Larvik HKSkopjeVardar ← Previous Story Germany and Denmark join bid for WCh 2019! Next Story → EHF CL (Round 3): First win for “Lions” – Barca destroy Metalurg ZRK Vardar and Larvik HK have played very interesting match in Skopje – 27:27 (12:15). After bad first-half in front of 2000 their fans, Vardar’s girls improve their game in the second part of the match. Maja Zebic scored for 27:26, 20 seconds to the end, but fantastic Nora Mork scored in last attack and won point for Norwegian best side.ŽRK VARDAR SCBT – LARVIK 27:27 (12:15)ŽRK VARDAR SCBT: Leynaud (5 odb.) , Suslina (8 odb. 1 sedm.), Kostjukova, Radičevic 6, Djokic 2, Pineau 4, Nikolic, Dembele 1, Fernandez 2, Zebic 7(3), Klikovac, Crvenkoska, Hmirova 1, Lekic 4, Lojpur, Dmitrovic.LARVIK: Hasanic (5 odb.), Rantala (9 odb.), A.Hamerseng-Edin 4, Kristijansen, Blanko 6, Brevang 2, N.Merk 9 (1), G.Hamerseng-Edin, Koren-Rigelut 5(1), Johansen, Suland, Stange, Loke, T.Merk 1, Bjaland.
← Previous Story HANDBALL BOOK: “FROM THE BEGINNER TO TOP PLAYER” Next Story → GREEK HANDBALL LEAGUE: A.E.K Athens only with 100% Polish champion Vive Targi Kielce beat THW Kiel 34:29 at derby match of VELUX EHF Champions League – ROund 4. Team of Bogdan Wenta were again better in clash with Germans, which was also a replay of their match at F4 tournament in Cologne last May.Look how it was in Kielce… handballhandball hollywoodKielce
The successful story between coach Dragan Adžić and ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica will continue until 2020! This is the conclusion of the new contract signed between the EHF CL winner and “Mr. women’s handball”, the nickname which Adžić got after fantastic results with the team, but also Montenegrian national team.Adžič leads Budućnost and Montenegro since 2010. He won the EHF Champions League trophies twice, in 2012 and 2015.His first trophy with the national team was with junior generation 1990, when the girls won bronze at WCh in South Korea.With Adzic on the bench, Montenegro won the gold medal at EURO 2012 in Serbia, but also Olympic silver medal in London 2012.His previous contract was expiring in 2016. ← Previous Story ALLEZ LES BLEUS: French junior team extends domination! Next Story → Danish girls win U19 EURO 2015!
13.Tremblay8107194:2182 Toulouse33 – 38Paris SG PHOTO: HBC Nantes 6.Cesson Rennes10523261:26512 STANDINGS: 4.Creteil10523288:29512 2.St. Raphael10712278:26715 ← Previous Story MAN FROM THE SHADOW, Xavi Sabate: Focus on thing under my control Next Story → ASIAN BATTLE FOR RIO 2016: Qatar smash Iran to reach semi-final St. Raphael25 – 25Aix 8.Nantes10433310:28611 1.Paris SG9801308:24716 Nimes34 – 27Chartres LNHValero Rivera 7.Chambery Savoie10514280:27511 9.Dunkerque10424266:26810 14.Chartres10019248:3011 10.Ivry10406280:3108 11.Aix10154280:3027 12.Toulouse10226287:2846 Dunkerque24 – 23Chambery Savoie 3.Montpellier9612288:25613 The hero of the French LNH Round 10 is HBC Nantes Valero Rivera. The son of one of the best handball coaches on Earth netted 16 goals (16/18) for his team in away win in Ivry – 40:23! Spaniard scored six from 7-meter line. Nantes are currently 8th with 11 points.PSG Handball won in Toulouse 38:33 with 12 goals of Mikkel Hansen. Nikola Karabatić added 8, while in the home team Serbian left wing Nemanja Ilic scored 10.RESULTS: Ivry23 – 40Nantes 5.Nimes10523315:30912
Norway are on the way to the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 semi-final, what was almost unbeliavable to predict only a week ago! But, Cristian Berge boys showed amazing level of handball in matches against Croatia and Poland, to come into the situation where are at the top of Main Group:-I think we had the game at our speed. We had a lot of fast breaks. And the Polish players looked really tired in the last 10 minutes and we used that to our advantage – said defensive giant and back player Erlend Mamelund, who commented also the next rival, Macedonia:-Macedonia are not an easy team to win against. They have great players on the line, they have Kiril Lazarov. It will be a really tough game but we are looking forward to that and we want to win.PHOTO: EHF-EURO.COM ← Previous Story SILENCE IN KRAKOW: Norge guys dream about semi-final! Next Story → Danish wall too strong for Spaniards – Germany beat Russia! Erlend Mamelund
