The photo sharing website, Flickr, turned 10 years old earlier this month. It is a milestone that has been marked by many other popular services recently like LinkedIn, WordPress, and Facebook. The photo-sharing social network made its first appearance back in February 10, 2004 and has seen itself go through some highs and lows since that time. However, it has remained active in the face of tough competition from the likes of Photobucket, Shutterfly, Snapfish, and others.

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UpdateWe are excited to announce that HWDMediaShare 1.1.13 was released yesterday. This will be one of the final maintenance releases of the Joomla 2.5 branch (a new branch for Joomla 3 will be released shortly). As usual this release includes some minor bug fixes to the HWDMediaShare component, including improvements to the HWD javascript framework and CSS style sheets. Additionally, we've included some Joomla 3 compatibility fixes, especially relating to the automatic conversions. We've changed the remote plugin framework to improve coverage for imports from media websites which use different subdomains in different geographic locations. For example, uk.extreme.com and us.extreme.com will all now work under a single remote plugin. The Strapped template overrides have also been updated for compatibility with the latest gallery component.

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) launched their popular iPlayer service in 2007, which is an internet television and radio service. It allows audiences to watch previous television shows and listen to previous radio shows from their numerous stations. Before the launch in December 2007, the BBC had hoped the service would reach half a million users in its first six months. This turned out to be a gross underestimate, as 3.5 million programmes were streamed or downloaded in the first three weeks alone.

In October of this year, the corporation announced a new digital music product, BBC Playlister, partnering with Spotify, YouTube and Deezer. The new digital service will let audiences add and save their favourite tracks heard on the BBC to a personal online playlist, which they can then export to one of the BBC’s digital music partners where they can hear the music in full. Music fans will also get hand-picked recommendations from their favourite DJs and presenters.

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Vimeo has got a great way for content creators to charge for their videos, which can now either be sold or rented. The New York-based video-hosting site announced the new Vimeo On Demand feature earlier in the year, as a way for its paying users to sell their works online as part of a new program.

The Vimeo On Demand feature is available to its paying Pro users (a $199 a year service), and allows them to sell access to their videos to other users. Video creators can set their own price for the video, and then get a 90/10 revenue split. This means users keep 90 percent of the revenue. Other features include the option for video makers to select where exactly they want their video to be available, as well as the design of the page around it.

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Flickr is adding a one-click printed photo book feature for its users, Yahoo's photo-sharing site announced Tuesday. This continues a series of announcements and acquisitions which started late last year, and mark continued investment by Yahoo in rebuilding the once-dominant platform.

Since the revamp of its iPhone app late last year Flickr has seen a series of updates including a complete redesign of its web presence, the launch of an Android app and the ‘gift' of 1 terabyte of free storage space to every user. 

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We are currently in the progress of upgrading the HWDMediaShare website, to bring you easier access and improved services. We will write more on these upgrades in the coming weeks. One of our aims was to improve the integration with social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Improved integration with these networks should increase engagement and ultimately increase the number of people who see our news.

Facebook and Twitter offer widgets to insert data from your accounts onto your website. In the case of Twitter, this could be your recent tweets, or your number of followers. Like many of you, we find the social widgets offered by Facebook and Twitter very difficult to work with. It isn't possible to change the output from these widgets, and they have very limited options for styling the display.

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Joomla! Day UK 2013 was a great Joomla! event. The conference ran over the weekend of the 5-6 October in Ascot, near London. HWDMediaShare was very proud to sponsor the Developer stream for the weekend, and we would like to extend our thanks to Jodee Peevor, Ruth Cheesley and all the rest of the Joomla! Day UK team for all their hard work.

 

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UpdateWe are excited to announce that HWDMediaShare 1.1.12 has been released today. This maintenance release includes some minor bug fixes to the HWDMediaShare component. It includes some major new functionality in the HWDKaltura component, improving the synchronization with single Kaltura accounts. Specifically, the tool now cleans up old media and categories that have been removed from Kaltura and also uses the creation date from Kaltura for the creation date of the media in HWDMediaShare. The release also includes some Joomla 3 compatibility fixes in the CLI interface which came into software through more recent versions of Joomla 3. We have also updated the Strapped template overrides for HWDMediaShare to ensure continued compatibility.

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In the past decade, young and creative individuals saw massive, and in most cases unexpected, success making and sharing videos for everything from music and sketch comedy to make-up tips. Since the development of revenue sharing opportunities on Youtube and other popular video sharing websites, these individuals can now earn a full time living from making video content.

Now large numbers of video makers are trying to cash in on the opportunities afforded by web video. It has become a career for thousands of video creators, with some making hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

 

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Sony has confirmed plans to sell two stand-alone lenses that connect to smartphones by wi-fi, allowing them to take higher-quality photos. In a bid to take mobile photography in a new direction Sony has launched the QX-100 and QX-10, claiming they are essentially a new category of consumer product, offering the high quality photography of digital cameras whilst connecting to users' smartphones for adjusting and cropping images, and sharing them via social media.

 

 

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