International

Portable Bathroom Noisemaker Soothes The Shy, Saves The Earth

Toilet shame - it's a not-so-silent killer of confidence for Japanese women. The common way of coping has been to repeatedly flush but that wastes millions of gallons of water every year. Now thanks to the Eco-Otome, shy ladies can create the sound of a flush without wasting a drop of water.

Heat up the Night with the Babylon Hanging Fireplace

This 'hanging fireplace of Babylon' from designer Stephane Perruchon promises to heat up the coolest of interiors.

Oops!....BMW’s New Concept Vehicle Makes Early Appearance

With Frankfurt fast approaching, automakers are beginning to bring their latest creations out of hiding to put the final touches on them. This poses a problem as it is no easy task to keep a full sized vehicle hidden from prying eyes. This time, it was BMW who was caught in the act of moving a new vehicle, and I must say it looks interesting.

Pregnancy Glamor Shots Make The Most Of A Bella Belly

Everyone loves baby pictures, but before the baby even arrives? Japanese mothers-to-be are baring their bellies in exclusive photo sessions that capture the pregnant pause.

Tweeting With The Enemy

With the DDoS Twitter attack fresh on our minds, one has to wonder who is utilizing social media for anti-social reasons. Could our enemies be covertly watching our every move in the Twitterverse, awaiting to seize an opportunity to use the free-flowing firehose of information for ulterior motives and surprise us again with another denial-of-service ambush?

Young Chinese Inventors Create DIY Flying Machines

From two separate provinces in China comes news this week that young inventors have created DIY flying machines that work. One is a helicopter made of wood, and the other is a flying car! 

Cat Ear Headband Is Purr-fect For J-Pop Joggers

This cute cat ear Nekomimi headband cleverly conceals a pair of headphones, allowing joggers, commuters and cosplayers to listen to music while looking cool and kitty-licious.

DDoS And Our Ferris Bueller Day Off!

A cyber-attack, a lone blogger and a little known country in Russia were responsible for our Ferris Bueller day off from Twitter this week. People had to resort to the antiquated twentieth century source for the news, the newspaper! And the lives of the Twitterati were put on hiatus for hours on end! On August 5,  'DDoS', 'Cyxymu' and 'South Ossetia' meant nothing to the average Twitter user. Today, we know a little more about blocking social networks and political friction back in the USSR!

Audi Developes Infotainment System that Can Read Even the Worst Handwriting

In car technology never seems to stand still. As soon as we get used to one thing, automakers move onto the "next big thing." For Audi, this next piece of automotive technology comes in the form of an infotainment system that can actually read and understand the driver's handwriting.

Harajuku To Hometown - Street Style Snaps To Your Screen

Want to view the latest fashion trends direct from the streets of Japan's major cities to your computer screen? It's an open and clothes case, thanks to Fashionsnap.

iPhones In Japan Get Wireless TV With USB SEG Clip

Japanese iPhone owners who enjoy watching digital TV on their iPhones have been looking at blank screens since Apple Japan's TV tuner app sold out.  Now a new USB stick from I-O Data is allowing viewers to see shows on their iPhones in crisp, clear 1Seg.

World Premiere Of Twitter,The Movie Coming Soon!

With Kevin Spacey's "Social Network" movie about Facebook scheduled to start production later this year, was it any wonder that "Twitter, the Movie" could be far behind? The microblogging site that scaled from a podcasting company in the South Park suburbs of San Francisco to changing the world in a 140 characters or less will grace the small and large screens in March of 2010 as a documentary, aptly titled "Twittamentary."

Cyclean: Sanitary Fitness Machine Covers For The Undying Germaphobe

You've probably had one of those moments where you get on an exercise bike at the gym and wonder just how well the person before you cleaned off their machine. Sure, we've all been there, but one company takes this germaphobe fear to the next level that makes sure you never have to deal with it again...and yes, it just might be going too far.


Replica Tian'anmen Gate Crafted from Human Hair

What's hairy, forbidden, and red all over?  Why, it's this replica Tian'anmen Gate built entirely out of leftover hair clippings! (Sorry, I hope I didn't disappoint any Anne of Green Gables fanboys out there.)

Twihotels, The Twitter Hotel-Finder Launches

The difficult thing about traveling is finding the right hotel in the right city at the right price! But equally important is securing a hotel you can trust - one that has been recommended by others.