Romanian champion and EHF Champions League last season finalist, Oltchim Valcea will have a tough job to achieve EHF CL semifinal without the best world’s player in 2010, Cristina Neagu (23). Neagu has problem with shoulder and she is on one month recovery treatment, during which she won’t be ready to play handball. For now, she escaped surgery and she will continue to visits Austrian Salzburg, where is the doctor who “repair” Roger Federer, Boris Becker and some other famous names.If everything goes ok, Neagu will be ready for CL semifinal in the second week of April. Cristina NeaguOltchim Valcea ← Previous Story Brand named 15 players for crucial matches with Iceland Next Story → Andrea Lekić in Gyor
← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL 2010/2011: Larvik and Itxako with five goals waiting next weekend Next Story → Decisions by EHF Executive Committee Celje Pivovarna LaskoVladan Matic The Slovenian Cup tournament was also attended by the Serbian coach Vladan Matic. Speculations go that far to claim that he will be the new coach of Celje for the next season, but the board of directors of Celje still hasn’t made any official statement, and therefore officially it is still unknown who will it be for the next season, although it all points to Matic.He was seen in company with Tomaz Jersic, board member, and also accompanied by Veselin Vukovic, the Serbian national team coach. With them he watched Celje winning the third place of the Cup, defeating Ribnica, and also got the chance to watch the players of Celje, although he already had experience with Luka Zvizej.Matic will have about one million and five hundred thousand euros budget next year, and will have Zuran, Zelenovic and Skok at disposal, along with Toskic and Metlicic.
Shock for Fuchse Berlin and its fans after one of the key players in the team, Markus Richwien – Richi is injured, and will miss serious time, which is at least until the end of the year. He got badly injured in the hard-fought victory at home for the “Foxes” against TBV Lemgo with 21:19, and now the team will have to seek other options. Johannes Sellin is the current replacement, and by what we’ve seen in the game against TBV Lemgo, it seems that Fuchse Berlin can be satisfied so far with the options. Fuchse Berlinmarkus richwienrichwienruchwien ← Previous Story LNH (Round 8): Montpellier and Karabatic held to 30:30 in Selestat Next Story → EUPHORIA: Metalurg-Vive Kielce sold out in 2 hours!!
Ambros Martin Spanish coach Ambros Martin celebrates the winning trophy with the Hungarian Gyor, who beat Buducnost 27:21 in the final…– I want to congratulate to our rivals, but from the heart, that isn’t just a formal answer. Buducnost was the best team during the whole season, we were better tonight, which wasnt a case during the year. I don’t have enough words in English to express myself, but it was great pleasure to stand here as a winner. This is big success… ← Previous Story Hungarian Gyor new-old Women’s EHF CL winner! Next Story → Copa del Rey: Barcelona win Cup after four years!
← Previous Story CSM Bucharest via FTC to Final4? Derby Buducnost VS Larvik Next Story → HC Tatran Presov statement about “unfair and corrupted defeat” in Povazska Bistrica RK Vardar Skopje and FC Barcelona Lassa will skip the first phase of knock-out stage. The 12 other teams will fight for the place at TOP 8 of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/2017. The French and German derby will be the highlights of the two last weeks of March.Enjoy…PSG Handball – HBC NantesTHW Kiel – Rhein Neckar LowenVive Tauron Kielce – HC MontpellierTelekom Veszprem – PPD ZagrebPICK Szeged – Bjerringbro SilkeborgSG Flensburg – Brest MeshkovQuarter-finals:RK Vardar – SG Flensburg / Brest MeshkovFC Barcelona Lassa – THW Kiel / Rhein Neckar LowenVive Tauron Kielce / Montpellier – Telekom Veszprem / RK PPD ZagrebPSG Handball / HBC Nantes – PICK Szeged / Bjerringbro Silkeborg
IRISH WOMAN MICHAELLA McCollum Connolly has pleaded guilty to drug offences in Peru.The 20-year-old and her co-accused, Scottish woman Melissa Reid, hope their guilty pleas will lead to more lenient sentences.The pair were arrested in Lima on 6 August as they tried to smuggle 11kgs of cocaine out of the country.Earlier today, they were transported by van under armed guard from the jail where they are being held to Callao prison, where the trial is taking place.The Dungannon native had claimed that she was forced to take the drugs by an armed gang. The young women now face a minimum of six years and eight months in prison with no eligibility for parole.However, McCollum’s lawyer Peter Madden said earlier this month that they could be back home in as little as two years if a guilty plea is entered.He believes a new piece of legislation which applies to foreigners given sentences of seven years or less in prison could result in the pair being given two-thirds remission.On arriving at the hearing, he declined requests for comment, explaining that he could not issue statements on the case until after sentencing.As there is a prisoner transfer agreement between the UK and Peru, Reid’s family hope that a guilty plea will also see her return to serve her sentence in Scotland.According to Peru’s national prisons institute, 90 per cent of the 1,648 foreigners in the country’s prisons are either sentenced or awaiting trial for drug trafficking.Additional reporting by the Associated PressEarlier: Michaella McCollum Connolly to plead guilty to drug trafficking chargesWeb effort to help Irish woman arrested in Peru raises just over £700
