Matevž Skok from Gorenje to Celje PL

One of the best Slovenian goalkeepers, part of Gorenje Velenje duo with Serbian, Ivan Gajić, Matevž Skok (25) decided to accept an offer from the biggest opponent – Celje Pivovarna Laško.  The contract is signed for the next two seasons and Skok, child of Gorenje, will have a opportunity to put his performance on some higher level, but probably, not in the EHF Champions League next year, because, Gorenje has 10 points more than Celje PL in the beggining of second phase of the national Championship. Celje PLGorenje VelenjeMatevž SkokSlovenian handball ← Previous Story Laszlo Nagy finally said “NO” to Hungary! Next Story → Albert Rocas: “With 10% of Cesc’s transfer, solve all handball problems”

Nikolaj Markussen and Kim Andersson return to handball courts

After very long breaks from playing handball due to their injuries, Nikolaj Markussen and Kim Andersson finally return to handball. In the recent test games of their clubs, Skjern (Markussen) and KIF Kolding-Kopenhagen (Andersson), both players recorded several minutes on the field. With both players fit soon, the Jack & Jones League in Denmark will definitely see interesting title-fight between main contenders, Skjern and KIF Kolding.The situation is better with Nikolaj Markussen who has been absent for 10 months, saying that he feels good and it’s only a bit more time that is needed to reach 100%. Markussen joined Skjern from El-Jaish, following Atletico Madrid’s financial problems.Kim Andersson has been injured for about one year, and has only played few minutes in his recent clubs’ game. The Swedish international had a complicated shoulder injury which kept him away for a long time. However, it will take perhaps few more weeks for Kim Andersson in order to return to full shape. ← Previous Story STRUGA 2014: US Creteil beat Metalurg! Next Story → STRUGA 2014: Vardar begins with +13! El Jaishhandballjack & jonesjack and jonesKIF KoldingKim AnderssonNikolaj Markussenskjern read more

DENMARK 2015 Ruthless Montenegro and host team book eightfinals spots

DenmarkDenmark 2015mONTENEGRO Denmark and Motenegro are qualified for the eight-finals from Preliminary Group A in Herning at Women’s World Championship 2015. Danish team outplayed Serbia in the second-half on the wings of home fans in sold-out „JUSK BANK“ arena, which witnessed superb defense by Danish girls in the last 20 minutes of the match – 29:20 (13:12).The Serbian girls showed nice performance in the first half with Kristina Liščević (five goals) in the main role, but that was stopped by Danes after half-time break. Poulsen between the posts led the home team who received only four goals in the last 22 minutes to secure spot at knock-out stage.At the end, Line Jorgensen netted seven for the winning squad as the top scorer at the match.Most impressive performance of the day going to Montenegro. Classy style which reminds of the best matches of ŽRK Budućnost in EHF Champions League, played Katarina Bulatović and her team-mates. Montenegro trashed Hungary 32:15 (17:9). Defensive line of Dragan Adzić team was just perfect. Hungarians were in the match until 4:4, but that was the end of hopes of Nemeth girls tonight.Strong defense, easy goals, a lot of ideas in attack, all were on the highest level. Bulatović, Raičević (ex Knežević) and Radičević  (scored 6 goals each)made 12:4 series to bring their team to 19:9 (from 7:5), but that was just a beginning. Hungary netted only six goals for the whole second half (two from 7-meter shots by Anita Gorbicz). It was a great happiness for Balkan fans to see the team like Hungary on -17. The man of the match was goalie Sonja Barjaktarović with 14 saves.Japan easily past Tunisia 31:21 in the opener of the Day 4 in Herning. That means Japanese girls will fight for the eight-final spot against Serbia on Wednesday, 18.30 hrs.STANDINGS:Denmark 6Montenegro 5Hungary 4Japan 2Serbia 1Tunisia 0PHOTO CREDIT: Jan Christensen, DHF.DK, 22nd IHF Women’s World Championship 2015 ← Previous Story Denmark 2015: Korea’s first victory was a bulky one! Next Story → Denmark 2015: France qualified and in the hunt for the top of the group read more

