Junior Handball World ChampionshipJunior WC 2011 ← Previous Story Itxako against Larvik in the EHF CL FINAL! Next Story → Kadetten won Swiss Cup The draw of the 2011 Men’s Junior World Championship took place on 16 April in Thessaloniki, Greece, conducted by Leon Kalin, President of the IHF Commission of Organising and Competition (COC).The results of the draw are as follows:Group A SloveniaFranceSerbiaTunisiaPan-America 4NorwayGroup BDenmarkPan-America 1GreeceQatarAlgeriaPan-America 5Group CEgyptGermanyPan-America 2RussiaKoreaBeninGroup DPortugalSwedenSpainPan-America 3HungaryIranThe XVIII Men’s Junior World Championship will take place in Greece from 17 to 31 July 2011The IHF will publish the playing schedule and further details in due time
← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 8): Rhein-Neckar Lowen defeat Flensburg, now 14:0! Next Story → Krasnicki re-elected as President of Polish Handball Federation HSVHSV Hamburglijewski Operation on Marcin Lijewski in which a previous operation was overdone and a grown nerv has been set free, has went well. The player can train again fully within one well, but it will be decided with the team’s doctors on when he is fully ready to play again for the team.
← Previous Story Tin Tokic to Romanian Stinta Bacau Next Story → Marcin Lijewski back to Gdansk? Scandal in Polish Play-Off final when two coaches Talant Dujshebaev and Manolo Cadenas were in clinch in “Orlen Arena”, finally, has got conclusion. Wisla’s coach Cadenas is suspended for 2 matches and is to pay a 1500 złotys fine (about 360 euros); Duyshebaev is suspended for 4 matches and has to pay 3000 złotys (about 720 euros).However, Duyshebaev can appeal against it. Additionally, Orlen Wisła Płock is fined 3000 zł because during the game they did not provide proper places for the punished coaches. The fine for the fan who entered the court is yet to be decided. Also Denis Buntić is suspended for 2 matches for having fouled Kamil Syprzak.TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA cadenashandballHandball fightManolo CadenasTalant Dujshebaev
← Previous Story Champions League qualification gets underway Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 1): La Rioja and Ademar Leon begin season with wins Bundesligagermanyhandballtag des handballsworld record The old world record at one game attendance have been beaten. The new world record has been set yesterday at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt where Rhein-Neckar Lowen met HSV Hamburg. A total of 44,189 fans have attended the game between the two Bundesliga giants. In the so-called “Tag des Handballs”, was a real handball holiday with Germans proving that handball really has a special place in the sports of the country. The game ended with a victory of Rhein-Neckar Lowen who have won with 28:26 against HSV Hamburg.Bundesliga scores: RNL 28-26 HSV, Erlangen 25-25 Bergischer HC, Bietigheim 27-23 GWD Minden
4.MT Melsungen191324546:48228 1.Rhein-Neckar191702536:42634 7.Goppingen181206492:43324 VfL Gummersbach: Lichtlein (1.-31., 52.-60., 8/2 saves), Puhle (31.-52., 4 saves); Ernst (3), Schindler (1), Kühn (8), Persson, Pevnov (2), Zufelde, Jonsson, Bult (2), von Gruchalla (1), Becker, Schröder (2), Schmidt (7/4); Trainer: Kurtagic 5.Fuchse Berlin191135553:49625 ← Previous Story PSG Handball beat Zagreb in front of 15.200 fans! Next Story → Kristian Kjelling begins successfully coaching career 8.Hannover-Burgdorf191036532:52623 16.Bergischer193115474:5547 THW Kiel began year 2016 with a home win over VfL Gummersbach 31:26 (14:11). As usual, sold-out Sparkasse Arena in Kiel with 10.285 fans supported “Zebras” to level the number of points with the DKB Bundesliga leaders Rhein Neckar Lowen (34-34), but “Lions” have now match less.THW Kiel: Landin (1.-53., 7 saves), Katsigiannis (53.-60., 3 saves); Duvnjak (9), Lackovic (3), Mamelund, Sprenger (n.e.), Ekberg (8/1), Anic, Canellas, Dahmke (n.e.), Jaanimaa (n.e.), Klein (5), Brozovic, Vujin (6/1); Trainer: Gislason STANDINGS: 14.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten194015508:5748 3.Flensburg-H.191513567:47631 10.SC Magdeburg19739516:53217 2.Kiel201703624:52334 12.Lemgo195212519:57612 13.TVB Stuttgart192512489:5639 6.HSG Wetzlar191135509:48625 11.Leipzig207310523:56017 15.Eisenach193214505:6048 9.Gummersbach20929545:54420 17.N-Lubbecke180216453:5362
