Galaxy S7 Leak Reveals Biggest Feature That Will Anger Apple

The Wall Street Journal reports Samsung is planning to make the biggest feature of its most important phone of 2016 a pressure sensitive display. Yes, the Galaxy S7 will feature a version of ‘3D Touch’ – the headline change Apple made to its iPhone range with the launch of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus in September.

“The pressure-sensitive display…will be similar to that offered by rival Apple Inc. on the iPhone 6S earlier this year. The responsive display allows the phone to interpret different taps and touches depending on how the user presses on the touch screen,” confirmed WSJ’s Jonathan Cheng.
How will this pan out? Obviously the WSJ’s source will need to be on the money, but assuming the paper is correct (and it has a great track record in recent years) Samsung is likely to point to similar technology developed by Qualcomm QCOM -4.55% as a defence. In fact using Qualcomm’s technology may well be the strategy, though it is impossible to imagine a world where Tim Cook isn’t furious and Apple’s legal team aren’t unleashed to start a new series of lawsuits that tie up the courts for years to come.

So what would Samsung get out of it? The fact that the lawsuits take years to be settled, nearly always for far less than the company makes from the tech in the intervening period, and that it gets a potentially major differentiator from Android rivals while keeping pace with Apple’s tentpole feature.

Other Galaxy S7 Delights

Happily 3D Touch isn’t the only thing that will change with the Galaxy S7, there are four more major changes. Consequently while the WSJ confirms earlier reports that the exterior of the S7 will be largely similar to the Galaxy S6,

Furthermore it claims microSD expandable storage will make a welcome return, but not on the Edge model (most likely due to its curved sides) while Samsung will upgrade the camera with a new module which allows it to eliminate the range’s characteristic rear bump (first discussed here). This would be quite the design coup.

Lastly the WSJ claims Samsung is playing with the idea of introducing a retina scanner to one-up the trend for fingerprint recognition. The idea was originally considered for the Galaxy S5 but dropped, though Microsoft MSFT responsive new retina-based Windows Hello login system for Windows 10 suggests the technology has finally matured.

Yes, a 3D Touch equivalent, USB Type-C charging, microSD expandable storage, a slimline camera and retina scanner would be quite a top five feature list.

So when will the Galaxy S7 (and all its variants) appear? Again tying in with earlier rumours, the WSJ pegs it for a slightly earlier release in March. With Samsung also releasing the Note 5 slightly earlier in 2015, seeing the S7 line arrive more quickly in 2016 makes sense. At least as long as Apple’s rampaging legal team can be kept at bay.

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Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump’s 2016 bid in rambling speech

Sarah Palin officially endorses Donald Trump’s 2016 bid in rambling speech
Just when you thought it was safe to take politics seriously again, gaffe-prone Sarah Palin stepped back on the presidential stage Tuesday to endorse her spotlight-loving, soulmate — Donald Trump.

Palin, the former Alaska governor turned vice presidential candidate turned political pundit, stood side by side with the billionaire business mogul turned casino owner turned Republican presidential front-runner to tell an Ames, Iowa, crowd how Trump will save America.

“I am here because, like you, I know it is now or never,” Palin told the cheering crowd.
“I’m in it to win it because I believe in America and I believe in our freedom.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin looks on Tuesday.
“He is the master of the art of the deal,” Palin said. “He is the one who would know what to negotiate.”

“He is from the private sector, not a politician,” Palin said. “Can I get a hallelujah? He knows how to lead the charge. So troops hang in there, he’s on the way.”

After asking supporters if they were “ready for a leader that will command our troops and go kick ISIS’ ass,” Palin painted Trump as a likable softie.

“He is not elitist at all,” Palin said. “If you know him as a person and get to know him more and more you’all have more respect.”

The event, just 13 days before the curtain-raising Iowa caucuses, was a “Saturday Night Live” skit waiting to happen with the rigid, corporate candidate standing beside the folksy mama grizzly using words like “hope-y” and “change-y” to describe President Obama’s vision for America.

Trump, when he was finally able to get the microphone back again, thanked his new cheerleader, and said he had been waiting for this moment since he got into the race.

“From day one, I said if I ever do this, I have to get her support,” Trump said. “She feels it.”
The match made in reality show heaven was a setback for Trump’s GOP opponents, especially Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who had closed the gap with Trump in recent weeks in Iowa.

Palin had endorsed Cruz during his Senate race, and he remarked that he would not have won that election without her.

