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Whitney Houston Touring the UK

Whitney Houston

is planning to tour the UK for the first time in over a decade.

The “I Look to You” singer will play five arena dates starting next April in venues across England and Scotland.

“This is my first full tour since the My Love Is Your Love tour in 1999 and I am so excited to be performing for my fans around the world after all this time,” Whitney said. “I am putting together a great show and cannot wait to perform the songs from my new album Look to You along with some of your favorites.”

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Heidi Klum gets 140-page Vogue special

Heidi KlumHeidi Klum was “thrilled” to get a 140-page Vogue special. The German edition of the fashion bible devoted the massive section to the country’s most famous supermodel when she guest edited the latest issue. She said: “I grew up reading German Vogue and was really excited when they came to me with the idea for the ‘Heidi by Vogue’ issue. It was a thrill working with the team of photographers, hair stylists, makeup artists and editors. We shot the entire issue in one week - it was a group effort!”

The issue sees Heidi - who is married to singer Seal and currently expecting her fourth child - model a wide range of fashion styles and offer life, career and style tips, but she says she couldn’t single out her favorite. She gushed: “I love all the stories so much that I don’t favour any of them.” The blonde beauty enjoyed the experience was so enjoyable she hopes to repeat it in future. She added to People.com: “I would love the opportunity to be involved in a magazine like this again. I’m always up for a challenge!”


Navigon - No More PNDs in No. America

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, GPS,

Navigon 7200TGermany based Navigon is leaving the PND market in North America. CEO Egon Minar says that they are downsizing their Chicago office but will still take care of their existing customers with map updates, etc. Apparently they were losing money to more basic, cheaper GPS devices. Instead, they will concentrate on its mobile division by offering its technology to smartphones. They recently signed a deal to equip T-Mobile in Germany, so perhaps they will extend themselves to the states.

Read More | GPS Business News

Zoom Q3 Mini-Camcorder

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras,

Q3 CamcorderAt the recent Musikmesse 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany, Zoom unveiled its Q3. The mini-camcorder has a 2.4-inch (240x320) LCD display and can record up to an hour of video with a built-in 2GB SD card. At a size of 128 x 56 x 31.5mm, it looks pretty much like most of the others in its class, but we do like the built-in condenser microphone with adjustable left and right levels.

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Man Fined for SMS Hate Message

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones,

TextingBe careful when you text message. A German man was fined $2,300.00 for accidentally passing on an SMS hate message right before Germany defeated Turkey in the Euro 2008 soccer tournament. The message said, “by opening this SMS, you have killed a Turk.” Accused with inciting racial hatred, the man claimed that the only reason he was caught was because he accidentally forwarded it to someone whose house was searched by police. We figure texting something like that in the first place would be about the same as saying the “b” word in an airport.

Read More | Reuters

2009 Golden Globe Nominations (Film)

Revolutionary Road

Although a looming SAG strike may threaten next year’s Academy Awards, the Golden Globes ceremony should finally go on as planned. The 66th annual event is scheduled to air on Sunday, January 11th, just 11 days before the Oscar nominations are announced.

Here are some of the noteworthy mentions from this year’s list of film nominees:

  • Frost/Nixon and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button both led the field with five nominations each.
  • Despite being chosen Best Film by the New York Film Critics, Sean Penn was the only nod Milk received by the HFPA.
  • Meryl Streep earned two nominations for her work in Doubt and Mamma Mia.
  • Kate Winslet is also up for two awards. Her films - Revolutionary Road and The Reader - are also up for Best Picture.
  • Heath Ledger did get a posthumous nomination as expected.
  • Although he was recently recognized for his acting work in Gran Torino, director Clint Eastwood (Changeling) was only acknowledged for his musical achievements.

(You can find the full list of film nominees after the jump. Click here for the TV nominations.)

 

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Britney Spears Lip Syncs Her Way Through Europe

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Artist News, Performances, Pop,


Less than a week before her 27th birthday, Britney Spears gave international audiences a taste of what she has in store for 2009. Unfortunately, copycat ensembles and lip synced numbers aren’t probably what fans had in mind.

Last Thursday in Germany, the pop princess gave her very first “live” performance since the 2007 VMAs. And while her appearance on the 2008 Bambi Awards was far from disastrous - the physically-fit singer seemed a bit more confident - it still could have used slightly more oomph. And originality. Strangely enough, she opted to wear an outfit identical to the one Madonna has been sporting during her Sticky & Sweet tour. Britney also chose to keep her dance moves and live vocals to a minimum.

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German Family Takes Tank Shopping

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Transportation,

Fox Tank

Tired of people beating you to a parking place? Joachim Schoeneich bought a British built Fox tank in Germany to solve the dilemma. The vehicle has a baby seat for the family’s 2 year-old and the 30mm gun has been disarmed. Schoeneich claims it’s still tough to find a parking spot but that he always gets the right of way. The purchase price for the tank was £24,000 (~$47,000.00) and the 4.2 liter engine gets a whole five miles per gallon.

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RoboCup Rescuers Work through Mazes

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Science, Videos,

Bots recently competed in Germany as part of the RoboCup to be held in July in China. A sub-competition, RoboCup Rescue, allows robots to practice on dolls in such critical situations as chemical spills and other disasters. Robotic teams must go through a maze and scores are based on how well they can navigate and generate a 3D map of the course. A Manipulation Challenge gives extra points for delivery of radios or water bottles to victims. Currently, it takes about 5 to 10 minutes to scan the area and the same amount of time to create the image, but that should decrease as the bots become more advanced.

 

Read More | New Scientist Tech

s’Baggers Automated Restaurant

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, PC / Laptop, Science,

s'BaggersPig & Carp

Germany’s s’Baggers Restaurant has been up and running for a while now and is apparently expert at what they do as they have captured the attention of even the BBC. The brainchild of Michael Mack, the first automated restaurant features color coded seating, a touchscreen TV for ordering, and food prepared by chef in the kitchen on the roof that comes down an assembly line. While waiting, the diner can catch up with e-mail,  send an IM, or read about the ingredients in their selected dish. While we may not be able to visit s’Baggers right away, we cannot wait to partake of their very special Suckling Pig & Carp Night.

 

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