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← Previous Story EUPHORIA: About 13 mil Germans watch “Miracle in Krakow”! Next Story → Hungary part ways with Talant Dujshebaev Egypt won African Championship 2016 by beating Tunisia 21:19 in the final! Tournament in Cairo had amazing battle for the end, where two best African teams competed, not only for continental gold, but also for the Olympic Games in Rio!Tunisia qualified for the Olympic qualification tournament, while Angola secured bronze medal after victory over Algeria 24:19.Goalkeeper: Hamza Majed (TUN)Right wing: Redouane Saker (ALG)Right back: Ahmed El-Ahmar (EGY)Centre back: Sobhi Saied (TUN)Left back: Moreno Da Silva (ANG)Left wing: Hossam Khedr (EGY)Pivot: Mohamed Hashem (EGY) PHOTO: SENTAGO
New! The Dredge: Who wants to shoot Mariah Carey? – The day’s best celebrity dirt over on The Daily Edge> Good morning! Here are nine things you should know as you start your day…1. #JILL MEAGHER A private funeral has taken place in Melbourne for Jill Meagher. Her family and close friends attended the funeral, and 29 white doves were released at the service. Jill’s husband Tom Meagher paid tribute to his late wife, saying “Goodbye my beautiful, funny girl. I’ll love you forever”. A memorial mass is to be held in her home town of Drogheda at 7pm this evening.2. #APRIL JONES The search for missing Welsh five-year-old April Jones has now entered its fifth day. Detectives have until 5pm to question suspect Mark Bridger, before they have to charge or release him. They can apply for a further warrant of detention. Searches continue in the Machnynlleth area, including in the River Dyfi. Dr Joe Sullivan, a leading forensic psychologist, has been drafted in to help police.3. #COURTS A man who sexually abused two adult nieces was given a three-year suspended sentence in court yesterday, with the judge saying the publishing of Aidan Farrington of Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9′s name was suitable punishment, the Examiner reports. Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said that suspending the sentence sends out a “very mixed message”.4. #EMERGENCY WORKERS In the Dáil today, Fianna Fáil will propose a minimum jail term of five years for anyone convicted of assaulting or threatening the life of an emergency worker on duty. The Assaults on Emergency Workers Bill 2012 will be tabled in the Dáil for the debate, which gets underway at 10.30am.5. #FISH Locals gathered at Kilmore Quay in Co Wexford yesterday to collect the free monkfish that had been left by two fishermen in defiance of EU quota rules, which say that over-quota fish must be thrown back into the sea. The Irish Times says that reports from Fisheries Authority officers are being prepared on the issue for the Director of Public Prosecution.6. #EL PRESIDENTE President Michael D Higgins will spend the second day of his visit to Chile meeting with some of the country’s political leaders, including its president. He will be honoured at the meeting as a distinguished guest of the city of Santiago, and later that night will be guest of honour at an Irish community reception.7. #SYRIA The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a statement condemning “in the strongest terms” Syria’s shelling of a Turkish town that killed five women and children. The body said the incident “highlighted the grave impact the crisis in Syria has on the security of its neighbors and on regional peace and stability” and demanded an immediate end to such violations of international law, says AP.8. #PRIMARY CARE Health Minister James Reilly was ordered by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to assure Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore face-to-face that he wasn’t involved in selecting a primary care centre site that has been the subject of recent controversy, the Irish Independent reports. The paper says they met before Minister Reilly was questioned at the Dáil yesterday on the issue.9. #BEATLES The Beatles’ first hit, Love Me Do, turns 50 today. Its success marked the beginning of ‘Beatlemania’, as the fab four changed the face of popular music as the world knew it. Here they are on video performing the track back in the day.
