Junior WC 2011 in Greece – Was it a draw

IHFJunior Handball World Championship Four months before the beginning of Junior World Championship in Greece (17 to 31 July, 2011) handball people and fans around the Globe are asking, how is possible that a draw for Tournament still isn’t organised? We looked at the IHF’ website or page of the Greek organisers, but without success. No even a date, when Draw will be held?What funny is that in the meantime all Serbian media published a news about a draw, even a statement of their squad members about chances in the Preliminary Round and matches after.Here are the results of the draw by some media:Group “A”: Denmark, Germany, PAN AMERICA 2, Russia, Korea and Asia 3,Group “B”:  PORTUGAL, PAN AMERICA 1, Spain, Hungary, Tunisia and PAN AMERICA 4,Group “C”:  Slovenia, Sweden, Qatar, Algeria, Greece and Pan America 5Group “D”: Serbia, France, Egypt, Oceania winner, Pan AMERICA 3, Africa 4Who knows, what is the truth? ← Previous Story Anna Loerper signs two years deal with Team Tvis Holstebro Next Story → Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz on the way to Wisla Plock? read more

Council rejects premature motion to accept Bitcoin payments

first_imgUpdated 7.56pmSOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY Council has rejected a motion calling for it to accept payments using the new digital currency Bitcoin.The motion, put forward by Fianna Fáil’s Trevor Gilligan, faced strong opposition from councillors, with Mayor of South Dublin Dermot Looney calling it “premature”.The Central Bank has not acknowledged the currency as a secure or reliable means of transacting cash and there are currently no monetary controls for Bitcoin. Gilligan himself noted that the European Banking Authority has warned that anyone using Bitcoins would not be compensated for losses where the service is unregulated.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Gilligan said said that while he recognises that the Central Bank is not regulating Bitcoins and has warned of risks, “it’s risky either way – whether it’s euros or property you’re trading in”.“It’s another alternative that we need to be looking at in the next five years,” he said. “There are over 10,000 online merchants already accepting it for payments so they obviously look at it as a safe way of transferring money.”‘Pretty much unanimously defeated’The Fianna Fáil councillor said he sees potential in the future for people to pay charges like the property tax or water charges using digital currencies like Bitcoins but said changes like this in government would have to be driven by the private sector.South Dublin Mayor Dermot Looney told TheJournal.ie he was “glad” the motion was “pretty much unanimously defeated”, as Bitcoin is still in the early stages of development and so it would be “premature to be accepting payments”.Looney commented that it is important for the council to be careful with its budget and with the volatility of the digital currency at the moment, there is “potential to lose significant amounts of money”.Though he said it is something we should be open to as the technology and the markets evolve, he pointed out that there is no system, either nationally or internationally at the moment, to make this a possibility.Originally published 2.20pmRead: Bitcoin or bit-con? Meet the crypto-currency that’s taking over the internet>Read: Man purchases €75,000 car using only bitcoin>last_img read more

Man arrested in Dublin city centre over Ballymun stabbing

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a 24-year-old man in connection with a serious stabbing on Dublin’s northside on Monday.The man was arrested in Dublin city centre this afternoon over the incident in Ballymun which left two people hospitalised.A man and a woman were discovered with serious stab wounds at a house in Coultry Place at 10 o’clock on Monday morning and brought to hospital.The 24year-old man has been detained at Ballymun Garda Station and is expected to appear before the Courts of Criminal Justice tomorrow morning.last_img read more

Thursday at Cheltenham 5 things to say when the office chat turns

first_img1. “Is Dynaste as hot as his price suggests?”Short answer: no.There’s no denying that David Pipe’s seven-year-old has been one of the outstanding novice chasers this season but there was a lot of indecision about whether he would run in today’s opener, the Jewson Novices’ Chase (1.30pm), or in the RSA Chase (won by Jim Culloty’s Lord Windermere yesterday).The decision to go for the shorter race was taken on the basis that the ground was soft to heavy earlier in the week, but now that it’s drying out, the scenario has changed a bit. The drop back in trip won’t inconvenience him too much but quite simply, 6/4 is too skinny for a favourite in this race.The upside is that there’s plenty of value to be found elsewhere, not least in Aupcharlie (6/1) from the searingly hot Willie Mullins yard, and in Noel Meade’s Texas Jack (10/1).2. “Is Paul Nicholls finally on to a Winner?”Tuesday and Wednesday have not been kind to Paul Nicholls and the man who might rightly have been considered a good bet for the festival’s top trainer is yet to score, left trailing in the dust of Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson. The closest he came was in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap yesterday where Caid du Berlais and Ptit Zig picked up the place money for second and third.Perhaps his best chance of ending the drought comes in the Pertemps Final (2.05pm) where former Triumph hurdle hopeful Sam Winner will be sent off the heavily backed favourite. In practically every pre-Festival preview, Nicholls and those closest to him tipped this horse as their nap of the festival and they believe that he is perfectly handicapped to strike after impressing since coming back following a year’s lay-off.3. Will Michael O’Leary be flying in the Ryanair?Michael O’Leary has put up the money for one of today’s big races, the Ryanair Chase (2.40pm), so it’s no surprise that he will want to win as much of it back as possible — as well as possibly charging jockeys extra for using their saddles. His classy eight-year-old First Lieutenant might well have taken his chance in tomorrow’s Gold Cup but he goes here instead and looks perfectly set to follow up on his win in the 2011 Neptune and his game second to Bob’s Worth last season.To do so, he will have to dethrone two former winners in the ageing Alberta’s Run and Riverside Theatre, the latter of which won here 12 months ago but has suffered severe disruptions in his preparations this season.4. “Who will step up to take Big Buck’s crown?”For the last four years, Thursday at Cheltenham has always been focused on Big Buck’s, the four-time winner of the feature World Hurdle (3.20pm). Injury means that he cannot be here to defend his magnificent record in the stayers’ race, nor end Paul Nicholls’ wait for a winner, but it does mean that a new king must be crowned — for now, at least.Unsurprisingly the race will be wide open. Oscar Whisky, the pre-race favourite representing Nicky Henderson, is currently 9/2 while you’ll get at least 6/1 about Reve de Sivola and more on the rest. The Irish have four challengers with the Willie Mullins duo of So Young and Zaidpour joined by Charles Byrnes’ Solwhit and the Tony Martin-trained Bog Warrior in the colours of Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud.5. “How do you pick a winner in these handicaps?”You’ll need a lot of luck. So far we’ve had winners at 28/1, 16/1, 33/1, and 25/1 which would suggest that you might be well advised to shop around rather than settling on a talking horse from the top of the market. That’s not to say that favourites don’t win and David Pipe’s Ballynagour (Byrne Group Plate, 4pm) and Donald McCain’s Super Duty (Kim Muir, 4.40pm) have been hammered in the markets in recent days.With 24 runners in each race, the best advice is: keep your stakes small.Sprinter Sacre puts on champion display at CheltenhamHow Day 2 of Cheltenham unfolded in 16 imageslast_img read more

