The internet continues to amaze me all the time, and that is one of the reasons why I love it so much. What really gets me passionate about consistently using the web is the ability to do things in a virtual world that before wasn’t possible. Take for example the topic of collaboration. In years past, you wouldn’t dream of being able to have a company or business where the people who work at it are all in different states or countries.

A perfect example of this is Web.Appstorm, where although I have been writing for them for almost a year now, I have never met my editor or the other writers face to face. Yet, we are able to work together and produce quality content for all of you to read.

So where am I going with this? Well, the internet has given us the opportunity to have no boundaries when it comes to getting work done together. One web app to help with this, called Dispatch, has given us the ability to collaborate on documents and other things regardless of whether we work in the same building or miles a part, and all we need is an internet connection.

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Having a website is an obvious must for any business these days, but for small companies, even basic shared hosting can seem expensive for a basic site. Of course you can sign up for an EC2 account and host your website there for free if your bandwidth and storage requirements are low, but one has to deal with a myriad of configurations to even get started. When all you were looking to do was host a simple site online, the initial learning curve of just hosting your site can be maddening.

Enter Dropbox. Wait, Dropbox? Yup, you heard that right. Allow me to demonstrate how to turn your Dropbox account into a static web host, using Site44.

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Dropbox may be the leading file sync and sharing app, but it sure has a lot of competition. Google’s upended the whole way Google Docs works to turn it into Google Drive, and Apple’s built iCloud deep into the latest versions iOS and OS X. Even Microsoft has a rather good file syncing service, Skydrive, and then there’s dozens of other apps from smaller companies: Box.net, Jungle Disk, SpiderOak, Ubuntu One, and more.

No matter how many file sync apps I try, though, I’ve always continued using Dropbox. It’s consistently the fastest, least resource intensive, and works the way I want. I use it to share files with friends, family, and coworkers, not to mention saving and syncing my own files to all the devices I use. I do use Google Drive and iCloud for some stuff, but Dropbox is what I rely on to keep my digital life in sync, and it’s easily the most important app I use (outside of Safari, perhaps). In fact, I can’t imagine living without it.

How about you? Do you still use Dropbox, or has another service attracted you instead?

Our sponsor this week is Sellbox, a great way to sell files online. If you’ve been looking for a drop-dead simple way to sell your digital creations, it might be just what you’ve been looking for.

Odds are you already use Dropbox, perhaps to sync your own files between your devices and back them up online, or perhaps to share them with others. Sellbox lets you take your Dropbox storage, and turn it into your own online marketplace. You can sell any file you’ve saved in Dropbox, either in a specific folder or in any place in your Dropbox, depending on your settings.

After a quick signup process through your Dropbox login, you’ll just need select the file you want to sell, set a price, add any pictures or descriptions of the item you want, then share your Sellbox link on your social networks and more. That’s it. In only a couple minutes, you’ll be selling your digital creations online.

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Ready to start selling files online? There’s no need to wait. Just head over to Sellbox’s website to signup with your Dropbox account for free. Sellbox only costs 5% of your selling price, so it’ll only cost you if you make money. That’s quite a good deal!

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Just under a year ago, we took a look at Podio, a social and online work network rolled into one and we liked it very much, so much so that we gave it a extremely well-deserved score of 9 out of 10. Since writing that review, the Podio team have been working extremely hard on the product and there are plenty of new features to show for their efforts.

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It is time to face the reality that there are less and less reasons to avoid cloud storage. Competing cloud providers and their product offerings are now backed by some large players: Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Google Drive, and the front-runner that made it all popular – Dropbox. Let’s be honest, who thought that cloud based syncing could remain exciting in 2012?

Cubby, LogMeIn’s entrant, is certainly no exception to the trend of exciting file sync and sharing apps. Cubby is combining all the things Dropbox and its contenders lack into a powerful product that is still in beta. Cubby has a great feature set and is a easily a strong contender for the cloud synchronization crown.

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The Mac.AppStorm team has done a great job over the past weeks rounding up the best in Mac news, giving our readers a great way to catch up on what’s happening in the world of Mac apps without having to stay glued to dozens of rumor sites. There’s been enough interesting web app news this week, I thought we could do the same thing over here at Web.AppStorm.

So, here’s a quick summary of the past weeks’ biggest web app news for your reading pleasure. We likely won’t do these posts weekly, but if you find it informative and enjoyable, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments at the end of the post!

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Things are better when they’re organized. That’s why you should keep your toolbox and spice rack organized, why you match your socks and sort your mail. That’s why we have folders and other tools on our computers to keep our content in line, and easy to find in the future. However, it’s generally up to us to manually organize our things, from tools to digital files, into the order we want.

SortMyBox is a simple web app for Dropbox that automatically sorts your folder based on the rules you setup, using a very simple “when this, do that” format. In the app, you specify what in the file’s name or extension to detect, then create a rule to send those files to the folder you want, with the app checking every 15 minutes for new files to sort. It couldn’t be much simpler.

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