← Previous Story Lindgren: “We can be satisfied”; Sundovski: “We played our game” Next Story → Group C and D: Spain wins the Derby – Croatia beats Iceland At the 2nd day of the European Championship in Serbia 2012, the most interesting match is between the unbeatable French squad and Spain. France is huge favorite, but Spain will surely aim to make a surprise. Croatia one of the favorites in this tournament, is playing against Iceland, in what should prove to be a very hard game for them. Norway plays against Slovenia in what should be a very even game. Russia and Hungary play in the last match for today.
Christian MalmagroJure NatekSC Magdeburg ← Previous Story Junior WCh 2013 All Star Team announced: Stenmalm is MVP of generation 1992 Next Story → Big problems for HSG Wetzlar – Valo and Harmandic seriously injured German SC Magdeburg wants to begin the season in best possible way. Shoulder injury problem of right back Jure Natek (31) still put question mark about his form in the upcoming season. After a lot of injuries which put him away from handball in the last year, ex-Slovenian NT member now feel the pain which cause him a lot of problems. That is the reason why German team decided to test Christian Malmagro, Spanish left-hander, who played in Portland SAn Antonio, AG Copenhagen and Montpellier…photo: siol
ABC BragaFC Porto handballPortugal handball ← Previous Story POLAND: Szczecin sensation against Kielce Next Story → PSG Handball in race for Uwe Gensheimer! The real warm-up for another interesting season in Portuguese handball, where Sporting, Braga and Benfica will try to crush the FC Porto series of six Championship titles in a row, began with the small surprise in the Super Cup. ABC Braga beat reigning champion FC Porto 26:24 (12:11).
1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce8602242:224(18)12 Belarussian champions HC Meshkov Brest drew third match in a row at VELUX EHF Champions League! After two matches with RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, team of Sergey Bebeshko played 29:29 in Swedish Kristianstad. Home team led by goalkeeper Nebojsa Simic and left wing Jerry Tollbring, stayed undefeated against favorites, who had Dainis Kristopans in the role of TOP scorer (7).STANDINGS: 1. HC Vardar8602247:221(26)12 8. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …8107196:219(-23)2 6. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko8134228:247(-19)5 7. IFK Kristianstad9126243:270(-27)4 3. Rhein-Neckar Löwen8512232:226(6)11 5. HC Meshkov Brest9333256:255(1)9 3. MOL-Pick Szeged8512225:207(18)11 ← Previous Story Isabelle Gullden to be ready for EHF EURO 2016 start! Next Story → NEW COACH: Dragan Djukic leads Montenegro
← Previous Story SportHero: Think sport and design for it. Next Story → PPD Zagreb “steal” Urh Kastelic from Celje! TSV Hannover Burgdorf and coach Jens Bürkle separated ways at the end of season 2016/2017. Ambitious German team ended 11th with 24 points, only two ahead of the relegation line, which didn’t make satisfied anyone linked with the club.Burkle led club in two seasons of DKB Bundesliga.His successor isn’t known yet.
