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Eight O'Clock Coffee,The 150-Year Old Social Media Machine

If there is one coffee maker that has kept up with the times, it's Eight O'Clock Coffee. I guess like their slogan, "it's always 8 o'clock somewhere!" this coffee company feels that social media is as ubiquitous as a cup of Joe.

3-D Glasses From "It Came From Out Of Space" To "Avatar"

With the recent release of "Avatar," the world of 3-D viewing has once again become part of our zeitgeist. Unknown to many, 3-D films have had a long history dating as far back as the 1890s. However due to costly hardware, the technical processes and a lack of standardized formatting, the popularity of 3-D films that emerged in the 1950s waned over the years. That is... until today.

Google 2010 Calendar Hangs On Your Wall, Not On Your Screen

A 2010 paper version of the Google Calendar available in Japan displays retro cool, with each month fronted by a unique Japanese version of those commemorative Google logos.

Iranian Activist Fights With Top Social Media Tool Of The Decade

A recent Mashable report couldn't have been more on target when it recognized YouTube as the top social media innovation of the decade. That social media tool in the able of hands of  Mohsen Sazegara, an opposition activist is being used as a military resource to rebel against Iranian tyranny that has swept the land since the disputed presidential elections held back in June. Like David versus Goliath, this is a classic tale of choosing the right weaponry.

Kindle Outsells Sarah Palin & Dan Brown On Christmas Day!

The latest generation of Kindle was released in October. In November, Amazon’s Kindle broke sales records as the hottest item on holiday gift lists. My holiday blog titled "Kindle vs Nook & Sony e-Reader For The Holidays!" exceeded over 70,000 page-views. On Christmas day,  Amazon's Kindle hit an unprecedented milestone in the publishing history - it sold more Kindle books than physical books.

Trading In 2009's FML For 2010's LML

The acronym FML became a pervasive meme to mark the year 2009. Some of us might have escaped its grasp, but apparently a good number of folks used it as a crutch to describe their overt preoccupation with how much life sucks!

Chocolate Sparkling Soda Makes Valentine's Day Go Down Easy

Chocolate Sparkling soda from Suntory offers Japan's lovelorn ladies a liquid alternative to boxed chocolates when choosing a Valentine's Day gift.

Twitter's 50,000+ Will Be "Location" Game Changer In 2010

2010 is going to be the year of the location-based services. While Location-based social networks made inroads in 2009, nothing will compare to the anticipated growth this coming year. In the last twelve months, we have seen the rise of  several location based start-ups, Foursquare, Gowalla and Brightkite are a just a few of the exciting apps out there. Yet, until now, the bigger players have held back.

McDonalds Japan To Launch 4 'Big America' Burgers In 2010

McDonalds may be a global food force but the burger meister is anything but monolithic, adjusting its products to suit local customers. All well and good, but it remains to be seen if Japanese foodies will chow down on McD's 'Big American Taste'.

Festivus,The Holiday For The Rest Of Us!

In addition to Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, there are other celebrations that are honored during the holiday season.The Winter Solstice occurs on December 21 each year in the Northern Hemisphere. But what about that other holiday gaining in popularity called "Festivus."

Smart Kids To Launch Social Network for 6-12 Year Olds

Soon kids ages 6-12 will have their own social network according to Smart Kids Group Inc., a global provider of children's digital education and entertainment. A site called, "Live At The Hive" will launch with specialized content within a safe community that can be supervised by parents.

Male Maids Serve It Up At Japan's First Cross-Dressing Maid Cafe

At Hibari-kei, your maid just might be a master - actually they ALL are, since this unique floating Maid Cafe is the first in Japan to feature cross-dressing male maid servers.

The $1000 Apple Tablet Remains A Secret Until The Big Reveal

There is so much buzz about Apple's new "tablet" launch in the Spring that you have to wonder what it will look like. True to Steve Jobs' 'trademark" of keeping his products a mystery until they officially launch, only a select group of designers and executives at Apple know exactly what design was selected for the device.

Brightkite's Augmented Reality Adds New Dimension To Your Holiday Shopping!

A new wrinkle in Holiday Shopping. One the hottest location-based social networks on the market today just added Augmented Reality to one's holiday shopping experience. Just point your smartphone's camera toward any shopping area and view more than you bargained for.

Squid Skin Liquor Bottles Are Recyclable And Edible

Drink like a fish? You'll love these traditional Japanese liquor bottles made from entire sun-dried squids. Enjoy the drink with none of the ink!