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Mr. Robot’s ‘FSociety’ Inspired By Real-Life ’Morpho’?

For all those cybercrime bloggers who’ve been cyberventilating over USA network’s hit TV series, Mr Robot, while a lot more will be revealed about its band of hackers called ‘FSociety' in weeks to come, it appears a real-life group whose moniker is ‘Morpho’ might be the real-life underground inspiration.

GoodWorld & Tsū, Social Networks With Charitable Algorithms

A new era of ‘social giving’ has entered our zeitgeist. Fundraising is no longer an activity practiced solely by wealthy philanthropists. Folks who have a passion for giving don’t have to be members of the elite, the likes of the Bill Gates or the Jimmy Buffets of this world. Today’s social networking is providing folks of lesser means with a conduit to working for the greater good.

Move Over, Siri: Meet Amazon Echo And Alexa

Have you ever wanted Samantha from Her without all the nagging or Siri without having to press a button? Well, now you can with Amazon Echo's Alexa, the cloud-based voice service that does it all. Featuring a free companion app, Echo keeps working even when you're away from home.

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Tsū World

What does March Madness and the Tsu social network have in common? First introduced in 1984, the former has become one of the most popular annual sporting events in the United States. Created by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Division 1 Basketball, it’s an elimination tournament played each March in the United States. The latter is a new social network platform developed by Sebastian Sobczak and launched in October, 2014.

Is It The Last Straw App Or The First Brigade Social Network?

Attempting to find that next paradigm shift in social networking seems to be the name of the game in the year 2015. The first generation of social networks paying users for their content — including the popular Tsu, followed by Bubblews, Bonzo Me, bitlanders and Seen — were the first on the scene with a new twist. Now half way through the year, ‘polling apps’ seem to be the network du jour. . .

Will Facebook Own Your Faceprint?

Just when we thought Facebook could not possibly take any more liberties with our privacy rights . . . oops, they did it again! For those who might not have heard, three years back when Facebook was on a buying spree, it picked up Face.com, an Israeli facial recognition technology for the paltry sum of $100 million [chump change in comparison to the acquisition of WhatsApp for a cool $19 billion]. This week . . .

Bitcoin & Tsū Microdonations Usher In New Wave Of Charity Giving

For most charities, before the web and smartphones, donations came in the form of checks, received by snail mail. Yes, faster than the pony express of the previous century, but yet a very slow process. Toward the latter part of the 1900s, with credit cards becoming an accepted form of payment, coupled with the Internet as a distribution channel, the speed and frequency of fundraising increased markedly.

Tsū Goes To The Dogs For Red Nose Day USA

In its very short tenure (only 7 months old), Tsu as a social network has earned an international reputation as a donor to worthy causes. Founder and CEO Sebastian Sobczak assembled a team of developers to create an ecosystem to accomplish two very unique functions. One was to pay its users 90% of its total daily ad revenues (previously unheard of in the social media space), and secondly it would distinguish itself further as a charitable. .

Is Silicon Valley’s ‘Datageddon’ Coming, Or Will Modern-Day Florence Continue to Renaissance?

It’s been referred to as the ‘Cradle of Innovation’ in a time of transformation, where art has been replaced by Clouds, DaVinci’s by Zuckerberg’s, beauty by functionality and greed . . . well, by greed (some things never change.) But is the 21st Century’s Renaissance peaking, or will it live to Snapchat another day?

Stream & Drive With Netflix Watch & Google Self-Driving Cars

On the eve of the Apple Watch going into preorders April 10th, starting as early as 3:01 a.m. ET -- not to be outdone -- Netflix released some surprising news regarding its own timepiece. With an appropriate dose of tongue-and-cheek, in an advance promo, the Netflix Watch is said to be coming soon, providing gadget-lovers the world-over to “experience total freedom.”

Crowdsale & Cryptocurrency Fuels Next-Gen Social Network Synereo

If a new social network is going to break the mold of everything that went before, it's going to require a social media marketing strategy that’s just as innovative. In a follow-up to my blog post ‘Defining Synereo Before It Redefines Facebook,’ the programming team behind Synereo are relying on cryptocurrency to serve as legal tender when users register for their network, via a new crowdsouring mechanism called a ‘crowdsale.’

Defining Synereo Before It Redefines Facebook

There’s a new social network in town and if it's half as powerful as its hype, prepare to follow a whole new line of logic when you socialize online in the very near future. Synereo has been touted as the one to break the mold of all that went before. It’s the next-gen social ecosystem, a fully decentralized and distributed social network designed for the  Attention Economy.

CogniToys Has Made The World's Smartest Dino Using IBM Watson

Kids ask a lot of questions. They want to know why and how. And just when you think you have satisfied their curiosity, they come up with another question. As a parent, this is both thrilling and exacerbating. We want our children to be excited about learning, but sometimes we don’t have the answers or—let’s be honest—the time to figure out what owls eat, where they live, and how fast they can fly; all questions my daughter asked in the span of 10 seconds. But CogniToys are speech enabled, internet connected toys which have both the time and age-appropriate answers to feed and fuel our children’s desire to learn.

Does Tsū or A+ Get The Top Grade?

Tsu (pronounced ‘Sue’) -- the social network that pays you for your content -- scaled past 3 million users this past week in less than 5 short months. Based on a monetization model where ninety percent of its advertising revenues are actually distributed to its members, its algorithm weighs views, likes, comments, shares and numbers of followers in a somewhat modified MLM scheme to determine the payouts.

Will YouTube Subscription Service Compete With Netflix, Spotify?

Google has decided its web-based video provider YouTube has finally grown up enough to get some big-boy pants. It’s a bit step, but Google appears to be taking its cue from streaming video and music content providers like Netflix and Spotify.