handball 2015handball qatar 2015herning handballQatar 2015 Draw for the World Championship 2015 qualifications will be held in Herning on Sunday – 13.00 hrs. Exactly 18 teams will get the rivals, which they have to beat on the road to Qatar 2015. World champion Spain, host nation Qatar and three more European teams – Denmark, Croatia and France got their tickets for the next big handball event.Pot 1: Austria, Belarus, Hungary, Iceland, Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Sweden.Pot 2: Montenegro, Czech Republic, Norway, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia and Greece.Matches are scheduled for 7/8 or 14 / 15th of June. ← Previous Story Croatian headcoach Slavko Goluza: No one wants gold more than us! Next Story → Manolo Cadenas: “Our next goal is to become European champions”
CLARE BEAT CORK 5-16 to 3-16 in a thrilling All-Ireland final today.There were star performers on both sides, with a number of candidates vying for the man-of-the-match award.RTE’s The Sunday Game will officially announce the winner of the award later this evening, but before then, let us know who you think deserves the accolade? Conor McGrath (302) Stephen McDonnell (132) Poll Results: Shane O’Donnell (1413) Anthony Nash (77) Tony Kelly (137) Sheamus Harnedy (2370) Anthony NashShane O’DonnellSheamus HarnedyTony KellyStephen McDonnellConor McGrathOtherVoteIf other, please let us know in the comments below.LIVE: Cork v Clare, All-Ireland senior hurling final replayHere’s the round-up of today’s key GAA club action Other (286)
Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. 10 things in tech you need to know today A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader WHEN IT COMES to effective branded Facebook posts, there is one rule: The simpler the better.Track Social is an analytics firm that monitors 10,000 brands’ social media activity in real time, and it found that the Facebook posts that got the most likes in September weren’t based on intricate social campaigns. Rather, they were heartfelt.Target and Walmart’s sincere tributes to the victims of the September 11 attacks, and other companies’ get-well-soon messages to various ailing celebrities, generated the most engagement.The counter-intuitive lesson seems to be: Going off-brand, if only briefly, proves your brand has a human side, and thus pays dividends in new brand engagement.
THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION will sit for the final time as part of its current program in a couple of weeks but tonight it will hold the first in a series of public meetings to ask people to help ‘set the agenda’ on the next issues to be tackled.So far the Constitutional Convention have made a series of recommendations to government on issues such as lowering the voting age and extending voting rights to Irish citizens abroad. They have also rejected a number of proposals including shortening the presidential term and changing the electoral system in general elections.Last week the convention said that was looking to the public to direct its final phase and tonight it will hold the first of the meetings in University College Cork.The convention said that the meetings will have “no rigid agenda or narrow focus” and are being held instead to provide two way communications with the public.The chairman of the convention Tom Arnold will address the crowd and talk through the work done so far with members of the public then asked to give their ideas of what they would like to see addressed in the upcoming plenary meetings.These ideas may be fleshed out a bit and members of the convention can answer questions that the public might have and vice versa.Following tonight’s there will be further meetings at: Galway: NUI Galway, 30 OctoberWaterford: Waterford City Hall, 7 NovemberDublin: Dublin City University, 11 NovemberDublin: Royal Irish Academy, 13 NovemberSligo: Sligo Borough Council, 19 NovemberAthlone: Radisson SAS, 20 NovemberMonaghan: Monaghan Educational Campus, 25 NovemberA Limerick meeting has also been added as a result of demand from the public but spokesperson for the convention said that logistics around the Limerick meeting are still being worked out.Tonight’s meeting be evening at 7.30pm in The Aula Maxima (Great Hall) in UCC.The Convention on the Constitution will hold its next full session on the first weekend in November and will discuss the removal of the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution.Read: No referendum on ‘women in the home’ clause before “extensive consultations” >Read: Constitutional Convention will recommend votes for Irish abroad >Read: No complaints to Convention over concerns about gay marriage hearings >
