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Friday, 17 May 2013

Justin Bieber Monkey Midnight Deadline Is Tonight, Ordered To Pay Thousands

Justin Bieber has been ordered by German authorities to pay the bill for his pet monkey’s two month stay at a Munich animal shelter.
A spokesman for Munich’s customs office says the total cost of the monkey’s food, veterinary care, and accommodation for the capuchin — known as Mally — comes to several thousand euros (dollars).

Customs spokesman Thomas Meister says Bieber has until midnight Friday to claim the monkey.
The, then, 14-week-old monkey was seized by customs authorities on March 28 when the teen singer failed to produce a health certificate and other necessary papers after arriving at Munich airport ahead of a Believe tour concert.
The Munich Animal Protection League shelter says Bieber’s management team has asked that the now 20-week-old monkey be placed in a zoo.
Customs officials say they have yet to receive a formal request from Bieber or his representatives to authorize such as placement.

Despite animal welfare groups’ criticism of Bieber for taking possession of the capuchin and traveling with it without documentation, one group has praised the singer’s apparent decision not to reclaim the monkey.

Previously, a representative for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) told W.E.N.N:

“PETA is thankful Justin Bieber heeded our advice and surrendered Mally to the experienced caregivers at the Munich animal shelter.”
The group added:
“And we have recommended a permanent move to the The Monkey Sanctuary in the UK, where Mally will be integrated with other monkeys and receive the social interaction vital to a monkey’s well-being and psychological growth.”
However, when the midnight deadline arrives it is likely the whereabouts of the monkey will not be made public.
Earlier this week, Franz Boehmer, from the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation told Reuters:
“I’m afraid we can’t reveal details on where Mally will be taken, as we are worried about the hype surrounding the monkey. We want to calmly integrate the animal into a group of its own species.”
Bieber was given the monkey for his 19th birthday in early March. However, by midnight tonight it seems likely this is one gift he won’t be keeping.

Justin Bieber And His Monkey Mally

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 allegedly revealed alongside specs

Looks like a Galaxy Note 8 that lots its S Pen

Samsung's continuing its Android tablet push with the Galaxy Tab 3 series, and it looks like there might be an 8-inch variant on the way alongside the current 7-incher. SamMobile obtained the shot you see above, which it claims shows the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0.
According to a spec sheet released alongside the image, the 8-incher will come in Wifi-only and 3G flavors, and run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on a 1280x800 panel. On the inside, it's supposedly an unnamed 1.5GHz dual-core CPU doing the number-crunching, with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. A 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and 5-megapixel rear shooter are also listed. The dimensions are also a point of interest, with a thickness of just 6.95mm being reported, potentially making this an extremely thin tablet.
The shot itself appears to be little more than a mock-up, but if accurate it would indicate that the 8-inch Tab 3 is running a the latest version of TouchWiz, and is also lacking the earpiece of its 7-inch counterpart. No release date is reported just yet, but we imagine it'll appear sometime after the 7-inch Tab 3's roll-out, due to take place over the next month.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Storage Issues Acknowledged

Samsung Galaxy S4 Storage Issues Acknowledged
Samsung has stepped forward to acknowledge that the Samsung Galaxy S4, despite being their flagship device, is still not perfect, as users have complained that despite it coming with 16GB of storage space on paper, more than 45% of its storage is already taken up by the footprint of the Android operating system sprinkled with some of Samsung’s pre-installed software, resulting in just 8.82GB of storage space left for user data. Of course, this could very well be the main reason why Samsung does offer larger capacities for the Galaxy S4, such as 32GB and 64GB.

Apart from that, a handful of British Galaxy S4 owners did complain to BBC One’s Watchdog that they should investigate and confront Samsung concerning the storage issue, since all of the bloatware, or so it is called, certainly makes life a whole lot more difficult to maximize the enjoyment of the Galaxy S4 for its entry level model. Samsung did mention that they “appreciate this issue being raised and will review their customer communication for future products”, but there is always the microSD memory card slot to save the day, right?

