Three men arrested in Dublin murder investigation

first_imgTHREE MEN HAVE been arrested as part of the investigation into the shooting dead of a 36-year-old man in Phibsboro in Dublin just after Christmas.All three were arrested this morning by Gardaí from Mountjoy station. Two of the men are in their 20s while the third is in his 60s.The three are being held at Garda stations in the north inner city.Christopher Warren was dropped off at St James’s Hospital on 28 December with gunshot injuries. He died at the hospital a short time later.A blue Mercedes which was used to drive him to the hospital was found abandoned on nearby Cork Street soon afterwards.Five people in total have now been arrested in connection with the murder investigation.last_img

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Column We have a president with an opinion whats the big deal

first_imgARTICLE 15.1.2 OF the constitution of Ireland declares that executive authority resides with the Oireachtas, comprising the President, the Dáil and the Seanad. The president is elected by universal adult suffrage for a seven-year term, following their nomination either by at least 20 members of the Houses of the Oireachtas or by at least four county or county borough councils.This effectively ensures that, despite the popular vote for election, all would-be candidates need the support of one of the main parties or some combination of the smaller ones. Added to this, as the rest of the constitution makes quite clear, executive authority is vested directly with the government. Even though Article 12.1 states that the office of President takes ‘precedence over all other persons in the state’, it was clearly not intended that the president would have much of a role in the day-to-day politics of the state.Appearances can be deceptiveInstead, it seems that de Valera intended the office of President to be something of a ‘reserve power’, ‘intervening on the people’s behalf only if government or parliament appeared to be threatening to violate the letter or spirit of the constitution’. But even so, the discretionary powers afforded to the president fall far short of those needed if his or her role were genuinely to guard the constitution or prevent the government or Oireachtas attempting to set up a dictator. According to this logic, the office of the Irish President is a weak and ceremonial position, largely constrained by party politics and with no real power. And yet, appearances can be deceptive.Mary Robinson, who accepted the Labour party’s nomination on the condition that she stand as an independent, and won the first presidential election in 17 years, is widely credited with changing how we understand the role of Irish President. Robinson, who was a constitutional lawyer and expert herself, explained how she had come to understand the role of the president by examining the terms of the office as set out in the Irish constitution.Robinson recognised the importance of political symbolism“When I looked and saw that, unusually, in the Irish constitution the President – although not political – is elected by the people as their choice… this opened up a means to be close to the people and represent all those other things that matter,” she said. In this respect, Robinson realised the power of political symbolism and pushed it to its limits, directly in her own embodiment as president, and indirectly in the work that she chose to do as president.In terms of her own symbolic value, her election was widely viewed – by Irish political practitioners and commentators alike – as of enormous symbolic value. Upon taking office at the age of 47, Mary Robinson was a young, professional woman holding the highest office of the state. She is a practising Catholic, married to a Protestant.Her CV includes independent membership of the Seanad, Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin, and extensive experience as a practising constitutional lawyer – seeking to liberalise contraception laws, advance women’s rights, decriminalise homosexuality and, opposing the insertion of an anti-abortion clause into the Constitution in 1983. She supported the unsuccessful attempt to remove the ban on divorce in 1986. The widespread and enthusiastic support for Mary Robinson was indicative of a developing self-image in Ireland: that of a modernising state, beginning to acknowledge diversity of tradition, religion, and values across the island.The ‘bridge building’ presidential theme of McAleeseThe projection of Ireland as a pluralist, secular and inclusive state was as much a consequence of the presidential work that she did as it was of her own person. Previously excluded, marginalised and disadvantaged groups were imbued with importance when visited by the president. During Robinson’s term of office, the presidential diary became much more crowded and she was credited with reinvigorating the role.According to the constitutional lawyer, Gwyn Morgan, in all but the most obviously political areas, Robinson left it up to the government to intervene or not, leaving them with the onus of ‘either being seen to instruct the presidency or of accepting whatever the president chose to do’. This symbolic style to the presidential office was further developed by her successor, Mary McAleese, whose ‘bridge building’ presidential theme was conclusively cemented by the historic visit of Queen Elizabeth to Ireland.Certainly, in the two decades since the two Marys took up the office, the chief significance of the presidency has come to be seen much more explicitly in terms of the ways in which our head of state embodies, represents and reflects core values that we want associated with Ireland. And in this respect we can see some significant evolution in the role of the Irish presidency.The projection of core Irish valuesIn the last presidential election, we no longer needed to look for implicit and unstated messages that our would-be presidents might convey, by their dress code, gender, lifestyle or domestic arrangements. Quite the opposite: our would-be presidents were happy to package them as the cornerstone of their presidential campaigns.In fact, during the last presidential campaign, it became abundantly clear that the most significant role for an Irish president is the projection of core Irish values: the presidential competition was an exercise in debating what exactly these should be.Michael D Higgins, who won with the biggest vote in the history of Irish presidential elections, argued that the role of president was all about ‘hope and creativity’ in a ‘radically inclusive republic’. And so, really, should anyone be surprised when he took the opportunity to elaborate on that vision when invited to do so by the Financial Times? His thoughts developed themes that he had already articulated in his speech to the European Parliament two weeks before.Moral and social discourse on the eurozone crisisThere was no political controversy then, so presumably President Higgins concluded that he was not pushing the Irish government beyond its comfort zone. In both addresses, he argued that Europe needs a moral and social discourse to match the technical discussion of eurozone problems. On a technicality at least, he cannot stand accused of commenting on government policy – given that there is very little in the way of moral and social discourse about eurozone problems, here or in wider Europe. Perhaps that is the kind of hope and creativity he was referring to in his election campaign.More concretely, he argued that Europe’s current ‘hegemonic model’ fails to distinguish between the different types of economic difficulties experienced in different European states. Without doubt, on this point the Irish government must most surely agree.In fact, on this point, many other European states and economists also agree – as did the FT’s own editorial the following day. Few, however, find themselves in a position to articulate this reasoned call for reconsideration. Least of all the Irish government, as it tries to negotiate the implementation of its bailout conditions in ever more constricted circumstances. In this respect, an independent president, with a close connection to his people, and a direct popular mandate to speak on their behalf, might be just exactly what was required.Maura Adshead is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Administration at the University of Limerick. To read more articles by Maura for TheJournal.ie, click here.Read: Michael D: ‘The EU will become illegitimate without economic reform’>Poll: Has President Michael D Higgins crossed the line by criticising Europe?>Read: 21 reasons to cuddle Michael D Higgins>last_img read more

