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June, 2012

Silicone iPhone 4/4s Case Nose Who's Calling

The Hana Silicone iPhone 4/4s Case not only displays a distinctive design  that sets it apart from other iPhone cases, the unusual suggested user finger placement ensures anyone can “pick” it out from the crowd.

The Tampon USB Drive Is Sure to Embarrass

Too much data leaking out of your computer? Plug it up with this handy USB tampon drive!

Orbitz Polishes Higher Hotel Rates For Its Apple Users

There's a reoccurring foreboding in many fairytales, that says: magic comes with a price. The Evil Queen that offered Snow White the poisonous apple received her comeuppance in the end, and hopefully Orbitz will be served a does of the same, when the traveling public learns that Mac users are charged more than those using Windows. Yes, in this case, you can think of Orbitz as the Evil Queen! And the 30 percent higher rates they are offering to Apple device owners, the fruits from their poisonous tree.

DIY Chinese Lamborghini Lookalike is a Big Boy's Toyota, No Bull

A so-called “home automaker” has turned a sow's ear into a silk purse, in this case morphing a Toyota MR2 into a Lamborghini Murcielago LP64. The resulting Faux Lambo is said to boast 99% accurate exterior bodywork and a 70% authentic interior.

Mom's Fear Of Childbirth May Lead To Childbirth Complications

Childbirth is a painful process for a mom, even with epidural pain killers that effectively reduce that pain.  Fear of that pain, called tocophobia, is why some women choose not to have children at all.  But for women who do become pregnant and carry their children to term, the fear of childbirth may actually cause greater difficulty to the mother in the delivery room, according to a new study from Norway.

 


Father Of Obamacare's Signature Irony Not Lost On The Twittersphere

In an alternate universe somewhere, the Father of Obamacare might have actually had a shot at becoming the next president of the United States, had he just stuck to his guns. Because on Planet Earth, the candidate responsible for this accomplishment is not Obama. Obama cannot take credit for inventing the Affordable Care Act. It was ironically his opposition who laid the groundwork in Massachusetts, and then decided to take the wrong fork in the road to diminish its application for the nation.

Chill Out With Thanko's Portable USB Liquid-Cooled Air Conditioner

When it comes to air conditioners, you can't take the coolness with you... until now! Thanko's portable liquid-cooled air conditioner uses USB or battery power, keeping you cool at home, work or play.

Can Nature's Forms And Sounds Help The Sleepless?

We know that art has been inspired by nature at least as far back as the Cave Man. Technology too has had a love affair with nature for thousands of years, though we are just recently experiencing a resurgence with a new 'biomimicry' movement.  But besides biomimetic art and technology, there are biomimetic exercises, such as those we find in certain yoga positions... and now, an NYU design student and insomniac, has employed the shapes and sounds of nature to help the sleepless sleep.

SK-Hynix Enters 2.5” Solid-State Drive Market

Here comes another large memory maker entering the growing SSD market with a pair of products, each offering high speeds and the company's own flash memory chips under their pearly-white hoods.

Scoot Right Through The Airport With Kick Scooter Luggage

You can pack your 2-wheeled carry-on and pull it through the airport, switching arms as you drag the bag all the way from your cab to check-in, up the escalator to the tram, through your terminal and bag inspection, and up and down the maze of halls to your gate.  But, I'm taking my Kick Scooter Luggage.

Obama Flip-Flops are This Summer's Scandalous Sandals

Obama Flip-Flops? Yes we can, in brightly colored economic crisis-bashing beach sandals, no less!

Calling All Inventors! Discovery Expedition Wants Your Outdoor Electronic Inventions

Discovery Expedition isn't looking for a new kind of hiking boot - unless it's electronic.  But it is looking for new ways to enhance hiking, sky-diving, camping, mining, surfing... whatever, your outdoor lifestyle needs to take it to the next level to improve your outdoor experience.

 

Back Up!! Nissan Leaf to Break Reverse Driving Speed Record

Terry Grant is hoping NOT to turn over a new Leaf... a Nissan Leaf, that is. The professional stunt driver will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “fastest time over a distance of one mile in reverse” this weekend at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Facebook Pivots From 'Facebucks' To 'Cash Is King'

Before its IPO, Facebook was intent on not only generating an ecosystem exceeding the the population size of most countries (now 3rd to only India and China), but also establishing its own monetary system. With Facebook Credits as its virtual currency, CEO Mark Zuckerberg felt he could run the world's largest social network similar to a sovereign state.

Pepsi EX Extra: All the Caffeine of Coffee in a Cool, Carbonated Can

Pepsi Japan's new workplace coffee alternative, Pepsi EX Extra, offers a hot coffee cup's worth of caffeine in a cool can of carbonated cola. As Pepsi puts it, “Enjoy the shot of cola with strong caffeine, for long working hours.”

Acer Releases Iconia Tab A700 – 10” Tablet with 1920x1200 Resolution

Acer has released a new Android tablet boasting a screen with far more pixels than the average laptop, with decent internal specs to match.


Mother Jones Airs Attack Ads Against "Game Of Thrones" Candidates (Videos)

For those addicted to the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones," could you imagine if those vying for the thrones of the Seven Kingdoms were competing with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on today's political landscape. The Mother Jones news team postulates how today's dirty politics might be played out if Daenerys Targaryen, Jeffrey Baratheon and Robb Stark were added to the presidential race in contention for leader of the free world.