FRANCE HAS WARNED that the Central African Republic is “on the verge of genocide”, as the UN considers sending thousands of peacekeepers to the strife-torn country.“It’s total disorder,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told France 2 television today, adding that the United Nations was considering authorising African and French troops to intervene in the country.“You have seven surgeons for a population of five million, an infant mortality rate of 25 per cent in some areas and 1.5 million people who have nothing, not even food, and armed gangs, bandits, etc,” he said.The former French colony, an impoverished country rich in natural resources, has faced growing chaos since a coalition of rebels known as Seleka staged a coup in March, forcing president Francois Bozize to flee.The transitional government has lost the grip on the large country of 4.5 million people, with retaliatory attacks between Muslims and Christians on the rise.SanctionsThe United States today called for sanctions against the leaders of strife in Central African Republic.The call by the US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, added to international concern over anarchy in Central African Republic.Power said there must be a “swift deployment” of the full African force. She added, in a comment on her Twitter account, that the international community should be “imposing sanctions on perpetrators of violence.”The call came after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced $40 million of financing for the African force. Kerry said the government was failing to control what he called an “increasingly sectarian” crisis.- © AFP, 2013Read: Charity tells of “appalling scenes of murder” in Central African Republic >Read: People of Central African Republic “abandoned” and in need >
CATHOLIC MARRIAGE AGENCY ACCORD says it has had to make staff redundant due to a major reduction in the amount of money it receives from the Government.Four staff members are to lose their jobs and one full-time role has been changed to a part-time position, ACCORD president Bishop Christopher Jones said this evening.The agency receives its funding from the Catholic Bishops, couples who take part in pre-marriage courses, and State grants. ACCORD says its State funding will have dropped by more than 40 per cent by the end of next year – a loss of €3.6 million which it was expecting to receive since 2010.ACCORD says it will receive a reduced grant of around €700,000 next year for the central office, which is designed to pay overheads and salaries for fourteen staff, nine of whom are full-time.Bishop Jones said the redundancies were especially difficult because they came at Christmas time.“Unfortunately, we have no alternative but to make these redundancies compulsory,” he said. “Staff have been met and ACCORD is engaged in a process to finalise new arrangements, which will take effect in early February 2014″.“Redundancies at any time are very difficult for all involved but particularly so at Christmas. We have done our best to keep job losses to a minimum and will endeavour to continue to meet the ever increasing demand on ACCORD’s marriage education and counselling services in these economically challenging times”.ACCORD said some 6,536 couples used the services in 2012.Read: Increased demand for marriage counselling as financial difficulties rise >
THE MIGRANT RIGHTS Centre Ireland has raised concerns that there aren’t enough protections in place to ensure that workers aren’t being exploited or abused in diplomatic households here.That’s in spite of the 57 members of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) recently signing up to measures aimed at protecting domestic workers in embassies and other diplomatic missions.The OSCE members agreed an addendum to their ‘Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings’, stating that nations should promote measures to prevent trafficking for domestic servitude, including servitude in diplomatic households and “to protect workers and inform them of their rights as employees and how to report abuses”.A case in New York made headlines around the world last month when it emerged a high profile Indian diplomat and women’s rights advocate was found to be paying her maid just $3.30 an hour, and the MRCI says similar exploitation is still taking place in Ireland.“We’ve encountered several cases of domestic servitude in diplomatic households in Dublin,” the MRCI’s Gráinne O’Toole said. “Workers are being trafficked to Ireland by diplomatic employees and made work in exploitative and even abusive conditions.”O’Toole said that in such cases, women had been brought to the country under false pretences, promised a decent job and a fair salary only to find themselves required to work “12-hour days, seven days a week, confined to the house and paid a pittance or nothing at all”.