Hungary Pick Szeged lost points in Balatonfured

Vice-champion of Hungary and regular participant of Champions League, Pick Szeged lost an away match of second round in national championship against Balatonfured – 21:22 (13:12). On other side, in away match MKB Veszprem was clear better against PLER 43:20.BALATONFÜRED–PICK-SZEGED 22–21 (12–13)Balatonfüred, 700 spectatorsBALATONFÜRED: SZATHMÁRI – Tombor 1, BAKOS D. 5, Szöllősi B. 2, Ivanov 1, SANDRK 5, PÁSZTOR I. 6 (2). Cs: SZABÓ T., Németh L. 1, Salamon, Kis Á., Lelkes 1.SZEGED: TATAI – Stranovsky 1, Butenko 2, Herbert 1, Bajorhegyi, Beocsanin 1, TÖRŐ 5 (1). Cs: MIKLER , Lékai 1, Vadkerti, Maros 1, ZUBAI SZ. 3, Katzirz 2 (2), SULC 4.PLER KC–MKB VESZPRÉM KC 20–43 (10–24)Spectators – 450PLER: Kovács J. – Rév 3, Szalafai 1, DEBRECZENI 4, Korsós 1, Lendvay 2, Pálos. Cs: SZÉKELY , Kupi 2 (2), Gazdag 3, Forgács, Pál G. 3 (1), Bak, Koller 1, Mikita.VESZPRÉM: Liszkai – Iváncsik T. 4, Terzic 2, Sulic 6, Lusnyikov, Vilovszki 3, IVÁNCSIK G. 6. Cs: Andorka, Gulyás 2, CSÁSZÁR 8 (3), Perez 2, VUJIN 6 (2), Korazija 2, Nagy K. 2.Standings: 7 Mezőkövesdi KC21–155-54+12 1 Ferencvaros TC22––59-49+104 5 Dunaferr SE11––33-28+52 MKB VeszpremPick Szeged 2 KSE Balatonfüred22––54-49+54 7 Csurgói KK21–155-54+12 12 PLER KC2––242-71-290 ← Previous Story Poland: Kielce, Kwidzyn and Wisla at the top! Next Story → AG Copenhagen won derby against Kolding! 9 Uniqa Pécs-VSE21–163-68-52 10 Orosházi FKSE2––256-65-90 3 MKB Veszprém KC11––43-20+232 6 Carbonex Tatabánya KC21–162-59+32 11 Budapest Kecskemét2––247-58-110 4 Pick Szeged21–152-46+62 read more

GB Women Head to Montenegro

THE Great Britain Women’s Handball Team begin their Euro 2012 qualification matches with a tough away trip to Montenegro this week.After beating Finland in the pre-qualifiers Great Britain were drawn in a four-team pool with Poland, Montenegro and Russia with home and away matches against all three starting on Wednesday and concluding next June.The squad travel out on Tuesday for the game on Wednesday which starts at 6pm local time in Herceg Novi, and will need to be on top form if they are to challenge their hosts, who reached the finals of the 2011 World Championships with two victories over the Czech Republic in June this year.And following their midweek match, Great Britain return to their base at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre to prepare for an even tougher task.On Saturday, October 22, they will play host to reigning world champions Russia (3pm start). Tickets for the Russia match are available in advance or on the door. ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL (Round 3) – Metz’s “last second” triumph in Denmark Next Story → Men’s EHF Cup (Round 3): Minsk in Nantes, Magdeburg in BiH, Porto in Serbia read more

Nenad Puljezevic stays in TSV HannoverBurgdorf

handball transferNenad PuljezevicTSV Hannover Burgdorf German Bundesliga Team, TSV Hannover-Burgdorf is satisfied with the performance of experienced goalkeeper, Nenad Puljezevic (39), who will celebrate his 40th Birthday in the German team after new contract until June 2013.Puljezevic came to Germany, Hannover in 2009 after one month spent in Serbian TOP team in that time, HC Kolubara Lazarevac. Before that, he became a legend of Hungarian Pick Szeged, also played for Hungarian National Team. He is from Belgrade, Serbia. Puljezevic won the medal at WCh 2001 with Yugoslav NT. ← Previous Story Allison Pineau is leaving Metz Handball Next Story → Cristina Varzaru is leaving Viborg after 7 years

