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Abstract

A device, system and method for automatic audio recording and publishing. An electronic device having an audio recording ability includes an audio sharing program that enables a user to input a single command to execute the program and begin recording audio with the electronic device without the need for further input to the device. As a result, a user is able to quickly capture their thoughts or other audio related to an event before the moment has passed. After another single command, preset time period or trigger action such as ending the recording or hanging up, the sharing program automatically publishes the recorded audio according to one or more preselected or default settings. In particular, the user is able to preselect one or more media outlets to which the audio should be published as well as the format and time at which the audio should be published.

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    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This application claims priority from U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 61/471,541, filed Apr. 4, 2011 and entitled “AUDIO COMMENTING SYSTEM FOR THE INTERNET INCLUDING WEBSITES, SOCIAL NETWORKS, AND BLOGS,” U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 61/471,548, filed Apr. 4, 2011 and entitled “AUTOMATED SYSTEM FOR CREATING AND PUBLISHING INTERNET-BASED AUDIO PROGRAMMING,” U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 61/471,552, filed Apr. 4, 2011 and entitled “AUDIO RECORDING, PLAYBACK, AND PUBLISHING SYSTEM FOR CREATING VOICEOVERS, SOUNDTRACKS AND OTHER AUDIO PROGRAMMING FOR INTERNET CONTENT INCLUDING WEBSITES AND SOCIAL NETWORKS,” and U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 61/582,164, filed Dec. 30, 2011 and entitled “AUTOMATIC AUDIO RECORDING AND PUBLISHING SYSTEM,” U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 61/488,954, filed May 23, 2011 and entitled “LOCATION-BASED INTERNET RADIO PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM,” all of which are hereby incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.
  • FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention relates to audio recording and publishing. More specifically, the present invention relates to providing a system for automatically recording and publishing audio input.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • Recording and distributing sound files can be an effective way to communicate to a broad audience. A professional journalist can record and distribute their observations and thoughts about a breaking story. Or a person with no professional training can record their thoughts about a new product they just bought or a great meal they ate, and share their enthusiasm with friends by recording a sound file and distributing it through the internet. Usually these recordings contain two main elements 1) the voice of the person speaking and 2) ambient or background noise. The background noise may be very subtle, for example the quiet of a hotel room, or it may be a more powerful part of the recording, for example a political rally with lots of shouts and crowd noise in the background.
  • Current audio recording or sharing systems require multiple actions to initiate the recording of the audio as well as multiple subsequent actions to share the recorded audio. As a result, these systems do not enable a user to immediately record their thoughts on an event before the moment has passed, and share those thoughts with other people. Indeed, in some cases even attempting to use the recording system immediately can be dangerous or inconvenient as the user is in the middle of operating a vehicle or performing other focus intensive tasks. For example, tasks such as when a person is riding a bicycle, driving a car, when they just saw an accident, when they have just finished a meal or are in the process of eating it, are focus intensive tasks that are inconvenient or dangerous to interrupt in order to operate an audio recording system. Specifically, if there are too many actions required (e.g. buttons to push) on an audio device for operation, or a person has to wait, then that moment that was desired to be recorded is lost. As a result, current systems often fail to allow someone to record and share such moments where the true personality and voice of that person who wanted to talk is captured.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • A device, system and method for automatic audio recording and publishing. Specifically, an electronic device having an audio recording ability includes an audio sharing program that enables a user to input a single command in order to execute the program and begin recording audio with the electronic device without the need for any further input to the device. As a result, a user is able to quickly capture their thoughts or other audio related to an event before the moment has passed. After another single command or preset time period, the sharing program is able to automatically publish the recorded audio according to one or more preselected or default settings. In particular, the user is able to preselect one or more media outlets (e.g. social networks, websites, email lists) to which the audio should be published as well as the format and time at which the audio should be published. Accordingly, the system provides the benefit of a single step audio recording and publishing process that enables the quickest possible audio recording as well as configurable automatic publishing of the audio content.
