MMS comes to American iPhones

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Today, after two years of waiting, American iPhone users are finally able to send and receive MMS messages. This long awaited feature has caused Apple and AT&T a great deal of grief from its user base. Originally the grief was directed at Apple for the lack of inclusion on the device, but as time progressed AT&T was faulted for lack of support.

When the iPhone was released in June of 2007, it lacked one feature that was widely available on other devices: MMS or Multimedia Messaging Service. This standard, similar to the all text SMS standard, allows users to send and receive video, audio, and picture files on their mobile phones. MMS was launched in 2002 and by 2007 was a common feature on most new mobile phones. It was not until June 2009, with the release of iPhone OS 3.0, that the devices also had the capability to send and receive these multimedia messages. Unfortunately for American iPhone users, all of whom use AT&T because of an exclusive agreement between the phone company and Apple, AT&T did not allow iPhone users to use this feature; that changed today.

Current iPhone users simply need to update (from iTunes) and reboot their device in order to enable MMS. AT&T was originally concerned about not having the network capacity to handle the data demand of all the MMS messages and in Wikinews’ own testing this seems to be a valid issue. The ability to send and receive MMS messages was functional, but by midday Friday (PST), AT&T’s network was extremely slow, with messages taking in excess of two minutes to send. Tests over AT&T’s 3G network showed upload and download speeds nearly halved what they were just a few days prior.

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Advantages And Disadvantages For Internet Banking

Category : Financial Planning

By Julian Davidson

If you belong to the generation that feeds on technology then Internet banking shouldn’t at all be an issue for you. The Internet for you is the place to get things done quickly without actually going out. Banking is one of these things. For those who are a bit older, the concept of not interfacing with a human inside the bank will be a bitter pill to swallow. They still are yet to be convinced so it is necessary to weigh the advantages and disadvantages for Internet banking.

Apprehensive people know about the many wonders of the Internet and they have heard so much about Internet banking but they are still paying their bills by mail and depositing checks at their branch.

Many people are already using the Internet to shop for items, or even financial packages for mortgages and loans but when it’s time to finalize, they still opt to go to the office of the company they chose and seal things with an agent.

Before comparing the advantages and disadvantages for Internet banking, let us first define the concept so others who do not know yet can have an idea.

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The What and Who in online banking

When the Internet started to become very popular and computers began to become more and more advanced, many businesses started to shift their attention to the trend and established their online presence. This same trend also started to reshape the banking industry.

In the past, banks used computers to automate their daily transactions. These days, there hardly is any paper work at all since everything is done online via the bank’s network system. The only thing that serves as a transaction record is the receipt a shopper gets when she’s at the POS of her favorite boutique.

For banks, their Internet presence is a value-added service for existing and new customers.

Online banking goes by so many other names like PC banking, home banking, electronic banking, or Internet banking.

The first ones to test the waters were the large national banks. Soon, regional banks, smaller banks, financial companies, and credit unions joined in and implemented their own electronic banking system based on the Internet. These institutions that have expanded to online have since then referred to as brick-to-click banks as opposed to brick-and-mortar banks. The latter refers to those, which are yet to offer online banking o their customers.

Aside from the brick-to-clicks, there are “virtual” banks that have emerged. These are banks that do not have physical offices or branches, and any tellers or agents. These banks exist only in cyberspace but they still are covered by the same federal regulations that cover the ordinary banks.

Nowadays, the large banks have sites that provide fully secured and fully functioning online banking services that give their customers ultimate convenience. The smaller ones which are a bit more cautious to go full circle offer access to limited banking services like viewing of account balance and history viewing only.

The more banks that go online and succeed in making their services secured, the more that people will have lesser doubts about the advantages and disadvantages for Internet banking.

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London cop fired for rape despite ‘insufficient evidence’ to prosecute

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Friday, November 19, 2010

An officer with London’s Metropolitan Police (‘the Met’) has been fired for raping a woman, despite the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) declining to prosecute after saying there was insufficient evidence to prove the offence. The CPS would have to back the case up beyond reasonable doubt before a court, but the Met’s internal hearing considered only the balance of probabilities.

