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Indian tour operator offers pre-paid holidays in a box    
December 15, 2010, 11:02 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

Offered under the Mumbai-based SOTC brand of global travel company Kuoni, Box Holidays are tangible, prepackaged travel offerings that can be purchased online or off the shelf in a participating retail store. Rather than having to spend time and effort researching options with a travel agent, purchasers can simply buy a Box Holiday, which features all the key details on the outside of the box, including price, validity period, service inclusions and exclusions, complimentary offers,...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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Digital photo booth uses free photos as brand marketing tool    
December 6, 2010, 7:29 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

Free love is always a great way to get consumers' attention, but if it can be branded and shared virally, it becomes a killer promotional tool. Enter PhotoBoxi, a device that turns the traditional photo booth into an advertiser's best friend. PhotoBoxi is a sleek, portable and interactive digital photo booth that dispenses free love while capturing consumer data, generating leads and facilitating social network marketing. How it works? Consumers pose for free digital photos using the...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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T-shirts for grown-ups feature built-in ties    
December 2, 2010, 7:58 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

If kids can skip the formalwear in favour of Fat Tie t-shirts, isn't it only fair that there should be a like-minded option for adults? Well, it just so happens there is thanks to Idaho-based startup Formalitees. A member of 1% for the Planet, Formalitees recently launched the Tie Tee, an organic t-shirt with an actual tie permanently attached at the neck. The shirt is crafted in the US from 100 percent organic cotton that's grown in Texas and custom-sewn in California; six colours...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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Classroom polls via student phones and iPods    
November 25, 2010, 12:59 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

It's not uncommon for educators to use student response systems (SRS) to engage their students and assess learning through polls, quizzes and other interactive tools. Most such systems rely on specialized devices known as “clickers,” however, and they're also typically expensive and difficult to use without training. Enter Top Hat Monocle, a Canadian company that has developed a system in which students can use the portable devices they already have, including cell phones, laptops...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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High-end calculators for rent to students    
September 30, 2010, 6:38 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

It’s a testament to the ubiquity of niche software that hand-held calculators are now a rarity in the enterprise and scientific worlds. They’re still used in college classes, however, which is why Canadian Renac has been able to build a business on renting them out to students. Rather than buy a graphic or financial calculator for use in just one or two classes, students can save more than 70 percent of the devices’ retail price by renting one instead, Renac says. Six calculators...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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Instead of blogs, email newsletters by paid subscription    
September 8, 2010, 8:52 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

Blogs are now so ubiquitous and the internet so vast that the information communicated in them loses its value the minute it's published. So, at least, believes Drop.io founder Sam Lessin, who recently created Letter.ly to launch — or, perhaps, relaunch — the subscription email newsletter as a new, premium alternative. Billed as “the simple way to sell email subscription newsletters,” Letter.ly allows those with something to say to communicate it in a directed, private way to those who...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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Membership plan covers traffic violation fines    
July 29, 2010, 9:52 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

More than 41 million speeding tickets are issued to drivers in the United States each year, according to TrafficTicketSecrets.com. With an average cost of USD 150 each, that amounts to more than USD 6 billion lost annually by US consumers. Therein lies the motivation behind Ticketfree, a site that ensures its customers will “never pay a speeding ticket, red light ticket, photo radar ticket or traffic violation again.” Canadian Ticketfree operates on a simple membership plan whereby an...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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Buy one, donate one plush animal blankie    
July 19, 2010, 2:55 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

Stuffed animals and security blankets tend to be favourite sleeping companions among young children, but the Happy Blankie—one of the cutest innovations we've seen in some time—combines both into one. Not only that, but for each Happy Blankie sold another is donated, resulting in not just double but quadruple the comfort and quadruple the fun. Ohio-based Happy Blankie offers a line of four animal blankets made of luxurious plush “minky" fabric and silky charmeuse satin. Available in...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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From 12 tons of trash, a pop-up hotel with a message    
July 19, 2010, 12:55 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

For St. Louis's City Museum, salvaged garbage helps create a hyperlocal feel. For the Save the Beach Hotel, it's not just a building material but also a warning about the current state of Europe's beaches. Led by Mexican Corona Extra beer brand, the Save the Beach effort aims to recover at least one European beach per year from destruction by pollution and other human-caused damage. Last year it was Capocotta beach in Rome, and votes are currently being accepted online for this...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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Unilever launches world's first smile-activated ice cream vending ...    
June 22, 2010, 12:26 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

While instantly gratifying, buying ice cream from a vending machine isn't as fun as it could be. Which is why SapientNitro and Unilever created the world's first smile-activated ice cream vending machine. The underlying technology is sophisticated, but the concept is simple: consumers walk up to the machine, smile and are rewarded with a frozen treat. When its motion detectors sense someone is near, the machine beckons them to come closer and interact. Using facial recognition...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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Free umbrellas on rainy days aim to inspire kindness    
June 8, 2010, 11:13 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

Kindness is a goal whose merit few would dispute, which is why we've seen myriad cards, games and even a clothing brand focused on inspiring it. Until recently, however, we hadn't yet come across Pittsburgh's Here You Go, which gives out umbrellas on rainy days with just a request to spread the kindness in return. Equipped with a stock of 1,000 umbrellas, Here You Go has outfitted a staff of some 50 volunteers for random acts of kindness on Pittsburgh's many rainy days, according to a...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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