  • One aspect of the present application is directed to a method of automatically recording and publishing audio content. The method comprises activating an application on a computing device, inputting audio content to the computing device to be recorded by the application and recording audio with the application on the computing device, wherein the activation of the application and the commencement of recording audio by the application are both initiated by a user performing a single action on the computing device. In some embodiments, the commencement of recording by the application is delayed by a predetermined delay period. In some embodiments, the application stops recording audio after a predetermined recording period or if the volume of the inputted audio content falls below a minimum threshold for a predetermined threshold period. In some embodiments, the method further comprises publishing the recorded audio content on one or more network-accessible locations. In some embodiments, the network-accessible locations are selected from the group consisting of a website, a blog, an email, a text message, an editable document, and a database. In some embodiments, the publishing of the recorded audio is initiated by the single action after the application has stopped recording the recorded audio content. In some embodiments, the publishing comprises transmitting the recorded audio content to one or more storage elements for formatting and storage on the storage elements. In some embodiments, the one or more network-accessible locations are determined based on a publishing table that associates the computing device with the one or more network-accessible locations. In some embodiments, the method further comprises enabling the user to select or edit the one or more network-accessible locations associated with the computing device using the application on the computing device.
  • A second aspect of the present application is directed to a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions that when executed by a computing device cause the computing device to perform the method comprising activating an application on the computing device and recording inputted audio content with the application on the computing device, wherein the activation of the application and the commencement of recording audio by the application are both initiated by a user performing a single action on the computing device. In some embodiments, the commencement of recording by the application is delayed by a predetermined delay period. In some embodiments, the application stops recording audio after a predetermined recording period or if the volume of the inputted audio content falls below a minimum threshold for a predetermined threshold period. In some embodiments, the method further comprises publishing the recorded audio content on one or more network-accessible locations. In some embodiments, the network-accessible locations are selected from the group consisting of a website, a blog, an email, a text message, an editable document, and a database. In some embodiments, the publishing of the recorded audio is initiated by the single action after the application has stopped recording the recorded audio content. In some embodiments, the publishing comprises transmitting the recorded audio content to one or more storage elements for formatting and storage on the storage elements. In some embodiments, the one or more network-accessible locations are determined based on a publishing table that associates the computing device with the one or more network-accessible locations. In some embodiments, the method further comprises enabling the user to select or edit the one or more network-accessible locations associated with the computing device using the application on the computing device.
  • Another aspect of the present application is directed to a computing device for automatically recording and publishing audio content. The computing device comprises a processor and an application executed by the processor configured to activate on the computing device and record inputted audio content on the computing device, wherein the activation and the commencement of recording audio are both initiated by a user performing a single action on the computing device. In some embodiments, the commencement of recording by the application is delayed by a predetermined delay period. In some embodiments, the application is further configured to stop recording audio after a predetermined recording period or if the volume of the inputted audio content falls below a minimum threshold for a predetermined threshold period. In some embodiments, the application is further configured to publish the recorded audio content on one or more network-accessible locations. In some embodiments, the network-accessible locations are selected from the group consisting of a website, a blog, an email, a text message, an editable document, and a database. In some embodiments, the publishing of the recorded audio is initiated by the single action after the application has stopped recording the recorded audio content. In some embodiments, the publishing comprises transmitting the recorded audio content to one or more storage elements for formatting and storage on the storage elements. In some embodiments, the one or more network-accessible locations are determined based on a publishing table that associates the computing device with the one or more network-accessible locations. In some embodiments, the application is further configured to enable the user to select or edit the one or more network-accessible locations associated with the computing device using the application on the computing device. In some embodiments, the storage elements are integrated with the computing device. In some embodiments, the device further comprises a recording mechanism that is used by the application to record the audio content. In some embodiments, one or more of the network-accessible locations are located on the computing device.
