Roku Strikes Back Against The Chromecast Menace

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#chromecast#connected TV#Roku#streaming adriana lee Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App The battle for the living room heated up this summer, when Google’s Chromecast streaming-video gadget hit the scene, sold out immediately, and put competitors like Roku on notice. Now, Roku is striking back with a revamped lineup of TV-streaming devices.Roku’s hardware now features a curvier, less boxy look, better video quality and new audio options, while software changes directly address one of the biggest complaints about Chromecast: Its inability to handle local streaming from mobile devices. Here’s how.What’s New In The LineupRoku’s hardware updates are fairly straightforward, though it’s notable that none of its retail prices have changed. The $60 Roku 1 now offers 1080p video quality, up from 720p, while the $80 Roku 2 features improved dual-band WiFi and radio frequency remote control with integrated headphone jack. (The $50 Roku LT still only streams at 720p.) On the software side, Roku devices have a new interface that offers premium placement to the new streaming service M-Go, a relatively recent partnership between the DreamWorks studio and the monstrous hybrid entertainment technology company Technicolor. M-Go sells and rents movies and TV shows, then streams them to viewers. Roku will handle billing for M-Go, and will share in the revenue generated by its sales.center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Roku also recently revamped its iOS and Android apps, upgrading them in order to allow users to send local video from their mobile devices to their Roku boxes. That “Play On Roku” feature previously only streamed music and images.Coincidentally or not, that change gives Roku a definite leg up on Chromecast, which at the moment can’t send any kind of local media files from mobile devices to connected televisions. We Will, We Will Roku Interesting findings emerge when you pit Roku against Google’s Chromecast. For example:Price: Chromecast wins. $35 is a tough price to beat, and the cheapest Roku is still $15 more expensive than Google streaming media stick.YouTube streaming: Chromecast, hands down. There’s still no straightforward or easy way to stream YouTube on the Roku. Streaming your own local media: Roku. You can easily sign up for the cloud-based media server Plex, which makes easy work of streaming from laptops to Roku. Now Roku’s mobile apps do the same thing.Google, however, has so far blocked indie developers from reverse-engineering its SDK to do something similar, although it claims to welcome such offerings in the future—so long as devs follow its guidelines. In the meantime, you can cast local media from a laptop via a tab in the Chrome browser (assuming it’s in the right format). Third-party apps: Roku. When it comes to third-party applications and services, none work on Chromecast (except for Netflix, which does stream beautifully). Numerous companies have gone on record to say they are interested in developing for Chromecast, but none actually support it yet. Meanwhile, Roku’s Channel Store is bursting with offerings from the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, HBO Go and many others.In light of comparisons like these, you might think that Roku views Chromecast as public enemy number one—but it doesn’t. In fact, when I mentioned the Google device to Lloyd Klarke, Roku’s director of product management, he smiled and said, “Actually, our sales have gone up nicely after Chromecast launched.” His reasoning: Chromecast piqued consumer interest in streaming to TVs, but when people dug into it, “they researched and found Roku.”If the company does have an arch nemesis, it’s not Google (at least not yet). The Chromecast may be popular, but it’s still a nascent phenomenon. If anything, Roku’s true foil is Apple and the Apple TV. After all, the iOS television set-top owns 56% of the streaming devices market. The new Roku lineup of products, which launches October 1, is available for pre-order online. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Protect Yourself from Negative Infections!

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now First, a disclaimer. I am not political, nor is the point I want to make here.A company called Cambridge Analytica, a firm that “harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of 50 million users without their permission . . . developing techniques that underpinned its work on President Trump’s campaign in 2016.” The psychographic information obtained, in what may have been the largest data breach to date, was used to design political messages to speak to segments of the population directly based on their self-disclosed, private information.Most everything you believe is an infection, as ideas are very similar to viruses, traveling from one mind to the next. What you believe is a complicated mix of the values and beliefs your parents imprinted on you, what society imposed on you through school and culture, what you learned from others at work and in the community settings, what you picked from your friends and acquaintances, and some part of what you chose to explore for yourself.Perhaps one of the greatest carriers of ideas and beliefs that have infected you is the media. (Read Douglas Rushkoff’s Coercion). For as long as advertising has been around, much has been done to figure out how to manipulate human behavior. Now, because there is so much self-disclosed information and a medium for communication that by all appearances seems to be more addictive than even television, you are at greater risk of picking up negative beliefs and, apparently, are subject to greater manipulation (something I believed to be true before reading the link above).In 2009, I went on a Negativity Fast, eliminating all forms of negativity from my life for 30 days. I ended up going 90 days without watching news, listening to the news, or taking in anything negative. Instead, I listened to Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Stephen Covey, Les Brown, Anthony Robbins, and Don Miguel Ruiz (as read by Peter Coyote). I did this in hope of inoculating myself against negativity and infecting myself with beliefs that would better serve me. It worked even better than I hoped, and it transformed my life in the most positive of ways.When you look at the beliefs being presented to you on social sites (and in all other forms of media), ask yourself “cui bono,” or in English, “who benefits?” The best advice here is the advice given to a boxer by the referee at the beginning of a fight: “Protect yourself at all times.”Don’t allow others to infect you with beliefs that don’t serve you, that feed your fears or the fears of others. And don’t believe things that disempower you.last_img read more

Unnao case: special court at AIIMS starts recording victim’s statement

first_imgA special court at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Wednesday started the process of recording the Unnao rape victim’s statement.Main accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a former BJP MLA, was also taken to the AIIMS, where the victim is under treatment for a month.The special court has been set up on the directions of the Delhi High Court last week for trial in the Unnao case.The victim and her lawyer suffered serious injuries, and her two aunts were killed, after a speeding truck collided with their car in Rae Bareli on July 28.After the local police registered a murder case against Mr. Sengar and others, the Central Bureau of Investigation took over the probe on a reference from the State government.The Supreme Court had given a maximum of two weeks to the CBI to complete its probe in the “accident” case. However, on the agency’s request, it has given two extensions.The Supreme Court has shifted all five cases linked to the victim and her family to a Delhi court, directing day-to-day trial.last_img read more

Rajya Sabha extends Lokpal select committee till winter session

first_imgThe government has made it official that the controversial Lokpal Bill would not be tabled in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing monsoon session. The Rajya Sabha on Friday approved an extension to the Lokpal select committee till the winter session. The key decision was made in the House in the few minutes that it functioned before it was adjourned over Coalgate till Monday. Headlines Today had earlier reported that the government had no intention of tabling the Bill in the Upper House in the monsoon session as it was not listed in the business. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal, however, had said on August 9 that the Bill could be tabled in the Rajya Sabha if the select committee submitted its report by September 3. With the BJP disrupting Parliament proceedings for the eighth consecutive day, both the Houses were adjourned soon after the noon till Monday.last_img read more

Sunil Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar escape unhurt after glass door of commentary box shatters

first_imgIndia took on West Indies in the second T20I of the three-match series at the newly-built Ekana Stadium, rechristened as Bharat Ratan Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium, in Lucknow on Tuesday.The new stadium became the 52nd stadium in India to host an international cricket match, but a major accident was averted when former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar escaped unhurt after one of the glass doors of the commentary box shattered just as the duo were entering the enclosure.Both the former cricketers were lucky to return unscathed.India vs West Indies 2nd T20I: Live Updates”One of the glass doors just crumbled like a pack of cards but luckily no one sustained any injuries. All are safe,” Manjrekar later said. This was the glass door that shattered to pieces in the commentary box yesterday. Thankfully like typical top order batsmen Mr Gavaskar and I had our eyes glued on it all the time. Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 7, 2018It could have been even worse as mismanagement and chaos ruled the roost during international cricket’s return to Lucknow after a hiatus of 24 years.The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium is a private property situated inside the Ekana Sportz City, being developed on the outskirts of the Uttar Pradesh’s capital city.READ – International cricket returns to Lucknow after 24 yearsInexperience on the part of the organisers was at the forefront, the worst sufferer being the mediapersons, who were there to cover the match.advertisementThe media box is a swanky one but erratic internet and power connections, coupled with frequent power cuts caused a lot of inconvenience.READ – Lucknow stadium renamed in honour of Atal Bihari Vajpayee ahead of India vs West Indies T20IThe Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) officials looked helpless as the stadium is a private property.Nearly 50,000 fans turned up at the stadium to witness the second T20I.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Ashes 2019: Edgbaston test awaits Australia as England begin campaign to reclaim the Urn

