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January, 2010

Kia UVO Challenges SYNC Infotainment System

Infotainment systems are slowly but surely becoming just as common as air conditioning in today's vehicles, and for a good reason. As we become more dependent on new technologies, it only makes sense that we want to use them all the time. Advancements like these are likely why Kia has introduced their UVO system.

The Fall (and Rise) of Clowns in Advertising: Part 2

How does the concept of the clown fit into modern advertising schemes?  While I'm not sure I have the answer, I do have several examples of how the idea of the clown has shifted over the decades... and where this image may be heading in the advertising realm... and beyond.  But they're still scary to me.

Volvo Looks to Replace 5-Cylinder Lineup with Turbo-4's

It seems like all of the world's automakers these days are beginning to realize the potential of smaller turbocharged engines. Thankfully, this rarely comes at the expense of performance, making them extremely versatile when it comes to sportier models. Volvo has given us yet another example of this with their latest GTDi Engine.

Top Ten Social Media Cartoonists

As an online editorial cartoonist, I pay homage here to some of the finest new and established cartoonists that are focusing their editorial commentary on social media. Like myself, many of these cartoonists have found the Web 2.0 world is just as exciting and newsworthy as political commentary. And then again...sometimes worlds collide!

Australian Facial Recognition System to Halt False License Applicants

Having your driver's license suspended or revoked is a serious matter. Even more serious is the number of people who have had this happen and then successfully applied for another in a different state or even county in some instances. The Australian Police have developed a new computer system to help cut down on these occurrences which could eventually make its way into the US.

Solar-Powered Cycle Computer Greens Up Your Life

The Solar Bicycle Odometer is the perfect accessory for the eco-conscious bicycle commuter.

Jungle Talk,Talk 'n Play: Cell Phone Keeps Pet Birds Active And You In Stitches

There are more than 300 members of the parrot family and many of them, from the large macaw to the budgerigar (budgie Parakeets), make wonderful pets.  Parrots are very social birds and they love to explore and, of course, "talk."  But anyone who owns a pet parrot knows that these highly intelligent birds need a lot of interaction, companionship, and challenging toys to keep them happy and healthy.

 


Audi Teams With NVIDIA to Bring Google Maps 3D Navigation to the 2011 Lineup

As expected, Audi has given us another upgrade to their constantly improving Multi Media Interface for the New Year. This iteration features not only a more impressive visual experience, but will also include a 3 Dimensional representation of buildings and landmarks.

Neuroimaging Can Spot Schizophrenia Before It Manifests

"Pharmacological treatments for schizophrenia remain unsatisfactory, so clinicians and researchers like myself have started to dig in another direction," says Professor Ina Weiner, lead researcher. "The big question asked in recent years is if schizophrenia can be prevented."

Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010: The Interior Design Winners, Part 1

Sure, you can get a list of the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010 anywhere.  But you want to see the designs, not just read their names on a list!  So, we've gathered them for you.  Focusing on the best interior design awards, here are 11 of the 22 winning furniture designs, plus the Wallpaper* Furniture Designer of the Year winner in Part 1.

 


Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010: The Interior Design Winners, Part 2

Sure, you can get a list of the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010 anywhere.  But you want to see the designs, not just read their names on a list!  So, we've gathered them for you.  Focusing on the best interior design awards, here are 11 more winning furniture designs in part two of two....

5 Pieces Of Heated Clothing To Combat Winter

When the cold fully braces, you'll be glad that you invested in an article or two of heated clothing. Get heat flowing from head to toe with this selection of products.

Trexa Platform Lets You Build Your Own Lithium Ion Powered Hybrid

One of the most often posed complaints surrounding electric vehicles is the look. While they may be much friendlier to the environment, some people just can't get over the styling. The new Trexa modular vehicle platform solves this problem by letting a buyer custom design their own all electric vehicle.

Jewelry Your Valentine and The Environment Can Appreciate

If you know me well you know I'm a fan of trash to treasure art. This particular list of art is unique and elegant jewelry made from recycled materials like: piano strings, clocks, bottle caps, broken china and knitting needles. It's the type of eco-jewelry your eco-friendly Valentine will appreciate.

BMW Brings the 5 Series into the ActiveHybrid Lineup

BMW's ActiveHybrid lineup has been slowly but surely expanding to encompass nearly every size of vehicle offered by the Bavarian Auto Maker. While the 3-Series ActiveHybrid will likely be enough for much of the market, BMW has also decided to redesign a 5-Series to offer a slightly more upscale variant.

Zeal Ski Goggles Get High Tech

Zeal Optics ups your skiing/snowboarding game by projecting key performance measurements like speed right inside your goggles. Push yourself to the next level with these innovative goggles.

Performance Book Caddy--The Fastest (And Most Painful) Bike Ride You've Ever Had

Proving that if you look hard enough you'll find a product for any possible need that you have, the Performance Book Caddy allows you to read comfortably on your bicycle.

AT&T Wireless Data Profits At Record High, iPad Traffic On The Way

AT&T now stands to make even more money than they're making now, which they said in a press release yesterday was a record high.

TripAdvisor & Social Media Expose Top Ten Dirtiest Hotels

TripAdvisor®, the world’s most trusted source of travel advice, announced recently the top 10 dirtiest hotels for 2010, based on TripAdvisor® traveler ratings for cleanliness. For the fifth consecutive year, TripAdvisor® reveals the truth about hotels around the world, and it ain't pretty!

G.ho.st Gives You Your Own Computer Where Ever You Have A Browser

G.ho.st, is a new service that isn't just about online storage space, but about a full PC experience right from your browser.

Japan Snake Center Keeps Visitors Hungry For More

At Japan Snake Center, snakes put bite on you! Actually it's the other way around, just visit their cafeteria.

Experimental Magnesium Compound Enhances Cognition In Rats

 More and more, the influence of diet on various aspects of our health is being uncovered, often with very specific findings that leave us with obvious prescriptions for better health.  Another study, published today in the journal Neuron, looked at the effects of a laboratory-designed magnesium supplement on the brains of rats of different ages.

 


10 Exquisite Bathtubs That Might Be Confused With Museum Sculptures

Since the resurgence of the stand alone sink, bathrooms have become really hot rooms to redecorate.  No slouch themselves, stand alone bathtubs have pushed the trend from closet-sized bathrooms into living room sized spas. These 10 designer bathtubs seriously call for an enlarged space to indulge yourself.  But, beyond the fact that they make a big splash, they make big impressions - like sculptures in a museum.

 


Camel Milk Chocolate Makes A Great Desert, er, Dessert

Camel milk chocolate is coming to Japan... Will that be one hump or two?

iPad Debut Gets A Raised Eyebrow From Women

Steve Jobs unveiled Apple's highly anticipated iPad yesterday.  However, women across the internet are shaking their heads at what seems to be an overlooked play-on-words with the product's marketing campaign.

3D Photoface Lets You Create A 3D Avatar Using 2D Pictures

New software developed by Oddcast allows sites to offer a service to users that will take a 2D profile picture and render it into a fully 3D avatar.

Steve Jobs & The iPad Ten Commandments

Steve Jobs, after having parted the Red Seas of Apple-land with the release of his iPod and iPhone was looking for a new challenge. So while leading the flock of the digerati to the promised land of sweet new gadgets, it was important not to divulge too much in advance. For months while keeping his secret under wraps, his followers thought he had taken ill.

Audi Announces A1 to Be First Ever Premium Market Compact

Audi is no stranger to the premium segment of cars. Much of their line-up has redefined the benchmark for other automakers to meet at one time or another, and their recently redesigned S4 is no different. However, they have also been working to develop the first compact vehicle to be slated in the premium segment, which they now plan on unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show.

Apple's iPad (Tablet) Hits The Scene

It's seemed like an eternity, but the Apple tablet is finally here. Called the iPad, the device looks super-sexy and offers a world of functionality. Take a look inside and decide if it's for you.

