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  • Handball Master event in Makarska in May 2013

    Makarska handballMaster Handball Beautiful summer resort on Adriatic coast, City of Makarska are becoming the place famous for handball events. After 15 years long tradition of International Youth Tournament and and world’s famous International Camp for Handball Goalkeepers, handball people there will organize the first Master Handball Tournament in May 2013.–  If we look in the past, we can’t say that former handball players had many possibilities to gather and play. That’s why we are ready to start with the project of serious tournament for older handball players, both male and female. We want to make strong event, internationaly recognized, where will play the best teams from Balkan area, but also from the other part of Europe. As destination, Makarska has perfect sports and other conditions to be a good host – says Dragan Vuković, co-organiser of International Camp for Handball Goalkeepers, who will be involved in this project.– There are a lot of older handball legends, who weren’t on the court since the end of proffesional careers. There are also a lot of teams, who even don’t have any kind of master sections. We will do everything to motivate all of them to join our tournament – concludes Vuković for details coming in the next few weeks…. ← Previous Story Muhamed Toromanović (Wisla Plock): “Kielce knows now that won’t be so easy” (VIDEO) Next Story → SG Flensburg sign Olafur Gustafsson! read more

  • EHF CL Wisla Plock prepare TOP 16 party for Flensburg with group

    The Polish vice-champions Orlen Wisla Plock won the third place in group after victory over SG Flensburg 31:29. Team of Manolo Cadenas overtook the best position at the end of EHF Champions League Preliminary Round from reigning champions who will have extremely tough job on their way to Cologne as fourth team in the group.Ivan Nikcevic scored seven goals for the winning team, while Drasko Nenadic netted one less for the German outfit.SG Flensburg’s coach Ljubomir Vranjes and his boys will face one of the three group winners – THW Kiel, MKB MVM Veszprem or Vive Tauron Kielce. 3. Orlen Wisla Plock10613288:280(8)13 2. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn10622292:273(19)14 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Dunkerque for French 3/3 in TOP 16 – Vardar smash RNL! Next Story → EHF CL: Aalborg grab last ticket for knock-out stage 1. FC Barcelona10811338:280(58)17 5. Alingsas HK10109252:298(-46)2 6. Besiktas MOGAZ HT10109253:303(-50)2 4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt10604288:277(11)12 read more

  • HBC Nantes sign promising Hungarian left back Faluvegi

    The promising 23-years old Hungarian left back Rudolf Faluvegi. signed two years contract with French TOP team HBC Nantes.Faluvegi is coming from Csurgoi KK.HBC Nantes, second best team of the French LNH already signed Julian Emonet and Kiril Lazarov.BOMB: Kiril Lazarov to HBC Nantes ← Previous Story Masters Handball World Cup 2017 presents MVP award “Iztok Puc” Next Story → Isabelle Gullden to stay in Bucharest until 2019!

  • First Swedish WCh semifinal ever

    Germany 2017 handballSwedish handball national teamWomen’s handball ← Previous Story WORLD HANDBALL 2017 – BEST 8 Sweden made the biggest success in the history of competing at Women’s World Championships by beating Denmark 26:23 (13:11) in the first quarter-final in Leipzig! The team led by Henrik Signell came to Germany after disappointing EHF EURO 2016 at home (8th place), where Swedish girls were far away from the medal’s battles, but Gullden and her compatriots made dream come true…Sweden– Denmark 26-23 (13-11)Sweden: Hanna Blomstrand 7, Isabelle Gullden 5, Nathalie Hagman 4, Jamina Roberts 3, Olivia Mellegard 2, Daniela Gustin 2, Anna Lagerquist 2, Johanna Westberg 1Denmark: Mette Tranborg 7, Stine Jorgensen 6, Fie Woller 2, Kathrine Heindahl 2, Trine Ostergaard Jensen 2, Maria Fisker 1, Lotte Grigel 1, Line Jorgensen 1, Line Haugsted 1PHOTO: IHF Next Story → GERMANY 2017: France to fight for the final after six years! read more

