Christoforos Nungovitch is an unusual goalkeeper, because he combines saves and scoring. Nungovitch, 25, is goalie of the Greek champions Diomidis and the national team of Cyprus. He scored 18 goals in the domestic Championship in the last two months with addition of four goals in the Cup competition. Specially, in two games, against PAOK and Drama 1986, Nungovitch scored 11 goals with 7-meter throws – 100% success:“I like very much scoring, also crowd like this, because is unusual. I start playing handball as line player, so I know the way – says Christoforos about his achievement.Diomidis are the leader of the Greek championship with four points ahead of PAOK.STANDINGS: 1.Diomidis Argous181710480:34835 12.Drama180018403:5410 4.Filippos Beroias181116476:44223 5.Anagennisi Vyrona18828401:40418 10.H.A.N.TH186012418:46212 3.AEK Athens181224451:41426 7.Dikeas18729420:43116 9.Foivos187011419:43714 8.A.S.E. Douka187110410:43715 11.Kilkis184212419:47710 6.Loutraki18729427:41916 2.PAOK181512496:40831 Christoforos NungovitchDiomidis handball ← Previous Story MACEDONIAN EXODUS: Jonovski to La Rioja – Besiktas sign Pribak! Next Story → KIF Kolding want to keep Kim Andersson, but: PSG can offer twice more!
Resin-free handball? YES NOView Results Resin free handballResin in handball ← Previous Story Kretzschmar criticizes IHF resin-free decision: You should prove that is dangerous Next Story → El Jaish organize youth tournament during IHF Super Globe Loading … Handball future with or without resin. The International Handball Federation announced intention to prohibit the use of resin in handball until the end of 2017. The official ball supplier of IHF, Molten, working on ball which could be easily controled even without „the most important thing for handball players“ apart of their snickers, T-shirt and ball – resin.The reason for such idea of IHF are mostly linked with handball as a „cleaner sport“:– First of all, the resin itself poses a problem. Not only that it is unhealthy for the players, a lot of venues worldwide don’t allow the use of resin, on the one hand because of the necessary cleaning of the floors, which is connected to additional expenses, and on the other hand because resin destroys the floors. Furthermore, the colours of the ball, which is always specifically designed for each championship to match the colours of the respective host nation, are not visible anymore after several minutes during a match as the ball is covered with resin. In addition, some parents do not permit their children to play handball because of the resin – wrote in statement from IHF office.However, the opponents and skeptics of resin-free handball think that decision could make a lot of problems to some players to show their technical mastery and reduce the number of their shooting solutions what is crucial thing for the fans and attractivity or our sport.What do you think? Which kind of future for handball you want?
It sounds completely amazing, but RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko lost first trophy in the season! Absolut outsiders MRK Krka Novo Mesto made the biggest sucess in the club history by beating the Slovenian handball powerhouse 23:22 (11:12) at the final of Super Cup.MRK Krka Novo mesto – RK Celje Pivovarna Laško 23:22 (11:12)MRK Krka Novo mesto: Tomić 14 saves, Pavlin; Leon Rašo 1, Bevec, Didovič 4, Okleščen 2, Pršina 3, Irman, Jakše 5, Klemenčič, Dino Rašo, Batagelj, Papež 8, Kukman, Windischer, Matko.RK Celje Pivovarna Laško: Ferlin 4 saves, Panjtar; Vujović 1, Jurečič 4, Malus 1, Razgor 3, Marguč 1, Šarac 4, Grošelj 1, Nenadić, Kodrin 3, Horžen, Makuc 1, Anić 2, Dujšebaev, Bećiri 1. ← Previous Story LNH 18/19: Rampant PSG beat local rival Ivry Next Story → Rampant RNL smash MT Melsungen MRK KrkaRK Celje Pivovarna Lasko
BURIED DEEP WITHIN the Bill, permitting the Referendum to proceed, that the Oireachtas has passed is the following proposed amendment to Article 35.4 of the Constitution:“35. 4. 1. A judge of the Supreme Court or the High Court shall not be removed from office except for stated misbehaviour or incapacity, and then only upon a resolution passed by Dáil Éireann, supported by not less than two-thirds of the total membership of that House, calling for the removal of the judge.”However, Article 35.4 of the Constitution currently states:“35. 4. 