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PIP apologises for comments about bigger houses for professionals

first_imgUpdated 20:50A PERSONAL INSOLVENCY practitioner has issued an apology for comments he made in which he said that a professional, who is insolvent, should be allowed remain in a “bigger house” so that “neighbours and clients” can see that this person is a good professional.Jim Stafford this evening released a statement acknowledging and ‘sincerely apologising’  for the ‘hurt and distress’ that his comments caused. Stafford said it was not his intention to cause offence:In particular, it was not my intention to create a distinction between so called professional classes and PAYE workers nor appear to further the causes of a particular debtor type. I believe that every person has a passionate concern to retain their family home. I fully appreciate the distress that financial difficulties cause any one, no matter what their financial circumstances may be.Stafford, who has been authorised by the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI), made the controversial comments when speaking on RTÉ’s Drivetime yesterday evening about the newly opened insolvency service.When asked what would happened to someone’s home, the PIP said they would assess the mortgage and it would depend on whether the person was in the PAYE sector or a professional. He said he believed “a solicitor should have a bigger house… The same as for hospital consultants, people like that”:As a PIP, I would be making a very strong case, for example, that am, that a solicitor should have a bigger house that accords with his professional status in society, so that his neighbours and clients can see that, yes, this person is a good solicitor who is living in a good house. The ISI has also told TheJournal.ie that Stafford’s opinion “is not the opinion of the ISI”.Pearse Doherty, Sinn Féin’s spokesman on finance, earlier called on the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to respond to Stafford’s comments.“The minister needs to respond with absolute urgency to this statement; set out exactly what kind of training the PIPS are getting and whether what this man said is true. He needs to reassure people that this process is going to be fair and equal,” said Doherty.MistakeStafford also appeared on RTÉ’s Liveline this afternoon and apologised, saying: “I was clumsy in my choice of words”.Additional reporting by Rónan Duffy140 calls to insolvency service in first day of business>Explainer: What does the Insolvency Service of Ireland do?>last_img read more

Joint liquidators appointed to Treasury Holdings

first_imgTHE HIGH COURT has today appointed joint liquidators to take control of the assets of Treasury Holdings with immediate effect.Sixteen subsidiary companies were also included in the ruling, made by Mr Justice McGovern.The joint liquidators have been named as Michael McAteer and Paul McCann of Grant Thornton.Previous receivers which had already been appointed to manage certain assets will remain in situ.The newly appointed-liquidators will deal with the remaining assets and creditors.Read: High Court rejects Treasury challenge against NAMA over receivers >last_img read more

Fuel costs rise for first time in five months AA survey

first_imgA MONTHLY SURVEY by AA Ireland has found that the average cost of a litre of motor fuel has risen for the first time in five months.The monthly data for February shows that an average litre of petrol costs 159.4 cent, while an average litre of diesel costs 153.7 cent.Petrol prices are up 1.5 cent a litre from January’s figures, while diesel is up 2.9 cent.Prices had fallen steadily each month since September, when they had reached an all-time Irish record of 170.0 cent for petrol and 160.0 cent for diesel.AA Ireland’s director of consumer affairs Conor Faughnan said 2012 was “an appalling year for fuel prices – the worst we have ever had,” but that the price of oil had been relatively stable since then because of the rising value of the euro.“Internationally, it is hard to fathom the reasons for a rise right now,” he said.“Forecasts for oil demand in 2013 are quite weak, mirroring economic data, and we even had a relatively mild winter. For the price of fuel to be rising now is surprising and very disappointing.”AA’s data suggests that an average motorist who drives 1,000 miles (1,605 kilometres) per month would have to pay €240 a month for petrol – of which €131.50 was tax which would be returned to the government.AA surveys ten years ago showed the average price of petrol then to be 89.5 cent per litre, while diesel cost 82.1 cent per litre.August: Irish petrol prices some of the world’s highestlast_img read more

