Vote for the IHFs coaches of the year 2010

handball coachesIHF best coachesVote for handball coaches The male and female handball player of the year 2010 were already awarded at the end of January, now it’s your turn to vote for the World Handball Coaches of the Year 2010. This internet based voting contains two sections – one for the media and one for fans. You can find the media section here, and the fan section here. The voting will last from 6 April to 7 May 2011 on www.ihf.info.And those are the, in total, six nominees in the two categories “coach of male team 2010” and “coach of female team 2010” chosen by an IHF expert jury:Male team coaches:1.    Claude Onesta (France): Onesta’s French national team defended the title at the World Championship in Sweden and became European Champion in 2010. So France remain the only team in handball history to own the trophies of all major tournaments at the same time: European, World and Olympic Champion. Besides Onesta led France to becoming the first men’s team since 1974 (Romania) to defend their WCh title. Onesta has already been awarded World Handball Coach of the Year 2009.2.    Ulrik Wilbek (Denmark): Wilbek is the only coach in the world of handball who brought the EURO title to a male and female team. In January 2011 he led the Danish men’s team to the first WCh final for almost 40 years. Wilbek is the “constructor” of success in Danish men’s handball. In 2010 his Danes ranked fifth at the EURO in Vienna.3.    Valero Lopez Rivera (Spain): He is not only the most successful club team coach in the history of handball by winning more than 70 titles with FC Barcelona, he has also been national coach of Spain since 2008. After the disappointing 13th place at the WCh in Croatia in 2009, Rivera built a new team with young talented players. This squad took the third place at the WCh in Sweden after becoming sixth at the EURO 2010.Female team coaches:1.    Olivier Krumbholz (France): In 2009 he surprisingly led the French women to Silver at the WCh in China, and his player Allison Pineau was awarded World Handball Player of the Year 2009. Krumbholz is the father of all French women’s successes since the Silver medal at the WCh 1999 in Norway, and he crowned himself with the WCh title 2003. In 2010 his team started weak at the EURO in Norway, but thanks to five straight victories in the final stage of the tournament France ranked fifth in the end.2.    Jan Pytlick (Denmark): He took two Olympic titles with the Danish women in 2000 and 2004, and then became a club coach. Beforehand Pytlick had to become the saviour of the Danish women again after missing the qualification for the 2007 WCh and the Olympics in Beijing. Pytlick worked hard to make the Danish success in younger age categories continue in the women’s team. And on home ground he brought his team back to world class in 2010. He led Denmark to the EURO semi final – but then the series of success came to an end: after two defeats against Norway and Romania Denmark ranked fourth. But it was one of Pytlick’s masterpieces to come so far.3.    Thorir Hergeirsson (Norway): There were big footprints the Icelander had to step in as the successor of Norwegian coaching legend Marit Breivik. But after winning the Bronze medal at the 2009 WCh – Hergeirsson’s first major event – he took his first title at the EURO 2010: With only one defeat in eight matches he led Norway to the fourth straight EURO title since 2004 – and qualified directly for the Olympics in London and the 2011 WCh in Brazil. Hergeirsson is a master of tactics and analysis, but can also count on a highly experienced and confident team. ← Previous Story UNIQA support Handball Goalkeepers’ Camp in Makarska Next Story → OG London 2012: Excitement Mounts for Handball Manager read more

Main Round in Novi Sad Everything is still open

In the openning matches of the Main Round at the EHF EURO 2012 in Novi Sad, nobody secure the place for the semifinal and also, nobody lost the chance to play in “Belgrade Arena” next weekend:Iceland – Hungary 27:21France – Slovenia 27:26Spain – Croatia 24:22STANDINGSSpain 5Croatia 4Hungary 3France 2Slovenia 2Iceland 2 ← Previous Story More than 1400 fans decided: Nandor Fazekas is the best player of Round 3! Next Story → Ivano Balic after Spain: “We played against Spaniards and the referees – Idiots”

