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'Breaking the Fourth Wall' From Shakespeare To The Office To Leigh Singer [Video]

The "Fourth Wall' is a theatrical term for the imaginary wall that exists between actors and their audiences. Originating from Ancient Greek theater, while the open-box arena of a theater stage makes up three walls, theater-goers are seen as the fourth wall. "Breaking the fourth wall" is considered a technique of metafiction, as it penetrates the boundaries normally set up by works of fiction by reaching out to the audience.

Google Shows Talking Shoe

Google is showing off their latest experiment at SXSW, the Talking Shoe. It uses funny sentences to try and get you moving to keep you active and exercising. While this is not a real product, it is an example of what can be done with modern technology.

Why Do Social Networks 'Acqhire' vs Acquire Only To Super-Size?

Commericial acquisitions and mergers were a 20th Century phenomenon that allowed companies to grow and prosper. In the first and second decades of the 21st Century, those types of business practices may be antiquated. "Acqhire," is a neologism recently added to our lexicon to indicate when a social networking company is acquiring a start-up company mainly for its talent versus its infrastructure.

Facebook Announces Redesigned News Feed

Facebook's new news feed will provide a brand new design that is unified between desktop and mobile, provide more options for users, and bring better content to the top. The company hopes that these changes will make the social network more relevant in the coming years.

Hotels Get 'Scroogled' & 'Facebucked' With Google & Facebook Search

Getting "Scroogled" was entered into our lexicon as the result of recent TV commercial campaign launched by Microsoft. To get "Facebucked" was a term associated with the graphic novel satire, "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks" published in 2010. Both are aptly associated with advertising strategies used by Google and Facebook as they apply to the hotel industry.

Will The Next Pontiff Be A Social Media Pope?

It's been said that the selection process for deciding the next Pope is cloaked in smoke and mirrors - before the actual white smoke rises. Like a literal interpretation of a Greek Tragedy's 'Deus ex Machina' - a seemingly difficult challenge is overcome by the intervention of God - where divine inspiration finally saves the day. Which poses an interesting question, might the All Mighty think the time is right fora more aggressive Social Media Pope?

Microsoft Reveals Big Themes For 2013

As part of the company's TechForum event in Seattle this week, Microsoft reveals that three big technologies and innovations will shape the world of technology in the coming year. First, the arrival of big data along with the affordability of cloud processing power, then learning systems, and finally more human interfaces will allow all of this power to be used by more people.

Fighting Cold War II In Cyberspace With "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named"?

In Harry Potter, the most evil of villains was referred to as "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named." The inference being that saying the name aloud would strike fear in the hearts and minds of the general public -- but, more importantly would also would wreak additional menace and havoc at the hands of the evil wizard, Voldemort. This analogy holds true today with a new Cold War and a new enemy.

Harlem Shake Shakes Up The YouTube Monetization Model

Have you wondered why the "Harlem Shake" meme became such a world-class phenomenon in such a short time? To say it shook up the music industry is an understatement. But why? It doesn't have the innovative dance moves of a "Gangnam Style," and the actual song is only 30-seconds long. By all rights, the folks that should be seeing a monetary return from today's multi-million dollar hit is the family of a Harlem resident who went by the name of "Al B," since he was the first to introduce the dance back in 1981.

Twitter Client Shames Pirates

Tweetbot has been shaming pirates by suggesting that they tweet a funny sentence to their Twitter followers. According to a simple Twitter search, many people are pirating Tweetbot and haven't realized what they did is now exposed for all to see.

Graphic Artist Irma Zimmermann's Toons Cut Through Social Media Clutter

Back in the early '80s, Irma Zimmermann's first position out of art school was that of a 'junior artist' for BBDO, one of the world's most awarded and prestigious advertising agencies. Pre-Internet, ad campaigns consisted of laboring over story-boards by hand and burning the midnight oil to meet pressing deadlines. However, it was the necessary incubation period, where this graphic artist learned her craft and prepared her for a life of creativity.

Tree Hole Paintings Add Life To China's Concrete Jungle

The drab streets of Shijiazhuang are looking a lot livelier these days thanks to 23-year-old Wang Yue, an art student at Dalian Polytechnic University. With just a little paint and a whole lot of talent, Wang has conjured up a charming world of wildlife and still life peering out from the hollows, cracks and scars of street-side trees.

Apple's Labotomy Of Siri & The Rise Of The Virtual Personal Assistant Market

Seriously Siri, you ain't what you use to be. Back in May, 2009, I wrote about the first iteration of Siri, titled: "Siri, Advice from Virtual Personal Assistants." For those who haven't followed the iPhone evolution, while Siri was first integrated into iPhone's operating system with their "4S" launch, it existed as stand-alone app previously. Fueled by artificial intelligence, it was a harbinger of what was to come in the new age of Web 3.0 and semantic technology.

3D Printed Gummy Dummy Clones Make Deliciously Creepy White Day Gifts

Japan's FabCafe is following up their Valentine's Day 3D-printed chocolate head promotion with a little something for the guys: the opportunity to create a miniature edible gummy replica of yourself just in time for White Day.

Spin Cycle Safety - The Revolights Revolution

Bike riding is healthy, fashionable, and eco-friendly, but there are inherent dangers, particularly when riding at night. The Revolights bike lighting system increases your style, safety, and visible presence on the street.

Hip First Lady Bangin' It Out On Twitter, YouTube & Jimmy Fallon [Videos]

The "Let's Move" initiative and fitness competition marked its second anniversary in February, 2012 when First Lady Michelle Obama invited talk show host Jimmy Fallon to the White House. Starting with a race up the White House staircase, to push-ups, the challenged stepped it up with Tug of War, Hula Hoops, Dodgeball and even a Potato Sack Race, accompanied by the motivational anthems of "The Eye of the Tiger" and "Chariots of Fire." Even the first dog "BO" got into the act.

Tattoo Disguise Bands Keep Body Art Under Cover

Not only Yakuza members have prominent tattoos and don't always want to show them. Tattoo Disguise Bands from Japan's Octopus Army stretch to fit any size arms and legs, covering up and hiding real tattoos under a range of tattoo-like printed designs.

Burger King's Twitter Hacked: Hilarity Ensues

Burker King's Twitter account was hacked by Anonymous members. Fans go crazy and retweet funny messages all day long, but meanwhile this shows how important it is for businesses to keep control of their PR messages.

Tiffany Shlain Melds Collaboration & Cloudsourcing Into Cloud Filmmaking [Video]

There's a myriad number of techie memes that have entered our zeitgeist derived from a term we use to simply call "collaboration." Pre-Internet, dating back to the idiom or trope of "Hey, Lets Put On A Show," Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney were the first in movies to introduce a plot line signaling the need for collaboration. Today, instead of orphans trying to raise money to turn a barn into a stage, filmmakers are looking to the clouds not only for funding but also inspiration. 

LinkedIn Or SuckedIn?

As an early adopter of the social network LinkedIn dating back almost ten years to its launch in May 5, 2003, I was also one of first to purchase their stock when its IPO hit in late May, 2011. Just a short five years ago, its membership only totaled 30 million professionals, a fraction of the hundreds of millions flocking to Facebook. However with their "gated-access approach," the network built trust amongst its users who have sinced gone on to build effective individual networks of connections that like myself proved to produce lucrative business relationships over the years.