Jonas Larholm stays in Aalborg

← Previous Story IHF Super Globe 2011 in Qatar Next Story → Your Opinion: “Gyor will win Women’s EHF CL” Aalborg handballJonas Larholm Danish champion from 2010, AaB will change his name to Aalborg, but that isn’t important for one of the best Swedish player, left back, Jonas Larholm (29), who decided to stays in the club and signs a new, two years contract.– I just thought about to stay in Aalborg.  I feel great here, ambitions are still very high and looking forward to another two seasons – said Swedish star, who came in AaB from F.C Barcelona in 2008.He was an important part of the Swedish squad, which won fourth place at the WC 2011. read more

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Rok Šimič stays in Gorenje

Gorenje VelenjeRok Šimič Gorenje Velenje shows will to save their succesfull squad, which is very close to win championship in Slovenia and made a respectable result in Europe.  After Management extended deal with a coach, Branko Tamše, that was followed by prolonged contract with many players – Bezjak, Svetelšek, Stefanič, Miklavčić, Musa and Medved. Last one is left wing, Rok Šimič (25), who will stay in Velenje until 2013. ← Previous Story TOP 20 EHF CL scorers (2006-2011): Kiril Lazarov – “The King of shooters” Next Story → Vive Targi Kielce won Polish Cup read more

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Partizan has no pressure in Copenhagen Without respect for the favorite

AG CopenhagenAleksandar BrkovicHC PartizanOlafur Stefansson ← Previous Story Predrag Dacevic “comes – stays” in MT Melsungen Next Story → Men’s EHF CL (Round 8): Fantastic Jurecki silenced the “Veszprem Arena” Serbian champion, HC Partizan leaved positive impression despite without points in the first seven matches of the EHF Champions League. Young team from Belgrade goes to Denmark to face with AG Copenhagen (Sunday 16.50):– We are taking every much seriously. We want to fight and get some afirmation, if we get chance for that. It is absolutely clear that AG is 100% favorite, but we don’t want to let them without resistance…You have very good 45 minutes in Kiel, you won the first Half in the “Sparkasse Arena”…– That is now prototype of what we want to do. There is no rule, we can be better, but also worse than that. It is simple, to stay positive, without respect for the rival. In comparation from the first match, they are better for Stefansson and we are without Milinic. They have a new coach, only one, Andersson, what can be only positive. If we stop “easy goals” from Sigurdsson, our chances for a good game will be higher – told to Balkan-Handball.com, the youngest coach ever in EHF Champions League, Aleksandar Brkovic. read more

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Pots for Qatar 2015 are ready

IHF has announced the Pots for the upcoming draw for the World Championship in Qatar, which will be held on July 20 at 21.30hrs in Doha.Pot 1:Spain, France, Denmark, CroatiaPot 2:Bosnia-Herzegovina, Poland, Sweden, SloveniaPot 3:Russia, Qatar, Macedonia, AlgeriaPot 4:Austria, Argentina, Belarus, Czech RepublicPot 5:Tunisia, Egypt, Brazil, BahrainPot 6:Iran, United Arab Emirates, Chile, Germany ← Previous Story New experience of handball in Szczecin Next Story → QATAR 2015 DRAW: The strongest and weakest possible groups are… handballQatar 2015 read more

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Danish Aalborg mad at Norwegian Federation because of Sagosens case

Sander Sagosen The World Young Handball Player 2014/2015 Sander Sagosen played final weekend at the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 with broken hand, what is now the reason for the “war” between his team Aalborg and Norwegian Handball Federation, writes TV2.no.The Danes responded that they were not informed about the Sagosen hand’s fracture, so they appealed Norwegians to the European Handball Federation.– We have written to the European Handball Federation that we believe it is an obligation that countries or the European Handball Federation (EHF) must contact the clubs after something like that happens, says Aalborg director Jan Larsen to Danish TV2.– Anyone can make a mistake. But we have not heard anything from them. They believe that they have not made any mistakes, and that’s what irritates me most. It is very resentful and does not bode well for future cooperation with the Norwegian Handball Federation, says Larsen.Secretary General of the NHF Erik Langerud denies that they have not been in contact with Aalborg.– It is not true that they have not heard anything from us. Aalborg has received a letter from us about this, he said to TV 2.Langerud understand some of the Danish frustration.– We understand that they are irritated and that it boils a little now. But we also hope they see the issue from our standpoint. This was a difficult situation, in which the player himself did not want this to be communicated out. We could not override this, or ask your doctor to break his confidentiality, he said.– However, we have apologized to Aalborg that they did not get a chance to get a replacement within the transfer window. We fully understand that they are dissatisfied with it, says Langerud. Both sides agreed that EHF rules in this situation must be much more clearer than it’s now.– Alex is 20 years old. He is a fantastic handball player and would love for Norway. We will never stop him. I am annoyed with the Norwegians, but we can not keep Sander home because of it, says Aalborg’s Larsen.Langerud think in turn that relations between NHF and Aalborg will be fine.– We work well with most clubs around the world, and I think we’re going to do it with Aalborg in the future. ← Previous Story 300 DAYS WITHOUT HANDBALL: Mariusz Jurkiewicz is back! Next Story → Duvnjak saves Kiel against compatriots read more

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Pics Soyuz wanna see a spaceship Heres one that landed this morning

first_imgA SOYUZ CAPSULE carrying three astronauts touched down on Earth early this morning.American Chris Cassidy and Russians Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin emerged from the capsule safe and well on an unusually sunny day in Kazakhstan having spent 166 days in space.The flight to Earth after undocking from the International Space Station took just over three hours.Live coverage from NASA showed the shuttle parachuting to a safe and punctual landing. Helicopters were then flown to the landing site, where medical and flight crews helped the three men disembark. (Image Credit: AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)The three men originally blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome on March 29th. After landing, they were carried to reclining chairs, where they spent several minutes in order to acclimatize to Earth’s gravity.A NASA TV commentator said that crew members Misurkin and Cassidy would be taken to a medical center, where they will undergo various tests that could provide information for future flights. Vinogradov, who at 60 is  the oldest human ever to land in a Soyuz vehicle, would not take part in the same experiments.Currently the Russian Fyodor Yurchikhin, Karen Nyberg of NASA and the Italian Luca Parmitano are tending to the International Space Station until the arrival of a three-person crew scheduled to launch from Kazakhstan on September 25.The Soyuz is the only means for international astronauts to reach the orbiting laboratory since the decommissioning of the U.S. shuttle fleet in 2011.last_img read more

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Facebook is testing a Want button

first_img Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader 10 things in tech you need to know today AFTER MONTHS OF talk, it’s finally official: Facebook Facebook is testing a “Want” button.Even though developers noticed code for a “Want” button in Facebook’s Javascript SDK in late June, the social media giant was very coy when approached about the matter, refusing to really confirm or deny its intentions.Almost two months later, Facebook announced that it has joined forces with seven US retailers — including Pottery Barn, Victoria’s Secret, and Neiman Marcus — to test the platform which allows users to “want,” “collect,” or “like” a product. Note: if you “like” something, then the item will show up in your Timeline.A spokesperson emailed a statement to AllFacebook explaining:We’ve seen that businesses often use pages to share information about their products through photo albums. Today, we are beginning a small test in which a few select businesses will be able to share information about their products through a feature called Collections.  Collections can be discovered in news feed, and people will be able to engage with these collections and share things they are interested in with their friends. People can click through and buy these items off of Facebook.Mashable points out that even though this sounds Pinterest-like, Facebook has one upped the pinning website because products within a given collection will also feature a Buy link.Although Facebook won’t get a cut of sales, Robert W. Barid analyst Colin Sebastian told Reuters that the “Want” button provides other opportunities for monetisation. “In addition to potentially collecting a transaction fee for referring users to an e-commerce site, Sebastian said that retailers might also pay Facebook to promote products featured on users’ wishlists, similar to the way the Facebook’s current ads function.”- Laura StamperRead: Is Facebook testing out a new ‘Want’ button?>last_img read more

