PaperPhone Made Possible For Paperless Office

Computer Human Interaction conference will take place today May 10, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada and it will showcase an amazing gadget that in doubt will be used by everyone in the very near future.

A collaboration between researchers at the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University, Canada and Arizona State University’s Motivational Environments Research group came up with a device known as the PaperPhone. As the name says, it is a phone that is as slim as paper. If you’re thinking that just like the paper that could crumple it, no it isn’t like that but it like an overhead projector film that it is as slim as paper and you could flex it.

“This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper. You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen,” said the inventor Dr. Roel Vertegaal in a statement. He also stressed out that everything is going to look and feel like this within five years.

The technology of the device is adopted from the same e-ink technology found in Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader and this is bonded to flex sensors and a touchscreen that interprets drawings and text written on it. Bending and flexing are the key features device. Early version is connected to a laptop to interpret and record the ways test subjects flexed it.

Larger version of the device has been eyed to be the future innovations which could make the paperless office become a reality.

The Walker Brothers’ John Walker Dies At 67

The renowned founder of the musical group The Walker Brothers, John Walker has been reported dead Saturday May 7, after 6 months of fighting against liver cancer. His family and friends were deeply saddened of what happened to the famous singer. According to his spokesperson, he died in his LA home. His official website also posted about his death.

It is with our deepest sadness to report that Mr. John Walker passed away in his Los Angeles area home on May 7, 2011. He was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, friend, and artiste.

John real name is John Joseph Maus who later on used the name John Walker. His co-musicians, Scott Engel and Gary Leeds also adopted the surname Walker and call their group The Walker Brothers for the simple reason that they just like it. Their music became famous especially their songs Make It Easy On Yourself and The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Any More). They became more popular when they had their UK tours in the 1960s and they continued to score huge commercial success in the 1970s.

When the groups’s contract with GTO Records ended, John Walker just said the group “just drifted apart”. He continued his music tours in 2004 and later went on to customise guitars and establish his own recording studio in California.

He is going to be missed by a lot of people.

Pacquiao Wants To Defeat Poverty Next To Mosley

One of the most celebrated athletes in the world is the pound for pound king boxer from the Philippines Manny Pacquiao. At this very moment, the entire world has been preparing for his upcoming fight this weekend against Sugar Shane Mosley. The winner of the bout would be having the WBO Welterweight belt.

A lot of people are so confident that Pacquiao would definitely knockout Mosley. In fact, bets favoring him are all over the internet and the bets are huge. Pacquiao and Mosley are also ensuring all their fans that they are going to put up a very good fight.

Aside from being a world class boxer, Manny Pacquiao is also a public servant in his country being a congressman. Aside from winning all his boxing fight, Pacquiao is also fighting another important thing and that is the problem of poverty in his country. “I believe this world needs new heroes. The biggest fight in my life is not in boxing but it is now to end poverty in my country,” he said. In all his fights, he carries his flag proudly and this weekend he will be wearing yellow gloves as a sign of unity.

He said all those words in a press conference, which was done inside the MGM Hotel’s Hollywood Theatre. Amazingly, the event wasn’t all about trash talks just like other press conferences of other fighters. “The fight will happen without the trash talk and it’s a good example to the children who idolize the fighters. In my life it’s my experience that the best promotion has been the Shane Mosley fight because everybody is friends,” he added.

This is reason why the entire Philippines would be cheering him up this weekend. Big screens would be set up inside the gymnasiums of several municipalities and cities for the Pacquiao vs Mosley live stream in the entire country. Hotels, restaurants, cinemas and other establishments are also having “pay per view” promos for everyone.

ESPN and NBC Coverage of Kentucky Derby 2011

Kentucky-Derby-2011Kentucky Derby “The fastest two minutes in sports”, is one of the luxurious sports that races for Grade 1 stakes for Thoroughbred horses at 3 years old.  Kentucky Derby is usually held in Louisville Kentucky annually every first Saturday of May.  This will be followed by Preakness Stakes and  Belmont Stakes.

