Borjan Zafirovski ← Previous Story SHF, Djurkovic on EHF requests: “Unnecessary works in the arena” Next Story → Popovic to stop career after Olympic Games? HP: You began very well in the Bundesliga, and then a big drop in form happened. Now with the latest defeat against Huttenberg, there are incredible 8 games without a victory, the form is terrible, what is the problem?Nenad Vuckovic: We had a great drop in our form, and we also had some misfortune with the injuries. At the beginning we had a good rhytm in our first 5 games, we had easier schedule and we took advantage of that. We had great chance to continue the good run, but the first defeat at home against Hannover that should have never happened shaked us a little, and now we still feel the consequences. However, now we must concentrate on the upcoming games for the rest of the season, and win as many points as possible.HP: Is the goal still TOP10?Nenad Vuckovic: Yes, as I’ve said before the season started. We have a realistic chance, and we just need to put the faith back in ourselves that we can play well against anyone.HP: Your contract expires in Summer 2012. Are you staying in Melsungen or will you search for a new club?Nenad Vuckovic: In principle, I will definitely stay in the Bundesliga. In the next few days we will talk about my status at the club, and I think by New Year at latest I should know about my future at Melsungen. I would love to stay, as we have a good team and we can make good results in the future.HP: You tipped on Kiel before the season, are they still your favorites to win the title?Nenad Vuckovic: I think that for sure they will win this year. They won at some hard visits such as Berlin, Magdeburg and Mannheim, and I think now that they are 6 points ahead of HSV, it seems unevitable for me that they take the title. Handball-Planet.com continues to provide with interviews with participants of the upcoming European Championship. This time we talked to Nenad Vuckovic, the number 23 of MT Melsungen, who got his handball establishment through this plays for Red Star and Chambery. The left back of the Serbian national team discusses with us a bit about the fall of Melsungen, and that this is “to be or not to be” for this generation of Serbia, and that the medal is something they want at the European Championship in Serbia that will take place in January. He also tips France as favorite number one for the title. HP: A little about the national team. You play in a group with Denmark, Poland and Slovakia. Who do you see winning this group, and is Slovakia an easy win?Nenad Vuckovic: All three teams are very dangerous. And we definitely must not take lightly the game against Slovakia, they’ve shown they are good by beating France. Of course the first game seems the most important, and we need to be most ready for it. As we play the first game, and with good play win it, it will be a good wind in our back, as if we beat Poland we can count on good result already in the group phase.HP: How do you rate the potential of this Serbian representation? Is the medal close in front of your fans in Belgrade?Nenad Vuckovic: For sure there is a lot of talk about this medal. We, of course, want a medal. What is good and positive, is that this generation is together for some time and that the coach stayed for 2 years already, and we met at the WC in Sweden. We have a very good chance, and we need to use it, but I have to say that there are 10 strong contenders for the title, and it will be very hard.HP: Would you say that this European Championship is “to be or not to be” for Serbian handball?Nenad Vuckovic: I wouldn’t say that its “to be or not to be” for Serbian handball, but I would say that it’s more “to be or not to be” for this generation of players. I think what’s more important, is that after this generation, a new generation of players will come, and that seems to be of more importance.HP: Favorite number 1 for you, and surprise of the Championship?Nenad Vuckovic: Definitely contender number 1 is France, while I hope that we(Serbia) will be the surprise of the Championship.
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handball matchhandball resultstop 8 handballWomens EHF Champions Leaguezrk vardar ← Previous Story St Raphael reaches French Cup Final after crazy win over PSG! Next Story → Montpellier wins French League Cup Macedonian super team ZRK Vardar is one step closer to the first Women’s EHF Champions League F4 tournament in Budapest. Team of Indira Kastratovic beat German Thuringer 31:25 (16:13) in the first match of TOP 8 phase. Germans have been in the game until 21:19, after Macedonian girls finished match in the big style. The TOP scorers for the winning team were Dmitrovic and Radicevic with 6 goals, while Luzumova scored 8 for Thuringer…
← Previous Story Montpellier wins French League Cup Next Story → Cup Winners Cup (W): Zvenigorod and Rostov with good advantage before return legs Aix en Provenceaix handballhandballhandball coachZvonimir Noka Serdarusic One of the most succesful coaches in the last two decade in handball world Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic (64) will take charge in French team Aix En Provence. Legendary THW Kiel coach (1993-2008) worked with French team as an advisor, but as Handball-Planet.com finds out, his role will change after four months of cooperation. Aix is currently on the 9th place of the League table with 11 points from 13 matches.
