10 Tools To Combine and Mashup Multiple RSS Feeds

RSS has become a very common phenomenon on the web. Everybody uses it, whether they realize it or not. It has taken different forms and works in different ways. RSS delivers content with flexibility and faster than any owl at Hogwarts. (Don’t know what’s RSS? Read this)

A typical webworker goes through hundreds of feeds in a day, maybe more. Many of which are uncategorized and just linger between the pile. Those feeds may be bundled into a single feed. Like all news feeds combined into one and same with design, photography etc. A developer on the other hand might want to do it for a different reason. We have 10 tools today on Techie Buzz that should make your task easier.

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1. Yahoo Pipes: Yahoo pipes is one of the most powerful and extendible tool on this list. Within Yahoo pipes, you can source in multiple feeds into a pipe’, add filters to it, sort data as you wish, add conditions and whole lot. Yahoo pipes is so feature rich, that it can sometimes get a little confusing. If so, follow this little tutorial to get right on track.

2. FeedMingle: FeedMingle mingles your feeds into different formats. You’ll need to add your feed urls in the provided box, one in each line. Once done, you can grab the combined feed in formats of either RSS, atom or json. An html widget is also available, which you can paste anywhere on the web.

3. Feedweaver: Feedweaver allows you to create your own personalized RSS feeds. You can create your own feeds by combining source feeds from your favorite websites, and use filters to choose what you want in it. By using filters, you can extract only those stories which you wish to read. Feedweaver requires registration.

4. FeedStitch: FeedStitch lets you pull data from a lot of sources: Regular rss, Twitter, Flickr, Delicious and Tumblr to name a few and put them under groups. Each group then has its own feed which contains stories from all its constituents. FeedStitch also needs registration, which also gets you a public profile listing all your groups.

5. FeedKiller: No FeedKiller doesn’t kill the poor feeds. It mixes them. It’s working is quite simple. Enter a name for the new feed. Enter feed urls of the constituent feeds and mention how many stories you want to be indexed. There’s no limit to the number of feeds and no registration is required.

6. Feed Informer: Feed Informer lets you create digests out of multiple rss feeds. Once a digest has been created, the output can be in different forms which include PDF, Flash, Rss, atom, jpeg, Js and a lot more. Templates can be chose and digests can be published as well. Feed Informer requires registration.

7. Feed Rinse: Feed Rinse is more of a Filter than a mashup tool. Nevertheless, you can combine feeds with it regardless of any applied filters or not. Feed Rinse previously was a premium application, but now all the packages are free. You’ll get features like channels, keyword filtering, author filtering tag filtering and a lot more.

8. xFruits: xFruits is a lot more than a Rss feed aggregator. It’s a whole power house. It contains different modules that do different tasks. There’s one which creates a bunch of RSS feeds and packs them into one. Another creates a web page with a feed. xFruits will also let you create PDF files, OPML files, a mobile friendly version of your blog from a RSS feed. Requires registration.

9. BlogSieve: BlogSieve is a free web-based tool that creates new feeds by filtering, merging and sorting existing feeds. The BlogSieve engine accepts virtually every (valid) feed format, processed results are then exported into any feed format you choose.

10. Google Reader: Google Reader although is a feed reader itself, but does a very intelligent task of combining feeds as well. The feature is not really traceable at the first sight, but can be found if you dig deeper. All that you need to do is assign a folder to the feeds you need to mashup. Then go the settings page > click on folders and tags link and make that particular folder public. The public page so formed now has a feed of its own which constitutes all the stories of the feeds in the folder. So there you have it, a combined rss feed.

10+1. Feedity: Feedity comes to use when you want to create a RSS feed for a page that doesn’t provide one by default. It also lets you track webpage changes in real-time, pull web content for mashups, publish rss feeds on your website and aggregate rss feeds.

And That’s All. If you find any other useful tool , the comments are all yours!

Indie Community Site IndiePit Gets Ready for Update [Grab Free Pro Accounts]

Update: All you IndiePit fans, version 1.5 is coming out on Monday at 12AM PST instead of launch date set for today, the delay was caused because of some technical glitches, the 500 pro accounts for new signups are still a go so hang on and start signing up on 15th June 12AM PST.