ANTONIO CARLOS ORTEGA A dream of winning the EHF Champions League

The eternal question, should top players be excellent coaches, is still the matter of discussions in handball circles. Practice examples show that the truth is always somewhere in the middle. One of the best players in the last two decades, who is on the right way to repeat his success sitting on the bench, is Spaniard, Antonio Carlos Ortega (42), who has been on the bench of Hungarian MVM MKB Veszprem since 2012. In an exclusive interview for the first issue of Handball exclusive, the charismatic Spaniard talks about his playing career and challenges he’s facing as a coach.(Read the full text on Antonio Carlos Ortegahandball exclusivehandball interview ← Previous Story WINNER’S PROFILE: Bojana Popović Next Story → Laszlo Nagy two weeks out!

The best African lineplayer Mohamed Mamdouh to PAUC

← Previous Story CONFUSION IN COLOGNE: Lanxess Arena mistake rearranges Germany-Denmark clash Next Story → Momir Ilić is SEHA GAZPROM League 2015/2016 MVP The French team PAUC announced signing contract with the best African line-player from the last African Championship 2016 in Egypt – Mohamed Mamdouh. The 26-years old Mamdouh coming from domestic Al Zamalek, where he came last summer from powerful Qatari team – El Jaish Sports Club.Mamdouh has specific experience of playing at the biggest international stage with the national team and clubs.He signed two years contract with ambitious French team. Mohamed MamdouhPAUC Handball

PORTUGAL Four teams on four points

10.Maia-Ismai10316261:28017 8.Aquas Santas10406254:25918 portuguese handball 3.Porto11812333:25628 4.ABC Braga10721290:23726 9.Boa Hora10316271:29617 13.AC Fafe10118248:30213 2.Benfica10901298:23328 5.Belenenses12705328:33826 Very interesting season in Portugal so far. The reigning champions Sporting CP overtook first place after win over Arsenal 47:24, but Benfica had a match less, while FC Porto are two points behind champions.Even 2016 champions ABC Braga are still in the race for the pole position. They are with 26 points on fourth place.However, four teams are more or less on four points difference…STANDINGS: 7.Madeira10505293:27520 12.Arsenal10217244:31115 6.Avanca10613275:27123 11.Xico Andebol10226257:31216 14.Sao Bernardo10019223:31111 1.Sporting11911372:26630 ← Previous Story Majda Mehmedovic to miss WCh 2017 Next Story → Veszprem want to take revenge: Better defense to break PSG Handball read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgEVERY DAY, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #ELAINE: A man is due in court in Dun Laoghaire this morning, charged in connection with the investigation into the murder of Elaine O’Hara. He was arrested yesterday and questioned at Blackrock Garda Station overnight.2. #LANDING: It’s emerged a US plane with a fixed weapon on board landed at Shannon Airport. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said the issue had been taken up at the highest level with the US embassy. An ‘administrative error’ is being blamed, RTÉ reports.3. #NATASHA: A court in Chicago has heard that a stone was found in the throat of an Irish student attacked and beaten in the city three years ago, the BBC reports. Natasha McShane has been left with extensive brain injuries following the attack, and still has problems with her speech and mobility.4. #TEACHERS: Full day closures of secondary schools are to begin next week, as the effects of industrial action by members of the ASTI kick in. The Irish Independent reports that Dublin’s Malahide Community College, which has 1,200 pupils, will close next Tuesday for parent-teacher meetings.5. #GREY POWER: A large-scale demonstration is being planned for Dublin next week to protest Budget 2014 cuts. The rally is being organised by the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament, which has been critical of the changes to thresholds for medical cards, the abolition of the bereavement grant and other measures affecting older people, the Irish Examiner reports.6. #HIT AND RUN: A man in his 30s is in a serious condition in hospital following a hit and run in Dublin. A car struck the pedestrian while he walked on Trinity Lane, just off the Clonliffe Road. The vehicle failed to stop. Gardaí are investigating.7. #LEANING: “I might be 6′ 5″ but I’m not going to lean in any direction” — Minister Phil Hogan’s remaining non-committal on whether he’d like a directly-elected mayor for Dublin. It’s planned Dubliners will vote on the issue in plebiscite next summer.8. #RELICS: Hundreds of people turned out in Fairview yesterday for a ceremony to mark the arrival of relics of St Anthony. A bone and a small layer of the saint’s skin are being taken to six venues around Ireland, according to the Irish Independent. The Franciscan friar died in 1231.9. #WET WEEKEND: A rainfall warning’s been issued for today for parts of Munster, Leinster and Ulster. Up to 50mm could fall in mountainous areas, and there’s a risk of coastal flooding along the south coast at high tide.last_img read more