“Denmark and Germany look as the most capable to reach the final” – said Serbian head-coach Aleksandar Brkovic before the start of the Main Round at the Men’s U20 EURO 2014 in Austria. Two teams who won the points and start with advantage in the battle for semis, have to prove that in today’s clashes against Spain and Sweden.On the other side, teams who lost against group’s winners will try to re-establish the dream about the semi-finals. Serbia will play against France, while Slovenia will meet Austria, just like two years ago in the battle for the fifth place.Group 1:Serbia – France 18hrsDenmark – Spain 20STANDING:Denmark 2Spain 2Serbia 0France 0Group 2:Germany – Sweden 18Slovenia – Austria 20STANDING:Germany 2Sweden 2Slovenia 0Austria 0MORE INFOS ON OFFICIAL WEBSITE austria 2014 handball ← Previous Story 6 TO 8 WEEKS BREAK: Jim Gottfridsson injured! Next Story → Men’s EHF EURO 2014: Serbia VS Spain for semis – Slovenians attack Germany
POLICE IN PORTADOWN are investigating a fire that has left a woman dead. The PSNI confirmed that a woman died following a fire at a property in the Oakleigh Park area of the town this morning. The fire was reported to police shortly after 7.20am. Police and Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service are in attendance and continuing to deal with the incident.Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fire and say that there are no further details at this stage.
THE LARGEST PROVIDER of abortions in Britain has told the Irish government to ‘stop washing its hands’ of women who travel abroad for an abortion.The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has taken out an advertisement in The Irish Times newspaper today with the provocative slogan “We’ll care for your women until your government does”.The organisation, which says it has treated ‘many thousands of women from Ireland’ over the past thirty years, says women from Ireland who have abortions are being “wilfully ignored by the political establishment” and that the recent abortion legislation “will do nothing to help the women we see in our clinics every day”.“The women we see from Ireland are just like those from England – but made more desperate by the financial and emotional cost of having to travel,” said Ann Furedi, the chief executive of BPAS.The advertisement which ran today. (Image: BPAS) BPAS said women from Ireland tend to have abortions later than average because they have to arrange travel and funding. The group said that almost one third of abortions for women from Ireland are carried out at 10 weeks and later, compared with just over a fifth of abortions for women from England.The abortion provider said it had taken out the advertisement “in solidarity with the women who are denied legal, safe abortion in Ireland and those who campaign tirelessly for the legal change needed so women can access care at home”.“No politician in a civilised country should force women to make a journey abroad for abortion care.” said Furedi. “The decision alone is a tough enough journey”.The full text of the advertisement reads: As if deciding to have an abortion wasn’t enough of a journeyAlmost 4,000 Irish women have to travel to Britain for help every year.We’ll care for your women until your government does The most recent figures show that 3,982 women – an average of almost 11 per day – gave addresses in the Republic of Ireland when attending British clinics and hospitals for an abortion last year. The actual figure is likely to be even higher as not all women give their real address.Government ministers – including Justice Minister Alan Shatter – have said there will be no more abortion legislation in the lifetime of this government, following the passing of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill earlier this year.The current law allows for abortion to be carried out in Ireland only in cases of a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother.Explainer: What will Ireland’s new abortion law change? Read: Priest resigns from Mater Hospital board over decision to comply with abortion law > Read: Abortion laws may not commence until next year >
