← Previous Story Accommodation during EHF EURO 2012 in Novi Sad – Hotel GARNI RIMSKI Next Story → Germans highly motivated – Heuberger chose 16 “Bundesliga rescuers” Two matches were played on Tuesday in which home-teams secure comfortable wins. In Toulose, France beats Norway 35:29 (21:13) in their first preparation match. In Serbia, EHF EURO 2012 Host team wins over Czech Republic 31:23 (13:14) after outstanding second 30 minutes.
Celje PLCimos KoperSebastian Skube After Celje PL beated Cimos Koper in the clash for the EHF Champions League place next year, EHF CL 2004 winner got another important battle. New playmaker of Celje PL will be Sebastian Skube (25), who is coming from former champion, Cimos Koper! Skube had good season, scored 42 goals in fantastic Koper’s series in EHF CL, where they finished in TOP 8.Skube played for Slovenia at EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. ← Previous Story Sonja Barjaktarovic is substitute for Suslina in Rostov! Next Story → Piotr Wyszomirski joins Hungarian Csurgoi KK
← Previous Story SEHA GAZPROM League launches “#be8player” campaign! Next Story → VIDEO: Lukas von Deschwanden is Swiss “strongest hand” EHF CL Here the BEST 7 of the VELUX EHF Champions LEAGUE ROUND 6.LEFT WING: Timur Dibirov (Vardar)LEFT BACK: Iman Jamali (Kristianstad)PLAYMAKER: Rasmus Lauge (SG Flensburg)RIGHT BACK: Ramazan Done (Besiktas)RIGHT WING: Luc Abalo (PSG Handball)LINE PLAYER: Rene Toft Hansen (THW Kiel)GOALKEEPER: Arpad Šterbik (RK Vardar)
← Previous Story SEHA: Janc MVP, Gonzales best coach! Next Story → Antonio Rama to overtake BM Granollers next summer Lino Cervarraul gonzales Macedonian Handball Federation looking for a successor of Lino Cervar, who accepted offer of Croatia to lead “Cowboys” at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 on home soil. The first pick to replace Cervar is his rival from RK Vardar Skopje, Spaniard Raul Gonzales.Gonzales leads RK Vardar Skopje fourth year in a row. He knows situation in Macedonian handball and all candidates for the national team very well.
NEARLY 1,500 PAINTINGS including works by Picasso and Matisse, that were stolen by the Nazis, have been discovered in a German flat, a newspaper reported today, putting their total value at around a billion euros.German weekly Focus said the paintings were found in an apartment belonging to the octogenarian son of an art collector who had bought them during the 1930s and 1940s.For nearly half a century, the artworks lay hidden in darkened rooms in the man’s apartment in the southern German city of Munich, Focus said.He had sold a few over the course of the years, living off the proceeds, the paper reported.The collection included many of the great masters of the 20th century, among them the German painters Emil Nolde, Franz Marc, Max Beckmann and Max Liebermann.Among the paintings discovered was one by Henri Matisse that had belonged to the Jewish collector Paul Rosenberg.Rosenberg, who fled Paris leaving his collection behind, was the grandfather of Anne Sinclair, the former wife of the disgraced French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn.Nazi plunderingThe prosecutor in the southern city of Augsburg, who is reportedly handling the affair, declined to comment on the story, according to German press agency DPA.The Nazis massively plundered artworks in Germany and across Europe before and during World War II, confiscating many from Jews or forcing them to sell their works at a low price.Between 1940 and 1944, German forces seized an estimated 100,000 paintings, artworks, tapestries and antiques from the homes of Jews in France, stripped of their rights by the racial laws enforced by the collaborationist government.Thousands of stolen artworks have since been returned to their owners or their descendants, but many more have never resurfaced.In 2007 a German expert published a book on looted art, estimating that thousands of masterpieces and tens of thousands of lesser works had yet to be restored to their rightful owners.Only last week, an investigation by Dutch museums revealed that 139 of their artworks, including a Matisse and two Kandinsky paintings, may have been stolen by the Nazis.- © AFP 2013eBay: We’re sorry we allowed Holocaust memorabilia to be listed on our website read more
