Linggo, Setyembre 2, 2012

Apple’s iPhone 5 September 2012 Release: Fact or Fiction

No iPhone 5 has arrived since last year. This 2012, it is rumored that Apple will finally launch the new iPhone device. Are the rumors mere gossips or based on facts?

A report on iMore reveals that iPhone 5 will be presented on September 12, 2012 and will be released on the 21st of the same month.

Apple may have never given any statement to confirm the launching date of the new generation iPhone. However, iMore claims that their sources are believable and proven accurate.
iMore’s Rene Ritchie further wrote:

The iPad mini will be announced at the same September 12 event, as will the new iPod nano. We haven't heard a release date for the iPad mini yet, but it could be the same as the iPhone 5. It seems likely the new iPod touch will make an appearance on September 12 as well, though we haven't heard any specific information about that yet either.”

App4Phone also backs the update regarding iPhone 5’s September launching, citing Chinese manufacturer sources.

Macotakara, a Japanese Apple blog, claims:
"According to Asian reliable source, next iPhone will be released in September or October, and this cycle seems to be kept for years.

In March, it was learned that Apple is targeting October for the release of the new generation iPhone which has working names “iPhone 5, 1” and “iPhone 5, 2”.

Apple launched iPhone 4S on October 4 last year. Traditionally, Apple introduces one iPhone device every year.

Rumors have it that the iPhone 4S successor will feature a 4-inch screen, 4G LTE radio, A5X chipset and a new micro dock connector.

Josh Smith of Gotta Be Mobile wrote that the upcoming iPhone device will be thinner, use a water-proof dock connector and have better microphones.

The rumors continue gaining mixed reactions from consumers. Some are excited to upgrade their 4S phones, while others are not thrilled to spend their money on the new Apple product.
A notable comment on the CNN site asserts “Isn't the iPhone 5 supposed to be 4G capable, unlike every iPhone before it so far?”

Some are wondering if the new product will make it big, just like its predecessor. Last year iPhone 4S sold four million units during its first three days of release, making the Apple product the fastest-selling gadget of all time.

Despite media hype, experts are still unconvinced that Apple will dominate the market if iPhone 5 is released. A Digi Times analysis claims that Android will still grab 70% of the worldwide market share by the end of 2012.

Smith, in another analysis, wrote:
Apple is counting on the iPhone 5 to take on the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 2 and the HTC One series. This year the competition has stepped it up, so we expect more than a fresh coat of paint on the iPhone 4S body.

Apple may be enjoying top media coverage brought by the much anticipated iPhone 5. Regarding the rumors, everything will be confirmed at the press launching on September 9.

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Miyerkules, Agosto 22, 2012

Impressive McKayla Maroney

To win gold in the 2012 Olympics, all McKayla Maroney had to do was to land on her feet. However she failed to do it, ending the game with a silver medal on vault. 

McKayla MaroneyHer American team won gold and Maroney has the credit for qualifying the team to the Team Finals. After the competition, the 16-year old athlete stood on the media podium with a sour facial reaction. 

Maroney was photographed and later became an overnight internet sensation.
The Impressive Olympic Journey

Everyone was expecting Maroney, who stands 5’3”, to bring home a gold medal on vault.  She attended professional trainings and won big in international gymnastics contests like the World 

Championships, Visa Championships, Secret US Classic and the CoverGirl Classic events.

"My mother put me in gymnastics because I had so much energy and I was always running around, so she thought gymnastics might take away some of the insane amounts of energy, " recalled Maroney.

To prepare for the London Olympics, the athlete underwent an extensive training under the instruction of Arthur Akopyan and Galina Marinova. In June, she suffered a nasal fracture and a mild concussion.  She missed a landing while warming up during the Visa Championships.

Her training for the Olympics made her previous bone break in the toe of her right foot worse. She said her broken bone hurt but still managed to ignore the pain.
"Bad things happen, you just have to make the best of it," claimed Maroney.

