Noted: Google’s HTML5 Web Designer Gets Animation Tools, Deeper AdWords And DoubleClick Integrations via TechCrunch

Google’s HTML5 Web Designer Gets Animation Tools, Deeper AdWords And DoubleClick Integrations via TechCrunch

Google’s HTML5 Web Designer Gets Animation Tools, Deeper AdWords And DoubleClick Integrations via TechCrunch

Last September, Google launched Web Designer, a free tool for Mac, Windows and Linux that makes it easy for anybody to build interactive HTML5 sites and ads. Since its launch, Web Designer got a couple of minor updates, but today’s release is the first major update in a long time and brings quite a few new features to the software.

The company says that ads built with Web Designer have now been seen over 2.5 billion times. The majority of users (72%) are outside of the U.S. and 20% are returning users.

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Noted: Fly is a simple video-editing app that lets you shoot from four iPhones at once via The Verge

Fly is a simple video-editing app that lets you shoot from four iPhones at once via The Verge

Fly is a simple video-editing app that lets you shoot from four iPhones at once via The Verge

There are simple video-editing apps, and then there’s Fly, a new iPhone app that lets you edit a short movie inside literally one screen. Fly works by importing four of your videos into the app’s editor, and then letting you tap on each one to make live cuts and switch between clips instantly. You can add a voice over or background music from your device, and then export your video to post on Instagram or elsewhere. If you’re looking to make something a little more adventurous, Fly also includes “Multi-Cam,” a feature that lets you sync up to four iPhones to all shoot and capture video simultaneously.

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Noted: Wordfence Security Plugin for WordPress via The Many Faces of Mike McBride

Wordfence Security Plugin for WordPress via The Many Faces of Mike McBride

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One of the challenges of hosting your own site and using WordPress is security. As WP has gotten more and more popular, it has become a huge target for hackers of all sorts. I’ve had my own fair share of old installations getting hacked and causing problems for live sites, rogue files, brute force login attempts that create a denial of service, DOS attacks against XMLRPC, and so on over the years.

Recently, I came across a mention of a security plugin called Wordfence and decided to try it out. It scans your install for any changes made to the WordPress core, theme and plugin files by comparing them to the original from the WordPress codex. 

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Noted: The Big List of IFTTT Recipes: 34 Hacks for Hardcore Social Media Productivity via Social Media Today

The Big List of IFTTT Recipes: 34 Hacks for Hardcore Social Media Productivity via Social Media Today

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IFTTT is one of our favorite tools (and one that I’d imagine you might love as well). We use IFTTT in a number of neat ways here at Buffer, and there are loads of different options available through IFTTT for powering up your social media marketing. I thought I’d share a few of our favorites and some that might help you work smarter, too.

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Noted: Broken Link Checker for WordPress from The Many Faces of Mike McBride

Broken Link Checker for WordPress from The Many Faces of Mike McBride

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After 12 plus years of blogging, I’m sure that you can imagine that there must be a lot of links that I’ve shared that may not actually go anywhere any longer. That is true, but I never really knew how true until I grabbed a copy of the WordPress plugin Broken Link Checker.

I installed it over on my child abuse survivor blog, and out of curiosity I went ahead and let it do it’s things.

Sure enough, it found a few hundred broken links and presented them all to me in a list, like you see below.

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Noted: This New Tool Will Make Your Articles Effortlessly Tweetable from The Buzz Bin

This New Tool Will Make Your Articles Effortlessly Tweetable from The Buzz Bin

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Whether you love it or love to hate it, the New York Times is the king of digital journalism for a simple reason: it’s always innovating. Beyond making “snowfall” a verb, the so-called Gray Lady has in recent months overhauled its website, introduced new revenue streams, produced a viral video based verbatim on a deposition, bought its own native ads, launched an explainer microsite, and built a suite of apps. And that’s all before last week’s release of the paper’s internal “innovation report,” which has been called “one of the key documents of this media age.”

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Noted: Crunchyroll, MLS and Google+ Photos get Chromecast support. Next up Aereo? – GigaOm

Crunchyroll, MLS and Google+ Photos get Chromecast support. Next up Aereo? – GigaOm

Google’s Chromecast streaming stick didn’t just get love from ESPN this week: Chromecast users can now also cast from the iOS and Android apps as well as the website of the Anime video service Crunchyroll, Major League Soccer’s mobile apps, and Google+ iOS and Android apps. The latter can be used to cast photos and videos to the TV, which is especially useful if you auto-upload all your personal media to Google+. And we might even see Chromecast coming to Aereo as early as Wednesday.

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Noted: How to Edit Videos In Your Browser With YouTube’s Built-in App from Gizmodo

How to Edit Videos In Your Browser With YouTube’s Built-in App from Gizmodo

Youtube edit

YouTube’s online video editor has been around for several years, but it’s not heavily promoted on the site, and it often gets overlooked by people wanting a basic tool to spruce up their footage. It shouldn’t, though, because it’s surprisingly capable. Here’s how to get the most out of it.

The YouTube editor lets you cut up and stitch together clips, as well as drop in music, titles, and transitions, and because it runs in your browser you can use it from any computer with no extra software required.

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Video: WordPress Wednesday 6: Using Images in your blog posts

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Short WordPress tips to ease your way, especially if you are just getting started with WordPress.

How to add images to your WordPress blog posts

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Video: WordPress Wednesday 3: Backing up with WordPress Database Backup Plugin

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Short WordPress tips to ease your way, especially if you are just getting started with WordPress.

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I show how to install and use WordPress Database Backup plugin to protect your WordPress. You can back up manually or set it up to automatically backup your data via email.

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Video: WordPress Wednesday 2: Update to WordPress 3.8 this week

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Short WordPress tips to ease your way, especially if you are just getting started with WordPress.

