First a bigger iPhone. Now, a bigger iPad?

Rumours abound of a bigger iPad slated for release next year.

Bigger is better, at least, that's what it seems like Apple is thinking.

Rumours abound of a monster-sized iPad slated for next year. We're talking a humongous jump from a 10-inch and 7.9-inch to a 12.9-inch screen.

That's just 0.1 inches shorter than the biggest Macbook Air or smallest Macbook Pro. That we can even compare it to laptops is just crazy, we know.

Bloomberg reported that production is scheduled to start by the first quarter of 2015.

These rumours comes on the back of talk of an up-sized iPhone 6. It will supposedly come in two versions - 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches in length - compared to the current 4.87 inches iPhone 5s.

Time reported that the bigger devices are meant to fight off competition from Google and Samsung.

Sources: Bloomberg, Time, The Telegraph

Tags: Apple, ipad and iPhone

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries the nurse who helped him recover

Boston Marathon bombing victim James Costello married the nurse who helped him to recover on Saturday.
Boston Marathon bombing victim James Costello married the nurse who helped him to recover on Saturday.

At one of the lowest points in life, the victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 had to endure multiple skin graft operations and grueling physical therapy.

But as tough as it may be, he met a nurse, who would soon become a highlight of his recovery period.

James Costello met Krista D'Agostino, the nurse who helped him recover at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

And more than a year later, the pair walked down the aisle and said "I do" before 150 family members and friends on Saturday.

In December, Costello said of his wife: "She hates when I say this, but I'm actually glad I got blown up."

"I wish nobody else had to, but I got her."

D'Agostino said that when they met at the hospital, they hadn't expect to fall in love with each other but the nurse was drawn to Costello's smille.

Then, Costello took things to the next level when he invited her to a benefit for survivors of the April 15 bombings that killed three and injured over 260.

Then their relationship took off, and he proposed to her during a 10-day cruise around Europe for the survivors of the Boston Marathon blasts.

He then posted a message on Facebook: "I now realise why I was involved in the tragedy - it was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life.

"Eight months later I'm happy to announce that we will spend the rest of our lives together."

Source: New York Daily News

Here's why you shouldn't say the word 'bomb' while waiting to board a plane

File photo of a plane. A passenger who got tired of waiting in line to board a plane said: "Why need to check? I have no bomb." His outburst resulted in the aircraft being evacuated and checked for explosives.

Ever wondered what would happen if you said the word 'bomb' while queueing to board a plane? Well, wonder no more.

A passenger got tired of waiting for his boarding pass to be checked at the entrance of a plane on Tuesday and uttered: "Why need to check? I have no bomb."

The Star reported that Malaysia-based airline Malindo Air evacuated the 37 passengers off the plane before towing the aircraft to an isolation area for the bomb squad to check for explosives.

Passengers were left standing on the tarmac from 4pm to 8pm as police searched them one by one. The flight from Selangor to Penang was supposed to have taken off at 3.40pm.

Passengers were only allowed to board another flight at 9.30pm. 

'Sensitive word'

Petaling Jaya OCPD ACP Azmi Abu Kassim said: "While staff were checking the passengers' boarding passes before going on the flight, one of them questioned out loud why they needed to be checked and said he didn't have a bomb."

"After all passengers were seated, the stewardesses alerted the captain and control centre. They made a call not to fly the plane and lodged a police report."

"This is a sensitive word, hence we had to deploy a K9 and bomb unit to evaluate the threat," he said.

Careless words

Investigations revealed that the supposed "bomb threat" was nothing more than just the careless words of an agitated passenger. Police gave the green light for the passengers to take off at 7.30pm.

"Don't say words like bomb on a plane," ACP Azmi warned.

The airline said passengers were quarantined as part of safety measures and were provided meals while investigations were carried out.

"We would like to reassure the public that the situation was dealt with professionally by the authorities and no untoward incidents occurred. Malindo Air takes such threats to the well-being and safety of our passengers very seriously," it said in a statement.

Source: The Star

Eto'o: Mourinho issues are in the past

In this file picture taken on June 10, 2014, Cameroon's forward Samuel Eto'o takes part in a training session at the Kleber Andrade stadium in Vitoria, ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup football tournament.

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o said on Wednesday that there was no bad blood between him and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after completing his move to Everton.