Zarko Pejovic to Tatran Presov

← Previous Story Women’s CWC 1/8 Final: Konkoly’s bad start, Zajecar goes to 1/4 Final! Next Story → CL: HSV wins group for Gille’s 400th game! Slovakian champion, Tatran Presov signs contract with Montenegrin NT player, Zarko Pejovic (26). Left back is coming from the Spanish Antequera, team who has a lot of financial problem and stayed without almost all foreign players. Pejovic has solid international experience for his age. He played in Serbia, Austria, Macedonia, Spain, etc…On his debut, Pejovic doesn’t score any goal, but Tatran made a big step to the Cup EHF 1/4 Final against Danish Nordsjeland 30:20 (16:15).Tatran Prešov (SR) – Nordsjaelland Haandbold (Dán.) 30:20 (16:15)Scorers for Slovaks: Krupa, Verkič – T. Mažár 2, Kopčo 3, Hrstka 3/1, Michal Urban, D. Krok 4, Krištopans 7, Drobňák, Radčenko 1, Kukrika 2, Číp, Guzy 3, Pejovič, Pekár, Antl 5/1. HC Tatran PresovMontenegro HandballZarko Pejovic read more

Last friendly matches in London Easy wins for Sweden and Serbia –

← Previous Story Novak Djokovic enjoys Olympic atmosphere with handball stars! Next Story → Andrea Lekic about Women’s Tournament: “Norway is the first favourite for gold” In the three friendly matches which have been played in “Copper Box Arena” in London, Serbia, Sweden and Croatia win.SWEDEN – KOREA 28:20 (18:9)SERBIA – GREAT BRITAIN 41:18 (19:7)CROATIA – ICELAND 25:23 Copper Box ArenaHandball arena in LondonLondon handball

3X100 Ilić opens new chapter of handball history

Momir Ilic MVM Veszprem left back Momir Ilić writes a new chapter of handball history at VELUX EHF Champions League. The 35-years old Serbian shooter scored nine goals in decisive match for placement at VELUX EHF FINAL4 in Cologne, against RK Vardar 30:30, and past 100 goals in the European elite handball competition for the third time in a row.Ilić, who won the “Golden ball” last two season in Cologne with 103 and 114 goals, is the only player who scored 100 and more goals per season three times in a row.Currently is on 105. ← Previous Story BYE BYE BARCA: THW Kiel save German honour! Next Story → SC Magdeburg win German Cup after 20 years!

Strong Serbian finish against Poland

Serbia beat Poland 33:26 (13:14) in the first match of Group A in Nantes at Women’s EHF EURO 2018. Lekic and girls struggling in the first half, but after 14:16 in 33 minutes led by captain Katarina Krpez Slezak, Serbian team made spectacular finish of the match with 12:4 series (26:20) to take first two points which will be probably enough to secure Main Round…SERBIA – POLAND 33:26 (13:14)Serbia: Tomašević, Čolić – Radosavljević 3, Krpez Slezak 11, Lekić 3, Lavko 5, T.Radojević 3, Pop-Lazić 1, Vukajlović, Stoiljković 5, Cvijić 2.Poland: Gawlik, Płaczek – Łabuda 4, Kobylińska 3, Grzyb 5, Matuszczyk, Kudłacz-Gloc 6, Janiszewska 1, Zych 2, Drabik,  Wołoszyk, Lisewska 1, Kochaniak, Achruk 4. Women’s EHF EURO 2018 ← Previous Story Russian partybreakers at Women’s EHF EURO 2018 start Next Story → VIDEO: Danish revenge for WCh 2017 and “stupid way to lose” read more

Ive cut the top of my finger off last nights Masterchef Ireland

first_img“WORK, YOU GAMMY b*****d”…. “I’ve cut the top of my finger off”… “We’re done”.Just some of the quotes of the evening from last night’s episode of Masterchef, which has returned to RTE for another season.We’ve summed up the action via the medium of facial expressions.Starving now.last_img

