5.Hamburg161015468:42421 13.Lemgo15528410:45112 14.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten143011381:4276 15.TVB Stuttgart161411413:4836 4.MT Melsungen161123462:40724 6.Fuchse Berlin15834434:39519 1.Rhein-Neckar161501458:35230 7.HSG Wetzlar15915398:39019 12.Hannover-Burgdorf15546402:42114 9.SC Magdeburg15726418:42016 18.N-Lübbecke150213387:4572 8.Goppingen15807391:36716 10.Gummersbach15726408:41216 2.Flensburg-H.161213477:39725 16.Bergischer152112373:4315 FlensburgRhein Neckar Lowen Rhein Neckar Lowen made an important step towards DKB Bundesliga title with a away win in Flensburg – 32:25 (18:10). Amazing night by Uwe Gensheimer and his team-mates led “Lions” to spectacular success against Ljubo Vranjes team.SG Flensburg-Handewitt – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 25:32 (10:18)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (bis 19.), Møller (9/1 saves) – Karlsson, Eggert (3/3), Glandorf (6), Mogensen, Svan (3), Wanne, Toft Hansen (2), Lauge (8), Mahé (3), RadivojevicRhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren (10/1 saves), Ristovski () – Schmid (5/1), Gensheimer (9/4), Baena (2), Groetzki (3), Guardiola, Ekdahl du Rietz (5), Kneer, Mensah Larsen (1), Petersson (4), Pekeler (3)STANDINGS: 17.Eisenach152112398:4925 3.Kiel151203450:38524 ← Previous Story Nenad Kljajić is new-old Saudi Arabia head-coach! Next Story → VIDEO: Rune “the Rod of God” sends message to Raul! 11.Leipzig15627398:41514
Jobs died on 5 October 2011 at the age of 56 due to complications from a relapse of pancreatic cancer. He was not only the co-founder of Apple, but the inventor of gadgets that have transformed life as we know it, from the personal computer to the iPod to the iPhone.Jobs started Apple with a high school friend in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976. He was forced out a decade later, but returned in 1997 to rescue the company.During his second stint, it grew into the most valuable technology company in the world, with its popularity exploding in the 2000s, kicking off with the release of the iPod and growing even further in 2007 with the launch of the iPhone.Cupertino, the city where Jobs grew up and went to school, will fly its flag at half mast today at its City Hall to mark Jobs’ death, reports Mercury News.- Additional reporting APRead: Aaron Sorkin to adapt ‘Steve Jobs’ film>Watch: ‘lost interview’ shows a young Steve Jobs TODAY MARKS THE one year anniversary of the death of entrepreneur and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.The company has a moving video on its site marking Jobs’ life, inventions, and inspiring quotes.It ends with a message from the company’s CEO Tim Cook, who says that one of the “greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple”.
MANY EYEBROWS were raised yesterday when it was announced that the European Union had been awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, for its work in seeing historical enemies “become close partners”.The citation from the Norwegian Nobel Committee said the EU had helped to eliminate the barriers between east and west Europe, and virtually guaranteed that there would be no further wars between the major military powers of Western Europe.At the same time, though, the EU is facing what many see as the greatest threat to the European project – the debt crisis which has seen major social unrest in many European countries and threatens to create a two-tier Europe, undermining the EU’s broader goals.Though the EU has done plenty to avert the threat of military conflict between its members and in the wider world, for some its popularity has never been lower. So – should the European Union have won the Nobel Peace Prize? Poll Results: Yes (463) YesNoI’m not sureVoteRead: European Union awarded 2012 Nobel Peace PrizeMore: So, how are you going to spend your share of the Nobel prize? No (1143) I’m not sure (671)
EVEN IF YOU’RE not a fan of Ireland’s capital city, you will probably enjoy recognising some of its most famous spots in this video made for Visit Dublin.It features one shot per second and shows exactly what the city has to offer. Source: visitdublinThis is the most amazing finger snapping you will ever see>Deer’s incredible escape from car caught on camera>
PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE customers could end up paying an extra 15 per cent on their premiums, an analyst has warned.Dermot Goode of Cornmarket told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that yesterday’s decision by Health Minister James Reilly to increase the levy on health insurance would accumulate with lowered tax relief to hit 90 per cent of policy holders.Goode said that families and individuals could end up paying between three and 20 per cent more on their premiums.Laya healthcare and Glohealth have both warned that the move will force people out of the private healthcare market and increase the burden on the health system.Goode agrees with that sentiment, saying that young people are most likely to be forced from the market, with 250,000 people already having cancelled policies in the last four years.“Those young people are the lifeblood of a community rating model because they effectively subsidise the older members.“We are forcing those younger, healthy people out of the system and that, in turn, pushes up claims costs.”Read: Department of Health to increase cost of health insurance policiesRead: Reilly: Everyone will have free GP care by 2016, IMO: There’s no hope of that
