Monday, 23 December 2013

iOS 7 jailbreak developed


A jailbreak has been developed for Apple's latest mobile operating system, but there are a few issues that need ironing out 

Hackers have released a jailbreak for Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, allowing iPhone and iPad users to download apps, extensions and themes that are not available through the official Apple App Store.
The evasi0n7 jailbreak, developed by a group known as evad3rs, claims to work on an iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 7.0 through to 7.0.4. It takes 5 minutes to install via a USB cable connecting the user's device to a computer running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.
However, the software has already struck some hurdles, including incompatibility with some software offered in Cydia, the preferred app store for jailbroken phones.
"Please always backup your phone before installing new tweaks from Cydia as your iPhone could be stuck in the boot process," warned evad3rs. "The situation will improve as developers will update their software."
The evad3rs have also been criticised for entering into a commercial partnership with the Chinese app store Taig. As part of the agreement, Taig comes bundled with the evasi0n7 jailbreak software for people who download it in China – in a similar way that Cydia is bundled with the jailbreak elsewhere in the world.


Five things Britney Spears wants you to know about herself


Just who is Britney Spears? She's the pop superstar whose shiny, sexy image cracked and fell away before our very eyes and was replaced with a disheveled tabloid casualty. But then she pieced herself back together as a devoted mother of two, just as fabulous as ever.
New eighth studio album Britney Jean, which aimed to show fans her personal side, has underperformed with critics and in sales. Perhaps her two-hour E! documentary, I Am Britney Jean, which began airing Sunday night and covers the months leading up to her two-year Las Vegas residency, will heat things back up. Her Piece of Me gig kicks off Friday at Planet Hollywood.
Here are five things Britney wants you to know about Britney Jean.
  1. Watermelon is her favorite bubblegum flavor. So when you see Britney smacking away in the documentary, that's what she's most likely got in her mouth.
  2. She's actually a very shy person. Don't let the revealing attire fool you. "I'm not built for this industry because I am so shy."
  3. In her home in Louisiana, she has a plaque on the wall that says "Go beyond reason to love for it's the only safety there is." Loose translation: Love is why we're here.
  4. Her sister, Jamie Lynn, can kick her butt. "Jamie Lynn's surprisingly strong. She nails me to the ground every time."
  5. Britney and her father, Jamie, are a lot alike. When they're nervous, they both make corny jokes and press their hands together in the same teepee shape. "We've got the same mannerisms when we've got something on the brain." Her father also says they don't travel anywhere without duct tape, in case something needs fixing. A wise precaution, it turns out. When shooting the Work Bitch video in Las Vegas, there was no air conditioning in her makeup trailer. So her father "rednecked it" by taping a tube that blew cold air to the vent, turning the swampy digs into a cool one.
BONUS: She loves sex. "I think it's great. But I feel a little bit differently about it now than I used to. Sometimes I feel like I'm 20 and sometimes I feel like I'm 50," says the 32-year-old.

Monday, 15 October 2012

'Walking Dead' Creator Amputates The Season Premiere


Two legs are better than one, but one leg is better than becoming a zombie. At least, that's the logic Rick Grimes is hoping Hershel Greene will accept if — not when — he wakes up on next week's episode of "Walking Dead" and realizes that he's missing a limb.
During the "Walking Dead" season premiere, Rick and his group of survivors battled their way into an all-but-abandoned maximum security prison, securing one section of the facility after another in order to carve out a new home for themselves. But during their episode-closing mission, poor Hershel was the unwitting recipient of a zombie-bite to the leg, necessitating an on-the-spot amputation from a hatchet-wielding Rick.
Hershel's impromptu leg loss marks yet another change between the "Walking Dead" comics and the television series; in the books, the old farmer's feet stay firmly planted on the ground. But savvy comic book readers will recall that a similar leg-chopping does take place in Robert Kirkman's source material — just to a different character.
"It happened in the same way that it happened to Allen in the comics, with him being bitten unexpectedly, and Rick frantically chopping his leg off to the shock of everyone else. But Allen doesn't exist on the television show," Kirkman told MTV News about the premiere's biggest shock. "It's a call back to the comics, another one of those things that fans of the comic book series will recognize, but it comes in an unexpected, cool, and shocking way. It is, to me, yet another sign that the adaptation is going to continue in a way that calls back to the comic respectfully, but still has its own shocks and surprises along the way. I think that's important."
Also familiar to longtime "Walking Dead" readers: the fact that Rick and his friends are not alone in this prison, and we don't just mean the zombies. As in the comics, the premiere sees the Grimes gang encountering a group of prisoners who survived the undead uprising, albeit differently from the way these parties meet in the books. It's not all different, however, as Kirkman revealed that one prisoner in particular comes directly from comic book land.
"Axel's there. He's the guy who says 'Holy s---!' He's a character from the comics and we'll be seeing a lot more of him," promised Kirkman. He also promised that Axel's signature line -- "You follow me?" -- will be uttered at least "a few times" in the coming episodes.
Axel aside, Kirkman cautioned that there would be more significant differences between the comics' prisoners and the show's prisoners to come, yet another move to keep reader-viewers on their toes.
"There are analogues from the comics who do many of the things you saw from the comics, but there are also big changes to the storyline," he teased. "There are moments from the comics that won't make it onto the TV show. Those prisoners borrow a lot from the comic books, but there's new elements added as well."

