Month: September 2019

Sundovski We can beat anyone Germans the weakest

← Previous Story Kjelling tips Denmark for Gold Next Story → Vote for the World’s Best Coaches in 2011 – Icelanders lead! The Macedonian coach Zvonko Sundovski is very optimistic about his team’s chances at the upcoming European Championship in Serbia. After 14 years Macedonia is at a European Championship, and therefore the qualification is a success as well, he said. Everybody wants to reach the 2nd stage and to show ourselves in good light. It will be one of those championships where anyone can beat anyone, and I think even though it looks on paper that the Czech are the weakest, I think this could be underestimation, and we shouldn’t enter the games like that. My personal opinion is that we can beat anyone, added Sundovski for Dnevnik, a Macedonian daily newspaper.

Onesta with 20 Experts before WCh 2013

Claude Onesta French NT coach, Claude Onesta will have tough job to decide squad for the World Championship in Spain where France defends title from Sweden 2011:Tor: Cyril Dumoulin (Chambéry), Daouda Karaboué (Toulouse), Thierry Omeyer (Kiel)Rückraum: William Accambray (Montpellier), Xavier Barachet (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Sébastien Bosquet (Dunkerque), Jérôme Fernandez (Toulouse), Nikola Karabatic (Montpellier), Timothey Nguessan (Chambéry), Daniel Narcisse (Kiel)Außen: Luc Abalo (PSG Handball), Samuel Honrubia (PSG Handball), Arnaud Bingo (Tremblay-en-France), Michaël Guigou (Montpellier), Guillaume Joli (Dunkerque), Valentin Porte (Toulouse)Kreis: Cédric Sorhaindo (Barcelona/ESP), Igor Anic (Cesson), Grégoire Detrez (Chambéry)Abwehr: Didier Dinart (PSG Handball) ← Previous Story Brazil waiting for WCh 2013 clashes Next Story → Dragan Skrbic about Handball Person Contest: “Men’s EHF EURO 2012, Onesta and Montenegrian girls” read more

Mikel Aguirrezabalaga to HC Dinamo Minsk

AguirrezabalagaF.C Barcelona IntersportHC Dinamo MinskMikel Aguirezabalaga ← Previous Story Richar Kappelin to replace Sjostrand in Aalborg! Next Story → Torsten Jansen one more season with HSV Handball Spanish NT left back from F.C Barcelona Intersport, Mikel Aguirrezabalaga (29) will play in Belarus in the upcoming season. His new team is HC Dinamo Minsk, team who played at EHF Champions League TOP 16 this season. Aguirrezabalaga lost his place in the team by signing of Nikola Karabatic, who will make stronger duo with Serhei Rutenka.Belarus champion has already signed three players and Slovenian coach, Boris Denic.

Nikolaj Jacobsen with an indirect Yes to RNL

Nikolaj Jacobsen can be speculated to be even closer to RNL’s bench next season, as Gudmundsson departs, making the headcoach role vacant still. The former Albrechtsen assistant, and current Aalborg headcoach said for Mannheimer Morgen that his final goal is Bundesliga, and Rhein-Neckar Loewen is an “interesting” club for him, adding more fuel to the fire already set. aalborgalbrechtesengudmundssonjacobsennikolaj jacobsen ← Previous Story Borja Fernandez – the first Spanish to become Qatari Next Story → Sergei Gorbok to join “Russian” colony in Vardar

