01/10/2011

New Project: View and Share Media Online

I'm announcing a new media viewing and sharing framework called ShareAV.

The features will include support for:

Uploading and downloading of media, including audio and video
Viewing media privately
Sharing media publically or to a group

Adding to your own library for easier access
Re-sharing

Viewing media from other streams or sources:
Last.fm
Jamendo
RSS feeds eg podcasts
Radio Streams e.g. icecast
Visualisations

User "profile" pages
Shared Media
Favourite media

Creating and removal of users with groups such as:
Owner
Admin
Moderator

Creating and removing of friends
Create and removing groups of friends
OAuth/OpenID/Facebook/Google authentication (no one wants to register for things anymore!)
REST interface for external API goodness
Live updates for comments for groups
Live updates for who's viewing media
Live broadcasting and recording using JS Audio API
Live notifications of when broadcasting or recording starts
Live chat - IRC integrated - allow anonymous

Mobile support via PhoneGap

The frontend will be programmed in Static HTML + JS - suitable for non-PHP devices
The backend in PHP, ZF and a NoSQL db

The project is being tracked on Github here: https://github.com/dandart/ShareAV

For anyone who wishes to have input / contribute / help / be awesome can do so in the following ways:

By adding a comment to this blog
By adding and talking to me on G+ (gplus.to/dandart)
by emailing me on shareav@dandart.co.uk

21/03/2011

Play.com compromised, names and emails taken

The popular UK online shop Play.com has reportedly been compromised, revealing its database of usernames and email addresses of its customers to its attackers. An email appearing to be from play.com to its customers reads:

Dear Customer,

Email Security Message
We are emailing all our customers to let you know that a company that handles part of our marketing communications has had a security breach. Unfortunately this has meant that some customer names and email addresses may have been compromised.
We take privacy and security very seriously and ensure all sensitive customer data is protected. Please be assured this issue has occurred outside of Play.com and no other personal customer information has been involved.
Please be assured we have taken every step to ensure this doesn’t happen again and accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused some of you.
Customer Advice
Please do be vigilant with your email and personal information when using the internet. At Play.com we will never ask you for information such as passwords, bank account details or credit card numbers. If you receive anything suspicious in your email, please do not click on any links and forward the email on to privacy@play.com for us to investigate.
Thank you for continuing to shop at Play.com and we look forward to serving you in the future.
Play.com Customer Service Team