1. A judge of the Supreme Court or the High Court shall not be removed from office except for stated misbehaviour or incapacity, and then only upon resolutions passed by Dáil Éireann and by Seanad Éireann calling for his removal.”We have been led to believe that the Referendum is about the abolition of the Seanad. So why does the proposed new Article 35.4.1, as well as removing the reference to the Seanad, have the new requirement that a resolution to remove a judge be ‘supported by not less than two-thirds of the total membership of that House’? Is the referendum also about giving additional protection from sanction to our judiciary as well as the abolition of the Seanad? Clearly it is about both issues as the wording of the amendment to Article 35.4.1 shows.Article 35.4 used as a background factorAs in now stands under the Constitution a simple majority is what is required in order for the Oireachtas to remove a judge from office for ‘stated misbehaviour or incapacity’. The Oireachtas (Dáil and Seanad) has never voted to remove a judge from office since the passing of the 1937 Constitution, or since the founding of the State. However, there have been two occasions when the use of Article 35.4 was a consideration or a background factor.The first was when the Oireachtas investigated the acquittal of Circuit Court Judge Brian Curtin The second was in connection with the Philip Sheedy affair when High Court Judge Cyril Kelly resigned.The Constitution contains the three elements involved in the democratic principle of ‘the separation of powers’ – the Oireachtas, the Cabinet, and the Judiciary. Article 35.4.1 is one of the very important and necessary checks and balances that constrain the actions of these three separate elements. These checks and balances are very important for the functioning of a democracy such as ours.Many would argue that at present, contrary to what the Constitution envisaged, the very strict application of the whip system by all out political parties has turned the Dáil into a meaningless debating forum with the executive, in the form of the Cabinet, becoming far too powerful as a result.Fundamental changesA simple majority of 84 TDs out of the complement of 166, under Article 35.4 of the Constitution, is what is currently required for removal of a judge. Governments in our governments usually have small majorities (apart from the current coalition government) and so the simple majority required at present would be sufficient to allow the Oireachtas remove a judge from office. This will change fundamentally if the Referendum to abolish the Seanad is passed – 111 TDs will then be required to vote in favour of a resolution to remove a judge.This, in turn, will mean that the government of the day – usually having only a small majority – will need the support of an opposition party or parties in order to pass a resolution in the Oireachtas for the removal of a judge from office. This may allow a judge, at risk of impeachment, to engage in political lobbying against her/his removal from officeMaking the removal of judges even more difficult?This represents a fundamental change in the current balance of power with yet more power being removed from the Oireachtas (already no more than a debating society because of the strict whip system) as a result of making removal of a judge from office even more difficult.This shift in the balance of the separation of powers is unwarranted. Whatever about the effectiveness of, or the need for, the Seanad, I would be much more concerned about giving any protection from sanction to the judiciary that they currently have. Therefore I will be voting NO for this reason alone.This proposed change to Article 35.4.1 has not entered the public debate about the abolition of the Seanad. The public needs to consider very carefully this aspect of the proposed change to the Constitution. This referendum is about much more than simply abolishing the Seanad.Gerry Fahey is an Occupational Psychologist and a graduate of TCD and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
GARDAÍ IN GOREY have arrested a man following the seizure of cannabis plants and herb with an estimated street value of €80,000.Following a planned search of a house in Courtown Harbour in Gorey on Monday, gardaí discovered the drugs.ArrestA man in his early 50′s was arrested at the scene after a follow up search in the early hours of this morning.He is currently detained under Section 4 Criminal Justice Act at Gorey Garda Station.Read: Gardaí seize drugs after stopping car on Dublin street>Read: Legal highs stolen from Belfast shop not to be ingested, warns PSNI>
Updated 17:52COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER Pat Rabbitte has announced that an independent commission is to examine whether high voltage power lines can be placed underground in a bid to quell public concern over the erection of large pylons in parts of rural Ireland.An independent commission, chaired by former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness, will investigate the possibility of placing electricity power lines underground as opposed to on large pylons across parts of the countryside in the west, south and east of the country.These plans have been met with strong resistance in recent months by local opposition groups, some of whom have committed to running on their opposition to overhead lines in May’s local elections.The independent commission will include experts such as the former chairman of An Bord Snip Nua Colm McCarthy, the ESRI’s John FitzGerald, Professor Keith Bell from the University of Strathclyde, and Karen Foley from UCD.Under the plans announced today the independent commission will examine the Grid Link and Grid West projects and the potential of placing high voltage power lines underground.The government says that the study on undergrounding will be required to be similar to overhead options for the two projects for comparative purposes. A statement said the final reports of both options will be published side-by-side before the next stage of public consultation is held.The process is likely to take around 18 months with Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte saying this puts the issue of Eirgrid applying for planning permission beyond the original 2016 deadline it had set.