Seven days on Philippines remains chaotic as death toll is disputed

first_img(AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)The World Health Organisation says there are significant injuries that need to be dealt with — open wounds that can easily become infected in the sweltering tropical heat.Experts warn that a reliable supply of clean drinking water is vital if survivors are to avoid diarrhoea, which can lead to dehydration and death, especially in small children.- © AFP, 2013Watch: Filipino ambassador warned about typhoon devastation – last year > Column: People in the Philippines are desperate, stunned and hopeless > Read: US aircraft carrier steams in to Philippines as UN admits slow response > (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)When asked about the UN’s statement: Balido replied: “Not true”. Then repeated the NDRMMC’s published figure of 2,360.Philippine President Benigno Aquino has said that he estimated the final death toll would be around 2,500.Devastation Several foreign relief operations are active on the ground in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan left thousands dead or homeless. THE UNITED NATIONS says the death toll from a super typhoon in the Philippines was at least 4,460, citing regional officials – but the government maintains that the figure is much lower.The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that the number of 4,460 was given from the regional taskforce of the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Wednesday.But NDRMMC’s spokesman Reynaldo Balido insisted the official toll from the typhoon that ripped through the central Philippines on November 8 remained at 2,360.“As of 13 November, the government reported that 4,460 people have died,” an OCHA statement said.Asked for the source of the figures, Manila-based OCHA spokeswoman Orla Fagan said:” We are getting it from the operations centre of the regional taskforce set up by the NDRMMC.”center_img (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)A week after one of the strongest storms ever hit a belt of central Philippine islands, ships and planes from Asia-Pacific nations and Europe are converging on the country bearing food, water, medical supplies, tents and other essentials.The international aid push comes as the UN admitted it had been too slow to reach the victims of the storm, with survivors still begging for help.With thousands of people already dead from the storm, the lives of many others were hanging by the thinnest of threads, even as the relief operations moved up a gear.last_img read more

Portumna are the 2014 SHC club champions after victory over Mount Leinster

first_imgScorers for Portumna: Joe Canning 0-10 (0-8f), Ollie Canning, Damien Hayes 0-3 each, Kevin Hayes 0-2, Ronan O’Meara 0-1.Scorers for Mount Leinster Rangers: Denis Murphy 0-5 (0-4f), Paul Coady 0-3, Edward Byrne, John Coady, Hugh Paddy O’Byrne 0-1 each.PORTUMNA: Joe Keane; Conor O’Hare, Eugene McEntee, Gareth Heagney; Peter Smith, Martin Dolphin, Eoin Lynch; Leo Smith, Andrew Smith; Kevin Hayes, Damien Hayes, Ollie Canning; Ronan O’Meara, Joe Canning, Niall Hayes.Subs: Owen Treacy for Peter Smith (43), Patrick Dolphin for Niall Hayes (46), Oisin Royston for O’Meara (60) MOUNT LEINSTER RANGERS: Frank Foley; Michael Doyle, Garry Doyle, Gary Kelly; Diarmuid Byrne, Richard Coady, Edward Coady; Derek Byrne, Padraig Nolan; Paul Coady, Edward Byrne, David Phelan; Denis Murphy, John Coady, Eoin Doyle.Subs: Hugh Paddy O’Byrne for John Coady (35), Jack Murphy for Phelan (50), Willie Hickey for Doyle (56), Brian Nolan for Derek Byrne (60).Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)As it happened: Portumna v Mount Leinster Rangers, AIB All-Ireland SHC club final>LIVE: St Vincent’s v Castlebar Mitchels, AIB All-Ireland SFC club final> Updated at 16.20Portumna 0-19Mount Leinster Rangers 0-11PORTUMNA ARE THE 2014 SHC club champions following a 0-19 to 0-11 win over Mount Leinster Rangers today.They led for the majority of the contest, establishing a 0-9 to 0-5 half-time lead, before consolidating that advantage in the second period.Mount Leinster Rangers threatened a comeback in the second half, with points from Paul Coady and Denis Murphy bringing them back to within four points of their opponents, before they pulled away again to secure an eight-point victory.The Carlow side started brightly with Murphy getting the first point of the game before Joe Canning responded with a strike from a free for their rivals. After points by Edward Byrne and Murphy put Mount Leinster Rangers 0-3 to 0-1 ahead, Portumna subsequently took control of the contest, hitting six unanswered scores.Efforts from Damien Hayes and Joe Canning extended their advantage further, as they earned a four-point lead at the break.The second half acquired a similar pattern, as the Galwegians gradually edged away from their opponents on the scoreboard.With the score at 0-13 to 0-9, four pints from Joe Canning enabled his side to establish an insurmountable lead in the final 10 minutes, ultimately winning the game by a relatively comfortable margin of eight points.In addition, Mount Leinster’s Edward Coady was sent off late on to complete a miserable day for the Carlow champions.It’s Portumna’s fourth All-Ireland senior hurling club title overall, after previous wins in 2006, 2008 and 2009. They now go second with Birr’s Offaly in the overall roll of honour, just behind Kilkenny’s Ballyhale Shamrocks.last_img read more

