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In celebration of the kickoff of HBO’s new comedy series, Summer Heights High, HBO and Mimobot teamed up for this limited edition Mimobot of the character Ja’mie from the series. Summer Heights High is a peek into the life of an Australian public high-school, focusing on three characters: Mr. G, a self-important, high-strung drama teacher; Ja’mie, a haughty, private-school female exchange student spending the year at Summer Heights High; and Jonah, a delinquent, break-dancing obsessed student struggling to stay in school. Series creator and writer Chris Lilley plays all three lead roles. From the looks of the sneak-peek teasers the series has the potential to be hilarious.
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TheDopeFiend managed to get its hands on a few of these Mimobots to give away to you! All you have to do is have a look at the sneak-peek videos and leave a comment on this post telling us which Summer Heights High character is your favorite. Get to it, these are limited edition 1GB Mimobot flash drives and the contest ends on November 9th!
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Fresh of the press! Bang Gang Deejays has a new mix CD coming out today titled D Is For Disco, E Is For Dancing, and in celebration have released a remix from the album. The track is a rework of The Presets‘ “Kicking and Screaming” and if the rest of the album is anything like this track I going to make your head explode.
With more bang for ya buck, the Bang Gang’s E Is For Edit remix of the track introduces a new level of dimensioneering and trance travel to your ears. This all Australian affair gives new life to the already amazing track, that will keep even the most resilient feet on the floor…
Incase has been making quality products for years. Not only are they high quality, but they look good and are always designed well. In general I am not super keen on iPhone cases. Most of them are bulky, rubbery and really detract for the iPhone’s sleek design. However, If there was one iPhone case I would use it would most likely be Incase’s Slider Case. The case is protective with its internal rubber gaurdrails, but doesn’t detract too much from the iPhone’s sleekness with its 1mm thin plastic case. The case shown above is a special new design done by the artist Parra. It will be available October 24th at the Incase webstore, select Apple Stores and Arktip.
For those of you who are bummed out about the death of Muxtape, or even for those of you who never even used Muxtape… Favtape is going to change the way you listen to music. If you don’t know Muxtape, it was a very simple online playlist builder, allowing you to upload MP3s and share personal mixtapes. Favtape is a very similar concept as Muxtape, only gives you much more freedom. The cool thing that separates Favtape is that you don’t upload your music. Favtape searches sites that already have huge databases of music, so unlike Muxtape, there is no limit to the amount on songs your playlists can have. Not only that, but again unlike Muxtape, you can have multiple playlists. This was one of the main reasons I never really got into Muxtape, it really limited the personalization of your playlists. These features plus a handfull of others makes Favtape one of my “fav” new music websites.
With websites like Last.fm, Pandora and now Favtape I can see needing massive amounts of hard drive storage for your music becoming less necessary. Why waste all that space on your hard drive when you can build your own playlists and listen to it on demand for free?!
I made this little mixtape in a matter of minutes.
Want a free pair of the new Vans Dustin Dollin No Skool 2s, or how about a free pair of any new model of Vans you want? Well in celebration of the release of the new ultra realistic Baja: Edge of Control video game the creators, THQ, have teamed up with Vans and TheDopeFiend to give you just that. Baja: Edge Control is an amazingly realistic four-player split screen Baja race simulator that was released September 22nd.
There is no doubt Myspace has helped bands and musicians promote themselves in a huge way. It’s a quick and easy way to set up a website. But there is one problem with it… it is a horrible “website”. It’s slow, messy and their music player just downright sucks. This is why I love Bandcamp. Bandcamp let’s you create a free, clean, very custom mini-site without all the ads and extra junk. Among many other features Bandcamp allows you to upload your music, set a cost and sell your music at different bit rates, see statistics on who is linking and listening to your music and much more. Viewers can also quickly share a track on Facebook, Myspace or blog. Making it very easy for others to promote your music for you. If it sounds simple, well, it is. It’s the perfect quick solution for promoting your music. Check out the screencast for more info.
Simplify Media is a free, and legal service that makes it possible for you to stream your music library over a private network of people. Just download the Simplify Media application and follow a small setup wizard. Invite friends to your limited network and they are then able to view and listen to your music library. This is also very handy if you are away from your home library, say at work, and you want access to all of your music. The service is available for Mac and Windows, and they even have an iPhone/iPod Touch app.