Blood Pressure, Medication, Diet, And Dementia: What The Recent Research Tells Us

Since last week, when I wrote about certain blood pressure medications and their positive effects on memory, there have been a few new studies published relating the effects of medication and diet on blood pressure and dementia.  Just so that you're not thinking deja vu all over again at what seems like a repetition of yesterday's news, I thought I'd prepare a short summary of how these studies interrelate and what they mean to us.

Tenease Cures Your Tennis Elbow

Designed to address tennis elbow, Tenease is a compact, portable product that is easy to use at home or on the go. Physical therapy has never been less complicated.

Haiti & The Power Of Social Media

We've seen the power of Social Media in action with the outpouring of support for the Iranians during last summer's Iranian Election Protests on the streets of Tehran. We know its capabilities. Now, with the devastation of Haiti by one of the world's most horrendous earthquakes, once again Social Media and the Digital World take center stage to remind us of our humanity and that we all belong to one village.

LG Offers New Retro CRT Television Set

Take a breather from distinguishing 1080p from 1080i, searching for the largest screen display and waiting for 3D HDTV to hit the market, and enjoy television the way your grandfather did--on a huge box with small screen and average picture.

Too Shy? DVD Helps Women Look Men In The Eye

Ladies, are you overly shy? Can't get up the nerve to talk to that cute guy in your building, much less look him in the eye? Maybe you're hurtin' after a bad break-up? If so, order "Miterudake For Lady", the creepy self-help DVD that helps shy women gain (or regain) their social savvy.

Saci Is One Devil Of A Chair

Brazilian designer Rafael Morgan has created a devilish chair as a tribute to Saci, a mythical Brazilian prankster, who seems to have made two of the Saci Chair legs disappear!

Avoid Love With One of These Terrible Valentine's Day Gifts

Do you really think it's a coincidence that the nickname for Valentine's Day is VD? It seems the sickeningly sweet day sneaks up on us every year just like a recurring case of genital herpes. And yes, the outbreak is here again.

 If you're looking anger your significant other and you really don't want to get any love this year, then simply try any of these great gifts and you're certain to spend the rest of the night relaxing (and sleeping) on your couch.


Adidas Presents: Teamgeist, A Graphic Novel Game Of Epic Proportions

Adidas has hired some gaming and web design geniuses to come up with a turn-based strategy game that runs right out of the browser,

Gamble On The Future Of Humanity At Long Bets

Long Bets is a website that works off of peoples' innate desire to voice their opinions about some of the larger issues facing the world we live in, and then pit them against the rest of the internet.

The Fall (and Rise) of Clowns in Advertising: Part 1

Just say the word "clown" to me and I shudder.  So why, dear readers, would I write a two-part article about them?  Because I think they've gotten a bad rap in advertising campaigns, that's why.  But they're still scary....

Ford's New SYNC integrated Touch System to Raise the Bar for Car Based Infotainment Systems

We all know that the key to selling a high value product is to be able to predict what the masses will want next. A few years back, Ford did just that by introducing the SYNC Infotainment System. Since then, they have been steadily improving it both by upgrading the system itself and adding new things to it. The latest of these additions, the MyFord Touch Driver Connect System, promises to offer even more personalization and information to the driver than ever before.

Arrayent Makes The 'Internet of Things' A Reality

The Internet as the ecosystem of our lives is expanding beyond the confines of desktops and mobile devices to connect with actual things that take up space in our world. Back in February, 2009, I predicted that by 2020 appliances, vehicles, buildings and smart homes will be able to start talking with one another. Well that Internet of Things' timetable might have just been moved up a decade as a result of what  one company is doing with this new technology.

Miju Makes Morbid Necklaces With Gothic, And Apparently Nostalgic Appeal

Miju's morbid necklaces might even go too far for those who like the gothic looks, but if you're into dead things (and I don't just mean leather or fur) then this is one fashion accessory that you might find appealing.

ReardonSmith: Underground Hotel Won’t Be Visible To The Naked Eye!

I don't know what you think of when you picture a relaxing retreat into nature, but a new unique hotel promises to be more ecologically friendly and provide a unique vacation experience.

Masculine And Feminine Gracefully Fuse In Loginoff’s Chair Design: Dounyasha

It’s hard to resist Dima Loginoff’s designs; they’re so conceptually rich, drawing in so many aspects of history, art, and social commentary.  Perhaps none of Loginoff’s creations to date are as evocative as his concept chair, Dounyasha.

 

Tunebug Turns Your Bike Helmet Into a Surround Sound System

A new type of portable audio driver, the Tunebug could replace tedious headphones for sports like cycling and skiing.

Convert Basic Images to Scalable Vector Images With Vector Magic

If you have an image that you're happy with and want to make a scalable version of it that won't pixelate when zoomed in, then Vector Magic is the tool for you.

FanBuzz Visualizer & Grammy Awards Track Real-Time Popularity Of Lady Gaga & Others

On January 31, 2010, as a first-of-its-kind interactive fan experience, the 52nd Annual Grammy Award Show will rank the popularity of nominated artists. This will result from an aggregation of real-time feeds from YouTube, Twitter and Flickr that stream in from fans online.

Consolidate Your Streams On Cadmus

Cadmus is an internet application that condenses all your different streams into one place, and allows you to view which updates are related.

Can You Spot the Tah-Tahs? Great Boobs In Advertising

Sex sells.  That's a fact, pure and simple.  But the use of breast imagery in advertising is just plain overwhelming!  Wanna see a few examples of how advertising agencies exploit a male weakness in order to garner product recognition?  Sure ya do...

Medtronic's Melody Device Sings Sweetly To Those With Heart Defects

Without having to jump through the usual hoops required by the US Food and Drug Administration for approval, the medical device company, Medtronic, gained approval of its Melody transcatheter pulmonary valve through a "Humanitarian Device Exemption."  This device could save those with pulmonary valve failure many open heart surgeries... and Medtronic has other heart valve devices lined up.

Aperion Home Audio Link Makes Wireless Streaming Easy

The new Aperion Home Audio Link provides a plug-and-play solution for home music streaming from a computer or MP3 player.

The Green Seamless Solution To Solar Panels Is Blue: Solé Power Tiles

I was just waiting  for an invention like SRS Energy's new Solé Power Tiles that can be seamlessly integrated with a tile roof.  Solé Power Tiles are a beautiful green solution, but they're blue.  

Biking the Friendly Skies

Where there's not enough room to craft traditional bike lanes, one architect envisions bike lanes in the air up above the city street.

Chirp! Twitter Sets Coordinates For Geolocation Developer Conference

Calling all Developers! Get those APIs a' humming! The wait is over, and the location has been selected. Chirp, the Twitter Developer Conference is offically slated for San Francisco, April 14-15, 2010. It will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and the Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center. It's exclusivity is evident by its limited seating of 800.

Legacy Newspapers + Foursquare = Location-Based News

Legacy newspapers have been struggling to come up with new business models for the last couple of years. Some, like Rupert Murdoch are fighting Google over search engines' access to their newspapers' content, while the New York Times is considering a metered system and a potential partnership multimedia devices like Apple's new tablet (yet to be launched).

Google vs Bing vs China - Which Yuan Wins?

ComScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, just released a study on growth in the global search market for 2009 and showed that searches have grown 46% globally. The study revealed that the U.S. remains the largest search market worldwide, while Google retains a commanding lead in the worldwide search market

Rash On Your Bum? You May Have Toilet Seat Dermatitis!

The medical diagnosis of toilet seat dermatitis is a real one, but if it hasn't come to your attention, it may be because most cases are found in underdeveloped countries... until recently.

Twitter Breathalyzer Tweets Your State Of Sobriety

Too drunk to tweet? Not a problem - the folks at Koress Project have crafted a retro-looking, Internet connected breath tester that broadcasts your BAC to your BFFs!

