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jTweetsAnywhere is a jQuery Twitter widget for easily integrating tweets into any website.

It supports Twitter's @Anywhere features and can display:

  • tweets from one or more user's feeds
  • tweets from a user's list
  • results of a Twitter search

jTweetsAnywhere

The widget automatically detects URLs, #hashtags, @usernames and link them accordingly (shows Hovercards when hovering @username or profile images).

It also adds a tweetbox to your website where users can tweet instantly and adds a "connect with Twitter" button so visitors can follow you without leaving the website.

jTweetsAnywhere comes with many options for a maximum customization and lets you to enable/disable the tweetbox + follow buttons, set the number of tweets to be displayed and more.

Today, many projects are built around real-time communication (text, voice or video) like collaboration tools, chat applications and much more.

Adobe® Flash® Media Server is probably the most widely used solution for streaming video and real-time communication. It is a stable product that has been experienced for years and used by many companies.

On the other hand, if you're looking for a free solution to stream your media, there are so few alternatives that you can rely on.

And here are 2 of them (if you know any other free and solid ones, please share):

Red5

Red5 Flash Server

Red5 is an open source Flash server that is written in Java and supports:

  • streaming audio/video (FLV, MP3, F4V, MP4, AAC, M4A)
  • recording client streams (FLV only)
  • shared objects
  • live stream publishing (Sorenson, VP6, h.264, MP3, AAC and more)

It has installers for OSX and Windows. Also, it can be downloaded as a zip file to be used in any OS.

Mammoth Server

Mammoth Flash Server

Mammoth is also an open source Flash streaming server that is built with C++ and can run on Windows and *nix OSs.

It can stream all Flash codecs like h263, h264, mp3, vp6, speex, nellymoser, etc.

By using FFmpeg it has has container support for most formats: mov, flv, mkv, mp3 and more.

The server is still in alpha phase but very promising.

 

If you know any other free and solid alternatives, please share and we'll be happy to add them to the list.

For multi-language websites, it usually gets difficult to manage the translations if the website is updated frequently and/or there are multiple translators.

String is a totally free and web-based platform for managing the language files of multi-language websites.

It enables you to import languages files (almost in any format) or start a project from scratch and start translating the strings.

String - Translation Platform

You can invite any number of users and let them help you with the translation process by controlling the user-based read/write permissions.

Once the translation is complete, simply export the language-files (PHP -array, define-, Yaml, .INI, .strings -for iPhone-, Po) and that's all.

The application has a very easy-to-use interface with features like "the ability to see revisions" or "commenting for each string" and much more.

When building a software, the beauty of the GUI is one of the factors affecting the success it. And, if you're building it for a specific OS, the style of the icons is pretty important.

Icons-Land is a talented icon design company that offers beautiful Vista-style stock and vector icon sets.

There are sets like weather, transports, sports, toolbars or emoticons which all are very-detailed and includes items for almost every scenario.

Stock Weather Icons

To give an example, the weather icon set includes 136 items and it is hard to find such a complete set on that specific subject. So as the mapping or emotion icon sets.

The sets also come in vector versions (.AI) as well which is perfect if you want to modify them or use in print.

Besides getting them in complete sets, it is possible to get a single item which is sometimes all you need.

Stock Mapping Icons

Icons-Land also offers custom icon design which can be extending an existing stock icon set or designing something totally new and getting the copyrights for the set.

To sum up, Icons-Land is a worth-checking store to get complete professional icon sets on specific subjects for a good price.

P.S. This is a sponsored review.

Sexy.js is a lightweight (<1kb compressed) JavaScript library that provides enhanced sequential Ajax (Sajax) functionality.

Sequential Ajax is an Ajax pattern for handling multiple asynchronous requests while maintaining proper callback execution order.

The library is chainable, enables you to manage script dependencies and write prettier code.

Sexy.js

It comes in 2 versions: standalone or as a jQuery plugin.

There is a slideshow on Sexy.js that provides the cons and pros of it in details:

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Touch screen devices, specially with the popularity of iPhone and iPad, are on the rise.

Just like standard websites, icons help so much in guiding users "about the the usage" of the websites/applications built for them.

Gesture Icons

GestureWorks is sharing a set of 20 free gesture icons that covers most of the scenarios like:

  • one finger drag or tap
  • one finger double tap
  • two finger zoom
  • and many more.

The icons come as transparent .PNG files and also in vector formats (.EPS, .AI, .PDF) for improving further.

ThinkUp is an open source web application that helps you analyze your activities and friends better in Twitter and Facebook (more networks to come).

It can display you all replies to a message, a stream of all photos posted or links tweeted by friends (by expanding the short URLs).

ThinkTank

ThinkTank enables you to get detailed statistics about your activity, such as your average replies per day or how often you update.

Also, it provides insights about your followers and friends, like who's most popular or who updates least often.

Another great feature is the ability to backup all your activities and even publish a presentable list of replies to one of your questions (including integration with blogging tools like WordPress).

Compass Datagrid is a jQuery plugin for displaying data within an Ajaxed datagrid.

It simply takes an empty table and sends requests to a server-side script via Ajax. The script provides JSON encoded data for the plugin to update the table.

Compass Datagrid

The datagrid supports pagination with prev-next + first-last buttons and a listbox to select a specific page where the number of items per page can be set.

It is also possible to sort columns, hide any of them and refresh the data with a click.

The plugin can work with any scripting language (a PHP one comes with the download).

Roundcube is an open source webmail application with a slick, desktop-like interface.

It is multilingual (already comes with 60+ languages) and offers most of the functionality you can expect from a webmail like:

  • full support for MIME and HTML messages
  • composing messages with attachments
  • find-as-you-type address book integration
  • Richtext/HTML message composing
  • Forwarding messages with attachments
  • searching messages and contacts
  • threaded message listing
  • spell checking

Roundcube Webmail

Messages can be managed with drag'n drops, users can have multiple sender identities and it can work with unlimited users/messages.

Roundcube is built with PHP and requires MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite or MSSQL for storing the data.

It has a plugin API for building extensions and adding custom features.

FlareVideo is an open source and free HTML5 video player that falls back to Flash for incompatible browsers.

The player can be customized easily using CSS-HTML and JS with its theming support (and already ships with 3 themes: default, spotify and Vimeo).

FlareVideo - HTML5 Video Player

It is built on jQuery + jQuery UI and supports:

  • fullscreen
  • autoplay
  • custom keyboard shortcuts
  • preloading – autobuffering
  • and more..
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