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[13 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Google stands against Chinese Internet Censorship

Search engines had no choice but to comply to the Chinese government’s demands in order to make inroads into China’s 1.3 billion population. Thus it is big news today that Google announced they will no longer comply and will pull out of China if needed be. This was partially a response to a sophisticated and targeted attack on their corporate infrastructure. Google found an organized attack that originated from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property. It was an attack targeting 20+ large companies from different range of businesses. However what made this attack significant was that there is strong evidence that the primary goal of the attacker was to access the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activist…

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[9 Jan 2010 | 9 Comments | ]
Avatar Movie Review: The Best Movie Ever?

Avatar recently screamed past the $1 billion mark, easily placing itself as the second highest grossing film in history right behind titanic.

Everyone has heard the talk. The CG is stunning. The immersive land of Pandora is breathtaking. Viewing a movie in 3D finally was worth the extra $2-3. All that talk is true. It’s really an awesome piece of work and the visuals is well worth the ticket price.

When you visit movie sites and read the user reviews, you would think this is the movie of the century. A+’s all around. Best movie ever. Highest praises you could possibly mark. But is Avatar the best movie ever?

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[26 Dec 2009 | One Comment | ]
Watch the Best Movie Films of 2009

What was your favorite top film of 2009?

2009 was a huge year for the film industry. Several movies had record-breaking box office figures and we saw the success of more sequels then ever before.

Watch a mashup of movies from 2009 after the jump.

Internet »

[11 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
Top Searches in 2009 on Yahoo & Bing

What were the Top Searches in 2009 on Yahoo & Bing?

Google still reigns the search world with 65% search share (data from comScore Oct). Yahoo currently holds shy of 19% search share though that figure is expected to rise once the Yahoo/ Microsoft deal is complete.

There isn’t much to say here, so let me just present the data released by Yahoo. Note that these are searches on Yahoo & Bing. This does not include Google.

You’ll find the data quite revealing about what our culture truly cares about.

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[31 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]
AMP UP Pepsi Iphone App – “Before You Score”

AMP UP / Pepsi Iphone App “Before You Score” Gone too Far?
Amp, a Pepsi owned energy drink company, released an Iphone App called “Before You Score” that categories women and helps you score and brag about your conquests. This app created a lot of controversy because of the way it objectified women.

However more than the backlash, what is more surprising were the responses from the general public in defense of AMP…

Internet, TV Shows »

[25 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]
You Watch 153 Hours of TV & Online 68 Hours

Average American watches 153 Hours of TV & online 68 Hours per Month

A new report for the Nielsen Company reported that in September 2009, the average U.S. Internet user spent approximately 68 hours online per month. The figure may not seem all that staggering, but consider this: The average American watches 153 hours of television per month (1Q 2009)

2 Hours per day online. 3 Hours per day TV. Just between those two mediums that is 5 hours per day spent in front of a TV or a cruising the internet.

Art & Design, Video »

[16 Oct 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
The Short Film List – Distraxion, Signs, Black Holes & Kiwis

Short Videos & Short Films
All the recent posts have been about heavy topics, so here is a breather both for the artists out there as well as the casual video viewer. I’ve put together links to a few well made (and of course Clean Cut) short videos & short films. I’ve only included ones you may have not seen. So no Pixar shorts!

Top Short Films List
Distraxion – Hilarious, Well Made, Great Story
Signs – Great Short. Characters don’t speak a word.
The Black Hole – Great plot, Interesting Message
Kiwi – Heart-Felt Story yet very sad.
My Name is Lisa – Simple & Interesting

Internet, Social Media »

[23 Sep 2009 | 4 Comments | ]
Social Media Statistics Video – Growth & Impact

Social Media Statistics Viral Video
One of the benefits (and detriments) of YouTube has been the proliferation of information. More than ever, it is easy to transmit and share information through a variety of mediums.

Check out this captivating statistical video about the growth of social media. It asks the question, is social media a fad? Then it follows by bombarding you with the incredible growth and impact of social media on our every day lives.

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[18 Sep 2009 | 14 Comments | ]
Famous Manipulated Photos – Pre Photoshop

Did you know the images you see in magazines are touched up and photoshopped to be pleasing to the eye?

I am sure you all said yes. Everything we see today has been digitally enhanced. Every face we see is not only cleaned up, but necks are trimmed, the chins are tucked, and eyes are enlarged. Every blemish from the skin is erased, hair is made more glimmery, all this on top of picking the prettiest of models.

But did you know famous pictures from history were also manipulated long before the existence of photoshop?

Internet, Video »

[3 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
Late Night Internet Statistics: Online Videos, Games & Chat

Internet Usage Peaks at 11PM EST for US Web Users

Arbor Networks recently released a large scale study on internet usage utilizing the data from 110 geographically diverse Internet service providers and tens of millions of subscribers. One of the more fascinating points of this study is that internet usage for North American users peaked at 11PM and stayed at a high rate until 3AM in the morning.

What in the world are people doing so late at night?…The article investigates.

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[26 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Video Gamers at Risk for Health Problems

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came out with a study this week that suggests that gaming habits developed as a youth carries with them into adulthood.

Specifically those who played video games as a child or a teenager have a trend to become inactive and have more health issues. The study included 552 adults between 19 and 90 in the Washington State area. Gaming once was considered a children centric activity but in this study, 50% of gamers were found to be within the 18 to 49 age.

Video gaming had unique affects on men and women…

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[14 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Protect our Bubble Babies with Our Stuff

Get your saline-soaked, aloe-treated, grape-scented tissues for your child! It’ll make blowing your child’s nose safe and fun! Don’t let him feel discomfort. Be a good parent.

In the Kiddie-Safety Industrial Complex, parents are gobbling up hitherto unheard-of stuff like those Boogie Wipes tissues, toy wagons with seat belts, sure-grip gloves for lifting baby out of the bath, and even knee pads for babies to wear when they start to crawl over that crushed glass you chose instead of carpeting for the nursery.