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Volvo's New Diesel Promises to Be Cleaner and More Efficient

For some reason many people still look down upon the diesel engine, citing billowing clouds of black smoke as their reason. However, today's diesels are much cleaner and offer a great amount of efficiency when used properly. Volvo is out to make this message even clearer with the introduction of their newest lineup of diesel engines.

Saint Clair Lamp: Solar Lighting Two Ways

The French non-profit  VIA (Valorisation de l’Innovation dans l’Ameublement) has been fostering French design talent since 1979 when it was established by the French Furniture Industries Development Committee with support of the French Ministry for Industry.  This year, Stéphane Maupin, architect and designer, has won one of five VIA project assistance grants for his innovative solar powered Saint Clair Lamp.

Top Ten Video Spoofs Including 'The Situation' vs 'The iPad'

You gotta love spoofs. When the familiar become the object of schadenfreude*, it usually allows us to laugh at something that was taken way too serious. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, spoofing should be accepted for taking pot shots at people, places and things that sometimes we just love to hate.. And today's crop of TOP TEN Video Spoofs are exceptional additions to this popular genre.

What The 'Year Of The Tiger' Means For The Chinese, Augmented Reality, Beer & One Sorry Golfer!

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger which commenced on February 14, 2010 and will end on February 2, 2011. As the third sign of the Chinese Zodiac, tigers are always at their happiest when they endeavor to climb the ladder of success and are rewarded accordingly. These attributes and the timing of  the Year of the Tiger can also apply to an augmented reality application, a beer company and yes, one sorry golfer.

Top Ten 2010 Winter Olympic Gear & Collectibles

Having caught the Olympic fever, everyone is looking to acquire some of the events' hot ticket items (much to the amazement of Christopher Walken). Anything that is officially sponsored by the 2010 Winter Olympics is taking in millions as the official stores and outlets are trying to keep up with the supply. Keepsakes, fashion and winter sports gear make up this year's TOP TEN list of gift items you might want to select for yourself, friends, family members and sport fans.

Jobsket: Job Hunting & Recruitment Site Sets Your Worth

 The number of online job boards are growing exponentially, some already far more popular than others both for job seekers and employers. In order to make their own mark, new job boards need to do something that really sets them apart, and Jobsket in Spain and Ireland is talking figures.

Ricky Gervais Gets Animated On HBO & iTunes

Anyone who saw Ricky Gervais host the Golden Globes knows that the British comedian knows how to balance schadenfreude with self-deprecating humor.  He is the master of the put-down who knows how to include himself as the butt of the joke.  While always cutting-edge, this modern-day Charlie Chapin is getting even more animated.

Former Friendster Founder Launches PlacePop

'Location' may be considered social media's Holy Grail. With the smartphone explosion cyber-ventillating exponentially, a new category of social networks have emerged to capitalize on the monetary rewards that have eluded traditional social networks like Twitter. While a good number of Location-based social networks (LBSs) with their check-in functionality and game-like components are filling this void, is there room for latecomers like PlacePop to enter this already crowded field?

Targeted Ultrasound Tested As Stroke Prevention Method

The large helmet is the ExAblate 4000, a magnetic resonance guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) device, by Israel's Insightec.  ExAblate 4000 has been tested successfully to isolate and destroy the smallest of tumors in the brain, without affecting the surrounding tissues or bones.  Now, researchers are looking at the technology to do the same with blood clots that can lead to stroke.

 


Tablet Wars: iPad vs HP Slate vs JooJoo vs Dell Mini 5 vs Archos7 vs Notion Ink Adam

Not since the MP3 Wars of the last decade has there been as much excitement over the launch of a new type of hand-held device. It's a little odd to be talking about the Tablet Wars in advance of these products actually hitting market. - but in today's digital world, that's how fast things are moving. Which makes our job of forecasting a front-runner - a wee bit of a challenge. Pre-orders would be an indicator, but those numbers are being held under close wraps.

Kodak Looking For A Pay Day From iPhone & Blackberry?

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is investigating a February 17th complaint lodged against iPhones and Blackberrys by Kodak. The case began when the digital camera and printer company accused Apple and the Blackberry firm of Research in Motion (RIM) of using the technology they developed for previewing pictures. Is this a legitimate case, or is the odd-man out envious of the cool kids on the block?

Crackberry Addict Alert: Kindle App For Blackberrys

Now you don't have to give up your Crackberry habit to get your 'Kindle On!' Amazon has launched a Kindle Application for Blackberry owners so they too can purchase and read eBooks from the Kindle Library, with just a tap of the finger.

EDAG Bringing Next Evolution Light Car to Geneva

Toward the middle of last year, EDAG released the first version of their Light Car Concept. Since then, they have been improving upon their design as well as developing new technologies to shed even more weigh. Now they have finalized their second design, named Next Evolution, and are planning on unveiling it at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Space Station Underwear Will Sell, Won't Smell

Self-deodorizing underwear tested by a Japanese astronaut at the International Space Station is about to land on Tokyo store shelves.

Electrolux Design Lab 2010: The Second Space Age

What will life be like when space becomes our most valuable commodity?  This is what is predicted for the year 2050.  How will we use our living spaces, our kitchens, and domestic spaces, as space becomes an every more valuable commodity, especially in urban areas?  This is what the Electrolux Design Lab 2010 competition wants to know from today's design students.