Where to Get Liberian Music

first_imgAs Liberia’s sound begins to improve and gradually being welcomed on the international scene, young Liberians are getting in the business of promoting their country’s struggling entertainment industry. Abraham Kromah, who is also referred to as AB Lincoln WondaBoi, is one of those young Liberians whose passion to help promote the already struggling entertainment industry led him to develop an online platform intended to give fans a better way to share and download their favorite artists’ songs through “Hulkshare,” free of charge.AB Lincoln WondaBoi noted after falling in love with Liberian music, he one day woke up with an idea to begin promoting Liberian arts and culture. From that moment, the passionate AB Lincoln started to realize his dream by doing promotions on social media, including Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter.“After doing promotion on social media for a while, I decided to link with Hulkshare to develop a music platform site that will enable fans the opportunity to get their favorite artists’ music from anywhere, regardless of location,” he said. Since last year, when the site became more accessible to music lovers, AB Lincoln revealed that the most difficult challenge the site is currently experiencing is getting songs from the various artists, “since many of them feel too big and believed that their team can do all the promotions.”“Sometime artists send me their songs via WhatsApp, CShare, and Bluetooth, whenever we meet, but other artists will refuse. I see this as very challenging, but it served as a motivation for me to constantly talk to them until I get what I want,” AB Lincoln noted.He said despite these challenges, promoting the works of artists is part of his life now and whatever they do or talk about can never distract his vision for the struggling industry.“I love what I do best. It is my job so I have to make it as easy as possible,” AB Lincoln added.Another frustration for AB Lincoln is that a lot of artists have not fully grasped the business concept of making music and the effort promoters are making to gave them a better career. “But If I may grade them, the good ones are 15 percent; and the rest are timid. Nevertheless, the team, which consists of young, passionate and intelligent musical soldiers, is willing to work at anytime no matter the situation. “We are now planning to build a new site (www.wpl.com) that will encourage fans to buy their favorite artists’ songs and thus we will be able to pay the artists royalties,” AB Lincoln said.Consequently, AB Lincoln is appealing to Liberians from all walks of life to go to the sites www.hulkshare.com; www.wondapromotionslink.com to get the latest Liberian music.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guardiola SCRAPS press conference as Man City speculation intensifies

first_img1 Pep Guardiola Pep Guardiola skipped a planned press conference on Friday as speculation intensified over his future.Reports in Spain have claimed that the Bayern Munich boss has agreed to take over at Manchester City when his contract with the Bundesliga club expires next summer.Guardiola was due to face the German media ahead of Saturday’s clash with Hertha Berlin.But defender Jerome Boateng fielded reporters’ questions instead, with Bayern claiming private reasons were behind the Spaniard’s absence.The no-show will increase speculation that Guardiola is on his way out of the Allianz Arena.Guardiola, who took charge of the German giants in 2013, has guided Bayern to back-to-back Bundesliga titles but has yet to hold talks over extending his contract beyond 2016.Bayern are keen to keep hold of the former Barcelona boss but City are desperate for him to replace Manuel Pellegrini and are reportedly ready to make him the world’s highest-paid manager.The respected Spanish radio station Cadena COPE even claimed on Friday that Guardiola has given City CEO Ferran Soriano and director Txiki Begiristain, friendsfrom his Barcelona days, his word that he will join them at the Etihad next summer.last_img read more

Fiorentina star stalling over new contract amid interest from Chelsea

first_imgChelsea target Federico Bernardeschi is expected to wait until the summer before deciding whether or not to sign a new deal at Fiorentina.The talented forward has been offered an extension on his current deal, which includes a substantial pay rise and would tie him to the club until 2022.However, given the strong interest from Chelsea and also Bayern Munich, Bernardeschi is yet to put pen-to-paper on the terms and it has now been reported that he is considering his options.According to reports in Italy, the 23-year-old could double his money if he signed for Chelsea, who are currently managed by his compatriot Antonio Conte.Because of that, it has been suggested that Bernardeschi is in no hurry to make a decision and will wait until the current season is done and dusted before deciding his next move. 1 Federico Bernardeschi in action for Fiorentina last_img read more

