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first_imgTWO MEN AGED in their 30s and 40s have been arrested as part of a major garda crackdown on a Dutch organised crime gang operating here. It’s the latest development in a large-scale operation being headed-up by gardaí, in cooperation with Dutch, German and UK authorities. Gardaí say the gang have “strong Irish connections”.To date €2.5 million in cash; €2.5 million worth of cannabis herb; along with firearms, ammunition, grenades and luxury cars have been seized in Ireland and across Europe in connection with ‘Operation Majesty’.The gang being targetted are believed haves set up a massive criminal operation  importing cannabis from The Netherlands into Ireland via the postal system.A huge cache of arms was uncovered by gardaí in the South West as part of a raid carried out as part of the operation last year. 28 grenades, two submachine guns, two pistols and assorted ammunition were found in the May 2012 raid. Cannabis worth around a million euro was also seized, and two men arrested as part of that crack-down are currently before the courts.Enquiries carried out by the gardaí, assisted by the PSNI, revealed the the drugs had been delivered by a courier company from the Netherlands — via Germany, England and then Northern Ireland; in June of last year a man was arrested by PSNI officers in connection with the South West consignment.Dutch raidsThe operation then moved to The Netherlands, with Dutch authorities undertaking a number of major raids.In March of this year, police stopped a transporter carrying two Irish-registered vehicles — discovering €140,000 in cash in the tyres and arresting one person.Three drug consignments destined for the Irish market were later intercepted, containing cannabis herb with an estimated value of €400,000.Some of the cash seized in Holland [Garda Press]The Dutch operation culminated in a huge crackdown in the southern town of Moerdijk. Along with another €800,000 worth of drugs, officers also found the following:20 high value vehicles, including one Rolls Royce, three Bentleys and six Harley Davidsons.€2 million in cash40 mobile phones & BlackberrysDetails of 50 to 60 suspect bank accounts (all since frozen)The raid also yielded a number of ledgers, detailing the transport of drugs between the country, Germany and Ireland.The latest stage of the raid was completed in Ireland today: the two men were arrested following seven searches in the Dublin and Meath areas, carried out by officers from the National Drug Unit and the Organised Crime Unit.The two are being held for questioning tonight at Blanchardstown Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act (Drug Trafficking).Read: Wife and children of Dublin-based doctor killed in Leicester house firelast_img read more


first_imgTV BOSSES HOPE Roy Keane will be able to double-job and carry on his work as a football pundit.Keane’s first appearance as Ireland assistant came on Tuesday night alongside manager Martin O’Neill on ITV’s Champions League coverage.The two briefly discussed their appointment with Adrian Chiles and Lee Dixon ahead of Manchester United’s 0-0 draw against Real Sociedad.Keane, who once famously said that he would rather go to the dentist than do media work, has become a firm favourite for his no-nonsense style since joining the punditry panel two years ago.The job has kept him in the public eye since he was sacked as Ipswich manager in 2011.Now ITV hope to convince him to stay on provided he is allowed to juggle the roles under the terms of his FAI deal.“We’re hoping Roy will continue his pundit role going forward,” a spokesperson for the station told TheScore.ie.Although O’Neill appeared this week, the spokesperson confirmed that he “is not a regular ITV pundit.”If Keane continues, his TV commitments are unlikely to stretch beyond two evenings a month during the football season.The job would allow him to keep a close eye on the form of some of Europe’s top stars which could be handy when scouting future international opponents.But it’s unlikely to be much use when it comes to judging Ireland’s own talent.As it stands Celtic striker Anthony Stokes, who played under Keane at Sunderland, is the only player to have appeared in the Champions League group stages this season.Enda Kenny proposes an all-Ireland soccer team to play against Englandlast_img read more


first_imgCHELSEA GOALS FROM Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o were enough to give the home side a 2-1 win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.The visitors hit the front after just five minutes when Martin Skrtel poked home from close range after Luis Suarez got ahead of Branislav Ivanovic at the front post. The Merseyside club held the lead for less than 20 minutes after Eden Hazard curled home this beauty to give Simon Mignolet no chance.YouTube credit: DakiHighlightsHaving led the league on Christmas Day, Liverpool will finish the year in fifth place, six points below leaders Arsenal, with Chelsea two points off the pace in third place behind Manchester City.Beaten 2-1 by City on Boxing Day, Liverpool have now lost successive league games for the first time since April 2012, while top scorer Luis Suarez has gone two games without scoring after amassing 10 in his previous four outings.However, it was difficult not to have some sympathy for the Uruguayan after he was bundled to the ground by Eto’o in the second half only to receive a shake of the head from referee Howard Webb and a chorus of boos from the home fans.It looked a clear penalty and just one of a number of decisions Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will feel went against his team.Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres threatened to seal victory at the death after coming on from the bench, but having taken Sakho out of the game, he saw his shot saved by Mignolet.LIVE: Chelsea v Liverpool, Premier LeagueSeamus Coleman hits the net again to help Everton defeat Southamptonlast_img read more


