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United Serbs Two captains one wish – Medal

← Previous Story Your opinion: Slawomir Szmal is the biggest loss for some EHF EURO 2012 team! Next Story → Swedish star Dalibor Doder is ready for the EHF EURO 2012! After the friendly match in Smederevo between Serbia and Macedonia 26:23, two captains of the Serbian National Teams, Andrea Lekic and Momir Ilic meet in the Hall in front of journalists. Andrea Lekic took opportunity and watched her colleagues in the preparation match before “historical event” in Serbia – EHF EURO 2012. She wished luck to the “Eagles” and gave a little present to Ilic – one sweat band with national symbol “Four letters S” which means “Only unity saves Serbs”. read more

Onesta calls the Experts for Lithuania and Turkey

French NT coach Claude Onesta takes serious qualification matches for the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 against Lithuania and Turkey in June. Most of the key-players are in the squad, while Luka Karabatic is back and Pierre Soudrys who will have the first appearance…Goalkeepers: Cyril Dumoulin (Chambéry), Vincent Gérard (Dunkirk), Thierry Omeyer (Kiel)Left-wings: Arnaud Bingo (Smith), Michael Guigou (Montpellier), Samuel Honrubia (PSG)Left back: William Accambray (Montpellier), Jerome Fernandez (Toulouse), Mathieu Grebille (Montpellier)Playmaker: Nikola Karabatic (Aix) Kentin Mahé (Gummersbach), Daniel Narcisse (Kiel)Right back: Kevynn Nyokas (Chambéry), Pierre Soudrys (Dunkirk)Wingers; Guillaume Joli (Dunkirk), Valentin Door (Toulouse), Luc Abalo (PSG).Pivots: Igor Anic (Cesson-Rennes), Luka Karabatic (Aix), Cedric Sorhaindo (Barcelona) ← Previous Story WISLA TV: Last match of the season Next Story → Piotr Chrapkowski moves to Vive Targi Kielce Claude OnestaFrench handball team read more

Poland beat France to set semifinal goal

Poland came very close to the semi-final battle at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 by beating France 31:25 in the Group A derby match. The most experienced guys like Karol Bielecki (9) and Slawomir Szmal (17 saves) made the most important things for home team, who took all four points for the Main Round together with Norway.STATISTICS STANDINGS:Poland 4Norway 4France 2Croatia 2Belarus 0Macedonia 0 ← Previous Story Norway with four points to Krakow! Next Story → Aufwiedersehen Slovenia – Spain with four points at Main Round! read more

Olympic gold in France worth 100000€

French handballFrench handball teamOlympic handball Each French athlete who won a gold medal in Rio will receive a bonus of € 50,000 at the end of the competition. The French handball team could get even doubled prize, higher for the part which will give French Handball Federation.The Secretary of State for Sports, Thierry Braillard, also announced that the premium in case of gold would be € 50,000 per athlete. This is the same scale as it was for the Olympic Games in London four years ago. As is often the case in such a competition, the French Handball Federation could even double this premium athlete, setting it at € 100,000. The FFHB indeed add € 50,000 to the basic amount promised by the French NOC.In case of silver, the Ministry of Sport provides a premium of € 20,000 and € 13,000 in case of bronze.If Onesta guys did next summer as they did it in London 2012 and Beijing 2008, there is no doubt that they will become richer for “five zero” amount… ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest beat SKA Minsk for Belarussian Cup trophy 2016! Next Story → THW Kiel lose Lacković for the rest of the season! read more

RK Vardar smash RK Metalurg for Macedonian title

RK Vardar SKopje will be the new-old champions of Macedonia! The VELUX EHF CL FInal4 participants beat RK Metalurg Skopje 38:25 (20:13) in the decisive match of domestic Play-Off. The vice-champions beat team of Raul Gonzales in their first clash 29:26, but revenge was much more seriously taken by Dibirov and team-mates.Vardar – Metalurg 38:25 (20:13)Vardar: Šterbik, Milić, Stoilov 2, Nedanovski 1, Makeda, Karačić 7, Dušebaev 5, Kanjeljas 2, Cindrić 2, Dibirov 8, Šiškarev 5 i Marsenić. Metalurg: Arsić, Tomovski, Petrov, Drogriški 1, Mladenović, Kosteski, Vejin 2, Obradović 6, Kuzmanovski 2, Ilić 7, Neloski, Velkovski 1, Peševski 4, Marčec 1, Jusefinedžad i Gugleta 1.  ← Previous Story German pair Geipel-Helbig to be a part of the VELUX EHF Final4! Next Story → Rostov Don win Women’s EHF Cup 2016/2017! read more

