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Driverless Buses Ready To Roll On Shanghai's Streets

Be afraid, Ralph Kramdens of the world, be VERY afraid: Shanghai's imminent experiment with driverless, magnetically-guided, electric-powered buses could be the start of a new urban transportation revolution.

Panasonic Emergency Flashlight Runs On Batteries Of Any Size

With the BF-BM10 mix & match battery-powered emergency flashlight, Japan's Panasonic has taken an innovative approach to an all-too-common problem: having exactly the right size and number of batteries on hand to power your flashlight. Got one of these and one of those? Pop 'em in the “Any Battery Light” and let it shine!

Nissan Raises The Curtain On “The Dark Night Rises” Juke Nismo

Nissan's “The Dark Knight Rises” Juke Nismo is one mean matte black beast! Bedecked in bat emblems and boasting a bevy of Bruce Wayne-friendly styling cues, this ultra-theatrical Juke is neither a joke nor a ride for The Joker.

Audi R8 China Edition: A Supercar for China's Super Rich

The 2012 Audi R8 China Edition is a lot of car for a lot of money – almost half a million U.S. dollars buys one of the 80 available. It also highlights the German automaker's latest attempt to establish their brand in the hearts, minds and budgets of China's rapidly expanding wealthy class.

These Looks Aren't Fashionable, But They're Smart

Jaktogo clothing might be some of the ugliest on the market, but if you're looking to skip baggage fees on your next flight, they might just be the smartest fashion mve you've made all year.

BOSS's Drive Shot Canned Coffee Contains 120% Caffeine

Stay awake like a boss with Drive Shot, the new 120% caffeinated canned coffee from Japan's BOSS. Designed for commercial commuters and others who drive for a living, Drive Shot comes in specially ribbed red 200ml cans featuring an old-school caffeine meter... whatever that is.

Chinese Starbucks Coffeehouse Serves Lattes of Luxury

Starbucks' success in China owes much to the global coffee company's strategy of harmonizing their stores and menu with local culture and customs. Take the new Starbucks Coffeehouse in Fuzhou, for example, which channels the ambiance of a classic thousand-year-old Song Dynasty garden.

Japanese Gulag For Social Media Activist Michael Q.Todd Spotlights Deportation Practices

His bio reads, "I aim to connect and promote great people who will make a difference by collaborating than individually. . . and my goals are eradication of poverty and a sustainable economy by 2015." One of his fervent passions and ongoing initiatives is to help save the Taiji dolphins from captivity and slaughter. Doesn't sound like a candidate for Japan's harsh immigration-and-detention system, does it? Yet Michael Q. Todd found himself taken into custody in the Shingu Jail on September 16h for a lapsed visa. 

Handy Portable Bidet Helps You Stay Fresh While On The Go

The Handy Portable Bidet De Toilette model DL-P200 from Panasonic Japan cuts personal hygiene for women and infants down to size. Available in six fashionable colors (three of them pink), the DL-P200 is like a tiny high-tech Japanese toilet you can hold in your hand or hide in your purse.

Alcohol Analyzer for iPhone, iPad or iPod is a Mobile Breathalyzer

Pick up your iPhone and measure your blood alcohol content instantly with the digital, no-batteries-required Alcohol Analyzer for Apple's iPhone, iPad or iPod from Japan's Spec-Computer.

Folding iPad Stand Puts Your Tablet on Hold

iPad owners everywhere are raising their voices about raising their iPads. It may be the latest First World Problem but fear not, Apple Fanboys (and Fangirls), Shanghai Donya's got a first-rate solution: the Folding iPad Stand.

Foursquare's Magnetic Marketing Goes Mad Men With Promoted Updates

It was inevitable the game-like features of Foursquare's 'mayorships,' 'badges' and 'check-ins' would ultimately pave a path to paid advertising. Yes, that unassuming little geolocation-based app that launched three short years ago at South by Southwest and has amassed over 20 million registered users has decided to monetize. Finally slipping into their big boy pants, Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai's company have launched "Promoted Updates," with clients Madison Avenue ad agencies have been known to court over the years.

Diagonally Striped Seat Belt T-Shirts Make Chinese Policemen Cross

T-shirt designs that ape the look of a buckled seat belt have proved popular sellers in China, a place where widespread ignorance of laws requiring seat belt use makes such avoidance the 3rd-leading cause of traffic accident fatalities.

Is The Ubiquitous "Keep Calm" A Meme Or A Moan?

Ever wonder why the World War II British slogan "Keep Calm and Carry On" has surfaced some 70 years later to become today's most ubiquitous meme? Not only has the Internet been cyberventillating variations on the theme  online for over a year now, one can find t-shirts and other memorabilia easily accessible for purchase in the real world.

Pedal-Powered DC Generator Charges Up Any USB Device

BikeCharge Dynamo from Hong Kong-based iBikeConsole has updated the bicycle wheel-mounted DC generator of your childhood. It'll fully charge most brands of mobile phone over the course of a 2- to 3-hour bike ride.

The World's Mucho Grande Tweet Flies The Amistoso Cielo

Yes, tweets are known for their brevity. 140 characters or less is the constraint Twitter imposes on the Twitterati's bon mots. However if you look closely at their terms of service, they've never restricted the actual size of a tweet, nor how far it could be thrust into space. And this summer, Iberia Airlines has used those loopholes to not only issue the world's biggest tweet but also to show to the world, the skies the limit as to how far a tweet can go.

Bumpy Bus Ride? Hold Onto Your Instant Ramen!

A “tasteful” ad campaign by a Korean food manufacturer has Chinese commuters holding onto Nong Shim instant cup ramen whether they're hungry or not.

2012 MINI Cooper China Olympic Special Edition is No Green Bean

The London Olympics are about to roll and so is a new, special edition MINI Cooper! The 2012 MINI Cooper China Olympic Special Edition is, as you may have guessed, exclusive to China and features a unique gold running track graphic on its roof.

China's Spring Airlines Considers Installing Vertical Seats

Can't stand flying? Try flying standing! Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines has shown interest in SkyRider - semi-standing, saddle-style “vertical seats” that will allow the budget carrier to increase capacity by up to 40 percent.

Train Window Smartphone Charger Stand from Genius Cell

Recreate the joys of a relaxing Japanese train trip while charging your iPhone 3GS/4/4S, Galaxy S/S II, or Xperia Arc smartphone! The Train Window Smartphone Charger Stand from Genius Cell offers a choice of three miniature recreations of real Japanese train compartments, with your smartphone's screen doubling as a picture window.