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Get Facebook Home On Any Android Device Now

Facebook Home has been the topic du jour since its release on Friday, but it’s still only available for a small handful of devices. Those with Android phones and tablets that aren’t under the roll-out umbrella have been left out in the cold, until now. TechCrunch reports that MoDaCo founder Paul O’Brien has created a patch of Facebook Home that will work on practically any Android device.

Get Facebook Home On Any Android Device Now

O’Brien’s patch is easy to get on any Android device: Go to your phone’s “Settings” menu to make sure you can download applications from unknown sources, then load the patch from the website on your device and run Home. The patch dupes the app into thinking that the device is whitelisted, getting rid of the roll-out barrier and allowing for free roam on the app. The app works seamlessly with the phone provided that there are zero instances of Facebook’s proprietary apps (including the original app and Messenger) on the phone already. Those with Facebook baked in to the phone already will have to go through the rooting process to get their hands on Home early.

Unfortunately, O’Brien’s patch is not quite perfect. There is a widespread issue with SMS messages not routing correctly through Home, so you would have to send text messages through your traditional home screen. The experience isn’t complete, but it’ll definitely be enough to get your feet wet on Home before it’s available for your particular device.

Download the patch at your own risk here. What do you think of Facebook Home? Let us know in the comments.


LeBron: Can’t worry about injuries

MIAMI — LeBron James’ longest string of missed games in his NBA career was five straight, and that was because of a finger injury more than five years ago.

LeBron- Can't worry about injuries

He knows he’s fortunate in that regard.

So he cannot really relate to what Kobe Bryant is dealing with now that the Los Angeles Lakers star’s season is over with a torn Achilles that required surgery and is expected to keep him sidelined for up to nine months.

But while Bryant’s heavy workload down the stretch of this season remains a talking point as to whether that played a role in the injury, James said he’s among those who think players should simply never think about getting hurt.

“You can’t say, ‘OK, I’m not playing this game because I’m afraid of injury’ or ‘I’m not playing this summer,'” James said Sunday after the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 105-93. “The opportunity is there. There’s going to be a time when you can’t play the game at all because Father Time has caught up with you. So you’ve got to try to do as much as you can while you can.”

Bryant played 3,018 minutes this season, his most since 2007-08. Entering Sunday, only Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Portland’s Damian Lillard and Milwaukee’s Monta Ellis logged more court time this season than Bryant, who has played 17 seasons — two more than Durant, Lillard and Ellis combined.

But James hardly ever wants to miss games, either, even at this point in the season with the Heat already wrapping up home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

“That’s not who we are,” James said. “We can’t play the game worried about injuries. … If you play your professional life worried about injuries, you’re never going to be able to maximize your potential. You can’t do that. You’ve got to just go out and play.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra also weighed in on the Bryant injury Sunday, saying that seeing it made him sick to his stomach.

James said he was sad for Bryant, and reiterated what he wrote in a tweet after the Lakers’ guard got hurt Friday night: he has no doubt the NBA’s No. 4 all-time scorer will one day return.

“I know how much work he puts into the game,” James said.


Dirk Nowitzki scores 25,000th point

NEW ORLEANS — Dallas Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki became the 17th member of the NBA’s 25,000-point club Sunday.

Dirk Nowitzki scores 25,000th point

Nowitzki hit the milestone with a midrange jump shot over New Orleans Hornets center Robin Lopez at the 6:44 mark of the second quarter.

“His legacy is intact really regardless of any other scoring milestones,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said before the game at New Orleans Arena, noting that Nowitzki is a member of the even more exclusive club of players who have been 10-time All-Stars, Finals MVPs and MVPs.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics are the only other active players with at least 25,000 career points. The Celtics’ Paul Pierce, Miami’s Ray Allen and the Spurs’ Tim Duncan could hit the milestone next season.

Nowitzki, considered the sweetest-shooting 7-footer in NBA history, has averaged 22.6 points per game during his 15-year career. His scoring average of 17.1 points this season, when he missed the first 27 games while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, is his lowest since his rookie year.