WE’RE ONLY NINE days away before the PS4 arrives and while the price varies from store to store -€399 to €429 depending on where you look – have you ever wondered how much it costs to put one together?Research firm IHS iSuppli did and decided to find out by taking the console apart. After looking at the parts used, it found that the components costs €281 ($381) to build, a €118 difference between it and the selling price.The biggest cost of manufacturing are both the processing chip and the 16 memory chips the PS4 uses, which cost €73 ($100) and €65 ($88) respectively, making up half of the total cost.In comparison, the console is much cheaper than the PS3 which cost €599 when it launched back in 2006. IHS iSupply also took it apart and found that it cost roughly $805 (€595) to build. Both estimates don’t take into consideration factors such as retailer margins, shipping costs, or manufacturing costs.Usually, consoles are priced at or below cost-price to help sell as many as possible, the logic being that the profits will come from sales of games instead.More than one million PS4 consoles were sold in the first 24 hours after it launched in both the US and Canada on 15 November, and Sony expects to sell more than 5 million by March.The PS4′s biggest rival, the Xbox One, will be on sale this Friday for €499. Its predecessor, the Xbox 360, cost €409 when it launched back in 2005.Read: Sony sold one million PS4s in 24 hours >Read: 6 things to worry about as the PS4 launches in the US >
WHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil, Seanad and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILBecause of the long weekend for the bank holiday – and the limited availability of most of the cabinet ministers – it’s James Reilly (fresh from trips to London and Birmingham) who starts the week with Questions to the Minister for Health at 2:30pm.Four Topical Issues are discussed at 3:45pm before Enda Kenny is back in the chamber for Leaders’ Questions at 4:33pm. A discussion on the rest of the week’s agenda will kick off at about 5pm.At roughly 5:30pm TDs will hold their first discussion on plans to change the eligibility criteria for medical cards – introducing a new regime where a person over 70 must have a weekly income under €600 a week (or €1,200 in the case of a couple) to remain eligible for a medical card. Those over the threshold would be given a GP visit card.At 7:30pm debate will turn to a motion from the Technical Group, which calls for a reversal of the abolition of the mobility allowance, and guarantee no further cuts to those who are dependant on disability supports. There’s also a call for a replacement to the outdated Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Act, which has been earmarked for an overhaul for (at least) five years now. Debate wraps up at 9pm and will resume tomorrow.The day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADThere’s four items on the Seanad agenda today, beginning with the daily discussion on the Order of Business at 2:30pm. At 3:45pm it’s a condensed discussion on the general merits and demerits of the Finance Bill 2013, which gives legal effect to the tax changes in the Budget.At 6:30pm the Fine Gael members get two hours to put forward a motion of their choosing – the content of which had yet to be confirmed at the time of publication – before three miscellaneous matters are briefly discussed at 8:30pm to round off the day.The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESThe light days in the Dáil and Seanad are made up by no fewer than five public committee meetings: At 9:30pm the discussion on the use of social media (and the negative impact of its abuse) resumes at the Transport and Communications committee when representatives from Google and Digital Rights Ireland take the floor. (Watch here.)At 1pm the author of the Report on Child and Family Income Support, Ita Mangan, briefs the Committee on Education and Social Protection about her group’s findings on potential reforms for child benefit. (Watch here.)The Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform committee continues its examination of proposed new Freedom of Information laws at 2pm, when Ed Hammond from Britain’s Centre for Public Scrutiny offers his input on some of the best practice from other jurisdictions. (Watch here.)Also at 2pm, the Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine gets an update from departmental officials on updates to the Common Fisheries Policy and how the recent changes at EU level will affect Ireland and its fisheries industries. At 3:45pm this changes its hat to the Fisheries sub-committee, which will discuss a range of fish-specific issues like aquaculture, inshore fisheries and tourism. (Watch here.)Elsewhere at 2pm, the committee on Justice, Defence and Equality will discuss some of the proposed changes to the Spent Convictions Bill, which allows minor criminal convictions to be wiped from a person’s record if they don’t re-offend within a certain period. (Watch here.)Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?
