Jeremy Frink

Jeremy Frink

Someone else who doesn't understand Section 230 of the CDA is suing search engines for "refusing" to delist revenge porn. The short complaint -- filed in New York and spotted by Eric Goldman -- is signed by an actual lawyer, but the complaint is so devoid of legitimate (or any) legal arguments, it could be mistaken for a pro se attempt.

According to the complaint, a number of sexually explicit videos were posted to porn websites after a relationship went bad. The plaintiff contacted the websites and had the videos removed, which would seem to have solved the problem. But it didn't. According to the plaintiff, Yahoo, Bing, and Google searches for her name still bring up websites containing the explicit videos. Here's the wording used in the complaint [PDF]:

5. That Plaintiff contacted Defendants, Google, Yahoo, and Bing to remove the name ANGELE BRILIHON BOLOU ABODO from Defendants' web search engine.

6. That the search Plaintiff's full name on Defendants' website led and still leads to pornographic videos of the Plaintiff, and other derogatory comments aimed at the Plaintiff and containing Plaintiff's full name.

A search for her name does pull up everything she complains of. According to Abodo, these search results have prevented her from getting a job and have tarnished her reputation.

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However, her complaint demands the removal of her name from search engines, which is an impossibility. She obviously wants the search results for her name removed, but hasn't actually asked for that in her complaint.

This filing will be sent back for amending as soon as a judge reads it, but applying some fixes to that particular language won't turn this into a winnable case. Her other efforts -- contacting websites to have the videos removed -- is something she's had some success with. It won't work with every site and there's almost no chance the "derogatory comments" scattered around the web will be removed, no matter how much she petitions these websites. But that's going to be far more productive than this litigation will be.

Section 230 gives the sites immunity for users' comments. It's also the reason targeting search engines isn't likely to result in delistings. Search engines return search results. They're in no way responsible for the content contained in the search results.

This is the easiest route -- far easier than tracking down those making the comments or posting the videos -- but it has about the same chances for success. Even with the damage being done to Section 230 by courts recently, it's going to take far more than this bare-bones pleading to even begin to mount a successful legal battle over unflattering search engine results.

But this short filing does lie at the crux of an issue where Section 230 is likely to receive the most collateral damage: revenge porn. Legislative efforts have been made in many states and, with almost no exceptions, the efforts include language that undermines the protections of Section 230 by attempting to shift some degree of culpability to service providers. The same sort of damage could result from a precedential ruling in a federal court if any revenge porn-based case makes it that far.

The underlying activity is horrendous and does a significant amount of damage to victims, but shifting the responsibility anywhere but the person posting the content poses the risk of opening up service providers to criminal charges and/or civil litigation -- something that would do tremendous harm to openness and freedom of the internet.

This isn't the case that's going to start that ball rolling, however. The actual perpetrators aren't listed as defendants, which means this is nothing more than a low-cost Hail Mary by Abodo and her legal rep.

Author: Tim Cushing
Source: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170106/11431736420/destined-failure-woman-sues-search-engines-over-revenge-porn-search-results.shtml

Saturday, 07 January 2017 12:12

Google 101: A Quick Start for Beginners

In the last decade, Google has attained the ranking of the #1 search engine on the Web, and consistently stayed there. It is the most widely used search engine on the Web, and millions of people use it every day to find answers to questions, research information, and conduct their daily lives. In this article, we'll take a high level look at the world's most popular search engine. 

How does Google work?

Basically, Google is a crawler-based engine, meaning that it has software programs designed to "crawl" the information on the Net and add it to its sizeable database.

Google has a great reputation for relevant and thorough search results. 

Search Options

Searchers have more than one option on Google's home page; there is the capacity to search for images, find videos, look at news, and many more choices. 

In fact, there are so many extra search options on Google that it's difficult to find space to list them all. Here are a few special features:

  • Search for Books: If you're looking for text from a specific book, type in the name of the book (in quotes), or if you're looking for books about a particular subject, type in "books about xxx". Google will return results that contain content either in the book itself, and will offer links to Book Results at the top of the search page.
  • Google Calculator: Use Google's calculator by just typing in whatever calculation you'd like Google to figure out. For example: half a quart in tablespoons.
  • Google Definitions: Ask Google to define something by typing in define (insert term).

Google's Home Page

Google's home page is extremely clean and simple, loads quickly, and delivers arguably the best results of any search engine out there, mostly due to how it decides to rank pages due to relevancy to the original query and massive listings (more than 8 billion at the time of this writing).

How to use Google effectively

  • Be specific. Google is not an "intuitive" search engine (unfortunately, there aren't any!), and therefore cannot read your mind. Try to be as concise as possible; instead of "jeans", try "Levi 501 jeans".
  • Search for phrases. For example, if you're searching for a specific quote, type in "to be or not to be". Google will search for the entire phrase just how it appears in between the quotes. For more information on how use phrases in your searches, check out Looking for a Specific Phrase.
  • Be selective. Use "common words", such as and, if, not and numbers ONLY if you want them included in the search. Google excludes them otherwise. If you want them included, use a phrase search by putting quotations around your search query, or include the common word by putting a space and a plus sign right in front of it. For example, if you are looking for the season five DVD of "Sex and the City", type in "sex and the city dvd season +5".
  • Exclude extra results. If you want to narrow down your searches even further, focus your search by placing a "-" (negative sign) in front of words you want to avoid. For example, if you're searching for "coffee" and want to avoid Starbucks, you would type in "coffee -Starbucks" (without quotes). If you'd like to learn more about using the plus and minus symbol in your searches, read Basic Web Search Math.

More search tips

All you need to do is just enter a word or phrase and hit "enter". Google will only come up with results that contain all the words in the search word or phrase;so refining your search just means adding or subtracting words to the search termsyou've already submitted.

Google's search results can easily be narrowed down by using phrases instead of just one word; for example, when looking for "coffee" search for "Starbucks coffee" instead and you'll get much better results.

Google doesn't care about capitalized words and will even suggest correct spellings of words or phrases. Google also excludes common words such as "where" and "how", and since Google will return results that include all of the words you enter in, there's no need to include the word "and", as in "coffee and starbucks."

Author: Wendy Boswell
Source: https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-google-3482041

The CRTC promises high-speed connections to the rural areas lacking it, but their plan has holes

Going home for the holidays is always a welcome escape from school and the everyday hustle and bustle of life. However, ‘back home’ for me is the boonies, the sticks, the country. While the slower pace is nice, I always get a little more slow than I bargain for. Slow Internet, that is.

Sometimes, it’s slow enough to be deemed unusable. The idea of Internet in the bush is more of a symbol or an idea, a technological feat to strive for, than an actual service. With the United Nations declaring the Internet a basic human right in today’s technology-minded world, it’s astonishing that some rural areas still don’t even have basic access.

I’m not just a millennial with a socially acceptable addiction to being connected: the Internet is essential and crucial to functioning in our current society. So, it’s about time the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) decided to treat broadband Internet access as a “basic telecommunications service,” which means it’s finally time for them to give us in the countryside all the Internet.

They report that they hope to reduce the 18% of Canadian homes without adequate Internet to 10% in the next five years, and eradicate it entirely within the next 10 or 15. They’re also requiring service providers to put money into a fund — projected to grow to about $750 million worth — to facilitate these changes.

This may translate to increased prices on services to compensate. With no regulation on rates accompanying the new mandate, consumers are in a tight spot: if the CRTC makes service providers pay more money, those providers will take it straight from our pockets, and without proper policies in place, there’s no telling whether or not we’re going to be charged fairly.

The overall goal is to be able to offer high-speed Internet services to rural areas, with only the hope that they will be affordable. This isn’t good enough. This doesn’t equate to providing adequate Internet to all citizens, not when that access might itself be unfairly inaccessible for financial reasons. This lack of foresight demonstrates a real failure to provide the fundamental human right. What, exactly, is the CRTC doing?

The CRTC has come under fire for being stuck in the past and an obsolete regulator, but in spite of those flaws, it’s still the only credible Canadian regulator which is separate from government. While policing the Internet has always been frowned upon, financial regulation done in the interest of providing it for everyone at an affordable price would be in the best interests of Canadians.

The Internet has become key to meeting our most basic human needs. Newspaper classifieds have gone the way of the dodo. Finding a job, finding a place to live, and, not to mention, socializing is all done via a broadband connection. Even inmates have the right to access the web. Providing Internet service to all at a respectable speed is imperative, but not the final goal — it needs to be at a reasonable price, and we need to do more to ensure that.

Canada is ranked only 33rd in the world for Internet speed. If the CRTC is going to be relevant in our expanding technological society, it needs to work harder to protect the ‘public interest,’ even if the regulations and policies necessary to truly accomplish that are at the expense of the companies which provide Internet services.

Author: Kendra Nelson
Source: http://www.the-peak.ca/2017/01/stronger-internet-needs-to-come-with-stronger-policies

Amazon (AMZN) has been awarded a patent for a giant flying warehouse that acts as a launchpad for drones to deliver items within minutes.

The U.S. e-commerce giant described plans for an "airborne fulfillment center" (AFC) such as an airship or blimp that would float at an altitude of around 45,000. The airship will be stocked with lots of products.

When a customer places an order, a drone or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will fly down and deliver the package. Amazon insists that this would require little power because the drone would be gliding down rather than having to take off and land.

"When the UAV departs the AFC, it may descend from the high altitude of the AFC using little or no power other than to guide the UAV towards its delivery destination and/or to stabilize the UAV as it descends," the patent filing explains.

Amazon's filing reveals several uses for the warehouse blimp. One example is at a football match where customers may want certain items such as food or merchandise. Ahead of the game, the AFC could stock up on items and deploy these during the game with drones when they are ordered. The airship could also be used as a giant advertising board, allowing customers to order the items on display. All of these can be ordered "within minutes".

The drones would be able to communicate with each other via a mesh network to give information such as weather and route. UAVs could also recharge on the airship.

Amazon's filing explains that the blimp would remain in the air and be refueled and replenished using a shuttle. This could be a smaller aircraft capable of docking onto the AFC and unloading products as well as fuel.

If this plan saw the light of day, Amazon would likely need regulatory approval from aviation authorities which could be complex.

The patent filing was awarded in April this year but only circulated this week. It's not the first patent that Amazon has been awarded regarding drone deliver. In July, a patent showed how Amazon was thinking about tall buildings and structures such as lampposts or churches as docking stations for drones to recharge. Another patent described how drones would "talk" to each other to plan routes and communicate.

Amazon successfully trialed its first delivery by drone in the U.K. earlier this month and is pushing ahead with plans to make this widely available. The U.S. firm files and is awarded many patents but it does not necessarily mean the ideas will become reality.

