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Social networks are such amazing means for sharing thoughts, photos, videos and just about anything else. When everyone is sharing more details of their lives than ever before, it can be incredibly easy to miss great photo and video content of the people you follow.

With Some Lemonade you can explore and share the media within social networks such as Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and YouTube. So how does it work? Let’s take a look.

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More times than I can remember I’ve encountered situations where I need to split, merge or just reduce a PDF’s file size (optimizing). Fortunately I have had Adobe Acrobat (not reader) available the large majority of the time. Unfortunately, however, the PDF’s I’m generally working with are in collaboration with other people who don’t have Acrobat—let alone know how to use it.

Using ILovePDF.com and PDF-Tools.com, it’s never been easier to split, merge and optimize PDFs online. It’s free, available anywhere you have internet access and easy enough for those less tech-savvy to use. In today’s how-to I’ll show you a quick way to split, merge and optimize (reduce file size) PDFs online.

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While visiting my apartment leasing office, I was randomly asked if I knew anything about computers. This question is always an interesting one as it tends to go in so many different directions. The issue at hand involved sending a ~90MB video to the corporate office of the leasing agent. While this may seem simple to many of us, it’s a more complicated task for many others.

I took the opportunity to give drop.io a quick real-world test and attempt to answer the leasing reps completely unexpected question. The result was flawless and the leasing office employees were incredibly thankful.

Today’s how-to shows how drop.io takes the complexity out of file sharing and collaboration for people at any skill level to use, along with many other collaboration tasks.

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Your favorite song right now most likely won’t be the same a year from now. After listening to the same music for awhile, you probably start craving something fresh and new. The great thing about the music industry is there’s never a shortage of new music to discover, but discovering it might be a little harder.

Among the many methods of discovering music, TuneGlue is a fun little application that seems to do quite well. TuneGlue is an interactive music mapping web app for discovering new artists related to a starting artist searched for. Let’s take a quick look at using TuneGlue to find new artists.

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Taking pictures of every moment in life is the norm these days, now that we have cameras in our phones, laptops and other mobile devices—not to mention ever smaller dedicated point and shoot cameras. You share all those photos on Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and similar sites, but what about doing something more creative with them?

With Pixable, you can use photos uploaded to sites like Flickr, Facebook or stored locally on your computer to create photo books, calendars and mosaics. Once you’ve created your photo masterpiece, you can even order high quality prints. Let’s take a quick look at the creative mosaic feature.

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If you’re into photography, specifically landscape photography, you’ll probably know it’s important to plan your shots according to the sun or the moon depending on the shot you want to get. Keeping track of sunrise or sunset times, the sun’s azimuth or maybe the moon’s current phase can be a difficult task. Fortunately, there’s an Adobe AIR app for that — The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE).

The Photographer’s Ephemeris calculates just about everything you need to know to get the right shots anywhere in the world with Google Maps integration. We’ll take a look at how you can use the app to plan your landscape photography to get those great shots.

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Among the many ways to share and store photos, Picasa is one of my favorites. Along with great desktop software for management, Picasa’s web interface has a great selection of features and options. If you’re looking for a smart, simple and easy way to share and store your photos with the ability to expand, in both storage and flexibility, as your photo albums do — Picasa is a great choice.

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Google provides a powerful suite of web applications ranging from email and calendar to documents, chat and sites [and so much more]. For web professionals, the typical “@gmail.com” just won’t do. Thankfully, Google offers a professional version (called Google Apps) for professionals, educators, non-profits and government.

The Google Apps Standard version is the version we’ll walk through setting up and customizing to use the power of Google with our own branding. We’ll be setting up our custom domain, branding and checking out the advantages of getting yourself setup with Google Apps.

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We’ve focused a lot recently on tools that are catered to promoting you or your work. And today, in what will be our last entry in this genre for a while, I want to look at a slick new tool titled Flavors.me.

More in the direction of Magntize, Flavors.me is a simple way to create a one page site that is all about you. And to do so with style.

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As we looked at earlier this week, Dropbox is one of the nicer syncing solutions in a long time. And with such tight integration with the operating system and great flexibility, people have come up with some very unique and creative ways to use Dropbox.

Here’s a few for your reading pleasure.

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