Monster Audio Unveils TRON Legacy T3 Earbuds

first_imgIf you thought the rush of TRON: Legacy gear would end with the release of the movie, think again. Monster Audio, makers of high-end and often made-fun-of audio cables and equipment, unveiled the TRON T3 Earphones at the remarkably modest price of $49.99 retail. The earphones look like standard earbuds when viewed from the side, but the back is decorated with the silver circular TRON logo with a blue circle around it that will show any passer-by that you’re a fan of the movie. The earbuds come with three pairs of ear-tips, all designed to fit snugly in your ear and isolate sound and noise. They also come with Monster’s signature flat cables to avoid tangles and knots. They’re up for pre-order now at Amazon.[via ChipChick]AdChoices广告last_img read more

Day after thoughts on the iPad 2

first_imgSo you’ve had some time to sleep on the iPad 2 announcement. Maybe this wasn’t the momentous event for you that it was for some, but for a lot of people this is where $500+ dollars of their hard-earned dollars will be going, so it’s a big release. And if for some reason you weren’t thrilled with the iPad 2 and are thinking you’ll just go with the original then you can act fast and get one for as low as $349. So it makes sense to get your thoughts together and figure out what you want to do well ahead of the March 11th release date.Just as a refresher, the iPad 2 will get a a dual-core A5 processor, the front and rear cameras, and a slim new design. There might be more RAM, but we haven’t heard anything official about that yet (we hope it’s up from 256MB). There is a new smart case, but that’s just an accessory, not a real selling point. The battery life, storage capacity, display, and even the pricing were all unchanged. And now the iPad comes in white.So ultimately the iPad 2 turned out to be a relatively minor update, but a great starting point for people who are new to the tablet market. Current iPad owners will feel some pressure to upgrade, but probably not enough to leave the original in droves.Sal’s ThoughtsAfter following all the rumors quite closely I wasn’t too surprised with what the iPad 2 turned out to be. My pre-keynote prediction was conservative which matched the announcement’s overall tone. Jobs and the teams pushed the idea that the iPad was wildly successful and Apple was happy with their strategy as well as their hardware. So in one respect I wasn’t disappointed with the iPad 2 because the the more I had read up on carbon fiber backs and Retina displays the less likely they seemed. Sure, I wish they were there–a higher resolution display was at the top of my iPad 2 wishlist–but I still think this is the right evolution for the platform.I’d have really liked to see an SD slot built in. HDMI and stereo speakers would have been nice also. I’d complain about the lack of a 128GB model, but I know I’ll be fine with 16GB or 32GB, so this is a non-issue for me.We did get the two cameras, I know those will be of little use for me on a tablet. Maybe I’ll FaceTime or Skype now and then but not enough that the cameras are a deal-breaker–they are more about getting the iPad up to par. The slimmed down design is great, but I’m more excited about the weight reduction. Even though it’s just 0.2lbs lighter (1.3lbs compared to 1.5lbs) Apple knows that shaving off the ounces and making it more comfortable to hold over extended periods of time is important. The iPad is still a lot heavier than the 7-inch tablets, but I for one think the extra screen space is worth it.Honestly I would have liked to see at least one cool surprise, maybe NFC or HDMI, but instead what we got was a good next step. The iPad caught up to the competitions’ spec sheets but still has the OS, app selection, and user base that sets it so far apart from them. That was the goal here and Apple did it right, so I’m I wouldn’t say that I’m disappointed (though it does sort of make me wish I had just gotten an iPad when it first came out).And for what you really wanted to know and the only pre-release verdict that actually matters: Yes, I’ll be buying one.So readers, what say you? Going to get an iPad 2? Or now that you know what it is, are you going to just pick up an iPad on the cheap? Or maybe you’ve decide that Android is for you and the Motorola Xoom is the way to go.last_img read more

What if Carl Sagan did the new Old Spice Commercials

first_imgBesides being famous for being one of the most popular astronomers and cosmologists of his time, did you know that Carl Sagan, widely known for his best-selling book Cosmos and television series of the same name, was also a spokesperson for Old Spice?Don’t believe me? Just check out this animated GIF and see for yourself how Carl could have easily switched places with Isaiah Mustafa who is infinitely more recognized for the funny and eclectic Old Spice Commercials.Okay, sure. Since Sagan passed away back in 1996, we fully admit we are stretching things quite a bit and Carl didn’t really appear in any TV ads for men’s personal hygiene products. But this GIF paying homage to Sagan’s book, “Pale Blue Dot” is still funny. And for those of you who remember Carl’s unique way of talking, if you imagine him speaking the words in the GIF, it makes the joke even more amusing.See more via Friendly Atheist, via @rebeccawatson.last_img read more

