PSG Handball close to Cologne

← Previous Story FIGHTING SPIRIT ISN’T ENOUGH: Kiel with +2 to Blaugrana Next Story → EHF CUP: German Final4 in Goppingen? The richest team in the world of handball, PSG Handball celebrated the most convincing away win in the first clashes of EHF Champions League quarter-final match.MOL-Pick Szeged–Paris Saint-Germain 27–30 (14–16)MOL-Pick Szeged: Sierra – Sostaric, Petrus, Källman 4, Bánhidi 4, Gorbok 2, Skube 2, Sego (kapus), Balogh 5, Gaber, Pedro 6/3, Bodó 2, Buntic 1, Zubai 1, Obranovic, Bóka.PSG: Omeyer – Abalo 3, Rémili 3, N. Karabatic 7, L. Karabatic 2, M. Hansen 7/1, Gensheimer 6/1, Skof (kapus), Narcisse, Stepancic 1, Kounkoud 1, Nielsen. 

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SG Flensburg seek goalkeeper immediately

← Previous Story THIS IS YOUR CUP: Over 350 teams and 5.000 players in Granollers! Next Story → “Hat-trick guy” – Sander Sagosen: Gold for Norway, EHF CL crown in Paris The runners-up of DKB Bundesliga, SG Flensburg Handewitt, announced that Danish goalkeeper Kevin Moller will be out in the next six months after knee surgery. That means only Mattias Andersson is between the posts in the moment of the team from “FLENS Arena” and replacement for Moller will have to be find immediately.Both goalies have contracts until summer 2018. 

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Jim Gottfridsson to miss first part of the season and Mens EHF

Jim Gottfridsson ← Previous Story EX-YU countries to get Women’s EHF EURO 2022 – EHF EURO 2024 goes to Russia! Next Story → Powerful RK Vardar with +13 over RK Gorenje One of the most important players at SG Flensburg Handewitt, Jim Gottfridsson, will be out at least four months after right foot injury during the derby match of DKB Bundesliga against Rhein Neckar Lowen. The 25-years old left back-playmaker has to go on surgery which will keep him ut of the court until the end of year.Gottfridsson is a vital part of the Swedish national team and that could be a serious blow for the team who showed great performance until quarter-final of the World Championship 2017.It is hard to predict, but it looks that Gottfridsson could miss the upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 201 in Croatia.PHOTO: France 2017 read more

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The Evening Fix now with added Gangnam Style

first_imgWe liked this from Cracked.com: 6 Movie Mysteries the Characters Should’ve Solved Way Sooner. (Needless to say, major spoilerage abounds).It’s pretty much impossible to escape Gangnam Style – no matter how much you try. Here’s thousands of people performing the dance on the streets of Seoul in South Korea today: Visitors view the Iveagh Trust ‘museum flat’ in Dublin, which was opened to the public as part of the Open House events today. The flat was preserved as a museum piece in 2002 after the death of its last tenant, Nellie Molloy, at the age of 95. She had lived there all her life. (Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire)HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED#MURDER: Police in Wales investigating the disappearance of 5-year-old April Jones have charged Mark Bridger with murder, child abduction, and attempting to pervert the course of justice.#HEROIN: The HSE has warned drug users in Cork to be careful after two people died and eight others were hospitalised due to a suspected batch of extremely strong heroin.#VATILEAKS: Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing secret documents from the Vatican.#MICK WALLACE: Joe Higgins has denied claims by Mick Wallace that the Wexford TD had told him about his tax problems months before the story hit the headlines.#REILLY: A group of grassroots Labour members will meet this week to discuss how to bring about the resignation of Minister for Health James Reilly. A spokesperson for the group said: “If [Reilly] will not go, he must be forced out by the Labour Party”.#ABORTION: The Catholic Church will launch its new anti-abortion campaign across the country tomorrow.THINGS WE LOVEDThis is the geekiest and best thing we saw today: the New York Times Magazine has this short piece about who invented the Escape key on keyboards.John from our technical team (hi John!) spotted this in the Metro Café in Dublin’s city centre today – because teasing Apple about the epic failure of its Maps app still hasn’t gotten old: (Photos: AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)THINGS WE SHAREDBuzzFeed has 27 Reasons Why A Billion People Should Not Be Allowed To Use Facebook.There was a very  brief period of about ten minutes earlier today where there was absolutely no rain anywhere in Ireland. Seriously: we have proof.Here’s the most impressive dodgeball move we’ve seen since – well, since the film Dodgeball.(Video: eebtek/YouTube)last_img read more

