SRK reestablishes base in Peru with SVS merger

September 24, 2019

first_imgSRK Consulting has repositioned itself to grow with Peru’s expanding mining industry through a merger with Lima-based firm, SVS Ingenieros. SRK, one of the world’s largest diversified resources consulting groups, previously had an office in Peru but closed it in 2002 during the mining downturn. Group CEO Andy Barrett said SRK and SVS have enjoyed a strong working relationship for about 20 years. “We have had quite a lot of work in Peru over the past five years or so and decided in 2010 to explore opportunities to re-establish SRK in Peru in order to better service our clients,” he said. “SVS has a very strong position in the market, particularly with Peruvian companies, and they also do a lot of work for international companies.”Current projections indicate mining investment activity in Peru should continue growing by some $4 billion a year over the next 4-5 years. The merger with SVS will enable SRK to gain “a foothold in Peru via an established base from which to add new services”, says Barrett. “We aim to combine SVS’s strong capabilities in tailings, environment and rock mechanics with our mining and geology skills to serve our clients in Peru and augment our international teams, particularly in Latin America,” he said. SRK opened an office in Mexico and a second office in Argentina in 2011, in addition to their offices in Chile and Brazil. “In SRK, growth is seen as the result of doing the right things: attracting and retaining excellent professionals and providing reliable, value-adding services to our clients. All of our practices focus their strategies on becoming both the ‘employer of choice’ for competent, ambitious professionals and the ‘consultant of choice’ for clients. SVS will be no different. If we can get these things right, we will perform profitably and grow.”SVS was founded in 1985 by Antonio Samaniego, Ernesto Valle and Carlos Soldi. The company initially provided services in geotechnical and underground engineering, mainly to the mining industry, with a staff of about 20 engineers and scientists. In 1998, following the approval of environmental legislation for mining activities in Peru, it expanded its services to the environmental field. From 2001 the range of services expanded to the design of mine tailings and waste facilities, and mine services and field construction supervision (including QA/QC). It now has about 130 staff. About 90% of SVS’s current work is in Peru, with the remainder in Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina. However, the merger with SRK may present more opportunities for the company outside Peru over the next 2-3 years. The union will also expand the range of services to include mining engineering, geology and other specialised work. According to Barrett, there are good opportunities in Peru for mining / geology services. “We will need to find the right Peruvian professionals to get established in these areas,” he said. Recruiting experienced professionals remains one of the top challenges for the business, says SVS’ Carlos Soldi, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. SVS will retain its name initially but will change to SRK Consulting within five years. “Our three key goals for the business over the next five years will be to consolidate our market in Peru and diversify the range of technical services we can offer our current clients; expand the number of clients to which we offer engineering services to increase the size of our current market share in Peru; and ensure our technical staff can profit from its interaction with SRK’s personnel and thus improve the quality of the consulting work we do.” SRK Global will own 30% of SVS and senior SVS shareholders will hold an equivalent investment in SRK Global.last_img read more

Karelian gold in International Mining July

September 24, 2019

first_imgIn the July issue (about to mail and be available to download here), John Chadwick reports from one of the cleanest gold mines in the world in the farthest east boundary of the EU, with expanding production likely. Endomines’ Pampalo gold mine is currently producing gold at an annualised rate of 800-900 kg. The mine is located on the 40 km-long gold-critical Karelian Gold Line, where Endomines controls all currently known gold deposits. The mine project was completed in December 2010, on schedule and in line with the budget at €20 million. Commercial production commenced in February 2011 as scheduled.The Pampalo deposit, which remains open at depth, is located in the central part of the Karelian Gold Line, 5 km north of the village Hattuvaara. It is an Archean orogenic gold deposit in an intermediate pyroclastic unit, metamorphosed to greenschist – lower-amphibolite facies.  It lies close to the border with Russia in the most easterly extremity of the European Union.Plant capacity was increased from 230,000 t/y to 270,000 t/y by debottlenecking during 2011. Metallurgical testing demonstrated that the gold could be very efficiently extracted by gravimetric separation and flotation concentration. The best results indicated a recovery of more than 90%. As a result, this mine is very clean with minimal emissions, and none to the environment. Its tailings facility is full of what is effectively potable water.last_img read more

