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Chinese Therapeutic “Fire Treatment” Improves Looks, Shocks Onlookers

A Chinese cosmetic and weight loss procedure known as Huo liáo (fire treatment) is attracting notice not for its supposed therapeutic benefits, but for the shocking appearance of those undergoing it.

Branding: The Shield That Your Product Needs

If you want to increase your exposure and protect your product, branding is a key component in your marketing strategy. Things like consistency in the quantity and quality of products that are produced, producer name, company logo and byline bring a certain level of uniqueness that can distinguish your business from rival competitors. When engaging in both marketing and advertising, it is prudent to have all these qualities in place to maintain credibility to both clients and potential clients.

Giant And Tiny 3D Printing

Two news stories today talk about 3D printers from different sides of the scale. First we have the Gigabot, a large 3D printer for larger prints, and then the Nanoscale, a tiny printer able to create very small 3D models.

Google Shows Talking Shoe

Google is showing off their latest experiment at SXSW, the Talking Shoe. It uses funny sentences to try and get you moving to keep you active and exercising. While this is not a real product, it is an example of what can be done with modern technology.

Why Do Social Networks 'Acqhire' vs Acquire Only To Super-Size?

Commericial acquisitions and mergers were a 20th Century phenomenon that allowed companies to grow and prosper. In the first and second decades of the 21st Century, those types of business practices may be antiquated. "Acqhire," is a neologism recently added to our lexicon to indicate when a social networking company is acquiring a start-up company mainly for its talent versus its infrastructure.

MakerBot Announces 3D Scanner

MakerBot announced the MakerBot Digitizer, the first mass market 3D scanner which can scan real life objects, turning them into digital models in order to be printed again. The company was showing off their prototypes at the SXSW conference.

Facebook Announces Redesigned News Feed

Facebook's new news feed will provide a brand new design that is unified between desktop and mobile, provide more options for users, and bring better content to the top. The company hopes that these changes will make the social network more relevant in the coming years.

Hotels Get 'Scroogled' & 'Facebucked' With Google & Facebook Search

Getting "Scroogled" was entered into our lexicon as the result of recent TV commercial campaign launched by Microsoft. To get "Facebucked" was a term associated with the graphic novel satire, "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks" published in 2010. Both are aptly associated with advertising strategies used by Google and Facebook as they apply to the hotel industry.

Will The Next Pontiff Be A Social Media Pope?

It's been said that the selection process for deciding the next Pope is cloaked in smoke and mirrors - before the actual white smoke rises. Like a literal interpretation of a Greek Tragedy's 'Deus ex Machina' - a seemingly difficult challenge is overcome by the intervention of God - where divine inspiration finally saves the day. Which poses an interesting question, might the All Mighty think the time is right fora more aggressive Social Media Pope?

Microsoft Reveals Big Themes For 2013

As part of the company's TechForum event in Seattle this week, Microsoft reveals that three big technologies and innovations will shape the world of technology in the coming year. First, the arrival of big data along with the affordability of cloud processing power, then learning systems, and finally more human interfaces will allow all of this power to be used by more people.