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5 Unique Japanese Gadgets You Can Buy (But Do You Really Want To?)

November 24th, 2013 by Adam Prattler

Got cash to spare? Want to be the talk of town by acquiring some nifty chindogu? If your answer is a resounding yes, then check out our short list of unique japanese innovations you can fill up your collection with. Yatta!

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1. Japanese kissing training device – Brought to you by Zima, a cocktail brand with an added twist, Kiss-a-Zima lets you (somewhat) make out with hot Japanese idols Aya Kiguchi, Yukina Kinoshita or Yutaka Teshima – kissing ronins can attach the nifty silicone lips (molded after said idols) to the cocktail bottle and smooch away.

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2. Talking fridge toys – Lonely and bored each time you open the refrigerator? Now with Fridgeezoo Fridge Pets, you don’t have to shed tears of boredom whenever you make the pilgrimage to the ice box. Not only are they friendly and chatty, your very own fridge pets (choose from Polar Bear, Walrus, Penguin and Seal) also gently remind you whenever the fridge is left open too long!

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3. Anti-loneliness ramen bowl – Useful or just plain anti-social, this anti-loneliness ramen bowl features an iPhone dock that allows your smartphone to be perched precariously on the edge of your bowl. We can’t make up our mind whether it’s smart or just plain sad. ForeverAlone.jpg, anyone?


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4. Gotochi Dissection Animals – Cute keychains are the norm in the Land of the Rising Sun, but keychains of animals (think: panda, fish, cow, pig and the like) that allow you take apart piece by piece, organs and all? We think this would make heartfelt gifts for biology students but other than that, we’ll pass for now.

 5. Marriage-Hunting Bra – To boost Japan’s rapidly declining marriage rate, the Marriage-Hunting Bra or Konkatsu Bra features a marriage-countdown digital clock right smack in between your future wife’s mammary glands. Want to stop the countdown? In the words of Beyonce, you gotta “put a ring on it”.

Sara Xiang is Japanese gadgets and toys collector. She has more than 200 pieces in her home. In her spare time she become active in  social media marketing, personally she likes melbourne digital agency.

Why Cloud Hosting Software Is The Future Of Online Business?

November 24th, 2013 by Adam Prattler

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For many fledgling companies, creating future-oriented models for data storage, business operations and training is the difference between ultimate success and resounding failure. But with the incredible number of innovations in online technology, it’s difficult to determine what will be the next wave and what will cost precious time and expense to establish, only to vanish with passing trends. The “cloud” is more than a buzzword; it’s a philosophy of efficient storage and accessible software that will shape the generation of entrepreneurs yet to arrive. Software companies have invested billions in the idea that applications do not require physical servers or even an in-house team to govern them. Software as a Service (SaaS), the evolution of cloud computing promises to make cumbersome server requirements obsolete.


A Cloud hosting system will save on one key area: utilities. Without the constant drain of bulky servers and multiple large hardware devices, your company will maintain energy efficiency and cut the electricity bill by a significant amount. The physical space saved may also give you room to host more employees, an extra conference room or any other resource you can squeeze into the place where your towers once were.

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Always Available

Cloud hosting software can be accessed anywhere, meaning your employees only need a reliable remote device to get going on projects and critical updates. Since software services can be accessed through any one of several electronic devices, your flexibility will increase. These devices enable a “Bring your own device” (BYOD) method for your office, and make your business portable so that global employees can get your business message and access its information easily adopted. You can also cut the number of PCs in your office this way, saving more on resource expenditure.

Focus on Core Business

Cloud hosting software offers an insulated online platform that allows your company to handle any up-tick in the workload without directly affecting overall system execution. Instead of managing constant server issues, you can get to the business of your business.  Cloud software environments like Salesforce outsource your help issues and development problems to a  sleek team that might not otherwise be affordable as paid full-time employees, particularly for modest and growing organizations.

More storage capacity

Another advantage of cloud software is the added storage capacity you’ll have for your business-specific data. Now that you aren’t running several applications from a local server to handle e-mail and other needs, you can keep your data files at the office. Most cloud hosting companies offer tiers of storage depending on the amount of space you need, and will likely adjust those requirements as you go, giving you the option go bigger or smaller as your requirements change. The best part of creating this elasticity within your business is the jump it gives you on competitors who will frequently struggle to migrate large amounts of data from one system to another.

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Less training time

No more wasting time bringing new employees through an extensive training process with in-house software application. Give them log-in credentials, show them the ropes with a pre-made training document from your cloud hosting company and watch it go. Some cloud hosting software companies will even offer training managers as part of the implementation process. Use it! Don’t bog your tech team down with yet another system to learn and then instruct when you can defer to the experts.

Choose the Cloud

For all the reasons listed, cloud hosting software is one of the most practical business innovations since the internet itself. Why spend time choosing from hundred of software applications, hiring countless IT managers and buying outdated devices? Invest the research hours in a complete cloud hosting software package that suits the objectives of your operation. Whether it’s a support and messaging service or a more intricate software solution, it will invariably make things simpler. Rather than pouring excess capital in the changing devices that litter the infrastructure landscape, find a group of companies to evolve with your business. Cloud software makes your business compact and ready for an approaching horizon.