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Review Revue: ‘Battleship,’ ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting,’ ‘The Dictator’


This week at the movies brings us a trio of cinematic adaptations from disparate source materials: a board game (“Battleship,” starring Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, and Liam Neeson), a self-help book (“What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” starring Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, and Elizabeth Banks), and a Charlie Chaplin classic (“The Dictator,” starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Anna Faris). Find out what the critics have to say.
A big-budget blockbuster based upon a board game, “Battleship” all but promises empty-headed thrills. On that count, critics say, it succeeds, though they also note that a few mindlessly awesome set pieces can’t totally compensate for the film’s thuddingly silly script. Years after NASA has sent a message to a nearby planet, a group of alien ships visit earth – and they do not come in peace. A group of naval officers leads the charge against the invading armada, and explosions ensue. “Battleship” is currently at 38 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer; check out some of the reviews here:
Rotten: “Hey, if you’re Hasbro and Universal, and you’ve agreed to make a movie based on nothing more than brand recognition of a game, you’ve got to fill two hours with something.” — Tom Russo, Boston Globe
Rotten: “‘Battleship’ has the IQ of a rutabaga and doesn’t require much more intelligence than that to watch.” — James Berardinelli, ReelViews
Rotten: “As big, dumb summer movies go… this is just another big, dumb summer movie. And one that makes you feel slightly dumber for having watched it.” — Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
Fresh: “‘Battleship’ is big, dumb fun that knows it’s big, dumb fun and enthusiastically embraces its big, dumb, fun nature.” — Christy Lemire, Associated Press
“What to Expect When You’re Expecting”
Since it was first published in 1984, the popular self-help book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” has helped to guide women through the turbulent months of pregnancy. Unfortunately, the big screen version lacks the unpredictability of real life, stranding its talented cast in a sitcommy plot. Starring Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Dennis Quaid, and Chris Rock, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is the story of five interconnected couples dealing with a variety of pregnancy and childbirth-related issues, and it features plenty of spirited discussions from both male and female perspectives. “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is currently at 30 percent on the Tomatometer; here’s what some of the critis are saying:
Rotten: “‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ doesn’t find new laughs, just layers on attempts at the tried-and-true ones — think one scene in which a woman howls and makes funny faces during labor is funny? How about many of them together?” — Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline
Rotten: “Several ensemble scenarios have rich promise for interplay, but the manner in which they are staged, photographed and edited undercut their reality.” — Brent Simon, Screen International
Rotten: “Expect that two hours will feel like nine months, and that before it’s over you’ll be screaming for an epidural to your brain.” — Ann Lewinson, Kansas City Star
Fresh: “As sociology, it’s skin-deep, but if you’re a parent or preparing to be one, you might see yourself in a few of these folks and have a good time doing so.” — Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
“The Dictator”
With the gonzo documentaries “Borat” and “Bruno,” Sacha Baron Cohen established himself as one of contemporary cinema’s most merciless satirists. Now he’s graduated to scripted comedy, and critics say that while “The Dictator” isn’t as outrageous or as teeth-clenchingly funny as “Borat,” it’s just funny and un-P.C. enough to prove that Cohen hasn’t gone soft. This loose remake of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” is the tale of an oppressive, buffoonish North African despot who survives a coup attempt that leaves him wandering the streets of New York City until a kindly hippie grocer (Anna Faris) takes a shine to him. “The Dictator” is currently at 62 percent on the Tomatometer; here are some of the reviews:
Fresh: “‘The Dictator’ is loose and slap-happy and full of sharp political barbs and has funny actors moving in and out — and at a lickety-split 83 minutes, it doesn’t wear out its welcome.” — David Edelstein, NPR
Fresh: “By cracking wise about subjects most people are hesitant even to mention, Cohen shows us where our boundaries are and then makes us question why we’ve put them there in the first place.” — Mathew DeKinder, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Rotten: “‘The Dictator’ has a few laughs along its bumpy path, but not enough of them to indicate that Cohen has found a means to escape the shadows of his early career and forge a second act for himself.” — Shawn Levy, The Oregonian

