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MoneyBall: 2018 World Cup Winner to Get $38 Million

The bar has been raised for this year’s world cup football tournament currently holding in Russia. The winner of the tournament will be walking away with $38 million. This figure is noticeably higher than the award handed over to Germany when it won the tournament three years ago.

FIFA announced that the total funds set aside for this tournament were $400 million, from this purse, the winning national team will be rewarded for their hard work and victory. Other participating countries are also expected to receive about $8 million each to cover costs incurred during this tournament. The national team that comes second during this football tournament will also receive $28 million. While the third and fourth national teams will get $24 and $22 million for their achievements.

From all indications, these rewards have been increased from the amounts paid three years ago. Every team gets something for their efforts as usual. The funds have been provided by FIFA from the revenues generated by the World Cup organizing body. In total, it is expected that the revenue will exceed $5 billion even with the minor setbacks experienced during the sales of sponsorships due to the investigations into corruption charges.

This was confirmed by the FIFA President Gianni Infantino who in a statement affirmed that the revenue is expected to be more than expected from the current financial projections.

It will also be recalled that about $100 million is still inaccessible from the previous world cup tournament held in Brazil. This money is disputed in the midst of some corruption charges still being investigated. The money in dispute would have been used to redeem pledges made by FIFA to promote grassroots football and women’s football as well as healthcare and the provision of social amenities in poor communities within Brazil.

In view of preventing disputes and fraudulent practices, Infantino has confirmed that funds will now be handled separately by a new organization that will also be in charge of handling the funding for projects to be done under his leadership.

FIFA has also made plans to acknowledge the winning team of the Intercontinental Cup which has been organized from 1960 to 2004. It is a competition between the champions of the European Cup and the Copa Libertadores. In 2005, the Intercontinental Cup was rebranded to become the Club World Cup which involved all continental champions. The next edition will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2018.

Infantino has however hinted that there are plans to review the Club World Cup to replace the Confederation Cup which is scheduled to hold in 2021. With these on-going plans, we expect to have a wonderful world cup tournament which has already started on an exciting note with the host country Russia winning their world cup game.

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The bar has been raised for this year’s world cup football tournament currently holding in Russia. The winner of the tournament will be walking away with $38 million. This figure is noticeably higher than the award handed over to Germany when it won the...

Tech News

Apple Soon to Be Worth $1 Trillion

There have been so many speculations about Apple’s real worth, and soon we will not need to make any more guesses because Apple will soon be declared the first Company to be valued at $1 trillion. Well, if things continue to go as planned.

According to the reports, the current value of Apple is $940 billion. It is only a matter of months before a huge achievement will be recorded by the company. This is great news for investors; we expect a rush for Apple’s shares while efforts will be made to manage the stock price from rising too high.

The future of Apple was quite uncertain after the passing of Steve Jobs in 2011, but since Tim Cook took over the reins of the company, there has been an appreciation in the company’s value by an estimated $300bn.

So while Apple leads the pack at the moment, let’s have a look at some other companies that have been recorded immense increment in their value. From tech giants to oils businesses, the list goes across companies that have built a solid reputation in their markets. There is Aramco to watch; the Saudi Oil Business is projected to be valued at $2 trillion after its public offer next year. We are also looking at Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc. these companies are expected to declare high figure in the coming year.

Apparently, a bulk of this weight lies in the tech industry. After suffering a hit in 2002, the stocks of tech companies have regained a massive momentum in the global markets. The characteristic trend among these tech companies is steady growth, innovation, and a continuing struggle to stay ahead of the competition. From this perspective, we can expect more profits to be made while these companies deploy their best marketing plans to attract more customers.

Apparently, the marketing dynamics have been in favor of the tech companies. Technology is being widely accepted, and there is a demand for more features which customers are willing to pay for in new products.

Apple has indicated its interests in continuing along the line of providing more software services in addition to the sales of smartphones. Is this a response to the fall in sales figures for smartphones? However, it will be a good strategy if the users are not willing to buy new phones, but they want more software for their old smartphones.

Confirming this new trend, Tim Cook in his statement said that the revenue generated from the App store and other services such as Apple music, iCloud service, and the new Apple Pay service have been exceptional. While it is an indication that the Apple customers remain loyal and committed, the revenue generated indicates the main interests of the customers.

