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It’s never too early to start the new iPhone rumors, and the latest one focuses on a feature coveted by many fans of the device: a larger screen. The prediction comes from market research firm DisplaySearch in a message posted to i...
It’s never too early to start the new iPhone rumors, and the latest one focuses on a feature coveted by many fans of the device: a larger screen. The prediction comes from market research firm DisplaySearch in a message posted to its site on Monday. According to intel gathered by DisplaySearch, Apple may be planning to release a 5.7-inch iPhone in the second quarter of 2014. See also: iPhone 5S vs. the Competition Citing research based on Apple’s Asia supply chain, analyst David Hsieh wrote: Introduction of the iPhone 5S and 5C was the latest example that Apple has been slow in adopting the latest display technologies. While 5-6” FHD resolution displays are rapidly growing in the smart phone market, the iPhone has stayed with the 4” 1136×640 screen for over a year and a half. [...] Based on supply chain research, we believe Apple is planning to revamp nearly all of the displays in its products over the next year. Read more...More about Upgrades, Iphone, Apple, Design, and Tech
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You may mistake this for a high-tech medical laboratory, but it’s not. McLaren Automotive has quietly begun production of its P1 supercar at its state-of-the-art facility in Woking, United Kingdom. The carmaker posted photos on its Faceb...
You may mistake this for a high-tech medical laboratory, but it’s not. McLaren Automotive has quietly begun production of its P1 supercar at its state-of-the-art facility in Woking, United Kingdom. The carmaker posted photos on its Facebook page showing the immaculate assembly line of the McLaren P1. The 903hp supercar is built on a dedicated line at the McLaren Production Centre, where the 12C and 12C Spider are also manufactured. As previously announced, McLaren will only build 375 units of the hybrid supercar, which will make the P1 more exclusive than its main competitors, the Ferrari LaFerrari (499 units) and the Porsche 918 Spyder (918 units). McLaren has confirmed that most of the production run is already sold, with no cars left available for the United States, Asia and Middle East. Few cars remain for European clientele. The McLaren P1 features a hybrid powertrain combining a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine developing 727 hp and an electric motor producing 176 hp. Combined power output is 903 hp (917PS) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque, catapulting the P1 from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3 seconds and allowing it to reach a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph). Furthermore, the McLaren P1 accelerates from zero to 200 km/h (124 mph) in less than 7 seconds and on to 300 km/h (186 mph) in less than 17 seconds – that’s 5 seconds quicker than the legendary McLaren F1. The P1 has a starting price of £866,000 in the UK and $1,150,000 in the U.S. By Dan Mihalascu PHOTO GALLERY
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A few weeks ago The Sunday Times in London ran a story about Russian artist Petro Wodkins who posed as an agent for a Central Asian dictator and contacted 30 London galleries to buy art for the despot. The video of the project is now up ...
A few weeks ago The Sunday Times in London ran a story about Russian artist Petro Wodkins who posed as an agent for a Central Asian dictator and contacted 30 London galleries to buy art for the despot. The video of the project is now up on YouTube along with this description: After setting up meetings with the art dealers he proposed a very lucrative deal. Five to ten million dollars investment in art, the catch was that the buyer was President Rahmon, one of the worst dictators in the world, oppressing Tajikistan for over 20 years. Tajikistan is one of poorest countries in central Asia, one of the most corrupt countries in the world. The question was if the art dealers were willing to sell art to the dictator, agreeing to be be paid from off-shore accounts, leaving no traces to the dictator and help ship the art in a very discreet way. In the film Price of Art you will learn what happened.
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Justin Bieber’s totally ripped, perfectly toned torso gleams in his latest topless Instagram. At 19-years-old, the pop singer’s hard-won body and his habit of showing it off at any and every opportunity — and frankly, w...
