sxsw 2011

  • Video: Alex Skolnick Demos AmpKit For iPad

    Those of you who have witnessed some of my “Panel Dome” basement guitar demos will be relieved to see an actual guitarist demo AmpKit’s software. It was a treat to hang out with Skolnick, who plays lead guitar for metal shredders Testament as well as the jazzy Alex Skolnick Trio, and hear him play. In this final segment of my SXSW 2011 coverage, Alex took a few moments to… Read More

  • CrunchGear Interview: "Gadget-Talk" With Cody Votolato From The Band TELEKINESIS

    While the SXSW Interactive Conference concluded days ago and is likely only a faint, buzzed memory in the minds of its tech-savvy attendees, the Music side of SXSW just closed shop today. I made it almost all the way through the epic music showcase, leaving within a few hours of  the brutal, bitter end but not before speaking with several musicians about the ways that mobile devices have… Read More

  • Sights and Sounds from the 2011 SXSW

    SXSW: Sights and Sounds (TCTV)

    The SXSW interactive and technology programming has just ended and the music festival is getting underway. The interactive portion featured hundreds of panels inside the convention center. But much of the action, networking and fun took place in the streets of Austin. As MG Siegler wrote, maybe “people should just show up in Austin next year and not even go to the actual… Read More

  • GroupMe Won The SXSW Group Messaging Wars, Says Infographic

    Group messaging was absolutely not as useful as we thought it would be this year at SXSW. Whether you were using Beluga, GroupMe, Kik, Yobongo or Fast Society or others, everyone had high hopes for a breakout group messaging app, simply because we spoiled tech brats are already bored with the ones we already have. I know it’s old school, but towards the tail end of the conference simple… Read More

  • At SXSW, Advertising Was This Year's Twitter, iPad 2 Was This Year's Foursquare

    At SXSW, Advertising Was This Year's Twitter, iPad 2 Was This Year's Foursquare

    Now that the interactive portion of the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas is over, the key question is already rolling in: who won? What this really means, of course, is: what service was the breakout hit of the conference? After all, in past years, the conference has helped launch both Twitter and Foursquare into widespread usage. So the question really is: who was this year’s Twitter? Read More

  • SXSW 2011: Initial Thoughts?

    Rolling into Austin, TX yesterday on a warm, sunny afternoon for SXSW 2011 was a nice change of pace for me considering that the typical mid-March day in the Midwest is cold and rainy. Fortunately, multiple preparatory tasks, like badge collection, registration and the like did not prevent me from wandering around the conference and city. Read More