Mendy to join Buducnost

← Previous Story New Transfer Bomb: Carmen Martin to Krim!!! Next Story → SEHA: Vardar-Metalurg in the Final! For the first time in their history, this years Champions League finalist, Buducnost, will have a French player. The 22-year old left back from Metz, Claudine Mendy, will be joining Buducnost next season. This information was confirmed by the player as well, saying that she hopes it will be brilliant experience for her. Metz lost a third player from this seasons strong team, after Leino and Pineau decided already to leave the club in summer. Buducnost might need more signings, if Bojana Popovic’s announced retirement is really to happen. Klara Woltering on the other hand, prolonged her contract for one more season. read more

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Camila Dalby to ZRK Buducnost Podgorica

← Previous Story Navarro and Barbosa stays in Oltchim! Next Story → MKB Veszprem offers “two games in Hungary” to Leon Camila Dalby No Gyori – Podgorica yes. That will be the next destination for the Danish right back Camila Dalby (25). Left handed player from Danish TOP team Randers HK will move next summer to Montenegro. She will stay in Podgorica until 2015:– I am very happy and thankful to Randers because I had the best opportunity to make a personal and sportive development. It feels great to be a part of this team but I want to prove myselv and my skills in a foreign country and so Buducnost”s offer came at the right moment – said Camilla Dalby to People in sport mixed zone. read more

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Germany won Novi Sad

← Previous Story SERBIA 2013: Complete results of the Preliminary Round Next Story → Kombank Arena is ready for a new handball record Zsuzsanna Tomori have to eat Nerea Pena’s cheese cake. According to the Ferencváros players Pena’s cheese cake is terrible. Laura Steinbach and Tomori, FTC Rail-Cargo Hungaria’s players bet who will win the Hungary-Germany derby and the loser must eat the cake. Germany and Steinbach won so the cake is waiting for Tomori. Germany with a 27-26 win got the 1st place in Group D and Hungary finished third…The other match of the group finished with Tunisia’s 24-15 win against Australia.Hungary – Germany: 26-27 (16-14)Scorers: Görbicz (12/5), Tomori (4), Bulath (1), Kovacsicz (3), Vérten (2), Soós (2), Szucsánszki (2) and Müller (13/4), Lang (1), Naidzinavicius (2), Zapf (1), Steinbach (4), Althaus (5), Geschke (1)7 metres: 6/5 and 5/4Suspensions: 8 and 6 minutesTEXT: VIRAG FARKAS read more

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SILENCE IN MAGDEBURG Poland at WCh 2015

Saturday has been a great day for Polish fans as they saw both their national teams qualify to the championships. After a thrilling match of the Polish ladies which they won after beating Czech Republic 25:22 and thus qualified to the European Championships, then it came the gentlemen’s turn to fight for the World Championships.The morning news in the Polish camp were, to put it mildly, not optimistic because it turned out one of the most important players Mariusz Jurkiewicz would not be able to play due to his sudden injury. This information sort of covered the fact that Krzysztof Lijewski was back after his recent absence. Polish coach decided to substitute Jurkiewicz with Michał Jurecki, and Poles began to play with Jurecki as a playmaker.However, the beginning showed that the team worked even without Jurkiewicz, as after 6 minutes Poles were ahead with 2 goals (4:2) but it ended up quickly because it took Germans about 1 minute to equalize (4:4). Right after that Michał Daszek wasted a fastbreak and a chance to lead 5:4; instead, Patrick Groetzki scored and gave his team the lead. With the result 6:6, after a two a bit questionable referees’ decisions, Germans got away by 2 goals and it was the moment when Poles starting falling behind. It looked like the first leg match replay – great German defence (even though they lost Patrick Wiencek due to his injury in 10. minute) and poor, chaotic Polish attack.Sławomir Szmal did not resemble himself from the first game so after 20 minutes he was replaced in a goal by Piotr Wyszomirski. With 3 goals to catch up, Polish coach called for a time out but it did not help and in the space of a few minutes the German advantage increased to 5 goals (12:7). Good attitude of Wyszomirski help his team mates catch up but it was not that easy bearing in mind the number of their mistakes and the number of Heinevetter saves. After a little chaos by the end of the half, Germans left the court leading 14:10.The second half was opened with a penalty throw for Poland, successfully executed by Bartosz Jurecki. Due to Wyszomirski save and M. Jurecki’s goal, the result was 14:12 but Germany did not let the advantage shrink even more. However, Poland, slowly but surely, were coming from behind and in 43. minute Daszek equalized at 18:18. It was a temporary joy for Poles because Uwe Gensheimer hit the Polish net twice and silenced cheering Polish fans. However, since this moment the qualification was on the edge. Poles needed only a draw and when 10 minutes before the end the result was higher than the result achieved last week in Poland, they could afford to lose by 1. But Germany kept leading by 2 as Poland kept making awful mistakes in attack and only Wyszomirski saved the situation. 2 minutes before the end, Germans wasted their chance to score for 28:26 by throwing the ball outside the court and Karol Bielecki equalized at 27:27. In a couple seconds Bartosz Jurecki and Piotr Chrapkowski finished off German hopes by scoring another two goals. In the end Poland won 29:28 and go to Qatar, making Germans stay at home again.TEXT: MARTYINA USNARSKA ← Previous Story Vladan Matic resigns as Serbia’s coach Next Story → Viktor Szilagyi about Qatar 2015 ticket: We need a few days to realize what we done! read more

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MIZUNO WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015 81000 votes in 72 hours

← Previous Story GOODBYE ZAGREB: Luka Stepančić out for six months! Next Story → NEW CHAPTER OF UAE SPORTS: Dubai IHC starts competition in Premier League Mizuno WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015world handball player 2015 MIZUNO WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015 made a real boom among the handball fans across the globe in the first 72 hours of voting process. Over 81.000 fans  voted for 32 players in eight polls. The most number of votes got left wing and left back players, among them Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson (7.757) and Mikkel Hansen (6.907).Handball fans are the 30st member of MIZUNO WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015 Jury. Their votes will be added to the existing number of votes given by 29 handball journalists across the globe.VOTE until DECEMBER 3. read more

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EHF CL derby PSG Handball conquer Kiel

Paris Saint Germain showed their ambition to reach the TOP of European handball by winning the biggest derby of EHF CL Round 1 in Kiel. “Only 9.500 fans” at Sparkassen Arena witnessed the fourth defeat of their boys in current season. The finalists of the Cologne’s Final4 last May beat “Zebras” 25:22 (12:10).THW Kiel: Landin (1.-60., 14/1 saves, 1 goal), Wolff (n.e.); Firnhaber, Toft Hansen, Weinhold, Dissinger, Wiencek (3), Ekberg (1/1), Zeitz (2), Frend Öfors (1), Rahmel (4), Dahmke, Zarabec, Vujin (5/1), Bilyk (1), Nilsson (4); Trainer: Gislason Paris Saint-Germain: Corrales (1.-60., 14/1 saves), Omeyer ; Gensheimer (5), Möllgaard, Stepancic, Sagosen (6), Kounkoud (3), Damjanovic, Remili (4), Abalo, L. Karabatic (2), Hansen (5/2), Narcisse, N. Karabatic, Nahi; Trainer: Serdarusic ← Previous Story RK Vardar begin road to Cologne with win in Plock Next Story → Rhein Neckar Lowen find way back after -6 against Barca read more

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Turf arrears and everything else happening in Leinster House today

