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Justin Bieber is Adorable

I know what you’re thinking! Stop it! I threw up in my mouth a little when typing out the title for this post, trust me. The kid is popular… there’s no questioning that. As far as I can tell, though, he only appeals to young girls in the 2-20 range or so. I certainly don’t understand what the hype is all about. I have yet to figure out why it is pre-pubescent girls everywhere suddenly want to marry this kid. Their piercing screams of adulation can be heard for miles around every time the Beeb’s name is even mentioned.

I have figured out the answer. We grown ups need to stop seeing him the way he really is. When put into a framed shot such as this, Justin Boober is actually kind of – almost – adorable.

Justin Boober

Okay, maybe this photo was an abomination before God and man – but there are some people my age who remember Boober, not Beiber. And, in case you were wondering, there are big differences between the two; one is green, and the other one makes you green (with either envy or motion sickness):

Did Justin Bieber Abuse His Social Media Power?

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This week, Lamarr is all worked up over Justin Bieber and his apparent mis-use of Twitter. It seems as though JB was upset after a fan hacked the computer of a friend of the Bieb to obtain Justin’s cell phone number. This “hacker” then called and texted JB a few times. In order to get back at the poor kid, Justin tweeted HIS phone number out, claiming it was his own. The kid received thousands upon thousands of text messages and telephone calls.

Apparently, the victim was Detroit teen Kevin Kristopik, who deleted his Twitter account shortly after tweeting, “Thanks for giving out my # @justinbieber.” Kristopik hacked Bieber’s friend Ryan Butler to uncover Bieber’s phone number, then did the crazed fan thing and texted him. Yes, that was wrong. No, Kristopik shouldn’t have done it. But does that give Justin Bieber the right to tweet Kevin’s number out to over four million followers?

According to a video Kevin posted on YouTube, he received more than 26,000 text messages in just a few hours. If the kid doesn’t have an unlimited texting plan (or International calling!), then his parents will likely have heart failure when the next phone bill shows up.

To me, this is a blatant case of abusing one’s power, and JB owes this kid a public apology – and then some. Lamarr doesn’t necessarily agree, though. What do YOU think?

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What Turns Someone into a Fanatic?

A question about Justin Bieber on Lockergnome got me thinking. Baoster was wondering why it is some people “love” JB while others loathe him. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground… it’s one extreme or the other with this kid. The same holds true with many of the technology devices on the market today, such as the iPhone 4 and HTV EVO 4G.

What is it about people and devices that turn otherwise intelligent people (some – not all!) into blithering idiots? What makes them so blind to other things and ideas? Why do you feel that certain pieces of technology – or particular teen pop sensations – are canonized?

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Justin Bieber YouTube Videos Hacked

Someone apparently really doesn’t like Justin Bieber. The teen pop sensation had several of his YouTube videos “hacked” yesterday. The perpetrators injected hate speech into the videos as well as information (FALSE!) claiming that Justin had died in a car accident. There were also redirects to external adult sites and other nefarious places.

YouTube has been forced to fix the flaw, which originated in the comments section. The hackers placed executable code strings into the comments of targeted videos which ran when people watched the clip. YouTube parent company Google said that the problem was fixed within two hours of its discovery. “We took swift action to fix a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability on the site.” a spokesperson said. “Comments were temporarily hidden by default within an hour, and we released a complete fix for the issue in about two hours.”

Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities are relatively simple attacks that allow hackers to place code into web pages. On YouTube, the script kiddies used JavaScript and HTML – two commonly-used coding languages found on web pages. In most cases, the code was harmless. However, it was used to deliver links and redirects to questionable websites in some instances. Considering the age group of the population who watch Justin Bieber videos, I feel this was a pretty sick way of exposing kids to things they shouldn’t be seeing.

It takes a seriously unbalanced and immature group of people to do this.

Twitter Improves Trending Topics

I don’t know about you, but I’m darn tired of seeing Justin Bieber as a trending topic on Twitter at all hours of every day and night. I’m sorry if you’re a fan and I just offended you. However, if that statement bothers you then you likely need to turn off the Biebster and go outside. There’s a whole World out there, one which doesn’t revolve around the littlest pop prince.

