Social Media's Y Connect Asks The Question Why Connect?

Even with Facebook facing some additional severe privacy issues this week (see previous post, "Social Media Privacy Leaks Creates More Detractors Than Promoters For Facebook"), Yahoo is said to be launching their own version of Facebook Connect, called Y Connect. The question being - doesn't a third or fourth mover  in the 'social graph' space give one pause to ask the question "Why Connect" with yet another similar service?

Trying Botox For Your Migraine Headaches? All You Have To Lose Are Your Wrinkles

Are your wrinkles causing you migraine headaches? Botox is now approved to treat both of them!


Social Media Privacy Leaks Creates More Detractors Than Promoters For Facebook

In Fred Reichheld's Book, "The Ultimate Question," the author has spent the last ten years researching one simple question that can determine a company's future. The question is "how likely is it that you would recommend Company X to a friend or colleague?" Over the last six years, Facebook would not have scaled to half a billion users if the answer to that question was not a resounding "yes."

NuKME Wearable Blankets Keep You Warm, Invite Atomic Attack

Wearable blankets have invaded Japan! Even worse, these polyester Snuggie lookalikes have been given a most unfortunate name: NuKME.

Social Media Search & Data Mining Primed To Out-Google Google

By Google's algorithms being regularly and strategically updated, they've been able to maintain a leadership role in online search for over a decade. However, looking forward to the next ten years, there are road signs ahead that indicate that "keyword search" may become as hackneyed a phrase as the "information superhighway."

Is WikiLeaks' Brand Of Social Media Journalism Losing Credibility?

When stories broke back in June that WikiLeaks was releasing sensitive military documents pertaining to the War in Afghanistan (see "Social Media Journalism By Wikileaks' Whistleblower Unfolds In Real-Time"), the world was aghast that a social media site that patterns itself after Wikipedia could have gained such access at such peril. Founder Julian Assange actually had to seek protection from the authorities and Iceland initiated a proposal for their country...

Coffee Grinds Keep Clocks Ticking With Nespresso Batteries

Design trends are all about sustainability these days, and repurposing what would otherwise be garbage fits right in. So why shouldn't we expect to discover that an Austrian design company, Mischer' Traxler, created batteries from Nespresso's used coffee capsules to power clocks and small radios?


Coffin Carrier Is Just Too Ghoul For School

Got a Goth on your Halloween holiday gift list? This creepy yet cool Coffin Carrier from Japan's Village Vanguard is a great way to tote your body of work... or the odd small body.

Twittamentary, A Social Media Experiment In Search Of "Character 141"

A sneak peek preview of Twittamentary was held at the Roger Smith Hotel last evening in Manhattan. Hosted by the Singaporean award-winning movie producer Siok Siok Tan, the film which is still in post-production was offered up to a screening room full of social media types. What this filmmaker attempted to capture on film was the randomness of an ecosystem - that is so difficult for anyone to put their heads around  - let alone explain comprehensively in the body of one film.

Biomimicry At Work: Ants Inspire The A.N.T. Aid Necessities Transporter

A multipurpose aid and rescue vehicle, the Aid Necessities Transporter, alias ANT, was designed by Brian Lee, a 24 year-old design student at Monash University in Australia when he submitted his entry to the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) Target 2020 competition.  It was announced this week that Lee's ANT design, inspired by the anatomy and mentality of ants, won the competition.


Social Media's Facebook/Bing "Social Search" Marriage

It's not difficult to figure out why Facebook is deepening its ties with a search engine like Microsoft's Bing versus Google. As indicated in previous posts, Facebook wants to become the next Google, and has its sights set on making that happen soon. With Google stepping up their "geolocation" game, Facebook has structured a deal with Bing where it will become the first search engine to show US users which sites Facebook friends like.

Behavioral Psychology Meets Merchandising At The School Cafeteria

You can lead a kid to salad, but can you make him eat it?  That is the question the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is exploring, providing $2 million in grants to food psychology experts to explore.


NCIIA Initiates Student Ambassador Program For Inventors & Entrepreneurs

This Fall the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) has selected its first Student Ambassador team, a group of exceptional students at 14 universities that are charged with encouraging and leading the creation of socially beneficial technologies and bringing them to commercialization. No easy feat, but the NCIIA will give them plenty of support.


Social Media's Geolocation To Get Jump Start By Google's Search Kingpin

Geolocation is at the forefront of Social Media today - and will be the next ecosystem to scale exponentially. While Foursquare has set the tempo, it could easily be acquired, absorbed or challenged by either of the two major Internet players. And while Google's has had a long and fruitful eleven year run, Facebook is proving to be a formidable challenger as well when it comes to who will dominate the digital landscape for the next decade.

Airport Gate G7 Designed For Your Comfort - No Kidding!

Koninklijke Philips Electronics has a rare esprit.  It caters to people, folks like you and me, in a way many other companies don't even aspire to.  This time Philips designed an airport gate that is passenger focused and friendly, rather than expedient, one that cares about our comfort and well-being, unlike the airline you are about to board.