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SoundCloud Launches Cool Recording Features, Aims At Wider Market

November 30th, 2010 11:37 admin View Comments

Today, SoundCloud, an audio platform that has concentrated on music makers so far, makes a significant pivot into the wider sphere of audio sharing. Up until now SoundCloud has done a pretty incredible job of attracting well known artists to its platform such as The Foo Fighters, Kylie, Deadmau5, Moby and Caribou, who have used it to effectively socialise their music. But today Soundcloud releases the ability to record sound direct via the site, and via it’s updated iPhone app. That puts it into the realm of pure audio sharing platforms such as Cinch and Audioboo. In other news SoundCloud has also passed two million users.

SoundCloud’s new record facility on the site or iPhone apps lets users capture sound anywhere and put it into their waveform player to share it across social networks, websites, the SoundCloud community or privately between friends. The iPhone app also has the ability to add an image and location to the sound recording. This is exactly what Audioboo and Cinch do already for instance, but the social features on SoundCloud may well trump any existing player right now. Check out the screen grabs below. Having looked at the app I can see that I may shift my own audio recording to SoundCloud because the experience is really very good.

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SoundCloud Launches Cool Recording Features, Aims At Wider Market

November 30th, 2010 11:37 admin View Comments

Today, SoundCloud, an audio platform that has concentrated on music makers so far, makes a significant pivot into the wider sphere of audio sharing. Up until now SoundCloud has done a pretty incredible job of attracting well known artists to its platform such as The Foo Fighters, Kylie, Deadmau5, Moby and Caribou, who have used it to effectively socialise their music. But today Soundcloud releases the ability to record sound direct via the site, and via it’s updated iPhone app. That puts it into the realm of pure audio sharing platforms such as Cinch and Audioboo. In other news SoundCloud has also passed two million users.

SoundCloud’s new record facility on the site or iPhone apps lets users capture sound anywhere and put it into their waveform player to share it across social networks, websites, the SoundCloud community or privately between friends. The iPhone app also has the ability to add an image and location to the sound recording. This is exactly what Audioboo and Cinch do already for instance, but the social features on SoundCloud may well trump any existing player right now. Check out the screen grabs below. Having looked at the app I can see that I may shift my own audio recording to SoundCloud because the experience is really very good.

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New Twitter Logos And New Rules: Don’t Use Old Ones, Don’t Screencap Others’ Tweets

October 29th, 2010 10:15 admin View Comments

Today on the Twitter blog, the company wrote a post that was all of three sentences to let people know about their new logos. Yay!

But there’s actually quite a bit more to it then it seems.

If you follow the link they provide to Guidelines page, you’ll find some interesting tidbits. Among them:

  • Don’t: “Use anything other than the most current versions of the Twitter logos.”
  • Don’t: “Use screenshots of other people’s profiles or Tweets without their permission.”

Both are interesting because both are broken all the time. Well, okay the first one doesn’t quite count yet because Twitter just officially launched their new logos. But hundreds if not thousands of sites around the web have been using old or fake Twitter logos to represent the company for a long time.

The the latter rule is even more potentially troublesome. Tweets are known to be public items, but Twitter is saying you can’t use screenshots of them without permission. We do this all the time. So does just about every other publication. We’ve never been told this is wrong, but now Twitter is saying it’s a no-no.

A few months ago, Twitter tried to come up with their own solution for this with their own Blackbird Pie tweet embed tool. It’s interesting that in their post on it, they never said this screen-grabbing of tweets was wrong. In fact, they note “Mostly, we just think it’s a pain to take screen grabs of tweets.” Notice they call it a “pain”, not “wrong”.

Twitter does say it’s fine to use others’ tweets that you have permission to use. But again, isn’t this stuff already public?

Also interesting:

  • Do: Make sure that if mentioning “Tweet,” you include a direct reference to Twitter (for instance, “Tweet with Twitter”) or display the Twitter marks with the mention of “Tweet.”

This would seem to be all about Twitter gaining the trademark to the word “tweet”, which they’ve been trying unsuccessfully to do. They also later note, “Please remember to capitalize the T in Twitter and Tweet!”

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Making Closed Software Act Like It’s Open

April 6th, 2010 04:16 admin View Comments

The Installer writes “Researchers from the University of Washington have managed to add customization and accessibility options to proprietary software without ever touching the source code. Rather than alter program code, Prefab looks for the pixels associated with the blocks of code used to paint applications to a screen, grabs hold of them, and alters them according to whatever enhancements the user has chosen to apply. Any user input is then fed back to the original software, still running behind the enhanced interface.”

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