In the Olympics, her team was qualified in first place and the team members were individually qualified in first place to the Final Vault. She won a silver medal with a score of 15.083, despite her fall on her second vault.

You can't always be perfect. Sometimes things don't go as planned,” remarked the gymnast.
She admitted that her hands did not really touch the vaults. The gold medal was given to Russia’s Sandra Izbasa.
 “For every competition, I just went in there with confidence in myself and in my team, and each day it felt like I gained more and more experience,” shared Maroney.

The Unimpressive Meme

A picture of Maroney standing on the media podium with a sour facial expression went viral on the internet.
“A new Tumblr called 'McKayla Is Not Impressed' places the scowling teen wearing her silver medal next to some iconic moments in history, though none appear significant enough to break a smile onto McKayla's face,” reported in the Daily Mail Reporter.

Among the events showed in the pictures included the capture of Osama Bin Laden and the landing of NASA’s Team Curiosity on Mars. A Twitter parody account was also created by anonymous individuals to make fun of her “unimpressed” expression.
She uploaded a picture on Twitter showing her and two teammates in an “unimpressed” reaction after their attempt to take a dip in the Olympic village swimming pool was turned down.

Mike Blake of Reuters wrote:

Maroney is talented, funny, charismatic, and is the owner of one of the all-time greatest bitch faces in history. I want to see what her high school is like: Is she the queen bee? Is she a dork? I don't know, and it's reality TV's job to tell me.”

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Lunes, Agosto 13, 2012

Snoop Dogg’s Transformation to Snoop Lion

Say goodbye to Snoop Dogg and give Snoop Lion a warm welcome. According to the American singer, he changed his name while undergoing a spiritual and artistic rebirth in Jamaica.

Snoop narrated how he acquired his new name: 

"I went to the temple, where the high priest asked me what my name was, and I said, 'Snoop Dogg'. And he looked me in my eyes and said: 'No more. You are the light. You are the lion.' From that moment on, it's like I had started to understand why I was there."
Upon returning from Jamaica, he did not just introduce a new name. He also announced that he was shifting his music genre from rap to reggae which he considers “fresh air”.
“As a 40-year-old man ... I've got to give them something, said he. That's what you do when you're wise.”

Before Snoop Doggy and Snoop Lion Were Born

Snoop was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. in California. His mother started calling him “Snoopy” because of his physical appearance. Singers Brandy and Ray J are his cousins.

At age 5, he was already playing the piano. After graduating from high school, Snoop was arrested for procession of cocaine.

He was frequently in trouble with drugs and the law as a young man. Even when he was rising to fame, Snoop was arrested several times. He was charged for the murder of a man who was believed to be a member of Snoop’s gang’s rival, and was later acquitted. Later, he was sued for assaulting a fan on stage during his concert in 2005.

Recently Snoop has been banned from entering Norway for two years, after he tried entering the country with eight grams of cannabis. He was also found to be carrying an amount of money more than what was legally allowed. Snoop’s lawyer noted that they will not appeal the ban and that Snoop could “live with the decision”.

What is Behind the Name “Snoop Lion”?

News about Snoop Dogg changing his name broke with mixed reactions from the public.

“Say hello to well known ganja merchant and highly-paid singing whisperer Snoop Dogg, wrote Chris Starr of Heckler Spray. Or Snoop Lion, because the man has become leonine incarnate (or something).”

Author and fashion critic Derek Blasberg took to Twitter reacting "I just don't understand. When I got on the plane he was called Snoop Dogg, and when I got off the plane he was called Snoop Lion”.

Others were not shocked with the news report believing it was normal for people to change their name. One of the earlier celebrities who did the same was British singer Cat Stevens who is now Yusuf Islam.

According to Snoop, his transformation was inspired by reggae legend Bob Marley. Before recording his new reggae album “Reincarnated”, he even first got a blessing from Marley’s son Rohan.

"You can hear the message in some of the songs, Snoop told MTV News. You can hear the positivity and the strength and the struggle."

He concluded by saying he is the reincarnation of Bob Marley.

