World’s First Virtual Store Opens in Korea

Life is getting easier for us because of the amazing ideas and technology. World’s first virtual supermarket has been opened by a major South Korean retailer in Korea. We have seen the online markets, but this is an actual place for shopping where customers buy virtual items by scanning barcodes on their smartphones.

Image Courtesy: Homeplus 

Customers can see all the items on the shelves like they see in a grocery store, and if they want to purchase them, the only thing they need to do is download an app on their smartphone and scan the barcodes and then, all the items will be placed in their online shopping cart. The items will be delivered to them once they have paid. They can get the delivery at any address (home or work) at any time. 

Image Courtesy: Homeplus 

All customers must have the Homeplus app in order to purchase the items. The app does everything for you. For example, if you have purchased an item in the past and you want to order it again, you can simply order it via it’s barcode from the app without visiting the store again. You can also replace the items using this amazing app.

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Fact # 4: Muhammad is the most common given name in the world.

Yes, this is true. The most common, popular and given name in the world is Muhammad, according to the Columbia Encyclopedia (2000, 6th edition). There are approximately 150 million men (and boys) who have their name Muhammad.

In the United States, the name got ranked 4,194 out of 88,799 in the 1990 census for people of all ages. In 2006, 639th popular first name for newborns was Muhammad according to the Social Security Administration. Mohammad and Mohammed are ranked 589th and 633rd, respectively. Mohamed was also the 430th most common spelling variant in the US for the year of 2009.

In 2007, the second most popular given name in Britain was Muhammad, including 14 variations in its spelling, reported by the BBC. Mohammed was the 16th most popular baby name in 2009 in England and Wales (most popular in the West Midlands).

Statistics says that 8,928 Danish Muslims have their name Muhammad and it was reported that 167 new born babies were registered in 2004 only. Some men who have name of Muhammad use their middle name because they think it’s too common. 

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Fact # 3: 34,000 children die everyday from causes that are related to poverty and hunger.

Only 34% of people in the world’s poorest countries have access to safe drinking water. 1 in 5 people in developing countries (about 780 million people) lack enough food to meet basic daily needs. Poverty is not only the absence of material means or basic services, but it also means lack of food, shelter, clean water, education or health. Poverty creates powerlessness to determine the quality of life, and compounds vulnerability when conflict or natural disaster strikes.

Since the mid-1980s, the proportion of people living below the poverty line has fallen; the absolute number of poor people has risen to 1.3 billion — 8 per cent more than in the mid-1980s. We believe that most suffering is avoidable, being caused either by the direct action of others or indirectly through injustice, selfishness, inequality, neglect, or environmental and socio-economic imbalance.

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Fact # 2: A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years.

American Charles Osborne had hiccups for 68 years, from 1922 to 1990, and was entered in the Guinness World Records as the man with the longest attack of hiccups. In 2007, Florida teenager Jennifer Mee gained media fame for hiccuping around 50 times per minute for more than five weeks; she was given the nickname “Hiccup Girl”. Briton Christopher Sands had hiccups for a period of almost three years which were eventually discovered to be due to a tumor located on the part of the brain that controls vascular activity.

In Slavic and Baltic folklore, it is said that hiccups occur when the person experiencing them is being talked about by someone not present. Hiccups in Indian folklore are similarly said to occur when the person experiencing them is being thought of by somebody close.

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Fact # 1: The USA bought Alaska from Russia for 2 cents an acre.

The United States purchased the Alaska from Russia in the year 1867. The United States was offered to sell the region by the Russians in 1859 with the hope that presence of the US would offset the plans of Russia’s greatest rival, Great Britain. However, the deal wasn’t brokered due to the American Civil War.

The original check used to pay for Alaska, worth $7.2 million
After the Union victory in the Civil War, Russian minister, Eduard de Stoeckl was instructed by the Tsar to the United States to re-enter into negotiations with Seward in the beginning of March 1867. The decision was made after an all-night session with the signing of the treaty at 4 a.m. on March 30, 1867, with the purchase price set at $7.2 million, or about 2 cents per acre ($4.74/km2).


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The iPad 3 is almost here. What to expect from the most anticipated device of 2012?

This article will explain you what to expect from the iPad 3. 

Final countdown has begun for the iPad 3. The release date for the iPad 3 is confirmed by Apple. The 7th of March seems the most possible release date for iPad 3 as we look through the previous releases of iPads. We can expect it to be announced on 7th and then be found in Apple stores in the US by March 16. Some are saying that the iPad 3 is almost an iPad 2S, so we can also expect it to be named as iPad 2S.

