HC Dinamo Minsk VELUX EHF CL TOP 16 team, Dinamo Minsk beat Meshkov Brest 34:26 in away match and got back to the leading position in Belarusian championship:BGC Meshkov (Brest) – “Dynamo” (Minsk) – 26:33 (14:16)BGC: Božić, Čerepenko; Ataevas (5), MARKOTIĆ (5), Knudsen (1), Novickis (2), Prakapenâ (2), Šumak (1), Vukic (2), Baranov (6), Grosas (1) , KOSTADINOVIĆ, Karacic, tartar, USALI, Volyncev (1).Dynamo: Pejanović, Bogdanov, Miâtovič; Ševajević (2), Babic, Skopincev (1), Ševelev, Doroŝuk, Čepulis, Nikulenkov (6), Atman (12), Nikolic, Stecûra (4), Ostrouško, Onufrienko (4), Brovki (4). ← Previous Story EHF CL (W): Györi Audi ETO are in the semifinals! Next Story → End of season for Mate Lekai
SC Magdeburg “stole” a point in the home clash with MT Melsungen 28:28 with two goals in the last 40 seconds of the match. The proud of East-German handball struggling to find a right form, but on this draw against the biggest surpise od the Championship, “Gladiators” could built their self-confidence for the upcoming battles.RESULTS: Bergischer27 – 29Hamburg 12.Gummersbach10325263:2818 17.TVB Stuttgart12129311:3644 4.Hamburg11713322:28715 6.Goppingen10703265:22614 Rhein-Neckar26 – 18HSG Wetzlar 14.Eisenach11218285:3575 Eisenach28 – 28TVB Stuttgart 2.Flensburg-H.11812322:26717 16.Bergischer11209276:3214 10.Hannover-Burgdorf11434289:29811 N-Lübbecke24 – 24Leipzig 5.HSG Wetzlar11713288:28215 13.Lemgo11317282:3297 STANDINGS: 9.SC Magdeburg11524297:30012 3.MT Melsungen10721290:24816 18.N-Lübbecke110110276:3321 11.Leipzig10424262:27410 7.Kiel10703297:25914 1.Rhein-Neckar111100318:22622 Hannover-Burgdorf29 – 24Gummersbach ← Previous Story HAMMER: Mikkel Hansen “DING-DONG” against Mirko Alilović Next Story → Veselin Vujović changes his decision: Players betrayed me, but I will give one more chance! 15.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten10208271:2994 dkb bundesligaMT MelsungenSC Magdeburg 8.Fuchse Berlin10532295:25913 SC Magdeburg28 – 28MT Melsungen Take a look on exciting finish in GETEC Arena..
The MIZUNO WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015 Nikola Karabatić was satisfied with his team effort in opening win over Macedonia 30:23 at the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 Group A in Krakow.– We expected such a tough match with Macedonians. The first match is always tough on big events. Macedonia play good handball. We have chance to see that in qualfiications for Poland. We had problems in the first half, but after that, we managed to break their resistance in the last 10 minutes. However, seven goals isn’t a real difference between two teams. It is too much for that what was happening during the match. Victory is the most important – said Nikola and added comment about next rival – Serbia (Saturday, 18.15):– It will be a tough match. Serbs have a young team with some new players. There are no Momir Ilic and Marko Vujin, so they changed profile of the team, but they play good defense. Momir Rnić and Petar Nenadić are playing good seasons. They usually have a good wings, strong performance by goalies. They have nothing to lose against us. They know tha they aren’t favorites – concluded Karabatić for Handball-Planet.com. Nikola Karabatic ← Previous Story POLAND 2016: Nenadić feints for TOP 10… Next Story → POLAND 2016: Exciting start in Wroclaw and Gdansk
Dronninglund Cup is Denmark’s largest, international handball tournament for youth teams, taking place in the period 10th of July to 15th of July 2017.Thousands of young handball players from all over the world here have the chance of meeting each other in an exciting tournament (founded in 1978) with lots of sporting challenges as well as several leisure activities.To us, proximity and closeness are essential: Accommodation, provision of meals, the playing areas, sporting goods store, discotheque, the managers’ meeting event, stalls, beach handball and volley, tennis, miniature golf and golf – all are situated within a range of about one kilometer. In addition, we also have an indoor swimming pool, beach and forest just a few kilometers away –transportation free of charge!Dronninglund Cup is ideal for handball clubs that – besides handball – appreciate SOLIDARITY, WELL-BEING, COMFORT and SERVICE. Dronninglund Cup is for everyone!39 years of experience in organizing Dronninglund Cup is your guarantee that you will be part of what young handball players and their managers from all over the world are looking for.Categories:ALL STARS – NEWBoys/Girls 1988 – 1989 … – 1997Boys/Girls 19 1998 – 1999 – 2000Boys/Girls 16 2001 – 2002Boys/Girls 14 2003 – 2004Boys/Girls 12 2005 – 2006Boys/Girls 10 2007 and earlierFind out more on:http://www.dronninglundcup.com/ Droninglund Cup 2017 ← Previous Story EHF Cup: Fuchse Berlin routine win in Velenje Next Story → PSG Handball beat Montpellier in French derby