  • Yet another aspect of the present application is directed to a system for automatically recording and publishing audio content. The system comprises one or more storage elements, a recording mechanism and a computing device coupled with the one or more storage elements and the recording mechanism, wherein the computing device comprises a processor and an application executed by the processor configured to activate on the computing device and record inputted audio content on the computing device with the recording mechanism, wherein the activation and the commencement of recording audio by the application are both initiated by a user performing a single action on the computing device. In some embodiments, the commencement of recording by the application is delayed by a predetermined delay period. In some embodiments, the application is further configured to stop recording audio after a predetermined recording period or if the volume of the inputted audio content falls below a minimum threshold for a predetermined threshold period. In some embodiments, the application is further configured to publish the recorded audio content on one or more network-accessible locations. In some embodiments, the network-accessible locations are selected from the group consisting of a website, a blog, an email, a text message, an editable document, and a database. In some embodiments, the publishing of the recorded audio is initiated by the single action after the application has stopped recording the recorded audio content. In some embodiments, the publishing comprises transmitting the recorded audio content to the one or more storage elements for formatting and storage on the storage elements. In some embodiments, the one or more network-accessible locations are determined based on a publishing table that associates the computing device with the one or more network-accessible locations. In some embodiments, the application is further configured to enable the user to select or edit the one or more network-accessible locations associated with the computing device using the application on the computing device. In some embodiments, the computing device is integrated with one or more selected from the group consisting of the storage elements, the audio recording mechanism and at least one of the one or more network-accessible locations.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIG. 1 illustrates an automatic audio recording and publishing system according to some embodiments.
  • FIG. 2 illustrates an automatic audio recording the publishing device according to some embodiments.
  • FIG. 3 illustrates a flow chart of a method of automatically recording and publishing audio content according to some embodiments.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
  • The device, system and method described herein are directed to automatic audio recording and publishing. Specifically, an electronic device having an audio recording ability includes an audio sharing program that enables a user to input a single command in order to execute the program and begin recording audio with the electronic device without the need for any further input to the device. This single command is also able to be merely the opening of the system, enabling the user to instantly be able to talk. As a result, a user is able to quickly capture their thoughts or other audio related to an event before the moment has passed. For example, a driver is able to issue a single execute command to the device when they see an accident on the road and immediately begin recording their description of the accident. Similarly, after another single command or preset time period, the sharing program is able to automatically publish the recorded audio according to one or more preselected or default settings. In particular, the user is able to preselect one or more media outlets to which the audio should be published as well as the format and time at which the audio should be published. For example, the system is able to be used by a company in order to enable their salespeople to easily record and publish their thoughts on a centralized company bulletin board on the internet or company network such that the sales manager can easily obtain the real-time information from the bulletin board. Accordingly, the system provides the benefit of a single step audio recording and publishing process that enables the quickest possible audio recording as well as configurable automatic publishing of the audio content.
  • Additionally, it should be noted that although the description herein is related to audio recording and publishing, video or audio and video recording is contemplated. In such embodiments, the system is able to further comprise a video recording device and/or the audio recording device is able to also comprise a video recording mechanism. Alternatively, the video recording device is able to replace the audio recording device in the system. In any case, the system described herein is able to incorporate video recording and publishing such that a user is able to immediately capture the video or audio and video of an event and publish the recorded content to one or more media outlets.
  • FIG. 1 illustrates an automatic audio recording and publishing system 100 according to some embodiments. As shown in FIG. 1, the system 100 comprises at least one audio recording device 102 which includes an automatic audio recording and publishing application, one or more storage servers 106 and one or more media outlets 108 coupled together via one or more networks 104. In operation, the audio recording device 102 transmits recorded audio data and/or other data over the networks 104 to the storage servers 106 for automatic storage and formatting. The storage servers 106 are then able to automatically transmit the recorded audio data and/or other data to one or more of the media outlets 108 for publishing to the desired audience. Specifically, the storage servers 106 are able to format and publish the recorded data according to a table stored on the servers 106 that includes one or more preselected publishing settings. Alternatively, the storage servers 106 are able to be omitted and the audio recording device 102 is able to store the table and perform the storage, formatting and publishing functions. The publishing settings stored in the table are able to be selectively adjusted by a user such that the recorded audio is automatically published by the storage servers 106 in the desired manner.