Aviary Offers A Full Image Editing Suite Online

Aviary is an online image editing suite that offers much of the power behind desktop applications, only without installing many gigabytes of software.

Burn Baby Burn! The Ultimate Designer Cake Candle

With Valentine's Day coming, I'm sure you're looking for yummy gifts for your sweetheart.  If a chocolate heart cake is among your choices, this Cake Candle from design house Moss is the ultimate topper.

Get A More Organic Internet Radio Experience With Radiotuna

Radiotuna is lightweight and personalized internet radio without overly sophisticated preference algorithms.

Adidas Kicks Take You From The Mean Streets Outside To The Mean Streets Online

Today you don't need to step away from your computer to enter a different world that's not such a far cry from the one that's just outside your doorstep. Virtual worlds and Augmented Reality programs are growing in popularity, and now Adidas is taking advantage of that by allowing their new kicks to take you from the mean streets outside to the mean streets online.

Urban Mushing: Inventor Creates Dog-Behind-The-Wheel Power And A New Sport

I never thought that dogs and drivers might have "issues" with dog sleds.  But inventor Mark Schuette from Bend, Oregon says mushing can create steering battles because the dogs are in front of the riders and, therefore, have the ultimate steering control.  That's why Schuette invented the first dog-behind-the-wheel Dog Powered Scooter, Dog Powered Trike, TrikeBike, and Dog Powered Skateboard, that put the dog behind the wheel instead of in front of it.  Read on and see how you can urban mush your dogs.

10 Cool Gadgets To Assist People With Arthritis & Hand Pain

Arthritis, or any hand pain, can be very limiting.  The muscles and joints in the hand and wrist are very small and precision-oriented, and pain can impair performance on things we do every day, like closing a jewelry catch or fastening buttons on your shirt.  Assistive gadgets have less of a stigma than they used to, and they're actually getting cooler as more people are using them... because they're just smarter.  Here are 10 new really cool and "handy" gadgets that just make routine movements less taxing on our hands. They even make great gifts!


The Fake Death of Johnny Depp Died A Quick Death

At 7:11AM ET, we sadly have to report that the reported Fake Death of Johnny Depp died. It was a sad passing, having lived on the Internet for just about  ten minutes, not even receiving it's 15 minutes of fame.

Pope Spreads The Word One Tweet At A Time?

When God said "go forth and spread the word," little did he know he would would be limited to 140 characters. Pope Benedict XVI, who at 82 just realized that 'you can teach an old dog new tricks,'  doesn't want the priests in his flock to miss out on a current opportunity to proselytize. After all, wasn't spreading the word an early precursor of Twitter?

Tasti D-Lite Loyalty Program Needs Geolocation To Sell Product

In this coming year, technology is going to make the greatest impact with tweets that are geotagged. A lot of excitement surfaced recently over Tasti D-Lite's new loyalty program that rewards its patrons while simultaneously promotes their product via automated tweets on Twitter and Foursquare. However, while appearing to put a whole new spin on CRM, is this new type of viral communication with the brand's end user going to sell more desserts, or does it need a location-based component to really make it successful?

Indidenim: Design Your Own Custom Jeans Online

A good pair of jeans can really do wonders when it comes to getting that hot look. Since off-the-rack designs don't always do a body justice, there are custom denim companies that we've come across. Most, however, require a visit in person. Now, one allows online ordering.

The Dream Job: Human Bed Warmers Employed At Popular Hotels

There are many out there who wish they didn't have to get out of bed every day to go to work. That doesn't do much by way of earning an income - but wouldn't it be a dream job if you could get paid to climb in bed every day.


It's War, Baby! Cute Kewpie Doll 'Zero Fighter' Charm

Celebrate Imperial Japan's famous and feared wartime fighter plane, the Mitsubishi A6M 'Zero', with this dangerously cute kewpie doll Zero fighter charm.

China Says Goodbye to Google With Cartoons

Since Google announced that they would no longer continue to censor in China, pretty much everybody has assumed that they won't be able to remain in the country. That may turn out to be the case. I'm not going to speculate too much on the issue, because there's way more than enough being said already. 

In the midst of all that headache, I do want to point out a few humorous tributes to Google that some Chinese netizens have published online.

Innovative Jump Rope Concept Uses Jumps To Turn On

As a parent, have you ever noticed how your kids starts running around early in the morning and are still running around in the late evening? It's amazing isn't it? Are they really little, "balls of energy"? Wouldn't it be even more amazing if we could harness that energy and use it to power...a flashlight?

Little Passports: Educational Program Makes Children World Travellers From Their Homes!

Some children are fortunate enough to have a passport full of stamps before they're even old enough to go to school, but that's not the case for the majority. So it's important to give children that cultural, educational experience even if it's from their own homes and bring the excitement of travel to them.

Guo Pei’s Winter Shoe Collection: Sky-High Architectural Footwear

There's such thing as suffering for fashion, and there are shoes that truly do fall into that category, some really taking that concept to the extreme.


The Jigg Is Up, Digg - Time to JerryRigg!

If you're like me and have become disenchanted with the social bookmarking site Digg, ever since they did away with their "shout" function last year, apparently we are not alone. While Digg's unique visitors ended 2009 at 27 million, his was a marked decline from its it 32 unique visitors in September.

Repurposed Pallets Make 5 DIY Designer Furniture Projects By Studiomama

It's not every year that you find do-it-yourself designs among the finalists for design awards, but the Design Museum in London announced that Pallet Furniture, designed by Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama is one of 12 finalists in the furniture category of the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2010.  Here are 5 of the Pallet Furniture designs you can make yourself!

BMW Unveiling Very Green Plans for the Recently Introduced 1-Series

After failing in their first attempt to introduce a model smaller than the 3-Series, BMW successfully introduced the both the 128i and 135i to American soil in 2008. Since then, the 1-Series has been able to collect a substantial fan-base, thanks in large part to the sporty 135i. Now, BMW is planning on expanding even more on the 1-Series lineup, both by improving performance and fuel economy.

Crying Girl DVD Helps Men Feel Strong

If the Crying Girl DVD isn't your average chick flick, it's because the intended audience doesn't consist of chicks.

FYI: Driving Impairs Conversation On Cell Phones

Yes. You read right.  You've heard that cell phones distract drivers.  Now, for the first time, a study has proven that driving distracts a driver from those cell phone conversations!

Get Into A Music Video On Fan Video's New Site

Fan Video is letting users get close to their favorite artists by putting them in videos with artists such as 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, and Lost Prophets.

I'm Here: A Love Story In An Absolut World

Absolut Vodka and Spike Jonez have teamed up to bring you a bizzare but charming story of a family with what looks like desktop PCs for heads.  If you think sound weird, just wait until you watch the trailer.

Is the 'Net' Wall Of China The Next Iron Curtain?

An Internet maelstrom is brewing in China. Southeast Asia, predicted as one of the next hotbeds for social media in 2010 is seeing a test of wills being fought out on the world stage. Google acting as a quazi-secretary of state is threatening China that they will pull out of the country if the government doesn't address the cyber-attacks that violated some of its users' Gmail accounts.

Audi's Second E-Tron Could Be Next Generation R4

At last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, Audi introduced the high performance all electric E-Tron Concept to the world.  Since then, they have been working on a similar vehicle that could serve as a starting point for Audi’s upcoming Plug-In Hybrid Lineup.

Graypants Uses Bumwad To Make Masterful Sketchlight Pendant Lamps

Graypants, the young Seattle design team that creates anything artistic made from repurposed scrap, has come up with a creative repurpose for used bumwad.  No, not toilet paper, but the semi-transparent architectural paper the designers have used to create their past works.

Explore The Random Rabbid Universes of "Rabbids Go Home"

If you don't want to wait to see what the world of Rabbids Go Home has in store for you on popular console systems, you can get a look at things right from your browser.

Jinni Attempts To Categorize TV and Movie Tastes With A Genome Project

Jinni is now trying to categorize movies in the same way as Pandora, with votes counting towards movies and television shows, instead of music.

