New technology allows consumers to control phone through eye movement

Woman looking at smartphone (illustration) 
By: Feng Qian

Consumers who want to keep up with the newest technology can now get a phone with an app that can read its owner’s eye movement.

GazeCapture allows smartphone users to play games and open apps using just eye movements.

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Georgia and Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany, have been able to train software to identify where a person is looking with an accuracy of about one centimeter on a mobile phone and 1.7 centimeter on a tablet.

The researchers believe that the software’s accuracy will improve with more data.
To accomplish this, the researchers created an application called GazeCapture that collects data about how people look at their phones in different environments outside the confines of a laboratory.

The app asks smartphone owners to look at the screen and directs them to look right and left. The information is then used to train GazeCapture.

The software takes into account factors such as the position and orientation of the head and eyes to figure out where the gaze is focused on the screen.

About 1,500 people have used the GazeCapture app so far.

When the app will record data from 10,000 people, it will be able to reduce the error rate to half a centimeter, which should be good enough for a range of eye-tracking applications.

Bird walks into bakery and steals a bag of potato chips before walking out the door

Bird (illustration) 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A brave bird in the United Kingdom, was seen on video walking into a bakery and stealing a bag of potato chips before heading for the exit.

The video that was uploaded to YouTube, shows the white and grey bird walking into the Greggs store in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, before stealing a package of salt and vinegar chips from the bottom shelf.

The bizarre incident was recorded by a customer inside the store.

41-year-old Gordon Lindsay said that he saw the bird casually strolling past the main counter before picking up the package with its beak.

The bird then walked towards the automatic electronic door.

Several employees tried to scare away the bird, but it ignored them. When the bird reached the door, it flapped its wings in order to open it.

Lindsay said that he never saw such a clever bird in his life.

Lindsay works in retail in the area, and complains that the place is full of birds. He never walks down the street with food in his hands because the birds would just steal it.

Jamaica to sell marijuana to tourists at airports

Marijuana (illustration) 
By: Wayne Morin

Officials in Jamaica, have announced that the government will set up marijuana dispensaries at airports and seaports across the country.

The government will install kiosks that will dispense marijuana to tourists in order to bring more revenue.

The New Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) said that the kiosks will be installed in two months after possession of small amounts of marijuana were legalized.

The dispensaries will be located at airports and seaports, and will be operated by a person with medical training.

That staff member would give tourists who have a prescription for medical marijuana from abroad, a license to use or carry up to two ounces of marijuana.

Lawmakers have legalized growing five or fewer marijuana plants per household.

28-year-old woman makes dress out of donated pubic hair and keeps it in 13-year-old son’s room

Sarah Louise Bryan wearing dress made of pubic hair 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A young designer in the United Kingdom, created a bra and skirt entirely out of pubic hair.

28-year-old Sarah Louise Bryan of Wakefield, said that it took six months to collect the pubic hair for the dress.

While making the dress, she kept it in her 13-year-old son’s bedroom. The dress is made up of other people's hair, which were donated to Bryan over the course of six months.

Bryan revealed that she got the idea from people on social media sites. She posted a message on social networks, calling on people to donate their pubic hair and other body hair if they wished.

Bryan received thousands of responses, with people wishing her luck in her new project. Bryan said that she made the pubic hair dress in order to rise above Lady Gaga, who once wore a meat dress to a concert.

While making the dress, Bryan used protective gloves. She also began to wear a mask to cover her face and eyes after she nearly vomited.

Bryan became famous after creating a dress from 3,000 Skittles candy.

Man left with a broken jaw after being a racist at a bar

The two suspects 
By: Tanya Malhotra

Police are looking to arrest two men on a charge of assault after allegedly beating up a man, who was accused of being a racist, according to police in the United Kingdom.

Bolton police said that incident unfolded around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday.

The victim and his friends were outside “The Corner Club” bar on Bradshawgate, when a man standing nearby accused him of being a racist.

A scuffle broke out, which was quickly broken up by security guards. The suspect was allowed to go back into the bar, and he returned with several friends.

The suspect and another man began punching and kicking the victim’s head until he sustained multiple facial fractures. He was taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery to have a metal plate wired to his jaw.

One suspect was described as a black man, around 25 years old, muscular build and very short hair. He was wearing a black baseball cap, a long-sleeved light colored top, black trousers and was carrying a bag.

The second suspect was described as a black man, around 25 years old, slim build with short curly hair.

He was wearing a long-sleeved black top with a white mark to the left of the chest, black trousers and a gold chain around his neck.

