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July, 2012

Social Media Presence XeeMe.com Presents Life Across All Networks

XeeMe (pronounced "see me") in its simplest form is an aggregator of one's social networks. The service is an offshoot of Society3, a social media technology and service provider founded by serial entrepreneur Axel Schultze. As a social media solution, XeeMe helps brands and highly connected individuals to organize their social presence while they grow their networks and influence.

Toyota “Spade” Minivan Displays Racy Styling, Insensitive Branding

Toyota has unconsciously played the race card in naming their new compact two-door minivan, a sporty variant of the Porte MPV called the “Spade”. If you think that's a tad over the line, join the club.

Necomimi Cat Ears Tell It Like It Is: A Review

Tired of mood rings that don't actually reflect your mood? Try these cat ears that respond to your brainwaves!

Social Media Solutions For Casinos Is Better Bet Than Traditional Marketing

Casinos need to up their game when it comes to rolling the dice on social media's 4 R's - Reputation, Relationships, Recommendations & Reach. While a tad behind the curve, casinos are catching up with the hospitality industry at large with their management of social media initiatives. Today, there are platforms, tools and marketing techniques that can help create a customer experience that can distinguish a casino brand from the pack, while far exceeding traditional marketing results.

Noodle-Brained Character Promotes Udon, is Japan's First Vegan Zombie

Got udon on the brain? So does “Udon No”, a really weird character whipped up by tourism promoters from Japan's Kagawa prefecture. The noodle-brained mascot's stated purpose is to ensure thoughts of delicious noodles are always on your mind.

Cocoagraph Chocolate Photography or Eat This Birthday Card Before It Melts

One adventure in gastronomy I have not enjoyed yet is eating an old family photo. The thought of it is actually not that appealing to me.  But what is appealing is the idea of receiving an edible portrait of almost anything else, especially if it's chocolate.

 

Happy Face Camera Makes You Smile, Snaps Your Photo

Smile for the camera that smiles at you! Chobi Cam Smile from JTT Online Shop looks like a “Have a Nice Day” button from the 1970s but with a very modern twist: inside lurks a small, sophisticated spy-cam that can snap photos and record up to an hour of video.

New HighPoint RocketStor Dock Is Two Drive Docks In One

Those with an overabundance of hard drives in their collections (*ahem*) may want to look at HighPoint's latest dock – featuring two USB 3.0 interface connections to eliminate bottlenecks.

The First Teen Idol That's An Inventor, Not A Rock Star

He's not a TV or rock star; he's an inventor, a teenage inventor, and that is why Cambio, the website that connects fans to celebrities, thinks he's hot.  He's the very first Real Teen Idol chosen by Cambio in its new focus on teens that are regular kids who do spectacular things that inspire other teens to do spectacular things.

Bumpy Bus Ride? Hold Onto Your Instant Ramen!

A “tasteful” ad campaign by a Korean food manufacturer has Chinese commuters holding onto Nong Shim instant cup ramen whether they're hungry or not.

Canned Bacon: Tasty Treat for Today, Tomorrow, and the Day After Tomorrow

Bacon in a can? Can do! A Japanese food company brings us cooked, thick-cut bacon in convenient, sardine-style cans. Choose from Plain or Honey-Mustard, and buy 'em by the case for your apocalypse shelter and/or zombie fortress.

What the World Would Be Like Without O-Rings

O-rings. They're those small, looped elastomers that mechanics and photography hobbyists always seem to say they need when they're in the middle of some project. I was pretty much blown away by how useful these little buggers were, which led me to think about what the world would be like without o-rings--and let me just say, it wasn't pretty.

ThermalTake “Cyclone Edition” Mouse Cools Your Hand While You Game

ThermalTake's Black Element gaming mouse has been out for a little while now, but a new variation of that rodent has recently hit stores, putting a twist on its already pretty robust feature-set – and we mean that literally.


Lay's Potato Chips to Develop Snacks for the Chinese Market

Think globally, eat locally – that's PepsiCo's plan for world potato chip domination in a nutshell. The next battleground is China, where plans are afoot to tailor the multinational corporation's flagship Lay's potato chip brand to better reflect Chinese tastes.

No Need To Invent The Koch Brothers - They're The Real Thing!

If Charles Dickens was alive today, he might have been inclined to create a fictionalized version of the malevolent brothers the likes of Charles and David Koch (pronounced Coke). While these two modern-day rogues have deviously shown how elections can be manipulated, helped create a radical extremist group, despoiled a number of ecosystems and are hell-bent on demonizing the current leader of the free world -- the Koch brothers run one of the largest U.S.companies (bigger than Coke), but one that most folks never heard of.

