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Top Five Super Bowl XLIV Commercials - Sneak Peaks

For those of you who are of the camp that "only watch the game for the commercials," this blog is for you!  [Spoiler Alert] ☞ From the raucous antics of GoDaddy.com, to an aging quarterback, to a very cherry Dr Pepper, to the return of a legendary rock band and ending with one controversial 'don't-ask-don't tell' commercial, this year's TOP FIVE can be seen here in advance of the game. They're inventive - they're insane - and they're definitely the caliber of ads the Super Bowl is known for.

Takara Tomy Invents An RC Car That Runs On Soda

Japanese toy makers Takara Tomy has announced a prototype for a remote controlled car that runs on sugary fizz.

HTML5 Being Developed To Replace The Need For Proprietary Flash Plugins

There's a new protocol for websites that aims to take out the need for proprietary plugins such as Adobe Flash Player.  Introducing, HTML5.

'Everybody Hurts' vs 'We Are The World' - Battle Of The Haitian Charity Songs

Two Haitian Charity Songs will be hitting the airwaves at just about the same time. While it's been a proven formula that combining entertainment with fund-raising is one of the quickest ways to raise awareness for a cause, will these two anthems backed up by star-powered choruses work together synergistically or will they compete for the same charitable dollars? And in so doing, does the effort overshadow the cause and shift the spotlight to the artists?

Top Five Performances At 2010 Grammys

The 2010 Grammys seemed more like a 3 1/2 hour concert than it did an award show. For those that missed it, or those that just want to see an encore, there were five performances that stood out from the others (20 in total). As an 'invention" news site, InventorSpot  is known for finding the best of the best, and these TV performances were the most 'inventive' I have seen in a long time. Don't be surprised if you don't see the big winners of the night listed (namely Beyoncé and Taylor Swift).

The Fall (and Rise) of Clowns in Advertising: Part 2

How does the concept of the clown fit into modern advertising schemes?  While I'm not sure I have the answer, I do have several examples of how the idea of the clown has shifted over the decades... and where this image may be heading in the advertising realm... and beyond.  But they're still scary to me.

TripAdvisor & Social Media Expose Top Ten Dirtiest Hotels

TripAdvisor®, the world’s most trusted source of travel advice, announced recently the top 10 dirtiest hotels for 2010, based on TripAdvisor® traveler ratings for cleanliness. For the fifth consecutive year, TripAdvisor® reveals the truth about hotels around the world, and it ain't pretty!

Apple's iPad (Tablet) Hits The Scene

It's seemed like an eternity, but the Apple tablet is finally here. Called the iPad, the device looks super-sexy and offers a world of functionality. Take a look inside and decide if it's for you.

Haiti & The Power Of Social Media

We've seen the power of Social Media in action with the outpouring of support for the Iranians during last summer's Iranian Election Protests on the streets of Tehran. We know its capabilities. Now, with the devastation of Haiti by one of the world's most horrendous earthquakes, once again Social Media and the Digital World take center stage to remind us of our humanity and that we all belong to one village.

Adidas Presents: Teamgeist, A Graphic Novel Game Of Epic Proportions

Adidas has hired some gaming and web design geniuses to come up with a turn-based strategy game that runs right out of the browser,

The Fall (and Rise) of Clowns in Advertising: Part 1

Just say the word "clown" to me and I shudder.  So why, dear readers, would I write a two-part article about them?  Because I think they've gotten a bad rap in advertising campaigns, that's why.  But they're still scary....

Pope Spreads The Word One Tweet At A Time?

When God said "go forth and spread the word," little did he know he would would be limited to 140 characters. Pope Benedict XVI, who at 82 just realized that 'you can teach an old dog new tricks,'  doesn't want the priests in his flock to miss out on a current opportunity to proselytize. After all, wasn't spreading the word an early precursor of Twitter?

The Jigg Is Up, Digg - Time to JerryRigg!

If you're like me and have become disenchanted with the social bookmarking site Digg, ever since they did away with their "shout" function last year, apparently we are not alone. While Digg's unique visitors ended 2009 at 27 million, his was a marked decline from its it 32 unique visitors in September.

Get Into A Music Video On Fan Video's New Site

Fan Video is letting users get close to their favorite artists by putting them in videos with artists such as 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, and Lost Prophets.

I'm Here: A Love Story In An Absolut World

Absolut Vodka and Spike Jonez have teamed up to bring you a bizzare but charming story of a family with what looks like desktop PCs for heads.  If you think sound weird, just wait until you watch the trailer.

Is the 'Net' Wall Of China The Next Iron Curtain?

An Internet maelstrom is brewing in China. Southeast Asia, predicted as one of the next hotbeds for social media in 2010 is seeing a test of wills being fought out on the world stage. Google acting as a quazi-secretary of state is threatening China that they will pull out of the country if the government doesn't address the cyber-attacks that violated some of its users' Gmail accounts.

Trivial Pursuit Aims To Pit Men Against Women In The Ultimate Showdown

Trivial Pursuit is out to settle the question of which gender is smarter by creating a worldwide game of trivia, with the teams as dictated by Mars and Venus

"Pocket God's" 2 Million App Milestone Solves Retention Challenge

In today's world, apps are a dime a dozen, and most are free. By the end of 2009, while iPhone apps reached its '3 billion app download' milestone, studies have indicated that the retention rates of returning to apps after the initial download was a major hurdle for developers.

The American Heart Association Presents: Hand Symphony

The site's slogan is "Hands can do incredile things, but nothing compares to using them to help save a life."

Top Five 'Pants On The Ground' Song Renditions

If you can't get that crazy song out of your head since 62-yr old 'General' Larry Platt first sang it on American idol mocking the contemporary street fashion of wearing your pants at half-(m)ass(t) - you are not alone!