Freebie Friday: 60+ AppStorm Posts About Freebies

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Apr 15
2011

There have been a ton of AppStorm posts in the last month reviewing free software and other resources—62 to be exact. Peruse the huge list, and you’re bound to find something useful.

Many of the posts cover multiple items, though some of the roundup posts include some software that is not free. Other apps are free versions of software that has a version you pay for, but we haven’t included anything that is just a demo.

If you find some treasure, please let us know about it in the comments below. Happy hunting!

Mac.AppStorm

FaceTab & MailTab: Web Apps in Your OS X Menu Bar 

1. FaceTab & MailTab: Web Apps in Your OS X Menu Bar

One of my favorite things about Mac OS X is the menu bar. More specifically, the fantastic apps that are developed to work with it. You can find a menu bar app for pretty much anything – from the weather to your Twitter feed! They make it super fast and easy to keep up with information without opening a full-blown app and leaving what you are doing.

Today we are reviewing FaceTab and MailTab, two apps from developer FIPLAB that pretty much let you run Facebook and Gmail from your menu bar without losing any of the features that you get on their web interfaces. Want to hear more about them?

In-Depth Showdown: 5 of the Best Twitter Apps for Mac 

2. In-Depth Showdown: 5 of the Best Twitter Apps for Mac

In our world of Social Networking, Twitter has emerged as one of the most-used and most useful points of connection to our world. Whether you use Twitter as a news source, celebrity gossip engine, or for just keeping tabs on your friends, having a dedicated app on your Mac can take your experience to a new level.

In this in-depth showdown, we’re going to take a look at a few of the most popular Twitter apps out there, analyse their features, and compare them against one another.

Read on past the break to see how the contenders stacked up.

NetNewsWire Lite: A News Reader Stripped Back to the Core 

3. NetNewsWire Lite: A News Reader Stripped Back to the Core

Brent Simmons, the author of inessential.com, has just released a new free version of popular RSS reeder NetNewsWire. It’s called NetNewsWire Lite and is available on the Mac App Store.

Stripped back and simplified is by far the best way to go with any ‘lite’ version of software as it gives new users an easy way into your software and, in the wake of some huge Mac App Store successes, can lead to increased interest in the full version.

Let’s have a look at whether it can work for NetNewsWire…

40+ Beautiful Wallpapers to Brighten Your Mac Desktop 

4. 40+ Beautiful Wallpapers to Brighten Your Mac Desktop

It’s time to ditch that ageing wallpaper on your desktop for something fresh and inspiring. There’s nothing better than a simple wallpaper that looks beautiful while not cluttering your display. Today we’re on a mission to find just this type of desktop background…

Whether you love simple graphic lines, typography, or photography, there’s something for you here. We’ve broken our collection of sexy wallpapers down into different categories to make it super-simple to find the right image for you, and even have a few exclusive OS X Lion wallpapers to share!

I hope you enjoy browsing through our collection of outstanding desktop wallpapers.

iProcrastinate: Productivity for Students 

5. iProcrastinate: Productivity for Students

The productivity app space yields what can only be described as an embarrassment of riches these days, but is there something for everyone amongst the goods?

iProcrastinate is a productivity/to do list app clearly geared toward students. It appears to be a one man show over at craigotis.com, but the results seem solid. My first experience for iProcrastinate was way back before a major UI redesign, and (I believe) while the app was originally available for the first generation jailbroken iPod touch.

The app has come a long way since then, but what does it have to offer in the ever expanding sea of productivity tools?

10 Impressive & Beautiful iTunes Visualizers 

6. 10 Impressive & Beautiful iTunes Visualizers

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably long forgotten about iTunes Visualizers. Right now you’re trying to remember what they are aren’t you? For whatever reason they were something that we thought were great at one point, but they have since lost their luster.

They aren’t directly useful but can be a great addition to a party, or just something cool to look at while listening to some tunes!

There aren’t many folks out there dabbling with Quartz Composer churning out new visualizers so they are a little tough to come by these days. They aren’t the most popular feature of iTunes by any stretch, but it is a pretty fun feature and there are some amazing ones out there. I went searching for some of the best.

Web.AppStorm

Summify: Summarize Your Social News Feeds 

7. Summify: Summarize Your Social News Feeds

We are living in the era of content overload. With the rise of blogs as a professional, reliable and responsible medium that covers news, the volume of content available on any given topic has exploded and keeps pouring in by the minute. Add to it all the social network updates from friends and family and you have an absolute mess in your hands.