Irish Lonely Beast app featured on US Apple TV ad

first_imgPic: The Lonely Beast website“Keep it simple” was their key phrase, said Judge.Both the books and the app have seen a huge reaction from children not just within Ireland, but worldwide, and by using new technology to expand the Lonely Beast’s world, Judge is able to keep a foot in both the traditional and tech publishing worlds.“It’s just brilliant when people tell me ‘I can’t get my iPad back from my kid because of the app’,” laughed Judge.I’m a big fan of technology – it’s impossible to fight it. I am happy to embrace it and see where it goes. Making the app was a huge thrill. I still love the paper books, they are so important to me. It’s to not just replicate them.The Lonely Beast character himself was inspired by Judge’s childhood fascination with Chewbacca, monsters, and the yeti in Tin Tin in Tibet. “It just blew my mind as a kid,” he said of the latter. “The beast is an amalgamation of all the different monsters I grew up loving.”The next book in the series, Brave Beast, is released on 9 March, with a child-friendly launch event that day from 11am – 3pm at the Lighthouse Cinema. For the app fans, there’s even more good news: the trio are already sketching out ideas for Lonely Beast 123, where the beast will guide children through learning their numbers.There’s quite the action-packed year ahead for the beast, who Judge first thought of as “a sad, scary kind of guy”.But once I started telling his story in the book, I realised this guy would like to eat cakes and do his garden… he suddenly became a lot more friendly.The Lonely Beast ABC is available on iTunes for €2.69.Read: Two out of work filmmakers launch creative app for exploring Dublin> AN IRISH ANIMATED app for children featuring a hairy, lonely beast has been chosen to feature in the new Apple TV ad for the iPad.The Lonely Beast books are written and illustrated by Chris Judge, and have grown into the Lonely Beast ABC, an app for helping children learn their ABCs that can be used on an iPad or iPhone.(Apple/YouTube)Huge boostSpeaking to TheJournal.ie, Judge said that having the video included was “amazing, because the app itself was made just by the three of us”. By the three of us, he means himself, his brother Simon Judge and friend James Kelleher – the trio made the app in their spare time, funding it using Fundit.It’s a huge boost for them to see the app reach the level where it is recognised by Apple in the United States. The project began when James and Simon pitched the app idea to Chris, as they were interested in making apps. Initially, Judge thought the aim was to replicate the book, which he wasn’t keen on, but James had the idea for an ABC app that would also mean expanding the Lonely Beast’s world.“We ended up having a meeting and falling around laughing at all sorts of daft stuff,” remembered Judge. Kelleher taught himself to code and they looked after the entire project themselves, creating new worlds for the Lonely Beast to visit on his ABC adventure.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you begin your day.1. #PROPERTY TAX Who are the seven TDs who say they won’t pay the property tax? TheJournal.ie spoke to them and found out more – including who will pay the tax, the two who say they do not qualify, and those who did not respond to queries.2. #COLLISION Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a single-vehicle fatal road traffic collision in Monaghan at 1.55am today. A 43-year-old man was seriously injured when the car he was a passenger in collided with a ditch. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver received minor injuries and a second woman was uninjured.3. #SINN FÉIN The second day of the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis gets underway today, and party leader Gerry Adams is to deliver an address at the event. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called for the British Secretary of State to set a date for a Border Poll on Irish unity. Motions to be discussed today include ones on justice, education, health and the economy.4. #FIANNA FÁIL Is Galway West TD Noel Grealish joining Fianna Fáil? The party has denied that senior figures have approached the independent TD, but Grealish told TheJournal.ie that he would be making no comment on the issue. Talk of the former PD joining Fianna Fáil arose out of a recent report in the Connacht Tribune on the issue.5. #BILL CULLEN Bill Cullen and partner Jackie Lavin are said to be “devastated” that they have lost a High Court bid to continue running Muckross Park Hotel, the Irish Independent reports. They have been running the five-star hotel for the past 20 years. Mr Justice Charleton said that he was refusing the examinership petition “with regret”.6. #JOYCE The grandson of James Joyce, Stephen James Joyce, has described an error in a Joyce quotation on a commemorative coin as “an insult”. He told the Irish Times that it was an insult to the Joyce family and also expressed concerns about the image of his grandfather on the coin.7. #NORTH KOREA US Secretary of State John Kerry has met top officials of North Korea’s key ally and aid provider China to press them to rein in Pyongyang, seeking Beijing’s help to defuse nuclear tensions. He met first with China’s foreign minister Wang Yi after flying in from talks in South Korea with President Park Geun-Hye.8. #BIRD FLU The first human case of H7N9 bird flu has been found in a seven-year-old girl in Beijing, local authorities said. The girl’s parents are poultry traders. She is said to be in a stable condition in hospital, and her parents are in quarantine.9. #SCHOOLS Education Minister Ruairí Quinn has questioned the amount of time that is devoted to religion in primary schools, the Irish Times reports. He made the comment at the AGM of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association yesterday. He has called for a public debate on the issue.last_img read more

