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December, 2009

USB Retro Speakers Evoke Funky Vacuum Tube Styling

A new retro-styled USB speaker set from Hanwha recalls those far-off days when radio was king and a system failure just meant a vacuum tube blew... again.

For the Geek Gunslinger: The Grab-It Pack Gadget Holster

In the desolate wastelands of geekdom there are a few brave souls that have the fortitude to strap their gear close to their bodies in durable, pocket-laden holsters.  Are you one of these gunslingers of geekdom?  I soon will be...

You Are What You Eat On New Year's!

Eating the right meal on New Year's Eve or Day could lead to good fortune. For centuries, people all over the world have noshed on certain foods that are thought to bring them luck on New Year's. Traditions vary per country, but it appears that if one follows the folklore, you can become what you eat on New Year's.

Stanley LED Torch Watch Provides Time And Light

The Stanley LED Torch watch puts a mini-flashlight onto a digital watch. Why? We're not really sure, but maybe you could find a use for it.

72-Hour Social Media Blitz To Hunt For Susan Powell

The mystery of a missing mom's disappearance on December 6 could have been ripped from a screenplay out of a Law & Order TV episode. Strange disappearance of a 28-year Susan Powell while husband Josh Powell takes toddlers camping in a wintery Utah desert the night she disappeared.

Slappy Cakes: Patrons Create Their Own Pancakes At Their Tables

Typically when you go to a restaurant, you have the expectation that you'll receive service; but Slappy Cakes is trying a different format that's been applied to Japanese food in the past, and is now being introduced to breakfast.


Top 16 Fun Fashion Finds Of 2009 Part I: The Best In Wearable Gadgets & Just For Fun Fashions

It's been a big year for fashion finds. We've seen the weird, the wild, the geeky and the gorgeous. With the New Year right around the corner, it's time to count down the top fun fashion finds of 2009, and in part I of this feature you'll be treated to the best in wearable gadgets and the just for fun fashions that were truly memorable!


Golf Ball Launcher Should Make Golf More Interesting

Not getting the oomph you need from your golf swing? Consider loading the ball into a large, intimidating firearm and shooting it at the green.

Google's 'Fast Flip' & 'Living Stories' Court King Murdoch

Google and other search engines have been caught in the cross-hairs of Rupert Murdoch's vitriolic attacks regarding content control. In the age of citizen journalism that is slowly melding into semantic technology before our very eyes, Murdoch's posturing is pure theatrics and his business model is outdated. The era of legacy of newspapers is waning and the titan of the tabloids needs to take heed.

Be Careful. Your Pocket Change May Contain Secret Info

Need to subtly pass some data to someone?  These hollow coins may be the answer.

10 Ads That Will Absolutely Make You Puke

In an effort to curb any overindulgence of food and drink on New Year's Eve, I submit to you a series of advertisements utilizing vomit... yes... vomit... to sell various products.

What will these marketing guys & gals think of next...?


Creepy, Cutesy And Chic Gremlin Skirt By Brian Lichtenberg

It might be a bit of an oddball alliteration, but creepy, cutesy and chic really is the best way to describe this unusual skirt by Brian Lichtenberg. You decide which of the three "C's" you're leaning towards once you take a closer look.

Alphabet Plates: Making Mealtime Fun For Kids With Customizable Plates

Practically every family has a picky eater. Meal times can result in tantrums, thrown foods, and plenty of tears. Since it's not realistic to feed your child that one staple food item that your child will eat daily, Alphabet Plates has found another way to make mealtime fun.

The Secret Wars of Google & Apple (and perhaps Kindle?)

Just as soon as secret rumors caught fire that Apple's soon-to-be released "tablet," will now be released under the new name, "iSlate," a fresh wave of rumors have hit the digital airwaves. Apparently,  Google has released RFPs (Request For Proposal) to several hardware companies including two prominent computer manufacturers in Asia to launch their new netbook. While these two titans battle it out for marketshare, will Kindle and other PDA (personal digital assistant) devices just sit on sidelines?

Chariot Skates: Skiing, Cycling And Skating Combine For One Funky Pair Of Skates

An interesting new concept in skating, Chariot Skates promise to be a unique way to get from place to place.

Eight O'Clock Coffee,The 150-Year Old Social Media Machine

If there is one coffee maker that has kept up with the times, it's Eight O'Clock Coffee. I guess like their slogan, "it's always 8 o'clock somewhere!" this coffee company feels that social media is as ubiquitous as a cup of Joe.

3-D Glasses From "It Came From Out Of Space" To "Avatar"

With the recent release of "Avatar," the world of 3-D viewing has once again become part of our zeitgeist. Unknown to many, 3-D films have had a long history dating as far back as the 1890s. However due to costly hardware, the technical processes and a lack of standardized formatting, the popularity of 3-D films that emerged in the 1950s waned over the years. That is... until today.

Google 2010 Calendar Hangs On Your Wall, Not On Your Screen

A 2010 paper version of the Google Calendar available in Japan displays retro cool, with each month fronted by a unique Japanese version of those commemorative Google logos.

15 Best Businesses Of 2009 For Women And Moms (Part Two)

In 2009, a number of businesses were spotted that had services designed specifically with women and moms in mind. Sure, some of them might be sexist, some of them might be practical, and some of them might be completely strange, but they are what they are and they make up 2009's 15 best businesses for women and moms. This is part two!


Crash Jewelry: Glitzy Jewelry Line Inspired By The Misery Of The Recession

2009 has been a hard year; you might not think it's a time period that would be memorialized in fashion but one designer has decided to take the economical situation of the year to inspire a line of accessories.