THE SEANAD SAT for just two-days this week, the second time this has happened in the last six weeks, because there are no ministers available to discuss business that had been scheduled for today.The upper house had been due to discuss the Companies Bill and a motion on Youth Justice Policy with Ministers Richard Bruton and Frances Fitzgerald respectively.However, Bruton’s trade mission to India means discussion on the report and final stages of the mammoth Companies Bill has been moved to next Wednesday.Meanwhile, Fitzgerald is due in the Dáil to oversee the passage of the Child and Family Agency Bill, meaning she cannot provide what’s officially titled as ‘An Update on Youth Justice Policy’. This has been deferred to an unspecified later date.All of which means that the Seanad will not sit today, reducing its normal three-day week to a two-day one.It was a similar situation six weeks ago, when the uncertainty over the future of the upper house meant that little-to-no business was scheduled in the week after the referendum on its future was defeated.On 9 October, the Seanad adjourned after a two-day week in which it spent just half-an-hour debating government legislation.Despite introducing a number of Dáil reforms in recent weeks, the government has not yet made any provision for reforming the Seanad.However in the wake of the referendum defeat, the Taoiseach has indicated a willingness to reform the upper house, saying he will look to enact the 1979 referendum result to widen the electorate for the university panels so as that all third level graduates can vote.Previously: The Seanad sat for just two days this weekEnda Kenny tells the Seanad: ‘I come in peace, not in war’‘They’d do an excellent job’: MEP says senators should scrutinise EU legislation read more
MICROSOFT IS RETOOLING the latest version of its Windows operating system to address complaints and confusion that have been blamed for deepening a slump in personal computer sales.The tune up announced today won’t be released to consumers and businesses until later this year. The changes, part of a software package given the codename “Blue,” are a tacit acknowledgment of the shortcomings in Windows 8, a radical overhaul of Microsoft’s ubiquitous operating system.With the makeover it released last October, Microsoft hoped to play a more prominent role in the growing mobile device market while still maintaining its dominance in PCs.PC salesBut Windows 8′s design, which emphasizes interactive tiles and touch controls, seems to have befuddled as many people as it has impressed. One leading research firm, International Data Corporation, says Windows 8 contributed to a 14 per cent decline in worldwide PC sales during the first three months of the year – the biggest year-over-year drop ever.Meanwhile, sales of smartphones and tablet computers are booming. The biggest beneficiaries have been Apple, the maker of the iPhone and iPad, and Samsung Electronics, which sells the most devices running on Google’s Android software. Google is also benefiting from Android’s popularity through increased traffic to its services, creating more opportunities for the company to display ads.PC makersBy contrast, leading PC makers such as Hewlett-Packard and Dell, which primarily sell Windows-powered machines, have been mired in a financial funk that has battered their stocks and raised questions about their futures.Despite the troubling signs, Microsoft insists it’s pleased with Windows 8′s performance.The company, which is based in Redmond, Washington, says more than 100 million Windows 8 licenses have been sold so far, up from about 60 million licenses in January. The licensing volume “is in the same general ballpark,” as Microsoft’s previous operating system – Windows 7 – at a similar juncture of its sales cycle, according to Tami Reller, who serves as the marketing and financial chief for Microsoft’s Windows business.In an interview, Reller said Microsoft still realized changes need to be made to make Windows 8 easier to navigate and capable of taking full advantage of technology improvements that have come out since October.‘There is a learning curve’“Are there things that we can do to improve the experience? Absolutely,” Reller said “There is a learning curve (to Windows 8) and we can work to address that.”For now, Microsoft isn’t saying what kind of changes will be introduced with the release of Blue, which the company plans to anoint with a different name when the update is available. Microsoft also isn’t saying whether it will charge existing owners of Windows 8 devices to get the fixes in Blue. The company plans to release Blue in time for the holiday season.More details in JuneReller said more details about Blue will be released before Microsoft holds a developers conference in San Francisco in late June. Some of Blue’s features are expected to be previewed at that conference.If Blue is meant to make people more comfortable, the changes may incorporate more of the elements from earlier versions of Windows.A common complaint has centered on the lack of a “start” button in the Windows 8 menu.Other critics have pined for an option that would allow the system to begin in a desktop mode suited for running applications designed for earlier versions of the operating system. Windows 8 currently starts off showing a mosaic of interactive tiles tailored for swiping through programs with a finger instead of using a computer mouse.Blue also might make it easier to find a set of controls — known as “charms” in Windows 8′s parlance — that currently must be pulled out from the right