Justin Bieber’s totally ripped, perfectly toned torso gleams in his latest topless Instagram. At 19-years-old, the pop singer’s hard-won body and his habit of showing it off at any and every opportunity — and frankly, who wouldn’t in his place? — indicates the Biebs may be heartbroken over Selena Gomez, but he’s also in prime condition. But then, only a singer at the peak fitness could get through the mammoth Believe tour. Currently on its Asia leg ahead of a Thursday show in Seoul, Korea, Justin will have played over 150 gigs by the time the 15-month trek wraps in Australia on December 8. In the picture, the “Heartbreaker” singer flexes while pointing at his personal trainer, looking nothing like the skinny, nude adolescent first seen in TMZ’s shabbily obtained pictures in August. The pair work out regularly in a weight training regime designed by Patrick Nilsson (the trainer) who travels on the tour. Somewhat inevitably, within hours of posting the said topless snap Bieber received thousands of ‘Likes’ — at the time of press, nearly 750,000 and counting. (Photo: via Justin Bieber Instagram, captioned “Me and my trainer,” posted Oct. 9) But there may be one person in particular the Canadian is hoping will also like the buff display, a certain Latina actress-singer. Following the midnight release of his new single “Heartbreaker” on Monday, which kicked off a 10-week release cycle of new cuts from the singer’s Journals album, Justin took to Twitter to explain the background to the song. The Instagram message read: “It’s a song for people going through a heartbreak – like I was when I wrote it. It means so much to me to be able to share what I was, and still am going through, with my fans. I’m very proud of this song and I hope it give my fans some insight into my heart – JB.” Since its release, “Heartbreaker” has stormed iTunes charts around the world hitting the #1 spot in 63 countries. Bieber’s topless photo wasn’t the singer’s only Instagram post of note this week. On Tuesday, the singer uploaded an Instavid of himself jamming to “Heartbreaker,” delighting fans — and possibly Gomez. Meanwhile, the singer’s promotional campaign — dubbed “Music Mondays” — is expected to lead to the release of Journals, while dovetailing the end of his world tour and run-up to the Christmas debut of the Jon M. Chu-directed Believe documentary. Bieber is ripped and apparently heartbroken, but business has never been better. Justin Bieber: Ripped AND Heartbroken, That’s Some Combination is a post from: The Inquisitr News
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Cantor Fitzgerald’s Brian White is still touring Asia, and today elaborated on his report that Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5s model is more popular its cheaper 5c. White writes that his meeting with an unnamed China-based telecom provider rein...
Cantor Fitzgerald’s Brian White is still touring Asia, and today elaborated on his report that Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5s model is more popular its cheaper 5c. White writes that his meeting with an unnamed China-based telecom provider reinforced the thesis that smartphone growth is strong in China, although dominated by local brands and offerings from [...]
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HTC can’t seem to find the formula for success in the mobile market, reporting losses quarter over quarter. There is no easy formula for a market in which the top 3 manufacturer is doing bad. Samsung and Apple are pretty much the o...
HTC can’t seem to find the formula for success in the mobile market, reporting losses quarter over quarter. There is no easy formula for a market in which the top 3 manufacturer is doing bad. Samsung and Apple are pretty much the only ones doing well and something has to be done. Could an acquisition be the best solution for HTC? Recent rumors assure that HTC has been meeting with Lenovo for a possible acquisition that would conclude during the first half of 2014. It’s said these meetings have been held since August, 2013. What exactly could be happening here? We know HTC is not at its best, but we didn’t think they could be that hurt yet. Also, Lenovo is no renowned brand in the smartphone/tablet market. Lenovo does have a large presence in Asia, though. Their computers are also very popular in the rest of the world. Could it be Lenovo wants to improve its lackluster mobile department by bringing in HTC’s expertise? Seems to make sense. And though we hate to see HTC going somewhere else, it’s a great brand and we also wouldn’t like to see it completely die. Let’s wait until we hear more on this, because none of it is official just yet. We should be hearing more if this rumor is true – in which case, you will be the first we tell! Thanks for the tip, Karla! [Apple Daily]
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V3.co.ukThe U.K. government and large technology companies will assist Sir Tim Berners-Lee in his effort to bring the Internet to developing parts of the world. The U.K.'s Justine Greening says Internet access is a driver of economic gr...
V3.co.ukThe U.K. government and large technology companies will assist Sir Tim Berners-Lee in his effort to bring the Internet to developing parts of the world. The U.K.'s Justine Greening says Internet access is a driver of economic growth and can benefit millions of people. Google, which is already addressing the issue through Project Loon in New Zealand, believes its technological innovation and expertise could be helpful. Berners-Lee has founded the Alliance for Affordable Internet, an organization that will push for regulations and policies in Asia and Africa to make it easier to install Internet infrastructure. "The real bottleneck now is anti-competitive policies that keep prices unaffordable," Berners-Lee says. "The Alliance is about removing that barrier and helping as many as possible get online at reasonable cost." Berners-Lee also cites issues around taxes and state telecom monopolies as obstacles. Other companies backing the Alliance include Facebook, Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, and Microsoft. "The result of high prices is a widening digital divide that slows progress in vital areas such as health, education, and science," Berners-Lee says. "Yet with the advent of affordable smartphones, new undersea cables, and innovations in wireless spectrum usage, there is simply no good reason for the digital divide to continue."From "Google, Facebook and Government Back Sir Tim Berners-Lee Mission to Bring Web to the World" V3.co.uk (10/07/13) Dan Worth View Full Article
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New ScientistResearchers at the University of Washington and Intel Labs have developed an online system that can automatically create annotated three-dimensional (3D) reconstructions of tourist sites on Wikipedia. The software first use...