Column If youd like to work in an industry dont be discouraged

first_imgSupport needed from both sidesThis is a process that requires input from both sides. Women need to be more open to pursuing careers in these sectors, and employers in those areas need to be more open to addressing the issues that continue to hamper female progress.Some sectors continue to be male-dominated simply because there are not enough suitably qualified female candidates to fill the roles and some because their culture is not conducive to women employees aspiring to senior rank. But we’re increasingly seeing employers taking tangible action to break down those remaining barriers.For example Engineering Ireland, the professional body for engineering and engineers in Ireland, is taking huge steps at second and third level education level to ensure that they encourage more interest from female students in pursuing a career in engineering, thereby helping ensure a pipeline of female candidates are well equipped for senior roles into the future. Likewise, the legal sector is keenly focused on making changes to its culture to ensure it is attractive to female candidates and employees. In the last 12 months, the top ten legal firms have been looking carefully at their benefits packages, most notably their maternity policies. This is specifically to ensure that they operate in a way which enables them to attract and retain high quality female employees and retain them for the long term.Maternity leaveAll too often in environments that don’t handle maternity leave well, employers miss out on benefiting from the skill, knowledge and experience of female employees and the female employees in turn miss out on achieving their full career potential. The legal profession is just one area working to change that situation. We are also seeing other sectors from finance to manufacturing putting much more focus on ensuring they are equally attractive to both sexes.Manufacturing and supply chain and logistics are still tough nuts to crack for females but even that tends to be more generated by the availability of suitably qualified female candidates than any real reluctance to employ them.Which brings me back to my belief that it requires commitment and determination from both sides to truly maximise the career opportunities open to women. Sometimes that famous glass ceiling metaphor does harm as well as good. Recognising it exists is a great incentive for change. However it can also be demotivating and lead women to believe that more opposition and hurdles exist than actually do in terms of them pursuing certain careers.More sectors are genuinely open to female candidatesMore and more positive changes are happening all the time, and more and more sectors are genuinely open to female candidates with the right qualifications. So my advice is, if you think you’d like to work in a particular area don’t be put off by negative perceptions and third party anecdote. Find out for yourself and you might be pleasantly surprised.I’ve been encouraged by the changes I’ve seen over the past several years in the attitudes of employers towards employing women at senior level and in the ambition of female candidates who are not prepared to accept a “this far and no further” limit to their ambitions. I think it all bodes well for a future where there are many more holes than glass in that infamous ceiling – enough even to make it shatter completely.Mairead Fleming is the Managing Director of Brightwater Recruitment.Read: Lack of finance the biggest barrier to starting new businesses in Ireland, say entrepreneurs REFERRING TO THE number of votes she received in the 2008 presidential nomination race, Hilary Clinton famously said “the glass ceiling now has 18 million holes.”From my own perspective, I can say with confidence that those holes keep on getting bigger – big enough for ever-increasing numbers of women to climb through and reach the very top of their chosen career.Sectors such as marketing, PR and my own area, recruitment, have never really suffered from a gender imbalance. Likewise, the IT industry operates a very level playing field when it comes to employing staff at all levels. Finance and accountancy are also seeing more women rise to senior levels. There may not yet be as many female CEOs and senior partners as males in these professions but the trend is definitely encouraging.But make no mistake, there are still challenges, particularly in traditionally male-dominated sectors. But the obstacles preventing women reaching their full potential in the workplace are being steadily dismantled.last_img read more

