Qatar Handball Center – Impressive basis for the future

← Previous Story Youth Women’s WCh 2014 starts in Macedonia Next Story → QATAR 2015 DRAW: Poles again with Germans in “group of death” D qatar handball center Qatar 2015 will be the most impressive event in the history of handball. Journalist who came all over the world to Doha to attend the Draw for the World Championship tonight. Media representatives visited Qatar Handball Center, one of the halls were tournament will take place. New hall, 5.000 seats, impressive VIP, hotel for the players, everything necessary for a good handbal future…In this hall will be played IHF Super Globe in September…Two halls are ready and two others are in process – Luisal and Al Sadd arena. It is expected that all four venues will be ready until the end of November.

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EHF Cup TOP 6 draw Germans looking for three places in Max

← Previous Story Marko Vujin about TOP 8: My wish is Szeged – It will be good to avoid PSG Next Story → PAN-AMERICA HANDBALL: Draws are ready, bring on the Games! Draw for the EHF Cup quarter-finals will be held in Vienna on Tuesday, right before the draw for the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8. The host team of the EHF CUP F4 is Fuchse Berlin which won the place on the final tournament directly after securing one of two places in the Group stage.The other three teams will be known after knock-out stage. The second placed team who didn’t qualify for TOP 6 due the smallest number of points in the group is Spanish team BM Granollers.The first quarter-final leg is scheduled for 11-12 April, the second leg will be played on 18-19 April. The three winning teams qualify for the 2015 EHF Cup Finals in Berlin (16-17 May).Seeding pots for the Men’s EHF Cup Quarter-final Draw:Pot 1 (three group winners)HSV Hamburg (GER)Team Tvis Holstebro (DEN)MT Melsungen (GER)Pot 2 (three best second ranked teams)RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO)Skjern Handbold (DEN)Eskilstuna Guif (SWE)Where to followThe draw will be live streamed on ehfTV.com with commentary from Tom O’Brannagain.A live ticker will go online on Tuesday morning on eurohandball.com and the event will also be extensively covered on the official Twitter channel of the VELUX EHF Champions League @ehfmedia. EHF Cup read more

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PERFECT SEASON Triple crown for El Jaish

el jaish sports clubKhalid Saif Al-KuwariQatari handball Eljaish first handball team won the title of Emir Cup 2015-2016 for the third time respectively after defeating Al-Gharafa team at the final match scoring 21-16. Eljaish finished first half scoring 9-8.H.E. Salah Bin Ghanem Al-Ali, minister of culture and sports, accompanied by Mr. Ahmad Al-Shaabi, president of handball association, crowned Eljaish with the title and handed gold medals and trophy to Eljaish players and handed silver medals to Al-Gharafa team.By this achievement, Eljaish team won the title for the third time respectively and finished the season with 3 titles after winning the league and Qatar Cup championships.AL-KUWARI: HISTORICAL ACHIEVEMENTMr. Khalid Saif Al-Kuwari, head of handball staff at Eljaish sports club, dedicated the title of Emir Cup 2016-2016 to club management as appreciation for their unlimited support for the handball team in the club.“Eljaish team deserved winning the title of Emir Cup title as finished the season and the best possible image by winning the three titles in a historical achievement”, said the chairman and added:“All players were trustworthy and we succeeded in winning the final match despite the absence of Isam Tej who is currently suspended by the association for 5 matches. I would like to thank members of the administrative and technical staff for their efforts during the season and I wish them more good luck to win more titles in the future”, concluded Khalid Saif Al-Kuwari. ← Previous Story Sebastian Simonet to BM Ademar Leon Next Story → All Star team of Norwegian league 2015/2016 read more

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DKB BUNDESLIGA Dario Quenstedt stops Kiel in Magdeburg

