Worlds Handball Playmaker 2016

HP WORLD HANDBALL PLAYMAKER 2016? Andre Schmid (Rhein Neckar Lowen – Switzerland) Uros Zorman (Vive Tauron Kielce – Slovenia) Domagoj Duvnjak (THW Kiel – Croatia) Nikola Karabatic (Paris Saint Germain – France)View Results  Loading …VOTE:WORLD BEST LEFT WING 2016WORLD BEST LEFT BACK 2016WORLD BEST PLAYMAKER 2016WORLD BEST RIGHT BACK 2016WORLD BEST RIGHT WING 2016WORLD BEST LINE-PLAYER 2016WORLD BEST GOALKEEPER 2016WORLD BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2016 ← Previous Story HP World’s Handball left back 2016? Next Story → HP World’s Handball right back 2016? Andre SchmidDomagoj DuvnjakNikola KarabaticUros ZormanWorld’s Handball Playmaker 2016? read more

Sporting CP beat Chekhovskie Medvedi

6.Chekhovskiye Medvedi4004104:1240 1.Montpellier330088:666 ← Previous Story Bob Hanning confirms: Fuchse Berlin decline Veszprem’s offer for Petar Nenadic Next Story → Women’s EHF Champions League 2017/18 begins in Skopje! 5.Met. Skopje310277:902 The Portuguese Sporting CP celebrated their second win at VELUX EHF Champions League this season. After two defeats in a row against Motor Zaporozhye 23:31 at home and RK Metalurg 28:27 in away match, Portuguese champions beat Chekhovskie Medvedi 31:30 (18:17) in important clash of Round 4, which kept ambitions of the home team on higher level,Ivan Nikcevic netted six goals for the winners, while Carol Mazo netted seven. On the other side Ostaschenko and Kuretkov netted seven goals each.STANDINGS: 3.Besiktas320186:844 4.Sporting4202111:1154 2.Motor Zaporozhye320187:744 read more

TOP 5 goals of EHF CL Final4 – Simonet Borozan Hansen Porte…

← Previous Story Cervar with 20 players in operation “WCh 2019” Next Story → Pastor and Krivokapic to lead Pick Szeged until 2021 Diego Simonettop handball goals VELUX EHF Champions League came to an end with Final4 tournament in Cologne won by French Montpellier Handball.Here is the TOP 5 goals scored by handball stars at Lanxess Arena during previous weekend.Enjoy!

David Wallace I would love to see Sean OBrien at No8 with

first_imgI think the back-row is a settled entity now but I would love to see Sean O’Brien at 8. You could move Jamie Heaslip to 7 as he’s more of a ground-hog. With Sean at the base of the scrum he would get the ball at lot earlier. He is not your typical 8 size-wise — Jamie is — but, in terms of running ability, there would be no-one better off the base.It might be worth Joe Schmidt having a look at — and the All Blacks would not expect it — but I don’t think there will be any changes there.Sean O’Brien has only played once for Ireland at No.8 — against Italy in 2011. He replaced Heaslip during the Lions’ second Test against Australia. INPHO/Dan SheridanI think Luke Marshall had a fine game and offered himself for a lot of carries and work. His performance was one of the positives for Ireland and played well, apart from the mix-up with himself and Ian Madigan that let Quade Cooper in for that try.The expectations for the New Zealand game will be low but Ireland can look at England’s performance at the weekend and take heart. The English competed well up front and I believe we can do the same. It is a battle we can win. Ireland can put it up to their forwards and — this is the key part — keep the ball away from the Kiwi backs as much as possible.I know, from experience, just how lethal their backs can be. They can ride tackles and take two or three players out with offloads before the next guy does the same and takes them another 20 metres up the pitch. To a man, they will make space and create. They are always seeking out the gaps.I always found that playing New Zealand was like playing France. You watch the channels and try to limit them at the breakdown and around the fringes. You have to defend as a whole team.Ireland can’t allow it to become an open, free-flowing game. As negative as that sounds, that is how we have to play. Do you want to play attractive rugby or do you want to win games? Only when we start winning as much as New Zealand do should you revisit that question.David Wallace [@wa22y] is an ambassador for Core150 protein shakers. Check them out‘No need for wholesale changes despite Ireland’s upsetting performance’ – ByrneVaradkar ‘very confident’ Ireland will bid for Rugby World Cup IT WAS VERY hard to watch Ireland’s loss to Australia at the weekend. It was an extension of the first-half of the Samoa game, where our kicking game was all over the shop.Ireland’s kicking was very loose and seemed to gift the Australian back three possession rather than limit them. Kicks were not going to touch and often went straight down the pitching, sparking waves of counter-attacks.We were off the pace in terms of physicality, with the opposition up for the fight and Ireland lacking. We got a turnover off a poach early on and I can’t recall too much positive after that. Australia possess some unbelievable athletes and seem to be playing consistently well now.By picking Devin Toner and Paul O’Connell in the second-row, we looked ready to go after the Australian lineout but we rarely kicked up the line. We offered them easy ball, under little pressure from runners, and were under the cosh for long periods. That type of defending is energy-sapping and we seemed demoralised by the final quarter.Sean O’Brien did most of our carrying but it was an easy read for the Wallabies. They said ‘Look, we’ll put two men on him’. Once they did that, they stopped a lot of Irish attacks. We kicked a lot of ball from outside our 22 and Cian Healy or Peter O’Mahony never seemed to get into positions to carry and attack.last_img read more

