Speaking at eComm 2009

I’m honored to announce that I’ll be speaking at the eComm Conference in San Francisco, CA on March 3-5. The eComm Conference is the world’s leading-edge telecom, Internet communications and mobile innovation event. The debut 2008 conference broke a lot of new ground and created a revitalized forum attracting over 300 people, and 80 speakers. Those were the just the stats for last year – 2009’s eComm conference should be even better!

I’ll be speaking on how teenagers are using mobile telecommunications, especially cell phones and the internet. My session will be held at 12:10 until 12:20 PM on Thursday, March 5, in Salon E.

More and more teenagers are getting connected through mobile phones, social networks, and the internet. During 2005, online social network sites like MySpace and Facebook became common destinations for young people in the United States. The rapid adoption of social network sites by teenagers in the United States and in many other countries around the world raises some important questions. Learn why teenagers are using social networks, cell phones and the internet to stay connected with fellow classmates, and teenagers all around the world. You’ll find out why the internet is important to teenagers, and the youth. From mobile development, to video, to the iPhone, to the internet.

If your interested in attending, use the code ‘danielbru‘ to recieve 20% off your ticket price. Hope to see you at my session at the eComm Conference in San Francisco!

UPDATE: My friends at eComm have agreed to give one free ticket away to my readers! Here’s how to win. Post a comment saying why you think you deserve the ticket, and I’ll pick the winner. Good luck!

UPDATE 2: Below are my slides that I’ve posted to SlideShare from eComm. Enjoy!

UPDATE 3: Sam Levin (@samlevin) also Qikked my talk, so you now have video and my slides!

http://qik.com/swfs/qikPlayer4.swf

Going from the MacBook to the MacBook Pro 15″

As many of you know, I recently turned 16 years old. On my birthday, my parents got me a 15″ MacBook Pro from Apple. Before having a MacBook Pro, I was using a Black 13″ MacBook (Disclosure: My MacBook was sponsored by Viewzi). Here and there I would have problems with the MacBook because it only had 2 GB of RAM, 2.0 GHz processor, and a 120 GB hard drive. One of the biggest problems that I had was video editing. One of my passions is video, and I shoot and edit a lot of video. My MacBook is not capable of running Final Cut Pro, so I had to use iMovie HD ’06. Even then, iMovie would crash, and I had more problems on top of my current problems. Continue reading “Going from the MacBook to the MacBook Pro 15″”

Teens in Tech Conference

The past couple of months, Sam Levin (@samlevin) and I have been planning a event called the Teens in Tech Conference. The Teens in Tech Conference, simply put, is bringing youth and technology together in San Francisco. We have some amazing speakers, Daniel Ha (CEO of Disqus), Eric Kerr (CEO of AppLoop), Adam Jackson (Evangelist at Yoono), Jessica Mah (Founder of internshipIN), Jake Jarvis (Facebook developer), Sam Purtill (Engineer at YouNoodle), Derek Johnston (CEO of Tatango) and many more amazing speakers. You can find the full list here. Here is the information on date, time, location and other details of the Teens in Tech Conference:

When: Saturday January 31, 2009
Where: Microsoft San Francisco – 835 Market St Suite 700 – San Francisco, CA 94103 (Map)
Time: Registration opens at 9:00 AM PST. Full schedule here.

The Teens in Tech Conference has partnered with the amazing Eventbrite for tickets to the conference. You can buy your tickets to you Teens in Tech Conference here, but for those lucky readers of The Weblog of Daniel Brusilovsky, if you use the code DANIELBRU, you get a $4.00 discount on tickets for the first lucky few! Prices are as follows:

Adult (18+) $30.00 USD
Teen (18-) $20.00 USD

If you do not want to order tickets via Eventbrite , you can also come directly on January 31 to Microsoft and get tickets at the following prices:

Adult (18+) $35.00 USD
Teens (18-) $25.00 USD

And we can’t forget about the amazing media folks! If you are media, please email Teens in Tech Media with your name, publication name, email address, URL, topics you cover for the publication, links to recent and relevant articles, and any other information you think is needed.

See you on January 31 at the 2009 Teens in Tech Conference in San Francisco!

