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The First McDonald's




The business began in 1940, with a restaurant opened by brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald at 1398 North E Street at West 14th Street in San Bernardino, California. Their introduction of the "Speedee Service System" in 1948 furthered the principles of the modern fast-food restaurant that the White Castle hamburger chain had already put into practice more than two decades earlier. The original mascot of McDonald's was a man with a chef's hat on top of a hamburger shaped head whose name was "Speedee". Speedee was eventually replaced with Ronald McDonald by 1967 when the company first filed a U.S. trademark on a clown shaped man having puffed out costume legs. 13 more images after the break...

Photos from Selected Points


Pictures of selected points, 29 more images after the break...

Famous People from Canada


Jim Carrey

Justin Bieber

 Famous People from Canada,  38 more after the break...

sony new products


Sony reveals a Windows 8 hybrid tablet, a next-gen Xperia smartphone, and an 84-inch 4K TV



Today at the 2012 IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Sony pulled the curtain back on what it has cooking in the world of personal technology. From a massive 4K TV to personal 3D headsets, the company seems to have a lot up its sleeve for the coming year, so let's break it down.
Vaio Duo 11 Slider
Vaio Duo Slider
Sony is already well-known for its innovative designs — the Tablet S and Tablet P are great examples. That trend continues with the Vaio Duo 11, an Ultrabook with a sliding design that makes it at once a notebook and a tablet. Running Windows 8, the Slider can be used with just your fingers, or you can choose to slide the screen up at an angle, revealing a full qwerty keyboard for composing longer form text. The Slider comes equipped with either a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive, 1080p widescreen display, and your choice of Intel i3, i5, or i7 processors. No price has yet been revealed.
Xperia Tablet S
Xperia Tablet SUtilizing the same design cues that made the original Tablet S such a pleasure to play with, the Xperia Tablet S is definitely the most capable Android tablet ever to come out of Sony's walls. With a large, 9.4-inch display, aluminum body, and splash-proof design, the new S should be a worthy competitor to the iPad, especially for fans of the company's previous tablets. The new slate will come equipped with Ice Cream Sandwich installed, and its 3-cord Tegra 3 processor should make using apps and other tablet tasks a smooth and enjoyable experience.
Personal 3D Viewer
HMZ-T2 Personal 3D Viewer
Sure, massive HDTV screens are all the rage these days, but what if you want a more up-close-and-personal viewing experience? Sony's new Personal 3D Viewer may be just what you're looking for. The futuristic headset lets you watch 2D or 3D content — including movies and video games — on high-resolution OLED displays, along with built-in 5.1 virtual surround sound. To combat the eye fatigue that can often be a problem with viewing screens so closely, the device automatically adjusts its color output to be easy on your peepers.
84-inch Bravia 4K TV
84-inch Sony Bravia 4K TV
How many 4K TVs are out there readily available for sale right now? We bet you can't name more than the your fingers in one hand. Sony just announced a new addition to the very short list of 4K TVs on the market: the 84-inch Bravia KD-84X9005. It boasts a 3,840 by 2,160 pixel resolution — four times the resolution of high-definition (HD) displays — and comes with a technology that makes upscaled HD content fit for 4K viewing.
Vaio Tap 20 table-top PC
Vaio Tap 20 table-top PC
Aside from a new laptop-tablet hybrid called Vaio Duo 11 (that's turning out to be a common design for Windows 8 tablets), Sony also updated its Vaio line with the Tap 20 table-top PC. Tap 20 is literally a humongous Windows 8 multi-touch tablet with a screen that measures 20 inches. Unfortunately, the model shown at Berlin has a screen resolution of 960 x 640 pixels, which is disappointingly low. But we hope it undergoes further tweaks because there's nothing quite like playing Angry Birds on a 20-inch screen.
Sony Xperia TX
Sony Xperia TX
Meet the company's newest smartphone flagship that runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device has a large 4.6-inch screen that boasts a 720p HD resolution, NFC functionality for mobile payments, and a 13-megapixel rear camera.  No word on price or availability yet, but this phone probably won't come cheap.
This article originally appeared on Tecca