Amazon oneups iTunes with 69 cent price tag on top MP3s

first_imgWhen it comes to downloadable music stores, iTunes is still the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Amazon, however, has been doing its best to lure customers away ever since it opened the Amazon MP3 store. First, it offered DRM-free downloads, then came the slick Cloud Player for your computer and Android device, and now Amazon is slashing prices on its most popular tracks.More than 200 songs are now available for 69 cents, which is about half what those same tracks sell for on iTunes (Apple raised its prices from $0.99 to $1.29 in 2010). If you’re into Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Cee-Lo, or just about anyone else who’s had a top 40 hit recently, the deals are hard to pass up. And don’t forget Amazon also has 100 albums for a measly $5 each (including best-ofs from the Beastie Boys and Radiohead) as well as scads of free music to download as well.AdChoices广告If anyone knows how much people love a good bargain, it’s Amazon — dangling freebies and deals is how they’re promoting the new Android App Store, too. There’s also that 10 days of free games promotion going on if you’re looking for some decent desktop diversions.Now maybe they’ll get to work on that international expansion. The rest of the world would like to get in on the deals too, you know, Amazon…Amazon via LA Timeslast_img read more

iOS app developers stung by patent lawsuits over inapp purchases

first_imgThis morning, a number of iOS app developers got legal threats in the mail, hand-delivered by FedEx. The documents say that if the app developers don’t stop using Apple’s in-app purchasing system, and pay a hefty licensing fee to the unnamed company making the threats, a patent infringement lawsuit will be the next piece of mail they get. Before you ask: no, it’s not Apple making the legal threats.In fact, the company that’s been threatening app developers has so far gone unnamed. Over at Cult of Mac, the story got traction because developer James Thomson of TLA Systems, the makers of pCalc and pCalc Lite, got one of those threats in the mail this morning. When he tweeted about it, the community descended. Thomson says he’s working with Apple – who hasn’t been threatened by the company in question – to address the issue.AdChoices广告He also noted that he’d rather not go to court if he can help it: intellectual property lawyers are expensive, and TLA Systems doesn’t bring in the kind of cash for a prolonged legal battle over an issue like this. Thomson also noted that as a result of the legal threat, the next version of pCalc would be delayed.Other iOS app developers have reported getting similar threats in the mail, and so far the consensus is that this is a small company looking to make a little money off of patent trolling small developers. The goal is to either force the developers to pay out hefty licensing fees or to intimidate them into abandoning Apple altogether. The community has rallied to the side of the developers though, with at least one IP lawyer offering his services for free to defend the challenge.Unfortunately, as long as the name of the offending company remains unknown, it’s difficult to discern what their true motives are. It’s also nearly impossible to determine why they’re not taking their patent case directly to Apple, or how strong their case really is.Read more at Cult of Maclast_img read more

Sharp unveils new nextgeneration super HDTV

first_imgSharp and the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) unveiled an HDTV this week that represents the next generation of high-definition. The Super Hi-Vision HDTV has a display resolution 16 times higher than current HDTVs, clocking in at 7680 pixels by 4320 pixels or 33-megapixels – a far cry from the standard 1920 by 1080-pixel resolution displays most people are used to.The image quality on the Super Hi-Vision display is reportedly so good that you would be able to see if a person’s eyes are dilated without needing a close-up of their face to do it.AdChoices广告The reason that Sharp and NHK joined forces to show off the display is because NHK has been working on broadcasting video in the new HD format since 1995. That’s right: before most households even had HDTVs in them, NHK has been working on ways to broadcast super-high definition video. Until now, no television manufacturer had the technology to feasibly display the broadcast.The 85-inch display is a prototype, so you won’t find it on store shelves anytime soon. This is more of a concept for what the future of broadcast television may look like: the next generation of high-definition. NHK says it’ll start experimenting with broadcasting the super high-resolution video streams via satellite in 2020, and by that time it may be possible to also send the signals over traditional fiber connections as well.When 1080p HDTVs hit the market, many consumers said that watching sports events and movies on them felt like “looking through a window.” It’s clear that the future of television isn’t standing still, and will resemble the analogy even more as it progresses. Eventually, display technology will get to the point where the human eye won’t be able to tell the difference (we’ll always have depth perception) between displayed imagery and real-world objects.More at Sharp, via Mashablelast_img read more

