Handball Master 2012 ← Previous Story Slovenian Maribor signs three players Next Story → Mladen Rakcevic stays in Metalurg Skopje Europe’s veteran handball players are looking forward to the throw off of the European Masters Handball Championship, which will take place in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana from 15-17 June 2012.In cooperation with the Handball Federation of Slovenia (Rokometna zveza Slovenije) the European Handball Federation will organise the world’s largest senior handball event,16 teams will take part in each category, including Men 35+/45+/50+ and Women 33+/43+.The city of Ljubljana will welcome teams from: Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungry, Italy, Poland, Latvia, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.The groups for each age categories can be found here.Further information about the tournament can be found at http://www.handballmaster2012.org/
ASOBALblazevicPick Szeged As rumoured, Alen Blazevic (26), one of the most talented Croatian players from the generation ’86, is moving to Pick Szeged. With the Hungarian club he signed a two-year contract, and has previously played for Gorenje, Cimos Koper, Nexe and then moved to Spanish ASOBAL, an episode of his life which is now ended. ← Previous Story Milutin Dragicevic back to Constanta Next Story → Chema Rodriguez to MKB Veszprem!!
inaki malumbresInaki Malumbres VardarRK Vardar ← Previous Story IHF Super Globe 2013: New Barca – HSV final? Next Story → Pick Szeged demolished in Skopje! Experienced Spanish goalkeeper Inaki Malumbres (38) is close to sign a deal with Macedonian champion RK Vardar Pro, finds out Handball Planet. BM Ademar Leon member in the last season will join Vardar training camp today and discuss further details about the possible agreement. It’s expected that he will play at EuroTurnoi, strong tournament in Strasbourg, France, where Vardar will meet Veszprem, PSG, Chambery, Aragon and Dunkerque (August 29 – September 1).Malumbres has great experience of playing in the best days of ASOBAL for many teams as Ademar Leon, Aragon, Arrate, Portland San Antonio and BM Valladolid.He signed contract with BM Atletico Madrid at the begining of June, but then team from capital went to history…Macedonian champion has already two goalkeepers – Strahinja Milic and domestic guy, Zlatko Daskaloski.Young goalkeeper of BM Ademar Leon, Matej Asanin was close to sign contract with Macedonians two weeks ago, but at the end, he stayed in Leon.photo: BM Atletico Madrid FB
← Previous Story Golden League Day 2: Denmark beat Croatia – France win against Norway Next Story → Czech Republic draw and win against Serbia! Second month of playing SEHA GSS league is behind us. Things that have marked it are surely Tatran Prešov’s wins against Vardar and Metalurg in Skopje which have helped Zagreb to return back on league’s top after winning two great matches against Tatran and Vardar and losing one to Meshkov. On the other side, NEXE has by winning a point in Skopje against Metalurg, probably made the biggest surprise in this year’s SEHA league. SEHA’s PRESS team has picked ‘Best 7’ and interesting is the fact that it has 2 players who were also in in the September’s choosing. Those are Tatran’s right winger Urban and Vardar’s left winger Dibirov.GoalkeeperJakub Krupa (Tatran)Made the best he could out of time on Tatran’s goal he got after Verkić’s injury.Left wingTimur Dibirov (Vardar)Easiness of playing and scoring is, again, meking him the biggest star of the league.Right wingTomas Urban (Tatran)Great comeback for him this season. Tatran is surely more dangerous with him on court.PivotMarin Sakić (Nexe)NEXE is playing well and Mrđenović has in former Zamet’s player got great and efficient associate on the 6-meter line.Left backStipe Mandalinić (CO Zagreb)Great Zagreb’s shooter was almost perfect against Tatran, Vojvodina and Vardar which maybe even makes him the best player of the month.Middle backŽarko Pejović (Tatran)Last year defensive player, this year dangerous attacker. Great discovery and refreshment from coach Hatalcik.Right backŠime Ivić (Nexe)Croatian junior national team player is playing better each game and has continuity of good games which, as we can see, is making NEXE more better too.CoachBoris Dvoršek (CO Zagreb)Zagreb is the leading team of the SEHA league and has, by all injuries, made a great job which means Dvoršek made a really good team. gazprom handballhandballhandball leagueseha gazprom handball leagueSEHA handball
The best team of Slovenia, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko had to react quickly after departure of talented line-player Blaz Blagotinsek to Telekom Veszprem. The 22-years old member of Slovenian national team got replacement in Kristijan Beciri, the player which is born in same year – 1994.Beciri was a member of Croatian Kozala and two Slovenian teams – RK Gorenje Velenje and RK Maribor.He signed a four years contract with team from Celje.RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko will play at VELUX EHF Champions League, but also SEHA GAZPROM league in upcoming season. Kristijan BeciriRK Celje Pivovarna Lasko ← Previous Story Generation 1996 starts on Thursday at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 Next Story → Croatia with 15 players to Rio – Cindric is the last one!