NEW FIGURES SHED light on the number and type of crimes carried out by people out on bail this year, and over the past 10 years.The figures, made public by TD Bernard Durkan through a parliamentary question, show that there was one murder allegedly carried out by a person on bail from January to June this year, down from 11 the previous year. In 2007, there was a high of 14 murders carried out by people on bail.The numbers also show a decrease so far this year in the number of assaults causing harm suspected to have been carried out by a person on bail, with 112 up to June 2013 and 379 last year.There were 10 people in 2013 found driving or in charge of a vehicle under the influence of drugs, while on bail. Meanwhile, 124 were found to be over the legal alcohol limit while driving.Last year, 11 people on bail were suspected of sexual assault, with six people being suspected of this crime up to June this year.There were 2,654 thefts from shops by people out on bail last year – this number stood at 1,429 from January up to June of this year.When it comes to drug offences, for the first half of this year 245 people out on bail were suspected of possession of drugs for sale or supply, with 458 being suspected of possessing drugs for personal use.In total, 10,397 people from January – June of this year have been accused of carrying out crimes while on bail. In 2012, the total figure for the entire year was 22,762.Read: Nine murders committed by people released on bail>
THE TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny and the British Prime Minister David Cameron will both visit a number of First World War graves and memorials in Flanders in Belgium this morning.Both Government heads are in Belgium to attend an EU Council meeting which is being held in Brussels today also.World War IBoth leaders will pay their respects to those who gave their lives in World War I and is meant to represents another key milestone in the deepening of British-Irish relations. The visit takes place as part of the decade of centenary commemorations of key events between 2012 and 2022.Kenny and Cameron will visit a number of locations where soldiers in British uniform, including many Irish soldiers, fought and died. Both leaders will place wreaths at the grave of Willie Redmond. He was a nationalist politician and Member of Parliament in the Irish Parliamentary party.He was commissioned as a captain in the Royal Irish Regiment, with whom he served 33 years. He went to France on the Western Front with the 16th (Irish) Division in the winter of 1915-16.MemorialRedmond requested his remains be buried outside the walls of the British military cemetery at Locre. The request was a direct response to the execution of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916.The visit will also include the Island of Ireland Peace Park at Messines which is a memorial to the 50,000 Irish who died, the village of Wytschaete where the 16th (Dublin) and 36th (Ulster) divisions advanced together and fell in the attack on Messines Ridge and the Menin Gate Memorial which is dedicated to British and commonwealth soldiers whose graves are unknown.They will also visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery which is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world for any war.Read: Taoiseach says senior garda to liaise with NAMA over allegations> Read: We don’t intend to lose the discipline that’s been put in the system by the Troika – Taoiseach>
TWO STREETS IN Derry have been closed, as well as a number of premises evacuated, after a bomb warning.Shipquay Street and Shipquay Place have been closed by police following a telephone warning of a bomb.Officers are conducting a search and have evacuated a number of premises in the busy area.Motorists are advised to avoid the area and police have asked anyone noticing any suspicious objects to contact them immediately in Strand Road on 0845 600 8000.Read: Derry bus driver showed ‘immense courage’ to stop bomb attack
52 per cent of parents found it hard to get their children to eat healthily due to the amount of snacks at supermarket checkouts, with most of them (68 per cent) pestered by their children for chocolates at checkout.Lidl has 130 stores in Ireland and there have been calls for them to bring in the same system here.Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has not only called for Lidl to bring in the ban but she’s calling on all supermarkets to take a stand.I would call on other supermarket chains to follow this lead and consider doing the same. Self-regulation could go a long way in this field and, with one in four schoolchildren now classified as overweight or obese, it’s clear that this is a problem that we cannot ignore. WE’VE ALL BEEN there, you’ve managed to get through your shop picking relatively healthy options.You look with pride at your trolley stuffed with fruit, veg and salad and then you wait at the checkout …and find yourself slipping all sorts of goodies in your once-wholesome stash.Well, Lidl customers in the UK will no longer have the seducing sweets laid out in front of them at the checkout.The supermarket chain has announced it will ban sweets at the counters and replace them with healthy snacks.According to the supermarket’s figures published in the Huffington Post: We’ve asked Lidl for a comment on whether the ban will be coming into Irish stores but they haven’t got back to us at this stage. So your treats are safe for now…but your New Year’s resolutions are not!Have your say in the comments box below. Do we need the sweets to be put away or should we be able to decide for ourselves if we want a sweet snack?How (and why) families affect childhood obesity>‘She’s a totally different child’: Mother hails success of now suspended obesity service>Woman plans to hand out letters to obese trick-or-treating children instead of sweets>