Apples Lets Talk iPhone event by the numbers

first_imgApple CEO Tim Cook is currently up on stage at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino giving his keynote speech during the “Let’s Talk iPhone” event. Though we’re all waiting to hear what Cook has to say about the hugely-anticipated iPhone 5, he started by laying out some numbers for us to put Apple as a company into perspective. It’s no surprise that Apple’s been doing well for itself. Apple has repeatedly seen record-breaking revenues quarter after quarter.To start the event off, Cook boasted that the Shanghai store is “absolutely gorgeous,” and is the company’s largest store in Asia. The store saw over 100,000 people in its opening weekend. At the Apple Store opening in Hong Kong, Apple sold more Macs on its opening day than in any other store in the world. Apple now has 357 stores, and Cook said “we’ll continue to invest in more and more stores.” No surprise there.As for the software numbers, Cook said that over 6 million copies of Lion have been downloaded, which is 80 percent more than Snow Leopard. Compared to Windows 7, it took 20 weeks to reach 20 percent of the Windows Install base, and it took Lion two weeks.The Mac also is doing very well for itself. Cook said the MacBook Pro and the iMac are the No. 1 best-selling notebooks and desktops in the U.S. Cook said that every single quarter for the last five years, the Mac has outgrown the PC market. “We’re now approaching 60 million users around the world,” Cook said. The Mac platform has grown by 23 percent since last year. As for the PC, it’s only grown four percent. Cook said despite all this, there are still 70 percent of people buying something else. “We still have a lot to do,” Cook said.As for the iPods, Apple has sold over 300 million of the devices. He said it took Sony 30 years to sell 220,000 Walkmen cassette players. Apple sold 45 million iPods from July 2010 to June of 2011, which is quite an impressive number. iPod owners have plenty of music to listen to as well with their new iPods. iTunes now has 20 million songs, which is 20 times as many songs as what the service first launched with. Over 16 billion songs have been downloaded so far.The iPhone 4 has sold over half of all the iPhones Apple has ever sold since it started. It’s been rated the No. 1 phone six times in a row by JD Power and Associates. As for the iPad, it’s been the “undisputed, top selling tablet in the world,” Cook said. Three out of four tablets are iPads.We’ll be keeping you updated as the keynote progresses.last_img read more

Analyst thinks Apple TV set will be an iMac we disagree

first_imgAnalysts love to predict things. That’s what they do. As they spend their working days analyzing business and market trends, they can, at times, be spot on. However, as anyone making a guess will, they also miss the mark. This case is probably the latter: Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair predicts that Apple will transition to a dedicated TV set by adding TV functions to the iMac.It’s a bold prediction, but it doesn’t make sense. Why would Apple use the iMac as a way to introduce the iTV? Macs generally don’t sit in owners’ living rooms. You don’t invade the living room by invading the office. Some companies would ignore this misguided logic, but not Apple.If Apple needs a transitional device for their iTV, they already have one: it’s called Apple TV. Unlike the iMac, it’s already a living room device. Should Apple feel the need to transition their customers into a TV set, it makes more sense to start by adding exciting new features to Apple TV; by increasing Apple TV’s popularity, it’s easier to sell the iTV.Why would Apple need a transitional device? Jumping into the TV set business is a big leap, but this is Apple. They will only enter the market if they believe that they can offer something revolutionary. Whether that means iCloud support, Siri as a remote control, or mirroring of iOS devices (most likely all three), it will have a selling feature. Why waffle with TV-integrated iMacs? It makes no sense.We love analysts. They make bold predictions that are fun to speculate about, one way or the other. But just remember that you can often guess as well as they can; we’re guessing that this prediction is 100% bunk.via Forbeslast_img read more

