Saturday, 23 June 2012
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2’ trailer released as present to fans on Edward Cullen’s 111th birthday
Twi-hards are ringing in Edward Cullen's 111th birthday in style.
Summit feted the fictional vampire, played by Robert Pattinson, by releasing the latest trailer for "The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn, Part 2" early Wednesday.
The star of the one-minute, 18-second trailer, however, isn't the long-in-the-tooth Cullen, but his new bride Bella (Kristen Stewart), who is now a fully glittering immortal in her own right.
"After 18 years of being utterly ordinary, I finally found I could shine, I was born to be a vampire," says Bella.Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/twilight-saga-breaking-dawn-part-2-trailer-released-present-fans-edward-cullen-111th-birthday-article-1.1099080#ixzz1yLdKPCNL
Orignal Article: New York Times
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Monday, 18 June 2012
Karachi: Naseem Zehra, a prominent Journalist and Director Current Affairs of Dunya TV has resigned from her position on Thursday subsequently the fiasco of leaked video containing planted interview of Malik Riaz with Mubashir Lucman and Mehr Bukhari.
Saturday, 16 June 2012
|Aung San Suu Kyi (File Picture)|
Oslo (Reuters): Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi finally accepted her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Saturday after spending a total of 15 years under house arrest and said full political freedom in her country was still a long way off.
"Absolute peace in our world is an unattainable goal," Suu Kyi said in her acceptance speech during her first trip to Europe in nearly 25 years.
"Hostilities have not ceased in the far north; to the west, communal violence resulting in arson and murder were taking place just several days before I started out the journey that has brought me here today."
Suu Kyi, the Oxford University-educated daughter of General Aung San, Myanmar's assassinated independence hero, advocated caution about transformation in Myanmar, whose quasi-civilian government continues to hold political prisoners.
"There still remain such prisoners in Burma. It is to be feared that because the best known detainees have been released, the remainder, the unknown ones, will be forgotten," Suu Kyi, 66, told a packed Oslo City Hall. Read more...
Sunday, 10 June 2012
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Verizon has thrown open the pre-order doors for the Samsung Galaxy S III, though buyers of the new third-gen flagship shouldn’t expect to see their new toy until early next month. According to SlashGear readers who’ve stumped up the $249.99 Verizon is asking – plus two-year agreement, naturally – the estimated ship-by date is July 9 2012.
Monday, 4 June 2012
Sunday, 3 June 2012
Saturday, 2 June 2012
So Facebook’s IPO was a disaster. Or maybe itwasn’t. Yes, it was an utter fiasco. No, wait: “The debacle was not the IPO but all the whining by speculators who didn’t make money.” Nope, it was “the flop of the decade“, the worst first week of any IPO in years. Au contraire: “What we have here is an investment banker acting ethically. And the whole financial press is atwitter about it.” Nuh-uh: “The IPO discount is the cost of going public.” Yadda, yadda, yadda, ad nauseum.
Why, what with all these furious alarums and excursions and outraged complains, Benchmark Capital’s Bill Gurley was moved to compare Facebook to another company that immediately dropped below its high-profile IPO issue price and stayed there for weeks and weeks; that well-known loser called … er … Amazon.com. You may have heard of it.
Why is anyone paying attention to the this ultimately meaningless pageant? Probably becausesuckers people used to think tech IPOs were a guaranteed way for those lucky enough to buy at the issue price to make money. Now everyone is shocked — shocked! — that Facebook’s investors may have been treated unequally, and grousing “I’m just extremely skeptical about the ability of a retail purchaser to be able to play on a level field in the market.” Gee, you think? Come on, folks: it’s not like you weren’t warned.
The weird thing is that people actually seem to think that the sinking stock price means Facebook’s prospects are grimmer than they were a few months ago. Now, I can’t stand Facebook — indeed, I’m on record as a regular and frequent Facebook basher myself — but this is nothing but a colossal failure of imagination. Take Henry Blodget’s deconstruction of Facebook’s “natural” value: it’s sharp, it’s incisive, it’s insightful, and it completely misses the point.
