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CitizenFour, Dystopian Allegory Meets The Fourth Wall In Digital Age

Animal Farm, 1984 & Lord of the Flies are all allegorical dystopian novels - works of fiction that subsequently made it to the big screen. But can documentaries use the dystopian allegorical genre as well? In the case of Laura Poitras’ recently released documentary about Edward Snowden, titled, ‘CitizenFour,’ this seems to be the case.

India’s Anti-Rape Jeans: Innovative Aid Against Sexual Violence

In a country beseiged with terrible statistics concerning the incidence of rape, which occurrs ever 22 minutes, two young Indian women have harnessed the worlds of both fashion and technology by creating a pair of special jeans installed with a button that sends signals to both family and police. Read on to learn more about these unique jeans and the women who created them.

Porsche Headlights Stolen & Held For Ransom In Russia

Your money or your lights! Porsche drivers in Russia are paying the former for the latter, victims of a scam that sees their expensive rides' easily-removed headlights heisted and held for ransom.

Make Rooms For Daddy, Facebook’s Back To The Future

Yes, this just might be your Daddy’s old guilty-pleasure resurrected. For those who were the early adopters of the Internet, you probably still wax nostalgic over the days of chat rooms. Introduced as ‘Internet Relay Chat’ (IRC) back in 1988 this was the application layer of protocol that facilitated the transfer of plain text messaging back in the day!

Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

Social media’s shiniest new thing is relatively new. If you were to conduct a Google or Bing search, you might have to wade through results for a telecom company’s stock ticker (TSU) or Texas Southern University, before you surface Tsu.co. But that will change if this social network’s monetization scheme takes hold and starts attracting those social networkers who are tired of the current cast of big players taking home . . .

Hazmat, Will Travel: The Top 8 Viral Vehicles Of Ebola

These eight “cars of Ebola” may not be causes of Ebola... scratch that, they probably ARE and you want to stay far, far away from them. Do read on, though, as regardless of what panic-mongers might say it's not possible to contract Ebola from the internet. Or so the government tells us.

Twin Peaks’ Appointment TV Enters The Twittersphere

It’s hard to think of our world prior to the Internet, PCs and on-demand entertainment - even though most of us have been around for the last few decades to have experienced this technological transition. In retrospect, we also wonder how TV dramas raised enough awareness without the communication push and virality tools of social media.

Innovative Digitally Knitted Football Boots Fit Like A Glove: Wow!

New materials and techniques made possible through advances in technology are leading to highly specialized sportswear designs, particularly in shoe-wear for the football industry. Consider the world's first pair of digitally knitted football boots that are pushing both technoogy and creativity to unimagined levels.

When Social Media Flies The Not-So-Friendly Skies

There’s no question when airlines relaxed their cellphone usage policies inflight, air travel for passengers and flight attendants changed overnight - and we’re not talking red-eyes here. That’s right, when the FAA reversed its position on making  it mandatory to switch to the ‘Airplane Mode,’ we are now all able (after take-off) to fire up any and all of our devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops and eReaders . . .

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. . .