WITH SNAPCHAT REJECTING a $3 billion (€2.2 billion) offer from Facebook, one of the hottest photo apps out there is currently in the spotlight. The app has been growing in popularity in recent times and shows no signs of stopping.But what exactly is Snapchat? And why is Facebook so keen to buy it, considering it already has Instagram?So what is Snapchat?Snapchat allows you to message photos to a friend that will self-destruct in 10 seconds or less. Once those photos are destroyed, there is no way you can get them back. While it was released back in September 2011, its novel approach to sharing meant that the app has grown in popularity over the last year and a half. Currently, there are more than 350 million photos shared on the app every day, equaling Facebook’s total.It also launched two new features recently. The first is called SnapKidz, which is Snapchat for kids under 13. The second is called Stories, which allows you to send photos to a group of friends. These photos stay up for 24 hours and are shown in a feed similar to Facebook which only select friends can see.(Video: Snapchat/YouTube)But you can take screenshots on your phones. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of self-destructing photos?It thought of that. If someone takes a screenshot of a photo sent to them, the person who sent it is automatically alerted. This is to make sure any potentially embarrassing photos aren’t shared without you knowing about it and prevent people from thinking it’s a good idea.Now that I think about it, isn’t that the app that all about sexting?If you were to believe the rumours, then yes. There were rumours about teenagers using it as a way of sexting, something that wasn’t helped by a number of media outlets reporting on it, but its co-founder Evan Spiegel said that it’s not the purpose of the app.(Snapchat allows user to draw pictures and insert captions over their photos. Image: Snapchat)So why would Facebook bid $3 billion on it?Many reasons. The first is that it’s very popular with teenagers, a demographic that Facebook has been trying to tie down for quite a while. The company has seen a drop in the number of teenagers using the site in recent months and it’s a problem that it has still yet to address.Mobile is also a huge factor behind the bid. Facebook has been putting all its efforts into developing its mobile apps such as Messenger because that’s where its audience is going to be in the future.Since Snapchat is a popular mobile messaging app that focuses on photos and young people, it’s the perfect app to help Facebook achieve this. That was the reason why it bought Instagram for $1 billion – which later became $715 million plus stock – and is the same reason why it tried to buy Snapchat.(Facebook has been concentrating all its efforts on mobile, something its founder Mark Zuckerberg has been trying to achieve for the past two years. Photo: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Wouldn’t it be cheaper for Facebook to just create its own version? It did a year ago, but it failed miserably. It released its update to an old feature, Facebook Poke, back in December 2012 and it quickly reached number one in the Apple and Google Play store.This was due to it advertising it on its mobile app which drove downloads, but by the end of the month, it began to free fall. A lack of originality meant that people quickly grew tired of it and either went back to Snapchat or dropped it entirely.If that was me, I would have taken the $3 billion and ran with it.You’re not the only one.So why didn’t Snapchat? Turning down that amount is crazy!Because its potential means that it could be worth so much more. Reports say that Spiegel isn’t considering any possible acquisitions or investments until early next year and is hoping that the number of users and messages sent on Snapchat will grow, meaning its value will grow.The app is still getting offers for investment that could value it at more than $4 billion (€2.9 billion) and that’s before it has made any money yet.Wait a second, it hasn’t made any money yet?Correct. Snapchat doesn’t have a business model yet, but neither did Instagram until a month ago and it was purchased by Facebook back in April 2012. It’s currently working on the best way to make money from it.Why has it not figured that out yet? Because its product lives or dies by how many users it has and keeps. In the case of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, the user is the product and nobody wants to be bombarded by ads the moment they sign up.Keeping those users without doing anything to upset them is vital to their success and it’s the reason why most sites take a softly-softly approach when they introduce ads.Read: Snapchat rejected $3 billion offer from Facebook – report >Read: 11 per cent of people in Ireland now have Snapchat (but just 3% have Vine) >
