Since September last year, a YouTube user named Webdriver Torso has uploaded over 80,000 videos on to their channel, most of which have been 11-second clips inexplicably filled with colored rectangles. The channel's eccentric patterns eventually drew the attention of the internet, leading to multiple attempts at understanding the true purpose behind Webdriver Torso.

Cisco has released a comprehensive report forecasting IP traffic up to and including 2018, and estimates global net traffic will triple within five years to a total of 131 exabytes of data per month. More people watching higher quality video would drive the huge increase, it said in its annual data report. This amounts to a million minutes of video crossing the net every second in 2018.

The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) contains estimates of projected IP traffic based on what the company terms "a combination of analyst projections, in-house estimates and forecasts, and direct data collection."

"Today, we are firmly in the 'Zettabyte Era' and witnessing incredible innovations and shifts in the industry," said Cisco VP of products and solutions marketing Doug Webster when announcing the VNI, citing what he called the "Internet of Everything", network mobility, and the onslaught of 4K video as primary drivers of the projected increase in IP traffic.

About 79% of all data in 2018 would be video compared with only 66% at the end of 2013, it said.

Facebook is rumored to be working on the development of its new video-chat app known as Slingshot, according to a new report from the Financial Times. The new app supposedly allows users to send short video messages. Slingshot is likely to be a standalone app from Facebook's popular text app Facebook Messenger.

This initiative was undertaken by Facebook soon after its efforts to acquire mobile-messaging startup, Snapchat failed in Oct 2013. This new app is considered to be an endeavor on Facebook's part to clone its rival Snapchat's messaging app. Snapchat enables users to send photos that automatically disappear after a few seconds, while in Slingshot users tap a contact's profile picture to instantly send a photo or short video, which the recipient can view only once.

Server Administration

One of the less pleasant chores of setting up hwdMediaShare on your shiny new server is to install ffmpeg, the wonderful open-source tool able to convert pretty much every existing multimedia format to the de-facto standard for web browsers and mobile devices alike.

What with ffmpeg being such a popular tool, it is generally included in the repositories of all Linux distributions, although unfortunately most of the times it's an outdated version or lacks support for state of the art codecs. In practice usually you'll need to get your hands dirty and compile ffmpeg from the source code along all with the goodies required to make your video portal shine.

If you've ever gone through our 15-page installation guide, you know what I'm talking about. I've performed the installation literally hundreds on times in virtually all Linux flavors and I find myself occasionally tripping and banging my head against the wall asking why it failed this time, so I can sympathize with users facing the installation for the first time.

Hopefully the omnibus-mct packages will put at end to all this madness.

The HWD team is pleased to announce the availability of HWD MediaShare 2.0 RC4 for Joomla 3. This is the first public release candidate (RC) of the next major release for the HWD MediaShare gallery, and has been specifically developed for the exciting new features in Joomla 3 and above.

UpdateWe are excited to announce that HWDMediaShare 1.1.14 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 improvements to the HWDMediaShare gallery software.

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.

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, and will all now work under a single remote plugin. The Strapped template overrides have also been updated for compatibility with the latest gallery component. As well as these there are many other fixes and improvements, which can all be seen in the changelog.

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.

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.