Author: Arjun Kharpal
Source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/fbc8db06-eaed-3392-8fcf-9435a9e12d49/amazon-wins-patent-for-a.html

It’s easy to get sucked into the “busy” trap, stuck in a constant state of catching up. If you have a couple of days off during the holiday break, it’s a good time to hit the reset button, get around to tasks you’ve neglected, and start the New Year on the right foot.

Tackle Some Home Maintenance Projects

Now is a good time to get a head start on Spring cleaning and de-crapify your home. Start with a closet decluttering session. Identify your unwanted junk and sell, donate, or toss it. Then start cleaning, one room at a time.

Also, now is a good time to winterize your home. (Actually, a couple of months ago was a good time to do it, but if you didn’t get around to it, then now is the second-best time.) Here are a few things you can do to protect your home and keep it warm as temperatures get even colder: Weather strip, seal, and curtain your windows. Insulate your outlets and switches. Get rid of the draft under your door. Wrap your outdoor pipes.

While you’re at it, might as well tackle a little preventive maintenance, too, and keep your home from falling apart. A few common home repairs you can avoid with a little maintenance: Check for proper drainage to avoid foundation problems. Inspect old sewer pipes to prevent a sewage backup. Inspect your roof to avoid leaks.

It’s not the most thrilling way to spend your time off, but when else will you have time for these projects? Plus, you can clean and binge-watch Gilmore Girls simultaneously.

Finally Start That Book You’ve Wanted to Write

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You probably won’t finish your entire manuscript over the holiday break, but it’s a good time to at least get started. Put a few words on the page, then come up with a writing schedule you can stick with for the rest of the year. Start the “don’t break the chain” system and steal this calendar to help you visualize the process.

While you’re at it, you can research what it takes to produce a book from start-to-finish, including the self-publishing process. Writer’s Digest is a useful resource for questions you might have about the process.

Similarly, if you’ve been thinking about launching a blog, you can use your downtime to do that, too. Research and set up the technical details: pick a platform, register your domain, and sign up for hosting. then come up with a regular writing schedule to stick with your goal.

Reach Inbox Zero

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For some people, Inbox Zero isn’t just a fantasy. It’s possible to get through your massive amount of emails, it’s just takes some time and planning. The problem is, during regular business hours, for every email you delete, two more pop up in your inbox. The holidays are the perfect time to attempt Inbox Zero because, chances are, you have fewer emails coming through.

First, you can use a service like Mailstrom or Unroll.Me to clean up your subscriptions and remove yourself from unwanted mailing lists. Then, get your inbox organized. Use a tool like Sortd or switch to Inbox by Gmail to help automatically sort your emails according to category, like tasks, social, promotions, and so on. From there, come up with a system for maintaining this structure. If you really think Inbox Zero is a pipe dream, though, you can at least use your time off to come up with a system for organizing and managing your email flow so that it works better for you.

Get Your Finances in Order

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Getting started with personal finance can be intimidating, particularly when your finances need a complete overhaul. You might not even know where to start. You don’t have to learn everything about money overnight, but if you have some down time, you can squeeze in a few lessons in Money 101.

There are a handful of super useful (and free!) online courses you can start during your time off. There’s the Family Finance course at Utah State University, for example. It consists of fourteen sessions at 100 minutes long that teach you budgeting, taxes, managing credit, and more. Purdue University has a whole course dedicated to Planning for a Secure Retirement, too. If you’ve been meaning to jumpstart your retirement savings, that course is a good place to start. Depending on how much time you have, you might even finish the course.

We’ve also created our own useful guides to help you learn personal finance basics, and you can find them here: How to Start Managing Your Money, For Those Who Never Learned Growing Up Adult Budgeting 101: How to Create Your First Budget In the Real World How to Build an Easy, Beginner “Set and Forget” Investment Portfolio The Start-to-Finish Guide to Buying a Home No Matter What, Building Wealth Always Comes Down to These Four Pillars

 

Again, you won’t learn it all at once, but while you have some free time, you might as well take that crucial first step toward better money habits.

Cross an Item Off Your Reading List

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If you’re anything like me, you have a long list of books you’ve been meaning to get around to reading, you just never have the time to dig into them. Take out your reading list and pick a title.

Block out some time to get it done, pick a cozy area, and dig in. Alternatively, you could pick an audiobook and get your “reading” done while you’re tackling chores or other activities that don’t require much cognitive work.

If you don’t have a long reading list, and you’re just looking for a good book to start with, check out these novels that should be required reading for everyone.

Look for a Better Job

If you’ve been complaining about your job for a while now, why not use your time off to look for a better one? Aside from the possibility of finding something better, you may also dread going back to work a little less, too, knowing you’ve submitted some resumes and officially kickstarted your job search.

If you don’t have a resume, you can use a tool like Sumry or recently-mentioned Resume Beacon to help you create one. Then, review job boards specific to your field. LanceList is a great tool for freelancers, and MediaBistro is great for anyone in the writing, journalism, or media industry. If you’re looking for a new job in the healthcare or medical field, try HealtheCareers.

Even if you’re not actively looking for a new job, it can still be useful to search for one. It helps you stay up to date on the in-demand skills for your position. Plus, you never know what you’ll find.

Do Absolutely Nothing and Love It

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Finally, there’s a case to be made for thoroughly enjoying your time off by not doing a damn thing. Sometimes doing nothing is the best thing you can do for your productivity. You know that regular breaks are important when you’re focused on a task. You have to get up and shift your mind a little bit so you can come back to the task with a fresh perspective, reenergized. For that same reason, it’s important to take long breaks from your day-to-day routine. It’s crucial to self-care, and self-care is an important part of the process because: It prevents “overload burnout.” It reduces the negative effects of stress. It helps you refocus

Not everyone has a job that lets them take extra time off during the holidays. If you do, you might as well use that time productively, even if that means not doing anything at all.

Author:  Kristin Wong

Source:  http://lifehacker.com/seven-ideas-to-make-the-most-of-your-time-off-during-th-1790333637

In his predictions for 2017, John Kennedy forecasts how blockchain will be about more than money, IT will move to the clouds and bots will become humanity’s new best friends.

Predicting the future in tech is never an easy business, mainly because tech companies are, by nature, secretive and like to have the last word. Any time I predict what Apple is up to, for example, I always end on the line: “But only Apple really knows.” Because that is simply the truth.

But no one could have foreseen the events of 2016. We witnessed the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency, the loss of so many stars who wrote the soundtracks to our lives, the tragic killings in Nice and the bloody endgame in Aleppo, which will always be a shame for the world to remember.

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Predictions for 2017 build on a crazy 2016

In tech, it was business as usual with very few real surprises; except maybe for Apple killing off the headphone jack in its iPhones; fake news infecting Facebook and allegedly influencing the US elections; Putin’s government hacking America; exploding Samsung Galaxy Note7s; hacking getting out of control, especially with ransomware and leaks to Wikileaks; Apple taking on the FBI; no one wanting to buy Twitter; Vine dying on the leaf; and mega acquisitions, such as Facebook buying LinkedIn and Verizon buying Yahoo. It all sounds like a rousing verse from R.E.M.’s It’s the End of the World as We Know It…

On the home front in Ireland, the biggest news was the European Commission lobbying a €13bn tax levy against Apple to the chagrin of the latter and the Irish Government; Britain’s decision to Brexit the EU; the stalling and stalling of the National Broadband Plan; and of course, mega acquisitions such as Verizon’s decision to buy Fleetmatics for $2.4bn and Intel’s acquisition of Movidius for an alleged sum $300m.

So, dear reader, what will 2017 hold for us through the tech lens?

Blockchain will be about more than just payments

If there was one breakthrough technology of 2016, it had to be blockchain: the enabling smart ledger technology that was fundamental to the rise of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and a whole slew of new fintech start-ups and platforms.

But more and more experts are coming to the conclusion that blockchain technology could be very useful in ways that go beyond fintech or cryptocurrencies.

The ingenious automated technology could end up being an enabling force for a panoply of platforms and uses, such as network and systems management. The key is the digital trail of crumbs: blockchain technology – which underpins emerging digital, virtual or cryptocurrencies – consists of blocks that hold timestamped batches of recent valid transactions, which form a chain with each block reinforcing those preceding it.

Pay close attention to an interview I did with Seamus Cushley, PwC’s expert on blockchain who runs the company’s blockchain lab in Belfast. Cushley indicated that in the last nine months of 2016, some $1.4bn of investment went into blockchain start-ups.

According to Cushley, blockchain is being investigated not only as a way to enable the viable exchange of contracts for value in everything from FX trading to property acquisitions and more, it foretells the future structure of the internet as we know it.

The future of work

If, like me, you witnessed the onset of the internet being heralded as a revolution in how we work, leading to all kinds of newfangled ways of working, such as teleworking, e-working or nearshoring… you were had. Our lives were meant to get easier, there would be more quality time with loved ones, more time to be creative… wrong.

The digital world has created a noose that means people are working longer hours. Countries like France have even passed laws preventing employers from emailing workers after certain hours.

As skills shortages rise, stress levels soar and entrepreneurship becomes more appealing to talented young executives eager to break free of the rat race, employers will be forced to reassess how they conduct relationships with workers. How do they retain talent, get the best out of enthusiastic people and ensure health levels are optimal?

‘What is the future of work?’ is a question that employers and employees alike will obsess over in 2017 and beyond. Creative companies that value human capital will examine new ways of working, pilot intrapreneurship endeavours to help sate the entrepreneurial wanderings of top talent, vent creative frustrations and ultimately find the key to a quality work/life balance.

The old mantra that work should not just be a place to go, but somewhere you actually enjoy going to, might be dusted off and given a new shine.

Time will tell, however, if questions of the future of work will be a meaningful cause or just more management consulting navel-gazing.

Fintech goes mainstream

In parallel with the arrival in Ireland of mobile wallet services like Android Pay (recently) and Apple Pay (eventually), smartphone-toting consumers are going to embrace fintech apps as a cleverer way of managing their money.

Think of these apps as the Swiss Army knives of finance.

Companies like Dublin and London-based Circle – which enables users to instantaneously transfer funds to friends and family via the app or by text message on the iPhone, using blockchain as a core enabler and Barclays as a licensed service provider – are at the forefront of this trend.

Rather than displacing banks as some had feared, this signals a gradual move by banks to employ fintech apps on the front line as an easier and more cost-effective way to deal with consumers, while enabling them to focus on more productive, higher value work as branches become fewer.

