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'Tweet Defense' Calculates Twitter Stats For Game App Advantage

For members of the Twitterati who have been accumulating Twitter followers just for 'bragging rights,' now you may have a legitimate reason to do so. Here's a mobile game application that actually analyzes your Twitter stats  - number of followers and tweets - and then awards you bonuses based on its calculations. It's the next evolution in game apps where developers  are experimenting with pulling data from Web 2.0 services and social networks and integrating them into virtual games.

Call For Inventors: The 2010 DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge

DiabetesMine, with the sponsorship of the California HealthCare Foundation, an independent philanthropy devoted to improving health care delivery, is sponsoring its second annual Design Challenge, calling for innovative devices or web applications that will improve life for people with diabetes. The three top concepts will each receive cash awards and support to further the commercialization of their designs.

Evoke -The Social Network That Churns Virtual Game Theory Into 'We Are The World'

If you were tasked with saving the world in 10 short weeks, where would you possibly begin. Well if you're a gamer or an optimist, you might consider kicking the tires of a new type of social network. Evoke is a mash-up of the virtual and real worlds that is markedly different from any gaming enterprise that went before. Become your own super hero and solve the world's greatest challenges by evoking collaboration, creativity, entrepreneurship, resourcefulness ...and yes, even courage.

Ultra-light RC Model Plane Floats Like A Butterfly

Light as a soap bubble and almost as fragile, the radio-controlled model airplane sent aloft by Japanese hobbyists proves that when it comes to flying, less can be more.

Will Steve Ballmer's Microsoft & Obama's Administration Share A Cloud?

Much has been written about Steve Ballmer's almost fanatic focus on cloud computing this month. With catchphrases like "we're all in" and "the cloud fuels Microsoft and Microsoft fuels the cloud" he makes it sound like his company is the lone pioneer in the field. Or when he does allude to Google, Amazon and Apple it is done in a dismissive manner. Could this ramp-up of 'all-things-cloud' be part of a larger alliance Ballmer is solidifying with the Obama Administration?

From Russia With Love, Chatroulette 17-Yr Old Founder En Route to USA?

While well known as a habitual truant at his high school, when 17-year old Andrey Ternovskiy is not where he's supposed to be, he's taking business lunches and entertaining offers. However the goose that laid the golden 'webcam' egg might be ready for a major change in his very short life.  There's evidence that he just might  be packing up the Internet's next shiny thing and transplanting it from Moscow to the Silicon Valley, in hopes of converting rubles into Ben Franklins.

Google vs The World: Battles, Blunders & Lawsuits

When you're as big and ubiquitous as Google you have to accumulate some enemies along the way. The mega-search engine we all love to hate is right now balancing ten significant issues both legal and philosophical. From Harvard law students to Rupert Murdoch, Google has even gone after superpowers the likes of China.

Shatner's MyOuterSpace Recruits Talent For Stellar New Social Network

While still pimping hotels at Priceline, collecting Boston Legal residuals and conducting "Raw" interviews on the Biography Network, William Shatner is the quintessential huckster. Not happy to rest on his laurels, and hearkening back to his Star Trek origins, this venerable veteran has set his sights on building his own social network. And with tongue inserted firmly in cheek, he's named it MyOuterSpace.com

Worlds Collide: BBC 'SuperPower' Meets ABC 'V' TV Show

Two ethereal female guides offer help for planet earth. Both represent super powers. Both attempt to 'shock 'n awe' us into looking at our lives in different ways. The promos are similar in their 'otherworldly' approach and mood, but the intent is much different. One looks to inform while the other to entertain. Both connect with Barack Obama. While the president is actually featured in SuperPower's promo, the 'V' series has been interpreted as an allegory of the current administration, with its allusions to "change" and "universal health care."

GOP's Re-Invention Of Fear Lacks Creativity

Inventive ideas are supposed to be creatively different from what went before. When one uses fear to try and convince others they have a new idea to share, they're not so much inventing as they are re-inventing. When one is failing, judgement is clouded and folks often fall back on what they know. When fear grips you, it causes your inventive ideas to become emotional rather than logical, and runs the risk of losing credibility.

Pod Hotels Feature Capsules, Cabins, Igloos & iPods

There was a time when travelers sought out spacious hotels for business and leisure. Large guestrooms signified luxury and comfort and the traveling public was willing to spend the higher room rates for connecting rooms, suites and penthouse level accommodations. In fact any hotel room that exceeded 400 square feet in most city hotels was considered roomy.  However, times do change and today we're adjusting to recessionary times by employing cost-cutting measures at work and  when we travel.  "Pod Hotels" is the latest segment of the hospitality industry to emerge as the trend-du-jour to address those needs.

'United Breaks Guitars' Music Trilogy Now Complete With Debut of Song #3

Even though United Airlines donated $3000 to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and Taylor Guitars ponied up a couple of replacement guitars, Dave Carroll is following through with his original promise to produce and record three songs dedicated to his now infamous damaged guitar incident. For those that don't know Dave, he is the songwriter/singer whose guitar was damaged on a United Airline's flight from Halifax to Nebraska last summer.

