Friday, October 21, 2011

20 things you didn't know Obama's Cadillac One

1 - Power comes from a 6.5-litre diesel engine that's fitted with a supercharger to help haul this beast around. Yet despite this mammoth power plant, the top speed is only 60mph and it takes around 15 seconds to reach this.

2 - It is based on a GM truck chassis and weighs a staggering 6,350kg. To put that in context, the Rolls-Royce Phantom, one of the biggest cars on the road, weighs a paltry 2,550kg in comparison. This will be why the Obamobile only averages 8mpg.

3 - A lot of the weight comes from the Armour protection. The body is made up of steel, aluminum, titanium and ceramic.

4 - The glass is five-inches thick and only the windscreen opens, to allow the driver to talk to secret service running alongside or to pay a toll. It is also hermetically sealed to secure it from chemical attack.

5 - Should the worst happen, The Beast has its own oxygen supply.

6 - The military-grade Armour means the doors are eight-inches thick and weigh as much as a Boeing 747's.

7 - The doors are so thick that Obama can't hear any outside noise, so speakers are built in to play the ambient sound of the crowd.

8 - The underside is reinforced with a Kevlar mat to protect Caddy One from bomb attacks.

9 - The fuel tank is leak proof and filled with special foam that prevents it from exploding, even in a direct hit.

10 - There are two holes in the front bumper that can emit tear gas and fire smoke grenades.

11 - There is also an infrared video system for the driver to drive through smoke and night vision cameras for driving in darkness without lights.

12 - Cadillac One normally flies two flags, the American flag and the Presidential Standard, which are lit up at night with LEDs. When Obama is on a state visit, the Presidential Standard is replaced by the flag of the country he is visiting.

13 - The Beast has a firefighting system located in the boot.

14 - Also in the boot is a bank of the president's blood that iscarried at all times and when he goes out an ambulance always follows close behind.

15 - Obama gets a presidential limo built to this specification every four years and the old ones are handed down to vice presidents and visiting heads of state.

16 - The Obamobile can seat seven, with two seats up front, three rear-facing ones in the middle, and two at the very back, one for the president and the other for a guest.

17 - Inside, Obama isn't deprived of his creature comforts; a 10-disc CD player is among the features, as well as sophisticated electronic communications with direct phones to the White House and internal Internet.

18 - Defence systems include a pump-action shotgun in a compartment beside the driver.

19 - The tyres are reinforced with Kevlar and can run when flat. If the tyres are missing, the steel rims have been designed to allow the car to keep on driving at Speed.

20 - Unlike previous presidential cars, Caddy One has no specific model name.

World's Slimmest Smartphone - Motorola Droid Razr

The Razr is back - Motorola Mobility, in collaboration with Verizon Wireless, has come up with a new smartphone 'Droid Razr' that the company claims is the world's slimmest smartphone. The 7.1 mm thin phone has a Gorilla glass screen for scratch resistance. It is powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor.

The Droid Razr has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display and is said to be the first smartphone capable of streaming movies and TV shows in HD through Netflix.

The phone is powered by Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) operating system. It features 1GB RAM for a fast user interface and multi-tasking.

The smartphone sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p HD video capture and image stabilisation technology for better video quality.

It also has a front-facing HD camera for video chat over 4G LTE, 3G or Wi-Fi. The phone is 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capable so that users can share 4G LTE speed with up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices.

The smartphone offers 32 GB memory - 16 GB on board and 16 GB microSD card pre-installed and comes with a 1780 mAh battery.

The device is said to have a more powerful chip than the iPhone 4S, is priced at $299 compared with the $199 price tag for the latest iPhone.

The company plans to kick off Droid Razr pre-orders for Verizon Wireless on October 27. The phone will hit the store shelves in November.

The Sealander Cara-Boat

The Sealander Cara-boat is a newly designed travel entertainment container which suits a family requirement. This boat extends the enjoyment of camping and leisure. It has a double hull, meaning that if it springs a leak only the sub-floor will fill with water. A road trip doesn't have to be the end of the road; you can pull the Sealander into the water and continue on your holiday.

The Sealander include cooking, cleaning, eating and sleeping facilities and can move around on the water due to its electric motor. It promises to combine the pleasures of camping with cruising in a single holiday. There have been numerous designs for cars crossed with boats, but amphibious craft have been most commonly used for search and rescue, and in the military.

