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April, 2011

Atta Boy! - The 13 Year-Old Who Has Planted Over A Million Trees

Felix Finkbeiner is a 13 year-old who just planted his millionth tree - and addressed the United Nations.

Need Some InnoCentive? Try The Popular Science Pavilion

PopSci and InnoCentive team up to give you the opportunity to turn your ideas into money.

Roller Coaster Made of Prius Parts Could Power More Than Just The Coaster

I haven't been on a roller coaster ride in years. They no longer appeal to me like they use to. Pretty soon though, my kids are going to be old enough to want to ride a coaster. It is interesting to think that roller coasters like the innovative hybrid one below may be in their eco-friendly future.

Selling Mud and Calling It Pepper Is Nothing to Sneeze At In China

Shakespeare once wrote, 'A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.' While appropriate for flowers, the same cannot be said for fake pepper a Chinese vendor made... from mud.

Leprosy Findings May Put An End To Armadillo Festivals

It was a sad day in Texas yesterday after the New England Journal of Medicine published the discovery that the mysterious cases of leprosy cropping up in humans are not related to contact with other humans, but to armadillo carriers. Now, the celebrated armadillo festivals may be history for armadillo sport lovers and meat eaters in the southern regions of our country.

 

Portable, Disposable Grill With Coconut (!?) Smoke

The grill has finally gotten as portable (or at least close to as portable) as the backpacking stove. Grilled meat wherever you wander--that's an advancement. 

Chinese Restaurant Saves on Staff by Using iPads for Menus

These aren't your father's TV dinners. At one forward-thinking Chinese restaurant in Guangzhou, Apple iPads aren't ON the menu, they ARE the menu!

740-HP Lamborghini Gallardo Invidia Edition

Want a Lamborghini Gallardo that's even more powerful than the all-new Aventador LP700-4? Supercar dealership-turned-tuner Amari Supercars has exactly what you need. For its first tune, the outfit turned to the baby Lambo and put all kinds of extra power and body pieces into it.

Spin, Flip, Grab--Bounceboard Does It Trampoline-Style

A safer, more intuitive way of bouncing and boarding.

How Sweet it Isn't: With New 'Pepsi Dry', Bitter is Better

Pepsi Japan is going back to its cola – or maybe that should be 'Kola' – roots with new Pepsi Dry, a no-nonsense 'Bitter Cola' with half the sweetness of regular Pepsi.

Putting Yuppies To Use - Volunteerism For Urban Professionals

Catchafire connects skilled professionals with nonprofits and social enterprises for unique volunteering opportunities.

Fake License Plates Spied on an Army of Chinese Cars

An intrepid Chinese photographer has snapped photos of 8 different cars, all having the same military license plate. It would seem harmony in today's China manifests itself in some very unexpected ways.

Microsoft To Bring Kinect To The PC

It should come as no surprise that with the way tablets have been dominating the computer market, traditional PCs are suffering. Really, it's kind of been happening for a while, particularly now that mobile computing is beginning to catch up to desktop computing in the one area desktops have always dominated: power. Fact is, the traditional desktop just doesn't carry as much clout as it used to, and the devs know it. Many are wracking their brains, asking "how can we revitalize the floundering PC market? 

Microsoft thinks it might have the answer. 

Top 10 Hot Mother's Day Gift Ideas from Japan's Rakuten

Rakuten may represent the best and brightest when it comes to Japanese high-tech, online marketing savvy but their Top 10 List of 'Hot Items' for Mothers Day 2011 might leave Mom feeling a bit cold.

Sbyke--Easier To Ride Than To Say

Between the awkward name and poor marketing, the Sbyke probably won't be seen in many neighborhoods.

Census Results May Prompt Changes in China's One-Child Policy

China's controversial “One-Child” policy has succeeded is putting the brakes on runaway population growth but results of the 2010 census have revealed some worrisome side-effects that don't bode well for the future.

Part Boat, Part Car, All Awesome: The HydroCar

The Dobbertin HydroCar is one of the coolest boat-cars/car-boats we've ever seen. But it still isn't quite greater than the sum of its parts.

Do Work, Kid: Upper Body Aerobic Exerciser

Yet one more way to work your upper body. You can do this one sitting down, so it might be just right.

Fridgeezoo Fridge Pets are Cool and Environmentally Friendly

Looking for a cool, low-maintenance pet that costs nothing to feed and just might save the planet? Well step right up, Fridgeezoo Fridge Pets from Japan are just what you've been looking for!

'Virgin Eggs' Boiled in Boys' Urine are a Chinese Springtime Treat

In Dongyang, China, spring is in the air... wait a minute, that's not spring, it's the unmistakable aroma of 'Virgin Eggs'. Sold steaming hot on Dongyang streetcorners, eggs boiled in the urine of young boys are said to be the perfect springtime tonic.

Final Turbine at China's Three Gorges Dam Begins Testing

Testing of the 32nd and final turbine at China's massive Three Gorges underground power station has begun, as the hydroelectric project's highly anticipated final completion date draws ever closer.

The Real Fastest Pickup in the World

Another juiced-up pickup car. It's been a good month. 

World's First Solar-Powered, Underwater Ocean Golf Course

I can tell it, but you still may not believe it--a golf course built on the surface of the sea. What will rich dudes think of next?

 


Wooden Spatula Fish from Japan Stirs You with a Smile

Looking to add a smile to drab kitchen drudgery? Pick up a Sakana Kibera (さかなの木べら), literally “Wooden Spatula Fish,” and I dare you not to grin right along with it.

China's First Aircraft Carrier Set to Sail this Summer

China's remarkable rise as an economic colossus has been shadowed by a no less impressive military buildup. A prime example of the latter will shortly be revealed, as China's People's Liberation Army Navy takes Shi Lang, the nation's first aircraft carrier, out for sea trials this summer.

'Moderate Diet' Bowl Fools Your Eyes, Slims Your Waist

The 'Moderate Diet' Bowl from Japan's Sunart features a raised bottom that imparts the illusion of a rice bowl heaping with tasty goodness! When you reach the bottom of the bowl all-too-soon, however, you might feel full though you actually ate less.

Prosthetic Ice Axes Help Disabled Climber Get Back On The Wall

Scary looking, scary functional. After a life-altering accident more than a decade ago, one British climber is back thanks to an innovative prosthetic device.

Wicked Fast - A Robot That Springs Into Action

A new soft-bodied robot that curls into a wheel and rolls is "wicked fast," according to its creator.

The Acer Iconia Tab A500

Seems like this summer, tablet computers are all the rage. We've got another recently released product to look at today, this one made by Acer. The Iconia Tab A500 hit the markets this past week at a very reasonable price. It's only $450.00, a full fifty less than the starting price of the Ipad 2. 

But what exactly does that $450.00 get you? Let's find out, shall we? 

Marriage Going Off the Rails? Try a Subway Wedding!

“Bridal Train”... it's not what it used to be. Eight Chinese couples took the fast track to marital bliss by exchanging wedding vows on the commuter-packed Shenyang subway.

Pitchers May One Day Join Catchers and Batters In Wearing Helmets

Easton-Bell pulls the helmet out from behind the plate and onto the mound.

Inflatable Snowshoes Becoming a Market

Never get stranded in the snow again. The Airlite inflatable snowshoes are easy to carry and let you hike out of deep snow in an emergency.

Keep Your Canine In Shape With Exercise Tools From FitPAWS®

....  Just like those for humans, the balls increase stability, core strength, range of motion, flexibility, neuromuscular facilitation, sensory and perceptual stimulation, joint alignment and balance control.

Cup Noodle Celebrates 40 Years of Quick & Easy Meals

Amen to ramen! You don't have to be a Flying Spaghetti Monster to appreciate the impact Japan's iconic Cup Noodle has had on the world's eating habits over the past 40 years. Now an "election" organized by Nissin, manufacturer of Cup Noodle, is being held to find ramen-lovers' fave Cup Noodle flavor.

Technology Fights Obesity With An Implant That Controls Hunger: VBLOC™

Some 400 million people worldwide are classified as obese. The manufacturer of the first implant to treat obesity, EnteroMedics, has vowed to install its first VBLOC implant  in an obese person before the end of 2011. It has not yet passed muster in the U.S. but the VBLOC is in  Phase III clinical investigations, so the device has a chance of making it into someone's tummy this year.

 

China's First Space Station is a 2020 Vision

Skylab, Mir, ISS and... 'Heavenly Palace'? China's Manned Space Engineering Office has confirmed longstanding rumors by stating that the nation's first orbiting space station will be completed in the year 2020. The announcement is in keeping with China's firm vision as one of the world's foremost spacefaring nations.

Enjoy Perfect Eggs With The Egg Chair

Remember those egg cups your grandmother made you use whenever you had your eggs? The ones we had at home were silver and looked like tiny cups molded to fit the contours of a hard-boiled egg perfectly. Silicone Zone wants to change the way you enjoy your eggs with their newest line of Egg Chairs.

Casting The Counters - Improving Radiation Monitoring In Japan

Safecast want your help to deploy up to 600 more Geiger Counters in Japan.

Steam Train Humidifier Keeps Air Moist, Friends Amused

A PET bottle humidifier with a body shaped like a steam train: obvious or what? Get one before dry, stagnant air makes you go achoo-choo-choo!

Dell's 2011 Tablet Roadmap

On Friday, Dell's 2011 Tablet Release Roadmap was leaked- and it contains some rather interesting information: namely the specs for the Dell Streak Pro, Dell Latitude XT3 and Dell Latitude ST...and the release dates for all three. Now, I'm sure you're all wondering if you should really care- I mean, the Dell Streak was a flop, right?

Well, from here, it looks as though Dell is planning on making up for that. 

China's First High-altitude Wind Turbine Reaps the Wild Wind

A pilot project centered around China's first high-altitude wind turbine is proving the viability of China's vast highland wind resources as an alternative to coal, oil and nuclear power.

MyBestFit Narrows Choices Before You Hit The Dressing Room

Some clothing items are just tough to fit, especially if you have any body parts that you are not completely happy with (which pretty much everyone does).  MyBestFit is a full body scanner that can tell you the best fitting items from the selections in its database before you ever hit the dressing room.

Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Dome Makes Google Street View

Nothing interesting on your street? Google begs to differ... if you live on a certain street in Hiroshima, that is. The Japanese city's iconic 'Atomic Dome' is the latest well-known address to make the leap to Google Street View.

Love Meets Money in Wenzhou's Multi-Million Dollar Wedding Motorcade

Forget the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, the REAL car show took place recently on the streets of Wenzhou as over two dozen luxury cars rolled down public thoroughfares in one of the Chinese coastal city's most ostentatious weddings yet.

Clone Chaise: The Chair That Can See Through You

British designer Sam Buxton wants to see the insides of your body. Maybe not personally, but the lounger that he came up with can do that exact thing.

Save Power with Online Energy Conservation Game '#denkimeter'

Imagine being able to harness the collective power of the world's electronic gaming community to enact positive social change and effect energy conservation. Something like that is happening in Japan, where a game called “#denkimeter” has 'Net denizens tweeting their home electric meter readings and competing to see who can save the most power.

What Have You Been Up To? - Find Out With Daytum

Daytum charts everything and anything about your life.

One Plug, 10 Phones: Shanghai Donya's Multi-USB Charging Cable

Busy travelers not only take a variety of mobile phones, smartphones and Blackberry-style PDAs with them on business trips, they also need to lug along each device's specific charger. Shanghai Donya's Multi-USB Charging Cable changes all that while charging 10 different mobile devices.

Lenovo's Android Thinkpad Tablet Leaked

For those of you who are fans of Lenovo, I've got good news, and I've got great news. The good news is that Lenovo's Lepad and Ideapad U1 are still releasing this summer; they're likely slated for an international release in July. The great news is that the Lepad isn't the only Tablet Lenovo's got in the works. Very recently, the specs and release date for a new Android 3.0 tablet have been leaked.

It's looking pretty decent so far. 

Stars Shine Bright at the First Beijing International Film Festival

Lights, cameras, action! The stars are shining in China as the first Beijing International Film Festival gets rolling. The star-studded six-day event features over 100 Chinese and international film luminaries including actor Jackie Chan and director John Woo.

Membo Helps You Keep Tabs On The Basics

While it wouldn’t help in every situation, the Membo by Dreamfarm is a fairly simple concept that could really help with remembering some of the everyday routine stuff that tends to slip your mind when you’re busy.

Mow Your Lawn With Husqvarna's iPhone App (And Mower)

One of the chores that I detest the most is having to mow my lawn, especially during those hot summer days. So when I heard about Husqvarna's new iPhone app that allows you to mow your lawn from virtually anywhere, well, let me just say it piqued my curiosity.

Chinese Car Theft Prevention Program Leaves Drivers Flat

Tired of waking up tired? An odd anti-theft program instituted by police in Chengdu, China, has both car thieves and drivers feeling more than a little deflated.

Rotten Meat Gets Wrapped Up Thanks To New Warning System

A new detector film technology from Fraunhofer may soon make its way to your local grocery store, where it will be able to tell you if you really should buy that jumbo pack of chicken.

You Are Where You Eat - The Food Freedom Movement Gains Traction

Three towns in Maine have passed Food Freedom legislation that overrides federal government interference in local food production.

Japanese 'Power Lunch' Curry & Pizza Bars Add Spice to Your Busy Life

Healthy nutritional power bars? You're probably guessing fruit, nuts, granola, chocolate, honey – often in combination. Japan's House Foods has another, very different idea for their new “Power Lunch” bars.

Toshiba's New Laptop Offers Glasses Free 3D

Toshiba's got a very cool notebook on the horizon. They've christened it the Dynabook Qosmio T851/D8CR, and it may well be one of the most unique Toshiba products I've seen to date. What's so unique about it? It's the first laptop that allows for glasses-free 3D viewing. Sounds pretty awesome, no? 

Let's take a closer look.


Be Your Own Bank With The Personal ATM Machine

Now here's a smart way to teach your kids a lesson about money, spending, and budgeting: by installing an ATM machine right in your very home.

Piano Stairs Play Soothing Sounds in Nanjing's Subway

An innovative set of Piano Stairs - steps that look and sound like a piano keyboard - has subway commuters in Nanjing, China, opting to take steps to physical fitness instead of riding the escalator. Who knew good health could sound so good?

A Winning Design Tor The Primorksiy Zoological Park In St. Petersburg

Two architects from Beckmann N'Thépé and two designers from TN Plus have teamed up to create a winning design for Russia's new Primorskiy Zoological Park in Saint Petersburg.  The layout of the zoo is reminiscent of a Paleolithic Pangea, wherin each continent is represented throughout the zoo.

Philanthropy To Go - Philanthroper Makes Giving Easy

Giving has never been as easy or as painless as it is with Philanthroper.

Water Blade Comes Whistling Out Of Its Minimalist Sheath In The Kitchen

Washing your dishes may just be getting both cooler and more environmentally friendly with the KineticEfficient Water Appliance (KEWA).

The Razer Hydra And Portal 2

Like it or not, motion control's been kind of a big deal in gaming lately. We've got the Nintendo Wii, Sony Move, and the Microsoft Kinect. I suppose there's just something about being able to game with a gesture that enchants us. Two days ago, Razer announced that motion control is finally coming to the PC, via the Razer Hydra. If that's not enough to grab you, it's going to come bundled with Portal 2.

Shall we see what Razer's got in store for us? 

Lobster Shells Used To Make Biodegradable Golf Balls

A group of researchers have discovered a way of making golf balls from lobster shells.

Collapsible Bucket Folds Flat to Save Space

The Collapsible Bucket from Dinos is a concept that WILL hold water... but only when you want to use it. The rest of the time, it folds nearly flat to save valuable space.

Cook Joy Pack Transforms Boring Lunches

Sometimes getting your kids to eat their lunches is an enormous challenge.  We try to strike a balance between giving them something healthy and also making it tasty and enticing enough that they will eat it.  The Bandai Cook Joy Pack Sandwich and Cookie Maker could help merge the healthy with the fun.

Wheeled Art: Unique, Handcarved Skateboards

These skateboards belong in an antique store or fine furniture shop rather than a skate shop.

Let The Zamboni Desk Vacuum Do The Cleaning For You

Do you easily get annoyed at wayward pencil shavings or eraser residue peppered about your desk? Hate the dust that seems to gather at the corner of your table despite the daily wipe downs you conduct? Then here's an effective and adorable solution that you can look into: the Zamboni Desk Vacuum.

Capybara-san Bag Hanger is Cute, Cool and Convenient

The cute, cool and convenient Capybara-san Bag Hanger provides those who carry purses with a clean, close storage place in crowded cafes, restaurants and bars. When you're ready to leave, just fold it up and pop it in your purse.

Fluidi Cab Concept Scoots Toward The Future Of Urban Commuting

From a trio of designers comes the Fluidi electric cab concept, a new way to get people moving and hopefully keep them that way, even through traffic jams.

New In A Light - A Coating That Heals In Light

Scientists have developed a new polymer that heals itself when exposed to light.

The Toshiba Regza AT300

For those of you who keep up with tech news, you'll remember Toshiba saying something about a new tablet they had in the works way back in January some time. Well, they've now announced a price, a release date, technical specifications, and a name: They've christened their tablet the Toshiba Regza AT300.

Shall we find out what Toshiba's got in store for us? 


Social Media Showdown Saves 500 Doomed Chinese Dogs

China may not get the best press when it comes to animals – endangered or otherwise – but a dramatic highway showdown organized through social media will surely help change an unpleasant stereotype.

Samsung's RF4289 Refrigerator Is Smarter Than Your Average Fridge

The refrigerator of the future has seemingly arrived today, carrying with it a lofty price tag of $3,499. The Samsung RF 4289 has the functionalities and features of any refrigerator in the market today, but it can do a whole lot more than just keep your groceries and leftovers chilled.

Fukushima Farmers' Online Sales Booming Thanks to Public Support

Though wholesale prices of fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products grown in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture are heavily discounted, online sales are so strong farmers can barely cope with the demand.

Easy Way E-Shopping Cart Checks You Out

Shopping is on the verge of getting a whole lot simpler, thanks to the Easy Way e-shopping cart design concept.

You Go, Girl! - Girl Scouts Design Affordable Prosthetic

A team of six Girl Scouts has made an effective prosthetic hand from moldable plastic, comfort foam and Velcro.

Obama Booked Face Time With Facebook

In a first-time-ever town hall meeting at Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and his team were given the honor of a visit by the leader of the free world. Yes, the number one social network in the land met with America's top dog, allowing Zuckerberg's staff the opportunity to field questions and solicit answers in a forum setting.

Peking Opera Gold and Silver Coins Won't Make You Yuan

The People's Bank of China is putting their peddle to the metal with this strikingly beautiful Chinese Peking Opera Facial Mask series of gold and silver commemorative coins.

Dell Reconnect Breaks An Ecycling Record

And now, for something completely different from my usual fare. It's always nice to see people making an effort to reduce our ecological footprint- and through a partnership with Goodwill Industries, that's just what Dell's been doing.

Got Some Killer Ideas? Jot Them All Down On The iPad Dry Erase Board

I haven't been struck with the perfect epiphany yet although one great tool to have around when it does will probably be UI Stencil's iPad Dry Eraser Board.

Talking TED - Spread Your Own Ideas Through TED

TED wants to know if you have ideas worth spreading.

Tina Fey Not Puttin' All Her Eggs In A Twitter Basket - Fears Heroin Addiction

Tina Fey, one of today's most prolific writers and comediennes will not becoming a resident of Twitterville any time soon. Even though she is actively engaged at present on a book tour for her latest retrospective titled, "Bossypants," Fey doesn't quite see the benefit of promoting her brand via the microblogging platform.

The Five Coolest Computer Mice

It seems like the design of computer peripherals has evolved beyond a simple business process into a form of art all its own. Unless you're scraping about and buying the cheapest stuff on the market, virtually everything's become stylized in some way- particularly computer mice. Here's some of the coolest I've seen while wandering about the internet.

Coffee Joulies Temper Your Scorching Morning Brew

Keeping your coffee at the right temperature can be so difficult!  If it is too hot you burn your mouth and once it cools right down it just doesn’t taste the same.  It’s a juggling act, especially if you are busy doing something else while you are trying to drink your coffee.  This is where Coffee Joulies come in.