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We were afraid for our children 10000 flee Iraq town

first_imgThe latest influx will place further pressure on resources there, particularly housing and fuel supplies.The autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq has already seen an influx of people fleeing a Sunni militant offensive, led by jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), that has swept parts of the country.Those who fled Qara Qosh had no access to showers or air conditioning, worsening already difficult conditions in Iraq’s scorching summer heat, the UNHCR said, adding many were concerned about a lack of medical care.The UNHCR and fleeing residents interviewed by AFP said heavy shelling of Qara Qosh and the surrounding area of Hamdaniyah from neighbouring villages had forced them to leave.It was not immediately clear who carried out the mortar shelling.Children afraid, adults escape“Our children did not sleep for two days because they were afraid from the shelling,” said Azaar Behnam, who was sitting near her five children in a youth centre in Arbil where those who fled were being sheltered.“We escaped and left everything behind because the sound was really terrible, and life became impossible.”Other residents of the Hamdaniyah area interviewed by AFP gave similar accounts.“The weather was very hot, we were suffering, and there was no electricity or water,” said Taala Ishaq, a 65-year-old who fled with 24 relatives, including 18 grandchildren.We left the city because we were afraid for our children.The population of Qara Qosh is mostly Syriac Catholic, and security forces in the town have long been drawn from local Christians.A Christian militia also reports to the police and provides security for churches and church property.Iraq’s Christian community is a shadow of what it once was — it once numbered more than a million, but now there are fewer than 400,000 Christians left across the country.- © AFP, 2014Read: $500 million to be spent training rebels, as US steps up Syria involvement> UP TO 10,000 people have fled a mostly Christian town in northern Iraq after it was shelled with mortars, former residents and the UN’s refugee agency said today.Residents of Qara Qosh, east of the militant-held city of Mosul in Nineveh province, left in a rush and had little time to take their possessions, with most fleeing to the Kurdish regional capital Arbil, the UNHCR said.“Up to 10,000 people from the predominantly Christian communities of Qara Qosh have fled their homes after mortar rounds landed near their ancient town earlier this week,” the UN agency said on its website.last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #HOUSING CRISIS: The ESRI has said Dublin is facing a ‘significant housing shortage’ and 86% of the housing needed over the next ten years will be in Dublin, Louth, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.2. #WASHOUT: The emergency department at Letterkenny General Hospital has now reopened after being struck by flooding for the second time this year.3. #GAZA: The ceasefire has held overnight and officials are due to meet for talks in Cairo to extend the truce and try to reach a lasting resolution.4. #PROPERTY TAX: Revenue has contacted more than 100,000 people telling them their employers will deduct their unpaid property tax from their wages and in some places this has already begun, according to The Irish Times.5.#AXE ATTACK: An Irish man has appeared in court suspected of attacking a lecturer in Portugal with a small axe, the Irish Daily Mail reports.6. #CLOSE CALL: Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter was on an Aer Lingus plane yesterday when it narrowly avoided crashing into another on the runway in Dublin Airport, The Irish Sun reports.7. #STABBING: Gardaí in Dublin are appealing for witnesses after a 19-year-old man was stabbed last night at the Dundrum Shopping Centre.8. #SPACE: The European-built Rosetta spacecraft is due to rendezvous with a comet later today after chasing it for the last ten years.9. #RATS ON A PLANE: Air India was forced to ground one of its planes after crew spotted rats scurrying around the cabin, AFP reports.last_img read more

