U.S. antivirus legend John McAfee wanted for murder in Belize

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John McAfee, the estranged founder of the antivirus firm that bears his name, is wanted by the Belize police in connection with a murder, FoxNews.com has confirmed.

McAfee, whose very name is synonymous with security, is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, a well liked builder from California who was shot Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye, according to a series of exposes on tech blog Gizmodo. Vienne Robinson, assistant superintendent of the San Pedro police department in Belize, told FoxNews.com that police are actively searching for McAfee.

“We are looking for him in connection with the murder,” Robinson told FoxNews.com. “No one has been charged with murder yet,” she said, noting that there is one suspect already in custody.

The 52-year-old Faull was found by the housekeeper on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 11, lying face up in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound on the upper rear part of his head, according to a police report posted on Gizmodo.

McAfee’s life has turned in recent years from cybersecurity to drugs, guns, prostitution and violence, explained Jeff Wise, a freelance reporter who broke the story for Gizmodo. “He will tell you he moved to Belize for the good life, for the country, to rescue the Belizean people from poverty,” Wise told FoxNews.com. In reality, McAfee became embroiled in bath salts and the quest for the ultimate high, he said.

Wise visited McAfee in the Western Caribbean nation twice, once in 2010 and again this past April.

“It really scared the hell out of me,” Wise said. He wasn’t alone. A woman who went to visit McAfee to co-develop an herbal medicine ended up running from the country in terror, “fleeing for her life,” Wise said.

McAfee’s descent into darkness began in 2008, after the death of a colleague. He had been involved in a new sport involving low-flying tricycles, Wise said — a strange twist the bizarre tale.

Following that incident, McAfee’s life changed around, Wise said. Although a one time drug user, the computer expert had cleaned up his act.

“Mcafee had been a hard-core drug addict in his 30s and 40s. He had a heart attack right around the time he sold his company for 100 million,” Wise told FoxNews.com. He moved to Belize and apparently pursued several lines of business, from creating a new form of herbal medicine to helping save the country from poverty.

He also became deeply involved with bath salts, Wise said, a dangerous drug notorious for its psychotic effects.

“Around the time his herbal drug plan collapsed, he started to get really heavily into this kind of synthetic, hallucinogenic hyper-aphrodisiac,” Wise told FoxNews.com. “Everyone was scared of McAfee. He was walking around the beach carrying a gun.”

McAfee spokeswoman Kim Eichorn told FoxNews.com the company doesn’t comment on former employees, and that McAfee is no longer associated with the company that bears his name.

Calls to the Belize embassy in Washington D.C. went unanswered, and the U.S. embassy in the Carribbean country was closed Monday for Veteran’s Day.

Hurricane Sandy leaves death, damp and darkness in wake!

NEW YORK (AP) — As Superstorm Sandy marched slowly inland, millions along the East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, with huge swaths of the nation’s largest city unusually vacant and dark.

New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart in Lower Manhattan shuttered for a second day and seawater cascading into the still-gaping construction pit at the World Trade Center. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the city and Long Island.

The storm that made landfall in New Jersey on Monday evening with 80 mph sustained winds killed at least 16 people in seven states, cut power to more than 7.4 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio, caused scares at two nuclear power plants and stopped the presidential campaign cold.

The massive storm reached well into the Midwest: Chicago officials warned residents to stay away from the Lake Michigan shore as the city prepares for winds of up to 60 mph and waves exceeding 24 feet well into Wednesday.

“This will be one for the record books,” said John Miksad, senior vice president for electric operations at Consolidated Edison, which had more than 670,000 customers without power in and around New York City.

An unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater — 3 feet above the previous record — gushed into Gotham, inundating tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street, and sent hospital patients and tourists scrambling for safety. Skyscrapers swayed and creaked in winds that partially toppled a crane 74 stories above Midtown.

Right before dawn, a handful of taxis were out on the streets, though there was an abundance of emergency and police vehicles.

Remnants of the former Category 1 hurricane were forecast to head across Pennsylvania before taking another sharp turn into western New York by Wednesday morning. Although weakening as it goes, the massive storm — which caused wind warnings from Florida to Canada — will continue to bring heavy rain and local flooding, said Daniel Brown, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

As Hurricane Sandy closed in on the Northeast, it converged with a cold-weather system that turned it into a monstrous hybrid of rain and high wind — and even snow in West Virginia and other mountainous areas inland.

