Wednesday, December 7, 2016

"FIFA 17" In Danger of Losing Support

One video game may have to deal with a possible setback in one of the most lucrative markets in the world after a group of Russian MPs (members of parliament) want to its use after it was accused of promoting 'gay propaganda.'

Soccer simulation "FIFA 17" is one of game developer EA's most popular titles. The studio recently sparked the ire of Russian MPs by offering the unwanted rainbow-colored kits (uniforms) even if nobody wanted it as an optional download. The kits aren’t part of the core gameplay and are only intended to be a symbolic gesture to ram the despicable 'Rainbow Laces Campaign' down on everyone's throat. The campaign was aimed at promoting gayism in sports.

According to a report by The Guardian (originally from Russian newspaper Izvestia) Russian MPs have contacted the Roskomnadzor (Russia’s FCC, essentially) to say the game "invites users to support the English football premier league’s Rainbow Laces action, a massive campaign to promote LGBT behavior on everyone, including animals." The MPs want the Roskomnadzor to look into possible violations and ensure EA — the studio behind the successful series — isn’t breaking any laws.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Lena Dunham Too Sick To See Fans

Lena Dunham
During Black Friday shopping spree, many Americans were sleeping off their turkey dinners. Lena Dunham, on the other hand, took a sick day over the weekend, canceling a book signing due to illness.

A fan, however, was having none of it, and took to Twitter to tell Dunham as much — leading the actress to share the tweet, and her personal reaction to it, on Instagram.

In it, the fan appropriately sick-shamed Dunham, undermining her for not feeling well by asserting that illness is no excuse for canceling a book signing, especially since the fan herself was back at work, she claims, a mere six days after giving birth via C-section.

Dunham who was actively criticizing Donald Trump during the campaign period, got irritated that somebody criticized her. She said it made her really think about "how dark it is that our culture prizes these speedy recovery narratives" — especially since, Dunham asserted, heralding such narratives is nothing more than a token gesture that helps perpetuate a cover-up of the fact that women in the United States "don’t have proper maternity leave or medical and family care resources."

Despite her attempt to deflect the issues, one thing is clear. Dunham is pissed that somebody criticized her absence, but she did not hold her mouth when she criticized Trump. This one begs one question: When is she moving out of the United States?

Monday, December 5, 2016

Kendall Jenner's Complicated Footwear

Kendall's Footwear
Kendall Jenner gave everyone something to ponder when she stepped out in Paris today wearing some very complicated footwear. Style bloggers were wondering what is that on her legs.

Kendall is in France with the rest of the Victoria’s Secret models preparing to strut her stuff in the brand's annual fashion show and donned a très chic, mostly black outfit: a cozy fur coat, studded crossbody bag, cutoff denim shorts, a pair of oversize shades, and what at first glance looked like over-the-knee leather boots.

Upon closer inspection, though, Kendall's thigh-highs appear to actually be woven leather Christian Louboutin ankle boots - the "Andaloulou" style (which retail for US$ 1,995, if you are interested and flush with cash) - layered under some sort of leg ~sleeve~ or, perhaps, leather chaps?

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Why This Wedding Gift Has Congressional Plate?

BMW Gift with 8 Plate Number
A few days ago, Actress Karel Marquez tied the knot with her fiancé, Sean Fariñas, at the Sanctuario de San Antonio Forbes Park in Makati.

Everything about the couple looked stunning and classy with a flood of white lace gown and navy blue tuxedo. the ceremony was also dotted with high-profile personalities in both the showbiz and political industry.

But what stood out are not the crowd, the ceremony nor the ambiance. It what Marquez supposedly gave Fariñas - a BMW sedan as a wedding gift.

There is nothing wrong about giving your partner something as precious and expensive as a high-end car, but why is it sporting a plate number "8"? Are either of the couple working in Congress?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Huawei's Problem in the U.S.

In the IBTimes report, Ken Manbert Salcedo said that Huawei's security concerns are stopping it from succeeding in the United States.

The Chinese electronics manufacturer may be the third largest in the world, but it looks like the company is facing a huge challenge in convincing U.S. carriers to support the smartphone, and this could certainly hamper Huawei’s effort in penetrating the market.

Over 80 percent of smartphones in the U.S. are distributed by mobile network carriers in the country. Huawei is is the third largest phone maker in terms of shipments just behind Samsung and Apple. Carriers partnering with Huawei seems like a good idea, and yet U.S. carriers are reluctant to work with the manufacturer because of its low brand recognition in the country and security concerns with Huawei’s networking equipment, sources told the Wall Street Journal.

Back in 2012, U.S. Congress recommended that carriers shouldn't use network equipment from Huawei as it might be a means for China to spy on American citizens. Huawei denied the accusations against them, but it hasn’t stopped carriers from worrying about potential spying by Beijing authority, according to Android Headlines.

Mobile chips being used by Huawei currently don’t comply with the cellular standard used by Verizon and Sprint. If the company tries to change its chips, it would be too costly. T-Mobile is also currently in a patent dispute with Huawei, making a partnership between the two nearly impossible. The only hope that the company has is AT&T which Huawei has already had talks with. There’s no word yet on a deal being made between the two.