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Vimeo App Finally Hits the iPhone With Video Editing and Watch List

We met up with Vimeo's Andrew Pile down at SXSW to get an early look at the company's long-awaited iPhone app, which hit the App Store this morning. The new app gives you access to your videos, likes and 'Watch Later' list, all constituting a much-needed alternative to Vimeo's current mobile optimized site. The free app's built-in video editor offers an alternative to Apple's $4.99 iMovie with ...

Sci-Fi Movie Interfaces: Why Transparent Screens Are Miserable to Use

Yesterday, we sat in on the excellent 'Made it So (Interface Makers in Movies)' panel at SXSW with Chris Noessel, Mike Fink, Mark Coleran and David Lewandowski, some of the designers behind the on-screen interfaces in movies ranging from '80s classics 'Blade Runner' and 'WarGames' to modern day blockbusters 'Avatar' and 'Tron: Legacy.' The panel followed a simple question and answer format, ...

'Blade Runner's Mike Fink: Sound Sells a Fictional Computer

Sound goes a long way to selling futuristic interfaces. Especially with the new graphical interfaces -- they are non-tactile. No more clicking switches, turning things over that go 'clunk', little motors aren't turning gears to make needles move, nothing makes noise anymore. So you really have to add a sound component to give a tactile sensation to the audience. One of the first names in futu...

SXSW Dispatch: Gamasutra's James Portnow on the Hidden Politics of Games at SXSW

Interactivity is a much better way to learn than passive reception. Studies have shown that. But knowing that, we must also be wary. In games, it is very easy to hide our own perspectives. It is very easy to incentivize people for agreeing with us. There is a danger to us all when we make propaganda, instead of actual proper experiences. At a South By Southwest panel on using games as agents ...

SXSW Dispatch: Hunting the Lobster Dog

We bring out the costume a lot. I think we wear it once a year, for Halloween. But I think this might come as a shock, but I don't think dogs like wearing clothes. I think they hate it, actually. It may be wrong to do it, but I love my dog, and if she really didn't like it, I wouldn't put her through it. We have done a hot dog. The dog's aspect ratio is 7:1, so you get all these cool costumes...

Google Previews Updated Blogger Interface at SXSW

Tumblr and Twitter may be the hot sharing sites in 2011, but millions of bloggers got their start on Google's free Blogger, a site that hasn't had major visual refresh since 2004. Google previewed Blogger's redesign at SXSW, and it looks like the classic blues and oranges are out in favor of whiter and wider writing tools. No word on launch date, but Google says it's coming in 2011....

4Chan's 'Moot': Zuckerberg's Single Identity Is 'Totally Wrong'

Christopher 'Moot' Poole, founder of 4chan and Canv.as, spoke at SXSW's Sunday keynote, and explored privacy, creativity and the importance of anonymity online. With persistent identities (often tied to our real names) from sites like Facebook, Twitter and Disqus tracking our actions across the Internet, Poole compared the loss of anonymity online to a loss of youth -- a time for experimentation. ...

Big Boi and Foursquare Offer 'Golden Tickets' to SXSW Attendees

Foursquare fanatics at SXSW may want to start following Big Boi before heading out on the town and checking in from absolutely everywhere. The less-eccentric half of Outkast is running a promotion with the location-based social network, and handing out "golden tickets" to his Austin show. It appears the ticket-winning badges will be awarded randomly to Big Boi followers in Austin -- but only 2,...

Instaprint Creates Inkless, On-Demand Photo Prints From Instagram Snaps

Capitalizing on people's nostalgia for old Polaroid prints, a company called Breakfast will soon beta-test a location-based printer that will create inkless, on-demand photos from the Instagram iPhone app. Instaprint, as it's called, automatically prints photos that are taken with Instagram app and tagged with a specific location or hashtag. Next week, Breakfast will show off two printers to SX...

Switched Video: Peter Molyneux and Gaming From (and for) the Heart

Fresh off the plane from the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco, Peter Molyneux sat down, er, took a walk with Switched at South by Southwest in Austin to chat about the roles of emotion, morality, and a sense of touch in gaming. With news of 'Fable 3,' the latest installment of his adventure-based RPG series, Molyneux was brimming with thoughts on the PlayStation Move, social gaming,...

'Musicians Wanted' YouTube Partnership Lets Indie Bands Bring in the Bucks

The great twenty-something dream of starting a band, getting discovered, and selling millions of records before de-evolving at a ripe old age into rock-and-roll shame is still alive and well, especially if you take a look at the indie music scene. During SXSW this year, YouTube announced a new flavor of its existing Partner Program and is calling it Musicians Wanted. The project aims to tap into ...

Facebook Crowned as Most Visited U.S. Site, A SXSW Twitter Walk-Out

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... According to online marketing firm Hitwise, Facebook has supplanted Google as the most visited site in the United States. While its seemingly infinite communicative tools continue to encroach on the popularity of Google and Gmail, the social networking behemoth can't claim complete U.S. dominance just yet, as Google still attracts ...

Twitter Announces @anywhere Platform, Partners With Web Heavyweights

Here at SXSW, during an awkward, winding discussion between Twitter co-founder Evan Williams and Umair Haque of Havas Media Lab, the latest Twitter addition was announced. After hopping onstage, Evan kicked off the hour-long talk by immediately revealing and demoing @anywhere, a framework that aims to make Twitter and tweets more accessible across the Web. Firstly, hovercards -- which are a...

'Repo Men' Director Talks Interactive Marketing and Viral Videos

Congratulations to marketing mavens worldwide. You've gotten us talking. With iamamiwhoami getting international press, and with the viral nature of 'District 9' taking it from obscurity to an Academy nod, sneakily creative advertising methods are becoming the norm. So, at South By Southwest (SXSW), 'Repo Men,' director Miguel Sapochnik spoke about the necessary way films need to "extend their nar...

MOG Unveils Unlimited $10 Music Downloads for iPhone and Android

Today in Austin at SXSW, MOG CEO David Hyman unveiled the music streaming company's new methods of bringing music to mobile devices. For $10 a month, MOG users will get unlimited streaming and downloadable songs (of which the company currently offers over 7 million) to their iPhones and Android phones. With Apple having recently purchased Lala, Rhapsody continuing to grow, and the much-heralded...