Juicy News! Daily Blueberry Juice Repowers Memory In Seniors

In the last ten years, blueberries have received a lot of free publicity.  There's always fresh news about the fruit with the highest anti-oxidant capacity and how it keeps flu, aging, belly fat, cancer, constipation, and heart disease at bay.  The benefits of blueberry consumption are not superstition or folklore brought back from the natives of the Andes....

Yakuza Gangster Kewpie Doll Charms Display Dangerously Cute Tattoos

These kewpie dolls may look cute but beware - their gorgeous tattoos signify membership in one of Japan's legendary Yakuza gangster gangs!

Casttoo: Business That Solves The Grunginess Of Casts

Broken bones happen, and when they do people of all ages are forced to tote around casts until the injury heals. At first, casts can be fun. People sign them, you get sympathy, and they're great defense mechanisms that are always there when you need them. But after a while they get grungy, and one company is ready to ensure that's a solvable problem.


Designer Carpet Slippers For Your Feet

 You've heard the expression that the rug matches the carpet; well, that's not exactly what we're talking about here but it's a similar idea that's been brought to fruition, but this time without the innuendo.

If It Only Had Two Feet It Would Walk: Barstool By Supernatural

Don't get me wrong; I'm crazy about the Barstool from Supernatural Studios.  There's just something so alive about it, that if that big duck-footed base were split in two, I would half expect it to walk away, or around, or dance maybe!

Potato Chip Grabbing Gadget Keeps Fingers, Keyboards Clean

Do greasy potato chips cause your typing fingers to slip? You need 'Potechi Hand', the bionic chip gripper from Takara Tomy.

Shorter Names & Vanity Twitter Profile Names Up For Grabs?

Did you join Twitter thinking that a clever profile name was the way to distinguish yourself? Or perhaps you felt more people would find you if you simply registered with your given name and surname? In both of these instances, you may be like me with a Twitter name that is 10 characters or longer.

Find Out Just How Well You Know Your Friends With Friend-o-meter

How many of your "friends" on social networks do you actually know?  With this handy online application, you can find out, and see how you rank against other people who take the challenge.

First Biomark For PTSD Established By Magnetic Brain Imaging

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which manifests itself in disturbing flashbacks, nightmares, paranoid behavior, and expressions of anger and hostility, had been medically diagnosed by empirical methods and by, essentially, ruling everything else out.  Until now.

Trivial Pursuit Aims To Pit Men Against Women In The Ultimate Showdown

Trivial Pursuit is out to settle the question of which gender is smarter by creating a worldwide game of trivia, with the teams as dictated by Mars and Venus

"Pocket God's" 2 Million App Milestone Solves Retention Challenge

In today's world, apps are a dime a dozen, and most are free. By the end of 2009, while iPhone apps reached its '3 billion app download' milestone, studies have indicated that the retention rates of returning to apps after the initial download was a major hurdle for developers.

Aqua Sand: Sand That Never Gets Wet?

Sand that doesn't get wet in water?  That's crazy talk!  But it exists.  And it's called Aqua Sand.

Recycle Your Phones For Haiti Thanks To ReCellular

On January 14, 2010, shortly after the terrible earthquake in Haiti, ReCellular announced their disaster relief program and partnership with the American Red Cross. Not only will this innovative program fund help to thousands of people in Haiti, it will also keep old cell phones out of the landfill. It's an easy, eco-friendly and inexpensive way for anyone to help.

Jumping Light: Double Dutch Your Way To A Brighter Tomorrow

A new concept in self-powered flashlights, the Jumping Light transforms your jump rope motion into electricity.

Does Someone Out There Have The Same Face As You?

Coke Zero set out to answer that question by putting together this interesting social experiment.  Would they be able to find a match for yours truly?

FilmGator: Social Media and Film Reviews Combined

FilmGator has been developed, and is now running in public open beta, to bring social media into the fun of movie watching.

Time To Get Off Your Arse, Study Urges

It doesn't matter to your blood pressure, finds a Swedish research report, how much exercise you do for one hour a day; it matters what you do all day.  In other words, if you have a desk job, it's time to get off your arse!

Why She Lost: Obama's Social Media Playbook Ignored By Martha Coakley

Chris Hughes, sometimes referred to as the "Kingmaker" was largely responsible for Obama's victory over McCain in the last presidential election. Hughes, the wunderkind of social networking developed a social media campaign, the likes of which had never been seen before in modern politics. The digerati were the early adopters, followed by the goose-stepping queue of the Twitterati and the Facebookers. With such success why wouldn't Ted Kennedy's would-be successor have not followed suit?

Look Kindly On Your Health Insurer With An Apple Calendar

You get them every year.  Your dentist sends one, a local realtor sends one, maybe you get a pretty decent one from a charitable organization... They arrive in November or December and they send their best wishes for the upcoming new year.  You rarely hang them up or use them for anything; they hit the recycle bin on the way to your front door. Advertising calendars.

Ruby Slippers: Contemporary And Safe Home Modification Biz For Seniors

The senior care industry is a growing rapidly to accommodate the aging baby boomers, and there are all sorts of businesses trying to break into the niche. With all of the competition, it's important that new businesses find a concept that allows them to stand out from the crowd, and Ruby Slippers is one that's done just that.

Swarovski Does Disney With Whimsical Alice In Wonderland Necklaces

Tim Burton's interpretation of the Disney classic Alice in Wonderland is one highly anticipated movie.  While fans have a while to wait until it hits theaters, what they don't need to wait for are branded products getting in on the hype including one famous jewelry maker.


Blood Pressure Medicine And Alzheimer's: Do You Know Your ARBs From Your ACEs?

This is an ad for a blood pressure medication, not one for an erectile dysfunction drug. Lowering one's blood pressure can help to reduce the risk of heart attack during sexual activity, but what about lowering one's risk of dementia? Researchers from Boston University looked into this relationship.

Toyota Reveals MR2 Based Hybrid Sports Car

After the obligatory waiting period since first being mentioned, Toyota has finally taken the cover off of their upcoming MR2 based Hybrid Sports Car. While the design seems to make perfect sense with what consumers are asking for, the name currently being used leave something to be desired.

Will NY Times Charge For Content & Bundle Delivery With New Apple iPad?

Speculation is circulating from reputable sources such as Mashable  that the New York Times is contemplating charging for content. While legacy newspapers have struggled to develop new business models to address dwindling subscriptions and ad revenue, it's apparent that a metered system is on the table for consideration.

Indoor Skeet Shooting Brings Firearms Inside

Tired of having to stand out in the cold for the all-important target practice? Interactive Toy Concepts brings skeet shooting in the house for your enjoyment (or horror).

Make Your Website Fight Back Against Spam With Spampoison

Spampoison is a simple piece of code that will not only keep spam botsoff your site, but render them essentially useless to the owner.

Is He Hot Or Not? 10 Valentine And Anti-Valentine Gifts For Men That Express How You Really Feel

I don't think women should over-express their love on Valentine's Day; that's for men to do. Besides, how many women are with the men "of their dreams" on this holiday? You may be dating (or married to) a dude you're just not that crazy about. Maybe there's a guy around you'd like to receive your true thoughts after he broke up with you. From Valentine gift number 10 to Anti-Valentine gift number 1, these 10 unusual gifts are sure to express your true feelings.

 

The American Heart Association Presents: Hand Symphony

The site's slogan is "Hands can do incredile things, but nothing compares to using them to help save a life."

Plum Pink Rice Wine Is A Sweet Romantic Treat

"Plum Pink" sake, a pleasingly pink alcoholic drink from Japanese distiller Nakano Shuzo is now available, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Ford's New 5.0L Promises More Horsepower and More Miles Per Gallon

For nearly every fan of the Ford Mustang, few numbers will elicit as much excitement as 5.0. The iconic 5.0 liter V8, last seen back in 1995, had been the performance benchmark for many enthusiasts for quite some time until the introduction of the 4.6 liter V8. Now, Ford is planning a reintroduction of the legendary engine to combat the higher output V8 engines of Dodge and Chevrolet.