Joe Schmidt should have been the Lions head coach Stuart Barnes

first_imgWhen I’m taking about Howley… I’m not knocking him. I think that Joe Schmidt is the most outstanding coach I’ve seen, in this hemisphere, in a long, long time. Leinster are a top team that play some beautiful, progressive rugby. Joe is the proof that you can play good rugby and win. It’s bullshit that you just have to bash people and bash people. Leinster played and passed their way past the best teams in European rugby in modern times. “Joe had Clermont doing that too. Why was Brock James there? It’s not by accident. The forwards could pass too and a lot of it went through Aurelien Rougerie.”Barnes added, “I said at the start of the season that he should have been the head coach. It’s nothing against Gatland but [naming his coach] was a very early call. Maybe with a bit of hindsight now, too, but I would stand by that call.”Paul Wallace, Stuart Barnes and Scott Quinnell will be off to Australia for Sky Sport’s Lions coverage. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)Barnes believes that Leinster, a team he considers only second to Clermont in European rugby at present, should remain competitive despite the huge blows of losing Schmidt, Jonathan Sexton and Isa Nacewa. “It’s been a bit hard for them this year; with Sexton out we saw what happened to them,” he said.[Recently signed outhalf] Jimmy Gopperth’s a good player but he’s no Jonny Sexton. Matt O’Connor is a good coach, but he’s not Joe Schmidt. They’ll be competitive because Leinster have grown this belief in Europe over the past five or six years. If they win the Amlin, the season will have been no disgrace. They went down to the best team in Europe with a few players missing.”Barnes told, “A lot of people, especially in England, could see them trying a new style and they thought they were going to fall away; that it wasn’t going to last. Maybe it’s because I’m from Bath, and the West Country. We want to see great players but we also want to see a winning culture.“Leinster have that winning culture and so have Munster. That’s why Munster were in the semi-finals this year. It’s not about 1 to 15, personnel, it’s about something deeper. You’d like to think that the roots have laid down deep, as deep as they have with Munster.”*Stuart Barnes was at the Aviva Stadium today ahead of The Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, which will be live on Sky Sports HD and available on Sky Go, with the Heineken Cup final also in 3D.Lions hopefuls Ashton and Robshaw left out of England summer tour27 pictures that sum-up Alex Ferguson’s 27 years at Manchester Unitedcenter_img FORMER ENGLAND OUTHALF Stuart Barnes believes the Lions management missed two opportunities to get new Ireland coach Joe Schmidt involved on the upcoming tour to Australia.Barnes feels a decision to appoint Schmidt’s fellow Kiwi, Warren Gatland [last September] was made too far in advance of this summer’s tour. Schmidt, said the outhalf turned Sky Sports pundit, would have brought an attacking dimension to the British and Irish Lions’ game that the Wallabies would have struggled with.Barnes, who was in Dublin today to promote Sky Sports’ coverage of the Heineken and Amlin Cup finals, told that, having overlooked Schmidt in favour of Gatland, Lions chiefs should have selected the New Zealander as backs coach. Wales’ caretaker coach Rob Howley, who led his countrymen to Six Nations success this year, has been tasked with getting the Lions backline into attacking shape Down Under. Barnes commented:last_img read more