15 Best Businesses Of 2009 For Women And Moms (Part One)

In 2009, a number of businesses were spotted that had services designed specifically with women and moms in mind. Sure, some of them might be sexist, some of them might be practical, and some of them might be completely strange, but they are what they are and they make up 2009's 15 best businesses for women and moms. Stay tuned for part two!

New Information About Synapses May Lead To New Drugs To Aid Memory

"In strengthening a synapse you build a connection, and certain synapses are encoding a memory. Those synapses have to be strengthened so that memory is in place and stays there. Strengthening synapses is a very important part of learning. What we have found appears to be one part of how that happens."  (Kenneth S. Kosik, co-director at UCSB's Neuroscience Research Institute)

Iranian Activist Fights With Top Social Media Tool Of The Decade

A recent Mashable report couldn't have been more on target when it recognized YouTube as the top social media innovation of the decade. That social media tool in the able of hands of  Mohsen Sazegara, an opposition activist is being used as a military resource to rebel against Iranian tyranny that has swept the land since the disputed presidential elections held back in June. Like David versus Goliath, this is a classic tale of choosing the right weaponry.

Daisy Rock: A Decade Selling Girly Guitars To Female Rockers!

Proving that sometimes the simplest of business concepts are the ones that make real waves, is one music company that has a multitude of celebrity clients.


Crystallized Swarovski: Men’s Luxurious Fashion Line Sparkles

For those guys who love fashion and feel the need to sparkle, there's a new clothing line sure to check both of those boxes and it doesn't come cheap!


A Seductive, Mysterious, So-Very-Retro But In-The-Moment Lamp... Named Cindy?

If ever there was a lamp that exuded sensuality, without of course being in human form, it is the Cindy Lamp, designed by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell.  Shiny, sleek, in decadent colors that reflect every object in subtle tones of themselves...  The Cindy Lamp would be slow, seductive, atonal, film noire... if it were music.

Kindle Outsells Sarah Palin & Dan Brown On Christmas Day!

The latest generation of Kindle was released in October. In November, Amazon’s Kindle broke sales records as the hottest item on holiday gift lists. My holiday blog titled "Kindle vs Nook & Sony e-Reader For The Holidays!" exceeded over 70,000 page-views. On Christmas day,  Amazon's Kindle hit an unprecedented milestone in the publishing history - it sold more Kindle books than physical books.

Fountain Of Youth Or Death By Sweets? Another Study Reveals Sugar Kills

I don't really want to be the one to break it to you, especially the day after Christmas, but sugar kills. On the bright side, 2010 is just around the corner and you're not too late to cross sugar off your list of healthy energy foods for the new year. 

Trading In 2009's FML For 2010's LML

The acronym FML became a pervasive meme to mark the year 2009. Some of us might have escaped its grasp, but apparently a good number of folks used it as a crutch to describe their overt preoccupation with how much life sucks!

China has system to detect vulgar Karaoke

Chinahush has a great write-up about a controversial new karaoke content management system being rolled out in Zhengzhou. The 'Black Box' (as it has been nicknamed) will flash red lights and alert the police when someone selects a vulgar song. Naturally, many netizens in China are voicing questions about such a system:

Chocolate Sparkling Soda Makes Valentine's Day Go Down Easy

Chocolate Sparkling soda from Suntory offers Japan's lovelorn ladies a liquid alternative to boxed chocolates when choosing a Valentine's Day gift.

Twitter's 50,000+ Will Be "Location" Game Changer In 2010

2010 is going to be the year of the location-based services. While Location-based social networks made inroads in 2009, nothing will compare to the anticipated growth this coming year. In the last twelve months, we have seen the rise of  several location based start-ups, Foursquare, Gowalla and Brightkite are a just a few of the exciting apps out there. Yet, until now, the bigger players have held back.

McDonalds Japan To Launch 4 'Big America' Burgers In 2010

McDonalds may be a global food force but the burger meister is anything but monolithic, adjusting its products to suit local customers. All well and good, but it remains to be seen if Japanese foodies will chow down on McD's 'Big American Taste'.

Fashion With An Environmental Mission: LED Dress Measures CO2 Levels

A new environmental awareness initiative has sprung a really neat piece of fashion that actually, in some ways, benefits from pollution.


Beatbox Kitchen: Mobile Eatery Is Really Seen And Heard!

This year, mobile eateries have been all the range and have offered a greater menu that the typical street meat that many Americans have grown to expect from food trucks. A new restaurant on wheels does offer that traditional fare, but there's something else that they've done to really make themselves seen and heard.

Romantic Roses Bloom Into Bloomers

These aren't your grandmother's bloomers... but if every rose has its thong, these wearable flowers put the petal to the mettle.

This Is Your Tongue On Cannibis

Substances similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, are produced naturally in our brains. They are called endocannibinoids and are part of the body's endocannibinoid system, which include sweet taste receptors on the tongue. This might help explain the relationship between smoking a joint and eating a pound of chocolate.

Mattracks Powerboard Sounds More Fun Than It Looks

Part snowmobile, part snowboard, part motorized scooter, the Mattracks Powerboard appears to be decidedly less fun than all of the above.

No Mess, No Waste, No Clean Up... When You Eat Your Own Plate!

In the eco-friendly world, it will no longer be enough to eat your meal before getting dessert, you will have to eat your plate before you get dessert.  In fact, your plate may even be dessert.

Lighted Construction Kit Toys Brighten the Holiday Season

Watch out Legos!  There's a new toy in town!  And this one lights up...

Festivus,The Holiday For The Rest Of Us!

In addition to Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, there are other celebrations that are honored during the holiday season.The Winter Solstice occurs on December 21 each year in the Northern Hemisphere. But what about that other holiday gaining in popularity called "Festivus."

