TOMRA XRT ore sorter goes to work at Renison tin mine

first_imgMetals X and its joint venture partner Yunnan Tin have commenced commissioning of its new crushing and ore sorting facility at the Renison tin mine in Tasmania, Australia.The ore sorting equipment, provided by TOMRA, is expected to increase annual tin production at Renison by 15-20%, according to Metals X.Underground ore production at the 50:50 owned Bluestone Mines Tasmania JV is expected to increase to approximately 920,000 tonnes per year, while maintaining the processing plant at some 720,000 t/y.The TOMRA X-Ray transmission ore sorter will reject an estimated 200,000 t/y of waste at the crushing stage, upgrading the ore before the processing plant.In preparation for the introduction of ore sorting, additional areas within the underground mine have been developed, production rates have been increased and a significant surface stockpile of ore accumulated.The purpose-built three stage crushing, screening and ore sorting plant has been constructed at a capital cost of some A$15 million. The payback is estimated to be less than 10 months at current tin prices.With the commissioning of the ore sorter and the new tails dam already in operation, the major capital expenditure programme at Renison is complete.“The operation is now set up for the long term future, with increased production capacity and additional flexibility to allow the … JV to exploit the large resource base at Renison,” Metals X said.XRT sorting technology is increasingly being used in the mining sector in order to reduce the amount of waste processed through the comminution circuit. This, then, boosts the overall ore grade.last_img read more

Predrag Dacevic in Crvena Zvezda

← Previous Story Mariusz Jurkiewicz is back to Ciudad Real Next Story → Žikica Milosavljevic in Bosna Sarajevo Serbian left back, Predrag Dacevic (25), after just one season abroad, back to Serbia in vice-champions team, Crvena zvezda Belgrade.  He moved to Celje Pivovarna Lasko last summer, played well in CL qualification, but after Zvonimir Serdarusic replaced Tone Tiselj on the bench in february, he wasn’t in a plan of a new coach. Before Slovenia, Dacevic played for Kolubara and PKB.

Omeyer Lavrov and Perić coming to goalkeepers camp in Makarska Croatia

Handball Goalkeepers camp in Makarska ← Previous Story WC 2011 TOP 10 LOSERS: “IHF’s website, Brandt, Wenta, Goluža…” Next Story → Miladin Kozlina in FA Goppingen The first International Handball Goalkeepers’ camp in Makarska (Croatia – 19-25 June 2011),  started it’s activity on July 20th 2010 initiated by former handball goalkeepers with expert advices of highly educated handball workers. They started a big international project of connecting young handball goalkeepers with top professionals who could help them develop their skills.Participants of this camp will be classified into two categories:– born 1993-1996– born 1992 and olderIn the camp there will be group and individual activities (technique and tactics adapted to the age of participants).Lecturer-coach and two assistants (mostly world’s most famous goalkeepers) will conduct each group (20 goalkeepers or less) and there will be two trainings a day.Top lecturers and Croatian and world’s most famous goalkeepers create a unique program of professional work. Names like Omeyer, Lavrov, Perić, Bašić, Losert, Alilović, Matošević, Pušnik and others guarantee the quality.More read more

