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January, 2012

Turn Your iPod Nano into a Watch with the Nanox Conversion Kit

Apple's iPod Nano packs a lot of features into a very small package... so small in fact, that it's amazingly easy to drop or misplace. Enter Nanox, who've created an Apple-approved designer conversion kit that turns any sixth-generation iPod Nano into a secure and stylish wristwatch.

Samsung Exynos 5250 Tablet & Smartphone SoC Nearing Production

Samsung is getting ready to release a new beast of a system-on-chip for upcoming tablet computers and similar products, offering big performance gains over previous-gen designs.

Blind Followers Or Meaningful Dissenters: Facebook vs Occupy Wall Street?

Whenever a new movement consumes the hearts and minds of a large percentage of the populace, its time to take stock in what really moves these folks to act? The zeitgeist that emanated from Facebook and Occupy Wall Street couldn't be any more different from each other, yet there is an undercurrent that threads the two together. Both attract those that have an overwhelming desire to band together within loosely-knit organizations that welcome all.

King Orange: World's Largest Oranges Successfully Bred in Taiwan

It's good to be the king... the King Orange, that is. A new, supersized hybrid orange developed at Taiwan's Agricultural Research Institute is not only the world's largest, it also offers majestic overtones of sweet and sour citrus flavor.

Tame the Wild with MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream

For anyone who knows how difficult it is to keep treated or coarse hair hydrated, the MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream is a product worth trying. The pure argan oil conditions and hydrates your hair and is ideal for adding prior to a blow out.  The cream adds soft definition while creating the perfect hair style leaving your hair shiny and sexy.

TripAdvisor Japan's 'World Stinky Foods' Infographic Reeks Your World

Travelers and tourists used to soaking up the world's most exotic sights and sounds can now satisfy their sense of smell as well, thanks to the new, nasally-oriented, "World Stinky Foods" infographic from TripAdvisor Japan.

Stem Cell Technology Used To Create Neuronal Model For Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a "true human neuronal model" that replicates the early stages of Alzheimer's disease in actual human brain cells.  They have accomplished this model by using adult stem cells to more accurately demonstrate the pathology of the disease.

Creative Heart Ideas for Any Day

Valentine’s Day gets a lot of flak for being a made-up holiday that puts pressure on people to express their undying love for one another.  But I tell you as I sip green tea from my Tall Multi Heart Latte Mug from Target that sometimes it’s nice to have a heart in your view no matter what day it is, so here’s some ways to be innovative and add a little love into your life.

Look Less Stressed Fast - Clarisonic Opal

Cleaning Systems, comes a new product called Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System. The Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System is designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles especially around the eye area. This egg shaped beauty product is small and easy to travel with and comes with its own travel case.

Starwars Dog Choir Barks Another Winning Volkswagen Ad For Super Bowl 2012

One dog barking isn't enough for this year's Volkswagen Super Bowl spot.  Deutsch, LA, which produced the winning commercial for the 2011 Super Bowl, The Dark Side, featuring a mini Darth Vader and his dog, decided to make this year's stars a dozen barking dogs, moving its energy from The Dark Side to The Bark Side.

Tamaggraphy – 360 degree Photography

Time to take photography to a whole new level, now the sky isn’t the limit – you can include the ground too.  With the new Tamaggo 360-Imager you can share your whole world with a single click.  This cute little egg shaped dedicated pano-shooting camera (available in multiple colors) will change how we take panoramic pictures.

First Embryonic Stem Cells Used In Humans Safely Treat Dry Macular Degeneration

Results for the very first human embryonic stem cell treatment were announced today in the online first section of The Lancet journal.  The first aim of the study was to determine if the stem cell transplant was a safe treatment for age-related dry macular degeneration (dry AMD), the main cause of blindness in persons over 60.  But, in addition...

 


Reach Out and Kik Someone – A New Way to Text Message

Kik is the new multi-platform, crazy fast text messaging application that is available on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone 7, Symbian and Blackberry smartphones. I know you Luddites are asking why do you need another messenger and my fellow geeks are probably asking the same thing. Kik has reimagined texting for smartphones.

Dexim Visible-G USB Cable Glows When Current Flows

This Universal USB Charge & Sync Cable from Dexim employs integral blue LEDS that scroll, marquee style, along the path of your current connection. Pimp my USB cable? Dexim has, and you're certain to get a charge out of it!

Girl Scout Cookies Go Hi-Tech - Find Cookies NOW!