Expect banks to employ programmes to franchise fintech apps or initiate outright acquisitions in 2017.

Machine learning becomes a discipline and no longer confused with AI

For too long, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning have been lumped into the same conversation. That is going to change in 2017, as a broader understanding of what AI is all about pervades the tech industry.

Machine learning is remembering and AI is thinking, remembering, deciding and acting.

Quite simply, machine learning in apps and internet services is all about improving as time goes on, learning and assimilating users’ tastes and preferences – for example, for airline travel or hotels.

AI, on the other hand, powers the bots that have conversations with the users and employs machine learning as one powerful subset of a myriad of capabilities.

Start-ups and established tech players that use machine learning, which I have met on the trail from Amsterdam to Lisbon in the past year, are quite clear that it is not to be confused with full AI.

Beautiful Bots

Humankind’s friendship with bots – or automated artificial agents – will be cemented in 2017.

Facebook is currently leading the charge, creating experiences where already it is hard to decipher whether you are talking to a human or a machine.

This portends major changes for the future of customer relationship management, which no doubt Microsoft, Salesforce and fast-growing companies like Intercom are watching very closely.

Could bots be mankind’s next best friend?

Tech leaders will be the new business leaders

The digital economy is the economy. Across the world in 2016, thousands of traditional businesses went to sleep one night and awoke the next day as data businesses.

The trend will continue in 2017, as the internet, smartphone apps or other digital filters become the aperture through which consumers increasingly transact.

You are seeing this on retail floors of stores like River Island, where consumers can shop online and collect in-store, on flights with Ryanair where the digital experience continues long after you check in or check out, and the disruption that players like Airbnb and Uber are causing traditional industries like hospitality and transport, respectively.

This is signalling a major transformation in how companies deal with their customers and view their data. According to IDC, 50pc of the Global 2000 companies will be depending on digital products, services and experiences to connect with customers.

By 2021, it is forecast that a third of CEOs and COOs of Global 2000 companies will have spent at least five years in a tech leadership role.

Cloud will reign eternal

From being a mere concept in 2008 to today, where most consumers and executives rely on the cloud consistently – from Facebook and WhatsApp to Dropbox and Office 365 – cloud computing is increasingly becoming the nerve centre of IT infrastructure.

Ireland saw major data centre investments and acquisitions in 2016, from Apple building an €850m data centre in Athenry, Co Galway, to Facebook building a massive data centre in Clonee, Co Meath. Combine this with Equinix buying Telecity and its raft of data centres in and around Dublin, and it’s clear that Ireland is in the eye of the data storm.

This isn’t just about social media or e-commerce; the reality is that more and more IT infrastructure, which used to exist on premises in companies, will have moved to the cloud.

IDC predicts that by 2020, 67pc of enterprise IT infrastructure and software will be in the cloud.

By 2018, 60pc of IT will be done off premises and not only that, but 43pc will be processed at the edge by 2019.

In a nutshell, cloud won’t be an Amazonian concept (sorry AWS) but rather, a fully fledged reality that is 100pc trusted by users.

The fourth platform

As cloud’s roots grow deeper, the idea of computing as a thing that sits on our desk or in our hands will dissipate. Even as more and more of the world’s population join the mobile revolution, the golden era of the smartphone is coming to a close. That doesn’t mean the smartphone is going away any time soon, but it will become the lynchpin of a slew of new computing experiences that will draw our eyes elsewhere.

Big data, internet of things, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), 3D printing, robotics, next-generation security, blockchain – all of these technologies will happen around us, with data being the fabric and the smartphone being the connecting device.

In other words, computing experiences will be occur without relying on a primary screen as the conduit. This is the fourth platform.

The mainstreaming of AR and VR

VR and AR have been slowly entering the fray. 2016 was a significant year that finally saw Microsoft take the wraps off HoloLens, as well as Oculus Rift arriving, along with a slew of competing devices from HTC, Samsung and Sony.

VR has been a kind of revolution and it hasn’t. The high-end experiences promised by Oculus and Microsoft are still hampered by computing power.

At the lower end, smartphone-based VR experiences from HTC and Samsung – and let’s not forget Google’s Cardboard and similar products which can be found in any supermarket or toy store – are still gimicky.

Keep your eyes and ears (no pun intended) open for what Google intends to do with its Daydream headset, which portends a merging of the VR and AR worlds, so the headset can also overlay virtual reality experiences onto the physical world before us. In a sense, this could be the future of the recently shelved Google Glass or the newly launched Snap Spectacles.

Expect the games and experiences to become more intelligent and textured. Keep an eye on what Irish firm Immersive VR Education – creators of Apollo and Titanic virtual experiences – has planned in the year ahead, as VR and AR move from novel to to natural.

Smart things and voice

Like I said, smartphones will occupy less of the stage and give way to smarter things. 2016 saw Amazon up its game with Echo, its voice-based e-commerce service, as well as its Dash buttons, which order consumables like washing powder or nappies in just one touch.

Google will be no slouch in 2017, having already revealed its Google Home speech-based product at I/O earlier this year.

This is Google’s fourth platform play and the company is closely shadowing, if not exceeding, rivals like Apple on the payments front.

2017 will see a kind of arms race, where players like Amazon and Google will endeavour to become the partner of choice for a whole range of internet of things (IoT) players who see e-commerce as a potent ingredient in their smart things.

Facebook acceleration, Oculus telepresence and Slack rivalry

Rather than being email killers (if only), most workers are up to their tonsils in additional tools and things to keep an eye on; like Slack, Trello, Wrike, and other digital platforms aimed at simplifying workflow.

Others giants like Microsoft (Teams) and Facebook (Workplace) added to the cacophony in 2016.

It is high time that someone decided to dominate this space for once and for all with tools that eradicate the need for all the others.

There is a golden opportunity for Microsoft to do more to bring Skype and Teams together, or for Facebook to finally reveal its telepresence vision for the future of work with Oculus and Workplace.

Keep an eye on other dark horses like Cork-based Teamwork or Salesforce (which almost bought Twitter). They may do something to finally get rid of the screen noise and clutter (sorry, Microsoft) that is the reality of the modern-day worker.

The iPhone hits 10, Apple revs up for its newest phase

It is hard to believe that it is nearly 10 years since Steve Jobs took to the stage at Apple World in 2006 and said “One more thing …”

That one more thing was the iPhone and, having gone through more than seven different phases of the device, Apple will no doubt do something to celebrate the iPhone at 10.

Considering the phone’s form factor has remained mostly the same for the last three generations, I expect Apple to reveal a wholly new design to the iPhone to signal its next phase. As I said, only Apple really knows what this form factor will look like, but expect the design to inform all future phone designs from rivals in the Android camp. I mean, why break with tradition?

Another next phase for Apple, however, may see the company finally break its silence on what it intends to do with cars.

Apple is revving up to be a big noise in the IoT and healthcare spaces, but the idea of an Apple car is still igniting people’s imaginations.

Will Apple build a car or just a car OS? Given that Apple has so far dashed expectations on television hardware, the car idea is one that just won’t disappear.

Codenamed Project Titan and spearheaded by some of Apple’s top talent and roughly 1,000 workers, Apple may choose the timing of the 10th anniversary of the iPhone to shed some light on the future of the company for the next decade.

Will that involve four wheels? Definitely. But will it be an Apple car or OS? We’ll have to wait and see.

The Solar revolution

Given that Elon Musk’s master plan goes beyond cars and includes trucks, buses and homes, the attractive economies of scale of solar panels are hard to ignore.

Musk recently revealed his solar roof concept that would use tiles made of glass, which look like ordinary roof tiles, to power up homes.

This might not sound as crazy or unfeasible as you would think, when you consider that Scientific American recently said the average cost of solar models per watt dropped from $22 in 1980 to under $3 today.

It suggests that soon, an average solar tile per watt will be $1.75.

That makes 2017 a lynchpin year for a whole new revolution in solar energy.

But time will tell.

Author:  John Kennedy

Source:  https://www.siliconrepublic.com/companies/tech-predictions-2017

The Internet of Things and big data technologies have progressed enormously in 2016 – and 2017 is set to be a year when more enterprise use cases come to fruition

1. Rise of the Internet of Things architect

The IoT architect role will eclipse the data scientist as the most valuable unicorn for HR departments. The surge in IoT will produce a surge in edge computing and IoT operational design.

“Thousands of resumes will be updated overnight,” says Dan Graham, Internet of Things technical marketing specialist at Teradata. “Additionally, fewer than 10% of companies realise they need an IoT analytics architect, a distinct species from IoT system architect. Software architects who can design both distributed and central analytics for IoT will soar in value.”

2. Significant increase in the move to hybrid architectures

“Test/dev and disaster recovery will be the main components of a company’s environment that will be moved to the cloud, and production continuing to remain on premises,” says Marc Clark, director of cloud strategy and deployment at Teradata.

3. Deep learning moves out of the hype zone and into reality

Deep learning is getting massive buzz recently. Unfortunately, many people are once again making the mistake of thinking that is a magic, cure-all bullet for all things analytics, according to Bill Franks, chief analytics officer at Teradata.

“The fact is that deep learning is amazingly powerful for some areas such as image recognition,” says Franks. “However, that doesn’t mean it can apply everywhere. While deep learning will be in place at a large number of companies in the coming year, the market will start to recognise where it really makes sense and where it does not.”

By better defining where deep learning plays, it will increase focus on the right areas and speed the delivery of value.

4. More augmented reality-based products

Waze and PokemonGo are just the start. Imagine leaving breadcrumbs across your life journey.

“You leave a breadcrumb at the grocery store so next time you buy some taco shells,” says John Thuma, director at Teradata. “You walk into the store two days later, and an alarm goes off telling you to buy taco mix. Augmented reminders, augmented notation and augmented journey maps.

5. The battle for low power, wide area (LPWAN) networking will be fought

A research study from Business Insider estimates that 700 million IoT devices will be connected over LPWAN standards by 2021. Why? Because LPWANs will help IoT to take off.

“2016 was a year of big hype and little progress,” says Zach Supalla, CEO at Particle. “There’s a clear barrier of cost and power consumption when it comes to IoT products and if we can get these two pain points down, IoT will explode. LPWANs connect devices over a larger geographic area and use less power and those companies who can leverage these assets the best, will win out.”

6. Greater consolidation in the IoT market

The IoT market will see more consolidation as technology and processes improve.

Much like natural selection, the strongest ones will survive while the smaller players are gobbled up to build out more robust portfolios.

SAP just acquired an enterprise-grade IoT solution last month and Cisco made waves in February when it purchased Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion.

