handball transferKamil SyprzakOrlen Wisla Plock ← Previous Story Manolo Cadenas leads Spain until Rio 2016: “To win everything” Next Story → Serbia: Championship decision in the last round! One of the tallest player in European handball (208 cm), Kamil Syprzak (22) will sign a new contract with Polish vice-champion Orlen Wisla Plock. He will get an offer until 2016 said Wisla’s chairman, Andrzej Miszczyński. Syprzak is line-player with an experience of playing at the major events with the Polish NT.Wisla’s new coach for the upcoming season will be Manolo Cadenas.source: sportowefakty.plphoto: sprwislaplock.pl
Here is the explanation of the Voting process for the World Handball Coach 2014. Handball-Planet.com made the Jury consisted of the handball specialists from 17 countries (most of the Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, etc), while the last member were the visitors of our website (over 7.000 votes). Journalists voted for their favorites by giving them 3, 2 and 1 vote/point, while the fans’ opinion was calculated different with 15, 10, 7, 4 and 1 vote/point per position.The most votes from the fans got Veszprem’s coach Antonio Carlos Ortega.WORLD BEST COACH in Women’s Handball 2014? Thorir Hergeirsson (40%, 4,120 Votes) 15 Dragan Adžić (16%, 1,616 Votes) 7 Helle Thomsen (24%, 2,520 Votes) 10 Ambros Martin (8%, 792 Votes) 1Total Voters:10,339JURY MEMBERS:Bjorn Pazen (Handball Woche, Germany)Riči Gjamovski (Makedonski Sport, Macedonia)Lojze Grčman (SIOL, Slovenia)Stig Nygard (TV 2, Norway)Patrick Andersson (Hbold.dk, Denmark)Jelena Bagarić (Sportnet.hr, Croatia)Jorge Dargel (MARCA, Spain)Luca Zadra (Pallamano Italia, Italy)Yuki Hattori (Japanese Handball Magazine, Japan)Laura Agena (Handball-Planet.com correspondent, Argentina)Marian Ursescu (GAZETA SPORTURILOR, Romania)Zorica Radojković (Balkan-handball.com, Serbia)Yves Michel (Handzone.net, France)Ibolya Szekeres (TimeOut Magazine, Hungary)Mark Hegedus (female handball expert, Austria/Hungary)Nikola Nikolić (Vijesti.me, Montenegro)Larissa Rocha (Brazilian Confederation, Brazil) ← Previous Story WORLD BEST COACH 2014 in Women’s Handball – TOP 5 Next Story → WORLD BEST COACH 2014 in Women’s Handball – Dragan Adžić! Jorge Duenas (12%, 1,291 Votes) 4
One of the best handball gunners of the Century, Macedonian superstar Kiril Lazarov still have something to dream about it in handball despite all the trophies – club’s and individual. A 35 years-old superb lefthander still didn’t win the trophy of the EHF Champions League in his career even in his CV staying that he played for RK Zagreb, MKB Veszprem, Ciudad Real, BM Atletico Madrid and in the last two seasons – FC Barcelona.His dream could come true after extension of contract with Barca until 2017. Lazarov came to Barcelona in 2013, but in the first season Barca failed in semi-final of the VELUX EHF F4 in Cologne against “Miracle” – SG Flensburg. ← Previous Story Chema Rodriguez to stay in Veszprem until 2016 Next Story → Kielce strong for Dunkerque even with only nine players BarcelonaBarcelona handballhandball transfersKiril Lazarov
FIANNA FÁIL AND Fine Gael both launched their Seanad referendum campaigns today with one party calling for a No vote, and the other for a Yes at the ballot box on 4 October.The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said that the government’s proposal to abolish the upper house is not “transformative reform” but “transparently ridiculous”.Speaking at the party’s campaign launch in Dublin this morning he said that abolition would “cement absolute ministerial control over the political system” and said the referendum is about “being able to claim a record of reform without actually having to deliver it”.Fianna Fáil has a budget of up to €80,000 for the referendum campaign and will be distributing one million leaflets as well as canvassing in every constituency in the country.Though reform is not an option on the ballot paper Martin said that he did not dispute the need for reform of the Seanad as it currently stands saying “its deficiencies are clear and no one disputes them”.If the referendum were rejected Fianna Fáil wants a reformed upper house.It proposes that the Seanad be reduced from 60 to 51 members and for there to be elections for the majority of seats on the same year that local and European elections are held. It also wants representation in the chamber from Northern Ireland.‘A very straight choice’ But Fine Gael will hope for a Yes vote next month that will allow for the Seanad to be abolished entirely at the next general election.Putting forward his party’s case today, director of elections and Minister Richard Bruton said the Seanad is “a watchdog that only barks once every 50 years” saying this “is not an effective watchdog”.He suggested that the €20 million his party claims could be saved from abolition could pay for the employment of 350 primary school teachers.Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the referendum “is a very straight choice, yes or no” and insisted there is no third option.Holding up a copy of the Constitution, Kenny said: “I think it’s fundamentally important to bear in mind that this Constitution, [article] 28.4, says clearly that it is the Constitutional responsibility of Dáil Eireann to hold the government to account, that is its constitutional responsibility, it is not vested in the Seanad.”Kenny added that it is “no coincidence” that the three parties formerly in government – Fianna Fáil, the Greens and the now defunct Progressive Democrats through ex-leader Micheal McDowell – oppose Seanad abolition.He said it was symptomatic of their administrations and their “cautiousness, defensiveness and fear of change”.Pic: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandLike politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie Politics on Facebook to keep up to date with all that’s happening in and outside of Leinster House.Read: Martin to Taoiseach: Let’s have a TV debate, Enda: Let’s do it at Leaders’ QuestionsWatch: ‘Do I get the brown envelope?’: Minister meets mixed reaction on Dublin canvass
EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.1. #STRIKE: Workers are ESB have issued a threat of strike action. Unions at the semi-state company have accepted an invitation to talks with management, but have stated that strike notice will also be put in place after that meeting concludes.2. #RIP: Tipperary priest Fr Alec Reid, who was one of the architects of the peace process, has died at the age of 82. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he was “deeply saddened” at the news, while Gerry Adams described his friend of 40 years as “non-judgemental” and “tenacious”.3. #LONDON: The three women kept in domestic servitude for decades in London are said to be doing “remarkably well”. The three, including an Irish woman aged 57, were rescued from a home in the south of the city last month.4. #FARE: A student who was falsely accused of dodging a taxi fare has been granted a temporary stay on the costs awarded against him in a case against six newspapers over their reporting of his legal dispute with Google and Facebook.5. #COCAINE: 120 kilos of cocaine has washed up on a beach south of Tokyo. The haul is valued at around €53 million. That’s 20 times the amount of the drug seized by Japanese police last year.
The loss of a loved one is always devastating, but when that loss is through suicide it can be so much harder for the families and friends left behind. Many people find Christmas an especially difficult time.Kelly said that the special services give people throughout Ireland “the opportunity to come together in solidarity to honour the lives of their loved ones”, while the lighting of candles shows “that their memory is very much alive”. He founded the organisation after his sister Sharon took her own life at the age of 21.A further Celebration of Light will take place in Cork next Sunday at 4pm.For more information on Console, which offers counselling services and 24-hour helpline support to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide, visit its website or call freephone 1800 201 890.Read: Two thirds of students say they know someone who died by suicide>Read: Console seminar to help employers identify warning signs of suicide in their employees> THOUSANDS OF FAMILY members and friends of people lost through suicide gathered for special events in Maynooth, Galway, Limerick, Wexford, Tipperary and Mayo to remember their loved ones today.They were taking part in six Christmas Celebrations of Light organised by national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console. They were ceremonies of song, music, poetry and reflection, and included the lighting of candles to remember those who have lost their lives, as well as a minute’s silence.At St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, almost a thousand people gathered to hear performers including Rebecca Storm, Niamh Kavanagh, Eleanor Shanley and Paul Hennessy. The service was led by author and broadcaster Christy Keneally, while RTÉ’s Eileen Dunne performed a reading.Console said that while over 500 people lost their lives to suicide in Ireland last year, “the real figure” is higher.“The Christmas Celebration of Light provides families and friends with a gentle and understanding environment to celebrate the lives of their loved ones,” said Console founder and CEO Paul Kelly.
