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With Michael Jackson’s untimely passing last year, the international world grieved together as we lost the biggest entertainment star of the last 40 years. His unmatched track record for incredibly innovative albums, iconic videos and sold out world tours set the stage for fans to now take in a new music project by the notoriously known perfectionist. The ten-song set Micheal, MJ’s official posthumous album, teeters on the line of awesome (“Behind The Mask”) and less than amazing (“Breaking News”). Luckily the scale tips toward awesome more times than not.

“Hold My Hand” featuring Akon is a collaboration rumored to have been recorded back in 2007. The tone and delivery sounds like MJ, but rumors are swirling that throughout the album, MJ’s vocals have been overdubbed, switched and/or recorded by someone else all together. With that in mind, it’s hard to distinguish the real MJ from the so-called fakes. But the way songs like “Keep Your Head Up”, speaks about surviving tough times, “(I Like) The Way You Love Me” instructs the producer and listener to groove to love notes and “Best Of Joy” lifts the veil off MJ’s rugged vocals and let’s his light timbre float, you have to believe that this is the best of his last work.

- Wednesday 8 December 2010


United States

Andy and Lana (formerly Larry) Wachowski are returning to the Warner Bros. fold with Hood, a modern, urban take on the Robin Hood myth. The Wachowskis wrote the script and will direct the tale, which in keeping with the modus operendi of the duo, is shrouded in secrecy.

The pair are already reaching out to actors, with insiders saying Will Smith as one of those who they reached out to. While a take on Robin Hood may not be much to go on, knowing the proclivities of the duo, it will undoubtedly have a brand of visual take and their comic book-fused pop art sensitivities.

- Wednesday 8 December 2010


United States

Google has delayed the launch of its much anticipated laptop, powered by its Chrome operating system, until 2011. Instead, Google announced a pilot programme aimed at people who "live on the web". Chrome OS is Google’s boldest bid yet to challenge Microsoft’s market dominance with Windows software.

Google has already gone after Microsoft’s Office software with its Google Docs product. Chrome marks a departure from traditional operating systems, such as Mac OSX and Windows, by targeting users who spend most of their time on the web. "We think cloud computing will define computing as we know it," said Eric Schmidt, Google’s chief operating officer. "Finally there is a viable third choice for an operating system."

- Wednesday 8 December 2010


United States

Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, died at her home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, after a six-year fight with cancer, according to multiple reports.

A best-selling author and a driving force behind her husband’s political career, Mrs. Edwards discovered she had breast cancer on Election Day in 2004, when Senator John Kerry and Mr. Edwards, his running mate, lost to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. She underwent extensive radiation and chemotherapy, sending her cancer into temporary remission, an ordeal she detailed in her 2006 memoir, "Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers."

- Wednesday 8 December 2010


United States

High school seniors about to be admitted to college, take note: that authentic-looking Facebook page inviting you to join the university’s “welcome group” for the class of 2015 may be unauthorized.

A company that calls itself Roomsurf.com, and provides a service for prospective freshmen to find potential roommates for a fee, has created what appear to be official Facebook groups for next fall’s freshman classes at more than 150 colleges, including New York University, Middlebury, Wesleyan, the University of Texas and Pepperdine, according to college administrators, who noted a uniformity among the sites.

- Wednesday 8 December 2010


Egypt

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has given the green light for Egypt’s first nuclear reactor, after President Hosni Mubarak pledged work closely with the agency, according to the Russian news service RIA Novosti.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has given its approval for the plant, to be constructed west of the capital Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast.

President Hosni Mubarak first announced plans to launch a number of nuclear power plants in Egypt in 2007.

- Monday 20 September 2010


Kenya

- Monday 20 September 2010


"What is the meaning of life?", "Is there a God?" and even "Do blondes have more fun?" - these are apparently the world’s trickiest questions.

Internet search engine Ask Jeeves has compiled what it called a top 10 of "unanswerables" in the past decade.

The list is based on some 1.1 billion queries made on the site since its launch in 2000.

Other weighty issues include mortality, love and fame, but "did Tony Soprano die?" also made it on the list.

- Monday 20 September 2010


Facebook said on Monday it is not building a mobile phone, dismissing a TechCrunch story that it is working on software for a device from a hardware manufacturer.

"The story is not accurate," according to a company statement. "Our approach has always been to make all phones and apps more social, not build a phone. The bottom line is that whenever we work on a deep integration, people want to call it a "Facebook Phone" (even internally) because that’s such an attractive sound bite, but our real strategy is to make everything social and not build one phone or integration."

TechCrunch reported that Facebook wanted more control over a phone’s operating system in order to more deeply integrate with phone features such as contact lists.

- Monday 20 September 2010


Children who are exposed to a cold-like virus when young are more likely to develop obesity, scientists have claimed.

The virus, which causes coughs and colds and is spread by dirty hands, could also attack fat cells causing them to multiply.

This increase can trigger a significant gain in weight, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Researchers at the University of California in San Diego examined 124 children aged eight to 18 for antibodies created when their immune systems were exposed to adenovirus 36.

- Monday 20 September 2010

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