Mars Rat Spotted in Rover Photos

We all know rats can get in to pretty much any nook and crevice.

But who knew they could get into outer space? And settle down on Mars?!?

A photo taken in September by NASA’s Curiosity rover appears to depict some kind of furry small creature.

“Note its lighter color upper and lower eyelids, its nose and cheek areas, its ear, its front leg and stomach,” writes ScottCWaring, a contributor to UFO Sightings Daily, who first picked up on the abnormality.

Others believe this is merely a rock and, similar to the Hitler tea kettle on a recent J.C. Penny billboard, Waring is just seeing what he wants to see.

So take a close look yourselves, THGers, and decide: Rat or no rat?

APOLLINAIRE’S CALLIGRAM N°5 CULTURE CHANEL EXHIBITION

1910, Gabrielle Chanel opened her first hat shop at 21 rue Cambon in Paris. Her simple and elegant wide-brimed hats contrasted with the complicated structures of her competitors. When in 1915 Guillaume Apollinaire dedicated the calligram poem “Reconnais-toi” to Louise de Coligny-Châtillon, it represented the woman he was enamoured with, and who was one of his muses, wearing a wide-brimmed hat. The invention of the calligram is a movement towards abstraction: with the letters of the alphabet, Apollinaire drew the calligram featuring what the outspread words were referring to.

“Reconnais-toi
Cette adorable personne c’est toi
Sous le grand chapeau Canotier
Oeil
Nez
La bouche
Voici l’ovale de ta figure
Ton cou exquis
Voici enfin l’imparfaite image de ton buste adoré
Vu comme à travers un nuage
Un peu plus bas c’est ton coeur qui bat”

Culture Chanel exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo until June 5th
13 avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris
Entrance: 2, rue de la Manutention
Opening hours: from 12 noon to 12 midnight every day except Tuesday

Apple announces September iTunes Festival in London starring Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, others

Apple has announced that it will hold its annual iTunes Festival in London during the month of September. The event will occur nightly during that month at the Roadhouse in London. Apple says that popular artists Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson and Jessie J will headline the event. The event will be streamed nightly to iOS devices, iTunes on computers, and the Apple TV:

LONDON―May 30, 2013―Apple® today announced that global superstars including Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson and Jessie J are among the headliners at this year’s iTunes® Festival in London. Running every night in September at the Roundhouse, the iTunes Festival features over 60 acts performing at the legendary venue. Performances can be watched live or on-demand by millions of iOS users around the world on their iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®, as well as by music fans with iTunes on their computer or in stunning HD with Apple TV®. Tickets are free for competition winners only.

“This year’s iTunes Festival is the best ever with an incredible lineup of global superstars and stellar emerging artists,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Music fans around the world are going to love watching this incredible month of music, whether in London at the Roundhouse or on their iOS device. We’re honored so many renowned artists are part of this year’s lineup.”

In select countries, tickets will be raffled off by local media partners, according to Apple:

Music fans from across the world, including the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico can win tickets to the iTunes Festival through competitions run by local media partners. In the UK, fans can win tickets using the iTunes Festival app and the iTunes Store® as well as select media partners including Channel 4, Global Radio and Metro.

In years passed, Apple has rolled out the required viewing apps to its devices in the few days prior to the event’s kickoff.

The full press release is below:

LONDON―May 30, 2013―Apple® today announced that global superstars including Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson and Jessie J are among the headliners at this year’s iTunes® Festival in London. Running every night in September at the Roundhouse, the iTunes Festival features over 60 acts performing at the legendary venue. Performances can be watched live or on-demand by millions of iOS users around the world on their iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®, as well as by music fans with iTunes on their computer or in stunning HD with Apple TV®. Tickets are free for competitionwinners only.

“This year’s iTunes Festival is the best ever with an incredible lineup of global superstars and stellar emerging artists,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Music fans around the world are going to love watching this incredible month of music, whether in London at the Roundhouse or on their iOS device. We’re honored so many renowned artists are part of this year’s lineup.”

