Just 7 days separate us from the Olympic Qualifications for the OG in London 2012, and all teams are beginning their preparations. Vanco Dimovski, the pivot of the Macedonian national team, in a press-conference for the media said that now “Macedonia are favorites, and no longer outsiders” as it was in the past. “If someone watched the European Championship in Serbia, they should know that we played much better handball than all our rivals in Gothenburg, and for me, it will be just enough to repeat the same performance, and we will be in London” – added Dimovski ← Previous Story Sweden without Kallman and Du Rietz waiting OG qualifications Next Story → Cupic: I refused AGK and Metalurg handballlondon olympicsMacedoniaolympic gamesolympic qualificationsvanco dimovski
← Previous Story 6th IHF Super Globe starts in Doha Next Story → Women’s U18 WCh (Montenegro): Golden Danish girls! The latest two biggest transfer in Europe, Ivano Balic to BM Atletico Madrid and Niclas Ekberg (THW Kiel) haven’t reflection on the organiser of IHF Super Globe in Doha. Both players are unable to play for their teams, because they didn’t in the official rosters of the team until official date. They will wait some other ocassion to show their class… BM Atletico MadridDohaIvano BalicNiklas EkbergSuper Globe handballTHW Kiel
9.Izviđač Mi grupa173014417 : 4889 3.Croatia osiguranje171124487 : 42535 2.Metalurg171205445 : 37636 10.Sloga171016424 : 5283 4.Vardar Pro161033481 : 40733 5.Tatran Prešov16925463 : 43529 Next Story → Denmark: KIF Kolding beat SIlkeborg and win first place before Play-Off Slovak champion Tatran Presov wins in in away match against Borac in Banja Luka 36:30 (18:13) and kept the chances to qualify for the F4 event in Skopje in the middle of April. Left wing Radoslav Antl had an outstanding evenning with 11 goals from same number of shot, while goalkeeper Svetislav Verkic saved 13 balls.If Vardar beat Lovcen in the last round match, Slovakian champion will stay out of the final tournament.TABELA: 7.Nexe17818465 : 46225 SEHA leagueTatran Presov 6.Lovćen17926468 : 48529 ← Previous Story Gorenje will replace coach for next season – Tamse out, Vajdl IN! 8.Borac M:TEL173113414 : 50510 1.Meshkov Brest171214536 : 48937
GARDAÍ IN NORTH County Dublin are seeking help in finding an 18-year-old woman who has been missing since Saturday.Kayleigh Carroll was last seen in the Ballyboughal area at about 9pm on 16 November. The village, west of the M1 motorway, is between the north Dublin town of Lusk and Ashbourne in Co. Meath.Carroll is described as being 5’4″ in height, with a strong build and shoulder lenghth red hair.Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have seen her or who can assist in her location to contact Balbriggan Garda Station on 01-8020510 or the Garda confidential telephone tine at 1800-666-111.
THE NUMBER OF Irish residents who relocated to England in 2012 for the purpose of declaring themselves bankrupt was nearly double the year before.Figures from StubbsGazette have shown that 129 people travelled in 2012, compared to just 69 in 2011.As the year progressed, however, the rate at which people travelled began to decrease, with figures for Q1 of 2012 showing an increase of 131 per cent on Q1 of 2011, whereas the increase in Q4 of 2012 as compared to the same time period in 2011 was just 39 per cent.Just 35 people were declared bankrupt in Ireland in 2012, less than a third of those who travelled to the UK.The managing director of StubbsGazette, James Treacy, said that the upcoming changes to bankruptcy procedures in Ireland – which includes the discharge period being reduced from 12 years to three years – “may stem the minor tide of Irish people seeking bankruptcy in the UK.”It is certainly not practical for the vast majority of people considering the bankruptcy option especially if they have children who would have to be relocated in the UK with all the attendant headaches that entails.Personal insolvency estimatesA recent Red C survey carried out on behalf of StubbsGazette found that 6,900 people are likely to apply for bankruptcy in Ireland within the first year of personal insolvency legislation being introduced, an increase of nearly 20,000 per cent on the 35 that applied in 2012.Read: New insolvency regime may not help troubled mortgage holders – Troika >
