Something that struck me about the latest hwdMediaShare v2 release is how many people jumped to upgrade their good old hwdMediaShare v1 to the shiny new version on their live sites. In some cases the process didn't result as expected, as it usually happens with this major version bumps, and resulted in frustrated users and heads banging against the wall.

While I understand the excitement of having your hwdMediaShare supercharged, the pessimistic in me frowns on the idea of doing in on my live sites without having tested them extensively before on my staging environment. That made think about the reasons why so many experienced professionals make the mistake of doing changes on their live sites without testing them first, and, in some cases, without having a plan to roll back if things go south.

We've just released a major update of the free CNN news videoBox module for Joomla. The module has been completely redeveloped for Joomla 3 and includes some fantastic new features which are discussed below in more detail. The new module can be downloaded from our media apps download pages, and all the documentation has been updated for the new features. 

We wanted to give another update on the status of the new HWDMediaShare gallery development. Over the previous year we have been developing HWDMediaShare v2, which is a major new release designed for Joomla 3. It has already been published to our subscribers as a beta release for a number of months, and we have been getting lots of feedback.

Instagram recently launched a new Hyperlapse app, a new app to capture high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion. Just 18 months ago, hyperlapse was so obscure the term didn’t even have a Wikipedia entry. Then, little more than one year after someone created the wiki, the new Hyperlapse app racked up over 119k posts in its first week, and that's just the Instagram posts that were tagged with #hyperlapse.

We recently returned from another fantastic JoomlaDay in London, and wanted to share some highlights with our community who couldn't make it. JoomlaDay UK is now an annual event held at Sunningdale Park, in west London, and this year's event was the best yet! Thank you to everyone who came. In our industry, we don't often get to meet with the people we work. The Joomla community is very diverse, and I'm always amazed at how friendly, warm and welcoming we are when getting together face to face.

Those people who love old photos and history are now indebted to an academic who's been busy sharing his passion, and his knowledge of coding, to publish millions of copyright-free images on the photo sharing site Flickr.

Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added.

HWD is very excited about sponsoring JoomlaDay UK again this year. It is the biggest Joomla! gathering in the UK, and last year people from around the world gathered to discuss and share their love of Joomla! The world's best CMS.

UpdateWe are excited to announce that HWDMediaShare 1.1.15 was released today. This will be one of the final maintenance releases of the Joomla 2.5 branch. As usual this release includes bug fixes and general stability improvements to the HWDMediaShare gallery software.

Facebook has acquired video advertising firm LiveRail, a tech start-up that helps companies place more relevant ads in the videos that appear on their websites and apps. LiveRail also provides a real-time bidding platform for marketers looking to place ads on online videos.

The firms did not reveal the financial terms, but some reports indicate that Facebook paid between $400m and $500m (£233m and £291m) to buy the firm.