Time Magazine’s Pistorius Cover

This week’s Time magazine has one of those striking cover images that bears all the hallmarks of being one that will live on for years to come.

Though “Man. Superman. Gunman” refers, quite obviously, to Oscar Pistoriusthe very lengthy article considers the wider topic of South Africa‘s culture of violence

The magazine’s Africa bureau chief, Alex Perry, takes an in-depth look at the country’s complicated history with race relations, inequality and violence.

It also happens to be Time’s 90th anniversary: it was launched on 3 March 1923. Joel Stein wishes the magazine a, sort of, happy birthday here.


Samsung Galaxy S4 Specs Rumors: Eight-Core Exynos 5 Still On, But U.S. Will Get Snapdragon


Yesterday rumors reported that the Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t have the revolutionary new specs analysts had hoped it would have. Power issues and production shortfalls seem to be keeping Samsung from using its in-house Exynos 5 eight-core chipset or full HD AMOLED screen.

Now an analyst at JP Morgan says he thinks Samsung will produce two versions of the Galaxy S IV — one with the Exynos chipset for the European market, and another with a more conventional Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for the American market.

<img src="http://ad.doubleclick.net/ad/33u.latinos/artcl;poz=artclmid;sz=250×250;ord=123456789?" border="0" alt=”In a note to clients concerning TSMC (the chip foundry that manufactures Qualcomm’s chipsets), Rick Hsu says that the he expects Samsung to offer at least two distinct versions of the Galaxy S4,” writes Android Authority. “One version will be equipped with the Samsung-made Exynos 5 Octa processor and will be made available in the European markets. The other version, bound for North America, will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor.”

Of course, this is an analyst taking an educated guess, not an insider leaking information, and it’s just a rumor, albeit a very plausible and sensible-sounding one. Samsung released two versions of the Galaxy S III after all, and there have been previous reports of production shortfalls in Samsung processer factories — a shortfall that would be dealt with even if only half of Galaxy S IVs end up with Exynos.

Still, some caveats remain. “First, several previous reports have indicated that Samsung has given up on its plans to use the Exynos 5 Octa on the Galaxy S4, due to technical difficulties,” writes Android Authority. In fact, a SamMobile article we referenced yesterday said just that.

“Moreover, why would Samsung choose to have a different version in Europe? LTE is expected to boom in Europe in 2013, with carrier rollouts in most countries on the continent,” continues Android Authority. “That means Samsung needs to offer LTE for the European versions of the Galaxy S4, to capitalize on the growth of the new standard. But this year, Samsung doesn’t need a Qualcomm SoC to offer LTE; the living proof is the Galaxy Note 2, which has LTE and an Exynos system on a chip.”

All good points. Hopefully we’ll have some clarification before the launch event on Mar. 14.

Scary Creature Pulled From New Jersey River


When it comes to stocking up on material for nightmares, it’s hard to beat this photo of what appears to be a monstrous sea lamprey.

Reddit user jlitch uploaded the picture in mid-February with the deceptively innocent tagline, “Friend… caught this fishing in NJ.”

According to a set Facebook photos, this eellike creature was caught in the Raritan River, somewhere in northern New Jersey.

Perhaps most frightening, the rings teeth of displayed in the photo have a very clear purpose: Sea lampreys latch onto their prey, then secrete digestive fluids that slowly eat away and break down the host. The Great Lakes Fishery Commission reports a sea lamprey can be expected to kill upwards of 40 pounds of fish over the course of its life. Survival rates for particular species of host fish can be as low as 15 percent.

Unfortunately, we can’t be completely certain this photo really does depict a sea lamprey. “The photo doesn’t allow counting of gill openings (seven per side for sea lampreys), but based on size alone, this does appear to be a sea lamprey,” a New York Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman told Outside Magazine, according to the New York Daily News.

The species typically grows to 2.5 feet in length, but some sea lampreys have been documented at sizes of up to 3 feet long, reports the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Sea lampreys are a native to the Atlantic Ocean and are found along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and the coast of Europe, as well as in the Great Lakes, where it is considered an invasive species.

The New York Daily News adds that appearances of sea lampreys in New Jersey have increased recently, as officials have begun to remove old dams, thus easing the creature’s progress upriver.

Oscars 2013 Predictions

Get your popcorn ready and put your butt on the couch: we’re just hours away from the 2013 Oscars!

The 85th annual Academy Awards get underway in Hollywood this evening, and the final results are anyone’s guess. Will Ben Affleck‘s “Argo” continue its awards-season winning streak into Oscar night, or will a certain history-making world-leader pull an upset? Can anybody stop Daniel Day-Lewis from taking home a record-breaking third Best Actor trophy? (A Daniel Day-Lewis clone does not count.) Most importantly, will Seth MacFarlane pull off what other recent Oscar hosts could not — a legitimately entertaining evening of television?

That last question aside, let’s take a look at all of the major nominees. Here are my predictions for the 2013 Academy Awards.

Best Picture
Who Should Win: “Argo”
Who Will Win: “Argo”

Best Actor
Who Should Win: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Who Will Win: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”

Best Actress
Who Should Win: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Who Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Supporting Actor
Who Should Win: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Who Will Win: Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Supporting Actress
Who Should Win: Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”
Who Will Win: Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”

Best Director
Who Should Win: Ben Affleck, “Argo” (despite not receiving a nomination)
Who Will Win: Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”

Best Original Song
Who Should Win: “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Who Will Win: “Suddenly” from “Les Misérables,” by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Who Should Win: “Lincoln,” written by Tony Kushner
Who Will Win: “Argo,” written by Chris Terrio

Best Original Screenplay
Who Should Win: “Zero Dark Thirty,” written by Mark Boal
Who Will Win: “Zero Dark Thirty,” written by Mark Boal

Don’t forget to tune in for the Oscars red carpet live stream on MTV.com.

eBay: Haunted Mirror Sells For $155

 An antique mirror managed to scare up $155 U.S. in a recent eBay auction despite — or perhaps because of — claims that it might be haunted.

The two sellers — Joseph Birch, 20, and Sotiris Charalambous, 43 — claim they acquired the allegedly haunted mirror when their landlord put it in a dumpster outside their London home about five months ago. Since then, the duo claim they’ve suffered a streak of bad luck, including financial problems and illness according to the Daily Mail.

The duo claim that since they took possession of the mirror, they’ve woken up“screaming in pain,” felt “a sense of impending doom,” and spotted “flickering shadows” reflected in it, MSNnow.com reported, adding that the final straw was when one of the owners woke up “covered in deep red scratches.”

The two recently decided to get rid of the bad luck mirror by auctioning it off on eBay,but making sure to fully disclose its paranormal properties. It’s a good thing there was no profit motive reflected in the eBay posting, but there was only one bid for the item and it was for the original price posted by the two men.

The buyer’s name has not been released.

Oatmeal Craisins Chocolate Chunk Cookies


2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 5-ounce package Ocean Spray® Craisins® Original Dried Cranberries
2/3 cup white or semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chips


Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter or margarine and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well. Combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition. Stir in dried cranberries and chocolate chunks.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.

Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen cookies.