Dacian Ciolos is European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.José Graziano da Silva is Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). THE 32nd WORLD Food Day being marked today brings mixed news regarding the fight against hunger.Latest figures show that we have made progress in reducing hunger in the past two decades. Around one billion in the world went hungry in 1990: today 868 million are still undernourished and, with an extra push we can achieve the first Millennium Development Goal of halving the prevalence of hunger on the planet by 2015.However, we should be concerned with the fact that one in eight persons are still undernourished, that progress against hunger has slowed since 2007 and that we seem to be losing the battle in Africa and the Near East. In these regions, the hungry have increased from 192 million to 275 million, with 234 million of them in sub-Saharan Africa.Moreover, we have the wider challenge of a forecast 60 per cent increase food demand by the middle of the century. Add to this the challenge of climate change, water scarcity, the depletion of soil quality and biodiversity loss, and one can realise just how serious the global food security challenge has become. And this is where policy is vital in setting the right direction and providing the predictability that the agriculture sector needs – whether in developed or developing countries.Meeting the challenge to end hunger will depend on transforming political will into concrete action, strengthening global governance of food security, promoting pro-poor long-term economic growth, creating enabling environments for sustainable production, supporting small-scale production, building resilience and reinforcing social protection.“Investment in rural areas”To achieve this, we need to increase public and private investment in rural areas. However, over the last 30 years, financial aid for agricultural cooperation and development has fallen significantly, although there are signs that the trend has been reversed recently. Policy can play a role in providing the stability that will encourage this investment.We also need to bring together all the knowledge that exists in the world concerning agriculture and economics, as well as public policy, in order to promote family and small-scale farming. Let’s not forget that over 70 percent of the world’s extremely poor live in rural areas and many of them are subsistence or small-scale farmers.Every day, the FAO and the European Union are concerned with food security, working together with national governments to achieve this goal. We are part of a greater effort that includes other international organisations, farmers’ associations, NGOs, civil society and the private sector – the participation of all is essential in the fight against hunger.Important partners in this effort are cooperatives. The theme of this year’s World Food Day highlights the role of agricultural cooperatives in feeding the world. They are of crucial importance because they allow small-scale producers to access the information, tools andervices they need. This allows them to increase food production, market their goods and create jobs, improving their own livelihoods and increasing global food security.We also know that while small farmers acting alone often do not benefit from higher food prices, those acting collectively in strong producer organisations and cooperatives are better able to take advantage of market opportunities.“Price volatility in agricultural markets”This is especially important in the current context of increased price volatility in agricultural markets. The establishment of the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) last year has given the international community a new and effective instrument in responding to uncertainty. It is already giving an important contribution by increasing market transparency, facilitating coordinated international response and highlighting the extent to which there is sufficient global production available to make up for the drought-related losses in certain major producing countries this year. This is one important component of the global governance of food security, which has the Committee on World Food Security as itscornerstone.While the goal of halving world hunger is within reach and remains our short-term priority, we should look beyond 2015 towards a much more ambitious target: the total eradication of hunger, answering the call made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in launching the “Zero Hunger Challenge” at the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in June.At Rio+20 the international community sent out a strong message – that we cannot call development “sustainable” as long as millions of people continue to suffer from hunger and extreme poverty. The Zero Hunger Challenge offers us a comprehensive set of bold goals – zero hunger, zero stunting for children under 2, all food systems sustainable, 100 per cent increase in smallholder productivity and income, zero loss of waste and food – to favour our advocacy work and move towards the sustainable future we all want.With hunger, the only acceptable number is zero.