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If you could recall, we published a post last month about some fantastic sources of indie music online. We missed Indiepit but had to add it, thanks to our engaging readers who pointed out it’s inept absence from the list.

» IndiePit is an online music community for indie artists, where musicians can share their tunes with the world, sell their creations and create an online fan base.

Launched presumably in 2007, Indiepit has been relatively unknown to the masses except the traditionalist indie music fans. Basically Indiepit, without the .com is a company which facilitates the success of independent bands, musicians and labels. And the site is their primary tool. Unlike other supporters of independent music, Indiepit is built from scratch without any venture capital funding or by the backing of any large corporate entities. Says their myspace page.

As per our birdie, they will soon be releasing the next version of the site. The revamp, number 1.5 to be precise shall be out by the 12 of June. We were interested about the new launch so we’ve got some exclusive details on what’s coming new for our awesome Techie Buzz readers!

A new album management system will be introduced. Unlike version 1.0 where artists could upload only full albums, a new system of rules shall be out which will allow the submission of EPs, LPs and compilations. Artists can now create mixes of their tracks and put them on the site.

The site will soon be working like a mini store for music. Previously, users and fans could download songs for free only if the artist had permitted it. Now with the new update, users can not only download free songs but also buy those which are not free. Artists can either set a straight price for their tracks in which case their album will cost the total cost of the tracks or set a discounted price for the album if the whole of it is bought together. The tracks downloaded will be DRM free and of the original quality in which they were uploaded.

Another freshly baked feature is of the coupon codes. Artists can create coupons which they can give away to their fans to be used on Indiepit for free downloads of their tracks. A feature of great use to indie artists that play at local parties where they can pass on coupons as merchandise or on cards.

If you are an indie fan, artist or label, signing up on Indiepit is worth the time.

IndiePit also offers Pro accounts for artists and bands, and if you’re one, you stand a chance to grab a Pro account on Indiepit if you are amongst the first 500 to signup on June 12!

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DomainTyper: A Trendy Ajax Domain Search Tool

Looking for a perfect domain can be a studious task. Anxiety levels go high when you have to wait to see if your selected domain is still available. DomainTyper helps keep your anxiety low as it checks for domain availability on the go, as you type it.

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DomainTyper makes searching for domains a little more easy as it pours down the results as you type, so there’s no button to press and no page refresh required. Apart from the default (.com .net & .org) domain extensions, you can add any number of extensions from the Add Extension dropdown. The extensions are arranged by country name so searching for your preferred one won’t be a problem.

There’s a Web 2.0 domain generator on the left which comes into use if you are not able to think of a domain. You can also have a look at some domain hacks on the spot (not in picture) as you search through domains on the site.

DomainTyper gives a tough competition to AjaxWhois, which has been there for quite some time. Both of them have a similar functionality although DomainTyper whelms Ajaxwhois when it comes to the variety of features. There’s also an iPhone app (free) for DomainTyper which will let you search for domains on the go.

Top 10 Sources of Fantastic And New Indie Music

Music is an obsession for many. Some people live on music and some feed on it. And when you feed on it, you can’t have the same kind of music to hear everyday, every week. When you have veggies everyday, it feels good to have a pizza once a while or bite a burger. So why not experiment and find music which has not been found yet?

For those who are too addicted to Coldplay or Linkin Park, should know that there are a lot of artists and bands, which are striving to get their music heard without the support of any major recording company. Their music may not always be good but it may be very good at times, all they need is support from people and good coverage before an established studio signs them up.

A lot of these artists try to get their content reach people through the internet which in most of the cases, is available for free. You get to hear music never heard before, you get to know artists never known before. And they’re usually good.

Without further ado, let’s have a look at some of the best places on the internet to look for such indie music from unsigned, independent artists or pop groups.

Jamendo

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Now hosting more than 20,000 albums, Jamendo is a music sharing and community site. Artists can upload their tracks onto the site and assign them one of the Creative Commons licenses. With a license in hand, artists can promote their content and protect their rights at the same time. If you like a particular artist, you can also make a donation through paypal from the site itself. A quick sign-up gives you a profile with some social networking abilities, although downloads and unlimited streaming is free for anyone, registered or not.