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Double Fines next game Stacking is a puzzle adventure starring Depressionera Russian

first_imgTim Schaefer‘s Double Fine is one of my favorite gaming companies, but its first two major games, while both cult classics, didn’t go over too well commercially. Both Psychonauts and Brutal Legend were broad and inventive in scope, but ultimately, this boundary pushing didn’t pay off in sales.After teetering on the brink of ruin, Double Fine has since reinvented itself as a maker of smaller, charming and family-friendly games for Xbox Live. Last month’s Costume Quest is already one of the most winsome games to come out this year, and it’s Double Fine’s most successful game to date, and now Double Fine looks ready to try the formula again with Stacking, an upcoming downloadable game based entirely around the world of matryoshkas, or Russian nesting dolls.An adventure puzzler, Stacking follows Charlie Blackmore, a Russian nesting doll, as he navigates a matryoshka’s world set against a 1930’s era backdrop. The goal of the game is eponymous: navigate obstacles and solve puzzles by using various nesting dolls (each with their own unique abilities) and stacking them in different ways.It sounds like another winning entry in Double Fine’s game library. Stacking will hit Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network sometime in Spring 2011.Read more at IGNlast_img read more

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Kinect hack lets you play the piano almost anywhere

first_imgIf you enjoy playing the piano, then this Kinect hack may be up your alley. Thanks to help from Openkinect.org, a couple of programmers by the names of Peter Morton and Matthew Yeung have created a Kinect virtual keyboard that lets users play the piano just about anywhere they please.As you will see in the demonstration the project called, “Keyboard Anywhere” lets people play the piano at their desk or on the floor with very little adjustment of the virtual playing space. So people can tickle the invisible ivories at their desktop, on the wall, or even on the floor with no lag from motion to sound activation.But of course, this project wouldn’t be complete without a recreation of the floor keyboard scene with Tom Hanks in the movie, “Big.” So here are Peter and Matthew giving it a go by playing “Heart and Soul” on their Kinect piano.via YouTubelast_img read more

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John Carmack says PSP 2 is a generation beyond smartphones

first_imgWhen id Software’s John Carmack speaks, the gaming community and fellow developers listen. This is the man who gets the most performance out of every platform he works with, he’s also the guy that got Rage running on an iPhone.With the specs of Sony’s PSP 2 (NGP) revealed earlier this week, Carmack has seen fit to comment when asked how it compares to smartphones. His answer via Twitter was very clear:AdChoices广告That answer may have been obvious to many. Smartphones are only just starting to include dual core processors where as the PSP 2 is quad core. The GPU is sure to be more powerful too as it is also multicore. Even with comparable specs he thinks smartphones are behind due to a lack of low-level access to the hardware.But there is another way of intepreting that tweet. The NGP is “only” a generation beyond smartphones. With the life expectancy of the new handheld expected to be several years based on past hardware refresh times, it won’t take smartphone manufacturers long to catch up and overtake the device. iPhone 5 may not surpass it, but iPhone 6 and 7 probably will. Eventually the low-level access won’t be enough to keep it ahead.When PSP 2 launches at the end of 2011 dual-core smartphones will be a lot more common. That means it should be easier to have a PSP 2 ported over to an Android phone like Sony is already planning to support. It won’t be on a par, but it certainly won’t look or play terrible either.Read more at ElectronistaMatthew’s OpinionDevelopers face a tough decision going forward when deciding what portable platforms to target. Do you go for the smartphone market first with the millions of users on Android and iPhone happily buying games on app stores? Or do you support the handheld dedicated games machines which don’t have as big a user base but more power on offer?In some ways Sony has made that decision more difficult with PSP 2 due to the touchpad on the back of the device. It will encourage games that use the pad in a novel way, making them unsuitable for other platforms without a major control rethink.For the moment, there remains a market for devices like the PSP 2 and 3DS. But when that generation comes to an end it’s difficult to see the portable games machine as something separate from a smartphone. Performance won’t be an issue anymore, and Nintendo and Sony will have to think of some killer new feature in order to keep dedicated devices relevant.last_img read more

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Review Supertooth Disco Bluetooth speaker

