HP Fans prediction AG wins up to 3

← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014 Draw in Copenhagen Next Story → Women’s Junior World Championship in Czech Republic – Groups are decided AG CopenhagenDanish handballEHF Champions LeagueF.C BarcelonaHandball at Parkenhandball fans recordhandball recordsParken stadium First match of the EHF Champions League quaterfinals between AG Copenhagen and F.C Barcelona starts in a few hours (20) and it will be the most crowded match in the history of EHF competitions with almost 22.000 spectators at Parken Stadium in Danish capital.  On our Poll question about match results in Copenhagen, most of the Handball-Planet.com visitors think that AG will win up to +3 goals. That is opinion of 58% of voters.About 17% of fans think that Barcelona will celebrate minimal win. About 8% of all voters have opinion that clash will be without winner or that AG (or Barca) will win with more that three goals difference. read more

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EHF VELUX CL Vive Kielce wins in Skopje HSV Hamburg defeat Flensburg

In the remaining 7 matches of the fifth round played today of the EHF VELUX Champions League, in the match of the week between the two undefeated teams in Group C, Vive Kielce and Metalurg Skopje, the visitors from Poland took the two points with 23:21 win surviving Skopje’s “Hell”. In the other more interesting match, HSV Hamburg led by Croatians Duvnjak with nine goals and Vori with six, beat Flensburg at home 31:28, further strengthening the first position. Montpellier finally wins in CL, 32:29 in Nis against Partizan, and now are back on 4th position and with bigger chances to qualify for TOP 16The results: Savehof 22:32 Veszprem, Partizan 29:32 Montpellier, St Petersburg 23:35 Bjerringbro, HSV 31:28 Flensburg, Metalurg 21:23 Vive Kielce, Szeged 28:33 Barcelona, Chambery 20:31 Gorenje ← Previous Story Italy: Player kissed by opponent, knocks him down and takes pants off infuriating the crowd! (VIDEO) Next Story → Women’s CL: Randers, Krim, Zvezda and Buducnost advance to 1/4 BarcelonabjerringbroChamberyFlensburgGorenjeHamburgHSVmetalurgMontpellierpartizanPick Szegedst petersburgSzegedvive kielce read more

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FOG PROBLEMS Macedonians came to Herning 19 hours before match

EHF EURO 2014 Macedonian NT had a lot of problems during preparation for the EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, losing of Naumce Mojsovski and Filip Lazarov, two important players from the back-line, but moreover headcoach Ivica Obrvan and his staff had troubles in preparation for the first match against Denmark tonight, 20.30 hrs. Strong fog caused a lot of delays during Saturday of their flight from Skopje to Copenhangen, so after a few hours, whole Macedonian expedition went by buses to Bulgaria – Sofia, to reach the next flight to Denmark.Finally, tonight one hour after the midnight, Macedonian team came to Herning, the place in which they will play at Preliminary Round. ← Previous Story Mads Mensah follows Jacobsen in Rhein-Neckar Lowen Next Story → MODESTLY HOTEL IN AARHUS: “Serbia and Denmark can’t be compared” read more

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Another brick in the wall Education minister on economic growth figures

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oREMQ88eG6ITWO GOVERNMENT MINISTERS said that they are encouraged by figures released today that show Ireland’s economy grew in the second quarter of this year.Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes said he was encouraged by the “strong” CSO figures saying that employment, growth and exports are all going “in the right direction”.He also said it was significant that trading partners such as the UK and the US are coming out of recession.Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said that it was still too early to determine “where we are and what we have to do”.He said Cabinet agreed yesterday to wait until the last week in September when more budget figures are published to determine how much to take out of the economy in the October budget.Watch the full video above Read: Ireland technically exits recession as economy records growthlast_img read more

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Kenny says AIB mortgage hike necessary to avoid further taxpayer bailout

