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Note to Hollywood: Multiple monitors does not a supercomputer make.

Think how awesome it was the first time you saw a lightsaber in action. Or how your mind was officially shredded when Neo mastered the Matrix. Technology in movies is cool. When artfully filmed, gadgets, gizmos, robots, and computers can captivate and amaze audiences.

But for every thrilling example of cool-ass tech, Hollywood seems to produce a tired, dated cliche. There’s the obligatory no-cell-phone-service scene in horror flicks. There are robots with ATTITUDE in science fiction. There are impossible user interfaces in action films. The list goes on and on.

Here, then, are the Top 10 tech tricks that are officially played out.

10. Zoom in! (aka enhance!)
You know the scene I’m talking about. Someone (usually a detective) loads a fuzzy photo or video into some sort of software that can manipulate images in implausible ways. Pan left! Zoom in! Bam! There’s the clue we were looking for, now clearly visible. This scene was cool in “Blade Runner.” Anything after 1982? Not so much. BoingBoing alerted us to this smart montage showing just how cliche this image-mapping tech trick is.

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Straight from the bullshit department: a recent survey of 1500 women has found that men who own an iPhone are more attractive than those who do not. Women were particularly repulsed by men who own a Palm Pre, the study also found.

Ok, I made that second part up, but then again the first part was completely made up, too.

According to the survey, which was held by Phones 4u, an online retailer of iPhones (and other phones) and thus utterly neutral any way you look at it, 54% of women stated that they would be more likely to date a man if he owns an iPhone.

Which model, remains unclear.

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Poker Face (Explore #1) by lawrencechua.
*Thank you ALL for your clicks. Explored Front Page, 1st time. Woo-hoo! Made my weekend. =)

Reading her like a book, I push my chips all in before the river decides to show. Down to the wire, Belle decides to fold her hand and keep what chips she has to herself. An intense showdown between best friends.

On a side note:
I really am amazed what I can do with this dog. I really didnt have to do much to keep her sitting on the chair, paw out, bones in front of her. Goldens FTW!!!

(Check out the image via Flickr and make sure you click the “Best viewed in large!” link)

With 18 Other Exotic Flavors, Nestle Takes Product Localization in Country to Culinary Extremes

TOKYO ( — Western marketers are adept at catering to the tastes of Japanese consumers, with quirky products such as McDonald’s Filet-O-Shrimp burgers and a cucumber-flavored soft drink by Pepsi.

In Japan, Kit Kat comes in 19 flavors like baked corn.
In Japan, Kit Kat comes in 19 flavors like baked corn.

But Nestle has upped the ante for the most creative only-in-Japan product by creating 19 unique flavors for Kit Kat, one of the best-selling chocolate candy bars in the world and the No. 1 brand confectionery brand in Japan.

Besides the regular chocolate variety, which must seem mundane to Japanese by now, Nestle has come up with variations that reflect the local produce and palate of each region. There are some staple flavors like miso, soy sauce and green tea, but the list doesn’t end there.

Kit Kat varieties now range from yubari melon and baked corn from Hokkaido island to green beans and cherries from Tohoku in northeastern Japan to uzu fruit and red potatoes from Kyushu island at the southern-most tip of the country. The Kanto region, including Tokyo, contributed the sweet potato, blueberry and kinako (soybean) flavors.

The strategy started three years ago with a handful of flavors but has escalated into a national phenomenon. It’s also unique to Japan, so Kit Kat lovers in other countries shouldn’t expect to see exotic local flavors. (Kit Kat is owned by Nestle, but is produced in the U.S. under license by The Hershey Company). (get the rest of the story)

Twitter. Facebook. Blogs and videos. With all the various ways to communicate about wine (and myriad other pursuits), it’s a wonder we have any time left to sip and relax.

But social media gurus say that tweeting and blogging can help us enjoy our favorite tipple. “Wine is a very social beverage,” says Warren Sukernek, VP of Strategies for Lift9, a Seattle-based social media marketing firm. “The whole experience is definitely enhanced for enthusiasts when you’re talking to others about it, whether it’s exploring new wines or comparing tasting notes.”

This may be why, according to a new study from Lift9, 700,000 people watch wine-related videos each month. There are over 7,000 wine tweets per day, and over 1,300 bloggers focusing on wine. And the wine experience has become portable, with more than 300 iPhone apps.

We asked Lift9 to share with us the top clicks in the social media realm, and how each tool is being used. (see the other cool stuff)

The future of iPhone games | Geek Gestalt – CNET News

AppleInsider | Multi-phone Android platform seen overtaking iPhone by 2012

Women Outnumber Men on Social-Networking Sites – Digits – WSJ

A Newbie’s Guide to Social Media

social network marketing – Google News