C.O ZagrebGyula GalTatabanya Handball Hungarian line player, Gyula Gal (36) famous to his sizes (140 kilos) replaced Croatian C.O Zagreb to Hungarian Tatabanya. Gal wasn’t in the plans of the coach, Ivica Obrvan, who gave more importance to young domestic players, Marino Maric and Ivica Brozovic in the first part of the season. That is the main reason, why Gal left the team and sign for Hungarian side, where he will be able to find a good form until end of the season. ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL (Main Round): 100% Visitors Saturday! Next Story → Voting for the EHF EURO 2012 Best Player: Csaszar leads, Lazarov and Stanic follow
Today will be played matches of the EHF EURO 2014 qualification Round 5. A lot of important clashes will be played all around Europe after which most of the teams will find their way to Denmark:GROUP 1:SWITZERLAND – MACEDONIA 20h (ehftv.com, blocked in Macedonia)PORTUGAL – SPAIN 21:30GROUP 2:ISRAEL – CZECH 19:30MONTENEGRO – GERMANY 20h (ehftv.com)GROUP 3:LITHUANIA – FRANCE 18:45TURKEY – NORWAY 19GROUP 4:LATVIA – HUNGARY 19:05SLOVAKIA – CROATIA 20.30hGROUP 5:Ukraine – Sweden 19:05NETHERLANDS – POLAND 19:30GROUP 6:BELARUS – ISLAND 18ROMANIA – SLOVENIA 17hGROUP 7:RUSSIA – SERBIA 16h (ehftv.com)BIH – AUSTRIA (17, Thursday) ← Previous Story SEHA 2013/2014 with 10 teams – MKB Veszprem and Pick Szeged have a week to response Next Story → Runar Karason joins Rhein-Neckar Loewen men’s ehf euro 2014 qualification
On their way to the VELUX EHF Champions League, Portuguese F.C Porto Vitalis has signed two ex- BM Atletico Madrid players, Alvaro Ferrer and David Davis. That will give a new energy and boost of confidence to the team of Serbian coach, Ljubomir Obradovic, who will meet Norwegian team Elverum in the qualification tournament semi-final, which will be hosted by Porto.– Now we are working on a new era and we believe the squad has quality. now we have this month and a half of preparation and, shortly thereafter, start the game and I am optimistic about the future. We also have two new players with great experience in ASOBAL Liga (Spain) and in the Champions League, and I think that will easily adapt to the group. Lets see how they react to the first contacts with the team and how they integrate into our scheme of training and style of play – said Ljubomir Obradovic for the official website and added:– Our first goal is to win the championship and the cup. We know that is not easy to play in European competition and achieve qualification for the Champions League – and the proof is that we have always been close, though I seem that the ‘near’ has always been very far. One thing is certain: we have squad leaders and followers to can get into the Champions League – concluded Obradovic. ← Previous Story Servaas decided:: Rastko Stojkovic to leave Kielce! Next Story → Josip Sandrk to C.O Zagreb andebolF.C Porto Vitalishandball transfers
← Previous Story Four teams for the EHF Cup trophy in Berlin Next Story → EHF CUP F4: German final in Berlin! It’s not the best season of Győri Audi ETO KC. Although they won the Hungarian Cup (they beat FTC 29-23 in March), without Anita Görbicz, Eduarda Amorim and Katrine Lunde they couldn’t qualify for Champions League Final Four to save their title. But no doubt they were the expectants of the Hungarian Championship’s final.Last week FTC Rail-Cargo denied this. After unbelievable upsets they won 37-36 at home with penalties (you can watch the full match here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln5LbwF_11Y).The next part of the final was organized in Győr. FTC started better and could control the whole match with Katarina Tomasevic’s brilliant saves, Nerea Pena’s and Zsuzsanna Tomori’s goals. The halftime result was 11-15. Neither Ambros Martin’s emotional timeout helped in the middle of the second half. It seemed their players are already looking forward to the next season and he is the only one who really wants to win this title…FTC took the chance and won in Győr too (24-26) and got the Hungarian Championship’s trophy. Győr lost the title after seven years.FTC’s coach, Gábor Elek couldn’t realize that they did it and didn’t find the words to say.Ambros Martin congratulated to Ferencváros. According to him their weak defense was the reason of these defeats. He said too that this was the hardest season of his career because of the injuries.Zita Szucsánszki, FTC’s captain: Everybody fought and we deserved this trophy. It was a pleasure to play five years with Zsuzsanna Tomori and wish her all the best in Győri Audi ETO next year.TEXT: Virág Farkas
