• Music lovers, listen up.

    If you enjoy rhythm-based music games -- like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, DJ Hero or Tap Tap Revenge -- you might want to tap your way through the just-released Dance Legend app from TuneWiki.

    Ideal for dance music fans, this free game for iOS (iPad, iPhone and iPod touch) and Android devices lets you create real dance moves with your fingertips, be it the "Running Man," "Moonwalk," "Wave" "Side Step," "Kid and Play" or "Duggie."

    While the game has a steep learning curve -- younger or novice gamers might give up before they get the swing of it -- this free download can be fun and challenging for those who stick it out.

    The idea behind the game is simple: You're a dancer who wants to rack up as many points as possible. In order for your dancer to perform the moves correctly, you need to closely follow the on-screen patterns. For example, you may see a white dotted line jet across the screen in a half circle or it might be four shorter vertical lines cascading down

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  • If you're reading this, chances are you consume digital media on a regular basis. But have you ever given thought to how you're consuming it?

    IBM has released a study that analyzes just that, determining how a user's engagement with technology reflects their "digital personality."

    The 'Beyond Digital' study suggests that as new digital devices are added to our arsenal of tech products, it shifts how we as consumers are engaging with technology. A press release from IBM breaks down those four personalities. Take a look and let us know in the comments which group you fall into:

    Efficiency Experts

    You use digital devices and services as a way to simplify your day-to-day activities. You'd rather send emails or messages on Facebook than send a letter. Shopping online and surfing the web on your smartphonephone help simplify your life. This makes up the majority of users, representing 41 per cent of digital consumers worldwide.

    Content Kings

    You frequently play online games, download movies

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  • You can chalk up this gaffe as money not very well spent.

    In an open competition held in 2006, the brass at Netflix challenged participants to create a collaborative filtering algorithm that would "best predict whether or not a user would like a particular film or TV show based on previous ratings," reports BGR.

    A team by the name of "BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos" claimed the $1 million grand prize in 2009, as their algorithm proved to be 10% more effective than the recommendation service Netflix used at the time.

    Only Netflix never implemented the team's award-winning solution, a revelation that may shed a little light on the company's debatable business practices.

    "We evaluated some of the new methods offline but the additional accuracy gains that we measured did not seem to justify the engineering effort needed to bring them into a production environment," Netflix shared in a recent blog post. "Also, our focus on improving Netflix personalization had shifted to the next level by

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  • Like many others, I'm one of the lucky ones who gets to look doubly-ridiculous when I see a 3D movie: to watch, I have to wear the theatre's 3D glasses over my prescription lenses. But designers Lucy Jung and Daejin Ahn clearly feel the pain of their bespectacled friends and have come up with an innovative solution.

    STIX are sticker lenses that you can attach to eyeglasses and turn them into 3D glasses. The stickers are polarized filters that peel off and stick to the lens. TechCrunch reports the stickers are actually made from the same material as mobile screen protectors, so as not to damage the glass and pull away cleanly when they're removed.

    Jung says on Yanko Design that she was inspired to make them because she, too, wears glasses, and had to put in her contacts every time she wanted to watch a movie in 3D.

    The STIX project is still in the conceptual stage, so you can't run out and pick up your pair just yet, but the idea is so practical, I'm hopeful that I won't be stuck in two

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  • One of America's top-selling streaming platforms has come to Canada, with plenty of content available to keep media junkies satisfied right from the start.

    Roku, a set-top streaming player, officially launches in Canada today and is available to pre-order for April 30. Canada is the latest country in Roku's plans of global domination, which began with sales in the U.K. starting earlier this year.

    Canadians have the choice between Roku's two highest-end devices, the Roku 2 XD and the Roku 2 XS. Both give access to 100 entertainment channels at launch, the Financial Post reports, with the intention to increase the number of channels over time, like they have in the U.S. Currently, Roku users in the U.S have access to more than 450 channels of content.

    Channels include content like movies and TV shows from Netflix and Crackle, sports content from the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball, music from Rdio and TuneIn Radio, photos and video from Facebook and Flickr, news content

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  • Anyone who has ever had trouble getting up in the morning knows how difficult it is to find an alarm clock that will get the job done. Sometimes, waking up to a minorly-irritating buzzing with the option to hit 'snooze' just doesn't cut it.