Woman 22 due in court over Ennis stabbing

first_imgA 22-YEAR-OLD WOMAN is due in court this morning over a stabbing in Ennis on Saturday evening.A woman aged 23 was seriously injured in the assault just after 5pm on 13 April on the grounds of a primary school in the town.She was brought to the Midwestern Regional Hospital before being transferred to Cork University Hospital to be treated for her injuries.The woman charged in connection with the assault will appear at a special sitting of Ennis District Court at 10am.Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses who were in the vicinity of Friar’s Walk, Station Road, the shopping centre car park or the primary school between 4.30pm and 5pm on Saturday to contact them.last_img read more

18 signs youre a sports fan from Meath

first_img16. And it’s not really a Meath match in Croker unless he is sitting up with the LMFM commentary teamCredit: INPHO/James Crombie15. You’re certain Xabi Alonso learned how to do comebacks from the summer he spent learning English in Kells in 1997, when Meath had the three-in-a-row against KildareCredit: ybig.ie14. Your betting is decided solely on which horse Pelletstown’s finest Barry Geraghty is onCredit: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan13. And Fairyhouse is the place to be come the Easter weekend… whatever the weatherCredit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy12. You’re fashion forward – like Trevor GilesCredit: INPHO/Tom Honan 17. You know Shaggy only caught Ronan O’Gara’s cross-field kick because of his time with Duleek/Bellewstown GFC Credit: INPHO/Cathal Noonan5. You don’t need reminding that, although Niall Ronan wears the red of Munster these days, he’s a Royal through and throughCredit:4. You remember when Graham Geraghty had trials with Arsenal as well as when he togged out for Bohs and Drogheda UnitedCredit: INPHO3. You know September 20, 1987 as the day the Royals ended a 20-year wait to lift Sam againCredit: INPHO/Billy Stickland2. You celebrate winning in the same way as Peter Casey1. Your all-time favourite goal is Kevin Foley’s in the third 1991 Leinster Football final replayYouTube credit: MeathClips21 signs you’re a sports fan from Tipperary20 signs you’re a sports fan from Dublin 18. You’ve had a snack box from Ezio’s outside Pairc Tailteann after a league matchCredit:  Google Maps 8. In your opinion, Timmy Clancy would be close to international cap… if only his groin would stop acting upCredit: Alan Peebles/PA Archive/Press Association Images7. It saddens you to think that Sean Boylan’s last hurrah was a facile 2-point loss to Cavan in ClonesCredit: INPHO/Patrick Bolger 6. And you privately wish that Sean Boylan would take over the hurling team 11. Giles might have been great at frees, but he was no Brian StaffordCredit: INPHO10. You went to watch Europe win the Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle in 2011Suzann Pettersen (right) celebrates with team captain Alison Nicholas. Credit: Julien Behal/PA Archive/Press Association Images9. You like to remind Louth fans about that Joe Sheridan goalYouTube credit: KilkennyFootballlast_img read more