New laws on preschool regulation in final stages

first_imgA RANGE OF new laws aimed at improving quality and regulation of the pre-school sector is currently being finalised.According to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald, the new legislation will ensure that high standards are being met.Threat to remove registrationThe new legislation will provide a statutory basis for registration of pre-school services and inspectors will have the power to specify conditions that a service must comply with. The new law will also have the threat of removal of registration available.The regulation and inspection of pre-schools and creches came under the spotlight this year following an investigative programme by RTE revealed serious failings in some pre-schools.She said the new legislation would “ensure that parents and the sector have the fullest confidence in the inspection and regulation systems”.OffenceSpeaking in the Dáil today, the minister said that  in July the heads of the new legislation to amend the Child Care Act 1991 was approved by government. She added that under the new legislation the penalty for the offence will increase to a maximum Class A fine.The minister said she hoped to bring the legislation before the Oireachtas during this term.She added that, as of today, 914 pre-school inspection reports have been published on the Pobal website since July.Read: Here’s how Fianna Fáil proposes to reform childcare and education>Read: Cabinet approves tougher sanctions on childcare providers>last_img read more

Banks repay €33 billion in fees from State guarantee schemes

first_imgTHE SEVEN IRISH banks covered by the two guarantee schemes introduced by the government in 2008 and 2009 have so far paid €3.36 billion in fees to the Exchequer, new figures have shown.Figures released by the Department of Finance show that over €750 million has been paid in fees by seven institutions which were covered by the blanket guarantee introduced in September 2008 and which ran for two years.The other €2.6 billion has been paid under a second guarantee, the Eligible Liabilities Guarantee scheme, under which the State also agreed to guarantee new deposits and any newly-issued bonds within a certain period. That scheme remains in place.Around half of the fees accrued from the latter scheme were collected in 2011, when AIB paid fees of €465 million and Bank of Ireland €449 million.Fees from the scheme have slowed slightly since then, with about €515 million paid to the State so far this year – again, with AIB and Bank of Ireland making up the lion’s share at €205 million and €189 million respectively.The Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, the institution formed by the merger of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide, has paid a total of €251 million under the ELG scheme.Bank of Ireland and AIB are again the largest contributors under the previous blanket guarantee, having paid €239 and €233 million in the lifetime of that scheme. Anglo paid €188 million, while Irish Nationwide contributed €33 million.EBS Building Society – now a subsidiary of AIB – paid €15.6 million, while Irish Life & Permanent paid a total of €50.2 million. Postbank, the financial services arm of An Post, paid €39,000.Aside from the fees for being covered under the schemes, the banks have also paid a total of €5.35 million to cover the State’s administrative and legal costs.The State has spent a total of €64.1 billion recapitalising the banking sector, including a total of €20.7 billion on the now-defunct IBRC. Some of that amount has been converted into shares in each institution, which could be sold on – possibly to the new Eurozone bailout fund – at a later point.The transactions are largely circuitous, given that the State now almost fully owns each of the institutions covered by the guarantee. The only exception is Bank of Ireland, in which the State owns a 15.1 per cent stake. AIB is 99.8 per cent owned by the taxpayer.The figures were released in response to parliamentary questions from Labour’s Joanna Tuffy.last_img read more

8 soulcrushing realisations about department stores

first_img5. You will see at least 6 children dying of boredomThis will bring back painful memories of your own childhood, sitting under a rack of skirts in Arnotts, or Switzers, or Guineys for what seemed like days.6. You’re going to be disappointed by your visit to the caféLocated on the 5th floor, department store cafés are where paninis and bakewell tarts go to die.You will be so parched by the 69 degree celsius heat in the store though, that you’ll be glad to choke back a €2.79 sparkling water. Source: WordPress7. There’s never a bunch of lost priests in the lingerie sectionNo matter how hard you look.8. You’re never going to get locked in overnightThis was your childhood dream, right? Ours too.You’d be able to eat all the pick n mix: Source: EEPaulJump on all the beds: Source: thinkretailAnd play with all the toys: Source: roboppyShare your department store experiences in the comment section. And if you ever got locked in overnight, you’re our hero…9 reasons shopping is a special brand of horror>20 things you’ll find in an Irish shopping centre>16 reasons to hate doing the ‘big shop’> CLERY’S IS BACK in business today after several months out of action.We welcome back the Dublin institution with open arms, but not all department store experiences are as joyous as a jaunt in under the famous clock.It’s time we came to terms with them…1. They’re lying to usLOOK AT THIS! Source: Imgur2. You’ll never be able to fold the shirts the way they doYou can watch all the videos you want, but you’ll never get there. Source: LOLbrary.com3. Don’t turn rightDepartment stores place all of their best swag to the right of the door, because they count on you to turn right. Source: GifbinWhy not stick it to the man and turn left. I’M SPARTACUS!4. You’ll find the ‘up’ escalator easily enough…… but it’s trickier to find the ‘down’ because THEY NEVER WANT YOU TO LEAVE.last_img read more

