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Leaping The Great Firewall In China Greater Hurdle Due To Arab Awakening

As unrest in the Middle East gains traction with sympathizers globally, China tightens its current Internet controls. It appears the government's infamous "Great Firewall" has ramped up its interference capabilities on Gmail, virtual private networks (VPNs) and social networks, where disruptions in service some say is "a new kind of attack by Chinese censors."

Social Media Platform For Hotels Offers Web Site Visitors Incentives

Based on the premise that travelers can become a brand's strongest advocates, Flip.to, the social media service for hotels, airlines and restaurants launched its 'confirmation' component to beta customers this past year. Over 50 hotels on five continents have integrated with Flip.to to allow guests who book online to receive incentives for communicating with their followers on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. This month, the social media platform expands to include incentives for Web site visitors as well.

China Goes Green on Tomb-Sweeping Day

Got money to burn and deceased ancestors to honor? So do many millions of Chinese – and that's the problem. The 2,500-year-old tradition of burning fake money on Tomb-Sweeping Day is meant to boost the fortunes of the deceased but with a population of well over a billion, it's the living who are paying the price.

That's Heavy - Mapping Gravity On An Imperfect Sphere

The European Space Agency has mapped the Earth's changing gravity better than ever before.

A Better Way of Bike Travel: BIKND Helium Suitcase

Enjoy the ride and protect your bike with an air-cushioned travel bag.

Finally: Fisker Karma Is Go

After several years of delays, production on the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid is finally underway. The very first Karmas began rolling off assembly lines in Finland earlier this month.

Range Rover Hits The Road On Bike

A bike luxurious enough to bear the Range Rover name.

Another Motorized Skateboard: The Fiik

A 22-mph, 800-Watt motorized skateboard that rides anywhere you want to go.

Franken-car: Performance Pickup Car From BMW

This is what it's like when worlds collide. Kinda' yuppie, kinda blue collar, it's a BMW pickup car. And, yeah, it's that awesome.

Ping-Pong Paddle Hotel to Highlight Planned Chinese Sports Complex

Fancy some ping-pong with your Hong Kong? A unique hotel designed to look like a ping-pong paddle has been 'tabled' to highlight a sports-oriented Olympic park planned for the city of Huainan in eastern China.

Jeans That You Can Sport For Sports

Jeans that are comfortable enough to wear for any of your adventures, or functional sport pants that are stylish enough to wear out to dinner--either way, you win.

Clouded Thinking? - Qatar's World Cup Soccer Stadia To Have Artificial Clouds

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at Qatar University have worked out how to keep their stadia cool for the World Cup: build a cloud.

Tokyo Hotel Delays Closing, Opens Doors to Earthquake Refugees

Tokyo's Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka, once a symbol of Japan's robust 'bubble economy', was scheduled to close at the end of March. Touched by the plight of people who barely survived the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, however, the owners of the sumptuous 700-room hotel have offered to extend the closing date in order to house approximately 1,600 disaster evacuees.

GM Adds Wireless Charging To The Volt

GM's new, wireless-charging partnership won't affect the Volt's battery pack, but it will make the drive more convenient.

Unicycling Made Easy And Efficient: The Self-Balancing Solowheel

A unicycle that balances itself and gets you around town.

Nissan, Toyota Restarting Limited Production On Hybrids And Electrics

Indicating a possible turn-around for the Japanese auto industry and global auto market, Nissan and Toyota have announced plans for restarting production of certain models.

Dine Ink Cutlery: The Perfect Gift For The Workaholic

Do you regularly chew on the end of your pen?  Instead of trying to break the habit why not just go with it?  Dine Ink Pen Cap Cutlery from Fred and Friends is a set of eating utensils that attach to the ends of ordinary pens.

Daily Inspiration: Sit-Skier Does First Descent Of Jackson Hole's Corbet's Couloir

Adaptive skier Chris Devlin-Young recently went where many skiers have failed to go: into the iconic Corbet's Couloir at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Call It A Comeback: Volkswagen Microbus Is On Its Way Back

The hippie/surf icon is on its way back. At the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, Volkswagen debuted a new Microbus concept that it calls the Bulli. Company executives have indicated plans of bringing the bus to production.

Auto Prices May Soar Due To Post-Earthquake Turmoil

Car prices are expected to experience an increase due to an automotive industry hobbled by the natural disasters in Japan.