'Old School' SEO Can Address Google's 'New School' Real-Time Search

Seems odd to call SEO (search engine optimization) 'old school,' but given the fact it's been around for over tens years, that's considered dog years online for "ancient." Now how does that 'old school' religion work with today's real-time tweets?  Will the old axiom apply - if it ain't broke, it don't need to be fixed?

Top Five 'Pants On The Ground' Song Renditions

If you can't get that crazy song out of your head since 62-yr old 'General' Larry Platt first sang it on American idol mocking the contemporary street fashion of wearing your pants at half-(m)ass(t) - you are not alone!

Your Pure Honey: Purchasing Shares In New Zealand’s Beehives

When you dreamed of a productive business to get yourself into, you might have ideas buzzing in your head, but I'd be surprised if it was beehives and honey that you had in mind. Well, Your Pure Honey was thinking for you so don't you worry.

Iris Schieferstein Shoes: Hoof Heels Take A Dangerous Turn

I featured some funky hoof shoes a while back as the trend was beginning to emerge. As if the risk of taking on gravity (for those without a heel) was not enough; Iris Schieferstein, known for her unique designs, has come up with a shoe far more dangerous.


Gawker Bids $100K For The New Apple Tablet

The last I heard, the yet-to-be-released Apple tablet/ iSlate ticket price was rumored at $1000. But the cost, specs and design of the device was kept under close wraps by the secretive Steve Jobs, who's motto should be "there will be no wine, before it's time." However that was all about to change when a promotional scheme devised by the Gawker Media/Valleywag team was released to their readership.

Infinite Chocolate Bar Celebrates 84 years of Japan's Meiji Chocolate

Bandai's 'Infinite Chocolate' allows one to enjoy the sublime thrill of breaking off a piece of chocolate from the bar, again and again, sugar & calorie free. Sweet!

Baby Teresa: Shopping Philanthropy Goes From Shoes To Babies

Tom's Shoes has made its claim to fame not only for its versatile, and ridiculously comfortable shoes, but for the fact that for every pair purchased, another is donated to a child in need. Not surprisingly, other businesses are catching onto this philanthropic business structure and this latest one deals in beautiful baby goods.

Trash to Treasure Valentine Art

A great way to save money and give the love of your life an eco-friendly gift of love this year is to look through your miscellaneous drawer. You know, it is the one in your home filled with miscellaneous items like: found buttons, found game pieces, unmatched earrings, broken jewelry, unidentified keys and so on. Gather a few of these items from the drawer and make a valentine craft like the innovative one in the picture above.

8 Cool Customizable Fashions For The Real Fashion Lover

I'm a big fan of customization, particularly when it comes to fashion, and I know I'm not alone. Not all of us can be fashion designers, but customizable fashions do get to put our own mark on the clothing and accessories that we choose to wear so they're unique. Here are some of the coolest customizable fashions on the market today.

Government's 'Love' Stimulus Plan For Valentines!

Hey, if the economy can receive bail-outs, why can't the LOVE department? Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, the nation's number sex therapist and octogenarian love ambassador, Dr Ruth Westheimer thinks "stimulus" is the operative word for her new campaign to promoted a 28-day romance stimulus plan for the US capital.

New Project From Swedish National Radio Lets You Make Up Songs On The Spot

Have you ever wanted to express yourself in song, but found that you're tragically terrible at singing?  Why not let them sing it or you?

Google Search Goes 'Local' With Androids & iPhones

Location-based services are 2010's hot ticket item. As hyped as 'real-time search' was in 2009, all things 'local' will be the focus this year by search companies like Google and the social networks of Facebook and Twitter. Optimized search suggestions using one's location was announced by Google on January 14.

CometDocs, The Free Online File Converter

A new web application is offering you a free, quick way to convert file types online without having to create an account, or download any programs.

10 Decorative Solar Lights That Make Romance At Night

I've totally fallen for the gorgeous solar garden lights created by Allsop Home and Garden, and I've picked 10 of them to share with you. The photos are delightful, of course, but all of them are taken in spring or summer settings. I don't know what it is about these lights, but I see them cropping up among the tree icicles and the clean snow mounds on the ground. So romantic!  Just look at them and let them dazzle you!

Camino Hotel Introduces Branded Theme Rooms For Unique Marketing

We've seen lots of fun theme hotels that make for a unique visitor's experience, but there's a new one in a popular vacation destination that has gone to a new level.


Ingredient Shirt Outlines The Human Composition In Style

Ever wondered what makes up your body composition? Well, now you can stop wondering and tell the rest of the world about it on your designer t-shirt.


Yamaha Sparks Interest With Improved Electric Bicycles

Yamaha's five new and improved PAS series electric motor-assisted bicycles are aimed at women, students and urban non-drivers.

Ferrari Moving Forward With Hybrid Production

A few months back, Ferrari let their plans for a new hybrid system leak out. The ensuing uproar effectively divided the fans of the Italian Automaker into those who loved the idea, and those who were appalled by it. The decision by Ferrari to use the new powertrain in the 599 GTB is likely to divide this group even more.

Mother's Milk Cocktail Improves Memory In Mild Alzheimer's Patients

Soon you will be able to find a "mother's milk" cocktail called Souvenaid® on your drug store or supermarket shelves. And why would you drink it? To improve your memory, of course!

OneForty Stocks Store With Twitter Apps, Save 'Location'

Back in September, I predicted that Twitter would acquire oneforty.com, "the Twitter Store of Apps," where one could shop to his or her heart's content for any app under the Twitter sun. Not only did that prediction come to past, but today, oneforty is juggling the launch of its Premium Twitter App marketplace with a $1.85 million dollar round of funding.

Grooveshark vs. Pandora: Personalized Internet Radio Showdown

Pandora has easily become one of the most popular internet radio web apps out there, and now Grooveshark has come along to try and improve on the winning formula.

SynchTube Lets You Watch YouTube Videos With Friends

Many times when you want to share a YouTube video with your friends, a host of inconveniences arise.   SynchTube is taking the pain out of sharing videos by making a synchronized chatroom that you and your buddies can use to enjoy the video simultaneously.

Domino's Pizza Japan Caters To Food Lovers With Happy Valentine Pizza

Domino's Pizza Japan is targeting lovers of more than just food this Valentine's Day. If the way to a man's heart is really through his stomach, "Happy Valentine Pizza"

Liquid Image Summit Series Snow Goggles Shoot All Your Ski-Trip Video

Taking two slopeside essentials and combining them into one, Liquid Image presents the Summit Series goggles. Protect your eyes and capture the moment forever with this innovative accessory.

Google Is No Secretary Of State When It Comes To Diplomacy In China

International diplomacy is the fine art of negotiations that Hillary Clinton is learning as she goes. When Google announced last week it was purchasing a power plant to save on its utilities bill, I reported that their Energy Czar should be considered for the US cabinet post of Secretary of Energy. And while the Search Engine giant is ubiquitous and a jack of all trades, I don't think they have the finesse for resolving international debates.

High Fashion Motorcycle Helmets By Karl Lagerfeld

Many men and women hold the belief that riding motorcycles is a sexy hobby - but few think that the helmets that are required for the safety of your noggin is too. That's why, high fashion motorcycle helmets are on their way!

Wallpaper Your Windows With Versatile Gecko Adhesive Textiles

You know about the gecko. It can climb any smooth surface with the best climbing boots in the world -- its own feet.  Création Baumann, the renowned, proudly extravagant Swiss innovator in textiles, has named its latest product GECKO for a good reason. It sticks to smooth, shiny surfaces, like mirrors and windows, and it can lift its sticky "feet" to stick again somewhere else.

