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Social Media Copy Cat Renren Could Beat Facebook To IPO

One of the world's least known social networks could go public prior to Facebook, or even LinkedIn or Twitter - and in the most unlikely country of China. Six year-old Renren - often referred to as the Chinese Facebook due its the many similarities is one of the major default social networks in its country of origin - as Facebook has been blocked by the "Great Fire Wall" since 2009.

Spy Camera Series: Watch Out For My Watch

Welcome to the second installment of the Spy Camera Series. This time let's take a look at another object that you can position obscurely on your desk or cabinet or counter without anyone being any wiser as to what it really is: watches. Wear it on your wrist, leave it on your work table, put it in your drawers--just like the pens, the possibilities of where you can put the spy camera watch is endless.


HTC Pyramid: It's Been Leaked and It Sure Looks Good

The HTC Pyramid failed to make an appearance at the CTIA 2011 which disappointed a lot of people who were eagerly waiting for its announcement (and for a sneak peek of the device.) However, just a few days after the convention wrapped up, leaks of photos and specs of the device are spreading like fire across the web.

What You Need to Know About the BlackBerry Playbook

Research In Motion (RIM) is best known for the BlackBerry smartphone but soon the company hopes to make headlines with the release of their first ever tablet: the BlackBerry Playbook. The device was announced last September 27, 2010 and eager users have been waiting for its promised arrival in early 2011. Tablets have been all the rage lately so what edge has RIM equipped the PlayBook with to make it a contender in the competitive tablet market?


Retro Handheld Gaming on Your PC with Pica Pic

Remember the days when hand-held game and watch consoles only featured one game which was basic and simple in premise and gameplay? I recall owning two or three of these back in the day so I found it a pleasant surprise to find at least one of the previous game titles I owned on Pica Pic, a brand-spanking new site that allows you to play over 19 classic games for free online.

New Video Game Releases: Week 13, 2011

This week's latest releases do not disappoint. Role-playing gamers will have plenty of titles to choose from, including The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, The 3rd Birthday, and Mass Effect 2. Most of these titles are sequels or spin-offs from established RPG franchises, making it an added bonus if you're currently following their respective series. Gear up for some realistic racing in Shift 2: Unleashed or take a trip down to Hawaii for some hidden object fun in Vacation Quest: The Hawaiian Islands. Finally, take your love for wrestling on a whole new level and play as your favorite wrestlers in WWE All-Stars.

Google's Quest For Social Media Holy Grail Redux

A lot has been written about Google and its unshakable pursuit of a means to integrate with social media. The blogosphere is especially cyberventilating this week due a FTC penalty ruling - ironically due to privacy infractions from Google's Buzz debacle last year - and its launch of a "+1 button" that operates uncannily like. . . well, a LIKE button a la Facebook.

Nanogenerators: Move, Shake, and Drop to Charge Your Gadgets

It took a long time but scientists have finally developed the first nanogenerator that could be available commercially to the whole world in a matter of a few years. With how things are working out for this technology and at the pace that it's being developed, you could soon be powering up your electronic gadgets simply by moving your body and going about your daily tasks just as you do today.

Transform Your iPod into the Ultimate Handheld Gaming Console with These Gamepad Stickers

If you're an avid gamer then I'm sure you've encountered a plethora of games for your iPhone or iPod Touch that's a little bit hard to navigate with just flat, touchscreen controls. Have you ever played an action game or a shooter and reminisced just how much easier and better gameplay was if you had this game to play on your Game Boy or PlayStation Portable or Nintendo DS with the raised controls and buttons?

Xbox 720: Is It Coming Soon?

Speculation as to when the successor of the Xbox 360 will be released began way back since 2007. News about the Xbox 720 (it would make sense to some people just to multiply the 360 by 2 to arrive at the new name, but we never know, Microsoft could really use it) is making rounds once again, but it isn't just plain rumors that's stirring the coup this time around.

Doggies Do The Chew - Dog Food Promotion Goes Viral

You can now use your smartphone to feed your pet.

From Social Media To Semantic Web, LinkedIn Caffeinates NYC & San Fran

Extra, Extra. . . read all about it, LinkedIn offers free coffee to residents and commuters in New York City and San Francisco with the launch of its latest product. Holy Cappuccino, Starbucks. . . you deserve a break today...

Turn Tunes In Your Head Into Music For Everyone's Ears

Music has long been seen as an expression of one's thoughts, feelings, or emotions. But what about for people who are suffering from severe physical disabilities or for those who do not have the ability to speak? Well, researchers from the United Kingdom are working hard to give them a musical voice by developing a new computer system that can turn thoughts to music.

Get Ready for Landing and Takeoff in the Airport Mania iPod Game

You may not own a real physical airport but you can manage one on your iPhone or iPod Touch with Airport Mania: First Flight. Land the planes and guide them across the tarmac to unload their passengers. Load some new ones on-board and send the planes soaring back to the sky for another flight.

Social Media Booty Calls By Virtual Cloud Girlfriends

In 'Lars and the Real Girl' - as delusional as the lead character was in the movie, at least he had something "real" to hold onto. With the beta launch of a site called "Cloud Girlfriend," the goal is to offer virtual love affairs to male users in the form of what they might conjuring up as perfect mates. Giving a whole new meaning to the sexual innuendo "faking it," this new Internet startup wants to help guys move their status from "single" to "in a relationship" on Facebook.

On This Day In Video Game History: March 29

On March 29, 2004..Painkiller goes gold. The highly anticipated first-person shooter published by DreamCatcher Games and developed by People Can Fly is finally ready to go into production.

Four Awesome Games for the Nintendo 3DS

March 27 marked the launch of the Nintendo 3DS in the United States and the gaming world could not be more abuzz with the latest handheld gaming console that offers three-dimensional gaming without the glasses. We've already covered the Nintendo 3DS as well as the science behind 3D gaming in previous posts, so this time we're focusing on four of the games that you can actually play on this nifty device.


Harvard Scientists: We Can Use Electricity to Fight Fires

We can't fight fire with fire, but we can sure use electricity to quench the flames. This discovery was made by a team of scientists from Harvard University based on a 200-year old observation that electricity can influence the shape of flames and make them bend, twist, turn, flicker, and eventually snuff them out.

Jobs: "No Interest" in App that Detects iPhone's Radiation Emission

Steve Jobs replied with a succinct "No interest" to Gil Friedlander, Tawkon's CEO, when the latter asked the former if he would approve an app for the iTunes App Store that would allow iPhone users to see the level of radiation that their devices were emitting at any given time. With that, Gil took his app to Cydia and offered it to the users of jailbroken iPhones for free.

Easy Does It With the 4 Steps iPod Game

I was unimpressed the first time I came across the name of the app: 4 Steps. I didn't read the description so I had absolutely no clue or inkling as to what it could be about. Its developer describes it as a brain-training game by way of images but I see it more as a relaxing game of picking out a progression of four from four images that are presented in each level.