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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Google Nexus One to release in April


Google’s first own-brand mobile phone Nexus One is going to launch in UK in April. It will be on sale through Google.com/phone only. Tariffs have not been announced, but the Nexus One is likely to be priced very similarly to comparable smartphones such as the iPhone.
Nexus One is built by HTC, the Nexus One is Google’s attempt to assert the superiority of its mobile operating system Android, in the face of market dominance from Apple’s iPhone and Microsoft’s reinvigorated mobile software, Windows Phone.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Lady Gaga covered herself in white paint and pearls


Lady Gaga wears hundreds of pearls glued to her body to perform new song 'Future Love' at amfAR gala
Lady Gaga wore a special edition lipstick created to help raise funds for AIDS research.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Best Valentine's Day flowers


A rose is a rose is a rose, used for expressing the love.
Some blooms last days; some are dead on delivery. If you plan to make a grand floral gesture this Valentine’s Day, pick a right flower. Don’t blow it with a burned-out bouquet.
So buy a bunch of red roses to greet your love on this Valentine’s Day.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Burberry launches a fashion ‘Avatar’ with global 3D spectacular


Burberry, the £1.2 billion-pound British luxury brand, will create a fashion history later this month (February) by globally streaming its fall/winter 2010/2011, Womenswear catwalk show, live from London Fashion Week - and, ’Avatar’-style, in 3D.
The cyberspace-age spectacular will, “enable people to experience the energy and atmosphere of this event from around the world,” said Burberry’s chief creative officer, Christopher Bailey. “3D technology will bring our global audience into the London show space allowing them to see the colors and fabrics, to hear the music and to be a part of that moment when it all finally comes together.’’

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Hot weekend getaways to help beat the midwinter chill


It's Valentine's season, and you want to get away. But what if you're tired of mushy-gushy romance? What if you'd rather get down to business? Try an all-night rave in a foreign city. Zip to a ski vacation that gets steamy when the slopes close. Or try a South American bungalow where the howls of the rainforest creatures are bound to be louder than yours.
Maybe you're the type who can seduce over soufflé. Or you're brave enough to skinny-dip in water that glows.
Whatever your dream, there are vivid places where a Valentine's getaway can be an adventure. Whether you're mixing it up in Montreal or steaming it up in Savannah, there are better ways to get gooey than with a box of chocolates.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Twitter users talk- The iPad is a hit


The overwhelming majority of tweets about the iPad have been positive, according to a study released by Attensity Group.
It is learn that, at least 50 percent of tweets expressed their positive sentiment towards the iPad," according to the study. That figure jumped to 71% in the two hours after Steve Jobs took the stage, "with extremely negative sentiment disappearing to a statistically negligible one percent." The chatter remained positive - at 69% - four days later.
Among the postive Twitter posts, the iPad's apps, screen and keyboard were the most commonly discussed, as were comparisons to the iPhone and the iPad's potential to be an Amazon Kindle killer, according to the study. Among those that expressed dislike of the iPad, according to Palo Alto, Calif.-based Attensity, the lack of Flash support, a user-replaceable battery and a built-in camera were the most common complaints, along with the feeling that the device is redundant for current iPhone and Kindle users. The study, which sampled about 90,000 total tweets, comes during a week when "iPad" has consistently remained a trending topic on Twitter and has entrenched itself on Google's "Hot Topics" list for the U.S.

Pajama Jeans pants


It's a fashion must-have for any woman looking to indulge her inner couch potato. A pair of pants designed to look like jeans - but feel like pajamas - is now on sale.
The aptly named PajamaJeans are made of a mixture of cotton and spandex with a gray jersey lining to provide a snug and relaxed fix, complete with pockets and rivets to give the illusion of trendy denim.
The creators behind this new clothing concept are apparently hoping to capitalize on the success of jeggings - the garment that's part jeans, part leggings.
"So pajama jeans?" "I think it's a great idea - I don't know why I didn't think of it."
Sandra Markus, a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in the design department, thinks PajamaJeans indicate a lifestyle shift. "These days, pajamas are just casual wear, with the whole yoga influence," she said. "And jeans ... they are ubiquitous. They are totally accepted, so why not as pajamas?"

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Easy crops for beginners for gardening