Zara Hasan is a technology and finance writer and she is a housewife. His sample work can is present finance funding.

Timeline of Audio Formats

November 22nd, 2013 by Adam Prattler

Short History of Different Formats to Record Audio

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Recording audio only goes back just over a hundred years, but since a method to store sounds was first invented in 1877, the technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. Today, people have access to a variety of different audio formats, including WAV files, MP3 files and more. By looking at the birth of audio recording, it’s easier to see where digital audio may be heading in the future.

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7 Jaw-Dropping Homes Around the World

November 11th, 2013 by Adam Prattler

Some of us may already have imagined our dream homes from an early age. Whether it is a sprawling castle with a moat (and a resident pet dragon) or a simple hole in the wall (hats off to the Hobbits here), you may need inspiration should you suddenly decide you are one of the lucky ones who are able to construct your ideal habitat. Here are some examples you may want to peruse before realizing your home design fantasies:

1. Reversible Destiny Lofts – Tokyo, Japan

The name may be a mouthful to pronounce but the sheer vibrancy and creativity of this residence never fails to amaze. The brainchild of Shusaku Arakawa and Madeleine Gins, both architects based in Tokyo, Japan, the Reversible Destiny Lofts is not just eye candy. The 9-unit rainbow-colored complex was constructed to simulate its inhabitants, mentally and physically. This is achieved through its amusingly bright colors, hard-to-reach power outlets and switches, uneven flooring and irregularly shaped living spaces.

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Why Future of Driverless Cars Is Bright?

November 11th, 2013 by Adam Prattler


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Slow-moving zombie technologies that refuse to die

November 7th, 2013 by Adam Prattler

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Technology is so dynamically progressive in this age, you won’t realize when a thing becomes obsolete. Newer editions of the existing products and innovations for better and smoother functioning of products has been driving every sector into a very rapid format of progress. The key is user experience. The easier you can have things to work for the user, the better your product is. Aren’t we all looking for that extra comfort in all the technological innovations we come across?

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How to Choose Remote Desktop Services

November 7th, 2013 by Adam Prattler

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One need not feel lost in the abundance of remote desktop software that is found strewn around everywhere. Before exploring the possibilities, get down to the business of evaluating your needs and arrive at a tangible plan.

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Jasper Users Share Their Knowledge for Applying Formal Across the Entire Design and Verification Flow

October 30th, 2013 by Rob van Blommestein

This year’s Jasper User Group Meeting was found to be a great melting pot of design and verification experience and knowledge. Users from all over the globe met for the 2 day conference on October 22 and 23 to discuss the innovative ways they are using Jasper Formal solutions to attack their design and verification challenges. What experiences did Jasper users share? The Jasper User Group boasted 14 user presentations from the following companies on the following topics: Read the rest of Jasper Users Share Their Knowledge for Applying Formal Across the Entire Design and Verification Flow

Human-readable RTL code generation

October 10th, 2013 by Matthieu Wipliez

Every now and then I meet somebody (compiler writers most of the time, but not only) who believes that generating human-readable RTL code is worthless. They claim that nobody should need to look at generated code, among other things because they should just trust the compiler, like software engineers do. It is time to examine the facts.

1. The majority of the hardware engineers that we’ve met with Synflow want to be able to understand the generated RTL, because they want to be able to reuse, verify, optimize or modify the generated code themselves. This includes people from big companies such as STMicroelectronics, Samsung, Renesas, ARM, as well as medium enterprises like Thomson Video Networks, RivieraWaves, ScaleoChip. Although this is only a subset of all hardware designers and semiconductor companies, I think we can consider it a reasonably representative sample. As a matter of fact, the rest of designers may not care whether the generated code is human-readable, but no designer has ever told us that he or she would prefer incomprehensible code, or even worse a netlist. Actually, that is probably because… Read the rest of Human-readable RTL code generation

Come Back to the Future – EDA Style!

September 25th, 2013 by Rob van Blommestein

“Sold! To…” Is a phrase we expect to hear a lot on the evening of October 16th.  That’s the date when we celebrate the past 50+ years of EDA at the EDA: Back to the Future industry reunion hosted by EDAC.

Why do we expect to hear this phrase a lot you ask?  Well, part of the festivities will include silent and live auctions that will help raise money for the Computer History Museum’s EDA Oral Histories Collection and Exhibit.  We want to capture and preserve our rich history of EDA.  There will be items to bid on for every taste and budget.  You could be the one to win a lunch with Aart or go home with a case of private reserve wine.  Maybe you’re a sports fan.  If so, then a private tour of AT&T Park, an autographed baseball from Giants Brandon Belt, or a round of golf with three of your closest friends is more up your alley.  Are you a “foodie”?  Well, how about dinner at some of Mountain View’s finest eateries?

This event offers more than just a chance to walk away with something tangible.  You’ll be able to mingle and dine with industry luminaries – the who’s who in EDA’s past, present, and future.  What other event brings everyone together like that?

And what event would be complete without some laughs and a little mystery?  To find out what I mean, you’ll need to come.

So get those bidding paddles ready and register to attend the must-be-at event in EDA. –

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