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Japan Tobacco's Cheerfully Chiding 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 2



How many ways can Japan's smokers be told to be considerate and well-mannered while puffing away? Seventy-three, it seems. We covered the first 10 in the series last month; here are numbers 11 through 20.
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True Blue Roses to be Sold First in Japan



Blue roses have long been one of the greatest goals of gardeners. Now a group of plant geneticists sponsored by Japan's Suntory Ltd has perfected the process of creating blue roses to the point where they can be sold to the public.
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Blinger is Like Having A Portable Handheld ATM


The BlingNation Blinger personal ATM device was unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This portable handheld device is basically like having an ATM in the palm of your hand. It will accomplish a variety of personal banking tasks such as money transfers, pay bills, request money from other people, and more. read more »

An Invention For The Age of Connectivity: Rapid Reader



Bigger, better, and a lot more complicated than the Information Age, success in the Age of Connectivity depends more on our capacity to learn what is needed for tomorrow, than what we know today. As soon as information is available, our computers, hand-helds, and cell-phones make it accessible. We need to retrieve it and act on it; that is critical to our livelihoods and to our lives. read more »

Sony Ericsson W890i Cell Phone Walkman is Coming Soon


Sony is set to release the Ericsson W890i cell phone which happens to double as a Sony Walkman music player. This phone also features a FM radio, which can both be listened to over the built-in speaker or with the matching pair of included earphones. Sony hopes that the smooth curves and good functionality of the W890i will make it a hit for 2008. read more »

Lovely Eco-Silverware Jewelry For Your Love


Jennifer Northup, a talented jewelry designer, deserves applause for her innovative eco-jewelry. Recycled from vintage antique silverware of the 1800s she molds silverware (handles and other parts) into elegant belts buckles, necklace pendants, bracelets, rings, spoon watches, cardholders, etc. read more »

Virtual Lingerie Shopping and Valentine’s Day

Need to spice things up between you and your sweetie? How about some lingerie? Too shy to go in person? Or maybe you don't have enough time to go shopping for something sexy. Not a problem. This year Knicker Picker, a lingerie store, has thought of an innovative way to help you shop for lingerie in their online dressing room.

Making the Electric Car Work: Can Israel Succeed?


Renault's, soon to be electric, Megane. (from Channel4.com)Renault's, soon to be electric, Megane. (from Channel4.com)

When a country can't buy oil from most of the Middle East, there are a few smart things to do: reduce consumption, buy from somewhere else, or, introduce the most revolutionary electric car infrastructure ever. For Israel, it's doing all three. read more »

First “Hands-On” Reviews of the Apple MacBook Air Laptop


The new ultra-portable Apple MacBook Air was recently introduced at the 2008 MacWorld Expo, and it has not surprisingly created a huge buzz in the notebook computer world. Today, the first hands-on reviews have been released by 3 of the largest news organizations in the world: USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. Here's what they had to say about the MacBook Air... read more »

New Diamond-Cut Designed Nokia Prism 7900 Cell Phone


The Nokia Prism 7900 is a cell phone that is more than just a phone - it's a work of art! This glamorous cell phone with diamond-cut designs and crystal center key was created by Nokia in collaboration with the French creative designer Frederique Daubal. read more »

A Universe of Man-Made Islands Coming to Dubai?


The proposed Universe Islands, depicted just under The World IslandsThe proposed Universe Islands, depicted just under The World Islands

Sunday, on the heels of the completion of a massive project, property development company, Nakheel, unveiled another Dubai mega-project. If given the go ahead, The Universe Islands would add more than 7,500 acres worth of man-made islands to an already crowded coastline. read more »

Rice Ethanol Replaces Oil, Saves Farm Jobs



Street-racing slang often refers to tuned Japanese sports cars as "ricers", but a new project to create ethanol fuel from non-food rice may just succeed in extending the term to include ALL cars driven in Japan.
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Picture Frames and Mirrors Make Modern Day Rock Climbing Wall


Rock climbing is a wonderful form of exercise. It increases your strength, endurance, power, flexibility and balance as well as increases your level of confidence and mental discipline. No wonder a gym in Japan wants to do what it can to encourage the continuance of this form of exercise and has taken the idiom "climbing the walls" to the extreme.
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The World's First Ever Cell Phone with 5-inch Fold-Out Display


A Dutch Company by the name of Polymer Vision is set to release the world's first cell phone that features a fold-out display for viewing email, podcasts, text documents, news, and blogs. This device, called the "Readius", is the size of a typical cell phone and has a large 5-inch screen that folds out from the body of the phone. read more »

A New “Guaranteed Buyback” Program Gives Consumer's Cash Back Upon Trade-In of Used Gadgets – Good Deal or Not?


A new company in Los Angeles has started a program that gives consumer's the option to purchase a "guaranteed buyback" on any type of consumer electronic gadget. The company says that this will help the consumer electronic device recycling initiative, as well as put some money back into your pocket. Sounds good at first glance, but is it really a good deal for you? read more »

Panasonic's New EVOLTA Batteries Last Longest



Boasting an electrifying 10-year shelf life, Panasonic's new EVOLTA batteries handily surpass the best that rivals Duracell, Energizer and the company's own Oxyride batteries can offer. Says who? Only the Guinness Book of World Records!
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New “Smart” Ring Transfers Your Digital Business Card Via Handshake


Want a new way to exchange business cards without needing to actually carry them around? A company has developed a new way to wear your digital business card, instead of carrying it, inside of a normal-sized ring. The best part is that to exchange your digital business card with another person, all you do is shake their hand. read more »

A Second Life in Israel


Image from CO-STAR BlogImage from CO-STAR BlogSecond Life Israel was launched Sunday, enabling Second Life users from around the world to visit Israel's beaches and historic sites. The virtual state, preceded by a whole Jewish neighborhood in Second Life, is a work in progress, meant to, "present Israel to a global audience beyond the traditional media," according to co-founder Chaim Landau. read more »

Lensbabies 3G Digital SLR Camera Lens Wins the 2008 “Hot One” Award from Professional Photographer magazine


Professional Photographer magazine's prestigious Hot One Awards are awarded to the most innovative camera products in each category, and the Lensbabies 3G camera lens has won this award in the medium format lens category. The Lensbabies 3G camera lens allows photographers to literally bend the lens to create some amazing effects in photos. read more »

AutoNet Mobile Turns Your Car Into a Wireless Hotspot Via Any WiFi-equipped Device


AutoNet Mobile has updated their in-car wireless router for 2008, and this useful device will allow you to connect to the Internet via any WiFi-enabled device. This would include: laptops, PSPs, cell phones, PDAs, and more. The kids won't be bored on those long road trips anymore! read more »