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Tweetie Morphs Into 'Twitter For iPhone' For 3rd Twitter Client Acquisition

So many apps. So little time. With 100 million dollars of funding burning a hole in the Twitter Troika's collective pockets, Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey have been aggressively surveying Twitterville's landscapes for new purchases. It was determined a while back that a company grows by having 3rd party developers do the heavy-lifting.  And then once the product is perfected, companies like Twitter swoop on in for the acquisition. Such is the case with Tweetie.

Hospitalization May Cause Physical And Cognitive Decline

Two separate studies released today suggest that hospitals may not be the place to be if you are sick, especially if you are seriously ill and/or elderly.  And it's not just the the racket hospital staff makes trying to raise the roosters, or the insertion of a new IV catheter in your wrist....

 

Virtual Hugging Vest Lets You Feel Others' Emotions

A wearable robot developed by a husband and wife team in Japan can translate 9 different emotions from text into touch, adding a new dimension to virtual communication and social media interation.

Fog Bank: An Installation's Effects Create An Affective Environment

Fog was the affective environment chosen by California Polytechnical Institute (Cal Poly) architecture students Patrick Delorey and Keith Houchin for their Senior Thesis Design.  Their intriguing and very affective Fog Bank installation explores the many properties of fog as it interacts with light, texture, and movement as effects.

 

Give Your Dog A Seat At The Table With The Pet High Chair

Begging is such an unseemly behavior for a house dog, don't you think?  They sit at your feet, erect, ears alert, panting, just waiting for a sign. And if you happen to inadvertently look slightly to the right, or slightly to the left, depending on where they are sitting, they think you've given them the sign and get all shaky and antsy and whiny, waiting for you to drop the food - into their mouths, on the floor, they don't really care how they get it.  But you promised!

 


Samurai Burgers Satisfy Taste For History

Make lunch, not war? How about both? That's the idea behind these five samurai themed burgers that highlight popular warlords from Japan's historic warring era.

Flinc, Hi-tech Rides For 21st Century Hitch-hikers Via Smartphones

Car Rental services require reservations, sometimes days in advance and often you're required to go to the car versus the car coming to you. Flinc turns that process on its ear with its new service launched on April 8.

'Potatornado' Spiral Peeler Turns Your Veggie Into A Slinky

Food preparation just got twisted, thanks to the awesomely (or awfully) named "Potatornado". This artful automated spiral slicer turns most any veggie into that classic, stair-descending springy toy, the Slinky.

Kindle vs Nook, Target vs Best Buy - eBook Readers Go Retail!

With iPad's recent entry into the eBook Reader market, its' thrown the "old school" eBook Readers into a tail-spin. So much so, that both Kindle and Nook have taken to hawking their wares in department stores. Savvy move? Or, does it diminish the value of the product in the eye of the consumer?

Steve Jobs' iPad Pays Homage To Gutenberg's Printing Press

The printing press made the mass production of printed material possible and revolutionized human communication.  Johann Gutenberg dedicated most of his entire adult life to developing moveable type and the modern printing press (introduced in 1450 A.D.) and died penniless. Steve Jobs, on the other hand will not incur the same fate having created more than $150 billion in shareholder wealth, transforming movies, telecom, music, and now literature. In so doing, he pays homage to the invention that changed our lives forever.

Copper & Iron Linked To Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, And Aging In General

Though copper, iron, and other metals in your blood can be beneficial when you are young, a new study finds they are detrimental to those over 50 years old.  So detrimental, that the study warns persons over 50 to actively reduce sources of copper and iron in their diets and in their environments, because they can lead to Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, and other age-related disorders.

 


Pac-Man iPad Game Released In Japan... Before The iPad!

Apple's iPad hasn't been released internationally yet, but that isn't stopping Bandai from releasing iPad versions of classic arcade games like Pac-Man.

The Earth Awards 2010: Call For Entries

The Earth Awards 2010 is searching for sustainable innovations that will change the way we live in the 21st century.  It is a global competition with internationally renowned judges from architectural, design, environmental, fashion, and philanthropic communities. It's looking for invention, innovation, entrepreneurial, but above all, transformational, ideas that meet six criteria...

