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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Samsung VS Apple

Samsung has its patent dispute with Apple by asking a court to force Apple to hand over the Ipad 3 and Iphone 5.
Samsung used to be one of Apple's allies, supplying it with £3.7 billion worth of chips and parts in 2010. However, tensions grew between the companies as Samsung's products, which run Google's Android operating system, became the primary competition to Apple.
The Galaxy Tab is the biggest threat to the Ipad, while the Samsung Galaxy S handset was used as the base for the Nexus S, Google's second own-branded Android smartphone. This strong relationship with Google is likely a factor in Samsung's souring relationship with Apple, particularly given the remarkable growth of Android devices over the past year and the impact that has had on Apple's sales.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Army Generals Defect

Italian Foreign Ministry officials presented the generals, two colonels and a major to reporters in Rome three days after they fled Libya.
One of the officers, Gen. Melud Massoud Halasa, estimated that Gadhafi's military forces are now "only 20 percent as effective" as what they were before the revolt broke out in mid-February, and that "not more than 10" generals remain loyal to Gadhafi.
Former Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel Rahman Shalgam, who now backs the anti-Gadhafi rebels, told the news conference that the eight officers are "part of 120 officials who left and abandoned Gadhafi and are now out of Libya."
Italy, Libya's former colonial ruler, long had close economic and diplomatic ties with Tripoli, but Rome was among the first Western nations to break with the regime and establish formal relations with the Libyan National Transitional Council, that is representing anti-Gadhafi forces.
Gen. On Ali On read an appeal to fellow army officers and top police and security officials "in the name of the martyrs who have fallen in the defense of freedom to have the courage" to abandon the regime.
The general, wearing street clothes like his fellow defectors, denounced both "genocide" and "violence against women in various Libyan cities."
Another general, identified as Yahmet Salah, told reporters that Gadhafi had only two brigades left that were allegedly carrying out the arrests and killings.
Mahmoud Shammam, of the National Transitional Council, said none of the funds from abroad, including those promised earlier this month at an international conference hosted by the Italian Foreign Ministry in Rome, had yet reached the anti-Gadhafi forces. He also said that a council representative would go to the OPEC meeting in Vienna next month.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Arnold's Split With Maria

Last week we learned that power couple Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have decided to separate after a 25-year marriage.
The baby mama worked for the family for some 20 years, retired "on good terms" and received a healthy severance package, in addition to complete financial support from Arnie throughout the child's life. Maria knew about the child, but never the identity of his father.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will not resume his acting career as planned because he is dealing with personal issues, his management said.
Schwarzenegger is now focusing on his family rather than his film career.
“Gov. Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or timelines,” CAA said in a statement. “This includes ‘Cry Macho,’ ‘The Terminator’ franchise and other projects under consideration.
The couple’s four children – Katherine, 21, and Christina, 19, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13 – are struggling as well, but are rallying around their mom.
The kids are all banding together to support their mom right now and they’re doing their best to stay out of the spotlight,” a family source tells Us Weekly.

Tornadoes in Central U.S.

Tornadoes in Central U.S.

Tornadoes ripped through parts of the Midwest on Sunday killing at least one person in Minneapolis and an unknown number of others in a Missouri town where a hospital was damaged.Phone communications in and out of the city were largely cut off.Tornado warnings and watches were posted from Texas to Michigan.
In Minneapolis, the 29 people who were hurt were treated at North Memorial Hospital.One death was confirmed by the Hennepin County medical examiner. She had no other immediate details.The metro area's other two trauma centers, Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and Regions Hospital in St. Paul, reported no injuries.
National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Krause said the line of damage stretched from just west of Minneapolis through the city and into the northeastern suburbs.
Though the damage covered several blocks, it appeared few houses were totally demolished. Much of the damage was to roofs, front porches that had been sheared away, or smaller items such as fences and basketball goals.
The tornado left part of a garage door in a tree. Many large trees were uprooted and toppled or left leaning against houses.
Residents walked around their neighborhoods taking in all the damage. Some chatted on cellphones about what they saw, while others snapped pictures.
Others went to work.
The tornado left a tree leaning against Pat Trafton's house, but she said her family escaped harm.
"It's been a crazy day," Trafton, 67."It was a monster tornado. ... It all just happened so fast."
Krause said it was clearly a tornado -- the first to hit the city since August 2009. "There was no doubt right away," the meteorologist said.
Some north Minneapolis residents told the Star Tribune they saw the tornado go through their yards.
"It went right between our houses," said Tiffany Pabich, who was taking a nap just as the tornado passed. "A tree landed on top of my car. We smelled gas right away."
The storms uprooted as many as 50 natural gas service lines in Minneapolis and suburban St. Louis Park, and CenterPoint Energy warned residents to be careful of gas leaks.The Minneapolis Police Department asked people who didn't live in the area to stay away. A shelter for those displaced by the storm was set up Sunday afternoon at a nearby armory.
In Wisconsin, a powerful storm caused significant damage in La Crosse, tearing roofs from homes and sending emergency responders to search damaged buildings for anyone trapped inside, officials said. La Crosse County sheriff's dispatcher Tim Vogel described the damage as "significant" but told The Associated Press there were no immediate reports of serious injuries.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Japan Stocks Rise, Led By Exporters,

