Here are the results of the Day 3 at the Women’s Junior World Championship 2014 in Croatia.Czech Republic – South Korea 30-27 (11-12)Uruguay – Norway 20-45 (13-24)Kazakhstan – Croatia 17-32 (7-19)Angola – Netherlands 32-35 (16-20)Serbia – Denmark 22-36 (12-17)Argentina – Germany 19-36 (10-17) Women’s handballwomen’s junior world championship handball ← Previous Story Handball-Planet supports Beach Handball revolution! Next Story → Court decides: HBW Balingen will play in the Bundesliga!
6. Orlen Wisla Plock7214182:192(-10)5 Danish Bjerringro Silkeborg were a serious threath to FC Barcelona just in the first 30 minutes of the home match 23:27 (13:11). Home team were in good mood at the start of the match, but suddenly fighting spirit disapeared after the half-time break when Barca took control over the results until the end…23 – Bjerringbro-Silkeborg: Rasmussen (Frandsen); Hansen (2), Jensen, Skube (5), Damgaard (5), Markussen (4), Klitgaard (1p); Thomsen, Orsted (1), Olsen , Hudstrup (1), Nielsen y Knudsen (4).27 – FC Barcelona: Pérez de Vargas (Ristovski); Tomás (2), Mem, Raúl Entrerríos (3), Syprzak (1), Morros, Rivera (4, 1p); N’Guessan (2), Noddesbo (2), Andersson (6), Ariño, Jallouz (1), Lazarov (6).Result: 2-2, 5-4, 7-5, 9-7, 10-9, 13-11; 13-13, 14-16, 16-19, 19-22, 20-22 y 23-27.STANDINGS: 2. FC Barcelona Lassa7601199:179(20)12 bjerringbro-silkeborgEHF Champions LeagueFC Barcelona Lassa 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…7601220:189(31)12 5. THW Kiel7304176:182(-6)6 ← Previous Story Rampant SG Flensburg win in Kiel! Next Story → Over 70.000 votes for WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2016 in first 72 hours! 7. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg7205184:194(-10)4 8. Kadetten Schaffhausen7007183:224(-41)0 4. Telekom Veszprém7322186:183(3)8 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt7412179:166(13)9
← Previous Story Men’s EHF EURO 2020 Qual: Nine teams at 100% – Greece and Israel make biggest surprises Next Story → NOT EVEN YELLOW CARD!? Swiss line-player Lucas Meister broke Lazar Kukic nose Alfredo Quintana Alfredo Quintana is hero of Portuguese handball. Portugal are now close to qualify for the first big event since host competition – World Championship 2003 and EHF EURO 2006. Portuguese goalkeeper saved last shot in Lithuania for a huge 24:23 win of his team only three days after superb start against Romania 21:13 at home.Here is the moment…
The Swedish veteran Jonas Kallman was unstoppable in counter-attacks with six goals for the winners, while on the other side, left wing Manuel Strlek netted five goals. Telekom Veszprém – MOL-Pick Szeged 27:32 (14:13) Telekom Veszprém: Sterbik, Mikler – Ilic 3, Tonnesen 2, Gajic 1, Nilsson 5, Nagy 1, Strlek 5 (1), Terzic, Blagotinsek, Nenadic 3, Mahé 3, Mackovsek 3, Lékai 1 ← Previous Story Beach handball’s success in YOG Buenos Aires 2018 should be a booster for Paris 2024 Next Story → DKB BUNDESLIGA: SG Flensburg Handewitt superb start – 10 of 10! MOL-Pick Szeged: Sego 1, Alilovic, Nagy – Maqueda 5, Kallman 6, Bodó 4, Sigurmannsson 2 (1), Canellas 1 (1), Sunajko, Balogh 3, Blazevic 1, Gaber 1, Sostaric 2, Bánhidi 2, Bombac 4, Zhitnikov Pick SzegedTelekom Veszprem Pick Szeged extended domination over the biggest rival on the national level – Telekom Veszprem 32:27 (13:14). The reigning champions celebrated at Veszprem Arena over the team which has to improve a lot in upcoming weeks under control of the new coach David Davis.