Beach handballBudapest 2016 Beach Handball Hungarian capital and city candidate for organisation of Olympic Games 2024, will host VII Beach Handball World Championship (July 12 – 17, 2016). Danube’s centrally located Maragreth island will be the event area for 24 best World teams (12 in each gender) that will compete on VII World championship while tomorrow’s draw will be held in “Millenaris park” on the top of the Buda hill.National teams in each competition will be “divided” to two groups of six. In Group stage will be played 5 rounds and 3 best ranked after this stage will pass to main stage of the competition which will be followed by semifinals and finals.Both title holders are Brazilian national teams. For sure, Southamericans will have biggest competitors in the teams of Croatia, Qatar and Spain in male and Hungary, Norway and Italy in female competition. Of course, not to forget to underline that Beach Handball as sport has large history of surprising results due to the fact that rules of BH make this game “more open” for teams that are declared at beggining as underdogs. However it’s 100% sure that spectatores that will watch matches on Margareth island, via TV broadcast or Internet stream will enjoy in fast, dinamic and spectacular Beach Handball.Draw for BH WCh will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 10.30AM local time and it will be possible to follow it live via Internet livestream on www.beachhandball2016.com. ← Previous Story VOX POPULI: Who will win DKB Bundesliga 2015/2016? Next Story → Radmila Petrovic will end career after Rio
The best team of Ukraine, Motor Zaporozhye, will have strong team in the near future, after extension of contract with the best player Barys Pukhouski. The 30-years old Belarusian playmaker, absolute leader of national team at World Championship 2017 in France, signed new three-years contract until 2020.Another Belarusian NT member, Maxim Babichev will join team from the South-East of Ukraine. Defensive specialist, experienced line-player signed two years deal. Line player Gleb Kalarash signed deal with German SC Magdeburg. Barys PukhouskiMaxim Babichevmotor handball ← Previous Story Tunisia seek a new NT head-coach Next Story → Carlos Viver is new leader of #Guerreras
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, 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 Seanad: Statements on Seanad Reform – These will be heard by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at 2pm, who will speak in the chamber for only the third time since the government took office. Last time was June 26th.Dáil: Leaders’ Questions – The issues of the day will be tackled at 10.30am.Committees: The case for nuclear energy in Ireland – Better Environment with Nuclear Energy will be in to give their input, bright and early at 9.30am in Room 4. This comes just days after An Taisce announced that it would challenge the building a new nuclear power plant in Britain.Committees: Ombudsman appointment – The Public Service Oversight and Petitions committee will meet with Peter Tydnall, the government’s nominee to replace Emily O’Reilly as Ombudsman. That’s at 4pm in Room 3.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilEverything kicks off at 10.30am with Leaders’ Questions.At 10.51am, it’s time for Order of Business, which includes a report on the European Public Prosecutors Office being heard without debate, statements ahead of the European Council meeting, before discussion of Environment Minister Phil Hogan‘s Local Government Bill resumes. TDs will also get to have their say on Transport Minister Leo Varadkar‘s latest Road Traffic Bill.It’s time for a break at 1.30pm.Questions for Phil Hogan will be heard at 2.3opm, and will more than likely follow on from the discussion of the Local Government Bill.At 3.45pm it’s time for Topical Issues.Fianna Fáil’s motion regarding Older Citizens will be heard again at 7.30pm during Private Members Business. This time amendments will be included from People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett, who is calling for medical cards for all pensioners over 65 and safeguards for the Free Travel Pass.Everything else that’s happening in the SeanadIt all begins at 10.30am with Order of Business.At 4pm, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney will be in for statements on the Common Agricultural Policy.A number of amendments to Direct Provision will be proposed in Private Members Business at 5.30pm. These include an examination of whether or not alternative support would be more suited, and the establishment of a independent complaints mechanism.After that, it’s Matters on the Adjournment at 7.30pm.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesNuclear energy and roaming charges are up for discussion at 9.30am in Room 4 by the Transport and Communications committee. Proposed EU legislation, which aims for a “Connected Continent”, would provide access to electronic communications across Europe “without cross-border restrictions or unjustified additional costs“.Minister of State Brian Hayes will attend the Finance Sub-Committee to discuss the Credit Reporting Bill 2012, which would see a Central Credit Register established to house information on credit scores, applications, and agreements, something which has been labelled as “anti-democratic“. That’s at 2pm in Room 4.The Gender Recognition Bill, which would “provide a process enabling transgender people to achieve full legal recognition of their self-identified gender”, will be discussed in Room 3 at 1pm by the Education and Social Protection committee. Among those in attendance will be the Transgender Equality Network Ireland and LGBT Noise.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?
