Danish right wing, Hans Lindberg scored 1500th goal for HSV Hamburg in the Bundesliga match and win against Eintracht Hildesheim 40:31. One of the best left-handed scorer in Europe, year by year is on the top of HSV shooter list. He was also the Topscorer of Toyota Handball Bundesliga. ← Previous Story Serbian “Jumbo Jet” Strahinja Milic goes to Vardar Skopje! Next Story → New coach in Bosna Sarajevo – Goran Tomic Hans LindbergHSV Handball
Here are the schedule for the Day 3 at the Women’s World Championship 2013 in Serbia: Group A (Belgrade)16:00 Korea – Netherlands18:15 Congo – Montenegro20:30 Dominican Republic – FranceGroup B (Nis)15:45 China – Brazil18:00 Algeria – Serbia20:15 Japan – Denmark ← Previous Story WWCH 2013: Who is the MVP of Round 1? Next Story → Fantastic Korea too strong for Dutch girls serbia 2013
World champions from Qatar 2015, France won tight match in Skopje, where Macedonia 27:25 showed once again how tough is to play and beat them in front of 6.000 fans in Boris Trajkovski hall. Kentin Mahe scored decisive goal for French victory 25 seconds before the buzzer. Michael Guigou scored six goals for the winners, while Kiril Lazarov was the best shooter in the home squad with 8 goals.Czech Republic celebrated an important away win over Switzerland 30:26 which again gave wings to Horak, Stochl and Co. after home draw with Macedonians in October.STANDINGS:France 6Macedonia 3Czech Republic 3Switzerland 0 ← Previous Story Air Iceland smash Serbia for historical defeat Next Story → Rasmus Lauge on the way to Flensburg?
Former Women’s EHF Champions League winner, RK Krim Mercator aren’t a team from the TOP of the European handball. The best ever Slovenian side lost domestic Championship title last season in battle with Zagorje, but they got a chance to qualify for the EHF Champions League and they did it.Team of Uros Bregar announced another great news. The biggest Slovenian brand, company Mercator, will stay main sponsor of the team until 2019.Mercator is titlesponsor of Krim since 2000. RK Krim Mercator ← Previous Story PSG Handball and HBC Nantes lead LIDL Starligue Next Story → FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon race leaders in Portugal
EHF announced that 43 teams from 26 countries are interested in playing at VELUX EHF Champions League 2017/2018. The final list of all participants will only be confirmed at the EHF Executive Committee meeting on Saturday 24 June in Zagreb.The confirmation by the EHF EXEC is based on an evaluation of the registered clubs divided into eight different criteria (venue, TV, ranking in the domestic league, spectators, performance in past EHF club competitions, sponsoring potential, implementation of duties and regulations and media).Only five national champions have decided not to register this season (BEL, CZE, GRE, ISL, SRB).The draw of the qualification tournament(s) will take place on Thursday 29 June in Vienna, while the group phase draw will be held in Ljubljana on Friday 30 June.The VELUX EHF Champions League 2017/18 will be played in the same mode as the previous two seasons with 28 teams of the group phase split in four groups. In Group A and B there will be eight teams each, while each in Group C and D only six teams will play.Teams registered based on the EHF Ranking list (24):AUT Alpla HC HardBLR HC Meshkov BrestCRO PPD ZagrebDEN Aalborg HandboldESP FC Barcelona LassaFIN CocksFRA Paris Saint GermainGER Rhein-Neckar LöwenGER SG Flensburg HandewittHUN Telekom VeszpremHUN MOL-Pick SzegedMKD HC VardarNOR ElverumNED OCI/LionsPOL KS Vive Tauron KielcePOR Sporting CPROU CS Dinamo BucurestiRUS Chekhovskie medvediSLO RK Celje Pivovarna LaskoSUI Kadetten SchaffhausenSVK TATRAN PresovSWE IFK KristianstadTUR Besiktas MOGAZ HTUKR HC “Motor”Requests for additional Places from Nations with at least one place in the CL (15) BLR SKA-MinskCRO RK NexeDEN Skjern HandboldDEN Bjerringbro-SilkeborgESP Ademar de LeonESP CBM Ciudad de LogronoFRA HBC NantesFRA Montpellier HBGER THW KielHUN Grundfos TatabanyaMKD HC MetalurgPOR FC PortoPOL Orlen Wisla PlockROU CSM BucurestiSLO RK Gorenje VelenjeRequests from Federations without a place in the CL (4) EST Pölva ServitiISR Maccabi Srugo Rishon LezionLTU Dragunas KlaipedaLUX HB Esch ← Previous Story New handball brand – WELCOME OLYMPIAKOS! Next Story → TEARS AND HUGS BY VRANJES & EGGERT: Don’t cry for us Flensburg
FUNDING FOR IRISH sport has been rolled back to 2006 levels, a measure that is “particularly damaging” given that meaningful investment only began seven years prior to that, the Federation of Irish Sport has said today following the Budget 2014 announcement.The Irish Sports Council will receive about €40 million next year, a reduction of about €3.1 million on 2013 figures.“We are extremely disappointed with today’s announcement which sees a further 8% reduction in current funding for Irish Sport,” said the representative body.“This is the funding that enables over 100 Irish Sports organisations to run sports development programmes essential to delivering sporting opportunities to all, provide much needed support to grassroots clubs and volunteers as well as providing assistance to our international athletes.”It is the sixth year in a row of cuts, with investment in sport falling some 25 per cent in that period.“Funding for sport through the Irish Sports Council now amounts to a spend of just €8.73 per citizen,” continued chief executive Sarah O’Connor, who has requested a meeting with the Minister for Sport Leo Varadkar and his officials.O’Connor believes the fall in sports funding will put added stress on the health budget in later years.The overall investment in sport at €40 million for 2014 represents just 0.003 per cent of the €13.3 billion projected health spend.“Cuts to sports funding are at odds with wider government policies and counter intuitive as sporting events have proven to be key drivers in boosting tourism figures during the Gathering,” she argued.“As we slowly emerge from recession it is short sighted and unnecessary to target one of the performing sectors in the economy which has the potential to further create sustainable, indigenous employment and economic growth.”Budget 2014: the key things to know from today’s announcementLIVEBLOG: Budget 2014 as it happensTheJournal.ie’s Budget 2014 coverage, in full
MORE THAN TWO thirds of Ireland is covered by natural or agricultural grasslands, meaning Ireland is covered in the highest proportion of natural vegetation out of any country in Europe.More than 67 per cent of the country is covered in natural grassland, followed by the United Kingdom with 40 per cent, the Netherlands at 38 per cent, Luxembourg at 37 per cent and Belgium at 32 per cent.Land surveyThe Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union based the findings on a large scale land survey, the Land Use/Cover Area frame Survey (LUCAS) which was conducted in 2012.In terms of forest or wooded areas, just 13 per cent of Ireland is covered in woods while just 5 per cent of land cover is crop land.Only 2 per cent of Ireland is covered in ‘built-up and artificial areas’ which includes roofed constructions, such as buildings and greenhouses, non-built up areas, such as yards, car parks, cemeteries and linear features, such as roads and rail networks.This is one of the lowest in all of Europe, with only countries like Latvia and Bulgaria showing similar results.32 beautiful images of Ireland from 2012>26 photos that sum up Ireland perfectly>
Updated 4.10pm WITH THE DÁIL rising for Christmas last week, TDs have a little bit more time on their hands for all that constituency work, and of course more important things like visiting Santa.South Kerry deputy Michael Healy-Rae was with “the main man himself” over the weekend it would seem, but no news yet on what he asked for. Image via Michael Healy-Rae/TwitterSome new headphones perhaps?Or maybe a full series of At Home with the Healy-Raes as has been speculated about in recent weeks.Update: Healy-Rae has revealed what he asked the big fella for…Let us know what you think he asked for in the comments. And if you’ve any idea who it is under the beard we’d love to know…First published 9.10am Read: TV3 is making a series of At Home with the Healy RaesMcDowell: There are no muppets in the Seanad, but there are clowns in the Dáil
Residents of the Lee estate in Limerick city are transported by boat by the rescue services and locals after flash flooding. Pic: Laura HuttonIRELAND NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news… WORLDEquality Network hold a rally outside the Scottish Parliament. Pic: David Cheskin/PA Wire#SCOTLAND Scottish MPs voted in favour of a same-sex marriage bill today.#UKRAINE MPs failed to strike a deal that would have weakened the Ukraine president’s powers.#FRANCE A criminal investigation has been launched over a photo of Francois Hollande’s alleged lover, which appeared in Closer magazine.#EUROPE The EU parliament has voted to protect LGBTI rights and proposed a plan to fight discrimination.#PYLONS An EU report has failed to find evidence linking pylons with health risks, but says more research is needed.#ITALY On 3 April, Queen Elizabeth will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Buckingham Palace announced.INNOVATIONPic: Facebook CrazeFacebook launched 10 years ago today. Here’s what it used to look like back then. Programmers who need advice can turn to experts over the internet by using AirPair – here’s how it works. [Techcrunch]PARTING SHOTPic: FacebookMeet Noel, Dublin Bus’s new mascot. What do you make of him? (Yes, he’s a football on a stick.) Flooding has begun along parts of the coast tonight, as the bad weather continues around the country.A teenage girl was arrested along with four others as part of an organised crime crackdown.Both Senator David Norris and MEP Paul Murphy have raised the issue of homophobia in Irish and EU parliaments.A man who met the late Ross Cummins on the night he died is raising money for an alcohol charity.Minister Alan Shatter wants more transparency in charities, he said today in the Seanad. In related news, the courts ‘poor box’ is to be scrapped in favour of a ‘more transparent’ reparations fund.The Limerick floods were ‘like Dante’s Inferno’, and the building of a flood barrier is to begin immediately. HIQA is to review the death of babies in Portlaoise hospital, the Health Minister said.Gardaí are searching for missing man Patrick Bruton, who has not been seen since last Friday.Noel Curran is to remain RTÉ’s Director General for another four years – and Nicky Byrne was announced as the new 2FM mid-morning host.The ESB union chief quit, and said that ESB workers were “viciously attacked by some in the media”.A teenage girl who was trafficked to Ireland has told her story.
Derry City 2-2 DundalkDUNDALK SALVAGED A share of the spoils in dramatic fashion at Brandywell Stadium as Richie Towell netted a last gasp strike to secure an important point in the race for the league title.That goal ensured the Lilywhites remain clear on the summit but it was a bitter blow to take for the Candystripes who were reduced to 10 men when skipper Cliff Byrne was shown a straight red card for appearing to strike out at Patrick Hoban off the ball on 70 minutes.The home side, searching for their second league win of the season under the reign of Peter Hutton, had fought back from an early goal from Kurtis Byrne to take a 2-1 lead with goals from Barry McNamee and a stunning long distance strike from Michael Duffy in the second half.As it was, the Lilywhites will certainly be much happier with the point which sees them remain ahead of second placed Cork City and they can now look ahead to Tuesday night’s UEFA Europa League first round qualifier. Dundalk were pressing and Byrne could probably have scored when he met Meenan’s cross on the half volley inside the area but he blasted over the crossbar with six minutes to go.five minutes added timeDERRY CITY: G. Doherty; D. Jarvis, R. McBride, C. Byrne, A. Barry; M. Timlin, B. Molloy, B. McNamee, P. McEleney (S. McEleney, 76), M. Duffy; R. Patterson (Nathan Boyle, 90);Subs not used: C. Gallagher,N. Boyle, J. Tracey, T. McNamee, C. Burke, R. Curran.DUNDALK: P. Cherrie; S. Gannon, B. Gartland, A. Boyle, D. Massey; D. Meenan, J. Mountney (P. Hoban ’68), C. Shiels, (R. Higgins ’74), R. Towell, D. Horgan (M. Griffin, 56); K. Byrne.Subs not used: G. Sava, S. Kelly, C. O’Connor, G. Poynton.Referee: Robert Rogers.Tonight’s other Airtricity Premier Division resultsBohemians 2-2 Athlone TownCork City 3-0 LimerickDrogheda 1-2 SligoSt Patrick’s 3-2 Bray WanderersUCD 0-2 Shamrock RoversRover breathe life into title challenge as Students put to bed earlySt Patrick’s gain ground on leaders Dundalk as Fagan hits the double Derry captain Cliff Byrne sent off. Source: Lorcan DohertyStephen Kenny’s Dundalk side arrived on Foyleside intent on maintaining their advantage on the summit but they were without the services of the influential David McMillan (suspended) and long term absentee Stephen O’Donnell.Andy Boyle, however returned from suspension while Patrick Hoban made the bench following minor knee surgery. As for Derry, the Candystripes were without the suspended Danny Ventre and the injured Dave Elebert.Derry came closest to opening the scoring on nine minutes when McNamee drove the ball dangerously across the face of goal with Mark Timlin lurking at the back post but Dave Massey superbly intercepted to deny what would have been a certain goal. And Massey was in the thick of the action at the other end when getting a powerful header to Darren Meenan’s cross from the right on 17 minutes but he somehow put his effort over the crossbar from 12 yards.Rory Patterson had the ball in the back of the Lilywhites’ net 10 minutes later when his lobbed Peter Cherrie from a narrow angle with a delightful touch but the referee’s assistant ruled the effort out for offside.The game sparked into life two minutes before the interval when Byrne, who was initially in an offside position, latched onto Barry Molloy’s flick on and slotted into the bottom corner to give Dundalk the lead.Less than one minute after that breakthrough McNamee’s persistence paid dividends as he won possession on the edge of the Dundalk area and weaved his way through the defence before poking the ball beyond the reach of Cherrie and the teams went in at the break on level terms.Dundalk emerged from the break with intent but it was Derry who took the lead with a quality 30 yard strike from Duffy which rattled the back of the Dundalk net on 51 minutes – a stunning strike from the winger.The SSE Airtricity player of the month, Daryl Horgan limped off shortly afterwards as the problems began to pile up for the visitors, the winger replaced by former Candystripe, Mark Griffin.Derry were reduced to 10 men on 70 minutes as skipper Byrne was sent off for an off the ball clash with substitute Patrick Hoban who was on the pitch for just two minutes. After consulting with his assistant, referee Rob Rogers flashed a straight red and the big Scot saw his last action of the night.
If no gigs go ahead – we are not insured. We can’t get insured for it. We can only get insured if we get a licence. And we only have a licence for three events. THE FINAL DECISION on whether Garth Brooks will play any show at Croke Park will be made by Tuesday.That’s according to Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions, promoter of the five gigs that Brooks was meant to perform at the GAA stadium.The backgroundAfter Garth Brooks fever hit Ireland and tickets sold out for the events, the series of gigs looked like a dead cert for success, and a fantastic way for Brooks to kick off his return to live music.But on Thursday, permission was granted by Dublin City Council for just three of the five concerts.Croke Park residents’ associations had been very vocal about their opposition to the events, and DCC had – as normal – had to grant permission for the licence. But the decision appeared to have blindsided the promoters and musician.Brooks issued a statement saying it would be five shows – or none at all.This morning, in an interview with The Business on RTÉ Radio One, Peter Aiken gave an insight into the difficulties he and Brooks face, and said that the final decision on the concerts will be made by Monday or Tuesday.Here are the 14 things we now know about the situation As for whether Brooks will change his mind? Has this affected the long relationship between Aiken Promotions and Garth Brooks? Said Aiken: What do we do with 160,000 who turn up with tickets for those nights, who turn up when the shows are on, demanding to get in? What happens to them? What happens if they turn up and say we want to be there anyway to see the show? You could have a huge public order incident. If the gigs go ahead, there will be a major financial cost to both Aiken Promotions and Brooks – up to “seven figures” for Aiken. As for insurance: I wouldn’t say it’s fractured, but I’d say he’s very disappointed. We never forgot about the licence because we started immediately putting the process together and we met with Dublin City Council shortly after the tickets went on sale.He added that DCC brought up the issue of residents straight away and said “this is a big, big ask” and “this is a big, big job”.The promoters knew that residents could take legal action. “That is where I saw the threat being – not Dublin City Council,” said Aiken. Is Aiken worried about the company’s reputation? I was in Croke Park when it came out. Everybody, including Croke Park, we were devastated. It was the biggest shock I’ve ever got. Aiken rejected a description of Brooks as making bullying comments by saying he will only play five gigs, and said “to play three shows and not do the other two shows, his attitude is better not playing to anyone then. Why play three nights and then we have 160,000 people who don’t see the show. I can understand that.”The licence announcement from DCC did blindside them: Of course I do, it is something that has never happened before, five nights, and it will never happen again. [Brooks will] be out millions himself He added that he would be happy to meet residents, but noted that there is a large number of residents’ groups. Is there hope? Yes, said Aiken, as “we’re still working behind the scenes”. The gigs aren’t officially cancelled and they are in constant contact with Garth Brooks. Aiken said he doesn’t know what could have been done differently. All five shows were to be filmed, as well as a documentary DVD being made, necessitating a film crew of over 80 people.Aiken said he had hoped Brooks would do the three shows and then come back at another time to do the final two. As for moving venues: If I had had any inkling that this [licence] was going to be a problem, I would have flagged it. We are doing whatever we can to get some light at the end of this. Asked if he had any sympathy for local residents, Aiken said: The idea of moving to a different venue just wouldn’t work, because the stuff is custom made for Croke Park. Twelve container loads have already left America to get here. Did the promoters forget about the licence issue? Aiken said: Of course. We’ve been going for 53 years… there’s never been any conflict with Aiken Promotions about anything. We’ve paid every bill.“It will do a lot of damage to me, both personally and financially,” said Aiken.Aiken is worried about possible issues with concert goers if only three gigs go ahead: After multiple visits to Croke Park, Brooks and his team had put together a huge stadium performance based on five shows. Said Aiken: Garth Brooks is the kind of fella that if he came in and did three shows, he would feel, it would be such an anti-climax for him for the 160,000 people who didn’t get to see him. I’ve mentioned it to him and he says ‘you know how I feel’. No, I don’t think he’ll back down.Read: Council says Garth Brooks decision ‘cannot be amended or appealed’>Read: Fianna Fáil writes new piece of legislation for Garth Brooks>
9.30am, Committees: James Reilly will also be facing his first batch of questions as Children’s Minister from the Heath Committee.12pm, Dáil: Tánaiste Joan Burton will face her last batch of Leaders’ Questions for this session.4 pm, Dáil: There will be statements on the mother-and-baby homes inquiry in the wake of yesterday’s announcements.Everything else happening in the Dáil 10.45am: TDS debate the final stages of a new Bill proposing tighter regulation of online gambling. After that there are two other Bills going before the Dáil with amendments from the Seanad. One is designed to amend laws relating to media mergers and the other relating to free GP care for the under sixes.12.21pm: The Order of Business will be read out as normal before TDs get to ask about promised legislation and no doubt a few other matters.12.21pm: A motion into the proposed commission of investigation into the shooting of Real IRA man Ronan MacLochlainn will be read out.6.00pm: Ministers will be asked an array of Topical Questions by TDs7.00pm: The Dáil adjourns for the summer.Everything else happening in the Seanad WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So with the curtain coming down on this political session, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…4 things we’ll be keeping an eye on Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesAgriculture, Food and the Marine 9.30am, Room 3: The committee will meet with the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) and the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) on the Agri-Taxation Review before further scrutiny of the Horse Racing Ireland Amendment Bill.Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Matters of adjournment will be dealt with at the end of the day, before senators head off for the summer recess Electoral (Amendment) (No. 4) Bill 2014Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland Bill 2014National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) Bill 2014 Court of Appeal Bill 2014 10.00am, Room 4: The committee will hold its final round of pre-Budget 2015 hearings with the Royal College of Physicians, Irish Heart Foundation, Irish Cancer Society, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Mental Health Reform and Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. Reps from the IFA and the Irish Haulage Associate are among those due in later in the day.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House today:Dáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here 10.30am: The day shall start off with the Order of Business where Senators get a chance to chat about anything and everything.A motion on the investigation into the shooting of Ronan MacLochlainn shall be read out as part of its fast-tracking through the Oireachtas.Four other Bills are up for discussion today including: 9.30am, Dáil: Alex White will step out for the first time as Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
Last week I pointed out how happy I was with my Canon S95, but I have to admit that this early look at the Olympus XZ-1 has me wavering just a bit.The XZ-1, we’ve just found out, will ship in a very handsome white. In fact, some would say it’s even better looking than Panasonic’s white LX5. Interestingly enough rumor has it that the XZ-1 will run the same sensor as the LX5, which means that this is going to be an instant competitor in the high-end compact field.It’ll need some quality glass to compare to the LX5/S95, but we’re betting that Olympus didn’t do everything else right only to screw up the lens. On paper the 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 lens looks like it’s going to be quite good.via 43rumors
As a New Yorker who doesn’t own a car, I don’t usually go in for car tech, but I’ve got to admit, this thing is pretty cool. It’s the Mavia. It plugs into your car’s diagnostic port, and it will help you out in all manner of ways. Once plugged in, you create an account on the Mavia site and then connect it to your smartphone.Once that’s all set up, you can use the device to track the car–find it in a crowded parking lot or find out where your kid has taken the vehicle. Mavia can also track your stolen vehicle for the cops, and if you get in an accident, it can text your location and info to family and emergency vehicles.The device will also let you know what’s wrong with your car, should you have a mechanical problem, via the site (“in plain English,” says Mavia).
When a new gadget comes out and replaces its predecessor on the market, you expect it to be faster. For example, if the iPad 2 was slower than the iPad at loading apps, there’d be a huge controversy. I doubt, though, that we’ll see a similar hue-and-cry when the Nintendo 3DS makes its way to United States shores in a couple of weeks time, even though it loads original DS games significantly slower than its predecessors.The report comes by way of Gamespot, who managed to get their hands on a Japanese 3DS during last month’s launch, and did something interesting: they compared the load times of several DS games on the 3DS and then compared them to the load times on the old DS Lite.AdChoices广告The results are pretty shocking. On the original Nintendo DS Lite, Mario Kart loaded in just eight seconds, compared to thirteen seconds on the 3DS. Plants vs. Zombies and Nine Hours saw identical jumps, while Call of Duty: Black Ops jumped to twenty one seconds from fifteen seconds on the Nintendo DS Lite. Meanwhile, Dementium II jumped to fourteen seconds load time on the 3DS compared to just nine seconds on the DS Lite.These load times aren’t a huge problem for an end user, but it still seems pretty shocking, considering how much more powerful the 3DS hardware is compared to the DS Lite. The source of the slowdown, of course, is that the 3DS is merely emulating the DS Lite, not cramming the original hardware into the new console. Emulation is always slower. Still, while not a big deal, be warned… if you want to replace your DS Lite with a 3DS, expect it to take slightly longer to jump into some of your favorite games.Read more at Gamespot
If you’re like a lot of people who fondly remember the days of mix tapes, you probably still have a lot of old audio cassettes lying around, slowly deteriorating over time, crumbling into dust. If you’re like most people who have memories of those audio cassettes, you’ve always meant to do something about it but never really figured out what. Now Thanko, makers of strange and unique USB gadgets, has unveiled the Cassette Mate, which looks a lot like an old cassette player or Walkman, is about the same size, but when connected to your computer will rip the music from your audio cassettes and save it in MP3, WMA, or WAV formats. Admittedly, if you’re pulling music from an audio cassette and you’re worried about audio quality, file format may not be the first thing you worry about, but the important thing is usually to get the recording into a digital format and then you can work with it. The device does have some features in addition to ripping your audio: it will split tracks for you and allows you to pop in 2 AA batteries if you actually want to listen to those tapes on to go. Otherwise you’ll need to connect it to your computer via USB. The Cassette Mate is currently only available in Japan for the equivalent of about $35 USD. [via Wired]
Linux users are a generous lot. Could it be that they get most of their software for free meaning there’s spare cash to buy games and donate to charity at the same time?If the sales stats for the latest Humble Indie Bundle 3 are anything to go by then Linux users are willing to pay a lot more for their games. Although in this case it’s as much about giving to charity than it is purchasing some entertainment.The third iteration of the Humble bundle offers up Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVV, Hammerfight, and And Yet It Moves. Although it didn’t start out as including it, Minecraft has been added since offering up 2 free weeks of access. You can pay whatever you like and receive the games DRM free. Even if you end up hating all of them, your cash wasn’t wasted as when you purchased you could choose how much of your money went to the developers, and the rest is split between the EFF, Child’s Play, and the Humble Tip, which pays for the bandwidth and hosting of these bundles.The stats are clear, though. On average Linux users have paid $11.63 for the bundle where as Windows users paid just $3.80. Mac users fall in the middle and averaged $6.61. Overall, the average is $4.78 per purchase.Although Windows users may be willing to spend less, they make up for that in their numbers. The majority of bundle sales are for Windows, with the total sales now past $1 million showing just how much cash can be raised for charity with a decent set of games on offer.Those number are set to continue changing for a while yet as the offer is on until August 14. I can’t see the Windows average catching up with Linux, but as long as gamers keep buying the bundle I don’t think anyone will mind.Read more at Gamasutra and The Escapist or head on over to the Humble Bundle page and pledge some cash.
There is a new date doing the rounds on the Internet with regards to the launch of the next Apple smartphone. Apparently the iPhone 5 will finally be unveiled on October 4. That’s the date of the next expected Apple media event according to a few unnamed sources “close to the situation” and trusted by AllThingsD. In other words, it’s just another rumor, but one we hope is true so we can finally have a solid date to work with.Such an event will be a very important, if not the most important new product launch for Apple in a long time. Steve Jobs is no longer CEO of the company after resigning from the position last month, and therefore won’t be the one presenting the iPhone 5 to a global audience. That task falls to new CEO Tim Cook who will both have to sell the smartphone and prove himself to onlookers as a worthy replacement for Jobs.The launch of the iPhone 5 is also doubly important for one key reason: competition. Since the launch of the iPhone 4 the competition from Android handsets has got much stronger. Android as an OS is now established and offers a solid alternative to iOS. On the hardware front, we are seeing some quite stunning handsets with the Samsung Galaxy S2 being the pick of the bunch recently.Whatever Tim Cook pulls out of his pocket on October 4 has to be very special if it is to keep the never ending procession of Android smartphones at bay for another year. As for when we can expect a launch, if the October 4 event happens I expect the phone will be in stores before we hit November.More at AllThingsD
Are you still toting around an old iPhone 3GS, and hoping you can help it to get some Siri action? Prepare yourself for a tease, because, while the A.I. assistant has been ported to the third-generation of Apple’s handset, you probably won’t be able to use it anytime soon.Jailbreak developer extraordinaire Ryan Petrich tweeted a brief video that shows him using Siri on the 3GS. While the video is only 18 seconds long, the assistant activates quickly and doesn’t appear to lag at all on the aging device.So does this mean that you’ll be getting Siri installed on your 3GS soon? As with the iPhone 4 Siri port, it may not be as simple or imminent as you might think. First, any port of Siri to another device requires piracy. This is because licensed Apple files are required to spoof the Siri servers into communicating with the older phone. Additionally, the port will require a jailbroken iPhone 4S to transfer a live validation token to the older phone. There is currently no public jailbreak for the 4S.On top of all of those hindrances, the possibility exists that Apple could still identify the hacked devices and block them from using Siri. They already use the above-mentioned token to prevent older iPhones from accessing the servers, but who’s to say that they won’t have a second line of defense? If they could pinpoint multiple devices that are using the same validation, they could potentially block those handsets. Apple knows that Siri’s exclusivity is a huge selling point for the iPhone 4S, so don’t rule out drastic means from Cupertino.If you don’t mind getting teased (or if you just want to marvel at the impressive hackery), you can check out the brief clip below:via @rpetrich, Redmond Pie
If you’ve been using Windows since the days of XP and Vista, you’ll be an experienced installer of Service Packs. Typically a Service Pack from Microsoft rolls up tens, if not hundreds of updates into a single installation package. The patches apply to the Windows operating system as well as any closely related applications such as the Office suite or Internet Explorer. They also make it easier to update a machine with a newly installed copy of Windows on it.Windows XP got three service packs, Windows Vista got two, and it now looks as though Windows 7 is only getting one. Service Pack 2 was expected any time now, but The Register has been told the Windows engineering team won’t be producing one. Instead, any updates will continue to be offered through Windows Update on a regular basis.It’s unclear why that decision has been taken, but it is most likely because Service Packs require a lot of testing before release and Microsoft doesn’t want to spare the engineers to produce them. Instead, the focus is now on rolling out Windows 8 and ensuring compatibility improves and bugs get tackled quickly over the coming months.The only real headache this causes is for anyone installing a new version of Windows 7. They will have to rely on Windows Update to download and install every single patch they need. Typically that doesn’t happen in a single session, takes many hours, and requires several reboots. If you keep your system relatively up-to-date, though, you won’t miss a Windows 7 SP2.If Microsoft is dumping Service Packs for Windows 7 then it seems unlikely they will reappear for Windows 8. Hopefully we can instead expect a much more streamlined experience and intelligent combining of updates as they appear.via The Register