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8 Open Source Projects from Google


For many Google has become the patron saint of open source, and the number of open source projects Google supports or directly develops seems to increase every day. It is a simple browser bookmark that opens the application within your website, making it easy to create sprites, even if you already have a fully-functioning site in place. Google Refine. SpriteMe.

Open Source Web Management and Design Tools


There are several useful free and open source applications available for download that allow you to do everything from designing the graphics for your site to editing blog posts. This list is not comprehensive, but rather provides the categories for each step of website management, as well as open source examples of tools you can use. – Image Editing Software.

Facebook Open-Sources Community Cellular Manager

SocialTimes Facebook

Facebook announced the open-sourcing of a solution aimed at furthering its mission of connecting the world. Software engineers Kurtis Heimeri and Steve Muir and infrastructure strategist Shaddi Hasan announced in a blog post last week that the code for Community Cellular Manager is available via GitHub. The first network utilizing the CCM software went up in a rural area lacking cellular coverage approximately 1.5 CCM requires only basic technical literacy, with a simple web interface for users of the system. hours outside of Manila.

Facebook Open-Sources Surround 360 3-D 360-Degree Camera System

SocialTimes Facebook

Facebook introduced its Surround 360 3-D 360-degree camera system at its F8 global developers conference in April, and this week, the social network open-sourced its specifications. Research scientist Forrest Briggs made the announcement in a blog post : Today we officially open-sourced the specs for Surround 360 , our high-quality 3-D-360 hardware and software video capture system.

Open Source is a feature, not a benefit

The Way of the Web

Open source is a wonderful thing. But reading Matthew Ingram’s post last week about the lack of adoption for an open Twitter alternative highlighted the key reason why so few open source projects become mainstream success stories at the level of WordPress or Firefox. Having open code means projects don’t die because one company or one developer quits.

Facebook’s Favorite Hacks of 2016

SocialTimes Facebook

The social network’s recent addition of an instant-verification component for Account Kit to its Android software-development kit also emerged from a hackathon. Facebook also detailed its work on Nuclide and Atom at its multiple-day Space Camp hackathon: Nuclide is Facebook’s open-source integrated developer environment for iOS, React Native and web development.

Facebook Develops Custom 360-Degree Video Stabilization Technology

SocialTimes Facebook

Other announcements by the social network at @Scale included the open-sourcing of its Zstandard compression algorithm and the deployment of its MyRocks next-generation MySQL storage engine based on RocksDB. By sharing MyRocks with the community through open source, we hope that others can also take advantage of these efficiencies.

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Facebook Opens Lab for Vendors to Test Software on OCP Gear

SocialTimes Facebook

Facebook opened up a lab in its headquarters in Menlo Park , Calif., for vendors to test their software on Open Compute Project hardware. Canonical and Red Hat deployed their most popular software packages to see if there were any compatibility challenges, and the results were what we had hoped for: Nearly every software package worked out of the box on all three components.

On stage for Jigoshop…

The Way of the Web

I recently popped along to the WordPress London Meetup on behalf of my client, Jigoshop, who provide a free, open-source WordPress eCommerce platform. Here’s the presentation – I attempted to go for extra open source kudos points by using Open Office Impress, which then got merged with Rob’s Mac-based slides via Google Docs, causing all sorts of formatting fun.

The Fifteen Classes of the Social Business Software Suite (Q4, 2010)

Fast forward a few years, this space has grown tremendously with an influx of new types of software vendors as well as specialization from a growing market. The social software space has ballooned into a disparate set of technologies, data types, and over 1000 vendors confusing buyers. Early entrants includes Salesforce Ideas, UserVoice and open source Pligg.

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Catching up on essential tech reading: Hackers and The Art of Intrusion

The Way of the Web

It’s interesting that the book ends with the lone figure of Richard Stallman, the ‘last true hacker’ and founder of the Free Software Foundation , as the rise of Free Software / Open Source has fueled a resurgence in open software and hacking which has again led to hardware innovation in 3D Printing, Drone aircraft and more. Mitnick apparently judged the voracity of the exploits and is pretty open about how trustworthy he considers each tale. As a result I recently went on a bit of a secondhand book buying spree on Amazon.

Jigoshop Black Friday Sale: 50% off WordPress eCommerce software

The Way of the Web

Jigoshop is a free, open-source WordPress eCommerce platform which has been available for around two years now, allowing you to set up an online store quickly and easily on any self-hosted WordPress installation. The post Jigoshop Black Friday Sale: 50% off WordPress eCommerce software appeared first on TheWayoftheWeb.

If you’re in or near Nottingham tonight or Birmingham tomorrow…

The Way of the Web

You really, really should try and make it along to see the President and Founder of the Free Software Foundation , Richard Stallman speaking. Regardless of the opinions that he may be difficult to get along with, or whether we should be calling it Free Software or Open Source etc, the fact is that without his work and inspiration, we might not have any of the amazing software which has been produced under the range of ‘Copyleft’ and similar licences, enabling anyone to work with, change, adapt and modify code and evolve it.