THE GOVERNMENT HAS agreed plans to implement the 1979 referendum result to expand voting rights in Seanad elections to all graduates of third-level institutions in Ireland.Cabinet ministers today agreed to the drafting of an amendment to electoral law which would see the creation of one, six-seat constituency known as the “Institutes of Higher Education”.All holders of degrees or equivalent qualifications from Irish universties, Institutes of Technology, private colleges and bodies such as the Royal College of Surgeons will be eligible to vote under the changes.According to the most recent census data around 740,000 people asserted that they have a third-level degree, but this would need to be confirmed in order for a person to be eligible to appear on register of electors.Opening up of the electorate for six Seanad seats would significantly increase the numbers eligible to vote.Around 150,000 people from the Trinity and NUI universities were eligible for the last Seanad elections for the two university panels, but there was a low turnout in both institutions.The general scheme of a bill to amend the Electoral Act will be considered by the Seanad itself, the Environment Committee, and the higher level institutions before proposed legislation is brought before the Oireachtas in the coming months.At present, no other reforms to the Seanad have been considered by the government.Earlier the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said that reforms broader than widening the third-level franchise are needed.Opposition parties today criticised the planned changes, Sinn Féin senator David Cullinane said that extension of the university franchise “does not constitute meaningful and genuine reform”.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said that this was not the reform that people demanded when they rejected the referendum to abolish the upper house in October.“There is now a unique opportunity to introduce real reform and give the Seanad a meaningful and more challenging role in the Oireachtas,” Martin said.“This can be done without further constitutional change and would enjoy cross party support.”Read: Broad reform needed to make Seanad ‘fit for modern Ireland’, says CoveneyFive-day weekend: The Seanad sat for just two days this week… again
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER’S SPOKESPERSON Sabine Kehm has revealed the Formula One star is in a stable condition.Doctors at the Grenoble hospital, where Schumacher, 44, is being treated for a serious head injury, have deigned not to hold a press conference as they are satisfied that there is no significant changes with his condition.The German has been at the hospital in the south of France since he was airlifted there on Sunday afternoon. Schumacher suffered ‘heavy brain trauma’ after hitting his head on a rock while skiing off-piste at the Meribel resort.Kehm told reporters this morning that Schumacher remained in a stable condition and doctors were continuing to monitor him closely. She said:The good news for today is we do not have the feeling to have a press conference because we have no significant changes.”Schumacher, a seven-time F1 champion, has had two operations since he was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot removed from his brain on Monday. During Tuesday’s press briefing chief doctor Professor Jean-Francois Payen stated Schumacher was still critical but added his condition had ‘improved slightly’.Fake priest ‘tried to approach Schumacher in hospital’Rory McIlroy announces engagement to Caroline Wozniaki on Twitter
Read: Users of public wi-fi may have had personal details stolen> A right to be forgotten: When you no longer want your data to be processed and there are no legitimate grounds for retaining it, the data will be deleted. Easier access to your own data: A right to data portability will make it easier for you to transfer your personal data between service providers. Allowing you to decide how your data is used: When your consent is required to process your data, you must be asked to give it explicitly. It cannot be assumed.The right to know when your data has been hacked: for example, companies and organisations must notify the national supervisory authority of serious data breaches as soon as possible (if feasible within 24 hours) so that users can take appropriate measures. Data protection first, not an afterthought: ‘Privacy by design’ and ‘privacy by default’ will also become essential principles in EU data protection rules – this means that data protection safeguards should be built into products and services from the earliest stage of development, and that privacy-friendly default settings should be the norm – for example on social networks or mobile apps. TODAY IS DATA Protection Day 2014, marking the signing of the 1981 Convention 108, an international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner said data protection in the European Union is a “fundamental right” with Europe already having the highest level of data protection in the world, she said.New reformsEU data protection reform was proposed two years ago, with the Justice Commissioner stating that the rules will benefit citizens who want to be able to trust online services, and the small and medium sized businesses looking at a single market of more than 500 million consumers as an untapped opportunity.