It’s not only becoming difficult to read all the news and updates but it’s also getting more difficult to filter them out in the first place. A piece of very useful information is always accompanied and drowned in a sea of nonsense. Summify is a web app that bravely tackles all the social noise signals to give a summary of quality content that matters to you.

Quick Look: Usabilla 

8. Quick Look: Usabilla

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Usabilla. The developer describes Usabilla as an app that offers a fast and simple way to collect feedback in any stage of the design process. Ask your users simple questions for valuable insights and discover usability issues. Users simply share their feedback by clicking anywhere on your website, mockup, sketch, or image. Measure time, collect points, and get valuable feedback with notes.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

JotForm + Dropbox = New Favorite App 

9. JotForm + Dropbox = New Favorite App

We all know how great Dropbox is and the many, many different ways it can be used to simplify your life. As great as Dropbox is, there are ways it could be even better and JotForm has done just that.

JotForm has made it drop dead simple to create a form you can simply link to or embed elsewhere that allows people to submit files directly to your Dropbox account! We’ll take a look at how easy this is and why you’ll want to use it, so read on!

Quick Look: cronsync 

10. Quick Look: cronsync

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting cronsync. The developer describes cronsync as a web based, transparent, inexpensive and easy to use time tracking solution. It simplifies and professionalizes billing and invoicing processes and shows you at a glance how profitable clients and projects are. It offers a very effective user and rights management for internal and external staff. And it allows flexible settings of internal and external hourly rates on client level.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

10 Great Apps to Measure & Monitor Social Media 

11. 10 Great Apps to Measure & Monitor Social Media

For long businesses have ignored the real concerns and feedback from ordinary consumers. They did things their own way without much of a risk of negative publicity. With the advent of social media, the cozy cocoon they had built has been taken down. Today, social authority is much more widely spread.

Twitter and Facebook gives every average Joe a unique voice and global reach. Brands can be built or brought down in 140 characters or less. Responsible businesses take social media seriously and after the break you will find a list of apps to monitor and measure the social pulse.

Canvas: Share & Play With Images 

12. Canvas: Share & Play With Images

Thanks to camera equipped mobile phones and cheap cameras, we’re literally flooded with pictures, both online and offline. Pictures speak a thousand words, but, at times, you might have to add a couple of words of your own to make them perfect. A funny crown or a tail or horns can liven up the images when shared with friends and peers.

It would be lot more fun if you could share the goofy image manipulation you’ve done of a popular celebrity or see a few created by someone like you. Founded by the uber popular meme creating legend Moot of 4chan, Canvas is a fun app that helps you share and play with images.

Plancast: The Best Way to Discover Events 

13. Plancast: The Best Way to Discover Events

We get invited to events and parties all the time. In most cases, the organizers would be friends or peers and an invite would land via email. But what if there are some awesome events that are happening close to your crib and you don’t know about it at all. Say for example, an app bloggers convention happening two blocks down the road that’s open to all.

Plancast helps you find out about events and other social activities ahead of time so you don’t miss out on them. So are you ready to discover and crash parties?

Autocomplete Your Life With Greplin 

14. Autocomplete Your Life With Greplin

Our lives are increasingly dependent on the cloud to get things done, collaborate, communicate, share stuff with peers and much more. Internet in fast becoming an operating system by itself with all the web apps replacing the desktop counterparts. One major thing missing out of this pretty picture is the absence of a comprehensive search feature.

Am not referring to web in general – the ability to search our own data stored in the cloud, distributed across a lot of third party datacenters. Greplin is a personal search engine that allows you to search all your online data from one easy place. Curious as to how Greplin can help autocomplete your life?

Quick Look: Wordfaire 

15. Quick Look: Wordfaire

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Wordfaire. The developer describes Wordfaire as a liveblogging platform that lets you quickly and easily get information out to your readers in real-time. It lets you write updates and share photos in a neat and minimalist interface. People are already using it for live journalism, as a public address system, and simply as a regular blog.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

Create a Personal Homepage With Zeadoo 

16. Create a Personal Homepage With Zeadoo

I’ve seen many of my friends collecting clippings from newspapers and magazines for future reference. None of those clippings have ever seen the light of the day again. Of late, am seeing a similar pattern emerge with bookmarks. Folks are just bookmarking away links and pages that they hardly ever find the time to revisit. Too many free bookmarking services encourage this behavior.

If these bookmarking apps make users leave the plugin and visit the web app for something other than viewing the bookmarks, there’s a great chance those URLs suffering from damnation will get their salvation. Personally, I think Zeadoo is one such bookmarking app with a twist.