  • Protests expected as Angela Merkel visits Athens

    first_imgGERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA Merkel arrives in Greece today to support its embattled government amid planned new anti-austerity protests, her first visit there since the economic crisis erupted more than two years ago.DemonstratorsThousands of police will create a safety zone for Merkel’s meetings with conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and President Carolos Papoulias, aiming to keep demonstrators at arm’s length.Some 6,500 officers backed by water cannon and a helicopter have been mobilised for her six-hour visit, the first since 2010.Merkel had faced criticism in Germany for failing to visit Athens thus far during the crisis, unlike EU President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and eurozone chief Jean-Claude Juncker.In August, when Samaras visited Berlin, Merkel had insisted that she wanted the debt-wracked country to stay in the euro and pledged German help after crisis talks with the Greek prime minister.ReformMerkel’s office on Monday said she would convey a message of support for “ambitious” cuts already in place in Athens and encouragement to stay the course.Samaras will greet Merkel at Athens airport at 10.30AM GMT and the two will hold talks at 11.15AM, after which they will address the press. Merkel is then scheduled to see President Papoulias at 1.45PM.Leftist and Communist-affiliated unions are holding separate protests at 10.00 and a three-hour strike has been called in Athens from midday onwards.The police declared a ban on “public gatherings and demonstrations” in a broad section of the city centre that includes the German embassy, parliament and the offices of government but the union gatherings lie outside this area and will be held as planned.Merkel’s route from the airport is also off-bounds. The main Greek unions said in a statement: Syndicates and all of society will give a dynamic response to the plans of Merkel and European powers that are imposed by creditors and implemented by the government.The German leader is a popular hate figure in Greece, often blamed for harsh austerity measures imposed by the government in return for vital international aid, and has in the past been depicted as Adolf Hitler in tabloid caricatures.Samaras has assured Merkel that she will be “welcomed in the appropriate way for the leader of a major power and a friendly country”, but many in Greece object to the visit.The visit comes at a crucial time for the heavily indebted country, which is in the midst of negotiations with its international creditors over a 13.5-billion-euro ($17.5 billion) package of cuts.A positive outcome is vital to unblock a 31.5-billion-euro installment from Greece’s EU-IMF bailout package, which is needed to recapitalise banks and repay outstanding domestic debts in a country that is heading for a sixth straight year of recession.Pics: Petrol bombs thrown at Greek police during anti-austerity protests>last_img read more

  • Device designed to kill found during search of Lurgan street

    first_imgThose responsible showed blatant disregard for the local community and put the lives of local people, indeed local children at risk. We are very fortunate no-one was killed or injured.He thanked local residents and the wider community for their patience and support throughout the operation and reassured them that the PSNI will “not be deterred by this attack”.Detectives from Serious Crime Branch are appealing to anyone who has any information about this attack to contact them at Castlereagh on 0845 600 8000.Information can be given anonymously by telephoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. A VIABLE EXPLOSIVE device was found during a search of a street in Lurgan today.A PSNI security alert took place in the Sloan Street area of Lurgan, during which the bomb squad examined a suspicious object.They declared it to be a viable explosive device and it was taken away for further examination.Police believe that dissident republicans were responsible for leaving the device.Chief Inspector Anthony McNally, Area Commander for Craigavon, condemned those responsible, and said the device “was designed to kill or maim anyone close by, police officers or local people alike”.last_img read more