“The rate at which these tech giants purchase startups will only increase as they continue to thirst for the innovation so many of these young companies are born from,” says Supalla.

7. A year of honing IoT talent

2017 will be a “team-building year” for many in the IoT space, says Supalla. Investments will be made in fostering internal talent and attracting the right external hires to address the complex needs of launching a connected product.

8. Striving for integration and security

Companies will continue to strive for integration while maintaining security – connecting business units and vertical industries such as marketing, healthcare and financial services, instead of restricting access to a handful of data scientists.

“Enterprises will finally be able to speak about big data in terms of ROI,” says Sushil Thomas, co-founder and CEO, Arcadia Data, “and not be limited to a TCO-only conversation that has surrounded it thus far.”

9. More businesses turn to Hadoop to scale

Organisations trying to scale their existing BI platforms to big data size will hit a brick wall with legacy analytics tools.

Research firms like Forrester have seen increasing interest from enterprises not only moving their data to Hadoop, but also running analytical applications on Hadoop clusters.

“Running BI natively on Hadoop allows analysts and business users to drill down into raw data, run faster reports and make informed decisions based on real-time data instead of abstracts,” says Sushil Thomas, co-founder and CEO at Arcadia Data.

10. New BI use cases will become the norm

“These will include city traffic services reacting to sensors in cars, bringing real-time and streaming data to the forefront in enterprises,” says Thomas.

Author:  Ben Rossi

Source:  http://www.information-age.com/10-predictions-internet-things-big-data-2017-123463379

How has the rise of mobile changed the way people view Google SERPs? Contributor Kristi Kellogg summarizes a session from SMX East in which Mediative's Chris Pinkerton discusses the results of eye-tracking studies. 

Chris Pinkerton, the vice president of business development at Mediative, has been tracking the ways viewers look at the Google search engine results page (SERP) since 2003. In that time, Mediative’s eye-tracking studies have revealed major shifts in the way users consume the SERP.

At SMX East 2016, he explored the ways the proliferation of mobile devices have deeply impacted user search behavior on both mobile and desktop searches.

Pinkerton asserts that search activity, psychologically speaking, is mindless activity. It’s mindless because of the habits that form with the devices we use.

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Habits are a very powerful thing to start to understand. Developing a habit of consuming information on a desktop in a certain way changes the way you consume content.

Looking back at 2003, Google became the dominant search engine because it drove people to find information faster than its competitors. That created habitual behavior — people found content the fastest on Google and kept coming back.

(As an aside, Bing has implemented programs to pay people for their search behavior in an attempt to break these deeply ingrained habits and introduce a new behavior.)

In 2005, there was a Golden Triangle pattern when it came to eyeballs on the Google SERP. But in 2016, this pattern is vastly different (see below), due in large part to mobile. It’s changed the way people consume the SERP and the speed at which they consume it. Users spot-scan and find what is contextually relevant for them.

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Mobile devices have habitually conditioned searchers to scan vertically more than horizontally. This has translated to desktop search as well. People are viewing more search listings during a single session but are spending less time viewing each one.

Users are looking the front end of search listings, so make sure your main message comes first.While it used to take a user 2.6 seconds to consume a SERP, that time has been cut in half, to 1.3 seconds, Pinkerton said.

Regardless of mobile’s impact, the No. 1 organic listing captures the most click activity, regardless of what new elements are presented. However, it takes 87 percent longer for the No. 1 organic listing to be first seen on a mobile device vs. desktop, he said.

Statistics that will impact your digital marketing strategy

Knowledge Graph

  • With a Knowledge Graph panel on the SERP, almost 22 percent fewer clicks went to the top No. 1 organic listing.
  • 93% of searchers look at the Knowledge Graph panel.
  • 49% of searchers click on the Knowledge Graph panel

Local listings and map

  • 47% more clicks on the map and local listing occur when positioned above the organic listings.
  • 10% of clicks on local listing on average.
  • 51% more searchers view the local listings and map when positioned above the organic listings.

Star ratings

  • Listings with star ratings capture 24% of page clicks on average.

Sponsored listings

  • Top sponsored listings are viewed after 0.36 seconds on average.
  • 2% of clicks on the top two sponsored listings on mobile vs. 14.5% on desktop.
  • The top organic listing gets 10% fewer clicks when three sponsored listings are present vs. one sponsored listing.

Organic listings

  • Top organic listings capture the most search activity (33.2%).
  • 5% of searchers on average look at the top organic listing.
  • 57% of clicks go to the top four organic listings on average.
  • Only 7.4% of the clicks that occur are below the fourth organic listing on mobile vs. 16% on desktop.

Read Mediative’s full eye-tracking report (registration required). See how user behavior has changed in just the last two years with my reports from SMX East 2014 and 2015.


Some opinions expressed in this article may be those of a guest author and not necessarily Search Engine Land. Staff authors are listed here.

Original source of this article is Search Engine Land

After weeks of urging consumers to return and exchange their Galaxy Note7 phones, Samsung, in partnership with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has officially recalled the phones over defective batteries that could potentially explode.

 

Up to 1 million Note7 phones sold are affected in the U.S., but only about 130,000 device owners have returned their devices.

Samsung's now diligently urging ordering all Note7 owners who purchased a phone prior to Sept. 15 to return the phone and get a replacement. So if you're one of those owners and haven't done so, please do. You really, really don't want your Note7 to accidentally incinerate your car, burn you or blow up on any planes or trains.

The recall has effectively declared affected Note7 phones extremely dangerous to own. 

One of the reasons why so many Note7 owners may not have returned their devices could be related to limited stock for replacements. There are many reports that replacements weren't available and some users may have been hesitant to get loaner S7 and S7 Edge devices until new shipments arrived.

 

The process for getting replacements was also confusing. Consumers trying to return their devices to carriers were either told they didn't have replacements and didn't know when there would be any, or told to contact Samsung, in which the Korean electronics giant would then tell consumers they'd need to contact their carriers.

That confusion has only frustrated Note7 owners more.

How to see if your Note7 is affected
 

Obviously if you purchased a Note7 prior to Sept. 15, you should return and exchange it. But perhaps you got one as a gift or you're reading this story at a much later date and want to know if you have a phone that could explode.

To find out, locate your IMEI or serial number (Apps > Settings > About Phone  or General Management > Status IMEI information or Serial number, or find it on the back of your phone) and then enter it into Samsung's database here.

Replacements coming by Sept. 21

Following the proper Note7 recall, Samsung now says it'll have replacements for the affected U.S. phones as soon as next week.

"To our Note7 owners, if you have not yet replaced your original Note7, please, please power it down and return it," Tim Baxter, Samsung Electronics America president and COO, said in anapology video. "New Note7 phones will be available for exchange no later than next Wednesday, Sept. 21. Visit Samsung.com for more information."

A source close to Samsung tells Mashable the company is preparing an ample supply to replace faulty phones.

"To those of you who love the Note, the most loyal members in our Samsung family, we appreciate your passion and patience," Baxter said. "We take seriously our responsibility to address your concerns about safety. And we will work every day to earn back your trust through a number of unprecedented actions and with the extraordinary support of our carrier partners, suppliers and United States Consumer Products Safety Commission."

 

U.S. Note7 owners have three options according to Samsung:

1. Exchange your current Galaxy Note7 device with a new Galaxy Note7 as approved by the CPSC available no later than Sept. 21, 2016; or

2. Exchange your current Galaxy Note7 for a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge and replacement of any Note7 specific accessories with a refund of the price difference between devices; or

3. Contact your point of purchase to obtain a refund.

Additionally, Samsung's also throwing in a "$25 gift card, in-store credit, in-store accessory credit or bill credit from select carrier retail outlets" for those who exchange their devices as a consolation bonus for any trust lost.

Samsung's also provided websites and contact information regarding how to exchange Note7 phones at U.S. carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, U.S. Cellular) and at Best Buy on its website as well.

What about stickers and software updates and new battery icons?

There are several reports that Samsung is labeling new Note7 with different batteries with an "S" sticker on the packaging, issuing software updates that limit the charging of affected Note7 phones to 60 percent and giving new phones green battery icons instead of white ones.

However, none of that will happen in the U.S. In a phone call, Justin Denison, senior vice president of product strategy and marketing at Samsung Electronics America told Mashable that there are currently no plans for those specific initiatives — which are being taken by Samsung in other regions — planned for America.

At the current time, the company is focusing on its protocols with the CPSC and checking if devices have faulty batteries through IMEI and serial numbers. 

All new Note7 phones including replacements will be verified through authorized sellers as safe through its database; Note7 phones with IMEIs or serial numbers that are flagged in the database as faulty will not be sellable.

Additionally, the company is using a multitude of channels and social media platforms, including sending customers emails and notifications via the Samsung Plus app, to blast the recall information. In addition, it has produced print and radio spots to get users to take the recall seriously.

Samsung is planning further initiatives, but declined to elaborate beyond the fact that they'll be forthcoming.

Denison reiterated to Mashable that the company is putting safety as its top priority.

Source : http://mashable.com/

Online media is exploding...and with it, a new class of creative people producing their own music, podcasts, professional-level photography and video shows. We've compiled the largest list so far of useful tools for self-made photographers, videobloggers, podcasters and musicians.  

For photography gods, we've brought together more than 90 photo resources and tools. There are thousands of sites serving photographers these days, but we hope this acts as a good overview. 

ONLINE PHOTO EDITORS

  • Fauxto - Advanced online photo editor with an interface similar to Photoshop's
  • XmgImg- Image hosting service that provides an interface for users to manage, edit, and share their images online.
  • OnlinePhotoTool - Edit pictures taken from your hard drive as well as images that are already on the Internet.
  • MyImager - Upload images from your computer and from anywhere on the web and edit them freely with the dozens of tools and filters available.
  • SnipShot - Edit photos from your hard-drive, your Webshots account, or your Flickr account in one place, and then save them back to any of those locations.
  • Pixenate - Online photo editor with many special effects. You can also integrate Pixenate on your website and allow visitors to edit images.
  • Phixr - Edit your pictures and directly upload them to Flickr, Fotopic, Livejournal, Photobucket, Fotolog.com, Buzznet and Dropshots.
  • Pixer.us - Edit your photos online within your browser, add special effects and save them in the most popular formats.
  • Picture2Life - Edit pictures available on the Internet or taken from your hard disk. You can also import images from popular photo sharing sites.
  • Cellsea - Upload pictures from your PC or from an URL. It provides over 15 ways to correct color, exposure, and lighting problems.
  • Preloadr - Photo editor with good image manipulation functions that is connected with your Flickr account.
  • Picnik - Photo editor with many interesting features which is directly connected to many photo sharing sites.
  • Pixelmator - Pixelmator is a photo editing service for Mac users. The design is superb and intuitive. There are selection tools, paintbrushes of various size and shape, retouching tools, layering and much more. You can enhance photos, analyze colors, add text, create stylized scenes with halftones and image blurring. 