HSE threatened to cut all funding to CRC from 1 January if

first_img“The threat, if it is a threat, is much more fundamental than that,” he said. “Where we got to with the Central Remedial Clinic, and the reason why that board exited stage left, was that we made it absolutely clear that there would be absolutely no public funding going into that body from 1 January while that board of governors remained in place.”TransparencyHe said that other entities who go down that same road “will up in that situation” but added that he did not believe they will, saying that neither he nor the Health Minister James Reilly intend to let the issue pass.O’Brien said their needed to be “hygiene” brought to the area of top-ups and added: “We need absolute clarity.”He said that if an institution takes a “deliberate and wilful” decision to breach public sector pay guidelines with certain executives then they are obliged to either provide justification or else bring the arrangement to an end.“They have to cooperate fully and transparently or there will be a fundamental problem,” he said.Medical cardsIn a lengthy interview, O’Brien also said that the government’s original target of €113 million in medical card savings was never doable which is why it was removed from the service plan published this week.The Budget announced in October set down a target of €113 million in savings from medical card probity, but this was changed to €23 million in the HSE service plan published this week, with O’Brien saying “everyone agrees that it wasn’t doable”.He said that €140 million in pay and pension savings being targeted within the HSE next year “should be deliverable” under the Haddington Road Agreement.Read: We’re compliant “based on our interpretation” say St. Vincent’s bossesRead: HSE still reviewing where €108m ‘unspecified’ pay savings can be found in 2014 THE CENTRAL REMEDIAL CLINIC (CRC) would have had all of its public funding cut from 1 January next year if the board did not resign as it did just over a week ago.Health Service Executive director general Tony O’Brien told RTÉ’s This Week programme today that the board of the clinic was “cocking a snook” in refusing to cooperate with their obligations to comply with public sector pay policy.The resignations followed directors David Martin and Jim Nugent, and former CEO Paul Kiely, appearance before the Public Accounts Committee earlier this month to discuss revelations that salary top-ups at the clinic were paid using charitable donations.O’Brien said clearly today that other bodies who do not comply with obligations under public sector guidelines would face familiar sanctions to those the CRC could have faced.last_img read more

PSNI issue appeal for missing vulnerable man

first_imgTHE PSNI HAVE issued an appeal for information about a man that has been missing since 1 December.Brendan McDermott is 45-years-old and is from the Belfast area. He has not been seen by his family and friends early December but it’s believed he was seen in the area of his home at around 6am yesterday morning.Brendan is described as being vulnerable and is 5’10″ tall, of medium build, with short, receding brown hair and an unshaven complexion. He has green eyes and a nose stud and a red butterfly tattoo on his neck.When last seen he was wearing a brown jacket, a woolen polo neck jumber, dark boots and he was carrying a small rucksack and a notepad.Anyone with any information should Police should contact police at Musgrave Street Police Station on 0845 600 8000.Read: Gardaí issue appeal for missing 14-year-old Chloe Ebbs>Read: New info on missing teen as Gardaí re-appeal for public’s help>last_img read more

