Music apps for the iPhone and iPad: new resource

Pro Music Apps is a new site devoted solely to iPhone / iPad applications that are music-related. One of its co-owners is a good friend of mine who has a quarter of a century as a musician and music producer under his belt, so there’ll be no shortage of in-depth knowledge and valid skepticism of dodgy apps.

The site has only recently launched but there’s already plenty of content on there. With the iPad now a reality, music applications will continue their explosive growth. Sites like this will play a role in sorting the wheat from the chaff – so why not give them a try?

Discussion paper: policy agenda-setting in virtual environments

I’m really pleased to announce the availability of a discussion paper on policy and virtual worlds. You can read all the details and download the discussion paper here.

As always, if you need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Aussie short filmmaking at its best

This little piece has everything: sarcasm, humour and some great visuals. Enjoy:

Beautiful Kate: the Second Life aspect

Over the past year we’ve had the absolute pleasure of playing a small part in Beautiful Kate, the recently released film directed by Rachel Ward.

You can read about the project in much more detail here. Here’s a short machinima we created to showcase some of the work done:

Converting Excel to HTML

It took me a while to find the most efficient way to avoid using Microsoft’s export to HTML function, as it didn’t work well when using the exported HTML in a WordPress post.

Here’s the far superior alternative – enjoy.

A simple explanation of how Twitter works

Twitter’s simplicity gets an equally simple / plain English video explanation – it’s an ideal way to show a new user or skeptic its appeal:

Creating a famous Mii for Nintendo Wii

Ever wondered how some Mii creators make some amazing looking avatars that resemble celebrities? I’d assumed there was an option to buy different customisations on top of the default options, but I was wrong. All it takes is the default set with a lot of imagination.

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What also helps is a site called Mii Characters which has step-by-step guides for hundreds of Mii customisations. Enjoy.

Darth Vader: Social Media star

Over the past few years, one of the popular culture icons that keep popping up over and over is Darth Vader. YouTube is a particular Vader domain, with some very fine humour to be found.

For me, Chad Vader is the pinnacle. I initially came across these videos in 2006 and they remain very popular:

There’s actually eight Chad Vader episodes and the creators have quite a business going selling DVDs and t-shirts.

Then there’s Darth Vader – Thriller style:

Sexualisation of kids: the David Jones angle

Being heavily involved with technology I often get comments around the role online activitiescan play with sexualisation of kids. Independent news outlet Crikey have run an excellent story today on a David Jones catalogue – it’s well worth the read.

It’s just further proof that the issue is as much a societal one as a technological one. It’s also an issue that companies will need to be aware of as consumer backlash grows against practices like this.

Google Wave: Australia’s major success story?

Ninety minutes is an insane amount of time to spend watching one YouTube video, but this one is worth spending the time on.

Google Wave was developed primarily in Sydney and is a potential game changer. Ok, I’m going to rephrase that – this IS a game changer in the most significant kind of way. It’s intuitive, it eliminates a whole lot of duplication and it actually improves the email experience. Before i start dribbling, do take the time to watch the video and make your own judgements:

Of course, I have a potted history with predicting Google successes, having been very upbeat about Google Lively, which died after a few months operation.

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