Experience Web Apps On Your Desktop with Pokki

If you’re a regular internet user, you’d often find yourself visiting certain websites more frequently than others. Gmail and Facebook are excellent examples of such sites that users keep visiting from time to time to check for updates. This can sometimes get frustrating as users need to open new tabs or windows on their browsers every time they wish to check their account.

Pokki solves this problem by giving you a smartphone like app experience on your windows desktop. By installing Pokki, you can access and stay updated with all your web accounts right from your desktop – with just a click.

To install Pokki, all you need to do is visit the Pokki website and hit the download button on top. Installing Pokki does not take more than a few minutes. Once you have Pokki installed on your computer, the Pokki icon will appear on the taskbar.

All the web apps can then either be downloaded from this icon or from the website itself. An icon for every web app that you install keeps appearing next to the Pokki icon on the taskbar. Sign in and authorize each app to use it. A number next to each icon indicates the number of notifications and gives you real time updates for all your authorized accounts.

The ease of use along with the number of applications available makes Pokki a must have for your desktop. Popular apps include Google Search, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Wikipedia and more. If you are still not satisfied with the number of apps and can code in HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript, you can head over to the developers page and publish your own web app.

The design of Pokki is amazingly good and user friendly. Moreover, it provides users all the controls just like a web browser. This means that one can check mails, send or mark them into folders while viewing ones email account. Similarly, while checking Facebook account, you can view your news feed, notifications, messages, events and friend requests. Since all these and more are only a click away from your desktop, it saves both time and effort to check your account besides adding an eye candy to your work.

All in all, Pokki is an excellent software that brings the best of web experience on your desktop and the only limitation being that it requires Windows platform to run. Do let us know through your comments about how you liked the software and what other apps would you like to see in it.

4 More Free Web Based File Sharing Services

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Web based file sharing services are dime-a-dozen, and even more keep popping up almost every other day. All these services seem to rely on the facts that storage is cheap, bandwidth is plenty and consumers seem to have a huge appetite for generating data. And if there is data, there has to be a way to store it. Right ?

While there are possibly hundreds of services that let you store and access your data over the web, only a few of those services offer the features and an easy interface that makes consumers come back to them. Gourav covered some excellent services few weeks back and this is a list of some of my favorite free web based file sharing services.

Fyels

Fyels is the ultra minimalistic file sharing service that is also easy to use. Fyels lets you share a file by simply dragging it to the large box on the homepage. As soon as Fyles is done processing the upload, you’ll be given a short URL to access your file that you can then share with your friends.

Streamfile

Streamfile is another file sharing service that I am a big fan of. The best part about Streamfile is the fact that the recipients do not need to wait for the complete upload of a file to finish before starting to download. Instead, Streamfile lets users download a file as soon as you start the upload. This is a huge time saver.

Dropbox

Are you surprised to see Dropbox on this list ? I don’t blame you, since Dropbox itself doesn’t really market itself as a file sharing service. Instead, they call themselves a file syncing service and they’re right. But, the Dropbox’s website also lets a user share files with anyone over the Internet and the enterprise grade reliability and speed that one gets is a nice little bonus too.

Senduit

Senduit is similar to File Dropper and Fyles with a pretty significant added feature – The ability to set an expiry time for the files. This means that any files that you upload are automatically deleted from Senduit’s servers after a certain period of time that you decide while uploading. This feature alone makes the service worth a shot.

Which is your favorite free web based file sharing service ? Please let us know in the comments.

Trim your MP3 files online for Free

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Before I got the iPhone, I used to own a Nokia E50 that I was (at the time) absolutely in love with. It was the first phone I owned that could play real MP3 files without the need to convert them to some esoteric light weight format.

The E50 could also use MP3 files as ringtones and that was arguably my favorite feature. Taking an MP3 and trimming it precisely to get just the coolest part of the song was something I used to spend a lot of time at – Not because the process took time, but because for this process I had to use an Audio processing software and, I’ll be the first to confess, I’m not good at those. I chose Audacity for the purpose which seemed to be the easiest to use, but even that had a problem. I had to be on my desktop to use it.

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Glide OS – A web based free operating system

Cloud computing is the latest buzzword that seems to have taken over the Internet. Everyone seems to be talking about it, yet no one seems to have absolutely any idea what it actually means !

Cloud computing from a user’s perspective is simply the process of taking one’s computing needs online. What that means is that the web based email solutions that we use, or the calendering applications that we rely on are examples of cloud computing. And by that definition, every one from Google to Microsoft to Yahoo is in the cloud computing business.