John Barnes confident Liverpool will win Premier League title this season

first_img Liverpool put Man City to the sword across two legs in last season’s Champions League quarter-final 5 City wasted their chance to win the Premier League title against rivals Man United last season. They were 2-0 up but ended up losing 3-2 at the Etihad. “Over the last couple of years I never felt the games against Man City, Man United, Chelsea and Tottenham were important because we always did well against them, it was against the smaller teams where we fell down.“Whereas now, we don’t lose those smaller games.“So I believe if we can do well in the big games against the likes of Man City and Tottenham, I think we will win the league.“Very much like Man City last year, I just can’t see us going down against the smaller teams.”You can listen to live commentary of Liverpool vs Arsenal on talkSPORT this Saturday, kick-off 17:30 John Barnes is confident Liverpool will end their long wait for a Premier League title this season.The Anfield legend believes Jurgen Klopp’s men have handled the pressure better than defending champions Manchester City this season and are in a great position heading into the second-half of the campaign. Liverpool have yet to lose in the Premier League this season 5 5 Jurgen Klopp has led his side to the top of the table The Reds, who are still unbeaten in the league, currently sit six points clear at the top of the table.City have slipped to third and are seven points adrift of Liverpool after a blip in form, losing back-to-back games against Crystal Palace and Leicester.Barnes was part of the Reds side which last won a league championship in 1990. 5 “When everything is going well for Manchester City, when they’re top of the league comfortably with no pressure, I think they’re the best team in the world.“But from a character point of view they have struggled in their last two games.“I think the opposite of Liverpool. With Jurgen Klopp and the demands he puts on those players, regardless of it’s a big game or a smaller game, they perform. 5 Speaking to talkSPORT, the former England international hailed the change of mentality at Anfield under Klopp and believes they will lift the trophy if they continue their good record against their top rivals.Ahead of Saturday’s home clash against Arsenal, and with an away trip to Man City on the horizon, Barnes told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Liverpool have handled the pressure and Man City probably haven’t.MORE: Liverpool could have the title wrapped up by January, claims Sam Allardyce“Last season we remember how fantastic Man City were and I always thought, ‘how would they cope when the pressure was on?’“The two times you can say a bit of pressure was on was against Manchester United at home to win the league, which they didn’t win, and of course in the Champions League against Liverpool. Ronnie Rosenthal, Ian Rush, Ronnie Whelan, Alan Hansen and John Barnes celebrate winning the 1990 League title last_img read more

West Ham vs Tottenham commentary: Reaction as Mourinho’s Spurs hold on to win derby

