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Special Device Help Prevent Suddent Infant Death

Special Device Help Prevent Suddent Infant Death

Researchers from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin has developed a new breathing sensor system that help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This syst...

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University Installs Grass Lawn in School Library

University Installs Grass Lawn in School Library

Cornell University has built a grass lawn inside their school library as a part of a project of their institution's Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. The department is currently conducting a r...

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Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

Meet, the Scrubba, a portable washing machine, in form of a bag. This wash bag, allows people to do their laundry, on-the-go. The Scrubba is a lightweight, foldable bag that features small nodules to help sc...

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Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

Thanks to Japan's new invention, the Deoest underwear, extreme farters can now release their foul smelling gas and prevent people near them from fainting. It is a fart-deodorizing underwear, created by Profe...

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Zynga Unveils Adventure World Trailer

Written on August 31, 2011 by Lulu

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Zynga's newest and upcoming game for Facebook, Adventure World, now has a trailer!

Zynga released the first trailer for their newest social game entitled “Adventure World”. The said 37-second trailer shows off a slew of new maps that feature ancient temples, volcanoes, whips, snakes and deadly traps.

The said game’s look and ambience could remind the players of the adventures of Indiana Jones, but with the same animation style that made other Zynga’s games like FarmVille and CityVille big hits.

There’s still no announcement regarding the game’s launch date. However, it is expected to roll out soon. The said company was ramping up its game development as of late. Its other games include Words With Friends, Empires & Allies, Cafe World, Mafia Wars and Zynga Poker.

Check out the trailer after the cut.

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Poor Markets May Delay Zynga IPO Until November

Written on August 30, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Zynga, the popular social games creator, might postpone its plans for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) due to poor market conditions.

Due to some poor market condition issues, people might not see Zynga’s plans for an IPO until November of this year.

According to the sources of The New York Post, the social gaming company is facing hindrances because of several “rocky stock markets” affairs, making them unable to release its IPO next month as originally scheduled.

If you could remember, Zynga – the company behind such popular social games, including FarmVille, CityVille and Mafia Wars – confirmed last June that they wanted to go public. They even aimed to raise $1.5 billion to $2 billion in its IPO. But after encountering a debt ceiling debate in summer, Zynga became incapable of fulfilling their plans.

Zynga is just one of the many social media IPOs that is slated to be launched in the upcoming months. Groupon, another renowned social media IPO, has also faced series of delays due to SEC accounting concerns. Up to now, the social games’ maker remains silent with regards to this matter.

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Zynga’s “Words With Friends” to Hit Facebook This Week

Written on August 02, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Zynga will be launching its popular mobile word game on Facebook early this week.

Earlier reports disclosed that social game’s developer Zynga will be bringing one of its popular mobile games, “Words With Friends”, on Facebook.

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Zynga, To Launch Chinese Beta Version Of CityVille With the Help of Tencent

Written on July 26, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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As part of their partnership with Chinese Internet giant Tencent, Zynga will be launching a localized Chinese beta version of CityVille - the Zynga City.

Facebook is not accessible in China, thus, Zynga is not as well capable of launching such social games in the area. However, the developer announced recently that they signed a partnership with Tencent – an Internet company in China – in order to produce the beta version of the popular CityVille which will be named as “Zynga City.”

According to Zynga, this partnership is indeed vital for them, as they are aiming to enter new markets and broaden the numbers of their partner companies. The largest social games developer on Facebook first invaded the markets of China by attaining the XPD Media, another game developer, way back in May 2010. Perhaps that is the time when Zynga begins to grow and produced new social games in some Asian countries, such as Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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ESPN Kicks Off its Second Social Game on Facebook

Written on July 20, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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For the second time, ESPN mixes its expertise with Facebook by launching a new game -- the ESPN Sports Bar & Grill.

Following the ESPNU College Town, ESPN now releases its second social game for devoted Facebook gamers — the ESPN Sports Bar & Grill.

The said game is already available for play in the popular networking site. It was developed by ESPN along with the Disney-owned, Playdom, and is presented by the mobile company Samsung. This means that the game could be accessed in selected Samsung products, including the Galaxy Tab, too.

The ESPN Sports Bar & Grill is a fun and exciting game that is especially designed for sports enthusiasts. It lets players run a virtual sports bar, wherein they can increase their levels through serving customers with beers and collecting bar fares. By completing all the challenges of the game, Facebook players could win sports collectibles.

