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Japan Tobacco Introduces 'The Peace' Luxury Canned Cigarettes

Smokers seeking a more luxurious and relaxing smoking experience need look no further than “The Peace”, an all-new, top of the line canned cigarette from Japan Tobacco. Sold by a selected number of Japanese retailers at a premium price and packaged in sleek metal cans, The Peace is the ultimate expression of an iconic brand first introduced in 1946.

Sweet Music: Chocolate Scented Headphones for Valentine's Day

Ear candy just got real thanks to 'Sound Like Chocolate', the world's first chocolate-scented stereo headphones. Thoughtful, tasteful and calorie-free, these sweet smelling headphones from Japan's Fu-Bi are the perfect practical Valentine's Day gift for your favorite cocoa nut.

New TAGG™ Keeps Track Of Your Pets When You Can't

I will probably always remember the last night of 2011.  I tried to entice a lost dog to come to me so that I could read her tags and call her owner, but she was fearful and ran away.  I called the animal rescue, but it was closed, of course, and all I could do was hope... I guess, just like the owner.  But if the owner had outfitted the dog with one of the new Tagg™ digital trackers, he would have been alerted that she was not at home anymore...

Wendy's Japan Premium Menu: Fast Food for One Percenters

Where's the beef? Try looking under the foie gras and truffle butter, Jeeves. Wendy's has returned to Japan after a two-year hiatus but former customers might be hard pressed to recognize the burger chain, let alone pay for its high-priced gourmet offerings.

Chinese Online Retailers Furiously Flogging 'Three Wolf Moon' T-shirts

Remember “Three Wolf Moon”, 2009's meme of the year and, as a result, Amazon.com store retailer The Mountain's biggest selling design EVAR? No? It seems China doesn't either, leaving the field of wolf-wear wide open for one enterprising online seller obliviously ensconced (along with their customers) behind China's Great Firewall.

Sony Announces First XQD Memory Cards

Boasting high speeds, improved technology over existing formats, and high capacities, these cards are designed for professionals. Here come the first two models.


Achieving Social Media ROI For The Hospitality Industry

The buzz surrounding social media marketing hasn’t gone unnoticed by the hotel industry and hoteliers are seeking to make inroads by engaging with the leading social networks in new and innovative ways. Choice Hotels however has indicated that "hotels have been slow or very conservative in the adaptation of social media."

Nubot Video Chat Doll Attends Meetings as Your Remote Avatar

Who says you can't be in two places at once? Introducing Nubot, a smartphone faced robotic avatar doll controlled by Skype and webcam that allows you to interact with others remotely.

Avoid Co-Worker Cooties With The Vioguard™ Self-Sanitizing Computer Keyboard

I doubt the word 'cooties' was in Vioguard's application to the FDA  for approval of the very first Self-Sanitizing Keyboard (The UVKB50), but when you consider all of the types of germs that congregate on and between the keys of communal computer keyboards, you'll definitely want to avoid them like the cooties.  Hopefully, your company is willing to wait on line to order the hygienic keyboard....

 


Nokia's 801T Smartphone for China Touts Telescoping TV Antenna

Nokia's new 801T smartphone may be Finnish by nature but it's been nurtured to succeed in China's unique telecom environment. Take the retro-looking, telescoping TV antenna, for instance: it'll bring in television signals without putting owners in debt to their service providers.

McDonald's Japan Big America Burgers are Back “4” 2012!

If you loved McDonald's Japan's quartet of “Big America” burgers last year and the year before, well get out the napkins and the antacid because they're baaaack! This year's fast food final four kicks off with the Grand Canyon Burger, followed by three more hamburger homeland homages filling out the first quarter – not to mention your waistline.

Deep Brain Stimulation Tested On Bipolar Subjects Unresponsive To Other Treatments

Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, is in its early experimental stages; this study, for example, had only 17 subjects. But when you cut into a person's skull and implant electrodes on either side of the brain while people are awake, it's probably not that easy to attract willing subjects. Nevertheless...

 

Dignity: Now That's Something New For Patient Attire

Whether you are instructed to put the strings in the front or the back of the faded, wrinkled, rag of a gown, if there's one thing you won't have once you've donned the thing, it's your dignity....

 

Car Seat Sensors Can ID Drivers by Their Bottoms

Someday we'll be "flying" our cars and computers by the seat of our pants, if a unique new sensor system developed by engineers at Japan's Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology is adopted by car & chair makers. It seems each person leaves a unique impression when they sit down and the resulting digital pressure patterns can be used to identify drivers from the bottom up, so to speak.

Faceless, Dial-less Wristwatch Leaps From Concept to Counter

Chinavasion's “Japanese Style Inspired” LED wristwatches display time digitally without the need for a face, dial, or hands... and they're priced at under $10 per timepiece. The futuristic wristwatch's design apes that of an award-winning, one-off, 2008 concept watch from Japanese designer Hiranao Tsuboi while Chinese engineering shortcuts make it practical for mass consumption.

World's Largest Bus Seats 300, Bends Like Beckham

The 25 meter (82 ft) long Youngman JNP6250G developed by Chinese manufacturer Zhejiang Youngman is the “world's largest” public bus and can carry up to 300 passengers. Don't expect to “bus da move” in luxury, however, as specs for the JNP6250G indicate it has just 40 seats... you do the math.

Pawel Grunert Still Finds Time To Design With A 'Re Purpose'

Just when you thought you'd seen the last soda bottle chandelier, table, or chair... Polish interior designer Pawel Grunert creates the bottle chair to end all bottle chairs: the Eco Chaise Lounge, a magnificent, dynamic sculptured work that's as organic in design as Grunert 's wood and steel masterpieces.

 


USB Foot Warmer Hedgehog Slippers Keep Office Workers' Tootsies Toasty

Offices can be downright chilly in winter, especially for women. Thank goodness Japan's JTT Online Shop is offering these “Hedge Hot USB” powered foot warmers in the shape of cute boy & girl hedgehogs!

Chinese Internet Retailers Now Stocking Kim Jong-Il T-shirts & Hoodies

North Korea's “Dear Leader” may be gone but online retailers at China's Taobao Internet Mall are making sure he's not forgotten by flogging Kim Jong-Il t-shirts and hoodies. Lookin' sharp, comrade!

Nerd Jewelry from Japan Measures Your Level of Geek Chic

Geek chicks looking to flaunt some geek chic should look no further than Mass Item's “Measuring” line of math set women's jewelry from Japanese designer Kyozo Kawabe. The miniaturized and accessorized rulers, triangles and protractors come in a variety of colors and won't leak ink into your pocket protector.