It’s Girl Scout Cookie time (or almost time depending on what part of the country you’re in) and unless you know someone who is in the Girls Scouts of the USA the problem is always about finding them before they’re gone.  Well GSUSA has solved that problem this year with help from technology.

Skate Deck iPhone 4 Cover Makes Making Calls a Snap

So you snapped your deck riding mongo and doing a slide on a handrail... who ya gonna call? A better question might be HOW you're gonna call, and Strapya Taobao has the answer: the Skate Deck iPhone 4 Cover from Candies!

Eyeliner Innovation: Le Métier de Beauté Precision Liquid Liner

Le Métier de Beauté Precision Liquid Liner has solved the difficult application process by studying the famous German pen maker Mont Blanc’s writing instruments. The Precision Liquid Liner is precisely that – pure precision.  The pen has a unique soft quill-tipped applicator which looks very similar to a fine point felt tip pen.

'Dragon Tree' May Bring Good Luck to Japan's Tsunami Ravaged Coast

The massive tsunami that pounded Japan's northeastern coast following the devastating March 11th, 2011 earthquake left few trees standing along the shoreline. Among those few survivors is a battered, twisted pine that now resembles a Chinese Dragon. The so-called Dragon Tree has become a symbol of hope and renewal for the region's hard-pressed residents.

Is Gmail Smarter Than You?

Gmail has revamped itself with an all New Look with many great new features.  The new look brings the ability for more customization and a myriad of improvements such as better search filters, automatic adaption to screen size, ability to change the size of your text, new themes, easier to follow conversations, the addition of profile pictures and, one of my favorites, drag and drop attachments.

My Name is Mud, Super Sexy Mud. GlamGlow Mud to be Exact

When I was told to try GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask, honestly my first thought was "Mon dieu! Another mud mask! There’s nothing exciting or sexy about mud… or is there?" This luxurious black box outlined in silver looks like something secretive that only the cognoscenti would use.  Upon opening the box you’ll notice one side flap says “Hello” and the other side flap says “Sexy.”  Well, hello yourself!

Whimsical Tony Duquette for Coach Jewelry Collection

I walked in to the Coach store just as they were setting out an amazing line of jewelry based on the vibrant spirit of the late costume designer and decorator Tony Duquette.  On the display was a simple plaque stating:  Tony Duquette: An American design icon, his motto was “more is more.” Coach is honored to collaborate with the estate of Tony Duquette on a collection of limited edition jewelry.

Wearable Eyeglasses Computer Combines Mainframe and Monitor

A Chinese technology company has designed a wearable computer with no visible mainframe or monitor - they've both been miniaturized and secreted in a pair of highly modified eyeglasses! This is much more than just another concept, as China's powerhouse mass production capacity ensures the mighty mini multimedia machine will be filling store shelves this coming March.

Quad-Core HTC Endeavor Delight Awaits

There are two things on my mind lately: The upcoming Mobile World Congress 2012 and Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip expected to be in HTC’s next smartphone the HTC Edge, I mean HTC Endeavor – the world’s first quad-core phone.

SOPA Wrung Wry By History's Most Hated Leader

Toward the end of 2011, the American Censorship Org took action against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), a U.S. bill racing through Congress that threatens "prosperity, online security and freedom of expression." On January 18, thousands of websites like Wikipedia have pledged to go dark online in protest. To show its solidarity, Google has blocked out their iconic logo on their search engine.

Sequinetic™ Sun Glasses Chase Away Winter Blues

... Light therapy is a traditional method of relief for SAD sufferers, but it requires its subjects to be stationary while under special lamps.  But with the help of Kickstarter, three now-happy engineers have succeeded in raising the funds to produce their answer to SAD - Sequinetic™ 'sun' glasses. 

Japan Tobacco Introduces 'The Peace' Luxury Canned Cigarettes

Smokers seeking a more luxurious and relaxing smoking experience need look no further than “The Peace”, an all-new, top of the line canned cigarette from Japan Tobacco. Sold by a selected number of Japanese retailers at a premium price and packaged in sleek metal cans, The Peace is the ultimate expression of an iconic brand first introduced in 1946.

Polaroid Z340 Digital Camera – Not Yesterday’s News

Perfect for the socialite, geek, photographer or anyone who remembers the days of fanning a Polaroid in hopes of it developing faster, the Polaroid Z340 Instant Digital Camera should be on everyone's list for any occasion such as Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day parties, birthdays, weddings and, of course Christmas.

Flip.to's 2012 Social Media Strategies For The Hospitality Industry

The buzz surrounding social media marketing hasn’t gone unnoticed by the hospitality industry and many hotel brands seek to make inroads by engaging more effectively with leading social networks.