PAWS animal rescue to lose thousands of euro in donations due to

first_imgPAWS ANIMAL RESCUE are making an urgent appeal for donations.Paws has been rescuing dogs in Ireland for 17 years and it has more adult dogs to rehome than any other facility in the country.At the moment PAWS has 108 dogs that they are trying to find homes for and capacity for only 70 dogs.The animal rescue centre are hoping to raise €20,000.Irish model and owner of 10 dogs Gillian Quinn helped launch the campaign to raise the funds. She said:“PAWS does great work in Ireland. It never refuses a dog and since its move to Tipperary (which was because they needed more space) they are less in the news than they used to be. There are some beautiful dogs at PAWS all just waiting for a home so why not visit the facility any day between 2 and 4pm and you might just meet your new family memberGina Hetherington of PAWS said, “last week we literally had a vet bill in excess of €11,000 and €115.00 in our bank account.We had approximately €27,000 per annum coming from direct debits with ACC bank but as this bank is closing this week and we didn’t have addresses for many of the donors…we are losing most of this going forward.We are asking the very generous Irish public to assist us with some short term funds which we really need to continue our operations”.Read: Over 3,500 dogs were put down by pounds last year>Read: Man arrested after a video of him kicking a cat goes viral>Read: Rescue volunteers “disgusted” over dog abuser’s court sentence>last_img read more

What NOT to do if you have a cannabis farm in your

first_imgEpic fail of the day goes to the man in Crewe who rang 999 by accident. We arrived to check he was safe… and found his cannabis farm!— Crewe Police (@PoliceCrewe) June 16, 2014 Source: Crewe Police/Twitter POLICE IN CHESHIRE in the UK received a 999 call on Monday afternoon, but when they answered the person on the other end hung up.The Crewe Chronicle reports that officers then followed procedure and attended the address to carry out a welfare check on the caller.Upon arriving at the property they found that the occupant had dialled the emergency services by accident.What they also found was a large number of suspected cannabis plants in the front room of the house and promptly arrested a 42-year-old man.“The circumstances around this call being made beggars belief,” PC Shelley Woods told the local paper. “We don′t often find people in this position as accommodating to police enquiries.”Explainer: How Tweetdeck made a balls of things in 12 easy steps >Read: Here’s how NOT to open a champagne bottle with a sword >last_img read more

Michael Noonan says that Ibecs budget sums are at best a guesstimate

first_imgThey may turn out to be right but as I say, it’s a guesstimate. There isn’t enough data in yet for me to talk about it.Budget callThis morning Ibec said that just 10% of a proposed €2 billion in cuts is needed in this year’s Budget.Ibec also says that tax bands should be expanded and the higher rate of tax cut.The group says said that the latest growth figures mean a net adjustment of €200 million will be enough on budget day, far below the planned €2 billion.This would reduce the budget deficit to 2.7% next year, comfortably under the 3% limit, they said.In its Budget 2015 submission, published today, the group calls for €300 million worth of income tax reductions, a €100 million reduction in consumer taxes and the abolition of the pensions levy. It said the budget must focus on reducing tax rates and boosting investment across the economy.Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said: “We have an opportunity to put fresh momentum behind Ireland’s recovery. Now is the time to draw a line under the period of painful austerity. It was necessary, but the economy has entered a new phase. FINANCE MINISTER MICHAEL Noonan has said that calls to cut just €200 million from the 2015 budget from employers’ group Ibec are “at best a guesstimate”.Speaking before a meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels this morning, Minister Noonan said that the lobby is “ahead of the facts” with its call to reduce the amount to be cut. This needs to be reflected in the budget. We have a chance to give consumers a break, put money back into peoples’ pockets and kick start personal, commercial and public investment.“If we get it right, we can look forward to strong growth in the months and years ahead. This will result in thousands of new jobs.”Ibec believes the government should:Increase the entry point to the marginal tax rate from €32,800 to €34,800Reduce the marginal tax rate from 52% to 51%Reform the universal social charge so self-employed and PAYE workers are treated the sameReverse recent alcohol excise increasesContinue the reduced 9% VAT rate for the hospitality sectorDrop the pensions levy, as had been promisedItalian jobNoonan said that he expects there to be more wiggle room for countries to achieve tight fiscal targets in a growth-friendly manner under the Italian presidency of the EU, although he doesn’t consider any dramatic move to be likely.“There seems to be a move towards flexiblity in the recent interpretations…I think that could contribute to the common purpose across Europe.”He said that he was “mystified” by reports that the German Bundestag finance committee had found that Ireland had no concrete plan for recovery after an official visit to Dublin recently.He said that in his meeting with the German parliamentarians “most of the ground was common ground”.Updated 16.12Read: €800 million, not €2 billion in budget cuts is enough, government toldRead: Some older people are being forced to choose between food, fuel and medicationlast_img read more

Logitech Exec Google Didnt Ask Us to Halt Shipments

first_imgThe company says that it is still shipping units, working hard to meet the current post-holiday demand. Beyond that, however, the company won’t “discuss the specific production plans for any of its products.” On Saturday we wrote about a new report suggesting that Logitech was set to halt shipments of its Revue set top box, at Google’s request. The story seemed to confirm previous reports that the software giants was asking its hardware companies to hold off on releasing products while it scrambled to issue a more complete version of its Google TV software.According to prior rumors, the company had asked Toshiba, LG, and Sharp to hold a number of Google TV products set for launch at ces in January.AdChoices广告Logitech reached out to Gearlog today, to dispute the original reporting, stating that, “Contrary to recent speculation, Logitech has not been asked by Google to suspend production of its Google TV products.” Logitech VP Nancy Morrison told Gearlog, Suggestions that production of the Logitech Revue companion box might need to be halted to address software issues are unfounded. As those familiar with the product know, it is not necessary for Logitech to make changes to the companion box to accommodate future enhancements to Google TV. Every Logitech Revue will receive free over-the-air updates whenever Google and Logitech release software enhancements.last_img read more

