Google & ITA Software Could Be Game Changer For OTAs & Travel Industry At Large

Lots of "buzz" cyberventilating the blogosphere this week about Google potentially acquiring ITA Software. No, not Google Buzz (that's old news) - but a buzz with further-reaching ramifications for the online travel space. ITA is the meta-search software that provides the booking functionality for Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) and even Bing Travel. If and when this happens, Google could virtually shake up and reconfigure the entire travel landscape online for at least the next decade or more. Speaking, Here Comes iPads & Social Networking For Comic Books

Since the introduction of the comic-book format in 1934, followed by graphic novels and Manga, the market for writers, illustrators and fans have grown exponentially within the last decade. While the printed format may at some point follow in the footsteps of the dying legacy newspapers, there are digital solutions emerging. is an option in the social media space, while iPads, on the device end may actually take the place of the printed comic book and graphic novel, in the near future.

Be Homeless At Home - Fake Street Bedding Looks Hard, Feels Soft

Imagine what living on mean city streets must be like with this printed cardboard box duvet cover and faux pavement mattress cover. Don't feel too guilty as you enjoy their soft comfort - a percentage of the purchase price goes to a Dutch foundation for homeless youth.

Is Apple's 'iCops & Robbers' A New iPhone 4G Game App?

Don't be surprised if the Case of the Missing 4G iPhone doesn't become a Game App in the very near future. It has all the components of an interactive mystery game including a large tech company kingpin, the press, a police raid, a 'deep throat' character and a hapless software engineer who doesn't have a shot in hell of ever becoming Apple's employee of the month any time soon.

Water Tank Becomes 'Spaceship' On The Streets Of Madrid: Infomab 2010

.... The Infomab project began as an experiment by the Kawamura Ganjavian Studio to see how the water tank's material - glass fiber reinforced polyester - could be repurposed.  Not a bad outcome!

Contact Lenses Correct Your Vision Overnight: PauneLens

Before I knew that you weren't supposed to sleep in your contact lenses, I did.  And boy, did it feel fantastic to open my moist eyes in the morning and see clearly without having to search for my specs. Now, a Spanish optometrist has patented a contact lense that can correct your vision problems. And he wants you to wear his lenses overnight!


Five Pointed Eraser Keeps Your Work Looking Sharp

The Mirikeshi M700 five-pointed plastic eraser from Kokuyo has five different erasing heads to help you rub out your errors - and nothing else.

Canadians Live Longer In Better Health Than Americans

In 2002 and 2003, the U.S. and Canada participated in a joint survey to compare the impact of health care in both countries.  The findings,about to be published in BioMed Central's journal Population Health Metrics, favor Canadians for health and longevity.

'Conceptual' Looks Like Too Much Fun For Designer Rolf Sachs

For a man who's created perfect designs all his professional life, Rolf Sachs seems to have become bored with beauty and more focused on a conceptual approach, perhaps one where art imitates life and all its imperfections.  That's cool, because he's clearly having so much fun conceptualizing furniture, he has even actualized a Smart ForTwo car, and he exhibited both in Milan.


Hugo Chavez & The Devil Will Fight On Social Networks

The Twittersphere is known for a lot of things  - but using it as a battlefield seems like an oxymoron. Yet, that seems like the case, now that the likes of the socialist President of Venezuela has joined its ranks. Long known for fighting opponents aggressively in the real world, Hugo Chavez is now seeking weapons of virtual destruction.

Pepsi Baobab - Out Of Africa, Onto Japanese Store Shelves!

Pepsi Japan continues to shock and surprise our taste buds with weird special editions, this time bottling the 'refreshing spicy' flavor of the bizarre-looking Baobab tree.

Mount Sinai Medical Makes Important Finding In Alzheimer's Disease Causation

Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine have discovered that the real culprit in Alzheimer's disease is the Amyloid-Beta (Abeta) oligomers in the brain, and not the Amyloid-Beta plaques as many believed.  Though this is not the first finding that supports Abeta oligomers as the cause of Alzheimer's, the Mount Sinai results are hard to dispute because of the methodology used.


The Kug - Kettle & Mug - An Invention We All Can Use

Just yesterday Ben Millett and Alan Harrison, inventors of the Kug, were recipients of the Arthritis Ireland Easy To Use Design Contest for their invention.  As it happens, the pair did design the Kug for persons with arthritis, but in fact, the Kug has a much wider audience.


Redesigning The Work Space: Four Works By Swanique Design

Danish design studio Swanique, has designed a most compact workspace, perfect for part-timers or workers on the run, who just need a place to plug into when they're off the road.  Called Four Works, it also makes a great home office for apartment dwellers, or others who lack the space for a full home office.


Study Reveals Serious Internet Addiction Among College Students

.... After a 24 hour withdrawal from all media, the students described that period using literal terms of addiction, the same terms associated with drug and alcohol addition - withdrawal, frantically craving, very anxious, antsy, miserable, jittery, crazy...  Others said they were lonely, sad, alone, secluded, isolated...