Line drawn at Queens Belfast as Blurred Lines is banned

first_imgYesNoI don’t knowVoteRead: Lily Allen lays into Robin Thicke and the music industry in new video>Read: Feminist parody of Blurred Lines taken off YouTube…> Poll Results: Yes (685) No (2612)center_img A LINE HAS been drawn at Queens University Belfast with the banning of a hugely popular – and massively controversial – pop song.Blurred Lines, by Robin Thicke, will no longer be allowed to be played throughout the Students Union at Queens, including all bar/club venues, Queen’s Radio, cafés, Clubs and Societies events, external events and within commercial outlets.The ban even extends to when the song is played on external radio stations, with an order that the station must be “changed immediately”.The motion was put forward by Student Officer Equality and Diversity, Caoimhe McNeill. She said during the most recent student council meeting that over 20 Students’ Unions have removed this song from their playlists.She described banning Blurred Lines as “a step in a right direction to make sure SU members feel safe on campus”.One person who spoke against the motion was Eoin Deeney, who said that he thought the premise was flawed and that it is “tantamount to censorship”. He also pointed out that there are “millions of other songs” with such connotations.The lyrics to the song were discussed by the Students’ Union council members. Some said that they thought publicising banning the song would make people think about Robin Thicke’s “message”. McNeill said the issue is not one of censorship.The motion went to a vote and was passed. The Belfast Telegraph notes that 26 were in favour of the motion, while 22 student council members were against.Thicke has been accused of promoting rape culture through the lyrics of the track, but he has denied suggestions that Blurred Lines is offensive or misogynistic.Do you think that Blurred Lines should be banned from students’ unions? I don’t know (2511)last_img read more

Body of man found in Phoenix Park

first_imgUpdated 12.45pmTHE BODY OF a man was found in the Phoenix Park in the early hours of this morning.Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery and the scene is being preserved.The office of the State Pathologist has been notified and personnel are due to attend the site later this morning.It is understood the deceased suffered burn injuries. He was discovered near the Wellington Monument in a sleeping bag. There was a fire reported in the area but gardaí have not indicated if they believe it was started deliberately or accidentally.An appeal for witnesses has been made with investigators anxious to talk to anybody who may have been in the vicinity of Wellington Road between 12.30am and 1am today. Those who can assist with the probe are asked to contact Cabra garda station on 01 666 7400.last_img read more

