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iPad is Deus Ex Machina in ABC's 'Modern Family'

With all the analogies of Steve Job's to God and Moses (see "Steve Jobs & The Ten Commandments,") it was no surprise to me that the iPad product placement would pop up on TV -  sort of like the Deus Ex Machina device originated by Aristostle in early Greek theater. 

More Twitter Buzz vs Google Buzz?

While Google is the number one global leader in search engines, ironically, new findings show that the keywords 'Google Buzz' are being searched less and less with each passing day - while the search results for the word "Twitter" remains constant. Since Google Buzz was supposed to be Google's answer to social networking and based on its sizable Gmail user base, does this research portend an ominous future, or will Google Buzz Superstar find a means to 'resurrect' itself?

Big Fatty Bacon & Eggs Breakfast Is Healthy Says New Study

You can put bacon, eggs, and sausage back into your diet, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity... as long as you eat them for breakfast. No, really; this is not an April Fool's joke.

 


Ten Things To Think About Before Being Sucked Into iPad Fever

As ubiquitous as Apple is - it's still always wise for buyers to be aware. Like the iPod and iPhone that preceded it - sometimes it's best to wait for the first run's critiques before blindly jumping into the buying frenzy. To that end, here are ten things to know before following 'Pied Piper' Jobs off the proverbial 'first adopter' cliff.

PBS Announces 2010 Trash To Treasure Competition For Kids

It's the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and to celebrate PBS's Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning TV series, Design Squad is launching a nationwide 2010 Trash to Treasure competition for kids 5 to 19.  The launch will begin on April 5, 2010.  2009 was the first year that Design Squad held this competition.


Big Bang Too & 'The God(damn) Particle' Were A Smashing Success!

On Tuesday, March 30  at precisely 1:06 PM in Geneva, Switzerland, scientists revisited our distant past. It only took 16 short years and a paltry $10 billion dollars to recreate the conditions similar to the original Big Bang that occurred some 13.7 billion years ago and is one of the major scientific theories behind the creation of life as we know it.

Wetnoz Studio Scoop n' Serve Dog Bowl: Innovative And Affordable

Wetnoz makes upscale pet products, mostly dinnerware, and mostly for dogs.  Its wares are well made and very stylish, as you would expect from an upscale designer.  Now, styled just like the fancier stainless steel bowls in the Wetnoz Metro Line, Wetnoz has styled the new Scoop n' Serve bowl without the steel liner to make the scoop dish much more affordable.  You'll be glad, because the design is darn cool and convenient.

 

Beta Blockers Cut Risk Of Cancer-Related Deaths

They are "first results," but they are promising. You've seen these words before, but heck, every discovery starts small....

Aqua Creation Adds Apaya Sculptured Wool To Spectacular Lighting Collection

In the Sculptured Wool Apaya Lighting Collection, Ms. Serfaty works with textile artist Irit Dulman to create woven Merino, Mohair, and pure silk lamp coverings.  The entire collection will premier at the Light+Building Fair in Frankfurt, Germany on April 10.  Here we have some pre-show photo releases.

iPhone & Android In Bed Together With Knocking Live Video App

Apps are finally bridging the communication gap between mobile platforms and Knocking Live is the first to pioneer the effort. Developed for both iPhone and Android devices, this app can broadcast live video between both smartphone devices.  So whether you belong to the Apple or Google tribe, technology has found a way to make these competitors play nice.

Take That Old 45 For A Spin In The GGRP Carboard Record Sleeve

The GGRP Group knows and does sound - sound design, music production, voice directing, casting, music, script writing, and audio post production.  And if that's not enough, they've invented a box.  No, no ordinary box... it's a corrugated record sleeve, that doubles as a record player.  After all, you probably don't have one of those any longer... if you ever did.

InventorSpot Ranks 946 In Global Blogosphere

The blogosphere is alive and well and at 133 million (and counting) as last reported by Technorati, it doesn't look like its going to go away any time soon. Blogs, often described as the 'democratization of reported data' allows journalists to contribute to public debates, whether InventorSpot is covering a geeky gadget, a social media phenomenon or an innovative philosophical idea.

Drink A Zima, Kiss A Celebrity!

