Main Round Group I Decision – Four teams dream about Semifinal

In the last round at the EHF EURO 2012 Main Round Group 1 in “Belgrade Arena” four teams have a chance to take second place for the Semi-final with Serbia.16.15 Poland- Germany18.15 Denmark – Sweden20.15 Serbia – MacedoniaSTANDINGS:Serbia 7Germany 5Denmark 4Macedonia 3Poland 3Sweden 2 ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2012: Spain and Croatia in the Semi-Final! Next Story → IHF World Handball Player 2011 Nominations – Vote!

EHF EURO 2012 12 Final Serbia – Croatia and Spain – Denmark

In the EHF EURO 2012 Semifinals on the next Friday will play Denmark and Spain before the Balkan’s clash between Serbia against Croatia.For the fifth place will play another Ex-Yu Teams, Slovenia against Macedonia.Match scheduleFriday 27 January 201215:15 hrs: Placement Match 5/6: Macedonia vs. Slovenia17:45 hrs: Semi-Final 1: Denmark vs. Spain20:15 hrs: Semi-Final 2: Serbia vs. CroatiaSaturday 28 January 2012Rest daySunday 29 January 201214:30 hrs: Placement Match 3/417:00 hrs: FinalEHF EURO 2012 Ranking7. Germany8. Hungary9. Poland10. Iceland11. France12. Sweden13. Norway14. Czech Rep.15. Russia16. Slovakia ← Previous Story IHF World Handball Player 2011 Nominations – Vote! Next Story → Serbs are ready for “historical battle” (20.15): “The most important game in our lives” read more

EHF CL Wisla beat Besiktas

3. MVM Veszprém6411165:152(13)9 Polish runners-up Orlen Wisla Plock made an important step towards TOP 16 by beating Turkish champions Besiktas MOGAZ 32:26 (15:12) at VELUX EHF Champions League Round 7. That was second win for Wisla…Orlen Wisła Płock – Besiktas JK Stambuł 32:26 (15:12)Wisła: Wichary, Corrales – Kwiatkowski, Daszek 1, Racotea 5, Pusica 1, Ghionea 3, Rocha 1, Piechowski 5, Montoro 2, Tarabochia 2, Konitz, Del Toledo 4, Nikcević 3, Żytnikow 5.Besiktas: Kocic, Demir – Mercan, Caliskan 2, Arifoglu, Pribak 5, Guney, Boyar, Buljubasić, Demirezen 3, Dacević 1, Coban 1, Djukić 9, Done 5, Rasić.In the last match of the Group A, RK Celje Pivovarna Laško will meet MVM Veszprem today at 15hrs.STANDINGS: 7. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu7106183:230(-47)2 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…7601226:199(27)12 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …7304179:182(-3)6 2. SG Flensburg-Handewitt7502211:189(22)10 Orlen Wisla Plock 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko6105157:170(-13)2 4. THW Kiel7403206:187(19)8 ← Previous Story Barca’s hero Jallouz for win in derby! Next Story → EHF CL: Routine win for Veszprem in Celje! 6. Orlen Wisla Plock7214189:207(-18)5 read more

Twelve candidates for Polish NT bench

← Previous Story LNH: PSG only win as visitors – Six teams for No.3! Next Story → PARTILLE CUP: FIVE FEMALE STARS OF THE EOC Twelve names are in the race for the bench of Polish national team! The Polish Handball Federation will open envelopes with their CV’s on Monday, but it is now clear that the most of them are domestic names. The “new wave” with Piotr Przybecki, Damian Wleklak,Marcin Lijewski, together with Rafał Kuptel, Jarosław Cieslikowski and Krzysztof Kisiel, but also the first favorite for this position Talant Dujshebaev and former Macedonian, Israeli and Swiss NT head-coach, Serbian Dragan Djukić.Who will be the successor of Michael Biegler, who resigned after only seventh place at home EHF EURO 2016 in Krakow, it will be known on February 26. Poland handballPolish Handball read more

Luka Cindric is MVP of SEHA Gazprom League Final4 2018

Luka Cindricseha gazprom league ← Previous Story ALL SEHA Gazprom League finals Next Story → Four teams, one dream – Draw for Women’s EHF CL Final4 on Tuesday in Budapest RK Vardar Skopje playmaker Luka Cindric is the MVP of the SEHA Gazprom League Final4.Here are the SEHA Gazprom League “All Star” team of the Final4 event in Skopje.Goalkeeper: Arpad Sterbik (RK Vardar Skopje)Left wing: Timur Dibirov (RK Vardar Skopje)Left back: Domagoj Pavlovic (RK PPD Zagreb)Playmaker: Luka Cindric (RK Vardar Skopje)Right back: Ziga Mlakar (RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko)Right wing: Zlatko Horvat (RK PPD Zagreb)Line-player: Viacheslav Shumak (Meshkov Brest)Best defensive: Ilija Abutovic (RK Vardar Skopje)MVP: Luka Cindrić (RK Vardar Skopje) read more

Racial profiling has a discriminatory effect and should be prohibited report

first_imgA NEW REPORT on racism and intolerance has expressed disappointment at continued racial profiling.The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) have said that the continued requirement that non-Irish nationals produce identity documents “had a discriminatory effect on the basis of individuals’ colour.”This was despite a High Court ruling in 2011 which said that legislation to enforce this was unconstitutional.The report believed that the closure of the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI) in 2008 had made this issue worse.Concerned for the loss of the “bridge between authorities and the civil society”, the ECRI believed that its “unique reporting system about racist incidents were lost”.The latest monitoring report also said that Ireland’s travelling community continued to “face significant challenges” where adequate accommodation was concerned, including inadequate space for their caravans and mobile homes.Those attending school in Ireland, and for whom English is not their first language, are prime candidates for English language assistance.Despite this, funding to the Integrate Ireland Language and Training centres had been withdrawn.Progress since 2007Today’s report, the fourth in a series and the first since 2007, noted that progress continued to be made by the Equality Tribunal.It also said that the setting up of the Office of the Press Ombudsman and the Press Council had helped to prevent the publication of materials “intended or likely to to cause grave offence or stir up hatred”.Workers rights had also been given greater monitoring and enforcement with the 2007 establishment of the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA).RecommendationsThe report urged authorities to monitor how immigrants are treated, especially in respect of the Immigration Acts of 2003 and 2004, and that consideration should be given to prohibiting, through legislation, any form of racial profiling.In also recommended that an independent authority, which would operate separate of Ireland’s courts, should be created to deal with cases of discrimination in the provision of goods and services.Further action was also required in order to ensure that housing met the needs of travellers, while educational systems should be improved in order to ensure that all children of “immigrant origin” had access to education, including higher education.Read in-full: ECRI report on Ireland >Read: New primary school anti-racism initiative launched >last_img read more

11 people who immediately got what was coming to them

first_imgTHESE PEOPLE MESSED with karma, and karma messed with them right back.1. Ball isn’t going along with your messing2. I’m such a badass, this is gonna be so… GAH Source: Viralnova3. Push him off his bike? I push you off the bridge4. Beware of the dog, and the justice karma holds for them. They’re in cahoots 5. Overtaking? Take THIS6. HE’S, JUST, SO, ANGRY, umph7. Bye bye birdy, you messed with the wrong cat8. If you’re gonna rob, at least plan your exit in advance9. Bitter about getting the bottom bunk? Deal with it silently, or else10. Oh little boy, you have so much to learn about cats11. Take THAT milk bleughughbhghh ouchDriver’s attempt to skip traffic jam backfires mortifyingly>Badass tree fights back at man using it for target practice>last_img read more

Smoking 80 new jobs for ecigarette company in Waterford

first_imgIRISH E-CIGARETTE MAKER Healthier Smoker has announced a total of 80 new jobs at its new manufacturing facility in Six Cross Roads, Waterford.The positions will be divided evenly between the company’s manufacturing and retail and distribution arms.The company said that it could potentially offer up to 1,000 jobs over the next 12 months if its expansion proceeds as planned.A group of ex-smokers founded the company two years ago, and went on to raise €3 million to fund its initial expansion. A total of €10 million in funding is expected to flow into the vaping outfit, supporting new positions across 105 retail outlets, 150 store concessions and the Waterford plant.Big in ChinaThe product has proved to be a success as far away as China, with many people there buying from the Waterford outfit ahead of domestic competitors, spokesperson Stephen Ryan said.He said: “The fact that we have a 95% retention rate amongst people trialling the liquids speaks for itself and the response from customers certainly attests to it.”Ryan said that there was a huge growth potential in the e-cigarette industry over coming years.“In export terms, we anticipate that our business, just from this facility alone, could be worth €100 million in the next five years. The potential is staggering and Ireland could possibly become a world class centre of excellence for the production of e-liquids.”Healthier Smoker said that around 50,000 people use e-cigarettes in Ireland, with sales up 478% last year, pulling in €7.4 million in revenues.Read: The world’s first electronic joint has arrived>Read: E-cigarettes could be facing an all-out hospital ban>last_img read more

A Beer Keg Mod PC Case Ill drink to that

first_imgWorking with PC’s can often be a thirsty business. So it is only natural that one day a PC enthusiast would put together a creation that would show off his serious modding skills by combining his deep appreciation of computers and that of beer.Taking an empty Bud Light Keg, PC modder Ben Lzicar dissected the metal container and powder coated the keg black to highlight the look of its new purpose. Then Ben fashioned an inner frame to hold the PC components and added chrome and clear windows along with blue LED lighting to show off the keg’s interior. Overall the final product, called the Kegarator, looks sleek, detailed, and completely wicked.Sadly while this Keg will no longer serve beer from the tap, Ben did install a bottle opener on the side so it could still serve some purpose to help quench the thirst of a weary computer geek.Read more at technabob, found via Geekologie.Kegarator 1 (560 x 358)Kegarator 1 (560 x 358)Kegarator 2 (560 x 420)Kegarator 3 (500 x 667)Kegarator 4 (500 x 667)Kegarator 5 (500 x 667)last_img read more

Facebook Not Shutting Down March 15

first_imgWhile the rest of the country was fixated on politically motivated shooting, bad weather, and the Consumer Electronics Show, its seems that a chunk of the Internet was reeling from the terrible news that Facebook would be shutting down, mid-March. Sure the site just received $500 million dollars, has been valued at billions upon billions, and was the subject of a recent critically acclaimed major motion–but hey, the great one always quit at the top of their game, right?News that the wildly successful social network was closing up shop was originally reported by The Weekly World News–that home of Batboy notorious for making the The National Enquirer look like The New York Times. But while the WNN has never been taken particularly seriously, this report really has the Internet to thank, having quickly ballooned and taken on a life of its own, as things on the Internet are wont to do.“After March 15th the whole website shuts down,” a fake Facebook exec fakely told the realish Weekly World News. “So if you ever want to see your pictures again, I recommend you take them off the internet. You won’t be able to get them back once Facebook goes out of business.”PCMag has taken the whole thing as a sort of cautionary tale against such eventualities.last_img read more

Review Sparrow for Mac treats email more like Twitter and thats a

first_imgWhen atebits, LLC first released Tweetie for Mac back in November 2008, it was pretty much the perfect Mac app. Simple, elegant, and attractive, Tweetie folded Twitter into a silky alloy of innate functionality. But when Twitter’s functionality expanded along with users’ expectations of what Twitter should be used for, Tweetie failed to evolve.When that happened there was still nothing wrong with Tweetie, per se: in many ways, it was still the most perfectly actualized Twitter client to ever hit the Mac. The trouble was, when you used Tweetie, you could only use Twitter as if it were still 2008. To use Twitter as it was now, you needed to download a more robust, complicated and confusing client, like TweetDeck. So everyone loved Tweetie, and everyone prayed for an update, and on many people’s hard drives, Tweetie remained… a chunk of amber that crystallized inside itself what Twitter once was, but which distorted the social network when used as a glass to look upon its current reality.Sparrow for Mac is a lot like Tweetie, in both the ways it is supposed to be and the ways it is not. Depending on how you use email, that might be exactly what you need… or enough to make you admire it for its beauty, but ultimately gnash your teeth and plunge right back into Eudora.Like Tweetie, Sparrow is designed to be minimalist and aesthetically pleasing… an approach that is a breath of fresh air in an email client. Sparrow’s triple-paned layout corrals all of Gmail’s major sections in the left-most column, allowing you to easily switch between your inbox, your drafts, the messages you’ve starred for later, your spam and search. The second column shows you a list of your latest emails, threaded into conversations, while the third pane (which is collapsible) shows you both the full conversation of a given thread and allows you to quickly reply within the same pane.What Sparrow’s approach does really well is eliminates extraneous windows. Unless you are composing a new email message, using Sparrow in its more compact collapsed mode or pointedly tell Sparrow to open a new window for a reply, Sparrow always keeps you within its triple-paned borders. For someone like me, who all too often finds himself closing dozens of open emails after a day or two in Mail.app or Postbox, Sparrow’s reluctance to split itself between windows as a compulsion of digital mitosis is much appreciated.Everything about Sparrow is elegant. The Quick Reply feature, for example, allows you to dash off instant responses almost as if they were tweets. This is functionality that is present in my other favorite mail client for Mac, Postbox, and one that I’ve found impossible to live without. Sparrow’s take on quick reply is nicer aesthetically, if identical in the details. Handling multiple email accounts is as easy as clicking on the user icon assigned to that account in the left-hand pane. Attachments are handled inline, just drag and drop. Labels can be created and assigned effectively; switching between Gmail folders is as simple as clicking through a drop down. Even Snow Leopard’s built-in Quick Look functionality is supported: simply tap space to preview any message’s attachment.Like I said, elegant. But for some users, the problem will inevitably end up being that elegance is not the same as fanciness, and Sparrow eschews the fancy features of the more sprawling clients like Mail, Thunderbird, Eudora or Postbox. You won’t find the ability to annotate inbox messages here, or mark contacts as favorites, or search through messages with granularity down to the attachment byte. You can’t change the layout, or even pick and choose between signatures for any given email account. The list goes on.For most users, that’s a good thing. Sparrow’s not trying to be all things to all people, which is what email has evolved into over forty years. It’s trying to make the hundreds of emails you get each day more manageable not through giving you ever more complex tools to deal with them, but rather by treating them like tweets… messages that can be responded to at length with just as much zen as they can be ignored.Even for non-power-users, though, Sparrow occasionally seems to have skimped on small features. There’s no built-in ability to sort your inbox by read status, for example, nor is there a way to mark all emails as read. Sparrow’s contacts are all plucked from your Google Contacts list, but there’s no way to manage them in-program. Similarly, there’s no way to create new filters and smart labels within Sparrow. There’s no support for Gmail’s priority inbox. All of these functions are accomplishable, but only if you open Gmail in a browser.Whether Sparrow is right for you comes down to a couple of things. The first is whether or not you use Gmail and embrace its conceits: threaded conversations, archiving, labels instead of folders, etc. Sparrow doesn’t work with anything besides Gmail accounts, and while they promise support for other IMAP accounts in version 1.1, the program is so thoroughly infused with Gmail DNA that I wonder if IMAP support will ever be anything besides a half-baked afterthought.The second: how seriously do you take your email? How much can you go with its flow? Power users will be driven mad by the lack of sophisticated mail wrangling functionality in Sparrow, but that’s the whole point. Sparrow wants you to treat your inbox like a stream that can be dipped into, not an ocean to be tamed; it’s the equivalent of skipping stones, not piloting a submarine.So is Sparrow right for you? At $9.99 on the Mac App Store, with an ad-supported Lite version coming soon, it’s certainly worth an examination if you use Gmail and would like to make wading through your emails a lighter, breezier and more zen-like experience.Ultimately, though, Sparrow treats email a lot like Twitter, which is a four-year old micro-blogging medium still in the process of evolving. It’s a presumptuous move on the part of Sparrow’s developers, and one many users will just never be able to get beyond, either because they need more functionality from an email client… or, after decades of using email one way, they just can’t believe that they could be more productive treating it more ephemerally.last_img read more

Verizon Wireless Kills 1Year Contracts

first_imgFirst it was the New Every Two Program was cancelled, and now it’s the 1-Year Contract: Verizon Wireless has a vision for how its customers will sign up for their agreements, and when they’ll upgrade their devices. The company announced this week that on April 17th, they would do away with the 1-year contract option because a “greater majority of customers sign up for a two year contract,” according to a Verizon statement to Boy Genius Report. That’s likely true, but also partially because handset prices are more heavily subsidized if you sign up for a 2-year contract, and Verizon Wireless sales representatives push 2-year agreements over 1-year agreements to customers when they shop for handsets. Verizon Wireless did say that the company’s month-to-month contract-free plans would remain available, but considering month-to-month plans come with no handset subsidy, it’s unlikely that customers who previously had 1-year plans would move to them. [via Mashable]last_img read more

Virtual dressing room uses Kinect and augmented reality makes shopping even easier

first_imgIf you’ve seen the movie Clueless that came out back in 1995, you might remember the main character’s computer-programmed closet that showed the character in different outfits on a touch-activated screen. She’d scroll through articles of clothing until she found exactly the right outfit without ever having to try it on first. Fast forward 16 years and it looks like that technology, which was every teenage girl’s dream, has become a reality thanks to Microsoft’s Kinect controller.The Kinect was originally intended for use with the Xbox 360, but thanks to its open-source capabilities, people have been hacking it to make a variety of inventions, from Kinect-driven recliners to Kinect-controlled UAV quadrocopters. One of these hacks turns the Kinect into a virtual dressing room.Russian company AR Door paired up with Topshop, a British clothes retailer with stores in 20 countries around the world, to build a virtual fitting room for a new collection of dresses. Instead of entering a dressing room and having to squeeze into clothing, the virtual fitting room tries the clothes on for you. It’s simply a kiosk that sits in the middle of the store – and no, getting down to your skivvies is not required.The first kiosk was tested in Moscow. Besides using the Microsoft Kinect, it also uses augmented reality, which allows the customers to choose a dress off the rack and try it on without actually having to put it on. The customer sees his or herself onscreen with a 3D replica of the dress. The customer can spin around to see all angles of the dress, and can control the program with gestures. Moving your hand to a virtual button will change the dress selection. The nice thing about the Kinect is it’s so easy to use. The built-in camera tracks the user’s body and superimposes it to the 3D model of the dress.This isn’t the first case of a virtual dressing room we’ve seen. There was one popular model at this year’s DEMO conference called Swivel, and we’ve heard of another called TryOnBathingSuit. Both work in the same way as AR Door’s does using the Kinect sensor and augmented reality. The technology isn’t perfect just yet. The clothes still seem to hover on top of the body, instead of looking like they’re actually draped on the customer. Still, the technology is new, and these companies will hopefully refine their products more in the near future so the pain of going jean and swimsuit shopping can take a little less time out of our lives.With that said, this is still not a replacement for trying on the actual garment. You really never know how well something is going to fit until you put it on, and although it may look good on 3D-you, it might look awful on the real you. The virtual dressing room seems like a good idea as an initial try-on and to see if the style is flattering, but to know if it’s actually going to be worth your money when you walk out of the store, you’re still going to have to try it on in a real dressing room.Read more at AR Door, via TechTreelast_img read more

Geek deals Up to 311 off the Dell Vostro 230 Mini Tower

first_imgThe truth about most PC users today is that they don’t need super powerful processors, room-heating graphics cards, or quad super-high-resolution displays. In the end, they need something that has just enough power to handle some web browsing and email. As we geeks know, it doesn’t cost much to get that kind of horsepower.Enter Dell’s Vostro 230 mini tower desktop. The computer features a Core 2 Duo processor, Windows 7, and a low price tag to boot. You can get this machine with just the right amount of performance for the average user for as cheap as $319 with 2GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive. Since you generally want to have a monitor to look at when using the computer, you can grab a Vostro 230 with an 18.5-inch monitor and Pentium dual core chip for just $369.AdChoices广告If you’re looking for something a little more powerful, you can always choose to upgrade with up to 4GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of storage. You can also upgrade to an NVIDIA GeForce G310 512MB graphics card. Of course, these additions will make the $369 desktop and monitor a great deal more expensive. However, if you spend over $499, you’ll get free shipping, so at least there’s that nice incentive.This deal from Dell is expected to end fairly soon, so don’t wait too long to pick up this cheap package.Visit LogicBuy for the Dell Vostro 230 mini tower deallast_img read more

Raspberry Pi 25 PC goes into alpha production

first_imgGame developer David Braben caused geeks to get excited back in May when he announced plans to develop and release a $25 PC. It is called the Raspberry Pi, and takes the form of a USB stick that can be plugged into the HDMI port of a display ready to act as afully-functional PC.The thinking behind the super-cheap PC is to get it into the hands of school kids and let them start experimenting and programming. The planend hardware included a 700MHz ARM11 processor, 128MB RAM, OpenGL ES 2.0, and 1080p output. It will run Linux in some form, but importantly it’s only $25 and will allow access to the wealth of free tools Linux has access to.Two months on and the spec of the PCB layout has been finalized and an alpha release has been sent to manufacture. Any doubts this PC wasn’t going to happen should now disappear as this alpha board is expected to be almost the same as the final production unit.The difference between this alpha board and the final board is one of costly components. The alpha is 20% bigger than the production board will be. It also uses a few expensive components relatively speaking, which will be eliminated before release. There’s also some testing and debug features included that will be removed once the team are confident everything works as expected.In order to save on space the SDRAM is mounted on top of the ARM processor. We can also confirm a USB 2.0 hub and 10/100 Ethernet controller are present on the board making for simple Internet access and peripheral use.There has been a further development since the $25 PC was first announced. It now looks as though there will be a $35 Raspberry Pi model too. This has been done to “follow the example set by the BBC Micro.”The $25 unit (Model A) will one USB host port and ships with 128MB of RAM. The $35 unit (Model B) will include the two USB host ports and Ethernet, and ships with 256MB RAM. While schools may opt for the cheaper $25 unit, it’s likely hobbyists will spend the extra $10.Although we don’t know a release date as of yet, the Raspeberry Pi Foundation is promising images of the alpha boards in a couple of weeks.Read more at the Raspberry Pi Foundation Bloglast_img read more

PS Vita games priced at 77 for Japanese launch

first_imgThe launch of the PS Vita is fast approaching with Japan getting the handheld first on December 17. With a little over two months to go, Sony has revealed the price it expects to sell PS Vita titles for in its home territory, which if it keeps for the U.S. and European launch won’t see many games fly off the shelves.For the top tier games, for example, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Sony has applied a price tag of 5,980 Yen. That’s $77 for a boxed copy of the title. The download version is slightly cheaper at 4,900 Yen ($65).Before gamers outside of Japan get too concerned about that high pricing, take into account the exchange rate and pricing already announced for the hardware in the U.S. In Japan, the PS Vita will cost $390 (3G) or $325 (Wi-Fi). In the U.S. it will be $299 and $249 respectively. If we apply the same price difference to games, then boxed copies should cost no more than $59 and download versions no more than $50 when they launch in Western markets.We also need to consider that this is launch pricing and what Sony recommends the games should sell for. Retailers will discount those prices if they need or want to, and other launch titles are already expected to be cheaper. For example, Everybody’s Golf Next will be $65 boxed and a $52 download.The real losers in all of this are those gamers who have decided to import the Vita and its games before the February launch in the U.S. With supplies of the Japanese model sure to be stretched, you could easily end up paying $600+ for it. Games could also go for $100 each. In other words, don’t expect much change from $1,000 for the device and a couple of games if you want one in time for Christmas.via Andriasanglast_img read more

Navigon brings full GPS solution to Windows Phone for 2999

first_imgWindows Phone users who have received the update to 7.5 (aka Mango) already have access to Bing Maps-powered turn-by-turn GPS navigation, but it doesn’t provide all the bells and whistles some competitors’ solutions do. Fortunately, there’s a new Windows Phone app from Navigon that fills the gap.Right now, Navigon is priced at $29.99 for the U.S. version and $69.99 for the European edition. Yes, in a world of 99-cent apps these might seem steep, but it’s a small price to pay to turn your Windows Phone into a tricked-out GPS.In addition to offering turn-by-turn directions, Navigon offers speed and lane assistance, Google local search, pedestrian navigation, automatic switching between day and night modes, and Navigon Safety Camera — which alerts you to the presence of those pesky automated traffic violation cameras. It’s also got the slick Navigon Reality scanner, which uses augmented reality to find points of interest near your current location.Navigon also integrates with your address book to provide simple directions from your location to their home or work addresses. There’s also a one-touch Take Me Home function that gets you back to your place with minimal fuss.To see the Navigon app in action, check out the preview video from WM PowerUser below.Navigon also recently released Traffic4All for Windows Phone, which lets you keep tabs on local traffic conditions as you drive for just $1.49. If a $30 navigation app isn’t something you’re interested in, Traffic4All is certainly well worth checking out. It doesn’t take too many re-routes around congestion to make up a buck and a half in fuel savings.More at Wp7 Applistlast_img read more

Apple will have Black Friday deals this year

first_imgIf you caught our roundups of Black Friday deals, you may have noticed that there hasn’t been anything listed from Apple yet. Have no fear, for the company has placed a teaser banner on its website which promises Black Friday deals. Additionally, the details of those deals have leaked. The discounts will be for Friday only, and are online-only deals.Apple’s teaser mentions the iPod, iPad, and Mac, and the leak is consistent with this. These include $101 off the iMac, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air, $21-41 dollars off the iPod touch, and a discount $41-61 on the iPad 2. Less notable deals include $11 off the iPad 2’s smart cover and $11 off the iPod nano.As with the last three years, Apple’s Black Friday sale is shaving $101 off of most Mac orders. That has the entry level iMac and MacBook Pro starting at $1,098 (down from $1,199), with the 13 inch MacBook Air knocked down to $1,198 (from $1,299).While the expected Mac discounts are sweet, the potential deal that will turn the most heads will be a discount on the iPad 2. On Black Friday in 2010, Apple dropped $41 off of all iPad models. Apple is doing the same this year — only with a bonus. The 16GB WiFi-only iPad 2 will be $458, but the 64GB WiFi + 3G iPad will lose $61 — ringing up at $768.The iPod touch also got a moderate discount last year, with the 8GB version losing $21, the 32GB model cut by $31, and the 64GB touch having $41 shaved off. That puts the three models at $178, $268, and $358 respectively.The leaked ad makes no mention of a cheap 4S, so we wouldn’t recommend getting your hopes up there. As the iPhone is carrier-subsidized, it may not be as easy or desirable for Cupertino to slash prices on the über-popular handset.Apple, via 9to5maclast_img read more

Former BitTorrent exec says Pirate Pay is probably ineffective and illegal

first_imgYou probably heard the news about a little Russian company that claims to have the silver bullet that will end BitTorrent piracy once and for all. The confusingly named Pirate Pay (I love a pun) claims that its technology can stop any torrent dead. Now the former VP of engineering at BitTorrent Inc, John Pettitt, has pointed out that Pirate Pay might be more smoke and mirrors than Hollywood’s salvation.Pirate Pay claims to have blocked nearly 45,000 illegal downloads of a film late last year in its first studio contract. The details are not clear, but it appears the technology supplies fake data to the torrent swarm, which causes clients to disconnect. Pettitt says the claims sound dubious. In fact, Pettitt believes that BitTorrent clients using the UDP protocol might not be affected at all. Since this is common in modern clients, Pirate Pay might only be blocking users of old software and those with UDP tracking disabled.Pettitt also has a concern with the legality of the company’s practices. He likens flooding users with spoofed traffic from multiple servers to a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). DDoS attacks are usually the realm of blackhat hackers and activist collectives like Anonymous; not legitimate businesses.Should the Pirate Pay technology actually work, there is serious risk that the wrong swarms will be targeted. If the company gets a little overzealous trying to protect a client’s content, and legitimate torrent traffic is blocked, there could be legal consequences. Even the rights holder that contracted for the anti-p2p service could end up in hot water.The original story indicated that Microsoft had invested in the company, and that both Sony and Disney were customers. Perhaps lawyers are scurrying around now trying to figure out if Pirate Pay will end up being more trouble than it’s worth.via TechDirtlast_img read more

Unannounced inspections at childrens hospital found highrisk uncleanliness

first_imgOther unclean surfaces, including the interiors of waste bins, cupboards, storage units and fridges, did not appear to have been included in ward cleaning specifications. Poor finishes around radiators in St Bridget’s Ward facilitated dust collection.It was also reported that toilets were cleaned once a day and that a janitorial service was available to staff if required during the day, which was not in line with recommended national minimum cleaning frequencies. Oct 28th 2016, 1:23 PM A RECENT INSPECTION of Temple Street Children’s University Hospital has found that environment and patient equipment hygiene were at critically low levels and needed to be addressed urgently.The first unannounced inspection was carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) at Temple Street hospital on 27 July 2016.A re-inspection six weeks later examined the level of progress which had been made regarding environmental and patient equipment hygiene in the areas inspected.The report based on these two visits found that the environmental hygiene in both St Patrick’s Ward and St Bridget’s Ward was poor overall and “was not in line with current national standards and guidelines for hospital cleaning”.First visit“Cot frames, bedside storage units and recliner chairs in vacant bed spaces in St Patrick’s Ward that had been cleaned following patient discharge were stained.” By Gráinne Ní Aodha Second visitDuring the second inspection on 6 September, “significant improvements” were made to clean both St Patrick’s Ward and St Bridget’s Ward. Heavy dust was present under pull-out beds for parents in two patient rooms and behind a fixed cupboard in the open plan renal dialysis area. The design and manner in which these items were fitted did not facilitate effective cleaning.The report recommended that more soap dispensers should be provided, that regular hygiene training be provided to staff, and that a hygiene audit be conducted.Temple Street must also publish its Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) on its website within six weeks of today, and provide HIQA with the web link.The aim of unannounced HIQA inspections is to assess hygiene in the hospital as observed by the inspection team and experienced by patients at any given time.Read: 4 people taken to hospital after Luas tram and tourist bus collide at SmithfieldRead: Break-ups, career moves and kids – the science of making a BIG change Image: Google Maps Share235 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3051652 Image: Google Maps Unannounced inspections at children’s hospital found ‘high-risk’ uncleanliness “Multiple surfaces within the wards inspected were dusty and these included bed undercarriages, chairs and examination couches.”center_img The commode was stored in this manner because there was not enough floor space within the ‘dirty’ utility room, which was the appropriate storage area for this item.“In addition, bedside suction catheter holders were unclean.”In St Michael’s C Ward: Multiple surfaces within the wards inspected were dusty and these included bed undercarriages, chairs, examination couches, floors, over-bed lights, wall surfaces, radiators, ventilation grilles, staff workstations, a games table and horizontal ledges. Friday 28 Oct 2016, 1:23 PM Other factors which contributed to poor environmental hygiene in the wards inspected included an outdated hospital infrastructure, poor maintenance, very limited space in patient care and ancillary areas, lack of storage space, the design and positioning of beds and cots and bedside storage units which did not facilitate effective cleaning. Both ward environments were found to be clean. It was evident that enhanced cleaning had been performed in both areasNew flooring had been installed, painting and woodwork repairs had been carried out, and surfaces had been upgraded. Although “deep cleaning and improvement works” had been carried out since the first inspection, and the report finding the hospital “98% compliance with standards”, there were incidents of a lack of hygiene upon the re-inspection.“Overall patient equipment in St Bridget’s Ward was clean with few exceptions. Astained commode was stored in a locked cupboard on a corridor outside the ward.” 10,869 Views 28 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more