Easy crops for beginners to grow in the garden
Growing veg plants in the garden is an easy task. No, really, it is.
I can do it, and I'm fairly useless at most practical things. It's a bit like cooking: the first time I turned a hob on, I was terrified I would burn down the whole house, and then give any survivors salmonella. Looking back, I think I left the hob on for about an hour after I had served the food, which just goes to show you can be pretty gormless and still grow plenty of veg.
But when you start cooking, you start with the simple stuff: an omelette here, the odd bolognese there, and after a while, you're serving up roulades and stuffed pheasant galore.
And so with vegetables. If you're growing your own for the very first time this year, start with these five easy crops to build your confidence, and you'll find the fancy crops far less terrifying. Of course, there are a few caveats to saying growing veg is easy. You do need to water the things, and keep an eye out for odd pest. But on the whole, these crops will make you burst with pride, and hanker for more veg-growing exploits.
Radishes
These are marvelously simple and quick to grow, and are often the first vegetables to crop on your plot. Start sowing in March, and thin to 5cm apart, watering well during dry spells. Within three weeks, the radishes will have sprinted their way to a harvestable size, and you'll be crunching away happily. Sow every three weeks for continuous crops.
New potatoes
Leave tubers out to sprout in a warm, light room until the sprouts are 2.5cm long. Then plant 15cm deep, with the end that has the most sprouts facing up, 30cm apart. When the new shoots reach 20cm tall, pull earth up to their tips. The potatoes are ready once the plant has flowered for a couple of weeks, but have a grub about in the soil to check the buried treasure first.
Garlic
A very forgiving crop that really just asks to be planted in either autumn or spring (check the variety), four inches deep, and then left to its own devices.
It isn't a big fan of heavy soils, but other than snipping off the lovely, edible, loop-the-loop flower buds of hard neck varieties, you'll find the next thing you do is harvest the big bulbs in mid-summer.
Courgettes
Even if you are a courgette-eating fiend, you'll find yourself rapidly overwhelmed by the number of fruits these plants produce.
Soak the seeds overnight in warm water before sowing on their side in pots of compost in early May.
Plant out in rich soil once all danger of frosts has passed (probably early June), and feed once a fortnight.
Chard
This is easy-peasy, and something you can't buy in the shops. Just sow the seeds outdoors from April, and thin to about 20cm apart.
You'll have beautiful spinach-like leaves and multicolored stems all the way until the next spring.
Are you planning to grow veg for the first time this year, or are you a seasoned GYO-er? We want to hear what you're sowing, and what vegetables you'd recommend for newbie.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Emma Watson releases ethical fashion range with People Tree


British teenage actress Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, is to release a clothing collection in collaboration with the ethical fashion label People Tree.
Watson has been developing her interest in fashion this year, appearing on the front row at several catwalk shows in February and March. She is already linked with the British heritage brand Burberry, recently becoming the face of its autumn/winter advertising campaign.
The collection for People Tree is aimed at bringing fair trade and organic fashion to the 16-24 age group. Watson is acting as creative advisor, injecting her personal style into the range.
"I was excited by the idea of using fashion as a tool to alleviate poverty and knew it was something I could help make a difference with," she said.
"I think young people like me are becoming increasingly aware of the humanitarian and environmental issues surrounding fast fashion and want to make good choices but there aren't many options out there."
The People Tree line, comprising 26 women's styles and 15 for men, plus a small accessories range, will enter stores in late February 2010. The collection, which includes knitwear, cotton T-shirts, jersey dresses, poplin skirts and shorts, is described by People Tree as "clean, sexy and easy to wear".
Much of the range uses organic and fairly traded cotton. The clothes are made entirely by hand by fair trade groups using weaving, knitting and embroidery, helping to create livelihoods for disadvantaged groups in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
• The collection will be available at People Tree concessions and online. For more details, visit peopletree.co.uk.

Lady Gaga shines bright at Grammy Awards‎


Lady Gaga won two Grammy awards, including best electronic/dance album for "The Fame."
Lady Gaga opened the show clad in a green bodysuit to sing her hit "Poker Face." At one point in the song, she threw herself into what appeared to be a cauldron of fire, and emerged looking singed sitting at a piano across from Elton John. The duo sang his 70s hit "Your Song" and her own "Speechless."

Is Apple's iPad a Kindle killer?


If anyone should fear the iPad, it's definitely Amazon with its Kindle eBook business.
Despite the hype, the "magical" iPad is really just an overgrown iPod touch. Apart from a few interface changes to take advantage of the extra screen real estate, it doesn't seem to do anything my iPhone can't do. The only feature that's really caught my eye is the new eBook reader app, which will be supported by a new iBookstore section in the iTunes store. It's a fair assumption that the iPhone and iPod touch will also get access to the iBookstore, although Apple might hold out to drive iPad sales (as it did with HD movies in iTunes to drive Apple TV sales).
While testing the Kindle, I decided to play around with Amazon's Kindle iPhone app and I was quite surprised by how good it is. The default font size on the two is the same, although you only get half as much text per page on the iPhone. The iPhone's redeeming feature is the ability to tap or flick to smoothly turn pages. This is much less intrusive on the reading experience than the firm click of the Kindle's Next Page button, which is followed by a one second wait as the screen flashes black and refreshes. I read a novel on each and, despite its smaller screen size, I'd say the iPhone actually makes it easier to get engrossed in the story.
I haven't played with an iPad yet, but it's a safe bet that the iBook interface will be just as slick as the Kindle iPhone app. You should be able to run the Kindle iPhone app on the iPad as well. Assuming the Kindle app's font upscales smoothly, you'd have the best of both worlds.
Amazon's latest effort is the larger 9.7-inch Kindle DX, which features a similar screen size and price tag to the iPad. Even though the Kindle DX only has a monochrome display, Amazon is using it to push newspaper and magazine subscriptions - with two big catches. Firstly, there are no Australian publications available. Secondly, if you live outside the US, Amazon only sends you the text - not the images. This might not matter so much if you're reading the The New York Times or Newsweek for the informative articles, but it kinda sucks if you're reading PC Magazine or Sports Illustrated. I imagine Playboy and Hustler aren't all that excited about the monochrome Kindle DX, even inside the US.