World Cup for Dummies

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1. So what is a Vuvuzela and what’s the fuss?

It’s kind of an ear-shatteringly loud plastic trumpet. Coined South Africa’s “secret weapon” by many in the international press, it sounds like an elephant when you’re up close, or a swarm of VERY angry bees when you’re sitting in a stadium crammed full of excited fans ALL blowing on them. With gusto!
It’s used to excite the blower’s team…and distract the opposition.
FIFA considered banning them, but decided against it as long as it’s not used as a weapon. (The same goes for the “kuduzela” — a similar trumpet but in a kudu horn shape.)

Cape Town's rather large vuvuzela!

Cape Town's rather large vuvuzela!


“The vuvuzela is a true representation of what African culture is about, and what African culture is,” said Issa Hayatou, the president of the Confederation of African Football.
Although the noise can be unbearable (reaching a reported 131 decibels!) with players and coaches often unable to hear each other, South Africans are hugely loyal to the vuvuzela that’s become a symbol of so much more than just a football trend. It’s become a symbol of hope and rejoicing in the Rainbow Nation.

2. What’s the Diski Dance?

South Africa’s Diski Dance is a fab jive that features township football style moves transformed into dance. “Diski” is slang for football, and this dance was created especially for the World Cup.
“The whole idea was that we needed to come up with something that is truly South African,” says Wendy Ramokgadi, choreographer of the dance. “Our country’s football is rhythmic, and so all the moves that we use in the dance are those same moves that are used on the South African football pitch, moves you can only find in our country.
“The Diski Dance is one of the things I am most proud of, I really am excited about it,” says Ramokgadi. “When these people come to our country, let them come and feel the rhythm of Africa. We must just work, wear, eat, sleep the Diski Dance.”
Watch the video from South African Tourism to see it in action:


And now learn the Diski Dancing Steps yourself (everyone else is!)

3. Then what’s the Waka Waka?

Well, that’s being touted as the ‘official dance’ of the World Cup and it’s also pretty cool. It happens to also be the official World Cup song, performed by Shakira and featuring fab SA band Freshlyground. Full song title is: Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).
Waka Waka is a Cameroon term for ‘do it’ (as in ‘perform a task’) although others say it’s a Swahili verb that means shine. The song was originally from Cameroon…
Here’s the official video!

Shakira : Waka Waka Lyrics

Oooeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehh

You’re a good soldier
Choosing your battles
Pick yourself up
And dust yourself off
Get back in the saddle

You’re on the front line
Everyone’s watching
You know it’s serious
We are getting closer
This isn’t over

The pressure is on
You feel it
But you got it all
Believe it

When you fall get up, oh oh
If you fall get up, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Cuz this is Africa
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Listen to your God
This is our motto
Your time to shine
Don’t wait in line
Y vamos por todo

People are raising
Their expectations
Go on and feed them
This is your moment
No hesitations

Today’s your day
I feel it
You paved the way
Beleive it

If you get down get up, oh oh
When you get down get up, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

(Lady Singing)
ame la mejole biggi biggi
mubbo wa, ET to zet
asi tsu zala makyuni biggi biggi
mubbo from east to west
asi waga waga ma hehe
waga waga ma eh eh
tendency suna tsibuye
CUZ THIS IS AFRICA

Voice: Tsamina mina, Anawa a a
Tsamina mina
Tsamina mina, Anawa a a

Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Django eh eh
Django eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a

Django eh eh
Django eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a

(2x) This time for Africa

(2x) We’re all Africa

4. Why’s the SA squad called Bafana Bafana, and who’s in the team?

Bafana Bafana means “the boys, the boys” in isiZulu. It’s a term that was yelled out by jubilant fans during the team’s triumphant performance at the 1996 African Nations Cup. And the name stuck.

Bafana Bafana

Bafana Bafana


The team’s coach is Carlos Alberto Parreira. He’s a Brazilian who once led his own country to World Cup victory, in 1994.
Sadly SA is one of the weakest host teams in the history of the World Cup, ranked only 83rd, and the team has been ridiculed more than praised in previous years for its bad performance BUT things are turning around. With the mounting excitement around SA hosting the World Cup, and Parreira’s choice of a mainly young, fast team there’s renewed pride and hope in Bafana Bafana. And in recent matches — they’ve been winning!