“The European Parliament has led the way by voting overwhelmingly in favour of these rules. I wish to see full speed on data protection in 2014,” she said.The European Parliament is expected to adopt the proposals in first reading in April 2014, with an agreement on the data protection reform possible before the end of this year.Under the European Directive for Data protection, they hope technology firms will have a single standard across the common market. New laws could even offer a competitive advantage for Europe in the eyes of business customers for whom data protection is a priority.This will reduce regulatory fragmentation and could lower the cost of compliance for firms. Yet even under these new laws, the Irish Regulator will still have responsibility for monitoring standards for the global companies based in this country.In control of your data Under the reforms, the European Commission states that the new rules will “put citizens back in control of their data, by:Under the new reforms, the European Commission states that people will have: Your rightsSo, do you know your rights when it comes to your personal data? The Data Protection Commissioner says that under data protection regulations people have a number of rights:1. Right to have your details used in line with data protection regulationsA data controller who holds information about you must:get and use the information fairlykeep it for only one or more clearly stated and lawful purposesuse and make known this information only in ways that are in keeping with these purposeskeep the information safemake sure that the information is factually correct, complete and up-to-datemake sure that there is enough information – but not too much – and that it is relevantkeep the information for no longer than is needed for the reason statedgive you a copy of your personal information when you ask for it.2. Right to information about your personal detailsData controllers who obtain your personal information must give you – the name of the organisation or person collecting the information or for whom they are collecting the information; the reason why they want your details; and any other information that you may need to make sure that they are handling your details fairly.3. You have the right to access your personal details and a right to know if your details are being held.4. You have the right to change or remove your details and you have the right to prevent your details being used.5. You have the right to remove your details from a direct marketing list6. You have the right to object to you details being usedData protection and safety was pushed to the fore last year in the wake of Edward Snowden’s NSA “Prism” programme revelations. In response to the US spying on its European counterparts, the European Commission said that “trust had been lost” and that means a loss of revenue between the two. (YouTube/ EU Justice)To find out more about data protection, click here.Are you concerned about the data that is held on you or does it not bother you? Why not tell us in the comments section.Read: 77 per cent of company data breaches are caused by employees>
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1.#ANGLO: The trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank executives has heard that Sean Quinn told the Financial Regulator that he himself had to be “reined in”. He also told the court that he lost €2.4 billion through shares in the failed bank.2.#BEEP BEEP: Figures published today show that 15,957 new private cars were licensed last month, up 50 per cent from the same period in 2012.3.#BANK ACCOUNTS: Danske Bank has moved to reassure the 8,000 customers due to have their bank account closed this weekend. The group affected received letters in December informing them of the move.4. #PANTIGATE: The solicitor acting for John Waters has issued a statement to dispute RTÉ’s version of events following an interview with Rory O’Neill on the Saturday Night Show.5. #DEBATE: The government has been accused of “pretending to support” the Down Syndrome Equality of Access Bill. It will be allowed to pass directly to committee stage.
