Thursday, January 30, 2014

Caption This: Givers never lack


Well, I have to give because I don't want to know how it feels to have nothing, because the more I give, the more I receive.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Google is selling Motorola to Lenovo for $2.9 billion

A picture taken on August 1, 2013 shows the American-manufactured Motorola Moto X smartphone at its unveiling on August 1, 2013 at a a news conference in New York.

Google has confirmed it is selling Motorola off to Chinese firm Lenovo for $2.91 billion US, only a year and a half after acquiring the troubled phone maker for $12.5 billion.
Google CEO Larry Page says Motorola will be “better served by Lenovo” in the competitive smartphone market while Google continues to focus on the Android software that runs a majority of the world’s smart devices.

Cigarettes kicked out of school in China

Pupils break cigarettes as a gesture showing their determinations of non-smoking at an elementary school of Jinan, the capital eastern China's Shandong province May 29, 2006. REUTERS/Stringer
 
Pupils break cigarettes as a gesture showing their determinations of non-smoking at an elementary school of Jinan, the capital eastern China's Shandong province.
China has banned smoking in schools, state media reported on Wednesday, the latest step in a government drive to kick the country's pervasive tobacco habit. Despite years of campaigning by health activists, China is the world's largest consumer of cigarettes and smokers can be spotted everywhere, even in schools and hospitals. But with a huge public health burden looming ever larger, China has recently intensified efforts to stamp out smoking.

Bitcoin Community Taken Aback By Arrest of BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem


This morning, the Bitcoin community was rocked by the news that a vaunted start-up CEO had been arrested for money laundering. BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem, 24, has been the subject of fawning profiles for his Bitcoin entrepreneurship. Bloomberg introduced him to the world as a Bitcoin millionaire last year. When Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss invested $1.5 million in his company, they made specific reference to his “impeccable reputation.” On Monday, that reputation took a big hit when the feds arrested him at JFK airport in New York, alleging that he helped a man in Florida convert over a million dollars worth of Bitcoin for use on the drug bazaar Silk Road.

Ukraine's Prime Minister Resigns Amid Violent Protests


Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has accepted the resignation of the prime minister and his cabinet amid continuing anti-government protests. Mykola Azarov had offered to step down as prime minister to create "social and political compromise".The move came after the Ukrainian parliament voted overwhelmingly to annul a controversial anti-protest law.The protests have spread in recent days across Ukraine, even to President Yanukovych's stronghold in the east.

Key dates in Ukrainian Unrest

Anti-government protester carries tyres to reinforce barricades built to fend off riot police in Kiev, 28 January 2014          Anti-government protests continue in Kiev and across Ukraine

21 Nov 2013: Ukraine announces it will not sign a deal aimed at strengthening ties with the EU

30 Nov 2013: Riot police detain dozens of anti-government protesters in a violent crackdown in Kiev

17 Dec 2013: Russia agrees to buy $15bn of Ukrainian government bonds and slash the price of gas it sells to the country

56th Grammy Awards, 2014: The Complete Winners List


  • Album of the year: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk.
  • Record of the year: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
  • Song of the year: “Royals,” Lorde.
  • New artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
  • Pop solo performance: “Royals,” Lorde.
  • Pop vocal album: “Unorthodox Jukebox,” Bruno Mars
  • Pop/duo group performance: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk with Pharrell and Nile Rodgers.
  • Rap/sung collaboration: “Holy Grail,” Jay Z with Justin Timberlake.
  • Rock song: “Cut Me Some Slack,” Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear.
  • Traditional pop vocal album: "To Be Loved," Michael Buble.
  • Rap performance: "Thrift Shop," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz.
  • Rap song: "Thrift Shop," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz.
  • Rap album: "The Heist," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
  • R&B performance: "Something," Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway.
  • Traditional R&B performance: "Please Come Home," Gary Clark Jr.
  • R&B song: "Pusher Love Girl," James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley and Justin Timberlake.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Best Live Performance Grammy 2014: Kendrick lamar and Imagine Dragons

According to reviews, fans' response, retweets and best collaboration on live stage, Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons (Imagine Awesome) killed it with their tracks Maad city and Radioactive in Grammys 2014. See the video below, you have to agree, that is the most energetic performance on a Grammys stage in recent times

Top Box Office: 10 Highest Grossing Movies January, 2014

#
TITLE
WEEKEND
LOCATIONS
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.
1
$21,299,495
-49%
2,759
96
$7,720
$75,544,805
2
Universal
2
$12,900,960
-42%
3,162
173
$4,080
$93,914,921
5
Universal
3
$12,101,118
-38%
3,472
45
$3,485
$40,056,363
2
Open Road
4
$9,118,806
-23%
2,757
-222
$3,308
$347,899,011
10
Disney
5
$9,084,687
-41%
3,387
0
$2,682
$30,452,820
2
Paramount
6
$8,610,441
--
2,753
--
$3,128
$8,610,441
1
Lionsgate
7
$7,061,676
-28%
2,304
100
$3,065
$127,000,429
7
Sony / Columbia
8
$5,478,368
-23%
1,804
-126
$3,037
$98,508,822
5
Paramount
9
$5,029,030
-32%
2,411
360
$2,086
$26,514,531
5
Weinstein Company
10
$2,786,341
-66%
2,544
0
$1,095
$12,922,304
2
Fox

Box Office

PED Virus Hits Canada, Threatening To Devastate Pig Farms



Sausages and schnitzels could soon cost you a lot more bacon, thanks to a pig virus that has spread to Canada, with the potential to do severe damage to many farms. The virus was first detected in the U.S. last April, and has since spread to 22 states.

Now a farm in Middlesex County, Ont., is the site of the first Canadian outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), and the virus has spread to a second Ontario farm, this one in the Chatham-Kent region. A third possible case, also in Ontario, is being investigated.

Tall Chinese terracotta soldiers stand guard in Edinburgh


                 90 brightly coloured figures stand in Edinburgh Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Dozens of larger-than-life lanterns inspired by ancient Chinese army were lit up in Edinburgh today, marking the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations.

As many as 90 brightly coloured figures will stand at the Edinburgh University campus. The lantern army of women, children, and men with horses was originally created by Chinese artist Xia Nan for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

"People of all ages are sure to be wowed by the scale and beauty of the lanterns, while also learning about this important aspect of Chinese history," said Natascha Gentz of the university's Confucius Institute.

The lanterns are inspired by the 8,000-strong army of terracotta soldiers, discovered in the tomb of the first Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang. It is thought that the sculptures were created to defend the emperor’s immortal soul. See more pics below