Thieves steal watches engraved with messages for deceased mans sons

first_imgThe stolen watches are similar to the two pictured above.Carroll explained that her parents had been away at the time of the burglary and that a lot of items were taken but “that can all be replaced”.“It’s the sentimental value of the watches – Stephen asked us to mind them for him”.She said they had kept the watches in a safe at the house and were planning to put them into a safety deposit box in a bank this week.“We were trying to be careful with them, we really were,” she said.The family is hoping that someone will recognise them if the thieves try to sell them on, as they have those distinct engravings on the back of them. They are asking anyone who knows anything about the stolen watches to contact gardaí.Read: Man injured by teens armed with bread knife in Dublin burglary>Read: Almost half of Irish homeowners do not have a burglar alarm> A DISTRAUGHT FAMILY is appealing for the public’s help in finding two stolen watches, engraved with messages for the sons of a man who passed away from cancer just two months ago. The two Omega watches were taken from his parents’ house in Blackrock, Co Louth on Saturday night.Speaking to, Stephen Carroll’s sister Adele said the timing of the theft is “horrendous” as the two month anniversary of her brother’s death has just passed.The watches were given to the 38-year-old as presents from his parents and his wife and he had them specially engraved before his death to be given to the boys, now aged eight and ten, on their 18th birthdays.“Stephen wore the watches all the time, he loved them and he wanted to give them to the boys just so they would have something of him,” his sister said.One watch is a Constellation model engraved on the back with ‘To Keelan love Daddy x’ while the other, a Seamaster model, is engraved with ‘To Senan love Daddy x’.last_img read more

What does food look like at a Michelin 3star restaurant

first_imgGoldman Sachs did a massive survey of its Gen Z interns and found they like pot, but ignore influencers 10 things you need to know before the opening bell Mercedes-Benz will join the electric scooter wars with its own model in 2020 EVER WONDER WHAT it must take to get three Michelin stars?While we have our own culinary stars in Ireland, only one restaurant here (Patrick Guilbaud’s in Dublin) currently has two stars from the global ranking organisation.The difficulty of reaching the dizzying heights of three Michelin stars is such that fewer 100 restaurants around the world currently hold the holy trinity.For that reason, we might have to settle for these astonishing photographs of the food at the three-starred Alinea restaurant in Chicago. It was number 7 on Restaurant Magazine’s Best World Restaurants list last world and you have to book two months in advance to get a seat at the table there. Diners are required to purchase a ticket for their seat that can cost up to $285 per person, depending on the day of the week. And that’s without including beverages.What makes the experience of Alinea so unique is the avant-garde dish presentations and unexpected combination of flavors dreamt up by molecular gastronomy chefs Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas. Each of their 18 tasting menu courses offers a new way to eat that appeals to your taste, sight, touch, and smell.Adam Goldberg, a food lover who takes incredible pictures of his meals for his blog A Life Worth Eating, was lucky enough to dine twice at this world-renowned restaurant. He shared pictures of his second round at Alinea with us.Achatz has once again changed his menu since Goldberg’s 2011 meal, but a few of the courses — including the Hot Potato and Steelhead Roe — are still there. A Pittsburgh doctor says Antonio Brown once repeatedly farted in his face during a consultation, and that he owes him $11,500 in unpaid bills last_img read more

Duke Nukem fan film is certainly faithful to the series

first_imgWhen you think of the necessary elements of a Duke Nukem movie, what do you think of? Pig cops? Hovering squid brains? Shrinking weapons? Purloined catchphrases?What would you think if I told you you could make a Duke Nukem movie without any of those things, just by focusing with obsessive creepiness upon Duke’s most misogynistic quality: his love of “using” strippers?AdChoices广告Here’s your proof if you don’t believe me: a well-shot Duke Nukem fan film called The Duke: Fate of Humanity. Directed by Finnish filmmaker Paul J. Helin, The Duke: Fate of Humanity is — at least according to the short’s official Facebook fan page — a “nod towards the toughest bad-ass of all time.”The film’s about as stupid as Duke Nukem is, which is plenty, but I have to give it props for managing to capture the whole Duke ethos without once showing an on-screen alien. Essentially, it seems more like an excuse by one director to film some pal’s girlfriend taking her clothes off for the camera (don’t worry… while slightly NSFW, she never actually gets naked, just gyrates full clothed a bit). Ultimately, Duke can’t even be compelled to go fight off an alien invasion until it’s indirectly responsible for spilling his beer. It’s skeevy, but then again, that’s Duke for you.Read more at Kotakulast_img read more

Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac comes out of beta

first_imgMicrosoft has injected another boost of confidence with their Windows Phone 7 platform by releasing the full version of its “Windows Phone 7 Connector” for the Mac.Previously available in Beta form with the last release in December, the software enables you to sync your favorite multimedia content (i.e music, photos, videos) from iTunes to your Windows Phone 7 device via a Mac. And the best bit is you don’t have to launch boot camp to run it either (boot camp allows you to run Windows software on your Mac at native speeds).The software also allows you to sync music to a Zune HD, but only unprotected content can be synced between your devices. On the plus side you will at least be able to perform Windows Phone 7 firmware updates (though we would still prefer the ability to sync DRM content over this feature any day).You can get the software now via the Mac App Store.Note: You will need a Mac computer running Mac OS X version 10.6.6 or later to utilize the software.Read more at Engadget via Microsoftlast_img read more

World of Warcraft lost 800000 more subscribers last quarter has the end

first_imgWorld of Warcraft lost 800,000 subscribers in the last quarter, according to numbers revealed by Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime during an Activision Blizzard quarterly conference call on Tuesday.As of September 30th, the ending of ActiBlizz’s previous quarter, WoW held 10.3 million paying players. The previous quarterly result had been 11.1 million, which itself was down from a 12 million peak.Morhaime explained that the bulk of the losses came from Eastern territories, including China and Korea. What’s more, expansions like Cataclysm are only yielding temporary spikes in players. Experienced players resubscribe to the game to play the expansion content but unsubscribe again as soon as they complete it. That gave a net loss of nearly 1 million subscribers, according to reports from the call. Mists of Pandaria, a panda-ful content expansion pictured above, was announced at last month’s BlizzCon fan convention and is expected to launch next year.Also at BlizzCon, the company also announced that it’s giving away Diablo III to players who buy a year’s subscription to WoW. Rather than pay month-to-month, a down payment of a year’s worth of subscription money will get you the WoW Annual Pass and D3 for free.via GamasutraBlake’s OpinionThe gaming press has often looked for signs of the decline of World of Warcraft. Falling subscriber numbers have been a telltale sign, but for me it’s really the Diablo III tie-in. Blizzard’s willingness to discount WoW — by just throwing in a free copy of their hugely anticipated new game — shows a certain sense of urgency coming from Irvine.Morhaime pointed out that the losses of players are concentrated in Asia. Over there, Blizzard’s taking an old-school business model (paid subscriptions) to a very forward-thinking region of the world, where the free-to-play model has already been dominant for years. While Blizzard’s product is undoubtedly of higher quality than many Asian online games, it faces ever-increasing competition from regional publishers, like Korea’s Nexon and NCSoft, who are rapidly improving and have better ties within the various Asian markets. Moreover, Asian online game players are known to consume content faster than their Western counterparts, so for the (substantially more) gamers who’ve “finished” WoW, a major content expansion won’t hold their attention, either.Speaking of Asian markets, how are they supposed to react to a WoW expansion that’s full of Chinese-caricature architecture and humanoid pandas? Pandaria‘s reaction among the western BlizzCon crowd was underwhelming. Compared to the major in-game changes that came with Cataclysm, Pandaria is just a new area to go quest in and that’s about it. It’s a fair prediction that the Kung Fu Panda look-alike expansion will flop in East and West alike, accelerating this subscriber downfall even further.last_img read more