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Miyerkules, Agosto 8, 2012

James Holmes and the Nightmare

James Holmes finished an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience with the highest honors. He never had a criminal record and was never involved in a serious trouble. However he became a dreadful subject when he allegedly opened fire on a Colorado theater audience, killing 12 and wounding 58. Holmes is now facing 24 counts of first degree murder, 116 counts of attempted murder, possession of explosive devices, and inciting violence.

The Once Brilliant Student

Twenty-four years old Holmes was a big fan of superheroes. He decorated his apartment with Batman collectibles. He dyed his hair red believing he can be The Joker, Batman's nemesis.
Holmes enrolled as a Ph. D. student in Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Colorado. He won a government scholarship due to his outstanding academic achievements.

The son of a nurse and a mathematician was raised Lutheran. He played soccer, just like any other normal kid. It was reported that Holmes was a shy boy. His seniors said he was a stubborn kid.
"It was really hard for him to say anything, Jerry Borgie, senior pastor at Penasquitos Lutheran Church in San Diego, where the Holmes family worshipped, told the CS Monitor. You had to ask yes or no questions."

Weeks before the shooting, the once brilliant student failed tests and decided to quit schooling. Records have it that Holmes purchased guns and other weapons legally. He even applied to join a gun club, but never appeared for an orientation.

America's Nightmare

On July 20, 2012, movie-goers flocked inside a movie theater in Colorado to watch the midnight screening of the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.

Police reports confirm that the perpetrator bought a ticket and went inside the theater, just like other viewers. After 20 minutes, the perpetrator moved out of the theater house using the emergency exit.
When the perpetrator returned through the exit door, he was already dressed in black. He was wearing a gas musk, a load-bearing vest, a ballistic helmet, bullet-resistant leggings, a throat protector, a groin protector and tactical gloves. Only a few in the audience thought the well-costumed man was dangerous.

The perpetrator then threw a canister emitting a smoke irritating the eyes of the moviegoers, then fired guns continuously. The worst gun-shooting incident in America took place.

The first 911 call was recorded at 12:39AM. Some people in the audience tweeted the ongoing incident, rather than calling the police. Police arrived within 90 seconds. The perpetrator was seized behind the movie house next to his car. He did not resist and allegedly introduced himself as The Joker. He was jailed and now facing multiple criminal cases.

The Shooting Aftermath

The Dark Knight Rises made it to the box office, gaining more than $30 M in midnight showings. It gained extensive international news coverage after the shooting.

Christian Bale, who played Batman in the movie, visited survivors in the hospital without announcing. He also joined a memorial service for the victims of the shooting. Meanwhile, Warner Brothers suspended TV ads and marketing campaigns of the movie in some countries.

Some critics put the blame on the effect of the movie. After the attack, cops arrested another armed man in Washington. The man was also saying he was The Joker.

The incident also sparked political debates regarding gun regulation in the United States. With critics calling for a gun ban, Senate majority leader Harry Reid told the press that it was too soon following the tragedy to have a discussion.

"I think we should just wait for a reasonable period of time before people are off making statements about what they should do and what they shouldn't do," said Reid.

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Huwebes, Hulyo 26, 2012

2012 Teen Choice AwardsBuzz

Taylor Swift’s home must be running out of space for her trophies and medals. After her big wins during the American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, BMI Awards and Country Music Association Awards, the 22-year old country singer just brought home five surfboards from the recent Teen Choice Awards.
Other Teen Choices

Behind Swift was Canadian singer Justin Bieber who received four awards, then X Factor UK group One Direction with three. Former Canadian Idol finalist Carly Rae Jepsen also celebrated during the event in Los Angeles after her song “Call Me Maybe” got the Song of the Summer nod.

Among the most applauded people in the winners’ list were Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner who all star in the upcoming Twilight saga finale. “This award especially is an extreme honour”, expressed Lautner when he received his surfboard.

