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'30 Rock' Reinvented Situation Comedy, While Biting The Hand That Feeds [Videos]

Tina Fey's 30 Rock was a surreal sitcom that turned the genre on its head. High and low-brow comedy are treated as equals where punch-drunk punchlines often sail over the heads of even the most die-hard Feysians! To reinvent the 30-minute format, Fey also stole a page out of David Letterman's playbook - that is, disparaging jabs at its own TV network.

Are Downton Abbey Fans Gamers Or Just Weepers?

In the days of Downton Abbey, class distinctions were fairly straightforward. There were the folks that owned the Abbey, the folks that aspired to own the Abbey and then those that slaved over hot ovens, spit and shined boots, delivered room service and scrubbed toilets. Today those distinctions have blurred significantly where demographics and psychographics tend to label you by your preferences.

Augmented Reality Advancements Slowed Due to Hotel 626 Closing Doors? [Videos]

Hotels are known to be 24/7 operations. So why did Hotel 626 shutter its doors back in 2010, after checking in guests for only a couple of years? Namely because this hotel is not your typical hostelry. It was an advergame created to promote Dorito's snacks. It was indeed a social network for horror-philes who prefer their 'bumps in the night' to be filled with primal screams, where their room keys were triggered by Augmented Reality.

Shanghai's New Air Quality Mascot Puts A Brave Face On Smog

Raining today? Bring an umbrella. Smoggy again? Put on a face mask. Since checking both the weather and the current level of air pollution before going out is the new normal in China, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau is making the latter a lot easier by featuring a new air quality mascot at their website.

Social Media Fans Follow Barefoot Bandit To Prison & The Movies

Whatever happened to the Colton Harris-Moore, the rebel-without-a-cause (aka the Barefoot Bandit)? Here was a teenager brought up in a turbulent low-income household who went on to earn international notoriety and a huge following in the social media space commencing back in 2010.

Facebook's 'Graph Search' Is Another Name For Mobile Advertising

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Shakespeare was onto something back in 1600 AD, when he penned that famous Romeo and Juliet line. Its import intimates that its not the name of things that matter, it what those things really are. With the launch of Facebook's "Graph Search" on January 15, 2013, it's important to discern that FB's answer to a 'search engine,' is really it's portal to mobile advertising.

Social Media Does Not Put Car Dealers In Driver's Seat, Hurricanes Do

Having incurred the wrath of Sandy this past hurricane season, I was unwittingly placed in the market to replace a car that was totaled due to flood damage. While social media has been around for almost a decade now, the car dealership industry hasn't always needed to rely on the new marketing medium that's known to garner new leads, and ultimately more sales for many brands.

CES Joins Forces With Salesforce To Harness Social Media At #2013CES

Lucky 13 comes in with a bang at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.  While in the real world, you might catch the flu in the exhibit halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, in the virtual world there's no viruses to speak of - just a lot of chatter that's being monitored at high frequency by Salesforce.

Comparing Two Weight Loss Apps: Lose It! and MyFitnessPal

If past years are any indication, losing weight is probably 2013's most popular New Year's resolution. To improve our (collective) chances of success this time around, we can utilize the power of technology to make our goals a reality. Two popular apps aim to help, but which is the better-designed product?

Plan Z, TAX the TAX Man!

After a volatile election year, heightened bi-partisan bickering, a drift-less mandate and a still-divided government, perhaps it was senseless to think a lame duck could waddle to our fiscal rescue. On the other hand, maybe we were waiting for the wrong shoe to drop.

Generational Memes: YOLO vs YOOO, Tenacious Teens vs Obsolete Oldies

Millennials vs. Boomers cover both ends of the age spectrum. There's an X and a Y in between, but according to most authorities, a generation of folks is approximately 15 years apart, where they are defined by their own uniquely similar characteristics.

Law 101 for Inventors: Legal Protection and Why You Need It

So you’ve come up with an original invention or idea, and now you're ready to go out into the world and make an impact with it. But before you can do that, you should think about the legal protection and measures that you need to set in place for your start-up.

A Mic for Every Occasion: Types of Mics and Where to Use Them

Microphones. They come in all shapes and sizes and are used in a wide variety of applications. Most gadgets you own nowadays probably have a microphone embedded in it somewhere--from your laptop to your phone and maybe even your alarm clock.

Mayor Booker SNAPS To Social Media Food Stamps Challenge

When TwitWit, who goes by the handle @MWadeNC tweeted Newark Mayor Cory Booker that "nutrition is not the responsibility of the government," a gauntlet was laid that is now being played out in Twitterville as well as the real world. Booker (@CoryBooker), a prolific member of the Twitterati has amassed celebrity status with a Twitter following of over 1.2 million, while TwitWit whose profile describes herself as a "Daughter of the American Revolution" has only 1008 (as of this posting).

'Power Hunters' Are 'Jersey Strong' In Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy [Videos]

Seeking power was an arduous task as most folks learned early on in the aftermath of superstorm, Hurricane Sandy. Desperately seeking power for our cell phones, iPads and laptops became part of the zeitgeist emanating from those affected in New Jersey and New York. The power grid that used to affect only our heat, electricity and land lines now included cell towers that experienced disrupted service as well. Even for those services that remained operational, without electricity we needed alternatives to charge our devices.

Top Four Cases to Jazz Up Your iPhone and Show Off Your Personality

Apple has sold over 108 million units since the first iPhone was released in 2007, and they're still going strong. Naturally, that means there are millions of people all over the world who have the exact same phone as you do. But while the actual phone might be the same, they don't have to look the same, given the wide selection of iPhone cases available.

From "First Time Girls" To "First Wives Club," Protests Go Viral Prior To Election [Videos]

Women's issues move center-stage once again in the final stretch of this year's contentious Presidential campaigns -- mainly, due to Richard Mourdock's and Todd Akin's extreme views on women's rights.  On the left, the creative genius of HBO's hit comedy "Girls," Lena Dunham and 1960's pop icon Lesley Gore have released political ads that connect women of the 1960s to first-time female voters of 2012, which provided a needed counterpoint.

Put Your Money Where Your Tweet Is? Battleships, Horses & Bayonets, Oh My!

With the presidential election only 2 weeks out, both campaigns are fully cognizant of the impact of social media and how one meme can sway opinion within minutes of it being uttered. At no other time in U.S. history has the combination of messaging on TV and Twitter become so intertwined. However instead of paying the hefty fees of a TV ad, the presidential contenders incur less cost by purchasing Promoted Tweets and Trends, and ironically utilize the free medium of a TV debate to drive the traffic.

Can 'Romnesia' Be Used In 'Words With Friends?'

Words With Friends is a multi-player word game developed by Zynga. It's popularity got a boost from Alex Baldwin's infamous riff with a stewardess when he refused to turn off the game during take-off. Similar to the rules of Scrabble, players can choose to play with a friend or a random player found online. President Obama has chosen to play the game with undecided voters using a new word he coined this past week. . . called "Romnesia"

Attention Economy: Driver Behind Twitter's Acquisition of Video Firm Vine?

Remember the political rebuff “it’s the economy, stupid!” first coined by James Carville as a campaign strategy for Bill Clinton to use in his successful 1992 presidential campaign against incumbent president George H.W. Bush. Well, it's probably more applicable today then it was then, as evidenced by the vitriol spewing all over the current contentious presidential election campaigns.