first_imgEngland have not lost to Australia at Edgbaston in 18 years, but to preserve that record as the Ashes gets under way in Birmingham on Thursday, the hosts will need their middle order to fire amid uncertainty over their top three.Having tried a number of different opening partnerships in recent years, Jason Roy, one of England’s stars in white-ball cricket at the World Cup, has been fast-tracked into the test side.He will almost certainly open the batting in Birmingham alongside Rory Burns, who averages less than 23 runs from his seven tests. Yet the uncertainty in the top order has been compounded in the days leading up to the first test, with Joe Denly, England’s regular number three, having been pushed down to number four to make way for captain Joe Root.Denly has enjoyed limited success, averaging 24.16 from six innings, and England coach Trevor Bayliss and Root have decided to shake things up.”He (Root) rang me the other day and told me he wanted to bat three and for me to go in at four,” Denly said on Tuesday. “I think Rooty just wanted to get involved in the game, get up there and get out in the middle.”Root averages 48 from 60 innings at number four — compared with 40 from 40 innings at three — but the captain’s experience could be vital to bolster the largely untested trio of Roy, Burns and Denly, and set England up for their quality to come.”It will come down to which team bats the best,” former England assistant coach Paul Farbrace said. “England’s middle order is so strong, and I expect them to get the majority of the hosts’ runs.”advertisementThe experienced Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali could bat in any order and it would not make much difference, with the potential of Sam Curran offering an additional option.It would not be the first time England’s strength in depth has come through, with Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen making match-winning Ashes contributions in 2005, while Ian Botham’s famous 149 not out to beat Australia in 1981 came when batting at number seven.Banned trio back together for AustraliaAustralia are likely to pit Cameron Bancroft, David Warner and Steve Smith together at Edgbaston for the first time since they were banned for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town last year, with Usman Khawaja batting at four.Further down the order, though, there is less firepower, and less certainty as to who will come in.”Whoever wins the Ashes, it is the contributions of batsmen five and six that will make all the difference,” former Australia all rounder Brad Hogg said. “There are some headaches for Australia in that middle order.”Frontline England bowlers Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad have taken 1,019 Test wickets between them and England have had the luxury to leave out World Cup hero Jofra Archer and left-arm pacer Sam Curran from the playing XI for the 1st Test.Furthermore, both can bat, with Woakes averaging almost 30 in 45 test innings for England, while Archer’s first-class average is over 30.Those contributions lower down the order in what looks likely to be overcast, bowler-friendly conditions at Edgbaston, could sway a tight first test of a close-run Ashes series.Also Read | Ashes: Barmy Army warming up for Australia in Edgbaston bearpitAlso Read | Jofra Archer misses out as England announce squad for opening Ashes TestAlso See:last_img read more