Snowden active in Russia and China

September 24, 2019

first_imgSnowden Mining Industry Consultants and China ENFI Engineering Corp (ENFI) have signed a co-operation agreement between the two companies. This arrangement is a milestone for both parties – an international western based mining consultancy and a highly respected and international Chinese design institute establishing the strategic partnership. The companies’ joint objective in this partnership is to provide mining companies with the best that both Western and Chinese consulting companies can offer. This news item also looks modelling to make a coking coal project in Russia more efficient.ENFI is one of China’s premier design institutes and has large geological, mining engineering and metallurgical teams as well as significant plant design, procurement and construction capabilities. It has achieved significant success working in many African, Asian, South American and Middle Eastern countries and owns a number of global patents over processing technologies.Snowden provides clients with services ranging from mineral resource and reserve definition through to feasibility studies, mine optimisation, corporate advisory services, reconciliation, resource governance and a wide range of technical consulting and software solutions.Snowden and ENFI will collaborate to provide geological, mining engineering & metallurgical capability as well as providing plant design, processing technology and procurement. One specific initiative is to offer a new service where Snowden’s resource estimation and mine optimisation skills are combined with ENFI’s cost effective design, processing technologies and ability to source Chinese built plants. As a result, the partners say, “we can make projects with feasibility studies cost effective and revenue positive a reality.”To the north, developing a suitable life of mine (LOM) coal geological model was essential for the long-term mine planning of one of Snowden Mining Consultant’s Russian coking coal clients.  In order to achieve this task in a geological setting with regional scale reverse faults, a Vulcan Horizon Adaptive Rectangular Prism (HARP) model was created using three distinct coal block domains that were bounded by enclosed triangulations.  The regional faults were identified by reviewing the geophysical borehole logs, and showed significant offsets within the geological borehole data.The borehole fault intersections in each borehole were loaded as points (distinct faults) or line data (fault zones) in Vulcan and an iterative process of sectioning and fault triangulation surfaces refined the geological model coal blocks.The geostatistical analysis of both the coal structure and coal quality data was completed in Snowden’s Supervisor V8 using Vulcan map files, that included a comparison of the all the data contained within each of the fault blocks and boreholes within each of the fault blocks. No significant difference existed in the comparison of the geostatistical data for each coal seam when the coal seam parameters for the entire seam dataset underwent comparison to the boreholes that were contained within each of the fault block domains. The continuity analysis findings supported the regional faulting geological observation, that the regional faulting ocurred post deposition of the coal seams.The coal structure and quality geological modelling used the results of Supervisor statistical analysis, to define the interpolator distances. Once the Vulcan HARP geological model had been refined, points of observation were selected and the coal resources were estimated for the entire deposit. The geological model and resource report was then generated, and a number of geological model outputs were created for use in the mine planning software.In conclusion, at the time the HARP model was generated there was no suitable information available in order to model the localised faults that had been intersected in the roadways of several of the developed longwall panels. The localised fault geological data was obtained by the client and returned to Snowden for geological modelling. The localised faults and area to be mined are contained within a single fault block; where a throw faulted grid model was created for this particular fault block, as shown in the figure.last_img read more

Robust exploration results from Harmonys Kalgold open pit operation to underpin growth

September 24, 2019

first_imgHarmony Gold Mining Co reports encouraging exploration results at its 100% owned, South African Kalgold open pit operation in the North West Province, approximately 55 km southwest of Mahikeng. “Our exploration strategy targets highly prospective, underexplored terrains and mining districts to discover and develop gold deposits. The results from the exploration drilling at Kalgold – a safe and low risk open pit mine – outline an expanded, robust mineralised system that extends beyond the current resource limits. Resource development drilling underway has outlined a mineralised zone that now comprises over 2.1 km of strike and extends to in excess of 300 m below surface. The intersections show good continuity of geology and mineralisation and presents an exciting organic growth opportunity for Harmony”, said Peter Steenkamp, CEO of Harmony.An updated mineral resource estimate will be prepared incorporating the exploration data and will form the basis of prefeasibility studies planned for 2019. The updated mineral resources for Kalgold will be released as part of our annual reporting for FY18.The mineralisation outlined in the drilling is hosted in a banded iron formation (BIF) which is an extension of the same structural-geological setting of the known deposits at D Zone, A Zone, Watertank and Windmill open pits.New mineralised zones defined outside of the current resource limit include strike extensions north of the current Watertank open pit; significant drill intercepts in the “Pillar” zone that separates the A Zone and Watertank pits; new areas of mineralisation in the Western Limb BIF at depth and along strike to the south of A Zone; and a new zone of mineralisation developing subparallel with the Watertank lodes at Spanover Border prospectDrill intercepts from within the current resource limit demonstrate good grade continuity. Higher-grade zones of mineralisation with in excess of 2.0 g/t Au occur associated with shallow, north plunging, crosscutting quartz veins which are developed along the main line of lode.Harmony commenced a brownfield drill campaign at the project in October 2017 to test the potential to merge the separate pit areas into a major mineralised system and to test the strike extensions of the mineralised zone towards the north and south of the existing open pits. In particular, to develop a resource base that would support studies towards increased mining and processing rates at the open pit operation. Some 16,400 m of diamond and RC drilling has since been completed, results of which form the basis of this news release.The resource growth outlook is positive. The system is open-ended along strike and remains open at depth. To the north under the cover of Kalahari sand, reconnaissance drill sections highlight potential to extend the mineralisation over an additional 1km of strike. Potential for sub-parallel repeat lodes at the Spanover Border and Windmill prospect areas is evident. Drilling continues onsite with three drill rigs.last_img read more