MORE THAN 25 per cent of shoppers spend on groceries in Ireland is now with SuperValu, new figures show.However, the overall grocery market has declined for the fifth month in a row in its weakest performance since September 2011.The latest report from Kantar Worldpanel show that after the retailer brought all Superquinn stores under the SuperValu brand, it falls just 1.1 per cent behind Tesco in its market share.“Its sales have remained broadly in line with the market, which shows that it has been able to retain its market share while acquiring assets,” Commercial Director at Kantar David Berry said.Now, the main challenge for SuperValu is to convince previously loyal Superquinn shoppers of the merits of the SuperValu brand, and ultimately hold onto their custom.Tesco and Dunnes both saw their market share decline, while Aldi and Lidl increased their share by 1.4 and 0.8 per cent respectively.“Over the past three years Aldi and Lidl have captured a combined 3.8 share points from the competition, and have grown sales by 37% “in an overall grocery market which has grown by just 1%,” David Berry added.Last month: Tesco on the slide, as Aldi & Lidl gain again in the grocery market >More: So long, farewell: Superquinn becomes SuperValu >
1. Ferguson not counting his chickensWhile many commentators have been quick to claim the Premier League title race is effectively over, Alex Ferguson has done little to indicate he is overly confident of a positive outcome for his side come the season’s end.While he may have been tempted to rest some of his stars ahead of their vital Champions League clash against Real Madrid this week, Ferguson opted to pick a strong team for Saturday’s game with Norwich.In contrast with their upcoming Spanish opponents, who rested players such as Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso for their encounter with Barcelona over the weekend, the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and David de Gea all featured from the start at Old Trafford.The veteran manager risked putting himself in a difficult position if one of these players were to get badly injured during the game, but Fergie had the conviction to start them anyway, and he was duly rewarded as his men comfortably defeated Norwich.2. Chelsea fans need to get behind BenitezDespite Chelsea securing a valuable 1-0 win over West Brom, Rafael Benitez’s position as manager remained the prevailing topic at Stamford Bridge yesterday. The fans’ booing could conceivably have an impact on not just Benitez, but the whole team’s morale, reducing their chances of Champions League qualification and harming the long-term health of the club in the process.3. McClean cannot afford to keep shooting himself in the footJames McClean’s stunning first season in the Premier League (or half-season to be exact) seemed like a long time ago yesterday.The player was introduced as a 76th minute substitute, amid Sunderland’s 2-2 draw with Fulham, and his belated appearance was met with widespread booing from his own supporters.The fans’ unhappiness stems from provocative remarks the star made on Twitter recently, expressing his love of an IRA-glorifying Wolf Tones song – not a wise move, especially as the winger has already made a series of controversial comments relating to this subject matter.Moreover, unlike similarly controversial players in the league, McClean is not playing well enough for his manager to overlook such problems.Consequently, he needs to stay away from social media from now on, or risk blowing his undoubted talent and being shown the exit door at the Stadium of Light.4. Coutinho looking like money well spentYouTube credit: TheChannelshotaMuch of the post-match talk following Liverpool’s convincing win against Wigan yesterday surrounded Luis Suarez.However, the Uruguayan’s vintage performance somewhat overshadowed the substantial contribution from another impressive performer – Philippe Coutinho.The Brazilian playmaker showed good skill and fine crossing ability for their first goal, and an eye for a defence-splitting pass during their second.If he continues in this vein until the end of the season, his £8.5m transfer fee, paid by Liverpool to Inter in January, will be considered a significant bargain.5. Champions League race not over yetThe more hyperbole-prone Tottenham fans would be forgiven for thinking today’s crucial win over Arsenal means they have effectively sealed their place in the top four.Yet Tottenham still have teams of the calibre of Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea to play, while Arsenal have a number of eminently winnable games coming up.And though Andre Villas-Boas’ men looked relatively solid as goals from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon helped them overcome their North London neighbours, they were in a similar position last year before a dramatic end-of-season collapse enabled the Gunners to leapfrog them in the table.Arsenal, however, minus Van Persie, and with a defence that always looks prone to shipping goals, appear a weaker outfit this time around, and the prospect of them missing out on Champions League football for the first time since the 1997-98 season is looking more likely by the day.POLL: Who is your Premier League Player of the Season so far?>Arsenal: We have had no contact over a potential takeover> Fans brought banners to the stadium deriding the embattled manager, and his midweek outburst suggested these persistent taunts are affecting him on a personal level.And although some of the remarks that the Spaniard made about Chelsea while Liverpool manager – saying he would never manage them and appearing to suggest that the London club’s fans needed flags to support their team – may have been unwise, surely it’s in the interest of all parties to move on for the ultimate benefit of the team.