  • Hollande tells Obama of deep disapproval over US spying

    first_imgTHE UNITED STATES has become embroiled in a new row over its controversial spying programme as allies France and Mexico condemned revelations Washington tapped millions of phonecalls and hacked into leaders’ emails.French President Francois Hollande has expressed his “deep disapproval” of reports of US spying in a phone call with President Barack Obama.France’s Le Monde newspaper reported that the US National Security Agency had secretly monitored 70.3 million phone communications in France over 30 days from 10 December, 2012, to 8 January this year.The allegations, the latest from leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, also marred a visit to Paris by US Secretary of State John Kerry, where he discussed moves to try to end the war in Syria.Former presidentAt the same time, German weekly Der Spiegel reported the NSA had also hacked into former Mexican president Felipe Calderon’s email account.Calderon, on Twitter, described the revelations as an “affront to the institutions of the country, given that it took place when I was president”.Hollande told Obama that the alleged practices were “unacceptable between friends and allies because they infringe on the privacy of French citizens”, the French leader’s office said in a statement.The allegations come on top of previous revelations by Snowden — who has sought safety in Russia as US authorities pursue him for leaking classified information — that the United States had a vast, secret programme called PRISM to monitor Internet users.French prosecutors are already investigating the programme, and French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said he was “deeply shocked” by the new revelations.“It’s incredible that an allied country like the United States at this point goes as far as spying on private communications that have no strategic justification, no justification on the basis of national defence,” he told journalists.John KerryKerry refused to comment on the specific accusations, but noted that Washington was reviewing its intelligence gathering operations following protests from allied governments.He also sought to defend the US position.“Protecting the security of our citizens in today’s world is a very complicated, very challenging task… because there are lots of people out there seeking to do harm to other people,” Kerry said at a press conference after meeting Arab League officials.“Lots of countries are engaged in the activity of trying to protect their citizens in the world,” he said. “Our goal is always to try to find the right balance between protecting the privacy and security of our citizens.”According to Le Monde, the spy agency automatically picked up communications from certain phone numbers in France and recorded certain text messages under a programme code-named “US-985D”.The French daily said the documents gave grounds to believe that the NSA targeted not only people suspected of being involved in terrorism but also high-profile individuals in business and politics.© AFPRead: Snowden insists Russia has no access to NSA files >Column : The drama surrounding Manning and Snowden is diverting attention from what matters >last_img read more

  • Heres a museum that tells blind visitors Please touch

    first_imgJust because a person has low vision or can’t see, doesn’t mean that they’re not completely interested in culture or learning about ancient artifacts.Austin Seraphin, left, high school student Angel Ayala, center and high school student Cache Ballard, right. Pic: AP Photo/Jacqueline LarmaMost major US metro areas have at least one museum that offers some type of hands-on experience, from touching objects with bare hands or gloves to feeling replicas, according to Art Beyond Sight, a group that makes visual culture accessible to the blind and visually impaired.Such accommodations began well before the Americans with Disabilities Act and have increased as museums “have transformed from institutions that house objects to institutions that work with audiences,” said Nina Levent, executive director of the New York-based art organisation.Museums that don’t offer tactile tours often have personal or audio guides for the blind.But Levent contends that developing touch components can benefit a wide range of visitors, including children’s groups and students with learning disabilities.Angel Ayala, left, Tatyana Allen, center and Katie Maunder touch a page of reproduced hieroglyphics. Pic: AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma“I’d be hard-pressed to think of an audience that does not want to touch,” Levent said.The Penn Museum has held hands-on tours twice each Monday – when the building is otherwise closed – for the past two autumn seasons.Ayala’s recent visit came during a field trip with about a dozen classmates from the Overbrook School for the Blind. The students got to feel a quartzite likeness of Ramesses II, a black basalt statue of the goddess Sakhmet, and two stone coffins.Smaller reproductions of the pharaoh and deity were available for those not tall enough to touch the tops of the statues.Students sanitised their hands before feeling the pieces, which were pre-selected by conservators. Though thousands of years old, the artifacts shouldn’t be damaged by clean fingers and a light touch, Maunder said.The free tours include a classroom lesson on how Egyptians prepared a body for burial. Students jiggled a gelatin mold of the brain — which is removed during the mummification process — and handled facsimiles of relics found in tombs.They also felt ancient linen, smelled scented oils and touched a reproduction of a mummy.Overall, the museum is engaging with nearly 250 blind or visually impaired people this fall, up about 32 percent from last year, Maunder said. Educators are already planning next season’s curriculum on ancient Rome.The response from participants has been encouraging, said docent Austin Seraphin, who is also blind and helped develop the tour.“Everyone seems really happy,” Seraphin said.We asked them to fill out surveys and reportedly we’ve been getting universally positive reaction. The one complaint we get is that students wish it were longer.Read: Former hurler aiming to feature in Paralympics after suffering sight loss> ANGEL AYALA HAS never been a big fan of museums. Blind since birth, the high school student says the exhibits are so sight-dependent that he can’t enjoy them.But he’s making an exception for the Penn Museum, an archaeology and anthropology center that offers touch tours for the blind and visually impaired.Ayala can now feel the eroded limestone of an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus and the intricate hieroglyphs on the statue of a pharaoh.Angel Ayala with a replica of a vessel during the tour. Pic: AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma“When I touch things, it’s my version of a sighted person’s eyes. It tells me way more than a person describing it would ever,” Ayala said.The institution, which is part of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, began offering the tours last year in an effort to make their extensive collections more accessible.Museums should serve the community at large, and that includes the unsighted as well as the sighted, said program coordinator Trish Maunder.last_img read more

