Bojan Beljanski close to FA Goppingen

Bojan BeljanskiFrisch Auf GoppingenGerman Bundesliga Serbian line player, “silver boy” from the last week finished EHF EURO 2012, Bojan Beljanski (26) is close to sign contract with German team, Frisch Auf Goppingen. Currently player of Swiss Kriens, Beljanski came to Switzerland last summer, after three seasons spent in Spanish side – Arrate.If Germans want to get Beljanski next summer, they will have to pay for his freedom, because he is under contract with the Swiss team until 2013. ← Previous Story Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson two years in Kiel? Next Story → SEHA 2nd Part begins: Favorites celebrate wins! read more

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Womens TOP 10 BEST BUYS for 20112012 Woltering is the best investment

Handball-Planet.com presents a list of TOP 10 “best buys” for season 2011/2012 in Women’s Handball. Our list consists players, which have the best performances for their new teams in current season in domestic or international competition:EUROPEAN TOP 10 “BEST BUYS” IN 2011/2012:1. CLARA WOLTERING (goalkeeper, ZRK Buducnost Podgorica)2. HEIDI LOKE (line player, Gyori)3. ANDREA LEKIC (playmaker, Gyori)4. JOVANKA RADICEVIC (right wing, Gyori)5. ISABEL BLANCO (line player, Larvik)6. MARIAMA SIGNATE (left back, Issy Paris)7. DRAGANA CVIJIC (line player, ZRK Buducnost)8. MAURA VISSER (playmaker, HC Leipzig)9. TONJE NOSTVOLD (right back, Byasen)10. SANJA DAMNJANOVIC (left back, Podravka Koprivnica) ← Previous Story Kasper Hvidt VS Jesper Noddesbo (VIDEO) Next Story → Sanne van Olphen and Estavana Polman stay in Sonderjyske Andrea Lekicbest handball transfersClara WolteringDragana CvijićHeidi LokeIsabel BlancoJovanka RadičevićMariama SignateMaura VisserSanja DamnjanovicTonje Nostvold read more

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Filip and Kubes – new coaches of Czech Republic

← Previous Story “DAY OF HANDBALL”: 25.000 tickets already sold! Next Story → Win JACK&JONES vouchers during EHF CL TOP 8 matches! Two famous names with international career, Jan Filip and Daniel Kubes will overtake the bench of Czech Republic national team from the next July! They will Vladimir Haber and Jaroslav Hudeček after Qualification Play-Off for the World Championship 2015 in Qatar in which Jicha and Co will face Serbia, the fourth time since 2006.Filip is well known as the TOP scorer of Czech team ever, while Kubes won the EHF CL as a member of THW Kiel in 2012. Both are at the beginning of coaching careers. They signed contracts until the end of June 2017.PHOTO: CHF.cz Czech Republicdaniel kubes and jan filiphandball read more

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Biegler calls Poles for biggest challenge – EURO 2016

Michael Biegler left his job in HSV Handball before the end of December’s series of matches in order to get prepared for the biggest challenge in the modern history of Polish handball – the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland. German coach announced a list of 28 players who will fight for the place in the squad which will star competition on January 15 in Krakow, where the rivals will be France, Serbia and Macedonia.ROSTER:Slawomir Szmal Vive Targi Kielce GoalkeeperPeter Wyszomirski MOL Pick Szeged GoalkeeperMartin Wichary Orlen Wisla Plock GoalkeeperAdam Morawski Orlen Wisla Plock GoalkeeperAdam Wisniewski Orlen Wisla Plock WingPrzemysław Krajewski KS Azoty Pulawy WingWojciech Gumiński MKS Zaglebie Lubin WingMateusz Jachlewski Vive Targi Kielce WingMichael Daszek Orlen Wisla Plock WingJakub Łucak Slask Wroclaw WingRobert Orzechowski KS Azoty Pulawy BACK / WingerMaciej Majdziński HSV Hamburg back / WingerKarol Bielecki Vive Targi Kielce backPeter Chrapkowski Vive Targi Kielce backMichał Jurecki Vive Targi Kielce backMariusz Jurkiewicz Vive Targi Kielce backPeter Maslowski KS Azoty Pulawy backRafal Glinski  Gornik Zabrze backBartosz Konitz Orlen Wisla Plock backKrzysztof Lijewski Vive Targi Kielce backAndrew Rojewski SC Magdeburg backMichal Szyba RK Gorenje backRafal Przybylski KS Azoty Pulawy backPiotr Grabarczyk Hamburger SV line playerKamil Syprzak FC Barcelona Lassa line playerBartosz Jurecki Glogow  line playerMaciej Gębala SC Magdeburg line playerPatrick Walczak Pogon Szczecin line player euro 2016 handballMichael BieglerPoland ← Previous Story Onesta calls French stars for EHF EURO 2016! Next Story → DENMARK 2015: Superb Dutch girls smash Serbia read more