Dinart takes 16 to Croatia – Luka Karabatic backup option

Didier Dinart ← Previous Story Czech Republic beat Austria twice in three days with +17 Next Story → Denmark beat France for the end of Golden League Didier Dinart announced squad for the upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia. Luka Karabatic left the squad after injury at the start of Golden league tournament while Benjamin Afgour overtook his place in the roster. In total, 16 players and two substitutions will be ready for the upcoming event which start on January 12 will clash in Porec against Norway.French squad for EHF EURO 2018:Goalkeepers : Vincent Gérard, Cyril DumoulinLeft wings : Michaël Guigou, Raphaël CaucheteuxLeft back : Timothey N’GuessanPlaymakers : Nikola Karabatic, Kentin Mahé, Nicolas ClaireRight back: Nédim Rémili, Valentin Porte, Dika Mem, Adrien DipandaRight wings: Luc AbaloLine-players : Benjamin Afgour, Nicolas Tournat, Cédric SorhaindoReserves: Luka Karabatic, Romain Lagarde read more

Payments under €125m scheme for disadvantaged farmers start today

first_imgPAYMENTS TO HELP farmers in disadvantaged areas will start to be issued today with some €125 million available under a scheme.Today, Minister Simon Coveney said that the payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme have started issuing on schedule and he expects that over 60,000 eligible farmers will receive their payments.The payments are given to farmers in areas where they are considered to be at a particular disadvantage due to factors like location in a mountainous area, those based in areas suffering wind or water erosion or where preservation is required for environmental or tourism purposes.The minister said payments will continue to issue each week, as individual cases are confirmed eligible for payment. To qualify for the scheme, farmers must meet an average livestock stocking density requirement and provide proof like horse passports and sheep registers.Coveney said that while many farmers have already met the stocking density level, some have not submitted the relevant documentation and he urged them to do so as soon as possible to ensure a speedy application process.He also confirmed that arrangements are underway and on target to allow payment of the 50 per cent advance of the Single Payment starting from 16 October.Read: New campaign aims to curb suicides amongst farmers>Read: More than 81% of farmers support gun ownership rights>last_img read more

LRC talks between IMPACT cabin crew and Aer Lingus adjourned

first_imgTHE LABOUR RELATIONS Commission talks between Aer Lingus and staff represented by IMPACT over plans to close a cabin crew base at Shannon Airport, adjourned this evening.The cabin crew base at the airport employs 87 people.TalksIn a statement from IMPACT it was confirmed that the talks will reconvene at 12pm tomorrow.It was announced on Tuesday that talks between the parties would convene at the LRC, with the commission stating that the meeting will centre solely around the plans to close the cabin crew base in Shannon and not Monday’s ballot  results for industrial action.At the request of the LRC, IMPACT said it would not be making any further comments on the talks at this time.Read: Aer Lingus and IMPACT to meet with LRC over Shannon job losses>Read: Aer Lingus cabin crew vote in favour of industrial action>last_img read more

The Burning Question What is this called

first_img Something else (let us know in the comments) (2679) Poll Results: (Image: Pencil Sharpeners/Shutterstock)They are not called toppers, the rest of us exclaimed. “They are parers,” said some, while simultaneously others roared, “They’re sharpeners.”What are they to you? WE KNOW HOW you feel. It’s Monday, you have the whole week looming ahead, and you have a lot on your plate.So do like we do here in HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.Possibly.This week: Someone at HQ asked for a lend of ‘a topper’ recently? “A wha?” was the general response. What she meant was one of these fine contraptions: Toppers (pfft) (5725)center_img Parers (5785) Sharpeners (7742) ParersSharpenersToppers (pfft)Something else (let us know in the comments)VoteGot a burning question that has divided your household/work colleagues/friends? Let us know in the comments section or email us at previous entries in The Burning Question >last_img read more

Man serious but stable after stab attack in Dublin city centre

first_imgA 23-YEAR-OLD MAN has been rushed to the Mater Hospital in Dublin following a stabbing incident in Dublin City Centre.It happened at North Earl Street, just off O’Connell Street at around 6pm this evening. He received a stab wound to his abdomen.It was initially thought the young man’s injuries were not serious, but he is now said to be a in a ‘serious but stable’ condition.The scene has been sealed off as an investigation gets under way, a garda spokesperson told this evening.A 19-year-old man has been arrested and taken for questioning at Store Street Garda Station, where he is being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.Read How many drivers did Gardaí catch drink-driving or speeding this afternoon?last_img read more