GARDAÍ WILL BE clamping down on rogue taxi drivers as part of a national campaign this weekend.Members of an Garda Síochána will be targeting taxis and hackneys to ensure they are in compliance will all Small Public Service Vehicles regulations.Assistant Commissioner John Twomey, head of the Garda Traffic Corps, said that as of the end of April there were 30,111 licensed drivers and 21,672 licensed vehicles in Ireland.“The vast number of these drivers and vehicles are compliant with all SPSV regulations, however there are some that are not,” Twomey noted.“This weekend we will target unlicensed vehicles or drivers, as well as those that are not fit for purpose or are in breach of other SPSV regulations.Not only do illegal taxis or hackneys affect the livelihood of legitimate SPSV members, but they could potentially pose a threat to any passengers that are carried. These drivers are unvetted and do not have the required insurance to carry passengers for reward.The Taxi Regulation Act 2013 introduced a number of licensing offences and other SPSV-related offences.Twomey said these regulations “will make the industry safer not only for drivers, but also for members of the public”We ask that every member of the public ensures that they only use a legitimate taxi or hackney every time.People can check that their taxi driver is fully registered by using the Taxi Driver Check App. Operation TaxiRules and regulationsAll SSPVs, regardless of their licence category, must:Have an active vehicle licence Have a tamper-proof licence discs displayed in the front and rear windows of the vehicle. (some vintage vehicles are exempt)Be fully roadworthyCarry the required safety equipmentNot carry more passengers than indicated on the tamper-proof licence discsAll taxis and wheelchair accessible taxis must have:A taximeter calibrated and verified with the current National Maximum Taxi Fare and connected to a printerA regulation roof signApproved taxi branding applied to the front doorsNo other signage on the front doorsNo advertisements and/or signs exceeding 1,600 square centimetres on any other doorNo sign that can be seen from outside the vehicle providing the name, details or logo of any industry representative groupPublic Transport Minister Alan Kelly said that the taxi market relies on “consumer confidence in a safe, reliable and high quality SPSV service”.“I believe that the new emphasis by gardaí on the taxi sector will ensure that consumers will have that confidence in the sector and the taxi drivers that do their jobs professionally will be rewarded by the market.“Enforcement is the biggest issue taxi drivers always raise and I welcome this move by An Garda Síochána,” Kelly commented.Related: New app lets you verify your taxi driverRead: Taxi drivers to face geography tests and tax monitoring under new clampdown
FROM DECEMBER 2014 restaurants will be required to show whether 14 main food allergens (gluten, crustaceans, eggs, fish, peanuts, soybeans, milk, nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, sulphur dioxide and sulphites, lupin and molluscs) are contained in any food they are serving. This is great news for the allergy community. Many of these food allergens including milk, shellfish and peanuts could cause a life threatening anaphylactic shock in some people, this is why it is so crucial for restaurants to be aware of what they are serving. I think if people were aware how very serious it could be, there would be a different reaction when you ask for something without a specific allergen.Dining out can be difficult for many people with food allergies and intolerances. Eating out is such a huge part of our culture – weddings, funerals, birthday parties, festivals, holidays all have one thing in common – food. Sometimes when you explain a food allergy, you get a sense that people think you are being fussy or that your children are being fussy – but people with food allergies, or who look after children with food allergies, just want a chance to eat out safely like everyone else. We’re not looking for separate menus or special treatment, just for the restaurant staff to be knowledgeable about what is in the food they are serving so that we can make an informed decision.Staff need to understand allergiesMy children are cow’s milk protein intolerant so they cannot have anything with milk or milk products in it. We are extremely lucky my children’s reactions are mild but if they were very serious I would worry more about eating out. I’m hoping the new December 2014 laws will mean that the restaurant experience for those with allergies is about to improve dramatically. I recently ate at a local restaurant where the staff seemed very well trained on allergens. I am hoping it is a sign of things to come. The waiter immediately checked with the chef once we asked if the chicken dish we wished to order contained dairy. He came back to say that the chicken had been marinaded in something containing milk, so we were able to order something different. It was refreshing to see my child’s allergy taken seriously. Unfortunately, my heart sank when I ate out again somewhere different a few weeks later.We ate out in a busy long established Italian restaurant with the kids and another family recently. When I scanned the kids’ menu, I narrowed it down to three possibilities that shouldn’t contain milk products. I asked the waitress what could the children have that is dairy free. She looked at me blankly. Then she told me they could make gluten-free pasta. I could see I would need to explain what dairy-free meant. I told her they couldn’t have anything with cheese, milk, butter or cream. She then repeated that they could have gluten free pasta. She said the spaghetti bolognese or pasta with tomato sauce would be fine but she didn’t really sound confident that she even knew what we were asking. I then proceeded to ask about dessert because the children’s menu was an all-in-one price including dessert. The options on the menu were chocolate brownie and ice-cream or an ice-cream float. There it was again, that blank stare. We agreed that they would have fruit, but again I wasn’t inspired by her confidence and I was expecting her to forget and put cream or ice-cream with the fruit by accident. If we decide to bring the kids with us to a restaurant, it’s hard enough getting them to stay quiet, eat with knives and forks and to stop running around among the servers with hot food. Quite apart from that I usually have to explain again why they cannot have particular things. This can result in tears or a tantrum. The last thing a hassled parent wants is to have to explain about their kids allergies to the waiting staff when they clearly have no idea what you are talking about and aren’t very accommodating.In the meantime my five-year-old read the adults’ dessert menu which was on the back of his menu and decided he wanted strawberry parfait. I knew this would have milk in it but I decided to try another waiter when he was over and asked if any of the desserts were dairy-free. He replied ‘gluten free?’ And so the cycle started again where we educated him in what ‘dairy’ meant. Awkward I am delighted that there were gluten-free options on the menu and the staff knew about them but they didn’t seem to really understand why someone might want something gluten-free. Their level of training definitely needs to improve. In general, gluten-free foodstuffs and gluten-free menu options are becoming very widespread which is absolutely super, but restaurants need to up their game to be aware of other food allergens also. It is not just leaving out a small number of food allergy sufferers, if you include their families, who won’t go to the restaurant if everyone can’t eat, you can see a huge portion of the population put off eating out.As we were eating out with friends they started apologising that their kids would be having dessert, and I felt we were making a big fuss where there shouldn’t have been one. The boys ended up with strawberries for dessert and a promise of something nice when they got home if they accepted this. The five-year-old took some persuading, but he didn’t create a scene. It was so difficult to explain to him why he couldn’t have the same as his friend. He understands that he can’t have dairy but tantrums are never far away in situations like this.To say I was disappointed by the staff in the restaurant was a huge understatement. It is so incredibly important for restaurant staff to understand the dangers of food allergies. The reactions can vary from life-threatening to mild, but understanding is key. If you tell them you or your child is allergic to something, they should react as if it is possible that it could be life-threatening. They don’t know unless they ask you how mild or serious it might be. My boys are intolerant to the protein in cow’s milk, my younger boy would have a sick stomach, bloating, and be unwell for a few days if he consumed milk products. My older boy would react with excema and his asthma symptoms would worsen. These are mild reactions compared to how other people can react.I was really shocked by the lack of knowledge among waiting staff that day. I hope that restaurant owners are aware of the new laws and have plans in place to train their staff. It is so important. With five months to go to December, I really hope the restaurants will be ready. I am dreaming of a day when it will be safe to eat out and we are not trusting our child’s health to someone untrained in allergens and how serious it might be.Laura Kenny writes at dairyfreekids.ieOpinion: Hold the gluten please! Why we all need to understand coeliac diseaseRead: Appeal for Irish to take part in global food allergy study
You would think that saving money over the more expensive Apple iPad would be a good thing, right? After all with the run up to Christmas you want to get the best tech at the right price.Whilst we reported that the Galaxy Tab has sold over a million units earlier this month, its price was maybe too reasonable for some, so Samsung has decided to release a luxurious edition which was unveiled at the Millionaire Fair, a European expo that highlights the most over priced and luxurious items on the market today. Price wise you are looking at a cool 749 euros, or about $1000.AdChoices广告So what would you expect for such a large increase in price, a faster processor? Bigger screen? Or maybe additional storage space? Nope, none of those, instead according to TG Daily the $1000 version will be exactly the same as the standard one, but wait for it, you get an exclusive leather case and Bluetooth headset instead – yay! It seems that the Galaxy Tab is just too cheap for the rich and famous, they must see tech in terms of the more expensive it is, the more it’s worth buying. Anyway, Samsung plans to launch the exclusive version of the device on Wednesday, and it will be made available through to the end of January.Sarcasm aside, would you pay extra for a device even if it doesn’t warrant the price tag, or would you expect to see a vast difference in spec?Read more a TG Daily
Starting yesterday, Google began a subtle censorship of “piracy related” terms from its instant and autocomplete services. The following “pirate” terms are now blocked from autocompete: bitTorrent, megaupload, uTorrent, rapidshareIf, and any combination of terms ending with the word “torrent.”If you try to enter “utorrent” into the search box, it stops supplying suggestions after you type “uto.” However, you can still type out the complete word, and it will supply suggestions, including “utorrent download” and “utorrent search” and you type out the entire term, Google will complete the search. So, you can still access these sites through a search, you just have to type out the entire term. But, “uTorrent”, a popular piece of software, and “BitTorrent”, a file transfer protocol and name of BitTorrent Inc., are both completely legal, but they are nonetheless being censored. Maybe it’s just me, but that seems wrong.Remember when Google fought against censorship in China? Google was all for freedom to information. But, apparently, Google thinks censoring against piracy is okay though. Supplying information and access to legal sites it not encouraging piracy. Our friends at PCMag, recently had a bit of a scuffle with the RIAA over a simple news article, which they requested PCMag retract (they didn’t).Although this is new censorship is slight, the entertainment industries shadow is being cast farther. And it raises some questions: How far will it this censorship stretch? And will other industries be able to succeed in censoring certain terms and info on Google? Via TorrentFreak
Lego fans will love this: a total of 6000 Brazilians, mostly children, got together for four days to assemble what’s clearly the world’s largest Lego tower, topping off at 102 feet and 3 inches. The effort required over a half-million Lego bricks and looks amazing: the children even managed to emblazon the Brazilian flag in the side using different colored bricks. The tower breaks the previous world record, just over 101 feet, set in Chile at a similar event held last year. The whole structure is supported by a set of wires draped down the sides to keep the whole thing from toppling over in high wind, and is just the latest entry since the original 43-foot tower build in London that earned the first record. Check out a video of the tower behind the jump. [via Escapist]AdChoices广告
If you’ve ever tried to control a computer without sitting right in front of it, you know the frustration that comes with wireless input devices. A traditional mouse, even when wireless, just isn’t convenient to use if you don’t have a flat (and non-reflective) surface to mouse around on. A wireless trackball works reasonably well, since you just control it by moving the pretty ball around with one of your digits, but such archaic devices are few and far between these days. It seems peripheral manufacturers have abandoned the traditional trackball in favor of touch interfaces and good old mice.What if you need to type on your PC from a moderate distance away? Sure there are plenty of wireless keyboards, and having it in your lap is no different than a notebook PC for the most part. If the PC in question here is serving as a home theater media device, do you really want a full keyboard stuffed under the coffee table when all you need to type are a few words when searching Netlifx or Hulu for your favorite flick? I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to have this dilemma, with an older laptop setup in the entertainment center to feed video into my HDTV and give me big screen access to all the internet has to offer.You may have heard of Lenovo’s multimedia remote with keyboard. Just like it sounds, this is a palm-sized device that has a full QWERTY keyboard and pointing device all in one small package. The original model, N5901, used a physical trackball and had a nano USB receiver that stores in the base of the device. If you think of an old school Palm Pilot, that is about the size of this neat little toy and it was quite handy. If you’ve ever hated trying to type with a controller on your favorite game console, you can plug the USB dongle into those as well and type away with ease. The only complaint I’ve had in 9 months of usage is that with the lights turned down for optimal movie enjoyment, it was very difficult to see the black keyboard.Enter model N5902. Released just last week by Lenovo, the N5902 takes an already good idea and improves on what few things needed improving. A backlit keyboard is now included for your late night viewing pleasure and the design slightly tweaked with a rubberized finish and chrome mouse buttons. The physical trackball wheel has also been replaced by a small capacitive touchpad, akin to those in late model Blackberry phones, and you have a convenient capacitive touch scroll bar to boot.Even though the N5902 is a brand new model, Lenovo has tossed out a massive 50% off coupon that will get this sweet little gadget to your door for $39.99. This coupon will expire after limited uses, so don’t wait long to get your hands on such a hot geek toy.Visit Logic Buy for a deal on the N5902
Microsoft is no stranger to making money off patents. Since early 2010, the company’s legal team has been knocking on the doors of Android OEMs. The goal: strike licensing deals for Microsoft patents that are being infringed upon by the Android implementations shipped on millions of smartphones and tablets.Even at seemingly small dollar amounts like $4 per device, the licensing fees pile up in a hurry — and deals with the likes of HTC, Huawei, and ZTE have provided a nice boost to Microsoft’s bottom line. At the end of August, Microsoft decided to go after Google’s Android BFF, Motorola.Such a bold move — coupled with previous successful strikes — sends a clear message to other Android OEMs, and Microsoft has capitalized on its patents again as a result. This time, it’s Acer (who makes the sexy-but-underwhelming Ferrari Liquid E pictured above) and Viewsonic signing on the dotted line.A Microsoft spokesperson said that they’re please the companies are “taking advantage of [Microsoft’s] industry-wide licensing program” to address Android’s IP issues. That’s an interesting statement, since previously most of the talk had been about modifications made by the OEMs causing the infringement issues — not Android itself.It could just be a simple semantic slip-up, and ultimately it doesn’t matter if Android does infringe on Microsoft patents. Since it managed to make more money off HTC than it did off its own Windows Phone 7 licenses in the early going, Microsoft is probably quite content to continue seeking deals with the people actually making and selling Android devices and waiting for the residual money to roll in.More at the Microsoft News Center
Last month Sony announced it had figured out a way to start charging us for using a power outlet. The electronics company has figured out a way to detect what device is connected and either allow or disallow access to power. In so doing, it offers up an easy solution to charging for use of an outlet, and will surely get picked up by public areas where power is in demand, e.g. airports.Now Sony has decided to demonstrate its first generation Authentication Power Outlet. The original concept allowed for communication with a device over the actual power cable, but this early version requires an adaptor. The communication occurs wirelessly between the adaptor and the socket using Sony’s FeliCa smart card tech, so no power is allowed to flow unless the adaptor is used.The use of an adaptor still allows this system to work commercially, but will surely add to the cost of implementing it. Adaptors tend to get lost too, so you can see why Sony is working to integrate everything into the outlet and use the power cord instead.The final model will not require any tech being added to the actual outlet. Instead, the cables will just act as a way of communicating with the system through a management device located locally or in the cloud and accessed via a PC. That way authorized devices can be controlled from a single login and limits set, e.g. you could set a power use limit for an area, and cut power to specific devices when that limit is reached.With that in mind, Sony’s system has potential uses for energy conservation as well as offering up a way to charge for power. There’s also nothing to stop the system being hooked up to a solar array, for example, and managing which devices draw their power directly from that system regardless of where they are plugged in.Read more at Diginfo.tv