Boston bombing most closely followed news story since Wall Street collapse

first_img A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions 10 things in tech you need to know today Pew Center for the People and the PressRead the full findings here>- Walter Hickeycenter_img THE PEW RESEARCH Center for the People and the Press published the first analysis of media consumption during the Boston Bombing, and it shows that the week-long saga was the most closely followed news story Stateside in five years.The survey also shows evidence of the pervasive power of digital media. Half of those surveyed kept up with news online or by mobile, and just over a quarter followed the story on a social networking site. In contrast, 29 per cent followed the story by newspaper.The analysis found that 63 per cent of Americans were following the story “very closely,” making it the fifth-most closely followed story since 2001.This puts the Boston Bombing story behind only the 9/11 attacks (78 per cent), Hurricane Katrina (73 per cent), the US economic crash in September 2001 (70 per cent) and the DC sniper (65 per cent).The coverage of the bombing of the Boston Marathon was watched as closely as the coverage of the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.Here’s the breakdown of the most closely followed stories since 2001: 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change last_img read more

Update Man and 15yearold boy drowned in Down quarry

first_imgUpdated 9amTHE BODIES OF a man and a teenage boy were recovered from a quarry in county Down last night.PSNI say an investigation into their deaths is now underway, confirming it was a drowning incident. Police also named the victims as 15-year-old Kevin O’Hare and 39-year-old Colin Polland.Post mortem examinations will be carried out shortly.It is understood the man jumped into the water at the disused quarry on the Glassdrumman Road in an attempt to save the boy’s life. He had got into trouble while swimming in the water hole, a popular pastime for locals. A number of people were swimming in the quarry at the time.Women continue sleep-in protest at Bray Town Council over homelessnessGardaí make fresh appeal about fatal Kildare crashlast_img

Having made a complete and utter balls of it what hope now

first_imgTHE BANKING INQUIRY debacle was very much a Leinster House bubble story that wasn’t of much interest or consequence to those who don’t spend their time stalking the halls of Leinster House – up until last week, that is.Then on Tuesday the Taoiseach admitted that the government needed a majority to set the terms of reference, stating his belief that the opposition couldn’t be trusted to do such a thing after it had secured a majority on the Oireachtas committee.“How do I know what your members will do? I don’t know,” Kenny told a visibly outraged Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.In admitting this, the Taoiseach had begun inflicting significant damage on the idea that his own colleague Brendan Howlin had put forward – that in establishing the inquiry the government was keen that it be a creature of the Oireachtas and not the executive.That was damaged further by the government ramming through an increase in the committee’s membership, riding roughshod over the processes Oireachtas and leading one member to resign from the inquiry days before its first meeting. During a heated, hyperbole-ridden Seanad session last Thursday morning, one former Labour senator, James Heffernan, summed up the government’s handling of the issue quite succinctly: You’ve made a complete and utter balls of it.Pearse Doherty, the Sinn Féin member of the committee, got it right when he said this morning: ”The problem here is the public perception because of what Taoiseach has said has fatally undermined the inquiry.”What was a bubble story has now become something much bigger – and much more damaging for the government.‘Shockingly’Government members of the inquiry hold no candle for Donnelly and take a dim view of his departure in a blaze of publicity yesterday – an article on the front of the Sunday Independent and an appearance on the Marian Finucane Show.But they acknowledge privately that the government has handled the membership issue, as one put it, ”shockingly”. One said the inquiry is needed and that they want to be in the tent and not outside of it.It’s clear that the government wants to control the inquiry, particularly the setting of its terms of reference. However, what hope does it have of doing this with any sort of success when so far its handling of even a basic issue like membership has been nothing short of haphazard, incompetent and messy?Much like several other controversies that have hit the coalition in recent months – such as whistleblowers and medical cards- there is an air of ‘move along, nothing to see here’ before the matter is finally dealt with after a string of crises.With the banking inquiry, we still seem to be at the ‘nothing to see here’ stage with the government going through a series of crises: first failing to ensure a majority, then failing to remove a member, then adding two members, then losing one member, and then offering a sop to the remaining membership by saying there will be no whip applied.One government TD says privately, there will still be a “soft whip” applied where members will still be to some extent dictated to by government.BotchedWhen the government announced its establishment at the end of April, we wrote of the five key issues facing the banking inquiry before it even starts. The first was ‘Who will sit on the inquiry committee?’.That this has been utterly botched does not bode well for the remaining four matters including what will it examine and how far will it go, avoiding legal difficulties, ascertaining the relevant documentation and thrashing out a witness list.Given there have already been three substantial but behind closed doors investigations carried out – Nyberg, Honohan and Regling-Watson – this parliamentary probe was primarily about allowing the public to see tough questions asked of the likes of Brian Cowen, senior bankers, auditors and all the rest of them.Yet we are still a long way away from that with public hearings not envisaged until April of next year.Between now and then, there is much work to be carried out and given there has been much mishandling of the inquiry in the six weeks since it was set up there’s plenty that could go wrong over the next six months, putting the inquiry’s very survival at risk.Read: Pearse Doherty won’t pull out of the banking inquiry – but he does want to get two senators off itPoll: Was Stephen Donnelly right to quit the banking inquiry?last_img read more