Brazil ruins Argentinian party

argentinabrazilBuenos AiresPan American Champiionship ← Previous Story Dragan Markovic leaves Bosnian bench after five years!q Next Story → Chile en route to France 2017! A new Pan American champion will be crowned this weekend since Argentina, the title holder, was knocked out in the semi-final by Brazil by 23-20. The conducted by Jordi Ribera obtained a victory that was built during the second half of the match and have secured a spot in France 2017. The Argentinian, which will be out of the fight for the gold medal for the first time in 20 years, will play for the last spot left for the World Championship and for the third place of the tournament in home soil.The setting was perfect for a match of this scale. The stadium was full (5,000 people, sold out) and the crowd in Buenos Aires was eager for an Argentinian victory. Brazil reached the semi-final after 5 victories in the group round, while the local team had a more agonic classification.The lead by Eduardo Gallardo had surprisingly lost against Greenland last Wednesday. And on the last match of the round an agonic win over Chile put them in the semi-final, but the team were almost out of the fight for the medals, and therefore out of the World Championship in France until a goal by Federico Pizarro in the dying seconds of the match and a desperate block by Federico Fernández (with an empty goal) brought them back to life.But this was a new phase, this was a win-or-go-home game and the outcome of previous matches was now part of the past. It was as tough as expected. The goal difference was not bigger than two goals for the entire first half. Both teams made use of the seventh player rule, just like in previous matches; during which Fabio Chiuffa and then Federico Fernandez missed the target with an empty goal. The crowd played its part and helped the local team raise its spirit to turn the score around, but two bad ball handlings led to two fast breaks that Brazil changed for goals. By the end of the first 30 minutes, the score was 9-9.Right after the beginning of the second half, centre-back Sebastian Simonet, who had scored two goals, left the court with an injury on his right shoulder. He wouldn’t come back for the rest of the match and it was his younger brother, Pablo, who took over the leading of the team. Brazil speeded up and took advantage of the two defensive changes that Argentina made on almost every play, but it was a couple of fast breaks that made the difference. The Albicelestes insisted on playing with the pivot, but the Brazilian defence was very awake and the passes would not reach their destination. With 10 minutes left to be played the score was 18-14. In the end, the difference was not too big, but the time left on the clock was not enough for the locals to overcome it.For Jose Toledo, Wisla Plock’s right back, the match was decided due in the physical aspect: “I think the difference was there. They made two changes in the centre of the defence and we exploited it and speeded up when we needed to. We ran the entire time and I think eventually they got tired a little bit. The rotation of our players was also important; we made lots of changes depending on Argentina’s defensive set up”.Fabio Chiuffa (BRA) and Federico Fernandez (ARG) were top scorers of the match with 5 goals each. Brazil’s rival for the final will be Chile while Argentina will face Uruguay for the third place and the last spot at stake for France 2017. read more

Michaella McCollum Connolly could plead guilty

first_imgMORE THAN £2,600 has been raised by a fund set up by Michaella McCollum Connolly’s sister.Stephanie Connolly is aiming to raise £10,000 via for her sister, who is in a Peruvian jail after being found with 11kg cocaine inside food packets in her luggage.Earlier this month the goal was to raise £20,000 and the effort had received just £700 in pledges.It was reported yesterday that Melissa Reid, McCollum Connolly’s co-accused, was to plead guilty in order to get a shorter sentence.The Belfast Telegraph says that if the women plead guilty, they could strike a deal that would see their sentence cut from 25 years to six years and eight months.The Irish Independent reports today that McCollum Connolly is considering following her lead and also pleading guilty.The young women will give a statement on September 24 and are said to be in a new prison.Read: Web effort to help Irish woman arrested in Peru raises just over £700>Read: Michaella co-accused to plead guilty – reports>last_img read more

12 challenges men face that women just dont understand

first_imgLAST NIGHT, WE brought you some of the challenges women face that men will never understand, so tonight we thought it would be only fair to acknowledge the pain of the other side.For they too suffer at the hands of biology and this cruel cruel world.After much research, here are 12 challenges men face that women just don’t understand.Having to wear suits in hot weatherGoing to a formal occasion on a hot day?  As a woman, you can pop on a light dress and you’ll probably be alright.As a man, you’ll be forced to wear a suit and then spend the day afraid to take off your jacket because of the gargantuan sweat patches that now consume most of your shirt.TesticlesWomen will never ever understand what it’s like to get kicked in these guys.  They will just never understand.As for the itching at times when a good scratch is not an option?  A nightmare.SpotsAll humans get spots, but most men do not feel they have the option to cover them up with makeup.It’s a cruel, cruel world.Not getting complimentsWomen compliment each other all the time, and frequently expect their men to compliment them too.Guys?  Sure you’re lucky if a mate says he likes your runners.  Take it from us, men, you’re bleedin’ gorgeous.Inconvenient erectionsUncomfortable and beyond your control.  No woman can even imagine what that’s like.Being expected to make the first move Yes, dynamics have changed somewhat over the past fifty years, but the bulk of the initial activity in relationships is still expected to be done my men.And let’s be real, that ain’t easy.Nipple chafing while runningIf you’re a running woman, you’ve probably got a sports bra protecting your delicate nipples.Men?  They learn about nipple coverage the hard way.  Frequently by bleeding through their t-shirts.Restricted clothing optionsMany men are happy to spend the bulk of their life wearing jeans and a t-shirt, or a suit.  However, there are some who would love to have the full range of colour and style that women have to choose from.Guys who wish they could occasionally throw on a David Beckham style sarong?  We feel for you.ChildbirthYes, it’s the woman who has to endure the physical pain, but it’s not easy to watch the person you love experience something that difficult knowing that there is nothing you can do to help.It’s a different kind of pain, but it’s pain all the same.ShavingIt’s inconvenient, time consuming and never-ending!Not to mention frequently itchy and painful.Hair lossCompletely beyond your control (unless you’re doing a Wayne Rooney) and actually really troubling.One day you’re a young virile man, the next day you’re middle aged with a receding hairline.Hair gainSomehow, when all the hair is leaving your head, it starts appearing in places you don’t want it.Who wants tufts of growth coming from their ears and nose?  No one, that’s who.12 challenges women face that men just don’t understand>There’s a new ‘UCC Bird of the Day’ Facebook page already>last_img read more