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The best 3D printers that appeared at CES 2014

first_imgWITH THE MAJORITY of CES announcements out of the way, one of the main themes of the event was 3D printing.With an entire section dedicated to it at CES, it’s an area that is getting more attention as more companies offer their own versions of the technology and give them different uses.With a number of 3D printing products announced this week, here’s a roundup featuring some of the more noticeable examples out there.da Vinci 2.0The da Vinci 2.0 separates itself from the other 3D printers out there by being one of the more affordable products.Created by XYZPrinting, a company based in Taiwan, the printer connects to your PC or Mac via a USB cable and is designed for both households and small businesses.Engadget report the company will be priced at $499 and will be released in Europe, Japan and the US in March.(Image: XYZPrinting)MakerBotOne company that has grown in popularity was MakerBot, which revealed its fifth generation of printers this week. The first of three printers announced was the Replicator Mini, which is designed with beginners in mind and will cost $1,379 when it’s released in spring.The Replicator Mini is a plug in and play printer and is both app and cloud enabled. It also features a built-in camera so you can monitor the progress of whatever object you’re printing.Its other printers, the Desktop 3D printer and the Replicator Z18, will sell for $2,889 and $6,449 respectively and are intended for commercial purposes. The Desktop 3D printer is available for purchase now while the Replicator z18 will be released in spring.MakerBot also launched its own digital store dedicated to purchasing and printing 3D models. Ranging between $0.99 for individual figures to $9.99 for a complete collection, the store advertises six different collections of toys aimed towards children.Those with a compatible 3D printer can print as many models as they wish once they purchase the print file.(Image: MakerBot)ChefJetWhile the other printers here focus on printing objects, 3D Systems wants to print sweets. The ChefJet and ChefJet Pro are both designed for kitchens and will print out sweets using a combination of sugar and water.The sweets printed out on the regular ChefJet are monochrome, but the pro version includes food colouring to brighten up your treats. Both can produce a number of different flavours.Both are expected to go on sale in the second half of 2014, with the ChefJet costing under $5,000, and the Pro costing just under $10,000.(Image: Cubify.com)PreForm 1.0Those looking for something more simplistic and fun will be interested in Formlabs’ PreForm 1.0. According to The Verge, the company aims to create “1-click 3D printing” which will make 3D printing just as easy as 2D printing.The PreForm 1.0 will cost $3,299, but the company will accept Bitcoins as payment should you happen to have any. (Image: Formlabs)Pirate 3D Buccaneer Starting off life as a Kickstarter project – and raising less than $1.5 million within 30 days – the Pirate 3D Buccanner is similar to the da Vinci 2.0 in that it wants to bring affordable 3D printing to homes.It aims to be easy to set up and allows people to print out objects without requiring any knowledge in 3D design software.It will cost under $500 and will be released in May. (Video: Pirate3DPrinters/YouTube)Read: British fighter jet flies using 3D printed parts >Read: The five tech trends that will help shape 2014 >last_img read more

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Roy Keanes new memoir will be written by Roddy Doyle

first_imgIN ONE OF sportswriting’s most exciting and unexpected pairings, Roddy Doyle is to write Roy Keane’s upcoming memoir.The Second Half will be published later this autumn and will blend “memoir and motivational writing in a manner which both disquiets and reassures.”Details of the book, which brings together one of Ireland’s most intriguing sports stars with one of its best-loved authors, were reported today by The Bookseller.The book will “become a benchmark for sports autobiography,” Alan Samson of Orion Publishing Group said.“The combination of an outstanding player – and leader – like Roy with a writer of Roddy’s extraordinary gifts should result in one of the books of the year.”Keane released his first memoir, Keane: The Autobiography, co-written with Eamon Dunphy in 2002.Doyle won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.€40 million sports fund available to Irish clubslast_img read more