"I Can't Find My Phone" Helps You Locate Your Missing Phone

I misplace my phone and temporarily lose it at least once every day. However, I came across this site today that's going to be an extremely big help the next time this happens: I Cant Find My Phone.

Have A Gay Old Time - Liberating Homosexuality In The Middle East

A new website gives homosexuals in the Middle East a much needed forum to address their issues.

Earthquake Early Warning App for iPhone Will Rock Your World

Is that your iPhone vibrating or is it just another earthquake? Find out one way or another with Yurekuru Call for iPhone, a push notification app that just might save your life.

Twitter Seeks Uber Users For A Song From UberMedia's Tweetdeck

Just last month when I posted, "No More Tweetdeck, TwitPic, Twitter Apps Doing Their Own Shtick?" - it was becoming quite clear that Twitter wanted reestablish control of its own destiny. While Internet giants like Google and Facebook continue to grow with a lot of help from their friends (3rd party clients), Twitter halted APIs from integrating with their platform. This of course included Tweetdeck -which by most reports was one of the most successful.

The Blackberry Playbook

Nowadays, seems like the tablet market is the place to be. Every company that's even remotely involved in mobile computing is making one, and RIM(the company responsible for the Blackberry line of products) is certainly no exception. They've got a product in the works known as the "Blackberry Playbook".

Can it take on the current market king, the Ipad 2? 

Adidas Builds "Lightest Basketball Shoes" Ever

The world's alleged lightest basketball shoe drops just in time for NBA playoffs. And it doesn't even have air in it.

Keyboard Organizer: Use It To Type Or To Hide Your Office Supplies

If you work in a crowded office, then chances are you've already experienced quite a handful of disappearing acts. The workload or the paperwork isn't what's missing, although I'm sure you'd prefer these to go missing instead. No, what actually magically disappears from your desk are you pens and scissors and staplers and all sorts of other supplies.

Mount Your iPad Anywhere With Mount Me Freedom

Tired of having to prop up your iPad on your legs or on some other surface when you're using it? Using odds and ends that you find on your table to position it upright when your hands get sore? Look no further because the Mount Me Freedom has arrived.

Does Google's -1 Make Google's +1 Equal Zero?

With Google trying to go social and Larry Page displacing Eric Schmidt in the role of CEO, many inside and outside the Googleplex feel that the search giant is once again trying to cast its dominating shadow across the Internet. However the Big G's first quarterly returns coming in lower than forecasted might indicate otherwise.

How Sweet It Is - The Benefits of Growing Sugarcane For Biofuels

Scientists have discovered that growing sugarcane reduces the temperature.

Doodle Jump: Watch What Really Happens When He Falls

If you've already tried your hand at Doodle Jump, then chances are you've experienced a fall or two in your jumping exploits. I know I have. But what really happens when your doodler fails to land on a platform and begins the long trek down?

Say "I Do" To The Ringbow Mouse And Slip It On Your Finger

A few days ago, we talked about results from a study conducted by Nokia about using a ring and magnetic fields to control your mobile phone remotely. Now here's another techie ring that you can wear on your finger but it's not for your cellphone. No, this time, it's for your computer.

USB Drives For The Photography Buffs: Say Cheese And Plug It In

Over the years, I've accumulated my fair share of USB flash drives in a varied mix of sizes and capacities. For one, I kept misplacing the thin, 2.5-inch devices. Second, I kept buying them as they came out with increasing capacities and you never can have enough portable storage devices, can you? At least that's what I think so.

Alienware M14X and M18X: Landing Very Soon

Alienware fans, rejoice. Dell's in the process of planning the launch for the Alienware M14X and Alienware M18X, which will likely be happening very, very soon. It won't be long until you can actually get your hands on one of these two beastly machines.

BRC's Binary Furniture: Would You Like To Sit This One Out?

Can't get enough tech-related stuff to fill your home with? In case that holds true for you, then you might want to consider looking into BRC Designs' Binary Chair and Table. This furniture company specializes in unusual and outrageous pieces but I don't think anything can be wackier than their Binary Collection.

The Wii 2 Rumors: It's Going To Be More Powerful Than Ever

Recently, we talked about the price cut that was going to implemented on The Wii. The timing made some pretty observant parties note that it's convenient a few weeks before the E3 2011 show, fueling speculation that Nintendo might be planning to announce the successor to the highly-successful gaming console.

This News Is Good News - Fellowships For Innovators In Journalism

The Knight Foundation and Mozilla Foundation are offering paid fellowships to journalism's future innovators.

YouTube's Sending Infringers Straight To Copyright School

YouTube already has some pretty strict rules and conditions stated right up front which you have to agree to before you can upload any content. Despite such guidelines, a lot of people still put up videos with copyrights that are owned by entertainment companies or smaller, private entities.

The Numi High-Tech Toilet: For A Royally Superior Pooping Experience

We all could benefit from having a smart toilet that can watch our backs sometimes. So when I heard about the Numi, I was intrigued. More so because it carries a hefty $6,390 price tag.

Angry Birds Easter, Coming Right Up!

Rovio is doing all it can to keep the interest and the love alive for Angry Birds. Aside from the original Angry Birds video game, they've launched quite a lot of sequels and companion games to keep up with the recent tide of events and seasons.

Punching Pro: Your Boxing Robot Companion

Things can get boring pretty fast if you only have a punching bag to throw some punches at. A sparring mate could be a viable option, but if you're still a beginner then things could get dirty (and painful) fast. For times like these, it sure would be helpful to have a punching robot around to help you land your punches, a punching robot in the form of the Punching Pro.

Shocking Liar Reloaded Party Game: Tell A Lie And Get Shocked

Now here's a party game that will get everyone in the mood--to tell the truth, that is. This game puts a shocking (pun intended) twist to the party favorite, Truth or Dare. Ever wondered if that person was giving a truthful answer when he or she picks Truth? You can now, with Shocking Liar Reloaded.


Go Jump, Jump, Jumpity Jump In The Doodle Jump iPod Game

In Doodle Jump, you take on the role of the small green jumper and guide him up platforms to the top. It's a casual game with a lot of spunk. You also don't get a lot of chances with the game: make one misstep and you fall to your death.

Uniqlo 'UV Cut' Hooded Shirts Say 'Hands Off' to Ultraviolet Rays

Uniqlo's "UV Cut" line of casual summer clothing is designed to filter 90% of the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays but the Japanese clothing giant has gone one step further: hooded shirts and cardigans styled with extended sleeves that protect the backs of the wearer's hands.

Massive Gaming With The World's Biggest Pac-Man

If you're a fan of the classic Pac-man video game then get ready because something massive this way comes: the World's Biggest Pac-man!

Too "Bizzy" To Check It Out Yourself? Thank Goodness For Bizzy!

Life gets too busy sometimes. We lead very hectic and "bizzy" schedules (I couldn't resist this pun, even though I've already used it in the title), that's why it's probably a good idea to get Bizzy so we don't stay out of the loop of good places that are worth a visit.

Razer Switchblade To Release First In China

For all you Razer fans out there, I've got a spot of good news. Remember the Razer Switchblade that was first previewed at CES 2011? Well, Razer's in the process of planning the product's launch.

 

Leggo Of My LEGO-Inspired Radio Alarm Clock and Boombox

These days, I just can't seem to get enough of LEGO-inspired toys, games, and electronics. The latest gadgets to add to that list would be the LEGO Boombox and the LEGO Radio Alarm Clock.

justinCase: This iPhone Case Wants You To Practice Safe Sex

This iPhone case designed by Chris Holder wants you to practice safe sex by offering you protection, not only for your iPhone, but for you as well.

Fun With Bullet Heaven: An Online Shooting Game

Are you bored, sitting there in front of your computer screen with nothing else to do? I came across this game while I was on my break. It's a simple and pretty basic shooting game but I think it's geared toward a younger audience.

US Tourism Mission Takes Social Media To China

In an era when Americans can learn a lot from the Chinese pertaining to various business practices, the Chinese also are welcoming new ideas from the West. A Tourism Mission scheduled for April 22- 29, 2011 will bring together educators and tourism professionals who are travel industry veterans. In addition to topics such as green energy, cost containment and management systems for the travel industry, the itinerary for this mission will also include the new field of social media.

The Self-Stirring Electric Pot: Easy Cooking For The Lazies

Got a soap to catch on television an hour before dinnertime? Can't seem to tear yourself away from the computer or from the exciting thriller that you're currently reading even though you've got to start preparing dinner for your hungry family? Then this self-stirring pot is probably what you need to keep up with your sloth-like lifestyle.

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun - A Probe That Flies Into The Sun

The Solar Probe Plus has one ultimate goal: crash into the Sun.

Geolocation App Rethinks Check-Ins Making It Less Hat & More Cattle

Since geo-locaton apps - also known as location-based social networks - became part of our cultural zeitgeist, there are many who have chosen not to join their rank and file. Still considered  part of the Wild West fringe of the social media landscape, the schadenfreude descriptor of  "all hat, no cattle" comes to mind in calling out apps that are more playful than serious.

The Flow: The Paint Brush That Transforms Your iPad Into A Digital Canvas

The Flow is a special paint brush made with actual bristles for producing beautiful strokes on your iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, or any other device or tablet that has a touch screen, for that matter.

Defeat The Things That Go Bump At Night In The Creeps! iPod Game

The Creeps! is a tower defense game with an unusual twist. In case you're not aware, tower defense games are those where you have to set up a series of defenses all throughout a path that the enemies (in this case, the Creeps) are going to traverse on.

Meet DONA, The Red-Hooded Robot That Begs

There are the robot nurses, the robotic surgery machines, the robot spies, the pick and place robots in factories, and then there's DONA. In case you haven't heard of that last one, DONA is an urban donation motivating robot that will get even the cold-hearted ones to fork over a dime or a dollar.

See It To Believe It: Orange-Powered Billboard

Well, an advertising agency from France has done it. An impressive, innovative feat based on some well-founded principles of science: the orange-powered Tropicana billboard that is lit by energy obtained from the thousand oranges that fill its insides.

Shanghai Gourmets Find Glowing Blue Pork on Their Forks

Cuts of fresh pork that emit a mysterious blue phosphorescent glow have Shanghai citizens up in arms while bemused netizens crack wise about “avatar meat”.