The 137 Kentucky Derby will be held on May 7 at Churchill Downs.

NBC and ESPN will cover the race and the schedule is as follows:

 

May 7 at Churchill Downs
11:00 – 4:00 pm ESPN coverage of the Kentucky Derby Undercard. Race Track on Churchill Downs.
4:00 – 5:00 pm NBC Access at the Kentucky Derby / Kentucky Derby Red Carpet Special
5:00 – 7:00 pm NBC Kentucky Derby 137

May 21 at Pimlico Race Course
4:30 – 5:00 pm  ESPN Thoroughbred Classics: Preakness Stakes
5:00 – 6:30 pm NBC Preakness Stakes 136

June 11 at Belmont Park
5:00 – 6:30 pm NBC Belmont Stakes 143

Barrier Draw
1. Archarcharch
2. Brilliant Speed
3. Twice the Appeal
4. Stay Thirsty
5. Decisive Moment
6. Comma to the Top
7. Pants On Fire
8. Dialed In
9. Derby Kitten
10. Twinspired
11. Masters of Hounds
12. Santiva
13. Mucho Macho Man
14. Shackleford
15. Midnight Interlude
16. Animal Kingdom
17. Soldat
18. Uncle Mo
19. Nehro
20. Watch Me Go

F1 Considering Takeover Bid From Murdoch’s News Corp.


Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and an Italian-based investment firm have combined for a possible bid to take control of Formula One, it was revealed Tuesday.

Formula One’s owners have been approached by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. about a potential joint takeover bid with the investors behind Ferrari, the sport’s oldest team.

In a joint statement, News Corp. and Exor said said they are discussing the “possibility of creating a consortium with a view to formulating a long-term plan for the development of Formula One in the interests of the participants and the fans.”

Exor, controlled by the Agnelli family who run the car giant Fiat which in turn owns Ferrari, has confirmed it is exploring the prospect of putting together a takeover bid with News Corporation.

“Over the coming weeks and months, Exor and News Corporation will approach potential minority partners and key stakeholders in the sport. There can be no certainty that this will lead to an approach to Formula One’s current owners.”

CVC maintains that it is not actively trying to sell F1, but a statement opens the door to future takeover talks.

Any takeover would involve changes to the Concorde Agreement, a commercial arrangement involving the racing teams, CVC and the sport’s governing body, the FIA.

This agreement says that the sport should be shown on free-to-air television where possible.

However, the agreement runs out at the end of 2012, and the signatories are in the process of negotiating a new one.

Ecclestone said: “You would think if somebody wanted to buy it they would approach the people who own it to see if they want to sell it. Personally, I know CVC don’t want to sell, so it’s going to be a bit difficult. I can see CVC in for the long haul, absolutely, 100%.”

However, reiterating the “ridiculous” offer line, Ecclestone added: “If somebody came along and offered them a lot more money than it’s worth, they would obviously say: ‘Sit down, let’s have a chat.’ But I get the distinct feeling that’s not going to happen. I can’t understand why a company as big as News Corp need to keep looking for partners.
First it was Carlos Slim, and now we’ve a new one.”

If any bid is made, a potential sticking point is the Concorde agreement, the arrangement that binds together the teams, the governing body – the FIA – and CVC. A clause in the agreement stipulates transmission of races must be via free-to-air broadcasters, rather than subscription services such as Murdoch’s Sky network.

Hot New Actor James Holzier Profiled in The India Times

Holzier is going no way but up! We’ve published an article about him before, and we can’t resist to write about hime again. Holzier has an aura about him and after talking to him, he seems just like anybody else. But, this boy’s life makes you see there is something more about him. And, his status is growing across the world. Australia, The United Kingdom, all have and are covering Holzier. Now, the popular fan favorite and up-n-coming star James Holzier was profiled in The India Times.

The abundance of buzz is accompanying Holzier and is all over the net. The charming and enjoyable actor has fan clubs dedicated to him all over the place it seems, celebrity sites writing about him, and entertainment journalists covering him across the globe.