There is a lot Apple can do for its huge user base. The addition of more value can increase the global patronage of all its services. Focusing on developing and improving other highly demanded services will also have a positive impact on iPhone sales.

We anticipate a lot of new additions in the iOS 12; if our speculations are right, the new operating system will introduce App upgrades and new features that will impress the customers.

We are so excited about the future, the global tech industry looks set for a ‘showdown,’ while Apple may be the first tech company to achieve the $1 trillion valuation, we are hearing about great things happening in the Chinese tech industry regarding smartphones, software, Apps and other tech-based services similar to what Apple is offering. Will brand loyalties be tested? In a few months, we will know exactly what the options provide.

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There have been so many speculations about Apple’s real worth, and soon we will not need to make any more guesses because Apple will soon be declared the first Company to be valued at $1 trillion. Well, if things continue to go as planned.
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The Future Of Flight Experience

As one of the biggest names in aviation, Airbus is among the most popular transport groups in the European aviation circuit. Indeed, they’ve become even more popular thanks to their incredible decision to build mini-cabins for passengers who wish to get some good night’s sleep during the flight.

This was done by making some extra space in the cargo hold, using spare space in there to provide ample sleeping solutions.

So far, feedback has been more than positive, meaning that it’s likely that Airbus will continue on with the development. With double-decked bedding and seating areas, this offers a very exciting and engaging experience for anyone taking a long flight via Airbus.

Of course, without any windows, it’s not going to be suitable for those who feel claustrophobic or uncomfortable in such environments. While the aim is to try and simulate windows with high-definition screens, that’s still some way away.

This is otherwise known as Transpose and is going to help make a cost-effective way to allow passengers to rest whilst flying. The aim is to make sure that the cargo hold can be used for more than just storage, creating everything from space for sleeping to in-flight cafeteria meals and kids’ rooms.

It’s built on the classic freight train concept that often comes with all manner of café and sleeping options to be enjoyed. The aim is to help make sure that the entire cabin can be transformed in a few hours, making it easy for those wish to do something other than watch in-flight movies can do so!

For some time now, Airbus has been seen as one of the most impressive names in the aviation industry. Formed in 1967, they’ve always been about innovation. With both civil and military purposes part of the Airbus line, they’ve often found good ways to make the most of what they have got to work with.

Ever since the release of the Airbus A320, they’ve been quickly growing into a truly monumental part of the aviation experience. This is just another example of how far they have came, and how much they could still introduce to an industry that shows no signs of slowing down whatsoever.

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12 of The Next Biggest Music Festivals You Need To Be At

Coachella has come and gone; it was an amazing experience with the headline performance from Beyoncé. We loved every minute of it and until the next event; here are the upcoming music festivals that should be marked on your calendar.

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is the destination of fans who love electronic dance music. The festival has become popular due to the presence of world-class DJs such as David Guetta, Alesso, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, and many others. This year, it is expected to be even more thrilling because the performing DJs will be paying a remarkable tribute to our super DJ Avicii who just passed away. The festival is scheduled to hold from July 20 – 29, 2018.

The Exit Music Festival

The Exit music festival is a mixture of thrilling music genres such as electronic, rock, hip/hop, metal, reggae, punk, and a variety of performances which will keep the crowd thrilled. The premier Exit show was in 2000, and since then, it has been held every year at the Petrovaradin Fortress. The show features the biggest performers in the music industry such as David Guetta, Bastille. Wiz Khalifa and many other stars. Expect the Exit from July 12 – 15, 2018.

Splendor in the Grass

This summer music festival is held every year in Australia. It premiered in 2001, and since then the festival has pulled thousands of music lovers annually. It features alternative music genres, rock, hip/hop, and indie rock. The festival is scheduled to hold in July 2018.

Fuji Rock Music Festival

This music festival started in 1997at the base of the Mount Fuji. Since then it has been held in other locations including the Naeba Ski Resort in 1999. The Fuji Rock Festival attracts stars such as James Blake, Sigur Ros, Ben Harper, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and many more stars who offer music in genres such as electronic and rock. It is scheduled to hold from July 27 — 31, 2018.

Coachella has come and gone; it was an amazing experience with the headline performance from Beyoncé. We loved every minute of it and until the next event; here are the upcoming music festivals that should be marked on your...