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer

For those of you who don't know, Asus has had a pretty nifty looking tablet PC in the works for a while now. I'm sure that's rather old news for most of you, however- it was given an official launch on March 25. So why am I revisiting it now?

Well, for one, Asus has announced an official release date.


Kick To Pick App Gives Fetuses A Chance To Select A Moniker

If you are about to have a baby and feel that your unborn child deserves to throw his/her two cents in during the naming process then there is an iPhone app you should check out.  Kick to Pick gives fetuses a voice of sorts when it comes to choosing their names.

BYU Students Develop An Affordable Eye-Tracking Tablet For Disabled People

Students from the Brigham Young University have come up with a really innovative gadget that can serve as a useful tool for the disabled that costs a whole lot less than the available commercial alternatives available in the market.

Get Ready For Some SNES Gaming WIth The SupaBoy

Gear up for the SupaBoy Portable Pocket SNES Console because it's coming to you very, very soon. A release date hasn't been set yet but Hyperkin has announced that it is already in its prototyping stage.

Motorized Roller Skates: Skataz Take The Legwork Out

Watch and learn how you make something bad much, much worse.

Get A High Score In This Game And Land In The Guinness Book of Records

If you weren't born with a record under your belt (world's smallest baby) or if you just can't seem to bring yourself to do some really grotesque or unhygienic stuff to get a record (like growing your finger nails and toenails for decades), then this could be your chance to get your name printed in the book: play the Guinness World Records video game and get a high score.

Run Your Own Auto Shop In Fix-It-Up Eighties: Meet Kate's Parents

When I first saw the video game title, I thought that the game was a dating simulation or something of that sort since the game was called Fix-It-Up Eighties: Meet Kate's Parents. I couldn't have been more wrong, albeit pleasantly, once I began playing. The game's concept couldn't have been farther from dating; it was all about cars and running an auto shop!

No Bike Lock? Use Your Handlebars

The Handlebar Bike Lock is built right into your bike, meaning no lugging a lock around in your backpack or on your frame.

Minimal Mice - A Dystopian Computer Future?

As computer towers get bigger, keyboards get more multi-use and mice get bulkier, designer Vrouyr Joubanian has created an alternative: the Void Mouse.

Smart Surfboard Helps You Rip Waves Better

Its like a ridable computer; this new surfboard promises to take wave-riding to the next level.

Plan It - Chart The World With StatPlanet

StatPlanet lets you interact easily with a wealth of World Bank data.

Since "4 Squared" Is 16, "Foursquare Day" Must Be 4/16

While Silicon Valley has more techie start-ups than you can shake a stick at, NYC always seems to have to work a little bit harder to earn its geek cred. However, on April 16, that will change, when Foursquare, one of New York's standout home-based LBSs receives a special honor. On that symbolic date, Mayor Bloomberg has declared it "Foursquare Day."

Quiet Dignity: Asus's Geforce GT520 Silent

Some pretty cool news from Asus this week, in the form of a new Nvidia card. The Nvidia GT520 Silent is a passively cooled graphics card, meaning that, as the name suggests, it's completely, well, silent. Not that graphics cards generally make a great deal of noise to begin with- or maybe I'm just desensitized to the sound of a computer's cooling system kicking in. I'd also venture to guess that the passive cooling system also means that the new piece of hardware ultimately consumes less power, as well.

Now, we've but one question left to answer- what can this new product do?


Bicycle Mini DV Camera Records Your Ride

Put the pedals to the metal and keep your hands on the handlebars! The Bicycle Mini DV Camera 400-CAM003 from Japan's Sanwa Supply lets you snap still images and up to 4 hours of video footage while you ride.

From Instagram to Postagram: Share Memories Via Postcards

Not all of our friends and family are as web savvy as we'd like, which makes sharing treasured memories and photos digitally a bit harder. So when I heard about Postagram, I literally jumped for joy.

Be A Master Samurai In The Fruit Ninja iPod Game

Let me ask you a question: what do ninjas hate the most? Stumped? Here's the answer: fruits! If you don't believe me then watch the video below to find out more. Kidding aside though, that's the premise that Halfbrick Studios used when they introduced the Fruit Ninja iPod game to the world in their trailer.

$160K Gold-And-Diamond Golf Putter

This golf putter may just be worth more than your house.

CoolWare Personal Cooling System: The Air Conditioner You Can Wear Around Your Neck

Nothing drains me of energy faster than having the heat of the summer sun beating down on me. So what can you do to cool off? Aside from taking huge swigs out of the water bottle, there's a new player in town that promises to keep you cool and feeling mighty fine: the CoolWare Personal Cooling System.


Parkour Meets Mario Brothers: Tempest Freerunning Academy

Run, jump, flip, slide, swing, roll--just make it look good. The Tempest Freerunning Academy is a huge, indoor parkour training camp that includes some equipment inspired by a timeless video game.

Take Better Photos On Your iPhone With The OWLE Bubo Wide Angle Camera Mount

There are a lot of things that you can do on the iPhone but one of the things that I find hard to do is take good photos. Maybe I have my shaky hand or sometimes imperfect timing to blame, but the iPhone isn't exactly one of the most easy-to-grip devices when it comes to holding it horizontally to take some photos. Luckily, the OWLE Bubo can resolve all that and do even more.

Wii Rumors: The Price Cut And The Coming Of The Wii 2

The gaming world is abuzz with rumors about the impending price reduction of the Nintendo Wii. The past few months have been marked with sluggish sales for the gaming console that sold like hotcakes when it was first released. Normally priced at $199.99, it might be lowered down to $150 by May 15th.

Bolle iPhone Photo Printer Streamlines Your Phone-to-Paper Process

As iPhones, iPads and iEverythings storm the global tech market, many users are looking for streamlined ways to print photos they've taken with their smartphones - and the Bolle iPhone Photo Printer lets them do just that.

Will The White iPhone 4 Arrive By The End Of This Month?

If you've been holding off on buying the iPhone 4 because you wanted a white version, then wait no more. After 10 months of delays, the white version of Apple's popular smartphone is now coming at the end of this month.

Talking My Language - Learning And Translating Languages At The Same Time

Learning a language will never have been so fulfilling, and online translations will never have been so accurate once Duolingo comes online.

Kodak ESP Office 2170: This Is How We Do All-In-One

This is how Kodak does all-in-one. Presenting the Kodak ESP Office 2170 which will take care of all your printing, faxing, scanning, and photocopying needs.

Work Up A Sweat Down There With The Sauna Pants

The more traditional way to lose water weight quickly would be to go to a sauna and sweat it out. But now you can actually just wear one around your waist and turn on your personal sauna anytime you want to want to get all hot down there (pun intended) with the Sauna Pants.

Send Your iPad A Few Decades Back With The Typescreen

Back in the day before computers and keyboards came into play were the reliable typewriters. I remember having to take out our old trusty one a few years back when the power went out and I had to submit a paper the very next day.

The Fastest Blu Ray Burner Ever, By Asus

Far as Blu Ray goes, there's a new kid on the block. Asus recently launched a USB 3.0 Blu Ray burner, and it's looking like this handy little device is going to crush the competition in terms of both speed, and...well, just plain looking good. Don't believe me? Have a look at what it can do.

First Regulated Cordyceps (Caterpillar Fungus) Market to Open in Lhasa, Tibet

Cordyceps, a bizarre fungus that grows out of the top of a Ghost Moth caterpillar's head, is worth its weight in gold. The opening of a regulated market in Lhasa will offer customers more reliable service and improved quality control.

Flying Spry - Getting Through The Airport Fast

In a real win-win scenario, you may soon be able to get through the airport quicker, while the airport saves millions of dollars.

Joe Mauer Batting Trainer

No local batting cage? No practice partner? No problem. Improve your batting skills for the spring season.

The Spy Camera T-Shirt Gives You The Real Deal

Something wacky this way comes. We've seen spy cameras smartly hidden in pens and watches, but this has got to be the first: the spy camera t-shirt. It's not something that you can really use in the office unless you've got Casual Wednesdays or Fridays but you can literally capture any scene in front of you whenever you want (or need) to.


Lenovo's 23-inch Tablet Will Be Out To Crush Its Competition

It looks like Lenovo's out to develop a tablet that can figuratively and will literally be able to crush its competition. At 23 inches, the planned Lenovo Ideapad would probably be more than anyone can handle on their laps–and that's because it's not meant for full mobility use.

Transform Your iPad Into An Arcade System With Ion Audio's iCade

Now we've all seen how the iPhone or iPod Touch can be turned into mini pinball machine. This time, it's the iPad's time to shine with the iCade, which can turn your tablet into a full-fledged mini arcade.

Bike Lock on a Belt

A bike lock that wraps around your waist and doubles as a belt--what a convenient invention!

$25 Slashed Off The Kindle But You Pay For It With Ads

The recent $25 drop in the price of the popular e-book reader Kindle has caused quite the stir this week. However, the price reduction comes with a cost for the users that may be a possible dealbreaker to some: ads.

New Geotracking May Make You Visible On A Marketer's Radar

Advertisers can sell to you on the street, over your phone and in your car, but there's no way they could actually track you down and pester you in private, right? Think again.

Four Rings, Two Wheels: Audi's Wooden Bicycle

A meticulously crafted bicycle fitting of the Audi rings.

The Hacker Wars: GeoHot vs. Sony

The online gaming world exploded with support for hacker George Hotz (also known as GeoHot) when Sony brought charges against him for hacking into the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and posting the root keys of the device online. However, before the entire thing went to court, Hotz and Sony reached a settlement but the air is still not clear. At least, not to Anonymous.

If You'd Like To Control Your Phone, Then You Should Put A Ring On It

Did you ever think that one day, you could be controlling your mobile phone with a simple twist of that silver band on your finger? We didn't either but a recent study conducted by Nokia explored this technology and was concluded with pretty positive results.

Location-Based Social Networks Need Sheriffs, Not Mayors

Foursquare has been known to hand-out Mayoralships as an incentive for followers to increase their check-ins activity. Since those mayors aren't doing anything to quash crime in our cities, perhaps Foursquare should think about appointing "Sheriffs" instead - to keep a little law and order in the location-based Wild West.

Have Facebook Updates Read Aloud With The Friends Aloud iPhone App

Friends Aloud is an app that will broadcast your Facebook News Feed out loud, anytime, anywhere.