“We’re particularly concerned that some embassies are repeat offenders — although the Government is aware of previous exploitation of domestic workers in certain diplomatic households, they continue to allow new workers to be brought in under the exact same conditions.O’Toole highlighted two ongoing cases in which the MRCI was working to help former workers who had been exploited.In one of the cases, a 17-year-old girl travelled to Ireland to work for a diplomat’s family, having been told she would be allowed work part time and pursue her studies. On arrival, she found she would be required to be the sole carer of a child with severe special needs. Her day started at 5.30am, and her employer hit her when she asked to use the phone to call her family. She wasn’t paid for her three years of work, and hasn’t been compensated since.The other case involved three Asian women who were brought to Dublin as domestic workers for a diplomat and his family. They worked for an average 108 hours a week; two were paid €134 per month and the third around €160 per month, as she had been working for the family for longer.O’Toole said that despite repeated promises from the government to bring in protections, “there still are no measures or checks to ensure that workers are not being exploited or abused in diplomatic households in Ireland.”Read: Immigrant families will be ‘torn apart this Christmas’Read: Italy denounced for hosing down migrants in cold water
THE UN HAVE cancelled an invitation to Iran to attend a Syria peace conference this week over its refusal to back calls for a transitional government in Syria.UN leader Ban Ki-moon is “deeply disappointed” at Iran’s statements rejecting a communique adopted by international powers on ending the Syria war UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said this evening.The United States and United Nations were scrambling this afternoon to rescue the much-heralded Syrian peace talks after the were thrown into disarray by a surprise UN invite to Iran.The deeply divided Syrian opposition, which had struggled to agree to join the so-called Geneva II conference, threatened a boycott unless the invitation to Tehran is withdrawn.They have now said that they attend Geneva II talks now that Iran has been excluded.Just before the UN announcement, Iran’s UN envoy Mohammad Khazaee reaffirmed his government’s rejection of the communique adopted in Geneva in June 2012.“Iran has always been supportive of finding a political solution for this crisis,” Khazaee said in a statement.“However the Islamic Republic of Iran does not accept any preconditions for its participation in Geneva II conference. If the participation of Iran is conditioned to accept Geneva I communique, Iran will not participate in Geneva II,” he said.Adding to the tensions, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad bluntly ruled out a power-sharing deal and said in an exclusive AFP interview that the talks opening on Wednesday should focus on what he called his “war against terrorism”.Amjad Al-Saleh, whose family fled their home in Marea 11 days ago due to Syrian government shelling at their house. (Pic: AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)UN leader Ban Ki-moon, who sparked the furor with his invitation to Tehran on Sunday, was “dismayed” by Iran’s refusal to back an international statement calling for a transitional government in Syria and by the Syrian opposition’s threat to boycott the talks.“The secretary general is currently urgently considering his options in light of the disappointing reaction of some participants,” UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters.Nesirky said Ban is in contact with the US and Russian foreign ministers over the mounting storm just two days ahead of the start of the peace conference in the Swiss town of Montreux.A senior US State Department official had earlier said that they “expect the invitation will be rescinded”.The Geneva II conference has been nine months in the making and is the most intensive diplomatic effort yet to end the brutal three-year conflict.And a US official said Washington had received messages from members of the Damascus regime keen to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.Washington, London and Paris have said Tehran would have to clearly and publicly support the idea of a transitional government, as agreed in a communique adopted by major powers in Geneva in June 2012, if it was to join the talks.Regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia, which supports the Syrian rebels, also said Iran was “unqualified to attend.”The surprise invitation came as an interim deal with world powers aimed at containing Tehran’s nuclear ambitions came into effect on Monday although it was not clear if the two events were linked.Iran remained defiant, with a foreign ministry spokeswoman saying it will participate “without any preconditions.”The conference is aimed at setting up a transitional government to find a way out of the civil war that has claimed 130,000 lives and created a humanitarian disaster with million of people homeless.© – AFP 2014Read: Iran “must support transition” in order to attend Syria talks >Read: Foreign Ministers to discuss Syria crisis in Brussels >