New ScientistResearchers at the University of Washington and Intel Labs have developed an online system that can automatically create annotated three-dimensional (3D) reconstructions of tourist sites on Wikipedia. The software first uses Flickr images to generate a 3D model of the site, recreating its overall geometry. Wikipedia entries for the same place are then scanned for nouns, which are entered into a Google image search to identify objects of interest such as paintings or statues, and photos are added to the appropriate locations on the model. As the user scrolls through the Wikipedia article, each time a feature is mentioned, a line is drawn from the keyword to the corresponding area. Users can zoom in on a feature or, where a narrative sequentially describes a site, they can embark on a fly-through to visualize the description. The goal is to create a rich augmented reality application that could be used while visiting a tourist site. The researchers note that detailed analyses of the text could enhance the system. For example, identifying words denoting position, such as whether an object is "above" or "to the left" of another feature, would pinpoint an object's location. The research will be presented at Siggraph Asia in Hong Kong in November.From "Take Virtual 3D Tours of Tourist Sites With Wikipedia" New Scientist (10/02/13) Sandrine Ceurstemont View Full Article - May Require Free Registration
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Marcus Camby averaged 1.8 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Knicks last season. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Rockets center Marcus Camby will miss at least the next two weeks as he receives treatment for a foot injury. The Houston Chronicl...
Marcus Camby averaged 1.8 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Knicks last season. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Rockets center Marcus Camby will miss at least the next two weeks as he receives treatment for a foot injury. The Houston Chronicle reports that Camby is hoping to avoid surgery on the injury that has so far kept him out of training camp and the preseason. “My plantar fascia is torn,” Camby said. “I’m trying to do whatever I can to avoid surgery. We’re just going to rehab it and see how it goes in the next two weeks and take it from there. We don’t want to rehab it and nurse it and have it still be lingering. That is something I’m going to sit back and figure out and definitely look toward long term, as the season progresses to the second half of the season. I have to be smart about it.” Surgery on the foot would reportedly sideline Camby for approximately two months. Camby, 39, is one of the NBA’s oldest active players, and he played in just 24 games for the Knicks last season. A defense and rebounding specialist whose length theoretically retains a measure of value even at this stage of his career, Camby holds career averages of 9.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks, but he averaged just 1.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in limited time last season. Traded to the Raptors in the Andrea Bargnani deal, Camby was later bought out by Toronto. He then signed a one-year deal to return to Houston, where he played down the stretch of the 2011-12 season. His addition amounted to simple injury protection; with both All-Star center Dwight Howard and Omer Asik, last year’s starting center, on the roster, minutes were going to be few and far between for Camby, whose playing time has steadily dwindled since 2010. The Rockets are currently in Asia to play two preseason games and will return to the United States next week.  Houston’s regular season opener is set for Oct. 30 against Charlotte at the Toyota Center.
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American Express (AXP) made headlines in February, when it was named by Fortune magazine as one of the world's most admired companies for 2013. However, despite its admirable reputation, its revenue and market share is still lagging behi...
American Express (AXP) made headlines in February, when it was named by Fortune magazine as one of the world's most admired companies for 2013. However, despite its admirable reputation, its revenue and market share is still lagging behind its major rivals in the industry. Some investors question whether the company can grow enough to overcome the competition. Recent News American Express announced recently that it will be joining forces in Asia by launching the Citi PremierMiles American Express Card in Malaysia. This partnership will enable Citibank to issue cards in the Asia Pacific region, which will be accepted using the American Express global merchant network. This has very strong growth potential for the company as it will open the door to the rising economies of the Asia Pacific region.The share price of American Express has moved up by 24.5% over the past year. Its rivals MasterCard (MA), Discover Financial
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