On the beautiful mountain, in the most popular touristic resort in Serbia, Kopaonik, between 4-.10 July 2011 will be organize Summer Handball Academy – “Handball for All”. Eminent international coaching staff composed of the names of Dragan Djukić (Great Britain national team head coach), Veroljub Kosovac (Skjern Denmark – head coach), Alexandru Buligan (Romanian goalkeeper coach specialist), Jure Šterbucl (S&C coach of Krim Mercator – Slovenia’s TOP women’s team) and Dragan Ilić (Physio) will working with players from 18 to 23 years old and a bit older, who wants to develop their individual skills and handball performances in a week training program.„Handball for all“ participants will have an opportunity to meet some of the famous players (Nedeljko Jovanović – one of the best world’s playmaker – 230 appearances for Yugoslav national team, Nenad Vučković – Serbian national team player – TOP 10 scorer of Toyota Handball Bundesliga – Melsungen, Danijel Andjelković – Serbian national team player, Pick Szeged, Toulouse), to talk with them and become richer for a specific experience.Program, accommodation, sports and other equipments in Kopaonik will be on the highest level, as you can see in special presentation of “Handball for All” – Summer Handball Academy, where you can find all the informations.Visitors (players, coaches, etc) of Handball-Planet.com have a special offer – chance for 5% discount on the participation fee, if they show interest and apply for “Handball for All” on our e-mail Address – firstname.lastname@example.org/handball/Handball for all (en) – PRESENTATION ← Previous Story LIGA ASOBAL round 19: Barcelona and Ciudad both win Next Story → Petar Nenadić until 2013 in TVIS Holstebro!
On the weekend, the Spanish ASOBAL recommenced after the winter break. In the most interesting game of the round, Atletico Madrid took an important victory against Valladolid with 28:22. The first half ended with Valladolid leading 11:10, but in the 2nd half Atletico showed their strength and why they are consecutive ASOBAL champions, and made a big turnaround of the result, winning in the end with 28:22. Entrerrios and Lazarov were the leading scorers for Atletico with 5 goals each, while Joli and Nikcevic were the leaders among the domestic team with 6 and 5 goals each, respectively.In the other games, Barcelona took an easy win against La Rioja with 32:22, Granollers beat Anaitasuna with 33:24, while Torrevieja and Ademar shared points, 22:22.Table:1 FC Barcelona Intersport 322 BM. Atlético 303 Reale Ademar León 224 Cuatro Rayas BM Valladolid 215 Caja3 BM 186 Ciudad Encantada 177 Torrevieja 168 Naturhouse La Rioja 169 Academia Octavio 1510 Fraikin BM Granollers 1311 AMAYA Sport San Antonio 1212 Quabit BM Guadalajara 1213 Helvetia Anaitasuna 1114 Huesca 815 Antequera 716 Alser Puerto Sagunto 6 ← Previous Story AG Kobenhavn wins Danish Cup! Next Story → Almost 7000 votes for EHF EURO 2012 Best Player: Lazarov leads ahead of Csaszar!
FC Barcelona Lassa set a new record in ASOBAL by winning 68 matches in a row! They broke the last record of 67 consecutive winning clashes of BM Ciudad Real. The Spanish champions beat Ciudad Encantada 34:21 in the ASOBAL Round 7. That put team from the second biggest Spanish city ahead of two biggest rivals – La Rioja and BM Granollers.34 – FC BARCELONA (18+16): Saric (Pérez de Vargas, m.31 a 60); Gurbindo (2), Kopljar (2), Noddesbo (2), Sarmiento (3), Wallouz (5), Ariño (1), siete inicial, Syprzak (4), Aleix Gómez (2), Raúl Entrerríos (4), Sigurdsson (3,1p), Lazarov (5, 3p), Viran Morros (-) y Daniel Dujshebaev (1)21 – GLOBALCAJA CIUDAD ENCANTADA (9+12):Leo Vial (Samuel Ibañez, m.40 a 57); Vainstein (4,2p), Thiago Alves (2), Frade (3), Rafa López (-), Zejak (4), Tolmos (3), siete inicial, Javi Fernández (-), Mendoza (-), Sergio López (2), Miguelón (3, 1p), Mateo (-) y Casas (p.s.)STANDINGS: 5Villa de Aranda8 2Naturhouse La Rioja13 12Bada Huesca4 4Fraikin BM Granollers10 8Frigoríficos Morrazo Cangas6 6SD Teucro7 7Ángel Ximénez Puente Genil6 15Globalcaja C. Encantada3 1FC Barcelona Lassa14 10Go Fit4 13BM Guadalajara4 9BM Benidorm5 ASOBALFC Barcelona Lassa 14Helvetia Anaitasuna3 16BM Aragón0 3Abanca Ademar León11 11Fertiberia Puerto Sagunto4 ← Previous Story EHF CL: SG Flensburg and Skjern win on Round 5 start Next Story → Daniel Sarmiento to Saint Raphael?