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18yearold man dies in Tipperary car crash overnight

first_imgRead: Woman knocked down by articulated truck in Thurles> GARDAÍ IN ROSCREA have confirmed that an 18-year-old male driver was pronounced dead at the scene of a car crash that took place at approximately 9pm last night.His body was removed to Limerick Regional Hospital where a post mortem is due to take place later today.PassengersThree passengers in the car at the time of the collision – two females aged 20 and 19-years-old and one male aged 18 –  were taken to Portlaoise Hospital, but they have since been released.The incident took place on the M7 at Junction 22 Roscrea northbound.The M7 will remain closed for most of the morning and motorists travelling northbound are asked to exit at Junction 23(Moneygall) and can rejoin the M7 at Junction 21(Borris in Ossory).Read: Two-year-old boy seriously injured in Roscommon car crash>last_img read more

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Oireachtas agenda Social media water charges and HSE cutbacks

first_imgFirst up is the widely-despised Water Services Bill, which gives legal effect to the forthcoming system of water charges and sets up Irish Water to collect them. This is the final consideration of this Bill: a final vote will be held this morning.Next up is the Child Care (Amendment) Bill, which relates to the time period for which the State can step in and remove a child from its parents without their consent. Currently, the HSE can only seek a court order to take a child into care for eight days at a time. This legislation would extend the period to 29 days. All stages of this brief Bill will be taken today.Finally, it’s the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill – on which debate began yesterday. That’s the one that allows minor criminal convictions to be removed from a person’s criminal record if they have not reoffended within a particular period.Four topical issues will be discussed at 3:42pm, before Ruairi Quinn ends the day with Questions to the Minister for Education and Skills at 4:30pm.The day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADThe Seanad is getting into the habit of short Thursdays: after it spends 75 minutes discussing its agenda at 10:30am, the only item on the agenda itself is the Education and Training Boards Bill, which consolidates Ireland’s network of VECs into a small number of larger groups.The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESIt’s a busy day on the committee front, with five meetings up today. Here they are, in order of the time they start at:It’s an early start for the Health and Children committee at 9:30pm. The HSE director-general-designate Tony O’Brien (Cathal Magee is still in place as CEO, but has handed over effective responsibility) will appear to discuss the HSE’s National Service Plan for 2013. (See ‘One to Watch’ below; watch here.)Also beginning at 9:30am is the Transport and Communications committee, which continues the discussions on the abuse of social media (which began yesterday). Policy representatives from Twitter and Facebook will appear today. (Watch here.)At 10am, the Public Accounts Committee has some real red meat on its table: it gets to examine the Department of Finance accounts for 2011, and to look more closely at government debt, Ireland’s EU transactions and the bank recapitalisations that took place that year. John Moran, the secretary-general of the Department of Finance, will be present. (Watch here.)Also at 10am, the Finance sub-committee will be continuing its exhaustive line-by-line examination of the Finance Bill 2013. One for policy wonks only. (Watch here.)The EU Affairs committee meets with the three MEPs representing Dublin – FG’s Gay Mitchell, Labour’s Emer Costello and Socialist Paul Murphy – at 2pm. They’ll be discussing the same three themes that have regularly popped up at committee meetings for the last few weeks: the effects of financial integration across the EU, the question of ensuring political legitimacy, and the potential effects to Ireland of a British exit from the EU. (Watch here.)TheJournal.ie‘s ‘One to Watch’Tony O’Brien’s last visit to an Oireachtas committee didn’t get off to the best of starts – Sean Fleming walked out of a Public Accounts Committee hearing, believing that the HSE representative was stonewalling questions put by TDs.This morning he’ll be discussing the HSE’s National Service Plan, which has to include cutbacks to some services as a necessity of the cuts to the HSE’s spiralling budget.Last time O’Brien said he was precluded from discussing government policy, which meant he couldn’t answer many questions – so it’ll be interesting to see how many times the same excuse is cited today if there are more questions about James Reilly’s performance.(One might also wonder why the head of the HSE will be asked about the issue of medical cards, when the policy for distributing them is set by the Department…)Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? 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.DÁILThursday morning means it will be Eamon Gilmore stepping in to take Leaders’ Questions at 10:30am, with a brief discussion on the rest of the day’s agenda when that’s done at nearly 11am.That means it’ll be nearly 11:20am before discussion begins on the three Bills to be considered today; they’re due up in the following order:last_img read more