All images via Insight/FolensThere are some obvious gaps in the archives for the eighties and nineties, and Folens are urging anyone who might have one or two old annuals lying around to get in touch.You can also send them to us here at email@example.com.Folens are also in the process of donating 12,000 Christmas annuals to the various children’s wards across the country in conjunction with the charity Yoobyoo.Got any memories of the Christmas annuals? Let us know in the comments…Look familiar? Irish school books through the years>15 things that everyone did in primary school>8 schoolbook traditions future kids may never understand> WHEN YOU WERE a kid, Christmas wouldn’t have been Christmas without a Folen’s annual – Sugradh, Sonas, Siamsa or Spraoi.Remember the excitement the day they would finally arrive and the teacher would unpack them, full to the brim with quizzes, comics, stories and colouring-in opportunities?Folens are now encouraging annual fans to take a trip down memory lane and dig out any old books they might have around the house.Here’s a selection of 34 covers, from 1972 to 2012…
DIRECTORS AT THE Central Remedial Clinic have said there was a contractual obligation to pay top level officials salaries that were well above the level set down by the HSE.Officials faced a grilling from the Public Accounts Committee when they appeared before it today over the controversial issue of salary ‘top-ups’ for some employees coming from public funds.The committee was told that there was an agreement with the HSE in 2009 that the executive would pay a certain level and the clinic would work out a way to honour the contractual arrangements it had in place. It was also agreed that the clinic would review salary levels of replacement staff and consult with the HSE on this.Director Jim Nugent said the CRC, as a private company, “was and still is contractually bound” to pay salaries at higher levels than those prescribed by the HSE and this had to be done with funds raised by the clinic.Nugent explained that specific levels of pay were set out in staff contracts and when the HSE set down pay ceilings lower than these levels, the company was obliged to pay the rest.“If a person has an employment contract, the employer is obliged to pay it,” he said. They can go and sue on it if you decide to change it without their say.Fine Gael TD Simon Harris queried why staff at higher levels of pay were not asked to take pay cuts, which he said seemed “a bit peculiar”.Director David Martin responded: “I can’t answer that – I don’t think it was ever considered.”Several members of the committee expressed regret that Brian Conlan, who was CEO of the clinic up until his resignation last week, did not appear before the committee, though former CEO Paul Kiely made himself available.His salary in his final year was €242,000 in total with just €106,000 coming from the HSE and the rest being drawn from funds collected from the public.Kiely denied he had been getting a ‘top-up’, telling the committee that he was employed by the CRC and that was the salary paid to him by his employer.“Whatever we call it, it was way above what the HSE authorised,” TD Shane Ross told him.Pension fundRoss also challenged Kiely on his pension, which will be based on his salary at roughly €90,000 a year, as it emerged in recent weeks that some €3 million was loaned to the clinic from its fundraising arm, Friends and Supporters, to plug the company’s private pension deficit.He said the money had “gone over from the fund to fill Mr Kiely’s pockets and others” with pensions. Ross pointed out that the auditors were “obviously extremely doubtful” about whether this money would ever be paid back.In CRC accounts, the loan is described as “unsecured, interest free and not repayable in the short term”.“That is a gift by any other name,” Ross said.Nugent responded that the clinic had an obligation to the 70 staff under this pension scheme to protect their interests and said the fund is performing well.“People all over the country are taking reductions in their pensions or are getting none,” Ross hit back. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to say to people – ‘you’re taking a reduction’”.Read: Extra powers sought as ex-CRC chief ‘puts two fingers up to the PAC’
