Sorry men, but someone had to break it to you. I'm just happy it was me. We knew it was coming, we knew someone would eventually have a study which confirmed what many of us already were thinking. No? Not sure what I'm talking about? Let's put it in simple terms: A new study shows that four out of ten women would be devastated if they lost their phone. A third of women admitted they could live happily without a man.
As you can see in the above list, a woman's most treasured possession is her mother, followed by photographs, and then her mobile phone. Even her best friend comes in above a boyfriend. Men, we are 5th on her list, and in my opinion, I can't believe we're not farther down. I can think of several things that women seem to like more then men. Cars and shoes come to mind and they only placed 12th and 14th respectively.
This comes from a new study ran by online pawnbroker Borro.com. Mothers are understandable to come before a boyfriend, as blood is thicker than water as they say. The thing I find curious is that there is not a mention of a husband on the list. So either husbands aren't treasured at all, or they got grouped into the 'boyfriend' category. Either way, I'm amazed that we got outclassed by mobile phones and photos. Especially if the photos are of the girl with her boyfriend. Ironic, don't you think?
This is something that I've been looking into for over 2 years now, and is mainly considered a "conspiracy theory". Conspiracy theories are interesting, until you start to find patterns, and facts, and science. These things cannot be just proven false, because what does the information mean if it's right here in front of you?
We have had, strangely enough, a 188-day cycle of earthquakes for quite some time now. Going back just 2 years, we've had:
9/15 - Fiji - 7.3
3/11 - Japan - 9.0
9/4 - NZ - 7.1
2/27 - Chile - 8.8
These events are scarily, 188 days apart. "Terral" is someone who is quite famous on YouTube and various conspiracy sites, where people like to rip him apart when he's wrong. But, we can't deny these earthquakes, and the fact they're happening 188 days apart. What he expects to happen, is the Earth's axis to actually shift five to six inches... which is quite the big event.
I'm beginning to love these "Only in Japan" stories, where another one was spotted today that is actually a great idea. A vending machine that in the case of an emergency, will still dispense goods.
How so? Well, it's hand-cranked, where food and beverages (or other supplies) would be dispensed when the power is down. Something that is perfect in the tsunami and earthquake-prone country. Sanden, a Japanese vending outfit, developed the system that would allow the country's 5.5 million machines to run without electricity or solar power, and rely on hand-cranking.
The amount of cranks required? 70. 20 seconds until it powers up to do so, also. The machine displayed above will shoot out around seven bottles in 20 seconds before the machine needs to be re-cranked. This is such a great idea, something that should be rolled out across all countries in my opinion!
Mainstream media doesn't seem to be covering this as much as I thought, as it goes against their Global Warming agenda. But, how about we mix up our tech-related news, with some real-world news, shall we?
For the past fortnight or so, Europe has been stopped in its tracks. A cold snap is responsible for this, stranding people at home, in their cars, resulting in hundreds of deaths, and thousands upon thousands affected. Venice's canals have frozen over, Amsterdam's canals have people ice skating on them, people sledding in Slovenia, and cross-country skiing in Pamplona.
The sad results of this is that the Ukraine has been hit quite hard, resulting in more than 135 deaths, many more have been sent to hospital with hypothermia, massive traffic havoc and have left several Bosnia-based villages completely cut off from the outside world. These things are not reported on your TV as much as they should be.
Ukraine's Ministry of Emergencies announced the death toll this week (135), and temperatures of minus 33-degrees Celcius (minus 27-degrees Fahrenheit). Neighbouring countries Russia and Poland have reported 64 and 9 deaths, respectively.
This years Grammy Awards enjoyed a very tidy 40 million viewers, making it the second-largest audience that the Grammy's have ever enjoyed, a number that is up 50-percent versus the 2011 Grammy's. Why the huge 50-percent jump in viewers? Well, most would presume it has to do with Whitney Houston's untimely death the day before, but we also have the digital side of things pumping along.
Big, live TV events are huge on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, where online chatter expands like nothing else, and this draws more viewers to TV, where they expand with even more chatter of said event. 2012's Grammy Awards saw 13 million "social media comments", says "social TV" tracker Bluefin Labs. That's more than even the successful Super Bowl, which had more viewers than the Grammy's.
CBS say they worked hard to generate online interest for the show, where they point to a fact that they attracted a million visitors to the various sites and iPad/iPhone apps it operated over the three days leading up to the show. CBS say they attracted a peak of 165,000 concurrent viewers to the livestream of pre-Grammy's red carpet coverage on Sunday afternoon.
CBS also say they worked hard with artists, and Twitter to pump the show up on their own social networks.
Super Bowl has come and gone and now there's a 12-month wait until the next one. This year, social networking would've been a huge influence on the sporting match, and oh boy was it a big year for Twitter at Super Bowl 2012.
Twitter reaction reached an astounding 12,233 tweets per second at the end of the Giants vs. Patriots game, and 10,245 tweets per second during Madonna's halftime performance. These numbers catapult the moments at numbers two and three on Twitters most-tweets-per-second list. The first? Japanese anime movie Castle in the Sky, which had a crazy 25,088 tweets per second.
