Social Trends

Free Apps Like 'ReThink' Help Stop Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying has become a huge problem. Now there's a free app called ReThink developed by a teenager for mobile devices that's aimed at combating cyberbullying, and anyone can use it.

New Social Network Eter9 Leads To Digital Immortality & Singularity?

On the heels of ephemeral social networking apps like Snapchat allowing our messaging to disappear within seconds after posting, comes another on the opposite end of the spectrum. This one proposes online-life-everlasting with digital immortality. The new social network called ‘Eter9’ uses artificial intelligence to scan your posts - learn what makes you tick  . . .

Swap-O-Matic: Whimsical Vending Machine Faciliates Trades

We all have those items that hang around our homes for months or years that collect dust untouched. Sometimes, however, we develop a sense of attachment to those items, and just don't want to see them discarded. Trying to sell pre-loved items to collectors, thift stores, or by holding a yard sale is a whole lot of effort with little payout. This inconvenience leads many of us to hoard things we wouldn't allow to take up valuable space in our homes. A new business concept uses technology to offer a whimsical solution.

Turtle Taxi: For Travelers Who Like Life In The Slow Lane

An innovative cab company called Turtle Taxi caters to those who aren't in any rush to reach their destination. As their name implies, Turtle Taxi drivers take it slow and steady – they might not win any races but the ride won't cause you to lose your hare, er, hair.

Robot Turtles: A Board Game To Teach Preschoolers Computer Programming

A growing trend in children’s games is the combination of technology and traditional toys. Toys like Avakai, apps like Osmo, or video games like Bloxels require children to play with actual wooden dolls, puzzle pieces, and blocks in order to get the most out of their smart toys and iPads. This is because inventors know it is best to learn with tangible concepts and toys. Computer programming is fair game too. Robot Turtles is a board game which teaches kids the fundamentals of programming and coding.

GoodWorld & Tsū, Social Networks With Charitable Algorithms

A new era of ‘social giving’ has entered our zeitgeist. Fundraising is no longer an activity practiced solely by wealthy philanthropists. Folks who have a passion for giving don’t have to be members of the elite, the likes of the Bill Gates or the Jimmy Buffets of this world. Today’s social networking is providing folks of lesser means with a conduit to working for the greater good.

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Tsū World

What does March Madness and the Tsu social network have in common? First introduced in 1984, the former has become one of the most popular annual sporting events in the United States. Created by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Division 1 Basketball, it’s an elimination tournament played each March in the United States. The latter is a new social network platform developed by Sebastian Sobczak and launched in October, 2014.

Award Winning WorryWoo Monsters Teach Kids To Embrace Their Emotions

Before Disney and Pixar released Inside Out, a movie about 11-year-old Riley and her personified emotions, artist Andi Green was drawing “the monsters in her head” to help her express complicated feelings. By turning her emotions into lovable characters, she was not only able to embrace them, but was able to talk about them and share them with others. There began the journey from sketches of monsters to the award winning WorryWoo Monsters plush toys and book series.

Is It The Last Straw App Or The First Brigade Social Network?

Attempting to find that next paradigm shift in social networking seems to be the name of the game in the year 2015. The first generation of social networks paying users for their content — including the popular Tsu, followed by Bubblews, Bonzo Me, bitlanders and Seen — were the first on the scene with a new twist. Now half way through the year, ‘polling apps’ seem to be the network du jour. . .

White Line Fever: The Top 8 Dedicated & Innovative Traffic Lanes

Today's trend towards an ever more inclusive society now extends to the highways and biways of our lives. That means drivers had better learn to share the road with everything from web-footed wanderers to oblivious earbud-equipped texters.

Avakai Are Real Imaginary Friends For The Digital World

The founders of Vai Kai want to introduce us to Avakai, a play companion for kids growing up in our quickly developing digital world. Avakai are imaginary friends, interactive smart toys, and tools for social interaction. Avakai offer three distinct superpowers which allow children to speak in musical tones, share feelings, and sense proximity to other Avakai.

Will Facebook Own Your Faceprint?

Just when we thought Facebook could not possibly take any more liberties with our privacy rights . . . oops, they did it again! For those who might not have heard, three years back when Facebook was on a buying spree, it picked up Face.com, an Israeli facial recognition technology for the paltry sum of $100 million [chump change in comparison to the acquisition of WhatsApp for a cool $19 billion]. This week . . .

Bitcoin & Tsū Microdonations Usher In New Wave Of Charity Giving

For most charities, before the web and smartphones, donations came in the form of checks, received by snail mail. Yes, faster than the pony express of the previous century, but yet a very slow process. Toward the latter part of the 1900s, with credit cards becoming an accepted form of payment, coupled with the Internet as a distribution channel, the speed and frequency of fundraising increased markedly.

“Mom Business Cards”, Newest Trend For House-Proud Japanese Wives

Japan's housewives, homemakers and den-mothers are flaunting their status by ordering custom “Mama Meishi” (Mom Business Cards) and handing them out at every opportunity.

You Can Now Pay Someone To Teach Your Child How To Ride A Bike

If you ask Google “How do I teach my kid to ride a bike?” you will get an overwhelming number of suggestions. You can get lost in a wormhole of information: book offers, videos, and parental testimonies. Or if you are like some parents, you might ask Google “Who can I pay to teach my kid to ride a bike?” Google has an answer for this too because there is a growing list of people you can pay to teach your child how to ride a bike.