first_imgWest Ham vs Tottenham: How to listenThe Premier League clash will get under way at 12:30pm on Saturday, November 23 and full commentary from east London will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 11am.Reshmin Chowdhury will bring you all the build-up before handing over to Clive Tyldesley and Trevor Sinclair for live and exclusive commentary.To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.FirstPrev1 of 4NextLasta month ago23rd November 2019MarcThat’s it from us for today then, you can tune into live updates from Arsenal vs Southampton now.We’ll also have Man City vs Chelsea exclusively live on talkSPORT later today, click here to tune in.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez met with ironic cheers by his OWN FANS during Tottenham defeata month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – Up next?Mourinho’s next league game will be at home to Bournemouth next Saturday and then they face Man United the following Wednesday in a huge game against his old club!Things don’t get any easier for the Hammers as they make the short trip across London to in-form Chelsea next time out. They are then away to Wolves on December 4.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – reactionWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, speaking to BT Sport: “I feel frustration because we did not win our home game again.“We wanted to return to a winning performance for the fans.“Finally the performance was looking better by the end. You must trust yourself more than ever and trust what you do when you are not winning.“My players never give up. They keep fighting all the way to the end of the game. The moment we get a win under our belts things will change.” Getty Images – Getty 1 a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – reactionJose Mourinho told BT Sport: “I was really happy for an hour, I was very happy with playing well, bringing things we had trained on and we spoke a lot about, and I was really happy.“We had the 4-0 to kill the game, but we are lucky that I have so many years of Premier League that I told the players at half-time, even if you go 3-0 the game will be open in the 85th minute.“But for the last 20 minutes, fatigue, coming from national team, all the emotions, losing the manager, another one comes, they’ve had to start working for me, they went above limits so they were fatigued.“The most important thing in the end was not to win 3 or 4-0 or play wonderful, but was to win – it doesn’t matter how. The boys with that maybe mental barrier of so long without an away win, it was very important. “There’s nothing better to win a football match and be happy.”a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – FULL TIME a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – Angelo Ogbonna.Well, well, well. West Ham do find a way to get another goal as Ogbonna tucks home a fine finish from a corner.Too little, too late you would think.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3Nothing until Antonio sparks back into life. He hits the byline and nearly forces an on goal off Alderweireld.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3Spurs are seeing this one out really well now, nothing is happening for the Hammers. a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3A corner to the home side, surely it’s now or never.It comes to nothing and when the ball pops out back to the halfway line, Rice is very nearly disposed by Son, he would’ve been clear on goal there.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3Snodgrass has produced some brilliant crosses in last ten minutes or so and he smashes in another which Haller meets but it’s easy for Gazzaniga.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3We’ll have SIX minutes of added time to come.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3West Ham win another corner and it’s Antonio at the heart of it again.Snodgrass whips it in, Haller heads it on and Rice is on hand at the back post to tap home. He looks a mile offside but the flag doesn’t go up. A quick look a VAR and it’s no goal.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3Sissoko goes down and Tottenham believe West Ham should put the ball out.They are not happy and Kane then leaves a lot on Snodgrass.The Scot reacts in a poor way, barging into the Spurs skipper and bringing him down. Both go into the book for their handbags. a month ago23rd November 2019MarcNOW: #GameDay Live 🗣Adrian Durham brings you all the goals as they go in from across the divisions.We’ve got reporters all over the country bringing you goals, updates & analysis.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/FzC5Ah1oRN— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 23, 2019a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – reactionTottenham’s Dele Alli speaking to BT Sport: “It’s been a very tough week for us emotionally. We’ve spent a long time with Pochettino and we were very sad but we had a job to do. We had to go out for the fans and try and stay as positive as we can.”On his performance: “I think I have been performing well so far this season but I need to get better than my old form and get to my best.”On moving forward: “We have to carry on momentum and keep winning, we need to start that from now. There is still a lot to work on and we need to improve from now on.” a month ago23rd November 2019MarcDele Alli: How Jose Mourinho transformed Tottenham midfielder in just three days before masterclass against West Hama month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – reactionMore from Mourinho: “I’m happy with anyone, but if you ask me if I’m happy with Dele, yes. I spent a few minutes with him in training and in our social life outside the pitch, and we were speaking the best Dele has to be back. “He’s too good to not be in the national team, not to be an important player for Spurs, not to be one of the best players in the world. He has to develop, start from now without injuries hopefully and with some stability from a tactical point of view. He’s a fantastic player and he showed it today.”center_img a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3A quality cross from Snodgrass is met with a equally impressive clearance by Sanchez as Tottenham quell another West Ham attack. It’s just not happening for the home side.Five minutes left.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3Mourinho is clearly trying to eat up the clock as he makes another change. Sissoko on for Moura. It ends 3-2 to Spurs. #WHUTOT #COYI pic.twitter.com/Infg1ULSUZ— West Ham United (@WestHam) November 23, 2019 Jose Mourinho will begin his Tottenham tenure with a London derby at West Ham today and talkSPORT will bring you all the action exclusively live on GameDay.It’s been a turbulent week at Spurs following their quick-fire decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday and replace him with ex-Chelsea chief Mourinho a day later.The Portuguese, who left Manchester United last December, will now return to the top-flight touchlines on Saturday lunchtime. Jose Mourinho will take charge of Tottenham for the first time against West Ham a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 1 Tottenham 3A reckless Sanchez drags back Moura and gives away a free-kick.Kane is a long, long way out but decides to test out the shaky Roberto. It’s on target but the West Ham keeper holds on this time around.FirstPrev1 of 4NextLast Plenty of positives. A lot of hard work ahead. ✊ A massive three points though to get us up and running under Jose Mourinho! #THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/EDSZ8ynaqT— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 23, 2019a month ago23rd November 2019MarcJose Mourinho inspires Tottenham to victory over West Ham in first game in charge to end Spurs’ barren away forma month ago23rd November 2019MarcFT: West Ham 2-3 Spurs ⚒️⚪️⚽️ Played: 1📝 Won: 1A winning start for José Mourinho 👏✅ 1st #PL away win in 10 months What did you make of the game? 💭📱 App → https://t.co/B20m65uOHq📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/ca5GeDdn6q— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 23, 2019a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – FULL TIMEA strange end to the game then. Tottenham fully deserved their win but they looked sloppy at the back towards the death.Quite a bit of frustration around the Spurs ranks at full-time and there’s certainly plenty of think about for Mourinho.a month ago23rd November 2019MarcWest Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – FULL TIMElast_img read more