Humble Introversion Bundle arrives in time for Thanksgiving

first_imgAs we get ever closer to Black Friday the sales continue to appear. I expect to see a lot more online stores offering deals, and in particular digital games services cutting their prices, but the Humble Indie Bundle is one of the first to show its cards.For the next 13 days a new bundle of games is being offered at a price of “Pay what your want.” It’s called the Humble Introversion Bundle due to the fact that the core games in the bundle all come from Introversion Software.You can decide what to pay and in return you’ll get the following indie games:UplinkDarwiniaDEFCONMultiwiniaIf you pledge more than the average everyone else is paying, which currently sits at $3.81, then you’ll also get a copy of Aquaria and Crayon Physics Deluxe. Two bonus prototypes are also being thrown in from Introversion. They are Windows-only and show you how to create a city environment efficiently (Subversion City Generator) and destruct voxel buildings (Voxel Tech Demo).As usual, not only can you choose your own price, how those funds are split between the developers is up to you. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play charity can also be recipients, making this not only a cheap way to get games for the weekend, but a method of donating some cash to worthy causes too.With the exception of the bonus prototypes, all games run on Windows, Mac, or Linux, and there’s no DRM in sight.Buy your bundle now at HumbleBundle.comlast_img read more

3D printing used to create Mylon eyewear

first_imgThe next time someone asks where you got your glasses from, wouldn’t it be fun to say, “From the presses of a 3D printer”? High-end eyewear designer Mykita is now offering you that very opportunity with its new line of glasses called “Mylon” created using a 3D printer.The process used to manufacture the glasses is called Selective Laser Sintering (SRS). In layman’s terms this is just another form of 3D printing, but it is more sophisticated than the cheap plastic-manipulating machines that get most of our attention. SRS allows the use of many different types of materials, from nylon to steel, and it uses a laser beam for the extrusion part of the manufacturing process.Obviously, the only thing that is printed is the frame. Using 3D printers to create prescription lenses is not yet possible. Nevertheless, the ability to create customized frames is something that could really shake up the market.The fashion industry seems to be at the forefront 3D printing and is fully embracing the technology in a number of areas. For example, last year a 3D printing company teamed up with fashion company Continuum to create the world’s first 3D printed bikini, and earlier this year Continuum branched out into 3D printed shoes. Might there be some day in the future where instead of going out to the mall to pick up new clothes, you just log on to your computer and buy designs (or make your own) that you can print instantly?via Eye Spectaclelast_img read more

Buffalo to launch worlds thinnest portable hard drive

first_imgIf you need storage in a portable form, but want to keep the size and weight to a minimum, your best choice is a USB stick drive. But their storage is limited, meaning a portable hard drive may be a better solution.Buffalo has announced it is set to launch the world’s thinnest portable hard drive next month. The drive is called the Buffalo MiniStation HD-PUSU3 and offers 500GB of storage space using a 2.5-inch HDD. It measures 115 x 79mm, but is only 8.8mm thick and weighs a mere 140 grams.You’ll be glad to hear this is a USB 3.0 drive and it only requires a single USB cable for both data transfers and power. Buffalo is going to offer the MiniStation in red, black, and silver color variants. They’ve also kept the weight down by using an aluminum case, which has been anodized to make it scratch resistant and generally more hard wearing.Buffalo cater to the Japanese market, but I’d be surprised if this drive didn’t make it to other markets after it launches next month. At $130 it is by no means cheap, but Buffalo is clearly aiming this at the Apple crowd and mentions MacBook Air Best Price at Amazon owners in particular. You’re also getting the world’s thinnest portable hard drive, so the premium price isn’t a surprise.It may be true that this is the world’s thinnest portable hard drive so far, but Buffalo fail to mention it actually ties for world’s thinnest. ADATA announced a portable drive of exactly the same thickness and storage size back in September last year. The MiniStation definitely wins in the looks department, though.More at Buffalo (translated)last_img read more

