The Official Bird of the Internet Is the Cat, But Where Is My Dot Christmas?

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While the World Wide Web as we know it might be vast and it’s size unimaginable, it’s still wild, new and vastly unconquered. It’s a brave new world, where mere dot commers are like colonial squatters staking their flag in the rich binary soil. Some will grow digital crops of t-shirt’s with witty slogans and some will be daily logs of anthropomorphisms of house cats and other animals. If the Internet had a flag, there would be a cat on it for sure. However, .coms and .orgs have had their day; it’s time to find a new empire. Where’s my land of virtual plenty? Where are my 40 gigabytes and an avatar of a mule? Where is my digital El Dorado?

In 2013, we might see the end of the physical world, but we might see a wide broadening of a digital one. On June 20, 2011, thirteen years after the Los Angeles based non-profit private organization took over the job from the United States Government, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) board members officially voted to ban most of the restrictions of applications for generic top level domains. In early 2012, 1,930 proposals for applications, which cost $185,000, with an annual fee of $25,000 just to apply, for arbitrary domain names from a myriad of industries around the world, came rushing in.

Ridiculous domains like .lol. .wtf and more practical domains like .music and .store; both proposed by e-commerce giant Amazon. And applications, which were sitting on the desks of ICANN since early 2000, were finally approved, like the much abhorred .XXX domain which became available to the masses in early 2012. But ICANN, master and ruler of all Internet domains, can’t just pick and choose which applications will be accepted.

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GIVEAWAY: $520 Holiday Gift Basket From IOGEAR

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Earlier this week we were fortunate enough to go hands on with IOGEAR’s Wireless 3D HD Digital Kit and now thanks to IOGEAR, we’re going to give it, along with a bunch of other gifts, away to one lucky fan.

For your chance to win all you have to do is simply retweet, like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter OR, if you’re feeling the Holiday spirit, you can increase your odds and do all three. That’s all I have to do to win $520 worth of free giftbasket goodness? Yup, that’s it.

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TV Dinner & Death: Humans Are Getting Dumber and Dumber?

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I once read a legitimate scientific paper that said in roughly 200 million years giant arboreal squid-like creatures called Squibbons could be the next intelligent species after humans “leave” Earth for more habitable planets. The thing is, lots of scientists, theorists, and even soothsayers have all sorts of crazy theories, educated (and not so educated) guesses and prophesies about the distant future – especially concerning the precious fate of our own species. By the way, where is my flying car? Now Stanford University researcher Gerald Crabtree says that, due to genetic mutations, humans are getting progressively less intelligent and more emotionally unstable than our pre-hunter gatherer ancestors.

Crabtree surmises that with the invention of agriculture less than 10,000 years ago we have essentially slowed our brain’s intellectual development. Basically our intelligence levels peaked when we realized we could grow dinner in our back yards and kick up our feet in front of the fire. No longer did we have to strategize and find effective ways of surviving in the wild, something that we have done for 99 per cent of our evolution since we first found that miraculous flicker of higher consciousness that led to homo sapiens becoming the smartest most dominating species on the planet.

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Expect a Twitter LIKE Button as Tweets Rise to Half a Billion Daily

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The word is out: CEO Dick Costello has announced that the social media megatron, Twitter, is experimenting with a “Like” button to compliment their service that currently tops half a billion tweets a day!

I have to break this down: That is 500 million plus tweets connecting anyone with potentially everyone, making business, pleasure, and tangible conversation extremely accessible, daily.

Where Twitter has faltered (and it is not really a stumble) is in their years old “Favorite” button that allows its users to “Favorite” an individual tweet and then save it in a memory bank that is easily accessible to the user to look back on. Costolo recently spoke at London’s Internet Advertising Bureau’s Engage conference in the U.K. and confirmed recent reports that Twitter is testing out “like” and “star” buttons to potentially replace the “Favorite” tool.

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Politics Play: ‘I’m Voting App’ from Facebook & CNN

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Politics can be fun, hip, and 21st Century after all, or at least tries to be, with the “I’m Voting” App from CNN and Facebook.

The great news source, Facebook, and a former news force, CNN, have teamed up to try and rev America’s engines into a voting fervor.

How do you woo the millions upon millions of passive, apathetic, and indifferent citizens to partake in the 2012 Presidential Election? Make an “I’m Voting” App!

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Google Glasses Prototype Beaming Gmail to Your Eyes

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That’s right, the augmented-reality glasses are reality, and Google co-founder Sergey Brin was wearing them all around town (or at least at a San Francisco charity event).

Just imagine driving a Back to the Future-like flying hover car and having the directions of your mother-in-law’s famous ham dinner destination streamed via Google Maps directly to your glasses.

This is not Star Trek: the Next Generation; Google is really testing Project Glass all over the west coast of the US.

Rumors began to spread last December that Google was working on high-tech glasses with a wearable head-up display that could tap into cloud-based location services and detail users’ surroundings.

The details are still up for speculation, but the lightweight glasses seem to place a mini-computer onto the frame’s right side of the coolest hipster glasses imaginable.

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All SSD Private Cloud from Morphlabs

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Riding the wave of solid-state chips, Morphlabs had introduced the world to the first ever all solid-state drive (SSD) private cloud platform to be far faster and more reliable

In a steadily growing virtual world, the Cloud – whether it be Amazon’s or Apple’s or anyone else’s – has revolutionized the use of computer data storage.

Using an innovative new “mCloud Data Center Unit (DCU),” the company has kept its pricing in line with the cost of Amazon or Rackspace by combining compute, networking and storage tech — but with 10-times the input/output operations per second (IOPs) performance, thanks to the SSDs,” Morphlabs VP Yoram Heller told Cloudline.

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Marvel Comics Now Come with Free Digital Downloads

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Following a trend of free promotions that began with the free iBook download of the New Avengers #1 comic, Marvel has started to offer traditional comic buffs a new technological incentive: readers now receive a free digital copy of every $3.99 paper comic book they buy!

Avengers Assemble!

There are certainly myriad comic book connoisseurs that have already preordered the first true High Definition retina-like screen wielding iPad from Apple, and now they will have all of the ammunition to soak up the gorgeous clarity and vivid coloring of the tablet with any of the Marvel super hero comics.

Are we in the middle of an Iron Man-like technologically innovative Tony Stark revolution?

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World’s Fastest Robot is now Boston Dynamic’s Cheetah!

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At just over eighteen miles-per-hour, DARPA’s funded and Boston Dynamic’s newest animal-based robot, the Cheetah, is the world’s fastest bot and can run with the likes of Usain Bolt and a couple of other extraordinarily talented freaks of Olympic nature.

One of the most fearsome and suspenseful characters in Ray Bradbury’s masterpiece Fahrenheit 451 is the fireman’s ultimate weapon: their artificially intelligent robotic dog. This creature is made to run down any transgressors trying to escape from a book hoarding crime scene in a future where books are outlawed and ruthlessly burned by the fire department.

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SpeechJammer Gun Silences Talkers

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The technological advancements storming out of Japan now include two researchers’ methods for building a conversation ending SpeechJammer gun.

Imagine the board room meeting droning on for hours on end, and the very second a couple of the corporate clowns bend their heads down to joke with one another at a whisper (so that they can placate themselves and not lose their sanity in such a dry environment) the director points a radar gun-like device at them and – BAM – silences them instantly.

The device created by Kazutaka Kurihara, from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tskuba, and Koji Tsukada, at Ochanomizu University is not science fiction. On the other hand, it is simple, easy to engineer, and fully functional. It can stop people from talking in mid-sentence.

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