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Pretty white girl and out of the shadows The week in quotes

first_imgIT WAS A week dominated by the good news of the discovery of Ohio woman Amanda Berry, ten years after she went missing in Cleveland along with two other women who she was held in captivity with for a decade.Here at home, the government gave negotiators more time to come up with a deal on public sector pay cuts but it did not appear hopeful of an overarching deal, while the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United made headlines here and across the world.All that and more, it’s the week in quotes:last_img

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McGuinness Sinn Féin is an antiabortion party

first_imgSINN FÉIN IS not a pro-abortion party, Martin McGuinness has said today.He was speaking to press during the party’s Ard Fheis, which attracted anti-abortion protesters outside the Royal Hotel and Theatre in Castlebar, Co Mayo.Speaking to Clare Byrne on RTÉ Radio, McGuinness said: “We are an anti-abortion party but we are also a party that recognises where there is a great risk to the life of the mother”.He said that could not be more evident than in the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway University Hospital last year. He said that the “polls on this issue clearly show that the people of Ireland recognise that where there is a grave risk to the life of the mother, something needs to be done, some legislation needs to be enacted”. We are not a pro-abortion party and to suggest that is to totally and absolutely misrepresent the positionMcGuinness added that he respects the rights of anybody to protest but some of the people who are protesting, work on the basis that where there is a risk to the life of the mother, that the life of the child should predominate.I think that’s wrong, I can’t agree with that. And quite clearly there are circumstances where the lives of women are at grave risk and we have not got the legislation in place which can protect those women in those circumstances. So I have a different view but I respect their view.Asked would he support a free vote in the party on voting on the issue, he said the party has consistently taken a position that wherever a party policy is decided, it is incumbent on all members of the party to abide by the party decision.He said that members of the party are able to express their own individual feelings on the issue, but “there is a responsibility on people whenever motions are passed at the Ard Fheis and particularly motions that the party feels is very important in terms of enacting legislation to save women’s lives who are at risk”.I think it’s very very important that we have a discipline within the party and that we have members that are going to vote on the party position.Today is the second day of the Ard Fheis, which is being attended by up to 2,000 grassroots members. Issues to be debated include the country’s abortion laws, the possibility of an all-Ireland football team and the economy, with 250 motions being debated overall.Read: Abortion, all-Ireland football team and political broadcasts on Sinn Féin agenda>last_img read more

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Helen McEntee describes first day in Dáil as emotional

first_imgON HER FIRST day in the Dáil, Fine Gael’s newly elected TD, Helen McEntee said it was an “emotional day for all the McEntee family”.Taking up her late father Shane McEntee’s seat she said: “It is a huge honour today to take up the seat left vacant by my Dad’s untimely death.”The 26-year-old also said she owed a huge debt of gratitude to her family and Fine Gael supporters who knocked “on doors in Meath East for three tough weeks, through the hail, sleet and snow”.Deputy McEntee said she will continue to so the “good work” of her father but that she also wants to chart her own course, and develop her own causes, in particular, she said she wants to work on behalf of the young people in Meath East.McEntee was elected in the Meath East by-election at the end of March.Read: FG’s Helen McEntee retains father’s seat in Meath East by-election>last_img read more

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Too soon The best Twitter reactions to Eamon Gilmores resignation