Facebook manipulated users emotions in secret study

first_imgA STUDY DETAILING how Facebook secretly manipulated the news feed of some 700,000 users to study “emotional contagion” has prompted anger on social media.For one week in 2012 Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to place posts into user news feeds to study how this affected their mood.The study, conducted by researchers affiliated with Facebook, Cornell University, and the University of California at San Francisco, appeared in the June 17 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The researchers wanted to see if the number of positive, or negative, words in messages they read affected whether users then posted positive or negative content in their status updates.Indeed, after the exposure the manipulated users began to use negative or positive words in their updates depending on what they were exposed to.“Emotional contagion”“Emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions without their awareness,” the study authors wrote.“These results indicate that emotions expressed by others on Facebook influence our own emotions, constituting experimental evidence for massive-scale contagion via social networks.”While other studies have used metadata to study trends, this appears to be unique because it manipulates the data to see if there is a reaction.Ethical?The study was legal according to Facebook’s rules — but was it ethical?Susan Fiske, a Princeton University professor who edited the report for publication, told The Atlantic that she was concerned about the research and contacted the authors.They in turn said that their institutional review boards approved the research “on the grounds that Facebook apparently manipulates people’s News Feeds all the time”.Fiske admitted to being “a little creeped out” by the study.Facebook told The Atlantic that they “carefully consider” their research, and have “a strong internal review process”.Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, says it has more than one billion active users.- © AFP, 2014Read: It’s official – everybody hates happy couples on Facebook >last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Monday

first_imgEvery morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1.#MEETING: The newly-elected Labour leader, Joan Burton, will meet with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny today. The pair will discuss policy priorities and the Cabinet reshuffle.2.#BUDGET 2015: Employers’ group Ibec says that the government need only cut 10% of the proposed €2 billion in this year’s Budget.3.#OUT IN FORCE: The numbers of gardaí have fallen consistently over the last number of years, as this chart shows.4.#COURT: A man and a woman will appear in court this morning, charged with the assault of a man in Ranelagh in Dublin early on Saturday morning.5.#CHILDREN: More than 3,000 children were waiting to be referred to mental health professionals at the end of March, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service has revealed.6.#GREYHOUND: Staff at Greyhound Recycling who claim that they have been ‘locked out’ will march to Dublin’s City Hall today. The SIPTU members are calling on the public to support the march.7.#BRIGHT HORIZON: A shelved proposal for a €100 million shopping centre in Limerick has been revived. The former Parkway Shopping Centre will create 2,000 jobs, investors say.8.#ISRAEL: Israel has killed nine people in drone strikes on Gaza, medics say. The strikes came after militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel.9.#GARTH: A number of today’s newspapers report an array of compromises and deals that may be struck that will see Garth Brooks either play four nights at the Aviva stadium, play the two cancelled shows next year or take a break between gigs.last_img read more