Updated 11.26amTHE FORMER LABOUR Party chairman Colm Keaveney is expected to join Fianna Fáil today in a move that will surprise many.In joining Fianna Fáil, Keaveney will have to explain comments about the party that he made as recently as last year when he heavily criticised current and former Fianna Fáil members.A source told TheJournal.ie today that Keaveney believes the “party culture seems to be a very good one” and that the Galway East TD is in “broad agreement” with Fianna Fáil on many issues.But as recently as January of this year Keaveney appeared to rule out ever joining Fianna Fáil, tweeting that it would have to be on Charon’s ferry, referring to the ferryman of Hades who carried souls of the deceased across the river Styx in Greek mythology:In a Dáil debate on a Fianna Fáil motion on planning inquiries in June 2012 Keaveney spoke at length about the “corrosive and destructive nature of Irish politics as a consequence of the effect that Fianna Fail has had on Irish politics down through the years”.Speaking in the chamber, he said that the Mahon Tribunal report is “littered with the names of Fianna Fáil members” making hundreds of references to the party and he added:This rampant corruption of many of Fianna Fáil’s members and public representatives is part of the philosophy of tolerance that existed within that party. He said that the signatories to the motion – proposed by Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív – “are, for the most part, people who for many years supported a Taoiseach whose financial affairs were to any person with a modicum of reason or understanding, of a highly questionable nature”.He continued: “Some of these Members, with mustache a quivering, were highly vocal supporters of former Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern, and acted as attack dogs on any investigation into planning matters in this country and on Mr. Ahern’s probity.“That such persons have the brass neck to sign a motion like this is evidence of shamelessness that exists within certain political parties in this House.”In that same year, Keaveney also hit out at independent TD Mattie McGrath, formerly of Fianna Fáil, saying: “He tickled Bertie’s [Ahern] belly for 15 years.“He implemented Fianna Fáil policy, yet he has put his name to a motion calling for the reversal of cuts of which he was the architect. He implemented those cuts over the course of the past 15 years. Shame on him.”In statements still carried on the Labour Party website from 2010, Keaveney talks about Fianna Fáil having “run this country into the ground”.In December 2010, he hit out at the cut to the maintenance grant cut for students, and added: “It is Fianna Fail that has inflicted such immense damage on our economy and on our public finances – damage that may take years to repair – and it is time for them to go.”First published 10.34am Confirmed: Former Labour chairman Colm Keaveney joining Fianna Fáil
MARINE MINISTER SIMON Coveney has announced a 15 per cent increase in the tonnage of Ireland’s fishing quota to 270,000 tonnes for next year, following two days of talks in Brussels.Increases have been secured in specific stocks, but the package also includes decreased quotas for certain species. The total value is €260 million — representing a 2 per cent increase on the 2013 value.Coveney said the result was a “good outcome” given the cuts that had been proposed heading into the talks. Seán O’Donoghue of the Killybegs Fishermens Organisation, who was also in Brussels for the discussions, told TheJournal.ie that the outcome was a “mixed bag”.The deal agreed includes a 49 per cent increase in the hake quota, a 13 per cent increase in mackeral and a 55 per cent rise in the the blue whiting quota for the North West. The decreases include a 33 per cent haddock reduction in the Celtic Sea, and a provisional reduction of 22 per cent for whiting in the same area — with the latter figure to be reviewed following more talks in the New Year.“Negotiations this year were extremely difficult in Council but important increases have been secured in specific stocks,” Coveney said.“While some of the quotas for whitefish stocks were reduced in the Celtic Sea, this reflected the scientific advice of poor recruitment into the stocks of cod, haddock and whiting; cuts were required to take account of the scientific advice.“For other whitefish stocks such as the economically important hake and monkfish, significantly increased quotas were secured reflecting the positive scientific advice for these stocks. We have also secured increased quotas for herring mackerel, boarfish and blue whiting.”The Minister said that he has also successfully reversed the proposed 20 per cent cuts to pollock and megrim quotas in the South West.Coveney had warned in advance of the talks that the negotiations would be “exceptionally tough”.Read: Coveney tells farmers: You’re producing too much milk>Read: Coveney opposes EU plans on mackerel quotas>