“I’d be surprised if we had reports by the end of the year,” he said today.Following the announcement, Eirgrid also announced it would conduct its own “comprehensive underground analysis” of the two projects and said it will work with the independent expert panel to review all options before moving to the next stage of development.The company also pledged to address concerns about tourism and agriculture.“This major and important infrastructure programme is vital to the economy and we must do everything we can to address the concerns of communities and gain their support and trust.” said EirGrid Chairman John O’Connor.The company’s plans to overhaul the State’s electricity transmission network with a €3.2 billion investment programme called Grid25 will see the construction of 800 kilometres of new power lines and the upgrading 2,000 kilometres of existing lines – doubling the size of the electricity grid.But the plans for projects running from Cork to Kildare via Wexford (Grid Link) and from Mayo to Roscommon (Grid West) have been the subject of huge controversy and opposition from local groups who are against overhead pylons.Rabbitte added that the cost of the panel would be borne by Eirgrid and denied that he was bowing to political pressure ahead of May’s local elections or that any intervention by the Taoiseach or Tánaiste’s had led to the establishment of the commission. He has also committed to take questions on Grid 25 policy issues in the Dáil.It’s also been announced that Environment Minister Phil Hogan will engage “expert assistance” on the potential health effects of the electro-magnetic fields emanating from pylons.Currently Eirgrid is still working through the substantial number of submissions it received in relation to the Grid Link project as part of the public consultation, a process likely to continue until July. First published 16:41Explainer: What’s happening with electricity pylons and why is it such a big issue?
THE MINISTER FOR Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, has said the leaked report into the death of Savita Halappanavar at Galway University Hospital was “disturbing” and “unacceptable”.He said that the Minister for Health, James Reilly, has expressed his concern to Savita’s husband Praveen about the leak.Howlin told the Dáil during Leaders’ Questions that although Reilly still has not seen the leaked draft report, although numerous people in the HSE and media have, Praveen would be the first person to get the report as soon as it is finalised.Howlin was responding to questions from Sinn Féin’s Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald, who demanded to know how the government would “give assurances to pregnant women who are now looking at our health system and ‘wondering what’s going on?’”Howlin responded that as soon as the final report has been published and when it’s in the public domain, they will discuss it in the Dáil. He asked that space be now given to the expert panel who conducting the final report.McDonald also pressed the Minister on how the report could have been leaked before the Minster for Health or Praveen got a chance to see it. Howlin said that a report like the one into the death of Savita is usually given in draft format to those who have been cited in it to correct any errors before it is published. Howlin said it then somehow made its way into the media.McDonald also questioned the Minister about the legislation on the X Case because she said that “pregnant women should feel safe” in Ireland. Howlin responded that it was a longstanding issue that had been already through many other governments and that it needed more time.Read: Savita’s husband and family ‘very upset’ after leaked report >