first_imgRead: Junior Minister Brian Hayes is running for EuropeRead: Nessa Childers will run in Dublin in effort to retain European Parliament seat Hayes is currently a Minister of State at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform with responsibility for the Office of Public Works. He said he will remain in these positions, but not draw a salary during the campaign. Only if Hayes is elected to the European Parliament will he be required to vacate his Dáil seat, triggering a by-election in the constituency where he has been a TD since 2007 having previously lost his seat in 2002.The 44-year-old also praised party leader and Taoiseach Enda Kenny saying “he gave me the best possible Minister of State job going”. He dismissed suggestions his European bid was influenced by the perception he would not be appointed to Cabinet having been part of an attempted heave against Kenny in 2010. “I think some people think that the European Parliament in Brussels is some kind of outer Mongolia,” he said. FINE GAEL JUNIOR Minister Brian Hayes has confirmed he intends to seek his party’s nomination to run for the European Parliament in Dublin later this year.The Dublin South West deputy said that he feels a “responsibility” to retain to retain the seat currently held by Gay Mitchell who is stepping down in May. Hayes’s decision brings an need to long-running speculation that he would seek the nomination.“I love Fine Gael, I joined the party not because my mother or father was a member or a TD but because I believe in what the party stands for,” he said at a media gathering outside Leinster House this morning.Though he said that he intends to serve a full five-year term if he is elected in May, he would not rule out the possibility of returning to domestic politics before the end of the term.“My intention is to serve the five years. I don’t see a scenario where I will be standing in the next election, but who knows,” he said adding “who knows what’s going to happen in the future”.last_img read more


first_img…based on the facts of what was broadcast, and having regard for broadcasting compliance issues, the seriousness of the legal complaints, and the decision by the complainants not to accept RTÉ’s proposed remedies, we decided that a settlement was the most prudent course of action. “Senior counsel was consulted and confirmed that the legal position was far from clear.”Killane, who noted that he had been approached by a number of RTÉ employees querying the settlement decision, also said that the organisation should not “knowingly progress to defend an action when it is advised, internally and externally, that such a defence is unlikely to succeed before a jury”.He promised staff that RTÉ will continue to cover the topic, citing last week’s Late Debate, coverage of the LGBT rights protest in Dublin on Sunday and items on Today with Seán O’Rourke and the Saturday Night Show.Meanwhile, the man at the centre of the controversy, Rory O’Neill (aka Panti), continues to garner global attention.A video of his 10-minute Noble Call at the Abbey Theatre last weekend has been viewed by more than 216,000 people and has been shared online by Stephen Fry, Graham Norton, Dara Ó Briain and Rupaul, as well as getting coverage on international sites including Gawker, the Huffington Post and MSNBC.It was also showed, in full, by TV3 last night during Tonight with Vincent Browne.Read: Stephen Fry joins Panti’s supporters by tweeting video to 6.5 million followersMore: David Norris and Paul Murphy raise homophobia in Irish and EU parliamentsWatch: 100,000 people watch Panti video on homophobia in less than two days THE HEAD OF television at RTÉ sent a memo to staff yesterday evening, explaining why the broadcaster paid out an €85,000 settlement following the receipt of six legal complaints about an interview on the Saturday Night Show last month.Glen Killane, managing director of TV, assured staff that RTÉ “explored every options available to it” before settling the matter with John Waters and members of the Iona Institute who had initiated a legal process.He also told RTÉ employees that the broadcaster has not “engaged in censorship, but has rather fallen foul of Ireland’s defamation laws”.Legal advice was sought and the other options explored, he said, included a right of reply and an offer to make a donation to a “neutral charity”.He told staff that the complainants did not accept the proposed remedies. In an email, dated 4 February and seen by TheJournal.ie, he wrote:last_img read more