Here’s Why Disney Is Cutting Jobs By The Hundreds

Fanning the flames of the Republican feud with Jay-Z, Florida Senator Marco Rubio chided the rapper Sunday over his recent trip to Cuba with wife Beyonce.


“I think Jay-Z needs to get informed,” Rubio said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.” “One of his heroes is Che Guevara. Che Guevara was a racist. Che Guevara was a racist that wrote extensively about the superiority of white Europeans over people of African descent, so he should inform himself on the guy that he’s propping up.”

“Secondly, I think if Jay-Z was truly interested in the true state of affairs in Cuba, he would have met people that are being oppressed, including a hip-hop artist in Cuba who is right now being oppressed and persecuted and is undergoing a hunger strike because of his political lyrics,” Rubio added. “And I think he missed an opportunity. But that’s Jay-Z’s issue.”

The Washington Post’s Sean Sullivan points out that Rubio was probably referring to Angel Remon Yunier Arzuaga, a jailed Cuban rapper whom the Florida Senator tweeted about last week.

Rubio’s remarks are the latest Republican criticism of Jay-Z’s Cuba visit, which was sanctioned by the Treasury Department. The rapper responded to the criticism last week with a new rap, titled “Open Letter.”
But Rubio, a Cuban-American, said Sunday that the real problem was not Jay-Z, but the current U.S. travel policy to the island.

“The bigger point is the travel policies,” he told ABC’s Jon Karl. “The travel policies need to be tightened because they are being abused,” Rubio said. “These are tourist trips, and they are — what they’re doing is providing hard currency and funding so that a tyrannical regime can maintain its grip on the island of Cuba, and I think that’s wrong.”

(VIA. Business Insider)

Exclusive: Thermo Fisher nears $12 billion-plus Life Tech deal

(Reuters) – Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc is close to buying genetic testing equipment maker Life Technologies Corp for more than $12 billion, three people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

Salini's Chief Executive Salini poses for photographers before news conference in downtown Milan

An acquisition of Life Technologies would boost Thermo Fisher’s presence in scientific research, genetic analysis and applied sciences and make it a major player in the genetic sequencing market, creating a healthcare technology giant with annual revenues of over $16 billion and some 50,000 employees.

Also it would be by far its biggest deal since the $12.8 billion merger in 2006 of Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific International that created the world’s largest maker of scientific equipment and laboratory instruments.

Life Technologies’ board, which met on Saturday to review three takeover offers, chose Thermo Fisher as the top bidder after the world’s largest maker of laboratory equipment raised its bid on Friday to the low $70 per share range, or more than $12 billion, the people said.

A deal could come as soon as Monday, but terms of the agreement are being finalized and the negotiations still could fall apart, the people said.

Waltham, Massachusetts-based Thermo Fisher and a private equity consortium, as well as Sigma-Aldrich Corp, a maker of chemicals for research laboratories, submitted another round of bids on Friday after Life Technologies asked for “best and final” offers, the people said.

The people asked not to be named because the matter is not yet public. Thermo Fisher, Life Technologies and Sigma-Aldrich did not respond to requests for comment. Blackstone Group LP, Carlyle Group LP, KKR & Co LP and Temasek Holdings, which are part of the buyout consortium, could not immediately reached for comment.

Carlsbad, California-based Life Technologies, which has a market value of $11.6 billion and debt of about $2.4 billion, sought a higher price from bidders after receiving committed offers on Tuesday, the people familiar with the matter said.

The private equity consortium also raised its offer on Friday from $65 to about $67 per share, short of Thermo Fisher’s bid, one of the people said. The price and structure of the offer from Sigma-Aldrich, which has a $9.2 billion market value and has been working with Morgan Stanley on the offer, could not be obtained. Morgan Stanley declined to comment.


Thermo is already a world leader in scientific equipment and laboratory instruments, from the most basic test tubes to advanced mass spectrometry equipment used to determine the chemical structure of molecules.

Thermo also sells chemicals, agents and antibodies used in the manufacturing and research of biotech medicine, and has enhanced its portfolio of environmental safety products for testing air and water quality and food safety in recent years.