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Zynga, Preparing to Get an IPO

Written on June 29, 2011 by Lulu

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The company behind the smash hit games FarmVille and CityVille, Zynga, will file their IPO in preparation of their upcoming plans.

The company behind the hit games CityVille and FarmVille, Zynga, is preparing to file a registration documents with the SEC as early as Wednesday. The social gaming juggernaut company could have its IPO this coming fall.

According to a report from CNBC and GreenCrest Capital, Zynga is hoping to have a raise on their profits between $1.5 and $2 billion dollars. That scenario could put Zynga’s valuation to $20 billion. Based on the GreenCrest notes, Zynga’s revenues for this year are trending toward the $1.5 billion mark. Its also operating with a profit margin of 40%.

Zynga had proven that they can repeat the success of their hit games FarmVille CityVille. The company also shown that they have great plans for the future with some smart acquisitions over the past months.

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Lady Gaga Will Sing To You on Farmville

Written on May 12, 2011 by R. Depp

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Yes, you read that right. Lady Gaga is partnering with Zynga, letting Farmville players stream Gaga’s songs while enjoying the game.

The over 40 million Farmville players are welcoming their eccentric, but cool new neighbor: Lady Gaga. Just yesterday, popular social gaming company Zynga announced its partnership with the pop star, which will let Farmville users stream songs form “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga’s new album, as it prepares to launch on May 23.

Players will have to visit “Gagaville”, a neighboring farm where they must perform lightweight tasks to unlock tracks from Born This Way.

Zynga spokesperson Raquel di Sabatino says that the partnership is “a fantastic collaboration…a meeting of the minds.” Lady Gaga has already previously worked with Zynga in the wake of Japan tsunami disaster, donating $750,000 towards Zynga’s efforts with Save the Children. Gaga has also been at the forefront of utilizing social media to expand her brand, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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Social Game Review: Forget FarmVille, And Fall In Love With CityVille

Written on March 27, 2011 by B Waldorf

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If you're tired harvesting crops just so you can buy this and that, or maybe tired of seeing cows and pigs and chickens and horses, you may want to transfer into the city. Our best bet? CityVille.

Facebook is not just about social networking, it’s about social gaming too.

When Facebook was born, people started to live with it. It gave us the power to expose ourselves into social activities and networking. As time went by, Facebook has become a necessity. Almost everyone has an account now. However, Facebook is not for personal use only. People started setting up businesses and making use of the online buzz. Companies started using the social media for promotions and announcements too.

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Sony’s Virtual Cherry Blossoms Help Raise Funds for Japan

Written on March 27, 2011 by R. Depp

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Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) has come up with in-game virtual items that players can purchase to help the victims of the recent calamities in Japan.

For every purchase of a virtual Cherry Blossoms from March 25 to 28, SOE will donate $10 to the American Red Cross in assistance to relief efforts in Japan.

The Cherry Blossoms will be available through an in-game marketplace in select SOE games. Alternative items can also be purchased in Magic: The Gathering-Tactics, Star Wars Galaxies and PoxNora.

To date, Sony Corporation has donated $3.6 million to it native country. Meanwhile, the initiative of combining philanthropy with social media has proved to be successful in raising funds for various calamities in the recent years. Red Cross was among the first organizations to use social media, using the text-to-donate program to help victims of the Haiti earthquake last year.

Furthermore, social media sites like Tumblr and Facebook also offered alternative ways to aid Japan. Zynga, creator of Farmville and other Facebook-based games, has also come up of ways for players to donate through the purchase of virtual goods in its games.


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Beware of Facebook Apps!

Written on October 19, 2010 by Japhet Writ

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Getting into too much of Facebook apps can be a problem in the future. Some apps might be leaking your user id to third-party companies. Indeed, Facebook still needs to work hard on their privacy settings.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that some Facebook applications have been leaking user information to third-party companies. Included in the list are Zynga’s FarmVille, Texas HoldEm Poker and FrontierVille. Facebook has confirmed this issue in a blog post.

And though knowing the UID of a user does not enable anyone to access a private information, it can still be very revealing — depending on the user’s privacy settings. Even if a user has set the strictest privacy setting available, the ID may still show his or her name and list of Friends. And with an application that has a tad full of players, sharing them to an advertising company can be very daunting in the long run. The real issue here is the matter of trust. And albeit Facebook is working their very hard to protect the privacy of its users, the latest incident implies otherwise.

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