Irish Examiner and local papers sold in complex restructuring

first_imgUpdated, 18:34THE ‘IRISH EXAMINER’ and a series of local papers have been sold as part of a complex internal restructuring, after their existing parent company went into receivership.The Examiner and a series of related regional titles, including the Cork-based Evening Echo, have been purchased by a new company formed by the Crosbie family who owned the previous company.The sale has been made by Kieran Wallace of KPMG, who was appointed as receiver to Thomas Crosbie Holdings Ltd (TCH) – the previous parent company behind the newspapers – earlier today.The Sunday Business Post, the other major paper published by TCH, is to apply to the High Court to enter examinership – a process where the company is protected from winding-up orders as it attempts to establish a viable business plan.Another related company, Thomas Crosbie Printers Ltd – which printed TCH’s newspaper titles – is to apply to be put into liquidation with the loss of 12 jobs. The titles purchased by Landmark Media Investment will now be printed at the Irish Times’ printing presses in Citywest.New firm takes over local titles and radio stationsTCH’s local papers – the Waterford News & Star, the Wexford Echo, the Western People, the Roscommon Herald, and the ‘Nationalist’ local newspapers in Carlow, Laois and Kildare – have also been purchased by the Crosbie family’s new vehicle, which has also purchased TCH’s digital businesses.The new company also hopes to take over TCH’s shareholding in the local radio stations WLR FM, Beat 102 and Red FM, but will need to seek regualatory approval from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland before this can be completed.The procedures are continuing with the support of AIB, the main lender to the group.Tom Murphy, the chief executive of the new vehicle, said today’s arrangements “represent an important opportunity for the Irish Examiner and associated titles and media to make a fresh start and that is very welcome news”.“In a challenging environment, this re-structuring and consequent acquisition provides a stable platform from which to build a sustainable business. I look forward to working closely with the management and staff to review and improve operations to successfully achieve this aim.”The media outlets bought by Landmark Media Investments employ a combined total of 554 people, all of whom will be taken on by the new firm on their existing employment terms and conditions. Landmark Media Investments intends to continue publishing each title as usual.The Sunday Business Post employs 76 people, who will be retained by the interim examiner if appointed at the High Court tomorrow. That paper will also continue publication if the examiner is appointed.The National Union of Journalists said it was “gravely concerned” about the potential threat to the future of the Sunday Business Post, and that it would seek an urgent meeting with the new owners of the other papers.It said the loss of any of the titles would be a “disaster”, and that staff had made significant sacrifices in recent years to ensure the future of the titles.“Our members employed in these titles require urgent clarification of the implciations for them of this complex restructuring. The safeguarding of employment and of media diversity is a priority for this union,” it said.“We hope this marks a new phase in the history of the company and look forward to engaging in a postive manner with the new owners on the protection of terms and conditions of employment.”Read: Newspapers record falls in circulation in second half of 2012last_img read more