← Previous Story Four teams, one dream – Draw for Women’s EHF CL Final4 on Tuesday in Budapest Next Story → Women’s EHF Final4 draw – Gyor VS CSM Bucharest, Rostov against Vardar EHF Champions LeagueRK Vardar Skopje RK Vardar Skopje left wing, Timur Dibirov, believes that his team will stay among the best teams in Europe. The 34-years old flying Russian talked for Balkan-Handball.com just after winning the SEHA Gazprom League trophy in Skopje, about future after “era of Raul Gonzales”:– I do not agree, you know why? The most important thing Raul did was to make a machine from this club, an institution that can work without him, without Arpad, me, other players. Raul leaves, we know what coach we are talking about, but this machine just needs to continue working, working, working. I do not expect that Vardar will be weaker. We will go up, we want to continue. We all say that Kiel or Barcelona are institutions. While we have such support from the State, fans, the entire Balkans, why not? – said Dibirov and confirmed that his plans are linked with staying in Skopje in team which won’t be “Russian” as media writing:– Yes. Why a lot of Russian? That’s all speculation, that’s not true. Now, we are just like Serbs or Croats. Nevertheless, whether in Vardar one Russian player, three, the only important thing is result. So, we can talk about Spaniards and others. My plan is to help the club every day, and if the club has confidence in me, I will be happy to work this job for many years here – concluded Dibirov.Arpad Sterbik (RK Vardar), Mijailo Marsenic (Fuchse Berlin), Luka Cindric (PGE Vive Kielce), coach Raul Gonzales (PSG Handball) will leave Skopje at the end of the season.
Hungary got a new champions – MOL Pick Szeged! Fantastic final of the domestic Play-Off ended with surprising win of “always second” best Hungarian team, who saved +4 (32:28) from the first match in Szeged in front of frenetic Veszprem fans at Veszprem Arena – 29:26.Veszprem had a chance to score winning goal, but Blaz Blagotinsek wasn’t in ideal position two seconds before the final buzzer, 12 meters from the goal-line. His ball ended in net behind the goal.This is the third Hungarian Championship title after 1996 and 2007.Telekom Veszprém – MOL-Pick Szeged 29:26 (14:17) MOL-Pick Szeged: Sego, Sierra – Srsen 1, Kallman 3, Bodó 7, Sigurmannsson 2 (2), Gorbok, Goncalves 2, Balogh, Skube 4, Blazevic 1, Gaber, Sostaric 4, Zhitnikov 1, Fekete, Bánhidi 1 Pick SzegedTelekom Veszprem Telekom Veszprém: Mikler, Alilovic – Manaskov 4, Schuch, Ilic 3, Tonnesen 5, Gajic 4 (2), Nagy 2, Terzic, Blagotinsek 3, Sulic 1, Nenadic 4, Jamali 3 ← Previous Story Saint Raphael and Fuchse Berlin for the EHF Cup trophy Next Story → Juan Carlos Pastor “did it” with Szeged: My father was always asking, when we gonna beat Chema’s team
← Previous Story When is enough?: A change is due in Pan America Next Story → “Victims of WCh 2019 Play-Off” – Gaber and Potic to miss decisive clashes The first matches in EUROpean Play-Off for the World Championship 2019 in Denmark and Germany ended with two draws and only away-win of Hungarian team in Koper, Slovenia.The most convincing were Croats, who beat Montenegro 32:19, bur also Macedonians showed class against Romania 32:24, while Serbia surprisingly high outplayed Portugal 28:21.Results of the first matches:Lithuania – Iceland 27:27Czech Republic – Russia 27:26Netherlands – Sweden 25:24Norway – Switzerland 32:26Croatia – Montenegro 32:19Slovenia – Hungary 24:29Belarus – Austria 28:28Serbia – Portugal 28:21Macedonia – Romania 32:24 Play Off World Championship 2019
AROUND 400 PEOPLE are expected to march to the Dáil today to protest against the 950,000 hours of support to the vulnerable elderly, sick, disabled and severely ill children that were axed from the system this year.John Lyons, spokesman for the Home Help/Home Care Action Group asks, “What will it take for the government to realise that these cuts are not realistic? An elderly person to fall and lie undiscovered for days – something that the workers on the ground believe is inevitable.”Among those protesting today will be campaigners of the Home Help/Home Care Group, home help/home care workers, relatives of patients, the general public, supporters and SIPTU representatives. One of the reasons that Lyons believes the government “targeted this group” was because the people directly affected are “unable to protest the cuts” with many of them bed or wheelchair bound or too old or sick to join in.“Instead of tackling consultant’s pay or the big insurance companies who owe thousands, there was shock and anger in communities across Ireland when the HSE announced the cuts on some of our most vulnerable citizens in our society,” Lyons told TheJournal.ie. “Since we started this campaign, we’ve seen huge support from people all over, even those not directly affected.”The group believe with increased pressure, the government might do a U-turn on the home help hours and home care packages cut this year. “We need Enda Kenny and James Reilly to feel the pressure, they need to start listening to the people rather than the troika,” Lyons added.The protest will leave the GPO, O’Connell St, Dublin at 3pm and will march to Dáil.Read: 450,000 home help hours could go as HSE plans €8 million cut >
