Friday, August 31, 2012

Unemployment: Extended claims fall slightly

Unemployment claims report for this week indicated that? 'initial'? unemployment claims went flat at 374,000.? while? 'continued' claims declined by 5,000, resulting in an 'insured' unemployment rate of 2.6 percent.

By SoldAtTheTop,?Guest blogger / August 30, 2012

This chart shows the weekly number of initial and continued unemployment claims over the past decade three years. Both figures have declined steadily since peaking in 2009, though initial claims had a slight bump in recent months. Initial claims went flat this week, while continued claims dropped.



Today?s jobless claims?report indicated that initial unemployment claims went flat and continued unemployment claims declined slightly while seasonally adjusted initial claims remained below the closely watched 400K level.

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Seasonally adjusted ?initial? went flat at 374,000 claims while seasonally adjusted ?continued? claims declined by 5,000 resulting in an ?insured? unemployment rate of 2.6%.

Since the middle of 2008 though, two federal government sponsored ?extended? unemployment benefit programs (the ?extended benefits? and ?EUC 2008? from recent legislation) have been picking up claimants that have fallen off of the traditional unemployment benefits rolls.

Currently there are some 2.27 million people receiving federal ?extended? unemployment benefits.

Taken together with the latest 3.16 million people that are currently counted as receiving traditional continued unemployment benefits, there are 5.44 million people on state and federal unemployment rolls.

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JJB Sports PLC : Updated Rule 2.10 - Relevant securities in issue



31 August 2012


JJB Sports plc


("JJB" or the "Company")


Updated Rule 2.10 announcement - Relevant securities in issue



In accordance with Rule 2.10 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Takeover Code"), the Company announces that, as at close of business on 29 August 2012, the issued share capital of the Company comprised 405,812,703 ordinary shares of 1 pence each with voting rights. The Company currently holds no ordinary shares or deferred shares in treasury. Therefore, the total number of voting rights in the Company is 405,812,703.


As at 29 August 2012, convertible loan notes in the aggregate principal amount of ?18.75 million were outstanding. These convertible loan notes are convertible into ordinary shares of 1 pence each on the terms of a Convertible Loan Note Instrument dated 27 April 2012, the key terms of which were set out in the Shareholder Circular published by the Company on 4 April 2012.


As at 29 August 2012, the Company had issued 1,128,743 warrants to subscribe for ordinary shares at a subscription price of 309 pence per ordinary share and 437,480 warrants to subscribe for ordinary shares, the key terms of which were set out in the Shareholder Circular published by the Company on 4 April 2012.


The International Securities Identification Number ("ISIN") for the ordinary shares is GB00B646JG43. The convertible loan notes and the warrants are not listed or traded and therefore do not have an ISIN.


For further information, please contact:

JJB Sports plc

+44 (0) 1942 22 1400

Dave Williams

KPMG (Adviser)

+44 (0) 20 7311 1000

David McCorquodale

Robert Baxter


+44 (0) 20 7379 5151

Neil Bennett

Daniel Yea

Numis Securities (Nominated Adviser)

+44 (0) 20 7260 1000

Heraclis Economides

Richard Thomas



?The directors of the Company accept responsibility for the information contained in this document. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the directors of JJB (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information contained in this announcement is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.


A copy of the announcement will appear on the Company's corporate website, The content of the website referred to in this announcement is not incorporated into and does not form part of this announcement.


Dealing Disclosure Requirements


Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of JJB or of any paper offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the announcement in which any paper offeror is first identified.


An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) JJB and (ii) any paper offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th Business Day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th Business Day following the announcement in which any paper offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of JJB or of a paper offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.


Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of JJB or of any paper offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of JJB or of any paper offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) JJB and (ii) any paper offeror, save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the Business Day following the date of the relevant dealing.


If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of JJB or a paper offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.


Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by JJB and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by JJB, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4).


Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Takeover Panel's website at, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. If you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure, you should contact the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129.