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Portrait of former Cork Mayor removed after victims plea

first_imgTHE PORTRAIT OF a former Lord Mayor of Cork has been taken down from Cork City Hall after a plea from the woman he sexually assaulted.Cork City Hall has confirmed to TheJournal.ie that the portrait of John Murray was removed after a meeting between party whips yesterday afternoon.  It was agreed by all that the portrait should be removed.Murray, 83, from Gregg Road, Cork was convicted last week of sexually assaulting a woman and jailed for one year.The assault took place between 1996 and 1998 when the victim was a teenager.The Examiner reported that the woman who was assaulted contacted  the current Lord Mayor of Cork, Catherine Clancy, saying that she wanted the portrait of Murphy removed from Cork City Hall.Former Lord Mayor of Cork sentenced to 12 months in jail>Toronto Mayor stripped of all powers>last_img read more

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This map shows food poverty is a reality in every county in

first_imgTWO TRADE UNIONS have today called on the government to provide support to organisations giving food assistance to people around the country so they can meet the demand on their services this Christmas.Today Mandate and Unite released a map with a county-by-county breakdown of food poverty in the country, to highlight this demand.Click here for a larger version of this image.The map shows Dublin fares worst with 112,300 people suffering food poverty. Larger counties like Cork and Galway follow close behind, with 50,500 and 25,300 people in need of assistance respectively.Nationally, one in ten people suffer food poverty.“Food poverty means that someone missed a meal in the last fortnight because of a lack of money,” Mandate general secretary John Douglas said. “It may mean they cannot afford a meal with meat or the vegetarian equivalent every second day or afford a roast or vegetarian equivalent once a week.”Those suffering food poverty may be lone parent families; they may be the newly unemployed; they may be pensioners – and they may be people in work, struggling to survive on low wages.Today the unions demanded that the government provide “immediate aid” of €10 million to organisations offering food assistance and to reverse cuts to low income groups in the new year.They also called for an increase in the minimum wage – something the country has not seen since 2007.“Poverty in Ireland today is part of a policy-made disaster – austerity, and the collapse in incomes it has brought in its wake,” commented Unite regional secretary Jimmy Kelly. “The figures released by Unite and Mandate show that food poverty is a reality in every county in Ireland.”Related: Ten per cent of Irish population living in food poverty>Read: Rising food poverty hinders students’ ability to learn>last_img read more

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Be careful Most accidentprone days of the year are Stephens Day and

first_imgLAST YEAR, ACCIDENTS increased by almost 50 per cent on Stephen’s Day in comparison to a typical Wednesday in December. On 27 December there was an increase of 60 per cent of accidents in relation to a typical Thursday in December.According to VHI Swiftcare Clinics, these two days are the busiest days of the year for treating accidents, illnesses and injuries. Last year, VHI clinics treated 575 patients over these two days, with the most common types of injuries and injuries being coughs, colds, minor burns and injuries from falls.This year, Dr Brian Gaffney, Medical Director of Vhi SwiftCare Clinics said they were asking people to be extra cautious this year.Burns, flu and sprainsOver the Christmas people people may be cooking a lot, perhaps in a crowded house, where it can be easy to take your concentration away from hot pans and pots of boiling water. The weather is also generally cold, resulting in icy paths and roads resulting in more sprained ankles and wrists. While other illnesses like the winter vomiting bug and flu are just common illnesses to occur over the winter period.“We know that generally accidents frequently occur in the kitchen –  this is particularly so over Christmas when the oven is on for longer periods, there can be pots of boiling water and also sharp carving knives to contend with. Many families move furniture around and use extension cables to accommodate Christmas trees which this can lead to unfamiliar trip hazards,” he said.However, if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where you need medical attention Dr Gaffney said: Read: All set for Christmas, but now you’re sick? What should you take to help?>Read: Love/Hate’s Fran, Colin Farrell and Katie Taylor rally support for Merryn> If the worst comes to the worst, I would advise people to seek medical attention over Christmas rather than waiting, to prevent an illness or injury from deteriorating further.Many GP practices offer out of hours services and theVhi SwiftCare Clinics in Dundrum, Airside, Swords and Cork are open all year around, including Christmas Day from 8am to 10pm.last_img read more

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Column Kenny is dragging Fine Gael into a kamikaze mission on abortion

first_imgA SECOND OPINION poll in rapid succession has shown that public support for Fine Gael is now on a downward spiral, and that the party has now been overtaken by Fianna Fáil.The figures are startling: Fine Gael, who almost won an overall majority in 2011, have now crashed to 25 per cent in the polls. Satisfaction with the government is at a miserable 18 per cent, and Enda Kenny has sunk to a satisfaction rating of 29 per cent.The party faithful may well feel that they are being hammered for making difficult decisions during an unprecedented recession.Electoral pledgesBut Fine Gael needs to realise that they are also making bad choices – and those choices are losing them vital support. At a time of unprecedented economic crisis in Ireland, Enda Kenny’s big idea for the country has been to propose the legalisation of abortion.In doing so he is dragging Fine Gael into a kamikaze mission which will permanently crash and burn the party for many motivated and highly engaged voters. Fine Gael explicitly promised supporters in Election 2011 that they would not legislate for abortion, and voters remember electoral pledges.The party’s strategists will be frantically reviewing these polls, which show that Fine Gael could lose almost 40 seats if the decline continues.In order to pull back from a course of self-destruction, they will need to identify exactly what factors are losing the party votes. And the evidence shows that one of those factors is abortion.Commenting on one recent poll, Damian Loscher of Ipsos MRBI listed abortion proposals as one cause for a fall in support for Fine Gael amongst key voters.That revelation came on the heels of a finding in an earlier poll by Behaviour and Attitudes which showed that support for abortion propositions was highest among Labour party supporters, but lowest among Fine Gael voters at just 42 per cent. Kenny is not listening to his base on the issue of the sanctity of human life. And that brings us to the crux of this matter.On this issue, Enda Kenny is letting Labour be the tail that wags the dog.Labour is calling the shotsLabour is pushing hard for this government to legalise abortion. Despite the serious and persistent misgivings of many Fine Gael TDs and Senators, the Taoiseach is allowing Labour to call the shots on an issue that not only divides the nation, but has the potential to split Kenny’s party in two. It appears that the pilot has lost control of the plane.Ceding that control to Labour (which has also crashed in the polls) means Enda Kenny is dragging Fine Gael into an unnecessary political and cultural conflict. Younger and more outspoken Fine Gael TDs and Senators are opposed to the legalisation of abortion. Junior Minister Lucinda Creighton has publicly expressed serious concern on an almost weekly basis on the issue.Meanwhile, voters have become energised and motivated in response to Fine Gael’s proposal to legalise abortion in Ireland.Within just three weeks, some 32,000 voters have signed a pledge never to vote for Fine Gael again if the party introduces abortion. More than a 1,000 people are continuing to sign every day – and these are votes that Fine Gael cannot afford to lose.Enda Kenny should look to the man whose party has now overtaken him in the polls. Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, last week told TheJournal.ie that his party ‘had issues’ with the inclusion of suicide as a ground for abortion.Abortion a major concernMartin, unlike Kenny, has experience of being burned by misreading the Irish electorate on this issue. During the first referendum on the Lisbon treaty, abortion became a major concern for voters. The government at the time misread the signs and underestimated just how widespread those concerns were.The country voted No to Lisbon. Research undertaken by Millward Brown showed that 66 per cent of No voters were either somewhat or very concerned about the potential for the EU to interfere in Ireland’s pro-life laws. The electorate did not want abortion legalised in Ireland.Now a Fine Gael-led government is looking at a proposal to legalise abortion on suicide grounds. John Bruton, the former Fine Gael leader – and a former Taoiseach – has publicly opposed the proposal; a public relations nightmare for Enda Kenny at a time when the party is already sinking fast.Perhaps Bruton can see that the numbers for Fine Gael are going to get worse if they continue on this course of self-destruction. Enda Kenny needs to pull back from this kamikaze mission on abortion, or face the consequences within his own party.Niamh Ui Bhriain is a spokesperson for the Life Institute.last_img read more