Police in Belfast appeal for information about alleged assault on teenage girl

first_imgPOLICE IN BELFAST are investigating an allegation of a serious assault which occured in a house in the area of Templemore Avenue either yesterday evening or this morning.The incident occurred between Albertbridge Road and Newtownards Road at some stage between 8pm yesterday and 8am this morning.The victim is described as being in her late teens, tall, large build with shoulder length blond hair and wearing dark clothing. Detectives are seeking to identify a taxi driver who took the woman and a man in his 20s from the High Street area of Belfast to Templemore Avenue late last night.The man who accompanied the girl was wearing a red waterproof coat and navy tracksuit bottoms.Police are also looking to identify two women who met the victim in Templemore Avenue early this morning and ordered her a taxi or contacted the police.Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives at Ladas Drive on 02890700305 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.Read: Man sentenced to six years for firearms and terrorist-related offences in Belfast>last_img read more

Terms of Reference for governments Magdalene fund published

first_imgRead: Kenny “deeply regrets and apologises unreservedly” to Magdalene women in emotional speech> THE TERMS OF Reference for the process that will lead to the establishment of a fund for Magdalene Laundries survivors have been published.In a speech in the Dáil this evening, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the Government has asked the President of the Law Reform Commission Judge John Quirke to undertake a three month review and to make recommendations as to the criteria that should be applied in assessing the help that the government can provide in areas including medical cards, psychological and counselling services and other welfare needs.When Judge Quirk reports back – the time frame having been set at three months – the fund to assist women will be established.The Terms of Reference for Mr Justice Quirke are:Mr Justice Quirke will, taking into account the findings of the “Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalene Laundries”, be asked to do the following:(i) to advise on the establishment of an ex gratia Scheme (to operate on a non-adverserial basis) including identifying the criteria and factors to be taken into account to facilitate the early establishment and effective conduct of an ex gratia Scheme for the benefit of those women who were admitted to and worked in a Magdalene Laundry and in the Laundry operated in the Training Centre at Stanhope Street, Dublin, taking into account criteria determined to be relevant, including work undertaken and other matters as considered appropriate, to contribute to a healing and reconciliation process;(ii) to examine how best to operate (as part of that Scheme) an ex gratia Fund, of a sum sufficient to meet the recommendations of Mr Justice Quirke, the nature and amount of ex gratia payments to be made out of the Fund and on the determination of applications for payment in an effective and timely manner that ensures the monies in the Fund are directed only to the benefit of eligible applicants and not on legal fees and expenses.(iii) to examine how the Government might best provide supports (including health services such as medical cards, mental health services and counselling services and other welfare needs) as part of the Scheme for women who require such supports as a result of their experiences in the Laundries.(iv) to consider the approach to be taken in circumstances in which a payment has already been made by the Redress Board by way of redress to a former resident of an industrial school, where such payment included a sum specifically due to the direct transfer of that person from an industrial school to a relevant Laundry and their time or part of their time spent in a Laundry or Laundries.(v) to examine the effect, if any, of the making of an ex gratia payment to a person who is resident in the UK and how best the making of any such payment should be structured so as not to adversely affect their existing entitlements to benefits and supports.(vi) to advise as to what steps or measures are appropriate to ensure that ex gratia payments or supports or assistance provided are dis-regarded for the purposes of determining entitlement of Social Welfare payments and/or income tax liability.(vii) to report back to Government within three months with recommendations. VIDEO: Enda Kenny issues formal State apology to Magdalene survivors>last_img read more

Fear of reporting sexual assaults is shameful indictment says Higgins

first_imgPRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS has said Ireland’s culture where women are afraid to report sexual crimes and assaults is “a shameful indictment” on Irish society.The President said Ireland had to ensure that “those experiencing sexual or domestic violence have the appropriate supports accessible to them and that we combat any negative attitudes towards victims within society and within services or structures of the state.”President Higgins was speaking at an event in Áras an Uachtaráin to mark International Women’s Day.He cited statistics from the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, which believed Ireland had one of the highest rates of sexual crimes ‘falling out’ of the criminal justice system – where a victim fears an unwanted reaction and withdraws their complaint – in the world.“I congratulate all those who work so assiduously, many in this room tonight, to break the silence on gender based violence. In particular I salute the victims who by breaking the silence on their own dreadful experience have shone a light for others.”Higgins said International Women’s Day was a day to “acknowledge and celebrate all those who have fought for women’s equality”, but should not be used to deny or ignore diversity among women.“While all of you here share the common experience of being a woman in a society dominated by men and oriented to serve best the needs of men, there are those here whose lives have been and are infinitely more difficult than others,” he said, referring to those from impoverished backgrounds and ethnic minorities.Read: One in five company directors is a woman (and she’s most likely to be called Mary)last_img read more