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Goophone I5 manages to KIRF the 2012 iPhone weeks in advance

Goophone I5 manages to KIRF the 2012 iPhone weeks in advance

Here's something you still don't see every day: a KIRF that's unveiled before the device it's supposed to copy. Although the 2012 iPhone may not show for weeks, the Android-based Goophone I5 is already doing a remarkable job of aping Apple's rumored style, including that two-tone look that we've all seen before. Just don't get notions that it's the bargain of the century. Where most rumors point to a bigger screen for the real thing, the I5 is making do with a 3.5-inch screen similar to that for Goophone's iPhone 4S imitator, the Y5. Performance isn't likely to jolt the engineers in Cupertino out of their seats, either. Mum's the word on whether or not the I5 will beat its inspiration to the store shelf, but we'd wager that it will cost a lot less.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Clinton set to take U.S. Asia push to South Pacific

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will venture to the South Pacific this week as she takes Washington's bid to reassert itself against China to a remote corner of the world where the power rivalry is increasingly apparent.

Clinton will lead a U.S. government team to the Cook Islands for the August 31 meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum, a group of 16 independent and self-governing territories scattered across a huge expanse of ocean east of New Zealand, the State Department said on Tuesday.

Clinton's trip will also include stops in Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor and China, all of which are expected to include discussions on the South China Sea, where competing territorial claims by Beijing and its neighbors have created Asia's biggest potential military flashpoint.

"We don't want to see the disputes in the South China Sea or anywhere else settled by intimidation, by force. We want to see them settled at the negotiating table," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told a news briefing.

"And we have also consistently been calling for increasing transparency in the Chinese military posture."

Beijing has accused Washington of sending the wrong signals on the South China Sea, part of its push back against the Obama administration's "pivot" to Asia that many Chinese analysts see as a campaign to contain rising Chinese power and influence in the region.


In the South Pacific, Clinton will have a chance to personally emphasize the benefits of U.S. friendship to a group of tiny nations that regularly line up with Washington on international issues but which are also now being heavily courted by Beijing.

The United States hopes to boost the forum as a regional alliance to combat shared threats such as climate change, encourage economic development and protect marine stocks in the face of overfishing.

China has nevertheless been scaling up its economic assistance to Pacific Island states, pledging a total of more than $600 million since 2005, according to figures compiled by Australia's Lowy Institute.

Clinton's hosts in the Cook Islands -- a self-governing territory associated with New Zealand -- will be able to show off a new, Chinese-financed courthouse and police headquarters while other island states have received grants for official cars, airport repairs, hospital construction and language courses.

While much of China's historic engagement with the region has been to counter diplomatic advances by its rival, Taiwan, it has now moved beyond that, said Denny Roy, a senior fellow at the East West Center in Hawaii.

"It is now probably more accurate to see the growth of Chinese influence in the South Pacific as not necessarily part of a scripted and controlled plan by the Chinese government," Roy said.

"It has become broader, part of China's economic and government interests going abroad and seeking the room that comes with being an emerging power."

Clinton's trip will take her out of the United States as Democrats gather next week for a convention to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term. Clinton, who as America's top diplomat was not expected to attend, has said she plans to step down at the end of Obama's current term.

But she will stand in for Obama himself at a meeting of leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Vladivostok on September 8-9, the State Department said.

(Editing by Warren Strobel and Cynthia Osterman)


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3.11 Refurbishment Output Forecast
3.12 Refurbishment Output Forecast by Cost Type
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

TiVo Stream DVR-to-iOS transcoder box pops up for $129 pre-orders early

TiVo Stream DVRtoiOS transcoder box pops up for $129 preorders early, ships September 5th

We haven't heard a lot about TiVo's Stream transcoder since it was officially unveiled in May, but today emails went out to winners of a Facebook contest informing them they can pre-order one for $129 (plus shipping) and receive it on September 5th. In case you've forgotten what its capabilities are, the notice shown above from Zatz Not Funny also includes a description of its capabilities which include streaming shows to up to three different mobile devices (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) in the home at once, streaming a show to your mobile as it's recorded, or wirelessly transferring shows to the device to view them on the move, TiVoToGo-style. Those interested will of course need a Premiere series DVR that's hard-wired to a router, but with that it's just a one time fee to easily cut the tether on TV content. Interestingly, a few TiVo Community posters report being able to preorder from the listed number without being in the contest, so if you're already intending to jump just pick up the phone and give it a shot.