IRELAND WILL ACCEPT 90 Syrian refugees this year, the government has told the United Nation’s refugee agency.Most will be resettled from host countries in the Middle East and North African region. According to the Department of Justice, they could possibly come from over-populated camps in Lebanon and Jordan.“This number will include provision for up to four medical cases whose medical needs can only be met through resettlement,” a statement to TheJournal.ie revealed. ”The UNHCR has begun the process of identifying medical cases for consideration by the Irish authorities.”During 2013, 35 Syrian refugees came to Ireland from Syrian UNHCR refugee camps.That number included one medical case, in which a family of four of Iraqi/Palestinian origin arrived in July. They have been resettled in Cork.Eight Afghan refugee families and two single Afghan men arrived in Ireland on 7 November 2013 from Damascus, Syria. The entire group of 31 people is currently living in a reception centre while participating in a language and orientation programme.The 31 Afghan refugees was admitted under an EU funded Preparatory Action for Emergency Resettlement.Separately, there were 38 applications for asylum from those claiming to be from Syria in 2013. So far this year, there have been five such applications from Syrians.In 2012, fewer than 10 Syrians had applied for refugee status in Ireland.Earlier this week, the UK agreed to take up to 500 refugees after a battle with the UNHCR for not signing on to its ‘quota’ programme.The deal between the government and the UN will see Britain take in some of the most vulnerable and traumatised victims, including women, children and sexual assault survivors.A number of agencies and charities have been critical of the international community’s lack of response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Syria and its surrounding countries.Currently, there are 2,386,087 Syrian refugees, with millions more displaced internally. The UNHCR has called on more countries to establish refugee resettlement programmes.Germany has offered more than 10,000 places to Syrian refugees, the most of any country.‘Only the chief of the battalion knew I was a girl’: Meet Ola, the Syrian rebel
YOU KNOW HOW it goes. You spend ages preparing for and going to interviews and desperately hoping that you’ll get a job, but then when you do, you get the fear.What if no one likes you? What if you say something stupid? What if you can’t do it?We doubt Pope Francis is any different. Here are 10 first day fears we reckon he’s experiencing today.Not being able to find the toilet.It’s an understandable concern, St Peters is massive.Flickr/Wha’ppen/Creative CommonsAll the cardinals hating him because he got the promotion.He might have to have lunch on his own.That guy on the right definitely doesn’t look impressed. Luca Bruno/AP/Press Association ImagesNot knowing which hat to wear at which time.Is it just the little cap or the big pointy one?Gregorio Borgia/AP/Press Association ImagesDoes he wear the red shoes all the time? Just for special occasions?Alfredo Valadez/AP/Press Association ImagesFalling over on the popemobile.That thing has got to take some getting used to.Pier Paolo Cito/AP/Press Association ImagesNot knowing where things are in the kitchen.Where are the teaspoons, dammit!Flickr/dani0010/Creative CommonsNot knowing exactly what he…does.It can’t be all mass all the time, can it? Maybe one of the Swiss Guard will help him out.Andrew Medichini/AP/Press Association ImagesFeeling like the boss is always watching him.Except in this case, he kind of is.Gregorio Borgia/AP/Press Association ImagesNot knowing how people take their tea.Do you ask everyone? Just the people near you?Flickr/Simon Cocks/Creative CommonsPanicking over whether or not you can actually do the job you’ve gotten.There’s fear behind that smile.Gregorio Borgia/AP/Press Association Images6 people who could pass for the new Pope>Is this the first time you’ve ever seen a Pope with a season ticket?>
New voting card! pic.twitter.com/zRI0KbZzRI— Nessa Childers MEP (@NChildersMEP) July 1, 2014 Meanwhile Nessa Childers was the surprise package in Dublin where she took one of the three seats in the capital, edging out Eamon Ryan.She retained an MEP seat she first won as a Labour candidate in 2009 so this is all familiar to her too. But the independent still seemed pretty excited about this: The all important voting card – crucial to register an MEP’s vote electronically. No card, no vote! @Europarl_EN pic.twitter.com/CetPmgO9c9— Seán Kelly MEP (@SeanKellyMEP) July 1, 2014 Taking my seat on the first day of the new 8th @Europarl_EN @FineGael @EPPGroup @EPP_IE pic.twitter.com/tQFp2dqM9G— Seán Kelly MEP (@SeanKellyMEP) July 1, 2014 Source: Matt Carthy/Twitter Fine Gael returned four MEPs including the newly-elected Deirdre Clune in Ireland South and Brian Hayes in Dublin.Both were all smiles as they arrived in the French city this morning: Source: Sean Kelly MEP/Twitter He knows what he’s doing and he knows what he needs: Wise words by Green EU Presidential candidate Lunacek on role of EP”If we don’t get it right now there will be no extra time and no replay”— Marian Harkin (@MarianHarkin) July 1, 2014 Sitting in European Parliament in Strasbourg for 1st time. Voting for EP president. SF MEP’s supporting Pablo Iglesias Turrion for post.