Social Trends

“Mom Business Cards”, Newest Trend For House-Proud Japanese Wives

Japan's housewives, homemakers and den-mothers are flaunting their status by ordering custom “Mama Meishi” (Mom Business Cards) and handing them out at every opportunity.

You Can Now Pay Someone To Teach Your Child How To Ride A Bike

If you ask Google “How do I teach my kid to ride a bike?” you will get an overwhelming number of suggestions. You can get lost in a wormhole of information: book offers, videos, and parental testimonies. Or if you are like some parents, you might ask Google “Who can I pay to teach my kid to ride a bike?” Google has an answer for this too because there is a growing list of people you can pay to teach your child how to ride a bike.

InstaThief’s Instagram Heist, ‘Fair Use’ & The Cheshire Cat

Instagrammers are still reeling from the latest flurry of notoriety that 65-year old Richard Prince has been able to stir up in the intellectual property pot, both on-and-offline. As a self-proclaimed painter and photographer, critics have found a number of  derogatory monikers to label him:  ’InstaThief,’ 'AppropriationArtist,’ ‘FairUseAbuser' with hashtags such as #PrinceofAppropriation and #geniustroll.

Child Love Dolls: Creepy Pedophile Prevention Business

Despite their best intentions to appear "normal" and do social good, there are some businesses that are just creepy. If I've said that before (which over the years I've had the pleasure of writing this column, I'm sure I have), this one has to be the most "unusual" of the group. Now isn't that a scary thought, considering you've already read the headline?

Live In The Future Nightly At Tokyo's Nakagin Capsule Tower

The historic Nakagin Capsule Tower opened in 1972... imagine how futuristic it looked then! Care to spend a night or two in retro-futuristic Tokyo? Now you can, thanks to one enterprising apartment owner who's renting out his cube via Airbnb.

Tsū Goes To The Dogs For Red Nose Day USA

In its very short tenure (only 7 months old), Tsu as a social network has earned an international reputation as a donor to worthy causes. Founder and CEO Sebastian Sobczak assembled a team of developers to create an ecosystem to accomplish two very unique functions. One was to pay its users 90% of its total daily ad revenues (previously unheard of in the social media space), and secondly it would distinguish itself further as a charitable. .

Robot Taxi Could Bring Us Johnny Cabs On The Spot

Japanese mobile internet company DeNA and Tokyo-based autonomous vehicle technology development firm ZMP Inc. have teamed up to form Robot Taxi, a joint venture company charged with laying the groundwork for driverless urban transportation.

Making The Most Out Of Quirky.com For Inventors

Quirky.com is a great site aimed at inventors and something you can take advantage of to market your ideas into products, but not everything makes it to the production floor. How can you maximize your chances for your idea to become a product?

Apple Pay & Apple Watch, Digital Symbiotics At Work

Remember that old Chicago musical refrain: “Does anyone really know what time it is . . . does anyone really care?” Probably more so, now that Apple Watch and Apple Pay are here and are about to change how we make merchant transactions. How much easier could life be now that your Apple Watch can also pay for your purchases.

Juicing For Tsū Dollars At BambuCycles

If you’re one of the 3.5 million users who have flocked to the Tsu social network over the course of the last six months, you’re aware of its unique monetization model, where users benefit from its advertising revenue [90% split amongst all members based on the popularity of their content]. And you’re probably also aware that their peer-to-peer payment feature allows users to transfer . . .

The Joinery of South Africa: Fashion Activism Takes Hold

The Joinery fashion brand stands for sustainable fashion and the belief that everyone can do something to make this a better, greener world. Read on for more on this revoltuionary new program.

Hong Kong Unveils the Faces of Litter

Beware litterbugs in Hong Kong.The “Faces of Litter” campaign is now running portraits of DNA-profiled litterbugs on outdoor ads at bus stops, subway and train stations, and on highway billboards.Littering has long been an epidemic in Hong Kong. But will science can help prevent this behavior?

Underground Trashcans Keep Waste & Litter Out Of Sight & Smell

Why throw trash ON the ground when you can throw it IN the ground? That's the idea behind 20 giant underground trash bins put in place by the Chinese city of Taiyuan.

Embedded Electronics:Machine Washable Solar Shirt Charges Mobile Devices

Wearable technology, smart clothing and embedded electronics are the burgeoning trends of fashion's dynamic landscape. Meet the machine-washable Solar Shirt created by Paulne Van Dongen that charges mobile devices as you go about your day.

Need A Drone? Have Customized Rental Of Equipment For Creative Folks

Kitsplit is a community marketplace that offers the rental of over $1 million worth of cutting edge equipment to suit the creative and business needs of daring entrepreneurs. Read on to learn more about this remarkable and innovative gadget library.