first_imgStill with us? Here’s a video of a cat flushing a toilet as your reward:YouTube: dragonzice1Everything else that’s happening in the SeanadSenators kick start their day with the Order of Business at 10.30am where anything and everything will be discussed.At 11.45 am there are statements on the European Parliament and Council directive on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography.After statements on turf cutting, Matters on the Adjournment will be discussed, before the Seanad goes home for the weekend.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesA sub-commitee of the Oireachtas Finance Committee meets in Committee Room 4 at 10am to discuss a motion regarding the double taxation agreement with Ukraine and and a tax Information Agreement with Dominica. Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes will be answering for the government.The 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language and Related Matters, er, sub-committee meets in Committee Room 4 at 2.15pm to hear from Cóilín Ó Cearbhaill and Dáithí Mac Cárthaigh from Chonradh na Gaeilge.Here’s how to watch what’s going on Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to the what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…5 things we’ll be keeping an eye on Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?center_img Dáil: Leaders’ Questions – The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will get his first outing of the new term when he takes questions from Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Technical Group. Budget matters are sure to dominate at 10.30am.Dáil: Mortgage Arrears – At 11.11am the debate on Fianna Fáil’s Private Members’ motion is due to conclude with 90 minutes’ of debate followed by a vote. It will be interesting to see if any of the Reform Alliance members back the opposition party.Committees: IDA Ireland – The Public Accounts Committee hears from the IDA Ireland on its annual report and accounts for last year with CEO Barry O’Leary taking questions on jobs, corporation tax and other matters in Committee Room 1 from 10am.Seanad: Turf cutting – The Arts and Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan will be taking questions on the contentious issue of turf cutting at 2pm. While Ming Flanagan won’t be there to harangue him there are sure to be some vocal senators.Committees: EU Affairs – The newly-appointed Minister of State for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe, will get his first chance to outline his priorities to TDs and Senators in Committee Room 3 from 2pm.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilAfter Leaders’ Questions, TDs get down to the Order of Business at 10.51am or perhaps a bit later.Then there is a motion on the Commencement Order for the Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Act 2013 – the bill to theoretically set-up a banking inquiry – which will be without debate.The Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) (Amendment) Bill 2012 is then on the agenda. This bill concerns expanding the remit of the Science Foundation to conduct applied research.TDs continue discussions on the Gas Regulation Bill 2013 after that.Then there are Topical Issues at 3.42pm.The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald takes questions on her portfolio at 4.30pm before the Dáil adjourns for the weekend at 5.45pmlast_img read more

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Gardaí seek information on man missing from Kinsealy

first_imgPic: Garda Press OfficeGARDAÍ ARE SEEKING help in tracing the whereabouts of a man missing from Kinsealy.Gardaí at Swords are asking for the public’s assistance in tracing Andrejs Maisaks (32), of Birchdale Close, Kinsealy Court, Kinsealy, County Dublin.He was last seen in the early afternoon of Monday 21 October 2013, leaving his home.The missing man is described as being 6ft in height, of slight build, with fair hair and blue eyes. When last seen, he was wearing a red and brown-coloured light jacket, blue jeans and black shoes.Anyone with information is asked to contact Swords Garda Station on 01 6664700, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any garda station.last_img read more

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Clear and convincing evidence that chemical weapons used in Syria

first_imgTHE UNITED NATIONS has said that it has evidence that chemical weapons have been used against citizens on at least five occasions during the ongoing conflict in Syria.In its report, published overnight, the Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons did not say which side has been responsible for the deadly attacks which have killed ordinary residents of the country.Commenting on the large-scale incident in Ghouta, near Damascus, on 21 August, the UN said it collected “clear and convincing evidence” that chemical weapons were used.The team of experts, led by Swede Ake Sellstrom, came to that finding based on the discovery of impacted and exploded surface-to-surface rockets that are able to carry a chemical payload and that contained Sarin.The area where the rockets were found was also contaminated with Sarin.“The epidemiology of over fifty interviews given by survivors and health care workers provided ample corroboration of the medical and scientific results,” added the researchers, who noted that a number of survivors were “clearly diagnosed” as intoxicated by an organosphorous compound.Blood and urine samples from the same patients also proved positive for Sarin.The images of children who perished in the attack shocked the world in August as the conflict made the front page of newspapers.Subsequent global pressure led to President Bashar Assad giving up his chemical weapons arsenal. Under an international agreement brokered to avoid US military strikes on the Damascus regime -which resulted in a landmark Security Council resolution – Syria’s most dangerous chemical weapons have to be out of the country by 31 December and destroyed by 30 June next year.However, the UN said there had been three previous incidents where chemical weapons were used prior to 21 August and one just after on the 24 August in Jobar.In that attack, the chemicals were used “on a relatively small scale” against soldiers. There was not enough evidence to establish a link between the victims, the alleged event and the alleged site.The inspectors collected “credible information” corroborating allegations that chemical weapons were used in Khan Al Asal on 19 March against soldiers and civilians.In Saraqueb, the mission collected evidence “that suggests that chemical weapons were used” on a small scale there — “also against civilians” — on April 29 of this year.In Ashrafiah Sahnaya, near Damascus, the inspectors collected evidence that “suggests” chemical weapons were used there on August 25 “on a small scale against soldiers.”The mission said it could not corroborate their use in two of seven sites studied – Bahhariyeh and Sheik Maqsood.Sectretary-General Ban Ki-moon is due to brief the General Assembly on the report during a closed session this afternoon. It will be followed with another meeting of the Security Council on Monday.Additional reporting AFPColumn: ‘Chemical weapons’ are in the news for dreadful reasons – but what are they?Read: Syria has destroyed all of its chemical weapons equipment: watchdoglast_img read more