JUST ONE WEEK after resolving an issue that saw thousands of customers unable to access their online accounts, Ulster Bank has been hit with another technical problem.The bank says it is “aware of an issue” and is looking into it as a priority after customers complained of not receiving payments overnight.Ulster Bank says that the issue is caused by a delay in inward credit transfer files overnight.The delay has meant that salaries haven’t been paid, but Ulster Bank says it is working to resolve the situation. They are offering to “put it right” if customers are left out of pocket by the delay and are directing complainants to a complaints form on their website.This is the third time the bank has experienced a technical fault that has affected customers. Before last week’s issues, customers were locked out of their accounts for up to a month last year.Read: Ulster Bank says problems have been resolvedRead: Ulster Bank apologises as customers unable to withdraw cash from ATMs
Read: Two arrested in connection with Finglas death> THE STATE PATHOLOGIST Dr. Marie Cassidy has conducted a post-mortem on the male body that was discovered in the Spring Mount complex in Finglas yesterday.The gardaí state that the examination results have not yet been released and investigations are continuing.Gardaí stated yesterday that the body was found in “suspicious circumstances” and two men were arrested yesterday in relation to the death.It is believed that a party may have taken place the night before in the complex on the Wellmount Road.Gardaí have appealed for information from anyone who may have been at the party or taxi drivers who may have collected passengers in the area.The two men, both aged in their 20s were arrested in Finglas this evening. They are detained under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act at Finglas Garda Station.Read: Gardaí appeal for information from taxi drivers in ‘suspicious’ Finglas body discovery>
GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after a body was found in Athlone.The man, believed to be a Polish national, was taken from the river some time before 9pm last night.The body was recovered near the Athlone bypass bridge along the M6 Dublin to Galway road.The body of the man was discovered partially submerged in water at the River Shannon in an area known as Bogginfin. The area has been sealed off pending a full Garda technical examinationIn a follow up operation three men have been arrested in connection with the incident in the Westmeath area. They are detained at Athlone and Mullingar Garda Stations under the provisions of Section 4 – Criminal Justice Act 1984.The three men are still in custody and an extension to their detention is being sought in court.A post mortem examination will be carried out on the deceased at University Hospital, Galway later today.RTÉ reports that gardaí are also investigating reports that a man was seen being bundled into a car earlier in the day in the town.However, gardaí could not confirm this.The man was in his early 20s and gardaí say that they are investigating the full circumstances of the death, which is believed to be suspicious.Gardaí have also said they are investigating a second serious assault that took place in the town last night.Superintendent Noreen Hegarty has appealed to the public for information relating to both incidents.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or to anyone who can assist with the investigation to contact Athlone Garda Station on 090 6498550, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.First published 7.30am
Smart tags and systems are part of everyday life now, they simplify systems and boost our economy. But it is important to have standards in place which ensure those benefits do not come at a cost to data protection and security of personal data.It’s expected that the global market for RFID applications is expected to grow to €6.8 billion in 2014.Read: Your items and appliances may be getting smarter, but they’re far from safe >Read: Mario Kart 8 wasn’t enough to save Nintendo from a €72 million loss > DEVICES WHICH CONTAIN smart chips and systems will get their own EU-wide logo to show consumers which devices are in line with its data protection rules.The European Commission (EC) has revealed a new logo to be used for devices that use Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) smart chips and systems and comply with EU regulations.RFID chips store information electronically and is found in a wide number of devices like smartphones, and smart tags. It can be used to complete payments, unlock items, keep track of retail stock and prevent theft.The logo is to be used by retailers and organisations and it’s asking them to deactivate stock-controlled RFID when they’re sold immediately and for free.It’s hoped that in sectors such as healthcare and banking where its use is increasing, these changes will prevent a legal ‘grey zone’ from developing around the technology.In a statement, EC Vice President Neelie Kroes said that the scheme is to help ensure that citizens’ data is protected and they are aware of what services are activated.