NBSC WORLD HANDBALL LINE-PLAYER 2018? Ludovic Fabregas (FC Barcelona Lassa – France) Julen Aguinagalde (PGE Vive Kielce – Spain) Bjarte Myrhol (Skjern Handbold – Norway) Nicolas Tournat (HBC Nantes – France)View Results Loading …VOTE ALSO FOR:WORLD BEST LEFT WING 2018WORLD BEST LEFT BACK 2018WORLD BEST PLAYMAKER 2018WORLD BEST RIGHT BACK 2018WORLD BEST RIGHT WING 2018WORLD BEST LINE-PLAYER 2018WORLD BEST GOALKEEPER 2018WORLD BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2018 ← Previous Story NBSC WORLD HANDBALL RIGHT WING 2018? Next Story → NBSC WORLD HANDBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2018?
“If he ducks the debate, it will send a message to the people about an arrogant government which already has too much power and doesn’t need more.”Responding to questions about a possible TV debate, Kenny said only: “Deputy Martin will have his opportunity at Leaders’ Questions.”Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie Politics on Facebook to keep up to date with all that’s happening in and outside of Leinster House.Read: Fianna Fáil senator cancels ‘Dáil bar’ event after Oireachtas envelopes controversy THE TAOISEACH HAS been challenged to a TV debate on the abolition the Seanad by Micheál Martin, but Enda Kenny said today a debate can be had at Leaders’ Questions when the Dáil resumes.Martin’s challenge came at a press conference launching his party’s campaign for a No vote in the 4 October referendum.The Fianna Fáil leader said he is willing to debate Kenny “on every outlet that will host us”.But speaking a short time later at Fine Gael’s campaign launch, Kenny said there would be opportunity at Leaders’ Questions and joked that it could not be done at Fianna Fáil senator Terry Leyden’s pub.He also said he was not sure “which Micheál wants to turn up” referencing the Fianna Fáil leader’s previous call for abolition of the Seanad prior to the 2011 election.Martin had earlier said: “I am willing to debate him (Kenny) on every outlet that will host us.
A plane flies past the moon in Loreto, central Italy, earlier today. Image: Alessandra Tarantino/AP/Press Association ImagesHERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED#APRIL JONES: The search for missing five-year-old Welsh girl April Jones will continue through the night despite harsh weather conditions, police have said. Detectives have until 5pm tomorrow to charge or release suspect Mark Bridger.#ANONYMOUS: Finance Minister Michael Noonan has told the Dáil that there is no way to identify bondholders in Allied Irish Bank.#GONE THE WAY OF THE INTER CERT: The formal Junior Certificate exams taken by Third Year students are to be abolished.#DALKEY OIL: Drilling can now go ahead off the coast of Dalkey in Dublin after a licence was granted to Providence Resources by junior environment minister Jan O’Sullivan today.#SPILLOVER: The civil war in Syria has spilled across the border for a second day in-a-row with Turkey’s parliament authorising military operations against its neighbour again today. #FACEBOOK: Are you one of the one billion? Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg updated his status today to confirm that the social media site now has more than one billion active users each month. Like?THINGS WE LOVEDImage: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesThe effort that three-year-old Cillian Byrne put into the launch of the inaugural Bram Stoker Hallowe’en Festival at Marsh’s Library in Dublin today.The #A1980sChildhood hashtag started by 2FM’s Rick O’Shea today after he was inspired by this Daily Edge video post, featuring the best local Irish disco footage you will ever see. It is, we promise.This headline: Woman Photographed Riding A Manatee Turns Herself InTHINGS WE SHAREDTo determine if bald men are perceived as more powerful, the Guardian has mocked up images of a number of well-known heads famous for their coiffures. Ever wanted so see what David Cameron would be like without the quiff, or Simon Cowell sans the lego-piece? If you are a One Direction fan though, look away now.Is this a cure for greed? Dutch designer Diddo’s latest project involves destroying US$10,000 to examine the question.
TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has ruled out the prospect of having the government ask the EU-IMF Troika for extra time to meet its budget deficit targets – overruling a junior minister who earlier said a delay might be sought.RTÉ News has broadcast footage of Gilmore, being interviewed for tonight’s The Week in Politics, where the Tánaiste said he believed the public wanted an end to the series of austerity budgets aimed at bringing Ireland’s deficit under 3 per cent of total economic output.“We have to get the deficit down, and we have to deal with it,” Gilmore said.“I actually think that what people want to see – people want to see where is the end of this.”The Tánaiste bluntly added: “We need to get this over with.”The original bailout deal agreed with the Troika – which complemented a previous programme agreed with the European Commission, before Ireland entered the bailout – asked Ireland to get its deficit to under 3 per cent of GDP by 2014.This was renegotiated to 2015 after the current government entered office. In advance of last year’s general election, Labour had argued for the deadline to be extended to 2016.Earlier today a junior minister from Gilmore’s party had been reported as saying the government would broach the topic of extending the deadline, following the IMF’s slight back-track and admission that austerity programmes hit economies harder than first thought.Junior trade minister Joe Costello told today’s Sunday Times that the government would seek clarification from the IMF as to whether it now believed trying to reach the 3 per cent mark by 2015 would be detrimental to Ireland’s overall economic state.Read: IMF: Irish economy to grow but unemployment will remain high in 2013
‘Why care?’ – some could be tempted to ask; ‘it is a thirty years old conflict.’ But for those who have lost a loved one, it does not matter how many years have passed. The questions and pain are always present, for there is no greater object of sorrow, nothing more upsetting than a human life not being allowed to bloom to its full potential. The naming of each and every one of those who died or was made to ‘disappear’ is of the utmost importance. This is something I personally feel strongly about, and it is why I opened one of my poems from the 1980s, entitled Memory, with a line from French philosopher Paul Ricoeur, which simply said that ‘to be forgotten is to die twice”.Later today he will also visit the Monument to Memory and Truth which commemorates all the people who died during the conflict.The President will travel to Costa Rica tomorrow for the final leg of his 12-day official visit to Latin America. He is due to return to Ireland on 31 October.Column: President Higgins returned to a changed El Salvador today >Read: Aló Presidente! President begins three-country tour of Central America > PRESIDENT HIGGINS WILL visit the tomb of murdered Catholic archbishop Oscar Romero on the final day of his visit to El Salvador today.Archbishop Romero became a symbol of the country’s brutal and sustained civil war after he was shot dead in the city of San Salvador in 1980 as he was celebrating mass. He had been outspoken about horrific human rights abuses carried out by the ruling regime.An estimated 75,000 people died between 1980 and 1992 in El Salvador’s civil war as the US-backed government and military killed and tortured its own population.Michael D Higgins, who had previously visited the country in 1982, delivered a speech last night in which he spoke about memory and paying tribute to people who fought against the regime.In it, he described how the country’s social fabric was torn apart by the conflict.“Theirs was a struggle for greater social justice that included emancipation from poverty, access to land, and the basic means of livelihood for the poorest Salvadorans,” he said.