first_imgSome of the former residents outside the Four Courts today (Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)Usher pointed out that if Dublin City Council is successful in its appeal in October, the former residents would only have weeks to sort out accommodation.“Dublin City Council are going to have to discuss what happens with this accommodation sooner rather than later,” he said.They can’t wait until 15 October to tell families what’s going to happen with their accommodation. They’ve already tried to put people out on the strets once, they can’t try to do the same thing again.“The council put a torpedo into Priory Hall”The courts had originally ruled that Dublin City Council was responsible for providing temporary accommodation for the residents of Priory Hall while they were unable to return to their homes.Dublin City Council had tried to have this order overturned in the High Court. The Council argued that it had only gone to the courts initially in October 2011 to secure an order to evacuate Priory Hall to “ensure the safety of families and persons who lived there.”One High Court judge said at an earlier hearing that the Council had “put a torpedo into Priory Hall and the collateral damage was the dislocation of 250 people who lived there.”Dublin City Council says it has spent €2.9 million since then on Priory Hall, including €1.05 million on security for the deserted complex and €972,000 on leasing apartments for the people who had to be evacuated.The complex in Donaghmede in north Dublin was completely evacuated on 17 October 2011 over major fire safety issues. Developer Tom McFeely was initially given five weeks to fix the problems but has since claimed that he cannot afford to fix the defects. Meanwhile Dublin City Council, which owns 26 of the apartments, argued that it should not be held responsible for the residents of all of the buildings.The Council had said before the ruling that the temporary accommodation arrangements currently in place will continue until November 2013, regardless of the outcome of any court case.Read: Minister for housing says ex-residents of Priory Hall are ‘in a dreadful situation’ > Read: Priory Hall: ‘The Tenements of the Boom’ > Read: Priory Hall: ‘Families have had to press pause on their lives for the last year’ > We took out mortgages, we bought homes, we just want to get on with our lives, get away from Priory Hall and just forget about this whole thing. PRIORY HALL RESIDENTS have said that they remain in limbo after the Supreme Court postponed a decision on whether Dublin City Council must continue to pay their accommodation costs.The court said today that because mediation on both sides is ongoing, a final decision will be made on 15 October.In front of a packed courtroom, the five Supreme Court judges questioned why Dublin City Council had pushed ahead with an appeal despite the ongoing mediation process between both sides.Graham Usher, a spokesman for the former residents, said Dublin City Council should have thought through what it was doing.“We’re quite surprised [by the Supreme Court decision]” he said outside the court. “Families have been having sleepless nights for weeks coming up to this. We expected the case to be heard… but unfortunately the limbo continues. There’s no sign of an end to this in sight.”The Council has guaranteed to continue to pay accommodation for the residents who were evacuated due to major fire safety concerns up until November.Graham Usher said this was a relief, but added:It’s important to say that nobody wants to be in this temporary accommodation a day longer than we need to be.last_img read more


first_imgUpdated 5pmA GROUP WORKING with people who are homeless in Dublin counted 154 rough sleepers in the city overnight.The numbers were recorded by four outreach teams covering the north and south inner city areas last night.A similar count carried out in April of this year found 98 people sleeping rough in the streets of the capital.Speaking this morning, director of Inner City Helping Homless said:”This is an unacceptable number which is constantly on the increase, and depicts a worrying trend.”Flynn said investment in long term housing units was needed to address the problem, rather than short-term beds, and called for Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan to intervene.“The Minister needs to address this immediately or Dublin will soon become Europe’s homeless capital.”Housing supplyThe four Dublin local authorities said today they they continue to be concerned about rough sleeping in the region. They said they rely on their own rough sleeper count, the most recent of which revealed 127 people were sleeping rough in April.In a statement, they said the critical issue in relation to addressing the problem is housing supply. “It is widely recognised that there are very significant constraints in both the private rental sector and in relation to social housing supply,” they said.The local authorities also said their own services are under “severe pressure” to meet the need in Dublin and are “working tirelessly to ensure that sleeping rough can be avoided”.ActionHere are some of the things they said they have been doing to address homelessness in the city:793 people were supported out of homelessness last year and into independent living.  There is also a target of providing 1100 tenancies in the Dublin region in 2014.The Housing First pilot demonstration project has successfully housed 35 participants.There has been an increased prioritisation of homeless households for social housing and further ring-fencing through engagement with NAMA.Negotiations have taken place with mainstream banking institutions on leasing opportunities.80 new emergency beds will be in place by September this year.However the local authorities confirmed that there are still a total of 143 families with dependant children living in hotels in Dublin because there is nowhere else for them to go.- With additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy. First published 7.48amColumn: We are not approaching a homeless crisis, we are here – the crisis is underway >Read: EU to double Ireland’s funding for homeless services like soup kitchens >last_img read more