WHEN BRIAN O’DRISCOLL was weighing up the pros and cons of playing for another year, having another stab at beating New Zealand was enough to make the rest of the list irrelevant.He is expected to be fit for the November series, but his calf strain is hanging around for a lot longer than was originally expected, forcing the IRFU to take a long look at those much vaunted succession plans of theirs.No doubt Joe Schmidt and Les Kiss will do everything in their power to ensure he starts against the All Blacks, but in the meantime they will be looking at their options. No matter what sort of recovery he makes, he will not play all 80 minutes of all three tests and at the moment the 13 shirt is looking as thin on back-up as the days when John Hayes was the only choice to lock down the Irish scrum.Ireland’s new head coach hasn’t picked a particularly adventurous squad – no Luke Fitzgerald, no Kieran Marmion, no Dave Kilcoyne – but he will have to be adventurous when it comes to grooming O’Driscoll’s back-up. It won’t serve Gordon Darcy or Ireland well to move him to 13 when O’Driscoll isn’t available.Of the players chosen by Schmidt, only Robbie Henshaw, Fergus McFadden, and, at a push, Luke Marshall and Keith Earls, could be considered realistic options. Luke Marshall is seen as an inside centre, McFadden almost never got picked in the centre under Schmidt, Keith Earls is clearly now far happier and far more effective on the wing, and Robbie Henshaw is inexperienced and only just converted from fullback.BeefWe spoke to Shane Horgan and Eddie O’Sullivan on Second Captains and they feel the search won’t start properly until the end of the season, but Joe Schmidt is a ruthlessly thorough coach and will already be sizing up his second, third and fourth choice options, even if he doesn’t play them.At the moment Henshaw looks the most exciting prospect, and it would be fun to see Ireland play with a bit of beef in there for once, but at the moment that excitement is based on his physical attributes and his mentality, and the fact that Pat Lam has seen fit to try him at centre for Connacht.Its no huge surprise we’re struggling to find alternatives, outside centre is becoming the hardest position to fill in top level rugby. To make it as a thirteen at international level you have to have the speed of a winger, the hands of an out-half, the tackling technique of a flanker, and the brain of a defence coach. There is a huge rate of attrition so if you have skinny ankles, forget about it.Everything that happens in that channel happens at high speed too, so instincts and reflexes have to be top notch. Wingers and fullbacks only have a certain number of variables to deal with, scrum-halves rely on technique and speed of movement, out-halves on their decision making, but outside centres have to do a bit of everything. If you look at the major rugby playing nations, no one currently has a 13 that ticks all the boxes, though on his day Wesley Fofana can be magical.BasicsO’Driscoll, as we know, has all those attributes, plus that rarest of things, natural creativity. For now though, the search is on for someone who won’t let the rest of the team down. Whoever subs for him in the November internationals and the Six Nations will be told to stick to the basics, make their tackles, with Johnny Sexton likely to take on even more of the decision-making duties.Brendan Macken is a good example of that at provincial level – he has done a good job of following orders at Leinster, not trying too hard, and staying focused. He has also benefited hugely from working under O’Driscoll. There is a good argument for Schmidt to pick O’Driscoll’s probable successors as soon as possible so they at least have a season of watching, listening to and playing alongside the greatest player Ireland has ever produced.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >The 6 winners and 8 losers from Joe Schmidt’s squad announcement
This study highlights the value of research in which genetic patterns in animals provide a starting point to investigating human disease.This strategy enables us to identify new genes that are relevant in human disease and then examine the function of these genes during inflammation. This approach will ultimately help us to understand the factors leading to inflammatory diseases and assist in the development of new therapeutic strategies. AN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH Project has identified a new genetic mutation that helps explain the development of eczema.Trinity College researchers in collaboration with Dundee University found that the mutation in the gene Matt/Tmem79 led to the development of spontaneous dermatitis in mice.The gene is involved in producing a protein, now called mattrin. This can result in the development of a type of eczema known as atopic dermatitis (AD).ProteinHowever, protein expression