Leipzig21 – 30Rhein-Neckar 8.Hannover-Burgdorf291379811:80133 9.Gummersbach2814311767:75331 RESULTS – ROUND 29: 15.TVB Stuttgart284618698:80414 14.Bergischer287120702:79415 SC Magdeburg: Ambrosius (48.-50.), Quenstedt (1.-48., 50.-60., 14/2 saves); Musa (2), Rojewski, Musche (2), van Olphen, Bagersted, Grafenhorst (1), Haaß (1), Bezjak (1), Weber (8/3), Damgaard (9), Zelenovic (3), Lemke (2); Trainer: Wiegert 13.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten286319738:80915 MT Melsungen25 – 32Flensburg-H. N-Lubbecke26 – 27Bergischer 1.Rhein-Neckar292504831:63950 6.HSG Wetzlar2915410754:74234 12.Lemgo287219743:83416 2.Flensburg-H.282233837:69647 THW Kiel: Landin (1.-60., 14 saves), Katsigiannis (n.e.); Duvnjak (7), Mamelund (n.e.), Dissinger (2), Wiencek (3), Ekberg (4/3), Anic (n.e.), Canellas (2), Dahmke (1), Jaanimaa, Klein (2), Brozovic (1), Vujin (6); Trainer: Gislason Rhein Neckar Lowen, again, have all in own hands! THW Kiel’s chances to win title in DKB Bundesliga becames much smaller after last night defeat in Magdeburg 28:29, where Dario Quenstedt saved penatly shot by Niclas Ekberg. 5.Fuchse Berlin281639785:71635 Goppingen35 – 26TVB Stuttgart ← Previous Story RK Gorenje and RK Celje PL postpone title decision for May 27 Next Story → ADRIATIC World Young Female left wing 2015/2016? STANDINGS: 10.SC Magdeburg2811710771:76929 HSG Wetzlar29 – 22Lemgo Hannover-Burgdorf25 – 22Fuchse Berlin SC Magdeburg29 – 28Kiel 11.Leipzig2911315761:81525 7.Goppingen2816111769:71533 3.Kiel282224856:72246 16.Eisenach284222705:87610 17.N-Lubbecke282422702:8158 4.MT Melsungen281837792:72239 Dario Quenstedtdkb bundesligaRhein Neckar LowenSC MagdeburgTHW Kiel read more

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FROM ROGLA TO RIO Five preOlympic tests for Slovenia

← Previous Story Maccabi Tel Aviv appoints new coach Dragan Djukic Next Story → IHF Super Globe 2016 with Kielce and PSG in Doha Handball Rio 2016Olympic handballrio 2016 handballSlovenia Riođ Slovenian national team qualifed for the Olympic tournament after 12 years. Veselin Vujović and his guys managed to make a big success after poor January, when Slovenia were eliminated at EHF EURO 2016 Preliminary Round. With much better energy, Zorman and Co. began preparations for Rio on famous domestic resort Rogla, place famous for pre-season activities since Yugoslav times.Slovenia will play five friendly matches before the start of the Olympic tournament on August 7.Firstly, Tunisia will test Balkan guys on July 16 and 17, before matches against Croatia (July 22 and 26) in Opatija and Koper.The last test will be held in Rio on August 4, where Denmark will be on the other side of the court. read more

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Taoiseach expects decision on postbailout credit facility before December exit

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY expects that there will be a decision on what, if any, precautionary credit facility Ireland will have next year prior to the country formally exiting the bailout on 15 December.Speaking to reporters after the conclusion of the European Council summit in Brussels today, Kenny declared himself satisfied with how talks had progressed but said there were no formal discussions on Ireland’s post-bailout status.The main issue with Ireland’s bailout exit centres on whether or not it will need to apply for a precautionary credit facility to help ease the transition from bailout funding to raising money on the normal international lending markets.Kenny said today: “We’ve been in a condition-bound situation for the last number of years. What we want to do is exit this with the very best options for our country.” He said it is clear that the government does not want the State in a situation whereby there are tighter controls on how it spends money than it has been subjected to for the past three years under the EU-IMF programme.Kenny added that he expects further meetings with the eurogroup and with individual European leaders prior to a decision being made but before the bailout exit.In a statement earlier this week the Department of Finance was keen to outline the discretion Ireland has in relation to any credit facility, saying: “Ultimately, the final decision on post-programme options is one for the Irish authorities.”Prior to this week’s summit Kenny wrote to the 27 EU leaders and the Council president Herman van Rompuy to underline the “imperative” of breaking the link between sovereign and bank debt, saying it is key to advancing Ireland’s post-bailout prospects.Ireland is pushing for retrospective recapitalisation of its banking sector through the eurozone’s permanent bailout fund, the ESM, but progress on this has been slow since a historic decision was made in June 2012 to break the “vicious circle” between bank and sovereign debt.In full: Taoiseach tells EU leaders it ‘remains imperative’ to split bank and sovereign debtTaoiseach on Merkel ‘bugging’ claims: ‘I always operate on the basis that my calls are listened to’last_img read more