side of a display screen.Besides responding to customer feedback, Blue also will improve Windows 8′s ability to work on smaller tablets with 7- and 8-inch display screens, Reller said.She declined to say whether Microsoft intends to make smaller version of its own Surface tablets. In a conference call with analysts last month, Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein said the company was working with other manufacturers to make smaller tablets.One thing that Blue won’t fix: the relatively small selection of mobile applications tailored for Windows 8. Reller said the Windows 8 store now has more than 60,000 apps.By contrast, there are more than 800,000 apps available for Apple’s mobile’s devices and nearly that many for Android devices, too. In one of the most glaring omissions on Windows 8, Facebook Inc. still hasn’t designed an app to make its online social network more accessible on that system. Facebook has about 750 million mobile users.Microsoft’s decision to tweak Windows 8 so soon after it went on sale may reinforce perceptions that the product is a flop.Reller is trying to frame the changes as evidence that Microsoft is becoming more agile and nimble as it responds to a rapidly evolving technology market. Smartphones and tablet computers have been at the epicenter of the upheaval, diminishing the demand for PCs as more people and businesses opt for the convenience of increasingly powerful mobile devices.Dramatic redesignThe mobile computing movement is the main reason that Microsoft made the most dramatic redesign of its Windows operating system since 1995. Given how different that Windows 8 is from its predecessors, Reller said Microsoft always knew it might have to make some adjustments less than a year after the software came out.“It had to be a very big change to take advantage of the mobile opportunity,” she said.Analysts say one reason Windows 8 got off to a slow start is because there weren’t enough devices designed to take advantage of the system’s touch-screen features. But that is about to change as HP, Dell and other PC makers prepare to roll out a wide variety of laptops and tablets with displays that respond to touch. More than 2,400 devices have now been certified to run on Windows 8, up from 2,000 in January, Reller said.Most of the touch-screen laptops will sell at prices $50 to $250 below the first wave of comparable machines running on Windows 8, reductions that Microsoft hopes will prod more people to check out the system.“As we look at Windows 8, it’s important to remember a lot of its full potential won’t be realized until there are more touch devices on the market,” Reller said.Read: Average employee spends 56 minutes of working day on social media sites > read more
ONE FLORIDA PERSON has become the world’s richest lottery millionaire, as the only winner of the second biggest lottery jackpot in history.Only one ticket matched all numbers in the Powerball draw, a lottery played by customers in 43 US states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.The jackpot in yesterday’s Powerball draw, of $590.5 million (€454.8 million), was the second-biggest in history.The only time a jackpot has ever been bigger was in a Mega Millions draw last year, but in that case the $656 million prize was split between three winners.While the US lottery system levies income taxes on any winnings – unlike in Ireland, where all National Lottery winnings are tax free – the cash value of the prize, $376.9 million (€290.3 million), is still the single biggest prize ever won.The lottery requires entrants to match five numbers out of 59, and one ‘Powerball’ number out of 35 – meaning the odds of winning are an eye-watering 175,223,510-to-one.The size of the jackpot means it is possible – in theory, at least – to buy a ticket with every single possible combination of numbers, spending $2 on each ticket.This would mean that the cash prize in this week’s draw would be almost $22 million more than the $350,447,020 it would cost to buy every possible ticket.In those circumstances, however, someone holding every possible ticket would run the risk of sharing the main jackpot – and face a significant financial loss as a result.Previously: Is it possible to guarantee a profit in the Euromillions? Here’s your answerMore: Euromillions winners forced to flee read more