Strange, Sick and Savvy Santas: Ads from Around the World

Santa's gettin' around this year.  Seems he's hangin' with some unsavory women, dressing in condoms, and getting decapitated.  That's quite a lot of activity for a guy who should be delivering toys...

Smart Kids To Launch Social Network for 6-12 Year Olds

Soon kids ages 6-12 will have their own social network according to Smart Kids Group Inc., a global provider of children's digital education and entertainment. A site called, "Live At The Hive" will launch with specialized content within a safe community that can be supervised by parents.

Cell Phone Shaver Trims Your Beard, Cuts Off Your Calls

It's a cell phone! It's a shaver! It's... a cell phone shaver? Indeed it is, and it's great news for busy guys who wished their old RAZR phone was exactly that.

The Gift Of Arthritis Relief: Gloves Eliminate Arthritis Pain In Hands

Sometimes the coolest innovations in fashion have nothing to do with style. Those that can improve the health and lives of others are especially notable, and this is one accessory that could make a difference for those with arthritis.

Sleep Apnea Takes Another Victim: The Liver

The casualties of sleep apnea are many: high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, various psychological disorders... not to mention injuries from accidents due to lack of sleep. Now, researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland have established a link between sleep apnea and liver disease.

10 Of The Best Business Of 2009: The Innovative, The Unusual, The Hilarious (Part Two)

In 2009, some pretty great businesses came across our radar. We've seen the strange, the unique, the hilarious, and the truly innovative that have reshaped our thoughts of what constitutes a business! This list recaps some of the best businesses of 2009.


Synaptics Fuse Concept Phone Shows An Exciting Future For Touchscreen Technology

The Fuse concept phone provides a look at touchscreens (and casing) of the future. Get an idea of what smartphones could look like in a few years.

Male Maids Serve It Up At Japan's First Cross-Dressing Maid Cafe

At Hibari-kei, your maid just might be a master - actually they ALL are, since this unique floating Maid Cafe is the first in Japan to feature cross-dressing male maid servers.

The $1000 Apple Tablet Remains A Secret Until The Big Reveal

There is so much buzz about Apple's new "tablet" launch in the Spring that you have to wonder what it will look like. True to Steve Jobs' 'trademark" of keeping his products a mystery until they officially launch, only a select group of designers and executives at Apple know exactly what design was selected for the device.

What A Turn-On! The Automatic Applause Machine

British designer Martin Smith has come up with the cleverest robot I've seen this year: an automatic Applause Machine!  It's not all decked out like a human, either.  Who needs a human?  All you need is a button and a pair of hands.  See how it works....

Protective Winter Boots: Reversible Cleat Boots Prevent Slipping And Scuffing

During those icy months in cold climates conditions can be treacherous. It's not uncommon to do a butt plant (or face plant if you're not so lucky). Special grips and cleats can be added to your winter footwear to provide winter traction, but they're not exactly the most practical solution.

10 Of The Best Business Of 2009: The Innovative, The Unusual, The Hilarious (Part One)

In 2009, some pretty great businesses came across our radar. We've seen the strange, the unique, the hilarious, and the truly innovative that have reshaped our thoughts of what constitutes a business! This list recaps some of the best businesses of 2009. This is part one, stay tuned for part 2 as well!

Brainwave Toys - Do Today's Kids Have Enough Brain Power To Play?

Mind controlled toys are here. But will kids be able to sit still long enough to play them in today's Ritalin-based world? I'm not sure.  But the toys are pretty cool...

Hardware That Saves Space With Style: The Pedestal Sink Towel Bar

Half-baths, as in 2.5 baths, should really be classified as closets.  The size makes them a really tight squeeze, often requiring a "wide stance" so your knees don't rub the sink when you sit on the toilet!

Teens Develop 60-Second Cure For Noise-Induced Tinnitus

If you hang out in dance clubs, play in a band, listen to music blasting from your car stereo or your audio headphones, or use noisy machinery, you'll be glad to know that there is relief available for the after-effects of those experiences.  The "cure" for temporary tinnitus, the bothersome ringing or buzzing in your ears, was developed by two Irish physics students, who probably have experienced some tinnitus of their own.

Batman's Utility Belt: A Replica of the Ultimate Gadget Container

Need something to carry your gadgets in while out on a night of fighting crime?  Well, this might not be the answer... but it sure looks cool.

Brightkite's Augmented Reality Adds New Dimension To Your Holiday Shopping!

A new wrinkle in Holiday Shopping. One the hottest location-based social networks on the market today just added Augmented Reality to one's holiday shopping experience. Just point your smartphone's camera toward any shopping area and view more than you bargained for.

Wear Your Food As Fashion: Kitschy Japanese Pizza Broaches

Often when people wear they're food it's not intentional, especially when pizza is the food in question with its gooey cheese and oozy sauce; but now a new line of accessories is making pizza fashionable. But no, I don't mean those leftovers from a meal.

Drive Through Fashion Shopping: Target To Go Sells Rodarte Line

The holiday shopping crunch is on, and shoppers no longer have time to dwell on the purchases that they're planning to make. That's why shops that feature a drive through, fast food style of shopping environment ideal because they allow shoppers to get in and get out!

Squid Skin Liquor Bottles Are Recyclable And Edible

Drink like a fish? You'll love these traditional Japanese liquor bottles made from entire sun-dried squids. Enjoy the drink with none of the ink!

O’Noir Toronto: Dine In The Dark In The New Year

It's about time to start considering what your New Year's resolutions will be this time around, and instead of pledging to start going to the gym or eating better (which you'll do, until February arrives); vow instead to try new experiences. If you're in Toronto, here's one great new thing to check out, but make sure you go with an appetite!

