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Interdrone: Smile for the Drone – Trends in Aerial Cinematography

(Originally published on Blogcritics.org) In Sunset Boulevard, Gloria Swanson’s character Norma Desmond says, “Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!… All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” ”Now there is one more element to that mix: drones. And that close-up can pull back, rise up into the…

Interdrone: Drones Saving Lives in Firefighting and Search and Rescue

rescue drones

When time is of the essence and lives are at stake, drones can make all the difference. This was the conclusion of men who have made a commitment to save the lives of others. They sat down at Interdrone, the International Drone Conference in Las Vegas, Sep-9-11, to share rescue techniques. The panel, “Saving Lives: Firefighting and Search and Rescue Tactics” was led by custom drone builder Kerry Garrison.

SXSW V2V: Warning – You’re Losing Money by Not Being a Cultural Architect

“The secret to great service brands, like Starbucks, Nordstrom and Nespresso, is that they inspire the customer experience through their teams,” said SGEi president Shane Green. It’s mindset and behaviors. These create a reputation. In today’s social media-focused environment your reputation is your brand. How you do things is how people will see you in the marketplace.”

E3 Expo: Video Games about Building Up, Not Blowing Up

When I thought about attending the Electronic Entertainment Exposition – E3 – held at the Los Angeles Convention Center June 16-18, I wanted to find games about building things up, not just games about blowing things up. When my daughter was young, we would stay up all night sometimes playing Sim City. No shooting or hand grenades were involved. That’s the kind of game I was looking for. I found two good examples distributed by the German company Daedalic Entertainment: ‘Bounty Train’ and ‘Valhalla Hills’. Both titles are still in development but look promising.

NAB 2015: Drone-ing On and On – The Pizza has Landed

(Originally published on Blogcritics.org) Drones were everywhere at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas this year. No, not male honeybees or parasitic loafers, but unmanned aircraft remotely or programmatically controlled. More specifically, drones with cameras attached. You could gain knowledge about drones at numerous vendor booths (many with cages for flying…

NAB 2015: Pep Rally with Jerry Lewis, a Former Senator, and Mr. Dodgers

Jerry Lewis accepting NAB Achievement Award

(Originally published on Blogcritics.org) Day One of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, April 13, began with a pep rally in the Westgate Hotel next to the Las Vegas Convention Center. The conclave of television, radio, internet and supporting industries attracted 100,000 people to Vegas. But the attendees did have a few things to…

NAB 2015: Get in the Creative Cloud – Adobe has Candy

(Originally published on Blogcritics.org) In preparation for announcements at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show April 11-15, computer software company Adobe Systems previewed its new and enhanced Creative Cloud product line to the press. And it shared Candy. Candy is one of a series of products and upgrades designed to unify the individual and group…

Rappers, Congressmen, Comedians Gather at Conference on Climate Change


(Originally published on Blogcritics.org) What do an Austrian rapper, an English comedian, a U.S. Congressman and 500 scientists have in common? For one, you could find them all at the 9th International Conference on Climate Change (#ICCC9). The event, sponsored by political think-tank The Heartland Institute, brought people from all over the world together to learn about…

QR Codes 101


Those mysterious squares you may have seen on Android-related sites will not all turn into Mayan demons in 2012 (I don’t think). At least until then, they serve as a no-typing method of getting links to the new apps you see featured in Technorati’s Essential Android Apps reviews. These barcode squares are called “QR codes” and…