Dainis Kristopans stays in Presov until 2015

Latvian giant, right back Dainis Kristopans (22, 214 cm) signs new contract with Slovak champion, Tatran from Presov. Ambitious Slovak team wanted to keep talented player and offered him three year deal, which was accepted by Dainis. He will stay in Presov until 2015.photo: EHF Dainis KristopansLatvian handballPresovSlovakiaTatran Presov ← Previous Story Slovenia: Gorenje close to the tile after win in Koper! Next Story → Bulgaria wins IHF / EHF Trophy



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Croatia demolish Denmark – Wilbeks system broken

croatiaDenmarkhandballhandball matchUlrik WilbekWilbek What a performance! Croatia showed good performances in matches with Korea, Serbia and Hungary, but nobody expected that Balic and Co. will gave a “free handball lesson” to the European champion, team of Denmark – 32:21 (14:9). Ulrik Wilbek couldn’t find any solution for attack of Danish team, who was totally out of control against fantastic Croatian defence.Only in the first 15 minutes, Danes were equal with the winner, but then attack crisis started. Hansen was “cut” by Ivano Balic, Knudsen marked by Gojun and Kopljar. Poor Mogensen, Boesen and Markussen couldn’t find a way to the net of Mirko Alilovic. On the other side was totally different. Croatia had +5 – 13:8 in 27th minute, +9 was  result in 36.minute – 19:10 after which everything was finished… 3 Spain34 5 Serbia42 1 Croatia48 6 Korea40 4 Hungary32 2 Denmark46 ← Previous Story Men’s OG 2012 (Round 4): First wins for Serbia and Tunisia – Sweden secured third place! Next Story → Amazing Icelanders showed that France is beatable again! read more



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Bundesliga THW Kiel win over GWD Minden keep pressure on RN Lowen

bilbijaEkbergJichaKielsvitlicathwTHW Kiel THW Kiel did not have much trouble winning away at GWD Minden, and with this victory they’re once again just point back from leaders RN Lowen. After dominant first half won with 18:13, it only took routine for THW Kiel in the second half to keep the victory in their hands. With a 36:32 win the “Zebras” now put pressure again on RN Loewen in the Bundesliga.Filip Jicha scored huge 12 goals, while Niclas Ekberg contributed with 10. Aleksandar Svitlica carried GWD Minden with 9 goals, while Nenad Bilbija had 8. ← Previous Story Rhein-Neckar Löwen will miss Kim Ekdahl du Rietz for a few weeks Next Story → EHF Cup: KIF Kolding win “EHF Cup derby” against Rhein-Neckar Loewen



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EHF Cup Wisla Goppingen and Tatran with new victories

3. Team Tvis Holstebro312083:82(1)4 ← Previous Story “Serbian Abalo” Bogdan Radivojevic joins SG Flensburg! Next Story → Poland (Round 20): Vive Kielce with no problems against Czuwaj Przemyśl 1. Naturhouse La Rioja4301105:95(10)6 4. HC Motor Zaporozhye400498:127(-29)0 4. Eskilstuna Guif4004102:126(-24)0 3. RK Cimos Koper4202123:127(-4)4 1. Frisch Auf Göppingen4301137:119(18)6 2. TATRAN Presov4202118:126(-8)4 2. Rhein-Neckar Löwen320192:80(12)4 4. Elverum Handball Herrer301282:89(-7)1 GROUP CORLEN WISLA PLOCK – MARIBOR BRANIK 30:26 2. Orlen Wisla Plock4202108:106(2)4 1. SC Magdeburg4310119:89(30)7 1. KIF Kolding330086:61(25)6 GROUP DBESIKTAS – STINTA BACAU 25:23SC MAGDEBURG – NANTES 26:26 EHF Cup Group Stage coming to the last phase. Some of the Round 4 matches have been played on Saturday:GROUP AFRISCH AUF GOPPINGEN – CIMOS KOPER 38:32ESKILSTUNA – NATURHOUSE LA RIOJA 24:30 GROUP BTATRAN PRESOV – MOTOR 36:28RNL – KIF KOLDING 2. HBC Nantes421198:95(3)5 3. Stiinta Municipal Dedeman Bacau410392:103(-11)2 3. Besiktas JK410391:113(-22)2 1. RK Maribor Branik4211112:108(4)5 read more