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13 ways youll know youre in a proper Irish BB

first_img Source: Mr Thinktank Source: Gifrific7. Mysteriously isolated location Source: Arrr!Ideally combined with idiosyncratic directions. “Go through the village and then another three miles on the Kilmacthomas road. Left opposite the stile, and then a mile along the track and it’s the house after the Flynns.”8. Man of the house who appears only when you need a lift Source: ASGW9. And who you may have to awkwardly ring at 2am to pick you up from the wedding Source: Shutterstock10. An intimidating array of family photosAll eyeballing you from an elaborate sideboard, interspersed with GAA trophies. As you sit eating your breakfast in…11. Silence Source: Sitka Projects LLC Source: ImgurOver breakfast. While you desperately think of things to say that won’t make you sound like a psychopath to the silent couples at other tables.12. Breakfast served very early in the morning Source: johl“What time would you like breakfast? It’s six to seven thirty.” Obviously you always get up for the breakfast, no matter how recently you got in from the wedding/stag/hen. You’ve PAID for it like.… that you feel somehow obliged to eat all of Source: Irish Typepad“Did you not like it,” the hostess will ask with hurt in her voice as you struggle through the second white pudding slice, wanting to die of lack of sleep. THIS IS A MATTER OF HONOUR.13. And a visitor’s book that you have to sign on the way out Source: fotologicIt’s compulsory. “So quaint, lovely stay – Jed and Eileen, Denver, Colorado.”The 14 signs that you’re at an Irish wedding>WATCH: Every Irish wedding ever> THE IRISH BED and breakfast is a national institution. It is the backbone of our country.Sure you wouldn’t stay at the hotel when you can stay down the road for half the price with breakfast?Here is how you’ll know you’re in the right place.1. A statuette of Pope John Paul II Source: gruntzookiAcceptable substitute: a marriage certificate for the owners, signed by Pope John Paul II.Unacceptable substitute: Any other Pope2. Paper-thin walls Source: romana kleeSo you can hear the conversation of the middle-aged German hikers next door. Or worse.3. Heating on an erratic schedule Source: Evan ProdromouWhen you first arrive at 4pm: ArcticWhen you return from evening out at midnight: Arctic5am-6.30am: Tropical BorneoWhen you get up at 8am: Arctic4. An owner who is somehow both nice and not-nice, all at the same time Source: ShutterstockDoes she like you? Does she curse you behind your back? You never know *quite* where you stand. That’s how you know you’re dealing with a professional.5. Hallucination-inducing carpets Source: romana klee Source: Wikia6. And furniturelast_img read more

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Government wont say if Taoiseach has or will raise human rights concerns

