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DNA analysis can generate a picture of your face – unless you’ve been punched in the face

In the future, we will all need to be punched in the face. And not because people in the future are really annoying. From Dvice:

The physical structure of your body is defined almost entirely by your genes. There will be some variation, of course, depending on your age, your weight, how well you take care of yourself, and how many times you’ve gotten punched in the face, but things like the space between your eyes, the height of your cheekbones, and the size of your nose are all preset and encoded in your DNA.

Every step closer they get to creating our face out of a tissue sample, those punches in the face will become more and more important.

Think about your future and do the right thing.

 

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Mitt Romney begins foreign tour of UK, Israel and Poland

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in Britain on the first leg of a week-long foreign tour that includes stops in Israel and Poland.

He is to meet political leaders and attend the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in the next three days.

The former governor of Massachusetts is not expected to make any policy announcements in London, but correspondents say the visit will give him the chance to show himself to the US electorate in the international arena.

…Critics have accused him of having a weak background in foreign policy, the same claim made about Mr Obama, who was a first-term senator during his 2008 White House campaign when he made a high-profile trip to the Middle East and Europe.

That tour culminated with a speech to hundreds of thousands of people outside the Victory Column in Berlin, Germany.

 

Source: BBC - Mitt Romney begins foreign tour of UK, Israel and Poland

 

 

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Apple Adds Gay and Lesbian Couple Icons to iOS 6

The new version of Apple’s iPhone operating system comes with new emojis, the popular emoticons that are often used in texting and email, especially by young kids and nerdy adults like me. Two of these new pictograms represent gay and lesbian couples for the first time.

The icons are placed next to the previous relationship-related emojis showing a heterosexual couple holding hands and a heterosexual couple with a son. One shows two men holding hands. The other shows two women in the same position.

From Japan to the world

Emojis started in Japan. Meaning picture (e) and letter (moji), the pictograms quickly become a standard across this highly visually oriented culture. Apple introduced an emoji keyboard when it got the iPhone into the Japanese market, knowing that they were fundamental to compete there.

But then Westerners, fascinated by their cuteness, quickly adopted them too. Software appeared to enable that special Apple emoji keyboard in any iPhone or iPad. Every kid and nerdy adult with an Apple device quickly adopted them, and emojis spreaded like wildfire. Now you can find them everywhere.

via Gizmodo

 

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Data shows smart phones will soon flood the world with pictures, video, and text messaging.

In the last data update, I revealed that social network usage is rising, especially in Russia and Egypt. A good sign for the citizens of those disrupted countries.

Now, we have data on cell phone use and it clearly shows the rise of smart phones in both developed and undeveloped countries.

Japan has the highest smart phone adoption of any country, but it is the near universal adoption of text messaging in Indonesia (96%) that blew me away.

Sending Text Messages

Only 2/3 of Americans use their cell phones to send text messages.

Globally, there are 15 countries with a higher percentage who send text messages on their cell phones

  • 90% or more – Indonesia
  • 80% or more - Kenya, Lebanon, Poland, Mexico, Japan, & China.
  • 70% or more - Britain, Lithuania, France, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Ukraine, & Spain.

 

Taking Pictures or Video

When it comes to using our cell phones for pictures or video, at least the U.S. is in the top 5.

  • Japan – 72%
  • Mexico – 61%
  • Spain – 59%
  • Egypt – 58%
  • United States, Israel – 57%

 

The mobile internet

In no country do a majority of people use cell phones to regularly access the internet.

  • Israel – 47%
  • Japan – 47%
  • United States – 43%
  • Britain – 38%
  • China 37%

 

*Data is from a Pew Global Poll completed by surveying 1,000 people in each country via the telephone or face-to-face from March-April, 2011.

Star Wars opening title re-imagined as an animated motion picture

If Star Wars was filmed two decades earlier and Saul Bass did the opening title sequence, it “might” look like this…

Saul Bass (May 8, 1920 – April 25, 1996) was a Jewish-American graphic designer and filmmaker, best known for his design of animated motion picture title sequences.

During his 40-year career Bass worked for some of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers, including Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese.

From Wikipedia

and a video response:

M is for Metro

I love this picture. Found it after searching for news on the LA Metro.

You might’ve heard that we are spending some time in Hollywood trying to live the ideal life. Which might upset our car free lifestyle and test our theories on urban hipsters.

The good news is that LA’s burgeoning bike scene and growing subway system has a blog, called The Source, about all things pub trans. They do a good job including twitter tuesdays, polls, and system news. It’s pretty cool.

That’s where I found this pic, big ups to Jaime Morales for sharing it.