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Saturday, December 17, 2011

3D mirror gives shoppers a new angle-Gương 3D cho người mua sắm một góc nhìn mới

It's a three dimensional, interactive mirror and it's designed to speed up the process of shopping. Currently on trial in selected boutiques, the mirror allows shoppers to try on the store's clothing without having to try it on at all.. Using four cameras and motion sensors, the mirror displays three dimensional images of the merchandise stored on a built-in computer chip. Shoppers can virtually try on anything they choose, scrolling between images with hand gestures. According to its developers at Chinese tech company, Hangzhou Digital, it's all about skipping the fitting rooms and saving time. Company vice president Lawrence Chen says it's the first of its kind. (SOUNDBITE) Lawrence Chen, Vice President of Hangzhou Digital, saying (Mandarin): "In the early stages, we were researching how to combine and fit virtual things on the images captured. We spent more than a year trying to perfect this and make this technology become our intellectual copyright. From the end of last year, we worked to add the more mature motion detection technology to our augmented reality system." As a novelty, the mirror is certainly attracting attention, but not all customers are impressed. (SOUNDBITE) Lin Meilou, consumer, saying (Mandarin): "If I really like one piece of clothing, I would go try on the real thing. In the machine, I can only see how I look with the clothing, but I do not know the size. So I still have to physically try it on." Hangzhou Digital says it's making improvements to the technology and that hopefully the mirror will bring new sales that are anything but virtual. Kilmeny Duchardt, Reuters.
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No more Wilde kisses-Không hôn Wilde được nữa

He once famously said: "I can resist anything but temptation", and it seems that rang true for his fans as well. For more than 100 years, Oscar Wilde's fans have indelibly left their mark on the Irish poet and playwright's tombstone. Lipstick stains - many of which are water-resistant - have defaced and almost worn out his final resting place. But now Wilde's grave has been completely restored and to keep amorous fans at bay, a glass case has been erected around it. British actor Rupert Everett was on hand at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris on Wednesday (November 30), on the 111th anniversary of Wilde's death. SOUNDBITE: Rupert Everett, British actor, saying (English): "France was the mother of all creativity in the 19th century think he was probably happy being buried in France. He hated England I think probably by the end." The renovated tomb was funded by Irish authorities in a project led by Oscar Wilde's grandson Merlin Holland. It's now also been listed as an historic monument and those damaging it, could face a possible fine. Holland said the new tombstone was a relief.

Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde's Grandson, saying (English): "It's a terribly moving day because it's the combination of many years of worry about how we are going to keep Oscar Wilde's tomb in a state which can honour him." Oscar Wilde died penniless in Paris and his friends organised a quick burial ceremony in Bagneux, a small city outside Paris, where the poor were buried at the time. But the sales of his books collected enough money for them to later buy a burial plot in Paris' famous Pere Lachaise. It also houses the graves of Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and French playwright Moliere. Cindy Martin, Reuters

Robots taking over household chores? - Robot tiếp nhận công việc nhà?

How about a robot to help you out around the house? Or a spare pair of hands in the kitchen? The new Robotville exhibition at London's Science Museum takes a look at the role robots are increasingly playing in our everyday lives. Many of the robots have been developed in European research labs. For instance, development of "Dora the Explorer" is being led by Birmingham University where Nick Hawes is a lecturer. SOUNDBITE: Nick Hawes, Lecturer in Computer Science at Birmingham University, saying (English): "Dora's a curious robot, that can explore her surroundings and build up a map. Once she's got a map she can then do tasks for you like finding objects and navigating round the home. We could start off seeing much sort of smaller versions of this being advances on the current cleaning technology, so hoovering robots, mopping robots, and there's some lawnmowing robots, but you could then incorporate this mapping technology and the exploration technology, so they could find new places to clean, they could find the dirty spot under your sofa, things like that." 2011 marks the 90th anniversary of the first recorded use of the word robot in a play by Czech writer Karel Capek. Robotville showcases robots with different applications - from humanoid ones to ones used to perform surgery. Kat Nilsson is Contemporary Science Manager at the Science Museum. SOUNDBITE: Kat Nilsson, Contemporary Science Manager at the Science Museum, saying (English): "There's some really, really interesting projects going on in Europe that really are cutting edge. If you look at some of the hands, the movement really is lifelike." But robots aren't just for the future. Meet KASPAR - designed to help during therapy for austistic children who aren't really able to interact with the outside world. UPSOUND "Here it's looking mischievous and thinking about things" Dag Syrdal is a researcher at the University of Hertfordshire. SOUNDBITE: Dag Syrdal, Researcher at the University of Hertfordshire, saying (English): "Interacting with a human over time can be stressful and tiring, and so what KASPAR becomes is a safe middle object, a mediator, from which the therapist can then interact with the child through it by using human-like emotions, but they're not real human emotions, so they're easier to relate to for the child and through that they can learn how to interact better with other humans." Robots are already helping us to learn more and do less. Developers say it'll be a long time before they're doing all our chores - but these exhibits demonstrate Europe's leading role in robot research and design. Joanna Partridge, Reuters