THE BODY WHICH independently assesses the government’s budgetary objectives has said that it does not see any room for tax cuts in the next two years.Speaking before the Oireachtas Finance Committee today, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council’s chairman, Professor John McHale, said it was the view of the council that there will not be any scope for tax cuts in the near future.He also warned that if the economy does not grow at the rate expected next year – GDP growth of 2 per cent – then the planned budget adjustment of €2 billion may need to be harsher.The Tánaiste last week signalled that there may be scope for relieving taxes on some middle-income earners in the lifetime of this government.But McHale said today: “We really don’t see scope in the next year or two, but if both projections pan out as currently anticipated there could well be scope after 2016.”He said there would only be “limited room” post 2016 and said that this would be less likely if there was high inflation.Despite this McHale said “we should be through the worst of it by 2015″.The Council was before the committee to discuss its recent report criticising the government’s decision to exit the bailout programme on Monday week without a precautionary credit facility.In that report the council said that the chances of Ireland not reaching the deficit to GDP ratio of 3 per cent by 2015 had increased from a one-in-three chance to a one-in-two chance as a result of exiting the bailout without a backstop.Council member Sebastian Barnes (below) told the committee that the state of the public finances could be hit next year by problems in the health budget.“We’re trying to present an objective analysis and things are getting better,” he said, but he added that “as a result of the decision the risks [of Ireland not meeting the target] have increased now.”He continued: “We’re not saying it’s a reckless policy, but we’re just saying, in our view, that the risks have increased considerably.”Former deputy director of the International Monetary Fund, Donal Donovan, told the committee that the €20 billion in funding built-up by the NTMA is an “important weapon in an arsenal” but said that relying only on that “might not necessarily be the most prudent approach”.Using a car insurance analogy, he told the committee that just becuase you don’t have a car crash for a year does not mean “it was a bad idea to have taken out insurance” for that year.Read: Decision on credit line will make it ‘more difficult’ to access future supportsCharts: Here’s how the government’s liabilities have increased to €208bn in five yearsAnalysis: 5 reasons why the government decided to exit the bailout and go it alone
DOZENS OF POSTGRADUATE students have received SUSI grants in error, and the organisation has said they could ‘seek to recover’ the funds.65 students have received letters from Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) indicating that their applications for grants in the academic year 2012/2013 will now be re-assessed once further details have been received.“If you decide not to be re-assessed as a dependent student”, the letter reads, “we must inform you that we will have to implement a recovery process in order to recoup the cost of fees from you that were paid to your institution in respect of the 2012/13 academic year.”However, in a statement the organisation state that “this is a future step and none of these students have been asked to repay their grant at this stage, pending their response to SUSI’s invitation to them to be reassessed”.The error arose from students being classed as “independent”, where the income of the applicant and their spouses’/cohabitants’ are accessed, when they should have been accessed as “dependent”, where the income of parents or guardians is taken into account.MiscalculatedIn some cases this was due to the student completing forms incorrectly, but for others it was due to SUSI miscalculating the date they first entered third level education.In a statement, SUSI said that students must “be assessed on the dependent status they had if they entered higher education for the first time when they were under the age of 23″.The organisation confirmed that following an audit 65 students have received these letters, less than one per cent of the 40,000 grants awarded. See the page 1 of the letter that students received here.See page 2 here.SUSI: Decisions have been made on all completed student grant applications >Read: Student denied a grant by SUSI, despite being €7,600 below income threshold >