The 33-year-old scored 12 goals for Chelsea last season, but his relationship with Mourinho came under scrutiny after the Portuguese was caught on camera apparently casting doubt on Eto’o’s age.

At the time, Eto’o reacted by branding Mourinho a “fool", but after signing for Everton on a two-year contract, he said that he was happy to put the affair behind him.

“The only thing I have to say vis-a-vis Jose Mourinho is to thank him,” said Eto’o during his presentation to the media as an Everton player.

“It is down to Jose Mourinho that I had the opportunity to be accepted and integrated into the Premier League, to play some great matches. That is the end of the discussion.”

Eto’o was released by Chelsea at the end of last season and by coincidence, he could make his Everton debut against his former club, who visit Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

'The important thing is to integrate'

“I am not concerned about that aspect of it, that it is against my ex-team,” added the former Barcelona and Inter Milan player.

“The important thing is to integrate myself into my teammates’ way of working and get myself ready during the training and preparation, potentially, for that match.

“If that is not the case, should I not feature, it is important for me to get my head into the training for each match.”

Eto’o was stripped of the Cameroon captaincy this week after a disappointing World Cup, but he was reluctant to discuss international matters.

“I am an Everton player now and that is the only thing that concerns me,” he said. “That is my new challenge.”

Source: AFP

Zara withdraws T-shirt that looked like concentration camp uniforms

A children's T-shirt from retailer Zara has been pulled, after customers complained that it looked like a concentration camp uniform.

Global fashion chain Zara pulled from sale on Wednesday (Aug 27) a striped children’s top decorated with a large six-pointed star, after it was likened to uniforms worn by Jewish concentration camp inmates in Nazi Germany.

The shirt, bearing horizontal blue and white stripes, was on sale online in three European countries but not in Israel, a spokesman from Zara's parent company Inditex said.

The resemblance was unintentional and the design had been inspired by sheriff’s stars from classic Western films, said the spokesman.

 

 

Within hours of the t-shirt being put up for sale, some newspapers had picked up on its resemblance to concentration camp uniforms and messages were posted on Twitter criticising the design.

“The shirt bears a large six-pointed star on the upper-left section, in the exact place where Nazis forced Jews to wear the Star of David,” wrote Israeli newspaper Haaretz, calling the garment “hauntingly reminiscent of a darker era”.

On its website, Haaretz displayed a photograph of part of a uniform worn by prisoners at Auschwitz, showing a jacket with vertical green and white stripes and a yellow star below the left shoulder bearing the word “Jude”, the German word for Jew.

Just days ago Zara, which has over 2,000 stores in 88 countries worldwide, withdrew a t-shirt bearing the slogan ‘White is the new black’, which was also criticised by netizens. 

Source: Reuters

Tags: Zara and fashion

Neil Warnock returns as Crystal Palace manager

Neil Warnock has returned to Crystal Palace as manager to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Tony Pulis, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

Warnock, who previously managed Palace between 2007 and 2010, takes over after Pulis abruptly left Selhurst Park on the eve of the season amid reports of a disagreement with co-chairman Steve Parish.

 

 

 

 

“Crystal Palace are delighted to announce that Neil Warnock has been appointed as their new first-team manager with immediate effect,” Palace announced on their official website.

“Neil has agreed to a two-year deal and will lead the team this Saturday in our Premier League game at Newcastle United.”

Source: AFP

You won't believe who Interpol is looking for: Sex blogger Alvin Tan

Sex blogger Alvin Tan did not return his passport after a trip to Singapore. Malaysia's Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said on Tuesday that his officers were liaising with Interpol to bring Tan back.

Yes, Alvin Tan has joined the list of dastardly criminal masterminds being hunted down by Interpol. 

The notorious sex blogger has disappeared and an arrest warrant has been issued for him.

Malaysia's Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said on Tuesday that his officers were liaising with Interpol to bring Tan back.

The arrest warrant was issued against Tan for failing to return his passport to the court after a trip to Singapore.

'Nothing we can do'

Tan's lawyer, Mr Chong Joo Tian, said he has been unable to get in touch with Tan.

He said: "There is nothing we can do, except call his handphone. His family members have tried to contact him and sent him SMSes, but there has been no response."

The 26-year-old had successfully applied to the court to have his passport released to him for the period of May 18 to June 3 so he could shoot a documentary in Singapore with his ex-girlfriend ​Vivian Lee May Ling, 25.

The deadline came and passed, and only Lee surrendered her passport.