Call of Duty Black Ops II gets ingame Twitch streaming

first_imgA major breakthrough has just been confirmed by video game streaming startup Twitch. The service, which allows users to upload live streams of their gameplay sessions, is now fully integrated with the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops II. This means gamers can sync their Twitch account to their game without needing any sort of external video capture equipment or PC hardware.Currently, to stream your video game footage to Twitch you need to buy extra equipment and you also need to have the technical knowhow to wire a direct feed of your gameplay to a computer. This frictional setup process means that only the most hardcore gamers are taking advantage of the streaming platform.That isn’t necessarily a terrible thing, since Twitch mostly revolves around the individual users, who tune in for no other reason than to watch the best of the best play through their favorite games. It’s like toggling through all the different ESPN channels, except here you’re watching people with real skill (I kid, I kid).Now, however, there is a completely frictionless way to upload your gameplay content, provided the game you’re playing is Black Ops II. It is already one of the most popular titles on Twitch, and this will just catapult its popularity and accessibility on the site. All users need to do is link to their Twitch account from within the game, and the live streaming process can begin. The game already offered a similar connectivity option for YouTube; this new Twitch option functions very similarly.So if you want to watch your buddy’s progress while you’re stuck at the office, no problem. If you think you’re a Call of Duty god, you can finally prove it to the world even if your PC is nowhere near your Xbox 360 Best Price at Amazon . You can even add your Kinect video camera feed to the video so everyone watching knows that it’s really you. And just to get the word out about how awesome it is to watch you play the game, integration with Facebook and Twitter is built in as well.This is a huge milestone for Twitch, and will hopefully lead to built-in integrations with future games right off the bat.via Twitch bloglast_img read more

Do you live in a drone zone

first_imgWhat’s that buzzing through the sky? It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… a drone aircraft? If you live in one of 81 cities across the US, you might be seeing drone aircraft flying overhead much more before long. The FAA has just released an updated version of the drone application list, as requested under a Freedom of Information Act action from the EFF. Is your hometown on it?Most of the list isn’t a real surprise. There are a number of universities that are testing drones, government departments, and a ton of police forces and sheriff’s offices. Some of the more unexpected applicants include the Barona Band of Mission Indians Risk Management Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation.FAA authorization is necessary because of the potential that drones could interfere with other aircraft. The authorities need to know where drones are operating so that no one gets in a nasty accident.As for what all those drones are doing up there, that’s a point of contention. Drones overseas get a lot of attention whenever there is a controversial attack on suspected militants in Pakistan or Afghanistan. The drones in the US are often of different designs, and do not carry weapons. Instead, these craft are bristling with multiple cameras — IR, heat sensing, the whole nine yards.There is definitely an issue of privacy here. Police forces having air units is nothing new, but drones are cheap enough to operate that they can be in the air for long stretches of time doing surveillance that a helicopter wouldn’t be suitable for. Law enforcement in these areas will have unprecedented ability to track individuals across the city on a whim.The EFF is hoping that the publishing of the list will encourage residents to ask local authorities about their drone programs. The argument can certainly be made that drones can increase public safety, but the potential for abuse is vast as well. Check out the full list of drone-zones on the EFF site.last_img read more

iPhone 5C teardown reveals a very strong gluefilled plastic handset

first_imgFor the first time Apple has launched two new models of iPhone at the same time, which has managed to double the amount of teardown work iFixit needs to carry out. But they managed it somehow. We’ve already discussed the internals of the iPhone 5S and all that glue Apple used to keep the battery in place, but what about the iPhone 5C?Well, it turns out to be a similar story, albeit with components taken from last generation’s iPhone 5. The biggest change we see in the iPhone 5C specs is the switch to a plastic casing, plastic buttons, and slight changes to the speaker and microphone hardware.That move to plastic has also meant increased handset weight, at least compared to its more expensive brother, the 5S. The plastic casing on the 5C is incredibly tough and cannot be easily bent, which is positive, but it weighs 43.8 grams on its own. For comparison, the aluminum iPhone 5S‘ metal casing weighs just 25.9 grams. iFixit speculates the extra weight is required in order to achieve the overall strength. Apple certainly doesn’t want the 5C cracking in your pocket or after a slight drop, thus completely defeating the purpose of moving to the plastic housing.Inside the 5C, Apple has yet again used a lot of adhesive but it’s actually a worse situation than the 5S. The same two strips of adhesive are found behind the battery, and will require heat and prying to get unstuck, but Apple has also decided to glue the antenna connectors in place. Glue is messy, makes it easy to break things, and therefore makes the device less repairable.Other than that, the only real change seems to be the battery size increasing slightly from the 1440mAh unit in the iPhone 5 to a 1510mAh unit in the 5C. Sure that’s bigger, but still less than the 1560mAh battery in the 5S. It seems strange not to use the same battery size across both the 5S and 5C from a production standpoint, but changes to the casing might have made this unavoidable. So if you’re seeing iOS 7 battery issues it’s possible that it’s simply because the 5C has less battery capacity than the 5S but, to be fair, we don’t know about the relative battery drain of the 5C’s A6 processor versus that of the 5S’ hot new A7.Just like the iPhone 5S, iFixit awarded the 5C a 6 out of 10 repairability rating. Again, that’s mainly due to the use of glue making the battery harder to replace, the glue on the connectors, and the glass, digitizer, and LCD being a single unit making it an expensive component to switch out.So if you plan on picking up an iPhone 5C it’s going to be tough to repair yourself, but it’s a very strong device so maybe you won’t have to.last_img read more

