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Toyota Aygo: With This City Car's Fourth Generation, X Marks The Spot

The Toyota Aygo (“I Go”, get it?) has enjoyed considerable success in its European market niche over the past decade but something's always been lacking... mainly, memorable styling. That's about to change in a big way. The fourth generation Toyota Aygo offers surprisingly bold styling (especially from the front) and a new slogan, “Go Fun Yourself”. Same to you, Toyota Aygo.

Children's Own Studio: Making Children's Imaginations Come To Life

When you're a child, there's nothing like seeing your own imaginary creations come to life, or having your art get the respect you think it deserves (beyond just a simple refrigerator display resulting from parental obligation). We have seen businesses in the past that manage to help children more tangibly showcase their creations, but none for children to enjoy themselves - until now, of course.

The Robin Collective: Normal Name, Freaky-Deaky Mad Scientists Developing Unusual Edibles

All you have to do is look at Instagram to recognize that everyone's a foodie these days, and that makes it harder for industry professionals to impress the general public with unique creations. But that doesn't mean they won't try, and sometimes their creations are intriguing and even frightening.

 

From Slender Man To Widbook: Internet Myth Influences Writers' Social Network?

They say writing is a very lonely business. Some of our greats have gone mad searching for the perfect plot line or bon mot. Edgar Allen Poe is a cautionary tales as to how genius led to an ignominious ending. With the advent of Web 2.0 and crowd-sourcing, an increasing number of services are looking to dispel the myth of the lonely writer by offering up social media options.

Turtle Taxi: Atypical Taxi Service Takes The Long Way Home

Most of us that use taxi services have one core expectation - that we will get to our intended destination just as fast as traffic allows, while taking the most direct route possible. But if we've learned anything by now, it's that not everyone is quite so traditional.

Taiwan Dentist Attracts Attention, Customers With Maid-Outfitted Nurses

Patients at a dental clinic in Zhubei, Taiwan have less to fear (and more to see) now that the office's hygienists have taken to wearing skimpy French Maid outfits. The respectful nurse/maids bring slippers and serve coffee to arriving visitors who leave later with the cleanest teeth EVAR!

Yammer: Tower Of Babble For Private vs Public Engagement?

In the world of Web 2.0, while corporations have struggled with just how much social media their employees should be allowed to engage in, opinions differ widely as to its usage. From strict guidelines that prohibit using Facebook, Twitter, G+ or even LinkedIn at all in the workplace, to companies like Zappos that encourage their employees to become company advocates and engage to their heart's content, there a wide range . . .

Chinese Winery Has A Capital Idea For Their Bathroom Design

One might say China's making progress in the field of luxury bathroom design but in reality it's the opposite: they're making congress.

Alarming News: China's Mechanical Clock Theme Park Closes

Due to an unexpected lack of visitors, operations at the Mechanical Clock Theme Park project in Ganzhou, China have been suspended. The clock-themed recreational complex brought in only a fraction of predicted revenues so city authorities wisely suggested a time out.

Cisco Leads The Charge In The Application Economy

It's hard to believe that mobile devices while a couple of decades in the making didn't achieve mass adoption until Apple launched their first iPhone in 2007. With it's customer-pleasing multi-touch interface and application distribution platforms, a number of competing mobile operating systems joined the fray quickly to meet the burgeoning demand. Smarphones, tablet computers and other hand-held devices ushered in tech advancement . . .

Mattel & Europcar Create First Rental Car Agency For Kids

Mattel, the maker of Hot Wheels toy cars, has teamed up with European car rental agency Europcar to offer the children of car-renting adults the chance to rent the Hot Wheels models of their choice. Sound good, kids? Just sign on the dotted line...

How Instagrammable Is Instagram For Your Small Business?

While it's often been said, "a picture's worth a 1000 words," none of the current crop of social networks have given as much credence to that sentiment as Instagram. Yet, on the same token, can a platform (which is almost 100-percent mobile-based) really benefit those in small businesses saddled to their computers, working on the 'cube farms'?

Small Business Advertisers: Facebook Wants You!

If you question Facebook's motives as to their current push to bring on SMB (small and medium-sized business) advertisers, you're not alone. Small business operators with small marketing budgets should be cautious about investing in a social network that up till now favored big brands over the little guy. So, questioning whether this current shift in focus is advantageous to your needs or theirs is a legitimate one.

Thank You Ninjas: Distributing Random Acts Of Thanks Anonymously

Giving back with no strings attached doesn't happen enough in this world. Even charitable donations aren't always a result of intent to do good; the tax break can be a persuasive perk, after all. It's easy to become jaded about people and society, all things considered. That is, until you hear about businesses like this one that have the single goal of giving gratitude.

'Small Business Book Awards' Ceremony Goes Virtual This Year

As a result of the burgeoning digital age, the recent eBook explosion and the opportunity for authors to by-pass the traditional publishing route, a number of Book Awards programs have grown up over the course of the last decade. The 'Small Business Book Awards' is one such platform

My Other Bicycle Is A Chevrolet... Wait, What??

While American cars are a tough sell in Japan, American bicycles are practically flying off the shelves. No matter that these sporty bikes emblazoned with Chevy's name, bowtie logo and “An American Revolution” slogan are actually made in China, this bizarre branding exercise is all about style, not substance.

Small Business LinkedIn For 21st Century Customer Engagement

As foreword-thinking folks who've been in business for a number of years will attest, 20th Century business practices no longer cut the mustard. Ushered in by a hockey-stick uptick of Internet usage, small business operators saw the need to seek out new strategies and tactics to achieve more of a competitive edge in the new century. From 'cold calling' to 'glad-handing,' to '3-martini lunches' and other Mad Men type of . . .

Researchers Learn Optimal Working Conditions For Therapy Dogs

More and more, dogs are being used in the management of human health and rehabilitation situations. Dogs are trained to help blind persons identify visual cues in their sphere, to help hearing-impaired persons identify auditory cues, to be companions to heart patients and cancer patients, and buddies to soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder and other debilitative conditions.... But what needs do therapy dogs have to keep them happy and alert?  Specifically, what can humans do to reduce any stress these dogs might experience?

Will The Exit Of Google's Don Quixote Be The Demise Of G+?

With the departure of G+'s head honcho Vic Gundotra, the blogosphere is cyberventilating as to what kind of a future lies ahead for that little social-network-that-could? It wasn't so long ago, the critics opined Google's DNA lacked the social media gene, as every time they got up on the horse, it appeared they were battling one windmill after another. Now, they're saying the burden of keeping the successful G+ well and alive was. . .

Empire Avenue's [X]PendaPalooza 14 Opens To Limited Media Fanfare, But Lots Of Grass Rooters Rooting!

If one was to search for "[X]PendaPalooza 14" on Google News, you'd be hard-pressed to find any coverage. On the other hand, typing those same keywords into a standard search you'll be presented with "about 5,750" links. However those SERPs [search engine result pages] will take you to links created by Empire Avenue's founders or from veteran EAers. . .