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The Skinny On The iPhone Mini

Well the iPods did it - why can't the iPhone. Particularly since Android is upping the ante in producing their own iPhone clone, at less cost. Steve Jobs and Apple have always been aggressive in slowing the advance of the competition. Anyone that can potentially steal marketshare and has the chutzpah to think they can build a 'cheaper and smaller' iPhone is going to get whacked in the trying. That's Apple's job (no pun intended).

Be Your Own God In The Virtual Villagers Video Game: New Believers

Get to play god in the latest chapter of the Virtual Villagers video game series that takes you to a new part on the island of Isola. It's inhabited by unfriendly masked heathens who threaten the very survival of your villagers on their territory. Can you make the heathens believe before it's too late?

Where's The Physics In The Cat Physics Video Game?

Is the vast science of physics really making its way into video games? Cat Physics features simple but beautiful graphics and offers refreshing gameplay for people young and old. It's an interesting and addictive game that will constantly challenge you to think outside the box.

"It's Elementary My Dear Watson" When IBM Computer Becomes 'Jeopardy' Contestant

This is a geek alert for Jeopardy fans, young and old. Alex Trebek and America will be given a special treat starting February 14 when IBM's supercomputer "Watson" is pitted against two of the quiz show's all-time winners  - Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. It's guaranteed to be a ratings winner for the venerable game show, which has been on the air since 1964. So, let the games begin, and shall the best man ... erh, computer win.

Apple Sits In Catbird Seat While AT&T & Verizon Duke It Out Over iPhone 4 Prey

When Apple found another distribution partner in Verizon, it didn't need to do much more than take a step back and watch the two telecom companies go at each other like two veteran wrestlers in a WWE Smackdown. And like humorist James Thurber's story, "The Catbird Seat," Apple is "sitting pretty, like a batter with three balls and no strikes on him."

Philo's Social Media TV Brings "Ridin' QWERTY" Into The Home

The Urban Dictionary lists "Ridin QWERTY" as the play on words for "riding dirty," and defines it as the illegal act of texting while driving - with Q-W-E-R-T-Y being the first 6 letters on any standard keyboard. Philo, a new social networking for TV fans is taking that concept off-road and moving it into your living room or home office. Commencing on Valentines Day, check your local listings and start 'ridin QWERTY" from your favorite 'coach potato' perch.

Google Egyptian Exec Uses Social Media vs Search To Become National Hero

As much as been written about Google lacking the social networking gene, it's ironic that one of Google's executives used social media as his weapon of choice in rallying demonstrators on the streets of Cairo. While Google's "Don't' Be Evil" stance on oppressive countries offered up their Speak2Tweet voice messaging service, their Middle East manager Wael Ghonim became so vocal on Twitter and Facebook that he was actually detained by Egyptian authorities for 12 days in captivity

a-JAYS Three Headphones Sound Off Superbly

From Swedish audiophiles JAYS comes a line of headphones designed to give maximum comfort, style and performance - one that actually delivers!

Tasty Social Media Layer Added To The Mashable Cake?

Social layers are a tricky thing for online news site. Both the Wall Street Journal and USA Today have failed in their attempts, and Eric Schmidt, the now deposed CEO of Google may have lost his job because of it. Mark Zuckerberg back in December admonished Schmidt's attempt at socializing Google with the quip, "Social is not a layer you add- you have to design it from the ground up." Nonetheless, Mashable has thrown their hat into the social ring, complete with badges to boot!

Kindle's New Social Media Features Sends Message:'You Are What You Read'

Kindle owners, or those about to purchase, get ready for feature updates for the latest generation Kindle and Kindle 3G devices. The free 'Kindle Software Update Version 3.1' is promoting an early preview release. In an effort to stay current with the social media milieu we live in, some of the new features are targeted to our networked communities, within and outside of the Kindle book covers.

Social Media Q & A Experiencing Growing Pains & Copycats

The resurgence in Q&A sites which heretofore were dominated by Yahoo Answers and WikiAnswers are due mainly to the popularity of Facebook and Twitter. Adding a social media component, Quora, Vyou, Stack Exchange and even Facebook are all testing the waters. However treading the fine line of scale to include a more broader, mainstream audience while maintaining a high quality of content is problematic. While more users attract advertisers - more users have a tendency to dummy down a service - and therein lies the dilemma.

