Posted: 10 Nov 2011 09:42 PM PST
The AppStorm team have been hard at work again. Here is a huge bunch of great free apps and web services they covered.
Achieve World Domination In Robotek
Who doesn't love a good world domination game? I mean, a good game is one thing. And a good fighting game is another. But a good fighting game where the goal is to take over the world? And with robots, no less!
Independent game studio Hexage fills this precise opening with a game called Robotek. Robotek is a turn based combat game in which you aim to reclaim the world from the evil robot uprising that caused the fall of humanity. Intrigued yet? Hit the jump to find out more!
Mou: The Split Screen Markdown Editor for Developers
Are you sick of reading reviews for the same old Markdown text editor under different titles? Me too. Don't worry, Mou is genuinely different.
Join us as we take a look at how Mou takes a unique approach to Markdown editing and how it may be exactly what you've been looking for.
Check Out the Free AppStorm Raven App!
We recently published an in-depth look at a completely unique new web browser called Raven. This site specific browser focuses on improving the way you use web apps with a super slick and convenient interface.
We were surprised to learn that the developer has created a dedicated AppStorm app for Raven! Read on to see what it's all about and how you can get it!
Codecademy: Learn to Code Online, Naturally
If you use computers long enough, chances are you'll eventually want to learn at least a little bit of programming. You can only hear so many stories about exciting new apps and whole businesses built from several thousands lines of code before you start thinking that you could do it, too. Problem is, it's often daunting to get started programming. Most programming books almost seem too difficult, or else they start out so slow and basic that you're bored before you even get started.
Quick Look: The Game Crafter
In this Quick Look, we're highlighting The Game Crafter. The developer describes The Game Crafter as an app for designing custom board games and card games. You upload your rules and artwork, choose from a vast array of components to flesh out your game, and then you're ready to start ordering copies. You can build custom board games for less than it costs to buy a game in the store. And our minimum order size is 1 copy. We are print on demand for custom board and card games.
Cloud9 IDE – Code Anytime, Anywhere
IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) are a special type of software that developers use to write software. IDEs are designed to maximize productivity, because because they typically present a single platform which all development is done. This means a developer will do less environment switching to get his job done.
Zwiggo: Share everything with a group
One of the great things about the web is how easy sharing information and collaboration have become . There are now hundreds ways to show photos to friends, work on code with colleagues, make presentations to audiences across the globe, video chat with family abroad and team up to work on all kinds of projects, big and small. We've covered plenty of apps that help you curate and share content, including Zootool and Pinterest – but what if you wanted to share with a group – and do more than just look at pictures together?
Zwiggo has you covered. This app will have you and your group sharing pictures, links and files, talking in your own private chat room, taking group decisions in a flash, planning your schedule easily and getting things done all at once. It's flexible enough to accommodate all types of groups and various activities. It also works in real-time and looks great. So how does Zwiggo work? Let's put a project together and find out.
Engage in Meaningful Discussions with Tribalfish
There has never been an era when people had so many avenues to engage in conversations. Whether it is for personal or professional use, there is always more than one app to get the job done. One problem with these apps is that they are either too open or too closed. There should be the ability to change the conversation from public to private at will.
The transition should happen just like flipping the switch, without having to put so much effort. That's when even the non-tech savvy can join the technology bandwagon. Tribalfish claims to make it ridiculously simple to engage in meaningful discussions on the web. It's time to take the app for a test drive.
Idealist.org, Gateway to Community
Idealist.org, founded in 1995 by the nonprofit organization Action Without Borders, is an online community promoting the connection of people, organizations, opportunities, and resources to build a better world through community engagement. Now with over 6,000 job listings, 13,000+ volunteer opportunities, and over 320,000 registered users, there has never been a better time to look at what the community has to offer, especially for anyone looking to make a difference.
Need a job? Need more experience? Both of these opportunities could just be a few clicks away. If you have ever wanted an easy way to give back and get involved with your community, read on to see how you can leverage Idealist.org to get the opportunity or position that you have always wanted.