  • In some embodiments, the publishing settings are able to be adjusted using an audio sharing application on the audio recording device 102. Alternatively, the publishing settings are able to be adjusted by connecting to a website associated with one or more of the storage servers 106. In some embodiments, an administrator is able to adjust the publishing settings on the storage servers 106 such that they are global publishing settings that will be applied to the audio recordings from a selected group of audio recording devices 102 or all audio recording devices 102 that transmit their recorded data to the storage servers 106. Thus, an administrator of a company is able to create global publishing settings on the company's storage servers that will be applied to all the recording devices of the employees of the company. In some embodiments, the publishing settings include how the recorded audio is to be formatted (e.g. wave, mp3, mp4, uniform resource link (URL)) for each media outlet 108 and/or which of the media outlets 108 to send the recorded audio to for publishing. Alternatively, the publishing settings are able to comprise the intervals at which the recordings should be published for each media outlet 108, how long the recorded data should be stored on the storage servers 106 and/or other publishing settings as are well known in the art. For example, in some embodiments the publishing settings are able to comprise a “live feed” or “live broadcast” setting that causes the servers 106 to immediately transmit the recordings to the media outlets 108 such that the media outlets 108 are able to output the recordings in real time (or with a preset delay). As a result, the captured recordings are able to be shared with the viewers of the media outlets 108 as a live broadcast event. In such embodiments, the audio recording device 102 is able to automatically transmit the recorded audio to the servers 106 (or directly to the media outlets 108) in real time (or with a preset delay) as it is input by the recording mechanism. Further in such embodiments, the recordings are able to be simultaneously stored on the device 102 and/or the servers 106 such that the recordings are able to be transmitted to the media outlets 108 at future times as well. As a result, the system 100 enables a user to automatically publish their audio recordings from their recording device 102 to a storage server 106 and/or one or more predetermined media outlets 108.
  • In some embodiments, the audio recording device 102 is able to be a mobile computing device such as a smart phone, computer or computing component within a vehicle. Alternatively, the audio recording device is able to be any device, stationary or mobile, capable of recording, processing and transmitting audio input by a user as are well known in the art. In some embodiments, the one or more networks 104 comprise the internet. Alternatively, the one or more networks 104 are able to be any combination of wired and/or wireless networks such as the internet, an ethernet or other types of networks capable of transmitting audio data as are well known in the art. In some embodiments, the media outlets 108 comprise websites. Alternatively, the media outlets 108 are able to comprise one or more of computing devices, websites such as facebook, social networks, email, blogs, twitter, radio or other media sources, as well as the servers and other hardware that operate the media outlets 108 as are well known in the art.
  • FIG. 2 illustrates the audio recording device 102 according to some embodiments. As shown in FIG. 2, the audio recording device 102 comprises a central processing unit (CPU) 202 for executing a sound sharing application and controlling the operation of the audio recording device 102, a memory 204 for storing the sound sharing application and the recorded audio, an input/output interface 206 for inputting commands from a user and outputting the recorded data to the storage servers 106 via the networks 104, an audio recording mechanism 208 for recording the audio, and one or more buses 210 for coupling the audio recording device 102 components together. In operation, when a user wishes to record audio, they input an activation command to the input/output interface 206 by performing a single first action and thereby cause the CPU 202 to execute the audio sharing application. In some embodiments, the single action is a voice command input by the recording mechanism. Alternatively, the single first action is able to comprise one or more of a voice command, the pressing of a button on the device 102 and/or other triggering actions as are well known in the art.