“Prior to leaving I’d been working solo but in India I had to readjust to living and working full-time within an organisation. Moreover, because women have less status in India, I definitely had to work harder on my influencing skills in order to convince people I had a brain, that it was useful, and that they could tap in to it.“I wasn’t shy before going to India but it was great to have experienced that because it means now I’m never fazed by seniority or people who think they’re more important than me. I lived a whole year being a ‘lesser citizen’ but still having to do my work every day. These days I feel much more measured in my approach to others and more accepting that one has to prove oneself first.“It also gave me a lot of time to think. I came back refreshed with a much clearer idea of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. As well as focussing on my business, I’m also doing a PhD.“Would I recommend it to others?”“Yes, definitely. People often say I was great to give up a whole year of my life but I never felt like I gave up anything. Of course, I missed my family and friends but I gained so much from it – at least five times more than I put in. It was enriching on so many levels. I came back feeling like it was one of the best things I ever did.”Mary Knox, a retired primary teacher from Waterford, has just returned from volunteering in Cambodia for two years. “I found skills learned as a student teacher many years ago are exactly what developing countries need. In the average school electricity is unknown, slates and chalk or paper and crayons are luxuries used with enthusiasm by children previously expected to sit quietly and just listen. Laughter comes easily to the children here – it was heart-warming to see how they enjoyed the old playground games like, ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?”But more than this, Knox found a whole new lease of life in Cambodia.While I’m not saying it was all fun and games, and I did miss the comforts of home from time to time, volunteering has been a memorable experience that I can honestly recommend as an anti-ageing exercise.It’s easy to forget your age when you travel by motorbike or play hopscotch! Also, I expected younger volunteer colleagues would stick together socially but it was a lovely surprise to discover that nobody noticed age and right from the start I was included in all activities.”VSO are hosting a ‘Meet VSO’ event in Dublin this Saturday (16 February) and also in Belfast (9 March), where they will explain the application process and the type of professionals they are looking to recruit. This event is free but registration is required. To find out more, click here.Elizabeth Hutcheson is a career consultant with www.SliNuaCareers.com, who offer CV preparation, interview training and mock interview services. They have offices in Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. For a Free CV Health Check Assessment, click HERE. LAST YEAR 3,000 Irish white-collar professionals volunteered to work in shanty towns, war zones and famine-stricken wildernesses across the globe.Some were involved with programmes such as construction, strategic development, IT and teaching, while others provided medical services or acted as bodyguards for human rights activists.Undoubtedly the chance to give back to the world in tandem with travelling to far-flung parts is an exciting opportunity, particularly for anyone seeking a career break or wondering what to do post-retirement.However, according to a recent survey of returned volunteers by the international development charity Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), it doesn’t end there. Many returned volunteers often report that their time overseas was ‘transformative’ or a ‘turning point’ in their lives, with almost half of those surveyed reporting they had developed better leadership abilities and team working skills, while nearly a third of respondents said they were now better at their job.A fifth had changed careers altogether.“The most important impact of volunteering is always on the people we work with in poor countries – working in areas like health, education and developing secure livelihoods,” says VSO Chief Executive Marg Mayne. “But it’s important to recognise that volunteers benefit too, stretching themselves professionally and picking up new skills and confidence.”After many years working as a self-employed management and organisational development consultant, Olive Fives, 48, decided to take the plunge and has recently returned from spending a year in a small village near Calcutta, India.“I went for a mixture of reasons, the main one being I’d always wanted to contribute. That said, it was a huge decision to go and I was terribly nervous about it. I’d spent a long time building up my own consultancy business in Cork and leaving meant having no security of employment when I returned,” she says.However, I’m absolutely delighted I did it. Yes, it means starting over again but it’s been more than worth it. I believe my communication and team-working skills benefited hugely from the constant interaction with different cultures.