Man involved in foiled armed pub robbery to appear in court

first_imgA MAN WHO customers tackled in a pub robbery in Drogheda last night is to appear in court tomorrow morning.Gardai arrested the 21-year-old man at the pub on Marsh Road last night.Armed robberyAt around 8.15pm two men armed with a knife and a shotgun entered the premises and held up staff.However, customers managed to overpower one man, while the other fled the scene.A 21-year-old male is being detained at Drogheda Garda Station in relation to the armed robbery and is scheduled to appear before a special sitting of Dundalk District Court tomorrow morning at 10am charged in connection with the robbery.Related: Man arrested after customers foil armed pub robbery>last_img

Joe Canning will captain the Galway hurlers in 2014

first_imgJOE CANNING HAS been announced as the new Galway senior hurling captain for next season.The Portumna club man will skipper the Tribesmen as they bid to improve after a disappointing 2013 campaign.St Thomas club man David Burke will be the vice-captain for Anthony Cunningham’s side. Burke is likely to captain Galway for the early rounds of next year’s Allianz hurling league as Canning will be tied up with club commitments with Portumna.The Galway club recently won the county senior hurling championship and are preparing for an AIB All-Ireland semi-final meeting with Limerick’s Na Piarsaigh next February.25 year-old Canning has been a  member of the Galway senior panel since 2008. He has All-Ireland minor (2004 and 2005) and U21 medals (2007) to his name from an impressive underage career.In 2010 he won a National hurling league medal and last year won a Leinster senior hurling medal. All-Ireland senior honours have so far eluded Canning who has won three Allstars in his career in 2008, 2009 and 2012.Reminder: Every Gaelic footballer must wear a mouthguard from January 1stGAA needs to handle pay-per-view talk carefully, Dubs warnlast_img read more