Keep Catching Them Fruits In The Angry Fruit Video Game

When I first heard of Angry Fruit, I thought that it might have something to do with Angry Birds. It's hard not to relate any other video game that begins with "Angry" to the best-selling avian-inspired game. Anyhow, I was wrong because it didn't have anything to do with Angry Birds. In fact, the game doesn't really have anything to do with anything angry at all.

The Alienware M18X

For those of you who like your laptops to be larger than life, Dell's added a new big brother to the Alienware family. The behemoth M18X boasts an 18.4 inch screen, making it one of Alienware's largest desktop replacements to date. Now, I know what you're thinking here: That sort of size comes with a lot of power, doesn't it?

Oh yeah. 

Nuclear Plant Cookies May Be The Worst Souvenir Ever

Energy bars for your radio-active lifestyle? Japanese “monaka” cookies imprinted with the image of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant were being sold in the nearby town of Okumamachi, before it was evacuated due to excessive radiation levels.

21 Drops Trios Modernize and Simplify Aromatherapy

For many aromatherapy-curious people the practice seems a little too complicated.  21 Drops aims to take the frustration and guesswork out of aromatherapy.  They have created easy to use and tote rollerball vials of pre-blended oils to treat a wide range of issues. 

Interactive Art Gallery and Bar: Revision Lounge In NYC Brings New Life To Discarded Items

A new bar in the East Village of NYC called "ReVision Lounge" is not only a high-end place to enjoy a few drinks but it also serves as a chic art gallery--repurposed art, that is.  From bar stools made of old skis and couches made of coffins, everything at Revision is living its second life.

Super Sized For A Super Console, Part One: The Giant NES Controller Coffee Table

Remembering the days when you'd hook up your NES and start playing Balloon Fight or Super Mario World for hours on end? Well, I do. And maybe you will too, once you see this larger than life NES controller slash coffee table that you can actually hook up to your gaming console!

Hydra Gaming Mouse Gets A Bling-Bling Update

Design house Next of Kin have revisited the look of their iconic gaming mouse, the Hydra, by giving it a bling makeover and making sure you know the guy behind the peripheral means business.

New Video Game Releases: Week 15, 2011

Relive some of the King of Pop's greatest hits in Michael Jackson: The Experience. Immerse yourself in an age-old revolution as a knight in Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Experience or play an RPG game with a little bit more magic in Magicka: Vietnam. Play games based on some of your favorite shows or movies in Rio and SpongeBob SquigglePants or relive a classic love story with a twist in Chronicles of Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet.

In Perspective - 3D Without The Glasses

French researchers have developed a way to experience 3D on your mobile device - without the glasses!

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun, Winklevii Need To Take The $65M & Run

Hoping to ride the coat-tails of an award winning movie, an unauthorized biopic and a graphic novel, the Winkelvoss Twins (often dubbed the Winklevii) and their law suit came up empty when they tried to get more than their original $65M settlement from Mark Zuckerberg. The 9th Court of Appeals ruled that the original ruling would stand - and that Facebook was not obligated to pay one cent more.

The Moshi iVisor AG Protects Your iPhone 4 Good (And Without The Bubbles)

When it comes to screen protectors, any new addition to the current lineup available to the market is good news. At least that's what I think anyway. I'm probably not the only one out of the earth's billions of people who get extremely anal when it comes to finding the perfect cover that will not only protect my iPhone but also last for a long time as well.

Devon Tread 1: The £15,000 Belt-Driven Watch For Men

If you've got a lot of money to burn (and I really do mean a lot) then maybe you should look into investing in a worthy timepiece that sounds cool and looks even more impressive: the Devon Tread 1 Watch.

GameStop Sets Up Shop On Facebook

If you're a fan of both social networking and video games then GameStop is giving you the best of both worlds by bringing their store to Facebook. Yep, you heard that right. While the gaming company already has a separate online store on its website, it's branching out and opening one on the popular social networking site.

The Phone That's A Laptop: The Motorola Atrix

That looks like an ordinary smartphone at first glance, doesn't it? Sure, it's probably got a few nifty features, but it's nothing reallly unique, is it? Guess again. The Motorola Atrix is actually a phone, laptop, and media server all bunched into one pocket-sized package.

And it's got some pretty nifty features. 

 


Get A Tapi And Avoid Disgusting Drinking Fountains Forever

Drinking fountains are generally quite revolting.  Well, the clever people at Dreamfarm have come up with an inexpensive solution.  The Tapi is a rubber device that fits over the tap of most faucets and turns them into a clean drinking fountain.

180-Degree Reclining Office Chair for Your Dream Job

Sleeping on the job? Japan's Thanko has something for that: a 180-degree reclining office chair that features lumbar AND slumber support.

Ralph Lauren Goes Green—With His Solar-Paneled Backpack

The RLX backpack looks just like an ordinary backpack, except for the fact that, well, it's not. That's because it has a solar panel to charge your gadgets. That's right: you will literally be a walking, talking charging machine. Er.. That didn't come out right.

"Look, Ma! The Bear Ate My Nintendo 3DS!"

Those are probably words that you'd never want to hear your child ever say to you, especially if you're touring a national park or a zoo. Fortunately, we're not talking about a real bear. What we're talking about is this adorable and amazingly fluffy case for your Nintendo 3DS.

Self Recording Made Easy With The Sony Bloggie Duo

It's a breeze to use and it's also easy on the eyes. The Sony Bloggie Duo cameras make self recording simple as pie and take high definition video while looking pretty amazing itself at the same time.

Tap Along To This Game Boy Beat (And No, It's Not What You Think)

You're probably thinking that what I'm about to let you listen to (and watch) is some of that classic 8-bit music that Nintendo's Game Boy plays but like the title says, it's not what you're expecting at all.

Keeping It Real - Stopping Child Prostitution With Demi & Ashton

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher want you to help them stop child prostitution.

Students Come Up With A Life-Saving Smartphone App That Can Detect Malaria

A group of graduate students from around the United States have come up with a life-saving application that will enable healthcare workers located in remote areas all over the world to instantly diagnose malaria.

 

Catch The Culprit In The Cause Of Death iPod Game

Cause of Death is another fantastic role-playing game from Electronic Arts similar to the tune of Surviving High School, a game that I reviewed some time ago. The big difference between the two is obviously the plot. Since I went crazy over Surviving High School, I immediately pounced upon Cause of Death without any second thoughts.


The Mother Of Motherboards, FB's 'Open Compute Project' Is Portal To Web 3.0

The blogosphere is abuzz about Zuckerberg's 'Open Compute Project' - his latest innovation of opening  his data center's hardware to the industry at large. The intent being to create data mines that are cheaper, more efficient and more environmentally sound. In so doing, the megalithic social network will bring down costs - and in essence - create a new golden standard, using an old business model.

Crazy About Angry Birds? Well, So Are They!

Are you addicted and completely obsessed with the Angry Birds franchise? If you are, then join the legions of other fans who have gone out of their way to show their love for the popular video game.

Join The Fight For Democracy With The Fight For Freedom iPod App

Now you can be a part of the fight for democracy in the Middle East, even if you're physically a thousand miles away from where the protests and rallies are being held. The Fight for Freedom: One Click to Revolution app for the iPhone and iPod Touch by Obvious Apps makes sure of that.

Spray On This Bomb-Detecting Ink And Watch The Explosives Fizzle Out

The newest member to the explosives-detecting family doesn't come in the form of another high-tech electronic device that will begin beeping like mad when it happens to chance upon a bomb. No, this one actually comes in a spray bottle and is easy to bring along to the field.

Compact Portable Washlet Puts a Japanese Toilet in Your Hand

On the go and you've gotta go? No TOTO to pamper your popo? No problem – the Compact Washlet portable Japanese toilet turns any rest stop into a best stop.

The Stealth LPC-670

That picture looks more like a router than a PC, doesn't it? Well,it's definitely a computer, make no mistake. That device there is the Stealth LPC-670: the latest in Stealth Computer's line of "little pcs" . And it's proof that big things do indeed come in small packages. 

Golf Course Mandatory for Chinese School Kids

These aren't the Tiger Cubs you were thinking of. First & second grade children at a posh Shanghai private school have added a 'tee' to the three R's since golf was made a mandatory subject.

Sucking Less Socially Will Pay More At Google

A lot has been written about Google's lack-luster attempts at social media. From Google Buzz reduced to a whisper to Wave waving good-bye, it's been a hard fought uphill battle trying to compete with the LIKES (pun intended) of Facebook - only to come up empty each time.

Reeti Robot Does A Whole Lot Of - Something?

From Robopec comes Reeti - "one robot, many applications" - whatever the hell that means.

Mark Zuckerberg Mad After Justin Bieber To Boost User Numbers

Has the CEO of the number-one social network in the land got Bieber-Fever? Does Facebook want to increase their user base by riding the coat-tails of the pop-star du jour? Highly unlikely. But what does tie Zuckerberg to Justin Bieber is a 59-year old legacy magazine struggling to keep its circulation numbers afloat.

Give Tired Bees A Break By Setting Up A Bee Station In Your Garden

There's a quote that I've heard that goes like this: "If honey bees become extinct, human society will follow in four years." Now I don't know exactly where this came from or how the person who said it arrived at that conclusion, but my best bet is that he was pointing out the symbiotic relationship that exists on all the organisms on the planet. Apparently, humans and bees are more connected that we think.

Njoin: The New Social Video Game Console

Njoin promises to be an "ultra-portable video game system" that has the capability of running applications while allowing two or more users to interact with one another while maintaining the same quality of gaming if only one person was playing.

NewTube - YouTube Goes Live

YouTube is going live, and the broadcast world will never be the same again.

Make Morning Showers A Pleasure With In2ition's 2-in-1 Shower System

If your morning is something that you look forward to every day then investing in a good shower system would probably be a smart thing to do. If you're one of the people who need a shower up there and another one in your hand then Delta Faucet's In2ition Shower System would be a great match for you.

Send Pigs A Tumbling Down In The Pig Shot iPod Video Game

What do you get if you put a slingshot and a pig together? Pig Shot, that's what. It's an entertaining game for the iPhone and iPod Touch that doesn't require a whole of thinking but a whole lot of pig shooting. All that tumbling makes for one unfortunate and constantly dizzy pig. How far can you go before you bump into a rock or collide with a sheep that won't go easy on you once you do? 

iPad Extreme Sleeve by G-Form: It Can Withstand Anything (Including A Bowling Ball)

Throw it around, let it float on the pool, or drop an eight-pound bowling ball if you want to: it's not going to hurt your iPad 2 once it's in the super strong and sturdy iPad Extreme Sleeve by G-Form.