Allows the app to read your phone’s call log, including data about incoming and outgoing calls. This permission allows apps to save your call log data, and malicious apps may share call log data without your knowledge. Allows the app to call phone numbers without your intervention. This may result in unexpected charges or calls. Malicious apps may cost you money by making calls without your confirmation. Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation. Source: Thomas Dodson/Twitter FACEBOOK IS NO stranger to privacy rows – and last weekend controversy surrounding the social network’s Messenger app had everybody up in arms all over again.But what’s it all about, and should you actually be worried?Last Friday, the Huffington Post published an article by marketing guru Sam Fiorella, warning people about the ‘insidiousness’ of Facebook’s new Messenger app. Source: Dave Thompson/PA WireThe Facebook Messenger app is a stand-alone version of the chat feature of the original Facebook app.Over the past few weeks, the company have been gradually phasing out the chat feature and forcing users to download the Messenger app to send instant messages.Fiorella argues that the Messenger app asks for an ‘alarming amount’ of control over your mobile phone, outlining what he felt to be the ‘most aggressive’ terms and conditions: Facebook have defended their terms, saying they are necessary for the app to function correctly.But what are the experts saying? Well, this is nothing new. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAccording to Caitlin Dewey of The Washington Post, ‘sweeping permissions’ such as these are common in most apps.The extremely popular Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game, for example, asks for your location and access to incoming calls – probably just so it can save your place in the game if somebody rings you.An expert with cyber-safety organisation Netsafe told TV One New Zealand that he doesn’t think there’s anything particularly worrying about the terms:A lot of the language in the terms and conditions seems scary but I don’t think there is anything sinister going on here.So are these permissions anything to be legitimately worried about? It’s completely up to you – but there’s no harm in reading the fine print.More: 25,000 people join privacy lawsuit against Facebook> This is from the terms and conditions of the Facebook messenger app. do not download, guys. scary crap. pic.twitter.com/AXElHNHVrj— cami (@MothrOfTurtles) August 4, 2014 If you download the Facebook Messenger app, you are basically handing your phone over to Mark Zuckerberg.— Brand Strategist Thomas Dodson (@shockthomas) August 2, 2014 Source: Princess Cami/Twitter Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed or communicated in other ways with specific individuals. Basically, the article says that by downloading the app you give Facebook permission to look at almost everything you do on your phone.Fiorella’s article quickly went viral, inspiring some dramatic reactions on Twitter:
The D-Link Boxee Box has just been released, and it’s already shot to the top of Amazon’s list of best-selling set top boxes, but just in case you’re holding out on buying the gadget based upon whether or not it can be easily self-repaired, the gadgetological vivisectionists over at iFixIt are already on the scene with a fresh teardown.There’s a lot of interesting details in iFixIt’s dissection. iFixIt marvels that the Boxee Box is so small: while it is three times the size of the new AppleTV iFixIt says that it’s still tiny… but the unorthodox form factor makes the internal construction of the device as strange to behold as it is fun to take apart.Inside, iFixIt found an Intel CE4110 processor, which is basically the same as that of the Google TV boasting Logitech Revue. In fact, it’s similar to the Revue all around, except that iFixIt think it’s a much more solidly constructed gadget.One of the most interesting details of the teardown? “The Boxee has a digital to analog audio converter, courtesy of Wolfson Audio! That means you can pump out 1080p video and still use your analog audio equipment. Very convenient for people who may hook up the Boxee Box directly to their computer speakers or retro stereo equipment.” Score!The Boxee Box is looking like a real winner this holiday season. Check out the full teardown below.Read more at iFixIt
Ford is taking a few extra steps to make the 2012 edition of the Focus a little more green by introducing recycled materials in the vehicles’ interior. The recycled cotton will be used for the car’s carpet backing and sound absorption material and will be available in models across both North America and Europe.“Ford is continually looking for greener alternatives,” Carrie Majeske, product sustainability manager, said in a statement. “One of our key goals is to use more recycled or renewable materials without compromising performance or durability. Recycled content is a way to divert waste from landfills and reduce the impact of mining virgin material.”AdChoices广告The cotton used will be taken from discarded clothing like blue jeans, and each car will feature the equivalent of about two pairs of jeans worth of cotton. Not only does this mean that Ford is able to reuse these items so that they don’t end up in a landfill, but it also means that the company doesn’t have to grow any cotton in order to get the material it needs. And it looks like this may just be the beginning.“The use of recycled clothing is one step, but what else are people discarding that could be used in our vehicles? Ford is determined to find out,” Majeske said.Via Autoblog Green
AT&T has been plagued by customer complaints of poor coverage and dropped calls in certain areas. Now that the company is getting some competition from Verizon Wireless when the carrier launches their own iPhone, it seems that AT&T is thinking outside of the box.To retain customers it is improving coverage one area at a time through the use of 3G MicroCell technology. MicroCell technology is like a mini cell phone tower which can be installed in the home or office which improves signal strength for voice and data calls through the utilization of a broadband connection. AT&T’s 3G MicroCells can improve coverage for up to four simultaneous users in an area of up to 5,000 square feet.MicroCell stations are something which a subscriber typically has to shell out money for, but AT&T has decided to assist what it calls its top 7.5% of customers that are likely to experience poor in-building coverage by giving them a free MicroCell.Though customers won’t have to shell out any cash for the equipment they do need to commit to continuing their AT&T service for at least the next 12 months. If a customer who receives a MicroCell cancels early and does not return the equipment, they will be billed up to $199.99 taken at a rate of $16.67 per month. If you’re lucky enough to be selected to pick up one of these free MicroCells, keep in mind there is only one per account and the device is non-transferable.Read more at Endgadget and AT&T
Back in November, we told you about Wafaa Bilal, a New York University professor visiting from Iraq who announced plans to have a small camera implanted in his head, beaming images to a museum in Qatar. The “3rd I” projector was “a comment on the inaccessibility of time, and the inability to capture memory, and experience.” It also ended up being a comment on the dangers of implanting foreign objects into the back of one’s head.Bilal, who had the camera installed in his head earlier this month, has since had it removed, due to the pain of his body rejecting the device. Despite the unexpected surgery, Bilal insists that he will press on. “I’m determined to continue with it,” Bilal said in an interview with an academic journal.