Latest PS3 security patch prevents users from upgrading their hard drives

first_imgLate last week, in an attempt to stem the tide of hackings resulting from the wide-scale release of the PS3 master key, Sony released firmware update 3.56.That update was largely ineffective, and 3.56 was opened back up by hackers within hours of release, but it now appears that Sony’s “security patch” might have locked down at least one aspect of the PlayStation 3‘s compromised hardware: the ability to swap your hard drive and upgrade to a higher density model.According to reports, if you change your PS3 hard drive after installing 3.56, you will get an error 8002f2c5 that will prevent you from booting your PS3 until you put the old drive back in.It’d be understandable to assume that this was a purposeful move on Sony’s part. Since the PS3, once hacked, allows you to run game ISOs from the hard drive, one way to hamstring hackers is to prevent them from upgrading their hard drives as part of a desire to have more space for a library of warez.Luckily, it seems that this isn’t the case, and it’s actually a firmware bug affecting the 16MB flash PS3 models, including the Slim. If you’re afflicted, you’ll just have to wait for Sony to issue a fix… and take heart! Such a fix will most likely be coming soon, if only because Sony will be releasing another imminent security patch impotently trying to uncompromise the PS3 ecosystem. Best of luck, guys!Read more at Eurogamerlast_img read more

Field test Sony SLTA55 digital camera

first_imgSony’s A55 digital camera (along with its little brother, the A33) had a significant impact in 2010. They were lauded for their technology and gave Sony a notable presence in the sub-$1000 camera market, with the A55 at $849 and the A33 at $699 (kit prices). Their release put Sony’s exciting A55, with its translucent mirror technology up, against with the popular, but conventional, Canon T2i and Nikon D90.Sony, being less established in the consumer photography market than Canon or Nikon, made sure to sweeten the A55 with some serious technology. The translucent mirror (SLT) design is a big start, but it also included built-in GPS, 10fps shooting, sweep panorama, and full HD video recording. It packs a Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, shoots in HDR, is small and light thanks to the lack of a moving mirror, the mirror doesn’t need to be cleaned as the effect of dust is minimal, and finally AF works when you are shooting video so your subject stays in focus.AdChoices广告I’ve tested the A55 out for a few weeks and wanted to put down some quick, informal thoughts about my experience.A lot of information is available on the mirror technology if you want to read up on it. Sony’s explanation is short and sweet–“In contrast with conventional DSLR cameras, Translucent Mirror Technology uses a fixed, translucent mirror that ‘splits’ the optical pathway between the main image sensor and a separate phase-detection autofocus sensor”. The translucent mirror cameras have a lot going for them but users should know that they have to use an electronic viewfinder. So if you are looking to stay in touch with your film origins and maintain an old-school SLR feel despite having moved to digital, the Sony Alpha cameras are not for you. They feel decidedly high-tech and the shutter action feels very much like that on a micro 4/3rds camera.Sony’s A55 has about the size and feel of a Canon Digital Rebel, though it manages to be a bit lighter than those. The construction is of similar quality, with lots of plastic and buttons scattered all over the device. There is no top-mounted LCD and there is just a single thumb dial, both of which reinforce the fact the the A55 is a consumer camera.Like Canon’s upcoming T3i and the 60D, the Sony has a fold-out LCD display on the back, which can be made to face the camera’s body in order to protect it. The 3-inch LCD looks great and turns out to be a better way to take your images than the electronic viewfinder, which seems to have some quirks, like odd coloring and a faded look to it. The good news is that the rear display quickly senses when your face is close to the EVF and it turns off as soon as your face gets close. I wasn’t a huge fan of the EVF, but it’s functional and after a while you do get used to it. Because it’s electronic it can display a lot of data, which is cool.Sony’s controls are easy enough to adjust to if you give them time, but the camera does a have a lot of functions. There is your standard mode dial, but Sony isn’t happy with just M/A/S/P/Auto/Scene, there is also:Auto+ (Auto with automatic scene selection, auto HDR, and continuous shooting)Continuous Priority AE (for maximum frames per second capture)Sweep Shooting (sweep panoramas and 3D sweep panos)No Flash (Auto without flash).Within the modes Sony made sure to include extras as well, like a Dynamic Range Optimizer tool (Off / DRO off / HDR Auto for 3-exposure HDR shooting). All told it’s not too much more than today’s other DSLRs but the A55 does come off feeling quite high-tech and, at times, more like a gadget than a photography tool.Shooting with the A55 is generally a very good experience. It handles well and the controls are quick. A second dial would be amazing, but it pulls off one well enough, thanks to recognizable, predictable controls. The camera seems to encourage fiddling, but that becomes a self-control issues so users will have to figure out if they want to play with HDR and sweep panoramas, or just get their shot. There are some quirks–once or twice the camera just didn’t want to to take the shot I wanted and some setting conflict or “helpful” auto feature wouldn’t let the trigger go. This can be frustrating, but learning a bit more about the settings you are running should do the trick.The HDR mode is a lot of fun to use. It doesn’t require a tripod and takes really nice shots in not much more time than it takes for a standard exposure. The results look great and do an incredibly job of capturing scenes with tough lighting. The images can be a bit over the top, but they do really pop if you are looking for some attractive (if not perfectly accurate) shots.The ergonomics are fine. Despite this being a small camera the grip is OK, and Sony did a nice job of molding it to your right hand and adding some softer material to that area. The display articulates, but it does so from the bottom which doesn’t seem ideal compared to