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Ok you won’t believe it, thieves in China have a real good chopsticks skill that they can snatch off people’s smartphones with their chopsticks. It often happen when people are stepping off a subway train or riding their bicycle. They should put a sign in the subway – “BEWARE OF CHOPSTICKS THIEVES”. Hmmm… He don’t look like a thief tho.
Some said that school is like prison, oh really? Or you prefer to be prisoner? Unless you staying in Norwegian prison. Check it out after the break. Read more…
Will the world end on the 21/12/12 coming Friday? Don’t worry, Nasa has released a video to calm you down.
“Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012,” NASA said in a statement on its webpage dedicated to questions about Dec. 21. “This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then — just as your calendar begins again on January 1 — another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.”
Video after the break.
19-year-old Hanna Sabata uploaded a video of yourself flashing stacks of money that she robbed from bank. Thats what she stated: “I just stole a car and robbed a bank. Now I’m rich, I can pay off my college financial aid and tomorrow i’m going for a shopping spree. Bite me.” According to report, Sabata was arrested last Wednesday – York County Sheriff Dale Radcliff said authorities have a copy of the video, which will be used as evidence against the flashy 19-year-old girl. Not only that, she even wore the same outfit in the video which a woman caught on security cameras was wearing when a Waco bank in York was robbed. Robbing bank for college financial aid? Really? Video after the break. Read more…
Road worker found a 700-year-old well preserved body which dates back to the Mind Dynasty which is between 1368 and 1644. There bones, ceramic, ancient writing and
gadgets stuff found inside the coffin.
Director of the Museum of Taizhou, Wang Weiyin, told Xinhua that the mummy’s clothes are made mostly of silk, with a little cotton. He said usually silk and cotton are very hard to preserve and excavations found that this mummifying technology was used only at very high-profile funerals.
The first finding of the Ming Dynasty in Taizhou dates from May 1979 and led the opening of the museum. At that time the bodies were also found intact, but due to lack of experience of archaeologists only clothing, belts and clamps could be preserved.
More pictures after the break. (If you don’t like seeing dead body I suggest you just stop here). Read more…
Rumors of Sprint’s $12 billion acquisition by Softbank weren’t exaggerated, they were understated: according to CNBC, the Now Network will announce a $20 billion transaction with the Japanese network on Monday, granting Softbank a 70 percent stake in the company. According to people familiar with the matter, Softbank will purchase $8 billion in shares directly from Sprint, snagging an additional $12 billion in stock at $5.25 a share from other shareholders. The Japanese firm’s payout would net Sprint $3 billion, money CNBC supposes it might use to regain control of Clearwire. Softbank’s cash may also be used to bolster Sprint’s ongoing LTE rollout, which is poised to light up in over 20 markets in the coming months. The details are said to be officially announced tomorrow morning, but we’ve reached out to Sprint for a comment in case it wants to spill the beans early.
SOURCE via CNBC
Now this just confuses many people, including us here in HQ. Pokémon, the game many in our generation grew up playing, is now being hunted by PETA, on the grounds that it condones animal cruelty.
We’re not sure why, since Pokémon, as the world knows it, is a virtual game involving fictional and imaginary animals. In addition, it has long ago been spawned as a cartoon series, which again many have grown up watching.
So why is PETA going after Pokemon now? Well, PETA is concentrating its anti-Pokemon campaign against the new Pokemon Black and White 2 game, released only two days ago for the Nintendo DS. According to PETA, “the amount of time that Pokemon spend stuffed in pokeballs is akin to how elephants are chained up in train carts, waiting to be let out to ‘perform’ in circuses.”
As a response, PETA launched its own parody video game on its website, called “Pokemon Black & Blue: Gotta Free ‘Em All”, where players battle against trainers to gain freedom, with a variety of “attacks” such as “group hugs” and “protests”. Further, it states that “if PETA existed in Unova, (their) motto would be: Pokemon are not ours to use or abuse.”
We’re not quite sure what to make of this. What do you think?
SOURCE via CNET
In a move that makes the long rumoured Steam Box look a lot more likely, Valve has started advertising for industrial designers.
The ad – spotted by The Verge yesterday – could just be about finding someone to join an existing team and model prototypes for gravity gun-shaped controllers, but the wording suggests that there are much bigger plans afoot than that.
“Valve is traditionally a software company. Open platforms like the PC and Mac are important to us, as they enable us and our partners to have a robust and direct relationship with customers. We’re frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space though, so we’re jumping in. Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven’t really changed in any meaningful way over the years. There’s a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked.”
This is, of course just the latest in a long list of signs that Valve’s going to break free of mere desktop clients before long. It follows on from the formation of a Linux team and an interest in wearable computing and well documented concerns about Windows 8 from the very top of the company. It’s also not the first time that Valve has expanded its hardware team this year.
There’s been a trend towards big smartphones. Sometimes, really big. Even so, concerns have persisted that the cart is driving the horse — that customers are buying big phones because that’s what’s available, not because they have a preference. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech might not put that issue to bed once and for all, but its latest study suggests that there’s at least some appeal to all that extra glass. Among Android phones sold in the past three months across eight countries, 29 percent of them had a screen larger than 4.5 inches. Their owners were unsurprisingly more active as well, using the internet and watching videos more often than those whose phones have more modest displays.
Market share might be following suit. Throughout the countries Kantar is tracking, Android still has roughly half or more of the market, ranging from 46.8 percent in Brazil to a staggering 86.8 percent of Spain. In Europe alone, it was up by just over a fifth from a year ago. We know iOS is taking a beating outside of the US as a result. Before anyone calls the trend irreversible, however, remember that we’re on the edge of an unpredictable period: we know some mobile fans have been holding out for a new iPhone, and all the apparent rumors have Apple choosing a bigger screen that might satisfy some outstanding gripes with screen sizes. We’re also anticipating at least a few Windows Phone wildcards that could shake up the status quo and make this a three-horse race.
SOURCE via Kantar World Panel