5 Fun, Funky & Ugly Holiday Inspired Purses

Since I've already given you an idea about some of the ugliest holiday sweaters out there to wear to get your Christmas groove on, the focus upon holiday attire really wouldn't be complete without featuring accessories. To round out your holiday wardrobe, here is a selection of fun, funky and ugly Christmas and holiday purses that you will certainly only tote once per year!

Pop-Up Christmas Tree Sets Up In Seconds

Instant Christmas anyone? This pre-decorated pop-up Christmas tree sets up in mere seconds, giving you more time for holiday celebrations.

Finis Introduces Waterproof XtreaMP3 For Outdoor Sports

Designed for your most "Xtream" endeavors this new MP3 player offers waterproof, shockproof construction.

Will Google Purchase Yelp To Create Its Own Foursquare?

Rumors are running rampant that Google is closing in on a potential acquisition of Yelp. Why would the Search Engine Giant consider such a move? Might a small savvy start-up like Foursquare be in its cross-hairs?

Still Time With Standard Shipping: Fun Eco-Friendly Toy Gift Guide

For the eco-friendly procrastinator in need of earth-friendly toys for the children in the family rest assured they can still be found and shipped out on time from Amazon.com with standard shipping. So don't panic. Instead take a look at some of the unique toys below.

Sprize : Service Notifies Shoppers When Their Purchase Drops In Price!

With all the holiday shopping each and every one of us are doing, be it online or while braving the crowds at the malls, there's a good chance that one of those purchases is going to be subject of a price cut. A deal is great, but there's no time to comparison shop after a purchase has been made, which is why Sprize is offering a solution.

Gift Idea For The Budding Fashionista: Crafty, Customizable Lip Balm Kit!

Adults may appreciate customized beauty products, like the lip balms offered by Lipbalm Labz;  but kids like to get their hands dirty when they customize. With that in mind, here is one great product that any young and budding fashionista would love to receive this holiday season.

Gyroscopic Golf Trainer Boosts Your Swing

Get his game on track this holiday season with this helpful golf tool.

10 Last Minute Gift Ideas Under & Way-Under $100

If you're like most people, myself included, you are not ready for the holidays.  You still don't know what you're cooking for Christmas, you have nothing to wear to your in-laws, you haven't put up your tree, and you're just revisiting the Christmas gift list you made in late October.  As I was going through my own list just this morning, I thought I'd share some of the neat gift ideas I found for last minute shoppers.  They're for infants to elders, combine style, utility, and fun... and they range in price from $7.99 to $69.95 and are in stock to ship for Christmas '09 as of this writing!

The 13 Worst, Weirdest and Tackiest Christmas Presents To Spoil The Season

Christmas is here again, which means its time get gifts for your selfish friends and the family members you care so much about that you only see them annually. While time is running out to get gifts, this guide can help you find the right present for all the wrong people in your life.

Electric Carpet Keeps Heat On Your Feet

Cold floors dampening your holiday spirits? Fujitsu General Electric is offering a number of heated electric carpets to warm your soul - and your soles.

Milestone Achieved In Cancer Research: DNA Mutations In Lung And Skin Cancers Mapped

Scientists at Great Britain's Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute made a major breakthrough in cancer discovery, having identified all of the genetic mutations that contribute to lung cancer and melanoma, two of the most lethal cancers.  We're not talking about 20 or so mutations...  The genetic map for lung cancer contains more than 23,000 mutations; malignant melanoma involves more than 33,000 mutations.

Facebook May Thwart Location-Based Social Network Growth

There is so much activity in the location-based social network space with even Facebook and Twitter jumping into the fray. Companies like Foursquare, Gowalla and Brightkite are getting a lot of attention with successful rounds of funding added to their coffers.

Philly Kitchen Share: Rent A Professional Kitchen For Holiday Cooking

There are businesses renting just about everything these days, including workspaces like offices, product testing areas and more. Now, a new company is offering a different type of space for people to work in when they don't have their own, and it's something that could come in handy this holiday season.


Top Ten Companies Harnessing "The Wisdom Of The Clouds"

Companies and research firms may eventually transition most of their high-level computing tasks to a global network of servers known as "clouds." This top ten list notes the pioneers who are positioned to dominate that field.

Social Media Makes "Mr.Splashypants" Internet Famous!

In a very humorous rapid-fire delivery on YouTube, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the popular social voting news Web site Reddit tells a story how one humpback whale became Internet famous. See how "Greenpeace," became the Captain Ahab in pursuit of a new name for Moby Dick on the Social Media High Seas!

Big Eaters Don't Just Get Fat; They May Get Alzheimer's Disease

Can you polish off this hamburger? How about two of them?

Better watch out. The hormone that controls your appetite, leptin, is critical - not only to your weight, your percentage of body fat, your risk of diabetes and heart attack... Now, it has been identified as a major factor in Alzheimer's disease.


Motorized Knee For The Bionic Jogger

For those that just can't muster all the power and energy they need to run or jog, a group of Japanese researchers is working on a motorized knee.

Top Ten Graphic Novels On Kindle

With the accessibility of Kindle and eBook reading devices, our readership habits have changed measurably over the last few years. Many of us are returning to the types of fiction we read as kids. Comic books are becoming popular again. And for those that like extended version of comics, the graphic novel may be more to your liking. If so, you're in luck as that genre has found a new home on Kindle, just in time for the holiday season.

Eternal Plate: Bone China From The Bones Of Your Beloved

It's said the best porcelain is Bone China and for some grieving loved ones, it's the best way to memorialize the dearly departed and keep them with you always.