EVERYONE’S A LITTLE BIT of a badass, sometimes.OK, so we may not be shooting up bad guys and showing scumbags what’s what, but the most simple things can occasionally make you feel like the coolest person in the world.Here are some of those things.When you make it across the road just in time Source: College HumorJust as you’re crossing the road, the little man turns from green to red. Do you speed up to avoid the oncoming cars? No! But you manage to make it to the other side just in time without sprinting like a madman, looking cool as a cucumber all the while.When you think of a killer comeback on the spot Source: GifrificYou usually only think of witty things to say after being the butt of the office smartarse’s jokes when everyone else has forgotten about it. But that one time you manage to actually come up with a sassy comeback on the spot…oh yeah.When you’re walking with a posse of friends Source: Elite DailyFeelings of badassery optimised if you’re in the centre, and bonus points if everyone is dressed in suits/evening gowns.When you get rid of nasty bugs all by yourselfEveryone else is screaming and cowering in fear, but you walk right up there and squash that little rascal. Or help it out a window, if you’re allowed to let it live.When you’re walking and listening to music Source: JunkyardartsAnd a song comes on that makes you feel like you’re in a movie/music video. STRUT.When you impress the person you fancy Source: Replygif“You did a sky dive? When you spent that summer in Australia? And you weren’t at all nervous? Wow, you’re so cool!” Yes, yes you are. You’re also in there like swimwear. Get you.When you smoothly catch something Source: Purin the Super BeagleSomeone chucks a pen/phone/sweet at you. There’s a moment of panic, but then you reach up and it just falls into your hand. Triumph. 7 ways Mary Robinson shaped Irish culture in the 90s>75-year-old BBC presenter gets a scorpion tattoo>
DYLAN FARROW, WHO was adopted by Woody Allen and Mia Farrow as a child, has renewed allegations that the film director sexually abused her when she was 7 years old.In an open letter published in The New York Times today, the 28-year-old wrote publicly about what happened for the first time since the allegation surfaced in 1993.Allen was questioned but never prosecuted over the case and has denied any wrongdoing.In the letter, Dylan Farrow writes that Allen had brought her into the attic in their house, told her to play with her brother’s electric train set, and then sexually assaulted her.“For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn’t like,” she wrote.She says that the director would take her away from her mother and siblings to be alone with him and would place his head in her naked lap.Farrow says that what happened in the attic was a tipping point.“These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal. I thought this was how fathers doted on their daughters.“But what he did to me in the attic felt different. I couldn’t keep the secret anymore”.Farrow is strongly critical of the film industry for protecting and celebrating Allen in the face of the allegations, describing the director as a “living testament” to the way society fails survivors of sexual assault.“What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?” the letter says.There has been renewed focus on Allen after he was given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes last month. Ronan Farrow, who is the son of Allen and Mia Farrow, was publicly critical of the celebration of Allen’s career.(@RonanFarrow/Twitter) Allen and Mia Farrow split up in 1992, soon after revelations that he had begun a relationship with her 22-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, who he has since married.The letter comes ahead of the Academy Awards, where Allen’s film Blue Jasmine has been nominated for three awards.The New York Times reports that Allen declined to comment.Read: Public inquiry into historical child abuse in NI begins today > Column: Have we become numb to the figures on clerical child abuse? >
THE HIGH COURT has granted both the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and Ryanair their legal costs in the injunctions they took against SIPTU over last week’s planned airport strikes.Justice Gilligan placed a stay on the ruling subject to a full hearing on the issues surrounding the strike.The court last week granted an injunction to the DAA to halt the planned closure of Ireland’s airports on 14 March.Ryanair were granted their costs even though no ruling was made in their own injunction case against SIPTU.The Judge said that this was because Ryanair’s case was scheduled to happen after the DAA’s and he felt it would have been successful.He also ruled that Ryanair’s injunction included proposed action at Shannon Airport over which the DAA had no authority and thus was a relevant action in its own right.Justice Gilligan said that, as per a 2008 ruling by Justice Laffoy, in cases where an interlocutory injunction is granted the winning party is granted the costs unless there is a reason not to.This he said “appears to remove the choice of costs” except where the is a reason the court cannot.The purpose of this previous ruling had been to “avoid a re-run” of the evidence the DAA’s counsel had earlier argued.On, the issue of Ryanair application for costs, counsel for SIPTU had argued that Ryanair were not party to the successful proceedings because their employees were not involved in the dispute. They had also argued that no decision had been made in their own particular case.Read: Judge will decide today if airport strikes can go ahead >Read: High Court halts airport strikes by granting injunction to DAA >
