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In my last article, I talked about all of the advancements social media made in 2011. This included the launch and relatively quick rise of Google+, Google’s shiny new social network that allows people to connect, share, and even hangout (via video chat, that is). While Google did enter the social scene, however, their main function as a search company is still to disseminate information. Thus, it’s not surprising that Google+ has some nice built-in ways of doing this.

I know what you’re thinking. Obviously a social network can disseminate information. Just look at Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and every other social network out there. They all spread information- people post things for other people to read. But I think Google+ has a couple of extra layers that the other social networks don’t have. Let’s start with an obvious one: Circles.


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.


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 Safestacks. The developer describes Safestacks as an app to securely store all of your client information; such as usernames, passwords, expiration dates, employee info, leases, computer and software details and just about anything else. No more sticky notes, Excel files or misplaced emails.

Read on for more information and screenshots!


Almost all of us begin our day online with a search, most likely in Google, for something specific or a closest possible keyword and took it from there. This is more like a rinse and repeat process that happens multiple times a day (or hour, depending upon your profession). Do you get relevant results? Yes. Are you overwhelmed by the volume of information you have to process before finding what you are looking for? Absolutely!

While a lot of startups try to fine tune the search results in their quest to get a share of big advertising bucks, there’s hardly any innovation in the way search results are displayed. Google does a great a job from time to time, tweaking the search results page, adding real-time streams, search previews etc. Still, nobody has nailed the presentation like Qwiki has. Follow me after the jump to get a glimpse of the innovative information experience.


Despite being a controversial subject, guns can protect us when in danger. Being small, portable and extremely profitable in gray market sales, guns are always vulnerable to theft. Then there are those natural disasters that can bring the house down. In such scenarios, we must have the details of the gun handy so that law enforcement can track it before falling into the wrong hands.

GunWallet securely stores your gun information in the cloud. We’ll take a look at how GunWallet can help to recover the monetary value of your guns from the insurance company if it is not recovered.


As the year comes to an end, many of us start to dwell on what we’ve accomplished over the past twelve months and what we’d like to do in the next twelve. And for many, there is also a twinge of guilt and regret over what we didn’t do — all those resolutions and goals from last December that went unmet.

That’s where self awareness comes in — and today’s prize giveaway enables you to become just that. More self aware.