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said AIB must take whatever steps it needs to return to profitability – including increasing its variable mortgage interest rates – if it is to avoid needing further support and recapitalisation from the taxpayer.Kenny acknowledged that though the 0.5 per cent increase – announced last week – would be “difficult and challenging for people”, the return of the bank to a sound independent footing was of greater need.Speaking in the Dáil, Kenny said though the increase would be difficult for the 70,000 affected mortgage holders to deal with, any decision of the bank not to move back to profitability would ultimately result in 2.1 million taxpayers having to give it further support.“This is a commercial decision by a bank that the government considers to be a pillar bank,” Kenny said, adding that the forthcoming personal insolvency legislation would mean people in mortgage difficulty could approach the bank and make arrangements to deal with any financial problems.Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin said the government appeared to be doing nothing to avoid such difficulties.“Last November, when banks were not passing on the ECB rate reduction, you hauled in the banks – in a great show that you were going to rap their knuckles and get something from them,” he said.“Even now you’re not talking tough any more, and people very alienated and very let down,” he added, saying the new insolvency laws – which may not be enacted until 2013 – could come too late for many.Primary care, disability and a bank dealSinn Féin’s Gerry Adams once again raised the issue of primary care centres, accusing the Taoiseach and the health minister James Reilly of failing to publish the exact criteria used for ranking them.Speaking entirely in Irish, Kenny listed the criteria involved in ranking the centres – including the potential involvement of doctors, urban disadvantage, the presence of hospitals and other health centres, financial pressures on those services, and barriers to implementing public-private partnerships.He sidestepped demands from Adams, however, to publish the exact logarithm used by the Department of Health in ranking the towns involved.The Taoiseach did assert, however, that a report which reportedly could see cuts to disability payments for under-18s had not even been completed yet and would not be considered by the cabinet until it had been finished and submitted to the Minister for Social Protection.Kenny also told the technical group’s Shane Ross that there had been no hold-up or U-turn on the prospect of a deal splitting Ireland’s banking debt from its sovereign debt, saying no such deal would be implemented until a European banking supervision system was in place.“I can’t put an exact timeline on this – the important thing is to get the best deal for the taxpayer and the people,” he said.Read: AIB to increase mortgage interest rates by 0.5pcMore: Burton ‘playing politics with people’s fears’ over proposed disability cutlast_img read more

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Taoiseach back in the US still sad over Mayo defeat

first_imgENDA KENNY IS in America this weekend for a series of engagements to promote Ireland and The Gathering 2013 initiative.However, he still has some recent disappointment on his mind, telling the Brehon Law Society in Philadephia that he had hoped to have “one of Ireland’s most loved sons – one Sam Maguire” with him this morning  ”but unfortunately the Donegal GAA team had other ideas in Croke Park recently”.He then spoke of the challenges facing the Irish economy but also of the progress his government has made since taking office, noting good performances in tourism, agri-food and exports.“We are trading our way to recovery,” he said, “the only sustainable way in the long run.”He told the audience of Irish-Americans that the countries’ relationship is one not jut of friendship but of family. He talked of the business links that tie the states, as well as their shared love of sport, dancing and singing.Kenny also attended the official opening of the Philadephia office of Zenith Technologies. He will now travel to Cleveland to continue the Government’s efforts to drive investment and job creation. He will address the City Club of Cleveland tomorrow, as well as meet representatives of the Irish community there.Playboy or Time? Backbencher gets confused over Enda’s cover appearancePic: Enda Kenny is on the cover of TIME magazine this weeklast_img read more

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Seven young offenders released as judge rules kids should get remission too