Updated 6.35pmTHE GARDA COMMISSIONER has welcomed the Justice Minister’s decision to refer the penalty points controversy to the Garda Ombudsman.Martin Callinan said that the issues raised by whistle-blowers in relation to the administration of the penalties needed to be looked at, in order to maintain public trust in the system.It is critical that the Fixed Charge Penalty Notice System retains the support of the public so that it continues to play an important role in improving road safety.“As I told the Public Accounts Committee, An Garda Síochána is committed to engaging with all its employees and any member of An Garda Síochána who wishes to report wrong-doing within the organisation will be fully supported and afforded every protection.”Callinan added that he was also pleased with the force’s inclusion in upcoming whistle-blowers legislation.“I also look forward to the inclusion of An Garda Síochána under the Protected Disclosures Bill 2013.”He said that gardaí were committed to accountability to the Irish people.“I want to once again state that An Garda Síochána remains as committed as ever to full accountability to the Oireachtas and the citizens of this country.”OmbudsmanThe Garda Ombudsman Commission says that they have not been referred the case yet, but will investigate when they are. A statement from the commission said that there were no details of the investigation as yet.“[We] are awaiting formal referral from the Minister. On the presumption that we receive the referral shortly, we will commence what will be a very wide-ranging investigation.“We welcome very much, the Minister’s call for parties to allow us to proceed with our work unhindered.“We expect and will be demanding full and immediate co-operation from all parties.“No further details are available at this time.”Read: Shatter slams ‘disturbing’ PAC comments, asks Ombudsman to probe penalty points issue
EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #AH HERE: There’ll be no let up in the weather today — Met Éireann have issued another orange alert as a new storm system sweeps in from the Atlantic. Cork is on standby, as there are warnings this evening’s tide in particular could cause more flooding in the city.2. #BANKRUPTCY: Gardaí and teachers are biggest group enquiring about bankruptcy, according to the Irish Independent this morning. The paper reports that the High Court recorded its busiest day for bankruptcies so far yesterday.3. #DRINKING: “There’ll be another neknomination after this, another game of this kind” — that’s the warning from Alcohol Action Ireland, as the group warns that the fad is just a symptom of Ireland’s drinking problem.4. #CHARITIES: An audit of Rehab found that the group used €700,000 in public funding on communications, marketing and hospitality costs — according to The Irish Times. This was the audit Alan Shatter referred to when he raised the issue of low profit margins at Rehab last month. Rehab has strongly disputed the findings, the paper reports.5. #PYLONS: A report by the European Commission is expected to find that electromagnetic fields from pylons pose no major health threat, according to the Irish Examiner. Quoting Commission sources, the paper reports that “no surprises” are expected in the five year review.6. #MISSING: The mother of an Irishman missing in India says she’s still determined to find him, two years on. Jonathan Spollen, from Ranelagh in Dublin, disappeared in the Rishikesh region in February 2012. All of his belongings were found next to a small waterfall in the area a month after he went missing.7. #FIRE: Dublin city councillors have passed a motion calling for a review of waste licences, in the wake of last month’s major blaze at the Oxigen plant in Ballymount. Chief Fire Officer with the Council Pat Fleming said the bill for putting out the fire was “substantial” but hadn’t been worked out yet.8. #TALKS: Preliminary peace talks between the Pakistani government and the Taliban are due to get under way in Islamabad today, the BBC reports. The militants have been waging an insurgency since 2007.9. #LIKE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Facebook celebrates its tenth birthday today. Did you know the ‘like’ button was only introduced in 2009? We’ve been charting the key moments in the social media giant’s history to date.
Updated 8.35pm 22 March 2013GARDAÍ IN SWORDS, Dublin, have said that a missing teen has now been located safe and well.Bernadette O’Connor (16) was last seen in Ballinteer on St Patrick’s Day.Gardaí said this evening she has been located safe and well and thanked the public for their assistance.Read: Dundalk man Seán Watters missing for one week>Read: Update: Missing Derry man found ‘safe and well’>
IN THE PAST month, the first white-tailed eagle chicks of the year were born.The chicks hatched in nests at Mountshannon in county Clare in the past two weeks and Glengarriff in west Cork at the end of April.The arrivals are the outcome of a reintroduction programme which has seen some successes since 100 young Norweigian eagles were released in 2007.Currently, there are 14 pairs of eagles holding territories across four counties. At least seven pairs are nesting and laying eggs.Other pairs in Kerry and Galway are expected to hatch shortly.The eagles in Clare made history last year when they reared the first chicks to fly from a nest in Ireland in more than 100 years.“This is a very promising development,” remarked Minister Jimmy Deenihan.“I, along with many others, was shocked at the killing earlier this year of one of the two white-tailed eagle chicks born last year.