Log in   •   Sign up   •   Subscribe  feed icon

Business

Calling All Inventors! Casting Call For Season 3, INVENTION USA!

Last night was the premiere of Season 2 of The History Channel's inventor show, Invention USA.  No sooner did the season begin, that casting calls for Season 3 of the hit series get on the road too. So now inventors have another chance to strut their stuff before the casting directors and the show's hosts, Reichart Von Wolfsheild and Scotty Ziegler.

Diving Helps Keep Pigs Healthy, Makes Bacon Tastier

It's raining swine, hallelujah! A Chinese pig-farmer's porkers perform daily dives from a 10-foot tall platform because, according to the farmer, the exercise results in healthier pigs that grow faster and taste better.

Tibet Spring Bottled Water: Status Symbol or Slippery Slope?

From the “roof of the world” to the roof of your mouth, China's Tibet 5100 Water Resources Holdings Ltd. will never Everest in its quest to be the world's most desired luxury bottled water. The climb to watery wealth has a downside, however, and those who can least afford this premium product could end up paying the most.

Calling All Inventors! Edison Nation Launches Open Search For Innovative Products

Have a unique and patentable idea that you've not been able to move off first base?  Edison Nation has just the answer for you in its newest search for ideas.  It's an open search!  So, you can submit one or more of your ideas in any category of products - home, garden, office, etc. to the Open Innovative Product Search.

Kit Kat & Strawberry McFlurry? Gimme A Break!

The trick to McDonald's Japan's latest sweet treat involves combining Kit Kat chocolate bars, crushed strawberries and luscious soft ice cream to create the sinfully delicious Kit Kat & Strawberry McFlurry! Boo hoo, it's only available through the end of October!

Chinese Starbucks Coffeehouse Serves Lattes of Luxury

Starbucks' success in China owes much to the global coffee company's strategy of harmonizing their stores and menu with local culture and customs. Take the new Starbucks Coffeehouse in Fuzhou, for example, which channels the ambiance of a classic thousand-year-old Song Dynasty garden.

Calling Out Apple: The iPhone 5 is NOT “The World's Thinnest Smartphone"

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Phil Schiller, Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing, may have wowed the faithful at the iPhone 5 keynote kickoff on September 12th but not all of the stats the suits were trumpeting stand up to scrutiny.

Burger King Japan's “Premium KURO Burger” is Back in Black

Burger King Japan's “Premium KURO Burger” hits the grill on September 28th in celebration of BK's fifth anniversary in Japan. The limited edition black-bunned Whopper features dark ketchup colored and flavored with squid ink.

Jon Stewart vs Bill O'Reilly To Beat The Obama-Romney Debates?

He's done it before. Back in 2010 when the Tea Party Republcans helped overtake the majority in the House of Representatives, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart jumped into the debate ring with his co-faux newscaster collaborator, Stephen Colbert. Touted as the "Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear," the event was well attended in DC. This go-around Stewart has targeted Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News talk-show host to help iron out some of the pressing issues of this year's presidential election campaign.

Social Finance Comes From China To Assist US College Students?

Social media has continued to evolve over the course of the last decade. From social networking to social gaming to social commerce, the common belief is that social will continue to bleed into other categories. Social Finance is SM's latest iteration and there are a number of exciting start-ups trying to attack the trillion-dollar student debt problem in the U.S.

And The Social Media 'Bacon Number' Goes To Mark Zuckerberg?

With one's share value tanking to half its original IPO value, Mark Zuckerberg's been in an ongoing crisis management mode for months now. Acccepting every speaking engagement offered, ironically he spoke at TechCrunch's Disrupt Conference on the same date Apple's stock escalated to an all-time high of $660.97.

Trial By Twitter Over Occupy Wall Street Tweets Could Set Privacy Precedent

In a potential landmark case, Twitter was ordered by Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino 73 days ago to turn over three month's of tweets from Malcolm Harris. Accounts under contention are related to two of Harris's profiles on the microblogging site are @destructuremal and @getsworse.

Energy Saving Nano-Carbon Light Bulbs Could Outshine CFLs and LEDs

A Taiwan university research team has been awarded a patent on energy efficient nano-carbon light bulbs. Unlike popular CFL bulbs and LED lights, the new nano-carbon light bulbs and tubes use a mercury-free manufacturing process and can be easily integrated into existing light bulb production facilities.

Angry Birds Meat Snacks: A Tastier Way to Crunch Some Pork

Gamers playing Angry Birds can really work up an appetite and snack attacks are as common as pig attacks. What to do? Angry Birds' developer Rovio and Chinese pork producer JoyCome have teamed up to create some seriously symbiotic bite-size taste treats: Angry Birds Meat Snacks!

Foursquare's Magnetic Marketing Goes Mad Men With Promoted Updates

It was inevitable the game-like features of Foursquare's 'mayorships,' 'badges' and 'check-ins' would ultimately pave a path to paid advertising. Yes, that unassuming little geolocation-based app that launched three short years ago at South by Southwest and has amassed over 20 million registered users has decided to monetize. Finally slipping into their big boy pants, Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai's company have launched "Promoted Updates," with clients Madison Avenue ad agencies have been known to court over the years.

Is The Ubiquitous "Keep Calm" A Meme Or A Moan?

Ever wonder why the World War II British slogan "Keep Calm and Carry On" has surfaced some 70 years later to become today's most ubiquitous meme? Not only has the Internet been cyberventillating variations on the theme  online for over a year now, one can find t-shirts and other memorabilia easily accessible for purchase in the real world.

Calling All Inventors! Your Home Space Saver Products Are Wanted

Have you come up with a new way to stack your shoes, line up your tools, or bunk your junk? Karl Champley, the home improvement guru, is looking for new space saving products that help folks organize their stuff and give them more room in their own homes. So through Edison Nation, he's asking you to submit your ideas.

"Wannabe" Movie Debuts On Facebook vs Theaters Starring Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer?

"Wannabe" is a comedy film starring Craig Robert Young, Octavia Spencer, Matt Dallas, Tate Taylor, Adam Huss, written by Craig Robert Young and Richard Keith and directed by Richard Keith. It's being promoted as one of the only films to be released on Facebook. However, while that may be true, if one was to research the movie on the Internet, it is evident this flick was first produced back in 2005?

The World's Mucho Grande Tweet Flies The Amistoso Cielo

Yes, tweets are known for their brevity. 140 characters or less is the constraint Twitter imposes on the Twitterati's bon mots. However if you look closely at their terms of service, they've never restricted the actual size of a tweet, nor how far it could be thrust into space. And this summer, Iberia Airlines has used those loopholes to not only issue the world's biggest tweet but also to show to the world, the skies the limit as to how far a tweet can go.

ideaAPP Could Be A Game Changer For Inventors

If I were to tell you that you can get a complete, worldwide patent search conducted on your invention idea for $9.99, you would think I just swallowed a whole lot of advertising bull.  I thought it was too good to be true too, so I went to the source, the company that owns and offers the ideaAPP for Apple and PC products, and asked the founder an irritating amount of questions.  He answered.