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Charlie Sheen’s meteoric rise to Twitter God status - after one week he's 58th with a bull...

Charlie Sheen it seems, does not do things by halves. Within a week of opening his Twitter account, he’s being followed by 2.2 million people and creating some serious personal "share of attention" in the entertainment world. He's poised to race past Time magazine, People, the New York Times and the NBA and Irish bookmakers are now taking bets on just how far Charlie's record-breaking following will grow. Amazingly, the oddson a range of special bets and achievements are quite short that Sheen will be close to the top 10 most powerful Twitter opinion makers in the world - perhaps even at number one.  Read More

SMYLE is a new social media tool that emphasizes collaboration between members via locatio...

Given the wild success of Facebook and Twitter, it was no surprise to see various fledgling social media platforms being promoted at CES in Las Vegas. One that caught our attention was SMYLE, the creation of New Jersey-based Drakontas, a company with a background in providing geospatial tools for “warfighters and tactical professionals.” SMYLE is Drakontas’ foray into the world of civilian technology, but it remains big on something that is important to soldiers and cops: collaboration.  Read More

Visitors to CES 2011 will be able to interact with a huge multi-touch Twitter Wall that wi...

Chirpy social networking portal Twitter is about to get a huge Consumer Electronics Show (CES) boost in a few weeks' time. Finland's Multitouch Ltd has announced that it will allow show visitors and exhibitors to interact with the Official 2011 International CES Twitter Wall, consisting of at least six Multitouch Cell 46 displays measuring 3 x 2 feet. Tweets will be fed to the wall in real-time from selected hashtags, including the official #CES tag, and keywords. As well as being able to open individuals posts and move them around, users will also be able to watch videos and view photos, too.  Read More

John Kestner's Internet-connected Tableau is a nightstand that makes posting and receiving...

The Internet allows us to connect with friends in every corner of the world, but sometimes a physical, tangible link in the communication can make its absence felt. A nightstand with embedded printer and scanner, John Kestner's Tableau puts a physical experience in networking with family and friends, and makes viewing and sharing photos via Twitter as simple and natural as opening and closing a drawer.  Read More

The Kickbee baby movement detector and tweeter

If our pets can now send tweets, then it only makes sense that our unborn children should be able to as well. The Kickbee is a prototype device that lets them do just that, even if they’re not aware that they’re doing it. It takes the form of an electronics-filled stretchable spandex band, which the pregnant mother wears over her bulging belly. When it detects movement underneath itself, the result is a Twitter update along the lines of “I kicked Mommy!”  Read More

Puppy Tweets lets you know what your furry friend has been up to throughout the day

Mattel's Puppy Tweets is a new gadget that allows your pet to send you a cutesy tweet via Twitter every time they move, bark or sleep. The device is pre-loaded with over 500 phrases that are designed to put an amusing spin on a mundane activity. Your pet barks - you get a message saying - “I bark because I miss you. There I said it. Now hurry home.”  Read More

iPhone app 'Pollen Radar' gives you the pollen forecast

Japanese company Up-Frontier has developed an iPhone application that will provide a pollen forecast for individuals prone to allergies and hay fever. Through working with the Japan Weather Association and their Weather API, the application can access the latest pollen count on their iPhone.  Read More

Records of your progress uploaded to your iPhone

Bathroom scales are one of the more unlikely beneficiaries of the technology revolution and you’ll now find all manner of weird and wacky additions to standard weight readouts – check out Omron’s space-aged number that houses a built-in pedometer for example. Withings has now stepped things up a notch by producing the world’s first WiFi enabled body scale, capable of uploading your vital statistics to a secure webpage or iPhone.  Read More

Google's latest deal promises to bring even more real-time data to Web searches

Since it was founded three years ago, Twitter has quickly grown into a social phenomenon used by presidents and bloggers alike for breaking news, political protests, marketing and personal blogging, offering a unique real-time cross-section of today's society. In a recent announcement made by Google's VP of search products and user experience, Melissa Mayer, the search giant said it had reached an agreement with the microblogging service and would soon be able to integrate status updates with its standard search results.  Read More

HealthMap.org is a freely available Web site that aggregates, categorizes, filters and dis...

Tapping the Internet – including personal Web searches, news reports, blogs, chat rooms and social networking sites – is fast becoming a way to get a complete, up-to-the-minute view of public health threats, say researchers from the Informatics Program at Children’s Hospital Boston (CHIP) in a Perspectives article published Online First by The New England Journal of Medicine on May 7, 2009. In an accompanying sidebar, they describe the use of HealthMap.org – a freely available Web site that aggregates, categorizes, filters and displays real-time information on emerging infectious diseases – in tracking the current H1N1 swine flu outbreak. 
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