Geek deal 165 off the Alienware X51 mini gaming PC

first_imgVideo games have always had two separate and some might say competing channels of gameplay: the PC and the console. While a third option, the classic arcade game, was very popular at the dawn of video gaming, it isn’t relevant today or for this discussion. Both PC and console gaming have shared many attributes, indeed being based on similar technologies, but the two genres grow more distinct and separate as the years march on.Consoles started as singular devices that could do one thing and one thing only: play video games. Some early models could even only play one game. On the other hand, PCs have always been multi-function devices. When you weren’t running that command-line version of Corel office software or running AOL from a floppy-disk, you could fire-up a command line and check out Rise of the Triad or the classic Wolfenstein.Fast forward to the 21st century and computers and game consoles are starting to become indistinguishable. They are based on nearly identical technology platforms and the user interfaces are optimized for each device’s primary-use, but they can do just about all the same things: gaming, web browsing, multimedia, social networking, and the list goes on.Alienware’s X51 mini gaming PC intends to blur the lines even further. While it is a fully-featured PC on the inside, with all of the same features and technologies you’re used to, it’s exterior intends to make you want to give up your game console. Everything about the X51’s design screams of some kind of Alien Xbox/Playstation hybrid (see what I did there?): tiny 13.5 x 12.5 x 3.75-inch dimensions, home theater-friendly aesthetics, and of course all the outputs needed to hook up to your home theater.It also comes with much more powerful hardware than 7 year old consoles currently available. A quad-core 3rd gen Intel Core i7 processor runs the show and produces those pretty game frames with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 555. It has all the latest goodies like USB 3.0, Wireless-N, 7.1 surround audio, and a slot-loading optical drive. HDMI is built-in for easy connection to your HDTV to boot.Being a premium gaming system, and a recently refreshed one too, we don’t see many discounts on the X51. This 10% instant savings and $50 stackable coupon make for the best price we have seen on the X51 and a great bargain on such a compact gaming machine.Visit LogicBuy for the Alienware X51 mini gaming PClast_img read more

The Nexus 7 lag dilemma and why theres no real fix

first_imgAsk anyone who has been using the Nexus 7 tablet about its occasional lag problem, and you’ll be in for an earful. There’s no denying that the Nexus 7 lags, but I did some digging and realized that finding a fix for the issue is unlikely.The Nexus 7’s best feature is its price. That said, you don’t have to look far to figure out why the $200 Nexus 7 isn’t the best tablet on the market. It’s a Tegra 3 tablet with 1GB of RAM and a variety of storage sizes. The Tegra 3 chipset was never known for stellar performance, despite Nvidia’s insistence that the Tegra Zone games would run best on their hardware. Still, many people remember the day one Nexus 7s and how, unless you were trying to play a game, there was no lag to speak of.There have been a lot of fingers pointed at a lot of issues in an attempt to find a cause of the lag, but no definitive answers. In an attempt to locate the culprit I reached out to the Android community to find answers.When investigating Nexus 7 lag, I found that there are two main suspects right now. The first is Android itself, specifically the latest iterations of Android. Many claim that their hardware became slower with the latest version of Android, and it has never been the same since. To try and fix this, several ROM developers released tweaked versions of Android.The other suspect that has been focused on is the use of cheap storage. The assumption here is that the hardware Asus used in the construction of the Nexus 7 was poor and, as a result, storage units are failing or simply becoming unusable after a certain point.Fortunately, both of these things can be tested. The cool thing about the Android ecosystem is that there’s no shortage of people willing to roll up their sleeves to locate a solution. Unfortunately there’s also a lot of placebo effect in one-off results reporting, as I observed when someone convinced a swath of users to try messing with their entropy pool in order to defeat lag. It didn’t work.I figured that properly testing the Nexus 7 would require a group of users all performing the test at the same time with their own environments. I asked users to report whether or not they were rooted, what ROM they were using, and the storage capacity of their unit. I then asked them to perform the AnTuTu Storage IO test and report their findings. Afterwards, I asked these same users to completely wipe their tablets and run the test again, without restoring their Google Accounts to the tablet first. I personally performed these same tests on the Google I/O edition Nexus 7 and a newer version I had been purchased from the Google Play Store. Both of these tablets were stock, with no root access or installed ROMs.Based on the information I collected, there’s very little to suggest that the Nexus 7’s storage is the problem. When running this same storage I/O tests on a brand new Nexus 7 and a Nexus 7 from the very first batch that was handed out at Google I/O, which is used daily, the read and write speeds were identical. There’s no degradation over time, at least not in the year since the hardware was launched. These read and write speeds are also the same as the HTC One, a phone that has never had these sorts of issues, so clearly the read and write speed of this hardware is not the issue. In the cases where the write speed dipped below half, users reported they had well over 100 apps installed on the tablet at the time. One user — the one marked with “**” — ran the same test moments after reporting the initial result and saw the write speed get considerably higher, around 130 or about 2x the previous number.One important finding was also an obvious one, at least to mobile enthusiasts. As with any other mobile OS, if you have a lots of apps installed on your machine it will slow down. This test also demonstrates that the notion that stock Android is at fault and that third party solutions can fix the lag are largely inaccurate. It’s worth noting that the CyanogenMod and Paranoid Android ROMs did demonstrate faster write speeds even when under a significant app load, but in my own testing I found the difference to be imperceptible. In asking the people who participated in this test, who run these ROMs every day, their lag problems have not gone away as a result of using these modified versions of Android. There’s still lag on the Nexus 7 even under these modified ROMs.In the end, it comes back to the processor being used. There are no Tegra 3 devices that are considered especially snappy when put under the same conditions as the Nexus 7. The rest of the Asus tablet line running these same processors have the same issues, and there’s no real long-term solution as a result. We got exactly what we paid for, a $200 Android tablet.Nvidia hopes to have handled this with the new Tegra 4 line, and from what we’ve seen with Project Shield it certainly seems like they have made great strides.Special thanks goes out to everyone who volunteered their time and their data to this report.last_img read more

