Samsung Unveils 5.5" Galaxy Note II

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Samsung President J.K. Shin was in Berlin on Wednesay to unveil the next generation of its Galaxy Note phone-tablet. The unveiling took place at the German Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin tech fest.

[J.K. Shin, President and Head of IT of Samsung Electronics]:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the latest addition to our Note category."

Certainly showing no remorse about the $1.05 billion in damages it paid Apple, Samsung excitedly showed off its new gizmo. The 5.5 inch Galaxy Note II is a bit larger than most phones but smaller than tablets. The “phablet” expanded from the 5” screen of its predecessor, and now has a few additional features.

[J.K. Shin]:
"It was just one year ago right over here at IFA where we introduced the Galaxy Note to the world. I am sure many of you recall that at the time we said we were creating a new category, we believe we did just that and were pretty successful too and tonight you will see more innovation with Galaxy Note."

The Android Jellybean-operating Galaxy Note II, is expected to perform better with the pressure sensitive S-Pen, a great draw for stylus lovers. It also has a boost on the inside; powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, it has two gigabytes of RAM and allows for up to 64 gigabytes of storage. Samsung also threw in a bigger battery.

Samsung will be producing the first Windows Phone 8 which will be launched in the fourth quarter.

Seven northern cheetah cubs made their public debut during a photo call at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, north of London, on Wednesday.The septuplets were born around twelve weeks ago, and seemed to enjoy their first outing by frolicking and chasing one another around the cheetah enclosure.

For mother Dubai it's the second litter, after she gave birth to five cubs in 2010. Only three litters have ever been produced in a UK zoo, and soon enough Dubai's cubs will be playing a vital role in the survival of their species.

[Marie Brown, Deputy Team Leader, Whipsnade Zoo]:
"Northern cheetahs are extremely rare, rumoured to be less than 250 in the wild so we're very excited for her to breed for a second time.

She's (Dubai) bred once before. She had five cubs with her first litter, which was a couple of years ago, which was the first northern cheetahs to be born in the country so we're very excited that she's produced again and this time instead of five she's gone to seven so we're very pleased with that."

The cubs are part of the zoo's European Endangered Species Programme which aims to increase the population of endangered animal species. While they will be staying with mum Dubai for the next eighteen months, Brown says they will eventually be transferred to other European zoos to take part in breeding programme

[Marie Brown, Deputy Team Leader, Whipsnade Zoo]:
"They'll feed off mum for quite a while but, yeah, they look like adults pretty much before we choose to remove them from mum which will probably be in about a year and a half's time."

Cheetahs are the fastest land mammals, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph once fully grown.

Hurricane Isaac makes landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

For some families it is a chance to play in the swelling ocean and be buffeted by the fierce waves.

For others, it is the perfect opportunity to get some impressive videos on their smart phone.

Many though, are quietly praying it won't be another Hurricane Katrina.

Authorities have urged thousands of residents in low-lying areas to leave, warning that the storm surge could reach up to 12 feet, flooding towns and cities in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

Rainfall accumulations, possibly as much as 20 inches in some areas, could also trigger widespread flooding.

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