Amazon Cloud Player Puts Your Music in the Cloud 

17. Amazon Cloud Player Puts Your Music in the Cloud

For the last couple of years, everyone has been expecting both Apple and Google to officially announce and launch their online music players — music in the “Cloud.” I was particularly excited for Apple to announce an online version of iTunes after the bought up my favorite online service, lala (RIP); however, that day has yet to come. When Amazon announced their Cloud Drive/Cloud Player, I was actually pretty surprised because I hadn’t heard much about it. After trying it out I’m pretty happy, and very surprised that they beat Apple and Google to the punch.

Over the next few of days, I’ll be talking about both Amazon Cloud Player and Amazon Cloud Drive. Since I started using Player first, we’ll start with that.

Wunderlist: The To-Do List App to Beat 

18. Wunderlist: The To-Do List App to Beat

Most of us struggle with too many things to do. From projects you need to complete at work or school to the random things you need to fix at your house, there’s simply too much to do each day. There are dozens of to-do list and project management apps for Windows, Mac, mobile, as well as standalone webapps so you can keep up with your tasks online. Many of them are beautifully designed and are simple to use, but they’re often expensive and only work on one platform.

Very few to-do list apps offer an integrated solution to keep your tasks synced between all of your devices. The last thing you need to do is to manage a complicated to-do list sync when you’re already struggling under too many things to do. But many popular apps still don’t sync seamlessly. Today we’re going to look at a new beautifully designed to-do list app that blows all of this away: Wunderlist.

The 24 Best Apps to Remember Everything You Discover Online 

19. The 24 Best Apps to Remember Everything You Discover Online

Today, there’s never a lack of new things to see and read online. In fact, the biggest problem is keeping up with the stuff you really want to remember. It’s so easy to read an article or discover a new webapp you like, only to forget it and never find it again. Fonts and icon packs seem to be the easiest for me to forget; I’ll find ones I love, and then somehow never be able to find them again later.

There’s no reason you have to lose stuff you find online, though. Even in our fast paced society with new tweets and notifications coming in all the time, you can still keep up with the stuff you like online. With little effort, you’ll have a curated set of all your favorite things you’ve found online. We’ve scoured the net for 24 of the best webapps that can help you keep up with things you find online no matter where you are. Chances are you already use some of them, but keep reading to find some new ones that might be the perfect solution for you.

Become a Social Couch Potato With Followmy.tv 

20. Become a Social Couch Potato With Followmy.tv

TV shows are refreshingly awesome. The variety and depth of content available spanning various genre is unmatchable. Given the talent and strong content behind the TV shows, even multi-million dollar movies made with bankable stars are unable to set the box office on fire. What TV watchers need is an app that can help them keep track of all the awesome shows and their schedules.

Followmy.tv keeps a record of your TV history, lets you discover new and old shows and share them with your friends. Let’s take a look at how one can become an organized couch potato with this web app.

Writeboard: Wikis That Actually Make Sense 

21. Writeboard: Wikis That Actually Make Sense

Raise your hand if you’ve tried to collaborate with others using a wiki. Most people just don’t get it, do they? Wikis, for the most part, are confusing and slow to edit, and are simply too much hassle for small projects. Wikipedia is the biggest wiki success story, but they’re not the panacea for normal business and educational collaborative writing. The market hasn’t been too rewarding to wiki products, either. PBwiki, a business built around hosted wikis, has been rebranded as PBworks and deemphasizes the wiki part of their product, focusing instead on their project manager and intranet social tools. Even the much hyped Google Wave quickly hit the deadpile after consumers found it too confusing.

After trying to use wikis for one too many group project that fizzled out because of poor tools, I set out to find something easier to use than email, copying a Word file back and forth, or the dreaded wiki that no one could figure out. Enter Writeboard. This simple online text editor takes the pain out of collaborative writing, and is as simple to use as Notepad or TextEdit. It’s a solution that almost anyone can instantly understand and start using without any learning curve. Keep reading to see why Writeboard might be the perfect solution when wikis fail.

10 Online Alternatives to Popular Desktop Apps for Students 

22. 10 Online Alternatives to Popular Desktop Apps for Students

It’s about time when most students have returned to their schools, colleges or other places of education. Whilst there’s many desktop apps available to help in the education field, it’s sometimes hard to find viable online alternatives.

