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Japan Losing Vending Machine Edge?

Japan Losing Vending Machine Edge?

Believe it or not, Japan was not the first country in the world to come up with the gold vending machine, the first of which was released early this week. Not a machine made of gold, but a machine that allows you to trade money for gold in a vending machine environment. Ron Paul would be proud, as the USA beat Japan to the punch by a month, while Germany and Abu Dhabi beat Japan by almost a year! As reporter Yoree Koh says, "It's enough to make you cry into your ramen."

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The Daily Slash: January 19 2011

The Daily Slash: January 19 2011

First, it's WAR over on Android Community as a Moto PR representative basically tells ROM developers to STAY AWAY. Then come back to SlashGear and swallow a submarine for science! Over on Android Community, see an Android Explode an Apple Logo, a Nexus S clad man get crushed by a vending machine, and take a close peek at the Android Chinese God of Wealth! Back on SlashGear, check out a couple of fabulous new Samsung clickers: Samsung ST95, ST90 and ST65, and Samsung ST30 and ST6500. Finally check out on Android Community one of the most helpful Android apps of all time, now a reality: MasterCard's "ATM Hunter." All this and MORE on The Daily Slash.

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Official Android Designer Toy Line Expanded by God of Wealth, Reviewed by Android Community

Official Android Designer Toy Line Expanded by God of Wealth, Reviewed by Android Community

Android has become a big enough platform that they've got an official toy line. When you've got a toy line and an OS under the same brand, you know what you do? You send those toys into outer space with a Nexus S. Then since the brand is a global brand, you make an Asia exclusive Chinese New Year toy and you extend the power of your brand by an exponential amount.

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Star Wars Posters Perfected in Every Way by Artist Tyler Stout

Star Wars Posters Perfected in Every Way by Artist Tyler Stout

When it comes to Star Wars, there's only a few ways you can go wrong. You can make life-sized plush animals (barring ewoks,) you can make terrible Christmas ornaments, and you can make a Star Wars Holiday Special. Of all the ways you can go right, it's an extremely difficult market to break into for movie posters. Everyone in the world who wants a poster either already has one or already has a favorite, and why would they grab a new one with more than 30 years of posters already having been released. Surely the craft has been perfected by now. But I say thee nay, perfection was not done in any of the past three decades, it was done now, by illustrator Tyler Stout.

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Daniel Eatock Teaches the World to Compensate with a Cheap Bookshelf

Daniel Eatock Teaches the World to Compensate with a Cheap Bookshelf

Take a look at this, a bookshelf that you could potentially purchase from a store for about... oh... $10? So long that when heavy contents are placed along the center, it bends and arcs. Designer / artist Daniel Eatock saw this situation and decided to make the best out of it by grabbing all of his favorite books and placing them along the center in a perfect order, an order so perfect that the arc of the shelf and the height of each of the books perfectly compliment one another in harmony.

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Secret Skateboard – For Office Women Under the Table

Secret Skateboard – For Office Women Under the Table

This right here is a skateboard with style, for the woman skater with an desk job, just waiting to get back on the streets to do some sick 50-50 grinds, but currently filing papers and being a boss in the office. This is a board created by designer Carissa Carter and created as a treat for the owner. Made to be stroked, not ridden.

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Angry Birds plush characters announced

Angry Birds plush characters announced

Of all the mobile games that I have on my iPad and on the iPhone, my daughter loves Angry Birds the most. The first thing I had to do when the Galaxy Tab came in was add Angry Birds to it as well. The game is a lot of fun, even if it can get frustrating on some levels after you try to beat the stupid pigs a hundred times.

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Crayola Crayon Maker Recycles Your Crayons, Jumbles Colors Together

Crayola Crayon Maker Recycles Your Crayons, Jumbles Colors Together

Until we can draw on the walls without leaving a mark, or at least until our kids can, we're left watching as the little ones destroy their crayons in some capacity or another. Whether they just get run down to small nubs of their former selves, you'll want to get rid of them eventually. But throwing them in the trash isn't always appropriate, because sometimes you just don't want to spend the money on new ones. Understandable. So why not melt them down, and create new crayons for your littles ones to use? That's exactly what the Crayola Crayon Maker does.

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Terrifying Childs Toy Robot is Reborn with Greater Senses, Awareness, Life

Terrifying Childs Toy Robot is Reborn with Greater Senses, Awareness, Life

Oh my scary this toy better not show up anywhere I'm sleeping. This lovely little dinosaur was first released in 2008 and everyone loved it but apparently noone had the cash to buy one. PLEO creator Ugobe filed for bankruptcy and the company basically went under - until 2009 when Jetta Company Limited decided to re-launch the PLEO by purchasing the Ugobe IP, the company then taking the time to now improve the beast and re-release with a new name and at least a couple new colors. Joy! Nice history lesson, yes? This brand new PLEO goes by the name PLEOrb, ("re-born",) comes in pink or blue or green with all new packaging and a batch of new features!

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Electric Butterfly in a Jar is not cruel

Electric Butterfly in a Jar is not cruel

My daughter is too young to understand that things die. She is always catching some sort of frog or lizard and then putting it in a box to keep "forever" without realizing that the things have to eat. I end up having to sneak out and let the captive escape after she goes to sleep.

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