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I remember when I started using GMail. It was a warm day in April 2004. I couldn’t believe I got an invite, and all because I was using Blogger for my blog at the time. I knew when I first opened it up in my browser that this would be a web app I’d use for a long time. Over the years it has grow, in my opinion, only stronger and I still use it to this day, every day. I have also accumulated over the 7 years of use, a list of tips to make your GMail experience even better- more productive, easier, and even cleaner. Here are some of my favorites.


Unfortunately, for the Apple-consuming public, iCloud won’t be hitting us until the fall. That means we’re going to have to wait several months because all the cloud-based syncing magic becomes a reality for us. However, either for those going crazy in anticipation, or those who oddly despise Apple, there’s a range of online services that offer similar functionality.

In today’s article, we’re going to take a look at some of the apps you can grab right now to help build up an iCloud-esque ecosystem for yourself. (more…)

Gmail is one web app that gets better constantly. Despite being the third largest email service provider, Gmail holds the top spot in pampering its users with cool new features at regular intervals. The past few days have witnessed a couple of interesting additions and one in particular – Gmail People Widget – adds a social twist to your inbox.

The people widget showcases content from friends, family and colleagues who are in touch with you constantly, but are buried somewhere in the contact list. Add to it the all new Importance Markers, there is a very good chance your productivity might go up!


The internet may have come a long way over all these years, but making money from the internet hasn’t. Advertisements still constitute a lion’s share of revenue for a lot of Internet businesses, primarily those engaged in the content and freemium verticals.

It’s easy to pick on Google for slapping ads left, right and center based on our search and browsing habits. But if it wasn’t for Google there may have been no contextual ads. At least now we usually see only those ads that might actually be useful based on the keyword we are searching for, or the content we are reading.

Google has recently announced that it plans to roll out ads in Gmail that are more in line with your tastes and interests. Unlike lot of other companies, they are placing notifications prominently in our inboxes and after the jump, let us take a look at the pros and cons of their latest announcement.


A major USP of the cloud and SaaS apps is data security. Anyone with logical thinking would understand the benefits of having their data stored in a world class data center managed by experts and their data duplicated across multiple centres across the globe for redundancy.

There’s still one part of most cloud setups that makes it weak, the human connection. Human errors can override the checks and balances in place and threaten the safety of the data stored. We’ve witnessed quiet a few instances of this. Backupify helps you set up an extra layer of backup ensuring peace of mind.


I love Gmail, as do many others. The other day I found myself asking the question, “Would I pay for this app? And if so, how much would I be willing to pay?” I’ve recently been going through the many internet apps I pay for, asking myself whether the the cost warrants the value I get out of the app. Several app subscriptions have since been canceled.

Going through the many apps I pay for monthly (and some yearly) got me wondering which apps are absolutely vital to my day-to-day tasks. Gmail (well, Google Apps & Gmail) is one of them. For the most part though, we’ve all grown accustomed to free email services and many other web apps on a freemium basis. But should we always continue to expect that?

I’m curious as to how many of you would be willing to pay a monthly, or perhaps yearly, fee for Gmail. Or would you simply switch to another email provider? If you would pay, how much would you be willing to fork over?

Personally, I would pay in a heartbeat. I’ve yet to find an email app I prefer more than Gmail and it has definitely rooted itself quite deeply into my daily workflow and online life. As for how much, that’s hard to say.

With so much happening in the digital world, it can be a full time job just staying up to date on the latest web app happenings. But, that’s why you come to Web.AppStorm… right? With all the fantastic new features app developers are constantly releasing, we’re not really able to report them all and ultimately many of our readers miss out on some really good stuff. So, we’re going to try something new.

At the end of a week, a few times per month, we’ll bring you some of the best web app news and updates. App developers, this is a great time to familiarize yourselves with our contact form to submit your news or tips.

Read on after the break for some of this weeks best web app news and updates.


It’s tough to get people to pay attention and be serious about their online identity. An Email account is the first and primary component of your online identity and yet it’s the one that is left unguarded the most. Email accounts may be virtual but once hacked, the consequences and damages are very real.

The problem with a hacked email account is the domino effect. All registrations, purchases, renewals, transactions, password reminders etc. are sent to your email inbox. So once the first domino falls, the entire setup falls apart in one fell swoop. After the jump, we’ve rounded up a few tips that can help you secure your email accounts of popular webmail services.


I’ve heard it said before that every time your hands leave the keyboard to use the mouse, somewhere a baby kitten dies. Okay, that’s a silly joke and an exaggeration. But spend any time with an expert in various fields in which a computer is a major part of the day and you’ll see the element of truth here.

Whether a designer or developer, someone working in the movie or music industry, or an intern for a larger corporation, experts learn to do their jobs more efficiently. You’ll find that he/she knows the shortcuts of their preferred application like the back of their hand.

Gmail is no different in this respect.


It’s been a while since Gmail came on the scene and changed web based email. And although the product still resembles the original in many ways, there have been a lot of improvements over the years.

Some of these improvements have made their way to the default client (Tasks for one), but many others still reside under the protection of the Labs moniker. But even though users are told that they use the Labs features at their own risk, many of these have been used by millions and have every appearance of stability.

Here’s a list of the Labs features that can help you make the most of one of the best email clients ever created.

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