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Automatic Bike Lane Barriers Restrain Red Light Running Chinese Cyclists

A pilot project set up by traffic police in Luoyang, China seeks to curb cyclists who whether obliviously, intentionally, but either way dangerously cruise through red lights without stopping.

‘Data Scientist’ Replaces ‘Social Media Scientist’ In LinkedIn’s 2014 Top Skills List

What a difference one short year makes. In 2013, my position of ‘Social Media Scientist’ which focuses on ‘social media marketing’ for clients and publishers was the most viable job in the land. This year, not only did ‘Data Scientist’ take the top spot in Linkedin’s “Top 25 Job Skills” list, the social media marketing skill was wiped clean off the 2014 list entirely.

Reinvented Bebo, Now A Cartoon-y Chat App Vs Facebook Competitor

A viable Facebook competitor back in 2005, Bebo was snatched up by AOL three years later to give them some skin in the social networking game. But has luck would have it, or perhaps due to their lack of expertise, Bebo’s demise became well documented as it was quickly overtaken by Zuckerberg’s solid foothold in the space.

Social Media For Movie ‘The Interview’ Heightens Demand

With major media outlets pointing fingers at North Korea and their ominous cyber-terrorist public relations arm (going under the code name, ‘Guardians of Peace’) — it seems probable at this point in time Sony has been bullied into pulling the plug on their movie, The Interview.

Foursquare And Seven Years Ago. . .

Has it really been seven years since Foursquare emerged on the digital landscape and became the first location-based social network to take hold of our zeitgeist? Do you remember how check-ins and being acknowledged as a mayor of your local Starbucks distinguished you as a member of the social media elite -- and that the more places you visited, the more popular you became  — or so you thought?

The Art Of The Share On Tsū & Other Social Networks

The more often a quality piece of content is highlighted online, the more likely it will be shared via social networks. In tandem, the more times something is shared, the greater the likelihood that citizen journalism will help it morph into credit-worthy content. This cause and effect allows topical, enlightening and motivating posts, tweets, status updates to wend their way into a user’s personal blog or local news site.

2015 Prediction For Top Digital Job: ‘Paid Social Specialist’

Social media is experiencing a metamorphosis of sorts. There’s a new trend being led by a number of new social networks that have shifted the paradigm of organic (non-paid) user-generated content to a paid monetization model. To address this new sphere of influence, it’s my prediction that jobs will be created by companies and brands that want to benefit from these new networks, as they did previously with sites like Twitter and Facebook

YamChops: The Ironic Vegetarian Butcher Shop

With an increasing number of people focused on eating raw, healthy diets, vegetarian etas are more popular than ever - even with those that lean towards the carnivore category. So it shouldn't be a surprise that new, unique vegetarian and vegan restaurants are popping up in cities worldwide are popping up faster than you can say kombucha.

'Facebook At Work,' Anti-Tsū, Anti-LinkedIn, Anti-Google+

What’s a network to do? When you’ve grown to over 1.3 billion users, one would think you could relax and rest on your laurels, comforted in the fact that no other social network could possibly match your kind of success. But such is not the case with Mark Zuckerberg and the world’s largest social network.

Futuristic Electric Patrol Car Offers Officers a 360-Degree View

The Armored Spherical Cabin Electric Patrol Vehicle features a soccer-ball shaped cabin designed to provide its two-person crew maximum visibility in all directions.

2015 Skoda Fabia Lets Owners Personalize Their Dashboards

Czech automaker Skoda has introduced the world's first customizable dashboard. Initially available only on the new-for-2015 Skoda Fabia, the app (as in applique) is a self-adhesive removable foil panel displaying images selected from Skoda's website or uploaded by owners themselves for the ultimate in personalization.

Facebook’s Feed Tinkering, The Social Experiment That Foreshadowed Tsu

Who remembers Facebook’s social experiment this past March, when Facebook manipulated the data seen by more than 600,000 users in an attempt to determine their emotional outlook. In fact the techie scientists at Facebook actually published their findings in a paper, titled ‘Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,’ which was published in. . .

Like Brangelina, “Phablets” Have Portmanteaued Into Our Zeitgeist

It’s seeminlgy logical once you take a few minutes to analyze the new tech term that’s become widely popular before formally entering our lexicon. Having grown in popularity only since 2012, the moniker is similar to the catchy portmanteaus of celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The latest handheld device of choice is the the “phablet,” the word combo of “phone” and “tablet.”

Lammily Doll Is The 'Normal Barbie', Average And Beautiful. Stretch Marks Included.

Graphic designer Nickolay Lamm used an art project to show the world what Barbie would look like if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman, according to the CDC. No one was particularly surprised that the side-by-side comparison of the two dolls showed very different results. We all know Barbie is a fantasy no woman should try to emulate and a fantasy no man should expect. Lamm created the Lammily doll, the ‘Normal Barbie’, to provide young girls with a more realistic view of women’s bodies, including acne and stretch marks.

‘Listen To Wikipedia’ Turns Website Into New Age Symphony

Remember the ‘infinite monkey theorem'? The one that postulated that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time would almost assuredly be able to type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare. Of course, such a theory has been debunked by statisticians over the years, noting that while the probability was there. . .

Small Businesses Are Better Positioned This Cyber Monday With Innovative Site

For those shoppers in the know, Black Fridays have literally become a moving target each and every year. From big box stores opening earlier and earlier the day after Thanksgiving, this year Wal-Mart is said to be one of the first to turn the event into a five-day extravaganza. Promotionally coined “the New Black Friday,” starting Thanksgiving Day (if you can believe it) at 6 P.M., it will run through the following Monday.

Have Snapchat Will Travel, Who Knew?

When you think of traveling, you think of capturing your adventures and experiences in photos and movies — that which can be shared time and time again with friends and loved ones. When you think of Snapchatting, you think of ephemeral messaging and sexting - that which can hit a ‘beat’ with a private recipient for 10 seconds only and is not for public consumption.

On Tsu, What Comes First, The Family Or The Network?

 A lot has been leveled at the new social network Tsu that dared to disrupt the current social networking status quo - with a platform that actually pays its members for their content. Critics abound, but as the old saying reminds us: “there is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”

New Born Fame: Controversial Toy Biz Gets Babies Active On Social Media

These days it seems as though the minimum age requirement for using social media is getting progressively younger with each new development. While children and adolescents are on Facebook sharing the lunch packed by a doting parent, there's one age group that's noticeably absent in the creation of their own digital footprint - babies. However, a new niche company is destined to change that.

Will Tsu Become The Next Paypal?

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn may be profiting from all that user-generated content users post on their networks daily — but are you? Yes, they have all provided us with some fun and engaging ecosystems to strut our stuff, and ofcourse there are cost factors attached to all that development. But at the end of the day, do our images, bon mots, intellectual property and reputations hold no value at all?