THE 24/7 FRONTLINE Services Alliance, representing members of the emergency services from five organisations across the country, will hold a rally tomorrow over proposed pay cuts.The 24/7 Alliance is made up of the Garda Representative Association, the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, the Prison Officers Association and the Psychiatric Nurses Association.The group aims to highlight its opposition to government proposals to cut the pay of frontline workers at the rally in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Dublin at 6pm tomorrow.The meeting will see over 2,500 members come together in the latest stage in the Alliance’s campaign to protect the income of its members.This national rally will agree further initiatives, in the campaign, including a nationwide lobby of all back bench TDs and Senators which the Alliance said will commence immediately.Read: Shatter ‘as angry as gardaí’ at financial situation>
Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter A clip from Kieran Hartley’s interview with @thejournal_ie in April where he said he is NOT anti-pylons https://t.co/eImg62uCA5 #rtept— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) May 19, 2014 In any case, all candidates criticised the Eirgrid project in one way or another. Harris, a government loyalist, even criticising Eirgrid’s “mock consultation” process. Grace O’Sullivan faced the awkward question about her party leader Eamon Ryan approving the plan when he was in government. She pressed home the need for “clean, renewable” energy.7. There were couple of other issues… Theresa Heaney of the Catholic Democrats said she stood firmly with the church on gay marriage and claimed the people will choose God’s law over man’s law in next year’s referendum. She also criticised the tax system for penalising stay-at-home mothers.Peter O’Loughlin, an anti-EU candidate, talked about Europe as an “empire” and said that the State is attracting “people we don’t want” with “open borders” and a “generous” social welfare system. An Irish UKIP? Yes, he admitted.- additional reporting from Órla RyanThe final RTÉ Prime Time debate, featuring the candidates in Dublin, takes place tonight at 9.35pm on RTÉ One. Constituency profile: Battle lines and cantering elephants: Here’s how Election 2014 is shaping up in Ireland South…Yesterday: 7 things we learned from last night’s Midlands North-West Prime Time debate FOUR DAYS OUT and it was round two of RTÉ’s mammoth European election debates last night.This time it was the turn of candidates and incumbents running in Ireland South. There was little of the controversy that hit the first debate on Sunday night, but it was a lively affair nonetheless.In the first debate we had sitting MEPs Phil Prendergast of Labour, Seán Kelly of Fine Gael and Brian Crowley of Fianna Fáil with Sinn Féin’s Liadh Ní Riada also involved.The second debate saw two Fine Gael candidates Simon Harris and Deirdre Clune, Fianna Fáil’s Kieran Hartley, the Greens’ Grace O’Sullivan, the Catholic Democrats’ Theresa Heaney, Direct Democracy’s Jim Van de Ven, and independents Richard Cahill, Jillian Godsil, Peter O’Loughlin, and Diarmuid O’Flynn.Here’s what you need to know about the debate in case you missed or, inexplicably, found something better to do…1. The make-up of the panels was even more bizarreRTÉ’s pre-arranged criteria meant that just four candidates qualified to participate in the first debate, leaving ten for the second debate. This meant round one was a fairly tepid affair and round two was confusing and a bit messy, but actually a better debate. Key to the success of the second debate was Claire Byrne’s moderating as she successfully kept candidates in line but allowed a bit of back and forth between them. Source: RTÉ2. Sinn Féin was hammering its message and the opposition was hammering itLiadh Ní Riada, who is favourite to win a seat for Sinn Féin, did not get the pounding from opposition candidates that Matt Carthy got the night before. But as she pressed home that people are being “crippled by austerity budgets” the other candidates went for her, particularly Phil Prendergast who knows she faces a tough ask to win a seat for Labour. Prendergast repeatedly raised the old favourite of this government: the contradiction between Sinn Féin’s policies in the North and those in the South. Prendergast (left) and Ní Riada clashed more than once last night Source: RTÉ3. It’s every man and woman for themselvesHaving already hung her party leader out to dry, the embattled Prendergast took no prisoners last night and even criticised Labour’s coalition partner, saying that a vote for Fine Gael is “a vote for more of the same”. Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Phil Prendergast: “I’ve never been afraid to speak my mind, difficult and awkward as that may be.” You don’t say. #rtept— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) May 19, 2014 Brian Crowley Source: RTÉ5. Debt and bank debt finally came up There was little or no mention of it in the first debate but MEPs and MEP hopefuls in the south finally got around to discussing both personal and the State’s bank debt.“It’s the biggest single issue for our country,” Jillian Godsil said, claiming it would be as big an issue now as the famine was in the 1800s. Diarmuid O’Flynn Source: RTÉO’Flynn, who has campaigned against bondholder payments for years, questioned why the “unelected” ECB is dictating the policy and said his group ‘Ballyhea Says No’ asked for a debt writedown before anyone in the Irish government did.Harris tried to defend the government, saying that it had made savings on our debt repayments, but a shouting match with O’Flynn ensued. Simon Harris Source: RTÉ6. Pylons are still an issueThe government may have headed off this hot topic by kicking the pylons issue to a review group some weeks ago, but that didn’t stop it being raised last night particularly when Kieran Hartley, a vocal anti-pylons campaigner, was asked about it.He said he was misquoted when he told us in April that he was not actually anti-pylons. Except he wasn’t misquoted at all: 4. Medical cards are an issue – but they’re not a European one The video preview before the debate highlighted medical cards as a big issue. Brian Crowley claimed that he is dealing with over 100 people a week whose discretionary medical cards have been removed.Seán Kelly was honest enough to say that it’s not an issue for European parliamentarians and pivoted to his work in Europe on tackling obesity. Not necessarily a popular move, but he was right.