Microsoft is accidentally sending takedown requests for OpenOffice

first_imgWhen it comes to its Office suite of programs, Microsoft certainly has bigger fish to fry than the relatively puny OpenOffice. Foremost among its opponents is the venerable Google Docs, which is free, fully featured, and built into every Google account. This free, in-browser alternative to MS Office is never downloaded, so its dissemination cannot be blocked. But a small-time competitor like OpenOffice, one that distributes itself through pirate-heavy channels like torrent sites, is an easy target for surreptitious attacks.In this case, the attacks seem to come from poorly aimed auto-takedown bots, programs written to trawl the Internet for pirated copies of Microsoft software and deliver legal takedown requests to search engines and the pirate sites’ administrators. It’s arguably an understandable mistake for a simple program to make, the distinction between Microsoft’s Office programs and the open-source alternative that has a similar name. Still, this comes as part of a growing series of mistaken or simply false accusations of copyright infringement under the DMCA laws first passed back in 1998.With the introduction of automated complaint programs, the number of complaints has skyrocketed.For instance, it was only a few weeks ago that HBO began demanding torrent sites remove download links for VLC media player, the most popular media player with pirates — and one of the most popular, period. This was also ostensibly the result of faulty DMCA takedown programs, as were the numerous requests to take down websites listing the takedown requests themselves.Though the impact of these poorly aimed notices is small, it is also growing. There seems to be a fundamental problem, one which should have been easy to foresee, with putting the power to mete out legal notices to a program with no human oversight to check for basic errors such as these ones. With the recent spike in the number of takedown notices being sent out, it’s becoming ever more likely that a particular site will be harassed in error.The burden of sending all these requests ought to be on the sender, in this case Microsoft, rather than the recipient, as it currently is. As things stand, websites must either remain vigilant about the sometimes staggering number of requests that arrive, or else end up censoring non-infringing content and undercutting their commitment to their own basic premise. There is currently no disincentive for these companies to err on the side of scatter-shot tactics that catch more offending content, but also attack more innocent parties. For those programs which rely on torrenting as a distribution method, such attacks can be very damaging, indeed.last_img read more

Appeal for information on two men who ran out of house after

first_imgAppeal for information on two men who ran out of house after man shot dead in his Belfast home Joe Reilly was shot a number of times in the chest and died at the scene. Share Tweet Email 5,852 Views Image: PA Wire/PA Images Two people in the house were subsequently ordered into the kitchen and made to lie on the floor. The man who lived in the house, 43 year old Joe Reilly, was kept in the living room.Mr Reilly was shot a number of times in the chest and, despite the best efforts of paramedics, he died at the scene. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Oct 21st 2016, 8:03 PM By Cliodhna Russell “The gunmen ran out of the house by the front door and down the street. They are described as being about six ft tall, wearing dark coats and dark trousers. One was wearing dark rimmed glasses and a Celtic scarf.”He added that officers have no motive for Joe Reilly’s murder. “This was a cold-blooded summary execution of a man in his own home.It is really difficult to know how to describe what happened last night. The adjectives ‘brutal, senseless and barbaric’ are inadequate.Officers want to speak to three children who were seen in the area as the gunmen ran away from the house around eight o’clock last night.They are also appealing to anyone who was in the Glenwood Court/ Glenwood Crescent area last night or in the Laurelbank area around the same time to come forward.“We have a team of detectives based here in Musgrave police station who are ready and willing to listen to anyone with information about what happened last night. People can call on the non-emergency number 101 or use the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”Read: ’Chemical incident’ shuts down London City airport> Friday 21 Oct 2016, 8:03 PM POLICE ARE APPEALING for information about the murder of a 43-year-old man in his home last night.Joe Reilly was shot a number of times at his home in Glenwood Court, Poleglass, while the other two people in the house were ordered to lie on the kitchen floor.Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said, “At about eight o’clock last night a number of men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, opened the unlocked door of number 1 Glenwood Court in Poleglass. 3 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Disney cuts ties with YouTube star PewDiePie over antiSemitic videos