first_img🙁 Source: Nicky Ryan/Twitter Eamon, did u collect the eggs— Nicky Ryan (@NickyRyan_) May 26, 2014 Source: Trendsmap Dublin/Twitter Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Will there be a #taoiseachfleeshock to match #slánaiste?— Daragh O Brien (@daraghobrien) May 26, 2014 BLAMIN’ GILMORE— Alan (@alan_maguire) May 26, 2014 Can we have some sort of legally enforceable moratorium on “Unhappy Gilmore” jokes for the afternoon, please? Thanks.— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) May 26, 2014 Source: Not The RTÉ Guide/Twitter Source: Doug Whelan/Twitter Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet But most importantly… Source: Daragh O Brien/Twitter I hope Gilmore’s statement is about postcodes.— John Moynes (@JohnMoynes) May 26, 2014center_img Going to start a band and call it Eamon Gilmore Girls.— zero doug thirty (@Dougwhelan) May 26, 2014 Some took inspiration from the whole debacle Source: Colm Tobin/Twitter There were puns. Puns everywhere RTÉ have installed a revolving door in the Drivetime studio to allow every member of the Labour Party to distance themselves from Gilmore.— Not The RTÉ Guide (@YourRTEGuide) May 26, 2014 Source: Alan/Twitter Source: John Moynes/Twitter Many were vying for his job Most impressively, the #slanaiste hashtag was born TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has stepped down as the leader of the Labour party following the party’s disastrous performance in the local election.Needless to say, it was all Twitter could talk about this afternoon.Speculation was rife before the announcement #slanaiste is now trending in #Dublin http://t.co/zjsRKf4VxQ— Trendsmap Dublin (@TrendsDublin) May 26, 2014 Eamon Gilmore resigns as Labour Party leader>Here’s how Labour will select their new leaders>last_img read more

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Can you guess what Irelands most recessionproof industry is

first_imgWE REPORTED YESTERDAY that nearly 15% of all Ireland’s small businesses failed during the recession.But what was the most robust industry?An analysis by risk analysts vision-net.ie shows that Agriculture and Fishing start ups that were founded in 2007 were most likely to survive the downturn, while start-ups in the hospitality, construction and IT sectors had the highest rates of failure.The survival rate for agriculture and fishing start-ups was 74.7%, some distance ahead of the average of 48.4%.The second most successful sector was utilities, with 65.7% of start-ups surviving the worst of the down turn.Vision-net managing director Christine Cullen said: “Our data confirms the strength of the Irish food industry and the important role it is playing in our economic recovery.”“The CSO’s data also shows that Ireland’s business start-up culture remains strong, despite the difficulty recessionary trading conditions of recent years. The CSO findings…are very positive and matches what our own data has consistently highlighted.”Read: Recovering from the rains: Fishing industry battles on>Read: Atlantic mackerel deal thrashed out but Iceland holds firm and doesn’t sign>last_img read more

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Poll Should Nazi prison guards be tried for war crimes

first_img Yes. (12) AN 89-YEAR-OLD man who admits being in the SS but denies serving at Auschwitz has been arrested in the US for alleged war crimes and may be extradited to Germany.For more than 60 years German courts only prosecuted Nazi war criminals if evidence showed they personally committed atrocities.But that changed in 2011 when a former guard was sentenced for more than 27,000 counts of being accessory to murder.Today’s poll, Should Nazi prison guards be tried for war crimes? Yes.No.Don’t know.Vote Don’t know. (1)center_img No. (3) Poll Results:last_img

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Games and boxoffice movies help Sony post surprise profit

first_imgSONY SAID ON Thursday it saw a €194 million first-quarter net profit thanks to brisk sales of its PlayStation 4 console and a weak yen, but said it still expects a full-year loss.The company’s net profit came to 26.8 billion yen (€194 million) for the three months through June, up from 3.1 billion yen a year earlier, with sales rising 5.8 percent to 1.8 trillion yen.The gains were largely driven by “a significant increase in game and network services segment sales, reflecting the contribution of the PlayStation 4… as well as the favourable impact of foreign exchange rates”, Sony said in a statement.A weak yen boosts the profitability of Japanese exporters such as Sony.The consumer electronics giant also said box-office hits, including “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″, boosted results at its movie unit, which includes a Hollywood studio.Sony, which has been undergoing a painful restructuring after years of losses, still expects a net loss of 50 billion yen on sales of 7.8 trillion yen for the fiscal year through March 2015.The firm said it more than doubled operating profit in its television segment thanks to strong sales of flat-screen televisions in Asia and Europe.The news comes despite Japanese manufacturers suffering badly in their TV divisions as razor-thin margins and fierce overseas competition hammers their finances.Sony said its smartphone business saw an operating loss of 2.7 billion yen due to growing marketing costs as the business struggled in Japan, where Apple’s iPhone dominates.Despite the upbeat results, analysts warned that the positive impact of a weak yen was fading, and said Sony along with rivals Panasonic and Sharp must speed up their corporate overhauls.“Japanese electronics makers can’t expect much from the impact of a weak yen for the current fiscal year,” said Yasuo Imanaka, analyst at Rakuten Securities.“Sony is now heavily relying on its entertainment, music and insurance businesses.“They have to speed up the pace of their restructuring, which is crucial for its survival. Otherwise, investors will lose their patience.”Panasonic is due to announce its latest earnings later Thursday.- © AFP, 2014Read: Mario Kart 8 wasn’t enough to save Nintendo from a €72 million loss >Read: You can now find a plug-in point for your electric car “every 60km” >last_img read more