Take a peek inside the Millennium Falcon

first_imgIt is not easy being a successful space smuggler. With bounty hunters and the evil Empire on your neck at all times, you need the right ship to stay in business. And with that in mind let me suggest to you a modified YT-1300 Freighter.Straight from the Corellian Engineering Corporation is a look inside Han Solo’s famous ride, the Millennium Falcon. These blueprints will show you everything you need to know about the famous ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.Not only will you learn about the important equipment that helped this ship avoid “Imperial entanglements” for so long, but you will also learn where the crew ate, slept, and well – conducted business. The blueprint even shows the location of those handy secret storage compartments.See more at Furiousfanboys, via Jalopniklast_img read more

TMobile Galaxy Tab hacked now makes calls

first_imgThere’s a number of networks offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab in the U.S. with data plans to allow web access and services. But one missing feature is the ability to make calls. You may think holding a 7″ tablet to your ear makes little sense, but why not enable it on a device clearly capable?Some hackers got frustrated with a lack of phone features so they started investigating, and guess what? It’s possible to get your Galaxy Tab making calls.AdChoices广告Before you get too excited know that this first hack is quite involved and only works on T-Mobile Galaxy Tabs. It requires you format and reboot the Tab with nothing but the file system structure, flash it with a new base rom, and then manually set your wireless settings with your SIM card in.It’s confirmed working if you want to give it a go. The details can be found on the xda-developer forums.If you purchased your Galaxy Tab from T-Mobile then you likely paid $399.99 for it and then signed up to a $24.99 or $39.99 data plan for 2 years. With that much money being spent using it as a phone as well makes a lot of sense.Read more at Android Centrallast_img read more

NZXT Bunker Protects Your USB Devices

first_imgAfraid someone is going to run off with your mouse or keyboard, or perhaps that someone will find an unused USB port and plug in a keylogger? NZXT’s new USB Bunker is designed to give you a bunch of USB ports that are completely locked down and protected, and not using some fancy software – we mean lock and key. You’ll need an expansion bay in your desktop computer to install the bunker into, but once it’s in, you can swing it open to plug in your USB devices, and then shut the door over those devices to keep the USB cable in its port and in place so no one can snatch it. If you have a desktop computer and want to make sure no one has access to your precious USB ports, the USB Bunker can be yours for $24.99 retail price and will be available in March.last_img

iPad 2 Verizon and ATT release data plan prices

first_imgLet this day, Friday, March 11, go down in history as iPad 2 Day. If you didn’t wake up at 4 a.m. ET today to order your new iPad 2 online, then you’re probably standing in line at one of the retailers to buy one at 5 p.m. tonight. Chances are you’ve decided whether or not to buy one with carrier support. If you’re going with carrier support, the next decision to make is whether you’ll be standing in the AT&T store line, or will you join the Verizon Wireless line? One thing that may sway you one way or the other is the price plans. Both service providers’ data pricing plans were unveiled today, and some Verizon supporters may be a little disappointed.AT&T$14.99 for 250MB of data ($14.99 for 250MB of extra bandwidth if you exceed your limit)$25 for 2GB of data (includes one free month, $10 per GB if you exceed your limit)The $14.99 plan is just too small of a quota for a data-heavy device like the iPad, which could be a ploy by AT&T to get you to go over your limit. However, AT&T is offering one free month of 2GB data.Verizon$20 for 1GB of data$35 for 3GB of data$50 for 5GB of data$80 for 10GB of dataVerizon doesn’t make you sign a contract though, so you can turn the data on and off. Unfortunately, we don’t know for sure (officially) yet what Verizon will charge for overages. According to ZDNet’s Matthew Miller, the $20 plan will charge $20 per GB extra, while the other plans will have $10 per GB overage fees. Ideally, Verizon would just bump you to the next plan if you exceed your limit, but that’s not the case.So, AT&T is offering the cheaper plan right now, but this is also new for Verizon, so there’s no way of knowing if prices will change for existing VZW customers.Let us know which service provider you decide to go with and why. Are you a heavy data user? Then you  might want to go with Verizon. If 2GB is enough for you, we’ll see you in the AT&T line later today.Read more at ZDNetlast_img read more