  • Alternatively, in some embodiments activation of the audio sharing application is able to be caused by the occurrence of an external event monitored by the audio sharing application or audio recording device 102. Specifically, the audio sharing application is able to have a trigger feature that enables a user to select one or more trigger events, wherein if the audio sharing application or recording device 102 detect that the selected trigger events occur the audio sharing application will automatically activate and prompt the user visually and/or acoustically that the event has occurred. For example, the selected or input trigger events are able to comprise “when the stock market or a stock reaches a specified threshold,” “when a weather detection/prediction source indicates one or more specified weather conditions in one or more locations,” or other types of events that are detectable by the audio sharing application and/or recording device 102. In some embodiments, the audio sharing application and/or recording device 102 detects the trigger events via the networks 104 and/or other resources/components on the device 102. In some embodiments, the audio sharing application enables the user to select at what intervals, for one or more of the trigger events, the audio sharing application and/or recording device 102 will attempt to detect the trigger events. In some embodiments, the prompting of the detection of a trigger event is able to comprise a visual and/or audio description of what trigger event has occurred and/or prompting questions or commands that guide the user as to what comments are desired to be recorded. These prompting characteristics are able to be default, parsed during the detection operation from the source indicating the occurrence of the trigger event and/or manually input by the user to the audio sharing application. In some embodiments, the audio sharing application enables the user to specify a plurality of devices 102 that are to receive the prompt when one or more of the trigger events are detected as occurring. For example, a newspaper chief editor is able to create one or more trigger events and specify that the devices 102 of each of the reporters of the newspaper are prompted when the trigger events occur including possibly customized prompts that include different instructions for each reporter.
  • Upon being activated, the audio sharing application automatically begins recording audio using the audio recording mechanism 208 without requiring any second or subsequent actions by the user. In some embodiments, the application causes the device 102 to begin recording immediately upon being activated. Alternatively, the application is able to cause the device 102 to begin recording after a default delay period or preselected delay period selected by the user upon being activated. As a result, the single action performed by the user is able to both start the application and cause the application (and the device 102) to begin recording audio. In particular, this minimal input requirement enables recording to begin as quickly as possible on the device 102. In some embodiments, the single first action is also able to cause the device 102 to publish the recorded audio. Specifically, after receiving the first action and beginning recording, the device 102 is able to detect when the recording/input is complete and automatically publish the recorded content as desired. In some embodiments, the device 102 determines that the recording is complete when the audio input has been below a threshold level for a predetermined time period. In some embodiments, the device 102 is able to also or alternatively determine when the recording is complete after a predetermined time period has elapsed or using other methods as are well known in the art. In some embodiments, the manner utilized to determine when the recording is complete and/or the threshold level and predetermined time periods are able to be selectively adjusted by a user utilizing the audio sharing application. As a result, in addition to activating the application and beginning the recording, the first single action performed by the user is able to cause the device 102 to transmit the recorded data to the storage servers 106 where the data is automatically published to the desired media outlets 108. In particular, this minimal input requirement enables the recorded audio to be published as quickly as possible after it is recorded by the device 102.
