France CoupeFrench handballIvryMontpellier Montpellier won the French Cup. Montpellier despite playing without Karabatic, Kavticnik and and Salou, entered the game as a big favorite, but Ivry immediately showed that it will be no easy game. The first half was played goal-for-goal and no team had a serious lead, the half ending 13-13. Montpellier took slight advantage in the second half, managing to hold to a goal or lead during the first 20 minutes of the second half. The last 10 minutes saw Montpellier playing better, making it 28-24 in the 57th minute. It was easy for MHB to keep the lead until the final whistle, with the result standing at 29:25.Montpellier 29:25 US Ivry ← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 28): Flensburg wins derby against Fuchse! Next Story → Vive Kielce wins Polish Cup with dominant win over Wisla!
← Previous Story Darko Stanic stays in Metalurg – Zarko Markovic joins FA Goppingen! Next Story → A.C. Diomidis Argous writes Greek handball history! Danish handball squadLars ChristiansenUlrik Wilbek News of the Day in Scandinavian handball is Danish NT coach, Ulrik Wilbek’s decision to invite only one left wing (Anders Eggert) for the Olympic Games preparations. That means that handball legend, one of the best left wing ever, Lars Christiansen (40) after 338 matches and 1503 goals for NT won’t finish his career on the spectacular way in London.Wilbek’s squad:Goalkeepers: Niklas Landin, BSV, and Marcus Cleverly, KielceWings: Hans Lindberg, HSV, Lasse Svan Hansen and Anders Eggert, both of Flensburg.Line players: Rene Toft Hansen, AGK, and Michael V. Knudsen, Flensburg.Backs: Kasper Søndergaard, Skjern, Thomas Mogensen, Flensburg, Mikkel Hansen, AGK, Nikolaj Markussen, Atletico Madrid, Bo Speller Lasse Berg and Boes, KIF Kolding, Rasmus Fellowship, BSVDefense: Kasper Nielsen, BSV.
← Previous Story SEHA: HC Metalurg Skopje win derby against Vardar Skopje Next Story → “Battle for Serbia”: Vojvodina or Partizan? Day of little celebration was Tuesday in Skopje and Kielce. Both teams got the “perfect” rival at the EHF CL TOP 8 phase. Metalurg and Kielce believe that F4 in Cologne is much closer in this situation:– It was a lot of fighting on the playing ground in both clashes with Metalurg. They are very solid team led by Lino Cervar. This is good draw for us if you see other possible rivals. A lot of hard work waiting us in these matches. Fight, fight and again, fight – says former Serbian NT line-player, Rastko Stojkovic for official club’s website.In Skopje was also satisfied with the draw for TOP 8… Rastko StojkovicRK MetalurgVive Targi Kielce
Results of the Preliminary Round 4 at Junior WCh 2013 in Bosnia and Herzegovina:Group AThursday 18 July:France: Angola 28:23 (16:14)Russia: Tunisia 25:23 (9:10)Serbia: Denmark 24:24 (13:12)Table:1 Denmark 4 matches – 7 points2 Serbia 4-53 Tunisia 4-44 France 4-45 Russia 4-46 Angola 4-0Group BThursday 18 July:Germany: The Netherlands 30:29 (15:14)Algeria: Qatar 23:30 (14:13)Switzerland: Croatia 20:27 (9:13)Table:1 Germany 4 games – 8 points2 Croatia 4-83 Switzerland 4-44 Netherlands 4-25 Qatar 4-26 Algeria 4-0Group CThursday 18 July:Slovenia: South Korea 34:19 (18:9)Hungary: Argentina 28:21 (14:12)Bosnia and Herzegovina: Congo 31:21 (15:9)Table:1 Slovenia Match 4 – 8 points2 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-53 Hungary 4-44 Argentina 4-45 South Korea 4-36 Congo 4-0Group DThursday 18 July:Brazil: Spain 21:29 (8:17)Sweden: Chile 42:15 (18:11)Kuwait: Egypt 27:31 (15:20)Table:1 Sweden 4 – 8 points2 Spain 4-73 Egypt 4-54 Brazil 4-45 Chile 4-06 Kuwait 4-0 IHFJunior Handball World Championship ← Previous Story Four decades of Struga tournament – Two European champions among the winners! Next Story → STRUGA 2013 – SCHEDULE
