Note: It wasn’t actually Google Maps, it’s the Russian equivalent called Yandex Maps. I just said Google Maps in the title because because if I’d said Yandex you’d be all, ‘Dammit, the GW’s been drinking again’ (which I have but I’m trying to play it off).
A woman in Russia recently called things off with her fiance after stumbling across a shot of him holding hands with another woman while looking up an address on Yandex Maps. Or was she purposefully looking for him? DUM DUM DUM!
Marina Voinova told LifeNews.ru that she was looking up an address using the website’s “street view” feature when she happened across a man who looked like Alexander, her boyfriend of five years, with his arms around a woman who did not look like her.
“When Sasha came home, I immediately called him to computer and asked him to find that address in the map,” she told the news portal. “When the image loaded, Sasha’s face changed in color. I looked in his eyes, waiting for explanations.”
Alexander immediately confessed to everything, Marina recalled. He told her he had made a mistake and did not love the other woman, but Marina had already made up her mind to end their relationship.
I’m surprised dude didn’t even try to lie. Oh, her? That’s my sister. “But I thought you didn’t have a sister.” Crazy right? Turns out she was long-lost. She just contacted me and we got together for lunch. Are you buying any of this this? Listen — please don’t destroy my stereo system, I paid a ton of rubles for that.
Hit the jump for a local news report but make sure to have the captions on unless you’re Russian or can speak Russian or just don’t care what anybody is saying.Related Posts:
These are a pair of Batman symbol wall bookshelves crafted by Etsy Seller Fahmi Sani of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was selling them in his shop a week ago for around $ 285, but he got such a response that he’s pulled them from his store while he fulfills his current orders. And you know what that means! “It’s time to jump on Etsy and start sell our own really shitty version ASAP.” You know it! You get started on the Etsy shop, I’ll be in the garage chopping all my fingers off with a jigsaw.
Hit the jump for a closeup.Related Posts:
A US Cellular rep confirmed today that the carrier is now offering a new unlimited 4G LTE data plan. Customers within the company’s LTE markets can now add unlimited 4G data for $ 40 per month — only through January 31st of next year, though. If surfing the web on a smartphone isn’t enough, you can add optional tethering for an additional $ 20, which requires a separate tiered hotspot data plan. Just in time for the holidays, this ample offering lines up with the carrier’s recent LTE expansion and its plan to bring 4G access to 58 percent of its customers by the end of the year. In addition to this promotional data plan, US Cellular is offering a $ 100 instant rebate on select smartphones, including the Huawei Ascend Y and Samsung Galaxy S III. Not stopping there, anyone who purchases a smartphone or tablet can score a free Samsung SCH-LC11 hotspot. It’s uncertain if this is truly unlimited data or the type that comes with a throttled cap. So, we’d caution you not to go on a Netflix and Pandora binge, as such activities could result in a nastygram from US Cellular for use beyond what the fine print allows.
As if there wasn’t enough going on in the mobile payments space already, what with NFC, dongles, wallets and cloud apps. Now payments company MasterCard and ING Group have teamed up on a payment trial that mixes mobile and internet payments — to cover off the use case whereby someone browsing the web on a device other than their smartphone might still want to use their mobile to buy the item they’re looking at. The trial is also looking at situations where buyers want to buy something they are viewing on the phone too.
The technology makes use of the Secure Element on the phone to support “a comparable level of security” to in store purchases, according to the two companies. It builds on MasterCard’s existing NFC-based PayPass technology for mobile payments but does not utilize NFC to function — instead, in one scenario, a shopper browsing for items on a PC or tablet could make a payment by scanning a QR code with their phone.
This is how the two payment scenarios being trialled are described
The solution being tested in the trial supports two scenarios: first, shopping and paying on a phone where the consumer is able to select merchandise they want to purchase, select their payment method, provide their shipping information and enter their PIN to authenticate the transaction. An EMV-compliant cryptogram is supplied by the phone directly to the merchant’s payment gateway for processing. In the second scenario, the consumer is able to start their shopping on a PC or tablet, and then complete the payment step on their phone using a secure QR code that connects the Mobile PayPass application in the user’s phone securely to the merchant’s online shopping cart.
The companies note that both payment scenarios would allow for coupons and vouchers to be redeemed in real-time by shoppers, while e-receipts would be delivered upon successful payment.
The holy grail here appears to be spontaneous, one-click shopping (Amazon are you listening?) regardless of the device combo a consumer is using — by removing the need for fiddly manual inputing of payment details or having to be registered and logged in to the sites being browsed.
Commenting on the trial, Mark Buitenhek, Global Head of Payments & Cash Management at ING Group, said in a statement: “This innovative mobile payment product enables ING to offer our customers a one-click-buy experience. The trial allows us to explore which new type of mobile payments products and technologies will meet our client’ needs.”
Jorn Lambert, Group Head, Emerging Payments, Europe, MasterCard Worldwide, said the trial aims to develop new ways for consumers to pay for goods and services. “This trial builds on our recently announced PayPass Wallet Services and our vision of delivering to consumers and merchants a secure, converged payments experience in-store, online or on a mobile device,” he noted in a statement.
The trial kicked off in mid-October but has only just been announced. It’s due to run through the first quarter of next year.