PEOPLE KEEP ASKING Joe Berti if he feels unlucky.A bomb exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon moments after Berti finished the race. Two days later, he was in his home state of Texas when he saw a fertilizer plant explode near Waco.“I was just like, ‘I can’t believe this!’” said Berti, who said he had never witnessed an explosion before. Then he thought: “I just want to get out of here and get away from all these explosions.”But Berti, as it turns out, is far from unlucky. Instead, he feels fortunate. He left both tragedies unscathed, while members of his running group and his wife – who was closer to the Boston explosion than he was – were also unhurt.“It’s a miracle,” he said in an interview with week with The Associated Press. “People keep saying, ‘Don’t you feel unlucky?’ and I was actually the opposite – saying not only do I not feel unlucky, but I feel blessed that my wife could be 10 yards from the explosion and not have a scratch.”The bombings in Boston, which happened about 10 seconds apart at the finish line of Monday’s marathon, killed three people and left more than 180 wounded. In West, Texas, which is near Waco, a fertilizer plant exploded Wednesday, killing at least five people, injuring more than 160, and levelling homes, apartments and a school.‘God has been merciful to us’“We’re grateful that God has been merciful to us,” said Berti’s wife, Amy. “We are just praying for the people who were so much less fortunate than we were.”Berti’s road to the Boston marathon started just a couple months ago, when he decided to run with Champions4Children, a charity that helps kids with rare or undiagnosed disorders and their families. He was one of eight Austin-area runners who ran the marathon with that group. Each ran for a sick child or “training partner,” who tracked his or her runner’s marathon progress from home.During the last four miles, the 43-year-old Berti, who wore bib number 25472, felt his body shutting down, and his pace slowed. But he was running for his partner Drew, and he vowed to finish.“I had just run to the finish line and… (moments) later I heard the first explosion, and then turned around and saw the smoke,” he said. “I knew immediately that it was a bomb. … Then the second explosion occurred and I saw a wave of people running.”At that point, he said, he was so exhausted he couldn’t run anymore. He worried about getting caught in a stampede. He was concerned about members of his running group who were behind him. He also thought about his wife, whom he was unable to reach and was probably wondering where he was. He told himself she was fine, because she was supposed to be at a restaurant.“But then, I was like, ‘She never listens to me, and she may have been at the finish line,’” a thought he quickly tried to remove from his mind.As it turns out, Amy Berti and a friend were just yards from the first explosion. She had just taken a picture of Joe, and was heading to the finish line to find him when the bomb went off. She and her friend were both hit by shrapnel. Amy was uninjured, her friend was bruised.But a woman right next to Amy had her leg torn off from the knee down, and lost all the fingers in her left hand. Amy Berti went to get help, and once that woman was being cared for, Amy’s frantic search for her husband began.No mobile phoneHis mobile phone battery died. He wasn’t on the bus. He wasn’t in the medical tents.“I had just watched him cross where that bomb was, so I didn’t know if he made it through and I couldn’t find him,” she said. “I started to freak out a little bit.”After about an hour, the couple reunited at their hotel, both of them OK. They left Boston Tuesday morning and returned to Austin, with every hope of getting back to life as normal with their two girls, ages 8 and 11.Second explosion in two daysJoe Berti went back to work. On Wednesday, he had a daylong meeting in Dallas, followed by a museum tour. He was heading home on Interstate 35 and nearing Waco Wednesday night when he saw black smoke up ahead to his left. As he drove closer, he saw – and felt – his second explosion in two days.“You’ve got to be kidding!” he remembers thinking. He described the giant fireball as a massive force that shook his car. He said it looked like pictures of nuclear explosions that he has seen on television.He didn’t know what he had just witnessed – but he pulled over and took a picture.“My next reaction was to get out of there because something fell on the top of my car – some debris or something fell from the sky,” he said.As black smoke billowed over the highway in front of him, Berti held his breath and drove through it. After a few attempts, he was able to reach his wife – sparing her another round of worry.“I’m like, ‘Honey, what is with your luck? Why are you in all of these places?” Amy Berti said. When a reporter suggested that Joe should stay home for a while, she joked, “We need to keep him moving. Maybe he just needs to stand in an open field.”Read: ‘We thought it was sparklers going off’: Irish runners speak of Boston trauma >More: Firefighters seek colleagues’ bodies as search for Texas bodies continues > read more