THE CABINET IS holding a special meeting this morning to consider the government’s medium-term economic strategy that is expected to be published next week.Ministers will gather at Government Buildings at 8am to discuss the document which will be signed-off and published after the State formally exits its EU/IMF bailout programme on Sunday.The strategy document will detail the coalition’s economic priorities up to 2020 and will outline how the government intends to meet its various targets over the next seven years including bringing down its deficit to GDP ratio to 3 per centTaoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil last month that the strategy will “include a recommitment to bringing Government borrowing down to sustainable levels during the remainder of this Government’s term of office”.“It will be an economic plan based on enterprise, not speculation,” Kenny said at the time.Read: Taoiseach to make televised address to the country on Sunday nightRead: Government budget advisors: No room for tax cuts until after 2016
CONOR MCGREGOR AND The Lions lead the way in the interest levels in sport amongst Irish people in 2013.McGregor’s popularity exploded in Ireland this year with his MMA feats and that has lead to him being the number 1 most searched for sports personality on Google in Ireland this year.He’s one of only two Irish people on the top ten list, along with former Galway hurler Niall Donoghue who sadly passed away in 2013.The hottest transfer stories of the summer lead to Gareth Bale, Mesut Ozil, Wilian, Thiago Alcantara and Wayne Rooney featuring. While the biggest managerial change of the year in England sees David Moyes and Alex Ferguson included.Oscar Pistorious is also on the Irish list and is the most searched for personality globally.The Lions lead the way in the most searched for sports team in Ireland while Dublin and Clare GAA sides also feature.The rest are all soccer teams with Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and Celtic mentioned along with Airtricity League outfits Cork City, Derry City and Drogheda United.Sports Personalities in Ireland1. Conor McGregor2. Gareth Bale3. Oscar Pistorious4. Alex Ferguson5. David Moyes6. Niall Donoghue7. Mesut Ozil8. Willian9. Thiago Alcantara10. Wayne RooneyPic: INPHO/Dan SheridanSports Teams in Ireland1. Lions2. Arsenal FC3. Dublin GAA4. Spurs5. Cork City FC6. Liverpool FC7. Celtic FC8. Derry City FC9. Clare Hurling GAA team10. Drogheda UnitedPic: Alik Keplicz/AP/Press Association ImagesGlobal Athletes1. Oscar Pistorious2. Aaron Hernandez3. Adrian Peterson4. Kevin Ware5. Lance Armstrong6. Gareth Bale7. Jason Collins8. Lamar Odom9. Ray Lewis10. Chris KellyReports link Munster to former All Black Andrew HoreIs this the best crossbar challenge you’ve ever seen?
THE EMBATTLED CEO of the Limerick City of Culture programme has resigned.Patricia Ryan, who was once a €150,000 a year adviser to former Health Minister Mary Harney, announced her resignation today, just days after the project’s artistic director stepped down.Ryan, who had also been an adviser to Pat Cox, the chairman of the board of Limerick City of Culture, was appointed in October.The appointment became the subject of scrutiny after it emerged the position had not been advertised.Ryan said that the speculation had ‘undermined her authority’.“The speculation and commentary surrounding the events of recent days has regrettably compromised my authority and capacity to continue leading this project,” she said.“It is important that a suitable successor is appointed to lead out on the next important phase and ensure the delivery of the programme and the project which is so vital to the rebranding of Limerick. I would like to pay particular tribute to the exceptionally hard working team of people in City of Culture that I have worked alongside on this project. Their dedication, diligence and commitment will ensure the continued success of this project.“I wish the Limerick National City of Culture 2014 project every success and as a proud Limerick woman will continue to offer it my support.”Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan praised Ryan’s work and said it was important to ‘move on in a calm and measured way’.Read: Arts Minister read about Limerick City of Culture resignation ‘in the paper’
A BOMB CLAIMED by the Pakistani Taliban has killed 20 soldiers and wounded 30 after it ripped through a military convoy in the restive northwest of the country.The attack, one of the deadliest to hit Pakistani security forces in recent years, happened in the city of Bannu near the North Waziristan tribal region which is a stronghold of militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.“A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device caused the blast,” a senior military official told AFP, adding the exact circumstances were unclear.An official statement said 20 soldiers were killed and 30 injured in the attack, which hit one of the vehicles in the convoy at 8:45 am local time.The convoy was about to leave for the town of Razmak in North Waziristan when the blast hit one of the civilian vehicles hired to move troops.Taliban ‘ready for talks’Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Shahidullah Shahid claimed responsibility.