Dr.Web for Android 8.0: faster, more convenient and more reliable

The company "Doctor Web" reported the release of the eighth version of Dr.Web for Android. The main features of version 8.0 - significantly increased scanning speed for a "multi-core" smartphone OS support Android 4.2, the ability to use a handful of trusted SIM-cards for antitheft. The speed of modern anti-virus scan on Android smartphones has been greatly increased through the implementation of multi-threading to the distribution of tasks between the CPU cores. With the new version of Dr.Web for Android now possible to use multiple trusted SIM-cards when the antitheft. Now, those who regularly uses the same phone different SIM-card can be added to multiple trusted "simok" and avoid locking antitheft device when you change. Adding Trusted SIM-cards is when you reboot the mobile device, or when you start Dr.Web for Android. Also added the ability to disable the detection of adware and potentially unwanted programs when working file monitor SpIDer Guard or during Antivirus scanning. has also been implemented reference statistics on the operation of Dr.Web for Android with the user's consent. In this regard, after the upgrade to version 8.0 users need to re-accept the license agreement. Besides the implementation of new features have been several improvements to the already existing functionality. Now the performance SpIDer Guard and anti-spam service is restored after closure system or other unauthorized stop. Interface has been enhanced selective scanning, and also added the Latvian and Estonian localization of the product. Among other things, have been corrected errors identified in the operation of Dr.Web for Android. In particular, the correction concerned the scanning process: Remove the cause of the "inhibition" check when you turn off the device's screen and the possible interruption of scanning when you touch the screen. Fixed incorrect display of the widget, which was observed on some models of vehicles. The new version of Dr.Web for Android is available on Google Pla and online "Doctor Web". For users of Dr.Web for Android updated to version 8.0 will take place automatically.

Razer Atrox Arcade Stick

Razer Atrox Arcade Stick
Razer is a name that has long been associated with quality gaming peripherals, and their latest release would come in the form of the Atrox Arcade Stick. So far beta testing of the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick has already concluded, where the two main aspects of this peripheral that sets it head and shoulders apart from the rest would be its customizability and build quality. The Atrox Arcade Stick for Xbox 360 has been tested by its fair share of the world’s best pro-gamers and Fighting Game Community members worldwide, where it boasts of premium quality Sanwa components, sporting 10 highly responsive buttons and a precision eight-way joystick so that you will be able to be “one” with the game, executing all the moves at the right timing without missing a beat.

The Atrox Arcade Stick would also be an extremely moddable controller, where its innards will open up at the touch of a button. You can then swap the default design with your own personal designs for a unique look, in addition to gaining access to the internal compartments and honeycomb structure for easy screw mounting. There are also dedicated slots within to stash away the included alternate bat top joystick, a detachable cable, and a screwdriver for modding purposes. The Razer Atrox Arcade Stick is not going to come cheap though at $199.99 a pop as it ships worldwide later this June. 

ZTE Grand X2 - a smartphone based on Intel Atom dual-core processor

ZTE is at a conference in Monaco MedPi officially introduced the smartphone Grand X2, built on a platform with a processor Intel Atom Z2580. This platform is based on dvuyaderny processor with a clock frequency of 2 GHz, made ​​on the x86 architecture and coupled with the RAM of 1 GB. The device has a 4.5-inch HD screen with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels. Other features of the device is also quite match the level of the most technically advanced modern Android-smartphone. Among them are the presence of an 8-megapixel main camera and a 1-megapixel front and 8 GB of internal memory that can be increased with the help of card slot format microSD up to 32 GB. To ensure long battery life ZTE Grand X2 battery is installed capacity of 2000 mAh, although accurate data on working hours is not given. Smartphone pozitsioruetsya as improved, compared to its predecessors model. Indicates that the OS is Android Jelly Beanb and the camera is able to maintain continuous shooting at up to 24 frames per second without delay and by using two-plane stabilizer. The device will be released in Europe in the third quarter of this year, but the cost is not yet known. 

If You’re Not Happy At Work, You’re Not Powerless

Not happy at work? Here’s some insight. When I was in college, I spent a year in England as part of my University’s study abroad program. What an amazing experience! And, while I brought back a lot of weird slang and an unusual faux accent (which, thankfully, disappeared quickly), the one British-ism I still refer to regularly is “Mind the Gap.”

You see, the London underground system (which they call the “tube”) has a looping announcement for passengers to “Please mind the gap,” referring to the space between the train and the platform. Apparently, tourists like me just love this. It’s so polite! Us Americans would say something like, “Don’t fall in, idiot.” Or, even more likely, we’d post a discreet sign saying, “Property owner not responsible for injury.”

So, “Mind the Gap” is a popular slogan for touristy T-shirts in London. It’s also one of those things that can make a gal nostalgic for a little British courtesy and a public transportation system that really works. But that’s neither here nor there.

I bring this up today because, in my work as a career coach, I find most of my clients come to me when there’s a gap of some sort. There’s a gaping hole between where they want to be and where they are. That gap is so big and so intimidating; they have no idea how to cross it. So, they simply stand there, on the train, letting it take them wherever it happens to be going. They never make the leap to the platform.