first_imgSEVEN YOUNG OFFENDERS are to be released from a detention centre after a High Court judge ruled that children are entitled to remission of sentences in the same way that adults are.The ruling by Mr Justice Gerard Hogan at the High Court today closed a gap in the law which meant teenage offenders had to serve full sentences, even though adults don’t.Currently adult prisoners become eligible to be released once they have served 75 per cent of their sentence and are of good behaviour. Remission is not automatically granted; however, in practice, it is  given to the vast majority of adult prisoners.The State had maintained that children detention schools are different from the adult prison system.The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has taken legal advice following today’s judgment.Two offenders have already been released from the Children Detention School in Oberstown, near Lusk, where offenders aged 17 and under are held, on foot of the court hearing. Five others are due to be released shortly.The judgment will be examined to see if any other legal steps are necessary beyond releasing young offenders who have served 75 per cent of their sentences, the Department said tonight. It did not rule out possible amendments to the Children Act of 2001, which does not provide for a system of remission.Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said education and familial supports have already been put in place for the release of the children from Oberstown who will be affected by the change.“I have taken note of the ruling today by Mr Justice Hogan, and have arranged for 7 releases of children who are considered to come within the scope of the judgement at present,” she said.“I welcome the fact that management in the Children Detention Schools have already put the necessary arrangements in place for the release of those children affected, in terms of the individual family, educational and health needs of each child in the community. Contingency planning in relation to this case has seen arrangements for their planned release accelerated in recent days”.Today’s legal case on the detention of a young person in Oberstown Boys School was taken under Article 40 of the Constitution, which deals with personal rights.Read: After five-year delay, work finally begins on new youth detention centre in Dublin >Read: Officers who mistreated teens at St Patrick’s will not move to Wheatfield > Read: Juvenile offenders were sent to their rooms for up to 2 hours a day >last_img read more

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This chart shows just how much Dublin property prices drive up the

first_img(Image: CSO) Click here for larger versionTHE LATEST FIGURES on property prices from the Central Statistics Office show a rise in the national level of 6.4 per cent in the year to December 2013, though this is mostly driven by increased prices in the capital.This national figure compares to a drop of 4.5 per cent in 2012. Over the month of December, residential prices increased by 0.3 per cent nationally with Dublin house prices 15.3 per cent higher than a year ago and apartment prices in the capital more than 20 per cent higher.As the chart above shows, when Dublin is excluded, there is an overall decline in prices. Nationally, excluding Dublin, prices are 0.4 per cent lower than they were last year.Estate agents Savills said that the rapid price growth in Dublin’s market is likely to continue until more supply comes on stream and these figures “signal the need for redevelopment”.Read: House prices in the euro area are still on the rise>Read: Rise in Dublin house prices masks fall in every other part of the country>last_img read more

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Dáil over TDs finish early for the week after opposition fail to

first_imgAs a result of the early finish on that bill, deputies were able to run through the rest of their business for the day and the week, adjourning until next Tuesday afternoon just before 3pm today. The sitting had originally been scheduled to run until 5.30pm.Afterward’s Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan said: “This is an important piece of legislation dealing with the redrawing of constituencies for the upcoming European elections, yet not one member of the Opposition saw fit to show up.”He accused the opposition parties of “hypocrisy” over their complaints about the government’s use of the guillotine when he said “the opposition benches are left completely empty for debates on important pieces of legislation”.Opposition parties have regularly complained about the government’s use of the guillotine on other legislation with all but a few non-government deputies staging a walkout last December when ministers proposed to curtail debate on the bill to establish Irish Water.Note: This story has been amended to include comment from a Technical Group spokesperson. First published 3.43pm WATCH: Fianna Fáil lead Dáil walkout after row over water services legislationRead: Absent TDs and unansweredquestions leave Micheál Martin criticising Dáil reforms‘The elephant in the room’: Government’s Dáil reforms do little to appease opposition Updated 4.35pm THE DÁIL ADJOURNED over two-and-a-half hours earlier than planned this afternoon leaving the government accusing the opposition parties of having failed to show-up for debate on four stages of the bill to redraw the European Parliament constituency boundaries.The Parliament Elections Amendment Bill – which redraws Ireland’s European constituencies in light of the loss of one seat in the Brussels parliament – passed through four stages in the Dáil without a vote or a single member of the opposition present in the chamber. After the bill passed without a vote, Fine Gael TD Derek Keating asked where the opposition is, but was told by Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett that there was no way of raising such an issue on a point of order.This led Keating to suggest that maybe there should be a way of raising the matter. “Maybe so,” Barrett agreed.A spokesperson for the Technical Group took issue with the government’s characterisation of the issue, saying the coalition parties had failed to fill their own speaking slots, meaning if opposition had shown they would be “speaking into a vacuum”. “We’ve said on a number of occasions we’re not going to keep the show on the road for the sake of it. The government, with a two-thirds majority, were unable to provide speakers for their speaking slots,” the spokesperson said. last_img read more