← Previous Story RK METALURG PRICE LIST: Ten tickets for only a beer in Norway? Next Story → Rune Dahmke stays in Kiel until 2020! Velux EHF Champions League Rhein Neckar Lowen and Vive Tauron Kielce played 32:32 (19:15) in front of only 3.378 fans in Mannheim. The “Lions” had clear situation two minutes before the end, but Germans didn’t score from counter-attack for +3, which was the start of the Polish last “come-back” in the match. Dujshebaev boys netted two important goals in the last two attacks, and then, saved own net thanks to Croatian goalie Marin Šego, who was unbeatable in the last phase of the clash.Norwegian right back Reinkind scored six goals, while Jurecki was first star in the Polish team with nine goals.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – KS Vive Kielce 32:32 (19:15)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Bitz (für einen Siebenmeter) – Schmid (5), Gensheimer (5/1), Kneer (2), Sigurmannsson (n.e.), Banea Gonzalez (2), Larsen (2), Reinkind (6), Guardiola (1), Steinhauser (n.e.), Groetzki (3), Ekdahl du Rietz (6), Pekeler (n.e.)KS Kielce: Szmal, Sego (ab 31.) – Vujovic, Jurecki (9), Tkaczyk, Reichmann (3), Aguinagalde (5), Bielecki (5/4), Jachlewski (1), Strlek (2), Lijewski (1), Buntic (3), Zorman (2), Cupic (1)
Filip IvicPGE Vive Kielce The 26-years old Croatian goalkeeper Filip Ivic has no luck this season. The member of PGE Vive Kielce went on surgery, but this time, backup for Slawomir Szmal between the posts of Polish champions, had problem with his elbow.Ivic will be out for about five weeks. That means Croat will be ready for possible quarter-final of the VELUX EHF Champions League.After decision of Rhein Neckar Lowen to send their “B team” to Kielce at the first TOP 16 match, it looks that Ivic and Kielce have no reason to be worried, as he has enough time to recover since clash with Paris Saint Germain. ← Previous Story VIDEO: How Weber breaks Heinevetter’s spine Next Story → EHF statement about “March 24”: EHF CL schedule is set two years ago
Image: AP Photo/Pier Paolo CitoBerlusconi’s trial over the alleged €3 million bribe to get a senator, Sergio De Gregorio (pictured above), to join his party’s ranks will begin on February 11, 2014.Tax Fraud Case:Image: AP Photo/Gregorio BorgiaThe Senate is due to hold a vote in the coming months on whether or not to exclude Berlusconi from parliament over a tax fraud case – his first and so far only definitive criminal conviction.A court is also due to decide by early next year whether he will have to do community service or house arrest, and where he would do his service.Bunga Bunga Case:Image: AP Photo/Ronald Zak, FileA court next year will hear Berlusconi’s appeal against a seven-year suspended sentence for having sex with an underage 17-year-old prostitute when he was prime minister and abusing his official powers.He is also appealing the lifetime ban from parliament that was included in the conviction over his liaison with Karima El-Mahroug, (pictured above), an exotic dancer better known as “Ruby the Heart Stealer”.Prosecutors in the same case also accuse Berlusconi and his lawyers of bribing witnesses – many of them alleged participants in his Bunga Bunga orgies – to provide false testimony.Prostitutes Case:Image: AP Photo/Angelo CarconiProsecutors in Bari, southern Italy, have filed charges against Berlusconi for allegedly paying hush money in a case revolving around a ring of high-class escorts that were purportedly paid to attend his parties and sleep with him.Prosecutors accuse him of paying Bari businessman Gianpaolo Tarantini (pictured above), who helped organise the parties at Berlusconi’s residences, to keep quiet.Wiretap Case:Image: AP Photo/Sandro PaceBerlusconi is also appealing a one-year sentence for leaking a confidential police wiretap in a newspaper controlled by his family, in an attempt to damage a left-wing political rival.The case is due to expire under the statute of limitations imminently.Divorce Case:Image: AP Photo/Sandro PaceBerlusconi has been ordered to pay his former wife Veronica Lario €3 million a month to allow her to keep up her luxurious lifestyle.He is appealing the court ruling.Two-year ban from politics for Berlusconi>Business magazine compares Merkel to Hitler in ad>Berlusconi blames foreign media for his downfall> SILVIO BERLUSCONI’S WOES are multiplying by the week, with news in the last few days of his impending trial for bribing a senator only the latest looming judicial threat for the flamboyant tycoon.The months ahead could see him kicked out of parliament for the first time in two decades, forced to do community service and barred from taking part in elections for the next six years.Here are the cases that Berlusconi is currently battling in the Italian courts:Senator Bribe Case:
DETECTIVES IN NORTHERN Ireland investigating the murder of prison officer David Black are making a specific appeal to people in Lurgan and Cookstown on the first anniversary of the man’s shooting.the 52-year-old father of two was driving from his Cookstown home to work at Maghaberry prison at 7.30am on Thursday 1 November last year in his black Audi A4 car along the M1 motorway between Portadown (Junction 11) and Lurgan (Junction 10).One mile from the Oxford Island exit ramp, a dark blue Toyota Camry car with a Republic of Ireland registration, 94 D 50997, pulled alongside and a number of shots were fired, fatally injuring the man. The Toyota Camry was found burnt out in the Inglewood district of Lurgan a short time later at 7.50am.The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harkness appealed for information:Today is a particularly difficult day for David’s wife Yvonne and their children Kyle and Kyra. They have endured a degree of suffering and loss over the past year which most of us cannot imagine.