the side. Regardless, you can still face it in to protect it, face it down (when the camera is above your head) or left/right. For these last three the lens is just on the bottom of the camera, not off to the left.The LCD is great, much better than looking through the viewfinder, which is a very strange experience for a SLR-type camera. It is a high quality LCD, but the EVF just tends to look faded. That said, this was a minor issue compared to the lens. I used the A55 with the kit lens (Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM DT), which goes for about $200 on its own. This lens is light and versatile, but it’s not well constructed and zooming in and out is jerky. My test unit surely has some miles on it, but it’s just not a great lens. The variable aperture isn’t much fun and f/3.5 isn’t super fast to begin with. Pictures tended to be OK, but they usually lacked the sharpness I was looking for from a camera of this caliber, especially something with such fancy internals.Between the Exmor sensor, excellent auto-focus, and 1080p30 (as well as 1920×1080 60i) capability the A55 should be great at taking video. And for the most part it is. The continuous autofocus works great, the image is very sharp, and colors look quite nice. So, generally speaking, the A55 is great at video. There are some issues that are worth knowing about though. The first is that the lens’ zoom isn’t smooth so any zooming in your videos will can be jerky, but this isn’t the bodies fault.What is an issue with the body is that the sensors overheats after about 10 minutes of use, causing your video to immediately stop and the camera to go into cool down. You’ll be able to take more video shortly after, but don’t expect to take a another long video unless you gave it 5 minutes to cool. This becomes a serious problem if you have to take a lot of video or if you are doing something that requires multiple takes. There is no temperature gauge so there is no warning when the sensor is about to overheat–it just says it’s too hot and stops your video.The A55 doesn’t give much transparency to the camera’s GPS–it just works or doesn’t work. There is a setting to toggle it on/off and an icon that tells you if it’s working or not. That said, the GPS feature is far from the forefront of this camera so it’s not something I spent much time monitoring. There is no built-in functionality for the GPS (tracks, maps, waypoints, etc.). I was excited to test out the GPS after doing some shooting only to learn that the camera told me all the shots I took in NYC and NJ over the course of a weekend were actually taken in San Diego, California… about 3000 miles away. Not only was it wrong, but it told me all the shots were taken in the same spot, so something was clearly not working properly.There are a number of aspects about the Sony A55 that I really like. The camera has great technology, it takes awesome video (with excellent full-time AF while shooting), has built in GPS, ISO 12800, and it has all the perks of a pellicle mirror. It’s not without its problems though: the camera seems like it could use a firmware upgrade (past v1.10), the GPS was wonky, and the sensor overheating made shooting video a pain when it should have been a great experience. I’m still impressed with the A55, and it could be a good choice if you need something that takes excellent (short) videos, but I wouldn’t recommend it over cameras like the T2i/T3i.Sony is definitely on to something here and while the shortcomings have me leaning towards the Canon/Nikon offerings, I am very excited for the follow-ups from Sony’s Alpha series.sony_a55_camera_06sony_a55_camera_06sony_a55_camera_05sony_a55_camera_04sony_a55_camera_03sony_a55_camera_02sony_a55_camera_01DSC00141DSC00134DSC00128DSC00117This loaner unit was provided to us by Sony.last_img read more

Apple offering face detection APIs to developers in iOS 5

first_imgWe reported back in September 2010 that Apple was gearing up to purchase Polar Rose, a Swedish company doing some pretty interesting things with facial recognition-based technologies. Polar Rose is also the company behind the Recognizr app, which detects people on live video. It’s been almost a year, and we’re now getting more of an idea of what Apple has in mind with Polar Rose’s software, and it has to do with the heavily-buzzed-about iOS 5.Apple’s latest OS X release, Lion, gave us a glimpse of Polar Rose’s facial-recognition technology with new features that offer up some playful effects, like birds that fly around your head or hearts that float above your head. Apple won’t necessarily be adding that feature to the next iPhone, but instead, the company will be opening up Polar Rose’s APIs to iPhone app developers.AdChoices广告Taking a cue from Google in the way that the company opens up so much of its APIs to its community of Android developers, Apple is giving developers creative freedom with the facial-recognition software.Of course, with any facial recognition software, the question of privacy is always brought up. Judging by the demo video below, Recognizr is extremely fast and accurate at identifying a person in the camera’s view. Recognizr allows you to choose which social networks you want to link your face to. So, if a stranger were to use the Recognizr app on you, they could potentially have access to your Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, or YouTube page. You can also link your name, email, phone number, etc., to your face.If you’re at a party, using the app to instantly access your friend’s Facebook page would be useful, especially when you both realize that you’re not Facebook friends yet. It saves the hassle of having to look up the name and “friend” the person. However, for most people, the thought of having someone scan your face and have access to your personal information is rather terrifying. Of course, the person would presumably only be able to access the information you provided to the app.The iPhone app Bump works by having people touch their iPhones to one another to access the other person’s phone number. Recognizr could be used the same way, but instead of having to have two phones, the person could just scan the other person’s face and have all the information they need.With the iPhone 5 still rumored to be coming in September, it will be interesting to see what kind of facial-recognition apps the developers are able to create by then.via 9to5Maclast_img read more