SOME SHAMROCK ROVERS fans clashed with PSNI officers tonight at Windsor Park during the Airtricity League side’s game with Linfield at Windsor Park.Riot police were called to the Belfast ground after some visiting supporters broke through barriers in the top part of the North Stand in order to taunt Linfield fans. All pics: INPHO/Presseye/Brian LittleOn the field, Rovers won 3-1, sealing a 7-2 aggregate win. Elsewhere, Drogheda United came from behind in the all-League of Ireland tie to beat Derry City 2-1 at Hunky Dory Park to book their place in the last-four. Sligo Rovers, meanwhile, won 3-0 away to Glentoran to complete their facile 8-0 aggregate win.The draw for the semi-finals is: Shamrock Rovers v Cork City and Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers. The first legs will be played on Tuesday, 16 April and the second legs will take place on Monday, 22 April. The final is fixed for Saturday, 11 May.Bobby Charlton convinced Rooney will stay… he saysCarlos Valderrama has got rid of his legendary afro
FACEBOOK IS TO create more than 100 new jobs at its Dublin headquarters, government revealed this morning.Jobs Minister Richard Bruton welcomed the next phase of the social networking giant’s expansion.“Today’s announcement of a significant expansion by one of the biggest companies on the internet, with the creation of 100 high-end jobs, is a major endorsement of the tech environment in Dublin and further confirmation of our city’s status as the internet capital of Europe,” he said.The hiring process for the jobs has already started with open positions in corporate communications, data, developer relations, sales, administration and user operations advertised on its website.Facebook’s Dublin office currently employs 400 people.“Ireland is a great hub of international tech talent which is one reason why Facebook has its international HQ in Dublin,” said Gareth Lambe, the acting head of office for Facebook Ireland. “Today’s announcement means we will be expanding our workforce across multiple disciplines such as user operations, safety and advertising.”At the Facebook announcement this morning. Image: jason clarke photographyMark Zuckerberg: A life in quotes
THE DIN OF machinery mingled with the echo of the 19th century Crimean War when an excavator bucket stumbled upon the yellowed remains of long-dead French soldiers at a construction site in a southern Ukrainian port city.The haunting find at Sebastopol’s Cane Bay beach in December revealed the site of a large cemetery of French soldiers who died in the war against the Russian Empire during the 1854-1856 Crimean War.The discovery has highlighted how many bodies could still be lying under the ground from the brutal conflict where an alliance of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire fought against Russia in what many see as one of the world’s first modern conflicts.“Dozens of bodies have been discovered so far and I think there will be more as the site is quite large,” said Olexander Natalich, a volunteer with the historical research group Dolg (Duty).The group’s members rushed to the construction site in December when local residents informed them about the discovery.Natalich said that they first thought the yellowed bones belonged to the Russian or German soldiers who fought in World War II when the strategic Black Sea city again saw fierce battles.The siege of SebastopolBut later they found fragments of a military greatcoat with buttons of the French Army 39th infantry regiment which took part in Sebastopol’s siege during the Crimean War.Historical documents prove that a huge camp of the French army was stationed on the Cane Beach shore, said local museum director Arkady Baiburtsky.The camp housed tens of thousands of people and included inns, shops, theatres and even brothels.Forensic experts concluded that the remains belong to people who died more than 100 years ago.“All this evidence lets us say that this is a hospital cemetery belonging to the French contingent,” Baiburtsky said.