← Previous Story Germany without Mimi Kraus to Qatar 2015! Next Story → BIGGEST HALL READY FOR WCH 2015: Qatar and Serbia to open “Lusail Multipurpose hall” Croatia have duty to stay among the TOP handball nations in 2015 World Championship in Qatar. That is the main conclusion of the PRESS conference held in Zagreb on Tuesday at the begining of the final preparation for the tournament which start on 15 January in Doha. Croatian head-coach Slavko Goluža announced the squad list of 20 players for the first phase of preparation in famous summer resort, Umag, with the absence of the biggest star Domagoj Duvnjak, who will join the team in the next phase.Croatian Handball Federation vice-president Zoran Gobac spoke about ambitions of the team in Qatar and their aims until the end of the Olympic cycle in Rio 2016:– We begin every year with some Championship, and this January also, we will have a difficult task to ensure the place in the Olympic qualification tournament. That is our primary goal, but normally, we won’t give up from some others as battle for the medal podium. We organised preparation in two phases. In the second one, we will play two friendly matches against Serbia. Plan was to play also with Hungary, but they changed the coaching staff in the mintime. Serbia are strong rival, we will have a chance for a quality test – said Gobac and commented team’s compositon:– We are working on rejuvenation of the roster. That is a long process, but still, we want to keep the level of results. There are no secrets. We are working closely with the coaching staff in two directions. The first one is the level of psychical condition of our players, and the second is discipline. We don’t want to go against the players’ freedom, but when they wear the T-shirts of the national team, they have to act with more responsibility than in their teams or privately. The national team is an institution, which helped all of the players to raise their personalities and to sign serious contracts abroad. This is a challenge for all the members of the team, as they are idols of the kids, fans and the whole nation. We wish to help them to extend their careers, and that’s why we suggest more trainings and less vices. That is the only thing we want – concluded his speech Zoran Gobac.NT’s head-coach Slavko Goluža explained his list of 20 players, who are invited to start preparation for Qatar 2015. Experienced members of the team, Drago Vuković (left back) and Denis Buntić (right back) stayed under the line:– We continue with rejuvenation of the squad. I decided to call Bičanić, Slišković, Karačić and Obranović instead of Drago Vuković. I think that Duvnjak is also ready to play on left back position. I choose Blažević also because his good season in Pick Szeged. He deserved to be here. In the case of Denis Buntić, he asked me to miss this action with NT due family reasons. We need to respect that. As you all know, Lacković is injured and lost for Qatar – said Goluža.Croatian delegation will leave for Qatar on 13 January, two days before the official start of the Championship, and three, before the first match.Croatian squad for preparations:Mirko Alilović (Veszprem)2. Ivan Pešić (Meškov Brest)3. Filip Ivić (PPD Zagreb)4. Manuel Štrlek (Kielce)5. Ivan Ninčević (Bešiktaš)6. Lovro Šprem (PPD Zagreb)7. Ivan Čupić (Kielce)8. Zlatko Horvat (PPD Zagreb)9. Igor Vori (PSG)10. Željko Musa (Kielce)11. Ilija Brozović (PPD Zagreb)12. Marko Kopljar (PSG)13. Luka Stepančić (PPD Zagreb)14. Mario Vuglač (PPD Zagreb)15. Damir Bičanić (Chambery)16. Ivan Slišković (Celje PL)17. Jakov Gojun (PSG)18. Sandro Obranović (PPD Zagreb)19. Josip Valčić (PPD Zagreb)20. Igor Karačić (Vardar)
DenmarkgudmundssonMikkel HansenRene Toft Hansen The coach of the Danish national team, Gudmundur Gudmundsson, chose the 17 players that will travel to Qatar for the World Championship, where Denmark will try to repeat the bad run of two defeats in the final games, and finally get on the highest throne. The Icelandic chose not to bring Nikolaj Markussen in Doha.The squad is the following:Goalkeepers: Niklas Landin, Jannick GreenWingers: Hans Lindberg, Lasse Svan-Hansen, Anders Eggert, Kasper MortensenBacks: Kasper Sondergaard, Mads Kristiansen, Mads Mensah Larsen, Rasmus Lauge Schmidt, Mikkel Hansen, Michael Damgaard, Henrik Melgaard, Bo SpelerbergPivots: Henrik Toft Hansen, Rene Toft Hansen, Jesper Noddesbo ← Previous Story Survey: Which are the most adorable brands in TOP Women’s Handball? Next Story → MIZUNO release a new range ahead of Qatar 2015
