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This battery uses sewage to generate energy

first_imgUS SCIENTISTS MAY have found a new way to produce clean energy by way of dirty water, according to a new study.The engineers have developed a more efficient method to use microbes to harness electricity from wastewater.They hope their technique could be used in wastewater treatment facilities and to break down organic pollutants in the “dead zones” of oceans and lakes where fertilizer runoff has depleted oxygen, suffocating marine life.Generating energyHowever, for now the team from Stanford University have started small, with a prototype about the size of a D-cell battery, consisting of two electrodes – one positive and one negative – plunged into a bottle of wastewater, filled with bacteria.As the bacteria consume the organic material, the microbes cluster around the negative electrode, throwing off electrons, which are captured in turn by the positive electrode.“We call it fishing for electrons,” said environmental engineer Craig Criddle, one of the lead authors of the study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Acadamy of Sciences (PNAS).“You can see that the microbes make nanowires to dump off their excess electrons,” Criddle added.Scientists have long known of microbes, dubbed exoelectrogenic, that live in airless environments and are capable of “breathing” oxide minerals, instead of oxygen, to generate energy.Simple, yet efficientOver the past dozen years, several research groups have tried different approaches for transforming these microbes into bio-generators – but it has proven difficult to harness this energy efficiently.The researchers said their new model is simple, yet efficient, and can harness about 30 percent of the potential energy in the wastewater – about the same rate as commercially available solar panels.There is far less energy potential available in wastewater than the sun’s rays, they concede, but say the process has an added benefit: it cleans the water. That means it could could be used to offset some of the energy currently being consumed to treat wastewater.- © AFP 2013.Read: How lifestyle changes can reverse ageing>Read: Here’s why flies can avoid being swatted and a T-rex might not see you sneak by>last_img read more

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Money getting you down A psychologist is giving free advice on how

first_imgTHE BUDGET IS rarely a happy time for the public, at least in recent years.If last week’s cuts did affect you, or if several years of austerity is taking its toll, psychologist Shane Martin has some helpful advice on how to keep stress levels down and your mental health in order.The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy are holding a free talk this Thursday on how to keep the chin up during times of economic downturn, entitled “How to Cope with the Stress of Debt”.Research commissioned by the institute showed that for 3 in 10 Irish adults money is a source of stress, while 2 in 10 find that work was causes it.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Martin, who runs Moodwatchers, said that we tend to look at the causes rather than cures where it comes to stress and mental health problems, and we’re also not talking about it enough.“We should be getting children ready to cope with problems they’re going to face later on in life at an earlier age,” he said, “and arming them with a toolbox that will help them keep their mental health in shape later in life. “We have a slight bias towards focusing on what makes us ill, rather than finding out how to keep ourselves well”He said that the most important thing for anyone feeling down about money is “to know that they’re not alone, as there are hundreds of thousands of people across Ireland who are in the exact same situation, and they too have little control over it”.He stressed the need to discuss your problems with other people, stating that “solitude is the greatest friend of depression”. Closing yourself off to advice and refusing to connect with people will only cause the situation to worsen.Keep up hobbiesHe also advises people to not to forget to invest in your health, to keep up hobbies we may give up as we become older despite them providing a source of relief, and to never make decisions when you are feeling strong emotions as it may just make the situation far worse.“You can have the situation of someone selling the family farm as a quick and simple way of cutting down on their debt, despite that fact that it may make more sense to keep it as a future source of income”.“Dark time”Martin also said that while Ireland is in a “dark time”, it won’t be long before we come out of it.“The Irish have an innate capacity to survive crisis. We have come through famine, the War of Independence, civil war, The Troubles, and economic crises in recent decades.“We can come through this storm, and not be engulfed”The event takes place next Thursday night at 6.30PM, is completely free of charge, although those wishing to attend are asked to pre-book online here.Read: 23 scientifically-backed ways to reduce stress >More: Cutbacks ‘causing stress’ among parents of children with autism >last_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_imgPARTING SHOTYesterday the European Space Agency released this video of a Mars 3D flyover. Take a tour of the Red Planet…(Video: ITN/YouTube)First published 21:00.Here’s What Happened Yesterday> Updated 22:58NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news.A small bonfire smolders near by one of the Tom Kelly Flats in Dublin this morning, after a fire which broke out after stored pallets were set alight ahead of Halloween (Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland).IRISH Water restrictions in Dublin will now be in place until at least Thursday.A human body part was found in Meath.Former solicitor Thomas Byrne told a court he was intimidated by a former client. [RTÉ]Direct Democracy’s Ben Gilroy appeared in court over alleged trespassing.Trinity College students voted to keep Tom Lenihan as union president.Gardaí are appealing for information about missing teen Starr Carew and 66-year-old Stacia Purcell.A Donegal-based garda has been found guilty of harassing two female colleagues and sexually assaulting one of them. [RTÉ]Ulster Bank is here to stay and it’s putting €10 billion of high-risk or non performing assets into a ‘bad bank’.The HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention underspent its budget by almost €2 million last year. [INM]Smoking has been banned in all areas of Dublin maternity hospitals.Dublin Fire Brigade had a tough night last night dealing with Halloween trouble.Lorries higher than 4.65 metres are no longer allowed on Irish roads.WORLD#LOS ANGELES: A TSA officer was killed in a shooting at LAX with a number of people also injured.#PAKISTAN: The Taliban in Pakistan has said its leafer, Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a drone strike. [BBC]#SPYING: Papers from Edward Snowden have revealed close cooperation between Britain, Germany, France, Spain and Sweden in internet and phone surveillance. [The Guardian]#BRITAIN: BBC Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini has been arrested on suspicion of historical sexual offences.INNOVATIONOne of the founders of Hailo said the company’s future is in self-driving cabs. [The Guardian]This app will take perfect panoramic photos without you having to move your phone at all. [Business Insider]The entire tech world is surprised at how good North Korea‘s Android-based tablet actually is. [The Verge]last_img read more