THE ANTI-IMMIGRATION UK Independence Party (UKIP) has suspended a local councillor who blamed recent flooding across Britain on the government’s decision to legalise gay marriage.David Silvester, a devout Christian who defected from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party in protest at last year’s move to allow same-sex marriage, claimed Britain had been “beset by storms” in recent weeks because the new law had angered God.“It is (Cameron’s) fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods,” Silvester, an elected member of the town council in Henley-on-Thames, west of London, wrote in a letter to his local newspaper.UKIP initially supported Silvester’s right to express his opinions, but the anti-EU party has now used emergency powers to suspend him.“We cannot have any individual using the UKIP banner to promote their controversial personal beliefs which are not shared by the party,” said Roger Bird, the party’s chairman in southeast England.Bird added that Silvester had defied party orders not to give any more interviews, telling BBC radio on Sunday that homosexuality was a disease that could be “healed”.UKIPUKIP has struggled to shrug off a reputation for attracting extremists – Cameron once derided them as a group of “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists”.But the Conservatives are increasingly nervous about the threat posed by the party, whose anti-EU and anti-immigration messages have steadily gained support in recent years.Votes for UKIP cost the Conservatives hundreds of seats at local council elections last May and the smaller party is expected to do well in this May’s European Parliament elections.Silvester’s suspension came as UKIP leader Nigel Farage announced a purge of “extremist, nasty or barmy” views from the party ahead of the polls.Farage told the Sun on Sunday newspaper that five candidates for the upcoming elections were being forced not to stand because they could potentially embarrass the party.A ComRes poll published Sunday showed rising support for UKIP, with 19 percent backing them compared to 30 per cent for the Conservatives and 35 per cent for the opposition Labour party.Civil partnerships for same-sex couples have been legal in Britain since 2005, giving them identical rights and responsibilities to straight couples in a civil marriage.But campaigners had pointed to differences, not least their inability to call their partnership a “marriage”.Cameron pushed through the gay marriage law last year despite fierce opposition within the Conservatives, and the first weddings are expected to take place in March.- © AFP, 2014Read: MEP abruptly ends interview after denying phrase “Bongo Bongo Land” is racist>
CONVICTED CRIMINAL JOHN Gilligan is reported to have left Ireland by ferry late last night, immediately after being discharged from hospital.The notorious gangland figure is believed to have been escorted by armed gardaí to the ferry terminal at Dublin Port at around midnight.In a photograph on the Irish Independent front page, Gilligan is pictured in a wheelchair being brought out of James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown, where he was being treated.In the picture, he is wearing black trousers, a black coat and a black flat cap, and he is holding a plastic bag from Dunnes Stores.Gilligan was shot four times just over a fortnight ago as he attended a family christening in Clondalkin.His departure from the country comes in the wake of the shooting dead of Stephen ‘Dougie’ Moran, a close associate of Gilligan’s who was shot dead in Lucan on Saturday night.Speaking on RTÉ Radio One’s News at One, journalist Paul Williams said Gilligan’s departure was an “ignominious retreat from public life”.Gilligan was acquitted of the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin, but was sentenced to 28 years in prison for drug trafficking in 2001.He was released from Portlaoise Prison last October. An attempt was made on his life just weeks later, when a gunman entered a pub close to where Gilligan was drinking. Gilligan later dismissed the attempt as a “Halloween prank”.Gardaí could not immediately confirm that Gilligan was given an armed escort to the ferry port.Read: Witness appeal after major criminal linked to John Gilligan gunned down > Read: Armed gardaí dispatched to protect Gilligan in hospital >