← Previous Story SAVE LARVIK HK: Famous Norwegian club fight to exist until May 11 Next Story → PSG Handball for the third year in a row in Cologne THW Kiel announced that Harald Reinkind will join “Zebras” after signing three-years contract which will keep him on Baltic until 2021.Handball-Planet.com wrote about transfer of Norwegian right back three months ago…NEW ZEBRA: Harald Reinkind to join THW Kiel? Harald Reinkind THW Kiel
RESEARCHERS IN THE US have reported significant progress in their development of a vaccine against HIV.The Oregon Health and Science University’s Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute published an update in the journal Nature today, outlining latest test results which show that their vaccine appears to completely clear the virus from in monkeys.The scientists have used a non-human primate form of HIV – called simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) – which causes AIDS in monkeys in their experiments but they hope a HIV-form of the vaccine candidate can be tested on humans soon.“To date, HIV infection has only been cured in a very small number of highly-publicised but unusual clinical cases in which HIV-infected individuals were treated with anti-viral medicines very early after the onset of infection or received a stem cell transplant to combat cancer,” said Louis Picker, associate director of the OHSU Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute.“This latest research suggests that certain immune responses elicited by a new vaccine may also have the ability to completely remove HIV from the body.”Picker’s lab uses cytomegalovirus, or CMV, a common virus already carried by a large percentage of the population in its candidate vaccine. The researchers found that the engineered CMV which expressed SIV proteins can generate and maintain cells that search out and destroy SIV-infected cells.According to Science Daily, about 50 percent of monkeys given highly pathogenic SIV after being vaccinated with this vaccine became infected with SIV but over time eliminated all trace of SIV from the body. In effect, the hunters of the body were provided with a much better targeting system and better weapons to help them find and destroy an elusive enemy.“Through this method we were able to teach the monkey’s body to better ‘prepare its defences’ to combat the disease,” explained Picker.“Our vaccine mobilised a T-cell response that was able to overtake the SIV invaders in 50 per cent of the cases treated. Moreover, in those cases with a positive response, our testing suggests SIV was banished from the host. We are hopeful that pairing our modified CMV vector with HIV will lead to a similar result in humans.”Pics: Soyuz wanna see a spaceship? Here’s one that landed this morning in KazakhstanMore: Cheating makes you feel good – once you don’t get caught
After more than 15 years, plans for O’Devaney Gardens officially scrapped>Burlington Hotel for sale at a knockdown €75m> FORMER BILLIONAIRE PROPERTY developer Bernard McNamara is due to be discharged from bankruptcy proceedings in Britain today.The property tycoon filed for bankruptcy with the UK’s insolvency service on 2 November last.The document report from the insolvency service in the UK shows he scheduled to be discharged today.NAMAMcNamara was one of NAMA’s biggest and most indebted developers – with NAMA appointing to the former Irish Glass Bottle site in Ringsend in Dublin which he bought in association with Derek Quinlan, for €412 million at the height of the boom.The Burlington Hotel in Dublin was also bought up by McNamara in the height on the property bubble in 2007. The hotel recently underwent a name change following it’s sale last year for €67 million, less than a quarter of the price paid by Bernard McNamara.Property empireThe Clare-born builder built up a massive property empire over 40 years.The office of Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon, McNamara’s insolvency practitioner, could not be reached at the time of publication.
