Bryant Day-to-Day with Ankle Sprain

 

Upon colliding with Nets guard Devin Harris late in the second quarter of L.A.’s 103-95 win in New Jersey, Kobe Bryant sprained his right ankle and left the floor under his own power. Continue reading

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Twitter hitchhiker travels for free

  

 

Globetrotter Paul Smith has visited more cities in the last three weeks than most people see in a lifetime.

And he hasn’t spent a cent along the way.

The 33-year-old Englishman has made his way halfway around the world through the generosity of users of Twitter, an internet-based social networking service. Continue reading

Gasol scores 36 as Lakers clinch top seed in West

 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)—Pau Gasol had a season-high 36 points and 11 rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the top playoff seed in the Western Conference with a 103-95 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night.

Shaking off some uncharacteristic poor shooting early and a sprained right ankle before halftime, Kobe Bryant scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and added nine assists as the Lakers (58-14) won their fifth straight. Continue reading

Apple developing ‘stealth’ biometric security for iPhone

Apple has developed a new technique that would hide a biometric reader inside an iPhone or a Mac and let owners lock down their systems with fingerprints or even facial recognition — all without ever having to break from their usual routine.

Published for the first time this week, a patent filing for the process reveals that Apple wants to provide a more secure method for preventing unauthorized access to a whole device — or private information on that device — than current techniques like passcodes; however, it also wants to avoid taking up the owner’s time with a separate scan or consuming extra space with a distinct reader.

The solution, the company suggests, would be to automatically use a sensor either hidden within the device or else repurposed from its usual role. Devices could recognize a fingerprint or finger vein pattern simply by waiting for the user to touch the display, which would hide the sensors on or behind the screen. A forward-facing camera could alternately look for retinal patterns or even recognize the facial features of owners when they’re in the right position for use.

Notebooks could use the trackpad, palmrest and a webcam for a similar purpose. Continue reading

Optus Whale Song

Australian telecommunications company Optus asks the question, “What if you could write a love song for a whale, and an orchestra went out into the ocean to play it?” Film director David Denneen worked with composer Bruce Heald and a specially selected chamber music group to perform music that both whales and humans could appreciate.

   Optus Whale Song orchestra watching humpback whale

 

An orchestra was placed on a barge with film crew and sent out to serenade the whales, emulating the sounds made by male humpback whales as they migrate along the coast of Queensland. “When it comes to communication, anything is possible.” Continue reading

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament to switch off the lights for Earth Hour

London landmarks join thousands of others around the world that will go dark for an hour to raise awareness about climate change

Big ben houses of parliament

 

At 8:30pm today the luminous face of Big Ben will go dark. Next door, the houses of parliament will switch off all its lights too, along with thousands of landmarks, buildings and people around the world in a global gesture of solidarity in the fight against climate change. Continue reading