PlayStation 4: Sony launch fires starting pistol on the next generation | Technology Sony launched the latest salvo in its ongoing rivalry with Microsoft with the launch of the PlayStation 4, the first of a new generation of consoles. At an event held in the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York's Manhattan Center, Sony revealed that the PlayStation 4 would go on sale this Christmas. It refused to set a price, or even show the console itself but it is unlikely to cost much less than £300. With under-the bonnet power considerably in excess of that of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, it will usher in a new breed of games with startlingly lifelike graphics, set in virtual worlds that operate in a much more believable manner than the current crop. Several aspects of the PS4's design caught the eye. It will also reflect the changing nature of the console business, which now has to contend with gaming on mobile phones and tablets. In terms of games, the PlayStation 4 was given strikingly enthusiastic support by third-party publishers.
DIY Nail Hacks 1 Remove Nail Polish Easily in Less Than Five Minutes Let’s face it, removing nail polish is a pain. Here’s a quick and painless way to do it, all you need is a cotton ball and some acetone. Tear your cotton ball up into small pieces, and put acetone on your nails. Now place the pieces of cotton ball on your nails and leave them there for two minutes; when you pull the cotton ball pieces off, they will take your nail polish with them. Now do the same on your other hand and you’re done. 2 DIY Cuticle Care The health of your cuticle is directly linked to the health of your entire nail, make this amazing DIY cuticle treatment with only olive oil and cocoa butter. 3 Always File Your Nails in the Same Direction To avoid nail tears and keep that beautiful oval nail shape, make sure you only file your nails in one direction. 4 Make Your Own Matte Finish Using Corn Starch Want that muted matte color look? 5 Beautiful Gold Nail Art With a Sharpie?! 6 DIY Dotting Tools It’s easy! Got thin nails?
Analytical Puzzles and Problems Lateral thinking puzzles that challenge your preconceptions. 1. You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus: 1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die. 2. An old friend who once saved your life. 3. Knowing that there can only be one passenger in your car, whom would you choose? Hint: You can make everyone happy. Solution: The old lady of course! 2. Hint: The police only know two things, that the criminal's name is John and that he is in a particular house. Solution: The fireman is the only man in the room. 3. Hint: He is very proud, so refuses to ever ask for help. Solution: The man is a dwarf. 4. Hint: It does not matter what the baby lands on, and it has nothing to do with luck. Solution: The baby fell out of a ground floor window. 5. Hint: His mother was an odd woman. Solution: When Bad Boy Bubby opened the cellar door he saw the living room and, through its windows, the garden. 6. 7.
Reasons for England supporters to be wary England’s strong start to the Six Nations has inevitably brought forth talk of Grand Slams and comparisons with teams past. The facts are that England have won three consecutive games, all of which offered very different challenges and during which they showed that they can not only play in different ways but that they can adapt to changing circumstances within an individual match. This is all great stuff and is a firm step forward. However, much of the hyperbole which has accompanied these encouraging developments seems to me to be somewhat premature. I am therefore going to strap on the Scrooge hat and suggest why England supporters should be a little circumspect before trumpeting too loudly their plans for European, global and ultimately intergalactic domination. The dampening of the Irish There was plenty of talk after the win in Dublin that England had beaten Ireland at their own game in their own conditions. A resurgent Wales Wales are the ultimate momentum team. by Stu Peel
9 Common Clichés That Are Totally Untrue 1. Money doesn’t buy happiness. Whoever coined this phrase clearly never lived paycheck to paycheck. 2. In my own personal life, I’ve seen karma fail miserably. 3. Only if you let it make you stronger. 4. Even if you’re ignorant about something, it’s still real. 5. Tell that to the thousands who commit suicide and their families. 6. Sometimes. 7. It takes more than your mind to get places. 8. This garbage is the reason the divorce rate is so high. 9. Good things come to those who go out and get them. Rhossili Bay, Gower, third best in Europe says TripAdvisor survey 21 February 2013Last updated at 02:23 ET Rhossili Bay is a three-mile (4km) stretch of sandy beach on the Gower peninsula It may not have quite as much sun, but a south Wales beach is rivalling those in Spain, Italy, Turkey and Greece to be named among the best in Europe. Rhossili Bay on the Gower peninsula is third in a list of best European beaches in a survey of worldwide tourists by the TripAdvisor website. It was beaten only by Rabbit Beach at Lampedusa, Sicily, and Playa de las Catedrales in Ribadeo, Galicia, Spain. Swansea council pronounced itself "delighted but not surprised". Council leader David Phillips said: "We hope that many more visitors continue to enjoy its outstanding natural beauty." Continue reading the main story Best beaches in Europe 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Source: TripAdvisor Rhossili Bay is a three-mile (4km) stretch of white sand within an area designated as the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. 'Views are stunning'
27 Incredibly Creative Print Ads You'll Love With how often each of us are online or using our mobile phones, you would think that print advertising is an antiquated artwork that no one pays real attention to. You’d be wrong, though. We found 27 of the most stunning or clever print ad campaigns out there. They are seriously impressive, even though they are completely static (unlike most of the ads we see online). THIS is advertising. 1. Serviceplan Hamburg / München, Germany 2. Cerebro Y&R, Panama 3. DDB, Spain 4. DraftFCB, Germany 5. Y&R Paris 6. Buzz in a Box, Brussels, Belgium Jung von Matt, Hamburg, Germany 8. LG&F, Brussels, Belgium 9. Jung von Matt/Alster, Hamburg, Germany 10. Grey, Toronto, Canada Saatchi & Saatchi Russia, Moscow, Russia 12. Publicis, Singapore 13. Richter7, Salt Lake City, USA 14. DDB, Sydney, Australia 15. New Moment New Ideas Company Y&R, Belgrade, Serbia 16. Terremoto Propaganda, Curitiba, Brazil 17. AlmapBBDO, São Paulo, Brazil 18. Memac Ogilvy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 19. Texas Creative, University of Texas, USA 20. 21.