POPE FRANCIS HAS sent his first tweet since being elected pontiff on Wednesday night, thanking his followers and asking them to pray for him.In a break from the more formal style of the previous tweets sent from the account under Pope Benedict XVI, the tweet was signed “Pope Francis”.“Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me. Pope Francis” the tweet read. It has already been retweeted more than 8,000 times in less than 45 minutes.The @Pontifex account , which was used briefly by Pope Benedict between December and February before he stepped down, has been wiped of all previous tweets, including the announcement of Pope Francis’s election on Wednesday when it tweeted: “HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM”.The new pope led his first Sunday Angelus from a Vatican balcony this morning as tens of thousands of people gathered in St Peter’s Square for the event.(@Pontifex/Twitter)Read: Pope Francis gives rare insight into what happened at conclave > Read: The Ordinary Pontiff: Pope Francis pays hotel bill, carries his own luggage >
Public sector trade unions are at odds over how they are advising members to vote on the proposed extension to the Croke Park agreement.The 24/7 Frontline Service Alliance says the deal will result in pay cuts of between 3 and 11 per cent for many workers, and are calling for it to be rejected. However, SIPTU, the union representing more than 200,000 members, said that the proposals on the table were “the best that could be obtained through negotiation” and are urging for a ‘yes’ vote.Meanwhile, the Garda Representative Association says the deal now being voted on by the trade union movement is “blatantly unfair” and have questioned the Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s judgement for allowing it to be put on the table.The deal being proposed aims to achieve the entire €1 billion in savings sought by the government over the three-year period by increasing working hours, cutting overtime rates, cuts to pensions, sliding pay cuts for workers earning above €65,000 a year and reducing the Sunday pay rate.Read: Frontline workers ramp up campaign against Croke Park 2 > THE ASSOCIATION OF Higher Civil and Public Servants (AHCPS) have called on its 2,700 members to ‘vote no’ to the Croke Park II proposals.AHCPS General Secretary Dave Thomas said the proposals were “unfair” and “disproportionate” and a no vote would send a message to government: Our members are essentially being asked to bear the brunt of these cuts – on top of successive cuts and levies in recent years. Meanwhile the government resolutely refuses to engage on the broader matter of equitable taxation, something that would allow for a much fairer approach. More: Four unions launch joint No campaign to Croke Park 2 >Read: GRA protest at the Dáil over cuts to pay >
THE MINISTER FOR CHILDREN Frances Fitzgerald published a comprehensive 260-page document yesterday examining what life is like for children growing up in Ireland today.Ireland now has the highest proportion of children across all European Union member states as the child population continues to increase.“This report is generally very positive,” said the Minister on launching the publication, adding that along with the Growing Up in Ireland survey, it paints a “detailed and complex picture of the contemporary Irish childhood”.The fourth in a biennial series, the report was compiled using statistics, data and evidence from a variety of sources. TheJournal.ie has broken down the numbers to give you a snapshot of the experience of being a child in Ireland in 2013.Happiness and wellbeing There has been a significant decrease in the percentage of 15-year-old children who report that their parents eat a main meal with them around a table.The percentage of children aged seven classified as being in the ‘normal’ weight category has increased by five percentage points over the period 2008-2010.Those in higher social classes are more likely to eat breakfast on five or more days per week. ]One in five children aged 10 to 17 drink soft drinks with sugar at least once a day. LiteracyThere has been a significant decline in reading literacy scores among 15 year olds in Ireland.Reading is the favourite hobby of one third of 15 year olds.Mathematics literacy scores of 15 year olds in Ireland are significantly below the OECD average but science literacy is above the average. Exercise About 90 per cent of children aged between 10 and 17 report being happy with their present lives.But only about four in every 10 girls aged between 15 and 17 feel “happy with the way they are”.Living ArrangementsAbout one in six children live in a lone-parent household.One in three children live in families where their mother has a third-level qualification.Three out of four children have a pet of their own or a pet in their family.Ninety per cent say they feel safe in the area they live.The percentage of children who report that there are good places in their area to spend their free time has increased by nine per cent in three years.Health and habitsAlmost three quarters of pre-teens and teens have never smoked.More than half of 10 to 17 year olds have never had an alcoholic drink.Cannabis use is significantly higher among immigrant children, Traveller children and children with a disability and/or chronic illness.5.6 per 1,000 children provide