— Matt Carthy MEP (@mattcarthy) July 1, 2014 Finally, Luke Ming Flanagan told his Facebook followers he voted for Dimitris Papadimoulis for one of the vice presidents positions in the Parliament. He also explained why he only arrived after Martin Schulz was already elected: Midlands North West MEP Matt Carthy is only buzzing: Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Marian Harkin/Twitter This is also familiar territory for independent Marian Harkin who won a third term in May and was taking note of some “wise words” this morning: Updated 3.47pmTHE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT met for the first time since May’s elections with Ireland’s 11 MEPs taking their seats in Strasbourg this morning.The first day saw the newbies taking part in the vote for the new president of the European Parliament with Martin Schutlz winning with 409 votes.The make-up of the Irish contingent on the continent has changed dramatically with Labour losing all its MEPs and Sinn Féin returning three in the Republic.When you include Northern Ireland’s Martina Anderson that makes four and means that a selfie becomes all the more difficult.But they pulled it off: For Ireland South MEP Seán Kelly it’s familiar territory having retained the seat he first won in 2009: Source: Nessa Childers MEP/Twitter Source: Sean Kelly MEP/Twitter In case you can’t read it, here’s what he had to say:Earlier Martin Schulz a German Socialist was elected to the position of President. Unfortunately due to my wife, who is pregnant, becoming ill on Sunday it was only possible for me to get here after the vote. Happy to report that my wife is now in much better form and the baby(in the womb) too!First published 12.49pmRead: It’s now cheaper to use your phone in the EURead: Here are 10 things we’ve learned from the 2014 European elections
FORMER REHAB CEO Frank Flannery says that the Public Accounts Committee’s pursuit of him is “not entirely unrelated” to his former standing in Fine Gael.Speaking to Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One today, Flannery said that PAC had acted “outside of the law” in their attempts to compel himself and Angela Kerins to appear.The interview comes just two days after the Committee on Procedure and Privileges declined to give PAC permission to compel Kerins and Flannery to attend a public hearing.The CPP said it received legal advice which formed the view that, “It is only empowered to proceed with the examination of an account audited or report prepared by the Comptroller and Auditor General.”Rehab is not audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General, but does receive around €80 million inToday, Flannery said that he did not go in because “they (PAC) were interested in having a go at me, they were not interested in the expenditure of public money”.“Had I gone in, it would have made no difference. They wanted publicity, they wanted headlines.He said that PAC members had a “feral attitude” and were “out for destruction”.“I saw one of them saying their greatest achievement was forcing the Rehab CEO to resign.”He said that the situation had became “unlawful and dangerous”.Flannery said that he had never received a response to a letter that he sent to the PAC in March.He said that the “ordeal” had left him “battered and bruised”.Flannery said that the damage done to the Rehab Group was “the greatest pain” to him in the whole affair.Read: PAC told they can’t force Flannery and Kerins to come before it
THIS YEAR THE Direct Provision system turned 14 years old. Direct Provision is the name given to the system whereby asylum seekers are provided accommodation and food in designated hostels across the country. A bed, access to meals and a small weekly allowance (€19.10 for an adult and €9.60 for a child) is all the support that the State provides to asylum seekers. Under Irish legislation asylum seekers are prohibited from entering employment or accessing social welfare payments. Asylum seekers remain in these centres for years waiting for their cases to be dealt with by legislative procedures that are clearly not fit for purpose.For the past 14 years, NGOs working in this area (who are predominantly not State funded) have been outspoken in their criticism of the direct provision system – both of the conditions that people are housed in, and the length of time that they remain there, awaiting an outcome to their case. Those of us who work with asylum seekers can speak to the dehumanising and demoralising effect that life in the Direct Provision system has on its inhabitants.It has been compared to imprisonment, to the Magdalene laundries and other institutions that we had hoped were in our past. While he was the opposition spokesperson for Justice, Alan Shatter TD likened the system to a prisoner of war camp. We have led marches, protested outside the gates of the Dáil, written innumerable letters to our elected representatives and campaigned to highlight to the public the grossly inadequate nature of the accommodation and services that are provided to asylum seekers under the Direct Provision system