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The April Trend Report

MINI on Pinterest

In case you've been wandering around with a thick paper bag over your head for the last few months, chances are you've heard of Pinterest.com. It's a virtual pinboard that allows you to find and share the most beautiful, inspiring, interesting or amusing images on the web. Check in with the MINI page for shots of all the latest rides, along with Classic Mini images from the archives, concept cars and exclusive design models. And be sure not to miss our very own MINI Space board. Pin it!

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Dead Drops

File storage and sharing methods aren't necessarily the sexiest thing on the digital agenda, but a radical offline file-sharing project is set to bring a bit of enigmatic, retro flair to the proceedings. The brainchild of architect and artist Aram Bartholl, Dead Drops are fixed USB sticks hidden in public spaces and used to share secret and creative content anonymously. Just plug in your computer and see what goodies have been left surreptitiously. Aram began "injecting" USB sticks into holes in the walls of New York buildings two years ago, and the project has attracted a wave of followers ever since.  Check out the video for ideas, then create your own Dead Drops, share content, and indulge those nostalgic espionage fantasies you've always harbored (no fooling us).

Animal of the Week: Bonobo Apes

Why? Because thanks to Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary in Des Moines, Iowa, these guys could be your new BFFs. The Trust have spent the last seven years developing a program allowing bonobos to communicate with humans by selecting lexigrams on large touchscreen displays. And now, to ease that awkward moment when you bump into a bonobo out and about, they've taken things one step further with the Bonobo Chat app. The app translates English speech into lexigrams for Bonobos to understand, but Head Programmer Ken Schwaller says even greater things are in the pipelines. He suggests that the apes could eventually use Bonobo Chat to change the temperature, operate vending machines, and even watch movies. Fun, or freaky? What do you think?

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Tentsiles

With thoughts of springtime and camping on our minds, we can't help but love these Tentsiles! Described as ‘a portable treehouse', these ‘high-up-in-the-sky' tent/hammock hybrids are perfect for those of you who love camping, but hate to sleep on the cold hard ground - definitely a Creative Use of Space! They come in a variety of sizes and colors, so you and your friends can snuggle up in signature style. Just make sure those trees are strong enough...

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c_horowitz

posted by c_horowitz | 12/17/2013 05:00 am

cute!

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