Source: Happy PlaceCome on! This is a conversation! If you don’t want to be here make your excuses and leave.Failing to contributeThere’s nothing creepier than someone lurking in the background, watching everything that’s going on and saying nothing. Don’t be that creep.Leaving a group without saying anythingWhen someone new is added into a group, it’s a big deal. The dynamics change, and everyone has to adjust.If you are deemed special enough to be added to a group, it is the height of rudeness to leave without contributing anything.Someone adding you to a group you don’t want to be inWe’ve heard tell of some workplace Whatsapp groups that people are autmoatically added to when they start.THIS IS NOT COOL. As already mentioned above, it’s not ok to leave a group without contributing, so you’re essentially stuck there.Sending gross picturesIt is unkind to send people gross pictures that they don’t want to see, but it’s especially unkind on Whatsapp. Y’see, unless you’re clever with the settings, all the images you receive are automatically saved to your camera roll.What other things do people do that bother you in your group chats?Welsh local newspaper reports breaking news of woman wearing same cardigan for 54 years>This low-budget Super Bowl proposal is actually brilliant> THESE DAYS TEXT messaging seems to be entirely functional. If you want to communicate in a fun way, it’s all about Whatsapp.The messaging service has lots of us getting involved in group chats, some of which go on for years and involve lots of friends.Alas, as with any social activity, there are always going to be some people who don’t really get the etiquette. Here are the worst things people do in a Whatsapp group.Using group chat to converse with only one memberPeople who fail to realise that that they can use Whatsapp to chat one on one are a nightmare. There’s nothing worse than watching two members of the group dissect an event they attended, or plan the logistics of a night out that you’re not involved in.NOBODY CARES.Chatting about something irrelevant most membersWant to have an in-depth talk about a play you went to? A football game you enjoyed? A group chat is not the place to do it if on a couple of you were involved.Not cool, man.Only giving one-word responses
A SERGIO AGUERO brace was the highlight of Manchester City’s comfortable 4-0 FA Cup fifth round victory over Leeds today, a win that will lift, at least temporarily, speculation about the future of manager Roberto Mancini.With City 12 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United, the FA Cup remains Mancini’s most realistic hope of winning silverware this season and Aguero’s efforts, together with goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez, carried his team through to the last eight with the minimum of fuss.“I think it was really important to win this game. If you score two goals within the first 20 minutes it is easier,” said Mancini.“Our strikers need to continue to score like they did today. If they do that, we can have other chances.”City wasted no time in taking out recent league frustrations on their Championship visitors and, even before their fifth minute opening goal, Leeds ‘keeper Jamie Ashdown had been forced to race from his area to beat Aguero to an under-hit back-pass.Neil Warnock’s players were still struggling to come to terms with the task in hand when Yaya Toure left them with a mountain to climb.The Ivory Coast international exchanged the ball with both David Silva and Tevez in a flurry of passes before advancing into the area and comfortably beating Ashdown and an attempt by Lee Peltier to clear off his line.It was the start of a half of almost unrelenting City dominance with Tom Lees’ timely tackle stopping Aguero, Silva flashing a shot wide and Tevez shooting into the side netting from an Aguero pull-back, all in quick succession.Finally, after 14 minutes, Leeds succumbed to the inevitable after Lees was harshly judged to have pulled back Aguero on one of his trademark snaking runs into the area.The Argentinian international took the spot kick himself, calmly converting past Ashdown.YouTube: Hakob HakLeeds finally launched a meaningful attack of their own as El Hadji Diouf headed just over from Sam Byram’s 15th minute cross. But, apart from City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon being forced to punch away a 45th minute free-kick from Ross McCormack, the remainder of the tie quickly degenerated into a question of how many City would score.It took until the sixth minute of the second half for City to finally find the third goal that rendered any prospect of a Leeds fightback out of the question. Aguero played a one-two with Silva before continuing a sprint towards the left-hand by-line from where his cross was met on the goal line by Tevez, who forced the ball into the open net.YouTube: ncnncncAs City pressed on Yaya Toure might also have extended the lead when he met Silva’s cross with a powerful shot which Ashdown parried directly to substitute Jack Rodwell who could only head against the cross-bar with an open goal at his mercy.As Leeds supporters expressed their growing unrest with manager Warnock, the afternoon might have turned even uglier for the mid-table Championship side had Aguero made decent connection with an eight-yard shot which dribbled through to the goalkeeper.Aguero finally added the fourth goal that City’s superiority merited after 73 minutes, following Silva’s well-timed pass picking out the Argentinian’s run beyond the Leeds defence. Aguero did the rest with a confident finish past the advancing Ashdown.- © AFP, 2013John Terry slams talk of Benitez rift as Chelsea cruise in FA CupITV’s unfortunate mis-spelling of Rafa Benitez’s name during Chelsea’s clash with Brentford