Minority Reportstyle nanotech construction uses Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra

first_imgThe Oculus Rift isn’t even available to the general public, and it’s already being used to explore all sorts of interesting ideas outside the realm of entertainment and gaming. UC Davis instructor Oliver Kreylos has been working on virtual reality for a long time, but using the Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra motion controllers, he has created a demo straight out of Minority Report.This quick video demo of Kreylos’ Nanotech Construction Kit package shows him assembling a Buckminsterfullerene (Buckyball) from 60 carbon atoms. This process, he says, would easily take 45 minutes if done on a regular monitor with a keyboard and mouse. Using the Oculus Rift as a monitor and the Razer Hydra for control allowed him to build the same structure in a little over 2 minutes. So how does it work?The Oculus Rift is pretty well known at this point — it’s a 3D head mounted display that can place the wearer in an immersive space. This keeps Kreylos’ view tied to the environment so he’s more aware of where his virtual hands are. The Hydra unit is a pair of single-hand controllers that look a bit like Wiimotes. They are wired to a base that tracks the position of the handles in 3-dimensions with weak magnetic fields. This allows the Hydra to output spatial location information to the PC, and in this case, to the Nanotech Construction Kit. With these handles, Kreylos can reach out and manipulate the Buckyball in a natural way.These are both consumer-grade technologies, but together they make for a highly efficient 3D interface. What would have taken huge research budgets and lots of computing resources a few years ago, can now be accomplished with gaming peripherals.last_img read more

Poll How much money will your household spend this Christmas

first_img< €1,0001,000-€2,000€2,000-€3,000€3,000+Vote €2,000-€3,000 (1209) Monday 5 Dec 2016, 8:29 AM 1,000-€2,000 (3381) Dec 5th 2016, 8:29 AM By Cormac Fitzgerald < €1,000 (5019) 19,636 Views A new survey shows the average spend is expected to rise this year. Image: Shutterstock/Folya Short URL BETWEEN FOOD, DRINK, presents and decorations, December is set to be an expensive month for a lot of households.A new report from Ibec has found that households will spend an average of €2,587 this December, about €720 more than any other month of the year.This is up €26 from last year, according to the report.Competition between retailers is keeping prices low, while disposable income is up on average across the country – contributing to the expected rise in spending this year.So, what about you: How much money will your household spend this Christmas?center_img A new survey shows the average spend is expected to rise this year. Share3 Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/Folya Poll Results: €3,000+ (853) 47 Comments Poll: How much money will your household spend this Christmas? A report shows expected spending is up across the country this year. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sitdown Sunday What its like being a Muslim in Trumps White House