was defective in individuals with the mutant gene leading to skin problems.Following their discovery, scientists looked for a similar pattern in people. They screened a significant number of patients that suffered from AD, comparing them with unaffected control patients, and found that the equivalent human gene MATT/TMEM79 was similarly associated.AD is the most commonly diagnosed skin condition, affecting up to 20 per cent of children. As well as having a genetic basis, the condition can also be triggered by environmental factors, such as pet fur, pollen and house dustmites. Dairy products, eggs, nuts and wheat have also been linked to the condition.PublishedThe results of this study are published in the November issue of the leading peer-reviewed journal in allergy research, The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.Professor Padraic Fallon, Chair of Translational Immunology in the School of Medicine at Trinity, who led the project, said: Column: I live with the constant pain of ‘Butterfly Skin’>Melanoma Awareness Month: 100 people die of melanoma every year in Ireland>
Updated at 11.30pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…[Image: Photocall Ireland]IRELANDThe CEO of the Central Remedial Clinic resigned from his jobThere was a safe conclusion after a man climbed onto a roof following a stabbingThe HSE withdrew a letter saying supports for narcolepsy sufferers would be removedAthlone Town Centre was placed into receivershipIn Wicklow, a horse was euthanised after reports it was beaten Almost a quarter of a million euro worth of cannabis was seized in WaterfordKathleen Lynch said she had ‘no comment‘ on reports that she had threatened to resignA man was arrested after a shooting in TullamoreThere was also a gun attack on a man in DublinIt was announced 290 full-time jobs would be created in LimerickA further 68 new jobs were announced in Dublin and CorkDetails of the Department of Education uniform questionnaire were revealedWORLDPresident Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One to travel to South Africa [Evan Vucci/AP/Press Association Images]#SOUTH AFRICA: Preparations have been taking place for tomorrow’s massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela#PERU: The sentencing of Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid was postponed#LONDON: The man accused of killing soldier Lee Rigby said he considered Al-Qaeda to be his “brothers”#THAILAND: Thailand’s Prime Minister called snap elections, following large-scale protestsINNOVATIONVodafone has begun rolling out its Irish 4G service for smartphonesMajor tech firms have asked the US to reform its surveillance lawsAnd while we’re on the subject — there are reports that the NSA has been spying on ‘World of Warcraft‘ [Huffington Post]PARTING SHOTAlmost three decades after they launched their famous protest at Dunnes Stores, refusing to handle goods from South Africa, several of the former strikers at the supermarket have arrived in Pretoria ahead of tomorrow’s Mandela memorial service.Pictured alongside President and Sabina Higgins at the Irish Ambassador’s Residence are Mary Manning, Elizabeth Deasy and Karen Gearon…You can read more about their three-year strike here >Originally posted at 10.03pm
THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS Committee is to seek “full information” from NAMA in relation to allegations of alleged illegality at the State’s bad bank.Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast this morning, the chair of the committee, John McGuinness, said he is “anxious” to get information about the reports that a former NAMA official gave confidential information to individuals who should not have received it.Hearings are likely to take place with NAMA and Department of Finance officials in the New Year.NAMA confirmed yesterday that it has reported a second former employee to gardaí for allegedly sharing information unlawfully. One of these cases is in the public domain, while the other has been described as a mid-ranking employee.McGuinness said there would be a significant impact if the reported issues are not dealt with, telling Newstalk: “It will have a huge negative impact on the economy and property prices if this matter is not properly clarified.”The Fianna Fáil TD said that the committee will also be speaking to the Department of Finance and will be seeking “any information, emails or letters” from it “that would inform us regarding individual cases or their collective relationship to NAMA and property sales”.He added that there has been “huge criticism of the lack of transparency in relation to NAMA” and its activities, saying the PAC is “anxious through its investigation to inform the public as to what exactly NAMA is doing and to allow them to put their side of the story”.Earlier on the same programme, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said