    If you're one of those people, a New Jersey inventor thinks he's come up with a solution.

    Paul Sammut, a 25-year-old engineer in New Jersey, has put together this short film on his creation, the world's 'worst' alarm clock called the Ramos. To turn it off, you need to get out of bed and key in a code on the panel, installed in another room:

    Sammut says that he uses the clock every day and it's the only thing he's found that can replace the effectiveness of his mother who used to wake him up in high school.

    "Now I wake up before it goes off," said Sammut in a Daily Mail article. "I subconsciously fear it and know I have to get up."

    Sammut says that since posting about his invention on Kickstarter nearly two months ago, he's raised over $150,000

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  • Inside a Foxconn factory, file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/FilesThe electronics manufacturing company known as Foxconn has — for all the wrong reasons — become quite the hot button topic as of late.

    Its production of industry-leading gadgets such as the iPad has taken a back seat to reports of employee abuse and poor working conditions.

    "It was shocking to hear that the device associated with (re)birthing an entire market segment, one that's so close to perfection, was created in such dire circumstances," shares Damien Scott on Complex.com. "The whole ordeal left us wanting to check out the work floor with our own eyes. Now, thanks to American Public Media's Marketplace.org, we can."

    Rob Scmitz, Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief, became only the second reporter to gain access to the factory floor at Foxconn, documenting the production of the iPad with his accompanying video crew.

    "You'll see workers putting the motherboard together, installing and then testing the display, and some other tasks," highlights Scott. "Watching the video, it's easy to

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  • The Macintosh 128K, the first in a long line of Macintosh computers, had originally come with a price tag of U.S.$2,495 when it hit the market back in 1984.

    A prototype of the very same computer is now for sale on eBay, but this nostalgic trip down memory lane is currently priced at U.S. $99,995, approximately 40 times the computer's original cost.

    The archaic computer features a 9 inch (23 cm) monitor, a keyboard and a mouse. But what makes this specific prototype unique is the 5.25-inch "Twiggy" drive, a proprietary feature considered a rarity when the Macintosh 128K was created 28 years ago.

    "For a period in the Mac's development, it was assumed that the computer would feature Apple's proprietary Twiggy 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, which also came as standard issue on the original Lisa," explains Zachary Lutz in an Endgadget piece. "Just recently, an extremely rare prototype of the 128k Mac with a Twiggy drive has surfaced on eBay."

    The Twiggy drive boasted the ability to store 860

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  • Barnes and Noble has debuted its latest version of the Nook, and while it certainly is a bright spot in the world of e-readers, it isn't the only thing changing for e-books.

    With the popularity of e-books rising dramatically in recent years, both publishers and e-reader manufacturers are looking for ways to improve the e-reading experience. Take a look at this new Nook, which has a glowing backlit screen:

    It's a good thing that e-reader companies are striving to innovate, however, because they're gaining some major competition from tablets. A quick look at the sales numbers from the last few months speaks volumes about the growing gap between tablets and e-readers. Amazon reports that it had a very good December, selling over four million Kindle e-readers that month, a TechCrunch article says. However tablet sales continue to surge forward at an exponential pace; in just the first three days of the new iPad's release, Apple reports that it sold three million units, and over 15 million

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  • It's being described as "the world's largest dream experiment": an iPhone app that can reportedly control a user's dreams.

    British psychologist Richard Wiseman — who claims to have the most followers of any psychologist on Twitter — has teamed up with software developers from YUZA to create Dream:ON, a free download said to influence your dreams through the use of soundscapes.

    "Owners of iPhones who download the app will turn their phones into a 'dream factory' able to play a customized 'soundscape' designed to influence the mind into dreaming about pleasant scenes, such as lying on a beach," reports Fox News.

    Wiseman provides a quick tutorial in the video below:

    As Wiseman demonstrates, the process begins by selecting the "start dreaming" button, indicating the time you'd like to wake up, selecting an alarm tone and choosing your desired soundscape. You then rest the iPhone face down on the nightstand and "throughout the night, the app will monitor and log your movements. And then,

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