Smell like a rebel
Looking for a fragrance with a whiff of danger? Unfortunately, two promising new candidates won't be seeing the light of day after all. Havana health care products maker Labiofam has pulled the plug on plans for a spring 2015 launch of a, well, revolutionary new line of fragrances inspired by rebel leaders. "Ernesto" (named for Ernesto "Che" Guevera) is a "woodsy and refreshing citric scent with notes of talcum powder," while "Hugo" (a nod to the late Venezuelan leader) features "hints of mango and papaya."
Cuban authorities saw less of a tribute and more of a lack of respect for the much-loved figures and put their foot down. A Cuban TV presenter, in high dudgeon, read a government statement insisting that "appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken." So Aqua Velva's market share looks safe for now.
Uri Geller weighs in on iPhone woes
It looks like the mystery of the bendy iPhone 6 may have been solved by none other than master spoon warper Uri Geller.
"There are two possible explanations," Mr. Geller told MarketWatch. "Either the phone is so seriously thin and flimsy that it is bendable with mere physical force, which I cannot believe given the extensive tests Apple would have done. Or – and this is far more plausible – somehow the energy and excitement of the 10 million people who purchased iPhones has awakened their mind powers and caused the phones to bend."
So there you go. The self-described "celebrated mystifier" also suggested Apple may want to hire to him to do a little PR work, though he's not a devotee himself. "I don't own an iPhone 6 – I'm loyal to my BlackBerry and would never change – but if I did I have no doubt I could bend it with my mind."
BlackBerry in the ER
And speaking of BlackBerry, its new Passport smartphone features not only non-bendiness, but an extra-large screen trumpeted as a "serious" mobile device "for serious business." One of the more arresting images in its marketing campaign is a scene of what appears to be two busy emergency room doctors assessing a chest X-ray on a Passport. Wait a second – will doctors be diagnosing serious upper body problems on a screen the size of a Kraft single?
Er, not quite. The maker of the medical imaging app, Toronto-based Claron Technology, admits specialists are unlikely to use Passports for primary diagnoses, as their screens have " too small an area to do primary diagnosis" from X-rays of many body parts, including chests, according to David Hirschorn, the director of radiology informatics with Staten Island University Hospital.
A BlackBerry spokesman acknowledged : "The main use case we are illustrating is a scenario where a primary diagnosis has been made, and a doctor is using the Passport to communicate the diagnosis with colleagues and/or patients."
And what can patients expect to see on a Passport near them? Not so much their ribs, but their eyeballs, as about 1,800 of Claron's 2,000 installations are located in optometry offices. But perhaps the image of a giant eye peering out of a Passport would have a bit too creepy for their ads.
India's Mars mission defies Gravity
India became the first Asian nation to successfully send a spacecraft to the Red Planet after its Mars Orbiter Mission's 323-day journey reached its destination last week. Budget for the project: $74-million. Budget for George Clooney/Sandra Bullock space blockbuster Gravity: $100-million.
No loaves and fishes, but lots of sausages
Just as your mother always used to say, you can't protest on an empty stomach, so concerned traders from New York brokerage BGC Partners based in Hong Kong are stepping up to the plate, with plates of grilled sausages for the pro-democracy masses protesting in the streets. On Monday four traders of the firm headed by Howard Lutnick and part-owned by his Cantor Fitzgerald grilled up 2,000 of them to feed demonstrators, and were planning to return with more colleagues and eight clients.
"It was pretty much all kids sitting around, eating whatever they were given: crackers, bananas. And some of the kids are there three days already," said Daniel Shepherd, the firm's head of Asia derivatives, who told Bloomberg he wanted to help the crowds who weren't eating properly. "After the Sept. 11 event, we've learned how to help people who are in difficulties. We will try to do as much as we can" for the Hong Kong protesters.
Cantor Fitzgerald suffered the biggest loss of life of any Wall Street firm in the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, losing more than 60 per cent of its 960 employees. Since that time Mr. Lutnick has publicly supported philanthropic causes, including a Relief Fund for survivors of those attacks and their families.
With a contribution from Sean Silcoff