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Chinese woman wins $10k iTunes gift card for downloading the 25th billionth App

A very lucky Chinese woman has just won Apple's contest to be the downloader of the 25th billionth (!!!) app from the App Store. The lucky woman, Fu Chunli from Qingdao won the contest by downloading the free version of Disney's 'Where's My Water?'. In return, Apple rewarded her with an iTunes gift card worth $10,000 USD.

 

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Apple also invited Fu to the Beijing store to collect her prize. Once she arrived, she was met by journalists and photographers, and was given a tour of the store as well as a demonstration of Apple products by the staff. Fu wasn't very familiar with most Apple products, as she only purchased herself an iPhone just a month before winning the $10k prize.

 

Fu was still learning the basics of the App Store, and was completely unaware of the competition until she was contacted by Apple, at first, she thought it was a hoax, until it began to sink in. The Chinese media have dubbed Fu the "Apple Girl" from China, as she is the first Chinese resident to have won an Apple contest.

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Did the Mexican Government know there was going to be a big earthquake on March 20th?

It was only a few days ago now that I posted that I expected a sizeable earthquake to happen on March 22, and within 48 hours of this date, a 7.9-magnitude (downgraded to 7.4) an earthquake hit Oaxaca, Mexico. Right now you're thinking, well, that's weird... but that's not even the interesting part.

 

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The interesting part is that the government of the state of Chiapas, had actually prepared for a massive drill of a 7.9-magnitude earthquake, for 12:00 of that day. Just 180 seconds later, an actual, real, 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit. Luckily, as far as reports go now, there have been no casualties, but what is that for a coincidence? Could we even call it a coincidence? The government of the state of Chiapas, had massively prepared for this drill, which was reportedly a reason to test the response capability of the State System of Civil Protection and General Population in the even of a large-scale disturbing phenomenon.

 

Then we have the El Heraldo, which reported the following on March 2nd, 2012:

 

As part of preparations for the next megasimulacro March 20, state authorities of Civil Protection (CP) performed exercise tests before a cabinet to simulate the response to a contingency situation, an earthquake measuring 7.9 degrees on the scale Richter.

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WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange will run for the Australian Senate

WikiLeaks have just announced that its founder, and leader, Julian Assange, will be running for a seat in the Australian Senate, reports the ABC. At the moment, Assange is in England head of a possible extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations that he sexually assaulted two women in 2010.

 

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Assange is currently on bail waiting for a British Supreme Court decision on his appeal against the extradition. Although Assange is going through all of this legal drama, WikiLeaks has announced that Assange is eligible to run for the Upper House. WikiLeaks said on Twitter:

 

We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained.

 

Julian has decided to run.

 

The name of the Lalor candidate and the state Julian will run for will be announced at the appropriate time.

 

I'll vote for you, Julian.

More than 80,000 of Einstein's documents going online

Einstein, one of the foremost thinkers of his time, is having his birthday celebrated in a unique, and almost ironic way. Similar to how most people these days have a FaceBook, Einstein is having in excess of 80,000 of his documents posted online. These documents range from his public life, to his personal life, to his school life, and detail a very curious man who was concerned with the human condition.

 

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The newly updated and expanded site contains more than 80,000 documents. This includes more than 40,000 documents contained in Albert Einstein's personal papers and over 30,000 additional Einstein and Einstein-related documents discovered since the 1980s. As a person who idolizes the late, great physicist, I know for a fact that I will be perusing the online collection. The collection now includes manuscripts with the one of the most famous and iconic equations ever written: e=mc^2

 

If you would like to take a look at the documents, you can find them online here. Images of documents in the archive and related notes can be obtained by contacting the Hebrew University's Media Relations Department at pressoffice@savion.huji.ac.il. Photos must be credited to The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Mobile phones are more important to women than boyfriends

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.

 

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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?

Another major earthquake to happen on 22nd March?

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?

 

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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.

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Only in Japan: No power? That's fine, hand-cranked vending machines are now possible

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!

Europe cold snap, Global Warming? Three letter word, starts and ends in 'L'

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?

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Grammy's take in 40 million viewers, near-record ratings, CBS thanks the Web

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.

 

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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.

Twitter saw 12,233 tweets per second in the final 3 minutes of the Super Bowl

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.

 

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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?

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