Car Review 2012 Honda Civic Once Again the Best Compact

first_imgThe just-out 2012 Honda Civic is the best compact car ever. The new Civic combines the right amount of technology with a very nice cockpit, dazzling instrument panel, roomy back seat, and excellent fuel economy. Because it’s more fun to drive, the Civic edges out the second-best compact ever, the current Hyundai Elantra. The Civic is not without flaws, particularly the failure to offer Bluetooth on the majority of Civics, and a timid price drop of navigation systems. Regardless: Once again, the line forms behind Honda. AdChoices广告Five Models, Four Trim Lines for 2012 Honda CivicHonda’s ninth generation of Civics comprises five models: gasoline sedan and coupe in four trim lines (Civic DX, LX, EX, EX-L); a mpg-optimized sedan (Civic HF); sport coupe and sport sedan that are truly sporty (Civic Si), 44 mpg city-and-highway hybrid (Civic Hybrid), and natural gas sedan (Civic Natural Gas). All arrive this spring, except the Civic Natural Gas in the fall. There is no Civic station wagon; instead, you’re supposed to go buy a Honda CR-V mini-SUV. Good Civics Don’t Come Cheap One knock on Honda is that they leave the good stuff off the cheaper models. That’s the case here. Somewhere in the U.S., there’s a dealer offering the stripper Honda Civic DX for the Civic’s base price, $16,555 including freight. It comes with manual transmission, no radio and no air-conditioning, but the windows do roll up and down. The real Civics – ones you’d consider buying – start with the Civic LX sedan at $18,605 and LX automatic at $19,405. The truly interesting Civics, interesting in terms of forward-thinking technology, start at $21,155 with the Civic EX. Among Civics, only with the EX and EX-L sedans ($22,705) do you get Bluetooth (see story) and only with the EX and EX-L can you get a navigation package that adds $1,500. So the 2012 Civics “starting at $15,805” without freight quickly turn into $22,000 Civics.  Honda i-MID: Affordable Head-Up Display in the Car The most impressive feature of the 2012 Honda Civic is the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) on most models (the Civic DX doesn’t count). Honda Civics have a two-tier instrument panel. In addition to the usual instrument panel you see through the spokes of the steering wheel, there’s also a secondary tier of instruments at the base of the windshield comprising a digital speedometer and the i-MID, a color LCD display. The i-MID replicates much of the information from the center stack: audio information including artist, song, and album information from your music player, simplified navigation arrows, along with nag screens (door ajar, keys in ignition). Others have done similar things such as Ford with its of 4-inch LCD screens in the main instrument panel. Honda with the 5-inch i-MID panel is a step above. Effectively, it’s a head-up display (HUD) inside the car. Why In-Car HUD Helps Both Civic Buyer Sets With the Honda Civic, two buyers are on Honda’s radar, Millenials and Baby Boomers. For the younger demographic, i-MID brings you in closer touch to your inner iPod. (A USB jack is standard.) For boomers, the first of whom just turned 65 and all of whom are in desperate need of reading glasses, the distance to the digital speedometer and the i-MID means you can sort-of focus on what the displays say even if you’re not wearing reading glasses. And for everyone, it’s easier to look down slightly than it is to look over and down at the center stack info. It’s easier still to look at a true HUD that floats the information just above the base of hood, but a) HUDs cost $1,000 plus and b) they only show speed and simplified navigation instructions, not which track you’re hearing from Katy Perry or Cool & the Gang. New Navigation, Disappointing ‘Low Price’ At the press intro, Honda burned our ears mentioning the revised navigation system would come with a “new, lower price” and then didn’t release pricing until hours before the car’s launch at the New York International Auto Show today. So, here it is: $1,500. That’s nice but, sorry, Honda, it’s nothing special. At $1,000, on-board navigation would be news. Navigation in the old Civic was adequate at best and this is a step up. The 6.5-inch TFT color display is adequate, too; 8 inches would have been nicer. Navigation now includes subscription-free FM radio traffic data map overlays. Honda puts its navigation system on a 16-GB flash memory chip (embedded) rather than a DVD drive or hard disk, which helped drive the cost down. Some. Other Good Stuff in the New Civic Every Civic other than the sporty Si gets an Eco Assist system that remaps performance to favor fuel economy and provides visual feedback on your driving. You can turn off Eco Assist if it turns you off. Every Civic now gets stability control (Vehicle Stability Assist in Honda terminology), which