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Augmented Reality Advancements Slowed Due to Hotel 626 Closing Doors? [Videos]

Hotels are known to be 24/7 operations. So why did Hotel 626 shutter its doors back in 2010, after checking in guests for only a couple of years? Namely because this hotel is not your typical hostelry. It was an advergame created to promote Dorito's snacks. It was indeed a social network for horror-philes who prefer their 'bumps in the night' to be filled with primal screams, where their room keys were triggered by Augmented Reality.

Social Media Fans Follow Barefoot Bandit To Prison & The Movies

Whatever happened to the Colton Harris-Moore, the rebel-without-a-cause (aka the Barefoot Bandit)? Here was a teenager brought up in a turbulent low-income household who went on to earn international notoriety and a huge following in the social media space commencing back in 2010.

Do You Really Need Underarm Deodorant?

There's a genetic mutation that keeps certain persons from having smelly underarms and sticky ear wax. The question, to a group of scientists from the University of Bristol in Great Britain, was whether persons with no underarm odor used deodorant anyway.  The results of their study of 17,000 individuals are published in the advance online edition of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

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 Balance Announces ML574 “Year of the Snake” Sneakers

New Balance is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and what better way to mark the occasion than by releasing some very special shoes: ML574 “Year of the Snake” Sneakers. The limited edition serpentine shoes pay homage to both the company itself and to 2013, the Year of the Snake according to the Chinese horoscope.

CES Joins Forces With Salesforce To Harness Social Media At #2013CES

Lucky 13 comes in with a bang at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.  While in the real world, you might catch the flu in the exhibit halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, in the virtual world there's no viruses to speak of - just a lot of chatter that's being monitored at high frequency by Salesforce.

Calling All Inventors! Popular Science Wants Your World-Changing Inventions For 2013 Awards

You'd best hurry.  You don't have much time to get your world-changing invention to Popular Science reviewers for the 2013 'Garage' Invention Awards....

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.

5 New Year's Resolutions Every Inventor & Product Developer Should Make

Nearly everyone has at least a dozen earth-shattering inventions up their sleeve.  At least that's what they believe. But most who want to run with their ideas and make them profitable end up wasting a lot of time, especially as novices, on ideas that are already on the market or that few others want.  It's important to work smart and fast as product developers so your focus is on the new, the needed, and the profitable.  Here are five New Year's Resolutions that will boost your efforts and your results.

 

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.

San-X Goes Upmarket with Rilakkuma Elegant Pearl Pendant

Dare to be bear! As Japan's birthrate falls and the core market for Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma toys ages, cute character powerhouse San-X refuses to be left behind. Case in point: the sterling silver Rilakkuma Elegant Pearl Pendant.

Nissan Raises The Curtain On “The Dark Night Rises” Juke Nismo

Nissan's “The Dark Knight Rises” Juke Nismo is one mean matte black beast! Bedecked in bat emblems and boasting a bevy of Bruce Wayne-friendly styling cues, this ultra-theatrical Juke is neither a joke nor a ride for The Joker.

Plan Z, TAX the TAX Man!

After a volatile election year, heightened bi-partisan bickering, a drift-less mandate and a still-divided government, perhaps it was senseless to think a lame duck could waddle to our fiscal rescue. On the other hand, maybe we were waiting for the wrong shoe to drop.

Generational Memes: YOLO vs YOOO, Tenacious Teens vs Obsolete Oldies

Millennials vs. Boomers cover both ends of the age spectrum. There's an X and a Y in between, but according to most authorities, a generation of folks is approximately 15 years apart, where they are defined by their own uniquely similar characteristics.

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.

A Mic for Every Occasion: Types of Mics and Where to Use Them

Microphones. They come in all shapes and sizes and are used in a wide variety of applications. Most gadgets you own nowadays probably have a microphone embedded in it somewhere--from your laptop to your phone and maybe even your alarm clock.

Mayor Booker SNAPS To Social Media Food Stamps Challenge

When TwitWit, who goes by the handle @MWadeNC tweeted Newark Mayor Cory Booker that "nutrition is not the responsibility of the government," a gauntlet was laid that is now being played out in Twitterville as well as the real world. Booker (@CoryBooker), a prolific member of the Twitterati has amassed celebrity status with a Twitter following of over 1.2 million, while TwitWit whose profile describes herself as a "Daughter of the American Revolution" has only 1008 (as of this posting).

How LEDs Light Up Your Life in Ways You Never Imagined

So you might have taken one look at the title and went, "LED lights? What does that have to do with me?" Well, if you're well aware of what it can do and what people around you have been doing with it, then you'll agree that it has a lot to do with you.