regular, unpaid personal help for a friend or family member with a long-term illness, health problem or disability.The number of children on a hospital waiting list awaiting treatment decreased by 45.1 per cent between 2009 and 2012.There were just 16 children on a waiting list for more than 12 months. This figure is down from 372More than half of the total hospital discharges of children were children under five years of age. The number of hospital discharges of children with a diagnosis of ‘transport accidents’ has decreased by almost 29 per cent between 2007 and 2011. Children in Ireland have one of the highest levels of physical activity among 40 WHO countries and regions. Suicide and self-harmIn 2011, there were 16 suicides among the child population.Twice as many girls as boys present to hospitals following deliberate self-harm.In 2011, the most common reason for children being admitted to psychiatric hospitals was for ‘depressive disorders’.DisabilityAbout six per cent of the child population of Ireland have a disability.Approximately 6 in 10 children registered as having an intellectual disability are boys.Of those registered on the national disability database, one in three have multiple disabilities.ProtectionThe number of child welfare and protection reports made to the HSE have increased by 36 per cent.The number of children in the care of the HSE increased by approximately 16 per cent between 2007 and 2011.In 2011, 18.8 per cent of children were at risk of poverty.Over nine per cent experienced consistent poverty.Two years ago there were 43,578 households with children identified as in need of social housing.CommunicationOlder children find it more difficult to talk to their mothers when something is really bothering them than younger kids do.The percentage of children who report that they find it easy to talk to their father when something is really bothering them has increased from 48.1 per cent in 1998 to 66.6 per cent in 2010.Significantly more girls than boys report that their parents spend time just talking with them.School There has been a significant decrease in the percentage of 15-year-old children who report that their parents discuss with them how well they are doing at school.Immigrant children, Traveller children and children with a disability and/or chronic illness are more likely to report being bullied at school.Approximately one in every nine primary school children miss 20 days or more in the school year.One in every six secondary school children miss 20 days or more in the school year.More schools are now including children aged 10 to 17 in the school rule-making process.Diet RelationshipsAlmost 9 out of 10 children have 3 or more friends of the same gender.The number of babies born to teenage girls is down by 36 per cent since 2007.About one in four teens aged between 15 and 17 say they have had sex.Traveller and immigrant communitiesThe number of Traveller children increased by almost one third between 2006 and 2011.Smoking is much more common among Traveller children that the rest of the child population.Traveller children are also more likely to report being drunk at least once in the last 30 daysThe number of foreign national children increased by almost 50 per cent in the five years to Census 2011.Births and early monthsMore babies are being breastfed by their mothers.The percentage of low birth weight babies has remained relatively stable over the past five years.Early antenatal care is lowest among younger mothers.The vast majority of newborns were visited by a Public Health Nurse within 48 hours of discharge from hospital.National immunisation uptake rates are up to 95 per cent.Download the full report here>Revealed: the life of a 13-year-old growing up in Ireland>
SHAMROCK ROVERS FINALLY found their golden touch as they blitzed Bray Wanderers 7-0 in tonight’s Premier Division clash.At Oriel Park, Derry City narrowed the gap on champions Sligo Rovers as they came from behind to beat Dundalk 3-1, while St Patrick’s Athletic made it back-to-back wins with a 1-0 victory away to UCD.Shelbourne’s struggles continued as they went down 3-1 at home to Drogheda United.But with Sligo not in action until tomorrow afternoon, the headlines belonged to Shamrock Rovers. Before tonight, Trevor Croly’s side had only found the net six times in seven league games, a run which included six draws and just a single win.New recruit Danny Ledwith opened the scoring in the sixth minute and goals from Ciaran Kilduff and Ronan Finn had the Hoops 3-0 up at the interval.Mark Quigley made it four not long after the hour mark and James Chambers added a rapid-fire brace before Finn completed the rout with his second of the evening from the penalty spot in the game’s dying minutes.Second-placed Derry City benefitted from a penalty decision in either half as they moved to within two points of Sligo at the top of the table. After falling behind to a Vinny Faherty goal in the 18th minute, Rory Patterson levelled from the spot before Barry McNamee put the Candystripes 2-1 up in the 56th minute.Patterson scored his second of the night and Derry’s third in the 67th minute after referee Neil Doyle pointed to the spot again for a handball.Anto Flood scored the game’s only goal as St Pat’s condemned UCD to their seventh defeat of the season in the Belfield Bowl. Flood was on hand in first-half stoppage time to