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Medicare Helps You Choose The Right Prescription Drug Plan

I had given up trying to figure out the Medicare Part D plans for my father this year.  Since his medications are all generic and it looked like we'd be spending more on Part D insurance than the drugs themselves, I figured we should continue without it.  But then, I read that the Medicare website had an easy to use selection program that would help you choose the right plan by inputting just a bit of information.  Dubious, I charged ahead...

 

New Social Media Seasonal Holiday Created By Groupon

As one of the first and most popular social buying sites, Groupon differentiates itself once again from its competitors by establishing its own holiday. The fact that it begins on the Monday prior to Thanksgiving and continues through Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa might smack a bit like overt commercialism, but with deals up to 90 percent off, I think a lot of seasonal shoppers are going to be celebrating "Grouponicus" this holiday season.

Will The Social Media Bubble Follow The Financial Crisis?

Are Internet bubbles on a 10-year cycle? Like the economic booms and busts that have occurred over the course of last 30 years, similar Internet peaks and valleys seem to follow suit according to John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers. He refers to them as "waves" and it appears that we are currently transitioning from a simmer to a slow boil presently.

Does The Social Media WUPHF.com Start-Up Have Merit?

When the fictional desk jockeys at Dunder Mifflin on the TV show The Office start moonlighting on a Web 2.0 start-up, the mayhem and laughs that follow at first glance seem to overshadow the  potential business model they are lampooning. Because if one were to look closer at the premise for temp Ryan Howard's social network idea, you might see its merit.

Speaking More Than One Language Delays Onset Of Alzheimer's

Where two or more languages are spoken regularly, there is likely to be a delay in the onset of Alzheimer's symptoms by more than four years.  This was found by researchers from several universities in Canada and published in the November 9, 2010 edition of Neurology.

Social Media Data Wars Will Determine Semantic Web Leader

Social Media or Web 2.0 can be considered the battleground for Web 3.0's Semantic Web. The shift has been happening subtly but is picking up speed as Internet companies and nations vie for control of data. With 600 million users now on Facebook, Google's 1.3 billion visitors per week and China's 1.35 billion citizens, these three entities have the greatest opportunity to dominate the Web of the Future.

Lasofoxifene: Chemo PREVENTION For Breast Cancer?

Victor G. Vogel, MD, of the Geisinger Medical Center and an editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, called the reductions in breast cancer and stroke incidence "dramatic" and considered that, though more data about the long-term effects of lasofoxifene was needed, the drug just may be the "tipping point in breast cancer prevention."

 

When iPhone Targets Retail Stores Will It Lose Its Caché?

Just in time for the holidays, after launching sales and support for the iPhone at Best Buy and Walmart back in June, Apple is officially going mainstream when it arrives at Target stores on November 7. Consumers will be able to purchase both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS at any of the department store chains' 846 stores. With such a major merchandising change-up like this, does Apple run the risk of losing some of its mystique and exclusivity by going mainstream?

Social Media Netizens In Europe Migrate From Home-Grown Networks To Facebook

For those that doubt the ubiquity of Facebook, one has only to look at the trend emerging in European countries, where home-grown social networks are either being sold or are losing their user base to Facebook. World domination is a slow process, but one that Facebook appears to be making headway across the pond.

Social Media App That Detects Apathy & Lazy Voters

Voter turn-out for mid-term elections normally - well - how should I put this… suck!  Where the 2008 national election turnout came in at 56.8 percent, the mid-terms in 2002 and 2006 averaged less than 38 percent. Why is this the case? 

Social Media's Privacy Satirized With 'Fear Medal' At DC Sanity Rally

Appropriately enough, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook were presented with a Fear Award at the first-time "Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear" event hosted by satirical pundits Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at the National Mall in DC today. In true "point-counterpoint" fashion the two venerable comedians traded barbs as to who best represented reasonableness versus those that raised the bar on ratcheting up the public's sense of fear.

New Colon Cancer Test Disappoints Those Looking Forward To Colonoscopy

Bad news for those who were looking forward to a colonoscopy, the colon examination recommended for those over 50, which severely interrupts your regularly scheduled life for 36 hours, calls for you to take a sickening solution to remove every iota from your bowel, limits your diet, and makes you lie on your side, fortunately sedated, while a camera-equipped tube is inserted up your rear to take pictures of the inside of your colon.  Sorry folks, a new colon cancer screening test looks like it might soon replace the colonoscopy.

 


8 Philips Products Receive 2010 Industrial Design Awards

This year, six of Philips' eight Good Industrial Designs just happen to make great holiday gifts, if they can be found for sale. Most of them are so new, that they haven't reached all of Philips many markets. But if you know an infant, a mother, an elderly person, someone who loves to cook, watch TV, or needs motivation to exercise, you'll find a new gift here.

 

A Cheap Social Media Shopping Network (Just In Time) For The Holidays!

With the holidays fast approaching, the team at blinkx.com has developed a new social shopping network, with a few extra bells and whistles than some of the others noted in my previous post  titled, "Top Ten Social Shopping Networks (Just In Time) For The Holidays." A great tool for not only comparison shopping but also an opportunity to share your shopping experiences with like-minded shoppers in the Cheep community.

Ergonomic & Electric: A Student Designs A 'Scooter' For Seniors

Thank heavens for grandchildren.  If we didn't have them, there wouldn't be many designers bothering about how new technologies can be applied to the needs of seniors.  Patrick Leyendecker is just one of the many young designers who are trying to moderate the pain and stress that comes with aging and having to adjust one's ways to so many of life's daily needs.

 


Social Media Shopping Deals Space Goes Self-Serve With Groupon?

On the heels of posting "Social Media Deals Space Goes Ape with JungleCents" and the already crowded space of online shopping deal sites, Groupon is said to be launching its latest feature called Groupon Stores - an option that will allow businesses to created Facebook-like self-serve pages where fans and friends can follow and access discounted deals from a specific brand.

Social Media's Shopping Deals Space Goes Ape With JungleCents

In an already crowded space that includes major players like Groupon, Woot, Gilt Groupe and RetailMeNot, JungleCents enters the field with an inverted affiliate scheme and seed money from billionaire Mark Cuban.

Just Lie Back And Leave Your Body To The Zerona® LipoLaser

Exercise and a healthy diet are regimes everyone should follow, but face it, they don't always shape your body the way you'd like it. That's why we have cosmetic surgery! Here is a cosmetic procedure that can sculpt and tone your figure without even one little incision - it's totally non-invasive!

Apple Gets Presidential: Obama Signs The First iPad Into History

While iPads still don't support Adobe Flash - another Adobe product- the "Ideas App" appears to have received a presidential promotional push on October 21, when President signed the first iPad ever. Sylvester Cann IV came up with the idea to use the Idea App in such a fashion, and scored some major geeky street cred as a result.

Reproductive Hormones Target Cancerous Tumors Like Magnets In Mice

This discovery raises hopes that a targeted follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) injection can not only identify human tumors, but can deliver cancer killing drugs to the identified tumors.