Thursday, May 16, 2013
Ohio Man Downloaded Apple's 50 Billionth App and Was Suddenly $10K Richer Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio, hit the app jackpot Tuesday afternoon when he pressed the download button on a word game app called Say the Same Thing and sent Apple over the 50 billion app download mark, winning the $10,000 prize. Earlier this month Apple announced that it was nearing 50 billion iPhone and iPad app downloads since the launch of the store in 2008, and that it would award the person who downloaded that milestone app with a $10,000 gift card for the App Store. According to Apple, the 50 billion download number does not include redownloads of apps or updates. Steve Jobs announced the launch of the App Store in the summer of 2008 with 500 apps. It now has more than 850,000 iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch apps, with more than 350,00 iPad specific apps. Earlier this month, Apple also celebrated the 10th anniversary of iTunes. RELATED: Apple's Upcoming iOS 7 Said to Have New Look But the store's closest competitor, Google's Android store, isn't far behind. During its Google I/O conference two days ago, Google announced its very own milestone: 48 billion Android downloads from its Google Play Store. Google also announced a host of new features and services for app developers, including ways to build apps that take advantage of the phones' sensors and how to translate apps into other languages. The company also announced new consumer products, including Google All Access Play Music service and its new Hangouts Messaging app. Apple will hold its developer's event on June 10. The company is expected to detail the next versions of its iOS operating system, which is said to be getting a major design overhaul. http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/ohio-man-downloaded-apples-50-billionth-app-suddenly-152550922.html
Saturday, May 4, 2013
In a fiery speech Saturday before cheering supporters, the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre took on advocates for new gun laws and said a national background check bill “got the defeat that it deserved." “We will never surrender our guns, never,” LaPierre, the organization's executive vice president, said on the second day of the gun-rights group’s convention in Houston, Texas. He argued that recent mass shootings, including the killing of 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school in December, have been used “to blame us, to shame us, to compromise our freedom for their agenda.” The gun rights lobby’s convention was part victory celebration, part pep rally as the NRA’s leaders cheered the defeat of a background check bill and said they would oppose any new attempts to pass national legislation on guns. Advertise | AdChoices “Our feet are planted firmly in the foundation of freedom, unswayed by the winds of political and media insanity,” LaPierre said. “To the political and media elites who scorn us, we say let them be damned.” A bill supported by President Barack Obama that would have expanded background checks on gun purchases would have done nothing to stop recent mass shootings, LaPierre said. That bill was defeated in the Senate last month. “The bill wouldn’t have prevented Newtown or Aurora,” LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president, said in his speech to several thousand attendees. “It won’t prevent the next tragedy. None of it has anything to do with keeping our children safer in any school anywhere.” Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, co-sponsored the background check bill. Toomey has said the bill failed to pass because members of the GOP did not want to hand the White House a policy victory. LaPierre also referenced the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent manhunt as an argument for putting guns in the hands of more Americans. “How many Bostonians wished they had a gun two weeks ago?” LaPierre said. “Boston proves it. When brave law enforcement officers did their jobs in that city so courageously, good guys with guns stopped terrorists with guns.” NRA officials confirmed to NBC News that LaPierre’s remarks were the first time the organization had brought up the Boston Marathon bombings in connection with their political fight against new restrictions on guns. The annual convention was expected to draw about 70,000 people over three days. As many as 550 exhibitors were packed into the George R. Brown Convention Center, bringing with them racks and display cases filled with handguns, rifles, and other firearms. LaPierre claimed that the NRA’s membership stood at 5 million and said the organization aimed to amass 10 million members. A lifetime membership in the NRA costs $1,000, and the organization was able to claim that both its youngest and its oldest lifetime members were in attendance on Saturday. Wayne Burd of Arkansas was born in 1917, and was recognized for the second year running as the rifle association’s oldest lifetime member. Among the freshest faces present was the group’s youngest lifetime member, Elaih Wagan, a 3-year-old from Austin, Texas. Wagan's grandfather purchased a lifetime membership as a gift for the little girl. NBC News’ Kasie Hunt and Gabe Gutierrez and The Associated Press contributed to this report more @ http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/04/18056499-nras-lapierre-we-will-never-surrender-our-guns?lite
Orb wins 139th Kentucky Derby Orb, running 15th well into the race, made a late charge to win the 139th running of the mud-spattered Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Golden Soul was second, followed by Revolutionary. Late money made Orb and Revolutionary co-favorites at 6-1 at post time. "I was so far behind and I let him stay calm," jockey Joel Rosario said of Orb. "Perfect trip. I stayed on the outside. I didn't want to be too wide." Trainer Shug McGaughey was overcome with emotion, breaking down as he tried to explain his joy. Palace Malice, ridden by veteran rider Mike Smith, broke out to a several-lengths lead about halfway through the race, the lead group tightened, and then Orb made his move. More than 151,000 spectators packed Churchill Downs in Louisville, where rain had fallen much of the day. The Derby is the first jewel of the Triple Crown. The 138th running of the Preakness, on May 18 in Maryland, is the second, followed by the Belmont Stakes, in New York on June 8. Only 11 horses have won the crown, none since Affirmed did in 1978.