THE DRIVER OF a black 4×4 involved in an accident with a taxi in Chicago on October 30th clearly did not want to face the consequences.The driver refused to get out of the car and exchange insurance information, and in fact made several attempts to get away before the taxi driver snapped and started banging on the cars window.The driver of the SUV (later revealed to be stolen) then took off, ramming into four other cars in the process. The video is pretty shocking. Source: K MooreThe taxi driver is out of work while his taxi is repaired, and is also facing disciplinary action for confronting the driver of the stolen car.The driver of the black car was later arrested.Tow truck driver watches helplessly as car rolls downhill>Deer’s incredible escape from car caught on camera>
Heaslip contributed to another of Ireland’s turnovers earlier in the game, when Gordon D’Arcy wrapped up Aaron Smith and the No. 8 piled into to create the choke tackle. This example again demonstrates Heaslip’s intelligence as a player.As you can see in the screen grab below, Heaslip is grabbing and holding up players who aren’t even on the ball. He’s preventing any chance the All Blacks players have of bringing the choke tackle to the ground. It’s a simple thing again, but it helps.There were a couple of other examples of Heaslip getting close to turnovers and frustrating the All Blacks at the breakdown when they were defending. The No. 8 was something of a thorn in the side for Steve Hansen’s men in this area.AttackHeaslip made a total of nine carries over the course of the afternoon for Ireland. He didn’t make a huge amount of yardage in those carries, but all of them created forward momentum for his team. One of the batons used to beat Heaslip in recent seasons has been his failure to stand out in this area for Ireland, but it’s a nonsensical argument.The majority of the ball carrying Heaslip does for Ireland is in positions like that above, close in to the rucks. It’s difficult to make line-breaks and bounce defenders off in here, simply due to the build up of bodies in front of him.Some critics wonder why Heaslip is less visible than someone like Sean O’Brien in attack, but the No. 8 has a different role. One aspect of his duties is to maintain width for Ireland after set pieces. He is often off camera, keeping defenders occupied by holding wide positions.It’s a thankless task and there is strong temptation to abandon it and head into the ruck area for a slice of the action. Kieran Read performs a similar role for New Zealand – holding width – but the difference is that the All Blacks move the ball out to him regularly, whereas Ireland haven’t played with width in recent years.Against Samoa and Australia, Ireland used O’Brien to hit the ball up in midfield on first phase after line-outs, but it was Heaslip who stepped into that role twice against the All Blacks. It’s a promising development, particularly as it may eventually free up the flanker to carry the ball in later phases, when he excels.RucksHeaslip is one of the top ruck specialists for Ireland, and many of the defensive strengths we highlighted above are useful in attack too. Against the All Blacks, the 29-year-old was involved in 16 attacking rucks.Only one of those involvements was negative, coming after just 35 seconds when Heaslip was slow to the ruck and allowed Wyatt Crockett to make a turnover. That apart, the No. 8 was effective. Quite a few of his attacking rucks involved acting as guard, where he simply provided protection over the ball, but there were five excellent clear outs of opposition defenders too.Heaslip is usually very quick to recognise any threats of a turnover against Ireland and remove the offending player. The example above highlights one of those occasions against the All Blacks. Ma’a Nonu is having an effort to steal the ball, but Heaslip is swift to remove him and Ireland retain possession.Even when Heaslip is acting as a guard in the ruck, he is clever at involving defenders around the fringes. The screen grab below shows a typical example, where the No. 8 is dragging Cory Jane into the ruck. Again, it’s a simple thing, seemingly meaningless, but it means that Jane is slightly delayed at getting back into the defensive line.Set pieceHeaslip was obviously involved in every single scrum in the game from his position at No. 8. He is skillful in controlling the ball at the base of the scrum and he made two pop passes to Conor Murray from that position against the All Blacks.The Leinster man made only one catch at the line-out against New Zealand, popping the ball off the top after a clean take at the front of the line-out. He made a single lift in the entire game, on Paul O’Connell in defence, but it didn’t lead to a steal.OverallIt may not have been spectacular from Heaslip against the All Blacks, but that is not his role for Ireland now. Instead, he was as doggedly effective as ever in contributing to one of Ireland’s best performances in recent times.Which Connacht stadiums could be