Toulon scalp the latest highlight in Prendergasts growing career

first_img“TOULON IN TOULON; with the squad and everything they have going on, to win down there was massive.”Grenoble’s 22-21 victory over the reigning Heineken Cup champions was the result of the weekend in France and beyond. Skills coach Mike Prendergast underlined the achievement by mentioning Toulon’s magnificent home record, one which had last seen them lose at the Stade Mayol on the 19th of January, 2013.“It was massive. I don’t think Toulon have been beaten down there in a year and the thing is that they had all their big guns playing as well. I suppose the way it ended up, we defended well.“You could just see from the get-go that the mentality was right and our line speed was there. I thought defensively we frustrated them more than anything. With the score all day, there was just three, six or nine points in it. So we took our points and they took their points. To get an intercept try near the end and hold out in the last few minutes with a bit of pressure is great. We’ve taken a few scalps this year, but to be fair that’s the biggest.”It is certainly the most remarkable victory of Grenoble’s campaign so far, but the fact that they now lie sixth in the Top 14 table  – inside the play-off positions – tells the true story. Wins over Stade Français, Racing Métro and Toulon at home have been the other highlights.Indeed, it is getting to the point where these big results for Grenoble are not quite in the ‘shock’ category anymore; this is a serious outfit. The ability to perform well on the road has been one of the keys to their success. Three wins away from home, as well as three bonus points, have bucked a long-standing French trend.Prendergast points out the importance of Grenoble’s attitude on their travels, a contrast to so many other clubs.“That’s been a really, really positive thing for us. A lot of teams near the bottom or middle of the league look at targeting their home games, but we’ve had a bit of a different mentality here and it’s something that myself and Bernard do drive.”Prendergast arrived at Grenoble last summer from Young Munster. ©INPHO/James Crombie.Another key element to Grenoble’s rise up the table – they finished 11th last season – has been the visible team spirit and passion the players bring to each game. The squad may be lacking in household names, but Prendergast points out that that means “maybe we’ve to work a small bit harder during the week.”The former Munster scrum-half mentions the Grenoble’s “chip on the shoulder” and images of his home province immediately spring to mind. Munster’s Heineken Cup successes in the 2000s were driven by a core of talented players, but all of them admit that bitter attitude was the real key.With 10 games left in the Top 14 season – six of which are at home for Grenoble – the possibility of Heineken Cup qualification is real. Prendergast admits that the Isére-based club had planned for this season with the goal of simply cementing their place in France’s top tier at the forefront of their minds.“I think realistically from the outset, it [our aim] was to maintain our status again this year. But we had a few good early results, and I suppose when that happens it gives you confidence. The way the league has panned out this year, there’s very little between the bottom teams and the top.”You’ve the likes of Oyonnax winning often and we’re still only 11 points off second last. That’s three or four games going against you. I suppose where we are after Toulon does kind of open your eyes to pushing into Europe, which would be great.“I know the players are hungry; we’ve a lot of foreign players here and Heineken Cup would be huge to them, and the French guys.”That Grenoble are at this point is a major credit to the work of the coaching staff led by former France international hooker Fabrice Landreau. Prendergast himself has been a key man in developing Grenoble’s game in his role as skills coach.There have been notably more frequent glimpses of handling ability in Grenoble’s important wins this season, a clear sign of Prendergast’s input. In his first year with a fully professional club after working as Director of Rugby at Young Munster, the 36-year-old is thriving.Such has been his impact, that the one-time Gloucester player will be promoted to the role of backs coach next season. Prendergast claims that fellow Irishman Bernard Jackman – FCG’s defence coach – has been an integral figure in his integration into the club.“Bernard has been a massive, massive help here. Whatever about having one Irish coach, to have two at a French club is great. I owe massive credit to Bernard.Prendergast was playing for the Cookies as recently as March 2013. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan.“We’ve also got James Hart here from Dublin; we’ve Andrew Farley, who spent six years at Connacht and played for Ireland ‘A’. We’ve Shane O’Leary as well, who I had at Young Munster. There’s a nice little group here.”22-year-old Hart has made impressive strides on the pitch this season, while young O’Leary has featured in the club’s Amlin Challenge Cup campaign and is settling into life in Grenoble well. That Irish core has certainly aided Prendergast’s adaptation, but there was still plenty of pressure on him.Having spent a season with Bourgoin in 2006/07, Prendergast did have some rusty French on arrival, but getting his ideas across to the players and coaches in French was a testing challenge.“[The] first day it was sink or swim. I spent the year here seven years ago, but you’d lose a good bit of it [French]. I did a fair few classes before I came out. They’ll pull you up at times, but it’s something I work hard on.“We do two classes a week, but I’ll probably go to three a week with taking on the backs next season!”Life at the foot of the French alps is sweet for Prendergast after the initial difficulties, with himself, his partner Shona and eight-year-old daughter Emma living in the “quaint French village” of Claix.With the little pocket of Irish natives thriving in Grenoble, will Prendergast be attempting to bring a few more players from these shores over to the Top 14?I don’t think I’d be too popular at home if people started leaving,” he laughs. “It’s just the way it’s materialised with James and Shane.“James came over through Bernard and Shane had played with Canada U20s. He was looking around France and a couple of clubs were interested, including Grenoble. I gave him a good reference, which he deserved.”Prendergast does agree that for young players like O’Leary and Hart, who don’t make the provincial academies, a move abroad can be a good thing, particularly if it means talented young players are not lost to the game.He points out that it can be “tough as well” to uproot and leave behind friends and family, but there are so many positives to joining the growing Irish legion in France. One point that is often missed is how these young men can gain “life experience” as well as furthering their professional ambitions.That’s certainly been an enjoyable element of Prendergast’s time in France so far, alongside the clear progression of his coaching career. There is plenty more to come.Like rugby? Follow’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Irishman Prendergast to take over as backs coach at GrenobleHere are all of this week’s Pro12 highlightslast_img read more

