International

Google TV & 3rd Party Developers Anticipate The Web/TV Meld

As ubiquitous as Google is, it's no surprise it will soon become one of the pioneers in melding TV with the Web. So much so, in the next couple of months it will actually provide 3rd party developers and outside software engineers with a toolkit to help develop what Google TV will eventually look like.

Golf Course + Safari Park = 'Lion Woods'

Forget Tiger Woods, here's 'Lion Woods'. A Japanese golf course happens to be located immediately adjacent to a popular safari park. Golfers are advised to stay out of the rough... and I ain't lion.

Ingenious 'Flow' Lighting For The Third World By Igendesign

... Flow and other self-maintaining public lighting are low cost, low maintenance, and low footprint solutions to the reduction of overload on municipal electric grids.  Besides... Flow is elegant in form, function, and beauty.

Audi Planning More than Just One e-Tron Variant for the Future

Since first being introduced a few months back, the Audi e-Tron has received quite a bit of attention from both journalists and consumers alike. While Audi has kept the details scarce, they have been willing to talk about future uses of the e-Tron name. Now, the German based automaker has let it slip that they have more vehicle planned for the e-Tron lineup.

PayPal vs Square Are Bumping & Beaming Money Via iPhones

Whether you've been a loyal PayPal user for the last 10+ years or are willing to put your trust in the hands of one of the Twitter co-founders, you may be one of the early pioneers to use iPhones as the new form of currency. Bumping and beaming financial transactions via smartphones may be the missing link to a time when there will no longer be a need for actual money to exchange hands.

Desktop 'Magic Sakura' Cherry Tree Springs Into Bloom

Spring is almost here, and for those in Japan (and Washington D.C.) that means the cherry blossoms are about to bloom! Now the rest of us can get in on the fun, thanks to the Magic Sakura fake flowering tree!

Will The Bubbly Social Network Give Voice To Twitter?

Can a new social network site succeed that's basically an amplified version of Twitter while choosing not to launch in North America and Europe? Well, Bubbly is the new shiny thing literally bubbling over in Bollywood, and we're not talking about hookahs!

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.