Prosecutors say the pair had an argument before Steenkamp was killed. Vuma said that Pistorius “continues to grieve” for her. Vuma spokeswoman Janice Hills would not give any further details about the ceremony, saying it is “a private matter for the family.”Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair set bail for Pistorius at 1 million rand ($113,000). The 26-year-old track star was also ordered to hand over his passports, turn in any guns he owns and keep away from his upscale home in a gated community in Pretoria, the scene of the crime. He cannot leave the district of Pretoria without his probation officer’s permission and is not allowed to consume drugs or alcohol.Nair himself was in private mourning on Tuesday. He confirmed that he is related to a woman suspected of killing her two children and committing suicide on the weekend.The revelation was the latest twist in the saga of Pistorius and prominent figures linked to the case against the double-amputee athlete. Suicide notes were found and a murder investigation was underway, Muthan said. He said copies of the notes were admitted as evidence in the probe and declined to comment on the contents.Eyewitness News, a South African media outlet, said the boys who died were 12 and 17 years old and cited neighbor Claire Osment as saying she rushed outside after hearing screams coming from the townhouse where they lived.“We asked what happened. The dad just said, ‘She has killed my boys.’ He was just crying,” Eyewitness News quoted her as saying. “He couldn’t believe it, he couldn’t believe that his sons are gone.”Don’t call it a comeback: O’Sullivan will defend world title in April>VIDEO: 11-year-old attempts ski-jump, falls in hilarious fashion> OSCAR PISTORIUS PLANNED a personal memorial service on Tuesday for Reeva Steenkamp, the 29-year-old model he shot at his home on Valentine’s Day.The evening service would be at the Pretoria home of his uncle Arnold, where the Olympic athlete has been staying since he was released on bail awaiting trial on a premeditated murder charge.Pistorius’ reputation management firm said Pistorius had specifically requested the service “as he remains in deep mourning for the loss of his partner Reeva,” whom he says he shot by accident assuming an intruder had entered his home on 14 February.“Oscar has asked for a private service with people who share his loss, including his family members who knew and loved Reeva as one of their own,” Vuma Reputation Management said in a statement.Exactly a week ago, a memorial service was held for Steenkamp in the southern coast city of Port Elizabeth, where her body was cremated following a private service.That same day, the bail hearing for Pistorius started in the nation’s capital Pretoria.It was unclear exactly what Pistorius’ service would consist of or how many people would attend. The bodies of a woman and her two sons were found Sunday evening at their Johannesburg home by her ex-husband, police Warrant Officer Balan Muthan said. Authorities suspect the woman administered a substance that killed her children, and took her own life by ingesting it as well.“I can confirm the deceased is my first cousin,” Nair told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.The woman’s brother, Vishal Maharaj, identified her as Anusha Maharaj. Police said Maharaj was her family name before she married. South African media identified her as Anusha Mooljee.Muthan said police suspect “she took her own life by ingesting a substance that killed her,” and that she “most probably” gave the same substance to her children. Autopsies were conducted Monday and toxicologists were analysing the substance believed to have killed the three family members.
9. He was incredibly touched by the defence fund set up by cycling fans to cover his legal costs“[Looking back on my journalism career initially] I thought, ultimately, it was a waste of time.“After this defence fund, I realised, ‘you actually did make a difference’.“That was the most satisfying thing of my entire journalistic career. I was going to be able to defend myself.”10. He’s a big fan of Russell Brand“Russell Brand wrote a piece on Thatcher. I thought it was a brilliant piece of writing.”Listen to the full interview here>The Paul Kimmage film about his Lance crusade, doping and the UCI that you should see>Cycling Ireland to hold EGM on McQuaid’s nomination> “[My parents] devoted their lives to the four of us. The one thing I wanted to do was be a bike racer. It is, or was, a cinderella sport.“It’s a very close-knit community. I met Stephen Roche when I was 13.“I signed up as a pro in 1986. It’s different when it becomes your job. As a kid, you dream about it. It looks glamorous and it is glamorous at times. A bit of the love goes out of it when you’re relying on it for your bills. I’ve been living the life of a monk since I was 15. Every night I’d go to bed at 9.30. I was very dedicated, and it requires that.