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Siri, Advice from Virtual Personal Assistants

Remember the computer "HAL 9000" in the movie "2001 Space Odyssey," that acted like a personal navigator? Remember when you had personal assistants to help execute some of your everyday menial tasks? Well, a new shift in searching the Internet is going to make that technology, a reality. Virtual Personal Assistants are coming to a mobile device or computer near you this summer. Siri brings a very advanced collection of technologies (speech recognition, natural language processing, semantic data processing, and geo-location) to create a digital assistant that will help you perform tasks through a conversational, question-and-answer interface.

Wacky Cat Camera Attracts Frisky Felines With Cute Kitty Sounds

The Superheadz Holga K202 Cat Camera would rank high among the many ridiculous gadgets featured at this site if it weren't for one saving grace - it actually seems to work! Now if only it would work quietly, without all the silly cat noises... oops, that's the point.

Top Ten "Have Netbook Will Travel" Options

This side of the millennium has spawned legions of "on the go" digerati who need their electronics to travel with them...and units that can offer the same computer features that we are use to having at home and in our offices. Netbooks are unique in their size, speed and functionality...and based on their light weight, they travel well. Whether you call them Netbooks, mini-laptops, or quasi-notebooks, these small, low-cost, low-power systems are the hottest thing to hit the electronics scene... since the first laptops!

NKOTB ‘Hangin' Tough’ (From Virginity To Menopause) Polls

If you’ve followed the Tink! blogs, you are loyal NKOTB fans, or “Blockheads” as you affectionately like to refer to yourselves. As a writer, what I’ve found amazing is the number of fans who have waited faithfully in hibernation until the NKOTB’s return in 2008. Some of you experienced NKOTB in your teen years and have not wavered in your support during their 14 year hiatus. Many of you are now adults, and others are mothers returning with their daughters (now the same age they were when they first were introduced to NKOTB). In advance of NKOTB's Summer Tour, here are 6 quick polls that will determine some of the demographics and preferences of the NKOTB fan base. Take the “Hangin' Tough’ (From Virginity To Menopause) Polls.

Is There An Industry For Professional Pranksters Looking To Stir The Pot?

After watching a re-run episode of Punk'd, a show that made headlines years back for the practical jokes that it played upon well-known celebrities, I wondered if out of the land of TV, regular people have the option to pay for pranks and pull the wool over their friends' eyes. Are there professional prank playing businesses that will arrange elaborate pranks as seen on TV when there are no cameras rolling, I thought? Keep on reading, to find out if there are business opportunities in prank playing, and in paying for pranks.

Ghostbusters,The Video Game Coming to Your Neighborhood...

Remember the novel "1984" and the doom and gloom it portrayed as human existence came under the control of an entity called Big Brother. And then when the year actually came to past, we were somewhat disappointed that our lives were not turned upside down by some super human domination. But then, as fate would have it, in its place, a movie premiered that actually got us laughing about the supernatural...a movie that got our toes a tappin' and everyone singing those crazy lyrics by Ray Parker Jr: "If there's something strange in your neighborhood...if there's something weird and it don't look good...Who ya gonna call?...Ghostbusters!" Well Children of the 80s and older, Ghostbusters is now aiming their proton packs at a fresh new generation when "Ghostbusters: The Video Game" is released June 16, 2009.

Stars Are Getting Their Ning On!

Whether you're into football or chess, bird watching or punk rock, sex or abstinence, Ning has an online community for you. This free social network platform brings together people globally who share common focus and passion. To date, its one of the fastest growing online venues. Launched two years ago, Ning lets members custom build their own social-networks based around the areas of business and pleasure that are of the most interest to them. Whether you are a neighborhood group of 5 housewives or a Boy Band attracting fans in the tens of thousands, we are all stars in our right.  So if you're looking for community to spotlight your star power,  Ning can socially connect you with like-minded individuals in an online neighborhood, built in less than 15 minutes!

Newest Japanese Weight Loss Craze: The Morning Banana Diet

The latest diet trend in Japan these days is the so-called Morning Banana Diet. Thanks to a posting at Mixi, the country's leading social networking site, the fruity weight loss fad has boosted banana imports and garnered a "bunch" of testimonials. 

TwitSnaps vs.TwitPic - Better Photosharing App?

Did TwitSnaps just build a better mousetrap than TwitPic?  Still in Beta format, TwitSnaps has launched a new photo application for Twitter that appears to feature more functionality than any other other photo sharing application online today. 

Google Wave, Email on Steroids!