“While we will continue with our inquiries, I would ask the communities in Lurgan and Cookstown to think again about what they know and provide the information which can help bring David’s killers before the courts,” he said.The dark blue Toyota Camry was in Lurgan prior to the shooting on the evening of 31 October and was set on fire about 20 minutes after David’s murder a few miles from the M1 at Inglewood on the morning of 1 November. A number of men were seen running away from the Toyota Camry car. A similar Toyota Camry car to the one used on the day of the shooting (Image: PSNI).To date Serious Crime Branch detectives have made seven arrests, conducted 12 searches and completed more than 3,000 lines of inquiry. Two men, one in Northern Ireland and one in the Republic, currently face charges linked to the purchase and movement of the Toyota Camry.Harkness said there is a reward of up to £10,000 available from Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.“I would also appeal to people in Cookstown to think about what they saw in the days and weeks before David’s murder last year,” he said. “Did you see any unusual activity around David’s home or the places he frequented? If you have any information, please contact us.”Information can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or members of the public can speak directly to police by phoning the Special Incident Room on 028 3831 5291.Related: Man due in court in connection with the murder of David Black>Read: Two more arrests in Dublin over David Black death>
via National Library of Ireland/FlickrOUR PALS AT the National Library of Ireland are as timely as ever with this pic which they shared on their Flickr account this morning.Spot the unsuspecting turkeys being ferried to their fate at Flynn & Young’s on Conduit Lane in Waterford, circa December 1907.Would you like gravy with that?11 invaluable tips to help you survive an Irish family Christmas>Column: Christmas can be a hard time for people – we all need support>
FACEBOOK HAS MADE another push towards becoming a real-time public service with the acquisition of sports data firm SportStream.The San Francisco based company tracks sports-related social content, news and statistics from games.This allows broadcasters and major media companies to find sports-related conversations and use them for their own content.SportStream says that its technology “surfaces the highest quality tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram media, stats, news and more for every league, game, team, and player across sports.” It’s unclear whether Facebook will continue to focus on NFL and NBA or will branch out and include other sports.Facebook’s Vice President of Media Partnerships and Global Operations Justin Osofsky, said in a blog post that the deal would help the company work closely with its media partners and connect them with conversations on the site. We’re excited to continue investing in helping people connect through their shared interests on Facebook. The addition of this new team will enable us to work more closely with media partners as we continue to invest in more robust tools and APIs.Facebook has made a number of changes to the site this year as it competes with Twitter.The company introduced keywords insights and public feeds in September to help news organisations to track and integrate conversations into their broadcasts. It also introduced hashtags, trending topics, embedded posts and public posts to the site to help encourage public sharing.Facebook had developed a partnership with SportStream earlier this year before it decided to buy it for an undisclosed fee.Read: Woman accidentally walks off pier while checking Facebook on her phone >Read: Facebook’s auto-play video ads are arriving this week >
DEPUTY LUKE ‘MING’ Flanagan has told the Dáil that he is to appeal for fines and points due to him for driving while using a mobile phone on two occasions.He said this evening that on June 3 he was in his car travelling to a Dáil meeting when he was stopped by a garda car. He had been using his phone and was told that he would receive a fine because of this.He said he thanked the garda for doing his job well, and told him that his actions may have saved his life. Flanagan said that he received a fixed penalty notice in the post. A few days later he met a garda sergeant who said he had heard what happened, and told Flanagan he was covered under a rule regarding travelling to the Dáil.Flanagan said the Sergeant insisted he write to the station and explain. The deputy did so and did not receive any points on his licence. Flanagan did not name the Sergeant in the Dáil.On another occasion on the way to a council meeting in Roscommon, he was stopped by gardaí and told he was going to get a fixed penalty notice as he was using a mobile phone again. Flanagan said