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Weekly Innovation: Paper Notebooks That Become Digital Files

Each week, we highlight an innovation you might not have heard of yet. This week's innovation is a twist on something invented thousands of years ago: paper.<p>The St. Louis-based team of Marshall Haas and Jon Wheatley are selling classic, quality-made hardbound notebooks. But there's more. After you …

Why Google's price cut made the consumer cloud biz a lot cloudier

If there was any question that the cloud storage business is a high stakes game, Google erased all doubt this week. The search giant shook up the consumer cloud world by drastically slashing its paid plans. Fifteen gigabytes of storage are still free, but 100GB are now $1.99 per month, down from …

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Everybody loses in ping pong match between robot and man

When robot maker Kuka announced that it would be pitting its Agilus robot against table tennis star Timo Boll last month, we expected a fair fight. Conditioned professional human athlete against a cold, merciless, bright orange mechanical arm on a small wooden field, both wielding the same …

How We Covered The Mobile World Congress With iPhones And Eye-Fi [Feature]

Last week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, a curious, unexpected thing happened: I used an Eye-Fi Mobi card to shoot and share photos from my camera to my iPhone and it worked – almost flawlessly.<p>As regular readers will know, I have tried Eye-Fi’s cards over and over, both here and …

Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6x6 Provides Luxury Zombie Protection

We missed the boat on this customized Zetros the first time it made the Internet rounds. That's alright, since the impending Zombie Apocalypse hasn't …

Woman Robbed, Assaulted for Wearing Google Glass in a Bar

A woman claims she was assaulted and robbed in a San Francisco bar — for wearing Google Glass.<p>Sarah Slocum, a contributor at <i>Newsdab</i>, arrived at …

Watch A Drone Launch A Rocket

Put a flying thing on a flying thing so you can blast off while you take off.<p>This is a quadcopter that launches rockets. According to Scottsdale, Ariz.-based ukarmy04, the Flitetest forum member behind the project, it's more of a proof of concept than anything else. The body is mostly wood, with …

American Eagle Abandons Photoshop For New Lingerie Campaign

American Eagle has ditched PhotoShop for its latest lingerie ad campaign.<p>The latest ads for the Aerie line feature models without airbrushing—tattoos and all.<p>"We left beauty marks, we left tattoos, what you see is really what you get with our campaign," brand representative Jenny Altman told Good …

Nissan Leaf Owner Hits 100,000 Miles in Less than Three Years

Steve Marsh is one super commuter. So much so, that the Washington State resident has just clocked 100,000 miles on his Nissan Leaf that he’s owned for less than three years.<p>With a 60-mile commute to work each way, Marsh has easily racked up the miles on the Leaf he’s owned since May 2011. …

4 Things to Consider for Space Warfare, Such as How Bullets Fire in Space

As we develop plans for space tourism and, perhaps, colonization in the not-too-distant future, space warfare may also be on the horizon.<p>Here’s a …

Modern Floating Home is the Perfect Tranquil Retreat

<i>Floating House</i> is a home designed by architect Dymitr Malcew that offers its residents beautiful unobstructed views, a connectedness to their surroundings, and an easy way to move from one locale to another. Created for H2ORIZON, a French developer that specializes in floating structures like this …

Ebooks an Increasingly Popular Holiday Gift

More parents intend to buy their kids ebooks for the holidays this year than last year.<p>Some 73% of parents with children aged two to 13 plan on buying their kids digital books this year for the holidays versus 66% last year, according to an upcoming report from PlayCollective and Digital Book World.<p>…

Milton Keynes in UK to Trial £1.5m Driverless Cars Scheme

Milton Keynes is set to be one of the first places in the UK to trial driverless cars, which are more like futuristic looking pods than normal cars, in a £1.5m government scheme that will see them deployed by 2015.<p>The ‘cars’ are capable of up to 12MPH and will operate on pre-set automated routes …

Question of the Weekend – What Happened to Comfortable, Plush, Decadent Car Interiors?