Fighting for the internet, and for my son…

The Way of the Web

The reasons I’m against the attempts by large media companies to shore up their moribund traditional business practice by funding politicians to bring in laws are simple: I believe that a free and open internet provides far more benefits to the whole of society than it damages, and that copyright is an incentive for creation which is meant to serve society as a whole, not restrict innovation and ideas in the service of extending profits for large corporations. news open source Personal technology acta pipa protecting the internet protests sopaBuffer.

Thank you and some free books for Christmas reading

The Way of the Web

‘Free Software, Free Society: Collected Essays of Richard Stallman 2nd Edition’ So get downloading, have a read, and maybe you’ll be inspired to help the author and your friends/colleagues/local neighbourhood. Blogging books ebooks free books gaming hacking inspiration marketing open source pdf Virtual Worlds WritingIt’s the season of goodwill, so it seems a perfect time to say thank you to everyone that’s visited my blog, followed or message me on social networks, or kindly referred me to potential new clients. ‘Code Version 2.0′

BitCoin Will Not Vanish just Because It Is Virtual - Social Media

Social Media Network Marketing

The supply of Bitcoins is regulated by software and the agreement of users of the system and cannot be manipulated by any Government, Bank, Organization or Individual. Bitcoin is an open-source; that is, its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin. In order to stay compatible with each other, all users need to use Software complying with the same rules.

Open Software – from watches to newspapers

The Way of the Web

Open Software – from watches to newspapers July 5th, 2010 · View Comments One of the most interesting trends of recent years has been the way that increasing openness has been embraced by a growing number of proprietary business who realise that they probably can’t come up with all the great ideas for a product. I'd love to see this really take off.

5 Things I’ve Learned from Running BizSugar

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

BizSugar is built on Pligg, an open source content management system. We tried working with a few developers who said they knew the software, but in reality, they didn’t. We invested in him learning the software, and he’s now a full time employee. Just because a feature is included in the software doesn’t mean you have to use it. Like this post?

Four SEO Tips for WordPress Websites


One of the great things about and open-source content management systems like WordPress is how easily you can develop plugins and extensions, which once easily installed provide certain functionality that the original software cannot perform. WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system. Optimize Your Page URLs. Get an SEO Plugin. Create an XML Sitemap.

Why Minimalism and My Blog Lack Copyright

Ari Herzog

Magic tricks, haircuts, open source software, tattoos, jokes, fireworks displays, board game rules, perfume smells, and other things come from industries which allow the world to own their work because the world grows smaller when people benefit from it. In the fashion industry, there is trademark protection but no copyright protection. You can’t copy the trademark label.

Six Things to Do Before You Build Your New Website

Spin Sucks

Marketers can find assets hiding in their marketing automation software. Research open source solutions such as WordPress and Drupal to see what will work best for your whole team. By Emily Miller. A website can be a big project—one that takes marketers, developers, stakeholders, and often an agency to do well. Plan For Your Website Launch. Build a Solid Team. Conversion rates.

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How to Create Winning Content & Measure Results

Writtent Blog

For example, Dennys restaurant launched an “ Always Open ” video campaign where popular comedians interviewed each other in diner-style booths in live locations. Image source . When it comes to online marketing, many of us continue to hear that content is still King and with over 60 trillion web pages on the internet, it appears as though the deck is stacked against us. Piwik.

How to Cut Costs with Your Own Support Community

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

The social web has opened the communication floodgates. 3dcart Software Forums : As one of the leading shopping cart software platforms on the market, 3dcart prides itself on customer support. Autodesk WikiHelp : Another software behemoth, Autodesk’s engineering niche introduces a decidedly heavier technical element than previous examples. It’s Worked Before.

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45 Free or Super Cheap Tools for Creating Amazing Visual Content

Writtent Blog

To help you boost your business blogging strategy without an enormous investment in software and apps, we’ve created a comprehensive list of the best free and low-cost tools on the web. Tableau Software. A free version of one of the world’s leading data visualization software, Tableau offers sophisticated options for translating large data sets into compelling imagery.

The two ‘gadget’ purchases I need to make in 2011

The Way of the Web

And there are countless great projects and potential applications for Arduino hardware, so it’s something I’m keen to explore… A Makerbot : OK, so this one is a bit pricier, but I firmly believe that 3D printing is the third part of the most disruptive phase of digital technology we’ve seen (the others being the internet itself, and the open sourcing of ideas).

What Problems Are You Solving?

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In this excellent TEDx Tal k, Tim O'Reilly (founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media and the man behind the reshaping of how technology has changed business) takes a look at what comes after a world in which he coined the terms "open source software," "Web 2.0" (and identified countless other movements in our world that were shaped by technology). open source software.

“Free” Isn’t Free


A free, open source customer relationship management software package, many nonprofits (including ones where both of us worked) adopted it to manage donor and donation information. But because ebase was built on Filemaker, many nonprofits actually had to purchase expensive software to run it. Tweet at @brightplus3 if you’re loving it! But “free” is never free.

