12-Year-Old Boy Breaks Fall by Smashing Into Painting Worth $1.5 Million

A 12-year-old boy in Taiwan has suffered a rather unfortunate accident and already become a viral sensation. While visiting a museum, he suddenly tripped into the path of a $1.5 million painting. The damage caused was quite substantial because he pierced a hole in the painting to break his fall. Unluckily, the Paolo Porpora oil painting is 350 years old and provided to the museum on a loan basis. Additionally, the piece was part of “The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius” exhibition, with 50 beautifully compiled paintings by Italian Renaissance artists on display.

CCTV footage recorded the incident which is fairly difficult to watch. Organizers of the event had to close the public gallery and assess the situation. However, it was reopened a few hours later. Focus Taiwan reported that the exhibition’s curator, Andrea Rossi does not want the boy’s family to pay for restoration costs. Obviously, how could they afford it? Thankfully, the painting was insured by the organizers and will be repaired in Taiwan before going back to Italy.

Also, the museum probably should have imposed greater restrictions and improved security. As you can see from the video, the boy is carrying a drink. He could have easily dropped the beverage and stained the painting. Whatever the case, you have to feel some sympathy for him.

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FAA Signs off on AIG Using Drones for Insurance Inspections

The Federal Aviation Administration gave the go ahead to AIG this week to use UAVs for tasks that may be too risky for people to actually do. The FAA also gave permission to State Farm and USAA insurance companies to use the UAVs as well.

The UAVs can help to quickly and efficiently do inspections of property that the company may be assessing, as well as after a disaster.  The UAV could inspect a precarious roof much faster and safer than having someone climb up onto it to do the assessment. This move will almost certainly help the companies cut costs as well, which hopefully would mean less costs in premiums down the road.

Source: Engadget

iPad Mini Dubbed ‘World’s Most Breakable Gadget’ by SquareTrade Europe Insurer

Smartphones and tablets are more fragile than we think, and that’s why some people get to have broken displays or other damage (even water damage) to their devices. Some may come with harder cases which can withstand some impact, and other may be even waterproof, but they are not invincible.

That’s why most people have their handsets and tablets insured, to prevent breaking your wallet along with your device. SqareTrade Europe is one of these insurers which provide this service. This is where they created a list of the “world’s most breakable gadgets” and guess what is sitting on the top of that list? The iPad Mini.

SquareTrade Europe did not perform any detailed scientific tests, rather they approached the problem with having real life situations at hand. They first dropped a few handsets from a considerable height after being submerged under water. At the end, scores were awarded to each device based on how well it passed the test, and Apple’s iPad Mini apparently came out at the top having a score of 7.5.

“By putting devices through tests that replicate real life situations, we want to help people make smart choices when it comes to choosing gadgets.” said Kevin Gillan, a managing director at SquareTrade Europe.

Other handsets following the iPad Mini are Samsung Galaxy S4 with a score of 7, the iPad Air and Galaxy S3 with a score of 6.5, and the iPhone 5c with a score of 6. Through these tests SquareTrade Europe aims not only to draw people to have their devices insured, but also express awareness of the incidents which might inevitably occur with the handsets.

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