10 Weird, Wacky & Just Plain Dumb Pet Products

There are two sides of the aisle when it comes to pet products; those who think they're all dumb and those who go in for everything that comes along.... But these 10 weird, wacky, and really dumb pet products should bring both sides together in unanimous NAYs... or BOOs!

China's xpPhone to be upgraded to Win7Phone?

The Chinese xpPhone was itself thought to be a rumor until engadget China reported on it last month. Sadly, it looks like this monstrosity does indeed exist. And what's more, it looks like it might soon be upgrading to Windows 7. Nevermind that the real Windows 7 Mobile won't be coming out until late next year. As usual, China has us covered with this magnificent (read 'ridonkulous') piece of work.

Unique Christmas Trees Ideas For the Recycling Artist on a Budget or Everyday Cheapskate

If you're on a budget, or an artist on a budget and you really want a Christmas tree this year, but can't afford it, you may just want to turn to your trash can or recycle bin for a tree. It turns out simple disposable household material can be used to make a tree. Take a look below.

The Omnipotent, Omniscient & Ubiquitous Google Continues To Up The Ante

'To Google' has become the universal generic term, meaning "to search." In the last 70 days there has been 38 new products added to the Search King's arsenal of tools. Even with Bing's 100 million advertising campaign, nothing seems to be able to impede the Google machine or crack a chink in its fortified armor. Today, with approximately 70 percent domination of the global search market, the omnipotent, omniscient, omnivorous and ubiquitous Google keeps upping the ante to stay on top of the search engine game. And here is why...

Bunny Bags: Unique Green Totes Convert Into Plush Toys

Reusable bags are being made more convenient so those looking to adopt more eco-friendly methods of carrying their shopping can. A unique set of picnic totes doesn't necessary have a second practical purpose, but it is transformable!


5 Hot Beauty Gadgets For Women Over 40

... If money and time were no problem (and when are they not problems?), we would get professional treatments to keep looking our best.... But thanks to technology we can use modified professional gadgets at home. These five beauty gadgets are my picks for function and reliability. They make dynamite gifts.

The Weirdest Christmas Ornaments To Make Your Tree Blush

It’s early December, which means if you haven’t already bought a Christmas tree, it’s time to head out to the local store and bring one home. If you haven’t already bought yourself some horrifyingly strange ornaments to go on your tree, fret not, we have a great collection of the weirdest, funniest and scariest Christmas tree ornaments around and there’s still plenty of time to order and get them on your tree before the holidays.

Twitsnaps APP Contest Awards $20 To First 100 Users

[Editor -- The contest is closed.

The first 100 users to download the Twitsnaps iPhone application will win $20. Anyone can participate. All you have to do is download the iPhone app and upload 5 or more photographs on Twitsnaps.


Office Kit: Helping Employees Use Fake Parenthood As An Excuse For Missing Work

We've all had days where hauling our butts out of bed, into the freezing cold to sit in traffic just doesn't feel like a desirable options. But, eventually office workers run out of excuses that they can use when they don't feel like they want to come in. Those with kids automatically have a foolproof escape plan, which is why one company has created a product that allows even the childless to cry "sick child" when they want to stay home.

Tweets of Shame Can Taint Real-Time Search

Before social networking, hacking was confined to one's personal computer. Now in addition to having your hardware violated, social media hacking is attacking one's personal dignity and broadcasting it to the world. And apparently the perpetrators are equal-opportunity hackers as anyone can find themselves at risk, whether you're a celebrity or a first time tweeter! But can this latest hacking tactic affect real-time search as well?

Christmas Tree Of Sardines Sparkles At Yokohama Aquarium

Nothing says Christmas like tens of thousands of starving sardines in a feeding frenzy, amiright?

Can You Bank On Location-Based Social Networks,The Next $hiny Thing?

Is the new shiny thing - Location-Based Social Networks (LBS)? A new wave of startups taking advantage of GPS technology,the ubiquity of smart phones and location-based attributes are growing exponentially and are gaining popularity not only with users but also with angel investors. Is banking on a LBS a sure bet?

The Best, Sexy Holiday Gift For Your Ultimate Fighter: UFC Garter Belt!

 Shopping for holiday gifts that are sure to impress your spouse can be a big challenge. I've got the perfect idea for the man who loves UFC, and well, you know that thing that just always happens to be on every guy's mind. Yes, it's the best of both worlds, and as an added bonus you get something out of it too in the form of a sexy new accessory.

Designed For Kids, But Can YOU Resist? Crane 1-Gallon Cool Mist Humidifier

... There are over a dozen adorable characters to choose from including: the Sponge Bob  Humidifier, Hello Kitty Humidifier, Thomas The Tank Humidifier, and a pig, penguin, frog, dragon, panda, elephant, and cow humidifier!  If you or your children need room humidifiers for the dry days and nights of winter, give these a peek.  If nothing else, they'll make you smile.

Stylish Home Humidifier Comes With Cute Matching Remote Control

The 'Middle Colors Supersonic Wave Type Humidifier', to give it its full name, shows off a curvy, organic shape that's reflected in its almost too cute for words matching remote control.

Are Facebook Fan Pages, 'The Emperor Has No Clothes'?

I'm told daily that its imperative that I set up a fan page on Facebook. Brands of all sizes have done so. Like Twitter, I know the number of one's followers can assist in spreading one's message virally. But isn't a fan page really just a puffed-up outlet for ego gratification and an opportunity to dupe ourselves and the public into believing that we get something out of renting a billboard on Facebook?

Breathalyzer Vending Machines: Business Comes Along On time For The Holidays

Right on time for the holiday season is a new, innovative vending machine that's designed to prevent drunk driving. Let's be realistic, in concept it's not entirely new, but its approach to the market is unique!