Baby Bidou MP3 Player: For Babies Who Love Music

The Baby Bidou MP3 Player is made for babies ages 6 months and up. That's quite early to hand your offspring a gadget to play some tunes that young but we never know he might grow up to be a modern-day Beethoven or Justin Bieber incarnate.

Share And Share Alike: The Open Compute Project

Facebook's become a social media giant since its inception in 2004. Nowadays, it seems nearly impossible to find someone who hasn't at least heard of it. But CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn't content with just social media. Facebook's going to expand into computer hardware.

Yes, you read that right. 

Logitech Teams Up With ZAGG To Come Up With The New iPad 2 Keyboard Case

A collaboration by Logitech and ZAGG has resulted in the impending launch of the new iPad 2 Keyboard Case that will convert the tablet into a network with a bluetooth keyboard on the side. This is fantastic news for anyone who prefers typing on a separate keyboard rather than on the virtual one on the iPad 2's screen.

Not Again, RIM: The BlackBerry Orlando Leak

I don't know what's up with all these BlackBerry leaks lately but here's another one for you that's just in: the BlackBerry Orlando. Unlike the previous leaks, there aren't too many detailed photos or specifications but a leak is a leak until the phone's been announced by Research In Motion (RIM) and as of this moment, they still haven't done so yet.

GameSalad: Game Creation For Everyone

I love the idea that GameSalad is putting forward. Developers and independent game makers have filled the iTunes App Store with millions of fantastic games but now GameSalad is giving regular old gamers like you and me a shot at creating our own games with their application--even if we have no idea how all that coding mumbo jumbo works.

Self-Healing Plastics A Positive And Attractive Advancement

Hard at work on making the impossible happen, scientists at Fraunhofer in Germany are developing a viable way for plastics to heal themselves over time.

The Spade Hacker: Severing Armenia's Internet Access With Nothing More Than A Spade

She set out to find some copper wire to scavenge. Instead, a 75-year-old woman from Armenia inadvertently hit and severed fiber optic cables that cut millions of users in Armenia and Azerbaijan off the internet for a good twelve hours or so.

Mush Mush Vroom Vroom - Cars Made Out Of Mushrooms

If you buy a car in the near future, part of it could be made from mushrooms!

Will Facebook See The Light Of Day In The Shadow OF China's Firewall?

This month tweets and rumors have been mounting leading to the probability that Mark Zuckerberg might have struck a deal with the Chinese. (Looks his trip to China last December was more for business, than pleasure).  If so, conjecture has it that a Facebook-lite iteration might open in the nation known for some of the strictest Internet censorship regulations known on the planet.

Tempest Freerunning Academy: Bringing Your Video Game Fantasies To Life

Imagine a place straight from your favorite Mario World game where you could run and jump around to your heart's content and hit those question marks as you pass them. Now head on over to the Tempest Freerunning Academy to see that world you imagined in real life.

Overflowing With Awesomeness? Then You Need This AWESOME Button

Matt Richardson from Makezine has come up with the AWESOME button (yes, the word deserves to be in all caps) that will input a random synonym of the word "awesome" every time you click it.

Snakes And Ladders Lawn Game Puts Kids Right In The Action

Pretty much everyone played snakes and ladders as a kid.  Kids today continue to enjoy this very old game, but can now put themselves right in the action.  The Snakes and Ladders Lawn Game is the same basic game on a giant scale. 

The Asus Lamborghini VX7: Now With Sandy Bridge

When you think of a Lamborghini, what's the first thing that comes to mind? The Italian line of sports cars, most likely. Why not a computer? First announced in 2006, Asus's line of Lamborghini laptops have done the names of both companies justice- delivering high performance and power along with top quality aesthetic design. Recently, Asus has upgraded their Lamborghini VX7 model with Intel's new Sandy Bridge microarchitecture.

What does that mean for the VX7? 


China Would Really Rather Have a Buick

Buick, the oldest active American car brand, is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance in of all places China. One wonders what old David Dunbar Buick would think if he heard that more than twice as many of his namesake vehicles are sold each year in China than in the USA. Here are 8 Chinese Buicks you won't find on the menu back home.

USC's ICT Turns Gmail's April Fools' Day Prank A Reality

Google revealed that Gmail Motion was all just a prank once you tried to enable the feature and access it. However, the folks over at the Institute of Creative Technologies (ICT) at the University of Southern California (USC) think differently. It doesn't have to be just a joke because it was possible, and they have an actual system that works.

Beer-Tastic! It's The Remote Controlled Cooler

A cooler that not only keeps your beer cold, but also brings it over to you.

What's In A Name? Real Names vs NickNames On Social Networks

Remember when the Internet first emerged in the late 90s and "email" was the new shiny thing? So new and so shiny that while we gravitated toward it's light, likes moths to a flame, we were leery of revealing our true identities. So what did we do? We invented nicknames to protect our anonymity. And while we soon realized that real names were not a threat, many of us followed suit when social networks surfaced a few years later.

Paraben's Porn Detection Stick Will Sniff Out Any XXX Images You May Be Hiding

So here we have the Porn Detection Stick. The name more or less tells you what the software contained on this USB drive can do. It searches through all of the images on the hard drive on any computer and sniffs out anything pornographic that may be hiding in any cleverly renamed and disguised folders on the hard drive.


Neutral Compact Hand Drill Concept Puts A Twist Into The Power Tool Market

An IF Concept Award winner for 2011, the Neutral Compact Hand Drill by Tim Bennett features an innovative new way to get screwed.

Connecting The Synaptops - A Virtual Desktop You Can Take Anywhere

A new online operating system allows you to use your own workspace wherever you are, with whatever you're using, and collaborate with others too.

Put Down Your Tasers Because The StunRay Can Do A Better Job

Tasers definitely have their uses but they can also cause a lot of pain. Then there are the laser dazzlers, another phaser which disarms individuals by way of temporary blindness which causes disorientation. So it was definitely pleasant to hear about the StunRay which functions more like a huge, extra-bright flashlight to stun you senseless.


Geared: The iPod Puzzle Game With A Mechanical Twist

So what do a couple of gears and a hamster add up to? The sequel to the best-selling puzzle game for the iPhone and iPod Touch, that's what! I was able to download the game for my iPod Touch when it was still being offered for free at the iTunes App Store but didn't get around to playing it until early this afternoon. It's been two hours, I barely got any work done, but I'm still hooked.


GameStop Thinking Of Launching Their Own Gaming Tablet In Late 2011

Video game retailer GameStop recently confirmed that they have a gaming tablet that's in the works which will be released sometime later this year. The company has recently acquired Impulse, a digital distribution service, and Spawn Labs, a game streaming service, as part of a plan to expand their presence in the digital gaming world.

Feeling Sick? IBM Could Help

If any of you have ever played the Metal Gear Solid series, you'll remember that a lot of the soldiers had microscopic robots known as nanites in their bloodstream, which served to keep them healthy-recycling waste, destroying bacteria, all that fun stuff. That sounds like some absurd pipe dream from the realm of science fiction, doesn't it?

Tell that to IBM. They just took the first step in developing the technology. 

Snap Photos Like Bond With The Mini Minox Digital Camera

Have you ever heard of Minox? In case you haven't, they're actually camera-makers from way back in the day since the 1920s. The company produced a subminiature camera that was originally intended as a luxury item but ended up gaining a reputation for being used as a spy camera. That fact was stamped into movie history when the dashing James Bond used the Minox more than once during his outrageous missions on the big screen.

Purdue’s Celeritas: A New Venture For The Thee-Time Winners Of Shell’s Eco-Marathon

Teams from Purdue University have entered solar-powered vehicles in Shell's Eco-Marathon and won for the past three years; however, the University's team is headed down an entirely new road this year.  They will be entering an urban-concept solar car, "Celeritas," in the April 14-17 competition in Houston.

Thanko's Cassette Mate: Mixed Tapes From Cassette to MP3

I remember making and receiving some mixed tapes for birthdays and for no special occasions from friends who simply wanted to pass on some great music and some audio messages along. I kept all these tapes in a box tucked away in my closet but I may be taking them out soon to give them a whirl in the Thanko's Cassette Mate that can rip the audio from the tapes and convert them into mp3 files.

Japan's Willer EXPRESS Cocoon Buses Bust Their Butts To Pamper Passengers

Fed up with noisy, spartan, all too public transit buses? Japan's Willer EXPRESS Cocoon buses feature luxurious individual privacy modules. Even touring rock stars don't have it this good!

The LEGO Obsession: Here's Two More For Your Collection

LEGO seems to be everywhere lately, at least in my eyes, anyway. There have been two video games released by LEGO lately which incorporates it's brick-constructed world for some awesome gaming. I also featured some snazzy looking earphones for the musicphile that looked like they were made by LEGO themselves. Now I've found two more LEGO-inspired items that are not only decorative but are also fully functional.

Smart Bookrest Docking System Sails Toward An Analog And Digital Merger

From designers In-oh Yoo and Tae-soon Nam for the Metatrend Institute comes the Smart BookrestDocking system - a way to combine the best of both the digital and analog worlds of reading.

China's Social Media Microbloggers Wake Up To Weibo

What's in a name? China's nearly half-billion netizens are about to find out. Sina Corp., owner of the country's largest Internet portal, is seeking to put its own stamp on China's social media landscape by rebranding Sina Weibo with the new domain name "weibo.com"

Small Fire? Use This Throwable Fire Extinguisher To Snuff It Out

So it's a small fire that you can easily douse with a few buckets of water or easily extinguish with a few bursts using the fire extinguisher. Or you could also just throw this throwable fire extinguisher right at it to snuff it out quickly and easily from a safe distance.

Success Process - A Plan That Gets At-Risk Students Through College

One community college in Ohio is forging a path to success for at-risk students.

Chicken Littles Decry "Facebook Down" - World Coming To An End!