Updated at 21.39LUIS NANI WAS sent off tonight in controversial circumstances during the Manchester United-Real Madrid clash.The decision drew the ire of United manager Alex Ferguson and the vast majority of those watching at Old Trafford, while many football commentators and tweeters have condemned the decision.YouTube credit: WonderkidCompsShortly after the red card, Real Madrid went two goals up with goals from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo, after a Sergio Ramos own goal had given the hosts the advantage.Ex-United player Ronaldo, though, refrained from celebrating against his former club.The game has finished 2-1.Pic: h/t @TelegraphSportVIDEO: Diego Maradona is at Old Trafford tonight – and he’s having a pretty good time>Wayne Rooney benched for United-Madrid clash, Coleen not happy>
TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY said he accepts the decision of the electorate in the local elections — but he’s issued a reminder that there’s no “pot of gold” available for an exchequer spending splurge.Speaking to RTÉ’s Claire Byrne this afternoon in the wake of a surge for Sinn Féin and independent candidates in the local elections, he said that those incoming councillors would soon be faced with difficult financial decisions at local level.He said:We’ve been very clear with the people that there is no pot of gold, but that any flexibility or resources available to the Minister for Finance in preparation not only for this forthcoming Budget but the one after that, we’ll be giving back to people and families and people who need that.He said those Budget decisions depended on the strength of the economy.In terms of the election results, which show Fine Gael and Labour filling less than 130 of the 480 seats decided so far, he said they were a “stark reminder” of people’s frustration and anger. He said other parties and candidates had campaigned on the basis “that there were pots of gold available”, adding…Well, there aren’t.-“The decision of the people stands and its consequences will last for a number of years,” the Taoiseach said.“There’s been a major shift in people voting for Sinn Féin and independents.”RTÉ ScreengrabIn terms of the internal difficulties within Labour in the wake of their vote collapse, he said both parties had gone into Government with “eyes wide open” in agreement that the country’s problems were never going to be solved by “pious aspirations”.He said Labour had “stepped up to the mark” and made the hard decisions necessary.On the question of whether Eamon Gilmore should remain in charge, he said that he wouldn’t comment on another party’s leadership, but paid tribute to the Tánaiste’s performance as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.Speaking yesterday, Labour deputy leader Joan Burton declined to be drawn on whether she might stage a heave on Gilmore, saying “I am not going to call anything like that until we get the final results in”.On the Tánaiste’s future, she said: “Eamon Gilmore is the elected leader of the Labour Party and of course I have confidence in Eamon Gilmore.”Read: Joan Burton: The Labour Party has taken a shellacking from citizensRead: Election 2014 Liveblog: Local and European results as they happen
DOG OWNERS ARE being warned not to leave pets in cars during the hot weather.The ISPCA is reminding pet owners that ‘dogs die in hot cars’.The charity said that leaving a window open is not enough to prevent heatstroke under intense sunshine which can have fatal consequences.With the warm weather due to continue ISPCA Public Relations Officer Carmel Murray said: We all love the sunshine but it is also important to be aware of the dangers that can be caused by leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle during hot weather, even 10 minutes can prove to be fatal.“Heat stroke, also known as hyperthermia, means that body temperatures can reach an abnormal high and can result in damaging effects.”The signs Dog owners are advised to plan in advance before taking pets on any journeys.Murray said to make sure that the destination is dog friendly and has a cool area with plenty of shade.“A constant supply of cold drinking water is advisable and also to stop regularly to give your pet water breaks.“Planning is key, ensuring you don’t have to stop where dogs are left in extreme heat.You may think leaving the car window open will alleviate the risk of heat stroke, but under intense sunshine this is not sufficient so if you want to bring your pet on a journey – it’s important to have a source of cool air from the windows/sunroof or air conditioning.“If you need to take the dog in your vehicle during hot weather, make sure you take them with you when you get out.”The ISPCA says that if your dog shows signs of distress such as excessive panting, blueness of the tongue or collapses in the heat – move it to a cooler area immediately.They also advise for you to spray the dog with cool (not cold) water, give a small drink of water and contact your vet straight away.Read: Six four-week-old puppies found with tails illegally cut>Read: 12 things only dog owners will understand>