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Pioneer is back – Zdravko Zovko leads PPD Zagreb youth team

One of the most successful Croatian coaches, Zdravko Zovko, is again active after a few years of break. The winner of EHF Champions League in 1992 and 1993 with Badel Zagreb, who got a nickname “pioneer” as he was the first foreign coach in Russian women’s handball with Zvezda Zvenizgorod between 2011 and 2013, will work as a coordinator of youth categories in domestic champions RK PPD Zagreb.Zovko had also fantastic playing career, as he was Olympic champion with Yugoslavia in 1984.Zovko led Veszprem between 2000 and 2007. ← Previous Story Swiss legend Manuel Liniger to stop NT career on 902 goals Next Story → Closer insight in TOP 100 transfers: MT Melsungen way to the TOP – Croats are the “best product” Zdravko Zovko read more

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ALL SEHA Gazprom League finals

← Previous Story RK Vardar win the fourth SEHA Gazprom league title Next Story → Luka Cindric is MVP of SEHA Gazprom League Final4 2018 SEHA Gazprom League 2017/2018SEHA Gazprom league finals The seventh season of the SEHA Gazprom League came to the end. RK Vardar Skopje won the fourth title. The home team made revenge to Zagreb for defeat in Final 2013 which was always played in Skopje, but in another hall “Boris Trajkovski”.SEHA GAZPROM LEAGUE- FINALS2012 (Zagreb): Vardar – Metalurg 21:182013 (Skoplje): Zagreb – Vardar 25:242014 (Novi Sad): Vardar – Meshkov Brest 29:272015 (Veszprem): Veszprem – Meshkov Brest 32:212016 (VaraZdin): Veszprem – Vardar 28:262017 (Brest): Vardar – Veszprem 26:212018 (Skoplje): Vardar – PPD Zagreb 26:24 read more

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Man arrested sawnoff shotguns and drugs seized in Laois raid

first_imgTWO SAWN-OFF SHOTGUNS, a pistol and a quantity of ammunition have been seized by gardaí in Portarlington, Co Laois today.Officers from the Detective Unit found the arms in the search of an apartment at the Oaks, Kilnacourt, this afternoon.Cannabis herb with an estimated street value of up to €10,000 was also seized.A man in his late 20’s was arrested at the scene and taken for questioning to Portlaoise Garda Station.He’s being held under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.last_img read more

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Pope Francis warns Church of dangers of inaction