part of the Rugby World Cup bid?Analysis: Two minutes of hell for Ireland against the All Blacks JAMIE HEASLIP PLAYED the full 80 minutes of all three of Ireland’s November Tests, captaining the side against Samoa.The 29-year-old is vice-captain for the team and rated as one of the most important players within the set up. He has won Heineken Cups, a Grand Slam and gone on two Lions tours. Despite clearly being an excellent rugby player, there are still doubters.Much of the criticism of Heaslip in recent years has quite probably been based on his off the pitch activities, which is hard to understand. Rugby players should be judged on what they do during games, and Heaslip rarely lets his teams down in that regard.We’ve taken a detailed look at Heaslip’s performance for Ireland against the All Blacks on Sunday to see exactly what he contributes to this Ireland team.DefenceThis is an area where Heaslip nearly always excels. The No. 8 is exceptionally fit and very often ends games as Ireland’s leading tackler. The clash against New Zealand was one of those occasions, as Heaslip completed 24 tackles.He did make a poor start in terms of tackling, missing Aaron Cruden with his first attempt in the sixth minute and allowing the out-half to break Ireland’s line. It was a case of not getting his feet close enough to the All Black before attempting the tackle and that meant he couldn’t use his shoulder (below).Thereafter, Heaslip’s defensive input was superb. He didn’t make too many dominant tackles [knocking attackers backwards] but the sheer number of them was hugely impressive. The majority were tackles around the upper body of the All Blacks forwards, wrestling them to ground.There were also a number of low tackles around the ankles of the stronger ball carriers. Heaslip was noticeable in those closing minutes as Ireland tried in vain to keep the All Blacks out, particularly in how he was one of the few players to remain aggressive in terms of line speed.The 29-year-old’s fitness certainly helped in that regard, and is generally one of the reasons he is so prominent in defence.TurnoversHeaslip made one clean steal at the breakdown against the All Blacks and contributed greatly to two other turnovers. The first of those occasions came in the ninth minute, when he bounced back onto his feet after making a tackle on Israel Dagg.The arrow in the screen grab above signifies where the ruck would normally take place in an instance like this. You can see Dagg trying to present the ball from the position he’s been tackled by Heaslip, but in the meantime, the No. 8 has bounced back off the ground and driven over the ball.Heaslip, circled at the bottom of the new ruck, has gone off his feet, but Nigel Owens doesn’t see it as deliberate and Ireland make the turnover. Even when Heaslip doesn’t manage to help Ireland make turnovers, he is a real nuisance at the breakdown in defence. He’s always looking to drag attackers in, or use his feet to slow the ball down [as below].This may seem like a meaningless action, but it frustrates the opposition and slows their possession down slightly. In the example above, Heaslip had had an effort at turning over the ball with his hands, got driven off it and then competed with his feet. It slowed down good All Blacks possession and Ireland were able to re-organise in defence.Heaslip made a clean steal in defence in the 55th minute, with the away team looking threatening. It demonstrated his ability to bounce off the deck once again, as he assisted in a tackle then went back for the ball.It’s quite rare to see a clean turnover at the breakdown nowadays, with most attackers choosing to hang on and concede the penalty, so credit to Heaslip for this one [below].
Pod LiveBlur were one of the main players of the Britpop scene in the nineties, dueling with Oasis for the honour of number one chart positions, best haircuts, and general laddishness.Both bands played in Ireland frequently in the nineties, with dates at The Point Depot, the RDS and Oxegen for Blur and Pairc Uí Chaoimh and Slane for Oasis.Where did you stand on the Blur/Oasis divide though? Poll Results: BLUR WILL BE playing their first Irish gig in four years this summer, a gig at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham, Dublin.Damon Albarn and co will play on Thursday 1 August, which probably rules them out of playing at Oxegen, which has moved this year to the first weekend in August.The band last played in Ireland at the Punchestown festival in 2009 and most recently released a complete box set of their work called Blur 21.Tickets for the IMMA gig go on sale this Thursday morning at 9am, priced €62.50. Couldn’t care less (621) Oasis til I die (589) I liked both (858) Blur forever (375) Blur foreverOasis til I dieI liked bothCouldn’t care lessVoteLet us know your favourite Blur (or Oasis) tunes and memories in the comments section below…9 reasons why we’ll do anything for Meat Loaf, but we won’t do that> How did yelling goats in pop videos become a thing?