War for Poland Kielce beat Wisla

12Czuwaj Przemyśl191117525:6973 1Vive Targi Kielce191801717:50836 3Azoty Puławy181224510:48626 10Chrobry Głogów184113471:5069 8Zagłębie Lubin196211541:61714 6MMTS Kwidzyn18918548:55619 7Gaz-System Pogoń187110524:52215 Orlen Wisla PlockPolish HandballVive Targi Kielce ← Previous Story HP fans choose EHF CL Preliminary Round “ALL STAR TEAM” Next Story → HSV’s storm over “sold-out” SAP ARENA in Mannheim! 2Orlen Wisła Płock191702644:50034 Vive Targi Kielce took revenge on Orlen Wisła Płock and won at home 29:22. The top match of the Polish League was exciting fans of both teams for a few recent days; additionally the atmosphere was fomented by issues connected with tickets or injuries. Both teams had to play without their injured players – a day before the game it turned out that Wisła would have to play without Petar Nenadić and Ivan Nikčević. The beginning of the match was full of mistakes but Kielce were more effective in attack and after 10 minutes the result was 5:1 for the hosts. Płock managed to improve their score but they didn’t even draw. Emotions got the upper hand not only of the spectators – sometimes players got carried away too and the red card for Muhamed Toromanović seemed to confirm it. Kielce were gradually gaining more and more advantage and in a halftime they left the court leading by 7 goals. The second half began quite well for the hosts but guests also improved their playing. At the end Kielce started playing a bit imprecisely but the victory was rather safe. Vive won by 7 goals which means they equalized Wisła’s reserve from the last match (Wisła won 32:25 then). If Kielce win all next games, they probably will remain in the first place in the league table.TEXT: Martyna UsnarskaVive Targi Kielce – Orlen Wisła Płock 29:22 (16:9)Vive: Szmal, Losert – Grabarczyk, Mazur, Tomczak 1, Jurecki 4, Tkaczyk 2, Olafsson 1, Bielecki 4, Jachlewski 4, Stojković 4 (1), Lijewski 2, Buntić 3, Musa 3, Zorman 1.exclusions: 4 minutesWisła: Sego, Wichary – Chrapkowski, Żochowski, Eklamović 4, Spanne, Wiśniewski 5, Kavas, Ghionea 10 (5), Twardo, Toromanović 1, Syprzak, Kubisztal 1, Paczkowski 1, Ilyes.exclusions: 18 minutesphoto: vivetargi.plSTANDING: 9Piotrkowianin Piotrków197012521:55914 5NMC Powen Zabrze191009528:52520 11Miedź Legnica184113398:5019 4Tauron Stal Mielec181116568:51823 read more

EHF CL TOP 16 Replay 2004 fortress Skopje Dujshebaev wants German scalp

Weekend of TOP Handball. Handball fans in Europe, but also outside the continent of the VELUX EHF Champions League, waiting for the best team’s handball. Seven matches of the TOP 16 Round will be played on Saturday and Sunday. Two matches in Skopje will show is “Boris Trajkovski” still “unbeatable fortress”. PSG are coming to Slovenian Velenje to face Gorenje, while Celje PL will meet “old rival” SG Flensburg on 10th anniversary of the biggest club success – trophy of EHF CL 2004.Aalborg will try to surprise Barcelona, and same task will have Wisla against Veszprem.The biggest derby will be played in Kielce, where Vive Targi will host Rhein Neckar Lowen.EHF CL TOP 16 SCHEDULE:SAturday:Vive Targi Kielce – Rhein Neckar Lowen 16.10Vardar – HSV 18Gorenje – PSG 20.30Sunday:Aalborg – FC Barcelona 15Metalurg – KIF Kolding 17Wisla Plock – MVM MKB Veszprem 19Celje PL – SG Flensburg 19.15Thursday:Motor – THW Kiel 28:31PHOTO: VIVE TARGI KIELCE ← Previous Story Benjamin Buric (Gorenje): Chances 60-40 for PSG Next Story → Kielce with +4 to Germany! read more

