archives : January 2011


This summer, Apple is expected to launch its next iPhone, and new reports describe it as a "completely redesigned handset" as well as a "total rethink from a design standpoint." To start, the iPhone 5’s internals will be different - the device will run on a new, combined CDMA/GSM/UTMS chipset from Qualcomm, which will support both AT&T and Verizon here in the U.S., as well as other carriers worldwide - perhaps even an expanded lineup, as would now be possible. Along with the iPad 2, this chipset change represents the transition away from Infineon as the iPhone and iPad chipset maker. Going forward, Qualcomm will make the chips for all Apple mobile devices. - Tuesday 18 January 2011

United States
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Vibe took time to chat with beloved rapper Talib Kweli about the first time he heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak, hip-hop’s respect for the holiday, as well the influence Dr. King has had on him and his upcoming album. - Tuesday 18 January 2011


Investors from outside America will be able to take part in the private placing of Facebook shares.

In a statement the investment bank cited "intense media coverage" for its move to pull the offer from US clients.

There has been speculation that the investment plan might breach US regulations designed to restrict share trading in private companies.

- Tuesday 18 January 2011

United States - China

Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives in Washington on Tuesday, a day before a high-profile meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss trade, currency and a host of other issues, including North Korea.

Chinese state media has reported that Hu will stress how a constructive, comprehensive partnership between the powers could be mutually beneficial and help ensure stability in Asia and worldwide despite differences between Beijing and Washington.

- Tuesday 18 January 2011

United States
Steven P. Jobs, the visionary co-founder and chief executive of Apple, is taking a medical leave of absence, a year and a half after his return following a liver transplant. The leave raises questions about both his long-term prognosis and the leadership of the world’s most valuable technology company. - Tuesday 18 January 2011

Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi has unveiled a list of 20 new Ministers for the northern African country’s "unity government". The new Ministers will be charged with running the country until presidential and legislative elections are held. No date has been given for the electoral process. - Monday 17 January 2011

Uganda - Saudi Arabia
A group of Christians has suddenly converted to Islam in order to receive free items donated by a Dubai-based company and the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent. - Monday 17 January 2011

In Zimbabwe, children as young as 5 would, as of February, be subjected to national service training as part of efforts by ZANU-PF to reorient the young about Zimbabwe’s "revolution, pre-colonial political systems, colonialism, wars and the post-colonial state." - Monday 17 January 2011

Even Mama Grizzly, who brags about using helicopters to blast wolves with assault rifles, knows the mantra of that famed American outdoors icon Smokey the Bear: “Only you can prevent forest fires.” - Monday 17 January 2011

A yellow wheat rust epidemic, a form of wheat fungus, is devouring crops in three major wheat-growing regional states of Ethiopia. Nonetheless, a grain shortage on the Ethiopian market, which has led to a government decision to import grains, has been blamed on market speculation. - Monday 17 January 2011

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