  • No change to Schumacher condition hospital confirms

    first_imgMICHAEL SCHUMACHER REMAINS in a “stable but critical” condition, Grenoble University Hospital confirmed this afternoon.The seven-time Formula One world champion has been receiving treatment at the hospital for eight days after suffering head trauma in a skiing incident in Meribel, France, on 29 December.Schumacher has had two operations on his injuries, and remains in an induced coma. The German’s manager Sabine Kehm stated on Friday that Schumacher’s condition remained unchanged, which has been re-iterated on Monday by the hospital.A statement from the hospital read: “The clinical state of Michael Schumacher is considered as stable and is constantly monitored by the medical treatments that are administered to him.“However, the medical team responsible underlines that they will not stop to consider Michael’s condition as critical.“The privacy of the patient demands that we are not going into details of his treatment, and this is why we do not plan any press conferences, nor give out written press releases, any more for the time being.“We again insistently ask you to respect the medical secret and to stick to the information given by the medical team in charge of the patient or his management, as this is the only valid information.”The latest update follows news from French police that a press conference will be held on Wednesday to provide an update on their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident.Here’s the 19 GAA players who were shown black cards over the weekendMurray making case for Munster’s Gloucester trip, Zebo back in training toolast_img read more

  • Ronan OGara axed from Ireland squad to play against France

    first_imgIan Madigan of Leinster is the other fly-half named by Declan Kidney. Ulster lock Dan Tuohy comes back in, while Tommy O’Donnell, Robbie Diack, Dave Kearney and Eoin O’Malley have all been named.Ireland squad v France: Best, Cronin, Diack, Earls, Fitzgerald, Fitzpatrick, Gilroy, Healy, Heaslip, Henderson, Jackson, Kilcoyne, Dave Kearney, Rob Kearney, Madigan, Marshall, McCarthy, McFadden, Murray, O’Brien, O’Callaghan, O’Donnell, O’Driscoll, O’Mahony, O’Malley, Reddan, Ross, Ryan, Sexton, Trimble, Toner, Tuohy.13-man Donegal undone by Tyrone in Omagh > RONAN O’GARA HAS been axed from the Ireland squad to face France in next weekend’s RBS 6 Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium, seemingly bringing an end to the international career of arguably Ireland’s greatest ever number 10.The Munster veteran, Ireland’s most capped player after 128 appearances, was roundly criticised for a poor performance in last week’s defeat to Scotland, particularly for the mistake that led to Greig Laidlaw’s late penalty.Jonathan Sexton comes back into the panel.The 27-year-old is still considered ‘doubtful’ but has not been ruled out entirely, while Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson keeps his place in the squad despite a poor kicking performance against the Scots.last_img read more