A EUROPEAN ELECTION candidate came in for criticism yesterday after her campaign van was seen parked in a disabled parking spot outside a Westmeath Centra.An “honest mistake” by the driver, the candidate said… But are the rest of us fully qualified to cast the first stone?Last week, a judge called the practice of able-bodied motorists parking in illegal spots “boorish” and banned a driver from the roads for six months.Time to confess (you’ll feel better). Have you ever illegally parked in a disabled space? Never. How could you even ask? (7909) Yes. Often. (236) Yes. But just for a few minutes – that’s okay, right? (1095) Yes. Often.Yes. But just for a few minutes – that’s okay, right?Never. How could you even ask?Yes. But I have a permit.Vote Poll Results: Yes. But I have a permit. (494) read more
GOOGLE IS HOPING its latest attempt to break into the set-top box market will be more successful as it unveiled its latest smart TV offering.Android TV, the rebranded version of Google TV, will run on both smart TVs, mainly those with HD and 4K displays, and set-top boxes similar to Apple TV.The service is focused entirely on entertainment, bringing forward content from Google Play as well as content from other services like Netflix and Hulu, and recommending shows based on what you watch.Voice search is also included in the experience, with the service using Google’s Knowledge Graph to provide contextual information for any programmes you watch. Searching for a show will bring up relevant information such as description, episodes, YouTube videos and other relevant content is displayed in a grid-based system. Source: AP Photo/Jeff ChiuShould you require it, you can control your TV using an Android Wear smartwatch and content can be sent to a separate device to your TV, similar to how Chromecast works.The company is also bringing Google Play games to the TV. Similar to Amazon’s Fire TV, devices will come with a controller and multiplayer games can be played with an accompanying Android smartphone or tablet.The first devices featuring Android TV will arrive in Autumn, while HD and 4K TVs from Sony, Sharp, and Philips will run on Android TV. Other companies like Asus and Razer will develop the set-top boxes with a focus on gaming.Read: Google’s new Android update is brighter and bolder than ever before >Read: Toyota to sell fuel cell cars for €50k in US, Europe > read more
A MAN IN his 30s has been injured in a shooting at a Dublin pub.A garda spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that a lone gunman discharged a firearm at the pub on the Malahide Road in Coolock at 10.15pm last night.They said a number of shots were fired from what it believed to have been a handgun. One man suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital but has since been released.Anyone with information about the incident can contact Coolock Garda Station on 01 666 4200.
This June 16th tweet from Stephen Colbert about the Gulf oil spill is 2010’s most retweeted: “In honor of oil-soaked birds, ‘tweets’ are now ‘gurgles.’ ” Twitter presented the talk show host with the first-ever Golden Tweet, the site’s co-founder Biz Stone appearing on the show to hand it off.Rapper Drake took the number two spot (“We always ignore the ones who adore us, and adore the ones who ignore us”), followed by fellow musicians Lil Wayne (“Aaaaaaahhhhhhmmmmm baaaaakkkkkkkkkk!”) and Justin Bieber (“Te quiero mucho mi amor”).Tweets from a fake Al-Qaeda account (“Just noticed Twitter keeps prompting me to “Add a location to your tweets”. Not falling for that one”), Kanye West (“I’m sorry Taylor”), and Rianna (“Justin Bieber just flashed me his abs in the middle of a restaurant! Wow! He actually had a lil 6 pack! Sexy, lol! #Beliebersplzdontkillme”) made the list as well.You can check out the top ten over at Twitter. read more
As we let on in the first part of this roundup, 2010 has been a banner year for weird tech news. When I sent out a note to our staff, asking for the top odd news of the year, I got far more responses than we could fit in a single story.After the jump, we’ve got a look back at the weird year that was, including lost iPhones, sex robots, time-traveling wireless customers, and exploding cell phones.AdChoices广告Lost iPhone 4 or “Apple Hates Dropped Calls”Before the WikiLeaks really hit the fan, Apple’s own leaks were the top contender for the tech story of the year. The notoriously tight-lipped company let a prototype of the next generation iPhone out of their site for a bit, and, all of the sudden, all hell broke loss. The phone found its way into the hands of Gizmodo, which helped the Gawker-owned gadget blog become something of a household name with mentions in news outlets across the globe. The drama culminated with a police raid of Giz blogger Jason Chen’s home in Fremont, CA. As it turns out, the blog managed to get its hands on the device when it was left behind at a Redwood City bar by an Apple engineer who was out celebrating his birthday.Cell Phone Time newser or “Can You Heard Me Now?”A time traveler! Caught! On film! Video from the 1928 premier of Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus made the Web rounds back in April when a hawkeyed viewer noticed something strange–a woman walking through the frame appeared to be talking…on a cell phone. She was talking