Woodsides Pluto LNG could soon be powering haul trucks and bulk vessels

September 24, 2019

first_imgIn its Q4 2017 report, Woodside Energy stated that its 90% held Pluto LNG joint venture had approved development of a LNG truck-loading facility on the Burrup Peninsula. The facility will extend existing infrastructure from the onshore processing facility “to provide LNG for distribution within Western Australia. Potential applications include remote power generation and heavy transport fuel.” Start-up of the facility is targeted in H2 2018.The company gave more details in its full 2017 annual report: “We are promoting the use of LNG as a low-emissions and cost-effective alternative fuel for heavy transport and remote power generation. At Pluto LNG, we are constructing an LNG truck-loading facility. The facility will provide LNG for distribution by truck to the Pilbara region of Western Australia. We are also working with mining companies and equipment manufacturers on the use of LNG for mining operations. We are participating in two joint industry projects to assess the feasibility for LNG to be used as a fuel for bulk carriers transporting iron ore from the Pilbara.”last_img read more

Teresa Pislaru Zajecar before EHF CL Qual Against Viborg in the Final

September 22, 2019

After signing of Marta Mangue, Serbian champion, HC Zajecar proved quality at the EHF CL pre-qualification Tournament in Slovakia, where Serbian team won easily three games against opponent from Turkey, Slovakia and Czech Republic. One of the best player of the last weekend in Slovakian Mihalovce was Romanian goalkeeper, Teresa Pislaru, who came from Romanian Oltchim this summer:Did you expect three easy wins?– Of course, we were the favorites even before, so this three wins can’t surprise anyone. We were serious, done everything on high level…How was this two months in Zajecar?– It was very good for me. I find very strong team and I worked a lot. I hope that we will qualify for the EHF Champions League. I am happy that I am No1, because in Oltchim I didn’t have chance to prove. That is now history, I am just doing my job and trying to be bettter and better.Next rival in the Qualification semifinal is Romanian Cluj.– They are vice-champion of Romania, not such a good team. There is a big difference between Oltchim and Cluj.  I hope that we will win.And find Danish Viborg or Russian Rostov in the Final?– It will be Viborg. They are better than Rostov, they are TOP team, totally complete, covered on all positions. We will give all we have to win. How to say, ” ball is also in our hand”. ← Previous Story TOP 10 transfers of summer 2011: “Nikolaj Markussen – dangerious Giant” Next Story → Partizan won’t play SEHA – Project in danger HC ZajecarTeresa Pislaru read more

Wisla Plock to appeal the match decision against Piotrkow

September 22, 2019

handballpiotrkowpolskawislaWisla Plock ← Previous Story WISLA TV, Walther: “Happy with win in Norway” Next Story → Bundesliga: HSV Hamburg with huge 12 goals victory over SC Magdeburg Bogdan Trojan has decided about game Wisla Plock-Piotrkowianin Piotrków Trybunalski. Result 0:10 to guests is kept. Although Wislas president, Andrzej Miszczyński has given big material with proof of club innocence final decision isn’t positive for them. They lost two points and first place in polish league. The main reason was regulation of Polish Federation – medical services were late more than 15 minutes so guests could decided if they want to play or not. They decision was not to play and took two points. As Trojan said, he based his decision on regulations, protocol and delegates report.Wisla Plock has announced that they will now appeal the decision.TEXT: Michalina Chabowska read more