Anglo board usually met 810 times a year but they met 33

first_imgTHE BOARD OF Anglo Irish Bank met 33 times in one year as the directors faced a series of problems at the now-defunct bank.The court at the trial of three former senior executives of the bank heard today that the board would usually have met between eight and ten times in one year, but met four or five times alone in the days following the collapse of Bear Sterns investment bank on 17 March 2008.Counsel for the defence described the collapse of the US bank as the “St Patrick’s Day massacre”.Natasha Mercer, who was the company secretary of Anglo in 2008 said that the board was made up of thirteen people: four executive directors who were involved with the day-to-day running of the bank – David Drumm, Willie McAteer, Pat Whelan and Declan Quilligan – and nine non-executive directors who would come to board meetings, including Sean FitzPatrick.Mercer said that she had taken hand-written notes of board meetings and typed them up afterwards. She told the court that she does not have her hand-written notes but may be able to get them for when she gives evidence again.The court also heard details about the collapse of the share price of the bank. Graphs using figures from the Irish Stock Exchange were put up on three large television screens around the court.A witness from the Irish Stock Exchange confirmed that shares in the bank were trading at €10.72 on 2 January 2008 but had fallen down to just €0.17 by  31 December. Between 2007 and 2008, the share price had peaked at €17.53 at the start of June 2007.Counsel for the prosecution Úna Ní Raifeartaigh said there was a “very clear decline” in the share price of Anglo Irish Bank throughout 2008.The share price hovered around €8 and €10 euro for the first three months of the year before dropping to €6.95 on 17 March. It fell below five euro for the first time on 10 July when it dropped to €4.85. The price gradually increased over the following two months before falling again in September. It ended the year at just 17 cent.Counsel for Seán Fitzpatrick Michael O’Higgins SC asked witness Aisling McArdle of the Irish Stock Exchange if the share price could be seen as a barometer of the health of an institution, and she agreed that it could.He asked the witness if she knew anything about CFDs, but she said she didn’t.O’Higgins said investor Warren Buffet had described CFDs as “weapons of mass destruction” in terms of how they can affect the price of shares in an institution.It is the second day of the trial of Seán FitzPatrick of Greystones in Wicklow, Pat Whelan of Coast Road, Malahide in Dublin, and William McAteer of Auburn Villas in Rathmines in Dublin,  who have all pleaded not guilty to charges under section 60 of the Companies Act of counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to people – including the so-called Maple 10 – in 2008 to buy shares in the bank.last_img read more

Driver 63 killed passenger injured after car crashes into tree in Tipperary

first_imgA 63-YEAR-OLD man has died after the car he was driving left the road, entered a ditch and crashed into a tree in Co. Tipperary this afternoon. It happened on the R687 New Inn to Clonmel Road at approximately 2.45pm. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His body has been taken to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel, where a post mortem is to be arranged. The passenger in the vehicle, a 35-year-old man, has been taken to the same hospital. His injuries are described as being non-life threatening.A section of the road has been closed as forensic tests are carried out at the scene, and diversions are in place. Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Cahir Garda Station on 052 7445630, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.last_img read more

Breach planning laws Prepare to face the consequences

first_imgAs well as the policy directive, O’Sullivan is introducing other actions to ensure “full and effective implementation” of the enforcement provisions set out under Planning Legislation. These include:Two public guides on planning enforcement (published in November)The publication of consolidated versions of the Planning and Development Acts 2000 – 2012 and Planning and Development Regulations 2001 – 2012A commitment to develop a policy statement on planningThe establishment of an Independent Planning Regulator.The directive requires planning authorities to report comprehensively and formally on the enforcement activity they carry out and to provide whatever assistance is necessary in the future to raise public awareness about planning enforcement.Finally, it provides guidance to planning authorities that, in carrying out their enforcement function, they need to prioritise the most significant breaches of the planning code, for example quarrying activities.O’Sullivan said that the statutory footing “will also serve as a clear signal to the public, to planning authorities, and to the European Commission that Ireland is taking its planning enforcement function seriously”.A group will be set up to examine, in conjunction with planning authorities, possible further areas of reform. These may include possible amendments to planning legislation, and the development of a proper enforcement network through which planning authorities can share knowledge, expertise and experience.Read: New regulator ‘will restore confidence in planning system’>http://www.thejournal.ie/planning-regulator-mahon-tribunal-2-899074-May2013/ THOSE WHO BREACH planning laws will face the consequences of their actions, Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan has said today.She made the comment while issuing a policy directive on planning enforcement, following on from the announcement earlier this week that the Government was establishing an Independent Planning Regulator.O’Sullivan, who is the Minister for Housing and Planning, said the directive has three main objectives:To remind planning authorities of their statutory obligations under Part VIII of the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2012To require planning authorities to undertake appropriate monitoring of planning enforcement; andTo direct planning authorities to prioritise large-scale unauthorised development and enforcement cases.Minister O’Sullivan described Ireland’s performance on planning enforcement as having been “patchy” and said “we need to address that”.Those responsible for breaching planning legislation need to know that they will face the consequences of their actions and those that want to see the law upheld need to know that the system has teeth.last_img read more

