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Turn Your iPhone Into A REAL Camera With The iPhone Shutter Grip
2012-05-31 21:30:00
It's summer time. Vacation's coming up. Of course, you're taking your iPhone with you; how could you exist without it, now that you have one?† But won't you have to take your camera as well?† Admit it; it's not that easy to manipulate the iPhone to take photos or videos.† Unless... you have an iPhone Shutter Grip.
More About: Shopping , Technology , Computers , Electronics , Lifestyle
From "Finish Line" To "Shut The Mother F-er Down": OTB Employees Struggle T
2012-05-31 16:33:00
If one was to ask what happened on December 7, 2010 and 2011, most folks would reference the 69th & 70th-year anniversaries of Pearl Harbor. Few people would know or care that New York's Off-Track Betting Office doors were shuttered that first year, depriving thousands of workers from earned health benefits. And on its anniversary date the following year, it marked the day that OTB worker Patti McCole entered the hospital for brain cancer.
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Tornado Beer Dispenser Puts a New Twist on Draft Beer
2012-05-31 06:00:00
The Tornado Beer Dispenser from Japan's Asahi Beer invites toasting tipplers to go ?Bottom's Up!?... literally. The dispenser injects draft beer into the base of a specially designed plastic mug, in the process creating a short-lived alcoholic vortex of epic proportions.
Real Geek Fragrances Will Up Your Mana & Health
2012-05-30 23:00:00
If there ever was a scent that told the world what a geek you are, this is it! ThinkGeek's RPG scented oils let you choose to smell like your favorite fantasy game class: Fighter, Rogue, Mage, Claric, Paladin or Ranger. It's perfect for any RPG-lover, whether you like to play Dungeons & Dragons, WOW or go out LARPing.
The Big City Dog Whisperer In New CBS Series "Dogs In The City"
2012-05-30 22:15:00
CBS is presenting a first for network TV; a dog whisperer straight from New York City, a Manhattan-based professional 'dog-guru,' who visits homes with dog problems just like cable stars Cesar Milan and Victoria Stilwell.† His name is Justin Silver, he's self-taught, and he's all New Yorker!
More About: News , Television , Fun , Education , Entertainment
Calcium Supplement Study: Your Bones Or Your Heart?
2012-05-30 10:00:00
Though the majority of physicians recommend calcium supplements for bone strength, some to women over 40, but most just to postmenopausal women, there have been studies that indicate that such supplementation is not the best medicine for heart health.†
More About: Science , News , Women , Education , Health
Pepsi Salty Watermelon is Pepsi Japan's New Sweet Seasonal Treat
2012-05-30 06:00:00
Another season, another new & exciting Pepsi flavor! This time around the drink designers at Pepsi Japan have reached back to a traditional Japanese summertime treat, salted watermelon.
More About: Sweet , Treat
British Inventor's New 'Parking Patch' Finds You A Parking Space And Calcul
2012-05-29 10:00:00
Ever drive into New York City?† Most people don't, unless they have a garage space for $750 a month.† The odds of finding an available parking space in NYC are about as high as winning the Mega Millions.† But Adrian Bone of Lewes, England, has invented a 'Parking Patch' he hopes will solve two parking issues in Brighton, a city south of London on the English Channel, a city far smaller than NYC or London. But first Brighton, then the world!
More About: News , Security , Technology , Electronics , Travel
Is Buffy, The Mobile Slayer, Facebook's Ace In The Hole?
2012-05-28 15:34:00
Being left behind on the mobile landscape has motivated countless bloggers and techie prognosticators to cyberventilate as to FB's future. Based on an 11th hour stock devaluation by the company themselves (see previous post, "Facebook's IPO Morality Tale?"), coupled with the claim the company can't survive in the public sphere relying solely on ad revenues, Zuck has ridden a roller-coaster of criticism in one week's time that has cast yet another shadow over the world's largest social network.
