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Microsoft Reveals Big Themes For 2013

As part of the company's TechForum event in Seattle this week, Microsoft reveals that three big technologies and innovations will shape the world of technology in the coming year. First, the arrival of big data along with the affordability of cloud processing power, then learning systems, and finally more human interfaces will allow all of this power to be used by more people.

Fighting Cold War II In Cyberspace With "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named"?

In Harry Potter, the most evil of villains was referred to as "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named." The inference being that saying the name aloud would strike fear in the hearts and minds of the general public -- but, more importantly would also would wreak additional menace and havoc at the hands of the evil wizard, Voldemort. This analogy holds true today with a new Cold War and a new enemy.

Harlem Shake Shakes Up The YouTube Monetization Model

Have you wondered why the "Harlem Shake" meme became such a world-class phenomenon in such a short time? To say it shook up the music industry is an understatement. But why? It doesn't have the innovative dance moves of a "Gangnam Style," and the actual song is only 30-seconds long. By all rights, the folks that should be seeing a monetary return from today's multi-million dollar hit is the family of a Harlem resident who went by the name of "Al B," since he was the first to introduce the dance back in 1981.

Twitter Client Shames Pirates

Tweetbot has been shaming pirates by suggesting that they tweet a funny sentence to their Twitter followers. According to a simple Twitter search, many people are pirating Tweetbot and haven't realized what they did is now exposed for all to see.

Graphic Artist Irma Zimmermann's Toons Cut Through Social Media Clutter

Back in the early '80s, Irma Zimmermann's first position out of art school was that of a 'junior artist' for BBDO, one of the world's most awarded and prestigious advertising agencies. Pre-Internet, ad campaigns consisted of laboring over story-boards by hand and burning the midnight oil to meet pressing deadlines. However, it was the necessary incubation period, where this graphic artist learned her craft and prepared her for a life of creativity.

Tree Hole Paintings Add Life To China's Concrete Jungle

The drab streets of Shijiazhuang are looking a lot livelier these days thanks to 23-year-old Wang Yue, an art student at Dalian Polytechnic University. With just a little paint and a whole lot of talent, Wang has conjured up a charming world of wildlife and still life peering out from the hollows, cracks and scars of street-side trees.

Patent Company Goes After Podcasters

After going after podcast software makers, a patent troll may now be going after individual podcasters in an attempt to get licensing money. While many claim the patent system is broken, and President Obama recently called for a reform, it may not come fast enough for some in the podcasting community.

Apple's Labotomy Of Siri & The Rise Of The Virtual Personal Assistant Market

Seriously Siri, you ain't what you use to be. Back in May, 2009, I wrote about the first iteration of Siri, titled: "Siri, Advice from Virtual Personal Assistants." For those who haven't followed the iPhone evolution, while Siri was first integrated into iPhone's operating system with their "4S" launch, it existed as stand-alone app previously. Fueled by artificial intelligence, it was a harbinger of what was to come in the new age of Web 3.0 and semantic technology.

3D Printed Gummy Dummy Clones Make Deliciously Creepy White Day Gifts

Japan's FabCafe is following up their Valentine's Day 3D-printed chocolate head promotion with a little something for the guys: the opportunity to create a miniature edible gummy replica of yourself just in time for White Day.

Geanee Donut Digital Camera Sweetens Up Sharp Photos

It's a sweet time to be a photographer and the Geanee Donut Digital Camera is the right camera at the right time. With the boom in online image hosting, photo-sharing and image-centric social networking services like Flickr, Instagram and Shutterfly showing no signs of fading, this cute yet capable camera should really hit the spot.