Could building up immunity be the key to fighting peanut allergy

first_imgSAFELY TREATING CHILDREN allergic to peanuts with peanut protein could build up their immunity to a point where they are safe from contaminated snacks and meals.New research published in The Lancet journal has shown that almost 90 per cent of children who underwent a new trial could tolerate at least 25 times as much peanut protein as they could before the therapy.Peanut allergy is the most common cause of severe and life-threatening allergic reactions related to food and the trial at Cambridge University Hospitals aimed to find a way to prevent these severe reactions.Currently the only way to do so is to avoid foods that contain peanuts and accidental reactions are common in this method.“This treatment allowed children with all severities of peanut allergy to eat large quantities of peanuts, well above the levels found in contaminated snacks and meals,” according to lead researcher Dr Andrew Clark.“This frees children them and their parents from the fear of a potentially life threatening allergic reaction. The families involved in this study say that it has changed their lives dramatically.”As part of the trial, 99 children aged 7 to 16 years with varying severities of peanut allergy either received 6 months of oral immunotherapy using gradually increasing doses of peanut protein or received no treatment at all and avoided peanuts as per usual.Both the children treated and the control group then took part in a supervised blind food challenge during which they consumed increasing amounts of peanut protein until they experienced allergic symptoms.ResultsAfter 6 months of therapy, 62 per cent of the children who received the oral immunotherapy passed the challenge and tolerated a daily dose of 1400 mg of peanut protein, roughly equivalent to 10 peanuts. None of the control group were able to tolerate that dose.Researchers say that a daily dose of 10 peanuts is unlikely to be encountered accidentally.A fifth of those who undertook the treatment reported side affects during the treatment with oral itching being the most common. One patient withdrew from the trial due to the adverse affects.While describing the results as promising , Matthew J. Greenhawt from the University of Michigan Food Allergy Center said that the experiment is years away from clinical use:OIT is not ready for clinical use until the short-term effects have been comprehensively proven, and the long-term side-effects, mechanism of action, and outcomes are known.“It is unknown if OIT produce lasting tolerance, a key outcome,” he added.Read: Appeal for Irish to take part in global food allergy study >Read: Babies born by Caesarian more susceptible to developing allergies >last_img read more

Nearly 800 inquiries about Magdalene Laundries fund

first_imgNEARLY 800 PEOPLE have been in contact with the Department of Justice in relation to accessing the fund that will be set up for survivors of the Magdalene Laundries.The Department confirmed this morning that at the close of business yesterday evening there were 790 calls to it in relation to the fund which survivors are being asked to register their interest in.Survivors are being asked to fill out a form on the Department’s website and include details of the institution they were based in, their date of entry, length of stay, reason for entering laundry, and details of any records they have from the institution.A spokesperson said that at the moment it was simply a process of registration and that incomplete forms are not being returned and will not be discounted from processing.“Individuals are being advised to provide the information insofar as they can to assist with the registration process,” a spokesperson for the Department of Justice said.The new fund will likely cover the pension payments and other benefits including medical cards and psychological and counselling services in lieu of the unpaid work women undertook during their time in the laundries.Former judge Justice John Quirke is leading a three month review aimed at establishing the best ways in which to provide redress to the women who were given a full State apology by the Taoiseach last week.Justice Quirke will advise on the operation of the fund and in particular the nature and amount of payments to be made out of the fund.This follows the publication of a report into the State’s involvement in the Magdalene Laundries which found that thousands of women were confined to the institutions between 1992 and 1996 when the last laundry was closed.Read: Still much work to do to ensure justice for Magdalenelast_img read more