first_imgI’ve never bothered with a big home stereo system. I have nice speakers on my computer, and typically if I am listening to music I am in there. The listening experience is somewhat lessened when I am doing something from across the house, however, and the music needs to travel through several walls. I often find myself using my phone as a small stereo, though I have yet to find a phone that is capable of delivering a quality bass kick when necessary. So, in an attempt to fix my need for quality mobile music I took a look at the Supertooth Disco, a Bluetooth stereo speaker.Supertooth has a history of making curious little Bluetooth accessories for niche markets. They focus on making the most features available for the widest variety of devices. The Disco Bluetooth speaker is no exception to this. The speaker will connect to just about any Bluetooth device that transmits music, and it supports A2DP with controls on the front of the speaker. I tested it on my Galaxy Nexus using Play Music, and all of the controls worked seamlessly.There is a 3.5mm jack if you want to plug straight in, but when you are using Bluetooth you’ll get about 15-20 feet of wireless connection before there’s a quality difference. The speaker is lightweight and sturdy enough that you can set it just about anywhere and it will be perfectly safe. The Disco comes with a travel case that looks like you can use the speaker while inside it, but the sound is instantly muffled.The Disco is capable of delivering a great sound, and is loud enough to enjoy in a single room or outside. The 12W internal subwoofer delivers plenty of bass on the standard settings, but at the bottom of the control dial you’ll find a bass button which dramatically increases how much bass the speaker is outputting. Unless you really need some bass, you probably will be better off leaving that feature disabled. When you get towards the louder end of the control dial, most sounds become distorted and scratchy, especially if the volume on whatever you are using to deliver the music is turned all the way up as well. At half power, this speaker is more than capable of delivering enough quality sound to fill a room and your battery will last longer that way as well.The built-in NIMH battery will keep the party going for about 8 hours at a reasonable volume, but if you crank it to 11 you’ll cut that battery life just about in half. If you plug it in, the speaker will be fully charged in about 3 hours, but the lack of a battery indicator of any kind makes measuring this kind of difficult especially if you leave the speaker on standby for awhile (Supertooth claims you can leave the device idle for 500 hours).For just over $100 at most online retailers, the Supertooth Disco is ideal for anyone who needs higher quality music, and the speaker is versatile enough that you can either keep it plugged in a single room or carry it with you anywhere you want to listen to music. The only real downside to this device is the lack of a battery indicator other than the red light that lets you know when the battery is almost dead and green when it is fully charged. Considering how long the battery is capable of lasting if it is used at a reasonable volume, that is a pretty small complaint for a powerful little speaker.last_img read more

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Augmented reality added to Bing Translation app for Windows Phone

first_imgVideo: New Translator App for Windows Phone Powered by Bing Available for Free DownloadAugmented reality and translation are a perfect match, and Microsoft has finally paired the two in their latest update to the Bing Translation app for Windows Phone. With the new version, you can scan menus or signs in a foreign language and Bing will overlay translated text in a flash. It’s like “automatic subtitles for everyday life,” says the official announcement post.AR translation is supported in six languages at the moment: English, French, German, Italian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. As you can see in the screenshot, it’s not perfect — machine translation can’t yet process the nuances of language the same way a human interpreter can — but it’s definitely good enough to make sure that you’re boarding the correct bus or train or ordering what you think you’re ordering.Another massive addition to the new Bing Translation app is offline translation. Bing works incredibly well in areas where you’ve got a network connection, but if you’re going to be journeying into a dead zone (or simply don’t want to run up any data charges) you can select specific language packs to store offline. There’s also a new speak and translate mode that lets you translate audio on the fly. A network connection is required for this mode, however, even if you’ve got the applicable offline dictionary installed.The update wasn’t completely flaw-free, however. One of the first commenters on the Bing announcement noted that the German translation of “pin to start” was incorrect — which you’d kind of expect not to happen with a new and improved translation app.More at Binglast_img read more

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Sonys RX100 is setting the pointandshoot world on fire

first_imgOne of the most hotly contested segments in the gadget world is that of the “serious compacts”. These are the high-end, fixed lens cameras that are favored by photo enthusiasts, professional photographers, and vacationers who would rather pay a little more money than waste time researching.In the past there has been an incredible amount of competition, but there have been relatively few runaway hits. This is, of course, in part due to that competition — the difference between the offerings from Nikon, Panasonic, and Canon, for instance, just isn’t that great — but it’s also due to companies not wanting to rock the boat. Serious compacts that are too good compete with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, which are often sold with pricey accessories that lock in consumers.With the recent release of the RX100 Best Price at Amazon Sony has upended the serious compact world in a way that we haven’t seen since Canon released the S95 in late 2010. At the time the S95 was lauded by a number of sources as the best point-and-shoot on the market and the one-to-buy, despite stiff competition from the Panasonic LX-5 and Samsung TL-500. And now Sony, who has made major strides since that time, has matched, if not exceeded, that level of near-universal praise despite pricing their camera at $650, considerably more then the S95’s and S100’s (its successor) $400.Why has the RX100 been making so many headlines over the past few weeks? The main reason is because of its monstrous sensor. Sony’s new point-and-shoot packs a 1-inch sensor. That might not sound like a lot, but it is — an inch put it at 2.5 times the size of the sensor on Canon’s S100Best Price at Amazon. The 1-inch size is comparable to that used on Nikon 1 series (J1 and V1 MILCs). Of course the J1 with a lens is selling for $500 (down from $700) these days, so the sensor size might not be as shocking. What’s most impressive is the size of the Sony’s sensor compared to that of the overall camera body.The key point about the size is this: the RX100 will fit into a man’s breast pocket (the old floppy disk test) and is light enough to carry around all day. And despite that, you get excellent picture quality, very good low-light performance, 3.6x optical zoom, and an f/1.8 lens (up to f/4.9 at full zoom). Basically it’s all the camera that enthusiasts want, with a size that’s small enough for it to be the camera that is always with you.Another big selling point for the RX100 is speed. The on/off times might not be too impressive for DSLR users, but the shot-to-shot times are fantastic for a 20MP point-and-shoot, even when you are shooting RAW+JPG. With JPGs at about 5MB and RAW files around 20MB, you’ll be filling up SD cards in no time flat.Pricing and features aside, there is no doubt that the RX100 is a hit. The camera has nearly flawless reviews and is currently ranked number one in Amazon.com’s Best Sellers list for cameras. For reference, the S100 is ranked 14th, the S95 is 40th, and the Panasonic LX7 is 424th (though it is currently out of stock). Nikon’s J1Best Price at Amazon is available in a number of different kits and colors, but the most popular of them (the white body) is in the 2000+ range. Of course popularity isn’t a stand in for quality, but what it comes down to is that Sony has put out the digital camera that people have wanted for some time, and the word is getting out.Of course, all is not perfect with the RX100. At $650, with no discounts in sight, the camera is expensive, it lacks GPS support, it doesn’t have a hot shoe or accessory port like the Olympus XZ-1 (which means no view finder), and it features Sony’s hate-it-or-don’t-mind-it menu system. Also, the battery can only be charged in-camera, the zoom is a bit sluggish, and the LCD does not articulate.While there are some legitimate concerns here, the RX100 will win people over with its size, its huge sensor, and then some very smart decisions, like the ability to charge using micro USB, and the built-in lens cap, which almost all of the competition was unable to pull off.Sony really stepped up their game here, and people are responding accordingly. The company has been able to make bold decisions and upset the complacency apple cart that camera manufacturers (and camera buyers) know so well. Despite their excellent NEX series (which is worth protecting) and considerable brand loyalty for the Canon and Panasonic offerings, Sony went ahead and released a dominant fixed lens camera. It’s not something that will kill the DSLR or mirrorless market, but it’ll take a bite out of both and make it clear that competitors will need to step up their games if they want to take on this pocketable powerhouse.Sony RX100 camera – frontSony RX100 camera – frontsony_rx100_002sony_rx100_003sony_rx100_0044sony_rx_100_fullZoom_crop100% crop:last_img read more