Now for some questions! What did you think of the game? What of the advertisements during the game? Madonna's halftime performance? Were you tweeting during the game?
A 23-year-old League of Legends gamer has died in a Taipei gaming centre, where his body sat in front of his glowing monitor for 9 hours before anyone noticed that something had happened. Police have reported that Chen Rong-Yu was found sitting rigidly in front of his PC, hands stretched out towards the keyboard and mouse.
It is believed that the gamer had a pre-existing heart condition, but with the mix of low temperatures in the cafe, lack of movement and extreme fatigue, all contributing to the heart attack.
Gamers were taking part in a 400-percent bonus IP event in League of Legends. Chen was involved, and had even been taking regular naps at his desk during the event, which meant that the 30 or so players around him in the cafe did not notice a thing. A cafe employee found him, attempted to wake up, found his body cold, and called the police.
Steve Appleton, Chairman and CEO of Micron Technology, Inc. died over the weekend in a small plane crash in Boise. He was just 51 years old. Appleton was due to retire in August, which makes the news of his death even sadder.
Steve was "an avid pilot who flew in airshows and was also an offroad car racer." Steve first joinced Micron in 1983, working the night shift, he rose to the CEO role in 1994 and has been there ever since.
Steve leaves behind his wife, Dalynn, his children, family and friends. On top of this, the technology community. It's a sad day for Micron, and Steve's family. TweakTown's thoughts and prayers are with his family.
It was only a few weeks ago that we reported about a mouse carcass dissolving in a can of Mountain Dew, but another mouse story has found its way onto the wonderful Internet, and this time it's a bit more interesting.
Gholam Hafezi went to an ATM to take out 700 Swedish Kronor when:
I got my 700 kronor but I never got the receipt. At the same time, I saw a cord that was jamming the ATM slot.
Hafezi at the time, did not think what would happen next. He figured someone was trying to do something illegal like skimming his card, so he pulled the cord. After he pulled it, he released that the cord was indeed a... mouse tail. The ATM in question was located at a Coop Forum, which is a famous Swedish supermarket chain.
Australia Day is here everyone! The team at TweakTown would like to wish you a Happy Australia Day and hope that you enjoy your well deserved public holiday and time off to spend with friends and family.
For those of you who are working, I hope that it's not all bad and I hope that you blokes have a cold beer waiting for you at home tonight. I have beers cooling in the fridge for once my shift of news and posting for TweakTown is done, as well as stuff to throw on the BBQ. Feel free to stop by the House of Anthony if you're keen, ha.
On a similar note, our thoughts are with those going through the chaos that is the NSW's north coast right now, where rivers have overflowed after days of heavy rain. On top of this, Queenslanders have been warned to prepare for further weather chaos with the possibility of a cyclone forming in north Queensland in the next few days.
We still don't have pictures or video of Osama bin Laden, but hey, it's OK to dump pictures of another countries Nuclear facility, right? Well, its now known the length of North Korea's progress in building a [gasp] weapon of mass destruction. You know, the ones we still haven't found in the War on Terror after trillions of dollars spent and countless thousand killed and millions displaced.
North Korea has actually done quite a bit of work, but not as much as NK's official claims state. There are various photos dated between June of 2009 and November of last year, which show North Korea's enrichment facility and light water reactors. You can see in these photos that the two aforementioned bits of the puzzle have almost reached completion. Once that's done, it's time to have its internals placed inside. The speed at which North Korea's reached this point, has analysts concerned. Below is a quote from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:
Was the seismic analysis of the reactor site sufficiently rigorous? Did the regulatory authorities have the skills and independence required to license this reactor in such a short time period? And do Yongbyon [the construction site] specialists have sufficient experience with the very demanding materials requirements for the internal reactor components, including the pressure vessel, steam generator, piping and fuel-cladding materials?
Andrei Krivorukov, wherever you are, stop what you are doing right now, buy eleventy million lottery tickets and bunker down. Andrei received quite the strange Christmas present yesterday, a Russian communication satellite crashed directly into his house, with Andrei escaping death by mere meters.
The Russian satellite was a Meridian, which is used for both civilian and military communications. It was destroyed when a Soyuz-2 rocket exploded in mid-air, just a few minutes after launch. The Soyuz-2 rocket had an excellent track record until then, with hundreds of launches since the 1960s.
The explosion sent several pieces over Siberia, near the city of Tobolsk, and as far as 100km from the city of Novosibirsk. One of them was the 5kg titanium ball that fell through Andrei's roof, landing where he was just minutes before. Andrei is lucky as he decided to go out into his hard to grab some wood for his fireplace.
Behar Merlaku was sitting on a slot machine at a casino in Bregenz, Austria when he thought he hit the big time. Not just a few thousand dollars, but he hit the jackpot winning an astounding, life-changing $57 million. At just 26 years old, this would be one of those life-defining moments, where you realise everything will be OK from here on out.
Until he went up to the cashier to cash his prize to have the casino owners say it was "all a mistake", and just a "software glitch'. They argued that the jackpot alarm went off erroneously and that Merlaku's game had not actually hit the required five matches. He had only gotten four, they said. Instead of the $57 million Merlaku thought he'd won, the casino spat in his face an offered him $100 and a free meal. Yep.