score, giving Pat’s all three points ahead of their rescheduled Dublin derby against Shelbourne on Monday night.The result leaves the Students rooted to the bottom of the table but only by virtue of goal difference after Drogheda ensured that Shels continued their winless start to the season in Drumcondra.Brian Shorthall gave the hosts the lead on the stroke of half-time and though Shels stayed in front until well into the final quarter, Mick Cooke’s men eventually made their pressure pay. Fabio O’Brien bagged the equaliser in the 73rd minute before Gary O’Neill edged Drogheda in front five minutes from the end. O’Brien made sure of the points with a penalty in stoppage time.In the First Division Longford extended their lead at the top with a 1-0 win away to Wexford Youths, Athlone beat Finn Harps 1-0 and Waterford United were 2-1 winners against Salthill Devon.Premier DivisionShamrock Rovers 7-0 Bray WanderersShelbourne 1-3 Drogheda UnitedDundalk 1-3 Derry CityUCD 0-1 St Patrick’s AthleticFirst DivisionWexford Youths 0-1 Longford TownSalthill Devon 1-2 Waterford UnitedAthlone Town 1-0 Finn HarpsThey’re expecting the President in Tolka Park tonight
Updated 9.12pmGARDAÍ IN GALWAY have charged a man in connection with the disappearance of Adrian Folan.The 41-year-old went missing earlier this month. he was last seen in Athlone town on the night of 3 July.His body was found yesterday at a quarry close to the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare.The man, aged in his 40s, charged by gardaí was scheduled to appear before a Special Sitting of Galway District Court this evening at 7.30pm.RTÉ News reports that the man is the deceased’s brother, and has been charged with murder.Originally published 6.57pmBackground: Body found near Cliffs of Moher is that of missing man Adrian Folan >
As anyone can tell you, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the plague of Spam, in this modern world–even if you’re set adrift on a cruise ship along Mexico’s Pacific coast. Passengers on what was supposed to be a seven-day cruise along the Riviera were bombarded by Spam today, courtesy of the US Navy. Helicopters unloaded some 70,000 pounds of supplies on the boat, including Spam–tons of the stuff. Hundreds of cans of the canned meat product were brought on board to feed 4,500 hungry passengers, along with a slew of other items, including crabmeat, croissants, and Pop Tarts.
I can’t remember the last time I felt so out of touch when dealing with a technology product, so bear with me on this one…So apparently there is a musician named Riz, who is into the BlackBerry. Not only does “Riz” just like “RIM” but he put out a song called “Ping me baby, one more time”. The video for that song is a screencast of a BBM conversation. In that conversation he says a girl is beautiful like a Pearl, has a body like a Curve, is burning like a Torch, and rocking like a Storm. If you haven’t caught on, those are all names of BlackBerry handsets. (This girl sounds great, but I guess she’s not very Bold…)Here’s the video:The lyrics sound like they were written in a board room by people who had learned about girls from reading RIM’s marketing materials, but the music is catchy.Riz performed the song at BlackBerry’s Devcon 2010 and now it looks like he did an Apple-style commercial for the company, making fun of the iPhone’s childish apps:Yes, the advertisement uses some advertising jujitsu and is able to make Apple seem silly for having a huge advantage in app count, but how bad does this really make the iPhone 4 look? To me it seems more like a cheap shot by RIM, especially considering that they don’t even take their own point seriously. Rather they use an artist (that most people have never heard of) as the emblematic BlackBerry user and they make the “iPhone” guy look like a childish loser, which the iPhone’s user base is a bit too large and diverse for that to be even remotely understandable.When this starts making sense, or seems like an effective marketing strategy, please ping me and let me know.via zdnet
Facebook has long been a service that has taken great pains to be accessible through mobile phones, especially smartphones, but as the social network creeps out into the developing world, many users without smartphones or data plans are increasingly left in the lurch.Soon enough, though, every GSM cell phone will be able to have Facebook built right in, thanks to a new SIM card from Gemalto that will give text-based Facebook functionality to even the wimpiest feature phone.According to a Facebook spokesperson:We worked closely with Gemalto on their Facebook for SIM product and believe it will be another easy and affordable way for people to stay connected through Facebook on the mobile phone of their choice. Facebook for SIM creatively combines technologies from some of our existing mobile solutions that especially are attractive for people with feature phones and have limited or no data plans with a mobile operator. Through the Facebook application on the SIM card people can: Update their status and view comments on it; write on their friends wall; receive notifications; find friends on their SIM phonebook. While a lot of Facebook functionality is hardware bound for mobile users — for example, pictures or videos depend upon having a handset that can capture or display them — most of Facebook’s content is still text. Gemalto’s new SIM card will allow any phone capable of displaying text — which is pretty much all of them — to access the rich world of data and interaction hosted on Facebook’s servers. Those of us with iPhones might scoff, but if you’re an Indian or a South African rocking an ancient Nokia, Facebook functionality on the go is now literally as easy as just plugging in a new SIM.Read more at All Facebook
