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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Discover New Music with SONGRIO



A quick recommendation:

If you'd like to discover good music - Try Songrio.
It's a nice site that allows you to upload, listen and rate songs.

Just navigate between the genres and find your favorites songs. Songrio also showing you a list of ‘Top 5’song on the main page or you can use their search engine if you look for something specific. Most likely that you'll easily find what you're looking for.

I actually like this site layout, very pleasant on the eyes. Songrio player is simple yet satisfactory.

You can comment on a song or add a link to your facebook account or del.icio.us but you don't have the ability (yet?) to embed a song to your blog. resembles service that do let you embed songs to your site is iJigg.



Discover new music is always a treat for me.
posted by Orli Yakuel at 7:18 PM 0 comments

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Build any Widget with Beon RSS Factory!



Beon is a project to create a "method" for developing widgets on a quick and simple way. The widgets are independent, you do not need to download a platform like in "Yahoo Engine".
All you need is:
Windows 2000, 2003, XP and,
Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0

Beon applications lets you establish a direct link between your computer and any Internet resource. I like the idea behind the name "beon" - It's the result of combining the English words "Be On", which mean being online of course.

Close mode:

Open mode:


I have to admit, I'm hooked!
I've been playing with Beon Rss Factory for hours and I just can't get enough. It's absolutely great application. Very easy and fan to use. I just hope they will add the ability to grab a code for your blog or webpage because for now you can only use it for your personal needs. (unless beon will decide to add my widgets on their gallery to enable other people to download them)

As I've said, the platform is really great, clean and pretty and you can choose ot change:
1) the header color
2) text header color
3) text header content
4) body background color
5) body text color (post titles)
6) logo image of your blog or web site
In each case the system will open a popup window where you can change the details using the form fields and color palette.



I think the bottom line is what you get:
Free widgets on your desktop that looks cool, works fast and have great usability.
You built it, It's your own favorites content - Wonderful deal.

All you need is your desirable RSS links and you can start have fun with this Factory Tool.
Oh.. you might have to need some free time too..

Enjoy.

*I had some issues with some RSS links from digg and other blogs that I wanted to add, even mine. I really hope that the Beon team will fix this problem soon.

Digg
posted by Orli Yakuel at 10:28 AM 2 comments

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Organize your Employees Working Schedules



Rota Board Is an employee schedule maker that allows you to create working schedules the easiest way. This is a very powerful and useful tool that you can use over and over again to help you organize your employees schedules at your business or if you are the employee your self it makes it real easy to track your working hours or to see if you can switch shifts with others employees.

  • Simple and easy drag & drop interface
  • Create regular and recurring shifts (define your shift patterns)
  • Customisable shift types (Holidays, Training etc).
  • Send notifications and share your online rota with your staff members
  • See your staff's weekly payable hours at a glance


All of that in a very clean and elegant interface, built with AJAX for easy drag and drop functionality and faster data input without page reloads which makes it real simple to create a schedule and manage your team.

Watch Demo and Screenshots:
posted by Orli Yakuel at 8:47 PM 1 comments

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Simon Willison Explains how OpenID works


OpenID is a simple single sign-on mechanism that allows you to login at multiple websites with the same identity.

Here's a good video that explains, how OpenID works.



You can find services that already (and will), support, OpenID in these two
TechCrunch posts.

A word about Simon Willison, After I saw his great presentation at the FOWA-07 last week, I just have to say that this is how you should address your service if you have one.
If you own a startup, you should really try to find Simon's presentation. The way he talks, with so much passion, will not leave you apathetic to this service.
posted by Orli Yakuel at 7:49 PM 0 comments

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Create Wall Posters in a Snap!



Block Posters Is a good tool that allows you to upload any image, choose how many sheets wide you would like your poster to be and then print it at your own home.

Step 1: Upload your image - Up to 1MB size per file. Make sure that the resolution of this image is for at list 300DPI otherwise you'll get a non quality print.

Step 2: Slice your image as shown in the screenshot below - You're the one that choose how big will be you poster!



Step 3: Download the PDF file that you'll get and start printing your new poster.
(just make sure that you have enough ink in your printer..)



Block Posters is really fun and easy to use. Check out for your self some good examples in their Gallery.