The support for Holzier is huge. He has girls giggling over his sex appeal. That exudes from his hot and trim body. The paparazzi is tracking Holzier down too. Capturing tons of shots of him; leaving his hotel room, outside his apartment, and numerous other locations.

Shirtless pictures are getting the delight of many. Which were recently taken and shows the talented actors physique. The cut and equally fit actor respectfully tries to keep his girlfriend life private, but as his popularity grows it will be harder to do so.

The India Times covering James Holzier’s growing appeal.

Casey Abrams Eliminated in American Idol 2011, Top 5 Revealed

With the latest elimination round at American Idol 2011 held on the night of April 28, 2011, the top 5 contestants of the prestigious talent search were revealed.  As shown at Fox, American Idol 2011 host Ryan Seacrest announced that Casey Abrams was eliminated from the show as he was joined by Scotty McCreery and Jacob Lusk in the ‘Bottom 3’.

Seacrest started by announcing that Haley Reinhart is safe and later made the announcement in random order, as he called each of the 6 American Idol 2011 finalists one at a time.

Last Wednesday, the 6 hopefuls performed Carole King’s hit songs, where Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart sang as duet to “I Feel The Earth Move”, as rumors have started that the two are doing well as a pair. After Casey Abrams knew he was eliminated, he sang “I Put a Spell on You” energetically and even sang the final notes for Haley Reinhart.

Abrams, 20, was earlier saved by the judges and a restaurant section was named after him.

Meanwhile, top performers on Thursday night include American Idol Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox, who sang “Ridin’ With the Radio,” while Grammy‘s ‘Best Male Pop Vocal Performance’ winner Bruno Mars performed “The Lazy Song”.

With Casey Abrams out, the remaining American Idol 2011 top 5 finalists are Scotty McCreery, James Durbin, Haley Reinhart, Lauren Alaina and Jacob Lusk. The show’s last two episodes are being set to be on May 24 and 25, 2011.

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Royal Wedding Parade Route

With the Royal Wedding happening few hours from now, people start lining up the parade route between Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace in London. As announced, the Royal Wedding schedule will start at 3:00 am with an announcement from the Queen’s office stating the titles that Prince William and Kate Middleton will take.

For those who will be following the royal wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William, whether live on television or by live stream video by internet on the day of the Royal Wedding event, you can track their route through the Royal Wedding parade route below:

The procession will begin from the Buckingham Palace to the Westminster Abbey where the wedding would took place then back to the Buckingham Palace for the reception to be hosted by Her Majesty, the Queen. We’ve marked locations of interest on the map, including all the important royal landmarks along the route and below are some of them:

  1. The Buckingham Palace – located on St. Jame’s Park, this palace is the residence of the British Monarchy
  2. Clarence House – this place is where the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Prince Harry resides.
  3. The Mall – this road is the main road for the royal wedding ceremony, this is also known to be the centre of celebration wherein it can house up to a million people.
  4. House Guards Parade – is the parade  ground backing onto St. James Park
  5. Woman of World War 2 Monument – this was the monument dedicated by the Queen to woman’s dedication and help during the World War 2
  6. Downing Street – official residence of most Senior British Cabinet members
  7. Foreign and Commonwealth Office – the office responsible for overseas connection of United Kingdom
  8. Cenotaph –  designed in remembrance of the Victim of World War 1
  9. HM Treasury – serves as a vault of the royal riches but later changed into the holding pin of British economy
  10. House of the Parliaments and Big Ben – also known as the Palace of Westminster, known for housing royal ceremonies
  11. Westminster Abbey – the second largest Catholic church, also houses royal traditional ceremonies as well as royal coronations etc.

 

Royal Wedding Schedule of Prince William and Kate Middleton

The much awaited Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is about to happen few hours from now. The British Palace released the schedule for all those who want to witness the exchange of vows of Prince William and Kate Middleton as confirmed by ABC News.

Below is the Royal Wedding schedule of events. All times indicated are in Eastern Standard Time.