Kentin MaheTelekom Veszprem ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest beat PICK Szeged for knock-out stage! Next Story → EXCHANGE: Kopljar to replace Tonnesen in Berlin! Do Veszprem need French charm to become the TOP team in Europe? Obviously someone think about it as after William Accambray, another member of golden French generation in the last few years, Kentin Mahe, is on the way to the handball city just near famous Balaton Lake! The 25-years old Frenchman, who can be both useful on left wing and playmaker’s position, will move to Veszprem at the end of his deal with German SG Flensburg in summer 2018, according to Handball-Planet.com sources.The winner of the French gold at World Championship 2017 made a deal with the Hungarians even before it was clear that his current coach Ljubomir Vranjes will overtake, the two years in a row, reigning EHF Champions League runners-up.After Balkan profile, and then Spanish, it looks that time comes for Veszprem to get some mix of Scandinavian-French way of playing and mentality?Kentin Mahe came to SG Flensburg in 2015 since became clear that HSV Handball couldn’t cope with financial problems.He played in Hamburg between 2013 and 2015, VfL Gummersbach in period 2011-2013, while his first Bundesliga station was Dormangen, where he became proffesional as 17-years old boy in 2008. In Dormagen, his father Pascal was a coach.PHOTO: Stephane Pillaud, France 2017
Source: justice scales via ShutterstockThis story is part of a series on the Family Court which can be viewed here>>A CASE CAME before a judge in relation to the care of two children whose mother is in prison. The social worker took to the stand and explained to the judge that the father no longer lived in the country.Child A was described as a girl that has emotional and behavioural issues who will need continuous supports. She is currently in a residential care placement but spends the weekend at a relative’s house, which she enjoys.Her relative would like to one day provide full-time care for Child A and the social worker said that a transition plan needs to be put in place to make this possible.Relationship with parents Speaking about the relationship she has with her parents, the social worker said that she recently received a card from her father, adding that the child plans to write back to him. “It is hoped the same will happen with her mother one day,” said the social worker.The sibling, Child B, is living with a foster family, though the social worker explains that they are having a difficult time with him and they are considering whether they can continue caring for him. Source: young boy in field via Shutterstock“More supports were put in place for the family and [Child B] is talking and engaging more,” said the social worker.The court heard that long-term placements are needed for the two children, who have many more siblings.The court was told that supports were being put in place to build on the relationships with the parents, which both children welcomed.Child A is “delighted” that a plan is being put in place to allow her to live with relatives, the court was told, and that she was “looking forward to living there”. The court was also told that this was a welcome development for Child A as she is “fiercely loyal” to her biological family.The judge granted a interim care order for the two children. The mother remains in prison.