is the most valuable safety feature in a car after seat belts. Motion-adaptive electric power steering works with stability control to help get the car back under control in borderline situations. Fuel Economy Up As Much As 8% Honda tweaked the engine and transmissions to improve fuel economy by up to 8% on the Civic Sedans with automatics. The most common model, the Civic LX sedan with a five-speed automatic gets 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, 32 mpg combined. Other sedans models including Civics with the five-speed manual are at most 1 mpg different. The sporty Civic Si with a six-speed manual (only) is rated at 22/31/25. Honda Civic HF: 41 MPG Highway, Few Options  For drivers looking to eke the most mileage out of a non-hybrid, Honda offers the Civic HF sedan for $20,205 including $750 freight and slots it between the Civic LX at $19,405 and Civic EX at $21,255. It’s rated at 29 mpg city, 41 mpg highway, 33 mpg combined. Whether it’s worth an extra $805 to get aero wheelcovers and 2 mpg more on highway trips is up to you. Ford and Chevrolet have eco models with $2,000 upcharges; in comparison, every Hyundai Elantra gets 40 mpg highway and there’s no extra-cost eco model. The Civic EX also makes you do without navigation or Bluetooth. Civic Hybrid: 44 MPG All the Time Honda will sell a true Civic Hybrid for $24,800, $26,300 for the model with navigation. It gets 44 mpg city, 44 mpg highway, and not unsurprisingly, 44 mpg combined. Honda notes that’s the best fuel economy of any vehicle in its class (meaning a Toyota Prius is a different size car). Honda boosted the size of the gasoline engine for a bit more power. Most impressively, Honda switched to lithium-ion batteries that are both more powerful and far more compact. You lose some trunk room but it may be acceptable, and the fold-down rear seats are reduced to a pass-through. For Honda, this may be the model that finally gives the Prius some competition. Apart from the hybrid, there’ll be a Civic Natural Gas offered this fall. Price hasn’t been set. It burns cleanly but won’t have the range of gasoline-powered models. Home refueling will be possible. Honda Civic Si: A True Performance Car I briefly drove the Honda Civic Si on an autocross and that was enough to convince me this is a true sporting vehicle, not just one more car with rallye strips and pretensions. It is quick, corners with little body roll, and is a hoot to drive. You can get it in sedan or coupe models, with a six-speed manual only. The Si models run $23,155 to $24,655. And you still get 25 mpg overall, 31 mpg on the highway. A tall sixth gear ratio means the engine can turn low rpm’s with highway driving.  On the Road: Great Car to DriveIn a day of driving in and around Washington, I was impressed by the Civic’s all-round excellence. It’s quiet, comfortable, responsive if not lightning-fast, the infotainment systems work well, and rear seat room is excellent. Fit and finish is impressive. I can’t imagine a better car than the 2012 Honda Civic, although the Hyundai Elantra comes close. You will be excused for not noticing if you’re driving a 2012 Civic. Honda says the “one-motion” styling of the 2006-2011 Civic was so popular (their words) it was carried over more or less intact (my words). Should You Buy? Yes, If You Go EX or Better There are a lot of good compact cars available. With availability of the 2012 Honda Civic, there’s a new king, dethroning the short-term champion Hyundai Elantra. Both have great cockpits and roomy back seats. The Honda handles better and has more model choices. Both come with USB jacks standard. Honda leaves Bluetooth off the majority of Civics it sells; Hyundai leaves it off the base Elantra but there it’s in a common options package. If you want a a Honda, you really have to go for the EX or EX-L models that include Bluetooth. The new Ford Focus is also a worthy competitor and should be considered, especially for the excellence of Sync and MyFord Touch. Also look at the VW Golf (even sportier), Subaru Impreza, Mazda3 (less back seat room), and Nissan Sentra. The Civic Hybrid is good enought that it could chip away at some Prius sales. 2012 Honda CivicPros: All-round excellence, many models (gas, eco, hybrid, natural gas), USB standard, better fuel economy, cheaper navigation system, good handling, roomy cockpit for a compact, i-MID LCD display at base of windshield. Cons: No Bluetooth available on most Civics. $1,500 navigation isn’t the breakthrough Honda trumpets. Six-speed automatic might have pushed Civics past 40 mpg highway. Bottom line: A stunning 2012 Civic (that looks pretty much like the 2006-2011 Civic) gets better in almost every way. The best Civics start at $21,000, not $17,000. The i-MID poor man’s HUD belongs on every car. * Honda Turns Deaf Ear to Safety, Leaves Bluetooth Off Most 2012 Civicslast_img read more