[Thanks, @BrennokBob, Joe]

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Now that we know what Apple Geniuses aren't allowed to say, here's another interesting nugget from the Apple Stores' employe' training manual, dug up by Gizmodo.?Geniuses, the in-store tech-support team members, look for clues in your body language. It's almost like they're troubleshooting you for bugs as they fix your devices.

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Will Samsung Smartphone Sales Be Banned in the U.S.? We Won't Know Until Dec.

A hearing that will give Apple the stage to argue if Samsung should be banned from selling some of its Android smartphones in the U.S. has been pushed back until December.

[More from Mashable: How You?re Using Your iPad [INFOGRAPHIC]]

Judge Lucy Koh, who has been presiding over the Apple vs. Samsung patent infringement case, has moved the hearing from Sept. 20 to Dec. 6.

The news comes less than a week after a jury awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages for patent infringements, with a looming possibility that several Samsung devices might be banned from the U.S.

[More from Mashable: How Samsung Is Making Windows 8 Less Scary]

Another hearing, which will address Samsung's efforts to lift the sales ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, is still set for Sept. 20.

SEE ALSO: Apple vs. Samsung Head Juror: ?Evidence Was Overwhelming?

Although Samsung was found guilty of infringement related to 28 devices, many of which are no longer sold in the U.S., Apple said in a filing that it "has tailored this list to address a portion of the immediate, ongoing, irreparable harm that Apple is suffering."

The tailored list names eight devices: the Galaxy S 4G, AT&T Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail.

Samsung has since issued a statement saying that the ruling will "lead to fewer choices, less innovation and potentially higher prices" and will be "a loss for the American consumer."

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Pa. Senate candidate compares abortion decisions

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ? The Republican candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania on Monday compared the decision to abort an unwanted pregnancy resulting from premarital sex to one conceived through rape as he defended his opposition to abortion in all cases.

Tom Smith, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, made the remark after being asked how he would argue to keep the baby if a daughter or granddaughter were to become pregnant as a result of rape. Smith said that his daughter went through "something similar" to rape: "Having a baby out of wedlock."

In the Senate race in Missouri, Republican candidate Todd Akin drew condemnation from Democrats and many Republicans when he referred to "legitimate rape" in discussing his stance against abortion in all cases. The Missouri congressman later apologized for saying that women have a natural biological defense against becoming pregnant because of rape.

Speaking to reporters after an appearance at the Pennsylvania Press Club, Smith said he did not condone rape but was categorically opposed to abortion under any circumstances, including rape or incest.

"I lived something similar to that with my own family, and she chose the life, and I commend her for that," Smith said, adding that his daughter was not raped. "She knew my views, but fortunately for me ... she chose the way I thought."

After comparing the decisions raised by rape and out-of-wedlock pregnancy, Smith was asked a follow-up question about whether the two were similar. He replied: "No, no, no, but, well, put yourself in a father's position. Yes, I mean, it is similar, this isn't, but I'm back to the original, I'm pro-life ? period."

Asked to clarify, he said: "I'm not going to argue about the method of conception. It's a life, and I'm pro-life . It's that simple."


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Holliday's HR helps Cardinals?top Pirates

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updated 10:06 p.m. ET Aug. 27, 2012

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Matt Holliday hit a tiebreaking home run and Kyle Lohse won his eighth consecutive decision, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

Holliday led off the sixth inning with his 24th homer, a drive to right field off A.J. Burnett that put St. Louis ahead for good at 3-2.

Lohse (13-2) pitched five innings before being lifted following a 34-minute rain delay in the top of the sixth. He allowed two runs and five hits while striking out three and walking none.

Lohse has not lost in 13 starts dating to June 15 and raised his career record against Pittsburgh to 9-2.

Burnett (15-5) gave up four runs, two earned, and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings with three strikeouts and one walk. He lost at home for just second time this season in 10 decisions and 13 starts.

Holliday, Allen Craig and Skip Schumaker all had two hits for the Cardinals as did Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Clint Barmes for Pittsburgh.