“It was part of our fight against a secular system,” he said by telephone from an undisclosed location.“We will carry out more such attacks in future,” he said, adding the Taliban were seeking revenge for the deaths of their former chief Hakimullah Mehsud and deputy Waliur Rehman — both killed in US drone attacks.The Taliban vowed they would not engage in any dialogue with the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif following the death of Mehsud.But Shahid said today that the group “is ready for meaningful negotiations despite facing huge leadership losses, if the government proves its authority and sincerity” by halting drone attacks and withdrawing troops from tribal areas.Taliban insurgents have led a bloody campaign against the Pakistani state since 2007, staging hundreds of attacks on security forces and government targets.- © AFP, 2014Read: Plastic bullets fired as hundreds protest Turkey internet restrictionsRead: Fractured Syrian opposition agrees to join peace talks
FOR THOSE OF you who are using the same password for multiple services, you may want to change it when you get the chance.Mobile software company Splashdata puts together a collection of the worst passwords every year, basing it on the number of stolen passwords posted online by hackers during 2013. This year’s list was influenced by the large number of accounts breached by the Adobe hacking which happened near the end of 2013.This year, it was the password “123456″ which took top spot, knocking down ”password” to second. Passwords featuring a combination of numbers and letters populated the listThe list of the worst passwords to use is as follows:1. 1234562. password3. 123456784. qwerty5. abc1236. 1234567897. 1111118. 12345679. iloveyou10. adobe12311. 12312312. admin13. 123456789014. letmein15. photoshop16. 123417. monkey18. shadow19. sunrise20. 12345Splashdata recommends that you should use passwords of eight characters or more, create passphrases – short words with spaces or other characters separating them, and don’t use the same password for multiple sites.And in case it wasn’t obvious already, it advises anyone who uses any of the passwords on the list to change them immediately.Read: IT experts say your NTMA Prize Bonds password may not be stored securely >Read: Irish employees would give away their passwords for vouchers and chocolate bars >
via TheJournal.ie/YoutubeYOU MAY REMEMBER we reported last month on a proactive trend being promoted by the Student Network, called #RAKnominations.The ‘RAK’ stands for Random Act of Kindness and was a direct and positive reaction to the dangerous #neknomination craze that saw young people put themselves at risk by daring each other over social media to throw down shots or pints of alcohol.The Student Network decided to get a different ball rolling with a Random Act of Kindness, and took to the streets of Dublin to distribute food to the homeless.Then, they got to nominate three others to carry out a #RAKnomination. One of those three – Slattery Communications – took up the challenge and at the end of their rainy day cheer-spreading project (see video), nominated another three, including…. TheJournal.ie!So, never shy of adventure, TheJournal.ie staff have been volunteering at Age Action’s superb Getting Started programme, which aims to get older people comfortable with going online. They learn everything from email to searching the web, to shopping for groceries online, to Skype-ing the grandkids abroad.See how we got on in the video at the top of the article.Thanks to Pauline Power of the Getting Started programme and all the folks from Age Action – if you would like to volunteer like we did, you should visit AgeAction.ie or click here for details.The Getting Started programme also has some excellent easy-to-use guides and exercises for beginners and learners if you fancy a bit of online tutoring. Click here to see.And now for OUR #RAKnominations…. TheJournal.ie #RAKnominates The Department of the Taoiseach, Enda KennyTheScore.ie #RAKnominates athlete Derval O’RourkeDailyEdge.ie #RAKnominates TV personality Daithí Ó SéTake it away, folks! If any of the three above send us pics, video or any other proof that they were up to the challenge, we’ll be sure to carry them on TheJournal.ie.Dublin company starts random acts of kindness… nominations>
GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a man in Cork on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.Gardaí in Gurranabraher arrested the man over the offence of conspiracy to murder, a garda spokesperson told TheJournal.ie.He said gardaí arrested a male in his late 30s this morning in the Cork area. The man is being questioned by detectives in Gurranabraher and can be held for up to a week.RTÉ.ie is reporting that the man is a former politician.
