Gadgets, innovations, the internet and more…Panasonic 3D camerasGone are the days when ‘adding an extra dimension’ to vacation videos meant making them interesting. With the new Panasonic 3D camcorders, you can divert the attention to fabulous presentation. Panasonic is outing its consumer range of 3D camcorders! Dubbed the HDC-SDT750, these can shoot at 1080p AVHCD at 60 fps and feature Panasonic’s proprietary OIS Image Stabilization. Head to www.panasonic.com for more juice and be ready to cough up US$ 1,399 for some novelty.Toshiba Libretto W100We’re always apprehensive about gadget talk that come with the tag, “to be released soon”, but this one has piqued our curiosity. Toshiba’s Libretto W100 is a Dual-Screen touch computer sporting Windows 7. Not to be clubbed with any fruit device genre, this one has a 7-Inch screen and weighs 2 pounds. Given the design factor, this can double as an e-book reader and also cater to your film, music and photo needs. This one’s powered by a Pentium Processor! Visit www.toshiba.com for more pre-launch talk.Samsung EX1It’s quite a sacrilege to utter the words compact, camera and professional in the same breath; but having committed the crime, take a gander at Samsung’s EX1. Inhale deeply before you start reading aloud the tech-specs which feature a 10 MP 1/1.7″ CCD Sensor, f/1.8 lens with 3x Focal range of 24-72 mm, 3″ AMOLED Screen, external flash hotshoe, RAW shooting mode and full manual control over exposure. Now, stay clam, keep looking into those black lenses and unload your wallet of US$ 500; www.samsung.comPortable Blu-Ray player.Adding a Blu-Ray player to frail little netbook is a bit like overwhelming a child with a Harley! While it can be debated if many of the portable computers out there can actually handle the stresses of Blu-Ray media, the device itself is a good value add, given the features and the price-tag. Plextor’s PX-B120U is a USB-powered Portable Blu-Ray player that can also burn DVDs and CDs. Pair it with Plexmedia, hardware designed to interface with the player and your TV, it turns into a Blu-Ray movie player. Price US$ 99.99; head to Plextor’s site and swipe!Blackberry Pearl 3GThere is no device that makes you look important AND busy, like a Blackberry! But what might surprise you is that the most advanced Blackberry out there, looks very little like the Blackberry you know! If you’re familiar with the Blackberry Pearl 8100 series phones, the new Pearl 9100 series packs much familiarity and a little surprise for you. Coming together with the Trademark Sure-Type keyboard is the standard 12-key keyboard setup. Also in the arsenal is wi-fi b/g and n, a 624 Mhz processor, 3.1 MP camera and 256 MB memory. Packing all other BB features and weighing a mere 93g, wait for the device to hit the shelves anytime now. www.in.blackberry.comFlying Alarm ClockAfter the invention of the snooze button, there’s nothing quite like good innovation in the alarm clock space to restore some lost sanctity. Meet the flying alarm clock. Once the alarm goes off, this little propeller launches itself and the alarm will only stop once the propeller is returned to its base station. Should common sense not dictate that you don’t use it while camping, take our advice… don’t use it while camping in the wilderness. Head to the link below and buy the clock and wake up on time: http://bit.ly/FlyingClockadvertisement
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a6CHRIS MURPHYDERRY TO BELFASTHIGH COURT ALLOWS CHALLENGE TO £160m A6 UPGRADE PLANSINFRASTRUCTURE MINISTER CHRIS HAZZARDMOSSBAWN AN environmental campaigner has got permission to challenge a proposed new road through landscape made famous by poet Seamus Heaney.Chris Murphy was granted leave to pursue a judicial review of the A6 upgrade.It is the first stage in a bid to halt the £160m dual carriageway because of concerns over the impact on wildlife in and around Lough Neagh and Lough Beg. ShareTweet Mr Murphy said Heaney’s work was fundamental to the area’s landscape.“The wild and the wet inspired him and he immortalised it in his work,” he said.“You have got dozens of places in his poetry that will be destroyed by the impact of the noise of a motorway so close to Mossbawn”.The environmentalist issued proceedings after the upgrade was given the go ahead by Northern Ireland’s Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard.At today’s hearing, a judge said there was still uncertainty surrounding checks to determine the disturbance to wildlife in and around Lough Neagh and Lough Beg.The judge held that an arguable case has been established on an alleged breach of the habitats directive that gives protected status to both Loughs.He noted that further assessments have been carried out since the department first made checks on the presence of nesting birds, badgers and bats, and to ensure minimisation of disturbance to whooper swans.But the judge said he was unclear whether these actions were part of a fulfilment of the habitats directive obligations.“The court is left wondering about the impact or otherwise of the checks being carried out,” he said.The judge said that any concerns may be eased once further information is supplied.However, he ruled that the challenge should proceed to a full hearing early next year.“There’s substantial public interest involved in a case like this,” he said.“Stopping a major road project is a matter of considerable importance.”The disputed route for the dual carriageway was identified following a public inquiry nearly a decade ago.HIGH COURT ALLOWS CHALLENGE TO £160m A6 UPGRADE PLANS was last modified: November 24th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: A judge has ruled the challenge should proceed to a full hearing in 2017.The A6 is the main Derry to Belfast road and is heavily used.Mr Murphy, an ornithologist, was granted leave in the High Court to seek a judicial review over an alleged breach of a directive on a specially protected area close to a section of the Toome to Castledawson stretch of the upgrade.The A6 upgrade would also run through a landscape made famous by Heaney including an area near Mossbawn, County Londonderry, the former Nobel laureate’s childhood home.