 


Adidas miCoach: You Better Run Your Backside Off

Not getting enough out of your workout? Enlist the help of Adidas's new miCoach and get your own automated personal trainer.

Google Japan Celebrates Chrome Browser With Tasty Eye Candy

Google Japan is taking the lead in promoting Google's shiny new Chrome web browser, if this tasteful celebration in honor of Chrome's first anniversary is any indication.

Green Tea Lessens Chance Of Lung Cancer Among Smokers

As a former smoker, I commiserate with those who still smoke; it's very difficult to stop smoking, but you really must. Just in case you think it's too late to quit because the damage has already been done, that thought is unfounded.  Stopping smoking can, over time, reverse lung damage... and, low and behold, new research shows so can green tea!

Umazon Video Editor Keyboard Has Integrated Jog Shuttle

The Umazon GR-100 keyboard from Hanwha Japan is an ideal tool for DIY video editors that features a big round Jog Shuttle knob mounted on its right side.

As Seen On TV: The Grease Bullet

Look at that shiny pan, all clean and sparkly thanks to the Grease Bullet - a unique tablet that supposedly opens a major can of whoop-ass on grease.  But does it work?

Osorb: Innovative Glass Cleans Polluted Water

2010 brings a brighter and cleaner future with a water cleaning glass product called Osorb developed by Dr. Paul Edmiston of the College of Wooster.

New Concept In Dining: Converted Airplane Restaurants

 Often the success of a restaurant relies upon a great location as well as appealing decor. A new Korean concept offers both with one unforgettable experience.

News From Yous: Company Integrates Social Media With Print News

Facebook and other social networking sites have become great ways for family of all generations around the world to stay in touch with one another. But for those who aren't as technologically savvy, it's not hard to be left out of the loop, which is why a new business News From Yous is integrating social media with print.


The Skinny Jean Trend Applies To Comfortable Cotton Sweats

Skinny jeans were one of the biggest fashion trends in 2009, both for men and women. They may be trendy, but arguably, they're not the most comfortable, so the same style has now been applied to a more comfortable style.


Call For Inventors: Innovative Cook And Bake Ware

If you can come up with the next do-it-all cooking or food preparation gadget, Lifetime Brands wants you!  And it wants your product by February 22, 2010!

Classic, Chic And Whimsical Birdcage Umbrella Brightens A Rainy Day

Umbrellas are an under-appreciated accessory, but if you follow my blog - you know I'm a big believer in their ability to brighten your day and your outfit on the dreariest of days. A new one to come across my radar is classic, chic and sure to be a conversation starter.


Haier Displays Television That Features Wireless Power

Wireless electronics are nothing new, but usually the wirelessness stops at the power cord. Not this time.

Who Wants This White Elephant? Yuri Suzuki's White Noise Machine

Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki enjoys playing with sound, and his White Noise Machine, now on display at a gallery in India is just his latest example.  It's a pretty big White Noise Machine, but you can have it for free, if you don't mind the noise and you're willing to pay the freight from India.

Rumors of RX7 Concept Could Mean End for RX8

Late last year, Mazda let it slip that they were revisiting the RX-7 and since then there have been countless renderings and relentless speculation. Now, many are questioning the feasibility of producing both the RX-8 and the RX-7 in today's economy.

Agressive Cancers Co-Opt Fat Cells To Do Their Dirty Work

Though they are not exactly hit men, certain enzymes in fat cells have been found aiding and abetting the spread of the most aggressive cancer cells.  The guilty enzymes are the monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) enzymes, which put cancer cells into overdrive when they come in contact.

 

Twitter & GeoAPI's Great Land Rush Of 2010

Some call it the Great Land Rush of 2010. Others don't quite understand what all the fuss is about. And others yet still feel that 'location-based services' are an intrusion on our privacy. Whatever your perspective at this moment in time, I can almost guarantee you that you will be feeling entirely different about geolocation apps by year's end.

Commuting Gloves Add Comfort To The Korean Travel System

As much as I advocate public transit, in concept, for environmental reasons; I loathe standing on a bus or subway about as much as the next person. You find yourself sleeping, falling, and tumbling over the person sitting in the seat in front of where you're standing. Now, one innovative Korean designer has made commuting just that much more comfortable.

New Stoplight Design Actually Counts Down Until You See Green

If you have been driving in the same general area for a few years, chances are you have been able to pretty much memorize the timing of the stoplights. However, when you leave familiar territory you are often left guessing how long you will be waiting until you get the green. A new kind of stoplight may be able to give your foot a break by showing you how much time is left before the change.

Lady Gaga Shocks The Polaroid Brand Back To Life!

How does a brand from the pre-digital age that filed for bankruptcy in 2001 survive in the 21st century of social media and advanced gadget wizardry? They hire a pop icon who has created more buzz since Madonna first uttered "Material Girl." Lady Gaga, the 23-year old wacky fashionista might be considered this millennium's Mae West on steroids but it looks like she's landed a legit day-time job, just in case her 'performance art' persona falls out of favor.

Slurping It Up - Awesome Soft Drink Commercials From Around the World

The presentation of soft drinks as a product has changed drastically since the 1950s.  These fizzy, sweet beverages have have sported some of the highly creative ad campaigns.  Let's take a look at some of the more bizarre, funny, and just plain inspired commercials for carbonated goodness ever produced.

Purrsona Cat Eye Bed: Cat Furniture With An Attitude

The Cat Eye Bed, with its attitude and all, is just perfect for one cat or a multi-cat family, who love to scratch, play, spy on you and, of course, nap.

 


Convenience For Consumers In Gourmet Caviar Delivery Business

Food delivery services offer the ultimate craving. In North America, you can dial a number or login to a website and receive just about anything you're craving right at your doorstep. Gourmet foods can be the exception, but not according to one Hong Kong company.

Crystallized Shoes Glamorize “There’s No Place Like Home” Fashion

Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was best known for her glittery, ruby red slippers and now there's a modern version available as part of a complete design project that partners Swarovski with a number of Japan designers.

Shiseido Wants You To Wash Your Hair With Mother's Milk

If breast milk is the best food for babies, it should also be good for your hair. So says Japanese cosmetics and personal care giant Shiseido with their new Chikara "Concept of Mother's Milk" line of hair care products.

Call For Inventors: Christmas Tree Decor & Gifts!

While Christmas is fresh on your minds, I know you inventors have plenty of ideas for how to improve it.  Before those visions of sugar plums and the money to be made from them leave your minds, the Christmas Tree Shops, through Edison Nation, want your ideas.  Hurry now, you have only until February 15, 2010 to get your entries in.

 

Augmented Reality Could Transform Legacy Newspapers Into Video Media

Remember when after reading something of great interest, you daydreamed about the content as if it was a living scenario, whether it was fiction or the daily news. Now with the assistance of Augmented Reality, the content you read will virtually be able to pop off the page and begin speaking to you.

Call For Inventors: 'As Seen On TV' Innovative Product Search!

If you've had a product in mind that would sell a few million through infomercial advertising, your idea could be one of the next big hits As Seen On TV!   Edison Nation has partnered with some of the best direct response (DRTV) firms in the country to find the best innovative products for 'As Seen On TV' Innovative Product Search.

Magnetic Sponge Washes Both Sides Of Your Windows

Highrise residents frustrated by the inability to wash their outside window surfaces will love the Zatz ZA-1, the first magnetic double-sided glass cleaner!

Edison Nation Plays The Name Game: Name This Product Competition

If you're good at coming up with names for products, Edison Nation has got just the competition for you.  The online intermediary between inventors and big companies has added Name Searches to its Live Product Searches.  Entries to its first naming competition are due January 18, 2010, so you better get started! 

Rite In The Rain: Notebooks Sustain Through Rain And Tearful Journal Entries

You might think that a notebook is a notebook; after all, what can a company really do to make paper with a cover unique, right? Well, Rite in the Rain doesn't agree with that sentiment since their main project line takes notebooks to a place they've just never been.