EVER WANTED TO send money to someone via email?The opportunity could be on its way as Google has rolled its Google Wallet service into Gmail, so people can now attach a sum of money to their message.The feature is being introduced for US users over the next few months, but as of yet there is no news on the date that Irish users will be able to access the new service.From paying rent to booking a holiday, the service has a huge range of uses.If your bank account is linked to Google Wallet, or if you have money in your Google Wallet balance, it is free to send money to people. But if you use your linked credit or debit card, there are added fees.Here’s the video that explains more about how the new system works:(Google/YouTube)You must be over 18 to use the feature, and you can also buy purchase protection to cover you in case of unauthorised payments.Would you send money over Gmail? Poll Results: No (600) Maybe (392) Yes (459) YesNoMaybeVoteRead: Court says Google’s auto-complete ‘can be defamatory’>Read: The 25 most popular free iPhone apps of all time>
Quinn refused to be drawn on who the next leader of Labour will be, adding that he did not want Gilmore to step aside.“I didn’t want him to resign. By his own standards, he felt he had not maintained the level of support that met the bar he had set himself.”He also insisted that Gilmore’s resignation will not hold up the business of Cabinet.“We have large programme of reform that will proceed,” he concluded.Reporting by Nicky RyanWho is your new local councillor? Here’s a list of everyone elected so farHere’s who is in the frame to become the new Labour leader Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeSPEAKING AHEAD OF this morning’s Cabinet meeting, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said he resents how Eamon Gilmore was treated by the Labour party.It was not the “Labour way” he said, criticising those who placed the motion of no confidence for not having the “decency or courage” to contact the former leader themselves.“The motion of no confidence was suggested after he decided to resign.He was due the courtesy… by being the most successful electoral leader of the Labour party… of one of the eight to actually have the courage to pick up the phone and say this is what we are doing.
THE MINISTER FOR Heritage Jimmy Deenihan said he would like to see as many of the descendants and relatives of 1916 personnel as possible attend and participate in the 1916 commemorative events.The Minister has expressed his confidence that the arrangements for the Centenary of the Easter Rising in 2016 will reflect its historic importance and transformative effect on Irish society.In particular, the Minister intended that the ‘principled commitment and selfless determination of the revolutionary leaders and personnel’ would be acknowledged.He said that throughout the development of the Centenary programme he has been impressed with the “interest and commitment of the family members and their wish to be closely involved in the upcoming commemorations”. I believe that our acknowledgement of the service, sacrifice and achievement of the truly remarkable men and women involved in the Easter Rising, should include a special consideration and their descendants and relatives should be involved.The Minister also asked for relatives who are interested in being represented in the Centenary arrangements to contact the Department.I would be grateful to receive all such expressions of interest in relation to the commemorations in 2016 from families along with information on their familial connection to the Rising.Read: Here’s how €22 million will be spent on 1916 Rising commemorations>Read: After 98 years, Moore Street buildings are to become 1916 Rising commemoration>
Yesterday’s leaked renders of HP‘s upcoming Palm Topaz and Opal tablets are now being further fleshed out by some rumored specs.According to Engadget, who previously posted the leaked renders, the Opal will be the 7-inch webOS tablet, while the Topaz will be a 9-incher. The Opal will boast a TFT LCD running at an iPad resolution of 1024 x 768, while the Topaz will be in roughly the same ballpark.Since HP now owns Palm, speculation is that HP will squeeze some of their Beats audio processing into the tablets, as seen in their Envy line of laptops.Other rumors flying around include the notion that HP will give each webOS tablet owner “tens of gigabytes” of free cloud storage. Additionally, like previous Palm webOS devices, the Topaz and Opal will come with a larger version of the Touchstone for wireless charging, as well as “bump” functionality that will allow you to send media and documents between webOS tablets and phones by just knocking them together. You know, I hate to say it, but HP’s new tablets are both looking and sounding pretty good? Could the Opal and Topaz be the first bonafide challengers to the iPad‘s crown?Read more at Engadget
