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Top 10 Best Photo Apps For Your Android Device

Take a look at ten of the best applications available for your Android phone or tablet. Here you'll find image editors, organizers and other excelent tools for the mobile photographer.  

ROBLOX.com's BLOXCON Branches Out To New Heights

I'm sure there are at least a few of you out there who've heard of ROBLOX. After all, as one of the largest user-generated game sites on the 'net; it's kind of a big deal, and getting bigger with each passing day. With this rapid growth in mind, the organization behind it is planning on branching out by expanding BLOXCON - ROBLOX's annual user conference. On Friday, I got the chance to speak to a few of the fine folks running the show.

British Airways' 'Innovation Lab In The Sky' Sequesters Silicon Valley Techies

Everyone in the States at this point in time is very familiar with the term "sequester" as it applies to limiting the size of the U.S. federal budget. British Airways, on the other hand is using the concept as originally defined -- "to cause to withdraw, into seclusion." British Airways' latest innovation is titled, 'Innovation Lab In The Sky,' and their sequestration will not be limiting at all, because their plan is to expand upon talent and opportunities, with a little help from their friends.

Pheed, NOT Your Grandmother's Social Network, Outpaces Twitter & Facebook?

Pent-up demand, content monetization and copyright stamps have been instrumental in distinguishing the new social network called Pheed from the pack. It became the No.1 free social networking app in Apple's App Store for the month of February, out pacing competitors like Twitter and Facebook.

Infrastructure Scaling: The NewsBlur Story

With Google Reader shutting down, NewsBlur saw its daily users go from 1,500 to 50,000. They did not scale well, and now they posted some lessons learned from the event, and what others should know when they start a new online service.

Cory Booker, The Social Media Mayor's #Waywire Disrupts The News Via Video [Videos]

We're familiar with celebrities tipping their toes in the social media waters. A number of actors now have their a number of pet projects. Some like Ashton Kutcher actually head up social media marketing firm like the Katalyst Network or Ian Somerhalder and his news activist site in beta called "Ryot," or Justin Timberlakes' current attempt at welcoming defectors back to MySpace.  But up till now, there's been no political figures actively involved in a social media enterprise. That was, until Cory Booker created #waywire.

Can Your Invention Make The Top 5 For The ClickStartMe Product and Invention Contest?

Are you ready for a no-holds-barred way to not only show that your innovative invention is the greatest thing since sliced awesome, earn funding for your idea’s creation as well as a nation-reaching marketing deal to sell it to the masses? Grab your blueprints and get ready to blow America’s socks off!

Why Do Social Networks 'Acqhire' vs Acquire Only To Super-Size?

Commericial acquisitions and mergers were a 20th Century phenomenon that allowed companies to grow and prosper. In the first and second decades of the 21st Century, those types of business practices may be antiquated. "Acqhire," is a neologism recently added to our lexicon to indicate when a social networking company is acquiring a start-up company mainly for its talent versus its infrastructure.

Hotels Get 'Scroogled' & 'Facebucked' With Google & Facebook Search

Getting "Scroogled" was entered into our lexicon as the result of recent TV commercial campaign launched by Microsoft. To get "Facebucked" was a term associated with the graphic novel satire, "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks" published in 2010. Both are aptly associated with advertising strategies used by Google and Facebook as they apply to the hotel industry.

Microsoft Reveals Big Themes For 2013

As part of the company's TechForum event in Seattle this week, Microsoft reveals that three big technologies and innovations will shape the world of technology in the coming year. First, the arrival of big data along with the affordability of cloud processing power, then learning systems, and finally more human interfaces will allow all of this power to be used by more people.

Fighting Cold War II In Cyberspace With "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named"?

In Harry Potter, the most evil of villains was referred to as "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named." The inference being that saying the name aloud would strike fear in the hearts and minds of the general public -- but, more importantly would also would wreak additional menace and havoc at the hands of the evil wizard, Voldemort. This analogy holds true today with a new Cold War and a new enemy.

Harlem Shake Shakes Up The YouTube Monetization Model

Have you wondered why the "Harlem Shake" meme became such a world-class phenomenon in such a short time? To say it shook up the music industry is an understatement. But why? It doesn't have the innovative dance moves of a "Gangnam Style," and the actual song is only 30-seconds long. By all rights, the folks that should be seeing a monetary return from today's multi-million dollar hit is the family of a Harlem resident who went by the name of "Al B," since he was the first to introduce the dance back in 1981.

Twitter Client Shames Pirates

Tweetbot has been shaming pirates by suggesting that they tweet a funny sentence to their Twitter followers. According to a simple Twitter search, many people are pirating Tweetbot and haven't realized what they did is now exposed for all to see.

Graphic Artist Irma Zimmermann's Toons Cut Through Social Media Clutter

Back in the early '80s, Irma Zimmermann's first position out of art school was that of a 'junior artist' for BBDO, one of the world's most awarded and prestigious advertising agencies. Pre-Internet, ad campaigns consisted of laboring over story-boards by hand and burning the midnight oil to meet pressing deadlines. However, it was the necessary incubation period, where this graphic artist learned her craft and prepared her for a life of creativity.

Apple's Labotomy Of Siri & The Rise Of The Virtual Personal Assistant Market

Seriously Siri, you ain't what you use to be. Back in May, 2009, I wrote about the first iteration of Siri, titled: "Siri, Advice from Virtual Personal Assistants." For those who haven't followed the iPhone evolution, while Siri was first integrated into iPhone's operating system with their "4S" launch, it existed as stand-alone app previously. Fueled by artificial intelligence, it was a harbinger of what was to come in the new age of Web 3.0 and semantic technology.

Get Scared! - 3 Best Sites To Satiate Your Appetite For Fear

After we covered Hotel 626, an online haunted house full of multimedia-rich material that went viral, we found our readers love to have their socks knocked off in horror. Unfortunately, Hotel 626 is no longer online, so we went to work to see where fans of horror games can go next. Check out these other scary online games that will cause your cursor to shake uncontrollably.

Tiffany Shlain Melds Collaboration & Cloudsourcing Into Cloud Filmmaking [Video]

There's a myriad number of techie memes that have entered our zeitgeist derived from a term we use to simply call "collaboration." Pre-Internet, dating back to the idiom or trope of "Hey, Lets Put On A Show," Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney were the first in movies to introduce a plot line signaling the need for collaboration. Today, instead of orphans trying to raise money to turn a barn into a stage, filmmakers are looking to the clouds not only for funding but also inspiration. 

New HTML5 Gaming Kit For Developers

A new game engine called Game Closure allows anyone to get started making games for the web, desktop, mobile platforms and more using HTML5.

Opera Browser Transitioning To WebKit

After reaching 300 millions monthly users, Opera decided that it was time to switch to the WebKit engine for future versions.

App Store Makes Vanity URLs for Developers

Apple has began to use some vanity URLs for developers of apps. This will enable consumers to find apps quickly and easily, as well as to find more apps by the same developer. The URLs first showed up this week in a commercial at the Super Bowl for the app designed to promote the newest of the Star Trek movies.