IRELAND STAR Cian Healy will not be involved in Leinster’s RaboDirect PRO12 game against Treviso in Dublin tomorrow.The prop was hit with a three-week ban this week for a stamp on England’s Dan Cole in the Lansdowne Rd defeat last weekend.The independent disciplinary committee decided that the punishment for his stamp should be deferred by one week so that he would miss Ireland’s Six Nations matches against Scotland and France. That caused some confusion about the player’s eligibility or otherwise for this week’s action but disciplinary chiefs have moved to clarify the matter.“During the hearing of the citing complaint against Mr Healy,” a statement from Six Nations Rugby Limited reads, “the chairman of the independent disciplinary committee, Roger Morris, of Wales, made it clear to Mr Healy and those representing him at the hearing that Mr Healy was suspended from the date on which he had been informed of the citing complaint against him (11 February 2013) until midnight on the night of Sunday, 10 March 2013.“The disciplinary committee has not yet produced its written decision, but Mr Morris has today written to Six Nations Rugby Limited and those representing Mr Healy at the hearing to confirm the position. Mr Morris says, in relevant part:‘I do not think anyone present at the hearing on Wednesday was in any doubt that Mr Healy is not free to play again until after midnight on 10 March’.“Accordingly, Mr Healy is currently suspended and will remain suspended – subject to appeals – until 11 March, 2013. He is therefore not eligible to play for Leinster in this weekend’s RaboDirect PRO12 match against Benetton Treviso.“In addition, following clause 2.5.99 of the Six Nations disciplinary and anti-doping rules (which is consistent with IRB Regulations 17.19.10 and 17.19.11), and in keeping with other decisions, the disciplinary committee excluded this weekend from its calculations of the three-week suspension as a result of evidence given at the hearing to the effect that Mr Healy would not have been selected to play for Leinster in this weekends match against Benetton Treviso.”Ruddock to captain Leinster, Healy misses outIreland looking to land ‘Killer’ blow on Scots to salvage 6 Nations bid
CYPRIOTS HAVE BEEN voting today to choose a new president after a heated election campaign focused on rescuing the recession-hit EU member state from bankruptcy.Nicos Anastasiades, 66, of the rightwing main opposition Disy party, is tipped to win the first round in which 550,000 Cypriots are eligible to vote, perhaps managing to cross the 50-percent threshold that would avoid a run-off a week later.He has the support of the centre-right Diko party in the race for the presidency, which unlike in previous polls on the normally affluent but divided island has focused on the economy rather than elusive efforts at reunification.Polling stations opened at 7am local time and will close at 6pm, with a result expected less than three hours later.Asked after voting in the southern town of Limassol what the stakes were in the election, Anastasiades said it was about “survival of the country and nothing else.”His closest challenger for the Greek Cypriot leadership is former health minister Stavros Malas, 45, a British-educated independent backed by the currently ruling communist AKEL party.“This is a day for the most important chapter in the history of the Cypriot people to be written,” Malas said after voting in the capital.Bailout termsAnastasiades, who led Malas by 20 percentage points in polls, is seen as someone the Europe Union can do business with, while his stance on ending the division of Cyprus is more flexible than his rivals.The most pressing task facing the next president as he starts a five-year term will be to agree terms with a troika of lenders on a bailout to save the island’s Greek-exposed banks and failing economy.The European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund are awaiting the election result before offering the terms for a 17-billion-euro ($23-billion) lifeline.Malas, who is confident of seeing off the challenge of 52-year-old former foreign minister George Lillikas and reaching a second round vote next Sunday, argues for “softer” austerity measures.President Demetris Christofias sought a bailout in June, and talks dragged on as the outgoing leader, who is not standing for re-election, resisted measures including privatisation and reopened talks with Russia on topping up a 2.5-billion-euro loan.On the political front, the international community will also expect the next Cypriot president to pick up the pieces of a deadlocked UN push for peace.Anastasiades supported a failed “Yes” vote for a UN reunification blueprint in 2004, even though it was rejected by Greek Cypriots, resulting in a divided island joining the EU.Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and seized its northern third in response to an Athens-inspired coup aimed at uniting the island and Greece.Lillikas is the only one of the three main candidates who rejects a bailout, saying it would plunge the tourist destination into spiralling recession. Instead, he wants to sell untapped offshore gas reserves in advance.“Together we can restore hope to our country and bring economic development, together we can build a new path for a Cyprus solution with dignity,” he said on Sunday.The independent has a tough stance on Turkey’s EU accession, saying it should be vetoed unless the Cyprus issue is resolved.There are 11 candidates standing altogether, including two women.- © AFP 2013.