Nurses warn of industrial action if government legislates for pay cuts

first_imgTHE PSYCHIATRIC NURSES Association has warned that it will ballot for industrial action if the government legislates for pay cuts in the public sector in the wake of the collapse of Croke Park II.Following a special session of its annual delegate conference in Galway this afternoon, the PNA also called on other public service unions “to match the threatening rhetoric of Government ministers to legislate for pay cuts by balloting for industrial action”.PNA General Secretary Des Kavanagh said of the mood among members: “[It] can be summed up as – ‘We don’t want a strike, we can’t afford a strike but we are now at the point where we cannot afford NOT to go on strike if these cuts are implemented by legislation’.”The government has not yet indicated how it intends to raise €300 million through public sector pay cuts in the wake of the proposed deal with unions – Croke Park II – being rejected by the majority of public sector workers earlier this week.Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin has previously indicated that the government could legislate for an across the board 7 per cent pay cut in the public sector in order to achieve the savings which he has said are already budgeted for this year.The PNA is part of an alliance of public sector workers – The Frontline Alliance – which has claimed it was excluded from talks at the Labour Relations Commission in February at which a deal on public sector pay was thrashed out.Some unions in the alliance walked out of the talks before an agreement was reached by the government and the main unions in the country, most of whom ended up rejecting the deal in a ballot of members.With the government now facing a rethink of how to reach overall savings of €1 billion by 2015, Kavanagh said the “absence of key representatives of front line workers” led to the rejection of the deal by trade union members.He added: “Any  future talks on a successor to  Croke Park agreement  must embrace all trade unions and representative bodies, and must not just be a tweaking of this failed process but a complete review of all options to achieve the savings targeted by Government.”Earlier: Government ‘absolutely united’ behind Howlin in bid to save €300m: Kennylast_img read more

This device reads out printed text to the blind in realtime

first_imgSCIENTISTS AT THE Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesised voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office.Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information. The device has vibration motors that alert readers when they stray from the script, said Roy Shilkrot, who is developing the device at the MIT Media Lab.For Jerry Berrier, 62, who was born blind, the promise of the FingerReader is its portability and offer of real-time functionality at school, a doctor’s office and restaurants.“When I go to the doctor’s office, there may be forms that I wanna read before I sign them,” Berrier said.He said there are other optical character recognition devices on the market for those with vision impairments, but none that he knows of that will read in real-time. Source: AP Photo/Stephan SavoiaBerrier manages training and evaluation for a federal program that distributes technology to low-income people in Massachusetts and Rhode Island who have lost their sight and hearing. He works from the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts.“Everywhere we go, for folks who are sighted, there are things that inform us about the products that we are about to interact with. I wanna be able to interact with those same products, regardless of how I have to do it,” Berrier said.Pattie Maes, an MIT professor who founded and leads the Fluid Interfaces research group developing the prototype, says the FingerReader is like “reading with the tip of your finger and it’s a lot more flexible, a lot more immediate than any solution that they have right now.”Developing the gizmo has taken three years of software coding, experimenting with various designs and working on feedback from a test group of visually impaired people. Much work remains before it is ready for the market, Shilkrot said, including making it work on cellphones.Shilkrot said developers believe they will be able to affordably market the FingerReader but he could not yet estimate a price. The potential market includes some of the 11.2 million people in the United States with vision impairment, according to US Census Bureau estimates.Current technology used in homes and offices offers cumbersome scanners that must process the desired script before it can be read aloud by character-recognition software installed on a computer or smartphone, Shilkrot said.The FingerReader would not replace Braille – the system of raised dots that form words, interpreted by touch. Instead, Shilkrot said, the new device would enable users to access a vast number of books and other materials that are not currently available in Braille.Developers had to overcome unusual challenges to help people with visual impairments move their reading fingers along a straight line of printed text that they could not see. Users also had to be alerted at the beginning and end of the reading material.Their solutions? Audio cues in the software that processes information from the FingerReader and vibration motors in the ring. Source: AP Photo/Stephan SavoiaThe FingerReader can read papers, books, magazines, newspapers, computer screens and other devices, but it has problems with text on a touch screen, said Shilkrot.That’s because touching the screen with the tip of the finger would move text around, producing unintended results. Disabling the touch-screen function eliminates the problem, he said.Berrier said affordable pricing could make the FingerReader a key tool to help people with vision impairment integrate into the modern information economy.“Any tool that we can get that gives us better access to printed material helps us to live fuller, richer, more productive lives, Berrier said.Read: NASA’s space robots are getting Google smartphones >Read: Weak smartphone demand haunts Samsung as profits continue to fall >last_img read more

