Macedonia begins Operation Gothenburg – all players available

Zvonko Sundovski, the national team coach, hasn’t changed anything in the Macedonian national team that won the historic 5th place at the European Championship in Serbia 2012. Currently on the list to travel to Sweden are 20 players, the 17 from the European Championship, and three more, Stoilov, Mitreski i Levov, all three from Metalurg.List: Borko Ristovski, Petre Angelov, Stevče Alušovski, Dejan Manaskov, Vladimir Temelkov, Zlatko Mojsovski, Vančo Dimovski, Stojanče Stoilov, Kiril Lazarov, Ace Jonoski, Branislav Angelovski, Filip Mirkulovski, Velko Markovski, Naumče Mojsovski, Filip Lazarov, Nikola Markovski, Vlatko Mitkov, Nikola Mitrevski i Milan Levov.The preparations have begun, and the internationals Lazarov and Ristovski are to join in the next few days. Macedonia plays in a qualification tournament in Sweden against the host country, Hungary and Brazil. The top two places go to the Olympic Games in London 2012. ← Previous Story Djordjic – new HSV goalkeeper? Next Story → Rutenka’s body-check or Karabatic’s acting? read more

VIDEO Amazing goal by Mikkel Hansen

PSG Handball took important points against HBC Nantes 27:26 in the last match of LNH in 2014. Triumph against one of the biggest rivals, which put PSG on the second place behind Montpellier, will be remembered also by amazing goal of Mikkel Hansen.. ← Previous Story Norwegian No. 1 Silje Solberg: Spanish shooters and fast-breaks… Next Story → SG Flensburg win 80th “Landesderby” AmaZING handball goalMikkel HansenPSG Handball

9 life lessons taken from childhood video games

first_imgAn outfit change is sometimes all you need Source: Split ReasonIf you persevere you can eventually beat almost anything Source: ImgurDon’t be afraid of the unknown Source: Imgur LAST NIGHT, THE creator of Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi died at the age of 85.His creations played a large role in many of our lives, along with lots of other video games.Aside from providing you with hours of fun (and a few arguments with your siblings), video games also offered you the opportunity to learn a few things.Here are nine life lessons taken from childhood video games.Character is important Source: Moby GamesYou can make up for lost time Source: GeekEating vegetables makes you big and strong Source: BrackateersAnd makes you live longer Source: GreybobThings are better when you work together Source: ImgurWhat goes around, comes around Nintendo visionary Hiroshi Yamauchi dies at 85>Is this is the most Irish parking space ever?>last_img read more

Samsung and Daftie launch Smart TV property app

first_imgTHE LATEST ADDITION to the Samsung Smart Hub is a new property search app powered by already enjoy YouTube, the RTE Player, Netflix,, Facebook and Twitter through their television screens and now they will also be able to search for a new home or showcase their rental accommodation though their sets as well.Samsung announced the partnership with Ireland’s largest property website earlier today. It said the app will allow users search for their next home on a bigger screen and from the comfort of the couch.Marketing manager at Samsung Ireland Brendan Carr said the move was part of the company’s commitment to providing viewers with a wide range of content and services “beyond video-on-demand and film services”.“Our partnership with provides a new way to look at property searching. By viewing images on the television, house hunters will be able to get a better insight into the property, but they can also access shortlists they may have made on their mobile phone while out and about viewing potential homes.”’s marketing director Kieran Harte added, “It’s the next evolution from our success in the smartphone and tablet environments.” is part of the Distilled Media group. Nine out of every 10 properties for sale in Ireland are advertised on the site which as 1.9 million monthly unique browsers.Journal Media Ltd has shareholders – Brian and Eamonn Fallon – in common with Distilled Media Group.last_img read more

Russian artist strips naked and nails his testicles to a cobblestone in

first_imgA RUSSIAN PERFORMANCE artist was hospitalised yesterday after stripping naked and nailing his testicles to a Red Square cobblestone in protest against the Kremlin’s crackdown on political rights.A video (warning viewer discretion advised) of the graphic action, available on Russian websites, showed artist Pyotr Pavlensky sitting naked outside Lenin’s Mausoleum being covered with a blanket by police officers while horrified passers-by looked on.The state-run RIA Novosti news agency said Pavlensky was taken to a police station after being treated in a central Moscow clinic.The Saint Petersburg-based artist said in a statement posted on the website that he was trying to draw attention to Russian society’s inaction in the face of the development of a “police state”.Russia marked its annual Police Day holiday yesterday.It is not the first time the 29-year-old has resorted to eye-watering methods of protest.He has previously sewn his lips together to demonstrate against the jailing of two female members of the Pussy Riot punk band who staged an anti-Kremlin performance inside Moscow’s main cathedral in 2011.He was also arrested after wrapping his naked body in barbed wire outside a Saint Petersburg government building in May.– © AFP, 2013Read: Missing Pussy Riot member is being transferred to Siberia, husband sayslast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news…Dr Richard Haass arrives at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast this morning for the final hothouse political negotiations in Northern Ireland – a last-ditch bid to find agreement on contentious issues left over from the peace process. Image: Paul Faith/PA Wire.IRELANDA final day of political negotiations aimed at finding agreement on contentious issues in Northern Ireland’s peace process, chaired by former US diplomat Richard Haas, are expected to stretch on into the night [RTÉ]Power was returned to homes across the country after the ‘worst storm impact in 16 years’, according to the ESB – which affected more than 100,000 customers.Michael Schumacher remains ‘fighting for his life’ after a serious skiing accident in the French Alps.A new Red C poll of Irish adults found that just 27 per cent of Irish people would support further austerity measures, even in order to save the euro currency.The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs welcomed the “interest and initiative” by retailers which have voluntarily adopted a new code regarding children’s clothing.Two people were hospitalised with stab wounds, and several others received medical treatment, after a violent incident in Newtownabbey in Co Antrim.An Bord Pleanála granted the Irish Jewish Museum and reinstated synagogue in Portobello, Co Dublin, permission to expand.A 30-year-old man appeared in court charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life following a stand-off in Sligo on Saturday during which shots were fired at Gardaí. [RTÉ]One lucky Co Kerry man is kicking 2014 off in style after picking up his €250,000 Lotto winnings.A father with terminal lung cancer has joined with the HSE in its fight against tobacco with this poignant video testimony.WORLDThe cover of an Ireland v Germany football programme. The scarce programme was for Ireland’s match against Germany on October 17, 1936 which was held at Dalymount Park. It’s estimated that it will go for €400-600 under the hammer at Whyte’s History, Literature & Collectibles Auction in Dublin on 8 March 2014. Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire#WWII: Germany has urged Japan to deal ‘honestly’ with its its actions during World War II after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visited a controversial war shrine.#DRC: Forty people who took part in an uprising in Democratic Republic of Congo today have been killed, and armed youths have kidnapped several reporters.#BURMA: Reformist president Thein Sein has granted pardons to political prisoners in an apparent effort to fulfil his pledge to free all political prisoners by the end of this year.#RUSSIA: The International Olympic Committee is confident that the Games in Sochi in Russia will be ‘safe and secure’ after at least 31 people were killed in two separate attacks in Volgograd in the space of 24 hours.INNOVATIONChristmas is over and boredom may be beginning to set in, so here are a few free games to help you pass the time…The internet has changed our lives in many ways – but does that include the clothes you choose to put on your back? It just might, with online retailers claiming that the once failsafe option for a girl’s night out – the little black dress – is now being eclipsed by bright cloths and prints… as the bold colours look better in social media snaps. [The Guardian]PARTING SHOTThis amazing optical illusion of a watchful T-Rex has left many people scratching their heads… Can you figure it out before the big reveal at the end? [h/t] Uploaded by brusspuplast_img read more

8 things we learned from watching The Armstrong Lie

first_img1. Journalists were “laughing” in the press room in 1999 when Armstrong won his first Tour de France(David Walsh consistently accused Armstrong of doping — INPHO/Billy Stickland)As he was recovering from cancer at the time, Armstrong missed the 1998 tour, which was the year that countless cyclists were charged with doping. Unsurprisingly, it was then the fastest tour ever recorded and consequently, cycling authorities were hoping for a slower race now that the sport was supposedly clean. However, tellingly, in 1999 — the year Armstrong won for the first time — the Tour was faster than ever. Hence, it’s no surprise that, as David Walsh notes in the film, even at the time, most journalists were highly skeptical of Armstrong’s feat.2. The film takes its title from a L’Equipe article(Lance Armstrong, pictured during an interview — YouTube screengrab)As early as 2005, L’Equipe were accusing Armstrong of doping — with an extensive investigative piece claiming that Armstrong had taken EPO to facilitate his multiple Tour de France successes. Interestingly though, the film neglects to mention Paul Kimmage aside from his infamous confrontation with Lance Armstrong at a 2009 press conference (see below). David Walsh, however, is interviewed, and his book, L.A. Confidential: The Secrets of Lance Armstrong, which was successfully banned from shops in America at Armstrong’s behest, gets a mention too. Moreover, the doubt and uncertainty that surrounded Armstrong is reflected by L’Equipe, which the film points out, as they ran an article that contrasted starkly with their previous accusations and carried the headline ‘Bravo Lance,’ following his 2009 Tour de France comeback.3. Betsy Andreu became “obsessed” with speaking out against Armstrong once her husband was virtually ostracised from the cycling world(Betsy Andreu smiles at the press conference for The Armstrong Lie – Evan Agostini/AP/Press Association Images)It is alleged that Armstrong helped ostracise Frankie Andreu from the cycling world, after Andreu decided he would no longer dope. It was the final straw for his wife Betsy, who began to make publicly known details of the Texan’s cheating.4. The filmmaker was “rooting for” Lance(Director Alex Gibney poses for photographers during a photo call for The Armstrong Lie — David Azia/AP/Press Association Images)Director Alex Gibney was originally hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong’s 2009 comeback. Gibney says that while he was “not naive” about past doping allegations, he “couldn’t help but root for the old pro”. The film thus contains several interviews with Armstrong before he came clean, as well as one following his confession. At one point, Armstrong apologises to Gibney for “f**king up” his documentary. The comment is ostensibly a reference to his failure to win the 2009 Tour de France, however Gibney in hindsight describes how there seemed to be a confessional element to his comments.5. Armstrong didn’t know what Kimmage looked like before THAT press conferenceYouTube credit: Cyclefilm – Cycling Media ProductionThe revelation may seem odd, given that Paul Kimmage was also once a professional cyclist himself, so it surely wouldn’t take much effort to discover what he looked like. However, Armstrong was aware that Kimmage was writing scathing articles about him and also “knew that he was Irish”. He adds that, on his way to the infamous 2009 Tour of California press conference in which the two came into conflict, Armstrong received a call informing him that Kimmage was “asking all kinds of crazy questions”. Thus, Armstrong consciously prepared himself for the inevitable argument that ensued with one of his most vocal critics.6. The film suggests Armstrong’s absent father had a considerable impact on his psyche(A young Lance Armstrong with his mother — YouTube screengrab)Gibney’s movie briefly looks back on Armstrong’s childhood background in Texas. He was born to a single mother and never met his father. It describes how even from a young age, Armstrong was prone to getting into heated arguments, and in one particular instance, responded to a rival’s criticism with the words “you’re not my father”. It is then suggested that Armstrong maintained this inherent disobedience from thereon in whenever he was confronted by a detractor.7. Lance “took it easy” at times during his Tour de France wins(Lance Armstrong holds the winner’s trophy after winning his seventh straight Tour de France — PETER DEJONG/AP/Press Association Images)Armstrong was highly conscious of the fact that the legitimacy of his performances increasingly began to stretch credibility. Therefore, it is revealed that he “took it easy” for parts of his races when it was clear he was going to win, in order to make the victories seem more believable.8. Other cyclists and associates were amazed that Armstrong decided to come back(Lance Armstrong, pictured at the 2009 Tour de France — BAS CZERWINSKI/AP/Press Association Images)Interviewees speak of their astonishment that Armstrong chose to return to cycling in 2009, when he had previously retired. It’s suggested that the disgraced cyclist might never have been caught had he decided to stay away from cycling for good after acquiring seven consecutive Tour de France wins. Even Armstrong himself told Oprah that “we wouldn’t be sitting here now” were it not for his comeback. However, perhaps it’s no real surprise for two reasons — Armstrong’s competitive urge is virtually an addiction evocatively summarised by his admittance that for him, “losing equals death”. In addition, Armstrong’s arrogance was clear — he retrospectively discusses how he was “very confident” that he would never get caught by the authorities.The Armstrong Lie can be seen in Irish cinemas from 31 January.Film set to be made about Roy Keane’s childhood>Irish athlete Ciarán O’Lionáird backs LGBT protests at Winter Olympics>last_img read more

Government will not get away with broken promises Micheál Martin

first_imgFIANNA FÁIL LEADER Micheál Martin has said that its success in “reconnecting with the people” would take longer “than we have had”, but remained adamant that the party would not let government get “away with their growing list of broken promises.”Delivering his opening address at the party’s Árd Fheis in Dublin’s RDS, Martin said Ireland needed a party that could “learn from the past but is focused on the future.”He also said that this weekend would mark the completion of the largest reform in the party’s history.“For the first time in our history all voting this weekend will be on the principle of one member, one vote,” he said.The party leader said that Fianna Fáil needed to become a “more activist party” by re-establishing the “link with people which was once our proudest boast.”Criticism of the coalitionMartin went on to criticise the Fine Gael/Labour coalition, saying that the public had now seen that the current government had been “elected on the basis of promises it never intended keeping.”Speaking of the party’s resurgence, he said that this had led to attacks from “the usual suspects” in opposition.“They don’t believe that anybody has the right to challenge them,” he said. “They think that they can just keep rerunning the last general election and everything will be fine for them.” What our opponents and many others don’t understand is that we are not trying to restore the old political balance.Critical of the current government, Martin said that the only list that the Minister for Health James Reilly had managed to improve was the “one for a new primary care centre in his own constituency.”Reducing the deficitMartin said that his party had “adopted a constructive approach” from its first day in opposition. “We have been consistent in our support for bringing the deficit down and have not opposed reasonable measures to achieve this,” he said.Looking to the future“Fianna Fáil isn’t focused on the past,” Martin said. “We are not trying to recreate the old political balance. We are focused on the future and that’s what people are engaging with.”“The process of renewing Fianna Fáil is well underway. In a short time we have achieved a lot more than most people expected – but our work has only begun.”He concluded by saying:We must be true to our founding values and show the people our way to recovery, our way to a fairer recovery. That is our business at this Árd Fheis and it must be our business every day.Read: Micheál Martin gives Taoiseach an E- grade on jobs > Well their rising unpopularity and falling support shows that the public is not interested in their politics as usual – it wants parties which are focused on responding to the issues of today and the future.last_img read more

Property prices up by 85 on last year but still down on

first_imgTHE COST OF property in Ireland rose by 1.4 per cent in April, after a slowdown in March.In the year to April, new figures from the CSO show residential property prices nationally increased by 8.5 per cent, up from the 7.8 per cent year-on-year increase in March.March had seen a month-on-month drop of 0.7 per cent, after a 0.1 per cent rise in February.However, prices in the capital are massively outperforming the rest of the country.In Dublin, residential property prices grew by 3.1 per cent in April and were 17.7 per cent higher than a year ago.Dublin apartment prices were 17.5 per cent higher when compared with the same month of 2013. However, the CSO says that figures for apartments are based on “low volumes of observed transactions and consequently suffer from greater volatility than other series”.The price of residential properties in the Rest of Ireland fell by 0.3 per cent in April compared with a increase of 1.2 per cent in April of last year. Prices were 1.3% higher than in April 2013.Despite the recovery, residential property prices in Dublin are 48.5% lower than their highest level in early 2007.House prices in Dublin are 46.7 per cent lower than their peak in April 2007, with apartment prices 54.2 per cent lower than their peak in February 2007.In the Rest of Ireland, residential property prices are 47.4 per cent lower than their highest level in September 2007.Overall, the national index is 46.3 per cent lower than its highest level in 2007.Read: NAMA promises “the sight of cranes returning to Dublin’s Docklands”Read: Warning over ‘microwave’ housing marketlast_img read more

Ireland donates €15 million to South Sudan famine prevention fund

first_imgDEVELOPMENT MINISTER SEÁN Sherlock has announced the allocation of €1.5 million to the UN Common Humanitarian Fund for South Sudan to fight the threat of famine in the world’s youngest country.Sherlock said he is “gravely concerned by the deteriorating humanitarian situation” in South Sudan:Eight months into the current crisis nearly 2 million people have been displaced from their homes. Hunger and malnutrition are on the rise with almost 4 million people facing food insecurity.The latest allocation brings Ireland’s contribution to the UN fund to €6.5 million to date.The junior minister said this money would go towards providing food, clean water, healthcare, shelter, sanitation, hygiene and protection for those affected by the crisis in South Sudan.Sherlock also expressed condolences on behalf of the Irish people to the families, friends and colleagues of the six South Sudanese aid workers killed this week:Ireland condemns in the strongest possible terms attacks on humanitarian personnel as they seek to deliver lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable populations and calls for unhindered access to affected areas where they carry out their vital work.The United Nations Mission in South Sudan accused a militia group of killing the civilian aid workers based on their ethnicity.Peacekeepers have been sent to protect UN staff, aid workers and civilians in the area where the aid workers were killed in Upper Nile State.‘Overwhelming’During a UN Security Council briefing on the situation in South Sudan, Assistant Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet warned that the country is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.Despite the scale of the humanitarian effort inside South Sudan, funding for these operations is falling “far short in the face of overwhelming needs”.Mulet said that this is “a man-made crisis and those responsible for it have been far too slow in resolving it” and “continue to believe they can achieve more through the pursuit of a military option”.Medécins Sans Frontieres said that the ongoing conflict in South Sudan is having “disastrous consequences for the country’s people”. Emergency MSF medical teams are operating in the capital Juba, Awerial in Lakes State and Malakal in Upper Nile State to treat the wounded and to provide medical support to people internally displaced by the fighting. MSF’s map of its emergency response operations amid the violence in South Sudan. Source: MSFKnightley: ‘What I saw and heard was worse than I could have ever imagined’ >last_img read more

Is Yahoo really buying Hulu

first_imgPopular online video site Hulu is rumored to be on the market for possible acquisition, but the question on everyone’s mind is who will buy the company? The buzz is that Yahoo! is front of the queue to take them under its wing. According to the LA Times, Yahoo! “recently approached Hulu to discuss a possible acquisition.” However, the LA Times’ source is  just someone who knows the approach happened, so take that with a grain of salt.TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington may not agree with the Hulu-Yahoo! acquisition rumors after he received an “unsolicited message from a source close to Yahoo!” that said the rumor was far from being true. The source confirmed that Hulu is looking for a buyer and that the company is having Morgan Stanley represent them.AdChoices广告It’s difficult to tell at the moment where this is heading and whether anyone really is interested in buying the company. Apparently Hulu doesn’t even seem to be doing the normal things a company does when it’s readying itself to sell, such as “retaining an investment bank to field offers.”Hulu is currently renewing its content deals with it owners, which include Disney, Comcast’s NBCUniversal, and News Corp. The company had planned to raise between $200-$300 million last year for an initial public offering that would have put the company at a $2 billion valuation. However, that idea was dropped in order to concentrate on its subscription models instead.The service Hulu offer  started out as a free online streaming site for people to watch their favorite TV shows before launching the Hulu Plus paid service in November of 2010. Plus costs about $8 a month and includes access to content that normal Hulu users don’t have, such as the Criterion Collection movies. The company is doing well, and Hulu’s Chief Executive Jason Kilar said back in April that it’s on track to nearly double its revenue to $500 million this year as it takes its paid subscription number to more than 1 million users.It sounds like a good time to buy the company, so whoever the interested party is better scoop Hulu up fast.Read more at the LA Times and TechCrunchlast_img read more

Hulu Plus now available for some Android smartphones

first_imgBack in January, we reported that a Hulu Plus streaming app would soon be coming to Android smartphones. Hulu’s CEO, Jason Kilar, made the announcement as part of Samsung’s keynote at CES 2011. At the time, Kilar noted that the app would come to select Android 2.2 smartphones and now we know who the lucky smartphone owners are.The free Hulu Plus app, which is currently available for download from the Android Market, supports the  following handsets:Nexus OneNexus SHTC Inspire 4GMotorola Droid IIMotorola Droid XMotorola AtrixIf you’re a Hulu Plus subscriber and your Android 2.2 smartphone didn’t make the cut there is still hope. The company stated that it will be making additional device announcements throughout the year.Android smartphone owners have been clambering for their own app since the service launched an app for the iPhone and iPad back in June of last year. Netflix subscribers faced similar frustration when a Netflix app was launched for the iPhone many months before an Android version was made available. Currently, the Netflix Android app is still only available for select smartphones including the HTC Incredible, HTC Nexus One, HTC G2, Samsung Nexus S, Motorola Droid and LG Revolution. That begs the question: what’s the deal with the apps only being available for a few Android smartphones?A clue is given in an article I wrote on the fact that not all Android devices would get Netflix this year. The reason, which Netflix states, is that Android lacks a standard DRM platform. That’s why a single Android app for all devices isn’t feasible. Each manufacturer may have their own take on a DRM platform which is why companies like Netflix and Hulu must work closely with them on a per handset basis. It is also why you commonly see streaming apps coming out on iPhone first since it’s much quicker to work with a single platform.Read more at Hulu Pluslast_img read more

Nissan cuts electric car battery charging time to 10 minutes

first_imgElectric cars that can travel hundreds of miles on a single charge are starting to appear, but they still have a number of major hurdles to overcome. They include cost, range, and charging times. Solve any two of those three problems and electric vehicles suddenly become a lot more viable. And it seems Nissan may have solved one already.Working with Kansai University in Japan, the car manufacturer has managed to get the charging time of a typical electric car battery down from hours to 10 minutes. Although still longer than a typical gas fill up, it brings the time down to a point where you wouldn’t mind stopping on a journey regularly to recharge.The breakthrough that made such a short charge possible is a simple change of material used for the electrode in the battery capacitor. Typically, carbon is used, but Nissan switched it out for tungsten oxide and vanadium oxide. By doing so, it was possible to greatly improve upon the power transfer to the battery.By managing to achieve such a short charge time Nissan may have also gone a long way to solving the pricing issue too. As existing batteries take hours to charge you typically need an expensive charger installed at home to fill the battery overnight. But 10 minutes makes a trip to a local gas/electric station viable, so no home charger is needed.The only bad news about this breakthrough is the time it will take to come to market. We could be waiting a decade before the first 10 minute charge battery makes its way into a vehicle we can buy.More at NYDailyNews.comlast_img read more

Epson releases Moverio worlds first seethrough 3D headmounted display

first_imgChildren of the late ’80’s will remember the old “virtual-reality” headsets that were in malls across America, promising a total immersion experience into various souped-up 8-bit games.Akin to putting something the size of a small child on one’s head, the old virtual-reality helmets were cumbersome to the say the least. Even though virtual-reality went the way of the Dodo bird, head-mounted display technology has continued to develop, becoming more svelte and evolving into personal theaters of sorts.The latest offering in this category is the Epson Moverio, the world’s first see-through 3D head-mounted display unit (HMD). Announced today, the Moverio allows a user to watch media content while still being able to see the real world around them.Epson’s new HMD gives the user the illusion that they are watching an 80-inch display that sits about 16 feet away from them. The Moverio uses Android 2.2 for its operating system, and has a tethered controller for a user interface. The unit comes with 1GB of on-board storage, and has a MicroSD slot for expansion. Using WiFi, the HMD can connect directly to YouTube for video content and can use a browser to display web pages. Weighing in at only a half-pound the Moverio is a definite improvement over the virtual-reality headsets of old.The Moverio can play local content that is encoded using  MPEG-4/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 containers, and supports a resolution of 960×540. Not bad for displays that are actually only about a half-inch across.There is no word on augmented-reality applications right now, but one would assume the reason for creating a see-through 3D display would be to support such things. The Moverio is going to retail at about $799, but there are no plans to bring the unit States-side at this time. Releasing soon in Japan, Epson is hoping to sell 10,000 at launch.To see how the Moverio looks on a humanoid when worn, check out the video below.Read more at TechCrunchlast_img read more

Prince of Persia creator finds lost source code 23 years later

first_imgJordan Mechner may not be a name many of you know unless you are up-to-date with your video gaming history. He’s probably better known as the creator of Prince of Persia.Although the series has been ongoing and handled by teams at Ubisoft, Mechner created the original game for the Apple II way back in 1989. That was a decade before the series went 3D, and long before any of us were using CD drives to install our games.Since that release 23 years ago Mechner has gone on to develop the sequel, Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame and then joined Ubisoft to reinvigorate the series for a new audience in 2001. Along the way, he managed to misplace the original source code for that first Prince of Persia game and has been searching for it ever since.Yesterday he found it, and the discovery is all thanks to his father. The three packs of  3.5″ Apple ProDOS disks had been safely stored away in a brown box along with a load of Amstrad copies of his 1984 game Karateka.The problem he faces now is how to extract the code from those old 3.5″ disks to his MacBook Air, but he has a friend on board with the requisite skill set. The ultimate aim is to make the source code readable on modern machines, and hopefully after that he may be kind enough to release it for us all to see.I’m encouraged that Mechner will do this because he has been so willing to share old journals and detailed information about his games via his blog in the past. So we might get a full rundown of the source code in the near future.More at Jordan Mechner’s bloglast_img read more

Skype for Xbox is coming

first_imgYou’ve got an Xbox 360. You’ve got a Kinect sensor. The chances you are also connected to the Internet are also pretty high. Does it come as a surprise, then, to hear that Microsoft is busy seeking out developers who can integrate Skype into their do-it-all living room console?The same job board that recently revealed a bevy of positions related to building a web-based version of Skype also indicate that Microsoft is gearing up for a console remix. This particular posting is for Skype’s London office, where the successful applicant will put his or her XDK, XNA, C++, C#, and .Net programming skills to good use. Experience with Metro development is also considered a plus — not surprising, since the dashboard has already been given a Metro-style overhaul and many suspect that the next iteration of the Xbox (like Windows Phone 8) might run the NT kernel.Skype is already available on all kinds of devices, from desktops and laptops to smartphones, smart TVs, and connected Blu-ray players. The Xbox 360 definitely has the muscle to run a Skype app, but Microsoft hasn’t gotten specific about whether their development plans are aimed at the current-gen console or if they’re holding out for the next hardware iteration.Skype has had living room domination in their sights for quite some time, however, and the Xbox 360 would give the service instant access to hundreds of millions of new and existing users. That kind of presence would go a long way to boosting their already-impressive revenues from subscriptions and pay-as-you-go calling users.More at enConnectedlast_img read more

IBM water cools solar chips heated by the power of 2000 suns

first_imgIf you want to push the CPU in your PC to its absolute limit then you need to switch from air to water cooling (liquid nitrogen would be even better, but isn’t very practical). IBM has decided to do the same thing for a concentrating solar collector, allowing it to deal with a lot more heat by water cooling the chips involved using a microchannel system.A concetrating solar collector uses a parabolic dish covered in mirrors to concentrate the sun’s energy on to module full of of photovoltaic chips. But such systems are limited by how much heat they can cope with.A new system called a High Concentration Photovoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system has been jointly developed by IBM Research, Airlight Energy, ETH Zurich, and Buchs University of Applied Sciences and Technology to solve the heat issues. It is capable of concentrating the power of 2000 suns on to a photovoltaic chip module like the one shown in the image above.The high temperatures produced in such a setup would melt the module and the arm holding it without cooling, so a highly efficient cooling system had to be designed. The answer is a water cooling solution that sees water running through microchannels just tens of micrometers away from the chips in the module, drawing the heat away from them.The module in this new system consists of over 100 photovoltaic chips each measuring 1cm2. They can convert over 30 percent of the solar radiation directly into electrical energy, but the system is also capable of recovering waste heat above 50 percent.According to ETH Zurich, each chip in the HCPVT module can constantly convert up to 250 watts of energy when placed in a sunny location. Combined, that means 25kW of power generated per HCPVT system. The cost of the energy produced is expected to be as low as 10 cents per kilowatt-hour.It is hoped that such systems can be used on land that would otherwise remain empty. For example, positioning fields of these in a desert would be ideal. And as well as producing electrical energy, the waste heat recovery can be used to desalinate water, for example. It is thought that 20 liters of drinkable water could be produced per day for every square meter of receiver.At the moment the HCPVT system remains at the prototype stage, but when it reaches a stage where it can be commercialized, it is thought the cost will only be around $250 per square meter.last_img read more

Seagate Rescue and Replace will recover your data and replace your hard

first_imgSeagate is a name associated with providing storage devices and in particular hard drives. But today the company is introducing a new service that aims to protect the data you put on hard drives as well as the drives themselves.Seagate Rescue and Seagate Rescue and Replace will offer consumers the ability to protect the data stored on a hard drive as well as guaranteeing a replacement for a hard drive if it fails, data gets corrupted, or you accidentally delete something. And this isn’t limited to just Seagate-branded storage devices, Seagate will recover data from and/or replace any brand of drive.Unlike data backup services, Seagate Rescue will recover the data stored on a hard drive that has stopped working. So if you forgot to backup, or a backup failed before the drive failed, Rescue still gives you a good chance of recovering your data. Alternatively, Rescue and Replace will not only recover the data, it will provide you with a replacement hard drive with the data on so you can carry on as normal.The costs associated with these services depend on which you want and for how long. Rescue will cost $29.99 for a 2-year plan, $39.99 for 3 years, and $49.99 for 4 years. Rescue and Replace is understandably more expensive, and costs $39.99, $49.99, or $59.99 for the same 2, 3, or 4 year coverage. Even so, $50 to get data recovery and drive replacement for 4 years is not expensive in my opinion.Seagate intends to roll out this service slowly. You’ll see it first offered via in Canada and across Europe, and then rolled out as actual retail protection packages through a number of retailers. It is expected they’ll be packaged with actual hard drive purchases in store, and are sure to be tempting to a lot of people. Seagate is aiming to have Rescue and Replace available pretty much everywhere by the middle of next year.last_img read more

Cocainefuelled British banker considered balcony jump after killing women

first_imgCocaine-fuelled British banker considered balcony jump after killing women Rurik Jutting denies two counts of murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter. By AFP Short URL No Comments Image: Vincent Yu/PA Images Note: This article contains graphic details which may be upsetting to some readers. BRITISH BANKER RURIK Jutting calmly described to police graphic photos of an Indonesian woman he had killed at his luxury apartment in Hong Kong, according to video footage shown in court.The 31-year-old Cambridge graduate and former securities trader for Bank of America-Merrill Lynch has pleaded “not guilty” to two murder charges, on the grounds of diminished responsibility.He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, which was rejected by the prosecution.Since the trial started on Monday, jurors have viewed harrowing iPhone footage of Jutting torturing his first victim, Sumarti Ningsih, 23, for three days before he killed her by cutting her neck with a serrated knife at his flat two years ago.Days later, he killed Seneng Mujiasih, 26, cutting her throat, also at his flat. Both women were found dead at his apartment on 1 November, 2014, Ningsih’s body stuffed in a suitcase.Jutting had offered both women money for sex.In court today, the final day of prosecution evidence in the trial, the court viewed video footage of police interviews with Jutting as he talks through photos of Ningsih taken by him on his iPhone.When shown the pictures by police he carefully described their content.“She is currently tied up by me… she is being restrained here against her will. She absolutely did not consent,” Jutting told officers when asked about one of the photos.He adds:This photo was taken during around three days that she was captive against her will in my flat. Share1 Tweet Email1 Migrant workers hold placards to protest the killings outside the court. Source: Vincent YuJutting told police in the interview that he was “in a state of extreme sexual aggression” during that time.In other clips from the police interviews in which he is describing photos from his iPhone, Jutting says the images showed Ningsih bound and gagged, and she had marks on her body from being beaten with a belt by him.When shown a photo of his bloodstained bathroom he described to police in the video how he cut her throat there, tied her body with a rope, then wrapped her in a plastic bag, a bed sheet and a throw before putting her in a suitcase.‘Still moving’Jutting told police interviewers that after he attacked his second victim, Mujiasih, he collapsed “physically exhausted”.“She was I think still alive and still moving. I collapsed outside on the balcony. When I went back in she wasn’t moving. I didn’t specifically check whether she was dead or alive,” he said in the interview.Jutting said he had considered jumping from the balcony and at one point he climbed over to a neighbour’s balcony, waving a kitchen knife and carrying vodka, cocaine and Red Bull.Jutting then went back inside where he rang police.He told officers in the interview tapes that he had bought “10 packets” of cocaine daily for the three weeks before 1 November, at HK$1,000 (€118) per bag.“I had ingested it primarily by snorting it,” Jutting told police in the video.Wearing a light-blue shirt, Jutting remained impassive in court, sometimes looking at the video footage and sometimes scanning the room.Jurors were also shown the knife he used to kill Mujiasih and were taken through some of the graphic photos one by one by the prosecution.The court heard on Tuesday that Jutting was “deeply addicted” to cocaine and also drank heavily.Jutting faces a life sentence if convicted of the murders. The defence is due to open its case on Monday.© – AFP 2016Read: Jury sees iPhone torture video of British banker ‘ranting on coke’ in front of victims >Read: British banker ‘tortured woman for three days’ before murder in Hong Kong > 12,656 Views Jutting sits in a prison bus as he arrives at a court in Hong Kong. (File, 2014) Image: Vincent Yu/PA Images Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 1:03 PM Jutting sits in a prison bus as he arrives at a court in Hong Kong. (File, 2014) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Oct 27th 2016, 1:03 PM last_img read more

Armed robber jailed after holding up shop when gardaí were in the

first_img 41 Comments File photo. This is your last chance or I’ll shoot you. Armed robber jailed after holding up shop when gardaí were in the back looking at CCTV footage Patrick Dunne (30) brandished an imitation firearm at a shop assistant before being chased out of the shop by the gardaí. By Alison O’Riordan 44,328 Views Pointed firearmThe shop assistant finally managed to open the till and Dunne told him he wanted “everything.” The shop assistant put €880 into the bag as the imitation firearm was pointed at him.During the robbery the backdoor of the shop opened and gardaí arrived in, the court heard.Detective Darcy said he and a colleague had “coincidentally” been studying footage in the rear of the shop in relation to another investigation before becoming aware that a robbery was occurring.Darcy drew his firearm and called out, “Armed gardaí” but Dunne failed to drop his weapon and ran out of the shop.The gardaí chased him down and arrested him. The imitation firearm measuring 7.5 inches in length was later discovered in a rear garden in Coultry Crescent in Ballymun.Darcy agreed with Fiona Murphy BL, defending, that Dunne was a self-confessed drug addict who had used drugs since his early teens, progressing into a serious addiction.Murphy said her client had been caught “red-handed” and carried out the robbery as he owed an €800 debt at the time.She said he offered a full apology for what he did and had entered a guilty plea at the earliest stage.Judge Nolan noted that Dunne robbed and stole to feed his drug problem before sentencing him to four and a half years in prison. He backdated the sentence to 12 December, 2017.Read: Prolific shoplifter jailed after being caught walking with stolen bike still locked to piece of railingRead: Graham Dwyer objects to the way phone records were used in his murder trial File photo. Image: Shutterstock/Lane V Ericksoncenter_img Feb 21st 2018, 8:04 PM Short URL Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 8:04 PM Image: Shutterstock/Lane V Erickson AN ARMED ROBBER who held up a shop while two gardaí were in the back checking CCTV footage has been jailed.Drug addict Patrick Dunne (30) brandished an imitation firearm at a shop assistant before being chased out of the shop by the gardaí.Dunne of Santry Lodge, Ballymun, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbing the Centra shop at Coultry Road in Ballymun, Dublin on 12 September 2017.He has 93 previous convictions, including for theft, burglary and criminal damage.Judge Martin Nolan imposed a four-and-a-half year sentence on Dunne saying he had terrified customers when he produced a “convincing imitation” firearm to rob the shop.Detective Ronan Darcy told Cathleen Noctor BL, prosecuting, that Dunne entered the shop in a black jacket with his hood up before 8pm on the evening of the crime.He waited in line with his hand in his jacket until he got to the till before pointing the “realistic imitation firearm” at a shop assistant, the court heard.Dunne demanded that the cashier open the till, handing him a blue plastic bag to fill with cash. The cashier had difficulty at first opening the cash register and Dunne said: Share155 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more