Samsung Galaxy Note 2


Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung's Galaxy Note remains in a class of its own. With its 5.3-inch display and S Pen stylus, the "phablet" blurred the line between phone and tablet and made for a completely new user experience. Yes, it was big (maybe too big for some), but it brought new functionality to the cell phone world.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Today in Berlin at IFA, Samsung unveiled the successor device, the Galaxy Note 2. Larger and more powerful, the Note 2 is a stunner in many ways, but it still involves a big (no pun intended) adjustment for users.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)
Recently, Samsung gave me a sneak peek at its new Galaxy Note 2 in action. Of course the device I saw demonstrated, and briefly handled myself, was a top-secret engineering sample and not the full production model. Even so, I was struck by the power and capabilities of this ambitious gadget.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)
Before I get any further let me explain that my hands-on time with the Galaxy Note 2 was brief. Also, the cadre of intense Samsung product managers and marketing folks surrounding me insisted I not play with the apps too much since the phone had software that was not final. Additionally, I was forbidden from snapping photos or shooting video during my meeting and Samsung didn't announce pricing information. Luckily CNET's Stephen Shankland was able to grab pictures direct from IFA in Berlin.
Design
When the Samsung marketing executive sitting to my left slowly produced the Galaxy Note 2 by carefully unwrapping a felt cloth, I pursed my lips and whistled. Wow, I said to myself, I really thought the first Galaxy Note was massive, but now there's this monster. If the Incredible Hulk or The Thing perhaps needed a proportionally sized handset, here it is.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)
That's not to say the Galaxy Note 2 is bigger exactly, but more specifically longer. The device's 5.55-inch AMOLED screen (1,280x720 pixels) is diagonally wider than the Galaxy Note at 5.3 inches. That translates into a display with a wide-screen 16:9 aspect ratio, which is, as Samsung puts it, "optimized for today's visually oriented apps."
Indeed the vast screen is as lovely as ever, with deep blacks and vibrant colors viewable from very wide angles. Some people may question the need for this capability, but I wholeheartedly disagree as someone who views Netflix content daily while blowing through household chores. Washing dishes and screening "Deep Space Nine" is a perfect combination.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)
During my briefing, Samsung didn't provide details about the Galaxy Note 2's dimensions. Still, the device looked just as thin as the original Galaxy Note and Galaxy S III (S3). I was also shown models in two colors, white and gray, similar to Samsung's Galaxy S3 devices. A large home button sits below each device's screen, flanked by two capacitive buttons on either side.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)
A better S Pen
Just like the Galaxy Note 10.1, the Galaxy Note 2 serves up a host of new S Pen tricks. Samsung made it clear to me that the styluslike input device now enables a higher level of mobile multitasking. For instance, I was shown how the S Pen will create a virtual pointer/cursor on the Galaxy Note 2's screen. This happens without the stylus touching the screen and functions almost as a physical laser pointer would.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)
Hovering over items such as photos and videos will open windows to see more details or even begin playback. Samsung also demonstrated the Note 2 playing video while viewing Web pages or other documents at the same time, giving the device an almost PC-level of functionality.
I saw other tricks, too, like "flipping over" photos to their virtual back sides. From there the S Pen was used to scribble handwritten notes for personal reminders. It's an interesting capability, but since it only works with the Galaxy Note 2 and other Note devices, I doubt it'll take the world by storm.
One feature that may appeal to bloggers and other technophiles, though, is Screen Record. Essentially this function will record everything that happens on the screen, including stereo audio and pen markings, then save it as a video file. Just think of all the custom Android ROM installation demos you could do!
Samsung Galaxy Note 2(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)
Performance
Harnessing the full power of a 1.6GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, a large 2GB helping of RAM, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Galaxy Note 2 was certainly fast when operated by its Samsung handlers. The product also felt nimble and lithe in my hands, and pushed its apps and menus around with agility.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)
It's powered by a 3,100mAh battery, but I hope battery life can keep up with the Galaxy Note 2's fire-breathing list of components. Of course the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 device I saw was the global unit that lacked LTE 4G data hardware. Most likely a U.S. model will feature a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, which plays nicer with LTE modems. Though the S4 isn't bursting with cores, it is plenty fast, very efficient, and a power miser.
The Galaxy Note 2 comes with an 8MP main camera and 2MP front-facing image sensor. It's not as high-res as other sensors on competing products but if it's as good as the shooter on the Galaxy S3 then I doubt many will complain.
Outlook
I see the future of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 really hinging on how many people would like to ditch either their tablet or their phone in favor of one device serving both purposes. Actually, big-screened Android phones such as Samsung's own Galaxy S3 and HTC One X already do this.
Samsung also reiterated that it sold more than 10 million first-gen Galaxy Notes globally. I wonder how much of that consists of U.S. sales. The real question, however, is if users can find value in a high-tech notepad. Until devices like this emulate the feel of real pen and paper, it's a hard bargain. Perhaps this new Note can convince us. Be sure to check back soon for our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and judge for yourself.