he told a senior council official what had happened, and later that evening was contacted by this person, who said he had ‘sorted out my penalty points issue for me’.He has not received any points in relation to that case.CancelledThe Deputy told the Dáil: Not only is there a cohort of gardaí who are going around asking people do they want penalty points cancelled, it appears there is a franchise system going on whereby if you are cosy with the senior garda then you too can have people’s offences quashed.He said that the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Minister Alan Shatter may not believe this is true, with the commissioner saying “that there is no question of what has been described as a culture of non-enforcement of penalties being tolerated by an Garda Síochana”.How can you explain my experience then? I did not ask the garda sergeant in question to get involved, but he insisted he should. I do not believe it was an attempt to trip me up, I believe it is a culture that has festered for years, all the garda was doing was what he had learned along the way.Flanagan said he did not release the information before the press released it, as he believed it was illegal for the gardaí to release such information, and he intended to release it on publication of Minister Shatter’s internal review.He said this was to show there is systematic abuse, which he believed the report would “whitewash” over. He said he has contacted the fines office in Clare and asked how can he get his points and fines back.Deputy Flanagan also called on the reported 15 members of the Dáil and Seanad who are said to have had penalty points removed “to come out and tell us were they approached by the garda or did they go in proactive way go to see could they have their points removed”.Read: Flanagan to address Dáil amid claims he denied penalty points were wiped>
ONE PSNI OFFICER has been injured after a masked group pelted police with bricks and bottles in Belfast last night.The gang of young people set bins on fire and carried out a ‘sustained attack’ on police after they blocked a road at around 8 o’clock last night, the PSNI said.Officers carried out what they described as a “robust policing operation” to restore calm to the Donegall Road area of South Belfast by 10pm.One 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with the public disorder and has since been released. The injured police officer sustained minor injuries.Police investigating the flags protests and resulting riots warned that anyone who engages in illegal activity will face prosecution.“Detectives from the Operation Dulcet team [which is investigating flags protests] have been clear from the outset that there will be consequences for individuals who engage in illegal activity,” the PSNI said in a statement this morning.“The PSNI have and will continue to make people amenable to the courts and will be carrying out further enquiries to identify those involved in the disorder”.Read: Police seek witnesses over arson attacks and attempted hijacking >
THE IRISH TRICOLOUR is to be raised in a military flag raising ceremony in Waterford today, at the same spot where it was first unveiled 165 years ago.This year will mark the third year of the The 1848 Tricolour celebration, which commemorates the first time that the national flag was unveiled by Thomas Francis Meagher at 33 The Mall.The address still exists and, in a first for the ceremony, a Meagher will be there to preside over it. California-based Gilbert Meagher, the great great grandson of the Irish nationalist and leader of the Young Irelanders, is coming to Ireland for the event.A spokesperson from the organising committee told TheJournal.ie that today’s ceremony it part of a celebration that saw the Australian, American, and Canadian ambassadors to Ireland make the trip to the city.Australia and America are two countries that have a history with Thomas Francis Meagher. Having being convicted of sedition (insurrection against the established order), Meagher was sentenced to a life of hardship in modern-day Tasmania.Before long, however, he had escaped and was bound for America.Locating living relative Gilbert Meagher came as a bolt out of the blue, and a fortuitous one at that. “It was a member of the organising committee that traced him, after realising that he too was related to him,” the spokesperson said.In addition to the flag raising ceremony, the naval vessel LÉ Ciara will be docked in the city for the weekend, and will be open for public tours.Read: Anthem composer and tricolour creator honoured at Glasnevin >