The pair shot to fame over their now-defunct Sumptuous Erotica sex blog. They claimed trial last year to three charges under the Film Censorship Act, Sedition Act and the Penal Code.

Source: The Star

Punter wins $2,500 after betting on MK Dons by mistake

A fan bet just £2.50 to win £1,250, after mistakenly betting on MK Dons over Manchester United in the League Cup.
MK Dons striker Benik Afobe (second from right) celebrates with teammates after scoring their third goal against Manchester United in the English League Cup. Manchester United crashed out in the second round following a 4-0 defeat at the hands of MK Dons.

At least one Manchester resident is happy about this morning's 4-0 loss to third-division team Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup. 

 

 

Netizen Holly Griffiths tweeted a photo of her online betting slip - showing that she had made a nice bundle for herself after mistakenly putting a bet on MK Dons and not Manchester United, as she had originally intended. 

The mistake proved to be fruitful - at the odds of 500/1, Griffiths, 20, made £1,250 (S$2,585) off a bet of £2.50. 

According to online betting site Paddy Power, Griffiths was one of 14 people who won big betting on the previously improbable scoreline. 

 

 

Source: Twitter

 

Why we love Rathi Menon, 2014's Miss Universe Singapore

Have you met this year's Miss Universe Singapore, Rathi Menon? Time for you to check out why we've fallen in love with her.

At the Miss Universe Singapore finals last Friday (Aug 22), the glittery diamond crown was placed on the head of pharmacy technician Rathi Menon, 23.

Rathi, who also bagged the accolades for Miss Brilliance and Miss Personality, beat out 11 other finalists to win the crown. 

We've fallen in love with her and here's why:

1. She's intelligent.

Menon delivered nothing short of a sharp and intelligent answer during the Q&A segment, Yahoo Singapore reported.

Question: What would be the "worst case scenario" if the world becomes "deprived of the Internet"?

Rathi's answer: "It is these services that enables us to connect with loved ones near or far. Not knowing where they are or if they are in danger, I think that would be the worst scenario."

That was certainly miles better than the pageant's runner-up Arrian North (who ended up bagging the other subsidiary awards including ​Miss City of Dreams, Miss Body Beautiful and Miss Catwalk​).

North was asked if "increasing Singapore's population to 7 million (was) a good move".

North's answer: "I don't see why we can't have more reclaimed land and bring more people in".

Erm ...

2. She's no bimbo.

The human resource undergraduate at SIM is certainly not your regular hair-flipping diva who can't string a proper sentence together. 

Rathi, the first Indian beauty to bag the big prize since 1998, also has a super chic style and is unafraid of enjoying the more boy-ish things in life - she rides a 400 cc super four motorcycle.

That's just hot. 

3. Zero experience. Who cares?

She's said she has no prior modelling or pageant experience.

But she certainly can rock the runway and pose like quite the elegant beauty.

4. Smart strategy

She's going to be strategic going into the international pageant later this year, telling  Channel NewsAsia that she hopes to have an edge by having a global perspective.

"I think it is not only about the outlook when it comes to being a woman. Being a woman is all about beauty and brains, so it is good to not only know what is going around in Singapore. There are so many things that are happening around the world," she said.

We're behind you for the international pageant Rathi. Go for gold!

Sources: Channel News Asia and Yahoo Singapore

Photos: Facebook (facebook.com/MissUniverseSingapore)

39 workers arrested for torching M'sia factory

A police official addressing the crowd of about 1,000 employees outside the company's building.

Malaysia police arrested 39 Nepalese workers on Tuesday following a riot and a fire at an electronics manufacturing factory in Johor.

Around 1,000 foreign workers had gathered outside their company's plant in Kulaijaya on Tuesday claiming they had been mistreated at their work place.

While some dispersed at the sight of the police, many remained at the scene.

Kulaijaya Deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Mohad Idris Samsuri told The Star on Wednesday: "Some 60 per cent of those who gathered there were Nepalese nationals and the 39 were arrested after they turned violent and refused to listen to the police when told to leave the area."

Threw stones

He said the workers were arrested after they set fire to the plant at the Kelapa Sawit industrial area.

The group also set fire to a car owned by their employer and threw stones at the management office.

The plant's general manager confirmed the plant was not in operation on Wednesday due to the incident the day before.

This is a follow-up to yesterday's report on the strike.

Source: The Star

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