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Bono Pens Essay Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Rock,

Nelson Mandela and BonoU2 frontman Bono has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela by writing an essay on the late anti-apartheid revolutionary.

The 53-year-old singer, who along with his bandmates contributed the song "Ordinary Love" to the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - based on the former South African President's autobiography of the same name - penned an extended piece on the anti-apartheid leader, who died last night aged 95, after hearing of his passing.

In 1051-word essay for Time magazine entitled "The Man Who Could Not Cry," Bono - who has helped try to end global poverty for a number of years - described Mandela as a "forceful presence" in his life since 1979. "As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager. He has been a forceful presence in my life going back to 1979, when U2 made its first anti-apartheid effort. Over the years we became friends. I, like everyone else, was mesmerized by his deft maneuvering as leader of South Africa. It certainly fell to Mandela to be great. His role in the movement against extreme poverty was critical. He worked for a deeper debt cancellation, for a doubling of international assistance across sub-Saharan Africa, for trade and private investment and transparency to fight corruption. Without his leadership, would the world over the past decade have increased the number of people on AIDS medication to 9.7 million and decreased child deaths by 2.7 million a year? Without Mandela, would Africa be experiencing its best decade of growth and poverty reduction? His indispensability can't be proved with math and metrics, but I know what I believe..." he wrote.

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Mark Zuckerberg: TIME Magazine Person of the Year

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: News, Social Media, Social Networks,

Facebook Mark Zuckerberg

TIME Magazine can’t stress enough the fact that their Person of the Year award “is not an honor”. In 1938, Adolf Hitler was named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. Unlike Hitler, however, Mark Zuckerberg fast tracked the world to complete connectivity through a global social network. And at a baby-ish 26 years of age, billionaire college dropout Zuckerberg is responsible for leading 550 million (or 1 out of every 12 people) into the social network at an astounding rate of 700,000 a day. If 700,000 is too big a number to comprehend, imagine that if you lived for 700,000 days you’d be 1,918 years old; which by that time Facebook would have added over 490 billion members, or about 72 times the Earth’s current population. Starting to get the picture? There’s no doubt that Facebook is a social revolution that won’t go the way of the dinosaur - *cough* MySpace *cough*. But the bigger question is where will it go?

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Time Reveals Person of the Year Candidates

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Movies, Music, Sports, Television,

Imagine Glenn Beck, Jon Stewart, Mark Zuckerberg and LeBron James on the same list. Time magazine has named them all, along with many others, as their potential Person of the Year.

Stewart is nominated jointly with fellow Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert. Also on the list: the Unemployed American, Steve Jobs, Nancy Pelosi, Sarah Palin and President Barack Obama.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister of Turkey, is currently leading Time’s online nomination poll. In second place? Lady Gaga.

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Philips Clock Radio/Digital Frame

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras, Misc. Tech, Music,

Philips Radio/FramePhilips has combined their new clock radio with a digital frame for those who like to wake to a friendly face. The AJL303 has a 3.5-inch color high-resolution display with time, date and radio station info. The device allows access from SD cards or music from its built-in FM radio. For an even more special Zen moment, arise or go to sleep to nature sounds that include rain, ocean waves and spa music. Get yours for $79.99.

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Watchismo Celebrates Mom’s Day

WatchesYou know that our bud over at Watchismo has the kewlest watches around. In honor of Mom’s day he is holding a sale with 20% off hundreds of ladies designer timepieces, including some from Alessi, Mondaine, Skagen and Lip. Choose the one your mother/spouse would like and enter the coupon code LADYWATCHISMO at checkout. Make sure you order by May 4 to guarantee delivery.

(Thanks, Mitch)

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MJW New Decider Watch

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Wearables, Design, Misc. Tech,

Decider WatchCrispin Jones, of the MJW watches and the Tengu, has a new design. The New Decider helps you make those split second choices. When someone asks you a question, simply look at the magnified dial for a yes/no answer. While it may not be the correct answer, you can always reinforce it by rechecking the watch (or blaming it.) The Decider is only available in a Special Edition of 100 with its number engraved on the back of the case for $145.00.

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ForceDo Reminds You to Finish Chores

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Internet,

ForceDo ScreenFor the die-hard procrastinator, there is a new beta site that will help you to get things done. With ForceDo, you create a to-do list and set a mini-deadline. That begins a countdown and if you don’t get to the task on time, it will issue an audible alert and let you know how much time remains before you can really be called a deadbeat. While the site claims it is not yet perfected, it would love to have feedback about it and if you have suggestions, send them along, too.

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Gong Alarm Clock

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech,

Gong ClockIf you are someone who can’t quite get up in the morning during the workweek, try this Gong Alarm Clock that will beat until you have had enough. The clock is backlit with an easily readable display and has a snooze function. We think it would certainly be a fun gift for kids on school days or adults who dug the opening of Rank Oganisation movies. You can get gonged for £14.99 (~$21.00.).

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Moshi IVR Alarm Clock

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech,

Moshi IVR ClockThe Moshi IVR (Interactive Voice Response) Alarm Clock has to be the ultimate in timepieces for the terminally lazy. Turn it on and after it says, “Command Please,” ask it for the time, alarm time, date and temperature. It will also give you 5 minutes of ocean sound before you sleep. The clock can also be set by voice and has a help menu if it is more complicated than it sounds. You can get a Moshi Clock for $32.97 for an end of the month delivery.

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No More Nudity for Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet in Vanity Fair

If an Oscar nomination isn’t reason enough for you to finally see The Reader, consider this: That may be the last film ever strips down for again.

In the current issue of Time, the two-time Golden Globe winner and current Oscar nominee claims her days of opening up for the camera are completely over. “I think I won’t do it again: a) I can’t keep getting away with it, and b) I don’t want to become ‘that actress who always gets her kit off’,” the 33-year-old explained.

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