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Googles Crisis Map shows Hurricane Isaacs path

first_imgGoogle Maps can do pretty much everything these days. It lets you check the streets outside your new college dorm before you leave home, it lets you see the frozen surfaces of Antarctica, and it even lets you snoop around different neighborhoods to see if you can catch someone in a candid position. For the time being, though, it is serving another, much more important purpose.Google has launched a “Crisis Map” that allows viewers to see live satellite images of Hurricane Isaac as well as its projected path from the National Hurricane Center. It is essentially an overlay that exists on top of the standard Google Maps interface with which everyone is already intimately familiar.Users can zoom in and out to get a better sense of exactly how wide of an impact the storm is going to have. To the right of the page, users are presented with public alerts, evacuation information, and links to essential local government websites.Users can also seamlessly find firsthand videos from the storm that have been posted to YouTube, and Google also provides a link to a PDF file showing the New Orleans Levee System. It is Isaac’s potential threat to New Orleans – exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina – that has drawn most of the fervent interest with this storm.It is of course also affecting the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, as politicians walk the line from playing party politics to expressing concern for fellow Americans. At one point, Isaac had its eyes set on Tampa but then headed west. In any event, Google’s ability to streamline all the pertinent information in one user-friendly website shows how its powerful online tools can come into play in serious events like this.Last year, Hurricane Irene‘s rare track into the New York City area led to it being quite possibly the most socially-conscious hurricane to date in the era of Facebook and Twitter. Isaac’s ability to evoke memories of Hurricane Katrina is leading to the same kind of fervor and piqued interest from all facets of online media.Check out Google’s Hurricane Isaac Maplast_img read more

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BlackBerry 10 LSeries leaked on Instagram

first_imgCan’t wait for early 2013 to sneak a peek at RIM’s next-gen hardware? Luckily you won’t have to — as you can see, someone’s gotten her hands on an all-touch L-Series prototype running BlackBerry 10 and has been kind enough to post a photo on Instagram.This definitely isn’t one of RIM’s BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha phones. The placement of the speaker and its shape are both different, and the front-facing camera has been relocated as well. While you can’t make out much of the phone’s body, you can see enough of the top corner to notice that it’s not a scaled-down BlackBerry PlayBook Best Price at Amazon you’re looking at. In fact, those more sharply-rounded corners look very similar to the leaked roadmap slides of the BlackBerry London that surfaced way back in February of this year. The tone-on-tone shell is gunmetal and gloss black, again matching up nicely with the previous London leak.BlackBerry 10 also looks to be shaping up nicely from the few touches visible here. The multi-paged homescreen shows a few additional apps, including Facebook and DocsToGo — a natural inclusion since RIM owns the developer and the suite already ships on the PlayBook. There’s also an app called Story Maker, which looks to be built for video editing (functionality that was previously leaked) or slideshow creation. On the dock, sandwiched between phone and camera functions, is a search button. That likely ties in to the new Siri-like voice commands in BlackBerry 10 that were pushed to some Dev Alpha users just last month.Progress looks good so far, and it’s too bad that the once-mighty RIM isn’t going to have the new hardware and OS on the market in time for the 2012 holiday shopping rush alongside Windows Phone 8 and the iPhone 5.More at Crackberrylast_img read more