  • Alternatively, in some embodiments when the user wishes to publish the recorded audio to the one or more media outlets 108, they are able to input a publish command to the input/output interface 206 by performing a single second action and thereby cause the audio sharing application to transmit the recorded audio to the storage servers 106. In some embodiments, the second single action is a voice command input by the recording mechanism. Alternatively, the second single action is able to comprise one or more of a voice command, the pressing of a button on the device 102 and/or other triggering actions as are well known in the art, including merely handing up or exiting or ending the application. In some embodiments, the second single action is able to comprise a “paste” command wherein the audio sharing application automatically “copies” the recorded audio or a link thereto such that the user only needs to select a location within the media outlets 108 and issue the “paste” command to publish the recorded audio on the media outlets 108. In some embodiments, if the device 102 is unable to connect to the networks 104 and/or storage servers 106, the application stores the recorded audio until a connection is able to be made and the recorded audio is able to be transmitted. In some embodiments, the publish command also stops the device 102 from recording. Alternatively, a separate command input by performing a third action stops the device 102 from recording or the device 102 automatically stops recording after a predetermined period. In some embodiments, such as when the storage servers 106 are omitted or cannot currently be connected to, the publish command also causes the audio sharing application to store, format and transmit the recorded audio directly to the one or more media outlets 108 as described above. As a result, the second single action performed by the user is able to cause the device 102 to transmit the recorded data to the storage servers 106 where the data is automatically published to the desired media outlets 108. In particular, this alternative minimal input requirement enables the recorded audio to be published as quickly as possible after it is recorded by the device 102.
  • In some embodiments, the memory 204 comprises non-volatile memory. Alternatively, the memory 204 comprises one or both of non-volatile and volatile memory. In some embodiments, the input/output interface 206 comprises a display with a graphical user interface (GUI) for receiving commands from the user. Alternatively, the input/output interface 206 comprises one or more of a display, a GUI, a voice recognition mechanism, device physical inputs, peripherals such as mice and keyboards, and other interface components as are well known in the art. In some embodiments, the audio recording mechanism 208 is integrated into the device 102. Alternatively, the recording mechanism 208 is able to be a peripheral that is coupled to the device 102. In some embodiments, a user downloads the sound sharing application onto the audio recording device 102. Alternatively, the sound sharing application is able to come pre-installed on the audio recording device 102. Additionally, it is understood that the audio recording device 102 is able to comprise one or more additional components well known in the art, which have not been included herein for the sake of brevity.
  • FIG. 3 illustrates a flow chart of a method of automatically recording and publishing audio content according to some embodiments. A user or administrator adjusts the publishing settings to be applied to one or more audio recording devices 102 at the step 302. The audio recording device 102 receives an activation command based on a single user input such that an audio sharing application on the device 102 is opened and automatically begins recording audio at the step 304. In some embodiments, the single user input is a physical interaction with the device 102 such as a button press. Alternatively, the single user input is one or more of a physical interaction, an vocal interaction such as a voice command, or other type of interaction as are well known in the art. Alternatively, the user is able to perform multiple inputs to activate the application. In some embodiments, the recording does not begin until after a predetermined delay period. In some embodiments, the duration and/or ending of the predetermined delay period is indicated by a visual and/or audible countdown or other indicator as are well known in the art. The user inputs the audio that is to be recorded into an audio recording mechanism 208 of the audio recording device 102 at the step 306. The audio recording device 102 receives a publish and/or deactivation command based on a second single user input such that the audio sharing application and the audio recording device 102 stop recording audio at the step 308. Alternatively, the first single user input is able to also cause the device 102 to publish the recordings and/or deactivate the application and the second single user input is able to be omitted. In some embodiments, the second single user input comprises one or more of a physical or vocal input such as a button press, verbal command or other types of inputs as are well known in the art. Alternatively, the audio sharing application and audio recording device 102 are able to automatically stop recording after a predetermined time period and/or after not detecting a threshold amount of audio input for a predetermined time period. In some embodiments, the publish and/or deactivation command causes the audio sharing application to shut down in addition to stopping the recording process.