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Millions search for flight MH370 using satellite imagery

first_imgDigitalGlobe has direct contact with the US government and there is close and continuous coordination on this and many other world events.The company said more than three million people have participated in the program, with some 257 million “map views” and 2.9 million areas “tagged” by participants.Last night, Tomnod released new Digital Globe satellite imagery of the Indian Ocean in a renewed effort to find the plane. Try it here.Earlier today, authorities said investigators had discovered that data had been deleted from the home flight simulator of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah about one month before the plane vanished, but cautioned against a rush to judgement.“Some data had been deleted from the simulator, and forensic work to retrieve this data is ongoing,” said Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.Angry relatives tried to gatecrash the tightly controlled daily media briefing on the missing plane in chaotic scenes underlining the frustrations surrounding the 12-day search.They accused Malaysian authorities of withholding information and doing too little to find the plane.Additional reporting by © AFP, 2014Read: Missing flight was ‘turned by someone in the cockpit’ >More: Why didn’t passengers on missing flight MH370 use their mobile phones? > MUSICIAN COURTNEY LOVE claimed earlier this week that she had spotted wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on satellite imagery.The songstress hadn’t saved the day – it was in fact just a boat.However, the website she was using could hold the answer to the what happened to flight MH370.Tomnod is a crowd-sourcing website that has put together recent satellite imagery from locations where the aircraft could potentially have crashed into the sea.Of course, the aircraft could still be spotted intact on land.WreckageUsers can browse thousands of kilometres worth of sea, and highlight if they see wreckage, liferafts, oil spills, or any unusual objects.“DigitalGlobe’s expert analysts will examine the tags to identify the top 10 or so most notable areas and share the information with customers and authorities,” a statement said.last_img read more

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Seven people shot dead in driveby shooting near California university

first_imgSEVEN PEOPLE HAVE been killed and another seven have been injured in drive-by shootings by a gunman in California.The shootings began late on Friday night at 9.27pm (5.27am GMT) in a student neighbourhood next to the University of California Santa Barbara.Police said that the shootings took place at several sites across Santa Barbara as the suspect drove through the streets shooting at people, with at least nine crime scenes currently being investigated.The suspected attacker, who was driving a black BMW car, was among the dead. Police say they believe he acted alone. At third crime scene in #IslaVista. Possibly four people dead in the shootings. Follow @KEYTNC3 & @Kcoy for updates. pic.twitter.com/rmLbCTKh6v— Brittany Silverstein (@ABC7Brittany) May 24, 2014 Source: Brittany Silverstein/Twittercenter_img Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the suspect had exchanged gunfire with police before crashing into a parked car.  Brown said he did not know whether the suspect was shot by police or if his wound was self-inflicted.The university had urged people to stay indoors once the shooting began.Additional reporting by Associated PressRead: Spanish politician shot dead on the street >last_img read more

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The Quadfather Limerick couple welcome quadruplets after four years trying

first_imgSource: James Slattery via FacebookA LIMERICK COUPLE have expressed their joy after giving birth to quadruplets, after four years trying and four miscarriages.James and Grace Slattery, from Caherconlish, welcomed the arrivals in the early hours of Tuesday morning.James, who was at home while Grace was in Dublin’s Rotunda hospital, was given a garda escort to make it to the hospital on time.“I got a phone call at half twelve from my wife in the Rounta to say that her waters had broken and to be on stand-by to go,” he told The Ray D’Arcy Show on Today FM, “They weren’t supposed to arrive until Tuesday morning.”The Quadfather, as friends and family are calls him, arrived to the hospital well in advance – and found Grace straightening her hair ahead of heading into theatre for her caesarean.The operation went to plan, and within four minutes Amelia (4lbs 3oz), Mollie (2lbs 15oz), Lucas (3lbs 10oz), and Lily Grace (3lbz 4oz) were born.James say the pair were delighted, after experiencing a ‘tough’ few years.“We had been trying for a while… for the last four years, we haven’t been successful, we had four miscarriages,” he said.Things haven’t been great, especially on Grace, things have been tough on her.James added that the pregnancy wasn’t the result of IVF.The couple are now focusing on how to get to grips with the four new additions to their household. Source: James Slattery via FacebookRead: A tiny baby weighing less than a pound was born this week >last_img read more

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Two divers die in west Cork diving accident

first_imgUpdated 20.36pmTWO DIVERS HAVE died after getting into difficulty off west Cork.One diver was airlifted Cork University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead early this afternoon, while the body of the second was recovered from the sea at 4.20pm.The Coast Guard had launched two helicopters and two rescue vessels to aid after the divers got into difficulty.The Baltimore RNLI launched two boats, their all-weather and inshore lifeboats, after being alerted to the situation at 9.52am this morning.The divers are believed to have been on board a diving vessel called the Wave Chieftain off Glandore and were exploring the wreck of a sunken German U-boat.Local fishing vessels also joined the search.Additional reporting by Nicky Ryanlast_img read more