Mens U20 EHF EURO 2014 – Four teams at TOP 8 –

September 22, 2019

← Previous Story Beach Handball WCh 2014: Brazil and Denmark to semis Next Story → Beach Handball WCh 2014: Brazilians going for a double? Saturday is a day for rest at the Men’s U20 EHF EURO 2014. Four teams have already secured the places at TOP 8 phase – Sweden, Slovenia, Germany and Austria. Denmark is also very close to start the battle for the semi-finals with two points. Strong Danish team “destroyed” Estonia 35:15 in the most convincing performance in two days of the tournament in Linz and Traun.The most interesting match was seen in Linz, where Norway made surprise over Spain 24:23 and stayed in the battle for TOP 8. Host team also had another tough battle with happyend against Slovakia 27:24, after which with Germans went to TOP 8.Young Serbs showed class against Swiss team 29:23 and have to finish the job against Estonia in the last round. read more

Milorad Krivokapic targeted by RK Vojvodina Novi Sad

September 22, 2019

Milorad KrivokapicRK Vojvodina Novi Sad Serbian champions RK Vojvodina Novi SAd looking for a solution on the right back position. SEHA member and EHF CL qualifier wasn’t satisfied with Montenegrian left-hander Nemanja Grujicic who came from RK Metaloplastika this summer. He is released from the team, but only six days before the first match of the season against MVM MKb Veszprem at the start of SEHA season (August 27).RK Vojvodina want Milorad Krivokapic, experienced ex Hungarian and Serbian NT member. A 34 years old lefthander has huge experience of playing for TOP teams as Pick Szeged or Cimos Koper… ← Previous Story VIDEO: Macedonian derby in 100 seconds! Next Story → KANJIZA CUP 2014 – DAY 1: Szeged VS Gorenje, Vardar against Tunisia

SEE YOU IN MAY 2018 Ukrainians and Croats win Masters Handball World

September 22, 2019

← Previous Story Battles for EHF EURO 2018 all around Europe Next Story → Sagosen show for Norwegian revenge! Ukrainian Tornado (M 37+), Croatian Zlatne godine (M 50+) and Sinj (W) are the winners of the first MASTERS HANDBALL WORLD CUP.Men’s, 37 +Group BTROGIR – HRVATSKI DRAGOVOLJAC 9:10VIENNA ALL-STARS – BRNO 12:7semi-final 1 Jagodina – Vienna All Stars 10:3semi-final 2 Tornado – Hrvatski Dragovoljac 15:8BRONZE MEDAL MATCH Vienna All Stars – Hratski Dragovoljac 10:13FINAL Jagodina – Tornado 7:10https://www.facebook.com/MastersHandballWorldCup/Men’s, 50 +Fifth place – Roma Handball – Bosna Sarajevo 8:9semi-final 1 Odesa – Oldi Polska 9:1semi-final 2 Zlatne godine – Split 8:6 Bronze medal match Oldi Polska – Split 9:7FINAL Zlatne godine – Odesa 9:7Women’sODESA – ZADAR 11:6ŽARK SPLIT – CRNA GORA 11:16semi-final 1 CRNA GORA – ŽVRK SPLIT 8:12semi-final 2 SINJ – ODESA 9:75th place Metković – Zadar 0:10 (službeno)Bronze medal match Crna Gora – Odesa 8:7FINAL            Sinj – ŽVRK Split 16:10 read more

Goodbye brothers Ivancsik

September 22, 2019

 PHOTO: hajraveszprem.hu 1999-20032003-20062006-20072007-20152014-20152015-20162016- Győri ETO FKC Tatabánya KC Dunaferr SE MKB Veszprém KC→  Balatonfüredi KSE HCM Minaur Elverum Handball Gergo IvancsikTamas Ivancsik After Gergo Ivancsik, who began to work as a youth coach in Telekom Veszprem, his brother, right wing Tamas, also announced retirement at age 34. The former Veszprem member, had a few seasons in Norwegian Elverum Handball, where he decided to stop despite some offers…Ivancsik published post on Facebook to announce retirement…Ivancsik’s career: ← Previous Story SEHA: Strong RK Vardar, no winners in Balkan classico Next Story → FC Barcelona Lassa show IHF Super Globe trophy at Camp Nou

