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Tips on creating print media

There are many online services that can convert webpages to PDF files. These may be of use for printing or archiving internet pages.

Mobile phone security

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A mashup or video remix is created by taking multiple sources of video, audio or stills and mixing them up.

Jitsi is a communications program that allows you to chat securely using well-supported protocols like SIP, XMPP / Jabber, AIM / ICQ, Windows Live,

ObscuraCam is an Android application that allows you to obscure faces or objects in photos or videos to keep certain information private.

The details of users using live chat provided by Yahoo, Windows, Skype and Gmail are readily made available to law enforcement agencies by the comp

HTTPS Everywhere is an add-on for Chrome or Firefox.


TOR is a network tool that allows you to improve your privacy and security on the internet.

K9 is a stable and popular email client for Android mobile devices.

The proliferation of mobile computing devices in recent years has meant that websites can no longer remain static or stick to one screen resolution

Bambuser is a live video service that allows you to capture, upload and store video from a mobile phone or webcam.

Magpi (formerly Episurveyor), is a web-based application that enables anyone to create a data entry form online, and then use this form to collect

Ushahidi is a highly flexible platform for information collection, visualisation and interactive mapping.

FrontlineSMS allows you to send and receive text messages over a mobile network.

 Video recording techniques

Etherpad is an online word processor with formatting options.

ZXing (pronounced 'zebra crossing') is an open source barcode image tool.

Booktype is an open source platform for writing and publishing print and digital books.

Scribus is a page layout program. It can be compared to Microsoft Publisher or Adobe InDesign.

LibreOffice Writer is a word processing and desktop publishing tool.

ProjectLibre is a project management tool similar to Microsoft Project.

Thunderbird is a popular free software email client from the Mozilla foundation.

Customer relationship management (CRM) is a way of tracking a company’s interactions with customers and clients.

Skype is the most popular service around for voice calls over the internet. You can also use live text chat and send files.

Crabgrass is an online tool which enables group collaboration.

Cloud computing, where data and services are stored online instead of on your local computer, offers a lot of advantages. is an internet-based piece of software for microblogging, and is an alternative to Twitter. & ifttt are two online services that provide essentially the same thing.

Drupal is a content management system (CMS) which can be compared to WordPress.

WordPress is a tool used to create websites and blogs.

Screencasting software lets you record what is happening on the screen of your computer as a video file.

Because of some of the challenges of editing video on the desktop, it may be a good idea to try an online video editor.

Most video editors are similar in design.

HandBrake was created to convert DVD discs into smaller video files suitable for viewing and sharing on the Internet.

DVDStyler is a cross-platform, free DVD authoring application.

Amara is a free online subtitling service.

Flickr is a popular photo sharing site and one of the largest online image repositories.

Pixlr is one of many online browser-based photo and image manipulation services. It stands out as the fastest and most flexible.

Synfig Studio creates 2D animation.

Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editing application, with capabilities similar to Illustrator and CorelDraw.

XMind is software for mind mapping.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) can do just about everything that Adobe Photoshop can do, and it's free for anyone to use.

WordPress is a system for creating websites and blogs.

Making a CD with audio files can involve two kinds of CDs. One type is a data CD, which is suitable for reading on other computers.

Mobile Media Converter is a free software application originally created to allow the transcoding of audio from early mobile phones into a format w

SoundCloud is an internet service that allows you to listen to and share audio files.

Audio and sound

Audio Boo has taken advantage of the recording and internet capabilities of smartphones and created a service which publishes audio to the internet

Airtime allows you to schedule audio files in a calendar timeline.

Audacity is an 'audio editor'.