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How to WOW a US business conference crowd (advice needed)

Essentially, it all comes down to this: We are going to a trade show to demonstrate our product. What do we need to do to ensure it is a success?

RunPee: An iPhone app that reveals the optimal bathroom break moments in movies

RunPee provides full-bladdered users with several suggested movie “break” times during which not much happens plot-wise. Users start a timer as the movie starts, get told how long each interlude lasts and can access a full plot rundown of what they miss.

IBISWorld identifies Australia’s top 10 growth industries to 2015

With Australia’s economy now well and truly on the rebound, the next five years are set to deliver strong growth in many sectors. And growth, of course, delivers job and investment opportunities.

Quirky clock design to keep you on time

Whatever your stance on deliberately-fast clocks, you have to love this clock designed for tardy time-shifters by Italian design house Fabrica Design. The long hand on On-Time clocks deviates three minutes ahead to encourage you to get a move on.

Cool Award winner carves up iTunes charts with ‘Ask the Butcher’ iPhone app

Protein One, winner of the Commercial Creativity Award at the 2009 Anthill Cools for its Ask The Butcher creative campaign, unexpectedly stormed up the iTunes charts over the holidays with its 'Ask The Butcher' iPhone App.

Cool Award winner carves up iTunes charts with 'Ask the Butcher' iPhone app

Protein One, winner of the Commercial Creativity Award at the 2009 Anthill Cools for its Ask The Butcher creative campaign, unexpectedly stormed up the iTunes charts over the holidays with its 'Ask The Butcher' iPhone App.

Cool waterproof suction notepad for capturing great ideas in the shower

People have their best ideas in the oddest places, but one of the most common places is the shower (perhaps all that singing gets the creative juices going). This proved sufficient inspiration for Aquanotes, a waterproof notepad, pencil and suction cups to ensure that you never, as the website says, "let another great idea go down the drain!"

Anthill print back issues in the bargain basement basket already? That didn't take long.

Anthill print editions always had a pass-on rate -- i.e. how many people read the same copy -- that was well above the industry average. In other words, they had a great shelf life. However, it seems that, in some people at least, the desire to continue sharing Anthill back issues is more pressing than the desire to wait patiently for their collection to mature into a golden egg.

Anthill print back issues in the bargain basement basket already? That didn’t take long.

Anthill print editions always had a pass-on rate -- i.e. how many people read the same copy -- that was well above the industry average. In other words, they had a great shelf life. However, it seems that, in some people at least, the desire to continue sharing Anthill back issues is more pressing than the desire to wait patiently for their collection to mature into a golden egg.

New Year’s Resolutions: You probably won’t keep them, but many companies profit from your...

Let's face it, setting new year's resolutions is a mug's game. The smart money is in servicing these resolutions, for they are as recession-proof as gambling and religion.

New Year's Resolutions: You probably won't keep them, but many companies profit from your...

Let's face it, setting new year's resolutions is a mug's game. The smart money is in servicing these resolutions, for they are as recession-proof as gambling and religion.

The most useless machine ever?

This neat little invention caught my attention for its sheer uselessness. Yup, you read me right. The following clip features one of the most useless things I've ever seen. It's so useless, it prompted me to spend 20 minutes explorng its history and another 20 minutes writing this post. I hope you enjoy its uselessness as much as me!

Bionic Eye within sight for Monash following Federal grant

Just prior to Christmas, Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, announced that Monash V1sion had been awarded grant assistance from the Australian Research Council to develop the Bionic Eye.

iBend – a useful low-tech iPhone accessory with panache

iPhone owners delight in exploring many of the creative third-party applications that are release every day via the Apple store. Many of these are awesome . But in the scramble to download the latest high-tech apps, it's easy to miss those low-tech accessories that you will likely use more often than most apps.

The 10 Dumbest Business Moments for 2009. It’s time to vote!

Two weeks ago, we asked our readers to help us assemble our annual Dumb Report, a selection of Australian goofs, gaffs and groaners from...

The 10 Dumbest Business Moments for 2009. It's time to vote!

Two weeks ago, we asked our readers to help us assemble our annual Dumb Report, a selection of Australian goofs, gaffs and groaners from...

5 key web analytics predictions for 2010

Web analytics company Webtrends has forecast what it sees as the five key trends in the web analytics industry for 2010.

Six emerging technologies receive more than $442k of COMET grants

With only a couple more weeks before the COMET program closes (to be replaced with the Commercialisation Australia program), it has been announced that six emerging technologies have received grants totaling $442,400, or $70,400 each.

How to harness bloggers to spread your message (the right way)

Earlier this year, Australian wallet maker Dosh Wallets released its second line of wallets (which are über cool, by the way). Consumer awareness was low, so Dosh Wallets hired digital strategist Julian Cole and his team at Sydney-based agency The Population to create a buzz online for the product line release.

Awesome Japanese shop window installation

Those Japanese know how to do shop windows with class. Check out this breath of fresh air -- a Maison Hermès installation by Tokujin Yoshioka.

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