Donegal school children contribute to Green-Schools water theme

first_imgOver 68 schools in Co. Donegal participated in the Green-Schools water theme which involved over 11,480 students and 662 teachers in 2017. The water theme encourages primary and secondary school children to develop their awareness of water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in our schools and homes.Following the drought of summer 2018, Irish Water was delighted to once again sponsor the An Taisce Green-Schools water theme for the sixth year running. School children across Ireland saved over 389 million litres of water last year, the equivalent of over 450 million cups of coffee, due to their participation in the Green-Schools programme.To date over 2,300 schools have been awarded the water flag since the beginning of the Green-Schools programme and there are currently 575 schools, with every county represented, working on this important theme.Speaking about the launch of this year’s campaign, Anthony Skeffington, Irish Water said: “We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Green-Schools water award. “This year’s ‘conserve water’ theme is an extremely important message following our own national campaign this summer urging people to conserve water in every way possible as the drought had a severe impact on our raw water reserves.“We are also looking forward to being co-sponsors of the 25th Anniversary International Eco-Schools Conference in November in Cork. This fantastic conference which is being hosted by An Taisce Green-Schools will have over 100 delegates from 70 countries in attendance.”The Green-Schools water programme has an exciting academic year lined up with a series of Water Forums, Walk for Water events, Water Ambassador Support Sessions, a poster competition and a prestigious awards ceremony which will announce the Water Schools of the Year.Green-Schools Manager, Cathy Baxter, added: “This partnership with Irish Water has seen the level of support for schools working on the water theme increase dramatically over the years, with a particular highlight being the student ambassador programme.“We are so inspired by the work done each year on the water theme by teachers, caretakers and students all over the country and I’m looking forward to another fantastic year ahead.”Donegal school children contribute to Green-Schools water theme was last modified: November 9th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal schoolsGreen-Schools water themeIrish Waterlast_img read more