Social Media's 'Death Becomes Her' Motivates Filmmaker To Star Dead Actress In New Film

"Living her life like a candle in the wind," may have ended her life at 36, but soon Norma Jean (aka Marilyn Monroe) might have a whole new career, some 49 years after her death. While many have tried to keep the iconic image of the 50s star alive through merchandising, no one will have gone as far as Jamie Salter  and his company AuthenticBrands Group. Encouraged by the number of MM's Facebook followers, now close to 400,000, Salter is working on creating a "Digital Monroe."

Egypt's Social Media & Internet Shut-down Could Cost A Pharaoh's Ransom

With social media going dark in Egypt and with proposed legislature before the U.S. Congress to institute a similar "Kill Switch," is it any wonder that when Hosni Mubarak decided to turn off the Internet, that not only would 'all hell would break loose,' but that his country would incur a major economic hit.

Social Media Bloggers vs Semantic Techoggers - Man vs The Machine

Who needs to pay bloggers anymore, when semantic algorithms can accomplish the same task with quicker results and with more thorough research? As quickly as bloggers surfaced with the evolution of the Web 2.0, the semantic technology content of the emerging Web 3.0 era is beginning to emerge to take its place. Transforming minefields of data into high-quality editorial, at scale, and without human authoring or editing is ready to revolutionize the future of publishing.

Facebook's Social Media Click-Throughs Are Clicked Less Today Than Yesterday

Perhaps money can't buy you love, but it's been known to buy you friends on Facebook. Webtrends's white paper analysis of Facebook ad campaigns found that the cost of advertising on the social network that attracts users to fan pages now costs $1.07. However out of 11,200 ad campaigns which totaled 4.5 billion impressions the average click-through rate dropped from 0.063 percent last year to 0.051 percent in 2010.

Social Media Privacy Might Be Under More Scrutiny By Govt Than Internet Companies

As concern mounts as to why Facebook spent $130,000 on lobbyists in the 4th quarter, and why Google dropped $5.16 million for the same purpose in 2010, many of us feel that these efforts were purely for monetary gain. With behaviorally-targeted marketing a result of Web searches, LIKE buttons and GPS functionality, not only do Internet companies and social networks want your private data, so does the government.

iPad 2 Seen Xoomin' To BestBuy.com For February 17th Launch?

The yet-to-be-launched iPad 2 has created enough pent-up demand to make analysts, techie bloggers and the digital savvy world at large to salivate. Those that didn't purchase its predecessor the first go-around are now ready to pony up for the device so aptly nicknamed the "Jesus Tablet." While Apple has not released an official sale date, a curious report appeared at Buzz Bizz News by a writer named "Nitin" indicating he had the inside scoop.

Social Media's Whistleblowing In The Wind To Become Decentralized

Ever since WikiLeaks came under global scrutiny, whistleblowing has taken a somewhat negative turn. Daniel Domscheit-Berg who had a falling out with its founder, Julian Assange believes its due to whistleblowers not having control over the secrets they want to spill. To remedy the situation, he and his team are building OpenLeaks, a new platform that will allow sources to choose specifically who they want to submit documents to anonymously.

Social Media Gets Last Laugh When Zuckerberg Satirized Himself On SNL

Rumors abound, whether or not Lorne Michaels will be successful in luring Mark Zuckerberg to his SNL TV show January 29, when Jesse Eisenberg is scheduled to appear as host.  With all the bad blood that has passed between Team Zuckerberg and the producers of 'The Social Network' movie, fans of both the network and the flick are wondering if the FB founder will be 'man enough' to show the world he can laugh at himself.

Social Media Goes Dark In Egypt Amidst Protests

Unfortunately the news coming out of Egypt is all too familiar to countries like the U.S. that have watched other totalitarian governments censor social media, particularly during country-wide protests. However, during the 2009 Iranian Election protests, citizens were still able to access their hand-held devices and connect to global social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. This is not the case in Egypt where mobile phone texting, Blackberry messaging and the Internet were silenced by the government.