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23 March 2012

Apple's Newest Watch : iPod Nano

What time is it? Who cares! Apple's newest timepiece puts music, video, photos and step-counting front-and-center, and lets the minutes fall where they may.

Sure, you can check the time, but that's hardly the point with this attractive piece of wrist jewelry. Its unisex design goes equally well with a man's suit, a lady's sweater or a jogging outfit.
One downside: It doesn't come with a watchband, so you'll need to get your own. Fortunately, the clip on the back lets you easily attach it to the strap of your choice. 
Unlike almost every other watch we've tested, Apple's Nano has a touch-sensitive, high-resolution LCD display. The interface is a little counterintuitive at first, but it's no more difficult than anything from Tokyo Flash. As a bonus, you can rotate its face with a twisty two-finger gesture, making it work for you in any orientation.

18 March 2012

The Era of Robotic Warfare : 30% of All US Military Aircraft are Drones

 Some herald it as the cure for terrorism, others deride it as mindless video game warfare, but few doubt that the American era of drone warfare has arrived. From short range surveillance craft like the Raven to missile packing hunter-killers like the infamous Predator, the US military is awash with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). According to a recent report from the Congressional Research Service, nearly one in three US warplanes are drones…and those machines are changing the way the world wages war. US soldiers in Afghanistan rely more and more upon intelligence gathered from drones, and President Obama recently lauded the precision and success of deadly drone-strikes against top terrorist targets in Pakistan. Meanwhile all advanced militaries in the world, from Israel to Russia, seem to be improving their own drone capabilities.

14 March 2012

The World's Tallest Building Is Now A 'Distressed' Property

At 2,717 feet, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, but since its opening two years ago, it has struggled to profit from its grand reputation.

As Angela Shah reports for The New York Times, investors are calling the Burj "distressed," as the building has not yet bounced back from a 40 percent downturn in apartment prices it suffered in 2010.
Meanwhile Dubai's stock market is stuck at its lowest level in 7 years.
The slump in the Burj's value is indicative of just how much Dubai has suffered from its absurd real estate bubble. Real estate values have fallen by over 60 percent since the Dubai crisis, according to Arabian Business
Some of the ambitious real estate projects that have already failed in Dubai include The Nakheel Harbour and Tower, the Palm Deira, and the Trump International Hotel and Tower
Forty percent of buildings in Dubai are vacant, despite that the Emirate has not stopped building and real estate values have dipped lower.

10 March 2012

World's hottest Chilli Vodka made from fiery naga pepper goes on sale at Selfridges

The hottest chilli vodka in the world is to go on sale at Selfridges.

The Naga Chilli Vodka rates 1000,000 on the Scoville scale - the international method of measuring the heat in a chilli - making it the most potent chilli vodka ever to be sold. The chilli used in the vodka is the Naga Jolokia, which is known to be one of the hottest chillies it is possible to grow: hotter than most law-enforcement grade pepper sprays.

The drink is made by fermenting litres of vodka with 18kg of the fiery peppers. The resulting concoction is left for several weeks to infuse. Once the vodka has turned a dark caramel colour, the infusion is complete and the vodka can be bottled. The resulting spirit measures 100,000 on the Scoville scale - twice as hot as Tabasco, and almost on a par with the level of heat from a Habanero or Scotch bonnet chilli. Expert mixologists recommend the new vodka be used in a classic Bloody Mary for a drink with extra kick. 

06 March 2012

Apple is now more bigger than Microsoft and Google combined

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Apple's stock has soared to a market capitalisation of $460 billion this week, buoyed by results and rumours of new products. The company is now worth more than the entire U.S. Apple's stock has soared to a market capitalisation of $460 billion this week, buoyed by impressive results and rumours of new products around the corner. The tech giant's stock is worth more than the market capitalisations of rivals Google ($196.8bn)  and Microsoft ($256.1bn) combined.

Apple's profits recently passed $1 billion a week and the company now sells a million iPhones a day. Apple's market capitalisation only overtook Microsoft's in May 2010. 
Fortune magazine also pointed out the worthy statistics that Apple's stock is worth more than the gross domestic product of Sweden - $458 billion. Apple is worth more than all the gold in the American Federal Reserve - $350 billion, by Fortune's reckoning - and all the illegal drugs in the world, $321 billion.