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Sweet Valley Twins return as e-Singles

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 06:25 PM PDT

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Many girls grew up in the 80′s reading Nancy Drew and the Sweet Valley High series. St. Martin's press is going to be reissuing 12 Sweet Valley books this October, but in the meantime a number of digital e-Singles will be issued.

Francine Pascal the writer of the new singles mentioned on the Kindle Blog area that “I would pick (these singles) three years after Sweet Valley Confidential-Ten Years Later and of course, I'd use all my favorite Sweet Valley characters. But this time I would go deep into their new lives with no holds barred.  I figure at thirty, I can make them as sexy as I want, sexy enough to make Desperate Housewives look like a Sunday sermon.

The Sweet Life will unfold over six contiguous novellas starring the twins, of course, and Todd, Bruce, Ken and Lila.  And for villains (you're only as good as your heavy), all those secondary characters you've learned to hate over the years.  And some new ones who are even more dangerous.

A few of these new e-Singles are available right now with many more coming down the pipe. A new one will be released every week until the series is all wrapped up. These should be easy summer reads for people who grew up with the franchise. />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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Spikey Seating

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 04:50 PM PDT

The Icicle Chair applies wintery inspiration to gothic style to form one eye-catching seating solution! The design looks somewhat threatening with its sharp spikes but is contrasted by a sleek, uniform seat and back. The dungeon-esque design certainly isnt for everyone, but one thing’s for certain, it’s sure to be a conversation starter!

Designer: Ali Alavi

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Better Bandaging

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 03:17 PM PDT

The AmoeBAND is a bionic concept for band aid. The design features strategic cut-outs so that you can shape it to fit fingers in such a way that it is easy to bend them and not disrupt the bandage. It even features an intelligent dressing material allows you to regularly check wounds from the outside, without upsetting the healing process. Since the bandage material used exudes a leather-like feel, availability in different skin-tones helps it blend in, without overly highlighting the injury.

As the designers explain, "According to research, the when an infection of a wound is detected, the pH value is between 6.5 and 8.5. AmoeBAND's indicator cross turns purple, alerting the user needs to change it immediately."

Even the packaging has been redesigned to a matchbox style and even includes Braille instructions!

AmoeBAND is a 2012 IDEA Award Finalist.

Designers: Tay Pek-Khai, Hsu Hao-Ming, Tsai Cheng-Yu, Chen Kuei-Yuan, Chen Yi-Ting, Lai Jen-Hao, Ho Chia-Ying, Chen Ying-shan, Weng Yu-Ching and Chung Kuo-Ting

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Ketchup On The Top

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 01:41 PM PDT

The Dipping Cover is a very clever design; who would have thought that by creating a simple indent in a lid, one can achieve such spectacular functionality! The idea behind the project is to reduce the use of the plastic cups for ketchup, which we find in most McDonalds and other fast food chains. An indent on the drink or coffee mug lid is good enough to serve as a dipping dish for the ketchup. As you can see, it's not messy and very easy to carry even on the go. Brilliant design, if you ask me!

Designer: Bae Su-kyoo and Noh Haeun

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Magnet Magic

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 12:06 PM PDT

If you haven’t taken a spill while carrying a tray of food, it’s probably safe to say that you’ve at least had some close calls! Designed with this in mind, the Magic Tray uses magnetic force to keep everything in place. When carried, magnets in the tray attract magnets embedded in the dishes to keep them stable. Setting the tray down breaks the magnetic attraction so the dishes can be picked up easily. Hit the jump to see how it works!

Designer: Ryan Jongwoo Choi

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Researcher calls platinum wrong for fuel cell development, looks elsewhere for efficiency

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 11:43 AM PDT

Researcher calls platinum wrong for fuel cell development, looks elsewhere for efficiencyHearing that fuel cells aren’t the most efficient thing in the world shouldn’t take you by surprise, but a determination by one Alfred Anderson just might. The chemistry professor from Case Western Reserve University is now making a case for using something other than platinum as the “catalyst most commonly used to convert chemical energy to electricity.” According to him: “Using platinum is like putting a resistor in the system.” To be fair, Anderson still isn’t sure which material should replace it, but he’s adamant that wizards in the field should be spending their time looking for substitutes instead of tweaking platinum further. Currently, he’s working with other researchers in order to find something that’ll one-up what we’re using today, and if you’re into oodles of technobabble, you can dig into the ins and outs of his claims in the source link below.