GAA wait for IRFU to select venues for Rugby World Cup bid

first_imgGAA CHIEFS ARE waiting for communication from the IRFU as to what GAA stadia they would like to include as part of a potential bid for Ireland to host the 2023 or 2027 Rugby World Cup.The GAA’s Congress in Derry last month carried a motion to allow the use of its grounds for an IRFU bid for the prestigious competition.GAA Director-General Paraic Duffy confirmed yesterday that he spoke to his IRFU counterpart Phillip Browne in the aftermath of that decision.It is envisaged that the IRFU will look for six GAA stadia as part of their bid. Croke Park will be an automatic inclusion with Casement Park and Páirc Uí Chaoimh, who are both set to undergo refurbishment projects over the next few years, also in line.Other venues that may be considered include Fitzgerald Stadium, Gaelic Grounds, Pearse Stadium and Elvery’s McHale Park.Duffy revealed that the ball is now in the court of the IRFU to inform the GAA of what venues they would like to use.“They have looked at the venues themselves,” said Duffy. “They are probably waiting to find out what the exact tendering process is. They have looked at a lot of our venues and they’ll come back and tell us which ones they want to use.“They originally talked about six but I don’t know. I think there will be six anyway. They have to come back to us in due course. I briefed Phillip Browne briefly after Congress. They need to know when the process begins and it could be a year or 18 months before that starts.”Cork hurler Paudie O’Sullivan suffers serious leg injurylast_img read more

Pains in the bum and enormous courage The week in quotes

first_imgIT WAS A week when the Seanad was recalled to discuss the crisis in Gaza.Awful weather hit some parts of the country, and former Fianna Fáil minister Ivor Calley was sentenced.All that, and more, it’s the week in quotes: Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland I can’t think of very many positions where one can simply request, on the back of such a devastatingly incisive report, that one can simply request to be moved to somewhere else.Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald wasn’t sure if her former secretary general Brian Purcell will be reassigned to in the civil service, following a damning report by an independent review group which found the department had a “closed, secretive and silo driven culture”. Source: Youtube ScreengrabWell, I’d prefer if the United Nations started shelling Israel.A Sinn Féin councillor, John Hearne, said he believed the United Nations should start shelling Israel in order to persuade its government to return to the talks table. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandThe tat is a bit smaller than the tit.Senator David Norris’ response to Fine Gael’s Paul Coghlan calling the Israel-Gaza conflict “tit-for-tat”. Source: Channel 4 News/YouTubeWhat I never knew, is what I know that, which is that those people who live in Gaza are mainly the unbelievably young.Jon Snow spoke of the ‘images etched’ in his mind after his visit to Gaza. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandThis conduct is never acceptable, it is never acceptable. People who indulge in this conduct should be dealt with by the law.Fianna Fail’s Willie O’Dea said he can’t imagine that Ivor Calley, jailed earlier this week, will ever be readmitted to the party. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandWe want to live in a country that treats everyone with respect… the way we treat asylum seekers and people in the system says a lot about us as a country.Junior Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin spoke of the need to reform Ireland’s system of direct provision. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandI hate missing these things, but it’s a right pain in the bum, and it’s an awful day for it.One Senator was willing to come back to Dublin for the recall, but wasn’t too happy with the date. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandShe has shown enormous courage in staying the course of the criminal justice system. She had to wait 4 years for this day. She had to endure a full court case as Anthony Lyons pleaded not guilty and mounted a defence for the crime he committed against herEllen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive of the DRCC, said the re-sentencing of Anthony Lyons (pictured) for a 2010 sexual assault is a “significant societal marker”, and praised the bravery of the victim.last_img read more

