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Facebook's Event Check-Ins Attracting Spammy Hosts & Guests

Big news this week was Facebook's push for Places, it's geo-location answer to Foursquare, and its launch of "event check-ins" on mobile phones. Unfortunately. like an updated version of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," it's attracting the wrong crowd of people - namely, spammers! Now, I ask you, is that any way to run a location-based social network?

New Video Game Releases: Week 14, 2011

Here's the list of this week's new video game releases. Gear up for some karaoke fun with Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2. Go back in time and wreak havoc in the human world in Rabbids Travel in Time or be a meaty cube in a race to save your girlfriend in Super Meat Boy. Fight for justice and regain balance in the world of the future in Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops. Play matching games non-stop on your DS in Match 3 Madness or re-enter the world of LEGO as a ninja in LEGO Battles Ninjago.

Foursquare & Twitter Rip "Pages" Out Of Facebook Playbook

Cross-pollination amongst social networks has been a trend ever since Facebook tried to replicate Twitter's tweets into its status updates and Foursquare's geo-location components into its Facebook Places. This week, it appears the shoe is on the other foot, as both Twitter and Foursquare are dipping their toes into "brand pages" that comes very close to Facebook's fan pages.

Put the Killer Behind Bars in the Real Crimes: The Unicorn Killer Video Game

Real Crimes: The Unicorn Killer intrigued me from the get-go because it wasn't just your ordinary hidden object mystery game. It was based on a true crime that happened in 1977, hence the title. This fact can turn off a lot of people right from the start. I mean, one reason why people turn to games and to a virtual world is to escape from the real one, right? Even for just a little while.

Leaping The Great Firewall In China Greater Hurdle Due To Arab Awakening

As unrest in the Middle East gains traction with sympathizers globally, China tightens its current Internet controls. It appears the government's infamous "Great Firewall" has ramped up its interference capabilities on Gmail, virtual private networks (VPNs) and social networks, where disruptions in service some say is "a new kind of attack by Chinese censors."

It's A Bag.. It's a TV.. No, Wait, It's The Bag TV!

Now this definitely isn't Superman but I think it's something that's equally as super for a woman: the BagTV. Now this would be a gift that a lady who loves her bags and enjoys her daily soaps would fancy.

Scan Anything On the Go With the Visioneer Mobility Scanner

You never know when you might need to scan something and that's where the Visioneer Mobility Scanner comes in. It's handy, it's light, and the best part about it is that you don't need a computer in order to begin scanning your photos and documents.

Decode Your Dreams With The iDreams iPod App

You wake up bathed in sweat but what did the dream mean? You don't have time to look it up on the dream dictionaries on the internet because you have to get ready for school (or for work) but you can look up some factors of your dream in the iDreams app for your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Hit Three in a Row in the Zuma Deluxe Video Game

Now Zuma Deluxe is a Match 3 type of video game that I think is definitely a force to be reckoned with. I first played this game a few years back when I was still in college. I stopped playing the game when things got busy with my thesis but I didn't bother to uninstall the game, figuring I would just finish the game later on. I eventually forgot about it until yesterday.

The Camera Flash Drive: Because You Never Know When You Might Need To Take A Picture

So what do you get if you combine the quintessential flash drive with the indispensable digital camera? Why, none other than the Fuuvi Pick USB Mini Digital Camera by Audiocubes. It comes in a variety of gorgeous colors but what I love the most about these gadgets is that they're extremely functional even with their teeny tine size.

How To Turn Your iPod Into a Mini Pinball Machine

That song by America literally began playing in my head as I was reading up on this innovative app(cessory) for the iPhone and iPod Touch: the Pinball Magic. While Pinball Magic doesn't necessarily perform any tricks or magic per se, it sure does a fine job of transforming your iPhone and iPod Touch into a full-fledged mini pinball machine.

Pirates Beware: This App Is Setting Out To Teach You a Lesson By Way of Shame

If you have a bad (and illegal) habit of downloading pirated or cracked apps off the net then this vigilante app is out to teach you a lesson. Say hello to the Android.Walkinwat, the first threat to be discovered on the mobile phone that aims to punish users who download apps from unauthorized sites by shaming them.

U.S. Govt Acts As VC Arming Social Activists With "Panic Button" App

"To the Middle East, with Love," might be the new ad slogan for an app under development by the U.S. for pro-democracy protesters living in various hot spots of unrest around the world. Yes, in a sense the government is competing with Apple, Google and Facebook to develop its own app for Androids and Nokia phones.

In a Rally Surrounded By Authorities? Just Hit the "Panic" Button on This App for your Phone!

The thought of an app that could work like a "panic button" sounds like an amusing and entertaining one, but in reality, it's not. The app is actually being developed by the U.S. State Department as part of its "internet programming freedom" program that has been granted a whopping $22 million budget.

Hustle Your Way In The Burger Bustle Video Game

Burger simulation and time management games are not uncommon in the world of video games. Assemble a burger, cook patties and add different condiments, get them to the customer before they get angry--yep, we've played all that before. Cue the entry of Burger Bustle, a game that hopes to bring something different to the plate.

Bring the 3D Experience to your iPhone with Hasbro's My3D

Remember the days back when you held that bright red View-Master up towards the light to view sequential images that told a story without words and without any dialog? Well, now imagine a similar-looking device that's colored black (or white) with accents of blue that brings the 3D experience to your iPhone and iPod Touch.

Double the Touchscreen, Double the Fun(ctionality) with the Acer Iconia 6120

I wanted one for myself the very first time I saw the photos for the Acer Iconia 6120. I think the device is all kinds of cool, simply because it is. And who doesn't love something unique and quirky that's still functional at the same time?

Social Media Platform For Hotels Offers Web Site Visitors Incentives

Based on the premise that travelers can become a brand's strongest advocates, Flip.to, the social media service for hotels, airlines and restaurants launched its 'confirmation' component to beta customers this past year. Over 50 hotels on five continents have integrated with Flip.to to allow guests who book online to receive incentives for communicating with their followers on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. This month, the social media platform expands to include incentives for Web site visitors as well.

Play Your Music in Style and Luxury with the Hercules Diamond Speaker

You may only get to see the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian but you can own your very own Black Diamond. But it's not the kind you can wear on a ring on your finger or on a necklace around your neck, but you can put it on display in your living room or bedroom. This isn't a world-famous gem but it can play your music and hook up to just about any other media device to play the sounds from your audio and video files.

April Fools: Move for Gmail, 2D-ify Your Movies, and Wear the Wii on Your Head

It's that time of the year once again: when pranksters run loose and no one can be trusted. It's April Fool's day and it's a day when even outrageous ruckus is accepted in the office. The world wide web is no exception to the fooleries of the day--in fact, it's one of the places where the pranks get as crazy as they can be. Howeverm the people behind some of the most outrageous pranks are coming clean as the day winds down so I've compiled a list of the best jokes that I found.