Tasty, Shiny, Inexpensive and Eco-friendly Christmas Tree Anyone Can Make

For anyone out there on a tight holiday budget or really confused about what is more eco-friendly, live Christmas tree or a plastic one, there is great news! You can sip some Mountain Dew, share some with friends and then build an eco-friendly tree with the empty cans, just like the one in the picture here.

HDTV For Just $100? Japan's Pixela Prodia TV Channels Cheapness

The Prodia PRD-LA103-16 from Japan's Pixela Corp.could be the world's first terrestrial digital high-definition LCD TV to break the $100 barrier.

Experimental Drug Kills Breast Cancer Stem Cells In Early Trials

A new breast cancer drug, developed by Merck & Co, has passed Phase 1 trials with flying colors. The experimental drug, MK-0752, was developed to kill breast cancer stem cells that are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation.

Death To Facebook By Seppukoo.com

Impress your friends. Disconnect yourself. You are more than your virtual identity. So says a site calling itself Seppukoo.com which allows you to check out of Facebook by assisting with your online suicide.

Urban Baby Shoes: Urbano + Moda Booties By Mai Saraiva Are Inspired By Graffiti

This baby shoe designer proves that it's possible to break the mould even in baby wear, and escape from the typical pastels and teddy bears. These urban baby shoes have a unique inspiration that make them original and artistic.


RC Surf/Skate Board a Hint of Future Sport?

The Cyber Surfer R/C Spaceboard may be more than just a cool Christmas gift.  Is it just crazy enough to be a prototype for the next Xtreme sport?

Audi's A3 TDI Recieves Top Honors in Los Angeles

Every year, a group of hand selected judges come together and meticulously study the data from a handful of cars from around the world. After what I would assume to be much deliberation, they select a winner that goes well beyond the standards, depending on the category, to name as the car of the year. For 2009, Audi has managed to claim the title of Green car of the Year with their A3 TDI.

The Alpine Racer: Take Sledding to the Next Level

A far cry from the plastic saucers of your youth, the Alpine Racing Sled is the perfect gift for those that have an intense, unnatural love for sledding.

Suma Squeezable Sensor Could Bring Video Games to the Next Level

Suma is an interesting new concept in video game control that translates squeeing motion into on-screen feedback.

Fuzzy Nation's Trendy Dog Handbags Make Great Gifts For Girls & Teens

Dog lovers start young and so does a girl's desire to carry a purse for her precious possessions. Fuzzy Nation, a new accessory design studio, creates adorable plushy dog hand-bags that combine practical purpose with the comforting support of a stuffed animal.

Sparkling Afternoon Tea Is A Safe Sham Champagne

Want to stay sober when the rest are falling over? Try Kirin's new Sparkling Afternoon Tea, the sham champagne made with tea for teetotalers!

Lipbalm Labz: Create Your Own Flavored Lipbalm

You can't always judge a book by its cover. Lipbalm Labz is a business with a website that's extremely bland and almost verging on amateurish. But, the product they offer is high quality, and it's something that just about anyone will love since it features customization!


Social Middleware to Block Social Networking On-the-job!

Enterprise sites allow companies to establish micro social networks within their firms where employees can communicate with their peers, partners, clients and others selected. But what about access to Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook in the workplace?

Special Edition Viper to Commemorate Final Production Year

As sad as it is, 2010 will be the final production year for the iconic Dodge Viper.  To commemorate this, Dodge has pulled out all the stops to offer buyers as much customization as possible for the final run of the V10 powered supercar.

The Digital Photo Album Watch Keeps Your Memories At Arm's Length

This watch is a tiny, portable digital photo album. Every time you look at the time, you'll get a flash from the past.

Top This! Candelabras On Corks For Your Empty Wine Bottles

If you missed the candelabra era, don't worry... it's back.  This time, with a twist. Instead of the candle holder's decorative arms being cast on a pedestal, the new candelabras are designed with corks to pop into the top of your empty wine bottle. Someone must have seen an old Chianti bottle with a drippy candle in it and said, "I can do better than that!"

Headis Is Just What It Sounds Like: Tennis With Your Head

New sports are always a hoot, and HEADIS is no exception--a totally new use for that dusty, old ping pong table in the basement.

Talking Toilet Trash Talks On Tokyo TV

Japan's high-tech toilets can do everything but talk, it seems... wait, not so fast: toilet titan Toto has taught one throne to trash talk.

The Fashionable Solution To A Dreary Winter: Squid London Color Changing Umbrellas

When it's a dreary winter or spring day out there, and you're hiding under the cover of an umbrella - there's little else to demonstrate you're fashion personality. Brighten up a dismal day with an accessory the adds a little pop of color in response to in climate weather.


iPhone Orchestras Making Music For A New Millennium

New fad or sea change in orchestrated music? The Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble at the University of Michigan is one of several university orchestras that have replaced traditional instruments with Apple's iPhones and their apps. Beethoven must be rolling over in his grave!

5 Unique Recycled Ornaments

This year hang some unique eco-friendly ornaments on your eco-friendly tree. Make some of your own ornaments or buy some eco-friendly ones. Take a look at the innovative and unique recycled ornaments below for inspiration

Subaru Confirms Production of FT-86 Concept Car

The sports car parented by both Toyota and Subaru has been in and out of the spotlight since first being announced late last year. Now, Subaru has made it official that they will be producing their own version of the new concept that will be "Distinctly Subaru."