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Larry Gogan The Golden Hour isnt going anywhere

first_imgHe won’t be resting on his laurels during the week though.Gogan confirmed he’ll be hard at work in the office from Wednesday each week, and revealed that he won’t miss his Friday and Saturday nights on the town.“You can always go out some other nights”, he said.2FM has described Gogan as “the master of timing and lord of the links” and the future “lynch-pin” of Irish weekend radio.Head of 2FM Dan Healy said that Gogan is:The greatest of them all… 2FM may be changing but Larry Gogan is constant.Other changes in the shake up include the new breakfast team of Bernard O Shea, Keith Walsh and Jennifer Maguire, while Colm Hayes is moving to drivetime pushing Will Leahy to weekends.Nicky Byrne will be taking on the mid-morning slot and further changes are expected to be announced in the coming days. – Additional reporting by Sarah DoranLarry Gogan’s Golden Hour gets the chop in 2fm schedule shake-up>Nicky Byrne announced as new 2fm mid-morning host> IT WAS LIKE a dagger in our hearts when yesterday the news came that Larry Gogan’s weekday Golden Hour is to be no more.RTÉ revealed that Nicky Byrne is taking on the mid-morning slot on 2FM, and it became all too clear that Larry, dear dear Larry, was moving to other pastures.But wait! He’s not leaving us completely, he’s just heading for weekends.2FM has confirmed today that Gogan has signed a new contract with the station and that he’ll now present a two hour show on Saturdays and Sundays which will incorporate the Just a Minute Quiz and The Golden Hour.The veteran broadcaster told DailyEdge.ie that he’s excited about his move to weekend radio, where former RTE pal Terry Wogan holds court in the UK.Gogan is excited about what the future holds for him at 2fm, and said he thinks change is definitely a good thing:You have to change, you have to move forward, or else you might die off. It’s a slightly different audience but it’s the same Golden Hour.last_img read more

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Croke Park 2 Four unions to launch joint No campaign

first_imgFOUR TRADE UNIONS are to launch a joint national campaign for a No vote against the Croke Park extension talks proposals.The  Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU) and Unite are all taking part in the campaign.They will launch their joint national campaign for a no vote against the proposals at a press briefing tomorrow at 11.30am in Dublin.Earlier today, the IMO council said it unanimously recommends that its members vote to reject the proposed Croke Park 2 deal when they ballot on the issue next month.It left the public sector pay talks along with the INMO the evening before the proposals were finalised.Read: Doctors’ union advises members to reject Croke Park 2 deal>last_img

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Combination of MRI and mammography could improve breast cancer detection

first_imgTHE HEALTH INFORMATION and Quality Authority (HIQA) has advised that a combination of MRI scans and mammography would improve detection of breast cancer in women, particularly those at high risk.In a report by HIQA for the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), the authority said that a surveillance programme should be put in place to detect the cancer in women with familial or genetic risk factors.Surveillance, as opposed to screening, is a secondary preventative measure that aims to detect breast cancer at the earliest possible stage.In Ireland, mammography is the primary breast imaging method for screening asymptomatic women aged 50 to 64 years. It is also used for the investigation of symptomatic women and for the follow up of women with a previous history of breast cancer.The report said that that a mammogram, which is an X-ray of the breast, is determined in density by the relationship between fat and tissue and is less sensitive if breast tissue is dense.While MRI, which can generate multiple cross-sectional images of the breast that can be viewed in three dimensions is more sensitive, it is less specific than mammography for the target population and a combination of the two is recommended for those most at risk.Cancer detection rates“Combined MRI plus mammography improves sensitivity further, with a minimal decrease in specificity,” the report said.Studies show that cancer detection rates are higher when a combination is used, rather than mammography alone, according to the report.Unlike mammography, MRI does not involve exposure to ionising radiation. It has been reported that the sensitivity of MRI is not affected by breast tissue density to the same extent as mammography. However, hormonal factors such as menopausal status, use of hormone replacement therapy and phase of menstrual cycle have been shown to affect breast tissue enhancement.It has been recommended that breast MRI should only be offered in institutions that can also offer MRI-guided biopsy or that are in close contact with a site that can. However access to this procedure is currently limited to four of the eight regional centres in Ireland, all in Dublin.HIQA concluded that for women aged 30 to 49 who have been identified to be carriers of certain genetic mutations, using annual MRI scans is cost-effective. From ages 40 to 49, the addition of an annual mammogram may also be considered.In another small cohort of women who have a high probability of breast cancer before age 30, annual MRI surveillance from age 20 to 49 is the optimal strategy recommended by HIQA.The board of the authority has approved the report and it has been submitted to the NCCP for consideration.Read: Stronger breast cancer surveillance will reduce health service costs – report>Read: BreastCheck screened 4,500 more women in 2011 despite ‘challenging year’>last_img read more