STILL IN THE RACE Wisla Plock win in Szeged

1.Vardar9720240:20916 7.Wisla Plock10127268:2934 Orlen Wisla Plock are again in the game for TOP 16! The Polish vice-champions won in Szeged 25:24 to stay competitive with the IFK Kristianstad and RK PPD Zagreb in the race for the sixth place which lead at knock-out stage of the European elite competition…MOL-PICK Szeged – Orlen Wisla Plock 24-25 (12-14)MOL-PICK Szeged: Sego – Sostaric 1, Balogh 6/2, Skube, Bánhidi 3, Gorbok, Källman 2, T. Petrus 1, Gaber 2, Zsitnyikov 4, Bodó 5, Blazevic, Fekete B. Wisla Plock: Morawski – Daszek 1, Toledo 7, M. Gebala 3, N. Obradovic 1, Duarte 4, Krajewski. Borbély, Tarabochia 1, Racotea 4, Zabic 2, Ghionea 1, Mihic 1, S. Ivic. STANDINGS: 6.Kristianstad9225237:2716 8.PPD Zagreb10127250:2904 2.Nantes9612263:25213 3.Barcelona9522272:24512 5.Szeged10415297:2869 4.Rhein-Neckar10442287:26812 ← Previous Story GERMANY 2017 – Day 2: 11 matches in all four groups Next Story → Brazil escapes from Japanese nightmare read more

This computer club claims it has hacked the new iPhones fingerprint sensor

first_imgYouTube: star bug“This demonstrates – again – that fingerprint biometrics is unsuitable as access control method and should be avoided,” the CCC said in a statement on their website.The claim, which Apple has not yet responded to, will be an embarrassing one for Apple which hopes its new fingerprint scanner will set it apart from other smartphone rivals.CCC is Europe’s largest association of hackers and is based in Berlin.Read: This kid is seriously disappointed with iOS7More: iOS 7 is here: How do you like it? JUST DAYS AFTER its release, Germany’s Chaos Computer Club claims it has successfully hacked the iPhone 5S’ fingerprint sensor and successfully unlocked a phone without the need for a human fingerprint.The famous hacker team took a picture of the fingerprint of the user to which the phone was registered, then printed it on a transparent sheet of paper before using this to unlock the phone.This video demonstrates how they did it:last_img read more

Teachers and opposition parties attack Quinns Junior Cert reforms

first_imgTHE TWO TRADE UNIONS representing Ireland’s secondary school teachers have criticised plans announced by education minister Ruairí Quinn to reform the Junior Cert system – with the traditional end-0f-third-year exams set to be dumped by 2020.Both the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) and the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) criticised the plans, which were announced by Quinn yesterday, and which will see the terminal exams replaced with more regular assessments graded by a pupil’s own class teacher.“We are disappointed that teachers as practitioners were not specifically consulted with on these proposals,” TUI general secretary John MacGabhann criticised, saying the failure to engage with teachers was ”poor practice in the formulation of educational policy”.MacGabhann also suggested that the moves were driven more by budgetary concerns than educational need, and said the union now had serious concerns about teachers’ workloads when the changes were taken in the context of resource cutbacks and reduced staffing allocations.His ASTI counterpart Pat King argued that the move to continual assessment, which will now be in the hands of a student’s teacher, was a step backward from the current regime where papers are marked by an independent teacher who does not know the student involved.The current examination model was “a credible, independent, objective and fair examination and certification system,” King said, arguing that having a child’s own teacher grade their marks was a regressive move.Mixed opposition responseThere was a mixed response from opposition parties to the moves, with Fianna Fáil’s education spokesman Charlie McConalogue saying the proposed timetable for the rollout of the new systems – which will adopted on a phased basis over the next eight years – showed a failure to plan properly.“If this reform plan was prepared thoroughly with the extensive consultation of all the relevant stake-holders, there would be absolutely no need to wait until 2020 for its full implementation,” McConalogue argued.Sinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien was more positive, however, and argued that Quinn deserved credit “for implementing radical changes to an exam that is of key importance to young people during their first four years at secondary school”.O’Brien expressed concern that teachers may not have the adequate resources to assess their own students’ work – a response which Quinn yesterday played down, arguing that teachers already graded their own students’ work in summer tests at the end of First Year and Second Year.Student representatives were less qualified in their support for the reforms. The Irish Secondary Students’ Union welcomed the plans, which follow the union’s submission of its own programme for educational reforms last year.ISSU president Dylan Grace said he was particularly glad “to see that science will become one of the core subjects in the new standardised tests to be taken at second year”.“Science education is a key building block for future economic growth, and this will ensure that all students have a basic grounding in scientific principles which will benefit them for the rest of their lives,” he said.IBEC’s head of education policy Tony Donohoe was similarly welcoming of the plans.“If done right, this could prove to be the most important education reform of recent years. It presents a real opportunity to move away from the dominance of rote learning and support the development of critical thinking in students,” Donohoe said.Read: Formal Junior Cert exams abolished under new systemPoll: Do you support an overhaul of the Junior Cycle?last_img read more

