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Cell Phone Shaver Trims Your Beard, Cuts Off Your Calls

It's a cell phone! It's a shaver! It's... a cell phone shaver? Indeed it is, and it's great news for busy guys who wished their old RAZR phone was exactly that.

Sleep Apnea Takes Another Victim: The Liver

The casualties of sleep apnea are many: high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, various psychological disorders... not to mention injuries from accidents due to lack of sleep. Now, researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland have established a link between sleep apnea and liver disease.

Male Maids Serve It Up At Japan's First Cross-Dressing Maid Cafe

At Hibari-kei, your maid just might be a master - actually they ALL are, since this unique floating Maid Cafe is the first in Japan to feature cross-dressing male maid servers.

The $1000 Apple Tablet Remains A Secret Until The Big Reveal

There is so much buzz about Apple's new "tablet" launch in the Spring that you have to wonder what it will look like. True to Steve Jobs' 'trademark" of keeping his products a mystery until they officially launch, only a select group of designers and executives at Apple know exactly what design was selected for the device.

What A Turn-On! The Automatic Applause Machine

British designer Martin Smith has come up with the cleverest robot I've seen this year: an automatic Applause Machine!  It's not all decked out like a human, either.  Who needs a human?  All you need is a button and a pair of hands.  See how it works....

Teens Develop 60-Second Cure For Noise-Induced Tinnitus

If you hang out in dance clubs, play in a band, listen to music blasting from your car stereo or your audio headphones, or use noisy machinery, you'll be glad to know that there is relief available for the after-effects of those experiences.  The "cure" for temporary tinnitus, the bothersome ringing or buzzing in your ears, was developed by two Irish physics students, who probably have experienced some tinnitus of their own.

Brightkite's Augmented Reality Adds New Dimension To Your Holiday Shopping!

A new wrinkle in Holiday Shopping. One the hottest location-based social networks on the market today just added Augmented Reality to one's holiday shopping experience. Just point your smartphone's camera toward any shopping area and view more than you bargained for.

Will Google Purchase Yelp To Create Its Own Foursquare?

Rumors are running rampant that Google is closing in on a potential acquisition of Yelp. Why would the Search Engine Giant consider such a move? Might a small savvy start-up like Foursquare be in its cross-hairs?

Milestone Achieved In Cancer Research: DNA Mutations In Lung And Skin Cancers Mapped

Scientists at Great Britain's Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute made a major breakthrough in cancer discovery, having identified all of the genetic mutations that contribute to lung cancer and melanoma, two of the most lethal cancers.  We're not talking about 20 or so mutations...  The genetic map for lung cancer contains more than 23,000 mutations; malignant melanoma involves more than 33,000 mutations.

Top Ten Companies Harnessing "The Wisdom Of The Clouds"

Companies and research firms may eventually transition most of their high-level computing tasks to a global network of servers known as "clouds." This top ten list notes the pioneers who are positioned to dominate that field.

Social Media Makes "Mr.Splashypants" Internet Famous!

In a very humorous rapid-fire delivery on YouTube, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the popular social voting news Web site Reddit tells a story how one humpback whale became Internet famous. See how "Greenpeace," became the Captain Ahab in pursuit of a new name for Moby Dick on the Social Media High Seas!

Big Eaters Don't Just Get Fat; They May Get Alzheimer's Disease

Can you polish off this hamburger? How about two of them?

Better watch out. The hormone that controls your appetite, leptin, is critical - not only to your weight, your percentage of body fat, your risk of diabetes and heart attack... Now, it has been identified as a major factor in Alzheimer's disease.

Top Ten Graphic Novels On Kindle

With the accessibility of Kindle and eBook reading devices, our readership habits have changed measurably over the last few years. Many of us are returning to the types of fiction we read as kids. Comic books are becoming popular again. And for those that like extended version of comics, the graphic novel may be more to your liking. If so, you're in luck as that genre has found a new home on Kindle, just in time for the holiday season.

Twitsnaps APP Contest Awards $20 To First 100 Users

[Editor -- The contest is closed.

The first 100 users to download the Twitsnaps iPhone application will win $20. Anyone can participate. All you have to do is download the iPhone app and upload 5 or more photographs on Twitsnaps.

Tweets of Shame Can Taint Real-Time Search

Before social networking, hacking was confined to one's personal computer. Now in addition to having your hardware violated, social media hacking is attacking one's personal dignity and broadcasting it to the world. And apparently the perpetrators are equal-opportunity hackers as anyone can find themselves at risk, whether you're a celebrity or a first time tweeter! But can this latest hacking tactic affect real-time search as well?

Christmas Tree Of Sardines Sparkles At Yokohama Aquarium

Nothing says Christmas like tens of thousands of starving sardines in a feeding frenzy, amiright?

Are Facebook Fan Pages, 'The Emperor Has No Clothes'?

I'm told daily that its imperative that I set up a fan page on Facebook. Brands of all sizes have done so. Like Twitter, I know the number of one's followers can assist in spreading one's message virally. But isn't a fan page really just a puffed-up outlet for ego gratification and an opportunity to dupe ourselves and the public into believing that we get something out of renting a billboard on Facebook?

HDTV For Just $100? Japan's Pixela Prodia TV Channels Cheapness

The Prodia PRD-LA103-16 from Japan's Pixela Corp.could be the world's first terrestrial digital high-definition LCD TV to break the $100 barrier.

Experimental Drug Kills Breast Cancer Stem Cells In Early Trials

A new breast cancer drug, developed by Merck & Co, has passed Phase 1 trials with flying colors. The experimental drug, MK-0752, was developed to kill breast cancer stem cells that are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation.

Death To Facebook By

Impress your friends. Disconnect yourself. You are more than your virtual identity. So says a site calling itself which allows you to check out of Facebook by assisting with your online suicide.

Fuzzy Nation's Trendy Dog Handbags Make Great Gifts For Girls & Teens

Dog lovers start young and so does a girl's desire to carry a purse for her precious possessions. Fuzzy Nation, a new accessory design studio, creates adorable plushy dog hand-bags that combine practical purpose with the comforting support of a stuffed animal.

Sparkling Afternoon Tea Is A Safe Sham Champagne

Want to stay sober when the rest are falling over? Try Kirin's new Sparkling Afternoon Tea, the sham champagne made with tea for teetotalers!

Social Middleware to Block Social Networking On-the-job!

Enterprise sites allow companies to establish micro social networks within their firms where employees can communicate with their peers, partners, clients and others selected. But what about access to Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook in the workplace?

Talking Toilet Trash Talks On Tokyo TV

Japan's high-tech toilets can do everything but talk, it seems... wait, not so fast: toilet titan Toto has taught one throne to trash talk.

iPhone Orchestras Making Music For A New Millennium

New fad or sea change in orchestrated music? The Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble at the University of Michigan is one of several university orchestras that have replaced traditional instruments with Apple's iPhones and their apps. Beethoven must be rolling over in his grave!