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This Irish directors video will make you fall in love with NYCs

first_imgRules state that performers are free to use the subway stations as a stage, but not the carriages themselves. Since January this year, 46 subway dancers have been arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and a further 50 with less risky tricks were charged with the lesser crime of disorderly conduct.In the video one of the dancers talks about doing it so they can “connect with the people, make the people feel good”.It’s impossible to watch them without being charmed, as they show off their moves and tell the people of New York that “Obama wants change, we want twenties”.The Irish director has said he is concerned for the potential extinction of this meaningful and historic subculture.Carthy is now hoping to show more of the subway dancers’ talents to the world and has launched a Kickstarter project to help fund is return trip to New York. All donations will go towards costs associated with equipment rental, video production and screenings.- With additional reporting by Melia Robinson/Business Insider.VIDEO: Turning stories of addiction and trauma into a powerful dance show>Read: Supermum performs the most epic of wedding dances with her son> Source: Scott Carthy/VimeoPOLICE IN NEW York are cracking down on subway performers and Irish director, 22-year-old Scott Carthy, is on a mission to give them a voice, before what he describes as an “immensely rich subculture” is totally abolished.He spent two days with a group of these performers to get a sense of their passion for dance and came away with this beautiful video.These dancers dash through the carriages, whip their bodies around metal poles, hang upsidedown from the railings and perform backflaps in between the rows of commuters.It can be an unforgiving environment for the subway dancers, who seem to elicit equal amounts of dread and admiration from their fellow passengers. Whether you see them as a nuisance or as performers earning a decent living, the New York City Police Department is taking a renewed stance against this subway subculture.last_img read more

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Opinion How to stay productive during the World Cup finals

first_imgTHE WORLD CUP is great, even when your team doesn’t qualify!Weeks on end filled with football, get-togethers with friends and summer fun… the only problem is there is still work to be done. So how do you stay productive during the World Cup?Every time there is a major sporting event we hear about the hit to productivity. Hours wasted tuning into the matches and employees not showing up for work. Although there may be truth in these reports, few talk about the increase in morale and camaraderie that comes about from these tournaments. So, let’s focus on the positive and put in place a few strategies to stay productive and still enjoy the rest of the World Cup.Advanced planningLike most things in life, a little planning goes a long way. Take a look at the big picture in advance and decide which matches are a priority for you. Put these in your calendar and let everyone know your intentions. Communication is key to ensure no one is put out by your football fanaticism.Being this organised doesn’t sound like you? But what about the benefits?You won’t miss any important matchesYour won’t get into any trouble in workYou won’t annoy your other half because they will be well informed in advance of your intentionsYou will be relaxed and in control, free to enjoy the football to the full.Stay focused in workSo now you have the matches all planned and everyone is happy. How do you actually stay focused and get as much work as possible done so you can knock off early to catch the start of the matches?Switch off distractionsIt’s nice to listen in to the updates from the matches, but my advice would be to switch off so that you can focus on the work at hand. The fewer distractions the more quickly you will get your work done and get to enjoy the match.Eliminate the unnecessaryIf you are trying to free up time to get out of work early or to take a day off after staying up in the early hours to watch a match, you will need to get your work done first. Make sure you are working as effectively as possible. Take a look at what really needs to get done and don’t waste time on trivial tasks such as email. Your inbox will distract you with lots of small tasks that may not be urgent. Process your email a couple of times a day and close it in between. See what work is not urgent and can be postponed to a later time.Focus on the ‘big rocks’Schedule important work to be done in your calendar and do it before you get distracted by other work. Do not open your email first thing. By focusing on the big rocks and eliminating the unnecessary work you can free up a lot more time than you would imagine. You could gain up to 45 minutes a day by being more organised.And when possible don’t forget to delegate work, only do what only you can do.Take actionSo get going, plan in advance, communicate with those who will be affected. Have a conversation with your manager or boss about employee engagement and the benefits of keeping the office team as motivated as the football teams, you might be surprised at the result on all fronts.Go Ireland… 2018!Ciara Conlon is a Productivity Coach and author of Chaos to Control a practical guide to getting things done. She helps busy professionals save time and get focused. If you would like help getting organised and setting goals for 2014, Check out her online course Get Set for Successlast_img read more