We are concerned by the findings of this inspection which has identified a lack of controls when using third parties to handle claims, a lack of transparency around the claims retention policy and policy terms that consumers need to be aware of at time of purchase and when making a claim.We also considered that policy booklets contained a number of terms and conditions which may not be fair or transparent to consumers. THE CENTRAL BANK says it is “concerned” by the findings of an inspection they carried out in to how insurance companies deal with customers and their claims for water and flood damage.The Central Bank of Ireland today published its findings from a themed inspection into household property claims resulting from water damage. They said they considered such a specialised report appropriate given the increased frequency of floods in recent years.ClaimsThe report identified a number of shortcomings by the insurance companies. They stated there was weak oversight and controls over outsourced claims handling or loss adjusters and in isolated incidences there was potentially unfair settlement.The also found that there was poor transparency in policy documentation and a lack of consumer awareness of the terms and conditions of their policies.The Central Bank said there was also a lack of transparency around the practice of insurers retaining a portion of the agreed settlement, which was typically 30 per cent, until reinstatement has been completed and final invoices have been submitted (known as retention) and the extent to which consumers are not claiming the portion retained.They added they were also concerned about the appropriateness of building insurance sold to some apartment owners.Lack of transparencyDirector of Consumer Protection, Bernard Sheridan said: Today the Central Bank is issuing an industry letter to insurers, drawing attention to the inspection’s findings and emphasising their requirement to be in full compliance with the code of conduct when handling claims.Following the review, they said they were following up directly with the insurers inspected to ensure issues are addressed and further investigations of specific issues is appropriate in some cases, they said.Review and improve controlsInsurers are being instructed to review and improve controls over third party service providers, to review policy documentation to ensure terms identified are fair and transparent and that material information such as the practice of retention is included.The Central Banks said that some insurers are already taking corrective action in respect of the transparency of their policy documentation, while they said the practice of retentions is an issue that the Central Bank intends to further engage with the industry on, to ensure the best interests of consumers are protected.Read: Glanmire GAA clubs’ great competition entry after floods destroy pitches>Read: Last month’s floods in central Europe caused more than €12.4 billion of damage>
NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news.The ominous bank holiday weather is sweeping across the west of Europe. This is St Mary’s Lighthouse at North Tyneside in England. Spooky. Pic: Steve Drew/PA Images.IRISHThe new Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post is out – voters appear to be hitting Labour for Budget 2014, but not Fine Gael.The clocks go BACK an hour at 1am tomorrow. One TD wants to stop time. Sort of.Could RTÉ be right? Are we getting a new junior minister for rural development?The revoking of medical cards for ill children led to these scenes today.Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald explained why Ombudsman for Children will have the power to quiz the gardai on their handling of the Roma family cases.There were almost as many drivers caught speeding in 24 hours as there are days in the year.WORLD#UK: Jimmy Savile’s former driver has been charged with raping and assaulting 15 different minors over three decades.#SAUDI ARABIA: Women protested the driving licence ban by defying authorities and getting behind the wheel today.#FRANCE: This Greenpeace activist had a message to hang off the Eiffel Tower: Image: Christope Ena/AP/Press Association Images#IRAN: Sixteen people were hanged overnight in retaliation for attack on Pakistan border.#CZECH REPUBLIC: Hard to tell who has won in the Czech election… [BBC]INNOVATIONThis jailed hacker has come up with an idea that he claims will save the Blackberry. [TechCrunch]Amazing discoveries in the Amazonian rainforest – including a “monkey that purrs like a cat”. [Science Daily]PARTING SHOTAlright, who did this to the new Arthur Guinness statue in Celbridge, Co Kildare? And was drink, perhaps, taken?via James Keane, who had nothing to do with it, honest.
COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER PAT Rabbitte has said there’s been too much “hyperbole” and “exaggeration” in the debate surrounding the Freedom of Information Act.Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin yesterday withdrew a proposed Government amendment to the Bill, as a result of what he said was “confusion and misinterpretation” of its intention.The planned changes would have seen charges for FOI requests soar. They included proposals to split one request for information from different divisions of the same body into separate requests, and charge €15 for each.The National Union of Journalists had described the proposals as “contrary to the spirit” of the legislation and said there was a danger they could make the system unaffordable.Howlin now intends to bring forward a new amendment aimed at clarifying the issue of multiple fees.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Rabbitte said: “It’s very sad to have to listen to academics on this and every other programme talk about killing off the Freedom of Information Act.”He added:“This country has gone wild with exaggeration.”“The purpose of Brendan Howlin’s amendment was to acknowledge that detailed hours of work are put in respect of some requests, and that he was imposing a modest charge for that, given the circumstances we were in.“For any citizen that wants personal information it’s entirely free. For journalists who want relevant information in the public interest, you know the position.The Minister was critical of what he called “omnibus requests that haven’t any connection with each other,” saying many media outlets were merely “trawling for ‘something that might turn up and it will keep us in business’”.“It costs an enormous amount of money to pursue that kind of thing.”Rabbitte said that some of the criticism of the Government’s stance was “just not worthy of respectable public discourse”.Read: Government backtracks on FOI Bill amendment on chargesRead: “Experts aren’t always right” – Taoiseach defends FOI bill>Read: Minister Brendan Howlin describes increased FOI fee as a “token charge” >
THE MAN ACCUSED of murdering Michael Gannon in Skerries on Thursday evening has appeared in court charged with murder.The man appeared before a special sitting of the Criminal Courts of Justice today.MurderThe man, in his late 20s, is accused of stabbing Michael Gannon as he babysat his grandchildren at his daughter’s home in Mourne Park in the coastal Dublin town.Mr Gannon is believed to have been stabbed once in the chest.RTE Six One News reports the man has been remanded in custody.Read: Man in his 20s questioned over Skerries death>
THE TAOISEACH HAS urged Ministers to raise their concerns over the Garda Commissioners remarks about whistleblowers at the Cabinet table and this morning, they will get their chance.The Cabinet meets today to discuss a number of issues, but the issue of a remark made by Martin Callinan at the Public Accounts Committee is expected to dominate the agenda.Callinan had said that the manner in which whistleblowers Maurice McCabe and John Wilson had acted was “disgusting”. He clarified that he had been referring to the release of personal information by the whistleblowers.Transport Minister Leo Varadkar reignited the row last week, calling the actions of the whistleblowers “distinguished”.He was backed up by Education Minister Ruairí Quinn, Social Protection Minister Joan Burton and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.The Labour Party wants Callinan to withdraw the remark, but is understood to not be interested in taking the issue any further.Backbenchers, members of PAC and other Ministers have weighed in, but the Taoiseach is adamant that the issue will only be discussed at Cabinet.The remark, and the fallout from it, has increased the focus on Justice Minister Alan Shatter, who has been silent on the matter this week.Shatter’s own treatment of Garda whistleblowers, as well as his staunch support of Callinan, has put him in the opposition’s crosshairs. Earlier this month, Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin called on Shatter to “do the honourable thing” and apologise to Maurice McCabe.Martin said McCabe and his fellow whistleblowers had been “vindicated” by the Garda Inspectorate report on the penalty-points issue.Another remark made by Shatter, where he said Garda whistleblowers hadn’t cooperated with investigations is also expected to be discussed.Explainer: Why is Alan Shatter under pressure – and will he survive?
STATISTICS FROM THE Irish Central Statistics Office show that 87,100 people left the Emerald Isle in the last financial year – almost two per cent of the entire population. These figures are the highest since new records began in 1987. Ninety-two per cent (80,200) of emigrants were under 45, with 41 per cent (35,800) between the ages of 15 and 25. The biggest group, 53 per cent, were Irish citizens.These statistics mask an increasingly difficult problem for those who leave loved ones behind. Economic migration is a worldwide phenomenon. This of course is nothing new, as we all know. In recent years we have come to understand the impact that breaking up families can have on everyone involved. But there are many occupations that require a member of the family to work abroad for a certain length of time; many do this out of economic necessity and not through choice.Heartbreaks and headachesApart from the heartbreak involved with leaving those involved in committed relationships behind, people face a further headache; how do I keep my relationship going?We