5. Which are the Top 20 teams and where does Bafana Bafana stand in the FIFA Rankings?

Hmmm. This is where your team REALLY needs you. Bafana Bafana are ranked 83rd. The good news is that’s 7 places better than where we were until recently: 90! The not-so-great news is that the other teams in our Group are: France (#9), Uruguay (#16) and Mexico (#17).
Here’s the top 20:
1 — Brazil; 2 — Spain; 3 — Portugal; 4 — Netherlands; 5 — Italy; 6 — Germany; 7 — Argentina; 8 — England; 9 — France; 10 — Croatia; 11 — Russia; 12 — Egypt; 13 — Greece; 14 — USA; 15 — Serbia; 16 — Uruguay; 17 — Mexico; 18 — Chile; 19 — Cameroon; 20 — Australia

6. Who’s Zakumi?

Um, official mascot of the 2010 FIFA World Cup…but so far not really inciting the kind of excitement and support he’s meant to.

Zakumi

Zakumi


He’s apparently a party “animal” (being a green-haired leopard and all) and has been launched as “the mascot with an attitude” who’ll turn the World Cup into a huge party and show the guests the warmth and spirit of Africa.
He loves football (of course) and is named Zakumi after ZA (for South Africa) and ‘kumi’ (which translates into ‘10? in various African languages) — South Africa ‘10 (get it?).
In his biog it says he has “one striking weakness”. The weakness? He uses up so much energy that he requires frequent (short) rests, and can suddenly fall asleep at random moments. But so far — he seems to have been snoozing too much.

7. What’s a Makarapa

Another uniquely South African accessory! It’s a very colourfully decorated and elaborate plastic hard hat that fans wear on their heads, and that was created for…safety!

Makarapa

Makarapa


Alfred Baloyi (51), a very talented artist, created the makarapa years ago after watching a bottle flying through the air at an unruly match in Soweto.
“We used to go to the stadium without wearing anything on our heads and it was dangerous,” he said. “I realised that these hard hats could protect me.”
They’re called ‘makarapa’ because that’s isiXhosa for the migrant workers who wore hard hats in mines.
Nowadays most fans adorn the makarapa to immerse in the festive atmosphere at matches, and they’re as vital as the vuvuzelas.

8. Oops. What are the words to the anthem? I’m feeling VERY patriotic and I want to sing along!

The anthem’s called Nkosi Sikilel’iAfrika and you can print out a very easy-to-learn PDF of the words and then watch the video below and sing along!

Trade-in sites offering up to $320 for old iPhones

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Leery of coughing up $200 or even $300 for yet another iPhone? Well, you can always sell your old iPhone on eBay. But there’s another, potentially easier option: trading it in for cash. Some online trade-in sites offer up to $320 for iPhone hand-me-downs.
I checked out iPhone trade-in values at five of the most popular online gadget trade-in sites — Cell for Cash, FlipSwap, Gazelle, NextWorth and YouRenew — and found some pretty decent offers for all the previous (locked) iPhone models. In some cases the money would be enough to completely offset the cost of a new iPhone 4.
Of course, the price you’ll get for your old iPhone depends on the condition it’s in (mint? almost new? a little scuffed? cracked screen?) and whether you have the original accessories (namely the headset, the connector cable and the power adapter). Oh, and if your iPhone has suffered any water damage or doesn’t quite turn on anymore, well … good luck with that. Make sure to check with the trade-in site you pick to see what their policies are for phones that fall short of their wear-and-tear expectations: In some cases, a given service may not notify you if it lowers its offer for your phone, or won’t give you the option of getting your phone back if you disagree with a lowered offer.
Even if your old iPhone is in mint condition, you’ll have to be patient. Most trade-in sites will take days or weeks to cut you a check once they receive your old handset in the mail. Typically you send in your phone yourself. Some sites will send you a box for shipping, but then you’ll extend your wait even further.
I checked the iPhone offers on each of the five sites, using the assumption that iPhones were in “good” shape (between “mint” and “fair” condition) when I had the choice. I also checked the “have cables and power adapters” box where applicable. Also, keep in mind that the prices I’m quoting here are subject to change daily (usually ever lower as time marches on).
The results: Across the five sites, a 32GB iPhone 3GS fetched an average of $274, just $26 less than the $299 two-year contract price for a new 32GB iPhone 4. Cell for Cash offered the highest price — $320 — but the site doesn’t give you the option of indicating what shape your iPhone’s in, so it’s quite possible that an even gently used iPhone might get you less than that.
The average offer for a 16GB iPhone 3GS, meanwhile, was about $228.
What about the iPhone 3G from 2008? For the 16GB model, expect an offer in the vicinity of $150 (the highest offer, $186, again comes from Cell for Cash); the 8GB iPhone 3G might get you about $134, depending on the specific trade-in site.
Even the original iPhone will score you some cash: The 16GB version fetches an average of just over $100 (FlipSwap being the most generous at $114), and the 8GB iPhone yields a decent $81 average. Last but not least, the 4GB version will rake in an OK trade-in value of $67 or so (highest offer: $78, from YouRenew).
Wondering why you can (in some cases) trade in your phone for more than you paid for it? Well, keep in mind that the $299 price you paid for your iPhone 3GS last year was subsidized by AT&T, which recoups the cost through your monthly cell phone bill. The unsubsidized value of your phone is much higher — $699 in the case of the 32GB iPhone 3GS. Trade-in sites typically sell the working phones they receive to wireless resellers, which refurbish the used phones and put them back on the market. They may also strip a handset down and sell off its parts — or, in the case of a phone that’s truly busted, divert it to a recycling program.
Oh, and one more thing: Be sure to wipe all your personal data off your iPhone before you trade it in. Most trade-in sites promise that they’ll wipe your handset for you — but better safe than sorry. (To completely wipe your iPhone, tap “Settings” and then “Reset,” then select “Erase All Content and Settings.”)