Sweet Music: Chocolate Scented Headphones for Valentine's Day

Ear candy just got real thanks to 'Sound Like Chocolate', the world's first chocolate-scented stereo headphones. Thoughtful, tasteful and calorie-free, these sweet smelling headphones from Japan's Fu-Bi are the perfect practical Valentine's Day gift for your favorite cocoa nut.

Solar Powered & Retro Styled Toyota 2000GT SEV Sounds Crazy, Sparks Interest

The Toyota 2000GT SEV is a one-off, electric concept car being shown to the public at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon. Designed by the Crazy Car Project under the direction of the Toyota Automobile Association, this “shocking” automotive update takes Toyota's iconic late-sixties sports coupe from flower power to solar power.

Fixed Internet Providers, 4G Wireless, and the Future of the Internet

A lot of people pit 4G wireless broadband against fixed internet services. Some say that the former is where the future of the Internet lies, while others believe that the latter will continue to be the type of service that the majority of users will use when accessing the World Wide Web.


Designer Keyboard Brush from Japan is Really the Pits

Finally, a use for armpit hair! Well, sort of. This cute anthropomorphic brush is designed to clean your keyboard's hard to reach nooks and crannies while putting a smile on your face. The unabashedly hirsute “Okite” underarm hair brush comes from Japanese design house and specialty retailer DECOLE, and is one of the popular Humania series of home, office, kitchen and school cool tools.

First Refillable Mascara: Guerlain Noir G

Beautiful long lashes in a mirrored compact case that is also refillable? Yes! The sexy and sleek Noir G de Guerlain Exceptional Complete Mascara is a work of art and also practical.

Remote Control LED Color Changing Ice Bucket for Light Drinkers

Add some extra fizz to any party with the LED Color Changing Ice Bucket with Remote Control. The bucket's cool-running 25,000-hour rated LED light ensures your bubbly won't boil while the remote control option is just as cool as it gets.

Still Searching For Just The Right Pooper Scooper? Here's The Dog Dung Vacuum!

Everyone I know with a dog thinks they have the best idea for a pooper scooper.  Well, here's a new one: the Dog Dung Vacuum... a pooper scooper with power!

 

New TAGG™ Keeps Track Of Your Pets When You Can't

I will probably always remember the last night of 2011.  I tried to entice a lost dog to come to me so that I could read her tags and call her owner, but she was fearful and ran away.  I called the animal rescue, but it was closed, of course, and all I could do was hope... I guess, just like the owner.  But if the owner had outfitted the dog with one of the new Tagg™ digital trackers, he would have been alerted that she was not at home anymore...

Wendy's Japan Premium Menu: Fast Food for One Percenters

Where's the beef? Try looking under the foie gras and truffle butter, Jeeves. Wendy's has returned to Japan after a two-year hiatus but former customers might be hard pressed to recognize the burger chain, let alone pay for its high-priced gourmet offerings.

Angry Bird Addicts? Meet Swampy from Where’s My Water!

Ready for the next addictive game for your smartphone? Forget Angry Birds and bring on Disney's Where's My Water? The premise is simple which is the foundation for the most addictive games; get the water to the alligator. This seemingly simple task is not easy but it is quite entertaining!

Chinese Online Retailers Furiously Flogging 'Three Wolf Moon' T-shirts

Remember “Three Wolf Moon”, 2009's meme of the year and, as a result, Amazon.com store retailer The Mountain's biggest selling design EVAR? No? It seems China doesn't either, leaving the field of wolf-wear wide open for one enterprising online seller obliviously ensconced (along with their customers) behind China's Great Firewall.

Instant Perfect Inside Google Maps

Tired-looking and lost?  Sisley Instant Perfect skin enhancing product will help erase the look of exhaustion from running through the airport trying to find your gate, and with the introduction of Google Inside Maps you can get there with ease.

Sony Announces First XQD Memory Cards

Boasting high speeds, improved technology over existing formats, and high capacities, these cards are designed for professionals. Here come the first two models.


Achieving Social Media ROI For The Hospitality Industry

The buzz surrounding social media marketing hasn’t gone unnoticed by the hotel industry and hoteliers are seeking to make inroads by engaging with the leading social networks in new and innovative ways. Choice Hotels however has indicated that "hotels have been slow or very conservative in the adaptation of social media."

Nubot Video Chat Doll Attends Meetings as Your Remote Avatar

Who says you can't be in two places at once? Introducing Nubot, a smartphone faced robotic avatar doll controlled by Skype and webcam that allows you to interact with others remotely.

