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Kobe Bryant Undergoes Medical Procedure Overseas

Kobe BryantWe have all known about the injury that NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant has suffered this year that made him out of the picture during the NBA Playoffs on the last season. With this, the Los Angeles Lakers did not make it to the Finals, making Kobe feel somewhat guilty that he has nothing to do about it. So in order for him to come back, he has to undergo several medical procedures, but this time, this has nothing to do with his past injury.

Kobe Bryant is heading overseas to have a medical procedure unrelated to the torn Achilles tendon he sustained in April. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers said that Kobe is expected to return early next week. Going back to year 2011, the NBA superstar was said to have gone to Germany twice to undergo a procedure on his sore right knee and a sore left ankle that bothered him at the time.

This year, he is once again going back to Germany to have a knee procedure that involves removing blood from the affected area and spinning it in a centrifuge. Molecules that cause inflammatory responses are then removed to create a serum that is injected back into the affected area. All his fans are hoping and praying for Kobe’s fast recovery.

Facebook Expands Ad Services

Facebook AdsIn favor of the App Developers online, Facebook is expanding its advertisement services. The largest social networking website online is expanding an advertising service for the purpose of serving best the users of smartphone and tablets and  at the same time considered as the way to bolster its fast-growing mobile business.

Facebook is calling it “mobile app ads” and these advertisements allow companies to promote their mobile apps to the more than 1.15billion users of Facebook. On Tuesday, the company said that this new application will also include new capabilities that are designed to boost the amount of time that consumers use the third-party apps. How cool is that?

Since the start of the year, more than 145 million third-party apps have been installed by Facebook users, said Deb Liu, Facebook’s director of platform monetization, providing the company’s first public data about that portion of its business. Roughly 8,400 advertisers used Facebook’s mobile app ads in the second quarter, Liu said.

One more thing, this new mobile app ads on Facebook is also said to allow the maker to make a travel app to offer to promote an airfare or hotel room service. For example, while a music app like Spotify could promote a band’s new song. Previously, Facebook’s mobile app ads were designed only to entice its users to install a third-party app on their smartphone or tablet, but not to encourage repeat visits to the app. As the company increased its mobile advertising revenue, the shares of Facebook have already been doubled since the month of July and it is expected to still expand and gain more profit after this app is installed.

Twitter Provides Users with an Alert System for Emergencies

An illustration picture shows a Twitter blue bird symbol on an Ipad, in BordeauxIn times of emergencies or disasters, you can finally count on Twitter in providing you with an alert system that you can surely use for emergencies.

It was on Wednesday when Twitter said that it will help its users in receiving special alerts from government and aid agencies during emergencies in preparation for its initial public offering. Those Twitter users who will sign up will be receiving smartphone notifications via the Twitter app as well SMS text messages from any of several dozen agencies who have signed on to the program.

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Tokyo’s Disaster Prevention service and theWorld Health Organization are among those participating in the said campaign.

A year after Twitter showcased its potential as a lifeline during Hurricane Sandy, the alerts program will then be activated and it will become initially available in the United States, Japan, Korea and will be expanded in other countries as well.

Craig Fugate, the FEMA administrator, said the service was at the cutting edge of disaster management in the age of smartphones. “Today we have a two-way street — residents are informed about hazards in real time and emergency managers receive immediate feedback on the consequences of a disaster,” Fugate said in a statement.

Retina iPad Mini Featuring Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner

iPad Mini 2 GoldApple Inc never runs out of new features for its iPhone gadgets and iPad gadgets and as a matter of fact, right now, it’s second-generation iPad mini tablet is expected to be unveiled next month and according to a pair of leaked photos coming here and there, the tablet will seemingly be made available in the same gold and white color combination as Apple’s new flagship iPhone 5s.

On Friday, ZOL, a Chinese language owned by CBS Interactive, published a pair of images it claims to reveal the new Retina iPad mini in Gold. I bet most of the iPhone users are excited to get rid of their old models and replaced with this sleek new ones. Aside from this cool appearance, Retina iPad mini will also include Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner just like what iPhone 5s have.

Apple’s Retina iPad mini is expected to be unveiled alongside a new completely redesigned fifth-generation iPad early next month and both tablets are expected to be released soon after. We have also seen the tablet pictured in Apple’s new space gray color, so it looks like the new mini may indeed feature more changes than just an upgraded display. Take a closer look at it on the photo and imagine yourself owning one of it.

Paul George Gets $90M Deal with Indiana Pacers

Paul George PacersThe All-star forward Paul George gladly accepted the $90-million plus worth of deal with Indiana Pacers. The two sides have reached an agreement on a five-year maximum extension on the team and Paul George have agreed and glad to have the deal.

It will be on Wednesday morning that the deal is scheduled to be signed and the Pacers have called for a news conference with George and the team President Larry Bird to make some public extension. Paul George was voted as the 2013 NBA Most Improved Player. For the two sides, the five-year deal cements the gifted young forward as Indiana’s designated franchise player and they are not planning to give him to other teams. Paul George’s extension on Pacers will begin on the 2014-2015 season of the NBA Tournament.

Included in the deal of Paul George is the super-max contract provision termed the “Derrick Rose Rule” that will pay him up to 30 percent of the franchise’s payroll total if he repeats as a third-team ALL-NBA selection or better next season. This is quite a challenge for Geroge but he has to prove himself worthy of the deal given by Pacers. If George fails to repeat as an all-league selection – and falls short of winning the league MVP or being voted an All-Star starter – he’ll make nearly $82 million over the five-year deal.

Indiana re-signed forward David West to a three-year, $36 million extension in July, and secured center Roy HIbbert with a four-year, $58 million deal last summer. George recently told the Indianapolis Star he expected an extension to be completed before the start of the season.

German Group alleges Hacking Apple’s iPhone Fingerprint Scanner

iPhone Fingerprint ScannerA group of German hackers allegedly claims that they have hacked and cracked the fingerprint scanner of the newest iPhone model and this alleged claim was declared last Sunday, just two days after Apple Inc launched the technology that it promises will be better protect devices from criminals and snoopers seeking access.

The suspicion is not yet confirmed but if this claim is verified, it will surely be very embarrassing for Apple since they are already betting that they have set its smartphone apart from the new models of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and others running the Android operating system of Google Inc.

Last week, Apple has claimed that they have found better way in protecting thieves from taking access to their iPhone users but based on this claim, it seems like very easy for them to do that.

Two prominent iPhone security experts told Reuters that they believed the German group, known as the Chaos Computing Club, or CCC, had succeeded in defeating Apple’s Touch ID, though they had not personally replicated the work. However, things have to be verified still. One of them, Charlie Miller, co-author of the iOS Hacker’s Handbook, described the work as “a complete break” of Touch ID security. “It certainly opens up a new possibility for attackers.” We tried to get some comments from the representatives of Apple but none of them bother to send a response.

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