It was never about bringing Lance down Emma OReilly to appear on

first_imgEMMA O’REILLY, THE Dublin masseuse who helped to expose Lance Armstrong, says that her decision to speak out was never motivated by a desire to get back at the disgraced cyclist.O’Reilly worked with Armstrong on the United States Postal team but left in acrimonious circumstances and later helped lift the lid on cycling’s systemic culture of doping.The 42-year-old provided key testimony to a United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) investigation which last week described the team as running “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen.”“It was never about bringing Lance down,” O’Reilly said in an interview with Craig Doyle which will be broadcast on RTÉ tonight. “It was about cleaning up cycling.”After ending her involvement with US Postal in 2000, O’Reilly contributed to the book L.A. Confidentiel, written by Sunday Times journalist David Walsh. The book presented evidence against Armstrong, who subsequently labelled her a “prostitute” and an “alcoholic”, O’Reilly claims.The RTÉ interview comes a day after a host of Armstrong’s major sponsors, including Nike, distanced themselves from the American. The 41-year-old also stepped down as head of his Livestrong cancer awareness charity on Wednesday.Watch Emma O’Reilly’s interview on the Craig Doyle Show, Thursday at 10.35pm on RTÉ 2 .Lance Armstrong case: Irish masseuse, Emma O’Reilly, claims she worked as ‘drug-runner’ for US Postal team“Now, Emma, you know enough to bring me down”: an Irish aide’s affidavit in the Lance Armstrong investigationlast_img read more