PHOTO SHARING 

  • Zorpia - Zorpia is like Myspace with some more photo features, you can upload you photos and share them on your profile.
  • Clickfriends -Document your life with your own digital photo essay, then share it with friends and family through ClickFriends.com. Now you can have the same site take care of your online photo albums and your Facebook or MySpace photo albums. Just upload your photos to the ClickFriends site, and then have them exported to your profile on your preferred social networking site. It´s free and easy to sign up.
  • Snappages - Snappages.com provides space for you to save and organize your photos, your online friends from virtual communities, and your events in one well-designed web page. It combines various web concepts, including online storage, file sharing, and Facebook-style friend communication.
  • Photorgy - Photorgy is photo uploading/sharing tool which works with AIM. Photo albums can be shared and owned by any number of friends, family members, and colleagues.
  • SlideShare - SlideShare is a content sharing site where you can host and display presentations. Maybe you would use it to show your professional work, or just for personal photo sharing, power point presentations about your latest entrepreneurial idea, or graphics you designed.
  • Zoomandgo - Contribute your travel photos, videos, or general advice to the Zoom and Go site, and they will reward you with cash. The site has a system of points which can be awarded to the content you submit according to what kind of content it is (written reviews receive less then photos, and videos receive the most).
  • Zooomr - Store, share, sort, sell, and search all your photos and those of other users at Zooomr. Users can post comments on individual pictures, therefore, gaining feedback on the photo, as well as gaining insight into the other photographers who use the site. Photos can be shared for free, or can be sold through the site.
  • BurstCast - Burstcast offers space for you to upload pics from your camera phone either by MMS or by e-mail, right from the phone. On the site, you can choose for your photos to be made public and shown on the home page (but it´s either all or nothing; you can´t have some photos be public and some private).
  • Mostrips - The photo sharing site is designed to let you create albums to be easily shared on mobile phones. It´s a useful way to send work if you are a photographer, or a head shot if you are a model or actor. Or it can just be a fun way to share photos from your vacations among friends and family.
  • DPhoto - DPhoto is a photo sharing service which offers well-designed graphics and a professional appearance. With DPhoto you can share your photos with friends and family in an ad-free, secure site.
  • Invitr - Invitr is a Flickr related application which simply extends your sharing capabilities. With Invitr you can share your Flickr photos with non-Flickr members; so photos that have been categorized as private can now be sent and shared with anyone you choose.
  • DigitalRailroad - Digital Railroad is aimed at aiding professional photographers connect with more fans and even help them connect to content providers and media companies who are looking to buy their work.
  • ContakMe - Contakme is a new site where you can upload an unlimited number of photos, create albums, and rate other people´s photos.
  • Flickr - The most popular photo sharing site. Upload photos, create sets and join one of the greatest communities of professional and unprofessional photographers.
  • Picasa - Google's answer to photo sharing. The main application is a download, but there are also web albums. 

FREE PHOTO HOSTING 

  • Photobucket - one of the most popular image hosting services around, favorite amongst MySpace users. Makes it very easy to post your images to social networking sites; gives you 25 GB of monthly traffic and 1 GB of storage with images themselves being up to 1 MB in size.
  • ImageShack - The most popular image hosting service. Upload images up to 1.5 MB and embed them in any web page.
  • AllYouCanUpload- There is no limit to the image size you can upload. You can also upload up to three images in the same time.
  • ImageHosting - Upload multiple pictures at one time. The maximum filesize you can upload depends on what account you registered.
  • TinyPic - Upload pictures and videos and embed them anywhere. The direct link for your picture or video will be tiny 
  • TheImageHosting - Upload multiple images at once and zipped image files. Maximum file size allowed is 1 MB.
  • BayImg - Free uncensored image hosting provided by the Pirate Bay. The max file upload size is 100MB and you can can upload about 140 different formats.
  • XS.to - Upload your images and embed them anywhere. You can also delete images you previously uploaded. Max file size allowed is 2.5 MB.
  • ImgPlace - Upload up to five images at one time. Maximum file size allowed is 1.5 MB
  • FreeImageHosting.net - Register to host your images for free. Maximum file size is 3,000 KB.
  • FileHigh - The free "Economy" account lets you upload up to three images simultaneously and the maximum size for each file is 512 KB.
  • VillagePhotos - Upload pictures straight from your browser and host them online. 1 GB monthly data transfer. 
  • ImageVenue - You can upload up to five images in the same moment. The maximum file size allowed is 1.5 MB.
  • ImageCross - Free MySpace image hosting. You can upload images up to 2 MB in size.
  • SmugMug - SmugMug is a photo uploader, editor, and community portal all in one. You can upload and share your photos, then store the photos with up to four backup copies of each photo in three varying states. 

PHOTOGRAPHY BLOGS

 
  • Digital-Photography-School - Darren Rowse's photo tips.
  • Thomas Hawk - Zooomr's Thomas Hawk on photography, Zooomr, Flickr and general tech news.
  • PhotoCritic - A site for photography criticism, with the intention of allowing photographers to critique each others' work and share opinions, suggestions, and professional tips.
  • FlickrBlog - While it's not exclusively a photo blog, but from time to time the Flickr staff will pick a few photos and feature them on the blog and the users see this as a big honor.
  • DPreview - practically the only resource you'll ever need for digital cameras; incredibly in-depth and timely reviews of most models available on the market
  • Shutterlog - some great photos here with attention to detail.
  • Chromasia - no words, only great photos
  • Stuck In Customs - blog by one of the greatest HDR photographers on the net
  • Black and White Photography - great photo blog focusing on B&W photos. 

PHOTO MASHUPS 

  • Flappr - A slick Flash-based Flickr interface that lets you do most of the actions you can do on Flickr.
  • FlickrVision - displays Flickr updates from various users on a Google Map.
  • Retrievr - an unbelievable mashup that delivers photos based on your drawings.
  • Flickr Logo Maker - Turns any text into a Flickr-style logo.
  • Spell with Flickr - this tool enables you to write text in letters based off Flickr images. Not all that useful but fun.
  • Tagnautica - a slightly weird visual way to browse through Flickr images.
  • Captioner - adds comic-style captions to your images.
  • Fastr - a "guess that tag" style game; you are presented with a series of images and you must guess their common tag.
  • PictureSandbox - Searches the Flickr archive (as well as that of YouTube and some other sites) based on the type of license; great tool for finding images you can actually use in a project
  • FlickrFling - presents an RSS feed through Flickr images. Completely useless but works as a fun experiment.
  • Colr Pickr - One of the most useful Flickr Mashups; enables you to search Flickr photos based on their color. Works surprisingly well.
  • FlickrBall - a six-degrees-of-separation scavenger-hunt game (yes, Kevin Bacon is mentioned), using Flickr thumbnails and tags for clues.
  • Photo Tag Mashup - Retrieves a number of Flickr images in a simple interface based on a tag you provide
  • Flickr Sudoku - a Sudoku game based on Flickr images. 

MOBILE PHOTO SHARING 

  • SnapZone - An online service that lets you upload your photos directly from your mobile via a wireless connection. Snapzone allows you to free up space on your phone"s memory while also giving you an instantaneous way to share your images with friends. SnapZone is also a community site, so if your friends join you can use it to share your pictures easily in one place.
  • Fotochatter - network that enables you to share mobile pictures with your friends, as well as receive images from your buddies on your phone
  • Radar - creates picture conversations - you send your pictures to Radar and your friends can instantly see them and comment on them
  • Shozu - Mobile uploading to photo sites including Flickr. 

PHOTO MIXING AND SLIDESHOWS

  • Slide - create slideshows easily and embed them on your site or social networking profile.
  • RockYou - offers several free services, including slideshow creation, photo hosting, photo enhancement and more.
  • Scrapblog - An online service that lets you upload your photos from many of the popular photo sharing websites and mash them up with hundreds of stickers, shapes, text and YouTube videos to create a digital scrapbook
  • Vuvox - Vuvox lets you create online animated and interactive slideshows using a range of effects, theme templates and designs
  • Mixercast - Mixercast lets you mashup your photos and movies into animated, interactive slide shows and throws in ag ood library of stock photo, video and licensed music to use as a soundtrack
  • Flektor - Flektor has a great set of tools for adding transitions, text, stickers, effects and overlays into movies made out of your photos and online videos 

PHOTO PRINTING/BOOK CREATION 

  • Snapfish - Snapfish is run by HP, they let you store and share your photos for free, and prints are cheap with highest quality at 12¢ each. You can also have things like mugs and cards made with your pictures on them.
  • Fotki - A photo-sharing and hosting site, you can share you photos with others or use it with your blog. It has some unique features like FTP access, and users can choose to sell their photos. There is an integrated printing service that lets you print at many different sizes at good prices.
  • KodakGallery - Kodak Gallery is owned by Kodak (no surprise there), like the other they let you store and share photos and then make prints and have custom gifts made.
  • Shutterfly - Shutterfly not only lets you store and share photos and then have them printed, you can also pic up your prints right at Target stores.
  • Moo - Moo currently has partnerships with many social networks including Flickr, Vox, and Bebo, you can print small minicards and notecards with the photos you have uploaded to these sites. 

PHOTO SEARCH 

  • PicSearch - image search with some interesting options; for example, you can choose to search only black and white or color photos.
  • YotoFoto - a search engine which claims to be indexing over a quarter million Creative Commons, Public Domain, GNU FDL, and various other 'copyleft' images.
  • Google Image Search - a resource so commonly used it doesn't need a special explanation; still one of the best ways to find images of any kind on the web.
  • Pixsy - Image search engine that's striking a lot of partnerships. Also provides PixsyPower, a custom video and photo search for your own site.
  • StockPhotoFinder - a search engine specialized in finding stock photos.
  • EveryStockPhoto - this site is indexing over 1 million completely free photos from various sources. 

STOCK PHOTOS

  • iStockPhoto - royalty-free images for low prices; there aren't any completely free photos here, but photo quality is above average
  • Fotolia - Another cheap royalty-free image provider, with nearly 2 million photos in stock
  • SXC.hu - one of the best (and biggest) repositories of completely free stock photography on the net.
  • MorgueFile - provides completely free photos; no registration required to download. 
  • PixelPerfectDigital - 5000+ free stock photos
  • StockXpert - the commercial arm of Stock Xchange; offers cheap but quality royalty-free material
  • Alamy - Alamy is a search engine for stock photos which boasts millions of images from thousands of photographers, picture agencies and national collections. The site does the editing and classification of the images.