first_imgCHILDREN FROM CHERNOBYL are due to arrive in Ireland this morning and will be hosted by Irish families for the next month.The children come from impoverished backgrounds, institutions and foster homes in the heart of the contaminated Chernobyl zone.The children travel to Ireland every year to live with Irish families as part Chernobyl Children International’s (CCI) annual airlift which allows the children to relax and recuperate during the summer months.During their stay in Ireland, the children will gain respite from the high levels of radiation to which they continue to be exposed as a result of the Chernobyl explosion.Dangerous time The summer is a particularly dangerous time in the Chernobyl regions as the intense heat contributes to the redistribution of radioactive materials.The CCI said that the newest threat the children face is a forest fire as forests around the nuclear plant are only decaying at a rate of 40 per cent due to the lack of living organisms such as bacteria, worms and insects whose job it is to feed on dead organisms.The greatest concern is that should the trees catch fire, radioactive material would spread beyond the off limits zone to the 1000 square-miles around the decommissioned facility located 68 miles north of Kiev.Adi Roche, voluntary CEO, CCI, said that despite the difficult economic circumstances many families find themselves in Ireland, the volunteers continue to “open their hearts and their homes this summer to children who so desperately need our help”.She said she had enormous gratitude to the volunteers who continue to take part every year.“While the Chernobyl accident happened almost 30 years ago the consequences last forever. My heartfelt gratitude to the volunteers who offer hope to live to the children who the world has largely forgotten.”Since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, over 24,700 children have benefited under the scheme where the children spend a month in Ireland.The children are due to fly into Shannon Airport this morning on the 11.35am flight from Minsk.Read: Parents of newborn baby thank Ireland after Irish-funded operation saves their son>Read: 28 years on and the struggle continues for those affected by the world’s biggest nuclear disaster>last_img read more


first_imgTHE EIGHT MEN convicted for their part in a fatal arson attack in Leicester that killed the family of an Irish neurosurgeon have been sentenced to a combined 132 years in prison.Two men, Kemo Porter and Tristan Richards, were convicted of murdering the Shehnila Taufiq and her three children Zainab, Bilal and Jamal.The remaining remaining six men were convicted of manslaughter.The men have now been sentenced with both of those convicted of murder handed life sentences. Richards will serve a minimum of 35 years in jail for each count and Porter a minimum of 25 years.The men convicted of manslaughter will serve sentences ranging in length from eight to 15 years for each count. All of the sentences are to run concurrently. Top row (L-R)Kemo Porter, Tristan Richards, Shaun Carter, Aaron Webb; bottom row: Nathaniel Mullings, Jackson Powell, Akeem Jeffers, Cairo Parker Source: Leicestershire PoliceThe victims were the wife and children of Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar, a Dublin-based neurosurgeon.The children were aged 19, 17 and 15 and were inside their terraced home in the Spinney Hills area of Leicester when the blaze broke out in the early hours of the morning last September.In an interview after the tragic incident, Al Sattar said he drew strength from the Quaran. He said that he had people in Dublin and in Leicester supporting him.Read: Eight convicted over fire that killed Dublin neurosurgeon’s family >Read: Ryanair promises to refund Dr Sattar for Leicester flight fees >last_img read more


first_imgIt’s very, very clear to companies like Nintendo that the threat isn’t from their competitors in the console arena, but in companies like Apple. Consider this quote from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who told attendees of the Game Developers Conference that “The value of games does not matter to them.” That’s a shot right at Apple, the App Store and developers of casual games like Rovio, creators of Angry Birds.Well, now Rovio’s speaking up. Pester Vesterbacka, CEO of Rovio, has loudly fired a shot against Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony at this week’s South by Southwest conference: the console industry is “dying” and it’s all because of the rise of smaller games like Angry Birds.He went further than that, though. He also said that larger developers with larger budgets aren’t capable of being as nimble or innovative as smaller developers like Rovio.Okay, let’s hold on a second here before we get too far into stone flinging. In one sense, Vesterbacka is right: Nintendo is very definitely under assault from the likes of Apple, particularly in the handheld market. However, when it comes to the living room, Apple has yet to make even an indirect assault on Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft’s market.What it all comes down to is that most people don’t really care about games except as an idle pursuit, and so would rather spend a couple bucks to play a simple game like Angry Birds on their existing phone than spend $300 to play a more expensive and involved game on a console. However, those gamers exist, and developers will be able to make business catering to them.It’s not an either-or proposition. Consoles aren’t dying, but as casual games on smartphones become more prevalent, they will become more focused on games as a storytelling medium than as a mere diversion. That’s a good thing, but it doesn’t mean that Apple or Rovio has “won” or that console games are dying.Read more at PC Worldlast_img read more