Royal Wedding in Bhutan - Photos

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 31 years old, married Jetsun Pema, 21 at the fortress-monastery, or dzong, in Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. In this final day of wedding celebrations for the royal couple, more than 50,000 people turned up at the stadium to see dancing and singing.

1. The couple during Buddhist blessings before their marriage at the Punakha Dzong.

2. A dress shop displaying a portrait of the couple.

3. Shopkeepers prepare a large banner of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and the future queen.

4. The King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and the newly-crowned Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema, pose for the media after their marriage ceremony at the Dzong Monastery in Punakha, Bhutan.

5. Pema, who wore a yellow jacket and a skirt according to tradition, was proclaimed the 'Queen of the Kingdom of Bhutan' as the King bestowed the crown on her after a series of ceremonies.

6. The wedding was attended by 300 guests, including the Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Pavan K Varma, the West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan and members of the Royal Family.

7. The newly-crowned Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema and the King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck greet the crowd after their marriage ceremony.

8. Members of the royal family after the marriage ceremony.

9. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck kisses Queen Jetsun Pema at the Chang Lime Thang stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Things you do not Know Steve Jobs's biological mother...

Steve Jobs's biological mother doesn't know that Steve Jobs is dead as care home nurses believe dementia sufferer is too ill to be told.

Steve Jobs's death was one of the most widely publicised in recent history, filling newspapers and television schedules for days as fans worldwide united in grief. Among the few people in the Western world, however, who will not have heard of Steve Jobs's passing, is perhaps the most important - his own mother.

Joanne Simpson, who reluctantly gave her son up for adoption after falling pregnant when she was a student, is seriously unwell in a nursing home in Los Angeles and has no idea her son has died.

Biological parents: Father John Jandali never met Jobs while it is thought mother Joanne Simpson does not know he has died

Sources close to the family said the Apple founder's biological mother, Joanne Simpson, 79, is tragically battling advanced dementia. She has very limited mental capacity and is said barely to know who she is, let alone what has become of the son she gave away.

Jobs was adopted in 1955 after being born to Abdulfattah John Jandali, a Syrian man, and Joanne Schieble, who was a graduate student at the time. The couple were not married and keeping him would have been deemed shameful by their communities. Brought up by Paul and Clara Jobs, Steve is thought to have reconciled with his mother but never to have made contact with his biological father.

In his renowned 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Jobs described how his mother signed the adoption papers reluctantly, wanting to give him away to a well-educated couple. Paul Jobs was a high-school drop-out who became a machinist and his wife Clara never graduated from college. Joanne Simpson eventually married Jandali and the couple had another child, Mona Simpson, who went on to become a famous novelist, before getting divorced. She later remarried.

'My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student,' Jobs said in his speech.

Deteriorating: The Berkley East Convalescent Hospital in Los Angeles, where Steve Jobs's birth mother, who has dementia, is being looked after

'She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates.' When he grew up, Jobs found his mother and the two kept in touch. He also forged a relationship with his biological sister. Despite the reconciliation, Simpson's dementia is so serious she has no idea about her son's death. Her condition has so far deteriorated she is said briefly to have been admitted to a mental hospital after neighbours reported seeing her wandering the streets half naked.

Frail: Jobs was photographed in August looking very unwell

A source said: 'Steve was one of the richest men in the world, but his wealth could not save him and it could not save his mother. 'We used to find her wondering the streets wearing only a house coat with nothing underneath and sometimes we would find her wearing barely anything climbing trees in her bare feet.

'In the end someone dropped her at a mental hospital as they were so concerned for her well being and then when her daughter found out they eventually moved her to a nursing home. 'She was a lovely woman so it was very hard to see her demise. Now she is locked in her own body and barely knows who she is let alone Steve anymore.'

Jobs knew about his birth mother's mental condition and is said secretly to have helped her financially.
'They had reconnected in later life and it must have been so sad for Steve watching his mum lose her mind , knowing there was nothing he could do about it,' the source added.

'It was like a double heartache as there was nothing he could do about his condition either in the end. 'While we never saw him round her house before they moved her, what we do know is that her rent was paid for as if by magic every month.

'And now she is in one of the best care homes, so it does not take a fool to work out who is paying for it.'