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Your ever faithful servant and reporter tries to keep up with all the latest news so that we can supply you with the latest poop on what’s going on in your world ………., and this one takes the cake!
“Hey, wanna go see the body?” may seem like an odd thing to hear at most jobs, but for Bakersfield police trainee Lindy DeGeare, it didn’t seem so unusual when her training officer, Aaron Stringer, reportedly asked her something along those lines after a local man had been killed during a police shootout, the Bakersfield Californian reports.
But what allegedly happened at Kern Medical Center shortly after that has led to an internal investigation of Stringer, who is accused of tickling the dead man’s feet, moving his head around, and telling DeGeare he “loves playing with dead bodies,” per police reports seen by the Californian.
Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson says the allegations are “disturbing,” and Stringer has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.
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Singer Billy Joel, who is somewhere around 102 years old, just got his 30 something girlfriend pregnant!
1429038018_billy-joel-alexis-roderick-lgThe rep tells Us that Joel and Roderick, 33, are expecting their new addition “this summer.”
The two started dating in 2009, following Joel’s split from his third wife Katie Lee.
The beloved performer was also previously married to first wife Elizabeth Weber Small in the 1970s and early ’80s and then well know model Christie Brinkley.
Rumour has it that Joel is hoping the kid graduates high school before he is sent to an old folks home!
While we are on the subject of having kids when you should be put out to pasture instead …………, get a load of THIS:
images“Children keep me young,” Berlin woman Annegret Raunigk said after the birth of her 13th child nine years ago at age 55. Now 65, Raunigk plans to add four more bundles of joy to her already large family. Raunigk underwent numerous attempts at artificial insemination over 18 months using donor eggs and sperm after her youngest daughter, Leila, asked for a baby brother or sister.
While a pregnancy was planned, Raunigk says it was “a shock for me” when doctors found she quadruplets. “On the scan it was just clear to see.” She is reportedly more than halfway through her pregnancy and the babies are due this summer, People reports, via German newspaper Bild. If all goes as planned, Raunigk, a schoolteacher, will become the world’s oldest mother of quadruplets, reports the AFP.
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More than 1 million Apple Dick Tracy Watches were pre-ordered last week, on the first day the device went on sale, according to a firm that tracks consumer spending.
Based on receipt data, an estimated 957,000 people in the United States ordered an average of 1.3 watches each on Friday (April 10), spending about $503.83 per device, Slice Intelligence reported.
What is it about the Apple Watch that makes people want the gadget so badly?
There are some likely explanations for why people are crazy about the Apple Watch, which is scheduled to be released on April 24. The conventional view is that it’s merely a cool new gadget, said Markus Giesler, a marketing professor at York University in Canada.
But the real answer is more likely sociological, he said.
Most technology companies sell attribute-oriented benefits, such as functionality or convenience, Giesler said. By contrast, Apple sells emotion and identity. “When you buy an Apple Watch, you’re not just buying this watch — you’re also buying the interface into this matrix Apple has created” — a world that consists of other Apple products, such as the iPhone, iPod, MacBook and iPad, he said.
Yet, the Apple Watch isn’t the first smartwatch or fitness tracker on the market. Similarly, the iPod wasn’t the first portable MP3 player, but Apple was the first “to make it really easy to use and publicize it,” said Scott Thorne, a marketing professor at Southeast Missouri State University. “Same thing with the Apple Watch,” he said.
apple-watch-face[7]People also see the Apple Watch as a way to make their lives more productive and manageable, Giesler said. “Wearable technologies permeate the boundary between where the consumer ends and technology begins,” he told Live Science.
A device like the Apple Watch could help people accomplish goals such as staying healthy, organizing their lives or communicating more easily with others, Giesler said.
“That’s why technology like the Apple Watch comes in handy, for people to have this hope that ‘this technology’s going to make my life so much better,'” he said.
The smartwatch comes in three versions: the Apple Watch (starting at $549), the Watch Sport (starting at $349) and the Watch Edition (which retails for $10,000 to $17,000). Within each version, the prices vary based on the size of the case, the color of the band and, in the case of the Watch Edition, whether the case is 18-karat gold. [Apple Watch Hands-On: Smartwatch to Beat But Pricey]
But who exactly is buying these devices?
Early adopters
Gadget consumers typically fall into one of five categories: innovator, early adopter, early majority, late majority and laggard, Thorne said. “Most Apple fans tend to be in the early-adopter category,” he said. In other words, these are the people who start using a technology as soon as it becomes (publically) available.
The watch requires an iPhone 5 or later model, so “you’re probably not going to get anybody who’s not already an Apple devotee running out to buy this product,” Thorne told Live Science.
And the consumer base is likely much broader than just gadget geeks, Giesler said. The watch could appeal to anyone who looks at him or herself as an “ongoing project,” in terms of fitness, nutrition, learning, career advancement and dating. As for the expensive Apple Watch Edition, these luxury devices will appeal to the rich and famous. The company is buying into the super-rich, “winner-takes-all” philosophy, he said.
But Giesler said he also sees a more sinister side to this gadget-mania. The Apple Watch seems to bring the promise of advancement, he said, “but once we get deeper, we realize that the technology consumes us as much as we consume the technology.”
Apple’s smartwatch also contains a camera and audio-recording capabilities, which come with their own dangers, he said. “Imagine how this technology will create new ways of bullying,” Giesler said. For example, people could use it to record others in embarrassing situations.
And then there’s the fact that you become reachable at all times, via a buzz on your wrist. The technology is no longer just part of an iPhone, Giesler said — “it’s part of your body.”
Thorne, however, takes a less ominous view. “You’re doing the same thing with your phone, anyway,” he said, adding that the majority of people with smartphones have them handy 24 hours a day. Now with the Apple Watch, “it’s a little more convenient for you,” he said.
Follow Tanya Lewis on Twitter. Follow us @livescience, Facebook & Google+. Original article on Live Science.
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