Music fans from across the world, including the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico can win tickets to the iTunes Festival through competitions run by local media partners. In the UK, fans can win tickets using the iTunes Festival app and the iTunes Store® as well as select media partners including Channel 4, Global Radio and Metro.

Sir Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse and Crowded House played the first iTunes Festival at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2007. Since then over 370 artists have performed in front of more than 370,000 fans and tens of millions more online and on television. Other performers have included Adele, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, Jack White and Oasis. Performances are available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Apple discontinues fourth-generation iPod touch, replaces with iSight-free 4-inch model

Late Wednesday night, Apple quietly removed the fourth-generation iPod touch from their online store, replacing it instead with a modified version of the current generation. The new model features only a few differences from the fifth-gen, but the omissions are significant.

 

The updated music player features a 4-inch Retina display like that found on the current model as well as a dual-core A5 processor, but lacks the rear-facing iSight and loop attachment.  Aside from those changes, the new model is identical to the fifth-generation. Unlike the larger models, the 16 GB iPod touch is only available in one color option: black and silver, as seen above.

The 32 GB and 64 GB models remain untouched, suggesting a possibility that Apple is phasing out the older hardware in preparation for iOS 7, which isexpected to be announced at WWDC in June. The new model retails for $229, which is $30 more than the previous generation.

Apple drops education pricing on entry level MacBook Pro to $999 ($200 off retail)

Apple is making quite a few quiet announcements today. Earlier it introduced a new stripped down $229 fifth-gen iPod touch to replace the fourth-gen touch and also announced 100M iPod touches sold to date. Apple has also now made a change to its education pricing on non Retina MacBook Pros bydropping the $1099 entry level price point to $999. That makes the price of the device $200 cheaper than Apple charges to non education customers.

Apple has not yet made an official announcement, but several 9to5 readers noticed the pricing change early this morning. The second up 2.9GHz MacBook Pro is also now selling for $1,299 ($200 off retail compared to the $100 off most models are available for).

While the new pricing is of course only available to those that qualify for an education discount, we’ve been seeing the same deal pop up on 9to5Toys quite frequently.

Google announces Google Play Music and ‘All Access’ streaming coming to iOS in next few weeks

After launching its new Google Play All Access music streaming service earlier this month at Google I/O, Google’s head of Android Sundar Pichai just confirmed during his interview at the D11 conferencethat the service will be making its way to iOS. Sundar said the service would be available on iOS in the next few weeks.

Google announced its new ‘All Access’ $9.99/month streaming service as part of Google Play Music at its Google I/O keynote presentation a few weeks ago. The service offers curated playlists, but also allows users to access a radio feature that automatically creates endless radio stations with the ability to remove unwanted songs.

Since launching, the service unofficially arrived on iOS last week via an update to the third-party gMusic client for iPhone and iPad. The app is one of the more popular Google Music clients allowing iOS users to access Google’s music services, but today is the first time Google has confirmed its plans to bring the service to Apple device’s through its own app.

Are you officially famous? Facebook’s new verified profile feature will judge

Are you a celebrity with a large online audience? Soon, Facebook’s verification feature will determine just how famous you are. The company announced Wednesday that it’s rolling out a new verification feature for prominent celebrities and public figures, obviously quite similarly to Twitter’s verified feature.

The company said that verificiation would be available for a “small group of prominent public figures (celebrities, journalists, government officials, popular brands and businesses) with large audiences,” and that it will begin rolling out slowly.

Twitter has been verifying celebrities and notable people on its platform for years now, and some of those people, particularly celebrities and musicians, have amassed strong followings on Twitter. Facebook has been trying to create more of thatrelationship between celebrities and fans with its “following” feature for pages and thelatest news feed redesign that provides a tab to follow public figures.

The verification will appear next to a user’s profile with a blue check mark (that also looks very much like the Twitter version):