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Virtu Golden Cell Phones Offer Free Calls At A High Price

Virtu, the luxury mobile phones brand owned by Nokia, will celebrate the first anniversary of their flagship store in Tokyo's pricey Ginza district by featuring four exquisite, expensive, one-of-a-kind cell phones.

Augmented Reality For Tablets Goes Where No Man Has Gone Before

While Augmented Reality technology has been a topical point of interest these last couple of weeks at events like SWSWi in Austin and CTIA Wireless 2010 in Las Vegas, there has been very little talk of the suitability of utilizing AR features with the new tablets that will be flooding the market in the next couple of months. Granted, iPad's sin of omission by not including a camera or webcam kind of eliminates them from consideration, but it seems to me that the 10" tablet versus the 3" smartphone screen would provide users with a greater opportunity to view AR overlays, markers, advertising, points of interest and other layers of data that AR is known for.

Building A Better Mousetrap: Humorous Design From Atypik

Humorous design is in a category of its own.  Designers like Fred & Friends, 5.5 Designers, Suck UK, and Atypik regularly turn out functional designs made of high quality materials at affordable prices, and they express wit and wry social commentary that everyone can share.  When you look through the online catalogs of these designers, you inevitably find perfect gifts for your friends.

Tokyo Pet Store Succeeds With 'Rent To Own' Puppy Policy

A Japanese pet store has introduced a "try 'em, buy 'em" business model that relies on the four-legged inventory to basically sell itself.

Fox Mobile's Bitbop - First To Add Mobile TV To Smartphones

Would you pay $9.99 a month to get TV on your smartphone? That's the new offering that the Fox Mobile Group is betting on. Introduced as a new wireless video subscription, the service will provide users with premium video content that includes downloadable movies and streaming content.

10 Chindogu: The Art Of Intentionally Making A Useless Invention

The Japanese say they invented it, but maybe they were just the first to name it.  The name, Chindogu, is becoming universally known and used to describe inventions that are useless.  Well, I don't know about Ben Franklin or Thomas Jefferson or the prolific inventor Leonardo da Vinci, but haven't most inventors created some useless stuff?  In fact, mostly useless stuff?

 


Mirakle Couriers: Elite International Courier Service With A Deaf Team

Although the establishment of new technologies and general acceptance of people who are "different" by society has allowed the hearing impaired to maintain successful careers; there's still a stigma that they might not be as capable. One business in India is looking to chance these perceptions by providing their HR with strict instructions when hiring.

Social Search Wars: Aardvark vs Yahoo Answers vs Mahalo vs ChaCha vs Formspring.me

During the last ten years, search engines have basically provided us with information retrieval (IR) from strangers. We have relied on the credibility of these search results based on algorithms determining their relevancy and authority. In turn, content producers learned to optimize their pages to obtain higher page rankings. Over time, satisfied with the premise if 'Google says its so, who's to argue?' we accepted what was delivered. However the need for human interaction is not lost to the 21st Century and the desire to connect through search is evident with the entre' of a new type of IR - appropriately named 'social search.'

Guinness Record Goes To Highest Price Water Bottle: "Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani”

Designer Fernando Altamirano, who previously dressed Cognac Dudognon Heritage Henri IV in the most expensive cognac bottle in the world, recently sold his newly-designed water bottle for $60,000, winning his second Guinness record for the highest priced bottle sold at auction.  Proceeds for the sale were donated to a foundation to stop global warning. 

 


Brands Still Sitting On The Social Media Fence

With unique users of 73.5 million on Twitter and 400 million on Facebook, it doesn't seem feasible that in 2010 organizations would not be utilizing social media as their primary branding tool . Yet a good number of firms and regions around the world are still sitting on the proverbial fence. Why?

Korean Based Company Moving Forward with OLEV Technology

The idea behind an Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV) is relatively new, but has been thoroughly researched over the past year or so. Now, A South Korean Amusement park is testing a prototype designed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), who hopes to have a fully working design ready within a year or two.

'Invisibility' From Claude Rains To SXSWi Augmented Reality

If you're a Harry Potter fan, you're probably familiar with the concept of an invisibility cloak. Slip this magical garment over your head and to the eyes of of the beholder, you vanish.  Well Muggles, science has some good news for you -invisibility is quickly becoming a reality.

Dead Man's Body Parts Walking: How Much Is Your Dead Body Worth?

When veteran broadcaster Alistair Cooke died in 2004 few suspected that he was yet to uncover his greatest news story, postmortem. What happened to his body as it lay in a funeral home would reveal a story of modern day grave robbery that was stranger than fiction. As macabre as it might sound, dead body parts is big business and has opened up a grisly black market that gives a whole new meaning to "better off dead than alive."

Yakuza Curry Plays Games With Your Tastebuds

A 'tasteful' collaboration between Sega Corporation and Matsuya restaurants has resulted in Original Yakuza Curry. It's the perfect meal to eat while playing the new PlayStation 3 game, Yakuza 4.

Chris Hughes Using Social Media Engagement To Expand 'The Good Web'

Non-profit social networks are gaining prominence online. The genre of sites known as "The Good Web" are championed by people like Corey Szopinksi and Jane McGonigal who have furthered a good number of causes using social media as their conduit. Entering this arena is Chris Hughes, a wunderkind of sorts, unknown to the general public, but widely known in social networking circles and the Democratic National Party.