Among the other winners included Selena Gomez, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill, Rihanna, Glee and Maroon 5. Demi Lovato, who just joined Simon Cowell in the panel of judges on the second season of the X Factor US, was the evening’s host, together with Glee’s Kevin McHale.

The awards were voted on by teenagers worldwide. During the ceremony, Lovato announced that there were over 134 million votes in all.

Battle of Outfits

Actress-singer Gomez was celebrating her birthday during the awards night. She just turned 20. She wore a simple pink dress.  She was spotted hugging her best friend Swift who admitted that they do not see each other more frequently due to busy schedules.

Gomez’s boyfriend Bieber was in a Michael Jackson-inspired dancewear.

Kristen Stewart climbed up the stage in a pair of sexy leather pants and a blazer to get her surfboard, while summer breakthrough singer Jepsen appeared before the audience in a silky purple romper.

One of the most-dressed attendees was Lovato. She sparkled in a feathered mini-dress by Falguni and Shane Peacock. In the later part of the show, the host changed into another sexy ensemble, which boasted a revealing neckline. Among the celebrities who were present during ceremony, it was only Lovato who gained not-so-good publicity for her earlier attire. Mothers watching the coverage on Fox were wondering if the host was wearing bra or not.

Not all the winners during the Teen Choice Awards received a 100% approval rating from online polling sites. However, some sites agree with the results. Example, a Guardian poll shows that 68% says Swift is their favorite while only 32% prefers Bieber (as of 07/24/2012).

On the other hand, The Hollywood Gossip is comparing gowns worn by the attendees. One poll allows visitors to pick between the gown of Lea Michele from Glee and that of Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars. Michele’s gown has been chosen by 51.5% while Hale’s has the other 48.6% (as of 07/24/2012).

Lovato’s fashion that night is also a trending topic now. An AOL Music poll has it that 73.1% thinks that her earlier outfitis a “hit”, while only 9% says it is a “miss”. Currently, she is the leading choice in a Pop Crush poll on best-dressed people during the Teen Choice Awards.

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Lunes, Hulyo 23, 2012

Kim Jong-un’s North Korea

“Powerful and prosperous nation” is North Korea’s motto when translated in English. With guiding principles from its legendary founders, NoKor closed its door to foreign influences as part of its self-prescribed process of becoming a well-built nation in the Korean peninsula. NoKorhas become a “private” country in Asia, with essential information kept secret from the rest of the world.

Until today, no good number of pictures or videos is available to give a glimpse of what is happening inside the country. News media bodies, the leading sources of facts about a country, are not given full access to cover stories in Pyongyang, the country’s capital city. Foreign volunteers, who bring donations from international organizations, are required to surrender their recording devices as to control the disclosure of information about the current situation of North Koreans.

 Kim Jong-un: the New Face of NoKor After the death of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in December last year, the young Kim Jong-un took the highest position in their government. The moment he was installed as the new head of NoKor, everyone started asking “who is he?” Kim Jong-un’s exact age is unknown. News reports, with sources from China and South Korea, say that the leader was born on January 8, 1983. Others claim he was born in 1984. The new leader was educated in Switzerland. He was described as a shy student, and a huge fan of basketball. He was not even the first choice of his father to succeed in the throne.

The first choice was his eldest half-brother Kim Jong-namwho was caught attempting to enter Japan using a fake passport. Kim Jong-nam’s plan was to visit Tokyo Disneyland. Speculations about Kim Jong-un continue trending, with North Korea state media not giving any confirmations or clarifications about the hearsays. The “Disneyfication” of North Korea In early July, pictures showing Kim Jong-unand other military leaders being entertained by Disney characters during a concert called “Moranbong” surfaced on the internet. As seen in the pictures, members of a North Korean band were dressed up as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Minnie Mouse and other Disney characters. According to news reports, state-run Korean Central News Agency never mentioned about the Disney characters during its coverage of the concert. As everyone knows, Disney is an American brand.