Online alternatives to popular desktop apps offer a way of working entirely online and therefore being able to access your work from anywhere without the need to be emailing or upload files every time you make an edit. This is becoming increasingly important, with new laptops and operating systems such as the Macbook Air and Chrome OS, that have reduced storage and a more cloud-based storage going mainstream. (Well, maybe not Chrome OS, but the Macbook Air is certainly getting positive reviews).

iPhone.AppStorm

Wifi Photo Transfer: Access Your iPhone’s Photos From Any Browser 

23. Wifi Photo Transfer: Access Your iPhone’s Photos From Any Browser

Don’t you hate it that you have to connect your phone to your computer to transfer a photo? Doesn’t it seem like this sort of action should be performed over Wifi?

Today’s app, Wifi Photo Transfer, does that very thing. It’s a simple, no-fluff application that allows you to access your phone’s photo libraries right from any web browser on any computer.

Quick Look: 42Tasks 

24. Quick Look: 42Tasks

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting 42tasks (iPhone app). The developer describes 42tasks (iPhone app) as cutting edge task management app, which allows to manage tasks, collaborate in a group, assign tasks to others, put deadlines, time, alarms and much more.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

10 iPhone Apps For Counting Calories 

25. 10 iPhone Apps For Counting Calories

One of the greatest things about the iPhone is that developers have turned it into something that can really change people’s lives in ways that no one saw coming. One specific niche that fits this description is the plethora of utilities that you can use to watch what you eat, stay active and lose weight. Who would’ve thought twenty years ago that a cell phone could ever help you lose weight!?

Today we’re going to take a brief look at ten awesome applications geared specifically towards calorie counting. Many of these tools will not only track what you eat, but the way you live with the ultimate goal of being healthier overall. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, get more exercise or even just drink more water, there’s something here for you.

iPhone Game Friday: New Releases 

26. iPhone Game Friday: New Releases

In the wake of our grand unveiling of iPad.AppStorm, we’re also shuffling some other things around here to keep the content dynamic. Among these adjustments is the fact that this Game Friday column will now move to a bi-weekly schedule to make room for some more in-depth reviews. So keep an eye out for those, but don’t be dismayed: this new schedule also means we can bring you only the cream of the crop every other Friday, so it’s a win-win scenario.

In the meantime, you’re encouraged to keep sending us email tips and feedback; we love getting them and hope you continue to enjoy Game Fridays! Now with all that out of the way, let’s dive into this week’s selection…

Toshl: Putting the Fun Back Into Expense Tracking 

27. Toshl: Putting the Fun Back Into Expense Tracking

There was a time back in primary school when my class had a math lesson that involved sticking to a budget as we went around the classroom ‘buying’ things with money that distinctively resembled Disney Dollars. That was the first and last time that I can remember finding the task of sticking to a budget and tracking expenses as being fun. That was until I came across the app, Toshl.

No longer will you need to hastily scribble your expenses on a crumpled piece of paper or try to mentally calculate how much of your holiday spending budget you have blown on drinks and tacky souvenirs. A few taps in the Toshl app and all will become clear, complete with a few nifty graphs thrown in for good measure. Whether you want to keep track of all your expenses or just a one off budget, such as your Christmas shopping, Toshl can be a real life (and hair) saver. Let’s take a look at Toshl’s main features, functionality and performance.

100 Apps for Taking Notes on Your iPhone 

28. 100 Apps for Taking Notes on Your iPhone

Note-taking applications are some of the hottest items on the App Store. More and more these utilities make it easy to record data in a fast and convenient way and the fact that this information lives on our phones means that we can access it anytime we need it.

The 100 apps below will help you accomplish all your iPhone note-taking endeavors. Whether you want to collect random bits of information, remember something about a specific place or even record some thoughts about your favorite wine, we’ve got you covered. There’s even a section containing our favorite apps so you can get a good idea of where to start!

Pulse vs. FLUD: Two iPhone News Readers Square Off 

29. Pulse vs. FLUD: Two iPhone News Readers Square Off

In the past we’ve given very positive reviews to both FLUD and Pulse as standalone apps. Both are innovative, attractive and just plain fun to use on the iPad and both have made the transition to iPhone.

The two readers are so similar to each other that it’s hard not to compare them and wonder which is the best. Today we’ll answer this question by tearing them both apart feature by feature to see which app is ultimately superior. Let’s get started!

Quick Look: TallyMarks 

30. Quick Look: TallyMarks

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting TallyMarks. The developer describes TallyMarks as follows: Whether it’s how many snails you’ve saved or how many bugs you’ve fixed, TallyMarks let’s you count them in a good old fashioned way – paint your marks on the wall! TallyMarks lets you to draw those marks on the screen and keep the record for several events. You can add as many entries as you want, change and rearrange them anytime. Share your success with your friends via Twitter or Facebook.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

10 Must Have iPhone Apps for Coffee Lovers 

31. 10 Must Have iPhone Apps for Coffee Lovers

Today’s post is dedicated to that wonderful bean-flavored beverage that gets people out of bed and makes the world go round. Whether you’re a casual latte drinker or an espresso connoisseur, you’ll find these apps to be helpful in getting the most of your daily fix.

