Friday, May 30, 2008

Creating a Podcast Show using VOX Collections

The steps involved in creating a PodCast Show using VOX and the iTunes Store are:

  1. Record your Podcast show episode and convert to either mp3 or mp4 (aac, m4a).
  2. Upload
    your audio file (Podcast episode) to your Vox blog - either as a post
    attachment or upload directly into your Vox 'Audio' folder in your Vox
  3. Create a 'Collection' in Vox and name it - e.g. 'My Podcast Show'.
  4. Add
    your Podcast Episode to your Podcast 'Collection' in Vox - note
    providing a description and tag words will make it easier for listeners
    to search for your Podcast show and categorize it!
  5. Find your Vox Podcast Collection RSS feed and copy it.
    1. It will be in the form:
    2. i.e.
  6. Open
    iTunes, choose 'Advanced', 'Subscribe to Podcast' and paste your
    Podcast RSS feed - iTunes will then download and play your Podcast show
  7. Share your iTunes Podcast Playlist (and your RSS feed) with the rest of the class!
  8. To get your Podcast show on iTunes:
    1. Submit your Shows RSS feed to iTunes
    2. Launch iTunes.
    3. In the left navigation column, under iTunes Store, click on the Podcasts link to go to the Podcasts page.
    4. In the left column of the Podcasts page, in the Learn More box at the bottom, click on the Submit a Podcast link.
    5. Follow the instructions on the Submit a Podcast page.
      1. Note that you will need a valid iTunes account, and you will need to be logged into iTunes.
    6. You will receive a confirmation email from Apple.
PODCAST FAQ (Apple Computer)

View slideshow of screenshots.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Mobile Trial 'Reflections'

Here's a few examples of students & tutors first time VODCast 'reflections' on the iPod Touch and Nokia N80 mobile trials:

    iPod Touch Trial - Diploma Contemporary Music (Waitakere Campus)

    Nokia N80 Trial - Bachelor of Product Design (Mt Albert Campus)

  1. 12/05/08 from

  2. 12/05/08 from

Thursday, May 15, 2008

JoikuSpot - Now this is cool!

Here's an S60 app that allows you to share your 3G Internet connection from your Nokia cellphone via WiFi with any WiFi enabled device! - why is this cool? - it means you don't have to stuff around setting up bluetooth connections from your laptop, and non-bluetooth devices with WiFi can connect to the Internet anywhere you have cellphone coverage (e.g. iPod Touch, PSP, Eee PC...). It also means that you are not limited by sharing via a slow bluetooth connection (1-2Mbps) but can share the full HSDPA speed (up to 3.6Mbps). It supports NSeries and ESeries Nokia phones with WiFi.

"JoikuSpot is FREE and SECURE Mobile HotSpot solution that turns Nokia phones to a WLAN HotSpot.

JoikuSpot software is installed directly to the phone. When switched on, laptops and iPods can establish instant, secure and fast WLAN connection via smartphone's JoikuSpot HotSpot using phone's own 3G internet connection.

Multiple devices can connect to JoikuSpot in parallel and seamlessly share the same 3G internet connection.

You can use JoikuSpot to access internet e.g. on the train, car, sailing boat, summer cottage, hotel, while walking, or when at remote office...where ever you are!"

Another useful S60 application from Joiku is HandyWi

Bascially a better WiFi hotspot finder than the builtin connection app for S60.

"HandyWi is freeware software, which helps your to discover and connect to private and public WiFi hotspots on your mobile phone. Application is designed to work with any 802.11a/b/c/g hotspots"


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Monday, May 05, 2008

UPnP on Nokia NSeries

UPnP (Universal Plug n Play) technology is nicely integrated into the Nokia NSeries smartphones. This provides a way to wirelessly stream media (Video, Images, and Audio) from your smartphone to UPnP enabled devices or software applications.

On the N80, UPnP provides a way of viewing video & images from the N80 directly on a Mac or PC laptop (When connected to a video projector this enables large group viewing/interaction). On the newer NSeries phones (N95, N82) a dedicated video/audio out connector is provided - but it's still cool to stream media wirelessly!

UPnP setup:

  1. On the N80/N95 Scan for WiFi access point & connect

  2. On the N80/N95 find the 'Home Network' application

  3. HomeNetwork1.jpg
  4. Configure the Home Network appication for your WiFi connection and choose which media to share wirelessly

  5. HomeNetwork2.jpg


  6. Start a UPnP capable software application on your Mac or PC: on PC (Simple Center ) & Mac (Mediacloud)

  7. Now wirelessly browse & display your mobile media!

  8. UPnP_Mediacloud_on_Mac_N95.png


I've yet to get UPnP working on the P1i or the Nokia E90 :-(

Mobile Vodcasting

I've been experimenting with the possibilities of mobile Vodcasting (Video casting) recently.

The N-Series Nokia's make this a painless exercise (the multimedia capabilities of the NSeries phones is exceptional - it's just their lack of text entry options and poor battery life that let then down - you really need to carry a Bluetooth keyboard with you all the time for any length of text input):

  1. Place your smartphone in a deskstand. Turn on the camera on your smartphone, or start the 'camera' application.

  2. Choose 'use secondary camera (the 'front low resolution camera)

  3. Choose video mode and 'shoot' your vodcast. This will be saved as a 176x144 .3gp (H263 mpeg4) compressed video, suitable for mms or emailing. The built-in microphone does a reasonable job of recording the audio accompanying the video.

  4. Edit your video recording

  5. Upload your edited video to your online video host or Blog - using either email or Shozu.

Non NSeries cameraphones:

The Sonyericsson P1i does not have a built-in video editor, nor does the front camera record stills or video - it's solely for video conferencing :-( .

However the main camera records video at 320x240, 15fps. To edit and upload your video clips from the P1i:

  1. Create a free Jumpcut or Photobucket account.

  2. Find your email upload address, and email your video clips to Jumpcut or Photobucket from your P1i

  3. Logon to your Jumpcut/Photobucket account on a computer and edit your uploaded clips into a 'movie'.

  4. Embed the final 'movie' into your Vox blog etc...

Obviously Jumpcut and Photobucket can also be used with the Nokia NSeries phones as well - their online video editors are more fully featured than the built-in video editor on the phones, and Jumpcut or Photobucket also provide extra features such as embedding a video player in most blog hosts, and voting polls etc...

Below is an example of a Vodcast created by recording clips on an N95 secondary camera & a P1i, then uploaded via email to a Jumpcut account and edited into a short 'movie' using the Jumpcut editor - pretty cool technology! (Pity about the video ;-) )

jumpcut movie:Jumpcut Mobile Test