If people have a big income they shouldn’t get a grant and if they haven’t they should get a grant – that’s what the Government have decided so far as I understand.Speaking earlier on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Ruairí Quinn insisted that the idea was still on the table, but had yet to be discussed in detail by ministers. That idea has been dropped by Minister Quinn and it’s only fair that it be dropped. “The reality is that farm assets, if they were to be taken into account for assessing grants, that would be a very unfair way of assessment,” the minister said. We haven’t had the discussion in Cabinet yet on the introduction of a fairer system that would include some sort of capital assets test.He said that the scheme would take some time to get in place and that it was “always intended the plan be brought in for the academic year beginning September 2014″.Read: Coalition sees disagreements over student grants >Read: ‘I won’t take my eye off the ball’: Quinn promises better SUSI system > FINE GAEL’S NEWLY appointed junior minister for agriculture says a plan to means-test assets as part of the process for student grant applications has been dropped – in spite of Education Minister Ruairí Quinn’s assertion that it’s still on the coalition’s agenda.Minister Quinn – who is proposing that assets like property and shares worth over €750,000 should be included in the assessment process – insisted earlier today that his plan was ‘not dead’.Many Fine Gael backbench TDs have voiced opposition to the scheme since it was proposed by the minister, fearing it could lead to the children of low-income farming families missing out on the chance to go to college.Speaking just hours after his appointment as the new minister of state, Tom Hayes said on RTÉ’s News at One that the issue had been ‘dealt with’.
IT WILL BE second time lucky for almost 300 Aer Lingus passengers this morning as they make their second attempt to fly to the US.The Boston-bound flight with 280 people on board had to turn back yesterday and return to Dublin Airport after a number of cabin crew members reported feeling unwell.Flight EI139 had left Dublin at 4.23pm yesterday when two hours and fifteen minutes into the flight, the decision was made to return to Dublin.The plane landed at Dublin at 8.40pm and was met by medical officers, which Aer Lingus said is normal procedure.Passengers were put up in a hotel for the flight and are due to be flying to Boston later today.Aer Lingus is investigating the incident.Read: Both sides in Aer Lingus row accept Labour Court plan (… and holidaymakers breathe a sigh of relief) > Read: It’s safe to book a flight with Aer Lingus this summer, says union >
IRELAND DEFENDER RICHARD Dunne phoned team-mate Robbie Keane before announcing his retirement from international duty.The 34-year-old defender, who won 80 caps for the Boys in Green, has decided to pack in his 14-year association with the senior set-up in order to prolong his club career.Dunne and current captain Keane were part of Brian Kerr’s Ireland team which claimed victory in the U18 European Championships back in 1998 and the pair, both originally from Tallaght, have roomed together for over a decade.Speaking at QPR’s press conference at Carton House ahead of tomorrow’s pre-season friendly with Shamrock Rovers, Dunne said: ”I had a chat with Robbie.“Me and Robbie have been room-mates for the last 10-12 years. He understood my reasons and the decision that I took.Robbie’s a year younger than me and still scoring goals and doing everything right so he’ll continue I’m sure.”Ahead of the trip to Dublin, Dunne phoned up Martin O’Neill and FAI chief executive John Delaney to inform them of his decision yesterday morning. He and the current manager enjoy a good working relationship and it wasn’t made more difficult than it needed to be.“He (O’Neill) just asked if I’d made my decision and he just said ‘fair play to you, you done great and keep in touch’ sort of thing,” said Dunne. “I get on well with Martin so it was a nice conversation and he wished me well.“He respects the decision that I made and that’s the way it is. For me to play one game or two games and then if things didn’t go right and I was to retire it looks worse. So it’s best for a clean cut before anything starts.“I was quite aware that I had to come here and do the press and it seems like everytime I’m asked I say ‘we’ll see’. To be able to say that’s it, for me it’s more comfortable.“I don’t want to be struggling with injuries every month but desperate to get over and play. I just think the rest will do me the world of good.” Dunne and Harry Redknapp this afternoon. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOO’Neill and assistant Roy Keane must now plan for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers without the services of the veteran centre-half while Dunne’s attention will be fully focussed on helping the Rs stay in the Premier League after last season’s promotion.“We’ve probably seen over the games that have been played over the last while that they are trying to for themselves the best squad and the best team,” added Dunne when asked about the future of Irish football.“I’m sure they have a clear idea now going into the campaign. They’re in a tough group but they have the players and certainly the coaching staff with all the experience they have to put us in a good position to qualify. “Dunne’s club manager Harry Redknapp took a gamble by signing a player who hadn’t featured in a year last summer but it paid off as he made 45 appearances to help QPR make a return to the top flight via the play-offs.“It’s his decision and whatever Richard feels,” Redknapp said. “I think he needs the break. The Premier League is another step up and the breaks throughout the season are going to be important to him to recover.“He’s certainly been absolutely outstanding for QPR last year.”Audio thanks to 98FMBrede Hangeland signs a one-year deal with Crystal PalaceTottenham confirm a deal for 20 year-old defender Eric Dier
IT’S MONDAY, IT’S the start of the work week and chances are you have fifty things to do before the day is finished.For most of us, it requires you to research or look up multiple pages while keeping your email and other important web pages accessible.This leaves you with multiple tabs open which not only gets messy, but can also slow down your browser, especially if it’s loading up media-rich sites.Thankfully, if this is causing you problems, there are numerous plugins which allow you to better organise your tabs and free up browser memory.One of the most popular examples is OneTab (Chrome and Firefox), which brings every tab you have open on a window to the one page. Source: TheJournal.ieIf you find yourself regularly having numerous browser tabs open and want to give yourself some peace of mind, it’s a great way of clearing things up.Just remember that since you’re restoring pages, you’re effectively reloading them so any unsaved information will be lost.(OneTab for Chrome and Firefox)Read: Wonder who can see your Google Drive files? This will show you >Read: Eyes always hurting after looking at a screen? This will help ease the pain >
If you’ve always wanted to turn your iPhone into a musical instrument like these guys did when they performed on the New York City Subway, now’s your chance. Akai Pro has announced they’re now shipping the SynthStation25 Keyboard Controller for iPhone and iPod Touch, along with an companion SynthStation iOS App that can turn your mobile device into a fully functional and semi-portable music studio. The SynthStation25 Keyboard is a 25-note keyboard with space at the top to dock your iPhone or iPod Touch. When the phone is docked, you can use your phone to record music, add effects to the music you’re playing, get an extra set of piano keys, or manage audio outputs from the touch-screen. If you use the companion SynthStation iOS app, you get additional sound controls, synthesizers and drum machines, and the ability to take your music with you and work with it on your phone. The SynthStation 25 Keyboard Controller is available now for $299.99 retail price, and the SynthStation mobile app is available now in the iTunes App Store at $1.99 for a limited time, after which it’ll go back up to its $9.99 regular price.AdChoices广告
Artistic breakthrough? Religious devotion? The work of someone with altogether too much free time on their hands? I vote for all of the above. This recreation of the Last Supper is 14 feet long and four feet high. It took around 1,000 hours to create. Also, it’s made entirely of laundry lint.Michigan resident Laura Bell is behind the massive remake of da Vinci’s famous work. The piece required 800 hours of laundry, in which Bell washed loads of towels, in order to get the perfect colors for Jesus and his disciples. Once the laundry was done, the Last Supper recreation took 200 hours to actually piece together.AdChoices广告The piece will be displayed at a Ripley’s Believe it or Not–a curator of Last Supper recreations. It also has versions of the renaissance painting remade on toast, a dime, and one recreated with rice.