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Hatsune Miku hologram performs to live audiences

first_imgGood thing Hannah Montana is bringing things to an end. Another fictional teenager is making waves in Japan and is beginning to have a following internationally as well. The difference is there is no human behind this character.A fictional 16-year old anime character by the name of Hatsune Miku has had chart topping hits and has been featured in online videos receiving millions of views. This has subsequently been followed by live performances in which the character is displayed as a hologram in front of a live band to the throngs of cheering fans. If that wasn’t surprising enough the character’s voice is not even human. It is synthetic and completely produced by a computer.AdChoices广告Hatsune Miku is the brainchild of Crypton Future Media who developed the female character to put a face on its singing synthesizer application referred to as a vocaloid, a Yamaha created technology, which it first released on August 31, 2007 as part of the company’s “Character Vocal Series.” A vocaloid gives music composers the ability to synthesize singing by simply typing in lyrics and melody. Hatsune Miku’s voice, which is used in Crypton’s vocaloid, is actually based on samples from voice actress Saki Fujita.On May 31, 2010, Exit Tunes Presents Vocalogenesis feat. Hatsune Miku marked the first time a vocaloid album topped the Japanese weekly Oricon album charts. This spurred live performances of the Hatsune Miku character beginning with the first performance on August 22, 2009 as part of Animelo Summer Live at the Saitama Super Arena. The first overseas live concert for the holographic character occurred on November 21, 2009 in Singapore as part of Anime Festival Asia.In addition to spawning multiple albums in which music composers have used the Hastune Miku software, the technology has created a community of original content thanks to individuals uploading songs created using the vocaloid. Uploaded songs have been matched with stunning visuals which have also led to freeware software being developed called MikuMiku Dance which allows users to program dance moves for the character for use in videos. The software was even used to create the popular Hastune Miku video Silence.Hatsune Miku’s popularity has reached diva status with her appearance in video games and other forms of media. In fact, Japanese fans are so crazy about her they successfully petitioned for the creation of three plates depicting the computer generated singer to be used as a balancing weight for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Akatsuki spacecraft which was launched on May 21st of this year to explore Venus.Read more at WikipediaBrian’s OpinionWhy is it that Japan does everything cool first? When I first read about Hatsune Miku it sounded like something out of science fiction. Yet, there she is, a completely synthetic musical artist ready to dance and sing at the stroke of a key with fans who only wish she was flesh and blood so that they might get her autograph.You have to believe the music industry is taking notice of Hatsune Miku and the vocaloid technology in general. Honestly, the technology makes me think of the 1981 movie Looker in which a company figures out a way to scan and sample humans in order to turn them into virtual actors and actresses for use in commercials and other types of video media. While making a virtual human which is indistinguishable from the real thing is still far from reality, it seems the replacement of a human singer isn’t. Think about how attractive that would be for a record company.A purely synthetic singer capable of performing thanks to holograms and vocaloid software doesn’t need royalties, doesn’t get tired, and most important doesn’t leave the tour midway through to check into Betty Ford due to a drug problem. If Hatsune Miku begins to take off in the States as much as it has in Japan we will surely see her followed by other fictional characters based on additional vocaloids funded by American-based record companies.last_img read more

