There has always been controversy about the Windows Phone Marketplace and the number of apps on it affecting the perception on the future of the platform. A common comment from a lot of users was also the fact that most of the apps were just RSS readers of a single website’s feed.

Next Gen Reader is not just another RSS reader. It is an RSS reader exclusively for Windows Phone and it claims to be the fastest Google Reader client for the platform. Does it live up to it’s claim? Let’s find out.

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Web forms are essential for any website. Building and styling web forms by hand isn’t the trickiest of endeavors, but it is time consuming. Creating beautiful web forms is now even easier with CoffeeCup Web Form Builder.

Web Form Builder comes with a $69 price tag and has a lot of incredible features, but is it worth it? Let’s find out!
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Up until now, I felt that the cloud synchronized calender and Office OneNote were sufficient for managing tasks on Windows Phone. But a closer look at the Marketplace revealed different types of to-do list apps available, that are much more than a calender.

In this second part of our Windows Phone Elite series, we’ll look at the task management productivity apps on Windows Phone that help you reach your goals.

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That’s right, AppStorm is now on Pinterest!

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web, and we’ve already got a few pinboards up for you to check out! Browsing pinboards is a fun and visual way to discover new things, head over to Pinterest now to see our collections;

Follow AppStorm for app-related goodness!

We will be adding more as time goes on, and the editorial team gets inspired, but feel free to suggest any great ideas you have for pinboards in the comments!

The internet is an amazing tool for entertainment, research and so much more, but it is also something of a security problem. Whenever you are online, you leave behind traces of your activity – footprints that can be pieced together to determine a great deal of information about your such as where you are and who you are.

There are endless reasons why you might not want to be identified or traceable online – it is not something that is only going to be of interest to people investigating the darker side of the internet. While all web browsers include options that can be used to hide your web tracks after an online session, most do little if anything to prevent the web sites you visit from gathering information about you and your browsing habits that could be used to identify you – this is where Tor Project is different.

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It is a boring day and you are at home with nothing to do and you just want to mess with someone. You could do a lot of things. You could take the Fight Night option (find the largest guy out on the streets, go up to him and punch him).

Or if you are a Windows enthusiast, you could try one of these pranks on your friend’s computer.

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Internet Explorer is synonymous with a slow browsing experience, painfully slow startups and incorrectly rendered web pages. Because of this reputation, Internet Explorer’s latest iteration has not been tried by most people.

But, if they were to give it a chance, is there any possibility that it could replace a Firefox or Chrome installation?

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We have all become quite used to the ideal of using gestures to interact with software on cell phones and tablets, and it has become almost second nature to perform certain actions. There are a number of common gestures – such as swiping up, down, left or right, or pinching with the thumb and forefinger – and there are even app such as the Dolphin web browser than enable you to define gestures of your own.

StrokesPlus is a great free tool that can be used to bring the idea of gestures to your mouse. The utility works like a macro recording tool and enables you to assign an action or series of action to a particular movement of the mouse.

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Word processing software has come a long way since the introduction of WordStar in 1978. In fact, modern word processors have evolved to add thousands of more features on top of those humble beginnings. Full WYSIWYG editing, advanced document layouts that give a simple word processor enough power to function as desktop publishing software.

A user could be forgiven for wondering if so many features are really necessary when all they really want to do is put words on a computer. Well, some software developers have considered this problem and a few years ago, a new class of word processing apps emerged: the “distraction-free” word processor.

In a sense, such products could also be referred to as full screen text editors, as the key characteristic of the application is running in full-screen mode to block out distractions and writing documents to be saved as plain .txt files, cutting out other extraneous features. Today, I’ll be looking at one such product: WriteMonkey.

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With all the hype around the iPad, it’s easy to forget that Windows tablets are on the horizon. The question is, “Will it really make a dent?”

I personally have an iPad 3. Or the iPad HD. Or whatever it’s called. I really do love the device — the overall hardware is spectacular — but I can’t help but feel limited with iOS 5. Give me Windows 8 on a well built tablet and I’d gladly trade in my laptop and my iPad.

But do you feel the same way as well? Can full fledged Windows tablets and iPad co-exist? Is a full fledged computing experience on a tablet really hard to pull off?

So vote away and as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below!

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