WELCOME TO THE WEIRD Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Shocking underwear of the weekFollowing the spate of gang-rape cases reported in India recently, engineering students in the country have created “anti-rape underwear” that can shock attackers. The device, which has a circuit near the bosom, also has GPS and GSM modules attached.(Image: Techpedia)Heart on your sleeve gadget of the weekThe folks at LinkMe have come up with a subtle way for you to keep on top of your messages without constantly checking your phone, tablet or computer screen. The LinkMe bracelet (which is actually quite stylish) can be programmed so that you always receive the messages from the people who are most important.(Watch the full video)3D camera of the week(Image: Heriot Watt University)A team of Scottish scientists have advanced laser technology so that high-resolution, 3D images precise to the millimetre can be taken from up to a kilometre away, BBC reports. However it is unable to detect human skin so all you have to do to evade the clever camera is don your birthday suit.Futuristic hotel of the weekThis snazzy new hotel in London is controlled entirely by tablets, Business Insider reports. Guests check themselves in and out on touch computer screens with tablets in every room so they can control everything from the blinds to the lighting.(Image: CitizenM)Social petwork of the weekYes, we said ‘social petwork’. It was bound to happen, so let’s all just embrace it, shall we? My Social Petwork was launched this week, allowing pet owners (or just some really clever animals) to create profiles with news, photos and videos. The most popular pets make it onto the homepage and charities are already capitalising on the idea by using it to find new homes for abandoned pets, Telegraph reports.(Image: My Social Petwork)Read all previous Weird Wide Webs>
APPLE REACHED AN out-of-court settlement with US states and consumers who were seeking damages over the company fixing ebook prices.The terms of the settlement have not been revealed, but the US district judge in Manhattan Denise Cote has ordered all parties to submit a filing to seek approval of their settlement within 30 days, according to Bloomberg.The settlement means that the company has avoided a trial in which it faced as much as $840 million in claims. The exact amount of damages was to be litigated at a trial scheduled for 14 July.The case happened when the US Department of Justice sued Apple and five other publishers in April 2012, claiming that they worked together illegally to increase ebook prices.In July 2013, Judge Cote found Apple guilty of working with the five publishers from 2009 to 2010 to fix ebook prices. The partnership was to fight Amazon’s dominance in the ebook market, and force it to change its pricing model.Apple is appealing that decision and the settlement depends on the outcome of that appeal.Read: Google wants to start beaming internet from its balloons as early as next year >Read: Astronauts on the International Space Station are finally getting an espresso machine >
MORE THAN TWICE as many 142 cars were registered on the first day of the new registration plate compared with the same day last year.Figures from Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that 4,264 new cars were registered yesterday.On the same day last year, 1,924 were sold with the 132 plate.SIMI director general Alan Nolan said that yesterday “turned out to be the highest day for new car registrations this year, and nobody expected that”.“It has to be put in the context that we are starting from a low base it is clear that an increasing number of consumers are returning to the market.”The new split-registration plate was introduced last year in a bid to divide sales more evenly throughout the year.The industry sees it as providing an incentive to people looking to buy a new car in the second half of the year, as it could be ultimately have more resale value.It was also a bid to protect jobs in the industry, which tends to lag in the latter half of the year.However, SIMI said last year that while a mini-boost had been provided when the 132 plate was released, it was still a “difficult year”.Read: New car sales up 28 per cent as market continues to speed ahead >
NASA/Lockheed MartinIt seems NASA’s vision isn’t limited to just the stars, but to the skies here on Earth as well. That’s why late last year NASA awarded three contracts to teams with the goal of studying advanced concept designs for aircraft which could be ready to fly as early as 2025. The teams included Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and The Boeing Company.NASA/Northrop GrummanFinal designs by the teams can’t just look pretty. They have to meet a stringent set of criteria set by NASA with the goals of less noise, cleaner exhaust emissions, and lower fuel use. Designs have to be able to fly up to 85 percent of the speed of sound, cover a range of approximately 7,000 miles and carry 50,000 to 100,000 pounds of payload. Payload can include either passengers or cargo. The last stipulation is that the final airplane design should be able to operate safely in a more modernized air traffic management system.NASA/The Boeing Company Each team provided an intitial design drawing they will be using as a basis for their work throughout the year. It’s very possible that the designs may change greatly from their initial concepts as more is learned about the feasibility of each of the aircraft proposed.AdChoices广告When we think of NASA it’s easy to simply think of initiatives around space travel. We sometimes forget that when it comes to advances in aeronautics the government agency has that mission as well. After all, they are called the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.Read more at NASA