Cat inherits 10 million euro - Mèo thừa kế 10 triệu euro

These Roman cats have just had some good news. One of their feline friends, Tommaso, has struck it rich. Tommaso, or "Tommasino", how he's affectionately known, is the lucky heir of ten million Euro (ten million USD). The cat was left the money by his owner Assunta after her death. And that's not all. He also inherited a manor in an elegant suburb on the outskirts of Rome, two apartments in Rome and Milan, various current accounts and a piece of land in Calabria, in the south of Italy. Apparently childless, the woman chose her cat as beneficiary of her belongings. Rome residents were sceptical about the cat owner's decision. SOUNDBITE Liliana Carbonara, Rome resident, saying (Italian) "I would have never done it for a cat. Not for cats. I would have left something for the cats and the rest would have gone to people in need. I can't accept something like that." SOUNDBITE Luca Gianni, Rome resident, saying (Italian): "Evidently her neighbours weren't very nice. At least the cat probably deserves it." Just what Tommasino is going to do with money and property is unknown. For the moment , he's keeping a low profile, avoiding all the publicity. Mirja Mey, Reuters

Santa-clad cop plays in traffic-Santa cảnh sát trên đường phố

Looking like a cross between Santa Claus and Michael Jackson, traffic officer, Ramiro Hinojas takes to his stage - a busy intersection in Manila. SOUNDBITE: Dancing Santa cop, Ramiro Hinojas, saying (Filipino): "I'm doing this to give joy to the people, so they won't get tired while waiting for the stop light." The diminutive enforcer came up with the boogying Santa idea when he noticed that many motorists ignore his directions, even challenge his authority. But his eccentric routine brought motorists into line - and they're entertained. SOUNDBITE: Jeepney driver, Abel Cabarag, saying (Filipino): "He's good with traffic. He manages to lighten the congestion." SOUNDBITE: Shuttle service driver Richard Sehat, saying (Filipino): "That is the kind of traffic enforcer who is patient, diligent and industrious." But Hinojas's jolly demeanor doesn't mean drivers can break the law. SOUNDBITE: Dancing Santa cop, Ramiro Hinojas, saying (Filipino): "We have our rules. If someone violates traffic laws, I have to give them a ticket even if I'm Santa Claus." Hinojas perfects his moves in front of his kids every night - and after two years of performing, Manila's dancing cop may soon also become an Internet sensation. Tara Cleary, Reuters.

Rent-A-Reindeer for Christmas - Thuê Tuần lộc chơi Giáng sinh

Originally from Sweden - now home for these reindeer is a farm in rural England. They belong to Angie and Martin Flint who run a reindeer rental business called Real Reindeer. They started the firm six years ago and Martin, a former policeman, says it's gone from strength to strength. SOUNDBITE: Martin Flint, Real Reindeer, saying (English): "Sales are up in the region of 25% in what's been a difficult trading year for a lot of people. I think its' a growing awareness, it's a new business, having reindeer and renting them out for events and for marketing and entertainment and I think there's just a growing awareness of it and more people wanting to have it." Customers range from private individuals to business owners and even the prime minister. Angie and Martin's reindeer made an appearance at David Cameron's London residence as his family hosted a children's Christmas party inside No.10. SOUNDBITE: Angie Flint, Real Reindeer, saying (English): "Children can go and see Santa Claws in a Grotto but a lot of the children can be really frightened, with reindeer they've got this magical quality, the big eyes, the soft noses and they're just lovely animals and I think that really brings in the magic." That's exactly what Sam Hutchins thought when she booked Matty and Ingar to appear outside her baby shop Honey Kitten. It's a new business and Sam is hoping the reindeer will leave a lasting impression on customers. SOUNDBITE: Sam Hutchins, owner of Honeykitten babyware shop, saying (English): "Nothing says Christmas more than reindeers and we needed something that would be enough of a draw or something that was going to be a bit different rather than have a santa or an event with mince pies or hot chocolate." But they're not cheap. Prices start from £500 depending on time and location. SOUNDBITE: Sam Hutchins, owner of Honeykitten babyware shop, saying (English): "I've committed my next 6 months advertising budget to the reindeer because if we manage to pull it off and we do get people along here I personally think that would be worth 6 months of advertising in a local newspaper." Angie and Martin seem to have hit on the latest must have seasonal accessory. They're fully booked until Christmas - it's a good job the real Santa has his own reindeer herd. Hayley Platt Reuters.

The Smurfs cement their legacy in Hollywood-Smurfs lưu dấu vết lại ở Hollywood

It was a blue day in Hollywood as The Smurfs were honored on Tuesday (December 13) with a handprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre - cementing their Hollywood legacy along the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame. Papa Smurf, Smurfette and Clumsy Smurf were on hand for the ceremony, that included the traditional imprinting of their hands into cement. The Smurfs were first introduced to the world in 1958 as comic book characters and over the next fifty years have come to life in books, television, films, and video games. The characters' cross-generational appeal has only grown as children who grew up on The Smurfs are now parents themselves and introducing their children to The Smurfs for the first time. The Smurfs are also celebrating the recent release of an an all-new mini movie, "The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol," exclusive to the 3-Disc Holiday Blu-ray and DVD gift set that is now on sale for the holidays. John Russell, Reuters.