that the Oireachtas Finance Committee would be the appropriate forum for NAMA to be asked “the hard questions” in relation to the allegations.On Monday, the Fianna Fáil senator Daragh O’Brien said he had information that showed impropriety by employees of NAMA, including the leaking of information, saying this would “rock NAMA to its core”.A statement released by the agency in response said that “if the Senator or any other party has evidence of any impropriety, they are legally obliged, under Section 19 of the Criminal Justice Act 2011, to bring it to the immediate attention of the Garda Siochána”.That message was reiterated by the Taoiseach and the Finance Minister Michael Noonan yesterday.Read: Gardaí will conduct full investigation of alleged illegality at NAMA — TaoiseachRead: NAMA calls on Senator to pass ‘evidence of any impropriety’ to gardaí
A 72-YEAR-OLD MAN was seriously injured in a crash in Dublin during rush hour this morning.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the collision which happened on the Clontarf Road close to the seafront.The pedestrian was hit by a car at around 8am and was taken to the Mater Hospital for treatment. The driver of the car was not injured in the crash.Gardaí have asked anyone who saw what happened to contact Clontarf Garda station on 01 – 666 4800, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY says the rejection of the Croke Park 2 public pay deal means public sector workers no longer have any automatic protection against mandatory redundancies.Kenny said workers had voted on the proposed pay deal, which would have cut €300 million from public pay this year, knowing that it would have guaranteed them protection against public redundancies.He said the workers’ rejection of the deal meant there was now no such protection for workers.“That was an inherent part of it,” Kenny told the Dáil, referring to the pay cuts. “But of course, if there’s no agreement, there’s no protection – and that’s the point.In the negotiations between the Labour Relations Commission and the unions on Croke Park 2, employment was protected by those negotiations and protected under Croke Park 2.It’s absolutely true to say that if you have no agreement, you don’t have that inherent protection. That’s fact. Kenny’s dramatic comments, made in the Dáil this morning, suggest that the government now believes the original Croke Park agreement – which was due to run until June 2014, and which ruled out any mandatory redundancies – is now null and void.The Taoiseach also defended the presentation of revised Budget figures which included the Croke Park 2 pay cuts, which were published even after public workers voted to reject the proposals for saving €300 million.His comments came after Micheál Martin queried comments from public expenditure minister Brendan Howlin, who last night told the Dáil that if the government was a private sector employee, it would not be pulling ahead with mandatory job cuts.Martin claimed the government was ready to proceed with unilateral pay cuts, and that laws cutting pay and pensions for public workers were being drafted and ready to go if LRC chairman Kieran Mulvey’s talks with union representatives did not lead to a second round of pay negotiations.He said this was in spite of the government’s insistence that the rejected Croke Park 2 deals could only be ‘tweaked’ rather than facing a total overhaul.The Taoiseach’s comments followed those of Pat Rabbitte, who this morning said the rejection of the Croke Park 2 agreement meant “theoretically” the government could pursue job cuts.He added, however, “there’s no particular will on the part of government to remove that protection from public sector workers,” he told RTÉ.Read: Revised Budget figures presented to Dáil – including Croke Park 2 cutsMore: Government to seek negotiations with unions over cutting €300m from pay
As it happened: UFC Fight Night DublinHolohan, Pendred and Seery make it a perfect start for the Irish at UFC Dublin McGregor and Brandao exchange punches. Source: Rodrigo Romos/INPHO“I said I was going to knock him out in the first round and I did,” the featherweight said afterwards.It was a clean sweep for the Irish with Paddy Holohan, Cathal Pendred, Neil Seery and Norman Parke all winning.Iceland’s Gunnar Nelson was also victorious against Zak Cummings in the co-main event. CONOR MCGREGOR defeated Diego Brandao in the first round of the main event at UFC Dublin tonight.Fighting in the UFC for the third time after wins over Marcus Brimage and Max Holloway, Mc Gregor was going into his first headline bout with a huge amount of pressure given the exposure he has received over the past year.However, the ultra-confident McGregor was dominant from the off — throwing a side-kick to the body and winning by TKO with a series of blows to the head after just four minutes and five seconds.