Aaron McKenna Giving free GP care for all children under 6 is

first_imgIN THE GOOD old days of the Celtic Tiger, when government spending grew 33 per cent faster than the economy, we were used to budget day giveaways. The likes of the 2001 budget saw massive increases in spending, and in particular the government of the day was prone to introducing long term spending programmes with no particular care given to how they would be paid for in future.Universal medical cards for the over 70s regardless of means, the ever increasing rates of child benefit and extension of various welfare state giveaways for everything from televisions to travel all featured. During the period when secondary schools were sending notes home to parents about ensuring that kids balanced their studies with part time work because jobs were so easy to come by, we had endless welfare for a small cohort of individuals who just wouldn’t go out and work.Doubtlessly, there are people who have received benefits that are essential to their wellbeing in this catch-all net. The main benefit of these social programmes, however, is vote winning. Politicians dish out some gravy to as many constituents as possible in order to win votes. The negative side effect of this is that the gravy has to be thinned out to feed so many, and those with acute need are not getting what they require as a consequence.Medical card cutsThough government spinsters will deny it, the cutbacks to ‘discretionary’ medical cards is intrinsically linked to the increased cost of providing free GP visits for children aged five and under. They are increasing spending by an estimated €40 million (which, in Department of Health budgeting, means it’ll cost €80m) to fund this programme while next year will see €113m cut from medical cards.Some of that €113m cutback will come from people who have a card but could afford to go without. But there are too many tales of paraplegic kids or cancer sufferers getting their cards taken off them, genuine hard cases, for it to be realistic to think that the ever efficient government bureaucracy is being careful and skilled in how they go about chopping fat from the budget.Everyone likes to get something back from the taxman. There are many hard-pressed families who will benefit from free GP care and might view it as just recompense for all the contributions they’ve to make to the running of the state.Unfortunately that is not how a sustainable welfare safety net works. We all suffer Pay Related Social Insurance to cover off many welfare needs, and the wording is important: insurance. The welfare safety net is supposed to catch us when we fall, and turning it into something that most of the population is entitled to is creating an outlay that we cannot afford and that robs the truly hard cases of the resources they need.There are more people collecting a cheque from welfare in one form or another today than there are people working and paying income taxes and PRSI. It is very simple logic: you cannot travel far with a cart that has more people sitting on it than there are pulling it.The welfare safety netUniversal benefits tend to spiral out of control over time. They’re difficult to roll back once introduced and they are tied to demographic forces of nature outside of budgetary control. An entitlement introduced today for under-6s might be estimated to cost €40m, but what will it cost in 15 years do we know? Could be more, could be less. That depends on things right down to the level of how many kids people can have if they get out of their negative equity two bed apartment and into a bigger house between now and then, for example.The welfare safety net should be an insurance scheme, where those in most difficulty receive help – and we are not left in a situation where, as in the post-2008 austerity budgets we’ve been watching, politically important but dubiously beneficial payments protected at cost to other groups who truly are in need. Carers, the disabled and young people for example have received huge cutbacks, but the suggestion that medical cards for over 70s ought to be means tested prompted a flurry of protest and the measure was rolled back.That’s not to pick on the over 70s. Rather, I’m picking on people of all ages who earn enough that universal benefits are an addition to their discretionary income rather than an essential payment without which life cannot function normally.We can still offer free GP visits for people who are hard up without even having an on/off means test. In addition to issuing a card, when people need to bring their kids to a GP but don’t have a visit card they could fill out a quick means test form there and then, get the visit for free and have Revenue and Welfare assess the test after the fact. If the person qualifies, so be it; and that qualification could relate to their circumstances that very week rather than generally over a year. Bills fall due, kids get sick in waves and so on, so circumstances play a lot in assessing whether or not someone can afford a GP visit.If the person doesn’t qualify, or only partially qualifies, that money could be clawed back over time in welfare payments or tax paid. It would be a sort of a loan from the government to help them get what they need.There’s plenty of other things government could do to make healthcare more affordable, such as controlling costs in the Department of Health itself. That aside, we should look to move to a system where we provide people with help based on their needs rather than their attractiveness to a political class eyeing up the 2014 Local and European elections.We should have also learned from the Celtic Tiger years of budgets that giveaways simply lead to runaway spending, and eventually that will lead to more pain and economic trouble than it’s worth.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.Noonan: ‘No connection’ between cuts for pensioners & free GP care for under 5sRead: GPs split on free GP care for under fiveslast_img read more

Hello Mr President Im the President Michael D begins French visit

first_imgPRESIDENT MICHAEL D. Higgins has met President Francois Hollande and launched a major art exhibition, on the first day of a three-day visit to France.The meeting between the two presidents focussed on EU affairs, and on Ireland’s presidency of the European Union.Higgins also visited the Pompidou Centre for a preview of an exhibition looking at the life and prolific work of Irish-born architect and furniture designer Eileen Gray, who lived in France for 70 years before her death in 1976.The exhibition opens to the public later in the week.Later this week Higgins is due to visit the Irish College, which for three centuries was a Catholic educational establishment for Irish students and now serves as a cultural centre and a residence for Irish students, writers and artists.- © AFP, 2013Read: President Higgins begins three-day Paris triplast_img read more

Cork is one of Europes most underrated cities Huffington Post

first_imgCORK IS ONE of the most unfairly underrated cities in Europe, according to a travel guide in the Huffington Post.The online news site’s US edition published a selection of European destinations for American visitors that it said were “overlooked” – with Cork first on the list.The post lauds Cork’s food and pub scene, and goes so far as to compare Dublin unfavourably in terms of friendliness:Dublin, the actual capital is great. But if you’re looking for a city […] with locals that are friendly and welcoming […] Cork is for you. OUCH.It also mention’s Cork’s “laid-back vibe” and says the city is “easy to navigate”.Budapest, Porto and Bratislava are among the other cities on the list, as is Manchester in the UK – whose “spirited nightlife” gets a special mention.More: 11 reasons why Cork might actually be better than Dublin>last_img read more