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Catchup Wednesday 3 midweek longreads

first_img“I have been involved in every aspect of Glenn’s life, why wouldn’t I be a part of this?” Miranda asserts over lunch at a fashion mall in Rio’s São Conrado neighborhood the next afternoon. “I think what Snowden did was heroic. Glenn and Laura’s reporting is so important. It caused a serious debate about privacy and internet freedom in my country and around the world. I’m so proud to be able to play any role at all in that. I’d go to jail for that.” 2. Free dive to deathNicholas Mevoli fought hard to be a champion free diver. But as John Branch, Adam Skolnick, William J Broad and Mary Pilon find in this collaborative piece, his greatest challenge led to his premature death.New York Times, approximately 13 minutes reading time, 2738 wordsMr. Mevoli, like his daring friends and competitors, brushed off the danger. He loved the purity of free diving, man against water, man against himself, no snorkel or oxygen tank. Swim into the depths of the ocean until the water turns from blue to black and the light fades to dark. Down, down, down, every meter into the abyss meaning another meter back to the light.3. When my son had meningitisIt’s Universal Children’s Day today, and mother Roisín Hartley writes a moving story about when she discovered her baby son Callum had meningitis.TheJournal.ie, approximately 4 minutes reading time, 809 wordsIt is so hard as a parent to know when is the right time to ask for medical help. We had already seen the doctor the day before and I knew I needed to give the antibiotics a chance to work. But something just didn’t feel right. We had to have another opinion.Want some more longreads? Then check out Sitdown Sunday> IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:1. Life as David MirandaAs the partner of Glenn Greenwald – who broke the Edward Snowden story – David Miranda has found himself involved in an intense situation. But as Natasha Vargas-Cooper writes, those who think he is clueless about the dangers have it all wrong.Buzzfeed, approximately 32 minutes reading time, 6452 wordslast_img read more

