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.

Royal Society Of Chemistry Weighs In On Best Hangover Cure

Is it coffee, Coke, aspirin, or the 'hair of the dog?'  Is it cold pizza, chocolate milk, sauerkraut, or maybe a Bloody Mary?  What cures a hangover best?  The Royal Society of Chemistry has made a pronouncement....

The First Ever 'Royal Engagement' Coin! But Who Is That Couple?

The Royal Mint has revealed its new limited-edition £5 coin with the supposed likeness of Prince William and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton.  You can pay from £10 ($16.30) for a cupro-nickel coin up to and between £1,550 ($2480) for the solid gold coin. Will future value of these coins be affected by the likeness of the images to the Prince and his betrothed? 



Social Media Search Targets Quality Followers Similar To Quality Links

"Garbage in, Garbage Out" is an old saw used in the last century that implied inputting faulty data would only produce a output of flawed results. Google countered this paradigm in the early days when developing one its signals for its search algorithm - namely link building - and those that chose to game the system by amassing large number of links to achieve higher search rankings.

Got Milk? Good. Dairy Products Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Cutting back on dairy products was the medical advice of the last two decades. It was recommended to stave off everything from extra pounds to coronary heart disease. But recently, researchers are finding that maybe it was not such hot advice - not for losing weight, not for heart disease, and now... not for those at risk for diabetes.


A Social Media Retelling Of The First Christmas

What if Mary and Joseph gave birth to their baby Jesus in the Digital Age? How would they have used the social media tools available to a world where one out of every 13 people have a Facebook account, and one tweet or YouTube video can catch the attention of thousands or millions if it goes viral. The Portuguese digital marketing company, Excentric not only explores that possibility but has produced a video titled, "The Digital Story of the Nativity" to explain to the world how they see that story playing out in the year 2010.