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The Top #Nifty50 Women in Technology on Twitter for 2012

Webbiquity SMM

This year, colleague Cheryl Burgess and I changed things up a bit, opening the award to nominations but focusing specifically on outstanding men and women who work for technology companies and are active on social media. As VP Communications at Infusionsoft in Phoenix, Kathy leads a team dedicated to spread awareness of the company’s next-generation email marketing software.

A Tools Guide to Live streaming on Facebook

Razor Social

If you want to go live from a mobile device, you just open up your status update and select ‘live video’ Facebook live. Which software tools can you use to help with broadcasting? Recently, they also announced a blue room, which means you can make sure your live broadcast looks and sounds ok before opening it up to the public. Adding in your sources. Summary.

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Thirteen Tips for Effective Tagging

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Software. Software. A tag is a collaboratively generated, open-ended labeling system that enables Internet users to categorize content such as Web pages, online photographs, and Web links. For example, I dont think the world is especially well-served by having three separate forks for open-source, open_source, and opensource. Jump to Content. Log In.

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The Rise of the T-Shaped Agency Model

Convince & Convert

Think of an agency as a software package, like Microsoft Office. Clients like to purchase an Office Suite; they know they will need word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software and possibly some other add-ons that make a packaged suite very enticing as a model. Contrast that with newer open-source web-based software services like OpenOffice.

19 productivity and time management apps for 2016


A really popular online time tracking software, Toggl is a handy tool for managing and tracking billable time. Real easy to get started with, ProofHub comes not just as a desktop software, but a mobile app too and has been designed to take hassle out of teamwork and collaborative efforts. Nirvana is lot more than just another run-of-the-mill time management software. Basecamp.

Robust Collaboration Tools to Empower the Modern Social Media Marketing Team


Here are 7 powerful tools to get you on the right track and since 97% of businesses already using collaboration software have reported being able to service more clients efficiently , there’s no better time than now. Your ability to communicate and keep your team working cohesively can be a mountain-scaling, yet necessary task for mastering entrepreneurship and selling online. ClickMeeting.

7 Reasons WordPress Rocks for Blogs

The Social Media Incubator is provided by WordPress, the Open Source blogging software. Hosting and managing the software is provided when you work with When using the version of the software, you will need to download and install the free software on your own server or with a 3 rd party website hosting provider. 1. WordPress software is free, and is extremely user-friendly for even a web novice to use (installing/hosting on your own server is a nominal cost for the power it gives you). What’s the difference between the two?

Sizing Up the Social Media Software Market « Social Media Musings by Tom Humbarger

One of the projects was to create an estimate on the size of the social media software market. I analyzed the social media software market size along two dimensions – types of buyers and types of software providers. For types of software providers, I used White Label (average solution cost of $30,000), Budget (average solution cost of $500), Open Source and Free. Open Source – Drupal, Joomla, WordPress, etc. Futurelab's Sigurd Rinde blames the product manager. Budget – vBulletin, Boonex, Ning, etc. Cheers!

You've Heard the Rumors. Here are a Few Predictions That "Just Make Sense" For Facebook's F8

Stay N' Alive

Last year I was pretty close in my prediction (I had the code right - just not exactly what the code did - this was all the launch of Facebook's Social Plugins), having got some clues in their open source Javascript SDK that were launched in the code before they were released to developers. An actual Phone based on their Open Hardware initiative? I'd like to respect that.

Apple vs Microsoft: Tablet Market Clash between iPad and Windows 8


But the open source firmware enjoys a clear edge over iPad in escalating popularity. The Redmond software giant will likely unveil it anytime late this year. So as to promptly gain ground in market with enough apps, Microsoft has even allowed third party open source developers to post apps on Windows Store. New iPad Vs Windows 8 tablets. Windows 8 Vs iOS (iOS 6).

7 Steps to Creating Million-Dollar Web Apps (And a Big Announcement)

Viper Chill

A few weeks ago I asked on the ViperChill Facebook page whether people would be interested in a blog post on how I’ve developed various web software and plugins. Before I get into the core details of how you can go about creating your own software success story, I want to quickly highlight some companies that are making a lot of money. For me, it’s a game changer. Heh.).

Creating and Sharing Videos Online – Quick Guide

The Way of the Web

From webcams and smartphones to RED cinematic cameras for motion pictures, the possibilities have never been more open. Who hasn’t watched a screencast or software tutorial delivered with all the flair of a tax audit? The cost of creating videos has dropped dramatically in recent years, leading to an explosion in the footage being shot and uploaded across the web. Dailymotion.

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2012 #Nifty50 Top Men in Technology on Twitter

Blue Focus Marketing

In order to qualify this year, each #Nifty50 nominee had to work for a technology company such as software, hardware, IT services or telecom. Based in Barrie, Ontario (just north of Toronto), Chris is CTO and co-founder of gShift Labs , a developer of web presence optimization software for midsized companies and agencies. Gil Yehuda is the Director of Open Source at Yahoo!