“All in all, I wouldn’t change anything – the life experiences have made me what I am.” 4. He’d ‘almost take a gun’ to his kids if they went into cycling“All I knew as a kid was cycling and comics.“I don’t want them to be as obsessed and narrow-minded as I was.”5. His success came from him wanting to please his dad“I wanted him to be proud of me. So much of my drive was wanting to please my dad.“My younger brother was much more talented – he was the guy that should’ve made it.”(Kimmage, pictured in his younger days – INPHO/Billy Stickland)6. He’s still on bad terms with Stephen Roche“Stephen was someone that I’d idolised.“I would challenge you to read Rough Ride and find a bad word about Stephen. It shattered our relationship irreparably.“Of course he was aware of the doping. It was self interest [denying it].“I was in Easons signing copies of the book and The Evening Press came in. The front page read: ‘Roche may sue over Late Late’.“We’ve met several times since. The last time we met was at the Berkley Court in 2000. He wanted to meet me and shake his hand and I didn’t want to shake his hand. I didn’t because I still felt betrayed by him. I’d like him to explain how I betrayed him.”7. His first Late Late Show appearance gave him sleepless nights“I naively thought I was going to get applauded. What I did had huge implications for Kelly, Roche and Martin [Earley].“I went on the Late Late Show. Gay [Byrne] was too good a broadcaster to ignore the elephant in the room [the issue of whether or not Roche or Kelly doped].“I don’t think I slept trying to figure how I’d answer him. I said ‘it’s not important, this is about my career’. Sean had tested positive twice.“I wasn’t prepared to hang Kelly out there.”8. Not being able to write made him feel ‘vulnerable’ “I felt incredibly vulnerable for eight months. Then I got a chance to write for the Daily Mail. There were serious questions about Team Sky.“The sports editor said he wouldn’t be able to publish [the piece I wrote]. Anne is downstairs saying: ‘Paul, what are you doing?’“The sports editor read it again and eventually said: ‘You’re right, there are questions, we’re going to run it.’” 1. 2012 was the worst year of his life“In January I was made redundant. Two weeks later, I got a lawsuit. It was a personal action against me. As a result of closure to the Armstrong case, there was satisfaction. I was getting praise, but I was still out of work.“I got a phone call from someone I’d never spoken to [who said I was being made redundant], and it was a shock.“I went from a position where I was bullet proof to walking down to the local unemployment office.”2. He suffered ‘enormous guilt’ as a result of his own doping“Mentally I cracked, and I’m glad I did, because it gave me a sense of the power of these drugs.“I was almost running through the wall, I was so keen to get back on my bike.“From a performance point of view, it didn’t make any sense. It was a straight race, there were no times involved. I went home that night outside of Grenoble. The guilt of it – saying, ‘what have you done?’ I told Anne, my wife.“The second time I did it, I didn’t feel any guilt. After three times, I stopped. In a way, that was the end. I felt my career was over, I wasn’t going to achieve anything.”3. He lost some of his love for cycling when he turned pro
ENDA KENNY HAS “no responsibility” to tell TDs of his views about former ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet’s refusal to appear before the forthcoming Oireachtas banking inquiry, according to Dáil authorities.The Taoiseach has said he expects political leaders to attend the inquiry, but Dáil questions on the Trichet issue were disallowed by the Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett this week.He said: “An Taoiseach has no official responsibility to Dáil Éireann for these matters.”Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin had tabled two questions asking the Taoiseach if he was disappointed at Trichet saying he would not be able to attend and for his views on the matter.A second question asked if the Taoiseach had written to the European Commission to ask if they would change the rules that Trichet claims prevent him from attending in order to allow him to attend the inquiry and answer questions.Politicians charged with investigating the collapse of the Irish banking system will view Trichet as a key player given he opposed the idea of burning Anglo bondholders and is said to have forced Ireland to issue a blanket guarantee of all assets and liabilities in the banking system.However, the former banker told Newstalk earlier this month that the ECB’s constitution prevents him from attending.“If the rule was changed, I would apply the new rule,” he told Newstalk’s Shona Murray. “All decisions are taken collectively by all members and the responsibility of explaining decisions are in the hands of the national governors.”The Taoiseach’s office did not respond to a query about about the matter this week.A spokesperson for Martin said that the latest development does little to allay concerns that the banking inquiry is being used for “political point scoring”.“Any genuine attempt to get at the truth of what happened to the banking sector in this country would see Jean Claude Trichet at the top of the list of potential witnesses,” the spokesperson said.“However, in this Dáil, the Taoiseach simply dismisses questions about his involvement and says he has no responsibility to explain his position to TDs.”Read: ‘It’s like the Third Secret of Fatima’ – Noonan says ECB letter could be released for inquiryMinister: Trichet is disrespecting us by refusing to go before banking inquiry