43yearold bookshop launches its first online store

first_imgIT HAS A dedicated fanbase of readers in Waterford, Kilkenny, Wexford and Kildare, and a 43-year history of brightening up bookshelves.But now The Book Centre has taken the leap online – and wants to provide a personal experience to buyers.The ownersThe shop was opened by Sean Ryan and his wife Maureen, and Denis and Alice Doolin on Michael Street in Waterford City in 1971.The Ryan family has been in business in Waterford since 1749 in milling and in polish manufacturing. Meanwhile, Sean’s father entered the retail business in 1921.Before long they had outgrown the 1,000 square foot store and bought the old art-deco Savoy Cinema in the city centre.This was turned into a premises with a café and was soon joined by a three-storey Wexford location in 1973. This was followed by a Kilkenny Book Centre in 1974.Its most recent store opening was in Naas in 2005, under the brand Barker & Jones.Loyal clientele Source: Patrick BrowneMaeve Ryan, Managing Director of The Book Centre, said this is a new direction for the company “but it is something we have been planning and working on for sometime”.They are conscious of the trend towards e-books, but theirs customer also like getting to spend time browsing books in the store. Because of that, they don’t want the website to be faceless.The same staff that work in the store will be dealing with the online customers, said Maeve. “We are hoping to reach all of Ireland,” she said. “We pride ourselves on our customer service.”Sean Ryan said that it has always been their business philosophy to “concentrate on being the very best in our industry in our store locations”.“We have never wished to have lots and lots of shops, we have always concentrated on opening a store in a new location,” he said.They want to have a loyal clientele, a broad array of products and excellent customer service. This has served us well over the years and we believe that now is the right time for us to enter the online market and again do this really well.The site is available at thebookcentre.ie. Read: 17 Irish independent bookshops you must visit before you die>last_img read more

Apple iAd Team Reportedly Getting NYC Office

first_imgApple is reportedly in the process of building a new office space next to Manhattan’s Union Square. According to the old anonymous sources, the company is looking to house the iAd mobile advertising team in the new space.The team is said to currently be holed up in the former Quattro Wireless space, which SF Gate says possesses a ” very start-up feel.” The space is very small, however, and not intended to hold more than 30 employees. The company has an even smaller space above its 14th st. store, west of where the new office is set to open.The new space is apparently an attempt to win over the Madison Avenue suits. AdChoices广告last_img

Apple Blocks Sony From App Store

first_imgI guess this means war. App war. Apple is reportedly amping up control of its already fairly closely vetted App Store, blocking a number of companies from its wall-garden–namely those selling content through their offerings. The most high-profile offender? Sony. Apple sent a rejection letter to the consumer electronics giant over an iPhone app that let users but books from the Sony Reader Store.The news, naturally, came out via Sony. Apple–at least for the moment–isn’t talking. “It’s the opposite of what we wanted to bring to the market,” Sony digital reading president Steve Haber told The New York Times. “We always wanted to bring the content to as many devices as possible, not one device to one store.”According to Haber, Apple’s rejection letter informed Sony that all in-app purchases need to be approved directly by Apple. No word yet on how this will affect companies like Amazon, which already offer such content through the App Store.last_img read more

Alienware M18x hinted at on Dell support page

first_imgOver at Dell’s support site, the company has a list of Alienware laptops, with one surprise: the M18x. We’ve been hearing rumors for some time about Dell releasing an 18-inch gaming notebook, but so far nothing has come to pass. The 18.4-inch computer would, according to rumor, come in at a larger size than the M17x, instead of replacing it.The link is viewable on Dell’s Support documentation page, right alongside current models like the M17x R3 and the M11x R2. When clicked the link sends you over to an M17x support page, with a url ending in in /M17x/. Changing that last bit to /M18x/ ends up in a 404 page and this appears to be the only instance of “M18x” occurring on the support site.While interesting, this doesn’t mean anything just yet. The link seems to be a placeholder until the day that the M18x arrives but we have no idea when that will happen or if an M18x is even in the works. We have heard other rumors about the M18x before, such as it running dual AMD 6970M (CrossFireX) or dual NVIDIA GTX 460M (SLI) graphics, but those look like slim speculation compared to a link on an official Dell site. (Though Dell doesn’t seem to appreciate them.)There is a lot of speculation flying around the forums where the link was first posted, but also further rumors. These include possibilities for the the design/components, a codename (“Avenger”), and even an arrival date (late June).So far the M18x is just another unicorn prancing about the internets, but some people are sure about its upcoming arrival and Dell’s own support page seems to agree. Let’s hope it’s just a question of timing.last_img read more