When HTC isn’t building Android smartphones and tablets and tossing Microsoft a few shekels for those patents its licensed back in 2010, the company is churning out Windows Phone 7 devices. HTC has already produced a handful of WP7 phones like the Arrive, HD7, and Surround, and there will soon be at least one more model added to its line-up: the HTC Omega.It’s believed that the Omega will be HTC’s first Windows Phone 7 Mango device, though it will cede the title of first overall to the Fujitsu IS12T. Apart from running Mango, the Omega will feature a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. There will also be a rear-facing 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with autofocus and an LED flash, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and other standard accoutrements like a 3.5MM headphone jack, GPS, and DLNA support. It’s also been mentioned that the Omega could include both GSM and HSPA radios.AdChoices广告As for its display, the HTC Omega will sport a 3.8″ Super LCD touchscreen with 800×480 resolution. It’s an interesting choice, since it sounds a lot like the screen that has shipped in the Surround since it started shipping late last year. The camera may also be re-purposed from another HTC phone, the Sensation. The Qualcomm processor in the Omega is no slouch, and it’s the same one you’ll find inside Sony’s Xperia Arc. In the Omega, however, it’s been clocked a full 50% faster.There have been rumblings about this phone since May, but nothing official has surfaced about the Omega just yet. These specs could very well change before launch — assuming the phone does launch.More at Geeky Gadgets
There are a lot of things Tony Stark owns that you and I never will, but an ambitious developer named Ben Wu has been toiling away to bring a small taste of the Iron Man experience to Windows users.Wu’s Quantum Phantom allows him to use a webcam to draw on his Windows 7 computer’s monitor. The effect is very similar to what happens when you draw on something like a Wacom tablet with its pressure-sensitive stylus, and Wu demonstrates not only some fun scribbling in Tux Paint, but also a slightly more practical application with Windows 7’s built-in handwriting recognition panel to input characters into Microsoft Word.It might also sound a little bit like the many Kinect hacks we’ve seen, but it’s not quite as elegant. It’s clear that Wu is a very clever fellow and that he’s put a lot of time and effort into Quantum Phantom, but it’s a definite step backwards in terms of usability.Kinect — and several similar apps that have been demonstrated over the past few years like FluidTunes — can interpret our movements as input without requiring us to hold anything. Quantum Phantom is ultimately using a webcam more like a Logitech Air Mouse, and that defeats the purpose of a NUI. The system’s awkwardness is compounded by the fact that webcams like the one Wu uses are tethered to our computers by a USB cable, making wireless, accelerometer-powered solutions like the Air Mouse or a Wiimote better suited to this kind of interaction.Nevertheless, it’s great to see developers plugging away and creating new ways for us to interact with our computers. While we’re on that subject, does anybody else wish more had come of the OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator?More at Engadget
As outraged as it seemed the world of tech was when AT&T and T-Mobile announced that they were attempting to merge as a single company under AT&T’s banner, it looked as though it was going to happen regardless of our voices. Massive petitions to block the merger flooded the internet for weeks while the FCC deliberated on whether or not the merger would be allowed to happen. Now, as it looked like the final answer was getting closer and closer, it would appear as though the hammer has been dropped on this merger, possibly killing it for good. The US Government has announced today their intent to sue in order to block the AT&T and T-Mobile merger.The complaint, which was filed in Washington D.C., states that T-Mobile “places important competitive pressure on its three larger rivals, particularly in terms of pricing, a critically important aspect of competition.” according to Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole.Despite AT&T’s best attempts to convince everyone to the contrary, even going so far as to announce plans to move over 5,000 call center jobs back to the US in an attempt to sweeten the deal, it seems the DoJ has decided to take matters into their own hands. The complaint highlights the fact such a merger would mean customers face “higher prices, less product variety and innovation, and poorer quality services.” This paints a pretty clear picture that AT&T’s attempts to convince have fallen on deaf ears.Or has it? The DoJ is getting involved pretty late in the game, right? Why now, guys? What changed? Even AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel Wayne Watts responded almost immediately with “surprise and disappointment” at the news that the DoJ is getting involved. It is speculated that the turning point comes from the leaked AT&T memo from last month. The memo essentially discredited AT&T’s strongest argument for the merger, and continues to elaborate that they are willing to spend such a vast amount of money to keep T-Mobile away from Sprint and to reduce competition. AT&T tried its hardest to convince everyone that the memo was insignificant, and contained nothing useful, even after these items came to light. It seems like the combination of this leaked memo and Sprint’s continued request that the DoJ get involved in this were received, and the US Goverment stepped up and dealt with the issue.It’s not easy to find much in the way of similar events to this, to gauge just how much of a chance AT&T has in coming out of this with the result they want. In fact, the only similar case in recent history is the US’ suit against Microsoft. In terms of magnitude, these cases will have a similar presence, unless AT&T attempts to settle with the US Government out of court and try to resolve this quietly. There are still plenty of questions that remain unanswered in this. How will this suit affect the FCC’s decision? Who will attempt to buy T-Mobile if AT&T fails? Will that other company stand any better chance? There’s so much that can happen now that the DoJ is involved, but one thing this will do for sure is drag out this merger into the forseeable future.More at The United States Department of Justice