NEW RESEARCH BY the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) shows that negative equity has fallen by 15% in one year.It is estimated that the total number of mortgage loans in negative equity, in Ireland, reached a peak of over 314,000 by the end of 2012. The recovery in house prices by the end of 2013 reduced that number by approximately 45,000.Negative equity occurs when the price of a property falls below the value of the outstanding mortgage secured on that property.MortgagesDublin accounted for 40 per cent of mortgages in negative equity in 2011, however, the research shows that by the end of 2013, the number of mortgages in negative equity in Dublin had fallen by over 35,000 from a peak of close to 125,000.Over three-quarters of the improvement experienced nationally is due to the stronger increase in prices experienced in Dublin, found the report.Author of the report David Duffy said thatNegative equity can have harmful effects on an economy through its impact on a household’s consumption, savings and labour market mobility. The combination of property price increases and mortgage repayment has reduced the extent of negative equity in Ireland in recent times which is positive for the economy overall.He added that it is expected that house prices will continue to increase in 2014 which will see a further decline in negative equity numbers.Read: Asking prices up nationally for first time since peak of property boom>Read: House, apartment prices up 10.6% nationally in year to May>
Zeitgeist means “spirit of the times” which is why Google aptly named one of its online services Zeitgeist since it keeps track of the millions of search queries Google receives. The information contained within Google Zeitgeist is a nice reminder of what has happened over the past year and how those events have shaped the habits of online users to find more information about them. Some of the top global events queried on Google in 2010 include the World Cup hosted in South Africa, the Winter Olympics in Canada, the Haiti earthquake, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the ash cloud originating in Iceland which affected global travel.Some of the fastest rising queries in 2010 also says something about what peaked our interest online this year. The top five queries included chatroulette, ipad, Justin Bieber, nicki minaj and friv followed by myxer, katy perry, twitter, gamezer, and facebook. Regionally, the fastest rising queries in the U.S. wasn’t much different than the global list. One difference is the inclusion of “glee” in the top 10 list which a testament to how the hit television show as become ingrained in the American culture.AdChoices广告As a result of the latest Google Zeitgeist information, a new YouTube upload offers a summary of the queries and events of 2010 through a collage of search results, images and video. It’s a nice wrap-up of the year through the eyes of Google as we say farewill to 2010 and come one year closer to the predicted 2012 apocalypse that will no doubt be capped off by Justin Bieber topping the global fastest rising queries list in 2011.Read more at Google Zeitgeist.
What’s better than having a three-day-long weekend? Memorial Day sales, of course! The bargains offered during Memorial Day weekend aren’t necessarily as good as those offered during Christmas and Black Friday, but they’re still worth checking out. If you’re too busy grilling and laying around in the pool to hit the mall, there are plenty of online stores that are offering superb deals. We picked out a few of the best ones so you don’t have to spend your entire long-weekend sifting through all the sales.AmazonWirelessWe already told you about the great deal on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play PlayStation phone with $10 Amazon Appstore credit, but AmazonWireless is also offering a plethora of other great deals like the Google Nexus S 4G for $49.99, down from $199.99; the HTC Thunderbolt for $129.99, down from $249.99;the T-Mobile G2x for $99.99, down from $199.99; and the HTC Inspire 4G for 1 cent, down from $99.99.AdChoices广告TargetTarget is offering some great deals on game systems and games. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is on sale for $29.99 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC), which is $10 off. You can also save $10 off of SOCOM 4 and Portal 2. If you’re looking for something a little bigger, you can get a free $50 Target GiftCard when you buy a 4GB Xbox 360 game system for $199.99.DellDell is offering up to 25 percent off of select Dell Inspiron laptops from now until May 30. You can grab the Inspiron 15R (N5010) for $499.99 shipped, down from $659.99. It has an IntelCore i3-380M processor, 4GB DDR3, 500GB 5400RPM hard drive, and a 720p LED display.iPhone/iPad AppsMemorial Day weekend isn’t just about buying new computers and gaming consoles, it also brings us deals on apps. Many app vendors have lowered their prices or made them free during the weekend. Make sure to take a look around the iTunes App Store to see what kind of sales are going on. One sale is Plants vs. Zombies