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Windows Phone 8 thinks smartphones have DVD drives

first_imgYou might already be aware that one of the biggest changes within Windows Phone 8 was the arrival of the NT kernel. That change allowed Microsoft to bring over loads of additional code from Windows 8, including Secure Boot and BitLocker encryption, as well as some pretty big chunks of Internet Explorer 10 — which provided a nice mobile browsing boost to WP8.Apparently, the kernel brought a few other desktop bits with it, including the Windows Recovery screens. And when Windows Phone 8 fails to start, it asks you to pop in your Windows installation disc just like it would on a desktop or laptop. Don’t worry if you can’t locate your disc. As Microsoft always recommends in situations like this, you can also contact your friendly local admin or the company that manufactured your computer for assistance.Clearly the screen we see here is foreshadowing the next generation of Windows Phone devices, which are obviously going to feature 8cm slot-load DVD drives. Full-sized drives would be great, but they’d add just a bit too much bulk.All joking aside, it’s impressive to think that so much of the Windows 8 core is present in Windows Phone as well. That parity should make it easier for Microsoft to maintain a seamless experience across its desktop and mobile platforms in the future.Lest you think the screen was staged by security expert Mikko Hypponnen (who shared the image above on his Twitter feed), it’s appeared for other Windows Phone users as well. It’s not device-specific either: the recovery screen has popped up on everything from a Nokia 920 to the HTC 8s. Some have seen it after becoming stuck in a reboot loop while others were trying to load modified firmware when the message appeared.via WM Power Userlast_img read more

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Skype malware turns your computer into a Bitcoin mining zombie

first_imgA new piece of malware is floating around, but that seems like par for the course these days. What makes this malicious bit of code notable is the goal its creators have in mind. The malware is being spread via Skype messages and is designed to turn your PC into a remote Bitcoin mining rig without your knowledge or consent.Bitcoin is a decentralized all-digital currency that has become quite trendy as of late. The value of one Bitcoin has recently skyrocketed to nearly $100, and then well over that point and back again. In the past, users could “mine” bitcoins by contributing CPU cycles to process Bitcoin transactions. As the number of Bitcoin users increased, it has — by design — started to take more effort to earn a single coin. This is because Bitcoin production is governed by an algorithm which ensures the supply is limited.Effectively mining Bitcoins takes a lot of power at this point, which is why this piece of malware exists. By enslaving many computers, the authors can generate Bitcoins at essentially no cost. All it takes is a Skype message.The target will receive a Skype message with an attention-grabbing phrase like, “this is my favorite picture of you.” Yes, this is an old trick, but it clearly still works. The user then clicks the link, which is obscured by a bit.ly address, and instead of downloading a photo, they will get a file called skype-img-04_04-2013.exe. This is, of course, the malware installer.After it is deployed on the system, the program begins slurping up all the CPU cycles to generate Bitcoins. It also reaches out to a command and control server in Germany to download more malware. This is definitely a nasty bug.This vector was detected by Kaspersky Labs researchers several days ago. Since it is a novel infection, many antivirus programs are unable to detect it at this time. I’m sure that will be sorted out, but an AV program can only get you so far. Common sense is your first line of defense.last_img read more

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NATO developing EMP beam that can stop suicide bombers

first_imgNATO-funded research being conducted in Norway is getting close to creating a simple and economical electromagnetic pulse device that can be used to disable electronics and vehicles at a distance. It’s being developed primarily as a way to stop suicide bombers and other explosive devices from going off. It could also be used to take down drone aircraft, if that ever becomes a concern.The high-intensity electromagnetic beam interferes with the operation of electronic circuits and can be used to shut off a car’s engine. In the video, researchers test fire the beam from a second car and successfully disable the target. This could be of great value in areas where suicide bombers use cars to break through roadblocks, then detonate the explosive cargo.Explosive devices that rely on remote triggers could also be foiled by the EMP device. In the same way a car’s electronics are scrambled, the trigger mechanism of a bomb can be killed from a safe distance. Even a drone quadrocopter falls victim to the electromagnetic beam. The EMP emitted by this device should not harm humans, but there is concern it may not be a narrow enough beam to prevent nearby electronic devices and vehicles from being disabled by accident.The device is considerably more compact than previous version of this technology, and it even comes with a giant red button to activate the beam. Testing is set to conclude in 2014, at which time NATO will consider whether and where to deploy the EMP system.last_img read more