Borderlands 2 may be on the way

first_imgBorderlands is a wildly popular and successful game. With millions of sales and a wealth of downloadable content, a sequel seems like a obvious move. A source apparently informed Eurogamer that a sequel is more or less confirmed.Borderlands 2 has been the subject of a great deal of speculation as fans having been clamoring for a sequel to the critically acclaimed first-person shooter. Earlier this year in April, “Borderlands 2” was spotted on a game developer’s CV. All fingers pointed towards a statement at this year’s E3, but unfortunately, there was no word about a sequel.Following the CV discovery, though, Gearbox Software head Randy Pitchford said that the developer intended to return to the Borderlands universe, but he did not say when.Borderlands was released in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim. It was a new IP that gamers flocked to. Following the success of its new franchise, Gearbox consistently released DLC for the game.The game was so popular and engrossing that a dedicated fan saw fit to reach out to Gearbox to help him with his marriage proposal. Gearbox heard Ben’s request and constructed a video in which Claptrap tells Ben’s girlfriend that he has something important to say.A sequel to Borderlands, should it happen, would be one of the most anticipated video game sequels. Gearbox’s recent release was the long-awaited and largely-disparaged Duke Nukem Forever. Borderlands 2 would definitely help them save face.2K Games returned a request for comment with “No comment.”Via EuroGamerlast_img read more

Nintendo announces Google Maps support for the Wii U

first_imgNintendo has used its latest Nintendo Direct video update to announce plans to offer Google Maps support for the Wii U. The key feature of Maps on the console will be using the GamePad and TV displays for different visual experiences.In the demonstration provided by Nintendo, the GamePad will be used like an augmented reality controller for Google’s Street View mode. You can stand up and pan around with the GamePad and Street View will keep up with you on the screen. Meanwhile on the television you are provided with the familiar satellite view of an area, just like Google Maps normally displays. The combination allows you to quickly access an area and then explore it through Street View.Nintendo’s Google Maps integration is a more functional version of an interactive experience the company demonstrated at E3 called Panorama View. It allowed a user to pan around and explore a live video, as though they were there. Panorama View is neither gone nor forgotten, in fact Nintendo plans to roll it out in 2013.Panorama View offers the user the ability to use the GamePad as the camera in the (compatible) video being shown, with a wide angle shot of the video displayed on the television. This experience is more guided than Street View, typically with other people in view. The demo used was a tour through Kyoto and a ride on a double-decker bus in London. In each demonstration, the focus was placed on the ability to move around the video with the GamePad as though you were there.Finally, additional details regarding the release of Nintendo TVii were announced. Nintendo TVii is a work in progress, and one Nintendo looks to keep upgrading throughout the life of the Wii U. If the existing TVii app is to be believed, the service is set to launch on an unspecified date this month. Nintendo has announced a TV guide tool that will be accessible from the GamePad without interfering with the content currently being played on the television. However, there was no mention of whether or not this feature will be available outside if Japan immediately, or how the TV Guide will interact with TiVo integration.The Wii U has undoubtedly had a rough start, but Nintendo seems dedicated to making the console something everyone has an excuse to use. For many, things like Google Maps or Panorama View seem like unnecessary features for a console, but Nintendo wants you to use the Wii U for everything.The continued feature push for the Wii U is certainly a good thing, even if the initial experience with the console dealt some damage to Nintendo’s reputation.via Nintendo Directlast_img read more

Apple halves some iPhone 5 component orders

first_imgWhen Apple launched the iPhone 5 last September there was definitely a mixed response to the new handset. Yes, it had a larger display, embraced 4G, and was thinner, but it wasn’t revolutionary, just another evolution. And that seems to be causing Apple a few problems as the iPhone 5 isn’t selling anywhere near as well as expected.The evidence of that comes in the form of revised component orders. Apparently, Apple has cut the order for iPhone 5 displays and some other components for the handset by half for the January-March quarter. The cut was ordered last month, and is only now being leaked to the press.A cut in component orders is a big contrast to when the phone launched. At that time a display shortage was blamed for only 5 million sales. There was also concerns over how robust the device was, with scratches and chips being widely reported and explained away as “normal” by Phil Schiller.Apple may be experiencing lower than expected sales of the iPhone 5, but there could be another reason for the order cut. It’s quite possible Apple is considering an early launch for the iPhone 5S as a way of boosting its position with regards to competitors, although it’s unlikely that would sport a different display size. If anything, orders might increase slightly if that were the case.As a company, Apple holds just under 15 percent of the smartphone market. However, Samsung has increased its share to over 31 percent and offers a much wider variety of handsets. Clearly Apple needs to react, and maybe releasing a new iPhone more regularly is one way of doing that.Also, spare a thought for Apple’s component suppliers. Typically the company likes to max out capacity and orders specialized parts. With orders cut in half a number of manufacturers will now have a lot of spare capacity they can’t really use for the next three months.via WSJlast_img read more

