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DDoS And Our Ferris Bueller Day Off!

A cyber-attack, a lone blogger and a little known country in Russia were responsible for our Ferris Bueller day off from Twitter this week. People had to resort to the antiquated twentieth century source for the news, the newspaper! And the lives of the Twitterati were put on hiatus for hours on end! On August 5,  'DDoS', 'Cyxymu' and 'South Ossetia' meant nothing to the average Twitter user. Today, we know a little more about blocking social networks and political friction back in the USSR!

iPhones In Japan Get Wireless TV With USB SEG Clip

Japanese iPhone owners who enjoy watching digital TV on their iPhones have been looking at blank screens since Apple Japan's TV tuner app sold out.  Now a new USB stick from I-O Data is allowing viewers to see shows on their iPhones in crisp, clear 1Seg.

Holey Eco-Invention Saves 20 Percent Of Your Ink: Ecofont®

Finding a way to beat those ink thirsty printers, the Dutch creative communications company, Spranq, should receive an award of some kind.  Instead, it's giving one to you....

World Premiere Of Twitter,The Movie Coming Soon!

With Kevin Spacey's "Social Network" movie about Facebook scheduled to start production later this year, was it any wonder that "Twitter, the Movie" could be far behind? The microblogging site that scaled from a podcasting company in the South Park suburbs of San Francisco to changing the world in a 140 characters or less will grace the small and large screens in March of 2010 as a documentary, aptly titled "Twittamentary."

Gecko Grip Findings Will Advance Military, Space Applications

Despite popular belief, not all geckos are employed by Geico® to star in television commercials.  Some of them are walking on glass in science labs while researchers try to figure out just what factors keep them from slipping off!  Scientists at the University of Calgary and Clemson University have made that discovery!

MP3 Pig Speakers Are Bacon For Your Ears

"Speaker-pig, speaker-pig, does whatever a..." Well, you get it. At least, you CAN get it - "it" being this swanky swine sound blaster - for all your MP3 music listening needs.

A Primer For The Newest Health Food Craze: Raw Chocolate!

So you've been eating 73 percent dark cocoa bars every day thinking that their antioxidant power will add 10 years to your life.  Well stop.  Because the latest health craze is raw chocolate not dark, processed chocolate.  In fact raw chocolate, aka raw cacao, contains five times more antioxidants than the Acai berry!

Just Who Is My Lovable Mutt? The Canine Genealogy Test

We love our dogs, pure-bred or otherwise.  But there are good reasons to learn about our dogs' ancestry, even if we can't be formally introduced to the parents.

Twihotels, The Twitter Hotel-Finder Launches

The difficult thing about traveling is finding the right hotel in the right city at the right price! But equally important is securing a hotel you can trust - one that has been recommended by others.

Inventor's Marketing Tool Helps Put Your Inventions On Shelves

Ottawa inventor Geoffry Maseruka has created a unique way to help other inventors improve their marketing by actually getting their new inventions on store shelves!

A Kinder, Gentler Mammogram? GE's Mammo NEXT

One of the last things a woman looks forward to is getting a mammogram.  First, there's the stress of wondering what the xrays will show and the Big C is, of course, what we are worried about.  And then, there's the utter (sic) humiliation and pain involved in the process of taking those radio-active pictures!

Contact Lenses Improve Quality Of Life For Animals... Really!

The mother and baby sea lions are performers at Sea World in San Diego.  Mama sea lion was becoming disoriented from blurred vision caused by cataracts, until she was fitted with intraocular contact lenses that enable her to perform again, and to see and be a role model for her newborn.

Click Happens! Young Inventors Wanted For LEGO® Click Awards 2009

Lot's of stuff can "click."  Friends click with each other, teachers can click with their students, and if there's one ingredient missing in the soup and then it's found by the chef, it's a click!  An "aha!" moment, some call it, when everything seems to fit perfectly.  LEGO® is a company that knows about clicks, in more ways than one, and they are looking for young inventors who have had their own clicks.

Pimp Your Brolly With The Burera Coiling Umbrella Handle

The Burera Coiling Umbrella Handle frees up your hands when inclement weather strikes. Students, shoppers, busy mothers and anyone fumbling for their house or car keys will appreciate this ingenious add-on that grips your shoulder like an angry anaconda in heat.

Mad Men Use Social Media To Promote Old Media

Remember the days of 'push marketing', when the Mad Men of Madison Avenue monopolized what messages were beamed out to the public. Feeding us manageable morsels of propaganda about the brands they represented, they controlled a lot of what we ate, drank, and yes... even what we thought.

At Last, A Matching Snuggie™ For Dogs!

Though I think my dog would die of heat stroke in the Snuggie For Dogs, I feel it my duty to report on its entry into the arena of dog wear.  After all, you might have a hairless dog.

10 Positively Inspiring Product Designs Win 2009 IDEA Awards

Emphasizing sustainability, functionality, aesthetics, and designs for underprivileged populations, all of the 2009 IDEA winners were deserving of their recognition. Here are 10 IDEA Gold Award winning product designs I think will inspire future product designers and manufacturers.

Sweat Proof Fabrics Biomimic Reponse Of Pine Cone To Humidity

Embarrassing underarm sweat stains on your clothing may soon be a thing of the past. And your comfort moving from arid to humid microclimates, as one does often in urban areas, may improve dramatically... and all with fabrics that biomimic the response of the pine cone to humidity.  Read why the pine cone may be the biomimetic hero of the next generation of fabrics.

Wall Street Journal Gunning For LinkedIn?

As legacy newspapers continue to seek out new ways to survive beyond their antiquated twentieth century business model, the Wall Street Journal has strapped on some big guns in an attempt to build a name in the Wild West terrain of Web 2.0. Leaked rumors indicate its jonesing for a mano-a-mano duel with LinkedIn in an attempt to attract some of that business network's 15 million monthly netizens.

Barnes & Noble Goes Mobile With Free eReader And Free WiFi!

Barnes & Noble just became my best friend.  With the addition of cafés serving yummy chocolate treats and Starbucks coffee, it was on its way; but going WiFi, all network WiFi... there's just no competition.  And then there's the new free e-gadget.....