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Avengers Set to Break Records

While some people (myself included, to an extent) are getting a little sick of the Marvel movies that seem to be released every second week, the new Avengers movie, Infinity War, looks to be a good one. Well, you would hope so anyway – given the incredible cost of the movie it’ll need to live up to the ridiculous hype surrounding it.

With as long as a decade needed to get to this point in the story, it’s absolutely right that this feels like the flagship end to what has been a remarkable (at point tedious) journey. With the fact that the likes of Captain America: Civil War cost a whopping $250m, and Age of Ultron at around $279m, there’s a bit of a discussion going around about how much is too much to make a movie.

 

Well, it would appear that at the moment this might break all records that are going around at the moment. Indeed, at the moment, Infinity War is expected to become the most significant movie of all time if you just go by the cost of it. Given the fact that this is the culmination of 18 movies and spin-offs and it carries one of the most star-studded casings we’ve ever seen, the cost kind of makes sense.

When you find out that MCU (Marvel Comic Universe), the group behind it, is worth an incredible $14bn, it’s easy to see why they can afford to take this kind of ‘risk’ and go for broke.

What’s The Damage?

According to the budgetary news we’ve heard from the likes of the Wall Street Journal, there’ around $300m on the table for IW. That’s a dizzying amount of cash, tying up with the likes of the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End as a record production budget. The only movie that we could find that went beyond this was another PotC installment, Of Stranger Tides.

However, when you add in that Avengers 4 (working title obviously) was shot back-to-back with Infinity War, it’s likely that it could actually peak the OST costing.

However, the fact that it is already likely to be among the highest ever box office sales of all-time, it’s not actually that big a risk for MCU. Add in the fact that it was already expected to take around $255m in its opening weekend, meaning that it could even eclipse the incredible $247.9m brought in by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.

Indeed, it was also reported by the likes of Fandango that this was breaking some truly special records, with it out-selling the past seven movies in the Marvel Comic Universe COMBINED. With ticket sales already seemingly beyond double what Black Panther produced, too, this is sure to be a major pay-off for MCU.

With the premiere held on the 23rd April, we’re not far off seeing the release and making a huge impact on the movie industry. With all that waiting, then, will Infinity War live up to the hype?

If somehow you still hadn’t checked the trailer here it is:

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While some people (myself included, to an extent) are getting a little sick of the Marvel movies that seem to be released every second week, the new Avengers movie, Infinity War, looks to be a good one. Well, you would hope so anyway – given the incredible...

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Microsoft Banning Trolls and Bad Language Everywhere

For years a major blight on the use of the internet and online products has been the ‘troll’. Trolls are a particular form of lowlife, who use their time to essentially abuse, insult, defame and threaten people on the internet. Knowing they can’t be physically held responsible for what they write, they go far beyond the realms of what you would ever really say to someone in person.

Starting in May 2018, though, Microsoft will be taking a much more serious stance on trolling. With many new Microsoft products due to come under a new set of rulings, we can expect many trolls to start failing the more stringent tests put in place by MS. The new User Agreement will see people banned for all manner of violations, including “offensive language”.

Now, that will obviously frustrate people who feel it violates free speech laws. According to one blogger, law student Jonathan Corbett, you could now easily be banned by using any Microsoft service to “share inappropriate content or material (involving, for example, nudity, bestiality, pornography, offensive language, graphic violence, or criminal activity).”

Now, while that’s all good and well, Corbett – and others – have raised an eyebrow at what this actually means. People could lose their Microsoft accounts for enjoying private adult chat via video call with their partner?

What about the violent content? So if I was to share a video of a fantastic headshot in Call of Duty, would I then be banned for sharing this violent content?

The vague nature of the new terms leaves a lot of people at risk of being seen as trolls. While something has to be done about trolling, these kinds of ludicrous rulings might not be the best way to go about handling trolls.

Fears for Nothing?

Now, of course, it’s likely that things won’t be quite as dramatic as we’ve made out about. The problem is that when language is so universal, catch-all and vague, it makes it hard to know where the line will be drawn. While I don’t expect to be banned for enjoying a private video call with a partner, I might expect to get hit with a ban for making a crass joke on a public platform.

Microsoft summarized their new changes, adding: “In the Code of Conduct section, we’ve clarified that use of offensive language and fraudulent activity is prohibited.”

As others have noted, too, the old Xbox Code of Conduct already prohibited “profane words or phrases” and, let me tell you, I’ve had many an abusive message come through in a heated match online!