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Graham Swordfish Booster Iris Watch Review

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 10:31 AM PDT

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The Graham watch brand as we know it really planted its feet with the Swordfish collection of timepieces. This fished-eye family actually began with a single eye design in the Swordfish Grillo. Double magnifier eyes were later added to the 46mm wide collection. While the Swordfish family really began around 2001, it was not until 2005 or so that it started becoming really popular as Graham matured the design and started to add more colorful pieces. For a long time the Swordfish collection mirrored the market of the era, and as a rather wild and unorthodox piece, was Graham’s top seller.

More recently Graham released the Swordfish Booster. This model upped the case size to 48mm wide and flipped the crown and chronograph pushers to the left side of the case. The Swordfish Booster retained the essential double magnifier concept which was Graham’s attempt to embolden the idea of the cyclops magnifier that brands such as Rolex made famous as a means of making the date window easier to read. Graham’s idea was to use a metal ring framed magnifier over the sapphire crystal to magnify the chronograph subdials by about 15%.

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Inside each Swordfish watch is a Swiss La Joux-Perret automatic chronograph movement – which is a base ETA that in this instance has been modified to have a full 12 hour chronograph with a subsidiary seconds hand built into the 12 hour counter. While not terribly easy to see, there is a running seconds hand. Graham calls this movement their caliber G1710, and it has a power reserve of about 48 hours. The rear of the watch has a tinted sapphire crystal that allows for a view of the darkened movement – in the right light. Despite the dark shades of the movement, there is an appreciable amount of decor on the movement surfaces.

In steel, the 48mm wide case is marked by steeply curved lugs and a slightly larger-than-life presence. It is water resistant to 100 meters and is surprisingly comfortable on the wrist. While the crown and pushers might seem a bit excessive, they are actually very comfortable to use – especially the crown. I enjoy the grated texture on the slightly concave chronograph pushers as well. Because the movement is flipped for a left-side orientation, you’ll use the bottom pusher to start and stop the chronograph, while the top pusher is used to reset it.

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This specific Swordfish Booster model has the little term “Iris” as part of its title – and that signifies something rather unique. In this instance “Iris” is another word for rainbow, and refers to the special iridescent coating on the steel case. Using a PVD application process, the case is coated several times and heat treated to get this special iridescent black case color. As I understand it, the case has several layers of this coated film – each being a slightly different thickness. This property offers a unique type of light reflectivity.

Depending on the finishing of the surface, the case colors play in the light, with many colors being shades of green and purple. Graham’s own marketing images intensify this effect a bit, but the real-life experience is satisfying. I only wished that some of the more colorful finishes would have also been used on the bezel – as the best parts of the case for experiencing the color shifts are on the side and rear portions of the case. To compliment the qualities of the case, the Swordfish Booster Iris watch uses a black (Tahitian) mother-of-pearl dial. The dial further uses hands and hour markers with black colored SuperLumiNova. I personally am a fan of mother-of-pearl, and enjoy when it can be successfully implemented into a man’s timepiece. You’ll notice that the chronograph subdials are black with a snailed texture.

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While not always suitable for a watch, Graham’s choice to match the Swordfish Booster Iris with a deep green alligator strap was a good idea. It is matched with a polished black ceramic buckle. Regrettably the Swordfish collection suffers when it comes to legibility. The Booster’s hands are probably necessarily skeletonized, and in this instance don’t contrast enough with the dial. For that phantom look it works, but the dial isn’t easy to read. Of course, the largest legibility issue is related to the fact that the hands – while properly sized – must pass under the magnifier eyes, making them difficult to spot. Wearing this agreeably unique (and in my opinion quite fashionable) watch requires a legibility sacrifice. Having said that, I should add that the chronograph counters are easy to see!