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VOTE FOR THE WORLD BEST YOUNG PLAYER 20132014

← Previous Story Kielce’s fighters call for the FINAL: Come and fight with us! Next Story → WORLD BEST YOUNG GOALKEEPER 2014? Following the huge success of the World Best Players and Handball PERSON contests and with the clear vision to praise and recognize the potential of some young – new forces in our sport, Handball-Planet.com organize the voting Contest for the WORLD BEST YOUNG PLAYER 2013/2014. Eight handball journalists from Norway, Denmark, Spain, France, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia made the nominations of 21 players (three per position). The last member of Jury are the visitors of Handball-Planet.com, which votes will be included in the final result.Contest including the players born in 1992 and younger.Please vote for the WORLD BEST YOUNG until May 28:Goalkeepers: Filip Ivic (RK C.O Zagreb – Croatia), Nikola Portner (Bern Muri – Switzerland),Peter  Johannesson (IK Savehof – Sweden) VOTELeft wings: Raul Santos (VfL Gummersbach – Austria), Dejan Manaskov (RK Metalurg – Macedonia), Andreas Berg (Önnereds HK – Sweden) VOTELeft backs: Lasse Anderson (KIF Kolding – Denmark), Stipe Mandalinic (RK C.O Zagreb – Croatia), Quentin Minel (US Creteil – France) VOTEPlaymakers: Jim Gottfridsson (SG Flensburg – Sweden), Pablo Cacheda (BM Valladolid – Spain), Sander Sagosen (Haslum HK – Norway) VOTERight backs: Alex Dujshebaev (RK Vardar – Spain), Harald Reinkind (Fyllingen – Norway), Sime Ivic (RK Nexe – Croatia) VOTERight wings: Mario Sostaric (RK Gorenje – Slovenia), Bogdan Radivojevic (SG Flensburg – Serbia), Teophille Causse (Dunkerque – France) VOTELine-players: Ignacio Plaza (BM Puerto Sagunto – Spain), Teo Coric (RK C.O Zagreb – Croatia), Simon Hald Jensen (Aalborg – Denmark) VOTEJury members:Milan Krasic (dvoznak.com) Patrick Andersen (Denmark, hbold.dk) Jorge Dargel Amigo (Spain, Marca) Nicolas Chardon – (Handnews.fr TEAM (France) Zika Bogdanovic (Serbia, Balkan-Handball.com) Peter Zalokar (DELO, Slovenia) Stig Nygard (TV 2, Norway) Drazen Pinevic (Sportske Novosti, Croatia) world best young handball player read more



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WISLA TV about victory over Flensburg This is Orlen Arena

Orlen Wisla Plock Polish Orlen Wisla Plock made another great result after beating FC Barcelona two months ago. Manolo Cadenas boys overtook the third place in the EHF Champions League Preliminary Round Group by beating SG Flensburg in their last match.Orlen Wisla Plock will meet Macedonian TOP team RK Vardar Skopje at the beginning of knock-out stage. ← Previous Story GERMANY BELIEVES IN DANES: Jakob Vestergaard is new NT head-coach! Next Story → Nikola Karabatic and Eduarda Amorim – IHF World Handball Players 2014



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FC BARCELONA Ohlander to replace Šarić in November

Danijel SaricFC Barcelona LassaFréderik Ohlander ← Previous Story Uwe Gensheimer about PSG: I can’t wait to be there! Next Story → ROAD TO SWEDEN 2016: 14 matches, 14 routine home wins FC Barcelona Lassa will be without their first option between the posts, Danijel Šarić, in November! One of the best world’s goalie will be loaned in Qatar, where he will play for the national team at the Olympic qualification tournament.Šarić will miss six matches, three in EHF Champions Leagne and ASOBAL. He will be replaced by Fréderik Ohlander, the 39 years old retired goalie, who ended his career in Ystad.source: Aftonbladet



