Category: SXSW

Mi World Portable Computing System Will Soon Run Linux Steam OS – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI sat down with Jim Luke of Myth Innovations to talk about their brand new crowdfund in the Mi World Portable Computing System (PCS). They launched the item on Indiegogo to raise funds to develop and market this item. What is the Mi World PCS? This is a secure and portable supercomputer which can do anything from media server, hot spot, personal cloud, to media streaming solution or even portable computer. You will be able to carry, connect, and share your content from the system you connect to – or even the internet. Mi World is a 2.4 GHz quad-core computer. It will have 2 GB of DDR3 memory, USB 3.0, Multiple SD card input and 802.11ac wireless. The first version will be running Android, but within a few months they will be transitioning to a full Linux OS (most likely Steam OS)....

I Play the 3D Printed Steampunk Guitar – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSa few weeks ago I saw this 3d printed steampunk guitar. I thought “man that would be cool to play…” Well, I got my wish. As I was passing by the 3D printing tent, I saw the steampunk beauty sitting I the stand. It was designed by Olaf Diegel of odd? He has made a few guitars using 3D printing technology. The guitar featured Seymour Duncan pickups and a Warmoth Pro telecaster neck. I wasn’t able to play it long because the tent didn’t have a music permit, but I was able to create a short song and play it on the guitar.

ChefJet – 3D Print Candy, Chocolate – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt seems to be the geekiest thing to want to own a 3d printer. Not just any old printer, but one that you can really make useful things with. Like chocolate… While at a SXSW I checked out the ChefJet – a 3D printer that could make chocolate or sugar candies. I talked with Kyle on what it takes to create some 3D confections. The ChefJet can be loaded with two types of cartridges – a sugar/water combination and a chocolate cartridge. Once you find the design you are looking for, simply plot it in the printer and set it to go. Candies can be printed out relatively fast, depending on the complexity of the shape. But who wouldn’t want a chocolate shaped to their name or a candy bride/groom for their cake? The best part is the price of the...

Ray Ferrer Art at the X-Acto Tent – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI stopped by the X-Acto tent at SXSW to see some of the art of Ray Ferrer. Ray uses stencils to create airbrush on canvases. Caricatures to design art and more, Ray can pretty much make anything. Of course X-Acto and art work hand-in-hand. I have a plethora of blades which I use for art, computer modding or many other uses. He was getting ready to create a Willie Nelson canvas when I stopped by. I looked at the stencil and noticed how many cuts it took to just to make the beard come alive. Other canvas paintings included Jimmy Kimmel (for his show will be live from SXSW this year), abstract items such as a compass and guitar neck, and more. Check out Ray at and

Nest Smoke Alarm Demonstration – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI stopped by the Nest tent at SXSW to see the nest thermostat and smoke alarm in action. Nest makes home automation devices which can be controlled via smarphone or by hand. The Nest thermostat can help you adjust your heat or air, while the smoke alarm can detect smoke or carbon dioxide. The Nest fire truck was on hand to give the smoke demonstration. Notice how unnoticeable the smoke is when the alarm goes off. I have done this many times – I cook something which trips the alarm. When I move out of the kitchen, I finally notice the smoke that is actually in the room. The demonstration also showed me how to test the batteries and make sure the smoke alarm is functioning without having to get on a step-stool to do it. The batteries can keep your...

Phil Easter from American Airlines on the Travel Hackathon

American Airlines & AT&T Travel Hackathon: Making the Flight Experience Better – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDuring SXSW I stopped by the AT&T / American Airlines Travel Hackathon. American Airlines opened up their API to the groups for 24 hours to see what they would come up with to improve the travel experience. This is a road show that will be headed to London, then back in the US for similar hackathons. What is a Hackathon? A Hackathon is where people join teams and build software and hardware using Application Programming Interfaces (API) that are open and available to them. Were up here at the Hilton and up on the 4th floor for the AT&T Hackathon for here with phil easter tell me what’s what’s going on with the hackathon? This is the first ever travel hackathon it’s sponsored by AT&T and american airlines so i’m with american airlines and i represent the mobile application team. This is the...

YappEm Gold Coin

YappEm at MashBash SXSW 2013 Giving Away $150,000

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThey gave away $150,000 at MashBash and another $250,000 after the event. YappEm is a app that lets you earn coins that turn into gift cards. You can get cards from any of the major brands. To find out more go to I also walk around MashBash – Mashable’s yearly SXSW event. This year it was at Speakeasy. 3 levels of bands, DJ’s and other events. A fun time talking to people and enjoying the evening.

Ghastley Crud Zombies

Ghastley Crud Zombies Book: From Kickstarter to Reality – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile I was at Buffalo Billards for a SXSW event, I ran into Martin Whitmore – which was easy to do because he was the only one with a kilt on at the event (Sorry Ewan, but you were not there). I found out that Martin is an illustrator and ran a successful Kickstarter program for a book – The Ghastley Crud Zombies. Now if you are a fan of Edward Gorey then you will like this book. Whitmore used the similar style to put together a simple coffee table reader on 26 children who had to deal with Zombies. While probably not something to read to the children at bedtime (Whitmore states: You’ll laugh, your children will have nightmares), it is a fun book to page through. I talked with Martin about the book, we had a small reading of...