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Dublin councils are owed €32 million in water charges

first_imgA SOUTH DUBLIN county councillor has warned that businesses may be affected if Irish Water doesn’t show leniency in collecting water charges.Figures released to Fianna Fáil councillor for Clondalkin Trevor Gilligan show that the four local authorities in Dublin are owed a combined €32 million in commercial water rates.Gilligan said that the figures show a lack of clarity over the changeover from local authorities to Irish Water.“Many people working on the ground and businesses who pay water rates at the moment don’t know where they stand now when it comes to arrears. There are outstanding rates owed by some businesses that have fallen on hard times in recent years due to the difficult trading environment.I know many people who are now worried that if local authorities are no longer able to apply discretion and show leniency there could be huge pressure put on businesses and some could go to the wall. “We need to know what happens in the case where businesses cannot afford charges, will households have to pay?”The table shows that Dublin City Council has the most money owed to it, with nearly €16 million owed in total. South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown county councils both have over €6 million outstanding, while Fingal sits at an even €3.5 million.Gilligan said that there needed to be clarity about the handover.“[Irish Water] already control city’s water assets and businesses are right to wonder how much attention will be paid to maintain the local authority-local business relationship that exists at the moment.”Read: Water Meter Installation Goes Wrong Pic of the DayRead: Spoof Irish Water ad sums up the harsh reality of water chargeslast_img read more

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TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright has died aged 66

first_imgCLARISSA DICKSON WRIGHT, the chef who became famous as part of the BBC’s Two Fat Ladies programme, has died at the age of 66.Her agent confirmed that she died on Saturday in Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary in Scotland.Dickson Wright had been a barrister before she teamed up with Jennifer Paterson in the 1990s to form the well-known cooking duo who focused on their love of food. Paterson died in 1999.The statement from her agent said: “Loved dearly by her friends and many fans all over the world, Clarissa was utterly non-PC and fought for what she believed in, always, with no thought to her own personal cost”.“Her fun and laughter, extraordinary learning and intelligence, will be missed always, by so many of us”.Clarissa Dickson Wright (back) with Jennifer Paterson at the start of their BBC series in 1997. (Pic: Ben Curtis/PA Archive)Read: How Tony Benn erected a secret plaque in a Westminster broom cupboard >last_img read more

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The 14 most annoying things about being vegetarian

first_imgFlickr/Lucy Buykx (food)8. Smug non-vegetarians9. And competitive fellow vegetariansnofatladysinging.com10. Occasional secret bacon cravingsOne for the former meat-eaters, this.Flickr/nelli_es11. People making this face when you say ‘tofu’Photo via Shutterstock12. The eternal hell of buffetsFlickr/LabyrinthX13. Even delicious, innocent-seeming snacks being out of boundsUm, back to the bacon again.handbag.com14. And just when you’re feeling smug about a meat scandal…… just when your whole outlook seems to be validated by the universe…… something like this happens.h/t Dave MurrayMore: 13 unexpected advantages of being a vegetarian>You won’t be able to make it through this post without drooling> 1. This questionOver and over.Photo via Shutterstock2. The same vegetarian ‘option’ in EVERY restaurantSeriously, restaurants. There’s only so much goat’s cheese tart you can eat.Flickr/Ewan-M3. Concerned relatives thinking you REQUIRE meat to survivePhoto via Shutterstock4. People getting all defensive when you reveal your eating preferenceWhen you honestly couldn’t care less.Flickr/rjw15. And striving to find ‘contradictions’ in your beliefsPhoto via Shutterstock6. This just not being a vegetable, no matter how much waiters try to convince you.See also: “chicken”.Flickr/malias7. Disappointing fake meatlast_img read more

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Gangster Fat Freddie arrested at Dublin Airport

first_imgUpdated 6.45pmGARDAÍ TODAY ARRESTED 33-year-old crime boss ‘Fat Freddie’ Thompson after he stepped off a plane at Dublin Airport.The gangster had been extradited from Holland on foot of a European arrest warrant and was met on the runway by gardaí from Kilmainham Garda Station.Thompson appeared in court this afternoon to face charges of violent disorder during a row at Morrissey’s pub on Cork Street in Dublin last year after a funeral.He was remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison and a hearing will take place on 27 May in the Criminal Courts of Justice.First published 5.21pmRead: Love/Hate actor Leroy Harris shot in late night attack>Read: Man due in court over Christy Daly killing… Two more arrests this morning>last_img read more

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That party the ESB staged inside a mountain appears to have gone

first_imgTurlough Hill [ESB]Staff involved in the construction of the massive project, local dignitaries and various other invited guests all attended the bash.The Clare Memory Orchestra, the Wicklow Choral Society and well-known trad musicians Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill were amongst the performers — and if these snaps are anything to go by, the whole affair seems to have worked out pretty well… Source: Chris Bellew/Fennells Source: Chris Bellew/Fennells Source: Chris Bellew/FennellsRead: The ESB are throwing a party inside a mountain todayRead: Ten more years: Sunshine 106.8 gets to keep Dublin ‘niche’ radio licence THEY SAID IT couldn’t be done…Well, actually. No, they didn’t… Apparently, it was just the case that nobody really thought of it until now…The ESB has been hosting a concert inside Turlough Hill in Co Wicklow this evening to mark the hydro-electric station’s 40th anniversary.last_img read more

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Denis OBrien has sold a €47 million stake in Aer Lingus

first_imgBILLIONAIRE BUSINESSMAN DENIS O’Brien has diluted his holding in Aer Lingus, selling around €4.7 million worth of shares in the airline.The Cork-born tycoon now owns just over 2.4% of the company after reducing the amount of shares he owns from 16,808,822 down to 12,758,822.According to a market statement released by Aer Lingus earlier this week, the deal was executed on July 31, when the share price was around €1.33.The airline also awarded a total of 532,355 shares to departing chief executive Christoph Mueller, under the company’s Long Term Incentive Plan.The award to Mueller, who announced last month that he will leave the airline in May 2015 after five years in charge, was recommended by the remuneration committee of the Aer Lingus board in August.The German has been credited with a major turnaround in fortunes at the airline, although in recent months he has come up against industrial relations woes and a larger problem with pension provisions at the airline.Bernard Bot, who recently joined the carrier as chief financial officer from TNT express, was also provisionally awarded 401,548 shares in the company “in respect of the performance period ending 31 December 2016.”Read: Mueller calls time on Aer Lingus career>Read: One-fifth more long haul passengers for Aer Lingus last month>last_img read more

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ces 2011 The Best of Our Coverage

first_imgces 2011: Steve Ballmer Microsoft KeynoteLas Vegas’s Geekiest Slot MachinesWhat Would Jesus Play?Control Your PC With Your MindUnboxing Reese’s MinisElectronic Cigars Are the New Electronic CigarettesAngry Birds is Now a Board GameCoz-e: The Heated Snuggie Well, another ces is in the books. It was a long, fun show. Attendance was back up to pre-recession levels, according to numbers released by the Consumer Electronics Association, and there were gadgets aplenty.We had time to check out just about every product on the showroom floor, attended press conferences and keynotes, and interview a broad spectrum of folks, including Ludacris, T-Pain, and the CTO of One Laptop Per Child.For those who weren’t able to follow our stories all week, we’ve compiled a list of our best coverage, after the jump.Gadgets Samsung PC7RIM (BlackBerry) PlayBookMotorola Xoom ASUS Eee Pad MeMO TabletLenovo LePadMSI WindPadCreative ZiioCoby KryosToshiba Tablet E Fun Next5AHX iTabletCosmos OCS 1Rullingnet VinciMotion Computing CL900Azpen X10Oh, and here’s a roundup of all of our tablet images.Images ces 2011: The Images Pt. 1ces 2011: The Images Pt. 2ces 2011: The Images Pt. 3Interviews Misc Transportation M-Edge: Make Your iPad Look Like a BookProbably the World’s Most Adorable Flash DrivesTurn Your iPad Into an Etch A SketchCase Turns Your iPod Nano Into a WatchEton Soulra 2: Solar Powered iPod DocknPower PEG: Charge Your Gadgets By WalkingBob Marley Son Shows Off House of Marley ProductsBlack & Decker’s “Sexy” Shredder Top Gadget of ces 2011Chumby 8 DebutsVibabody: Lose Weight By ShakingTDK’s Awesome New BoomboxesGlasses Focus Selves ElectronicallyTablets, Tablets, Tabletscenter_img AVN Video: En-VMake Phone Call from Your Bike HelmetFord Electric Car’s Embedded Phone: Is Ford Shifting Focus?Accessories OLPC CTO Edward McNiereyLudacrisT-Pain Nintendo 3D: Hands OnNintendo Exec Discusses 3DS WarningsNintendo President Talks Kinect, PlayStation MoveTurn Your PlayStation Move Into a Sniper RiflePlay games With “Hotties”iCade Turns Your iPad Into an Arcade MachinePhones AT&T Launching 12 Android, 20 4G Devices in 2011Mophie Pulse Turns Your iPod Touch Into a Gaming DeviceLG Intros “World’s Slimmest” PhoneMonitor Your Blood Pressure With Your iPhone Why the Porn Show and ces Happen the Same Week in VegasPink Visual Delivers More-Than-FaceTimeiPhone, iPad, BlackBerry Users Like Different PornFinally–A Lint Roller With a VibratorFinger CondomsI Just Figured Out What TV Hat is Really forBoneCraft, the Porno World of Warcraft KnockoffGaminglast_img read more

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Take a moment and enjoy this awesome NYC timelapse

first_imgTake a minute and relax, you’ve earned it. Lean back, turn up volume, and prepared to be wowed by this excellent time-lapse. It was shot in a number of recognizable spots around NYC, most of which are too hectic to enjoy when you are there but are strangely beautiful when displayed at high speed.While the time-lapse looks spectacular is does feel a bit like a tech demo. It was clearly shot with the intention of not only showing off NYC, but of working with a dolly (that’s why the camera is moving in every shot). Check out the video’s notes and you’ll see that it was in fact shot with a Dynamic Perception dolly kit.Using a dolly during a time-lapse is interesting because the amount the camera moves on the track has to be consistent and timed to be in keeping with the length of your video. So not only do you have an intervalometer timing your camera, but there is a motion controller that is controlling the dolly’s movement. They are all simple enough tools, but I’d wager it’s a lot to juggle when you have your rig positioned on a sidewalk in Manhattan.As for the rest of the hardware, it was shot with a Canon 5D MKII and a standard array of high-end glass: 14mm f/2.8L, 24mm f/1.4L, 50mm f/1.2L, 70-200 f/2.8L.via Mindreliclast_img read more

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Yahoo unveils Android and iOS app search tools

first_imgGoogle has made some fairly significant changes to the Android Market in recent times. They’ve put it on the web, added movie rentals, and beefed up app discovery features. There’s still plenty of room for improvement, however, particularly on the discovery front.Try a search for Yahoo!’s new AppSpot app in the Market app, for example, and you probably won’t see it listed on the first screen. Despite there being an exact match for AppSpot listed, it showed up at number 10 in my search. The iOS App Store search experience can be just as frustrating, and Yahoo! thinks its app search tools can provide the relief mobile app hunters have been yearning for.AdChoices广告Like the Market alternatives from AppBrain and Amazon, Yahoo! offers a web-based version users can browse and search. AppSpot, however, covers both Android and iOS — switching back and forth between platforms is as simple as clicking a link. App detail pages provide screenshots, text descriptions, reviews from both the first-party stores and from Yahoo! users, and related apps. There’s also a widget that displays trending apps so you can quickly see the ten hottest titles for each OS.AppSpot offers some other interesting functions. You can drill down search results by category (in order to limit “sports” to games only, for example), and the variations option (which appears at the top of the results list when available) really comes in handy when searching for first-party apps. Search for Yahoo! or Firefox and click or tap variations, and you’ll be shown official releases only — nothing by third-party devs.In addition to the web version, there are AppSpot apps for Android and iOS, though at the time of writing it’s not available in all iOS App Stores worldwide.  Android users get an added extra — a widget which you can slap on your homescreen for a heads-up display of featured apps.Have you taken Yahoo!’s new app search tools for a spin yet? If so, tell us what you think. If not, head on over and give it a shot.last_img read more