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8TssbmY-GM(YouTube: canadianspaceagency)YOU WILL PROBABLY have noticed by now that we’re pretty big fans of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (and his son Evan) around these parts.The astronaut has been on the International Space Station since November, and is currently the commander of the six-man crew on board the vessel.He’s been posting regular YouTube videos helping to illustrate what life is like living in outer space – and has now taken to dealing with questions and science experiments suggested by schoolchildren in his home country.Here’s Hadfield explaining how the absence of gravity has a pretty real effect on what happens when you wring out a damp washcloth.This could be the first time that anybody has ever said this, but: we’ll miss him when he’s home.Read: Did you know you can see these things from space?
WELL FRANKFURT’S WAY Labour’s way! Varadkar’s “not a cent more to Anglo Irish Bank” became €34 billion and all bond holders have been paid, with our Taoiseach proudly announcing after his election that Ireland would pay every red cent of its debt. But nothing shows the extent to which banks are running Ireland and Europe more than the recently published Insolvency Guidelines and Rules which were launched in April.The Irish banks were recapitalised and their bad loans were taken from them into the hands of Nama, which is paid for by workers and other tax payers. They received further recapitalisation funds in respect of anticipated mortgage defaults of up to 30 per cent of mortgage holders and there is no significant evidence that they have accepted a write down of any mortgages as a result.The property ladder dreamInstead the Irish Banks, and their highly-paid executives, have skilfully managed to shift the burden of their debt onto the state and the general public. They have avoided the impact of austerity which has largely fallen on those who are dependent on welfare and public servants. However, their biggest coup of all was the hard ball they played with government which now allows them dictate the level of penury imposed on a generation whom they, the politicians and the developers, convinced to incur debt on the basis of “you must get onto the property ladder”.It was government, fully aided and abetted by the opposition politicians of the day, who allowed land prices escalate beyond anything that could be considered reasonable and allowed the price of houses rise to the point where the cost of production bore no resemblance to the sale value.The current government have now created a “PIP” – Personal Insolvency Provider whom, they say, will advocate on behalf of the debtor (mortgage holder) against the big bad banks. The reality of this is that they have created a middle man who will charge the debtor for any assistance provided and who, in the way of these things, will ultimately become practitioners or businesses that have a more familiar relationship with the banks than any individual client whom they deal with. Criminals facing the court are entitled to free legal aid but unfortunate mortgage holders, the victims of an overheated economy for which they hold no responsibility, will have to pay for their representation in the insolvency process.Fairer resolution for distressed mortgage holdersThe Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), two years ago successfully promoted a resolution to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions which would have sought a fairer resolution for the generation of mortgage holders whose principal private residence was overvalued to the extent that they are now in negative equity. The motion sought, among other things, that the capital amount would be written down to the current value of the principal private residence, very similar to the scheme which has operated successfully in Iceland.The Icelandic government were prepared to force their banks to burden their share of their reckless lending. Although passed at the ICTU conference and adopted as policy of the ICTU, it never featured in any pre-budget submission or economic analysis presented by the ICTU. But that is another matter which is not untypical of the tyranny of consensus which imposed silence on even the largest civic society organisation in Ireland.But alas we have become used to the idea that the first casualty nowadays of politics is the truth. You can almost be guaranteed that if a government minister or spokesperson says something is fair it will be inherently unfair. Such was the case with the proposals promoted under the Croke Park Extension which, when reviewed independently by an equality expert, were deemed to be discriminatory and inequitable. Likewise, the sight of two government ministers promoting the notion of tax concessions at the same time as Minister Howlin was trying to take €3,000 out of the pocket of the vast majority of nurses and midwives is yet another example that nothing has changed in spite of the huge promise that we would never return to auction politics.The biggest problems facing citizens in IrelandThe insolvency debacle and the mortgage problem which is still the biggest problem facing citizens in Ireland, along with the sustained attack on public service workers, are huge disappointments to anybody who voted for new politics when they voted in this government. Regrettably, this government, to an even greater extent than its predecessors, have debased politics and have further alienated working people and those who contribute most in our society.The recent massive rejection of the Croke Park Extension proposals was the first opportunity that any significant body of Irish people outside of the Irish election got the opportunity to say no. The resounding “No” by approximately 70 per cent of the entire public service should not be ignored and if it is, then the time has surely come for a full confrontation with politicians who ignore the people and believe that they know better.Dave Hughes is the Deputy General Secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.