“Bodies in individual graves – all dug to the same depth of 0.8 to 1.4 metres – face west,” the historian said. “This is the first discovery of such an important burial of the Western (soldiers).”The average age of the deceased does not exceed 30 years, but due to the absence of personal belongings or documents, there is “close to zero chance” of establishing their identity, he added.Final resting placeFrench diplomats visited Sebastopol in February. Dozens of plastic bags with the bones of their countrymen had been piled up by the construction site’s fence but were then moved to the local church.The bodies will most likely find their final resting place in the nearby 19th century French military necropolis that was destroyed under the Soviet rule and restored in the 2000s by the French government.The Crimean War saw Russian forces defeated by the coalition of British, French, Ottoman, and Sardinian troops in the competition between great world powers for the dominance over the falling Ottoman Empire’s territories.According to different estimates, the French lost in the conflict between 45,000 and 95,000 dead – mainly due to infectious deceases such as cholera that spread due to the poor sanitation and water supply problems.Founded in 1783 under the Russian Empress Catherine the Great as the Russian Fleet’s port, Sebastopol – as well as the entire Crimean Peninsula – now belongs to Ukraine which became an independent state after the Soviet Union’s collapse.- © AFP, 2013
HE IS COMING off the back of his largest success in the Dáil, spearheading the Garda whistleblower issue, and his popularity and profile are rising seemingly weekly, so why does independent TD Luke Ming Flanagan want to win a seat in the European Parliament?For Flanagan, it’s simple: the residents of his town, and towns across Ireland, are as impacted from Brussels as they are from Kildare Street.“The simple fact is that more and more of my constituents are influenced by Europe whether its turf or other rules.I’m sick and tired of dealing with the monkey, I want to go and deal with the organ grinder.But, is an independent from Roscommon running for Europe just tilting at windmills, given the size of the European Parliament?“People told me that running for the council, I would have no power, they said the same about the Dáil but I think I’ve had a big impact: in my own town we’re getting a new water treatment plant and nationally we’re talking about a new policing authority.If you think being small means you can’t have an effect, try spending the night in a tent with a mosquito.Flanagan says that he believes Ireland has been taken advantage of by the EU, citing the loss of Irish fisheries, as well as EU rebates, saying that Ireland are “are givers, not takers in terms of Europe”.However, he says that he wants to reclaim Euroscepticism from the far-right. He says that the EU has “gone too far with integration”.As with all Eurosceptics, the question of why anyone would want to join a parliament they are fundamentally against needs to be posed. For that, Flanagan draws a parallel with Parnell and O’Connell.“Sometimes you have to do something for your country, if that means going to Europe, so be it.“I want to see the EU go backwards from being a superstate, I want it to be a community of people who help each other when we’re down. It’s not about nationalism, it’s about localism.”Flanagan became known as a campaigner for the legalisation of cannabis, but pledged not to smoke the drug in the Republic of Ireland if elected. Of course, a European Parliament seat means that he will be abroad a lot. What will that mean for his habits?“It’s not something I would be thinking about.“I would be thinking about laws and I think that with any law, be it turf or cannabis, should be formulated in the country that it is being introduced in.”The EU pop quizWe give an EU pop quiz to all of the candidates we interview. Here’s how Luke Ming Flanagan got on:What as the last country to join the Eurozone? Latvia. Croatia was the last country to join the EU. [Correct]How many seats will the EU have after the elections? There is currently 766 and there will be 751. [All correct]What year did Ireland officially join? 1973 [Correct]Who is the President of the European Commission? Jose Manuel Barroso. [Correct]Four from four, with bonus knowledge.Read: Labour Senator’s attack on election rival continues amid calls to withdraw ‘sexist remark’
IT’S THAT TIME of year again folks. College exams are wrapping up and students across Ireland are preparing to head off on their Summer adventures.For some that will mean staying at home, others will travel across Europe, but many will make use of the fabled J1 visa and go to America.Those who do will undoubtedly remember their experience (or bits of it anyway) forever, so today we’re taking a look back at the J1 memories that will stay with you forever.Emotional goodbyesYou’d swear you were moving to Timbuktu for twenty years by the way your mam carried on.ImgurSharing a house with 500 peopleAnd hopping out the back window/door to hide when the landlord visited.Image via Photocall IrelandSpeaking more Irish than you ever have in your lifeImage via ShutterstockResponding