2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Obsessions
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- John Malkovich debuts as Blackbeard in 'Crossbones' trailer
- Court filing says ship in Texas spill was speeding
HOUSTON (AP) — The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner.
- iOS 7.1.1 brings huge battery life improvements for iPhone users
Good news, Apple fans! It looks like Apple’s recent iOS 7.1.1 update has plenty more to offer than just a few bug fixes and Touch ID accuracy improvements. According to some reports, Apple’s latest mobile software update also has a huge positive impact on iPhone battery life. Apple released iOS 7.1.1 for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models this past Tuesday, and the change log was pretty lackluster: - Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition - Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness - Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled As it turns out, however Apple may have also snuck in some sizable software optimizations, because ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says that the update has had
- Apple buoys Nasdaq; Ukraine weighs on broader market
By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Nasdaq rose modestly in a choppy session on Thursday, lifted by a rally in Apple shares a day after the iPad maker's strong results, though tensions in Ukraine held the broader market in check. Shares of Apple Inc , the most valuable U.S. company by market capitalization, jumped 8.2 percent to $567.77, the biggest gain since August, a day after the company posted revenue that far outpaced expectations. Apple also approved another $30 billion stock-buyback plan, raised its dividend and authorized a seven-for-one stock split. The three major U.S. stock indexes had opened sharply higher, with the Nasdaq initially climbing more than 1 percent before turning negative in the first half-hour of trading.
- Sarah Chalke and Selma Blair to team up for Amazon Studios
The two actresses will co-star in "Really," a new comedy pilot in development at the online retailer's content development division. The series will follow a group of thirty-something friends living in Chicago. At the center of "Really" will be Lori, a lawyer played by Sarah Chalke ("Scrubs," "How I Met Your Mother") and her husband Jed, a neurologist played by Jay Chandrasekhar. Their friends include three other couples: Joanna and Fred, Margaret and Mike and Hayes and Alison.
- Robert Knepper boards History's 'Texas Rising'
The actor known for his roles on "Prison Break" and "Heroes" will join Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta and Olivier Martinez on the set of this eight-hour miniseries on the creation of the Texas Rangers in the 19th century. Robert Knepper has joined the cast of "Texas Rising" in the role of Empresario Buckley, the sole representative of the law in Victoria, the Texas town where the historical fiction is set. In 1836, before Texas was part of the US, the territory was controlled by Mexican general Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and was frequently subject to Comanche invasions. Led by General Sam Houston, Texan settlers rose up to claim their independence, leading to the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers.
- Amazon's revenue increases even as spending climbs
By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's revenue grew more than expected for the first quarter, offset by a sharp increase in spending on technology, content and new warehouses as the e-commerce giant branches into new businesses. The Seattle-based company's overall revenue growth bested the average Wall Street estimate of $19.4 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Amazon reported earnings per share of 23 cents, in line with expectations. Shares of Amazon, which is rapidly expanding its lineup of devices and computing services to sustain its pace of growth, rose 1.6 percent to $342.56 in afterhours trading. Amazon is spending big on a wide range of projects as its core retail business comes under pressure.
- Ex-KKK Leader Was Given a New Identity Years Before Shooting