The History of Gaming summed up in 4 minute video

first_imgThere has been a lot written on the history of video games. Countless books have appeared usually full of illustrations and meant for coffee table status. This University video project is different, though.A group of students from Munich created the video you see above entitled “Game Design”. It’s shot mostly in a single-shot, but they did have a few breaks (and 45 takes). It aims to sum up the history of gaming in just four minutes by selecting choice games from 1958 through 2010.The group admit it isn’t perfect, but I doubt you could please everyone regardless of which, and how many games you chose to feature. Still, it’s not bad for a first attempt and the length is short enough for even those with no attention span to sit through.Here’s the games and versions that feature in the video:Tennis for Two, Oscilloscope, 1958Pacman, Arcade, 1980Donkey Kong, NES, 1986Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, 1991Street Fighter II. SNES, 1991Super Mario 64, Nintendo 64, 1996Final Fantasy VII, Sony PlayStation, 1997Need for Speed: Hot Pursiut 2, Sony PlayStation 2, 2002Ecco the Dolphin, Sega Dreamcast, 2000Super Smash Bros. Melee, Nintendo Game Cube, 2001Wii Sports Golf, Nintendo Wii, 2006God of War III, Sony PlayStation 3, 2010Rock Band, XBox 360, 2008In the video description it is pointed out that Halo was meant to feature on the original Xbox. It didn’t because the friend who was meant to supply it couldn’t find their copy. Ecco the Dolphin was included to “show a flop in game history” which won’t sit well with Ecco fans.Read more at Florian Smolka’s Vimeo page, via Pocket-lintlast_img read more

How Jules Verne Invented NASA

first_img“A hundred years ago, Jules Verne wrote a book about a voyage to the Moon. His spaceship, Columbia, took off from Florida and landed in the Pacific Ocean after completing a trip to the Moon. It seems appropriate to us to share with you some of the reflections of the crew as the modern-day Columbia completes its rendezvous with the planet Earth and the same Pacific Ocean tomorrow.”Those are the words Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong recited for an entranced public as his ship returned from its mission to the moon. Armstrong was right to mention Verne’s 1865 sci-fi classic. There are, in fact, some oddly prescient details in From the Earth to the Moon–even for an author so forward thinking as Verne.Armstrong points out the similarities between its name and the name of the Apollo 11’s command module–that part’s actually only part right. The name of the space cannon used to launch the ship was the Columbiad, named for a real U.S. cannon that was used heavily in the war of 1812.Verne estimated that the mission would have cost his day’s equivalent to $12.1 billion. Surprisingly spot on–the Apollo program up through Apollo 8 (the first manned vehicle to circumnavigate the moon) cost $14.4 billion. As with the book, that mission also a crew of three astronauts. Verne’s were named Ardan, Barbicane, and Nicholl–Apollo 8’s were Anders, Borman and Lovell.The launch occurred 132 miles from the site of Verne’s prediction. As the above shot illustrates, the two ships also shared a number of physical properties.last_img read more

Pop quiz hotshot The most violent games of all time

first_imgFor better or worse, videogames are a violent medium. Sure, games like Flower offer splendid experiences and delightful visuals but the big sellers–Call of Duty, Halo, Left 4 Dead, and so on–are almost all violent. This isn’t something we at necessarily embrace or decry, it’s just how things are. When the buying public wants something different, say putting garlands of around the necks of sparkling unicorns which you then ride to a magic castle by the sea overlooking Lollipop Island, that’s just what they’ll get.Our sister publication, PC Mag, just put up a slideshow covering the most violent games of all time. They didn’t use any statistical analysis about liters of gore spilled, dimemberments per second, or even total body count, but they hit on the high points from 1992 up until 2010. Some of the picks were obvious, like Mortal Kombat and Postal, but some were a bit more surprising.The list isn’t exhaustive though, so after you give it a once-over, leave a suggestion below that you think should have made it.I’ll kick things off: NARC. This was a game that came out in 1988 and about the war on drugs, with the emphasis on war. You played as a cop named “Hit Man” who could arrest or mow down you enemies. Except your enemies were junkies who shot syringes at you while you tried to shoot them with your machine gun or, if things got tough, a rocket launcher. So as gory as some of today’s games might be, NARC had an unabashed violence that really took things to another level, way past something like Bulletstorm.last_img read more