Sober Ireland Whats it like to not drink in Ireland

first_imgTHIS WEEK, IRELAND will spend €50 million on alcohol.In towns and cities across the country, pubs, clubs and music venues will have queues three and four deep at their bars and, inevitably, people will get drunk.Some of this drinking will put people in hospital. It will lead to fights, possible road accidents and maybe even deaths.Amid all of this, will be the minority. Those who go out at the weekend and don’t drink anything stronger than a Red Bull.But, what is their life like? What’s it like to go out in Ireland and stay sober? How bearable is it?A study from the Health Research Board last week said that 21% of Irish people hadn’t taken a drink in the last year, so there are more teetotallers than many people realise.“You see everything going bad.”“What do you notice most? Everything, that’s the problem.”James* is 29 and hasn’t ever drank alcohol. That doesn’t mean he stays indoors when the weekend comes.I genuinely like Dublin at night, but it’s a bit like Cinderella. Once the clock strikes midnight, something changes.“I actually like the music played in nightclubs and I don’t most of the things that go with it, but once people get too drunk, it’s time to leave.”But, what counts as too drunk?“The falling, shite talking, the obnoxiousness and the general aggro are all signs.“When I think about it, it’s pretty sad that I think that starting fights is the first point that I consider too far.”Spending a night in a club anywhere in the world is eye-opening, as the alcohol levels increase and the inhibitions are completely negated, it is impossible to have a wholly positive view of what experts call “binge drinking”.That is something James finds every time he ventures out.“The problem I have is that you notice everything. You can spot trouble coming your way and everyone around you is blinded to it.“That leads to paranoia. So you’re looking for lads grabbing your girlfriend’s arse or someone trying to start on your mates.”The self-appointed guardian role is tiring James says.“It’s really my own fault. Nobody is saying “James, look after me”, but you hear so much and you see even more, that it’s hard not to be paranoid.” Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland“I dread being asked to go out.”For most college-aged women, going out is as normal as going to classes. For those that don’t drink, it can be more difficult.Lisa* is 21 and goes to college in Galway. She stopped drinking when she was 19, having done so from age 17. Why?“I’d had enough of it.“I didn’t really like being drunk and I didn’t like not being in control of what I was doing.”The treatment of women in clubs and pubs also affects how going out is viewed.“I don’t know a woman who goes out who hasn’t had their arse grabbed or had something said to them. I’m not saying women are angels, but when you’re sober it feels so much more invasive.“It’s gotten to the stage where I dread being asked to go out.”This is part one of a series on sober Ireland. If you have a story you’d like to share, email Next week, we examine the organisations who promote abstinence. Read: We spent €50 million a week on alcohol in 2013 – and 75% of that was binge drinkinglast_img read more

Lil Android Stocking Stuffer for Android Lovers

first_imgWhat should you get as a Christmas stocking stuffer for the Android lover in your life? How about one of these cute li’l Androids? At a recent visit to New York City vinyl toy emporium and art gallery My Plastic Heart I found a stock of these $7.50 collectible Android figurines, part of a limited edition created by artist Andrew Bell. The figurines are sold out on Bell’s Web site, but they’re still available through My Plastic Heart’s Web shop.Bell’s limited-run li’l Androids sell out very quickly; a special “snowman” edition sold out within days. So if you’re an Android fan, I’d snap up these little guys from My Plastic Heart (or any other store where you find ’em) pretty quickly. If they run out, maybe you can go with one of ThinkGeek’s plush Androids.(Full disclosure: My Plastic Heart, as an art gallery, also shows my wife Leontine Greenberg’s paintings.)last_img read more