for iPad is on sale for $1.99 down from $6.99. Tower Madness for iPhone (normally $4.99) and Tower Madness HD for the iPad are both free, as well is Scene It? Movies 2 HD for the iPad.InvisibleSHIELDIf you own a smartphone, iPod, or iPad, you know how easy it is to scratch up that screen. InvisibleSHIELD protects not only the screen of your device but also the body, so you won’t get any scratches on the back of your iPhone if you don’t have a case for it. You can literally take a key to it and try to scratch it, but the InvisibleSHIELD does a good job at protecting your phone. InvisibleSHIELD is offering 50 percent off purchases sitewide, and it’ll even throw in a free pack of Zaggwipes. The sale ends May 31.LenovoLenovo is offering deals on both laptops and desktops. The actual Memorial Day sale focuses on ThinkPad laptops, offering up to 15 percent off in the series. The ThinkPad X220 is on sale for just $781.15 down from its list price of $1,365 with coupon code MEMORIALDAY. Also on sale is the ThinkCenter M desktop series for 20 percent off. The desktops are energy efficient, and are made up of up to 42 percent post-consumer content. The ThinkCenter M deal is valid through June 15 with coupon code CAPTHINKCENTRE20.CreativeLabsCreative is offering 25 percent off storewide between now and May 30. On sale is the Live! Cam Socialize HD AF Webcam, which produces 10-megapixel photos and 720p video. It also has visual ad voice effects. Normally $66.99, the webcam is on sale for $44.99. For the gamers out there, Creative is offering its Fatal1ty Gaming Headset for $37.49 down from $49.99.Know of any other good deals happening this weekend? Please share them with us in the comments below! Happy three-day weekend!Photo via Really Natural
The third Humble Indie Bundle is quickly coming to a close–the timer runs out at 7pm (Eastern time) today! That means that if you are not one of the 370,000 or so people to have purchased the bundle, you might want to take a few minutes in order to consider the purchase. You’ll help out some great charities (the EFF and Child’s Play) and/or support indie developers and/or throw some cash to the HIB’s organizers. And for your trouble (and money) you’ll be rewarded with an excellent package of indie games.The HIB3 started off rather slow, with Crayon Physics, Cogs, VVVVVV, Hammerfight, and Yet it Moves, but in subsequent days it grew to include Steel Storm Burning Retribution, Atom Zombie Smasher, Braid, Cortex Command, Machinarium, Osmos, Revenge of the Titans, and access to Minecraft (though that ends today). These additions brought it from a rather unextraordinary set of older indie games to a really solid package, with some top-tier indies (Braid and Machinarium), a good puzzler (Atom Zombie Smasher), one of the better tower defense games (Revenge of the Titans), and Cortex Command, which has had a very long development, but has awesome potential. All of the games are playable on Mac, Linux, and Windows and some include cool extras, like soundtracks.Right now you’ll have to pay a minimum of just under $6 to get all the games (the final section of the bundle is only available if you pay more than the average amount… it’s worth it). Of course you can pay more than that, but that’s up to you and your accountant/significant other/mother.Before this offering ends, I’d just like to point out my favorite part of the bundle: they make it extremely easy to get the games. All offerings are downloadable in a single click, for any platform, completely free of DRM. You can download directly or through torrents, and you can even get Steam codes so you can add the games to your account. The organizers have the delivery down to a science and it makes a huge difference (at least for me).Humble Indie Bundle
Back in October, Motorola announced to their hacker customers that the Droid Razr would be the company’s first device with an unlockable bootloader. Well, both the Droid Razr and its better-balanced sequel, the Droid Razr Maxx are here, and they both have locked bootloaders. Today, however, Motorola made good on its promise and announced that a special edition of the Razr, the Motorola Razr Developer Edition, will be launching soon.The Developer Edition will be available initially in Europe, but the company also promised that a US version will be arriving in “the coming months.” The hack-friendly phone is already up for pre-order (EU customers only) for 499.00 €.Out-of-the-box, the Razr Developer Edition will be identical to the existing Droid Razr. That means you’ll get the same 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, dual-core OMAP processor (1.2GHz), and 7.1mm thickness. In fact, on first use, the bootloader of the Developer Edition will still be locked. The only difference is that you’ll be able to visit Motorola’s developer website to unlock the boot loader.Why introduce a separate device instead of simply unlocking the bootloader of the standard Razr? For users who would never hack an unlocked bootloader is an unneccessary security risk. But, in actuality, this probably has more to do with money. Carriers like Verizon don’t particularly want you to be able to hack your phone. It makes you more likely to do as you please with it and less likely to pay them for extra services.On a hacked phone, all of that Verizon crapware can be easily removed, you can tether without paying VZW a second time for your data, and you can remove any user profiling software that they can use to profit off of you.So instead of a Nexus-like device that launches with an unlocked bootloader, we have a limited edition version of the Droid Razr being released months after the initial launch. By that time, seven new high-end Android phones will have replaced the Droid Razr. Going at this rate, there will be three new additions to the Razr family alone.Releasing the Developer Edition does show that Motorola is listening to the development community, but don’t take it for more than it is. It’s mostly a way for Moto to say “see, we did it” to their hacking and rooting customers. Those customers, however, may see it as too little and too late.Motorola