NEW RESEARCH FROM the University of Southhampton has shown that blind and visially impaired people have the potential to use echolocation, similar to that used by bats and dolphins, to determine the location of an object.The study, which was published in the journal Hearing Research, examined how hearing, and particularly the hearing of echoes, could help blind people with spatial awareness and navigation.It also examines the possible effects of hearing impairments on optimising the echolocation ability in order to help improve the independence and quality of life of people with visual impairments.Researchers conducted a number of experiments with both sighted and blind listeners to investigate how the distance and orientation of a reflective object affected their ability to identify whether it was on their right or left.Audio manipulationThey used sounds with different bandwidths and durations as well as various audio manipulations to investigate which aspects of the sounds were important.The ‘virtual auditory space’ where they were conducted allowed researchers to remove positional clues unrelated to echoes, such as footsteps and the placement of an object, and to manipulate the sounds in ways that wouldn’t be possible otherwise (eg get rid of the emission and present the echo only).The results showed that both sighted and blind people with good hearing, even if completely inexperienced with echolocation showed the potential to use echoes to tell where objects are. The researchers also found that hearing high-frequency sounds (above 2 kHz) is required for good performance, and so common forms of hearing impairment will probably cause major problems.Training programmes and assistive devicesSome people are better at this than others, and being blind doesn’t automatically confer good echolocation ability, though we don’t yet know why, Dr Daniel Rowan, lead author of the study said. “Nevertheless, ability probably gets even better with extensive experience and feedback.”“We also found that our ability to use echoes to locate an object gets rapidly worse with increasing distance from the object, especially when the object is not directly facing us,” he said.“Furthermore, some echo-producing sounds are better for determining where an object is than others, and the best sounds for locating an object probably aren’t the same as for detecting the object or determining what, and how far away, the object is.”The knowledge gained from this study will help researchers to develop training programmes and assistive devices for blind people and sighted people in low-vision situations. The team is also extending their research to investigate finding of objects in three-dimensional space and why some blind people seem to be able to outperform others, including sighted people.Read: Blind woman’s eight year wait for a suitable home in Cork>Read: FLAC says ‘Jury Service’ report should include deaf and blind people>
AH, THE MIRACLE of life. It’s really something isn’t it?One day you’re just a human being, enjoying your life, and the next you are in charge of the safety and wellbeing of a whole other person.Obviously, an experience like that changes a person. Suddenly your priorities are different, your lifestyle is different, and you can be damned sure your behaviours are different.Here are 13 things people with babies do.Arrive into town at 9am sharp and desperately wait for the shops to open because you just HAD TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSEFlickr/almokoLook at the clock after being up for five hours and think ‘How is it only 10AM???’Flickr/xopherlanceFeel guilty about putting nothing but photos of your kid on facebook but you really just can’t help it because they’re so DAMNED CUTEFlickr/pinprickRealise you’ve been wearing the same outfit for four days and that there is a massive baby puke stain on it that you hadn’t even noticedFlickr/_-0-_Hold entire conversations with yourself in baby talk without even realising you were doing itFlickr/bart_Pounce on the first adult to arrive into your house and beg them for news of the outside world Flickr/MyTudutThink wistfully about the days when you had time on your ownKnowing all the while that you wouldn’t swap your situation for anything.Flickr/Chewy ChuaGet really excited about going out but then once you’re there find all you can think about is going home to the babyFlickr/abdshomadGo into the baby several times while they’re sleeping to ‘check if they’re ok’ but mainly just to look at themShutterstockSpend a significant portion of each day arguing with yourself over which bit of them is your current faveFlickr/Giulia BartraMake a real effort to talk about things other than your baby but find it a real struggleFlickr/Tampa Band PhotosWonder why you occasionally have the desire to bite them because they’re so cute and squidgeyFlickr/Evil ErinWorry uncontrollably about something bad happening to themFlickr/Muriel21511 of the world’s most embarrassing parents>8 reasons you should always check your kid’s homework>11 kids who were just trying to help (PICS)>