Flesh-eating bacteria finds a fighter


ATLANTA — Faced with the prospect of losing both hands and her one remaining foot, a young Georgia woman battling to survive a case of flesh-eating bacteria that already has claimed one leg mouthed the words “Let’s do this.”
Aimee Copeland, 24, “shed no tears, she never batted an eyelash,” her father, Andy Copeland, wrote on Facebook yesterday about the conversation he and his wife had with their daughter the day before.
“I was crying because I am a proud father of an incredibly courageous young lady,” Copeland wrote.
It was not immediately clear yesterday evening whether the surgeries had been performed, and a post to a blog about the woman’s progress simply said, “Aimee is doing well today. Her vital signs are as positive as her spirit.”
Copeland’s battle to survive has inspired an outpouring of support from around the world. The University of West Georgia student developed a rare condition called necrotizing fasciitis after suffering a deep cut in her leg in a May 1 fall from a homemade zip line over the Little Tallapoosa River.
She has been hospitalized in critical condition at an Augusta hospital, battling kidney failure and other organ damage. She had been on a breathing tube until recently, when doctors performed a tracheotomy.
Until Thursday, Aimee Copeland did not know the full extent of her condition, only that her hands were badly infected.
Andy Copeland said he told his daughter about what had happened since the accident, how her one leg had been amputated. Doctors had once characterized her chances of survival as “slim to none.”& amp; amp; lt; /p>
“We told her of the outpouring of love from across the world,” her father said. “We told her that the world loved and admired her. We explained that she had become a symbol of hope, love and faith. Aimee’s eyes widened and her jaw dropped. She was amazed.”
Andy Copeland said he learned on Thursday that doctors wanted to amputate his daughter’s hands and remaining foot. Doctors were concerned that she could develop respiratory problems, and if her hands released an infection in her body, there was a risk she could become septic again, her father said.
“We had a window of opportunity to perform the amputations and have a successful outcome,” he said.
At that point, the family decided to share the situation with their daughter.
Copeland said he showed his daughter her hands, told her they were not healthy and were hampering her progress.

Celtics collapse in Game 4 after succumbing to Sixers' tricks; series tied 2-2


PHILADELPHIA – Of all the teams to fall for the trick, you’d expect the Boston Celtics to be the last.
They had to know the reaching hands were coming; the grabbing, the tearing, the slapping and the shoving. Whatever dream of a season this had been for the Philadelphia 76ers was now reduced – with an 18-point deficit in a series about to go 3-1 – to the final act of the desperate.
Their only hope was to make the Celtics snap.
And then it worked.
This was in the second half of Friday’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals the Celtics were controlling. With no other choice, the Sixers brought the elbows and shoulders and subtle pushes. And unpredictably there followed the unraveling. It arrived in a forearm of Kevin Garnett brushing away an opponent on a loose ball. Then it followed a possession later in an angry Garnett drive toward the basket that brought much of Sixers forward Elton Brand’s hand latched onto his face.
After that, it seemed whatever crisp basketball the Celtics had been playing was gone. This series that should be a game away from being over is instead tied. And that means the Sixers have done nothing if not dragged the old and weary Celtics into at least a six-game series they did not want.
All because the young inexperienced team pulled an old playground gimmick on the wise and experienced Celtics – and it worked.
[Also: Dwyane Wade clashes with Miami Heat coach during awful Game 3]
“After we got those technical fouls, we did go on a [13-2] run,” Brand later said standing alone at his locker.
Brand smiled. He was asked if the Celtics “unraveled.” He didn’t want to say that, he replied, but he kept smiling, leaving unspoken the notion that Boston had done exactly that.
“We had to muck it up,” he said. “We had a lot of bodies to bring and that worked to our advantage.”
This, of course, would not be the first time Garnett has reacted poorly to rough and physical play. At times he is a 6-foot-11 stick of dynamite ready to explode at the slightest spark from an elbow or official's call. He didn’t retaliate against Brand for the technical, but his exaggerated attempts to stay away from a conflict showed he was well in its center.
Ultimately, it wasn’t just Garnett who broke the wonderful spell the Celtics seemed to have held on the Sixers for the first half. But so much of Boston’s psyche rides on the emotions of its starting center. Once the Philadelphia players started to torment Garnett, his teammates lost composure too.
It came in little things: fouls, missed shots and turnovers. As the third quarter dragged on in the game that was supposed to break the 76ers, the team breaking instead was Boston.
“I thought [Philadelphia] came out [in the second half] and became more physical, and I think we got into that instead of playing basketball,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers later said. “Quite honestly, I thought we lost the composure we once [had]. We really never returned to playing basketball the way we played in the first half."
What seemed to stun Rivers was how this could happen. This has been an ugly series, one with so many missed shots and fouls and free throws. The Celtics fully understood the limitations of a Sixers team that could give 36 minutes to guard Evan Turner so he could clank 17 of 22 shots. As long as Boston played smart and its older players could stay reasonably healthy this wouldn’t be a tough series.
[Also: Spurs still rolling in playoffs while 'super teams' show cracks ]
Best to let Philadelphia make the mistakes, which it did for two quarters in Game 4. Then came the muck.
“It wasn’t planned or anything, we just knew it was something we had to do,” Brand said.
“When you have a chance to go up 3-1 in a series and you’re up and you’re on the road what else [is Philadelphia] going to do?” Rivers said. “They’re going to get into you. They are going to grab your hands. They are going to foul you. To me, that’s what they should do.
“But we act like we’re surprised by it. So I was disappointed in that.”
Boston was never the same after the technical. The Celtics maintained their lead into the early minutes of the fourth quarter yet something was clearly gone. The Sixers, who had 12 points in the first quarter, had 33 in the last. Garnett, who has taken a beating in this series, had nine points and was in foul trouble for much of the second half.
“It was a little frustration for us,” Brand said. “You want to play hard, things aren’t going your way, you want to step up a little bit.”
So the pushes. So the grabs. So the little slaps to the forearms.
So the last hope of the desperate.