Limerick man hospitalised with gunshot wounds to the stomach

September 22, 2019

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE SEARCHING for two “hooded suspects” following a shooting in Limerick last night.A 26-year-old man is currently in hospital being treated for gunshot wounds to the stomach.The victim was shot at about 9.30pm at Byrne Avenue in Prospect. He was taken to University Hospital Limerick where his injuries have been described as not life-threatening.Investigating gardaí arrested a 28-year-old and are questioning him at Roxboro station.The suspects fled in the direction of Lenihan Avenue. An appeal for witnesses has been issued and anyone with information is asked to contact 061 214 4340 or the Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.Read: Man injects himself in the groin on the LuasToday: ‘Clear and convincing evidence’ that chemical weapons used in Syrialast_img

Oireachtas launches smartphone app on time and within budget at €20k

September 22, 2019

first_imgUpdated at 11.05amA DEDICATED APP for accessing contact details for TDs and Senators, live video from Leinster House, and constituency information has been launched.The Houses of the Oireachtas app, launched yesterday and available for free both on Apple iTunes and Google Play app stores, allows the public to access a wide range of information relating to the Oireacthas.Theis include a list of contact details for all sitting members of the Dáil and Seanad, and a facility to find locate what constituency you live in and who your representative is.Mobile devicesThese facilities were previously available on Oireachtas.ie, although not easily accessible on mobile devices.Ceann Comahirle Sean Barrett welcomed the app, highlighting that it was ‘delivered on time and within budget’, and said it offers greater interaction between the Oireachtas and the public.The official Oireachtas News twitter account confirmed last night that the app cost €20,000.(@OireachtasNews)“75% per cent of all Irish web and social media activity is now mobile and I hope that this App proves to be an effective means of communications”, the Ceann Comahirle said.The app is available for iOS devices and Android devices.Originally published 8.50am.Read: Committee chairs have ‘serious concerns’ over workload and say they need more staff >More: 1,800 attempts to access pornographic websites at Leinster House >last_img read more

Heres what your Facebook likes reveal about you

September 22, 2019

first_imgNot that we ever do this ourselves, you understand. (Facebook)EVER SNOOP OTHER people’s Facebook likes? Ever feel like maybe they tell you something about a person?Well, you’re not wrong. Researchers in the US analysed the Facebook profiles of 58,000 volunteers and matched their likes against their personal traits.They found that you could tell the difference between gay and straight men in 95 per cent of cases based on their Facebook likes; black people and white people in 88 per cent; and US political allegiance in 85 per cent.So what do your likes say about you? You can see the full document here – but we’ve got a sample for you:People with lots of friends tend to like:BiologyHillaryJennifer LopezPaid In FullThe Dollar You Are Holding Could’ve Been In A Stripper’s Butt CrackPeople with few friends tend to like:The Dark KnightHoney, Where Is My SupersuitMinecraftIron MaidenWalking With Your Friend & Randomly Pushing Them Into Someone/SomethingPeople with a high IQ tend to like:ThunderstormsMorgan Freemans VoiceLord Of The RingsTo Kill A MockingbirdScienceCurly FriesPeople with a low IQ tend to like: Tyler PerryBret MichaelsI Love Being A MomHarley DavidsonMen tend to like:Modern Warfare 2Band Of BrothersStarcraftBruce LeeWomen tend to like:Gillette VenusShoedazzleProud To Be A MomCovergirlPeople who drink tend to like:Watching Karma Bite The Person You Hate Right In The AssDear Liver Thanks You’re A ChampTrying To Figure Out If Its A Cop CarMeeting Someone Who Is Also Drunk And Immediately Becoming Best FriendsTattoo LoversPeople who don’t drink tend to like:When I’m Home Alone And I Hear A Noise I Freeze And Listen For AgesNot Finishing A Sentence Because Your Laughing Too Hard About The Ending I Like Watching Raindrops Race Across My Window And Silently Cheer For ThemGay men tend to like:Kathy GriffinHuman Rights CampaignMac CosmeticsEllen DeGeneresStraight men tend to like:WWEWu-Tang ClanBruce LeeBeing Confused After Waking Up From Naps28 students suspended for ‘Liking’ explicit post about teacher>Has Ireland accidentally given ‘fraping’ to the world?>last_img read more