THE NUMBER OF people becoming Irish citizens doubled between 2010 and 2011, and doubled again the following year, according to a new report.The ESRI’s Annual Monitoring Report on Integration 2013 was published this morning, and analysed a number of areas of immigrant inclusion.Between 2005 and 2012, 54,700 non-European Economic Association adults acquired Irish citizenship.In 2012, 20,200 became Irish citizens.It notes that non-Irish nationals have not “benefited from the first stirrings of recovery” in the economy, citing an unemployment rate of 18%, 5% higher than the rate for Irish nationals.The report also details a high level of youth employment at 33%.There was some positive news on the education front that although while grades among 15-year-old immigrants from non-English backgrounds were still lower on average, the gap had narrowed since 2009.Income poverty rates were similar between Irish and non-Irish nationals.“However basic deprivation (enforced lack of 2 or more items relating to food, clothing, heating and family/social life) was higher for non-Irish nationals, and was particularly high for Africans (44 per cent compared to 24 per cent for Irish nationals),” the ESRI detailed.Commenting on the findings of the report, author Dr Frances McGinnity said that there has been “significant improvements in the processing of citizenship applications” over the past three years“The immigrant population now comprises a large group of immigrants with Irish citizenship who share the same rights and responsibilities as Irish citizens by birth or descent,” she said.Citizenship does not necessarily imply a full sense of belonging, but the very significant increase in the numbers applying for, and gaining, citizenship indicates progress towards the fuller integration of immigrants in Ireland.A special theme of this monitor was migrant children at age 3, finding:Immigrant children had healthier diets than their Irish counterparts.Despite higher levels of education, immigrant mothers are less likely to be employed, except for mothers from Western Europe who are on par.Experience of financial strain tends to be higherThe Immigration Centre called the report a “crucial piece of work” to allow for evidence-based strategies to be put in place.Read: Gilmore to go to Washington to discuss illegal Irish >Opinion: The undocumented Irish in the US need and deserve our help >
BEFORE IRELAND’S WOMEN took on and beat the reigning champions New Zealand in their Pool B World Cup fixtures today, they had to face down the traditional Maori war cry, the haka.If you’re used to seeing the men’s All Black side do it, then you’ll find one this a little different. Source: Sean Farrell/YouTube‘We know the enormity of the task in front us’ – Ireland captain CoghlanWelsh centre Williams making positive progress after spinal cord injury
There have been experiments to bring social networking features to browsers before, most notably with the Flock browser, but now there’s a new contender in town.Meet RockMelt, which just launched in a limited beta today and is built entirely with social network integration in mind, particularly when it comes to Facebook and Twitter.RockMelt is based on Chromium, so you’ll see a lot of Chrome-like behavior here, but the interface has been tweaked for social networking involves. The left edge of the RockMelt window integrates your Facebook friends allowing you to chat with them, send them messages or check out their status updates no matter where they’re visiting. The right column tries to do the same for Twitter and RSS feeds.The integration goes beyond friends lists: RockMelt will also allow you to share a given web page on Facebook or Twitter with just a single click. Search has also been improved, allowing you to visit different sites within a browser window without having to click back and forth.Interesting, but frankly, I suspect that RockMelt, like Flock, will end up as a curiosity of a browser fork at the end of the day more than anything else. If you want to try it, though, you can sign up for the beta at the link below: RockMelt is available for both PC and Mac.Read more at RockMelt
The quest to squeeze more and more data into ever smaller spaces continues, but current materials and techniques have their limits. One day in the not too distant future we will reach the limits of current hard drive technology.So where do we look for the next storage breakthrough? If you ask researchers at The Chinese University of Hong Kong they’d say we need to look for a living solution, more specifically bacteria. In fact, they’ve already achieved it, managing to store 90GB of data in 1 gram of cells.The team has developed a massively parallel bacterial storage system that also achieves data encryption through DNA shuffling. An encoding system takes the original data, turns it into a quaternary number, and then encodes it as a DNA sequence. Encryption is achieved through DNA sequence shuffling. That process also involves compressing the data to allow for more storage within the same sequence.As an example of what can be achieved, the team managed to get the 8,074 character Declaration of Independence stored in 18 cells of bacteria. The 90GB claim comes from the fact that 1 gram of cells consists of 10 million cells showing you the potential for huge storage capabilities in hardly any space or weight.Testing is ongoing, but the team has already proven they can convert data and store it as DNA and then get the data back out without any loss of information. They also believe any data can be stored using this method including text, images, music, and video.The next step is to start inserting bar codes into synthetic organisms as a way of distinguishing synthetic and natural organisms from each other.A PDF of the presentation given on storing data in bacteria is available to download (PDF).Read more at 2010.igem.org, via SlashdotMatthew’s OpinionAlthough the PDF presentation goes over the details of what is being done here, there’s little information on how reliable and long term a data store like this is. How quickly do the cells breakdown? What happens if there’s a mutation? In order for this to work as a storage solution such questions need to be answered and the cells controlled.If living cells do become a viable storage method, then there are a number of clear advantages over current systems. The first is the potential for massive gains in storage in the equivalent space of today’s hard drives. If you can get 90GB in a gram, and this scales easily, we don’t need to worry about increasing storage in the future. It will become a matter of weight rather than how much data we can cram into the same space.Other advantages include bacteria being more resilient to drops and bumps, as well as not being rigid meaning we could have storage devices of all different shapes and sizes.This is an exciting development, but one that needs a lot more R&D time before anyone takes it seriously.
Pairing a Bluetooth headset isn’t hard, but it might seem hard to someone who’s never done it before, someone who isn’t that tech savvy. To market to that audience, Jabra has created the EasyGo Bluetooth headset. It’s a product so easy, it’s got “easy” in the name. According to the site, “There are no complex functions and installation is fast and straightforward.” How that’s different from any other Bluetooth headset you’ve ever used, I can’t tell you.The real selling point of the EasyGo is the price. It lists for $39.99 and Amazon has it for $5 less. If you’ve ever looked at premium models that list for over $100 and thought “I could never spend that on a Bluetooth headset,” then here’s a more realistic option. The EasyGo offers voice guidance that tells you when it needs a recharge, and you can pair it to two devices.
It appears that the first round of Notion Ink Adam tablets are landing at the doorsteps of customers today. After a number of delays the pre-ordered devices were promised to ship and so they have, though all is not well with the Adam as apparently the initial software update is bricking some devices. Android Police is reporting that Notion Ink has email customers telling them that some people have had problems with the first update and they should hold back up updating until the issue is investigated.So the good news is that the highly awaited tablet is finally shipping, the bad news is that some people are going to get the tablet they’ve been waiting for and immediately turn it into a paper weight.AdChoices广告Not everyone’s tablet is arriving today though, some customers had their package delayed until the 29th. It’s just a few more days, but it means they won’t be able to take part in the unboxing fun that’s starting to hit the net. Here is one of the first unboxing videos to be uploaded, from a buyer in the UK:Anyone out there pre-order a Notion Ink tablet? What’s the status? Are you reading this post with it? Was it delayed? We’re dying to know!Update – Notion Ink Fan has made it quite clear that the initial update has a problem, but the good news is that Notion Ink has blocked it so the bricking should be stopped for now. Users will have to site tight, let Notion Ink’s QA team do their job, and hope the update is available before too long. Considering the small number of people that seem to have their tablets so far, this doesn’t seem to be a major problem.
A day before Amazon launched its Cloud Drive online music locker, rumors resurface about Apple’s plan to revamp MobileMe with a similar feature. Apple would have offered up online music sooner, the rumor goes, only it was attempting to square some deals with major label record companies (similar rumors have surrounded the launch of a music service from Google). Amazon, apparently, did bother with any such safeguards.According to reports from record industry insiders, the company opted to just go ahead with Cloud Drive, letting labels know as late as March 24th (just days before the service was launched) about its plans. Now the record companies are taking a close look at the service to determine whether Amazon is breaking copyright law or licensing agreements,AdChoices广告The labels are reportedly biding their time, waiting to see how Amazon amends the situation. The site apparently told the labels it planned on negotiating licenses during its prelaunch meetings.
Sure Ben Gibbard has done his time in the Postal Service, but the singer wants the world to know that he’s also down with the latest technologies. For his latest trick, Gibbard’s band Death Cab for Cutie will be shooting a one-take video to promote its new single “You Are a Tourist”–a single take that will be live streamed on the Web. Gibbard told MTV, It’s kind of hard to describe because it’s kind of like … I liken it to a five-year-old trying to explain their trip to Disneyland. It’s sensory overload, so there’s a lot of things happening, and trying to kind of walk anybody through it would be very difficult. But there are lights and dancers, and smoke and projections, and it’s gonna be kind of a little bit of a Busby Berkeley-type of spectacle. The shoot will reportedly involve complex choreography and a slew of actors and dancers. There will also be some serious live electronic effects involved, including projections of cityscapes and designs in sync with the music.The band is currently practicing the video, which will be shot tonight at 7PM ET. You can watch a stream over at YouAreATourist.com.
Lenovo has been busy today, putting no less than five new laptops up for sale, as well as bringing back one model that was seen for only a short amount of time.Starting with the classic ThinkPads, you can now buy the new ultraportable X220 and X220 Tablet models. Both offer the new Sandy Bridge platform, but incorporate it in a new 12.5-inch chassis. Perhaps the most surprising detail about the new X Series is the battery life: up to 23 hours on the X220 and 18 hours on the X220 Tablet. This is achieved through the use of an optional slice battery, which clasps to the bottom of the laptop. The ThinkPad X220 deal starts at $806, while the X220 Tablet will run you $1124 with a multi-touch screen.Fans of the ThinkPad Edge lineup will be happy to know there is a slew of new models for you to choose from. The premium Edge E420s was previously listed and subsequently taken out of circulation, but it has now returned with its smaller 12.5-inch sibling, the E220s. Both of these are premium models, with thinner chassis’ and soft-touch surfaces, among other improvements. The 14-inch Edge E420s is available for $664 with a Core i3 or you can go smaller with the Edge E220s Core i5 for $711.On the more mainstream side of things, we see the Edge E420 and E520 replacing the prior Edge 14 and 15 models. Everything runs on Sandy bridge and we also see a new chassis with these models. They seem to be a bit thinner and sleeker than the previous generation, and the E520 gets a dedicated number pad as well. Both the ThinkPad Edge E420 and ThinkPad Edge E520 start at $521 with a Core i3 processor.All of these machines have a 5% discount today and free shipping, with 10% off for models priced above $899. Each has “instant savings” which will get you even more than that 5-10%.
Trying out Windows 8 before it launches is quite a simple affair if you have a PC capable of running it. Simply download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview build and run it through a virtual machine or dual-boot your existing PC.Taking the above route does give you Windows 8 to play with, but unless your PC has a touchscreen interface you aren’t going to get the full Metro UI experience. To achieve that, you may be surprised to find an iPad is probably your best option.Splashtop has released a $25 remote desktop client that allows you to load up the Metro UI on your iPad. You’ll be able to use it as if Microsoft’s OS is actually installed on Apple’s hardware, and could class as the best pre-release Windows 8 touchscreen experience there is.While consumers may be put off by the $25 price tag, a developer wanting to test out a Windows 8 app may view it as a bargain. Having an app ready for the launch of Windows 8 is sure to be worth quite a few sales as new users rush to try out the features, play some games, and get to grips with Metro.To get this working you will need to download and install the Windows 8 Metro Testbed on your iPad from the App Store. Then download and install the Slpashtop Streamer on your PC. After that, it’s just a case of establishing a connection between the two, which requires a solid Internet connection.Anyone considering doing this should act quickly. Although the $25 price may seem high, that’s an introductory offer and it will increase to $50 in the near future.Read more at Splashtop, via The Verge
