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Augmented Reality Provides Terminator Eyesight!

Before Schwarzenegger became the governor of California, he was known to don a Terminator costume every now and then and assume super robotic powers in a few movies of the same name. What if humans today could virtually see what Arnold's fictional character saw? 

100 Years Of Social Media

Social media is not a phenomenon exclusive to our current Digital Age. It has a long tradition and distinct parallels with events in the past that seem to run in 100 years cycles. Editorial cartoons, postcards and even the Industrial Revolution were all forebearers to how we communicate today through social media. 

HuffPost Social News + Facebook = Strange Bedfellows?

Can online journalism become a social network? With legacy newspapers continuing to look for new ways to reinvent themselves, transforming into online blogs was just the first step. As a result of the Huffington Post's collaboration with Facebook, the next phase in the morphing process appears to be news blog sites melding into social media networks.

Kutano, The Super-charged Twitter Search Engine

How many times do you research online content, and wish you could do a Twitter search to check out what the 'wisdom of crowds' is saying about that same topic? Well, searching by Kutano, with its browser add-on virtually brings those tweets to you without you even leaving those Web pages (sort of like having your digital pie and eating it too!)

Facebook, So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good-bye!

Do you hear those 'Sound of Music' lyrics emanating from  the hallowed halls of Socialgraphica sending out our early good-byes to Facebook? The NY Times might be right when it talks about its imminent demise. In an article titled "Facebook Exodus" they refer to things falling apart when the center cannot hold the weight. Is Facebook about to implode at the hands of its own critical mass?

FoxTV + Twitter = Tweet-peats!

Fox TV is the first major network to strike a deal with Twitter to follow tweets while viewing two of their popular dramas. This is an innovative tactic by Fox to attract an audience to watch repeats, programming that tends to draw in low numbers on the Nielsen ratings! Hence the birth of tweet-peats!

YouTube's "All the Kremlin, All The Time" Launches

Joining the likes of the Dalai Lama, Barack Obama, the Pope, and the five million pageviews of Dave Carroll's "United Breaks Guitars", Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has launched his own channel on YouTube to grab the attention of the youthful Digerati in his country.

Twitsnaps Rewards Users $50 In Happy Hour Contest

Twitsnaps is the leading photo-sharing app on Twitter. Its advanced search, ratings program and 'Hall of Fame' are just a few of the unique features that attracts users to Twitsnaps, over Twitpic and some of the other competitive APIs in this field. Now with its Happy Hour Contest promo rolling out, it will once again distinguish itself from the pack by rewarding users for sharing their photos online via Twitter.

Backhanded Tweets From US Open

Twitter, like death and taxes is sort like the "great leveler." Sport figures, celebs and the average Joe's of this world can all co-exist in an environment as equals and communicate with each other in a non-threatening and open way. Well, maybe not at the US Open?

Digital Criminals Preying On Social Networks

Its important to be aware of your surroundings and suspicious activity at all times,whether you are crossing a highly trafficked street in Manhattan or posting your profile to a social network. All the same rules apply and then some. Letting our guard down online creates greater risks as an alarmingly high proportion of users are prepared to be 'friends' on social networks with people they don't really know.

Cookie Trail & Social Network Identifiers Can Leak Private Data!

What if Santa Claus' identity was revealed when his cookie trail exposed his exact whereabouts on Christmas Eve? This would not only take all the fun and wonderment out of Christmas, it would be providing too much information for too many inquiring minds.

Young Leaders in Arab Worlds Learn How Social Media Makes Change

As was witnessed recently with the Iranian Twitter Revolution and the protesters making their voices heard on Twitter and Facebook this past June, the Arab World is embracing social media in an impacting way. Now more important than ever, the Middle East is involved in open dialogue, no matter what risks may be incurred as a result.

Facebook,Twitter, Flickr & YouTube Boycott Whole Foods

Labeled A-Hole Foods by some, an army of bloggers have taken to full battle gear ever since John Mackey's op-ed appeared in the Wall Street Journal on August 12, 2009. Triggering significant backlash, Whole Foods may have a hard time overcoming a social media nightmare spurred on by their leader.

Ben Franklins For Freezers, Sequel To Cash For Clunkers!

Ben Franklins for Freezers? Dollars for Dishwashers? Coin for Central Air? or Cash for Appliances? Whatever you'd like to call it, after the overwhelming success of the "Cash for Clunkers" program, the next government incentive to save consumers money will debut as early as this fall. However on this go around, you will receive rebates for the purchase of new Energy Star-qualified home appliances.

Twitter Effect, If You Can Make It There,You Can Make It Anywhere!

There's lots of talk about the Twitter Effect and how it can make or break a movie. When it came to Bruno & GI Joe- thumbs down! In the case of Inglorious Basterds and District 9 -thumbs up! If Twitter has this effect on improving movie ticket sales, do we even need critics anymore?

8coupons & Foursquare Does A Spin On Mad Men Advertising

Remember in the days of Mad Men, when  Grandma and Mom use to cut those store coupons out of the newspaper and strategically categorize them for redemption when they  went shopping. That popular form of advertising was for the cost-conscious generation that had lived through two World Wars and a Depression.

'United Breaks Guitars' Viral Video Gets Counterpunched!

The infamous 'United Breaks Guitars' video that went viral with over 5.2 million views is now receiving some push back from an airline branding company. SimpliFlying, an international marketing firm based out of Singapore has filmed their own editorial video to provide United Airlines with some useful social media tips as to how to counter this negative publicity.

Top Ten 'Texting For Tots' Mobile Phones

It use to be you learned to crawl, before you could walk and then run. Well today, while tots and teens begin to become mobile, they're also learning how to use a mobile. Kids born after the year 2000 might end up being called the 'Tiny Texters' generation as their passion to text is keen. Parents might not agree, but as we all know peer pressure in our formative years becomes the driving force behind these types of purchases, and Mom and Dad more often than naught usually succumb to the demands of their offspring!

As Seen on TV: Bendaroos!

Bendaroos are touted as a toy with endless possibilities.  They bend!  They stick!  But what do parents think of this As Seen on TV toy?

6 Degrees + 1 Game Theory = Social Network Analysis

It took a Beautiful Mind to develop Game Theory. A Footloose actor to popularize 'Six Degrees of Separation.' Now Social Network Analysis has pushed the envelope on both these theories for security purposes. However how does this new form of analysis affect our privacy rights? Will our future innocence or guilt be based on mathematical formulas?