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Government announces €450m Credit Guarantee Scheme

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS announced its latest progress report on its Action Plan for Jobs, which it says will benefit 5,600 businesses and support the creation of 4,000 jobs over the next three years.The scheme, to be launched next Wednesday, aims to provide credit to small and medium businesses. It will provide an extra €150 million in lending to such firms by 2016.The scheme is intended to address market failure affecting commercially viable businesses in two specific situations – specifically, where businesses have insufficient collateral and where businesses operate in sectors with which the banks are not familiar. It will provide a 75 per cent state guarantee to banks against losses to banks against losses on qualifying loans to firms with growth and job creation potential.The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said that for every €150 million of additional lending, more than 1,800 businesses will be benefited and more than 1,300 jobs will be created.The Government said the cost of the scheme per €150 million of lending is €6.38 million – but noted that this does not take into account benefits to the Exchequer this lending will bring in terms of increased tax receipts and decreased social welfare payments. When such benefits are taken into account, it says, the net gain to the Exchequer is over €25 million per €150 million of lending – which represents a 400 per cent return on the State’s investment.Bruton said 58 out of 67 measures in the Action Plan, published last February, had been delivered in the third quarter of this year.“I am delighted that the Credit Guarantee Scheme is being launched this morning. The Government recognises that the small business sector will be essential to our mission of getting Ireland working again. Alongside the recently launched Microfinance Scheme, the work through the Credit Review Office and directly with the Banks, the Scheme is part of the suite of measures the Government is undertaking to improve access to finance for small businesses,” the Taoiseach said.Read: Bruton rolls out programme to help small businesses>last_img read more



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PHOTOS Protests at Marie Stopes Belfast clinic

first_imgBETWEEN 200 AND 300 people protested against the opening of a Marie Stopes clinic on Belfast’s Great Victoria Street this morning.Pro-life group Precious Life organised the demonstration ahead of the noon opening of the sexual health clinic which will provide medical abortions to women in line with Northern Ireland’s legislation.Other services on offer at the centre include emergency contraception, HIV testing, STI treatment and ultrasound scanning.Northern Irish law only permits abortion up to nine weeks in order to preserve the life of the mother, or if continuing with the pregnancy will result in serious risks to the physical or mental health of the mother.Marie Stopes International asked pro-choice groups not to organise any counter-protests. The organisation suggested supporters should use social and traditional media to show solidarity.Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s Health Minister, Edwin Poots, said that the clinic will be monitored and regulated, and he is seeking advice on how to do this.last_img read more



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Elaborate grow house in Waterford yields €470000 worth of seized cannabis

first_imgA SEARCH OF a house in Waterford has led to the seizure of an estimated €470,000 worth of cannabis.A woman in her 40s was arrested at scene of the seizure in at Coppinger Court, Powerscourt, Waterford at approximately 4pm yesterday.The search was part of a planned operation by gardaí from the Waterford drug unit who discovered cannabis plants with an estimated street value of up to €170,000 and cannabis herb with an estimated street value of up to €300,000.The cannabis plants are said to be in “various stages of growth” with gardaí describing the what they found to be “an elaborate grow house”.The woman is being held at Tramore Garda Station with the house currently preserved for a technical examination.Read: Man arrested as cannabis worth €280k is seized in Roscommon >Read: Cocaine, cannabis, crystal meth and a gun seized in Longford >last_img read more



