Taylor Swift vs Apple Music

22/06/2015. Category: People. Tag: .

Taylor Swift

Apple Music launches on June 30th and the intention was to provide a three-month free trial offered to subscribers, the subscription fee being $9.99 per month. Taylor Swift reacted promptly:

“We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

It looked like this was going to be an interesting battle. But Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, reacted swiftly. He tweeted: Read more…

U2 Demands Freedom For Azerbaijani Political Prisoners

20/06/2015. Category: People. Tag: .

U2 campaigns Azerbaijan political prisoners

U2 Demands Freedom For Azerbaijani Political PrisonersBy RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service, 16 June 2015

Irish rock band U2 is demanding freedom for political prisoners in Azerbaijan, using the stage of its current North American concert tour to call attention to activists and journalists imprisoned by Azerbaijani authorities for speaking up about human rights.

Lead singer Bono made impassioned appeals at U2’s June 12 and 13 concerts in Montreal’s Bell Centre arena during the performance of the song Pride (In The Name Of Love). Read more…

Excellent review of Kawasaki ER-6n

19/06/2015. Category: Wheels. Tag: , .

Kawasaki-ER6n 2015

Reviews of the Kawasaki ER-6n concur: it’s a bike for all reasons. Nimble in the city, surprisingly good in the twisties and a mile-eater on the open road.

The 650 parallel twin is a gem, with a nice spread of power and torque. This is a “little” naked motorcycle with a big heart.

One of the best reviews on the Kawasaki ER-6n is the excellent video by the Moto Journal team. The aptly call it, “Test Kawasaki ER6-n: the schizophrenic bike!” Read more…

What’s gone wrong at HSBC?

03/03/2015. Category: Rave. Tag: .

HSBC

As HSBC suffers under the scorching spotlight of public scrutiny once more, it seems fair to ask why the banking group so often finds itself mired in controversy.

The latest revelations from leaked bank files about the tax services offered by HSBC’s Swiss private banking subsidiary have caused shockwaves. Its former and current leadership have faced intense pressure and Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has floated the possibility of new penalties for bankers and accountants who are found to have navigated routes along and beyond the edge of legality as they seek to cut clients’ tax bills. Read more…

HTC One M8 – Selfie gorgeousness

26/03/2014. Category: Gadgets. Tag: .

HTC One M8

It’s beautiful and stunning and smart and unlike anything else in the world. And that’s just the selfie you took. Now you can even improve on it – with the new HTC One M8. It has two image processing chips that will make your selfie more clear and crisp than any selfie you’ve ever taken.

HTC calls it a “Duo Camera” system. The rear UltraPixel 4MP camera is accompanied by a second, 2MP camera just above it for extra depth of field. More light per pixel means more brightness and more colour capturing. You’ll look gorgeous!  Read more…

World’s fastest graphics card 2014 – nVidia GeForce GTX Titan Black

11/03/2014. Category: Gadgets. Tag: .

nNidia GeForce Titan Black

Fast and powerful yet cool and quiet. No, that’s not Chuck Norris in person but the Chuck Norris of graphics cards: the supercomputer-inspired-GK110 GPU, Kepler-driven nVidia GeForce GTX Titan Black.

The original Titan packed 2688 CUDA cores; the Titan Black has 2880. The original Titan had stock and boost clocks of 837MHz and 876MHz respectively; the Titan Black powers up to 889MHz and 980MHz.

Gamers with the deepest pockets will gloat that the Titan Black not only incorporates the impressive features of the GTX780 Ti but even betters it with 3GB extra GDDR5 VRAM. Even if/when the 6GB version of the GTX780 Ti is launched, the double precision floating point compute capability of the Titan Black will top the charts in 4k gaming.  Read more…

How to find WDMs in Crimea

06/03/2014. Category: Rave. Tag: .

Crimea map

Let’s not beat about the bush. The Crimea crisis is serious. Billions of dollars are at stake: the control of gas and oil pipe lines and the heads up on oil and electricity futures.

Fighting for control over the flow of money is, however, a battle that is played in the secrecy of bank boardrooms. The public face of it is found in batons and bullets. So, the question is, in order to take control of the money paths that run through the Crimea, how does one start another dirty little war?  Read more…

Oppo N1 – a smartphone with tricks

05/03/2014. Category: Gadgets. Tag: .

Oppo N1

The camera on the Oppo N1 smartphone boots up in 0.6 seconds. That’s no typo. OPPO claims it is “easily the fastest starting camera on the market.” That’s cool, because some phone cameras are so slow that by the time you have the camera ready the important moment has gone, either lost forever or captured by your competitor’s faster phone.

That’s not the only impressive feature of the Oppo 1. It has a touch pad on the rear of the camera – called an “O-Touch” – on which you can scroll your screen, has an O-Click remote control device, and is the world’s first smartphone with a rotating camera.  Read more…

Does it matter where a F1 race is hosted?

05/03/2014. Category: Wheels. Tag: .

Formula One

The multi-billion dollar Formula One racing industry commands one of the biggest global TV audiences. F1 races are broadcast to almost all the countries in the world, some 200 countries.

Annually, more than 500 million F1 fanatics follow the fast cars from the comfort of the couch.

Viewing figures for the 2013 season took a big dip, totalling an estimated 450 million. Sebastian Vettel’s dominance – he won 13 of the 19, winning the last nine race consecutively – contributed to the 50 million viewership slide but there also are other factors:  Read more…

Something beautiful for today

26/02/2014. Category: Rave. Tag: , .

Mandarin duck

Spend just a moment a day to stand still and have a good look around you. There are so many amazing things in life. Anything from great gadgets and stunning architecture to ever-intriguing animals.

Spend a moment whatever the weather. Snowing right now? No two snowflakes are alike (due to the estimated 10 quintillion water molecules which make up a snowflake). Even so, as they say, if you’re looking for it, you’ll find it. Look for something nice today. Something beautiful.

You can even google for something beautiful. Think about anything – just add the word “beautiful.” Such as beautiful car, beautiful house or beautiful animal.  Read more…

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