The policeman, whose name was not released as he has not been charged, met the woman — who is in her early twenties — after she became unwell following a night drinking with friends at a hotel party in Russell Square. The officer took her to a nearby pub where he had been drinking; later, he said he got her a glass of water, after which she vomited. CCTV footage showed the pair embrace. They then went to St Pancras railway station, where the officer was to sleep in a police locker room before going on duty that morning.

She would later claim to have little recollection of events, but that she awoke to find herself being raped. She told police in March last year, and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an investigation. The accused man stated at interview the sex was consensual. The IPCC’s file was passed to the CPS.

Met Commander Mark Simmons said “[t]his officer acted in an intolerable way and it is only right that once such dreadful behaviour was found proven the man was dismissed from the Met.” IPCC Commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne said “[t]he actions of this officer will rightly appal the public as they have appalled me. His behaviour was in my view predatory and he exploited the vulnerability of a young woman. He… took her to police premises and had sex with her without her consent. … His conduct would be contemptible from anyone — from a police officer it is nothing short of despicable.” A Women Against Rape statement called the woman “…very courageous. It is very difficult to report a police officer to the force that the rapist belongs to and we know of a lot of women who are too scared to do that.” The group called the CPS’s actions “outrageous”.

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Wikinews’ overview of the year 2008

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Also try the 2008 World News Quiz of the year.

What would you tell your grandchildren about 2008 if they asked you about it in, let’s say, 20 years’ time? If the answer to a quiz question was 2008, what would the question be? The year that markets collapsed, or perhaps the year that Obama became US president? Or the year Heath Ledger died?

Let’s take a look at some of the important stories of 2008. Links to the original Wikinews articles are in all the titles.

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Ford’s US auto sales spike, surpassing GM

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ford Motor Company said on Tuesday that its sales in the United States rose 43% in February compared to the same period last year, as the automaker outsold rivals Toyota and General Motors.

The strength of our new products … are resonating with customers

Ford said that total sales improved to 142,285 units, compared to 141,951 units sold by GM. Additionally, Ford said that its share of the total US car market rose to 17%, up from 14% a year ago. The increase was better than analysts had predicted, and Ford’s stock rose to a five-year high in morning trading, before declining later in the day. Ford’s sales were significantly influenced by a 74% increase in fleet sales to businesses. Rental car agencies alone accounted for around 30,000 units sold. Sales to retail consumers increased only 28%.

The increases were led by sales of two sedans, the Fusion and Taurus, which rose 166.5 and 93.3% respectively, although sales of other models such as SUVs and pickup trucks also increased. Both models were significantly redesigned last year, and analysts said that improved quality from such cars were driving the increases.

Other companies also reported February sales today, nearly all reporting sales gains as well, although none as large as those of Ford. Toyota was the sole exception to the sales gains, as their sales declined 8.7%, as the company was faced with a global recall during the month that led to a temporary stoppage of production for some models.

“The strength of our new products … are resonating with customers,” said Ken Czubay, Ford’s vice president of sales and marketing. However, he believed that traditional Toyota customers were not buying rival autos, but rather awaiting the results from the recalls.

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Benefits Of Letting Us Guide You Through Your Filing

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Filing for bankruptcy is never an ideal scenario. However, if you are drowning in debt, it may be the right answer. Chances are you are inexperienced in filing for bankruptcy, which makes the situation even more complex due to the fear of making a mistake or doubting whether you are covering all of the bases. For this reason, among others, it is always recommended that individuals hire a bankruptcy attorney. Lawyers have the experience needed to get their client’s debt successfully liquidated. Debtors are encouraged to shop around the multiple amount of bankruptcy attorneys and find a lawyer they feel would represent them appropriately.