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Googles Cr48 can now run Ubuntu

first_imgIt was probably on a matter of time that Google‘s fascinatingly unbranded launch netbook for their new Chrome OS was hacked to run something a little more full featured, but even we’re surprised to see Canonical’s Ubuntu browser up and running on the Cr-48 soon. Of course, the Cr-48 is already pretty hacker friendly — it already hasa concealed but readily accessible developer switch —but this Ubuntu install is still pretty ingenious. It’s not as easy as just booting Ubuntu off of a USB drive, as you might normally do. AdChoices广告Rather, Cr-48’s boot process is missing a pretty vital part necessary for Ubuntu’s kernel to work: initrd. The solution is to actually use Chrome OS’s existing kernel and tricking it into booting Ubuntu instead.This is a pretty involved process, truth be told, and definitely beyond the capabilities of most users… but as you can see in the video above, once all the steps have been gone through, it works pretty well, dual-booting between Chrome OS and Ubuntu with aplomb, and it looks like there’s little chance of permanently bricking your Cr-48 if you do choose to go this route.Read more at Chromiumlast_img read more

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IBM Talks Up Holographic Star Wars Phones

first_imgThose wacky kids in the Star Wars universe had it figured out a long, long time ago. If IBM’s recent predictions are any indication, we may finally be catching up. The company this week issued its yearly “Five in Five” list, which outlines bold technology predictions for the next five years. At the top of the list: holographic phones. The phones will beam holographic, 3D images of, one assumes, the person calling you. Also on the list, batteries that breathe air and cities that are powered by the heat of their own servers.“All this demonstrates a real culture of innovation at IBM and willingness to devote itself to solving some of the world’s biggest problems,” IBM VP Josephine Chang told Bloomberg in an interview. Bold, sure, but a company that spent $5.8 billion (about 6.1 percent of its revenue) on research and development is allowed to dream big, right?To put things into perspective a bit, it’s worth noting that the company was a bit off with its 2006 predictions (though it does have a year to go, I suppose), predicting such things as instantaneous speech translation ala Star Trek.last_img read more

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New Sandy Bridge MacBook Pros rumored to arrive on February 9th

first_imgApple may seem inscrutable in regards to their intentions when it comes to updating their products, but in reality, it’s easy to tell when your favorite existing Apple product is going to be refreshed. Apple not only stays fairly loyal to an internal schedule of product refreshes — yearly for iOS devices, roughly every nine months for Macs, with new designs every two years — but thanks to CFO Tim Cook’s notorious hatred of excess inventories, every major refresh of an Apple product is heralded a few weeks ahead of time by existing inventory running low.A couple weeks back, inventory began running low on 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros for both official Apple retailers and sites like Amazon. Now that shortage is deepening, with some areas and outlets reporting two to three week delays for new stock… and rumors are now indicating that we will officially see new MacBook Pros this Wednesday, February 9th.What should we expect from new MacBook Pros? Apple can no longer hold the MacBook Pro line from joining the rest of the notebook world in embracing Sandy Bridge architecture, so that’s a given.What else do we know? Well, Apple went on record during its Q1 earnings call that it viewed the MacBook Air as the “future” of the MacBook line, thanks to its slim form factor and instant-on capabilities. Expect, then, the next MacBook Pro to come with SSD drives. They will probably even drop their optical drives to decrease bulk and increase battery life: by launching the Mac App Store, Apple has made it clear that it sees digital distribution of software and media as the new de factor standard. Eliminating the SuperDrive from existing MacBook Pros just makes all the more room for battery life.It’s been a couple of years since the unibody MacBook Pros were first introduced, so we’re about due for a major refresh. Hopefully, Wednesday will reveal all as to what form that refresh will take.Read more at 9to5Maclast_img read more