Lakers win it at the line; 76ers stun Celtics to even series


The obituaries for the Los Angeles Lakers can be put away, at least for now. The Lakers are alive in their Western Conference semifinal series with the Oklahoma City Thunder after a jaw-dropping free-throw performance Friday night enabled them to hang on for a 99-96 victory.

The Lakers trail the series 2-1 with Game 4 Saturday night in L.A.
The Lakers made 41 of 42 free throws (only Andrew Bynum missed one) and Kobe Bryant scored 36 points, helping L.A. claw back from a late five-point deficit. The performance at the line was the second-best in NBA playoff history for teams with more than 30 attempts. Only Dallas' 49-for-50 effort against San Antonio on May 19, 2003, was better.
The Thunder were 26-for-28 from the line, but it wasn't quite enough.
Over in the Eastern Conference, the decades-long rivalry between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics has rarely had a more memorable finish from a Philly point of view than what was witnessed Friday night. The Celtics just want to forget it.
The Sixers trailed 14-0 to start, then 20-5, then 46-31 at halftime after shooting 23% in the first two quarters.

And they won the game going away.
Whether it be attributed to younger legs or a stronger will, the 76ers blew past the Celtics in the second half for a 92-83 victory that tied their Eastern semifinal series 2-2.
After a first half in which they barely had more field goals (nine) than turnovers (seven), the Sixers were booed by their fans as they headed to the locker room. But they decided they weren't ready to head back to Boston Monday facing elimination.
Perhaps even more surprising, though, was the way battle-tested Boston went cold and melted down after what looked like it would be an easy win. The Celtics look nothing more than mediocre in these playoffs and are making things hard on themselves.
"We lost our composure," coach Doc Rivers said.
Kobe Bryant -- Fourteen of his 36 points came in the fourth quarter, and he made all 18 of his free throws on the night. Talk about answering the call in a must-win game.
Pau Gasol -- The Lakers forward on Friday won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his extensive charity work as a UNICEF ambassador, winning a vote by members of the Professional Basketball Writers Association. Gasol has traveled the world to raise awareness for UNICEF over the past seven years, primarily working on programs involving nutrition, education and health care for children. He also has strong ties to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, where he began his NBA career
Andre Iguodala -- He converted only five field goals, but two of them, including a huge three-pointer, gave the Sixers a late five-point lead.
Lavoy Allen -- Sixers rookie forward, a second-round pick, has seen his playing time jump recently and contributed eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds Friday in more than 32 minutes off the bench.
Thunder players not named Durant, Westbrook and Harden -- The OKC big three combined for 73 points, but the other seven players who saw action accumulated only 23 and missed 19 of 29 shots. More will be needed.
Kevin Garnett -- Ugly numbers for the Celtics frontcourt star, who otherwise has had a good series: Nine points on 3-for-12 shooting along with seven turnovers. With their big man struggling, the Celts followed suit.

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