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Monday, September 27, 2010

How to Bring Your Entire iTunes Music Library to the Cloud



Let's begin with an amazing fact - this awesomely made music player was built by a 17- year old, Charles Allatt. It is always so inspiring and impressive to see such creativity at this age.
Vye Music is a web-player (and I haven't seen too many of these lately) that simply lets you listen to the music you like and share it with your friends wherever they may be. You can listen to music without registering, but you won't have the ability to share tracks, create playlists, and save favorite music unless you create an account.


Take a moment or two to absorb the interface, you might find it a bit messy, but once you understand how it works, you will be able to browse artist's musical discography categorized by albums, which is very convenient. Vye also lists information about each artist and displays a list of similar artists alongside. The Radio mode allows you to refine Vye Music's song suggestions, by selecting preferred artists, and eliminating others - yet, I would actually prefer it if the Radio mode would automatically play similar music based on one artist choice.

Best of all, you can upload your own library and take all your personal music collection to the cloud.
This is how you do it: Go to iTunes > File > Library > Export Library - And save the XML file. Go to Vye Music, click on Upload your Library button (right upper bar), and upload the XML file you just downloaded from iTunes - that's it. Your music data is now on Vye, it will take you around 2 minutes to do it

Simply put, a brilliant music player.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Everything's going 'Instant'

It's amazing how easily and quickly we get attached to and adapt new terms on the web. I believe that first it was LIVE, then came REALTIME, and the new buzz word of today is INSTANT - inspired by Google Instant of course.

What's even more amazing is that people have already created tools to handle this trending search behavior!

Here are all the "Instant" services I could find for you - All are great tools BTW. (I have a feeling that this list will grow by the end of this week..)

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Let The iPhone Remember It For You

Every now and then I bump into a good iPhone app that is not only worth the installation, but also worth writhing about.

Introducing "Easy Reminders" (free app) - Probably the easiest way to send yourself reminders at any given time. It is a very simple looking and functional app, but I found it to be highly powerful especially due to its push notification feature. Today, if I want to remind myself about something I'm using Google Calendar Alerts and actually open an event as a reminder - but this app specifically designed to help you remember tasks, so it is much more suitable and useful.

Alongside the ability to create reminders you'll find great features to complete the experience:
  • Snooze - if you are busy and want to be reminded again later, just click "Snooze" when the reminder window pops up (or "slide to Snooze") and you'll see the "Snooze" screen to choose when to be reminded again at any time you wish.
  • Auto-repeat by day, week, month or year, and you can choose a short, medium or long alert sound.
  • Send a reminder by email (if you want to share it with anyone else, for example)
You don't need a data connection for the reminders to show, Easy Reminder uses the new "local notifications" - so your reminders will ring even if you are somewhere without any Internet connection.

It's not the best looking app - in fact, it has zero design, but it does the work perfectly and sometimes this is all that's needed.

Direct download:

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Friday, September 03, 2010

29 Back to School Tools for Teachers & Students (all free)

The web is a huge source and knowledge-base for everything you need. This is why I'm enjoying working on our directory so much - finding new (or old) services to help other on their daily routine is what I like to do best.

Since it is already Sep, I thought it would be helpful to create an interactive slideshow of free web tools that teachers and students can enjoy from. Most of the services (and many more) can be found at our directory under the e-learning tag (you can also combine it with other tags for better results)


Click here for a full view.

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