While the form factor of the smartphone hasn’t changed much, a bunch of new Galaxy S III features set it apart from the previous-generation Galaxy S II. We’re not just talking about your normal, everyday specs — the 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, the 2-megapixel front-facing camera, the 16/32GB storage with up to 64GB storage available via the microSD slot — we’re talking about the features that set the Galaxy S III apart from other smartphones. Here are the features we saw at Samsung’s Next Galaxy event in London that opened our eyes.
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co overtook Nokia as the world’s top handset maker for the first time in the first quarter, ending the Finnish firm’s 14-year reign, a report by research firm Strategy Analytics showed on Friday.
Samsung sold 93.5 million handsets in the first quarter, taking 25.4 percent of the global mobile phone market, Strategy Analytics said.
Nokia sold 82.7 million phones and had 22.5 percent of the market, followed by Apple’s 9.5 percent.
How to measure a person’s power? In a world in which we have inexpensive tools to reach billions, it may seem that the globe truly is flat, and we’re all on an even playing field. But a few exemplary individuals manage to influence the way others live — either through their public personas, politics, or wealth — and affect cultural and social attitudes.
1. Tim Cook
CEO, Apple, 51
2. Ellen Degeneres
Spokesperson/Talk-Show Host/Producer, 54
3. Peter Thiel
Venture Capitalist/Hedge Fund Manager, 44
4. Ryan Murphy
5. Rachel Maddow
TV Host/Political Commentator, 39
6. Anderson Cooper
Journalist/News Anchor/Talk-Show Host, 44
7. Rich Ross
Former Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, 49
8. Barry Diller
Chairman, IAC, 70
9. Shepard Smith
News Anchor, 48
10. Andy Cohen
TV Personality/Impresario, 44
11. Neil Patrick Harris
12. Tammy Baldwin
U.S. Representative, Wisconsin, 50
U.S. Representative, Rhode Island, 50
U.S. Representative, Colorado, 36
13. Scott Rudin
Film and Theater Producer, 53
14. Marc Jacobs
Fashion Designer, 49
15. Harvey Levin
TV Producer/TMZ Founder, 61
16. Matt Drudge
17. Chris Hughes
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, The New Republic, 28
18. Anthony Romero
Executive Director, ACLU, 46
19. David Geffen
Media Mogul, 69
20. Chad Griffin
Incoming President, HRC, 38
21. Barney Frank
U.S. Representative, Masschusetts, 72
22. Jann Wenner
Publishing Magnate, 66
23. Tim Gill
Software Pioneer/Philanthropist, 58
24. Christine Quinn
New York City Council Speaker, 45
25. Suze Orman
Financial adviser/Talk-show host, 60
26. Tom Ford
Fashion Designer/Film Director, 50
27. Ken Melhman
28. Andrew Sullivan
29. Annise Parker
Mayor of Houston
30. Bryan Lourd & Kevin Huvane
Managing Partners, CAA, 52 & 53
31. Martha Nelson
Editorial Director, Time Inc., 59
32. Chuck Wolfe
CEO, The Victory Fund, 50
33. Mary Kay Henry
International President, SEIU, 53
34. Joe Solmonese
Political Consultant, 47
35. Jeremy Bernard
White House Social Secretary, 50
36. Nick Denton
CEO, Gawker Media, 45
37. Alan Ball
38. Richard Berke
Assistant Managing Editor, The New York Times, 53
39. Perez Hilton
Blogger/TV personality, 34
40. Jess Cagle
Managing Editor, Entertainment Weekly, 46
Managing Editor, InStyle, 38
Editor-in-chief, New York, 54
41. Jenna Lyons
President and Executive Creative Director, J. Crew, 44
42. Adam Rose
CoPresident, Rose Associates, Inc., 52
43. Greg Berlanti
TV Producer/Writer, 39
44. Bryan Singer
45. Megan Smith
46. Simon Halls & Stephen Huvane
Founders, Slate PR, 48, 51
47. Jane Lynch
48. Dan Savage
Editor/Activist/TV Personality, 47
49. Robert Hanson
CEO, American Eagle Outfitters, 49
50. Evan Wolfson
Founder and President, Freedom to Marry, 55
51. Andre Banks
Cofounder, Executive Director, AllOut.org
52. Bryce Bennett
Montana State Representative
53. Widney Brown
Senior Director, Amnesty International
54. Chai Feldblum
Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner
55. Bruce Harris
New Jersey Supreme Court Nominee
56. Victoria Kolakowski
California Superior Court Judge
57. Steven Kolb
Executive director, CFDA