Arsenal frustrated in Everton stalemate

first_imgARSENAL WASTED A chance to cement their place in the Premier League’s top four as the Gunners were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton on Tuesday.Arsene Wenger’s side would have moved four points clear of fifth placed Tottenham with a win at the Emirates Stadium.But they were forced to settle for a point as obdurate Everton’s physical approach succeeded in frustrating the hosts.Third placed Arsenal are now two points clear of Chelsea and Tottenham in the race to qualify for the Champions League.However Arsenal still have plenty of work to do as Chelsea have two games in hand on Wenger’s team, while Tottenham have played a game less than their north London rivals.Everton remain in sixth place, two points behind Chelsea having played two games more, and a spot in the Europa League now looks their best bet. The best chance of the half fell to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.Aaron Ramsey’s burst down the right produced a teasing low cross that picked out Giroud, only for the France international to drag his close-range effort woefully wide. David Moyes’ men should have taken the lead in the opening moments when Steven Pienaar eluded the statuesque Bacary Sagna and raced onto Seamus Coleman’s pass.But with just Wojciech Szczesny to beat, the South African midfielder lifted his shot high over the crossbar. Despite admitting he had rushed Jack Wilshere back from an ankle injury too quickly, Wenger gave the England midfielder his second appearance in four days.And the Frenchman was wincing as Wilshere came in for some rough treatment in the early stages.Crunching challenges from Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas left Wilshere writhing on the turf while Wenger leapt to his feet to berate referee Neil Swarbrick for failing to afford his player more protection.Everton’s aggressive approach had knocked Arsenal out of their rhythm and it took a mistake from Marouane Fellaini to gift the Gunners their first sight of goal.Fellaini’s wayward pass was collected by Kieran Gibbs in space on the edge of the penalty area, but the left-back’s powerful strike flashed over the bar.Everton’s attempts to stifle Arsenal were becoming increasingly crude and Darron Gibson’s foul on Theo Walcott finally brought a booking from Swarbrick.Gibson was fortunate to avoid being sent off for a second booking soon after when he barged into Walcott with no attempt to play the ball.Swarbrick settled for a quiet word with the Everton midfielder, in the process infuriating the increasingly exasperated Wenger, who made his feelings clear to fourth official Kevin Friend.The temperature rose even higher when Pienaar was booked for taking out Walcott.But Victor Anichebe went close to opening the scoring when his shot from Barkley’s pass was blocked by Szczesny. Santi Cazorla threatened for Arsenal early in the second half as the Spaniard’s half-volley forced a good save from Tim Howard and moments later Giroud clipped a first-time shot narrowly over.Everton went even closer in the 65th minute when Barkley worked space for a superb strike that beat Szczesny but curled agonisingly past the far post.Wenger responded by taking off Wilshere and Walcott, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski coming on.Oxlade-Chamberlain should have made an immediate impact when Cazorla’s pass sent the England winger through on goal, but instead of shooting he opted to pass to Giroud, allowing Coleman to get back and clear.Arsenal had Moyes’ side on the ropes, yet couldn’t deliver the knockout blow as Giroud lashed over from a tight angle.- © AFP, 2013Drogheda earn impressive win over Sligo while Cork City claim draw in Tallaght>Snapshot: Hooperman pays tribute to Boston Marathon victims>last_img read more