St. Louis, which has won six of seven, entered play with a 1 1-2 game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second NL wild-card berth. Pittsburgh fell three games behind the Cardinals with its sixth loss in seven games.

The Cardinals added a run in the sixth after Holliday's home run as Yadier Molina hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.

The Pirates drew within a run in the seventh inning on Barmes' RBI double. They put runners on first and second in the eighth but closer Jason Motte came in and escaped the jam by getting Josh Harrison to hit into an inning-ending force play.

Motte retired the side in the ninth for his 31st save in 36 opportunities.

St. Louis had tied the score at 2-2 in the fifth inning as Shumaker hit a run-scoring double and came home on a single by Lohse.

The Pirates scored the game's first two runs in the fourth on RBI singles by McCutchen and Alvarez after neither team produced a hit in the first 3 1-2 innings. Alvarez has 17 RBIs against the Cardinals this season.

NOTES: Pittsburgh 2B Neil Walker was a late scratch because of lower back stiffness. Harrison, who was scheduled to start at shortstop, moved to second base and Barmes was inserted into the lineup. . St. Louis 3B David Freese did not start for a third straight game because of a bruised right wrist but he pinch-hit and struck out in the eighth inning. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said last year's World Series MVP will likely return to the lineup Tuesday night. INF/OF Matt Carpenter started in Freese's place. . Attendance was just 16,700 for what was arguably the biggest game since PNC Park opened in 2001. Pittsburgh is in contention this late in the season for the first time since 1997and has not had a winning season since 1992. . St. Louis RHP Jake Westbrook (13-9, 3.67) will face Pirates RHP James McDonald (11-6, 3.73) on Tuesday night.

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Orioles?rally to end?White Sox's 6-game win streak

BALTIMORE (AP) - Nate McLouth hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, Lew Ford also connected and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the White Sox 4-3 on Monday night, ending Chicago's six-game winning streak.


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Monday, August 27, 2012

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"It really is sad, isn't it, with all the issues that America faces, for the Obama campaign to continue to stoop to such a low level." ? Mitt Romney conceding that fresh controversy over rape and abortion is harming his party and accused Democrats of trying to exploit it for political gain.


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"Right now, it seems like we're taxed so much, but if that would be the only way to go, I guess I'd have to be for it to preserve it. It's extremely important to me. It's most of my income." ? Marge Youngs, a 77-year-old widow from Toledo, Ohio as Most Americans say go ahead and raise taxes if it will save Social Security benefits for future generations, according to a new poll.


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JWoww is one delighted Jersey auntie! Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi hasn't even shared a photo of her newborn yet, but best friend Jenni "JWoww" Farley is already proclaiming him the most adorable baby in the world.


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Frank Ocean, Rihanna Join 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Lineup

The Wanted, 2 Chainz, Ke$ha added as presenters.
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

A fresh start for everyone

August 25, 2012, 12:09 am

Eleven months removed from a disastrous finish to their last season and with hopes dashed for this one, the Red Sox Friday hit the re-set button on their franchise. The Red Sox and Dodgers have completed a blockbuster nine-player trade according to Dodgers beat writer Dylan Hernandez.
The deal sends Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto to the Dodgers in exchange for first baseman James Loney, pitching prospects Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands.
According to a baseball source, the Dodgers would absorb the vast majority of salary obligations owed to the four Red Sox players, a figure estimated at $275 million.
It's believed that amount of money transfer is the largest amount ever in a trade between two teams.

Late Friday night, the deal was approved by Beckett -- who has 10-5 rights and can refuse any deal -- and Carl Crawford, whose limited no-trade clause includes the Dodgers.
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The deal comes as the Red Sox find themselves with an angry fan base, upset with underperforming, overpaid veterans. The team has taken on the appearance of a soap opera, especially following word last week that a number of players met with ownership last month in an apparent attempt to get manager Bobby Valentine ousted.
"We had to do something," said a Red Sox source Friday night.

The deal does a couple of things for the Red Sox, who are six games under .500 and effectively out of contention for the post-season and set to miss the playoffs for the third year running despite a payroll which ranked in the top three in the game.