WordPress 3.8 has just been released. Here is a quick demo of installing the new update. it is so easy that everyone should do it and anyone can.

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Video: WordPress Wednesday 1: Updating Regularly

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Short WordPress tips to ease your way, especially if you are just getting started with WordPress.

Today’s video quickly shows how to update your WordPress, plugins and themes using the WordPress Dashboard and how to tell when there are updates waiting to be installed. More tips and more detail coming with future episodes in this series.

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News: WordPress 3.7 Update Now Available

WordPress has been upgraded to version 3.7 and I saw notification of this in my WordPress Dashboard today. As usual, this is for users who host their own, local, copies of WordPress. If you you use WordPress.com, your blogs will be updated automatically.

Here are a few updates available in this new version…

  • Background Updates
    • Automatic updates for maintenance and security updates.
    • Daily updates for developers using nightly builds.
  • Stronger Password Meter
    • New password meter to encourage users to choose stronger passwords.
  • Improved Search
    • More relevant search results.
  • Better Global Support
    • Localized versions will receive faster and more complete translations.
    • Background updates will include translations

For a complete list of the extensive updates, view this page at the WordPress Codex, WordPress Version 3.7.

Upgrade your locally hosted WordPress sites today!

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Dog Days of Podcasting – Day 30 – Video: TechnologyIQ First Impressions: Penultimate

Penultimate is a notepad analog for the iPad, allowing you to draw and take notes on a variety of virtual papers and automatically sync to your Evernote account.Check out Penultimate in this First Impressions video from TechnologyIQ.

Link: Penultimate in the iTunes App Store

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WordPress Wednesday: Upgrade to WordPress 3.6 “Oscar”, upgrade plugins, backup databases

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It’s time for another WordPress Wednesday. Take the time this week to backup your WordPress Databases, Update your Plugins and Load the latest, greatest version of WordPress, 3.6. “Oscar”

“The latest and greatest WordPress, version 3.6, is now live to the world and includes a beautiful new blog-centric theme, bullet-proof autosave and post locking, a revamped revision browser, native support for audio and video embeds, and improved integrations with Spotify, Rdio, and SoundCloud.”

More information from WordPress.org

WordPress 3.5.2 Released with security upgrades

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I just saw notice in my WordPress dashboard that their latest update is now available. It resolves a number of security issues in the software. As usual, it is best to install updates soon after they are released to prevent any hacking attacks that might arise from these known bugs. Click on the “Please Update Now” banner in your WordPress Dashboard to install the update automatically.

From the WordPress 3.5.2 release notes:

The security fixes included:

Blocking server-side request forgery attacks, which could potentially enable an attacker to gain access to a site.

Disallow contributors from improperly publishing posts, reported by Konstantin Kovshenin, or reassigning the post’s authorship, reported by Luke Bryan.

An update to the SWFUpload external library to fix cross-site scripting vulnerabilities. Reported by mala and Szymon Gruszecki.

Prevention of a denial of service attack, affecting sites using password-protected posts.

An update to an external TinyMCE library to fix a cross-site scripting vulnerability. Reported by Wan Ikram.
Multiple fixes for cross-site scripting. Reported by Andrea Santese and Rodrigo.
Avoid disclosing a full file path when a upload fails. Reported by Jakub Galczyk.

Complete Release Announcement

Video: New Media Tip – Scheduling Blog Posts with WordPress and Blogger

Sometimes it can be useful to schedule blog posts to go out on a specific date and time. For example, you might be on vacation or away from your office, but still want that content to go out. Both WordPress and Blogger provide support for scheduled posts and this video shows how to use it.

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Video: New Media Tip – Using WordPress Revisions to restore an edited post

Here is a quick tip on how to revert to a previous version of a WordPress Post or Page. You won’t need this option very often, but when you need it, it will be critical. This tip works with both WordPress.com and self-hosted installs of WordPress.

For more information on using WordPress Revisions, check out his web page, WordPress.com, Pages, Page Revisions

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New Media Tip: Linking and Embedding specific sections of a YouTube video

When sharing YouTube videos, we often just link to the entire video and let people decide what they want to watch. While this is fine for short videos, sometimes we would rather refer people to just a specific portion of a much longer video. Perhaps we are highlighting a quote, tip or idea.

YouTube provides some basic tools for specifying a start time when linking or embedding a video, but with the addition of a few parameters to the video URL, you can direct viewers to a very specific segment.

For example, if you are linking or embedding a video, you will see these options on the YouTube page:

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If you check the checkbox, you can either enter in a time, or the time will be taken from the point where you are currently viewing in the video.

This results in a URL in the form of: http://youtu.be/E-GekEZOwLQ?t=11m54s . The video will start playing at this point and continue unit the end.

If you want want to specify both a start and end time, then you will need to add a few different parameters to the YouTube URL.

http://www.youtube.com/v/[video_id]&start=[start_at_second]&end=[end_at_second]&version=3)

In this example, you would need to replace the bracketed sections above with the appropriate settings.

http://www.youtube.com/v/E-GekEZOwLQ&start=714&end=760&version=3

This could link people to the appropriate video, launch it full screen and start playing at the appropriate spot when they click Play.

To embed a video in your blog or web page which does the same thing, you can include the start and end parameters in the standard YouTube iframe embed code.

First, copy the standard embed code from the YouTube video page:

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Then add the start and end parameters, so that the code looks like this:

<iframe width=”500″ height=”281″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/E-GekEZOwLQ?start=714&end=760″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

..and here is the resulting YouTube video…

While making these embeds of specific video section does require adding a little information to the standard embed, it should be straightforward enough for anyone to accomplish.

Do you have further questions about YouTube linking and embedding? Add your questions and comments below and I will add additional information.