Doctors call for Robin Hood approach to medical card crisis

first_imgDOCTORS ARE CALLING on the government to ensure that all sick children get a medical card.The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) want the government to divert money that is currently ring-fenced for free under six care to discretionary medical cards.The NAGP call this a ‘Robin Hood’ approach to the crisis.The association is supporting Kevin Shortall whose daughter Louise is fighting leukaemia.Shortall is campaigning to ensure all sick children get a medical card.CEO of the NAGP Chris Goodey said,“The plight of Dublin father Kevin Shortall, whose daughter Louise is fighting leukaemia, further highlights the fact that Ireland’s most vulnerable, sick children are denied access to funding for basic medical care.This is happening while the Government is proposing universal GP access for all children under six, irrespective of financial means. It is farcical.“This ring-fenced money could be put towards helping children like Louise Shortall, whose family have battled to ensure she gets a medical card since her leukaemia diagnosis in 2012.”Goodey said that “even the HSE’s National Director of Primary Care has criticised the current situation”.He describes the proposed free GP care for children under the age of six as “utterly flawed” adding that the contract will cost €37 million in 2014.Read: “It is only a matter of time before a stressed out parent is pushed over the edge”>Read: Minister: ‘A decision to see a doctor should never be a financial dilemma’>last_img read more

Rent allowance banned in Ballymun to attain a good social mix

first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Social Protection says that a ban on landlords accepting rent supplement in Ballymun will lead to “a greater social mix”.The Department of Social Protection has put a block on the payment being allowed in Ballymun, because of the town’s status as a regeneration zone.The Irish Times today reported a case of a landlord who was not permitted to rent a house to a Dublin couple – because they are in receipt of the supplement.The ban does not affect people who are already in homes and receiving the payment or people who are living in Ballymun and may have to make use of it in the future.The ban on accepting rent supplement was lobbied for by locals as part of the area’s regeneration, the Department said in a statement.The restriction on rent supplement in the Ballymun area was lobbied for by the people of the area and was introduced with their agreement. This provision is aimed at supporting Government investment in regeneration and attaining a good social mix between private, social, affordable and voluntary housing. Rent supplement provides short-term income support to eligible people living in private rented accommodation, whose means are insufficient to meet their accommodation costs and who do not have accommodation available to them from any other source. The available rental accommodation in and around Ballymun.The Department statement added that it is not a blanket ban on the supplement being accepted in all regeneration areas, nor was it permanent.“The designation of Ballymun as an area of regeneration is a matter for the Minister of Environment, Community and Local Government and any changes to the position in relation to payment of Rent Supplement in Ballymun would be made following consultation with and on the advice of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.”While the initially affected couple were worried about homelessness, the Department says that it is not.“There is no evidence to suggest that this restriction has any impact on homelessness, or is in any way connected to homelessness. There is no surfeit of housing in Ballymun area. Based on a leading website there are only 12 properties in total available to rent, with only one 3-bed property currently advertised.“Ballymun’s levels of available housing stock available to rent is in line with housing supply levels throughout Dublin City.”Read: The average rent in Dublin is now €1,289 – in Waterford it’s €601last_img read more

