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'Internet Of Everything' Pits Home Depot Against Lowe's

The DIY (do-it-yourself) trend is still thriving, as the two largest home-improvement franchises -- Home Depot and Lowe's -- go toe-to-toe (or should we say tool-to-tool) in competing for a large demographic of consumers - namely the self-made 'handyman.' Of recent date, however, another market of interest has emerged that both of these large chains find just as appealing, namely the opportunity to tap into the burgeoning IoE . . .

Trigger-Happy Russian Strelkov Behind Malaysian Missile & Social Media Strikes

The World War II propaganda slogan, "Loose Lips Sinks Ships," was modified slightly to "Loose Tweets Sink Tweets," to better reflect the age of social media. However the meaning behind both mottos is the same - namely, that one does not broadcast intelligence before the facts are proven out. This ominous sentiment was played out once again on the world stage this past week, with horrific results.

'Tweetstorm' Is Trademarked, So 'Timeline Colonialism' Is On The Rise?

It was inevitable that once the meme 'tweetstorm' was trademarked, 'timeline colonialism' would become Twitter's latest craze. Odd that something as common as sending multiple tweets in succession to make a point needed an identity before it could actually become part of the Twittersphere's zeitgeist.

Google Glass: To Read Or Not To Read Minds, That Is The Question

Pushing the limits of wearable technology will expand the digital horizon of the Internet of Things. And, telekinesis -- long thought to be a myth reserved for horror movies the likes of Bryan De Palma's 1976 classic, Carrie -- might be the next baby step in advancing this innovative technology. However, as quickly as the software developers at MindRDR launched an app to 'read minds' on Google Glass, the Big G was just as swift to refute the idea.

World Cup's German Soccer Players Were Constructed, Not Self-Made?

It's no doubt that the summer of 2014 will be remembered as the 'Summer of Soccer.' One has only to look at the viewing audience to get a sense of its immense popularity. The coverage of this year's FIFA World Cup continues to break records in the United States alone - both on television and online.

'Internet of Everything' Now Hiring

If you're looking for a career change, have kids undecided about their college major or just have a genuine interest, the Internet of Things (IoT) -- or what Cisco has branded as the Internet of Everything (IoE) -- is looking for a few good men and women - to the tune of millions in just six short years.

In-Depth Review: Gigabyte's J1800N-D2H Mini-ITX Motherboard

Intel's new Bay Trail-D family of processors have been released, and motherboard makers are putting out products with the chips soldered on. Join me as I take Gigabyte's entrant, which boasts a dual-core Celeron J1800, for a not-so-brief spin.

'Hang w/' Is Little Bit Twitter, Little Bit Instagram, Little Bit Rap, Little Bit Celebrity Ham

As social apps continue to proliferate the Web and our smartphones, it's not a great surprise that a platform like Hang w/ -- the latest shiny new thing -- would inevitably roll off a developers' assembly line. Described by some, as a 'melting pot of social networks,' this app (free at Google Play and the App Store) is an intriguing proposition and a nice complement to what went before.

@WikiBaghdady Tweets Reveal ISIS At Center of Iraq Coming Full Circle

As trite as it might sound, "what's old is new again," appears to be an apt description of the current status of Iraq, with the U.S contemplating the possibility of reentering an old war zone. Coupled with this controversial move is the establishment of a Twitter account with the handle @WikiBaghdady -- a profile that emerged six months ago and is providing the world with an inside snapshot of the conspiratorial ascension of a new group of terrorists. . . 

Twitter Scavenger Hunt, Social Experiment For Paying-It-Forward

New Yorkers and tourists are scouring the boroughs of New York City this weekend in a massive treasure hunt created by a California millionaire and self-proclaimed 'philanthropist-for the-people' Jason Buzi. Started in San Francisco, it's a viral campaign that is prompted by posted clues on the Twitter account @HiddenCash to direct people to where Buzi buried some cash.