to stupid questions from AmericansImage via Flickr/MowardConvincing Americans that ridiculous facts about Ireland are trueFor sport, like.Image via ImgurBuying everything Abercrombie and Hollister had to sellYou couldn’t get it at home after all.Flickr/thinkretailThe American accent you come home withIt’s like you can’t even see people’s eyes rolling. Sudden allegiance to American sports teamsFlickr/Chicago ManRefusing to refer to places by their full name.Finding your fake ID doesn’t workAnd suddenly realising you should have listened to people’s advice about not going until you were 21.LastfmIf you were 21, people laughing at your flimsy driving license‘But it’s just a folded up piece of pink paper!’This is Maureen from Ballykissangel’s driver’s license. You can buy it if you like! PropstoreArriving home with a brand new CD collection‘Wait, you’ve never even heard of Train?’Telling people you were Colin Farrell’s cousin/brother/mateSee also: Bono‘That’s us there! Yeah, my hair was different then alright.‘ Matt Sayles/AP/Press Association ImagesSomehow holding down a job despite chronic lateness and ineptitudeHaving the super-human ability to drink 86 days in a rowYou can’t even fathom it now, can you?Image via Flickr/Falling SkyHot dogs becoming a staple of your dietWhat are your longstanding memories of your J1 Summer? Tell us in the comments.13 baby animals who don’t get enough cute credit>Things Taylor Swift doesn’t like>What is a Cronut and why are people queuing for ages to get them?>
MET ÉIREANN HAS issued a weather warning for Ireland in the coming days, with hot and very humid conditions, heavy rain, hailstorms, lightning, and even flooding in some areas.In short – a classic Irish weather forecast featuring every possible meteorological madness condensed into 48 hours.Don’t be deceived by the glorious sunshine we’re seeing this morning in the east and north of the country.A “status yellow” alert issued by Met Éireann this morning will remain in place from until Saturday night.Temperatures may rise as far as 24 degrees today, but this being Ireland in the summer, gusty winds and heavy, thundery downpours will spread from the south tonight, covering almost all of the country.Friday will see warm and humid conditions, with hazy sunshine and highs of 18 to 22 degrees. But as the day goes on, more heavy rain is due to hit, with a risk of hail and lightning.Be prepared for a tough night’s sleep on Friday, as conditions will stay sticky, with temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees expected. At night.Saturday will be hot and muggy with some hazy sunshine and temperatures of 18 to 24 degrees, but – once again – get ready for some heavy rain, hail and lightning which could cause some damage and disruption at times.Things will freshen up a bit on Sunday, with temperatures in the high-teens or low-20s and some decent sunny spells, but expect some scattered showers in parts of the country.In summary, this might be the weekend to break out those box-sets you’ve been saving for September.And you might end up regretting all those life-affirming outdoor activities you had planned.Read: Is the weather truly Fierce Close? This flow chart will tell you>Summer in Ireland, summed up in one single comic>
THE NUMBER OF people passing through Irish airports last year increased by 4% to almost 25 million when compared to 2012, according to the latest CSO figures for Irish aviation.Dublin, Donegal, Kerry, Shannon, Connemara and Inishmore airports all recorded an increase in passenger figures for the year, with Dublin accounting for 81.3% of all passengers.However, Waterford Airport recorded a drop of 63.8% in passengers last year.Cork and Knock also recorded passenger dips, down 2.5% and 1.7% respectively.Here are the other key CSO figures on Irish airports last year: Over 204,000 flights were handled by Ireland’s five main airportsOver 24 million passengers passed through those five airports84.6% of passengers were travelling to or from Europe9% were travelling to or from North America128,067 tonnes of freight passed through Cork, Dublin, Knock and Shannon9,673,990 passengers were travelling to or from the UK – the biggest single origin/destination for passengers through Irish airportsRead: One-fifth more long haul passengers for Aer Lingus last month >Read: Knock airport is on track for its best year ever >