3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. — The morning of April 29 will start with an announcement from the Queen’s office stating the titles that Prince William and Kate Middleton will take.

3:15 a.m. — General wedding guests will start showing up at Westminster Abbey. These guests will enter the church through the Great North Door.

4:50 a.m. — VIPs, such as Governors-General and Prime Ministers of Countries under the Commonwealth of England, Diplomatic Corps and distinguished guests, arrive at Westminster Abbey. They will enter the church through the West Door.

5:10 a.m. — Prince William and best man, Prince Harry, depart Clarence House.

5:15 a.m. — Prince William and Prince Harry arrive at Westminster Abbey.

5:20 a.m. — Members of foreign royal families, including Prince Albert of Monaco and Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain, arrive at the church.

5:20 a.m. — Kate’s mother Carole Middleton and brother James Middleton, depart the Goring Hotel.

5:27 a.m. — Carole and James Middleton arrive at Westminster Abbey.

5:30 a.m. — Members of the Royal Family begin arriving at the Abbey.

5:38 a.m. — Father of the groom, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, depart Clarence House.

5:40 a.m. — Prince Andrew (uncle of the groom) and his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie; Princess Anne (aunt of the groom), and her husband; Prince Edward (uncle of the groom) and his wife, arrive at Westminster Abbey and enter church through the West Door.

5:40 a.m. — Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip depart Buckingham Palace.

5:40 a.m. — Prince William and Prince Harry will move into St. Edmunds Chapel until moments before the royal wedding begins.

5:42 a.m. — Prince Charles and Camilla arrive at the Abbey.

5:45 a.m. — Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are the last guests to arrive at Westminster Abbey.

5:48 a.m. — Kate’s bridesmaids and William’s pageboys depart the Goring Hotel.

5:51 a.m. — Kate Middleton, accompanied by her father, will depart the Goring Hotel in a 1978 Rolls-Royce from the royal state car collection and make her way to Westminster Abbey.

5:55 a.m. — Bridesmaids and pages arrive at the church.

5:58 a.m. — The bride, Kate Middleton, who will be officially be known as Catherine, and her father Michael arrive at Westminster Abbey.

6 a.m. — The ceremony begins. The service is set to last just over an hour and will include vows and a sermon delivered by the Bishop of London, private clergyman to the queen.

7:15 a.m. — Prince William and the new Princess Catherine will depart Westminster Abbey, by carriage, and process to Buckingham Palace. The carriage carrying the bride and groom will be followed by 4 other carriages carrying their bridal party, parents and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

7:30 a.m. — The Bride and Groom arrive at the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace.

7:40 a.m. — Members of the royal family, foreign royal families, and other reception guests begin arriving at Buckingham Palace.

8:25 a.m. — The married couple reappear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with the Queen and their families for 10 minutes.

8:30 a.m. — The Royal Air Force, where Prince William serves as a search-and-rescue pilot, will perform a flyover.

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Delicious Bought by Founders of Youtube From Yahoo

Another acquisition in social media has just happened. Social bookmarking site Delicious was bought from Yahoo! by the founders of YouTube namely, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, and will now be a part of their internet company named AVOS. This was published as a press release at Delicious’ official blog on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. However, no amount has been declared.

Apparently, Yahoo will operate Delicious until about July 2011 while the transition is going on, in which all users’ information will be transferred to its new owner afterward. As noted by Delicious, they have chosen AVOS to be their new home because they believe Delicious can receive more love and attention, and can move forward as well.

“We’re excited to work with this fantastic community and take Delicious to the next level. We see a tremendous opportunity to simplify the way users save and share content they discover anywhere on the web.” AVOS CEO Chad Hurley said on a blog post.

With that, Delicious users will be asked to allow the site to transfer all the bookmarks, personal account and all associated data, in which a dedicated page was created for it.

By agreeing on the Terms of Service (TOS), Delicious will do the transferring of data which include Delicious username, Delicious password, Email address, full name, bookmarks, among others. For more information, Delicious is inviting all users to visit their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Photo Credit: Delicious.com