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Psy's Gangnam Style passes 420 million views on YouTube

By now you've surely heard of Psy's viral mega hit "Gangnam Style", and if you haven't I've embedded the clip below for your viewing pleasure. Well, since the clip hit YouTube on 7/15, it has reached [at the time of writing] 423 million views.



Normally I wouldn't report on this, but YouTube is a huge part of our daily lives, and this clip has gone viral in ways most people can't even image. Gangnam Style is everywhere and it's gotten to the point where it is even being played on the radio, some what of a record - a Korean song, on Australian radio stations (and around the world). It is either #1 or close to #1, or has been at #1 on most charts around the world and has turned Psy into a megastar.


There are only a few music videos that have garnered as much views as Gangnam Style are Justin Bieber's "Baby", which has an astounding 787 million views. But it took Bieber over a year to reach 400 million or so views, but just three months for Psy.

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Collins English Dictionary adds BBM, Bing, Facebook, FaceTime, IM, and SMS to dictionary

RIM has had a bit of a celebration in light of BBM, the abbreviation for BlackBerry Messenger, being added to the Collins English Dictionary. If you look at the list of words added by Collins, RIM doesn't really have much to celebrate. I'd like to take a moment to highlight some of BBM's company.




Take, for instance, fandabidozi. This interesting addition means "an expression of admiration or enthusiasm." I'm not really sure that this qualifies as a word in any sense of the English language, but then again, I am a writer. Floordrobe is another interesting word among BBM's new company. It means "a pile of clothes left on the floor of a room."


The point I'm trying to make is that RIM doesn't have much to celebrate. If they were added to the Oxford English dictionary, or an equivalent, then maybe the marketing team should be making noise. For right now, RIM needs to keep working on new products so that they stay afloat and can continue having a marketing team that can celebrate these minor achievements.

Universal Studios Japan dons Resident Evil theme for its annual Halloween Horror Nights event

Resident Evil fan? Might want to book some tickets to Japan, as Universal Studios Japan are turning their theme park into a live action replica of Raccoon City, the fictional city from the Resident Evil series of games for their annual Halloween Horror Nights event.




Where the Cyberdyne building from the park's Terminator 2 attraction usually sits, has been remodeled as the Umbrella corporate HQ. Props and projection techniques have been used that turn the usually New York street set into the Raccoon City ruins. There will be actors on-hand to guie tourists through the attractions, playing characters from the series such as Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine.


The Resident Evil experience opens this Friday and runs each night through to November 11, which will engulf the worldwide launch of Resident Evil 6 on October 2nd, the Halloween holiday, and you could even include the recently-launched Resident Evil: Retribution movie, too.

11th anniversary of 9/11, the world still remembers

A year ago today marked the 10-year anniversary of the most tragic attack on American soil, and here we are again, at the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Time usually heals wounds, but the wounds caused by these attacks are still wide open, and still hurting for most Americans.



I'm yet to have visited the United States, but I hope to more than once next year and would love to visit the 9/11 memorial site. Until then, enjoy a tribute video that we displayed last year - by Alex Mihal.

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Hacker wants $1 million in Bitcoin or they'll release Mitt Romney's tax returns

Things are looking to heat up for Mitt Romney, with a hacker claiming to have in his (or her) possession, the presidential candidate's previous tax returns. Romney has been accused of hiding something, as he has only released the previous two years worth of tax returns.




The hacker who claims to be part of Anonymous, claims to have copies of Romney's tax returns in the years before 2010 in which he or she posted to Pastebin. The hacker has also described how the files were accessed, where an actual person gained physical access to accounting form PricewaterhouseCoopers' office in Tennessee on August 25, where they copied the files onto a USB flash drive.

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President Obama does an AMA on Reddit, just secured a bunch of voters in the process

President Obama has turned to popular 'first page of the Internet' site, Reddit, to do an AMA. If you haven't heard of an AMA before, I suggest you visit Reddit, and from now on in, goodbye, it was nice to know you. Reddit is a huge time waster, and is one of the best sites on the Internet.