  • Arrests made as Union Jack is raised at Tallaght Stadium by Linfield

    first_imgA Union Jack flag is raised at Tallaght Stadium. (©INPHO/Donall Farmer)A spokesperson for the Garda Press Office confirmed that arrests were made at the ground.The spokesperson told, “Two people were arrested for public order offences.“Their names were taken and they were released last night.”The spokesperson did hasten to add that the remainder of the night, and post-match, was ‘relatively peaceful’.In follow-up correspondence, the Press Office commented, “A Garda member was thrown from a Garda horse outside a football match in Tallaght on 4 March; the horse had been startled by a firecracker.“The Garda member was taken to Tallaght Hospital for treatment, not believed to be life threatening. [The] horse is uninjured.”Rovers won the fixture thanks to goals from Kilduff, Ronan Finn and Stephen Rice. You can read the report and see the goals here.- Additional reporting by Steven O’RourkeOh captains, our captains: 22 reasons why we’ll miss the Off the Ball team GARDAI IN TALLAGHT made two arrests for ‘public order offences’ last night following a cup clash between Shamrock Rovers and Linfield.Rovers won their Setanta Cup tie 4-1 but the football was often a side-note on a tumultuous night at Tallaght Stadium.A member of the gardaí was treated at Tallaght Hospital when they were thrown from their horse, which was startled by a firecracker.There was sectarian chanting reported from both sets of supporters, with sections of the home crowd singing that there is only ‘one flag in Ireland’.About 10 Rovers supporters ran onto the pitch to celebrate a goal from Ciaran Kilduff that put their side in charge of the fixture.With the Dubliners controlling the game, the off-field action was left to barbs from both sets of fans. A Billy Joe Burns goal for Linfield enlivened the atmosphere.A minority of the Linfield support launched projectiles at the gardaí and match stewards with a small troupe, approximately 12 fans, attempting to gain access to the pitch.A British flag was also raised, before kick-off, at the far end of the Main Stand, where the Linfield fans were situated, which raised the hackles of the local supporters.last_img read more

  • Bill Cullen says entrepreneurs have no future following hotel receivership

    first_imgBILL CULLEN AND Jackie Lavin have said that they are “devastated”, following the reappointment of a receiver to the Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney, Co Kerry.Yesterday’s High Court judgement resulted in the couple losing their bid to continue running the five-star hotel.The setback is the latest to befall Cullen, who has already lost control of Glencullen Holdings Ltd which operated his last two Renault dealerships in Airside and Liffey Valley in Dublin.In a statement released on behalf of Cullen and Lavin, they said that they were “now very worried for their suppliers, customers and staff”.Unfortunately in this instance a point of law protected the bank and went against them and they feel with even more certainty that entrepreneurs have no future in Irish life.Read: All jobs saved as receiver is appointed to Muckross Park Hotel >More: Explainer: What does liquidation, examinership and receivership mean? >last_img read more

  • Sinn Féin must be ready for government says Adams

    first_imgFor our part Sinn Féin needs to be ready for government in this state on our terms, agree our policy priorities and political platform and our commitments need to be deliverable.“We are ambitious for change and believe we can deliver on jobs, housing and health.“But we will not do what the Labour Party has done — we will not enter government merely to give cover to the agenda of conservative parties. That’s the old failed political system.”Adams called for a “realignment of politics” and said the party will meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the North.He accused the DUP of not ‘having the appetite for the challenge’ of dealing with the past.Read: Ó Cuív defends asking for a man convicted of manslaughter to be moved to an open prison THE LEADER OF Sinn Féin says the party must be ready to lead the country.The party will hold a major party conference in Dublin today which brings together many of its recently successful local government and EU candidates from across the island, as well as the party leadership.In his keynote address, Adams will tell the party faithful that they have now become a “major player” on both sides of the border.He also takes aim at the parties in the Republic.“It’s time Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil stopped pretending they are different. They are not. Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are conservative soul mates. They should be in government together.last_img read more

  • Joan Burton Above all else the Israelis need to stand back from

    first_imgTÁNAISTE JOAN BURTON has said that “above all else” the Israelis need to “stand back from some of the actions they have taken” in the Gaza conflict in order to achieve a “viable ceasefire”.The Tánaiste was speaking after the violence in the Middle East escalated considerably over the weekend.The death toll on the Palestinian is now estimated at 502 as the Israeli offensive entered its 14th day with 18 Israeli Defence Forces killed so far during its ground operation – 13 of them on Sunday alone.“The critical issue is to actually establish a sustainable ceasefire, that requires both sides to stand back – committments by Hamas in relation to rockets being fired into Israel.“But above all else that the Israelis would stand back from some of the actions that they have taken so that a viable ceasefire can actually be set in motion,” she saidBurton said there needs to be an agreement on “a sustainable long-term ceasefire” to end what she said was the “appalling violence death and carnage” that is happening Gaza.Pressed on whether the government should expel or threaten to expel the Israeli ambassador, Burton would only say that Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan is available to meet with the diplomat.Speaking ahead of the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, she said: “What we do need is a viable ceasefire because given the density of overcrowding in Gaza there is no other safe place for a lot of the civilians involved to go to.“I think that that is critical that the Israelis acknowledge that and that they actually stand back from what they’ve been doing. Hamas equally though need to desist in relation to rocket firing into Israel.”Read: UN Security Council calls for “immediate truce” in GazaRead: Councillor removes Israeli flag from Dun Laoghaire HarbourPoll: Would you support the expelling of the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland?last_img read more