A REVIEW OF which sporting and cultural events should be available on free-to-air television in Ireland has been announced by government.Under current legislation, a review of which events are deemed of “major importance to society’ and should be broadcast is undertaken every three years.In 2011, Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte decided the current list of Designated Events was sufficient and it remained unchanged.It currently consists of: The Summer OlympicsThe All-Ireland Senior Football & Hurling FinalsIreland’s qualifying games in the European Football Championship & World CupOpening games, semi-finals and final of the European Football Championship Finals and the FIFA World Cup Finals TournamentThe Irish Grand National and the Irish DerbyThe Nations Cup at the Dublin Horse Show.These are earmarked for ‘live coverage’, while Ireland’s games in the Six Nations Rugby Football Championship are also contained on the list on a “deferred basis”, meaning they can be broadcast at a later date.“It is important that national events which are of great significance to Ireland be shown free to air and be available for us all to enjoy,” Minister Rabbitte said.I would urge all interested parties and members of the public to submit their views to my Department, which I will ensure are considered and will assist me in making my decision.Fine Gael TD and Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications, John O’Mahony said the recent Sky GAA deal highlights the importance of free-to-air programming.“I believe that provincial GAA finals should be designated as free to air and this process enables us to ensure that such events are designated accordingly,” he said.State broadcaster RTÉ came under fire this week for its decision to not show live coverage of the National Special Olympics, taking place in Limerick this month.“In a time when we say we want to promote equality and inclusion in our country,” Labour Senator Mary Moran said, “I feel we owe it to our 1,500 athletes, to the 3000 volunteers and the thousands of spectators and family members who will attend the games.”Ryle Nugent, Group Head of Sport at RTÉ, said that the state broadcaster recognised the “importance of the games” but has never broadcast them live, citing a lack of resources.Read: RTÉ says televising National Special Olympics would be too expensive >
THE UNITED STATES has signalled its intent to eliminate its stockpile of anti-personnel landmines and eventually join a global treaty banning them, boosting efforts to rid the world of the weapons.The high-profile announcement was made at a conference in Mozambique’s capital Maputo aimed at ultimately ensuring no armed forces use anti-personnel mines by 2025.The number of people killed or maimed by APLs fell in 2012, according to the global watchdog Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, but still reached 4,000. In many cases, the mines are leftovers from wars that ended decades earlier.“The United States took the step of declaring it will not produce or otherwise acquire any anti-personnel landmines in the future, including to replace existing stockpiles as they expire,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.In 2009, Washington said it was reviewing its position on landmines but — along with rivals China and Russia — has failed to sign the Ottawa Convention that bans the use of APLs and envisions their eventual elimination.Arch-foeNuclear powers India and Pakistan have also not signed up, nor has arch-foe Iran.Long-standing critics of the US policy say Washington’s rivals are waiting on the United States to move before they do likewise.The White House gave no timeline as to when it might eventually sign the treaty, but Hayden said the US delegation in Maputo “made clear that we are diligently pursuing solutions that would be compliant with and ultimately allow the United States to accede to the Ottawa Convention.”Risks“We are conducting a high fidelity modeling and simulation effort to ascertain how to mitigate the risks associated with the loss of APL,” she said.“Other aspects of our landmine policy remain under consideration.”The United States has provided more than $2.3 billion in aid since 1993 in more than 90 countries for conventional weapons destruction programs, Hayden noted.The US stockpile is believed to consist of about nine million self-destruct anti-personnel mines, Human Rights Watch said, cautiously welcoming Washington’s announcement.- © AFP 2014Read: 349 US planes with war munitions allowed to land at Shannon. Zero were refused >