Angry Birds fans won’t have to wait until Christmas to open up this present. Rovio has released Angry Birds Seasons for Apple iOS and Android devices. Angry Birds Halloween, which was offered for iOS in October, was the first game to dress your favorite pigs and hurtling birds in season appropriate garb. Angry Birds Seasons includes the 45-level Halloween game as a separate episode called Trick or Treat and a new Christmas themed level called Season’s Greedings.For iOS customers who already purchased Angry Birds Halloween don’t worry. You’ll be getting the latest version with the Christmas episode for free. New iOS customers will pay $0.99. For Android users, the new game will be ad-supported just like the original so you’ll be able to download it for free.AdChoices广告Appropriately, the new Season’s Greedings episode includes 25 levels setup like a Christmas countdown calendar. Each level puts you in a winter wonderland that will help you get in the right frame of mind for the season. At least, it does if you forget about the fact that your hurtling birds to their deaths to kill pigs.Read more at the Rovio Blog
British retailer Marks and Spencer has launched what it claims is a world first: a carbon neutral bra.Part of M&S’ Autograph Leaves collection, the bra has been independently verified by the Carbon Trust Footprinting Certification Company, based on a variety of factors. First, the bras are made at the company’s eco-friendly factory in Sri Lanka, which is powered b renewable energy and new waste-management initiatives.M&S also purchased the equivalent of 1,440 tonnes of CO2 via a carbon credit project, to help offset the rest of the production and transport.“The complexity of a bra’s supply chain makes it the ideal product to learn about the practicalities of carbon footprinting, as it contains 21 component parts from 12 different suppliers,” M&S’ Mike Barry said. “We’re already applying the lessons we’ve learned to other product areas and have taken an important step towards our goal of giving every single M&S product a Plan A attribute.”
The original Droid by Motorola was such a huge success that the company followed it up with the Droid 2 and Droid 2 Global. Motorola has a history of piggybacking on the success of phone models with subsequent models (we all remember the RAZR,) so it comes as no surprise that there’s a Droid 3 on the way. Even though we all knew it was coming, we didn’t know what would be under the hood.Now, thanks to a leak over at Technobuffalo, we have an idea of the hardware that might be inside the Droid 3 when it hits the market in June. First of all, the Droid 3 will likely feature a dual-core processor, and while the chipset isn’t explicitly labeled as an Nvidia Tegra 2, it’s very possible that it could be. The Droid 3 will also be larger than its predecessors, featuring a 4-inch qHD display.AdChoices广告The Droid 3 will retain the form factor of its predecessors as well, with a large touch-screen display on top that slides up to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. The source says the Droid 3’s keyboard will have a row of number buttons, so you don’t have to press ALT and then the corresponding letter key to type a number each time if you’re using the keypad.Also included will be an HDMI port and a front-facing camera, although we don’t know the resolution on that camera. The rear camera does get a boost to 8-megapixels, much improved over the 5-megapixel model in the Droid and Droid 2.Another item the source noted was that the Droid 3, even though it will be a dual-core phone and packed with upgrades, won’t support the Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network. This is a bit of a let-down, considering Motorola was supposed to be one of the first handset manufacturers to bring a dual-core 4G LTE device to Verizon Wireless.With the delay on the Droid Bionic still in place, and none of Motorola’s other new phones equipped with 4G LTE receivers, we have to wonder what’s going on at Motorola. HTC, Samsung, and soon LG, with the LG Revolution, have all beaten Motorola to market with 4G smartphones. It may not matter to many buyers, especially if they don’t have 4G LTE coverage in their area, but Verizon Wireless is pushing LTE heavily, and it doesn’t make sense for one of their flagship partners to keep releasing 3G phones when their 4G network is waiting.Regardless, pricing on the Droid 3 hasn’t been announced yet, but the phone is slated for a June release. It won’t be long before Verizon Wireless makes an official announcement, and we’ll all know more about the upcoming device then.Read more at Technobuffalo