Back in August we heard about a new idea for public road transport in China that bypassed the problem of traffic. It took the form of a bus that is raised above the road that so vehicles can travel underneath. It sounded a bit crazy, but ultimately could work. Now it looks as though the idea may come to the U.S.Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment, the Chinese company behind the idea, has formed a U.S. company in an attempt to export the same prototype. Partners are needed to both manufacture and sell the buses, I’d suggest they also need permission to put them over existing highways.The benefits are clear to those people who don’t drive. This bus will not be held up in traffic jams and is more environmentally friendly than a car because it runs on electricity, therefore no exhaust fumes are being produced.If nothing else it forms an opportunity for new manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and for the eco-friendly nature of the buses to be held up as an example of how certain states are trying to go green. We should also be able to see the buses in action soon with China expected to get its first one operational next year.Would you appreciate one of these buses on your local highway?Read more at Wired
Don’t you hate it when you are lying on the couch lazily watching a TV show, and then BOOM it turns to a commercial and kicks the volume up to an ear blasting level, which leaves you fumbling for the remote to turn it down. Then, you have to readjust the sound when your show comes back on and again for all the commercial breaks that follow. What a pain!Well, it looks like Congress agrees that it’s a pain in the butt, as well is very painful and harmful to viewers hearing, because they passed a bill this week to control the volume level of TV advertisements. The bill entitled the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or very appropriately the CALM Act is currently waiting to approved by President Obama. But, really, why wouldn’t he approve it? Nobody wants to get their ears blown off every time a commercial comes on. Once the bill is passed, the Federal Communications Commission would be required to adopt industry standards that coordinate ad decibel levels to those of the regular program within one year and the regulation would go into full effect a year after that. This bill would affect all broadcast providers, including cable and satellite. So here’s to hoping that one day soon our lazy TV Sundays will be full “CALM” commercials. Via msnbc
More and more, our smartphones are becoming portable entertainment centers. With iOS’ massive iTunes library and “Retina” display, watching movies or TV shows can be a real treat. Plus, you’ve got devices like the Motorola Atrix and the HTC Thunderbolt capable of HD output to the TV via HDMI, not to mention the increased screen size which means it nice to enjoy the occasional video on the device. We’ve seen the advent of 3D entertainment in the mobile space, though it leaves much to be desired as of yet, it won’t be too long before it’s more mainstream. So we have a lot of improvements with mobile video, but it seems we’re a little short on improvements for mobile audio. At least, that’s what I was lead to believe. It turns out the guys from SRS Labs have been sneaking it in for months and no one even noticed.At a CTIA demonstration by SRS Labs today, we were presented with a description of high definition, surround sound audio on the Android-friendly Open SLES API. Open SLES is not included in the stock Android experience, but through partnerships with Samsung, Qualcomm, and nVidia to name a few, these API’s have been able to deliver an amazing audio experience. Take, for example, the new HTC Thunderbolt–slide your favorite headphones on and pop open the movie player with your film of choice. In the bottom left hand corner you will now see the SRS Labs broadcast logo. Once that logo begins to glow blue, you are transported to a world of high-quality surround audio.According to Craig Marking, Product Marketing Director at SRS Labs, variations of this technology has been permeated to every Samsung Android phone, and with their new deal through Qualcomm, it will begin to show up on many more devices. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is also a carrier of the audio boosting tech, and instantly delivers increased audio quality for everything you throw at it. This isn’t just an Android feature either, and while SRS isn’t built into the most recent iOS devices, a dongle/app combo can be purchased online that provides you with the same rich audio experience.At CTIA 2011, SRS Labs is showing off their “3D” audio support across their Qualcomm supported devices. Qualcomm’s developer reference unit offered an app that allowed us to control the sound of a helicopter buzzing around out heads using simple axis controls and speed variations. With basic headphones on, the sensation that this audio was literally circling was a powerful feeling. Marking explained that the API’s for this kind of high definition audio is available to anyone as part of the Open SLES and Open AL specs, making it very easy for any developer to incorporate this drastic audio improvement into their existing app.The experience filled me with questions that remain unanswered, like why isn’t this software simply always on, and will the next generation of iOS devices have what it takes to deliver such amazing sound. Since this is part of the Open SLES spec, why don’t I see SRS buttons in my favorite media apps, like DoubleTwist? While I wait for answers, grab a set of headphones and give SRS a shot on your phone.