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A CONVICTED MURDERER “gasped for an hour” in a botched execution in the US state of Arizona overnight.Joseph Wood’s prolonged death comes just months after another inmate suffered an excruciating attempted execution in Oklahoma.Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started.Wood’s lawyers had filed emergency appeals with federal and state courts while the execution was underway, demanding that it be stopped.The appeal said Wood was “gasping and snorting for more than an hour.”The state’s Governor Jan Brewer said afterwards that she is ordering a review of the state’s execution process. An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution said that Wood began gasping as a sedative and pain killer were injected into his bloodstream. He was checked six times over the next two hours, but continued to gasp. The Arizona state prison where the nearly two hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood took place. Source: ApexchangeState Director of the Department of Corrections Charles Ryan said that Wood was comatose and was never in any pain. However, Wood’s lawyer Dale Baich called it a botched execution that should have taken 10 minutes.The family of Wood’s victim said they had no problems with the execution.“This man conducted a horrifying murder and you guys are going, ‘let’s worry about the drugs,’” said Richard Brown, the brother-in-law of Debbie Dietz, who was 29 when she was killed in 1989.Why didn’t they give him a bullet? Why didn’t we give him Drano?Wood was convicted of fatally shooting Dietz and her father, 55-year-old Gene Dietz, at their auto repair shop in Tucson. John Zemblidge, right, of Phoenix, leads a group of about a dozen death penalty opponents in prayer as they protest the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood at the state prison in Florence, Arizona. Source: ApexchangeWood had angered the family by smiling at them as he delivered his last words, saying that he hoped they “find peace in your hearts”.The Arizona case is the third such case this year, with Arizona using the same type of drugs as Ohio, where an inmate gasped for half an hour as he died.A different mixture was used in the Oklahoma case.Wood became the third person executed by Arizona since October, the 36th since 1992.Read: US inmate ‘tortured’ in botched execution
Source: AFP news agency/YouTubeTHE OUTBREAK OF the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa continues to spread with over 1,000 confirmed cases and deaths approaching 700.Ebola is one of the most dangerous known viruses with 90% of those infected dying from it.There is no cure or vaccine and health officials worldwide are being told to be vigilant after a man died after travelling on a number of flights in Africa.People with the virus are not contagious unless they are displaying symptoms and transmission is possible through contact with blood, body fluids or tissue of an infected person.Airborne transmission is also possible according to researchers.Read: American doctor who moved to Africa to help Ebola patients has contracted the disease >Read: More than 1,000 people have contracted Ebola in the worst outbreak in history >
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We already know that the current Tegra 2 is fast with the benchmarks that we reported last week showcasing its merits. Well it seems that Nvidia is set to update the mobile CPU, which will be officially announced next month, with a couple of enhancements.The first is that the CPU will be boosted from its current 1GHz clock speed to 1.2Ghz and that it will have 3D-output support. Two versions will also be produced: one for phones and the other for tablets (AP25 and T25 respectively).Apparently LG may be the first company to use the new processor in its upcoming G-Slate. That kind of makes sense given that the latter is likely to feature a glasses-free 3D display and its dual cameras at the back can record stereoscopic 3D.The AP25 and T25 are said to arrive in the spring of this year, but Nvidia is expected to showcase the new CPU at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in February. We suspect that this will be the time when LG reveal their G-Slate formally.Read more at Electronista
Windows 8 is hot — and Microsoft’s continued plugging of its ability to run on ARM processors is generating loads of interest and a fair amount of controversy. The most recent uproar has been caused by a comment raised at Build — when someone misquoted something Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky said about Windows 8 on ARM and legacy application support.The audience member said that Sinofsky stated “legacy applications will be able to run on Windows 8 regardless of the chipsets that people are choosing.” Sinofsky quickly countered, saying that wasn’t quite accurate. And by quite, he meant not at all.What Siofksy actually said was “If it runs on a Windows 7 PC, it’ll run on Windows 8.” That much is true: apps written for 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 that run on current PC hardware will run on the same hardware with Windows 8 — as well as new hardware that is also x86 or x64. There will not, however, be a translation layer that allows ARM to run x86 or x64 apps. To get those apps running on Windows 8 and ARM, they’ll need to be recompiled, just