Newscube for YOU

Welcome to News Cube. It is where I post news that I find interesting from around the world. From commonly-emailed around jokes, odd news, amazing pictures, and just many random stuff will be posted on this site.

Hope you enjoy reading it :)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Interesting shapes caught on Google Earth

Not many people have known what Google Earth really is. If they do, still many of them do not use it. For those who don't know, Google Earth is a software that lets you have satellite view of any place you want. You get 3D bird's eye view of anything on earth. You can locate your own house and see the roof top. You can see almost anything.

Amazingly and evidently-true is that there are incredible, strange and unbelievable shapes that you can find through Google Earth. Sometimes, shapes that are just seem impossible for human to make, like the crop circle for instance.

Here I found a few of interesting shapes found on Google Earth. Take a look:

A Lion shape on a green pasture
Location: Dunstable Rd in Buckinghamshire HP4, UK (51°50'53.12"N 0°33'14.63"W)

Horse shape (51°39'1.59"N 3°15'24.42"W)

'Jesus Loves You' somewhere in Idaho (43°38'46.09"N 115°59'35.81"W)

White horse outline (51° 6'5.79"N 1° 8'26.09"E)
Location: Cheriton Hill, Folkestone, UK

Palm-shaped islands in Dubai ( 25° 5'39.14"N 55° 1'31.63"E)

I give you the coordinates of the locations so you can open it on Google Earth.

It is up to you to believe if it's true or not. I know the palm-shaped islands in Dubai are real. But I cannot confirm the other pictures.

More strange objects/shape will be posted here so come back again next time.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Heavyweight Cat Boxing!

This is very creative. At first I thought the commentator's voice was a ripped audio from a real match but it's not! He (whoever he is) actually did it specifically for this match. Wish I have that much spare time to do things like this.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fastest Internet Connection at 40Gb/s!!!

Published: 12 Jul 07 11:07 CET

A 75 year old woman from Karlstad in central Sweden has been thrust into the IT history books - with the world's fastest internet connection.

Sigbritt Löthberg's home has been supplied with a blistering 40 Gigabits per second connection, many thousands of times faster than the average residential link and the first time ever that a home user has experienced such a high speed.

But Sigbritt, who had never had a computer until now, is no ordinary 75 year old. She is the mother of Swedish internet legend Peter Löthberg who, along with Karlstad Stadsnät, the local council's network arm, has arranged the connection.

"This is more than just a demonstration," said network boss Hafsteinn Jonsson.

"As a network owner we're trying to persuade internet operators to invest in faster connections. And Peter Löthberg wanted to show how you can build a low price, high capacity line over long distances," he told The Local.

Sigbritt will now be able to enjoy 1,500 high definition HDTV channels simultaneously. Or, if there is nothing worth watching there, she will be able to download a full high definition DVD in just two seconds.

The secret behind Sigbritt's ultra-fast connection is a new modulation technique which allows data to be transferred directly between two routers up to 2,000 kilometres apart, with no intermediary transponders.

According to Karlstad Stadsnät the distance is, in theory, unlimited - there is no data loss as long as the fibre is in place.

"I want to show that there are other methods than the old fashioned ways such as copper wires and radio, which lack the possibilities that fibre has," said Peter Löthberg, who now works at Cisco.

Cisco contributed to the project but the point, said Hafsteinn Jonsson, is that fibre technology makes such high speed connections technically and commercially viable.

"The most difficult part of the whole project was installing Windows on Sigbritt's PC," said Jonsson.

Mobile phone battery dead? Try dancing

LONDON (Reuters) - What do you do if you are stuck in a field at a pop festival but there's trouble ahead because your mobile phone's battery is about to run out?

Thanks to a new gizmo, you now just need to face the music and dance.

Mobile phone operator Orange said on Tuesday it had teamed up with GotWind, a firm specializing in renewable energy, to produce a recharger powered by dance energy alone.

The portable kinetic energy chargers will be given a test run at this year's Glastonbury Festival, the world's biggest greenfield music and arts celebration that begins on a farm in Somerset on Friday.

Orange said the prototype chargers weigh the same as a phone and are about the size of a pack of cards.

Attached to the user's arm, they employ a system of weights and magnets which provide an electric current to top up charge in a storage battery. This can then later be used to recharge the phone.

"We wanted to create a fun, engaging and interactive product which would encourage users to have a laugh while charging their mobile phone and at the same time test out a new energy-efficient prototype," said Hattie Magee, Head of Partnerships at Orange UK.