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Archos accuses French government of trying to stunt national tablet industry with

first_imgTablets are the next big thing in technology, and so it’s natural that governments want to get their taxes in on them before they hit big. You’d think, though, that governments would want to promote tablet makers in their own country by reducing taxes on domestically produced slates while hiking taxes for foreign-produced models.Not so with the French, though! Les grenouilles legislators are considering imposing a new tablet tax that would affect all tablet models that have at least 40GB of internal storage as part of French “private copy” taxation which imposes extra fees on digital media like blank CDs, DVDs and USB thumb drives.AdChoices广告Tablets don’t have a lot in common with blank media, but that’s not stopping legislators from trying to push a law through that would add up to $16 to the cost of an iPad or even an Android tablet like the Galaxy Tab.Here’s where it gets weird though: while French lawmakers want to tax devices running iOS or Android, they don’t want to tax Windows 7 tablets, ostensibly because that’s a “full” OS instead of a mobile one.Even if that made sense — and it doesn’t — it actually penalizes one of the most notable French tablet makers, Archos, who work exclusively with Android. Archos is now accusing the government of discriminating against French enterprises while kowtowing to US and Japanese firms, and as proof, point to the fact that they paid over three million euros in private copying taxes in 2009 alone. Hard not to see their point.Read more at Techdirtlast_img read more

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Motorola says no way to Windows Phone 7

first_imgNokia may have been hooked line and sinker by Windows Phone 7 under new CEO Stephen Elop, but Nokia’s number one competitor in last decade’s feature phone wars is wholly unimpressed.“I don’t envision us using Microsoft. I would never say never but it’s not something we’re entertaining now,” said Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president of software and services product management for Motorola. Why not? After all, Motorola has had a rich history with Windows Phone 7’s predecessor operating system, Windows Mobile. However, in the post-iPhone age, Motorola seems concerned about adopting an operating system like Windows Phone that is not open source.“We would like an opportunity to create unique value and we don’t feel we could with a closed platform,” Wyatt said. Additionally, even if that wasn’t a concern, Microsoft simply delivered Windows Phone 7 too late and too under-featured to be considered, according to Wyatt. “[T]here were a bunch of things that we believed about Microsoft that ended up not being true, mostly about what functionality it would have in what period of time,” she said.It’s interesting hearing Motorola speak so bluntly about why they abandoned Windows Phone 7. It certainly puts Nokia’s decision to adopt the operating system in perspective: Nokia — long behind the times when it comes to the state of the mobile industry, post-iPhone — is trying to catch up by picking the most under-featured and behind-the-times smartphone operating system. Meanwhile, Motorola’s wised up and are embracing Android, while publicly talking about how they’re doing their best to speed up the Android upgrade cycle for end users. Seems like one of these companies has realized that times have changed, and the other still hasn’t.Read more at PC Worldlast_img read more

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Create 3D maps of your surroundings in minutes with Matterport

first_img3D technology is certainly all the rage nowadays. Depicted in the video above is a new product from a company called Matterport, and depicts a handheld scanner that’s capable of creating 3D models of objects or rooms in just a few minutes. All of you avid first-person-shooter fans who love creating realistic maps for your buddies to play on should sit up and take notice as this device could make your lives a lot easier.Currently in development, Matterport’s 3D mapping device looks remarkably similar to the wildly popular Kinect peripheral from Microsoft. In fact, the company used a Kinect during the prototype stages. It’s interesting to note that the visual aspect isn’t the only thing the handheld device has in common with the Kinect as it captures 3D content in much the same way as well.The Microsoft peripheral makes use of two 3D depth sensors and an RGB camera to create a multi-dimensional rendering of a room. From the different demonstration videos above and below, it looks like Matterport’s device works in a similar fashion; creating a 3D wireframe then adding captured textures on the fly. While the process may be the same, it’s the speed in which Matterport’s device and software achieves the end result that’s of interest in this case.Matterport is entering into a market that already has several strong entries when it comes to 3D scanning. Companies like Z Corp and NextEngine both have devices that do the same thing for an average cost of around $3,000. What makes the small startup’s device stand out is the fact that it can output scans almost instantly, and for a much lower cost.While pricing hasn’t been set, one of the co-founders was quoted to say that his company’s device would be retailing at a price “eighteen times cheaper” than its direct competitors. While I think that’s a bit generous, it’s not out of the realms of possibility to see it release at a sub-$500 price point.There’s no word yet as to when Matterport will be releasing its scanner, but the possibilities it presents are exciting. Besides being able to scan your surroundings, you could take a 3D scan of of a piece of malfunctioning equipment for a specialist to look at, or create your own how-to manuals for various projects. The sky is literally the limit with this device.Of course, there is some trade-off between price and quality, but from the demo images we have seen, the reduction in quality isn’t a show-stopper.Read more at Matterport, via Singularity Hublast_img read more

