Category: Conferences

The SXSW Music Sampler for 2014 is now available

Over on SXSW Baby!, the annual 80 track sampler of the SXSW Music Festival has just been posted. Covering a wide range of musical styles, sounds, genres, and performers all playing in Austin this week and next, it brings together YouTube videos, Soundcloud clips, and other media in one handy file for you to unzip and pop on your current ‘device with an MP3 player’. DOWNLOAD the SXSW Baby! “Best of SXSW 2014″ sampler Mega.co.nz link (314 Mb) I wanted to create some great moments when listening to the songs, to have the music flow into each other, to have

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A/B Testing Booth Babes

Delightful guest post by Spencer Chen (Head of Marketing at Frontback) on Techcrunch. Through circumstances he had two booths in different areas at an SAP show, so he decided to do some experiment to get some actual data. My theory from years of being a part of trade show staffs is that the booth babes we hired were actually a drag on lead-gen. Up to that time, it was all empirical evidence based on being at shows where we had money to hire booth babes and events where we didn’t. I noticed that we had always done better without the

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Mike Butcher’s ‘European Tech Events in 2013’ Page

Added here as a reference both for myself as well as my readers is a curated list of Tech Events by Mike Butcher. Also includes some of the notable overseas events that European tech companies should be aware of. Why is it important to do this? In the first instance, Europe is a bit of a mess. Every single country seems to have its own major conference on tech startups. And so we need a single overview of what’s going on. But the main reason is that it’s easier for those of us in the media (hello!) to cover your

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This weekend, I find myself in San Francisco

Lots of little things have lined up to make a quick three night trip to San Francisco and Silicon Valley the ‘proverbial good idea’, so I’m flying over the Atlantic to visit friends, bounce around the Valley, and take in my first American Football game (with some tickets on the half way line). If you want to meet up for coffee, give me a nudge on email (ewan@ewanspence.com) or through Twitter (@Ewan). There’ll be more quick updates and pictures through the usual social media outlets, if you haven’t spotted them already. First up, though, is the San Francisco 49ers vs

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Windows Phone and the Unity engine

Unity arrived on Windows Phone 8 in October last year, and I spoke to Tony Garcia about the project’s past, present, and future, for All About Windows Phone: Unity has ensured that the Unity environment for Windows Phone offers the same facilities, tools, and code, as iOS and Android. The hard work to ensure the ‘author once, deploy anywhere’ concept applies equally well to the mobile platforms (BlackBerry 10 is also supported). Of course, there are always wrinkles, for example deploying to the Windows Phone Store is not the same as to the Apple App Store or Google Play, but

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Why do developers still need ‘Windows Phone 101’ at a Unity session?

Windows Phone launched in October 2010. Windows Phone 8 launched in October 2012, arguably with a similar UI experience. Given those time-frames, I’m astonished that Microsoft felt the need to spend twenty minutes during their presentation the Unity 2013 Developer Conference explaining what live tiles are, the integration in the People hub, and using ‘Kids Corner’. Assuming that the audience has no experience at all of Windows Phone probably says the wrong thing about the platform to the audience.

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