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Google Gets In On All The Tablet Hype With Chrome Concepts

Not to be outdone by all the hype surrounding the iPad, Google released concept images and video of what a tablet PC running Chrome OS might look like.

Census 2010 - Ten Reasons That Count Including Social Networking

The national Census is like a celestial comet - or a hibernating cicada - it can only be seen one time every 10 years. With a roll-out starting in February, 2010,  this year's survey differs from years past - check out what's new - note the misconceptions - but most important it's imperative that each and every one of us be counted.

Find Great Coupons And Discounts In Your Neighborhood On CouponMap.com

Did you ever wonder why you miss out on specials at your local eatery, or miss a buy-one-get-one at the supermarket?  You can fight back against missed deals using this great Google Maps application.

The Convertable Bench Table Sofa Ruché By Inga Sempé

A stark bench becomes a sofa, becomes part chair, part table...  What more versatile a sofa design could you want?  Maybe something not so stark...

Alcatel's Upcoming Android Handset Caught On Video

The handset looks basically like a Palm Pre with Android on it, but the French bloggers seem to have gotten pretty excited about the low cost handset.

Top Five Super Bowl XLIV Commercials - Sneak Peaks

For those of you who are of the camp that "only watch the game for the commercials," this blog is for you!  [Spoiler Alert] ☞ From the raucous antics of GoDaddy.com, to an aging quarterback, to a very cherry Dr Pepper, to the return of a legendary rock band and ending with one controversial 'don't-ask-don't tell' commercial, this year's TOP FIVE can be seen here in advance of the game. They're inventive - they're insane - and they're definitely the caliber of ads the Super Bowl is known for.

Invaluable Resource On Eco-Smart Materials For Designers And Inventors

Whether you are an architect, designer, product developer, or inventor, your newest creations and those to come would do well to be made of ecologically viable materials.  Whether the materials are natural or  synthetic ones that have be recycled, worldwide consumer ethics point towards a market that prefers to purchase eco-smart materials.

Takara Tomy Invents An RC Car That Runs On Soda

Japanese toy makers Takara Tomy has announced a prototype for a remote controlled car that runs on sugary fizz.

'Everybody Hurts' vs 'We Are The World' - Battle Of The Haitian Charity Songs

Two Haitian Charity Songs will be hitting the airwaves at just about the same time. While it's been a proven formula that combining entertainment with fund-raising is one of the quickest ways to raise awareness for a cause, will these two anthems backed up by star-powered choruses work together synergistically or will they compete for the same charitable dollars? And in so doing, does the effort overshadow the cause and shift the spotlight to the artists?

Ibrides Animal Trays Inspired By Romantic Period Portraiture

Europe's kings and queens were never represented so brilliantly nor paid more homage than the stunning animal portrait trays of Ibrides Rachel Convers.  Though totally waterproof and dent-resistant, you might be in for some criticism if you actually allow a drink to be placed on one.

Chinese 'Bandit' Accuses Apple iPad Of Theft

Apple's iPad is barely a few days old, and it's already facing potential litigation. On the heals of China vs Google battling over censorship and Gmail hacking issues, Apple is having its own altercations with the Chinese. This time around, instead of debates with the government, Apple is being held up by bandits, literally.

Sprint, AT&T To Get Compatible Versions Of Google's Nexus One

The highly anticipated Google-branded smartphone has seen very limited success with its launch on T-Mobile, but will launches on AT&T and Sprint make up for the disappointing sales numbers?

Martin by Ibride: A Domesticated Donkey Cabinet Makes A Versatile Design

This is Martin - Secretaire, a domesticated donkey whose photo may not indicate his size.  Though he carries the old fashioned designation of Secretaire - what is usually assumed to be a small writing table in the corner of a living room - Martin is not petite or old fashioned.

Top Five Performances At 2010 Grammys

The 2010 Grammys seemed more like a 3 1/2 hour concert than it did an award show. For those that missed it, or those that just want to see an encore, there were five performances that stood out from the others (20 in total). As an 'invention" news site, InventorSpot  is known for finding the best of the best, and these TV performances were the most 'inventive' I have seen in a long time. Don't be surprised if you don't see the big winners of the night listed (namely Beyoncé and Taylor Swift).

The Fall (and Rise) of Clowns in Advertising: Part 2

How does the concept of the clown fit into modern advertising schemes?  While I'm not sure I have the answer, I do have several examples of how the idea of the clown has shifted over the decades... and where this image may be heading in the advertising realm... and beyond.  But they're still scary to me.