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Nintendos ComicCon lineup full of playable games DS goodies

first_imgNintendo issued a press release detailing the company’s line-up of playable games for 3DS and Wii at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego. The company will have not one but two locations to indulge in Nintendo-y goodness between an official booth on the show floor and a “Nintendo Gaming Lounge” set up at the Marriott hotel across the street.For the 3DS, fans will be able to play titles announced at E3 last month, including Super Mario, Mario Kart, and Kid Icarus: Uprising. Should they get bored of those, Star Fox 64 3D, Ocarina of Time 3D and Pokedex 3D will be on hand as well.AdChoices广告On the Wii side, players should get excited for a hands-on demo of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. What’s more, a Kirby game (tentatively titled just Kirby Wii) and the quietly-announced-at-E3 Rhythm Heaven will show up, too.All of that will just be the Comic-Con show booth. The Nintendo Gaming Lounge, on the other hand, will be a comfortable home for fans wanting more Nintendo culture. A chalk drawing commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Zelda franchise will be created on-site. On Thursday, July 21, the Lounge will serve as home to a Pokemon meet-up where owners of Pokemon Black/White can meet, trade, and battle. Also, Pokedex 3D users can meet up to trade data and interact with a “giant AR marker of Legendary Pokemon Reshiram.”There will be more AR cards in the lounge that allow visitors to pose for photos taken with a 3DS. The company also mentions the opportunity to share 3DS StreetPass data and download additional maps for Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies.Read the full press release at Nintendo.comBlake’s OpinionComic-Con is an event famous for its attendance by ultra-hard-core fans. Take a game like Star Wars: The Old Republic, for example. Plenty of fans worldwide are just excited for the game, but Comic-Con attendees are the type to have insatiable curiosities about every inch of backstory and foam at the mouth with supremely detailed questions for writers and creative directors.Marketers, likewise, foam at the mouth at the prospect of getting to address these fans directly. They generate priceless word-of-mouth buzz. So it’s fascinating that Nintendo isn’t bringing the Wii U to the show. As we noted a couple of weeks ago, the Nintendo party line is that the Wii U has to be experienced in-person to be believed. The Big N has also conceded that negative Internet buzz surrounding the E3 reveal took the company by surprise.What better opportunity to take back the story about the Wii U? Let the rabid fans try out the system, then go home and blog or tweet about their good experiences, and maybe the Nintendo skeptics would come back on board.last_img read more

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Failing Kickstarter project proves gamers hate motion controls

first_imgGamers have always been split on the motion controls debate. Some have embraced the likes of Kinect, PlayStation Move and the Wii while others contend there’s just no place for them when it comes to hardcore gaming.The developer of a rcent Kickstarter project has come to the conclusion that the use of motion control is exactly why his Kickstarter is failing. Kostas Zarifis’ game, Kung Fu Superstars uses Kinect to teach the player real kung fu moves, as well as telling the story of wannabe stuntman, Danny. The game looks good, it’s being developed by people who have worked on some great games and there’s even an endorsement by Peter Molyneux in the video.It seems like the project should be succeeding but it’s got under 5 days to go and only £40,000 ($64,000) of the £200,000 ($320,080) target has been funded by a mere 440 people (at press time).Kostas said that hardcore gamers treat motion games with “hatred,” not indifference. He also noted they have good reason to as a lot of motion games haven’t delivered what they promised such as Star Wars and Steel Battalion. Kostas and his team wanted to change peoples opinions of motion controls but he now thinks that time has passed as obviously, people just don’t care about them any more  He also says that they were too slow to mention that Kung Fu Superstars is not entirely motion controlled, it uses a traditional controller too. Apparently at tech demos where they’ve shown off the game, when people saw how they blended motion controls with a controller, the game was called “innovative” and got a positive response.Kostas also blames the confusion between the UK Kickstarter site and the US one, stating that American users were having problems funding the project and he would have preferred to launch the project in the US, despite it being more hassle.Perhaps it’s time for developers to listen to what gamers really want – whilst kids and casual gamers like Kinect dancing games and Wii Sports, it seems the rest of us are not so keen. Let us know what you prefer, motion controls or physical controllers?More at Kickstarter via MCVlast_img read more