but the State proved intractable, at least until recently.The eyes of Ireland fall on Direct Provision In the past twelve months, there has been a huge re-engagement across all sectors of society with Direct Provision. The issue of direct provision arises again and again in parliamentary questions; we see or hear interviews with asylum seekers and criticism of the direct provision system on the radio, in our newspapers and on TV. Perhaps most importantly, the issue has arisen in our courts.At present the High Court case of CA & TA (a minor) v Minister for Justice is examining the legislative basis for the Direct Provision system and whether the constitutional rights of its inhabitants are being breached. By any standards this is a landmark case and we can only salute the bravery and selflessness of the asylum seekers, known only by their initials, who were willing to take the case and expose the true nature of the conditions in these centres. It cannot be easy to sue the State when you know that they hold your future and that of your family in the palm of their hand.The reaction of the State to the increased coverage of the issue has been interesting. Despite the State vigorously defending the direct provision system in the High Court and before the United Nations in Geneva, recently appointed Junior Minister Aodhan O Riordain has stated publicly that, “None of us can stand over it, it’s just not acceptable” and that the reform of direct provision is a priority.He has suggested that the right to work, granted by almost all other EU countries, might be given to asylum seekers however Minister for Justice Francis FitzGerald quickly shot down that suggestion. She has, however, agreed to an Independent Working Group to examine the issue and make recommendations to the Government. This position of openly criticising the system of direct provision and calling for its reform in the domestic media while defending it before the High Court and international human rights bodies is simply disingenuous.Constant fire-fighting modeThe confusion is symptomatic of the State’s disjointed and piecemeal response when it comes to asylum reform. The State seems to just react to crises precipitated by Irish and EU court judgements. There have been three draft bills before the Oireachtas since 2007 which would have drastically reformed asylum law but none were passed. The Fine Gael-Labour Coalition included a commitment to reforming the legislation in their 2011 Programme for Government but no legislation has as of yet been put forward.In 2007 the State amended the Social Welfare Consolidation Act, 2005 to specifically exclude asylum seekers from accessing social welfare payments with the result that the weekly allowances of €19.10 to asylum seekers do have any basis in legislation and are not included as an item of expenditure in the annual budget.Nasc has welcomed the introduction of the Independent Working Group but, in light of the State’s previous form when it comes to Direct Provision, it is hard not to be sceptical of the proposals. We need to know that the Minister is open to acting on the recommendations of the Working Group and that the report won’t just sit gathering dust for years. We need to know that the Minister for Justice is open to real reform of the direct provision system so that any new proposal is not just a ‘direct provision lite’.What does the Minister propose to do with the hundreds of asylum seekers who have been living in direct provision for years, but who will not be affected by new protection legislation – can she commit to dealing with such cases in an efficient and pragmatic fashion?Fewer than 1,000 people sought asylum in Ireland last year. To put this figure in perspective, there were approximately 330,000 applications for asylum made in total in the EU. It should not be too much to ask that the State implement an efficient and humane system for dealing with asylum applicants when we receive only a tiny fraction of the asylum seekers coming to the Union. In the meantime, the only beneficiaries of the system are the 17 private companies making substantial profits from owning or running the hostels. Fiona Hurley holds a Bachelor of Law degree (BCL) and a Master of Law (LLM) from UCC; she has a particular interest in international law and especially in the protection of minority rights. Fiona completed an internship in the Nasc Legal Information Clinics in 2010 and was subsequently appointed Legal Information and Capacity-Building Officer. Fiona also has special responsibility for capacity building, and provides training on immigration law to Citizens Information Centres, NGOs and other relevant bodies nationwide.Direct Provision: ‘None of us can stand over it, it’s just not acceptable’Opinion: Ireland warehouses asylum-seekers, institutionalises them and leaves them in limbo
