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Spark.ly, the Dungeons & Dragons of Social Networks?

Spark.ly describes itself as the "definitive social and economic ecosystem that empowers people around the world to communicate, engage in commerce and have fun in a culturally aware and profitable virtual environment." With a BETA launch date of June 16, 2009, nobody knows yet whether that description is an illusion, bravado, grand self-promotion or truly the next big shiny thing. To date there are no blogs written, no product announcements, and no press releases to alert the media. One would think with a June 9th launch date, Spark.ly should be 'sparking' a few conversations out there? Or is this part of their master marketing plan to create buzz about their emerging online kingdom?

Woodway EcoMill: Runs on Running

The Woodway EcoMill is a treadmill with no plug and no motor. Power the diplay and controls with motion.

Starbucks Japan Shakes Up Summer With Coffee Jelly Frappuccino

Coffee Jelly Frappuccino is coming back on the menu at Starbucks Japan, just in time for another hot, humid Tokyo summer! Starbucks bills this cool, caffeinated treat as "Coffee To Eat", but doing so through a straw really, er, sucks.

As Seen On TV: Is the Awesome Auger Truly Awesome?

In today's jaded age, it's difficult to determine the quality of a product based on the ad campaign.  The Awesome Auger is a great example.  It looks great.  But does the product equal the pitch?

Environmental Twist Plastic Bottle Saves Space, Reduces Waste

I LOHAS, Coca Cola Japan's entry in the bottled water sweepstakes, is going green... with a twist. Once you've drained the bottle just give it a twist - and help save up to 40 percent in disposable volume.

Bad Memory? Go Take A Prevagen®!

The 'brain pill' is called Prevagen® and it can  improve your memory within within 8 to 30 days.... I don't know about you, but I'm trying it!   As a matter of fact I just ordered a bottle for me and sent one to my Dad for Father's Day!

You know how scary it is to lose your memory. Imagine what a great gift it would be if you could help a loved one improve his or hers.

Unpack Your BING Before You Travel

Bing Travel aims to dramatically reduce the amount of time consumers spend searching for travel information by presenting comprehensive results in one place, and to help consumers make more informed decisions. According to a recent survey by Bing Travel, more than fifty percent of  potential travelers search three or more sites before booking their flight and hotel arrangements. By aggregating Expedia, Cheap Tickets, Cheapoair, Priceline and Booking Buddy on the Bing Travel site, travelers can not only search for flights and hotels but book without ever leaving the search engine.

Google Squared - Hollywood Squares For The Digerati

Google has gone anal, and for all those A-Type personalities that like things neat and tidy, have they got a search engine for you. In a recent move by the Big-G, there is now a way to take all that unstructured data you've been searching for, and collating and sorting it into an orderly spreadsheet of labeled boxes. Literally, that is what Google Squared does. It uses the principles of 'semantic' search, gathering information from multiple sources to present you with all the information required to answer your query.  First announced at Google's recent Searchology event, Google Squared is now live and operational in Beta.

Breakthrough Research: Chinese Convert Pig Cells Into Embryonic Stem Cells

The first successful conversion of pig cells into universally usable stem cells took place at the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology under the direction of Dr. Lei Xiao.  Dr. Xiao's team extracted the cells from a pig's ear and bone marrow, and found the right chemical cocktail to reprogram the cells into the three layers of cell types that make up embryonic stem cells.

Twine...Digg on Ritalin!

The digital doorway to Web 3.0 is beginning to ease open ever so slightly, as we learn more and more about semantic technology. Now joining the excitement of Wolfram Alpha and Google Wave is a small start-up called Twine. In the grand scheme of things, Twine might be a fledgling to the social networking space, but its definitely pushing the Web 2.0 envelope inside out with its debut. Similar to online aggregators like Kayak for travel sites or Indeed.com for job seekers, Twine acts as an aggregator of articles, blogs, documents and videos that you can accumulate from friends, associates or as a result of your own research. Twine then ties it neatly all together by topic, so you can have it in one place and can connect with other twiners with similar interests.

Call For Inventors! Walmart's Innovative (GREEN) Product Search!

How are you doing on your projects for PetSmart and As Seen On TV? Because here's another Innovative Product Search, this time from Walmart! Ya Hoo! They're all calling for you and your super-duper problem solving inventions, but they have to be GREEN! Here's the nutshell version of Walmart's needs...

Flu Masks Lined With Ostrich Antibodies Fly Off Shelves

Japanese by the thousands are flocking to a new type of surgical face mask lined with ostrich antibodies. The flightless birds have a robust immune system and the new Ostrich Pharma influenza preventing masks claim to fight four kinds of flu virus.

Move Over Wii: Xbox To Offer Body-Motion Gaming Without The Remote

Project Natal could be one of the coolest innovations in gaming to ever hit market. While there's still a ton of question marks, Microsoft will be making a push to take interactive, body-motion gaming to a thrilling new level.

Feeling Dirty? Check Out Posh Wash’s Shower Village

Pop-up buildings and businesses come in all forms; we've seen nightclubs, coat checks, and restaurants; but just in time for summer festival season, there's another new trend arising in the pop-up shower. In an environment where everyone's feeling dirty, one company, Posh Wash Showers has even taken the pop-up shower concept to the next level with Shower Village designed for clean living.


Siri, Advice from Virtual Personal Assistants

Remember the computer "HAL 9000" in the movie "2001 Space Odyssey," that acted like a personal navigator? Remember when you had personal assistants to help execute some of your everyday menial tasks? Well, a new shift in searching the Internet is going to make that technology, a reality. Virtual Personal Assistants are coming to a mobile device or computer near you this summer. Siri brings a very advanced collection of technologies (speech recognition, natural language processing, semantic data processing, and geo-location) to create a digital assistant that will help you perform tasks through a conversational, question-and-answer interface.