I'm planing of making my self a wall poster that look something like this:

That should be AWESOME on the wall!
posted by Orli Yakuel at 1:27 PM 0 comments

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Photagious - Have Fun with your Photos



Photagious is an online photo sharing site that allows you to create slideshows with music, titles, graphics, thought bubbles and more. You can order prints online, archive your photos and manage your photos all in one place.

Add music to your slideshow


Now.. hold it.. the service is not FREE. But listen what you'll get with low cost as 3.95$ a month:

  • Unlimited space -You can upload as many photos as you like
  • Your photos are safe and secure
  • Order prints online
  • Simple photo management with tagging
  • Easily combine photos, music, video and animation
  • Completely customizable theams
  • No ads!



  • Photagius archive the original photos that you upload so you never have to worry about losing photos again. This gives you the option to share the original photo if you choose. You can also crop, rotate, adjust your photos as you see fit. At any time you can restore any photos that was originally uploaded.

    If you own a site or blog you can embed any slideshow or picture to any site you choose. If you are a pro users you can even embed video.



    The interface of this service is Amazing! all built with wonderful flash. Check out this nice slideshow for example: Cat in the Box

    You can sign-up here for your free trial.

    posted by Orli Yakuel at 5:48 PM 2 comments

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    Friday, February 16, 2007

    Create your own Photo Strips [FUN TOOL]



    Comeeko lets you take your photos and put them into nice photo strips.
    It's a fun tool and very easy to use - just follow 4 steps and you can share cool photo strips with your friends:

    1. Select a comic strip layout - Selecting the layout will determine how many photos you can upload. It will also create the layout for your comic strip. You can change the layout if you want.
    2. Configure your photo strip layout - Set border width, colors, cell spacing, background color, etc..
    3. Select panel to edit and upload your photo for this panel
    4. Save your work!

    Comeeko owns a big gallery of objects that you can place on your photos. Just drag & drop the object into the panel while you're editing the photo.

    Share your creation via email. Commeko also provide you with some HTML code to embed the strips in your blog or your web page. (you can even choose your desirable size)

    Comeeko project brought to you by Golden Orb Technologies. Maybe you'll be familiar with their other great project :Pikipimp

    a comic strip!

    posted by Orli Yakuel at 5:43 PM 1 comments

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    Tuesday, February 13, 2007

    Now I'm Ready to add SNAP Previews



    I have to admit, I had some issues with Snap Preview Anywhere service.
    I like to be unique and with the old Snap, I felt like everyone has the same feature. Moreover, sometimes it bugged me to see Snap Preview Anywhere bubble jump with every mouse move on a link or icon..

    But bygone that.. I'm taking my words back and asking you to try Snap Preview Anywhere - If you're not one of the 600,000 users that already use Snap on their site or blog.

    So what's new and what's make the different?

  • You can choose your own color theme
  • You can add your logo to the Preview bubble
  • You can choose to include a Snap Link Icon and Trigger (similar to the experience on TechCrunch and here)
  • You can also choose to put a Snap Preview Anywhere Badge on your site to give your users the option to turn on previews (in this case previews will be off by default to all users, unless the individual user chooses to turn them on)


  • Also. Snap allow end-users a greater control on the experience - using the Options menu on every preview window, end users could easily change the time before the preview window shows or disable previews.

    So, if you familiar with what's going on with the web today, you can't ignore the fact that Snap Preview Anywhere is a very powerful application.
    Now it looks like Snap simply took all the comments and the feedback and improved their bubble by publishing a major update with cool features on it and I like it! I like the way you can customize and personalize the look and behavior of Snap on your web page or blog.

    Sign up here

    Digg :-)

    posted by Orli Yakuel at 10:08 PM 2 comments

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    Friday, February 09, 2007

    Zlango Web - Say it in a Different Way!



    Zlango has created a new, inspiring icon based language which transforms web and mobile messaging into an expressive, juicy, colorful icon-based experience.

    Now you can use Zlango on the web, share it with your friends, embed it in your blog posts and add some colorful into your web-life.

    The best way to start is to go the to label that said language and learn about the meaning of the Zlango Icons Language from the Zlango Language Dictionary:



    Think you get the picture(s)? Go to next step: Create - Here you can create messages using the Zlango icons. You can say almost anything you want and have a lot of fun while you doing it.
    For example:


    Also you can send your Zlango messages by e-mail or publish it on Zlango
    website. If you want to get more inspiration, you can go here and discover what others are publishing right now.