Google removes 21 malware infected apps from Android Market

first_imgFalling DownSuper Guitar SoloSuper History EraserPhoto EditorSuper Ringtone MakerSuper Sex PositionsHot Sexy VideosChess下坠滚球_FalldownHilton Sex SoundScreaming Sexy Japanese GirlsFalling Ball DodgeScientific CalculatorDice Roller躲避弹球Advanced Currency ConverterAPP Uninstaller几何战机_PewPewFunny PaintSpider Man蜘蛛侠Read more at Mashable Last year Mcafee predicted that 2011 was going to be a tough year for mobile devices, as their continuing popularity makes them an ideal platform for would be hackers and malware attacks. Google’s Android platform is already feeling this effect as the search engine giant has had to pull 21 of its free apps from the Market due to them being classed as malware.The primary aim of the apps is to gain root access. Root is a term used by Android users to gain access to the superuser account, think of it like a jailbreak for an iOS device. Once the programs have gained access to the root they are then gathering a range of info and downloading additional data without the user’s knowledge.AdChoices广告However, by the looks of the list, the name Hot sexy videos is always going to be a program that would attract this type of problem, but the Spiderman game, which I assume is aimed at children, is a different matter entirely and who knows what info they have been gathering.Luckily, thanks to several eagle-eyed bloggers Google was alerted and they quickly pulled 21 apps. Unfortunately the apps have still been downloaded by at least 50,000 users, so if you are one of the unlucky ones we suggest you remove them immediately, the list is at the bottom of the page.To be honest I am surprised that so many people have downloaded them, granted a couple of games could be deemed useful, such as the Scientific Calculator, but just by reading the titles alone you would expect the majority to be pirated or spoofs of real games.Whatever the outcome it seems that despite Google monitoring the Market it is not totally under control. That’s understandable given the operating systems’ open source nature. This could also explain why Apple like to thwart the use of jailbreaks on their iOS devices, not just because they want to prevent people from running alternative software (though this is an argument for another day), but mainly because they want to prevent malware attacks on their phones. I just hope it does not get to the point where we will have to start installing virus checkers and security software on our mobiles by default.The list of apps removed from the Android Market includes: last_img read more

Banana Peels Make Effective Low Cost Water Purifiers

first_imgIn an attempt to find cheaper materials for water purifiers a group of scientists decided to experiment with banana peels. And it turns out, the peels performed better than most other materials.The study showed that minced banana peels could be used to remove metals and other harmful materials from water, and were especially adept at removing both copper and lead from river water. They’re also reusable, as a purifier made from diced banana peels can be used up to 11 times and still remain effective.Given their low cost and abundant nature, this makes banana peels a very attractive, low-cost, low-maintenance way to clean-up drinking water.Via geek-ceteraDailylast_img

No Flash plugin for Google Chrome on Android

first_imgYou knew it was coming, and you figure that Google Chrome for Android was going to be a solid upgrade over the original browser. Yesterday, Chrome for Android was made available for download in beta form.It’s already quite functional, with Chrome sync and Instant suggestions in the Omnibar. There’s plenty of work left to do, of course, like adding support for extensions and offering a way to change user agents so you can switch between mobile and standard desktop views of the sites you browse.One thing that is missing though: Flash support. The kicker is that it’s never going to be added.Adobe announced last year that they had pulled the plug on the development of mobile Flash. It certainly didn’t take long for Flash to drop from its position of prominence. Once a key differentiator for Android, Flash support is no longer even important enough for Adobe to integrate it into Google’s next-gen mobile browser.So while Flash still runs in certain apps on your ICS smartphone or tablet — like the original Android browser — those of you who plan to make the jump to Chrome (or already have) will just have to get used to looking at websites the way your iPhone-toting friends do.Or you could dump your Android device for a BlackBerry if you’re still hung up on having Flash support. RIM promised to keep on developing the plug-in for its devices, and if RIM thinks it’s worth doing, well…More at Gizmodolast_img read more