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Dublin native John Horan the new GAA president elect after emphatic victory

first_imgDublin native John Horan the new GAA president elect after emphatic victory The 58-year-old secondary school principal gave an emotional victory speech. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO 25 Comments Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Kevin O’Brien 19,122 Views Follow us: the42.ie Short URL O’Donoghue returns to the Kerry attack while Maher and Sheehan make squad for the first time in 2017Maguire and O’Neill drop to the Rebels bench as Kelleher makes his seasonal debut Share Tweet Email1 Feb 24th 2017, 8:57 PM http://the42.ie/3258042 Friday 24 Feb 2017, 8:57 PM JOHN HORAN IS the GAA president elect after a landslide victory at Congress tonight.He beat off competition from Martin Skelly (Longford), Sean Walsh (Kerry), Frank Burke (Galway) and Robert Frost (Clare) and will succeed Aogán Ó Fearghail in 2018.The 58-year-old is a former Dublin minor selector and manager, Central Council representative and Leinster Council chairman.Horan is the current principal at St Vincent’s Secondary School in Glasnevin, Dublin.He will be the first Dublin native to hold the role since Daniel McCarthy (1921-24).Horan won on the first count of votes cast tonight.John Horan – 144Martin Skelly – 22Sean Walsh – 46Frank Burke – 36Robert Frost – 20In an emotional first address, Horan thanked his wife and offered his commiserations to his defeated opponents.“This was a drain on each and every one of the candidates, but this race was fought in a very fair manner. It takes courage to put your head above the parapet and take on this challenge.He concluded: “I’m not renowned for long speeches and I won’t change that now. One piece of advice – if you want to sleep, count sheep and don’t count votes!”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!last_img read more

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Vera Twomey has made it to Tipperary as she walks 260km from

first_img Share12462 Tweet Email1 We’d never ever had done something like this unless we were backed into a corner. We need urgent attention to this matter. I’m so worried. I beg you all to come and walk with us a bit of the road. 63 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3266447 Mar 2nd 2017, 7:53 AM Vera Twomey on her walk yesterday. Image: Facebookcenter_img Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 7:53 AM Vera Twomey has made it to Tipperary as she walks 260km from Cork to the Dáil for her daughter Vera has 187km to go. Image: Facebook A MOTHER WHO has been campaigning to get her daughter access to medicinal cannabis has made it to Tipperary as she continues her 260km walk to highlight the case.Last night, Vera Twomey arrived into Cashel where she was met by supporters, many of whom have decided to walk with the Cork woman to support her.They are due to set off again at 9.30am this morning.Vera Twomey began the 260km walk from her home to the Dáil as a protest against decisions to restrict her daughter Ava, who has rare form of epilepsy called Dravet’s syndrome, from accessing the drug.Speaking as she walked into Cashel yesterday evening, Vera said that the support she has received has been overwhelming but that it changes nothing unless the law is changed.She said: “We really appreciate your support. Please contact your TDs. We need the law to be adjusted. {Health Minister} Simon Harris sent me an email last night outlining he knew the stress I was under. I would question that strongly. I don’t know if he appreciates the stress we’re under. The long road ahead. Source: Google MapsVera has been in a number of meetings with Harris and has tried to get the Minister to allow Ava access cannabis-based medicine on compassionate grounds. Ava, who would have suffered dozens of seizures on a daily basis, has had access to CBD oil costing around €300 a month.CBD is a cannabidiol and is legal in Ireland because it does not contain any THC, the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant. Vera is campaigning for access to the full range of cannabis-based medicines.Last week, Twomey released a harrowing video of Ava suffering a seizure to TV3 and, , spoke to Ray D’Arcy on RTÉ radio following her meeting with Harris, where advocates Gino Kenny TD and Anne Rabbitte TD were also in attendance. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeTwomey added that, despite the high profile that Ava’s case has garnered in recent months, nothing had really been done to change the situation she was in.When Twomey and her husband, Paul, released the video to TV3, they said they had reached their “last straw” and felt like they badly needed something to be done.Read: Mother releases harrowing video of daughter suffering seizures in bid to access medicationRead: Health authority recommends medicinal cannabis to be made available for “specified conditions” Vera Twomey on her walk yesterday. 28,711 Views last_img read more

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Videogame nets Defence Forces 3600 applicants from wannabe recruits

first_img Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 8:50 AM 17,446 Views Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3281091 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Videogame nets Defence Forces 3,600 applicants from wannabe recruits The Defence Forces took a different approach to its latest recruitment campaign. Mar 11th 2017, 8:50 AM Share Tweet Email1 36 Comments Source: aoifeTHE DEFENCE FORCES has seen an uptick in the number of applications from would-be recruits after coming up with a cunning way to spark interest in available positions.Rather than go for the old-school approach, for its latest recruitment campaign it decided to create a first-person ‘video game’ to draw people in. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeA total of 3,600 people have applied for a role in the Defence Forces since the campaign’s launch. That number is made all the more impressive when you compare it to the fact that the Defence Forces is looking to recruit 860 applicants across general service, apprentices and cadets.That’s part of honouring the Government’s commitment to keeping the strength levels of the Defence Forces – which includes the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps – at 9,500 personnel. Source: aoifeThe game, called A New Dawn, can be viewed online.The Defence Forces specifically wanted to target frequent gamers with the new campaign, so it kicked it off with a teaser trailer for what looked like a real video game.According to the Defence Forces, the trailer “received widespread attention as gaming aficionados attempted to establish its origins”. The video was viewed 500,000 times in the campaign’s first five days.Approaching recruitment in this way helped the Defences Forces engage with men and women who it might not usually make contact with. On the website, the viewer assumes the viewpoint of a real-life soldier as they take part in a number of missions. At various points, a recruitment message appears on screen, which brings the person to an application form. Source: aoifeThe Defence Forces said that the scenario, “where every decision has a consequence, offers an unprecedented opportunity for players to appreciate the skill, determination and courage required of Defence Forces personnel as they conduct their basic training”.This isn’t the first time that the Defence Forces has created a targeted campaign – last year, it won a Silver Lion at the Cannes Festival of Creativity for its female-focused campaign.This new campaign invites young men and women between the ages of 18 and 24 to ‘Join Our Team’.At the launch of the campaign in February, Defence Minister Paul Kehoe encouraged women and “new Irish” in particular to join up, saying:“It is important that Óglaigh na hÉireann represents the richness and diversity of the community it serves. The Defence Forces welcomes and respects all, irrespective of gender, creed, ethnicity or sexual orientation.”Last year, we also took a look at how the Defence Forces is using Oculus Rift to replicate hostile scenarios that members face overseas: Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeRead: Looking for a job? The Defence Forces are recruiting 860 personnel> By Aoife Barrylast_img read more