The iPod Nano is truly the chameleon of personal media players. It has gone through several distinct design phases over the years, from tall and skinny, to short and wide, to teeny-tiny and finger-friendly. Now the rumor mill indicates that Apple is at it again; the Nano as we’ve come to know it is slated to change.A new report claims that the device announced at Apple’s annual fall music event this year will be of the tall and skinny variety once again, but will still have a multitouch screen. In fact, the screen is rumored to be a little larger this time. Interestingly, it is also reportedly going to feature an iPhone-style home button.The current iPod Nano uses a very small multitouch screen, and has an iOS feel to the software. The new bigger Nano would make that software experience better, but I doubt it will be running iOS. More than likely, it’s just going to look and behave a lot more like the iPod Touch without running apps.The current Nano’s square design has encouraged some uber-nerds to turn the device into a watch, but that may be a thing of the past. The larger form factor would also open up the possibility of returning the camera to the device, which was ditched in the last minimalistic re-design.There are also some more shady rumors about a new iTunes service launching in tandem with the new Nano, but no specifics were forthcoming on that front. With people increasingly shifting to smartphones, I’m not sure it’s even worth the R&D on a mid-range media device like this.More at Macotakara, via Cult of Mac
Quadcopters are getting cheap, and they’re being built through less conventional means. C++ programmer Ed Scott and his sons Nicholas and Joshua went with those two trends and built a quadcopter frame entirely out of Lego. The team built the entire body out of the toy bricks, then added an ArduCopter board — an open source, unmanned aerial vehicle platform — to help the drone achieve autonomous flight.The quadcopter is fitted with a Go Pro camera so it can record its surrounding environment, as well as a first-person view camera and transmitter so it can beam live images of the flight back to its pilot. Using GPS, the vehicle is also able to navigate waypoints.Ed was inspired to build the unit because his GAUI 330x crashed one day and one of the arms broke off. He went home that night and saw his son playing around in Lego Digital Designer — something of Lego CAD software that allows one to plan Lego builds. From that, Ed realized he could build a Lego frame and use the motors from the now-broken GAUI. Ed notes that after the concept was designed, his sons built the frame entirely, then the team glued everything together.The team has reportedly put the unit through some heavy testing, including hard landings and some flips while flying, but the Lego quadcopter has remained strong. Ed says he plans to upgrade the build by using standard 2×2 bricks for the legs, rather than current window frame bricks.If you’re up for building one of your own, check out Lego Digital Designer, and then study up on the ArduCopter board.via sUAS News
Skype is already the most popular VOIP and videoconferencing app in the world, but there’s plenty of room for new features. Next on the agenda: adding support for fully interactive, 3D holographic telepresence.Yes, Microsoft wants to beam your virtual self over the wire so that your video chats are that much more like actually being there. Microsoft says the goal is to project a “realistic body-double…that gives the remote worker a true seat at the table.” The avatar would be able to scan the room visually, turn and have a sidebar with a neighbor, and, who knows, perhaps even dish out a ghostly high-five.The company has posted a new job listing for a software developer that can help lead the project. Unsurprisingly, experience with Windows RT and Windows 8 are key, and Lync and Skype development chops are a definite bonus, too.The ad also notes that this particular position will be responsible for “productizing ideas and code from Microsoft Research.” That’s an important mention, because it hints that this effort will be based on the Viewport project.Microsoft Research announced Viewport last April. The goal was to create a shared virtual environment for immersive telecommunication using infrared dot projection.Ultimately, the effect would be similar to what CNN demonstrated during the 2008 U.S. election when correspondent Jessica Yellin’s avatar was beamed on stage to chat with bearded bad boy Wolf Blitzer… or the innumerable long-distance face-to-face conversations you’ve seen in sci-fi movies over the years.Just think, in a few more years, you may be able to sit in on that dreadful weekly productivity meeting from the comfort of your own office — rather than having to stuff yourself into a sweaty conference room.