Officially, we haven’t a clue what the iPhone 5 will look like. But out of all the fifth-generation iPhone “rumors” that have engulfed the technology world, few provide a better idea of the design of the device Apple will likely reveal within the next few weeks than the series of leaked “iPhone 5 cases” we’ve seen over the past few months. All the way back in May, an alleged iPhone 5 case appeared on the global trading site Alibaba.com. The case was later removed — possibly at the request of Apple’s legal team — but that didn’t stop the tech press from taking notice. Pretty soon, images of the case had spread to the far corners of the web, and everyone was buzzing about whether this really would fit an iPhone 5. While the case was made to fit a larger screen — a feature present in nearly every iPhone 5 rumor, in one way or another — it also showed the LED flash moved to the other side of the phone, a design … [Read more...] about The nine most-revealing iPhone 5 case leaks
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Vu Bang is a proud father of two children - a second grader and a little boy attending kindergarten. He is also proud of his motorbike driving skills and how good his little daughter is at sitting on the bike. Bang drives the little girl to a nearby primary school on his way to the office. He sits the child in front of his bike, like millions of Vietnamese parents, both because the children like it, and because their arms can protect the little ones from falling. But safety is not a major concern for Bang. He never has his daughter wear a helmet. "Why not," I asked. "It's just a short distance from my home to her school. Moreover, a helmet on her head would hinder my view while driving." Seeing that I was skeptical, he assured me: "Don't worry. I am an excellent driver. And even if she sat behind, she would hug me tightly and would not fall." "What if the police stop you for not putting a helmet on her?" "See, she looks small for her age. I would tell them she is under six." Under … [Read more...] about Has the kids’ helmets controversy come to a head?
Tranquility: Maninjau Lake, a natural crater lake 36km from Bukittinggi City. — VNS Photos Xuan Hiep Virtually untouched by tourism, West Sumatra boasts some of the most serene landscapes in all of Indonesia. Xuan Hiep discovers this long-hidden gem. Prior to my first trip to Indonesia, friends told me that I must visit Bali, the Indonesian island that attracts millions of international tourists each year. Instead, I decided to bypass the well-known hotspot and venture forth to the less-trammelled West Sumatra. Soon after arriving in Jakarta, we departed for the 1-½ hour trip to Minangkabau Airport where we met our tour guide, Abdol Abusamad, a 26-year-old Vietnamese Muslim who studies at an Indonesian university. Our driver of what appeared to be a rundown van was a local Indonesian who spoke little English. Despite the communication barrier, interaction was easy as Abusamad is fluent in Indonesia's official language, Bahasa, and has in-depth knowledge of Indonesian … [Read more...] about Discovering the quiet side of Indonesia
Earlier this month, Tuoi Tre newspaper published an extraordinary exposé of the lucrative but flagrantly illegal business of 'bear bile farming' near Ha Long City. With the assistance of Animals Asia staff, we have translated the three-part Tuoi Tre series. Part I:Infiltrating a Ha Long bear farm Though allegedly tourist sites, the bear farms in Ha Long city (Quang Ninh province) are all barricaded secret places. No unexpected visitor escapes the probing gaze, the stone-cold rejection of security guards. What is actually going inside? The answer is not easy unless youre in a group of foreign visitors booked in advance. Behind the mystery gate 8:00 am, 28th August.A chili pepper-red 46-seat bus pulls into the driveway of "Ha Long Farm," a well-known bear farm on Route 18 just before the highway reaches the Bai Chay resort area of Ha Long City.Security guards rush to open the heavy metal gate, let the bus in, then quickly close it again. No room for us Following the bus, … [Read more...] about The sad life of Ha Long bears
A man from Ha Noi collects pretty, special stones. They are called gemstones. Sometimes people want to buy his really beautiful stones, but he cannot bring himself to sell them. He has been collecting gemstones for seventy years. by Hong Trang and An Vu Bearing inside them a lively and thrilling beauty, a solemn philosophy, these stones have long been endowed with the spirit of heaven and earth. Through time, collecting gemstones has become an elegant and obsessive hobby among the capital's citizens. One such person is Nguyen Van My, chairman of the Viet Nam Gemstone Association. My house is located on a big alley on Vinh Ho Street in Ha Noi. His name is known to most of the households, due to his reputation of 70 years collecting gemstones in collectors' circles. Truly, this man lives up to his fame. Visitors to My's house are invited to a colourful feast of various kinds of gemstone. From the gate to the front yard, many gemstones are displayed in an airy space. Inside, the gentle … [Read more...] about Ha Noi’s stone man