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Mozilla blocks SweetIM toolbar from Firefox

first_imgBad news, lovers of animated emoticons and sparkly digital adornments: Mozilla has just added the SweetIM Toolbar to the Firefox blocklist. As of today, you’ll no longer be able to install it and Firefox.That’s not going to cause too much grief for most Firefox users who had the SweetIM toolbar anyway, as it’s a piece of borderline malware that piggybacks on other software installs. The popular and not-totally-trustworthy download site Softonic has been known to bundle the SweetIM crapware with its downloads. The company behind SweetIM claims the toolbar is in use on around 150 million computers worldwide, and I’d wager that less than 10,000 of them were intentional installs — and all of those were likely by extremely giddy tweens.Mozilla had a couple of beefs with the toolbar. First and foremost is the fact that it sneaks in without user consent, a huge no-no in Mozilla’s book. The SweetIM toolbar also silently alters user preferences like the default search engine (which it switches to something that generates affiliate revenue) and it resets the home page (also to a revenue-generating page).It’s good to see Mozilla taking a proactive approach with this software pest. SweetIM is detected by most security software as a threat (both NOD32 and Security Essentials warned me when I tested the installer on my systems).If you’ve got the toolbar on your system, it’s not too hard to remove manually. In Firefox, you’ll want to bring up the add-ons manager and remove anything that mentions SweetIM or SweetPacks. You may also want to check your home page (Firefox menu > options > general) and clean up your search box as well (click the down arrow > manage search engines and then remove SweetIM search).More at Satdavuk and Bugzillalast_img read more

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Is Samsung planning a 63inch Galaxy Note 3

first_imgHaving spent some time with the Galaxy Note Best Price at Amazon and Galaxy Note 2, I find it hard to believe that someone at Samsung lifted one of these massive phones and said, “we should go bigger”. According to rumors surrounding the future of Samsung’s plans for display tech moving forward, that could be exactly what is about to happen with the Galaxy Note 3.If you take a look at Samsung’s current mobile display lineup, as PCMag’s Sascha Segan did a little while ago, you’ll notice that Samsung doesn’t have anything in the 6-inch range. They have 5.8-inch device, and multiple 7-inchers, but nothing in between. While it could certainly be argued that there’s no reason for anything to exist in this range, much less something that makes phone calls, it seems to me that those same words were used in regards to the original Galaxy Note.Samsung leverages a unique software approach with the Galaxy Note line, specifically their multi-window system and S-Pen tools, to push a concept that is somewhere between phone and tablet. The move from 5.5-inch to 6.3-inch would probably be welcomed by users who take advantage of the tablet-like functions offered by the Note line.The large phone market is growing at a fairly steady rate, with the both HTC Droid DNA and the Oppo Find 5 coming to market with 5-inch screens. The Galaxy Note is still by far the most popular of the large phones, despite attempts from LG and ZTE to enter the market. The Galaxy Note 2 was made available on LTE and HSPA+ networks, just like the Galaxy S3 before it, and as a result has seen a significant adoption rate as well.A 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 3 with a 1080p screen, an even larger battery, and a quad-core Exynos or Snapdragon S4 Pro would be right on par with the rest of the market right now. All you would need is a Bluetooth headset to avoid making it look like you are using a paperback to make a phone call.Like many other upcoming Samsung products, there are no shortage of rumors surrounding the products. The Galaxy S4, for example, has been rumored to be preparing to an unveiling at two of the largest mobile tech shows as opposed to having its own launch event. The Galaxy Note 3 rumors sound like a possible evolution path for the Note line, but there may also be a good reason that Samsung hasn’t made a phone the same size as most e-readers yet.Korea Times via cnetlast_img read more

