Fifobooks, Smashwords & Lulu Authors Publish eBooks On Kindle & iPads In Minutes

Do-it-yourself (DIY) eBook publishing is the latest online technology that's slowly becoming the new standard for many new authors and publishers, due to its economic efficiencies. Uploading a book to an eBook publishing platform saves the publisher and editors time and money by not incurring assembly and distribution costs and shifting most of the heavy lifting over to the author.

Four Fireplaces: Functional, Shmunctional...They're Hot In Design

Fireplaces are no longer about burning wood or even keeping warm.  They're not just about winter.  They are about bringing a lively natural element into our interiors, for its beauty and its contemplative features.   And, by using ethanol as fuel, designers have an unlimited range of applications.  Here are three of the latest design 'places for fire.'



I Did It 'MyCityWay," One-Stop-Shop Location-Based Social Portal For Cities

Perhaps the founders of the new location-based mobile portal should add theme music to their new application or maybe they were inspired by Sinatra's song classics, "My Way," and "New York, New York."  Because this new travel "super" API is certainly becoming an overnight hit by the location-based crowd. MyCityWay is sort of like a destination-navigator aggregator for cities worldwide and NYC is just one of 40 locations in their sights.

Cozy Up To Your Lighting With Diana Lin's D°light Lamps

Ever want to cozy up to your lamp? I'm not really that strange, because I think you will want to cozy up to the  d°light lamps by Diana Lin Design.  They're huggable.  They're squeezable. And you can place (or throw) them anywhere like pillows throughout your decor. Who said you can't have some fun with lighting design?


6rounds at Google I/O Allows Webchat Developers To Develop APIs In 15 Minutes

As an invited guest presenter at Google I/O this week in San Francisco, 6rounds, the Tel Aviv flash-based social entertainment platform is distinguished as the only Webchat service that is featured as a Google Wave extension. As one out of only six apps to be spotlighted this year, 6rounds is concurrently launching its Developers API at the conference.

Google I/O Rounds Up '6rounds' For Google Wave Spotlight

Google I/O opens Wednesday, May 19, 9AM PT/12 ET. Last year, Google took the tech world by storm in introducing Google Wave with video presentations that were overwhelming as they were lengthy (one weighing in at 80 minutes).

My Pet Speaker: Nirvana To Their Ears

A musician with a love for animals has created My Pet Speaker, a special speaker that removes sounds that are irritating to dogs, cats, and horses, leaving in the sounds that soothe them.  My Pet Speaker is the first sound system ever created that's attuned to the hearing sensitivities of our pets. After listening to our music blasting all around them, the sounds that come from the Pet Speaker will seem like pet Nirvana.

New Smokeless Cigarettes Give Lawmakers Nicotine Fits

Where there's smoke, there's fire... NOT! A new smokeless cigarette called 'Zero Style Mint' seeks to go where no traditional cigarette can go - public places where smoking has been banned.

Portable Wheel Chair Lifter Wins 2010 Best New Product In Rehab Expo

Every year in Britain an organization of businesses and healthcare professionals focused on rehabilitation products, called Naidex, has an expo of new products and services for persons with disabilities.  The winner of the 2010 Naidex New Product of the Year Award was an elegant portable solution for lifting a wheelchair into the trunk of a car.  It's called the BackSaver.

Study On Newborn Learning May Lead To Early Identification Of Autism

A new study led by researchers at the University of Florida (UF) discovered that newborns learn even while they sleep, a finding that may lead to an early identification method for detecting autism, dyslexia, and other developmental disorders.

Why Design Now? Social Transformation In Medellìn, Colombia

We don't generally think about the sociological impact of design.  But in the poorest areas of Medellìn, Colombia, design is changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of its inhabitants with a strong message of education, jobs, and inclusion in the culture of a city with a very proud history. 

Holy OnStar, Batman, Chevy Volt Is Most Connected Vehicle At Google I/O

When the Google I/O Conference gets underway this weak in San Francisco, developers and the public will learn how OnStar is leveraging the power of Google's AndroidTM platform to make the Chevy Volt one of the most connected vehicles on the market today. The plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt is expected to be launched later this year and is seen as a key component to GM's recovery plan.

Embarrassing Posts On Social Networks Relate To Size & Age

Does size real matter? Can you be too young to post? Well, according to the electronics review site Retrevo, their research study indicates this is the case. Sometimes even a monkey would be embarrassed at what the youth of today are tweeting and posting on their small-screen mobile devices.

Swedes 4G’ing Ahead With New And Improved Wi-Fi

On May 13th, 2010, a small Swedish tech company by the name of Anyfi decided to go and mess up the status quo in the world of Wi-Fi Internet technology by announcing a new form of Wi-Fi that will apparently provide 4G service to home and mobile customers alike.

Kindle Stars On Android After Successful Guest Appearances On iPhone, iPad & Blackberry

Coming this summer to an Android phone near you, Kindle struck a deal with Google after successfully lining up partnership arrangements with Apple and Blackberry RIM products. Just when you think this eBook Reader might become an afterthought as a result of the onslaught of tablet devices, it continues to show its moxy by  adapting to the evolving digital landscape.