Donegal man dreams of winning big for Christmas on Winning Streak

first_imgA Letterkenny man is hoping to go on a Winning Streak this weekend as he will appear on the National Lottery TV gameshow, this Saturday on RTÉ One.Christopher Chambers was visiting friends last Saturday night when his wife Michelle excitedly burst through the door to tell him that he had been called out to appear on Winning Streak this weekend.The pair were with enjoying a quiet evening in with friends, Mary and Willie Kee in Letterkenny but news of their Winning Streak appearance turned it into a memorable night of celebrations! Christopher may be celebrating his Winning Streak appearance this Saturday but the most important event this weekend is his 1st wedding anniversary on Friday.The couple met over 5 years ago and they are looking forward to marking their anniversary with a memorable trip to the Winning Streak studios at the weekend.Christopher has worked for Aurivo (Donegal Creameries) for the past five years and has been inundated with messages of support from colleagues, neighbours and friends since his name was called out on the show.The Donegal man will be joined in RTÉ by his daughter Stacey (9), his parents Margaret and John, his two brothers, Andrea and Barry and his two sisters Margo and Mary. Christopher has no real for his plans for his winnings as of yet but he will be in touch with Santa to make sure that his daughter Stacey has an extra special birthday and Christmas as she turns 10 on Christmas Eve.Donegal man dreams of winning big for Christmas on Winning Streak was last modified: November 16th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christopher ChambersletterkennylottoRTEWinning Streaklast_img read more

South Africa’s 2030 plan to ‘turn the tide on Aids’

first_img23 July 2014 South Africa is set to make major increases in the scale of an already massive HIV/Aids treatment and prevention programme as the country pushes to meet ambitious new targets for turning the tide on HIV/Aids by 2030, says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Speaking during his department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Motsoaledi said the new targets were in line with those set both by the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) and by delegates currently attending the 20th International Aids Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Motsoaledi said the conference had gone beyond existing international goals by declaring that the world needed to “bring an end to HIV/Aids” by 2030, adding that this had been defined as follows: “It means 90% of people know their status; 90% of those that are HIV positive are on treatment; 90% of those on treatment are virally suppressed.” South Africa’s next step would therefore be “to increase coverage in the manner proposed by the 90% approach. This means testing most, if not all, of the population annually, initiating everyone who is positive on treatment regardless of CD-4 count and supporting all those that are on treatment. “In summary, it will mean mass testing in every possible setting: schools, universities, workplaces, churches and communities,” Motsoaledi said. The minister also announced that, as of January 2015, HIV-positive patients would start receiving free antiretroviral treatment once their CD4 count fell below 500, instead of current threshold of less than 350. At the same time, the Department of Health will shift all HIV-positive pregnant women from the World Health Organisation’s “option B” treatment model – the current norm in the country – to the “option B+” treatment model. Under the “B” model, HIV-positive pregnant women receive free antiretroviral treatment while they are breastfeeding, and stop receiving treatment once they have finished breastfeeding if their CD4 count is lower than 350. “Option B+ simply means every pregnant HIV positive woman goes on lifelong treatment, regardless of their CD4 status,” Motsoaledi said, adding that these interventions represented a milestone in the country’s fight against HIV/Aids. While research has shown that the treatment of as many people as possible is itself a highly effective form of prevention, the minister said, the country’s massive treatment programme would be accompanied by a wide range of prevention techniques. These will include programmes for mass education and communication, social mobilisation, HIV counselling and testing, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and the management of sexually transmitted infections in general. They will also include massive condom distribution, the provision of safe blood transfusion, and a widescale medical male circumcision campaign targeting 4-million men by 2016. The minister also announced that government would be undertaking a massive campaign to decentralise the management of multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the country. “Presently, we have 100 such decentralised sites, and we intend to increase them to 2 500. This will happen through a rapid establishment and scale-up of nurse-led MDR-TB treatment management teams at municipal ward level.” He said his department also aimed to screen all 150 000 inmates in the country’s correctional services facilities for MDR-TB, as well as all 500 000 miners and the 600 000-strong peri-mining communities in six districts identified as having a high level of mining activity. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