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7 people who are definitely in your office Kris Kindle this year

first_imgKRIS KINDLE, KRIS Kringle, Secret Santa… The phenomenon has as many names as opinions on it.In a nutshell, it’s picking names out of a hat and exchanging gifts.In practice, and when transferred to an office setting especially, it’s so much more politically loaded than that.The bossy organiserIt’s THEIR way or the HIGH way. This is the person who also leaves out pass-agg notes about the office kitchen and generally dampens craic. We prescribe one chill pill. Source: MrMen/WikiaGrinchThe curmudgeonly grumpus who tries to vociferously opt out of the Kris Kindle and says what a contrived load of nonsense it is. Listen, mate, everyone else knows that too but shut up and enjoy the festivities. Source: ImgurOver-enthusiasticThat one person in the office who is just a little TOO enthused about the prospect of an inter-cubicle present swap. Dial it down a bit, Donal from Accounts. You’ll almost certainly be getting a bath salt set, so you can stop looking so excited for five minutes. Source: GiphyBuys too muchOh God. This person makes us all look bad. They disregarded the price limit and went all out. Source: www.metaphoricalplatypus.comCost limit imposerThe person who is obsessed with the price limit. Also frequently forgets it’s their round in the pub. Coincidence? Probably not. Source: Flickr/futureshapeWay too little effortWe’ve all hear the horror stories of supremely low efforts in office Kris Kindles. Make SURE to tell us the crappest thing you ever got in a Secret Santa in the comments. Can it beat a load of obviously previously read magazines? The Irish government don’t do Kris Kindle, but if they did… Source: ImgurThe bizarre gifterThis person either knitted their own draft excluder in the shape of Bosco, or got you some baby clothes despite the fact you have no children. Whatever they got you, it was seriously weird and you’re beginning to doubt everything you once thought about them. Ah, a hand-painted cockroach Christmas ornament. Just what I, er, always wanted Source: EtsyAre you doing a Kris Kindle in your office? Which one are you? Let us know in the comments. Or share this with someone you recognise … But make sure HR don’t get involved because that won’t be our fault, alright?Read: The 12 most insufferable pieces of office jargon in existence>Read: The 11 most infuriating talkers in your office right now>last_img read more



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Hundreds wounded as police and protesters clash in freezing temperatures in Ukraine

first_imgRADICAL OPPOSITION PROTESTORS today battled Ukrainian police in new clashes after bloody fighting the day earlier wounded more than 200 people amid mounting fury over draconian new anti-protest laws.The clashes, the worst in Kiev in recent times, marked a spiralling of tensions after two months of demonstrations against President Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign a pact for closer integration with the EU.Amid growing fears the police could act to violently disperse the protest, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka warned protesters to halt “mass rioting”, describing it as a crime against the state.After a night of violence that continued into the early hours, thousands of Ukrainians returned to the streets on Monday despite temperatures of minus -10 degrees Celsius.In the epicentre of the clashes outside the entrance to the iconic Dynamo Kiev football stadium in central Kiev, both sides hunkered down behind barricades in an increasingly explosive standoff.The protesters lobbed stones dug up from the cobbled road and flung Molotov cocktails over a 20-metre  no-man’s land at police lines.Police responded by throwing stun grenades and occasionally using rubber bullets and tear gas.“It is necessary to immediately halt the mass rioting which bears a threat to state security. It is not just hooliganism. It is a crime against the state,” Pshonka said in a statement. (Youtube/RuptlyTV)Tymoshenko backs radical protestersThe burned-out wrecks of half a dozen police vehicles torched and destroyed the day earlier were used by the protesters as a barricade.According to the Kiev health authorities, more than 100 protesters were wounded in yesterday’s clashes, with four people sustaining serious injuries to eyes and limbs.The interior ministry said more than 100 members of the security forces had been wounded.The ministry added that 20 people had been arrested for mass rioting. US-funded Ukrainian radio station Radio Svoboda said two of its journalists had been arrested this morning while filming at the scene.Opposition leaders, including former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk, appeared unable to have any influence on the hard core of radical protesters and stopped short of supporting their actions.But Ukraine’s jailed former prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko came out in support of those clashing with police, saying she would be with them if she could.“Protect Ukraine and do not fear anything. Ukraine has no defence other than you. You are heroes,” she said in a statement read by her spokeswoman to AFP. An elderly protestor prepares to throw a stone, during clashes with police. (Pic: Sergei Grits/AP Photo)‘The most repressive laws’ The White House urged an end to the violence, with US National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden saying that Washington was deeply concerned and urging “all sides to immediately de-escalate the situation”.The spokeswoman warned that Washington was still considering sanctions against Ukrainian officials, a step urged by the Ukrainian opposition.EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday deplored the violence, saying the government was at fault for adopting the repressive laws.The new laws allow for jail terms of up to five years for those who blockade public buildings and the arrest of protesters wearing masks or helmets. Other provisions ban the dissemination of “slander” on the Internet.© – AFP 2014Read: Putin woos Ukraine President with €11 billion bond deal >Read: Column: The EU’s Eastern Partnership in tatters – is a fresh energy strategy the answer? >last_img read more