first_img Image: PewDiePie via YouTube Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgerald A DISNEY-OWNED studio has dropped the world’s highest earning YouTube star from its roster, over a number of videos he posted containing anti-Semitic content.Maker Studios said that it has severed ties with Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie, the hugely popular YouTube star.In a statement carried on a large number of news outlets, Maker said that it had finished its relationship with Kjellberg due to videos he posted:“Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate.Maker Studios has made the decision to end our affiliation with him going forward.Kjellberg is the highest earning YouTube star. According to a Forbes list he earned close to €15 million in 2015/16 and collectively his videos have generated tens of billions of views.He rose to popularity by providing voiceovers to him playing video games but has also been known to carry out pranks and has courted controversy in the past.His relationship with Maker  was a large part of Kjellberg’s empire, giving him co-ownership of the multi-channel network Revelmode, which produces videos and merchandise.An investigation by the Wall Street Journal uncovered a number of videos posted by Kjellberg over the past number of months which have included anti-Semitic content or Nazi references.One of the controversial videos involved him paying two people in India to hold up signs saying “Death to all Jews”.Other videos involved him playing the Nazi Party anthem and showing pictures of swastikas. Some of the videos in question have since been removed from his account.In a statement carried on his Tumblr account, Kjellberg defended the video but also said he understood the jokes were offensive.“I was trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online,” he said.“I think it’s important to say something and I want to make one thing clear: I am in no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes.”He said that it was not his intention to cause any offence.Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive.Read: Game developer gets in trouble for paying PewDiePie and others for positive reviewsRead: Here’s how much the most popular YouTubers earned this year Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 11:02 AM Disney cuts ties with YouTube star PewDiePie over anti-Semitic videos Maker Studios said that it has severed ties with PewDiePie over a number of videos he posted. 22,485 Views Short URL Image: PewDiePie via YouTube Feb 14th 2017, 11:02 AM 99 Comments Share7 Tweet Email last_img read more

Reilly to referee Mayo game for first time since controversial 2014 AllIreland

first_img 38,874 Views Reilly to referee Mayo game for first time since controversial 2014 All-Ireland semi-final replay Reilly will take charge of the match between Mayo and Donegal. Cormac Reilly needed a Garda escort after the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final replay. Source: James Crombie/INPHOMEATH REFEREE CORMAC Reilly will take charge next Sunday of a game involving the Mayo senior footballers for the first time since the controversial 2014 All-Ireland semi-final replay.Reilly has been appointed for Mayo’s Allianz Division 1 football league game against Donegal in Castlebar. Mayo need a result to make sure they avoid relegation while Donegal are chasing a place in the league final on Sunday 9 April. CONFIRMED: @officialgaa have appointed Cormac Reilly as the man in the middle for Sunday. Throw in at @Elverys MacHale PK is 2pm. #mayogaa— Mayo GAA (@MayoGAA) March 28, 2017 Short URL Share242 Tweet Email Source: James Crombie/INPHO Source: James Crombie/INPHOBetween league and championship since that replay against Kerry, Mayo have played 34 games but Reilly has not taken charge of any of them.Joe McQuillan has taken charge of the most Mayo games in that time frame, officiating five times. Maurice Deegan and Conor Lane have refereed four Mayo matches apiece.Mayo’s prospects of avoiding the drop were given a huge boost with last week’s victory over Tyrone in Omagh. They are currently in fifth place on six points and ahead of Kerry on head-to-head record.But defeat against Donegal and a win for Cavan over Roscommon could end up leaving the two sides on six points, which would ensure Cavan finished above them on the head-to-head record.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 3:00 PM By Fintan O’Toole Source: Mayo GAA/Twitter Key figures return as Cork make three changes for Munster U21 final against KerryDo the green shoots sprouting in Kildare and Louth signal an awakening in Leinster? 42 Comments Follow us: Reilly needed a Garda escort after an epic match at the Gaelic Grounds in August 2014, with Kerry seeing off Mayo after extra-time. He received strong criticism after the match from Mayo supporters while Mayo players were irate on several occasions during the game. Source: James Crombie/INPHO Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOSunday Game pundit Kevin McStay described Reilly’s performance as ‘appalling’ after that match while previously in March 2014, then Mayo boss James Horan revealed that he felt Reilly’s display in a league game against Dublin was ‘pretty poor to put it quite mildly, unbelievable at times’. Mar 28th 2017, 3:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Man charged over incident where two men were shot at takeaway in