I first heard about iRobot’s Scooba 230 back around the time of CES and, being a Roomba user, I was pretty excited. After all, the Scooba floor washing robot was the logical next step for me and any number of Roomba owners, but with it being too big to clean the bathroom, it didn’t make much sense. The Scooba 230, measuring just 6-inches across, solved that problem and promised for a bot that could quietly clean the small spaces that I’d much rather steer clear of.A few weeks ago I did a quick unboxing of the Scooba 230 and discussed some of the basic features of the product. Check out that article for some quick background material if you’d like to get up to speed on iRobot’s cutest product.Essentially the Scooba 230 is a tiny floor washing robot built for getting in hard-to-reach areas. It’s compact and designed to operate in confined spaces (like on the sides of your toilet), while being just as smart as a full-sized Roomba/Scooba. It has all the sensors you’d expect, the most up-to-date iAdapt algorithms (the same found on the Roomba 700), it’s just smaller, and lacks a few features.As for those features it’s missing, they are all logical ones given the circumstances–it doesn’t do scheduling and there is no charging dock. These both have to do with the simple fact that this robot holds a quantity of water. Because it can only run for two cleaning cycles without being refilled there is no reason to have it running on a schedule, and because there is water involved a charging dock could present problems.In addition to these changes, the Scooba also uses a removable battery that is designed to minimize the possibility of water making its way to the connection area. You’d think sealing the battery deep inside would be the best but I’ve talked to iRobot and they are confident this is the right solution. Users just need to really jam the battery into place as it’s a very tight fit.The basic process is that users need to open up both seals of the Scooba (water in and water out), put in some of the iRobot enzymatic cleaner, fill it with water, seal the ends, and start up the bot. Clean, soapy water runs through the bot, cleans the floor, and it then picked up and held in a second chamber. This means you are only cleaning with pure water, not cycling dirty water through the robot. On the bottom the Scooba has no moving parts (aka beater bars) it just has a replaceable bristle plate that scrubs the floor for extra cleaning as well as a squeegee to pick up the water.The cleaning process works well so long as you give the Scooba time to do its job. The water will dissolve away any grime on the floor and the bristles will loosen anything dried on, but anything stuck on might need to be picked up manually. The good news is that the 230 does a surprisingly good job with pet hair so long as you are somewhat diligent about your sweeping (and cleaning the bottom of the device). And of course it has no problems with tight places or finding those bathroom nooks. The issues it has are with large debris.The Scooba takes about 20 minutes to clean a small bathroom (60 sq ft) and 40 for a larger one (120 sq ft). When its done you simply hold it over a drain, let out the dirty water, and the refill the other side. Because you’ll want to do this after every long cycle or two short ones the Scooba has no need for a dock or scheduling.Most bathrooms are small enough that originally I couldn’t see the appeal of the Scooba at first. It’s slow, can’t be scheduled, needs attendance after almost every use, and it’s not cheap. After using it I feel the same way, but could see it being OK for high traffic kitchens, people who are meticulous about their light tiles, and those with larger bathrooms. It’ll work with sealed hardwood floors too, but I’d guess most rooms with hardwood are big enough for a full-sized Scooba. Keep in mind, because there are no moving parts or harsh chemicals, the Scooba can’t clean grout, it can only clean off the surface between your tiles.While aspects of the Scooba 230 are very impressive I do have reservations about it. At $300 it’s not inexpensive so I’d like to see more power and more features, but those were lost in favor of the small size. The 230 needs to be used in combination with a vacuum to be as effective as possible, the battery takes a long time to charge (over 8 hours from what I’ve seen), it requires a lot of user interaction, the battery life is limited, and because there are no moving parts on the bottom debris can collect there and limit the cleaning power. Plus it’s recommended that you use iRobot’s $12 jug of cleaning fluid.The Scooba 230 can handle small room maintenance cleaning but ultimately it seems like a niche product to me. I’m confident that one day iRobot will put out an effective, tiny cleaning robot but the Scooba 230 is a good first try, at best. I love the concept but for now I’d recommend a mop and putting the rest of you money towards a full-sized Roomba to do the sweeping for you.IMG_0970IMG_0970IMG_0969IMG_0967IMG_0964IMG_0963IMG_0962IMG_0961This loaner unit was provided by iRobot.