The Almighty Simon Fuller Creates 'Dream' World In Social Media Experiment

There were movies with a similar premise. "The Truman Show" starring Jim Carrey and Matthew McConaughey's "EdTV"  followed the lives of the title role characters and aired their every waking and sleeping moments on TV 24/7. Similar- but with a twist, 'If I Can Dream' will be the first streaming online video show to be aired on the Internet exclusively, commencing March 2 and will mash-up 'American Idol' with 'The Real World'.

Decode: Digital Design Sensations Features Nokia PUSH Award Winners

Decode: Digital Design Sensations is on exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. If you can get there, it will take your breath away, but if you can't get there, I'll share part of the exhibit on display and interacting at the V&A until April 11, 2010: the five winners of the Nokia awards, inventions that demonstrate the capabilities of its N900.

 

MIT Uses Touchy-Feely Technology For Next Generation Tactile Robotic Skin

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will create the first robot that will enable a human to interact with it through touch, much as they would another human. Last week, MIT commissioned the British company Peratech to develop its next generation tactile robotic skin to accomplish its goal.

 

Universal Meditation Could Pay For The Public Option

Yes, there was a time when meditation and yoga were scorned upon as "hippie" or "new age" fads. But over and over again scientific studies have shown that meditation improves everything from heart health to study habits to forgiveness!  Why wouldn't everyone want to learn meditation as a life skill? It  would cut down the cost of medications, hospitalizations, surgeries, therapy needs, medical costs... Heck, everyone would be healthy! And maybe even nicer to each other.

 


'Lost' Cast, Crew Tweet & Take Shelter From Hawaii Tsunami

On Saturday, February 27, after a devastating earthquake hit Chile, reports indicated that a Tsunami will wreak havoc throughout the Pacific, hitting not only Chili, but also Mexico, the West Coast of the US and as far west as Hawaii. The cast and crew of popular TV show 'Lost' have made Hawaii their home for the past six seasons. In the wake of this natural disaster, the producers have used Twitter to communicate with the cast and crew.

The Chatroulette Genie & 'F9' Are Out Of The Bottle!

If you're like me, Chatroulette could just as well be the name of a French restaurant versus the moniker of a brand new 'interactive video conferencing' ecosystem. However during this morning's normal routine of reviewing my emails and news feeds, I found more than 3 mentions of the "C" word before I had my second sip of coffee.

Your iPhone Is A Prime Target For Wiretapping, Stringer Bell

For anyone that was addicted to the HBO show, 'The Wire' you are probably  already familiar with how law enforcement can wiretap phones. For those who remember the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program to obtain information from suspected terrorists, you know how the federal government's policies infringed on privacy rights. But did you also know that our smartphones can become our own worst enemy?

Citibank's 'Don't Bank Don't Tell' Policy Exposed By Fabulis Social Network

In the year 2010, is it possible for a financial institution to close a business account of an organization due to race, creed or sexual preference? Since Citibank has taken this unprecedented step with a gay social network due to what they deemed as  "objectionable content" posted on the new startup fabulis' blog - wouldn't logic indicate they could do the same thing to a church group or a black civics organization?

Study Shows Liberals, Atheists, And Monogamous Have Higher IQ's

The March issue of the peer-reviewed Social Psychology Quarterly, a journal of the American Sociological Association, will contain an article entitled "Why Liberals and Atheists are More Intelligent."  Though certain to cause some outrage, the investigator has collected some statistically significant IQ evidence that supports his theory.

 

 


Sunlight Live Shines Light On Transparency At Health Care Summit

Just as "City" and "Government" Apps have been able to provide transparency on our mobile phones, today's Health Care Summit is going to stream live some interesting data to inquiring minds. The Sunlight Foundation which advocates open government is offering an online venue called Sunlight Live and during the entire Health Care Summit today the Sunlight Foundation will provide viewers with data about the the participants that traditional media might not focus on.

Rehabilitation For Mini Strokes: It's About Time

.... TIAs aren't called mini strokes for nothing.  The most common cause of TIA is the very same as the most common cause of stroke: blood clots blocking blood flow to the brain.  The difference is that TIAs usually resolve within minutes or a few hours. The classification of the incident is all a matter of how long the blockage lasts; if the disturbance doesn't clear up within 24 hours, you've had a stroke, not a TIA.

 

YO YO Sears Department Store Rap Is Asking For A Little Social Media Respect!

JRock has a beef and he wants it to go viral. His rant against Sears customer service comes in the form of an original rap song. Done as a somewhat homage to Dave Carroll's now infamous "United Breaks Guitars" (which at last tally has totaled over 7.8 million views on YouTube), JRock would like his video to reach the masses via social media channels as well. So much so, he wrote me today to ask for my help. 

Should Google Fight For Internet Freedom Or Privacy Of The Individual?

Privacy as we know it is being re-defined on the Internet and in the courts as we speak. How we view privacy today versus ten years ago has changed greatly due to the Web 2.0 environment of user-generated content. How we will view it ten years from now will be different yet still.