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White House defends leaked plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal

first_imgTHE WHITE HOUSE has defended its behind-the-scenes work on immigration reform after a plan leaked to the US media was panned by a key Republican as “half-baked and seriously flawed.”USA Today said the plan being drafted by administration and which is already circulating among various government agencies would allow millions of illegal immigrants to become legal permanent US residents within eight years.Republicans immediately attacked the plan and sharply criticized the White House for developing it without consulting them.Senator Marco Rubio, who is leading Republican efforts on immigration legislation after his party’s poor performance with Latino voters in November elections, said the president’s plan would be “dead on arrival” in Congress.“This legislation is half-baked and seriously flawed,” he said, adding, “It would actually make our immigration problems worse.”Comprehensive reformIn his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Obama urged Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform “in the next few months.”And eight senators – four of Obama’s Democratic allies and four Republicans – unveiled a joint plan last month aiming to provide a legal status to illegal immigrants living on US soil.White House chief of staff Denis McDonough insisted on Sunday that the administration was working intensely with the so-called “gang of eight,” including Rubio.“And we’re going to continue to work with Senator Rubio and others on this,” McDonough said, in an interview with ABC News.“But he says it’s dead on arrival if it’s proposed. Well, let’s make sure that it doesn’t have to be proposed.“Let’s make sure that that group up there, the gang of eight, makes good progress on these efforts, as much as they say they want to.”Obama has warned that he will present his own immigration bill if Congress cannot soon come to an agreement, and the draft plan appeared to be the administration’s answer if the senators’ efforts fall short.Visa applicationsThe USA Today report said that under the administration’s draft the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States could apply for a “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa.Visa applicants would need to pass a criminal background check, file biometric information and pay fees.But once approved, they would be allowed to reside in the United States legally, to work and to leave the country for short visits without losing their status.A new identification card would prove their legal residence in the country.And, within eight years, the immigrants could apply for a green card to obtain legal permanent residence if they learn English and “the history and government of the United States.” They would also have to pay back taxes.With green card in hand, the immigrants would then be on a path to apply for US citizenship.The plan would also allocate additional security funds and require business owners to check the immigration status of any new hires within four years.Rubio said Obama’s bill was not tough enough on securing the long border the United States shares with Mexico, and it “puts those who broke our immigration laws at an advantage over those who chose to do things the right way and come here legally.”The National Immigration Forum, which advocates for immigration reform, said the White House proposal seemed “very moderate,” but should have gone further in overhauling the immigration system beyond citizenship and enforcement.It also warned that a large increase in border patrol agents and immigration judges, as advocated in the president’s plan, “would be better used at ports of entry and reducing the backlog for legal immigrants.”The burst of activity on Capitol Hill marks the best chance in years to craft legislation to tighten border security, improve employment verification and bring the huge illegal immigrant population out of legal limbo.A 2007 effort spearheaded by then-president George W Bush failed.- © AFP 2013.last_img read more

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Number of people arrested in unofficial Rag Week celebrations in Galway