Everyone was then wondering what the American characters were doing in a country that once closed its door to western culture.According to the Disney management, North Korea has not obtained any right to use the characters. Moreover, it was not just the use of Disney characters that was put on hot seat. The world was also wondering about the lady who was beside the young leader in the pictures. The woman might be Kim Jong-un’s Mrs. Right, sister or simply a workmate. Later on, it was said that the lady is a divorcee and an admirer of Kim Jong-un. In the past few years, news about North Korea revolved around its nuclear power plants.

In fact, NoKor is the latest country to join the nuclear club in 2006. The tension between the North and South Korea became an international headline when NoKor released statements saying it can use its nuclear resources to turn South Korea into ashes. One of the latest nuclear-related news reports about NoKor was its failed missile test that gained international opposition.As long as North Korea has its doors closed; the rest of the world keeps on digging for more information about the country. The unexpected reports are a sign that the once private country is starting to welcome changes.

Linggo, Hulyo 1, 2012

Kicking Euro 2012 Football Polls

With every successful goal, the applause from the audience gets louder and louder. Sixteen football teams in the 2012 European Football Championship or more popularly called Euro 2012 are competing with each other to grab a slot in the upcoming Federation Internationale de Football Association or FIFA.

 This year’s Euro Cup is hosted by both Poland and Ukraine. It will run through July 1. The competition started on June 8, with millions of people wondering who among their idols will shine the brightest. Will it be Alan Dzagoev, Mario Gomez, Mario Mandzukic or Cristiano Ronaldo?

 Some football fanatics intentionally flew to the two countries to personally see their idols and visit the edifices that were made purposely for the international event. Among the most visited venues of the Euro 2012 include the Donbass Arena in Ukraine and the Municipal Stadium in Poland.

 Euro Cup Matches

The first semi-final game of the Euro 2012 featured Iberian rivals Portugal and Spain. The score was 4-2 in penalty, in favor of Spain. The winner of the upcoming Italy-Germany match will play against Spain on the first of July.

Last July 24, Italy won over England, 4-2 on penalties. According to football experts, Italy appeared superior to England during the fight. German football manager Jurgen Klinsman admitted that he was impressed with how Italy controlled the entire game

Another memorable match was the Germany-Greece game. Germany won the match, 4-2. All matches since the first day of the event are well-covered by news groups that broadcast results to millions of viewers worldwide.

The next and last semi-final match is expected to gather more crowds at Poland’s National Stadium where Italy will fight against Germany. In the tournament’s history, Germany never defeated Italy. Thus, this year’s Euro Cup will be historical if Germany will defeat Italy.

 The much-anticipated final match will take place at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.

 Euro Cup 2012 Football Polls

 After updating their readers about the results of the latest Euro Cup games, news sites and sports blogs solicit for opinions regarding anything concerning the latest games. One of theissues that Guardian tackled is the banning of the England band which was allowed to play into the remaining games.

Results have it that 82.9% believes that the band should be banned, while the remaining 17.1% says otherwise. SkySports is conducting an online survey about the recent England-Italy game. The question goes “Who was England’s man of the match against Italy”. The initial results show that 41% of respondents say it was John Terry, 33.1% sayit was Glen Johanson, 15.7% say it was Joe Hart, 6.8% say it was Joleon Lescott, and only 3.4% say it was Ashley Cole. Team Talk also ran the same poll. Still, Johanson led with 40.99%. Then comes Terry with 21.62%, Hart with 20.27%, Cole with 4.95%, and Lescott with 2.7%. Between Portugal and Spain, a Castrol Football survey shows that Spain (68%) will win over Portugal (32%). Meanwhile, aFootball.cofootball survey predicts that Germany will win the entire competition. Fifty-two percent (15%) of respondents foresee Germany as the overall winner while 15%see Spain winning the trophy.

Spain also received the highest number of clicks in the Indiana Express online poll that requests readers to vote for the country that they like to win in the competition. Coming behind are Italy and Germany. Who do you think will win in the Euro 2012? Vote for your team now! Join PollPursuit and watch out if your answer is correct on July 1.