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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Nuzzle on the Beach in Cannes

Kim Kardashian is usually the one in the spotlight, but she played an affectionate supporting role Wednesday at the premiere of boyfriend Kanye West‘s experimental film in Cannes.
West, 34, and Kardashian, 31, were among the first to arrive at the tented pyramid on Palm Beach for the screening of Cruel Summer, an immersive video experience with screens on all sides of the audience. As they posed for photos, the wind caught Kardashian’s hair, and West gently smoothed it back into place.
The reality star, in a glittering mini dress and black booties and with slicked-back hair, was quietly adoring of West all night, sharing moments with him and helping to welcome friends including Jay-Z. As the film wrapped, she leaned over and whispered smilingly into West’s ear and heartily joined in the standing ovation he was given.
She seemed relaxed, though quiet, at the afterparty, happily nuzzling against West and letting him have his moment to shine.
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Kanye West Hides Out In A Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Kanye West tried to hide as he jumped out of the backseat of Mercedes-Benz S63 at Kim Kardashian's house recently. Kim's Range Rover was parked outside and her Ferrari 458 was hiding inside the garage. News flash Kanye -- if you're dating a Kardashian you can't hide from the cameras!
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Anne Hathaway’s New Catwoman Posters For “The Dark Knight Rises”

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Here are a couple of brand spanking new posters for “The Dark Knight Rises” featuring Anne Hathaway as the sexy Catwoman, and the rest of the dudes from the movie for all of you fanboys… but who cares about those chumps when we got Anne Hathaway’s uber sexy body purring in her skin-tight outfit! Now these are the sexy Catwoman shots that I’ve been waiting for! Sure the last official photo of Anne as Catwoman was pretty damn hot as well, but that one was tarnished with the fact that she was carrying a gun… totally out of character. These photos on the other hand are all Catwoman.
I mean, look at that top photo; does she look like she really needs a gun to incapacitate some cowardly criminal? No freaking way; her wicked curves in that skin-tight suit can do that no problem. And then some. Ok, so we’ve established that Anne looks ridiculously sexy and pretty darn close to how Catwoman should look like in these posters, so all that’s left to say is… enjoy!
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This Cadillac Is Powered by Linux

LOS ANGELES, California – The brand once known as the “Standard of the World” has fully embraced the Standard of Geeks for its latest play for the hearts, minds and cash of the upwardly mobile. This is the all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS, and while it certainly isn’t your great-great (great) grandfather’s Cadillac, it’s designed to appeal to everyone from octogenarians to their baby-boomer spawn, and maybe — just maybe — even you….
While the XTS’ spate of processors and controllers isn’t running the open source offspring of Linus Torvalds, the game-changing infotainment intender known as the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) is.
Buried deep within the dash is a three-core ARM 11 processor, powering two displays: one eight-inch capacitive touch screen — the first non-resistive display to come to a production car — and a second, 12.3-inch fully configurable instrument cluster mounted behind the steering wheel. Two of those cores adapt on the fly to handle voice commands powered by the same Nuance technology used by many automakers, along with Apple’s personal assistant, Siri. But with CUE, everything is processed on board.
Because of that trick bit of natural voice recognition technology, and specifically its ability to listen for commands in-line, inputting addresses and performing point-of-interest searches is easily the best we’ve ever experienced in a modern vehicle.