Obama's staff must know this, and this is why he did an AMA. An AMA is "Ask Me Anything", and there are plenty of them on Reddit. Having Obama do one, well, took the site to a whole new level, causing some serious issues of traffic congestion for the site. Even the link to Obama's AMA is in "read-only mode" due to the heavy traffic the site is experiencing.


Obama answered questions for thirty minutes, where he tackled just a handful of them on his AMA. You'll notice on the picture that Obama is using an Apple MacBook Pro. Just thought I'd point that out.

Saudi Aramco ended up having 30,000 workstations hacked

We reported that the world's largest oil producer, Saudi Aramco, was hacked with a malware attack, but details were scarce. The oil producer has now come out and given some information of the cyber attack.




The company experienced 30,000 workstations hacked in mid-August, with the company stating that the virus "originated from external sources", and that they were still investigating. They have since cleaned up the workstations, and resumed operations for their internal network today.


Oil exploration and production operations were not affected, according to the company, as the networks they operate on are separate. Saudi Aramco's website is still down, with a message shown above.

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Israeli park makes donkeys into Wi-Fi hotspots

Here's a bit of a weird one, and a sign of the changing times. A park in Israel is designed to teleport visitors back to ancient biblical times so that they can see how people of the Old Testament lived. Now, the donkeys that are used for transportation have been outfitted with Wi-Fi hotspots, something I'm pretty confident they didn't have back then.




The device is hung from the donkey's neck like a feedbag and provides wireless Internet access so users can surf the web, update Facebook and Twitter, or send e-mails to family and friends. "You take some pictures, you want to change your picture on Facebook - you can do it," Goldberg, the park manager, said.


Peter Scherr, a visitor from New York: "It has been used as a working animal for 5000 years," he learned, reading from a Wikipedia page on his iPad. "There are more than 40 million donkeys in the world. That's a lot of donkeys!"


"I don't miss any news," Scherr said. "I send pictures back to my family while I'm having fun on the donkeys."


It seems like an interesting choice for a park that is supposed to take visitors back to times before electricity. That said, the trial has been running for around a week and has been a smashing success.

The second episode of 'The Beauty Inside' goes live

The second episode to Intel and Toshiba's joint social film, The Beauty Inside, is out. The first episode tackled how the character feels waking up each day as a new person, with this new episode taking a new direction, too.



The second episode of The Beauty Inside is called "Leah", where the main character, Alex, seems to discover her for the first time in the antique store. The episode is crafted carefully, and you can see this character will be of importance in the coming episodes. But, how do you fall in love when tomorrow you wake up as another person?




How would one tell another, that they morph into another human being, who could be female, or old, or young, within hours of meeting them? The series has four more episodes coming, each released every Thursday from now.

The Beauty Inside, a joint-venture social film from Intel and Toshiba

Intel and Toshiba have been hard at work on a social film project called 'The Beauty Inside'. It features some Hollywood talent, with Topher Grace narrating, Sundance award-winning Director, Drake Doremus, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead starring.



The first episode is above, for your viewing pleasure, and after watching it, I'm quite intrigued. The main character wakes up as a new person, every single day. Imagine that. You wake up and could be a thin, 20-something year old male, and in the morning, you're an overweight, 50-year-old woman. The changes in clothes, in body weight, aches, hair color, female/male body parts, would make your head spin.




The social film's first episode feels like an introduction to the world, and the advertising from Intel and Toshiba is subtle. It's there, but it's not forced into your face, which is nice. I expected it to jump out at me more, and was pleasantly surprised, as you really only see the advertisement when the characters use a notebook. Another great thing about The Beauty Inside, is this is just the first episode, there's more to come, and if you want to get a chance to audition for a leading role in an upcoming episode, you might want to click here.

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