“Oh, listen, I love Sarah Palin,” Cruz told Fox News. “I would not be in the U.S. Senate if it were not for Sarah’s friendship, for her incredible support and so whatever she chooses to do in 2016, I will always be a big fan of Sarah Palin’s.”

GOP consultant Kevin Madden said the endorsement’s timing will help Trump to drown out Cruz’s message.
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“I think it helps Trump overwhelm the news cycle with Trump coverage at a critical time,” he said. “It sort of denies Ted Cruz any chance to get back on offense.”

“Palin’s brand among evangelicals is as gold as the faucets in Trump tower,” said Ralph Reed, the chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition.

But at least one person wasn’t impressed. “I don’t think she’s really credible anymore,” said Bruce Dodge, 66, of Ankeny, Iowa.

Earlier in the day, Trump received an endorsement from the daughter of the Duke. The real estate mogul got the blessing of Aissa Wayne at the Winterset, Iowa, birthplace museum of screen legend John Wayne.
Trump said he’s a big fan of Wayne and that the actor represented strength and power.

“We have exactly the opposite from John Wayne right now in this country,” Trump said.

The former Alaska governor wasn’t the only Palin to make headlines Tuesday.

A day earlier, her son Track was charged with assault.

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Stephen Hawking : Humanity Could Destroy Itself In The Next 100 Years !

Stephen Hawking - Humanity Could Destroy Itself In The Next 100 Years
photo credit: Hawking said we must colonize other planets to survive. NASA/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Stephen Hawking has warned that humanity is in danger of destroying itself in the next 100 years as we rapidly progress in the realms of science and technology.

Speaking to the BBC, he said that while progress was good, it creates “new ways things can go wrong.” He highlighted nuclear war, global warming, and genetically-engineered viruses as possible harbingers of doom of our own creation.
This is not the first time Hawking has warned that we face a self-made disaster; in 2014, he said that artificial intelligence could “spell the end of the human race.”
Hawking pointed out that he is ultimately an optimist, and he believes we can overcome the problems that could face humanity. But if the worst were to happen, one way we could ensure the survival of the human race is to have a colony on another planet, such as Mars.

This is unlikely to be a reality in at least the next century, though. Suggesting that a global disaster was a “near certainty” in the next thousand to ten thousand years, Hawking therefore said that the next 100 years are our most dangerous, as we become much more advanced but without a safe haven off this planet.

“Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years,” he said. “However, we will not establish self-sustaining colonies in space for at least the next hundred years, so we have to be very careful in this period.”
Hawking said we need to colonize other worlds to survive. Aphelleon/Shutterstock
Nonetheless, Hawking said this was a “glorious time to be alive” for scientists, specifically theoretical physicists like himself, with countless new discoveries waiting to be made.

Hawking was speaking to the Radio Times ahead of his Reith Lecture on black holes, which will be aired on BBC Radio 4 in the U.K. at 9 a.m. GMT on January 26 and February 2. International audiences can listen in on the BBC World Service on the same days at 10:06 a.m. EST (3:06 p.m. GMT).

Hawking’s latest theory on black holes, published in a paper earlier this month by IFLS, is that they could contain “hairs” at their event horizon – the boundary beyond which nothing, not even light, can escape. These hairs could contain information about the black hole, and help resolve the “information loss” paradox.
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Don't Eat ANY Snow, Not Just Yellow Snow!

photo credit: Snow around traffic becomes a pollution Popsicle, essentially. itakefotos4u/Shutterstock
You know the saying: Don’t eat yellow snow. Unfortunately, a new study published in the journal Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, suggests that you shouldn’t actually eat any snow at all, if you can avoid it. Snow has been found to act as a rather effective sink for tiny particles that are found primarily in car exhaust fumes, so any consumption of it is effectively like eating a pollution-flavored Popsicle.
Air pollution is a killer, with 3.3 million dying each year from the inhalation of toxic, near-invisible particles, according to the United Nations. China, whose capital regularly suffers from genuinely suffocating smog, accounts for 1.4 million of these deaths. The World Health Organization is about to release a report detailing just how many have died recently from the man-made phenomenon; in previews, they are already declaring it a global “public health emergency.
Therefore, learning about the various ways air pollutants can be absorbed by the world is important, as it gives scientists a detailed picture of how much remains in the air – breathable by nearby humans and animals – and how much infiltrates other parts of the environment, where it will have a more indirect effect on human populations. A team of researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, decided to investigate the ability of snow to absorb these pollutants.