Again, ghosts of boomtime past haunted the news as it was revealed that the Banking Inquiry won’t be able to look into the cabinet meeting that preceded the bank guarantee. That won’t disturb John Bruton, who wants to know how to avoid another crash, rather than re-treading old ground about what happened last time.Aer Lingus has decided to take some rather painful medicine by accepting a recommendation to pay €191 million into its pension fund. However, there’s still a ways to go until it is implemented, and given the history to this story, who’d bet against yet more twists cropping up? Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandForestry body Coillte announced some very impressive profit numbers – but won’t be so happy about how much their former chief executive was paid for 2013, despite leaving the company in March (hint: it was an awful lot).Last week was all about the opening shots in the budget war. With the bigger guns of the IMF and IFAC out of the way, smaller players like left-leaning think tank NERI waded into the fray this week. Their recommendation? A piddling €800 million in cuts. One of the major issues hampering the economy is the bankers’ least favourite acronym: Non Performing Loans. We may not know how to solve the issue, but we know slightly more about how big it is after Central Bank research showed that one in four SME loans is in arrears.As we said last week, Carphone Warehouse will be the next operator of a mobile network here in Ireland. EVERY WEEK THEJOURNAL.IE brings you the business and economic stories that you need to know.So if you need a reminder, a catch-up or are just curious, read on…Need to knowMortgages on the blockA row over consumer protection has broken out after Bank of Ireland confirmed plans to sell off €250 million of loans along with its ICS unit to an unregulated entity, Dublin-based Dilosk.Everybody from the Central Bank to the National Consumer Agency seems to be concerned, in principal, about unregulated players owning the mortgages of Irish citizens.However, most held their fire when it came to the first instance in practice, commenting generally on the risks rather than on the specific deal struck by Dilosk and Bank of Ireland.Karl Deeter of Irish Mortgage Brokers and David Hall of the Irish Mortgage Holders Association didn’t hold back, however. You can read their comments in the above-linked article.This won’t be the last we’ll hear of stories like this, either, with news of Permanent TSB planning a whopper €488 million loan sell-off also making the headlines this week.Bubbling away nicelyAs ever in Ireland, house prices continue to grab our attention. The mini-boom is showing no signs of abating, with the upward march continuing around the country in the year to May. Source: samboalPrices were 10.6% higher than a year previously, with observers warning that the market is “exceptionally illiquid”, while prices are being driven upward by a lack of supply.They’re still between 44.4% and 53.4% lower than at the peak of the boom, depending on where you look and what type of property is being priced.Prices for the paragon of Irish housing, the three bed semi, continue to rise, with a greater rate of increase in the commuter belts of the capital, Cork and Galway than in Dublin city itself. While we’re wasting no time in whipping ourselves up into a frenzy over the latest increase in property prices, the bad loans from the last boom were also making headlines this week.Nice to know Tony O’Reilly appears to have fallen firmly on hard times, with the businessman failing in a bid to slow down AIB’s pursuit of his assets.Now you knowIreland is the most entrepreneurial country in Europe. Aren’t we just great?We (well, the Irish Dairy Board) has opened a $12 million cheese plant in the US. Innovations developed at the plant will be shared across all the IDB’s cheese operations. Brie-lliant idea.Data roaming charges will be falling from Monday, giving you even less of a reason for you to revive your leaving cert French/Spanish/etc when you get lost on holidays.The outboxRichard Bruton led a trade delegation to China this week… Johnny Ronan is back, with The Irish Times reporting that he’s going to be point man on a new property fund… Irish oil player Providence has posted a big loss for the year… Office Rents in Dublin continue to climb… The Barack Obama plaza in Moneygall was officially opened (shockingly, without the man himself)… and finally, the Irish Independent reported that real estate player Kennedy, Wilson is backing off Irish real estateOne for the roadBrazilian billionaire Chiquinho Scarpa provoked outrage with his seeming excess when he claimed he was going to bury his Bentley so he could enjoy it in the next life. What opulence! How distasteful! Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesHowever, at the last minute, the wily Chiquinho dropped the act, revealing that the whole thing had been a stunt to promote organ donation. Like organs, his Bentley has value in this life, so he won’t be burying either.Zero to hero for Chiquinho, so.Last week: The briefcase – this was the week in business>
THE BODY OF a man has been recovered from a bay in Cork.Schull Coast Guard despatched to investigate the sighting of a body in Roaringwater Bay earlier this afternoon.The body of a man was taken from the water, and gardaí at Clonakilty notified.Gardaí say the man’s death is not being treated as suspicious. It is believed he had been swimming in the bay.The body remains at the scene and is due to be brought to Cork University Hospital later today.
