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Augmented Reality Could Transform Legacy Newspapers Into Video Media

Remember when after reading something of great interest, you daydreamed about the content as if it was a living scenario, whether it was fiction or the daily news. Now with the assistance of Augmented Reality, the content you read will virtually be able to pop off the page and begin speaking to you.

Burberry Modernizes The Classic Trench With Edgy Studs

Burberry is known for the classic trench coat and designs that have transcended fashion for decades; now, they bring a design that's fitting for the new decade that we've entered with an edgy twist on a classic.


5 Percent Of Boomers Are Still Getting High - At Least Once A Year

The substance abuse division (SAMHSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) learned some interesting information about how boomers get high these days.  The department is fixing to get more funding, I guess, because it reports that in our (even) later years, we're going to need added substance abuse treatment services.  Us?

Google Toilet Paper Rolls Out Real-Time Wipes

This week Google bought a power plant and manufactured their first smartphone, the Nexus One. Granted, Google is ubiquitous, but who would of thought that Google would eventually find its way into our bathrooms.

Google vs Apple Smackdown - Fighting Out Of Their Element, The Gloves Are Off

In a recent blog, titled "The Secret Wars of Google & Apple..." there was inference that both Google and Apple were being secretive about their soon-to-be launched tablet and netbook this Spring. The term 'war' was used loosely to highlight how the two companies fight hard to keep their products under wraps before releasing any news to the public. As reticent as they both are in that regard, Apple and Google can be most cantankerous when pitted against each other. Watch as the Titans of Technology take each other on in uncharted waters.

Nissan's Smiling Car Concept Turns Road Rage to Highway Happiness

If Nissan's animatronic smiling grill makes it onto future production vehicles, road rage could become a thing of the past. Highway happiness, here we come!

MyFord Technology Allows Social Networking To Really Go Mobile

Fords That Facebook, Tauruses That Tweet, SUVs That Search The Internet!  Social Network going mobile just took on a whole new meaning. When you think of social networking going mobile, you think of location-based and geolocation apps developed for smartphones.

Google Could Become Obama's Next Secretary Of Energy

When you can't get things done the way you'd like them done - Diversify, Diversify, Diversify! Google staying true to itself...that is, doing whatever it bloody well likes - has applied for approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to be allowed to buy and sell power much like utilities do.

Is "Mashable" Cashable?

His name is Cashmore, but is his company cashable? Might Mashable, the number one Social Media Blog in the world entertain an offer from AOL? Already having acquiring Endgadget but having lost its high-techie appeal over the years, AOL needs something like Mashable to distinguish itself in the social media space - a territory that has up till now eluded them.

NoPoPo Eco Flashlight Lights Up On Liquids

Move over, Energizer Bunny - the NoPoPo Eco Flashlight shines light when needed, even if it's needed a decade down the road. The flashlight's hydro-electric battery runs on most any liquid... yes, ANY liquid.

2010 CES Introduces 3-D TV, Microsoft Tablet, Rejects GPS & MP3s

The big news at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas (January 7-10) was 3-D TVs. While Steve Ballmer's introduction of his new Microsoft Tablet is expected to compete head-on with Apple's launch of their new iSlate/Tablet in March, it appears that the influence of the movie Avatar's 3-D technology is stretching from the large screen to the small screen.

Air Shield Coffee Cup Sleeve: The Impetus For A New Design Craze?

The Air Shield Coffee Cup Sleeve, a design by Frank Xing, kicks take-out coffee up a couple of notches.  Not only is the coffee sleeve pretty and 3-dimensional, but its petals actually breathe.

24 Karat Gold Pencils Make Great Gifts, Prove Your Precious Mettle

Pencils plated with 24K gold by Korean designer Daisung Kim not only make impressive gifts, they show the recipient you've got the write stuff!

Top Kindle, Nook & Sony eReaders' Product Comparison Reports

With the heightened popularity of hand-held devices in 2009, eReaders took the number one spot as  the top gift item this past holiday season. And it appears even with the soon-to-be released Apple iSlate and the proposed Google Netbook nothing is going to stop Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook and Sony's Readers from continuing to battle it out for market share.

Be Your Own Sleuth: Reports Exaggerate Antidepressant Study Results

I saw the story's headline this morning on Reuters.com: "Limits to antidepressants' effectiveness," but as I read beyond the headline, I learned that the effects of only two antidepressant medications (the generic versions of Paxil and Tofranil) were studied in the research purportedly demonstrating that all or most antidepressants have little effect on mild to moderately depressed persons.