like a developer would do to get an x86 Ubuntu app running on Ubuntu for ARM. That’s the reality Microsoft has been pushing since the first time it showed Windows 8 running on an ARM-based machine.Further misreading of Sinofsky’s reply has led to speculation that Windows 8 on ARM will only run Metro apps, but again, this misses the mark. See for yourself above: that’s Microsoft Word (and not a Metro version) running on an ARM laptop at D9.Yes, Sinofsky spoke extensively about Metro with regards to ARM and application compatibility, but his point was this: that for developers, Metro offers the simplest way to deliver one app to a variety of platforms, regardless of architecture. A Metro app can run on Windows 8 on ARM, x86, or x64 processors — and it’s also going to be easy to push to Windows Phone and Xbox 360 consoles. Nowhere does Sinofsky say that Windows 8 on ARM will only run Metro apps.And what you see above certainly looks like proof. Windows 8 on ARM might be mostly about tablets and the touch experience, but it’s also going to find its way into thin and light notebooks and nettops. On those systems, users are going to want to get productive — and the traditional Windows desktop is a familiar, flexible space in which to work. If you want multiple apps on the screen at once, tiled windows, and quick switching via a keyboard or mouse, you’ll likely want to work on the plain old desktop — whether you’re running ARM, Intel, or AMD. Microsoft knows that, and it’s hard to imagine them removing that functionality from Windows 8 ARM versions.More at Build Windows
Google Blog, via Techcrunch Have you ever missed a flight because you couldn’t find the gate? Do you often get lost in the mall, trying to find the nearest Cinnabon? If so, Google is looking out for you. The search giant has added indoor maps of select malls, airports, and retail stores to its Android version of Google Maps.The update, version 6.0, shows your location, as the familiar blue dot, in relation to airport gates, mall stores, and retail departments. Google Maps has previously shown some indoor stores, but now it also displays the concourse and walkway. It can also determine what floor you’re on, and display the corresponding map.GPS signals are typically horrible while indoors, so indoor maps is difficult to implement. Cell tower triangulation is used here, but the biggest boost in accuracy comes from WiFi hotspots. Google has created a database of routers’ signals, and they use your proximity to these networks to find your precise location. The quantity of logged hotspots will determine how precise it is.The service is launching not only with limited locations, but also with limited functionality. Searching is currently unavailable on indoor maps, as is turn-by-turn navigation (“in 30 feet, turn left at Foot Locker, and Krispy Kreme will be on the right”). Google is silent on these features, but logic dictates that they will be added soon.Google is also mum on adding indoor maps to iOS. Judging by the prickly relationship between Google and Apple, this may never happen. We could see an Apple Maps service before we see Mountain View and Cupertino collaborate on this.The initial list of retail partners includes: Mall of America, IKEA, Home Depot, select Macy’s, and Bloomingdale’s. It also works in airports like Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Chicago O’Hare, and San Francisco International Airport. The full list is here.You can find out more in these Google videos:
If you were a gamer during the days of the original PlayStation you may remember a very popular game being released in the Dragon Quest series. It was the first Dragon Quest game to see a release in North America for almost 9 years, and it was also the last to carry the name Dragon Warrior there.Dragon Warrior VII, now better known as Dragon Quest VII, originally saw a release in 2000 on the PlayStation in Japan and 2001 in North America. It managed to sell over 4 million copies making it a huge hit. If you’ve enjoyed the Dragon Quest games since then, you’ll be happy to know that Dragon Quest VII is being remade for release on the 3DS. In fact, Square Enix has been working on it quietly for some time as the game is set to launch in Japan as early as February next year, meaning we could see a Western release before the end of next year.DQVII is no small RPG. If you just play the main quest and ignore any side quests you are still looking at a playthrough time in excess of 100 hours. On top of that there are several mini-games including catching monsters, building your own town, or playing lots of games and getting ranked in a casino. There’s certainly a lot of game to keep you interested here.It’s likely all of the original gameplay and features will make it into the remake. The visuals are getting a 3D update though, which should make a world of difference compared to the now 12-year-old PSOne graphics seen in the 2001 English trailer above.via Siliconera