Wednesdays. Horrible horrible Wednesdays. The everyday horrors of the workweek are upon us, and the brief respite of the weekend seems an insurmountable world away.Thankfully, we have the internet!Some people like to virtually escape work by stalking friends on Facebook. Others pass the time harassing celebrities on Twitter. And still others read recaps of the TV shows they watched the night before so that some anonymous blogger can validate their opinions on the minutia of character development on Gossip Girl. As for me? I like to watch water balloons exploding in slow motion on YouTube. There’s just something unworldly about water–especially when you slow it down to 1,000 fps. Water’s crazy. You just have to pay really really close attention.Happy Humpday.Magic is after the jump. 10. 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.1.
Being a gadget freak doesn’t mean never being able to leaveyour house. We’ve gathered a selection of gadgets that will help the athlete inyour life lead a more active–and more wired–lifestyle. Transcend Goggles, $399 This is serious Iron Man/Terminator stuff, right here. Theseski/snowboard goggles from Recon Instruments and Zeal Optics feature a built-inGPS system and a display inside the goggles themselves, which let you know ifyou’re headed in the right direction. The display also lets you know yourspeed, the time, and your total distance. You can also upload the data toGoogle Maps when you’re in front of a computer.Vibram Five Fingers, $75.00 In a perfect world, the golfer in your life wouldn’t needthese. But unless you’re married to Tiger Woods (in which case I’m very, verysorry), odds are that the golfer in your life doesn’t always hit his or hertarget. These glasses promise to make golf balls stick out more in theirsurroundings when they’ve been driven into the rough.Adidas miCoach Pacer, $139.99Hook up this device to any MP3 player and it will offer youreal-time coaching tips. It also offers heart rate data, and progress tracking,which you can upload and follow on Adidas.com.Liquid Image Explorer Series, $99.99This waterproof snorkeling mask features a built-in 3.1MPvideo/still camera that records content to microSD card. You turn the camera onwith a button on top of the mask, while an LCD inside the mask lets you knowwhat mode you’re recording in. the mask works at depths up to 15 feet.Casio G’zOne Ravine, $199.99 They’re like rubber gloves–for your feet. These odd looking shoespromise to “deepen your connection to the earth and your surroundings,” givingrunners, climbers, kayakers, and other outdoorsy types a more naturalinteraction with the ground below.Visiball Golf Ball Finder, $39.99 This ultra-rugged clamshell is perfect for the outdoorsytype in your life. The phone can take a beating (and then some), has good callquality, great battery life, and comes preloaded with fittinglyoutdoor-friendly apps.Oregon ScientificATC3K Action Cam, $104.99 This rugged camcorder can strap to your bike’s handlebars oryour helmet–you can even take the thing underwater. It captures video at 640 x480 VGA. Oregon Scientific is offering it online now for 46 percent off itsoriginal price–and is throwing in a free 4GB SD card to boot.
Want to feel better gifting electronics this holiday season? Well, Best Buy finally announced that it would stop charging stocking fees, for returned items (except special orders). So if the products that you gift aren’t exactly what the recipients wanted, they can return them without being slapped with a hefty restocking fee, which was previously 15% for most items (pricey).AdChoices广告Best Buy recently announced on its website: Best Buy continually listens to our customers, and they told us they want to give confidently this holiday season and every other day of the year — and with that comes easier returns. Effective Saturday, December 18, Best Buy is improving its return policy by removing restocking fees for all products except special orders. Customers can visit BestBuy.com for further information. To elaborate, The Consumerist reported that in an e-mail sent from Best Buy HQ to stores across the country, the company stated that the new policy would go into effect December 18th and would apply to computers (including notebooks, tablets and iPads), projectors, camcorders, digital cameras, radar detectors, GPS navigation, in-car video systems, DJ equipment and lighting, Pro-Audio equipment, and iPhones. They also said that customers who were charged a restocking fee between Nov. 17 and Dec. 17 can come into the store and get the fee refunded.Happy Holiday’s Best Buy Shoppers!Via The Consumerist
Most iPhone battery packs slide on to your phone, or serve double-duty as a case and a battery pack, but the Octopus Battery Charger takes a different approach: one that’s definitely more interesting, but is debatable if it’s better. The Octopus has a 30-pin dock connector on a flexible arm at the bottom of the charger. Plug in the charger to your iPhone or iPod Touch for some extra juice, and while you’re using it, attach the battery pack to the back of your device using the eight suction cups on the back of the battery pack. According to the manufacturers, your phone will be get about a half-charge from the Octopus in about 3 hours, less if you opt to use your phone while it’s charging. On the bright side, it’s clear the Octopus is designed for use when you need your phone and your battery is about to die, not as a permanent fixture on the back of your device. One can be yours now for $29.85 retail price.