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Student petition successful as Law Society adds exam dates

first_imgLAW STUDENTS HAVE been granted an extra date to sit exams, after nearly 500 signed a petition criticising a change of date.The Law Society had told students in an email, seen by TheJournal.ie that FE1 exams were being moved from 1 April to March 19, something that upset students.“Suddenly a fifth of our study time was taken away. It was a shock to everyone,” one student said.One lawyer said that training places could be jeopardised if a student fails exams, something that students were worried could happen due to the shortened schedule.Now, however, the Law Society has confirmed that they will offer an extra date for students.“Following concerns raised by a number of students about the recent change of date for the upcoming FE1 exams from 31 March to 19 March, the Law Society has taken the decision to add extra exam dates to assist students.“Now, in addition to the 19 March exam sessions, students can opt to sit the exams from 8 April. These new dates have been added to ensure no student will be disadvantaged as a result of the date change.”Read: Students launch petition after Law Society exams date movedlast_img read more



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Nun charged after voting for her deceased friend

first_imgA NUN WHO voted on behalf of another nun who died before last year’s US presidential election has been charged with illegal voting.The Hamilton County prosecutor in Cincinnati said Monday that Sister Marguerite Kloos was among three people charged with voting illegally.Defense attorney Ralph Kohnen says Kloos was trying to fulfill the wishes of a friend who died before absentee ballots were mailed. He says she’ll plead guilty.Prosecutors say a man faces the same count after he cast a ballot in November for his late wife.A poll worker also has been charged with eight illegal-voting counts. Prosecutors say she’s charged with voting twice in November and voting for other people in various elections.Man with screwdriver in forehead ‘smoked cigarette’, then called help>last_img



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Ireland could be the best place in the world to see a

first_imgIf you capture it on camera, send your shots to tips@thejournal.ie.Additional reporting by AFPRead: Russian dashcam captures meteorite falling to earth >More: An ‘extremely bright’ fireball was spotted over Ireland > EARTH IS ABOUT to pass through the debris trail left by a recently discovered comet – and Ireland looks to be in a prime spot to see the ensuing meteor shower, weather permitting.However, be prepared to wrap up and stay out as the best time to see the show will be between 1am and dawn.It’s the first appearance of a meteor shower known as Camelopardalids.This meteor show originates from the trail of dust behind a comet known as 209P/Linear, which gets tugged into Earth’s orbit this year by the force of gravity from Jupiter.At 58,000 kilometers per hour it’s a slower moving comet than most, meaning meteors will be slower and potentially brighter.This is contrast to the annual Perseids meteor show that lasts for several days in August, consists of shooting stars that barrel by at a pace of 241,000 kilometers per hour.Meteors are space rocks that burn up upon hitting the top of Earth’s atmosphere, producing a bright flash of light that gives the appearance of a falling star.Astronomers are predicting hundreds or, if we’re lucky, thousands per hour.David Moore of Astronomy Ireland told TheJournal.ie that as Ireland will be in darkness when Earth is expected to pass through the trail, it’s likely we will be clearly able to see any meteors.He said it could be spectacular if we pass through the cloud slightly earlier than expected, as often happens with these predictions.Astronomy Ireland are inviting the public to join in a national meteor watch, explaining that all they have to do is count how many meteors they see in 15 minutes, and send the number, along with the time and your location, to the organisation (details here).Moore said it is of “great scientific value” to astronomers.If you have a decent camera and would like to capture some images of the event, Anthony Lynch of Republic Of Astronomy Ireland has this handy guide: You will need an SLR camera with a small wide-view lens plus a tripod and ideally a remote timer.Set your f-number as low as it will go and your ISO to about 3200. Take a 20 second shot and see how it comes out. You may need to adjust your ISO to brighter (higher) or darker (lower) depending on how the shot looks.If you can set your camera on a tripod to point at your chosen area of sky and set it to take constant shots at 20 to 30 seconds it will be your best chance to catch a meteor. Do not go any longer than 30 seconds or you will end up with star trails (caused by earth’s rotation).last_img read more