Manchester City roar back through Sergio Agüero to sink Burnley

first_imgShare on Facebook Any suggestion that Pep Guardiola is not interested in a Manchester City tilt at an unprecedented quadruple was belied by his reaction as Sergio Agüero equalised in the 56th minute.The goal came from Ilkay Gündogan’s quickly taken free-kick, which displeased Sean Dyche and his assistant, Ian Woan, causing the Manchester City manager to go into hyperactive mode, making what appeared to be yapping actions with his hands at them. If there was any sense the Catalan might not have been too displeased at being knocked out and so lose one of the four competitions City can still win, the passion at levelling this FA Cup third-round tie was the clearest riposte.During the dispute, Guardiola was told by Andy Haines, the fourth official, to calm down. Asked about the incident and what he told Dyche and Woan, the Catalan said: “I am sorry, I apologise. I didn’t want to lose control. I said: ‘Please leave the referees.’ I have a lot of respect for the way they play – of course, the way they play is completely different than the way we want to play, but they do it perfectly. That’s why football is top. All the managers around the world, especially here, have to do their job. Of course, they [managers] have to keep control. If they were offended, I am so sorry.”Dyche denied there had been a falling-out with Guardiola. “Not really,” he said. “You both fight, you both want your teams to win. You’re allowed to show your passion, right?”Guardiola’s declaration he would field a strong XI was borne out by his selection. While there were four changes – Claudio Bravo, Danilo, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gündogan – David Silva, Leroy Sané, Agüero, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling were among those in the side. Dyche also brought in a quartet, in Matt Lowton, Kevin Long, Ashley Westwood and Sam Vokes.City attacked from the opening whistle and won a corner that Sané played short to Zinchenko. Eventually, Sterling let fly, the shot was blocked, and Burnley cleared. For a while, the home side camped inside Burnley’s half and rolled the ball around. When Ashley Westwood fouled Agüero on the edge of the area, City had a free-kick in optimum position. Gündogan smashed this at the wall, though, and Zinchenko skied the rebound.Some suspect goalkeeping from Bravo followed. Zinchenko passed to the Chilean and, in trying to find Nicolás Otamendi, he hit the ball out for a corner. Johann Berg Gudmundsson fired this in, Bravo was nowhere, and Ben Mee headed back across goal, exposing the one faultline in Guardiola’s team: the rearguard.When Burnley did this again, they took the lead. Their keeper, Nick Pope, launched a high ball, John Stones miskicked badly, and Barnes roved forward, then smacked a finish past Bravo.City’s first act of the second half was a raking Danilo ball that hit Sané on a right-left diagonal.Zinchenko darted into the area, but the wide man overcooked the pass. Later, Sané ballooned a cross straight out, in a further indication that, so far, this was an off-day.Silva rarely has these and the clever pass that went through Stones’s legs to Gündogan in the area illustrated his usual excellence. Gündogan, though, failed to shoot and Burnley cleared.The equaliser came from the quick free-kick that led to Dyche’s and Woan’s spat with Guardiola. As this started to calm down, Agüero slotted a 19th goal of the campaign – and 16 in 16 Cup outings – after a delightful Gündogan back-heel that removed Burnley’s rearguard.Of the Argentinian, Guardiola said: “His quality in the box is amazing and we need his goals. He’s the kind of player who [as today] doesn’t do much in the first half, but, in seconds, he scores two goals. If we want to win something he’s essential for us.”From here, City coasted, Sané finally finding high gear to slide in for a ninth goal of the season. He then became provider, picking out the substitute Bernardo Silva, who made it 4-1, eight minutes from time. Share on WhatsApp match reports Topics Share on Messenger The Observer Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Burnley Share via Email FA Cup Manchester City Reuse this contentlast_img read more

More Crown Attorneys for Internet Child Exploitation Cases

first_imgNova Scotia children will be better protected with the hiring of two new Crown attorneys to prosecute internet child exploitation cases. “Internet child exploitation is on the rise and we are dedicating the necessary resources to combat this crime and protect our children,” said Attorney General and Minister of Justice Diana Whalen. “We are committed to helping those who need it the most.” The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service received a $192,000 increase in funding as part of Budget 2016-2017, bringing its total budget to more than $23 million. This will allow the Public Prosecution Service to expand its current complement to four Crown attorneys dedicated to cybercrime prosecutions. The establishment of these two new Crown attorney positions also fulfils one of the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Police and Prosecution Response to the Rehtaeh Parsons Case submitted last fall by Murray Segal, former chief prosecutor and deputy attorney general of Ontario. The new Crown attorneys are expected to be in place by the fall.last_img read more

Modi offers prayers at Guruvayoor temple in Kerala

first_imgGuruvayoor (Kerala): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered prayers at the famed Sri Krishna Temple here, where he was given a traditional welcome by priests at the door steps of the shrine. He flew into Guruvayoor from Kochi earlier in the morning and arrived at the shrine at 10.20 a.m., dressed in traditional temple attire. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan, State Devasom Minister Kadakampally Surendran along with other senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Modi, who entered the temple with folded hands, will participate in various rituals, including reading of the ‘Vishnu Sahasaranamam’, which could take about an hour. According to temple authorities, Modi will be offering various items including ghee, a special variety of red plantain (kathali), a ‘tulabharam’ with lotus flowers, which alone costs Rs 22,000 among other things. Modi had visited the temple in 2008 soon after he became the Chief Minister of Gujarat for a second time. After completing his visit to the temple, Modi will address a public rally near here following which he will return to Delhi in the afternoon.last_img read more