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Angry Birds Throwable Plush Toys Let You Recreate the Game

first_imgAdChoices广告 The Angry Birds train rolls on, and while you can buy all manner of Angry Birds swag, nothing has been quite as cool yet as these adorable, palm-sized Angry Birds 5″ plush toys from ThinkGeek. Just tap one of the birds’ heads, and then throw him across the room to hear him make the sounds from the game while flying through the air. All of the birds are accounted for, and they all make sounds – you can collect all of the individual birds and build your own pig crushing arsenal. The best part is that the pigs are available too: the piglet, the helmeted pig, the mustached pig, and yes, even the Pig King himself are all up for sale. With enough of them, you can recreate your own Angry Birds level using plush toys that actually make all the right noises when you throw them or things fall on top of them. Each of the birds and pigs are available now for $9.99 retail price directly from ThinkGeek. A number of them are on back-order, so make sure you check back if the one you want isn’t available. Check out a video of the little guys in action behind the jump.last_img read more

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Republic Wireless unveiled an interview with GM Brian Dally

first_imgThe mobile market in the United States has been engineered over the past 10-15 years to keep new players from entering the game. Companies that do not already own their own spectrum have the ability to purchase it from the larger companies, but at a price that makes it difficult to be competitive. If someone wants to enter the mobile space as a provider, it would be very difficult to undercut one of the major carriers and begin to sustain a business model that will last. So, when you see a company trying to make a reputation for themselves by announcing $19 per month unlimited service plans it raises more than a couple questions.Fortunately, I was able to talk to Republic Wireless General Manager Brian Dally for a little while, in the hopes that he might help me understand what the company is all about.The ServiceRepublic Wireless was created out of a desire to try and offer a service that was a little different. It seems like every day people spend more time encased in a wireless network than they do without. I have to admit, the times I am not on a WiFi connection are few and far between. So, if there are a lot of people out there who spend so much time connected to a WiFi network, why aren’t we sending text messages or making calls on that network? Android 2.3 includes a native Voice over IP system, all it needs is a good SIP client to take you the rest of the way. Of course, you also need something for when you are not connected to a WiFi network as well.Republic Wireless is a branch of Bandwidth.com. These guys have a little bit of experience in the SIP world. They have provided backbone support for Skype, Google Voice, and many other similar companies. Basically they have more experience than most in providing quality VoIP solutions. For now, they have made an agreement with Sprint to deliver voice and data service when you are not connected to a WiFi network. The thought here, according to Dally, is that users will naturally use more voice and data over a WiFi network than their Sprint network. “It’s obvious that the marketplace is ready” said Dally when asked how their initial wave of customers took to the service.The other interesting thing here is that, even when on Sprint, the service is completely unlimited. When I asked what would happen if a user were to spend and entire month, or multiple months for that matter, not using the WiFi network at all the response was very clear. “Nothing”. Unlimited is unlimited, according to Dally. Users will need to connect to a WiFi network when they first activate the device, but are otherwise not required to use either network for a specific amount of time. Obviously, the hope is that those interested in the service will use it as intended, but for right now there are no limits in place.The PhoneDespite early reports, Republic Wireless does not require special hardware in order to function. The launch device, an LG Optimus S, is the same as any other you would buy. The software on board is a modified version of Android 2.3, designed by Republic Wireless to integrate their SIP service into the existing VoIP setup. The setup is totally software driven, so it will be easy for them to get more