← Previous Story Hungary (W) appoints Norwegian as coach Next Story → TOP 10 transfers of summer 2011: “Nikolaj Markussen – dangerious Giant” Irfan Smajlagic changed his mind, or maybe the Bosna BH Gas offered him too good conditions, but anyway, he is back to Bosna, the team he left about 1 week ago. He said that it was all done in 1 night, after talks with the people from the Bosna management. He should help the team in the domestic championship fight against Borac, the SEHA regional league, Champions League…
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“Home, sweet, home”. The former IHF World Player of the Year 2009, Allison Pineau signed a three months contract with the French Handball Cercle Nimes which will keep her at home until the end of the season. A 26 years-old playmaker had no luck and success in the three previous teams – Oltchim Valcea, ZRK Vardar and RK Krim Mercator.Nimes are currently the fourth team of the French Championship.STANDINGS: 5.Nice W16727423:40232 2.Issy W161213451:40541 7.Nantes W16529450:45528 4.Nimes W16916428:44035 10.Mios Biganos W163112399:47623 1.Fleury Loiret W161321456:38544 9.Dijon W163211393:43924 8.Havre W16439395:42227 3.Metz W161024460:41438 6.Toulon W16529396:41328 Alisson PineauHBC Nimes ← Previous Story EHF postpones Russia – Ukraine match in EHF EURO 2016 qualification Next Story → EHF: Women’s EHF EURO 2014 set new records
Spain won the friendly tournament in Irun in warm up for the upcoming IHF World Championship 2017 in France by beating average Polish team 30:20 (11:11). Spaniards showed domination in battle against the rivals from whom they lost bronze medal fight in Qatar two years ago.A lot of things changed since then. Polish team is now rejuvenated with only small chances to do something more than only surviving the Preliminary Round at WCh 2017.Poland previously lost against Qatar 25:26 and played 26:26 with Argentina.Spain beat Qatar 32:27 and Argentina 38:25.Spain – Poland 30:20 (11:11)Spain: Corrales, G. Aguinagalde – J. Aguinagalde 1, Balaguer 1, Canellas 2, Costoya 1, Dujszebajew 1, Entrerrios, Fernandez Perez 4, Figueras 1, Goni 2, Guardiola, Gurbindo 2, Morros 2, Rivera 6, Sarmiento 6, Tomas 1Poland : Malcher, Morawski, Kornecki – Chrapkowski 1, Daszek 2, Daćko 2, Gierak 1, M. Gębala 2, T. Gębala 4, Jachlewski, Jurkiewicz 2, Krajewski 1, Niewrzawa 1, Łyżwa, Przybylski 4, Walczak ← Previous Story Mahe show for French win over Slovenia Next Story → German champions count on Balkan power!
Thanks to Dave Maguire for spotting this one and sending it to us. APPLE CEO TIM has already apologised profusely for the many, many, many mistakes (our words, not his) in the recently-launched Apple Maps.It seems all the errors haven’t been eked out just yet.Read: Apple apologises to customers for Apple MapsOh dear: Apple Maps has made some pretty big mistakes in its Ireland maps > Read: ‘Alan Shatter concerned over fake Apple airport’ Statement of the Day >
IT’S LIKE A Mean Girls dream come true.Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been announced as the co-hosts of the 70th annual Golden Globes on 13 January 2013.Entertainment Weekly reports that their ‘chemistry, spontaneity and glamour’ landed them the job.Here’s a few reasons why we’ll be tuning in to the broadcast in January:1. Amy Poehler steals the show at any awards event she’s involved in:YouTube/DailySportsTube2. And so does Tina FeyYouTube/Rockin4Shred3. Here they are doing the Kevin G rap from Mean Girls with Lindsay Lohan:YouTube/JamesChang4. This scene featuring Amy Poehler from Parks and Recreation.5. Tina Fey might make fun of some celebs’ names, like in this scene from 30 Rock:YouTube/SirTylerTarver6. The pair of them as Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton.7. They interview each other:YouTube/MoviefoneVideoI had a blast… but never again – Ricky Gervais on the Golden Globes>
MILLIONS OF EURO in funding has been planned for the Gathering 2013 – and there is even more to come.That’s according to Fine Gael Mayo Deputy Michelle Mulherin, who said that additional funding to the €5 million already planned is to be made available for supporting local and community events, which is great news as it will help people in planning activities.The Gathering 2013 is the biggest tourism initiative ever undertaken in the State .Deputy Mulherin noted:In response to a Parliamentary Question I submitted to the Minister for Tourism, Leo Varadkar TD, regarding whether additional funding for The Gathering events is to be made available in the future, I have been assured that a small amount of additional funding will be on offer in the future so that local and county groups can be facilitated in their efforts.She added that she has been contacted by many individuals and groups interested in putting on events and looking for some financial assistance.“Further enquiries have been made to Fáilte Ireland to see if additional funds can be brought on stream from alternative sources and I have been told that details of this are being worked out at present and will be announced shortly,” said Deputy Mulherin.The target for the Gathering is to attract 300,000 additional visitors to Ireland in 2013 and is a further sign of the Government’s commitment to the tourism industry, said the Deputy.To-date, a budget of €5 million has been allocated to The Gathering 2013 in direct funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and news that some more funding, no matter how small or large, will assist local organisers in planning and preparations.Read: Irland, bitte: German footie fans targeted in Irish tourism campaign>
C – No, we’re not animals (1774) B – Yes, when I’m on my own; not when I have company (512) Poll Results: D – I don’t take sugar (2179) 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 TheJournal.ie HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.Possibly.This week: We are horrified – horrified – by the news that one of TheJournal.ie‘s esteemed colleagues puts the spoon back into the sugar bag/bowl AFTER he has used it to stir his tea.He reckons we are overreacting. Are we? Do YOU put the spoon back in the sugar after using it to stir your tea/coffee/hot beverage of choice? A – Yes, what’s the big deal? (228) A – Yes, what’s the big deal?B – Yes, when I’m on my own; not when I have companyC – No, we’re not animalsD – I don’t take sugarVoteGot a burning question that has divided your household/work colleagues/friends? Let us know in the comments section or email us at email@example.com.See previous entries in The Burning Question >
FIVE PEOPLE, INCLUDING two suicide bombers, died today in car bombings in northern Mali, a day after fierce urban battles between French-led forces and Islamists left up to 20 extremists dead, officials said.Two kamikaze vehicles targeting civilians and members of the ethnic Tuareg rebel group the MNLA exploded near the town of Tessalit, killing three and wounding several others, a security source said.A spokesman for the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) in Burkina Faso confirmed the report. Mohamed Ibrahim Ag Asseleh said “the two kamikazes were killed and in our ranks there were three dead and four seriously wounded”.The blasts came after Al-Qaeda-linked rebels claimed a car bomb attack yesterday near a camp occupied by French and Chadian troops in the city of Kidal, local officials said.At least two civilians were reported wounded in that attack. The vehicle, apparently driven by a suicide bomber, was targeting the camp but exploded before it reached it, killing the driver, an official in Kidal governor’s office said.France sent in its troops in January to help the Malian army oust Islamist militants who last year captured the desert north of the country. Thousands of soldiers from African countries have also deployed since then.Guerrilla-style tacticsThe French-led forces are increasingly facing guerrilla-style tactics after initially meeting little resistance in their drive to oust Islamists from the main northern centres of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu.The Tuareg MNLA blamed today’s car bomb attacks on the Al-Qaeda-linked Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), one of Mali’s main Islamist groups.The MUJAO made no comment on the latest attacks, but yesterday it told AFP that it was responsible for the car bomb in Kidal.“More explosions will happen across our territory,” MUJAO spokesman Abu Walid Sahraoui warned.He also said the group had sent fighters to Gao, 1,200 kilometres from the capital Bamako, where battles erupted overnight Wednesday after about 40 Islamists infiltrated the city.The Islamists briefly occupied the courthouse and the city hall but French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Malian and French forces backed by French helicopters repelled the attack today.Le Drian said initally that five Islamists were killed in the fierce street fighting, but today the French defence ministry between 15 and 20 had died.Sporadic gunfire was heard this morning in Gao, an AFP journalist there said.Determined to recapture the cityMUJAO spokesman Sahraoui said the rebels were determined to recapture the city: “Our troops have been ordered to attack. If the enemy is stronger, we’ll pull back only to return stronger, until we liberate Gao.”Mali’s Prime Minister Diango Cissoko said this week that large-scale military operations in the north were winding down, but sporadic fighting has continued.A French legionnaire was killed on Tuesday in the mountainous Ifoghas region. The French military said that their “Panthere 4″ operation in the Ifoghas had already left 30 Islamists dead since the start of the week.Ethnic Tuaregs in northern Mali, who have long sought greater autonomy, initially backed the rebellion but later fell out with the Islamists and regained control of Kidal before the arrival of French troops.About 1,800 Chadian troops were then deployed in the city as part of the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA), a military force organised by west African countries which France hopes will eventually become a UN stabilisation force.Asked whether it was coordinating its efforts with the Tuaregs of the MNLA, the French military said yesterday it was working with “groups that have the same objective” as France.In Nouakchott, the capital of neighbouring Mauritania, dozens of Malian Arabs demonstrated yesterday to denounce abuses they said had been committed by Malian troops against light-skinned Malians, particularly Arabs, in the north.Human Rights Watch has urged Bamako to act.“The Malian government should urgently investigate and prosecute soldiers responsible for torture, summary executions, and enforced disappearances of suspected Islamist rebels and alleged collaborators,” it said.- © AFP 2013.
FIVE IRISHMEN INCLUDING media tycoon Denis O’Brien and the financier Dermot Desmond have made the annual Forbes Rich List which is once again topped by the Mexican telecoms mogul Carlos Slim.O’Brien – who owns the mobile firm Digicel as well as the media company Communicorp – is ranked 233rd on the list with a net worth of $5.2 billion (€4 billion).The 54-year-old is second to Pallonji Mistry, an 83-year-old construction magnate, who is Ireland’s richest citizen with a net worth of $10.5 billion (€8 billion) putting him 103rd overall, down from 96th last year.Little is known about the man known as the ‘Phantom of Bombay House’ who is married to the Irish born Pat Perin Dubash.Read: Who is Pallonji Mistry, the richest Irish citizen alive? The next Irishman on the list is John Dorrance III, the man behind Campbell Soup, who has a net worth of $2.4 billion (€1.8 billion). The 69-year-old has dropped from 521st place to 613th this year.The next Irishman on the list is Martin Naughton – who is involved in heating equipment – and is 736th in the list with a net worth of $2 billion (€1.5 billion). The 73-year-old has dropped from 634th last year despite his net worth rising.Desmond is 831st – the only Irish person to rise, up from 854th in 2012 – with a net worth of $1.8 billion (€1.4 billion).Slim once again tops the list for the fourth year in a row with the 73-year-old having an estimated net worth $73 billion. He is trailed by Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft who has a net worth of $67 billion.Last year’s third-placed billionaire, Warren Buffett, has been pushed into fourth – with a net worth €53.5 billion – by the increasing wealth of Amancio Ortega whose $57 billion net worth has been amassed through the popularity of his Zara fashion brand.Last year: Five Irishmen make Forbes’ billionaires list as Carlos Slim comes top… again
THOSE DASHES THROUGH Tesco will never be the same again now that the sweets are removed from the tills.But it’s just one of the many bad decisions we make during the big shop.1. Picking up junk at the till (you’ll still manage it)Whether it’s discounted pastries in the evening or one of the millions of varieties of Percy Pigs lining the check-out, ‘healthy shops’ are immediately abandoned once they’re spotted. Sure they’re THERE and self-control is simply asking too much of anyone. Source: Mark Hillary2. Eating while shoppingIf you can’t resist a packet of crisps while waiting for a till number to be called out, how on earth can you walk through a few aisles without cracking open that bottle of coke? It’s always paid for at the end like, last time we checked, this was a free country.3. Buying stupid offers you don’t needUm, there’s two for one on nappies but you don’t have a baby. But doesn’t someone, and they’d be glad of them. Buy six. Free wok with purchases of 17 boxes of own-brand rice? We’re gonna need a bigger trolley. Source: BarnoramaHeaven is a place on earth. Source: Craig Murphy4. Dressing appallinglyWe draw the line at pyjamas but there’s something about going to the supermarket that excuses wearing that stained tracksuit and unsightly footwear usually reserved for lounging around the house. Just prepare to bump into everyone you know, every time. Source: Podbean5. Avoiding people in the aislesYou had an awkward run-in with your sister’s friend in the condiment aisle and now you’re kind of synced with her and will cross paths at LEAST six more times unless you make a radical diversion. You do, and spend the next hour wallowing in the fact that she knew. Source: Shutterstock6. Leaving stuff on the wrong shelfYou’ve had second thoughts about that fruit basket once you reach the cake aisle. You can’t be bothered going all the way back so just plonk it there, grab the double chocolate fudge gateaux and DASH. And yes, your suspicions are true. The security men saw you on camera and are sitting around tutting in disgust. Source: Memeguy7. Forgetting something half-way through check-outYou’re checking out. “Oh I forgot milk,” you say, before running off to the furthest depths of the known universe to retrieve a carton. The queue extending down the aisle behind you hate you, but not as much as the embarrassed till attendant. Not to mention the loved ones you left behind.You didn’t even put out the divider, just leave. Source: Mark Scott8. Leaving crap in the trolleyFinding abandoned cartons or offer leaflets in the end of the trolley is the WORST. Worse than abandoning it in the middle of a parking space. Source: Mark Hillary9. The samples loopThe Holy Grail, a tasty samples table. You conveniently forget something and take a detour to pass it again once you’re certain the server has probably forgotten you.She remembers. Source: Brandspanking10. Getting enraged by the self service check-outFor the last time, THERE IS NO DAMN BAG IN THE BAGGING AREA. Source: Funnyasduck11. Bringing 11 items to the 10 items or less tillSure it’s only one more, isn’t it? That’s grand and all but it’s still one more than THE LIMIT. Chaos, havoc, what if everyone did it etc. Source: Humoroutcasts12. Forgetting bagsYou’re happy to spend a fiver on a pint but have to part with 15c for a bag and the guilt is crushing. Oh well, all the more stuffing for the bag press. Source: swanksalotPoll: Do you buy ‘checkout sweets’? (Even though you know you shouldn’t)>Dad takes toddler shopping for food. Toddler has other plans>
Usually, when a manufacturer announces a new hardware model with a higher number we expect an improved feature set and experience. That’s clearly what Sony Ericsson is trying to achieve with the Xperia X12, codename Anzu, but on first look it seems like a mix of good and bad decisions.Lets focus on the good to begin with. When compared to the X10 the screen size has increased to a huge 4.3″ with a resolution of 854 x 480. That has been combined with a 12-megapixel camera, up from 8 megapixels on the X10. The X12 is also capable of capturing 720p video and will run on Android Froyo 2.2.AdChoices广告Sounds good so far, right? But Sony Ericsson has taken some head scratching decisions with the internals. The main one being the inclusion of an 800MHz MSM7230 chipset from Qualcomm. So even though this has a larger display to run, the faster 1GHz Snapdragon chip has not be chosen. However, Mobile-review.com believe the MSM7230 has been optimized and features added so users won’t have any speed issues, and in fact the base Android install rips along in this unit.Work has been done on the overall design of the phone to make it thinner and lighter. But apparently this has made the handset feel a bit cheap and fragile. Test units are also shipping with Android 2.1, which means a lot of additional testing will be required if the X12 ships with 2.2, or if we’re lucky 2.3 at launch.As for the screen, it’s bigger, but it’s also S-LCD and not AMOLED. So we can expect a similar experience to the X10. That’s no bad thing, but is something to consider if you want an AMOLED smartphone on your next upgrade.On the face of it the X12 has the promise of being a better smartphone than the X10. But we need to see if Sony Ericsson can keep the speed of the final unit high with an 800MHz chip, and sort out the casing so it doesn’t feel of a lesser quality to the X10.The Xperia X12 is expected to be released early next year.Read more at Mobile-review.com, via EngadgetMatthew’s OpinionIt sounds to me like the Anzu unit being tested is an early build. Using cheap plastic casings makes sense as it saves money and allows time to perfect the final casing before switching to better quality production materials.As for the use of Android 2.1 as the OS, this again shouts early build unit to me. Sony Ericsson just want to get some feedback on the overall phone, not the specifics of the OS which is still quite up-to-date compared to some phones out there stuck with Android 1.6.If you consider this unit may be a month old, and we probably won’t see the X12 on the market until February or March, you can see how Sony Ericsson has time to fix the issues highlighted in the first look review. The main concern is going to be the chipset used when Sony start adding to the base Android OS install seen on this unit. If they can keep the X12 fast, then the 4.3″ display and 12MP camera will be enough to sell it for a lot of consumers.
Star Wars fans rejoice. Earth may soon have something in common with Anakin and Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine. The good news is I am not talking about Earth turning into one large desert, but we may soon be able to look up into the sky and see what looks like two suns. It will only be temporary though.Betelgeuse, which is the ninth brightest star in the night and second brightest star in the constellation of Orion, is believed to lie 640 light years away from Earth, though some estimates put the distance at 1300 light years. It’s also expected to explode as a type 2 supernova resulting in light which is tens of millions times brighter than our own sun. The resulting view of the explosion from Earth will be a sky which seemingly has two suns. That second sun will seem incredibly bright for a couple of weeks and will then fade over the next few months according to Dr. Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland.AdChoices广告Dr. Carter also believes that the resulting explosion of Betelgeuse will create another cosmic phenomenon in our own galactic backyard, relatively speaking. We could soon have a neutron star or even a black hole where Betelgeuse once shined. Even if a black hole forms, which Dr. Carter believes is more likely, we won’t have to worry considering our distance to it. In fact, we may not have to worry about Betelgeuse going supernova in our lifetime since the estimate for when it will happen ranges from any day to the next million years. People who believe the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world in 2012 are no doubt betting on it happening next year.Read more at news.com.au and Wikipedia.
Headphones are brilliant at three things: totally immersing you in your music, improving the sound quality of music by not having to worry about room acoustics and preventing the neighbors from screaming bloody murder when you’ve got Van Halen cranked up to 11. Unfortunately, they’re not always comfortable to wear.What if you could get the effect of wearing headphones without actually wearing them, though? With these gorgeous speakers built by Minnesota-based industrial designer Adam Moller, you can.AdChoices广告The Klang Ultrasonic Speakers work by projecting music as ultrasound waves, instead of mere volume. By broadcasting the output in ultrasound and rightening the beam, you can focus the sound on a single pair of ears, so that you — sitting in your chair, watching a movie — can hear everything, while your girlfriend across the room can read her book in piece. Want to fill the entire room with sound? No problem: just open the beam back up until the walls are shaking. Genius!Unfortunately, the Klangs, cool as they are, can’t be bought in stores: unfortunately, they’re just Moller’s class project. That’s probably for the best, because I don’t ever want to know how much my heart would sink if I found out what a real stereo company wanted to charge me for them.Read more at Gadget Lab
Today, on its blog, Google introduced a new, simpler Chrome icon. Overall, the icon is basically the same thing, but redesigned to be less complicated and more abstract. On its blog, Google said, “A simpler icon embodies the Chrome spirit — to make the web quicker, lighter, and easier for all.” (Plus, not it looks even less like the old Simon game.)Can’t see the new icon in your browser yet? That’s because it’s only available to those on Chrome’s “early release channels,” but Google said that as it brings new features to the beta and stable channels over the coming weeks, the new icon will be reflected in your browser. AdChoices广告What do you think of the new icon? I’m guessing you either love it or hate it. Let us know in the comments.
April Fool’s Day has come and gone, and long are the day when the whoopee cushion set the standard for the day’s joke. Now, tech companies are fooling with us right and left, and Google’s joke on Friday was an in-depth video explaining its new venture, Gmail Motion. The new email service would allow you to control Gmail with your body.However, one team of hackers at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies wanted to take this concept and make it into a reality. What better way to make this gesture-based idea into a working project than with the Microsoft Kinect sensor? The team used the sensor along with some software they had previously built for different projects, and created a video showing Gmail Motion in action.Gmail’s product manager Paul McDonald jokingly showed us how to open an email; reply by pointing backwards; and send by “licking” a stamp and placing it down on your right knee. The team at ICT did just that, and demonstrated how to open, reply, send, and type an email.You’d probably think this form of writing an email would take much, much longer than the “old-fashioned” way of typing one out on your keyboard. The ICT students agreed and poked fun at Google by naming their solution to Google’s non-functional application the Software Library Optimizing Obligatory Waving (SLOOW).The original video from Google is below, followed by ICT’s working version of Gmail Motion. You can download the program here.
Netgear has developed an enterprise class networking tool and is launching two new products called ProSafe Wireless N Access Point (WNAP320), and NETGEAR ProSafe Dual Band Wireless N Access Point (WNDAP360). Both are designed for big enterprises who need one simple solution to managing a large network. Most big enterprises use tech teams to manage the networks, yet Netgear hopes to help make the job easier for them. The products will allow techs to check, secure, and monitor the network. They support all the current standards used by today in networking, like WPA, and WPA2. The ProSafe Wireless N Access Point is out now for $350, while the NETGEAR ProSafe Dual Band Wireless N Access Point will come out later on this year. The NETGEAR ProSafe Dual Band Wireless N Access Point’s price or target date have not been released yet. Via Hot Hardware
We couldn’t very well end the work week without another Apple rumor, could we? As if the iPad HD rumor yesterday and Wednesday’s iPhone 6 rumor weren’t enough to get your mouths watering, we have another potential new product that would make a lot of consumers happy, and a lot of wireless carriers less than thrilled: an iPod touch 3G.Though the rumor comes from a Dutch blog called AppleSpot, it’s loosely translated into English courtesy of Google Translate. And, as we all know, Google Translate doesn’t give perfect results.If a 3G iPod touch is really in the works it could mean that a lot of us that pay $100 or more a month for our iPhone voice and data plans could save a big chunk of change. Many of us these days are using our smartphones less and less to make actual calls. Instead, we’re surfing the web, using instant messaging apps, and texting our friends. We’re already using the iPhone’s camera more than regular cameras, according to Flickr data. However, the phone’s music-centered counterpart, the iPod touch, may be kicking the iPhone to the curb.Who needs voice capability when you can use apps like Skype or Google Voice on your phone for free? The current iPod touch already allows for this, but it only works on WiFi. A 3G model would mean you could use your iPod touch to communicate even away from a WiFi connection.Let’s look at one of the iPhone’s carriers to compare prices. A voice plan from Verizon will cost you, at the minimum, $39.99 per month for 450 minutes. A 2GB data plan will cost you $30 a month. Add in your unlimited messaging plan for $20 a month, and you have a $90 a month plan, before taxes and fees. Taking away that $40 for voice could make a big difference in the long run for those who don’t really need the voice plan.There are multiple VoIP services to use either on your phone or your computer, so you could easily find ways to make your calls. You could even port your phone number to Google Voice, and no one would know the difference. And, for those of us also paying an extra $30 a month for an iPad data plan, we could just pay $50 a month for a 4GB data plan with 3G mobile hotspot capability. This would allow you to use your 3G iPod touch as a portable hotspot to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices.The 3G iPod touch sounds great for consumers, but carriers are probably shaking in their boots thinking about it. Not only will they lose money from customers ditching their phones for the new iPod, but they’ll also have a huge rise in data to deal with.Though it may be just a pipe dream, it’s nice to think of the potential. Maybe our Dutch friends over at AppleSpot are on to something. We can only hope.More at AppleSpot (translated), via ZDNet
Apple’s press event left some people confused, some people excited, and some people looking for a new OS. Fortunately, Google’s Nexus 5 seems to be leaking all over the place, accidentally of course.Weeks of tips, videos, leaked photos, and speculation have drawn to a close. The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are here, and there was very little left to announce by the time Tim Cook hopped up on stage. The $549 iPhone 5C is not exactly what everyone had in mind when speculating upon the benefits of a cheaper iPhone, but on the shelves of supported carriers it’ll be the step down where the iPhone 5 would normally be. If you’re not interested in the colorful plastic styling of the iPhone 5C, you can give the iPhone 5S a go. With its fingerprint sensor and 64-bit processor, Apple hopes that this will be the most forward thinking iPhone yet. Join us as we speculate on what that might mean.If you’re not interested in buying what Apple is selling, Google seems to be right around the corner from the next Nexus launch. LG’s LTE-free Nexus 4 is looking a little old these days compared to powerhouses like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, so it’s time to beef up the insides and release a new phone to the world. The next Nexus looks like it is also made by LG, and has been seen in leaks for the last week-and-a-half. If it is based on the G2, as the leaks suggest, this could be the most impressive Nexus phone to date, though that does raise some questions about pricing compared to the Nexus 4.Our app of the week is Reaper, an incredibly fun hack-and-slash game for nearly every mobile platform. You can check out the game for free until your character hits level 10, and then you’ll be capped until you shell out $2.99 or $4.99 depending on which package you want. The game scales well on tablets and smartphones alike, and the gesture driven combat system is a ton of fun.If you’d like to join us on our weekly Geekouts, or if you’ve got a topic you’d like us to talk about on next week’s broadcast, leave us a message here or on our Google+ page.
Image: Martin Rickett http://the42.ie/3128177 Follow us: the42.ie KATIE TAYLOR MAY not have been centre stage at Thursday’s press conference ahead of Sky Sports’ latest pay-per-view bill, but the former Olympic champion was certainly talked up as a leading player in Saturday night’s show.While Wednesday’s chaotic undercard event was marred by Derek Chisora’s bad table manners, Taylor was bumped up to the main media event in promotion of Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defence against Eric Molina this weekend in the Manchester Arena.The Bray woman will have her second pro contest, taking on Swiss-based Brazilian Viviane Obenauf (9-1) in what is expected to be the live TV ‘float’ bout on Sky Box Office (Taylor’s fight is likely to take place sometime after 8pm in advance of the headliner on Saturday night).Promoter Eddie Hearn indicated that US broadcasters Showtime have expressed a keen interest in screening Taylor’s fight, while Sky Sports’ head of boxing Adam Smith was glowing in his praise for the Irishwoman, who opened her paid career with a ruthless third-round stoppage win over Polish journeywoman Karina Kopinska just two weeks ago in London.“Katie Taylor was absolutely phenomenal in her professional debut,” said Smith. “It was one of the best professional debuts I’ve ever seen throughout our coverage of sport on Sky.“It was absolutely terrific and I’m really excited about her future,” added the TV chief, who has been with the British broadcaster since the mid-90s.Hearn, meanwhile, appeared delighted to have two of his most famous Olympic gold medallists sharing the pre-fight stage ahead of Saturday’s card, and he too emphasised that the Bray woman is making the waves that he had hoped after signing the 30-year-old.“Both of these two fighters shared gold medals in the London 2012 Olympics,” noted Hearn.“We had [Taylor’s] debut a couple of weeks ago and we’ve had every promoter in the world saying, ‘Can we get Katie Taylor on our show?’“It looks like Showtime are also going to be showing her fight as well… She has all the attributes to be a total superstar and I’m very excited to see her in her second fight on Saturday night,” added the promoter, who quizzed Taylor at the top-table media event in front of the UK and world press about her feelings on fighting in front what is anticipated to be a capacity crowd of 21,000.The Bray woman laughed in response: “Are you trying to make me nervous? It’s going to be amazing.“This is the platform I’ve dreamt of really… This is what I’ve been training for my whole life really and it’s an honour to be on this card.”The five-time amateur world champion attempted to shift the focus on the event’s headliners, but Taylor admitted that she sees Obenauf as more of a challenge than the vanquished Kopinska.“I’m under no illusion – this is about Anthony Joshua and Eric Molina today, so it’s a privilege to share this platform with these boxers,” said a modest Taylor. “Obviously the debut was fantastic, but it is a step up for me this weekend.“It’s a great step-up, a great challenge for me and I’m looking forward to putting on a show again,” added Taylor, whose trainer, Ross Enamait, dismissed concerns over the quick turnaround since the 30-year-old’s debut.“She was in shape obviously two weeks ago, so it’s a quick turnaround, but she didn’t lose anything,” said Enamait.“We were right back in the gym [on the] Monday after the fight on Saturday, so we just got right back into action and she’s ready to go,” added the Connecticut-based trainer ahead of the six-round bout, which is capped at 132lbs.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 3:41 PM ‘It’s going to be amazing’: Katie set for PPV debut in front of biggest crowd of her career US broadcaster Showtime interested in screening Saturday night’s fight against Viviane Obenauf. Share1 Tweet Email 23,108 Views 26 Comments Joshua and Taylor: “A privilege to share this platform” By Ciarán Gallagher Dec 8th 2016, 3:41 PM Joshua and Taylor: “A privilege to share this platform” Image: Martin Rickett Dereck Chisora goes full WWE and throws table at Dillian Whyte during press conference Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article