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Merry Christmas kids Heres your POOP phone

first_imgThere’s surely a few gadget lovers who found that hot new iPhone or Android or Windows Phone 7 handset they’d had their eye on prettily wrapped under the tree on Christmas morning.You must have been very good this year, because otherwise, Santa would have given you this phone: the POOP.AdChoices广告The Poop is a cheap Chinese knockoff cellphone that looks somewhere between the Motorola Razr and a BlackBerry… and let me tell you, this is the kind of cell phone that makes Steve Jobs cry.My favorite part of the POOP phone, though, is the word “Love” branded under the keypad and between the speakers. Because nothing says love quite like poop, does it?How’d this monstrosity come about? As you’d expect, it’s the unfortunate branding of a bunch of Asian knock-off manufacturers who don’t really understand English. How’d they arrive at POOP? Simple: they just re-arranged the letters for OPPO.Read more at Crunchgearlast_img read more



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Samsung Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Suit details leak

first_imgThe Galaxy Suit is the little brother of the Ace for those who want or need an even smaller handset. We have similar information on the spec of the Suit:3.2″ OLED touchscreenquad-band GSMAndroid OS (2.2 expected)3.2-megapixel cameramicroSD slot32GB expandable memoryBluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, FM radio3.5mm headphone jackSamsung will no doubt keep quiet until the official announcement and unveiling likely to happen at the MWC. With a couple of leaks already happening, though, we could be seeing a lot more of these handsets unofficially over the coming weeks.Read more at Techie Buzz Believe it or not, cellphone users aren’t all the same and don’t all want massive screens, super fast processors, and may not even know what version of an OS is running on their handset. So manufacturers have to cater for everyone, and produce a range of phones to suit.It used to be the case that different phones from the same manufacturer would look very different for each sector of the market, but more recently the same design aesthetics are being applied to a range of different sized devices with handsets carrying a variation on the same name.Samsung looks set to do just that with its Galaxy line, with two new models expected to be announced at the Mobile World Congress next month (February 14-17). Each one seems to be a smaller variation on the Galaxy S.Unfortunately for Samsung, someone has beat them to an announcement with grainy images, final names, and a few specs leaking today.The Galaxy S Mini we saw an image of last week is one of those phones, and its final name looks set to be the Galaxy Ace. The basic spec details we have for the phone include:3.5″ touchscreenquad-band GSMAndroid OS (2.2 expected)5-megapixel cameramicroSD slot32GB expandable memoryBluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, FM radio3.5mm headphone jacklast_img read more