Stars Support Oxfam With Vanity Fair

first_imgVanity Fair and Barneys New York, along with Rooney Mara, hosted a private dinner at Chateau Marmont to benefit Oxfam, an international confederation of organizations working together to combat worldwide poverty and injustices around the globe.Emily Blunt and John KrasinskiThe event was part of Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood.Guests were gifted MICA (“My Intelligent Communication Accessory”), a feminine communications accessory designed by Opening Ceremony and engineered by Intel.Guests included Patricia Arquette, Emily Blunt, VANITY FAIR Editor-In-Chief Graydon Carter, Lee Daniels, Kristin Davis, Mitch Glazer, Poppy Jamie, John Krasinski, Brit Marling, Moby, Elizabeth Olsen, Suki Waterhouse and more.last_img read more

Extreme cold to last at least through Monday

first_imgThe extreme cold warning also remains in place for the Alberta Peace and a number of areas in Northern Alberta.  For a full list of the current weather warnings, click here.Warnings9:46 AM PST Sunday 03 February 2019Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverA period of very cold wind chills continues.Cold Arctic air remains settled over the Peace region. The cold air combined with light winds will continue to produce wind chill values below minus 40 until warming slightly to the mid minus 30s by this afternoon. Wind chill values will dip below minus 40 again tonight.Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An extreme cold warning remains in place across the B.C. Peace.The temperature should start to warm up in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John on Tuesday when the temperature should reach a high of minus 20.  Until then, the wind and cold temperature will make things feel more like minus 40 and colder.For Sunday night the temperature should drop to minus 32, but with the wind, it will feel more like minus 44.  Things should start to warm up on Monday to a high of minus 25, but the wind will continue to make it feel even colder near minus 33.last_img read more

60 of Current Governments Time Dedicated to Reforming Past Problems Minister

Rabat – 60 percent of the current government’s time is dedicated to reforming the past government’s problems, said Lahcen Daoudi, Minster of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Training.During a public session in The House of Advisors assigned to estimate Morocco’s public policies on wealth production, Daoudi said the current government’s slow progress [to step forward remarkably] is attributed to a series of obstructions and challenging accumulations caused by previous governments.Daoudi added that citizens ask why the government’s achievement is slow, without being aware that the government cannot accelerate on a rugged road destroyed by the previous governments. The Minister highlighted the major important role that the current government played under the supervision of the ruling Party of Justice and Development (PJD).“Don’t say that we have not done anything in the higher educational sector. You should compare it to the 10 previous years to notice the difference,” Daoudi said.Daoudi went on to add that the number of beds in Moroccan university dormitories increased from 33,000 to 55,000 under the current government. To contrast to the former government’s achievements, from 2001 to 2011 the number increased only from 32,000 to 33,000.Daoudi highlighted the further increase of graduate students during the past five years. He said that between 2015 and 2016, the number of graduates reached 102,000, unlike in 2012, when the number of graduates was 71,000. read more

Transfer of excombatants major step for peace in northeast DR Congo –

5 November 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has transferred 16 former commanders of Ituri armed groups to Kinshasa, calling it a major step in consolidating peace in the northeastern part of the country. The transfer, which took place on Saturday by a special UN flight, was the result of 18 months of intense negotiations with the de facto leaders of the three remaining Ituri Armed Groups, according to the mission, known as MONUC. The former militia leaders include Cobra Matata of Front de Resistance Patriotique en Ituri (FRPI); Peter Karim of Front des Nationalistes Integrationnistes (FNI); and Mathieu Ngudjolo of Mouvement Revolutionnaire Congolais (MRC). They were escorted from Bunia by Colonel Abdalah Nyembo, second in command in Ituri for the national armed forces – known as FARDC – and Ntumba Luaba, head of the national disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme. “The departure of these leaders from Bunia marks a dramatic step forward in the consolidation of the peace process in Ituri and signals a possibility of ending more than eight years of conflict,” the Mission stated. The 16 will receive training in Kinshasa while the majority of their disarmed fighters – about 300 men – will join the “brassage” retraining programme for ex-combatants in the town of Kitona to become part of integrated FARDC brigades. Another 44 Ituri ex-combatants were flown by the Congolese government to the Kitona brassage site on Saturday. read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 1.97 points to 15,267.60.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 12.80 points to 22,003.44.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 3.62 points to 2,473.95.The Nasdaq composite index was up 0.55 of a point to 6,363.19.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.45 cents US, down from Wednesday’s average price of 79.62 cents US.