11 Lively Hanukkah Menorahs & Dreidels For Jewish Pet Lovers

With Christmas commercialism in mind, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to you that pet lovers and even their pets are "special" during the eight days of Hanukkah.  This year, the array of cat and dog menorahs abound, and I even found some cat and dog Hanukkah dreidels!  Here's a bunch of the ones I found engaging....

USB Yoda On Your Computer Monitor Sits

Star Wars has given us a host of memorable characters but none perhaps as distinctive as Yoda, the nearly nine century old Grand Master Jedi and trainer of Luke Skywalker. Now USB Yoda has arrived to oversee YOUR Jedi training.

Top Ten Google Doodles of 2009

Google long known for spicing up its home page with 'doodle' tributes for various events and famous people's birthdays has continually used humor to soften its often maligned brand persona of being a monopoly... or should I say a Googlopoly! In the spirit of a New Year approaching, I thought it befitting to look back at Google's TOP TEN 2009 artwork and congratulate the Grand-daddy of search engines for some doodles well done.

10 Cool Gifts for the Big Geek In Your Life

Finding a gift for that Big Geek in your life (male or female, father, son, daughter, step-sister-thrice-removed) can be difficult.  If you're looking for ideas, read on my friends...

Google's Live Updates Will Be More Relevant Than Twitter?

The new Google search feature will address the needs of people who want the most updated information without having to scan multiple sources like Twitter and Facebook. In other words, Google, the Grand-daddy of search engines has found a way to obtain real-time search without the clutter...or so they say!

Send Social: Courier Service Integrated Into Social Media

It's nice to receive mail, but sometimes when your online friends want to send you a gift, you want to accept but don't necessarily want to give out your real address. This is a real issue, particularly with social media use on the rise; so now there's a company ready to address it.


Top 8 Holiday 2009 Gifts For Crazed Sports Fans

While the standard T-shirt or ball cap may seem like a great gift for the rabid sports fan, chances are he already has more of those than he can handle. Consider something more original this holiday season.

Buick Planning Turbo V6 for Upcoming Regal GS

Since the end of the GNX era in 1987, many people have been wondering if Buick will make a return to the sports car realm. While the Regal GSX package paid homage to the glory days of the Grand National, it just wasn't quite what we had hoped for. Now, it seems as though Buick might again visit the high power turbocharged world with the introduction of the Regal GS.

Do Your Meals Lack Spice? Robot Salt & Pepper Shakers To The Rescue

In the land of SUCK UK, a tiny oasis in the United Kingdom, where folks seem to sit around being silly all day and having a "bot-load" of fun (yes, I am jealous), the latest development is a pair of wind-up salt and pepper shakers in the forms of adorable robots.

ClimateGate, Hot Air, Copenhagen Summit...Oh My!

Its almost as if a 'perfect storm' is about to hit Copenhagen on the eve of world leaders coming together to solve the age-old global issue that continues to pit science against politics.

Blank Label: Aspiring Male Fashion Designers Create Their Own Dress Shirts

There's nothing better than the opportunity to design your own fashion using a simple online application. Unfortunately for those men who are so inclined, there are fewer opportunities for them to get creative with fashion. Enter Blank Label, the solution to this dilemma.


The 12 Dogs Of Christmas... An Exclusive Peek At Their Holiday Wish Lists

Did you ever wonder what dog's really want for Christmas? Well, it so happens that I was able to sit down with 12 top dog models and ask them what was on their wish lists this holiday season. And here's what they told me....

Nissan Wins Design Contest with V2G Concept at LA Auto Show

With the Los Angeles Auto Show in full swing, many are wondering what the future of automobiles will be. Will we be zipping around in our ultra-modern hover cars, or will it be something a bit more similar to what we have now? Well, according to Nissan, it will be a little bit of both.

Kaoiro, An Emoticon Stamper With A Retro Design

Kaoiro, the Japanese Kaomoji Stamper allows the user to stamp up to 2,000 different ASCII art facial expressions on school assignments, work memos, divorce papers and more.

Social Media Predictions For 2010

With the first decade of the new century and new millennium coming to a close, its time to look forward at some of the prognostications that several of today's visionaries have divined from their social media crystal balls.

Lamood: Niche Company Makes Hats For People With Enormous Heads

It's merely an expression in some cases that "so and so has a big head", but for some people having a big head is about more than just ego - it's an actual physical trait that can make it a challenge to find hats, when they're designed for normal-headed people.


Sweet Gadgets You Can Wear: Jelly Belly Earphones

Everyone loves a Jelly Belly. The flavor and color choices are immense; they taste great; and unfortunately, they find their way directly to that part of your body where you've been trying to lose that last 5 pounds for ages. The solution? A new jelly belly electronic that you can wear.


Space Beer Goes Up To Orbit, Goes Down Easy

Japan's Sapporo Breweries has announced the limited availability of Space Barley, the blast-off brew with an exciting heritage and a very dull name.

Pedal Powered Christmas Tree Slimming and Eco-friendly

As part of the Cop15 campaign this year, Copenhagen's City Hall Square Christmas tree could help inspire people not only to be more eco-conscious, but also to stay in shape as they pedal to light up the tree

Tweetbookz: Social Media Print Company Looks For A Piece Of The Twitter Pie

If it's not enough that you can post everything that's on your mind for the entire world to see on Twitter, there's a new company that's ready to take your ego and apply it to print.

It Happened Here: Jewelry Line With A Personal Story

Often the jewelry that we wear begins to signify an important period in our lives because of the memories that are formed through its acquisition and wear. Now, an Etsy store has actually created a customizable line that allows you to share your story.


Chocolate Cellphone Dials Up Style With Good Taste

The Melty Chocolate Cellphone is a sweet collaboration between one of Japan's biggest electronics companies (SHARP) and one of its most interesting designers (Q-Pot).