For anyone who has ever been on a diet that calls for counting calories, you know how meticulous it is, and it can often be the reason why you fall off the wagon. Even programs like Weight Watchers that have you adding up points can be a pain after a while. A new iPhone app has come along though, that will make counting calories as easy as snapping a photo with your phone’s camera.Unless you live in a place like New York City where the calories are posted on menus (whether you like it or not), it’s often very difficult to tell how many calories are in the meal you’re about to eat. The Meal Snap iPhone app, from DailyBurn, takes the work out of trying to figure out just how many calories are in your food.To use the app, you simply take a photo of the food or drink that you’re about to devour. Then, the image is uploaded to a magical Meal Snap database where the food is automatically identified. DailyBurn says that within minutes, an alert will be sent to the your phone with a list of the calories in the photographed meal. It’s not required, but users can enter a caption with their photo, which may help the database better identify the food.Of course, with any good iPhone app, there’s a social aspect to Meal Snap. You can choose to share images of foods you’ve eaten by having the app post to Facebook, Twitter, and FourSquare. This way, you can show off that the fried Twinkie you just ate as a snack had more calories than the first two meals you ate that day.Meal Snap can also record your diet history and act as a food diary. You can review the photo log and visually keep track of your diet. So, if you’re scrolling through your photos and the general color is a beige/brown (pasta, potatoes, meat), you may want to think of getting some greens into those photos.This all sounds good, but take it with a grain of salt (no pun intended). There’s no way the app will be able to precisely count your meal’s calories. Maybe if you snap a photo of an apple it will be pretty close, but the app often returns a range of calories. So, the burrito you snap could be more than the 400 to 500 calories the app says it is. Afterall, it doesn’t have X-ray vision. You could have an all cheese and sour cream burrito for all the app knows. We know, that sounds gross to us, too.Meal Snap can be purchased in the App Store for $2.99.Read more at Meal Snap
The rumor mill that Apple is planning to launch an Apple-branded HDTV are running at full pitch, and the news yesterday that Apple had filed for a patent involving content aware on-screen widgets for HDTVs didn’t calm them down at all. Whether the widgets mean that Apple is working on an Apple HDTV is still unclear, but it does mean they want a way to interact with you while you’re watching television or enjoying a movie.The idea of intelligent TVs that provide you relevant information as you watch the news or surf the web isn’t new at all. Web-connected TVs have been on the market since the 90s, but it’s only been recently that HDTV manufacturers and set-top box makers have found a way to make them unobtrusive and easy to use.AdChoices广告Apple’s patent filing specifically details “content-aware widgets” that would be able to determine your geographic location and know what you’re watching on television. This way, the widgets would be able to personalize information displayed on-screen for you, like news, weather, and of course, ads. At the same time, Apple’s design calls for those widgets to provide you with useful information at the same time, like a way to see more videos based on the program or movie you’re watching, like special features, director interviews, or behind-the-scenes video.Whether or not Apple is planning to roll widgets like these into an Apple HDTV is up in the air. It’s just as possible that Apple wants to patent this technology and put it into the next version of the AppleTV, or into a firmware update that makes the AppleTV device even more useful. If that’s the case, the widgets would likely only work with content provided through the AppleTV.Even so, that hasn’t stopped some analysts from concluding that Apple will start selling high-definition sets before the holiday season is out, and you’ll soon be able to go to your local electronics store and buy an Apple-branded TV set.That’s probably unlikely, but it wouldn’t be surprising for Apple to consider it. Another thing to remember: just because Apple filed a patent for it doesn’t mean a product is imminent: it just means they’re working on the technology. We’ll find out one way or the other before the fall.Read more at DailyTech, via 9to5Mac