Today Cree, the North Carolina-based LED manufacturer, is making a move that will have major implications for the LED lighting industry. The company, which is known for its high-quality LEDs and its lighting fixtures, has announced a line of LED bulbs, marking the first time it will offer the A-style replacement bulb that lights most homes. This will put Cree in competition against giants like Philips and GE, as well as directly up against companies that buy Cree LEDs, like Best Buy.While Cree offering bulbs is big news for LED insiders, today’s announcement is notable for consumers as well. This is because Cree will be extremely competitive with its pricing. The line of Cree LED bulbs (that’s actually the name) will include three models: a warm white 60W-equivalent at $12.97, a daylight 60W-equivalent at $13.97, and a warm white 40W-equivalent at $9.97. In other words, Cree isn’t only coming out with a line of bulbs they are also breaking the $10 mark, something which competitors are not going to be able to ignore. All three of the bulbs will be available from HomeDepot.com today and in Home Depots by the end of the month.If it’s not clear yet, Cree is striking at the heart of the consumer LED lighting segment. The company is doing this with a three-pronged approach…The first point of attack is price. Breaking the $15 and $10 marks is big but, importantly, Cree is doing it with a quality lamp. Buyers have been able to pick up a 40W-equivalent Ecosmart LEDs at Home Depot for $9.97 for some time now, but it’s not a great bulb.The second point of attack is confidence. Consumers may not know the Cree name, but the company will soon have Energy Star compliance for each model making for a meaningful seal of approval. Moreover, each bulb is backed by a 10-year warranty. 3-5 years is typical in the 25,000-hour-lifetime market, so Cree is putting some weight behind their claims.Finally, the Cree LED bulb looks like an incandescent bulb. LED lighting may be getting more popular, but consumers still care how a bulb looks when it’s off. And when the average buyer needs to replace an incandescent they want something that’s as close as possible to that design. Cree recognized this and delivered LEDs encased in frosted glass with a true bulb shape.The mainstay bulb in the series will be the $13 warm white (2700K) 60W-replacement. This $14 bulb will produce 800 lumens at 9.5W (84.2 lumens-per-watt). Cree is going for an incandescent-like experience so they opted for 2700K instead of 3000K, which has efficiency benefits but offers a cooler tone. Like the other two bulbs in the series, this model is dimmable, has a CRI of 80, and is rated for 25,000 hours of use.The $14 60W-equivalent model runs at 5000K and produces 800 lumens at 9.0W (88.9 lpw). The $10 40W-equivalent bulb will produce 450 lumens at 6W (75 lpw) with a color temperature of 2700K.On the hardware front, the Cree LED bulb has what appears to be a very conventional design. The interesting thing is that the design is conventional for an incandescent, which is hard to pull off with LEDs. The exterior is a glass dome and is the first sign that something unique is going on. The majority of LED bulbs, aside from Switch’s, use plastic because it’s cheap and durable. Cree opted instead for glass, but they coated the glass with a tacky rubber in order to make it shatter-resistant. The glass and bulb shape give the Cree bulb a true omnidirectional light pattern, though it seems like dust and grime could build up on the sticky rubber material.I haven’t opened up the Cree bulbs I’m testing, but the available art of the interior shows another homage to the incandescent. Cree calls this their “LED Filament Tower”. The design features pairs of XP-E LEDs in a ring around a central tower, inside of which is the driver circuitry. This design is modeled after an incandescent’s filament, but also is reminiscent of the out-dated “corncob” style LED bulbs. Corncob bulbs were somewhat popular but provided poor light quality, so have since been replaced with better technology. Cree modified this design and replaced the long columns of cheap LEDs with 10 pairs of high-voltage ones. Cooling the LEDs and fitting a driver inside the tower, all while keeping costs down, must have been a challenge for the engineering team.I’ve only used the 60W-equivalent 2700K Cree bulb for a few hours, so it’s too early to deliver a verdict, but so far all the news is good. The bulb is lightweight, starts up quickly, is responsible about power (my meter put it at 8W), and it runs at a cozy, incandescent-like 2700K. The light pattern seems right on target for an omnidirectional design. The bulb, which is able to run in an enclosure and in any orientation — just like an incandescent — remains cool to the touch (very much unlike an incandescent).With this series of LED bulbs Cree wants to make a convincing case to buyers who are tempted to switch from their incandescents and CFLs. Mike Watson, Cree’s VP of Marketing, told me the company will avoid niche markets and produce bulbs that move the world towards 100% LED adoption. While that’s certainly an optimistic goal, this release is a step in that direction. It remains to be seen if the $10 point is the barrier to rapid adoption that LED light manufacturers are now claiming it is — just a year ago most would have put the mark at $15 — but the availability of high-quality, affordable LED bulbs is one thing that is sure to boost LED sales.Cree’s LED bulbs will be available through Home Depot online on March 5th and in all US Home Depot stores on March 21st.