first_imgPOPE FRANCES WARNED today that the troubled Catholic Church risked becoming little more than a charity with no spiritual foundations if it failed to undergo renewal.The 76-year-old Argentinian told the cardinals who elected him as Latin America’s first pope that the Church could “end up a compassionate NGO”.“I would like all of us after these days of grace to have the courage to walk in the presence of the Lord,” Francis said in his first mass, amid the splendour of the Sistine Chapel.He warned the cardinals against “the worldliness of the Devil”.“Walking, building and confessing are not so easy. Sometimes there are tremors,” the pope said, in a homily that will be scrutinised for clues to the style of his leadership.FollowersThe new head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, who was formerly known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, had begun his reign by meeting people in Rome and laying a bouquet of flowers in homage to the Virgin Mary in a basilica.The pope also prayed at the altar of St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order to which he belongs.He returned to the priests’ quarters where he stayed before the conclave and settled his own bill.The election of the son of an Italian emigrant railway worker, who was considered a rank outsider, was met with widespread surprise and expressions of hope for change in a Church riven by scandal and internal conflict.His elevation was also seen as recognition of the Church’s power in Latin America, which now accounts for 40 percent of the world’s Catholics, while it is in decline in Europe.Projecting an image as a simple man of the people, the pope chose to name himself after St Francis of Assisi, the 13th century saint who shunned the riches of his family to devote himself to God and the poor.The Vatican revealed that, for the ride back to the conclave lodgings after Wednesday’s election, Francis shunned the papal limousine with the “Vatican City State One” number plates and instead boarded a minibus with the cardinals.The Argentinian of Italian descent, the 266th pope, faces the immediate challenges of stamping his authority on the Vatican machinery and trying to coax back worshippers that are deserting churches across the WestThe sexual abuse of children by paedophile priests stretching back decades cast a dark shadow over the conclave, which included several cardinals implicated in the scandals.A US man who has just won a $1 million settlement for abuse at the hands of a Californian priest called for Francis to excise the “cancer” in the Church and defrock one of those cardinals, former Los Angeles archbishop Roger Mahony, for allegedly hushing up the abuse.“I hope that our new pope defrocks … Cardinal Mahony for his role in covering up the abuse that I suffered,” Michael Duran said, while acknowledging: “I don’t have high hopes for that.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Pope Francis is technically the Bishop of Kilfenora, Co Clare>last_img read more

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PICS Guinness tanks move through Dublin overnight

first_imgImage: @seamusguidera/TwitterGARDAÍ WARNED YESTERDAY that an “abnormal load” would travel from Dun Laoghaire Port to St James Gate between 10pm yesterday and 3am today.The convoy featured ten giant Guinness silos, each capable of holding up to one million pints of stout.Image: John Cunningham/TwitterThe vats arrived at the Carlisle Pier earlier this month on the vessel MV Myrte. The tanks are some 22 metres long, 6.6 metres wide and 5.4 metres high.According to Celtic Forwarding transport group, the silos will be used in the Guinness brewery extension.Image: Celtic ForwardingImage: Celtic Forwardinglast_img read more

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Horse smuggler talks about drugging animals before illegal slaughter

first_imgTHE HORSEMEAT SCANDAL continues to grow legs with fresh revelations that a smuggling conspiracy has been running for years across Ireland and the UK.BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight programme uncovered details about the criminal activity and reporter Jennifer O’Leary spoke with one man who claimed to be involved in a gang.The activities led to horsemeat that was never fit for human consumption entering the food chain. One of the smuggling routes is believed to have started in Ireland but it is still unclear where all this horsemeat has landed.The animals were exported through Belfast.The insider told the BBC that sellers knew why their horses were being bought.“They did know they were going to a factory but they thought they were going for dog food.”He also revealed that forged documentation, bogus microchips and stimulating drugs were used in the process.Those involved would insert bogus microchips under the skin of the horses, according to the gang member. Many of the creatures were also given drugs to make them appear healthier.“Some of them weren’t in the best condition,” he said. “But to stimulate them and get them on their feet again, you’d give them certain cortisone and bute.“If a horse had a heartbeat and could walk, he would stand up on the lorry until he got to England.”Some of the horses were delivered to the Redline Abattoir in Chesire which is being investigated by the Food Standards Agency over “horse passport matters”.The firm’s parent group say they have never knowingly slaughtered an animal with false documentation. It also insists that hundreds of horses have been turned away from the abattoir because of inadequate passports.Passport DatabaseMeanwhile, the suggestion of a national passport database in Ireland has been met with some scepticism by those in the industry.Speaking to Morning Ireland, the director of one of the bodies approved to issue horse passports said that although the plan is worthwhile, it is also incomplete.Tom Reed of Irish Warmblood Stud said, “What is being proposed is a band-aid so the Department can look like it is doing something.”He believes there is an opportunity now – because of the ongoing food industry crisis – to take steps that would put Ireland in the lead within the EU on this issue. And to ensure a stable, transparent and safe food chain.The organisation would like to see just one body issue one type of passport for horses which would include an image of the animal. It has also called for bute audits across the industry.The Irish Cattle and Sheep Association (ICSA) has urged the authorities to seek prosecutions over the horsemeat controversy.President Eddie Punch said that processors had “obviously made mistakes” but also pointed blame towards retailers.“Supermarkets say they are shocked…yet surely they didn’t believe they could sell burgers for the cheap price they were selling them for?”Read: Ikea investigating faecal bacteria found in almond cakeMore: Birds Eye says products containing horse DNA came from Irelandlast_img read more