Japanese stocks climbed in choppy early trade Friday, with tech shares benefitting from a slightly weaker yen, while energy and trading firms slipped on overnight weakness in crude-oil prices. The Nikkei Stock Average rose 0.5% to 9,669.23 after moving in both direction in the early going, while the Topix was up 0.2% at 833.40. With the dollar ticking higher against the Japanese yen, forex-sensitive tech exporters rose, with Hitachi Ltd. up 1.5%, Sony Corp. rising 0.5%, and Toshiba Corp. adding 1.4% after annoucing a deal to buy Swiss power-meter producer Landis+Gyr for $2.3 billion. Deal news also helped drug shares, with Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. rising 0.7%after saying it plans to buy another Swiss company, Nycomed, while rival Daiichi Sankyo Co. improved by 1.6%. But weakness in crude oil, sent Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. down 0.5%, and Mitsui & Co. lower by 1.6%.

Doomsday prediction fails epically:

The self-proclaimed Doomsday prophet had predicted the May 21, 2011 date to be the End of the World when 200 million people will Rapture and the earth will be struck with series of violent natural disasters, including earthquakes that would make the recent Japan’s earthquake “look like a Sunday school picnic in comparison.”

According to Camping, the prediction of the date was calculated using references in the Bible, particularly Genesis Genesis 7:4 (“Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth”) and 2 Peter 3:8 (“With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”).

Friday, May 20, 2011

Pakistan Collapse

Ravi Rampaul played a role, but the thoughtlessness of Pakistan's batting played a bigger one as they limped to 180 for 6 on a rain-affected first day of the second Test in St Kitts. The tourists won the toss and the surface looked blameless; no undue movement, good, even bounce and a history of high scores. Yet only Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal realised its true worth, and their half-centuries were sandwiched between two collapses.

There was some beauty - a front foot cut off Rampaul for instance - but it was hidden among skittishness. The innings' 44th over, from Devendra Bishoo, was typical: Akmal beaten by a legbreak, then slicing an ugly slog, then sweeping fine and almost popping a catch to cover.

Ali was as much a contrast as he could be in a 93-run stand, nervous to begin, eventually composed if not ever authoritative. Sammy troubled him, again bringing the ball in off a good length. Ali treated it first as some unfathomable delivery thrown down by a freak concoction of Dennis Lillee, Muttiah Muralitharan and Paul Adams. He fairly crawled to lunch, unsure and jumpy in allowing four of the last six overs to pass as maidens.

But Ali's bubble acquired greater robustness in the shortened afternoon session. He reached out to Bishoo to drive and then, when the legspinner erred short, he cut him through cover. After tea, a back foot punch off Sammy - now much more decipherable - brought a seventh Test fifty, though there was also a sharp chance to slip soon after.

Akmal brought up his sixth fifty just before the fourth and longest rain-break of the day and just as all appeared well, he slipped back into his coma. Chasing a Sammy ball wide enough to be wided, he top-edged the slog to third man. Four overs later Ali went, run-out in a careless mix-up with Mohammad Salman; only Asoka de Silva was more careless in not spotting that Salman should've been out because he grounded his bat after Ali at the non-striker's end. Pakistan ended the day with no recognized batsmen left, no total on the board.

The control was exemplary and if the pitch didn't offer the movement of last week, it offered bounce. Otherwise there looked nothing to suggest anything other than what has gone in two previous Tests here: big runs, forgotten draws.

And yet, by the time of a nine-minute rain interruption just after the first drinks break, Pakistan's top order was done and dusted. It took Rampaul four overs to strike and then he couldn't stop. Taufeeq Umar went first, gloving one that bounced while trying to leave it; Mohammad Hafeez went next, edging essentially a straight ball that bounced a fraction more; Asad Shafiq fell the over after, cutting a wide ball straight to point and Pakistan were tottering at 24 for 3.

Misbah-ul-Haq helped put on an even fifty with Ali, but when he fell, needlessly swiping Bishoo to mid-on, he did nothing to dispel the day's most vivid impression: more than just poor batting - much more worrying in fact - maybe Pakistan's batting is simply not up to it; still or yet, depending on who you're looking at.

First Revenge

Twin explosions hit a paramilitary training center in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 80 people -- mostly recruits -- in what the Pakistani Taliban described as its “first revenge” for the death of Usama bin Laden.

Non War Faces Capitol Backlash

Some law makers are concerned that the White House is overstepping its authority by staying in Libya without congressional approval past the 60-day deadline, as outlined in the 1973 War Powers Act.