Facebook is indeed, as Blodget says, extremely expensive relative to its expected earnings over the next year or two. But, unlike most businesses, Facebook’s long-term upside has nothing to do with its expected earnings over the next year or two. It’s believed by many to be extraordinarily valuable not because of its advertising income but because it has a real chance of becoming a company unlike any that has ever existed before, with the possible exception of pre-breakup AT&T.
Look into the medium and long term, something that the stock market is notoriously bad at. In 10-20 years’ time, everyone on the planet has a smartphone, and/or some even smaller and more ubiquitous form of wireless access. We spend more and more time online. Indeed, the whole notion of “online” disappears, as the Internet is woven into literally every facet of our waking life. As this happens, what company defines our identity, and becomes the gateway to every activity and every service?
Yep. Facebook. Sure, Google+ is arguably better, but that doesn’t matter. Bing search is roughly as good as Google’s, but Google won that land grab; similarly, Facebook has won the identity wars. So their advertising income is (relatively speaking) peanuts. Who cares? They don’t need to invent a new form of monetization. They have one already: Facebook Credits. Right now their income from it is a rounding error. But as years go by, and people slowly get accustomed to buying and using and transferring them, and as Facebook grows more and more intertwined with every online action we take–which is to say, nearly every action we take–it could well become the first global virtual currency … and then ultimately lose that “virtual” disclaimer.
Now, to be clear, I don’t actually think this will happen — and I don’t want it to happen, because I think Facebook is a colossal testament to the triumph of lowest-common-denominator homogenizing mediocrity devoid of any real innovation — but I do believe that they’ve got a legitimate shot at it. (Not least because they’re so paranoid that they decided a twelve-person company with no revenue was an existential threat and spent a billion dollars to buy them out. As Andy Grove always says, “only the paranoid survive.”) That longshot long-term possibility, not potential growth in advertising revenue, is what’s baked into Facebook’s more extreme valuations; and that possibility hasn’t diminished because of the IPO. In fact, with billions upon billions of cold hard cash now sitting in Facebook’s war chest, it has if anything grown.
As the unveiling of Apple's next iPhone draws nigh, the rumor mill is churning out iPhone gossip at an ever-quickening rate. If Cupertino sticks with its 12-month launch cycle--a tradition it broke last year when it debuted the iPhone 4S some 16 months after the iPhone 4--Apple will grace the world with its newest handset this fall, most likely in October.
Readers love iPhone rumors, which is why tech and mainstream news sites report then so diligently. But why the obsession with iPhone and other Apple gossip? The massive popularity of the company's mobile products is a major factor, certainly, but so is Apple's legendary secrecy. The company doesn't talk about its upcoming products--ever. It seldom returns reporters' calls and, unlike its competitors, doesn't make its engineers, designers, and managers available to the tech press. You won't find Apple employees blogging about beta projects and the like.
Part of Apple's secrecy may have its roots in Steve Jobs' vaunted showmanship: The Big Reveal works best when your audience has no idea what's coming. Consider Jobs' unveiling of the original iPhone in 2007. Would his presentation have been as effective if Apple had spent months publicly discussing the progress of its revolutionary touchscreen phone?
Apple's privacy has helped build an insatiable demand for news about the company, particularly leaks about whatever cool stuff the folks in Cupertino may or may not be working on. Naturally, with a new iPhone on deck (or so we assume), attention has turned toward Apple's next handset, which most news organizations are calling the "iPhone 5."
We've collected the best and worst iPhone rumors from the past year. The best items (i.e., likely to come true) also tend to be the most recent, and include photographic evidence of alleged iPhone 5 prototypes.
Based on what we're seeing, the upcoming iPhone won't be a dramatic makeover, but rather a longer, thinner model that retains the iPhone 4S' core design. Other likely enhancements include a 4-inch display, 1136 by 640 resolution, and a 16:9 aspect ratio (or very close to it). The phone's back plate appears to be aluminum rather than glass, a notable change from the iPhone 4/4S.
The worst rumors tend to be older and often a bit too optimistic. A 3-D camera? Don't hold your breath. Inductive charging? Not this year. A teardrop shape? Only in concept sketches.
Of course, few of us will know the iPhone 5's full specs until Apple reveals out its latest creation at an undisclosed time and place. Which rumors do you believe? Which would you like to see prove true?