Gore Park promenade

Hamilton’s Gore Park was buzzing with activity Wednesday as organizers are getting set for the launch of the annual summer promenade.But as Elise Copps reports, reaction to the event is split.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Suncor restarting Edmonton refinery after power outage stalls production

CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. says it is in the process of restarting production at its Edmonton refinery after it was knocked offline by a power outage on Tuesday afternoon.The company, which owns Petro-Canada stations across Canada, is warning residents near the facility on the eastern outskirts of the provincial capital that they may see more visible flaring as restarting progresses.Spokeswoman Nicole Fisher says there were no injuries as a result of the power disruption.Suncor shut down the entire 142,000-barrel-per-day oilsands-fed Edmonton refinery all at once for maintenance for the first time in its 67-year history during the second quarter this year.The maintenance took longer than expected and resulted in fuel supply shortages at some Petro-Canada stations in Western Canada.Suncor reported its overall refinery crude throughput was 344,100 bpd in the three months ended June 30, down from 435,500 bpd in the year-earlier period, mainly due to maintenance performed at all four of its refineries.Companies mentioned in this story: (TSX:SU) read more

Interest rate rise piles pressure on new car market

July new car market down 4.1 per cent to 168,015 units Year to August total down 4.2 per cent to 1,409,936 units Market shift towards diesel continues with registrations up 2.4 per cent this year Commenting on the July 2006 new car registration data, SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Consumer confidence has clearly taken a knock in the last 18 months and yesterday’s announcement from the Bank of England will not help a weakened new car market. Two factors have kept some buyers away from showrooms this year. The first is the effect of interest rate rises, the second is soaring fuel costs. The latter affects 30 million car owners and is also driving more to consider the benefits of switching to diesel power when buying a new car.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Cian Healy cited for bite after Lions first Aussie runout

first_imgCIAN HEALY’S LIONS Tour is in the balance this evening.The Leinster forward has been cited for an alleged bite during the British and Irish Lions’ comprehensive win over Western Force at the start of their Australian tour this afternoon.The all-star visitors swamped a second-string Force team nine tries to two, led by a brace from stand-in captain Brian O’Driscoll and a peerless 11-from-11 place-kicking performance by Welsh fullback Leigh Halfpenny. However, the training-style romp, widely expected after the hosts rested most of their best players, ended on a sour note with Healy stretchered off and also faced disciplinary proceedings.The tourists’ fears have been justified this evening as officials have confirmed the Dubliner will face a citing commission at 10.30am Irish time tomorrow.Citing commissioner Freek Burger took a statement from Force scrum half Brett Sheehan, who had claimed in the first half that he was bitten by Healy during a melee. Video replays at the time were inconclusive. Previous sanctions for biting have been heavy but Healy could be facing a spell on the sidelines anyway after going off with suspected ankle ligament damage and being sent to hospital for X-rays.“I know much about it as you know,” Lions head coach Warren Gatland told reporters afterwards. “I think the citing guy has had a look at it and he can’t find anything.”The RFU have confirmed that Alex Corbisiero has been called up to replace Healy meanwhile, meaning he leaves their tour of Argentina.“We’re delighted for Alex,” said England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster. “It’s very pleasing for him after he missed the Six Nations through injury and he goes with our full support and blessing. All the England players and management couldn’t be more pleased for him to get this opportunity.”England have no plans to add a replacement to their squad at this stage.Burger was also investigating claims that Ireland scrum half Conor Murray had trampled Force youngster Ed Stubbs, meanwhile, in what could be a costly evening for the visitors ahead of the Test series with Australia.© AFP, 2013The big winners and losers from the Lions’ western show of ForceIrish provinces learn Heineken Cup pool rivals as European battle lines drawnlast_img read more

