TweetUp Adwords or Organic Tweets?

While not a Twitter service per say, TweetUp is a 3rd-party developer client of Twitter. Their service believes there is money to be made by charging for keywords in tweets. Similar to Google's Adwords, in theory this would offer users the opportunity to obtain higher rankings for their posts.  Similar to Google's algorithm, it also would give tweets a higher ranking, based on popularity and how often those tweets are clicked by members of the Twitterverse. It's the age-old story of 'Paid' versus 'Organic' Search.

Robot Segway Rovers Train Special Forces For Urban Warfare

Robot enemy fighters riding modified Segway scooters are taking Special Forces military training to a higher, albeit sillier-looking, level.

Is Apple iGroups, iPhone OS 4 & Quattro Wireless, The Next Location-Based Social Network?

Is Apple considering building its own location-based social network the likes of Foursquare and Gowalla? A lot has been written about its recent filing of a patent application for a social networking application called iGroups. The question is - Are they too late to the party - Or based on their new operating system, do they have the best fighting chance of becoming the dominant player in the location-service space?

Sleep Scan Slumber Tracker Pad Makes Bed Rest Better

The Tanita SL-501 Sleep Scan Mat is a thin pad that slips under your mattress - you won't know its there but make no mistake: it'll be keeping tabs on you while you slumber. Scary as this might sound, it's actually a good thing to have someone (well, some THING) watching over you.

Design For Doomsday: Underground Survival Communities By The Vivos Group

Whatever you previously imagined about living underground in a survival shelter... it's not what the Vivos Group has in mind.  Vivos has thought of every aspect of survival and your comfort, with supplies and food for up to a year, in case doomsday happens.  It's the 'modern day Noah's Ark.'

Magnetic Marketing In Social Media Pushes Past Push-Pull Marketing

If TV, Newspapers and Billboards is Push Marketing - and Web 2.0 and user-generated content produces Pull Marketing, what's prompting 'Magnetic Marketing?'  According to Ivan Askwith, director of strategy for the digital creative agency, Big Spaceship, "magnetic marketing is where the consumer and brand are drawn together, at the right time, without either side needing to take an aggressive action." Like a magnet, the customer and brand come together because the attraction is that strong.

Tweetie Morphs Into 'Twitter For iPhone' For 3rd Twitter Client Acquisition

So many apps. So little time. With 100 million dollars of funding burning a hole in the Twitter Troika's collective pockets, Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey have been aggressively surveying Twitterville's landscapes for new purchases. It was determined a while back that a company grows by having 3rd party developers do the heavy-lifting.  And then once the product is perfected, companies like Twitter swoop on in for the acquisition. Such is the case with Tweetie.

Hospitalization May Cause Physical And Cognitive Decline

Two separate studies released today suggest that hospitals may not be the place to be if you are sick, especially if you are seriously ill and/or elderly.  And it's not just the the racket hospital staff makes trying to raise the roosters, or the insertion of a new IV catheter in your wrist....


Virtual Hugging Vest Lets You Feel Others' Emotions

A wearable robot developed by a husband and wife team in Japan can translate 9 different emotions from text into touch, adding a new dimension to virtual communication and social media interation.

Fog Bank: An Installation's Effects Create An Affective Environment

Fog was the affective environment chosen by California Polytechnical Institute (Cal Poly) architecture students Patrick Delorey and Keith Houchin for their Senior Thesis Design.  Their intriguing and very affective Fog Bank installation explores the many properties of fog as it interacts with light, texture, and movement as effects.


Give Your Dog A Seat At The Table With The Pet High Chair

Begging is such an unseemly behavior for a house dog, don't you think?  They sit at your feet, erect, ears alert, panting, just waiting for a sign. And if you happen to inadvertently look slightly to the right, or slightly to the left, depending on where they are sitting, they think you've given them the sign and get all shaky and antsy and whiny, waiting for you to drop the food - into their mouths, on the floor, they don't really care how they get it.  But you promised!


Samurai Burgers Satisfy Taste For History

Make lunch, not war? How about both? That's the idea behind these five samurai themed burgers that highlight popular warlords from Japan's historic warring era.

Flinc, Hi-tech Rides For 21st Century Hitch-hikers Via Smartphones

Car Rental services require reservations, sometimes days in advance and often you're required to go to the car versus the car coming to you. Flinc turns that process on its ear with its new service launched on April 8.

'Potatornado' Spiral Peeler Turns Your Veggie Into A Slinky

Food preparation just got twisted, thanks to the awesomely (or awfully) named "Potatornado". This artful automated spiral slicer turns most any veggie into that classic, stair-descending springy toy, the Slinky.

Kindle vs Nook, Target vs Best Buy - eBook Readers Go Retail!

With iPad's recent entry into the eBook Reader market, its' thrown the "old school" eBook Readers into a tail-spin. So much so, that both Kindle and Nook have taken to hawking their wares in department stores. Savvy move? Or, does it diminish the value of the product in the eye of the consumer?