A video showed the men chasing the victim a short distance before subjecting him to a barrage of punches and kicks, which caused him serious injuries, police said.

He had a plate put in his jaw and also had to have his mouth wired shut to realign his teeth as a result of the assault. So far, no arrests have been made.

14-year-old boy locked in prison after girls sent him nude photos of themselves

Picture of girl (illustration) 
By: Feng Qian

A boy was arrested after being accused for forcing girls to send him naked photos of themselves and threatening to publish them on the Internet, according to police in the United Kingdom.

Now, the 14-year-old boy has been sentenced at the Carlisle Magistrates court to 18 months in prison for forcing girls to send him indecent images of themselves.

He is accused of persuading the girls to perform sex acts on the Internet. The boy was also given a four year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, and ordered to register on the sex offenders list for five years.

Isla Chilton, who is the Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said: "This young teenage boy committed extremely alarming offenses. He targeted young girls in order to coerce them into sending him sexually explicit photographs of themselves, and he admitted that he had incited them to engage in sexual activity online.

“When they sent him photographs, he ordered even more explicit ones, including trying to incite them to involve others in the images, and threatened to publish the images he had already received if they did not comply with his demands.

"This was not consensual activity. The defendant bullied and threatened younger girls into doing things that they didn't want to do.

“The victims in this case have been extremely traumatized by the defendant's actions, and this 14-year-old boy has received a criminal record, which will now affect the rest of his life.”

5-year-old boy crawls out of car wreck while his parents laid dead

Car crash (illustration) 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A family in Australia, was left orphaned after both of their parents died in a car crash.

Their five-year-old son managed to crawl out unhurt from the wreckage of a horrible traffic accident as the parents laid dead on the road.

The boy was traveling with his parents Caroline and Steve Hutchinson, both 37, his 17-year-old brother Dylan, and his brother’s 15-year-old girlfriend in Queensland, when their car flipped over.

The parents and the 15-year-old girl were thrown from the car. The parents were pronounced dead at the scene and the 15-year-old girl remains in a hospital in critical condition.

The Hutchinsons also have a 7-year-old daughter who was not with them at the time of the accident.


24-year-old man locks his family in shed and sets it on fire

The burned shed and Shannon Guterres 
By: Wayne Morin

A man was jailed after he locked his family into a shed and set it on fire, police in Australia said.

24-year-old Shannon Guterres of Sydney, returned to his home after a three-day drug binge and went into a shed that had been converted into a living space for the family.

He locked his 61-year-old father, his mother, 31-year-old brother Kevin, and his sister-in-law inside the shed.

He then poured a flammable substance over the shed and set it on fire.

The Campbelltown Local Court heard how the victims could feel the heat of the flames through the metal door and saw flames coming in through the window.

Guterres fled as the shed was engulfed in flames. The family was desperately looking for a way to escape.

Kevin finally managed to kick the door of the shed down and they all managed to escape.

The court heard that Guterres, had been using ice for three days and he told police that he heard voices in his head that told him to kill himself and his family.

However, he claimed that he was not trying to hurt his family and that he loves them.

Kevin pleaded guilty to property damage by fire with intent to injure and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Man publicly asks his wife and mistress to get along because he deserves it

Lonnie Turner, Tammy M. Arrington-Turner and Helen Yancy 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A man has caused outrage with his outlandish public request from his wife.

Many people have called the husband disrespectful after he posted photos of his wife and lover on Facebook.

Lonnie Turner of Texas, is married to Tammy M. Arrington-Turner, and they have children together. He also hangs out with his mistress Helen Yancy.

Lonnie posted a photo of his wife in a smart business outfit next to photo of his mistress, posing in a bikini on a beach. He wrote that he wants the two to stop feuding, saying: “These two better learn to get along. I work extremely hard, and I think I deserve to have everything my little heart desires. Why have a cake and can’t eat it??? I want multiple cakes!”

Lonnie also included the hashtags #Wife, #Chic, #BestOfBothWorlds alongside his status.

While many people don’t like the way Lonnie is playing both women, others praised him for being honest with both women, and said that either woman could choose to leave him at any time.

Police officer kills father in front of his girlfriend and three children during road rage incident

Delrawn Small and Zaquanna Albert 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A woman and her children watched in horror as their loved one was shot dead in middle of the street.

Wayne Isaacs, 37, of New York, was off duty when he opened fire and shot the man during a road rage incident.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that an investigation has been launched into the early Monday shooting.