first_imgNintendo has confirmed the rumor that it intends to drop the price of the Wii console this month by $50.From May 15 Nintendo will introduce a new console bundle that includes the console (black or white), sensor bar, Wiimote, a copy of Mario Kart Wii, and the Wii Wheel. The price will be just $149.99, down from the current $199.99.AdChoices广告Nintendo also confirmed that it will stop shipping the console with Wii Sports or Wii Sports Resort. Any remaining stock at retailers will be sold at the $149.99 price point, but when it is gone gamers will only be able to purchase the Mario Kart edition of the console from then on.Some retailers have already reacted to the rumor of a price drop with Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Toys’R’Us all dropping the console to $169.99 on April 19. That price will likely remain until the end of next week when the official price drop kicks in.There’s good news for the millions of existing Wii owners too. On May 15 Nintendo is also introducing a range of Nintendo Selects games. Initially there will be four games available in this collection at the new lower price point of $19.99. The four titles are:The Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessAnimal Crossing: City FolkMario Super SluggersWii SportsThis move to a lower price point with supporting cheaper games is an attempt to reinvigorate Wii sales which have been falling steadily. It is also a move to boost revenue one last time from the console before its successor is launched in 2012.We expect to hear all about the Wii 2 at E3 next month with speculation it is going to be a very powerful machine that easily outperforms a PS3 and Xbox 360 and uses a Blu-ray drive.Read more at the Nintendo press release, via GamesBeatlast_img read more


first_imgAs Mike Meyer’s Coffee Talk character would say, “I’m verklempt.” After watching two commercials from Google advertising its Chrome browser, I’m pretty choked up, and I kind of want to give someone a hug. Part of its “the web is what you make of it” campaign, the two commercials seem to focus on making us want to cry more than explaining what Chrome has to offer as your browser.The 90-second-long ads were actually made for TV and aired Tuesday night on Glee and One Tree Hill. It appears that Google is marketing towards teenage girls, but we know people outside of that demographic watch those shows, too.AdChoices广告The first commercial, “Dear Sophie,” shows a father who’s keeping a sort of digital scrapbook of his daughter’s life using Gmail and starting at the moment she’s born. Using Gmail for scrapbooking is definitely a lot faster than traditional scrapbooking, plus there’s no sticky glue to deal with. The video, which is based on a true story, shows the father creating a Gmail login for his daughter. He then composes messages, and uploads videos and photos of her as she grows up. Kudos to Google for having us reaching for the tissues at 13 seconds in.The viewer is carried to birthdays, to ballet class, to losing teeth, and so on. The video shows the dad simply dragging photos from Picasa into Gmail, and even showing a Google Map of the home she lived in for her first four years. It’s actually a really fantastic idea for a simple way to keep a record of memories for years to come.The second video is part of the “It Gets Better Project.” The project, started by columnist and gay-rights activist Dan Savage, began with just one YouTube video of him telling gay teens that are dealing with being bullied that it does in fact get better. Savage encouraged other people, both gay and not gay, to make their own YouTube videos to spread the message. According to the It Gets Better website, there are more than 10,000 user-created videos that have been viewed over 35 million times. The Chrome video shows how easy it is to use the browser to create, upload, and share YouTube videos. Again, we teared up during the shot from the “Gay Cop, Gay Vet” video saying “you are perfect and wonderful just the way you are.”For people who don’t really care about what browser they use, the heartstring-pull tactic may work. These users don’t really care about things like speed, or features like the Chrome Web Store where you can get apps, themes, and extensions. It may just be that Google is trying to get us to tear up a little, and, in our bleary-eyed stupor, click and download Chrome.via NYTlast_img read more


