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Kindle, Sony, Nook vs Apple, Google, Microsoft - One Trick Ponies vs Multimedia Devices

Now that Microsoft is reportedly going to show off their own slate/tablet computing device, the eReader vs Multimedia device "game" is on! eReaders like Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook and Sony's Readers are fine for 'reading,' but if you want to multi-task, you'll find they come up short every time. Apple's soon-to-be released iSlate/ tablet and Google's reported launch of a netbook, coupled with Microsoft, could initiate a technological shift as to which type of device is going to take center stage.

Top Kindle, Nook & Sony eReaders' Product Comparison Reports

With the heightened popularity of hand-held devices in 2009, eReaders took the number one spot as  the top gift item this past holiday season. And it appears even with the soon-to-be released Apple iSlate and the proposed Google Netbook nothing is going to stop Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook and Sony's Readers from continuing to battle it out for market share.

Be Your Own Sleuth: Reports Exaggerate Antidepressant Study Results

I saw the story's headline this morning on Reuters.com: "Limits to antidepressants' effectiveness," but as I read beyond the headline, I learned that the effects of only two antidepressant medications (the generic versions of Paxil and Tofranil) were studied in the research purportedly demonstrating that all or most antidepressants have little effect on mild to moderately depressed persons.

Cardboard 'Cabinet-Cabin' Creates An Awesome Guest House In A Mountain Cave

I've covered a cardboard cafe and a cardboard office, but this is the first time I've seen the entire interior architecture of a guest house designed in cardboard. And, if that is not novel enough, the guest house is part of a villa that is literally carved into a mountain.

Japanese Air Force Stunt Pilots Put On "Wheel" Great Show

OK, you're the elite Red Club of the JASDF and you want to put on a Blue Angels style air show. Problem is, the radar base you're performing at doesn't have an airfield. What to do?

First Flexible Solar Retinal Implant Designed To Restore Vision For Some

Less than a month ago, at the 2009 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), researchers from Stanford University presented their solution for a retinal implant that has the potential to restore vision in those who lose sight due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinitis pigmentosa (RP), and certain other retinal disorders.

Footprint's Real-Time Web Stats Outdoes Google Analytics

While Google Analytics is ubiquitous for tracking Web site traffic, it lacks in real-time analytics.  Similar to how real-time search escaped Google's grasp until it's recent partnership deals with Twitter and Facebook, the grand-daddy of search engines hasn't yet been able to put its collective brain trust around real-time web stats.

The Smallest Ionizing Air Purifier Made Just For Pets To Wear

If you've been dying to purify the air that surrounds your pet as he navigates your home, yard, and the world at large, then you can relax.  The invention - the Ionizing Air Purifier for Pets - to end all allergic reactions and bad smells that irritate you and your pet is now available for your pet to wear 24/7 on an accompanying harness.

Researchers Develop Killer Cocktail For Cancer Tumors

While we were downing martinis and dog sleds, celebrating the holidays, researchers at University of California (UC) San Diego, MIT, and UC Santa Barbara were creating nano cocktails to be downed by tumor cells.  Your cocktails may have slowed you down a bit, but the nano cocktails were designed to be killers - cancer killers.

Interior Design Trends For 2010: Layered Floors & Wallpapered Ceilings

... Overall the trends are going for more of the same: more mix and match of colors, styles, and textures, a continued interest in the collection of artisan works as opposed to brand name items, and an anything goes attitude when it comes to fitting pieces into your decor. But what interested me most were the posited trends for layered flooring and wallpapered ceilings - ones I think that can make the biggest bang for your buck

Are Mayors & Freebies Enough For Foursquare To Square Off With Twitter & Facebook?

Foursquare, the young-upstart, game-like location-based social network has gained a lot of traction not only for its unique geolocation services, but also from the 'freebies' Mayors can obtain competitively on its API. 2010 is going to be the year of geo-targeting and unless Twitter and Facebook make their move and out maneuver the little guy, Foursquare may dominate the world of location-based commerce.

CGI Tricks Can Put You In Your Favorite Flicks

Always wanted to co-star with your favorite love interest in a TV romance? A Korean film studio is making it happen today for love-lorn Japanese drama fans.

Home Rock Climbing Combines Fitness With Decor

Old & busted: home fitness rooms. New hotness: home rock-climbing walls. Of course, it helps if your home has a 30-foot tall indoor wall, like this expensive looking Japanese house.

Hypno-Tweets To Set SocialTrance Record On Social Networks

To celebrate 'World Hypnotism Day' on January 4, 2010 at 8:30PM GMT, British hypnotist Chris Hughes plans to hypnotize a record number of the Twitterati and Facebookers by simply broadcasting his voice via Twitter and Facebook.

The Iranian Blogosphere Through The Looking Glass

Compared to other countries in the Middle East, the Iranian people have a high level of political maturity and an organized popular movement for democratic socio-political change. So why do Iranians continue to revolt on the blogosphere and the streets of Tehran?

You Are What You Eat On New Year's!

Eating the right meal on New Year's Eve or Day could lead to good fortune. For centuries, people all over the world have noshed on certain foods that are thought to bring them luck on New Year's. Traditions vary per country, but it appears that if one follows the folklore, you can become what you eat on New Year's.

72-Hour Social Media Blitz To Hunt For Susan Powell

The mystery of a missing mom's disappearance on December 6 could have been ripped from a screenplay out of a Law & Order TV episode. Strange disappearance of a 28-year Susan Powell while husband Josh Powell takes toddlers camping in a wintery Utah desert the night she disappeared.

Google's 'Fast Flip' & 'Living Stories' Court King Murdoch

Google and other search engines have been caught in the cross-hairs of Rupert Murdoch's vitriolic attacks regarding content control. In the age of citizen journalism that is slowly melding into semantic technology before our very eyes, Murdoch's posturing is pure theatrics and his business model is outdated. The era of legacy of newspapers is waning and the titan of the tabloids needs to take heed.

The Secret Wars of Google & Apple (and perhaps Kindle?)

Just as soon as secret rumors caught fire that Apple's soon-to-be released "tablet," will now be released under the new name, "iSlate," a fresh wave of rumors have hit the digital airwaves. Apparently,  Google has released RFPs (Request For Proposal) to several hardware companies including two prominent computer manufacturers in Asia to launch their new netbook. While these two titans battle it out for marketshare, will Kindle and other PDA (personal digital assistant) devices just sit on sidelines?

Eight O'Clock Coffee,The 150-Year Old Social Media Machine

If there is one coffee maker that has kept up with the times, it's Eight O'Clock Coffee. I guess like their slogan, "it's always 8 o'clock somewhere!" this coffee company feels that social media is as ubiquitous as a cup of Joe.

Google 2010 Calendar Hangs On Your Wall, Not On Your Screen

A 2010 paper version of the Google Calendar available in Japan displays retro cool, with each month fronted by a unique Japanese version of those commemorative Google logos.

New Information About Synapses May Lead To New Drugs To Aid Memory

"In strengthening a synapse you build a connection, and certain synapses are encoding a memory. Those synapses have to be strengthened so that memory is in place and stays there. Strengthening synapses is a very important part of learning. What we have found appears to be one part of how that happens."  (Kenneth S. Kosik, co-director at UCSB's Neuroscience Research Institute)

Iranian Activist Fights With Top Social Media Tool Of The Decade

A recent Mashable report couldn't have been more on target when it recognized YouTube as the top social media innovation of the decade. That social media tool in the able of hands of  Mohsen Sazegara, an opposition activist is being used as a military resource to rebel against Iranian tyranny that has swept the land since the disputed presidential elections held back in June. Like David versus Goliath, this is a classic tale of choosing the right weaponry.

Kindle Outsells Sarah Palin & Dan Brown On Christmas Day!

The latest generation of Kindle was released in October. In November, Amazon’s Kindle broke sales records as the hottest item on holiday gift lists. My holiday blog titled "Kindle vs Nook & Sony e-Reader For The Holidays!" exceeded over 70,000 page-views. On Christmas day,  Amazon's Kindle hit an unprecedented milestone in the publishing history - it sold more Kindle books than physical books.

McDonalds Japan To Launch 4 'Big America' Burgers In 2010

McDonalds may be a global food force but the burger meister is anything but monolithic, adjusting its products to suit local customers. All well and good, but it remains to be seen if Japanese foodies will chow down on McD's 'Big American Taste'.