Remember Zima? You will now... a new campaign by Zima Japan offers fans of the alcoholic drink a chance to kiss the soft silicone lips of a hot female celebrity while sipping a cool Zima.

Fictional Schrute Farms B&B Gets 4 Stars From TripAdvisor

Promoted as the 'lifeblood of agrotourism,' by Dwight Schrute, the eccentric paper salesman played by Rainn Wilson on the award-winning NBC series, "The Office," Trip Advisor gets free publicity for a B&B that doesn't even exist -- to the tune of over 633 reviews (and counting). There's very few hotels in Manhattan that can garner that kind of attention.

Design To Enlighten Or To Drive You Crazy? Nendo's MD.net Clinic

If you aren't crazy when you enter this MD.net Clinic, you will be after you see the carpeting!  Far be it from me to express such a concern about the creation of a world class designer, but if this is the way psychiatry is headed, we crazies should head the other way.

Flash Mobs: From Social Media To 'Tsunami Of Kids'

What started as an innocent by-product of kids meeting on Twitter and Facebook has turned into a social experiment gone terribly wrong. A 'Flash Mob' is when teenagers organize a meet-up via social networks and text friends and followers to show up in large numbers at a specified time and place. Philadelphia alone has experienced four flash mobs since December.

Electric Taxis Get Tokyo Going Greener

Those cute little taxis buzzing around Tokyo's business district are the city's first electric cabs. The ZeROTAXI service run by a privately owned limousine company aims to turn Tokyo green - one fare at a time.

Sarah Palin, the "Annie Oakley" Of Social Media

Supposedly she qualifies to be a Daughter of the American Revolution. She is a gun-toting member of the NRA and likes to shoot Moose when she's not taking pot-shots at Obama and members of his party. But this Soccer Mom needs to reassess how she unholsters her 'gun' analogies when she brazenly tweets and posts gunsights and cross-hair maps on her Facebook and Web site pages.

Murdoch's Newspapers & The Great Paywall Of The Internet

Murdoch is gambling by sending two more of his newspapers to the Great Paywall of the Internet, in his tireless effort to eek out a few extra pounds from his news syndicate. It's a gamble because these two British newspapers will replace Murdoch's TimesOnline.com which in February, according to Comscore experienced a 21 percent decline from last year.

James Cameron Smartly Sees 3D Smartphones' ROI

James Cameron, the award-winning director of Avatar and Titanic is banking on 3D Technology moving from the big screen to smartphones, as smaller screens don't require 3-D glasses. This epiphany was apparently rooted in economics. While Avatar is historically one of the highest-grossing movies with over $2.6 billion at the box office internationally- it also earned the distinction of being one of the most pirated movies of all times.

Virtu Golden Cell Phones Offer Free Calls At A High Price

Virtu, the luxury mobile phones brand owned by Nokia, will celebrate the first anniversary of their flagship store in Tokyo's pricey Ginza district by featuring four exquisite, expensive, one-of-a-kind cell phones.

Augmented Reality For Tablets Goes Where No Man Has Gone Before

While Augmented Reality technology has been a topical point of interest these last couple of weeks at events like SWSWi in Austin and CTIA Wireless 2010 in Las Vegas, there has been very little talk of the suitability of utilizing AR features with the new tablets that will be flooding the market in the next couple of months. Granted, iPad's sin of omission by not including a camera or webcam kind of eliminates them from consideration, but it seems to me that the 10" tablet versus the 3" smartphone screen would provide users with a greater opportunity to view AR overlays, markers, advertising, points of interest and other layers of data that AR is known for.

How Tumors Can Escape Detection By The Immune System

A study at the école Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland has created a very vivid image of how tumors manage to escape our immune system.   They disquise themselves as friendly cells.

Building A Better Mousetrap: Humorous Design From Atypik

Humorous design is in a category of its own.  Designers like Fred & Friends, 5.5 Designers, Suck UK, and Atypik regularly turn out functional designs made of high quality materials at affordable prices, and they express wit and wry social commentary that everyone can share.  When you look through the online catalogs of these designers, you inevitably find perfect gifts for your friends.

Tokyo Pet Store Succeeds With 'Rent To Own' Puppy Policy

A Japanese pet store has introduced a "try 'em, buy 'em" business model that relies on the four-legged inventory to basically sell itself.