Secret Agent Style: Bluetooth Stereo Qi-wear Sunglasses

As an avid cell phone user, I am on a never ending quest for a better headset. Obviously one of the biggest problems with Bluetooth headsets is that you look like a dork while wearing them and while we may be geeks, we don't want to look dorky! Finally there is a solution to this problem sure to appeal to your inner secret agent persona: the Qi-wear Stereo Bluetooth Eyewear with maximum protection for your vision, hearing and style!

Facelift in a Pump? Sisleÿa Radiance Anti-Aging Concentrate

Want the best beauty product with glowing results? Before you go under the knife try Sisleÿa Radiance Anti-Aging Concentrate.

Avoid Co-Worker Cooties With The Vioguard™ Self-Sanitizing Computer Keyboard

I doubt the word 'cooties' was in Vioguard's application to the FDA  for approval of the very first Self-Sanitizing Keyboard (The UVKB50), but when you consider all of the types of germs that congregate on and between the keys of communal computer keyboards, you'll definitely want to avoid them like the cooties.  Hopefully, your company is willing to wait on line to order the hygienic keyboard....

 


Galaxy Nexus, Rezound or Droid RAZR? How do you choose?

It is rare that we as geeks have one device to be excited about much less three simultaneously, but that is exactly what happened with Verizon's latest generation of Android phones: Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs the HTC Rezound vs the Motorola Droid RAZR.

Scientists Hope Natural Herb Will Prove Effective Treatment For Alcoholism

A tree that is native to China, the Hovenia dulcis, or Asian raisin tree, has been described to contain a hangover remedy since 659 AD.  If you can fathom how long it's been in use, you may wonder why it's taken so long for modern research to study its potential as a treatment for alcohol addiction.  Well, now a multi-disciplinary team from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are actively studying its impact; first on rats....

 

Slip Your iPhone 4 or 4S into a SwitchEasy 'Melt' 3D Case

SwitchEasy's colorful “Melt” 3D cases for the iPhone 4 or 4S keep your smartphone safe from life's hard knocks while managing to look hot and cool at the same time. The cases feature a slick, shiny, melty-look top portion molded in smooth polycarbonate plastic for easy ingress and egress from the owner's pocket.

Give Your Dry Eyes Some Relief With Tear-Stimulating Goggles

Eyes don't tear as much as we age.  Add to that the dry weather, not enough sleep, a few too many cocktails, or dust and pollen allergies... and you've got dry eyes.  Now, there's a pair of ophthalmologist-recommended goggles that stimulate natural tear production again....

 

Fabulous Phytotherapy with Sisleÿa Global Anti-Age Cream

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, splurge on yourself or someone you love and buy pampering in a jar with Sisleÿa Global Anti-Age Cream Day and Night Facial Treatment

Nokia's 801T Smartphone for China Touts Telescoping TV Antenna

Nokia's new 801T smartphone may be Finnish by nature but it's been nurtured to succeed in China's unique telecom environment. Take the retro-looking, telescoping TV antenna, for instance: it'll bring in television signals without putting owners in debt to their service providers.

HP 14" Ultrabook Coming Soon? (Updated)

An interesting video from HP has recently surfaced, hinting that a new laptop dubbed the “Spectre” may soon hit the market.


McDonald's Japan Big America Burgers are Back “4” 2012!

If you loved McDonald's Japan's quartet of “Big America” burgers last year and the year before, well get out the napkins and the antacid because they're baaaack! This year's fast food final four kicks off with the Grand Canyon Burger, followed by three more hamburger homeland homages filling out the first quarter – not to mention your waistline.

Deep Brain Stimulation Tested On Bipolar Subjects Unresponsive To Other Treatments

Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, is in its early experimental stages; this study, for example, had only 17 subjects. But when you cut into a person's skull and implant electrodes on either side of the brain while people are awake, it's probably not that easy to attract willing subjects. Nevertheless...

 

Dignity: Now That's Something New For Patient Attire

Whether you are instructed to put the strings in the front or the back of the faded, wrinkled, rag of a gown, if there's one thing you won't have once you've donned the thing, it's your dignity....

 

Car Seat Sensors Can ID Drivers by Their Bottoms

Someday we'll be "flying" our cars and computers by the seat of our pants, if a unique new sensor system developed by engineers at Japan's Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology is adopted by car & chair makers. It seems each person leaves a unique impression when they sit down and the resulting digital pressure patterns can be used to identify drivers from the bottom up, so to speak.