Now that 2011 is here, and evidence is gathering for a Verizon Wireless iPhone launch during the first half of this year, you can expect the media to scrutinize every move the carrier makes which supports the notion of an upcoming launch. That’s why some moves that the carrier has made with iPhone-related domains has garnered some particular interest.Verizon Trademark Services is the holding arm for Verizon’s domains including verizon.com. It turns out that the holding arm also owns iphoneonverizon.com and iphoneforverizon.com. Verizon purchased the domains from Jim Benton of HolyShnikes.com back in November 2008. When initially reported by pocketnow.com it was believed that these were recent purchases hinting at the release of the Verizon iPhone.AdChoices广告Though the purchase of the domains don’t allude to any timing of a Verizon iPhone release, they do indicate that Verizon had their eyes on Apple’s phone going all the way back to 2008. That means the domain purchases occurred only a year after the iPhone was first launched on the AT&T network in 2007. The iPhone related domains are currently only going to link farms, but they will be a couple to keep an eye on since they will no doubt be converted to legitimate Verizon websites once a launch is imminent.Considering that “iPhone Verizon” is the second suggested search term on Google it makes sense for Verizon to not only stop with two domains, but to purchase additional Verizon iPhone related ones. You can be sure that people will be looking for Verizon to make additional iPhone domain purchases with keen interest.Read more at pocketnow.com
On the last day of 2010 a trademark filing was discovered for the “HTC Scribe” with the description on the trademark filing stating:Handheld wireless device, namely, a tablet computer We expected that this was the name of the first HTC tablet that would come to market this year. But according to DigiTimes it isn’t, and we are going to see a tablet called the HTC Flyer arrive in March.AdChoices广告The Flyer is thought to be the first of three tablets HTC is set to launch, so we assume the Scribe will be one of the other two both expected to launc in June. As for the Flyer, all we know is the tablet is modeled on the HTC Desire smatphone (pictured above) and will run Android 2.3 with an upgrade to Android 3.0 planned.The launch will be handled in conjunction with a network company much like the Galaxy Tab is offered with a data contract. The March launch date is also key for HTC who want to beat the RIM PlayBook and Motorola Xoom tablets to market.Read more at DigiTimesMatthew’s OpinionAlthough this news is unconfirmed by HTC it is widely believed that HTC will begin its assault on the tablet market in 2011. The company has such a good reputation in the smartphone market it would be crazy not to produce a tablet running the latest Android–it’s guaranteed to generate a lot of positive interest and then sales.While DigiTimes suggests the Flyer is modeled on the Desire, I can’t see the buttons staying the same. So we assume they just mean the casing design. As for spec, we guess it will have a 10.1″ display, ARM processor, a capacitive touchscreen, SD slot, USB port, and at least a couple of internal storage options.March is still a long way off and iPad 2 keeps getting hinted at seeing a release early this year. Will the Flyer have enough to compete with Apple’s new tablet? Or has HTC just done enough to outperform the iPad?
Google hosted the “Inside Search” event yesterday in San Francisco, during which they rolled out a number of prototype features that they hope to add into their search applications in the near future. One of those new features is an update to Image Search that allows you to upload or link to an image and let Google find where you can locate that image on the Web.The feature is particularly useful if you have an image on your desktop and have forgotten where you downloaded it from, or you want to know what the actual source of the image really was. It’s also useful for art or downloaded images that you like, but you’re not sure where it’s from.Google didn’t invent this technology. A number of other sites already do similar things. TinEye, for example, offers a similar service and has a Firefox extension to allow you to quickly search using images you find on the Web. Google has also promised Firefox and Chrome extensions that will do the same thing.Google made no mention of TinEye in their presentation – they say the new features will be more like Google Goggles, only for the desktop instead of mobile. Desktop users will be able to upload images to Google and Google will spit out some information about the image uploaded. As the service evolves, more useful information will be provided as well as where you can find the image on the Web.The new reverse image search will be rolled into Image Search over the next few days. Google says that when a camera icon appears in your Image Search box, you’ll know that the feature is available to you.Read more at TechCrunch