Rather than breaking out each portion of an address into dedicated fields, you simply have to speak an address (say, “123 Main Street, Cupertino, California”) and CUE is smart enough to recognize the entire address in one shot. More impressive is the system’s ability to take local searches — everything from “I need coffee” to navigating to a restaurant — process the voice command within a few seconds and deliver a result.
CUE is one of the most attractive infotainment systems to date
This came in particularly handy while we were trying to make our way to the test-drive lunch stop. Instead of having to look up the address, input it into the navigation system and wait for the routing to begin, we simply said the name of the restaurant and seconds later it was dialed into the nav. And even though we stumbled on our words, pausing momentarily and stuttering in the process, it still recognized where we were trying to go. That’s a first and it’s something we can’t wait to see proliferate throughout other production vehicles.
This same functionality extends to the app and audio integration, allowing the driver to say, “Play Rolling Stones Radio” in Pandora or “I want to listen to 88.5″ without ever having to touch the screen, twist a knob or punch a button.
Which is good, since there are few knobs or buttons to speak of.
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Aside from the redundant controls on the steering wheel (and there are several), the entire center panel is made up entirely of capacitive, chrome-clad touch controls. The lower panel — which mechanically tilts upward to reveal a hidden compartment for stowing a phone, along with two USB ports for plugging in your mobile, MP3 player or thumb drive — houses controls for volume, climate, seat heating and cooling, plus “home” and “power” controls. Unfortunately, the very nature of capacitive switchgear means there’s a subtle lag between pressing a “button,” registering the input, delivering a haptic pulse, sending said input to the system and then eliciting a change in fan speed or volume level. It’s the same gripe we have with the MyFord Touch system — further proof that good ol’ knobs are still the best way to go, despite their lack of gee-wizardry.
And this same lack of responsiveness can occasionally be felt when navigating the eight-inch central display.
While the overall polish of the system is more than enough to impress, there’s still a perceivable lack of smoothness and immediacy
While the overall polish of the system is more than enough to impress, there’s still a perceivable lack of smoothness and immediacy when switching through menus, navigating pages and swiping between screens. The situation is exacerbated by the occasional misinterpreted press on the screen, a product of small touch points that don’t always register where you expect them.
Equally jarring is CUE’s ability to detect when your hand moves within eight inches of the screen, which then pulls up a series of configurable virtual buttons for everything from radio presets to frequently navigated addresses. When you pull away, the controls fade into the background.
It’s impressive to watch the system recognize your hand’s proximity to the screen and then display a series of controls that would make the display look otherwise cluttered, but having some of these items statically placed seems like a more intelligent user interface choice for frequently selected options. That’s one of the many reasons Cadillac is providing an iPad with every 2013 model to help consumers navigate the new system.
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General smoothness aside, CUE is one of the most attractive infotainment systems to date, mixing 3-D graphics with color icons and a beautifully rendered mapping display. And while the app selection is limited for now, with only Pandora, Stitcher and a pre-installed OnStar app available at launch, Cadillac tells Wired that an app store is on the way. Java and HTML5 are make up the core frameworks, so once developers are granted access to the SDK, Cadillac expects as many as 30 apps to be available within the next year.
But while we had our issues with CUE (growing pains, we’re sure), the configurable display that takes the place of traditional gauges behind the steering wheel never failed to impress.
Four different designs are available, beginning with a simple, three-gauge cluster with engine revs on the left, speed in the center and fuel, coolant and phone/navigation/audio on the right. It’s the most traditional display and what most drivers will feel immediately comfortable with.
The second display nixes all the round gauges for a digital speedo at the top, navigation instructions below and other assorted information flanking the sides, while an even more simple display – obviously aimed at some of Cadillac’s aging drivers – only shows speed, fuel level and a few other must-haves.
Finally, there’s a more enthusiast-friendly option, with an oversized tachometer and speedo, partnered with a 3-D rendering of the vehicle along with tire pressures, engine temp, navigation and audio controls, all displayed clearly and vividly for the driver. We stuck with the latter during the majority of our drive.
All this tech is pretty useless if the vehicle surrounding it isn’t up to snuff. And here Cadillac has a winner, even though the XTS won’t send chills down the spines of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
The exterior is an odd blend of bold and bland, while the interior is a beautifully appointed mix of leather, wood and contrast stitching (the purple thread in the Platinum models has to be seen to be appreciated). There’s ample room for four people (five in a pinch), with leg and shoulder room abound, and a thoughtful, conservative approach to luxury that’s been utterly lacking from most American automakers. The XTS feels a bit more Japanese than German in execution, but injects a bit of emotion into an otherwise bland segment of upmarket rides.
The overall length is on par with Audi’s range-topping, standard wheelbase A8, but the interior dimensions and general size is more closely competitive with the slightly smaller A6, along with the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
A 3.6-liter V6 engine putting out 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque is either sent to the front wheels or all four depending on the trim, and no V8 option is planned, despite most of the XTS’ closest competitors offering some form of big or boosted drivetrains. A six-speed automatic is standard across the range, which nets acceptable fuel economy, despite coming in a few cogs short of other luxury players.
We spent time in both a Platinum all-wheel-drive model and a front-driven “base” version, and found both to be pleasing steers that eschew the wafting heritage of past Caddies thanks to a rigid chassis and the standard fitment of Magnetic Ride Control, the same suspension technology that keeps the Corvette ZR1 and Ferrari 599 stuck to the road. The front-wheel-drive model felt more floaty due to the lack of additional grip and weight in the rear, while the all-wheel-drive version was far more planted and — dare we say it — mildly sporty. The steering and brakes were equally at home while navigating the congested confines of Los Angeles — they might not be as composed as the impressive suspension, but are easily up to the task at hand.
But what exactly is that task?
For Cadillac, the XTS is an attempt to reassert itself as the Standard of the World, and that starts with a competent chassis, a plush interior and a revolutionary in-car entertainment system. But with Cadillac still lacking a proper flagship to go up against the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class, it’s still a ways away from regaining its former title, even though we’ve been assured numerous times that model is on the way. Cadillac’s head exec confided in us that the XTS is “a bridge” for some of the brand’s existing customers to move out of their aging DTS and STS land yachts, but we’ll call the XTS was it is: a tech-rich stopgap that points the brand forward. And with pricing ranging between the mid-$40,000 range up to near $60,000, the XTS is a solid alternative to the segment stalwarts, opting for comfort and convenience over sport and speed.
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Liam Hemsworth on Miley Cyrus: 'She really makes me happy'

The young Australian actor has been dating Cyrus for two and a half years after they met on the set of The Last Song in 2009.