  • Upon receiving the publish and/or deactivation command the audio sharing application transmits the recorded audio to one or more storage servers 106 at the step 310. In some embodiments, the audio sharing application stores the recorded audio in the memory 204 of the device 102 before transmitting the recorded audio to the storage servers 106. The storage servers 106 automatically receive, store, format and transmit the recorded audio to one or more media outlets 108 according to one or more publishing settings associated with the device 102 at the step 312. In some embodiments, the publishing settings cause the servers 106 to immediately transmit or broadcast the recorded audio to the media outlets 108 in real time such that users of the media outlets 108 are able to access the recorded audio in real time. In some embodiments, the formatting of the recorded audio comprises creating a URL out of the recorded audio such that the recorded audio is able to be uniquely identified. In some embodiments, the transmitting of the recorded audio to the one or more media outlets 108 comprises automatically signing on or logging into the one or more media outlets 108 based on user information stored in the publishing settings. In some embodiments, the audio recording device 102 in conjunction with the audio sharing application perform the functions of step 310 such that step 308 is able to be omitted. The desired audience is able to access the recorded audio on the media outlets 108 at the step 314. As a result, the single action performed by the user is able to both start the application and cause the application (and the device 102) to begin recording audio. In particular, this minimal input requirement enables recording to begin as quickly as possible on the device 102. Further, the second single action performed by the user is able to cause the device 102 to transmit the recorded data to the storage servers 106 where the data is automatically published to the desired media outlets 108. In particular, this minimal input requirement enables the recorded audio to be published as quickly as possible after it is recorded by the device 102.
  • The audio recording and publishing system described herein has numerous advantages. Specifically, the system provides the advantage of enabling a user to record their thoughts on an event immediately thereby capturing the moment as it happens. Further, the system provides the advantage of providing this immediate recording ability with a minimum of actions required reducing any risk or inconvenience of capturing a moment where the user must also perform other tasks such as operating a vehicle. Finally, the system provides the advantage of automatic publishing of these thoughts according to user preferences such that the moments are able to be immediately transmitted to the desired audience.
  • The present invention has been described in terms of specific embodiments incorporating details to facilitate the understanding of principles of construction and operation of the invention. Such reference herein to specific embodiments and details thereof is not intended to limit the scope of the claims appended hereto. It will be readily apparent to one skilled in the art that other various modifications may be made in the embodiment chosen for illustration without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims.

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1. A method of automatically recording and publishing audio content, the method comprising:
a. activating an application on a computing device;
b. inputting audio content to the computing device to be recorded by the application; and
c. recording audio with the application on the computing device;
wherein the activation of the application and the commencement of recording audio by the application are both initiated by a user performing a single action on the computing device.
2. The method of claim 1, wherein the commencement of recording by the application is delayed by a predetermined delay period.
3. The method of claim 1, wherein the application stops recording audio after a predetermined recording period or if the volume of the inputted audio content falls below a minimum threshold for a predetermined threshold period.
4. The method of claim 1, further comprising publishing the recorded audio content on one or more network-accessible locations.
5. The method of claim 4, wherein the network-accessible locations are selected from the group consisting of a website, a blog, an email, a text message, an editable document, and a database.
6. The method of claim 4, wherein the publishing of the recorded audio is initiated by the single action after the application has stopped recording the recorded audio content.
7. The method of claim 6, wherein the publishing comprises transmitting the recorded audio content to one or more storage elements for formatting and storage on the storage elements.
8. The method of claim 6, wherein the one or more network-accessible locations are determined based on a publishing table that associates the computing device with the one or more network-accessible locations.
9. The method of claim 8, further comprising enabling the user to select or edit the one or more network-accessible locations associated with the computing device using the application on the computing device.
10. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions that when executed by a computing device cause the computing device to perform the method comprising:
a. activating an application on the computing device; and
b. recording inputted audio content with the application on the computing device;
wherein the activation of the application and the commencement of recording audio by the application are both initiated by a user performing a single action on the computing device.
11. The medium of claim 10, wherein the commencement of recording by the application is delayed by a predetermined delay period.
12. The medium of claim 10, wherein the application stops recording audio after a predetermined recording period or if the volume of the inputted audio content falls below a minimum threshold for a predetermined threshold period.
13. The medium of claim 10, wherein the method further comprises publishing the recorded audio content on one or more network-accessible locations.
14. The medium of claim 13, wherein the network-accessible locations are selected from the group consisting of a website, a blog, an email, a text message, an editable document, and a database.