The ten apps below will help you order, discover and share your favorite drinks from the best places in town or make your own professionally brewed creations right from home!

Grocery IQ: The Perfect Shopping List Companion 

32. Grocery IQ: The Perfect Shopping List Companion

In this week’s Ask The Editor post, one of the questions we went over was from someone in search of a shopping list application that would sync lists between an iPhone and a computer. The app that I found as a solution was Grocery IQ and I liked it so much I thought it deserved a full review.

Today we’ll go over what Grocery IQ is and why it stands out as one of the best shopping lists applications on the App Store. If you ever take your iPhone shopping, you’ll want to keep reading!

Quick Look: Brian Gavin Diamonds 

33. Quick Look: Brian Gavin Diamonds

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Brian Gavin Diamonds. The developer describes Brian Gavin Diamonds as follows:

The Brian Gavin Diamonds (BGD) application for your iPhone and iPod keeps you personally and intimately connected with Brian Gavin and his team by granting you VIP access to all that’s hot and new with BGD’s custom jewelry designs and Brian Gavin Signature hearts and arrows diamonds. If you like the Blue Nile or the Tiffany’s Engagement Ring Finder app, you are going to love the BGD app.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

10 Gorgeous iPhone Apps for Making Your Own Ringtones 

34. 10 Gorgeous iPhone Apps for Making Your Own Ringtones

Certain categories in the App Store stand out not only for their functionality but for the beautiful design trends that you tend to see within them. Custom ringtone apps are definitely just such a category and several of these apps have absolutely gorgeous interfaces.

Though there are tons and tons of ringtone makers available, today we’re focusing only on the top tier of attractively-designed applications. Each of these apps comes in at less than a buck and all offer their own spin on giving you the ability to build custom ringtones from the music on your phone or even audio that you record yourself.

Jelli: Radio Meets Democracy 

35. Jelli: Radio Meets Democracy

Those of us who aren’t living in a country lucky enough to have Spotify are still on the lookout for the ideal streaming radio app. Most services that let you have any say in the songs that play charge you a monthly fee. Others, like Pandora, merely let you guide the stream in a vague direction based on your personal interests.

Jelli is a new player in this category with a novel idea: vote-driven live radio. Keep reading to see what exactly this is, how it works and whether you should try it.

iPad.AppStorm

Allrecipes: An Inspirational Cooking Companion 

36. Allrecipes: An Inspirational Cooking Companion

The list of good uses for the iPad is continually, and rapidly, growing. One area where it has laid a strong foundation is in the cooking and food category. There are an increasingly large number of excellent cooking applications available for the iPad in the App Store. As someone who is getting more and more interested in cooking, I wanted to delve deeper into this application space.

Out of the sea of excellent applications, I decided to give Allrecipes a try. It seemed to fit perfectly with what I was looking for! Read on to see how the application actually works and whether it could become your new inspirational cooking companion…

How To Revolutionize Your Business With Square 

37. How To Revolutionize Your Business With Square

Whether you like it or not, the familiar ring of the cash register may be going the way of the dodo. Today, people use debit cards more than ever, and having cash on hand is definitely more of a rarity.

On top of that, buying a cash register for your business can be pricey, and integrating a register into your system with a separate credit card machine gets expensive – don’t forget about the high price per swipe charges the credit card processing companies charge. It’s quite the racket, and it puts significant strain on any small business owner.

But what if we told you there was a way to accept credit cards for your business, pay low fees, and replace your cash register, without even having to sign a contract? You’d tell me I was a crazy man with a funny hat, and you’d only be half right.

There’s an easy way to turn your iPad into a point of sale (POS) terminal, and we’re going to show you how to do it right now!

60 Stunning Wallpapers for Your iPad 

38. 60 Stunning Wallpapers for Your iPad

One of the most compelling and immersive things about the iPad is, without a doubt, the gorgeous screen. If you’re like me then when you’re holding it you become completely enthralled and oblivious to the outside world.

What better for refreshing your enjoyment of your iPad than giving your lock screen and home screen an overhaul?

Today we’ll be looking at 60 examples of beautiful wallpaper design, from landscapes to abstract art, each tussling for the chance to make their debut on your iPad!