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED that a number of people were arrested overnight in connection with public order offences in Eyre Square in Galway.Students filled the streets as their unofficial Rag Week celebrations got underway and a number of people were arrested at around 2.30am this morning. Videos uploaded on YouTube this morning show large crowds gathered outside fast food restaurants in the early hours of the morning.It is understood that several fights broke out in the square but gardaí said they were not aware of any injuries.Speaking to TheJournal.ie this morning, President of the Students’ Union at NUI Galway, Paul Curley said he has been led to believe that none of the people arrested were from NUI.“There were people piggybacking on the celebrations,” he said, adding that buses full of people have been arriving from nearby counties.“The SU has nothing to do with it, any of the activities that have taken place, we’ve had no part in it,” he said.Last year the Students’ Union agreed with the university that it would abolish Rag Week in exchange for a larger contribution towards the Student Assistance Fund.This video shows the celebrations in Galway last night. However it is not known if any of the people featured were among those arrested. (Video: theviewinside/Youtube)last_img read more

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Uhoh UN says its impossible to predict spread of new bird flu

first_imgIT IS IMPOSSIBLE to predict the evolution of China’s human H7N9 bird flu outbreak, as researchers are still trying to understand the source of human transmission, the head of the UN’s World Health Organisation said today.H7N9 avian influenza has infected 130 people in China, and killed 35, since it was found in humans for the first time in March.“Influenza viruses constantly reinvent themselves. No one can predict the future course of this outbreak,” Margaret Chan said.She added, however, that “although the source of human infection with the virus is not yet fully understood, the number of new cases dropped dramatically following the closing of [China’s] live poultry markets.”“At present, human-to-human transmission of the virus is negligible,” she said in her address to some 3,000 delegates attending the 66th World Health Assembly in Geneva.Chan also thanked China for its close collaboration with WHO in sharing its information on the situation and for having “promptly traced, monitored, and tested thousands of patient contacts”.Chan also talked about the deadly SARS-like coronavirus, detected for the first time in the Middle East last year.“To date, 41 cases, including 20 deaths, have been reported,” she said, adding that “though the number of cases remains small, limited human-to-human transmission has occurred and health care workers have been infected.”The virus is a cousin of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which triggered a scare 10 years ago when it erupted in east Asia, leaping to humans from animal hosts and eventually killing some 800 people.“These two new diseases remind us that the threat from emerging and epidemic-prone diseases is ever-present. Constant mutation and adaptation are the survival mechanisms of the microbial world. It will always deliver surprises.”Read: China detains 12 for ‘false’ bird flu rumourslast_img read more

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How did you spend your Sunday These people had a lot of

first_imgKITE ENTHUSIASTS DESCENDED on Dollymount Strand, North Bull Island in Clontarf today for the annual Dublin Kite Festival.Check out some of the colour in the slideshow below.last_img

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First Nintendo DS emulator appears for Android

first_imgImplementing a Nintendo DS emulator on a PC gives you ample performance to get the games running full speed, but you lack the touchscreen interface to play them as intended. What you need is a touchscreen device powerful enough to emulate the DS hardware.That’s exactly what is on the horizon in the form of the latest Android handsets. They have very powerful mobile CPUs and GPUs, and widescreen touchscreen displays making it possible to not only see both DS screen outputs, but also to control the games as intended with touch.Tiger Lab has now created a first iteration of a DS emulator for Android carrying the name “nds demo emulator”. But this emulator is far from perfect or even usable at this stage. Performance is, as the AppBrain download page clearly states, “very very slow”.Rather than a functioning emulator it should be viewed as a proof of concept that DS games can run on Android through emulation. The focus now has to be on optimizing that implementation to allow games to run at a decent frame rate. That’s a feat Tiger Lab believe could take another couple of years to perfect using the available CPU, GPU, and FPU properly, and requires more powerful handsets to be released.Nintendo will obviously take an interest in this emulator if it ever gets to the stage where it runs DS game well. At that point expect the app to disappear from any legitimate app stores.Read more at PocketHacks.comlast_img read more

