SmartSwipe – Home Credit Card Terminal

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SmartSwipe

The SmartSwipe home credit card terminal plugs into your computer’s USB port so you can happily swipe your life away with the credit card of your choice. Need some more junk for the basement or attic? This’ll help you fill the gap with no messing. It’s not real money, and that chocolate covered toaster looks ever so nice. Shop shop, chop, chop. Swipe and smile. Yours for just $99.95 Canadian. There, you’re saving money already.

 

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Japan Re-Invents the Convenience Store

 Japan Re-Invents the Convenience Store

The original Lawson store chain has spawned “Happy Lawson” and “Natural Lawson”

Sony sinks, Toyota tumbles, and the Nikkei stock index plunges to lows not seen for more than a quarter of a century. But the global financial storm can’t rattle Japan’s convenience stores, where sales are up smartly. These hardy and still-multiplying spawn of 7-Eleven now number about 41,700, and they are arguably the most convenient convenience stores on Earth.

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Trying On Clothes In A Virtual Mirror

Trying On Clothes In A Virtual Mirror

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could shop for clothes without constantly having to try them on in the fitting room? The vision could soon become a reality thanks to the “virtual mirror” presented by Fraunhofer researchers at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin from August 29 to September 3. This mirror-like display enables shoppers to see themselves wearing different items of clothing without having to undo a single button.

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The Future of Retail

The Future of Retail

Futurist Thomas Frey – Imagine yourself walking through a shop, wanting to know more information on a particular product. You pull out your phone, point it at the product and click a button, instantly revealing a page with product information, links to product reviews, and places to purchase it online. Pressing another button you are given options for purchasing it online and having it delivered to your home. Since you are already in a retail store, you could purchase it there if the price differential isn’t too great.

But the shopping experience isn’t necessarily confined to a store. If a person walks by on the street and you just happen to like the jacket they are wearing, just aim your phone, point and click. You can see the same jacket displayed on your screen in a variety of colors and styles, with your ability to complete the purchase transaction only a click or two away.

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Elvis and Priscilla Barbie Doll Set is Unveiled

 Elvis and Priscilla Barbie Doll Set is Unveiled

This Saturday marks 31 years since Presley died at Graceland and the maker of Barbie is coming out with the first-ever Elvis and Priscilla Presley dolls.The dolls are wearing replica outfits of what the Presleys wore on their wedding day in Las Vegas in 1967. The Elvis doll is dressed in a black paisley print tuxedo with boutonniere and black boots. Priscilla’s doll is wearing a gown of white chiffon and satin, with tiara and veil. (Pics)

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Lil Guppie Multi-Tool

Lil Guppie Multi-Tool

 If you know what’s good for you, don’t mess with the fish

In most situations a guppy isn’t going to help you get a whole lot accomplished. Sure, they’re cute and small, but generally don’t do very much other than look cute and small. The Lil Guppie Multi-tool, however, is a fish of a different kind. Easy to carry, packed with tools, great for making light repairs – not to mention that it’s cute and small, too.

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Women Losing Enthusiam for Shopping

Women Losing Enthusiam for Shopping

 Hmmm, perhaps all of their closets have finally filled up

A “Frank About Women” online survey found that US women are losing enthusiam for shopping and are spending less.

Few women—just 15% of those surveyed—said they found inspiration and ideas when shopping in a store. Only 16% said shopping provided an escape from the world and 12% said store environments stimulated their senses.

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Japan’s Crazy IV Drip Cafe

Japan’s Crazy IV Drip Cafe

Vitamins always work better when they get shot straight into your bloodstream

Hard-working people suffer daily from exhaustion, insomnia, backaches and other minor ailments. Perhaps all they need is a dose of preventive medicine in the form of vitamins and other nutritional supplements.

On April 1, a private service, called Tenteki10, opened in Ebisu Garden Place, to provide “pick-me-ups” through IV drips. People can drop by without a reservation and take the 10-minute instillation right away.

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