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Social Middleware to Block Social Networking On-the-job!

Enterprise sites allow companies to establish micro social networks within their firms where employees can communicate with their peers, partners, clients and others selected. But what about access to Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook in the workplace?

Top This! Candelabras On Corks For Your Empty Wine Bottles

If you missed the candelabra era, don't worry... it's back.  This time, with a twist. Instead of the candle holder's decorative arms being cast on a pedestal, the new candelabras are designed with corks to pop into the top of your empty wine bottle. Someone must have seen an old Chianti bottle with a drippy candle in it and said, "I can do better than that!"

Talking Toilet Trash Talks On Tokyo TV

Japan's high-tech toilets can do everything but talk, it seems... wait, not so fast: toilet titan Toto has taught one throne to trash talk.

iPhone Orchestras Making Music For A New Millennium

New fad or sea change in orchestrated music? The Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble at the University of Michigan is one of several university orchestras that have replaced traditional instruments with Apple's iPhones and their apps. Beethoven must be rolling over in his grave!

Top Ten Google Doodles of 2009

Google long known for spicing up its home page with 'doodle' tributes for various events and famous people's birthdays has continually used humor to soften its often maligned brand persona of being a monopoly... or should I say a Googlopoly! In the spirit of a New Year approaching, I thought it befitting to look back at Google's TOP TEN 2009 artwork and congratulate the Grand-daddy of search engines for some doodles well done.

Google's Live Updates Will Be More Relevant Than Twitter?

The new Google search feature will address the needs of people who want the most updated information without having to scan multiple sources like Twitter and Facebook. In other words, Google, the Grand-daddy of search engines has found a way to obtain real-time search without the clutter...or so they say!

Do Your Meals Lack Spice? Robot Salt & Pepper Shakers To The Rescue

In the land of SUCK UK, a tiny oasis in the United Kingdom, where folks seem to sit around being silly all day and having a "bot-load" of fun (yes, I am jealous), the latest development is a pair of wind-up salt and pepper shakers in the forms of adorable robots.

ClimateGate, Hot Air, Copenhagen Summit...Oh My!

Its almost as if a 'perfect storm' is about to hit Copenhagen on the eve of world leaders coming together to solve the age-old global issue that continues to pit science against politics.

Kaoiro, An Emoticon Stamper With A Retro Design

Kaoiro, the Japanese Kaomoji Stamper allows the user to stamp up to 2,000 different ASCII art facial expressions on school assignments, work memos, divorce papers and more.

Social Media Predictions For 2010

With the first decade of the new century and new millennium coming to a close, its time to look forward at some of the prognostications that several of today's visionaries have divined from their social media crystal balls.

Tweetbookz: Social Media Print Company Looks For A Piece Of The Twitter Pie

If it's not enough that you can post everything that's on your mind for the entire world to see on Twitter, there's a new company that's ready to take your ego and apply it to print.

Chocolate Cellphone Dials Up Style With Good Taste

The Melty Chocolate Cellphone is a sweet collaboration between one of Japan's biggest electronics companies (SHARP) and one of its most interesting designers (Q-Pot).

Twitter's 100,000 Twelephants Can Aid 100,000 Elephants

Twitter is home to many charities that are transforming a corner of the Internet into a market exchange for conducting good works. In a recent blog, titled, "The Good Web Uses Social Media To Advance Causes," a new genre of online sites have emerged that are utilizing social media for charitable endeavors. "Twelephants" is a unique campaign that seeks to provide a safe haven for 100,000 elephants in the Elephant Corridor of Africa.

A Closer Look At The Hoof Shoe Trend: 5 Fashionable Or Freaky Hooves

Who knew that horses, cows and camels had feet that could be so trendy? Well, over the past year, there have been a number of interesting shoe designs made to resemble hooves. In some cases, designers are know, in other cases, no one seems to want to take credit for the funky designs (who would have thought?!). Whether this is a trend that you love or hate, it's probably one that you have strong feelings about, and here are some of the most fashionable and freaky cloven hoof shoe designs I've come across recently!


Will Social Networkers Flip For 'The Flip' This Holiday Season?

Anyone can be a filmmaker these days, and social networkers are learning more and more why it's important to include video as a major component of one's social media plan. This holiday season, the 'Flip,' one of the most compact video camcorders on the market today is debuting just in time for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Will it be this season's hot ticket item?