“That was a dark day for this ambitious project to reintroduce these magnificent birds of prey into Ireland. The news that at least seven pairs are now nesting and laying eggs is a great development for this project. The breeding pair at Mountshannon gives the general public an opportunity to see one of the most spectacular birds in this country at close quarters.“They have proven to be a benefit to the local economy and I am confident that the continued presence of the Eagles will lead to a growth in sustainable tourism in the area.While the parent eagles started their Irish lives in Killarney National Park, I believe that now they belong to the people of the east Clare, who have already proven themselves to be worthy custodians and caretakers.“The amount of voluntary monitoring, observation and recording of the breeding pairs activities is to be commended for this has helped in broadening our knowledge of these birds and our understanding of their needs for future success.I am delighted that the first chicks of 2014 have hatched and I hope these young eagles will have a long life in our skies.Dr Allan Mee, project manager for the Golden Eagle Trust, says the viability of the project depends on these chicks going on to breed themselves in Ireland.“Each step brings us closer to that goal,” he added.He also warned people in the area that it is an offence to disturb the eagles in their nest. Such disturbance could result in the birds leaving small chicks unguarded.However, the birds can be watched from the pier at Mountshannon.Of the 100 birds released in 2007, 29 have been found dead – mostly through illegal poisoning. Gardaí are still investigating the shooting of one of the birds that fledged from its Clare nest last year.Read: One of the first white-tailed eagles bred in Ireland found dead after being shotRelated: White-tailed Eagles make Clare their new nest after 100-year wait
We haven’t seen this many music-related Tweets in a long time, but this week, people were tweeting like crazy about Radiohead, the Grammys, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Rihanna, Mick Jagger, and of course, Bieber. Though heavy with music-related tweets, this week had some other interesting topics spring up. Here are the top trending Twitter topics for the week ending on February 18:1. The GrammysThe 53rd annual Grammys took place last Sunday, and all of Twitter was talking about it. If we listed all of the artists trending on Twitter, we wouldn’t have anything else to report on in this roundup. The top topics on Twitter were: Esperanza Spalding, who won the Best New Artist award, #proudofjustin (from fans who were proud of Bieber, even though he didn’t win an award), and Lady Antebellum (who won five Grammys). #grammys2. Arcade FireWinner of the Album of the Year award at the Grammy’s, everyone’s favorite indie rock band, Arcade Fire, was trending on Twitter thanks not only to its win, but also for the popular blog that popped up: http://whoisarcadefire.tumblr.com/ (pictured above). #Arcade Fire3. RadioheadRadiohead announced this week that it would be released on Saturday, Feb. 19, but, surprise!, it was released one day early, to many Radiohead fans delight. The song “Lotus Flower” is the first to have a video, which is going viral, of course.#thekingoflimbs #Radiohead #Lotus FlowerMore after the jump!4. Valentine’s DayValentine’s Day, it’s one of those things you either really love, or really hate, like gefilte fish. So, it happened this past Monday, and people tweeted all about it, wishing people a happy Valentine’s Day, and talking about the heart-shaped donuts at Dunkin’ and the heart-shaped pizzas at Papa Johns. #HappyValentines5. Lara LoganCBS News’ Lara Logan was hospitalized after being brutally sexually assaulted during protests in Cairo. #Lara Logan6. UberTwitterUberTwitter, twidroyd, and UberCurrent are suspended due to policy violation. #UberTwitter7. Uncle LeoLen Lesser, who played Uncle Leo on Seinfeld, is dead at 88. #UncleLeo8. JeopardyFrom Gearlog: IBM’s Watson trounced Jeopardy’s top all-time winners, pulling in a cool $77,147 in winnings over three days. Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter ended the tournament with a respectable (in human terms) $24,000 and $21,600, respectively. #jeopardy #Ken Jennings9. Brit AwardsAnother big music award show this week, the Brit Awards sent #Mumford and Sons home with the Best British Album award, as well as Bieber with the International Breakthrough Act. #Brit Awards10. Lady GagaLady Gaga is No.1 on Billboard and iTunes with her new single, “Born This Way.” #QueenGaga