79 per cent increase in number of complaints to pensions ombudsman

September 22, 2019

first_imgTHERE WAS A 70 per cent increase in the volume of complaints to the Office of the Pensions Ombudsman last year.Paul Kenny’s annual report for 2012 shows 2,189 disputes being referred to his office last year, an increase from 1,221 the year before.Kenny said his office was able to deal with the workload despite not having gained any extra staff in the last number of years.In his report, he wrote that this arrangement was “not ideal, given that the number of complaints and enquiries is increasing.”He also expressed concern about the length of time it was taking to process each complaint.The average complaint now takes 127 weeks to fully complete an investigation, an increase from 113 weeks in 2011 and 81 weeks the previous year.“Unfortunately, this is a direct result of the staffing embargo, over which he have no control,” he said.The number of phone calls to the office – which often included queries from the public seeking advice on pension plans – more than doubled, from 822 to 1,705.Social protection minister Joan Burton paid tribute to the work of the office.“I note that the Office resolves many of the complaints at an early stage without putting people through unnecessary expense – an approach that I completely support,” she said.The report is likely to be the last produced by the Office of the Pensions Ombudsman, which was earmarked for a merger with the office of the Financial Services Ombudsman in the recent OECD report on Ireland’s pensions system.Kenny was due to retire this summer but is to remain in the office to oversee the merger process.Burton suggested that any formal review of the state’s pensions systems following the OECD report – which could include the introduction of mandatory pensions – until the final court ruling in the case brought by the Waterford Crystal workers.Earlier this year the European Court of Justice ruled that EU member states have an obligation to fund the pension schemes of private sector workers if their pension funds have become insolvent.The case is now due back before the High Court for a final ruling.Read: EU’s top court says Ireland must pay Waterford Crystal pensionslast_img read more

The Best Gifts for Star Wars Fans

September 21, 2019

first_imgUSB Hubs, $99At $99, there are much, much cheaper USB hubs in the world, but none are half as cool as these Star Wars models. The hubs come in R2D2 and Darth Vader varieties, both of which feature “authentic” character movie sounds: beeping and heavy breathing, respectively.R2D2 Motorola Droid 2, $249This may well be the hot Star Wars gift of the year–well, at least amongst Verizon subscribers. Motorola finally took proper advantage of its Droid licensing deal with Lucas Arts by souping up the already great Droid 2 with cool Star Wars extras, such as the sweet R2D2 skin and ringtones.Mimobots, $29.95 to $89.95Mimibot keeps expanding its ever popular line of Star Wars character thumb drives. This time out, the company is going all Empire by adding Yoda, Hoth Luke, a snowtrooper, and a Wampa. The flash drives range in capacity from 2GB to 16GB and come pre-loaded with wallpaper, screen savers, and other Star Wars goodies–a perfect little stocking stuffer. Swim Suitts, $85Want to turn heads at the beach? How about the heads of a very specific subset of geeks? Ladies, Australian designer Jame Lillis has got the swimsuit for you. These suits come in two models–the Darth Vader-esque “Darkside,” and the R2-D2 tribute, “Artoo.”RCX4 Star Striker, $399For $400, you’d hope you’d at least to get the official Lucas Arts seal of approval. Sadly, this “Star Striker” is about as unofficial as it gets. Still, the lightweight, crash-ready RC craft is pretty darn cool.geek-cetera Mini Lightsaber Tech Lab, $14.99This light saber themed “lab” is the latest addition to Uncle Milton’s educational line of Star Wars products. The geek-cetera Mini Lightsaber Tech Lab teaches kids principles of optics and light, while letting them build their own mini lightsabers. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.Wampa Rug, $99.99Those clever kids at Think Geek follow up their hit Tauntaun sleeping bag with another trip to Hoth. This time out, the company has turned the bone chilling Wampa snow monster into a cuddly bear rug. Stretch out in fronf of the fire with one of these things–just make sure that you keep a lightsaber handy in case you’ve got to lop off an arm or two. It’s already November, which means it’s time start giving someserious thought to holiday gift giving. Over the next few months, Gearlogwill be offering up plenty of gift suggestions with roundups tailored to everykind of geek.What better place to start than with that old favorite: the Star Wars fan? Thirty-three years after the release of ANew Hope, the film franchise is still a giant money maker withcountless new branded products coming out on a regular basis.After the jump, check out our top holiday picks from a galaxy far,far away. last_img read more