A novel environmental chamber simulating a range of snowy conditions, dubbed a “snow chamber,” was used by the team. By mixing a variety of natural snow types with a combination of pollutants commonly found in car exhausts, they were able to examine how much of the pollution escaped being dissolved or otherwise captured in the snow. Along with organic carbon, levels of toxic pollutants, including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes within the snow were measured before, during and after each experimental run.

The researchers found that from just one hour of exposure, the levels of pollutants within the snow increased dramatically, with toxic particles becoming trapped within the small ice particles or dissolved within pockets of meltwater. This means that snow is a particularly effective “sink” for car exhaust pollution.

As for what happens when the snow melts? The pollutants either remain in the water, or they escape back into the air – but that’s a story for another study to definitively answer.

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Texting is the biggest catch-22 of our time.


We love it for its convenience and fun Emojis, but we probably don’t notice just how much it’s making us feel like sh*t.

Everybody loves the feeling of the little red (1) on the screen, but what about when you’re waiting for an answer that never comes?

What about when you’re trying to convey sarcasm, but it just comes off as rude?

What about the irritating expectation that comes with having to always be available to respond to every text, or risk seeming like a jerk?

These are the six aspects of modern-day texting that are psychologically ruining you, and you don’t even know it.

1. The lack of important non-verbal communication tactics

Non-verbal communication, including voice inflection, facial expressions and body language, is a crucial part of everyday life. None of these things, however, come through via text, and this will affect how people communicate with you.

If you generally rely on your quirky personality traits, humorous sarcasm and offbeat humor in social situations, you can kiss those goodbye when you’re on your phone.

Good luck trying to convey that your jokey insult as an actual joke; without the proper voice inflection, it’ll be way too easy over text to interpret it as hurtful.

Grammar and uppercase letters have become the new, sometimes inaccurate form of non-verbal communication. Have fun trying to play off your period as a real period. Whenever the rigid grammatical finality that is the period enters a text, people always think it means you’re being stern, even if you weren’t.

Hey, they had no other non-verbal cues to go on, so what else do you expect?

What about if you find something funny? How will someone be able to tell if your “haha” was just a filler word for an awkward comment or if it really means you laughed?

You need actual, real-life giggles to coincide with the “haha,” but unfortunately, texting doesn’t allow for that. So you have to write “HAHAHA,” which is annoying.

Texting messes with our fundamental understanding of non-verbal cues, replacing them with potentially inaccurate ones. Non-verbal cues are already sometimes difficult to interpret. Texting just makes it worse.

2. The different ways men and women value texting

Ladies, have you ever wondered why your boyfriend or crush isn’t super chatty via text and why it feels like you can have hours-long conversations with your girlfriends about absolutely nothing? And men, have you ever wondered why sometimes it feels like your female friends can talk forever?

Men and women value communication differently. Each gender sees communication as having different significances, and sometimes, those significances don’t align.

Various communication scholars, including Ronald D. Smith, a communications professor at Buffalo State (SUNY), say that men communicate to convey information and women communicate to create intimacy.

For men, communication is a way to exchange information; once the needed information is exchanged, men feel as if there is nothing more to say. Women, on the other hand, view communication as a tool to relate, share and connect, so the scope of conversation for women is unlimited.

Here’s where the problems lie. Texting is communication for the sake of communication. Women text to bond, but men bond by doing activities together, like sharing new skills, playing sports or video games, watching movies or going to the gym.

If a man doesn’t text a woman as frequently or enthusiastically as she texts him, she thinks he has no interest in her. She interprets his lack of texting as him not wanting to bond, and then he probably wonders why she’s so randomly upset with him.

Texting is just not a man’s preferred method of intimacy. He needs communication in conjunction with an activity, so he’d probably rather you come over and watch a movie instead. (Which is probably better anyway, if we’re being honest.)

3. The false senses of power

With texting, a new definition of power is created. Throughout history and politics, power has been defined as the ability to influence or direct the behavior of others. Now, power is defined as someone waiting on you for a text message response.

There’s always a palpable power struggle during a texting conversation. Every time you send a text message, there is always a possibility that you will be ignored.

No matter how important you think your text is, the receivers can just put their phones in their pockets and disregard your existence. This kind of thing can’t happen in real life. Someone can’t ignore you when you’re face-to-face.

