‘Fresh off the news that it’s acquired the Palm brand, Alcatel has a new Pixi for us. It’s not actually the first Pixi from the budget phone maker, but it is pretty unique in its own right: the phone is compatible with three operating systems, being able to run Windows Phone, Android, or Firefox OS. The OS-agnostic Pixi 3 comes in four variants, with a 3.5-inch display 3G model, and three larger versions adding LTE and coming in at 4, 4.5, and 5 inches in size.
‘The company says the smartphones let owners use the same operating systems at work, at home, and on the move. The “affordable” phones might not rival top tier smartphones in terms of features and power, and the smallest 3.5-inch phone can only use 3G connections, but Alcatel says its users “don’t want complicated systems — they want something familiar from their work environment in the office.”…’
Defaced Lotto Ticket can Still Get 12M Pesos
‘Not all hope is lost for the Batangas resident who failed to become an instant multimillionaire after his daughter accidentally burned a portion of his winning lottery ticket.
‘The House committee on games and amusement will recommend that the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes recognize the winning ticket owned by Antonio Mendoza and pay him the P12-million prize money, its chair said Sunday.
‘“I’m drafting the committee report personally [and] my recommendation is for the PCSO to pay,” Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga said in an interview over dzBB radio. He expects the panel to release its findings later this month…’
How Driver’s License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor
‘If you get caught drinking and driving in Wisconsin, and it’s your first offense, you lose your license for nine months. For a hit-and-run, the punishment is suspension for one year.
‘But if you don’t pay a ticket for a minor driving offense, such as driving with a broken tail light, you can lose your license for two years.
‘”It’s an incredible policy,” says John Pawasarat of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. It’s “a policy of punishing people who can’t pay their fines.”…’
“Huh?” is a Universal Word
Just don’t reply like that to elderly people. It’s rude.
Conversational Infrastructure and the Convergent Evolution of Linguistic Items
‘A word like Huh?–used as a repair initiator when, for example, one has not clearly heard what someone just said– is found in roughly the same form and function in spoken languages across the globe. We investigate it in naturally occurring conversations in ten languages and present evidence and arguments for two distinct claims: that Huh? is universal, and that it is a word. In support of the first, we show that the similarities in form and function of this interjection across languages are much greater than expected by chance.
‘In support of the second claim we show that it is a lexical, conventionalised form that has to be learnt, unlike grunts or emotional cries. We discuss possible reasons for the cross-linguistic similarity and propose an account in terms of convergent evolution. Huh? is a universal word not because it is innate but because it is shaped by selective pressures in an interactional environment that all languages share: that of other-initiated repair. Our proposal enhances evolutionary models of language change by suggesting that conversational infrastructure can drive the convergent cultural evolution of linguistic items…’