A MAN WHO allegedly robbed at a restaurant armed with a scissors is due in court in Dublin this morning after he was tracked by a member of staff.The incident happened at about 10.30am yesterday morning when the man entered a restaurant on Werburgh Street by himself and threatened staff with what is described as a scissors.He left the premises with a sum of money but was followed for a distance by a member of staff. Gardaí from nearby Kevin Street responding to the robbery then arrested the culprit in a nearly housing complex following a search of the area.The man who is in his 30s is scheduled to appear in court at 10.30 am in connection with the robbery.Nobody was injured during the course of the incident.Read: “Gas ignition” being used so that ATMs can be stolen >Read: Petrol station in Dublin robbed by men armed with a gun and a hammer >
One obvious advantage Verizon has over AT&T when it comes to the iPhone 4 is that you can tether up to five different devices to the Verizon iPhone’s 3G connection over WiFi, when AT&T only offers one. For road warriors, that’s a big perk to going with Verizon instead of with AT&T: you can drive an entire mobile office with just one Verizon device. Another benefit is that AT&T tethering service only works via Bluetooth or USB, not WiFi.The magic app that is allowing Verizon to offer tethering for up to five devices compared to AT&T’s one is the Personal Hotspot app, and it doesn’t look like that’s a Verizon exclusive. Instead, it is actually a native component of iOS version 4.2.5 (the default OS build Verizon’s iPhones are running). It seems likely, then, that as soon as the Verizon iPhone comes out, Apple will pump an official iOS update for all devices down the pipeline, bringing the Hotspot app to all devices, including iPads, with iOS 4.3…. and, in fact, that’s just what BGR is reporting this morning:According to our source, the personal hotspot feature that debuted on the Verizon iPhone yesterday will, in fact, be making its way to all iPhones in iOS 4.3. We’re sure there will need to be carrier support for this feature, and for AT&T users it is entirely possible we might not see this right away. For those of you with more lenient carriers, however, we are sure you will be pleased to learn that you’ll be able to connect up to five devices over Wi-Fi to the iPhone’s cellular data connection. We are told the OS version will be 8F5148b, the baseband will be 04.08.00, and technical acceptance is planned for March. We have some screenshots to hold you over, though! If you’ve ever wanted to use your iPhone as a WiFi hub for your mobile office, then, but are happy with your service with AT&T, hold tight: you shouldn’t have to wait longer than March.Read more at Boy Genius Report
A biologist at Colorado Starte University is developing a plant that can detect explosives. By engineering the plant’s DNA, June Medford has managed to develop a plant that turns white when it comes into contact with certain chemicals found in explosives.Medford and her team developed a computer model that allows them to manipulate the plant’s various receptors. “The computer program designs how the protein, which detects things, and explosive or environmental pollutant interact,” she told Wired. “We translate the language from the protein back to the DNA, and encode what we want in the DNA.”Though lab tests have been successful up until this point, Medford says that the plants are still several years away from being used in the field. The plan is to eventually distribute the plants as genetically modified seeds.
Most people are content to protect their homes with a dead bolt or two, or maybe a loud security alarm that goes off if it isn’t disarmed thirty seconds after you enter the house. Those alarms can tend to be problematic if you’re forgetful, filling the air with ear-splitting sound if you don’t manage to disarm them in time, but that isn’t anything compared to the Burglar Blaster: a movement-triggered dispenser of pepper spray which, if triggered and not shut off within 40 seconds, will fill a 2,000 square feet space with choking, burning and searing gas. The Burglar Blaster is battery powered, and will apparently last up to four years on just a pair of AA batteries. Settings include the ability to give anywhere between forty and zero seconds grace time before triggering its researve pepper spray. Once triggered, the Burglar Blaster will start broadcasting a warning tone, reminding you to slot your key in and turn the Blaster off before it napalms you.In addition to just the Burglar Blaster, there’s a 12V trigger that allows you to hook up additional accessories, such as flashing lights, loud alarms and — given the unforgiving nature of this gadget — maybe a giant rolling boulder or an automated totem of whirring buzzsaws.We’re not really sure what kind of consumer the Burglar Blaster is aimed at. Anyone with riches enough to justify this sort of extreme force probably should just hire his own personal security team. We’re guessing this is aimed at more average joes with sadistic streak enough to want to totally cripple anyone who would dare break into their house. If you’re that sadistic, prepare to pay for your fantasy of hospitalizing a home invader: the Burglar Blaster will cost you $600.Read more at Slashgear
