Steven Swimmer's Posts

Posts by the Founder/Head Tech + Culture Dude at Nowster.

Music Access Rather Than Ownership

Taylor Swift performs in St. Louis, Missouri in 2013 Photo Credit: Jana Zills

There’s been a lot of talk in the music press about terrible payouts for musicians coming from Spotify and to some degree YouTube.  Some of the biggest headlines last Fall were around news that Taylor Swift would be removing her music from Spotify.   Is this a tipping point for artists making a stand against Spotify […]

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10 Live Music Clips at Full Circle Venice: Alexa Melo, Michael Mowgli & Others

Alexa Melo live

Full Circle Venice is a relatively new community of spiritual people. They’ve been putting on some great live showcases on Friday nights in a show called, “That Cool Music Thing,” with a round-robin of talented performers. Here’s small sampling from this past summer and fall. (UPDATE: These shows have gone on hiatus. Check with Full […]

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Tech Trends Tracking

Trends in Tech Terms on Google. 3D Printing Trends

Indie Pop Star Jhameel Kim rocks the stage

Jhameel Kim

It’s YouTube indie-pop star Jhameel Kim rocking the new METal stage (at The Crest), below.  Jhameel plays 14 instruments and sings. After spending some time in the military, he turned his focus to music, where he found his voice and his calling. It’s @jhameel rocking the new METal stage A post shared by Steven Swimmer (@sswimmer) […]

The Future of Television is 4k & Beyond

Panasonic 4K television on display at the Consumer Electronics Show

What is 4K UHD? If you’re loving your High Def TV, you may not be loving it for long. Forget 3D – when you get a look at the new 4K screens you may have a sudden case of screen envy. They have 4x the resolution of the the best HD screens of the previous […]

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7 Hot Startups Presented at The Israel Conference FutureFest

Wonder Voice Mobile - Gal Melamed, Founder and CEO

Seven hot Israel-connected startups recently pitched their companies and product offerings to an audience of VCs, tech, media and entertainment execs in Los Angeles. They were part of The Israel Conference 2013 session: FutureFest, Where Hot Money Meets Cool Companies. These hot startups need to either be Israeli-based or have a presence in Israel. These […]

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Orson Welles: Thoughts on Studio Moguls

Orson Welles in The Lady from Shanghai trailer.

Some compelling material has surfaced from recorded conversations with Orson Welles. Among these conversations, Welles discusses what he thought of the old studio moguls, agents, lawyers and the new breed of movie executives who replaced the the original moguls. Welles is well regarded as great filmmaker, but he had more setbacks than successes along the way […]

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News Photographers Pushed-out at Chicago Sun-Times

Goodbye to News Photographers over Photo of Occupy LA Signs

About 2 weeks ago, the Chicago Sun-Times announced it was laying-off the entire photography department. They will train reporters to take photos on iPhones instead.  Photographers are picketing the news outlet, but but for now there are no photographers on staff. While I’m not surprised by the news that Chicago Sun-Times is eliminating it’s entire […]

Personal Musings on Photography, Tech + Art

Rainy Street Istanbul

My interest in both technology and the arts goes way back… When I was growing up, my world was defined in large parts by my interest in both technology and the arts. They were always present like two connected parts of my world. I always wanted to be either a scientist, artist, photographer or a […]

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Olloclip Lens Kit for iPhone with Macro, Wide Angle & Fisheye Lenses

Olloclip for iPhone

Olloclip Lens Kit for iPhone captures stunning photos and HD video using Macro, Wide Angle & Fisheye Lenses that clip onto your iPhone 4, 4s or 5. I’ve had the chance to use an Olloclip over the past few months.  As an avid photographer, I like to carry around decent cameras when I can. But in many […]


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