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Is Your Invention The Next Biggest Thing? Prove It At The Dallas Market Center’s The Next Big Thing Contest!

If everything is already bigger in Texas, your invention has to be absolutely epic to win the Dallas Market Center’s The Next Big Thing contest!

Newman K1 Smartphone With Quad-Core CPU & 5-inch Screen To Be Priced Under $160

The new K1 smartphone from China's Newman offers users a wealth of advanced features including a 1.2Ghz quad-core MediaTek MTK6589 chipset, a 5-inch 720p display and front & rear cameras, all for under 1,000 yuan or $160.

Cory Booker, The Social Media Mayor's #Waywire Disrupts The News Via Video [Videos]

We're familiar with celebrities tipping their toes in the social media waters. A number of actors now have their a number of pet projects. Some like Ashton Kutcher actually head up social media marketing firm like the Katalyst Network or Ian Somerhalder and his news activist site in beta called "Ryot," or Justin Timberlakes' current attempt at welcoming defectors back to MySpace.  But up till now, there's been no political figures actively involved in a social media enterprise. That was, until Cory Booker created #waywire.

Can Your Invention Make The Top 5 For The ClickStartMe Product and Invention Contest?

Are you ready for a no-holds-barred way to not only show that your innovative invention is the greatest thing since sliced awesome, earn funding for your idea’s creation as well as a nation-reaching marketing deal to sell it to the masses? Grab your blueprints and get ready to blow America’s socks off!

Google Shows Talking Shoe

Google is showing off their latest experiment at SXSW, the Talking Shoe. It uses funny sentences to try and get you moving to keep you active and exercising. While this is not a real product, it is an example of what can be done with modern technology.

Why Do Social Networks 'Acqhire' vs Acquire Only To Super-Size?

Commericial acquisitions and mergers were a 20th Century phenomenon that allowed companies to grow and prosper. In the first and second decades of the 21st Century, those types of business practices may be antiquated. "Acqhire," is a neologism recently added to our lexicon to indicate when a social networking company is acquiring a start-up company mainly for its talent versus its infrastructure.

Russian Meteorites Sold Online In China May Not Be As Advertised

The 50ft-wide meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia on February 15th, 2013 and shocked the world via dozens of Russian dashcams is now turning up, piece by tiny charred piece, on China's online sales website Taobao... or is it? 

Chocolate Covered Shrimp Chips Are A Sick Sea Snack

Japanese confectionery powerhouses Lotte and Calbee have teamed up to celebrate the mutual 50th anniversaries of two iconic snack favorites, Ghana Milk Chocolate Bars and Kappa Ebisen Chips, by rolling out limited edition "Kappaebisen Ghana" chocolate covered shrimp-flavored chips. Hey, it worked for Reese's!

First "Rom-Zom-Com" Gives Heart To Zombie Genre

Just when you thought you couldn't get enough of zombies combing the post-apocalyptic landscape, in walks another herd titling the genre either backwards or forward, dependent on your point of view. So much so, that your next popcorn outing might just include walking dead sweethearts, just in time for Valentine's Day.

'30 Rock' Reinvented Situation Comedy, While Biting The Hand That Feeds [Videos]

Tina Fey's 30 Rock was a surreal sitcom that turned the genre on its head. High and low-brow comedy are treated as equals where punch-drunk punchlines often sail over the heads of even the most die-hard Feysians! To reinvent the 30-minute format, Fey also stole a page out of David Letterman's playbook - that is, disparaging jabs at its own TV network.

KFC Japan's "Kentucky Chicken Rice": Double Down with a Difference

If you bet on Kentucky Fried Chicken's bunless wondrous Double Down being down for the count, KFC Japan has got a wake up call for you. The "Kentucky Chicken Rice" sandwich includes almost everything the Double Down was famous (or infamous) for, then adds a central patty made from rice held together with ketchup. Difficulty: no bacon.

Are Downton Abbey Fans Gamers Or Just Weepers?

In the days of Downton Abbey, class distinctions were fairly straightforward. There were the folks that owned the Abbey, the folks that aspired to own the Abbey and then those that slaved over hot ovens, spit and shined boots, delivered room service and scrubbed toilets. Today those distinctions have blurred significantly where demographics and psychographics tend to label you by your preferences.

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....