devices as the service grows. The version of Android being used, according to Dally, is an in-house baked version of AOSP with some bits from the CyanogenMod 7 ROM baked in. No bloatware, no Carrier IQ, just pure Android. While this is just their first phone, it is an impressive start for the Android fans among us.When I asked the CyanogenMod team about their involvement in Republic Wireless, it was noted strongly that there had been no communication between the CyanogenMod team and Republic Wireless. Dally admits that they got some pretty strong commentary when the phone released about not working with this team, but also commented that “while they havent’d collaborated directly it does not mean they are not interested in working with them in the future.” He continued to note that both he and his team are “big fans” of what the CyanogenMod team have accomplished so far.At the present, it is not clear exactly how much of CyanogenMod is baked into the phone, but a big clue can be found in the lockscreen above, which is a CyanogenMod 7.1 staple.Offering an inexpensive phone on an inexpensive network is sure to grab the attention of many people, but what about those of us that want devices with some teeth? “I am using our launch product as my daily driver, but I get phone envy just like everyone else” said Dally when asked what the future holds. The company is very much interested in new devices, and expects to be working with more powerful Android phones as soon as possible.So, why can’t the CyanogenMod guys just take the Republic Wireless software and put it on everything? “I’d love to completely divorce the device from the network. Comcast doesn’t tell me what OS is on my PC, what apps I install. An app is definitely possible in the future.” says Dally. It’s a refreshing take on devices, and I hope “the future” is much closer than it seems.“It’s a beta, a proof of concept”There’s been some reports of trouble from existing customers. Some users have already had money change hands, but no information about when a phone will be on their doorstep has crossed their Inbox. It’s not been the smoothest start, for all of their well-wishing. “We expected a quiet beta.” Says Dally. The early excitement about the service coupled with insufficient beginning staff caused some problems, and they were resolved as quickly as possible. Dally notes that one of the benefits of working so closely with their parent company, Bandwidth.com, is they can rely on them in this early time for additional manpower. He commented that they are finally matching the pace of the demand coming in for the beta, and doesn’t anticipate further issues.Those words may ring hollow to those who are waiting for their devices still, but there is also something to be said for the risks of participating in a beta release of a product. It seems like these guys are aware that problems need to be addressed before this leaves this proof of concept setup. Time will tell exactly how all of this will unfold, but the possibility for a bright future is there.When asked how many units he had sold so far, Dally refused to comment, but was willing to say that “it’s obvious the marketplace is ready”. Users are, so far, doing exactly what they had hoped when they made the service. “People get the concept, we can see users spending more time on WiFi with these devices”.Final ThoughtsI admit I was more than a little hesitant when I first heard about Republic Wireless. Even if this wasn’t some strange scam, how would they make money? I walked away from my conversation with Brian Dally with a lot more respect for what these guys are doing. More importantly, what could be possible if Republic Wireless is allowed to grow and become a multi-stage carrier. They respect the diversity of devices in the GSM spectrum, not to mention the international audience it could bring them, but they have to take things one day at a time, and they are eager to get there at their pace.I would like to see Republic Wireless work with the CyanogenMod team, mend any fences that may have been broken there. I would like to see more powerful devices on their network, maybe even an app or a way to attach unlocked devices to their network. It’s clear that with these guys the sky is the limit if their audience is telling them what they want, and I have a lot of respect for that.Look for to Geek.com’s review of their Optimus S in the coming weeks.last_img read more

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Retina display apps for the new iPad

