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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.

CSA Space Refueling Robot Test Successful

The Canadian Space Agency announced a successful test of its newest collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The robot, which has managed to refill a mock satellite in space, on the international space station, may be used in the future to extend the life of satellites currently in space. 

PVC Wentworth Miracle Vases Make Vase Storage A Snap

Vases are pretty, but they take up a lot of room and if you don’t have fresh flowers around very often it can be annoying to have to store vases for a few random occasions. Wentworth Miracle Vases are made from durable PVC and are completely flat when unfilled.

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.

China's New Y-20 Heavy Transport Jet Takes First Flight

Today's highly anticipated first flight of China's enormous new Y-20 four-engined heavy cargo jet was, by all accounts, a complete success. The flight lifts China into a very exclusive club as the Y-20 now joins the United States' C-17 and Russia's Il-76 in the ranks of the world's largest military jet transport aircraft.

Little Colds Honey Pops Lollipops Soothe Kid's Sore Throats Naturally

What’s the one thing you can get pretty much any kid to eat at any time? That’s right – candy! Little Colds Honey Pops are lollipops made with pure honey to soothe sore throats naturally.

The Architec Recipe Rock Keeps Loose Recipes Out Of The Way Of Spills

The Architec Recipe Rock is a sleek and clever kitchen gadget that keeps your loose recipes off the counter and upright so they can be easily read and are out of the way of most spills.

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.

Balls of Steel Are A Cool Way to Support A Good Cause

There are plenty of goofy novelty products out there based on silly puns, but when a juvenille joke is used to help support testicular cancer research, everyone wins. Such is the case with Balls of Steel.

The Baby Mop Lets Your Baby Do The Mopping

Is your baby getting lazy - just lying around eating and sleeping all day? Sure, he’s only a few months old, but the constant freeloading can get on your nerves after a while. The baby mop transforms your adorable (but rather inefficient) little bundle into a valuable cleaning tool.

Social Media Does Not Put Car Dealers In Driver's Seat, Hurricanes Do

Having incurred the wrath of Sandy this past hurricane season, I was unwittingly placed in the market to replace a car that was totaled due to flood damage. While social media has been around for almost a decade now, the car dealership industry hasn't always needed to rely on the new marketing medium that's known to garner new leads, and ultimately more sales for many brands.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

14 Terrible Christmas Presents For 14 Terrible People

We all have horrible people in our lives that we have to buy Christmas presents for -no matter how much we actually hate them. These people can be some of the hardest people to shop for, which is annoying since you don’t really want to buy them something anyway.

We’re here to help with this year’s list of terrible Christmas presents for all the worst kind of people in your life.

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).

'Power Hunters' Are 'Jersey Strong' In Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy [Videos]

Seeking power was an arduous task as most folks learned early on in the aftermath of superstorm, Hurricane Sandy. Desperately seeking power for our cell phones, iPads and laptops became part of the zeitgeist emanating from those affected in New Jersey and New York. The power grid that used to affect only our heat, electricity and land lines now included cell towers that experienced disrupted service as well. Even for those services that remained operational, without electricity we needed alternatives to charge our devices.

Bizarre By Design: The Top 10 Weirdest Japanese Buildings

Japan may be the place where conformity is king but their architects never saw the memo. These 10 weird, wild and even wooly Japanese buildings take the concept of multistory strangeness to a higher level, albeit one that the elevator will still stop at.