German right wing and one of the best players of the “Lions” in current season, Patrik Groetzki extended deal with Rhein Neckar Lowen until 2016. Lefthander who scored two decisive goals in the important DKB Bundesliga matches against Magdeburg and Fuchse Berlin, came to Mannheim in 2007. He became one of the symbol of German team… Patrik GroetzkiRhein Neckar Lowen ← Previous Story SG FLENSBURG SAID “NO” TO SERBIA: Vladan Matic to lead “Eagles” at EHF EURO 2014! Next Story → HUNGARY: Pick Szeged 9 of 9!
← Previous Story Vladan Matic leads Tatabanya in the next two seasons! Next Story → ONE YEAR BAN: Geoffroy Krantz positive for nandrolone! Junior Fasano and SSV Bozen will play at the Italian Play-Off Final. Two best teams of the Italian handball will fight for the trophy in two matches on May 15 and May 22. Junior Fasano made fantastic turnover in semi-final clash against Terraquilla Carpi after huge defeat in the first match 29:21, they managed to beat the rival with 10 goals 29:19 and secured the final.Very interesting was also in the second semi-final clash between Bozen and Pressano. Pressano won the first match 23:21, but didn’t reach the final for only when goal. Bozen celebrated at home with 24:21.Captain of the Italian NT team, Junior Fasano line-player,Pasquale Maione believes that his team can win the Championship. He already won four domestic titles:– It’s a final for the Italian title, then the motivations and tensions will be great. In addition, teams, Fasano and Bolzano have changed a lot: there are new players and others who have left since last year. I’m sure it will be two exciting matches and that we will fight until the last second. Matches will be very balanced.The best Italian left wing with seven national trophies, Demis Radovcic from Bozen expect tough challenge:– I think it will be some good games. From the technical point of view I think you will see a beautiful handball, as you face the two best teams in Italy”.Both matches will be live on TV Rai Sport 1.Photo credit: FasanoLive.com handballItaly
Reproduced with permission from Whiff of CorditeTeams: Biarritz, Connacht, Harlequins, ZebreMcCafferty Unfairness Factor: Very high. Zebre didn’t even exist last season, and Connacht finished eighth in the Pro12 and got in due to Leinster’s heroics. Biarritz also got in the back door by winning the Amlin, so only Quins actually qualified of right.Preview: Forewarned is forearmed for Quins here – they got mugged in Galway last year and it’s hard to see a repeat. Ditto for Biarritz, who lost in Aironi two years ago – the Zebre squad is largely the same, and the circumstances in which the Basques and Londoners won’t get four wins from the double bunnies are pretty hard to imagine. Biarritz are certainly more vulnerable, but they have oodles of experience in this competition.Factor in a couple of home bonus points, and both of the big guns will expect to qualify – as well they should. Quins look better able to hoover up try bonus points, particularly away from home, so, if they split the head-to-heads, we would still expect to see the English champions emerge on top.From a Connacht perspective, this pool presents both opportunities and threats — Zebre should easily be taken at home, but Zebre will see Connacht as their target for a home win as well. Strange as it may sound, if Elwood’s men come out of this with two wins over Zebre, they will feel disappointed. We think that’s how it going to transpire – their other opponents look a little too streetwise to be beaten.On l’autre hand, if Connacht do beat one of the biggies, it will immediately supercede last year’s Quins results as their best ever European result. So, feast or famine, but them’s the margins at this level!Verdict: Quins surprised us last season with their fortitude at the business end of the Premiership season, particularly after their meltdown in the Sportsground. That mental strength, allied to the genius of Nuck Ivans and the shrewd hand of Conor O’Shea, should steer them through as group winners and a home quarter final. Biarritz should come through on their coat tails as one of the wild cards. Connacht to do the double over Zebre – but that’s it.Read more at Whiff of Cordite Heineken Cup Preview, Pool 1: Munster needing more than home comfortsExpert view: Donal Lenihan picks his Heineken Cup week 1 winners
IF IT’S NOT a done deal by Tuesday, Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane may hammer out the details of their potential Ireland partnership while in Spain this week.The pair are close to becoming the country’s new management ticket with the Corkman in the No 2 role. ITV have confirmed that the pair will be in San Sebastian as part of their coverage of Manchester United’s Champions League with Real Sociedad.Ireland face Latvia in a home friendly on Friday, 15 November and the FAI are understandably keen to have a new boss in place before that. An unveiling may take place as early as Monday in Dublin.POLL: Would Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill make a good management team?By coincidence, the pair are set to be on the sidelines next to Adrian Chiles in the Basque Country.Bookmakers here this week stopped betting on O’Neill landing the job vacated by Giovanni Trapattoni. Keane has been out of a job in the game since he left Ipswich in 2011.What do you think?H/T Colin Young on Off The BallMick McCarthy: O’Neill set for Ireland jobOpinion: Why Roy Keane should be Martin O’Neill’s number two for Ireland