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DJ disaster Johnson in doubt for Masters after falling down stairs

first_img WORLD NUMBER ONE Dustin Johnson has emerged as an injury doubt for the first golf Major of the year after taking a “serious fall” on the eve of the US Masters.Johnson is the favourite to take the honours at Augusta National this weekend, and claim the first Green Jacket of his career, but he has injured his back after taking a tumble down the stairs at his rental property.The 32-year-old won the first Major of his career at the US Open last year, edging out Ireland’s Shane Lowry on the final day, and has won his last three tournaments. But this freak accident has now put his participation in doubt for the Masters, which begins tomorrow.“At roughly 3pm today, Dustin took a serious fall on a staircase in his Augusta rental home,” a statement from Johnson’s agent David Winkle read on Golf Digest.“He landed very hard on his lower back and is now resting, although quite uncomfortably.“He has been advised to remain immobile and begin a regimen of anti-inflammatory medication and icing, with the hope of being able to play tomorrow.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 10:43 PM By Alan Waldron 24 Comments 29,383 Views Follow us: the42.ie World number one Dustin Johnson. DJ disaster: Johnson in doubt for Masters after falling down stairs The world number one has injured his back at his rental property. Apr 5th 2017, 10:43 PM center_img Image: Matt Slocum Share24 Tweet Email7 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://the42.ie/3326302 Ugh, the Masters Par 3 competition has been abandoned because of bad weatherMcIlroy: ‘After the backlash, I’d think twice about another round with Trump’ Short URL World number one Dustin Johnson. Image: Matt Slocumlast_img read more

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Toxic alcohol kills 93 in India and hospitalises hundreds more

first_imgToxic alcohol kills 93 in India and hospitalises hundreds more Hazarika said people started falling sick after consuming a batch of illegally produced liquor. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 4:30 PM NINETY THREE WORKERS have died and at least 200 others have been hospitalised in northeastern India after drinking toxic liquor in the latest case of alcohol poisoning in the country.The deaths in Assam state came less than two weeks after tainted liquor killed about 100 people in the northern part of the country.“The number of dead (in the district) has now increased to 58, and another 75 people are undergoing treatment” in local hospitals, Dhiren Hazarika, deputy commissioner of Golaghat district in Assam, told AFP.Another official said that 35 people had died there after consuming a batch of “spurious liquor”.Hazarika said people started falling sick after consuming a batch of illegally produced liquor late on Thursday.The victims, who include many women, worked at local tea estates in the region. The death toll could rise further as both officials said some of the afflicted were in a critical condition.“The people came to the hospital with severe vomiting, extreme chest pain and breathlessness,” doctor Ratul Bordoloi, joint director of Golaghat’s health department, told AFP. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has ordered an inquiry.State police said they had arrested one man for selling the liquor, and authorities said two excise department officials were suspended for failing to take adequate precautions over the sale of the alcohol.Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told AFP that state authorities had collated “at least 80″ deaths in the districts. “But apart from this some more people died outside the hospital,” he added.“I also met the family members and relatives and ensured them that the perpetrators will not be spared,” Sarma said on social media.Some media reports said that more than 100 people had died and the exact number was still being verified by authorities.Cheap, locally made liquor is common in parts of rural India and bootleggers often add methanol — a highly toxic form of alcohol sometimes used as an anti-freeze — to their product to increase its strength. If ingested in large quantities, methanol can cause blindness, liver damage and death.Hundreds of mainly poor people die each year in India from tainted liquor, which normally costs just a few cents a bottle.Of the estimated five billion litres of alcohol drunk every year in India, around 40%  is illegally produced, according to the International Spirits and Wine Association of India.Many Indian states have implemented or pushed for prohibition, which, according to critics, further increases the unsupervised manufacture and sale of alcohol. – © AFP 2019 7 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4509495 Feb 23rd 2019, 4:31 PM Short URLcenter_img Locals arrange bodies of victims who died of consuming liquor. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Locals arrange bodies of victims who died of consuming liquor. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images By AFP Share4 Tweet Email3 10,703 Views last_img read more

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