- Hands-on with Kobo’s Glo and Mini e-readers
- Nook SimpleTouch with GlowLight review
- Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review
There’s nothing like a good underdog story. Aside from last year’s failed Vox tablet, Kobo has made some quality devices, but has still failed to make a huge dent in the e-reader market — a space dominated by Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In the case of the Glo front-lit e-reader ($ 129), Kobo might just be hampered by unfortunate timing. Though the company managed to get a jump on things in the last round with the Kobo Touch, the Glo comes on the heels of similar devices, the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight and the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. But, could this reader have what it takes to convince Kindle and Nook owners to take a leap of faith? Find out after the break.
Because I was just thinking of going back to beat New Vegas again and collecting the rest of the trophies (I game on a PS3, I’m such a noobler!), here’s a functional Pip-Boy 3000 replica made by Zim Props. It’s not the first Pip-Boy replica we’ve seen, it’s just…I dunno, the first new one we’ve seen this week. That’s something. SOMETHING I WANT ON MY WRIST. *mashing buttons trying to Stimpak myself to death*
Hit the jumps for a bunch more shots and a video.
The 3D printer craze shows no signs of stopping and Kickstarter is full of exciting examples of new printing hardware. Today’s entrant in the 3D race? The devilishly cute PandaBot, a “fur white” 3D printer with an 11x11x11-inch build area and a smooth, seamless design.
The bot prints in ABS plastic and has one enclosed print head. All of the major machinery is hidden behind white metal panels and the aforementioned “Panda” styling means this doesn’t look like a junk yard mated with the thing E.T. built in the woods.Over the past 9 months we’ve designed and built our prototype printer. Since it’s designed as a manufactured product, construction techniques and materials were chosen to make it exceptionally stable, robust, and quiet. Fully encased in metal, the PandaBot is very rigid and quiet. Our design isn’t as susceptible to vibration induced errors as other printers designed to be hand assembled. We’ve proven this by successfully printing on live national TV with no adjustments in less than 5 minutes from the back of a taxi.
Founded by Torontoans Kelly John Rose and Felix Tang, the project is looking for $ 50,000; PandaBots cost $ 800 for the basic model, which is quite reasonable. Like flowers in the meadow, 3D printers are beautiful and manifold, and this one is more attractive than most.Related Posts:
Question by Aija: How reliable is XOOM service to send money to relatives in another country? Anyone has ever used the service at www.xoom.com to send money? how was your experience? everything went well?
Answer by morgagecompanywhats xoom?
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Today at HTC’s press conference, the company introduced two new phones. The Windows Phone 8X is the bigger brother, the flagship device. With a 4.3-inch display and competitive specs, it is no surprise that the device looks bulky.
The real killer feature seems to be the 2.1-megapixel front facing camera that is capable of recording 1080p movies with an f/2.0 lens. Yet, looking at the pictures on the 720p screen is not the best way to judge of their quality.
Similarly to the Lumia-branded Nokia devices, the phones come in multiple vibrant colors in a unibody plastic casing. There is a headphone port at the top and a micro-USB port at the bottom. The screen looked good, albeit a bit dark in the current configuration, but the bezel was still large and made the phone appear very tall.
The Beats brand on the back is as much a marketing argument as a real feature. It just indicates that there is a dedicated sound chip inside the device for the speaker and the headphone port. We did not try that feature.
The camera is on par with the HTC One phones that came out over the past few months. When it comes to traditional specifications, the device comes with a super LCD2 display with Gorilla glass running at 720p, as well as a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. There is 16GB of internal memory, and no microSD slot. Nothing was said about the battery.
In fact, HTC did not allow us to put our hands on the device. Phones were fixed on a table with a passcode that prevented us from actually using them. A nice HTC employee that was not supposed to show the device had an HTC Windows Phone 8X in his pocket. Without him, we couldn’t have been able to give first impressions. This is not a proper way to do a “hands-on” area.
The operating system is probably the main selling point for this device, but Nokia devices look more attractive and compete directly with the 8X. The Lumia 820 will have the same display size.
The device is expected to come out for AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in the U.S. and for 150 carriers in the world in early November, right after the release of Windows Phone 8.Related Posts:
Apple is, as usual, remaining tight-lipped about whether it will be releasing any new devices this autumn — and even if there will be an event scheduled for September 12, as many have been reporting. Meanwhile, here is a sign that the company could be preparing for a new phone launch: Apple is offering users an option to recycle their iPhone 4S devices for up to $ 345 back in the form of an Apple Gift Card. Apple is among a number of other companies that have already been offering 4S device rebates (here’s a top 10 list from 9to5mac), with the highest offer being $ 500 on Amazon.
The addition of the 4S to the list was pointed out earlier by The Next Web, although it’s not clear whether the 4S models were added today or some time previously. Apple’s store had been down for several hours earlier today and this could have been the reason why. We have contacted Apple to ask and will update as we learn more.
Apple’s highest offer of $ 345, and Amazon’s for $ 500, is for the most premium of the devices: the 64GB White iPhone 4S. A black 16GB version of the 4S will net $ 285 from Apple, according to an estimate it uses from PowerON.
These prices are for devices that are in good condition — no water damage, no cracks, no scuff marks. In return, users get a Apple Gift Card — usable, of course, for either another Apple iPhone or towards another Apple product.
When you trade in your phone, if the device is in good order, Apple says it gets resold as used or reconditioned; if it’s not in good repair it gets broken down for recycling responsibly.
The recycling issue is a huge one and there is a lot of pressure on phone makers to play a bigger role in helping to manage it. According to one estimate from the United Nations, global electronic waste is growing to 40 billion tons every year, and mobile phones are a billion-device contributor to that problem.Related Posts: