Aventador Lp 700 4 Lamborghini, Not a bad present, eh?.The hot buzz floating around today is that Kim Kardashian bought her boyfriend, Kanye West, a $750,000 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 for his birthday. He turned 35 on Friday.
TMZ posted photos of the sleek, black car that Kanye hasn’t seen up close yet because he’s in Ireland on the Watch the Throne tour.
TMZ says Kim took a video of the car to screened it for him in Ireland.
Kanye hasn’t mentioned the car but has mentioned his birthday, tweeting yesterday: “Thanks for all my fans. I am tweeting under the stage while Jay is rapping in Dublin on my birthday. You guys make all my dreams possible.” (USA Today)
Five Car Fixes You Can Easily Do Yourself, You don’t need to replace the whole headlight unit to remove built-up haze.As cars have become more advanced over time, it has been increasingly difficult for enterprising owners to perform basic maintenance and repairs. While some jobs do require professional expertise and pricey tools, there are still many things that a handy owner can do to keep a car running in top shape and save money in the process.
Below are a few tips from our automotive experts.
1) Treating hazy headlight lenses. Modern headlight assemblies usually have clear plastic covers that can grow hazy over the years from exposure to the elements. To save the expense of changing the whole headlight reflector assembly, you can use a restoration kit, usually consisting of abrasive cloths and a special finishing liquid. Some kits are applied with elbow grease, while others call for an electric drill.
2) Windshield wipers. You can extend the life of wiper blades by keeping them clean. Wipe off the rubber edge with a paper towel moistened with glass cleaner, or water and a little dish soap. Wiper blades don’t last long. In our tests we’ve found that six months is about the best you can expect a set of wiper blades to stay in top form.
3) Wash and wax your car. Giving your car a good cleaning helps preserve the paint by removing road grime and residues that can eat through the finish. The time spent hand washing a car gives you a close-up view of every body panel, so you can spot scratches, chips, and dings you may not have otherwise noticed. To maintain a quality shine, periodically apply car wax. A spray wax is best suited to weekly or special-occasion applications. Other waxes can be used less frequently, every 2-3 months. (ConsumerReports)
Mirror Eliminates Blind Spots For Drivers, A professor designs a surface that acts like thousands of tiny disco balls but doesn’t distort your view.Ever since Ray Harroun first bolted a mirror to his car so he could see what was behind him during the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911, drivers looking back have had to deal with the blind spot where the mirror couldn’t reach. Many automakers offer cameras and even radar to monitor that spot, but a new mirror developed by a Drexel University professor could offer a stunning and safer view without electronics — and it’s closer than it appears.
The mirrors on the driver’s side of every modern car have a field of view of about 15 to 17 degrees wide — the angle between two adjacent numbers on a clock face — offering a narrow slice of what’s going on behind the car. It’s easy enough to make a mirror that curves for a wider field of view, as passenger-side mirrors do, but that curve distorts the image, which is why passenger side mirrors always warn riders that objects are closer than they appear.
Blind spots remain one of the larger dangers posed to drivers; a 2008 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated that if all cars were equipped with some kind of blind spot monitoring system, the nation would be spared 457,000 crashes a year. But such systems have only begun to filter down from luxury vehicles, and previous studies have shown it takes up to two decades for a new safety feature to spread through the majority of cars on the road.
Andrew R. Hicks, a mathematics professor at Drexel, came up with a compromise that doesn’t require video cameras. Instead of bending the mirror like a piece of paper, Hicks says he designed a surface that acts like thousands of tiny disco balls, whose reflections are focused by a new algorithm “so that each ray of light bouncing off the mirror shows the driver a wide, but not-too-distorted, picture of the scene behind him.”
Survey Facebook Bored, Are you just not as drawn to the social network comings and goings of your friends and family as you once were? If so, you’re not alone: According to a new poll by Reuters and research firm Ipsos, roughly one-third of Facebook users are feeling pretty “meh” about the social network these days, and the sentiment seems to be growing.
The survey focused more on the potential monetization of Facebook than current user habits, but the data was telling in several ways. According to the poll of over 1,000 Americans, 80% of Facebook users have never purchased a product or service because of what they saw on the site, meaning that whatever advertising techniques companies are currently employing to grab your cash simply isn’t working.
Unsurprisingly, the survey found that users between the ages of 18 and 34 were the most active, while just 29% of people over 55 considered themselves regular users. Unfortunately, people who spend a great deal of time on the network are often victims of what the researchers call “Facebook fatigue,” leading them to spend less and less time checking in with friends and browsing the profiles of their peers. What do you think? Have your Facebook habits changed? Let us know in the comments. (Bangladesh News)
Bored Facebook Users, Is Facebook boring? For 34 percent of users of the social network polled by Reuters and Ipsos, the answer is a resounding “yes.” More than a third of respondents in the online poll said they were spending less time on Facebook than they did six months ago. Their chief complaint was that the site was “boring,” “not relevant” or “not useful,” according to Reuters.
The poll, taken of 1,032 Americans between May 31 and June 4, included people both with and without a Facebook account. Only about 20 percent said they did not have an account on the social network.
Two out of five respondents said they still log onto Facebook daily, and half said they spend the same amount of time there now as they did six months ago.
Ray Valdes, an*n*lyst with Gartner, an IT research and advisory firm, said Facebook is showing difficulty keeping users engaged for long periods of time.
“Facebook continuously has the challenge of Facebook fatigue, of the novelty factor wearing off, and therefore they have to introduce new kinds of interaction,” he told Reuters.
Among those new interactions are the controversial new “Timeline” format of displaying profile pages and the deal to acquire Instagram for $1 billion and integrate its features within Facebook.
The poll is troubling news for Facebook a month after the Menlo Park, Calif.-based tech giant filed a $16 billion IPO. The stock is down nearly 30 percent since its May 18 debut on the Nasdaq.
In fact, Facebook’s stock market performance is making 46 percent of the respondents to Reuters’ survey wary of investing in the market in the future.
Facebook’s stock market slide also led 44 percent to say they have a less favorable view of the social networking site. (International Business Times)
NASA New Discovery, NASA scientists investigating the Arctic Ocean have discovered blooms of microscopic plantlike organisms thriving beneath the ice that were previously hidden from scientists and the rest of the world.
These findings will help scientists understand the consequences of the rapidly changing Arctic climate and could provide important clues to understand the changes in the polar ecosystem, said NASA in a press release.
In the ICESCAPE (Impacts of Climate on EcoSystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment) project, researchers explored and sampled the area below the ice on the Chukchi Sea continental shelf north of Siberia. According to the study, they found that “phytoplankton biomass was extremely high, about fourfold greater than in open water,” reported AFP.
Part of NASA’s mission is pioneering scientific discovery, and this is like finding the Amazon rainforest in the middle of the Mojave Desert,” said Paula Bontempi, NASA’s ocean biology and biogeochemistry program manager in Washington, in a statement. “We embarked on ICESCAPE to validate our satellite ocean-observing data in an area of the Earth that is very difficult to get to. We wound up making a discovery that hopefully will help researchers and resource managers better understand the Arctic.”
Scientists had believed that phytoplankton grew underneath the Arctic Ocean only as sea life moved to new areas during the summer months. But now the thinning of the ice, scientists believe, is allowing more sunlight to reach the water, creating new plant blooms. (International Business Times)