New Media Picks Of The Week: Sharewood Picnic 58
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- Create presentations, slideshows and outlines right in your web browser
- Translate RSS feeds from blogs and podcasts into foreign languages
- Access to your favorite RSS feeds, blogs and news channels directly from your mobile
- Upload photos and videos and share them over the Internet
- Social networking site that also provides a video and photo hosting service
- Host your images for free and get paid when you show your images to other people
- Create your personal network and start sharing music, photos, videos, podcasts and blogs
- Receive any RSS feed via all major instant messengers
- Watch and listen to podcasts directly from the web
- Social networking and blogging destination specifically designed for kids from ages 8 to 14
- Set up online groups where people can hold conversations and share information
- Create an RSS feed even if you don't have a web site
- Utility for Windows that enables you to remove the Microsoft "Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications" tool
The Sharewood Picnic is Robin Good's weekly collection of the most interesting new media tools and resources he has run into during his daily research and online explorations.
Thumbstacks is a web-based service that allows you to create presentations - like slideshows, or outlines - right in your web browser. Create and edit slides online with Word-like rich-text editing controls and with images and drawings from anywhere on the web. When you're done, you can share your presentations with anyone, anywhere, just by sending them a link. Thumbstacks works with all major browsers. Free to use.
Nativetext is a web service that translates RSS feeds from blogs and podcasts into foreign languages. Foreign language translation is performed by a network of humans around the world, not machines. Register your website and Nativetext will grab your RSS feeds every few hours making the information available to translators. Translated pages are saved, validated, then distributed to readers and RSS subscribers around the world through NLS (native language syndication). Free to use.
WidSets is a service that allows you to access to your favorite RSS feeds, blogs, news and other useful information directly from your mobile. You can use WidSets' bookmark feature to create a link to pages you come across with widgets. You can also make your own widget and pop it onto your website for everyone to use. You'll need access to the Internet and a mobile phone with support for Java MIDP 2.0. Free to use.
Pickle is a new online service that lets you upload and share photos and videos over the Internet. In addition, Pickle blends web and e-mail-based sharing to create a service that lets people manage and share the way they actually want to. You can only sign up for an account if you receive an invitation from Pickle. Free sign up.
vidiLife is an online social networking site that also provides a video and photo hosting service. vidiLife has many options to help you share your favorite videos: you can embed them onto any web site simply by clicking on any video and getting the code being displayed right below the video player. vidiLife is free to use.
ImageGravy is a free service that allows you to upload and host images online. What makes Imagegravy different from the rest is a unique revenue sharing model that compensates users for directing their friends and family to see their hosted images. When a member hosts a gallery, they can then show this gallery to others. Each time this is done, the member is paid. Free.
Uspot allows you to create your own personal network and to start sharing music, photos, videos, podcasts and blogs. First you need to create a channel that other users can subscribe to. After you have created your new podcast channel you can start adding shows to it. You can view and edit your personal profile, upload media files and create new media folders. Uspot also allows you to use your personal mailbox, manage your own fan club and join other people's fan clubs. Free to use.
InstantFeed is a service that allows you to receive any web feed (RSS or Atom) via all major IM carriers including MSN Messenger, Jabber, AIM and ICQ. You can add the InstantFeed Button to your bookmark toolbar and let InstantFeed auto-discover feeds on any page or login and add the feeds you want to monitor manually. Free to use.
Moqvo is a web-based service that aggregates podcasts feeds from major networks and enables you to watch and listen to them directly from within your browser. Moqvo offers "channels" with content such as New York Times podcasts and Comedy Central video clips. Users subscribe to an RSS feed by dragging and dropping a "channel" into a user's personalized page. Free to use.
Imbee is the first social networking and blogging destination specifically designed for kids from ages 8 to 14. Imbee allows you to generate a blog page which supports text and graphics and upload, post and share various photo and image files. Imbee requires a parent or guardian to submit a valid credit card to be used for authentication during registration. The basic Imbee account is free. A paid account comes at US $3.95 per month or $39.95 per year. You can try out full features for 90 days, after which your account will be charged monthly.
OnlineGroups enables you to create your own sites with online groups where people can hold conversations and share information in groups in a web-based context. With OnlineGroups all your online groups are on your own site. Explore the demo group, find out more or start a site. First group free for up to six months.
FeedXS is a service that allows you to create as many RSS feeds as you need. Once you have created your feed on FeedXS, people will need a feed reader to be able to read your feed. FeedXS lets you create a feed even if you don't have a web site. FeedXS requires registration. Free to use.
RemoveWGA is a utility for Windows that enables you to remove the Microsoft "Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications" tool, which connects to Microsoft servers every time you boot. Basically, Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications sends information to Microsoft to make sure that you have a legit copy of Windows. Nonetheless, connecting to Microsoft brings security issues for corporate networks, and privacy issues for everyone. It is also unclear which information are transmitted, despite Microsoft's official clarifications. Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications is different from Windows Genuine Advantage Validation: RemoveWGA only removes the notification part and does not touch the Validation part. RemoveWGA is compatible with Windows XP. Free download.
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