A hit with mobile messengers in Asian countries, Line plans to introduce itself to the US market with the help of Sanrio and its beloved female Japanese bobtail cat Hello Kitty.
The Japan-based messaging and VoIP calling service, which launched in June 2011, has more than 280 million registered users. Line is credited with popularizing the now ubiquitous practice of sending digital stickers in messages to friends.
Move over, Grumpy Cat. A new hip cat's poised to take over the Internet. Meet Sir Stuffington, a tremendously cute rescue kitten with more Facebook "Likes" than the average local business.
With more than 28,000 "Likes" and counting, the 6-week-old Sir Stuffington recently went viral due to a cheeky picture of the one-eyed feline wearing pirate garb complete with red bandana, eye patch, and an unforgettable sneer. … Read more
Crazy contact lenses were once the sole provenance of Hollywood special-effects departments, but now all sorts of geeky fantasies can be fulfilled with decorative lenses. Gaze through the Batman signal. Glower with Voldemort red eyes. Wink with the Eye of Sauron.
There are a few safety issues to keep in mind about wearing decorative contact lenses. You're dealing with your eyes, an important part of your body you don't want to screw up for the sake of looking a little more like Voldemort for a few hours.… Read more
DAYTON, Ohio -- The list of American innovation is long and storied: the first mass-produced car; the telephone; the personal computer. And, of course, the airplane.
Kitty Hawk, N.C. may be the first place that comes to mind when people think of the Wright brothers and the invention of powered, manned flight, but this southwestern Ohio town has a much deeper claim to the brothers and their invention of what they called, in their patent, a "flying machine."
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Bridget checks out the tech side of Toy Fair NY.
- "Disney Infinity" receives new "Monsters University" images.
- Ubooly is soft, squishy and smart thanks to the iPhone.
- Barbie gets a digital makeover at Toy Fair.
- Buy Griff's "Back to the Future II" hoverboard for $13,000.
Internet comic The Oatmeal is back in the legal spotlight after a Massachusetts greetings card company began litigation against the comic for allegedly infringing its trademark.
According to Ars Technica, who first reported the story, the popular Web comic's creator Matthew Inman is being sued by Oatmeal Studios, after Inman joined forces with Recycled Greetings to offer greetings cards based on The Oatmeal's comics.
This caught the eye of Oatmeal Studios, which then filed a suit against Inman in a Boston, Mass. courtroom, claiming a trademark on the term "Oatmeal Studios."
The … Read more
Although Hello Kitty Cafe wasn't created with an educational intent, the player, which in this case is a kid age 9 or above, is responsible for running a Hello Kitty restaurant. As a result, players will learn time management and efficient work tactics. However, as the player progresses, the accelerated pace as well as the multiple options available could affect the user experience. Also, the temptation for in-app purchases will be high to make the game successful.
Hello Kitty Cafe is a well-designed, cute little game that kids will love to play, especially with the iconic figure at its … Read more
Let's get the disclaimers out of the way. No cats were harmed in the making of Bonsai Kitty Plush. Bonsai kittens were never real in the first place. ThinkGeek's plush toy version is not a real cat.
According to Snopes, the original bonsai kitten site was a tasteless joke that was taken down years ago. You can still view it through the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine if you want to relive the outrage.
The site claimed to sell kittens that had been grown inside glass jars. You can understand why people freaked out, but it was all just a juvenile hoax.… Read more
The Cat Scan requires no explanation--the blurry scans of smooshed feline paws speak for themselves, but the Webmasters need fan contributions to continue updating the site--that may be the only thing The Cat Scan has in common with Wikipedia.
They also advise you to cat-scan at your own risk as any damage caused by little Chairman Meow will likely void your warranty, but feel free to submit scans anyway!
More of our favorite cat scans after the break.