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Microsoft Apologizes for Amy Winehouse Tweet

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2011

Microsoft got themselves in some hot water after a small PR account for Xbox told followers to remember the deceased musician Amy Winehouse by purchasing her last album on the company’s entertainment marketplace, Zune.

Maybe not the best of ideas. After about an hour of retweets with comments that showed that people did not appreciate the tweet, the account tweeted a follow up, apologizing.

Eat and Tweet with the new Samsung WiFi-enabled RF4289 fridge

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2011

Samsung’s new RF3289 fridge allows users to access Pandora or even tweet while finding a snack. The fridge is the first of its kind to feature integrated WiFi that will let you view Google calendars, check the weather, download recipes from Epicurious, or leave digital reminders and notes. If there is such a thing as being too connected, this right here may be it. I’m surprised it doesn’t tell your Facebook friends what you are eating.

The fridge has an 8-inch LCD touchscreen as well as a Twin Cooling Plus System that keeps perishable produce fresher for longer. The RSG309 and RF4289 models also provide plenty of storage space. Both will be available in Canada later this year.

Sony makes Tweeting device for cats

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2010

If any animal’s language and lifestyle is suited to Twitter, it’s cats. I don’t know of any animal that speaks short sentences like a cat. And no matter what they say, it usually sounds like the same thing. They don’t do much either. Well, now Sony Computer Science Laboratories has created a device that detects your cats’ activities and Tweets them.

Using just a camera, an acceleration sensor, and GPS, it keeps track of your cats movements and will track basic activities like eating, sleeping, walking, and playing with other cats. Once it determines the activity, it will send one of 11 set text messages via bluetooth to a computer and post it to the cat’s Twitter feed.

BowLingual for iPhone translates dog-speak, lets him tweet

Posted in Pets by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2010

Forget real-time translation of speech from one human to another. What we really need is to understand what our dogs are saying. TheRe’s an app for that. One that will translate what your dog is saying. The technology actually won the 2002 Ig Nobel Peace Prize.

It’s called BowLingual and it’s about to be ported to the iPhone as an app from the App Store. So just what is the ‘Ig Nobel Prize’? Wikipedia says that “It’s an American parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year in early October for ten achievements that “first make people laugh, and then make them think”.

Rambler shoes Tweet with each step

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2010

Twitter has taken over the world. There’s no denying it. It’s everywhere. Built into everything. Your mother does it. Your grandmother just learned how to do it. And now, its in shoes, as long as your shoes are these Ramblers. These custom shoes tweet with every step you take.

Yes, it’s useless but that’s the whole idea. I guess it’s a commentary on Twitter, or how you should get out more or something. Whatever. Shoes that tweet are okay with us as long as people don’t go retweeting every step.

Twitter: Follow Me Stockings

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

Do you have sexy legs? Are you a Twitter addict? If you answered yes on both counts, then you can now show off your Twitter addiction by wearing these Follow me stockings. And with legs like that, yes… Yes I will follow you. At least until you turn around, scream “stalker” and kick me in the nads.

These white thigh high stockings feature a black “Follow Me Tatttoo”. They tell the world that you want more followers. Just don’t be surprised when guys actually start following you. One pair will cost you $23 on Etsy.

Twoddler lets your toddler twitter

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2009

Twoddler lets your toddler twitterYou might recognize this Fisher-Price toy from your own childhood. This one has been hacked by some eggheads at Belgium’s Hasselt University and dubbed the Twoddler. The hacked Fisher-Price activity board has buttons linked to predefined Twitter messages.

The idea is that parents who used the Kickbee can continue their obsession and do stuff like put photos of themselves on the buttons, so that the kid can hit the Twoddler and tweet stuff like “@mommy I miss you.”

Cute Robot reacts to your friends’ tweets

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2009

Cute Robot reacts to your friends' tweetsWhat could be better than getting robots to interpret the world of social networking for us? Why should we do all the work? That’s what robots are for. This cute little guy just sits on your desk and while he may not reply to your tweets, he understands the emotions of your friend’s tweets and whether they are happy or sad.

If he finds a “happy” tweet, the Guardian Robot raises its head and arm in triumph. It holds the pose until you give it a “high five”. (By hitting the switch in its hand.) Then the robot passes the high five on to your buddy via a reply Tweet.

Celery lets you tweet from a fax machine

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2009

Celery lets you tweet from a fax machineWe’re not surprised if you’ve never heard of the Celery fax-to-email service for the elderly. You’re hearing about them now, since the company’s rolling out Twitter and Facebook integration. The long and Short of it? It will help your grandmother tweet from her fax-machine.

Built around a Lexmark fax machine(Or your own) the Celery service allows you to send and receive emails, tweets, and Facebook status messages just by writing messages and faxing them out. Incoming messages can be printed out individually or in volume.

Tweet at work with SpreadTweet

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Tweet at work with SpreadTweetYou want to get on twitter and pass the time away while at work, but as usual, “the man” has a problem with that. Here’s how you stick it to “the man”. SpreadTweet is a twitter client that looks like a spreadsheet to casual passers-by.

If you look closer, you will find the usual Twitter stuff, but your boss won’t know anything is up, unless they read the ‘Brick. Just type your reply in the top text editbox to tweet back. Don’t let something like work stop you from tweeting.

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Flatulance-twittering chair

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2009

Flatulance-twittering chairRandy Sarafan must be the kind of guy who gets people to pull his finger. You see, Randy has gas. Apparently so much that he modified his office chair with a sensor and hooked it up to his computer. The end result is this: Every time Randy farts, the chair sends out a tweet on Twitter.

So I can only surmise that following Randy on twitter is kinda like being there, but with no foul smells. Judging by the number of tweets he produces, I think he should seek medical help. We aren’t sure how to tell just by reading his tweets whether they are real earth-movers or just SBD’s.(Silent But Deadly)

Wireless Lark Doorbell alerts you with a twitter

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2008

Wireless Lark Doorbell alerts you with a twitterSome doorbells can be downright jarring when a visitor presses the button. Just plain loud and offensive. It can really suck if you’re having a quiet night and you’ve had way to much caffeine. Why not put a little soothing nature into the whole doorbell thing? The Wireless Lark Doorbell will do just that. It’s a fake Lark that will cost you £7.33. The lark has a built in 2W speaker that will sound off with bird noise when guests arrive. The sound of birds chirping can be soothing instead of alarming. Good idea.