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China's Most Watched Intersection Fades To Black

And then there were none... a street intersection in Qingdao, China notorious for its ridiculous cluster of 19 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras is suddenly, inexplicably, thankfully free from Big Brother's prying eyes.

Social Media Cups Of Joe On International Coffee Day

Finally, coffee-lovers get their very own holiday, and vendors the world-over are using social media to capitalize on this special event with free 'Cups of Joe.' September 29th marks the day when caffeine-aholics get to celebrate their popular “social” beverage with complimentary deals being offered by some of their favorite baristas.

Having A Bad Day? Find A Stranger To Cuddle With Cuddlr App

Cuddling is good for your health, and now you can do it with strangers with new app for iPhone, Cuddlr. It's intended to connect you with consenting adults for safe, fun, non sexual snuggling. There is some logic behind it: cuddling has been said to release Oxytocin, the hormone that helps people with autism and schizophrenia overcome social deficits.

Chinese Public Bus Provides Private Maternity Seat For Breastfeeding Mothers

Bus transportation for new mothers just got easier in Jinhua, China. The city's public transportation authority has unveiled an innovative pilot project that offers lactating ladies a private, curtained space within which to breastfeed their children.

Is There A Place For #Hashtag Meditation In The Twittersphere?

#Hashtag Meditation! Even those two juxtaposed words sound like an oxymoron. How does one hashtag a meditative state, when one activity underscores action and the latter centers on reflection. Well, for one, if Twitter has taught us anything, it’s made us rethink how we express ourselves. It’s caused us to distill big ideas down to 140 characters. That action in and of itself puts us in a contemplative mode of thinking.

Crime-Fighting Accessories: Attractive Wearable Tech Weapons

Security  devices are the latest passengers on the wearable tech bandwagon. Innovation abounds with bracelets and hair clips that double as emergency alarms. Read on to learn more about these new attractive weapons against crime.


ISIS’ Social Media Appeal To Americans To Make Love, Not War?

ISIS might be way more dangerous than anyone any thinks. In an unprecedented military tactic, the self-declared “caliphate” of Syria and Iraq is using social media for the purpose of enticing American women to help procreate the next generation of jihadists. And in the process, the terrorist organization that's now the over-lord of large swathes of Syria and Iraq is showing, once again, that it’s almost as shrewd with social media as. . .

Social Media’s Looks Inside Outlanders’ Shot At Independence? (Update on Vote)

How does Starz network’s new TV series Outlanders set in the mid 1700s relate to modern-day social media? Well, aside from the trending tweets pertaining to the impending nuptials between the story’s lead characters, it’s really the descendants of those Outlanders and their current pursuit of independence that’s catching all the buzz.

China's First Mobile Phone Only Sidewalk Puts Smartphone Users In Their Place

Tired of accidents caused by self-absorbed texters, tweeters and Facebook status updaters? Hey, who isn't? The Chinese city of Chongqing decided enough is enough, installing a segregated mobile phone-only sidewalk along a portion of popular Yangren Street.

Twitter Outrage: Separating The Tweet From The Chaff, From The Kardashians to Kent State

The concept of separating the ‘wheat from the chaff’ dates back to Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament. In the Digital Age, that parable bears significance when measuring outrage on social networks like Twitter. The microblogging platform has acted as a barometer for our level of emotions when we are dismayed, appalled or shocked by current-day events. But how do we separate the meaningful from . . .

One-Stop-Shop On iPhone 6 & Twitter

The old AMEX ad slogan of ‘don’t leave home without it’ is apropos when referencing the new social trend of ‘instant purchasing.’ Within the very same week, both Apple and Twitter have devised new mobile e-commerce options. The stickiness of making a purchase without leaving the confines a social network or opening up several apps on your smartphone is appealing to the no-nonsense digerati who gravitate towards. . .

Hair Brush Phone Case Guarantees You'll Look Great In Every Selfie

I'll be the first to admit I love selfies. Maybe that's a bit narcissistic, but I really believe I'm the best at taking photos of me. If you're selfie-obsessed and you want to look your best at any given, selfie-perfect opportunity, a new iPhone case is going to make your dreams come true. A hair brush, phone case hybrid will make sure your hair looks great right before your snap another pic.

Whovians Standing The Test Of Time Enter Social Media Era

How does one explain Dr. Who without taking into account the show’s never-waning popularity amongst it ardent followers. If the etymology of the word “fan” was derived from “fanaticism,” this show has more than it’s share of addicted fanatics. With a lead character who's lived over 2000 years, has died and been reborn 12 times into entirely different bodies (albeit, different actors) and is celebrating his 50th year anniversary. . .

Undercover Colors Nail Polish: Wearable Tech Meets Crime Prevention

Can science combine with fashion accessories to prevent sexual assault? According to one fingernail polish start-up company, the answer, hands down, is yes. Read on for more about this unexpected collaboration.

Augmented Reality Gets Its Big Boy Pants

Still thinking Augmented Reality (AR) is a fad at worst or science fiction at best? Is it just a passing distraction-dujour for teen gamers, before they move onto the next new shiny thing? Or is truly disruptive technology that’s on the cusp of enhancing our every day lives?

Apps Launched For Rockets Red Glare & Planet Rife With War

In the new TV show drama, “MANH(A)TTAN (a fictional accounting of the Manhattan Project’s lead-up to the Atom Bomb), Liza Winter, one of the scientist’s wives notes that in 1943, out of “75 sovereign states in existence in the world (at the time), 61 of them were at war.”

Facebooks’ ‘Mentions Box’ Introduces ‘Video Selfies’ For Celebs At Emmys

Ever since Ellen Degeneres’ creative ‘selfie’ bit was introduced at the last Academy Awards ceremony, the bar has been raised for future hosts’ to use social media in more intricate and creative ways. Mark Zuckerberg and his cadre of coders at Facebook think they have just the thing to go Degeneres one better, when they debut their “Mentions Box” for celebrities during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25.

Why Snapchat Ads Are An Oxymoron

Snapchat and advertising seems to me to be two functions diametrically opposed - an oxymoron if you will. How can any marketing campaign make an impact, if by design it’s fleeting in nature? Since Snapchat is a messaging app that delivers status updates, photos and/or videos viewable for 10 seconds only — is that enough time to leave a lasting impression?

Chinese Facekini Fad Inspires French Fashion Mag Photoshoot

Those freakish “face-kini” masks worn by legions of sun-avoiding Chinese women have made the jump to haute couture thanks to a photoshoot featured in former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld's new magazine, CR Fashion Book.

Instagram Breaking Bad For Emmys With Scavenger Hunt

That show known for it’s badness is so damn good, it’s hard to let it go. So believes one of its award-winning costars - and we’re inclined to agree. To that end, Aaron Paul has sought out the world’s number-one mobile photo-sharing social network to help him spread the word of its departure in a very unique fashion.