As an example of the Swordfish Booster collection, there are few models more unique than the Iris. It carries a bit of a premium price over its siblings due to the case. My understanding is that producing the iridescent case is less than a perfect science. That means many cases come out of the process with uneven colors and a blotchy look. The unpredictable and less than industrial technique adds time to the production of these watches and rarity to their availability. No doubt enough watch lovers will find that valuable. Price is ,500 for this reference 2SWBB.B39L Graham Swordfish Booster Iris watch.

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Japan Making Ready for Digital Reading Explosion

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 08:57 AM PDT

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/> Japan is looking ahead to the launch of four separate e-reader devices in the coming months, notably one from Amazon and one from Kobo. The Amazon.jp site snuck in a Kindle page only a few days ago, and Kobo announced that its device and some 30,000 Japanese titles will be available this Thursday. Additionally, Toppan and Sony are both working on soon-to-be-released products or upgrades to existing products in order to draw customers who may be clamoring for these much-anticipated e-readers.

Japan is not an uncharted frontier when it comes to digital reading. Sony unveiled an e-reader in that market some time ago, but sold only 500,000 of the units. So why has this technology nirvana been slow to adopt digital reading, and what's going to be different this time around? Access.

A lack of access to Japanese language titles has made consumers wary of racing out to purchase dedicated e-reader. Despite the unveil of ePub3 at last year's IDPF conference on day prior to BookExpo, a new standard that was supposed to open the Far Eastern digital reading markets by making the vertical and right-to-left reading possible, the titles just aren't there yet.

According to an article for The Bookseller, digital reading expert Hiroki Kamata says that's about to change: "Tokyo-based Yano Research Institute said the Japanese e-book market is entering a phase of major change. According to Yano, the Japanese e-book market recorded sales of ¥72.3bn in 2011—which represented just 3% of the entire Japanese book trade revenues. Yet Yano says e-books sales are set to more than double by 2015."

In addition to the 30,000 titles coming from the Rakuten-owned Kobo Touch, Toppan is supposed to incorporate 80,000 Japanese and English titles in its catalog, alongside the 60,000 titles rumored to be in Sony's Japanese market catalog. While there will obviously be some duplication among those titles, especially older favorites and bestsellers, this will mean a wealth of content for Japanese reading consumers that simply wasn't in place in the past. />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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More Publishers Experiment with eBook-Only, eBook-First

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 07:22 AM PDT

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Now, more publishers are throwing their hats in the digital ring. Penguin, Kennsington, Random House, F+W Media, and HarperCollins are all working on the full launch or the focused revival of digital imprints, as well as incorporating other imprints into their brand. Short-form fiction publication is also growing in popularity, and again those are strictly digital works.

"While the publishers see the digital imprints as a way to publish new authors as well as to bring back once popular titles that have gone out of print, they insisted that they are publishing titles in the digital imprints with the same energy as titles in traditional imprints. ‘This is not a junior imprint,’ said Lucia Macro, who manages Impulse at HC, to the PW staffers. ‘The same teams that work on print titles work on Impulse.’ That includes the rights department; Avon has sold print and digital rights for He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not, plus a second title by Impulse debut author Lena Diaz to Germany. Approximately 80% of Impulse's titles are original e-books, and the goal, as the imprint moves to embrace Voyager science fiction/fantasy and a variety of Morrow areas, is to keep the majority of titles e-originals, Macro said. The first Voyager title, The Asylum Interviews: Bronx, has just been released."

The writers at PW made the point that these initiatives in no way diminish the focus on print publishing from any of the imprints, but as more and more publishers work in prioritizing ebooks, the volume of content available to readers in a more timely way will increase. />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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Compact Minibus Concept

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 05:46 AM PDT

Stripped down to the bare essentials, the Dwarf minibus concept goes to show that high occupancy vehicles don’t have to be inefficient or environmentally detrimental. Each wheel is powered independently by an in-wheel electric motor and can be operated in any direction for tight turns, true parallel parking or 360 degree turns. Like its more popular compact counterparts, it also features lightweight reinforced polymers and composites for added efficiency that doesn’t sacrifice safety.

Designer: Dakoda Reid

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