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Apple Sued Over Dropped iPhone

first_imgRemember glassgate? We covered it back in October of last year. It was something of a less successful sequel to the much more widely covered antennaegate. Glassgate, essentially, surrounded the ease with which the glass on the phone cracked. The story as we covered it back then, involved the rear glass on the device. When dirt or other particles worked their way in between the iPhone 4 and a case, scratches led to a shattered phone.Glassgate is rearing its ugly ahead again, this time in the form of a class action lawsuit. Donal LeBuhn, a California resident, filed the suit after his daughter dropped the phone from three feet, shattering it, despite the presence of a protective bumper (a result, no doubt, of the aforementioned antennaegate)–and despite Apple’s claims that the material on the phone is “ultradurable” and “the same kind used in the windshields of helicopters and high-speed trains.”LeBuhn took the phone to a non-Apple repair shop to save $50, voiding the warranty in the processes. The irritated iPhone owner is suing for attorney’s fees, monetary damages, and to force apple to replace damage glass and refund the cost of replacement.last_img read more



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Sorry Nexus One owners no Ice Cream Sandwich for you

first_imgStill toting a Nexus One, and wondering if it will get an update to Android 4.0? It looks like you won’t be getting any help from Google, as the search giant has confirmed that the original “Google experience” phone will not be getting an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich.This comes from the mouth of Android Product Management Director Hugo Barra. He cites the phone’s aging hardware as the reason for the snubbing. The Nexus One was released in January of 2010, and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, with 512MB of RAM.Barra said that the Nexus One’s successor, the Nexus S, will be getting the update within the next few weeks. It too has a single-core 1GHz CPU (though it’s a Samsung Hummingbird chip) along with the same 512MB of RAM. The Nexus S does have an upgraded GPU over its predecessor, which could be influencing the decision.While the Nexus One is starting to grow long in the tooth, it’s still less than two years old, and many of Google’s most loyal fans are still in their original two-year contracts. It’s understandable that the Android team wouldn’t want to deliver a compromised (slow, laggy) experience, but this will still likely lead to some disappointed Nexus One owners. This is the first time that we’ve seen Google cut one of these “pure Android” phones off from major Android updates.The obvious solution, then, will come from the development community. There will undoubtedly be a high demand for custom Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for rooted Nexus One owners, and we will likely see those available for flashing soon after the source code is released. SDK-based Android 4.0 ROMs are already popping up on some devices.One of the biggest perks of buying a Nexus phone has always been your guarantee of getting the latest Android updates before anyone else. If you’re thinking about signing a two-year contract for the upcoming Galaxy Nexus, just know that those updates may not keep coming for the entirety of that agreement.via The Telegraphlast_img read more



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Amazon to launch larger Kindle Fire in 2012

first_imgDo you remember back when the Kindle Fire was just a rumor? All signs were pointing to a tablet from Amazon, and soon it was one of the most anticipated electronic devices of 2011. Some, however, were a little surprised when the Fire arrived and how it bore more of a resemblance to the Nook Color than to the iPad.Prior to the Fire’s launch, BGR had published a leak that detailed not one, but two tablets from Amazon. One, dubbed “Coyote,” was an entry-level tablet with a dual-core processor. Obviously that’s the one that released in 2011. But the other tablet, codenamed “Hollywood,” largely went forgotten. It was supposed to be the real star, and would feature a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3.One analyst has thrown in his two cents on Amazon’s tablet plans — and he believes that Hollywood is still on its way. Pacific Crest analyst Chad Bartley was forthcoming in his expectations for Amazon’s 2012 — he raised his 2012 sales forecasts based on “the new 7-inch and 9-inch models,” which he expects to launch by mid-year.If the larger “Hollywood” tablet is on its way, it would make sense. The 7-inch Kindle Fire launched as a cheap — but generally well-made — dual-core tablet during the holiday season. That’s a recipe for success, and the results proved it. But now that millions of customers equate the Kindle brand with a popular tablet, it’s less risky to launch a larger tablet that competes directly with the iPad.Taking a sizable share of the tablet market from the low-end is one thing; butting heads with the iPad 3 will be another thing altogether. Amazon will probably manage to undercut the iPad’s starting $500 price, but many speculate that Apple will keep the iPad 2 around at a lower price ($400?) in 2012. This strategy of selling previous years’ devices at lower prices has worked well for the iPhone, and it would be a formidable foe (to say the least) for any Amazon tablets released this year.via AllThingsDlast_img read more



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