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:
Question by Ayla Gohar: How much does iPhone 4S charge you for international calls or texts? How much will iPhone 4S cost if I make an international call to someone in Dubai? How much do they charge for such a call? And can you receive international texts from, lets say Dubai, on your iPhone 4S and still be charged? How much will the iPhone charge you if you reply back to the international text? If you have an iPhone or a blackberry what’s the best cell phone carrier plan for international calls and texts?
Answer by evilattorneyThe iPhone doesn’t charge you anything. Your cell phone carrier charges you for international calls and texts. How much depends on your carrier.
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Dissenting FTC commissioners aren’t the only ones that disagree with the settlement deal the Federal Trade Commission brokered with Google: now Microsoft has chimed in, expressing concerns with the “weak” and “unusual” result. In a blog post, Microsoft vice president and deputy general counsel Dave Heiner writes that the FTC didn’t acquire any type of binding agreement that would keep Google from resuming the accused behavior if it wanted to. It’s the same criticism levied by the FTC’s own J. Thomas Rosch. Namely, that Google promised to change some of its behavior without the FTC getting any kind of binding document that would let it take the company to task if it changed its mind.
Heiner takes particular aim at Google’s promise to not…
Canadian Windows fans rejoice! The rumors have panned out, as Microsoft opened its first permanent non-US retail location on Friday at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto. To celebrate this milestone, the company had a grand opening event with special guest Wayne Gretzky and a performance by the band Train. For the sake of die-hard Windows fans everywhere, here’s hoping Microsoft is just scratching the Surface of its international expansion plans.
Skype‘s got a new audio codec that it thinks you should be pumped about, and it’s called “Opus.” It’s been kicked around at Skype since March 2009, though work didn’t begin in earnest until June of the same year, and it was just certified by the IETF as a standard of online audio. Senior Skype architect Koen Vos lead a team of audio engineers to create the hybrid audio codec, combining Skype’s own “SILK” codec with Xiph.Org’s “CELT” codec, intending to create a low-bandwidth codec “designed for the internet.” But what does that mean for us? It means “CD quality” audio (fullband stereo sound) over Skype, regardless of internet connection. And what about those pesky packet loss issues that cause Skype calls to often sound choppy? “It has multiple mechanics to deal with and recover from packet loss plaguing the network,” promises audio/video product engineering director Karlheinz Wurm. So … uh, less of a chance of sounding like an Autobot then? Great!
Wurm says the new codec “will make a quiet but crystal clear entry into the world” without naming exactly when. And yes, Opus is expected to become standard across all Skype platforms. What’s that, you want to watch a 45 minute speech about Opus? We’ve got you covered, just below the break.
Don’t expect to make mid-flight phone calls from your smartphone anytime soon. While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is putting together a group to re-examine current testing procedures and policies airlines have in place for gadgets, they will not be considering airborne use of cell phones for voice communication.
But that is a small price to pay for safety, especially considering that these policies and procedures are way behind the speed at which we adopt new technology. The government-industry group will look at how these devices are tested for use in the air, as well as the current standards for use of portable electronic devices on board an airplane.
The group will meet for six months before giving recommendations to the FAA for a policy refresh. But the first step starts with the public. The FAA is looking for feedback on the current policies, opening up an official Request for Comments tomorrow, August 28. You can check that out here.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta had this to say:
We’re looking for information to help air carriers and operators decide if they can allow more widespread use of electronic devices in today’s aircraft. We also want solid safety data to make sure tomorrow’s aircraft designs are protected from interference.
We were pretty impressed with our demo of HD Voice on the HTC EVO 4G LTE earlier in the year, but are still waiting for the feature’s launch to test it in real situations. We may not have to wait much longer, though, because according to Phone Scoop, Sprint is aiming to roll out the service by the end of 2012. The carrier’s Network Vision architecture upgrade is progressing nicely, a necessity for implementing clearer conversations, although coverage is still patchy. We might see an official launch this year, but HD Voice is unlikely to be widely available on the network or on other devices until well into 2013 and 2014. However, if you happen to be a Sprint customer, HTC EVO 4G LTE owner, connected to the right tower and calling someone that’s ticking exactly the same boxes, listen out for that bump in quality as the New Year approaches.
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Sighting in a target through the scope of a high-caliber rifle can be a bit more complicated then it sounds — snipers have to account for cross-winds, range and a whole host of external factors that could put their projectile off course. It isn’t easy, and the required calculations can seriously slow down a shooter’s time to trigger. The solution? High tech laser-equipped sniper scopes, of course. DARPA has actually been working on this problem for quite some time, and calls its’ project One Shot.
Previous iterations of the targeting system helped shooters increase their chance of hitting their mark by a factor of four, but suffered from short battery life, range finder accuracy errors and overheating problems. DARPA is putting its faith into Cubic Corporation to overcome these faults, awarding the firm with a $ 6 million contract to develop a “compact observation, measurement and ballistic calculation system” that it calls the One Shot XG. Like its predecessors, the XG is designed to give the shooter a offset aim point to counteract the environmental conditions that would impact bullet trajectory. DARPA is hoping to see ten weapon or scope-mountable field devices within 15 months. Consider this fair warning, Segway bots.
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Everyone has an opinion, and if they all stink, then Pew must have one hell of a tolerance for foul odors. The research group recently surveyed a number of mobile phone owners to determine their primary complaints, and while it’s not much of a surprise, slow network performance stole the show. In all, 77 percent aired at least some dissatisfaction with download speeds, and nearly half of all respondents cited frequent frustration. The story is similar for dropped calls, as 72 percent of those surveyed claim to experience the annoyance at least occasionally. While less widespread, the distribution of those who receive unwanted marketing attempts via either telephone calls or text messages is roughly equal — it seems reasonable to assume that many respondents are harassed by both means. For more surveys*, just text #eng-123 to 9999. *Outrageous fees will apply.
“We are not going to keep products around we don’t believe in,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in regards to the Apple TV on today’s earnings call. He also stated that Apple still considers the product a hobby although Apple keeps at the project because they stated “it will lead us [Apple] somewhere.”
Apple is very happy with Apple TV’s growth. The company shipped around 4 million so far during this fiscal year with 1.3 million units over the third quarter — not so bad for a hobby.
In many ways Apple TV is the missing link between Apple’s portables and the living room. It brings iTunes to the big screen but also, through the magic of Airplay, allows iPhone and iPad owners to quickly and easily stream content to the Apple TV. But for many, this little box is not enough.
A true Apple TV, an Apple HDTV if you will, has been rumored for sometime but Apple has been very quiet on its development. Like many companies, Apple tends to develop early and wait for the right time to release it in the wild. Apple could be waiting on the right content or hardware deals. But Cook’s statement seems to indicate something is in the pipeline. The Apple TV is likely leading Apple into the living room.Related Posts: