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Kasper Hvidt publishes controversial book

Kasper Hvidt Denmark isn’t only rocked by the celebration “12,000 for handball” when they set a record at the arena of Herning, but also by Kasper Hvidt’s new book, “Under heavens, in the midst of goals”, which was written by the political journalist Rasmus Bech.In the book, among other things, he describes the mood of the Danish team after the quarter-final defeat at the hands of Croatia at the Olympics in Beijing 2008. He says that it was very disappointing, and as a consolation they were allowed by Ulrik Wilbek to go drinking, and mentions that Mikkel Hansen ended up in hospital, while many others were also very drunk, but still many of them went to enjoy Beijing’s nightlife.The book is to come out in a few days, and is expected to be really interesting to read in aspect of many things. ← Previous Story President of CHF, Sandi Šola: “Regional League will be fair” Next Story → Lunde Haraldsen “uncomfortable” in Gyor read more

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Netherlands cancelled Womens EHF EURO 2012 organisation

← Previous Story AG Copenhagen is the Danish champion 2011/2012! Next Story → Chris Mohr (Great Britain):”We are very excited about the OG” The European Handball Federation has to announce the withdrawal of the Dutch Handball Federation from the organisation of the 2012 Women’s EHF European Handball Championship Final Tournament, scheduled to take place in the Netherlands from 4 to 16 December 2012.Following discussions between the Dutch Handball Federation and the EHF, written confirmation of the federation’s withdrawal was received today.The organisational right for the women’s national team event will now be offered to an alternative host nation.The EHF is currently in positive negotiations with a number of its member federations to find a suitable host for the event.Participating nations, partners and the media will informed accordingly once an alternative organiser for the event has been confirmed.As a consequence of the withdrawal from the organisation of the event, the Final Tournament Draw scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 in Rotterdam, Netherlands has been cancelled.A new date and venue for the draw event will be announced by the EHF in due course.TEXT: EHF Women’s EHF EURO 2012 read more

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Borut Mackovsek to Qatar

Slovenian left back Borut Mackovsek (21) has played the last match for RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko last weekend against Trimo Trebnje 30:28. The “Cat” will play next month in Qatari Al Sadd before his transfer to German TSV Hannover Burgdorf for the upcoming season. ← Previous Story Danish Play Off Final: KIF Kolding VS Aalborg for the trophy! Next Story → THW KIEL – BUNDESLIGA CHAMPION! Borut MackovsekQatari handball

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SG Flensburg win 80th Landesderby

17.Minden196013496:55312 12.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten198110469:49917 Lemgo26 – 26HSG Wetzlar Minden29 – 27N-Lübbecke Hannover-Burgdorf30 – 36Hamburg 9.HSG Wetzlar19748490:48418 13.Bergischer198110498:54617 Bergischer30 – 25Fuchse Berlín HBW Balingen-Weilstetten25 – 24Bietigheim-Metterzimmern STANDINGS: 10.Fuchse Berlín19829513:53218 2.Kiel191603552:45832 Flensburg-H.26 – 22Kiel Nord DerbySG FlensburgTHW Kiel Erlangen19 – 28SC Magdeburg 8.Hamburg20929557:53720 ← Previous Story VIDEO: Amazing goal by Mikkel Hansen Next Story → Holger Glandorf tears Achilles’ tendon 5.Goppingen181026489:48322 11.Hannover-Burgdorf19739533:54317 3.Flensburg-H.181413544:45429 16.Friesenheim186012452:52712 The biggest German handball derby between SG Flensburg and THW Kiel ended by victory of home team – 26:22 (15:11), In front of 6.300 enthusiastic fans in “Flens Arena”, the main role took fantastic Swedish goalkeeper Matias Andersson, who saved 25 shots of the “Zebras” to help his team to achieve important triumph which keep Ljubo Vranješ and his guys in Championship race.Mogensen and Lasse Svan Hansen scored 6 goals each for the home team, while Marko Vujin scored one more for defeated visitors…RESULTS: 1.Rhein-Neckar191603571:46332 6.MT Melsungen191027567:52522 15.Erlangen205312485:54913 Gummersbach26 – 32MT Melsungen 19.Bietigheim-Metterzimmern193115492:5797 18.Lemgo194114537:5589 14.N-Lübbecke197210534:53416 4.SC Magdeburg191315546:49627 7.Gummersbach19928528:53320 read more

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Ambitious Veselin Vujović with Slovenia I want medal in Poland

EHF EURO 2016SloveniaVeselin Vujović He is one of the world’ best handball players of all time, but he doesn’t hide ambitions as a coach also. Veselin Vujović overtook the Slovenian national team last summer after Boris Denic era with whom Slovenians won fourth place at World Championship 2013 as the highest result in their history since silver medal at EURO 2004 on home soil.However, Vujović didn’t come to play for eighth place…– I told to my players at the end of tournament in Germany, that I don’t think about Slovenia as the team who will play between sixth and tenth place. I won’t go in Poland with that in my mind. My wish is to play for medals. For all those who don’t want to go for medal, it is better not to play for the national team – said Vujović in an interview for siol.net.PHOTO: Mandatory Credit ©SEHA/ Zsolt Melczer ← Previous Story NEW ABALO: Benoit Kounkoud signs for PSG until 2019! Next Story → Fahrudin Melic flies to Chambery Savoie read more

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POWERFUL GOALIE GENERATION Old like a wine who will replace them

Week by week, season by season, competition by competition, always the same names. Professional career in handball lasts much more than 10 or 20 years before, but it is a real challenge to stay at the TOP until the end. Most of the players aren’t capable to stay on the level which they had before 35, but they put efforts until the final day. That isn’t a case with goalkeepers, who are still remarkable and the hardest question is “How long they could extend it?”.Thierry Omeyer celebrated his 41st birthday on November 2, just few days before PSG Handball goalie had another outstanding performance to reach EHF CL BEST 7 of Round 6. It is still unknown whether “Titi” will continue career after June 2018, will he stay in Paris or try something new, but whatever he decides, he will be remembered as one of the greatest every, perfect until the last day of career.Same as Arpad Sterbik, the hero of RK Vardar Skopje success in Cologne last May, when Macedonians wrote the best chapter of sports history of the whole country by winning EHF Champions League. Despite some statements that RK Vardar Skopje will be his last station in career at the end of contract in 2018, when Arpad will be 39, he decided to continue with Telekom Veszprem until 2020!Mattias Andersson is still number 1 in SG Flensburg Handewitt. When Swedish “monster” is in mood, German team looks unbeatable for the most of European TOP teams. The 39-years goalie got replacement in national team (Palicka and Appelgreen), but also in the club (Buric and Bergerud), but he can easily play in any TOP team.Same as Slawomir Szmal (39). Member of PGE Vive Kielce will finish his career at the end of contract with Polish champions next summer, but experienced Pole is still capable to be the best on the court. In some points of career and life, people decide to change their priorities, even their performance is still outstanding and it looks that they can be on the level for some years more.It is hard to predict who will, among younger goalkeepers, keep the highest possible level in ages of Omeyer and his generation, but at least, younger colleagues have role models, who one career has to look like from the beginning to the end. Arpad Sterbikhandball goalkeepersMattias AnderssonSlawomir SzmalThierry Omeyer ← Previous Story Magdeburg wants to host EHF Cup Final4 2018 Next Story → 3 MONTHS WITHOUT ACTIVITIES: Slavisa Djukanovic is out of hospital read more

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China gold Hurling Allstars put on show in Shanghai

first_img2012 winner John Mullane of Waterford in action against Patrick Donnellan, Clare at Shanghai Rugby Football Club.Cork forward Conor Lehane is challenged by Kilkenny’s Brian Hogan.Banner star Patrick Donnellan prepares to clear under pressure from Galway talisman Joe Canning.Pics: Ray McManus/SportsfileVIDEO: Michael Murphy attempts to hit a ball through ‘Colm Cooper’s taxi’Michael Murphy dishes the dirt on his Glenswilly teammates A 100-STRONG delegation from Ireland headed for Shanghai this week for the 2013 Allstars trip.The 2012 side and this year’s winners faced off in the customary exhibition game in Shanghai earlier today.Umpire Peter Goff, originally from the Kilmacud Crokes Club in Dublin but now a resident of Shanghai, shakes hands with 2013 goalkeeper Nickie Quaid after the game The GAA GPA Allstars 2013 team. last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgEVERY MORNING,TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #CALVIN HARRIS: One garda and two security staff were injured last night and 23 people were arrested during a Calvin Harris concert at the O2 in Dublin. Most of the arrests were for public order offences while five were related to drugs offences.2. #BARROSO: Top EU official José Manuel Barroso has said the euro was a victim of banking problems in Ireland and it is not accurate to suggest the EU caused our crisis. However he commended Ireland for its’s efforts, adding that work by European institutions has helped us exit the bailout.3. #RIP: Marie Fleming, the woman who took a landmark case seeking to be allowed to end her life with the assistance of her husband, has died. Fleming, who had Multiple Sclerosis, had been deteriorating in health when she lost her case in the courts this year.4. #REVENUE: A Revenue probe into businesses paid in cash resulted in almost €82 million being recouped in the first eight months of this year, RTÉ reports. The biggest amount of cash, at €21 million, was paid by landlords.5. #HOLLES ST: Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Rhona Mahony,  has failed to provide the HSE with documents requested on the €45,000 in additional fees she received from private patients, a Dáil committee heard yesterday. The Irish Daily Mail reports the HSE’s Geraldine Smith said she did not think they were going  to get the information.6. #LONDON: An investigation has begun into the collapse of a ceiling at the Apollo Theatre in London last night which resulted in almost 80 people being injured. A structural assessment of the 112-year-old building will take place today.7. #ELAINE O’HARA: The man charged  with the murder of childcare worker Elaine O’Hara lost his appeal for bail yesterday, the Irish Sun reports. After a two-hour break to consider the application yesterday, Chief Justice Susan Denham said the court was dismissing all grounds on which the appeal had been brought.8. #CHILD ABUSE: There were more than 19,000 referrals received by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs over concerns about child abuse last year, with figures for 2013 expected to be similar. The figures include examples of sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect.9. #SOUTH SUDAN: US President Barack Obama has warned that South Sudan is at the “precipice” of civil war, amid spiralling violence, with the UN launching a rescue mission after three Indian peacekeepers were killed, AFP reports.last_img read more

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Atlantic mackerel deal thrashed out but Iceland holds firm and doesnt sign

first_imgTHE EU, NORWAY and the Faroe Islands have signed a deal on mackerel quotas but Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says that, although he welcomes the agreement, he couldn’t support the final deal.Iceland, who have staunchly defended their mackerel fishing in the North Atlantic, withdrew from the talks and were not part of the final agreement.Iceland last year said that threatened sanctions against the country would be against international law.The five-year agreement will see Iceland given no fishing rights in EU waters but places strict fishing quotas on the EU, Norway and the FaroeseThe long-running dispute over the estimated €1 billion mackerel stock in the the North Atlantic intensified over the past six months with the EU claiming that Iceland and the Faroe Islands have increased their overall share of mackerel in the area from 5 per cent in 2005 to 52 per cent in 2013.Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says that agreement “will protect against previous dangerously high levels of fishing” but that it is “certainly not ideal”: I was disappointed with an aspect of the final outcome which gave the Faroe Islands an increased 12.6 per cent share of the stock and set aside a further 15.6 per cent for Iceland, Greenland and Russia. I consistently argued at council and throughout these negotiations that the levels being proposed for these parties were too high and on that basis I could not support the overall deal.Despite this, Coveney welcomed aspects of the deal that will see Irish mackerel quotas increase by over 60 per cent from the current 65,000 tonnes to 105,000 tonnes.The minster’s sentimemnt s were echoed by MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher, who said that it represented “good news” from an Irish perspective despite voicing concerns about how it will operate in the future.“In the long term, it is worrying that the Faroe Islands have received a share of 12.6 per cent as a result of the agreement. This share is totally unjustified and must not result in long term losses for the Irish sector. ” he said.“Iceland has once again refused to co-operate fully with the other coastal states. As such, I firmly believe that trade sanctions now must come back onto the table,” Gallagher added.Read: Iceland PM hits back in mackerel fishing row > Read: Coveney opposes EU plans on mackerel quotas >last_img read more

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MCs sign on for Ballymun hiphop mentoring project

first_imgLethal DialectAxis’s relationship with local hip-hop began around a number of years ago, culminating in a major way six years ago with the Hip-Nós project, which fused hip-hop and sean nós singing and toured many different countries.With the latest project, Director Mark O’Brien explains: “We really wanted to do something for hip-hop. We wanted to frame it not just coming in and learning to rap, we were really interested in what Paul himself wanted to do.”The aim was to show exactly what it takes to move forward with a career as an MC or in hip-hop.  “It’s great that this is happening, but how does one drive this on and let people hear this great work but also let the artists push themselves?”Lethal Dialect is one of the hardest working people I’ve met. You can see it both in his work but also in his career.There has been a huge amount of work not just in Dublin, but in the hip-hop world in Ireland over last 10 years to give it its own voice, says O’Brien.He sees a new voice emerging, and pays close attention to what the MCs are saying.Take all the beats off it and the lyrics, the words are incredible.Applicants are asked to send links to online video and music, a CV and an email outlining expression of interest. Applications are open until March 14 and expression of interests should be emailed to axisurban@gmail.com.Organisers are looking for artists who are over 18 and serious about progressing in the music industry as professional hip-hop artists.Read: The best, baddest Irish Christmas video you’ll see today> A HIP HOP mentoring project has been announced by Axis Ballymun, which will see emerging MCs working with some of Ireland’s rising stars.Hip-hop artist Lethal Dialect (Paul Alwright) and Dean Scurry of Workin Class Records have both come on board to work with Axis for the project, which is part of Playground, a major arts mentoring initiative funded by the Arts Council.This latest phase – the third of four – is called Craft and Art – from in the Street to Industry, and will see Lethal Dialect and Scurry giving a mixture of music advice, face to face meetings, business advice and critique to the successful applicants.Workin’ Class Records recently had a residency at Axis and Lethal Dialect is completing his latest album, 1988, in its music studios.(DOONWAVE/YouTube)MentoringThis mentoring scheme will take place over a number of weeks, beginning in March. Rather than being an introduction to the craft, it is an opportunity for hip-hop artists/performers who are at the beginning of, or at a change point in their careers, to work with one of Ireland’s foremost hip-hop artists; to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask, build confidence and be mentored.Lethal Dialect has released two albums, LD50 part 1 and part 2, and in 2011 became a featured artist on the second season of RTÉ series Love/Hate. He has shared the stage with acts such as Maverick Sabre, Ghostpoet, Action Bronson and The Rubberbandits and is working on the soundtrack for Irish feature-length film ‘Cardboard Gangsters’, in which he is also starring.(Cardboard Gangsters/YouTube)“When Dean said it to me, I was saying to him I didn’t really feel like I was in the position I needed to be in to mentor anyone else,” Alwright told TheJournal.ie. “I’m sort of on the come-up myself. But he told me, you’re a lot further down the line than a lot of people involved in the music thing. He said what you’ve learned on the road so far would be invaluable info for them.”And so Alwright decided to take part. Lots of the younger heads are getting involved but they’re not really seeing it as a profession, more so as a hobby. That was one thing with me, why I took it so serious. I sort of treated it like a job.”He sees it as a “blessing” to be in the position to be able to advise others with their career. “When I was coming up there was no one like that, there was no one else doing it,” he said. “I didn’t have someone mentoring me. I had to do it myself.”You’ve to balance doing it because you love it and doing it because you want a career out of it as well.Alwright recognises that hip hop is growing in popularity, both in terms of Irish young people getting involved, but also within the music industry here. “As well as that I think because of the climate as well, there’s not really anything else for young fellas or young girls to do.”To have someone like Axis in the community is a gift because they are really out there to expand the younger crowd getting into the community and support them. Mark O’Brien understands the struggle. It’s great to be able to give back to the community.last_img read more

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Two arrested after body of 40yearold man found in wheelie bin at

first_imgUpdated 16:45TWO PEOPLE HAVE been arrested after a man’s body was found in a wheelie bin at the back of a house in Armagh yesterday afternoon.The body of 40-year-old Owen Creaney was discovered in a house in Craigavon after police in the North responded to reports of suspicious activity in the area.Creaney lived at Victoria Place in Lurgan and is described as ‘vulnerable’.The officer leading the murder investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell, said:When officers arrived they found the body of Owen Creaney. It had been placed in a wheelie bin in a porch at the rear of the house.A 27-year-old man and 23-year-old woman were in the house at the time.They are now being questioned at the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station.Detective Campbell added that “Owen was 40. In fact, he celebrated his 40th birthday last Saturday, 28 June.He was a frail and vulnerable man. Although he was only 40 he had significant mobility issues which meant he required the aid of a walking frame or stick to get about.A post-mortem is now taking place to establish the cause of death.Campbell wants to talk to anybody who saw or heard a disturbance or suspicious activity at 140 Moyraverty Court any time between last Wednesday afternoon 2 July and yesterday afternoon, Saturday 5 July.He also wants to talk to anyone who saw or spoke with Owen during that same period.Anyone with information can call the non-emergency number 101 and ask to speak to detectives at Lurgan police station.Originally posted 13:10.Read: Woman and two children threatened with knife and gun in Armagh aggravated burglary>Read: Man threatened shop staff with a knife in broad daylight in Armagh>last_img read more

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Costa Concordia finally begins its journey to the scrapyard

first_imgPeople look at the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruiser being towed away from the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio today. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesTHE COSTA CONCORDIA cruise ship, which sank off the coast of Italy two years ago, has begun its final voyage: being towed away for scrap.Thirty-two people were killed when the cruise liner was wrecked on 13 January, 2012.It will take four days for tugs to bring the ship to Genoa, where it will be scrapped.Nets have been attached along the ship’s sides to catch and hold any items on board that could fall off on its final journey. The ship will travel at around 2 knots (or 2.3 mph) and it is being accompanied by several boats to monitor pollution from the ship.The Telegraph reports that people on the nearby island of Giglio celebrated the ship’s removal:“It’s hard not to get emotional,” said Franco Porcellacchia, an engineer with ship owner Costa Crociere.“Today, Giglio is once again ours,” a local man, visibly relieved to see the back of the Concordia, told AFP.The ship’s Italian captain is currently on trial for manslaughter, causing the wreck and for abandoning ship while hundreds of the ship’s 4,200 passengers and crew were still on board.A new search of the seabed where the ship was marooned is due to begin this Friday for the one body which was never recovered from the site. Divers have already painstainkingly combed inaccessible areas in vain for the remains of the Concordia crew member.The Italian government official in charge of overseeing the ship’s removal, Franco Gabrielli, said they will only be certain that the body is no longer aboard the ship when it has been dismantled.- Additional reporting by the AP, AFPWatch: This is what it’s like to swim around the sunken Costa Concordia >last_img read more

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What Star Wars OS X Weather Widgets would look like

first_imgAlthough it was “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” you figure that people in the Star Wars universe needed to know the weather where they lived just like they do today. And with that being the case, sentient beings probably used clever little weather widgets like most of us currently use on our computers or smartphones. But what would these Star Wars weather widgets look like?Enter Cristian Kit Paul, a graphic designer who decided to bring these imagined weather widgets to life. Using OS X weather widgets as a template, he shows us what a typical week of weather would be like at remote places in the Star Wars galaxy like Hoth, Tatooine, Alderaan, Dagobah, and Cloud City. And sadly while these widgets aren’t available for download onto your Mac, they are still fun to look at.AdChoices广告Just remember all temps are in Celsius. To convert to Fahrenheit you need to multiply the Celsius number by 9, then divide that number by 5, and finally add 32 (or just use Google).Hoth WW (500 x 386)Hoth WW (500 x 386)Alderaan WW (500 x 386)Cloud City WW (500 x 386)Dagobah WW (500 x 386)Tatooine WW (500 x 386)Read more at Kit Bog, found via Kottkelast_img read more

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HTC attempt to dodge Apple patent lawsuit by licensing portfolio of exMicrosoft

first_imgWith lawsuits whizzing like bullets in every direction, fired from the big guns of almost every major smartphone manufacturer’s legal departments, 2011 is shaping up to be the year of the mobile patent lawsuit.At least one prominent smartphone maker, though, is diving for cover: sued by Apple for patent infringement, HTC has opted to license the patent portfolio of Intellectual Ventures to protect itself. In doing so, HTC is climbing into bed not just with Microsoft‘s former chief technology officer, Nathan Myhrvold, but also one of the most infamous patent troll companies around.In a press release, HTC says that it licensed Intellectual Ventures’ patent portfolio of over 30,000 IP assets in order “to defend itself and its subsidiaries from potential litigation.” This follows a similar move by Samsung last week to license Intellectual Ventures’ patent portfolio to protect itself in the patent lawsuits that are going to be ubiquitous in determining who owns what in the current smartphone wars.If you haven’t picked up on it yet, the next couple of years are going to be bloody amongst smartphone manufacturers, almost all of whom are suing each other based on file cabinets filled with patents, many of which overlap with other patents and none of which have been tested. Given the fact that mobile is the future of computing, there’s a lot resting on eliminating the competition, and patent portfolios are proving to be one of the biggest weapons in many mobile gadget makers’ arsenals in trying to get a leg up over the competition.The thing that’s interesting here is that even Intellectual Ventures’ patent portfolio is largely untested, so by licensing it, HTC and Samsung are basically offloading culpability in defending their patent innovations to a third-party. That might be smart, but something tells me it’s not really going to mitigate the actual volume of patent lawsuits thrown at them in the coming years all that much.last_img read more

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Sony is limiting PS Vita 3G downloads to 20MB at launch

first_imgAs the PS3 and Xbox 360 has shown, if you’re going to release a new piece of gaming hardware it has to support online features including digital game downloads. That also applies to mobile platforms now that the iPhone and Android devices have made app stores popular, and Nintendo is making a big deal about the 3DS eShop.Sony is no exception to this rule and will support a range of online and download features at launch for the PS Vita. There’s even a 3G version of the Vita to allow for such access away from home or a WiFi access point.As the mobile networks keep telling us, supporting lots of heavy-users on 3G devices trying to watch movies, download apps and music, as well as having video chats puts their infrastructure under massive stress. It seems Sony has realized that may happen with the PS Vita, or at least been told it will by the mobile industry in Japan. After all, there’s going to be multiple thousands of them sold on launch day, and most gamers will be checking out the digital download games and content immediately.With that in mind, apparently there’s going to be a rather severe limit on the size of the files you can download with the PS Vita over 3G at launch. That limit is set to 20MB. In other words, if there’s a digital download game you want that’s 100MB, you won’t be able to download it to the PS Vita over 3G for the time being.That’s the plan in Japan at least, but don’t be surprised if similar caps are put in place for Western markets as a safety net. The one consolation being it isn’t a permanent cap, just a temporary one until sales and usage settles to a more predictable flow.Limiting your use of 3G actually makes sense, and you could see this as Sony doing you a favor due to the high cost of the PS Vita data plans. 20 hours costs you $13 and 100 hours is $64. At a download rate of 128Kbps, downloading large files is soon going to burn through that time.Read more at ITProPortallast_img read more

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Sabre hybrid engine promises to fly you anywhere in 4 hours

first_imgIn order to cut the traveling time on long haul flights we can either go faster or travel higher in the atmosphere. Both solutions present quite difficult problems to overcome, though.Going faster means using engines capable of breaking the sound barrier. We have those, but they create sonic booms (very loud claps in the air) that would not be acceptable once you added them to all aircraft and heard them regularly throughout the day and night. NASA may be getting closer to solving that problem, but no solution is in place yet.Traveling higher, literally at the edge of space, is something Virgin Galactic is currently focused on doing, but it requires two vehicles to achieve it. The first is a typical plane design that gets a smaller craft into the air and flying at a decent speeds and height before decoupling and using rockets for power. It works, but isn’t ideal.The ultimate solution would be a plane that can take off and land like a normal aircraft, but be capable of traveling in orbit. This so-called spaceplane is in development, and it’s all thanks to a new engine called the Sabre.Reaction Engines Limited is the UK company behind the Sabre engine being developed for use in the Skylon spaceplane. It is unique because it takes the form of a hybrid and can function as both an air-breathing engine and a conventional rocket. It also promises to let us travel at 5x the speed of sound.By combining the two types of engine, the Skylon can take off and land like a normal aircraft, but ascend into orbit where it switches over to rocket power and cuts travel time drastically. In fact, the Skylon and Sabre combination promises to take you anywhere in the world in no more than 4 hours.The clever thinking behind the Sabre engine is its use of oxygen and hydrogen as a fuel source. At lower altitude the oxygen required is taken from the atmosphere, but in space it switches over to a rocket mode.Reaction is currently testing the Sabre to ensure its cooling system works as it will have to deal with over 1,000 degree temperatures. If the tests prove successful, then it is hoped investment can be attracted to the tune of $400 million allowing the final Sabre engine to be designed.With the prospect of making long haul flights a thing of the past, I’m sure more than a few aviation companies will be very interested in investing.Read more at BBC News and Reaction Engineslast_img read more

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Sony rumored to be acquiring Gaikai or OnLive

first_imgThe big gaming rumor last week was that Sony is going to announce some kind of deal with one of the two big cloud games streaming services: OnLive or Gaikai during E3. Now that rumor has been tweaked slightly. Sony isn’t just signing a deal, it is in the process of acquiring one of the companies.Such an acquisition would certainly shake things up in the gaming space. Sony would instantly be capable of providing PS3 and PS Vita owners with access to games not available for either platform. It would also be able to block the service from ever running on Microsoft or Nintendo hardware.A PS3 or Vita running Diablo III, World of Warcraft, or a number of other games that don’t currently have console versions is certainly a plus point. It would also force Microsoft to react, most likely by purchasing a rival service for its own console.Being in control of an established cloud gaming service would also surely influence the design of Sony’s next console. Cloud gaming would become an integral part of the platform, potentially cutting down on hardware costs (less local storage?), or at the very least increasing the potential for more games and more cloud-based features.We also have to consider Sony’s other businesses, specifically TVs, laptops, phones, and tablets. Owning Gaikai or OnLive could see gaming ship as standard with new smart TVs or as a feature of new Blu-ray players. I doubt Sony would release a standalone box for cloud gaming as it would potentially cut into PS3 sales. Laptops, tablets, and phones with access to a gaming service also makes a lot of sense.For now, this is just a rumor, but one that will be put to rest either way at E3 next week.More at MCVlast_img read more

