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Facebooks’ ‘Mentions Box’ Introduces ‘Video Selfies’ For Celebs At Emmys

Ever since Ellen Degeneres’ creative ‘selfie’ bit was introduced at the last Academy Awards ceremony, the bar has been raised for future hosts’ to use social media in more intricate and creative ways. Mark Zuckerberg and his cadre of coders at Facebook think they have just the thing to go Degeneres one better, when they debut their “Mentions Box” for celebrities during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25.

Why Snapchat Ads Are An Oxymoron

Snapchat and advertising seems to me to be two functions diametrically opposed - an oxymoron if you will. How can any marketing campaign make an impact, if by design it’s fleeting in nature? Since Snapchat is a messaging app that delivers status updates, photos and/or videos viewable for 10 seconds only — is that enough time to leave a lasting impression?

Instagram Breaking Bad For Emmys With Scavenger Hunt

That show known for it’s badness is so damn good, it’s hard to let it go. So believes one of its award-winning costars - and we’re inclined to agree. To that end, Aaron Paul has sought out the world’s number-one mobile photo-sharing social network to help him spread the word of its departure in a very unique fashion.

7 Terribly Funny Children's Book Parodies For Adults

Parodies of classic children's books geared towards adults are all the rage these days.  Revisiting your favorite childhood stories with a unique and vulgar new spin is a great way to laugh your way down memory lane.  Check out these 7 terribly funny children's book parodies.

The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ By The Numbers

Internet trends come and go. They have their ephemeral day in the sun and dissipate almost as fast as they arrive. Everything from gyrating to the Harlem Shake to dancing Gangnam Style to planking and Tebowing, catching the world’s zeitgeist in a viral wave can cause a slew of social media activity where you almost feel left out if you don’t join in and/or critique it in some fashion.

Did The 166-Minute ’Boyhood’ Flick Take 12 Years Or 39 Days?

The answer to that question is at crux of this very innovative film project. In actuality, Boyhood was shot in 39 days, which according to Hollywood standards would classify it as a very low-budget movie. However what makes this flick epic versus your average run-of-the-mill coming-of-age story is that those 39 days were filmed over the course of 12 years.

Booze Tubes: The Best Way To Smuggle Alcohol, Period

Ever go to a venue with strict no alcohol policies, or an event that doesn’t allow alcohol and you could really use a tasty adult beverage?  Booze Tubes are the perfect answer (if you’re a female), period.

Emoj.li, The Emoji-Only, Anti-Silicon Valley Social Network

Dissimilar to the countless social networks and apps that have gone before, Emoj.li isn’t looking to disrupt or change any of the existing Web 2.0 business models. Instead of taking itself seriously, it’s an evolving experiment that uses self-deprecating humor while parodying the social media space at large. With over 45,000 pre-registered users already signed up and zero funding, it’s turning an inside joke. . .

Internet of Everything Is Hackable

Still in its infancy, the Internet of Everything, aka IoE (the interface of our things with data, people and process) is already being threatened by hackers. While Cisco has predicted that 25 billion units of things will connect to the Internet by 2015 and will double in five short years, this rapid growth has given pause to reflect on the perceived risks.

How Can 'Orange Is The New Black' Be A Social Media Model & Blackhat Tactic?

One of the biggest hit television series to put Netflix on the digital map was Orange is the New Black. It helped break new ground for an online network that was successful in converting TV watching from the living room to your desktops, laptops and mobile devices. In so doing, its scored 12 Emmy nominations, super-sized the paradigm of online buzz and converted a team of fans -- who beyond being addicted  . . . 

'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.