 

 

Land Peel: Pop-Up Furniture From A Floor Mat

Shin Yamashita, an industrial design student at Kyoto Institute of Technology, has created one of the most charming portable living areas I've seen.  The fact that it might remind you of a doll's house is not a surprise.  The multi-purpose furniture pop-ups are miniature, and one does have to enjoy low seating because there are no options.

New Desalination Membrane May Reduce Costs For Drinkable Ocean Water

...Southern Californians are told over and over again that desalination is extremely costly and that no one wants to pay for it, but we still wonder how we can sit right on the coast of the largest body in the world and not focus all of our human intelligence on getting usable, affordable water from the sea.

Ten Ways To Turn Your iPad Into A 'Tablet Rasa'

If you've purchased or are about to purchase an iPad, it might be time to start fresh and clean the slate (so of speak). The Greeks use to call it "Tabula Rasa." iPad can now call it "Tablet Rasa." If you're artistically inclined, its time to throw away your sketchbook and/or watercolors - because going forward, the iPad is all you'll need to create art.

Nendo Designs Tokyo's Baby Cafe With Shorty In Mind

From mental health facility to child care cafe, Japanese design house Nendo, headed by the brilliant architect Oki Sato, is setting the pace for consumer-oriented design.  Surprising twists and unexpected turns populate the design of Tokyo's MD.net, and luscious landscapes of miniaturized furniture invite the kind of child's play one only reads about in Alice In Wonderland.

Pork Detection Kits Are As Good As Gold

A Japanese precious metals company has developed a reliable pork detection kit that uses gold nanoparticles to sniff out the slightest hint of pork in raw or cooked foods.

Design Student Takes On Green Packaging Of Coca Cola

A freshman studying industrial design at the College For Creative Studies in Detroit undertook an ecological revamp of Coca Cola bottles and packaging for his mid-term project.  Funny thing happened on the way to handing it in;  Andrew Kim's design fans started blogging it and Kim is getting rave reviews internationally for the design. The Eco Coke Bottle is brilliant!

 


iPad 700,000, CrunchPad 90 - JooJoo Loses Its MoJo!

The Tablet Wars emerged in the last couple of months - in advance of any product being available in the market. On Saturday, April 3, Apple's iPads literally flew off the physical and virtual shelves (at last count 700,000 were sold). Such was not the case for a would-be contender. JooJoo garnered only 90 pre-orders, 15 of which ended up being cancellations. What went wrong? For one - if you don't have brand recognition, you might want to rethink going up against one of most endeared brand names in technology.

Body Heat Can Provide Power To Medical Devices

“You have a disaster,” says Leonov. “Airport closed, port closed. The devices that exist in a modern medical clinic can be miniaturized and fit in a suitcase. The devices can be self powered, without the doctor needing batteries or to plug anything in.”

 


Let's Find Something Less Healthy Than White Bread And Make A Sandwich Out Of It

In 6 days, 13 hours, 3 minutes, and 7 seconds, 5,200 KFC restaurants will release its new heart attack sandwich, the Double Down.  Already, folks are betting their hearts and both kidneys that their organs can survive the new sandwich's bucket of grease.  You would think the Double Down was a new Apple product, the way the fat-crazies are lining up at KFC's fast food doors.  Another 5 minutes has passed.

 

Who (was) On First? Zuckerberg Accused Of Shop-Lifting Facebook

Who says Google is the only Internet player getting sued? Yes, they get most of the notoriety. Of recent date, they've battled a major superpower (i.e. China), Rupert Murdoch, a Google Buzz Class Action suit, privacy issues and various and sundry anti-trust complaints (see "Google vs The World…"). But up till now, no one has accused the Big "G" of stealing their idea. Facebook, on the other hand is another matter.

Sharp Announces 3D / 2D Switchable Touchscreen LCD Screens

3D technology continues its march into all aspects of entertainment technology: first movies, then TV, now smartphones thanks to Sharp's breakthrough 3D / 2D switchable touchscreen LCD screens.

Iris Recognition & Augmented Reality IDs Straight From The 'Minority Report'

Its almost unfathomable to think that sci-fi movies that featured mind-boggling futuristic advances could be within our grasp. But such is the case. For those that remember the 'Minority Report' starring Tom Cruise, you might be surprised to learn that some of the technology featured in that movie is coming soon to an iPhone near you.