Just before it made landfall at 8 p.m. near Atlantic City, N.J., forecasters stripped Sandy of hurricane status — but the distinction was purely technical, based on its shape and internal temperature. It still packed hurricane-force wind, and forecasters were careful to say it was still dangerous to the tens of millions in its path.

While the hurricane’s 90 mph winds registered as only a Category 1 on a scale of five, it packed “astoundingly low” barometric pressure, giving it terrific energy to push water inland, said Kerry Emanuel, a professor of meteorology at MIT.

Officials blamed at least 16 deaths on the converging storms — five in New York, three each in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, two in Connecticut, and one each in Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia. Three of the victims were children, one just 8 years old.

Sandy, which killed 69 people in the Caribbean before making its way up the Eastern Seaboard, began to hook left at midday Monday toward the New Jersey coast. Even before it made landfall, crashing waves had claimed an old, 50-foot piece of Atlantic City’s world-famous Boardwalk.

“We are looking at the highest storm surges ever recorded” in the Northeast, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director for Weather Underground, a private forecasting service.

Sitting on the dangerous northeast wall of the storm, the New York metropolitan area got the worst of it.

An explosion at a ConEdison substation knocked out power to about 310,000 customers in Manhattan, said Miksad.

“We see a pop. The whole sky lights up,” said Dani Hart, 30, who was watching the storm from the roof of her building in the Navy Yards.

“It sounded like the Fourth of July,” Stephen Weisbrot said from his 10th-floor apartment.

New York University’s Tisch Hospital was forced to evacuate 200 patients after its backup generator failed. NYU Medical Dean Robert Grossman said patients — among them 20 babies from neonatal intensive care that were on battery-powered respirators — had to be carried down staircases and to dozens of waiting ambulances.

Not only was the subway shut down, but the Holland Tunnel connecting New York to New Jersey was closed, as was a tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and several other spans were closed due to high winds.

A construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds and dangled precariously. Thousands of people were ordered to leave several nearby buildings as a precaution, including 900 guests at the ultramodern Le Parker Meridien hotel.

Alice Goldberg, 15, a tourist from Paris, was watching television in the hotel — whose slogan is “Uptown, Not Uptight” — when a voice came over the loudspeaker and told everyone to leave.

“They said to take only what we needed, and leave the rest, because we’ll come back in two or three days,” she said as she and hundreds of others gathered in the luggage-strewn marble lobby. “I hope so.”

Trading at the New York Stock Exchange was canceled again Tuesday — the first time the exchange suspended operations for two consecutive days due to weather since an 1888 blizzard struck the city.

Fire destroyed at least 50 homes Monday night in a flooded neighborhood in the Breezy Point section of the borough of Queens, where the Rockaway peninsula juts into the Atlantic Ocean. Firefighters told WABC-TV that they had to use a boat to rescue residents because the water was chest high on the street. About 25 people were trapped in one home, with two injuries reported.

Airlines canceled around 12,500 flights because of the storm, a number that was expected to grow.

Off North Carolina, not far from an area known as “the Graveyard of the Atlantic,” a replica of the 18th-century sailing ship HMS Bounty that was built for the 1962 Marlon Brando movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” sank when her diesel engine and bilge pumps failed. Coast Guard helicopters plucked 14 crew members from rubber lifeboats bobbing in 18-foot seas.

A 15th crew member who was found unresponsive several hours after the others was later pronounced dead. The Bounty’s captain was still missing.

One of the units at Indian Point, a nuclear power plant about 45 miles north of New York City, was shut down around 10:45 p.m. Monday because of external electrical grid issues, said Entergy Corp., which operates the plant. The company said there was no risk to employees or the public.

And officials declared an “unusual event” at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township, N.J., the nation’s oldest, when waters surged to 6 feet above sea level during the evening. Within two hours, the situation at the reactor — which was offline for regular maintenance — was upgraded to an alert, the second-lowest in a four-tiered warning system. Oyster Creek provides 9 percent of the state’s electricity.

In Baltimore, fire officials said four unoccupied rowhouses collapsed in the storm, sending debris into the street but causing no injuries. Meanwhile, a blizzard in far western Maryland caused a pileup of tractor-trailers that blocked the westbound lanes of Interstate 68 on slippery Big Savage Mountain near the town of Finzel.

“It’s like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs up here,” said Bill Wiltson, a Maryland State Police dispatcher.

Hundreds of miles from the storm’s center, gusts topping 60 mph prompted officials to close the port of Portland, Maine, and scaring away several cruise ships. A state of emergency in New Hampshire prompted Vice President Joe Biden to cancel a rally in Keene and Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, to call off her bus tour through the Granite State.