first_imgFinally, after what seemed like an eternity of waiting, Android users recently got their hands on a version of Instagram they could call their own. The photo filter and sharing app was a runaway success with iPhone users, and it’s been one of the hottest apps in Google Play since it launched. Popularity comes at a price sometimes, and on the Android platform that price is often the rise of knock-off malware apps.Sophos has spotted a Russian website that pretends to be offering visitors an Instagram download, but it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Once installed, the fake app tries to line its creators’ pockets and rack up charges via background SMS messages.But before we all board the “Android malware is a massive problem” train, it’s important to note that this fake Instagram app can only be installed if users have flipped the switch to allow unofficial sources. If you stick to stores like Google Play and Amazon Appstore, you’re not going to run into this Trojan — or many other malicious apps for that matter. If you roam the web and download .APK files from questionable websites without giving a second thought to security, you’re asking for trouble.While poseur malware is certainly a problem, there are plenty of other folks much more concerned that the official Instagram app may have crossed over to the dark side. Everyone’s favorite little photo app is now owned by Mark Zuckerberg and company, following the highly-publicized $1 billion acquisition of the 13-employee shop.More at Sophoslast_img read more


first_imgThe inherent downside to most Android and iOS devices is the lack of removable storage. When get to the store, you tell yourself that you don’t really need the model with the larger storage, so you buy the cheaper model. Or maybe you’re a Nexus 7 user and realize that that 8GB (or even 16GB) is a sad, sad joke when it comes to storing video and music.These aren’t problems that are going to go away any time soon. Some Android devices support USB mounted storage, and the iPad has an SD card adapter, but these solutions aren’t totally functional. Until I was introduced to the Kingston WiDriveBest Price at Amazon, I was convinced that there wasn’t any single solution that would work for either platform. Despite its other shortcomings, however, the WiDrive seems like it could well be that solution.Kingston’s WiDrive is a portable storage drive with a WiFi access point built-in. If you have the SSID and the password to the device, and Kingston’s WiDrive app, you can access the device just like you could any other networked storage device. The internal battery allows you to create a point-to-point network with the WiDrive anywhere you are, allowing you to share files with multiple people even when not connected to the internet. As long as you are in range of the WiDrive, and as long as the battery holds up, you have access to those files. If you are in a long car ride, or on an airplane, the WiDrive also makes a perfect device for stashing a few movies to watch while you are on the go.Setting up the WiDrive is silly simple. The back of the device has the SSID and password for the first time you connect, and the settings for the unit are very easy to access from the app once you connect to it. All you do is connect to the device as though it were a wireless access point, after pressing the only button on the WiDrive, and then launch the app on your device. The battery indicator for the WiDrive doesn’t give you exact percentages for how much you have left, but instead offers you a color code for general awareness. It’s nice to be able to look down and see orange and know I need to charge it soon, but I would much rather the app just tell me how much battery I actually have left.Connecting the WiDrive to the computer works exactly as you would expect. In fact it works just like any other flash drive, allowing you to transfer files to the device in whatever format you choose, and organizing them however you like. When you are connected to your tablet, transferring files isn’t exactly as obvious. The WiDrive app offers a basic filesystem for moving things from one place to another, but offers very little in the way of error reporting should a file fail to transfer. This became especially troublesome when trying to move a large file from the tablet to the WiDrive, where the app would show a transfer status bar and then simply stop the transfer and return to the app.If you want to play a movie from the WiDrive, you can stream it right from the unit to your media player. In fact, during our tests we had two Nexus 7 units connected to the WiDrive at the same time, streaming the same movie at the same time in 720p. Both devices received the movie and played the file flawlessly. Using the WiDrive in this manner is probably not recommended though, as the unit got very hot during playback. Despite such abuse, however, the WiDrive kept its end of the agreement and still managed to last 3 hours and 47 minutes. According to Kingston, the battery is supposed to last for up to four hours of continuous use, but I think it is safe to assume that our test exceeded the standard use case for this device.The WiDrive is not without problems unfortunately. If you connect the device to a power source, it doesn’t do anything but charge. When you are connected to the WiDrive, you can’t be connected to another wireless network, and currently the device doesn’t support mounting to an existing wireless network. You can’t connect the WiDrive to your tablet via a USB on-the-go (OTG) cable, either.ConclusionEssentially the WiDrive is only useful when you are not at home. It’s a fantastic tool for when you are not connected to the internet, but I found switching back and forth between a data connection and the WiDrive to be tedious and unnecessary in a world with such inexpensive cloud storage. This device would be infinitely more useful if it synced to my Dropbox or Google Drive in some way, so it served as an offline locker for my files already stored online.If you find yourself without access to high speed internet regularly, an you need to carry a high volume of files with you, the WiDrive does a really nice job. If you’re a media junkie or know you will be somewhere that multiple tablet users will want access to media files, I was really surprised by how well it worked. I think Kingston has made a great device to fit an obvious niche of users, and the price for what you are getting is well worth it.Kingston offers the WiDrive in three different sizes at three different price points. Starting with the $50 16GB model, the $85 32GB one, and finally $145 for 64GB.WiDrive SettingsWiDrive SettingsKingston WiDrive size compareKingston WiDriveThis loaner unit was provided to us by Kingston.last_img read more