Air Bag Equipped Seat Belts to Decrease Chances of Injury from An Accident

While seatbelts have saved countless lives since being made mandatory, many people will argue they can cause just as many injuries as they prevent. Ford has decided to solve this problem by installing air-bags directly into the seatbelt.

Designer Lamp Base Grabs The Spotlight

Be the fist on your block to enjoy this weird Japanese novelty lamp! That's not a typo, though if you act fast you may indeed be the first to own the fist.

Gryphon Wingsuit Would Make For a Great Saturday Afternoon

The next level of wingsuit looks like a small, personal aircraft. It provides just one more reason not to screw with the military.

Twitter's 100,000 Twelephants Can Aid 100,000 Elephants

Twitter is home to many charities that are transforming a corner of the Internet into a market exchange for conducting good works. In a recent blog, titled, "The Good Web Uses Social Media To Advance Causes," a new genre of online sites have emerged that are utilizing social media for charitable endeavors. "Twelephants" is a unique campaign that seeks to provide a safe haven for 100,000 elephants in the Elephant Corridor of Africa.

Pet Safety, Freedom & Affordability In Handsome Pet Seat Belt

My pooch generally sleeps while I drive, which delights me because if he wasn't sleeping, he'd be back-seat driving like every other passenger in my car.  Problem is, he does get up and walk around the back of my SUV occasionally, especially when wild smells whiz by his whiffers.  Until now, I never found a safety belt that would accommodate my dog's movements and still offer plenty of security in case the car in front of me comes to a short stop... (ahem)

CrustaStun: Technology Company Develops Torturous Device For Crustaceans

Sometimes the business of death takes different forms. It's not always about funerals and wakes; sometimes it's about murder.


Luxury Leica Camera Gets A Hermes Makeover

Let's be candid, the Leica M7 Limited Edition 'Hermes' Camera isn't for armchair photographers. For 200 lucky buyers with money to burn, however, it's much more than a mere flash in the pan.

Mechanical Mobile Phone Begs To Be Taken For A Spin

This concept phone provides an interesting way for users to charge the battery. Tips and adapters need not apply.

A Closer Look At The Hoof Shoe Trend: 5 Fashionable Or Freaky Hooves

Who knew that horses, cows and camels had feet that could be so trendy? Well, over the past year, there have been a number of interesting shoe designs made to resemble hooves. In some cases, designers are know, in other cases, no one seems to want to take credit for the funky designs (who would have thought?!). Whether this is a trend that you love or hate, it's probably one that you have strong feelings about, and here are some of the most fashionable and freaky cloven hoof shoe designs I've come across recently!


Erbert And Gerbert: Surprise Subs Come Gift-Wrapped

A niche business is one thing, but Erbert and Gerbert has found a new niche within a niche business concept to start with, and it's perfect for the holiday season.

Will Social Networkers Flip For 'The Flip' This Holiday Season?

Anyone can be a filmmaker these days, and social networkers are learning more and more why it's important to include video as a major component of one's social media plan. This holiday season, the 'Flip,' one of the most compact video camcorders on the market today is debuting just in time for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Will it be this season's hot ticket item?

Sorry Day Is On The Way, Sorry To Say

The Japan Anniversary Association has designated December 10 as 'Sorry Day' so let's get ready to repent!

Kangaroo Liquor Goes Down Well In Japan's Outback

Kangaroos? In my Japan? It's more likely than you think and now it's inspired a drink! A flurry of 'roo views has inspired one local brewer to hop to it & jump start their sales.

Solar Hats & Mittens Combine Style And Warmth For Winter Accessories

The cooler weather is rolling in, and it's time to start hunting for fashionable accessories that are also warm. Let's face it, those two things are usually at odds with each other, but there's one set of hats and mitts that might finally make them a reality.

Back to the Future Mod Fluxes My Capacitor

From the moment I set eyes on it, I wanted to drive the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future.  And while this desire will most likely never be fulfilled, this mod designed with CryEngine2 may be the next best thing...

$40K Awarded To The Best Social Networking Sleuths To Find Balloons

No, its not the return of Balloon Boy, nor a refrain from a 60s pop tune. Its a legitimate challenge to mark the the 40th anniversary of the Internet and it's open to all World Wide Webizens. Sponsored by DARPA, the competition requires participants to locate and submit the locations of 10 moored, 8-foot, red weather balloons at 10 fixed locations in the continental United States.

Menorah Goes Green and High Tech

The Hanukkah Menorah pictured above is an eco-friendly Menorah designed by Roni Kabessa. It is made of recycled motherboard and is equipped with energy efficient lights.

YouBar: Customizable Goodie Company Introduces Create Your Own Cookies!

I wrote about YouBar a while back to introduce this innovative healthy food company that allows people to create their own delicious and nutritious treats, including customizable protein bars and shakes. You really can't beat a company that lets you create your own products. Now, they've introduced something else to their line...and it's mouth-watering!

Strange And Unique Sexy Shoe: The Glittery Heelless Heels

Heelless heels: how's that for an oxymoron? The shoes you're about to see aren't for the weak at heart; they're for the fashion risk-takers and those with gravity on their sides! Those who take their fashion cues from Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz might also feel the need to slip their feet into these!


Buy Nike (RED) Laces For The Holidays And Save Lives

December 1 starts the launch of Nike (RED) in 13 countries around the world. Nike has created Nike (RED) laces specifically designed to fight AIDS in Africa. For holiday gift givers, this is an ideal gift to buy for the people on your Christmas, Hanukkah and/or Kwanzaa shopping list, as 100% of the profits go to the Global Fund.