Video blogging, live video shows and professional film-making are all blossoming now that almost everyone has access to webcams, video cameras and affordable editing tools. In fact, many of the tools for editing, mixing and sharing your clips are now completely free. Here's a wide selection of video tools available online. 

LIVE VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS

 
  • Stickam - The best site for live video communications with multiple people. There is no major competition for Stickam just yet.
  • Blogtv - Blogtv is a recent discovery to the public.  It allows you to do a live video show, and you can stream it live, as well as archive it for later use.
  • ooVoo - This allows you to carry on video conversations with live video through a Skype-like program.
  • Mogulus - This site is basically an all in one broadcast solution for video.  You can create, edit, and add things similar to broadcast companies could add.
  • Ustream - Allows you to stream live video and you can also embed the player in to your own website.
  • HeyCosmo - A downloadable application that allows you to connect with other people in many ways, even play games and more.
  • Operator11 - Go live with your camera and create your own channels. You can also send video comments and remix your videos.  

ONLINE VIDEO HOW-TO

ONLINE VIDEO EDITORS

  • Eyespot - add effects and transitions to the videos you upload, or use some of the large amount of free video clips and music from Eyespot's media partners.
  • MuveeMix - Upload your movie, mix it with music, add cool effects and share it on MySpace, Friendster, Blogger, and other networks.
  • Motionbox - This service features the ability to link to a very specific point or "segment" within the clip itself.
  • Cuts - Insert sound effects in your videos, add captions, loop the best parts and in minutes you can share your creation with the world.
  • JumpCut - a free service that enables you to upload, edit and share your videos. Offers keyframe-based editing, effects, transitions and actions.
  • VideoEgg - A video editing platform that you can add to create a social network and offers opportunities for monetization.
  • Mojiti - Select videos from popular video sharing sites, personalize them with your annotations and share them with others.
  • Photobucket - Edit videos within a browser using Flash and remix photos and home videos with other elements, such as music, video captions and transitions.
  • StashSpace - Upload, store and edit your videos online. You can also record videos directly from your camcorder or digital camera.
  • BubblePly - Video annotating service where anyone can add text bubbles that are synchronized with video.
  • Veotag - Service that lets you display clickable text, called "veotags," within an audio or video file.
  • Vidavee Grafitti - add graphics and text into any video; the service is called a "legal form of artful vandalism" by the creators.
  • Vmix - Vmix is a community and a hosting provider for your videos, aimed at creative authors who want to create remixes of their music and videos.
  • MovieMasher - a combination of a video editor with a timeline and lots of various effects, a standalone player and a media browser.
  • MixerCast - Mix your media with professional video, images, music, and network your MixerCast everywhere.
  • Fliptrack - Make a free musical photo slideshow and music video. It's easy to do and you do it online.  

ONLINE VIDEO CONVERTERS

  • Zamzar - converts all sorts of file formats, including several video formats.
  • Media Convert - a media converter with a huge amount of options; resulting videos can sometimes be out of sync with audio.
  • Vixy - a simple converter that can only convert Flash apps from the web to several other video formats.
  • Hey Watch! - an online video converter focusing on file formats that works on portable multimedia devices, like the iPod.
  • MediaConverter - a video converter that can be slow and needs polishing, but can sometimes yield really good results.
  • Movavi - another video converter that allows you to upload videos and convert them to formats you wish to use. 

VIDEO SHARING

  • YouTube - YouTube is the king of the video sharing sites, it has more users and videos than the others. Any video you can think of it probably already on YouTube.
  • Google Video - Since Google bought YouTube, Google's Video player is mainly used for for-pay content like TV shows. Also there is a search here that indexes all of the video sharing sites on the internet (well, most of them).
  • Blip.tv - Blip.tv is the perfect video sharing site for video podcast makers. It's designed to let them easily upload all types and qualities of media and then send them to their feed for the users. They also let you add ads to you video so you can make some money.
  • Ourmedia - A great site where you can upload audio, video, images, and text and share them with the world. The OurMedia community contains over 100,000 members.
  • Veoh - Watch long form, television quality content and publish your own videos.
  • DailyMotion - Video sharing platform with multiple video search options. You can join groups of people who publish videos based on a common interest.
  • Metacafe - A site that helps you discover the best videos through a community that filters, reviews and rates new videos every day.
  • UnCut - Video uploading and sharing community by AOL. Embed all the videos you want in your blog.
  • ClipShack - video sharing community that allows you to upload video clips, make friends, keep a collection of your favorite videos and comment on clips.
  • 5min - Video sharing site with a particular vision: collecting videos that can visually explain anything in 5 minutes.
  • Brightcove - Search, click and watch. Music videos, news, travel, recipes, adventure. Thousands of channels, including the best in online video.
  • Viddler - Viddler lets add tags and comments to video that will show up at specific times. It also has unique features like flickr and twitter integration.
  • Revver - The first video sharing site that provides users with the possibility to earn money from the videos they upload.
  • Vimeo - Vimeo is a video sharing site that has an emphasis on it's users. The video's you find there are more likely to be home movies or shorts by aspiring film makers, and also a lot of lip dubs.
  • Yahoo Video - Yahoo's version of online video.  Similar to Google video, but done the Yahoo way.
  • HelpfulVideo - Share your knowledge and skills with others for free or little charge via video clips.
  • BroadbandSports - A video sharing site specifically for sharing sports related videos.
  • Travelistic - A video sharing site that allows users to post video content specific to travel.
  • Livevideo - Video sharing site that lets you create personal channels. Upload your own videos and share them with the world.
  • Kewego - A video sharing network where you can upload your own videos and view videos by others.
  • Godtube - It's a Christian version of YouTube.  All things Christian welcomed.
  • Coull.tv - An interactive twist to video, this site allows you to view video and add interactive elements to it by using your mouse.
  • Mediabum - Video sharing site focusing on funny videos.
  • VMIX - Another video sharing website; All content is screened, so be sure everything you upload is legit.
  • Grouper - Video sharing site with a big selection of content; enables you to create playlists and easily upload videos to MySpace.
  • Break - Break is a video site and more for comedic based content.
  • Videosift - a Digg-like site which lets you submit, vote, and comment on videos.
  • GeeVee - GeeVee is a video sharing site specifically for sharing videos of game play in video games.
  • Stage6 - A video site that uses the Divx player so you can upload High Definition video, of course this also means longer upload times, and you need DivX support (usually a browser plugin).
  • Tube Battle - vote for the best videos, organized by category. 

VIDEO HOSTING

  • TinyPic - Host videos and images for free; it is possible to upload videos in the most popular formats and link videos on MySpace, eBay, blogs and message boards
  • Vidilife - Upload videos and store them online. There is no limit in terms of length of the files you can upload.
  • Dropshots - Good site that lets you upload videos, share them and embed them on other sites.
  • ZippyVideos - Upload and store video files (maximum 20 MB) in the most popular video formats.
  • Supload - Free service to host video clips and images. Maximum video file size allowed is 20 MB.
  • Rupid - Another provider of free video hosting: you can host your videos and share them with others.
  • Pixilive - Free images and video hosting for MySpace, eBay, Facebook and other sites. Maximum size for videos is 10 MB.
  • Mydeo - store and stream your videos online. You will be able to embed a video on any website and send streaming video messages .
  • YourFileHost - Upload files anonymously and share them with others. You can upload any file format up to 25 MB. 

VIDEO ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT

  • Aggrega - create and organize your own music video channels and share them with others.
  • Feedbeat - a fantastic service that lets you create playlists with videos from different sources - YouTube, Google Video and others. Each playlist gets its own subdomain on feedbeat.net.
  • Ajaxilicious - an online movie catalogue which enables you to manage your movies and share them with others via RSS.
  • Cliproller - create custom video channels and add as many as you like to your personal Cliproller page.
  • CozmoTV - CozmoTV is a site that allows you to create and organize channels of video already existing online. 

VIDCASTS AND VLOGGING

  • BlogCheese - a simple way to create and share a video blog - all you need is a webcam.
  •  Revision3 - A video podcasting network that's home to many well made video podcasts, including Diggnation, which is Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht's video podcast about the top stories on Digg.
  • Jabbits - Social video blogging: Use your webcam to record your Post or Jab with an easy-to-use recorder.
  • Ask a Ninja - got questions? Ask a ninja! One of the most popular vidcasts in the world, and definitely the funniest.
  • Galacticast - a weekly Sci-fi comedy podcast, episodes usually consists of lots of really geeky parodies.
  • Scriggity - A news podcast, where the viewers send in the news that they think should be on the shows.
  • SuperDeluxe - A site to find videos that focus mainly on comedic content.
  • DL.TV - Some of the the old TechTV crew back at it again with their own own show on all things tech.  One of the best video podcasts for tech geeks.
  • Webnation - Amber Mac's bi-weekly video podcast with news and interviews relating to current events in the tech world.
  • Tom Green's the Channel - A daily video podcast that is recorded live and is hosted by Tom Green. He usually has a celebrity guest on the show.
  • GeekBrief TV - a daily podcast hosted by Cali Lewis, it's a 3-5 minute update on the latest tech news.
  • This Week in Tech - famous tech vidcast by Leo Laporte, one of the most viewed vidcasts in the world.
  • The Broken - tech show for teh 1337 h4x0rz.
  • Digg Podcasts - a long list of popular podcasts, containing most of the vidcasts on this list and many more.

VIDEO MASHUPS

  • Virtual Video Map - YouTube videos on a Google map. Find out where do all those cool videos come from.
  • RealPeopleStuff - a site that combines CraigsList and YouTube, offering video clips related to ads. 
  • TagTV - enter a tag and get results from Flickr and YouTube. Clean and simple design makes TagTV a very neat way to browse photos and videos. 
  • I Love Music Video - combines YouTube with info from your Last.FM account. Great way to get videos (at least until Last.FM signs an evil deal with all those content providers and starts offering music videos).
  • MusicPortl - information on bands and musicians containing biographies, Flickr images, related blog posts and YouTube videos. 
  • Magg - aggregates videos from several video sites. Also works as a search engine.
  • RateMyDanceMoves - Hot or Not-style site, presenting you dance-related YouTube videos to vote on. 
  • ReviewTube - a site that enables you to add captions to YouTube videos. Nice idea, but relatively poor execution - the captions frequently overlap, making the text unreadable. 