Wake Up With iHome+Sleep 

39. Wake Up With iHome+Sleep

In the twelve months that the iPad has been available, Apple has not seen it fit to supply an alarm clock for the iPad. Nevertheless, many users (myself included) use their device as an alarm clock – it’s especially enjoyable to utilise that nice big speaker that the iPad has!

There’s many a clock App available for your devices, one of them being the recently-updated iHome+Sleep app from the self proclaimed ‘experts on alarm clocks’. This particular App provides a customizable alarm manager and clock, while also including the ability to wake to your iPod library. Let’s dive in…

How To Improve Your Typing Skills with TapTyping 

40. How To Improve Your Typing Skills with TapTyping

When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad in early 2010, many people thought it impossible that you’d be able to type accurately at any reasonable rate on a glass touch screen. After all, pundits still regularly mention the iPhone’s lack of buttons as a limitation, and that’s just a phone!

Surely no one would want a netbook-sized device without a physical keyboard! While you could always get a bluetooth keyboard or the keyboard dock, the hinderance to portability is a consequential downside.

So, is it actually possible to type fast and accurately on the iPad without an external keyboard? It turns out, you can definitely type fast and accurately on the iPad virtual keyboard. Keep reading to discover some tips to improve your typing, and find out more about TapTyping, an app that can help speed up your iPad typing.

11 Apps to Turn Your iPad Into the Perfect Cooking Companion 

41. 11 Apps to Turn Your iPad Into the Perfect Cooking Companion

The iPad has proved itself a very useful device in more situations that any of us thought possible. Developers have done some truly wonderful things in many different areas, from gaming, to music, and even cooking!

The iPad is definitely shaping up to be an incredible cooking companion. There is a plethora of cooking and food related applications now available and we’ll try to sift through the pile for some of the best and most interesting ones available right now.

Android.AppStorm

Meridian Player: An Awesome Media Center 

42. Meridian Player: An Awesome Media Center

Not liking music is like not liking chocolate. Everyone will ask why and you’d make for an awful Oompa Loompa. If it wasn’t for music, taking the bus, exercising and studying would be a whole lot more mundane than they already are.

In fact, a wise old German dude named Berthold Auerbach once said that “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”.

Most of us listen to music on portable devices such as iPods, MP3 players, and for us Android lovers, our phones. The stock media player is a little bland, however so I decided to check out Meridian Player as an alternative.

ZDBox: All-in-One Android Toolbox 

43. ZDBox: All-in-One Android Toolbox

When it comes to system tools and utilities, there is no dearth of options on the Android platform. You can get utilities to analyze, tweak, and mess with pretty much every part of your phone. And if you are adventurous enough to root your phone, the options grow further. The problem with all this choice, though, is that it’s pretty easy to fill up the phone with a ton of applications that each only serve a single purpose. ZDBox tries to solve that problem by clubbing the functions of several such applications into a single, streamlined package.

Thinking Space: Mind Mapping on the Move 

44. Thinking Space: Mind Mapping on the Move

Have you ever been sitting somewhere and fallen into one of those abstract productive trains of thought? Did you want a way to get these thoughts down quickly in a structured form rather than just fly back to reality and lose it all? There is an Android application that lets you do that.

Thinking Space is an innovative application which allows you to mind-map on the move and get your thoughts down quickly whilst still keeping them in a structured and organised layout. With extensive customization, and the ability to export your mindmaps, Thinking Space is hardly short of features.

UStream: Broadcast and view live video 

45. UStream: Broadcast and view live video

There’s a certain obscure enjoyment to be had from watching live video feeds – particularly amateur ones. Maybe it’s just me (I’m hoping it’s not, but it probably is), but spending ten minutes watching an eagle hop around in its nest or checking out the view from someone’s Manhattan apartment is, for some weird reason, fun.

I think it’s because you shouldn’t be able to see what’s going on in a random street thousands of miles away, but can. Of course you can also check out live vlogs, chat shows and amateur sporting events.

UStream are by far the largest provider of streaming services on the Internet. They also offer an Android application that I think would be of use to anyone who either loves live feeds or wants to broadcast a show of their own.

I had high expectations when downloading this application, I won’t lie. There’s a lot of places it could go wrong if you think about it. Poor quality video and having to spend ages for live feeds to buffer were my biggest fears. Slow response times and lack of incorporation with the main website were also potential fall-downs. Plus, given the fact that streaming live video from a mobile phone is a relatively cumbersome task, power and glitches could be a problem.

Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised upon installing and opening UStream.

Shift: A Review, in Black and White 

46. Shift: A Review, in Black and White

Shift, a popular and acclaimed Flash game, has made its way to Android! Having been played by over 10 million people in its life as a Flash game, it’s sure to be a success on Android too! But how well suited to a mobile screen is it?