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New iPhone 4 model suggests TMobile USA rollout

first_imgiPhone sales may not only be a two horse race this year, but three. Apparently Apple is currently testing an iPhone with T-Mobile USA‘s 3G band under the internal model number N94. In comparison, Verizon‘s model number is N92 while the GSM model currently used by AT&T is N90. The N94 has been verified to be running a test version of iOS and internal test apps including Radar and Apple’s employee directory app.BGR had speculated that the N94 might just be an iPhone 4 with hardware that supports T-Mobile USA’s network, but 9to5Mac states that the iPhone is believed to be the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S is a prototype iPhone with an A5 processor, we reported on a few days ago, that game developers are currently using to develop apps for the iPhone 5.  The A5 processor is the same processor currently being used to run the iPad 2 and is expected to be used in the iPhone 5 when launched.What is unclear about this news is whether that means the carrier will be getting a modified iPhone 4 to offer to subscribers or whether the intention is to launch the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and AT&T simultaneously. While it is good to hear there may be another carrier entering the iPhone market, that additional bit of competition may be short lived since AT&T has already announced its intention to acquire T-Mobile USA if the deal is approved by federal regulators.Even with the possible acquisition, T-Mobile USA is moving forward as if the acquisition will never happen as demonstrated by this news and the company’s new unlimited plans which are in direct competition with AT&T’s current voice and data offerings.Read more at BGR and 9to5Maclast_img read more

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Touchence create a flexible 3D touch sensor for robots

first_imgThe best touch sensors today can be found in devices like the iPad 2 and Microsoft Surface. They react instantly to your touch, but are concealed behind a hard glass panel and only work in 2D. While that may be acceptable on a flat screen, it is nowhere near good enough for use in robotics.A robot that can sense touch and pressure cannot rely on having completely flat, hard surfaces where those interactions occur. So Touchence, a company created out of a Tokyo University venture, has come up with a soft touch sensor that can respond to interaction and pressure in 3D. The sensor is called the Shokkaku Cube.AdChoices广告Instead of a flat surface, Touchence has created a foam like material that can be touched, pinched, and have varying pressure applied to it with the material reacting naturally and as expected. If I had to guess how it felt I’d reference the foam used in wrist rests.The important aspects of this new touch sensor is the fact it can change shape while still sensing touch and pressure, but also it remains soft throughout. In regards to robotics, that means in future the act of touching a robot may be a much more natural experience as its outer surface can be soft while remaining reactive.The focus here seems to be on retaining interaction without a hard surface being required, but the 3D nature of the Shokkaku Cube could lead to better developed reactions from a robot too. Imagine a robot foot standing on an uneven surface, getting the data from its soft foot sensors as to how the surface is effecting its ability to grip, and then adjusting its own balance and body weight distribution to compensate. We could also see advances in robot hand grips and sensing when enough pressure has been applied depending on the type of object being held.Touchence aim to have the Shokkaku Cube available by September at which point it should start appearing on multiple robot projects.via Akihabaranewslast_img read more

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Vehicle accident numbers in UAE plummeted during BlackBerry outage

first_imgThey say every cloud has a silver lining. Those free BlackBerry apps RIM is giving away are nice and all, but they’re nowhere near as nice as what police in the United Arab Emirates have reported: traffic accidents dropped 40% in Abu Dhabi during the three-day outage.It’s not an isolated occurrence, either. A smaller (but appreciable) drop of 20% was noted in Dubai as well.That’s probably not a revelation to any semi-observant motorists out there — I frequently see other drivers’ heads bobbing downward every second or so as they peck away at a reply. Those are valuable seconds that should be spent paying attention to what’s going on outside the cockpit, and it’s this kind of widespread distraction that has made the UAE one of the most dangerous places to drive in the world. The death rates from vehicle accidents in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are five to ten times global averages.Maybe RIM’s hoping to keep a good thing going. Two of its premium app offerings are DriveSafe.ly and Vlingo, both of which offer finger-free interaction with your BlackBerry phone. At $20 a  piece, they’re both well worth the standard retail price. For free, Vlingo and DriveSafe.ly are absolute musts.Now if RIM would just flip the switch and make them free… That could happen any time now, though RIM’s official release said the apps would trickle out over the next four weeks and no specific order was announced.More at The Atlantic, photo by Milos Miloseviclast_img read more