There are some rumors of the possible iPad release with a smaller 7” display including lower price tag and it would be named iPad Mini or 7” iPad. This would be sold to compete against the popular Kindle Fire.

Here are some Quick Facts about the new iPad 3:

It will include…
  • The new A6 processor and IOS 5

  • Battery with light weight, 20 to 30 % more cost and  longer life

  • New retina display and of course a camera

  • Fingerprint Proof

  • The iCloud technology

  • Wireless charging technology, which will be able to charge the battery and transfer data wirelessly

Now let’s look at these features in more depth one by one.

The New A6 Processor

The iPad 2 has 900MHz dual-core ARM Cortext-A9 processor, Apple A5 chipset and PowerVr SGX543MP2 GPU which makes it more powerful than any other tablets. The competition will be tougher in the market because Apple is planning to introduce A6 Quad-core Processor in the iPad 3. This would be as powerful as any high-end desktop.

Linley Group senior analyst Kevin Krewell said, “We expect the A6 will be a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 design, which would be competitive with next year’s best mobile processors. In 2012, Nvidia will offer a quad-core Cortex-A9 processor, and Qualcomm will have the aforementioned MSM8960, a dual-core A15-class processor operating at 1.7GHz. Fabricating Apple’s A6 in 28nm (instead of the 40nm process Nvidia is using for its quad-core part) will reduce both die cost and power, yielding a much better product.”

iOS 5

The iPad 3 will come with the latest iOS 5, which has the multi-touch gesture technology. Some analysts and experts are saying that Apple would introduce OS X Lion for the tablet, since it will be powered by a quad-core processor.

It will also have multitasking features such as notifications, task-finishing, app-switching, location and background sound.

Retina Display

The tech experts expected the Retina Display feature on Apple iPad 2; however, Apple has been working majorly for an improved version of it to include it in the iPad 3. 

This is how Apple explains Retina Display as: “Developing pixels a mere 78 micrometers wide, Apple engineers were able to pack four times the number of pixels into the same 3.5-inch (diagonal) screen found on earlier iPhone models. The resulting pixel density – 326 pixels per inch – makes text and graphics look smooth and continuous at any size.”

We can expect an improved camera with iPad 3, since the previous version of the table didn’t seem impressive enough. It will have….

  • LED flash support
  • The technology made by OmniVision will help reduce the size of the table by 20 percent
  • 5 MP camera with 1080p or 720p video recording quality of 60 frames per second

Fingerprint Proof

Apple has already been granted patents on this technology, and is working real hard to make the iPad 3 fingerprint proof. The touch screen will be coated with oleophobic materials, which will reduce the oil and fingerprints on the screen.


Apple will definitely include the iCloud technology both in the iPhone 5 and iPad 3. The iCloud users can store photos, apps, calendars and access songs on iTunes without having them to store in the phone’s memory.

Rumors indicate that iPad 3 could be priced at a very high range because it promises a lot of new and exciting features. I think that it would be priced in reasonable range because of the tougher competition in tablet market.

This is obviously a “hot topic” of the market; our fingers are crossed for the most anticipated device that everyone wants. One last thing to mention that Apple will be releasing iPhone 5 after a few months of the launch of iPad 3. We will have an article on that, so keep visiting Factbook.

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Introducing Factbook. What is Factbook? What is this blog about?

This is my first ever blog post, so I was thinking how to start this journey. I thought that the best way to kick off would be “an Introductory Article.” I will also be answering few questions like, “How or why did I start this blog?” and “What is this blog about?” or “Why the name: Factbook?” Let’s start with the first question.

I like to get information from the web because it’s fast and easy, so as usual, I was searching on the internet on a topic. I visited few websites and tried to read them, but they all were boring. I felt like I was in my college’s library, reading some boring stuff. Uhhh… it sounds really boring, right? A question raised in my mind, “Is there any way that we can get some good information and learn them easily?” The answer was NO for me, so I came up with an idea to start a blog for people like me who like to read on the web and want to learn or know amazing things different and easy way. Now let’s move to the second question.

I was talking with my friend (who is in the field of I.T., a good blogger, too). He told me that whatever subject (topic) I choose to write on, I should write on “facts”. Everything has facts, e.g.,
Technology: Facts on computer
Biology: Facts on human body
Internet: Facts on Google – and so forth. On this concept, I named my blog Factbook. 

I will write on different subjects. I will choose them randomly, but I promise you one thing that you will enjoy it and your time won’t be wasted. If you want me to write on something, just email me and I’ll be happy to help you. My email address is [[email protected]]. Please, do support us by subscribing and giving comments below. Thanks for visiting and come back later, something interesting is coming soon. 😉

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