If you’ve been wondering what the upcoming Hitman sequel Hitman: Absolution will look like, your wish has been granted. Someone, during a closed-door briefing at E3, managed to get their hands on the gameplay footage shown and shared it with a Danish news agency, who promptly posted it to YouTube. It’s difficult to get a feel for the story or what you’re in for when the game is closer to launch, but you do get to see what it’ll look like and some of the mechanics of the gameplay, which works for us.Even though you only see snippets of the gameplay (and some of it is repeated over in slow-motion,) you know ahead of time you’ll ne stealthily sneaking around corridors, ambushing people, using objects in your surroundings as weapons, and use cover to protect yourself, even use someone as a human shield. It’s all good old fashioned Hitman-style fun. Even so, the gameplay trailer does look a bit far from polished, but that could just be the video.AdChoices广告The gameplay footage was supposed to be private, and the highlight from the game from E3 was supposed to be a CGI teaser trailer made to get you excited about Agent 47’s triumphant return. The footage shown is spliced with clips from the other trailers, so it’s not terribly tantalizing, nor does it give away story points or the plot from the game, but it is our first look at actual gameplay, unlike the entirely pre-rendered CGI trailer.Hitman: Absolution is scheduled for a 2012 release for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. It’ll be the first Hitman game on the PS3. IO Interactive, working with Square Enix, has said that the game will get deeper into the personal life of the mysterious Agent 47. That’s about all we know about the finer story elements and plot, nothing else has been tipped. Still, enjoy the gameplay video while it lasts: it’s sure to be taken down soon.via 1up
Mid-range laptops are a little tricky. So often these days we see bargain basement machines that are barely equipped to run the latest software, much less run it well. Then the offerings tend to jump up to higher end systems with pricey add-ons like Core i7 CPUs and Blu-ray drives. Today’s deal defines the mid-range segment rather well.Lenovo‘s IdeaPad Y Series have always offered a good bang for your buck, with a system design and overall experience that you don’t get from some of the less expensive bargain brands (*cough* Acer *cough*). The Y460p, a prior generation chassis upfitted with Sandy Bridge processors, has taken second seat to the newly designed Y470 despite sharing many similarities. It looks like Lenovo is ready to start clearing out the Y460p models and has taken a rather nicely spec’d model down to an exceptional price.This system does only come with a Core i3 processor, so you don’t get the additional clock speed possible with Turbo Boost in a Core i5 or i7, but its performance is plenty for most users. The blandness ends there, thanks to a strong outfitting with AMD Radeon HD 6550M 1GB graphics, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and Bluetooth. These specs are certainly not unheard of in many mid-range machines, but the fact that you can get one of these sent to your door for $549 is indeed rather impressive.Lenovo’s tradition of excellent keyboards also carries over and the little details aren’t forgotten either. All Y460p’s have a 6-in-1 card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA/USB combo port, and HDMI output. The massive $400 coupon, combined with $100 instant savings, on this well equipped machine expires after limited uses, so be sure to head over and grab this bargain before it slips away.Visit LogicBuy for the Lenovo IdeaPad Y460p
Research in Motion has been a respected player in the corporate IT world for quite some time. The company’s position has slipped more recently as Android and iOS gained footholds in enterprise settings, but RIM is still a force to be reckoned with. Now it has announced BlackBerry Mobile Fusion — a smartphone and tablet management system that plays nice with competitors’ devices, too.Mobile Fusion brings BlackBerry Protect functionality to Android 2.1-2.3 devices as well as iPhones and iPads running iOS 4+. The omission of Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich is a glaring one, but the service isn’t set to launch until early 2012 — so there’s plenty of time for RIM to add support for the OS versions which power most Android tablets. With a Mobile Fusion server in place, a company would be able to set password and app installation rules and check for compliance. Supported devices can also be remotely locked and wiped — as BlackBerry phones with the BlackBerry Protect can. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see other Protect features added, like remote backup and GPS tracking.RIM might have gotten a lot of bad press this year for falling sales figures in the US, but getting consumers to buy your phones isn’t the only way to make money in the mobile marketplace. There’s even plenty of profit for the taking if you don’t sell phones to businesses. RIM’s management solution could be huge, and it looks like it’s going to launch at exactly the right time — just as interest in BYOD (bring your own device) starts to spike.Even Google is aware of the enormous potential that lies with enterprise device management. You’ve got to think that the folks in Mountain View noticed 3LM — who builds enterprise security and management software for Android devices — in Motorola’s portfolio when acquisition talks began.There are already some smaller companies offering corporate solutions like Mobile Fusion, but RIM could be the first on the scene with any real street cred. If they can be first and offer a truly useful tool that resonates with corporate IT types, Mobile Fusion could be a winner for the Canadian company.More at Reuters and RIM
