Filed under: Asia, beta, creativity, Digital culture, Geek stuff, Innovation shops, music, south korea
South Korean MusicShake is a online amateur music mixing service. The service lets users create their own professional quality music using various tools. They hope to provide personalized music for ringtones, and personal websites (blogs, profiles). The service is developed and distributed by SilentMusicBand Corp.
It looks like another great tool for bloggers and I’d tell you more about it but it doesn’t work with any other browser except Microsoft Explorer.. so that’d be their first mistake…
Filed under: Asia, beta, Digital culture, Emergent media, Geek stuff, Innovation, Innovative gaming, Nice products, Second Life
For those of you Second Lifers who are waiting for the next big thing, the first 3D virtual platform from Chinese has just entered public beta testing.
HiPiHi works in a similar way to SL, users can create & customise avatars, own virtual land and share or build pre-fab objects in a similar way to the SL prim system.
If truth be told it looks very similar to SL but we’ll have to wait & see how far it takes the metaverse beyond what’s currently on offer.
The bad news is that whilst the the Beijing based company is looking to cooperate with “global leaders in the Internet and communication industry to establish a set of relevant hardware and software standards for the development of the 3D platform”, they still don’t yet support the mac platform.
Nevertheless this is a market where more than 20 million Chinese game regularly, spending almost US$500m. Although the government in Beijing was reported to be introducing controls to deter people from playing longer than three hours, the measures were designed to combat addiction to MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role playing games) such as World of Warcraft and Lineage II.
Given that metaverses are time intensive games and in fact, depend very much on the amount of time spent in-world (especially for those residents operating genuinely viable virtual businesses), it will be interesting to see how HiPiHi tackles the big men up top.
One to watch. Check it out :: HiPiHi
Filed under: Advertising, beta, Digital culture, Innovative advertising, steal or borrow info, Thinking
I stumbled across this site today called Imagini which basically creates dynamic user profiles using words & pictures to present the DNA of a person.
Could be an interesting way to think about & presentconsumers instead of the boggy beige pen portraits….
Check it out :: Imagini
Call me a neophiliac but I love to be the first to try something new and this site is mecca for people that love a good beta. Instead of surfing aimlessly round the web looking for new startups launching betas or waiting patiently to be invited to join the first band of trial users, InviteShare let’s you invite yourself to the party.
The site has covers a bunch of startups in beta mode and lists the invitations available. It lets those sites post the number of invitations available and minions like me request an invite to participate.
Amie Street’s business model is dead simple – Artists upload their music for download on the site. Users download songs, with the starting price at free. When downloads pick up for popular songs, the price starts to rise, all the way up to $0.99. If a song gets to $0.30 or so, you know its popular. The artist keeps 70% of revenues after the first $5 in sales. Songs are sold DRM-free in MP3 format. Users can also generate credit in Amie Street by recommending songs. Only a few recommendations are allowed, but if the song you promote does well, you get credit in your account that you can use to buy other songs.
Well known artists are starting to use the service. Barenaked Ladies, Master P, Romeo and the Meat Puppets are all distributing music on the site, which has now sold over half a million tracks to users.
Their pricing model encourages music lovers to discover and buy new music. If a song is free, it hasn’t been discovered by a wider audience. If a song is 98 cents, it’s already a must-hear hit.
Taken from :: Techcrunch
You simply log on and create a list of things you’re looking to trade and a list of items you’d like to trade for. Swaptree reviews your lists and sets up the trades for you, the idea being that you’re willing to trade anything on your ‘trade’ list for anything on your ‘want’ list.
It doesn’t cost you anything to trade so it looks like their business model depends on advertiser revenue rather than any user generated revenue.
They’re in the midst of beta testing and are set to launch 4th July to the public.
Check it out :: swaptree
Gamers wanting a deeper narrative, story lovers wishing they could step inside the action, or simply anyone interested in the next wave of gaming will want to check out Storytron, software for interactive storytelling that is now available in pre-alpha.
Creative types can use Storytron’s Storyworld Authoring Tool (called Swat) to construct a “universe of dramatic possibilities” by establishing the personalities and agendas of a set of characters, along with other elements like locations, props and occurrences. Players within one of these created Storyworlds are story protagonists; their actions shape events.
Some in the gaming community are skeptical of Crawford’s efforts but if you’re an intrepid early adopter, you can download a version of Swat and start creating your dramas today.
by Jonathan Gottlieb
Check out the full story at Coolhunting.com
Available only in the US at the moment, the site allows you to select from a bunch of station & cable content, together with internet TV and personalise your own TV channels all watchable through a downloaded TV screen widget.
Whilst some will scoff that it will take much more than that to move the computer to the loungeroom, we know that strong and original content in high demand will always drive usage of other viewing apps.
Whilst we all geeked out over Youtube and Current.TV, the winner has to be closer to MeeVee but encompassing the fantastic quality of some of the less mainstream Current.TV material and not forcing us to sift through pages of bad singing and I-wanna-be famous yank videos on Youtube.
Whilst I won’t be moving to America and transporting my mac into the loungeroom just yet, this’ll an interesting one to watch.
Check it out :: MeeVee