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First "Rom-Zom-Com" Gives Heart To Zombie Genre

Just when you thought you couldn't get enough of zombies combing the post-apocalyptic landscape, in walks another herd titling the genre either backwards or forward, dependent on your point of view. So much so, that your next popcorn outing might just include walking dead sweethearts, just in time for Valentine's Day.

1984's Big Brother Meets 'Person Of Interest' Becomes Reality?

George Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' written in 1949 appears to have entered the world's zeitgeist almost 30 years later than the author's prognostication. The satirical novel set in the fictional country of Oceania describes a dystopian society tyrannized by omnipresent government surveillance. Today, the TV Show 'Person of Interest' introduces a similar theme by replacing Orwell's 'Big Brother' with 'The Machine.' Is a world of paranoia within our midst?

Are Downton Abbey Fans Gamers Or Just Weepers?

In the days of Downton Abbey, class distinctions were fairly straightforward. There were the folks that owned the Abbey, the folks that aspired to own the Abbey and then those that slaved over hot ovens, spit and shined boots, delivered room service and scrubbed toilets. Today those distinctions have blurred significantly where demographics and psychographics tend to label you by your preferences.

3D-Printed Chocolate Truffle Self-Portraits Make Tasteful Valentine's Day Gifts

Smile, you're on candied camera! Japan's FabCafe is employing a 3D printer to create extra sweet, eminently edible, chocolate truffle self-portraits just in time for Valentine's Day.

Augmented Reality Advancements Slowed Due to Hotel 626 Closing Doors? [Videos]

Hotels are known to be 24/7 operations. So why did Hotel 626 shutter its doors back in 2010, after checking in guests for only a couple of years? Namely because this hotel is not your typical hostelry. It was an advergame created to promote Dorito's snacks. It was indeed a social network for horror-philes who prefer their 'bumps in the night' to be filled with primal screams, where their room keys were triggered by Augmented Reality.

Shanghai's New Air Quality Mascot Puts A Brave Face On Smog

Raining today? Bring an umbrella. Smoggy again? Put on a face mask. Since checking both the weather and the current level of air pollution before going out is the new normal in China, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau is making the latter a lot easier by featuring a new air quality mascot at their website.

Social Media Fans Follow Barefoot Bandit To Prison & The Movies

Whatever happened to the Colton Harris-Moore, the rebel-without-a-cause (aka the Barefoot Bandit)? Here was a teenager brought up in a turbulent low-income household who went on to earn international notoriety and a huge following in the social media space commencing back in 2010.

MedXCom Smartphone App Provides Secure Medical Record Access for Doctors, Patients, And Daters

MedXCom is a new smartphone app that is changing the way doctors and patients interact by providing a central place for  medical records and a secure way to exchange information, but that's not all. The benefits of this little app extend well beyond the doctor's office and into the singles bar.

Turning Your Facebook Profile Into Art or Monsters!

Custom 3D printing is all the rage, and one company is helping you to turn your social networking profile into a custom monster, object or world with models starting at about $15 a head.The site allows you to turn your personal data into a creation that will allow you to make your profile into a visual treat.

Smart Car Special Edition Sold Only Online by Sina Weibo

Sina Weibo, China's largest microblogging platform, is teaming up with Smart Cars to sell just 666 Smart Fortwo Special Edition cars online to the social media site's estimated 370 million users. Competition for the distinctive yellow & blue microcars is expected to be fierce.