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Falcon's Faux-Flight Of Fancy, the Reality Show?

It started with a helium aircraft  hovering over Fort Collins, Colorado and the belief that a  6-year-old boy climbed in and floated away Thursday, October 15, forcing officials to come up with a rescue plan to save him. Update at 3:35 p.m. ET:The balloon slowly spun to a crash-landing, surrounded by rescuers. Mystery widens, no one was inside balloon? It was at this time we learned that the father was a stormchaser, thus the balloon, and the family was involved in ABC's "Wife Swap," thus the reason for part of the craziness that unfolded. But the story didn't end there. The rest is only something that could make up a real-time Reality Show! Was it Truth or Hot Air? Or Balloonacy?

When Lufthansa Tweets Your Whereabouts, Who's At Risk?

At first glance, Lufthansa's new service called MySkyStatus sounds like a very cool and cutting edge social network feed. However upon closer scrutiny, one needs to ask the question: Is a service that automatically posts the current position of your flight a dozen times or more to all your followers and friends on Twitter and Facebook such a good idea? Isn't there a security risk involved?

Twitter's Landmark Tweet Against Impostors

Twitter's landmark case strikes the first blow at Internet anonymity and identity theft with the issuance of one single tweet. But where is that 140 character message that was responsible for breaking new legal ground? Inquiring minds want to know.

Top Ten Social Media Sex, Lies & Videotaped Tales

On the one hand, social media has connected us with our fellow man (and woman) in a much more upfront and personal way. On the other hand, social media has connected us with our fellow man (and woman) in a much more upfront and personal way!

Protect Your TV With TV Armor

Just bought a $3,000 HDTV? Consider purchasing a little protection for that valuable screen.

Japan Fights Train Station Suicide with Blue LED Lighting

Feeling blue? Japan's railways and subways have come up with a bright idea to reduce the number of suicides at train stations: eerie blue LED lighting that supposedly has a calming effect on suicidal psyches.

GPS Tracking Of Seniors, Kids, & Others With Special Needs: The eMed-Trac

eMedi-ID, a franchise business that provides personal medical information to first responders via USB devices on their customers' keyrings, has just come out with a new device capable of tracking a person's whereabouts via global positioning satellites (GPS)

Joe "You Lie" Wilson Under A DDoS Attack!

"Sticks and stones may break my bones," but will "name calling" define Joe Wilson? This South Carolina's congressman knows how to call presidents liars but does he know how to defend himself against a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack?

LED Key Lights Locks, Locates Lost Latches

In what seems to be an obvious design decision, Lexon has created a mini LED flashlight that clips on a keychain and... wait for it... looks like a key!

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.

Bike Helmets of NYC

NYC Bike Helmets were commissioned by the city and offer a more fashionable alternative to the average bike helmet.

USB Japanese Fan Stores Data, Looks Dated

USB flash memory drives have taken on a wide variety of forms from weird to wild to just plain wacky. The Japanese Sensu USB 16GB goes for classy - and succeeds admirably.

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!

Soft Fan Provides Cooling Breeze, Protects Curious Fingers

Want to cool down a room but worry about spinning metal blades slicing a curious child's fingers? The "Soft Fan" eases minds with its soft polyurethane blades while pleasing eyes with a rounded, stylized design.

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?


Key Buoy Prevents Your Keys From Sinking

Avoid the need to rekey your entire life, and keep your car and house keys safe with this innovative, inexpensive keychain device.

Ten Social Media Methods To Fight Hurricane Season

Katrina's devastation of New Orleans was BSM (before social media). It's hard to think that we lived during a period of time without social networking, but only 4 years ago Facebook was barely one year old, and Twitter was yet to be inked out on a restaurant napkin.

DDoS And Our Ferris Bueller Day Off!

A cyber-attack, a lone blogger and a little known country in Russia were responsible for our Ferris Bueller day off from Twitter this week. People had to resort to the antiquated twentieth century source for the news, the newspaper! And the lives of the Twitterati were put on hiatus for hours on end! On August 5,  'DDoS', 'Cyxymu' and 'South Ossetia' meant nothing to the average Twitter user. Today, we know a little more about blocking social networks and political friction back in the USSR!

Twitter Denial Of Service Attack 101

What is a Denial of Service Attack and how did it wreak havoc across the Twitterverse on Thursday AM, August 6, 2009!