Update: The Teens in Tech Conference will be streamed live via our service provider sponsor, Ustream.TV. The channel will be here. See you at the Teens in Tech Conference!

http://www.ustream.tv/flash/live/1/376933Free TV Show from Ustream

iPhone App: Random Facts [UPDATED]

Ever since the launch of the App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch, some amazing apps have been released. One of the coolest that was just released is Random Facts.

Random Facts contains a database of hundreds of bizarre and interesting facts. Just tap on “Random Fact!” and you’ll be presented one randomly. Did you know karaoke means “buy this app” in Japanese? That’s not true, but with this app you’ll learn what karaoke really translates too. For less then a dollar Random Facts will provide entertainment for you and your friends for hours. [Official Description from App Store]

The application was developed by 16 year old Adam Debreczeni of CrossWireStudio. Adam Debreczeni is the founder of CrossWireStudio, co-host of TechToday, and the host of CrossWire. He also develops iPhone applications in his free time.

Overall, I think this app is a great idea. There isn’t another applications like this, that gives you random facts. Some of these facts are really interesting. Here are some examples:

  • Did you know that the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper?
  • Did you know that you burn more calories sleeping, then watching TV?
  • Did you know that the first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum?
  • Did you know that money isn’t made out of paper; its made out of cotton!

Well, you will know now thanks to Adam Debreczeni’s Random Facts. Check it out on the App Store. Adam has graciously agreed to give one lucky reader a free copy of Random Facts! To enter into the drawing you must leave a comment on this post with:

  1. Some form of commentary with actual content (ie. no spam)
  2. Must include a valid email address

The last day that you can leave a comment to enter into the giveaway is next Sunday, October 19! Good luck!

Have you found any fun yet educational (or vice versa) apps in the App Store? Share your voice in the comments or in a Seesmic video reply.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Tyler Johansen for winning the free version of Random Facts!

Drop.io releases Twitter Support

Drop.io, Inc., the simple private sharing solution, today Drop.io started testing a new set of features to enhance Drop.io’s file sharing experience, making it faster and easier for users to privately share and store pictures, videos, audio, documents, and other digital content with family, friends, colleagues and work groups. In early June 2008, Drop.io introduced support with Scribd, the leading platform for online document publishing, announced today a partnership to offer rich document conversion and viewing within private drop.io ‘drops’.

Headlining the package of new Drop.io features is the integration of Twitter’s social
networking and micro-blogging platform to enable ‘real-time’ sharing of files uploaded to a drop through a user’s personalized Twitter stream.

Continue reading “Drop.io releases Twitter Support”

Social Networking Conference 2008

I am very happy to announce that this Thursday, I will be speaking at the Social Networking Conference in San Francisco, CA. I will be speaking at 2:30 PM PDT about Social Networks: The Teens Perspective. The likes of Steve Wozniak Co-Founder of Apple, Britt Selvitelle of Twitter, Brandon Duncan of LinkedIn, Rawn Shah of IBM, Javed Chaudry of Motorola, and many more.

I will be speaking behalf of my start-up, Teens in Tech. I will be streaming my keynote on Qik, and will try to stream the conference on Ustream.

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What iPhone Are You Getting?

The date is getting nearer. July 11th, 2008 is the day we are waiting for. I have waited over 1 year for this day, and it is almost here!

iPhone 3G Launch Widget by Daniel Brusilovsky, on Flickr

I even downloaded a countdown widget for my dashboard with a timer until the iPhone Launch. I think this is one of the coolest widgets someone has ever made!

I recently asked Twitter a question:

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I wanted to share some responses to the “tweet,” and then talk about myself.

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If you would like to see a full list, please click here.

Personally, I have not fully decided on which version of the iPhone 3G to get, but I would really love to get the 16 GB model in black. I feel that 8 GB is not enough for all the music, video, and all the applications I want to put on my future iPhone. I wish there was a 32 GB version, that was $300.00 USD, but I guess I will have to wait.

I recently spoke with Michael Johnston, Editor-in-Chief of iPhone Alley, and interviewed him via audio chat. Our interview is below:


Michael Johnston Interview from Daniel Brusilovsky on Vimeo

Once I figure out which model I will be getting, I will update this post. So, leave your comments below, and let us know what model of the iPhone 3G you will be getting!