  • Man charged with rape of two young girls after extradition from US

    first_imgA 33-YEAR-OLD British national has been remanded in custody for a week, charged with a series of sexual offences against two young girls in the North East, after appearing this afternoon at the Criminal Courts of Justice on Dublin’s Parkgate Street.The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victims, was extradited from Florida after being arrested by the US Marshals Service last week.He is accused of carrying out 33 offences, including three counts of rape, against the two girls.The offences are alleged to have happened between 2010 and 2011 in Louth and Dublin when the alleged victims were aged between 10 and 13 years.Detective Garda Michael Scanlon of Ardee Garda Station told Judge James Faughnan in court this afternoon that he took custody of the accused in Florida last night, and that he was charged at 9.49am at Dublin Airport this morning.The accused’s British passport was also handed over by US authorities to Scanlon.The man — originally from England — had planned to be in the US for a number of weeks, and had been residing in Chile for the last number of years, Scanlon said.The counsel for the DPP objected to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the charges in question, the nature of the evidence and the accused’s lack of ties to the country.Additionally, the accused had substantial funds at his disposal, increasing the chances of him fleeing the jurisdiction and returning to Chile — which has no bi-lateral extradition treaty with Ireland, the Judge was told.Justice Faughnan said he agreed with the DPP counsel’s concerns, and refused bail. The man is due to appear again before Cloverhill Distinct Court on Wednesday of next week.Read: Palestinian family finds missing son ‘by chance’ – in YouTube video of his deathRead: Protest to support Dublin pensioner couple facing evictionlast_img read more

  • 13 browser plugins that will improve your web experience

    first_img Source: visibotech/YouTubeLazarusFor: Chrome, Firefox, SafariIf you’re working on a document or filling out a long form and your browser crashes, Lazurus is able to restore your work so you don’t have to go through the whole process again. Source: FirefoxFlashblockFor: Chrome, FirefoxIf you find your browser slowing down or crashing because of flash, downloading this will disable all flash content on a page. Source: Chrome Web StoreGhosteryFor: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, OperaAnother essential plugin for those who are concerned about their privacy online, Ghostery shows you who’s tracking your activity and gives you more info about them, and telling you how to opt-out or block what they’re doing. Source: GhosteryVideo/YouTubeLastPassFor: Chrome, FirefoxThis password manager remembers everything for you. All you need is one master password and LastPass will allow you to access any accounts that require signing in to. Source: LastPass Password Manager/YouTubeGoogle Dictionary For: ChromeInstead of having to use Google’s address bar to figure out what a word means, Google Dictionary gives you the definition any time you double-click on a word. Source: Chrome Web StoreDownThemAllFor: FirefoxDownThemAll is essential for those who want to download everything they see from a web page. The plugin presents you with links, images and other content and lets you download them all or a selection. Source: FirefoxPanicButtonFor: Chrome, FirefoxOne the off-chance that you need to close all tabs immediately, PanicButton hides all of them in one fell swoop, and saves them as bookmarks. When the coast is clear, clicking it again will restore everything. Source: Chrome Web StoreRead: Here’s what happens every five seconds on the internet >Read: These 17 web tools will improve your productivity > DESPITE THE GROWING popularity of smartphones and apps, a large proportion of our time is spent using desktop computers and browsers to get our work done or to pass the time.With this, the popularity of browser plugins and extensions, adding additional features and services to your browser, have continued to grow in popularity, with the biggest ones like Chrome having their own stores.While there are many to choose and download, which ones should you be looking at first. Here’s a small selection to get you started.DisconnectFor: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, OperaIf you’re cautious about sites tracking what you do, Disconnect is a handy way of blocking these sites and offering you more control over who sees what. Source: Disconnect/YouTubeFeedlyFor: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, OperaOne of the best RSS readers out there, Feedly presents articles in a magazine format, allowing you to catch up on the news. It can also act as a chronological news feed too if that works better for you. Source: Chrome Web StoreClick and CleanFor: Chrome, FirefoxIf you want to clean your browsing history in one go (and then some), this plugin will do just that. Source: FirefoxDuolingoFor: ChromeThe language learning app also has a plugin and it’s just as good as the mobile version. Using the same methods as the app, it’s a handy way of quickly brushing up on a new language when you have five minutes to spare. Source: Chrome Web StorePocketFor: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer (bookmarklet)An essential plugin (and app) for those who find interesting articles, but want to read them later. Source: Chrome Web StoreTooManyTabsFor: Chrome, FirefoxIf you have, em, too many tabs open, this plugin will help you manage them and ensure you’re not left overwhelmed looking for specific pages.last_img read more