first_img 9 Comments 15,842 Views Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 9:00 AM Sitdown Sunday: ‘What it’s like being a Muslim in Trump’s White House’ Grab a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads Short URL Mar 5th 2017, 9:00 AM Share7 Tweet Email center_img Melina Matsoukas isn’t a household name, but you’ve seen her work – she’s the woman behind Beyonce’s album and concept video Lemonade, and has also worked with Issa Rae and Rihanna. This look into her process is fascinating.(The New Yorker, approx 27 mins reading time)When Snoop Dogg asked Matsoukas to make a video for a song called “Sensual Seduction,” in 2007, she took the job with trepidation. A few years earlier, Snoop had released a film, called “Doggystyle,” that blended hip-hop and pornography. “You walk into that kind of situation and you’re, like, ‘He’s a pimp—I don’t know how he’s going to react to a female director,’ ” Matsoukas said. She envisioned a video that was radically at odds with Snoop’s usual work: an early-eighties throwback, in which he would dress up in outrageous suits and wigs and perform with a keytar.6. Stories of solitary confinementSolitary confinement sounds like a terrifying experience. Here, former prisoners talk about what it is like.(GQ, approx 44 mins reading time)In the age of mass incarceration, solitary confinement—the practice of isolating a human being in a cell for 22 to 24 hours a day—has become a punishment of first resort in America. It’s the prison of the prison system, and like the larger institution that feeds it, it is rife with cruelty, racism, and Constitutional violations. Though it was created to reduce violence, solitary increases it.…AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES…Even if you don’t know his name, you know Max Martin’s music. The Swedish hitmaker is responsible for some of this generation’s most popular chart hits – he has worked with Britney Spears, Adele and Taylor Swift. But he doesn’t do many interviews, which is why this one from last year is such a treat.(Dagens Industri, approx 42 mins reading time)As soon as a brand new Max Martin-tune begins climbing the charts, 10 000 songwriters all over the world immediately try to copy it. There’s no pop music patent. A successful formula might work for a few months, perhaps a year, but after that, it’s spent and can’t be used any longer. In order to stay at the top of the game, you need to continually evolve and reinvent yourself. Old merits count for nothing.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday> IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. A Muslim in the White House Trump at the White House Source: Evan VucciRumana Ahmed worked for the National Security Council under the Obama administration. She was the only hijab-wearing Muslim in the building. But once Trump came into power, she only lasted eight days at her job.(The Atlantic, approx 18 mins reading time) 4. Trump supporters There can be a lot of talk about Trump supporters, but sometimes we don’t get to actually hear from them. Sam Altman went and talked to 100 Trump supporters to find out what they really think.(Sam Altman, approx 11 mins reading time)This was a surprisingly interesting and helpful experience—I highly recommend it.  With three exceptions, I found something to like about everyone I talked to (though I strongly disagreed with many of the things they said).  Although it shouldn’t have surprised me given the voting data, I was definitely surprised by the diversity of the people I spoke to—I did not expect to talk to so many Muslims, Mexicans, Black people, and women in the course of this project.5. The provocateur behind Beyonce  Beyonce. Source: Matt Sayles I told him I had to leave because it was an insult walking into this country’s most historic building every day under an administration that is working against and vilifying everything I stand for as an American and as a Muslim. I told him that the administration was attacking the basic tenets of democracy. I told him that I hoped that they and those in Congress were prepared to take responsibility for all the consequences that would attend their decisions. He looked at me and said nothing.2. Do you know Robert Mercer?You might not have heard of Robert Mercer – but he was one of Trump’s biggest donors and has donated tens of millions to political campaigns. Here’s a look at all of the organisations and websites he is involved in, and what it says about his influence.(The Guardian, approx 20 mins reading time)Robert Mercer very rarely speaks in public and never to journalists, so to gauge his beliefs you have to look at where he channels his money: a series of yachts, all called Sea Owl; a $2.9m model train set; climate change denial (he funds a climate change denial thinktank, the Heartland Institute); and what is maybe the ultimate rich man’s plaything – the disruption of the mainstream media. In this he is helped by his close associate Steve Bannon, Trump’s campaign manager and now chief strategist. The money he gives to the Media Research Center, with its mission of correcting “liberal bias” is just one of his media plays.3. The secret to a happy life? Simplify Source: Shutterstock/Photographee.euSometimes, we just have bit too much of, well, everything in our lives. Here, a writer looks at ways they tried to simplify their life. You might even pick up a few tips.(Outside, approx 10 mins reading time)Research has revealed a troubling paradox: not only is clutter a cause of stress, but so is getting rid of things. For some people, the very act of shedding a possession triggers activity in the anterior cingulate cortex and the ­insula, the same parts of the brain that register physical pain. By Aoife Barry Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more