Slingshot, Facebook's Answer To Snapchat, Disappeared Itself (Video)

Me thinks Mr. Zuckerberg might have got the premise of Snapchat wrong. The raison d'être for that app is to have outgoing messages disappear seconds after they are received. Instead Facebook's Slingshot itself has vanished from the digital landscape, shortly after its debut.

Social Media Prenups Face Loopholes With Snapchat & MySpace

As soon as a precedent emerges in the social media space, whether it's something as innocuous as sponsored tweets or more critical such as revenge porn, folks look for loopholes to circumvent the action. Such is the case with 'social media prenups,' the latest trend to be embraced by the marriage-isn't-forever crowd.

When You're Only As Good As Your Last Tweet, Voycee Your Opinion

The paradigm of ephemeral messaging that was ushered into the social media space by apps such as Snapchat appears to have influenced others who want a piece of the "now-you-see-it-now-you-don't" action. Like a modern-version of the messages received by Mr. Phelps on the popular hit TV series of the 60s Mission Impossible. . .

Snapchat, Facebook, Brogrammers & The Art Of Tech Hubris

The profile of the techie founder that's evolved over the course of last decade seems to have become a parody onto itself. It's a psychographic composite blend of youthful arrogance, a belief that coding takes precedence over formal education and a lust for unobtainable women. It's a geek's revenge against childhood harassment and their ultimate desire to be rewarded with as much as possible, as quickly as possible.

Cloud Computing's Silver Lining For Smartphones: Fog Computing

Computer storage is no longer just an issue at your place of business or in your home office. Today's mobile society requires our smartphones to carry just as many gigs (if not more) than what our desktops were supplied with just few short years ago. If you're still wasting your mobile phone's precious in-built storage, you're either purchasing too many seldom-used apps or. . .

Social Media's Soft Shoe (Sock) Send-off To Mad Men's Bert Cooper

The Mad Men finale of season seven, part one bid a fond farewell in grand style, to the last of Sterling Cooper's founding partners.  Bearing in mind, producer, director, writer Matthew Weiner is no stranger to goodbyes, he also knows how to tug at our heartstrings when sending off memorable TV characters. Bearing in mind, producer, director, writer Matthew Weiner is no stranger to goodbyes. . .

From Slender Man To Widbook: Internet Myth Influences Writers' Social Network?

They say writing is a very lonely business. Some of our greats have gone mad searching for the perfect plot line or bon mot. Edgar Allen Poe is a cautionary tales as to how genius led to an ignominious ending. With the advent of Web 2.0 and crowd-sourcing, an increasing number of services are looking to dispel the myth of the lonely writer by offering up social media options.

Yammer: Tower Of Babble For Private vs Public Engagement?

In the world of Web 2.0, while corporations have struggled with just how much social media their employees should be allowed to engage in, opinions differ widely as to its usage. From strict guidelines that prohibit using Facebook, Twitter, G+ or even LinkedIn at all in the workplace, to companies like Zappos that encourage their employees to become company advocates and engage to their heart's content, there a wide range . . .

Bad Backs Need Stretching AND Exercise: The Medi-Dyne Corestretch Core Exerciser Does Both

Most adults have bad backs. We sit too much, stand in one position too much, or suffer from repetitive motion injuries to our backs.  The common exercise wisdom is that to strengthen our backs, we need to strengthen our abdominal muscles, but actually we have to do both - and that means we have to exercise both.  Until now, I had not found something suitable for back exercise, even in the gym, but the Medi-Dyne CoreStretch Core Body Exerciser works and works well.

 


Cisco Leads The Charge In The Application Economy

It's hard to believe that mobile devices while a couple of decades in the making didn't achieve mass adoption until Apple launched their first iPhone in 2007. With it's customer-pleasing multi-touch interface and application distribution platforms, a number of competing mobile operating systems joined the fray quickly to meet the burgeoning demand. Smarphones, tablet computers and other hand-held devices ushered in tech advancement . . .