Looking for a way to kill some time while you try to sell your 8GB Nexus 7 tablet and recoup a few bucks so you can purchase the new 32GB model? Why not have some fun installing an alternative operating system on your outmoded Nexus?Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth recently announced that the Nexus 7 was going to be the reference design on which the company tweaks the Ubuntu experience for a more touch-friendly future. If you want to see how Ubuntu 12.10 runs on your Nexus 7, just grab the installer from Launchpad and then check out Canonical’s Wiki page for helpful step-by-step instructions.There’s no need to worry about getting trapped, either. Canonical also offers directions on returning to stock Android once you’ve had your fun kicking (or is it flicking?) the tires on Ubuntu.If moving from one full-featured OS to another doesn’t excite you, then how about dropping Android for something a bit more minimalist? Firmware hacker extraordinaire Hexxeh is back to his old tricks and has loaded up Chromium OS onto his Nexus 7. Why would you bother doing this when Chrome is already available from Google Play?For starters, there are certain Chrome features that you can’t utilize on Android — like extensions and offline web apps, including Google Docs. But the most obvious reason to attempt the Chromium OS install on your Nexus 7 is because you just love tinkering with your devices.Unfortunately, Hexxeh doesn’t feel comfortable handing out the image just yet. Once he’s had time to polish things up, however, you can expect something that’s a bit like the Chrome OS tablet experience that Google has been hinting at for quite some time.More at OMG!Ubuntu and Hexxeh
You may not have to worry about the world ending later this week, but you will need to raise a glass to the end of the Buckyballs website. By the time the counter reaches zero on their website, they will have been forced to cease selling their amazing magnetic toys.The Consumer Product Safety Commission has decided that small, powerful magnets like the neodymium ones used in Buckyballs, Zen Magnets, and several others, are not safe. The argument being made is that children could swallow these magnets and be harmed as a result.The problem, of course, is that none of these products have been marketed at children, and there are tons of things in the world that could harm a child if they are swallowed. Unfortunately, it has been determined that “harmful if swallowed” is not good enough since the CPSC claims to have thousands of recorded incidents of kids eating these magnets, so they are going away.While Buckballs has taken to making as much noise about their product going away as possible, Zen Magnets creator Shihan Qu has taken to educating and informing those who come to his site. The argument he makes is that tiny magnets should not be harder to purchase than ammunition, and calls for a narrower ban on these products that protect children without destroying incredibly popular products.SaveMagnets.com now exists with petitions and information about the primary opponent of these tiny magnets. Since the decision to pull these magnets from shelves is not a matter of public vote, the only thing the general public can do outside of stocking up on magnets is to ask Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to allow the companies to continue to operate in the US.For as long as all high powered magnets are prohibited in toys for children younger than age 14, it is likely that these magnets will stay gone for a bit. Never mind that all of these products clearly state that they are for adults, and the packaging for Buckyballs mentions in five different places that the rare earth magnets could be harmful to children. For now, this is the end of these fun little desk toys.
We’re aware that with current smartphone trends blurring the line between phone and tablet, phones have become much bigger. There was a time before smartphones, perhaps too long ago to even remember, that it was cool — even desirable — to make a phone small. Japanese phone company Willcom remembers those days, and now that hardware has gotten much more powerful since then, decided to pack all that hardware into what it is billing as the world’s smallest and lightest phone.The phone, dubbed the Phone Strap 2, weighs just 32 grams, and measures in at 32 x 70 x 10.7 millimeters. The iPhone, which weighs in at around 112 grams, is four times heavier than Willcom’s tiny phone. Almost hilariously, the Phone Strap 2 sports a one-inch display — dwarfed by current smartphones. Among its most touted features, the phone is capable of text-based email, and has a moveable antenna, reminiscent of the long-forgotten days of extending the antenna with your teeth as you answer your phone.The battery, which has to be small in order to fit inside the phone, can stand by for 300 hours, but can only talk for two. The phone, as the name suggests, comes with a strap, as well as a microUSB jack for earphones. According to the press release, the phone can contain up to 1,000 contacts in the address book, which to be fair, is probably more than the amount of contacts you have in yours. The little phone will come in three different colors, pink, black, and white. Just 12,000 units will be produced, but we aren’t sure of a release date or price, as the pricing chart seems to only include contract subsidies. Whatever the price may be, we’re pretty sure you’d rather stick with your smartphone, and just marvel at the Phone Strap 2 from afar. Perhaps right here over the internet.