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Lettuce-like Vegetabrella Turns Rainy Days to Salad Days
2012-05-28 06:00:00
The Vegetabrella from Japan's Tokyo Noble is as green and wrinkly as a fresh head of lettuce, and the resemblance grows even stronger when it's rolled up. Just be sure you leave the lettuce in the fridge and take the Vegetabrella along on stormy days or you'll end up as soggy as an un-spun salad.
More About: Days
Mt. Fuji Travel Tissue Case Blows Its Top When You Blow Your Nose
2012-05-26 06:00:00
Sneeze the moment with a cute & clever Mt. Fuji Travel Tissue Case! The 100% cotton case designed by Tomohiro Ikegaya for Goodbymarket relies on users to provide the case's one moving part: the tissue paper poking out from Mt. Fuji's snow-capped summit.
More About: Women , Health , Products , International
Aston Martin's Lagonda SUV Concept Spies Well-Heeled Chinese Drivers
2012-05-25 06:00:00
Aston Martin Lagonda Limited, famed for its high performance GT sports cars favored by the likes of James Bond, reckons its future lies far to the east of MI6 headquarters in the garages of China's rich and famous. The super-luxury 4x4 Lagonda SUV is expected to cost a pretty moneypenny and would likely leave 007 shaken, not stirred.
More About: News , Drivers , Business , Lifestyle , International
Coin Laundry Calls When Your Clothes Are Clean
2012-05-24 06:00:00
Kyoto Laundry Service announces "Hello Call?, Japan's first coin-operated laundry voice information service. Got things to do and people to see? No problem, your machine will phone when it needs more detergent, more change or more repairs.
More About: News , Business , Technology , International , Clothing
Facebook's IPO Morality Tale: If The Green Shoes Fit, Wear Them?
2012-05-23 19:05:00
Facebook's reversal of fortunes in such a short span of time has played out almost like a modern-day morality tale.† The fall-out of the social network post-IPO, after such an enthusiastic build-up was telling. While it lined the pockets of some (namely investment bankers), it deprived the 99 Percenters (or Dumb F*cks as Zuckerberg so adroitly labeled them back in 2004) full-disclosure, resulting in a subsequent short-fall on their FB investment.
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Chengdu's Love Zebra Crossing: Street Hearts for Sweethearts!
2012-05-23 06:00:00
Cross your heart and hope to... live? In an effort to ensure the often bumpy road to romance gets off to a smooth start, the Chinese city of Chengdu has provided a Love Zebra Crossing painted up in lovely red & white.
More About: News , Security , International , Trends
Self-Stirring Pot Puts New Spin on Stove-top Cooking
2012-05-22 18:22:00
Is stuck pasta your kitchen nightmare? A Japanese dentist has created a stir with Kuru-Kuru Nabe (?Pot Round and Round?), a cooking pot with sculpted sides. Turn up the heat and watch basic thermodynamics go to work so you don't have to!
More About: News , Environment , Cooking , International , Home
FCC Takes Transformer Pad Infinity For A Spin
2012-05-22 00:36:00
Those waiting for the upcoming high-DPI Asus tablet computer should not have to wait much longer.
More About: Technology , Computers , Electronics , Products , Spin
Technology and the Future of Payments: Credit Cards and the Mobile Wallet
2012-05-19 08:50:00
We are currently living in the digital age, where seemingly advanced technologies from the past are slowly being rendered obsolete. One such technology includes those from the payments industry, where advancements in mobile wallets, which takes advantage of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
More About: Marketing , Media , Shopping , Technology , Credit Cards
Calling All Inventors! FridaBaby Wants Your Baby Product Ideas
2012-05-18 21:11:00
I'm going to try to write this with a straight face.... The FridaBaby company, which I have just learned of, markets some very inventive and 'curious' products for babies so far. One is called the Snotsucker, which employs a mom (or dad)† to suck the snot out of their baby's nose....†  
More About: Ideas , Parenting , Lifestyle , Products
Celebrate Lamborghini's 50th Anniversary with Asahi Wonda Gold Canned Coffe
2012-05-18 18:00:00
Gentlemen, start your mornings! In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., Japan's Asahi Soft Drinks is including one of 10 miniature model motorcars with selected cans of Wonda Gold coffee.