Skype vulnerability makes for easy PC hijacking

first_imgA review by security consultant Levent Kayan revealed a new cross-site scripting vulnerability in Skype that could allow a malicious user to remotely change another user’s password and hijack their computer. The user and the attacker have to be friends on Skype for the exploit to work, but if they are, Kayan noted that the process is easily repeatable.Kayan reported his findings on his blog on Wednesday, notified Skype on Thursday, and says that he hasn’t gotten any sort of response from the company. Skype hasn’t issued a statement about the vulnerability either, but it’s likely they’re still looking into duplicating Kayan’s research, or figuring out how to approach the issue.AdChoices广告In order for the exploit to work, Kayan discovered, the attacker can insert JavaScript into the mobile phone field of their profile. Then, when one of their friends comes online and logs in to Skype, the code in that field is executed on the contact’s computer. Depending on the code used, the exploit makes the victim’s computer completely vulnerable and could allow an attacker complete access or control of the victim’s machine.Kayan noted that the Skype client doesn’t automatically load whatever’s in the mobile phone field on every login, but once it does, it repeats the process on each subsequent login. Additionally, he noted that the attacker and victim have to be friends on Skype and connected to each other for the exploit to work.Unfortunately, the vulnerability doesn’t care what operating system you’re running: the exploit affects Skype for Windows and for Mac, but only impacts the latest version, Skype Kayan notes that the fix is simple: Skype just needs to make sure the phone number field only accepts phone numbers, and not any/all text.Read more at Noptrix, via NetworkWorldlast_img read more

Switch CEO unveils key details about LED bulb liquid cooling system

first_imgThis week at the LED Show in Las Vegas the CEO of Switch Lighting, Tracy Bilbrough, explained the company’s secret sauce. Interestingly enough, “sauce” isn’t too far from the truth — Switch’s LED bulbs are filled with a liquid that is used to cool the components inside. Now we know a little bit more about the highly-awaited bulbs, though the product line has yet to be made available for purchase by consumers.Until this point the company has been quiet about the liquid they used though they were always sure to note that the material was non-hazardous. It turns out that Switch’s patented “LQD Cooling System” uses a liquid silicone that is non-conductive, non-toxic, and won’t even stain your rug if you break a bulb. The liquid is also a “completely safe, food-grade product” so breaking one won’t require you to call in a haz-mat team (but does it make a great salad dressing?).The second part of the Switch LQD system is the driver. This is the part of the lamp that converts the electricity and powers the LED array. Drivers need to stay reasonably cool for bulbs to operate properly, even though Switch’s does not come into direct contact with the liquid coolant (the driver is hidden away in the base). The release did not specifically mention anything that would set Switch’s driver apart from the competition’s offerings and the transcript of Bilbrough’s talk is not yet available.The combination of the two makes for what Switch calls the “best in-class thermal management” and a cooling solution that is 40% more efficient than air-cooling. Presumably that means 40% better performance than passive air cooling, as opposed to an active solution like that by Nuventix, but either way the company is quietly confident in its abilities to cool the LEDs and driver. Better cooling means longer-lasting LEDs, but it also opens the door for pushing fewer LEDs harder, which is an ideal way to drive down bulb posts if Switch wanted to pursue that route. With an expected price of $40 for the 40W-equivalent Switch40 this might be worth exploring (though, to be fair, that was the expected price I was told late last year).Switch’s LED bulbs have been delayed multiple times, but they are said to be available commercially right now and in use in certain hotels. When covered Switch in November 2011 the company said to expect availability for consumers in January 2012, but the bulbs have yet to be released.More at Switchlast_img read more

Windows 8 Pro to retail for 199 after introductory period

first_imgWindows 8 Pro will be available this October, and it looks as though the retail boxed version will sell for $199 once the opening day promotion expires on January 31, 2013. Until that date, it’s going to sell for just $69.99 in stores — or just $40 if you can do without the actual box and don’t mind downloading the ISO image from Microsoft. There’s one more price point that has already been revealed, too. If you purchase a new computer that comes with Windows 7 pre-installed, you’ll be  able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $15.It’s important to note that the $199 figure hasn’t been officially confirmed by Microsoft, so it’s possible that it might be on the high side. Microsoft has proven that it’s going to be more aggressive this time around with its upgrade pricing, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see retail boxed copies of Windows 8 selling for less than their Windows 7 counterparts did at launch. Then again, $199 already represents a substantial price drop — from the whopping $319 Windows 7 Ultimate sold for — since Microsoft is only selling two retail versions this time around.Another unknown is how much that just-announced Personal Use License is going to sell for. It’s reasonable to expect that it’ll be priced on par with the OEM edition, but it may not carry the hardware purchase requirement.It all depends on exactly how aggressive Microsoft plans to be. If rumored $199 price for the Surface RT tablet is any indication, there’s a distinct possibility that the new OS will be priced to drive early adoption. There’s more at stake than unit sales this time around, of course. Windows 8 will bring the Windows Store front and center, and Microsoft will want to do everything it can to get users in the habit of purchasing digital downloads right now.via The Vergelast_img read more