Magnatune

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Magnatune works directly with artists worldwide and the music published is all hand picked. When an album is uploaded, you can listen to it for free as much as you want. But downloading it will require a subscription. Starting at just $10/month, you can download any album you like. Magnatune pays artists 50% of what it earns justifying the tagline We are not evil’. You can also browse through collections, like this one for best selling instrumental music and order CDs by postal mail ($11 to $24). An option for individual album downloads is also there which costs between $5 and $18, fifty percent of which goes to the artist.

Netlabels

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The netlabels archive on archive.org has been a prominent place to look for new music. It allows netlabel owners to upload their content creative commons licensing is an option to the archive and anyone can stream or download the tracks for absolutely no cost. You can either download individual tracks or get hold of an album with a zip download.   Streaming music is also a feature.

Legal Torrents

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Legal Torrents is an online digital media community and as the name implies, this is no pirate bay. Being a community, there are also a lot of other things like movies and games legal ones! for grabs. The music is licensed under any of the creative commons licenses and a submission is only taken in once it has been verified. Although you can’t browse the netlabels section by genre, the point that it provides a community based p2p platform for artists makes up for it.

FMA

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The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of free legal downloads. All the music is free to stream and free to download. Artists get a page of their own which sport a short bio and links to their sites. Listeners can also tip’ or donate to their favorite artists via paypal or mark albums as a favorite. Albums can be browsed by genre and further by sub-genres.

Mixcloud

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Mixcloud, unlike any other on this list, focuses on music mixes and compilations rather than individual tracks. It also accepts podcasts, radio shows and dj mixes into its library. Subscription right now is free, while Mixcloud is in beta. You can listen to any music, any time at no cost although downloading is not permitted. Every registered user can upload their own music as well and create a profile to promote their content.

The Sixty One

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It’s like Digg but for music. Artists upload their songs to the site and users can love’ them. With each love’ vote, the song gets popular and rises to the top of the list. A very well thought out site, the music continues its play as you navigate through the site and browse songs, either by genre or popularity. If you sign up, you’ll get to bump tracks up the list, save them to a playlist and download some freely available tracks as well.

GarageBand

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A large community website for independent artists, GarageBand is used by musicians to promote their creations and get critical reviews about their tracks. Songs can be streamed and many can be downloaded as well. The site provides a social network backend for artists where they can create a community and meet new fans. Listeners can review any album out there and rate it accordingly.

PureVolume

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Purevolume solely focuses on the promotion of indie music artists and groups. Listeners can signup for free and go through their archive of albums and tracks. Many of the tracks are available for free download even though you can stream all of them. PureVolume features both signed and unsigned artists and there’s a page which lists the top tracks by unsigned artists. Check it out.

Amie Street

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Amie Street is like the ideal platform for emerging artists. When an album is submitted, it’s either free to download or cheap to buy. As it gets more popular and more people listen to and buy it, it’s price rises. So the newest and latest music is either free or doesn’t make a hole in your pocket. When it rises in popularity, you’ll have to spend about $0.98/per track. Not at all a bad price for good music.

Update:  Ok Ok, I missed  IndiePit. Check it out as well, it seems quite cool.

And That’s All. Let me know what are your favorite sites for finding cool new music. The comments are always open.

Err…I still can’t help those who have veggies everyday :D Get a change guys!

You’ve Seen What The Jackalope is Like; Now Discover The Karmic Koala

It has only been a few days when Ubuntu 9.04 aka the Jaunty Jackalope was released. We appraised it on Techie Buzz and it got some cracking reviews from the community.

Sporting a polished interface with many new goodies, Ubuntu Jaunty was more about betterments than new startling innovations. With each new each new version, Ubuntu gets better. Jaunty did just that.

Following Ubuntu’s 6 month release cycle, the next Ubuntu release after 9.04 will be Ubuntu 9.10 which has been named as Karmic Koala. It will succeed Ubuntu 9.04 and improvise on the features introduced by it.