EA announced in a press release yesterday that the demo for Bioware’s Mass Effect 3 will drop on February 14. That’s right, you can either spend Valentine’s Day with a loved one, or you can get back into virtual alien husbandry.The demo packs two modes, single- and multi-player. The single-player demo previews the beginning of the game, including what Bioware calls the “mind-blowing opening attack on Earth.” Translation: you get to play the finished version of what leaked back in November. Basically, it sets up the all-out war against the Reapers on multiple fronts.Mass Effect 3 also brings a new cooperative multiplayer mode to the series for the first time, and the demo will offer a taste of that as well. Further details on what’s playable in the co-op demo weren’t given.As we learned last fall, the overwhelming change in ME3‘s gameplay is a set of difficulty sliders that can turn all the way up (or all the way down) either the story or combat components of the game. Players will presumably be able to see the differences for themselves once they play the demo. On the 360, Kinect functionality will also make its dramatic appearance in the demo.For fans, this is also a last call for pre-orders. The Collector’s Edition, at $79, offers a 70-page hardcover art book, a soundtrack, a Dark Horse Comics ME comic, and several digital goodies like extra weapons and Xbox Live Avatars.The ME3 demo drops simultaneously for all three platforms (PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) and will be followed up with the full retail release on March 6.
By all accounts, the HTC One X is a truly great Android phone in both hardware and software. After a few weeks of availability, however, some cracks are beginning to form in HTC’s newly rebuilt facade. Users are reporting that the HTC One X suffers from a “death grip” of sorts that indicates a Wi-Fi antenna defect.Users noticed that despite an all polycarbonate shell, the HTC One X was getting fairly mediocre Wi-Fi reception. All phones are different in that respect, but some are now claiming that this is the result of a clear hardware fault.Members of the famed modding community at XDA Forums suggest that One X users ought to test their devices as follows: Grab an app that can accurately measure your Wi-Fi signal in dBm, and hop on your nearest wireless network. Apply pressure on the back of the phone between the camera lens and the volume toggles. If the device is affected by this supposed defect, Wi-Fi signal will improve only to drop back down to middling levels when you release. I suppose this is more of a life grip, actually.There is a long history of the enthusiast community finding bizarre bugs, which are then ascribed to catchable hardware mistakes. Back in 2010 XDA members were busily tearing down Galaxy S phones to re-solder the GPS antenna, which had rather poor performance. Earlier that year people were complaining about the below-average signal reception on the Nexus One.The most prominent example of this pattern is obviously the iPhone 4 antennagate scandal. Owners became obsessed with the idea of a death grip after finding that signal strength could be reduced by touching the iPhone in a certain spot.I am not claiming that these are not problems. If everyone can agree that a phenomenon exists, and it can be demonstrated consistently, that is a bug. However, these are minor hardware problems in the grand scheme of things. If the One X Wi-Fi issue turns out to be real, I don’t expect to see droves of users sending the device back just because it gets mediocre Wi-Fi reception.HTC is looking into the reports, but XDA users are already making video tutorials on how to tear down the unibody device to screw around with the Wi-Fi antenna directly.via GottaBeMobile
The first two games in the Dead Space series got equally high review scores and a fan base eager to play the next title if and when EA decided to make it. Not one to shy away from multiple sequels, EA obliged and Dead Space 3 was officially announced at E3 last month with the announce trailer above.But some fans may be wondering why the game now has a full-playthrough co-op mode for you and a friend to enjoy, and EA’s marketing boss Laura Miele has today explained the reasoning behind it.Dead Space games are pretty scary, and apparently for some people they are just too scary. EA carried out some product research and found that some gamers want to play the game, just not on their own. The solution to that is a co-op mode and EA’s hope it will attract more people to (buy) the game.Existing fans who enjoyed solo playing the first two games should not worry. EA hasn’t dampened down the gameplay or made it any less scary, they’ve just catered for the more nervous gamers among us with a co-op option. That’s commendable as too often we see gameplay tweaked for the sake of accessibility. It looks like EA realized changing the core game to get more sales probably wouldn’t go down very well with its customers.There’s still a while to wait until Dead Space 3 hits the shelves for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC next February. Maybe that time can be filled getting some of your more nervous friends used to the horror on offer in the first two games.Read more at MCV