first_imgEver since Valve released the first Portal game there have been a number of really well done replica Portal guns and turrets made, Ben Heck created a Portal shirt, and there’s even a live show that uses portals. No one has managed to actually make a working portal yet, though, and it will remain impossible until someone figures out teleportation. However, you can create portals that look like the real thing using a few off-the-shelf components.That’s exactly what two offices have done in the US. We don’t know which company it is, but we do know that the portals give the office in New England a view of another office on the West Coast and vice versa. You can see the “working” portal in the photo above.The kit required to create it includes a couple of high resolution webcams, PCs, widescreen displays, some boarding to create the portal shape around each display, and of course a reliable web connection. Put it altogether, mount both units on a wall where the webcams have decent views of the office, and you have a working portal system, albeit one you can’t actually physically use.If nothing else it’s a talking point and will act as a reminder that the company is bigger than just your office.The idea works even if you only want the portal to work one way. Just create one portal and place a webcam at the location you want to see, or even better, link it to a public camera viewing something of interest. That cuts down on cost while still creating the same effect for your viewing pleasure.Now all we have to do is wait for someone to realize this would sell and attempt to get the idea off the ground using Kickstarter.via Redditlast_img read more


first_imgThe Raspberry Pi has been one of the most open pieces of hardware since the day it launched, but not all the drivers it used were open source. That changed today and the Raspberry Pi has become the first ARM multimedia system-on-a-chip (SoC) to have fully open source drivers.Open source drivers are important on any platform because it allows for easier software development and porting, and just as importantly, software development that can take full advantage of the hardware being targeted. In the case of the Raspberry Pi, the one area where open source drivers didn’t exist was for Broadcom’s GPU used as part of the SoC.With a lot of hard work on Broadcom‘s part, and no doubt a lot of nagging from the Foundation, the VideoCore driver code has been released under a 3-Clause BSD license. It is available as part of the ARM source code repository on GitHub (linked to below), which contains all the libraries the Raspberry Pi uses.The switch to fully open source means the growing number of Raspberry Pi-focused projects can now take better advantage of the hardware. That includes such things as alternative operating systems, desktop environments, and any applications that really benefits from use of the GPU.Supply issues aside, the Raspberry Pi continues to be a desirable platform for developers and as a first computer for anyone. With the recent introduction of a 512MB model at no extra cost, now is a great time to invest $35 and pick one up.More at Raspberry Pi and GitHublast_img read more


first_imgIn what looks, sounds, and is written like a rated-G April Fools’ joke, Netflix has announced Max, a recommendation engine that sits on top of Netflix’s already established recommendation services, except with a “personality.” Essentially, Netflix has brought the infamous Microsoft Office tutorial mascot, Clippy, back from his spreadsheet grave.Netflix’s current recommendation services are easy to use, and does the best it can even when it seems like it’s intentionally recommending TV shows you absolutely hate. There’s nothing wrong on sprucing them up, though, so the idea of Max, in theory, is sound. In Netflix’s announcement, however, the idea comes off as totally bonkers, thanks largely to the writing.Max is “rumored to be the child or Siri and HAL 9000,” and will employ some new strategies to help you find something you’d enjoy watching. In one scenario, Max presents you with a simple either-or choice; the provided example has you choose either “monkeys or UFOs.” Presumably, if you pick UFOs, you’ll be presented with History Channel documentaries or perhaps something like Fire in the Sky.However, with the attempt at being amusing but coming up more like an April Fools’ joke, the announcement notes that Max sometimes becomes “intoxicated by past success,” gets “a little cocky,” and offers a suggestion without even asking your opinion. However, the suggestion is a mystery, and “you’ll just have to trust him” and press Play.Max will be launching on the PS3 version of Netflix starting today, only available to US members. Netflix will be rolling the Clippy-esque service out to more members in the upcoming weeks, and if it is received well, will be coming to more Netflix devices in the future. The iPad, the announcement noted, will be the next target.last_img read more