Microsoft taps Spock in Xbox One promo that really hits the mark

first_imgHardcore gamers may not be fans of Microsof’s decision to only partially focus on game quality in promoting the Xbox One, but this latest advertisement featuring Zachary Quinto hits with the precision of a Vulcan nerve pinch.There’s been a series of missteps in introducing Microsoft’s next-gen console, but the overall message was never one of them. The idea of an “everything” console linking together the devices housed in your entertainment center is a powerful message to send. If Microsoft can convince users to put the Xbox One in their living room, in between the cable box and the TV, they will be able to do what no one else is doing on the TV right now.Microsoft’s “Invitation” promo is everything it needs to be. The idea that the Xbox One is not simply sitting there waiting for you to turn it on, but actively pulling you back in front of the TV, is unique because Microsoft can actually deliver on that experience.The ability to Skype with your friends right after something interesting happens on TV, or the option to just curl up on the couch and ask for a movie to start playing has the potential to be a huge deal for more than just gamers.Most importantly, Microsoft made sure to also focus on the right games for their demographic. Titanfall, FIFA 14, and of course Dead Rising 3 all get not-so-subtle references during the video. It all comes together to accurately focus on the strengths of the Xbox One, and as long as Microsoft can actually deliver this experience it will make a huge difference in the life of the console.last_img read more

Central Bank outlines exactly what its problems are with the First Time

first_img By Cianan Brennan https://jrnl.ie/3044462 Monday 24 Oct 2016, 10:08 PM He similarly argues that easing the financial situation of first-time buyers, something critics dispute the new tax rebate’s ability to achieve, “may support a greater level of construction of new homes”.Lane also suggests that an unwanted effect of the rebate could be to see first time buyers attempting to purchase more expensive properties, which could see the expansion of total household debt (albeit, this is slightly mitigated by the government’s reduction of the minimum deposit condition from 80% to 70%).The governor further queries the rebate given the disparity between the numbers of new homes being bought versus existing property sales.Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has been scathing in his response to the letter.“Today, in his response to me, he (Lane) has confirmed that in fact the Central Bank was not consulted on the merits of the scheme before it was announced,” Doherty said.Given that this scheme was mooted months ago, this is hard to explain.“It is now time to drop this scheme before any permanent damage is done to the economy. I will be proposing a deletion of this scheme from the finance bill this week,” he added.Read: ‘Show some backbone’ – new report harshly criticises Ireland’s culture of media ownershipRead: ‘Micheál needs to stop with his spin’ – Doherty hits out at FF leader over tax cut criticisms Short URL 21 Comments Oct 24th 2016, 10:08 PM Source: RollingNews.ieTHE CENTRAL BANK has outlined what exactly its issues were with the government’s first time buyer scheme as outlined in the recent budget.In a letter (which can be viewed here) to a number of TDs, the governor of the Central Bank Philip Lane outlines two strands of thinking regarding such subsidy schemes that seem to run along the same lines as much of the criticism that was focused on the €20,000 tax rebate when it was first announced: Share24 Tweet Email2 such schemes run the risk of reducing activity that would have occurred in their absence – ie, while some new buyers for a property would be found, existing ones would be forced from the saleraising demand in the housing market “will just tend to put upward pressure on prices”, with sellers of properties “effectively gaining more than the recipients of the study”Lane argues that the operation of the scheme successfully would first require a “full-scale evaluation project”, something which “falls outside the scope” of the Central Bank. Central Bank outlines exactly what its problems are with the First Time Buyer scheme Governor Philip Lane has today outlined his concerns to a number of TDs. 21,112 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Man dies after mobile home fire in Dublin

first_imgMan dies after mobile home fire in Dublin A man’s body was discovered inside the mobile home this afternoon. By Garreth MacNamee GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after a fatal fire at a mobile home in Dublin today.Officers were called to the scene of the blaze at Chianti park in Brittas at around 2.30pm.The body of a man believed to be in his late 30s was discovered inside the mobile home.Units of Dublin Fire Brigade also attended the scene. Our thoughts are with the family, friends and neighbours of the man who passed away following a fire today in Brittas. 3 units attended. pic.twitter.com/D8bez5EBOc— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) November 23, 2016 Share44 Tweet Email Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Nov 23rd 2016, 8:49 PM http://jrnl.ie/3098681 Short URLcenter_img Image: Google Maps 5 Comments 28,939 Views Image: Google Maps Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 8:49 PM Gardaí confirmed they are investigating the incident and that the post-mortem will determine the course of the inquiry.A spokesman said: “The scene is being preserved overnight and will then be technically examined. Investigations are ongoing.”Read: Enda says he hopes the J-1 programme won’t be scrapped, despite Trump warning >Read: Number of children in homeless families in Dublin trebles in two years > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Taxi driver rescues family trapped inside a burning house at 430am