It’s is a well polished platform puzzle adventure game with a few added twists, mainly the one that lets you reverse your black / white world. To really understand this concept your best bet is to try the game! There is a free option on the Market which is limited to 15 levels, compared to over 40 in the full version.

11 Android Utilities to Make the Most of Dropbox 

47. 11 Android Utilities to Make the Most of Dropbox

Over the last couple of years, Dropbox has quickly become one of the stellar file storage and synchronization services that every computer or mobile enthusiast knows and uses religiously. The idea is simple: 2GB free of storage, upgradable, applications for Windows and Mac OSX, and an effortless sync process between many devices. Dropbox also has an Android application on the Market, but everyone who has used the service knows that its power can be pushed way beyond what that official software offers.

Here, we will take a look at 11 different utilities, in varying categories, that make the most of Dropbox’ seamless cloud synchronization and help you keep everything neatly backed up and available on multiple devices. Where possible, we will mention similar applications that fit in the same category and also work with Dropbox.

Mozilla Firefox 4 for Android Review 

48. Mozilla Firefox 4 for Android Review

Finally, Mozilla Firefox lovers who also have an Android phone can rejoice — Firefox Mobile is here with a full version of your favorite browser. The stock browser for Android is not bad, but, then again, the stock browser for Windows is not that bad either, yet most of us have moved on. There are alternatives for Android but many of us have been anticipating a full version of Firefox for some time, as it is one of the best browsers for the PC.

Let’s take a look at the features and performance of the newest Android browser to see if it is a download-worthy app for you.

ShareMyApps: App Sharing Made Easy 

49. ShareMyApps: App Sharing Made Easy

How many times have you been out with your friends showing them your latest and greatest apps, but then had to go through the trouble of spelling it out because there are ten other apps with similar names.

ShareMyApps is here to help! It’s a fast and easy way to share app info with your friends.

Get Things Done With Doit.im 

50. Get Things Done With Doit.im

What do music streaming and productivity apps have in common? Both have been given a fresh lease of life, thanks largely to the smartphone revolution. Now that we have so many things to do and so little attention to spare, apps to help us remember things while on the move are vital.

Just like with every category of app, there are so many productivity and Getting Things Done (GTD) apps available to choose from. The general rule of thumb while selecting a GTD app would be to find the one that syncs to the web and allows you to access your tasks from anywhere. Doit.im is one such ubiquitous productivity app, available in the browser and on smartphones.

Track Your Time with Harvest 

51. Track Your Time with Harvest

You know the old adage, “Time is Money”? These words couldn’t be more true for us freelancers who get paid based on the amount of time we spend on a project. Good time tracking and invoicing software is important; it needs to allow for client and project management and invoice generation, and it needs to be mobile. The Time Tracker for Harvest Android app aims to be your best friend when it comes to time tracking by doing just that.

HeLauncher: Sense, Slate, Blur… Take Your Pick! 

52. HeLauncher: Sense, Slate, Blur… Take Your Pick!

Have you ever found yourself wanting to be able to use a launcher that only comes on a certain brand of Android phone but didn’t want to change devices? With the abundance of UI tweaks out there, it’s hard to find one and stick to just one.

The most popular are HTC Sense, and Motorola’s Blur. These “skins” that are placed over the Android platform act as a sort of “replacement” for the stock Android UI. If you are looking for an application that allows you to seamlessly change the look of your home replacement with one click, HeLauncher might be for you.

Epistle: A Minimalist Text Editor For the Cloud 

53. Epistle: A Minimalist Text Editor For the Cloud

Taking notes is a vital aspect of most people’s everyday routines, from conference or lecture notes to shopping lists. We often have to resort to using rough scrawlings on a piece of paper that gets lost or ruined.

Epistle is a note-taking application for your Android phone. Thanks to low resource usage, it is a speedy and efficient way of making and viewing notes while on the move. It features integration with your Dropbox account too, so you can access your notes from your computers as well as your phone!

Five of the Best Calendar App Replacements 

54. Five of the Best Calendar App Replacements

Calendars have been used throughout the ages as a way of organising one’s work, social, or religious events into a single view. The dawn of mobile applications meant that this could be taken on the go and provide necessary reminders to get things done at ease. For some, especially business users, the calendar is the most important app on their phone.

Android has a built-in calendar app, and some phone manufacturers, who add their own skin on top of vanilla Android, also provide their own calendar app. However, for those looking for something new, there’s also a bunch of alternatives available on Google’s Android Market.