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CPI Price of alcohol tobacco and education up cost of shoes down

first_imgTHE LATEST CONSUMER Price Index from the Central Statistics Office has shown that consumer prices in April were up by 0.5 per cent when compared to the same month last year. But consumer prices last months did not change when compared with March.The most notable changes in the year were increases in alcohol and tobacco, which jumped 5.3 per cent. Education was also up by 4.8 per cent, while miscellaneous goods and services were up by 2.5 per cent.Communications decreased by 4.6 per cent; furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance were down by 3.4 per cent and clothing and footwear decreased by 1.8 per cent.The most significant monthly price changes were increases in miscellaneous goods and services, which were up by 1.2 per cent. This was put down mainly to increases in health insurance premiums.Higher prices for a wide range of food items was put down as the main reason for the increase of 0.5 per cent of food and non-alcoholic beverages, while decreases in transport by 0.8 per cent was attributed to falling airfares.Read: TD calls on supermarkets to freeze prices of 19 basic products> More: CPI shows inflation rose by 1.2% in December>last_img read more

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Column You can get a tan from a bottle so save your

first_imgI WAS SITTING out the back garden with my mother, when she noticed an unusual mole on my foot. I had been ignoring it and when she pointed it out to me I told her it was fine. It didn’t show any of the serious signs like bleeding, so I honestly thought it wasn’t a problem. But it began to play on my mind after that, so I decided to get it checked out, and I am so glad that I did.I first went to my GP, who said that it was in an unusual place but, better to be safe, so he sent me to a specialist. Thankfully, there was no delay.Waiting for the biopsy, I wasn’t overly concernedWhen the specialist dermatologist looked at it, he too said that most likely it would be fine, but again, to be safe, he would be happier to remove it. When they removed it, because of the depth of it, they had to take away a large amount of skin, so I had a skin graph. Then all I had to do was wait for the results of the biopsy, but at that point I still was not overly concerned.I was only 29 years old, so I wasn’t worried,  but when I got the diagnosis that it was a melanoma, I was totally shocked. I began to worry that it had spread, it can be aggressive cancer. It was a real wake-up call.The doctors had to investigate if it had spread, and waiting to hear back about that was very worrying. Luckily, the results came back negative.As a teen, I used to use oil on my skin while sunbathingYears ago when I was younger, there was not a lot of awareness about the dangers of the sun and like a lot of people, I wasn’t overly concerned about taking care. I used to sunbathe during the summer and on holidays without suns cream and I even used oil on my skin in an attempt to get a tan. As a young adult, I got into sailing, a sport that had my exposed to a lot of sun while out at sea. I got an opportunity to work on the sailing tall ships in the Caribbean and Mediterranean and looking back now I was totally oblivious to the dangers and would rarely wear sunscreen.I am a typical fair-skinned Irish person. Over here we seem to be obsessed with getting a bit of colour. We get so little sun over here, that when we do, we tend to indulge. We take the shirts off, get the shorts on and we don’t think about what we are exposing our skin to. Now, with fake tan it’s easy, we can get the tan we want from a bottle, so people should save their skin. Ireland and Scotland