April 17, 2013
Samsung has unveiled the biggest smartphone to date – the Galaxy Mega, which features a 6.3in (16cm) screen.
The firm suggested its size made it ideal for watching videos or running two apps alongside each other. Samsung helped popularise the so-called “phablet” category – in which phones approach tablet dimensions – with its original 5.3in Galaxy Note in 2011. Analysts have deemed a ‘phablet’ is a mobile gadget with a screen more than 5inches diagonally. The word comes from blending phone and tablet.
That proved more popular than many expected, but one analyst suggested the latest device might be a step too far. The Android-powered handset’s screen offers 234 pixels per inch (ppi) which allows it to support 720p resolution video playback.
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March 29, 2013
If Good Friday is the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified, why is Good Friday called good?
Good Friday is the day commemorating Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross, which is probably to be dated April 3, A.D. 33. In the liturgical calendar of the Western church, it is the Friday before Easter. The exact origins of the name are uncertain; some argue it stems from the use of “Good” as an adjective applied to the day, which is an Old English synonym for “holy.” Others argue it is a corruption of the word “God,” in the same way that “Good Bye” comes from the phrase “God be with ye.”
Christians believe the day is “good” because the message of Easter is of Christ’s victory over sin, death, and the devil; as the Apostle Paul wrote: “Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.” It is believed that, in Jesus’ death on the Cross, He took once and for all the sins of all mankind upon Himself, in our place. This gift He extends to everyone who will believe in Him. Believing in the Good News of the Gospel is our hope. Jesus, the Son of God, who died for our sins, was raised again for our justification, we who believe being made in right stead with God.
However, the term “Good Friday” is only used by Western Christians, and not by Eastern Orthodox Christians. The Orthodox refer to this sacred day as “Great and Holy Friday.”
March 25, 2013
These are the very first pictures of the all-new Cadillac CTS leaked onto the web ahead of the car’s official debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show. They don’t show the whole thing, but they’re enough to get a clue on what the new CTS looks like.
As you can see there is a bit of ATS at the front and a bit of XTS at the back. The CTS does however get its own unique front grille and a sporty front apron with vertical LED lights that complement the LEDs in the headlight to make a distinctive design feature.
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The interior is all-new too, and by the looks of things features high-end material such as Alcantara, luxury wood trims and contrasting stitching. The new CTS appear to be a huge leap forward for Cadillac in terms of design and build quality.
As for the powertrains, the new Caddy will be available with a powerful and efficient twin-turbo V6 unit, developing 420 horsepower (313 kW) / 430 lb-ft of torque (583 Nm).
March 22, 2013
Apple is expected to switch things up this year and launch not one but two new iPhone models. Industry watchers believe one will be an incremental update to the current iPhone 5, dubbed “iPhone 5S,” that will feature the same design with an updated camera and processor. The second will reportedly be a brand new low-end iPhone that may help Apple gain share in emerging markets.
Regarding the latter, Credit Suisse analysts said in a recent research note picked up by ValueWalk that the new cheaper iPhone will likely achieve an average selling price of $329. Apple’s current iPhone 5 starts at $649, so it’s understandable that investors are concerned over crunched margins.
According to Credit Suisse’s analysis, however, Apple should be able to pull off 38% gross margins with the entry-level iPhone, suggesting the new handset might not be as much of a burden on Apple’s sliding margins as anticipated.
March 14, 2013
Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been announced to be the new pope. Bergoglio is the first Latin American pope, as well as the first non-European pope in more than a thousand years.
Bergoglio has chosen the name Pope Francis; he’s also the first pope to use the name Francis.
After announcing “Habemus Papum” — “We have a pope!” — a cardinal standing on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday revealed the identity of the new pontiff, using his Latin name. Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that produced Benedict XVI — who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.
The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.
February 26, 2013
Makha Bucha commemorates the full moon day which falls on the third lunar month of the year.
Though sources differ slightly, it is generally believed the festival originates from the first sermon given by Lord Buddha, nine months after his Enlightenment, when 1,250 monk disciples appeared spontaneously to hear him speak. To celebrate the full moon anniversary, Buddhists have been visiting temples to hear sermons and perform good deeds.
The most spectacular event though, is the candlelit procession where Buddhists and monks carry a lighted candle, flowers and an incense stick in a clockwise direction around temples. These items represent the Three Jewels of Buddhism: the Buddha, his teachings and the monkhood.