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Google Glass: To Read Or Not To Read Minds, That Is The Question

Pushing the limits of wearable technology will expand the digital horizon of the Internet of Things. And, telekinesis -- long thought to be a myth reserved for horror movies the likes of Bryan De Palma's 1976 classic, Carrie -- might be the next baby step in advancing this innovative technology. However, as quickly as the software developers at MindRDR launched an app to 'read minds' on Google Glass, the Big G was just as swift to refute the idea.

Kitty Underwear Offers Snarky Censorship For The Indiscreet

There was a time when every magazine at the grocery store checkout was crucifying (or celebrating) a celebrity showing off what her mama gave her to the world. These party animals found themselves getting in or out of vehicles indiscreetly, giving paparazzi a welcomed photo opportunity allowing them to show the world something they've never seen before.

'Internet of Everything' Now Hiring

If you're looking for a career change, have kids undecided about their college major or just have a genuine interest, the Internet of Things (IoT) -- or what Cisco has branded as the Internet of Everything (IoE) -- is looking for a few good men and women - to the tune of millions in just six short years.

'Hang w/' Is Little Bit Twitter, Little Bit Instagram, Little Bit Rap, Little Bit Celebrity Ham

As social apps continue to proliferate the Web and our smartphones, it's not a great surprise that a platform like Hang w/ -- the latest shiny new thing -- would inevitably roll off a developers' assembly line. Described by some, as a 'melting pot of social networks,' this app (free at Google Play and the App Store) is an intriguing proposition and a nice complement to what went before.

@WikiBaghdady Tweets Reveal ISIS At Center of Iraq Coming Full Circle

As trite as it might sound, "what's old is new again," appears to be an apt description of the current status of Iraq, with the U.S contemplating the possibility of reentering an old war zone. Coupled with this controversial move is the establishment of a Twitter account with the handle @WikiBaghdady -- a profile that emerged six months ago and is providing the world with an inside snapshot of the conspiratorial ascension of a new group of terrorists. . . 

Twitter Scavenger Hunt, Social Experiment For Paying-It-Forward

New Yorkers and tourists are scouring the boroughs of New York City this weekend in a massive treasure hunt created by a California millionaire and self-proclaimed 'philanthropist-for the-people' Jason Buzi. Started in San Francisco, it's a viral campaign that is prompted by posted clues on the Twitter account @HiddenCash to direct people to where Buzi buried some cash.

Twitter Points To Dems Deposing Eric Cantor, Not Tea Party!

"The Tea Party is coming! The Tea Party is coming! The Tea Party is winning! The Tea Party is winning!" If you were buying into what the mainstream media was selling today, you'd might be convinced that a modern-day 'David vs Goliath' narrative was the reason behind House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's unprecedented GOP primary defeat. In reality, the voices from Twitter point to a much more plausible cause and effect.

Slingshot, Facebook's Answer To Snapchat, Disappeared Itself (Video)

Me thinks Mr. Zuckerberg might have got the premise of Snapchat wrong. The raison d'être for that app is to have outgoing messages disappear seconds after they are received. Instead Facebook's Slingshot itself has vanished from the digital landscape, shortly after its debut.

'Sweat Neutrality' Exercising Net Neutrality's First Amendment Right

Who's sweating Net Neutrality? Most of us would point to the little guy, the billions of netizens who believe the World Wide Web should remain free and equitable to all. Unfortunately, however, they are not the only ones who feel they have a First Amendment claim. There's also the big guys who are balking about their alleged loss of civil liberties -- and like the big bully in the school yard, they're shouting down all those who get in their way. . .

Social Media Prenups Face Loopholes With Snapchat & MySpace

As soon as a precedent emerges in the social media space, whether it's something as innocuous as sponsored tweets or more critical such as revenge porn, folks look for loopholes to circumvent the action. Such is the case with 'social media prenups,' the latest trend to be embraced by the marriage-isn't-forever crowd.

Study Ties Entitlement Beliefs To Sexism In Both Men And Women

You may be surprised to know that the prevalence of sexism is greater among the millenial generation than it is or was in the baby boomer generation. Because of the resurgence of male gender superiority as a more prevalent attitude among men and women, social scientists have been examining the trend of late, trying to ascertain why and where these attitudes come from.  A study published in the journal Sex Roles examines the role that the feeling of 'entitlement' plays.

Don't Drive Noisy: Shanghai Authorities To Expand Ban On Horn Honking

“Honk If You Don't Mind Being Fined,” a Shanghai bumper sticker might read. Indeed, horn-honking has been banned on some city streets since 2007 and plans are afoot to expand the “no honking” zone in an ongoing effort to ease noise pollution.

When You're Only As Good As Your Last Tweet, Voycee Your Opinion

The paradigm of ephemeral messaging that was ushered into the social media space by apps such as Snapchat appears to have influenced others who want a piece of the "now-you-see-it-now-you-don't" action. Like a modern-version of the messages received by Mr. Phelps on the popular hit TV series of the 60s Mission Impossible. . .

Gory Gourmet: Zombie Food Truck Serves Braaaaiiinnss

Zombie food trucks are a trendy concept. Most American cities have one, playing on people's love for all things undead. While a zombie food truck is a unique concept in itself, when a business trend is overused, it takes away from the innovation. Standing out from the pack therefore needs a super creative approach to something that already falls into the realm of imagination.

Snapchat, Facebook, Brogrammers & The Art Of Tech Hubris

The profile of the techie founder that's evolved over the course of last decade seems to have become a parody onto itself. It's a psychographic composite blend of youthful arrogance, a belief that coding takes precedence over formal education and a lust for unobtainable women. It's a geek's revenge against childhood harassment and their ultimate desire to be rewarded with as much as possible, as quickly as possible.

Social Media's Soft Shoe (Sock) Send-off To Mad Men's Bert Cooper

The Mad Men finale of season seven, part one bid a fond farewell in grand style, to the last of Sterling Cooper's founding partners.  Bearing in mind, producer, director, writer Matthew Weiner is no stranger to goodbyes, he also knows how to tug at our heartstrings when sending off memorable TV characters. Bearing in mind, producer, director, writer Matthew Weiner is no stranger to goodbyes. . .

From Slender Man To Widbook: Internet Myth Influences Writers' Social Network?

They say writing is a very lonely business. Some of our greats have gone mad searching for the perfect plot line or bon mot. Edgar Allen Poe is a cautionary tales as to how genius led to an ignominious ending. With the advent of Web 2.0 and crowd-sourcing, an increasing number of services are looking to dispel the myth of the lonely writer by offering up social media options.

So Smart Car Tipping Is A Thing Now

Smart Car owners in the San Francisco area are feeling slightly less smug these days thanks to a spate of car tipping incidents. That's CAR tipping, not COW tipping.

Yammer: Tower Of Babble For Private vs Public Engagement?

In the world of Web 2.0, while corporations have struggled with just how much social media their employees should be allowed to engage in, opinions differ widely as to its usage. From strict guidelines that prohibit using Facebook, Twitter, G+ or even LinkedIn at all in the workplace, to companies like Zappos that encourage their employees to become company advocates and engage to their heart's content, there a wide range . . .

Cisco Leads The Charge In The Application Economy

It's hard to believe that mobile devices while a couple of decades in the making didn't achieve mass adoption until Apple launched their first iPhone in 2007. With it's customer-pleasing multi-touch interface and application distribution platforms, a number of competing mobile operating systems joined the fray quickly to meet the burgeoning demand. Smarphones, tablet computers and other hand-held devices ushered in tech advancement . . .