first_img The fire in Knocksedan Demense in Swords. Image: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Short URL Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 3:24 PM Dec 6th 2016, 3:24 PM I instructed the lady ‘get into the sitting room’ – I was shouting.I’d say the passenger in the car didn’t know what was going on. So I shouted to the passenger ‘ring the emergency services’. The passenger was under serious shock as well.I told the mother ‘get to the window’, and she opened [it], and she passed the child out the window.“The little child, I’ve never seen somebody’s face… she didn’t know what to do. She was I’d say 10 or 11, her name was Lucy.And then I had to get the mother out, and it’s hard getting an adult out of a window. At this point, with the whole downstairs full of smoke, he ran to his cab with the little girl, and put on the heating for her, and managed to extricate her mother from the burning building.“And I asked the mother was anyone else in the house, and she said her husband was.I roared in the window at him ‘get out of the house, get out of the house’. They were very dazed – I was dazed.“It’s a part of the human species that you don’t see that often, I’ve never seen it, but it’s like you go on automatic pilot. It’s human life, and you just have to look at the situation.“I wouldn’t consider myself a hero, I’d just consider myself human, because I think most people would do it. Although some people said to me they wouldn’t do that, they’d freeze.”Bravery awardThe father eventually left the house unaided and Malone prevented the family from re-entering the house as the emergency services arrived on the scene.“If they hadn’t got out the window… they were screaming in the house, there was panic, and they could have been doing something else.They didn’t know what they were doing. I suppose it’s so close to Christmas, it’s a beautiful house, and they are lovely people.Tim Arnold of Hailo Ireland praised Derek Malone, and wished the family involved well.He said that Hailo plans to nominate Malone “for a national bravery award”, and awarded him a Christmas bonus of €500, and €100 credit to the passenger.Malone has said he will donate his bonus to the daughter of the family involved in the fire, but he had yet to speak to them again as of earlier today.“I didn’t sleep all day yesterday,” he added. “I was awake for 48 hours, I couldn’t sleep at all. I had an awful cough. But I’d say the family had more of a cough than me.”Read: Hailo about to become Mytaxi in Ireland after takeover by owner of MercedesRead: The new food pyramid: More fruit and veg, fewer carbohydrates (and no white bread) 30 Comments Taxi driver rescues family trapped inside a burning house at 4.30am Derek Malone managed to get a little girl and her parents to safety. A HERO TAXI man rushed to the rescue of a family trapped inside a burning house in Swords, Co Dublin in the early hours of yesterday morning.The incident happened at around 4.30am as Derek Malone was dropping a fare to the Knocksedan estate in the north Dublin town, when his passenger noticed smoke emanating from a nearby house.After initially dismissing it as mist, or steam from gas boilers, he leapt out of the car and saw that a woman and her young daughter were trying to get out the door of a burning building.“I pushed the door with my shoulder – and it was a six-point lock door that would not open,” he told Alison Curtis on Today FM. The fire in Knocksedan Demense in Swords.center_img Image: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter 29,818 Views https://jrnl.ie/3123249 Tune into @AlisonTodayFM now to hear the story behind this rescue by taxi driver Derek Malone #Dublin pic.twitter.com/2Hi3rcxqRw— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) December 6, 2016 Share144 Tweet Email Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Darragh Peter Murphylast_img read more

Lastminute glitch forces SpaceX rocket to cancel launch with 13 seconds left

first_img“Hold, hold, hold!” a launch controller urged over the radio loops, to everyone’s disappointment.“Standing down to take a closer look at positioning of the second stage engine nozzle,” SpaceX said later via Twitter. Feb 18th 2017, 5:19 PM This will be SpaceX’s first Florida launch since a rocket explosion last summer.The 1 September accident occurred during prelaunch testing at a neighboring pad. SpaceX turned to Launch Complex 39A — which it leases from NASA — to resume flights. The company hopes to launch astronauts from 39A next year.The unmanned spaceship is packed with more than 2,267 kilograms of food, gear and science experiments for the astronauts living in orbit.Russia, meanwhile, plans to launch a supply ship to the International Space Station on Wednesday. If the SpaceX mission doesn’t get going soon, it would likely have to get in line behind the Russian delivery.Read: Six people just completed a year in a Hawaii dome all in the name of scienceRead: Twins? Not quite. But Nasa has found the most Earth-like planet yet By Associated Press 15 Comments Share23 Tweet Email Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3247217 Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 5:19 PM Standing down to take a closer look at positioning of the second stage engine nozzle. 9:38am ET tomorrow is next earliest launch opportunity— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 18, 2017 The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad.center_img LAST-MINUTE ROCKET trouble forced SpaceX to delay its inaugural launch from NASA’s historic moon pad today.SpaceX halted the countdown with just 13 seconds remaining.The problem with the second-stage thrust control actually cropped up several minutes earlier. With just a single second to get the Falcon rocket airborne, flight controllers could not resolve the issue in time.The next launch attempt — provided everything can be fixed quickly — would be Sunday morning.The unmanned Falcon rocket remains at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, waiting to soar on a space station delivery mission. It’s the same pad where Americans flew to the moon almost a half-century ago.Thousands of guests had jammed the space center to witness the comeback of 39A, last used in 2011 for the last space shuttle flight. About 18 miuntes from launch. Webcast of Falcon 9 launch now live → https://t.co/gtC39uBC7z pic.twitter.com/zQmNtQaeop— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 18, 2017 Source: SpaceX/Twitter Last-minute glitch forces SpaceX rocket to cancel launch with 13 seconds left on countdown The earliest a relaunch can be attempted is tomorrow morning. Source: SpaceX/Twitter 12,065 Views Image: NASA via AP The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad. Image: NASA via AP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more