2010's Disruptive Technologies At Odds: Ipad vs WikiLeaks

The game-changing technology of the iPad and WikiLeaks fast became part of the world zeitgeist this year. Under normal circumstances disruptive technology is a stand-alone innovation setting a new path for technology that went before. If iPad disrupted the laptop and eReader industries, and WikiLeaks was a political game-changer in the world of journalism - how did they cross paths to motivate one to reject the other?

10 Food Trends For 2011 Predicted By The Experts!

The predictions are in from the professionals who follow what's getting the emphasis in the food industry globally and, sometimes, regionally.  What foods will be hot and which will not in 2011?

Social Media News Feed Becomes Facebook's New eCommerce Marketplace

As LIKE buttons populate the Web, Facebook is enmeshing itself into the fabric of the Internet to become its defacto eCommerce marketplace. Stand-alone Web sites are no longer enough to attract new or repeat visitors. The old school business model of eBay has become passé and are being replaced by start-ups like Yardsellr that are using the conduit of Facebook's News Feeds to cement deals.

Free Your Sole: Five Finger Shoes For Toes On The Go

Japanese show retailer Globe is set to release three styles of all-weather, separate-toe sneakers in January of 2011. Globe's “Five Finger Shoes” provide enhanced comfort, improved circulation and a more natural barefoot feel compared to standard shoes and sneakers.

Researchers Hope To Control Obesity Through Fecal Transplants

If you think you've accidentally stumbled onto April Fools' Day, let me assure you, you haven't.  The hypothesis that a fecal transplant can help control obesity is not so far-fetched, as previous studies indicate that the treatment just needs a bit of tweaking....

Google Digests Travel Software To Fatten Its Travel Search Portal

Back in April, I speculated that Google would acquire ITA Software, the meta-search technology that drives online travel agents (OTAs) in addition to Bing Travel, and could throw a monkey-wrench into how online search would function going forward. In my post, titled, "Google & ITA Software Could Be Game Changers for OTAs. . ." I noted industry sources that predicted the buying price could go as high as US $1 billion.

Prosthetic Arm Biomimics The Arms Of An Octopus

Kaylene Kau, a recent graduate from the industrial design department at the University of Washington was challenged by a professor to 'push the boundaries of prosthetic design.'  So she did, and here, inspired by the fluid movements of an octopus's arms, is her multi-jointed Prosthetic Arm.

The Batmobile Inspired Tank: Even In War, Life Imitates Art

Yes, of course, inspirations can come from anywhere. But is BAE Systems taking cartoon-mimicry just a little too far with its Batman-inspired tank?

A Heart Sling May Reduce Need For Open Heart Surgery: The BACE Device

...BACE is an implanted device that is not invasive to the heart, but fits around it like a sling - a tension band with 'weights' that provides the extra support the mitral valve needs to close properly and to keep blood from regurgitating back into the heart.

Tractor Beams: Now a Reality

For decades science fiction fans have been exposed to the theory of the tractor beam, a device that can tug another object through space--sort of like a spaceship's version of a tow cable.  Researchers have now succeeded in creating this device... on a very small scale.

Kindle Gets Booked On Several Counts Of Free Content

As popular as the iPad is for the eBook reader market, there didn't seem to be any slow down in Kindle sales this holiday season. In fact, according to media reports, Amazon was scheduled to ship more than eight million Kindle e-Readers this year - 60 percent up from previous forecasts. And not only are there now more Kindle owners, it is becoming easier to pay for your Kindle with the money you save in receiving free books.

Chinese Container Homes Rent For A Dollar A Day

High housing costs and great demand for living space in China's cities has sparked a boom in so-called “Snail Houses” - modified and insulated metal shipping containers that rent for the equivalent of just a dollar a day.

Social Media Surfaces Travel Recommendations From Friends & Followers

Soliciting travel advice before or during a trip is a common practice amongst business and leisure travelers alike. The recommendation from a friend whose opinion one trusts holds much more weight than soliciting advice from strangers. Today, with the assistance of social networks, two new services have developed services that just made that process a whole lot easier.

Social Media's Person Of The Year Networks In '404 Not Found' Territory

Chinese netizens poke fun at the spectacle of Mark Zuckerberg being greeted in a country that bans his Web site. The government's welcoming banner auspiciously reads: Warm welcome to China - the founder of the website '404 Not found.' For a man lauded recently by Time Magazine and whose life is portrayed in an award-winning movie, what motivated the CEO of Facebook to visit the land of the dragon?

It's Been Leaked Social Media Acronyms Are Being Re-Defined

Our world was full of acronyms even before social media came onto the scene. In business, someone could be SOL because he was in deep water with his boss. Or a member of the military might be AWOL for taking too much time off for R&R and didn't CYA. But today, acronyms of all sorts have popped into our lexicon as the result of smartphones and Twitter -  where it became even more important to find quicker ways to communicate with a limited number of characters for a tweet or text message.