I’m not sure what’s more worrying: autonomous robot jet fighters, or those enlisted in the U.S. Army getting their missile firing training on an iPhone.Developer C2 Technologies has been commissioned by the U.S. Army to create 7 iPhone apps specifically aimed at training individuals in the firing of Patriot missiles.AdChoices广告The first app has already been completed and used the Unity engine to allow for a realistic representation of the equipment on the iPhone. The app apparently mixes training exercises with actual video footage of Patriot missile crews doing their job. We believe the first app covers Launch Station march order and emplacement and is meant to be used in a classroom with an instructor.The 7 apps planned cover the following areas:Launch Station march order and emplacementRadar march order and emplacementEngagement Control Station march order and emplacementAntenna Mast Group march order and emplacementElectrical Power Plant march order and emplacementMissile reloadRadar maintenanceDolly Oberoi, C2’s founder and Chief Executive Officer commented:Mobile apps on handheld devices allow the soldier to train any time, any place, and can provide access to critical information in the field. They leverage the ability to train outside the traditional classroom, improve training effectiveness, and can greatly reduce resources required. Although we can see the benefit of training away from the actual missile launching system, we do hope trainees get some extended time with the actual equipment as well before having to use it for real.Read more at c2ti.com, via Gizmag
We’re getting dangerously close to iPhone 5 territory here. But for those who have been holding out for the better part of a year, waiting to get their hands on a white version of the iPhone 4, good news: the thing may actually finally be coming soon, for real. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is insisting that the handset will be arriving by early April–at the latest.Of course, that report squares with Apple’s official timeline. After numerous delays for unspecified “technical issues,” the company announced that the phone will finally be available at some point this spring. Kuo also confirmed the source of the problems, telling AppleInsider that Apple had fixed the “full-lamination problem that [was] the reason why white iPhones [were] delayed.” Interest in the white version of the handset was rekindled earlier this month, when Steve Jobs unveiled a white version of the iPad 2. Due out tomorrow, that device will almost certainly beat its long-announced iPhone counterpart to the market.
DirecTV-exclusive 3D channel 3net has locked a deal to product the first ever Civil War documentary presented in the advanced broadcast medium.The feature will be presented as a four-part miniseries, featuring everything from 3D re-enactment footage to interviews and historic documents, all captured in native digital 3D.3net is a joint venture between Discovery Networks, Sony, and Imax for DirecTV, which itself covers a lot of the network’s expenses. The project is tentatively titled The Civil War 3D. No word yet on when it will hit the air.Via Cinema Blend
Recently there was a notable step forward towards the release of the Motorola Droid Bionic: the Federal Communications Commission got their hands on the phone. Just like with any other radio-equipped device the FCC tore down the Bionic, finally confirming details about the delayed superphone. In addition to the standard battery of benchmarks–Specific Absorption Rate testing and the like–the FCC was kind enough to post images of the phone and a full copy of its manual.Above you can see the most interesting reveal made by the FCC: the inductive charging back. Presumably this will replace the standard back plate for the Droid Bionic and enable wireless (inductive) charging, just like on the Palm Pre when paired with the Touchstone charging kit. Images of the charging base were not included in the FCC report and we have yet to see images of the inductive rear door next to the standard one, but based on the leaked images we’ve seen in the past they look basically the same.The manual held the rest of the interesting information. It confirms much of what we’ve already heard and once and for all clears up some rumors about the device. Foremost, the Droid Bionic has a 4.3-inch display (qHD), not a 4.5-inch one as was postulated last week. Next we see that it has a micro HDMI port, and then all the standard features like micro USB and a 3.5mm headset jack. The manual confirms this model as being the XT875.Other notable mentions in the manual include Netflix playback and that the Bionic is a world phone, usable in over 200 countries thanks to its use of “CDMA, GSM 900, GSM 1800, and UMTS 2100” and, obviously LTE.We still have no official release date for the Droid Bionic, though we have been told that it will definitely land in September. This was stated by Motorola’s CEO and is in keeping with the Summer 2011 timing on Verizon’s Droid Bionic signup page.FCC, via android centraldroid_bionic_manualdroid_bionic_manualdroid_bionic_inductive_chargerdroid_bionic_fccbionic_moreScreen Shot 2011-08-08 at 10.59.11 AM