China's “A Blue Work Shirt” is Mass Market Retro Fashion

“A Blue Work Shirt” from OSPOP is an updated version of the no-nonsense, long-lasting tops that clothed Mao Zedong's China of the 1950s through 1970s. Proudly made in China but not just for Chinese anymore, A Blue Work Shirt salutes those who made the Great Leap Forward from shattered post-war China to today's economic powerhouse.

Cool 'Seek & Destroy' T-shirt: The Cat's Got Your Back

Why advertise a product, band or sports franchise on your t-shirt when Japan's Ito Manufacturing offers an expensive, expressive & eccentric alternative? “Seek & Destroy” t-shirts in Grass Green and Cloud Gray plug you into a rarefied region of social consciousness where mass market consumerism takes a back seat to a black cat with heat-vision.

British Airways Uses Social Media & UK Addresses For Olympics' #HomeAdvantage

In an ingenious TV commercial that we're sure Don Draper would have approved, British Airways is utilizing the distribution channels of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to extend their rallying cry for a "Home Advantage" at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sleeping With a Smartphone: The iPhone 3-Piece Bedding Set

Are you sleeping on the Jobs again? Ordering “Enter Sandman” for your ringtone? The iPhone 3-Piece Bedding Set from China satisfies all your phone-y hang-ups, though excessive tossing and turning could result in unintended 911 butt-dials.

Biodegradable Portable & Reusable Drink Bottles Sport Can Camouflage

Can those cans and battle the bottles! Japan's ongoing “eco” movement for environmental friendliness and sustainable living seems to have even influenced the appearance of plastic water bottles... these ones look like cans.

Political Cats Create New Bill To Save Russian Felines

Zarathustra ran for President of Russia.  Hank is running for Senator in Virginia.  Two cats, worlds apart, but both political, and both sworn to do good for the world, no matter what.

Advantages of Having a Fully-Automated Home: Remote Security, Energy, and Home Management

How many times have you left your home, only to come running through the front door to check if the alarm has been set or if all of your appliances have been unplugged? Unfortunately, it's part of being human to be forgetful. One solution? Fully automating your home.

Chinese DIY Tractor Truck Gets Electrical Poles Rolling One By One

How do you get ridiculously long and massively heavy electrical poles to your construction site without hiring an expensive, purpose-built transport truck? If you're in China, DIY! Workmen in Wenzhou get their poles to the holes quickly, cheaply and one-at-a-time thanks to a little ingenuity and some very loose traffic regulations.

Thanko's USB Shoe Cooler Fans Feet Flushed by Summer Heat

Summer means heat you can feel in your feet, so who ya gonna call to soothe those hot soles? Thanko, that's who! The Japanese gadget guru's USB Shoe Cooler sends a cooling breezes to your parched arches, boosting productivity along with your geek cred.

World's First Pear Genome Sequence Announced by Joint China-US Research Project

Fruit fans rejoice, pears could be getting bigger, tastier and more resistant to drought and disease! Now that researchers from the Chinese-American "International Pear Genome Cooperation Group" have finished the world's first pear genome sequence, we can expect new high-yield, high quality, low-input varieties of pears to land on store shelves someday soon.

Blue Curry Adds Odd Color to Tokyo Cafe's Menu

On a diet and looking for a light meal? Try a light blue meal instead: Tokyo's Tea Room 2525 has brought back a turquoise temptation from last summer, disingenuously dubbed "Blue Curry Loss of Appetite". It's a great way to get the blues while losing weight.

'Happy Farm' Online Game Inspires Eco-friendly Pig Cottages

A Chinese pig farm project inspired by the hugely popular online game “Happy Farm” has seen over 500 eco-friendly pig cottages spring up in the coastal province of Jiangsu. Though these swine are living fine, don't get jealous: their luxurious digs are intended to encourage tastier meat.

iPhone 5 Ice Pop Comes in Mango and Pear Flavors

The iPhone 5 has been released in China... and it's delicious! Unless somebody from Apple Inc "calls out" the manufacturer on this frozen ice pop's provocative name, hungry Chinese will be chilling their choppers on iPhone 5 brand Mango and Pear flavored frozen fruit snacks all summer long.

Door Handle Cover Keeps Klutzy Kids From Kabob-in' Their Noggins

The puzzlingly named “Waffle Handle” stops evil doers, er, evil doors, from inflicting pain, injury and subdural hematoma's on your precious snowflake's pristine forehead. If you don't have them, shame on you: you're a bad parent who's bad and should feel bad.

Siri Takes Lead From SNL's Self-Deprecating Humor Making Apple Butt Of Joke

Does anyone remember when iPhone prototypes were left behind in Silicon Valley bars only to be found by those looking to make a quick buck while providing the techie world with an advance sneak peak at Apple's latest iteration? In both cases, Apple execs were none too pleased and subsequent police investigations and threats of litigation were filed against Gizmodo and ex-Apple employees responsible.

Kusa Flip Flops Have Grassy Soles, Never Need Watering

Keep ON the grass! With Kusa Flip-Flops, your lawn is underfoot whenever and wherever you walk. The shaggy Syn-Turf soled sandals let you relive one of summer's sweet simple pleasures: wriggling your toes in the cool green grass.

7 Father's Day Gifts For Those Who Wish They Were Adopted

Still looking for a Father's Day gift that can't possibly be seen as a term of endearment? Well then, you've come to the right place. Here are eight terrible gifts certain to give the right message -that you simply don't give a hoot about your old man.