58. Don Lemon
CNN News Anchor
59. Mark Leno
California State Senator
60. Jonathan Murray
Cofounder/Chairman, Bunim/Murray Productions
61. Beth Robinson
Vermont State Supreme Court Justice
62. Hilary Rosen
CNN Contributor, Democratic Strategist
63. Brad Sears
Executive Director, The Williams Institute
64. Andy Thayer
Cofounder, Gay Liberation Network
65. Michael Weinstein
President, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
While the rest of us are innocently mulling over who Tim Tebow is treating to Broadway plays, an incredibly sleazy dating service is sinking to new lows with its determination to rat out anyone who can prove they’ve slept with Tebow, a self-professed virgin and devout evangelical Christian.
Any evidence (we can only imagine in what form that will be) will get you a staggering $1 million reward.
Dating service AshleyMadison, which touts itself as the “most recognized name in infidelity,” specializes in assisting affairs for over 7,000,000 anonymous adulterers. The website’s founder explained the Tebow stunt in a statement:
Sports and sex (and of course, infidelity) go hand in hand. If Mr. Tebow is indeed abstaining from adult relationships, I would encourage him to find a nice lady or two and enjoy his youth and fame as much as possible.
Via the company’s Twitter account, AshleyMadison shamelessly promoted, “Score $1 million for scoring with Tim Tebow” and “Looks like Tim Tebow may still be a virgin….for now. Who wants to be a millionaire courtesy of AshleyMadison.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first eyebrow-raising move we’ve seen from the service. Back in November, AshleyMadison provoked outrage with a despicable ad stating “Did your wife SCARE you last night?” with a photo of an overweight women posing in lingerie.
This also isn’t the first time Tebow’s virginity has come under attack. Upon his trade to the New York Jets, Rob Gronkowski of rival team the Patriots poked fun at Tebow’s stance on sex before marriage by joking he’d choose to sleep with Tebow to “take his virginity.”
With the deluge of online dating sites out there it’s hard to know which — if any — is best equipped to help you find the right person. Some bank on users liking the same quirky date suggestions, while others rely on religion or a shared love of Apple products. And then there are those supposedly based on scientific algorithms, like eHarmony, which probably sounded pretty solid until a recent study suggested they’re not that scientific after all.
Benjamin Karney, a professor of social psychology at UCLA who helped conduct the study, which was published in February, has now told L.A. Weekly that online daters are getting flat-out duped, with “scientific” methods that are “basically adorable.”
“If you’re gonna make scientific claims, act like a scientist. Or don’t make scientific claims,” Karney said.
Karney argues that sites like eHarmony are all well and good at increasing the dating pool for single people, but that they’re misleading their customers by making claims that science is hard at work in finding them the right partner.
He told L.A. Weekly that eHarmony’s system is flawed because it relies on conclusions from married couples and a fundamental premise that similar people will be happy together in the long-term. But married couples often project similarities onto one another and adopt similar interests over time, so those are the results of a relationship rather than what inspires them in the first place.
According to a press release announcing the results of the study, online dating algorithms are also bunk because they try to determine long-term romantic compatibility between people before they even meet. But how a couple interacts and responds to stress together can’t be determined with the data they’re using– and those are the factors that really determine whether a relationship will succeed.
As if there weren’t already enough perils to online dating, like last week, when it was revealed that a guy was using an Excel spreadsheet to manage all of the women he was meeting on Match.com, and to evaluate their looks on a scale of 1 to 10.