The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act Read: Everyone is talking about this app that only lets you say ‘Yo’ > YO, AN APP that’s gone viral for its simplicity, is hiring. And like its minimalist product, there’s nothing to the job descriptions either.The app, created by Or Arbel, merely lets you send the word “Yo” to your friends by pressing one button – and that’s it.The app makes the recipient’s phone say ‘Yo’ in a robotic voice when they receive the message. Arbel’s team boasts that it takes 11 taps to text the word “Yo” on other apps and only two on its app.The company behind the app has already raised around $1 million in funding – especially impressive given that it only took a reported eight hours to build.Here’s the job description — or lack there of. 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there
11. Skellig Beag off the coast of Kerry… 2. Inisheer, Aran Islands, Galway… 8. Dursey, at the southwestern tip of Beara… 7. Allihies, on the Beara Peninsula… 5. The sun beginning to set behind Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo… 4. North of the Aran Islands: The cliffs of Dún Aengus… 6. Coomeen, on the Beara Peninsula… 9. Mizen Head, the most south-westerly point of mainland Ireland… 14. The sunken drumlins of Clew Bay, Co. Mayo… 13. Seals take a dip, on the Great Blasket again… 10. Cape Clear Island, off Cork 12. The Great Blasket Island, Co Kerry… AS WE SET about our regular day-to-day grinds, sometimes it’s all too easy to forget that we live in a country with scenery people flock from half-way round the world to witness.One of the perks of the job for Air Corps staff, however, is that they get to see some these sights every day…The photos here were taken from Defence Forces craft on various missions around the coast and around the country over the last few months.They regular post new ones over at their Facebook page, by the way — which is well worth a follow…1. Inishmore, the Aran Islands, Galway… 3. The limestone pavements of the Burren, Co Clare… 15. Sunset at Sligo Bay…[All photos: Air Corps/Facebook] Read Ireland of 1964… seen through American eyesRead Irish Air Corps capture great shots of wintery Skellig Islands
There’s no shortage of gadget makers hungry to take a bite out of the iPad‘s success, and following Samsung’s successful debut of the Galaxy Tab comes Acer with three new tablets.The good news is that these tablets aren’t imminent: Acer seems to realize that Android isn’t ready for tablets yet, and so they’ll instead wait for Android 3.0 Honeycomb to come down the pipeline and support tablets properly.Spec-wise. the three tablets come in 4.8-, 7- and 10.1-inch form factors. All tablets will run dual-core Tegra CPUs. The 4.8-inch is basically a big smartphone, and we already have a separate post up about it, but both the 7-inch and 10.1-inch models will boast an impressive 1280×800 display, as well as front and rear facing cameras and a custom Acer UI married to Honeycomb.Interestingly, Acer has not decided upon names for any of these tablets. In fact, everything about the tablet reveal seemed rather rushed: reportedly, only one of the tablets would even power on during a hands-on after Acer’s press event. Add the fact that Acer’s tablets are all slated to run a version of Android that is still just a gleam in Google’s eye and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if these tablets slipped far, far past their early 2011 projected release date.Read more at Engadget
Apple finally got things right with the latest version of Steve Jobs’s long time pet project. The new Apple TV is all about streaming, having stripped the away the hard drive. The palm-size device can stream content from Netflix, YouTube, iOS devices (the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad), and, of course iTunes.The device is small–75 percent smaller than its predecessor and weighs less that 10 ounces. It has an HDMI output, a micro USB port, and an Ethernet port for streaming those $0.99 iTunes rentals. Best of all, it’s relatively inexpensively prices at $99. AdChoices广告The device managed to snag our Editors’ Choice for media hubs, and should make a great little gift for the holidays.
We are, it seems, one step closer to free music streaming on our shores. Swedish music service Spotify, which has pretty much conquered Europe from what we’re told, has just finalized a U.S. distribution deal with Sony Music, according to sources over at The Wall Street Journal.Naturally, the service still has to ink a number of other deals–including a few more majors–before it can actually come over to our shores, but it’s certainly a start. Both Spotify and Sony have refused to comment on the deal, which has said to have been in the works for some months now (Spotify itself initially announced a 2010 US launch deadline for itself, which has clearly fallen by the wayside).So, what’s taking Spotify so long? It’s pretty much the same old fear that has dominated the music industry since the birth of Napster. Unlike other streaming music sites, Spotify offers up a certain amount of free music every month–and as we know, the “f” word tends to freak out the folks run major labels…