Liz Taylor couture soars to $2.6 million (USD) at auction-Thời trang cao cấp của Liz Taylor có giá $ 2,6 triệu (USD) tại cuộc đấu giá

After Tuesday's record breaking auction, Elizabeth Taylor continues to draw in global audiences. A day after some of the Hollywood icon's finest jewellery sold for $116 million (USD), items from the former actress's couture wardrobe also went under the hammer in New York to an enthusiastic response. Despite not matching the frenzy that prevailed on Tuesday, the $2.6 million (USD) sale total was still about 10 times the pre-sale estimate. One of the actress' Christian Dior evening gowns eventually sold for 70 times more the estimated price. Andrea Fiuczynski, President of Christie's in L.A, believes it wasn't just Taylor's star power that drove the sale. SOUNDBITE: Andrea Fiuczynski, President of Christie's Los Angeles, saying (English): "So to have silks and metallic threads that were still in condition as if they had been made yesterday but were actually made in the 60s and done in the 60s and hadn't faded or really been exposed to any kind of extreme elements, I think all of this -- the condition, the provenance, obviously having been worn by her, the rarity of it all, all of that combines into extraordinary prices paid. Everyone wants a piece of Elizabeth Taylor and heightened by the fact that you can buy something and walk away with something truly amazing." The evening's top lot ended up being an Andy Warhol lithograph of Taylor which fetched $662,500 (USD). The results - a testament to Taylor's iconic status, according to the auctioneer. SOUNDBITE: Andrea Fiuczynski, President of Christie's Los Angeles, saying (English): "I think it's also testimony to her legacy as a philanthropist, a humanitarian, an activist, an Oscar winning actor, a woman with incredible style and amazing eye for jewellery and gem stones. A businesswoman, a mother, a grandmother, a wife -- I think although that comes into play. And all of us who grew up with Elizabeth Taylor, whether it's people who would have been her peers and were children when she was a child actor in National Velvet. Or people who are just discovering her now -- when you think about it, there really isn't anyone, any celebrity, any one person now who does everything she did." Taylor died of congestive heart failure aged 79 in March this year. Items from her estate continue to go under the hammer, with a memorabilia and fine arts sale due and more online auctions of some 1,000 lower-priced items taking place as well. Kathi Urban, Reuters
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Jyoti Amge becomes the world’s shortest woman - Jyoti Amge ngượi phụ nữ thấp nhất hành tinh

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Year in 60 seconds: 2011 - Sự kiện năm 2011 trong 60 giây

Dive like a dolphin with the Flyboard jet-pack-Lặn như cá heo với máy phản lực Flyboard

Jet-ski racer Franky Zapata shows off his latest invention: a water-powered jet-pack that promises to have extreme sports enthusiasts leaping for joy. The Flyboard allows the truly courageous to dive in and out of the water like a dolphin. They operate it by placing their feet into shoes attached to powerful jets. The jets suck ocean water through a hose attached to a jetski, before blasting it back out again. With the help of stabilising hand-guided nozzles, users can leap up to 30 feet in the air. Frenchman Zapata has already been bombarded with interest from thrill-seekers. Unfortunately, the hobby doesn't come cheap. A Flyboard will set you back almost 100,000 US dollars. But for those with money to burn, it will surely be worth taking the plunge. Jim Drury, Reuters

'Barefoot Bandit' brought to book - Tướng cướp chân không ra tòa bóc lịch

Colton Harris-Moore became notorious as the Barefoot Bandit during a crime spree across nine U.S. states and British Columbia in Canada. The 20-year-old gained his nickname after shoeless footprints were found at the scene of some of his crimes. On Friday his criminal career was finally at an end as he pleaded guilty to more than 30 charges at a court in Washington state. He's already admitted further offences in June when he appeared before a U.S. federal court. The high-school dropout is a self-taught pilot who made his get-away in stolen planes, cars and boats after breaking into dozens of homes. His two-year crime spree began after he escaped from a juvenile detention centre in 2008. He was captured last year in the Bahamas after crash-landing one of the planes he stole. After months of legal bargaining Harris-Moore has agreed not to profit from his crimes. He's also signed a movie deal in which 1. 3 million dollars will be used to compensate his victims. He'll be sentenced later. Paul Chapman, Reuters

Philippines counts storm dead - Philippines đếm nạn nhân tử vong do bão

Nearly 180 people lost their lives when typhoon Washi smashed into the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. It's feared the figure will rise. Some perished in landslides triggered by heavy rain. Most drowned as flash floods swept into homes while the occupants were sleeping. Many more are unaccounted for.
Unidentified villager saying (Cebuano): "We found two bodies here, and three more over there. We are still looking for the bodies in the nearby Cavaliero village." The storm was gusting up to 90 kilometres an hour. Troops and police launched an operation to recover the bodies of the casualties and evacuate people from their homes. Authorities say about 100, 000 people have been forced to flee. Some houses were completely swept away. The category 1 typhoon was expected to head out to the South China sea by Sunday. Paul Chapman, Reuters