first_img Share4 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 27th 2019, 11:45 AM By Sean Murray Edenmore Edenmore Image: Google Maps Image: Google Mapscenter_img No Comments 11,928 Views Man charged over incident where two men were shot at takeaway in early hours of New Years’ Day Another man remains in garda custody in connection with the shooting. Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 11:45 AM A MAN IN his 40s was due to appear in court this morning, charged in relation to a shooting incident in north Dublin in the early hours of New Years’ Day.This man and another in his 50s were arrested yesterday over the shooting, which took place at a take away at the Edenmore Shopping Centre in Coolock at 12.22am on Tuesday 1 January.Two male staff members received gunshot wounds in the incident.Gardaí investigating the case arrested the two men on the north side of Dublin, and detained them under the provisions of Section 30 – Offences Against the State Act 1939.The man in his 40s was due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 at 10.30am this morning.The second man currently remains in garda custody.Comments are closed for legal reasons Short URLlast_img read more

A completely new scam Warning over scam that allows online bank accounts

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Motortion Films By Stephen McDermott Friday 8 Mar 2019, 9:00 AM A WARNING HAS been issued about a new type of scam that reportedly allows fraudsters to remotely access people’s bank accounts through their mobile phones.The scam – known as a ‘SIM Card swap’ – is said to enable fraudsters to control mobile users’ bank accounts by taking over their smartphones while they are locked.It is believed to target people who have online banking apps on their smartphones, which fraudsters can access by using the user’s unique SIM Card IP address.Garda Sergeant John Kelly told C103′s Cork Today Show that an Eir Mobile customer in Dublin was hit by the scam earlier this week.“The injured party noticed that their phone signal was lost for approximately two hours,” Kelly said.“When the signal returned to the phone, a quick approval loan of €7,000 had been applied for on the AIB Online function that he used.”Kelly also said that there were a number of other attempts to transfer money via person’s SIM Card IP address while their signal was down, all of which failed.He added that the easiest way to avoid becoming victim to the scam was to use secure WiFi connections.“This is a new one, it’s completely new to me,” he said. “If you had talked to me about this last week, I wouldn’t have heard of it.”A Garda spokesman told that it was not aware of any major problem related to this type of scam in Ireland.“Our advice is for phone customers is to notify their service provider if they notice any unusual activity,” the spokesman added.A spokesperson for Eir Mobile has been contacted for comment. ‘A completely new scam’: Warning over scam that allows online bank accounts to be accessed remotely The scam is believed to target those with banking apps on their smartphones. 53 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Motortion Films 75,805 Views Share1048 Tweet Email19 Mar 8th 2019, 9:00 AM last_img read more

