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Arrayent Makes The 'Internet of Things' A Reality

The Internet as the ecosystem of our lives is expanding beyond the confines of desktops and mobile devices to connect with actual things that take up space in our world. Back in February, 2009, I predicted that by 2020 appliances, vehicles, buildings and smart homes will be able to start talking with one another. Well that Internet of Things' timetable might have just been moved up a decade as a result of what  one company is doing with this new technology.

ReardonSmith: Underground Hotel Won’t Be Visible To The Naked Eye!

I don't know what you think of when you picture a relaxing retreat into nature, but a new unique hotel promises to be more ecologically friendly and provide a unique vacation experience.

FanBuzz Visualizer & Grammy Awards Track Real-Time Popularity Of Lady Gaga & Others

On January 31, 2010, as a first-of-its-kind interactive fan experience, the 52nd Annual Grammy Award Show will rank the popularity of nominated artists. This will result from an aggregation of real-time feeds from YouTube, Twitter and Flickr that stream in from fans online.

Consolidate Your Streams On Cadmus

Cadmus is an internet application that condenses all your different streams into one place, and allows you to view which updates are related.

Chirp! Twitter Sets Coordinates For Geolocation Developer Conference

Calling all Developers! Get those APIs a' humming! The wait is over, and the location has been selected. Chirp, the Twitter Developer Conference is offically slated for San Francisco, April 14-15, 2010. It will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and the Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center. It's exclusivity is evident by its limited seating of 800.

Legacy Newspapers + Foursquare = Location-Based News

Legacy newspapers have been struggling to come up with new business models for the last couple of years. Some, like Rupert Murdoch are fighting Google over search engines' access to their newspapers' content, while the New York Times is considering a metered system and a potential partnership multimedia devices like Apple's new tablet (yet to be launched).

Twitter Breathalyzer Tweets Your State Of Sobriety

Too drunk to tweet? Not a problem - the folks at Koress Project have crafted a retro-looking, Internet connected breath tester that broadcasts your BAC to your BFFs!

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?

Tasti D-Lite Loyalty Program Needs Geolocation To Sell Product

In this coming year, technology is going to make the greatest impact with tweets that are geotagged. A lot of excitement surfaced recently over Tasti D-Lite's new loyalty program that rewards its patrons while simultaneously promotes their product via automated tweets on Twitter and Foursquare. However, while appearing to put a whole new spin on CRM, is this new type of viral communication with the brand's end user going to sell more desserts, or does it need a location-based component to really make it successful?

The Dream Job: Human Bed Warmers Employed At Popular Hotels

There are many out there who wish they didn't have to get out of bed every day to go to work. That doesn't do much by way of earning an income - but wouldn't it be a dream job if you could get paid to climb in bed every day.