In 1997, Glamour magazine published a story titled “30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30.” The list, written by Pamela Redmond Satran, was so popular that women started emailing it around, misattributing it to various female luminaries including Maya Angelou and Hillary Clinton. Noting what a phenomenon it had become, the editors of Glamour created a book around it, featuring essays from (mostly) famous women on each of the items on the list. The book, released today, includes meditations from Katie Couric on work and love, Portia de Rossi on accepting your body, and one from the list’s original author, who is also a Huffington Post blogger, on how to live alone.
By 30, you should have …
1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.
6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age — and some money set aside to help fund it.
8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account — all of which nobody has access to but you.
9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.
10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
13. The belief that you deserve it.
14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.
15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.
By 30, you should know …
1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
2. How you feel about having kids.
3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.
7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
8. Where to go — be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat — when your soul needs soothing.
9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.
10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.
13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
15. Why they say life begins at 30
Recently discovered footage of the Fab Four’s first full-length concert in the United States is the subject of a new documentary, “The Beatles: The Lost Concert.”
Recorded at Washington Coliseum on February 1964 to an overbooked teenage audience of 8,000 screaming fans, the 12-song set included “She Loves You” and “I Saw Her Standing There.” The show came just two days after the group’s landmark appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
The documentary covers the band’s historic arrival in America and includes new interviews with Steven Tyler, Chuck Berry, Mark Ronson, and others.
The film’s world premiere is scheduled at New York’s Ziegfield Theatre on May 6, and will be in 450 theaters nationwide on May 17 and 22.
The E! Entertainment network said Tuesday it had reached a deal with its most bankable franchise to make three more seasons of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” Terms were not disclosed.
The sixth season of the show averaged 3 million viewers on Sunday nights, the cable networks’ top series. Five of the 10 most-watched shows in the network’s history, in fact, involved the Kardashians. The 18-episode seventh season begins on May 20.
E! said the entire family is covered by the deal: Kim, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian Odom, and Bruce, Kris, Kendall and Kylie Jenner. E! will continue to have the first crack at any spinoff projects.
E! has turned the Kardashians into a mini-empire, with spinoff series like “Kourtney and Kim Take New York” and “Khloe and Lamar.” Although E! retains the first right to these spinoffs, Tuesday’s deal does not specify how many more will be made.
The network would also not say whether musician Kanye West would be included in the series. West and Kim Kardashian have been seen together lately amid reports that they are a new couple.
Kim’s elaborate wedding — and brief marriage to — basketball player Kris Humphries was a highlight of E!’s programming last fall. The network had to put out a statement denying rumors that the wedding was orchestrated for TV.
Good news is Android now has its own version called Textgram which also allows you to Create beautiful graffitis and share them with your friends on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and More. Not sure if it is run by Tweegram but it does the same job.
Its really Android World versus Apple World right now.
HBO announced on April 12 that it would be sharing the pilots for two of its newest original comedy series, “Girls” (starring Lena Dunham) and “Veep” (starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus), to all audiences — including non-subscribers — for free.
One day after the exclusive April 15 and April 22 HBO network premieres of “Girls” and “Veep,” respectively, these first episodes will be available for viewing on HBO.com, YouTube, DailyMotion, TV.com, and various Free On Demand platforms. In addition, viewers will be able to download the episode of “Veep” for free on iTunes.
Unfortunately, this offer will only last from April 16 through May 14 for “Girls” and from April 23 through May 21 for “Veep.” And, if you end up liking the shows after watching the first episodes, it looks like you’ll have to subscribe to HBO to continue viewing them.
While this move is sure to bring HBO some new subscribers (if the shows end up being good, that is), it’s likely YouTube will benefit in a similar way, as this offer is simply another incentive to users to view more than just funny videos of animals playing with tech gadgets, for instance.
Last month, Disney began offering free full-length episodes of some of its most popular shows on its YouTube channel, and YouTube even acquired its own live comedy show, “My Damn Channel Live.” More recently, YouTube scored a deal with Paramount, which will soon allow it to offer online rentals of close to 500 feature-length Paramount films.