Dyn: DNS for Consumers, SMB and Enterprise – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW I stopped by the DYN party. They had an extensive line-up of Americana, folk and roots rock bands, headed up by feature artist: The Dawes. While at the event, I got to speak with Matt Toy – VP of client services. He works with all customers, from free to Enterprise customers. For the last couple months I have been talking about Dyn for Enterprise, but with the home users version, you can do simple consumer items. For example, if you want to connect your DVR or a webcam to your DNS so you can log on and watch, you can do it. Twitter started on Dyn’s $30 service. They grew from there. Small mom and pop shops can also utilize Dyn’s lower-priced features to get their business running on the internet. You can find out more by going to...

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GDGT Party Pt 2 – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCheck out Part 1 of the GDGT Party In part 2 of the GDGT party at SXSW, we take a look at: Sonos Playbar Western Digital My Net 900 Simple banking card Lenovo – Thinkpad X1 carbon, Thinkpad Helix and Thinkpad Yoga Directions with the 3D iPhone case. GDGT Party Pt 1 – SXSW 2013 @geekazine — geekazine (@geekazine) March 22, 2013

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GDGT Party Part 1 – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn part 1 of this two part video, I talk with: TYLT: cable and accessory maker The COPIA: social e-reading app Texas Instruments: DLP technology Carbon Audio: a Kickstarter called Zooka Connected Data and the Transporter,OBEX Sedio protective cases and covers Logitech: G600 gaming mouse and keyboard, T650 wireless touchpad and the ultra-thin keyboard cover for iPad and iPad mini Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIts not going to be a Taylor, Martin, Atkins, or Guild acoustic guitar but it is your own. is a website to learn how to do things like upscale an old hard drive into a USB flashdrive or make furniture out of old road signs. Today we found out about an effort to make a guitar. The class was held where people spent 5 nights – 6 hours a night to create their own version of an acoustic guitar. We see the frame, fiberglass backing and his finished creation. I tried to play it – unfortunately it needs some more work. But the concept looks pretty solid.

Joline from Meeting Maximizer, Nadia from Eyewitness News – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn the first day I got to do two quick interviews. the first one is with Jolene, whom I met last year at SXSW. She is promoting ways to use your phone as the reporter in the Meeting Maximizer. Jolene was showing off a new program called the Conference reporter. I also got to talk with Nadia – a reporter for Eyewitness news in South Africa. She also writes for other publications. We got to talk about what to expect at SXSW for 2013.

PBS, PBS Kids Now on Roku 3 – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNot only did I get to see and play with the Roku 3 at SXSW, I also found out about PBS and PBS Kids coming to the Roku! With over 750 channels, Roku is definitely the best set top box for Internet television. About Roku 3 Roku 3 is the newest version of the Roku player. It replaces the Roku 2 XS, which was the $99 set top box. Roku 3 has some new features including a new interface with integrated channel store and settings. Roku 3 also features a new remote with privacy feature. Plug in your headphones to listen to your show and not bother others in the room. Roku 3 is available for purchase. Please support Geekazine by purchasing the Roku 3 through us! About PBS and PBS Kids Apps I talked with Eric on the PBS apps...

AMD Shows the Case Mod Still is Alive With Ben Heck Creations – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDuring the first night of SXSW I was able to catch the AMD party. Upstairs on Congress avenue we were treated to an old idea reborn. The computer case mod. Modding a computer was something I thought was extinct but AMD showed us otherwise. They had about 10 case mods – mostly from Madison native Ben Heckendorn. We started with Chris Hook from AMD. He showed me an old gas pump turned into an Android controlled MP3 station. The player had screens on both sides of the Texico Fire Chief pump. Complete with the lighted bulb sign on the top. It wasn’t SXSW without some musical instruments. A bass drum and a guitar both were fixed up with AMD computers inside. The guitar was even playable (once the strings were put back on). It was pretty amazing the AMD boards inside...

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Shaq on Twitter, Beam Personal Assistant – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt’s the last day of my SXSW coverage. I started the day with breakfast tacos 16 floors above Austin. We learned about an analytics took that included Tumblr. From there I stopped by the blogger lounge where I found my friend Calvin won a Samsung camera. What was really funny was the fact he took a few pictures with it, someone from Samsung saw it and awarded him a Galaxy Tab 2. Congrats, Calvin! I stopped in another session – this one asking if Podcasting needed a reboot. The show had Colin Anderson, Roman Mars, Jesse Thorn and Helen Zaltzman. The group talked monitization, if Listeners are plateauing, Challenges and opportunities and What a podcast reboot looks like. Then it was back to the Blogger lounge as Shaquille O’Neil stopped by. He talked about how he got on Twitter and how he remembers when SXSW was music only....

Rare Gibson “Lucy” Les Paul in Austin – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI was told this guitar was the only one available in the US and that not even Gibson employee have not seen it yet. I am talking about the recreation of the famous Lucy Les Paul Guitar. A guitar that has a history just as ragged as any rock star out there. I am joined by Jon Accarrino of Red Touch Media to show off this beautiful guitar. The History of the Gibson “Lucy” This guitar started out as a Les Paul 57-58 Goldtop – a pretty rare guitar to start with. John Sebastian of the Lovin Spoonful eventually was the first notable name to hold and use this guitar in 1965. Sebastian didn’t have it for long as he traded it to Rick Derringer for a new amplifier. Derringer – who was with the McCoys at the time – liked...

AllHat V, MashBash Parties – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt was a great Sunday at SXSW as I started at one of my favorite places in Guero’s and AllHat V. It once again was sponsored by Chevy. One thing you need when going to this event is a cowboy hat. My band hat for some reason did not make the trip, so I used the next best thing – the Horse head. I got to talk with some great people and make new connections. It was a fun time. I also learned about Horse Boy – a group that uses horses for children with Autism. They were letting people sit on top of the horses as the trainer got them on their hind legs. No – I didn’t get on a horse. From there I stopped by the Fast Company Grill to find out what was going on. They had...

WWE’s John Cena, Google Shoes – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI attended a couple sessions today, one being how the WWE is crushing social media. Did you know the WWE trends more than most other sports? Did you know that WWE’s John Cena has more Twitter followers than Kim Kardashian? The panel included Cena, Stephanie McMahon (EVP,Creative Developer), Perkins Miller (EVP of Digital Media) and hosted by Khris Loux of Echo. They talked some impressive numbers on how WWE is not only taking social media to new levels but also creating ways for fans to be fully interactive. Turning to the internet and iPad app when the show is on break, for example. But the WWE’s numbers can speak for themselves. Almost 100 million likes on Facebook, 45 million Twitter followers. John Cena himself has 3.5 million followers – placing him around 246 in the top followers list. Whats more impressive...

Rain in Austin, PBS Kids, Innovative Cener – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDay 1 of SXSW Interactive started out with rain. Everyone piled into the convention center to dry off and attend the first sessions of the event. The Samsung Blogger lounge opened and I met Brian Solis who gave me a copy of #WTF. While going from session to session, I ran into Pete Cashmore of Mashable. We had a brief but great conversation. I got to stop by the Roku – PBS booth where I not only learned about the new Roku 3 but also the 2 new channels from PBS on Roku. You will now be able to watch local public programming or shows like Downton Abbey. I then went to a couple events including Toys for Techies where I enjoyed some cool innovations. Finally I stopped outside the convention center to see the maker-booths. From 3D printers to banana piano...

SXSW Registration, Game of Thrones – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSToday I stopped at the registration booth at SXSW. This is where you get your passes, bag, press tags and even housing information. Within the first day I ran into a bunch of friends including Jeff Cutler, C.C Chapman and Ewan Spence whom I saw while sitting on the Game of Thrones throne. Actually, I got to see more of Ewan Spence than I wanted to. I also walked around the center a bit to talk about merchandise of SXSW and how people get around the event. An amazing day with some great parties in the evening.

TechShop at SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got to head to SXSW a little early this year. I stopped in the SXSWedu area where they were building models from LEGO, 3D printer models from a Makerbot and more. TechShop was supplying the materials and equipment to make some cool items. I got to talk with them and also got a dog tag laser etched. Techshop is a place where inventors can get their ideas off the ground. They have the space and tools for you to use.  

If I had the Power to do More [Video]

While at SXSW, I was interviewed by Dell, and asked what would I do if I had the power to do more. A pretty interesting question, because I had to reply with a clarification – Is that a Lex Luthor power to take over the world, or a Superman power to save the world. I said that I would like to help people build their craft, while I also did the same. By helping people, I feel I have contributed in building the blogging and podcasting community. Being a citizen journalist, I can show people what goes on at places like SXSW, and other big events. Thanks to Dell for the video! See the other video questions asked at SXSW! Jeffrey Powers from Dell on Vimeo.

#SXSW in Pictures Part 3 [Photos]

The rest of my SXSW experience. This was a hodgepodge of pictures at Guero’s Taco Bar, Fast Company Grille, Google Multiplex, at the Today Truck for breakfast and more.  

New York Film Academy – SXSW 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you want to learn more about making film, and are planning to take classes on it, you might want to check out the New York Film Academy. The school helps you learn how to use the video gear so you can take a job in film career path you want. Alumni include Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Nicholas McDonald (the Middle), Zac Wong (Road Runner), and more. Jeffrey talks to Mike from New York Film Academy about the school. Jeffrey also uses the green screen they had set up. Subscribe to Geekazine SMF – Also on TechPodcasts SMF – Get on iTunes SMF – Get on Zune SMF