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A Wild Koala ( © by DisenchantedPhotos )

If you didn’t like JJ you’ll probably like KK, you know, it probably gets better every time. Though we have about six months left for the release, it’s always interesting to know what’s in store for the future.

The Desktop & Netbook

Following what came with Jaunty, the desktop version of 9.10 will feature even faster boot times. Yes, even faster than 17.5 seconds, plans Mark Shuttleworth. Adopting to what Red Hat always had, the Ubuntu team is plans to incorporate a graphical boot (no more usplash) supported by all video cards. They are also focusing hard on netbook support as well as their netbook edition for low powered netbooks which will now support a larger range of netbooks available in the market.

Ubuntu may make an exception as the team claims that the netbook edition is so built that it would boot in 25 seconds. Now that’s a netbook! For both the desktop and netbook release, the dev team is considering a change from the classic brown shade in the default theme Human’. The brown theme has been there since the beginning and is one thing that people are tired of in Ubuntu. Well, now they can have a new shiny and snappy theme and they can rule the world with it.

The Server

Further expanding the cloud computing features that came with Jaunty Jackalope, Ubuntu is now adapting to the Eucalyptus project which will further allow people to create and deploy their own clouds by using simple tools. It will enable webmasters to create an Amazon EC2-style cloud in your own data center, on your own hardware. Mark Shuttleworth notes:

It’s no coincidence that Eucalyptus has just been uploaded to universe and will be part of Jaunty – during the Karmic cycle we expect to make those clouds dance, with dynamically growing and shrinking resource allocations depending on your needs.

Apparently, amongst other features, 9.10 will probably sport a new Gnome version and X.Org server for better hardware support.

Flavors of Ubuntu like Kubuntu and Xubuntu will feature the above though they will also come with their own specific additions like an updated KDE 4.3 for Kubuntu which is gaining popularity these days. We all have our eyes set on the Koala for its ambition to take over OSX in design (and pwn Windows for everything and anything)

Release Cycle

You can follow the release cycle for Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala to keep a tab on its progress.

May 14th, 2009 – Alpha 1 release
June 11th, 2009 – Alpha 2 release
July 23th, 2009 – Alpha 3 release
August 13th, 2009 – Alpha 4 release
September 3rd, 2009 – Alpha 5 release
September 17th, 2009 – Alpha 6 release
October 1st, 2009 – Beta release
October 22nd, 2009 – Release Candidate
October 29th, 2009 – Final release of Ubuntu 9.10

Just wait a fortnight and we’ll see what’s in for surprise with the first alpha releasing.

Moreover, if you live in Barcelona or just need an excuse to travel there, you have a great opportunity to attend the Ubuntu Developer Summit which is going to be held there this May. You can look forward to some insights into the development of Koala and enjoy a first look for things coming with it.

5 Essential Plugins That Every Multi-Author WordPress Blog Should Have

Multi Author blogs are the latest fad. Every other blog that pops up with strong ambitions these days is a multi author blog or it employs freelance writers. Setting up a powerful multi author blog doesn’t need just a new user profile, you got to add some fine tunings for it to stand out from the crowd.

Fortunately, WordPress as a blogging platform, can be customized and extended to a great extent. Yes, you got it right with plugins. If you are planning to invite new authors to your blog or already have one and wish to take it to a next level, we have a list of 5 WordPress plugins that you should really bring into use.

Insights

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The Insights plugin for wordpress lets you speedily add links from various sources and different kinds of media right from the post editor. Using a dynamic Ajax interface, you can quickly search and add links to previously written blog posts, helping it with inter-linking. Moreover, while you right a post, you can search and look if some other author has previously written about it or if there are related sources on your own blog that you can link to.

Apart from this, you can also add flickr images, youtube videos, links to wikipedia, maps and a lot more.

Download the Insights plugin

Adsense Revenue Sharing

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If you use Adsense on your blog, it makes sense to share the profits with your co-authors, if you are not paying them directly.

AdSense Revenue Sharing is a wordpress plugin which allows you to easy display ads in your posts by using a quicktag and share your adsense impressions with your friends and co-authors.

