Smartphone Wars

Google’s Android cell phones are quickly closing the gap on Apple’s iPhone, according to new research from eMarketer. In the fourth quarter, the proportion of potential smartphone buyers who said they were going to purchase an Android jumped from 6% to 21%, surpassing blackberry for the first time, while interest in buying the iPhone dipped. For more details on what the Smartphone wars might look like as Google and Apple continue their ascendancy in the entertainment business, check out Daisy’s Whitney’s analysis in this week’s New Media Minute.

MMN ep:023 The Edge of Fringe in Chicago

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On the edge of creative performance you will find the fringe. Mikayla Brown and Vinnie Lacey of Fringe Chicago talked with me about their upcoming event slated for the beginning of September. If you’re a performer get your application in there now! The deadline for submissions is February 15th 2010. If you like watching raw creativity well you better pencil in some time between Sept 1st – 5th.

This is no ordinary performance showcase this is stuff you won’t see at any mainstream events. Even Mikayla and Vinnie don’t know what to expect. But judging from their passion and their experience with similar events it’s going to be crazy fun! Fringe events have had quite a history and are popping up all over the county and now here is Chicago!

Just listen to the show and get all the details and hear the history of Fringe.

On the show:
Chicago Fringe

Sarah Mikayla Brown
Executive Producer/Interim Board President (Board Member)
Vinnie Lacey
Vice President (Board Member)
Sean McMenemy webtwitter

Things that came up!
Chicago Fringe
Argo Tea
Find out more about Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood here, here and here!

Minnesota Fringe
Fringe NYC

TimeOut NewYork
PopUP Art
Crash Pad Puppets

Chicago Fringe 411
Get on the Mailing List

Got an idea for a show? Are you making something we should know about? What are you waiting for drop us a line, leave a comment and let us help you start the conversation about your project.

MMN ep:022 Master of Funny

It’s been a year since we last talked to Joe Avella. If you remember he’s one of the first people we talked to when we kicked off Midwest Media Now! He was making great stuff then but now he’s working on something even bigger, a feature length film. Yeah a feature!

Working one scene at a time, with friends and on a shoestring he sees a new way to create content and build fans. It’s a lot of work and he talks about his process and what he’s learning about making a film in the era of Web 2.0.

Listen up content creators there are some great lessons talked about here in our first episode of 2010.

On the show:
Joe Avella twitter
Jeff Murdoch twitter
Sean McMenemy webtwitter

Find Out MORE
Master of Inventions
Master on FACEBOOK

Things that came up!
Master of Inventions Blog
Stu Maschwitz
The Playground
Joe Janes
Seth Godin Permission Marketing
Sita Sings the Blues
Zach Galifianakis Visioneers
Midwest Teen Sex Show
Jon Glaser

Nerd Stuff
Canon XL2
Adobe Premiere
Final Draft
Screenwriting APPs for your iPhone or iPod Touch

Behind the Scenes – Landlord Scene from Joe Avella on Vimeo.

Five Trends and Five Companies

Now that the new decade has started, what new media trends should you be looking out for? In this first New Media Minute of the year, Daisy Whitney shares five trends and five companies that exemplify them. So keep an eye on data targeting provider Blue Kai, Web-to-TV technology firm Clearleap, location-based gaming platform SCVNGR, 3-D TV firm 3ality Digital and online studio Demand Studios. For more details on why they’re going to make news this year, check out the New Media Minute.