The High Court has two new judges both women

first_imgSIX JUDGES DESIGNATE have been appointed to the new Court of Appeal while two new judges have been appointed to the High Court.Another has nominated to take over a vacancy due to occur later this year.Caroline Costello SC and Aileen Donnelly SC will fill two vacancies left in the court by the retirement of Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neil, while Justice Peter Charleton moved to the Supreme Court.There are currently seven female High Court judges out of 34.Costello recently advised the Oireachtas Committee on Procedure and Privileges on whether PAC could compel witnesses to appear before it.She was called to the Bar in 1988, and has experience in areas such as commercial, banking, insolvency, property and probate.Donnelly was also called to the Bar in 1988, with experience in criminal, extradition, judicial review, constitutional and tort law, and has contributed to a range of publications.Seamus Noonan SC has been nominated to fill a vacancy that will arise in September with the retirement of Justice Barry White.WelcomeMr Justice Nicholas Kearns President of the High Court said, ”I would like today to extend congratulations on my own behalf and on behalf of the other judges of the High Court to the six judges designated for appointment to the Court of Appeal. I also wish them every success as, together with Mr Justice Sean Ryan, they embark on the important work of the Court of Appeal in the months ahead. The High Court will do everything in its power to support and facilitate the operation of the new court.Chief Justice Susan Denham also welcomed the appointments.She said, “that people have access to justice in ready forms of appeal, is a must in a democratic society.That there is a continuing demand can be seen by the numbers – the sheer volume – of appeal work which comes before our Supreme Court. It amounts to many multiples of appeal numbers heard in other jurisdictions.“I welcome the progression towards the establishment of the Court of Appeal later this year. Now that the required legislation is in place, and a President and Judges designate have been nominated, work can carry on with the very real and practical plans to establish this new landmark court”.Serving Judges The Government also announced a number of serving judges of the High Court as Judges designate of the Court of Appeal:Justice George BirminghamJustice Mary Finlay GeogheganJustice Gerard HoganJustice Mary IrvineJustice Peter KellyJustice Michael Peart.Read: Justice system criticised after €200,000 Anthony Lyons settlement disclosed in court >last_img read more

This is how different smartphone owners see each other

first_imgIt is no surprise that members of different smartphone camps love their products and view other smartphone platforms with disdain. But to best sum up these sour feelings among smartphone owners, a picture is worth a thousand words and we have that very image from C-Section Comics.So if you ever wondered just how iPhone viewers see Android and Blackberry owners or how others view their smartphone rivals respectively, then just take a look at the above image to find out what we mean.Can’t we smartphone owners just get along? No? Well okay then.Read more at C-Section Comics, found via Geekologielast_img

WheeMe robot massages your cares away

first_imgAnd then it snaps your neck.Okay -we are just kidding about that neck thing. But how else would you explain it? Isn’t the first wave of the robotic apocalypse when robots lull humans into a false sense of security, or in this case – relaxation? Take this little WheeMe Massage Robot, for example.Sure this little bot looks cute in the following video massaging unsuspecting victims with his little “fingerettes” and self guiding technology. But you know as soon as the cameras were off, “SNAP!” Or worse yet, maybe the little beastie puts a control chip in her neck. Either way, I’d watch out if I were you.But if you are brave enough to put the WheeMe Massage Robot on your back to have it work on your aches and pains, it will be available next Spring. You can pre-order one now for just $49, but don’t say you didn’t warn you.Read more at Dreambots, via Ubergizmolast_img read more

PhantomSkinz Offers Carbon Fiber Protection

first_imgPhantomSkinz has just announced that its Chromatics Carbon Fiber line of skins is now available for the MacBook Air. It not only delivers protection, the company says, but offers a realistic 3D look and feel. Buyers can choose how much of their notebook they want covered: just the top, the top and wrist area, or the whole notebook. Skins go on without any stick residue, so there’s no chance of leaving lasting marks on your notebook.The skins are available in either black or white. You apply them by removing the skin from its backing paper, applying it to your notebook, then slowly pressing out the bubbles. The company recommends using a hair drying to firmly attach the skin to corners. Prices range from $39.95 to $79.95, depending on how much coverage you want. AdChoices广告last_img

Microsoft working on its own FaceTime competitor for WP7 or WP8

first_imgVideo chat has been around for a long time on laptops and PCs, and even mobile phones have given it a good old college try before, but it wasn’t until Apple introduced FaceTime with the iPhone 4 that the feature not only became popular, but synonymous with a full-featured modern cellphone.Is anyone surprised, then, at word that Microsoft is hard at work trying to put together a FaceTime competitor for their Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system?According to Neowin, their source is a “key WP7 employee” who spoke to them under the condition of anonymity at CES. Asked about FaceTime, the WP7 worker said that Microsoft was working hard in the lab to add a similar feature, which would be bundled with Microsoft Live services allowing it to work — just like FaceTime — across multiple platforms and devices.Other than that, there’s a lot of questions, and according to Neowin, their source refused to even be pinned down about whether or not Microsoft’s FaceTime was meant for WP7 or if it might not even be delayed until Windows Phone 8. One thing’s for sure: until WP7 handsets start shipping with forward facing cameras, it’s pretty irrelevant all around.Read more at Neowinlast_img read more

