Log in   •   Sign up   •   Subscribe  feed icon

NEW IDEAS AND TRENDS (old)

Pepsi Caribbean Gold: A Cooler Summer Kola, Mon!

Pepsi Japan has just released Pepsi Caribbean Gold, the perfect drink (next to rum) to enjoy while watching 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'. Look past the rather ganja-esque name and you'll find a cool & fruity concoction that channels the flavor of exotic White Sapote.

China Balks at Requiring Graphic Health Warning Labels on Cigarette Packs

Cigarette packs bearing graphic health warning labels are an increasingly common sight around the world... though not in mainland China. Now health advocacy groups and even the UN are asking why China continues to huff, puff and hold its breath about applying these visually shocking smoking deterrent labels.

Solar Cookers Save Power in Lhasa, Tibet's 'Solar City'

Cheap and effective solar power is hot, especially in Lhasa, Tibet, where clear air and up to 3,000 hours of sunlight annually conspire to create the perfect environment for homegrown solar cookers and water purifiers.

Robotic Therapy Seal Comforts Japanese Earthquake Survivors

Paro, the therapeutic robot seal designed to soothe anxiety and relieve stress in the fashion of a living therapy dog, has been drafted for a new mission: comforting victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Shared Island between China and Russia to Become Eco-Tourist Zone

The recent agreement between China and Russia officially demarcating their 2,670-mile (4,300 km) long shared border was highlighted by an environmentally-friendly bonus: the disputed island of Heixiazi will now be shared by the two neighboring nations and jointly developed as an eco-tourism travel destination.

Burger King Japan Serves Up Mini Burgers with Spam

And now for something completely different: Spam burgers! Burger King Japan's latest fast food selection slips a sizzling slab of Spam into one of their new BK Bites burger pairs. The horror... actually, the Hormel.

Hello Kitty & Shokotan Cell Phone Charms: A 'Dream Collaboration'?

Japanese otaku idol, singer and comedienne Shoko Nakagawa (Shokotan) is teaming up with icon of cuteness Hello Kitty in a new line of netsuke cell phone charms. Has a “dream collaboration finally become reality,” or is the nightmare of celebrity = commodity about to begin?

3-D Printing - Bringing Digital Fabrication Into Every Home

The coming democratization of the 3-D printer promises to turn every home into a self-manufactured, manufacturing facility, fabricating your food and furniture, your footwear and your fake limbs. There are even plans for a printer that can print itself.

Internet of Things Exceeds The Internet of People [Infographic]

While we were asleep at the switch learning to "plus one" on Google, the Internet of Things (IOT) just exceeded the number of people that reside on the planet. Beyond just smartphones and tablets, that number of "things" that connect to the Internet will only continue to scale as the growing number of connected gizmos, appliances - and even cows - are coded and catalogued to send messages to the Web.

Is Tulalip Microsoft's Seward Folly?

When a god-forsaken parcel of frozen tundra was put up for sale by the Russians back in the mid-1800s, many saw the $7.2 million dollar acquisition as a frivolous venture that would reap no rewards for the U.S. History indicated otherwise. The same might be said about Microsoft and the recently leaked news of its covert social network under development.

Libya Protesters Speak Out & Sign Off... in Chinese

Call it a sign of the times: Anti-Gaddafi Libyan protesters are now flashing banners written in Chinese to get their message directly to China's TV-watchers without the 'benefit' of slanted commentary.

Geothermal Power Gets Hot as Japan's Nuclear Plants are No Longer Cool

Old & busted: Japan's nuclear plants. New hotness: geothermal power plants! Proponents of sustainable, non-polluting geothermal energy see an opportunity to grab their place in the sun as Japan deals with fallout (so to speak) from the nuclear crisis centered on the Fukushima Daiiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Melon Cream Soda Sandwich Drives Kids to Drink

Summer sandwiches don't get much cooler than the Melon Cream Soda Sandwich, one of 4 limited edition 'lunch pack' sandwiches seemingly designed by pre-teen chefs.

Did Google+ Beat Facebook To The First Social Media Water Closet?

You can't get any more social then taking care of bodily functions in public places. Whether it's men lined up at urinals or ladies collectively freshening up their make-up - water closets or restrooms are about as social as you get. Ironically, hanging out together privately in designated places might be the bull-eye that gives Google+ the competitive edge - heretofore dominated by Facebook.

Ball-Jointed Stockings Give Girls the Living Doll Look

You may not be a living dolls but at least now you can look like one. A new type of patterned stocking makes the wearer's knee joints look like ball joints – the type found in some popular Japanese anime figurines.

Design Your Last Appearance: Your Final Act Of Self Expression:

... a London mortuary, Leverton & Sons, has now teamed up with make-up company to the stars, Illamasqua, to give funeral goers a sight they will never forget: the deceased's 'Final Act of Self Expression," directed by the deceased herself.

New Twist For Sex Roles: Men Like To Cuddle, Women Want SEX!

The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, most renowned for Dr. Alfred Kinsey's own reports in the 1940's and 50's of sexual behaviors of the human male and female, has come out with its newest report on sexuality that finds men like to cuddle and women like the real thing - sex!   No, it's not April Fool's Day, but there is definitely something askew here....

Will The Social Media Wars Be Won By The 'Best Steward' Of Your Personal Data?

News of Google+ is cyberventilating on the blogosphere. While still in a beta test mode, more has been written about its impending launch than anything else they have done in the social media space - and to date that includes a number of starts-sputters-and-stops along the way (less we forget Orkut, Buzz, Google Me, Google+1, etc.) Facebook on the other hand continues to expand exponentially approaching the 3/4 billion mark milestone - leaving little room for others to play catch-up.

'Flying Piggy' Picks Up Where Angry Birds Leaves Off

Don't look now, Angry Birds lovers, but the pigs are on the wing in the downloadable new game “Flying Piggy”. Developed on the cheap by Taiwan's Softstar Entertainment for the Apple iPad (and soon, the iPhone), Flying Piggy is bringing home the bacon as the hottest online game for iPad users in 9 nations - and counting.

Justin Timberlake Proves To Be Real VC-Man With Ownership Stake In MySpace

As life imitates art, Justin Timberlake who appeared in the award-winning movie "The Social Network" was also satirized in the graphic novel, "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks." As VC-Man, the novel parodies the actor playing the real-life venture capitalist Sean Parker. Today, it was announced that JT will assume that role in real-life with a joint acquisition deal with Specific Media to buy MySpace from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.