Infographic of the top 50 Christmas toys of the past 100 years

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The Erector set is one of the most popular toys of all timcenture.

If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, you only have one week left.  With only a week left in the shopping season shoppers are beginning to feel the pressure of the holidays.  I haven’t even begun to start my shopping and will probably wait  until a couple of days before Christmas to get it done.  I have done some browsing online when I get a chance.  The gift  selections we have these days are crazy!

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Kinect 2 so accurate it can lip read

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No voice required.

Microsoft plans to release a next-generation Kinect device so accurate it can lip read, sources have told Eurogamer.
Kinect 2 will come bundled with future Xbox consoles, we understand.
The intention is that Kinect 2 will offer improved motion sensing and voice recognition…

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Babies can learn to concentrate by playing brain-training games

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Improved focus helps children to learn skills and acquire language, and the brain is at its most adaptable early in life.

Scientists say they have found the first evidence that infants as young as 11 months can be taught to focus attention, making it easier for them to learn new skills.

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A third of gamers use real world money to buy virtual goods

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Visa-owned PlaySpan with research firm VGMarket have released a new study on how and what gamers are spending on virtual goods. Nearly one-third of the general gamer population has used real world money (as opposed to virtual currency) to purchase virtual goods, according to the study. Console games with online play account for the majority (51%) of virtual purchases using real world money, with social networking games (30%) coming in at second.

 

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SuperBetter – online game promotes self-improvement

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Jane McGonigal

Game designer Jane McGonigal, came up with the idea for “SuperBetter”, after she got a concussion. In interviews with Jane, she has described how she struggled to retrieve her focus until she decided to treat her recovery like a game: setting a series of progressive challenges, levels of achievement, with small prizes along the way. Users will be able to pick from a list of challenges—quit smoking, lose weight, recover from heartbreak—and try to accomplish them. Friends or family who have also signed up can act like Toad in the classic game “Super Mario Brothers 3”, and nudge you along.

 

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Three Key Strategies to Gamify Your Website Beyond Badges

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There’s a right and wrong way to implement gamification beyond just slapping badges and points on your site.

Gamification, or the use of game mechanics in non-gaming contexts, has quickly made its way into the lexicon of the marketing and tech world. Companies in every industry imaginable are trying to tap into this powerful new strategy for influencing and motivating their customers, employees and fans.

 

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Access to Nighttime Online Games Will Be Blocked in Vietnam

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Online games will be blocked between the hours of 10pm to 8am.

Gamers in Vietnam will soon have to rearrange their schedules if they’re used to playing videogames online at night. The country’s Ministry of Information and Communication is requesting that local internet service providers block online games access between the hours of 10pm and 8am.

 

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Keeping Your Mind Active Delays Dementia But Speeds Up Decline Later On

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Brain games hide but do not prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s.

Crossword puzzles and other mentally stimulating pursuits may hide but not prevent the progress of Alzheimer’s disease, research has shown.  Evidence suggests that adults who keep their brains active by reading, listening to the radio or doing puzzles, can delay the onset of dementia. But these people may then decline more quickly when they do eventually exhibit symptoms.

 

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Email Most Popular Mobile Internet Activity

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Email still more popular thatn social networking on mobile devices.

Social networking has become such a staple of online activity in the US that, according to Nielsen, internet users spent more time on social networking sites and blogs than doing any other activity in June 2010. Games, which came in second, took up less than half as much time.


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Struggling with Your Crossword Puzzle? Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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Sleep helps make links between loosely related facts.

Struggling with four across and eight down on your crossword? Then take a nap, a study suggests.  Scientists have discovered that getting forty winks improves your memory and helps you make links between loosely related facts.

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Four Out of Five Poker Players Use Drugs to Improve Their Game

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New study shows 4 in 5 poker players use any number of legal and illicit drugs to sharpen their game.

Four out of five poker players use any one of a number of legal and illicit drugs to improve their game, a new study suggests.Researchers from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, found that alongside caffeine, energy drinks and guarana, professional and amateur players all over the world are turning to marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, Valium and a host of other prescription medications to try to gain some advantage at the table.

 

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