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"Pocket God's" 2 Million App Milestone Solves Retention Challenge

In today's world, apps are a dime a dozen, and most are free. By the end of 2009, while iPhone apps reached its '3 billion app download' milestone, studies have indicated that the retention rates of returning to apps after the initial download was a major hurdle for developers.

Recycle Your Phones For Haiti Thanks To ReCellular

On January 14, 2010, shortly after the terrible earthquake in Haiti, ReCellular announced their disaster relief program and partnership with the American Red Cross. Not only will this innovative program fund help to thousands of people in Haiti, it will also keep old cell phones out of the landfill. It's an easy, eco-friendly and inexpensive way for anyone to help.

Look Kindly On Your Health Insurer With An Apple Calendar

You get them every year.  Your dentist sends one, a local realtor sends one, maybe you get a pretty decent one from a charitable organization... They arrive in November or December and they send their best wishes for the upcoming new year.  You rarely hang them up or use them for anything; they hit the recycle bin on the way to your front door. Advertising calendars.

Toyota Reveals MR2 Based Hybrid Sports Car

After the obligatory waiting period since first being mentioned, Toyota has finally taken the cover off of their upcoming MR2 based Hybrid Sports Car. While the design seems to make perfect sense with what consumers are asking for, the name currently being used leave something to be desired.

Will NY Times Charge For Content & Bundle Delivery With New Apple iPad?

Speculation is circulating from reputable sources such as Mashable  that the New York Times is contemplating charging for content. While legacy newspapers have struggled to develop new business models to address dwindling subscriptions and ad revenue, it's apparent that a metered system is on the table for consideration.

Plum Pink Rice Wine Is A Sweet Romantic Treat

"Plum Pink" sake, a pleasingly pink alcoholic drink from Japanese distiller Nakano Shuzo is now available, just in time for Valentine's Day.

'Old School' SEO Can Address Google's 'New School' Real-Time Search

Seems odd to call SEO (search engine optimization) 'old school,' but given the fact it's been around for over tens years, that's considered dog years online for "ancient." Now how does that 'old school' religion work with today's real-time tweets?  Will the old axiom apply - if it ain't broke, it don't need to be fixed?

Top Five 'Pants On The Ground' Song Renditions

If you can't get that crazy song out of your head since 62-yr old 'General' Larry Platt first sang it on American idol mocking the contemporary street fashion of wearing your pants at half-(m)ass(t) - you are not alone!

Gawker Bids $100K For The New Apple Tablet

The last I heard, the yet-to-be-released Apple tablet/ iSlate ticket price was rumored at $1000. But the cost, specs and design of the device was kept under close wraps by the secretive Steve Jobs, who's motto should be "there will be no wine, before it's time." However that was all about to change when a promotional scheme devised by the Gawker Media/Valleywag team was released to their readership.

Infinite Chocolate Bar Celebrates 84 years of Japan's Meiji Chocolate

Bandai's 'Infinite Chocolate' allows one to enjoy the sublime thrill of breaking off a piece of chocolate from the bar, again and again, sugar & calorie free. Sweet!

Government's 'Love' Stimulus Plan For Valentines!

Hey, if the economy can receive bail-outs, why can't the LOVE department? Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, the nation's number sex therapist and octogenarian love ambassador, Dr Ruth Westheimer thinks "stimulus" is the operative word for her new campaign to promoted a 28-day romance stimulus plan for the US capital.

Google Search Goes 'Local' With Androids & iPhones

Location-based services are 2010's hot ticket item. As hyped as 'real-time search' was in 2009, all things 'local' will be the focus this year by search companies like Google and the social networks of Facebook and Twitter. Optimized search suggestions using one's location was announced by Google on January 14.

Yamaha Sparks Interest With Improved Electric Bicycles

Yamaha's five new and improved PAS series electric motor-assisted bicycles are aimed at women, students and urban non-drivers.

Ferrari Moving Forward With Hybrid Production

A few months back, Ferrari let their plans for a new hybrid system leak out. The ensuing uproar effectively divided the fans of the Italian Automaker into those who loved the idea, and those who were appalled by it. The decision by Ferrari to use the new powertrain in the 599 GTB is likely to divide this group even more.

OneForty Stocks Store With Twitter Apps, Save 'Location'

Back in September, I predicted that Twitter would acquire oneforty.com, "the Twitter Store of Apps," where one could shop to his or her heart's content for any app under the Twitter sun. Not only did that prediction come to past, but today, oneforty is juggling the launch of its Premium Twitter App marketplace with a $1.85 million dollar round of funding.