Newsbeat - Brit Awards: Pictures from backstage and on red carpet 21 February 2013 Last updated at 11:42 GMT See the stars turning up to the Brit Awards and behind the scenes backstage at London's 02 Arena. La Casita: Lydia’s Tiny House If there is one thing about Lydia, it is that she is an inspirational person who gets things done. She was just seventeen years old when she first heard about tiny houses. Then eighteen when she really started to obsess over them. Clearly a person who thinks about her future, at that young age (in 2008) she had already in earnest started saving money for a large project. All her savings were being tucked away without really knowing what she would be putting the money toward. Then in 2011 she bought Fencl plans from the Tumbleweed company and from there became committed to the idea of building, owning and living in her own tiny house. In early spring of the following year Lydia had saved the $30,000 dollars that it would cost her to build tiny house La Casita, and the project was started. I had tons of help! During the building she also hired two professionals for the parts that she felt she and her friends were not qualified to do. Lydia’s tiny house.
6 Nations: Round Three Team News | Scrum Queens Scotland v Ireland, Saturday February 12, Lasswade, KO 14.00 This match not only marks the midpoint of this season's championship but also the 20th anniversary of Scotland Women's first ever fixture, also against Irish opposition, on Valentine's Day 1993 which the Scots won 10-0. The Scotland side sees lock Becca Parker move from the bench to the starting XV and back rower Kelly Shields coming on to the bench for potentially her debut cap. Head coach Karen Findlay is under no illusions as to the strength of this weekend's opposition: "Ireland had a fantastic win at home against England and undoubtedly, given the rugby they have played, are deserving of sitting top of the table. They've been building season on season to achieve that kind of result, so fair play to them.” Ireland Coach Philip Doyle has kept faith with the starting XV and replacements that overcame England in their last outing of the championship a fortnight ago. Ireland: 15. France: 15.
How to Use LEGO in Practical and Creative Ways - Cool Uses for LEGOs Since 1949, LEGOs have been a part of our lives, making walking barefoot through our children’s toy rooms a dangerous minefield. (Studies will soon show that stepping on a LEGO brick while barefoot is the most painful thing a person can experience, second only to childbirth.) As of 2013, LEGO has produced 560 billion bricks, contributing to all of the amazing kits that have been built over the years, from Star Wars to Simpsons. LEGOs were made so that children could think outside of the box and build whatever their hearts desired. So, it makes sense that some people came up with some pretty cool things you can build with LEGO: 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 10.) 11.) 12.) 13.) 14.) 15.) 16.) I’ll never look at a box of LEGOs the same way again. (H/T Mashable) Have you ever looked at LEGO bricks this way before?
Wan direction. THERE was a time when pop was raw. Music made by people who had something to say, who were angry or witty or sad, and there were so many people doing it that you could choose which genre you wanted your angst delivered in. There was operatic drama courtesy of Freddie Mercury, thrashing rage from the Sex Pistols, poetry by Bob Dylan, drugs and sex and heartbreak and hating your parents by everyone from Suede to Eminem by way of Oasis and the Rolling Stones. None of it was played, interminably, on telephone helplines and in lifts and supermarkets because it was the only decent thing anyone had produced for ten years, to the point where hearing a few bars of something you used to love made you scream and claw at your own ears. But that's the point we've arrived at - from pop that was red in tooth and claw we now have the occasional Adele, producing lovely heartfelt songs we all like listening to right up until the 75th time you've heard it from a car insurance company. Where's the passion?
ecoduct bridge China's 'leftover women', unmarried at 27 20 February 2013Last updated at 19:35 ET By Mary Kay Magistad PRI's The World, Beijing Over 27? Unmarried? Female? In China, you could be labelled a "leftover woman" by the state - but some professional Chinese women these days are happy being single. Huang Yuanyuan is working late at her job in a Beijing radio newsroom. "Scary. Why? "Because I'm still single. Huang is a confident, personable young woman with a good salary, her own apartment, an MA from one of China's top universities, and a wealth of friends. Still, she knows that these days, single, urban, educated women like her in China are called "sheng nu" or "leftover women" - and it stings. Who are you calling "leftover"? She feels pressure from her friends and her family, and the message gets hammered in by China's state-run media too. Even the website of the government's supposedly feminist All-China Women's Federation featured articles about "leftover women" - until enough women complained. Continue reading the main story Ouch.