Yale to offer an NFC door lock opened with a smartphone

first_imgHaving your phone run out of juice may soon mean more than not being able to make calls or surf the mobile web, it could result in being locked out of your own home.Yale, one of the oldest brands offering locking solutions, has come bang up-to-date by developing a lock that is opened via NFC. So instead of needing a key or even a keypad PIN, you can just hold your smartphone up to the lock and it opens. If you don’t want to rely on a phone, then another device, even a dedicated NFC dongle, could be used.The advantage of using a smartphone is the fact it can handle multiple locks through a single app. As the video below demonstrates, you first select which lock you are trying to open in the app, then hold it up to the appropriate lock. That way your home could be secured with several different locks, but all opened with your phone, or any of the phones members of your family own.Yale gave a first showing of what it is calling the Yale Real Living lock at the CEDIA Expo 2011 conference held earlier this month. The associated patented technology behind the lock is owned by parent company Assa Abloy and called Mobile Keys.There’s no release date for the home version of the Real Living lock yet, but Yale has already had the technology proven by using it at the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm where it was given to 28 of the hotel’s most frequent guests.More at CE Pro and the Yale press releaselast_img read more

Smart headphones make mixing up left and right a thing of the

first_imgIGARASHI, via Engadget Sometimes the smallest things are what annoys you the most. Take earbuds: after untangling them, you will typically have to search for the tiny “R” and “L” to indicate which belongs in which ear. It isn’t a monumental problem, but it’s enough of an inconvenience that a solution would be welcomed.Scientists and engineers at a Japanese research program (ERATO) have pioneered a technology that can be that solution. It’s so simple that it’s amazing that nobody thought of it already. Simply add a proximity sensor to one of the earpieces, and let it determine which stream of stereo audio comes in.Proximity sensors tell your smartphone’s screen to turn off when you are talking on it. It does this by emitting an electromagnetic field or infrared beam, looking for changes in the return signal.In the case of the prototype headphones, the sensor is only placed in one ear. It would simply “look for” a nearby ear, and respond with the appropriate stereo feed. If it senses an ear (facing right), it transmits the left feed; if it doesn’t sense an ear (facing out), it transmits the right feed.Additionally, the researchers claim that their headphones can detect if two people are sharing headphones. In this scenario, it would adjust the feed to transmit a combined mono feed to each ear, so nobody misses out on any audio delights. It isn’t explained how the headphones would know this, but many canoodling teenage couples would undoubtedly appreciate this perk.Adding a proximity sensor may add some cost to the relatively cheap and simple design of most headphones and earbuds, but it shouldn’t be significant. Manufacturers should be able to add them for merely a few extra dollars in headphones’ bills of materials. That is, if somebody doesn’t patent this and start charging sky-high licensing fees for any manufacturer to use it.You can see more from ERATO in the video below (narrated by Siri’s long-lost brother):last_img read more