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Studentmade experimental light sculpture makes projectors fun

first_imgDespite being cheaper than most large televisions, you don’t see many people going the projector route for their home theater. It requires a lot of setup, and whatever you decide to project your television onto looks boring when it is not in use. Can you imagine having just one flat white wall in your house? It would look pretty bad. What if, when your television was off, that wall was a piece of art? A student in Berlin has put together a sculpture that allows him to play with projected light in a way that might make you re-think your home theater setup.The demonstration video put together by Karim Mansour is nothing short of mesmerizing. A dark wall reveals itself to be a jagged, uneven series of smaller surfaces when beams of light timed to music hit the wall. As the song progresses, the projected lights dance in a variety of shapes, and each time you see the lies and dots hit the wall, something amazing and different happens. The whole experiment is designed to demonstrate how light behaves when it is projected across so many different surfaces, and the results are beautiful.How could this be adapted to modern technology? Maybe your projector wall is designed so the individual pieces can be shifted to a piece of art when not in use. Or, maybe you want the wall to always look like that, so The West Wing is more exciting. Either way, this experiment makes me want to turn all the lights off in my house and play with high powered lights of my own.via Vimeolast_img read more

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Space dust found to disable satellites with mini EMP bursts

first_imgWhen a satellite is launched into orbit it has an expected life span. In some cases a satellite can continue to function well beyond what was predicted, such as in the case of NASA’s world record-holding Landsat 5. Other times satellites just fail inexplicably.If you asked most people why a satellite fails they’d probably guess that it was hit by something, either a man-made piece of space junk or a micro-meteoroid more commonly known as space dust. But a number of satellites have failed without any noticeable damage having been caused — their on board systems just shut down, and a Stanford researcher thinks she’s figured out why.Satellites typically transmit a radio signal in order to communicate with Earth. And it is that signal that’s allowing the satellites to be damaged to the point of shutting down. The culprit is space dust, but not because of a micro-meteoroid impact with the satellite causing physical damage.Sigrid Close, an assistant professor in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford, has discovered that due to the speed at which space dust is traveling when it hits a satellite or nearby object, it turns into a “quasi-neutral gas of ions and electrons.” That plasma emits a signal in the form of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) burst, which can either damage or completely shut down the electronics of the satellite.Professor Close tested her theory at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Germany by firing dust at an object at 60km/second. Sure enough, the dust created a gas and emitted a signal that was within the frequency range used by satellites.The discovery is important on two fronts. Firstly, it should help explain why satellites in the past have seemingly shut down without any concrete explanation presenting itself. A good example of this is the ESA’s Olympus satellite, which lost a gyro during a meteor shower in 1993 and was later decommissioned. Secondly, it should allow for future satellites to be designed with these EMP bursts in mind. In so doing, it could bypass a previously unexplained problem that put billion-dollar satellites at risk of failing.last_img read more

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Dells new XPS 18 is part tablet part allinone desktop

first_imgWindows 8 is built for touch, and so is Dell’s new XPS 18: an all-in-one desktop that can also undock and be used like an 18.4-inch Windows 8 tablet. It’s very similar to the Sony Tap 20 that was unveiled last fall, but there’s one key difference beyond the display diagonal. The XPS 18 weighs less than five pounds — less than half what the Tap 20 weighs.Dell has posted few details about the XPS 18 on its website so far, but it looks like a pretty solid machine. According to Engadget, the XPS 18 base system features a dual-core Intel ULV processor and a 320GB hard drive to go with the 18.4-inch 1080p touchscreen. Other configs will be available, with processing options up to a Core i7 chip, as much as 8GB of RAM, and a massive 512GB SSD as options.Dell’s page does mention “excellent” battery life, but doesn’t provide the mAh or hours to back up that claim. Based on the dramatic drop in weight over the Tap 20, you’d suspect that the battery — generally one of the chief culprits in adding excess ounces to a device — will have shrunk slightly.The Tap 20 can only squeeze about two hours from its power pack before a recharge is needed, and it, too, utilizes an Intel ULV chip. That should be plenty for systems like these, and the XPS 18’s smaller display should give it a slight boost.When you’re ready to use the XPS 18 as a desktop again, Dell has multiple options for you. You can flip down the built-in kickstand or you can pick up a monitor-style dock to raise the XPS 18 up to a more ergonomic height. Dell’s also throwing in a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and you’ll be able to pick the XPS 18 up for as little at $900 when it goes on sale next month. The monitor-style stand will set you back another $50.last_img read more

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