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High tech rolls into the restroom

Conceived by its designers as a restroom accessory to help you go in peace, the RollScout automatically keeps track of toilet paper levels and can alert you in advance if the roll is reaching its end.

Failed Marx letter sale disappoints Chinese capitalists

A letter by the late Karl Marx, the German philosopher who offered an alternative to capitalism, has failed to sell in Communist-ruled China because the auctioneer set too high a price.

French start-up intros interactive LED case for Android phones

CodLight has presented the cPulse, an LED-lit case designed to work with Android smartphones. The French start-up is currently seeking funding for the project on Kickstarter, where one of the first cases can be pre-ordered for $89.

Creative launches 'all-weather' Bluetooth speaker

Creative has introduced the Muvo mini, a portable wireless speaker with an IP66 rating, meaning it is resistant to water and dust. According to the manufacturer, the speaker was made to stand up to even the worst weather conditions.

Flavor contest includes coffee-flavored potato chips

Brace yourselves, USA, for cappuccino-flavored potato chips.

Hello Kitty designer defends cute character as cat turns 40

The flamboyant designer of Japanese cartoon and global mega-brand Hello Kitty defended the cute cat against new rivals Thursday as the character prepares to celebrate her 40th birthday.

Now leaving the station in China: Luziyao Pickled Fish Express?

China has started selling naming rights for its bullet trains to commercial sponsors, state media reported Wednesday, as it increasingly commercialises its state-controlled railway sector.

Overcome fear with Coldplay's 'Magic,' Spotify suggests

Often associated with certain states of mind, music can elicit emotions such as joy, anger or even nostalgia. Taking this information a step further, Spotify embarked upon an innovative study. The streaming platform, in collaboration with an expert in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, has revealed a selection of popular songs that are particularly powerful emotional triggers.

Japanese androids take us closer to 'Blade Runner' future

A future in which it is difficult to tell man and machine apart could soon become reality, scientists say, after recent robotic breakthroughs in Japan.

Japan zoo makes wild fashion statement with lion-ripped jeans

A Japanese zoo has taken the catwalk to a wild new level, using some of its fiercest inhabitants to rip and claw jeans to a fashionably distressed look.