Do you think that bankruptcy would benefit you or your business? Let us guide you through the filing process. With many steps and areas that need to be covered in bankruptcy cases, individuals can easily miss something, often having an extremely negative effect on their case. Lawyers who practice in this field are aware all of all the details that apply to these cases and will use this information to their advantage. To be discharged, each client will need to go through a series of steps, all of which the attorney will be able to assist with. These steps include:

  • Analyze the client’s debt and figure out which would go into the bankruptcy claim
  • Determine whether or not the client has property exemptions
  • Determine the petitioner is eligible to file for bankruptcy
  • Collect necessary documentation verifying the debt
  • Fill out bankruptcy forms, which would need to include all debt
  • File the forms at the appropriate courthouse
  • Attend a meeting with a trustee
  • If any objections are made, file accordingly
  • Attend a financial planning course, most of which can be completed online
  • Be discharged

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“Woofstock” dog festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

North America’s largest outdoor dog festival came back to Toronto last weekend for its fifth year. It ran from the 9th of June to the 10th of June at Toronto’s historical St. Lawrence Market. A Wikinews reporter was there on Sunday to report on some of the events that happened on the last day.

The “Woofstock” dog festival attracted as many as 140,000 people with their dogs. The festival had tons of accessories, sold under tents, to buy for dogs; food, toys, designer clothes, and more. About 400 vendors and exhibitors were there to promote their products, which also gave private dog companies or groups a chance to show their new products. The local SPCA and some animal rescues were under tents answering questions from visitors. While walking, all visitors could see the CN Tower and other very tall buildings.

One of the local TV stations, Citytv, was there. They hosted a live event at the show which was broadcast on TV. People came up on the stage and asked questions regarding their dogs and the host and co-host answered them.

A man, who called himself the “Chalk Master”, drew two pictures on pavement with chalk. He did it for free but donations were welcome. One was a picture of a girl’s head beside a dog’s head, and another with a wolf.

“Hello Humans. I’ve been invited here to provide your eyeball(s), with some pretty colours. I don’t get paid as I work this weekend strictly for tips… so, if you like what you see please make a DONATION. If you don’t like it simply reach into the pocket of the person next to you and give me their money. CHALK MASTER.”

A contest called “Canada’s top dog” had its own tent with a professional photographer taking pictures of dogs behind a white screen; the winning photo is to be published on the cover of “Puppy and dog basics” magazine.

Large “Gourmet” dog bones were also served from a cart and table.

Next year’s festival is expected to be bigger and better with even more attractions.

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UK company “seriously considering” GPS tracking devices in school uniforms

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

The leading supplier of school uniforms in the United Kingdom, Lancashire-based manufacturer Trutex, has announced it is “seriously considering” including GPS tracking devices in future ranges of its uniform products after conducting an online survey of both parents and children.

“As a direct result of the survey, we are now seriously considering incorporating a [tracking] device into future ranges” said Trutex marketing director Clare Rix.

The survey questioned 809 parents and 444 children aged nine to 16. It showed that 44% of parents were worried about the safety of pre-teen children, and 59% wanted tracking devices installed in school apparel. 39% of children aged nine to 12 were prepared to wear clothing with tracking devices in them, while teenagers were notably less enthusiastic and more wary of what Trutex has admitted they see as a “big brother” concept.

However, Trutex has claimed the tracking devices would bring about worthwhile benefits, including being a valuable resource for parents who wanted to keep a close eye on where their children were at all times.

“As well as being a safety net for parents, there could be real benefits for schools who could keep a closer track on the whereabouts of their pupils, potentially reducing truancy levels” says Rix.

Each year, Trutex supplies 1 million blouses, 1.1 million shirts, 250,000 pairs of trousers, 20,000 blazers, 60,000 skirts and 110,000 pieces of knitwear to the UK.

It is not the first company to manufacture school uniforms with a central focus on child safety; last week Essex firm BladeRunner revealed it was selling stab-proof school blazers to parents concerned about violence against their children. The blazers were outfitted with Kevlar, a synthetic fibre used in body armour. It has already received orders internationally, including Australia.

