archives : January 2011



Apple made record profits and record revenues in the run-up to Christmas as shoppers bought more Macs, iPhones, and iPads than analysts predicted.

The company said that in the three months to 25 December, net profit was $6bn (£3.7bn) on revenues of $26.74bn.

Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, said in a statement: "We had a phenomenal holiday quarter."

- Wednesday 19 January 2011


The month of January has been totally dead when it comes to new urban music releases, making it impossible for us to bring you our “Two-Step Tuesdays” guide.

But that doesn’t mean we’re not excited about quite a few albums set to drop in 2011. And so are our friends at We’ve narrowed down their 15 most anticipated albums to a list of 10 we can’t wait for… plus an honorable mention.

- Wednesday 19 January 2011

Halle Berry said she will not be playing Aretha Franklin in a biopic, despite the iconic singer’s request. Berry dismissed the rumors while speaking with E! News on the Golden Globes red carpet and cited her inability to sing as too big of an obstacle in undertaking the role. (Side eye)

“If I could carry a tune, I’d consider it,” she says. “Someone should tell Aretha that I can’t do her justice.”

- Wednesday 19 January 2011


Extraordinary drama unfolded Tuesday in Port-au-Prince as charges were filed against former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, government sources told CNN.

The charges are related to financial corruption and may also include human rights violations, a source in the court told CNN.

- Wednesday 19 January 2011


Think about how little you may use your personal computer’s hard drive anymore. Unless you keep a music or video collection, or store your e-mail locally instead of using a Web-based service like Gmail, you might not use it at all.

With that in mind, Google has developed Chrome OS, an operating system for laptops that does just about everything inside a browser window. As a result, forthcoming Chrome OS laptops from Asus and Samsung due later this year will be lightweight, low-maintenance and, most of all, inexpensive. Google’s chief executive officer, Eric Schmidt, has said the target price range will be $300 to $400 for a model that’s not a flimsy netbook.

- Wednesday 19 January 2011

Ethiopia - Sudan - South-Sudan
Polling stations established in Ethiopia for the South Sudan referendum have began posting preliminary results. - Tuesday 18 January 2011

Ethiopian Government and entrepreneurs seem to have found a common ground to find a solution to a recalcitrant double digit inflation after the former was forced to revise a price cap it recently imposed on basic consumer items following commodity shortages in Addis Ababa, the capital, as a result. Some argue that a speedy growth coupled with a 16.7 percent devaluation of the local currency last September are to blame. - Tuesday 18 January 2011

The race for the presidency in Nigeria steers closer and closer toward ethno-religious lines as politicians exploit public disenchantment on north-south, Christian-Muslim parity. All three major opposition parties have nominated northern Muslim candidates. - Tuesday 18 January 2011

Cameroon - European Union
The European Union (EU) has given more than 300,000€ in funding for gay rights associations in Cameroon. Opposed to these grants, the government argues that they would serve to encourage the practice of homosexuality in the central African country. But non-governmental organizations (NGOs) want the government to reconsider its position. Homosexuals in Cameroon are increasingly finding themselves in precarious conditions as many call for them to be "hunted down." - Tuesday 18 January 2011

South africa
Even as figures show huge leaps in the percentage of Black South Africans graduating from universities (a 334% increase compared to 14% for whites), most schools of higher education cannot accommodate even 25% of a growing amount of applicants. - Tuesday 18 January 2011

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