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Self Defense Meets Social Media: Japan's Army Takes To Twitter

Japan's army – officially the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force – is reaching out to the world through social media. Plan A in the internet charm offensive: set up the JGSDF Twitter page.

Relief Yourself - A One-Stop Disaster Relief Center

A new application has been designed to provide as much disaster relief as possible in one place.

Kids Become Jewelry Designers By Goldsmith Mia van Beek

This has to be one of the coolest things I've seen in a while, and every parent needs to get their hands on one of these neat accessories. Throughout history, children have loved bringing home their crafts for their parents, including jewelry. The only problem with the childhood creations is that they tend not to withstand the tests of time - so there's a goldsmith offering a solution!

Leica ShutterBug Necklace: The Photographer's Best Accessory

If you're a photographer, you know that your best accessory is your camera. You can't take it everywhere - but with a special little accessory that's newly available you can make people think you're doing just that!

Social Media App That Responds To LICKS vs LIKES

While Facebook's Open Graph has changed the way we navigate the Web with their LIKE buttons populating faster that rabbits on a hot summer day, the Socialcam app had a different take as to how they could mix things up with the power of social media. When they launched a contest challenge at SXSWi this past week, hundreds of  participants responded - but only one was able to get the job done lickety-split!

Prayers From Cosplayers: Japan Fans Give Back By Giving Hope

Cosplay (short for "costume play") has spread from Japan to become an international subculture phenomenon. In the aftermath of the Great Tohoku Earthquake, anime & manga fans around the world are joining Prayers From Cosplayers and offering their support to the land and people who inspired them.

Social Media's Hashable & BetaBeat Stir Up Anti-Social Behavior

SXSW long considered fertile ground for new start-ups - it attracts those in-the-know cyberventilating over that which they're about to learn. The land of early adopters surfaces for only ten days like an oasis in the desert, and spreads goodwill about a number of new and innovative social media developments. Or does it? Seems like there's a SM Smackdown in progress between Hashable (an app that creates digital business cards on the fly) and Betabeat (the New York Observer's fledgling techie blog).

Social Media Games Win Awards, While Zynga Lacks Skin In The Game?

Do you remember last year this time,  when you were inundated with requests on Facebook by your friends to either help farm a field or join a Mafia family? Zynga and Facebook were not only adding virtual goods to the social media mix, they were taking home hard cash in the millions. The popularity of social media games reached such heights, the "Game Developers Choice Awards" added the category of ...

Tanning Booth App Gives A Virtual Sunkissed Look

Where can you get a beautiful sunless tan for just 99 cents?  In the virtual world of course!  There is a new Tanning Booth app available for all mobile devices.  It gives your image a toasty tanned glow.

Of Booze & Cheddar Cheese: The 2011 BESTS Are Chosen

Is it a coincidence that the Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) spirit winners were announced the day before St Patty's?  Doesn't matter... You might as well take advantage of your new knowledge... The 'ultimate' judges of the best in booze have decided and here are the best of the bests, the Chairman's Trophy Awards in 27 Challenge categories. (It must be fun to be a judge, no?)