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Googles new and improved Developer Tools Android SDK and Google TV

first_imgOf the complaints that are verbally issued to Google by developers through their computer screens are some of the issues being experienced with the Android Software Development kit. With the announcement that Google TV would support the Market and run Android 3.1, concerns were raised at Google I/O with the increasingly slow emulator, and a lack of clarity when it came to developing for Google TV. Fortunately, Google noticed this hesitation and offered up a few seminar classes on developing for Google TV as well as showing off many new visualization tools in the Android SDK.Google TVAlthough the next version of Google TV is to be based on Honeycomb, there’s very little that is similar when it comes to how you would interact with an app on a TV versus how you would interact with an app on the phone/tablet. Google’s seminar on this topic addressed ensuring that navigation functionality included what almost feels like a blast from our past now – the D Pad.Since the remote control was invented to make it so we didn’t have to get up off the couch to change the channel, it doesn’t make much sense that we return to that model by making users go touch their screens. The next sentiment Google shared with the users is making sure it was understood that the more things you tell Android your app MUST have, the less likely it is to function on Google TV. If your Twitter app tells Android that there MUST be a camera present, then at this current point Google TV won’t show that app in the market as cameras are not currently supported.Finally, Google helped developers understand what they considered the appropriate screen markers should be, in order to have the app display properly. Treating the screens as “screen size Large” and going above the 800×480 resolution is the best way to reach the most HDTV’s. This way, developers can start building their apps for those screen sizes now, since they are already part of the Android SDK.New UI Visualization ToolsIt seems like most other “modern” SDKs for mobile platforms have a sort of What You See Is What You Get editor for building user interfaces and testing them out before ever needing to compile the kernel. This has been something that, until now, Google has not really provided their developers with in the same capacity as competitors do.With the preview that was shown at Google I/O, the app visualizer tools will make it extremely easy to take the elements you’ve already placed into your code and help you optimize its visual properties. In application, the app seemed to closely resemble an advanced version of Google App Inventor, and offered a handful of features built to make any developers like easier. For example, at any point in the visualizer if you would like to see Google’s reference material on the subject, you can go to developer.google.com in the section you’re looking for just by clicking the link. The final thing Google did here was recognize their own shortcomings with the Android emulator in the SDK, and did reassure us that in a short time, those improvements would be made available.Developers in attendance at both of these seminars seemed eager to dig in to the new opportunities presented by these upcoming features, and as a previous user of Google’s SDK these are welcome changes that will speed innovation for the Android ecosystem. You can learn more or even give it a shot yourself at developer.android.com.Below is a talk given at Google I/O specifically about Android development tools. It’s geared towards programmers, but does give you some insight into how Google is making things easier for developers.last_img read more

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Mozilla unveils BrowserID password management system

first_imgMozilla is interested in making the process of logging in to your favorite websites easier and more secure. Today the Mozilla Identity team unveiled BrowserID, a new authentication system that will allow users to use one username and password to log in to any site that supports BrowserID. Bonus: Mozilla wants BrowserID to be available in all browsers, not just Firefox.If BrowserID looks and sounds a lot like OpenID, it should. The service shares a lot of similar principles: it’s decentralized and managed externally from the site accepting the user, and gives users a single password they can use for multiple sites that support that authentication scheme. BrowserID users will use only their email address to log in to any site that supports BrowserID. The BrowserID service on the other hand, manages the password and trust relationship between the user logging in and the site that wants to be sure the user is who they say they are.AdChoices广告The service is very beta at the moment, but the folks at Mozilla Labs are looking for feedback. One thing that will be key to BrowserID’s growth is how many web developers and sites adopt the service as an authentication method. In order for users to leverage BrowserID, the site they want to use will have to allow it, which means site owners will have to work it into the way they currently allow users to log in.Considering how popular offloading authentication to services like Facebook, Twitter, and Google has been with new web services, it may not be a far-fetched proposition. Mozilla Labs wants to make BrowserID much like those current services, just without the reliance on a single company to keep your credentials safe. They note that trusting Facebook, Twitter, or Google comes with reliability issues, a lock-in with those services, or even worse, privacy concerns with those services.In that way, BrowserID is much like offloading authentication to Google, Facebook, or Twitter, but Mozilla Labs is taking the approach of being an unvested organization that doesn’t have a service that they want the user to sign up for just to get the authentication service. We’ll have to see whether or not BrowserID takes off: especially since it’ll be available in any browser and on any device. There’s certainly room for a unified login system on the Web as long as it’s secure and available on multiple devices and browsers.Read more at Mozilla Identitylast_img read more

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