Well leave it there so Forgotten bites stylish ironing and all todays

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHomeSince your last daily dose of Billo, Conor McGregor‘s next opponent has been confirmed and will be on the undercard of one of the UFC’s most-anticipated fights.Meath have decided not to pursue their biting allegation against Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara.Ireland’s u19 captain Chloe Mustaki says the “Girls in Green” are ready to go to war with Netherlands for a place in the European Championship final.Wexford second row Eoin Sherriff has been loaned to Championship side Bedford from Saracens.Ireland will face the world champions and a World Cup-winning coach in October as Yogi Löw has vowed to stay on for two more years.AwayManchester City’s u21 side walked off the pitch after a player was allegedly racially abused.Rafal Majka won today’s stage on the Tour de France to keep that King of the Mountains jersey tightly fastened to his body. Stage winner Poland’s Rafal Majka is followed by Spain’s Jon Insausti Izaguirre down Val Louron-Azet pass on today’s stage. Source: Laurent CiprianiManchester United exec Ed Woodward really wants the world to know how much money the club has.And the rest of the transfer speculation centres around Origi to Liverpool and Vidal to United. So ‘Arry says anyway.The best thing we sharedNobody irons quite like Mario Balotelli.https://vine.co/v/M2xAiLEpEQPWhere we were todayNiall Kelly is watching the Saints take on Legia Warsaw in Tallaght. On the record“They’re both blonde. That must be it.”Cole Miller is trash-talking Conor McGregor’s rise to fame and laughed off the comparison with Ronda Rousey.The fixture listIreland’s u19 women take on the Netherlands in their European Championships semi-final (KO 6pm Irish time).St Pat’s are in action at the time of publishing, but there’s more European football tomorrow when Dundalk travel to face Hajduk Split, Derry City take on Shakhytor Soligorsk and Sligo Rovers host Rosenborg in the Europa League.The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony is tonight, but the real action starts tomorrow when Aileen Reid will compete in the triathlon, Lisa Kearney will be compete in her Judo quarter-final and Sycerika McMahon will be in the pool for 200m freestyle heats.Showbiz, Baby!The New Sky Sports News set makes the Starship Enterprise look like a load of crap.“Have we had any other fans mooning cyclists?” Fine evening for it and not a goat in sight #Pats #Legia #UCL pic.twitter.com/HaZqesvtF2— Niall Kelly (@niallkelly) July 23, 2014center_img Source: Niall Kelly/Twitterlast_img read more

Chinese prison hard labor includes MMO gold farming

first_imgVisit any prison and the residents will be doing some form of work to help pass the time and pay off their debt to society. But for the most part that work involves menial tasks that are both legal, and come under the heading of jobs no one else really wants to do.In China, that includes hard labor in the form of mining, making parts for cars, or carving utensils out of wood for hours every day. But there’s also another, much more modern way the prisoners are being used to earn money, and its not exactly legal.AdChoices广告Liu Dali, a 54-year-old former prison guard, and former inmate of a Jixi, Heilongjang province labor camp, has spoken of how he was forced to play online games. The staff running the prison would put the prisoners to work gold farming in a number of different MMOs, which would in turn be converted into real-world cash.Each prisoner would be given a quota they had to achieve every day in the game they were assigned. Not meeting the quota would mean physical harm with plastic pipes, so you can imagine they got good at farming very quickly.While Dali and his fellow inmates were struggling to stay awake and keep focused on the game, the prison guards were earning as much as $900 every day through trading of the virtual goods for money.Although game developers and publishers try to stop gold farming from happening by regularly banning accounts, for the most part its difficult to stop when it’s a real person playing the game. It also seems to be growing in popularity, and even though Dali was released in 2004, he still believes the practice goes on to this day making for some very well-off Chinese prison guards.Read more at the Guardian (image courtesy of Flickr)last_img read more

Microsoft decides to automatically update Internet Explorer for everyone

first_imgGood news, everyone! Microsoft has decided that the time has come to make sure that all users of Internet Explorer are using the most current version possible. To accomplish that goal, they’re turning on automatic updates.Yes, Internet Explorer patches and new major versions are already available via Windows Update. But to move from one version to the next, it’s never been a fully automatic process. There’s a separate install window that appears for installing, say, Internet Explorer 9. For many users, the additional steps required were often enough to prevent them from installing a new version.And so from now on, Internet Explorer will quietly update itself just as Windows does. Starting in January, users in Australia and Brazil will be the begin receiving automatic IE updates. Microsoft will then gradually extend coverage to other parts of the world as time goes on.Ryan Gavin, Microsoft’s senior director for Internet Explorer, pointed out several benefits. The overall security of the Windows user community will be improved as outdated browsers are replaced, developers can focus their attention on building sites using modern web code, and those who surf with IE will be able to enjoy the full Beauty of the Web.But Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about its enterprise customers — there won’t be an admin uproar like the one we saw when Mozilla shifted Firefox to a rapid release cycle. Just as they always have, Microsoft will continue to offer Internet Explorer blocker tools so that network administrators can deploy new browser versions once they’ve been fully tested and won’t cause any application compatibility issues.There also won’t be any changes made to a user’s default search provider or home page. User preferences won’t be touched as part of this new Internet Explorer update process. You’ll simply be bumped to the most current version available for your version of Windows (IE9 on Vista and Windows 7, IE8 on Windows XP).It certainly sounds like there’s no downside here. With today’s internet threat landscape, there’s no question that using an outdated browser is a fool’s errand. And you won’t find a web developer anywhere who’s sad to learn that Internet Explorer 6 (and even 7) will soon disappear from Windows XP machines around the globe.More at Microsoftlast_img read more