first_imgAs you might have heard Apple’s new iPad landed last week, complete with its high resolution Retina display. Four times the pixels as the previous iPad means that there is much to be gained from apps moving to high resolution art and doing what they can to take advantage of the upgraded display.For its part, Apple is using the App Store’s front page to highlight apps that have been updated to take advantage of the new iPad’s 2048×1535 resolution. These are mostly popular apps from big names that had the resources, information, and access to turn around their app updates in record time. For doing so they got to have their apps highlighted, Apple landed some selling points for their new devices, and early adopters received some shiny new apps to play with this weekend.Some of the highlighted apps include:KindleNY TimesFlipboardReederTwitterVimeoReal Racing 2 HDEvernoteInfinity Blade 2It’s a pretty solid list overall. The selection is just 42 apps right now, which includes some games, productivity/learning software, and then a fair few content consumption apps for both watching video and reading. The prices are on the high side (for the App Store that is) on average, but that’s a combination of these being premium apps and being the iPad version, which typically sell for a higher price.Some of the apps that were updated but aren’t being highlighted in the section are Apple’s own software, like GarageBand and iPhoto. These look superb on the new iPad, but they get enough promotion already, so Apple is sharing the limelight a bit.My favorite update to an app was the one received by Instapaper (my favorite app). The version 4.1 update brought along a number of high-end new fonts, a full-screen reading mode, and a responsive background color (twilight sepia). The big change was really compatibility with the high resolution display, making for crisper text and better reading conditions than before. The iPad 2 was no slouch when it came to text, but the new iPad takes things a whole new level.Of course for all the iPad apps that were updated, thousands of them weren’t. Some of the ones on my Retina display-compatibility wishlist include Sword and Sworcery EP, Food52, Kingdom Rush HD, and — most of all — Google Earth. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time until all these have updated (though older games are questionable). While non-Retina display apps look more then adequate when on the new iPad, this is an arms race and developers have to keep up with the hardware if they want to succeed.last_img read more

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Apple considering 47 and 57inch iPhone models

first_imgWith the release of the iPhone 5, Apple took the decision to increase the size of its smartphone’s display, while at the same time retaining the ability to easily hold it in one hand. Even so, other smartphone manufacturers have continued to make larger-display smartphones, to the point where the iPhone can look quite small next to the competition.So it may not surprise you to discover Apple is considering introducing much larger versions of the iPhone. Where as the current model sports a 4-inch display, we could now see versions hitting the market with screen sizes of 4.7 to even 5.7-inches respectively.Other rumors as collected together by Reuters include iPhones in a range of different colors, and the return of talk about a $99 iPhone to cater for the rest of the market today’s premium iPhone doesn’t target.One of Apple’s biggest problems is the sheer number and range of smartphones its competitors have available. Is the right response to play them at their own game?If the above rumors are true, then next year we could have four models of iPhone on the market. The typical 4-inch premium model, a 4.7-inch model, a 5.7-inch model, and a $99 iPhone of some form. On top of that, you may also be able to get all those phones in a range of colors. That would certainly give consumers wanting an iPhone a lot more choice.Of course, Apple isn’t commenting on such predictions and won’t until it is ready to announce something new. The reaction to such moves would also be seen as Apple rolling out more models as a response to growing competition, which the company definitely doesn’t want.last_img read more

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Viscera Cleanup Detail casts you as a space janitor cleaning up after

first_imgSpace marines are the relative norm in shooters nowadays, and the cramped, inescapable quarters of space stations and ships are a popular environment. You’ve likely shot many an alien or opposing human in some digital space station by this point in your life, but do you ever wonder what happens to that alien’s guts that you blasted all over the space station’s spotless cafeteria? A new indie game, Viscera Cleanup Detail, answers that curiosity, and makes you rectify the mess you created.A lone hero miraculously survives an alien invasion, fighting back in an epic rebellion to single-handedly defeat the alien force, saving humanity. The game casts you as a janitor of the science facility where the fight for humanity was won, and you have to clean up the resulting mess of guts and blood. It’s still a perfectly useful science facility, after all — it’s just kind of a mess.Built with the Unreal Development Kit, by developer Runestorm, the game literally has you casually walk around a science facility with a space mop and bucket, cleaning up blood spatter and guts. Like with a real mop, you have to go wash it off in a bucket every now and then, or else you’re not cleaning up the blood, but just pushing it around. As for the empty shells of bullets that helped save humanity, you’ll have to put on some sanitary gloves and pick those up off the floor — someone could trip on them, maybe.Currently, the game is trying to go through the sometimes arduous process of Steam Greenlight, so give it a merciful vote if you like things that are funny, or are tired of saving humanity from aliens and just want to zone out and help humanity in a different way for once. You can also grab the early alpha of the game for free and train your space janitorial skills for the final release, whenever that happens sometime down the road.last_img read more

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