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Watch this captivating video explain digital mapping techniques

first_imgThe team at creative studio Neon wanted to make a skateboarding-themed video for their winter research and development project, but wanted to “create a series of impossible yet photo-real shots.” Due to their smaller team size, they needed to develop a process that would create the photo-real shots without the slew of artists that would normally tackle such a project.With the shots, the Neon team wanted to get closer to the action than they would normally be able to if they were to simply film the actor. So, they resorted to digitally recreating certain scenes of the video.Through the use of projection mapping, the team took the objects in the video — the actor, skateboard, etc. — then recreated them with an attention to detail. Then, by placing the finished products in somewhat artsy shots, the video would have less of a chance to reveal any kind of artificiality.The team used 3D painting program Mari to texture the models, and mental ray to render everything as well as to achieve the video’s depth-of-field effects. If you’re wondering about the colored dots on the actor’s face, they’re simply for spatial reference, and the team noted they’re easy to paint out in Mari.Watch the finished video below:The visuals of both videos are impressive, but the audio certainly aids the experience; you can thank Box of Toys Audio for that.Unfortunately, that cool video thumbnail of Christmas lights reaching out from the lower half of the skater’s body doesn’t actually appear in the video, but the video is downright pretty without it.via Neonlast_img read more

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Nvidia unveils the 23GHz Tegra 4i LTE mobile processor

first_imgIf you needed more proof that Nvidia was serious about the mobile market, look no further than the Tegra 4i, which the company has introduced today.The Tegra 4i is a fully-integrated solution for mobile phones, managing to combine a 28nm CPU, GPU, and an LTE modem on to a single chip. Not only that, but Nvidia claims the 4i is half the size of its rival Qualcomm’s new S800 chips.Until now Nvidia referred to the Tegra 4i internally as “Project Grey.” It forms the company’s first proper assault on the smartphone market and is certainly no slouch in the performance department.Just like other Tegra processors, the 4i has a 5-core (R4 Cortex-A9) CPU, and it operates at a maximum clock speed of 2.3GHz. In normal use it acts as a quad-core chip, with the fifth core used as a battery saver. Add to that 60 Custom GPU cores, 2GB DDR3 memory, and an integrated Nvidia i500 LTE modem. For comparison, the Qualcomm S800 is quite similar, using a 2.3GHz Krait 400 quad core CPU and the Adreno 320 GPU. Although the Tegra 4i is half its size.With 5x the GPU cores of Tegra 3, it’s not hard to see why smartphones using a Tegra 4i will be able to use displays capably of 1080p resolutions. The LTE modem is also backed up by a soft-modem allowing for over-the-air updates.Nvidia is supporting the production of Tegra 4i smartphones with a reference platform called Phoenix in a bid to give manufacturers a head start and get handsets to market more quickly.Phoenix also highlights the use of Nvidia’s Chimera Computational Photography Architecture, which aims to improve images and video captured using a Tegra 4 device significantly. Chimera will allow for always-on high-dynamic range (HDR) to be used on images and captured video by default. Not only will that enhance all captured content, it allows for easy capture of panoramic shots and tap-to-track for following individuals by locking on to their faces.Although introduced today, we won’t get a proper look at the Tegra 4i until the Mobile World Congress kicks off on February 25 in Barcelona.last_img read more

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