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Need to Start a Movement?

27 May 2014, Posted by William Newell in Technologies

  Have you ever had to start a campaign? You know, for a school or other worthy cause, or perhaps just a movement to make people aware of something?  If you ever have you already know this is really hard work and often a labor of love. When you engage in these types of activities you have to face numerous challenges—how  to get the word out, how to make it easy for people to participate, how to collect donations or engage in other styles of fund raising etc. Then you also need to be able to manage your supporters, followers,…

Say Good bye to Batteries

13 May 2014, Posted by William Newell in Technologies

  If you have travelled by air in recent years, you are probably familiar with this picture. You are the terminal, you pass through security, and now you are finally at your gate. Then you notice your smart phone is about to die. You think,”No big deal, I will charge it at the free charging island”. However, you soon realize ten or more people had the same idea and all the outlets are in use. Yes, my friends we live in the era of electronics. Whether it is your smart phone, tablet, laptop, or all of the above, we are…

Good News for Video Content Creators and Distributors

06 May 2014, Posted by William Newell in Technologies

  For decades and up until recently, content creation was only within the reach of big studios, famous directors, and a handful of entrepreneurs who were able to get their content noticed. But luckily times change, and how video is consumed and produced has also changed. Look around you—young adults and teens are watching less TV and spending more time on mobile devices. They are still consuming lots of video but it is video produced by a wide range of providers, not just the traditional TV outlets. The new reality is that video production and consumption is more organic and…

Vision Recognition Technology

28 Apr 2014, Posted by William Newell in Technologies

 Vision recognition is a relatively new technology for consumer products. If you have a PlayStation Eye or an Xbox Kinect you have probably experienced this kind of technology at least a little bit. When your game console recognizes you when you enter the living room, you’ve got a whole new way of playing, exercising, and dancing with your friends! Really cool stuff. But what if I told you that this same technology is also available at an affordable cost, with the web camera you already own, or the video camera that is included in your mobile device? Wouldn’t that be…

Projecting Video Streaming Cost in Your Business plan

23 Apr 2014, Posted by William Newell in Technologies

  I have always enjoyed having video as one of the media components in my projects or presentations. Many years ago it was a challenge to get video to work from a disk with limited CPU cycles and video cards, not to mention extremely limited bandwidth. Yet, video always added so much to the project that it was well worth the extra work. As the years have gone by and disk as a delivery mechanism is a thing of the past, the internet has made it possible to provide a much richer experience. But, when you try to create a business…

10 Tips for Choosing the Right Outsourcing Partner

10 Feb 2014, Posted by William Newell in Technologies

  If you work in digital media, software development or publishing, chances are you have at least heard about outsourcing, or near sourcing.  Both terms are basically the same, though one suggests greater proximity to the US.  If you are considering outsourcing some or all of your production or QA work, you will fare better if you engage a provider that truly meets and understands your needs. As someone with experience both as a client and a vendor I have learned how to optimize the outsourcing experience.  Here are some important guidelines derived from my experience.      Assess Your…

Let’s Talk All Things Digital

03 Jan 2014, Posted by William Newell in Technologies

  I have been operating North South Studios since September 25, 2004. I have worked in digital publishing and content development for many years. I have transitioned from CD-I, to CD- ROM, and endured the OS wars between Apple and Microsoft. Today I actively develop and produce mobile apps for iOS and Android (with Google replacing Microsoft in the latest operating system battlefield). Having a software development company that functions like a small agency has provided me with amazing opportunities. I have worked on business oriented sites, learning products, interactive toys, games, mobile applications, implemented CMS’s and LMS’s, worked on…