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Online Car Insurance's Mascots Flo & The Gecko Are Social Media SuperStars

There's a lively debate as to whether an intangible service as mundane as online car insurance could possibly benefit from the value of social media. However, when these marketers realized that the marketing and selling of auto insurance is no different than the marketing and selling of another intangible product such as hotel accommodations, they quickly seized the opportunity with vigor - and with mascots to boot!

Tawki's DIY Videos To Feature ‘One-Click, Animate’ Functionality

Adding video production to your social media tool box is essential today for both business and pleasure. According to the web tracking-and-measurement firm ComScore, 89 million people in the United States are going to watch 1.2 billion online videos today alone. And, 76 percent of marketers plan to add video to their websites, making it a higher priority than Facebook, Twitter and even blog integration.

Chinese Carmaker Licenses “Snowden” Name For New Electric Vehicle

Haima Snowden and you're not! Hainan-based Haima Auto has contracted with the Chinese trademark owner of the “Snowden” name and are planning to use the American asylum-seeking secret-spiller's monniker for a yet-to-be-released EV (electric vehicle). One would hope the upcoming Snowden sedan won't leak as much as its notorious namesake.

Walmart’s Get On The Shelf Update: The Voting Has Begun!

The inventors have entered their awesome new gadgets, gizmos and all-around great stuff, but now it’s up to you to pick which products deserve to be on Walmart’s shelves!

New iPad Scanner Kickstarter Project

A new Kickstarter project aims to raise £7,000 in order to fund the creation of an iPad hardware scanner and case combo, an aluminum design which would provide fast document digitalizing abilities.

Eenmaal: Pop-Up Restaurant Offers Dinner For One Only

Having a meal alone is one of those incredibly appealing things that often people are hesitant to do because they worry about public perception since dining out is generally a social event. But, the experience of dining alone can actually be incredibly calming, and just give restaurant goers the opportunity to focus on the food.

Samoa Airline Determines Travel Ticket Prices By Weight

It's a concept that we've seen coming for a while - an airline that requires you to pay for your ticket based on precisely the capacity of weight that you take aboard. What that means is that not only do passengers pay based on their own physical weight, they pay by the weight of their luggage as well.

Quality Crowdfunding Your Idea Via Seedinvest

Crowdfunding big ideas and small businesses online is a concept that quickly became a mainstream idea, but if your high-quality startup needs a big-name investment, check out Seedinvest.

Caviar From Oklahoma? Strange But True!

Caviar was once so inexpensive and so common in the United States that it was served for free in saloons in the early 19th century. The salty fish roe was tasty and made the saloon patrons thirsty so that they would order more beer. Nowadays the food has been relegated back to the wealthier segments of the population. Much of the caviar available comes from Russia, but there is a new venue on the rise for caviar production -- Oklahoma.

The KeyMe Kiosk - One Of The Simplest Vending Machine Ideas Ever!

You know when there's a business idea that is just so simple, and fantastic, and obvious you wonder how we've existed on this planet without someone creating it before? Well, one of those ideas has surfaced, it has to do with key-cutting, and it is so simple it is genius.

Walmart Hosts New Contest To Get Your Awesome Product On Their Shelves!

Do you have a truly innovative product, but need to grab the attention of America’s consumer base? Walmart is ready to give a few talented innovators a leg up on the competition!

Substandard Chinese Drinking Straws Are A Potential Health Hazard

Is this the last straw? Substandard drinking straws making up 80 percent of the straws sold in Shanghai can cause a host of harmful health issues when the toxic chemicals used in their manufacture leach out into hot drinks.

Print Your Heart Out Next Valentines

The advent of 3D is upon us, and it's not just movies where we don weird glass. This 3D is true three dimension and it appears one layer at a time from a printer connected via WiFi to our device of choice/ Yes, folks we are one step away from printing up food or replicating a pizza that is fabricated right before our very eyes.


Japanese Fast-Food Chain Serves Up Surf & Turf On A Bun

Cheeseburger or Shrimp Burger, which one should I get? Why not both! The “Shrimp Exquisite Twin Burger” from Japanese fast-food restaurant chain Lotteria aims to satisfy those who long for the surf but also love the turf.

Mao Cerveza! China's 8 Coolest Beers

China is the world's largest beer market with over 500 breweries straining to slake the thirst of a billion potential imbibers. With production surpassing the 50 billion liter per year mark in 2011 – double that of the USA – one might expect at least a little variety among the flood. We're glad to state that this is indeed so, and our countdown of China's 8 coolest beers proves it.

Living Like A Convict: Karosta Prison Offers A Unique Tourist Experience

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live your life in solitary confinement? How it would feel to have your meals passed through a jail sell to you while you are adorned in the ever fashionable orange jumpsuit? And, you must have wondered what it would be like to fear dropping the soap in the shower. Call the guests of a unique prison hotel guilty of morbid curiosity, but they know the answers to each and every one of these things, thanks to a unique biz concept.

Print A Lighter Aircraft Bracket, Win $8,000 Via GE Jet Engine Bracket Challenge

An aircraft engine’s brackets need to be strong and firm, but due to the heavy metal materials commonly used to make these parts, they are a bit on the bulky side. GE is looking for 3D printing wizards to solve this problem, while offering big bucks for big ideas.

Hey, Software Developers! Back That App Up With Appbackr!

If you’re an innovative app creator who needs help with funding your current and future app developing projects, then you’re going to learn about Appbackr.com.

How Many Pandas & Innovators Does It Take To Fill A British Airways' Plane

'Pandas' and 'Innovators' were British Airways' only passengers this week on a couple of their historic flights. In two unprecedented promotions, giant pandas boarded one flight on Tuesday, June 11th to announce BA's first new route to China since it launched flights to Shanghai in 2005. The very next day, 100 innovators took part in the airlines' "UnGrounded" initiative, enlishted as a think tank hackathon team.

Cisco and iRobot Team Up to Make A Meeting Robot

Robots can do a lot of things, but can they get you out of going to Albany for a really boring meeting? A robotics design team at Cisco, working with the folks over at iRobot, are hoping so. They are developing a bot that is designed to give HD telepresence. It can even drive itself to the meeting (from inside of the office, that is) to save you the site.