Ooops they did it again! No, not the Britney Spears fan club! Google did it again...stealing Microsoft's thunder by rolling out Wave, their new communications and collaborative tool during the same week Microsoft debuted Bing, its new search engine. Google Wave is what email would be like if it were on steroids! It is a little of everything all mashed up into one big giant framework. Wave is part email, IM, calendar, Twitter, wiki, spreadsheets/docs/presentation, picture sharing, social media, forums, maps and just about everything else on the web, but the kitchen sink!

Powerbrella Keeps Your Gadgets Charged

The Powerbrella is the perfect accessory for the summer. Lay in the sun, while keeping all your most essential gizmos charged.

As Seen On TV: The Snuggie. I Want To Hate It...

A blanket with sleeves. Um... okay. Isn't that just a robe that you put on backwards? I want to hate this soooooo badly. But... I can't...  It goes against every fiber of my being to say this: I like the Snuggie.

Cooltribe – Green Social Networking Site Launches

Do you believe fervently in saving our planet? Would you like to communicate with others that share that passion?  Well, today there is an online community that can address those concerns.  Cooltribe, the social networking site dedicated to connecting green-minded, socially-conscious people from around the world was recently launched. One of the first of its type, Cooltribe welcomes members who are dedicated to saving the environment and fighting global warming while pursuing sustainability and other ethical issues that affect all citizens of planet Earth.

Top Ten Twitter TV Shows (Twitter All Day, All The Time)

Remember when CNN first entered our lives and people were shocked that any network could take on the daunting task of supplying us with a news format 24/7. "Unheard of?" "Couldn't be done?" And yet, here we are some 20+ years later, and CNN has not only sustained itself but was the impetus for other news networks to populate as well. Well,in 2009, the web is currently abuzz with talk of a “Twitter TV Network.” According to Biz Stone, one of Twitter founders, he's "even getting folks asking (him)if they can audition." Could Twitter TV be the next evolution in the short life span of the micro-bloggin' darling of social media?

Scour - The Search Engine That Pays To Play

You've been searching online for years. Google has captured most of your attention. Other search engines like Lycos and AltaVista have come and gone. But did you ever think you could be bought to search? If Scour has its way, the little-search-engine-that-could wants to pay for your loyalty while it tries to steal market share from the Google-Yahoo-MSN triumvirate.

Facesaerch: More A Book of Faces Than Facebook

When profiling a certain celebrity, there always comes a point where you wind up looking for that perfect picture to accompany your article.  Its easy enough to use Google to search for images, but more often than not you wind up getting images that are unrelated to the search you're on.  

Less Pain Equals More Gain With Adult Stem Cell Facelift!

Work is underway at the Giampapa Institute for Anti-Aging Medical Therapy in Montclair, NJ to gain patent protection for a procedure that enables a knife-free facelift - injections with one's own adult stem cells. The patent application was filed last week by NeoStem, Inc. for the technology which integrates NeoStem's proprietary stem cell extraction process.

Top 12 “Blogging for Dollars" Deals

Remember when DJs could be bought to promote the records of a new band or recording artist. Or when special interest groups pay off their congressman to vote favorably for their industy's causes. Well, who would have thought us little ole bloggers could come under the same scrutiny? The FTC, that's who! This is a response to a practice that's come to be known as "Blogola" where companies curry favor from bloggers by giving them computers, weekend getaways, gift baskets, cars and other swag. 

Bing Redux - Google Killer By Microsoft

On April 4th, in "Bada Bing... is Microsoft putting a Hit on Local Search?" I blogged that when Bill Gates filed a trademark under the name "Bing" for "web sites to link to geographic data, map images, and trip routing" it was Microsoft's attempt to perfect a better "local search" mousetrap than Google. However skeptics quickly associated it with "Kumo" as another failed attempt by the little "M" to ever become a worthy contender of the big "G". Now in and AdAge article published May 25, Abbey Klaasen suggests Microsoft might be sinking $80 to $100 million in a "Bing" ad campaign to go toe to toe with the search engine giant.

Gift Giving In The World Of Social Networking: Buy Your Facebook Friend A Real Gift Using Get Them In

Facebook gifts are great, but truly do fall into the "it's the thought that counts" mentality, since naturally, the bouquet of gorgeous roses gifted to you by a crush, or the nice cold beer presented to you by a friend appears as no more than a sub-par graphic accompanied by a personal message. BuyYourFriendaDrink.com has captured the market that bridges the gap between virtual gifts, and those that can be redeemed in the real world. However, unlike another new startup, Get Them In, it doesn't allow you to show off your gift-giving generosity on your favorite social networking sites.