  • Hulu Plus launches today reduces price to 799

    first_imgHulu has announced that its premium Hulu Plus streaming service has exited beta and launched today for everyone to sign-up and use. As a nice surprise it also launches with a price cut in place.Early adopters were expecting and have signed up to pay $9.99 per month. But Hulu has announced a 20% price cut to just $7.99. Those already signed up will get a credit on their next bill and all new customers will pay the lower price. New customers also get a one-week free trial.AdChoices广告Hulu Plus will offer content streamed in up to 720p from ABC, FOX, NBC to name but a few of the content providers on board. Popular shows available through the service include Glee, Family Guy, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, 30 Rock, House, The Office, The X-Files, Arrested Development, Desperate Housewives, Battlestar Galactica, Monk, Psych, Saturday Night Live, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Ugly Betty, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. More content additions are promised on a regular basis.As well as being able to watch Hulu Plus on your PC, it will be accessible through the following devices:Connected TV and Blu-Ray players: Samsung, Sony BRAVIA HDTVs and connected Blu-ray Disc Players, and coming soon: LG Electronics, Panasonic, VIZIOConnected Set-top Boxes: Roku, Sony Network Media Player, and coming soon: TiVo Premiere DVRs, Western Digital’s WD TV Live Hub Media Center and WD TV Live Plus Network Media PlayerGaming Consoles: PlayStation 3, and coming soon: Xbox 360Mobile Devices: Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod touchOther network appliances: Sony DashYou can sign up for your free trial at the Hulu Plus web page.Read more at TechCrunchlast_img read more

  • Intel AMD and others to phase out VGA by 2015

    first_imgThe technology we have come to know and love eventually gets dumped for newer, better alternatives. We’ve see it happen countless times before with cassette tapes, VHS video, serial ports, and floppy discs. Now another well-known piece of tech included on your PC is set to disappear: the VGA port.A number of big players in the PC market, including AMD, Dell, Intel, Lenovo, Samsung, and LG, have decided that the VGA port, and LVDS, have to go. It is already a secondary option over the preferred and growing popularity of HDMI and DisplayPort connections. So it was on the ropes, and now has a departure date.Don’t expect to see a VGA port on a new product after 2015, as these manufacturers are set on removing it from PCs and displays completely by then. Intel and AMD will remove LVDS support by 2013, and start to remove VGA output then too. Intel sights DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 as the inputs we will come to rely on with good reason:DisplayPort and HDMI allow for slimmer laptop designs, and support higher resolutions with deeper color than VGA – a technology which is more than 20 years old. Additionally, as laptops get smaller and their embedded flat panel resolutions increase for more immersive experiences, the power advantages, bi-directional communications and design efficiency benefits of DisplayPort make it a superior choice over LVDS, the previous standard for LCD panel inputs. Read more at the Intel press release, via ElectronistaMatthew’s OpinionIt’s still 2 years until the phase out really starts, but I still think I’ll have hardware that uses VGA/DVI and that still works at that time. You can guarantee some peripheral manufacturers will pick up on this fact and start selling adaptors more readily to support using new hardware with older device conenctions.The move to HDMI and DisplayPort is inevitable and worth it. Higher resolution, lower power use, and much nicer/thinner cables are all positives in adopting them. But VGA did a great job while it lasted, and I’ve had countless PCs that have relied on a VGA cable to output to the screen.last_img read more

