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Japan's Train Buffs Yell For Dr. Yellow

Riding the pain train? The doctor is in... Dr. Yellow, that is. Folk wisdom among Japanese train buffs states that a glimpse of the bright yellow diagnostic bullet train is all that's needed to cure the blues.

The 'Wipe Shirt' Keeps Eyeglasses And Shirts Clean

The "Wipe Shirt" - say that carefully - combines a stylish white dress shirt with a microfiber pad. Both your eyeglasses and your shirts will stay cleaner though wearing it may cause you to look geekier.

The Samurai Maid Cafe... Stop In For A Slice!

Maid cafes? Tokyo's full of 'em. Samurai cafes? Seen it on TV. Wouldn't it be cool if there was a Samurai Maid Cafe? Yes it would... and yes there is!

BMW Says "No M1 on the Horizon"....Hints at "S" Variant for the 135i

For the past few months, rumors of the BMW "M1" have had nearly every fan of the Bavarian Auto Maker on the edges of their seats. Sadly, after an interview with Inside Line, BMW has said there are no plans for an M-Spec 1-Series. However, the interview also revealed that there was a 135is in the works.

10 Iconic Designs From Ron Arad's "Restless" London Retrospective

.... Arad is afraid of nothing; no medium, no size, no notion that is unconventional.  He experiments.  He plays... and you get to relive his pleasure through his work.  Restless is a 30-year retrospective of Arad's greatness... and he is still young.

Flower Resurrection Service Delivers Zombie Orchids

Japanese orchid grower Matsumura Yoran has hit on a way to bring flowers back to life. Beginning this April you can order your franken-flowers, which will soothe your soul without eating your brain.

Is USA Today's 'Social Media Lounge' A Little Late To The Party?

With legacy newspapers falling by the wayside and CNN worried that Facebook and Twitter might be stealing its thunder, is it any wonder that USA Today would want to rethink how to interact in the Web 2.0 environment? The old slogan if you can't beat 'em join 'em couldn't be any more apropos as traditional media outlets either mimic or recreate best practices found in the social media space. But in either event, is USA Today doing too little too late?

Milk Cream Snack Cakes Look Like Cute Cows

Please DO have a cow - though the bold bovine pattern on every Fuwamaki Milk snack cake makes them almost too cute to eat.

Junaio's App Moves Indoors To Put The AR In ScavengAR Hunt @SXSW

Developer Metaio just released Junaio 2.0, an updated version of their augmented reality browser with the most cutting-edge features available today. Strategically planned to debut at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference(SXSW) March 10, 2020 in Austin, TX, the Metaio team have integrated the app into a special event titled "ScavengAR" that will provide conferees with an opportunity to experience the capabilities of the application first-hand.

Evoke -The Social Network That Churns Virtual Game Theory Into 'We Are The World'

If you were tasked with saving the world in 10 short weeks, where would you possibly begin. Well if you're a gamer or an optimist, you might consider kicking the tires of a new type of social network. Evoke is a mash-up of the virtual and real worlds that is markedly different from any gaming enterprise that went before. Become your own super hero and solve the world's greatest challenges by evoking collaboration, creativity, entrepreneurship, resourcefulness ...and yes, even courage.

Ultra-light RC Model Plane Floats Like A Butterfly

Light as a soap bubble and almost as fragile, the radio-controlled model airplane sent aloft by Japanese hobbyists proves that when it comes to flying, less can be more.

First Annual Internet Car and Truck of the Year Winners Announced

More and more people are turning to the vast quantities of information on the internet when it comes time to purchase a new vehicle, rather than walk into a dealership uninformed. This is mostly due to the growing number of people who will provide their own unbiased opinions about their recent purchase. This was also the grounds for creating the Internet Car and Truck of the Year Awards, the winners of which were announced late last month.

Will Steve Ballmer's Microsoft & Obama's Administration Share A Cloud?

Much has been written about Steve Ballmer's almost fanatic focus on cloud computing this month. With catchphrases like "we're all in" and "the cloud fuels Microsoft and Microsoft fuels the cloud" he makes it sound like his company is the lone pioneer in the field. Or when he does allude to Google, Amazon and Apple it is done in a dismissive manner. Could this ramp-up of 'all-things-cloud' be part of a larger alliance Ballmer is solidifying with the Obama Administration?

Google vs The World: Battles, Blunders & Lawsuits

When you're as big and ubiquitous as Google you have to accumulate some enemies along the way. The mega-search engine we all love to hate is right now balancing ten significant issues both legal and philosophical. From Harvard law students to Rupert Murdoch, Google has even gone after superpowers the likes of China.

Shatner's MyOuterSpace Recruits Talent For Stellar New Social Network

While still pimping hotels at Priceline, collecting Boston Legal residuals and conducting "Raw" interviews on the Biography Network, William Shatner is the quintessential huckster. Not happy to rest on his laurels, and hearkening back to his Star Trek origins, this venerable veteran has set his sights on building his own social network. And with tongue inserted firmly in cheek, he's named it MyOuterSpace.com