So, because we (unfortunately) live in a world in which vulnerability is weakness and a lack of power, sending a text means you just lost a little bit of power. Whoever receives your text has your vulnerability in his or her hands and therefore has the power.

The more time that passes without a response, the more power the receiver has. It’s just the science of texting.

What’s worse is that you won’t even realize you’re being ignored until hours later when you still haven’t received a answer. Your anxiety will have just been building upon itself for hours until it crumbles into a feeling of abandonment and shame. You’ll be on edge until you get — or don’t get — an answer.

4. The “Read Receipt”

If you have an iPhone, you know about the dreaded Read Receipt. If you don’t have an iPhone, you’ve probably experienced this same phenomenon with Facebook’s “Seen” message that pops up when someone has read your message.

The Read Receipt is the absolute worst invention ever. Read Receipts (and things like them) contribute to the false sense of power that texting creates. When people have Read Receipts turned on, they alert everybody to exactly when they’ve read your text message.

This can mean one of two things: either that person wants you to know he or she saw your message and are just busy right now and will answer soon, or that he or she wants you to know he or she saw your message and is purposely ignoring you.

As most Read Receipt users are not noble, we all know the second one is the most common use of the Read Receipt. Read Receipts assert dominance.

They say, “I’ve definitely seen your message, and you will definitely know whether or not I choose to acknowledge it. Now, you can wallow in wondering why.”

Read Receipts also create a sense of urgency. Say you have your Read Receipt turned on and the person who texted you knows you saw the message.

If you can’t answer in a timely matter, you might feel guilty because that person knows you saw the text, but just aren’t responding. You may rush yourself into answering, which will cause you to resent that person.

I’d rather rationalize self-delusional excuses as to whether or not you saw my text than learn the cold, hard knowledge that comes with the Read Receipt.

5. The creation of bad liars
“Sorry, I didn’t see your message!”

“You sent me a text? I didn’t get it.”

“Hey, sorry, I haven’t looked at my phone all day.”
Lies. All lies. All of us, at the very minimum, periodically glance at our phones throughout the day. Our phone is not just our phone; it’s our alarm clock, our email, our source of news, our social media, our camera, our weather source, our bank accounts and more.

Sure, you don’t have to answer a text message at the exact moment you receive it. Excuses for not answering texts can be legitimate. Maybe you were at your brother’s baseball game, maybe you were at a family dinner, or maybe you were working overtime and were taking a nap.

Those are very reasonable excuses not to answer a text, and I am, in fact, proud of you for sacrificing technology to engage in real life.

However, to say that the reason you didn’t answer is because you were not looking at your phone or didn’t get the text is to lie. You saw it. Especially if you have your Read Receipt on.

When you give me this terrible reason for not answering my text, I have no way of actually proving that you lied (even though I know you did), so I have to just accept the excuse. And then I feel stupid.

6. The never-ending conversation

Normal conversations in person end when somebody either declares that it’s over or walks away. With texting, conversations truly have no beginning and no end.

Think about it. Most people don’t even start a conversation with a “Hey” anymore because that’s boring. You have to be intriguing to start your conversation.

Then, after the initial greeting, a tennis match-style conversation begins where you’re just talking at each other and making sure that the blue-to-grey ratio is 1:1. You text, he/she texts; you text, he/she texts.

It alternates all day. Nonstop. And if you sent the last text, you better not send another one because now it’s his or her turn to continue the conversation.

Well, when does the conversation end? Is it over when a question is asked and answered? Is it over when one of you “senses” that it’s done? What if one person “sensed” that the conversation was over and the other person didn’t, so that second person thinks he or she is being ignored?

I can’t even fathom how we have all gotten so used to being in communication with every single person at every hour of the day. We don’t even give people chances to miss us because we are constantly in the middle of a conversation with them.

They can’t long for us or wonder what we’re up to or where we are because they are always with us; they practically live in our damn pockets.

This never-ending conversation style prevents us from truly spending time alone. In a 2003 study on the benefits of being alone, Christopher R. Long and James R. Averill found that solitude is crucial for the development of the self.

Spending time alone means growing spiritually, discovering your identity without outside distractions, having the freedom to do what you want without needing to cater to other people’s wants and thriving creatively.

So, if you’re constantly in the middle of a texting conversation with somebody and if you have no idea when the conversation is actually over, you truly can never be by yourself. And that’s really important.

