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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.
The unfolding nuclear crisis in Japan has been one of the most devastating events in history and it just doesn't seem to get any better as the days go on with the reports coming out that Japanese officials may have been downplaying the amount of radiation released since the Japanese nuclear regulatory agency has now put the Fukushima Daiichi disaster on the same level as the 1986 Chernobyl explosion.
This is an admission by the Japanese government that the amount of radiation released into the environment has reached a new order of magnitude. The fact that we have now confirmed the world's second-ever Level 7 accident will have huge consequences for the global nuclear industry. It shows that current safety standards are woefully inadequate.
Less than one hour ago, Japan was hit by a 7.4 magnitude off the coast of Miyagi in Northeastern Japan at around 730 AM PST, according to a report by CNN. So far no casualties have been reported, but authorities evacuated the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which was 113 km from the epicenter of the quake. Tokyo Electric Agency is reporting that the power is still on at the plant and there is little, if any damage to its structural integrity.
Japan issued a tsunami warning to inhabitants of the Miyagi prefecture and the surrounding coastal area as a precaution, but authorities claim that there is no imminent danger of a wide-scale massive Pacific Tsunami, especially not to Hawaii or California.
Japanese designer Fumie Shibata created this wonder of the 21st century for Japanese beverage company JR East Water Business (Yes, the word Business is in their corporate name). The vending machine pictured above was installed in the Shinigawa metro station back in August, but the company plans to implement at least 500 of the machines all throughout Tokyo by 2012.
Sporting a 47-inch touch screen, a camera, and what can only be numerous environmental sensors, these smart-vendors absorb sensory data to determine the sex and approximate age of the person approaching it, better equipping it to offer personalized recommendations for a potential user. When not in use, the machine displays advertisements for some of its products based on time of day and current weather- on a brisk morning, it might be advertising a hot cup of coffee, whereas a humid day would see colder, refreshing beverages highlighted.
The aCure is connected to servers at JREWB, which constantly update the inventory availability as well as purchase statistics to improve specific-location product marketing.
Say what you want about surveillance culture- no really. Say anything you want. HAL 9000's are selling coffee to children.