DC Universe Online, Star Wars: Galaxies, Free Realms, and EverQuest players will all have a lot of extra time on their hands now that Sony has pulled the plug on the SOE (Sony Online Entertainment) gaming network temporarily. The decision was made and announced as part of a short statement on Sony’s site which explains that taking SOE down is part of the ongoing investigation into the PlayStation Network security breach from late last month.As a result, this means that the sites for each of Sony’s major massively multiplayer online RPGs and the authentication servers for those games are all offline. Players of titles like the ones mentioned as well as Pirates of the Burning Sea, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and even the Facebook game Fortune League will all be unable to play their favorite games until Sony brings the system back online.AdChoices广告The ongoing investigation into the PSN hack and exactly how much data of the 77 million PlayStation Network members has been lost is ongoing. Sony had previously said that SOE users weren’t affected by the attack, and hasn’t changed that story at all – but the decision to bring down SOE temporarily can’t mean good things for SOE gamers or their personal data.The statement on Sony’s site reads: “We have had to take the SOE service down temporarily. In the course of our investigation into the intrusion into our systems we have discovered an issue that warrants enough concern for us to take the service down effective immediately. We will provide an update later today (Monday). We apologize for any inconvenience and greatly appreciate your patience.”Whether or not the damage is still spreading and Sony is uncovering more issues in the wake of the original attack remains to be seen. There’s no doubt Sony would like to update its community later on Monday only to say service is restored and they’ve determined no data was lost, but bringing the environment offline is a big step just to prove that. Unfortunately, it’s possible we haven’t seen the end of Sony’s security woes just yet.Read more at Station.com (SOE) via BBC News
British Telecom (BT), the London-based telecommunications company, has filed a lawsuit against Google that claims infringement of 6 patents. This is a big deal for both companies as the lawsuit lists just about every major service Google offers as well as Android as the products that infringe these patents.The patents in question are:6,151,309 – Service provision system for communications networks6,169,515 – Navigation information system6,397,040 – Telecommunications apparatus and method6,578,079 – Communications node for providing network based information service6,650,284 – Information system6,826,598 – Storage and retrieval of location based information in a distributed network of data storage devices.As you can see from the list above, these are very general and broad patents. It is therefore unsurprising to find BT claiming the infringement by Google is across many of its services and products. Listed in the complaint are the following Google properties:Google MapsGoogle Maps NavigationAndroidAndroid MarketGoogle SearchGoogle PlacesGoogle OffersGoogle+Google BooksGoogle MusicGoogle DocsGmailBT filed its complaint on Thursday and is seeking damages for deliberate infringement. It wants an injunction against Google and therefore all the service that infringe. If such an injunction was allowed it would pretty much take Google offline, but I can’t see that happening.The complaint also suggests BT has been attempting to get Google to pay license fees, but clearly that didn’t work otherwise the lawsuit would never have been filed.Google certainly has the money to fight this lawsuit, but BT must feel quite confident to start what is inevitably going to be quite an expensive battle in the courts.More at FOSS Patents