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS declined to say whether Taoiseach Enda Kenny has or will raise specific concerns about human rights issues with leaders in the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE where he and other Irish officials are on a trade mission this week.Kenny met with senior Saudi politicians in Riyadh yesterday, including deputy prime minister Crown Prince Salman. Kenny is reported to have congratulated him on the country’s election to the UN human rights council and also praised “their leadership in terms of moderation”.TheJournal.ie submitted detailed questions to the government asking if any specific concerns in relation to human rights issues in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE have been or will be raised with leaders.In response, a statement from the Government Press Office said: “Ireland has a very strong track record on human rights issues. “The Taoiseach noted Saudi Arabia’s recent election to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations for the period of 2014 to 2016, of which Ireland are also members.”Kenny is in Qatar today on what is principally a trade mission to the region with Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and companies affiliated to Enterprise Ireland accompanying him. He has met with Qatari Prime Minister of Qatar Abdullah Bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad.Exploitation of migrant workersThe country will host the 2022 World Cup an event which has been the subject of controversy after an investigation by The Guardian and major report by Amnesty International found that migrant workers involved in building soccer stadiums for the tournament are being exploited.Amnesty International’s executive director in Ireland, Colm O’Gorman, said there are “very, very grave issues in relation to the treatment of migrant workers” in Qatar with wages being withheld and workers being prevented from leaving the country.He said the government has a responsibility to raise concerns about human rights in these countries with officials and leaders that they meet.He said: “We always call on the Irish government to raise human rights issues in dialogue with other states. Indeed Ireland has a clear responsibility to do so and often that’s the case. So we would be urging the Taoiseach and indeed all Irish government ministers who are on missions to Gulf states to raise issues.”O’Gorman admitted that Amnesty did not have a chance to speak to the government ahead of its mission to the Gulf as it did not know it was happening, but did note that “Ireland has a long and frankly a good tradition of championing human rights issues”.He said that the organisation has concerns in relation to Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women and the death penalty. Women in the largest Arab state in western Asia are not allowed to drive or travel abroad without a male companion.Kenny and the Irish delegation are due in Abu Dhabi and Dubai tomorrow and Thursday where meetings are planned with the United Arab Emirates’s prime minister, Sheikh Mohamed al Maktoum, and the country’s foreign affairs minister.O’Gorman added that his organisation has concerns about the dentention and conviction of political activists in the UAE as well as its use of the death penalty.“Ireland has a responsibility to raise human rights concerns and issues as part of normal bilateral relations with those countries,” he said, adding that it plans to correspond with the government when the trade mission conclues.Read: Taoiseach and Jobs Minister kick off Gulf trade mission in Saudi ArabiaRead: Football bosses told to worry about Qatar workers – and not just playerslast_img read more

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Heres how many iPhones Apple sold to make 131bn profit

first_imgWe are really happy with our record iPhone and iPad sales, the strong performance of our Mac products and the continued growth of iTunes, software and services. We love having the most satisfied, loyal and engaged customers, and are continuing to invest heavily in our future to make their experiences with our products and services even better.While Apple remains the most valuable and among the most profitable companies, some analysts are concerned it is losing its edge and failing to keep up with rivals in the smartphone and tablet markets.“Some of the shipments may be records, but Apple shares are taking it on the chin here. Sometimes great is not great enough,” said Jon Ogg at 24/7 Wall Street.The profit of $13.1 billion was unchanged from a year earlier and amounted to $14.50 a share, better than analyst forecasts.But Apple’s outlook for the current quarter, its second fiscal quarter, were below forecasts at between $42 billion and $44 billion in revenue.Apple has been facing pressure from billionaire Carl Icahn, which wants the company to boost the size of its share buyback to deliver more cash to shareholders.- © AFP, 2014Read: Apple considers developing mobile payments service for physical goods> APPLE SAID TODAY that record sales of iPhones drove revenues to new heights in the past quarter, resulting in a profit of $13.1 billion.The California tech giant said it had record quarterly revenues of $57.6 billion, helped by selling 51 million iPhones.But Apple shares fell 5.7 percent at $519.15 in after-hours trade on a weaker-than-expected outlook ahead.The company said it sold 26 million iPads during the quarter to December 28, also an all-time quarterly record, as well as 4.8 million Macs.“Really happy”Tim Cook, Apple chief executive said:last_img read more

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Some parcel delivery disruption as An Post depot remains closed

first_imgRead: An Post wins new contract to keep delivering social welfare payments> THE MAIN PARCEL deport at Merrywell remains closed this morning after the fire at the Ballymount Industrial Estate forced it to close due to heavy smoke.44 workers were evacuated yesterday as fire fighters continued to tackle the blaze at the Oxigen Environmental recycling plant.An Post told TheJournal.ie that the depot remains closed this morning, but that they had put contingencies in place to ensure parcel deliveries went out this morning.A spokesperson for An Post said:There will be some disruption to the delivery service today, but we will catch up as quick as we can.He added that they were working in conjunction with the chief fire officer and that the depot would open once the all clear was given.Read: An Post plan two-storey extension of GPO ahead of 1916 anniversary>last_img read more