CES 2012 Oregon Scientific présente la minicaméra la plus légère du marché

first_imgCES 2012: Oregon Scientific présente la minicaméra la plus légère du marchéPrésentée au salon du CES 2012 et ne pesant seulement que 65 g, la ATCM Mini Action Video Camera d’Oregon Scientific promet des vidéos en toute circonstance et dans n’importe quelle situation. Elle filme en 720p à 30 images par secondes et peu prendre des photos en 1,3 MP. Étant donné qu’elle fait la longueur d’un doigt, elle n’a que trois boutons : Power, Photo, Film. Un bon point puisque son usage sera ainsi extrêmement simplifié. La minicaméra pourra embarquer une carte MicroSD plafonnant à 32GB mais elle sera sans doute vendue avec moins. La batterie  rechargeable permet de filmer 1.5 heures de vidéo. La connectique passe par du miniUsb et du TV-out Jack.À lire aussiLa Descriptive Camera : quand une image se tranforme en texteCertes son prix n’est pas un poids-plume : 149 dollars (118 euros), mais tant de performances dans un espace si réduit, cela donne tout de même envie. On peut même craindre qu’un objet aussi petit soit peu pratique à manier, et c’est pourquoi Oregon Scientific propose également, comme avec la plupart de ses caméras mini, une fixation pour le cas où vous tomberiez sur un pied de photographe.Détail intéressant, la caméra est waterproof et peut supporter jusqu’à 18 mètres de profondeur… néanmoins qui oserait vraiment, comme le suggère Oregon Scientific, mettre son appareil à 149 dollars dans la mer ? Pour 20 dollars (15 euros) de plus, il est moins risqué de l’attacher sur la fixation pour casque. Le 15 janvier 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lunar Prospecting Plans in the Works

first_img While you ponder what to pack for an extended stay on the Moon, scientists are scrambling to find sustainable ways for humans to thrive on Earth’s satellite.The most obvious: Mining water ice at the poles.Last month, a team of Japanese scientists identified the mineral moganite within a lunar meteorite found in the desert of northwest Africa.Similar to quartz, moganite is a crystal of silicon dioxide that requires water to grow. Its sheer existence, according to Tohoku University professor Masahiro Kayama, who led the recent discovery, “strongly implies that there is water activity on the Moon.”The first instance of the mineral in lunar rocks lends to Kayama’s theory that, deep under the lunar surface—protected from the sun—is a treasure trove of water ice.If the team is correct, and there is an accumulation of H2O in the soil, lunar explorers would have easier access to the resource, which can be converted into oxygen, liquid water, and rocket fuel.Thus raising the chances the Moon will host human settlement and infrastructure within the next few decades.The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is reportedly planning two missions to hunt for and collect Moon water in 10 years.But before NASA, Jeff Bezos, or anyone else can colonize the planetoid, scientists and engineers need more data about lunar ice deposits—specifically their distribution, concentration, quantity, disposition, depth, geotechnical properties, and other characteristics, reported.“We are surprisingly close to mining on the Moon,” Philip Metzger, a planetary scientist at the University of Central Florida’s Florida Space Institute in Orlando, told the news site.“Lunar science becomes far more effective when we depend on the in-situ resources to support the science,” he continued. “I think this confluence of interests makes it likely we will see lunar mining in about a decade.”Which gives scientists less than ten years to determine the lunar ice’s form—”dirty snow,” “gravel-sized chunks of pure ice,” or some other alternative—and develop a method for mining it.“We need to have rovers driving around and drilling on the Moon as quickly as possible to resolve this,” Metzger said.And he’s not alone in his thinking.Colorado School of Mines researcher Hunter Williams, Chris Dreyer, and George Sowers are planning a low-cost mission to uncover the extent of lunar water resources using the newly developed “thermal mining” extraction technique, which turns water ice into wine rocket fuel.NASA has been studying ways to mine the Moon for water since 2014, when it developed two mission concepts: Resource Prospector Mission and Lunar Flashlight, the latter expected to launch in November.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface last_img read more