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Google Glass To Make Visionaries Out Of Small Business Owners

While Google hopes to launch Google Glass by Christmas, there's a lot of speculation as to its acceptance in the business world. Surely with an anticipated price tag of slightly under $1500, at first glance (pun intended), one would think only larger brands would be able to afford this innovative new device.

New Chinese Law Prompts Sale Of “Pee-Straight” Funnels

China's public toilets are no fun but at least now there'll be funnels, thanks to an enterprising pair of migrant workers selling colorful “pee straight” plastic cones. The funky funnels appeared on the streets of Shenzhen shortly after a new law came into effect threatening fines for those who "failed to urinate accurately."

Sprayable Energy: A Caffeinated Energy Drink For Your Skin

Move over Starbucks and Red Bull!  Two San Francisco-based entrepreneurs have developed an energy drink that's not at all palatable: in fact; in spray form, this caffeinated concoction is absorbed through your skin.  The product, Sprayable Energy, is packaged in an attractive pocket-sized spray vial, is now seeking crowdsource funding through indiegogo.

Aghast, When The GAP's GIF On Facebook Proved To Be A Gaffe

Now, say that ten times fast. Why? Because when a venerable social media site the likes of Mashable gets it wrong, based on an assertion made by the venerable American clothier, the GAP - it's fun to call them out on a bonefide gaffe that went public.

Online Car Insurance's Mascots Flo & The Gecko Are Social Media SuperStars

There's a lively debate as to whether an intangible service as mundane as online car insurance could possibly benefit from the value of social media. However, when these marketers realized that the marketing and selling of auto insurance is no different than the marketing and selling of another intangible product such as hotel accommodations, they quickly seized the opportunity with vigor - and with mascots to boot!

Tawki's DIY Videos To Feature ‘One-Click, Animate’ Functionality

Adding video production to your social media tool box is essential today for both business and pleasure. According to the web tracking-and-measurement firm ComScore, 89 million people in the United States are going to watch 1.2 billion online videos today alone. And, 76 percent of marketers plan to add video to their websites, making it a higher priority than Facebook, Twitter and even blog integration.

Google Play Introduces New Restrictions

Google Play is introducing two big changes to its policies that any Android app developer will need to be aware of. If you or your company has an app for Android, make sure you fully understand these changes.

Awards For Senior Living Products Show That The Aging Population Is Big Business

With millions of baby boomers hurtling head long into their golden years and resources for seniors limited, the business of caring for the elderly is about to boom as much as all those babies did. Keeping older Americans healthy and able to live independently will be more important than ever. SeniorHomes.com has created the Best Senior Living Award to recognize the companies creating the best products for the coming wave of older people.

Hong Kong's Air Pollution Forces Photo-Snapping Tourists To Use Blue Sky Backdrops

How bad is the air pollution in Hong Kong? This bad: tourists who want to take photos of family and friends with the coastal city's famous skyline have been forced to use fake backdrops featuring the skyline captured on a rare, pollution-free sunny day.

Valve Wants To Integrate 3D Graphics Utility Blender into Steam

Early yesterday, Reddit user Two-Tone- took to the 'net with some very interesting news: as it turns out, Valve is is looking to integrate the open-source 3D graphics development platform Blender into Steam. Through this, it hopes to raise the bar for content in the Steam Workshop even higher.

Operation Genoa vs Tailwind, HBO's 'Newsroom' Meets At The Corner of Topsy & Vine

Newsroom, the HBO hit series created and written by Aaron Sorkin predicates its storylines on actual news that's taken place in the real world, about 18 month prior. Having cut his social networking teeth on his award-winning movie, "The Social Network," Sorkin takes full advantage of weaving social media references into his yarns, whenever he can.

The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth, So Sayeth YouTube

Chances are if you're meek, a dweeb or scored low on your most recent IQ Test, you are oblivious to YouTube Geek Week. However, with over 9 million subscribers, obviously being geek isn't for the weak of heart any more (for those who remember when Charles Atlas use to get sand kicked in his face).

Watermelon Boy In Fruit Suit Goes Viral In China

Photos of a cute kid wearing a handmade watermelon cap & shorts combo have gone viral in China. Be afraid, Fruit Of The Loom, be VERY afraid!

Montreal Startup Festival

The Montreal Startup Festival ended today with many inventors and innovators meeting with potential clients and investors. Through keynotes and tent expos, communication and networking happened all over the place. Already the 2014 version is being planned for next year.

Chinese Bus Stops Spray Cooling Mist On Overheated Commuters

Old and busted: Missing your bus. New coolness: Misting your bus stop! The Chinese city of Chongqing is rolling out a cool mist spray system at several dozen city bus stops. Designed to operate much like the automatic misters in supermarket produce sections, the artificial clouds of chilled and purified water act to keep Chongqing's commuters as cool as cucumbers.

Quality Crowdfunding Your Idea Via Seedinvest

Crowdfunding big ideas and small businesses online is a concept that quickly became a mainstream idea, but if your high-quality startup needs a big-name investment, check out Seedinvest.

Embrace Your Social World

To call the Internet, by its old name almost seems inadequate. The term still infers the old websites and emails and static desktop environments. Data that points to an increasingly connected world is abundant. But what it doesn't tell us is how we manage all that information. At the moment we do it rather clumsily. We keep checking our smartphones to see if we've been mentioned in a tweet or someone has commented on our Facebook wall, or whatever social media we are in tune with.


Supercharge Your Creativity At Google+’s Maker Camp!

No inventor can complain that “there’s nothing to do” when Google+ has partnered with Make Magazine and Radio Shack to host six weeks of creative DIY projects via Maker Camp!

Going Viral Prior To Hitting Newsstands, Bert & Ernie Outed In 'The New Yorker'

On the heels of the Supreme Court's landmark decision rulings that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and clearing the way for same-sex marriage in California, Sesame Street's romantic relationship between Bert and Ernie was graphically outed on The New Yorker's magazine cover. One week prior to the official date this issue will hit newsstands, the sexual orientation of the puppets which has long been the fodder for late-night TV hosts exploded on social media channels.

Print Your Heart Out Next Valentines

The advent of 3D is upon us, and it's not just movies where we don weird glass. This 3D is true three dimension and it appears one layer at a time from a printer connected via WiFi to our device of choice/ Yes, folks we are one step away from printing up food or replicating a pizza that is fabricated right before our very eyes.