Research project creates worlds smallest 3D printer

first_imgAn affordable 3D printer that can be used at home is one step closer to reality thanks to Markus Hatzenbichler and Klaus Stadlmann from the Vienna University of Technology’s Institute of Materials Science and Technology. The pair have created a prototype for the world’s smallest 3D printer. 3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology that works by laying down additional layers of material to produce an object.Printing occurs in a small tub filled with a synthetic resin that hardens when it is exposed to intense beams of light. How these beams of light are exposed to the resin is controlled by the printer hardware and as each layer hardens the next layer can be attached to it.Now people shouldn’t assume that a 3D printer is the answer for making bulk items since the cost of doing so would be high compared to more traditional methods. Where 3D printers do have the advantage is in making custom individual items such as spare parts.The new prototype 3D printer, which is no bigger than the size of a milk carton, can make objects with a great deal of precision thanks to the printer’s high resolution. This is attributed to the light emitting diodes (LEDs) used by the printer which are a twentieth of a millimeter thick.The new 3D printer is considered a steal at 1,200 Euros which is about $1,700. Stadlmann believes that their printer can be made even smaller and if produced in large quantities the price of it will decrease.Read more at the Vienna University of Technology and Micro Printer information pagelast_img read more

Google is being changed this week based on user feedback

first_imgIt’s been a couple of weeks since Google+ launched, and with the exception of China already blocking its use, people do seem to like it. That’s good news for Google after the failures of Buzz and Wave, and bad news for Facebook who now has a serious competitor in the social network space.You may think Google could sit back and watch the Google+ network grow, but that would be a mistake. The search company has realized it can’t just watch what happens, it needs to respond to users quickly in order to keep them happy and the network growing. While the general view of Google+ is a positive one, there’s also a lot of criticism and user feedback of which Google is about to tackle.AdChoices广告Today, Vic Gundotra, senior vice president of social at Google used his Google+ account to post a message confirming there’s “lots of criticism for Google+.” Not only that, but before the end of the week we should start seeing changes to address those criticisms.Although there isn’t a list of what the most criticized features are (or lack thereof), the responses to Gundotra’s post are very telling. Here’s the ones we managed to extract from the 200+ comments he has received so far, most of which have had multiple +1 upvotes:Ability to modify circles a post is shared with after posting itReading sparks and +1 comments in the Android appLifting of the 5000 circle cap (really?)The ability to overlap circlesOption of a circle that doesn’t show up in your streamMenu follows you down the stream as you scrollEasy private messaging option including to person who starts a threadGoogle+ app for other platforms (WP7)Blocking working 100% of the timeEasy way to merge circlesSharing and refresh updates in the Android appLink to hide all comments again after you’ve clicked to show allBetter integration of Google Chat with Google+Fix issues with instant upload for photosAbility to share with all circles, but with an “except” optionAbility to share Google Docs and Calendar with circlesRevamp Google Reader to make sharing easierFile-sharing integrationNested commentsAddition of hashtags to aid searchingAs you can see, most of the requests are for more control and more integration with other Google services. There also seems to be a big push for the Android app to be improved quickly.We know any bugs will be the first thing to be fixed, but also for the control of circles (privacy, merging) and better stream access and controls to be targeted first. I’m sure there’s also a lot of feedback regarding the invite system and how overwhelmed it became.The other question to ask is whether there’s anything missing from that list? If you are a regular Google+ user or just starting out, checkout our best tips, tricks, and add-ons post and see if it helps you get past, or reveal new criticisms you can feedback to Google.via Computerworldlast_img read more