37-year-old Delrawn Small of Queens, was driving in Brooklyn with his girlfriend Zaquanna Albert, their 4-month-old son and her two daughters when the fatal confrontation unfolded.

The officer allegedly told police that Small got out of his car at a red-light, and confronted him in rage and punched him in the head several times.

Small felt that he was put in danger when he was cut off by Isaacs shortly after the police officer’s midnight shift had ended.

However, witnesses told police that after the two cars nearly collided with each other, Small confronted Isaacs, who pulled his gun and shot Small.

Father accidentally shoots and kills son at the ‘world's safest gun range’ where kids shoot for free

Stephen J. Brumby 
By: Feng Qian

A boy lost his life at a gun range, which was named two years ago as “the safest gun shooting range in the world.”

14-year-old Stephen J. Brumby was practicing with his family when he was accidentally shot and killed by his father.

His 24-year-old brother and his 12-years-old sister witnessed the shooting. Stephen is the fourth of seven children.

William Clayton Brumby was at the High Noon Guns in Sarasota, Florida, when he accidentally shot his son Stephen.

Police said that “after firing a round, the spent shell casing struck the wall causing it to deflect and fall into the back of the father's shirt.

The father then used his right hand, in which he was holding the handgun, in an attempt to remove the casing. While doing so, he inadvertently pointed the firearm directly behind him and accidentally fired.”

The bullet his son. The boy was taken to a hospital but doctors were unable to save his life.

The family set up a GoFundMe page where they were looking to collect $10,000 and they have already received over $16,125.

High Noon Guns has a poster showing a young girl holding a rifle with the words "properly trained kids don't have accidents.” The company has since removed the poster from Facebook.

They also allow children under 14, who are accompanied with an adult to shoot for free.

High school baseball star molests young children in his mother’s daycare

Alan Zachary Holifield 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) Parents were angry to learn that their children were violated at a daycare.

A high school student was arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault after allegedly molesting two children at the daycare center that was run by his mother.

17-year-old Alan Zachary Holifield of Texas, has committed to play college baseball at Oklahoma State, on a scholarship.

However, his career may be in jeopardy as a result of his arrest. He remains locked up in the Collin County jail.

The teenager was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Police said that Holifield lives in the house, where his mother runs the daycare and it is where the alleged abuse occurred.

One of the victims, who told his parents about the abuse, was only five years old.

Holifield, who is said to be a star pitcher, is being held on $600,000 bail.

Two men armed with hammers rob sports betting shop and casino after banging on desk near employees

One of the suspects 
By: Chan Yuan

Police are looking to arrest two men on a charge of armed robbery after allegedly using hammers to steal cash from a casino and sports betting shop, according to police in the United Kingdom.

Ashton police said that the incident happened around 8:00 p.m. on Friday.

The two men armed with hammers entered the Betfred at The Arcades on Warrington Street. The men approached a member of the staff and started banging on the desk with hammers, demanding money.

The staff member handed them the cash from the safe and they fled from the scene.

The first man was wearing black tracksuit bottoms, a black hooded jacket with blue stripes on the sleeves and carrying a black bag.

The second man was described as wearing dark colored jeans, white rimmed sunglasses, black trainers and black gloves. The robbery took place when the shop was busy, and it was very distressing for staff and customers inside at the time.

So far, no arrests have been made.

Man tries to rob Chuck E. Cheese's during job interview claiming he had a gun and demanding key to safe

The suspect 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) Police are looking to arrest a man on a charge of robbery after allegedly trying to rob a restaurant during a job interview, according to police in Kentucky.

Lexington police said that the suspect entered the Chuck E. Cheese’s located in the Woodhill Shopping Center on Wednesday morning.

The man asked for a job application, and was told to come back later for an interview. When the man returned for the interview, he claimed that he had a gun and demanded cash.

He asked for a key to the safe, but was told that no one had access to it. He was then persuaded to leave the restaurant.

The entire incident was recorded on video. In a bizarre twist of events, the thief apologized to employees and began to cry. So far, the suspect remains at large.

Later that night, officers responded to a robbery at a Dollar General store located on Bryan Station Road. The store clerk told police that a man implied that he had a gun and demanded money.

Employees gave the robber money, and he then fled the store. Police believe that the robber is the same man who tried to rob the Chuck E. Cheese’s earlier in the day.

Robber shoots himself in the private parts while trying to pull out his gun during robbery at gas station

Gas station (illustration) 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A man is facing charges of armed robbery and gun possession after allegedly shooting himself in the private parts during a robbery at a gas station, according to police in Ohio.

