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The Verdict on Video
Jan 30 2013 - 03:59:00 pm
There's no doubt about it, moving pictures have invaded every aspect of our lives, and it's been that way for quite some time. From our living rooms to our Facebook "wall's", there is no escaping them. From how-to's and tutorials to video testimonials and competitions, there is something for everyone on YouTube or other media houses. For now, most everything is free, but you can bet that everyone will be trying to cash in on the phenomenon sooner or later.

As it turns out, YouTube is already starting to see dollar signs. The company is expected to experiment with paid subscriptions to some channels (beginning as early as April of this year). 

Speaking of videos, here are some highlights of the week 

Gadget hounds, take a look at this video, which predicts how tech will be an even bigger part of our lives in the near future. 

Music lovers, take a look at how people react to an unsuspecting piano smack dab in the middle of NYC. 

Finally, take a look at the dangers of texting and walking, as depicted in this entertaining video from Casey Neistat. 

So...what are your thoughts? Do videos entertain or annoy you? Are you happy about the video-vasion, or do you prefer the written word? Let us know in the comments below!
Word on the Street...
Jan 23 2013 - 10:59:00 am
Are you up on what's up with the net? Word on the street is that Facebook might owe you $10. But you might want to keep mum if you want to get yours...if too many cash in, nobody gets anything. 

Have you heard of Vine? It's new from the folks at Twitter, and it appears to be the Twitter concept (say a lot with a little), but using video as the medium. Users can upload 6 second, looping videos to tell stories about what's going on in their worlds. What do you think? Is this something you'll be using? It's already gaining traction, and we're certainly intrigued. 

In other news, Apple supposedly (we're speculating, but it's likely!) will be coming out with a 128 gigabyte iPad. That's a LOT of storage for one little tablet. Are you interested?

If you have ever wanted to read books in other languages, this is the device for you! It turns any writing device into a "sponge", which translates the text as you read. It projects the text into the language you specify, and the tip is easy to charge via USB. Check it out!

Finally, we suspect that most of the health resolutions made for 2013 are just starting to wear off. We'd like to help all the techies out with an article about 7 awesome gadgets to help you eat more fruit! If you love gadgets and are looking for an easy way to eat more healthfully, check out this cool slideshow. 

That's all we've got for this week --enjoy!
Wednesday Word of the Day: Interesting!
Jan 16 2013 - 12:00:00 pm
Around headquarters, the word of the day is "interesting". Today, we're bringing you a couple of fascinating articles, visuals, and fun facts to keep you intrigued this week.

Given the recent security breaches in IE and the vulnerability problem with Java, we bring you this great infographic from the folks at Visual.ly (click to enlarge). Your visual guide to the Great Browser Debate, you can finally compare the most popular web browsers against each other based on objective tests of speed, loading time, and others.

Why are we so compelled to engage in social media? Some say it's because the innovative services and software have streamlined and automated once-manual processes (For example, Facebook tells us when our friends' birthdays are, reminds us of their anniversaries, and automatically alerts us of their important life events. Twitter allows us to quickly find people who are talking about what we want to talk about, capitalizes on humans' love for quick "soundbytes" vs. long letters and conversations, and allows us to interact with those who share our passions and interests around the world). But that's the obvious answer. How about because Facebook speaks the language of our brains? Check it out (and try the self-test!).

Speaking of Facebook, the site's new search tool  has got everyone talking. It's got the ability to search far beyond what's offered in each user's profile, rifling through details we didn't know we were volunteering. 

What about online education? Much of the excitement has burned away, and now we're left with a little bit of data and a little bit of remaining hype. Check out this article about how we can evaluate true success (hint: the key may be something that has to do with the success of any education!). 

Lastly, a fun one...10 techno gadgets we would love to see this year

Do you make New Year's resolutions? 45% of Americans make them every year (75% keep them for the first week), and only 8% of those are successful in achieving their goals. We're about halfway through the first month in 2013...how are you holding up?
The Times, They are a-Changin
Jan 09 2013 - 01:29:00 pm
Just as has occurred with everything from techo gadgets to objects used in warfare, powerful innovation tends to bring very unexpected capabilities in unsuspecting packages. Before we had the iPad, a simple calculator required multiple cooling fans, outrageous amounts of power, and was the size of a small house. Scientists of the day probably couldn't fathom that a calculator with even greater capabilities would someday be available for purchase at the Dollar General for the price of a pack of bubble gum. So today, when we imagine supercomputers, we may not necessarily envision large, room-sized megaliths, but we probably don't imagine the predictions of this Gizmodo article either. 

Are the next Supercomputers really going to be networks of...cell phones? What would this mean for our safety and privacy? We could go on and on about the implications. Check out the article and let us know what you think!
Happy New Year! Feeling App-y?
Jan 02 2013 - 10:49:00 am
Whether you're looking to finally stick to that New Years' resolution, become more productive at work, or just to enjoy a new gaming experience, "there's an app for that!" We love "greatest of" app lists, because there's always something new and exciting to download, and because we're fascinated by what's "trending". Check out the first two lists of 2013!

30 Best Android Apps

30 Best iPhone and iPad Apps

Keep calm and download on! Let us know what YOU think. Tweet or FB us and let us know what your favorite apps are...or just comment below!