Kindle DX vs The Lord Voldemort of Tablet Devices

While Kindle is trying to up their game, Amazon announced their new Kindle DX is now going 'into the black' (sort of speak). Coming off striking a retail deal with Target stores, a major price cut, thinner screens, a roll-out of picture/video software for Apple devices, a new Android app and new social media features, Kindle DX is now available in black, not be confused with the Device-That-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Google Serving Up 'News' On A New Platter

Just when you get use to viewing certain Web sites in certain formats - it's a little disconcerting when they change it up for you. Almost feels like you're caught off balance. But Google has the power and we are only but bit players on its global stage.  Today Google is releasing a redesigned version of their News site to English-language users in the US.

In From The Cold, Russian Spy Seeks Cover On Social Networks

It's said that a good spy knows how to blend in. And what better way in today's society to accomplish that, than to be prominently active on a number of social networks. Anna Chapman, one of alleged spies recently picked up in NYC knew how to work social networks almost as well as she did in staying below the government's radar.

Mashable Introduces First-Time Social Media Day

Mashable doesn't indicate why they chose June 30th as the first-time Social Media Day, but heck, they are the number one Social Media blog in the world - so I guess they have the right. It will probably take another decade before the US Congress declares it official - but in the meantime perhaps there's a Mashable Mash-up near you where you can help celebrate this year's kick-off.

Snake Burgers Put The Bite On Your Hunger

Where's the beef? There's none to be found in the Snake Burgers served up by a restaurant in Indonesia.

The 'Summer Of Droid' Should Dispel Rumors Of The Verizon iPhone

Today, there were close to 1000 articles and blogs posted, anticipating the highly rumored news that Verizon might become Apple's second mobile carrier to AT&T, iPhone's exclusive telecom service to date. That much interest should be a red flag as to AT&T's service (or lack thereof).

Google Under Threat Of Going Dark In China If Government Pulls The Plug

International diplomacy has never been Google's strong suit. But based on it's size and number of global netizens that use its engine exclusively for search, it has always seen itself as a powerhouse in getting what it wants.

International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Picks 3 Top Winners!

The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is one of the most prestigious international design competitions in the world.  And the 2010 IDEA was so competitive that there were three Best in Shows awarded....

'Google Me' Silly - Does Google Have The 'Social Networking' Gene?

Google has tried twice unsuccessfully to create a better mousetrap than Facebook. Both Orkut's launch in 2004 and Buzz's roll-out just last year were valiant attempts - but no bull's eye for the Grand Daddy of Search

Green Calling: Sharp Introduces Solar Powered, Waterproof Mobile Phones

Waterproof solar powered mobile phones from Sharp come in any color you want, as long as it's green.

Conflict Minerals For Cell Phones Fuel Genocide In Congo

I speculated recently about the amount of lithium recently found in Afghanistan - like oil in Iraq - could become the number one resource for the war to continue in that country. In a post, titled, "The Smartphone Wars Seek Trillion Dollar Spoils," I believe that mobile phone manufacturers will compete heavily to secure this resource. In the Congo, a similar scenario has already played out with 'conflict minerals' with more dire consequences.

Green Golf Ball Improves Your Stroke, Strains Your Vision

A green golf ball is the latest color to be released in TourStage's V10 series. The 'Super Lime' balls should sell well... if only to replace the ones you'll lose.

Social Media Digital Footprint vs Paper Trails Of The Past

Computers are not only saving trees these days -  they have almost eliminated any need for the traditional 'paper trail' we were so accustomed to using just a short decade ago. In the year 2010, wherever you travel throughout the social media space, you're leaving digital breadcrumbs for all to follow.

Is Coke's 'Promoted Trends' The Real Thing For Real-Time Social Media?

Buying Twitter's 'Promoted Trends' seems to me to go against a major tenet of Twitter, namely the surfacing of real-time news items generated by the 'wisdom of crowds.' In my post, "Will 'Promoted Trends' Corrupt Real-Time Social Media News," I talked about the juxtaposition of obtrusive ads next to legitimate news items.

Avoidr, The Anti-Social, Anti-Check-In Social Network

Scaling to twenty thousand users overnight, a virtual unknown Web app has arrived on the digital landscape to address our latest social media dilemma - how to avoid the many followers we've worked diligently to attract? As such, Avoidr might be labeled the first "anti-social" social network.