Monthly Archives: October 2013

Rosie Huntington Whiteley Goes for a Checkup in Beverly Hills

Paying a visit to the doctor’s office today (October 30), the charming Rosie Huntington Whiteley made her way out of a medical building in Beverly Hills on the way home from her checkup.

Exquisite in a gray dress and boots, the “Transformers” starlet walked with pomp, holding a matching gray handbag.

In related news, the 26-year-old actress, along with a handful of other familiar names, are hard at work on a brand new movie, called “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Slated for release in 2014, the action-adventure flick stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Mel Gibson. As of now, the movie does not have a set synopsis, so stay linked to GossipCenter for more news about Rosies upcoming movie!

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Barnes & Noble’s Nook GlowLight is lighter, brighter, whiter, with less Simple Touch for $119

DNP Barnes & Noble's Nook GlowLight is lighter, brighter, whiter, with less Simple Touch for $119

As a ketchup bottle once famously said: Good things take time (we’re paraphrasing here, of course). Roughly a year and a half ago, Barnes and Noble made its top-notch Nook Simple Touch even better, with the addition of GlowLight. Before the end of the year, however, the company had been outdone by both Kobo and Amazon in that department; the two e-reader competitors launched devices with more uniform and brighter front-lighting technologies. Since then, those companies have both offered up refreshes, Amazon with a new Paperwhite and Kobo with the slick Aura, leaving us wondering why Barnes & Noble had been quiet for so long. Surely issues with its hardware division couldn’t be helping matters.

Today, however, things are looking, um, brighter for the company. The latest Nook is available now through Barnes & Noble’s site, bringing with it a slew of upgrades and a shortened name. Say “goodbye” to Simple Touch. This time out, it’s just Nook GlowLight, a new name for a new look. Gone is the matte black color scheme of its predecessor (not to mention most of the rest of the industry); the company has traded that in for a white design that evokes the Nook HD tablet. It’s also easier on the eyes, according to the company, with less of a contrast between the bezel and display. It’s still a sizable bezel, of course. B&N didn’t shave things down like the Kobo. There’s also a rubber bumper running around the perimeter. The company won’t actually call it “rugged,” but we suspect that’ll help it take a tumble a bit more gracefully.

Barnes & Noble’s Nook GlowLight is lighter, brighter, whiter, with less Simple Touch for $119

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Gone, sadly, are the physical page-turn buttons Barnes & Noble held onto for so long. And while the touchscreen is plenty responsive, we did always appreciate the option. Also ditched this time out is the concave back we liked on the Simple Touch models. We’re told that the company no longer found it necessary in order to provide the most ergonomic experience, though we suspect it just jumped at the opportunity to make the device a bit thinner overall. That said, the reader’s a pleasure to hold, thanks in no small part to its light weight. The GlowLight is a mere 6.2 ounces — 15 percent lighter than the new Paperwhite, as the company happily points out. And indeed, it’s an impressive reduction, bringing the heft down to around that of a pocket paperback.

DNP Barnes & Noble's Nook GlowLight is lighter, brighter, whiter, with less Simple Touch for $119

The power button has been moved to the side, presumably to eliminate accidental triggers, though we watched as a rep put the cover on the reader and found him accidentally turning it on several times. The “n” button is still intact, thankfully, and used for both returning home and turning on the front light, which is accomplished when you hold it down for a few seconds. As for the GlowLight technology itself, the company’s really upped the ante over the last gen, bringing it on par with the competition. Gone is the blue-tinged and spotty coverage of the first model. You can still see the origin of the lights up top, if you tilt it right, but, well, you have to tilt it to actually see them.

DNP Barnes & Noble's Nook GlowLight is lighter, brighter, whiter, with less Simple Touch for $119

Like with the Aura, E Ink has managed to reduce full-page refreshes here, so there’s no flash on the display every six pages or so while reading. Barnes & Noble says it’s also done away with text ghosting, and indeed, we didn’t see any during our demo. There’s no expandable storage, though the on-board amount has been doubled to 4GB (also double that of the Paperwhite). The UI and store, meanwhile, have been simplified to the essentials — probably the best for an e-reader. All of that is available today through Barnes & Noble’s site for $119. The cover, meanwhile, will run you $22. It doesn’t add to the reader’s bulk, but it also doesn’t close exactly, thanks to an absence of magnets. Life is full of trade-offs.

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Amazon’s Matchbook service gives you cheap/free Kindle copies of print books

Amazon's Matchbook service gives you cheap/free Kindle copies of print books

Amazon on Tuesday launched Matchbook, a new benefit for Amazon customers that provides you with access to inexpensive (or free) Kindle versions of print-edition books you’ve bought through Amazon. The service is launching with 70,000 titles, and works with your back catalog of past Amazon purchases, all the way back to 1995. Matchbook-qualifying titles are available for download for $2.99 or less.

