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Roku XD – 1080p Streaming Video Comes Home For Christmas

Sure, it sounds like a type of noodle, but the Roku is in fact one of the most compact and best-reviewed streaming video players currently on the market. Oh, and now it comes with 1080p capabilities.


Twitter, Facebook, Google & Apple TV: Social Media Transitioning To Small Screen

With social Media so pervasive today, it's captured the imagination of Hollywood moguls in treatments for the big screen. With movies exploring the origins of Facebook, and a Google movie under development by Groundswell Productions, is it any wonder that the Internet giants would also be thinking about adapting to the small screen and integrating with desk top computers and mobile devices as well?

Sumo Lounge Makes One Heck Of A Bean Bag Chair: Review

It's hard to find a chair that's comfortable for the many ways you might use one in a family room.  You may not have considered a bean bag as an all purpose chair - not since you became 'an adult.'  Then again, Sumo Urban Lounge Gear doesn't make the kinds of bean bag chairs you remember from your childhood. 

Econova: Europe's Greenest TV by Philips

The Econova, by Philips Electronics, is being referred to as "Europe's greenest TV" and with good reason.  With 60% less power consumption than it's predecessor, a solar-powered remote, 100% recyclable packaging, recycled aluminum shell, and more, the TV itself is must-see.

Social Media's Privacy Satirized With 'Fear Medal' At DC Sanity Rally

Appropriately enough, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook were presented with a Fear Award at the first-time "Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear" event hosted by satirical pundits Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at the National Mall in DC today. In true "point-counterpoint" fashion the two venerable comedians traded barbs as to who best represented reasonableness versus those that raised the bar on ratcheting up the public's sense of fear.

Social Media Skewered By DFW FOX Station Amidst Gunfire & Mayhem!

A satire of social media worthy of a spot on Saturday Night Live is spoofing its way across the Internet. Titled, "The Fox 4 DFW Roast of Social Media," it takes Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Skype amongst others to task on a YouTube video. Following a hostage situation and a gunman on the loose, it spots field news reporters capturing the day's tragic events while overly obsessed with their social medial channels of distribution.

Invention Through The Eyes Of The Dean, On Planet Green

Dean Kamen, best known for the invention of the Segway personal transporter, will co-host an 8-part series on invention starting tomorrow, October 22, 2010, for Planet Green on the Discovery Channel.  The series, titled Dean of Invention, was named for and after Kamen, as he is now holds more than 400 patents himself.   Though inspiring for all, Dean of Invention is intended to inspire young persons to enter science and math so that they can be a part of shaping their own futures.

 


Social Media's Microbloggers Vote For Lady Gaga Or The Pope To Appear On Conan?

In advance of the much anticipated return to the airwaves debuting on TBS, November 8, Conan O'Brien is using social media as a thrifty advertising vehicle to promote his new show (see related post, "Social Media's Geolocation Promotes Conan's Return To Late Night"). With blimps flying the friendly skies, Conan is coupling his current Foursquare promo with a Twitter voting contest urging the Twitterati to vote for #ConansFirstGuest that could pit Lady Gaga against the Pope (talk about both ends of the moral spectrum)!

2 Hours Of TV Or Computer Gaming: Find Out What They Do For Your Kids

.... The PEACH Project was to determine if watching TV and/or using computers for non-educational purposes was the cause for psychological difficulty scores or if the scores were caused by being sedentary as a bi-product of watching TV or using the computer.  The study results were surprising and should be of concern to parents.

 


Social Media Spoof Equates Facebook To The Invention Of The Wheel

They say that impersonation is the highest form of flattery. And while Mark Zuckerberg may be having a hard time dealing with the "sins of his past" exposed in the widely-popular film "The Social Network" - he should take solace in the fact that you know you've made it in life when you are satirized on Saturday Night Live. Zuckerberg has successfully gone from geek to pop-culture iconoclast.

Social Media's Geolocation Promotes Conan's Return To Late Night

Conan O'Brien is returning to the airwaves via a big ostentatious orange blimp and us Earthlings can follow its aerial whereabouts throughout  the month of October via social media. Using the creative promotion team at Foursquare, the talk-show host has struck a deal with the location-based social network and AT&T to promote his new show on TBS, debuting November 8 at 11PM ET/ 10 Central - in a most unique way.

Interactive Gaming Means Interactive Paining, Study Finds

While new, interactive gaming systems can help get kids off of their backsides, they can injure the rest of them, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Social Media For The Couch Potato In Search Of Sedentary Geolocation

Foursquare and Gowalla - two of today's leading location-based social networks  - introduced us to the power of "check-ins." However, all such networks were based on location and identifying venues for users and followers while on-the-go!. For those, that may be a little bit mobile-challenged and prefer to check-in without leaving the comfort of one's couch, GetGlue.com might just be the social network for you!

"Mad Men" Of YouTube Haven't Won Any Awards Yet?

Historically, AMC's "Mad Men" is the first TV show to win Emmys for "Best Drama" three years in a row. In a recent episode, the show's lead character Don Draper accepted a CLIO award for his agency's Glo-Coat TV commercial. However the fictional ad agency known as SmithWinterMitchell that parodies the fictional ad agency known as SterlingCooperDraperPryce doesn't appear to be getting the same type of accolades.

Comedy Central's Dueling Viral Videos Pits Sanity Against Fear In Lead-up To Elections

Two of Comedy Central's most hilarious founding fathers, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will face off in competing rallies held on the National Mall, the same day. On October 30, 2010, three days before the mid-term elections, each comedian will vie for votes for opposing causes. Stewart's "Rally To Restore Sanity" will go toe to toe with Colbert's "March To Keep Fear Alive."

Social Media TVs' Remote Control May Be In The Hands Of Auntie Beeb

This year, rumors of Web TV have flooded the blogosphere. Google, Apple and TiVo have jockeyed for position in the increasingly crowded space - while lesser known rivals like Boxee and Roku are also making overtures to offer set-top boxes that will merge TV programming with the Internet. However the one contender that's lesser known on this side of the pond is the venerable old Auntie Beeb!

Laser Backpack? The Air Force Busts It Out

Funded by the US Air Force, a new portable backpack laser system has been developed for mapping interior environments and also for being AWESOME.


Can Social Media Movies Become Box Office Gold?

Only if you've been secluded on a deserted island for the last ten years, would you be clueless as to how social media has affected our daily lives. As part of our global zeitgeist whether or not you own a computer or a smartphone - the online tech sector is so hot, a series of movies are in the works that are banking on geek appeal to attract mainstream audiences.

Social Media Songs Are As Mad As Hell As An Ex-Flight Attendant

At last count there were over 4000 blogs and articles posted online detailing the now infamous tale of Steven Slater, the flight attendant who "went Postal" while flying the infriendly skies. Carrying too much baggage took on multiple meanings when working-class rage reached new heights.

Social Media Controlled By The Magic Of The One-Way Follow?

To follow or not to follow - that is the question? Whether tis nobler in the mind to tweet or not to tweet is an ongoing debate that seems to have built a double-standard in the social media space.