to herself and holding something to her face–there was only one logical answer: she’s a time traveler. Actually, it turned out she was use an old timey hearing aid. And the rest, as they say, is future history.Please Rob Me or “Four Scare”In February, Please Rob Me was launched. The site pulled Foursquare data from Twitter, pulling together a collection of users who were leaving their home unoccupied–and therefore ripe for the robbing. Please Rob Me was launched as an attempt to bring to light the security risks involved with checking in to location-based services and ultimately ended up becoming the target of outrage itself.Paul Ceglia or “The Man Without a Face”Paul Ceglia helped found the Ithaca Green Party. He built houses in the Bahamas and helped start up an eco-friendly cemetery. Also, he owns 84 percent of one of the world’s most popular Web sites–at least according to him. Ceglia, who also runs a wood pellet company, announced that Zuckerberg had effectively signed over the majority of the Web site to him in its nascent days. The deal apparently involved 50 percent ownership plus an additional one percent per day after January 1, 2004, until the site was completed. Facebook, not surprisingly, called the suit “completely frivolous.”Roxxxy the Sex Robot or “Electric Love”We met Roxxxy earlier this year at the AVN show in Las Vegas (we just happened to be town for that other little show, ces). We wrote up the robot’s debut and it became one of biggest stories of the year. So, how is this sex robot different from every other sex robot? Well, for one thing, ol’ Roxxxy has artificial intelligence and five different personalities (creepy, right?). Also, as we learned from our story, her creator was struck by a bolt of inspiration after the largest terrorist attacks on American soil. He told us, “after 9/11, I wanted to give back.”Exploding Droid 2 or “Screen Resolution”This isn’t the first time we heard tell of an exploding gadget, but it did have one of the odder non-resolutions. Earlier this month, a Texas man went to the emergency room after his Droid 2 apparently exploded next to his ear while he was talking. A couple of weeks later, we received word from a source at Motorola, claiming that the thing hadn’t actually exploded. Instead, according to the company’s investigation, he shattered the handset after dropping it and cut himself attempting to talk on the broken handset. read more
Bitcoin sounds like a decent enough idea — a privacy-focused, cash-like digital currency. It’s got a few fundamental problems, however, not the least of which is that, by default, the digital wallet in which your coins are stored sits unencrypted on your hard drive. That means its contents are totally exposed to anyone with access to your files and they only need to take the wallet.dat file and all your Bitcoins become theirs.That’s precisely what happened recently when nearly half a million dollars in coins were stolen from a longtime Bitcoin user — and that’s not going to be the last such theft you hear about. Where there’s money to be grifted, you’ll find malware authors hard at work.Symantec has announced the discovery of a trojan which specifically targets Bitcoin wallets. Once the trojan code finds its way onto a victim’s computer, all it has to do is locate the wallet.dat file and then upload it to the remote drop-off point via FTP. Unlike other trojans which aim to steal online banking or credit card account details or login credentials, there’s a shorter path to the payoff.And because cybercriminals tend to modify their creations fairly frequently, Symantec fully expects this particular bit of malicious code to find its way into existing malware due to the current buzz surrounding Bitcoin.If you’re a Bitcoin user, take appropriate steps to protect your wallet — make sure the file is encrypted and locked up with a good, strong password. That way even if someone does manage to pilfer your wallet he or she won’t be able to access its content.More at Symantec read more
Not long ago, Apple announced that it was recalling first-generation iPod nanos due to an overheating issue. The company promised replacement units to owners whose devices qualified. Everything was moving along as planned until owners of the recalled units got a nice surprise: many of them are receiving current generation iPod nanos as replacements.The recall was related to a risk of overheating or fire in the batteries of the six-year-old devices. Recalling such an ancient electronic device is unusual, but apparently Apple preferred to dip into its billions for replacements units than to risk lawsuits and negative headlines.Some customers did receive the first-gen models, but apparently Apple blazed through its remaining supplies and is now offering the 2011 models to eligible customers. It’s quite an upgrade. You can see below how the device has improved since its 2005 debut:Those getting the new model are getting