Hybrid GT-R to Offer Supercar Performance and a Clean Conscience

It seems like more and more automakers are beginning to warm up to the idea of combining performance with environmentally friendly, with a slew of new hybrid sports car concepts acting as proof. If the rumors prove true, the Nissan GT-R could be the next high horsepower sports car to be offered in hybrid trim.

Burberry Modernizes The Classic Trench With Edgy Studs

Burberry is known for the classic trench coat and designs that have transcended fashion for decades; now, they bring a design that's fitting for the new decade that we've entered with an edgy twist on a classic.


5 Percent Of Boomers Are Still Getting High - At Least Once A Year

The substance abuse division (SAMHSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) learned some interesting information about how boomers get high these days.  The department is fixing to get more funding, I guess, because it reports that in our (even) later years, we're going to need added substance abuse treatment services.  Us?

Google Toilet Paper Rolls Out Real-Time Wipes

This week Google bought a power plant and manufactured their first smartphone, the Nexus One. Granted, Google is ubiquitous, but who would of thought that Google would eventually find its way into our bathrooms.

VW Up! Lite Concept Promises to Be Most Fuel Efficient 4 Seater In Production

After first introducing the Up! Concept, Volkswagen hinted that an even more fuel efficient vehicle was in the works.  At this year’s LA Auto Show, the German Automaker brought us the Up! Lite concept, which could claim the title as the most fuel efficient four seat vehicle in production.

Google vs Apple Smackdown - Fighting Out Of Their Element, The Gloves Are Off

In a recent blog, titled "The Secret Wars of Google & Apple..." there was inference that both Google and Apple were being secretive about their soon-to-be launched tablet and netbook this Spring. The term 'war' was used loosely to highlight how the two companies fight hard to keep their products under wraps before releasing any news to the public. As reticent as they both are in that regard, Apple and Google can be most cantankerous when pitted against each other. Watch as the Titans of Technology take each other on in uncharted waters.

Nissan's Smiling Car Concept Turns Road Rage to Highway Happiness

If Nissan's animatronic smiling grill makes it onto future production vehicles, road rage could become a thing of the past. Highway happiness, here we come!

Innovative, Elegant and Eco-friendly Fireplaces

Just because it's a new year doesn't mean the winter is over. For some of us winter is putting up a fight and we must fight back in mittens. Is it time for a fireplace? EcoSmart Fire has an innovative and very elegant line of eco-friendly open fireplaces.

The Umbuster: The Most Dangerous Protective Fashion In The Brass Knuckle Umbrella

You never know when brass knuckles just might come in handy. So it's becoming a growing trend to build them into accessories. Previously, we saw a daintier necklace - this design just might do a little bit more damage.


Esloultimo: Store in Spain Lets Consumers Take Products for a Test Drive

Everyone loves to try things before they buy them, but so rarely is there the opportunity to really check things out in a non-pressure situation, without commissioned salespeople starring over your shoulder trying to convince you to by. This is where the trend of tryvertising came from, and now there's an actual business that's opened in Spain with this sole purpose.


MyFord Technology Allows Social Networking To Really Go Mobile

Fords That Facebook, Tauruses That Tweet, SUVs That Search The Internet!  Social Network going mobile just took on a whole new meaning. When you think of social networking going mobile, you think of location-based and geolocation apps developed for smartphones.

iType Keyboard Brings Real Typing to iPhones

Unveiled at CES, the iType keyboard will provide some much-needed finger relief to iPhone owners.

Think Before You Drink: Fecal Matter Found In Sodas From Fountain Dispensers

Sometimes, it's tough to be the messenger, but in the interest of your considerably valued well-being, I feel I have to share the results of this study...

Kellogg's Retro Lip Balms Ideal For Cereal Kissers

A new line of lip balms features the familiar flavors of classic Kellogg's breakfast cereals packed in cute retro mini cereal boxes.

Google Could Become Obama's Next Secretary Of Energy

When you can't get things done the way you'd like them done - Diversify, Diversify, Diversify! Google staying true to itself...that is, doing whatever it bloody well likes - has applied for approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to be allowed to buy and sell power much like utilities do.

Is "Mashable" Cashable?

His name is Cashmore, but is his company cashable? Might Mashable, the number one Social Media Blog in the world entertain an offer from AOL? Already having acquiring Endgadget but having lost its high-techie appeal over the years, AOL needs something like Mashable to distinguish itself in the social media space - a territory that has up till now eluded them.

Inventor Of Artificial Dog Testicles Creates Canine Ear Implants For Floppy Ears

The inventor of the famous Neuticles (plastic testicles for dogs that made Number 2 on my list of dumbest pet products) has come out with his second dog prosthesis: PermaStay Ear Implants for dogs. Oh, they're not about helping your dog hear better; they're about perking up floppy ears.

CES 2010: Skiff E-Reader Is Larger Than The Rest

One of the first new e-readers that arrived from CES, the Skiff is a large but slim reader that is optimized for newspaper and magazine content.

Panasonic Unveils A Swarm of 3D HDTV Equipment At CES

Panasonic doesn't intend to leave any aspect of 3D television untouched. The company announced 3D televisions, a Blu-ray player and camera at CES yesterday.

NoPoPo Eco Flashlight Lights Up On Liquids

Move over, Energizer Bunny - the NoPoPo Eco Flashlight shines light when needed, even if it's needed a decade down the road. The flashlight's hydro-electric battery runs on most any liquid... yes, ANY liquid.

Dinosaur Action Figures + Online Play = Xtractaurs

In a world gone mad, children will be able to genetically manipulate and control dinosaurs.  Thankfully, that's not happened yet.  Until that fateful day, Xtractaurs will entertain your kids without any threat of being eaten by a T-rex.

Cell Phone Exposure Reverses Alzheimer's Symptoms In Mice

If mice could use cell phones they would never get Alzheimer's disease, new findings from the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) reveal.  But don't laugh yet: more studies like this could result in non-intervention, non-drug treatments to reverse Alzheimer's disease and even prevent it from ever developing.

2010 CES Introduces 3-D TV, Microsoft Tablet, Rejects GPS & MP3s

The big news at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas (January 7-10) was 3-D TVs. While Steve Ballmer's introduction of his new Microsoft Tablet is expected to compete head-on with Apple's launch of their new iSlate/Tablet in March, it appears that the influence of the movie Avatar's 3-D technology is stretching from the large screen to the small screen.

Love To Read Or Watch TV In Bed? Then Check Out These Back And Knee Pillows

Unless you have a very hard mattress and want to sit stick-straight up while you're trying to read your novel or watch Desperate Housewives, you may find yourself gradually slipping further and further down your spine until you're actually sitting on your neck.

New NHTSA Regulations Could Lead to More Effective Side Airbags

When it comes to the safety of our loved ones, compromise is not an option. This is especially true when it comes to buying a new automobile. According to the NHTSA, about 400 lives could be saved every year by improving how our side-airbags deploy. Thankfully they are working on a bill to make such a change mandatory.

Rough Diamond Rings With Interchangeable Bling

Every woman loves a diamond whether she'll admit it or not, and for those who don't want the large, glittery bling, rough diamonds are another alternative. But with just one ring, the accessory can get a little boring so one designer has a solution - offering interchangeable bling.


Air Shield Coffee Cup Sleeve: The Impetus For A New Design Craze?

The Air Shield Coffee Cup Sleeve, a design by Frank Xing, kicks take-out coffee up a couple of notches.  Not only is the coffee sleeve pretty and 3-dimensional, but its petals actually breathe.

Kindle, Sony, Nook vs Apple, Google, Microsoft - One Trick Ponies vs Multimedia Devices

Now that Microsoft is reportedly going to show off their own slate/tablet computing device, the eReader vs Multimedia device "game" is on! eReaders like Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook and Sony's Readers are fine for 'reading,' but if you want to multi-task, you'll find they come up short every time. Apple's soon-to-be released iSlate/ tablet and Google's reported launch of a netbook, coupled with Microsoft, could initiate a technological shift as to which type of device is going to take center stage.

