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Bear Grylls On Your Back: Knives And Survival Gear

Bear Grylls jumps off your TV screen and into your backpack with this line of survival gear.

Ditch The Old TV Trays: Picnicc Offers A Better Way

Having a big group of family and friends over for a feast can be a great way to enjoy the season (and clear out some of the holiday leftovers).  Unfortunately, a lack of space leaves guests to balance plates precariously in their laps while also trying to hold onto a drink and use their cutlery.  The Picnicc tray from Uutensil solves this problem.

Tractor Beams: Now a Reality

For decades science fiction fans have been exposed to the theory of the tractor beam, a device that can tug another object through space--sort of like a spaceship's version of a tow cable.  Researchers have now succeeded in creating this device... on a very small scale.

LAST CALL For HOT IDEAS! Everyday Edisons, Season 4

Deadlines are upon us for Everyday Edisons Season 4 submissions.  Don't even worry if your idea is not prototyped yet; the online submission can even be sketched out on a napkin!

Vtech Digicam Lets Kids Put Their Name On The Director's Chair

Vtech knows kids, and they know how to make toys for little ones with sticky fingers, dirty hands and a propensity to drop expensive objects on the ground. So instead of letting kids "borrow" your video camera this Christmas, Vtech has created a safer, kid-friendly option, the Movie Magic Digicam.

IBM's Watson Computer To Play Foil To Jeopardy's Sherlocks

In a move reminiscent of their "Deep Blue" chess match-ups with Garry Kasparov, IBM has once again created a machine meant to beat our puny human brains. This time around, it's named "Watson" and it aims to take on the most popular question and answer show on television - Jeopardy.

MTV Music Meter Tracks Social Media To Return To Roots

Who ever remembers the launch of MTV in the early 80s may wax nostalgic in learning that the network is returning to its roots. The slogan "I want my MTV" accompanied the latest Michael Jackson and Madonna music videos and certainly aided in the meteoric rise of these artists. This week with the release of the MTV Music Meter and its interface with social media, the parent company Viacom will showcase up-and-coming  artists and bands that are most buzzed about on social networks.

TV Advertising Still As Effective And Annoying As Ever, Study Finds

For years, there has been concern in the TV advertising industry that the use of PVRs and DVRs would ruin sales numbers and force a revolution. According to research conducted at the University of Chicago, Tilburg University and Duke University - not so much.

Google's Attempt At Grabbing Social Media Profiles With Sitelinks

There's a marked contrast that while Mark Zuckerberg gets to basically advertise a new Facebook user profile for free to millions of viewers on 60 Minutes, coverage of Google's attempt to capture social graph profiles from netizens is limited to a handful of search engine blogs.

Social Media As New Movie Genre May Take Home Oscar Gold

If Slumdog Millionaire and No Country For Old Men are any indication that the winners of the the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures are a precursor for deciding Oscar winners, then this year's first movie about social media might score that coveted award. Winning four out of the top 15 awards from the NBR, The Social Network was distinguished best of the best when it was named the 2010 Film of the Year.

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.