have some of the highest skin cancer rates in the world, which is a scary thought.When I see young people lying out in the sun, I know the last thing they are concerned about is cancer, but I try and tell them to be careful, and if they are not thinking of their health, at least think about the wrinkles. Perhaps that will make them wear more sunscreen.I was lucky that I read up on the signs of skin cancerA melanoma can be fatal if it isn’t caught quickly. Jim Stynes is an example how it can be a different story for other people. You can have a mole in an unusual place and if you are not pro-active about it, you could miss it. There have been some great breast cancer and prostate cancer awareness campaigns about checking yourself out, but I think people are only now really catching on that they need to be as vigilant when they are checking their skin. I was lucky that I read up on the signs of skin cancer. My mole only had two or three of the signs, so I am glad I decided to go to my doctor. Who knows where I would be if I didn’t.I just want to get the word out to people that they should be paying attention to any changes they see on their skin and to put sun screen on, no matter what. I don’t think it has sunk in with people that they can be at risk, just like any other cancer. There has been talk about sun bed use in Ireland, we love to look tanned and healthy. To ban something outright can prove difficult, people will get around it. I think that there should be regulations around their use and I think there should be a lot of warnings around the beds, perhaps like they do with the cigarette packets using the graphic images. I think that would make people think twice about using them.All I can say is, please don’t put it on the long finger. Get checked out. If you enjoy the outdoors, like I do, there is no reason to hide away, just use sun cream and look after your skin.The Irish Cancer Society has launched its SunSmart campaign which gives tips on how to protect your skin in four easy steps, as well as a UV Index which specifies the hourly UV index for any given area in Ireland.Read: Calls for health insurers to include mole mapping in general policies>Read: It’s officially* summer! Let’s play Irish summer bingo>Read: Melanoma Awareness Month: 100 people die of melanoma every year in Ireland>last_img read more

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25 newspaper and magazine blunders that are unintentionally hilarious

first_imgEVERY MEDIA OUTLET makes mistakes.But some mistakes are better than others. Like these:1. This minor typoImgur2. This niche audienceImgur3. This finest hour of ‘Parents’ magazinegrowabrain.typepad.com4. This property where entertainment is a priorityamazonaws.com5. This must-read storyImgur6. This horrifying sceneImgur7. This interesting philsophical debateploxr.com8. This monument to rock’n’roll excessImgur9. This important developmentjoeydevilla.com10. This terrifying crimewaveImgur11. This ominous warningImgur12. This dubious diet advice Imgur13. This perfectly innocent ad for bowling.funnyjunk.com14. This exercise in mortificationmrjam.typepad.com15. This duo striking fear into the communitywccbcharlotte.com16. This unfortunate ad placementImgur17. This worrying health advice11points.com18. This nightmarethepoke.co.uk19. This headline hovering on the joke/mistake boundaryImgur20. This aromatic recipeHuffPo21. This eye-opening scoopjimromenesko.com22. This edition of ‘Where’ magazineimgace.com23. This unfortunate juxtapositionthepoke.co.uk24. Also, this onegadling.com25. And possibly the greatest headline of all time: Thanks to commenter Brendan RiceMore: The 38 best rollercoaster poses of all time>7 awe-inspiring improvisations from Whose Line Is It Anyway?>last_img read more

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Heres why a Donegal priest has banned yoga

first_img Source: Barry James Kane/Twitter Down with that sort of thing “@Donegal_News: Gaoth Dobhair priest forbids yoga – http://t.co/jMprgglsr8”— Tommy Martin (@TommyMartinVM) July 8, 2014 But actually, Fr O’Baoill is not alone in his beliefs. So why would a priest ban yoga?Two years ago, a priest in Southampton in the south of England hit headlines when he cancelled yoga classes at his church hall. I can’t stop laughing at Fatherr Padraig O’Baoill, who wants to BAN YOGA IN DONEGAL! http://t.co/utxRnBMQ2u #CatholicIreland #Hilarious— Barry James Kane (@BarryKane1st) July 8, 2014 Source: teakwoodSome commentators argue that the physical actions of yoga are acceptable, as long as it is very clear that it is not a spiritual activity. Take Michelle Arnold in Catholic Answers magazine:The risk is in the physiological effects of yoga postures being mistaken as spiritual effects. “To take such feelings for the authentic consolations of the Holy Spirit would be a totally erroneous way of conceiving the spiritual life […] which could also lead to psychic disturbance and, at times, to moral deviations.”Writing in Catholic Digest, Dan Connors agrees:If you enjoy the stretches and stay away from the Eastern mysticism that comes with it, and unless your bishop has issued some directive against it, I haven’t been able to find the full-fledged prohibition against yoga that some Catholics proclaim.So basically, the debate is ongoing – though some commentators on Catholic forums are very vocal. One says: “Eternal life is more than worth this small sacrafice.”But it’s not just a Donegal thing.center_img Source: TelegraphSimilarly to Fr O’Baoill, Fr John Chandler said it was because they were a “Hindu spiritual exercise”.And there has been discussion at high levels about whether yoga, as a practice rooted in Hinduism, is compatible with Catholicism.Last year, an Italian bishop made news when he declared that he was“open” to forms of Eastern meditation, to be used in a framework of Christian spirituality. Source: Gamma ManA DONEGAL PRIEST has called on his parishioners to stop doing yoga, calling it “contemptible”.Fr Padraig O’Baoill of Gaoth Dobhair wrote in his parish newsletter, according to CJ McGinley’s report in the Donegal News:As followers of Jesus Christ we should not partake in deeds that go against our religion. Accordingly, you should do not take part in yoga, thai chai or reiki. Do not put your soul in jeopardy for the sake of these contemptable things.The report has caused mirth on Twitter. Source: Tommy Martin/Twitterlast_img read more

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Minecraft will enter beta starting December 20th

first_imgThe incredible voxel-based world-building game Minecraft has come a long, long way since it took the gaming world by surprise six months ago. Since I started playing alone, Minecraft has gained monsters, biomes, multiplayer and an entirely new dimension… and it’s still only in alpha.Well, mark your calendars. According to Minecraft creator Notch, December 20th is the day that Minecraft grows up and finally enters beta.What does beta mean for Minecraft? Notch will spend less time adding new features and more about polishing content. As Notch explains:With Beta comes a larger focus on polish and content, and we’ll start early on with adding proper modding support with a stable API, and we’d love all input we can get on this from the modders out there. We’ll also add some kind of non-intrusive narrative to the game to help drive the game experience early on, and to provide some kind of late game goal. There will be a bigger focus on testing and stability as well, with more time between updates. Unintrusive story mode narrative and an end boss/goal? Sold! Those aren’t the only changes, though. When you signed up for your Minecraft account when it was in alpha, you supposedly got the game at half the price for €9.95, with all future updates free. Well, it looks like when the game enters beta, the price will go up to €14.95, and you’ll no longer be guaranteed to get all future updates for free. Que sera, sera. You can’t say he didn’t warn us.Read more at The World of Notchlast_img read more

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Nook Updated to Android Froyo

first_imgYour Nook Color is now like a real Android tablet. The device just received a software update to give it Android software 2.2, also known as “Froyo.” This means it has access to the Android Market and full Internet connectivity.The update comes after hackers routinely turned the Nook Color, which used to run on a very specialized and restricted version of Google’s mobile OS, into a fully functional Android tablet. Now it’s been done in an official way.So now you can get an Android tablet at a pretty affordable price, and have full access to all of Nook’s features at the same time.Via ZDNetAdChoices广告last_img read more

