There must be limits
By Benson Ang The New Paper Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 SINGAPORE – It’s entertaining. It’s funny, even hilarious, when radio DJs call unsuspecting listeners pretending to be someone else. HOT FM91.3′s Rod Monteiro and The Married Men are famous for Kenna Plucked (army slang for get pranked), a twice-weekly segment. Now, even they are asking how far is too far when it comes to such pranks. This follows the case of a nurse in Britain who apparently killed herself after transferring a call from Australian DJs, who’d enquired after the hospitalised Duchess of Cambridge, pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. The Duchess was being treated for acute morning sickness at theKing Edward VII hospital in London. …MORE
Google announced an update to the Google Maps API which will make it easier to insert vector-base maps into applications. This will provide developers better and more comprehensive set of tools to integrate maps into Android Apps. The new API uses vector-based maps that support 2D and 3D views, and allow users to tilt and rotate the map with simple gestures. Included in the update are layers from Google Maps such as satellite, hybrid, terrain, and traffic, and indoor maps for many major airports and shopping centres in the user’s apps. Google launched the update on Monday, Dec 3, and is a part of Google Play services 2.0, allowing more simple and agile access to Google products within Android apps. The update will directly benefit users of Android OS once developers have integrated the new maps API to their applications. There are reports that updates will also soon be made available for iOS devices
The coming year, 2013, promises to be exciting times for the smartphone marker as innovations of hardware components and advance software features for smartphones are rolled out. Flexi phones, rolling screen, wireless control over drones, cars, and security cameras are what consumers should expect for the next 12 months in the mobile industry. Several manufacturing brands are developing flexi or bending phones, including LG. Google Nexus 4 was given more praises than criticism and features the Photo Sphere technology. ZTE and Samsung are both racing which one will release the first Octo-core processor-supported smartphone. Google Nexus 5 The Nexus 4 was just released only in October and fans are already looking for more in the future of Nexus 5
AIG Bail Out Expected to Net US $15.1 Billion” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.industryleadersmagazine.com/aig-bail-out-expected-to-net-us-15-1-billion/”> American International Group Inc. informed that it would sell an 80.1 percent stake in its International Lease Finance Corp. to a group of Chinese investors for as much as $4.2 billion. The acquisition is expected to be the China ‘s biggest purchases of an American company. What is more, the group of Chinese investors has an option to buy an extra stake of 9.9 percent, which would give them as much as a 90 percent stake in ILFC. Acquisition of AIG ‘s plane leasing unit The Chinese investor group, which consists of inter alia New China Trust, China Aviation Industrial Fund and P3 Investment s Ltd., is to acquire over 80 percent of AIG’s International Lease Finance Corp.
2:25 PM PST 12/10/2012 by Michele Amabile Angermiller, Sophie A. Schillaci With just two weeks remaining on The X Factor , the top four already have their eyes on the next phases of their career. Surprisingly (or not), reality television doesn’t factor into those plans. Drew Chadwick of Emblem3, for instance, can’t believe “how fake reality TV is.” “I suck at it,” he said. “I hope I never have to do it again.” PHOTOS: ‘X Factor’ Season 2: Meet the Contestants Just how much reality is behind those cameras? Not much, revealed the California trio. To prove it, they shared an example of how producers said they wanted to go to the beach and watch them surf
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4:09 PM PST 12/10/2012 by Michael O’Connell Frazer Harrison/Getty Images New Girl continues to stack the guest star deck with love interests for the gentlemen of the Fox comedy. A network rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that actress Brenda Song is set to recur as a women who catches the eye of Winston ( Lamorne Morris ), as first reported by EW . PHOTOS: Up Close and Adorkable With the Cast of ‘New Girl’ Song, who starred in Disney Channel series The Suite Life with Zack and Cody , will play Daisy — and her entrance is timed to the previously announced guest gig for Brooklyn Decker as desirable bar patron, Holly. The competitive Daisy starts up with Winston after seeing him (and likely everyone else) strike out with Holly. Winston has been on the mend since he broke up with Shelby ( Kali Hawk ) earlier this season, Hawk’s recurring role as Winston’s girlfriend lasted seven episodes. Song, fresh off an arc on ABC’s Scandal , is repped by UTA.
As fallout continues over a prank phone call gone royally wrong, the Australian radio station and two DJs at the center of the scandal could face multiple charges, according to reports by the international media. Last week, radio DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian called London’s King Edward VII Hospital, where the pregnant Kate Middleton was being treated for severe morning sickness. The DJs pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. Much to their surprise, the nurse on duty, Jacintha Saldanha, put them through to a nurse who provided details about Middleton’s condition. The prank turned tragic, however, when Saldanha turned up dead three days later of an apparent suicide. Her family said she was humiliated by the incident. Rhys Holleran, the chief executive of the Sydney-based station, 2Day FM, told reporters during a press conference that the DJs were “deeply shattered” by the tragedy, but he maintained that no laws were broken