Cheated death 4 winners 4 losers and one for you to decide

first_img View from top floor of my new dept at Hawkins House. City looks great.— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) August 7, 2014 … the 4 losers of the week are…1. John Bruton The former taoiseach has not been afraid to air his views in recent years be it on the economy or the abortion issue but has he overstepped the mark with his declaration that the 1916 Rising “was a mistake”?Bruton has argued this week that Ireland would have achieved better results had it followed up on the passing of the Home Rule Bill in 1914 instead of resorting to violence. Perhaps understandably, the reaction hasn’t been great: Source: www.thejournal.ie2. Simon HarrisThe new junior finance minister, who also has responsibility for the Office of Public Works, released a statement on Thursday saying that a total of €16.8 million had been allocated to repair storm damage in Clare. Only for the council to say it knew nothing about the statement and that it was waiting for a response from Harris’s department to its proposals. Not a great way to start your new brief.3. Pat RabbitteThe former communications minister appears determined not to go quietly to the backbenches. He gave a fiery interview to the Irish Independent this week in which he said he had “great difficulty” with people elected for the first time in 2011 going into Cabinet. Relations between Rabbitte and his new party leader Joan Burton have never been great and Rabbitte appears determined to undermine her in the months ahead. Source: Niall Carson4. SIPOThe political ethics watchdog continues to struggle to ensure that politicians and political parties are following the rules particularly in relation to accounting practices. It seems that parties aren’t afraid of SIPO and only respond when the gardaí or the DPP are called in. One source close to the matter said that the wrangling of accounts from branches is “worse than dealing with schoolchildren”. That says it all.… and the one we couldn’t decide on is…Marcia D’Alton The independent Cork county councillor has told Irish Water that if it installs a water meter at her house it will be removed. Why? “We will not pay for water which has been fluoridated…We will not pay for a medicated product when we do not desire that medication,” she wrote to the new utility company.We can’t decide on this one. So what do you think? Is Marcia D’Alton a winner or a loser?  2. Alan ShatterThe former justice minister “cheated death” if the dramatic front page of The Irish Sun on Wednesday is to be believed. The reality of what happened at Dublin Airport on Tuesday morning is a little more sedate.3. Sayeeda Warsi The first Muslim to sit in the British cabinet resigned this week over David Cameron and his government’s policy on Gaza. It’s not often that politicians sacrifice their career for their principles and although some would argue that Warsi was seeking to a boost a flagging media profile she has taken an admirable stand whatever your views on the conflict.4. Mary Mitchell O’ConnorAugust is the silly season where not much happens that is particularly newsworthy. That means it’s the perfect time for a backbench TD to drum up a bit of publicity for themselves. What better way to do that than engage in a rather odd Twitter conversation with an inanimate plinth… Source: Leo Varadkar/Twitter Poll Results: WinnerLoserVoteSee all of our winners and losers from previous weeks > Like politics? Then ‘Like’’s Politics page?Analysis: Here’s why Leo Varadkar is looking to avoid ‘land mines in Angola’ EVERY WEEK, casts its eye over events inside and outside Leinster House that have got people talking.As the saying goes: ‘You win some, you lose some.’Though TDs and Senators have largely vacated Kildare Street for the summer there’s still plenty happening politically.So here are our political winners and losers from the past seven days and a bonus one that we can’t decide on…The 4 winners of the week are…1. Leo VaradkarThe new Health Minister has only been in the job a month but is already making his mark by setting expectations lower than his predecessor. Varadkar is acutely aware of the land mines that litter the department known as Angola and by opting to be realistic about what he can achieve he is ensuring that he will not suffer the same problems as James Reilly who talked a good game but struggled to deliver. Winner (701) Loser (750)last_img read more

