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Sarah Palin, the "Annie Oakley" Of Social Media

Supposedly she qualifies to be a Daughter of the American Revolution. She is a gun-toting member of the NRA and likes to shoot Moose when she's not taking pot-shots at Obama and members of his party. But this Soccer Mom needs to reassess how she unholsters her 'gun' analogies when she brazenly tweets and posts gunsights and cross-hair maps on her Facebook and Web site pages.

Murdoch's Newspapers & The Great Paywall Of The Internet

Murdoch is gambling by sending two more of his newspapers to the Great Paywall of the Internet, in his tireless effort to eek out a few extra pounds from his news syndicate. It's a gamble because these two British newspapers will replace Murdoch's TimesOnline.com which in February, according to Comscore experienced a 21 percent decline from last year.

James Cameron Smartly Sees 3D Smartphones' ROI

James Cameron, the award-winning director of Avatar and Titanic is banking on 3D Technology moving from the big screen to smartphones, as smaller screens don't require 3-D glasses. This epiphany was apparently rooted in economics. While Avatar is historically one of the highest-grossing movies with over $2.6 billion at the box office internationally- it also earned the distinction of being one of the most pirated movies of all times.

Virtu Golden Cell Phones Offer Free Calls At A High Price

Virtu, the luxury mobile phones brand owned by Nokia, will celebrate the first anniversary of their flagship store in Tokyo's pricey Ginza district by featuring four exquisite, expensive, one-of-a-kind cell phones.

Augmented Reality For Tablets Goes Where No Man Has Gone Before

While Augmented Reality technology has been a topical point of interest these last couple of weeks at events like SWSWi in Austin and CTIA Wireless 2010 in Las Vegas, there has been very little talk of the suitability of utilizing AR features with the new tablets that will be flooding the market in the next couple of months. Granted, iPad's sin of omission by not including a camera or webcam kind of eliminates them from consideration, but it seems to me that the 10" tablet versus the 3" smartphone screen would provide users with a greater opportunity to view AR overlays, markers, advertising, points of interest and other layers of data that AR is known for.

How Tumors Can Escape Detection By The Immune System

A study at the école Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland has created a very vivid image of how tumors manage to escape our immune system.   They disquise themselves as friendly cells.

Building A Better Mousetrap: Humorous Design From Atypik

Humorous design is in a category of its own.  Designers like Fred & Friends, 5.5 Designers, Suck UK, and Atypik regularly turn out functional designs made of high quality materials at affordable prices, and they express wit and wry social commentary that everyone can share.  When you look through the online catalogs of these designers, you inevitably find perfect gifts for your friends.

Tokyo Pet Store Succeeds With 'Rent To Own' Puppy Policy

A Japanese pet store has introduced a "try 'em, buy 'em" business model that relies on the four-legged inventory to basically sell itself.

The Press Causes Widespread Outbreak Of Facebook STDs!

Cause and effect are two of the mainstays in scientific discovery. Assumptions, speculations and likelihoods are the business of gossip columns and not of objective reporting. With that said, one has to question the stories submitted by Britain's Sun, Daily Telegraph, The Independent, and today's article in the Daily News in New York, titled, " Facebook blamed for rising STD rates in Britain."

DIY Furniture Repair With "Prosthetics" By 5.5 Designers

Always at the vanguard of design, 5.5 Designers, have again surprised its followers with a line of designer furniture prosthetics.  Sure, they are all bright, bright green, but that's part of their charm.  And a bright green crutch, prosthetic seat, suture kit, or grafting kit will not only give your furniture back its function but give it a little flamboyance!

 

Fox Mobile's Bitbop - First To Add Mobile TV To Smartphones

Would you pay $9.99 a month to get TV on your smartphone? That's the new offering that the Fox Mobile Group is betting on. Introduced as a new wireless video subscription, the service will provide users with premium video content that includes downloadable movies and streaming content.

USA Today's Commitment To Social Media

In my previous blog, "Is USA Today's 'Social Media Lounge' A Little Late To The Party?" I talked about how some legacy newspapers like USA Today were in somewhat stalled position as to how best to work with social media. With USA Today's launch of their Social Media Lounge, I questioned if they were simply 'testing the waters' or jumping in with both feet. In a subsequent interview with Alexandra Nicholson, manager and social media strategist for the paper, she clarified some of these points and confirmed the paper's commitment to social media.

10 Chindogu: The Art Of Intentionally Making A Useless Invention

The Japanese say they invented it, but maybe they were just the first to name it.  The name, Chindogu, is becoming universally known and used to describe inventions that are useless.  Well, I don't know about Ben Franklin or Thomas Jefferson or the prolific inventor Leonardo da Vinci, but haven't most inventors created some useless stuff?  In fact, mostly useless stuff?

 


Colorful Desktop Paper Shredder Cuts Cards & Opens Mail

Who says paper shredders have to be functional and dull? The SE.CU.MO F-150 from Meiko Shokai takes form and functionality to a whole new level with bright colors and a cutting edge (sorry) design.

Social Search Wars: Aardvark vs Yahoo Answers vs Mahalo vs ChaCha vs Formspring.me

During the last ten years, search engines have basically provided us with information retrieval (IR) from strangers. We have relied on the credibility of these search results based on algorithms determining their relevancy and authority. In turn, content producers learned to optimize their pages to obtain higher page rankings. Over time, satisfied with the premise if 'Google says its so, who's to argue?' we accepted what was delivered. However the need for human interaction is not lost to the 21st Century and the desire to connect through search is evident with the entre' of a new type of IR - appropriately named 'social search.'