10 Promising Web Platforms

first_imgrichard macmanus Build an App in 3 MinutesIn June Iceberg launched publicly. Although the focus is on business applications, like CRM or PM tools, you can interface with anything that offers up a web service. For enterprise environments, instead of using Iceberg as a service, I.T. departments can download and use Iceberg offline, behind the firewall, to work with their in-house servers, like Windows SQL server for example.Read more…8. Cascada Mobile: Anyone Can Build a Mobile App In July Cascada Mobile launched a platform called Cascada Breeze, allowing anyone to take their idea from thought to app in about fifteen minutes. Well, maybe not anyone – the apps are built using HTML, so you would have to have some rudimentary web programming knowledge to use their platform. Still, you have to admit, that’s a lot easier than using a professional development platform.With Breeze, you can build, test, and distribute mobile J2ME apps that run on hundreds and handsets. And these are “real” apps, too – fully integrated mobile applications with their own icon, not just mobile widgets. Read more…9. Android: Google’s Open Mobile Phone Platform We said we wouldn’t discuss iPhone, but we can’t help mentioning Android – because of its potential to really open up the up-till-now closed mobile phone platform ecosystem. Earlier this week we reported that the HTC Dream, the first handset to run Android (aka “the Google Phone”) has been approved by the FCC. In the documents provided, it appears that we have now a release date for this highly anticipated phone: November 10th, 2008. Google has been encouraging developers to create applications for Android and rewarding them for doing so with cold, hard cash with the Android Developer Challenge. (See our previous coverage here). This has led to numerous third-party applications ready to flood the market when the phone goes to launch, regardless as to which developers win the big prizes (Pictured: Teradesk App). According to PCWorld, Google Developer Advocate Jason Chen told the Android breakout session at May’s Google I/O event that developers won’t need to get Android applications certified by anyone nor will there be any hidden APIs accessible only to handset makers or mobile operators. Even the phone’s homescreen and widgets will be customizable – that’s a much different take than the locked-down iPhone – and one that caters to users who like to make their phones their own.Read more…10. Meebo: Web Instant MessagingUnlike most other platforms in the news these days, the Meebo Platform is a closed one. As at December more than 300 companies had registered to build applications but only 39 had been accepted into the program. Most are multiperson gaming apps, the rest video and voice chat apps. Companies chosen to participate in the Platform work closely with Meebo to assure high-quality integration of their applications, the company says.The Meebo Platform is the third step in the vision for the company, after building a basic web IM service and then integrating that service into other sites through tools like MeeboMe and MeeboRooms. Read more…We hope you enjoyed this overview of 10 promising web developer platforms. For more about the theory and practice of platforms, check out Marshall Kirkpatrick’s post So You’re Launching a Platform: After Ubiquitous APIs – What’s the Next Frontier?. A good companion piece is Picking a Platform: 5 Issues to Consider. Also read Alex Iskold’s classic March ’07 analysis When Web Sites Become Web Services.Top image via ottonassar Read more…4. Mozilla Weave: Web Platform for User Data Mozilla recently announced Weave, a new web platform that will store users’ browser metadata in a cloud environment for access anywhere. Weave is a “framework for services integration” that will, according to Mozilla, “focus on finding ways to enhance the Firefox user experience, increase user control over personal information, and provide new opportunities for developers to build innovative online experiences.”The basic idea is that browser metadata (things stored in your Firefox profile like bookmarks, history, RSS feeds, usernames and passwords, etc.) is pushed into the cloud and stored on Mozilla’s servers. The data is available to users from wherever they get online and users can share information with friends, family, or third parties while retaining control over how, when, and if the info is shared. In this post we review 10 promising developer platforms for the Web. We’re not talking about the obvious ones either, like Facebook, iPhone, OpenSocial or even Twitter. Those have been covered extensively already. The list below features some of our favorite ‘lesser known’ web developer platforms. There are bound to be other excellent developer platforms not noted below, so as always please use the comments here to point out your own favorites.We’ve written a lot of times about developer platforms for the Web and we’ve reviewed a fair number of them. A web platform at its simplest is