Apple is expanding the instore Mac personal setup service

first_imgIn January Apple introduced a personal setup service for Macs in its stores. This allowed for any customer purchasing a Mac to have a member of staff help them setup e-mail, iTunes, and take them through the Mac user experience. That last one is especially important for first time users coming from a PC background.As you’d expect, the personal setup for Mac has proved very popular. So popular in fact that Apple is expanding the amount of space allocated for it in official Apple Stores as well as brining on staff to help carry it out.The extra space required to do this won’t just appear, so Apple has had to decide what to cut in order to fit it in. The losers in this are peripherals, games, and upgrades it seems. 32 of the 40 games Apple usually displays are going, as are printers, scanners and hard drives. The extent of the product removals from the customer-facing area will be dependent on the store, though. The smaller it is the more that has to go.To be clear, Apple will still offer the products it is removing, they just won’t be on display. It is therefore up to staff members to recognize the needs of each customer and recommend purchasing those products accordingly.Read more at The LoopMatthew’s OpinionPutting the onus on employees to sell products that can’t be seen is risky, but only if you’re staff aren’t trained properly or not enthused to sell such devices. Even so, it could see sales drop off for products like printers if the customer can’t see the product on display easily.What expanding the personal Mac setup areas will do, however, is allow Apple to push the Mac App Store alongside the existing setup procedure. That alone is worth more in the long term than a printer sale or extra hard drive in a customer’s bag. By ensuring a user has an iTunes account, knows how to access the Mac App Store, and how to connect their iPod touch or iPhone to a Mac, Apple is increasing the chances that person becomes a continued revenue generator from the comfort of their home.I’m actually surprised games are being put on display at Apple Stores at all. With Apple’s main content all now being offered digitally through online stores, it makes little sense to keep them around in physical form.last_img read more

DS Lite drops to 99 June 5th

first_imgI wouldn’t say the 3DS hasn’t had the best of starts, but that is no fault of the hardware. Where are the games? The launch line-up was fine, but we are still waiting for some key titles, and system sellers to appear to keep the momentum going.Nintendo certainly isn’t going to help those 3DS sales with a price drop the company just announced that will happen the day before E3 starts. The DS Lite is going to have $30 knocked off its price meaning that $129.99 price point is going to drop to an enticing $99.99 on June 5.That’s going to be impulse purchase territory for a lot of gamers. Got an old DS showing it’s age? $99 gets you a new one. That’s not even the price of two Xbox or PS3 games.Nintendo is also going to entice you to buy some of the most popular Mario games ever released for the system(s) by changing their box color to red. The titles getting this repackaging include:New Super Mario Bros.Mario Kart DSSuper Mario 64 DSMario Party DSMario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside StoryMario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!The price cut comes just 3 weeks after Nintendo dropped the Wii to $149.99 and bundled it with Mario Kart DS. It also arrives just before the official unveiling of the Wii 2 which is scheduled for release late in 2012.With nearly 49 million DS units sold across the U.S. alone, you have to wonder whether Nintendo truly still thinks there are gamers ready to pick up its last generation handheld for the first time, or if this is a move to clear mounting stocks of the device.More at the Nintendo press releaselast_img read more

Google Wallet flaw allows access to prepaid card balances

first_imgJust yesterday, we discovered how quickly a Google Wallet PIN can be hacked using a fairly simple brute force attack. Now it turns out that some of your Wallet contents can be accessed without bothering with the PIN at all.Here’s how it works: Google Wallet account information is tied to the phone itself, not to the main Google account on the phone. When you clear data for the Wallet app in Settings, it gets rid of the PIN. The next time Wallet is fired up, the app thinks it’s being run for the first time and asks for a new PIN. Once that’s been entered, setting up a new card — in the video demo it’s a Google prepaid card — will cause previously loaded card data to appear. And, as you can see in the video, that includes access to the balances on those cards. Unlike most password change forms you’ve filled out online (or PIN change operations on an ATM), you’re not required to enter the previous PIN to set up a new PIN in Wallet once the reset has been performed. Obviously, this is really only a risk if your phone is physically stolen. If you’ve set up Google Wallet you ought to have taken additional steps to protect your data like setting up full disk encryption and adding a pattern lock. You’d probably also call immediately and freeze any accounts set up in Wallet — just as you would if your actual wallet was stolen.What’s not shown in the video is whether other cards are affected, too. If you’ve got a Citi Mastercard set up, can a thief simply tap to set up a new one to reveal it as well?Any way you slice it, this is another black eye for Wallet — and an excellent marketing opportunity for the folks at PayPal.More at The Registerlast_img read more