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Outernet project aims to provide global WiFi coverage via satellite

first_imgCONNECTING THE ENTIRE world to the web for free is always going to be an ambitious task, but one New York-based company plans to make it a reality by using miniature satellites.The Outernet project aims to create a network of miniature satellites in low Earth orbit that will beam WiFi to everyone around the world.Each satellite receives data from a network of ground stations and will transmit that data in a continuous loop until new content is received.Describing the project as the “modern version of shortwave radio or BitTorrent from space,” it will offer users a one-way web connection that allows WiFi-enabled devices to access a basic version of the web. The main draw of the project is that it would allow those who wouldn’t usually have a web connection a way to access itTwo-way internet-access would be made available to a small group of users. It will be made available to those who are unable to access traditional communication networks either because of natural disasters or man-made restrictions.The team behind the project hope to begin developing prototype satellites in June and start testing them at the beginning of 2015. If everything goes to plan, then deployment of Outernet could begin as early as June 2015.The project is being funded by the Media Development Investment Fund, a New-York based organisation that provides financing and business assistance to independent news outlets in countries that have a history of media oppression. The team behind Outernet are also accepting donations through PayPal and Amazon as well as through Bitcoin and Dogecoin.Outernet isn’t the first project that wants to connect the world to the web. Internet.org, a project headed by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, aims to do something similar through partnership with companies like Nokia and Samsung, while Project Loon is Google plan to connect people to the web via high-altitude balloons.Read: Internet domain names are going to end a little differently from now on >Read: You could soon be checking into hotels with just a QR code >last_img read more

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The Goat Who Can Never Find Anything in his Size Pic of

first_imgBEING A GOAT is tough enough at the best of times but when there’s literally nothing that will fit you it’s all the more troubling.This goat and his friends found themselves in the Age UK store in Romford in Essex, northeast of London today as the charity looked to highlight how charity donations can help an older person overseas.“Come on there’ll be something over here surely…” Goats are the most common economic animals in the developing world apparently.“Their summer collection is rubbish this year…” At a cost of £18 or around €21, each goat can provide an older person and their family with milk, fertiliser and an income. And if you’re lucky enough to land one of these goats, perhaps you’ll get some fashion advice too….“Come on there’ll be something in Penneys…” More: James Bond in Dublin Pic of the DayAnd: The ‘Not My Job’ Pic of the Daylast_img read more

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PSNI to be given access to Dolours Price interviews

first_imgPOLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland will be given access to a number of interviews carried out by academic researchers with the late IRA member Dolours Price following a US Supreme Court ruling today.An appeal to keep the transcripts from being handed over to the PSNI was turned away by the judge this morning. That leaves in place a high court ruling which ordered Boston College to give the Justice Department portions of recorded interviews with the convicted IRA car bomber.Federal officials want to forward the tapes to detectives investigating the 1972 murder of Belfast mother Jean McConville.Price, who died in January, and other former IRA members were interviewed between 2001 and 2006 as part of The Belfast Project – a resource for journalists, scholars and historians studying the Troubles in Northern Ireland.In October, a stay was put on the high court order to allow journalist Ed Moloney and former IRA member Anthony McIntyre – the men behind the oral history project – to appeal.McConville is one of the Disappeared who were people that were abducted, murdered and secretly buried by the IRA. Her remains lay undiscovered for over 30 years until walkers on Shelling Hill beach in Dundalk came across them by chance in 2003.The oral history project involved academics, journalists and historians conducting interviews with former republicans and loyalists about their activities during the long conflict, including Price who participated in the car bombing of a London court in 1973 which injured over 200 people.-Additional reporting by Associated PressWife of IRA interviewer: ‘Releasing Boston tapes will endanger my family’last_img read more