Create a Nicely Designed Résumé in Seconds with Resume.io
Face it: we all hate writing up a new résumé. Whether you've had 2.5 million different jobs or have stayed in the same position for the past 45 years, it's somehow incredibly frustrating to put down your skills and experience on a piece of paper and get it looking halfway decent. Perhaps it's because we're shy to list what we've done, or we're worried about what potential employers will think. Either way, writing a résumé ranks up there with filing taxes in the list of the world's most hated jobs.
It doesn't have to be that hard, though. Resume.io is a brand new web app that lets you create a nicely designed résumé in seconds. In fact, if you've already got a filled-out LinkedIn profile, you might be able to get a polished résumé without doing anything more than signing in. In today's economy, it's always good to have a current résumé, and now there's a way to do it without wasting your afternoon.
Thoora: A New Way to Discover and Share Content
Creating content is a tedious job. While it is so fulfilling when you have the finished product in front of you, it is such a drag when you are working to get it done. In the same vein, discovering best content online has become equally tiresome, thanks to the tens of thousands (probably hundreds of thousands) of new, user generated content showing up online these days.
Many startups are hard at work to find a solution to discover quality content. Thoora too is built with that in mind. The developers claim that the app offers a new way for you to discover, monitor, and share the best of the web: by creating living bodies of knowledge on the topics you choose. That's an interesting statement, but I would like to test their claim firsthand. Join me after the jump.
Castle.so: Drag-and-Drop File Sharing For Your Browser
From email attachments to images you want to share on Twitter, files can still be frustrating to share. There's dozens of file sharing apps, ranging from semi-shady sites covered in ads to popular desktop tools like Cloud.app that let you upload files and share them with a stylish landing page. Either way, most require you to create an account first, and almost all take several steps to share files.
Castle.so is one of the newer web apps for sharing files, and its reduced the process to two steps: drag a file to your browser, and share the link to your new Castle.so share page. That's it. It's a great implementation of HTML5 file support, and takes a couple steps out of sharing files.
Gaming on the desktop computer has always been a big deal for the seasoned gamers, yet a royal headache for normal human beings. "W" is forward, you say? And "D" is right? What was "reload" again? Where's the jump button?
Luckily for you, one company heard your cries. They also noticed that you have an iPhone. Their name is Hazelmade, and their solution is to turn your iPhone into a game controller using Joypad.
Make Money Using Your iPhone With Field Agent
Everyone knows that buying an iPhone isn't cheap. Even if you pay the subsidized pricing, you're handing over $200 to become the owner of the best smartphone available today. To ease the burden of such a cost, it would be a helpful if a service was available for your iPhone that would allow you to make a little, if not all, of that money back.
Enter Field Agent, a company that offers information collection for clients in which you are the information gatherer. After the jump I'll explain how ridiculously easy it is to earn a few dollars by completing a Field Agent job.
Mobli: The Next Step in Social Photo Sharing
Instagram may be the current darling of the social photo sharing community, but Mobli is quickly gaining a loyal following.
Offering more than filters, Mobli is redefining the social photo sharing platform by enabling users to follow their interests and their friends. The sleek design, and the number of customizable options are a stark contrast to Instagram's singular focus.
Dolphin: A Worthy Free Alternative to Safari?
There's just something about the iPad, isn't there? Things tend to look so good on the iPad, I find that I rarely try to change anything. On my PC, I constantly try to find a better browser, a better reader, but on the iPad I have the tendency to use whatever has been given to me. This is why I never really tried to find a replacement for Safari on my iPad before, even though I often wasn't satisfied with it.
This all changed when I heard about the new Dolphin Browser HD for the iPad. I've heard about this browser for Android, and when it came out for the iPad I simply had to try it. Find out whether it's worth the switch?
Skitch Brings Awesome Image Annotation to Android
Skitch is the well-known image annotation and editing app that has long since been a staple on the Mac platform. What makes Skitch so awesome to me is its simplicity: when it comes down to it, all Skitch really does is let you write or draw (optionally on top of an existing image) and then share it. No big deal, right?