Continuing on with the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I thought I would start with this question… What Happened to all those …

Get an Incredible View of Earth From 19 Miles Up — For a Cool $75K

It's not space. It's more like a high-altitude vacation. A new Arizona company is joining the outer edges of the tourism industry to find passengers …

Chinese Can't Understand Why The French Work So Little

PARIS (Reuters) - A newspaper open on the bar of this Paris cafe tells of a row over France's Sunday trading rules. But the bar owner, Zhang Chang, says he has little time to follow such debates. He's too busy working.<p>While French workers worry the country's long economic downturn could mean the …

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Pickles, Probiotics, and Why Rotten Food Is Good For You

How Jeff Bezos Crushed Diapers.com So Amazon Could Buy Diapers.com

A day after the New York Times dropped an excerpt of a juicy upcoming book about Twitter, Bloomberg Businessweek has published an excerpt of …

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France wants to make it illegal for Amazon to offer free shipping

The French government is close to passing a new law that would limit powerful online retailers like Amazon from offering customers free shipping for their orders.<p>The new law’s purpose is to lessen the advantage these large online retailers have over smaller brick-and-mortar stores. Some of the …

'Metástasis' is a 97 percent pure 'Breaking Bad' remake

We might've all waved goodbye to Walter White, but we can still say <i>buenos dias</i> to Walter Blanco. There's a Spanish language version of <i>Breaking Bad</i> in production, Sony Pictures Television says, and it's called <i>Metástasis</i>.<p><i>Metástasis</i> is set in Colombia, and looks to ape <i>Breaking Bad</i>'s plotline. Walter …

Goodbye Post-Meal Awkwardness: New App Lets You Settle Check Before Sitting Down

If you’ve ever had a great dinner ruined by the awkwardness of splitting (or not splitting) a check, you might want to check out Cover, a new app launching today in New York City.<p>Here’s how Cover works: you enter your credit card information into the app, walk into a participating restaurant, check …

Stir Kinetic Desk, Created by Former iPod Engineer, Makes Other Standing Desks Look Boring

Standing desks are old news. How about a desk that <i>breathes</i>?<p>That’s the idea behind the Stir Kinetic Desk, a new adjustable standing desk dreamed up by …

Guns, Girls And Sex Tapes: The Unhinged, Hedonistic Saga Of Billionaire Stewart Rahr, 'Number One King Of All Fun'

<b>This story was co-authored with Steven Bertoni.</b><p>At 9:15 on a Wednesday night Stewart Rahr struts into Catch, a thumping restaurant in New York’s Meatpacking District, with a lithe Taiwanese party promoter on one arm, an aspiring Brazilian actress on the other and his bodyguard, Big Tommy, trailing …

Syrian Rebels Aim Mortars With The Help Of iPads

If there was ever a time that the mind-numbing cliche "there's an app for that" was really apt, this may just be it.<p>Mohamed Abdellah of Reuters took an incredible photo of Free Syrian Army rebels on Sunday as they used an iPad to guide mortar fire in the country's brutal civil war outside of …

BUSTED: Recent Microsoft Windows Phone Spokesperson Jessica Alba Caught With An iPhone At Fashion Week

Last November, Jessica Alba was doing ads for Microsoft's Windows Phone.<p>Looks like she wasn't that into the Windows Phone, because she was photographed using an iPhone at New York's Fashion Week.<p>A Microsoft spokesperson reached tells us her contract expired in May, and that she still uses her Lumia …

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Slideshow: Brabus B63S 6x6

View photos of the even more insane, even more exclusive, and even more seriously expensive Brabus B63S 6X6 that is an upmarket version of the limited edition G63 6X6.<p>The poster child of excessiveness gets more excessive.

Woman Who Appears Bound, Gagged in Truck an 'Experiment in Marketing,' Sign Company Says

A controversial tailgate decal of what appears to be a helpless woman bound and tied in the back of a pickup truck has critics crying foul over what …