Edible super insulating foam protects hand from 7000 degree welding torch

first_imgThe super insulating foam in the video below is very impressive, but so is the confidence of the guy demonstrating it. How many of you would pile some foam up in your hand, then put a 7,000 degree welding torch over it? Not impressed enough? After a 20 second burn, he then proceeds to eat the foam.Typically insulating foams aren’t edible and contain chemicals and fire retardants you never want to release into the environment, let alone consume. The fact this foam insulates so well against both heat and cold, and is biodegradable, makes it a very desirable solution for all types of products.Beyond the video, very little is known about this foam. Based on the sign on the wall, this is a foam developed by the Aarmourtherm Foundation, which already researches and produces fire resistant paints, coatings, and wall insulation. So they clearly know what they are talking about when it comes to stopping heat and cold.The guy happy to torch his hand says he’s been eating the foam in demonstrations for the past 5 years, so it isn’t exactly new and looks to be safe. That 5 years could account for ongoing testing before this becomes a real product.Greenpeace has been campaigning to get harmful chemicals, and in particular fire retardants out of products for a number of years now. The organization regularly highlights the worst offenders in its guide to greener electronics. If this foam can also be used in solid form, or at least added to plastic and metal casings, then it could make our gadgets much more environmentally friendly in the near future.The next major breakthrough is somehow combining this with that superhydrophobic spray so our clothers never need to be washed, help keep our body temperature regulated, and never set on fire.last_img read more

iPhone 5 uses Lightning docking cable new Earpod earbuds

first_imgOne of the most persistent rumors surrounding the iPhone 5 is that Apple has developed a brand new (and much smaller) dock connector for its flagship device. Now, sources are claiming that its internal codename — Lightning — will also be used outside Cupertino when Apple’s new hardware is revealed later today.Apart from being smaller, it seems certain that the Lightning dock cable will support higher data transfer speeds — especially since the recently-refreshed Macs feature USB 3.0 ports. And yes, that does mean that Apple’s desktops and notebooks will have both a Lightning and Thunderbolt port. That may lead to some initial confusion for less techy OS X users, whose eyes may be drawn to the lightning bolt icon above the Thunderbolt port when looking for a place to plug in their iPhone 5.Two adapters will also be offered so that you can still use your existing iOS accessories. The first can be clipped on, while the second features a short cable — so that it can be used on accessories with docking areas that are too snug to work properly with the clip or with snug-fitting cases.And one other accessory is finally getting a much-needed refresh, it seems. Apple has totally reworked the iconic iPod earbuds and has redubbed version 2.0 “Earpods.” So far, it’s assumed that they’ll offer improved audio quality and will be a lot less likely to fall out of your ears than the old-style ‘buds.The iPhone 5 may be the star of the show, but there are rumblings this morning that the iPod touch $179.00 at Groupon will get a modest bump. The $199 entry-level unit will move up to 16GB, and a nebulous “Loop” accessory will be offered in black, red, pink, yellow, and blue. It’ll be joined by a pair of new iPod shuffle colors: red and purple will be added to the existing rainbow.More at 9to5 Maclast_img read more