Dutch Paralympian, Monique van der Vorst, has begun walking again after a crash with a bicycle. In March of 2010, van der Vorst had an accident in which she was rammed by another cyclist while she was riding her hand cycle. Months after the accident she regained feeling in both her legs.
After extensive rehabilitation, she took her first steps once again in July 2010. Doctors are of course baffled by her unexpected recovery, with some believing it was the trauma of the crash that jolted her body back into action.
She said "I wanted to jump in the air for joy." Van der Vorst has now signed with Rabobank women's professional cycling team and hopes to one day compete at the olympics.
Syria bans iPhones from being used, at all, as a way to curb protests and silence citizen journalists
Syria has already stopped foreign press from coming into the nation, mainly so they don't report on the things going on in the country, but the Assad Government has just started a big change, with Syria's custom department, a branch of the Syrian Finance Ministry, banning the iPhone.
The move is to try and stop citizens from sharing news and videos of the massive protests and violent crackdowns throughout the nation. Because foreign press have been stopped from coming in and reporting the news, citizen journalism has taken off, and thanks to the iPhone, this can be in the form of live podcasts, videos, Facebook, etc.
But what of Android and Windows Phone? Why did it take the Syrian Government this long to ban iPhones? The list of questions is endless.
The increasing global shortage on hard drives from the Thailand floods is causing PC vendors who are searching for HDDs to look into gray markets, which is in turn causing hikes in gray market prices from US$45 to over US$100 for a 500GB HDD and from US$35 to US$60-70 for a 320GB model, according to Taiwan-based PC supply chain makers.
Because the HDD industry's future is unknown, vendors are looking anywhere they can to source drives to fill their inventory. DigiTimes source claims that brand vendors are going into a "panic" to fill their HDD inventory. Most have reportedly placed orders to HDD makers with combined volume already double or triple their usual demand, but since HDD makers can only reply that they have no more inventory, or cannot provide supply status, it leaves vendors with one choice: the gray market.
Well, that's impressive: 7 billion people are alive on Earth right now, the highest population count of all time. Births are also now outstripping deaths by just over two to one. There is a website call Worldometers which is quite impressive, it has all kinds of statistics such as Internet users in the world, e-mails sent today, Tweets sent today and much more.
Quite the interesting site which is refreshing while I'm looking at it. I think it's scary: watching the "Births this year" ticking away at 2 per second, but even worse, "Deaths today" cranking through 1 per second. That little number represents an actual human being that has loved ones, dying while I watch it.
On the amusing side, Government and Economics gets its own section... 50 million cars have been produced this year so far, 113 million bicycles. Over 360 million (at the time of typing) newspaper circulated today. This is going by around 5,000 per second... over 236 billion (with a B) e-mails sent today! Interesting website, but the 7 billion people mark is quite the milestone indeed! Feels good to be an Earthling today!
The 10-year anniversary of the shocking attacks on American soil is over, but the memory and effects of 9/11 will always be there. There have been various tributes to the survivors and heroic rescue works: fire department, police department and even just normal people like you and me who did their bit to help during and after the attacks. My good friend Alex made a tribute video and I watched it last night and loved it, the track used fits perfectly and it's wonderfully done.
LulzSec just recently hacked The Sun's website and are now claiming to have extracted an email archive in which they plan to release later today. News International's systems were hacked on Monday night and the results of the hack lead to The Sun's website redirected toward a fake story about Rupert Murdochs death. The group also redirected visitors to the main News International website to the LulzSec Twitter feed. In addition to all of these "lulz", the hack looks to have given LulzSec access to News International's email database.
Sabu, a prominent member of LulzSec said via Twitter that they [LulzSec] were sitting on a bunch of emails from News International staffers that it planned to release on Thursday. In the meantime, Sabu released email login details of former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks. Rebekah, a key figure in the News of the World voicemail-hacking scandal. Brooks (at the time called Wade) edited The Sun between 2003 and 2009 and had been using the password 63000 to access her email account at the paper.
James Richard Verone tried everything in his power to receive medical attention by the book, but when he couldn't, he resorted to the only option he saw fit; rob a bank. Verone had worked for most of his life and although he was in need of medical attention, he applied for disability and early social security to which he only received food stamps.
His physical pains had included a protrusion in his chest, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Caused by his last job which was as a convenience store clerk, this led to his extensive injuries. His way out? To rob a bank. Verone sold and donated all of his furniture, paid his last months rent and gave his notice. He moved into the Hampton Inn for his last free days as a free man and on June 9 took a cab down New Hope Road and chose a bank at random; RBC Bank.
Edit: After the jump is an update on this news.
Most of us know someone who has been through the trauma that is cancer, with all of this technology at our fingertips, we should be putting limitless funds into the creation of a cure. But, are we too late? It seems so, as it has now been cured. Yet major pharmaceutical companies are not interested.
Researchers from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada cured cancer last week - but just like any other world-changing, yet positive news - the mainstream media aren't reporting on it. The cure involves a basic drug which employs dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat metabolic disorders. This means there are no side effects or worries of long term effects or problems.