Despite some recently success with their smartphones, it appears that LG has been busy at work. A recent leak from PocketNow revealed multiple new Android smartphones and a Windows Phone 7 “Mango” phone, all of which the company is said to be delivering some time in 2011. Both information and renderings were leaked and apparently so were images, though only the renderings were published.First off is the LG Prada K2, pictured above left, which checks in with a 4.3-inch NOVA LCD and front and rear cameras, at 1.3-megapixel and 8-megapixel respectively. The phone is just 8.8 millimeters thick and comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on-board. This looks like it will be LG’s flagship phone in the second half of 2011.AdChoices广告Unlike the Prada K2, the LG Fantasy, above right, is a Windows Phone 7 Mango handset. The devices specs are shrouded in mystery, but its design is closer to many top-tier Android phones than its Mango counterparts.Next up is the LG Univa, a mid-range smartphone. It will ship with Gingerbread on-board, a 5-megapixel camera, a 3.5 inch HVGA screen, and an 800MHz processor. It’s slightly thicker at 11.9mm than the Prada K2’s 8.8mm. The LG Victor is another mid-range Gingerbread smartphone. Its interior comprises a 1GHz processor and 802.11b/g/n radio. Its exterior packs a 3.8-inch OLED screen and 5-megapixel rear and VGA front-facing cameras.The LG Gelato NFC, also not pictured, is another mid-range Gingerbread handset. This is the NFC-capable version of the original Gelato, and the only NFC-capable handset listed in the new devices. It sports a 3-megapixel camera, 3.2-inch HVGA screen, and an 800MHz processor.The LG E2, not pictured, is an entry level Android smartphone. Like the Fantasy, its specs are unknown, though PocketNow expects that it will have specs well below its LG brethren. And finally the LG K is expected to have a 720p HD display with a screen that could be 4.5 inches. Not much is known about it at this time, but its pixel density could rival the iPhone’s Retina Display.All of this, however, has the potential to change before the phones are released, if they are released. This, after all, is an unconfirmed leak so there is no guarantee that all these devices will come out as planned or as pictured.Based on we have seen so far LG looks to have a competitive and well-rounded line-up. They are hitting on the major trends–NFC, high pixel density, thin design, etc.–and should have some popular phones for the latter half of 2011.More at PocketNow
It looks like Roku has taken the phrase “slim is in” to heart for the New Year. The company announced that they will be rolling out a new line of products called “Streaming Sticks” that are miniaturized versions of its popular Roku set top box. Said to be about the size of a USB memory stick, the new form factor devices will offer users the same functionality and features as its larger siblings. Using the new Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) connection standard, the Streaming Stick will connect to a television via an available HDMI port. Because MHL is its infancy as a technology, there could be a hurdle for Roku to see wide adoption of the new devices. At the present very few existing televisions have MHL capability, but Roku executives are hopeful more manufacturers will begin to include MHL as part of the feature set in future models. Owners of Roku set top boxes will be able to use their existing remote controls with the Streaming Sticks as well, adding an extra benefit.Right now Roku plans on bundling the Streaming Sticks with Best Buy’s Insignia branded televisions, and hope to be able to roll out the standalone devices by this fall. With the holiday shopping rush over, it will be interesting to see if Roku can launch these new products successfully, especially in the light of falling 500,000 units short in its sales projections for 2011. Read more at GigaomRay’s ThoughtsWhile I’m a fan of Roku (my family owns two), this move is a bit puzzling to me. With so many companies like LG, Panasonic, and Samsung already manufacturing televisions with smart streaming capabilities, why would a consumer want to spend the extra money for a Streaming Stick? Couple that with the fact that there is no backwards compatibility for televisions that don’t use MHL and you have a problem convincing people to buy the product. If Roku releases the Streaming Sticks in the current configuration that they have talked about, they will be a niche product at best until they can figure out to make the device connect via a regular HDMI port. (Part of the hurdle is that MHL is a self-powered standard, meaning Roku can ship the Streaming Sticks with no power adaptors, which will cut down on cost and and convenience for the form factor, but at the sake of having a large user base immediately.)