Android NFC app used to get free subway rides

first_imgIf you’ve ever wondered why the adoption of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in US smartphones hasn’t become more prevalent, we may have one of the reasons why right here. As an example of the extra security risks this technology poses, it’s been revealed that an Android hack makes it fairly easy to get free subway rides.The New Jersey Path transit system as well as the San Francisco Muni trains have been confirmed as being vulnerable. Both subway infrastructures were exposed by researchers, but other systems throughout the US could also be exploited. The discovery was announced at the EUSecWest security conference by the Intrepidus Group’s Corey Benninger and Max Sobell.The public transportation units in question use contactless payment technology. Train tickets have NFC chips built into them, but because they are disposable and produced en masse, being able to trick the system is a fairly simple task. Users can effectively load up a special app on their smartphone and write data back to a card without the associated payment being required. The researchers released the app, called UltraCardSet, so anyone can test if it works on their local transport network.Both San Francisco and New Jersey authorities have been informed about this problem, but according to the experts nothing has been done to resolve it. It is nearly impossible to be able to track down fare evaders of this type, so as NFC becomes a more mainstream technology, this will only continue to grow as an issue.An app that has successfully manipulated this exploit is executable on Android 2.3 or later. Other cities that have the same kind of vulnerable system are Boston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Philadelphia.via IT Worldlast_img read more

Google extends free calling through Google Voice for one more year

first_imgIf you use Google Voice in Gmail to make phone calls to anyone in the US and Canada, those calls have been free while Google perfects their call routing and quality. It looks like that tradition will continue on for at least one more year, according to Google.Google Voice offers a lot of really great features, and chief among them is cheap international calling and free domestic calling if you are in the US and Canada. The service is not without flaws, and like any phone service has the occasional hiccup. Earlier this year Google said that in a perfect world they planned to keep their Voice service free, but they also are prepared to charge for the service once it reaches an acceptable quality level. Whether it is because the service is still not quite done or because Google is feeling some of the holiday cheer they have been dishing out this year, the Gmail based Google Voice service will remain free for 2013.Google was also quick to remind everyone that making international calls through Google Voice is still less expensive than nearly any other method on the planet, and as long as you have a good internet connection the call quality is often better than what you get with a mobile phone or landline. While Google has shifted most of their internal communication methods to Hangouts, their Voice service is deployed across their entire company for those increasingly rare times when you need to make a phone call.If you’ve never tried out Google Voice, and you live in the US or Canada, all you need is a Google Account and an area code to get one setup. Once you have a Google Voice account, you can set it up on an Android or iOS smartphone as a second number that will ring on your existing phone very easily.via Gmail Bloglast_img read more

Apple should offer 99 OS beta testing to nondevelopers

first_imgWould you pay $99 to get ahold of the latest version of iOS or OS X before any of your peers? It turns out that many people are not only perfectly happy to try out unfinished versions of iOS, but they are willing to pay for it.Apple’s developer program is already a solid service for helping developers new and old get the tools they need to deliver great apps. On top of this, developers can get early access to iOS and OS X in order to make sure their apps work well with the operating system by the time the average user gets that update notification for their OS. Any developer can access these features for $99, which is nothing considering how much you stand to make by publishing your product to the App Store. If all you want is access to an unfinished version of iOS before anyone else, is $99 really worth it?It turns out there’s a significant number of people who are participating in this behavior. So many, in fact, that there are now websites that will grant you access to the beta versions of iOS 7 for as little as $8. All you have to do is hand over your Apple UDID to a complete stranger and let them plug it into their developer console, which will then grant you access to the update. If anything goes wrong with your phone in these situations, it’s not as though you can call Apple or leave them feedback about your problem. You would essentially be forced to restore a backup and wait until either someone else has the issue or an update fixes it.Given the explosive popularity of iOS, should this be something Apple acknowledges and offers to the more fanatical users? Apple’s beta releases for iOS alone generate a significant amount of attention, and with this release — more than any before it — there’s reason to want to get your hands on the shiny new thing from Apple as soon as you can. These are users willing to run unfinished software on phones and tablets that they have integrated into their lives just to get it first. Surely that’s an attractive market for anyone, but Apple doesn’t seem willing or interested in recognizing their existence and serving them.last_img read more

iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 to be unveiled on October 22

first_imgWith Apple’s smartphone line up now settled for another 12 months, the company’s focus can turn to tablets, and the next generation of both the iPad and iPad mini. We expected both tablets to be updated before the end of the year, and now it looks as though Apple has decided to unveil the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 before the end of the month.AllThingsD has been told that Apple is set to hold an event on Tuesday, October 22 where the iPad and iPad mini hardware refresh will be the main focus. However, it is also thought that Apple will be rolling out the new design of the Mac Pro as well as OS X Mavericks.We fully expect Apple to have matched the design of the iPad 5 with the iPad mini 2 while at the same time making the iPad smaller without compromising on screen size. We also expect the Touch ID sensor to be used, A7 processors in both tablets, and iOS 7 on board. What we aren’t sure about if whether the iPad mini 2 will make the jump to a Retina display resolution. It would seem crazy not to when you compare the current iPad mini to the competition.As for the Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks, it makes sense to launch them together. Mavericks is v10.9 of OS X and promises improvements to Finder, more iCloud integration, and a range of new features for power users. The Mac Pro on the other hand is Apple’s long overdue update to its most powerful desktop machine. It has a new and very different cylinder design and will ship with a range of processor options including a 12-core Intel Xeon part.Apple will surely confirm the event date in the next week or so when the invites go out. It’s also important to point out that October 22 is the date Microsoft will launch the Surface 2 and Nokia is holding its Innovation Reinvented showcase.last_img read more

Quiz Luas trams and horseless carriages what year did these Irish transport

first_img 1987 By Cormac Fitzgerald 1906 Let’s start with a classic. The branding was discontinued in the early 2000s, but when did Dublin first see the rollout of the City Imp minibuses? 1896 1993 Share 1850 1883 What are ewe doing!? Clever Cat! 1886 You scored out of ! 16 Comments You scored out of ! Pawsitively perfect! 1896 2000 Share your result: 2004 16,617 Views 1990 1996 Before the Luas, there were the Dublin trams. But when were the first electric ones introduced? 1820 1935 Tweet Wikimedia Commons Tweet 1989 1936 1939 1990 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 1875 Tweet Share9 Tweet Email1 1916 Share your result: Tweet 1969 Feb 11th 2018, 10:31 AM 1834 1945 Leon Farrell/RollinNews.ie RollingNews.ie Share RollingNews.ie Top Dog! Share Wikimedia Commons The Dublin and Kingstown Railway was Ireland’s very first, but when was it officially opened? 1980 1985 FROM IRISH RAIL to Dublin Bus. From motor cars to motorways.Ireland has had a number of significant transport developments in its short history – but when were they introduced? It was a cold Friday morning when the first flight took off from Dublin Airport, bound for Liverpool. But what was the year? Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 10:30 AM Share The Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) system has been bringing people up and down the coast of Dublin for years, but when was it first launched? 1990 Luas trams are a regular sight now crisscrossing Dublin city. But when were they first introduced? Almost purrfect! Ireland’s first motorway was a section of road bypassing Naas. But what was the year? Share your result: Shell of a bad effort 1976 1983 1932 https://jrnl.ie/3840285 1987 1929 You scored out of ! Fintastic 1930 Answer all the questions to see your result! Irish Rail, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann were all established in the same year when CIE was split up – but which year was it? Sam Boal Aer Lingus – formerly fully owned by the irish government – was set up in… 1984 The first petrol car seen in Ireland was a Benz Velo owned by Dubliner, Dr. John Colohan. But when did he get it? Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie Baaaaaaaaadddd 1984 Flippin’ good Share your result: 1891 Share your result: You scored out of ! 1940 Quiz: Luas trams and horseless carriages – what year did these Irish transport milestones occur? From Irish Rail to Dublin Bus. From motor cars to motorways. You scored out of ! Tweet Wikimedia Commons 1986 Short URL Turtley Awful! Share 2005 Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie 2003 1845last_img read more