  • A 20 minute snapshot of Facebook activity

    first_imgWith Facebook having over 500 million registered users, you’d expect the traffic passing through the site every day to be huge. But it’s not until you look at the figures until you realize just how big of a part of the Internet Facebook has become.Democracy UK, a UK political campaigning initiative, has posted a 20 minute snapshot of activity on the social network. Here’s what the Facebook servers have to deal with over a very short period of time:Shared links: 1,000,000Tagged photos: 1,323,000Event invites sent out: 1,484,000Wall Posts: 1,587,000Status updates: 1,851,000Friend requests accepted: 1,972,000Photos uploaded: 2,716,000Comments: 10,208,000Message: 4,632,000Over 10 million comments in 20 minutes is unimaginable to me, and over 2 million photos uploaded in the same period demonstrates Facebook must be fighting a constant battle to keep on top of the storage demands of its every-growing data pool.Democracy UK also report some other stats including relationship status changes during 2010, and the most liked celebrities. The results of both are shown below:Relationship Statuses in 201043,869,800 changed their status to single3,025,791 changed their status to “it’s complicated”28,460,516 changed their status to in a relationship5,974,574 changed their status to engaged36,774,801 changes their status to marriedMost Liked CelebritiesLady Gaga: 24,712,169 people like thisEminem: 23,729,700 people like thisMegan Fox: 19,575,080 people like thisVin Diesel: 19,425,325 people like thisRihanna: 18,903,844 people like thisBarack Obama: 17,229,885 people like thisBob Marley: 17,168,034 people like thisLil Wayne: 17,004,850 people like thisJustin Bieber@ 16,779,874 people like thisShakira: 16,520,790 people like thisRead more at Facebook, via TechCrunchMatthew’s OpinionYou can see why advertisers and Facebook app developers love Facebook. The amount of detailed data being pulled in every minute, let alone every hour or day, is quite staggering. If you have a popular app on Facebook then millions of users will be using it every single minute.To support this level of activity Facebook must be spending a fortune on data center expansion, energy, and management. It also makes the lack of downtime the social network sees all the more impressive.Facebook is a monster, and it’s getting bigger. Good luck to anyone trying to compete with it.last_img read more

  • Roku brings Angry Birds and other games to your TV

    first_imgRoku set top boxes are an affordable way to watch content on your TV without having to pay an arm and a leg for cable. You can stream Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, and other entertainment apps, but until now, there was no option for game play. Angry Birds fans will be happy to know that Roku is making your favorite bird-slinging game the first game to be playable via Roku.Sure, those of us with smartphones can just play the extremely popular game that way, but for those of us that don’t have smartphones or who want to play the game on a larger screen, the Roko-Rovio partnership is something to celebrate. At the time being, the only option for playing Angry Birds on a larger screen is via computer, thanks to its recent integration with Google Chrome, or on an iPad.AdChoices广告Roku chose Angry Birds-maker Rovio as its first partner in what it hopes will be the first in a long line of partnerships with other casual gaming developers. It’s working on getting other developers involved and has even created an open software development kit (SDK) specifically for software developers to create their own game channels for the Roku.Offering another platform for developers to sell their games is good news for both the developers and Roku. Roku said it had more than one million devices on the market at the end of 2010, though it estimates it will have more than 3 million on the market by the end of 2011.Rovio will sell Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio through Roku devices and will also launch an Angry Birds video channel complete with animated shorts. The company will also sell Angry Birds merchandise through the Roku Channel Store.The main question left is how users will play the game. The issue of a game controller is still a mystery. True, you could potentially use the included Roku remote, though it only has four directional buttons and an “OK” button that would be of use. You could hypothetically pull the slingshot back with the directional button and change the height with the up and down buttons. Then, to fling the bird, you could press the “OK” button. Another option could be an app for your smartphone, though that would be limited to only people who use smartphones.A third option could have Roku selling a separate game controller in addition to its current controller that’s included with the box. Selling a controller would be a smart way to make some easy money since Angry Birds fans are so committed to the game that they’d probably fork over the extra cash for a controller that gives them the power to play the game on their TV without staring at a tiny screen.Support for casual games on Roku is coming within the next few weeks. If you don’t already have a Roku, they range from $59.99 for a normal Roku to $99.99 for the Roku XDS.Via GigaOmlast_img read more