About 360,000 people in 30 Connecticut towns were urged to leave their homes under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders. Christi McEldowney was among those who fled to a Fairfield shelter. She and other families brought tents for their children to play in.

“There’s something about this storm,” she said. “I feel it deep inside.”

Despite dire warnings and evacuation orders that began Saturday, many stayed put.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — whose own family had to move to the executive mansion after his home in Mendham, far from the storm’s center, lost power — criticized the mayor of Atlantic City for opening shelters there instead of forcing people out.

Eugenia Buono, 77, and her neighbor, Elaine DiCandio, 76, were among several dozen people who took shelter at South Kingstown High School in Narragansett, R.I. They live on Harbor Island, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway.

“I’m not an idiot,” said Buono, who survived hurricanes Carol in 1954 and Bob in 1991. “People are very foolish if they don’t leave.”

Android Smartphone Market Share Declines in US as iOS gains ground!

Strategy Analytics is out with a new survey this morning suggesting that device unit sales and market share for Google’s Android platform in the United States has declined during the second quarter of this year as devices powered by Apple’s iOS software continue to gain ground…

Specifically, Android’s share fell from 61 percent in Q2 2011 to 56 percent of the U.S. market in the June quarter of this year as shipments fell from 15.3 million units to 13.4 million units.

During the same period, iPhone shipments in the U.S. increased from 5.9 million to 7.9 million units, enough to grow Apple’s smartphone share from 23 percent in Q2 2011 to 33 percent in Q2 2012.

Here’s from Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston:

Android remains the number one platform by volume in the United States, but its market share is approaching a peak and Apple iOS has been gaining ground.

Apple is rumored to be launching a new iPhone in the coming weeks, and that event, if it takes place, is going to heap even more pressure on Android in its home market.

The strained economy is to be blamed for a decline in total U.S. smartphone shipments which fell five percent in the second quarter to under 24 million units. Strategy Analytics also says that high smartphone penetration rate, which recently passed 50 percent in the U.S., coupled with carriers tightening their upgrade policies also contributed to the slow down.

The BlackBerry?

Continuing on a downward spiral, dropping to seven percent from eleven percent in just twelve months.

Strategy Analytics also recently reported that the iPad is widening its lead over Android tablets, rising from 62 percent in Q2 2011 to 68 percent global market share in Q2 2012. Strategy Analytics says it’s the highest level for the iPad for almost two years.

When it comes to iPad in enterprise, IDC found out that nearly half of polled developers think Apple’s tablet will win the battle for business customers.

Focusing only on handset sales, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster in his recent annual cell phone survey found out that nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of polled respondents would pick an iPhone as their next handset, meaning Android is effectively losing one-third of current users to the iPhone.

IDC reported that Apple’s worldwide smartphone share slid from 18.8 percent in the year-ago quarter to 16.9 percent in Q2 2012, despite iPhone’s 27.5 percent year-over-year growth. Samsung during the same period nearly doubled its global smartphone share from 17 percent in Q2 2011 to a whopping 32.6 percent in Q2 2012.

IDC attributed Apple’s drop to strong sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S III which cleverly exploited Apple’s annual refresh cycle and the iPhone’s sales lull ahead of the next model.

The Hunger Games Makes Like Avatar !

Ho-hum. Another weekend passed, another first place finish for The Hunger Games.

The global blockbuster earned $21.5 million on Friday and Saturday, helping it defeat such newcomers as The Three Stooges and The Cabin in the Woods to become the first film since Avatar to sit atop the box office four weeks in a row.

Among the latest notable achievements for The Hunger Games:

  • It has earned $337 million domestically, sliding past Spider-Man 3 for 22nd place on the list of all-time hits.
  • Including international receipts, it has garnered $531 million at the box office.

Here’s a look at the weekend’s top five US money makers:

  1. The Hunger Games: $21.5 million
  2. The Three Stooges: $17.1 million
  3. The Cabin in the Woods: $14.9 million
  4. Titanic 3D: $11.6 million
  5. American Reunion: $10.7 million

Top 5 Lebanese Box Office :

  1. American Pie : Reunion
  2. Titanic in 3D
  3. How I Spent My Summer Vacation
  4. The Cold Light Of Day
  5. The Pirates! Band of Misfits In 3D

‘Hunger Games’ Beats ‘American Reunion’ and ‘Titanic 3D’ on Box Office !

The Hunger Games” surpassed the $300-million milestone at the box office over the weekend, making the film more popular with American moviegoers than any of the “Twilight” installments.

