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Pasta-making video game a novel X-perience

10:11PM | Tuesday, 4 October 2011 |  Computer scientists in Bologna have developed a game that teaches players how to make tortellini using motion-sensing software and a webcam.

eBay app prompts TV-related purchases

1:06PM | Friday, 6 January 2012 |  People can now buy items related to the TV shows they are watching on eBay’s new iPad app.

Drive-by beauty services offer quick fix

1:01AM | Thursday, 5 January 2012 |  Drive-by beauty appointments are a growing trend as women turn to the professionals to glam up for the party season.

Christmas cast-offs spark reject sites

1:11PM | Tuesday, 3 January 2012 |  The astronomical number of unwanted Christmas gifts suggests there is a market for “reject” sites whereby consumers sell or exchange their Christmas cast-offs.

Bakers Delight flags franchisee recruitment drive

1:43PM | Tuesday, 3 January 2012 |  Bakery franchise Bakers Delight is ramping up its recruitment drive, expecting to sign up 100 new franchisees by the end of the financial year, despite the gloomy outlook for retail franchises.

Watch2pay is right on time

12:40AM | Friday, 23 December 2011 |  A watch is replacing wallets for purchases under $23 in Britain, representing the latest development in cash-free payments.

10 best start-up ideas of 2011

12:01PM | Thursday, 22 December 2011 |  The ‘Eureka’ moment was alive and well in 2011, with plenty of weird and wonderful business ideas, from “man candles” and electronic flower pots to a bus shelter being turned into a giant oven in the name of advertising. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Thing-O-Matic brings images to life

12:25PM | Thursday, 22 December 2011 |  A device known as the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic can turn two-dimensional images into three-dimensional objects made of plastic.

Cycle itineraries set wheels in motion

12:50AM | Wednesday, 14 December 2011 |  Melburnian Matt Hurst has written a book about cycling around the city, entitled The Casual Cyclist’s Guide, which celebrates the joys of riding a bike when you’re not clad in Lycra.

Surf’s up for Sydney photo firms

12:02PM | Monday, 12 December 2011 |  A band of surf photographers have carved a niche along Sydney’s shores, taking early morning surf shots and emailing them to large numbers of subscribers.