Mozillas Boot To Gecko gets a major boost

first_imgThings are looking good for Mozilla’s Boot To Gecko project. In the wake of the snazzy demo they recently released, the Foundation has now announced several top-flight partners who have pledged support. Among them are key industry players like Qualcomm and Adobe, and they’ve been joined by telecommunications giants Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom.Mozilla may also have locked in an OEM partner, though they haven’t said anything official on that front. According to an Extremetech source, however, LG will be building a developer-oriented device for Mozilla.Having a handset manufacturer on board is obviously huge, but these other partners are just as important. Even with a slick developer prototype in hand, Mozilla will need support from carriers if they want Boot To Gecko to make an impact. It also won’t hurt to have Adobe on their side. Adobe is still one of the leaders of the Open Screen Project — and the OSP and Mozilla have similar ambitions.According to the OSP website, their goal is to “enable consumers to engage with rich Internet experiences seamlessly across any device, anywhere.” They’re also striving for a “universal runtime across devices [that] will act as a springboard for explosive innovation.” Mozilla figures HTML5 and standards-based Web code is that universal runtime, and you probably won’t hear Adobe argue the point. They’re actively working away at making all their creative projects play nicely with open web standards.And, as with any mobile operating system, there needs to be an app store. Mozilla’s got that covered, too, and they’ll be showing off the Mozilla Web Marketplace this week. Unlike other app stores, the apps you find there will run just fine on any modern web browser — whether mobile or desktop, and no matter what the underlying operating system might be. More at Mozillalast_img read more

Military grade case makes your iPhone look like a toy

first_imgWith the iPhone 4S %displayPrice% at %seller% being a relatively expensive device, investing in a case is a necessity, especially for the more accident prone among us. Which case you choose comes down to how much danger your phone is going to be put it, for example, do you mainly use it in an office environment or outside where it could get wet or blasted with dust?Griffin Technology has announced a new military-grade rugged case for the iPhone 4/4S %displayPrice% at %seller% , but while it may offer great protection for your Apple phone, it also makes the device look more like a toy than high-end smartphone.Known as the Survivor Custom, this shatterproof polycarbonate case offers up 294 mix-n-match color combinations meaning there should be a color combo for everyone’s tastes. At the same time, it meets the US Department of Defense MIL-STD-810 standard and UK’s Def-Stan 00-35.In testing the case protected an iPhone display from 200mm per hour against wind and rain, and allows for drops of at least 1.8 meters on to concrete. The case also seals off an iPhone’s ports, meaning dust won’t be a problem, and it can withstand heavy vibration for prolonged periods.As an added bonus the Survivor ships with a heavy duty clip allowing you to attach it to your belt or a bag. It is detachable though, so you can just slide the case into your pocket instead.As the video above demonstrates, your iPhone can take a serious beating inside this case. If you can handle the extra bulk it adds, then it’s going to be a great choice if you need your phone to keep working in the most hostile of environments.More at Griffin Technologylast_img read more

Pantech Vega R3 packs a quadcore chip and 53inch display

first_imgSome people want the biggest smartphone they can get their hands on. Others want one that can be used comfortably in one hand, like the iPhone 5. Pantech believes it’s offering the best of both worlds in the just-announced Vega R3.The Vega R3’s generous 5.3-inch IPS Pro LCD display features Pantech‘s Zero Bezel technology. Those thin margins make it possible to hold and use the R3 with a single hand, the company says. At a resolution of 1280 x 720, the R3’s PPI works out to around 277 — perhaps not as razor-sharp as some recent smartphones, but certainly capable of delivering visuals on par with the Galaxy Note.Hiding inside the R3 is a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro and a generous 2GB of RAM. There’s also an NFC chip, Bluetooth 4.0 chip, 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless NIC, LTE modem, and a sizeable 2600mAh battery that can power the new Vega through around 14 and a half hours of continuous calling. Standby is rated at a solid 15 days, and Pantech has tossed in a 2A charger that’s capable of fully replenishing the pack in just over an hour and a half — which it says is the fastest full recharge in Korea. It’s also got a secondary port so that you can charge an additional battery pack at the same time as your R3.As for cameras, there’s a 13MP shooter on the back and a 2MP unit on the front.While this certainly looks and sounds like a phablet, there’s no mention of a stylus being included in Pantech’s press release — though it does talk about the R3’s Text Action feature which allows handwritten content to be used in emails and messages. It’s available now in Korea, but no word yet on whether or not the company is planning a global launch. Typically it’s Pantech’s lower-end handsets that find their way onto North American carriers, so you may have to import your own if you like the looks of the Vega R3.More at Pantechlast_img read more