first_img Apr 2nd 2017, 7:05 PM By Michelle Hennessy 24,102 Views GARDAÍ HAVE CARRIED out searches at 12 locations today in Dublin, Kildare, and Meath as part of a crackdown on a west Dublin criminal gang.During the operation, the Criminal Assets Bureau seized large amounts of financial documentation, electronic media, a luxury car and a small quantity of controlled drugs and drugs paraphernalia.The searches were conducted at homes and business premises. No arrests were made during the operation today.Gardaí said the investigation is continuing.Read: 14 people found hidden in back of truck at Rosslare port> http://jrnl.ie/3320518 Image: RollingNews.ie Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 7:05 PM Luxury car, drugs and electronics seized in crackdown on west Dublin gang No arrests were made during the operation today. Short URL 10 Comments Share7 Tweet Email Image: RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_imgThe Government wishes to ensure that the process for obtaining a divorce is fair, dignified and humane and allows both parties to move forward with their lives within a reasonable timeframe.   Other aspectUnder the proposals, other aspects of divorce – such as only a court may grant a divorce, that there is no prospect of reconciliation, and that there will be proper provision for spouses and children – will continue as part of the Constitution. The other aspect of the Constitution that will change if the referendum is passed relates to the recognition of foreign divorces.Cabinet first approved the holding of the referendum in December of last year. Subject to the approval of Oireachtas, the proposed amendments will be:(a) to delete the following paragraph from Article 41.3.2° of the Constitution:“i) at the date of the institution of the proceedings, the spouses have lived apart from one another for a period of, or periods amounting to, at least four years during the previous five years,”, and(b) to delete the following subsection from Article 41.3 of the Constitution:“3° No person whose marriage has been dissolved under the civil law of any other State but is a subsisting valid marriage under the law for the time being in force within the jurisdiction of the Government and Parliament established by this Constitution shall be capable of contracting a valid marriage within that jurisdiction during the lifetime of the other party to the marriage so dissolved.”,and to substitute that subsection with the following:“3º Provision may be made by law for the recognition under the law of the State of a dissolution of marriage granted under the civil law of another state.” Short URL Mar 26th 2019, 7:32 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 58 Comments Updated Mar 26th 2019, 8:17 PM THE WORDING OF the proposed amendments for the divorce referendum has been announced by government.Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan today announced the wording for the amendments to the constitutional provisions on divorce that will be voted on by the Irish electorate in May. At a Cabinet meeting today, ministers today discussed the amendments to be proposed in the referendum – which is due to take place on the same day as the local and European elections on 24 May.If the referendum is passed, the government would introduce primary legislation on the time period before you can get a divorce, rather than having it in the Constitution which must be put to a public vote when changes are proposed.Under the current system, married couples need to have lived apart for at least four years during the previous five years.The new proposals would see that reduced to just two years, with the Oireachtas providing the legislation for this.“This important referendum will allow the people of Ireland to have their say on an issue that unfortunately affects people across the country,” Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said today.“The irreconcilable breakdown of a marriage causes immense sadness and stress for all concerned. https://jrnl.ie/4561038 28,951 Views Image: Shutterstock/wk1003mike With reporting from Christina Finn and Cormac Fitzgerald Share878 Tweet Email Government announces wording of amendments for the divorce referendum Through primary legislation the government would introduce, you would have to live apart for two years before getting a divorce. By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/wk1003mike Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 8:17 PMlast_img read more


first_imgEducation Minister Anna Diamantopoulou last week drew a clear distinction between foreign colleges in Greece and regular universities, noting that the former would not be afforded the same status as the latter, despite the threat of huge fines from the European Commission if Greece fails to grant the same professional rights to graduates of foreign colleges and their counterparts at state universities.“The recognition of professional rights [for foreign colleges] will not be automatic,” Diamantopoulou said as she unveiled her ministry’s program for lifelong learning, aimed at increasing the number of young people pursuing postgraduate studies in Greece. “Professional organisations and the relevant state committee will have the right to ask [graduates] to pursue further studies or to gain some experience in our country before professional rights are granted,” the minister added.The ministry’s program for lifelong learning sets out eight levels of professional qualification and boosts the role of the National Accreditation Center for Continuing Vocational Training (EKEPIS) which will henceforth grant licenses to private colleges, most of which have been set up in Greece as franchises of foreign universities.Last November, Diamantopoulou upset the directors of private colleges with her decision to revoke 33 licenses, which would have permitted the operation of 40 private colleges, following doubts about the legality of the process by which they had been granted.Meanwhile, directors of private colleges in Greece remain in limbo as the government has yet to pass reforms with provisions for the operation of these institutions. According to college owner Manolis Amaryiannakis, “the ministry is taking a huge risk as it tries to satisfy state universities while violating basic principles of European law, such as the freedom of EU citizens to relocate and offer services in member states.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more