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Reduce, Reuse And Ride: Bejiing Subway Accepts Recyclables As Payment

Society's focus on reducing environmental impact is improving, and it is an even greater priority when the people engaging in environmental programs get something out of the deal. In order to encourage commuters to reduce their environmental impact, Bejing has started to accept an unusual form of currency in exchange for their transportation services. The Bejiing Subway System is introducing a program that has been coined Recycle-to-Ride (pun intended) to encourage citizens to reduce their waste, or at least what they do with it when they produce it. Because, the subway system, which is used extensively by commuters in Bejiing, accepts plastic bottles and other recyclables in exchange for subway tokens.

Gift Couture: Company Specializes In Quirky Wrapping Paper

We've all watched a child tear through wrapping paper with excitement to get through the gift it contains, only to  discover that they find more entertainment value in the wrapping then the gift itself. This is often disappointing to the gift-giver as it was the gift, and not the wrapping paper, that they selected with care. But who says it has to be that way? Certainly not Gift Couture - a business that designs wrapping paper that is as fun as the present it contains.

Sea Fort Floating Hotel: Holiday Options For The Introvert

Not everyone likes to be around a significant number of people. especially not while on a holiday vacation. I don't know about you, but a trip to Alcatraz Island would be an enjoyable way to spend a few days away from it all. It isn't a prison, but The Seafort Hotel is equally cool with similar benefits of isolation.

Garments For The Grave: A Fashion Business That's To Die For

Sometimes the most successful businesses are the ones that really step back and look at what is missing, and take steps to pose a solution.  One of the latest to cross our radar is Garments for the Grave, and yes, the business name does accurately describe what they offer, and its clothes are to die for.

Twitter's IPO Shutdown, Result of Government Shutdown Or 17-Year Cycle?

While the Twitterati waited with heightened anticipation for its beloved social network to file its public offering (IPO) papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this past week, it appears the microblogging site just became additional collateral damage as a direct result of the Federal Government's shutdown.

Billionaire Paul Allen Founds The Allen Institute Of Artificial Intelligence

Paul Allen - "The Idea Man" - has some lofty ideas brewing. The Microsoft co-founder's latest venture is an institute which he hopes will expand the frontiers of artificial intelligence; this will also help him to explore his own fascination with the human mind.

A worthy cause, if ever I heard one.

How Cloud Based Apps Can Make Small Businesses More Efficient

Staying organized and providing team members with an effective means of collaboration is integral to running a successful small business. Here is how cloud based web apps can improve efficiency and increase productivity.

Break For Free Beer: Amstel Pause Awesome Vending Machine

Amstel Beer has created quite possibly the coolest vending machine in history, and that says a lot, as there has been some steep competition over the years.  The inability for people to shut themselves off from technology, for example, has been the inspiration of many online memes and rants urging people to spend time with each other, or focus on or appreciate their surroundings.  That's why Amstel rewards people with beer in exchange for taking a breather...

Hello Kitty Beer Looks Cute, Tastes Like Fruit

Call it a case of Sanrio Meets Sangria but Hello Kitty Beer is not only real, it'll get you real drunk in a real hurry. The officially licensed wobbly pop comes in a half-dozen different tropical fruit flavors, is rated at 2.3% alcohol by volume, and is only available in Taiwan and mainland China.

British Airways Pits Tweet-Fueled Plane Against Its Own Aircraft

On the heels of a promoted tweet purchased to criticize British Airways' luggage handling processes, the airline rallies back with an unprecedented social media marketing initiative to mark the launch of two of its newest aircraft. By converting a hypothetical into an actionable challenge, BA begs the question: Who would win in a race between a Tweetliner and a Dreamliner?

Blackberry: A Lesson On How Not To Run A Business

Today Blackberry announced a $1 billion loss and the layout of 4,500 employees, along with a refocus on enterprise markets instead of the consumer area. What went wrong?

The "Selfie" Generation's Next Iteration: The FrontBack App

Is Justin Timberlake's top-forty hit tune "Mirrors" a soulful lullaby to his better half -- or indeed is that mirror-image really -- himself?  The more you analyze the lyrics with refrains such as "my mirror staring back at me", the more you realize the song could be considered this generation's anthem or mantra.

42 Creative Ways To Advertise Your Small Business On A Small Budget

Ever thought it impossible to gain attention in a market where the big dogs are spending millions of dollars a year to interrupt people and put their names in front of the masses? I know I have.

What we lack in capital, we have to make up for in creativity, tenacity and effort. We have to hustle harder than everyone else out there. We have to be the champions of our cause - day in and day out. 


Kokusai Motor Cars: Conquering Taxi Market With Technology To Ensure People Remember Their Belongings

Taxi cabs transport us wherever we need to go - to work, when parking is a chore; from a bar or restaurant after we have had too much to drink; out to get groceries when no car is available; and to the airport when preparing to jetset. Most cab users ultimately end up taking a variety of personal belongings on board. And while trying to load them in a rather small space, it becomes fairly easy to leave objects behind, particularly after a long night of drinking, and perhaps even a bit of backseat PG13 activity with a date!

The Little Film That Could: "Finish Line" Coming Into The Final Stretch on KickStarter

"Finish Line: The Rise and Demise of Off-Track Betting" is an indie documentary currently in production. It's a 'Damon Runyon-esque" real-life American saga real-life American saga that unfortunately doesn't come with a Hollywood happy ending. The shuttering of Off-Track-Betting (OTB) in New York City plays out like a Greek Tragedy where over a 1000 employees had their livelihoods, pensions and health benefits taken from them, while Governor Cuomo of New York looked the other way.

GSM London Meets UK's IT Job Demand, Preparing Students For High-Level Careers

Technology and engineering occupations comprise six of the top ten categories of jobs in demand in the United Kingdom, according to CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists. With the competition for educated employees in the specialized field of IT, those that have completed a university level computer science degree will have a greater opportunity to secure a highly rewarding and lucrative career, post graduation.

Percy Shelley's 'Ozymandias' Breaks Bad Again In The 21st Century

For all those 'Breaking Bad' fans who've held fast in weathering the perfect storm of the first five episodes of Season 5's final eight, the 6th installment is being promoted as the best of the baddest. But who would make such a claim? Vince Gilligan, the director - that's who!

Next-Gen Microsoft Surface Tablet Announcement Coming September 23

Microsoft's reportedly got something big under its hat related to its Surface Tablets. The organization's been sending out invites to a New York Event, which is to be hosted on September 23. Word is; there's a new product announcement on the way, perhaps even the launch of the next-gen Surface 2.

Beijing Bets 1,000 New Electric Taxis Are An Idea Worth Hailing

The next cab you take in Beijing just might be electrified... in a good way, mind you. If the 50 electric taxis “currently” cruising the Chinese capital's streets on a trial basis are deemed successful, 1,000 more will be rolled out before the end of 2013. Shocking news indeed!

InStyle Essentials: Shop For Women's Clothing By Bra Size

Regardless of how fashion savvy a woman is, she is well aware that bra size can greatly impact the way that her clothing fits. Unfortunately, sizing up or sizing down made necessary by chest size doesn't mean that the clothing item will fit in a flattering manner as intended.