    Zlango is a beautiful flash based site built by Mantis.

    Digg story in here.

    Labels:

    posted by Orli Yakuel at 6:31 PM 1 comments

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    Wednesday, February 07, 2007

    Go2web20 Relaunched!

    Go2web20 relaunched 2 days ago, with exciting new features!

    Following the initial announcement of the relaunch on TechCrunch, we were fortunate or unfortunate to suffer from the "TechCrunch effect", and were not available for a while due to the massive traffic from Mike's blog. We've fixed what needed to be fixed, and everything is up and running again. Sorry about that!


    Here is what we rolled out in this relaunch:

    • Code redesign for faster and smoother experience
    • UI redesign
    • More information on each application using Ajax (Blogsphere news, tags, service status)
    • Tools – Web 2.0 Book (printable version), Firefox extension for quick access to the site.

    But here is the really big thing: We've created the Go2Web20 plugin tool that provides each and every application with the ability to add their own widget in the application panel. So now the application value and benefits to the user can be exposed directly through the Go2Web20 application information panel!

    This feature is one of our advertising option .

    For example, if you'll write in the search box the name YEDDA, and click on their logo, you'll see inside the panel their cool all into one widget that looks like that:



    That gives you the option to explore YEDDA right from their panel at our application.

    See more examples at the screenshots below:




    As you can see, we're trying to make Go2web20 as useful and interesting as it can be. We feel that the Go2Web20 plugin is a big step in this direction! Applications can add functionality, RSS, videos, links, anything that can fit inside a 190x180 IFrame (hosted on the application site).

    Another feature that we've worked hard on is to make the application faster and smoother and you'll notice that the searching and navigation is a real pleasure, fun and easy to use.

    Future plans

    We have lots of features in our future plans, some are under development. We are releasing now without these features to let you enjoy it, but we have no problem letting you know about these plans:

    • User ratings, including sorting by rating
    • Collecting personal favorites, sharing them in a personal URL, showing off using a widget…
    • Permalink to application, tag, search ,user’s favorites, etc…
    • Unique! We are working on a dynamic screensaver that exposes random and new services and keeps the user updated passively.

    So stay tuned for that!

    BTW, have you notice the sound in the applicaion? :)

    posted by Orli Yakuel at 12:16 PM 9 comments

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    Saturday, February 03, 2007

    Radio.blog.club Goes Wii!



    If you still don't know what Radio.blog.club is all about I suggest you warmly to go to the site (NOW) and make your favorites playlist. Radio.blog.club is on my top applications list for 2006 and I use it on a daily basis for a long time now.

    Now you can visit radio.blog.club through Opera browser on your Nintendo Wii. Go on the Internet Channel and type "radioblogclub" or "jukeblog".

    Watch this cool video for a demo.

    posted by Orli Yakuel at 5:55 PM 2 comments

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    The Easiest way to Arrange a Meeting



    If you wish to set a meeting with your colleagues quickly and easily, Diarised is perfect for you. This service is very useful for people that don't have free time on their hands.

    5 simple steps:
    • Enter the details of your proposed meeting into Diarised, including the meeting invitees and the possible times and dates for the meeting.
    • Diarised sends out emails to all invitees.
    • The invitees choose the times that suit them best.
    • Once the invitees have chosen their preferred meeting dates, Diarised will give you a summary of the best dates for you to choose from.
    • All meeting invitees will be sent an email confirming the chosen date and time.

    There's no signup required!

    Arrange your meeting

    posted by Orli Yakuel at 4:52 PM 3 comments

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    Friday, February 02, 2007

    One Click Photo Fixing



    Picnick is a cool new service that allows anyone to edit photos online.
    Fix underexposed photos, crop, rotate, remove red eyes, or apply effects to your photos.

    Get photos from your computer, your flickr or anyone flickrs, from variety of searches and even right from your webcam. Also you can save your creation as a flickr slid-show, send it by email or save it to your own machine .

    Easily go from this situation:


    To this attractive look:

    Sepia+boost

    Picnik is really quick and easy to use but lots of effect features are still missing (coming soon) so it's limiting your work.

    I prefer PNX8 for now..
    posted by Orli Yakuel at 11:13 AM 1 comments

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