In Private vs In Public




When we are in public we follow lots of rules, but we are home alone these rules are forgotten at once... Let's see the difference). 19 more images after the break...

Bollywood Celebrities and their cars


Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has bought herself a brand new 2013 Mercedes G63 worth USD 150,000. In the last few years Kardashian has shelled out more than USD 1.2m on a series of customised top of the range motors. Indian celebs are no different when it comes to spending on luxury cars. Here's a look at what celebrities drive.




Bipasha Basu's car
Bips
Bipasha Basu shows off her brand new Beetle that she calls 'Brad'


Few more to go......

ICS for Samsung Galaxy R


GALAXY 'ROYALE' Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 UPDATE:

- ICS 4.0.4 update for Gallery R i9103 has been leaked in a funny & very unusual way by Samsung's service center when a fellow XDA member Machram got his mobile back from the service center. But nevertheless we're thankful to them for at least releasing the update in the given time frame though it was a bit late when compared to the time frame of Galaxy S2 & Note's ICS updates.

Swedish ICS CWM backup (Multiple Language options in the ROM):

CAUTION ! There are unconfirmed reports of two users being affected by a faulty eMMC brickbug. You can flash ICS but there's always a risk of you having a faulty emmc chip. If you're already on ICS / want to flash ICS then just DO NOT perform the following operations after flashing ICS 4.0.4:
  • Wipe data / cache using CWM / TWRP
  • Factory reset your mobile after flashing ICS 4.0.4
  • Resoring a Nandroid backup / Deleting large files while using ICS 4.0.4 kernel.
  • Any other operation which could invoke recovery to wipe cache / dalvik cache / any other [/data] partition related operation.
However if you want to Go back to GB then just flash your stock 2.3.x ROM directly via Odin & don't perform wipe operations via CWM before it.

The information in this post is provided as it is without any option for claims, your device may brick for which I won't be responsible.

Download links:
HOW To Flash ICS 4.0.4 (Newbie Friendly):
  • Start downloading the RAR archive from the above links.
  • Just as a precaution to confirm that your eMMC chip is not faulty, run the eMMC BrickBug app. Get the app from Play Store: eMMC Brickbug. After you Run the app you'll get the following screen.
  • Flash CWM from the Galaxy R Dev Section. (Skip if you already have CWM)
  • Make a backup of your current system using CWM. Boot into CWM => Select Backup and Restore => Make a backup of your current system.
  • Clear the cache & dalvik cache.
  • (Optional but recommended)Factory reset your SGR to avoid any problems related to incompatible apps & Force closing of apps.
  • Extract the RAR archive using WinRAR / 7 Zip & copy the extracted files into the external memory card in the following directory:
    Code:
    /sdcard/external_sd/clockworkmod/backup/
  • Boot into CWM recovery & go to Advanced => Unmount system => Mount system.
  • In CWM => Select Backup and Restore => Restore the ICS 4.0.4 CWM files.
How to root ICS 4.0.4:
We don't know how to reset the counter for this new ICS bootloader so keep that in mind.
  1. Copy 'RootRecovery_v4' to the sdcard / external card
  2. Boot into CWM recovery & go to Advanced => Unmount system => Mount system.
  3. Choose Install zip from sdcard
  4. Choose zip from sdcard
  5. Select RootRecovery_v4.zip from where you copied it
  6. Choose Install RootRecovey_v4.zip
  7. Restart phone
Thnx to abrahamyan-ha (XDA member) & lipton_01 (4pda.ru)
Download RootRecovery_v4.zip
Changelog in ICS 4.0.4 over GB:

This Changelog is based on ICS build 4.0.3 of S2 9100 so there could be some differences. 
  • Basic Changelog can be found here: Introducing ICS 4.0
  • To unlock slide lock, touch and drag to outside of circle.
  • Screen Capture: Press and hold POWER + HOME (But it should have been Volume Down + Power as it is normally in ICS.)
  • Sub menu for Menu Button is changed from Grid format to List format.
  • Keyboard Icon is added in indicator bar to change the keyboard being used.
  • 'Restart' option is added when you press power button for a few seconds.
  • If you press “Home” button for a few seconds, recent applications are displayed. If you want to remove / close an application in recent list, select and drag to right or left side.
  • Tap on the Share icon to enable selected texts in the default browser to be used by other applications e.g. Messaging.
  • Favorites now shown as a Thumbnail in the Contacts app with Contact name added in the thumbnail view.
  • 'Unknown sources' option is moved from Applications to Security.
  • Settings are categorized (Wireless & networks, Device, Personal, System), Wi-Fi/BT ON/OFF buttons are displayed instead of 'Wireless & Networks', Data usage function added.
  • Improved increased 'Developer Options.'

Facebook's Amazing New Campus


Here's a First Look at Facebook's Amazing New Campus by Frank Gehry

Most exotic and Expensive Bugatti Veyrons




supercar would be limited to an exclusive production run of just 300 units. As if the original Bugatti Veyron supercar wasn’t enough, a number of limited edition, super luxurious Veyrons have been rolled out over the years. Hit the jump to see some of the most exotic and expensive Bugatti Veyrons spotted till date. 12More images after the break...

Making of Titanic Ship




How to build the Titanic. 37 more images after the break...