Twitter has updated the algorithm that powers the Trending Topics feature. They have switched the focus away from what is most discussed to instead concentrate on what is “immediately popular” and “most breaking.” Twitter confirmed to Mashable that it had made updates to improve the relevancy of what is trending at any given moment.

“The new algorithm identifies topics that are immediately popular, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help people discover the ‘most breaking’ breaking news from across the world. (We had previously built in this ‘emergent’ algorithm for all local trends, described below.) We think that trending topics which capture the hottest emerging trends and topics of discussion on Twitter are the most interesting.”

It’s about time. That’s all I’m saying. I honestly don’t care if every tween girl from here to kingdom-come is going to be the one to marry J.B. I could spend the rest of my life without ever having to see his name on the popular micro-blogging site again and die a happy man. I use Twitter to talk to people and spark conversation. However, I also use it to find out what’s hot, interesting and new. If the only thing that shows up in a search for the latest and greatest is Justin, how the hell am I ever supposed to find out what’s going on in the REAL World?

I promise you that there are no pieces of software containing Justin Bieber anywhere on our software site.

Who is Justin Bieber?

Justin Beiber is a teen sensation who was originally discovered on YouTube by R&B artist Usher. His story is much like a fairytale – the stuff dreams are made of. Young girls all over the world fight over who is going to marry the poor young kid. Guys his age wish they were him, even if they won’t admit it.

The masterminds behind Barely Digital regularly produce videos that are dedicated to making fun of things in the tech and gaming world, and pretty much anything else online that they can find to chuckle at. Their latest effort – a parody of Justin Bieber’s hit “Baby” – had me laughing for several minutes straight.

Gotta love that Bieber kid. His music may not be my cup of proverbial tea, but you can’t fault him for his success. He’s worked hard, and has seen it pay off in more ways than he can count.

Could the iPad Outsell the iPhone?

Do we really even care which is a bigger seller? I noticed a discussion about this online earlier, and couldn’t help but shake my head. Seriously, people. They are two completely different products. Why does it matter which type sells more? The point is that there is a market out there for the iPhone, just as there is one for the iPad. Some people seem to be so obsessed with “numbers” and what’s “hot” on the market that they fail to look beyond that to the actual products themselves.

Too often, people rush to get in line to buy something new that all the World seems to want, only to never use the device because it doesn’t work for them. I honestly hate seeing that. As a gadget lover, I cannot stomach it when I see someone buying all of these cool toys, never to touch them again. They simply do it to keep one step ahead of everyone else. Gadgets are meant to be USED, folks!

Which is more important to you? Are you a fan of buying the hottest ticket in town, or do you research carefully before you buy something to make sure it will fit your needs?

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Help Haiti by Watching YouTube

Just after the horrific earthquake rocked Haiti, I wrote an article discussing several different ways that you can help. More than a month later, there are still bodies buried in the rubble. Stories are popping up in the news on a daily basis of survivors being found alive, having been buried or trapped for weeks. There is no end in sight for the plight of the brave Haitian people. It will take many years to begin to recover from this disastrous event.

The people of Haiti still need your help. Stars in the music industry have stepped up in full force, putting together fundraisers and even telethons. Now, however, they’ve come up with an even cooler way for you to do your part in the relief effort. Thanks to producer Quincy Jones, we now have a new version of the old song “We Are The World”, in which Michael Jackson and a cast of other stars sang to raise money to help end World hunger. This time, the proceeds are going to the Haiti Relief Effort.

A new version of “We Are the World” has premiered on YouTube, featuring more than 75 artists. The video features a diverse array of artists including Mary J. Blige, Tony Bennett, YouTube teen phenom Justin Bieber, and a flashback to Michael and Janet Jackson performing the song 25 years ago. The charitable connection here is a digital download – all proceeds from sales of the song on iTunes go to Haiti relief. The We Are the World Foundation website also offers other ways to donate, as well as more information about the song.

In discussing the effort, Quincy Jones stated that “… with the stroke of a key on your keyboard or cell phone, images and messages can be transferred all around the world to hundreds of millions of people in seconds. That’s an enormous amount of power. How can you not try and harness that resource to help people in need?”

With such a small amount of effort required – and an amazing video to watch – how can you not click that button?