More crucial than the U.S. government shutting down, Twitterville is cyberventilating over Facebook suddenly becoming unavailable this morning. Proclaiming "Facbook Down," Chicken Littles are taking to the tweets sounding alarms that the ominous event could be an apocalyptic ending to the world as we know it.

Journalists On Facebook Scale As News Becomes More Social & Semantic

On April 5, Facebook launched "Journalists on Facebook" Page in an attempt to capitalize on the growing trend of news becoming more and more social.In Facebook's words, "The JOF Page is to serve as an ongoing resource for the growing number of reporters using FB to find sources, interact with readers and advance stories."

Too Lazy To Read Those Tweets? Let Twimal Do It For You!

Do you find yourself getting too lazy to head on over to Twitter sometimes? Do you wish there was some gadget somewhere that can read those tweets out aloud for you so you can stay updated on your friends' and family's latest tweets? Well, your wish is toymaker Takara Tomy's command because they've released the cute and adorable Twimal that can do this for you.

For Women Only: The P Tracker iPod App

I have always been too lazy to mark off the dates and cross out the days in my calendar when it comes to tracking my monthly period. So when an app called the P Tracker came along for the iPhone and iPod Touch that could do all this for me, I immediately got it and I'm glad I did.

The Sapphire HD 6790

Sapphire's new video card, the HD 6790, released yesterday. People are buzzing all over about it, and a lot of people are positively enthralled. Personally, I can't really blame them- Sapphire Technology is the largest manufacturer and supplier of graphics hardware for a reason. But then, even the best can make mistakes, and talk is cheap. How does the new graphics card actually stack up? 

Wear It, Use It, Own It: The Eurotech Zypad WL1500 Wearable Computer

If you find having to lug around a laptop a hassle and tablets insufficient for your needs, then maybe you can consider the Eurotech Zypad WL1500 as a viable alternative. It's a fully-functional computer that you can sport on your wrist so you can do whatever it is you need to do without having to start up any other devices.

Failed Spy Drops Gun On Runway: Another Career Ruined? (video)

Anna Kushchyenko, better known to Americans as Anna Chapman, the failed Russian spy, moved on to pretending to be a spy while she flashed her own fashion designs on the runway in Moscow.  Problem?  Well, she dropped her gun.... Yup.  Right on the runway.

Pacemaker-Like Device For Those With Persistent Hypertension Being Tested

Research on a new medical device called the Rheos System was presented at the American College of Cardiology's 60th Annual Scientific Session & Expo in New Orleans. The device, like the now-popular pacemaker that regulates heart rhythms, is also implantable, but its purpose is to lower blood pressure.

Doodle Duvet Gives Kids A Chance To Draw On The Bed

Do you have kids who are constantly drawing on things they aren’t supposed to draw on?  Are you getting sick of telling them over and over not to do that?  Instead of fighting it you can now go with it and get them a Doodle Duvet. 

Having A Pet Party? Bake Your Own Treats With PetCakes Trays & Mixes

.... What first caught my attention about PetCakes was the Pet Party Kit, which comes with appropriate baking pans depending upon whether the host is a dog or cat, the PetCakes mixes, pet invitations, and even a pet party hat!

 


Record 360° Videos on Your iPhone 4 with GoPano Micro

Sure, we've seen professional photographers and videographers do it, but it's not as easy to do if you don't possess the necessary equipment to take them. If you do manage some then they might be pretty sloppy shots. Now there are some creative dudes over at Kickstarter who want to make this happen by developing the GoPano micro, which is a lens for your iPhone 4 that can take 360° panoramic videos.

Firefox Running Slow? Your Add-ons May Be The Problem.

Do you find your beloved browser running slow lately? You might think that it may have something to do with your computer or with Mozilla's Firefox itself, but the developer is aiming to set the record straight by publishing a list of add-ons that have been found to considerably slow down the browser. That's right; it's not you or your PC or Mozilla. It's them.

Branson Gets Deep - The World's Deepest Diving Submarine

Richard Branson is making it possible to explore the very depths of the world's oceans.

Let There Be Light, And Let There Be Music.

Inventors and product designers come up with all sorts of cool gadgets every day all over the world. Alarm clocks that roll away from you, human mobile phones, robotic spies that can hide from humans--and then there are the more functional gadgets that we would most likely be using right in our very own homes: light bulbs that can give us a serving of our favorite music on the side.

Belt-Mounted Geiger Counter Monitors Microsieverts While You Jog

Fear of radioactivity cramping your active lifestyle? Over-reacting to reports of overheated reactors? The small, lightweight and portable GC-S1 radiation meter from System TALKS clips onto your belt and tallies up the microsieverts while you go about your daily routine.

Facebook's Event Check-Ins Attracting Spammy Hosts & Guests

Big news this week was Facebook's push for Places, it's geo-location answer to Foursquare, and its launch of "event check-ins" on mobile phones. Unfortunately. like an updated version of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," it's attracting the wrong crowd of people - namely, spammers! Now, I ask you, is that any way to run a location-based social network?

New Video Game Releases: Week 14, 2011

Here's the list of this week's new video game releases. Gear up for some karaoke fun with Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2. Go back in time and wreak havoc in the human world in Rabbids Travel in Time or be a meaty cube in a race to save your girlfriend in Super Meat Boy. Fight for justice and regain balance in the world of the future in Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops. Play matching games non-stop on your DS in Match 3 Madness or re-enter the world of LEGO as a ninja in LEGO Battles Ninjago.

Great Mother's Day Gift For Grandma: Photo-Top Tray Table

I'm giving you a head start this Mother's Day with an early idea for a Grandma gift, because the 'Photo Frame Table' doesn't come with your pictures.  You will have to collect or create photos that fit in the frames; that's why you should get started now.

 


Design Efficient Place To Stash Your Stash

When designing a house, I wonder how many architects think about places to hide.  Maybe places for kids to hide from each other, or for adults to hide when marketers come to their doors.  But what about places to hide stash... valuable stash like money or jewelry?

Chevy Cruze Eco: Obama's 50mpg Gas-Engine Car, Or Not?

In his recent major policy speech, President Obama claimed that gasoline-powered cars are currently being sold with the potential to achieve more than 50 mpg.  However, car enthusiasts and eco-experts are having a hard time finding one such car.  According to the White House, the president was referring to the Chevy Cruze Eco, which has government ratings of 42 mpg on the highway.  So what's the truth?

Calling All College Inventors: Design 'A Solution' For The James Dyson Award

The 2011 James Dyson Award one instruction is nicely broad, giving college designers, engineers, and inventors throughout the world plenty of room to spread their imaginations.  It is, simply: "Design something that solves a problem."

Can't Take My Eyes Off You - A Camera That Stalks You

A camera is being developed that learns more about you the more it watches you.

Heroin Or Häagen-Dazs? Which Is More Addictive?

If you think that being 'addicted to food' is just an expression, think again.  This study, conducted by researchers at Yale, University of Texas, and Arizona State University, reveals some interesting similarities between food addiction and drug addiction.  Can the brain tell the difference?

 

Dell's Alienware M14X Specifications Leaked

Recently, some of the specifications for Dell's new Alienware M14X gaming laptop were leaked onto the 'net. So far, it's sounding like a pretty sweet deal.

Foursquare & Twitter Rip "Pages" Out Of Facebook Playbook

Cross-pollination amongst social networks has been a trend ever since Facebook tried to replicate Twitter's tweets into its status updates and Foursquare's geo-location components into its Facebook Places. This week, it appears the shoe is on the other foot, as both Twitter and Foursquare are dipping their toes into "brand pages" that comes very close to Facebook's fan pages.

Put the Killer Behind Bars in the Real Crimes: The Unicorn Killer Video Game

Real Crimes: The Unicorn Killer intrigued me from the get-go because it wasn't just your ordinary hidden object mystery game. It was based on a true crime that happened in 1977, hence the title. This fact can turn off a lot of people right from the start. I mean, one reason why people turn to games and to a virtual world is to escape from the real one, right? Even for just a little while.

One Fine Toy For The Big Bond Boys: The CPT002 Glass Phone

Cinderella may have had the night of her life in her glass slippers but they can't even come close to this concept phone thought up by mobile phone maker Mobiado and luxury car brand Aston Martin. Now here's a phone that's a perfect match for Bond. James Bond.

Leaping The Great Firewall In China Greater Hurdle Due To Arab Awakening

As unrest in the Middle East gains traction with sympathizers globally, China tightens its current Internet controls. It appears the government's infamous "Great Firewall" has ramped up its interference capabilities on Gmail, virtual private networks (VPNs) and social networks, where disruptions in service some say is "a new kind of attack by Chinese censors."

It's A Bag.. It's a TV.. No, Wait, It's The Bag TV!

Now this definitely isn't Superman but I think it's something that's equally as super for a woman: the BagTV. Now this would be a gift that a lady who loves her bags and enjoys her daily soaps would fancy.

Commodore Recreates the C64 For A New Generation

The Commodore 64 was more than a computer. It was the symbol of an entire generation, and still tops the charts as the best selling PC of all time. Many who lived and gamed in the 80s will have fond memories of the device, and it ran thousands of games- a lot of those games are still being played today.

Enthusiasts will be happy to know that Commodore plans to bring the old machine back. 


What's In The Easter Bunny's Basket For 2011?

The Easter Bunny will soon be making the rounds and many kids (young and old) will be looking forward to some sugary treats.  There are certainly a lot of classic favorites, but even the bunny knows that sometimes it’s nice to shake things up a little.  Here’s a look at a few of the surprises that may be hiding this year.

Working 4-Day Weeks Or Lots Of Overtime Is A Killer - Seriously

Just when we were having fun working 12 hour days, along comes a study from the University College London that tells us working that long hours on the job puts us at risk for coronary artery disease (CAD), just like smoking, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

The First Multi-Tasking Book Light: Book Lamp By Groupa Studio

With everyone doing double or triple duty these days, it should not be a surprise that furniture and lighting design is being asked to do the same.  For example, with this Book Lamp doing double duty, you don't need a table!

 

Bacon Lovers Rejoice! - WowBacon Cooks Crispy, Less Greasy Strips

Most breakfast tables include a pitcher of juice.  Imagine for a second though, grabbing what you think is the juice jug only to find that it is actually filled with bacon.  Okay…I guess it’s not a bacon pitcher exactly, but the WowBacon microwave bacon cooker sure looks like one!  In truth, it is meant to be a healthier way to cook your bacon.