1. It changes the clubhouse culture.
Beckett was the face of the team's "chicken-and-beer" scandal last fall when the team blew a 9 1/2 game lead in the final month, resulting in Terry Francona being fired and a handful of other off-season after-shocks.
Beckett was the leader of the team's pitching staff, but his poor conditioning and clubhouse behavior set a troubling example for the younger pitchers.
While teammate Jon Lester showed real contrition last winter in the aftermath of the scandal, Beckett seemed more focused last spring on finding the source -- or "snitch" as he termed it -- of the story.
He got himself into further trouble when it was reported that he had played golf on a Boston-area course days after being scratched from a scheduled start because of a sore lat muscle. Beckett then defiantly defended the round of golf, angering fans.
Gonzalez, too, seemed far less happy in his second season with the Red Sox, and just this week, complained about the "gossip" and "rumors" that seemed to envelop the team.
A southern Californian and Mexican-American, he'll return closer to his home and could act as a draw for the Dodgers, who are still repairing their image after former owner Frank McCourt damaged the team's brand during his ownership tenure.
2. It provides great salary relief and flexibility.
In unloading most of the money due Beckett ($31.5 million after this season), Gonzalez ($127 million after this year) Crawford ($102.5 million) and Punto ($1.5 million after this year), the Sox will give themselves the ability to spend the money in a more efficient way.
Presumably, that money will be invested in younger players -- all four of the players in the deal with the Dodgers are over 30 -- and will help the Sox reach the goal of getting under the CBT (competitive balance tax) threshold of $183 million in 2013. The latter will enable the Sox to avoid costly luxury tax payments and make them eligible for refunds from baseball's revenue sharing fund.
The Sox can also use some of the money saved to attempt to extend outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who is eligible for free agency after 2013 and perhaps also re-sign DH David Ortiz, who is a free agent again this off-season.
It's doubtful the Sox will invest heavily in this winter's free agent class, which doesn't offer much in the way of front-line starters (except Zack Greinke) or impact position players (other than Josh Hamilton).
The short-term impact of the players from the Dodgers will be minimal.
Loney will likely serve as the first baseman for the remainder of the season, but is eligible for free agency this fall and probably won't be re-signed.
Webster and De La Rosa are the two biggest parts of the deal. De La Rosa is a power reliever who recently returned from Tommy John surgery and could be a dominant set-up man.
Webster is thought of as perhaps the Dodgers' best starting pitching prospect and has been compared with Derek Lowe thanks to a powerful sinking fastball in the mid-90s.
DeJesus projects as versatile infielder, while Sands' stock has fallen in the last two years. The Dodgers' Minor League Player of the Year in 2010, he's struggled in brief time in the big leagues and will turn 25 next month.
One baseball source said the two teams began putting the trade together in the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but time ran out.
More recently, the deal was resurrected and began to take shape when the Sox at first placed Gonzalez on trade waivers Wednesday and then placed Beckett there Friday.
Both were claimed by the Dodgers to both keep them from being claimed by others and provide the framework for the mega deal.

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i have been asked to make this second post so that one doesnt have to read a book of posts that may not be to the point..
so lets try to keep this clean and factuali will go back and bring in some of pertent stuff an repost that here..if a mod could put his as sticky and un stick the other that would be great..we have 2 weeks till the event..
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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Nourish Your Skin Layer With One Of These Outstanding Healthy ...

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Friday, August 24, 2012

'Angry Birds Space': 20 new levels and a Curiosity Rover cameo

A new, martian-themed batch of bird-hurling action is ready for launch, with the Red Planet update deployed to iOS and Android editions of Angry Birds Space.

The game's continued association with space exploration agency NASA means that three hidden Curiosity rovers and landers are tucked away throughout the 20 levels.

NASA's statement credits Angry Birds Space with introducing players to the concept of microgravity.?"It's a great way to introduce both kids and adults to the wonders of the planet in a fun and entertaining way," said David Weaver of the NASA communications department.

Certainly, Angry Birds' ubiquity and portability give it a leg up over other equally fascinating projects such as the PC's spaceship construction game Kerbal Space Program and the star system creation kit
Universe Sandbox.

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