are lucky today to be able to communicate with our loved ones more easily than ever before via phone, e-mail and Skype. What we can’t substitute is touch (although I did hear of a prototype electronic ‘hugger’, but that is some way off).What most couples worry about is the onset of an affair while he/she is away from home. It is a fact that the incidence of infidelity is on the increase as we have evidenced in Relationships Ireland. There is no sure-fire way of guaranteeing that our partner will not ‘play away’. Staying monogamous is a state of mind. Of course we are attracted to others. Of course if we are apart for long periods of time we become sexually frustrated and are then vulnerable to attention. If we do stray, we try and rationalise and justify our behaviour with various self-justifying statements.How to manage separationYou need to discuss how you are going to manage a separation. There are a lot of options open to a couple that maybe should only be discussed in their home or the counselling room. The essential truth is about a person’s own moral compass and view of monogamy.We tend to think of the person who is leaving is suffering the most but the person left behind must find good coping mechanisms and support. This is why a good joint approach is necessary and why as much contact as possible is essential.This is especially true when children are left whilst Dad or Mum leave to take up work abroad. The parent who is left behind now must shoulder the burden of the whole household. Every decision will be down to him/her. As I have heard many times, this exhausts the person, and they feel they have no free time to themselves; they feel it because it is true.When the children struggle with an absent parent, the parent at home tends to blame himself or herself. The level of guilt this produces is immense. They fear their child or children will be scarred for life. This rarely happens. A good network of friends and family will be of immeasurable help.Make a planSo what’s the plan? Try to take a positive attitude to the change. Discuss – and discuss again – what will happen. Share the change with family and friends. Write out ways to keep in touch. If you promise to call then do so whether by phone or Skype. Talk about the issue of sexual frustration –it is a real issue and don’t be embarrassed to discuss it. Plan the time apart and remember to ‘get together’ as often as possible.Because we are abroad does not automatically lead to infidelity – as is proven by the level of infidelity by those who have stayed home! View this time apart as an opportunity to improve the whole family’s life chances and not as a lifelong catastrophe.Tony Moore is a counsellor for Relationships Ireland. Relationships Ireland provides affordable confidential counselling and support services that offer you the opportunity to understand and resolve difficulties in your relationship. For more information or to book a consultation you can contact 1890 380 380 or email: email@example.com.VIDEO: Couple meet for the first time… after five-year relationship>Column: How our idea of love changes as we get older>
THE MATCH BETWEEN Munster and Leinster tonight will be an absolutely cracking game.The people you want to lose least to are your mates, the people you know best.There have been some humdingers in recent years, with Leinster having the cut of the jib recently. However, with a rejuvenated Paul O’Connell and Ronan O’Gara, who will no dobut feature off the bench, this will be a serious test for the visitors.ROG played exactly the game he had to against Harlequins last weekend. It was great to see him back to his best. As for Paul, you can see the hunger with which he is playing with. He is an immense presence.Donnacha Ryan put in a great shift and, as I’ve said before, he will be a stalwart of the Munster and Ireland teams for years to come. Peter O’Mahony was brilliant and Casey Laulala and James Downey, particularly, brought some fearsome physicality to bear in midfield.There is no love lost between Leinster and Munster but I was delighted for them last weekend. They went up against the Premiership champions, on their patch, and tore them asunder.D’Arcy and BOD reunitedIn Ian Madigan, Leinster are very lucky to have a ready-made replacement for Jonny Sexton.I played with him for a while at Blackrock, after I retired, and you could see what a special talent he was. He is an amazing kid with massive confidence and skills to burn. He will try anything on the pitch. It doesn’t always work out but Leinster have benefited greatly from his attacking instincts in the past.We all know just how much it means to Leinster to have Brian O’Driscoll returning at such a crucial stage of the season.A pivotal player to their hopes of silverware, though, is Gordon D’Arcy. He was having a cracking season up until he picked up his foot injury during the Six Nations. In the past, D’Arcy has suffered without O’Driscoll alongside him but he excelled in his absence this season.Gordon D’Arcy evades Ronan O’Gara. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)[Leinster coach] Joe Schmidt is a wily customer and he will know the importance of claiming silverware, be it cup, league or both, by the season’s end.Memorable momentsThe 2001 Celtic League Final was a crazy game. It was a huge occasion at the time, played out in front of a packed Lansdowne Road. Our win helped us build the momentum that would lead to Heineken Cup success down the line.After 15 minutes of the match, Eric Miller was sent off. We didn’t panic and stuck to the gameplan set out by Alan Gaffney and Matt Williams. We were going up against them, seven versus eight, in the scrum and it was some battle. Paul Wallace, with his gammy ankle, was a Trojan in the scrum that day.The 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final, which Leinster won 25-6, stands out too but there have been so many super games. The build-up to the matches is like a Heineken Cup weekend.Both sets of players always go hell-for-leather at each other. The mentality is ‘do not give a blade of grass to the opposition’. The Leinster and Munster rivalry has really driven Irish rugby for well over a decade now.*Shane Byrne’s publication, Club Rugby Magazine is available monthly in the Irish Independent. Follow the magazine, and all the latest rugby news, on Twitter @ClubRugby1It’s Paul O’Connell versus Brian O’Driscoll, 18 months in the makingMunster need to beat Leinster before focusing on Clermont – James Coughlan
Updated 7.11 pmA SUSPICIOUS DEVICE found in Edenmore Shopping Centre this afternoon has been deemed a hoax.Army bomb experts were called to the north Dublin suburb at about 3pm this afternoon and a cordon was placed around the device.The shopping centre is made up of a large grocery store and there is also a row of shops with The Concorde pub next to the complex at Edenmore Avenue.The Explosive Ordnance Team arrived at the scene and the device was destroyed.Read: Explosive device found outside house in Louth >Read: Army conducts ‘painstaking’ search for explosives at derelict building >
Source: GiphyThe Holy TerrorThere’s a reason chippers have bouncers now. And that reason is The Holy Terror.They’ll fight you. They’ll fight your ma. They’ll fight anyone, ALRIGHT?The PanhandlerAll they want is just one measly euro for a small chip. Just ONE EURO.No, they can’t go to the ATM, cos they conveniently forgot their PIN.Please? Source: TumblrThe Fed Up Staff Member Source: ShutterstockThey’ve been serving up burgers to ungrateful drunks all night, and now they just want to go home.Service with a smile? At this hour? Forget it.The Blind TasterWhat did they get? Dunno. They just need food. Now. Source: alfalfafaThey’re going to regret this in the morning, but for now they’ll blindly shove it into their hungry mouths; tasting nothing, feeling nothing.The Security Guard Source: ShutterstockThey’ve seen it all before, and they won’t stand for any monkey business.They often come to blows with The Holy Terror. Understandable.19 chippers to visit in Ireland before you die>All the stages you go through when ordering a takeaway> HEADING TO THE pub is fun and all, but for many people, the true highlight of the night is the pilgrimage to the chipper afterwards.Sure, the food is a big draw, but the chance to people watch is just as tempting. Here are just a few of the colourful characters you might spot.The FlirtsThese two met in the nightclub, and now they’re making eyes at each other over a shared curry cheese chip. Source: Flickr/Seamus WalshAt some point they’ll share a tender, curry-breath kiss, to the gags of everyone else in the establishment.True romance.The Gas Ticket Source: GiphyHopping up on tables, taking selfies with the staff, generally acting the maggot – for this person, the night isn’t over.For everyone else, they’re a pain in the bum.The Sleeper AgentThey’re just gonna put their head down for two minutes… Source: ShutterstockThe Hungry Hungry Hippo“Eh, I’ll have two double cheese burgers, six chicken nuggets large fries, large Coke, a sundae and…yeah give me one of them apple pie things as well.” Source: Flickr/Dave RThis person’s eyes are famously much larger than their stomach. When they go, they leave a trail of half-eaten food behind them.The Sober OneThey want no part in any of this. They just want to get their food and go home.
Although Apple habitually releases the latest model of iPhone in white, they’ve had a surprisingly difficult time delivering white iPhone 4s this year. In fact, we’ll soon be coming up on the 7th month of delays, as Apple struggles to correct a design flaw in the white iPhone 4 that causes like to leak through the case’s Gorilla Glass backing and onto the camera sensor, washing out photos.Apple’s biggest competitor in the mobile space, Google, doesn’t appear to be having any problem releasing white phones, though… at least not judging by a report suggesting that white Nexus S smartphones are coming soon.The leaked image comes from Germany and clearly shows the familiar, Samsung manufactured Nexus S with a white backplate while retaining its black front casing.To be honest, if the white Nexus S is a real product that Google will be offering, it looks a little half-assed, like they just slapped a new back casing on the handset at the last minute to give people a superficial color option. Still, at least it’ll be available to buy in a timely manner, which is something Apple’s been completely incapable of managing with the white iPhone this generation.Read more at Android
Sony’s getting ready to drop a new Android Honeycomb tablet on all of your heads. The company’s CEO Howard Stringer told Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei that the tablet will be hitting the States first–by the end of summer. Engadget points out that the timing lines up well with the rumored launch of the PlayStation-Certified S1 tablet–that oddly curved device, which is supposed to hit store shelves in September.The company also apparently told another Japanese site that the aforementioned Honeycomb tablet is due out by the end of 2011–which could refer to the later Japanese launch date, or may highlight a slip from Stringer.