MOBILE VIDEO APPS

  • Youtube mobile - a stripped down version of YouTube tailored for use on mobile phones.
  • Shozu - a free service for your phone that makes it easy to send and receive photos, videos and music
  • Abazab - a universal video player that also works on your mobile phone.
  • Srobbin Mobile Video - An unofficial search for Google video on your cell phone.
  • Yahoo Mobile - Yahoo mobile allows you to search, find, and play videos right on your cell phone.
  • MobiTV - MobiTV allows you to watch television video from popular networks of all kinds.
  • MTV Mobile Video - Anything MTV related all for download to watch on your cell phone.
  • ESPN MVP - If you are a Verizon Wireless customer and have the V Cast service enabled, you can watch sports clips and more.
  • Moblr - Moblr allows you to view videos uploaded to the site directly on your cell phone.
  • Mobunga - This site allows you to download videos to your mobile phone, as well as iPod and PSP. 

VIDEO SEARCH

  • Blinkx - Perform searches within the most popular video networks, such as CBS, Reuters and CNN. Users can search for content and create TV channels that splice relevant content together.
  • PureVideo - Search within the most popular video directories and video sharing sites. PureVideo features up to six channels and each channel contains about six source sites.
  • SearchVideo - Search engine and directory created by AOL. Users can also search within specific video channels like MySpace and YouTube.
  • Search For Video - search engine and video directory that displays results from hundreds of video channels. Search For Video also provides an add-on for Firefox.
  • Yahoo! Video Search - Yahoo! has a video search engine that gathers videos from Yahoo! directory and from many other online sources. You can also search within specific domains or sites.
  • TubeSurf - Video search engine that gathers results from popular video directories, such as YouTube, Yahoo! Video, MySpace and Google Video. TubeSurf is also available as an add-on for Firefox.
  • ClipRoller - Search across popular video sites, such as: YouTube, Metacafe and more. As you continue to search for videos, ClipRoller learns your preferences and delivers content you like to watch.
  • Pixsy - A video search engine that lets users search content across dozens of video sites. Users are allowed to save searches and single videos.
  • ScoopVid - Search engine that enables you to either search for videos or browse through channels and categories.
  • Google Video Search - Google's Video search recently was updated and now searches many video sites other than just YouTube and Google Video.
  • AOL Video - once known as the great media search engine, the AOL-purchased SingingFish, AOL Video kept some traits of the crowd's favorite place to look for hard to find videos, but true fans claim that the site is not as good as its predecessor.
  • Truveo - Search videos or browse by either channel or category.
  • Altavista Video - good old Altavista isn't what it used to be, but it does have a video search section. 

ONLINE VIDEO DOWNLOADS

  • VideoRonk - Search and download your favorite videos from YouTube, Google Video, Metacafe, DailyMotion, iFilm, MySpace, Vimeo, Blip.tv, Revver and more.
  • VideoDL - Download online videos available on YouTube, Google Video and Break.com stright to your computer.
  • Vixy - Grab videos from popular sites and convert them into various video formats (including iPod and PSP).
  • KeepVid - Download videos from many video sharing sites, including YouTube, Google Video, MySpace Videos, DailyMotion, Blip.tv, Revver and other services.
  • VideoDownloader - Get videos from video sharing sites. VideoDownloader is also available as a Firefox extension, allowing you to seamlessly integrate it within your browser.
  • YouTubeX - Download videos from YouTube. It doesn’t have a lot of options in terms of video sites among which you could choose, but it is very easy to use.
  • DownThisVideo - This site lets you download videos from YouTube, GoogleVideo, MetaCafe, Vimeo and other services.
  • KissYouTube - A service that provides two interesting and effective ways to download videos from YouTube.
  • YouTubeDownloads - Another site that lets you download videos exclusively from YouTube (other sites are not supported).
  • Kcoolonline - Download videos on your hard disk from more than 90 sites, including YouTube, Google Video, Metacafe, iFilm and MySpace, Yahoo and many more.
  • YouTubia - A YouTube clone that lets you download and save YouTube videos within your IE or Firefox browser.
  • MediaConverter - A platform that lets you download and convert videos straight from YouTube. 

MISCELLANEOUS VIDEO TOOLS

  • Hellodeo - Record videos from your webcam and post them on any web page.
  • Flikzor - Send and receive video comments on your profile, blog and more.
  • Flixn - Record a video message right in the web browser and share anywhere including MySpace and eBay.
  • GabMail - Service that enable users to send unlimited numbers of free video email messages.
  • Bubble Guru - A site for recording webcam video messages and getting them onto your website or sending to others.
  • CamTwist - Software package (for Mac computers) that lets you add special effects to your video chats.
  • WebcamMax - Software that lets you add videos, screen, pictures, flash and effects to virtual or real webcam and broadcast on all messengers (Windows
  • only).
  • StumbleUpon Video - Just press "Stumble!" and a random video is presented to you, you can also ask for random videos with in categories like Humor, or Cats.
  • CrowdRules - video answers to your questions.
  • ClipSync - interact with other users while watching the same video as them. 
  • ClipSyndicate - publish broadcast quality news on your web site.
  • Broadbandsports - a big collection of sports-related videos.

ONLINE TV

For this section please visit our roundup of free online television services.

Podcasting - distributing shows over the web for downloading to computers and mobile devices - has been a big trend over the past few years. While over-hyped in the early days, podcasting is proving itself to be a great communication medium. Many podcasters now make a full or part-time income from their shows: here's a plethora of tools to help out all those self-made podcast stars. 

PODCAST CREATION GUIDELINES

PODCAST HOSTING, SHARING AND NETWORKING (FREE)

  • Pickstation - A Digg for podcasts and music.
  • Collectik - "Mixtapes for podcasts": find, share and organize podcasts.
  • Podbean - Free podcast hosting and publishing.
  • Castpost - Free hosting for audio and video clips.
  • HeyCast - A tool to create video podcasts. Essentially, HeyCast creates RSS feeds from any existing video files on the web. It doesn't provide hosting or sharing features.
  • Blubrry - A podcast network that lets you create a podcast and browse the podcasts of others.
  • Evoca - "YouTube for voice recordings": create audio recordings from your computer mic, your phone or Skype, share them with others and embed them on websites. 
  • ThePodcastNetwork - A network of podcasts on a range of topics including business, entertainment and comedy.
  • MyPodcast - podcast hosting solution offering unlimited storage, bandwidth, and free templates for your podcasts.
  • PodServe - this service is still in alpha stage, but everyone's invited to try it out. It offers a hosting space for your podcast and a directory of user-created podcasts.
  • PodcastPeople - a service that enables you to post text, audio and video materials to your own customized show, and even earn some income from it through sponsors.
  • PCastBaby - free podcast hosting service offering 10MB of storage space and unlimited bandwidth.
  • Podomatic - create, find and share podcasts with this free service.
  • Blubrry - create your podcast on Blubrry; browse through other podcasts and create your personal playlist. 

PODCAST ADVERTISING

  • Podango - get free unlimited hosting for your podcast and share ad revenue with Podango 50/50.
  • Podbridge - Provides podcast metrics and advertising.
  • Podtrac - a service that connects podcasters with advertisers. 

AUDIO TOURS

  • TourCaster - Find audio tours of your favorite cities and download them to your iPod.
  • iAudioGuide - Find audio guides for major world cities and download them to portable devices. 

VIDEO PODCASTING 

  • Veodia - Create live TV shows and convert them to video podcasts.
  • Blip.tv - A "video podcasting" service. Broadly similar to YouTube, but the focus is on independent creators, who get a share of revenue. 

MOBILE PODCASTING

  • Podlinez - a simple service to listen to podcasts on your phone.
  • Gabcast - Record podcasts straight from your phone.
  • Yodio - Record audio from your phone, add photos and captions.

TEXT TO PODCASTS

  • BlueGrind - Converts text (especially blogs) into podcasts.
  • Feed2Podcast - Convert any RSS feed into a podcast.
  • Talkr - Convert blogs to audio podcasts.
  • Odiogo - convert RSS feeds, text articles and blog posts to podcasts. 

PODCASTS TO TEXT

  • CastingWords - a podcast transcription service that converts podcasts to text for $0.75 minute. It employs human transcribers. 

PODCAST DIRECTORIES

  • Grepr Podcasts - A directory that makes recommendations by finding patterns in your interests and comparing the interests of others. 
  • Yahoo Podcasts - Explore podcasts, listen to them, subscribe to them and even create your own.
  • MobilCast - directory of podcasts and radio shows, complete with playlists.
  • PodcastAlley - a podcast directory with over 30,000 podcasts. Maintains a monthly top list.
  • DigitalPodcast - a simple, categorized podcast directory
  • Podcast.net - a very comprehensive podcast directory; contains tens of thousands of podcasts. 
  • PodcastDirectory.com - a directory of podcasts with a top list, a list of featured podcasts, and categorization.
  • PodcastDirectory.org- a simple directory with a very clean layout.
  • Podfeed.net - on Podfeed you can host and share your podcast, find podcasts, as well as read and write podcast reviews.
  • iAmplify - A premium directory where you pay to download self-help podcasts. 
  • Earkive - Directory that lets you listen to podcasts on your phone (mobile or landline) 

LIVE PODCASTING

  • Talkshoe - Create your own live talkshow or interactive podcast.
  • Waxxi - Audio shows streamed live, mainly with notable technologists. Once recorded, the live shows are available as podcasts.
  • NowLive - A social network that lets anyone create a live, interactive talk show. Stickam for audio, in some ways. 

PODCAST HOSTING (PREMIUM)

  • PodcastSpot - Offers both free and premium podcast hosting. 
  • SwitchPod - a podcast hosting service, with unmetered bandwidth, statistics and even some promotional opportunities.
  • Hipcast - create audio, video materials and podcasts and post them to your blog.
  • Libsyn - Liberated Syndication will host your podcasts for a modest monthly fee. 

PODCAST SEARCH

  • Everyzing - Audio and video search engine.
  • Podscope - an audio and video search engine that searches the words spoken in podcasts.
  • Pluggd - Discover and share podcasts, and search for specific parts of podcasts using advanced search technology called HearHere.
  • PodNova - Podcast search and community. 

PODCAST FORUMS

PODCAST CREATION SOFTWARE (OFFLINE)

  • Propaganda - Create professional podcasts including background music, jingles, crossfading and more. Windows only. Free trial, $49.95 to buy. 
  • Audacity - Free, open source software for recording and editing audio. Versions for Mac OS X, Windows, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
  • Adobe Soundbooth - Advanced audio editing from Adobe. Windows and Mac. Free trial, $199 to buy.
  • Wildvoice Podcast Studio - Record audio, add music and sound effects and upload to Wildvoice.com or other sites. Windows only.
  • SnapKast - Podcast creation for Windows. $79.99.