Van Graan extends Munster deal by a further two years

first_img Subscribe By Gavan Casey JOHANN VAN GRAAN has extended his contract for a further two years and will remain with Munster until June 2022, the province and the IRFU have confirmed.The South African made the move to Limerick in November 2017 and guided Munster to the semi-finals of both the Pro14 and the Champions Cup during his first six months in charge.He has repeated that feat during his first full season at the Thomond Park helm, with the southern province due to face Saracens in the Champions Cup last four and still chasing a home semi-final berth in this season’s Pro14 with play-off rugby already guaranteed.Van Graan, 39, said of his contract extension: “I am very happy and grateful to be in this position, knowing that I can continue to work with this incredible group of people and play my part in shaping Munster’s future. Johann van Graan. Toner and Henshaw set for return as Cullen plans for Toulouse 62 Comments Short URL Apr 8th 2019, 11:44 AM Johann van Graan. Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHOcenter_img 19,016 Views Coming to Munster I wanted to become part of the community, and every day I get to experience that sense of belonging with my family and I settling in from the very beginning.“Moments and scenes such as last Saturday week in Edinburgh with the Munster supporters, players and management make for amazing memories. They can never be taken for granted. This is a special place, a special club to be part of and I look forward to continuing the journey together.” Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Johann van Graan celebrates Munster’s Champions Cup win over Edinburgh with his wife Melissa and his son Wyatt. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOMunster’s Acting CEO Philip Quinn added: “We are delighted Johann has committed his future to the province. There was a significant amount of interest from other clubs so it was always going to be a challenge to retain the services of a coach of Johann’s calibre. However, Johann is fully committed to Munster Rugby and I believe it is a statement of intent from the province that we have finalised this deal.“Johann brought with him a wealth of experience and a track record with the Springboks and the Bulls in Super Rugby. He has put his own stamp on this squad over the past 18 months and has enhanced the Munster environment further. Working closely with his backroom staff he continues to drive the standards on and off the field, and we look forward to seeing the progress continue over the next three years.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Van Graan extends Munster deal by a further two years The South African will remain at the southern province until 2022. Monday 8 Apr 2019, 11:43 AM Share50 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Latest school to be hit by swine flu

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne Girls’ College in Richmond today confirmed a Year 9 student has tested positive to swine flu yet the school remains open.The Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS) has provided her family members with the anti-viral drug Tamiflu and is currently identifying other students and staff who have had prolonged contact with the girl.Fotoula Margaronis, whose two daughters attend the college says that she is concerned but not panicking that her daughters are still at the school. She received an email yesterday alerting her to the situation and directing her to the website in which the principal had posted information for parents. Although one of her daughters is in the same year level as the student with the flu she is relieved that she is not in the same class and does not believe that she has had direct contact with the affected girl.“I have not made contact with the school because I know that the principal knows what she is doing and the girls are in good hands. If there was any danger I know that she would send the girls home or close the school.” Ms Margaronis does not believe that parents should keep their children at home just yet.“I’ll keep an eye on my girls within the next 24 to 48 hours and if they come down with any symptoms I will act on it.” Principal Judy Crowe has stated on the college’s website that “some people in our school community may be asked to enter into quarantine in the coming days.”Ms Crow also said that the DHS would notify her immediately of the outcomeThe latest school outbreak takes the national swine flu toll to 61, with Victoria’s acting Chief Medical Officer affirming that one in five Australians could contract the H1N1 strain.Mr Brumby admitted that it was impossible to stop the virus spreading but that quarantining victims had successfully limited its spread.Special clinics will be set up at the Royal Children’s hospital, the Austin Hospital in Heidleberg, and hospitals in the northern and western suburbs to help cope with the increasing cases. The Premier said that the clinics would allow swine flu patients to be isolated from general waiting rooms. “Concerned families have been heeding the advice of the government and health authorities that they should see a doctor if they are concerned about flu-like illness and this has led to a significant increase in visits to hospital emergency departments,” he said.“Our advice is still for parents to take their children if they develop symptoms to their local doctor who will then refer them to the clinics if necessary.”last_img read more

Seeing off 2011

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Club in Queensland, in conjunction with the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, bring you a show-stopping New Years party. A night of Greek dancing, food and entertainment is the best way to see in the new year in the decorated ballroom of Odyssey Taverna Restaurant. A four course menu will be provided, and with DJ George Kassos providing the entertainment, a night of fun is guaranteed for all. Upstairs will be kicking on way into the night, and with views of the city, you won’t miss out on the fireworks display. For only $20, entertainment is provided by Rythmos band. For more event info and ticket information call (06) 3844 1166.last_img read more

NAB tips next rate move will be up

first_imgNAB is forecasting the Reserve Bank will keep interest rates steady throughout 2012. NAB is so optimistic about the Australian economic outlook it is tipping the next move on rates will be up but not until mid-next year. “Conditions improved across most industries – with particularly strong kick-ups in retail and wholesaling,” the latest NAB survey report said. “Against that mining conditions fell heavily – in line with the softening in commodity prices and especially iron ore prices. But investment and exports outlook still solid. Overall outlook remains robust enough to avoid need for further rate cut.” Source: Herald Sun Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more