Wireless carriers have us right where they want us. When there are only four significant national providers in the US, there’s only so much competition for our business. So when they all band together (even if only in mindset) and decide on a “new rule,” customers are forced to play along.A prime example of this is tethering. Of course tethering is the act of sharing a device’s internet connection with one or more other devices. Back when carriers provided unlimited data, charging extra for tethering made more sense. Back then, it served the purpose of preventing “unlimited” users from trying to replace home DSL connections and racking up gigabytes upon gigabytes of monthly data.But when carriers shifted to capped data plans, charging for tethering lost all rational justification. You get a set amount of data already — why are you forced to pay extra to share that data with another device? It’s a policy that treats customers with hostility.Hackers prevailFortunately, there are ways for iPhone users to get around this. Well, at least there are if your device is jailbroken. Apple would never allow a tethering app into the App Store (at least not intentionally, devs frequently sneak the feature into other apps).The first thing you’ll need to do is to jailbreak your iPhone. Right now, we’re at a point in time when every iPhone can be jailbroken. If you haven’t already jailbroken your handset, you can refer to the corresponding tutorial: How to jailbreak the iPhone 4SHow to jailbreak older iPhones on iOS 5.0.1 After you’ve jailbroken your iPhone, you’ll want to get a quality tethering app from Cydia. Fortunately, there are a couple of great options.Avoid MyWi (for now)The most popular iPhone tethering app is called MyWi — but I actually don’t recommend it. This isn’t due to its feature set, which is second to none. It’s because the developers of MyWi haven’t taken any measures to hide tethering from carriers.During the last year, AT&T and Verizon started cracking down on accounts that showed unauthorized tethering. MyWi was almost always the app that customers who received the notices were using, and the devs haven’t updated it with a stealth mode. It’s a great app, but if it leads to your being forced into a paid tethering plan, there’s no point.The best iPhone tethering appsTwo apps that have implemented precautions are both on our list of best Cydia apps: TetherMe and PdaNet. TetherMe costs $4.99 in Cydia (a bargain compared to the $20 MyWi), and PdaNet is pricier at $14.99.The two apps take different approaches to tethering. TetherMe goes the simple route: it enables iOS’s native tethering (without a plan) and edits APNs to hide it from carriers. It’s simple, it’s easy to use, and it’s one of the cheapest tethering apps out there.Pdanet, meanwhile, offers a more advanced feature set, and it appears to take a stricter approach to hiding your tethering from your carrier. It lets you choose between “level 1” hiding, which should suffice for most users, or the more powerful “level 2,” which gives you mobile versions of sites on your tethered device. PdaNet functions as a standalone app, and doesn’t involve the native iOS tethering interface.The carriers’ customer-hostile policy towards tethering is annoying, but it’s comforting to know that the development community has risen to the occasion. There are other ways that wireless providers could potentially detect your tethering (packet sniffing?), but we haven’t heard any reports of that. Chances are, these two apps will let you enjoy free tethering without any hassle.
The only thing that makes an incredibly hot summer even more irritating is insects. Wouldn’t it be nice to eat outside without being annoyed by flies and other nasty creatures? Well, an Indiegogo project has created a salt-firing shotgun to take down these bugs.The Bug-A-Salt created by Skell inc. gives people an easy and non-toxic way to kill flies and other insects. Every time you use the gun, the shotgun fires a pinch of salt at the fly, killing it instantly. As the gun doesn’t use toxins it’s safe to fire if you have pets or small children in the house. Using ordinary table salt for ammunition means it’s a cheap way to deal with pests, too. The gun’s firing range is around 3 feet and can hold around 50 to 60 shots worth of salt at a time.Bug-A-Salt comes with an automatic safety lock, which turns on every time you fire a round, and will hopefully stop your children shooting each other repeatedly. No batteries are required to use the gun either, just fill it up with salt and you’re ready to go. There’s even a sight to help you aim.The project on Indiegogo has received a huge amount of funding already. It only needed $15,000 to reach its goal, but it has managed to raise almost $150,000 with 45 days still to go. It’s easy to see why, though. The Bug-A-Salt only costs $30 including shipping. The gun also looks like great fun to use and it’s certainly a good way to get rid of those annoying houseflies without using nasty chemicals.Get one at Indiegogo, via Stuff