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Germany warns citizens to leave Libya after deaths of 38 in clashes

first_imgGERMANY HAS BECOME the latest country to warn its citizens to get away from Libya and its escalating violence.At least 38 people, mostly soldiers, were killed in 24 hours of fierce fighting between the Libyan army and Islamists in Benghazi, officials said today.A military source said the clashes broke out yesterday when Islamist groups launched an assault on the headquarters of a special forces unit near the city centre, causing casualties among forces defending their barracks.Benghazi’s main hospital said the bodies of 28 soldiers had been taken there in the past 24 hours, along with 50 injured, while Al-Marj hospital, 100 kilometres to the east, spoke of two soldiers dead and ten injured.A spokesman for the self-proclaimed Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, an alliance of Islamic and jihadist militia who have claimed a number of attacks on military bases in the area, announced that eight of its fighters had died.An AFP correspondent reported that several families could be seen leaving the area of the clashes, as loud explosions were heard in the city this morning. Near daily clashes take place in Benghazi and the latest came a day after the US evacuated its embassy in Tripoli due to fears for the safety of staff and as Britain joined the Americans in advising its citizens against travel to strife-torn Libya.Germany has now joined these countries and many others that have warned citizens about the dangers they face in the country.Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs had already advised against travel to Libya and warned Irish citizens to leave immediately.- © AFP 2014 with additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Read: US shuts its embassy in Libya and evacuates staff amid violent clashes>Read: Special forces have captured the suspected ringleader behind the Benghazi attack>last_img read more

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CyberDefender Promises to Protect Against STDs

first_imgWhat’s the point of working at a security software company if you can’t laugh at yourself, right? I have to admit, I was a bit thrown by CyberDefender’s latest campaign–that’s what I get for skimming my e-mails… The company promises to protected against STDs–just in time for Valentine’s Day.Turns out that “STD” is security software guy slang for a “search transmitted diseases.” Naturally, the company is taking the joke to its logical conclusion. “These unprotected searches can result in infection by viruses or malware and lost data. We’ve all been there (and are equally ashamed to admit it!).”AdChoices广告Ew. Well, anything to avoid that painful burning sensation when I download….last_img

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iPad 2 on eBay Only 1700

first_imgNeed an iPad 2 and need it now? Good news: there are a bunch up for sale on eBay right now. Actually, you can get one right this second for the low, low Buy It Now price of $1,699. That’s the high end, or course. There’s also one for $1,299 and another for $1,200. Heck, it all makes the 64GB Wi-Fi version going for $950 seem downright reasonable.The bidding situation is better, but not all that much. A 32GB Wi-Fi model ending in 38 minutes is currently going for $860–there’s also a 64GB version for $300, but that one’s still got four days and eight hours left on it.Great than anticipated demanded is push up these tablets to crazy levels. Apple Stores and a number of other mainstream retailers sold out of the devices on launch weekend. The company also recently pushed the online ship time for the devices back to four to five weeks. For those who absolutely need a tablet, there are still plenty Xooms available, apparently. AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy SIII spec leaks includes 1080p display

first_imgSo far during the Mobile World Congress this week, HTC seems to be setting the pace for Android smartphone announcements. Four new handsets have been detailed, all carrying the new HTC One name. One phone we didn’t expect to hear about during MWC, mainly because Samsung said they wouldn’t be talking about it, is the Galaxy SIII. However, someone seems to have leaked the basic spec to BGR, and it looks very impressive (if true).At the heart of the SIII will be a 1.5GHz quad-core Exynos system on a chip, meaning it’s most likely the Exynos 4412, a 32nm ARMv7 chip that can run anywhere from 1.5GHz to 1.8GHz. The SII used a dual-core Exynos 4210 and Mali-400 GPU. For the SIII no specific GPU has been confirmed.A 1.5GHz quad-core chip offers up a lot of performance, but the SIII is going to need it as Samsung has apparently squeezed a 16:9, 1080p display into the unit. It’s no small screen either, measuring a pocket-bulging 4.8-inches.We also know it will ship in a ceramic casing, runs Android 4.0, supports 4G LTE, and includes two cameras: 2MP on the front and 8MP on the back. This is just a rumor for the moment, but if it turns out to be true then the Galaxy SIII certainly sets the standard for Android 4.0 phones this year. The only aspect of this leak that seems a bit strange is the 1080p display. Even HTC only managed to fit a 1280 x 720 display in their newly announced 4.7-inch HTC One X and XL.More at BGR, image by Admost Photo Lablast_img read more