Amazon outage was hardware fault not WikiLeaks backlash

September 21, 2019

first_imgEven though we reported earlier this month that Amazon stopped hosting WikiLeaks. It looks like the fallout from the site’s controversial leaked documents is still happening. This time to the European arm of Amazon which was hit yesterday for a short period of time, amid ongoing threats against major sites by pro-WikiLeaks activists.According to the BBC, British, French, German, Austrian and Italian Amazon sites were down for about 30 minutes during a peak pre-Christmas shopping period. A group of cyber activists, Anonymous, is said to be the main culprits behind the attacks, as they were hitting firms that withdrew services from WikiLeaks.However, Amazon reported that the outage was caused by a “hardware failure” and not an attack. A spokesperson at for the e-tailer stated:The brief interruption to our European retail sites last night was due to hardware failure in our European datacentre network and not the result of a [distributed denial of service] attempt (DDos) For those who don’t know, DDoS attacks involve overloading a website with high numbers of requests so it stops working. The outage follows a series of web attacks by Anonymous targeted at corporate websites that had withdrawn services from WikiLeaks. Anonymous had planned to mount a DDos attack on Friday, but publicly abandoned their plans and denied the attacks stating:After the attack was so advertised in the media, we felt that it would affect people such as consumers in a negative way and make them feel threatened by Anonymous. Simply put, attacking a major online retailer when people are buying presents for their loved ones would be in bad taste. Read more at the BBC and Netcraftlast_img read more

Water Balloon Faucet Attachment Means War

September 21, 2019

first_imgI had two thoughts in rapid succession when I saw the Splash Party at Toy Fair this week. The first was: “amazing.” The second was: “who is going to let their kid stick on of those things on their faucet?”After attaching this thing to a faucet, you will become an unstoppable water balloon-making machine. It has a balloon-sized nozzle on the bottom and three jutting wings that make balloon tying (the hard part) quick and painless. The Splash Party ships with 80 water balloons, which should keep you busy for a few minutes.last_img

GM Adds 14 New Vehicles You Can Control with the OnStar Mobile

September 21, 2019

first_imgAdChoices广告 Back at ces a couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to see the OnStar mobile app in action with a pre-production model of the Chevy Volt. Now that the Volt is on the roads and the OnStar mobile app works with a number of other GM vehicles, more and more people know the joy of being able to start your car, lock or unlock your doors, flash your lights, and even check your vehicle’s health from your iPhone, Android phone, or BlackBerry.GM announced this week that they were expanding the mobile app services to 14 additional vehicles, including the 2010 Cadillac DTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV and EXT, the Buick Enclave and Lucerne, the GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, and Acadia, and the Chevrolet Impala, Avalanche, Suburban, Tahoe, and Traverse. This list is unfortunately dominated by large SUVs – the kind people are less inclined to buy at times like now when gasoline prices are high, but it’s good news for smartphone lovers who love their cars nonetheless. Owners of these new vehicles will be able to install the mobile app on their devices and use it to interface with their cars from anywhere they have cellular service, even if it’s on the other side of the world. GM said that there are even plans to expand navigation services to the mobile app, so drivers can search for destinations using their phone and then send it to their vehicle’s on-board OnStar device.last_img read more

White iPhone 4 slightly thicker than the black iPhone will cases still

September 21, 2019

first_imgWe were finally able to breathe a sigh of relief yesterday after 10 months of waiting for the white iPhone 4 to be released. After all the wait, there may be the slightest, and we mean slightest, bit of a problem with the new phone. It appears that the device is just a tiny bit thicker than the original black iPhone 4.At 0.2mm more thick, most people won’t even notice the difference. It won’t really feel any heavier or look any larger than the black version, so what’s the big problem? It seems that some iPhone 4 cases won’t fit the new white version.AdChoices广告Many cases are made out of materials that can stretch and give a little, but there are some made at such a precise size that they might not budge when you try to fit them over your white iPhone. Unless it’s a clear case, we don’t know why you’d have waited this long for a white iPhone you’re just going to cover up with a case.Speculations say that the extra 0.2mm could be due to the UV protection that the device needs. The white plastic is susceptible to UV degradation, which can change both the way it looks and how durable it is. Apple’s spec page still shows a 9.3mm thickness, but if you read the fine print, it says the actual weight and size can “vary by configuration and manufacturing process.”Again, we’re talking such a small amount of difference, that it probably won’t affect you. But, as our math teachers used to tell us, being exact is extremely important. A bridge-builder doesn’t want to be off by 0.2mm, for example.The lesson to take away from this is that before you go out and buy a case for your new white iPhone 4, make sure it fits.Photo via Ubergizmolast_img read more