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Sabine Schmitz Made Chris Evans Sick During Top Gear Filming

The more we hear about the BBC’s post-Clarkson Top Gear plans, the more it sounds like a train wreck. There have been reports of meddling management, a production team that knows nothing about cars and the departure of key staff, plus rumours that host Chris Evans struggles to talk while driving. And if you’ve ever watched an episode of the motoring show, you’ll know talking while driving is kinda key.

It turns out he’s not that great at being a passenger either, as the veteran presenter has been photographed throwing up at the side of Laguna Seca circuit, having been made physically sick after riding shotgun in an Audi R8 V10 Plus driven by co-star Sabine Schmitz.

Despite all the issues involved with filming and behind the scenes, the BBC is still insisting that production of the show is on schedule.

It’s due to kick off in May, and I really do hope the show’s various problems are resolved. Sure, we’ll have Clarkson and co’s new Amazon Prime series to watch, but I reckon we should go by the philosophy of why not both. The presence of Chris Harris and the chance for a completely revamped show has us intrigued – we just have to hope that Evans’ stomach can cope.

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Secret files exposing evidence of widespread match-fixing by players at the upper level of world tennis can today be revealed by BuzzFeed News and the BBC.

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The sport’s governing bodies have been warned repeatedly about a core group of 16 players – all of whom have ranked in the top 50 – but none have faced any sanctions and more than half of them will begin playing at the Australian Open on Monday.
It has been seven years since world tennis authorities were first handed compelling evidence about a network of players suspected of fixing matches at major tournaments including Wimbledon following a landmark investigation, but all of them have been allowed to continue playing.
The investigation into men’s tennis by BuzzFeed News and the BBC is based on a cache of leaked documents from inside the sport – the Fixing Files – as well as an original analysis of the betting activity on 26,000 matches and interviews across three continents with gambling and match-fixing experts, tennis officials, and players.
The files contain detailed evidence of suspected match-fixing orchestrated by gambling syndicates in Russia and Italy, which was uncovered in the landmark 2008 probe, and which authorities subsequently shelved. “They could have got rid of a network of players that would have almost completely cleared the sport up,” said Mark Phillips, one of the investigators. “We gave them everything tied up with a nice pink bow on top and they took no action at all.”
BuzzFeed News began its investigation after devising an algorithm to analyse gambling on professional tennis matches over the past seven years. It identified 15 players who regularly lost matches in which heavily lopsided betting appeared to substantially shift the odds – a red flag for possible match-fixing.
Four players showed particularly unusual patterns, losing almost all of these red-flag matches. Given the bookmakers’ initial odds, the chances that the players would perform that badly were less than 1 in 1,000.
Tennis is the latest sport to be caught up in allegations of corruption following the scandals that have engulfed world football and athletics.
It can today be revealed:
Winners of singles and doubles titles at Grand Slam tournaments are among the core group of 16 players who have repeatedly been reported for losing games when highly suspicious bets have been placed against them.

One top-50 player competing in the Australian Open is suspected of repeatedly fixing his first set.

Players are being targeted in hotel rooms at major tournaments and offered $50,000 or more per fix by corrupt gamblers.

Gambling syndicates in Russia and Italy have made hundreds of thousands of pounds placing highly suspicious bets on scores of matches – including at Wimbledon and the French Open.

The names of more than 70 players appear on nine leaked lists of suspected fixers who have been flagged up to the tennis authorities over the past decade without being sanctioned.