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What the new iMac looks like basically the same as before

first_imgOh, look what just arrived in the office, if it isn’t a 27-inch, Spring 2011 iMac packing all sorts of Sandy Bridge goodness. It’s even the high-end model, with the 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 1TB of storage, AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics, FaceTime HD, and, of course, the 2560×1440 display. This model starts at $1999 (the 27-inch iMac starts at $1699 with the 2.7GHz CPU), so you are definitely paying for all that updated gear.AdChoices广告This post would have been a lot more exciting if something significant had been changed on the outside of the iMac, but that wasn’t the case. The only change of note, the use of Thunderbolt ports on the back, can be seen above. They are the two electric-looking icons to the right of the port lineup. They look like mini DisplayPorts because they use the same connector.Those Thunderbolt ports also make up a notable difference between the 27-inch iMac and its smaller, 21.5-inch brother: the large models has two while the smaller has just one. Since Thunderbolt has very few uses right now this isn’t too big of a deal, but if you’ll be driving display or attaching storage (and you don’t want to daisychain components) an extra port could come in handy one day.In case you hadn’t heard, the new iMacs include either the Magic Trackpad or Magic Mouse with a purchase. If you want both you’ll have to spend an  extra $69… in other words, the full retail price. Our unit had the Magic Mouse.That’s is for now, because the new iMac looks just like the old one. Once some reviews appear (probably very soon) we’ll be able to see just how effective the new processor and graphics card are. If it’s anything like the other computers that moved to Sandy Bridge the performance bump should be considerable.last_img read more

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Ubuntu 1204 scraps menus introduces a HUD

first_imgWhen Canonical released Ubuntu 10.10 it brought with it the Unity interface, which seems to have a love or hate relationship with users. You can’t fault Canonical for trying to change the established norm for user interfaces, and in so doing hoping to improve upon them. Now it seems, Unity was just the first step.With the release of Ubuntu 12.04 at some point in April this year, Canonical is making another drastic change to the way we interact with both the OS and the apps that run on top of it. The menu system we all expect to see at the top of every window is being scrapped. In its place will be a HUD.It sounds a bit futuristic and risky, but Canonical have been working on this new system for some time. It’s what they are calling a Vocabulary UI (VUI), an “intent driven interface” or intenterface for short. And it redefines how we, or more specifically Ubuntu users will interact with the software they use.In a post on his blog, Mark Shuttleworth has gone into great detail as to why a VUI is better than the classic menu system. He argues that menu systems are now so infrequently used they really don’t warrant the space they take up on the screen. Add to that the fact the menu tree can get really complex, it’s slow to navigate with a mouse, you have to remember hotkey combinations, and it forces developers to fit things into a menu structure, even when they don’t really fit one category, and you may share his viewpoint.These are all valid shortcomings, but essentially a menu system works when it is required. Can it really be improved upon? Shuttleworth is convinced it can be, and says the HUD system is already proving it deserves its place in Ubuntu. So what is the HUD?Essentially, what Ubuntu’s development team has done is to rip out the menu and replace it with a universal search field. You type in what you want to do, and the options are listed below your text. It also learns the most common actions a user requests, and offers them up more readily in future. By doing this, the user no longer needs to use a mouse to find something, there’s no need to remember hot keys or where something is on a menu, and over time the option you want will appear quicker as the HUD is used to what you request.The HUD offers more than just a menu replacement, though. It allows functionality and actions beyond the scope of the software with focus. So you may be in an art package, but using the HUD you can set your IM status, load other apps, or issue system commands–all without having to switch focus.Although this is going to be a big change for users, there will be a fallback of the traditional menu system if you prefer it. Software developers need not worry either, as the HUD requires no changes to their software. It just replaces the menu and works.One final bonus to moving to a universal HUD that works across all apps and the OS: it means that voice support can be implemented and it also works across all software. This is an addition for the future, but you can see the benefits of removing the need to implement voice on a per app basis.With Ubuntu 12.04 seeing a release in April, we don’t have long to wait to try out the HUD. If you don’t want to wait, then you can play with the pre-release version.Read more at Mark Shuttleworth’s bloglast_img read more