Chrome 17 goes stablebeefs up malware defenses and speed tricks

first_imgIn the midst of a minor Safe Browsing controversy, Google Chrome 17 has landed on the stable channel. One of the big additions in the new release is the beefed-up malware blocking system that surfaced in the Beta channel a few weeks ago.When you initiate a download in Chrome, Google checks the files against its Safe Browsing blacklist. The list is constantly updated as Google indexes the web, keeping a watchful eye on sites that are pumping out malicious downloads. That’s a good starting point, but it only works with files and sites that have been previously identified.With Chrome 17, there’s now an added layer of protection. Executable files are run through additional reputation checks, and Google then tries to determine the trustworthiness of the file by looking at the relevant Safe Browsing data for the site and publisher it’s being downloaded from. If everything looks good, Chrome will ask if you want to keep or discard the file just as it always has. If it looks a little shady, you’ll see this in the download bard instead:Also making the jump from Beta to stable is an improvement to Chrome’s Omnibox. In version 17, URLs that Chrome suggests as you type will automatically begin pre-loading in the background. That way they load in a flash when you click or finish typing and press enter. Google hasn’t actually done anything to speed up the actual page load times, mind you, they’re simply doing it behind the scenes before you ask Chrome to display anything.To install the new version, you can click the wrench menu and then click About Chrome, or you can simply browse as you usually do and Chrome 17 will arrive on its own thanks to its auto-update system.via at Google Chrome Bloglast_img read more

Penshaped ereader concept leads to more questions than answers

first_imgAfter the introduction of the iPad in 2010, focus has shifted away from traditional eReaders. The leading manufacturers in the field — Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo — have all since introduced small tablets that are only e-readers in terms of software. The evolution of the e-ink reader is no longer on the forefront of most tech enthusiast’s minds.But that hasn’t stopped a company called Paperus from trying something new. And by something new, we really mean it. As you can see above, Paperus’s concept video shows a pen-shaped device that lets you read by simply rotating it. It isn’t clear what tech is behind the device, or if it is even going to be manufactured. What we have is a concept video, a notice of “patent pending,” and a German website that promises “the new star will be born.”What we do see in the video is a cylindrical concept device that scrolls through text as you rotate it. The only input methods (aside from twisting it) are touch-sensitive buttons on either side. Tap the left side for menu options, tap the right side to make a selection. The device also plays audio, and has a headphone hack on the left side.What is the display technology? Will it have wireless connectivity? Would anyone want to use this thing? These questions are unknown at the moment. This could be nothing more than an artist’s interpretation of a primitive idea, but if it does come to market, this gadget would likely only have a niche following. Such a tiny screen wouldn’t likely steal many sales away from Kindles or Nooks. Customers who want greater portability in reading can already use their smartphones.We wouldn’t expect to see these in stores anytime soon. If they do make it to the US market, they’ll likely sit on shelves, collecting dust. Still, that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to see a unique idea brought to life by videographers.via The Digital Readerlast_img read more

Take a look at this mechanical paper model robot

first_imgThrow all your traditional thoughts about robotics out the window, as a Japanese student named “Kikouysa” has worked for hours to create a walking bipedal robot that is made out of paper rather than traditional plastics or metals. The result is pretty epic as you can see in the video above.Called “PR-III” (which we assume means Paper Robot III), this paper creation has the ability to walk in a straight line while being powered by nothing but rubber bands. While the body, gears and decorative embellishments are made out of white paper it does use several small wooden dowels for support. Still, this creation is a magnificent feat of paper engineering. The PR-III was made as part of an effort to learn about building mechanical paper models, a process that focuses on using paper in different thicknesses and configurations to mimic real life metal gears and different mechanical configurations.A project like this must have taken several hours and much trial and error to get right. While it doesn’t have a tremendous amount of functionality, it’s obviously built sturdy enough for the paper machine to walk in a straight line without falling. The background music of the video makes it look like a low production value horror movie we used to watch as children as it trundles across its creator’s desk.Mechanical paper modeling isn’t a new process, and there are plans for different creations that can be found around the internet free of charge. If you want to make your own feats of engineering that make use of paper, all you’ll need is a bit patience and a sharp knife to make it happen.Read more at Kikouysa’s page, via the Verge.last_img read more