International

Golden Age Of Islam Presents World With 1001 Inventions

If 1001 Arabian Nights provided us with a romanticized and idealized version of the Arab world, 9/11 was certainly a stark wake-up call to a harsher view of Muslim life. Over the last 10 years, processing these two extremes has been difficult for many of us. With that said, an exhibit like the one featured at the London Museum of Science and Industry is sure to open our eyes to the great contributions made by Islamic civilizations over the course of the last millennium.

Japanese Zoo Features Fish Vending Machine

Zoos are sick of people tossing junk food to the animals, and the animals are getting sick eating it - what to do? If you're a zoo in Japan, you set up a fish vending machine that lets you buy healthy, natural snacks you can hand-feed to the seals.

The Eyjafjöll Volcano Designed In Icelandic Wool: The Regional Blanket

The map of the Eyjafjöll volcano... It's already been designed.  And exquisitely so.  In a blanket.  The Regional Blanket by Vík Prjónsdóttir of Vikwool, a knitting factory in southern Iceland.

Confronting Ash Fall From Iceland's Volcano, On Both Sides Of The Pond

Everyone in an ash fall zone will be exposed to the effects of volcanic ash as it has the capability of infiltrating tightly sealed buildings and machinery and is often small enough (less than 10 microns) to be inhaled deeply into the lungs. Ash fall over extensive areas can prevent travel for days as we are seeing currently with the number of cancelled flights by British Airways and other transatlantic airlines. So what measures do we take to avoid ash fall and its repercussions during and post eruption?

Hello Kitty Barf Bag, A Cute Place To Toss Your Cookies

Feline queasy? EVA Air has something for that: the Hello Kitty barf bag! These bags were standard equipment on the Taiwanese airline's pair of Hello Kitty jets from 2005 through 2009, and are popular collectibles today.

Nothing Sketchy About Google SketchUp & Their 'Model Your Town Competition'

Google has announced the finalists of their Model Your Town Competition that challenged people throughout the world to create a replica of their city in 3D. The premise was built on acknowledging communities and their architecture on an international stage. The Google Sketchup product coupled with Google Earth allowed for 3D modeling of every building and skyscraper that makes up a city or town's landscape. With all entries tallied, it's now time for the public to weigh in and select the winner.

Coffee & Cigarettes Combo Packs Give You Twice The Vice

Coffee & cigarettes may not be the Breakfast Of Champions but for all too many it's the breakfast of convenience. Two cravings satisfied in a single meal... and now available in a killer combo.

'Google Voice' Is Quiet About Sounding Off To Skype

If you were ever considering chuckin' your land-line phone, the time to do so might be right around the corner. And if you haven't already gravitated to Skype, the dominant option in the Internet phone market, you might want to consider a company you're familiar with for that service. 

Toilet Tissue Boutique's Color Consultants Help Personalize Your Paper

Feeling down in the dumps? Need something to wipe away that frown? The psychologically trained counsellors at Renova's mood-matching toilet tissue boutique have got what it takes to paper over any cracks in your psyche.

Twitter's 'Lift In Resonance' - New Ad Model For Social Networking

The Twitterverse is abuzz today with the Twitterati cyberventilating over Twitter's decision to dip their advertising toe into the Twitterstream. While users disagree over the merits and shortcomings of such an initiative, Twitter like Google needs to claim a monetization scheme that transforms them from a free service into a profit center.

Disney For Adults: Limited Edition Chairs Debut At Milan Furniture Fair 2010

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2010, the largest and one of the most prestigious yearly modern furniture fairs, will open tomorrow in Milan.  Every year even more exciting designs are unveiled, so you know this one will be hot!  One of the many reasons is that Walt Disney Signature, the company's adult lifestyle brand, and Cappellini, one of Italy's most spirited furniture and accessory manufacturers, have collaborated to produce four limited-edition Signature chairs, designed by four internationally-renowned designers!

 

Is A Nokia Symbian Smartphone Smarter Than An iPhone?

If a mobile phone user is more likely to click on a mobile ad on one cellphone versus another, does that make that cellphone owner smarter or more gullible? The shift from button-driven cellphones with 2.8" screens to 4" touch-driven devices have changed the game, and it appears that Nokia's Symbian is leading the race. Could clicking on more ads by its users be the reason?

PlanetSolar Yacht Planning to Circumnavigate Globe Using Solar Energy

We are always finding new and exciting ways to harness solar energy and it seems like that will trend will continue for quite a while. The most recent addition the solar powered dream machine list is the aptly named PlanetSolar mega-yacht, which is being prepared for a trip around the globe starting next year.


Use A Country-Specific Domain Extension & Distinguish Your Brand's Web Site

What sets a Web site apart from others and attracts the attention of a brand's would-be customers? One of the latest trends that's gaining traction is Web addresses that don't end in .com, .org or .edu . Opening up a number of new possibilities is securing a Web site extension from another country. Many country-specific domain extensions are available to US companies that file for that extension from the governments in those countries.

TweetUp Adwords or Organic Tweets?

While not a Twitter service per say, TweetUp is a 3rd-party developer client of Twitter. Their service believes there is money to be made by charging for keywords in tweets. Similar to Google's Adwords, in theory this would offer users the opportunity to obtain higher rankings for their posts.  Similar to Google's algorithm, it also would give tweets a higher ranking, based on popularity and how often those tweets are clicked by members of the Twitterverse. It's the age-old story of 'Paid' versus 'Organic' Search.