Tomorrow is the start of Movember, so come on lads, let’s punch cancer in the face and raise some awareness and much needed funds.
I’ve long been a fan of the Vevo app for iPad, so I was thrilled to hear today that the joint venture music video site from Sony Music, Universal Music, and Abu Dhabi Media have launched their new mobile Web experience, so you can watch music videos directly from your mobile browser.
According to the Vevo blog post:
Now you’ll be able to enjoy a simplified Vevo experience on any smartphone without having to download one of our free mobile apps. Along with the ability to watch any of our 50,000 music videos, you’re able to access your video playlists and share your favorite clips with friends. This also makes your Twitter and Facebook experiences a bit simpler as well.
How is this different from watching videos on YouTube you may ask? Well, with Vevo you get a music-focused experience and access to a library of 50,000 videos.
Note: South African users will however not be able to access the web experience just yet, so stick to the mobile apps for now. The app still provides access to the entire video library, music trivia and best of all – it matches up your music library and displays available music videos from the same artists. That’s pretty cool.
Judging by this live video of Katy Perry’s performance of Last Friday Night – TGIF at her Rock in Rio concert in Rio de Janeiro, the audience should at least have been issued with earplugs. Normally I would give the artist the benefit of the doubt and blame dodgy sound equipment, or more specifically the sound engineer, but not in this case.
There was a definite false note on many occasions [time 00:30] and it seemed as she was forcing it. She also often sounded out of breath [time 01:39] – which could probably be explained by all the dancing and jumping [time 02:53].
On the other hand, the studio produced version of this song sounds so much better – No earplugs required.
I’ve been playing around with the iTimeLapse app for the iPhone and I must say that I’m hooked.
With iTimeLapse you can create stunning time lapse videos straight from your phone! iTimeLapse allows you to capture a series of images rapidly and then compile them into a video.
So with the iPhone in hand, I loaded up the iTimeLapse app and directed it at the Tipp-Kick Table football game.
TIPP-KICK is a football game featuring two versatile metal players who can kick the ball along the ground or lob it up in the air. One push of the button sends the goalkeeper diving / leaping across the goal to clear the ball. The colour showing uppermost on the two-tone balls tells the players who is allowed to kick. The winner is the one that manages to combine ability, skill and tactics.
After recording 15 minutes of “footage” and a quick render – the end result was of course the following video:
Direct link to Tipp-Kick football game timelapse
And for those wondering, the final score was 3-2 in favour of the red team.
Last year I posted the inspirational video of Team Hoyt, an amazing story of a father’s relationship with his son.
The video replays the 400m race from the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Britain’s Derek Redmond tears his hamstring, then gets up to try to finish the race. His father comes down from the stands to help him cross the finish line.
Ever had a song stuck in your head and you don’t know the name? It happens to me all the time. Either I know a line from the song, or have some idea of the tune, but no idea who the artist or the song is.
To make matters worse, I always seem to miss the song intro on the radio and the DJ never seems to repeat the song title.
Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon the iPhone song identification application Midomi. Let me briefly interject.
A good friend, Leon Jacobs once said, “The greatest things about iPhone is the potential that every new app has to completely transform the device into a totally new experience.” I have to agree with Leon. Midomi has transformed the way I interact with music.
The premise is simple – open Midomi, press the big orange button, hold your iPhone up to a source of music and voila, it identifies the artist and song title. It even allows you to play back a short clip (from its own database) so that you can confirm if it’s the same song. Just watch out for loud ambient noise though – it makes song recognition a bit tricky.
Surprisingly enough it even recognised my tone-deaf humming of certain songs. Of course, if you don’t want to feel like a dork singing to your phone, you can also search for a song or band just by saying or typing the name.
The features don’t stop there though. You can bookmark and share your song results via Twitter and Facebook. Check out the lyrics, videos via YouTube and obtain detailed artist info. You can buy the song, but I haven’t been able to do so since the iTunes music store is still not available in South Africa.
All in all, this is a great application and at $4.99 (around R38) it’s worth every cent.