Google Buzz social network: Buzzing or boring?

Google have entered the social networking fray with their new Buzz network. It's not the first time they've tried their hand at social networking (their Orkut network has a very respectable 100 million users), but by integrating it into…

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Gerald LynchGoogle Buzz social network: Buzzing or boring?

Skittles changes homepage to Twitter search for "Skittles"

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Skittles, the little fruity sweets, have done a bit of a makeover on the Skittles.com homepage. The page now shows the real-time results for a Twitter search for “Skittles”, with a floating box to tell you a little more about the page.

There are several aspects to this that are interesting. It’s another massive step towards mainstream for Twitter (I bet Skittles is hoping that the service doesn’t go down). It’s also a massive step towards “the conversation” for Mars, which is a company that’s been plagued with criticism in the past, though admittedly not as much as rival Nestl√©.

In fact, although there’s not been much stirring on the PETA message boards at the time of writing, it’s surely only a matter of time before the people behind sites like MarsCandyKills.com start flooding the service with highly-negative Tweets.

Some call this the campaign backfiring. I don’t think so. I think that it shows bravery, and a belief that the general public doesn’t really care. Personally, I think far more positively about the company that it’s happy to publicise its criticism, and I’ll be disappointed if they cave.

Skittles.com (via @robbrown)

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Duncan GeereSkittles changes homepage to Twitter search for "Skittles"

SHINY VIDEO REVIEW: Asus N50 laptop

Here’s the surprisingly-snazzy N50 laptop from Asus. Ignore the fact that it’s got an ‘air ionizer’, take note of the high specs and low price instead. Those are what’s really impressive about this machine. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to find out any ‘official’ (non-eBay) price yet. I’ve got an email in to Asus asking, so I’ll update this post when they reply.

Related posts: CES 2009: Hands on with the Asus T91 | Asus launches quad-core gaming laptop – claims ‘fastest in the UK’

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Duncan GeereSHINY VIDEO REVIEW: Asus N50 laptop

Amazon offers 'frustration-free' packaging on top products

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We’ve all been there – that headphone cable that takes two pairs of scissors, a kitchen knife and a bulldog clip to get out of its packet, but still manages to nearly take off your finger. Well, if Amazon gets its way, that experience will be no more – it’s announced a ‘frustration-free packaging’ and launches today on 19 of Amazon’s best-selling products.

The goal is to make it easier for customers to get to the stuff they’ve paid for, and it also has the side-benefit of reducing use of plastic, which sticks about for bazillions of years once discarded. Amazon are initially focusing on two things – the aforementioned plastic bubble clamshells and those with plastic-coated wires tying them in place…

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Duncan GeereAmazon offers 'frustration-free' packaging on top products

Sporegasm: Creationists and gamers angered but Maxis release game prototypes to quell the riots

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This is three stories in one really, so I apologise in advance for the length of this post. The three things I’m about to cover are as follows: Creationists are trying to ban Spore in the USA due to its evolutionary content, video-game fans are slamming EA and refusing to buy the game due to its DRM system, and EA have released a bunch of early prototypes of different aspects of the game….

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Duncan GeereSporegasm: Creationists and gamers angered but Maxis release game prototypes to quell the riots