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Spotify 0.4.3 Free Music Re-Invented.

From the land of Abba, Saab, 1/2 of Skype and the Volvo, comes the new version of Spotify; the dopest on-line music service.  Sure, you have infinite possibilities to listen to music these days: there are plenty of streaming music services, online radio stations, iTunes, and that soon to become obsolete collection of CDs that your brother left behind when he moved in with his girlfriend. Still, there is nothing quite like the new upgraded Spotify 0.4.3.

Granted, Spotify’s service is only available on a handful of European countries, but just like old Europe has lead the US on the wide adoption of mobile technologies, I predict that services such as Spotify will soon make the jump or be copied across the pond. It is inevitable.

So, what has Dope Daddy almost wishing to cash in his frequent travel miles and book a ticket to the nearest Spotify-active country? Where to begin? Not only does Spotify provide you with a way to listen to “All Music, All the Time”, with it you can find and play “any track you like, any time you like… Any artist, any album, any genre – all available instantly. With Spotify, there are no limits to the amount of music you could listen to. Just help yourself to whatever you want, whenever you want it”- did I mention that it was free?

Well it is, and so you may be wondering how the damned thing got any better? Well, the new version of Spotify now counts with over 17 new features, all of which make it a breeze to create collections of music and share them with your friends using social media sites such as Facebook. If you thought that it was hard to improve on “free”, well these guys did.

Watch:

 

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The Art of Effective Online Story Telling (video)

The ability to create effective, entertaining, and simple communication materials is a much sought-after skill-set in this digital Age. There plenty of examples of bad communications online, and a few that shine on their simplicity and brilliance.

Commoncraft is a small company out of Seattle that makes videos to educate in a clean and simple way services, concepts, and ideas on-line. Their technique, which has often been copied, masters the use of white space, stick figures, and paper cut outs, together with scripts brilliant in their simplicity that would make any corporate communications manager worth his salt, green with envy.

In addition to their work, the company also created a network of companies that produce similar online story telling services, and has a page directing traffic to their partners. They developed a concept, spread it around, and are not adverse to sharing the wealth! Kudos, from here. Very, very, very dope indeed!

Watch  another  videos from Common Craft here.

Skitch: the Dopest way to grab anything (v review)

Making “screen grabs” or simple captures/ downloads of pictures from your desktop or from the web, is something that is almost as natural as breathing these days, that’s why I am glad to review Skitch, a softeware package and online servce that make this oh-so-mundane function a breeze. Dope!

Watch the review:

or the video introduction at www.skitch.com

Apple changes the media landscape again (video)

Just as they did with the Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, Apple is set to change the world again. Yes, while this may sound to some of you as some loud hyperbole from an Apple True Believer (which I admittedly am), fact is that no other company on the planet is more admired, more inspirational, or more single-handedly responsible for re-defining the way that we interact with digital music, hand-held devices, and our perception of what a portable device is and what it can do.

Now, it is Apple’s turn to influence how advertising on the go will look, and from where I am sitting, they are sitting quite pretty and the announcement of their “emotion+interactivity” mobile advertising platform is about to rock one more industry to the core. For all of you whose careers are touched by advertising and media, take a seat. the ride is just getting started…

Watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=q7WVt63S49s

A Word About Word Press, and This Site

If you are enjoying this site, I want to thank you for visiting, but first, give the “devil” it’s due. This site, as you may have noticed,  is built using Word Press, which is a powerful (and free!) software platform to manage on-line publishing. It is a great tool that can have anyone publishing on-line in no time at all, and worth a look if you want to have a site, blog, or even a mere great-looking on-line address to gather your thoughts, post your pictures, etc.

Now, great as WP is, it would not be nearly as powerful or impressive, were it not for the legion of fans that toil daily on improving the software and what, and how it does what it does. The WP community is vibrant, energetic, and inspiring– heck, the idea for this site was borne after spending a few hours digging through the pages of illustrators, programmers, stay at home publishers, students, and many others that use this wonderful tool. If you happen to be a WP user and have ever posted at least one tip, sample, free theme, script, plug in, etc. I thank you and salute you! Again, this post couldn’t be made with out you.

Special thanks got to Evan Eckard, who created the theme upon which this site is built upon. You sir, rock!