Nigel Willerton, who leads the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) set up to enforce fair play following the 2008 investigation, acknowledged that authorities had drawn a line under the evidence uncovered in the 2008 probe. The leaked files show that investigators implicated 28 players in suspected fixing and urged that they face a full disciplinary investigation. But Willerton said that tennis authorities took no action against them.
He said the evidence was shelved because lawyers had advised that a new integrity code introduced in the wake of the investigation could not be enforced retrospectively. “As a result,” he said, “no new investigations into any of the players who were mentioned in the 2008 report were opened.”
Match-fixing has been explicitly outlawed by every previous version of the rules enforced by the game’s governing bodies. Moreover, since the new code took effect, tennis authorities have been warned that at least nine of the players who escaped further investigation have continued to play in suspicious matches.
Willerton insisted that the sport takes “a zero-tolerance approach to all aspects of betting-related corruption” and that “all credible information received by the TIU is analysed, assessed, and investigated by highly experienced former law-enforcement investigators.” And he pointed out that the Tennis Integrity Unit has disciplined 13 male players (all low-ranking) for fixing and banned five for life even though, Willerton said, prosecuting corruption cases is “notoriously difficult”.
“I can assure you that tennis is not treating this lightly,” said Chris Kermode, the president of the Association of Tennis Professionals, which governs the men’s game, last night. “The idea that tennis is not acting appropriately is ludicrous.”
But, as the 2016 Grand Slam season begins on Monday with the Australian Open, former integrity chiefs from within world tennis are breaking ranks to accuse the sport of failing to stamp out match-fixing.
Among them is Ben Gunn, the former police chief who led the review that recommended the formation of the integrity unit after the 2008 probe. He said the authorities had missed a “perfect opportunity” to clean up the sport and instead created a feeble and understaffed integrity unit that ignored key betting evidence. “What they did is a plastic solution which was not effective then and it’s not effective now,” he said.
Richard Ings, the former executive vice president for rules and competition at the Association of Tennis Professionals, said that match-fixing was a “regular thing” in the sport. He said the integrity unit’s response to the problem has been “very disappointing” and it is “far too secretive”.
The 2008 probe was triggered by a notorious match between the world number four, Nikolay Davydenko, a Russian, and the Argentine player Martin Vassallo Arguello, which attracted millions of pounds’ worth of highly suspicious betting triggered by accounts in Moscow.
The tennis authorities announced at the end of the investigation that they had found no evidence of rule-breaking by Vassallo Arguello or Davydenko. But the files reveal that Vassallo Arguello had exchanged 82 text messages at a previous tournament with the suspected ringleader of an Italian gambling syndicate that made hundreds of thousands of pounds betting on his other matches. Inquiries into the Russian gamblers who placed suspicious bets on Davydenko stalled when one threatened violence. These Italian and Russian gambling syndicates and another in Sicily were found to have placed suspicious bets on 72 matches involving the 28 players that the investigators flagged to the authorities.
Weeks after tennis authorities were handed the evidence, Bill Babcock, the head of the International Tennis Federation’s Grand Slam committee, declared that tennis was “healthy” and there was no corruption inside the sport. But the Fixing Files show that allegations of widespread corruption have continued to pour into the integrity unit in the years since.
The whistleblowers from inside world tennis who handed over the Fixing Files have asked to remain anonymous. But Phillips and two other investigators who conducted the probe said the evidence they found was “as strong as any evidence we’ve had” and the authorities “did nothing”.
In all, more than 20 gambling industry officials, international police detectives, and sports integrity experts told BuzzFeed News that world tennis is failing to confront a serious problem with match-fixing. BuzzFeed News and the BBC have chosen not to name the players whose matches have repeatedly been flagged for attracting highly suspicious betting, because without access to phone, bank, or computer records it is not possible to prove a link between the players and the gamblers. The integrity unit has the power to demand all that evidence from any tennis professional, yet many of the individuals whose activity attracted the most serious concern are still playing at a high level. Meanwhile, tennis has grown to a multibillion-dollar global phenomenon.
Today the secret evidence of corruption at the heart of the “gentlemen’s game” can be laid bare for the first time.
You will find the full article on Buzzfeed News & BBC.

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Founding Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey died on Monday at the age of 67


News of his death was confirmed on the bands’ website with a statement from his family and former bandmates.

Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.

The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery.

Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.

Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.

The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery.

Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.

Cindy Frey | Taylor Frey | Deacon Frey | Otis Frey|
Don Henley | Joe Walsh | Timothy B. Schmit | Bernie Leadon | Irving Azoff

Frey had been battling intestinal issues for months. In November, his health problems forced the band to postpone their appearance scheduled for Dec. 6 at the Kennedy Center Honors until 2016. At the time, the band issued a statement, explaining that Frey “has had a recurrence of previous intestinal issues, which will require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period.”

The musician had a long history of intestinal problems. According to the Washington Post, 10 years after The Eagles broke up, the first attempts to reunite the group in 1990 were paused partly because Frey needed to undergo surgery to remove part of his large intestine. His health problems continued to flare up again during the band’s “Hell Freezes Over” reunion tour, causing the group to postpone tour dates while he recovered, though his intestinal issues continued to persist.

