Your iPhone Uses More Power Than A Fridge
Is your iPhone running? Better shut it off, because that device is using more energy than your refrigerator. A new report says that a fridge uses just 322 kWh per year, compared with the 361 kWh for an iPhone, if you include its wireless connections, data usage, and battery charges.
We’re Going To See Instant Replay Used More In Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday (August 15th) that the use of instant replay will be expanded next season, calling the announcement, which was made after two days of meetings with representatives of all 30 teams, “historic.” The owners, players’ association and umpires will all have to agree to the change before it can go into effect. Managers will be allowed one challenge to an umpire’s ruling over the first six innings and two from the seventh inning until the end of a game. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York, which will make a final ruling. Challenges not used in the first six innings will not carry over, and a manager who wins a challenge will retain it. Major League Baseball expects to use the system in the 2014 playoffs, and the system could be enhanced in the post-season. After the first season, they’ll look at what worked and what didn’t and make adjustments.
Are You Read for The Smart Watch?
A new rumor, started by SamMobile, claims that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Gear smartwatch on September 4th. Back in March Samsung’s vice president confirmed that a watch was “definitely one” of the company’s future products, and since then the company has filed for trademarks that link Galaxy Gear with a wearable device. The look, specs and features of the smartwatch are still under wraps for now. (Fox)
Presidential Daughter Barbara Bush Would Like to See Hillary Clinton Run for President
She may come from a Republican family, but presidential daughter Barbara Bush says in an upcoming People magazine interview that she’d like to see Democrat Hillary Clinton run for president again in 2016, calling the former secretary of state “unbelievably accomplished.” But the 31-year-old Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush and twin sister of Today show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, was less definite when asked if she’d vote for Clinton, saying that she didn’t know who she’d be running against. Bush also described herself as politically unaffiliated and a supporter of gay marriage. The article in People‘s August 26th issue focuses on Bush’s work as CEO of the nonprofit Global Health Corps, which works in African nations.
Ticked Off Bride Sells Wedding Cake On EBay
All she wanted was to have her cake and eat it, too. Instead, a U.K. bride named Celia got an unappetizing wedding cake and some eBay revenge. The woman, whose full name has not been made public, claims she ordered a three-tier, black tire cake for her big day. What she got — a disastrous, lopsided gray blob — looked nothing like the original cake-maker’s photo. What’s a bride to do? Sell it on eBay, of course. Celia was so annoyed by the monstrosity that was supposed to be a unique, decadent treat on her wedding day that she listed the cake in jest on eBay and, as one commenter put it, “cake-shaming” the unspecified baker. Under the specifics of the listing, she described the cake as “used” and noted: “A few defects due to maker being unskilled. Uncut, along with large amount of awful cupcakes for free. No topper or decoration. Unusual design. Very heavy.” In the time Celia had the cake with cracked frosting listed, she received 11 bids, which started at $1.53, for the deformed cake. But no one will be having the pleasure of cutting into it, as she ended the sale after an eBay user commented: “Sorry, but as an experienced cake maker I just thought I would contact you. I don’t think you will be able to/really should sell this cake on eBay, not least of which for health and safety reasons. If someone actually ate it (God Forbid!!) – I would worry it might come back on you rather than the original cake maker.”
Parody Video Calls for Accused San Diego Sex Harass Mayor to Resign
The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper has created a parody music video playing off of Robin Thicke’s hit song, “Blurred Lines,” that calls for embattled Mayor Bob Filner to resign over the multiple sexual harassment allegations against him. In the video, Filner’s head is superimposed on a hip-thrusting dancer’s body as other dancers try to avoid him while the words “#RESIGN” and “#CREEPER” flash on the screen. The revamped song lyrics include the line: “You don’t need that grabber, that man is not a mayor. The nation’s laughing and we’d be happy, so very happy, if you’d resign.” Filner has refused to step down despite being accused of sexual harassment by 15 women, including a great-grandmother who came forward yesterday (August 15th). Instead, Filner went through a two-week therapy program and is set to return to City Hall next week. Among those who have called for Filner’s resignation are all nine San Diego City Council members and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. Ironically, the Union-Tribune has taken some flak itself for the video, with critics unhappy with the way the women are sexily presented in it, and others saying it’s not appropriate for a newspaper to be doing something like that.