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Fez soundtrack is full of secrets

first_imgIf you’ve played Fez then you already know that the game has an excellent soundtrack– it’s a synthy, moody, set of 26 chiptune tracks from Disasterpeace. What you probably don’t know is that the soundtrack contains a number of secrets hidden right inside of it. And by “secrets” I don’t mean instructions on how to find a hidden passageway or how to shave seconds off of your speedrun, there are images, text, and even a QR code embedded right in the music.To see the hidden data you’ll have to download the soundtrack — it’s a pay-what-you-want deal with a minimum of $7 — and then open up one of the high-quality audio files (Bandcamp offers MP3 320, FLAC, MP3 VBR, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, and ALAC) in any program with a spectrogram. You have a number of options here, but something like Adobe’s Soundbooth would work, if you are a Creative Suite user (View > Spectral Frequency Display), or you can use Sonic Visualiser, which is free. For Sonic the command is Pane > Add Spectrogram > All Channels Mixed.After that you need to get the timeline and zoom in so you can look at only a few seconds of the track at once, then go to the end of the track. Also, make sure you’re not in the waveform view, that’s totally different than what we need here.Once you’ve gotten the tracks and opened them up you might find something like this…Looks like a QR code… because it is. Keep in mind that this wasn’t fit right into the middle of the track — it would sound like static. All the secret information (that I’ve seen) exists at the end of the tracks.If you are curious, the QR code returns a string of dates:1955 1958 1960 1961 1967 1969 1971 1977 2003 2005 Which might mean something, or it might just be the birth dates of the development team (and their kids), I’m really not sure yet.Here are some more shots from the soundtrack, one of which I optimized in an image editor…fez-cobrafez-cobraFez – Spirit – spectrumcs5_spirit_geekAdobe Soundbooth CS5 – Disasterpeace – FEZ – 21 AgeAdobe Soundbooth CS5 – Disasterpeace – FEZ – 04 ProgressAdobe Soundbooth CS5 – Disasterpeace – FEZ – 02 PuzzleThere are other secrets in the soundtrack, but I won’t spoil them all for you. Keep in mind, it doesn’t seem like all 26 tracks have something to hide.via Gamefaqs and @brandonnnlast_img read more

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Geek deals 20 off 1TB USB hard drive

first_imgSolid state drives have been the single largest performance boost PCs have seen in years. While SSDs are not a new technology, the more recent price drops have brought them into the mainstream and out of the prohibitively-expensive category.The downside is that for certain users, the average 120GB or even 240GB SSD just doesn’t have enough storage. For those who upgrade their laptop on a budget and go with a smaller <100GB model, it is even more of an issue. Newer laptops have small “SSD-on-a-stick” mSATA drives that plug into the motherboard and are the size of a stick of RAM, allowing for a larger traditional hard drive to remain.For everyone else that needs more storage on their SSD-equipped laptop, or those that just need to keep their files backed up, a portable, external hard drive makes a lot of sense.Portable drives like this Buffalo MiniStation Stealth 1TB model use a 2.5-inch laptop hard drive in a small enclosure. The low-power, compact drive allows the unit to be powered by a USB cable alone and it is small enough to easily slip into a bag.Traditional hard drives still continue to advance, albeit much more slowly than solid state storage, and we now have 1 Terabyte drives available in the 2.5-inch form factor; and at reasonable prices to boot.In addition to the portable USB 2.0 drive, Buffalo also includes software to help automate and manage your data backups and the security of that data. This drive generally sells for $99.99 or higher at most retailers, but for a limited time you can get it for just $79.99 with free shipping.Click here to get the deal from Dell.com with $20 instant savings applied automatically.last_img read more

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