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Nike Designer Promises Self-Lacing Shoes By 2015

Back To The Future, For Reals

Back in 2011, Nike released a limited run of Nike Air Mag shoes designed to look exactly like the Nike shoes that Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future II when he traveled to the future years of 2015. The only thing that made the 2011 shoes shy of perfection was the fact that they didn’t self-lace like they did in the movie. Today we learn from Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield that plans are in the works to introduce real, working self-lacing shoes by 2015 — the same year that Marty McFly traveled to the future. Um, awesome!! More »

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Facebook Adds 50 New Gender Pronoun Options

Be Whoever You Are

In a move that will likely not affect a large portion of Facebook users but will greatly impact a significant portion of users, Facebook has added about 50 new gender pronouns to its service so that users can select the gender pronoun they identify with when identifying their gender on Facebook. Altho there are numerous gender pronoun options that are now available, users can also customize their gender pronoun identifier if they cannot find one that fits who they are. As I said, while the users who identify as male or female, this will not have any effect on how they use Facebook … but I’m so happy that folks who do not identify as male or female now have the ability to identify on FB in the way that is right for them. More »

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Twitter Wants To Look Like Facebook

... Or Pinterest, Or Google+ or Whatever

In the constant evolution of social media, big changes tend to happen to our favorite websites from time to time. Back when Facebook introduced the Timeline, everyone lost their shizz for a few days … then they got used to the change and moved on. It looks like Twitter is about to introduce a big change of their own with a completely redesigned profile page for users. The folks at Mashable got to test out this new version of Twitter, click below to learn what they’ve learned thus far and get your first look at the new Twitter. More »

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Google Lends Its Support To Gay Rights As The Winter Olympics Get Underway In Anti-Gay Russia

"The practice of sport is a human right"

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games got started in Sochi, Russia today (even tho the Opening Ceremonies won’t take place until Friday) and as you may be well aware, many protests are taking place all around the world, in various ways, to stand against the horrible state-sanctioned anti-gay laws in Russia. Many people are disgusted by the fact that Russia is hosting the Olympic Games, which celebrates fair play among all peoples, and have no problem enforcing laws that treat gays and lesbians as criminals. Google unveiled their latest Google Doodle today to mark the start of the Olympic Games. As you can see below, this new Doodle is meant to offer support to the gays in Russia, as well as the gays traveling to Russia to compete in the games. More »

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Watch: Bill Nye Argues Evolution & Ken Ham Argues Creationism In The ‘Creation Debate’

Science and Religion
Evolution vs. Creationism

Last night, at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY, scientist Bill Nye participated in a debate with Christian author Ken Ham in a battle of wits arguing Evolution vs. Creationism. I heard that this Creation Debate was going to be live streamed online and, thankfully, remembered to tune in to watch it as it happened live last night. Personally, I believe in evolution and was really impressed with how well Nye handled himself and with the way he presented the case for evolution. I must admit, tho, that I was also impressed with Ham‘s ability to argue for creationism as well. While I don’t agree with his arguments, I can appreciate how well-thought out they are and how adeptly he presented his beliefs. In the end, I don’t think the debate changed anyone’s mind on the matter. Folks who believe in evolution likely saw Nye as the winner, creationists likely saw Ham as the winner … but I think the debate is definitely worth watching. Click above to watch the full 2+ hour debate (which starts at the 13:13 mark of the embedded video) … which is long, I know, but I’m telling you, it’s worth watching if you have the time.

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The Founder Of Friendster Remembers The Early Days Of Facebook (And The Social Network Wars)

"[T]he moment Friendster got the publicity, people started to copy it"

As we learned earlier today, Facebook is celebrating it’s 10th birthday today and from the look of things, it’s likely that Facebook will be around for another 10 years (or more). Back when Facebook first launched, there was another social networking site that ruled the Internet world … even before MySpace launched in 2003. Friendster was, for me, the very first social network that all of my friends (in the flesh and online) used and back in the pre-MySpace/Facebook days, it was THE site for social interaction online. But as MySpace rose to popularity and then Facebook rose to even more popularity, Friendster fell by the wayside and just … went away. On the 10 year anniversary of Facebook, Jonathan Abrams — the founder of Friendster — is talking about the good ol’ days when Friendster ruled the social networking roost and recounts the effects of the social networking “wars” that led to the demise of his company. More »

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Facebook Turns 10 Years Old Today

Welcome to TheFacebook

10 years ago today, on February 4, 2004, the social network site TheFacebook launched on the campus of Harvard University by site creator/mastermind Mark Zuckerberg. At the time, TheFacebook was a social network that was only accessible to people who had a @harvard.edu email address and was not meant to be a financially profitable service (it wasn’t until 2006 that Facebook was made available to the non-collegiate public and it wasn’t until 2009 that the site started making a profit). 10 years later, Facebook is one of the most profitable companies in the US and is the social networking home of billions of people … outlasting and supplanting in popularity other once social media giants like Friendster and MySpace. To me, 2004 doesn’t seem like that long ago particularly since Pink is the new Blog also launched in 2004 (June) but yes, an entire decade of Facebook has been reached … and the site is showing no signs of letting go of its superiority. More »

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Watch: Apple Celebrates 30 Years Of Mac Computers

Birthday Lurve
30 Years of Innovation

30 years ago today, Apple Inc. unleashed upon the world the Mac desktop computer. Little did they know at the time (or maybe they knew all along) that Mac computers would change the way the world interacting with personal computers. Mac computers led the way for the PC revolution that has so completely changed our modern age. You young’ns under 30 years old don’t even remember a time when we didn’t have access to personal computers in our homes. To enlighten some and remind others of the revolution that Apple created with the Mac computer, the company has released the video embedded above in celebration of the 30 year anniversary of the release of the first Mac computer. It’s insane to think how far technology has come in the last 30 years. I can’t even begin to imagine what the tech world will look like in 30 years from now. Happy Birthday, Mac. Here’s to many more

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Trent Reznor & Dr. Dre’s New Music Streaming Service Beats Music Will Launch On January 21

“What song comes next is as important as what song is playing now.”

Early last month we learned that a new streaming music service called Beats Music — headed by Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, Trent Reznor and others — would be coming our way this month and today we learn that the new music service is set to launch on January 21. In a feature story for The New York Times, the Beats Music honchos talk about the future of music enjoyment and explain how they hope to change the world with Beats Music. While Beats won’t be the first music streaming service, it will offer functionality that other services like Spotify and Pandora do not offer. Additionally, Billboard magazine got to play with the new service and they provide us with a preview tutorial of what to expect when Beats Music launches next week. Read on to learn more. More »

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Kanye West Tries To Shut Down ‘Coinye West’ Digital Currency, ‘Coinye’ Moves Forward Anyway

"We are being attacked with fishsticks and must launch sooner."

Remember a couple of days ago when we learned that a new form of digital currency had been named in honor of Kanye West and was due to launch later this month? When I blogged about it, I guess that Kanye would either LOVE the idea and buy up as much of this cryptocurrency that bears his name or he’d HATE the idea of someone else cashing in on his name and likeness and launch a legal attack. It turns out that the latter of the two turned out to be the case as West‘s attorneys have filed a cease and desist order against the folks responsible for Coinye West. It appears that the folks behind Coinye West had a contingency plan in place should Kanye file legal paper work because they changed the name of the digital currency, moved their internet servers to a different country and launched the currency last night to get ahead of the legalities of a lawsuit. Whether Kanye likes it or not, the cryptocurrency he inspired has now been released to the public. More »

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