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.

Is Apple iGroups, iPhone OS 4 & Quattro Wireless, The Next Location-Based Social Network?

Is Apple considering building its own location-based social network the likes of Foursquare and Gowalla? A lot has been written about its recent filing of a patent application for a social networking application called iGroups. The question is - Are they too late to the party - Or based on their new operating system, do they have the best fighting chance of becoming the dominant player in the location-service space?

Turbocharged Engines Becoming the New Standard; Some Companies Saying 90% Acceptance By 2013

For quite a long time, turbochargers were synonymous with high performance and big horsepower. They were a sacred piece of technology reserved for the high revving sports cars of the day. Skip ahead to the vehicles of today and it seems like the almighty turbocharger has become almost a common piece of hardware to look for when buying a new car. Even more fascinating is that this shift in thinking was not driven by the demand for more power but the demand for better fuel economy.

Magnetic Marketing In Social Media Pushes Past Push-Pull Marketing

If TV, Newspapers and Billboards is Push Marketing - and Web 2.0 and user-generated content produces Pull Marketing, what's prompting 'Magnetic Marketing?'  According to Ivan Askwith, director of strategy for the digital creative agency, Big Spaceship, "magnetic marketing is where the consumer and brand are drawn together, at the right time, without either side needing to take an aggressive action." Like a magnet, the customer and brand come together because the attraction is that strong.

Tweetie Morphs Into 'Twitter For iPhone' For 3rd Twitter Client Acquisition

So many apps. So little time. With 100 million dollars of funding burning a hole in the Twitter Troika's collective pockets, Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey have been aggressively surveying Twitterville's landscapes for new purchases. It was determined a while back that a company grows by having 3rd party developers do the heavy-lifting.  And then once the product is perfected, companies like Twitter swoop on in for the acquisition. Such is the case with Tweetie.

Samurai Burgers Satisfy Taste For History

Make lunch, not war? How about both? That's the idea behind these five samurai themed burgers that highlight popular warlords from Japan's historic warring era.

Flinc, Hi-tech Rides For 21st Century Hitch-hikers Via Smartphones

Car Rental services require reservations, sometimes days in advance and often you're required to go to the car versus the car coming to you. Flinc turns that process on its ear with its new service launched on April 8.

Steve Jobs' iPad Pays Homage To Gutenberg's Printing Press

The printing press made the mass production of printed material possible and revolutionized human communication.  Johann Gutenberg dedicated most of his entire adult life to developing moveable type and the modern printing press (introduced in 1450 A.D.) and died penniless. Steve Jobs, on the other hand will not incur the same fate having created more than $150 billion in shareholder wealth, transforming movies, telecom, music, and now literature. In so doing, he pays homage to the invention that changed our lives forever.

Renault’s “Mobility for All” Campaign Spawns First Newer OEM Swivel Seat

Smaller cars often pose a challenge for our senior drivers when it comes to getting in or back out, usually due to how the seats are positioned. Renault has provided the answer to this by introducing the first modern vehicle with an OEM swivel seat, and there are rumors that it make be making its way to North American soil.

Pac-Man iPad Game Released In Japan... Before The iPad!

Apple's iPad hasn't been released internationally yet, but that isn't stopping Bandai from releasing iPad versions of classic arcade games like Pac-Man.

Land Peel: Pop-Up Furniture From A Floor Mat

Shin Yamashita, an industrial design student at Kyoto Institute of Technology, has created one of the most charming portable living areas I've seen.  The fact that it might remind you of a doll's house is not a surprise.  The multi-purpose furniture pop-ups are miniature, and one does have to enjoy low seating because there are no options.

Ten Ways To Turn Your iPad Into A 'Tablet Rasa'

If you've purchased or are about to purchase an iPad, it might be time to start fresh and clean the slate (so of speak). The Greeks use to call it "Tabula Rasa." iPad can now call it "Tablet Rasa." If you're artistically inclined, its time to throw away your sketchbook and/or watercolors - because going forward, the iPad is all you'll need to create art.

Nendo Designs Tokyo's Baby Cafe With Shorty In Mind

From mental health facility to child care cafe, Japanese design house Nendo, headed by the brilliant architect Oki Sato, is setting the pace for consumer-oriented design.  Surprising twists and unexpected turns populate the design of Tokyo's, and luscious landscapes of miniaturized furniture invite the kind of child's play one only reads about in Alice In Wonderland.