Walmart is slowly shrinking the electronics department in stores across the nation. In the past few years, Walmart has expanded the electronic areas. But it now appears that the sales in gadgets have slumped causing Walmart to reorganize the stores. Walmart has stated that the focus will shift to outdoor and camping merchandise for now. However, Walmart is maintaining that electronics are still a key part of the store, but made it clear that the sales of electronics have been disappointing for a while now. Most Walmart stores will set their electronics sections back to their original size, taking 2,000 square feet off the category in all stores. AdChoices广告Walmart did not release info on when the change will be made or how the company plays to compete with big-box electronic stores. Walmart has been working hard for years to beat Best Buy, but it now appears to be slowing down on that path. Via Hot Hardware
Netbooks used to be all the rage. Then it was thin-and-lights. Now, it’s all about the Ultrabook. Intel’s newfangled laptop sub-segment has found its way onto retail shelves courtesy of manufacturers like Acer, Lenovo, and Toshiba. And next year, there are going to be a brand new wave of Ultrabooks flooding the market.According to CES organizers, the annual Vegas gadget extravaganza will play host to 30 to 50 new Ultrabook launches.The interesting thing here, of course, is that laptops have historically gotten thinner, lighter, and more powerful year after year. Even if Ultrabooks were never “a thing,” chances are good that PC manufacturers 2012 models would have gotten more Ultrabook-like anyway.Let’s just hope they can get prices down to a more attainable level, too. 50 new models won’t do much for Ultrabook street cred if people still don’t want to pay around $1,000 for them. Acer’s first go hit shelves at $899, and it’s the cheapest model you’ll find right now. Consumers haven’t lined up to pay that kind of money, and that’s led to manufacturers cutting back on production.If more competition helps drive down prices, then the CES 2012 launches should be a very good thing for consumers who do want an Ultrabook. Some manufacturers have already been looking at ways to keep costs down, such as less expensive fiberglass shells and begging Intel to drop its processor prices. That second move hasn’t played out so well, so hopefully the manufacturers will be able to work their own magic.via PC Pro
If you are an iOS user that also enjoys Google’s services, it’s hard not to feel like a second citizen when you look at the state of apps like Gmail. For obvious reasons, Google brings the best of their features to Android first. But Google has finally updated their iOS mail client to version 2.0, bringing with it a lot of features that the Android version has had for some time now. For many users, the question will be whether or not the Gmail client can hold its own against Apple’s own Mail app.The first thing you will notice when opening Gmail now is the UI overhaul, complete with the odd choice to give the app icon a white background. Google has opted for larger buttons, including especially huge buttons in-message for reply and forward on the iPad. The menu dropdown for the inbox has clearly labeled icons, and the whole UI feels much faster. Animations like those found when selecting multiple emails or when you open the inbox panel are much smoother and look great. When reading an email with multiple participants, the threaded view places large icons that make it much nicer to move throughout a conversation.One of these things is not like the other…Google’s new features, like swipe to archive and infinite scrolling when looking for a message, work exactly as they do on Android. Pinch to zoom in messages doesn’t work nearly as well as it does in Apple’s Mail app, opting to zoom in as though the message is a picture instead of re-sizing the message to fit in the window with larger text. The app also now includes multiple account support, something that has been missing from the iOS version for far too long. The UI for adding accounts and switching between accounts works well enough, but adds an extra step in swapping between accounts that makes it feel less intuitive than the Android version. This is due mostly to the layout that hides the inbox controls in a window you can only access by swiping from left to right.If you’re using Gmail, but were unable to use Google’s app before, now feels like a pretty good time to consider switching from Mail. Google has done a great job leveraging the visual flourishes provided to them by iOS and bringing their mail client into 2012, even if the year is almost over. The app now has the polish and features needed to move away from Apple’s built in client, unless you are terribly attached to VIP Inbox and only ever use Gmail through Apple’s client.If you are used to the web app and have been looking for a similar experience on your tablet, the Gmail app is finally ready.