In recent years the name Atari hasn’t been at the forefront of video games development, but Atari the company seem to be trying to turn that around, albeit with updates and re-releases of some of its classic titles such as the recent Greatest Hits volumes on the Nintendo DS.In attempting to reinvigorate its brand, Atari have also decided to take action that leaves a bad taste in our mouths: targeting retro Atari development websites and demanding they hand over their domain names.One relatively high-profile take down has been that of Atari2600.org. It was a fan site and hobby development hub for Andrews Davey who has owned the domain for 11 years. It used to contain his own 2600 games, extensive tutorials of programming the 2600 hardware, as well as promoting the 2600 as a historical piece of hardware.Unfortunately, all that content has now disappeared due to Atari’s demands that Davey is using its trademark and has to remove his content as well as handing over ownership of the domain. Remember, this is a non-commercial site that was promoting Atari’s hardware, but that doesn’t seem to matter.The question is, why is Atari doing this now? The most obvious answer is Atari has a number of new releases planned from its existing catalogue of retro games on new platforms. It has therefore instructed lawyers to clean up the web of any Atari domain names it doesn’t own in anticipation. A similar targeting of sites offering emulators and game ROMs is also underway, but that’s more understandable from a copyright infringement viewpoint.Hopefully someone high up at Atari will review this action and realize the only thing it is achieving is to take some of the brand’s biggest fans offline. These are die-hard Atari geeks, and they are having years of work taken away by a threat from a brand they have supported through the most lean of times. There’s just something not right about that.My suggestion would be for Atari to instead work with these sites. Set them up as official Atari domains, keep all the content, and let the enthusiastic owners continue to promote what they love: Atari.Read more at 8-bit Rocket, via Game Politics
If you want to play up to 100 arcade classics on your iPad or iPad 2, then Atari has provided a great opportunity in the form of the Atari’s Greatest Hits app. You get Missile Command for free, and can then download up to 100 arcade titles for as little $15.That’s great on its own, but doesn’t give you the true arcade experience of buttons and a joystick. So Atari has also come up with a new peripheral called the Atari Arcade that turns your iPad or iPad 2 into an arcade cabinet.This is by no means a new idea as ThinkGeek have been shipping the iCADE accessory for $99.99, a product that actually started out life as an April Fools joke much like Canned Unicorn Meat. However, Atari’s version only costs $59.99 offering a $40 saving for effectively the same experience. That saving is likely realized as the Atari Arcade actually plugs into your tablet where as the iCADE used a Bluetooth connection.Your iPad or iPad 2 just slides into the Atari Arcade and offers up access to a joystick and four buttons–ample for the classic games it is compatible with. Atari believe using the cabinet controls instead of relying on the touchscreen offers an “accurate and speedy response.” We hope that’s the case as some of those games are very difficult if accuracy and timing can’t be easily controlled.The Atari Arcade has been developed in conjunction with Discovery Bay Games who have a range of Duo-branded accessories for iPad. It is available from today in Target, after which it will be available in Apple Stores and Toys R Us from November.
When you think of Samsung all sorts of gadgets come to mind like televisions, smartphones, cameras, and laptops. If you know more about the company than the typical US consumer though, you might also think about memory, semiconductors, LCD panels, processors, and solar panels. As of today, you can add consumer LED bulbs to that list.As LED lighting becomes increasingly mainstream Samsung is jumping into the business. The company will extend its expertise with LED usage, as you can see on any number of their LCD television, to lighting your home and office. The move takes place at a time when lighting giants like General Electric and Sylania are starting to really get going with their LED bulbs and startups like Switch Lighting are getting some attention. The market is going to explode in the next few years and it looks like Samsung wants to be a player.Samsung will kick things off with seven bulbs, all of which will be available at Lowe’s home improvement stores. They will range from $17 up to $60, depending on the bulb, brightness, connector type, and usage. The bulb that will be most useful to typical consumers will be the $20 A19 LED bulb (right). It will feature 550 lumen output (so it’s a bit brighter than a 40W incandescent bulb), 10W of power consumption, and unlike some earlier LED bulbs its dimmable. The A19 bulb is rated for 40,000 hours of usage. The color temperature is rated at “warm white” which on other pages Samsung uses to mean 3000K, making it a reasonable replacement for an incandescent bulb.Aside from the A19 there are three other screw-in style bulbs and three plug-style ones. (They looks like GU10/MR16, as opposed to the standard screw-in E26 fitting.) These are essentially PAR directional bulbs (like you would put in track lighting) and then MR bulbs that can go on a track, but also in a enclosed space, like under a cabinet.All of Samsung’s bulbs are putting out between 50 and 64 lumens per watt so they are doing well on the efficiency front and all have a CRI of 80, which is fine but not outstanding.Samsung won’t make any waves with this introduction –they don’t seem to have any advanced technology or techniques to show off just yet — but they have released a series of competitive products and we know they have both access to and a knowledge of LEDs, so some good stuff could come in the future.More at Samsung LED Lighting