"What happened happened, and we've been together two and a half years," Hemsworth said. "She makes me really happy. When you start, you want to be professional, but when you're filming those scenes with someone and pretending to love them, you're not human if you don't feel something."

Cyrus previously caused controversy after a private video at her 19th birthday was released in November. The former Hannah Montana star was seen telling her guests that she smoked "way too much f**king weed" and joking about a Bob Marley-themed birthday cake.

Hemsworth addressed the incident, saying: "She's in a room full of her best friends. And you have one person who comes in there and videos it. The poor girl can't have one night where she can feel safe in her own world. It's ridiculous."
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Toyota sells over four million hybrids worldwide

Toyota announced today it has sold over four million hybrids around the world since introducing the first Prius in Japan all the way back in 1997. Sales were slow, at first, but the pace is now picking up. For example, it was around 14 months ago that Toyota announced it had sold three million hybrids around the world. With the sales success of the newly introduced V, C and Plug-In models and Toyota looking for hybrid production capacity in the U.S., we imagine it won't take another 14 months to sell the next million. Especially since Toyota now sells a total of 18 different hybrid models around the world and make up 15 percent of the company's overall sales
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Facebook Android Application

Facebook for Android app is the official facebook android app. Download this best android app free for your android mobile. Share and stay connected with your friends with the Facebook for Android app. Facebook Android App makes it easy to stay connected and share with friends. Share status updates from your home screen, chat with your friends, check out your News Feed, review your upcoming Events, look at your friends’ walls and user info, check in to Places to get Deals, upload Photos, share links, check your Messages, and watch videos.
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Updates in last version of this best android app :
  • Added Deals – get access to savings, free offers and special deals from nearby businesses.
  • Added Chat – now you can chat with your Facebook friends right from your Android device
  • More messaging features like creating group messages and adding friends to existing group conversations
  • Shortcuts to share photos and messages right from your home screen
  • Push notifications (only supported for devices on Android 2.2+)
  • Navigate anywhere, fast: Get to your groups, apps, pages, and settings with a single press
  • Search and you will discover: Look through friends, subscribers, apps, and pages
  • See your friends tags on pictures and zoom: New photo viewing experience
  • Faster notifications: Get alerted in real time with new push notifications
  • Games & Apps: Play games and access your favorite apps on the go
  • Access to mobile timeline (If you already have a timeline)
  • Access to friend lists and subscriptions
  • More messaging features like creating group messages and adding friends to existing group conversations
  • Shortcuts to share photos and messages right from your home screen
  • Facebook Android Application is the official android app for android mobile. This is a free android application is last updated on May 11, 2012 by the developer. The latest version of facebook android app varies with device and requires ANDROID version 1.5 and up to be installed on your android device. This op android app for facebook is currently trending in Android Market under social android apps and has 100,000,000 – 500,000,000 installations since its launch. This android app is rated 3.6 with 3,293,452 reviews in google android market at the time of writing this post. You can download this free facebook android app from Google android market.

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Chrome for Android Mobile

The speed and simplicity of Chrome, now on Android. Chrome for Android is available for android phones and android tablets running Android 4.0 (Ice cream Sandwitch).

Smooth, quick, desktop integration, and easy tab and bookmark management. Great start but desperately needs flash support. A lot of websites still use Flash. HTML 5 is not widely used yet.
Features of Chrome for Android Mobile:
- Browse fast with accelerated page loading, scrolling, and zooming
- Search and navigate directly from the omnibox
- Open and switch between unlimited tabs in an easy-to-view stack
- Sign in to Chrome to sync your bookmarks and view tabs you have open on your computer
- Send pages from desktop Chrome to your smartphone or tablet with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline
- Browse privately in Incognito mode

Chrome for Android Mobile is one of the Best Android Application for android browser on your android mobile. This free android application is last updated on February 07, 2012 by the developer. The latest version of this android app is 0.16.4130.199 and requires ANDROID version 4.0 and up to be installed on your android device. This best android app is currently trending in Android Market under communication android apps and has 100,000 – 500,000 installations since its launch. This android app will require approx 16 M of free space on your device for installation. This free android application is rated 4.2 with 3,665 reviews in google android market at the time of writing this post. You can download this free android app from Google android market
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