Log in   •   Sign up   •   Subscribe  feed icon

Social Trends

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.

App Store Makes Vanity URLs for Developers

Apple has began to use some vanity URLs for developers of apps. This will enable consumers to find apps quickly and easily, as well as to find more apps by the same developer. The URLs first showed up this week in a commercial at the Super Bowl for the app designed to promote the newest of the Star Trek movies.

MedXCom Smartphone App Provides Secure Medical Record Access for Doctors, Patients, And Daters

MedXCom is a new smartphone app that is changing the way doctors and patients interact by providing a central place for  medical records and a secure way to exchange information, but that's not all. The benefits of this little app extend well beyond the doctor's office and into the singles bar.

Calling All Inventors! Casting Call For Season 3, INVENTION USA!

Last night was the premiere of Season 2 of The History Channel's inventor show, Invention USA.  No sooner did the season begin, that casting calls for Season 3 of the hit series get on the road too. So now inventors have another chance to strut their stuff before the casting directors and the show's hosts, Reichart Von Wolfsheild and Scotty Ziegler.

'Power Hunters' Are 'Jersey Strong' In Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy [Videos]

Seeking power was an arduous task as most folks learned early on in the aftermath of superstorm, Hurricane Sandy. Desperately seeking power for our cell phones, iPads and laptops became part of the zeitgeist emanating from those affected in New Jersey and New York. The power grid that used to affect only our heat, electricity and land lines now included cell towers that experienced disrupted service as well. Even for those services that remained operational, without electricity we needed alternatives to charge our devices.

Keeping It Real - Stopping Child Prostitution With Demi & Ashton

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher want you to help them stop child prostitution.

Of Booze & Cheddar Cheese: The 2011 BESTS Are Chosen

Is it a coincidence that the Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) spirit winners were announced the day before St Patty's?  Doesn't matter... You might as well take advantage of your new knowledge... The 'ultimate' judges of the best in booze have decided and here are the best of the bests, the Chairman's Trophy Awards in 27 Challenge categories. (It must be fun to be a judge, no?)