UPDATE: I will be getting the 16 GB Black Apple iPhone on July 11th, 2008.

WhereCamp 2008

Every year, with this year being the fourth in succession, there is Where 2.0 Conference by O’Reily. And every weekend after the conference, there is WhereCamp. Here is an excerpt from O’Reily’s website that describes the Where 2.0 Conference:

Now in its fourth year, the Where 2.0 Conference is where the grassroots and leading edge developers building location aware technology intersect with the businesses and entrepreneurs seeking out location apps, platforms, and hardware to gain a competitive edge. In the O’Reilly conference tradition, Where 2.0 presents leading trends rather than chasing them.

At Where 2.0, you’ll find source mapping tools, open standards for data and location web services, and sensors for obtaining location data. We’ll learn how the established geo industry is reacting to the first businesses making money from their grassroots geospatial projects. There’s no better place to meet the people behind the mash-ups, the people behind the platforms, and the people looking ahead to the future of geospatial. Join us at Where 2.0 to debate and discuss what’s viable now, and what’s lurking just below the radar

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to Where 2.0 Conference, but able to make it to WhereCamp! Originally, I was supposed to head to TiECon in Santa Clara, but didn’t have a ride to there, so I convinced my parents to let me go to the GooglePlex in Mountain View, CA, where WhereCamp 2008 was held. We spent night atthe GooglePlex, where they were handing out tents for those who didn’t have money to spend on lodging. Who knew that I’d be sleeping under the stars on the premises of my favorite search company?

Me at GooglePlex!

I got there at around 8:00 PM, and met up with two people, Robert Scoble and Rex Pechler.

At around 10:00, I started talking to the Poly9 folks. I met the CEO and Chief Architect. Then, without me even knowing, a much younger man (but still older than me) comes and sits next to me and Poly9 folks. We started talking about Press and Media Badges, when the CEO of Poly9 asked who he was. He had a Google badge on, so we though he was a Google Employee. The Poly9 CEO (Greg) quickly googled his name, and his blog, On the iPhone, comes up. We all looked at each other, and said in awe, that he was the first to unlock (to allow a phone to operate on a network that’s not the phone’s distributing carrier) the iPhone! George Hotz was sitting next to me and chatting with me for about 20 minutes before we realized who he was. Greg quickly asked him to sit down to talk, George sat down, and we ended up talking for about 8 hours, from 10:30 at night until about 6:30 in the morning. This had to be one of the best nights of my life. We were all asking questions, and of course, Qikking. Here is Rex’s and my stream:

This was such an amazing night. For more Qik Videos, please either go to my channel, or Rex’s. To conclude, here’s a photo with George and myself:

Me and George Hotz (iPhone Unlocker)

Social Networking

This is a guest post by Spencer C. You can find more about Spencer on
his own blog, or you can
follow him on Twitter.

An Online Social Network, in my opinion, is a hosted service that connects individuals or groups of people. There are many pros and cons to the many social networks out there. Below are my opinions and reviews of various types of social networking platforms.

Microblogging

Microblogging-based social networks provide profiles that are designed to be updated very frequently, but without huge detail. One of the ones I use most is Twitter, which is probably the largest microblogging social network. The service lets you update through several different interfaces, including their web site, SMS, one of several instant messaging networks (although AIM is
regrettably not supported), or desktop applications like Twhirl and Snitter. You can keep up with family and friends with a click of a button. There are other “copycat” networks like this, with two examples being Pownce and Jaiku, but they
simply aren’t as popular as Twitter. (Editor’s note: the Editor (and the writer) is a huge Twitterholic – don’t end up with the addiction that he picked up thanks to Twitter!)

Profile-based Networks

This category is, by far and wide, the most popular, including sites such as MySpace and Facebook. Generally, one would put together a profile using the service’s tools, adding various levels of interactivity, and friends look at what other friends post to their friends profiles as well as their own. Typically, the main goals of these services are to help you create new friends, find old friends, and to express yourself online. Let’s take MySpace as an example. They have a search feature for finding old friends and options to find people with interests that are similar to yours. Extras from MySpace include a blogging feature and an instant messaging network.