15. The medium of claim 13, wherein the publishing of the recorded audio is initiated by the single action after the application has stopped recording the recorded audio content.
16. The medium of claim 15, wherein the publishing comprises transmitting the recorded audio content to one or more storage elements for formatting and storage on the storage elements.
17. The medium of claim 15, wherein the one or more network-accessible locations are determined based on a publishing table that associates the computing device with the one or more network-accessible locations.
18. The medium of claim 17, wherein the method further comprises enabling the user to select or edit the one or more network-accessible locations associated with the computing device using the application on the computing device.
19. A computing device for automatically recording and publishing audio content, the computing device comprising:
a. a processor; and
b. an application executed by the processor configured to:
i. activate on the computing device; and
ii. record inputted audio content on the computing device;
wherein the activation and the commencement of recording audio are both initiated by a user performing a single action on the computing device.
20. The device of claim 19, wherein the commencement of recording by the application is delayed by a predetermined delay period.
21. The device of claim 19, wherein the application is further configured to stop recording audio after a predetermined recording period or if the volume of the inputted audio content falls below a minimum threshold for a predetermined threshold period.
22. The device of claim 19, wherein the application is further configured to publish the recorded audio content on one or more network-accessible locations.
23. The device of claim 22, wherein the network-accessible locations are selected from the group consisting of a website, a blog, an email, a text message, an editable document, and a database.
24. The device of claim 22, wherein the publishing of the recorded audio is initiated by the single action after the application has stopped recording the recorded audio content.
25. The device of claim 24, wherein the publishing comprises transmitting the recorded audio content to one or more storage elements for formatting and storage on the storage elements.
26. The device of claim 24, wherein the one or more network-accessible locations are determined based on a publishing table that associates the computing device with the one or more network-accessible locations.
27. The device of claim 26, wherein the application is further configured to enable the user to select or edit the one or more network-accessible locations associated with the computing device using the application on the computing device.
28. The device of claim 25, wherein the storage elements are integrated with the computing device.
29. The device of claim 28, further comprising a recording mechanism that is used by the application to record the audio content.
30. The device of claim 22, wherein one or more of the network-accessible locations are located on the computing device.
31. A system for automatically recording and publishing audio content, the system comprising:
a. one or more storage elements;
b. a recording mechanism; and
c. a computing device coupled with the one or more storage elements and the recording mechanism, wherein the computing device comprises a processor and an application executed by the processor configured to:
i. activate on the computing device; and
ii. record inputted audio content on the computing device with the recording mechanism;
wherein the activation and the commencement of recording audio by the application are both initiated by a user performing a single action on the computing device.
32. The system of claim 31, wherein the commencement of recording by the application is delayed by a predetermined delay period.
33. The system of claim 31, wherein the application is further configured to stop recording audio after a predetermined recording period or if the volume of the inputted audio content falls below a minimum threshold for a predetermined threshold period.
34. The system of claim 31, wherein the application is further configured to publish the recorded audio content on one or more network-accessible locations.
35. The system of claim 34, wherein the network-accessible locations are selected from the group consisting of a website, a blog, an email, a text message, an editable document, and a database.
36. The system of claim 34, wherein the publishing of the recorded audio is initiated by the single action after the application has stopped recording the recorded audio content.
37. The system of claim 36, wherein the publishing comprises transmitting the recorded audio content to the one or more storage elements for formatting and storage on the storage elements.
38. The system of claim 36, wherein the one or more network-accessible locations are determined based on a publishing table that associates the computing device with the one or more network-accessible locations.
39. The system of claim 38, wherein the application is further configured to enable the user to select or edit the one or more network-accessible locations associated with the computing device using the application on the computing device.
40. The system of claim 34, wherein the computing device is integrated with one or more selected from the group consisting of the storage elements, the audio recording mechanism and at least one of the one or more network-accessible locations.
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