BlackBerry World 2011 is taking place right now, and for those of you hoping that your early purchase of a PlayBook would be rewarded with some great new apps and functionality this week… well, it looks like you just might be! Late yesterday, the new Facebook app for PlayBook which RIM had promised earlier in the day appeared in AppWorld, and it’s well worth the download — the experience blows away that of the Facebook website in the PlayBook browser.For starters, there’s no glitchiness with Facebook chat in the app, whereas the Web version clumsily shuffles chat dialogs around as the on-screen keyboard appears and disappears. You can open as many simultaneous chats as you like and switch between them by tapping a contact’s name in the side panel. In case you don’t want to be bothered by chat requests while you’re PlayBook-ing, you can disable the feature via a toggle on the gear menu.Posting status updates is a breeze, and you’re able to attach photos from your PlayBook’s internal storage as well as snap a new picture for immediate posting. I’d like to be able to attach images from my bridge BlackBerry Curve as well, but for now it’s easy enough to first pull them over using Bridge Files. Your news feed is displayed in highly-readable simplicity and posts can be liked or commented on. Want to refresh your feed? Just tap, hold, and flick down!RIM has also done a nice job with the app’s photo browsing, and it’s very similar to what you’d experience accessing Facebook on your desktop or laptop. Drill down from a user to an album, then tap a photo and up pops the slideshow. To jump ahead or back an image, simply swipe right or left on the screen. You can like, comment, and tag photos as you view — just tap the screen to display the toolbar.The Facebook app’s title bar makes navigation a breeze, with a back button, quick access to the pop-up shortcut menu to switch among views, and a notification tray. New wall and chat activity causes the icon badges to update, and you can display the notifications with a tap — then tap an entry to head to the relevant post or chat.Unfortunately, there’s no access to profile editing, account settings, or privacy settings within the app right now. You’ll need to fire up the PlayBook’s Web browser to tackle those tasks. Nevertheless, the good greatly outweighs the bad in Facebook for the PlayBook and I’m hoping that RIM delivers a few other apps of this quality. Maybe something in the way of instant messaging?IMG_00000022IMG_00000022IMG_00000019IMG_00000016IMG_00000017newIMG_00000020IMG_00000028IMG_00000023IMG_00000018IMG_00000018
After seeing what Nvidia’s quad-core Kal-El processor was capable of doing on an Android tablet, there was speculation (and hope) that the muscle-bound silicon would wind up inside Amazon’s “Hollywood” tablet which is due out later this year.With a massive content delivery network at its behest, and its very own Android Appstore, Amazon is well-positioned to provide a seamless tablet experience that can really compete with Apple and the iPad — so the company isn’t going to settle for middling hardware in its debut devices. Amazon wants to impress, but it looks as though Nvidia won’t be providing the horsepower.AdChoices广告According to a DigiTimes source, the Amazon tablets will utilize TI OMAP processors — certainly a capable core, as owners of the BlackBerry PlayBook can attest. No specifics were revealed, however, so until Jeff Bezos makes with an official revelation (or tipsters decide to spill the beans) we’ll have to wait patiently for full details. DigiTimes also reports that touch panels are being provided by Wintek — who has provided internals to the likes of Apple and Nokia in the past.Amazon has lofty goals for its tablets, hoping to ship between 700,000 and 800,000 per month in 2011. With a launch now expected as soon as August, that’s a healthy 4 million tablets on the top end — which should inject a healthy dose of competition into the Android tablet scene.Price points have yet to be revealed, but let’s hope Amazon plans on shaking things up a little. Frankly, I’m starting to feel a sense of deja vu every time another OEM announces a $499 32GB Android tablet. Amazon, of course, wants to lock customers in as life-long book, music, and video purchasers, so the company might just be willing to slim down profit margins on its hardware in order to entice buyers. Fingers crossed.More at DigiTimes