More About: Marketing , International , Toys , Anniversary
Peak Download: Internet Access Arrives at Remote Tibetan Village
2012-05-18 06:00:00
A pilot project to provide network services for a tiny Tibetan village has allowed residents to connect to a wider world many did not know even existed. The project, sponsored and funded by China Telecom, also provides villagers with internet-ready computers, Tibetan-language web development and skills training.
More About: News , Internet , Computers , Lifestyle , International
Dog Ramen Puts Some Growl In Your Bowl
2012-05-17 06:00:00
Dog Ramen, an ethnic Korean specialty made in China's northeastern Jilin province, contains real dehydrated dog meat along with instant noodles, seasonings and spices. Hungover Chinese college students thirsty for some ?hair of the dog? can now shake off the DTs like a bad case of fleas.
Chinese RoboCop Keeps An Electric Eye On Crime
2012-05-16 06:00:00
A robot policeman equipped with a CCTV cyclops eye and a navel-mounted panic button is the new face of crimefighting in China. Though fixed to the pavement and unable to chase feeling suspects, the ersatz RoboCop nonetheless has brought peace to the mean streets of Kunming.
More About: Crime , Chinese , Electric
Apple To Replace Google Maps With C3 Tech In iOS 6
2012-05-14 12:00:00
Though the default Google Maps software that comes loaded on Apple 's iDevices is enough for most people, the company is still looking to replace it with advanced, 3D-accelerated goodness from C3 Technologies.
More About: Technology , Electronics , Products
Japan's First Police Cat Rats Out Criminals
2012-05-13 22:00:00
Beware the long paw of the law! Potential lawbreakers in Kyoto, Japan had better think twice before engaging in criminal acts because Iemon, Japan's first police cat, is on patrol... when he's not curled up asleep at the station, that is.
More About: Police
iPhone 'Mug Case' Helps You Get A Grip On Your Calls
2012-05-12 17:34:00
Tired of being put on hold? Get a handle on your mobile conversations and hold ALL your calls, all the time, with the self-standing silicone Mug Case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
More About: Iphone , Calls , Grip
To Hood Or Not To Hood, That's The $100 Billion Dollar Question?
2012-05-12 14:58:00
With Facebook heading into it's historic IPO this week, and valuations some have estimated as high as $100 billion, one's hard pressed to figure out how fashion (or lack thereof) figures into the equation. Even the NY Times' editorial gave ink to the question, "Who could have thought a hoodie could mean so much?" Of course, we're talking about the "Zuck" and his signature apparel.
More About: Question , Dollar , Hood
Google's Anonymous Car Gets Its License To Drive In Nevada
2012-05-11 19:10:00
You can talk on your cell phone, even text, check your email, eat your lunch, tun-in your radio, change a CD.... You can even take in all of the distractions along the Strip in Las Vegas... if you hop a cab.† Or, you can take the Google autonomous car, currently a Toyota Prius, without a driver.
More About: Nevada , Drive
Remote Control USB Cockroach Will Infest Your Desktop
2012-05-11 17:48:00
Just in time for Mother's Day, it's the Remote Control USB Cockroach from Japan's JTT Online Shop! You won't want to stomp this robotic pest into insect oblivion, however: they're 3 inches long and cost $20 each.
More About: Desktop
Do You Have Enough Klout To Fly The Friendly Skies Or Land The Perfect Job?
2012-05-10 18:28:00
Klout is to 'personal influence' what Google is to 'page ranking.' While the Big G's algorithms determine the relevance of the Internet's every web page, Klout supposedly ranks the influence of every person online. As a 3-year old start-up, it's raison d'Ítre is to measure influence based on the digerati's ability to drive action.
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