Frey was a founding member of The Eagles, creating the band with Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner in 1971. He sang lead vocals on many of the band’s hits and co-wrote “Hotel California” and “Desperado” with Henley. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Some of the cheapest travel destinations in the world

Are you overwhelmed with overcrowded cities, the super bustling streets, the expensive rents and the life mortgages? Well, there are places in the world where you can live with less money and there are beautiful and exotic places that make you want to pack up and move, if not for life, at least for a while. There are two basic rules for finding low-cost destinations. The first is that if you find a cheap place to travel, it will be inexpensive to live. The second is that, wherever you are the cheapest places will be further away from the big cities and the crowds. Of course, “cheap” is a very relative term and what it can be inexpensive for some people maybe it would not be so much for others. So, if “cheap” means spending a few dollars a day, then these places in Asia and in Central America can be very interesting.

Thailand is one of the most favorite tourist destinations. You can find there the sun throughout the year, some exotic food, beaches and very amazing prices. The accommodation is about 20 euros a month (100 euros if you are on the coast) and the monthly food expenditure is about 150 euros. It is possible to live in paradise with a very low salary!
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If you think about Cambodia’s history, the bloody regime of Pol Pot and the poverty, you would not dare to call this country a paradise. Moreover, this country does not have great beaches as its neighboring Thailand but if you do not care about that, you can live in the capital, Phnom Penh, for less than 250€. In addition, you can eat at a restaurant with less than two euros, and fast foods are even cheaper. Additionally, you should add in your expenses the extra costs of the visa (250 dollars per year). It is also possible to live in the area of ​​Angkor with a smaller budget.


This country has areas like Cebu, which is one of the most developed provinces in the country, where there are apartments to rent for 100 Euros a month. The food is as cheap as in Thailand and Cambodia and a large beer costs about 50 cents. On the other hand, Philippines offers a special Visa for the pensioners living in the country which can be obtained at the age of 35 years old but it is necessary to enter more than 34,000 euros in a bank there. From the age of 50 you should have deposited the amount of 6,800 Euros and demonstrate a monthly pension of 540 euros if you are a single person or 680 euros if it is a couple. Malaysia offers something similar which is called “my second home program.”
Philippines Island Beach

Costa Rica

We jump now to the Caribbean Sea. Costa Rica is the Republic of Central American, being more developed and politically stable. A few euros are enough to survive in Costa Rica which can be a real pleasure. The country has 12 different climate zones and an abundant wildlife. The most characteristic is the tropical and warm climate and the sympathy and friendliness of its people. You can get an excellent meal in the restaurants for 3 euros or even less, you would pay less if you buy the food in the local markets and the hawkers. For example, a bunch of bananas costs around 30 cents and a pack of snuff costs around 90 cents. In general, the prices in the supermarkets are 30% higher than in the local markets and street stalls. It is possible going as far as renting an entire house for 150 euros a month, although the prices in the capital are higher.


In spite of its beautifulness, Belize is much unknown in the touristic world. Your dreams of being in a paradise for a bargain price also can come true in Belize which is considered one of the most beautiful countries in Central America. It has everything: great beaches, a subtropical climate and varying faunas. The official language is English. It is a perfect place for diving enthusiasts. The coral barrier of Belize offers 127 offshore islands where you will find one of the best preserved marine ecosystems in the world. The cost of living there is similar to Costa Rica. A large house in the Cayo District, which is an hour by car to the Northwest of the capital, can cost around 210 Euros a month (70 € per month if accompanied by a couple of friends). The food is cheap if you buy it locally. The imported material is generally 50% more expensive, therefore, if you want to spend less money you should shop at the local markets and the street vendors. To make a long story short, if you are 45 year old or older you can consider the possibility of retiring in Belize since there is a program for retired people who can afford to live a lifestyle free of taxes, which will help you save more money.

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Reggae Makeover Given to Adele’s ‘Hello’

By now you have probably seen and heard every possible cover and parody of Adele’s “Hello,” track. Some are better than others, but her original is still the best. And just when you think there cannot be any more covers that have not been done before, one surprises you.Jamaican singer Conkarah and Rosie Delmah from Solomon Islands perform their own version of the song but in reggae. Although the lyrics speak of lost love, this duo makes us want to get up and dance. Filmed in Delmah’s native country with shots of clear blue beaches and palm trees, this video takes you to paradise.Delmah has such a strong voice and range, it’s hard to believe she is only 14 years old. Although Adele is quickly becoming the queen of soulful ballads, she may want to consider performing them in a more tropical genre next time.

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