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Windows 81 shoves Libraries into the background

first_imgNotice anything different about the Explorer view from Windows 8.1? Yep, the libraries block is missing. It should be right there between Favorites and This PC, but it’s nowhere to be seen.What’s going on? Has Microsoft decided that Libraries were a non-starter and obliterated them in Windows 8.1? Not quite, says Windows sleuth Paul Thurrott. Libraries aren’t going away completely, but they are going away. Windows 8.1 won’t create any Libraries by default.It’s safe to assume that Libraries are an underused feature, and that’s why Microsoft is moving them out of the spotlight. The idea of Libraries also runs counter to the traditional Windows file management philosophy. Windows 8 still creates individual folders for Documents, Photos, Music, Videos, and Downloads. Where should you save your photos? In my photos, of course.Libraries, however, turn that system on its head. They let you store things in whatever random locations you wish and then link them together in a central repository. Most users never catch on — instead using only a single location inside a Library, which is obviously redundant.To others, however, Libraries can be a useful organizational tool. Those folks will still be able to create their own Libraries, which is good news. If you’re a savvy Windows user and actually like the way Libraries allow you to organize your data, you’ll be free to keep using them in Windows 8.1.But what if Microsoft did decide to remove them completely before Windows 8.1 launches this August? Would you even notice they’re missing?last_img read more

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Google Street View car crashes into bus after crashing into different bus

first_imgGoogle’s Street View cars are the holy grail of the highway. You can’t help but become extremely giddy when you see one, especially because you can be burned into Street View doing something wacky if you can correctly time your appearance in front of the vehicle’s cameras. Now, however, after an accident in Indonesia, you might become more anxious than giddy when you see a Street View car roll by.Rather than, for example, crash into a tree at a low speed, the Google Street View car hit a bus in Bogor, Indonesia. Instead of awkwardly getting out of the car to apologize and exchange information — or whatever the Indonesian equivalent of that is — the car’s driver tried to flee the scene, and in the process crashed into another bus.The driver also hit a truck. There is no word if anyone was seriously harmed during the ordeal, but Google did confirm that it indeed took place, and said the company is working closely with local authorities to sort out the situation.Earlier this year, word got out that a Google Street View car ran over a donkey in Botswana, as scenes from Street View actually showed a donkey moseying along in one scene, then lying on the road in a subsequent scene. Google, however, said it turned out the donkey just decided to lie down, and happily got up and walked away shortly after.So, while a Street View car probably wasn’t responsible for the death of an innocent donkey, this car in Indonesia did, in fact, play bumper cars with some busses and a truck.last_img read more

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Double boost for Connacht as Bundee Aki and Ultan Dillane sign new

first_img Short URL PRO12 CHAMPIONS CONNACHT have received a double boost with the news that Bundee Aki and Ultan Dillane have signed contract extensions with the province.New Zealand native Aki has put pen-to-paper on a new three-year deal while Ireland international Dillane has agreed terms on a two-year contract. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“The last two years with Connacht Rugby have been incredible,” Aki said.“I moved over here not really knowing what to expect but this place has become home to me and my family now. I am proud to be part of this Connacht team and I’m excited to see what we can achieve together.”The 26-year-old joined Connacht in 2014 on a three-year deal and played a central role in the club’s Pro12 title win last season.His future has been the subject of much speculation recently with interest from France and England but Aki has now committed to the province until the summer of 2020.“I’m really pleased that Bundee and Ultan have committed their futures to Connacht Rugby,” Pat Lam said.“Two talented rugby players, naturally their performances have attracted a lot of attention and there is no doubt that they had options in terms of where they could play.“But I believe it is a massive statement about what we are doing here as a team and an organisation that they were both so determined to continue to play their part.”Securing the services of Aki for a further three seasons is a huge coup for the province, as is the retention of academy graduate Dillane after he was linked with a switch to Munster. 22-year-old Dillane had been linked with a move south. Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandThe powerful forward made his Ireland debut against England at Twickenham last year and has since added four caps to his name.“Connacht Rugby has given me so many opportunities since I started in the Academy and I’m delighted to have signed on again,” the 22-year-old said.“I am enjoying my rugby so much here and am excited about the future of this team and the province.”The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 11:24 AM Double boost for Connacht as Bundee Aki and Ultan Dillane sign new contracts The pair have played an integral part in the province’s recent success. By Ryan Bailey 16,077 Views http://the42.ie/3044950 Add us: the42.ie 26 Comments Michael Cheika names three uncapped players in squad for November TestsAfter tough week to start, Tomás O’Leary is ready to make the most of Montpellier chance Oct 25th 2016, 11:24 AM Share139 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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