a music player that is much smaller; bigger isn’t better when it comes to portable music players. The new model also has up to 8x the storage (or 4,000 songs to the original’s 500), 10 extra hours of playback time, and a multitouch display.Customers receiving the new iPod nanos have reported that the serial numbers show no warranty on Apple’s website. It isn’t clear whether these are old refurbished units whose warranties have expired, or if Apple removed warranties from them. It’s most likely all of the above; why would Apple issue a new warranty for a device that was technically purchased six years ago?If you have one of the old iPod nanos and want to see if you’re eligible for a replacement, you can visit Apple’s support thread.via MacRumors read more
Just recently Toshiba announced a new Android tablet, the 13-inch Excite 13. It’s 13.3-inches on the diagonal, has a full SD slot, and weighs 2.2 pounds. While the Excite 13 is certainly not small compared to the competition (OK, it’s quite large), the device is actually just a start when it comes to the more-is-better school of product design. And it got us thinking… what are some other wonderfully over-sized gadgets? Some of these specimens have been relegated to our basements, garages, and attics, but they are still memorable because of their extraordinary scale, while others are new but have bucked the trend of miniaturization that is so prevalent in technology today.Large laptop: HP HDX DragonHP’s HDX Dragon was a 20.1-inch laptop that weighed in at 15.5 pounds and sold for $4500. It was so big that the 1920×1080 display didn’t have a normal hinge, rather it lifted up on a monitor arm not unlike the one on a standard LCD display. The clever mechanism made is so that the screen was independently tiltable, allowing for one of the most adjustable laptop displays ever. The system, which was released in the Windows Vista era, packed two hard drives, a full number pad, a TV tuner, and a sound system that featured four speakers and a subwoofer, all of which are benefits of its size. That battery life was reportedly under 2 hours, not that this computer would be able to fit in any laptop bag you owned.Capacious computer case: Lian-Li PC-343B computer caseLian Li’s PC-343 is a famously huge product from the respected maker of aluminum computer cases. Measuring 460mm cubed (3.375 cubic feet), this beast holds eighteen 5.25-inch bays and three 120mm fans. Using Lian Li’s expensive bay converters it would be possible to cram this thing with up to 30 hard drives. It’ll hold two power supplies to power all those disks plus some huge video cards, so it’s like cramming a room full of workstations into a single case. The aluminum cube beast is still available for purchase, at about $350.Immense input device: Wacom Cintiq 24HDOf all the huge devices featured here, the Cintiq 24HD might just be the most reasonable. This 24-inch pen display is designed to make it as easy and accurate as possible for artists and designers to get their ideas onto the computer, without a mouse and keyboard. Drawing on the Cintiq is like using a monitor combined with a drafting table… it’s actually quite a nice experience. And the size makes sense because nothing would be more disruptive than drawing an image that you need to constantly move around, with parts of it going out of view. The size gives the user a 1920×1200 canvas, a comfortable working angle (including the ability to extend over the edge of the desk), and easy to access controls. This $2800 device measures a considerable 30.29 x 5 x 18.26 inches (collapsed) and weighs 68 pounds, so it’s quite a piece of hardware.Massive monitor: Sony GDM-FW900You might be surprised to learn that Sony’s GDM-FW900 was only a 24-inch monitor, but it very much qualifies for this list. Feeling confused? This bit of information might help: it was a CRT! This oversized Trinitron tipped the scales at 96.2 pounds and had dimensions of 19.7 x 22.5 x 10.6 inches, making it just a tad smaller then the Lian Li case above. Its resolution was 2304×1440 (the screen was 22.5-inch viewable), meaning that it could handle 1080p video (at up to 80Hz), even though it was first available in June 2002. It might seem like a dinosaur-sized relic today, but this is a legendary display that will still run you a few hundred dollars if you wanted to buy one… shipping not included.Monstrous mobile: Samsung Galaxy NoteWithout resorting to the “Zack Morris” phones from back-in-the-day (you know, the Motorola DynaTAC), mobile is one category where devices are getting larger and larger. While some call Samsung’s Galaxy Note a “phoblet” it is a mobile phone that people use to make calls and actually try to stuff into their over-sized pockets. The device is thin so these activities aren’t too bad, but with a 5.3-inch screen and at nearly 6 inches in length, this is stretching the limits of the mobile phone category.Tremendous television: Optoma 