If you’ve written off web apps as underpowered imitations of desktop software, think again. Many of today’s web apps are as good as their Finder-bound counterparts, and some even do your work for you! Web apps are convenient, too: since they live in the cloud with their related files, you can run them in a browser on almost any computer without worrying about backups or hunting through hard drives for important documents. Best of all, many web apps are free, and allow you to pay for more advanced features as you go, if and when you need them.
Over the next few pages, we’ll uncover some of the best web apps available—ones that can perform the most important tasks in your digital lifestyle. You might think that only desktop software can handle them, but read on. That notion is about to change.
Those rumors about Twitter Music launching last weekend at Coachella didn't quite pan out (unless you were a celebrity, apparently), but the real thing is finally landing Thursday in the form of web and iPhone apps.
It's not quite the full-featured iOS app many of us have been hoping for, but Google has flipped the switch on its Street View feature for the mobile web app version of its own Maps solution, which now works on iOS.
Mac users already have plenty of options when it comes to cloud storage, but over the course of the last year, a worthy opponent to Dropbox, SugarSync and Box has arrived from an unlikely source: Microsoft.
It probably shouldn't come as a surprise, but Apple will be adding Reminders and Notes to the iCloud website with the release of iOS 6 this fall, and developers are already putting them through their paces.
Thank goodness Flash is going bye-bye. After all, HTML5 does everything Flash can do without the additional bloat, and it actually works on iOS devices thanks to Apple's stamp of approval. While most of these sites look great on your desktop and iPad, only a some of them are really practical for regular iPhone use. And even then, there's often a more useful app equivalent. So, we've picked the five best HTML5 sites that you'll actually want to add to your homescreen.
As you've probably already noticed, sometimes I like to use my space in Free App Friday to feature a few apps that have really tickled my fancy. There's nothing better than discovering an app that really does something wonderful to either simplify your life or give you a little smile. This week, I'd like to introduce to you three free web services that have helped me increased my productivity and enjoy the internet just a little bit more. Because in the mess of trolls, immature Redditors and salacious headlines, we all need a little refuge from the harshness of the 'net.
Google today pushed a new release of its HTML 5 equipped web app for iOS users. The Google Music Beta player works with mobile Safari for iOS 4 users and it isn't so bad after all. It's smooth looking and works impeccably, though you'll have to allow it 25 MB of space. You can play any of your songs in your library, shuffle and search within your cloud library. It's also got multitasking enabled so that you can listen to music while accessing other apps. Unfortunately, this means that you still can't download the music within the app and access it offline.
Whether you use Google Chrome or not, you're most certainly familiar with web-apps -- functional sites that you can use in lieu of the apps in your dock. Chrome has made these sites particularly handy by making them easily accessible through your Chrome home screen and easily searchable through the Google Web Store. And, as with any other app store, there are lots of amazing apps in the Google Web Store, and some that are just plain worthless. Here's a round up of the best Chrome apps for Mac users.