In this roundup, we’ll be taking a look at a handful of the best looking and most functional calendar replacement apps and discussing which is the best.

PicPlz: Sharing Through a New Lens 

55. PicPlz: Sharing Through a New Lens

PicPlz is currently the most popular image sharing application on the Android platform. Like Instagram on iOS, PizPlz applies filters to images and can share the picture through several social networking services. A redesigned user interface, plenty of filters, and a robust web-based experience has made PicPlz the photo sharing darling of Android.

What’s all the excitement about? Photo sharing is when users share photos via social networks like Twitter and Facebook from mobile devices with the addition of filters. The growth of social networks use on mobile phones has led to a fast adoption rate of these services. Now applications like PicPlz have integrated with nearly every major social network, let’s take a look at what makes it such a big deal.

Translate on the Go With These Translation Apps 

56. Translate on the Go With These Translation Apps

Translation apps are useful when traveling and indispensable in certain situations when you need to translate something quickly and accurately. Some of these apps have nice functionality but lack flair. I’ve tried a number of them out, and most translate any word or phrase I typed, but some were limited to a certain set of languages.

Let’s look at a roundup of the top free translation apps for Android to understand what is on the market and what these apps are capable of.

Sipdroid: A Robust Open-Source VoIP Client 

57. Sipdroid: A Robust Open-Source VoIP Client

Sipdroid (so-called because it uses the Session Initiation Protocol, or SIP) is an open-source VoIP client for Android, which supports a range of codecs and is capable of video calling.

If you’re familiar with VoIP and SIP (and a bit of a techie) then this may just be the free VoIP client that you’ve been looking for.

Wifi File Explorer – Access Your Phone’s Files Without Cables! 

58. Wifi File Explorer – Access Your Phone’s Files Without Cables!

WiFi File Explorer is a nifty piece of software that allows you to remotely manage your phone’s pictures, music, videos and so forth over a wireless network from your computer. The purpose of the application is to save you the hassle of taking memory cards out of your phone, or plugging cables into your computer. Why should you have to bother with that when there is a bit of software that does it without hassle?

Outstanding Themes to Redesign Your Android 

59. Outstanding Themes to Redesign Your Android

Customizability is one of Android’s most loved traits. The ability to tweak the look of every aspect of the OS experience makes for an extremely personalized mobile experience for each user. The most basic form of customization on Android is the home screen, and there are hundreds of launcher replacements out there. They all vary in terms of features, performance and eye-candy, but also borrow heavily from each other, letting users choose the best combination for themselves. A few of them support themes — the ability to package a coherent set of visuals that alter each aspect of the launcher UI, including the icons, widgets, and backgrounds.

Here’s a look at a few of the popular launcher replacements and the best looking themes for each, from iPhone-style makeovers to Tron skins.

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How to Launch Applications in Style With Launchy 

60. How to Launch Applications in Style With Launchy

As a power Windows user, I’m constantly on the look out for applications that can boost my productivity. If you monitor your daily workflow, you’ll quickly notice that there are certain features that help you immensely in this aspect — the ability to quickly launch applications is one of them.

Today, I’d like to present a nifty little app that goes a long way towards making your entire Windows experience smooth and intuitive. It’s called Launchy, and I think you’re going to love it!

12 Fantastic Windows Alternatives to Mac & iLife Apps 

61. 12 Fantastic Windows Alternatives to Mac & iLife Apps

Up until a few years ago, Windows was deemed a big, meandering beast — one that was weighed down by the myriad applications bundled with the operating system. Thankfully, this isn’t the case today, and Windows 7 represented a major step away from “bundled bloat”.

Today, I’d like you to introduce you to a few applications that are equivalent to those bundled to much acclaim with Apple’s OS X. There’s a wealth of software available for Windows, and these picks will give you a fantastic basic series of apps to start out with.

25 Absolutely Gorgeous Windows Phone 7 Apps 

62. 25 Absolutely Gorgeous Windows Phone 7 Apps

Even though the platform is relatively new, Windows Phone 7 has taken the world by storm. It’s a clean break from WinMo 6.5 (the previous flagship), with a solid operating system, top of the line hardware and a very slick user interface. As expected, the ecosystem is already quite busy and teeming with interesting apps.

Today, we’ve gathered some of the best applications available for the platform, ranging from well known heavy hitters to obscure gems. Since I’m limited to only a handful here, I could only include apps that I use, and love, on a daily basis. More importantly, keeping with the AppStorm way, I only chose applications that have slick, usable interfaces.

There are plenty of other apps, entire categories even, that I’m missing. I’d really love to hear about them in the comments below!

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