If the Trutex tracking devices go ahead, it is unclear where in the uniform they will be located.

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Waterfowl Blinds: Best To Conceal The Duck, Goose Or Waterfowl Hunter

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By Kerry A. Francis

It was not long ago when the waterfowl hunter’s options for waterfowling blinds were few indeed. Bedside’s natural cover, the other common blind was the famous ‘pit’.

For a waterfowl blind ‘natural cover’ is still preferred. First and foremost a natural cover is ‘natural’. Whether as a hunter you are in hiding in cattails along marsh edges, in willow clumps surrounding potholes, behind grasses in flooded timber or in the tall grass along slough margin its all for the same purposes in waterfowl hunting. On the other hand if there is a suitable natural cover available – a convenient place to put a bucket on which to sit and adequate shooting lanes, you may well not even have to erect that hunting blind.

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Today’s commercial production line blinds come in more than several formats. Popular among goose hunters across Canada are so called ‘goose chairs’ , a one man blind that is little more than a modified reclining lawn chair over which a super sized goose shell is hinged. To the birds these waterfowl or specifically goose blinds these look just like the rest of the decoys in your spread. The hunter sits back in the chair and with the goose shell pulled down over his body, and then peers through narrows slits in the shell to watch for the birds. When thee birds are in range the hunter just flips the shell back over his head to shoot. These chairs can be quite effective though somewhat awkward to shoot from, particularly for older hunters who may find it difficult to complete the sit=up required before shooting.

Relatively newer are waterfowl hunting blinds that are little more than modified versions of modern backpacking tents. These consist of camouflaged nylon covers available in a variety of patterns stretched over shock corded aluminum frames. They are easy to erect, light and highly mobile. Depending on their manufacture the can have a number of removable panels or openings through which the hunters shoot. These same blinds can be most effective in fooling those smart birds. On the other side they are somewhat confining and are definitely not for the claustrophobic.

If you are in search of diving ducks including canvasbacks, greater and lesser scaup and redheads, it is best to locate dense beds of submerged food plants such as sago pondweed or celery. This can be difficult if you are not out on the water, but watching for these birds from shore often reveals clues in their preferred feeding sites. If you cannot locate feeding areas opt for points of land that extend well into the lake. These are good spots from which to decoy divers flying between their roosting or loading sites and prime feeding areas.

Lastly there is one of the most effective blind styles available that is generally referred to as the ‘coffin blind’ Though this design has been part of the duck hunter’s world for years, and is the basis for the sneak boat and similar hunting styles, it is only now with the introduction of commercial upland versions of this coffin blind into the marketplace. As the name suggests this type of waterfowl and duck blind has a very low profile replicating the look of a coffin. Based upon the same lightweight frame over which the camouflaged nylon is attached, it features two full length top loading doors that swing open to allow the hunter to swing open and shoot. Coffin blinds have lounge chair like suspension systems within them that allow the hunter’s head to be somewhat inclined. They are actually quite comfortable to lie in, even for extended periods. Pile in a little natural cover around a coffin blind and it virtually disappears, especially from the perspectives of an incoming duck or geese.

What is amazing is the level of camouflage that these professional duck and waterfowl blinds create. The hunter can be virtually impervious and oblivious to the waterfowl around him. That is the whole point of the waterfowl blind to the hunter is it not ?

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Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai discharged from hospital

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Friday, January 4, 2013

The Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for education for girls, was discharged yesterday from the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, England after success in the first stage of her medical treatment.

In October, Yousafzai was shot by Taliban forces on a school bus in Mingora, Swat District, Pakistan. She was given emergency treatment in Pakistan and then flown to Britain for treatment at a specialist unit which deals with injured soldiers.

Dave Rosser, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust medical director, gave a statement about Yousafzai’s release from hospital: “Malala is a strong young woman and has worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery. Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers. She will return to the hospital as an outpatient and our therapies team will continue to work with her at home to supervise her onward care.”

She is due to return to hospital in a few weeks for cranial reconstructive surgery.

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