Download Adsense Revenue Sharing plugin

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Another alternative to this plugin is the Author Advertising plugin which does the same task, although you can add banners and images too. If you want something that works on its own, Rotatee is nice content rotating script that you can install on your server and use it to rotate anything from text to videos on your website.

Private Email

private emailThe Private Email wordpress plugin works as a central point from where you can contact all your blog authors, either all at once, or selectively. It is useful when you have to make important announcements or just need to send a quick follow up to a writer.

To avoid abuse of its functionality, only users with the administrator role can send emails.

Download Private Email plugin

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Another plugin to this job is Email Users. Although, the mentioned plugins solve a good deal of communication hassles, setting up a private Yammer network for your blog can take it to that extra mile.

Manage Roles

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User levels, aka roles define what all functions a user can perform. WordPress has a defined set of rules. But what if you want to change them, customize them for a particular user and grant him more or less permissions? The Manage Roles Plugin lets you do so.

Download Manage Roles plugin

Author Exposed

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Author Exposed is a simple WordPress plugin that allows your visitors an easy and elegant way to see more details about the post author.

You’ll have to add a bit of php between the loop in your template where you want it to appear. When the user clicks the link, an elegant in-screen box pops up with author information.

Download Author Exposed plugin

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Although the plugin works good, if you want to achieve a similar result by coding it yourself, you can follow an easy guide here, How to create an author information box.

What’s your say?

And that’s all! Let us know what you use for managing users on your blog, tumble in the comments!

10 Free Alternatives to Last.fm’s Radio Service

Now since the Last.fm radio is getting paid for users living outside US, UK and Germany, it becomes quite a pain for the left out users to look for a free equivalent, if not a better alternative to Last.fm’s radio.

Although Last.fm still functions as a recommendation tool, as you can still scrobble your tracks (for free), you won’t be able to listen to the recommended tracks without buying a subscription. To ease out the task for you, we researched a little bit and have put down a list of 10 free alternatives to the Last.fm Radio service.

StumbleAudio

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StumbleAudio is like StumbleUpon, but for music. You can randomly listen to music and rate them ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’. You can browse music by channels and save favorites when you sign up.

Spotify

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If you live in Europe, you need not look further. Spotify is a radio, a recommendation tool, a music sharing tool and a lot more. It comes with its own desktop app from where you can stream the music you like. Not available in the rest of the world yet.

SHOUTcast

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Shoutcast is one of the oldest and most popular radio services on the internet. Browse by artist or genre and make advanced searches. Thousands of radio channels add to its glory.

Musicovery

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Musicovery is an interactive and intuitive radio service which adjusts itself according to your mood. You can also choose music from genre, timeframe and browse their hit songs.

Deezer

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With Deezer, you can listen to all kinds of music from rock to hip-hop, jazz, electro and world music. You can browse their top charts and listen to the radios.

iLike

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Quite much like Last.fm, iLike integrates a sidebar to your iTunes from where it can track your listening habits and then provide music suggestions. You can play their radio by genre or artist. They also have added features like concert listings and free mp3 downloads for some songs. When you play music there, you can also see the youtube video for that song alongside.

Tunerec

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Tunerec is a web based service, that records’ songs off internet radio streams and then tags them all for your convenience. You can search songs by artist, album or song name. It has got a very sleek interface, though it takes some time to record songs for you.

Songza

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With Songza, you can search, share and create playlists easily. You can listen to playlists others have made and discover new music. When you play a track, you can also glance through its video alongside.

Live365

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With Live365, you can search for more than 6000 online radio stations. You can browse as per genre or you can see which radio station is playing a particular song you want to hear. In all, a great package.

RadioBeta

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RadioBeta lets you search for radio stations by geography or genres. You can play radio stations from RadioBeta itself and also queue them for playing. With the geo search feature, you can listen online radio in your regional language. Works quite well!

Update: We would also like to add RadioTime to the list. Apart from listening to various online radio channels there, you can also lend an ear for a talk show or news channel.

This finishes the list. Let us know what you think of Last’s decision to cut off free radio, and, of course, these alternatives.