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uTorrent Plus now available to preorder for 2495

first_imgBack in July BitTorrent Inc. announced that its very popular free torrent-downloading client uTorrent would be getting a premium version called uTorrent Plus. In return for paying to use uTorrent, users would gain the ability to “find, get and play content anywhere.” It was to be the only software you required to not only download content, but also convert it to play on most popular devices.Four months later and it looks as though uTorrent Plus is almost ready to launch. BitTorrent has just added the option to pre-order the software, and by doing so announced the price you’ll pay for the all-in-one solution: $24.95 per year.The actual pre-order offer gets you an additional 6 months of use making it a better deal. In return you get all the functionality of the free version with the addition of a built-in antivirus solution, a HD media player (complete with all the codecs you need), the ability to download content remotely, and conversion tools for multiple formats including for Apple and Android devices.How good of a deal that sounds depends on just how dependant you are on content downloaded via torrents. Although, if the media player is good enough it could still be useful even if you don’t. The counter argument to that is why does anyone need a paid-for media player when VLC has you covered for free?uTorrent is thought to have more than 100 million users, so even if a small percentage of them decide to buy uTorrent Plus it could form a significant amount of new income for BitTorrent Inc.More at uTorrent, via TorrentFreaklast_img read more

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7 minutes of heaven for Star Wars fans new behind the scenes

first_imgIf you’re any kind of Star Wars geek, you’re going to enjoy a video tidbit that’s resurfaced showing seven minutes of footage from 1982. Your dreams have come true: it’s behind the scenes footage from the production of Return of the Jedi.Shot without sound and some pretty retro Amiga titles, the footage is still sure to give you a geek-gasm as it shows some shots of the famous battle that took place above the Sarlacc pit… as well as Carrie Fisher in her slave girl outfit.Take a look a the video above then continue reading to get more information.Shot on a Super 8 camera without sound, this “documentary” shot Jeff Broz captures a time when film making was a more magical experience than today’s CGI-riddled films. The crew of Return of the Jedi can be seen moving the physical sets that they had built, including the mini-skiffs and Jabba’s Sail Barge. Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill can be seen shooting the battle scene as well as Harrison Ford hitting Boba Fett with a spear, causing his jetpack to malfunction. It’s truly a treasure for any Star Wars geek to witness.As far as the actual shooting of the footage, there are several rumors swirling around exactly who Jeff Broz is. Some state that he was a rabid fan who sneaked his way onto the set and began filming, others say that he was a minor part of the crew which gave him unprecedented access to the production location.Considering the amount of secrecy that Lucas was known for during this period, and the fact that there was an active propaganda campaign that was telling resident’s of the Buttercup Valley area that a horror film called Blue Harvest was being produced, it’s hard to believe that Broz was able to waltz onto the set and start shooting film. Either way, this is indeed seven-minutes of heaven for any Star Wars fan.via Live Leaklast_img read more

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Hitman Absolution level altered after sexy nun trailer backlash

first_imgA few months ago you may remember a certain trailer for the new Hitman game being released and then the huge backlash it received. For those who don’t, the trailer contained several women dressed as nuns — sexy nuns — who try to take on Agent 47. Naturally, Agent 47 violently takes them down, one by one. The mix of nuns wearing latex and violence against women was just too much for both gamers and the press and the result was a great amount of negative feedback.It was so bad that the developers of Hitman Absolution have changed the level that the trailer was based on. They’ve decided to give the characters, known as The Saints, a backstory and a reason for them to be there so that gamers don’t feel this one level is out of place with the rest of the game. The Saints will be introduced before that level so that gamers get to know the characters and what’s coming.Apparently no one at IO Interactive predicted there would be a negative reaction. The team was surprised when the internet exploded with outrage but they can now see where they failed and, with hindsight, note they would have done the trailer in a different way.Many might praise IO Interactive for listening to fans like Bioware did for the ending to Mass Effect 3 but others will be annoyed that they’ve given into the angry complaints of people who have yet to play the game. It is only one level though, and IO Interactive should have already done the things they’ve said they’re changing — such as giving characters in the game a backstory. Surely that’s something they should had from the beginning.via Eurogamerlast_img read more

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