When Matchbook was first announced in September, Amazon included 10,000 titles. Now that number has swelled by a factor of seven. Amazon’s signed up major publishers including HarperCollins, Macmillan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Amazon Publishing, Wiley, Chronicle Books, and Marvel, along with indie publishers as well. Russ Grandinetti, Amazon’s vice president of Kindle Content said in a statement that his company plans to “keep expanding rapidly” in the months ahead.

The books will work on Kindle devices or on any device equipped with the Kindle app, including Kindle apps available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


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Relive the ’80s and Run Windows 1.01 in Your Browser

Relive the '80s and Run Windows 1.01 in Your Browser

In these smartphone-studded days, it’s easy to forget how computers worked. Once you had to run programs off of floppy disks and wait ages for everything to load. Luckily for your nostalgia, some bored developers are keeping the past alive with full-featured emulators that run in your browser.

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Man With MS Jumps Over Mount Everest: ‘I Feel Very Happy’

French multiple sclerosis sufferer Marc Kopp speaks about his quest to skydive over Mount Everest, in an interview conducted in Kathmandu last week.

Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images

French multiple sclerosis sufferer Marc Kopp speaks about his quest to skydive over Mount Everest, in an interview conducted in Kathmandu last week.

Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images

From the list of things a person with multiple sclerosis can’t do, we must erase “sky-dive over Mount Everest.” That’s because Frenchman Marc Kopp, 55, jumped from a helicopter at an altitude of some 32,000 feet before landing on the mountain this weekend.

“I feel very happy. I am exhausted but very happy,” Kopp tells Agence France-Presse from Kathmandu, where he’s being examined by doctors after his tandem jump with his friend, accomplished skydiver Mario Gervasi. The news agency says he’s the first disabled person to skydive over the world’s tallest mountain.

Kopp, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001, traveled on horseback to reach the heliport where he took off to make his leap — an exhausting process for the man who often uses a wheelchair.

“There were many times in the last few days when I thought I wouldn’t be able to realize my dream,” he tells the AFP.

For the first few thousand feet of his descent, Kopp and Gervasi were in a free-fall. They landed on a specially prepared platform at about half of Everest’s height of 29,029 feet, according to reports.

“I hope my action will inspire others living with this illness. I hope many more will follow in my footsteps,” Kopp said.

Kopp, who suffers from primary progressive multiple sclerosis, has gradually lost the use of most of his right side, according to French newspaper Le Parisien. He runs a support group for others with the disease.

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6 charged in boat capsizing that killed 4

MIAMI (AP) — The operator of a boat that capsized off Miami, killing four women, faces federal involuntary manslaughter charges, and five others — from the Bahamas and Jamaica — also were indicted in the case.

The boat carrying Bahamians, Jamaicans and Haitians overturned seven miles east of Miami. The 11 survivors were found clinging to the hull the morning of Oct. 17.

The 24-count indictment Thursday charges 53-year-old Naaman Davis and 38-year-old George Lewis, both of the Bahamas, with encouraging and inducing aliens to enter the United States resulting in death. Boat operator Davis is also charged with involuntary manslaughter. Davis and Lewis face possible death sentences.

Lewis and three Jamaicans on board — Matthew Williams, 30; Everton Jones, 40; and Kenard Hagigal, 35 — were charged with illegal re-entry into the United States by an aggravated felon. A fourth Jamaican passenger, 37-year-old Sean Gaynor, was charged with illegal re-entry into the United States. All face years in prison.

The other five survivors — four Haitians and one Bahamian — are considered witnesses in the criminal investigation, according to the indictment released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. There were no lawyers listed for the suspects in the document.

The four Haitian survivors have been released from federal custody and could be eligible for work visas in the U.S. It wasn’t clear whether the Bahamian was still being held.

Of the four women who died, three have been identified as Haitian. Their names were reported as Lodilia Escarment, Carmen Valeris and Woodline Alexis. The fourth woman hasn’t been identified.

Since a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, the U.S. has not been deporting Haitians who do not have criminal records. The four survivors are witnesses in a criminal case, and their cooperation with law enforcement likely makes them eligible for visas that would allow them to work, said Cheryl Little, executive director of the Miami-based advocacy center Americans for Immigrant Justice.

Thousands of migrants from Haiti, Cuba and other Caribbean countries attempt to illegally enter the U.S. each year by attempting risky sea voyages in overloaded or unseaworthy vessels, often through established smuggling networks that include islands in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.

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