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Inventors No Longer Dime-A-Dozen: Million Dollar Man Takes Bite Out Of The Sharks

Charles Michael Yim took a very deep breath after scoring big time on the ABC TV show Shark Tank this past week to pitch his latest invention. And while he might have exhaled a whiff of champagne with that sigh of exhaltation, we're sure he drove off under the legal alcohol limit. Why? Because Yim is the creator and developer of the first breathalyzer that interfaces with a smartphone.

Twitter's IPO Shutdown, Result of Government Shutdown Or 17-Year Cycle?

While the Twitterati waited with heightened anticipation for its beloved social network to file its public offering (IPO) papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this past week, it appears the microblogging site just became additional collateral damage as a direct result of the Federal Government's shutdown.

The New Nikon 1 AW1 - World's First Underwater Digital Camera With Interchangeable Lenses

Nikon recently announced the Nikon 1 AW1, the world's first digital camera with interchangeable lenses that can all be used underwater. It will also be simultaneously launching two dedicated lenses for this camera.

British Airways Pits Tweet-Fueled Plane Against Its Own Aircraft

On the heels of a promoted tweet purchased to criticize British Airways' luggage handling processes, the airline rallies back with an unprecedented social media marketing initiative to mark the launch of two of its newest aircraft. By converting a hypothetical into an actionable challenge, BA begs the question: Who would win in a race between a Tweetliner and a Dreamliner?

The "Selfie" Generation's Next Iteration: The FrontBack App

Is Justin Timberlake's top-forty hit tune "Mirrors" a soulful lullaby to his better half -- or indeed is that mirror-image really -- himself?  The more you analyze the lyrics with refrains such as "my mirror staring back at me", the more you realize the song could be considered this generation's anthem or mantra.

Coders Have Russia To Thank For A Thankless Programmers' Day

Well, Friday the 13th came and passed uneventfully this year. Internationally, there were no earth-shaking calamities. In fact, quite the contrary. Russia, America's on-again-off-again ally was instrumental in sealing the day for chemical disarmament in Syria. And unbeknownst to a lot of us folks, Russia is the only country in the world to officially recognize "Programmers Day."

The Little Film That Could: "Finish Line" Coming Into The Final Stretch on KickStarter

"Finish Line: The Rise and Demise of Off-Track Betting" is an indie documentary currently in production. It's a 'Damon Runyon-esque" real-life American saga real-life American saga that unfortunately doesn't come with a Hollywood happy ending. The shuttering of Off-Track-Betting (OTB) in New York City plays out like a Greek Tragedy where over a 1000 employees had their livelihoods, pensions and health benefits taken from them, while Governor Cuomo of New York looked the other way.

What Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Can Teach Us About Video Game Design

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs - the long-awaited sequel to The Dark Descent - finally released yesterday. After playing, I got to thinking - it does some innovative things with the survival horror genre; it uses techniques that I think any video game designer would do well to note. Let's look at those.

Percy Shelley's 'Ozymandias' Breaks Bad Again In The 21st Century

For all those 'Breaking Bad' fans who've held fast in weathering the perfect storm of the first five episodes of Season 5's final eight, the 6th installment is being promoted as the best of the baddest. But who would make such a claim? Vince Gilligan, the director - that's who!

Google+'s Long History Of Suspensions In Search Of Remedies

For those who have recently been chastised with the swift judgemental hand of a Google+ suspension, you are not alone. Google+ has had a long history of not only suspending accounts, but also deleting them. Dating all the way back to July, 2011 (only one month after its inception), Google + was deleting what they thought were a large number of fake accounts, only to restore them when users proved their legitimacy.

Follow Internet Investor Yuri Milner's Lead To Invest In Small Social Media Businesses

Hindsight is 20/20. Had we known to follow Yuri Milner's lead back in 2009 when he and his company Digital Sky Technologies (DST) invested $200 million in what was a small busines at the time called, Facebook, for a 1.95% stake -- we may all have been a lot wealthier today. That early bet made this previously-unknown Russian investor, a billionaire.

Drug Detox Center For Internet Addicts Gives Rise To Small Business Start-up?

Remember that ole Amy Winehouse refrain: "they tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no!"? While there's drug detox centers for those addicted to drugs, do centers for Internet addiction exist? The answer is yes, and they've been around for a while. In my 2009 post, "Internet Rehab For NetAddicts" post, I researched one such center located in SE Fall City, Washington that followed the same principles as drug rehab centers.

Google Glass To Make Visionaries Out Of Small Business Owners

While Google hopes to launch Google Glass by Christmas, there's a lot of speculation as to its acceptance in the business world. Surely with an anticipated price tag of slightly under $1500, at first glance (pun intended), one would think only larger brands would be able to afford this innovative new device.

Aghast, When The GAP's GIF On Facebook Proved To Be A Gaffe

Now, say that ten times fast. Why? Because when a venerable social media site the likes of Mashable gets it wrong, based on an assertion made by the venerable American clothier, the GAP - it's fun to call them out on a bonefide gaffe that went public.

Online Car Insurance's Mascots Flo & The Gecko Are Social Media SuperStars

There's a lively debate as to whether an intangible service as mundane as online car insurance could possibly benefit from the value of social media. However, when these marketers realized that the marketing and selling of auto insurance is no different than the marketing and selling of another intangible product such as hotel accommodations, they quickly seized the opportunity with vigor - and with mascots to boot!

Tawki's DIY Videos To Feature ‘One-Click, Animate’ Functionality

Adding video production to your social media tool box is essential today for both business and pleasure. According to the web tracking-and-measurement firm ComScore, 89 million people in the United States are going to watch 1.2 billion online videos today alone. And, 76 percent of marketers plan to add video to their websites, making it a higher priority than Facebook, Twitter and even blog integration.

The NotePal X2 Notebook Pad & Cooler: Review

It's definitely one of the cooler laptop fans around, but how well does it cool your laptop? Here is my evaluation of the Cooler Master's NotePal X2 Notebook Pad & Cooler....

The Esky Mini HD Camera Pen -- I Suspect James Bond Would Like This; Product Review

I'm not sure exactly what situation I would find myself in where I would need the Esky Mini HD Camera Pen... but I want one, just in case.  I dunno... Ninjas or something?  Or maybe because there's a monster in my closet...

Did The Real 'Heisenberg' Also 'Break Bad'?

Many die-hard fans like myself, who can't get enough of the award-winning AMC TV drama, "Breaking Bad," have often thought that the alter-ego character "Heisenberg" was the invention of anti-hero Walter White, played by actor Bryan Cranston. In actuality, the chemistry professor referenced the name in Season 1 as an homage to the famous German physicist, Werner Karl Heisenberg.

Operation Genoa vs Tailwind, HBO's 'Newsroom' Meets At The Corner of Topsy & Vine

Newsroom, the HBO hit series created and written by Aaron Sorkin predicates its storylines on actual news that's taken place in the real world, about 18 month prior. Having cut his social networking teeth on his award-winning movie, "The Social Network," Sorkin takes full advantage of weaving social media references into his yarns, whenever he can.