Microsoft has been busy buying companies lately, but this purchase would blow all of their previous ones out of the water. According to a post on Twitter by Eldar Murtazin, the Russian technology blogger who’s managed to scoop the media before with his insider sources at Nokia, Microsoft is planning a bid for Nokia’s mobile division. The total cost: $30 billion.Murtazin isn’t just some blogger with wild ideas. His sources have been right in the past, and he was the first to break the story that Nokia was going to side with Microsoft over Google for Windows Phone 7 instead of Android. He was also the man who shocked the tech world with the assertion that only 674,000 Windows Phones were sold during the first quarter they were available, calling it a “total failure.”If Murtazin is correct, Nokia would leave the mobile phone business entirely, and Microsoft would pick up its mobile unit and start manufacturing Windows Phones using Nokia hardware and technology. If you’re shocked or simply don’t believe it, you have good reason to be skeptical.After all, Microsoft just shelled out $8.5 billion – the most it has for any single acquisition in its history – to buy Skype. They already have a partnership with Nokia worth over $1 billion to provide Windows Phone 7 to Nokia’s next generation of smartphones, when they’re announced. Even so, some people point to Microsoft’s failed bid for Yahoo! last year for $40 billion as proof they’re willing to shell out big bucks if the opportunity is right.Additionally, new Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is largely seen by Nokia fans as a Microsoft “plant” of sorts, softening up the company and giving Microsoft more influence from the inside. Elop did indeed work for Microsoft at one point, but whether or not his loyalties are to his current or former employer are probably less important than the question of how well such a large deal would work in the long run.Naturally, Microsoft and Nokia both refuse to comment on the matter at all.Read more at Twitter and SoftSailor
Even with the Qwikster debacle and significant price rise, we all know that Netflix remains a very popular service, and one that is quickly becoming a major drain on network bandwidth as more people stream content.Just how much of a drain the service is has been revealed in Sandvine’s The Global Internet Phenomena Report: Fall 2011. Netflix tops the chart in terms of network bandwidth for North America, achieving 32% of peak downstream traffic. After that you have HTTP traffic, YouTube, and then BitTorrent. Those four together make up 64% of the total bandwidth used. That’s not actually too surprising when you consider how data intensive each is as a service.The other statistic that may surprise you is the fact only 45% of Internet traffic now goes to PCs and laptops. The other 55% majority is being pulled down by settop boxes, games consoles, and of course those tablets and smartphones we all keep buying to surf the web and watch Youtube on. Clearly, the priorities for the Internet as a whole are changing and entertainment is fast becoming the dominant form of traffic.Network providers in the UK take note, with Netflix launching there early next year, it’s going to put more than a little extra strain on your infrastructure.Check out the Sandvine infographic below for a visual summary of why your connection might seem a bit slow at peak times. This data also suggests that unless networks have a regular upgrade schedule in place, everyone could end up suffering as the Internet grinds to a halt under the load.via MediaBeat
Work is already underway to create a working Tricoder, but what about the phasers they use in Star Trek? Well, one guy working in his garage has taken the first steps towards creating one, and it does class as a legitimate weapon.The video above shows what looks to be a homemade phaser constructed by combining a classic Star Trek phaser casing (probably something like this) with a laser unit. Based on the video below, it looks likely to be the laser module from a PlayStation 3 Blu-ray drive, although there’s a number of high power laser pointers that would achieve similar results.You may also notice a smoke machine in the background of the video. That allows us the viewer to get all excited by actually seeing the laser on film. The balloon popping just confirms this could cause someone pain, and very easily blind them. And the sound the phaser makes? It could be added to the video, or the guy may have rigged up something inside the phaser casing to output the audio when the trigger is pressed.As you can see, the build isn’t exactly straightforward, and while it costs under $100 to build, that’s still a substantial payout for what is effectively a toy mod. Still, at the very least it’s going to confuse anyone you confront–probably more so if you’re wearing the correct attire.I think I’ll give this do-it-yourself phaser a miss though, and instead wait for a professional version that actually has different settings including the ability to strike multiple targets, as well as act as a welding torch or to cut through metal.
Whenever a new smartphone or tablet gets launched, one of the key selling points is always how thin it is. So focused are we on such devices getting thinner that there was some surprise when the new iPad turned out to be slightly thicker than the iPad 2.Japanese company NanoOpto has developed a new touchscreen solution that could potentially lead to a record being set for how thin a phone, tablet, or any display-carrying device can be for that matter. Typically a touchscreen is made up of three parts: the cover glass, touch panel, and LCD panel. What NanoOpto has managed to do is integrate the touch panel directly into the cover glass, therefore removing the thickness of one layer. That translates into a touchscreen 0.5mm thinner, and some 40% lighter than a typical 3-layer solution.0.5mm isn’t a huge saving, but when you consider its use could cut the thickness of a phone like the Droid Razr to below 7mm (6.7mm in fact), you see the potential for such a screen to create a new breed of super-slim handsets.NanoOpto managed to integrate the touch panel by developing a new “sheet process” when manufacturing the glass substrate. The company used a chemical strengthening process that leaves the glass covered in “external patterns and sensor electrodes.” They are calling the new displays the All-in-one Touch Panel.The touchscreen glass has a yield ratio above 90% and a strength rating of 800MPa. NanoOpto has been experimenting with the creation of 4.3-inch displays using this new technique and hopes to start volume production by August this year. That means we could see the thinner displays inside new smartphones and tablets before the end of the year.Read more at Tech-On!