[UPDATE] Samsung has now rubbished the claims of Mohamed Hassan stating that the keylogger detection is just a false positive in the VIPRE security suite.Samsung is fast becoming one of the top laptop brands available with its series 9 laptops looking especially attractive to anyone wanting to invest in a new machine. But any reputation the company has built up may be about to get wiped out due to claims that it is shipping brand new laptops with an active keylogger installed.AdChoices广告The last company to do this and feel the wrath of users was Sony BMG. No one can forget the trouble that company got into for using a keylogger secretly to try and limit music CD copying. And we never expected another company to be stupid enough to try the same thing, but it is looking like one has.A guest post on Networkworld by Mohamed Hassan explains how the StarLogger keylogger was found to be preinstalled and active on not one, but two brand new Samsung laptops. The first was found by Hassan when he installed security software on his new laptop that flagged it up. That laptop was later returned due to a video driver issue, but the replacement (better spec) Samsung Hassan purchased also had the same keylogger installed.To be clear, the StarLogger keylogger is completely invisible to the user. It logs every single keystroke as well as performing screen captures, and can e-mail the information at regular intervals, again without the user having any knowledge of this.The question is of course why Samsung would be shipping such software on brand new machines?Hassan has spoken with Samsung about this, but has yet to post on their response. Until we know for sure we can only speculate as to whether this was intentional or not on the part of the company.Read more at NetworkworldMatthew’s OpinionI really can’t believe that Samsung is intentionally installing this keylogger as the PR fallout from doing this would be catastrophic and the lawsuits very expensive.If I had to guess, I would say this is a rogue employee or someone at the company supplying Samsung with hard drives adding a keylogger. It should be easy to narrow the search as to who it is based on where the information is being e-mailed to. Even if it doesn’t identify an individual it should prove Samsung is not involved.Whatever the case this is highly embarrassing for Samsung and still potentially a legal nightmare for the manufacturer. It’s unfortunate that Networkworld have chosen to hold off posting the second part of Hassan’s investigation as this looks really bad for Samsung and we want to know what exactly is going on.
Any PC gamers waiting eagerly to buy and play Battlefield 3 will be asking themselves the single, most important question: is my PC powerful enough to play it?Until EA and DICE officially release details of the required specs you just don’t know for sure. In most cases today’s mid-range PCs will run the game, but you end up using a lower resolution and the special effects turned down or off to some extent. Only those with a gaming rig purchased or built in the last 6 months can really be sure of being able to turn everything up to 11.GameStop seem to have answered the spec question early, though, by accidentally posting the minimum and recommended requirements for Battlefield 3 on the product listing page. Those specs have now gone, but not before they were grabbed by a few gaming sites.So, if you intend on buying the game on October 25th here’s the minimum and recommended specs you need to be aiming for:MinimumCore 2 Duo dual-core processor running at 2GHz (or equivalent AMD)2GB RAM10GB hard drive space (digital version) or 15GB (disc version)Windows Vista or Windows 7Nvidia or ATi graphics card supporting DirectX 10RecommendedQuad core processor (no speed specified)4GB RAM10GB hard drive space (digital version) or 15GB (disc version)Windows Vista or Windows 7GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 6850, or equivalent DirectX 11 cardWhile the recommended specs are quite high, you have to consider this is the new Frostbite 2.0 engine which is looking forward rather than back in terms of supported features and hardware.What doesn’t make sense at the moment is why the disc version is 5GB larger than the digital game. Is this due to additional feature shipping with the disc?Whatever the case, with Battlefield 3 still 3 months away it sounds like a great opportunity to start choosing components for a new gaming rig built just in time to play it.More at Gamerzines