VETERINARIANS SAY THEY are shocked about proposed regulations under the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2013 that would allow the docking – without anaesthetic – of the tails of puppies aged under four days.Vet Pete Wedderburn of Bray Vet told TheJournal.ie that he has seen the injuries caused by people docking their dogs’ tails, and that he can’t understand why the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney would allow such a practice to continue.He has been sharing his thoughts about the proposed legislation on his Facebook page.“It completely shocked me,” he said, pointing out that the legislation was carefully drafted and include wide consultation with a range of organisations.“The new animal health and welfare bill was instructed to keep everybody happy and to comply with international norms of behaviour towards animals,” he pointed out.Though the act mentions banning surgical treatments such as docking, the regulations mean docking would still be allowed.EuropeWedderburn said that there some people who absolutely believe in tail docking, but “they are mistaken in this belief in my view”. He said that the belief that tail docking prevents working dogs from getting injured “is not backed up by evidence”.Some people, said Wedderburn, simply prefer the look of dogs with docked tails, but docking does not necessarily have benefits for the dog’s health.He pointed out that tail docking is gradually being eradicated across Europe, and that the new regulations would mean that Ireland could not become the 23rd European state to ratify the Council of Europe’s European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals. All of the animal welfare groups assumed the bill would be the opportunity for ireland to catch up – that is why everybody is shocked at the regulations.Tail docking is often carried out without pain relief and Wedderburn believes that the issue reflects the country’s urban-rural divide.“We vets never liked doing it because it was obvious the animals were suffering in pain when we did this,” he said. As a result, some vets approached the regulatory authorities on the issue, and Ireland’s Veterinary Council decided it was unethical for vets to do it.A vet who docks a dog’s tail is at risk being of struck off if they are reported. Wedderburn described it as “bizarre” that the regulations would allow members of the public to carry out tail docking.Just allowing the public to do it is just doubly bad. It’s just going to cause more suffering. I would regularly see animals who have tails badly docked suffering from injuries that need treatment.The Bray vet said that allowing tail docking “will really set back the case of animal welfare” in Ireland. For Wedderburn, it is a case of right and wrong, “it’s clearly wrong to dock puppies’ tails”.The vet acknowledges that some may see this as a small issue, but said it will have a wider impact on the country and its reputation abroad when it comes to animal welfare. “Ireland is already known as the puppy farm capital of Europe,” he pointed out.Wedderburn shared these photographs of a puppy recently brought into him after “a botched home-done tail docking”. Be warned that some of these photographs may be distressing to view.
SO TODAY IS Blue Monday, one of the most depressing days of the year. Allegedly.According to scientists, Blue Monday is not actually a real ‘thing’. However, the day falls on the last full week of January every year (though some sources claimed it was January 6 this year), whether we like it or not.While you’re probably as down in the dumps as an average weekday, Mondays are grim at the best of times. Here are a few uplifting moments to give you a boost.1. This little kid who got surgery with his stuffed wolfA problem shared is a problem halved. Source: ImgurThe photo came with this caption:Meet 9-year-old Joshua. He recently had to go in for surgery and was so nervous that he brought along his stuffed wolf. The wolf had a tear in its leg, so Joshua asked if his doctor could do a wolf surgery too. His parents said ‘no.’ But when they walked into the recovery room to see their son, they discovered the little wolf laying next to him; this time, with a surgical mask, a little cast, and surgical quality sutures in his leg. We think the entire surgical staff deserves some serious respect and love for this act of kindness.2. When these little girls gave their soccer team the best name EVER Source: The Poke3. An adorable childhood reunionReuniting lost loves, the Teddy Bear lost and found provides an invaluable (and adorable) service worldwide.Here’s Tommy bear, who was lost at Odyssey Belfast, reunited with his ecstatic owner. Source: Lost Teddy Bear4. When this cop stopped to play catch with a lonely kidThe Rosenberg Police Department shared a dash-cam video on their Facebook page of one of their officers stopping his car to play catch with a lone kid, with the description:While a 2 minute game of football might not mean anything, to some it could mean everything! The kid later said that he now wants to be a football player or police officer. Ah here.5. This marine nursing some baby rabbits back to health Source: Imgur6. When this little girl used her Hello Kitty slippers to give her strength Source: Imgur7. The moment these twins were caught bonding on the baby monitorMildly scary, but very cute. Source: Imgur8. EVERYTHING about BatkidMaria Kong of the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation have just confirmed that they picked up the city of San Francisco’s $105,000 tab that allowed 5-year-old leukemia sufferer Miles Scott to become Batman for the day. Source: Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area9. When Xander the service dog comforted victims of violence and abuse, despite being blindXander was taken in by a shelter in Oregon last January but was quickly adopted by Rodney Beedy who had him certified as a service dog. Source: Meet Xander on Facebook Source: Meet Xander on Facebook10. Pheobe’s loving memory11. The reactions when this guy who randomly paid for people’s groceries Source: LAHWF Source: ImgurParody video sees puppets take the mickey out of Commander Hadfield>People are losing their minds at the prospect of Garth Brooks coming to Ireland>
INDIA’S SUPREME COURT has stayed the death sentence of two of the four men convicted of the fatal gang-rape of a student in New Delhi, an attack that horrified the country and sparked weeks of protests.The court suspended the execution of the two men, Mukesh Singh and Pawan Gupta, while an appeal of their conviction is heard and asked officials to “communicate the order to prison authorities”.Emergency sittingThe court held an emergency sitting today to hear the motion for the stay of execution. It was not immediately known when the executions had been due to be carried out.The two, Gupta and Singh, appealed to the Supreme Court after the High Court upheld earlier in the week the death penalty handed to the four men convicted of the gang rape last September.On Thursday, the Delhi High Court maintained the four men’s sentences in the death of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student, saying the case fell into the “rarest of rare category” under which India carries out executions.Defence lawyers argued the High Court had not properly considered evidence in the case.ConvictedThe Supreme Court was told the other two men convicted of the crime, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur, had not approached the top court to appeal the High Court ruling.A fifth suspect had been discovered dead in his jail last year, in what authorities said was a suspected suicide.The sixth member of the group, a juvenile at the time of the crime, is serving a three-year sentence.The four were sentenced last September to hang following a trial over the attack on the 23-year-old student on a moving bus in the capital in December 2012.The physiotherapy student was attacked by six men, including with an iron rod, after she boarded a private bus to go home from the cinema with a male friend.They were both later dumped naked and bleeding on the roadside. The victim died 13 days later from the internal injuries inflicted.The brutality of the attack appalled the nation and triggered massive angry street protests as well as soul-searching about India’s treatment of women.The victim survived long enough to give enough information to police to allow them to arrest her attackers whose trial was fast-tracked.The case led to tougher rape and sexual assault laws and shone an international spotlight on what women’s groups called a “rape epidemic” in the country.The execution of the two men had been stayed until March 31 when court authorities said their hanging would be further postponed at another hearing until their appeal was heard.- © AFP, 2014Read: Four men sentenced to death over gang rape and murder of Indian student>
Readers unable to view the Soundcloud file above can click here to listen to the audio.Dear Brothers and Sisters,I offer a warm and affectionate greeting to the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors who have joined me for this, my last General Audience.Like Saint Paul, whose words we heard earlier, my heart is filled with thanksgiving to God who ever watches over his Church and her growth in faith and love, and I embrace all of you with joy and gratitude.During this Year of Faith, we have been called to renew our joyful trust in the Lord’s presence in our lives and in the life of the Church. I am personally grateful for his unfailing love and guidance in the eight years since I accepted his call to serve as the Successor of Peter.I am also deeply grateful for the understanding, support and prayers of so many of you, not only here in Rome, but also throughout the world.The decision I have made, after much prayer, is the fruit of a serene trust in God’s will and a deep love of Christ’s Church. I will continue to accompany the Church with my prayers, and I ask each of you to pray for me and for the new Pope.In union with Mary and all the saints, let us entrust ourselves in faith and hope to God, who continues to watch over our lives and to guide the journey of the Church and our world along the paths of history.I commend all of you, with great affection, to his loving care, asking him to strengthen you in the hope which opens our hearts to the fullness of life that he alone can give.To you and your families, I impart my blessing. POPE BENEDICT XVI has held his final public event before stepping down as pontiff, using his final general audience to further explain his reasons for deciding to step down.Thousands turned out at St Peter’s Square in Rome to mark the 85-year-old pope’s final public event, before he retires to his summer residence outside Rome tomorrow and ends his pontificate at 7pm tomorrow evening.The Wednesday morning general audience usually offers a platform for the pope to give lectures on the nature of Christianity – but today Benedict instead used the opportunity to elaborate on his reasons for his retirement.Benedict said he did not have the “strength of mind or body” to continue leading the Catholic Church’s 1.2 billion followers.“To love the church means also to have the courage to take difficult, painful decisions, always keeping the good of the church in mind, not oneself,” he said, further recalling the doubts he had about his ability to rise to the role when he was appointed pontiff in April 2005.“I have had moments of joy and light, but also moments that haven’t been easy … moments of turbulent seas and rough winds,” he added.At the conclusion of his remarks, Benedict toured the square in the ‘Popemobile’, greeting well-wishers in what amounted to his final public appearance as head of the Roman Catholic Church.Most of the 115 cardinals who will vote in next month’s conclave, appointing a successor to Benedict, were present for the audience – which had an expected attendance of about 50,000, but an actual turnout of nearly double that much.Tomorrow morning Benedict will hold a meeting with the cardinals, before flying to Castel Gandolfo – about 40 minutes away by road – to see out the last hours of his pontificate.At 8pm Roman time (7pm Irish time) the doors of the residence will close, and the Swiss Guards protecting him will stand down – their job of protecting the head of the Catholic Church over for the time being.In full: Pope Benedict XVI’s final address Read: Benedict changes rules to allow Conclave to start earlierExplainer: How is a new Pope chosen?
YouTube/Dtwo Harcourt15. Maybe because he’s a bit of an athlete himselfSource YouTube/rte16. And he doesn’t let a psyche-out from his rivals get to him17. Even if sometimes it’s just like ‘I cannot deal right now’18. Did we mention he tells a great ghost story?19. Basically, he’s probably the most adorable president ever20. And that’s before we even get to this“Michael T Higgins”.Twitter/liane_costello21. Happy birthday, Michael D!All images Photocall Ireland! and Press Association except where noted. H/T to Darragh Doyle.More: Barack Obama has better things to do>6 people who are NOT happy about spring> Here’s our President, Michael D Higgins.Enjoying a bit of breakfast.It’s his birthday! He’s 72 today, and still going strong (other than a bit of a gammy knee).So we’ve compiled this list of reasons why he’s our most adorable president yet.1. He’s a dashing international jet-setterOK, train-setter.2. He gives great hugsBasically him being president means he’s hugging all of us, all the time.3. He’s a man of the people(Even the guy on the right.)4. But especially the ladies5. In fact, he’s a bit of an all-round heartthrobMichael D and the way he might look at you.6. No woman is safe from his charms7. Sometimes he just loses the run of himself altogether8. I mean come on – he has his own SONGBy the SAW DOCTORS fer Chrissakes.All together now: “Michael D Michael D, Up on his bikeldee…”YouTube/conboys9. He sensibly wears a vest under his shirt, so he won’t catch coldAnd he’s not afraid of statement eyewear. “Get me Michael D on the secure phone, NOW.” (juicyecumenism.com)11. And early-90s Tom Cruise is his hair inspiration12. But it’s not all megastars for Michael. He’ll also share his match programme with the less fortunate©INPHO/Mike Shaughnessy13. He trashed Martin McGuinness in this thumb war (just out of shot)14. But he’s not afraid of bigger men 10. He’s BFFs with Martin Sheen
Kevin Doyle partied with QPR after helping them get back to the Premier League but has not heard from Harry Redknapp since. NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… A picture paints a thousand words? O’Neill and Keane pictured apart at Ireland’s Friday training session. Source: Artur WidakHome David Wallace told us that James Coughlan would have stayed at Munster if he believed he had any chance of winning a long-awaited Ireland cap. Dean Rock is back and scoring. The forward’s club form has cheered up Dublin boss Jim Gavin. Away Brian O’Driscoll is like Pelé? Comparing legends and legacies ahead of the rugby star’s final game. #PRO12 GRAND FINAL Also known as Brian O’Driscoll’s final game of all time, ever. Leinster take on Glasgow Warriors from 6:15pm on Saturday.#WORLD CUP 14 friendlies including Ireland versus Italy at Craven Cottage [KO 7:45pm] tomorrow.#THE MEMORIAL Round three of The Memorial in Dublin, Ohio and a chance for Rory McIlroy to right some wrongs.#NBA San Antonio Spurs and OKC do battle with the Texans 3-2 up.Showbiz, Baby!The next time you are faced with a sudden death penalty kick, see if you have the minerals [C/o Snatch, circa 2000] to replicate this beauty from Maldives’ Ashad Ali Adubarey. Source: Shaaz Ahmed/YouTube“I’ve dared Brian O’Driscoll to do an end of career Dirty Dancing lift if they win tomorrow but I fear he’s not taking it seriously.” – Packie Bonner believes Roy Keane may be off to Glasgow any day now.Where we were today Murray Kinsella was out at Bewleys Hotel in Ballsbridge to hear from Warriors and Leinster captains Al Kellock and Leo Cullen ahead of Saturday’s final. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe fixture list Chloe Butler is preparing for the Women’s Rugby World Cup after hanging up her lingerie and shoulder pads.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is sticking around for three more seasons at least — enough time to reach the Champions League for 20 consecutive years.‘The All Blacks would have toured Nazi Germany’ — fighting talk from a Samoan rugby star.Carl Froch and George Groves still hate each other’s guts. The pugilists squared up at Wembley ahead of their sell-out bout.The best thing we sharedThe Guardian came up severe trumps today with a fantastic, interactive guide to the World Cup jerseys of every team competing in this year’s tournament.Interestingly, while Argentina have kept it light blue and white for all 16 of their appearances, Brazil introduced their now famous yellow jersey and blue shorts in 1954 and never looked back. The Germans liked a splash of colour back in the crazy 90s. Blame The Shamen Source: The GuardianOn the recordI think it’s a year too early for him but in saying that, if the job comes up at Celtic, I don’t think he could knock it back. Especially if you’re No 2; if you were in the job as a No 1 then you might have a doubt.” Rory McIlroy followed up his opening round of 63 with a score of 43 at The Memorial. The shame was, that score was for the opening nine holes. Rory improved, however, after a dreadful start. Day eight of the Roy Keane to Celtic speculation and Ireland boss Martin O’Neill told us no news was the best news we could hope for.
FOUR INDEPENDENT TDs have criticised two reports into the cancellation of penalty points which found no evidence of widespread corruption or deception in the writing-off of fixed charge notices.Mick Wallace, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, Clare Daly and Joan Collins said at a press conference today that the structure and approach of the investigations carried out by assistant garda commissioner John O’Mahoney and the Garda Professsional Standards Unit (GPSU) ”seriously damages” the credibility of the reports and their conclusions.The TDs said it was clear that the whole policy and practice of gardaí in relation to fixed charge notice cancellations “is by their own admission and according to their own internal review and the GPSU report non-complaint, dysfunctional and flawed at every possible level.”The internal garda report published earlier this month examined the practice of some gardaí quashing penalty points but found that anonymous allegations made about inappropriate writing-off of Fixed Charge notices “cannot be substantiated to any degree”.It identified three possible departures from administrative procedural guidelines in respect of terminations conducted by three officers. They were among 113 terminating offices who were included in the investigation but there was “no evidence to suggest any act of criminality, corruption, deception or falsification”. Read: the four TDs’ analysis of the Garda inquiry (PDF) > At a press conference today the independent TDs pointed out that no criminality had ever been alleged and said there was discrepancies in Minister for Justice Alan Shatter’s account of when he learned of the allegations about cancellation of penalty point made by two garda whistleblowers.“This investigation failed to adhere to the two basic standards of natural and constitutional justice,” the TDs said in a statement.They said the two reports had shown that there was no formal system for the exercise of garda discretion in cancelling fixed charge notices.They also said that the Garda Commissioner and the Minister had failed to protect the two whistleblowing gardaí who first highlighted the issue. Wallace pointed out that the whistleblowers were not interviewed during the investigation.“The report leaves a lot to be desired. There is things in the report which point out a lot of what has been going on and their [the Garda Commissioner and the Minister for Justice] summaries appear to ignore a lot of it,” Wallace said.Flanagan said the whistleblowers should be treated like “national heroes” but had instead been ignored. Collins said that the whole controversy had highlighted inequality in the cancellation of penalty points.The TDs said they would be making a submission to the Oireachtas Justice Committee – though Wallace said the government majority meant there is an “element of bias” in that committee – and planned legislation to address the structure of policing in Ireland and the “unhealthy and incestuous” relationship between gardaí and the government.In full: the four TDs’ analysis of the Garda inquiry (PDF) >Watch: Mick Wallace says he was the victim of an unlawful arrestRead: Gardaí should be able to quash penalty points for ‘humanitarian reasons’
A MAN IN his twenties is due to appear in court this morning charged in connection with an incident in which three people were stabbed at a GAA club in Kildare.The incident happened at the clubhouse of Rathcoffey GAA at about 2am in the early hours of Sunday morning.Two men and a woman, also understood to be in their 20s, were all taken to Naas General Hospital with injuries that are not thought to be life threatening.The man was arrested at the scene by gardaí based out of Clane Garda Station and has been held ahead of this morning’s court appearance.Read: Man and woman charged with early-morning Ranelagh assault to face court today >Read: Man injured after shooting at west Dublin house >
A CYCLIST HAS died after being struck by a car on a motorway in Dublin.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the crash, which occurred yesterday evening.At approximately 5pm, a 50-year-old male cyclist was seriously injured when he was struck by a car on the southbound carriageway of M1 near Swords.The collision occurred between junction four Donabate and junction three Swords.The man was taken by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital. The occupants of the car were uninjured in the collision.The motorway was closed for a brief period to facilitate emergency services but has since been reopened.The cyclist was pronounced dead a short time ago in Beaumont Hospital and the coroner has been notified.Anyone with information is asked to contact Coolock Garda Station 01 6664200, Swords Garda Station 01 6664700 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111
Almost a year ago, I reported on free downloadable software offered by a watchmaker called Tissot which allowed you to wear different style watches virtually to see how they would look on you before you buy. The augmented reality solution used a paper watch with a special symbol on it as a marker to help the software identify where the watch should appear relative to the screen. Sony has now announced an advancement in augmented reality technology which eliminates the need for such a marker and improves the performance of virtual images within a 3D space.AdChoices广告SmartAR, as Sony refers to it, is capable of identifying and tracking objects at a high rate of speed using a hybrid technology which combines advanced object recognition with matching and image tracking technology. Probably the most impressive part of SmartAR is in its ability to identify 3D structures that not only allows for virtual images to appear flawlessly, but also for those images to interact with the 3D structures around them such as a virtual bouncing ball being hit with a book you pick up off of a table.In one of the videos Sony produced to demo the technology, SmartAR was shown to be applicable for marketing. Users could view a sign or a brochure with their mobile phone that could trigger a virtual image of it to appear. The virtual image could also contain multiple pages the user could flip through like a book or catalog.In addition to a marketing application, gaming applications could also be possible, especially if Sony wanted to compete with Nintendo’s 3DS portable gaming system which offers gamers 3D without the need for special glasses. It’s possible the technology could make its way into the PSP2, expected later this year, but that is merely hopeful speculation.Read more at CrunchGear
Even though Motorola promised that phones launched in “late 2011” would ship with unlocked bootloaders, most watchers hoped that the company’s spate of summer releases would also come with bootloaders that were either unlocked from the start or could be unlocked easily. Sadly, the new Droid 3 ships with a locked bootloader, and modders aren’t happy about it.Many have taken to the Motorola customer service forums in droves, begging for an explanation. Little did they know that Motorola had already issued a statement on the matter, explaining that the company plans to “enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader in future software releases,” and went on to reiterate that the change will come later this year, “where channel and operator partners will allow it.” They say the Droid 3 simply doesn’t have the ability built in.AdChoices广告However, they do allude to the possibility of future software updates opening up the bootloader to modders who want to tweak or customize their devices. That wasn’t good enough for some Android fans, who insisted on knowing when the relockable bootloader would be standard on Motorola devices.The reason this is important is because a locked bootloader makes the process of rooting your Android phone significantly more difficult. Not that it’s particularly hard now, but locking the bootloader can make it significantly more difficult to install and get the full benefit of some ROMs.The only problem with Motorola’s statement is the “where channel and operator partners will allow it” section. This implies that Motorola could very well say that handsets directly from them would be unlocked if the carriers didn’t insist that they stay locked.It wouldn’t take much for Verizon Wireless or AT&T to insist that handsets they sell come with locked bootloaders for consistency and troubleshooting purposes, or to preserve licensing agreements with companies like Netflix and Hulu. Time will tell.Read more at Wired
Looking for a honey of a deal on a hot new Android phone? Get yourself over to Amazon stat and pick up the Droid Razr for just over a hundred bucks.The Razr and its sexy carbon fiber backplate are on sale for just $111.11 (in keeping with the 11/11/11 11:11 launch theme) on a new two-year contract. It’s currently fetching $299 if you purchase directly from Verizon. You’ll also be on the hook for a minimum $20 per month data package, but that’s par for the course with high-end phones like the Razr.Regardless of the lifetime costs (which add up no matter which phone you purchase), the $111.11 Droid Razr is an amazing price. The Razr packs a dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor running at 1.2GHz, a gig of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and microSD expansion, and an 8MP HD-capable front camera. It also features the slick Smart Actions software, which allows you to pair pre-programmed tasks with specific locations — like turning on and off your phone’s Wi-Fi radio when you arrive at or leave your house.Motorola’s re-born Razr stacks up favorably to other top-shelf Android phones like the Galaxy Nexus and HTC Rezound, and it’s the thinnest of the bunch, too. It could be a real game changer. The original Razr phones were some of the best-known and most popular flip phones around, and that popularity could translate into bucketloads of street cred for the new Razr.If the Razr looks like the phone you’ve been waiting for, go snap it up right now — before the launch day deal at Amazon runs out and you have to shell out more than double to pick it up from Verizon.More at TechCrunch and Amazon
Talk about cloud storage services and Dropbox is usually the first name to come up. Its seamless interface with your system and 2GB of free storage make for a very popular online file store. We can’t forget about Microsoft though, and its SkyDrive service. While it lacks the easy integration and feature set of Dropbox, is does offer users a huge 25GB of free cloud storage.Microsoft seem to have realized lots of free storage alone isn’t enough to compel users to switch, so it’s taking action on two fronts. First of all, we’re set to get desktop applications for Windows and Mac allowing for easier file transfers and storage management outside of a web browser. Second, SkyDrive is going to introduce paid tiers for those who require more than the free 25GB allotment.That extra storage will require a payment, but it’s certainly not expensive. An extra 20GB costs $10 per year, 50GB is $25, and 100GB is $50. So for just over $4 a month you can have a SkyDrive with 125GB of storage. Compare that to Dropbox, which charges $19.99 per month for 100GB.The new desktop apps and extra storage haven’t been officially confirmed by Microsoft yet, but the screenshot included above looks to be legitimate. It also makes sense to roll this out soon with rumors of Google releasing its own cloud storage service starting to appear once again.With competing services looking decidedly expensive next to SkyDrive, if Microsoft gets the desktop app right we could see its cloud storage service get a lot more popular very quickly.Read more at Engadget
If the launch of Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors has spurred you on to build a new system, then you can certainly build a beast of a machine pairing a 3770K chip with Nvidia’s new GTX 690 and a fast SSD. But what about RAM?The fastest you can get today is quad channel DDR3 modules running at speeds of up to 2133MT/s (megatransfers per second). Of course, that’s set to become redundant as soon as DDR4 modules appear on the market, and that day is drawing ever closer.Micron announced this week it has a working DDR4 module, and it promises to help push your system performance that little bit further while saving on that all important battery life for laptops. The memory module uses Micron’s 30nm manufacturing process and will ship at speeds no less than 2400MT/s. To put that in context, a typical DDR3 module runs at anywhere between 800-2133MT/s, with only performance modules getting you near the top end of that limit. 2400MT/s is the bottom ends for DDR4, with the JEDEC spec allowing for 3200MT/s.The other benefit DDR4 brings is a lower voltage (1.05-1.2V instead of the 1.2-1.5V of DDR3) and lower overall power use (40% saving) due to the move to a 30nm process. Multiple channels (dual, triple, quad) have also been dropped in favor of point-to-point, which connects each memory controller channel to a single module.There’s still a while to go before DDR4 memory ships, though. Micron is hoping to send out samples in the fourth quarter of 2012 and then start shipping the modules at some point next year. It will also require motherboard manufacturers to start supporting the new memory, which in turns means enthusiasts having to pay out for a new board and memory.Micron isn’t the first to announce a working DDR4 module. Samsung beat them by over a year, and is now working with JEDEC to help standardize the tech.Read more at Micron, via Engadget