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Shanghai's New Air Quality Mascot Puts A Brave Face On Smog

Raining today? Bring an umbrella. Smoggy again? Put on a face mask. Since checking both the weather and the current level of air pollution before going out is the new normal in China, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau is making the latter a lot easier by featuring a new air quality mascot at their website.

8 Second Spaghetti Makes Instant Ramen Seem Sluggish

Tired of waiting a few minutes for so-called “instant” ramen? Japan's Royal Chef ups the ante and saves time with their new 8 Second Spaghetti. Remove from the freezer, unwrap, boil, count, drain, season – by the time you've said that, dinner's ready!

Driverless Buses Ready To Roll On Shanghai's Streets

Be afraid, Ralph Kramdens of the world, be VERY afraid: Shanghai's imminent experiment with driverless, magnetically-guided, electric-powered buses could be the start of a new urban transportation revolution.

Stealth Wear: The Anti-Drone Hoodie For The Paranoid Fashionista

We may be living in a world of high tech espionage, but New York artist Adam Harvey is creating a line of clothing called Stealth Wear that will allow individuals to remain invisible. It is the sort of breakthrough that will have paranoid people around the globe turning in their tin foil hats for fashion-forward hoodies and scarfs.  Harvey's earliest creations are on display all this month at Primitive, a trendy West London boutique.

Smart Car Special Edition Sold Only Online by Sina Weibo

Sina Weibo, China's largest microblogging platform, is teaming up with Smart Cars to sell just 666 Smart Fortwo Special Edition cars online to the social media site's estimated 370 million users. Competition for the distinctive yellow & blue microcars is expected to be fierce.

Facebook's 'Graph Search' Is Another Name For Mobile Advertising

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Shakespeare was onto something back in 1600 AD, when he penned that famous Romeo and Juliet line. Its import intimates that its not the name of things that matter, it what those things really are. With the launch of Facebook's "Graph Search" on January 15, 2013, it's important to discern that FB's answer to a 'search engine,' is really it's portal to mobile advertising.

New Products From The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show

The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show is underway in Las Vegas, Nevada this week, and innovators of all stripes are showcasing a variety of new wares, from massive designs to pocket-sized gadgets. Some of these new products will come to revolutionize the way we live and some will just fade away. Here are videos of a few promising new items from the show.

Fast Food “Maid” to Order at Taiwan McDonald's

Combine Japanese-style cosplay with one of Taiwan's many McDonald's stores and you get – albeit only on New Year's Eve – a McMaid Cafe! Such was the case at store #441, the city of Kaosiung's Dingshan branch, where burgers & fries were served with a smile and male customers were addressed as “master”.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Top 10 Best Covert Spy Cameras

Learn more about covert cameras and how to spy with this comprehensive top ten list.

New Gold & Silver Coins Show Off China's First Aircraft Carrier

The People's Bank of China has announced the issuance of gold and silver commemorative coins celebrating the country's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. The two gold and two silver coins range in denominations from 10 to 2,000 yuan ($1.60 to $320), the latter with a market value of roughly $8,000 each.

Panasonic Emergency Flashlight Runs On Batteries Of Any Size

With the BF-BM10 mix & match battery-powered emergency flashlight, Japan's Panasonic has taken an innovative approach to an all-too-common problem: having exactly the right size and number of batteries on hand to power your flashlight. Got one of these and one of those? Pop 'em in the “Any Battery Light” and let it shine!

China's New “World's Fastest Supercomputer” Will Have Intel Inside

China is planning to use 100,000 Intel Ivy Bridge-based Xeon E5 processors to power its next supercomputer, rumored to be the world's fastest. It's a startling switch from previous statements favor the establishment of a high-end hardware industry independent of any foreign technology providers.

Domestic Violence Seen As Factor In Several Mental Illnesses

While there is much evidence that child victims of domestic violence experience psychological trauma that may lead to mental illness, a just-published study looks at the prevalence of domestic violence in the lives of adult men and women with mental illnesses....

Coffee Copies: The Top 7 Chinese Starbucks Ripoffs

Starbucks, the global coffee powerhouse, is big in China and the domestic competition knows it. They also know the old adage “if you can't beat 'em, join 'em” but somewhere, somehow, something got lost in translation.

USB Hairbrush Humidifies Hair, Boosts Geek Cred

The USB Hairbrush from Japan's Thanko combines a standard hairbrush with a spray mist humidifier packing its own internal water tank, powered by your laptop computer or desktop PC. You may end up looking geekier than Ed Grimley but you won't have a single hair out of place, I must say.

East Pole: The Top 10 Strange Santas from China

Christmas with Chinese characteristics? Yule betcha! It's Christmas in China, where werewolves are chowing down on beef chow mein at Lee Ho Ho Ho Fooks and even the most exhausted elves don't envy their iPhone-making counterparts over at Foxconn.

Chupa Chups Designer Wood Case Keeps Your Lolly Jolly

Have a jolly lolly Christmas with the Chupa Chups Design Wood Case! Worn on one's belt and secured with saddle leather & antiqued brass snaps, this real wooden wonder keeps your emergency lollipop safely within arm's reach.

Law 101 for Inventors: Legal Protection and Why You Need It

So you’ve come up with an original invention or idea, and now you're ready to go out into the world and make an impact with it. But before you can do that, you should think about the legal protection and measures that you need to set in place for your start-up.

Audi R8 China Edition: A Supercar for China's Super Rich

The 2012 Audi R8 China Edition is a lot of car for a lot of money – almost half a million U.S. dollars buys one of the 80 available. It also highlights the German automaker's latest attempt to establish their brand in the hearts, minds and budgets of China's rapidly expanding wealthy class.

The Future of Broadband: Where It's Headed and The Changes That Are About to Come

Numerous studies have already been conducted to confirm the obvious: the future of mobile Internet lies with 4G and users will continue to sign up for the service in the years to come, which will push mobile data demand higher than it has ever been.