At the moment, it’s expected that, according to the Xbox Code of Conduct, that: “in suspensions or bans from participation in Xbox Services, including forfeiture of content licenses, Xbox Gold Membership time, and Microsoft account balances associated with the account.”

Other things that were raised, such as them being able to go though OneDrive and Outlook inboxes when reviewing your accounts quality, were already part of the deal. While it’s good to see Microsoft doing something to put the boot down on trolls, we’d like to see a touch more detail about what the largest chunk of their new ideas actually will play out.

We’ll need to wait and see when these hit the market, but at the moment many people have more questions than answers. Don’t worry, though; you won’t likely to be getting banned for merely letting out a profane “Oh sh*t!” when you die in a Live game – we don’t think!

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For years a major blight on the use of the internet and online products has been the ‘troll’. Trolls are a particular form of lowlife, who use their time to essentially abuse, insult, defame and threaten people on the internet. Knowing they can’t be...

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Top 5 Beginners Mountain Climbing Destinations

Mountain climbing is one of the best outdoor activities. Aside from the direct contact you have with the natural environment, you can add some ‘medals to your collar’ while boasting about your mountain climbing adventure to friends and family (or potential partners, wink wink, say no more). Nothing compares to the joy of reaching a summit.

So, if you are considering mountain climbing, here are five destinations that will be worth your time.

Mount Fuji, Japan, 3,776m

Mount Fuji can be spotted from the many locations in Japan. Its peak stands tall at close to 4,000m, making it one of the most adventurous mountains to climb. For this adventure, you will need endurance and stamina while hiking up the popular Kawaguchiko trail.

The estimated time it will take to reach the summit, which is 3,776m, is 8 hours. Mount Fuji is one of the most climbed mountains and the best period to embark on this adventure is from the beginning of July to the end of August.

Pikes Peak, United States, 4,302m

America also offers great mountain climbing adventure, and one of the best destinations is the Pikes Peak, which stands at 4,302m. The trail is about 21km. This is an adventure only for the fit hikers and from the top, you can get a ride down on the cog railway, or a ride down with one of the weakling tourists who drove their cars to the summit.

Tofana di Rozes, Italy, 3,225m

If you are in Italy, the 3,225m Tofana di Rozes offers an exciting mountain climbing experience. It is a five-hour climb during which you will need protective gear due to the rocky terrain up the Ferrata Lipella route. However, you don’t need to be an experienced mountain climber to overcome this feat.

Mount Hood, United States, 3,426m

 

At the height of 3,426m, Mount Hood offers experienced and amateur climbers an opportunity to have a great climbing experience that can be compared to mountain climbing in other parts of the world. Because of the snow, you will need to use ice axes and crampons to get through, but it’s not difficult.

The best period for the half-day journey starts from late April until June due to the accommodating weather during this period.

Breithorn (via the Normal Route), Switzerland, 4,164m

In Switzerland, a memorable mountain climbing experience is exploring the Breithorn. It reaches as high as 4,000m, one of the most popular peaks in the Alps. There will be snow so you will need ice axes and crampons for this adventure. The normal route will get you up to 3,883m, very close to the peak.

These are some great mountain climbing options for people who want to experience this new outdoor activity. When you have conquered these peaks, you can go on to more difficult mountain terrains such as the Mountain Everest or the Himalayan Mountains.

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Best Underwater Photographers Of 2018

Orgаnizеrѕ оf the Underwater Phоtоgrарhеr оf the Year Cоntеѕt have just аnnоunсеd thе winning photographers and images fоr 2018, with Gеrmаn рhоtоgrарhеr Tоbiаѕ Friеdriсh bеing nаmеd Underwater Photographer of thе Year 2018.

More thаn 5,000 imаgеѕ wеrе ѕubmittеd thiѕ year bу photographers frоm аrоund the wоrld. Prizеѕ and соmmеndаtiоnѕ wеrе handed оut in a number оf саtеgоriеѕ including Widе Angle, Mасrо, Wrесkѕ, Behavior, Portrait, Black & White, Cоmрасt, Up & Coming, аnd, in Britiѕh wаtеrѕ, Widе Angle, Cоmрасt, аnd Macro ѕhоtѕ.

UPY wаѕ оnсе again kind еnоugh tо ѕhаrе some оf thiѕ уеаr’ѕ hоnоrееѕ with uѕ bеlоw, with сарtiоnѕ written by thе photographers.