Last year, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chip was one of the most widely-used in high-end Android smartphones and tablets. This year it looks like the company’s quad-core successor will be the go-to chip. The Tegra 3 has been tipped to be powering another monster Android phone. This time it’s the previously unseen LG X3.LG made a splash recently with its stylish new Prada phone, but the X3 sticks to a more traditional smartphone path when it comes to turning customers’ heads: it’s packing some serious hardware.In addition to the quad-core Tegra 3 powerplant, the LG X3 features a gargantuan 4.7-inch display that runs at 720×1280 pixels. That’s just shy of the not-quite-a-phone-anymore Samsung Galaxy Note and slightly larger than Sony’s new Xperia Ion. The X3 will feature 8MP rear and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, 16GB of internal storage and microSD expansion, support for 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and HSPA+. The X3 also sports a 2000mAh battery, and LG has still managed to cram it all into a sub-9mm chassis — which is obviously a bit easier when you have a 5-inch diagonal slab to work with.Like many Android phones due to launch in the coming months, the leaked LG X3 image shows that it still sports capacitive buttons below its display, even though ICS features on-screen controls. That could change prior to launch, of course. The X3 has been pegged for an early Summer (or late Spring) launch and there’s a good chance that LG will show it off at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.It’s going to be interesting to view the benchmarks once they start popping up so we can see how the X3 and HTC’s quad-core Zeta stack up to other top-of-the-line Android devices. The jury is still out on how impressive the gains will be — most Android apps aren’t optimized for multithreading yet, after all.More at PocketNow
What do you get when you combine a facial recognition algorithm and an incredibly accurate map of the entire planet? GoogleFaces is exactly what you think it is, a software program that scans through Google Maps and uses facial recognition to pick out geographic structures that resemble human faces.If you are having some trouble imagining how that would work, the image above or the video below should be a sufficient example of how the program operates.The bigger question, of course, is “why?” GoogleFaces was created by Onformative, a two-person, Berlin-based design studio that has done some extremely cool work in the past. The team noted that GoogleFaces is essentially a study of pareidolia, the phenomenon by which humans to see something completely random or vague as being significant (think: grilled cheese that looks like the Virgin Mary). One of the most common occurrences of this in daily life is thinking that we see faces in random shapes and objects — like clouds, food, flowers, and geographic structures. And science tells us that, from our infancy, our brains are hardwired to recognize faces, so the fact that we can pick them out of all sorts of random structures and materials should come as no surprise.In their explanation of the software, Onformtative noted that their program autonomously searches Google Maps’ satellite imagery while running its facial recognition algorithm. In an organized manner, it scans through the world looking for facial patterns and records the coordinates after finding something that matches its parameters. To communicate between their software and the browser running Maps the team used ofxBerkelium (the openFrameworks version Berkelium) which does off-screen browser rendering using Chromium. For facial recognition the team used ofxFaceTracker.From the results posted on their site, the software seems hit and miss — some examples of what the algorithm believes to be faces are quite amusing (such as the one at the top) while others aren’t even close to anything a human would recognize as a facial structure. That doesn’t matter though because, at some point, this really becomes a numbers game. The software can run through the Earth, zoom in or out, and then run again and it will keep on recognizing more and more faces. Eventually some human intervention or a smarter algorithm can be used and the team will be left with what should be a pretty incredible gallery of GoogleFaces. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Google Faces 005Google Faces 005Google Faces 004Google Face 003Google Maps faces – softwareGoogle maps face – 001