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Monday, September 30, 2013

BBM release for iPhone & Android delayed?

BlackBerry has confirmed that it has aborted the rollout of BBM for Android and iPhone. BBM was scheduled to land on 21 and 22 of September for Android and iPhone respectively, but has now been delayed and the reason is said to be the leaked version of the application, which appeared online last week.

BBM is one of BlackBerry’s most valuable assets next to the company’s corporate email technology (BES), but the decision to bring the IM client to Android and iOS has been fraught with issues – the most recent being the news of BlackBerry’s potential sale Fairfax Financial. BBM will go into direct competition with services like WhatsApp on Apple and Google’s mobile platforms.

Interestingly, WhatsApp now boasts around 200 million users, according to The Telegraph, versus BBM’s 60 million. BlackBerry hasn’t discussed expected adoption rates thus far, but a look at the gross figures show that BBM has a long way to go before it catches up with WhatsApp. Still, 1 million downloads of the leaked APK is a pretty decent start.

Friday, September 27, 2013

[18SG] Canibalism: Inside the mind of Issei Sagawa

Issei Sagawa is a Japanese man who in 1981 murdered and cannibalized a Dutch woman named Renée Hartevelt in Paris. After his release, he became a minor celebrity in Japan and made a living through the public's interest in his crime.

Sagawa served time in French prison for the murder of Dutch student Renée Hartevelt, a classmate of Sagawa's at the Sorbonne. On June 11, 1981, Sagawa, then 32, invited Hartevelt to dinner at his 10 Rue Erlanger apartment under the pretext of translating German poetry for a class he was taking.

Upon her arrival, after convincing her to begin reading the poetry, he shot her in the neck with a rifle while she sat with her back to him at a desk. At that point he began to carry out his plan to eat her. His first attempt to bite into her buttocks met with failure so he went out to buy a butcher knife.

Sagawa has stated he chose Hartevelt for her health and beauty, characteristics Sagawa believed he lacked. Sagawa describes himself as a "weak, ugly, and inadequate little man" (he is just under 5 ft (1.52 m) tall) and claims that he wanted to "absorb her energy".

Monday, September 9, 2013

[LULZ] One Direction star Louis Tomlinson tackeled by Gabriel Agbonlahor

Gabriel Agbonlahor suffered vile death threats from One Direction fans after tackling boy band member Louis Tomlinson during Stiliyan Petrov's charity match at Celtic Park.

Agbonlahor was hounded with abuse from angry fans on Twitter following his challenge on Tomlinson, which left the 21-year-old musician laid flat out on the pitch.

The game had been organised by Petrov, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2012, in order to raise money for the Stiliyan Petrov Cancer Foundation.

One irate fan tweeted "I will find you, and I will kill you", while the Aston Villa striker also received threats of having part of his genitals cut off.

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