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Microsoft Office triumphs over OpenOffice in FOSSfriendly German city

first_imgIn the corporate world, Microsoft Office still reigns supreme — though there is the occasional instance where someone is willing to give an open source suite like LibreOffice or OpenOffice a shot. The city of Freibrug, Germany set out to do exactly that in 2007. The experiment: run OpenOffice and Office 2000 side-by-side and hopefully escape Microsoft’s clutches.Today, however, it looks as though the city council has had enough — saying its “hopes and expectations of the year 2007 are not fulfilled.” The council’s biggest concern is over interoperability. It was hoped that other agencies would also take a look at OpenOffice, but that hasn’t happened. That’s left Freiburg’s employees hamstrung and has been detrimental to productivity, says the council. Calc just doesn’t perform like Excel. Impress can’t smoothly process PowerPoint presentations. In the end, the lost productivity and employee frustration may be costing the city more than an Office upgrade would.If you’ve ever tried to open an Office document in one of the OpenOffice apps, you’ve probably met with the same issues the council is lamenting. Formatting is never perfect, and sometimes entire regions go missing during the import. That problem isn’t unique to OpenOffice or LibreOffice, of course, but it’s the kind of impediment that makes it difficult for an enterprise to move away from a suite like Microsoft Office.Open source advocates in Germany are up in arms over the council’s’ report, and they say that the assumption “that compatibility to Microsoft Office cannot be reached in the next few years, is […] wrong.” That may be true, but it’s already been five years. The conversion process still isn’t perfect and the companies and government bodies Freiburg works with haven’t moved away from Office, so it would be very, very tough for councilors to say “let’s ride it out for a few more years” at this point.The council still has to pass a resolution approving the move to Office 2010, but that seems like a formality now — with Microsoft Office deemed “essential for effective operations.”Freiburg city site (German), via ARNlast_img read more

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TMobile to carry Apple products starting next year

first_imgPretty soon Apple fans that are stuck on T-Mobile won’t have to deal with unlocking their phones. During a Deutsche Telekom shareholder meeting it was announced that the US arm of the company has reached an arrangement with Apple to start carrying iOS products in 2013.Many people have gone ahead and unlocked their iPhones in order to bring them to T-Mobile. When the iPhone 5 was announced, T-Mobile even offered to unlock iPhones for their customers. As a result, despite not selling the phone directly, there are already a significant number of iPhone users on T-Mobile, and the company has worked hard over the last year to make sure their 4G network was compatible. With the MetroPCS merger, T-Mobile even has a budding LTE network that can support the iPhone 5 as well.T-Mobile has been the only major US network not to carry any of Apple’s mobile products. Deutsche Telekom wasn’t yet willing to go into great detail about the agreement made, or the specific products that T-Mobile will be carrying. The only thing we know is that an agreement was made for 2013 to start carrying at least one Apple product.When Sprint finally started carrying Apple products, stores offered both the current and the previous generation of the iPhone, offering them at two different price points for consumers unwilling or unable to buy the top of the line. Meanwhile, Verizon Wireless first offered WiFi iPads with Verizon hotspots before finally carrying the iPhone. While it seems most likely that the iPhone 5 or possibly even the iPhone 5S is what will be headed for T-Mobile, there are still plenty of details missing.During the conference call, Deutsch Telekom also spoke briefly on exploring alternative pricing models, which could point to data only plans similar to what is seen on other carrier for the iPad and iPad Mini. It’s also possible that T-Mobile could opt to offer a separate plan for users who want to take advantage of FaceTime on HSPA+ or LTE, something we have seen from AT&T. If Apple is able to announce that the iPhone 5S is available on all four major US carriers, the company will have been able to accomplish what only Samsung has been able to do previously with the Galaxy S3.via TMoNews and PCMaglast_img read more

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