Cleveland police said that incident unfolded on Monday, at the Marathon gas station located on E. 55th near Woodland.

According to the police investigation, the thief approached a vehicle and tried to steal from the people inside. He then attempted to pull out his gun from his waist, but it got stuck and fired.

The bullet hit his private parts. The suspect was taken to the MetroHealth Medical Center, where he is being treated. The thief will be arrested and charged once he is discharged from the hospital.

The occupants of the vehicle were not injured.

Man who posed as police officer pats down woman while exposing his private parts

Sketch of suspect 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) Police are looking to arrest a man who posed as a police officer, after patting down a woman on the street and stealing her valuables, according to police in Florida.

Coral Gables police said that the incident unfolded around 5:00 a.m. on Sunday.

The suspect approached the woman who was walking south on the 4000 block of Aurora Street, and told her that he was a police officer.

He then patted her down and exposed his private parts. The suspect threatened the woman by telling her that he had a gun, and stole her valuables.

The thief then took off on a skateboard. The man was described as white around 30 years old, about 5 feet and 10 inches and weighing around 185 pounds.

The suspect had shoulder-length brown hair, brown eyes and a full beard. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a black t-shirt, camouflage shorts and black sneakers.

He also carried a backpack.

Drunk driver who crashed car into dividing wall of highway sues bar for serving him alcohol

(Illustration) 
By: Feng Qian

A drunk driver who suffered severe injuries following a car crash, filed a lawsuit against the bar that served him alcohol despite being visibly intoxicated, according to court documents in Texas.

Gordon Savage of Dallas, claims that the W.W. Fairfield's bar was guilty of negligence.

Savage wants $1 million to cover his medical expenses, and for pain and suffering. Savage told the court that he started drinking around 6:00 p.m. at the bar located on North Plano Road.

Employees continued to serve him alcoholic beverages until around 2:00 a.m. Savage then tried to drive home drunk. He crashed into a concrete dividing wall around 3:00 a.m. on the North Central Expressway.

Savage was taken to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where he was treated for severe injuries and released. Savage was not charged with drunk driving.

Savage claims that employees of the W.W. Fairfield's bar should have stopped serving him alcoholic drinks as soon as he was visibly intoxicated as required by law.

Under the Dram Shop law, bars and other drinking establishments can be held liable for injuries resulting from excessive alcohol consumption.

Elderly man falls into well filled with cold water and snakes while trying to retrieve piece of wood

The well filled with water and snakes 
By: Chan Yuan

An elderly man is lucky to be alive after falling into a well that was filled with cold water and snakes, according to firefighters in Maine.

Around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the Tremont Fire and EMS were called to a property on a report of a 71-year-old man who had fallen into a well.

He was inspecting the water level with a piece of wood, but lost it down the hole.

While attempting to retrieve the wood, he slipped into the 18 inch opening and became trapped inside the 8 feet deep concrete chamber.

He screamed for about 30 minutes, until his wife heard his calls for help.

Neighbors were quick to assist emergency responders as they lowered him a life jacket and directed the emergency crew to the man's location.

A 200 pound outer concrete cover was removed, allowing access to the second 18 inch entry hole below. It was quickly determined that man was having difficulty staying above the water.

Tremont Fire Captain Heath Higgins lowered himself into the well to keep the man's head above the water. Without hesitation, Deputy Sheriff McFarland and Steve Ward pulled the man out as Captain Higgins pushed from below.

A very wet but thankful and smiling man emerged from the dark chamber. As Captain Higgins entered the well, he quickly discovered that he and the victim were not alone.

There were numerous live snakes in the water.

The man was taken to the hospital, where he treated for minor injuries and released.

New shampoo bottles empties itself to the last drop

Shampoo bottles (illustration) 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) People who hate leaving behind drops of shampoo in nearly empty bottles, will soon be able to purchase plastic shampoo bottles that empty themselves to the last drop.

Researchers at the Ohio State University, have developed a new coating for plastic bottles to make soap products flow freely from the inside.

The new patent-pending technology restricts the soap from touching the inside of the bottle. The researchers developed the structure using nanoparticles, which do not stick to soap.

The development is part of a project to create a shampoo bottle that is efficient and environmentally friendly. The researchers hope to license the coating technique to manufacturers for other bottled plastic products.

The method has already been applied to polycarbonate, a plastic used in car headlights and cases of smartphones, among other applications.


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