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BeatHound Recommends Music Based On Your iTunes Library

Well, this is a neat little service — BeatHound is a new service that allows you to upload your iTunes Library XML to their servers where it will be analyzed in order to provide you with awesome music recommendations. Once your library is analyzed, recommendations are sent to you via email. Right now, it takes a few hours before you receive an email with your recommendations, of course, mileage may vary depending upon the current queue of music libraries as well as the actual size of your music library.

One thing I like about Beathound is their privacy policy is very clear. It’s understandable that since you need to provide your iTunes Library file and email address that you may have some concerns about what exactly the service does with the data. Well, the good news is that they don’t sell it to third parties and they also won’t use it to spam you.

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How To: Sync Your Flickr Photos to Facebook

Want an easy way to transport your photos off Flickr?  Well, one Twitter user (@Digeratii) found a simple web service which allows you to sync your Flickr photos to your Facebook account.  The service is called PhotoSync and is dead simple to setup.  Simply go to the website and give the service access to your Facebook and Flickr accounts and you’re able to sync.

You can customize the settings which allow you to control which Flickr sets you would like to sync.  So if you didn’t want all of your Flickr photos on Facebook, you can easily sync only individual sets of photos.  Additionally, you can configure Facebook privacy settings for the photos being synced.  However, by default, it will use your default privacy settings on Facebook.

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Review: Passpack Online Password Manager

Recently, there was a widely-covered incident where four-hundred iTunes accounts were stolen and used to purchase content from the iTunes online store. At first, people quickly jumped to the conclusion that it was a “hack” and a “vulnerability” on Apple’s side, which caused a huge PR fiasco.  However the truth soon came out to be that the real reason behind the compromise was the fact that four-hundred people were exploited because they did not have strong passwords. All in all, the entire event could have been prevented by people’s implementation of stronger passwords.

Now, it’s not like we haven’t covered password strength before. In the past, I wrote an article on how to create strong passwords. This article covered the creation of passwords using random generators, as well as the “maintenance” involved with having passwords; using unique passwords for different services, changing passwords on a regular basis, etc. And more recently, Jeff wrote an article on how to evaluate the strength of your current passwords. After the release of these two articles, I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s one reason, and one reason alone, why people do not implement unique and strong passwords; they are simply not simple enough to remember.

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