an API, allowing external developers to build on top of your web app or product. As we explained in our post APIs and Developer Platforms: A Discussion on the Pros and Cons, “offering an API is a great way to make developer friends and developing for a large Platform has the potential to bring your work to a huge audience.” Note: the content in this post has been written collectively by members of the RWW team. Also the list below is in no particular order.1. Imeem Developer Platform: Music Major social networking site Imeem launched a developer platform in March that will enable read/write access to user information and more. Imeem is a site where users can upload music, create and listen to any uploads and blog about music all for free. Imeem pays internet radio-style licensing fees for each time a copyrighted song is played.The new platform is a Flex and ActionScript API that will let developers create customized music players, access activity data and build things like recommendation engines, smart playlists and music games.Read more…2. YouTube Platform: Online Video The video uploading platform announced by YouTube in March may not have been what many pundits expected but it could mark a major turning point for both YouTube and thousands of other sites around the web.By allowing website owners to combine an on-site video publishing option for their users with the huge number of people looking to discover new content on YouTube, the platform will create a mutually beneficial feedback loop that will breathe new life into both YouTube and the web at large. It’s also got potential to show up all the other big platform plays we’ve seen to date.Read more…3. Fire Eagle: Yahoo’s Location Platform Earlier this month Yahoo announced that the closed beta period for its location platform Fire Eagle had ended and that the service was now open for everybody.. Since then, a number of high-profile services, including Brightkite, Movable Type, Dopplr, and Pownce have implemented Fire Eagle through the numerous APIs Yahoo provides for accessing the service.As we wrote about Fire Eagle when the beta was first announced, it offers API kits in five different programming languages, it’s got user authorization protocols already available for web, desktop and mobile apps and it’s using the open standards community built oAuth to facilitate faster, more secure mashups. This ain’t no cry-baby do it my way or I’m taking my ball and going home framework like the Facebook platform. This is leveraging universal open standards.Note: also see our coverage of the Yahoo! Internet Location Platform, a collection of in-depth geo-location based APIs. Read more…5. Live Mesh: Microsoft’s Multi-device Platform The new Live Mesh service launched in April as an invite only “technology preview”. It is Microsoft’s attempt to tie all of our data together. Live Mesh synchronizes data across multiple devices (currently just Windows computers, but theoretically it will extend to mobile and other devices in the future) as well as to a web desktop that exists in the cloud. It can sync data across devices used by a single users, as well as create shared spaces for multiple users. On the surface, Mesh is a lot like competing file sync services such as Dropbox, SugarSync (which we covered in January), and even Microsoft’s own FolderShare product. But what sets Live Mesh apart is its platform approach.Essentially, Live Mesh is a collection of feeds (which can be expressed as ATOM, JSON, FeedSync, RSS, WB-XML, or POX). Every piece of data entered into a user’s Mesh — be it a file, a folder, a message, a user permission, or a new device — is rendered as a piece of information in a feed. The feeds are then synced with other devices that are part of that Mesh following rules for how to sync each particular piece of information (i.e., File A may sync with Users 1, 2, and 3, while File B may only be told to sync with Users 1 and 2).Read more…6. Hakia’s Semantic API Semantic search engine Hakia announced in June a set of APIs that opens up their natural language processing and search platform to developers. Hakia’s Syndication Web Services really comes in two parts: search queries, which allow developers to add web search functionality leveraging Hakia’s five billion page index, and XML feed calls, which give developers access to Hakia’s underlying natural language processing technology. The latter of the two is clearly the more compelling of the offerings. [disclosure: hakia has been a RWW sponsor]Read more…7. Iceberg: Everyone Can Program There was a time when only technically-savvy people knew how to create content and publish it to the internet, but the rise of easy-to-use blogging and CMS systems changed that. Today, everyone can be a publisher. Now, Iceberg wants to bring that same democratization to programming. In fact, that’s their vision for Web 3.0 – the web where everyone is a programmer. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#Features#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more