The acquisition of Life Technologies will catapult it into the field of genomic-based medicine, in which researchers, drugmakers and doctors are uncovering the genetic underpinnings of disease to better tailor a treatment to the patients most likely to benefit.

Thermo Fisher has been quite acquisitive in recent years, buying Phadia for $3.5 billion in 2011 and Dionex for $2.1 billion in 2010.

Life Technologies is also the product of the combination of two companies – Invitrogen, a maker of cultures used in the manufacture of biotech medicines, and the genetic testing company Applied Biosystems.

Life Technologies said earlier this year that it was undergoing a strategic review and that all options were on the table. But the sale of the company has appeared to be the most likely outcome for months.

(Reporting by Soyoung Kim and Greg Roumeliotis in New York; Editing by Diane Craft)

(VIA. Reuters)


Kevin Hart was not under oath, but he still told the truth to TMZ on his way out of jail … he was drunk when cops busted him for DUI.


As TMZ first reported, Hart was popped for suspicion of DUI early Saturday morning after California Highway Patrol officers spotted him speeding and driving erratically on the freeway.

On his way out of jail this morning, Hart fully admitted to being drunk … and even said he told the officers as much. Guess he doesn’t plan on pleading not guilty.

Hart did say he was hit with another charge, but claimed that one was total BS.


IHS sees netbooks dead by 2015, blames Apple’s iPad

Even as the wider PC industry declines thanks to the rise of mobile devices, IHS is predicting that one segment in particular will be fully dead within two years, with Apple’s iPad as the primary driver in its decline.

Even as the wider PC industry declines thanks to the rise of mobile devices, IHS is predicting that one segment in particular will be fully dead within two years, with Apple's iPad as the primary driver in its decline.

Netbooks were supposed to be the bridge between mobile devices like smartphones and the traditional PC form factor. The category peaked in 2010 with 32.14 million units shipped. That’s also the same year that Apple’s iPad hit the market, and it’s been a rapid downhill slide for the netbook category since.

IHS iSuppli has released a new report saying that netbook shipments for 2013 will be only a bit over 10 percent of that 2010 total, according to the LA Times. The 3.97 million unit figure forecast for 2013 is not just a precipitous drop from 2010’s figure, though: it’s a 72 percent drop from 2012’s shipments.

The news doesn’t get better for the category. By 2014, IHS predicts, the netbook segment will move just 264,000 units. By 2015, IHS believes the segment will be dead, with no units shipped.

“Netbooks shot to popularity immediately after launch because they were optimized for low cost, delivering what many consumers believed as acceptable computer performance,” IHS analyst Craig Stice said in the report. “However, netbooks began their descent into oblivion with the introduction in 2010 of Apple’s iPad.”

Apple’s bestselling tablet has come to the forefront of a struggling PC industry. As consumers increasingly opt for smartphones and tablets over traditional computing form factors, virtually no manufacturer is immune from the resulting PC downturn. The iPad, though, has been — as Apple CEO Tim Cook called it — the poster child of the Post-PC revolution, and now accounts for one in every six shipped computers.

Prior to the iPad’s introduction, a number of analysts and industry observers thought it inevitable that Apple would release its own device to compete in the netbook segment. In the netbook’s heyday, the cheapest portable MacBook was still twice or more the cost of the cheapest netbooks.

Then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs repeatedly dismissed the netbook category, saying it wasn’t an area Apple was interested in.

“We don’t know how to make a $500 computer that’s not a piece of junk, and our DNA will not let us ship that,” Jobs said in 2008 when asked about the possibility of an Apple netbook.

Apple eventually responded to the netbook category, though, releasing the iPad in 2010 and delivering what Jobs deemed a “true third-category device.” Touting the iPad, Jobs once again dismissed the netbook segment as incomplete and not really delivering what consumers wanted.

“The problem is: netbooks aren’t better at anything,” Jobs said. “They’re slow, they have low-quality displays, and they run clunky, old PC software. We don’t think they’re a third-category device.”

(Via. Apple Insider)