Presented in a simple and intuitive interface, Skitch lets you do everything from drawing a stupid mustache on a friend's photo to quickly doing a mockup of a website. I always wondered when Skitch would be available on platforms besides Mac, but I never dreamed it would show up on Android.
Curvy: the Puzzle Game With Nice Curves
Curvy presents you with colorful hexagon shaped tiles covered in squiggly lines that you need to rotate to tie up all your loose ends. It looks like some kind of flying spaghetti monster when you first look at it, but there is some structure behind the randomness that becomes relevant as you play. The app only requests two permissions, neither of which should cause you concern, and is only a measly 92.29KB, making it a very quick download, especially for a game. There is a free version with full functionality and a $1.50 paid version which removes ads and allows you to track your best times.
10 Ways MIUI Is Awesome, and 5 Setbacks That Keep It From Perfection
When it comes to community-developed custom ROMs on Android, there are two contenders that you will hear people talk about a lot more than any of the rest: CyanogenMod and MIUI. I previously reviewed CyanogenMod stating 10 of its great features and 5 tricks to improve on its shortcomings.
Despite how much I loved CM7, I have decided to give MIUI a go, and have been running v1.09.16 for over seven weeks on my HTC Desire Z. In the following review, I will share with you my findings, stating the reasons I have loved MIUI and those that are making me consider going back to CyanogenMod.
Lock Down Your Data with TrueCrypt
People go the extra mile when it comes to protecting their physical assets however worthless and depreciated they might be. In my opinion, there shouldn't be any difference when it comes to securing digital assets too. A lost hard disk or a thumb drive can have more compromising data than you might expect. That's why prevention is always better.
The safest and simplest way to secure your data is encrypting it. While it might sound complex, in practice encryption cannot be any more simpler. Just create a sensible master password or a key file and there are a bunch of commercial and open source apps to do all the heavy lifting. Today, let us see how to use the crowd favorite TrueCrypt to lock down all our data.
Boxee: Consume Your Media with Style
There's never been a better time to be a fan of movies, music and television. We now have HD TVs offering crystal-clear picture quality, Blu-Ray discs with enhanced features and 3D content and audio solutions to suit every need and taste. Content has also become easier to come by, thanks to online music stores, movie streaming services and TV channels that are served via the web.
If you're looking to bring all this together to create the ultimate home entertainment experience, you might want to consider a web-enabled set-top box or better yet, a HTPC (home theater personal computer) setup. There are a number of options available in this segment, including Google TV, Apple TV and Roku but at present, Boxee seems to be the most compelling. Is it really that good? Let's find out!
Orbiter – A Great Space Flight Simulator
As I promised in my Flight Simulator article, today I am reviewing the Orbiter Space Simulator. A single-man project created by Dr. Martin Schweiger, Orbiter has existed for around five years.
Despite being a single-man project, Orbiter is beautifully made with the greatest care and attention to detail put into making it realistic, and enjoyable.
Crowd-Sourced Tech Support with Soluto
All computers, sooner or later, start to act up, and frustrate the user with unresponsiveness. And often, there is no solution — we just accept it and push through. In other cases, some programs cause our computer to crash unexpectedly, and for no known reason. System optimization is one of the most important technical tasks that every user should carry out, but it's also one that is neglected most often. And this leads to a whole host of computers being way slower than they could be. But what can you do about this problem?
Enter Soluto – self-defined as anti-frustration software. The idea is to use the power of the crowd to provide support. Launced in 2009, Soluto has grown to a large user-base, rendering its service even more powerful. But what exactly does it do? Read on to find out.
Posted: 10 Nov 2011 06:31 PM PST
Our roving WordPress Evangelist Japh Thomson spent a sunny long weekend on Australia’s Gold Coast last weekend to be one of the speakers at WordCamp. While in Queensland he also enjoyed the water, the shops, and the casino – though he may have been just sight-seeing.
Japh spoke on the first day of the conference about code quality and best practices. Unfortunately due to a technical glitch most of the video from Day 1 has been lost, including Japh’s talk. You can find Japh’s Gold Coast slides at japh.com.au/wcgc2011.
For more about Japh, stay tuned for next week’s Meet the Staff.
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