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It's No Bull, New 'Pepsi Energy Cola' Gives You a Buzz

Pepsi Japan just can't kick their habit of rolling out one new cola after another, and this time their seizing the Red Bull by the horns with Pepsi Energy Cola!

Presidential Social Media, Not Stymied By WeinerGate!

Back in February, when Mia Cambronero was stepping down from her post as Social Networks Manager for President Obama, the open position and job description sought job candidates that were "passionate about engaging millions of Americans in advancing President Obama's agenda and changing the country." And going into the 2012 elections, our "social media" head of state is not going to shy away from social media like so many other politicians who fear from the backlash of Representative Weiner's "below the belt" sharing.

China's Facebook Launches Social Credit Card While It Slides On Stock Exchange

A paradox seems a foot when a Chinese social network pilots an innovative global initiative at the same time its stock price is plummeting. As Renren, China's Facebook teams up with China Merchants Bank to create a co-branded credit card with "social features" - in one week's time, the value of its stock fell from US$14 to an all time low of US$6.78 as of closing on June 16.

Medical Identity Thieves Meet New Detective: The Palm Reader

According the the National Survey on Medical Identity Theft, about 1.4 million Americans were victims of medical identity theft in 2009.  Almost half of these victims did not learn of the theft until one or more years after their medical records were taken over and 'blended' with the thief's.  The time it takes to discover medical identity theft is one reason why this crime is on the rise; it's easier to get away with.

 


Pets Age With Dignity And Plenty Of Technology In Japan

Voluntary euthanasia is legal in Japan and surveys have shown that the majority of Japanese people support it, especially in terminal cases.  But the focus and originality of assistive treatments and therapy available for aged cats and dogs in Japan suggest that Japanese pet owners do not readily accept euthanasia for their furry family members.

 


iPhone, iPod and iPad Custom Button Stickers Bling Up the Power

Before you push it, stick it on! Cute & colorful “Touch Me!” home button stickers from Japan help your iPhone, iPod or iPad stand out from the other Apples in the bushel.

Black Market Human Milk Being Bought by the Bag in Beijing

White milk, black market: Chinese mothers, leery of powdered milk due to a series of well-publicized scandals, are increasingly turning to online human milk sources to help feed their babies.

New Research Calls For Pre-Alzheimer's Intervention To Maximize Benefits

Every month more studies are published that demonstrate that if there is to be successful avoidance of, or limitation to, the ravages of Alzheimer's disease, intervention needs to begin as early as possible.  Several suggest that treatments begin before Alzheimer's symptoms appear. One study, published online just yesterday in the Archives of Neurology, shows the benefits of doing such.

 

 

Japanese Army Rolls Out Floating Orb Robot That Shoots Pics – For Now

Remote-control Predator drones operated by the U.S. Air Force may not be old & busted but Japan's army just rolled out some awesome new hotness: a flying robot orb ready for recon or defcon!

EV Roadside Assistance Charger Vehicle Gives You a Boost in the Boondocks

So you want to drive an EV (electric vehicle) but worry about being stranded when the power runs out... it's a valid concern that puts off many potential EV buyers. Now a pilot project from Nissan and the JAF (Japanese Auto Federation) is addressing the issue by testing an EV Roadside Assistance Charger Vehicle.

Retro Brick iPhone Case Recalls Classic Clunky 80s Cellphones

The ThumbsUp! iPhone case takes you and your smartphone back to the Cafe 80s when men were men, greed was good, and mobile phones were big black bricks.

Wooden Bulb Casts Some Spooky Shadows

Laser-cut wood creates some dazzling designs, especially when they're lit.  The Wooden Bulb, created by Barend Hemmes, a South-African born, UK designer, is indeed dazzling.  And when you switch it on, it creates a mood that might be eerie to some, but definitely suspenseful, especially if it's the only light in the room.

Monitor Your Power Usage on your Monitor With Sassor's ELP Lite

Japanese homeowners can keep tabs on their domestic power consumption this summer with the “ELP Lite” Energy Literacy Platform device from Sassor. The compact hardware/software combo sends realtime energy use data to be displayed on a website or a handy iPhone app.

Superman's Cane Is Here In The Form Of 'The Aid'

If Superman were ever permitted to have major surgery or to get old (heavens forbid), he would definitely own The Aid, by Lithuanian designer Egle Ugintaite.  The neatest part about this walking cane is that it looks super futuristic, but it is achievable.  The Aid recently won Fujitsu's grand prize design award for 2011, themed  "A Life With Future Computing," designs for 2020.

Virtual DVD Dinner Dates Satisfy Japan's Lonely, Hungry Geeks

Loneliness and shyness seem to be serious issues for many Japanese guys, but fear not: a series of 3 self-help DVDs is here to save the day. Microwave up a frozen Swanson entree, pull up a ratty sofa and pop in a disc, hungry Otaku, your virtual dinner dream date awaits!