Scan Anything On the Go With the Visioneer Mobility Scanner

You never know when you might need to scan something and that's where the Visioneer Mobility Scanner comes in. It's handy, it's light, and the best part about it is that you don't need a computer in order to begin scanning your photos and documents.

Exercise Wheels For Dogs And Cats - Well, If A Hamster Can Do It...

No, you have NOT seen everything yet!  Not, at least until you see these spinning exercise wheels for your dogs and cats.  Not treadmills... they are so yesterday!  Wheels, like way-oversized hamster wheels.

 


Decode Your Dreams With The iDreams iPod App

You wake up bathed in sweat but what did the dream mean? You don't have time to look it up on the dream dictionaries on the internet because you have to get ready for school (or for work) but you can look up some factors of your dream in the iDreams app for your iPhone or iPod Touch.

The 8 Best Easter Toys (To Give Your Kids Nightmares)

Do your little monsters love the Easter Bunny? Do you want to traumatize them so badly that they never want another Easter Basket in their lives? If so, you've come to the right place. Here are 8 stuffed rabbits so scary your kids will be afraid to get out of bed on Easter Sunday.

Hit Three in a Row in the Zuma Deluxe Video Game

Now Zuma Deluxe is a Match 3 type of video game that I think is definitely a force to be reckoned with. I first played this game a few years back when I was still in college. I stopped playing the game when things got busy with my thesis but I didn't bother to uninstall the game, figuring I would just finish the game later on. I eventually forgot about it until yesterday.

Pot-Bellied Men More Prone To Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is now the most common cause of acquired blindness. An important study conducted by researchers at the University of Melbourne indicate that like heart disease, AMD may be affected by where you carry your weight.

Warm Embrace - A Baby Wrap That Saves Lives

A simple new product could save the lives of thousands of babies in the developing world.

The Camera Flash Drive: Because You Never Know When You Might Need To Take A Picture

So what do you get if you combine the quintessential flash drive with the indispensable digital camera? Why, none other than the Fuuvi Pick USB Mini Digital Camera by Audiocubes. It comes in a variety of gorgeous colors but what I love the most about these gadgets is that they're extremely functional even with their teeny tine size.

Douglas Engelbart: Inventor Of The Mouse

Today, we're taking a look at Douglas Engelbart- one of the forefathers of modern computing. One of his most famous invention is a mouse. It's pretty clear to anyone who's used a computer what sort of influence that device had. Truth is, if it weren't for Engelbart, computers would likely have evolved in a very different direction.

Wake Up To The Nostalgic (And Annoying) Sounds of the Pac-Man Alarm Clock

I don't know anyone who belongs to our generation that hasn't played or at least heard of Pac-Man--that tiny, yellow dude who went around mazes eating pac-dots while being chased by Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde and loading up on power pellets to turn the tide on his would-be assailants. Now fans and collectors can have a little piece of Pac-Man in their own room and right beside their bed care of the Pac-Man Alarm Clock by Firebox.

How To Turn Your iPod Into a Mini Pinball Machine

That song by America literally began playing in my head as I was reading up on this innovative app(cessory) for the iPhone and iPod Touch: the Pinball Magic. While Pinball Magic doesn't necessarily perform any tricks or magic per se, it sure does a fine job of transforming your iPhone and iPod Touch into a full-fledged mini pinball machine.

Pirates Beware: This App Is Setting Out To Teach You a Lesson By Way of Shame

If you have a bad (and illegal) habit of downloading pirated or cracked apps off the net then this vigilante app is out to teach you a lesson. Say hello to the Android.Walkinwat, the first threat to be discovered on the mobile phone that aims to punish users who download apps from unauthorized sites by shaming them.

STEM Sells Research - Selling Science To Kids

The USA Science & Engineering Festival wants you to help them make science cool.

Worried About A Wrinkled Cleavage? Try The Sleeping Beauty!

If you've never seen design unleashed, you're looking at it now. Though this bra might be perfect for the right breasts, like the ones on the plastic model, I don't know what it would do to the sex lives of most of us. 'Sleeping Beauty' or 'Sleeping Droopy?'

U.S. Govt Acts As VC Arming Social Activists With "Panic Button" App

"To the Middle East, with Love," might be the new ad slogan for an app under development by the U.S. for pro-democracy protesters living in various hot spots of unrest around the world. Yes, in a sense the government is competing with Apple, Google and Facebook to develop its own app for Androids and Nokia phones.

In a Rally Surrounded By Authorities? Just Hit the "Panic" Button on This App for your Phone!

The thought of an app that could work like a "panic button" sounds like an amusing and entertaining one, but in reality, it's not. The app is actually being developed by the U.S. State Department as part of its "internet programming freedom" program that has been granted a whopping $22 million budget.

Lie Under the Stars In Your Own Room With the Sega Toys Sky Tree Homestar

Ever wished that you could lie under the stars every night while you're tucked comfortably in your bed? Maybe this was something that you wanted to do back when you were still a little kid but just couldn't. This generation's kids are a bit more luckier, because Sega Toys has now made this possible with the Tokyo Sky Tree Indoor Planetarium.

Hustle Your Way In The Burger Bustle Video Game

Burger simulation and time management games are not uncommon in the world of video games. Assemble a burger, cook patties and add different condiments, get them to the customer before they get angry--yep, we've played all that before. Cue the entry of Burger Bustle, a game that hopes to bring something different to the plate.

Sweat Your Way To A Beautiful Glow With An Aluminum Facial

If you read beauty magazines you will know that hydration is key in the quest for glowing skin.  Well, if hydration is something your skin is in need of and you have no problem with looking like a creepy robot for about 15 minutes then the Akaishi Aluminum Facial Spa may be for you. 

Five Reasons To Use A Solid State Hard Drive

SSDs- Solid State Drives-are here to stay. And while they may not quite have as much storage space as standard hard drives yet, they're certainly catching up fast. But why should you bother using one over more traditional hard drives?

There are actually quite a few reasons why Solid State is the better choice. 


Bring the 3D Experience to your iPhone with Hasbro's My3D

Remember the days back when you held that bright red View-Master up towards the light to view sequential images that told a story without words and without any dialog? Well, now imagine a similar-looking device that's colored black (or white) with accents of blue that brings the 3D experience to your iPhone and iPod Touch.

Double the Touchscreen, Double the Fun(ctionality) with the Acer Iconia 6120

I wanted one for myself the very first time I saw the photos for the Acer Iconia 6120. I think the device is all kinds of cool, simply because it is. And who doesn't love something unique and quirky that's still functional at the same time?

Social Media Platform For Hotels Offers Web Site Visitors Incentives

Based on the premise that travelers can become a brand's strongest advocates, Flip.to, the social media service for hotels, airlines and restaurants launched its 'confirmation' component to beta customers this past year. Over 50 hotels on five continents have integrated with Flip.to to allow guests who book online to receive incentives for communicating with their followers on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. This month, the social media platform expands to include incentives for Web site visitors as well.

Leak Alert: BlackBerry Touch Photos and Specifications

It sure has been a crazy time with all the leaks going around lately. Just earlier this week, photos of the HTC Pyramid spread over the internet when an anonymous tipster sent word to xda-developers. Now it's RIM's BlackBerry Touch, dubbed the Monaco or Monza, that's been making the rounds.


Play Your Music in Style and Luxury with the Hercules Diamond Speaker

You may only get to see the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian but you can own your very own Black Diamond. But it's not the kind you can wear on a ring on your finger or on a necklace around your neck, but you can put it on display in your living room or bedroom. This isn't a world-famous gem but it can play your music and hook up to just about any other media device to play the sounds from your audio and video files.

Old Nikon Lenses Are Better For DSLR Video

Old Nikon lenses are an attractive option for Canon and Nikon DSLR filmmakers because of their build quality, optical quality and price.

Forget The Mouse, Use Your Talons: The Razer Talon

Unless you're a professional gamer who's optimized their rig to the extreme, there'll always be someone faster. Maybe they've got a better mouse. Maybe they've trained harder. Maybe they're just naturally adept at computer games. At the end of the day, all that matters is that, when faced with a foe like them, the traditional keyboard-mouse interface just seems...clunky.

Razer can help. 

2D Glasses Make 3D Movies Suitable For All

Are you one of the many people who get headaches or nausea while watching 3D movies, but don't want to get ditched at the lobby when your friends all head in to checkout the latest visually stunning flick? Then grab these 2D glasses to revert the movie back into its original, flatter form.

April Fools: Move for Gmail, 2D-ify Your Movies, and Wear the Wii on Your Head

It's that time of the year once again: when pranksters run loose and no one can be trusted. It's April Fool's day and it's a day when even outrageous ruckus is accepted in the office. The world wide web is no exception to the fooleries of the day--in fact, it's one of the places where the pranks get as crazy as they can be. Howeverm the people behind some of the most outrageous pranks are coming clean as the day winds down so I've compiled a list of the best jokes that I found.

China Goes Green on Tomb-Sweeping Day

Got money to burn and deceased ancestors to honor? So do many millions of Chinese – and that's the problem. The 2,500-year-old tradition of burning fake money on Tomb-Sweeping Day is meant to boost the fortunes of the deceased but with a population of well over a billion, it's the living who are paying the price.

Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker Is Smarter Than We Are - But The Rice It Makes Is Great!

Few things in cooking life are as difficult to create as perfect rice, but that's where the Neuro Fuzzy rice cooker comes in. Small and sleek, this little gadget will outcook you every time, and you'll love it.

Anti-Allergy Mask & Goggles Combo Keeps Out Pollen, Dust and Germs

Tis the sneezin'! This apocalyptic looking mask & goggles combo may look cumbersome (not to mention scary) but demand from Japan's growing legions of allergy sufferers has been so brisk retailers can't keep them in stock.

That's Heavy - Mapping Gravity On An Imperfect Sphere

The European Space Agency has mapped the Earth's changing gravity better than ever before.

Social Media Copy Cat Renren Could Beat Facebook To IPO

One of the world's least known social networks could go public prior to Facebook, or even LinkedIn or Twitter - and in the most unlikely country of China. Six year-old Renren - often referred to as the Chinese Facebook due its the many similarities is one of the major default social networks in its country of origin - as Facebook has been blocked by the "Great Fire Wall" since 2009.