Should AT&T-iPad 3G security breach worry you?

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If you were an early adopter of the 3G-embedded version of the iPad — as in, you bought it on Day One — there’s a chance that your e-mail address and your iPad’s ICC-ID number were exposed by a group of hackers who exploited a weakness on AT&T’s website. How bad is the breach, and should you be worried?
First, a little background. Gawker broke the news late Wednesday that a group of hackers going by the name of Goatse Security managed to grab the information of more than 114,000 iPad 3G owners — including, as it turns out, such high-profile early adopters as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and maybe even White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel — by exploiting a wonky script on the AT&T website.
Basically, by hitting the script with an ICC-ID number (the unique identifier of an iPad 3G’s SIM card), the hackers were able to harvest the e-mail address associated with the account, according to Gawker. By methodically firing off one ICC-ID after another, the Goatse Security hackers managed to dredge up the e-mail addresses of one early iPad 3G adopter after another, including the CEOs of the New York Times, Time magazine and Dow Jones, as well as staffers at NASA and the Department of Defense.
Not good, right? Lucky for us, the hackers at Goatse Security seem more interested in revealing security holes than in exploiting them, and the group shopped around its findings to a variety of news organizations Sunday, according to Forbes, and Gawker bit. (Gawker, by the way is owned by Gawker Media, the same company that owns Gizmodo and paid for Gizmodo’s iPhone leak. Gawker says it didn’t pay for the iPad security breach story.)
In a statement to Gawker, AT&T said it learned of the security hole Monday (from a “business customer,” not Goatse Security) and had plugged it by Tuesday (a day before Gawker published its post). “We take customer privacy very seriously, and while we have fixed this problem, we apologize to our customers who were impacted,” AT&T said, adding that it would be contacting any and all customers whose e-mail and ICC-ID numbers were exposed. Apple has yet to issue a statement.
So, how did the e-mail addresses and ICC-ID numbers of iPad 3G owners end up on a publicly accessible website? As Matt Buchanan at Gizmodo explains, the problem was a “tiny convenience feature” on the iPad 3G that fills (or filled, as of Tuesday) in your e-mail address automatically when you’re checking your AT&T account from the iPad’s Settings menu. Now that AT&T has plugged the security hole, you’ll have to tap in your e-mail address every time you want to check the status of your 3G account.
So if your iPad 3G info was exposed, how worried should you be? According to Gawker, the only data that were scooped up by the hackers were e-mail addresses at the ICC-ID numbers associated with them — no phone numbers, street addresses, credit card numbers or any other personal information.
The New York Times also checked with some security experts, who note that there’s only so much someone could do with your e-mail address — hit you with a phishing attack (you know, a fake message from, say, PayPal, asking for your username and password), or flood your inbox with junk mail.
That said, “in the right hands,” your iPad 3G’s ICC-ID number could be used to track your iPad’s location, one expert told the Times, although another downplayed the threat, noting that an attacker would need “access to very secure databases that are not generally connected to the public Internet.”
Still, even if the damage to actual iPad 3G users is relatively limited (we hope), the breach is acutely embarrassing for Apple and especially AT&T, which managed to leave personal information about its customers vulnerable on a public website.
The snafu also raises the question: What other AT&T security holes are still out there, waiting to be exposed — or exploited?

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