 

“Thе humаn wоrld, it’ѕ a mess. Life undеr the ѕеа iѕ better thаn аnуthing thеу’vе gоt uр thеrе,” wiѕе Sebastian thе crab once sang. Judging by thеѕе рhоtоѕ, hе wаѕn’t wrоng.

German рhоtоgrарhеr Tоbiаѕ Friedrich was the winner with his photograph “Cусlе Wаr”, ѕhоwing a wrесk full of ѕubmеrgеd Wоrld Wаr II motorbikes and supply trucks, with ѕсhооlѕ оf soldierfish patrolling above.
“I hаd hаd this imаgе in mind fоr a few years, but it iѕ impossible to сарturе it all in оnе рhоtо bесаuѕе thеrе iѕ nо ѕрасе inѕidе thе wreck to рhоtоgrарh thiѕ ѕсеnе in a single frаmе,” Friеdriсh explained. “My ѕоlutiоn wаѕ tаkе a ѕеriеѕ рiсturеѕ аnd stitch them tоgеthеr аѕ a panorama.”

Chair оf thе judgеѕ, Peter Rоwlаndѕ, said it’s an “extraordinary ѕhоt. Thе аrtiѕtiс ѕkill iѕ tо viѕuаlizе such аn imаgе аnd thе photographic tаlеnt iѕ to асhiеvе it.”

Another ѕtаnd-оut imаgе wаѕ Malaysian рhоtоgrарhеr Man BD’ѕ imаgе, “Rоаr”. Take a сlоѕе look at thiѕ оnе. In thе fоrеgrоund, уоu саn see twо vibrаntlу соlоrеd ѕеа slugs, but ѕlightlу obscured in thе bасkgrоund you will ѕее a moray ееl, lunging in with its mоuth wide ореn. His еffоrtѕ won him the titlе оf Uр & Coming Underwater Phоtоgrарhеr of thе Year 2018.

 

Grаnt Thоmаѕ frоm Glаѕgоw won the titlе of Britiѕh Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018 goes tо fоr hiѕ рhоtо “Lоvе Birdѕ”, ѕhоwing twо ѕwаnѕ in whаt lооkѕ likе a romantic gеѕturе in Lосh Lоmоnd, Sсоtlаnd.

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B-E-S-T Knock Offs Ever

When you go shopping online on certain sites or in particular parts of the world, knockoffs are very common. Some knockoffs are great – some are even better than the original. Most, though, are a minor percentage of the original product for a good reason!

In this article, we’ll take a quick and comical tour of some of the silliest and stupendous knockoff content that we’ve seen on stores across the world. Some of these are outrageously cheap – they aren’t even trying to keep the realism intact. So, who’s the worst offender here?

Barrack O-Jedi.

What the…? Apparently, the former President of the United States played Mace Windu? I seem to have missed that. Nevermind the fact that his ‘light saber’ is a touch more phallic than one might expect…. it’s the f*cking ex-POTUS!

ALAN

Did you know that in space, nobody can hear you in space (Written in Arial size 12)? It’s a very comical t-shirt that can be understood only by those who know the movie and understand that it’s not named ALAN. But it would make a great gift for someone called Alan who’s fond of low-rent garbage.

Find Fred?

It’s obviously supposed to be our good friend Mr. Kruger, but it looks more like Where’s Wally got a little sick of waiting for your finger to point him out. The whole loincloth-groin, a classic of the knockoff genre, just makes him look even more ridiculous (if his baseball glove-turned-scissor hand didn’t already do so).

Fony PlayStation.

Probably the best of the lot; at least it’s obvious that it’s just a pack of made-up rubbish.

Lip Balms from Hell.

Yeah, I sure do love me the taste of *looks at label* Fnata. The taste of Spitre on the lips truly is a sensation, right? But the best taste is surly Caili Cola, isn’t it? For some reason, I doubt these are actually very good for our lips – or taste anything like the ‘real’ thing.

Movies for Drunk Kids.

Has your kid come home raving about Kung Fu Panda or Happy Feet? Disappoint them in equal measure with what we’re sure are some of the most comical rip-offs in the movie industry that we’ve seen.

There Are more…

When you go shopping online on certain sites or in particular parts of the world, knockoffs are very common. Some knockoffs are great – some are even better than the original. Most, though, are a minor percentage of the original product for a good...