There is much controversy over MySpace (although there’s much less in respect to other networks), mostly over people giving out too much information, like address, phone numbers, and other personal data. This data may be picked up by sex offenders, who pose a significant risk to users of social networks. If you think that there’s no danger involved with MySpace, and that all of the Dateline NBC stories are fakes and rarely happen. This is NOT so. In July 2007, the company found and deleted 29000 profiles belonging to registered sex offenders! Around 30 thousand profiles were sex offenders! Facebook is much safer in this regard, but there will always be a problem with safety in profile based systems.

Media Based

With networks like Last.fm, the connections lay around the media. People sign up for these services,
provide the service with data, like favorite movies or songs, and the network in turn finds people and groups
with matching interests. These sites help you find both new media (i.e.. new
songs and videos), and meet the people who produce them.

Group Based

These social networks are basically profile based systems that are made for a specific group of people. An example of this is MySpace Music.
They are based on profiles, but also include functionality like a music player
where you can buy an artist’s songs.

(Editor’s note: Sites like Ning allow
you to build your own social networks that focus on a specific niche and provide
services and resources relevant to that niche.)

There are, of course, many networks that I didn’t even mention, since the ones listed above are definitely the most notable. You can check out Wikipedia’s extensive community published list of social networking sites to find one that suits you.

Do you have your own opinions about social networking? Leave a comment and let your voice be heard!

Macworld 2008: Day 1

Macworld 2008 has started, and it couldn’t start better off for me! This following blog post will be no ordinary blog post, I will by time, tell the readers my journey to Macworld 2008: Day 1.

5:00 AM- Wake up. At around 5:15 I eat breakfast, and get all my stuff ready for the days journey to Macworld 2008.
5:30 AM- Leave house to BART Station.
6:00 AM- Arrive at BART Station and board train to San Francisco!
6:50 AM- I arrive in San Francisco, and walk to Moscone Center West.
7:10 AM- Get my Super Pass, and go inside of Moscone West.
7:20-8:45 AM- Wait in line until they let us in the keynote room. At this time, I meet new friends, and talk about the Apple Universe podcast recording that night, and stream some live video on Qik.
9:00-10:30 AM- Steve Jobs Keynote! I get my seat, and take LOTS of pictures, and videos. A blog post coming up about the announcements from the keynote.
10:45 AM- THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY DAY!!

At this time I want to talk about what happened after the keynote was over. I had no where to go, since I was waiting for a friend, and I decide to walk to the stage. What I didn’t know, was that the press were taking a lot of pictures. I didn’t know what they were taking pictures, and knowing that I was small enough, I went through some people to find Steve Jobs in front of me! YES! STEVE JOBS WAS IN FRONT ON ME!! Steve needed to go, so he turned around and turned in my direction. I talk to Steve and SHAKE HIS HAND! I SHOKE STVEVE JOBS HAND!!!!

Steve is a really idol to me, it was a great experience to shake Steve Jobs hand. After that, I meet with some Apple Executives like Jonathan Ive, and some iPhone person, that I don’t remember his name 🙂

Going back to the actual story:

11:00 AM- Meet with iPhoneAlley Founder, and Editor-in-Chief, Michael Johnston. We talk about the keynote, and talk, like us all 🙂
12:00-1:00 PM- I go out to lunch with a really good friend of mine, Eric Willis. Eric is now in San Francisco, and I have him a pass to Macworld 2008. We went out to lunch, and had a good time talking nothing other then Apple!
1:00-1:30 PM- Go to Eric’s office, and relax for a little bit before going back to Macworld 2008.
1:50 PM- Meet with Robert and Patrick Scoble in Moscone Center.
2:00- 4:00 PM- Walk around the expo floor with the Scoble’s and Mike Cohen of MacMegasite.
4:15- 5:45 PM- Set-up for my Apple Universe Episode #100 event at Zeum!
6:00- 8:00 PM- Apple Universe #100 with Robert Scoble, Dave Sifry, Shooby, iJustine and Cali Lewis! There will be a blog post about this event coming up.
8:30 PM- Leave the Zeum, and go home after a very long day.

This was basically my day at Macworld 2008. I am still in disbelief that I shook Steve Jobs hand! Apple Universe #100 was great, and I hope my parents let me go back to Macworld later this week, and if not, I had a great time at Macworld 2008!

Apple Universe #100 should be out soon.