In the past I have been rather skeptical of most event and concert community websites. They never seem to keep good track of the smaller, less mainstream shows and venues. However, Eventful has quickly changed my opinion. The website’s integration with many other tools is the best part. Eventful not only allows you to track your favorite local venues and the shows that are playing there, but it does a great job at customizing your profile to search out artists that you like. Eventful will even search you Last.fm profile and iTunes library for the music you listen to and then search for those artists playing in your area. You can also demand artists that you would like to see in your city, join community groups and discussions and add your favorite venues and artists to your watch list.
And for those of you with an iPhone of iPod Touch be sure to check out Eventful’s iPhone application.
There’s nothing worse than forgetting the name of the artist who sings a song you heard. Or when you hear a song in a store an really want to know who the artist is that sings it. Midomi for the iPhone takes care of these problems along with providing many other cool features. This iPhone application allows you to sing, hum or play a song into your iPhone’s mic, then searches Midomi’s music database to match your singing, humming or the song with the closest results. You can also simply say or type the name of a song or artist to search the Midomi database. After you do a search and results are found you can then purchase the artist’s tracks from iTunes, view YouTube videos, view photos and see more tracks available from the artist. The application’s interface is very simple and easy to use. I only hope that the database becomes a bit more expansive, as many of the more obscure songs I have searched have no results. Overall a great application with many uses.
In The Mod is a small application that every designer will love. The application comes in four different editions: The Flickr Edition, Webcam Edition, Your Images Edition and the Online Edition. The concept of each edition is essentially the same, creating swatches from various photos from either various Flickr photos, photos from your webcam, and photos in your personal library. Have you ever been inspired by the color way of your favorite sneakers, or by a photo that you took of a building in you neighborhood. In The Mod can import and use photos to create a swatch of 1-1,000 different colors, and then export the swatch to Photoshop of Illustrator. A handy little tool in any designers collection of apps.
I am by no means a “car guy”, which is why I was surprised when I found myself purchasing the magazine Intersection the other day. Intersection magazine seems like a hybrid of a fashion, automobiles, art, design and urban lifestyle. With very well done art direction they seem to tie everything together perfectly. It’s kind of the Dwell for the auto world.
Dropbox is a new online service making it possible to easily and seamlessly sync and access your important files over multiple computers. After installing Dropbox the application creates a designated folder on your hard drive, simply drag and drop files into this folder and they are synced with your online account. Installing the application on multiple computers works the same way, except those files are now synced with all computers on your account as well as your online account. This is a great way to make sure you always have current working files if you are on-the-go or away from your computer and the ease-of-use is unmatched by any other option I have tried. Not only does Dropbox sync and backup your files, but you can also create public folders to invite others to collaborate and share files with. At the moment Dropbox is still in beta and only offers 2GB of storage. I am really hoping they offer pay plans with more storage which I am guessing is likely. The service is available for both Mac and PC and works fine over cross platform networks.
I have had my eye on the web browser/music player hybrid Songbird for awhile now. Songbird has recently released version 0.5 and it’s looking pretty awesome. Songbird brings you features of other music players like iTunes, playing music from your hard drive and iPod. In addition to these features Songbird also doubles as a web browser that can play/download MP3s directly from music blogs or other music sites. Although I can’t really see using Songbird as my primary browser, it is built using the Mozilla platform so you definitely could. Overall I think the new version of Songbird is a solid tool for browsing MP3 blogs. Additional features include downloadable skins or “feathers”, iTunes Library Import, LastFM Audioscrobbler plug-in, Album Art Manager and a long list of other available plug-ins.
[Available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux]
Desktoptopia is an awesome little desktop/wallpaper manager that will automatically update your PC or Mac with fresh wallpapers directly from their online vault of wallpapers. Simply install their free software and set your preferences to how often each wallpaper changes and which libraries you want them selected from. They claim to have a panel that only selects the best of wallpapers submitted, and most of them I have seen so far have been pretty cool. However, if for some reason you aren’t liking the selected wallpaper you can easily skip to the next.
[Via: Josh Spear]
No, despite what it sounds like iPartee is not another random overpriced accessory for the iPod. It is in fact a website designed for people who want a one-stop-shop for party events. In a nutshell this site allows you to plan events and share info with friends, share and promote your events, see what events your friends plan on attending, post photos of events and of course gives you widgets to share this info on your site. One feature I would see using a lot on this site is the venue guide. Whenever I visit another city I find myself browsing tons of useless websites trying to find what is going on where. If iPartee catches on I could see it being a great tool to browse venues and events in unfamiliar cities. In the sea of cool websites popping up these days it’s a bit hard to stand out from the rest, but if iPartee manages to do so it could be great.