PODCAST CREATION SOFTWARE (ONLINE)

  • Odeo - Perhaps the most popular podcasting platform. It allows you to record audio within your browser, embed it anywhere and create your own audio channels.
  • Hipcast - Record high-quality audio right through the web browser or your phone. No additional software needed.
  • Gcast - Record, mix and broadcast your podcasts. You can record messages by phone and upload MP3 files from your computer.
  • Podomatic - This site lets you record video and audio online directly from your browser. You can also receive in line calls from listeners wanting to leave voice comments.
  • ClickCaster - create, broadcast and sell your very own radio shows and podcasts. You can record audio right from your browser or upload an existing MP3.
  • Wild Voice Shout Recorder - Online service that lets you record audio files through an intuitive interface but doesn't let you edit them or add special effects. 

MISCELLANEOUS PODCASTING TOOLS

  • Enablr - make your podcasts indexed and searchable.
  • PodShow - a network that brings audio, video, podcasts, and music to your computer, iPod, mobile device, or television.
  • Divicast - enhance your podcast with images and text and share it with everyone.
  • Divvycast - where podcasting and music meet. Helps bands to create podcasts.
  • Podbop - Find bands in your city and download free MP3s to your iPod to preview their music ahead of the show.
  • Noisely - Enter a subject you're interested in, and Noisely serves up a selection of podcasts you'll like. Press play, and all the 'casts stream continuously until you stop them.

Musicians need to reach fans; fans want to find musicians. The web is the perfect way to connect them. There are now literally hundreds of music social networks where you can sample a wide variety of music, plus hundreds of online stores and marketplaces that ensure the artist gets a fair cut. Here's our selection of the most interesting services in the online music space. 

INTERNET RADIO 

  • Last.FM - one of the most popular music communities around, with personalized radio stations, a stunning array of social networking features, RSS support and lots more.
  • Slacker - personalized Internet radio which offers a desktop version of the application and a hardware portable music player. Available only in the United States.
  • ShoutCast - A large directory of Internet radio stations, categorized by genre. Streams work in Winamp.
  • Live365 - A directory of web-based Internet radio stations - expect popups.
  • Yahoo! Music - listen to Internet radio and watch music videos on Yahoo's music portal.
  • AOL Music - AOL's take on internet radio. Offers music from XM as well.
  • Pandora - a very popular Internet radio/community which brings you new music based on stuff you like. Works only in the US & Canada at the moment.
  • Yottamusic - a huge music library boasting over 3.4 million songs, accessible from your web browser. 

MUSIC DISCOVERY TOOLS

  • MusicMesh - browse through artists based on their similarities; find tracklists and reviews for albums. 
  • Blogmusik - browse through top lists and listen to popular artists for free.
  • Musicovery - discover new music with this cool take on Internet radio. 

SOCIAL NETWORKS

  • iLike - a community that lets you discover new music based on you and your friends' tastes.
  • PureVolume - a "MySpace for music", albeit with a classier design.
  • ProjectPlaylist - popular site for sharing playlists and posting them to other social networks.
  • Imeem - another playlist-sharing community for artists and fans that also supports embedding of tracks on other social sites and blogs.
  • MP3.com - the famous music site is now a social network similar to MySpace Music.
  • iJigg - a place for indie bands and artists to post their music, which the users can download for free.
  • MOG - a place to share your music and video library and exchange thoughts on music with others.
  • Fuzz - discover new music; artists can sell their music, but there are also free songs to be found on the site.
  • eListeningPost - convert your tracks into preview files, then sell them and keep 94% of the profits.
  • ProjectOpus - Music community for indie bands, complete with widgets to post on MySpace and blogs.
  • Rapspace.tv - social networking for rap and hiphop.
  • Musocity - a music community with profiles for fans, artists, retailers and music venues.
  • Haystack - social networking, playlist sharing and band profiles.
  • Bandbuzz - find and rate music playlists in a Digg-like interface.
  • Midomi - find songs by humming or singing the tune. Then explore profile pages and network with others.
  • Buzznet - large pop culture community with news, videos, photos and member profiles.
  • JukeboxAlive - Upload music and share tracks with friends. Bands can sell their CDs, write a blog and post events to a calendar.
  • MusicHawk - track bands and see band-related news and reviews, as well as information on gigs and new releases. 
  • ReverbNation - social network connecting bands, fans and venues.
  • MusicNation - find new music, watch music videos; if you're an indie/unsigned artist, join for a chance to get exposure or even a record contract. 
  • Grooveshark - an online service that rewards you for sharing, reviewing, and discovering new music (currently in private testing - enter you email address on the homepage to be notified of the launch).
  • Dopetracks - upload and share your tracks and beats, and record music online.
  • Funk Player - a music sharing community where authors can upload songs, while everyone can bookmark, select, listen and comment on them.
  • FIQL - social playlist sharing.
  • Soundflavor - create playlists and share them with other users; meet people with similar taste and discover new music. 
  • FineTune - pick an artist and receive a custom playlist featuring music by that artists and other related artists.
  • MusicMobs - browse through playlists and create your own in a simple interface.

MUSIC SHARING APPLICATIONS AND WIDGETS

  • uPlayMe - a downloadable application that lets you meet people with similar music tastes.
  • DotTunes - share your iTunes collection with friends through your web browser.
  • Audiozue - A Mac OSX application that posts your recently-played iTunes tracks to your MySpace page or blog.
  • Sonific - a music network where you can store the music you hold the rights to, and syndicate it to other sites with SongSpot widgets.
  • Mediamaster - upload your entire music collection and access it from anywhere in the world. You can also publish this music via widgets to any website.
  • BooMP3 - upload and share your MP3s; unlimited hosting.
  • Goombah - an application that scans your iTunes library and connects you with like minded users.
  • Maestro - upload your entire music library and access it from anywhere. 

MUSIC MARKETPLACES

  • iTunes - Apple's overwhelmingly popular music download store is a service that requires little in the way of introduction.
  • Amie Street - music market where music starts with free price, and the price increases as a track becomes more popular (the price never goes above 1 dollar).
  • Emusic - one of the most successful "indie" music stores, with over 100 million DRM-free tracks sold. 
  • Bleep - high-quality MP3s with prices that are a bit high, but offering a great assortment of quality music.
  • MP3 Tunes - an online music store offering 30,000 albums and some 360,000 songs in its catalog.
  • Amazon - a soon-to-come music store which should have a huge assortment of music from big and indie labels alike. 
  • PayPlay.FM - choose between over 1.4 million indie music tracks, and buy them in either MP3 or WMA format.
  • Beatport - a Flash-based music store with an embeddable player.
  • Audio Lunchbox - choose between 2 million DRM-free songs in MP3 or OGG format.
  • Indiepad - buy music from indie artists; if you're an artist, sell music to people directly on the site.
  • Indistr - another audio marketplace that connects indie artists with the listeners.
  • Mtraks - an indie music marketplace with a very interesting and quite strong music collection in store.
  • MagnaTune - here you'll find an assortment of music from various genres, ranging from electronica, rock and chillout to metal & punk.
  • Jamendo - an online music repository offering thousands of albums for free while still protecting the artists' intellectual rights.
  • Musicane - buy and sell audio, video and ringtones. 
  • Musiclovr - music search, recommendations and a store. Purchases are made via Amazon and iTunes.
  • MySpace Music / Snocap - through Snocap's embedded music stores, bands on MySpace sell tunes to the social network's huge audience. Bands can also sign up for Snocap independently and sell music elsewhere. 

JAMMING

  • Ejamming - jam with other musicians and record music online.
  • Kompoz - compose music with other musicians. Record a track, then invite other musicians to add their own instruments. 
  • Jamnow - a musical collaboration site where you can jam with other musicians. Jam sessions can be broadcast live. 
  • Indaba - listen to completed music or works in progress and give your feedback; join in the music-making sessions or start your own.
  • JamJunky - have a song that's not quite finished yet? Or, better yet, have a dozen? Organize them with JamJunky. 

KARAOKE

  • Singshot - the "YouTube of Karaoke": record yourself singing along to popular music and listen to others doing the same.
  •  kSolo - sing along to backing tracks, and rate the recordings of others. 

REMIXING

  • Jamglue - remix your music online and listen to other users' mixes.
  • Splice - upload samples, remix them and post them for others to hear.
  • YourSpins - mix your own version of your favorite track, share it and post it to your blog or MySpace page. 

MOBILE MUSIC SERVICES

  • Flotones - a mobile social network which allows indie bands and artists to sell their content for use on mobiles.
  • Entertonement - a large directory of ringtones, with top lists and categorization for easier browsing.
  • Mercora - a social radio network that enables you to search and listen to over 3.5 million songs; offers an application for listening to music on your smartphone. 

MUSIC CHARTS

  • Billboard - home of the Billboard charts, with music videos and reviews.
  • MTV's music charts - MTV charts and videos. Videos playable only in the US.
  • ChartU - a "Digg for music": vote on tracks to boost them up the chart. 

ARTIST DATABASES

  • Allmusic - probably the most comprehensive music database on the Internet. If your favorite artists aren't there, well, then you're listening to some pretty unknown artists. 
  • Pandora Backstage - artist profiles and discographies from the personalized streaming service. You can create a custom radio station straight from an artist's page. 

LYRIC DATABASES

  • AbsoluteLyrics - Lyrics for all major artists.
  • Hot Lyrics - huge alphabetized lyrics database. Hard to navigate, but lots of content. 

MUSIC SEARCH ENGINES

  • Qloud - Music search meets social networking. Currently back in private testing once, but Mashable has a review here. The service that launches next may be substantially different, however.
  • FindSounds - a search engine for sound effects and music instrument samples.
  • Musipedia - find and listen to songs based on keywords you provide.

AUDIO CONVERSION TOOLS

  • Zamzar - converts all sorts of file formats, including several audio formats.
  • Media Convert - a media converter with a huge amount of options.
  • MediaConverter - a media converter that can be slow and needs polishing, but can sometimes yield really good results. 

MISCELLANEOUS MUSIC AND AUDIO TOOLS

  • Bluegrind - converts text to audio.
  • BePopular - find gigs in UK and Ireland and get your tickets.
  • Getabuz - create voicemail and audio e-cards online.
  • iden.tify.us - can't figure out where a certain melody comes from? Identify it with the help of this service. 
  • Houndbite - share funny audio clips from your life with other users, with the possibility to earn prizes.

Source :http://mashable.com/2007/07/23/online-media/#G5JhDZjeokqA

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