24 Karat Gold Pencils Make Great Gifts, Prove Your Precious Mettle

Pencils plated with 24K gold by Korean designer Daisung Kim not only make impressive gifts, they show the recipient you've got the write stuff!

Top Kindle, Nook & Sony eReaders' Product Comparison Reports

With the heightened popularity of hand-held devices in 2009, eReaders took the number one spot as  the top gift item this past holiday season. And it appears even with the soon-to-be released Apple iSlate and the proposed Google Netbook nothing is going to stop Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook and Sony's Readers from continuing to battle it out for market share.

Be Your Own Sleuth: Reports Exaggerate Antidepressant Study Results

I saw the story's headline this morning on Reuters.com: "Limits to antidepressants' effectiveness," but as I read beyond the headline, I learned that the effects of only two antidepressant medications (the generic versions of Paxil and Tofranil) were studied in the research purportedly demonstrating that all or most antidepressants have little effect on mild to moderately depressed persons.

New Year’s Resolution: Fill Up That Eco-friendly Piggy Bank

There are plenty of reason you may be broke this early in the year of 2010, last year's holiday gift giving, doctor's bills, bad economy, and so on, but that doesn't mean you have to stay broke. In 2010 save green and be green by dropping all your loose change into an innovative eco-friendly piggy bank like the ones below.

Cardboard 'Cabinet-Cabin' Creates An Awesome Guest House In A Mountain Cave

I've covered a cardboard cafe and a cardboard office, but this is the first time I've seen the entire interior architecture of a guest house designed in cardboard. And, if that is not novel enough, the guest house is part of a villa that is literally carved into a mountain.

Zero Emissions Concept from Renault to Provide Clean and Affordable Transportation

Renault is a company that isn't often featured in the headlines for having the latest and greatest concepts. This isn't to say they don't produce great vehicles; it really comes down to marketing. However, that may change within the next few years as the automaker has announced a new eco-friendly concept they are already planning on producing.

Japanese Air Force Stunt Pilots Put On "Wheel" Great Show

OK, you're the elite Red Club of the JASDF and you want to put on a Blue Angels style air show. Problem is, the radar base you're performing at doesn't have an airfield. What to do?

Lady Data Site: Crowd-Sourced Biz Helps Clueless Men Decipher Women

It's no secret that many men are still clueless when it comes to dealing with women, and that doesn't discount those in long-term relationships and marriages. Lady Data Site by DonQ helps men unlock the secrets that separate men from women.


First Flexible Solar Retinal Implant Designed To Restore Vision For Some

Less than a month ago, at the 2009 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), researchers from Stanford University presented their solution for a retinal implant that has the potential to restore vision in those who lose sight due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinitis pigmentosa (RP), and certain other retinal disorders.

Panasonic Beard Trimmer Adjusts Your Stubble Without Any Trouble

Panasonic's new ER223P beard trimmer is just what you need - if you need to look like a movie star, hot rocker or pro athlete.

Clawz By Valentino: Edward Scissorhands Inspired Hair Accessories

Johnny Depp started the allure of Edward Scissorhands with women around the world hoping to get their haircut by a sexy hairdresser with magic fingers. To encourage this fantasy hairdresser Valentino LoSauro created the Clawz.


Footprint's Real-Time Web Stats Outdoes Google Analytics

While Google Analytics is ubiquitous for tracking Web site traffic, it lacks in real-time analytics.  Similar to how real-time search escaped Google's grasp until it's recent partnership deals with Twitter and Facebook, the grand-daddy of search engines hasn't yet been able to put its collective brain trust around real-time web stats.

China ice sculpture tragically made entirely from beer

The city of Harbin in northern China is widely known for it's freeze-your-snowballs-off temperatures and it's annual ice festival. Domestically, the city is also known for it's beer. Sadly, some wiseguy decided to combine the two to create a ginormous ice sculpture with nothing more than copious amounts of frozen beer. Such a waste...

The Smallest Ionizing Air Purifier Made Just For Pets To Wear

If you've been dying to purify the air that surrounds your pet as he navigates your home, yard, and the world at large, then you can relax.  The invention - the Ionizing Air Purifier for Pets - to end all allergic reactions and bad smells that irritate you and your pet is now available for your pet to wear 24/7 on an accompanying harness.

Top 16 Fun Fashion Finds Of 2009 Part II: From The Runways To The Streets And The Best Fun And Functional Fashions

2009 was a big year for fashion finds. We've seen the weird, the wild, the geeky and the gorgeous. With the New Year behind us, we're continuing the countdown of the top  fashion finds of 2009. In Part II of this feature you can see the best fashions that went from the runways to the streets, and the most functional fashions.

Solar Roof Orbs Channel Sunlight, Scare Your Neighbors

Using free sunlight to brighten your home means more than just opening your window blinds, thanks to these weird Japanese light-channeling roof orbs.

Honda Aims to Please the Family of the Future with the P-NUT Concept

Honda has been working feverishly on their small car market for quite some time now, and for a good reason. A large part of the market today is looking for small, fuel efficient vehicles. Their latest concept, dubbed the P-NUT offers exactly that.

Researchers Develop Killer Cocktail For Cancer Tumors

While we were downing martinis and dog sleds, celebrating the holidays, researchers at University of California (UC) San Diego, MIT, and UC Santa Barbara were creating nano cocktails to be downed by tumor cells.  Your cocktails may have slowed you down a bit, but the nano cocktails were designed to be killers - cancer killers.

Interior Design Trends For 2010: Layered Floors & Wallpapered Ceilings

... Overall the trends are going for more of the same: more mix and match of colors, styles, and textures, a continued interest in the collection of artisan works as opposed to brand name items, and an anything goes attitude when it comes to fitting pieces into your decor. But what interested me most were the posited trends for layered flooring and wallpapered ceilings - ones I think that can make the biggest bang for your buck

Are Mayors & Freebies Enough For Foursquare To Square Off With Twitter & Facebook?

Foursquare, the young-upstart, game-like location-based social network has gained a lot of traction not only for its unique geolocation services, but also from the 'freebies' Mayors can obtain competitively on its API. 2010 is going to be the year of geo-targeting and unless Twitter and Facebook make their move and out maneuver the little guy, Foursquare may dominate the world of location-based commerce.

CGI Tricks Can Put You In Your Favorite Flicks

Always wanted to co-star with your favorite love interest in a TV romance? A Korean film studio is making it happen today for love-lorn Japanese drama fans.

Clock Art – Telling Time With Attitude

Steampunk clock-maker Roger Wood creates unique works of art with a variety of unusual materials.


Home Rock Climbing Combines Fitness With Decor

Old & busted: home fitness rooms. New hotness: home rock-climbing walls. Of course, it helps if your home has a 30-foot tall indoor wall, like this expensive looking Japanese house.

Top Social Media IPO Contenders

With the economy rebounding, is there any surprise that the world of social media might be primed to take a run on the stock markets? While a 140 banks were forced to close in '09, 140 characters became the digerati's new mantra. Where were you when Google and Apple went public? Sitting on the sidelines? Might be time to keep your ear to ground and listen to the growing digital drumbeats signifying that IPOs could be right around the bend.

Hypno-Tweets To Set SocialTrance Record On Social Networks

To celebrate 'World Hypnotism Day' on January 4, 2010 at 8:30PM GMT, British hypnotist Chris Hughes plans to hypnotize a record number of the Twitterati and Facebookers by simply broadcasting his voice via Twitter and Facebook.

The Iranian Blogosphere Through The Looking Glass

Compared to other countries in the Middle East, the Iranian people have a high level of political maturity and an organized popular movement for democratic socio-political change. So why do Iranians continue to revolt on the blogosphere and the streets of Tehran?