Hamster Jeans Illustrate the Art of Wearing Expensive Pants

Is that a hamster on your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Both, of course, because Hamster Jeans from Japan's Ito Manufacturing feature not one, but two of the cuddly critters painted over the back pockets.

Digital Gold Rush: Gold Bullion Optical Mouse Exudes Luxury With Every Click

Now we aren't all millionaires, so we can't possibly afford having a couple hundred gold bars to put in our personal safes. As an alternative, we normal folks can get ones of these Gold Bullion Optical Mouse instead. You know, to show that we can keep up with the gold trend without going into debt.

How to Select a Home Automation Provider, From Vivint to HAI

If you've taken all the information we covered about home automation earlier and decided that you want to install one in your home, then the next (and obvious) thing you need to do is figure out which provider to go with. Vivint appears to be a prime contender, seeing as they've just recently got the Central Station of the Year Award.

Why Moderate Drinking May Defend Against Rheumatoid Arthritis

It seems counter-intuitive that drinking regular, moderate amounts of alcohol would lessen the likelihood of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), because the disease attacks the immune system and alcohol weakens the immune system... But first, the study...

2012 MINI Cooper China Olympic Special Edition is No Green Bean

The London Olympics are about to roll and so is a new, special edition MINI Cooper! The 2012 MINI Cooper China Olympic Special Edition is, as you may have guessed, exclusive to China and features a unique gold running track graphic on its roof.

McRib Gets a Reboot as Japanese Chain Rolls Out the “Ribusando”

McRib fans, get your appetites to Tokyo! McDonalds' iconic boneless barbecue pork sandwich makes the leap to competing fast food chain Lotteria, gaining lettuce & mayo along the way.

Fujitsu Announces STYLISTIC Q702 & LIFEBOOK T902 Business Tablets

Fujitsu has developed two new mobile PCs – a hybrid tablet and a convertible notebook – all set up and ready for Windows 8 and the business-end of the computer market.

China's Spring Airlines Considers Installing Vertical Seats

Can't stand flying? Try flying standing! Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines has shown interest in SkyRider - semi-standing, saddle-style “vertical seats” that will allow the budget carrier to increase capacity by up to 40 percent.

SONY's New Cassette Tapes, Redesigned for the Old Generation

Dust off that Walkman, Daddy-O! SONY's new series of cassette tapes sports larger text and wider labels designed to appeal to a whole old generation of music fans!

Shark's Fin Soup to be Banished from Chinese Official Banquets

No soup for you! Shark's Fin Soup, a traditional yet controversial Chinese delicacy, is to be phased out of official reception menus. The decision banning shark's fin announced by China's State Council is a long-awaited response to the rising tide of revulsion against conspicuous consumption of a threatened group of species.

Train Window Smartphone Charger Stand from Genius Cell

Recreate the joys of a relaxing Japanese train trip while charging your iPhone 3GS/4/4S, Galaxy S/S II, or Xperia Arc smartphone! The Train Window Smartphone Charger Stand from Genius Cell offers a choice of three miniature recreations of real Japanese train compartments, with your smartphone's screen doubling as a picture window.

(Rumored) Winklevii's Social Network "Zurker" For The People & Of The People (Models too!)

Not content to sit on their laurels, nor the $65 million they pocketed from their lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly stealing their Facebook idea - the Winklevoss twins have launched their own network, named Zurker. Part investment opportunity, part chic-magnet, part-democratic social community, their innovative new wrinkle is to convince members they can become joint owners of their company.

Windows RT Tablets? Count HP Out

It seems that the biggest manufacturer of PCs will not be putting out a new tablet device based on Microsoft's upcoming Windows RT operating system.

Alien Autopsy Tissue Box Cover is Out of This World

Can't decide if you “want to believe” or just want to blow your nose? Don't just sit there crying to the sky. Thanks to the Alien Autopsy Tissue Box Cover from Japan's Village Vanguard you can believe and blow at the same time!

China's “Ladies Only” Parking Spaces Put Female Shoppers in the Pink

Business owners in the Chinese municipality of Tianjin have found an attractive way to appeal to a distinct market demographic – women – hoping that preferred “pink” parking places convenient to store entrances & exits will keep their female customers satisfied... and, keep 'em coming back for more!