Happy Work
While working with one client in particular, something new dawned on me. As she sat there making excuses for all the ways in which her career was out of her control, complaining her motivation was low and her confidence shot, I suddenly heard that polite safety announcement in my head, “Please mind the gap.” And that’s when it hit me.

“Maybe your mind IS the gap!” I shouted.

She stopped speaking and looked at me like I was possibly having a stroke.

“You see,” I told her, “the gap between where you are and where you want to be isn’t that big. But your mind has turned it into something insurmountable. You’re letting your fears and anxiety run the show. We just have to get your mind back in check. It’s like that old trick, mind over matter. Except… it’s mind over job!!”

And thus a new idea was born.

Here’s the truth: Your mind is a powerful tool. But, if you don’t actively manage it, all kinds of junk can take over. Fear, anxiety, self-sabotage… these things live in everyone. When left unchecked, they can create a negativity spiral. That’s when that gap between where you are and where you want to be becomes a giant chasm, impossible to leap across.

If you’re not happy at work, you’re not powerless. Perhaps your mind has played tricks on you, messed with your confidence and forced you to believe you’re stuck. But, in reality, you have everything you need. You CAN take charge of your career by simply mastering your mind.

'The Big Bang Theory' finale: Raj finally talks to Penny while sober in 'The Bon Voyage Reaction'

While rumors of a cliffhanger in the Season 6 finale of "The Big Bang Theory" didn't quite pan out, the show did have a shocking ending just the same. In the episode, which aired Thursday (May 16), Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) finally did the unthinkable: He spoke to a woman sober.

It's been a long-running joke that Raj's timidness around women renders him speechless, relying on alcohol to give him the extra boost he needed to speak to the fairer sex. But, mourning the end of his nascent relationship with the even more anxious Lucy (guest star Lucy Miccuci), Raj turned to Penny (Kaley Cuoco) for a shoulder to cry, revealing he had no booze in his system, but speaking just the same.

It's a monumental moment for the character, even though he's suffering a romantic setback. This being "TBBT," it's also milked for laughs, as the girls come to realize that, underneath all his anxiety, lay an irrepressible chatterbox. Amy (Mayim Bialik) gets the biggest laugh when, as the episode ends, she asks, "Does he ever shut up?" Let's hope not.

Other Bits:

- Leonard (Johnny Galecki) winds up taking the gig with Stephen Hawking, taking him out of the country for four months. It's a relief that the allowed Penny to encourage her boyfriend, rather than attempt to hinder his achievement. 

- It's also sweet how Penny steps up to take care of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) in Leonard's absence. It speaks to how the characters have become a real family in the six seasons the show's run. Can you imagine Season 1 Penny having anything to do with any of this?

What did you think of Raj's big moment, "Big Bang" fans?

TMZ tries cyberfear

Celebrity gossip site TMZ discovered the scary side of cyberspace a few weeks ago, running a frantic story about hackers blackmailing the United States into war.  
As the headline shrieked, 


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The story starts from the classic trope of the scary hacker: clever, secretive, powerful.  Hence their ability to attack the Obama administration.
TMZ then takes things in an odd direction by linking this political threat to celebrities.  
We're told the group -- which claims responsibility for swatting Rihanna, Diddy, Ryan Seacrest, Justin Timberlake, Paris Hilton, Chris Brown, Tom Cruise and others -- contacted authorities through 911 and threatened to detonate 8 devices around the White House perimeter if President Obama does not declare war within 24 hours.
Yes, it's about "swatting", not geopolitics.  And lets gossip-drenched readers connect their celeb-stalking tales to the White House.  Interesting twist on cyberfear.
Naturally there's no retraction or sourcing of the claim.

Samsung sells 10 million Galaxy S4 by the end of May?

Korean resource ChosunIlbo citing an unnamed Samsung representative said that since the start of sales of the flagship smartphone Samsung Galaxy S4 he sold in excess of 4 million - from 26 April to the end of this month (that is, four days). Then sales have slowed down - and by May 10, it was sold as a whole, 6000000 Samsung Galaxy S4.

Also, the source said that by the end of the month, the company plans to sell 10 million Samsung Galaxy S4. In comparison, it took 85 days to have sold 3 million first-generation flagship Samsung Galaxy S1, 55 days - for the same amount of Samsung Galaxy S2, and 21 - Samsung Galaxy S3. Thus, Samsung Galaxy S4 became the fastest-selling flagship line of Samsung Galaxy S.