Google recently announced that they’re working on an operating system called Chrome OS which will be based on Linux and the users using it will store all their data on Google’s servers. So, even if the actual operating system resides on the user’s machine, the data resides in the Cloud. This is Google’s vision of a Cloud OS.

While Google’s Chrome OS hasn’t yet hit the market officially, Transmedia’s Glide OS is here and it goes one up on Chrome OS by storing the complete operating system in the cloud.

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Run Windows inside your browser with Windows4All

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Windows4All is an awesome Microsoft Silverlight powered online operating system. The website simulates a complete operating system inside your browser and actually does a pretty good job of it.

The application is made to look like a default Windows Vista install and the simulation is so good that if you make the browser go full screen (F11), you might not even notice that what you’re using is only a virtual OS.

The default view comes loaded with a lot of applications to hold your fancy including an RSS reader, a Rich text editor, Paint, a media player and even a couple of games like Chess, Solitaire and Spider.

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Quub: A Better Take On Micro-Blogging

Picture 1 At first glance Quub may appear to be just another twitter-like service, but it’s actually much more than that. George Ruan and Dr. Donald J. Patterson created the service because they thought that existing micro-blogging services requires too much time and effort on the part of the average user, which ultimately meant that the users would update the status rarely or give up on the service. Instead of participating in the community, most users would become a mere observer. And I can tell you from my own experience that that is the case.

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Coming up with a status message that provides value to your followers, something I always try to keep in mind, is not a trivial problem. Except maybe retweeting news, I gave up on tweeting. But then again, even with my very small follower count, my followers are not my actual friends interested in what I’m up to – they’re geeks looking  for useful information.

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Plinky: A Web App To Jumpstart Your Creativity

Plinky is a web application that gives you that spark of inspiration when you need it the most, by prompting you with a question each day. It also makes it easy to share your answers to other social networks or post it directly to your blog.

Every writer has certain exercises for writer’s block. I often find myself powering up the computer, checking my task list in OmniFocus, reading my email and then skimming the headlines for important news in Google Reader.  Twitterrific almost always has something important popping up, so I dedicate about 10 minutes every day looking at today’s tweets. Coffee cup in hand, some free time available and the morning routine completed, it’s time to cross something off the task list.

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Code in PHP from anywhere using PHPanywhere

phpanywhereWhy would you need to use PHPanywhere to code in PHP from anywhere ? Of course, you can code in PHP from anywhere – As long as you have php installed on the machine that you happen to be using. And also have access to the scripts that you want to work on. Also, working without your favorite IDE can be a problem. Correct ?

PHPanywhere changes the equation just a little bit. It lets you code in PHP using your web browser, and the only thing you need access to is the Internet.

PHPanywhere is a web based IDE – integrated development environment, for PHP. And it’s a pretty good one, with built in support for syntax highlighting, smart indentation, undo/redo, find and replace and a full fledged FTP client. And like all good things in life, it is free to use.

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CoTweet helps companies use twitter efficiently

CoTweetTwitter is a great business tool and many companies have just started to realize the benefits of using twitter to connect with their user base. The only problem with using for business is that the service, by default, doesn’t really caters to businesses very well. Sure, you can have conversations with prospective clients and listen to grievances of existing ones but that’s about it.

CoTweet is a new startup that is stepping in to fill exactly this void that Twitter had left wide open. It provides an alternative and much more powerful interface to twitter.

CoTweet lets you manage multiple twitter accounts with ease as well as lets upto 6 people share a single account. Tweets from all the 6 employees can be tagged with different “CoTags” making tracking quite easy.

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You can also schedule tweets, which is something Twitter doesn’t provide at all.

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Music search engine Fizy is seriously fast !

FizyFizy is a simple no frills search engine for finding songs and music videos. It does not let you download the music, nor does it offer a way to queue songs and form a playlist. All it does it find the music that you’re looking for and let you play it, one song at a time.

What is great about Fizy is the speed with which it gives results. Try it and you’ll know what I mean.

Fizy has a pretty vast index for a search engine this new. The folks behind Fizy claim that they index about 75 billion MP3 floating around the web and that is a pretty big number by any standards. In my tests, the results have been pretty decent and I’ve almost always found that one song that I’d been dying to listen to.

If there is a song that you’ve been humming all day and just want to listen to it once to satisfy your cravings, Fizy is perfect.