OnLive to launch streaming web access this summer

first_imgOnLive’s slick game and video streaming service is certainly impressive. The behind-the-scenes magic performed by its server farm allows OnLive users to play their favorite PC and console games on devices like the iPad or Motorola Xoom, and that’s an undeniably cool trick.Now the company has made it clear that it’s not going to stop at gaming. Next up: web browsing.OnLive plans to take on the likes of Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer with a cloud-powered web browser that harnesses the power of its servers to pre-render streaming web content. That will include re-encoding things like Flash video so it can be played on the iPad or iPhone. And because OnLive’s massive computing cluster is taking care of page processing, it’s theoretically capable of much faster rendering speeds than most of the desktops, laptops, and mobile devices people are using today.Right now, the company is still figuring out how far to take things. Will all active content eventually be greenlighted? Possibly, but for now the goal is to deliver enough functionality to users that the majority of sites they’ll want to visit are fully working.Does that mean you’ll be able to play to your favorite Kongregate games in its browser? No, probably not — not in the beginning, at least. It should mean that most of the embedded audio and video you encounter online will be accessible, whether it’s Quicktime, Windows Media, or Flash-based.CEO Steve Perlman also states that the company is undecided about whether to charge for the OnLive browser, saying instead that the plan is to let people “run wild” at first and see what data usage looks like before making a decision.While OnLive talks about this service being revolutionary and “insane,” it seems an awful lot like a combination of the ideas that power two existing mobile browsers: Opera Mini (the world’s most popular mobile browser) and Skyfire. Skyfire, of course, is famous for being the first browser that delivered Flash video to iOS devices. Opera Mini reduces page load times and data transfer by rendering and compressing web content on its own servers and then pushing the finished product to users.More at OnLive Fanslast_img read more

Zotac launches PCI DirectX 11 graphics card for legacy systems

first_imgZotac has seemingly decided to throw a lifeline to anyone with an ageing PC sitting at home by offering them a brand new graphics card.The Zotac GeForce GT 520 has one feature you don’t see on 99% of the graphics cards released today: a PCI connector. Your typical motherboard still has a PCI slot or two, but for graphics cards the PCIe slot is the connection of choice offering much better performance.If you system is a few years old, however, upgrading the graphics card would probably involve a motherboard update too. And upgrading the motherboard also brings with it the cost of a CPU and memory. If money is tight most people would just hang on and hope their machine lasts a few more months. Now they don’t have to.The Zotac card uses the Nvidia GT 520 GPU and is clocked at 850MHz. The shader clock is running at 1620MHz with 48 shaders available to take advantage of. There’s 512MB of DDR3 memory running at 1333MHz, and your get VGA, DVI, and HMDI connections. The card also drags your system compatibility bang up to date with DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 support.While not fixing any issues you have with a slow CPU or main memory, the Zotac GeForce GT 520 may offer up enough extra grunt to make HD video run smooth and could get a few newer, if not latest generation games running.Unfortunately the price hasn’t been released yet, but if this card is more than $50 I’d be very surprised and disappointed. If Zotac price it for those on a budget it may see a lot of success not only with consumers still using older machines, but anyone building a nettop as some of the cheaper mini-itx boards still carry PCI slots.Read more at Zotac, via The Tech Reportlast_img read more

Microsoft creates a HoloDesk using Kinect

first_imgFrom the moment Microsoft made the Kinect motion peripheral available, people were experimenting with it beyond the realms of the Xbox 360. Interest was so great in fact, that Microsoft ended up releasing a Windows development kit for it.Earlier this week we saw how the Kinect is being used to create a touchscreen on any surface. Now, Microsoft Research has used it to create an interactive 3D holographic system they are calling the HoloDesk.HoloDesk was developed by the Sensors and Device Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, and works by creating a virtual scene of 3D objects for a user to play with. The user sits in front of a transparent optical display and can see 3D objects through it. Using their hands it is possible to grab and manipulate those objects in real-time.Of course, the user isn’t actually feeling anything when they touch these virtual objects. The Kinect sensor is just tracking their hands and using a clever algorithm to match them up with the position of the objects in the scene and carry out the manipulations.What’s important is the result, though. This looks to be one of the best examples yet of being able to interact with a 3D scene through “touch” and a natural user interface.Although only an early prototype, there’s a number of uses for such a system. How many doctor’s and surgeons would benefit from being able to practice safely on a virtual body with their hands in this way, for example? What are the possibilities for this kind of interaction being used in video games?The video below gives a great demonstration of HoloDesk in action, and offers up a few more ideas for potential use cases.Read more at GeekWire and TechNetlast_img read more