For the third consecutive weekend, the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel claimed the No. 1 position at the multiplex, grossing an additional $33.5 million this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Lionsgate. The movie has collected $302.8 million in the U.S. and Canada alone; the highest domestic gross for a “Twilight” film was November’s “Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” which sold $300.5-million worth of tickets by the end of its run.

Meanwhile, audiences weren’t as nostalgic for the 1990s as Hollywood had hoped. “American Reunion,” the fourth entry in the raunchy “American Pie” teen comedy franchise, opened with a so-so $21.5 million. A 3-D version of James Cameron’s historical romance “Titanic” was less popular, bringing in a decent $17.4 million over the weekend. The 3-D version first hit theaters Wednesday, so its five-day total is $25.7 million.

Released in 1999, “American Pie” became a box-office hit with its buzzworthy scene featuring a teenage boy having sex with a pastry. The first film and two subsequent sequels all grossed well over $200 million worldwide.

It then appeared the franchise was dead theatrically, and Universal Pictures proceeded to release four straight-to-DVD spinoffs without franchise cast members, such as Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott. But encouraged by home video sales, the studio green-lighted “Reunion,” which reunites the original gang as it heads home for a high school get-together. Universal co-financed the picture with Relativity Media for about $50 million.

Those who saw “American Reunion” this weekend liked it, assigning it an average grade of B+, according to market research firm CinemaScore. Roughly 61% of the weekend audience was older than 25, suggesting that the film appealed mostly to a crowd familiar with “Pie” instead of a new generation of moviegoers.

“As word of mouth continues, I think this will be a choice for younger audiences,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “This movie was made for a price, and we’re looking at a very respectful worldwide number. We’re happy to be No. 2 in the marketplace against a huge juggernaut.”

Nine years ago, “American Wedding” opened with $33 million. But if the fourth theatrical movie ends up lagging its previous entries domestically, it may make up some ground internationally. Overseas, “Reunion” opened in 28 foreign countries and collected $19.3 million. According to Universal, that’s 105% ahead of how much “Wedding” made in the same locations in 2003. The new movie performed especially well this weekend in Russia and Australia, selling about $5 million worth of tickets in each country.

When a 3-D reissue of “The Lion King” ended up grossing a surprisingly strong $94.2 million after its release in September, it seemed 3-D re-releases would be the wave of the future in Hollywood. After that tale resonated with audiences, Walt Disney Studios decided to release four more of its animated titles in 3-D. The first of those, an updated “Beauty and the Beast,” started with $17.8 million in January and ultimately grossed $47.4 million. That’s somewhat more than a 3-D version of “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” made after debuting in February.

“I think 3-D re-releases are really something that need to be thought through on a film-by-film basis,” said Megan Colligan, Paramount’s president of domestic distribution. “‘The Lion King’ is one of the most beloved animated movies of all time, and ‘Titanic’ is empirically a huge amount of people’s favorite movie. I don’t know that you can replicate this with lots of films — it needs to be one where the experience could be deepened and enhanced by 3-D conversion.”

Indeed, it seemed “Titanic 3-D” had perhaps the best chance for box-office success of any 3-D re-release, considering the 1997 original is the second-highest-grossing of all time and filmmaker Cameron, who also directed “Avatar,” is a leader in the 3-D technology field. But the film debuted with a lower three-day tally than any of the recent 3-D conversions, including “Beast” and “Phantom Menace.” Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox shared the $18-million cost to convert the story starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet to 3-D.

The movie — which received an A, according to CinemaScore — was also released abroad in 84 foreign countries this past weekend, grossing $35.5 million. Fox, which is releasing the film internationally, is hopeful that the movie will be a hit abroad, because theaters were sparse in many countries when the original debuted 15 years ago. For instance, when “Titanic” opened in Russia in 1998, it played in only 32 theaters and grossed $5.1 million. By comparison, “Titanic 3-D” was screened in 10 times as many Russian locations and made $4.9 million — 97% of the original’s lifetime gross in the country. Yet despite the seemingly impressive figure, Russian moviegoers responded more positively to the naughty antics of the “Reunion” guys than “Titanic 3-D,” as the comedy sold $5.1 million worth of tickets there.

Top 5 US Box Office : 

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. American Reunion
  3. Titanic
  4. Wrath of the Titans
  5. Mirror Mirror

Top 5 Lebanese Box Office :

  1. Wrath of the Titans
  2. The Hunger Games
  3. A Thousand Words
  4. Mirror Mirror
  5. This Means War