100-inch DLPThe obvious choice there would be one of those 100+ inch record breaking LCD TVs LG and Panasonic unveil at CES every year, but that would be forgetting about the time when televisions were truly gigantic. Sony had a 40-inch CRT, the WEGA KV-40XBR800 (pictured), which weighed 304 pounds and was so big that it included with a custom stand (a $499 value!). It’s just about as big as direct-view televisions ever got, but when it comes down do it, it’s just a minnow in the television pond.The big fish here is the Optoma 100-inch DLP. Remember DLP? It was that projection technology that lived briefly in between the CRT and flatscreens. We don’t hear about it much nowadays, but it made for some monsters. The TV reportedly weighed 750 pounds and was 38 inches deep… meaning you’re need a pretty large television room for it. It’s not clear if the Optoma 100-inch DLP was ever commercially available though, so Sony may take the crown once again.Any favorite huge gadgets you have hidden away in your basement? Maybe a huge Thermaltake case for your E-ATX workstation? A Kinesis Advantage keyboard? Tell us below. read more
For what seems like an eternity, Microsoft has held the number one spot in several key areas of the computing world. Windows remains by far the most widely-installed operating system, and Office the top-selling productivity suite. But they may now have slipped back to the number two spot in a couple very important areas: webmail and browsing.According to Google’s numbers, Gmail is now the world’s most popular webmail app with an active user base of 425 million and counting. If Google really has taken over the top spot here, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. With one million new Android device activations every single day and Gmail pushed during the first run, it stands to reason that new users would be arriving in droves. Accounts are also pushed on Google.com, Youtube, in Chrome, and pretty much everywhere else Google pops up online.Comscore isn’t convinced that Hotmail has been ousted, however. Their data pins monthly unique visitors to Hotmail at 325 million and Gmail at 289 million. It’d be hard to call a Gmail user “active” if they’re not even checking in once a month. There is, of course, the possibility that Comscore’s numbers are off. You’d certainly hope Google knew (and reported) the correct count, but sometimes it’s more important to flaunt the biggest number you can.And speaking of big numbers, Chrome hit version 20 this week. In addition to no longer being a “teenager,” Google reported that Chrome is now the most popular browser on the web. VP of Chrome Sundar Pichai says there are now 310 million regular users.The folks at StatCounter won’t be at all surprised by this news. They predicted back in January that Chrome would overtake IE for the top spot, and that the changeover would happen in the middle of this year. Recent numbers from both StatCounter and Commscore showed that the gap was incredibly narrow — and even that Chrome may have squeaked past, but it now looks pretty official.With 8 of the top 25 most-visited sites on the web (and even more of AdSense and Analytics users) pumping data into Mountain View, it’s hard to imagine that their figures would be off.via The Register and V3 read more
You might think that spending thousands of dollars on a really high-quality camera lens is an example of outrageous frivolity. You might be right about that, but you probably don’t have the funds available to rich photo-buff Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani of Qatar. He ordered the specially made Leica APO-Telyt-R 1:5.6/1600mm lens direct from Leica and spent a whopping $2,064,500 to get it. This makes it the most expensive consumer camera lens ever made.This Leica APO-Telyt-R was prototyped and built in Leica’s Solms, Germany factory, where the prototype can still be seen on display. The lens has a bayonet mount for Leica’s R-series manual focus SLR cameras. The body of the lens is 1.2-meters long, and it 42cm wide at the end. It tips the scales at at least 60kg, or 132lbs. It goes without saying that this thing requires a very sturdy tripod to be usable.Because the APO-Telyt-R was a one-off production, the exact specs are not available, but some figures are known. The focal length is 1600mm, which means it can be used to take pictures extremely far away in a very narrow field of view, about 1.5 degrees. it also fits Leica’s 1.4x and 2x APO-teleconverters, which boost the focal length to 2240mm or 3200mm respectively. Because the focal length is so long, it would be hard to get clear images. This is another reason this lens needs very solid tripod support.Sadly, you’re probably never going to see what this beauty can do. It was delivered to Al-Thani in 2006, and no pictures taken with it have ever been made public. That’s a bummer, but it’s a little fun to know something like this exists.via Apo Telyt read more