Say what you will about George Lucas, but the man knows how to make money. Pictured above is a breakdown of the production budget for Star Wars: A New Hope, and as you can see it cost Fox and Lucas just $11 million to make back in 1977. When adjusting for inflation, the total cost to make the now legendary film today would be just $40 million. A stark contrast to movies like Avatar which cost $280 million to produce. When looking at the budget, it’s not surprising to see that Sir Alec Guinness received a large share of the film’s revenues for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Guinness was already an established actor with a strong resume behind him. What does raise an eyebrow however is the amount of cash that Harrison Ford garnered for portraying Han Solo. Ford received $1 million… more than what Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher combined. It’s an interesting factoid since it can be argued that both Hamill and Fisher had bigger roles. While Ford had starred in films like American Graffiti and Apocalypse Now, he certainly wasn’t a big name in Hollywood. Perhaps his relationship with Lucas made the difference for him.Also of note is the fact that Lucas got John Williams to compose the soundtrack of the movie for just $100,000. This has to be considered a steal, even back in the 70’s. The score that Williams created is without question one of the most recognizable pieces of music out there. Even 40 years later, children can identify when Darth Vader is about to come into a scene just by hearing it. Finally, when adjusting the $775,398,007 A New Hope made in both domestic and international releases for inflation, the film has raked in $3,082,922,515 in revenue. Subtracting the $40 million in adjusted production costs, this leaves a tidy profit of $3,042,922,515. That amount tops the $2,782,275,172 that Avatar brought in after spending its $280 million budget (those numbers aren’t adjusted, but they’re quite close to today). Perhaps James Cameron should take Lucas out to lunch to talk about how to make a blockbuster without breaking the bank.Anatomy of Movies via io9
Apparently over 100 billion coins have been collected worldwide by players of New Super Mario Bros. 2 and this number is set to increase in a couple of days time as Coin Rush DLC will be hitting the Nintendo eShop for 3DS on October 4.Three new packs will be added to the already available Coin Rush mode. The current Coin Rush mode allows players to play three different levels at random and collect as many coins as they can, going as fast as they can. Passing checkpoints gives you more time and however you choose to collect the coins is up to you. It’s basically a great way to bring in some competition into New Super Mario Bros. 2.The DLC will offer brand new levels, but will play the same three levels in the same order every time so you know what’s coming, allowing you to get even bigger and better scores as well as making the competition between players much more balanced.The three DLC packs launching in two days time include the Gold Rush Pack which includes some new courses, the Coin Challenge Pack A which sees the New Super Mario Bros. 2 website track rankings on this particular pack so players from all over the world can see how good, or bad, you are at Coin Rush. Finally, the Nerve-Wrack Pack will contain more difficult courses for veteran players of Super Mario, providing new challenges for players who think they’ve done it all.At $2.50 each, the add-on packs are pretty reasonable and there will be more of them coming at the end of October and November. So plenty of reasons to keep playing, then.
The fight between Google Wallet and ISIS has plagued the mobile payment landscape for some time now. Verizon Wireless won’t allow Google Wallet on any of their device, and there was a time where AT&T was going so far as to disable NFC on phones to stop them from using Google Wallet at all. It all boils down to which company gets to be the one to handle the mobile transaction, and the fractions of pennies that are earned with each transaction.ISIS has been kind of an odd organization for Google to fight with, since they don’t even have a competitive product to offer consumers. That is, until October 22 when the ISIS pilot program starts.Both Salt Lake City and Austin T-Mobile stores are being prepped for the an ISIS pilot program. The stores will receive special SIM cards that have the NFC circuitry embedded in the plastic. Currently, ISIS is only designed to work with the Samsung Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3, and Relay 4G devices. These phones will be able to use the ISIS app, which will be available in the Google Play Store, to complete transactions. It has been made clear that ISIS will not support rooted phones, but there’s yet to be any documentation on how ISIS plans to enforce this.Having an NFC SIM card is a great idea if it grants you access to ISIS, but there are still a lot of questions regarding the limitation of these SIM cards over having NFC hard wired into a phone. If a phone has the ability to use NFC through the SIM, will that also mean the phone can perform the same simple tasks that a phone with hard wired NFC can? We know that the Galaxy S3 has NFC built in, but also has a micro SIM, so it seems likely that the phone will not require a special SIM in order to access ISIS Wallet.ISIS was not available for comment when asked how long the Pilot program would be, or what the expansion plan for ISIS is. T-Mobile is so far the only company that is known to be publicly testing ISIS on their network, though we know that Verizon Wireless and AT&T are both ISIS partners. A public pilot is a great step in the right direction, hopefully moving quickly so everyone can take advantage of NFC payment systems.via Tmonews
Theme Design & Developed By Buywptemplate