How to save a wet phone


How to save a wet phone -- and what not to do

When your phone takes a dive into the bath, you'll need a solution -- fast. Keep these tips in mind for when it happens.
How to dry out a wet phone.(Credit: CNET UK)
Washing machines, toilets, cups of tea, foggy weather...these are a few of our favorite things. That is, until they fill the lungs of our cherished cell phone, leaving us weeping over a soggy, lifeless metal carcass.
Dropped your handset in the bath? Fumbled your phone and plopped it in the loo? Don't panic -- just follow these steps and you'll have a good chance of breathing life back into your drowned smartphone. Just be sure to check out our list below of what not to do for some useful mythbusting.
What to do
While dismantling your phone completely would help it to dry out more effectively, doing so will void your warranty. It usually requires specialist tools and may jeopardize your phone if you're not careful, so I don't recommend it. Instead, follow these steps:
  1. Firstly, retrieve your handset from the drink right away. A prolonged plunge will increase the risk of damage.
  2. Resist the urge to check if it still works or press any buttons, since putting pressure on the keys could shift liquid farther into the device.
  3. In all cases, the best thing to do is immediately pull out the battery, thus minimizing power to the device that may cause it to short circuit.
  4. Phone buried in rice.(Credit: CNET UK)
  5. If you own a handset with a nonreplaceable battery, like an iPhone or Nokia Lumia, then pulling the battery isn't an option. You'll have to risk pressing a few buttons to check if it's still on and to swiftly turn it off if it is. Take care when handling the phone in this case.
  6. Remove any peripherals and attachments on your phone, such as cases.
  7. Extract the SIM card and any SD cards it carries, leaving ports or covers on your handset open to aid ventilation.
  8. Dry off everything with a towel, including the exterior of your handset, being careful not to let any water drain into openings on the phone.
  9. Even when everything's dry, it's very likely there's latent moisture within the device that you'll want to get out before turning it on. The most oft-reported fix for a sodden phone is to bury the handset in a bowl of dry rice. Desiccant materials, such as rice, have hygroscopic properties that can attract and absorb moisture. You can also use silica gel packs -- the kind used in shoe boxes -- to greater effect. If you don't have any lying around, uncooked rice will do nicely.
    Silica gel packs
    Silica gel packs work best for drying out a phone.
    (Credit: CNET UK)
    Place your phone in an airtight container and completely cover it with your choice of desiccant. Leave the container for 24 to 48 hours for the material to draw all the moisture out of your handset. If you feel like splashing out, you can buy silica-lined, hermetically sealed pouches that are specifically designed for the task.
  10. When you're confident it's dried out, replace the battery and try switching it on. Good luck!
What not to do
A purported fast-track method of drying out a wet phone is to use a hairdryer, or applying heat to the device in other ways. While this would successfully evaporate all the moisture still sitting within the handset, it risks becoming too hot and causing damage to the components.
In cases of severe waterlogging, the steam created may not be able to fully ventilate and would simply condense again elsewhere in the phone. You may get away with it, but it seems rather perilous, so my recommendation is to avoid this method.
Another recurring recommendation is to stick your phone in a freezer, wrapped in paper towel to prevent frost damage. Supposedly, the reduced conductivity of water when close to freezing temperatures will stop your phone from short circuiting when in use.
This is definitely not a long-term solution, however, since as soon as the ice begins to thaw, you're left with the same, if not exacerbated, problem. In the process you'll probably mess up your phone's very fragile screen, which hardly seems worth risking for a short-term fix of dubious effectiveness.
For less-severe dunkings, you may get away with drying your phone thoroughly on the exterior alone, paying special attention to openings like the headphone jack and USB port. To this end, a few have suggested gently poking into them with a toothpick wrapped in paper towel. While jabbing into your phone with a stick is always a bit iffy, the biggest risk is that rags of sodden paper could get stuck inside your phone and play havoc with its innards.
One suggestion is to overcharge the handset so that the build-up of heat is gradual and not excessive, but this carries all the risks you'd expect with running a current through wet circuitry.
Inevitably, someone reading this will wonder if it's possible to dry out a phone by putting it in the microwave. Please see this for an adept response.
Beware corrosion
If you succeed in reviving your phone, then congratulations! But you may not have yet won the war with the Grim Reaper of gadgetry. The metal within your phone coming into contact with water and oxygen may create rust that will corrode over time.
While a professional phone fixer may be able to clear out any corrosion by swabbing the circuitry with rubbing alcohol -- again, don't try this at home, kids -- in many cases, the eventual demise of your phone is only a matter of time. Sorry.
Is your warranty still valid?
LCI on an iPhone 4.
LCI on an iPhone 4.
(Credit: CNET UK)
Seek out the liquid contact indicator (LCI). It's a small white sticker that turns red when it comes into contact with water. Manufacturers place LCIs on their products to use as a litmus test when deciding warranty claims. In most cases, they can refuse to fix or replace your handset if the LCI has been triggered.
Their location varies from phone to phone, and increasingly, manufacturers have taken to hiding them out of reach of Wite-Out-wielding customers.
Irrespective of the LCI's state, you should contact the manufacturer to see if it can help. That's a long-term solution, but if you need a phone (or the data it holds) right away, you'll need to dry out your phone before you try to use it, as outlined above.
Let us know if you have any other tips for handling waterlogged gadgets in the comments below.

The 10 most beautiful cars of all time



Concours d’Elegance and the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Total Car Score has weighed in on the car world’s all-time best looking rides. 

Normally, Total Car Score creates its top 10 lists by crunching the numbers on specifications like horsepower, top speed, zero-to-60 acceleration, MSRP and fuel efficiency. 

Beauty, of course, is ephemeral and subjective. However, while acknowledging individual tastes, certain model names tend to come up again and again in terms of their slick and iconic looks. 

"Ask 10 people to name the best-looking car of all time and you'll likely get 10 different answers," said the website’s editor, Karl Brauer. "But I'd suggest these 10 cars would be among the most popular answers given. Furthermore, all 10 of these cars have modern-day successors that clearly trace their appearance back to these timeless designs." 

All of the cars on the list were produced within a 20-year period, which Brauer and his colleagues noted, suggests “a heightened sense of exterior design evolution” during this period in the history of the automobile. 

One brand holds down two of the 10 slots. The others include such diverse brands as Aston Martin and Dodge, from those well-known from the movies, or from their accomplishments, to those known for being the first of their kind. 

"If you haven't seen any of these cars in person, you owe it to yourself to get to a world-class car show, such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance or Woodward Dream Cruise, to fully appreciate these beautiful machines," Brauer said. 

Here are those 10 all-time classics, listed chronologically, beginning with a little number that dates to the Eisenhower administration. 




1. 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

It was the fastest top-speed production car at the time. The 1954 edition was the first consumer-oriented (non-racing) car sold with fuel injection. 

Modern Day Successor: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

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